PAP Chowk, Rama Mandi function as improvised bus stands, traffic jams common
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Even as the inter-state bus terminus is located barely 4 km from the PAP Chowk, the tri-junction is commonly functioning as the bus stand for commuters going towards Amritsar, Pathankot or Jammu areas. During the peak hours, the area gets overcrowded, making it accident prone and causing traffic congestion.

Both public and private transport buses stop there for a few minutes for passengers waiting there. In an effort to save time, commuters coming from Ludhiana or Chandigarh side stop there and change the buses to go to Amritsar or Jammu. They do this to avoid going to bus stand. Their contention is that this saves their 30 to 40 minutes or even more, in case the level crossing near Lyallpur Khalsa College closes at that time.

Alternatively, those coming from Amritsar side stop at the PAP Chowk to board a bus going from Jalandhar side to Ludhiana or Chandigarh side. This side is even more congested because of some technical reasons. The road lane behind the footpath along the PAP headquarters that could act as an island is not used. In fact, this lane is often flooded with water, making it impossible for anyone to stand there.

The traffic police here has created an extra lane by tying a rope in the centre of the one side of the road. The inner side of the division thus created is used for buses to stop and take passengers, leaving little space for the commuters to go to the other side of the rope across the GT Road.

The problem also exists at the Rama Mandi Chowk, a roundabout at the next cross section. Since hundreds of residents commute from Jalandhar to Hoshiarpur and back daily, many prefer to start their bus journey from here to save time. All buses coming from Jalandhar stop here after turning towards the Hoshiarpur road, a little before the flyover.

Similarly, those coming from Hoshiarpur to Phagwara or Ludhiana also stop here and board another bus from the chowk going towards that side. This side of the chowk on the GT Road also proves to be chaotic to the commuters. This is happening despite the notice on a signboard there, directing passengers towards the bus stand, and despite the presence of traffic police personnel there.

The previous DSP Traffic, Mr Gautam Singal, had tried to devise a system whereby buses were not allowed to stand at the chowk and commuters were diverted towards the bus stand, but it proved to be futile.

Mr Jagjit Singh, new DSP Traffic, said that he was formulating plans as per which the buses would not be allowed to stop at the roundabouts. But they would be allowed to stop at fixed points a little ahead so that there were no traffic hurdles. He felt that it was very difficult to convince passengers to go to the bus stand as they had become habituated to board buses from there. 



Civic amenities in a mess at Urban Estate-I
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Bad roads, rainwater accumulated in huge potholes and garbage strewn about at every nook and corner. This is the picture of Urban Estate, Phase-I, Jalandhar, at the close of the monsoons.

While the colony had got its roads re-laid just two years back, these roads are in worst condition now. The roads have got completely washed off at many places, and deep craters have formed at other points.

Residents said that accidents were common because of skidding. They said that the condition worsened when rainwater accumulated in these craters and potholes. “Commuters cannot see the potholes because of rainwater. Many a time accidents take place,” said a dhaba owner in the colony.

Even as one enters the colony from the Garha side, the bumpy ride starts. If one moves ahead on the road on right side of Gurdwara Singh Sabha there, one can easily notice that there is hardly any road except broken pieces of stones.

The residents of house numbers 1005 to 1014 of the colony are the worst affected. The road in their area has been washed off because of the rains.

The residents are also perturbed over the garbage heaps in the colony that they said were not lifted regularly. Mr Ankur, owner of a garment store at the entry point of Urban Estate-I, said that the stench emanating from the waste was so intense at times that he found it difficult to sit in his shop. “Flies and mosquitoes swarming there further add to our problem,” he added.

Mr A.S. Multani, a member of the Urban Estate Welfare Society, said that they had made a representation to PUDA officials, but to no avail.

Mr S.C. Gandha, SE, PUDA, said the roads had got damaged due to the rains. He added that the garbage heaps at the entry point of the colony were being thrown by residents from nearby colonies of the Municipal Corporation.

