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Crusade against social evils
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 25
At least 100 prospective nation builders, acquiring education at the Guru Nanak College of Education in Gopalpur, near here, called upon office-bearers of various social, religious and educational organisations to make residents of their respective areas aware of the harmful effects of social evils.

The prospective teachers conveyed their massage to members of various sections of society by marching through streets of villages of this area and through a stage performance at Dehlon.

According to Dr Iqbal Singh Walia, secretary of the organisation, students and staff of the college organized a rally to make the people aware of the adverse effects associated with social evils prevalent in society.

Besides spreading their message through placards and banners, the students interacted with villagers and performed skits and dramas at the conclusion of the rally at the Dehlon chowk, said Mr Walia.

The Principal, Ms Pankaj Batish, inspired the students to continue their pursuit in the service of society.

Though deep-rooted evils could not be uprooted overnight, an institutionalised crusade, if continued, would relieve society at least to some extent, she stated.

She assured them that the college would extend every possible help to the noble cause.

The students, a majority of them girls, raised slogans while marching through the area.

They carried placards and banners, with slogans written against social evils, including drug addiction, female foeticide, dowry system, population explosion and illiteracy.



Seminar on female foeticide
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
The District Legal Services Authority today held a seminar to create awareness among the masses against female foeticide at Guru Harkishan Public School.

Ms Pappu Abinash, Member State Legal Services Authority, Mr M S Chinna and Mr Arvind Markan, Assistant District Attorney spoke on this occassion against the female foeticide. They said that the population of girls was declining particularly in the state of Punjab, which was a matter of great concern.

If remedial steps were not taken, then the coming generations will have to pay the price. These leaders stressed the need to launch evasive campaign against female foeticide.

Mr Markan highlighted the importance of lok-adalats and free legal aid. The seminar was attended by students, teacher and the social workers.



Seminar on stereo-chemistry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
The Chemistry Department of SCD Government College held a seminar on 'stereo-chemistry in organic compounds' sponsored by the Dean, College Development Council, PU, Chandigarh, here today.

The resource-person for the morning session was Dr R.S. Dhillon, Prof of Chemistry, PAU, who discussed the topic in detail.

In the second session, Dr B.S. Sekhon was the resource person. He discussed the medicinal uses in inorganic chemistry. He said there was a relation between chemistry and biology.

Dr Malkiat Singh, Principal, SCD Government College, inaugurated the function. Prof Mohinder Singh, Head of Chemistry Department, thanked faculty members of various colleges. Dr Bhupinder Kaur, Dr Sanju Gupta, Dr Sarabjeet, Dr Poonam and Prof J.M. organised the function.



Documentary on Amritsar released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
The film ‘The City of Amritsar’ was screened for a select gathering in the Vice-Chancellor’s committee room at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, was the special guest at the show, which was organised by the Young Writers' Association of the university. The film, a documentary on Amritsar, has been produced by a Toronto-based film maker, Mr Joginder Kalsi. The documentary was written, produced and edited in Canada.

The documentary showcases the city of Amritsar from its origin to the present time. It takes a voyage through the corridors of time to emphasise Amritsar as a spiritual and cultural city for the Sikhs. It also portrays the secular nature of the city. Amritsar is known for having shrines of various faiths.

"Amritsar with its stunning Sikh architecture is important, but I wanted to show the real, multifaceted history of the city. My films are exclusively for younger generation so that they get to know their culture well," said Mr Kalsi.

Mr Kalsi has previously produced ‘Two Hearts’, ‘The Khalsa’, ‘The Guru Granth Sahib’ and ‘A Punjabi Village’.

Vice-Chancellor Dr K.S. Aulakh, appreciated the efforts of Mr Kalsi for having produced a movie with a medley of architectural splendor, musical excellence and patriotism. Mr Kalsi presented a copy of the movie to the Vice-Chancellor.

Students of PG Diploma in Agricultural Journalism and Mass Communication had a special interaction with Mr Kalsi after the show.



Kisan mela to focus on environment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 25
The Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, will hold its annual kisan melas in March.

