Showing Buddha’s path to young
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

The annual prize distribution function of MGN Public School was held on Sunday. The chief guest on the occasion was Yen Chen How Rinpoche, Guru of Taiwan’s Glorious Jewel Buddhist Centre.

The stage was set as a Buddhist stupa. The theme of the function’s presentation was a balanced approach as the need of the hour. Three well-knit plays emphasized that the parents should not be too strict with their children.

The audience enjoyed a performance of classical dance. A group song at the end was a call to one and all to respect nature .

In his address, the Rinpoche introduced the audience to the 10 tenets of Buddhism. The function concluded with “Ammri da vehra”, a gidha and bhangra number.

Folk dance

An inter-school Sahodaya folk dance contest was organised at Police DAV Public School. Teams from 14 schools of the district affiliated with the CBSE participated in the event. All the teams showcased their best talent as they performed Punjabi, Rajasthani, Gujarati and Himachali folk dances. The host team that performed bhangra won the first prize. Guru Amar Dass Public School and Lala Jagat Narain DAV Public School shared the second prize. The teams of Kendriya Vidyalaya-3 and Shiv Jyoti Public School were declared third.

Patriotic songs

Students of Dayanand Model Senior Secondary School, Dayanand Nagar, have brought laurels by winning the first prize in state-level patriotic singing competition organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad. Twenty teams from all over state participated in which the school students lifted the trophy. A competition was earlier held at the district level in which the team had stood first and was selected for the state level contest.

Telling a joke

GDR Convent School, Phagwara, organised a joke telling competition and newspaper reading contest in the school premises for the students of Classes I to X. Children participated enthusiastically and many bagged prizes for the same. Taran Singh, Manjot Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Kamaljeet Singh and Jaspreet Singh won the first prize in joke telling contest. In newspaper reading competition, Rupinder Kaur, Charanjit Kaur, Oshin Mahey and Gurpreet Heera stood first. Ms Rupali Saini, principal, congratulated the winners.

Fancy dress

A fancy dress competition was organised in Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, RCF, Kapurthala. Tiny tots from the nursery wing came dressed up like Sania Mirza, boxer, Nehruji, Hanuman, bride, Son Pari, Radha Krishan, Bhagat Singh and Shivji. The first prize was shared by Parneet Kaur of pre-nursery, Armaandeep and Amanpreet Kaur of nursery. Manpreet of nursery stood second and Gurpreet Kaur of nursery stood third. From LKG, Justin Aulakh, Amanpreet Kaur, Bhavleen Walia and Mohit Jolly won prizes. Among UKG kids, Prabhjot Singh, Parampreet Singh, Jasmine Kaur and Mehakpreet Kaur were declared winners.


A fancy dress competition was held at Shiv Jyoti Public School (Elementary Section) at Deen Dayal Upadyaya Nagar on Saturday.

The function started with the recitation of Gayatri Mantra. Subsequently, the tiny-tots of nursery and KG classes came on the dias in colourful dresses  turn by turn and gave their beautiful performances.

The chairman of the managing committee of the school, Dr. DD Jyoti, its secretary Mr. Varindra Sabharwal, its advisor Ms Krishana Jyoti the principal Ms Vibha Sharda and the incharge of elementary section Ms Pratima Jyoti were present on the occasion.

The performance of the students enthralled the audience present on the occasion. Earlier a lamp was lighted in front of Swami Viveknand’s portrait.

Felicitation ceremony

Banarasi Dass Arya Girls’ College organised a felicitation ceremony for honouring college’s weight lifters and power lifters. Dr Sarita Verma, principal presented medals to these students of the Department of Physical Education. She lauded the efforts of Kusum who had won gold medals in district weighting and power lifting camp, women festival, inter-college weight lifting tournament, inter-college power lifting championship and stood fifth in All India Inter-University Tournaments in 48 kg category. Sonia was honoured for winning silver medals in district competition and women festival and gold medals in inter-college weight lifting and power lifting championship and standing fifth in All-India Inter-University Competition in 53 kg category. Manjot, Ravina, Pradeep Kaur, Navneet, Preeti Meena, Suman and Pardeep were also honoured for winning prizes in these contests under different categories.

