MC men’s gift to mayor: Truckload of trash
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 19
The non-lifting of garbage by the local municipal corporation employees has not only created hellish condition in the city but has literally converted the premises of the Mayor’s office into a garbage dump. The employees parked the official tractor-trailers loaded with garbage outside the Mayor’s office, causing a lot of inconvenience to the visitors.

Members of the various safai karamshari unions have been agitating against the passing of tenders for solid waste management - an ambitious project of the BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu.

However, municipal corporation commissioner D.P.S. Kharbanda has said that no employee would be retrenched while implementing the solid waste management project. He said the residents of the holy city, especially MC employees, should rather feel happy that Amritsar had become the first city in the state to take this “revolutionary step” to clean the lanes and bazaars. “The heaps of garbage would disappear from the city because the employees of the firm would collect garbage from the doorsteps,” he claimed. The commissioner said that a meeting with office-bearers of the various MC unions had been fixed for September 22 for finding an amicable solution to the stalemate.

Earlier, the Shiromani Akali Dal’s senior deputy mayor Ajaybir Singh Randhawa and junior deputy mayor Kashmir Singh had boycotted the meeting of the finance and contract committee of the MC headed by Mayor Shavet Malik, who belongs to the BJP. They alleged that it was “against coalition dharma” that councillors of the SAD were not being taken into confidence while taking important decisions. They have been demanding cancellation of the solid waste management project.

Meanwhile, the SAD councillors, led by Randhawa, have sought time from the Chief Minister to brief him on the stalemate. Talking to Amritsar Plus, Randhawa said that they would urge the CM to direct the Mayor to cancel the project.



‘Police shielding accident accused’
P.K. Jaiswar/TNS

Amritsar, September 19
The Punjab Medical Representative Association today alleged that the police was shielding the accused of a road mishap which took the life of Charanjot Singh, a medical representative and general secretary of the association, on September 8. Charanjot succumbed to his injuries on September 15 at a private hospital.

Talking to The Tribune, Parminder Sharma and Vivek Talwar, state and district president, respectively, of the PMRA, alleged that accused Gurbhaj Singh was a son of assistant sub-inspector Piara Singh posted at Naushehra Pannuan.

Charanjot was run over and fatally injured by Gurbhaj on the night of September 8 when he was going to attend a marriage party. The victim was on a scooter (PB-02-AD-8459) when he was hit by the accused who was in a car (PB-O2-AR-0519) near the Maqboolpura area. He was admitted to a private hospital by passersby who informed his relatives through his mobile. They alleged that even the FIR (under sections 279, 337 and 338, IPC) was lodged only after a protest by the association outside Lawrence Road police station.

SP city-II S.S. Mann termed the allegations as false and said investigations were being carried out and action would be taken after proper verification of  the facts. 



Soon: Durgiana temple to have  better arrangements for stay
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 19
In order to facilitate the pilgrims visiting the Durgiana temple from the far off places in the country and abroad, the Durgiana Management Committee (DMC) has decided to construct a new serai at its land located near Gol Bagh in the city.

Stating this to The Tribune here today, Harish Taneja, joint secretary, DMC, said the serai would have state-of-the-art facilities for the devotees staying in the complex. He said the serai would also have AC rooms, which would also be equipped with TV, telephone, etc. He said services of a renowned architect were being taken to build one of the most modern serais of the country.

Taneja said renovation work of the 30,000 sq ft parikarma was going on a war footing as the level of the parikarma was being raised besides replacing the old marble tiles on its surface. He said the work on the parikarma was likely to be completed before the start of Navratras on September 29. He said they had also decided to provide shed on the parikarma as the marble tiles got heated up during the summer season and it became difficult for the devotees to walk on it.

The joint secretary said the renovation work of Mata Dhanwant Kaur Dharamshala in the Durgiana temple complex would also be taken on a war footing and the big halls  would be split into two or three portions to accommodate more  groups of pilgrims.

He said coolers would also be installed in the rooms. Besides this, the big hall of Mata Sitla Mandir, where the devotees performed “mundan” ceremony and other functions, was also being renovated and the work would be completed before the first Navratra.

He announced that the DMC had also decided to establish a Shani temple in the Durgiana complex. Marble tiles would also be laid on the passage to the Hanuman Mandir, besides constructing a huge gate near the Dasehra ground adjacent to it.

