Song and dance at MGN School
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Students of MGN Public School, Kapurthala, enthralled the audience with their presentation of a cultural programme during the 11th annual prize distribution function on Sunday.

The programme began with the recitation of shabad. The school campus was decorated on this occasion.

The play “Pukar”, presented on the occasion, highlighted the cutthroat competition in the society. Principal, Mr Ravinder Guru, presented the annual report of the school, highlighting the academic and sports achievements of the students in different competitions and co-curricular activities throughout the year.

Earlier, chief guest, Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Cabinet Minister for Co-operation and NRIs, Punjab, was given a floral welcome.

Headgirl of the school, Kriti Mahajan, welcomed the chief guest and other guests. Mr Gurinder Singh Narula, chairman, MGN Educational Trust, was also present on the occasion.

The chief guest gave away prizes to the students. The trophy for the best house in academics was bagged by Sahibzada Jujhar Singh House, while the trophy for the best house in sports was presented to Sahibzada Singh House.

The trophy for the best house in co-curricular activities was awarded to Sahibzada Ajit Singh House. The overall trophy was bagged by Sahibzada Ajit Singh House.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Samra praised the principal, the staff and the parents of the students for the “outstanding performance and achievements” of the students.

He further applauded the role played by the MGN Educational Trust and the institutions running under it. He exhorted the prize winners to strive for excellence.

The programme concluded with a beautiful amalgamation of modelling, gidha and bhangra presented through the item “Tor Punjaban di”.



Young World
Awakening at college
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

The Commerce Department of Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyalaya organised a two-day innovative pedagogy titled “Jagriti”, an awakening. An exhibition and presentation was organised on different facets of “Women empowerment”. The students of different classes presented their work through charts and slides. The topics were : problems of women, women in advertising, management, as entrepreneurs, sports, defence, crime, women’s exploitation and its reasons.

A demonstration on tissue culture technique was held by the faculty members of HMV College. Students from Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia College ,Kapurthala ,visited the campus and demonstrated the techniques of micro-propagation and haploid production. The technique can be used to save the rare and endangered plants.

New technology

Mr Ashwini Sharma, HoD mechanical engineering, CT Institute of Engineering, Management and Technology, gave a demonstration to explain the new technologies used in the latest models of Mahindra tractors. The two cylinders four stroke diesel engine used in the vehicle was demonstrated by Mr Sharma to the students of second and third year of mechanical engineering. The students observed fuel supply system, cooling system and power transmission system.

Two students of the CT Institute of Management and IT have been selected by reputed companies. Shakti Sinha has been placed with Tata Consultancy Services as assistant system engineer and getting a pay package of Rs 5 lakh per annum. Anil Berry, university position holder, got selected by Adobe to join as senior system engineer at a pay package of Rs 6 lakh per annum.

The CT Institute of Management and IT organised a seminar on personality development for MBA, airlines and tourism students. Mr Sarabjit Singh Kwatra, trainer, enlightened the students about the need of soft skills and their recognition in the corporate sector. He said, “It is a combination of knowledge and attitude that leads to success in any situations. Companies are ready to pay handsome salary packages to young professionals with right attitude and good personality”. Director of the institute, Dr Sayeed Zafar, and Deputy Director, Mr Manhar Arora, encouraged the students to gain as much knowledge as they could to combat the challenging situation.


Lectures of “Air hostess and steward services” and “Air travel services” was organised at Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya. Speaker on the occasion was Ms Madhu, an air hostess with Air India. She talked about the growing chances of placement and avenues as an air hostess. She gave a demonstration on frequent injuries that the passengers may face in an aircraft and ways to cure them. She also answered the queries of the students pertaining to the job.

Ms Preeti, an air hostess with Air Canada, talked about mental preparations before taking it as a career. She exemplified it through personal experiences and shared incidents on tackling emergencies. She also laid thrust on patience and feel good factor which was a must in the job.

Student council

The GDR Convent School student council ,Rawalpindi, elections were held. Students of Classes V to X voted through a secret ballot. Two weeks prior to the polls, the students remained busy canvassing for their candidates during the recess. Tejinder Singh and Rajwinder Kaur were declared head boy and head girl, respectively. Oshin Mahey, Vivel Rajpal and Harminder Singh were elected wing in charges. Principal, Ms Rupali Saini, congratulated the winners.

Cultural exchange

A group of Swedish students who were on a visit to Police DAV Public School gave their presentation on their culture and heritage which was attended by classes IX to XII and VI to VIII in two groups.

They apprised them about their families, hobbies, summer and winter houses. They also spoke about a rope exercise, Swedish food, culture and traditions.

