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Education officer pleads for no political interference
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 29
Mr Joginder Singh Aulakh, District Education Officer, Sangrur, and former Principal of the Government Senior Secondary School, Amargarh, who was selected for National Award for 2005, has urged leaders of various political parties to refrain from interfering in selection process of the awardees.

While talking to the Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Aulakh, a resident of Kup Kalan village near here, alleged that his selection for the prestigious award had been delayed due to unwanted interference of an Education Minister during SAD regime preceding the present Congress government.

Mr Aulakh had lodged his claim for the National Award in 2000 and after requisite evaluations his name was recommend by the state education department.

“As I had been working for the cause of teaching fraternity on various platforms, the then Education Minister could not digest my case being considered for the award.

“It was then resolved that only state awardee would be considered for national award,” said Mr Aulakh. However, he was conferred the state award the same year, that also without his lodging a claim.

Narrating the sequence of events reflecting political interference in selection process, Mr Aulakh alleged that the inspecting team, acting at the behest of certain political leaders, had submitted under-evaluated report that was later rectified on review in 2004.

“Instead of taking action against the erring officials, the authorities withdrew the amended report that year and considered my case in next year that fetched me national award ultimately,” rued Mr Aulakh.

He urged the leaders of various political parties to appreciate role of teachers irrespective of their political alliance.

Mr Aulakh is one of the three senior secondary teachers of state-selected by the Ministry of Human Resources Department for conferring National Award at New Delhi on September 5, the Teacher’s Day.

With 27 years of teaching experience to his credit, the evaluating team acknowledged development works undertaken by him at the cost of Rs 118 lakh.



College to celebrate memorial function
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 29
The 85th birth anniversary of the late Dr Ishwar Singh, the founder president of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha will be celebrated at the Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of the college on August 31.

Dr R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, will be the chief guest on the occasion. The function will be presided over by Dr S.M. Kant, Director, Youth Welfare, Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Principal of the college, informed that the day is being celebrated keeping in view the contribution of Dr Ishwar Singh towards the institution and his efforts towards the promotion of culture among students. “Cultural items including trinjan, jhummar, songs and dances shall be variedly presented on the occasion. Tributes will be paid to him,” Dr Sidhu added.

Bibi Bhagwant Kaur, chief patron, college management committee, Ms Roop Brar, president, Prof B.S. Pangli, general secretary, Mr J.S. Gill, director, Mr Jogeshwar Singh Mangat, senior vice-president. Mr Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill, vice-president, Mr Harpartap Singh Brar, Mr Tarlok Singh Jaggi, joint secretary, Mr Adarsh Pal Bector, treasurer among others will grace the occasion.



From Schools and Colleges
Seminar by British Council
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, organised a seminar by the British Council here today. The resource person was Ms Illa Vij. She was assisted by Ms Shelly Kwatra, education information officer of British Library, Chandigarh.

The seminar was held by the British Council with a view to acquainting parents with new methodologies adopted by the school for the improvement of English.

Sports day celebrated

National Sports Day was celebrated with exuberance here today at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women.

Principal Madanjit Kaur Sahota briefed students about how sports could bring about harmonious synthesis. She felicitated cadets Rajbir Kaur and Parminder Kaur for presenting a spectacular show during the annual administrative inspection of 3 Punjab Girls Battalion.

She said the college had been allotted weight-lifting and rifle-shooting wings by the Sports Department, Punjab.

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp was organised by the Youth Club of Arya College (Women Section) here today. The camp was held in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society. Ms Priya Sharma, in charge women section, inaugurated the camp. More than 25 students donated blood at the camp.



A passion for photography
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 29
Photography runs in Bobby Sharma’s blood. He strives to fill colour to his father’s conventional photography. Both his native village Maloud and photo studio bear a distinct identity.

It is his photographic knack, that his village is now on the world map through an Asian magazine called “Better Photography”. Ten of his posters, life pictures and nature clippings have been awarded in the magazine.