He said the devotees had once again started donating liberally keeping in view the works being undertaken by the DMC in the shrine complex. He said the 80 per cent work in the Shiv Puri was complete and they  had urged mayor Shwet Malik and commissioner D.P.S. Kharbanda to complete the remaining work in stipulated time.

He announced that a five-member delegation of the DMC, led by its patron Ram Parkash, would soon meet deputy director, local bodies department, to release the funds to pay compensation to the people whose lands was to be acquired under the beautification plan. He said already the government had released the funds and if the department failed to release the cheques they would complain to the Chief Minister.



Drugs In Devotional Stuff
Take action, AISSF toTakht 

Amritsar, September 19
The All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) have taken a serious view of the Akal Takht’s silence over the violation of Sikh maryada by a private publisher, Chattar Singh Jiwan Singh.

The president of the federation, Dr Manjit Singh Bhoma, told mediapersons here on Thursday that strict action should be taken against the publishers who allegedly tried to send heroin in the devotional CDs and cassettes to Canada through a reputed courier company. He said the silence on this serious issue by the Sikh high priests had raised many a serious concerns in the Sikh community.Bhoma said the crime committed by the publisher could not be condoned and the community was dismayed that the Sikh high priests had failed to take cognisance of the issue. 
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Haute ‘n’ hip: Pak bridalwear makes waves
Ashok Sethi

Amritsar, September 19
Traditionally, it has always been the Indian fashion designers who were a rage in Pakistan but now the trend has shifted as designers from across the border have the Indian brides wearing their ethnic bridal ensemble.shows
Hina Anjum, a big name in Pakistan, was one of the designers who showcased her work in India. Anjum, who had been selling high-end, hand-made dress material, while talking to The Tribune here yesterday, said the tremendous Indian response to her material in the major cities of Punjab and Delhi had really encouraged her.

She said earlier the Indian fashion was the trend-setter but now Pakistani traditional art had become the talking point among Indian women.

Anjum said the traditional royalty of Pakistani fabrics in colourful designs handcrafted on various textures in vibrant colours had caught the fancy of the highly fashion conscious modern women of India. She said the governments of India and Pakistan must open up trade so that sharing the rich ethnic and traditional textile heritage could become easier.

Pakistan textiles continue dto haunt the Indian connoisseurs as Hina said the Pakistani suits, designer salwars, duppattas, saris, rosy or screen printing and other collections attracted a huge amount of customers. She said the Pak fashion designers would make a beeline to India due to the diverse tastes of the clientele here.



After 115 years, PBN School’s glory still shines
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 19
Pt Baij Nath, a great scholar of Persian and Sanskrit, founded PBN School in 1893 near the historic Hall Gate, which has emerged as an epitome of learning in the past 115 years.

It is one of the oldest institutes of Punjab which produced many stalwarts in the field of Indian Army, cricket, politics and art and culture. Martyr Madan Lal Dhingra was also product of the school. The school’s motto is “Learning, Loyalty and Piety.”

During a span of 115 years, the school has carved out a niche for itself on the educational map. Following the traditions set forth by the founders, the school aims at the harmonious development of the students.

According to Rajeev Kumaria, principal, PBN School, Pt Ram Nath, former manager-cum-principal of the school, was also founder of the Scouting Movement in Amritsar and also nurtured the Gandhi Ground by setting up the Amritsar Games Association.

This citadel of education is known as the “Nursery of cricket” and claims to produce maximum number of Ranji Trophy players. This is the only school in Punjab having produced two Test cricketers, namely Madan Lal and Vijay Mehra.

The Eco Club of the school encourages the students to participate in national-level competitions organised by Jim Corbett, ICEWSSAR and Shivaji Foundation Society in order to create environmental awareness against hazards of pollution. The students won the overall first prize in these competitions.

The school’s Science Club aims to inculcate scientific attitude in students and prompts them to participate in the district and tehsil-level science fairs and the district science drama.

The Science Club has won several prizes in different themes. The bhangra team of the school won the first position in the Independence Day function last year.

The founder of the school was instrumental in starting Pt Baij Nath Special Train to different parts of the country every year.

The NCC Air Wing every year brings laurels to the school by winning prizes in the Combined Annual Training Camp. Chief Officer R.S. Biala has been adjudged as the best ANO by the Director-General. NCC, New Delhi. The school produced Balbir Singh, an international gymnast.

