This is how we honour freedom fighters
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 19
Call it lack of civic sense or dereliction on the part of the municipal authorities, the area around the statue of freedom fighter Gopal Singh Qaumi (1897-1975) in Rainak Bazaar here has been virtually converted into a garbage dump.

Instead of showing respect to the freedom fighter, who remained behind bars for 13 years during the freedom struggle, shopkeepers, vendors and passersby have preferred to use the area behind his statue as a garbage dump.

That’s not all. Even the organisers of a Basant mela used the pedestal of the statue for pasting a pamphlet that too on the side where Qaumi’s achievements have been engraved.

This has happened despite the fact that the statue has been covered with high iron grills on all sides to ensure cleanliness. Since the area around the statue at the road bifurcation point has been 
occupied by vendors, it often remains congested and filthy.

Talking to The Tribune, Maninder Singh Qaumi, grandson of the freedom fighter, pointed out that when he passed through the site recently, he felt very disheartened to see the statue’s upkeep.

He said, “I was shocked to see the poor maintenance of the statue. It was set up just three years back and that too on the recommendation of then President of India Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.”

Agreeing to Maninder was his father Joginder S. Qaumi, a retired IAS officer and son of the freedom fighter. Joginder said, “My father participated in various struggle movements like Simon Commission boycott, Quit India Movement, Guru Ka Bagh morcha and was also sent to confinement in many jails. Giving such a respect to him is really sad.” He was even part of the 64-day hunger strike along with Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh in Mianwali jail.

Qaumi’s daughter-in-law Sarabjit said, “The order to install the statue was given when Giani Zail Singh was the President of India. There was even a proposal to name the Government Arts and Sports College after him, but the idea had not been implemented till date.”

Meanwhile, MC councillor Kuldeep S. Oberoi claimed the area was cleaned daily and he himself supervised it sometimes. He pointed out that the area started getting dirty after the shops were opened. However, he maintained that he too felt bad for such a disgrace to the statue and has been trying to educate the people.



Dexterous doc: His hands surely talk
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Dr Jatinder Pal Singh has made over 50 oil paintings so far. Most of his works are on Gurus & religious places.
Dr Jatinder Pal Singh has made over 50 oil paintings so far. Most of his works are on Gurus & religious places

Jalandhar, February 19
Jatinder Pal Singh is a doctor by profession but a painter by heart. A well-known laparoscopic surgeon at Dr Shangara Singh Hospital on Link Road here, Dr Jatinder Pal Singh often manages to spare time for his childhood passion for painting.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr Jatinder said he restarted making oil paintings in 2002 after a gap of seventeen years following completion of his MBBS and MS from DMC, Ludhiana.

Dr Jatinder has made over 50 oil paintings so far.

Most of his paintings are of Gurus and religious places. Besides, he has also made portraits of his wife Gurpreet Kaur, a gynaecologist, their sons 
Jantaj (11) and Anhad (10).

His love for painting started during his childhood when he was a student of Junior Model Higher Secondary School in eighties. However, he could not continue making paintings from 1985 to 2002 during his MBBS and MS and his initial years of practice.

He started preparing calendars with his paintings of different Gurus from 2003.

The calendar had a painting of Guru Gobind Singh in 2003, that of the Golden Temple in 2004, Guru Teg Bahadur in 2005, Guru Amar Dass in 2006, another painting of Guru Gobind Singh in 2007 and this year the calendar contained a painting of Guru Hargobind Singh, he said.

He is also the president of the Jalandhar Surgical Forum, joint secretary of the Central Rotary and cultural secretary of the IMA, Jalandhar.

Despite his engagements, he manages to spare time during nights and on Sundays for making paintings, he adds.



DC gives nod to rural health panels

Kapurthala, February 19
Deputy commissioner J.M. Balamurugan has given his nod to set up 545 rural health and sanitation committees in the district under the national rural health mission. In a press note, an official spokesman said here today that the DC had also given approval for appointing 526 ASHA workers in the district.

Earlier in a meeting, Balamurugan got detailed information from SMOs about the setting up of the committees and the appointment of ASHA workers. Each committee would be provided Rs 10,000 as grant. — TNS



Dining Den
Southall of Jalandhar
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 19
For those who love to experiment variety food, city based Vrindavan, a South Indian eating joint, is surely a great option. A name synonymous with the best of South Indian delicacies, people come here from far-flung places to enjoy mouth-watering south Indian dishes like dosa, idli, vada, sambar, uttapam and many more and that too at very reasonable prices.

What makes the cuisine of Vrindavan differ from other eating joints is its unique recipe and the exclusive range of south Indian “masalas” used in them. Unlike other local hotels and dhabas, Vrindavan boasts of thoroughly trained South Indian cooks and management staff.

Perhaps this is one reason why this 29-year-old eating joint is still ruling the hearts of the Jalandharis. Talk about South Indian dishes and people mention Vrindavan as the most preferred choice.

At present there are around eight South Indian cooks working in the outlet.

Owner Ravindran Naidu says, “The cooks work for seven to eight months and then go back to Chennai. Then the other group of cooks comes from Chennai and Mysore and this way the work keeps going on.”

At Vrindavan one can easily get the most sought-after dishes, including masala dosa, rawa masala, rawa dosa, masala uthapam, idly, vada, palak dosa, paper dosa, Mysore paneer, upumav and much more. Naidu says, “I started Vrindavan in 1978 with an aim to provide the best South Indian dishes to city residents. It has been a steady business right from day one and then there has been no looking back. Now I am well accustomed to some of the families who visit the place frequently.”

Baljinder Kaur and Tarsem Singh, a UK-based NRI couple, put in, “We are here after a break of 11 years and it is real fun enjoying the sumptuous masala dosa. Though we do get South Indian dishes at various hotels abroad as well but Vrindavan differs in its quality and service.”