Announcing the dates of the melas, Director of Extension Education Dr. N.S. Malhi said the two-day kisan mela at the Ludhiana campus will be held on March 17-18. Besides, four one-day kisan melas at different Regional Centres will be held on March 9 (Bathinda), March 13 (Rauni, Patiala), March 20 (Ballowal Saunkr) and March 23 (Gurdaspur).

Keeping in view the importance of healthy environment for plants, animals and human beings, the kisan mela, this year, will focus on the theme "Save Environment, Save Punjab" , informed Dr. Malhi.

The Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice Vijender Jain, will inaugurate the kisan mela on March 17 at Ludhiana. Vice-Chancellor Dr. K.S. Aulakh will preside over the function.



Training given in yoga, nature cure
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
The Nature Cure Education Trust and the United India Insurance Company organised a training programme on nature cure and yoga for healthy living at Sarabha village on Tuesday.

The day-long training programme was for students of the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Ayurvedic College, in which at least 200 ayurveda students and 100 nursing students participated.

Dr Luxmi Dutt Kandpal and his team conducted the programme. The participants were served wheat grass juice and coconut water and their benefits of were explained. Beneficial herbs were demonstrated and their curative effects were highlighted.

Mr Beni Parshad explained the benefits of onion. Dr R. Vatsayan focused on lifestyle as per ayurveda. Dr Lajpat Rai shared his experiences of dealing with eye problems.

Mr S.R. Mittal, a trustee of the trust, discussed the importance of style of breathing. He explained reasons of sickness and how diseases could be eradicated without medicines.

It was followed by a health check-up camp at the Kapoor Dharamshala in the Civil Lines locality.



Schools’ body cites pressure on land for non-compliance
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
A general body meeting of the Association of PSEB Affiliated Schools, Punjab, was held at the Everest Public Senior Secondary School here today.

The agenda included books for the new session, rechecking of papers, internal assessment, registration fees, monthly syllabus, evening classes, upgradation and the role of the media, management and parents.

Various speakers stressed upon the authority of the board to give a fair consideration to demands of schools.

It was felt that the board’s directive to start class X and class XII at separate wings was not possible to comply with due to pressure on land.

All members demanded that schools functioning in two or three rooms not be allowed to do so.



Students given away awards
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
The annual prize distribution function of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), was held at Kanhaya Lal Bardeja Hall on GPC campus. The Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Mr R.D. Budhiraja, was the chief guest of the function.

Mr Suresh Goyal, chairman, GPC, welcomed the chief guest. The programme began with the lighting of the lamp, followed by ‘Saraswati vandana’ and ‘shabad gayan’. College students presented a folk song, a mimicry item, a group song and a ‘ghazal’ among others.

The Principal read out the annual report of the college. He highlighted the contribution of the college in providing quality education to the people. The following students were given prizes for excellence in academic and extra curricular activities by the chief guest: Narinder Pal Shahi, Sahil Singla, Manisha, Meenu Khullar, Amit Kumar Gupta, Sandeep Kaur and Luxmi.



Students interact with physically challenged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
The students of Khalsa College for Women (KCW) and volunteers of the Red Cross visited the VRTC Institute for blind and disabled today.

Ms Sara Johnson, Executive Director, VRTC, welcomed the volunteers and shared a brief history of the institute.

The students interacted with the visually and physically challenged children in their classrooms who displayed their skills by singing songs, reciting poems and reading and writing in Braille language.

The volunteers were impressed to watch the skills of the students as they efficiently used computers, typewriters, telephones, stitching machines etc. They also made candles and chalks. The volunteers were motivated by their encouraging and positive attitude to life despite their disabilities.

The volunteers distributed sweets and fruits among the children. The volunteers said that this experience was possible with the motivation and encouragement of Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal, KCW.



Music fest marks annual day function
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
Annual day celebrations were held at the GGN Public School here today.

Dr Daljit Singh, Principal of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, gave away the prizes.

Ms Satpreet Kaur, Principal of the school, read out the annual report.

