Pothole pain refuses to go away
Deepkamal Kaur/TNS

Jalandhar, November 13
It’s bad luck for the residents of Chhoti Baradari. The road relaying work, which was to be started by he PUDA this month, has been stalled again, forcing the residents to bear with the potholed roads for some more time. PUDA officials had reportedly even passed estimates and invited tenders for the purpose but the bid were nearly 17 per cent higher than the amount, forcing them to withdraw the deal.

While roads in the adjoining Urban Estate, also developed by PUDA, are currently being relayed, the work in Chhoti Baradari, which urgently requires it, has been kept pending. It has been six years since the residential colony of Chhoti Baradari was developed, the residents rue that they still have not been provided the basic amenities.

The condition of the roads is so bad that car drivers try to take the roadsides to avoid jerks. The condition of the road along the edge of the colony leading to the Gurjaipal Nagar crossing, which is otherwise commonly frequented by those trying to cross over from the Garha Road side to Cool Road, is even worse.

The repair of this road has become all the more important, especially after an increasing pressure on the Garha level crossing due to the Khalsa College ROB construction work. A community hall shown in the plan by the officials has yet not been constructed. Stray dogs and cattle roam about the colony, adding to the residents’ woes.

Residents have said even as they had been paying heavy development charges, the authorities have deprived them of the essential services.

BS Uppal, chief of Residents’ Welfare Society, Chhoti Baradari-II, said more than 75 per cent of the total 334 allottees had either completed construction of the houses or were on the verge of completion. A.K. Sikka, additional chief administrator, PUDA, said the allotment of work was to be done by his senior officials. He said they were working out on costs so that the project could be executed at the earliest.



‘Political interference has changed concept of student bodies’
Kusum Arora/TNS

Jalandhar, November 13
The functioning of various student organisations has come under scanner following a recent clash between the members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and students of the local Lyallpur Khalsa College here on Wednesday.

Though these organisations are meant to give voice to students’ issues and grievances, but of late political interference by some outfits has changed the very concept of the student organisations. The incident has taken place at a time when politicians are urging the youth to join politics at the state and the central levels.

The Tribune spoke to some student organisations on their role in educational institutions. Leader of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) Dharmendra Sharma said, “These organisations are formed with a motive to bring students’ problems to the fore. But at times, outside elements create a trouble in the functioning of the organisation. And so far as the joining of politics is concerned the students are actually interested to come ahead but they are confused about making a political career ahead. At times, the students are used in the name of politics and things get out of the hands.”

District president of the ABVP Bharat Malhotra, who led the ABVP activists at Khalsa College, said though what happened yesterday was unfortunate but they wanted to make one thing clear that the ABVP was not a political wing of any party. “Often people connect our name with the BJP. But the fact is that the ABVP is the only registered organisation in India, rest are part of various political parties. We have our own agendas, which include student welfare and raising voice against social problems. And we believe in the fact that student power is nation power,” he said.

Further talking about the clash, he said it was the outcome of a misunderstanding between both the groups. “Even we wanted a peaceful procession. As it was a nationwide bandh, therefore many other colleges, too, accepted our demands. However, we regret the violent attack,” he maintained.

“Though a majority of the members of these groups say that discipline and student welfare are the foremost issues for them, but some students do maintain liaison with political leaders and we do not see anything wrong in that. After all it is an individual’s decision to join politics,” said Malhotra.

It is pertinent to mention here that after 1983 Punjab never witnessed any student elections, despite the fact that all organisations, including students’, are in favour of the same.

Leader of the Student Organisation of India (SOI) Gurpreet Singh Raju said, “We have been raising our voice against social problems, including drugs, female foeticide, pollution, environment conservation and much more. Recently, we also worked for the ‘Nanhi Chaa’ project and distributed saplings.” “But we are totally against the yesterday’s clash. The violence could have been more serious had the police not intervened in the matter. And we should not forget that education is the first priority of the students. They are part of educational institution first and politics later,” he added.

NGO raises concern
Tribune Nwes Service

Jalandhar, November 13
Raising their concern over increasing number of cases of violence in the city, the representatives of NGO Uprala today demanded strict police action against all those indulging in such anti-social activities.

Members of the NGO cited growing number of such cases in schools and colleges, mentioning such a case two days back in Doaba College. They said frequent exposure of students to violent incidents on their campuses could have a negative impact on their minds.

