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PAU student bags Vivekanand role model award
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 13
Rohini Garg, a third year student of B.Sc.home science (hons) and NSS volunteer of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has been conferred with "Swami Vivekanand Role Model Award" for the year 2006-07. The award was presented to her by Swami Vivekanand Study Circle during the National Youth Day celebrations at Arya College for Boys, Ludhiana, held here yesterday.

According to Dr K.S.Verma, programme coordinator, NSS, Rohini Garg was chosen for this award on the basis of her outstanding performance in various extra-curricular activities. She was second in the folk dance competition held at the national level and first in poster-making competition held at the university level. She also got consolation prize during the 10-day Special NSS camp. She secured second and third position in mime and sports competition during the Inter-College Youth Festival and athletic meet held at PAU, respectively.

She has participated in two national integration camps held at CSK, Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwa Vidhalaya, Palampur, H.P, during November, 2004 and College of Agriculture, Bijapur, Karnataka, during February, 2006.

She has participated in three 10-day Special NSS camps organised by the NSS Cell of PAU in different adopted villages of Punjab. She also helped the "Help Age Care Society" of Punjab to raise funds and was closely associated with the communal harmony campaign.



From Schools 
Mission celebrates Lohri with 200 slum kids
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 13
The Vishwa Guru Ravi Dass Mission celebrated Lohri with 200 children from slum areas here yesterday. The special feature of the function was the celebration of Lohri for five newborn baby girls. The children were given peanuts and rewaries.

Students of Green Land School enjoy flying kites at a Lohri function in the school on Saturday
Students of Green Land School enjoy flying kites at a Lohri function in the school on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed 

Green Grove School: The Lohri celebrations began in Green Grove School, Khanna, by lighting a bonfire by the Principal, Ms Suzy George. To make the day special, an inter-house solo song competition was held. Rupinder Kaur and Gagan Kaur of Class VII presented a stupendous dance. The staff and the students enjoyed basking in the sun and eating goodies.

USPC Jain Public School: Tiny tots of USPC Jain Public School, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana, celebrated Lohri with zeal and zest here yesterday. The celebrations started with ‘Navkar Mantra’. Ananyam, Palak, Waheguru Singh, Khushneet and Gurleen Kaur gave solo dance performances. Mr M.P. Jain, and Ms Yachna Chawla, Principal, blessed the students. The programme concluded by lighting a bonfire.

Spring Dale Public School: The Lohri function in Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School started by lighting a bonfire by the school Director, Ms Avinash Kaur Walia. Students of the school performed Giddha and bhangra items. They said it was high time that Lohri was also celebrated for a girl child.

Students of Spring Dale School enjoy the goodies being distributed at a Lohri function in the school on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Spring Dale School enjoy the goodies being distributed at a Lohri function in the school



Students apprised of Guru Gobind Singh’s life 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 13
The birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated at BIS (N) Senior Secondary Public School here yesterday. The programme commenced with the recitation of shabad gayan ’Deh Shiva Var Mohe Hain’. As many as 30 students from Class I to XII participated in it.

Gaganpreet Singh of Class II A and Paramjit Singh of Class III A recited a poem. Anupreet Kaur of Class IX A recited ‘Kalgidhar Dashmesh Pita’. Gursimran of Class I recited a poem ‘Naan Uddiken Dadiee Aasan Murh Naahin Aauna’. Jaspreet Singh of Class I A expressed views on ‘Kanga Sahib’. Gurbakhsish Singh of Class X A also spoke on the topic ‘Five Kakaars’.

School teacher Manjit Kaur Khurana educated the students about Guru Gobind Singh’s life and teachings. Mrs Sukhdeep Kaur spoke on ‘Sarhand Dian Kandha’. The school Principal, Mrs Aneeta Kundra, urged the students to imbibe the virtues advocated by the Guru.

Mr Prabhjot Singh, Additional Zonal Secretary, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, was the chief guest of the programme. He praised the efforts put in by the Principal, teachers and students. He said, “such programmes guide the new generation and acquaint them with their culture and religion”.



16 students honoured
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 13
The Swami Vivekananda Study Circle celebrated the National Youth Day at the Arya College here yesterday.
Sixteen students from Punjab and Chandigarh colleges were honoured. Mr C.S. Talwar, director, Small Savings, Punjab, was the chief guest.

He said Swami Vivekananda was a great thinker with a broad outlook, who believed that all religions in the world were true.

He said Swami Vivekananda was a true symbol of unity, strength and secularism.

He stressed upon selfless service to society with utmost honesty.

He further said Indian youth must follow teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

Mr S.M. Sharma, principal of the college, presided over the function.


Punjabis cautioned against cardiac ailments
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 13
At a free check-up camp here yesterday, senior cardiologists sounded a note of caution to people, especially Punjabis, that bad eating habits led to obesity, which further led to heart diseases.

At least 200 patients from the city and surrounding areas availed of free consultation facilities at the one-day camp. ECHO , ECG and blood sugar testing was done free of cost at the day-long camp.

Interacting with the patients, Dr R.P. Singh, consultant and cardiologist, said Indians had a bad genetic makeup because of which they were predisposed to heart ailments and it was a non-modifiable risk factor. Claiming that Punjabis were at a very high risk of acquiring heart disorders, he pointed out that imitation of western lifestyle was one of the biggest cause of concern.

