House Agenda
MC plans satellite survey of its area
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 25
The municipal corporation has planned to get a satellite survey of its geographical area conducted from the Centre for Computation Engineering (CCE), PEC, Chandigarh, at a cost of more than Rs 55 lakh. The plan is one of the 138 proposals listed in the agenda of the MC house meeting scheduled to be held this Friday.

The plan is aimed at updating the city’s data. The job that is likely to be executed by the CCE, a part of the Chandigarh administration, includes calculation of the number of units in the city, their categorisation as residential or commercial areas, their use for self or rental purposes, name of the owner, total area of each plot, covered area of the plot, number of storeys, number of occupants in the unit, type of water connection which could be given by the MC or own, number of taps, sewage connection given by the corporation or own arrangement, number of toilet seats and whether the building plans have been sanctioned or not.

The expenditure of the plan has been split as Rs 5 lakh for cost of software, Rs 3.5 lakh as cost of Quick Bird Satellite Image and Rs 47.16 lakh for 102 sq km ground truthing of two lakh units in the city.

As per the terms and conditions, 40 per cent of the payment will have to be paid in advance along with the work order, 35 per cent on completion of ground truthing and door-to-door survey of the city, 15 per cent on the development of customised GIS software and 10 per cent payment on the delivery of all details.

The MC also has plans to sell off its lands. The main site on the agenda is the one on the 120-foot road between Babreek Chowk and Babu Jagjeevan Ram Chowk. Of the total 15.7 acres, it has proposed to sell off 65 kanal and 3 marla space except the areas earmarked for one-acre Bhagwan Valmik Bhawan, one acre of Guru Ravidass Bhawan, 13 kanal and 15 marla of Dasehra Ground and 3 acres of Adarsh School, approach roads and parks.

The other sites include 27 kanal 11 marla in Basti Bawa Khel on Kapurthala Road, 12 kanal 8 marla at Dhobi Ghat, unspecified part of 506 kanal 15 marla at Burlton Park, 21 kanal 18 marla of Dhanowal village and 10 kanal 2 marla in Paragpur village on the GT Road. The MC will propose before the house to either hold a public auction or transfer these to PUDA and the Improvement Trust.

The proposal also includes subsequent auction of other sites that have been in the MC’s possession for the past 70 to 80 years and are in the process of being transferred to the MC. These sites include 5 kanal 5 marla near Madan Flour Mill, the MC’s main office of 120 kanal 19 marla, old tehsil near Rainak Bazaar in 18 kanal 17 marla space, 71 kanal 13 marla on the back of the Model Town mayor house, green belt of industrial area measuring 72 kanal 4 marla, open space near Model Town chowki of 5 kanal 16 marla, 8 kanal 8 marla near Garha disposal along Nakodar rail line.

The other issues on the agenda include automation of tubewells, survey of sewers using CCTV cameras and their desilting using machines, appointment of 21 teachers in seven schools handed over to the MC and declaration of undeclared areas, including Dashmesh Nagar, New Dashmesh Nagar, Friend’s Avenue, Dashmesh Avenue, Lohar Nangal, DC Colony, Punjab Bagh, Kalgidhar Colony, Lahor Nangal and Bombay Nagar, after taking development charges.



Cultural Bonanza
Welcome to the Odissi class
Aparna Banerji
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 25
One steps into the auditorium with the mood building up for an Odissi recital. The exceptionally silent audience is ardently listening to the decked-up artiste delivering something of a lecture on the stage.

What an ignorant viewer initially dismisses as a mundane introductory speech commonplace at recitals, on closer attention turns out to be a chain of carefully chosen, insightful words forming something of an odyssey through the origin and life of Odissi itself.

Odissi exponent Ranjana Gauhar mesmerised the crowd with her performance organised by SpicMacay at KMV College here today.

A Padmashree awardee, Gauhar did not just perform.

She told a story like a grandmother would narrate a fairytale (with a moral) to her little grandchildren not just to provide them with an evening’s entertainment but also to teach them a lesson in morality and goodness.

The focus here being the youth of the country being introduced to the heritage and culture of the country.

The Odissi recital had pearls of wisdom intermittently thrown in for the students to have a peek into their rich culture. Gauhar introduced the students to the creation of the Natya Ved 2,000 years ago, the Maharis (devdasis) or the dancing girls at the Temple of Lord Jagannath who pleased their lord like a bride would please the groom.

The recital was something of a teacher talking to her class and an artiste performing on stage, woven together.

Starting the recital with Amoman Mangalacharan, she explained the importance of Shiva or Nataraja in the Indian classical dance to students.