He said that barbed wires put up there made no difference. He added that he was taking up the matter with the MC officials and asking them to find a suitable solution to protect the misuse of their land. Mr Bhagwant Singh, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, said that he would get the problems rectified.



Students gear up for national-level science exhibition
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Having been selected in the regional-level science exhibition organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) last week, five teams from four local schools are now preparing for the national-level exhibition to be held on October 6 and 7 at Gurgaon.

Recasting their models and adding new technology, the students are putting their best efforts to make a mark in the national-level exhibition that could take them to a contest to be held later at the international level.

The five local teams selected for the contest include that of Swami Sant Dass Public School here. The students had prepared a model on “Celebrating birthday” under the sub-theme of “Communication and information technology in education”.

Three models presented by local schools were selected under the category “Environment management”. Students of Dayanand Model School presented a model on “Irrigation through satellite”. The team from Delhi Public School put up a model on “Waste water treatment”. The model of the host team, Apeejay School, on “Reduce, reuse and recycle”, too, has been selected in the same category.

Another team from the school has been selected for the national-level contest under the sub-theme “Mathematic models” in which three students, Abhay Navjeet Singh and Anchal Bansal from Class X, and Rishabh Babuta from Class VIII had presented a cluster of models on solving linear equations without using formulas, solving Pythagoras Theorem by different methods, finding equivalent fraction of 1/29, and dividing a strip into equal parts or any particular ratio, all without using complex mathematical calculations. The team also depicted mathematical puzzles that attracted many visitors. Interestingly, out of the six participants in this category, the Apeejay School team was the only one to get selected.

While as many as six teams have been selected under the sub-theme of “Environment management” at the regional level, and all are bound to face tough competition, the Apeejay School team, which will be the only one from the region in the mathematical models category, will have an easier going.

Abhisaar Sharma, Tarik Gupta and Sidhartha Attri, all Class IX students of Apeejay School, said that they had demonstrated organic farming, vermicompositing and paper recycling techniques in their model. But they said that they were now planning to add rain water harvesting, preparation of organic pesticides and other newer technologies for the competition ahead. 



Different Strokes
Thind’s literary journey from reviews to travelogue
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Sukhpal Singh Thind’s parents wanted him to be a doctor, but he had a literary inclination. Though parental pressure made him join the science stream, he continued to nurture his literary aspirations. He loved reading Punjabi literature. His love for literature made him leave MSc (Chemistry) midway to join MA Punjabi at Punjabi University, Patiala.

Today Thind has carved a niche for himself in the Punjabi literary circle. Two interesting travelogues go to his credit.

While he penned his first travelogue “London Nu Mildian” in 2003, a year after participating in the first World Punjabi Conference held in England in 2002, his second travelogue “Canada: Ik Bagh Bahurangi” came in
the market in 2005, two years after attending the second World Punjabi Conference held in Canada in 2003.

Thind portrays in his travelogues the trials and travails of Punjabis forced to go abroad because of their financial condition.

The Punjabis in India think that their counterparts settled abroad are leading a glamorous life, but it’s not so. The Punjabis living abroad face countless tensions due to cultural contradictions there.

His travelogues have been well noticed in the literary world. A well-known Punjabi critic Wariyam Sandhu has stated about his first travelogue that Sukhpal has
the ability to pen extraordinary literature.

Several students are doing Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) on his travelogues at Guru Nanak Dev University, Kurukshetra University and Punjabi University.

Born at Boolpur village falling in Sultanpur Lodhi sub-division of Kapurthala district, Thind has been
teaching in various colleges as a Punjabi lecturer since 1997. Presently teaching at Government College,
Kapurthala, he proved his
teaching skills at Government College, Sidhsar, Ludhiana, and Government College, Hoshiarpur.

“My writing skills came to the fore during my visit to England when I was invited to take part in
the first World Punjabi Conference. This visit was personally beneficial to me,” he says.

“I joined PhD in Punjabi because of my inclination towards creative
literature, but I became a critic after completing my PhD in 1994,” he adds.

His book “Birtant-Shashtra: Uttar Aadunik Paripekh” was published in 2002.