“Asian Photography”, another world magazine, has acknowledged the photographic skills of this versatile genius. Bobby has also won eight competitions conducted by a monthly magazine “Alive”, published from Delhi . His pictures find a special place in magazines and newspapers as more than 1,200 of them have been published.

Bobby has an affinity with nature. Twice he has been to Leh-Ladakh to have a close feel of nature. He feels the beauty of Pengong lake on the Indo-China border has been marred by the border. His pictures bring out the sordid reality that man has selfishly intruded upon nature.

“The lake arouses a sense of alienation in me as I feel its division is one of the meanest acts of mankind. What else can remain intact when even nature has not been spared?” he says.

His craze for “unique” photography has landed him in trouble several times. He recalls the day when he was stopped by securitymen near the Dras sector. “Considering me to be an intruder, they snatched my camera and questioned me about my whereabouts. Although I was able to convince them, I had to return emptyhanded,” he says.

Nothing escapes the flash of his camera. All emothions hold a special fascination for him.

“My grandfather, left the Army and opened a photo shop in Maloud. My father, too, followed his footsteps. Financial need initially made me join my father’s work. Gradually, I realised something deeper in me to express to the world. In the camera, I discovered my passion,” he adds.



Bengal culture showcased at exhibition
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, August 29
To get the feel of the culture and craftsmanship of West Bengal, about 30 designing students of the Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology (SIFT) here visited Nadya, Shantiniketan, Bishnupur and Mithnapur of West Bengal recently.

The students felt that it was not an easy job to stay in remote villages but the experience with the simple villagers was memorable. The students had put up an exhibition of various things prepared during their stay in the state at the SIFT institute here yesterday.

Ridhima Jain, group leader, said it was an amazing trip. They learnt so much about the culture of West Bengal. "People are so creative and hard-working but due to financial constraints, they could not prosper. Secondly, they are so satisfied in their own world, that they will not leave their homes easily", she said.

Group leaders of these batches, including Esha, Shweta Walia, Neha and Nidhi, said they learnt to make clay dolls, kanthawork, terracotta work, Baluchari saris and Patchitra paintings during their stay.

"We were surprised to see that a craftsman takes about 1-2 years to make a good kanthawork sari. But they were not getting even the half of what they deserved. We have asked our Director (SIFT) to help those poor craftsmen by promoting their craft. In today's exhibition, we have tried to merge the cultures of West Bengal and Punjab by showing their craftsmanship in products like lamp shades, corsets, Punjabi juttis, cushion covers, mats, pottery, etc", said Nidhi, one of the students.

The scenes of Ramayana and Mahabharata were depicted on the saris prepared and displayed by the students with the help of West Bengal artisans.

"It was difficult to adjust with the environment initially because of the difference in the food. But we were adamant that we were there to learn and not to complain so everything went well. In this exhibition, we have tried to show their craft, culture and creativity. Conch shell products, stone-carved jewellery and baluchari craft have really been admired by the visitors. We will be taking orders for them to promote their craftsmanship", said Neha, another student.



Playback singing her dream
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, August 29
Gurlez Akhtar, a student of BA-I of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women whose album “N Maar Sohneya Gere” was released recently, wants to sing for Bollywood.
Gurlez said prior to this she was a co-singer in hit music audios like “Sharif munda”, “Tere jehi kudi”, “Jatt dee torr”, etc. “But with the release of this cassette, I have gained a lot of confidence. The music of 10 songs has been composed by Lal-Kamal and the lyricists include Karamjit Puri, Gurnam Gama and Sangtar Shaif,” she said.

She said she got the training in vocal music from her father Darshan Khan. Her cousin has already sung in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”. “I am getting training from Ms Mohanbir Kaur Rana, a music lecturer at GNK College for Women,” she said.

Ms Manju Chawla, Principal of the college, said: “Besides being an obedient and good student, she is a good artiste. I know her calibre and I am sure that she would achieve heights as a singer.”