The function started with a welcome song by primary class students.

The English play ‘You can’t always win’ highlighted that gambling was evil.

Group dances of various states were performed.

The programme concluded with ‘giddha’ by senior girl students.



Collaborative partner

Ludhiana, January 25
GNA-IMT has recently collaborated and signed an MoU with Oxford Business College, UK. It has offered to work jointly in MBA, BA (hons), BBA and PG Diploma in video production and media management programmes. As per the agreement, GNA-IMT will be treated as a collaborative partner of Oxford Business College. — TNS



State-level Lok Adalat on March 17
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 24
A state-level Lok Adalat will be organised by the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), under the supervision of Mr Harbans Lal, District and Sessions Judge, on March 17.

Giving details Mr S.S. Dhaliwal, Civil Judge, Senior Division-cum-Secretary DLSA, said in the Lok Adalat-motor accident claim cases, cheque bounce cases, matrimonial cases, civil cases, cases pending between the bankers and loan takers, compoundable criminal cases etc. would be taken.

Apart from these categories, pre-litigative disputes pertaining to banks, BSNL and other financial institutions will also be taken up for disposal. For ensuring maximum disposal, the legal services authority has decided to hold pre-Lok Adalats on every Saturday.

To extend maximum benefit to the masses, the Legal Services Authority has begun holding meeting with the Regional Managers of banks, BSNL officials and officials of Insurance Companies, added Mr Dhaliwal.

Mr H.P.S Mahal, Additional District and Sessions Judge, will hold the pre-Lok Adalats pertaining to cases falling within the jurisdiction of Sessions Courts. In the lower courts, Mr S.S. Dhalilwal, Mr K.S. Cheema, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Mr Tarsem Mangla, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) will hold pre-Lok Adalats in order to persuade the litigants for amicable settlement of their cases.



Jeen Pal adjudged best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 25
Jeen Pal Kaur, student of B A III annexed three titles and was declared the best athlete in the 64th annual athletics meet of Government College for Women here today. She emerged winner in the 100 m sprint besides bagging top honours in 200 m race and 4x100 m relay race.

Mr Gurpreet Singh Toor, SSP, Vigilance, Ludhiana Range and President, Ludhiana District Basketball Association was the chief guest at the prize distribution function. He exhorted the students to take part in games which keep an individual fit physically, mentally as well as psychologically. Games help in developing the habit of discipline, hard work and patience, Mr Toor said.

Earlier, Ms Prabhjot Kaur, Principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest. Ms Sharanjit Kaur, gold medallist in the Asian Games (hockey) and head, department of physical education read out the annual report, highlighting the achievements of students in the field of sports during the current academic session. Ms Narinder Sekhon, Additional Principal proposed the vote of thanks.

Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, secretary, Punjab Basketball Association and Principal Khushpal Kaur were among other prominent personalities who attended the prize distribution function.

A tug-of-war match was held on the occasion in which the team comprising staff members got the better of the team consisting students' council.

Results: 200 m- Jeen Pal Kaur 1, Anuradha 2 and Surjit Kaur 3; three-legged race- Jaspreet and Sukhdeep 1, Karanvir and Simrajit 2, Samita and Nisha 3; sack race- Babita 1, Shilpi 2 and Shivani Sharma 3; javelin throw- Navtej Kaur 1, Babita 2 and Hardeep 3; student council race- Harneet 1, Sukhjeet 2 and Nancy 3.

4x100 m relay race- Jeen Pal Kaur, Manpreet Kaur, Sukhwinder Kaur and Balwinder 1, Ravinder, Sandeep Kaur, Anuradha and Harpreet Kaur 2, Babita, Shivani, Rajinder and Surjit Kaur 3; 100 m- Jeen Pal Kaur 1, Anuradha 2 and Sukhwinder Kaur 3; staff race- Prof Preet Daman 1, Prof Kiranjeet 2 and Prof Narinder Jeet Kaur 3; old students race- Prof Sarbjot Kaur 1, Prof Narinder Kaur 2 and Prof Kumud Ghai 3.



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