Garbage: Burn ban goes up in smoke
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 11
The directions issued by the deputy commissioner about imposing a ban on garbage burning are openly being flouted right under his nose.

A Tribune team noticed garbage being burnt in and around the container lying right behind the district administrative complex on Monday evening.

It is suspected that some MC men had set the garbage on fire in an attempt to avoid lifting the garbage container to dump the waste at a proper place.

“Instead of properly disposing of the garbage and dry leaves, they are being burnt openly due to which some dangerous gases are emitted, which further pollutes the already contaminated environment,” said a local BJP leader Rajat Mohindru while talking to The Tribune.

When contacted, DC Ajit Singh Pannu said he would take up the matter with the MC commissioner for properly disposing of the garbage and proper action would be taken if any MC men were found responsible for burning garbage and dry leaves.

Similarly, MC commissioner CS Talwar said he had already issued instructions to the MC staff for not burning garbage and dry leaves. “If any specific case came to my notice, stern action would be taken against MC men,” he added.

It may be recalled that in a press note issued by district public relations department some time back, the DC had imposed a ban on burning of garbage in the city.



Overseas Fund
Dollars fuel drive against drug addiction
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 11
NRIs came to the aid of the district administration and deposited Rs 8 lakh in the Red Cross Fund for its special drive against drug-addiction.

Surjit Singh Toot, an NRI settled in California, donated Rs 2.50 lakh and assured more financial help for the noble cause by collected from his US based friends in the near future.

Other NRIs who contributed for the purpose include, Rajinder Singh Dhanoa (Rs 3 lakh), Ranbit Singh Toot (Rs 1Lakh), Prithpal Singh Dhillon (Rs 1lakh) Kewal Singh (Rs 51,000) and Joginder Singh (Rs 51,000).

Earlier, deputy commissioner A S Pannu, on Monday, held a meeting of all the medical officers of the district, who were conducting drug de-addiction camps in their respective areas.

Till now, as many as 382 drug addicts have been treated in the camps organised in the city and it has been decided to open a 40-bedded hospital for the purpose of drug de-addiction in the district, Pannu said.

He said that medical officers, who would do excellent work in the field would be honoured by them. Money collected from various sources, including NRIs, would be deposited in an account with the District Red Cross Society and would be specifically spent for the purpose, he added.

Meanwhile, some of the medical officers complained that they were getting threatening calls from some of the drug-addicts and peddlers but SSP Arpit Shukla assured appropriate security to them.

“We know that there is a very strong network of drug suppliers in the district but we have to break the same and continuous efforts are being made in this direction”, he added.



Dinning Den
His easy-on-wallet desi recipe pampers the palate
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 11
Simple recipe and pocket friendly are the words which can best describe a street kitchen.

Besides, the changing ambience is an added advantage. So, for street-food buffs “Deena Nath ke kulche-cholle” is a name which has become synonymous with DAV College. Situated near the college, one has to spend Rs 7 per plate and can enjoy the delicacy between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.

Talking to The Tribune, Deena Nath said, “I belong to Bariely in Uttar Pradesh and started this rehri 35 years ago. I have tried my best to maintain the taste since then and that is my key to success.”

Agrees, cook Sukhapal Singh said, “It is the special recipe of spicy ‘cholle’ which is hit among people.

In fact we not only get students but even rich business families. Over the years the demand has only increased.”

One could witness large crowd, especially students, thronging ‘Deena Nath ki rehri’ everyday.

For those who visit daily the “cholle” are irresistible and the dish is worth eating.

Rajvir and Ankit, both daily customers, said, “Due to health factor, most of the time we think twice before eating street food. But “Deena Nath ke kulche-cholle” is always welcomed”.

And when asked what makes this food special, a prompt reply came from another customer, “Chakh ke to dekho” and you will surely come again.



Snatchers spoil Bangalore woman’s wedding trip
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 11
Attending the wedding of her Jalandhar-based nephew proved costly to a Bangalore-based lady Rajwant Kaur.