Metabolic disorder rising among adolescents
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 29
North Indian adolescent population has witnessed a progressive rise of obesity and metabolic syndrome in recent years. Metabolic syndrome consists of constellation of risk factors like high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol and high glucose levels. These risk factors make the victims vulnerable to heart attack and diabetes at a young age. In addition, heart attack occurs at an earlier age in Indians.

These conclusions have been drawn in a study published in “Diabetes Care”. The study, conducted among 1083 school children, by Dr Ramanbir Singh, a consultant diabetes specialist and endocrinologist at SPS Apollo Hospitals here, is the first such documented survey from India to estimate the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in adolescents.

The study suggests that due to global commercialisation, a large number of adolescents gorged on colas, pizzas and burgers and led a sedentary lifestyle. At the same time, outdoor activities like hockey, badminton, and jogging had been replaced by TV, internet and cyber cafes.

According to the study, 4.2 percent of adolescents were suffering from metabolic syndrome. Five per cent were overweight, degree of obesity was directly proportional to the number of hours spent on watching TV. It showed that 36.6 per cent of the overweight adolescents had metabolic syndrome in comparison to normal weight subjects in which the prevalence was only 1 per cent. The study further substantiated the fact that a large number of overweight children in the region were bound to develop metabolic syndrome.

Dr Singh recommended that the remedy for this malady was to reduce the intake of junk food and involve children in outdoor activities. Regular moderate exercise of 30 to 40 minutes per day for most of the week will help preventing the emergence of metabolic syndrome among the adolescents.



DMCH website for transplant olympics launched
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
To provide detailed information on organ transplantation, patient education and registration in the ‘9th All-India Transplant Games and SAARC Transplant Olympics’ to be held here in October this year, the official website www.transplantdmc.org was formally launched at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here yesterday.

Mr Prem Gupta, secretary of the DMCH Managing Society, inaugurated the website in the presence of Dr Jagdeep Whig, Vice-Principal, Dr Rajoo Singh Chinna, Medical Superintendent, Dr B.S. Aulakh, Dr J.S Sandhu and Dr Dinesh Jain.

Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, urologist and transplant surgeon at the DMCH, who is the chief organiser of the mega event, elaborated that the site would prove to be a useful tool for promoting the cause of cadaver organ donation among the masses or to those who had just had a transplant, and were on the road to renewed fitness.

“It will also be useful for families of transplant recipients and donors where they can explore in detail about organ transplantation after-care of both the organ recipient and the donor.”

According to Dr Aulakh, the two-day national transplant games and SAARC Transplant Olympics, would comprise athletics and other sports competitions among recipients of organ transplants. The event would be organised at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium here on October 27 and 28 under the aegis of the All-India Transplant Games Federation, the Society for Constructive Education (NGO) and the DMCH.

The competitions will be open to anyone who had received a life-saving solid organ transplants like heart, liver, kidney, lung, pancreas or cornea. Bone marrow recipients would also be eligible to participate. Participants in these competitive games are expected from SAARC countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, besides the host India.

Dr Aulakh said the participants could use this website for registration. Detailed information on registration and forms was available on the site. Registration form could be downloaded and sent on given address by the stipulated dates.

The c-organisers, Dr Dinesh Jain and Mr Suresh K. Sharma, said this web site would be an asset for the organ recipients, donors and their families.



Five city doctors to attend world congress
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Dr L S Chawla, founder Vice-Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and president, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, will lead a delegation of 21 doctors and students to the world congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) being held in Helsinki, Finland, from September 6 to 10.

The delegation includes five doctors from Ludhiana and three medical students from different states.

The Indian doctors will make presentations in several sessions. Dr Chawla will chair the session on South Asia and Dr Arun Mitra will make presentations on the issue of energy security. The students will make presentations in the students’ session. The delegation will also put up several posters prepared by Dr N. S. Bawa.

Emphasising on the need for world peace, Dr Chawla said as many as Rs 10 crore was spent on defence in one minute in the world. If this amount was spent on poverty alleviation and hunger, the world would become happy and misery of lakhs of people would end.

