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  • Effort goes waste
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: The Rotary Club Abohar-Mid town last night celebrated the New Year’s Eve in a different way. Sushil Rattan Miglani delivered a lecture on the significance of morning walk in maintaining good health while president R.L. Narang spoke on ways to shun wasteful thoughts which cause hypertension and fear psychosis. Narang also sprang a surprise by singing an old Bollywood hit song. He informed that 141 students of the Arya Putri Pathshala and Ram Parkash Vij Memorial Elementary School had been provided with woollens as a part of the New Year celebrations. Noted singers Rakesh Trikha and Parveen Pankaj entertained the gathering with ghazals of Pakistani origin. Vipin Jagga and his wife Sudha enthralled people with a duet as children danced to popular tunes.

Woman dies in road mishap
: Chhindo of Ajnala died in a road mishap when a tractor-trolley collided with the rickshaw in which she and her mother Satya Devi were travelling. The driver of the trolley fled the spot in no time. A case has been registered in this regard. According to information, the incident took place near Dera Baba Nanak road in the area.

Sweet shop catches fire
: A sweet shop, Shri Bikaner Mishtan Bhandar, caught fire here on Sunday. The incident took place in the morning. Soon after getting the information, a fire tender rush to the site. It took about half an hour to control the fire. Jalam Singh, the shop owner, said the main reason behind the incident was a short-circuit in the ceiling of the shop. The extent of loss could not be calculated at present, he said.

Teachers hold meeting
: The Government Teachers Union of Punjab, Bathinda unit, held a meeting at Teacher’s home on Sunday and analysed the role of various teacher’s union, who participated in the struggle, and congratulated them for their courage. It also passed a resolution thanking press for their support and daily coverage of their activities. It also thanked various other organisations who supported them. Once again, the demand for reinstatement of suspended teachers was raised. Sukhdev Sarma, state vice-president, Balaur Singh Maan, convenor, Nand lal, co- convenor, and financial secretary Jasveer Singh were also present on the occasion.

Elected: In a meeting of the Bathinda Hotel Restaurant Association, held at the Sepal Hotel, which was presided over by Som Katia, the owner of Hotel Castle, Satish Arora, was unanimously elected as president of the association. While addressing the meeting, Arora said that they would fight against the luxury tax and demand subsidy for hotel industry from the government.

Drug addiction: The NFL Manoranjan Club organised a special programme to mark the new year . The programme started with the filming of ‘Zindagi Di Talaash’ by Jitendra Jain, DIG Faridkot range. K.S. Gill, general manager of NFL, was the chief guest at the occasion. S.K. Kashyap, secretary of the club, talked about launching a drive against the problem of drug addiction in NFL Colony as well.

Book released
: “Laparvahi Zindabad”, a book authored by a Punjabi writer of Fazilka, principal Gurmeet Singh was released by former MP Gurdas Singh Badal and Vishav Sabhayachar Foundation president Jagdev Singh Jassowal. The book has been published by Guru Nanak Publishers of Moga. In the book, the writer has tried to narrate the experiences of his life and topics related to selfishness in society, social problems, simplicity and efficiency, all in a satirical manner. Through his write-ups, Gurmeet Singh has tried to touch the problems faced by society and prevalent evils. He has also tried to create awareness towards social evils. In his preface, the writer has maintained that the motive of the book is to release tension and produce feeling of happiness amongst the readers.

3- day medical camp ends
: A three-day medical check-up camp concluded at Ghuman village, on Sunday 15 km from here. It was inaugurated by deputy speaker of Lok Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal on Friday. As many as 7,100 patients were examined and tests of ECG, ultra-sound, lab tests and X-ray conducted free of cost. Vijay Arora, SMO, Garota, extended full cooperation at the camp.

AOL event
: “Art Excel,” a six-day course covering every aspect of the child’s development, organised by the local branch of the Art of Living for the children of age group eight to 14 years, concluded at Arya Samaj Mandir here on Sunday. As many as 40 children participated in the course. Anita Singh, teacher of Art Excel course, said the course covered every aspect of child’s development.

