Irate Armymen ransack houses in Mohalla No 31 
Chain snatching led to tension, attack
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

The district police booked unidentified Armymen on Tuesday morning following reports of their involvement in ransacking houses of civilian population in the cantonment area late on Monday night.

The incident occurred in Mohalla No 31, largely occupied by the Harijan community. Nearly 10 to 15 Armymen dressed in civil clothes are said to have attacked residents of 20 houses, hitting men, women and children who came their way with baseball bats and breaking their household articles.

The incident led to tension in the colony with officials from the 91 Sub Area Headquarters and Military Police rushing to the spot to pacify them.

The residents vent their ire on officials and it took them two to three hours to get the situation under control.

As per information available from the Army officials, the incident occurred as a reaction to a chain snatching case after the Dassehra mela last evening. Wife of one of the Armymen lost her chain after it was allegedly snatched by a resident of the colony.

The Armyman saw this happening and he followed the chain snatcher who was saved by the residents of the colony, most of whom are working for the Cantonment Board. This infuriated the Armyman, who came back with his colleagues, most of them in inebriated condition, armed with baseball bats and attacked the residents at 10:30 am.

The residents of the colony had given a call for Cantonment bandh today which was withdrawn following a case registered against the unidentified Armymen under sections 452, 323, 324, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

The Army officials are also making efforts to identify men reportedly involved in the incident. A massive hunt is reportedly on since Monday night as the officials believe that the incident had brought a bad name to the force.

Brig B.B. Patil, Sub Area Commander, when contacted, said he was away to Delhi and he would not be able to answer any queries in this regard. 



Drug de-addiction rally to Wagah border
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

The rally against drug addiction is flagged off from kapurthala
The rally against drug addiction is flagged off from kapurthala. — Tribune photo

Cadets of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) do not forget their duty towards the society they live in. They spread awareness among the masses against the evils prevalent in the society, including female foeticide, dowry, and environmental degradation from time to time.

The Army wing NCC cadets of the 21st Punjab Batallion, Kapurthala, organised an anti-drug addiction rally to create awareness in the public about the effects of drugs on September 27.

As many as 30 cadets participated in the motorcycle rally that started from Guru Nanak Prem Karam Sar College, Nadala, and culminated at the Wagah border after passing through different areas.

The participant cadets were enthusiastic about the rally and raised slogans against de-addiction and sang patriotic songs at the time of flagging off the rally. They kept doing it at regular intervals before the culmination in the evening.

The NCC cadets carried placards displaying anti-drug addiction slogans and posters for the masses.

The NCC in charge of the college, Lt Jagbir Singh Bhullar, and the commanding officer of the unit, Lt-Col Baldev Singh, encouraged the cadets before flagging off the rally.

The college Principal, Dr Tarlok Singh, also a former in charge of NCC unit, also congratulated the entire NCC contingent for organising the mass awareness rally and offered his best wishes to the cadets.

The Principal of GNPKS collegiate school, Mr Baldev Raj, also addressed the cadets.

The rally was flagged off at 11.30 am and it reached at Wagah border at 4.30 pm after passing through different villages and cities.

A separate gallery was accorded to the cadets by the Border Security Force at the Wagah border. Dr G. S. Gill, president, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab extended his full support to the rally by sending a medical team along with cadets from Janta Hospital, Jalandhar.



Hanuman’s blessings & Langoorwala Mela
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

What ‘Durga Pooja’ is to West Bengal and ‘Dandiya’ is to Gujaratis, Langoorwala Mela is to the holy city of Amritsar. Couples come to the ancient ‘Bara Hanuman Prachin Mandir’ in the famous Durgiana Temple to seek blessings for a male child. When their wishes are fulfilled they come to pay their thanks and seek blessings during the Langooranwala Mela, held during the navratras.

The mandir has an idol of Lord Hanuman in a sitting posture. Its only replica can be seen at Hanuman Garhi Temple, Ayodhya.

Sons born with blessings of the deity, dress as langoors during the mela, according to the mythical of regiment of the monkeys of Hanuman. Dressed in bright red outfits, embroidered with silver and golden trimmings and motifs, wearing conical caps, faces smeared with fuller’s earth and make up like langoors complete with long tails and silver colored staffs in their hands, they dance to drum beats for all nine days of ‘navratras’ in a procession.

The parents sleep on floor, observe fast, avoid footwear, eat vegetarian food uncut with knife and recites verses from the Ramayana for the entire period. The mela concludes with the Dussehra festival when langoors finally take off their langoor outfits near the banyan tree at the Hanuman Temple and the mothers untie the thread on the ancient tree after the wish fulfillment.

Mrs Sudha Sharma of Haridwar had come here six years ago to participate in a marriage of a relative. She learnt of the Bara Hanuman Mandir. She made a wish that for her daughter, who already had two daughters, to have a male child. Now, she had come along with her daughter and son-in law for thanksgiving and to seek blessings.

