‘Munshi-daroga’ System
Dist police functioning reminds of British Raj
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 19
In the era of technology when the police is expected to be a technocrat for speedy disposal of cases, the Jalandhar police is still following the “munshi-daroga” system. The police has not been able to free its Jalandhar division from the British rule.

Interestingly, the district has 13 police stations, including an NRI police station and an economic offence wing, but the technology is far away from them. Internet, which has become a common source of communication, too is a luxury for these police stations.

As a result the district police has no system to receive complaints and suggestions through on-line. Even it has no public relations officer (PRO) to help the public.

The story is not limited to police stations, offices of senior police officials are still in direct public dealing. Though cops holding key posts, including the SHO, the DSP, the SP and the SSP, had been provided mobile phones, the public has been debarred from contacting them directly.

The public convenience seems to be last on the Punjab police priority list as people from far-flung areas travel long distances and get disappointed when they learn that the officials they intend to meet is not in his office.

Talking to The Tribune, Surta Singh rued that there were no officers at police stations and police posts to hear public grievances. He said complainants often felt unattended at police stations and fall victims to the unscrupulous cops.

However, SSP P.K. Rai claimed that certain police stations, including his office, were equipped with computers and said the “munshi-daroga” system was quite effective in Jalandhar.

He added that efforts were being made for computerisation and online links of police stations.



Pranayam can help you hit bullseye, says study
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 19
Even as euphoria over Abhinav Bindra’s triumph in shooting in the Beijing Olympics is not yet over, it has been noticed that a lot many youngsters have developed fancy for the sport.

But Smriti Kapoor, a lecturer in the department of physiotherapy, Apeejay College of Fine Arts, says one needs to first learn to control anxiety, hold breathe and improve hand-eye coordination to become an ace shooter. A study conducted by Smriti Kapoor et al, which has appeared in the Indian Journal of Physical Education, Sports Medicine and Exercise Science and the Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, suggests that the regular practice of pranayam and kriya helps the shooters control anxiety and improve their performance.

The study was done on 50 shooters of Jat Battalion of Dograi Regiment of the Army around Amritsar in the age group of 20 to 30 years. Their breath-holding time was measured. Forced vital capacity and peak expiratory flow rate were recorded on the spirometer. Each participant was asked to give his shooting performance for five rounds in the 25-metre range.

Thirty of the 50 shooters were put under training in the art of pranayam and kriya for three weeks and the variables were measured again in both experimental and controlled groups after three weeks. It was found that there was an increase in the breath-holding time, improvement in forced vital capacity and peak expiratory flow rate, which resulted in marked improvement in shooting performance.

The researchers concluded that the best performance was the result of combination of skill and mental balance which could easily be acquired by pranayam and kriya. They observed that sports like shooting required maximum accuracy, hitting power and close coordination between eye, brain and muscles. The pre-competitive anxiety, a normal phenomenon associated with an increased breath rate could hamper the performance as it rendered the shooter to gasp for breath in between two rounds. It could distract the shooters mind from concentrating on the target and disallow him to give his best performance, they found, adding that yogic exercises could, however, help in bringing more steadiness of mind.



Olive Hand
Army to the rescue of flood-hit
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 19
With a number of breaches in the anti-flood bundhs along the Sutlej in Jalandhar, Moga and Ferozepore districts, the Army once again proved its mettle by assisting the civil administration in the flood-relief operations.

According to a defence release, as the low-lying villages submerged in flood water, 11 columns of Vajra Corps were immediately dispatched to the affected areas for the flood-relief measures, including distribution of essential commodities like food, medical facilities and tents.

The Army pressed as many as 33 motorboats and 22 medical teams into service in all the four districts reeling under floods.

So far close to 1,800 civilians, including women and children, have been rescued and brought to safer places.

The Army utilised 50,000 sandbags to prevent any further breach in the bundhs, the release said.

It is worth a mention here that every year the army gears up especially for flood relief eventualities, in which columns are earmarked, equipment is tested and a close liaison with the civil administration is carried out. 



Bankers protest privatisation move

Jalandhar, August 19
Irate over the governments move to privatisate public sector banks, scores of bank employees held a demonstration in front of the Punjab National Bank, Nehru Garden, here today. Organised by the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, the protest saw employees from different banks in the city and its vicinity raising anti-government slogans. The bankers have been opposing merger of public sector banks and outsourcing of bank works to agencies.

Federation secretary Amrit Lal said the employees working in public, private sectors, Centre and state government departments, would observe a full day strike on Wednesday. — TNS



With Mangal, it’s thoda message, thoda magic
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 19
Kids can get ready for some great excitement in the city. Magician Samrat Mangal Tara is in the city to hold a four-week extravaganza at Red Cross Bhavan from August 21. The prelude to the show will be a motorcycle round across the congested parts of the city by the blind-folded showman at 11 am tomorrow.

The magician will begin his trip from Gupta Motors and then move past Workshop Chowk, Patel Chowk, Mai Hiran Gate, railway station, Bhagat Singh Chowk, Milap Chowk, Jail Road, Model House, Model Town and Milk Bar Chowk.

Announcing his schedule at a press conference at Punjab Press Club, the magician said he would perform two shows of three hours each everyday.

On Sundays, there would be three shows, he said. Some of the great tricks that the visitors can expect would include raining currency, man of six feet turning into a dwarf, aerial suspension of objects, dancing cane, well of Japan, blade factory and man passing through a rotating fan. One of the youngest magicians of the country, the 23-year-old youth hails from Sri Ganganagar.

Talking to mediapersons here, he said he started playing pranks and tricks with his friends and kin when he was barely 13.