Thind was provided fellowship by the UGC when he cleared the examination for lectureship. The UGC
also gave him a post-doctoral fellowship in 2005. He prepared papers on “Heer Waris Da Virtant Shastri Adayan” and “Punjabi Galp Ch Dalit Chetna”.

Nowadays, he is busy reviewing Mittarsen’s novel “Kaurav Sabha’ for postgraduate students of Kurukshetra



Young World
7 students of Swami Sant Dass School clear NTSE
Deepkamal Kaur and Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Seven students from Swami Sant Dass Public School, Jalandhar, have cleared the national-level National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), the result of which was declared on Saturday. The students are Gurpreet Singh, Hitesh Mahajan, Harinder Singh, Harsimranjit Singh, Jasdeep Singh, Rabia and Ishaan. Saurabh Khanna, a pass out from St Joseph Senior Secondary School, too, has cleared the prestigious examination.

Mathematics workshop

A mathematics workshop was conducted at Dhilwan International Public School, Karol Bagh. The workshop was conducted by Mr Siyaram Manmauji, a resource person. He taught numerous ways of calculations to the students. Children from Classes II to IX participated in the workshop. Ms Sarvesh Deol, Principal, said that the workshop was of much help to the students.

Hindi Week

Ambika Modern School, Jalandhar, celebrated the Hindi Week that concluded on September 16. During the week, the students were told about the various forms of Hindi literature. A play titled “Samajdhar log” was enacted by the students. A “Hasya Kavi Sammelan” was also organised. Inter-house Hindi story-telling competition, paper-reading competition and Hindi poetry-recitation competition were also organised. Principal Navita Puri asked the students to give eminence to their “rashtriya bhasha” Hindi.

Dance contest

An inter-house solo and group dance contest was organised at Lawrence International School, Jalandhar, based on different festivals of India. Dances were based on festivals, including Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratras, Basant Panchmi and Holi. Among juniors, Palak, Ghazal and Jyotika won prizes.

Leadership camp

Students of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar, participated in a camp organised by the Directorate of Youth Services, Punjab, in Manali. Ojasvini Gupta was given the honour of being the most harmonious and cooperative camper. Nivedita was chosen as the best classical dancer. Amandeep won the first prize in group discussion. Asha Bhagat got the second prize in mental ability game.

Inter-house yoga

An inter-house yoga competition was organised at Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar. Various asanas were performed by the students. The contestants were adjudged on the basis of coordination within their groups. The “Yashasvi House” bagged the first position, followed by the “Manasvi House” and the “Ojasvi House”.

Overall trophy

The team from Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya won the overall trophy in inter-college skit and histrionics contest organised by the Rotary Club. The skit team led by Kamna Munjal won the first prize, while the histrionics team of Bhavneet bagged the second prize. Surabhi Jyoti won a special prize for outstanding performance as an actor.

Campus placement

A team from NIIT, New Delhi, held recruitment of MCA final-year students at Lovely Institutes on September 18 and 19. Recruitment will be made to the post of trainee software engineers and successful candidates will be entitled to a package of Rs 2.8 lakh per annum. The selection procedure included a written test, followed by two interviews, one to test technical knowledge and the second to assess overall personality.

Freshers’ party

The CT Institute of Management and Information Technology organised Jashn-2006, a freshers’ party at Lilly Resorts. Vishal and Surinder presented solo dance, Syeed Nomaan presented mimicry, Nisha and her group performed Western dance, Amit and group staged jhumar, a folk dance, and bhangra was performed by the students of MBA (third semester). A modelling contest was held for the newcomers. Parul was chosen as Ms Fresher, while Ankit became Mr Fresher.

Awards day

Sanskriti KMV School, Jalandhar, organised an awards day for pre-primary wing. Students from pre-nursery to KG were awarded trophies by Principal, Mr Jeevan V.K. Kids presented dance on foot-tapping music. Students presented a fancy dress show in which they mimicked cartoon characters, mythological characters, flowers and trees.