According to temple sources, thousands have arrived here from far-flung areas in the country and abroad to pay obeisance at the nine-day ‘Langoor-wala Mela’, which began on September 23 at the beginning of navratras.

According to legend, Lord Hanuman was tied to this banayan tree by luv and kush, sons of Lord Ram, when they captured him. So, couples tie a red thread to the branches of this banyan tree.

Lord Hanuman, according to the epic Ramayana tried to recapture the ‘Ashvamedha’ horse let lose after the ‘Ashwamedh Yajna’ performed by Lord Ram to stake claim on territories wherever this horse set foot. Lord Ram’s twin sons, who lived in exile with their mother Sita, caught the horse.

A temple was built at this place, and tree is said to be as old as the temple itself. 



Nandini’s short stories present pain of relationships
P. K. Jaiswar

Steeped in rich tradition of Hindi literature, Nandini Malhotra has come out with a short stories book ‘Ek Haqiqat Ek Afsana’. A collection of 22 stories, the book makes interesting reading, which succeeds in binding the readers through its excellent narration.

The theme of the stories is complex emotional relationships between a man and woman. Nandini has the ability to present them through various vicissitudes manifesting life, its ups and downs, emotional tides, happiness and sorrow and travails of tragedy; that they are not only myths but also part of lives of many people.

Born on August 3, 1968, Nandini Malhotra has taught in the Army School, Amritsar Cantt, for the past 12 years. She has been inspired by great Hindi literary giants and stalwarts, Munshi Prem Chand, Gulshan Nanda, Mahadevi Verma and others, which also shows in her writing. Taking a cue from these literary personalities, Nandini was able to coin her own style to understand human behaviour in the wide spectrum of rainbow colours. The characters of her stories reflect the pain and understand the tragic emotions, through which probably manifest her own confusions.

Launching her career as a writer of serious short stories, Nandini said it was she had been jotting her observations for the past 10 years. She finally dug out stories which she had penned in her dairies and which had been out of sight for years.

Nandini started her formal entry into the world of literature with prompting from the Editor of the Dainik Tribune, Mr Kamlesh Bharti. Her first story ‘Chai Ka Cup’ was published in Dainik Tribune. She said Mr Bharti provided her the right platform for human stories. He later encouraged her to write a book after seeing her talent and writing style.

She tries to portray materialist attitude in the present-day society and relationships due to which human emotions and sensitivity are disappearing. The relationships have confined from ‘I’ to ‘myself’ resulting in the tragic break-up of families and social set-up, she added. Her characters belong to the people, who would find themselves in one of the characters of the stories.

Nandini said her first story in the Hindi Newspaper was the turning point in her career as a writer. Through this book she added that she would like to acknowledge the encouragement received from large number of admirers and fans.

Her short stories and poems were also published in other Hindi newspapers. She takes keen interest in drawing, painting, acting and direction. She has also written an one-act play. 



Ritika vows city with Balinese crafts
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Handicraft lovers of Jalandhar were bowled over by an array of unique handicrafts from Bali (Indonesia) put on display by Ms Ritika Uppal Rai, an art connossieur from Amritsar and head of the Treasure Chest Inc in an exhibition at ‘Tamarind’, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Jalandhar.

The two-day exhibition of rare Indonesian handicrafts started on Friday. The Treasure Chest Inc, a brainchild of Ms Uppal Rai, a graduate from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology in Delhi, has been making waves with exhibitions and sales of unique and hand-picked decoration pieces from Bali (Indonesia).

Ritika’s passion with Indonesian handicrafts started during her pre-honeymoon trip to Bali in May 2005. She was bowled over by the mastery of the craftsmen who used naturally materials like bamboo, limestone and wood to create intricate home décor items, such as table-runners, masks, paintings and lamps.

“Do you know that each village in Bali specialises in only one or two types of handicrafts? It’s a great experience to spend a few hours in the homes of these craftsmen and to watch them work. A lot of love and dedication goes into the creation of each item, and this passion is passed down from one generation to the next. Each item in The Treasure Chest’s collection has been individually designed and chosen with great care and thought for the Punjab market. The aim is for it to be exclusive. No two people will have the exact product as we only have limited quantities of each product, and even then there are very distinctive differences in design,” says Ritika.

Pride of place in The Treasure Chest’s collection goes to limestone water fountains and teak woodcarvings. The stone water features are each individually hand-carved with busts of Ganesha, Shiva or Buddha.

“Carving stone or wood is an ancient art that is very time consuming and requires amazing finesse. You can’t just be good at it, you have to be a master,” says the art lover.



