Young World
Bridging generation gap
Tribune News Service

Police DAV Public School organised its annual function, “Jeevan Kafila—Umran Da Fasla”, on Wednesday evening. The show was an effort to bridge the gap between generations with themes of women emancipation and female foeticide through a drama, “Nari arpan, tathya darpan”. A play, “Jeevan Sandhya”, highlighted the problems faced by the elderly in homes owing to generation gap.

“Parvas ki aas” depicted a youth’s obsession to migrate to foreign land leaving behind the old parent. A school news letter was released by Joint Secretary, CBSE regional office, Panchkula, D.R. Yadav. Principal Rashmi Vij read the out the annual report.


Mayor World School hosted a workshop for English teachers on “Fun-filled and activity oriented teaching in classroom”. As many as 48 teachers from Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara and Kapurthala attended the workshop, which focussed on teaching in grammar, vocabulary and synonyms. Seema Jerath, an educationist, was the resource person. Principal G. Bindra attended the event.

Research project

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, University School of Business, Lovely Professional University, Harpreet Singh will participate in a research project on education standard among school students and their relative preparedness for pursuing technical education. The research will be conducted jointly by a team of education consultants of Canada.

Talk on cattle welfare

A 10-day NSS camp began at Banarsi Dass Arya Girls’ School in Samrai village here on Tuesday. The camp was opened by Punjab Cooperative Minister Amarjeet Singh Samra.

A team of doctors, from the fields of orthopaedics, ENT, skin, eyes, surgery and gynaeocology, examined patients on the first day. On the second day, a talk on cattle welfare was conducted for villagers by senior veterinary officer Dr Satnam Singh. Kamaljeet Kaur and Surinder Kumar from the Biology Department gave a multi-media presentation and a live demonstration on vermiculture to villagers.

Punjabi Week

Eklavya School observed “Pyari Punjabi Week” to initiate children to the rich Punjabi culture and heritage. The school was decorated with traditional household goods like “sarphos”, “changeir”, “laaltein”, “kamandal”, “garhvee”, “chhaj”, “gaagar”, “pakhee”, brass utensils, “phulkaris”, “parandis” and embroidered clothes. On the first day, children were taken around the school exhibition.

They were also taught poems and songs in their respective classes. On the second day, teachers sang “sithnian”, “tappe”, “suhag”, “ghori” and other folk songs.

They also performed gidha and bhangra. Primary wing organised activities like Punjabi newspaper reading, story telling and rhymes. Children of the middle classes prepared worksheets in Punjabi language and poetry composition. On the third day, children performed dances like gidha, suhaag, etc.

AIDS awareness

Under the National Adolescent Education Programme, a seminar on AIDS awareness was organised on Wednesday in which teachers delivered lectures to students of Classes IX and X. Parents were also invited to attend the seminar.



Kids in for Christmas feast
Tribune News Service

The city plans to present a host of activities for kids as part of Christmas celebrations.

A party is scheduled to be held at Prithvi’s Planet on December 24 wherein games, music, dance, bowling and video games will be organised by event organiser Reeti Singh. A Santa Claus will keep children amused amid the playing of Christmas carols.

Another party will be held the next day at the same venue by the managers of Prithvi’s Planet and Vivek Aggarwal Dance School.

It will feature a dance and fancy dress show in which kids in different age groups will take part. While the age group for fancy dress contest is two to six years, there will be four categories for dance competition - three to six years, seven to nine years, 10 to 12 years, and 13 years and above - said Mr Aggarwal.

The Labour Department will also hold a function for children studying in schools being run by it in the evening.

District Labour Commissioner Inderjit Singh said the children will be taken to St Joseph Convent School where the senior students would treat them to a party. Besides, schools will hold Christmas parties for children before they close for winter break.



Teachers protest
Tribune News Service

Demanding restoration of pension scheme, the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union continued their protest on Thursday as their members, carrying black flags and banners, took out a rally to the office of the Deputy Commissioner this afternoon.

The teachers flayed Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for his reported statement that the government was not responsible for paying pension to aided schoolteachers. The members said the pension scheme was withdrawn by the government last year in the name of financial crisis. They demanded the government to restore it or else lose the faith of thousands of teachers. Non-government college teachers also began their indefinite protest on the call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union. A protest was held at Banarasi Dass Arya Girls’ College against the “anti-higher education policies” of the government during which the teaching and non-teaching members raised slogans against the government. The unit also decided to postpone the examination indefinitely.



Voters’ card must, says DC
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Indian citizens will not be able to get LPG, telephone, power, water and sewerage connections without a valid photo voters’ identity card in the future. Besides, old-age pension, ration cards, driving licences, SC, BC certificates, arms licences will be out of reach of those without the card, Deputy Commissioner A. Venu Parsad has said.

The card will be a must for getting work done from any of the government offices or organisations in the future, according to him.

Also, people will not be able to cast their ballot without the card during the forthcoming 2007 Assembly elections.

“It is advised to those above 18 years of age to get their photo identity cards made well within the stipulated period. They should get the cards made by visiting one of the centres where the exercise is under way in the district. They should get in touch with officers in-charge of different constituencies.”

