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Teachers should adopt latest techniques
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30
The Punjab Government under the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan is making a ground for teachers to adopt latest teaching techniques. Under the guidance of Ms Gurdip Kaur, Principal, Government In- service Teachers Training Institute, Ludhiana, 140 teachers from 13 schools of Mangat block are attending a 10-day seminar at Government Senior Secondary Model School, PAU, Ludhiana. Ms Savita Chadha is coordinating the PAU cluster in which teachers are updating their knowledge to dedicate their lives for improving the academic life of students. Ms Kusum Lata, state awardee science teacher, is in charge of three centres of PAU cluster.

Addressing the teachers, Ms Kusum Lata stressed that the basic understanding of elements of teaching are necessary for educating students at any level. For this, to keep the knowledge updated through such seminars and training becomes necessary for teachers. To achieve this the teachers should use proper teaching aids prepared at low cost.

Principal Gurdip Kaur said the participants would go through 10 modules of teaching, including objects of teaching; children’s learning from environment; democracy and education; teacher and teaching; India before British rule, etc.

Mrs Meenu Gupta, Ms Pushpinder Kaur and Ms Satinder Kaur, all from PAU School, and Ms Parveen Kumari and Ms Narinder Kaur from Shaheed-e-Azam Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana, are engaged as resource persons in this centre of seminar.

Participating teachers are preparing teaching aids under the guidance of Ms Kusum Lata.

Under elementary seminar, Mr Santokh Singh, group leader, Ms Pushpinder Kaur and Satwant Kaur are resource persons. About 73 teachers are participating in the seminar. 



Teachers hone skill at camps
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 30
Hundreds of primary and upper primary teachers from Sangrur and Ludhiana districts have vowed to commit themselves to the Preparation for Learning Enhancement in Punjab (PLEP) at the elementary level, a whole quality improvement programme launched by the Education Department under the aegis of Sarav Sikhya Abhiyan.

The teachers took the pledge following the conclusion of 10-day interaction seminars at various schools in the town and adjoining villages today.

Camps held as part of the seminar programme at Shaheed Kartar Singh Dukki Government Senior Secondary School Latala, Government Senior Secondary School Pohir, Guru Nanak Kanya Mahavidyalya and MGMN Senior Secondary School concluded successfully.

Mr Jagdish Lal and Mr Amarjit Singh, principals at Jagraon and Sangrur DIETs, respectively, said, “It was at the conclusion of the third phase of the programme. Hundreds of teachers undertook intensive study of various modules of primary teaching and vowed to strive hard for the multidimensional improvement in teaching process”.

The teachers had been oriented in reading (dialogue and consensus making), understanding test, marking and grading process, collaboration with various training institutes, development and effective use of teaching aids and remedial measures for poor performance.

The district authorities said the exercise was aimed at preparing the teachers for conducting a base line assessment survey in the next phase. 



NSS camps conclude
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30
Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women organised an NSS camp at Daad village here recently in which Mr Joginder Singh and Mr Goyal from Civil Defence office gave information on self-security, civil security and rural security. Many students participated in the camp with great enthusiasm.

Another one-day camp was organised at Gurdwara Nanaksar of Noorwala village in which students were taught about moral values, unity, cooperation and discipline. Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, Principal, MTS College, stressed that the main aim of organising such camps was to develop the personality of volunteers.

The in charge of the camp, Ms Inder Mohan and Ms Kamaljeet said students learnt to live together during the camp. Besides, they were given training of cutting, stitching and embroidery.

Meanwhile, students of BA III of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women brought laurels to the institution by showing excellent results. Rachna Joshi and Rachna Kanojia stood first in the college with 74.6 per cent marks, Priyanka and Namrata Sharma got second and third positions respectively, in the college with 73.1 per cent and 73 per cent marks. Principal Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota congratulated the staff and students and encouraged them to keep striving seriously to maintain the glorious tradition of showing excellent results both qualitatively and quantitatively in the times to come.



From Schools
Cutes’ students showcase talent
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30
The management of the Cutes Nursery School had organised a month-long summer camp which concluded today.
During the summer camp, 75 students from various schools learnt yoga, art and craft , personality development and spoken English.

In yoga, more stress was given to those ‘asans’ which would help the students in sharpening their memory, increasing their height etc.

The other activities, too, were taught by the experienced teachers. The students were also taught to make useful things out of waste material and other decorative things.

The students staged a cultural programme to showcase their newly acquired talents. Ms S.K. Rekhi, Director of Cutes Nursery School, gave merit certificates to the deserving students .

Love Dale’s camp ends

A very successful month-long summer camp conducted by the Love Dale School concluded here today.