Rajwant had to undergo a bad experience during her visit to the city when two motorcycle-borne youths snatched her leather bag containing Rs 1.5 lakh and several other valuable items including her passport on Monday night.

A resident of Shobha Opal Apartments in Jaya Nagar in Bangalore, Rajwant came to Jalandhar to attend the marriage of her nephew, living at Punjab Avenue on Cantt-Mithapur road in Jalandhar.

On her way to her nephew’s house, on a rickshaw, from Jalandhar city railway station, two masked youths snatched her bag near the railway crossing of Gurjai Pal Nagar at around 8.45 pm.

Rajwant shouted for help and some residents of nearby localities also gathered obn the spot but till then the snatchers had managed to flee from the spot on.

While an FIR has been registered under section 382 of the IPC against unknown snatchers at concerned police station number seven, neither of them could be arrested so far.

When contacted, concerned SHO inspector Kulwinder Singh admitted that the snatchers were at large.

Apart from the cash and passport, the leather bag contained a gold chain, a gold ring, a nokia mobile, two wrist watches, her spectacles and other valuable items.



Himmat Singh is new IG of BSF
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 11
An IPS officer of the 1980 batch from UP cadre, Himmat Singh, has assumed the charge as inspector general of Punjab frontiers of the Border Security Force.

He took over the charge from the outgoing IG Arvind Ranjan and held an operational conference with DIGs and commandants giving them tips on effective prevention of smuggling, infiltration and illegal activities.

A recipient of the President’s Police Medal, Himmat Singh joined the BSF in July 2007 and served the tough region of northeast.

He commanded Mizoram and Cachar frontier of BSF as IG. An MA English pass-out from Government College, Ludhiana, in 1976 and an M.Phil degree holder from Panjab University, Chandigarh, he has also served as lecturer. He has also done a specialised course in aviation security at Tokyo.



Biz Buzz
INIFD takes over Flying Cats
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 11
International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) has taken over Flying Cats, an air-hostess training academy here.

An announcement in this regard was made during a press conference held at the academy office. Shefali, owner of both institutes, said a one-year diploma course in retail marketing and a three-year BBA course in marketing, human resource management and retail management would also be offered in Flying Cats.

She said the course content had been designed by Bharti Resources and the degree will be provided by Global Retail School and Annamalai University. She added that Shivani, a pass-out from INIFD, had been recruited with Tommy Hilfiger as a designer.

Say cheers!

Vishal Retail Limited, popularly known as Vishal Mega Mart, will now stock imported liquor brands.

Ravinder Mehta, GM, Liquor operation, said, “Best international brands of scotchs, beer, breezers and wines will be available with us. We have been granted five retail licenses by the Excuse authorities and our stores at Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala too will stock the booze”, he informed.

“We have 91 showrooms in the country and depending on the excise policies of the state concerned, we will open liquor shops in the stores.

We aim to take our tally to 100 stores by March 31,” he added. Cutomers can now have the confidence of buying the genuine product at the right price and pick from a wide array of brands all categories, he said.

Power tools

Eastman Cast and Forging, a leader in hand and power tools, opened their exclusive sale and service station in the city. S K Wadhera, a director of the company, who inaugurated the showroom, said this was their fourth such venture, the other three being at Bangalore, Ludhiana and Bathinda.

The ones in Chandigarh and Jaipur will open next month.

“At present we have 37 models and are covering woodworking, industrial garages, fabrication and electrician segments. A wide array of accessories like grinding wheels, tungsten carbide tip blades, cut off blades, jig saw blades and hole saw sets were being mad by us”, he added.

The company stared its operations in 1990 and we have presence in 21 international markets including Europe, Russia and the Middle East. “We also supply tool kits vehicle manufacturers like Tata, Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, Eicher Motors and Hero Honda,” he informed.

Integrated township

NRIs of the region, who crave for town houses and villas, need not look elsewhere since Emaar MGF has launched an integrated township, Mohali Hills, SAS Nagar. Representatives of the company, who were in the city recently, said the project was ideal for those looking for green spaces, world class facilities, high quality construction and superior services facilities as a part of the place where they choose to live.