“People appreciated the tricks that I performed. Then I started doing simple magic and took training from a magician in Gujarat. I was 16 when I began putting up shows. Since then, I have gone all across the northern states. I recently performed a show at Mauritius”, the magician said. Son of a marble trader, the magician said he had done many shows for charity. “I also try to give a social message in my shows. A show ‘burning bride’ is about dowry deaths. Another item ‘Well of Japan’ is about female foeticide”, he added. 

Mangal said magic was all about use of tricks, illusion, practice and concentration. He said he was gradually improving himself by watching the CDs of the greatest magicians of the world. But he rued that magic shows in India were not paying at all. “Magicians abroad are able to perform better, for they are able to use high-end equipment. People there shell out much more. But there is some relief for us too.

The Punjab government has made magic shows tax free on the lines of Rajasthan and other states”, he pointed out. He gave a demonstration by swallowing a blade, thread and some water and taking out a string of scores of blades from his mouth. Asked if he had ever met with an accident during his performance, he replied, “It has happened many times. If the throat gets cut, I am unable to even drink water for two days. There is a doctor accompanying my 50-men crew. But practice and yoga asanas really help a lot.” 



ROB project fallout: Broken water pipes, damaged sewer lines
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 19
The railway over bridge (ROB) from Khalsa College to Narinder Cinema, which is already a nightmare for commuters, has now become an eyesore for the shopkeepers of the area.

Members of the Sutlej Market Shopkeepers Association near the bus stand are up in arms against the municipal corporation for turning a blind eye to the basic amenities in the wake of ROB construction.

In a complaint to municipal commissioner C.S. Talwar, association members stated that the construction company undertaking the work had broken water pipes and destroyed the sewerage. Association president Rajinder Kumar said, “Due to the breakage, sewage has started spreading all over the market and the GT Road.

Besides, when it rains the area becomes a filthy swimming pool.”

He rued that the sewage had even reached their bathrooms and added that the association members had recently replaced the water pipes.

The members maintained that the condition was affecting the business too. “We have been running from pillar to post to get things done but the attitude of the MC has made things worse. We even brought the matter to the notice of PWD officials but to no avail,” added Rajinder.

MC commissioner C.S. Talwar said he would look into the matter and take some remedial measures.



Young World
Fervour marks I-Day celebrations
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 19
The students of Mayor World School organised an inter house march past competition on August 15th to celebrate Independence Day. Keats house bagged first position. Second position was shared by Wordsworth and Shakespeare house.

Independence Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour at Kanya Maha Vidyalaya on August 14th. N.C.C cadets presented an impressive parade, which was followed by the recital of vande mataram and national anthem.

Meanwhile, the students of Government College of Education, Jalandhar, celebrated Independence Day on August 15th. Principal Geeta Vohra unfurled the tricolour and distributed sweets among the students and staff.

The students of Government Secondary School, Bundala, near Jalandhar, celebrated 62nd Independence Day on August 15. The students recited patriotic poems and songs on the occasion. Principal Kulwinder Singh Sarai hoisted the Indian flag and distributed sweets.

Similarly, Darshan Academy celebrated Independence Day in the School premises. Tiny tots presented an impressive patriotic function. A special patriotic solo and action song competition was also organised. Kendriya Vidyalaya, Suranussi, celebrated 62nd Independence Day with patriotic fervour. Chief guest Col Vinesh Rana hoisted the Tricolourg. A cultural programme was also presented. The students of Sanskriti KMV School celebrated Independence Day where the students presented patriotic dance and song items. 

Principal Dr. Nishi Rana Bhargava hoisted the national flag and distributed sweets among the children. The students of Innocent Heart School also celebrated Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan with great fervour. The tiny tots participated in the rakhi-making competition and cultural programmes. Meanwhile, students of DAV Institute of Enginering and Technology, Jalandhar, also celebrated I-Day with great zeal. 

Chief guest MLA (Jalandhar, North) KD Bhandari hoisted the Tricolour. Bhandari urged the students to eradicate drug addiction from the society and contribute towards developing the nation. Director CL Kochhar emphasised on the need to shun evils from the society for country’s rapid progress.

Uniforms distributed

The State Bank of Patiala celebrated Independence Day by distributing uniforms to 40 needy students of Gali no. 7, Avtar Nagar School, aided under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP). Director of the bank, Ashwani Gupta, lauded the role of the teachers and helpers who were grooming the children of weaker sections at very nominal salaries. He donated an amount of Rs 10,000 to the school for providing another set of uniforms to the students.

University toppers

Suman Agnihotri, who has stood first in the department of law, Regional Centre, Guru Nanak Dev University, Jalandhar, and second in the university in the LLM examination by securing 198 out of 300 marks.

Parminder of M.A-I (political science) of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, topped the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, exams by securing 329 out of 400 marks while Meenu of M.Com-II bagged second position and scored 82 percent. Principal Kusum Verma congratulated the students.

Three students of B.F.A. Part-IV of Apeejay College of Fine Arts, namely Megha Bansal, Mandavi and Prerna bagged first, fifth and seventh position, respectively, in the recently held Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, exams.

Gold medal

Baljinder Kaur, a student of B. Ed of Innocent Hearts College of Education secured gold medal by scoring 81.5 percent and made a new record, followed by Navjot Kaur, who stood second by securing 80.1 percent marks in the recently conducted Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, exams.

Bond of love

The students of Sanskriti KMV School celebrated Raksha Bandhan on August 16 by organising a rakhi and card-making competition. The students displayed rachis on decorated thalis with kesar, chandan and sweets.

Mr & Miss contest

The tiny tots of St. Soldier Divine Public School, Kapurthala Road, participated in Mr & Miss Punjabi contest. Manjinder was declared Mr Punjabi, while Mehak was chosen as Miss Punjaban. 



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