Executive Magistrate, Jalandhar, Harbir Singh will be officer in-charge for Adampur Assembly constituency, while, Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) Kuldip Singh will be the officer in-charge for Jalandhar Cantonment constituency.

Officers in-charge of different constituencies are: Sarojini Gautam Sharda (Jalandhar north), Bhupinder Singh (Jalandhar central), Sukhminder Singh (Jalandhar south), D.P.S. Kharbanda (Kartarpur), Bakhtawar Singh (Shahkot), Ajay Sood (Nakodar), Neelam Chaudhary (Noormahl), G.S. Grewal (Phillaur).

An election control room has been set up in the office of the Deputy Commissioner, from where people can get poll-related information or clarification from the election tehsildar.



Consumer court cases
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Nokia told to replace mobile set The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked Nokia India, Nokia Service Centre and a local dealer to replace a defective mobile set with same or similar set of same price or return the original price charged by them from Mr Surinder Bajaj, a resident of Golden Avenue here.

It has also directed the company to pay an amount of Rs 2000 as compensation and Rs 1000 as litigation cost. The complainant had lodged a complaint that he had purchased a Nokia N-Gage QD mobile set from a dealer based at Central Town for Rs 7300 on May 20, 2005. He alleged that he used the set till March 2006 without any problem .In the first week of April, it stopped working. He said that he approached the service centre on April 6, 2006 ,he was asked to collect the set in three days.

The consumer alleged that before accepting the set for repair, a representative of the centre had a copy of the bill from him and confirmed that the set was within the warranty period of one year. He said that after three days when he went back to the centre, he was told that it had been sent to the Ludhiana office and it could take a week for delivery.

Mr Bajaj said that when he called up the office on April 26, 2006, the set was returned to him and he was told that it was not repairable. He alleged that the failure of the company dealers and employees to get the mobile operational or replace it amounted to unfair trade practice and deficiency of service.

In reply, the Nokia dealers and service centre employees said that the handset had been opened by an unauthorized person and its service network had been tampered with. They said that the tampered handset being out of warranty could not be repaired free of cost and any possible repair could be done subject to approval of the customer towards repair costs and hence, there was no deficiency of service on their part.

To this, counsel for complainant, Mr K.C. Malhotra, said that the company had not produced any document showing the set was tampered with or water locked while giving for repair for their service centre. He urged that no objection of the sort was raised by the service centre when the set was returned without repair.

The forum observed that the since the company officials could not produce any document in support of their allegation or an affidavit that the set had been tampered with when it was returned, there was a deficiency on their part. It concluded that the set was defective from the beginning and was returned to consumer without repair. Thus it asked the company to replace the set or return the money besides paying Rs 2000 as compensation and Rs 1000 as cost of litigation.

BSNL to pay compensation

The forum has also asked Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to pay to its consumer an amount of Rs 2000 as compensation and cost of litigation for sending an inflated bill. In a complaint filed by Mr R.A. Nagpal, resident of Urban Estate, said that he was using telephone number 2277380 and was paying its bill. He said that he ordinarily received bill to the tune of Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 for two months. He received a bill for Rs 2553 from October 1, 2003 to November 30, 2003 and for Rs 4695 for the period between February 1, 2004 and March 31, 2004 for metered calls 1567 and 3520, respectively.

The consumer said that on receiving printouts of outgoing calls, he transpired that inflated calls on telephone numbers 09899022800, 09810698418, 9815327155 and 09810400792 had been made, adding that during the period no relative from outside visited his house. He said that he contacted the commercial section of BSNL which assured him of a thorough inquiry.

To avoid disconnection, Mr Nagpal said that he deposited the amount of Rs 2533 on December 29 under protest but received another bill of Rs 4965 payable on or before April 28, 2004.

The consumer alleged that the bill sent by the BSNL was false, wrongly founded on false metering, fault on metering circuit or any other fault. He said that he urged them to set aside the inflated bill and refund the amount paid in excess and disclose the exact whereabouts of receivers and callers of telephone numbers given in the complaint.

The BSNL officials replied saying that no one was misusing the complainant’s telephone and calls had been made by the complainant himself or his family members or others using his phone. The officials said that the bills were issued according to actual consumption by the complainant recorded in the digital telephone exchange and the complainant was liable to pay the amount for facilities availed.

The forum found the BSNL officials did not look into the complaint made by Mr Nagpal. It said that this act and conduct of the officials was against the statutory rules as it was bound to look into the complaint according to guidelines laid down in the case of Pallav Mazumdar V/s General Manager Telecom reported in 2006(3) CLT 25.

It said that since the complainant had filed an affidavit that he had never called on four telephone numbers, the bill be quashed and a revised bill after excluding these calls be made. It also awarded Rs 2000 as compensation and cost of litigation to complainant. 



Army school annual function
Tribune News Service

Army Public School organised its 22nd annual function on Thursday.

A cultural bonanza on “Emotional integration” was presented as heavenly notes reverberated the school campus.

An ensemble of dance, song and play proved to be a feast for those present.

A ballet presented by the tiny tots won much applause.

Lieut-Gen Noble Thamburaj, GOC, Vajra Corps, and Anita Thamburaj, president of Vajra Army Wives’ Welfare Association, attended the show.

Principal Harish Rawal read out the annual report.



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