Gulcan, a Swedish student, said that the festivals were celebrated as a tradition and not for religious spirit.

There are many people in Sweden who do not go to Church. Linn, Almanda and Nurcan explained about Swedish culture and tradition.

Dennis talked about most commonly played Swedish games ,including soccer, ice-hockey and skiing. Natalia, a student, said that she found the schools here very different. She found the morning assembly to be the most fascinating one. Adam said that he liked Paranthas a lot.

The students visited Golden Temple, Pushpa Gujral Science City, JCT Mills and a village. They took sessions in Indian cooking, rangoli making and yoga. They were also taken for an Indian wedding. A soccer match was also played between Swedish and host teams.

On Friday, Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil, laid the foundation stone of pre-primary block of Police DAV Public School. He was accorded welcome by Mr Rajan Gupta, ADGP, and Dr Rashmi Vij, principal. He was accompanied by Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister.

Green day

To make the students aware of the environment, Green Day was celebrated at Seth Hukum Chand SD Public Senior Secondary School. The teachers and students came dressed up in greens. The students were taken in the playground and were shown trees and foliage emphasizing the importance of the colour, a symbol of prosperity and life.


Students of KMV have topped in the BA II honours examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University this year. Manjit Kaur has topped in Punjabi honours with 144 marks out of 200. Dilpreet Kaur has topped in history honours with 157 marks out of 200. Himanshi Punj has also topped in psychology honours with 160 marks. Hina Gupta is topper in economics honours wih 127 marks. Mamta, a student of political science, stood first with 140 marks.



From Schools and Colleges
Quiz time
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

The Commerce Department of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, organized Quiz Contest -2006 in the college premises on Friday. Five teams—Infosys, L & M, Wipro, Birla and Godrej—took part in the contest. There were seven rounds of questions, including sports, entertainment and audio-visual etc.

Infosys team was declared winner while Birla and Wipro stood second and third ,respectively. Mrs Kusum Verma, Principal of the college, who was the chief guest, gave away the prizes to the winners. Dr Rupinder of Postgraduate Department of Commerce of the college conducted the stage.

Dental health meet

The Indian Dental Association, Phagwara unit, in collaboration with Colgate Palmolive (India) organized a ‘school dental health programme’ under the banner “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” under the guidance of Dr Harivansh Mehta and Mrs Sunita Kapil at the local Kamla Nehru Public School here on Friday.

Dr Harjinder Singh and Dr Ajai Pal Singh Janjua gave some tips on dental hygiene and importance of brushing to the students. Toothpastes and toothbrushes were distributed free of cost to around 750 students and staff members of the school by the officials of Colgate Palmolive (India).


Mr Madan Mohan Khattar, president of the Swachhta Abhiyan Manch, Phagwara, announced the new office-bearers of the Manch at a meeting held at the Gita Bhawan Mandir here on Thursday. The following are the office-bearers: Chief Advisor—Pt Devi Raj Bhardwaj; Legal Advisors—Gurdev Singh and Sanjiv Khattar; Vice-President—Satish Bagga; Office Secretary—Kashmir Lal Shish, Organising Secretary—Anil Kumar; Joint Secretary—Balwant Billu; Press Secretary—Dr Raman Sharma, Propaganda Secretary—Haridev Sudhir.

Mr Malkiat Singh Ragbotra, President, Phagwara Nagar Council, Dr Yash Chopra and Mr Ravinder Sharma were elected as chief patrons of the manch.

The office-bearers took the pledge to maintain the cleanliness of the city as their first priority.

Powerlifting meet

A two-day Punjab Open Powerlifting Championship concluded at Ramgarhia College, Phagwara, on Sunday. Phagwara ASP Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill inaugurated the meet.

More than 100 powerlifters from all over the state took part in the championship. In the 52 kg category, Gurjit Singh lifted 375 kg and secured the top position ,while Ravinder Kumar and Gurpreet Singh stood second and third by lifting 376.5kg and 312.5 kg ,respectively. In the 56 kg category, Rakesh Kumar got the first place while Gurmit Singh and Jaspal stood second and third ,respectively. 60 kg category—Amandeep Singh 1, Vipan Kumar 2 and Amandeep 3; 75 kg category—Sandeep Kainth 1, Hardeep Singh 2 and Bachan Kumar 3

In the 100 kg category, Simranjit Singh secured the top spot while Partap singh and Sartaj Singh stood second and third ,respectively. In the 125 kg category Amanpreet was declared “man of the meet’ while Gaurav was declared second. Husan Lal, national champion and Shiv Kumar Sood were the judges of the meet.

