Two more statues to be installed in city
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

While most crossroads in Jalandhar have statues of freedom fighters and martyrs, the residents here can expect two more statues soon.

The Municipal Corporation has already sanctioned a statue of Beant Singh, former Chief Minister, in an island at BMC Chowk, and that of Bhagat Singh at a chowk named after him in the old part of the city. The existing weathered statue of the martyr at the chowk will be replaced by a new one soon.

The statue of Dr B.R.Ambedkar occupies the most prominent position in the city on the busy Nakodar Chowk. The majestic statue has little greenery around it. The chowk holds eminence for thousands of Ambedkar followers and the area around it has become a landmark for most dalit protests. The roundabout remains covered by buntings, banners and hoardings during all occasions and gatherings of dalit groups.

The statue of Lal Bahadur Shastri at the intersection of Shastri Market is in greyish white colour and has fountains all around it.

The statue of yet another freedom fighter, Pt Kishori Lal, has been put up close to a tri-junction near the Punjab Press Club. The dark grey statue was installed in May last year.

The statue of Kirti Chakra awardee Major Raman Dada on one side of Kapurthala Chowk has been installed recently. The statue was put up in May 2003, exactly four years after he died in action .

Another recently installed statue is that of a former minister, Swaran Singh, put up on one side of PAP Chowk. Standing on a platform, the statue is visible from all three sides of the tri-junction.

Interestingly, all the statues in the city seem to have cast in the same style .Barring the multi-coloured statue of Bhagat Singh and greyish white statue of Lal Bahadur Shastri, all others are dark grey in colour with a very similar texture.

Another aspect to the issue is that most statues in city have been unveiled by Ch Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies Minister. The statues of Major Raman Dada, Bhagat Singh and Pt Kishori Lal have been installed by him in the last two to three years. Ironically, the stones beneath these statues bear the name of the minister in size bolder than the names of the great souls in whose memories these have been erected.



Students told to have healthy food
Tribune News Service

To make the students aware about the importance of healthy food, physical fitness and healthy habits, Delhi Public School has organised various programmes.

A nutritious and balanced menu was planned by a dietician and given to all students. They then brought their tiffins according to the given menu.

Workshops and presentations on health, nutrition and dietary requirements were also conducted. Yoga sessions were also held for the students. Fitness experts briefed the children on regular workouts in the daily schedule. Various activities on healthy food and habits were conducted and the message was delivered through poems.


Students of Eklavya School were taken for a visit to an organic farm in Sammipur village where they learned how to prepare vermicompost. They were told about the benefits of organic vegetables.

After returning from the visit, students made various posters on various themes, including how to save water. They put the posters near taps. The students discussed the harmful effect of using polythenes as these are non-biodegradable and harmful to environment.


Banarasi Dass Arya Girls College organised a felicitation ceremony on Wednesday to honour women’s hockey team. The team had won first prize in the Jakhar Hockey Tournament. The college director, Ms Swaraj Mohan, and the Principal, Dr Sarita Verma, gave a cash prize of Rs 21,000 to the team.

AIDS awareness

An AIDS awareness seminar was organised at Government Elementary School, Usmanpur. Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, an NRI, discussed with students the symptoms and causes of the disease. He showed them a film on the slide projector. Mr Sanjivan Singh Dadhwal, district president, Eco Clubs, also addressed the students.

MoU signed

Lovely Professional University signed an MoU with the University of East, London, for putting in place a mechanism by which students here will be able to avail an option of completing their studies in the University of East on partial basis.

The memorandum was signed by Mr Ashok Mittal, Chancellor, Lovely Professional University, and Prof Michael Thorne, Vice-Chancellor, University of East.


Dr Usha Kapoor, Principal, Guru Nanak Dev University College, Basti Nau, has been honoured with Bharat Vikas Award by Ms Vidya Stokes, Minister for Power, Himachal Pradesh, at a seminar held recently on economic growth and national integration in New Delhi. 



Citizens’ Corner

The Tribune is starting a column providing residents of Jalandhar and its neighbourhood an opportunity to highlight their problems, which are of a public nature.

It could be about a particular stretch of road which badly needs repairs or about a hospital which does not have a doctor or a school which does not have a proper building.

The column, Citizens’ Corner, will appear in Jalandhar Plus. Readers are requested to send their contributions typed neatly in double space and consisting of not more than 300 words in English to The Editor, Jalandhar Plus, SCO 20, Ladowali Road, PUDA Complex, Jalandhar – 144001 or at 



Sabse fav

The bandwagon arrived in the city amidst all the hype and hoopla. And this is not just any other promotional campaign. This one is Star Gold’s opinion poll Sabsey Favourite Kaun that is all set to come back on Star Gold in December 2006 and this time on an international level. In a young crowd in Sector 8, the ‘Fan Van’ arrived with all its crew after travelling to Rajasthan and UP. After getting the forms from the Fan Van to vote for their Sabse favourites, movie buffs from the city cast their votes as well.