School fete

Seth Hukum Chand SD Public Senior Secondary School, Kapurthala Road, organised a fete in the campus. Mr Amrit Buddhia, president of the school and Ms Manju Arora, principal, opened the fete. Various stalls of games and eatables were put up. Children enjoyed swings and rides. A song, dance and music show was staged by the students. Lucky draw was taken out and the event concluded with bhangra performance by Class XII boys.

Faculty development

A two-day faculty development programme at Lovely Institutes was conducted by a team of National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur.

Eight sessions were conducted covering various aspects and facets of technical education in the region. Discussions were held on improving teaching learning process and its evaluation, lesson planning and curriculum development.


The Indian Navy conducted a campus interview for shortlisting the candidates under University Entrance Scheme at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology on Friday.

More than 100 B.Tech candidates from various engineering colleges of Punjab appeared for the test.

The shortlisted candidates will now appear in the five day comprehensive selection process to be conducted by SSB later in Bhopal and Bangalore.

Industry Institute Interface week was opened at Sant Baba Bhag Singh Educational Complex, Khiala village. Dr Rattan K. Datta, secretary academics and HOD, Computer Science and Engineering, highlighted the objectives of creating liaison with the industries and giving first hand information to students about needs and requirements of industries.


Mr Ravinder Singh Kullar, NRI, and her mother Ms Resham Kaur Khullar from UK have donated submersible pump alongwith water tank costing Rs 65,000 to Government High School, Sansarpur. Another NRI has also donated 151 pounds to the school for development. Mr Dalbir Singh Saini, District Education Officer (secondary) was present on the occasion.



From Schools and Colleges
Commerce meet concludes
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

About 60 papers on various issues, including creativity and innovations in business, were presented at the Third International Conference of Punjab Commerce and Management, which concluded at GNA-IMT premises at Phagwara on Monday. About 300 participants from India and abroad participated in the conference.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gurdeep Sihra, President, GNA-IMT, said it was wonderful experience to host the conference. The state general secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Rajinder Bhandari said we must contribute to solve the problems, instead of creating them.

Prof H.L. Verma, former pro Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambeshwar University, Hisar, delivered the key-note address. He pointed out the reasons of failures of our systems and felt the need to innovate and generate ideas at all levels to create organisations.

Prof Ashwani Bhalla, general secretary, Punjab Commerce and Management Association, said now there was a need to revise curriculum in academic institutions to train students in the soft skills and personality development.

While speaking on the occasion, Dr Prem Kumar, president, Punjab Commerce and Management Association, said the next conference would be held at Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences at Mandi Gobindgarh on ‘Globalisation of Indian Business’. He congratulated the GNA-IMT for providing full support.

Dr. D.B. Singh, Director of the institute, presented vote of thanks.

Freshers’ Day

Arya Infotech Institute, Phagwara, organised a Freshers’ Day in its complex here on Monday. Senior students of the institute presented a cultural programme ‘Ecstasy-2006’ on the occasion.

Students presented gidha, bhangra, skit, besides other items. Vivek Jalota and Mandeep Kaur were declared Mr and Miss Fresher, respectively.

Mr K.K. Sardana, president, Arya Model Senior Secondary School, was the chief guest. Mr Harivansh Mehta, Mr Surender Chopra, Managing Directors of the Arya Model Senior Secondary School, and the Principal, Mr Vishav Mohini, were also present.



