150 special children take part in sports meet
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
Fate has been cruel to 13-year-old Manisha. Her parents abandoned her right after her birth for she suffered from a problem of outward protrusion of her chest bones and breathlessness.

But Sisters at the Sanjoepuram Children’s Village in Faridabad took care of her. The ailment adversely affected her physical growth. She has a short stature but her mental development is far better than any child of her age.

At a sports meet for the physically and mentally challenged children organised by Roshni, a Rajpura-based NGO, at Trinity College here, Sister Maggi and Sister Roselit, accompanying her from the centre, said Manisha was an exceptionally brilliant, obedient and a soft-spoken child. The little wonder took home a second prize in the 50-metre race for the special children today.

Nearly 150 physically and mentally challenged children of NGOs from Rajpura, Pathankot, Faridabad, Panchkula, Nabha, Una, Jammu, Dabwali and Gorakhpur participated in the sports meet today. Various events included wheelchair race, long jump, 50-m race, 100-m race, softball throw and shot put.

Ashok Philamon, a polio-affected youngster who has recently undergone a corrective surgery with support from Roshni, said he was now teaching terrorism-affected children in Kargil and surrounding areas. Polio-affected Rajpura resident Hardeep (24) said he, too, undertook education under the aegis of Roshni.

“The NGO helped me get a mobile STD which I take to a chemical industry complex daily. I manage to earn Rs 250 a day, which suffices my day-to-day expenses,” he said before participating in a wheelchair race.

A mentally challenged girl, Anchal from Prem Ashram in Una, enjoyed the Bollywood numbers played during the function. Busy in her own world, she did not miss a single beat of the songs as she danced by the side of the long jump pit.

Father Thomas K.J, director, Roshni, said the event was an effort to bring together the children with unique needs, make them interact and realise their own potential.



Groundwater Table Trouble
MC gets ‘serious’ about rainwater harvesting
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
Taking a harsh decision, the town planning section of the municipal corporation on Wednesday issued directives to the owners of all under-construction commercial buildings coming up in an area exceeding 500 sq yds to install a rainwater harvesting system, failing which they will not be issued a completion certificate.

Since the owners of the buildings will not be able to start their operations legally without a completion certificate, this will ensure an effective implementation of the new bylaws, officials believe.

The directions have come for six categories of buildings, including multiplex/cinema halls, shopping malls, hotels/resorts/marriage palaces, apartments, hospitals or any commercial building in an area exceeding 500 sq yds.

The town planning section checked upcoming commercial buildings, including three multiplexes - Viva Collage, near Paragpur, MGF (owned by Lotus Bawa group) at Guru Ravi Dass Chowk and MBD Neopolis, near BMC Chowk.

The builders of all these multiplexes with the covered area stretching beyond 2000 sq yds were told to adhere to the norms such as setting up of an independent sewage treatment plant and a set of at least four rainwater harvesting systems in each corner or alternatively get ready to face the consequences.

The officials opine, “When all the multiplex builders have invested huge amounts of money on setting up four screens each, Rs 2.5 lakh spent on the rainwater harvesting, which goes a long way in ensuring water-logging in the area, is a mere trickle. While Viva has gone down three storeys for a triple basement parking, the other two have two underground storeys for accommodating at least 300 cars. Such buildings with a footfall of over 1,000 persons at a time have to get their own sewage treatment plants.”

The officials also took a round of upcoming, spacious shopping complexes, including Shagun Arcade (in front of Hotel President), one being constructed by Amardeep Samra (son of Nakodar MLA) near Spice office on GT Road and another at Ambedkar Chowk by G.S. Builders. Similar directions have been issued to mall owners.

Municipal town planner Murari Dutt Sharma reasoned that putting up of the rainwater harvesting system had become a dire need these days.

“Earlier there were a lot of vacant plots which used to soak the rainwater and recharge the groundwater table. Now there has been a massive construction around and water recharge is only possible through such systems in the rooftops or open ground pits.”



Vigil On Villains
Plan to install 175 CCTVs in city
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
In an effort to review security arrangements of the city, the city police will shortly install 175 close circuit TVs at various strategic points. The police authorities have even sent a proposal in this pretext to the police department.

After blasts in various states, the Punjab police had called a meeting of top police officers of the state recently to review the security arrangements throughout the state.

Taking precautionary security measures, it was decide that CCTVs could be of great use in keeping a close vigil on anti-social elements at public and other sensitive places.

The Punjab police, as a result of the meeting, had asked all district heads of the department to submit their proposal reports listing number of strategic points and other related opinions for making effective security arrangements of the city policing plans.

The ministry of home affairs (MHF) had already directed all states for introducing policing plan in mega cities to avert any untoward incident.

Sources in the department claimed that the Punjab police planned to introduce the CCTVs as they had proved helpful in nabbing anti-social elements involved in many cases.

Talking to The Tribune, SSP P.K. Rai revealed that following directions of the department, a proposal had been sent to the office of the director-general of Punjab police in this context.

He claimed that almost 170 strategic points had been identified in and around the city for setting up of the CCTVs.

Rai, however, claimed that there was a proposal to rope in big business houses, mall owners, civic bodies, improvement trusts, development authorities, market welfare associations, resident welfare associations, industrialists and other traders in the project.

“The project is in the initial stage and much is needed to be added to it to provide better policing to the city residents,” feels the SSP.

Experts, however, has raised certain points regarding availability of manpower with the police department, networking for the CCTVs, funds, infrastructure and many other technical hurdles to make the project a success.



Kapurthala Heritage Fest takes off today
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
The seventh Baba Jassa Singh Kapurthala Heritage Festival will begin tomorrow. The three-day festival, taking place at Jagatjit Palace at Kapurthala from November 7 to 9, will encounter performances by ace artistes.