Muree school delegation in India to celebrate founder’s day 
Tribune News Service

A 20-member Pakistani delegation, led by Mr Farooq H. Kiyani, Principal, Lawrence College, Murree, arrived in India to participate in the 146th founding anniversary function to be held at Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh, on October 3 and 4.

Besides the principal, the team includes 17 students and two faculty members, lady teacher Ms Noreen Tufail and Mr Imtiaz Akhtar Ranjha. The group visited the Golden temple and the Jallianwala Bagh.

Mr Kiyani, while talking to the Tribune, said the students would perform four regional dances from four provinces of Pakistan. The dances are: Sindhi (Sindh), Bhangra (West Punjab), Baluchi (Baluchistan) and Khattak (North Western Frontier Province). Murree Lawrence School is a sister establishment of Lawrence School, Sanawar, and Lovedale School, Ooty. He said they would also visit Chandigarh, Shimla, Delhi, Ajmer Sharif during their nine-day stay in India and return to Pakistan on October 8.

He said it was for the first time after the Partition that these three institutions established in the pre-partition India by Sir Henry Lawrence in mid 1880s would celebrate their foundation day. He said all the boys and the faculty members felt excited on their first trip to India.

He said that ‘Sanawar’ Lawrence school was established as the first co-education school in the world, setting the trend for co-ed institutions. Lawrence School at Mount Abu (Rajasthan) had been converted into a police academy. The schools were originally British orphanages but were later converted into institutions of learning during the British rule. He said there were plans of an exchange programme in the near future in which students would be able to study for two years in the other country. He exhorted the educationists in both the countries to remove misconceptions from the minds of the students.

Welcoming the guests, Dr A.L. Adlakha, President of the Services Club said this kind of bonhomie would encourage people-to-people contact and set a platform to diffuse any misgivings and misconceptions.

Haris Hussain Shah, a student, said he loved watching Indian movies and Shahrukh Khan was his favourite actor. He also loved watching TV serial ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ with Amitabh Bachan anchoring the programme. He said he hardly found any difference between the two countries other than the language scripts on shops, milestones and direction boards and felt completely at home.

Earlier, DAV Public School gave a rousing welcome to the guests from across the border on their arrival in the city. Ms Noreen, the only lady in the group in an interaction with Ms Neera Sharma, Principal, said there was need for more higher educational institutions in Pakistan and career counseling was one aspect that they were looking into in India.



New spine surgery heals faster
Tribune News Service

A new technology which involves minimal invasive procedure and also lesser loss of blood during surgery has come as boon for patients suffering from spinal injuries. Dr Ajit Singh Randhawa, a pioneering neuro-surgeon of the city, recently returned from the USA after getting acquainted with the technique and procedures.

The technique, ‘minimally invasive spine surgery’ costs slightly more than ordinary surgery but proves to be more beneficial to the patients. “In this surgery, the recovery is faster and it could possibly be ‘daycare surgery’.

In conventional surgery, the recovery is slow, and there is loss of blood and muscles and the patients feel much weaker after the surgery.

In this method, the recovery is possible within a few hours, said the doctor.

He is one of the 21 pioneer neurosurgeons selected from all over the country to get acquainted with this technological marvel in the USA. 



Young World
Gandhi Jayanti, Dassehra celebrated
Tribune News Service

Students of Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar, held Dassehra celebrations on the campus by holding a cultural show. A skit was presented by the students which depicted the relevance of Dassehra even in present times and how evil forces exist around us. The effigy was Ravana was set ablaze and crackers were burst.

Gandhi Jayanti celebrated

Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated at Dayanand Model School, Model Town, Jalandhar, with students from different classes speaking on the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Archu and Manisha spoke on the early education of the Father of the Nation. Khushboo recited a poem on the values in Gandhiji’s life.

Vijay Dashmi was also celebrated on the occasion during which Vidisha spoke on her views on the festival.

Biotechnology lecture

The Department of Biotechnology, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, organised a lecture on “Production of antibiotics by fermentation”. The resource person was Dr U.C. Bannerjee, scientist from NIPER, Mohali. An inter-class debate contest was also held on topics, including human cloning, genetically-mutated crops and pesticides in soft drinks. Dr Arun Dev Sharma, a lecturer, said the talk helped the students gain knowledge in the area of microbial biotechnology.

Media festival

The Postgraduate department of Mass Media and Journalism of Doaba College, Jalandhar, organised a media festival on the campus. Various events, including radio jockeying, news reading, street play, ad-mad show and choreography were organised. Vikas was declared the best radio jockey.

Rama was selected as the best news reader in English while Priyanka won the best Hindi news reader’s title. Nikhil won the same prize for reading news in Punjabi. In ad-mad show, Arpita and Nishil stood first. In street play, Vikas and group stood first. Rohit Julka was declared the best choreographer.