Badge ceremony

Seventy students of the Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, were given badges after they became members of the Students’ Welfare Association. Navdeep Chopra of BCA-III became the headboy, while Kangna of B.Com-III was chosen as the headgirl. Dr Sucharita, Principal, wished them good luck and she asked them to execute their responsibility with utmost devotion.

CBSE B’ball

Apeejay School, Jalandhar, won the first prize in the girls’ section in the CBSE Sahodaya Basketball Tournament held at BSF Senior Secondary School. Army Public School team got the second prize. Seventeen teams of boys and 12 teams of girls participated in the contest, said Mr S.S. Kohkhar, Principal.

Founders’ Day

GDR Convent School, Phagwara, organised the Founders’ Day on Saturday. The management and staff visited Nandachaur to pay tribute to Guru Dass Ram on his birthday. Teachers and students took part in an assembly and pledged to follow ethical values and ideals of Guru Dass Ram. Ms Rupali Saini resolved to provide the best education to students through dedication and devotion.

Ozone preservation

The Swachchta Abhiyan Manch and Ecko Club, Phagwara, organised the “International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer” in Government Middle School at Gandma village in Phagwara on Saturday.

Mr Rajan Chopra, Principal of the school, highlighted the role of ACs, refrigerators and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the destruction of the ozone layer. He said the present lifestyle and the need for comfort was ruining the ozone layer as well as the future of the next generation.

Mr Chopra said that creating awareness among public about major environmental issues was important. He also announced a ban on the use of polythene and plastic bags on the school premises. He asked the students of the school to recommit themselves to the cause of preservation of the ozone layer.

Hindi Divas

As part of the Hindi Divas celebrations on Thursday, students from the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, pledged to give Hindi language its due.

Dr Neelam Sethi, Head, Postgraduate Department of Hindi, welcomed Dr Harmohinder Singh Bedi, Dean, Faculty of Language, Guru Nanak Dev University, who was the main orator on the occasion.

Dr Bedi, in his lecture, said that in the time of globalisation, a cultural village needed to be established in the world, with Hindi language and its literature playing a vital role in it. He gave answers to the queries of the students. He also gave away the prizes to the students who had got positions in essay writing, short story writing, Hindi signature and paragraph writing competitions.

Dr Ajay Sharma, a noted Hindi novelist, college Principal Ms Kusum Verma, Ms Saroj, Head, Department of Punjabi, Miss Reena, Head, Department of Journalism and Mass Media, were also present on the occasion.

Hindi seminar

Mohan Lal Uppal DAV College, Phagwara, organised a seminar on the occasion of the Hindi Divas on the college campus on Saturday. Dr Kailash Nath Bhardwaj, former principal of R.K. Arya College, Nawanshahr, delivered an informative lecture on the significance and relevance of Hindi in the world literature. He also emphasised that Hindi should be promoted in the country so that it could occupy its relevant place and could win back the dignity and prestige it had enjoyed in the past.

The college Principal, Mr R.K. Mahajan, also supported the views of Dr Bhardwaj by stressing that Hindi, being our mother tongue, must be given importance not only in our day to day life but should also be made compulsory in academic curriculum.

Cultural contests

The Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, organised district-level competitions at Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Phagwara, on Friday. In the primary section, Richa got the second prize in dance competition, while in handwriting competition, Deepika bagged the second position. In painting competition, Stuti stood third.

In the middle section, Rajinder bagged the second position in average knowledge, while Manpreet got the third position in folk songs.

In the senior secondary level competitions, Nidhi stood third in folk songs, while Gaurav Thukral was placed second in painting competitions. The managing committee of the school awarded prizes to the winners of various competitions.

Wrestling teams

The Wrestling team of Kapurthala district for the Punjab Junior Wrestling Championship to be held from September 20 to 22 in Faridkot was announced here under the presidentship of Mr Bharpur Singh Bhogal at the Ramgarhia Polytechnic College, Satnampura in Phagwara.

