CPS Avinash catches civil hospital staff unawares
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 16
Chief parliamentary secretary Avinash Chander today made a surprise visit to civil hospital here this noon and found various anomalies in the routine functioning.

Avinash Chander arrived as a common man riding pillion on a motorcycle instead of his official car bearing a beacon.

He went straight to the OPD and took a slip. At the counter, he paid Rs 10 but was not returned Rs 8 even as the amount of fee to be charged was Rs 2.

He was told that there was no change 

He then went around the wards to assess the problems faced by the patients and visitors. He even interacted with patients and their attendants to know about the problems being faced by them.

The common problems which he heard included non-availability of clean drinking water to the patients and fewer rounds by the doctors.

He even inquired about the matter pertaining to fleecing of the patients who were allegedly being forced to donate money for an AC in a room there.

While Avinash Chander was still in the hospital at 1:30 pm and the official duty ends at 2 pm, he found that many doctors had left the place before time. Perhaps, they were unaware of the presence of the chief parliamentary secretary on the hospital premises.

He said since it was his first surprise visit, he would not take any action against the erring employees. He said in case the same problems reoccur after a warning, the employees could then face the music. He asked the doctors and officials to be present for a meeting to be held tomorrow at the hospital.



Spirited souls

Surjit Singh Dhure
Surjit Singh Dhure
Anup Kumar
Anup Kumar

This year the Independence Day brought something special for Jalandhar. The district walked away with a major pie share of state-level awards. As many as five persons were selected from here, highest from any district, for the prestigious awards which were presented in a glittering function at Ludhiana by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday.

Late Rajinder Singh Gola

For 33-year-old Rajinder Singh, resident of Goraya, saving the lives of labourers working in his factory was the foremost priority. So much so that he didn’t care for his own. A day before Baisakhi last year, four labourers fell unconscious in the furnace, situated in Rajinder’s factory, while trying to repair it.

The moment Rajinder came to know about the incident, in a bid to save the lives of the labourers, he immediately jumped in the furnace. Before dying Rajinder saved three labourers by pushing them out of the furnace. Rajinder’s father, Jagdeep Singh, received the award. Talking to The Tribune, Rajinder’s cousin, Ravinder Pal said though the family is proud about the award given for the act of bravery, Rajinder’s absence will always be felt in the family.

Surjit Singh Duhre

Better known as the VAT man of Punjab, Surjit Singh Dhure, a resident of Jyoti Nagar locality in the city, was expecting the award last year. “I was hopeful that I would be selected for the award in year 2006. However, I am equally happy that this year I got the award,” said Dhure who retired as deputy commissioner excise and taxation department in January last year.

Dhure played an instrumental role in the implementation of the Value Added Tax in Punjab. Apart from the execution of the tax, Dhure has also written a book on VAT in Punjabi language. The government asked me to write a book, which would help the people to understand the concept of VAT in better way and in their own native language,” he said.

“Now that I am retired I spend my time explaining the nitty-gritties of VAT to the small scale dealers,” added Dhure.

Anup Kumar

A lecturer in English at DAV College here, Prof Anup Kumar has been conferred on the prestigious state award in recognition of his social service. The award consists of a medal, certificate and a cash prize of Rs 11,000. Prof Kumar has been spearheading Citizens’ Welfare and Protection Council, an NGO devoted to the cause of social welfare and public awareness, for more than a decade. His thrust areas have been education, youth personality development, AIDS awareness, environment and drug addiction.

General secretary of the NGO, he is associated with a number of NGOs and is also a member of various district and state level committees for social work. Kumar has also been a recipient of National Youth Award and Star Blood Donor Award.

Talking to The Tribune, he said that the award would provide fresh impetus to his endeavours. He said that he had been giving a motto to the youth, “Dream less but try to translate these into reality.”

Saroj Rani

For the Model Town resident Saroj Rani, working in the panchayati raj department of the state government, it was a dream come true to receive the award. “Since 1980 I have been working for the upliftment of the women falling in BPL category. I formed self-help groups for these women where they learnt candle making, phulkari and football making to earn for themselves and feed their families,” said Saroj. “I will be launching certain projects to curb the menace of female foeticide and drugs. I am also working towards adult education,” she added.

Manjit Kaur

For this sports woman, employed in PAP who brought laurels for his mentor but also the nation in the international arena, this award was meant to be bestowed. Manjit was given the award for her achievement in the field of athletics. Manjit bagged gold and silver medal during the Asian games held at Doha.



No vertical limit
NASA contest boosts spirits of Police DAV kids
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 16
Supergirls Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams are their guiding light. For this bunch of Police DAV School kids —- who recently participated in the International Space Satellite Design Competition, organised by NASA at Johnson Space Centre Houston —- nothing is more thrilling than space and its unexplained mysteries.

