Strive For Stardom
Voice of India finalists in city
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
Their talent brought them fame. They feel reality shows were no shortcuts to fame but a crosscut to struggle. Abhaas, Ashpreet and Harshit, Voice of India contest finalists, were in the city on Thursday to perform at Modi Resorts.

Talking to mediapersons, the finalists said the show had given them a big platform to bring out their talent. The talent hunt had helped them groom their personalities and gain confidence while presenting in front of a large audience.

Describing their journey, the finalists said, “We have learnt a lot during the show. Our schedule is very tight. Selection of songs is made till Wednesday followed by set rehearsal on Sunday. The final recording of the show is made on Monday.”

Attributing their performances in show to Anand Sharma and Anuj, the finalists said Anand and Anuj were the people who helped them in their practices. They did owe a word of gratitude for judges.

Talking about limelight, they admitted that reality shows did bring participants in spotlight. Giving reason for this shortlived fame, they said after winning the shows, the winners left practice and as a result they sometimes failed to come up to public expectations.

On the issue of public voting, Abhaas said, “Public plays a vital role because in the end when the winner comes out with his music albums, its the public which is going to buy them.” However, he added the final three contestants should be selected by the judges because sometimes good talent was discarded during public voting. Ashpreet said, “Everybody has different qualities and one’s popularity depends upon its abilities.” So issues should not be raised as far as public opinion was concerned, she added.

Disclosing about future plans, Harshit said, “I am going to continue with my physiotherapy course after the show ends.” However, he would continue with singing. Abhaas said, “My aim is to become a good playback singer. So I’ll continue with my struggle for music unless I achieve my aim.”

Meanwhile, another finalist Ishmeet Singh could not attend the press conference on health reasons. However, the organisers confirmed that he would perform at night.



Catching Faces On Canvas
His fingers capture symphony of colours
Anuradha Shukla
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
The well-lit stage brought the audience face to face with artiste Shubha Mudgal singing soulful classical notes at the sixth Kapurthala Heritage Festival and cameramen clicked their way to glory. Behind the arc lights a canvas gave birth to the exact face of the artiste as she went on to perform thorough the evening. Catching ones fancy was the intensity of the artiste on the stage which was magically recreated on the canvas. It was the hands of painter Amit which went on giving shape to the face complete with the feel of the unforgettable evening. What’s a painter doing at a live concert, sitting in the audience and watching not only the performance but transforming it into a work of realist art, as he describes his work. “I am only trying to catch the spirit of the evening,” says Amit. Many in the city are familiar with his work by now as Amit began painting eight years ago and has been making sketches of famous artistes as they perform live in concerts like the Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan and the heritage festivals since 2003. As the audience is awe struck by the artistes’ performances, the artistes themselves love his work. “First was Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and the likes of Pandit Jasraj asked me never to stop and these are the rewards which keep me going,” says Amit.

“I began in 2003 at the Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan and the classical music touched me in such a way that I have not stopped since,” he says. From pencil sketches at first he graduated to acrylic paintings at the Kapurthala festival last week. “Doing live work with a wet medium like acrylics is very difficult and having been able to accomplish that I feel satisfied,” says Amit. “I cannot pinpoint any specific technique as I have used mediums like pencils, charcoal, pastels, dry pastels, water colours, to acrylic and charcoal as my heart leads me to move with the music and recreate the feel of the performance,” says Amit.

“People like to see real art and the challenge for me is to capture the spirit of the music which touches every heart, pour out on the canvas,” says Amit. He wants to give a formal shape to the work of real art which is largely unorganised. He teaches students at educational institutes in the city and had gone to the Harvallabh festival for the first time to sketch Grammy award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and has not looked back since. At the conclusion of the festival when he managed to paint Hans Raj Hans immersed in singing “Dama dam mast Kalandar”, with charcoal powder effect for his head shaking back and forth and his beard and detailed the painting with his fingers, Amit says he felt he has evolved something new.

Describing himself as realistic artist, Amit says, “My paintings are precious moments of my life which I cherish as my most prized memories,” he says. For the future Amit plans to compile a book of all his sketches with briefs on the artists in it. Amit gets the sketches of the artists autographed from them after their performances are over and his recent collection after the Kapurthala Heritage Festival found few admiring takers.