Sandip Kumar was selected in the 50-kg category, while Balbir Singh will take part in 55-kg category. Manjinder Singh was selected for 60-kg, Baljit Singh for 66-kg, Sandeep and Hari Singh for 74-kg, Rohit Kumar for 84-kg, Surjit and Pardeep for 96-kg and Hardip Singh for 120-kg categories. Mr P.R. Sondhi, the coach of the team, announced this.



Farewell to paper and pen
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Some years back kids were meticulously taught the art of writing. In fact, Mahatma Gandhi always regretted not having a good handwriting. Cut to 2015, pen and paper may be mere antiques. These symbols of individual expression may very well become obsolete.

Are you ready for this future sans pen and paper? Well, with the invasion of technology it seems that this paperless future is not far off.

With the onslaught of technology, traditional ways of teaching and socialisation are on the brink of being wiped out. Interests like reading, poetry, theatre and traditional forms of entertainment are facing the acid test of survival against new-age computer games, movies and music. So much so that even art is going digital.

Another skill that is bearing the brunt is the art of writing. People are becoming increasingly reluctant to write and prefer typing. “Who wants to mess around with pen and paper in the age of e-mail, particularly when typing saves time and storing documents is easier?” questions Mr Vinod Malhotra, a bank employee.

Kids, who are barely able to write, are now experimenting with keyboards. “My child is only four-year-old and he can easily type whatever I dictate to him,” says Ms Meenakshi, a resident of Chahal Nagar in Phagwara.

But the problem that is arising is that children start typing too early, way before they become adept at writing. Says Ms Ayesha Duggal, a schoolteacher, “I have been teaching for many years now. The handwriting of students is deteriorating in this keyboard era.”

“A person’s handwriting reveals his character and personality. Making subtle changes in your handwriting can alter certain personality traits,” says Mr Mohan Khurana, who runs a coaching institute.

Can the fact that children these days are not writing enough obliterate the once-famed art of handwriting? “Paperwork and writing are soon going to become things of the past. Maybe people will hold their pens only to give autographs,” says Professor Joginder Singh.

“Writing involves psychological mechanism, which influences our mood and thoughts. The spontaneity and pleasure that accompany writing is missing in typing, and this I believe can withhold creativity,” says Ms Jasbir Kaur, a teacher. “I even write my diary on the computer,” says Rajesh Minhas, a student of DAV College in Phagwara.

So are we on the verge of bidding adieu to the age of ‘penmanship’? Answers Mr J.P. Kapur, a psychologist, “I think man will continue to write as a form of expression though the tools may change with time. But then, this is the way man has evolved — losing some abilities and developing others.” 



New Sunflower School students bag top positions
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Students of New Sunflower School, Satnampura, Phagwara, bagged 12 positions in various competitions organised by the Punjab School Education Board in the district.

In the primary group, the school students bagged the first, the second and the third positions in shabd singing, declamation contest and song singing, respectively.

In the elementary group, the school students stood first in poem recital, second in shabd singing and third in declamation contest and poetry.

In the secondary group, the students of the school bagged the first, the second and the third positions in writing, declamation contest and simple knowledge, respectively.

The school Principal, Ms Jaswinder Kaur, congratulated the winners on this occasion.

Blood donation camp

The Ramgarhia Institute of Engineering and Technology, Phagwara, under the banner of the newly-formed DESL Club of the institute, organised a blood donation camp in its library on Saturday.

More than 40 students of the institute donated blood.

Speaking on the occasion, chief guest, Raja Kanwar Narinderpal Singh, Tehsildar, Phagwara, said that blood donation was one of the noblest things.

Phagwara SMO, Dr Yash Mitra, said that any healthy person between the age of 18 and 55 could donate blood that could be regained within 24 hours after donating it. Mr Bharpur Singh Bhogal, president of the institute, Mr Vyoma Bhogal, director, Mr RK Dhawan, principal, and Mr Arjun Singh Parmar, club president, were also present on the occasion.

‘Great Day’ function

The JCI, Phagwara City, celebrated the “Great Day” function at the local KG Resort here on Sunday.