And a quick insight at the leading stars of the poll. If the facts are to be believed then leading the favourite hero category is the evergreen, Amitabh Bachhan followed closely by the King Khan (Shahrukh) who interestingly is topping international voting charts. Arshad Warsi is leading the pack of Sabse Favourite comic hero and in the favourite film category, there seems to be a tie between Lage Raho…and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.

Coming back to the picture in Chandigarh, amongst a large gathering, a local anchor was busy testing people’s ‘Bollywood Quotient’ and asking them movies related questions. For the high-spirited Chandigarhians it was all about having fun to rack their brains and take home a few goodies. So in the clash of the bollywood titans, Chandigarhians have contributed a bit of their parts too. — S.S.



WEEKEND GETAWAY: Dholbaha wetlands
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Want to get close to nature? Visit Dholbaha wetlands in Hoshiarpur district.

Blessed with verdant forests and rich flora and fauna, the area is agog with feathered birds, especially during the winter.

Nestled in the foothills of the Shivaliks, the wetlands are much to the delight of bird lovers. These days a large number of migratory birds from far-off countries are roosting and feeding here. Shovellers, pintails, large and small cormorants, coots and bar-headed geese can be seen.

The Dholbaha reservoir has earth filled dam is a multipurpose project that was constructed on the Dholbaha choe in 1987. It is a flood control-cum-irrigation multipurpose project aided by the World Bank under Kandi Watershed and Area Development Programme.

In the wooded areas near Dholbaha wetlands one can spot and identify butterflies, beetles, reptiles, mammals and a variety of flora and fauna. Butterflies, bio-indicators, can be seen flitting across the paths.

The lake sanctuary supports wildlife, including the barking deer, sambar, fox, boar, fishing cat, blue bull, mongoose and leopard, and a variety of reptiles, says Dr Onkar Singh Brraich, Scientist (Environment), Punjab State Council for Science and Technology.

We approached the dam from Hariana village. When we reached the island, we were greeted by fluttering of wings. Far away we saw large echelons of birds circling the lake. In bushes some bar-headed geese were having a siesta. Treetops were occupied by cormorants, grebes and coots colonies.

Natural riches

lRed jungle fowl with a rich brown, orange and metallic greenish black plumage can be spotted in the sanctuary in the early morning hours.

lMedium-sized jungle cat is an inhabitant of grassland, scrub and marshes. Its short tail is black at tip.

lCommon nightjar, a nocturnal bird, feeds on beetles, moths and other insects. It is a nocturnal bird. In the daytime it can be seen squatting under shelter of a bush or along a low bough.

lMongoose is commonly seen here. It is hunted for its flesh and hair. Its hair is used for making drawing and paint brushes.

lCommon mormon can be seen hovering leisurely over lemon, bael and curry leaf trees. Its forewings are black with a series of pale white spots.



Alternatives to electricity
Tribune News Service

Are you sighing over the hefty electricity bill?You can avoid a hefty power bill by using Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs).

Mr. Vijay Kumar and Mr. Rajendra Kumar, Additional Assistant Engineers (AAEs) in the System Losses Study Cell (SLSC) of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Jalandhar, made this claim here today.

They say as much as 40 per cent energy may be saved by replacing bulbs and tubes by CFLs.They explained this to visitors to the SLSC stall set up in front of the auditorium of APJ College of Fine Arts, where the state- level function was organised to mark National Energy Conservation Day.

Presently several companies ,including Crompton Green, Havells, Wipro, Indo Asian and Osram were manufacturing CFLs . One of these companies had also set up its stall in the College. Mr. Praveen Miglani, Deputy Manager ,sales and marketing ,said he had replaced tubes with CFLs in his own house. Subsequently, the power had come down by half .The company had set up its sale counters at power bill depositing centres in Delhi. Negotiations were on with the PSEB to set up its sale counters at all bill depositing centres in Punjab.

Apart from using CFLs, the AAEs also advised power consumers to take some more steps to save energy which include using of different solar energy based systems wherever possible, avoid to use light indicators on switch boards and switch off the television from the board instead of doing so with remote.

Besides the consumer should design the building in such a way that natural light comes in each room and paint walls in light colour. Farmers can save power by using submersible pumps.

At the stall set up by the Department of Soil and Water Engineering, Punjab Agriculture University ,Ludhiana, Dr. JK Chawla said energy worth thousands of crores could be saved per year if ratifications were adopted while installing diesel operated, mono block or submersible pumps.

Dr. Chawla said that Centrifugal pumps with low delivery pipes, long radius bends with optimum suction lift should be used for high efficiency and conservation of energy. Similarly, he advised farmers to use PVC pipes instead of GI pipes for better results.

On this occasion, Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) also put up a stall to aware the public about using non-conventional sources of energy including sun energy, wind energy, bio gas and bio mass plants.

Mr. Gursewak Singh, Consultant Solar Energy PEDA, said that valuable energy might be saved by using solar geyser, solar pump, solar drier, solar battery charger and solar parabolic cooker.

All these items were displayed on the stall set up by PEDA. A visitor to the stall Ritika Khanna said that she would use solar items and adopt other methods to conserve energy.



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