The inaugural day of the festival will see the coming together of the serene notes of Bhai Nirmal Singh, the classical strains of Pt Ajay Pohankar and the sufi genius of Wadali Brothers.

Pt Sandeep Das and Shubh Maharaj will bring rhythm into the air followed by the grace of Padma Sri Shovana Narayan on the second day and the concluding day will see performances by sitar maestro Purbayan Chatterjee and the folk and sufiana kalam by Pakistan-based artiste Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan.

While talking to The Tribune, DC, Kapurthala, J.M. Balamurgan, said, “An exhibition of paintings, photographs, and sculptures would also take place at Virsa Vihar during the festival. As many as 700 students would be taking part in the painting competition to be held on the occasion.”

Talking about the main event, he said, “There would be no stalls selling traditional items at the main venue this time as we want the focus to be only on music.”



FM Rainbow to begin SMS service
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
FM Rainbow, the only live channel of the city, has started SMS service for the direct participation of the listeners in live phone-in programmes.

Under this programme the listeners would be able to send messages on 5676744 and provide a platform to the target listeners for sharing their opinion on different issues.

Addressing a press conference, station director B.C. Panwar said the introduction of the SMS service would help in saving time and would have more public participation. The programme, including SMS facility, is greetings which would be aired in between programme “Rainbow Dhamal” (8.40 to 9 am), “Chak De Dholia” and “Road Show” (daily 5 pm to 6 pm).

The others include “Think Zara Hat Ke” which would be aired from 6 pm to 7 pm. Similarly, “Dial Out” would be aired daily from 1 pm to 2 pm.

Another programmes, “Chand Ke Sath Sath” and “Rang-e-Ghazal”, would be aired from every Sunday to Friday from 10 pm to 11 pm.



Doc replaces 91-yr-old woman’s knee
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
Dr Harpreet Singh, joint replacement surgeon at Orthonova Hospital, Jalandhar, added another feather to his cap by performing a rare knee replacement operation on 91-year-old Kirpal Kaur.

A resident of Moga, Kirpal Kaur had been suffering from severe pain for a long time. Though she undertook various treatments, she was not able to walk properly.

Dr Harpreet examined her and replaced her knee with the computer-assistant navigation system and created a history in medical science. Despite her age, now the elderly lady is free of her knee pain and able to walk easily.



Sangha to accompany hockey team to Pak
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
International hockey umpire G.S. Sangha has been deputed as umpire to accompany the India Junior U-21 hockey team which would be playing a test series of five matches in Pakistan.

He is a D.P.Ed teacher at the Government Senior Secondary School, Hazara, here. The team will assemble in Amritsar on November 8 to proceed to Pakistan on November 10.

Badminton players selected

The Punjab Badminton Association has selected players for mini and sub-junior national badminton championship being organised in Patna from November 10 to 16.

Players selected: under-16 boys - Rupinder Singh (Ropar), Kawaldeep Singh (Sangrur) and Chanpreet Singh (Sangrur); under-16 girls - Staffi Kala (Ludhiana) and Daman Preet (Sangrur); under-13 boys - Ramandeep Singh (Ropar), Sumit Sharma (Gurdaspur), Ayush (Amritsar) and Rahul (Amritsar); under-13 girls - Muskan Sohi (Sangrur) and Anshika (Patiala).



Young World
City students get martial arts training in USA
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
A nine-member team of students of classes V to XII of Police DAV Public School attended an international martial art training camp at Mesa, Phoenix, USA.

It was held from October 14 to 28. They were accompanied by their team manager Dilbagh Singh. The students were awarded certificates of participation and trophies.

Students awarded

BD Arya Girls College, Jalandhar Cantonment, celebrated its annual prize distribution function on Wednesday. As many as 60 university toppers and merit holders were given prizes on the occasion.

Red Ribbon Express

As many as 50 students of the NSS, Red Cross and the Red Ribbon Society of HMV College visited Red Ribbon Express at Jalandhar railway station with programme officer Dr Mahima Khosla and Kuljit Kaur on November 3.

The event was jointly organised by NAICO, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Youth Welfare Department and State AIDS Control Society Punjab for creating awareness among the masses. The students also held an interactive session with the students.

Course concludes

A three-week course for the first batch of 45 students of the KMV School of Personality Development, Jalandhar, concluded here on Monday, while the second batch commenced on November 3.

The brainchild of principal Atima Sharma, the course is being conducted free of cost for the all round development of the students.

Anti-drugs rally

A rally against drugs was organised at St. Soldier Co-education College. After the flag-off, the rally of approximately 400 students moved to Lidhran village where Sarpanch Surinder Singh and other panchayat members led the rally.

Students wore black gowns and carried banners with slogans like “Sabka ek hi nara ho, nasha mukt desh hamara ho”, “nasha chhudao, zindagi bachao”, “drugs are poison”, “leave drugs”, etc.

Fancy dress contest

A fancy dress competition of tiny tots was held at St. Soldier Divine Public School, Model House, on Thursday. The theme was candies and choclates.

Students gave their performance in different attractive dresses. Eshita stood first and Dollsy second in this competition.

Sandwich Day

Students of St Soldier Hotel Management and Catering Technology celebrated “Sandwich Day” on Monday.

On this occasion, the students of hotel management - fifth year and first year - made 15 varieties of sandwiches.


Guru Nanak National College, Nakodar, celebrated Virasat-2008 in which students presented traditional Punjabi dances like “jhoomar”, “sammi”, bhangra and “suhag”.

Principal Jaspal Singh highlighted the importance of the Punjabi culture and traditions in our lives. 



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