Punjab Agro Foods Limited Chairman Joginder Singh Mann gave away the prizes.

Dr PS Tyagi Principal of the college, Jaspreet Singh Satti, Chairman, Market Committee, Phagwara, councillor Davinder Sapra and Gurjit Walia, Chairman, District Sports Cell, were also present on the occasion.



NJSA College shines
Tribune News Service

True to its glorious traditions, Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia (NJSA) Government College, Kapurthala, has once again won the overall runner-up trophy in the youth festival of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, held recently on the university campus.

The college took part in 30 items and won the first position in 10 items, second in nine items and third position in 11 items.

Talking about the remarkable achievements of the college in the field of co-curricular activities, Dr Sukhpal Singh Thind, deputy coordinator, cultural activities, told Jalandhar Plus that the college had bagged prizes in theatre items.

In drama, the college got the first position for the first time in the last 26 years, he added.

Dr Om Kumari Patial, Principal, said the credit for this remarkable achievement went to the dedicated efforts of Ram Gopal Sagar, coordinator, Dr Sukhpal Singh Thind, deputy coordinator, and the teachers associated with the cultural activities and the students.

The college bagged the first position in drama, mimicry, skit, mime, histrionics, fresh-flower arrangement, dry-flower arrangement, cartooning, elocution and folk song. It got the second position in bhangra, quiz, painting (landscape), painting (still life), collage, clay modelling, semi-classical, vocal (solo) and sitar.

The college got the third position in gidha, folk orchestra, fancy dress, classical vocal, tabla, group song, group shabad, bhajan, poetical symposium, sketching, poster-making, shabad, bhajan.

The teachers who contributed to the success of the students included Dr Harbans Singh Chahal (intellectual events), Prof Satvinder Kaur (fine arts), Prof Jatinder Kaur Dhir (home science), Prof Soni Devi (music vocal), Prof Monika Mehra (music instrumental), Prof Anita Sagar (gidha), Dr Sukhpal Singh Thind (bhangra, theatre), Prof Ram Gopal Sagar (quiz).

Besides, Ms Navjot Kaur Kang, Ms Prem Lata Mittal, Ms Chander Kanta, Mr Kashmir Singh, Mr Ajay Kumar also made valuable contribution in preparing the students for the youth festival.



‘Bishni’ reincarnate

POSING PRETTY: Gick Grewal When conversation centres on Gick Grewal, emotions fly. It’s not only the way she utters her son’s name, Kesho, in the last act in Naga-mandala that gives one a heavy heart while leaving, even in a simple conversation Gick can bring the best out in a person, sometimes with her bright smile and sometimes with moist eyes.

For anyone who keeps himself up to date with Punjabi theatre, films or serials, Gick is a familiar name. Neelam Mansingh’s one-play theatre festival gives us an opportunity to see Gick in the same role she played 16 years back—her first play with Neelam’s banner The Company.

“Things have changed since I first acted in Naga-mandala roughly 16 years back,” says Gick. New technology? “Not only that. Earlier, it had one lead, now it has two. Even the ending is somewhat happier,” she says. Besides, the earlier melodrama is giving way to subtlety and guess what? Gick as ‘Bishni’ is now eating noodles and eggs on stage rather than mundane roti and achar.

“Why not? Why should not a rural woman enjoy noodles or an egg? Life has changed and so has people’s perception. And this is what we are trying to capture in Naga-mandala,” Gick clarifies.

Interestingly, the female cast of the old Naga-mandala remains the same. “Only the male actors have been replaced,” she tells us. The reason is simple. While women managed to retain their youthfulness, men simply failed. “The actor who played my son 16 years back now looks older to me. So we had no option but bring someone new,” Gick’s twinkling eyes say it all—how proud she is to retain her youth and her role.

The challenge of playing a blind woman has not lost its charm for Gick. “It’s difficult considering that I have to keep my eyes open and still act like a blind person,” she says. But the compliment she had received from Neelam’s eye surgeon father during her first performance is still etched in her mind. “He told me that I looked exactly like a blind woman and it was the ultimate compliment.”

However, as an actor Gick belongs to the modest variety. “I am an actor yes, but even after 20 years of experience I cannot say that I know everything. Yes, I can say now that I have learnt to understand the director and follow the discipline of acting, but with every performance you learn something new.” For someone who has done countless stage shows (who can forget Yarma, Shehr Mere Di Pagal Aurat and Phaedra), serials (Rano, Lakeera, Apne Begane, Chandigarh Campus) and films like Shaheed-e-Muhabbat Buta Singh, Baaghi and Vajood, her comment sounds modest.