Christians condemn attack
: The Punjab Christian Movement on Sunday condemned the recent attacks on churches and Christians in Orissa. Organisation’s general secretary Tarsem Masih has demanded the arrest of those involved in the tragic incidents. He said the members of the movement would go to Dera Baba Nanak on Monday where Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was slated to visit and present him a memorandum in the regard.

House burgled: Electronic items and other valuable goods were stolen from a house at Ambika Colony here on Friday night. The owner Bholanath Goswami, a Tribune employee, said his TV set, DVD player, wrist watches and clothings were missing when he came home from his duty late last night.

: “There is need to launch a campaign against social evils”, said M.F. Farooqi, SSP Mansa, while speaking at a prize distribution function of the NSS at the National College, Bhikhi. The SSP appealed to the students to concentrate on studies and combat social evils in society. At the function, nearly 110 persons took a commitment not to take to drugs. A seminar on drug addiction was also organised. The seminar assumes significance as Mansa is a part of the Malwa area of Punjab where drug addiction has become a major problem.

Kavi darbar held
: The Bhasha Wibhag, Punjab, and the Rachna Vichar Manch on Sunday organised a kavi darbar in the local Rotary Club. Established and budding poets recited their creations in the two-hour-long sammelan. Dr Pritam Singh (USA) was the chief guest. “Naina dian sadhran ne, khamosh eh gallan ne, koojh terian ne koojh merian ne" by Jaspreet was widely acclaimed by the audience. Gurcharan Pabbanwali’s “Geet nahi cheekh hai eh, suneo jara” and Sher Singh's ghazal “Assi bahane kar ke yaro raat guzari” took the event to its heights. Among the prominent who shared the dais the occasion were Prof Anup Virk, Darshan Buttar, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr Jaswinder Nirula and B.S. Bir.

Foundation stone laid: SAD leader Raja Narinder Singh on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the new block of the Senior Secondary School in nearby Dandrala-Dhindsa village at an estimated cost of Rs 50 lakh. He said the grant to the school had been issued under Nabard scheme to change the school into an Adarsh School. He said very soon grant for two more schools would be released in the area.

Football tourney
: Satvinder Singh Satta Yadhgari Youth Welfare and Football Club organised a rural football tournament here at JSFH Khalsa Senior secondary school. As many as 28 teams participated in the tournament, which concluded on Sunday. The football team of Panaam village won the tournament by defeating Doanjh Kalan by 1-0 in the tie-breaker. Iqbal Singh Transporter, a social worker, presided over the prize distribution ceremony.


Transfers: SAS Nagar SSP R.S. Khatra has posted SI Navdeep Singh as SHO, Phase XI. He was earlier serving at CIA, Mubarakpur. SI Ranjot Singh has been posted as SHO, Zirakpur. Inspector Satnam Singh has joined CIA, Mubarakpur, from the police control room and Lakhwinder Singh has been posted as in charge of the police control room. Inspector Purshottam Bal would be in charge of Kharar CIA and ASI Ram Darshan would be posted at Majri police post.

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised at Shivalik Institute of Education and Research on the ninth day of NSS camp. The camp was presided over by SMO in charge of the Kharar civil hospital Dr Jai Singh. Thirty units of blood were collected. A talk on blood donation, school health, AIDS, TB and eye donation was also given by Dr Jai Singh.


Farewell party: The DAV institutions of Ambala city and Ambala Cantonment organised a farewell function to honour Dr D.P. Asija, principal of Sohan Lal DAV College of Education, who retired on Sunday after 16 years of service.


: The minister for roads and buildings, Gulchain Singh Charak, on Thursday visited SMGS hospital and inspected the ongoing construction work of the 200-bedded paediatric ward. The project being constructed at a cost of Rs 16.24 crore would be completed by May. Charak asked the Jammu and Kashmir Projects’ Construction Corporation to complete the work within the stipulated time frame.

Released: The Jammu Yatri Bhawan Trust has released its “dainadan” (diary) and panchang (calendar) for 2008 in a ceremony. The diary was released by the trust and is based on Sundarkand of the epic Ramayana. This is the 15 diary released so far. The diaries released during the past four years were based on Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sam Veda and Atharva Veda.

