Stink in Ram Bagh
Manish K. Singhal

Ram Bagh , once the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has become defecating place for the poor. The two toilets in the premises are blocked and hence people forced by natural urgencies rush to the boundary wall.

In this heritage complex are: Services club, Lamsdon Club and Amritsar Club. Though well maintained and welloperated, these clubs were running in violation of the Heritage Buildings Act. These clubs have even dared to ignore the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court to shift from the complex.

The residents who come for walks said that vehicles should be banned from entering in the complex .

“Perhaps, it is the only park where the vehicles drive in,” said D.S. Mann, a local and regular visitor to Ram Bagh.

Another resident B.S. Chauhan pointed out that lot vehicles drive up to the three clubs which pose threat to the heritage structures.

The residents have also demanded a ban on the entry of pets.

“These pets have bit people, including children many times,” says another local J. S Malli. 



Gurmat musician flays Sikh bodies
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

The state government and Sikh bodies have failed to preserve the heritage of the community. Prof Surinder Singh, Director, Asian Sangeet Academy, United Kingdom ,stated this at a programme ‘Gurmat Sangeet and its presentation’ held at Sarup Rani Government College for Women. recently .

The Central and the state governments have failed to take back the artifacts of the Sikh community, including the Kohinoor diamond , from the British government. The artifacts were at present in the Queen Victoria Museum in London and other US museums.

Prof Singh claimed that Shabads were not being sung in the true classical form by the raagis at Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib. He said shabads should be sung in the way of the gurus .

He said even the Rabbab, Sirhanda, Tabla, Sarangi, Taus and the Dilruba were not being used while presenting shabads.

He also presented shabads starting with “Aise lalan payo re sakhi” on the accompaniment of the above mentioned instruments.

Born in Kapurthala, this was Prof Singh’s first visit to the city after his emigration to the UK about 17 years ago. The Head Granthi of the Golden Temple ,Giani Gurbachan Singh ,invited Prof Surinder Singh’s troupe to perform at the sanctum sanctorum of Harmandir Sahib.



Rang Sang Umang
Our Correspondent

Shri Ram Ashram Public School here held a mega event marked by an annual exhibition and fete called Rang Sang Umang. Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, inaugurated the function.

The mammoth exhibition of Art and Craft in its opening stall conformed to the colourful title. Snow, penguins, pandas and igloo were in black and white. Barbie dolls, toys and flowers came in pink. Ships and fish came alive in aquamarine blue; while trees, waterfalls, old castles and landscapes were in green and orange. There were portraits of Ganesha and Swami Vivekanand standing for the saffron.

In the craft wing, a multi-media presentation for 15 minutes took the visitors close to whistling winds, gorging rivers and high mountains.

The science exhibition was on desert and desertification. The imbalance of resources was depicted with a globe holding a scale in which the basket of growing population dipped against the depleting food basket of the world.

Students in oxygen masks hinted at pollution. The stall that showed how to recognise fake currency attracted many visitors.

Food courts served Punjabi cuisine of sarson ka saag and makki di roti, tikkis, gol-gappas and other delicacies. While students performed bhangra and gidda in a mela setting. Puppet show and boys walking on stilts added to the festive mood. Those who preferred to jig on western numbers. 



My City
Food for thought
Dr A.L. Adlakha

The news about desecration of a statue at Kanpur led to nationwide protests recently, causing loss of human life and public property. This was followed by a news of a missing statue of a war hero from the historic Ram Bagh Gardens, the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. This too could have had ramifications of the same nature.

Fortunately, that never happened as the statue was found in the safe custody of adjoining Service Club, to be reinstalled at a convenient date later.

But one wonders why statues are installed at crossings and gardens, where vagaries of nature remain inevitable and actions of anti-social elements unpredictable.

I have approached the Prime Minister’s Office to advise the states to keep statues and busts of national heroes and leaders in museums, away from hostile elements.

Every resident sees a dream of having a clean and green city. However, this dream hasn’t been realised thus far. The onus is on us now.