New serial on SaharaOne
Tribune News Service

A woman’s marriage to a man binds her not only with him, but also with his family. Relationships get stronger over the years, but the new home of the young girl never comes close to her own. She may become the beloved and adored daughter-in-law, may even the best in the world, but does she ever become a daughter of the house? Even if she may be called so, but when the time comes to live up to it, the difference is evident…

This November SaharaOne TV will introduce you to one such girl who, though loved and respected in her in-laws, continues to vie for her acceptance as a daughter of this house.

Meet Krishna from the Raichand family on SaharaOne Television’s new offering “Kuch Apne Kuch Paraye”, starting November 13, Monday to Friday.

It is the story of a prominent business tycoon Vijaypath Raichand - a father of seven children and a strict disciplinarian by nature. The show revolves around his daughter-in-law Krishna – married to Vijaypath Raichand’s second son Abhay who leaves her and the house without stating any reasons. Ego clashes and disputes within the family see Raichand’s children leaving him one by one. Krishna’s sole aim is to bring her family back together as she loves Vijaypath Raichand unconditionally who in-turn, perceives her as his own daughter. On the one hand where she is accepted by Raichand as his daughter, the women of the family loathe this fact thereby maintaining constant angst against her. Krishna is seen constantly jostling with all odds to gain acceptance from other family members as the daughter of the family.

Will Krishna succeed in bringing the family back together under one roof? Will Vijaypath Raichand’s children come to live with him for love? Or will they come solely to inherit part of the large business? Will the women of the house accept Krishna as the daughter of the house?



Reduce fast food intake, say health experts
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

A UGC sponsored seminar on “Changing food patterns and their effects on nutritional status” was conducted at Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women here today.

Delivering a key note address, Dr A.S. Bawa, Director, Defence Food Research Laboratories, Mysore, said the inclination of Indian families towards the junk food or fast food had come with change in the socio-economic status, women spending more time out of kitchen, bachelors staying away from home and growing population of NRIs.

Dr Bawa said the Indian food processing industry was estimated to be around $ 20 billion. He said at present a lot of activity was being seen in the ready-to-cook, ready-to-eat segment and snacks segments. Such food items were convenient to all, owing to lack of time for shopping and cooking.

But the food researcher said the nutritional reduction was leading to rapid rise in degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and obesity. He stressed upon decreasing consumption of processed food, increase of intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and reducing consumption of stimulants such as tea, coffee and sugared drinks. He also discussed the importance of organic farming, underlining the harmful effects of pesticides.

Dr Kiran Bains, Associate Professor, Department of Food and Nutrition, Punjab Agricultural University, laid stress on reverting to natural food. Dr Darshan Kaur Narang, Assistant Professor, PG Department of Home Science, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, talked about developmental anomalies in children due to excessive consumption of fast food. Dr Sushma Chawla, gynaecologist, talked about the need to educate the public, particularly girls about healthy and nutritive food to promote health. Earlier, Mr Kiran Arora, Principal, welcomed the experts.



Fruit retailers stage dharna
Tribune News Service

The business at the local New Vegetable Market in Maqsudan came to a standstill today as fruit retailers observed a dharna to protest against the alleged undue overcharging by vegetable and fruit commission agents.

The protesting retailers alleged that the commission agents were charging commission in excess.

They alleged that instead of the fixed commission at the rate of nine per cent, the commission agents were also charging an extra Re 1 on each box or article sold to them.

As the retailers resorted to a dharna, efforts to strike a compromise between the two parties started.

These efforts bore fruit when the commission agents agreed not to charge commission in excess. Later, the dharna was called off.



Four killed
Tribune News Service

As many as four persons, all in their early twenties, were killed when their Alto car collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction near Samarai village this evening.

The victims have been identified as Gurjinder Singh Honey, Gurpreet Singh and Avtaar Singh Taari, all residents of Jandiala village, and Gurjinder Singh Hinda, a resident of Samarai village.

The accident took place when the car tried to overtake a combine harvester, and its driver could not see the truck coming from the opposite direction and collided head-on with the truck, police sources said.



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