MLA-Councillor conflict keeps Phagwara dirty
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

In Ward Nos 10 and 11of Bhagatpura locality of Phagwara, smiles come rarely. Ask people questions, and they are likely to rattle off a litany of complaints Mostly they aren’t exaggerating.

The sewerage and street pavements are rarely cleaned. The areas in and around the wards is inundated during rains. Recently rainwater even entered houses in some areas.

Preet Nagar, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, Rampura and Ramgarhia Engineering College were the worst affected. “There’s almost no arrangement for drainage here,” says Dr Raman of Bhanoki Road.

After showers, roads are brimful with water, sewers are choked with garbage from overflowing bins and consequently, low-lying areas are flooded. At times sullage bubbles out of manhole covers makes way to houses.

Most residents allege that the Congress MLA of the area is an impediment in the development of the wards. “Our wards are represented by the SAD and BSP councillors and this MLA is always at loggerheads with these councillors, alleges a resident. “What hurts is that it’s the people who have to suffer in the end

Dr Raman, too, alleges that the MLA is ignoring the area as the ward councillors belong to the Opposition. “This is against the democratic feelings of the people who voted only for the development of their area.”

Manohar Lal, a resident of Ward No 10 told Jalandhar Plus that only four-inch sewer pipe was laid some 15 years ago for 300 houses. It is woefully inadequate for 3,000 houses, including an engineering college. The sewer pipe often overflows, mixes with drinking water, resulting in outbreak of epidemic in the area.

Residents, who live in the fear of an outbreak of an epidemic, approached the Nagar Council authorities many times along with councillors of these wards Sarabjit Kaur and Ramesh Kaul but there’s been no help forthcoming. Sarabjit Kaur, councillor of Ward No 10, had to feel the heat on Wednesday when her children were hospitalised after they consumed drinking water supplied by NC authorities which got mixed with sewerage water.

Councillors of the wards said they would do something about it and the NC authorities said they had sent teams to clear the blocked sewerage. 



Poor roads of Police Lines
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Roads around the residential quarters in Police Lines have not been metalled so far. The recent spell of rain flooded the entire colony. One could see the families of the policemen wading through pools of muddy water to reach their schools or workplaces.

The pathways have developed craters. Either vehicles get stuck or residents have a fall.

The residents find it hard to come out of the campus as neither rickshaw nor auto drivers dare to ferry passengers here. A cop’s wife working with a private firm said that at times, she had to call up a taxi to go to her office.

To add to their woes, the road outside the main gates also develops pools of rainwater even days after a moderate shower. Garbage thrown outside the walls makes the area stink.

The cops’ families said that they had repeatedly written to the senior officials in the lines as well as the SSP, but to no avail. They said that they had requested that at least one or two of the three main roads be carpeted. They added that since the higher officials lived in areas with proper civic amenities outside the lines, they could hardly feel for their state of living.

Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, could not be contacted as his phone was switched off.



Virsa Vihar mess
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Virsa Vihar, a centre for promotion of Punjabi heritage has got entangled in bureaucratic trouble.

An amount of Rs 1.13 crore has been spent from the MPLADS funds of Kartar Singh Duggal, former MP, to raise a duplex building at Namdev Chowk here two years ago.

The Public Works Department has not handed over the building to the administration for use as the Public Heath Department is yet to complete fittings of toilets. The electricity connections have also not been made functional.

The boundary wall has been broken and the passage is used for crossing over to Guru Nanak Dev District Library. There is an overgrowth of wild vegetation around the building.

Various taxi stand owners have occupied its front portion. Scores of big and small cars and temporary shelters have come up there. The building had been constructed with an aim to train youth in traditional art forms of the state.

During his recent visit to the city, Mr Shiv Singh, President, Punjab Lalit Academy, had presented a memorandum to the local administration demanding its opening so that it could be put to use for cultural activities. 



Jains of holy city
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs, has also been flocked by Jain monks for generations. The city has been seen Jain missionary activities for more than three centuries. Jains are one of the smallest of world religions.

Jains have a significant population in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat. A considerable number of Jains are also present in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. Innumerable Jain shrines in Punjab speak of Tirthankars (religious preachers), who spread the message of peace, non-violence, love and enlightenment in the region. Many tourists and pilgrims visit Jain temples in Amritsar. There are occasional references to Jain saints in the Guru Granth Sahib and other Sikh texts.

There are a large number of Jains in Punjab, particularly in Ludhiana and Patiala. More than 400 families live in the holy city. Before the Partion, Amritsar was big centre of Jains. Many, however, migrated after 1947. They moved to Haryana, New Delhi and other industrial towns during militancy.

Jains count amongst Amritsar’s prominent industrialists and political leaders, dominating woollen textiles, jewellery and medicine. They have established many schools and asylums for diseased.