Oath administered: Kathua additional deputy commissioner Laj Ram administrated the oath of office to the newly elected president of Municipal Committee, Billawar, Rakesh Chandel and vice-president Badri Nath Mehra on Friday. The minister of state for finance, planning, law and parliamentary affairs, Prem Sagar Aziz, was the chief guest.

Migrant camp visited: Manzoor Ahmad Ganai, advisor to the Chief Minister, visited Nagrota and Burnai migrant camps today to take stock of the facilities being provided to the displaced Kashmiri migrants. Ganai interacted with the migrants and enquired about their problems. He said the residential quarters coming up in Jagti near Nagrota would be allotted to the migrants living in these camps. He directed the relief commissioner (migrants) to look into the grievances of the displaced families with regard to issuance of ration cards.

Beigh mourns deaths: Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beigh has expressed grief over deaths of Prof Abdul Rehman Wagay, an eminent educationist and Haji Mustafa, a social activist of Baramulla district. In a message, Beigh said Prof Wagay was an eminent educationist, who through out his life encouraged people to attain education in Rafiabad area of Baramulla district. While praising the role of Haji Mustafa in improving socio-economic condition of the people of Baramulla town, Beigh termed his death as an irreparable loss.

Teachers meet Dy CM: Several deputations including a delegation of contractual teachers and a group of political activists of Poonch led by Shah Mohammad Tantray today called on deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Beigh here. Beigh assured to look into the demands of the contractual teachers.

Regional potpourri

Effort goes waste

Plants potted in discarded plastic bottles two years ago are beginning to wither out of neglect on the Guru Jambheshwar University campus, Hisar.
Plants potted in discarded plastic bottles two years ago are beginning to wither out of neglect on the Guru Jambheshwar University campus, Hisar. Photo by P. L. Munday

An innovative waste management project involving the use of discarded plastic bottles and other waste material as flowerpots, launched in Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, in 2005, is today in a shambles due to neglect.

The man behind the project was Umesh Arya of the Department of Advertising Management. As a hostel warden two years ago, he had a problem on his hands. A large number of students and their parents were visiting the campus every day for counselling. Being summer they brought water bottles with them, which they left behind. Arya, who believes in creative use of garbage, cut the bottles into two and used these as flower pots. These were hung from trees with iron wire support and decorative foliage plants were planted in around 1200 bottles to start with.

He used discarded intravenous drips for drip irrigation of these pots. Within months, the lawns of hostels were flush with decorative foliage jutting out of these pieces from garbage. He also used items from hostel garbage, discarded tyres for planting plants. The project competed for the UN environment department’s Best Practices Award and figured high on the list of selected entries. It also figured among the top 25 entries in the CNBC-Businessworld for the best ideas award for 2006. Recently, a team from Oxford University visited the campus to see the innovative use of waste.

After Arya’s departure from the office of the hostel warden, the project has fallen to neglect. Plants are withering and old bottles are beginning to crack. The environmentally aware university community is highly critical of the way the authorities are letting a down a great and innovative idea.

Bonded flavour

Prof Ravinder Vinayek
Prof Ravinder Vinayek

With a view to ensuring the career advancement of present students and overall growth of the university system, the authorities of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak, have decided to strengthen their alumni association.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of the MDU Vice-Chancellor, Prof R.P. Hooda, recently.

“The first alumni meet of the university was organised a few months ago, in which nearly 500 members participated and 46 outstanding ones were felicitated,” says Prof Ravinder Vinayek, director (Alumni), who is spearheading the campaign to strengthen the body.

He asserts that apart from strengthening ties with the old students, the association would help provide career guidance and direction to the present batch.

He informs that the constitution of the alumni association has been approved and the vice-chancellor, who is its president, has also constituted its executive.

Prof S.P.S. Dahiya, has been nominated its vice-president, while Prof K.P.S. Mahalwar is the secretary and Prof Asha Kadyan its joint secretary-cum-treasurer. Even as the membership drive is under way, Prof Vinayek says the next alumni meet will be organised shortly.

Contributed by Raman Mohan and Sunit Dhawan

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