Biogas, solar energy answer to power crisis
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
The use of alternative energy sources is required to overcome the power crisis being faced by the country, especially when renewable resources are on the verge of collapse.

This was stated by Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) consultant Gurnek Singh while speaking on the third day of the “Bharat Nirman - Public Information Campaign”, under way at Kartar Palace here today.

“If the process to draw power from conventional resources continues for more time, India will have to face more power crisis to meet its electricity needs for its industrial growth as well as domestic consumption,” he said.

Emphasising the need for preserving energy to make the future bright and glittering, he said, “No one wants to live in darkness due to which everyone has to inculcate the habit of saving energy.”

The use of windmills, solar energy and biogas could help save energy and solar cookers, lamps, voltaic pumps, driers and battery chargers are the alternative energy equipment, which could reduce the use of power at the domestic level.

He said PEDA had introduced windmills to generate power and these have proved to be of more benefit in the areas near rivers and seas in the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra. India is ranked third in the use of power generated by windmills, he added.



Mission Win
Team India ready to play arch rivals: Bhajji
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
Spinner Harbhajan Singh said the omission of seasoned players like Inzamam-ul-Haq would benefit India in the forthcoming series against Pakistan.

He was interacting with mediapersons after inaugurating an apparel shop in Model Town here on Thursday.

Admitting that the Pakistanis were formidable rivals, he said he was looking forward to a great game. Team India would go on fighting as it had really clicked well. Every player was in top shape so there would be no problems, he opined.

“We have won theTwenty20 World Cup and are raring to have a go at a series win against our rivals,” he added.

Commenting on the racial abuse by an Aussie player, he said the players should focus on their game and not indulge in such activities.



Rs 21,000 cr earmarked for Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
The Centre would spend Rs 21,000 crore on eradicating illiteracy from the country, irrespective of urban and rural divide. This was disclosed by district project coordinator of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Rajiv Joshi at Kartar Palace here.

He was addressing a gathering in “Bharat Nirman - public information campaign” being organised by the local office of Press Information Bureau on Thursday. He said the project would help to promote education and will ensure that all children received at least primary education.

Under this scheme, 10 block resource centres had been mooted, out of which six had already been completed. Besides, Rs 60 lakh had been released for these centres, he added.

He said, “The government released Rs 164 lakh for the construction of 82 cluster resource centres, besides Rs 11.53 crore for the construction of 790 additional classrooms in the district schools.”

Joshi said Rs 4.65 crore had been earmarked for the construction of 1,331 block centres, whereas Rs 4.80 crore released for the repair and maintenance of the school buildings in the district. He said the government had spent Rs 11,000 crore on this project last year. About 2.50 crore children were admitted in the school since the project was launched. The dropout rate had been reduced to zero, he pointed out.



The Indian touch: Of men and garments
Aparna Banerji
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
With the Navratras gone, Divali just around the corner and hoards of wedding-bells waiting to ring in the coming days, the city public has swung into action and is indulging in clothes and accessories like never before. We have always heard of women pampering themselves with the best of garments and jewellery, but the fact that an exclusive range of ethnic formal wear for men has been released, brings forth the reality that men want to enjoy the privileges offered by ethnic Indian wear too.

The high-profile showrooms, which flaunt something of a Nike or Reebok whole year round, have taken up “achkans”, “sherwanis” and “kurtas” and are all decked up for the festive season.

Ethnic Indian wear is not restricted just to the Sharukh Khans or the classical music maestros who have to don the Indian attire to woo the public. The residents of the city, who till recently shied away from making strong style statements in traditional Indian wear, now take pride in dressing up in “achkans”, “sherwanis” or “kurtas”.

Manyavar, a brand of ethnic Indian men’s wear, has recently been introduced in a showroom in Jalandhar. “Originally from Calcutta the brand has been brought to Jalandhar owing to the change in the tastes of the men of the city,” said Robin, the owner of the store.

Another brand (again ethnic Indian wear, exclusively for men), Gravity, has also been introduced in the city by Robin.