Ms Amrit Varsha Rampal, Councillor, presided over the function.

The function started with Saraswati Vandana followed by folk dances , western dances, and Salsa.

The folk dances from Rajasthan, Maharasthra and Punjab charmed the audience. The dances were choreographed by Master Bittu, Laddi and Ms Shilpa.

The coolest attraction was modelling performed in beach-style that gave the audience a flavour of Goa. More than 150 students had participated in the function. Prizes and certificates were given to the students.

Teachers told to make learning better

The 10-day Primary Teachers’ Training Camp, running under the guidance of the Director- General (Education), Ms Seema Jain, and the Principal,DIET, Mr Jagdiah Lal, concluded today at the Government Senior Secondary School (multipurpose), Ludhiana.

In the camp, 34 teachers from various schools of Ludhiana-2 Block participated . Ms Kirpal Kaur & Ms Sarabjit Kaur were the resource persons of the camp.

Today’s programme was presided over by the Principal, Mr H.K. Mayer.

On this occasion charts/models/projects were prepared by the teachers and were displayed in the form of an exhibition.

In his presidential remarks, Mr Mayer stressed upon the need to make various changes in the teaching techniques to make the learning better.



From Colleges
Arya College students excel
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30
Students of BA-III year of Arya College have brought laurels to the institution. The overall pass percentage of the college is 100 per cent. Saloni Aggarwal obtained first position in the college by securing 76.8 per cent marks while Bindu Makhija stood second with 76.2 per cent marks. Monika Kapoor stood third securing 74.9 per cent marks.As many as 73 students were placed in first divisions and 28 students were placed in second divisions.

Dr S M Sharma and in charge women section, Ms Priya Sharma, congratulated the staff and students for the excellent performance and encouraged the students to keep it up.

SDP College for Women

Students of SDP College for Women Ludhiana gave an excellent performance in BA-III year examinations held by Panjab University Chandigarh by showing 99.47 per cent result. Jasmeen stood first with 80.50 per cent marks, Ruchi stood second with 79.12 per cent and Manisha stood third with 77.40 per cent in BA-III year. Mr Balraj Bhasin, president of the college, congratulated the students.

PCTE course

Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, has allowed a few colleges in Punjab to start with a new course, B Sc Airlines, Tourism and Hospitality Management B.Sc (ATHM) from this session 2006-2007. Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) is one of them, which has been allowed to commence with B.Sc (ATHM) from session 2006-2007. The course aims at providing trained professionals to airlines and hospitality industry. The students who have passed plus two in any stream are eligible for admission in this course. Application forms are available at PCTE campus.

This would be three years degree course, which includes subjects related to airlines management, tourism management and hospitality specifically. Dr K N S Kang, director, PCTE said, “With the boom in tourism Industry in India, this course will enable the students to work in international tourism industry. The students passing out after completing this degree will get employment with airlines companies, five- star hotels, tour and travel agents and operators etc. Moreover, this course opens the avenues of entrepreneurship and the students may start with their tour and travel agencies. The PCTE has 40 seats in this course.”



Rotary Club felicitates Principal
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30
Mr H.C. Gupta, Deputy Director cum Principal, New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, was awarded the best Partners-in-Service Award under the caption ‘Serve Above Self’ by R.I. District 3070, Rotary Club, at a well-attended function.

The function was held at Rotary Avenue, K-Block, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, at 8 pm on Wednesday.

Mr Gupta was also honoured for his best services in the field of education and towards the poor and downtrodden were also recognised by the president of the Club , Mr A.S. Bindra and the secretary, Mr S.P. Karkara.



Punjabi producers need to change outlook: actors
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, June 30
Punjabi actors, including Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Rakesh Bedi, feel that Punjabi producers need to change their mindset if they want to make good Punjabi movies. They felt majority of Punjabis were reluctant to make regional movies and those who had made ones, lacked self-confidence.

Both the actors, along with actress Rameshwari and Sunita Dhir, were in the city today to promote Punjabi comedy “Main Tu Assi Tussi”, which will be released on July 14.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Kulbhushan Kharbanda said he had acted in a comedy almost after two decades. “We can not be the choosers. Flow of offers should be there only then we can decide and act. Being a Punjabi, I love to act in Punjabi cinema because I am the only one in the family who can speak the language.

“Neither my wife nor my daughter can speak Punjabi. I would always love to be in touch with my roots”, said Kulbhushan Kharbanda. When asked about his memorable moments in the film industry, he said film-making was a process and the actors enjoyed every bit of it.

