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Pranayam key to success, says Swami Ramdev
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Swami Ramdev gives yoga tips to cope with stress to students of DAV Public School in Ludhiana
Swami Ramdev gives yoga tips to cope with stress to students of DAV Public School in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.

Students of Alpine International School perform Naga dance during a talent search programme at the school in Ludhiana
Students of Alpine International School perform Naga dance during a talent search programme at the school in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Alpine International School present a western dance during a talent search programme at the school in Ludhiana
Students of Alpine International School present a western dance during a talent search programme at the school in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, May 6
The yoga guru, Swami Ramdev, received a warm welcome from the managing committee, Principal, staff members and students of DAV Public School on his arrival in the school here today. The school campus resounded with the sound of “om”.

Swami Ramdev interacted with the students in a very simple manner and the students promised to follow his advice. He said for complete, spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional development, the human being had to go back to its roots and maintain a link with the vedic traditions. Students have to learn pranayam as it is the key to success in modern life.

Practising pranayam helped cope with stress. Since the days spent in school were very formative years of life, one had to ingrain good “sanskars” during this period. Everybody wished to be at the top, but very few are able to reach there.

He said personality had a major role to play in our life. “Take balanced diet and practise yoga. Shun fast food and lead a simple life. One should have high dreams to achieve something in life. Don’t use mobile phones rather concentrate on studies.”

He reminded the students of the achievement of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. He dedicated his achievements of his life to the swami about whom he had read at the age of nine, the yoga guru said.

At the end he blessed the students and prayed for their success in life.

Earlier, Principal of the school R.S. Patial expressed his gratitude to the swami for sparing his valuable time to visit the school.

Poem recitation

Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School organised a poem recitation competition for the primary wing here on Saturday. Students from pre-nursery to Standard V recited poems on different topics.

Managing committee president Rajesh Kashyap, vice-president Harish Sachdeva, manager C.L. Sachdeva and Principal of the school Sadhana Sharma welcomed the judges and chief guests of the function — Ms Sonia Mahajan, Ms Rama Mahajan and Ms Sweety Mahajan.

The contest started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the chief guests.

Addressing the students, Vice-Principal Balwinder Kaur emphasised on the competitive spirit among students. It developed confidence among them. Such competitions encouraged children to compete in educational and professional fields.

The following are the results of the contest.

Appreciation award: Avneet (KG); Nursery: Ist Vipul, II Anish and III Bhavleen; Pre-Nrusery: Ist Avi and II Abhishek; KG: Ist Karuna and II Jassico; Group comprising Standard III, IV, V: Ist Aanchal and Himanshu; II Twinkle and Kusum and III Ashish and Vaibhav.

Principal Sadhana Sharma congratulated the winners and thanked the chief guests.

Talent hunt

To explore talent among the students various activities were organised in Tagore Public School (TPS) here on Saturday. A wide range of activities were organised, including birthday celebrations, a dictation competition and an inter-house declamation contest both for the senior and juniors.

In the Nursery section, birthday of all those students which fall in May were celebrated. They were given gifts. The dictation competition was held for Classes I to V. It was aimed at helping them have a hold on their spellings.

The inter-school declamation contest was held both for the seniors (Classes IX to XII) and juniors (Classes VI to VII)

The students spoke on various topics ranging from current to the very common topics like “Justice delayed is justice denied”, “Ban books and bags”, etc. Principal of the school Amrita Gakhar presided over the programme.

Seminar on AIDS

The Shaheed Memorial Seva Society held a seminar on AIDS and national unity in RS Model Senior Secondary school here on Saturday. Former Deputy Speaker of the Punhab Assembly Satpal Gosain was the chief guest.

Mr Gosain said it was necessary that people involved in politics should remain honest in achieving their goals to maintain national unity. Today our nation was going forward step by step and the need was to curb terrorism by every possible means.

Some people, who were jealous of country’s success, indulge in terrorism and nepotism. No nation could progress unless it was united internally.

He said people should be made aware of the causes of AIDS. The Society was doing yeoman service by arranging such seminars.

Shriomani Akali Dal (B) leader Hira Singh Gabaria presided over the seminar. He said national unity could be taught both at homes and schools by parents and teachers. Dr Amita Jain gave a detailed information on AIDS and the precautions to be taken to prevent the disease.

President of the society Radha Krishan and general secretary Vajinder Singh welcomed the guests.Alpine International

Alpine International Senior Secondary School organised a talent search competition here on Saturday. The competition provided a platform for the students to showcase their talent and creativity. The students from Classes I to XII presented various items. Naga dance was the special attraction of the day. The famous folk dances of Punjab, giddha and bhangra, were easily the favourite items.

Workshop ends

A four-day workshop on HIV/AIDS concluded at Shaheed-e-Azam Sukhdev Thapar Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, here on Saturday. The workshop was organised under the supervision of Mr Varinder Sharma, District Science Supervisor. It was organised under the School Adolscence Education Programme to create awareness regarding AIDS among students and teachers.

The Punjab State AIDS Society, Chandigarh, and the State Science Education Organisation Punjab, Chandigarh, and the National AIDS Control Organisation had lent their full support in organising the workshop.

On the first day 100 teachers and 100 school children gained insights into the causes and prevention of AIDS. Prof Baldev Singh, Lecturer, English, DIET, Jagraon, Dr G.K. Bansal, Dr Cheema, Mr Harminder Singh Minpocha, Lecturer, participated in the seminar.

Principal of the school Kamaljeet Kaur and Ms Manmeet Kaur Ramgarh also attended the workshop.

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Play highlights problems of workers, farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 6
After a silence of almost three decades, theatre has once again come to the fore to highlight problems of industrial workers. The activity, that is gaining momentum, feel those involved with theatre and also industry, would have a deep and long-lasting impact on society.

“Of late the problems being faced by industrial workers and farmers have been on the rise and have been finding a place in newspapers almost daily which is why these could not have been ignored for a long time. Theatre is a visual medium that has the strongest impact on its audience and the response so far has been quite encouraging,” said Harvinder Diwana, writer and director, whose play ‘Ujjre gharan di daastan’ was staged here on May Day.

Diwana’s play focussed on the plight of farmers suffering due to contract farming and also a renowned company engaged in the same. Besides, plays on subjects like problems of industrial workers in cycle industry too were staged.

Those in the field of art feel that very soon industrial workers’ problems would be highlighted through other modes of art like novels, poetry too. “It was some three decades ago that such a movement was on its peak. After a gap of all these years, it is again gaining momentum,” said Diwana.

The response of workers and union leaders towards this movement too is quite positive. On May Day, a large number of workers were present to watch these plays. “The impact is even stronger than our routine meetings and conventions. These plays have intensified our feelings and have given us courage to fight for our problems with much more vigour,” said Ram Kumar, a labourer.

Those who watched the plays said that the fact that writers and directors of these plays had talked about specific companies portrayed the seriousness with which they intended to give the message.

“I spoke to over a 100 families and thoroughly researched on the subject before I decided to write and direct this play,” said Diwana.

Representatives of unions said they would take the trend further by organising ‘nukkar nataks’. “We are happy that workers’ problems have once again found voice through the medium of art. We would certainly take it further by conducting plays on a routine basis and ‘nukkar naataks’ etc,” said Mr Jagdish Chand, joint secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).

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