Ravi, a salesman at the store, says, “Casual wear sells, but this has a charm of its own. Though it’s been only 10 days since the introduction of this brand, people already are showing a keen interest. It sure seems that it will soon be a rage among the men folk of the city. Almost all the customers buy this stuff for festive occasions, jagratas, weddings and sometimes even for parties.”

Talking about the frequency of customers at the store, Ravi says, “We get as much customers that sometimes we have sale up to about Rs 10 lakh in a day.”

The youth of the city has varied views about this new change. Vikas Verma, a resident of Sadar Bazaar, says, “Mix and match is the in thing, you can easily wear jeans and match it up with a happening ethnic ‘kurta’. You get to look dashing and at the same time manage to get the best of both worlds.” Robin Ghosh, an MBA student, however, disagrees on the matter, “The cool dude image is in. Who would want to waste such a lot of money on ‘kurtas’ and ‘sherwanis’ when just a few bucks can get you looking hip in a Levis or a Numero Uno.”

Anand Katoch, a student at the Lovely Institute says, “Ours is one of the most ancient civilisations in the world, undoubtedly I take pride wearing what is closer to my roots.” From a time when only crisp western formals were considered manly, to now when the men are happily shedding cliches and donning the Indian attire with complete elan, the masses have come a long way. Call it the Indian cinema effect or a welcome acceptance of their culture by the people; men have certainly changed for the better.



Craft of exhibiting, a Hyderabadi way
Charu Sally

Jalandhar, October 25
Seven years have gone but they have not gone back to their native place. Love for this city has left a deep impression on their mind and they have tried their best to return the city its full due.

Meet P.S. Kumar Periyada and his nephew Sunil Kumar from Hyderabad, who have been orchestrating a handicraft and handloom exhibition, organised by Hast Kalanjali Vikas Kendra in the city for the last seven years.

“Earlier we were in Gujarat, but moving to Jalandhar proved very profitable for our business. After which we decided to stay here permanently and have tried our best to give locals as well as the tourists more and more choices,” quips 21-year-old Sunil Kumar, who is a graduate in commerce.

“My father has a business in real pearls. From thereon my uncle put up his stalls in Goa and Nagpur, besides many cities in Punjab,” he says.

The fair exhibits items mostly from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, West Bengal and Delhi. “We have products for every age group. For kids, we have locally made toys. Teenagers and women can take home items ranging from Dehli’s stones, crystals and artificial jewellery to Jaipur’s traditional juttis, bangles to dress materials,” says Sunil, who speaks Hindi with ease.

Their stall features Hyderabad’s famous real natural pearls and multifarious coreasia items, including table mats, bed sheets, kids and night wear.

“Taking elderly population into consideration, we keep herbal products from Uttar Pradesh like that of multifarious products for hair, face, health and churan from Gujarat.

The items, priced from Rs 10 to Rs 4,000, suit the pocket of every class,” adds the nephew.



Mayor hails PIB for information drive
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
Mayor Rakesh Rathore praised the efforts of the local unit of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) for conducting a campaign to apprise people of various programmes of the centre government involving developmental and welfare schemes.

He was addressing people on the second day of the Bharat Nirman - public information campaign at Kartar Palace on the Jalandhar-Amritsar GT Road yesterday.

The mayor said such programmes helped people to get in touch with government officials to get their official work done and to have an interaction with officers through a number of stalls installed at the venue by various departments and agencies of the state and the centre.

Commenting on the social evils in the society, he said society was facing grave problems like drug abuse, AIDS and unemployment.

He said 60 per cent of the youth were drug addicts posing a lot of problems to the society.

People, social organisations and NGOs should come forward to counter the menace of drug abuse and other social evils that were spoiling the future of the country, he added.

Rathore said another problem was the growing incidence of AIDS. He emphasised the need to protect the environment, which was taking its toll on the health of the humanity.

He said the programmes on health and family welfare, mooted by the government, had been helping the people across the country. He said people should participate in such programmes so that they were acquainted with the latest policies and programmes of the government in order to get maximum benefit from the schemes.