Ask him why the place is named Vrindavan and he maintains, “There is no particular reason behind this but Vrindavan Gardens is a famous place in Mysore and, therefore, I opted for this name. Moreover, even the North Indians are quite accustomed to this name as it relates to a religious place.”

Chennai resident Ravindran came to Jalandhar in 1968 and started working with Hotel Skylark. After putting some 10 years of service he thought of starting his own enterprise. “Apart from Indian Coffee House, there was not even a single eating joint in the city which provided good South Indian dishes so I thought of starting an eating joint specialising in South Indian food for the city residents. My idea worked well and since then Vrindavan became a household name for South Indian delicacies,” 
said Ravindran.



Young World
‘Dialogue can work wonders for resolving conflicts’
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 19
Kanya Maha Vidyalaya organised a six-day workshop on ‘Ethics and human values’. Dr HC Rajpal from Punjabi University, Patiala gave a detailed talk on the inextricable relationship between ethics and human values. He asserted that to have harmony in a nation, it is necessary to have harmony at home. Dr Gopa Bhardwaj, psychologist from Delhi University, opined that there are no absolute ethics and rather they are related to our existence. Dr Taruna Chaudhary Dhal from directorate of distance education from Kurukshetra said one should constructively express and regulate feelings. “Human beings have the capability to transcend and love others. One should indulge in dialogue to find solution to problems,” she pointed out.

Helping hand

Students of class VIII of CT Public School, Maqsudan, visited Free Co-Education Mission School, Burlton Park..They distributed school shoes, notebooks, diaries, T- shirts and stationery items among the needy. The students also pledged help to these kids in future also.

Play time at LPU

As a part of the socio-economic week, a series of plays are being organised by the department of humanities in coordination with students of MBA (Hons) at Lovely Professional University, Phagwara. The plays have been directed by Manujata, lecturer department of humanities, LPU, and will explore the intricacies of aspirations and thought processes that dominate the daily life of the middle-class.. The inauguration of the programme was done by Ashok Mittal, chancellor LPU. On the first day, a play titled "Unwanted even before birth" was showcased. Four more plays, portraying the emerging disturbing trends in modern day life, will be enacted in the next six days.

Placement drive

Students from DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology studying in various engineering disciplines of pre-final year have secured jobs in top-notch IT companies during the on-campus placement drives for 2005-09 batch. Director C L Kochher said 54 students had got placement with Infosys on an annual package of Rs 3.02 lakh each, 44 with Wipro Tech with Rs 2.95 lakh annual offer and 97 have been picked up by Satyam on Rs 3 lakh per annum package. Also 24 students have been selected by Larson and Toubro Infotech on an annual package of Rs 2.97 
lakh each.

UK delegation

A delegation comprising four heads of schools from UK visited Police DAV Public School on February 13 under a UK-India education and research initiative programme. Since the programme involves inter-exchange of visits by principals, teachers and students, four principals also accompanied the delegation. The delegation attended the assembly, visited the school library, music, art, yoga and dance rooms of the school. Students presented a short cultural show to enthrall them.

Training camp

As many as 28 trainees from RUDSET Institute, Cantonment Road, participated in a 15-day free training programme which concluded recently. Deputy director general Chandigarh S K Abrol presided over the function. Amarjit Singh Chhina, director of the institute, said that as many as 2,846 candidates had been trained in 97 such programmes, of whom 1,768 candidates had started their own ventures.

Paper presented

Dr Arun Dev Sharma, HoD of biotechnology department from Lyallpur Khalsa College, and his students participated in Punjab Science Congress held at Thapar Institute of Technology, Patiala, recently. The topic of the presentation was role of cyclophilins, protein folding enzymes, under combined stress of water and heat shock in wheat.

‘Just for you’

Students of classes nursery to II from Dayanand Model School, Model Town, participated in an event “Mummy Papa, Just for You”. The unique presentation was an eye opener for the parents most of whom believed that academics was the most important part of education. The tiny tots presented various items in front of their parents ranging from nursery rhymes to skits and songs.

Educational trip

Innocent Hearts College of Education organised an educational trip to Prayas, a school for special children. The budding teachers interacted with the special group of children at the school. Principal Dr D K Joshi also delivered an inspirational talk to the students.

Annual fete

An annual college fete was organised at BD Arya Girls’ College. Businessman Som Parkash Arora inaugurated the event. Games, swings and various food stalls were the highlight of the event. Girls danced on various popular numbers. Councillor Sunit Jyoti announced the raffle draw prizes and congratulated the winners.

Media seminar

The Hindi Sahitya Parishad of HMV College organised a seminar on the topic ‘Mass communication and relevance of Hindi’. Director AIR D P Malik was the chief guest. Programme producer of Doordarshan, Vijay Shayar said there was a shortage of good script and dialogue writers and there were a lot of opportunities for those who have good good writing, reading and communication skills in Hindi language.

Debate on DVA

An inter-class debate contest was conducted in the department of laws, regional campus of Guru Nanak Dev University, Basti Nau. The topic of the debate was ‘Protection of women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. Nearly 11 students participated in the contest. Omkar Singh of LLB sixth semester and Kanwarjit Singh of LLB second semester stood first, while Gurpreet Kaur of LLM second semester was declared second. Amit Jindal of LLB sixth semester was declared third.

Poster contest

The NSS department of Guru Nanak Dev University College organised an inter-departmental poster-making competition. Students of MCA, MBA and law department participated in the competition. Deepika and Harpreet stood first, while Ritika and Gursimrat were second. The third prize went to Mayank and Rabinder Singh. 



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