Meanwhile, Rakesh Bedi held the media responsible to an extent for the failure of Punjabi cinema. He said Punjabis were full of fun and humour and possessed rich culture and traditions. “The media generates a lot of awareness. The mindset of public largely depends on the media. It can tell people the richness of Punjabi language and culture. Through its vast mediums the media should promote Punjabi cinema”, said Rakesh Bedi.

He would soon be seen with Salman Khan in a Hollywood movie “Marigold”. Besides, his another venture “Good Boy Bad Boy” is also ready for release. At present he is enjoying doing a monologue (one man show) “Masaaj” in which he plays 24 characters in two hours time. “I have performed the play at almost 75 places in both India and abroad and people have appreciated my talent.”

When asked whether he would be considered a comedian, Rakesh Bedi replied, “I love being labelled as comedian because I earn my livelihood from that”.



Audio CD of “Main Tu Assi Tussi” released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30
Bollywood actors Rameshwari, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Rakesh Bedi today released the audio CD of Punjabi comedy “Main Tu Assi Tussi”.
Producer of the film Rameshwari said though she came from Andhra Pradesh, she possessed great love for Punjab as she was married to a Punjabi. “Chhann Pardesi”, which was regarded as a milestone in Punjabi cinema was also made by the couple — Rameshwari and Deepak Seth.

“The film is a comedy of mistaken identities. It will leave you rolling away in laughter”, said Rameshwari.

The film would be released on July 14.

It was shot extensively in and around Malerkotla and Patiala in 40 days. The movie has been directed by Mushtaq Pasha.

The cast of the movie include Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rakesh Bedi, Upasana Singh, Sunita Dheer, Rana Jung Bahadur and lead pair Manmeet Singh and Karishma.

The songs are sung by Sardool Sikandar, Kailash Kher, Jaspinder Narula, Labh Janjua and others.



Dr Joshi re-elected chief of Punjab Dental Council
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30
Dr J.L. Joshi, Principal, Christian Dental College here, has been re-elected president of Punjab Dental Council (PDC). The members of the council unanimously voted for him in a meeting held in Chandigarh on June 24. This is for the second time that he had taken over the presidentship of PDC.

Dr Joshi has a vast experience of 39 years in the field of ‘oral maxillo’ surgery. He joined Christian Medical College (CMC) in 1971 and had served in various administrative capacities, both in the hospital and college since then. He is the founder Principal of Christian Dental College, which was established with the primary aim of training young individuals as professionals who would be motivated to take up the challenge of working in dentally challenged areas of India. 



Concern over violation of law
Baby food manufacture
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 30
The unlawful and improper marketing practices and propagation of infant food by the multinational corporations and other companies, came under sharp focus at the five day training programme in nutrition education which concluded here today. The programme - Training of Trainers (ToT) was conducted by the Food and Nutrition Board of Government of India and 25 participants from state government departments attended the training course.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajinder Gulati, Head of the Paediatrics department at ESIC Model Hospital here, who is also the district coordinator of Breastfeeding Promotional Network of India, dwelt upon the infant milk substitutes, feeding bottles and infant foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution Act as amended in 2003, IMS Act).

He said in India, infant feeding practices were far from optimal and one of the reasons identified had been the commercial influence of the baby food manufacturers, who indulged in improper marketing practices, especially through advertisements of infant milk substitute and infant food, which was in clear violation of the IMS Act. The said legislation was enacted by the Union Government with the objective of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding by controlling the marketing practices of baby food manufactures. However, the baby food manufacturers continued to find loopholes to market their products.

Dr Gulati maintained that the Act banned promotion of any food for consumption of children under the age of two years. "Promotion can be by use of direct or indirect method of encouraging a person to purchase or use these products like promotion of the product directly to families or health workers in health care system. The Act further places a blanket ban on all advertisements by companies through print media like newspapers, magazines, bill boards, pamphlets, electronic media like television, cable network, SMS, radio or any other methods."

He remarked that advertisements issued by baby food manufacturers in contravention of the Act, often carried emotional slogans and the mothers got carried away with them. Marketing and promotional activities like distribution of samples and gifts to pregnant women, lactating mothers, doctors, nurses or direct contact with pregnant women or mother of an infant in hospital, residence, market place, as also sending mail to them was also banned under the provisions of this Act.

According to Dr Gulati, the companies manufacturing or marketing infant food, often use graphics such as teddy bear, birds and cartoons on the labels and information packs to promote their products. This practice overshadowed the factual mandatory information, contained on the labels for the benefit of mothers. It had also been observed that companies often disseminate education material with irrelevant and incorrect information or sponsored professional conferences, meetings, research and other educational events for doctors in an attempt to influence the medical professionals for advising mothers to use a particular product.