Earlier, conducting officer of the PIB Anil Mehay, media and communication officer Gagandeep Kaur Devgan and other officials of various media units of the ministry of information and broadcasting received him.



Ramayana a great source of inspiration: Badal
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has congratulated the people on the eve of Maharshi Valmiki Jayanti. He was here to participate in a “shoba yatra” being taken out by the Valmiki community.

Addressing a gathering at Valmiki Bhavan, he said Valmiki’s Ramayana had been a great source of inspiration even today. He was the first writer to use Sanskrit for magnum opus, the CM pointed out. He exhorted the people to follow the sage’s teachings.

Thanking the community for voting his party to the power, he said, “It could not have been possible without your vote and support”.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister would also attend a state-level function to be held at Lyallpur Khalsa Senior Secondary School on Nakodar Road tomorrow.

Among those present were Lok Sabha deputy speaker C.S. Atwal, local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia, revenue minister A.S. Kohar, MLAs S.S. Makkar and G.S. Bhullar, deputy commissioner A.S. Pannu, DIG Narinderpal Singh.



Bhattal favours longer sessions in Assembly

Phagwara, October 25
Though the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab is going through a difficult phase, the Congress is clear about its stand. “We will not take any undue advantage of the rift,” Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said today.

Sharing her views at the new residence of her close family friend Kewal Singh here, she termed the SAD-BJP government as “sick” and asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to see the inside scenario of both the ruling parties.

“Stop wasting time in adopting vindictive policies towards your political rivals,” the PPCC chief advised Badal. “As many as 175 false cases against Congressmen had been tabled in the Vidhan Sabha while the list was reaching up to 1,000 cases.”

When asked whether the Congress could ask the BJP to leave its partner and join hands with the Congress to form a new state government, she commented, “Whatever may happen, we can’t join hands with the BJP.” When asked about the stand taken by the BJP over urban power tariff hike, Bhattal said the BJP was merely making humble suggestions. “If the party wants to take a stand then Lal Krishan Advani should have asked the Punjab BJP to be firm with its demand.” Bhattal was in favour of long sessions of the assemblies so that public interests matters could be discussed thoroughly in details. — OC



Condoms for making hockey sticks
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
Condoms are mainly used as a contraceptive by men, but a city-based sports unit is using them for manufacturing hockey sticks.

A local sports goods manufacturing unit, RK Sports, located in Avtar Nagar locality, has developed the technique of using condoms to make hockey sticks more durable, smoother, stronger and shinier.

Interestingly, the sticks manufactured by using condoms at their tips are used by international players like Dilip Tirkey, Ignace Tirkey, Deepak Thakur and almost every player of the Indian women squad, said Sanjay Kohli, the managing director of RK Sports, which makes the popular “Rakshak” brand of hockey sticks.

Kohli said the plan of using condom to make the hook of the stick came to his mind some years back as a large number of sticks made with conventional plastic net used to get damaged after sometime.

He said his unit was earlier using a plastic net for making sticks. The plastic net was pasted to the front surface of the hook to prevent it from breaking. However, once the net was damaged, the stick could not be repaired.

At this, he started thinking of using some new technique to avoid breakage and make the hook more durable. “I came to know that latex tube may make the hook stronger but it was not available in the market,” he added.

“Interestingly, one fine day, the idea of using condoms came to my mind, I tried it and found it better than the usual plastic net. Initially I faced some problems as it was not so easy to buy condoms in bulk to use them to make hockey sticks, but slowly people came to know that they are used to make sticks more durable,” he said.

In reply to a question, he said his unit was not using condoms for manufacturing sticks free of cost, but purchasing them from the market in bulk.

His unit was manufacturing about 200 sticks per day, Kohli added.



Modern Evil
City doc’s thesis on domestic stress adjudged best
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
Eighty per cent of the bed occupancy in hospitals is the result of overstress and various related ailments. As many as four out of 10 women in India have experienced violence at home. At least one in every three women has been beaten or abused in some way or another, most often by someone she knows, including a family member. One woman in four has been abused during her pregnancy.

These are some of the spine-chilling facts quoted in a thesis on “Domestic stress in India” by Dr Harvinder Pal Singh, a local physician in his certified postgraduate course conducted by Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad. His thesis has been declared the best among all 950 theses received from all over India by the Apollo Hospitals.