Landmarks and temples

Chance finding of two idols of Lord Mahavir from the ancient water tank of Gurdwara Wasava Singh, a border village near Khemkaran, has established beyond doubt that Buddhism and Jainism flourished in the region many centuries ago. One of the idols has been lost due to callous attitude of all concerned while the other has been kept under a tree outside the Gurdwara.

The essence of Jainism is palpable in the temples and numerous illustrated manuscripts, preserved in a local Jain temple near Harmandar Sahib.

The magnificent, Shri Parsvanath Digamber Jain Mandir, near the Golden Temple is devoted to the 23rd Tirthankar of Jains, Lord Parsvnath. According to Mr Dheeraj Jain, former secretary, Shvetamber Sthnakwasi Jain Sabha, the three-storied temple is 310 years old. It has a pink-coloured 1.5ft high idol of Lord Parsvanath, along with smaller idols of other Tirthankars.

The place was visited by Jain saints and scholars. The library of the mandir has about 50 scriptures, out of which five, about 150 years old are written with hand in Prakrit.

The 32 Aagms written by Lord Mahavira are also in Prakrit. It was the spoken language of the people and developed from Sanskrit.

The Shri Arnath Jain Shwetambra Mandir in Jamadar Di Haveli has the 315-year-old idol of Lord Sheetal Nath, the 10th Tiranthankar. It was installed by Shri Vijay Nand Suri Maharaj, also known as Shri Atma Ram. The temple also has 115-year-old idol of Lord Arnath.

Shri Pujya Acharya Sohan Lal Samark on GT roadis built where Acharya’s mortal remains were kept by Lalu Shah and Nathu Shah’s family. He died in 1935. He had great knowledge of astrology and preached for 32 years in Amritsar. Mr Narinder Jain, president, Amritsar Printers and Processors Association, says Acharya Sohan Lal had predicted the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy and warned his community not to step out of their houses before the massacre. It was highlighted by the Discovery Channel also.


Oswals, whose forefathers settled in Amritsar, trace their origin to Rajasthan. The community had celebrated its foundation day from July 19 to 21, 2001, at Ossia, Jodhpur. It marked the completion of 2,457 years of existence of the community founded by Acharya Shri Ratna Prabh Sagar Maharaj, who was the sixth Pattadhar (descendent) of Tirthankar Lord Shri Parsvnath.



Smoking, drugs take toll on fertility
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

The effects of recreational drugs and smoking on male reproductive health were generally ignored, according to Dr S.S. Chawla, Director, Satjot Human Reproduction and Research Centre (SHRRC), Amritsar.

A study on 126 male infertile patients at the centre found that all 32 patients dependent on alcohol and other drugs suffered from reproductive dysfunction.

Users who have been drug dependent for more than four years had suffered an alarming decrease in the quality and quantity of sperms produced.

Drugs altered the hormonal profile of users, leading to a decline in sperm parameters.

The damage may be temporary or permanent. The impairment was proportional to the dose and time of drugs intake.

Dr Chawla said drug abuse was rampant in Punjab. According to the Punjab Health Department’s report in March more than 40 per cent youth between 15 to 25 years were addicted to drugs. Multiple drug abuse was common.

The focus of ill effects of smoking generally focused on the cardio-vascular system and lungs.

Smoking 20 cigarettes a day increased the risk of infertility by about 40 per cent.

According to a nation-wide average, one fourth to half of the adults above 15 years had fall prey to smoking.

Dr Chawla said smoking damaged the DNA of the sperm.

High intake of tea and coffee may be associated with delay in conception, he added. 



Munis for peace

A revered Jain saint, Pravartak Shri Suman Muni Ji Maharaj is in Amritsar for ‘chaturmas’ (period of four months).

On ‘pad yatra’ he has traveled on foot from Tamil Nadu through Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.

A master of Prakrit, he says Amritsar has been frequently visited by Jain monks. The Jain saint had visited Sikh shrines, including Gurdwara Sultanpur Lodhi, during his childhood.

Earlier during militancy in Punjab Jain Acharya Sushil Muni made efforts to find a solution to the problem.

He met Prof Darshan Singh, the then Jathedar the Akal Takht and visited Amritsar on a Peace Mission at the behest of Rajiv Gandhi.

Mr Justice D.K. Jain, former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and now in the Supreme Court of India was born at Jandiala Guru.

More than 100 Jain families still live in Jandiala Guru.

Davinder Kumar Jain was born on 19th February, 1943, in a business family. 



Doctor’s century
Ashok Sethi

Orthopedic surgeon Dr Avtar Singh, the chief replacement specialist of Amandeep Hospital here, was honoured by the BJP MP, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, at a function recently.

