Shobha yatras for man or God?
Parwinder Blaggan
Tribune News Service

Ram Navmi is here. Continuing the past practice this year also, to commemorate the occasion, two shobha yatras are being taken out in Jalandhar.

One of these is being taken out from the Devi Talab Temple on March26 and the other from the Company Bagh on March 27. Since the two yatras are being taken out by two different sets of political activists hoardings have come up all over the city. The maximum being on the routes of the processions.

A look at these hoardings suggests that the organizers and sponsors of the two yatras have made the efforts to gain publicity for themselves.

Pictures of the sponsors along with the main organizers have been splashed beside those of Lord Rama and Laxman and Hanuman, Shabri and Sita.

Lord Rama is in different poses. While in some the lord is standing holding the bow and arrows, the others have him giving blessings. Some even carry the pictures of Hanuman tearing hi chest to reveal the picture of Lord Rama and Sita. Others have scenes wherein Lord Rama is talking with Shabri as Laxman stands near by.

Most of these hoardings have been put up at Milap Chowk and near the Devi Taalab Mandir. One such display for the March 27 yatra, that has come up near the Municipal Corporation chowk carries the pictures of the prominent Congress leaders ,including former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Rana Gurjit Singh, Avtaar Henry, Mohinder Singh Kaypee, Amarjit Singh Samra and Gurkanwal Kaur along with some other party workers. The pictures have been placed beneath a shabad.

For the same day yatra, another hoarding, that has come up outside Nehru garden School, carries the picture of Punjab Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal along with the editor of Punjab Kesari group Vijay Chopra, his son Avinash Chopra and MLA Bhagat Chunni Lal. However ,this hoarding doesn’t carry any picture of Lord Rama .

Another hoarding that has been erected at Milap Chowk for the March 26 shobha yatra carries the picture of Hanuman writing Rama on rocks as Lord Rama and Laxman watch him. The hoarding also carries the pictures of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, industrialist Sheetal Vij, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla. Right opposite this hoarding is another one for the same yatra. It carries the picture of former cabinet minister Manoranjan Kalia along with a sponsor. The pictures are placed right next to that off Hanuman and lord Rama and Sita standing in a lotus.



Stray cattle cause accidents
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

At least five persons die in accidents between Transport Nagar and Bhagat Singh Colony chowks on the Delhi -Amritsar National Highway (number one ) in a month.

This half- kilomtere stretch within the municipal limitsof Jalandhar has witnessed fatal collisions.

The Tribune team notices counted 50 stray cattle on this stretch.Some were crossing while others were resting in the middle of the road.

Several rehriwalas sell vegetables and fruits on both the sides of the national highway near Focal Point Chowk. Bhagat Singh Colony resident Lalit Gupta says,the cattle get plenty to eat from the rehriwalas.

Another resident of a locality near Transport Nagar Kanahaiya Sharma says ,the installation of traffic lights on Transport Nagar chowk a few months back shows the corporation was awre of the problem.

The divider needs to be widened and cyclist an pedestrain paths need to be laid. Further, they say that the sub-way on Focal Point will stop the cyclists from crossing the highway illegally by jumping the divider.

Several persons do not hesitate to cross their two-wheelers by from the divider made on the highway.

So much so, even divider was specially broken at several points on the highway to cross the two-wheelers in order to avoid covering some more distance. Sharma says it should also be checked strictly.

MC Joint Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra says, the MC staff hands-over the stray cattle after catching them to a gaushala, whose workers release them after some time to wander.

Now after capturing the stray cattle they would be branded. The menace would be wiped out within three weeks, she added.



Move to gather facts on Bhagat Singh’s comrades
Devinder Pal

On this day when we remember Bhagat Singh, we tend to forget his colleagues and comrades who equally participated in the freedom struggle.

There have been several researches and studies on the life of the legendary martyr but it is hard to find any on 300 other members of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha led by Bhagat Singh himself.

Researchers and historians have been approached but it seems nobody is interested in finding some more facts on the lives of those great men.

Although names of Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Asfaak Ula Khan, Ram Prasad Bismal, B.K. Dutt have made it to the history for their involvement in cases like the murder of Sandras and bomb blast in assembly, but the lesser known patriots even being involved in at least 10 significant incidents find no place in the history books.

The Lahore conspiracy in 1930 saw involvement of Gulab Singh and others; Delhi conspiracy witnessed Dhanwantari’s participation. There are many others like Harnaam Singh Chamak, Hazara Singh, were involved in cases like the Ahmad Garh dacoity, Shimla shooting, Ooty bombing.

According to Naunihal Singh, general secretary of the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Committee, there were at least a dozen members from the Naujawan Bharat Sabha hanged by the British , while more than 50 got life imprisonment. Others underwent two to seven years imprisonment.

Now the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Committee and Comrade Satyapal Dang, who is also the trustee of the committee, have approached the National Book Trust to dig deep into the contribution of these forgotten heroes. Satyapal Dang has written to Bipin Chandra, director ,National Book Trust, urging him to fill the gap inthe history of freedom struggle.



Cancer patient needs help
Tribune News Service

Deepika Sharma (28) is suffering from acute mylogenous leukaemia.

Resident of Deep Nagar in Jalandhar Cantonment, she has undergone a prolonged treatment at Patel Hospital after which there were superficial signs of recovery.

Deepika along with her husband J.D. Sharma, did manage funds from their company GNA Duraparts for the first treatment, but the couple faces yet another challenge.