Dr Pal has been doing his work on stress management from the past five years and has conducted a number of workshops and seminars in different parts of the state under the aegis of the Life Care Foundation, an NGO.

An expert in the field, the doctor explains, “Chronic stress could affect nervous, endocrine system as well as immune system.

There is a long list of diseases manifested due to stress, including peptic ulcer, ulcerative collitis, obesity, tension headache, migraine, hypertension, heart diseases, diabetes mellitus, thyroid diseases, infertility, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, allergic disorders, autoimmune diseases, breast cancer, asthma, anxiety, depression and insomnia.”

Citing various socio-cultural, economic, legal and political factors that lead to stress and domestic violence, Dr Pal adds, “On one hand, women have gained more access to education, work outside home and are able to exercise more choice in their own lives, on the other hand there is a push towards retaining traditional gender roles as a means of preserving Indian culture and traditions. Men and women are finding it difficult to strike a balance between tradition and modernity.”

Going a bit deeper, he writes, “Expectations of roles in relationships, women’s economic dependence on men, limited access to cash and credit, limited access to employment, lesser legal status of women, low levels of legal literacy, and insensitive treatment of women and girls by the police and judiciary are the root causes in certain cases.”

“Single women also remain under constant pressure,” he states. “Unmarried women are constantly under pressure to marry and start their own families because women are not considered to be ‘settled’ unless they are married, no matter if they have a good career and are happy not being married. Widowed women may also face stigma in the Indian society. She faces two major losses upon the death of her husband - one of her life partner and the other of the social space she had acquired as a ‘married woman’. Divorce creates yet another scenario in which a woman is stigmatised through the failure of a marriage and is forced to take the blame of not being able to ‘save’ the marriage.”

He, of course has suggested some ways out. “Yoga, physical relaxation techniques, deep breathing exercises, and rational and positive thinking can help change people’s perception towards life and help them get distressed.

There are ways to manage anger as well. Maintain a worksheet that helps monitor causes of anger and devise strategies accordingly to keep away from such situations. Forget resentments and forgive people,” he says.



Finally, she made it
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
It’s tough for a mother to overcome the trauma of her one-year-old son’s death. But she made it despite all odds. Navpreet Kaur Gill, whose painting exhibition concluded here at hotel Radisson on Wednesday, has set an example for all mothers to live for their families.

Navpreet lost her son Mehab Bir Singh in July last year. The incident made her silent and she withdrew herself from being social. It was at this time that her husband, who always supported her, got her a bunch of brushes and paints.

Navpreet, a postgraduate in fine arts from Panjab University, used the medium of painting to bring out her emotions and was finally able to get out of the shock.

Working with acrylic and oil paints as the medium for her paintings, she uses both observation and imagination in her work.

Talking about her work, she said, “I use different materials like knife, folk, thumb, etc., for giving textures.”

Being a housewife and mother of seven-year-old daughter Amrit Bir, Navpreet feels it’s really tough for a person to overcome emotional setbacks. But with the help of family, they can surely live a happy life.

Her husband Navdeep Singh Gill, employed as SDO in the department of rural development and panchayat, was always a source of inspiration. He said, “Initially it was a bit tough to persuade her for painting, but I managed.”

Talking about exhibition, Navdeep said, “This is the first exhibition of Navpreet’s work and the response has been really great. We never thought people would turn out in such huge numbers.”

The exhibition had paintings titled “Survival of fittest”, “Stillness on Dock”, “Waves”, “Padmini” and many others. The prices for the painting varied from Rs 2,000 to Rs 22,000. “We would donate all the collection from the exhibition for charity,” added Navdeep Singh.



Weekly Roundup
Band master found dead at Ganda nullah
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, October 25
The body of Biruddin, a band master, was found under mysterious circumstances in the Ganda nullah on Wednesday night. The deceased had been missing since October 21.

His son, Salim, told the police that the body was found in a narrow drain and could be extracted out only after breaking iron slabs installed to cover it. The police has rounded up one person in this connection and the body has been sent for a postmortem examination.