Principal Rajeev Kumaria claims that the school has been maintaining academic excellence by showing 100 per cent results.

The school has produced luminaries of national and international repute. The notable among them are R.L. Bhatia, Governor of Bihar; Field Marshall Sam Manek Shaw, hero of Bangladesh War; Madan Lal Dhingra, great martyr; Mulakh Raj Anand, literary giant of international repute; Dr S.P. Bhatia, world fame medical specialist residing in the UK; Justice A.N. Grover; I.S. Johar, film comedian; Partap Chand Bhandari, former MLA; Ramesh Aggarwal, designer of Patriot missile in the USA; G.R. Sethi, veteran journalist; Kedar Sharma, film producer and director; Sada Nand, IAS and former adviser to the Punjab Governor; Harisharan Arora, mathematician at IBM (USA); Dr Vishwanath, zoologist of international fame; Suresh Chander Sharma, director, Informatic Centre, New Delhi; Charanjit Singh Chadha, president, Chief Khalsa Diwan; Dr Tejinder Singh, radiologist of national fame; Dr Santokh Singh, vice-president, Chief Khalsa Diwan; Rai Bahadur Parkash Chand Mehra; Rai Bahadur Labh Chand Mehra; Chandan Prabhakar, comedian of Laughter Challenge Show; Krishan Mohindru, founder of basketball in Amritsar; Sukhdev Singh, former SSP (vigilance) and many other great personalities.



Campus Buzz
Religion should focus on generating goodwill: Experts
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 19
All religions should come forward to devise a common minimum programme to rid society of hatred and social menaces.

Renowned scholars participating in the national seminar on the Namdhari Movement organised here today by Guru Nanak Dev University were unanimous in their views that all religions need to stress on one singular goal - generating goodwill and peace.

More than 20 research papers on the Kuka Lehar, the revolt of 1857, role of the peasants of Punjab during the Kuka Lehar and role of the Namdhari sants and mahants to popularise the Namdhari Mission were presented on the occasion.

Delivering the keynote address, Dr Mohinder Singh, director, Bhai Veer Singh Sahitya Sadan, said it was important to differentiate between the academic research and the popular history and raised many pertinent questions to the academic historians. He dwelt at length on the non-cooperation movement started by Namdhari Guru Ram Singh in the late 19th century and the role of Sikhs in the revolt of 1857.

The participation of Sikh rulers on the side of the Britishers should not be construed as the participation of Sikhs in general.

Speaking on the occasion, Thakur Uday Singh, a close relative of Baba Ram Singh and managing director of the Seed Corporation, Bangalore, said Guru Nanak Dev preached the message of the welfare of humanity and respect to all religions.

He said Namdhari Guru Ram Singh also raised his voice against the prevailing social evils which needed to be talked about even today.

He said only Namdhari fraternity and Jain religion had been able to create a balance in society by getting rid of female foeticide, dowry, drug de-addiction and other social evils.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Jai Rup Singh said no civilisation could survive without the development of its culture and mother tongue. An exhibition of rare photographs on the Kuka Movement was also arranged on this occasion.

Kayaking championship

Sukhpreet Kaur of the BBK DAV College for Women secured two gold, one silver and one bronze medals in the Guru Nanak Dev University inter-college kayaking championship held at Loohnu ground in Bilaspur on September 18. The other members of the team were Neha Sharma, Maninder Kaur, Gurparkash Kaur, Chander Kala, Rajwant Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur and Manjinder Kaur.



School Pulse
424 Spring Dale students get prizes
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 19
As many as 424 students were honoured during a prize distribution function organised at Spring Dale Senior School here on September 18. Many of these students have proved their merit and mettle at international fora. Bikram Singh Majithia, minister for information and public relations was the chief guest, while Rajmohinder Singh Majithia, MP Rajya Sabha, was the guest of honour.

Principal Manveen Sandhu, in her address, apprised the gathering about the school’s efforts to ensure betterment of ruralites.

Letter-writing contest

The school recently organised a letter-writing contest "Mohan to Manmohan". Two Class VIII students Harshita Jain and Manisha wrote impressive letters as 'Mohan' Das Karam Chand Gandhi to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh which were sent to PM who, in turn, responded to their letters.

Preeti Sharad, principal of the school, said the letters depicted the prevailing scenario in the country.

NTSE achievement

Kashish Babbar, a class X student of Bhavans’ SL Public School, has cleared the National Talent Search Examination. He would now be eligible for a national scholarship. The test was conducted in November last year while the interview was held in July this year. 