Ecological project

BD Arya Girls’ College, Jalandhar, began its endeavour to protect ecology by setting up vermi-composting units. Ms Kanwaljit, Head, Department of Biology, said it took her 45 days to get the compost ready. Earthworms for the project were provided by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology.

Paper reading contest

An inter-house paper reading contest was held at Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar, for Classes VI to VIII. The first position was bagged by Somali Vij and Amrit Pal. Second position went to Surneet and Harpreet. Loveleen and Priyanka stood third. Consolation prizes went to Anandita and Riddham.

Mehndi contest

An inter-house mehndi contest was held at Lawrence International School. Not juts girls, even boys of Classes VI to XII actively took part in the contest with much enthusiasm.

A variety of designs were skillfully made using Arabian dye, tattoo and black mehndi. Among the contestants from middle section, Poonam Rana of Class VIII, Abhijit of Class VII, Aditi of Class VI and Japjee of Class VII won prizes. In the senior section, Jasmine of Class XII, Sonal and Harleen of Class IX also won prizes.

Campus placement

Sixteen students of DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology have been placed with Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd, New Delhi. The company with an annual turnover of more than Rs 350 crore had conducted a campus recruitment drive here on September 20. While seven of the selected students are from civil engineering, nine have been inducted from electrical engineering.

The CT Group of Institutions also organised a three-day job recruitment programme for engineering and computer education students.

Hewitt Associates, a leading IT MNC, organised a three-day programme in which a written test was held on September 29, technical and HR interviews were held on September 30 and October 1.


Ritu Sekhri, a student of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar, has topped in postgraduate diploma in counselling conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University. She has got 403 marks out of 550.

Students of Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women got the top five ranks in the result of certificate course in fashion designing declared by Guru Nanak Dev University. Trishna Devi got the first rank, followed by Parveen, Juhi Kanwal, Seema Gill, Aarti Kumra. 



From Schools and Colleges 
Kamla Nehru College win trophy
Tribune News Service

The Rotary Club Central, Phagwara, under the leadership of Rajwant Singh Jhikka, organised a college-level declamation contest on the topic ‘Psychotropic drugs and AIDS’ at Lovely Professional University in which 10 teams from different colleges participated. The ASP Phagwara, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, inaugurated the contest.

Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, reigned supreme and clinched the over-all Giani Udham Singh Musafir Memorial Trophy. Nancy Virmani secured the top spot while Neha Virmani and Kanika Sobti stood second and third, respectively. Jaspreet Kaur and Rashmika got the consolation prize. Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr R.K. Sood and Professor P.K. Bansal were the judges on the occasion.

Yoga Divas

Indian Yoga Institute, Phagwara unit, celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday as ‘Yoga Divas’ at the Kamla Nehru College for Women premises, Phagwara, from 5 a.m. to 7.a.m. here on Monday.

Mr Haridev, head of the unit, stressed upon the importance of yoga in life.

Recruitment camp

A seminar and recruitment camp was organised by the ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company at Ramgarhia College, Phagwara. During this camp, students of various classes were interviewed for part-time job in the company along with their studies. Nine students were short listed for the job. Speaking on the occasion, Dr P.S. Tyagi stresssed upon the need for more camps. Earlier, Air Hostess Academy, Ludhiana, organised a seminar on ‘The Careers of the Millennium’ to guide students about careers in the aviation, hospitality and travel industry. 



Market Buzz
City gets another mega mart
Tribune News Service

Projected as the regular haunt for bargain hunters, Vishal Mega Mart opened in the city near BMC Chowk on Friday. The store offers most fashion and consumable items falling in the range of economically middle section of the society. Besides garments, watches, sunglasses, fashion accessories, gifts, electrical appliances, digital diaries, perfumes and cosmetics were also put on display.

Modular kitchens

Ultrafresh Technology and Appliances India Ltd announced the launch of its products in city markets on Friday. Mr Shiraz H. Naqvi, Director, said the customers had a choice to select from 32 modules as standard stocking units for different types of kitchens in L-shape, parallel or U-shaped patterns.

He said the metallic parts of the modules were made of galvanised, rust-free sheets, while the wooden pieces were carved out of termite proof material. He said all modules were without screws and easy to assemble and dismantle.


A seminar on modernisation and technological upgradation of cold storages was organised by the Coil Company Pvt Ltd on Saturday. Mr Amarjit Singh from the branch office talked about the latest scientific methods used in heat transfer technology. 



Tiny tots turn leaders, actors
Tribune News Service

Imaginative, bright and lively costumes and stunning mimicry of TV stars, national leaders and popular cartoon characters by students of nursery classes proved to be centre of attraction at the Fancy Dress Competition organised at Pre-primary section of Apeejay School , Jalandhar, last week. The function was presided over by Ms Ranjana Sud, Principal, and Ms Sushma Kharbanda, in charge, pre-primary section. Ms Shweta Sachev and Dr Protima Bajaj were the judges.



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