Three injured

Band party member Harbhajan Singh was seriously injured by a bullet when somebody fired at a marriage party outside Lilly Resorts on Wednesday night.

The injured was rushed to the DMC Hospital, Ludhiana. The police said investigations were on to confirm whether somebody had opened fire in the air or intentionally fired at the victim. In another incident of firing, two persons were injured near the JCT Mills flyover during a scuffle between them. According to sources, both persons were going in their cars and suddenly fired upon each other. They were admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana. According to the police, personal enmity may be the cause of the incident.

Football trials

In order to prepare the Punjab state junior football team for taking part in the 44th junior (under-19) national football championship, going to be held in Faridabad and Gurgaon (Haryana) from November 14 to 30, trails to select the players would be held at the football ground of Guru Nanak College here on October 26.

Stating this, Inder Singh, honoray secretary, Punjab Football Association, said boys born on or after January 1, 1990, were eligible and must bring their original date of birth certificates with them.

Shop burgled

A sanitary shop was burgled here on Wednesday night and valuables worth Rs 75,000 along with Rs 5,500 were stolen. A case has been registered.

Dharna staged

Jalandhar: The bridge branch of the Northern Railway Men Union organised a dharna in favour of their demands at the main gate of the bridge unit at Jalandhar cantonment today.

Addressing the protesters, president of the cantonment branch of the union Manjit Singh Kang said there was resentment among the rail employees over ignoring the limit of Rs 3,500 set under the Bonus Act for providing bonus. The union government was making an effort to divide the employees, he alleged. — TNS

Career guidance

A career guidance seminar was organised under the aegis of the Interact Club of Shining Stars School, Harbans Nagar, at the Shashtri Nagar branch of the school. Club president Dixit Ratta welcomed the participants and assistant governor of rotary Sanjay Sareen was the main speaker on the occasion. President of Rotary Club Jalandhar West Dr M.S. Bhutani was the special guest on the occasion. — TNS

No teacher

Phillaur: Resentment prevailed among the parents and schoolchildren of Government Elementary School of Dhindsa village as no teacher was available for the past 15 days. — OC



Young World
‘Sarvnash’ screened at Lovely varsity
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
A documentary film “Sarvnash”, directed by Mangal Dhillon, based on the theme of drug addiction, was screened in the auditorium of Lovely Professional University on Monday evening. The event was made compulsory for all the students on the campus. The one-and-a-half-hour film was viewed by around 2,000 students. After the screening, Mangal Dhillon interacted with the students.

Job placement

Eleven final year B.Tech students of the DAV Institute of Engineeering and Technology were selected by Bebanco Northern Contacts Ltd., a Mumbai-based construction company. The selected students have been offered a starting salary package of Rs 2 lakh per annum.

Youth festival

The Apeejay College of Fine Arts has scored a victory for the eighth consecutive time by winning the zonal youth festival for boys organised by Guru Nanak Dev University at Mukandpur. The team has got the first position in 24 events, and second in five. The team got the first rank in skit, classical vocal, rangoli, phulkari, flower arrangements (fresh and dry), mimicry, histrionics, folk orchestra, shabad singing, vaar singing, one-act play, painting, poster making, clay modelling and quiz.

The team of St Soldier College, Basti Danish Mandan, too has given a good performance. The college team won the second prize in flower arrangements (fresh and dry), Western group song, bhangra and vaar singing. It also won the third prize in a number of events, including mime, poetical symposium, painting, Western solo, percussion, elocution and skit.

Varsity toppers

The students of the Lovely Institute of Law attained top three positions in the recently declared results of first year of LLB (five-year course) of Guru Nanak Dev University. Amritpreet Kaur stood first by securing 68 per cent marks, while Aastha Bagga and Gurwinder Kaur stood second and third by getting 67.5 and 67.3 per cent marks, respectively.

Kala utsav

Kala utsav, an inter-school youth festival, is being organised at Lala Jagat Narain DAV Model School, Kabir Nagar, on November 3 and 4. The festival will include various events like music, fine arts, public speaking, quiz, theatre and folk dances.