Gauhar, who herself considers Odissi ultimate in devotion and a medium which gives meaning to her life, said, “The problem with today’s generation is that it is too distracted and confused and lacks the drive and focus to pursue the arts in its purest form.”

“Pursuing dance requires tapasya and sacrifice which this generation is not ready to make,” said the artist, researcher and author who has also made several documentaries for Dooradarshan.

The second session of the recital saw her performing the Pallavi Saveri, equating it with the dance which blooms like a flower. With her talking eyes and graceful movements, it sure did. “Odissi is a dance of curves,” she told the students while randomly calling in students from the audience on the stage to demonstrate the difference among Odissi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam.

Her final act was a performance on “Dheer sammere Yamuna teere” from an Ashtpadhi from Geetgovindam written by the 12th century poet Jaidev. While emphasising that this was a dance of nature, in a manner as subtle as Odissi itself, she brought forth the message of a cleaner environment in front of the audience.



Cong leader hurt in bid to honour Rahul
Dharmendra Joshi/TNS

Jalandhar, September 25
A former general secretary of the District Congress Committee (DCC), Parveen Sharma, sustained injuries in an attempt to honour All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Rahul Gandhi as the latter’s Tata Safari dragged the former several metres near Kapurthala Chowk here on Wednesday.

Narrating the incident, the former DCC general secretary told The Tribune that several Congressmen, including a former Punjab minister, Avtar Henry, gathered at Kapurthala Chowk to welcome Rahul Gandhi on his way to DAVIET (DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology) from Red Cross Bhawan.

When Rahul’s cavalcade crossed Kapurthala Chowk, the vehicles slowed down. He gripped Rahul’s Tata Safari vehicle from the back in an attempt to present him a robe of honour. But instead of stopping the vehicle, the driver pressed the accelerator.

As a result, the vehicle dragged him about 100 m between Kapurthala Chowk and Workshop Chowk. He sustained injuries on his legs and arms, he added.

When Rahul realised that a Congress worker was being dragged by his vehicle, he directed the driver to stop the vehicle. Following which, Rahul alighted from his Tata Safari, hugged him and inquired about his health. “Kya baat ho gai, chot to nahin lagi” (What happened, have you sustained injuries?), Rahul asked him.

Ignoring his injuries, Parveen Sharma presented him a robe of honour. Later a former Congress councillor, Mohinder Singh Gullu, took him to a private hospital from where he was discharged after medication.

A resident of Gopal Nagar, Parveen Sharma, said, “Had Rahul not descended from his vehicle, my heart would have broken. Now I have forgotten all the pain I underwent at the time of being dragged.”



Young World
DAVIET students win ‘Vaad Vivad’ contest
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 25
Students of the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology have won Doordarshan Kendra’s programme “Vaad Vivad” - a reality show, last Friday. The programme aimed at sensitising the issues of social relevance for the people of Punjab. The first-year students, Sarbrinder Singh of the mechanical engineering stream and Navneet Kaur Bal of the information technology department, secured the first position for speaking in favour and against the given topic, “Immigration - A boon or a bane”. Prof C.L. Kochher, director-cum-principal of DAVIET, appreciated the creative talent of the students.

Cultural fest

On the concluding day of the three-day cultural fest SpicMacay at Lovely Professional University, the vocal duo of Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra offered a music lovers’ delight in a riveting “jugalbandi”. They brought the audience to their feet with the marvellous display of classical vocal talent. The previous two days featured sarod maestro Biswajeet Rao Chaudhary and Padamshree Ranjana Gauhar, a popular exponent of Odissi.

Workshop held

The St. Soldier Management and Technical Institute, Kapurthala, organised a workshop on September 23 to improve the communication skills and personality of the MBA students. Education fficer from Dream Weavers and chairman of the group urged the students to develop leadership qualities so as to survive in the corporate sector.

Colour contest

A camel colour contest was organised on September 22 by Camlin India at CT Public School in which students from classes I to X took part. The contest was categorised in four groups, “Festival I love”, “My Favourite School”, “Our Cultural Heritage” and “India-2020”.

Career counselling

A career-counseling programme was held at Government Arts and Sports College on September 22. Resource person deputy director, Employment Office, Usha Kapoor said the students should get their names registered with the Employment Exchange for more job avenues.

Health problems

The health department and the Government Arts and Sports College organised a seminar on female health problems on September 24 to create awareness among the students about various women health problems. The seminar was addressed by Dr Sarita Suri, gynaecologist at the local civil hospital.

Hindi Divas

The Apeejay College of Fine Arts organised a “kavi darbar” on the occasion of Hindi Divas on September 24 in association with the State Bank of India, NRI branch. Vikram Dutta, a visually impaired student and university position holder, was honoured for his contribution to Hindi and was presented a harmonium.