GND varsity students felicitate Seechewal
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, September 19
Noted ecologist and crusader for the cause of land, water and atmosphere Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal was felicitated by conferring upon him the Bhai Nand Lal award. The award has been constituted by Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) students to honour personalities who have made remarkable contributions in the fields of literature, music, religion, ecology, sports, art, etc.

Seechewal called upon the students to take up the cause of environment and work to protect the elements of nature to escape a catastrophic end.

He said the religious thoughts of all kinds respected nature as a manifestation of the Almighty and all the people must imbibe this in their lives.

The function was attended, among others, by Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh, Bhai Habhajan Singh, Bhai Balbir Singh Ragi, Bibi Inderjit Kaur, Giani Amir Singh of Jawadi Taksal.

Naad Pargaas, an organisation of teachers and research scholars of Amritsar, put up an impressive exhibition of books related to religion and philosophical thought. Organisations like the SGPC and Jawadi Taksal also displayed their historical paintings and traditional musical instruments. The ragis and dhadis of fame performed at the function.



Biz Buz
Lambency to set up 300 spas
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 19
More than 300 spas would be established throughout the country by Lambency group, said Sudhir Sharma, vice-president sales and marketing of Lambency to the media here on September 18.

To start with four spas, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and experienced physiologists, would be set up in the country. “Our main aim is to popularise the concept of spas among the common man. At present, there were 150 spas in the country and most of them in five or seven star hotels,” said Sharma. He said Lambency, a leading sandalwood cosmetics brand, organised a workshop in the city to create awareness among the beauticians to promote the use of sandalwood oil. He further said the company would also provide training in various level courses to the beauticians of the city who want to upgrade their skills.

‘150 Millennium Schools in 3 yrs’

Over 150 Millennium Schools would be established in the country during the next three years, said Gen (Retd) RM Kapoor, president Educomp Infrastructure Limited, while talking to the media after laying the foundation stone of the primary school here.

Kapoor said the company was also initiating a plan to establish a state-of-the-art university in Greater Noida in cooperation with Raffle Group of Singapore to provide higher education on the pattern of universities abroad.

He said at present one lakh students of the country are spending over USD 60 million every year on overseas education.

He said the Millennium School, to be established in SG Enclave, would start functioning from next academic session 2009 and would incorporate a unique blend of global practices in education and inherent strengths of Indian education system with the added advantage of Millennium Learning System (MLS).

He said the classrooms would be equipped with large plasma TV using Educomp’s Smart Class system for learning and governance through technology, to nurture children and help them grow in an environment which encourages learning. 



Health Matter 
CME on role of medical education today
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 19
The Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (Punjab), in collaboration with the Social Medicine Association, would organise a CME on “Medical education in the era of globalisation” at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here on September 21.

National Institute of Health and Family Welfare director Dr Deoke Nandan would be the chief guest, while research and medical education director Dr J.S. Dalal and health and family welfare director Dr S.P.S. Sohal would be the guests of honour, said association chairman Dr Tejbir Singh.

He said the health scene in the country was changing very fast and the healthcare delivery system had become hi-tech.

However, the medical education had not equipped itself to face the new challenges, Dr Tejbir said, adding that the medical curriculum and other procedures were mainly determined by academicians, while the users’ point of view was not given much importance.

He pointed out that there was an urgent need for an open debate among all the stakeholders, including medical council, medical universities, public health manpower, super-specialists, corporate houses, panchayati raj institutions, NGOs and people at large, to reach a consensus to ensure proper medical education.



3-day zonal animal fest in November
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 19
The department of animal husbandry would organise a three-day zonal animal festival from November 20. This was announced by deputy director Dr Pawan Kumar Gandhi after visiting dairy complexes in Mahal and Ghanupur villages in the district.

Gandhi said Rs 10 lakh would be given to the winners of these competitions. He said contests would also be held in milch animal category and those dairy-owners whose animals have maximum yield would be given the prize money. He said the department has started the procedure of recording the production from September 15 which would continue till October 1. In order to participate in the fair, the dairy owners should register themselves with the department, said Gandhi. Dr Suman Vatty, officer, Khalsa College, said 1,830 fertility injections were given to the buffaloes and cows during the last year. He said the dairy-owners have been benefiting from the schemes announced by the department from time to time. 



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