Has she found her dream role? “Every role, big or small, has been a challenge and hence significant,” she says. But the role of a pagan woman in Yarma and ‘Bishni’ in Naga-mandala are closest to her heart.

And as she gets dreamy again about the role she would be playing on the final day of the theatre fest at the Rock Garden, we leave her to it. After all it’s not everyday one gets to play the same role after so many years!

— Parbina Rashid



The moving finger writes...
Nisha Diddi

Handwriting over the centuries has been considered to reflect the personality of an individual. At present, handwriting is used by many hiring agencies to better understand the individual’s profile for the job. Counselors/psychologists use handwriting to assess their clients and help them better during therapy. Many studies have shown that handwriting can reflect an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, along with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Perception problems

Research indicates that weaknesses in the writing process can give insight or an indication to an underlying disability. Children with learning disabilities may also have writing difficulties. These difficulties can reflect in the form of grapho-motor problems, visual-motor or just difficulties related to perception.

Writing is a complicated process. Writing on the physical level involves fine motor skills, which is muscular dexterity, pencil grip, and posture. On the cognitive level writing involves visual memory (correct letter formation), visual-motor perception, fluency, speed, spelling, and expression. The fine-motor skills and the muscular weaknesses can be corrected through therapy. The child can be taught correct letter and number formation. Letter and number reversals up to the age of six or seven years are considered developmental delays.

Any reversal after the second grade should be questioned. There is no harm in checking the eyesight of the child if difficulties are perceived in copying from the board or a book. The visual-motor difficulties mean that whatever is being looked at on the blackboard is not being completely coordinated with the motor activity of the individual. Thus information is lost or is incomplete. There are many other reasons for visual-motor perception difficulties other than the mere coordination by the brain.

Multi-fold process

Since writing is a multi-fold process, the child who is weak in spelling and has difficulty expressing his/her ideas can find writing a struggle. Help can be provided through looking at individual weaknesses and developing strategies to cope with these.

Early intervention during the developing years of a child is the best time for most effective cure through physical or occupational therapy and individualised teaching strategies.

Your child looks up to you for support, guidance and nurturing. Therefore, enhanced information and awareness about any disorder that may afflict your child, a solid support system as well as timely action is the key to effective parenting.

The write approach

W hen a child shows signs of weakness in writing abilities or finds ways to avoid writing, the following indicators need to be assessed:

Physical limitations: Is the pencil grip and the posture of the child incorrect? If yes, it can exert pressure on the arm and the shoulder muscles and the child tires easily.

The letter/number formation. Is the child reversing the letters or is he/she having difficulty remembering the shapes and the formation of the letters/numbers? Is the child confusing the numbers for letters and vice-versa?

Does the child have difficulty copying from the blackboard and copying from another book?

Is note taking a struggle?

Does the child have spelling difficulties?

Does the child struggle with ideas and expression?

Are there organisation difficulties?



Care for the senior petizen
Dr Jaspreet Singh

Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age. Your dog's breed and size determine when he enters his senior years. Although you can't hold back the clock, there are many things you can do to help keep him healthy and active as long as possible. Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.

A regular check on your pet's health is a must once he is old. Visit your veterinarian frequently. Most vets recommend a check-up once every six months when your dog grows up. Blood tests, X-rays, ultrasound, electrocardiograms might be necessary. Be prepared to tell your vet about any changes in your pet's stamina, appetite or behaviour, when it began and what might have triggered it.

It's not unusual for an elderly dog's eyes to look cloudy, and the condition may not signal illness. Like humans, however, they can develop cataracts and glaucoma, and can experience hearing loss. If your pet seems surprised when you come close to him, bumps into things or doesn't come when you call him, the culprit may be failing faculties.

Grooming your dog often will help you find any abnormality early on. Brushing his teeth daily staves off tooth decay and helps prevent gum disease and tooth loss. Brushing regularly will also allow you to notice mouth and tongue ulcers. Bathe and groom him at least once a week. It's more important than ever to spare your dog the annoyance of fleas and other parasites: At this age, he won't be able to groom himself as easily as he used to. As you brush him, take note of any bumps, skin lesions or unusual hair loss. And remember that his skin is less elastic than it used to be, so be careful not to scrape or pull it. Be sure to clip his nails to help give him sure footing.