Similarly, the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, celebrated Hindi Divas. A group discussion was also held on “Significance of Hindi and scope of development”.

KMV College too observed Hindi Divas on September 22. Former professor and head of the department of Hindi, Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr Om Awasthy, and former professor and dead of the department of Hindi Dr Rajpal spoke at length on the role of Hindi as the national language.

Punjabi topper

Satvir Kaur, a student of Punjabi (hons)-III of the Prem Chand Markanda S.D. College for Women, stood first in Guru Nanak Dev University by securing 556 marks out of 800.

Reading contest

The Mendleev Society of Chemistry of Lyallpur Khalsa College organised a paper-reading contest on the Indo-US nuclear deal, Singur TATA conflict and Hindu-Muslim clashes. A batch installation ceremony of the office-bearers of the society was also held for the current academic session. Asma stood first while Annie bagged the second position followed by Rashmi.

Apeejay toppers

Swati, a student of bachelor of performing art-I of the Apeejay College of Fine Arts bagged the first position in Guru Nanak Dev University by securing 464 marks out of 650. Similarly, Shaveta, a student of bachelor of performing art-III of the same college stood first in the university by securing 524 marks out of 650. In another achievement, Ridhima Walia, also a student of the same college scored 2792 marks out of 3150 in the BMM-IV examination.

Medical camp

About 40 cadets of the NCC and Bharat Scouts and Guides of the local State Public School organised a free medical camp at Gauns Street on Wednesday. A mobile medical care van was provided by HelpAge India. About 100 patients were given free medical assistance, including medicines. School principal Jaswinder Singh Riar expressed the desire to organise such camps in future also.


The fourth Punjab state karate championship was organised at the Lions Club on Sunday in which 14 institutions like Sanjay Karate School, MGN Kapurthala, CJS Public School and Fighters Club took part. The 13-member team of State Public School, Nakodar, won six medals. Amanpreet Singh got the gold medal in the below 25-kg category, Pushpinder Singh and Taranvir got the silver and broze medals, respectively, in the below 40-kg category, while Livleen won the bronze medal in the 30-35-kg category.



Janhit Chetna Andolan
BSP flays UPA, Punjab govts for ‘failures’
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 25
As part of its district-level rallies against the UPA government at the Centre and the SAD-BJP government in Punjab, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) held a rally here on Wednesday.

District-level rallies in Punjab are being held as part of the BSP’s nationwide public awareness movement (Janhit Chetna Andolan) against unemployment and inflation.

Addressing the rally, BSP national general secretary and in charge of Punjab affairs Narinder Kashyap held the Congress responsible for the steep hike in the prices of essential commodities, unemployment among youth and miserable condition of the poor.

Claiming that only the BSP could take care of all the sections of society, Kashyap said the Congress was running its government at the centre with the support of big industrialists and was framing its policies to appease them.

Further claiming that BSP president Mayawati would be the next Prime Minister, he alleged that some BJP Lok Sabha members either voted in favour of the UPA government or abstained from voting at the time of a trust motion presented by the Manmohan Singh government in Parliament in an attempt that the BSP chief could not become the Prime Minister.

Kashyap said 50 lakh jobs under the reservation category were lying vacant but no attempt was being made to fill these posts by the government. BSP state president Avtar Singh Karimpuri flayed the SAD-BJP government for its ‘failure’ on every front. He alleged that the ruling SAD had issued direction to its intelligence department to prepare a list of anti-social elements who could rig the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll in favour of the SAD.



Walking for peace and love

Phagwara , September 25
He claims to have been walking for 21 years to spread the value of “inner power and universal goodness” among the youth and working professionals. Inder Mohan Gupta (50), an M. Phil in Hindi from Aligarh Muslim University, claimed he had so far covered 43,086 km on foot and crossed 12 states in his quest to spread the message of peace and love among people.

Calling himself a “pedestrian missionary”, Gupta said he was doing his Ph.D when he felt the inner desire to begin his walking mission.

“In the past 21 years, I have walked through 12 states, including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana and I am presently in Punjab,” he said.

“Kapurthala district is the 210th district of the country which I had covered after spending a night in Nawanshahr district,” he said. He usually spends the night in gurdwaras or temples.

Gupta said he met his family members regularly in Bharatpuri, Ram Nagar, Nainital and Uttarakhand. “But whenever I break my walking to go back to my family by train or other transport, I resume my journey from the very place I had left walking,” he said. He said that with his heavy haversack, he walked about 20 km or more in a day. “Since Punjab has great density of population and much congestion, my walking distance gets reduced and I had to rest after walking less than 20 km,” he said. Gupta said he had addressed thousands of students of hundreds of educational institutions, besides employees, during these 21 years. He claimed that nothing unpleasant had happened so far with him during his odyssey. — PTI



52 state students get through NTSE exams
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 25
As many as 52 class X and class VIII students of Punjab won the National Talent Search Scholarship in 2007-08 examinations conducted by NCERT, New Delhi.