The members, who had put in more than 10 years of social service for the organisation, were given awards on the occasion.

Amandeep Sondhi and Aditya Romeo were honoured with the “Young Achievement” award, while Atamjit Singh, Junior Engineer, PSEB, got the “Public Service” award.

On the concluding day of the week-long celebrations on Sunday, Mr Piyush Bansal, the organiser of the function, informed the audience about various projects organised during the week in which many cultural activities were also presented. 



Pollywood in the making
Smriti Sharma

Shooting in Chandigarh seems to be the latest fad among the filmmakers. Going by the number of films being shot in and around and with the proposed film city coming up soon, the city would soon be a hub of filmi people.

The latest one being Security Tight, a Punjabi film directed by Ravi Nishand. A comedian himself (he worked with Jaspal Bhatti productions for many years), Ravi (sitting calmly donning the director’s cap) reveals, “I never enjoyed acting as I always wanted to be a director. In reality acting was a mode of survival for me while I was gathering all that is required for directing right from technical know-how to the finances required. Interestingly, the film which is lapping it up at Kalagram, is a satire on the police system and playing the dim-witted cops caught in funny situations are none other than the stand up comedians, Pratap Faujdar, Deepak Raja, Sudesh Lahiri and Khayali Saharan from the much liked The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. For the first time noted Punjabi actor Vivek Shauq, is playing a negative role in the film.

“It is actually easy availability of regional artists with authentic ‘Punjabi accent’ and economically affordable locations which bring the film makers to Chandigarh to see their much loved script being shot in reality,” opines Ravi, director of the film. On being asked as to what is better amongst stand up comedy and acting, Deepak Raja (popularly known as ‘all in one and one in all’ owing to his act of mimicking all the participants of the laughter challenge) replies, “It is actually the presentation that matters in both cases as the task in hand remains the same – tickling the funny bone of the people”.

With other Punjabi movies disappearing in oblivion, let’s hope this work wonders for ‘Pollywood’.



Tattoos express opinions, thoughts
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Getting a tattoo is more of a style statement these days with a majority of youngsters in Phagwara sporting at least one. An archaic art form that can be traced back to 3330 BC is now a popular body decoration for many people all around the globe. And it’s not just names, or religious symbols like “Om” anymore. Skulls to school emblems to Celtic designs to personalised symbols, tattoos are now being used by people to express themselves, to give meaning to their thoughts and opinions. Whereas the stigma associated with getting a tattoo exists across cultures, at the same time, there is virtually no group of people that does not have tattoos and body art as part of its history and, in some instances, as an essential part of the culture.

Quips Noor Shaukat of Tattoo Studio, running from his Manav Colony residence in Phagwara, “It’s not about being fashionable or wanting to be in sync with the latest trends. Tattoos are about who you are, a facet of your identity. Once you’ve got a tattoo it becomes an integral part of your personality. It’s not a piece of jewellery that can be taken off as you desire. It’ll stick to you for the rest of your life.”

Piercing art

Tattoo is a deep puncture wound made in your skin with a needle and then filled with ink. Tattoos are long lasting because the punctures are very deep, penetrating the second layer of skin, the dermis (instead of the top layer, epidermis). Most tattoo artists know how deep to drive the needle, but not going deep enough can produce a ragged tattoo, and going too deep can cause bleeding and intense pain.

Pain quotient

The level of pain varies. Most people bear the pain out of the belief that the pain will help them appreciate the tattoo.

Remember the adage, “There’s no gain without pain.” But much of the pain comes from not knowing what to expect.

In fact, if your tattoo artist is a professional you should have minimum discomfort.

Caution zone

The most important thing to remember is to get a tattoo done safely. A scabby look might defeat the purpose altogether. It is also a wound with a high risk of infections and diseases if not handled carefully.

If you have a medical problem like heart ailments, diabetes, allergies, eczema consult your doctor, and if you are pregnant or have a communicable disease or STD avoid getting a tattoo altogether.