Lauding the achievement of the surgeon using ortho-pilot equipment, Mr Sidhu said that Dr Avtar Singh had brought glory in the field of joint replacement surgery to the holy city, which had the honour of producing a galaxy of eminent orthopedic surgeons in the country.

Mr Sidhu complemented Dr Avtar Singh and his staff for offering attending to poor and needy patients in his hospital.

He said Dr Avtar Singh had become the youngest surgeon in the country to do 100 knee operations with navigational systems in one year.

The Director of the German company B Braun India, Mr Eserman presented an approval to the Amandeep Hospital for the first referral and training centre of ortho-pilot in India. 



Boutique in village
Neeraj Bagga

Jyoti Sandhu, 40, with her entrepreneurial and painting skills has turned Sarhali village into a place where pieces of cloth are embroidered and painted.

The village ,located about 45 km away from Amritsar, with a population of over 14,000 has secured a place in the fashion industry of the north.

She receives customers from Delhi and Nagpur while sitting in her boutique-cum-workshop housed in her home which also has a farm house. She has provided employment to 125 village women without displacing them.

She began with a couple of cloth pieces a decade ago. Following her success about 10 more houses have sprung up in the village.

A former student of Fine Arts from APJ College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, Jyoti has prudently used her education.

On an average these rural women earn about Rs 1000 per month as they tend their households. Some girls have left their jobs as they found working with Jyoti profitable, while remaining at home.

Even women from surrounding villages take work from her. After returning from Assam in 1991 following rise in militancy there, husband Parminder Singh Sandhu left his job in a tea estate to manage 100-acre farm in his ancestral village.

The idea of painting and embroidering cloth dawned when she gifted a couple of painted linens to her relatives and friends and the response was good.

They asked for more and were ready to pay. It was enough to encourage her to start a boutique in the house with a room which now occupies total four rooms. Her husband immediately laughed away the idea of having a boutique in village. “I was proved wrong. Customers come to our place from as far as Chandigarh, Patiala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Faridkot”, he says with glint in his eyes.

She highlights her own painted floral designs by getting needle work done with sippi (shells) and beads giving glossy and vibrant look to her creations.

Another specialty of her boutique lies in knot stitching. As a suit and dupatta or a sari takes a month to prepare.

Her mix and match design is another significant feature.

She mixes floral design, shadow work and knot -stitching to make her work unique. 



2 lecturers present papers

Ms Harmeen Kaur Soch and Dr Jaspal Singh, Department of Commerce and Business Management, Guru Nanak Dev University, presented papers at international conferences.

Ms Harmeen, a senior lecturer, presented a paper at the 2006 Summer Educator’s Conference of the American Marketing Association (AMA) at the four-day conference held in Chicago. She co-authored the paper along with Dr H.S Sandhu.

Dr Jaspal Singh presented a paper on “Ethics in Advertisement in India – A Paradigm Shift” at the fifth Global Conference on Business and Economics held at Cambridge University, London. — OC



Evening college on good track
Neeraj Bagga

The only evening college in the city, Trai-Shatabdi Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, has shown commendable results. The school is run from the 68-year-old Sri Guru Ram Das Khalsa Senior Secondary School building.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) established the college in 1999 to celebrate 300 years of the Khalsa. It is the first degree college started by the SGPC in the city. Starting with 70 students, it has 600 students on rolls now.

The evening College offers postgraduate diplomas in computer application, business management, graduate degrees in information technology, computer application, economics, computer science commerce, besides M.Sc (Computer Science) and M.Com.

Mr Kulwinder Singh, Principal, said the thrust was on professional courses. B.Sc (non-medical) and B.Sc (computer maintenance) would be introduced from the next session.

The college has three labs with 100 computers and the latest multimedia projector. It also has sophisticated electronics, physics and accountancy labs.

Mr Kulwinder Singh was awarded the Vijay Rattan prize by the India International Friendship Society, Delhi last year.

The Principal said competitions in tying of turbans, Sikh dress, debate and quiz were organized regularly. The College has an annual bilingual (Punjabi and English) magazine ‘Adi Jugadi’. 



From Schools and Colleges
Kamla Nehru college gets new block
Tribune News Service

A new commerce block was inaugurated by the Principal, Mrs Kusum Verma, to celebrate Teacher’s Day at Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara.

The Youth Welfare Department of the college organised poster-making and collage-making competitions.

Saplings planted

As many as 400 saplings were planted around the Dana Mandi, Phagwara, by the Phagwara Market Committee and Aarhtiya Association. The local MLA-cum-Chairman, Punjab Foods and Agro Limited, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, planted a sapling.

The SDM, Mr Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal was also present on the occasion.

Workshop on female foeticide

The Child Development Project Officer organised a workshop on female foeticide in Naseerabad village, Phagwara, on Tuesday. She deliberated on the important issues of gender sensitisation, decline in the sex ratio, social and economic implications and strategies to be adopted.