Having problems in her joints she is completely bed-ridden.

Although she is currently undergoing treatment from Dr Raman Arora, consultant in medicine and oncology at Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Ludhiana but she has been advised to go in for bone marrow transplant costing around Rs 6 lakh.

According to doctors there is a hope of 80 per cent recovery.

Finding it hard to arrange this amount, J.D. Sharma has urged people to help them out.



Punyaa bags Camelin award
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Little Punyaa's gifted imagination and ability to make artistic strokes have helped her in winning a prize in the Camelin Colour Contest.

Declared second among hundreds of participants of her age from various schools of Punjab, it was a moment of pride for her to receive a cash prize and a certificate from Nek Chand at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Chandigarh this Tuesday.

A class III student at Apeejay School, Model Town, Punyaa had participated in the contest in October 2006 while she was studying in class II. The contest was held in her school and students of her age group had been asked to paint "Moving objects".

The budding artist made a sketch of eight moving objects and blended them in the form of scenery. She had painted a parachute and a helicopter in the sky and a water body with a boat sailing .

Punyaa's mother, Sonia Dewan, seemed overjoyed at her child's success. "I knew that she is creative and has a good hand at painting but I had never thought that she would be declared the second best artist in the state. Her school teachers too had often told me about her artistic skills", she beamed.

"At home too she keeps on sketching, colouring, cutting and pasting various things.

Her entire room has her small paintings pasted on walls, doors and windows", mom explained as Punyaa pointed out that she enjoyed sketching cartoons, teddies and animals.

Rajan Dewan, her father and owner of an advertising company here, said, "Though Punyaa has not yet started taking any formal coaching from any art school, she often accompanies to my office where she sits down with my artists." Bowled over by her success, he now plans to send her for some classes at the weekends.



Young World
Lyallpur Khalsa College bags Teja Singh trophy
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Lyallpur Khalsa College has bagged the Teja Singh Samundri Overall Trophy for the inter-college championships organised by Guru Nanak Dev University this year.

The college has not only retained the trophy for the seventh consecutive year but also significantly improved upon its previous score. While the teams had bagged a total of 102 points last year, it is now up by 29 points. The college teams have won first prizes in 14 events including archery, korf ball, shooting pistol, best physique, ball badminton, water polo, boxing, wrestling and cross country race. The team has got second prizes in 16 events including yachting, yoga, softball, rowing, judo, tug of war, power lifting, kabaddi and baseball.

Third prizes were lifted by the sportsmen in seven events including gymnastic, fencing, netball, squash racket and shooting rifle.

Shooter Amanpreet Singh had won four gold medals in shooting ,including the one in SAF games and World Junior Championship at Croatia. Athlete Satnam Singh had won two gold medals in 800 mts and 1500 mts races at the All India Inter-University Championship.

Graduation ceremonies

As the pre-primary kids at Delhi Public School took their next step for beginning their formal education, their teachers made the momentous occasion a memorable one for them. Dressed smartly in their uniform and donning their convocation caps, it was a picture perfect scene on the campus. They marched down the aisle amidst cheers from their teachers to receive a scroll of honour from the principal B. Banerjee. The assembly also marked a farewell treat for the little ones.

Euro Kids, a pre-primary wing of Mayor World, too organised a graduation ceremony for the little ones. The tiny tots were dressed up in bright colours as they were presented trophies and certificates by Neerza Mayor, school director.

Short course

Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology ,organised a short course on recent advances in the field. Former director of IIT Delhi, Prof D.P. Kothari, stressed on process instrumentation, control systems, bio-medical instrumentation and signal processing. A demonstration of bio-medical devices and tools was organised by the representatives from the corporate sector. Dr Dilbagh Singh from the department was coordinator of the event.

Farewell parties

Apeejay College of Fine Arts bid adieu to its outgoing batch by organising a colourful show.

Final years students participated in modeling and games. Lecturers of the college presented a group song. Dance by the students to popular numbers had the students clapping and tapping to the beats. Guncha and Maanik Lekhi were crowned Ms Apeejay and Mr Apeejay, respectively. Sachleen Kaur clinched the title of Ms Elegant while Sanil Matta was chosen as Cynosure.

A farewell party was also organised at Kanya Maha Vidyalaya where principal, Dr Rita Bawa, wished the senior students good luck.


Kanya Maha Vidyalaya organised a lecture on insurance policies. Sales manager from ING Vyasya, Vishal, apprised the students of various schemes including saving plans, retirement plans, pension plans and unit-linked insurance plans.



Begging on rise
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Bansalwala Bazar in Phagwara has become a hub of dozen beggars, most of them women.

In fact, most public places in the city like shopping plazas, railway station, bus stand and crossing areas have lots of beggars. A handful of them are may be physically challenged, but most of them are in good health.

Local shopkeepers and hoteliers said they have complained to the police about the nuisance created by the beggars.

These beggars, mostly women, have a general trend -- one child in the lap and another on foot.

“Since I am too old, I cannot work and am forced to beg,” says one beggar. She earns enough to have two meals a day. But another woman beggar, flanked by two half-naked children, says, "I sometimes earn Rs 50 in a day.”



ITI emerge victorious
Tribune News Service

The students of Mehr Chand Industrial Training Institute today won a sports and cultural meet of Jalandhar and Kapurthala zone organised by the Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training at Red Cross Bhavan here today.

The students from various industrial training institutes performed in shabad singing, solo song, solo dance, group song, group dance, mono-acting, choreography and other events.



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