"Sponsoring hoardings for hospitals and chemist shops is another strategy. The IMS Act clearly bans the use of health care system in any of these promotional activities as well. Payment of commission to staff by the companies for promoting sales is also unlawful under the provisions of this Act."

He added that any person who contravened certain provisions of different sections in the IMS Act and rules made under Section 26 of the Act, would be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine which may extend to Rs 5000 or with both. Dr Gulati asked all the participants to remain vigilant of such promotional activities of companies and inform the appropriate authority in case the companies violate the provisions of IMS Act.



150 examined at hernia check-up camp
Our Correspondent

Doraha, June 30
A free hernia check-up camp was organised at Sidhu Hospital. Dr Jagmohan Singh, Vice-President, Indian Medical Association Punjab, inaugurated the camp. A total of 150 patients were examined during the camp.

He said no disease belonging to the province of surgeons required a greater combination of accurate knowledge and surgical skill for treatment than hernia.

He appreciated the efforts of the hospital to bring the latest technology to Punjab to benefit not only the rich, but also rural and poor people.

Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu, Director, explained that hernia was the protrusion of abdominal contents through a weak area in the abdominal wall. Depending upon the site and size of the hernia, it is treated through prolene hernia system.


Pentavox Herbals gets appreciation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30
The continuous efforts of India’s first certified Ayurvedic GMP company - Pentavox Herbals here, have been highly appreciated by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry for the global propagation of ayurveda. The company recently participated in Indian Ayurveda in AYUSH department’s exposition at World Health Assembly at Geneva (Switzerland) during last month.

The official appreciation letter received by Pentavox Herbals from Union Health Secretary Vijay Singh says: “I have the pleasure to place on record the appreciation of Department of AYUSH for the participation, and excellent display of your organisation in the Exposition on Indian Medicine in Geneva from May 24 to 26. The keen interest shown by you and your representatives in promoting and propagating AYUSH systems of medicine through the exposition contributed substantially to the success of the event. Therefore, I would take this opportunity to thank you and your organisation for your kind support and cooperation.”

Mr Jaideep Nagrath, Executive Director of Pentavox Herbals, said by participating in the World Health Assembly as a representative of Indian Ayurveda, the company had been provided with a different kind of opportunity for further exploring various possibilities for the promotion and development of ayurveda. For the country as a whole, the global event had been helpful to leave a stamp mark of achievements and potential of the ayurveda and other Indian systems of medicines, especially in the treatment of chronic problems.



Mahajan Juniors, Saraswati school emerge victorious
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 30
Mahajan Juniors XI and Saraswati Modern School recorded victories in the 10th Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (u-14) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at the Arya College for boys ground here today.

The first match played today between the Coaching Centre and the Mahajan Juniors XI was decided on the basis of run average as rain halted the play after Mahajan Junior XI's innings.

Batting first, the Mahajan Juniors made 211 runs for the loss of just three wickets in the stipulated 30 overs.

Deepin Chitkara and Parul added 170 runs for the first wicket. Deepin scored 54 runs while Parul remained unbeaten on 77 runs. For the Coaching Centre, Anant Kumar was the lone successful bowler capturing one for 37 runs.

In reply, the Coaching Centre were 94 for 2 after 17 overs when it started raining and when it stopped, the umpires decided to resolve it on the basis of run rate.

As the Mahajan Junior XI were 123 for no loss after 15 overs whereas, the Coaching Centre were 91 for 2. So, the umpires gave the verdict in favour of the Mahajan Juniors XI.

For the Coaching Centre, Sunny Pandey and Akshit were the main scorers hitting 23 and 31 runs, respectively while Deepin Chitkara of the Mahajan Juniors consumed both the wickets conceding 39 runs in his quota of six overs.

The second match played between the Saraswati Modern School and the Pankaj Club was too curtailed to 25-overs each side.

Batting first, the Saraswati School were all out for 176 runs in 24.3 overs. Gaurav top scored with 72 runs, followed by Manik and Kanav who chipped in with 34 and 26 runs, respectively while Shivam contributed 11 runs.

For the Pankaj Club, Abhinav Bhatia, Bhalender and Rishav claimed two wickets each for 33, 21 and 35 runs, respectively while Karan and Mohit took one wicket each after giving away 21 and 34 runs.

The Pankaj Club's innings culminated at 96 runs in 20.1 overs. Only two batsmen, Abhinav Bhatia (38) and Viran (12) could reach double figure. Rohan Chopra of the Saraswati School was the pick of bowlers grabbing four wickets for 16 runs in four overs.

Other successful bowlers were Kanav (2 for 23), Manik (2 for 5) and Tejas ( 2 for 20).



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