Traffic rules

Mr Sucha Singh, traffic in-charge, Phagwara, told the students of GDR School, near Rawalpindi village of Phagwara, about traffic rules on Wednesday. Books on traffic rules were also distributed among the students.


The All-India Crime Prevention Society, Kapurthala unit elected new office-bearers in Phagwara on Wednesday. Mr Nikhil Syal was elected as district governor while Mr Chander Mohan Gulati was elected district president.

Other office-bearers of the society are: Mr Nishad Kaura – vice-governor; Mr Satpal Lamba – district chairman; Mr Sushil Aggarwal – secretary; Mr Rajesh Kumar – joint secretary, Mr Harish Kumar – finance secretary; Mr Hari Om Gupta – cashier and Mr Navnish Saini – PRO.

Mr Rachhpal Singh was elected member for life.

Medical camp

A free medical camp was organised at Arya Senior Secondary School, Phagwara, in association with the Lions Club Royal and Homoeopathy Club on Tuesday.

Dr Ashok Joshi, Dr Thakur Dass, Dr Sunil and Dr Jaspal Singh examined 325 patients and distributed free medicines. 



Young World
Students make prints
Tribune News Service

A week-long graphic print making woodcut workshop was organised at Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar.

Ninety one students from Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, MA (Fine Arts) and the PGDCA participated in the event.

Lecturer Mr Rajesh Kalsi taught students ways of playing with textural surfaces and intricacies of the techniques involved.

Talent hunt at KMV

A talent hunt show was organised at Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar, on Tuesday. Pallavi of BA-III stood first in poster making, landscape, clay modeling and collage making. In solo song, Ramandeep of BA-I stood first. Prizes in quiz contest went to Charanpreet of BA-I, Amisha of BCA-I, Aastha Saini of Honours School and Inderjit, stood first, second, third and fourth, respectively.

Card making contest

Tiny tots of Ambika Modern School participated in a card making contest on Saturday. The senior section students participated in tforming useful creations out of the heaps of waste material.

Poetry recitation

A poetry recitation competition was organised at Seth Hukum Chand Sanatan Dharam Public School, Kapurthala road. The Principal, Ms Manju Arora, gave the prizes to the winners. In a tree plantation drive, all each student planted a tree.


Students of Bachelor of Design, semester-IV, bagged top positions in examinations conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University this year. Mandeep topped with 818 marks. Shveta and Apneet stood second with 814 marks each and Divya Bahri stood third with 811 marks.

Tree plantation

Rotract Club of PCM SD College for Women participated in a tree plantation drive on the campus. Mr S.S. Johl, Commissioner, MC, planted a neem sapling.

Students’ council

The Department of Commerce, Lyallpur Khalsa College, constituted its students’ council on Monday. Geetika of M.Com-II was chosen president. Chandandeep Kaur of M.Com-II was taken as senior vice-president. Simer Sethi and Riva Arora of M.Com-I were selected vice-president and secretary, respectively.

Orientation programme

MGN College of Education organised a four-day orientation programme that concluded this week. Dr S.P. Malhotra, Dean, Academic Affairs, Kurukshetra University, was invited to talk on issues of professionalism in teaching.

Teacher’s Day

Teacher’s Day was celebrated at Kendriya Vidyalaya No 4, Jalandhar Cantonment. Students of class XII acted as teachers and presented a colourful cultural programme. Kavneet and Sahil Verma, head girl and head boy of the school, respectively, acted as the Principal and Vice-Principal, respectively.

A colourful programme was organised on September 5 at Mayor World School.

GDR Convent School, Phagwara, celebrated Teachers’ Day by holding a cultural show. A tree plantation drive was also held on the day. 



Market Buzz
Local Area Bank grows 62 pc
Tribune News Service

The Capital Local Area Bank recorded 62 per cent growth in the current year with a customer base of more than 70,000.

The bank business incresed from Rs 350 crore on March 31 to Rs 418 crore.

According to Mr Sarvjit Singh Samra, Managing Director, the net profit of the bank had also registered a compound annual growth of 68 per cent.

LIC Insurance week

The divisional office of the LIC held insurance week to celebrate its golden jubilee. The celebrations concluded on Thursday.

The Senior Divisional Manager, Mr T.R. Mendiratta, said the LIC had total assets of Rs 5.5 lakh crore.

He said that the division had registered a growth rate of 298.5 per cent on the first premium and 47.5 per cent growth rate on other of policies.

Design school

Xplora Design School, a vocational multimedia education and e-devlopment company, opened its office at New Jawahar Nagar on Thursday.

Mr S. Mahajan, partner, said that the students

opting for the course would be able to choose a career in graphic designing, animation

and web designing and development.



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