The old adage "use it or lose it" is as true for dogs as it is for humans. Exercise helps your dog maintain muscle tone, keeps his heart and digestion healthy and even improves his attitude. Walking is great. Gentle games of fetch and other play not only keep him in shape, but also keep him mentally alert and interacting positively with you. Swimming is particularly good for arthritic dogs. If your dog isn't able to exercise routinely, improve his flexibility and circulation by gently massaging his muscles and joints.

Keep your dog indoors and minimise his time outside. As a dog ages, he'll be sensitive to changes in temperature-aging hearts and lungs don't adjust as well to extremes of hot and cold. Since his senses, reflexes and thinking aren't as sharp; the dog is likely to be more prone to accidents, injury from other animals or even getting lost. Give him a soft bed. Arthritis, elbow calluses and other conditions will make it harder for your dog to sleep soundly.

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.



HIV–hit widows pushed to margins 
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

At 25 Pushpinder (name changed) is a widow, HIV infected, out of her in-law’s home with a 18-month-old son to care for.

A graduate, Pushpinder was married in 2001 to a bank employee. Her husband would fall sick often. She was five months pregnant when she found that her husband was suffering from AIDS.

He died in 2004. She was assaulted by her brother-in-law and driven out of her home in April 2005. Two FIRs lodged with the Hoshiarpur SSP, have failed to punish her in-laws and get her dowry items back.

Since her late husband had not changed the nomination after marriage, benefits like insurance and gratuity were taken away by her in-laws, leaving only one-third of the share for her.

“Under the Supreme Court verdict, jobs given on the ground of compassion have been curtailed. For many like Pushpinder, we are pleading the case with National Commission for Women (NCW) to intervene, and request the government agencies to give it a second thought,” says Jaswinder Minhas, Pushpinder’s lawyer.

Amrita’s case is no different from that of Pushpinder. At 26, she was declared HIV positive. A widow and mother of two (one is suspected to be infected)Amrita was driven out of her in-law’s home, who blamed her for their son’s death.

“If HIV kills people, why don’t you and your son die, why was it our son who had to die?” blamed her in-laws, instead of helping her bear the pain. To add to her misery, Amrita’s husband’s death certificate bears a different name that appears on his driving license and in his bank passbook.

“My husband’s bank account has Rs 18,000, this will help me pay my room rent that has been piling for months, but, because of wrong name on death certificate I am not able to access this money,” says Amrita. Her husband was a truck driver in Rajasthan.

Many of these women fail to understand their predicament. “I asked my husband why did he marry me when he knew he was HIV infected, he said he married under parental pressure. Now they have a grandson, who might be infected. I don’t understand for whose benefit was this marriage solmenised . My son’s grand parents don’t want to see him, they don’t spare a single penny for him,” says Amrita.

Cheated by HIV infected husbands, blamed by their in-laws for the death of their husbands, most of these widows live in the periphery of Banga alone in single rented rooms, fighting a battle for a few left out resources.



Education for development
Tribune News Service

The Shahri Valmiki Sabha organised a seminar at Red Cross Bhavan on Sunday to discuss the problems related to political, social, financial and educational uplift of the Valmiki society.

The seminar was presided over by Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker. He emphasised on the role of education in bringing about overall development of the society.


The Bhartiya Khadya Nigam Karamchari Sangh held a protest in the district office here on the Ladowali Road to press for fulfillment of their demands.

The demands include no further reduction in FCI staff strength, no outsourcing of FCI activities, no abolition of direct recruitment posts, early finalisation of wage revision from 2007 onwards, merger of 50 per cent DA with basic pay, settling staffing norms and vacating all hired godowns to utilise own storage capacity.

Football tourney

The fifth Santa Singh Bhaur Memorial Open Football Tournament will be held at Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Phagwara, from November 9 to 12.

As many as eight teams have confirmed their participation in the tournament. The teams are: JCT Academy, RCF Kapurthala, BSF Jalandhar, City Club, Phagwara, Sikh National FC, Banga, FC Rurka Kalan and Olympian Jarnail Singh Memorial Football Club, Garhshankar.

Winners will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 51,000 while the runners-up will get Rs 31,000. Special prizes will also be given to outstanding players, according to Kashmira Singh, Chairman of Phagwara Football Academy.


A lecture on skin type and skin structure was conducted by the cosmetology department of BD Arya Girls’ College. Pooja Garg and Sonu Bains from Classic Advance Treatment, Delhi, were the speakers. They stressed that body polishing and facials should be done according to the skin type of the person. Students were shown demonstration of chocolate facial.

Dengue awareness

A dengue awareness camp was organised by ICFAI National College at Income Tax Colony. A presentation on dengue fever, its causes, prevention and treatment was given by Dr Devinder, MD Pathology.



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