Though the 12-member delegation, including two teachers, was not able to bag the top position in the contest, they managed to leave a lasting impact on the judges with their earnest efforts. The whizkids unbared their minds and hearts and spoke at length to The Tribune about their project and meeting with their icon Sunita Williams.

The project was titled as “Bradbryom on Mars” and it involved preparing a colony model for 11,500 people on Mars. “Since the time allotted to us was just 43 hours, we had to adopt a systematic approach. The different parts of the project included structural design, operations and infrastructure, human factors, automation and design, business development, schedule and cost,” said Navdeep and Pawan. “The biggest challenge was to cut short the expenditure and still use the best possible material.

Finally, after much deliberation, we fixed the expenditure as 198 billion dollars for our project,” said the duo who looked after the structural design. While designing our emphasis was on saving the structures from extra territorial invasions existing on the planet, they added.

“Communication and transportation were another key areas. We had to provide special protective systems and space vehicles. The task was challenging, but we enjoyed it,” said Milan and Bhuvnesh, who took care of operations and infrastructure.

The reasons for migrating to Mars were cited by Sargam and Harneet. “The reasoning had to be very strong because leaving a unique planet like earth is not a feasible idea.

Humans would face many hardships while settling on Mars and we had to keep our solutions ready for each and every problem,” they said.

Saumya, Bhawan and Puneet, in charge of automation and designs said, “Our work mainly involved designing robots and ensure that there was no scope for manual work.

The challenge before us was to protect robots from dust in which we succeeded.” Shray was the one who used his mathematical calculations to reduce the cost of the project.

Meeting Sunita Willaims was a memorable experience for the entire team. “She shared with us her experiences. We were really charged up after meeting her,” said the kids.

The two teachers Navdeep Sharma and Karam Inder Singh, who accompanied the students, said the expedition helped the students explore more about space. 



Young World
I-Day: Patriotic fervour grips schools
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 16
The Independence Day fervour gripped almost every school in Jalandhar. While students presented a cheering time with songs and dances, their mentors took on more important roles.

Eklavya School started the national festival with a march past followed by flag hoisting. Seema Handa, director of the school, presided over the function. Students of class III and IV enthralled the audience with song ‘Aao baccho tumhein dikhayen’, while the tiny tots showed their patriotism through song and dance on the numbers ‘India the beautiful’ and ‘Pray for India’. The students of middle school presented a dance on ‘Yeh desh hai veer jawanon ka’.

Innocent Hearts School celebrated the 61st Independence Day. Students of class II and VII presented national songs. A Hindi patriotic song competition was organised for classes LKG and UKG. Greesha and Kavish of LKG and Drishti and Disha of UKG bagged first positions.

Students of MGN Public School, Urban Estate, held Independence Day celebrations. Principal Jaspal Gill hoisted the national flag. A fancy dress show was organised on the occasion. Jasmine, Harmanpreet and Naksh were the prize winners. Dr Narotam Singh, president of State Public School, Jalandhar Cantonment, unfurled the national flag. Students presented patriotic programme. The I-day function commenced at Guru Amar Dass Public School with the release of Tricolour balloons by Maninder Kaur, headmistress, of the school. Students participated in patriotic poem recitation, songs and dances.

Paper presentation

Navroop, lecturer in Punjabi from Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, visited the UK last month to present a paper on ‘Modern Punjabi Poetry’. During her visit, she attended various literary programmes and chaired a poetic symposium and a book release function.


Actor model Vinod Singh of Close Up advertisement fame held an interactive session with the students of BD Arya Girls’ College. Motivating the students to follow their dreams, the actor shared his experiences and answered the queries regarding film industry. He also talked about his roles in movies ‘Stumped’, ‘Hum Tum’ and his upcoming movie ‘Daughter’.

New principal

With 19 years of experience behind his back, N. Bhargava took over as principal in Mayor World School. He has spent 17 years at Mayo College Ajmer. He has been a principal at Rama International School Indonesia since 2005 and has been the head of Tashi Namgyal Academy in Sikkim, said CEO Neerza Mayor.


Students of MA (music instrumental)-II from Apeejay College of Fine Arts have secured top positions in examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University. Ekta Handa has stood first in the university. 



Pensioners demand DA

Jalandhar, August 16
Punjab state privately managed recognised aided schools pensioners association today said though they have been officially extended the benefit of six enhanced installments of dearness allowance, they were still to receive the amount. President of the body S Sharma and general secretary M.S. Sagoo said 3,795 pensioners from 484 aided schools of Punjab who had retired on or before May 31, 2003 were awaiting a benefit to the tune of Rs 6.54 crore. He said the amount included enhanced DA installments from July 1, 2004 onwards.

The representatives said they had requested the district treasury officers to immediately circulate the letter to the banks concerned for the speedy implementation of the letter to provide relief to the pensioners. A meeting had been called on August 17 to discuss the matter.— TNS



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