Seminar held

A seminar on research methods through statistical package for social sciences was held at Guru Nanak Dev University College, Basti Nau. Assistant professor Dr Navdeep Aggarwal from Punjab Agricultural University was the resource person. She said the method could help save time and cost, while taking better decisions, to make business more effective.

Red Cross

Twenty five students from PCM SD College for Women formed a unit of Indian Red Cross Society on the campus. Arshdeep of BA-III year was chosen as the president, while Geetu of BA-III was appointed as the secretary. Principal Kiran Arora pinned the badges and urged the students to play an important role in national service.

Spiritual seminar

A three-day spiritual seminar at Trinity College concluded here on Saturday. Dr Joseph Sebastian, director, Project Concern International, explained the concept of equality, preciousness and uniqueness in one’s life to the participants. He taught simple ways to the students to avoid sins in their lives and be happy forever.

Quiz contest

The IT forum of Apeejay College of Fine Arts organised a choreography competition and a quiz contest on the campus. The teams displayed their talent through different choreographed numbers. The “Firing shoes”, “Punjaban”, and “Jassi group” set the stage on fire.



Anganwadi workers protest
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
Members of the Anganwadi Employees Union held a protest here on Wednesday demanding better grades for them.

The members earlier gathered near the bus stand, which was to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. When they were asked to leave the area, they gathered at BMC Chowk where they held the protest by blocking the traffic.

The members said the workers were being paid a meagre amount of Rs 1,400 while the helpers were forced to work for just Rs 700 per month. The members said they had received repeated assurances from government officials that the workers and helpers would be paid the minimum wages of Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000, respectively, but to no avail.

Union president Balbir Kaur said the employees were finding it difficult to make their both ends meet. They warned that the members would have to resort to harsh measures in case their demands were not met.



Bal Mela on Nov 2-3
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
The District Child Welfare Council is celebrating Children’s Day this time well before the actual day. Though the day coincides with the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14, the council is celebrating it on November 2 and 3. A Bal mela will be organised for two days at Red Cross Bhavan during which the children will get an opportunity to participate in various contests. On November 2, group song and paper reading contests will be organised. The next day, schools will be sending their teams for group dance competitions. A prize distribution ceremony will be held on the same day. The winner teams will then be send for the state-level function to be held on the November 14 at Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh.

Air Force beckons

The Indian Air Force has invited applications from young men and women who aspire to join the Short Service Commission (SSC) in flying, technical and ground duty. Women candidates applying for flying course should be graduates in any discipline with mathematics and physics at the class XII level, the defence PRO stated in a press note. Men and women trying for technical duty should have completed aeronautical engineering (electronics or mechanical) and must have secured first division in their degree, the note read.

Dengue awareness

NGO Dastak distributed 20,000 pamphlets as a part of dengue awareness campaign launched by it. The campaign was started from Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar where NGO’s president Sandeep Chahal and a host of physicians distributed pamphlets on bicycles to the residents of the colony. The doctors urged the residents not to allow water to accumulate in open tyres, road sides, coolers and rooftops. Thereafter, the team went to areas, including Master Tara Singh Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Mota Singh Nagar, Ladowali Road, Urban Estate, Central Town and Gobindgarh.



Healthy baby competitions organised
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
A healthy baby competition and an awareness camps were held at Rauwal and Lootera Kalan villages today under the Bharat Nirman Public Information campaign. The campaign is being organised in various villages of the district by the field public officer, ministry of information and broadcasting.

At Lootera Kalan Harjot Singh won the first prize while Prabhjot and Jaskaran Singh won the second and third prizes in the healthy baby competition. Kumar Vivek won the first prize, while Krishan and Chandani were declared second and third at Rauwal village.




Open urinals

The footpath from the PUDA market to the level crossing on Ladowali Road is dotted with rehriwala encroachers. The footpath is hardly available for pedestrians to walk on. These squatters and their customers urinate on the footpath around the power transformers just at the entrance to the premises of the Regional Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab. The transformer has also been installed on the footpath. The pedestrians find it difficult to cross the spot as the urine emits foul smell. The authorities lack will to either remove the encroachers or stop them from urinating in the open.

— Balkrishan, Jalandhar

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