“If you have diabetes, you're more likely to have a stroke, heart disease or a heart attack. But you can cut your chances of having these problems by taking special care of your heart and blood vessels. And the earlier one is able to seek advice on such care, the better the chances of effective medical management.”

Dr J.S. Grewal, another consultant, observed that Punjabis craved for greasy food and studies had revealed that about 10 per cent of the urban population of Punjab had heart disorders whereas the rural population with heart problems remained between 4 per cent and 5 per cent.

The doctors attending to the patients at the camp expressed their concern over the fact that young people were falling victim to heart ailments and the risk factor age had come down to 30 years. They were of the view that heart problems, in a way, were related to affluence, and Punjabis had virtually developed rich eating habits that were detrimental to the proper functioning of the heart.

The free cardiac check-up camp, maintained the doctors, was a part of the awareness campaign as an estimated 20 per cent of the heart patients discovered their problems through routine check-ups. They said that out of about 52 million deaths reported per annum, over a million deaths were attributed to cardiovascular diseases.



Preserve your natural teeth this year
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 13
"Oral cavity is the gateway to the human body; the digestive system starts from the mouth. Teeth play an important role in chewing, speech and aesthetics. Natural teeth can last a life-time if one takes proper care of them. It is important to preserve the natural teeth because they are the best in terms of chewing efficiency. The chewing efficiency of conventional dentures is only one third of that of natural teeth."

Dr Aarti Mishra, a consultant dental surgeon at a clinic here, opined that it was not very difficult to preserve natural teeth. All one had to do was follow a few simple steps like brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, restricting the intake of sugar containing foods to three times a day at meal times, and visiting a dentist regularly after every six months.

She added, "Fluorides strengthen tooth enamel and make it resistant to decay. Brushing twice a day for three or four minutes removes plaque from teeth and gums. Plaque is a thin, colourless layer of bacteria that grows on the surfaces of teeth and gums, responsible for causing tooth decay and gum disease."

Dr Mishra emphasised that it was important to learn the correct method of brushing from the dentist because an improper method of brushing could not clean the teeth properly, however good the toothbrush might be. Moreover, incorrect brushing could cause ditching of teeth. Often, people brushed their teeth in a horizontal direction, which led to the formation of cavities near the gums.

Stressing the importance of restricting intake of sugar containing foods to not more than three times a day, she pointed out that it was important because bacteria present in the dental plaque, fed on the sugary foods that one consumed and converted them into acids. This acid caused demineralisation of tooth enamel leading to the formation of a cavity. Thus, frequent intake of sugar containing foods could lead to repeated acid attacks on the teeth, and increased the chances of cavity formation. Once a cavity was formed, it had to be filled properly as it could not heal on its own.

"Similarly, regular dental visits are important because these help in the early detection and treatment of cavities and gum disease. Cavities and gum disease are painless to begin with. A cavity causes pain only when it reaches the dental pulp (the innermost chamber of a tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels). Once a cavity reaches the pulp, RCT (Root Canal Treatment) is required to save the tooth."

Early gum disease (gingivitis), Dr Mishra added, caused bleeding of gums. If this condition was not treated properly at the right time, it progressed and caused periodontitis or pyorrhea, which subsequently led to loosening of teeth. Advanced gum disease and tooth decay were the two most common causes of tooth loss. Regular dental visits, thus, helped to nip the evil in the bud.



Workers educated on menace of AIDS
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
A week-long training session of industrial workers and managerial staff on prevention of HIV/AIDS, organised by the Ludhiana Citizens Health Council at New Swan Auto Comp, concluded at Focal point here today.

Mr Parag Jain, IG, was the chief guest on the occasion. He appealed to the industrialists that they should take care of the health of their workers and educate them about the menace of AIDS at regular intervals. Preventive measures should be taken on war footing, he added.

Dr A.P.S. Gogia, training coordinator, said during the course 50 industrial workers and managerial staff of different units of the company were told about the preventive aspects besides, enhancing their skill for combating the spread of HIV/ AIDS at the work place.

During the training, the participants were also given IEC materials on the prevention of HIV/AIDS highlighting the modes of spread of the disease, the myths and superstition regarding aids.

The workers and managerial staff discussed their various sexual health problems in an open manner and were motivated to take an active part in checking the spread of this fatal disease with the help of their peer groups. The council has also opened free condom-distribution outlets on the premises of the company.

On the occasion, more than 40 progressive industrialists also took part in this deliberation and showed their concern to generate awareness among the workers of their respective units through short-term training on the disease.

Mr Jain was also felicitated on his promotion. Mr Harminder Singh, MD, Nova Cycles, Mr K.C. Gupta, MD, Mukesh Steel, Mr G.L. Pahwa, Mr Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, Mr Ajit Singh Kular, MD, Kular Cycles, who spoke on the occasion, appreciated the role of Mr Jain in maintaining law and order in the city during his tenure as DIG, Ludhiana Range.

Earlier, Mr Upkar Singh, MD, New Swan Autocomp, welcomed the chief guest and participants and proposed a vote of thanks. 



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