Make sure the tattoo studio is clean and safe and that all the equipment they use is disposable (needles, gloves etc). If the studio looks unclean or if anything looks out of the ordinary, find a better place to get your tattoo done from. Also, the studio must have an autoclave (a device that uses steam pressure and heat for sterilisation). Make sure that the tattoo artist is a licensed practitioner.

Risky affair

Once the tattoo is finished and cleaned, it has to be treated like a wound. A protective layer of ointment is applied to prevent invasion of air-borne bacteria.

Then it’s secured with a bandage that must be kept on for the period your artist instructs. Avoid touching the tattooed area and never expose it to direct sun rays till it is fully healed. Also special care should be taken to avoid getting the tattooed area wet till it heals completely.

Chances are that everything will go as planned, but if disinfection and sterilisation steps aren’t followed, things can go wrong. If you don’t go to a studio or if the studio doesn’t follow precautions like using sterilised equipment or shares ink between customers, you’re putting yourself at the risk of contracting viral infections like hepatitis, dermatitis. Serious complications can occur if you attempt it yourself.

Sans any regret

Some people really enjoy their tattoos and enjoy them for life, while others regret that they acted on an impulse. Getting a tattoo is a big deal because they are designed to be permanent, so give ample thought, decide coolly and if you really want it, then find a clean, safe and professional tattoo studio. But remember: the tattoo is your responsibility after you leave the tattoo studio.

Suggestion list

  • Do not apply petroleum jelly.
  • Do not apply alcohol.
  • Do not rub or scratch the tattoo.
  • Do not put a thick coat of ointment on your tattoo.
  • Do not soak in sauna, steam bath or bath tub for two weeks.



Dengue mosquitoes breed in clean, stagnant water
Tribune News Service

Classic dengue fever is characterised by the acute onset of high fever in three to14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

Patients develop frontal headache, nose bleeding, vomiting and nausea and sometimes rashes on the body. Many patients notice a change in taste sensation also. Acute symptoms, when present, usually last about a week, but weakness may persist for several weeks. 

Dengue was an arthropod-borne disease caused by any one of four closely-related viruses, said the doctor. Infection with one serotype of dengue virus provided immunity from that serotype for life. A person could be infected as many as four times, once with each serotype, he added.

“Dengue viruses are transmitted from person to person by Aedes mosquitoes in the domestic environment,” said Dr Mahindra, a Phagwara-based physician.

“The treatment emphasises relief of symptoms, avoiding aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and encouraging oral fluid intake,” he added.

He said that even for outpatients, the need for maintaining adequate hydration should be stressed. In addition, monitoring for signs of haemorrhagic fever, early and appropriate treatments were the key to ensure survival if the patient progressed to a more severe form of dengue infection.

He disclosed that surprisingly mosquitoes causing dengue developed only in clean, stagnant water in houses and offices (ACs and coolers are the most likely breeding places). He advised people to maintain cleanliness on their premises. 



Dress your eyes
Tribune News Service

The Fall 2006 Eyewear Collection launched by Tommy Hilfiger takes the traditional classics tom new levels with special understated signature details.

It offers style that mixes classic, modern, traditional, and urban hip.

The sunglasses designs offer models a glam shape, in plastic eyewear options too clearly influenced by modern fashion trends. Rhinestone embellishments on the temples and the Tommy Hilfiger flag logo plaque makes the wearer make a hip fashion statement. Styles are available in vibrant colours of black, burgundy, cream, navy and tortoise.

The 70 styles launched for both men and women range between Rs 3000 and 6000.



Office-bearers elected
Tribune News Service

A meeting of the Federation of Arhtiya Association of Phagwara was held in Dana Mandi to elect the new office-bearers of the association on Friday. Mr Kulwant Rai Pabbi was elected the president of the association, while Mr Naresh Bhardwaj was chosen as the senior vice-president.

Other office-bearers of the association are as under: vice-presidents, Mr Tejinderpal Singh Bitta and Vinish Sood; general secretary, Mr Gajanand Aggarwal; office secretary, Mr Dharamvir Lakhanpal; treasurer, Mr Virender Kumar.



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