Spread over many acres, Mohali Hills will encompass residential plots, town houses and villas, supported by an integrated infrastructure of civic amenities, including landscaped gardens, shopping and recreational centres.

Located on the Chunni-Landran road, the colony is spread over 300 acres and offers luxury villas, apartments, terraced town homes, leisure and shopping options which provide families with privacy and protection, yet the freedom to grow and flourish in a thriving neighbourhood.

Going Grande

Tata Motors has commenced sales of its latest passenger vehicle, offering the Sumo Grande, in the domestic market. Unveiled at the Auto Expo in January this year, the vehicle is commercially available from dealerships located in metros and select large cities.

It combines the looks of an SUV with the comforts of a family car and has been specifically designed to satisfy the needs of city customers in the areas of drivability, maneuverability and fuel efficiency. The vehicle is powered by the new generation 2.2 L direct injection common rail (DICOR) engine, fitted with a variable geometry turbocharger creating a perfect blend of performance and fuel efficiency.

Grande will be available in 3 variants - Lx, Ex and Gx -- all of which have two seating configurations - 6+1 and 7+1. The vehicle will be available in seven colours. The vehicle is priced in the range of Rs.6.55 lakh to Rs.7.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Jalandhar).



SD seniors get perfect Vidayi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 11
Prem Chand Markanda S.D. College for Women organised a farewell ‘Vidayi 2008’ for the outgoing students. While Sargam won the title of ‘Miss S.D. College for Women’, Rupali and Seep were declared first and second runner-ups, respectively. Similarly, special titles Winsome Smile, Best Hairstyle, Best Dress and Jewellery were given to Megha, Tanu and Deepali.

Apeejay College of Fine Arts bid farewell to their seniors on Monday. Reebhumika was crowned Miss Apeejay, while Rajpreet Singh Sandhu was crowned Mr Apeejay. Sakshi Chadha was adjudged Miss Elegant and Puneet was crowned Mr Dashing. Prizes were also given in the category of “most beautiful smile, most confident student, best dressed and most beautiful hairstyle”.

Painting exhib

Apeejay College’s department of fine arts organised a one-day exhibition “Expressions 2008” in the college campus. The event showcased various facets of life, including joy of life, dreamscape, gaiety, mother’s lane, memories and much more.

Guest lecture

The postgraduate department of English of the Kanya Maha Vidhyalaya organised an extension lecture on “Understanding Drama”. The resource person Dr Rana Nayyar, professor, department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh, told students about the ‘drama’ genre in English literature.

Eco seminar

A seminar on “Ecological aspects of business organisation in the era of globalisation” was organised at the GNDU College, Basti Nau. Chief guest Dr S.L. Goyal, professor emeritus fellow, UGC, Panjab University, enlightened the students about the management and public administration. He said internal and external environment played an important role on the working of an organisation.

University toppers

Gurpreet Kaur and Kuljeet Kaur, both students of MSc (computer science) Ist year brought laurels to the Prem Chand Markanda S.D. College for Women by bagging first and third position, respectively in the examinations conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Skating tourney

Delhi Public School organised a skating championship for the pre-nursery students. The competition was held in two phases. In girls’ category, Chahat Gupta stood first, while Khushi Aggarwal and Shreya Mittal were declared second and third, respectively. In the boys section, Gurmehar S Gill stood first, followed by Abhiraj Singh Chahal and Akshay Sharma.

Reiki camp

Eklavya School started a 15-day camp on sujoke, acupressure and reiki therapy under the guidance of Dr Arun Sharma and Usha Sharma in association with Inner Wheel Club. Various pressure techniques, including colour therapy, magnet and reiki are being used to cure the physical and mental diseases. The camp would continue till March 15.



Students not happy with maths paper
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 11
The students who appeared for class X mathematics examination conducted by CBSE today alleged that a question in a set of papers was out of syllabus.

The students, who got a question paper of code number, 3 said that their question number 24, based on geometry, was out of syllabus. They also showed the page 171 of their NCERT mathematics book on which the same question was printed, but with a footnote, “Not for examination point of view”.



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