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1,039 given degrees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 14
Dr K.S.Aulakh, vice chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University gave away degrees to 1039 students at the annual convocation of Khalsa College for Women here today.

Degrees were conferred on 1039 students, including 745 graduates, 45 honours graduates and 249 post graduates. Roll of honour was also awarded to 18 students, 38 students were given the college colour and merit certificates were given to 43 students.

Those receiving the roll of honour, included Priya Gupta (M.Sc IT), Sakshi Malhotra (BBA III), Niharika Ahluwalia (BBA II), Priyanka Gupta (BCA I), Manisha Dua (BBA I), Rishu (M Sc IT), Anita Singh (BCA II), Milan Ahluwalia (BBA II), Sheenu Jain (MA I), Parampreet Kohli (MSc IT), Shifa Kohli (BCA III), Alka Singal (BCA II), Richa Arora (BBA II).

Roll of Honour for cultural and social activities were given to - Nancy Bhalla (BA III) and Swati Narang (BBA III).

Roll of honour for sports and NCC were given to Rajanpal (BA III), Davinder Kaur (MA II) and Ramandeep Kaur (BSc III). College colour for cultural activities were given to Rubinder and Kirandeep from BA II.

College colour for debate and declamation was given to Tehseen Abbas (BSc II) and Manasi Virmani (B.Com II). College colour for sports was given to the basket ball, power-lifting and the cycling team.

Jasdeep Kaur Ahuja, Kamaljit Kaur (BSc III), Meenakshi Sharma (BSc III), Bindu Gulati (BSc III), Manpreet Kaur (BSc III) were given college colour for NCC. As many as 58 Council members were given certificates of appreciation in recognition of their work throughout the year.

Dr Aulakh was accorded a warm welcome by the principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, members of the college managing committee, staff and students. The rendition of college shabad marked the commencement of the function. NCC Cadets presented the guard of honour. Dr Thind read out the annual report. 



Rights workshop concludes
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 14
A University Grants Commission sponsored four day workshop on the 'Status of Human Rights in Punjab' held in LR DAV College, Jagraon from March 10, concluded Tuesday evening. Principal Dr Brahma welcomed the resource persons and representatives of panchayats from Sidhwan and Jagraon development blocks.

Dr Ronki Ram, focused on the human right violations of Dalits in Punjab. He held that Dalits were exploited in the name of caste, creed and religion even today. Dr P.S.Kang spoke on the causes of human rights violations. He people must be made aware of their rights through education.

Representatives of Jagraon and Sidhwan development blocks voiced their problems. Prof Gurjeet Singh, vice chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Laws, Patiala, presented the valedictory address. Dr Bagehl concerned with the role of NGO's and PSHRC in protecting Human Rights. He listed the name of various NGO's which are working to check the violation of Human Rights. The workshop culminated with the vote of thanks by Dr. Parvesh Kumar.

Dr Lain Bagehl, lecturer Department of Philosophy, PU, Chandigarh, Rajiv Godara, advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Dr Ronki Ram from Department of Political Science, PU, Chandigarh and Dr P.S. Kang, project officer, Center for Adult Continuing Education and Extension, PU, Chandigarh, Dr Satish Kumar Sharma, principal, D.A.V.College, Jalandhar and Harmit Kaur, Principal, Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana spoke on the occasion.



Teachers focus on Punjabi content development
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 14
A district-level workshop for class VIII was organised at the Government In Service Training Centre (GITC) here today under the aegis of GITC Principal Gurdeep Kaur and state project coordinator (Edusat) Rajiv Sharma.

Gurdeep Kaur asked Punjabi lecturers to generate Punjabi content development on poems, stories and life stories, plays and essays, using the latest techniques and multimedia technology so as to make the topics more comprehensive and attractive for the school students.

Five technical sessions were conducted for the participating dozen Punjabi lecturers. The resource persons were Dr Shashi Trehan, Davinder Singh Chhina and Mr Mewa Singh (both lecturers). Orientation of workshop was organised by edusat coordinator, Dr Shashi Trehan.

Dr Trehan explained the edusat programme in details and stressed on the need to adopt power-point documentary techniques as well as discussion methods for script writing and dialogue writing.



National Insurance directed to pay mediclaim
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, March 14
Terming the repudiation of a medical claim of Rs 86,980 as unjustified, the consumer forum has directed National Insurance Company to pay the claim amount with interest to the aggrieved consumer.

President of the forum A.S. Narula, its members Daljit Singh Bakshi and Puja Dewan held that the company failed to prove that the consumer was suffering from a pre-existing disease before taking the mediclaim policy. The company repudiated the claim on the plea that the consumer was suffering from a pre-existing disease.

The orders were pronounced by the forum while deciding the complaint of Vinod Jain of New Madhopuri. It was submitted by the complainant that he had taken a mediclaim policy for himself as well as his wife Madhu Jain for Rs 1 lakh each from April 16, 2004, to April 15, 2005.

It was asserted by the complainant that on November 30, 2004, his wife had a fall while lifting a heavy article. She suffered blunt trauma to lumbar spine and severe pain. On December 14, 2004, she had to be admitted in the Sutlej hospital. Surgery was performed upon her and Rs 86,980 was spent on operation and treatment.

After 14 days, she was discharged from the hospital. They lodged a medical claim with the insurance company and the next month an intimation was given to them that their claim had been repudiated, the complainant added.

On the other hand, it was submitted by the counsel for the insurance company that the claim was rightly repudiated after taking the medical opinion of doctors. As per the opinion of the doctors, the wife of the complainant was operated upon for changes due to degenerative process.

Such changes take at least two years to occur. So, the wife of the complainant was having a pre-existing disease at the time of taking the mediclaim policy. As per the policy no claim was payable for the pre-existing disease.

But after appreciating the evidence on record, the forum observed that the wife of the complainant was not supposed to know the degenerative changes. It was not established by the company that she was aware of the fact or was getting any treatment for the same.

Moreover, Dr S. Mathur had opined in his certificate that as per record Madhu Jain was having no organic disease prior to the injury. She sustained blunt trauma to lumbar spine following a fall while lifting weight. Hence, the repudiation of the claim was not justified.



Bringing alive art on leaves
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Another portrayal using leaves
Another portrayal using leaves. ó Photo by Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, March 14
Retired engineer Gopal Krishan Beriís decision to carry a bag full of leaves, weighing 35 kilograms, from America to India was anything but appreciated by his family members. Two years later, Beri who discovered his passion in the art of creating beautiful images by cutting and shaping leaves, is known for his creativity.

He has not only received recognition for his unusual work but he also hopes to make it to the Limca Book of Records soon with is unusual art. His wife, Kamlesh beri, is happy to join him in this work.

"I collect beautiful leaves wherever I get them and create different kinds of images. Not only do I find it quite interesting, it also gives me immense happiness and takes me into an altogether different world," says this Bhopal resident, on a visit to Ludhiana.

After undergoing a bypass surgery twice, he says his interest in leaves has even reduced his dependence on medicines. The images created by him, include faces of a mother and child, students, great leaders and images giving a message like preventing drug addition. A recent creation of his is, however, India winning the World Cup.

After drying the leaves, he cuts them and in many cases uses them in their original form to give shape to his ideas. Apart from saving them in his file, for which he puts waste paper to use, he has used his love for leaves to impart education to school and college students also.

"Since we have got a wide collection of leaves, we keep visiting schools and colleges where we show these leaves to students. The response has been overwhelming," says his wife. The work being unusual, Beri says he has applied for the Limca Book of Records and is hopeful of getting entry.



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