Reports of prominent citizens and officers taking up brooms and cleaning toilets appear to be just a gimmick.

There is a need for a concerted effort to mobilise and educate people to work for their community.

A committed group of youngsters can take up the task at the government and public level.

The first step in this direction is to generate awareness among our community to stop littering the streets and bazars with waste.

It is estimated that an average person produces half a kilogram of waste every day. If the city has 10 lakh people, it produces 5 lakh kg of waste every day.

If the waste produced by every household is segregated - as dry and moist - before disposal, the task of scavengers and municipal corporation will become easier.

By segregation, dry waste like plastic, metal glass and cardboard or paper can be recycled, where as moist waste like vegetable etc. can be utilised for producing organic compost, thus bringing down the use of chemical fertilizers.

A few days ago the problem of sanitation and congestion around Durgiana Temple was discussed with mayor Sunil Datti and a demand was raised to extend the “galliara” scheme to the temple also by some prominent citizens.

One wonders, if the elevated road is proposed to reach Bhandari Bridge, why shouldn’t be extended up to the temple, where thousands of devotees from all over the country and abroad visit and pay their obeisance.



200 teachers trained to impart sex education
Our Correspondent

As many as 200 teachers of the district have been trained in imparting sex education to the adolescent students to generate awareness on AIDS among them. A four-day “AIDS Education Training Seminar” was organised here in this regard.

District Education Officer (DEO) Piara Singh Talwar, while talking to The Tribune, said the seminar was conducted under the School Adolescent Programme at Government Secondary School.

The AIDS Control Society and the SCERT with the help of the Education Department organised the seminar

The DEO said 100 female and 100 male teachers from different schools of the district participated in the seminar.

Under the programme, the Education Department plans to impart sex education to schoolchildren amid reports of growing number of AIDS cases in the country.

The number has touched 59 lakh, of which 50 per cent were between the age group of 15 to 24 years.

Civil Surgeon Dr Karanjit Singh and Professor, Government Medical College Amritsar, Dr Shyam Sunder Deepty addressed the nodal and peer educators.

Besides, district science supervisor Gurdeep Singh, Assistant Education Officer (AEO) Waryam Singh, and resource persons Sanjeev Kumar, Indu Bala, Phoola Singh, Gurpreet Kaur and Rajesh Bhanot were among those who spoke on the subject.

A one-act- play, Hanare Wich Ghumda Manukh, was staged during the seminar, besides other cultural programme.

The DEO said the trained teachers would give knowledge to students about the reasons behind the occurrence of AIDS.

The issue of imparting sex education to schoolchildren has remained a major challenge for the government and this move will help further the cause, he said.



Walia in Red Cross body

Known social worker Gurcharan Singh Walia has done the town proud by being elected member of the managing body of the Indian Red Cross Society, Punjab. This assumes significance as Punjab Governor is the president of the society, while Chief Minister is its vice-president. Their wives are pro-vice presidents.

The society has nine elected members in all, besides four nominated members, 10 ex-officio members, four co-opted members and four members from among social workers.

Each district is represented by a member.

Mr Walia is the president of the Non-Resident Indian (NRIs) of Tarn Taran and Amritsar districts. He has preside over a large number of social functions, especially related to the cause of needy students.

He had also met with the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jenny Shipley, in 1998. He had apprised her of the problems being faced by the Sikhs residing in that country.

Various social organisations of the area have lauded the role of Mr Walia in the past. He has especially been spearheading the cause of the NRI community.



Christmas mela at Batala
Our Correspondent

The Baring Union of Christian College, Batala, organised a Christmas mela on December 25 under the guidance of the Principal, Dr Hepesh Shepherd. It began with prayer by Reverand R.M. Bashrat (retd D.S. MCI, Delhi) followed by the play, ‘The Ways’based on the stories of Charles Dicken and O’ Henry. The play was translated into Hindi and written in dramatic script.

After the play, the chief guest Rev Christopher Edwin, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, talked about Christmas history and its present relevance. 



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