Deputy director, Satinder Kaur, in a press note released here today said it is a matter of great pride that the number of successful candidates from Punjab has increased this year due to the efforts of various subject experts of the State Institute of Science Education, Chandigarh.

The students were given special coaching by the staff of science education under the guidance of the director SCERT (Punjab).

Results of Class X: Amritsar (2), Bathinda (1), Patiala (2), Kapurthala (1), Nawashahr (1), Ferozepur (1), Jalandhar (25), Faridkot (7), Gurdaspur (2), Sangrur (3), Ludhiana (6) and Barnala (1).

Class VIII: Mohali (1), Ropar (1), Sangrur (2), Patiala (1), Jalandhar (15), Faridkot (23), Ludhiana (9).

Similarly, seven class X students of Apeejay School have also brought laurels to their intuition by qualifying for the prestigious NTSE exam at the national level.

The scholars include Ojas Gulati, Aruah Pasricha, Sarvesh Sahota, Sanyam Mehra, Karan Jain, Siddarth Attri and Umang Nanda.



12-year-old student crushed to death under PRTC bus
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, September 25
A 12-year-old student of a local school was crushed to death under a PRTC bus here today.

According to the information, Abhijit Singh was crushed to death under a PRTC bus when he was returning on a bicycle to his home in Arfawala Mohalla from his Little Angels School near the Peer Chaudhuria locality on Jalandhar Road.

Abhijit was a class VI student and was the only son of his parents.

Bus driver Pritam Singh has been arrested and a first information report (FIR) registered in this regard at city police station.

The body of Abhijit Singh has been sent to the civil hospital for a post-mortem examination.



Aptech, LPU hold seminar on Java
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 25
Aptech Computer, in association with Lovely Professional University, organised a seminar on “Java - Then and Now” here yesterday.

The seminar was conducted by Sun subject matter expert and member of the architecture solutions team in Sun Microsystems, Srinidhi. He spoke at length about the significance of Java in the IT industry.

Executive director, Aptech Limited, R. Krishnan, said, “This seminar is an opportunity to get information about java and its usage from an industry expert. All the software companies have pursued the agenda of pushing certified professionals as this has helped them improve their software sales and also getting in better quality professionals.”



DAV candidates shine in PU senate elections

Jalandhar, September 25
M.L. Aeri, director (colleges), DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, and Junesh Kackria, principal, HMV College, Jalandhar, cleared the quota with first preference vote in the Panjab University senate elections-2008. As many as 42 candidates were in the fray for the elections, including the sitting senators. The total number of votes cast in the election was 66,540 out of which 11,153 were declared invalid. The minimum quota determined for being elected was 3,463, whereas both the DAV candidates Aeri and Kackria got 5,337 and 4,007 votes, respectively.

The other elected candidates include those from the reserved constituencies, Jagpal Singh (Ludhiana), Jarnail Singh (Hoshiarpur) and Rajbans Singh Gill (Chandigarh). — TNS



Functions to mark Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary

Jalandhar, September 25
Scores of functions by political parties and social bodies are scheduled to be held in Jalandhar and Khatkar Kalan to mark the 101st birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh on Saturday and Sunday. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and tourism and cultural affairs minister Hira Singh Gabria are likely to attend the function at the martyr’s ancestral village on that day. An announcement about rechristening of Nawanshahr after Bhagat Singh is also expected on the day. A commemorative coin is also likely to be released during the function.

The Naujawan Bharat Sabha has been holding rallies and meetings to prepare youth from satellite towns like Noormahal, Mehatpur, Nakodar and Kartarpur for the event. A mega event is also expected at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall on the day. — TNS



Compensation announced for deceased’s kin

Jalandhar, September 25
The bodies of six persons, who were mowed down by a truck on the Kartarpur-Kapurthala road late last night, were cremated here this afternoon.

The district administration has given a compensation of Rs 5,000 to each of the kin of the deceased. Expressing sympathies towards the victim families, traders of Kartarpur closed their establishments for a few hours today.

The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against truck driver Balbir Singh, a resident of Tanda. A Kapurthala-bound truck (PB-08-AV-8032) owned by Dips Transport Company, had ploughed through certain jhuggis along the road, crushing five dwellers, Joginder, Ram Das, Rina, Lal Babu and Jeetawa, on the spot, besides critically injuring a cyclist, Paramjit Singh, a resident of Bhaku Nangar. — TNS



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