Dr Chawla observed that South Asia was amongst the poorest regions in the world. The problems of poverty and hunger could be sorted out if hostility was ended and good neighbourly relations were built.

Opposing the Indo-US nuclear deal, Dr Chawla said this would further gag the economy of the nation and increase the danger of nuclear weaponisation of South Asia and make them dependent on extremely hazardous nuclear energy for power generation. Physicians from South Asia will meet during the congress and discuss the issue.

Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary, said the USA must stop its support to Israel and end crisis in West Asia to avoid nuclear war in the region. 



3 fresh dengue cases in city 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Three fresh cases of dengue were reported from different parts of the city yesterday, taking the total number of dengue patients admitted in the last fortnight to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here to 12.

Early last week, the hospital authorities had reported nine confirmed cases of dengue, including four from the city and five others from elsewhere in the state.

According to a report submitted by the DMCH authorities to the district health administration yesterday, Mandeep Singh (18) from Thapar Chowk, Jalandhar bypass, Rajesh Bajaj (34) from Urban Estate, Dugri, and Ms Santosh Rani (45) from Basti Abdullapur, under treatment in the hospital, had tested positive for dengue.

The District Epidemiologist, Dr Ajit Singh Chawla, however, claimed that such a small number of dengue cases in a city with huge population was normal during the prevailing weather conditions and there was no cause for concern. The department would take necessary preventive steps like anti-mosquito sprays and awareness camps in the affected areas, he added.

Even as the reports of city residents falling prey to dengue and gastroenteritis as a matter of routine have exposed the claims of health officials, the civic body and district administration of having taken adequate preventive measures, a large section of the city residents lamented that the spread of such seasonal diseases was a foregone conclusion in the wake of the pathetic level of sanitation in most of the city localities, erratic or selective fumigation and widespread complaints of supply of contaminated water.



DMCH doctors attend workshop in Hyderabad
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, Professor and Head, Department of Gastroenterology, and Dr Sandeep Sandhu, Professor of Gastroenterology, DMCH, attended an international workshop on pancreato biliary endoscopy organised by the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Hyderabad.

Dr Chhina said the purpose of the workshop was to update participants on the latest application of endoscopic therapies for various pancreatic diseases and proper application of endoscopic therapies for biliary disease.



Kila Raipur school students emerge champion
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 29
Students of Nankana Sahib Senior Secondary School, Kila Raipur, performed well to help the Gujjarwal Zone to emerge zonal champion in the Inter-Zonal Schools Hockey Tournament organised by the Punjab School Education Department in Ludhiana district. They represented Gujjarwal Zone which emerged victorious in the u-14 and u-17 years sections.

According to a press note issued by Mr Surinder Mohan, Principal of Nankana Sahib Senior Secondary School, Kila Raipur, 12 students of this school participated in the u-17 section. In the final, Gujjarwal Zone prevailed upon Jagraon Zone 2-0 to emerge as champions.

Similarly, in the u-14 category, 10 boys from this school represented Gujjarwal Zone which came out triumphant in the final. Gujjarwal Zone lads defeated Badhowal Zone 3-0 to secure the zonal title.

Mr Surinder Mohan congratulated the young players and hockey coaches, Mr Kulwant Singh and Ms Avtar Kaur, for bringing glory to the school.



GNPS girls shine in roller skating tourney
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Girls of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, performed will to win titles in the District Roller Skating Championship which concluded at the GNP School campus here today.

In the u-14 years category, Guru Nanak Public School bagged the title while the second and third spots were secured by Kundan Vidya Mandir School and Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarbha Nagar, respectively.

Guru Nanak Public School eves won top honours in the u-17 years section. Sacred Heart Convent School finished as runners up. In the u-19 years category, Guru Nanak Public School finished ahead of their immediate rivals from Sacred Heart Convent School, to win the title.

However, in the u-11 years section, Sacred Heart Senior Convent School clinched the title while CFC School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, had to be content with the second position. Hosts Guru Nanak Public School secured the third spot.



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