President of the NGO Anil Vashisht even called for revoking of FIRs against anti-social elements in the last five years and giving them an exemplary punishment for indulging in forceful bandhs and violent agitations. He gave an ultimatum of December 15 to the police officials saying that in case they failed take strict action against them, they would file a PIL on the matter.

A Congress representative and an office-bearer of the NGO, Sanjay Sehgal, said the youngsters needed to taught ways to lodge their protest on the Gandhian pattern. “Rather than violating human rights laws by creating terror and forcefully getting educational institutes and commercial establishments closed, the youth can always hold peaceful demonstrations,” he urged.



Industrialists seek more time to submit `C’ forms
Dharmendra Joshi/TNS

Jalandhar, November 13
Industrialists have sought one-year time to submit `C’ forms for the financial year 2007-08 from the Jalandhar district excise and taxation commissioner.

In a letter written to district excise and taxation commissioner, the convener of northern chamber of small and medium industries Narinder Singh Saggo stated that the industrialists were not in a position to produce `C’ forms at present as their clients were scattered across the country. “The clients have yet to receive the above said forms from their respective departments. Then only they will be able to send the same to industrialists,” he added.

Moreover, the market was very dull due to financial crisis.

As a result, huge payments for the fiscal 07-08 were yet to be collected, said the letter.

In this scenario, the industrialists of Jalandhar certainly need more time to deposit their forms, said Saggo, adding that they were hopeful that the district excise and taxation commissioner would provide them relief by extending the deadline. 



First kabaddi Olympics in Pb
Dharmendra Joshi/TNS

Sultanpur Lodhi, November 13
The first kabaddi Olympics will soon be held in Punjab in which several foreign teams, including those of the UK, Canada and the USA, will participate.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal stated this while addressing a gathering during the 54th Punjab state circle style kabaddi tournament organised under the aegis of the education department at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Badal said the winner team of the kabaddi Olympics would be given Rs one crore, whereas the runners-up team would be provided Rs 50 lakh. The team coming third would be given Rs 25 lakh.

Games would be given a boost in the state under the new sports policy, he said, adding that separate funds would be arranged for constructing sports stadiums in villages.

Giving an example of a girl who had won gold medal in shooting in the Commonwealth Games, Badal said he had practiced at shooting range at his native village Badal. He said villagers should get inspiration form the girl and should try to get outstanding achievement in different sports.

Expressing good wishes on Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary, Badal said his teachings of brotherhood and welfare of mankind were not only for Sikhs or Punjabis, but also for the entire world. Education minister Dr Upinderjeet Kaur also spoke.



Training course for defence aspirants
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 13
The District Sainik Welfare Office (DSWO) is going to start the next training course for defence aspirants from November 24. Wards of ex-servicemen, Training course for defence aspirants

war widows, serving defence personnel would be given preference. Aspirants from weaker sections of the society would also be given priority.

Deputy director of DSWO Lieut-Col (retd) Manmohan Singh said during last seven months the army has carried out large-scale recruitment drives in various parts of the state. “At present, the candidates are under training for the upcoming recruitment drive for Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran, to be held at Khasa from December 2 to 10.The next army drive would be held in January and February 2009”, he added.

The candidates from far-off places would be given free hostel facilities. Interested candidates can report at the DSWO office, said the officer.



Young World
Khalsa College girl tops BPT exam
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 13
The students of physiotherapy department of Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, bagged top positions in the Guru Nanak Dev University examination. Roopdeep Kaur of BPT-I scored 768 marks, while Bhawanjot Kaur got 700 marks out of 1100 to bag first and fourth positions, respectively.

Similarly, Sania Josan of BPT-II stood first by scoring 600 marks, while Meenakshi Sharma scored 591 marks out of 1100 and stood second.

Hindi workshop

The CT Public School in association with Pearson Longman organised a workshop on ‘Effective Teaching of Hindi in Classroom’ for the faculty members on November 12. Teachers from 30 different CBSE schools from Jalandhar and around participated in the event. The workshop was organised by manager of Pearson Longman, Gaurav Bhardwaj. Chief resource person of the workshop Manik Govind Chaturvedi spoke at length on Hindi language.


The arts department of Trinity College organised an inter-school mega event ‘Artistry 2008’ on November 10. During the function, the students participated in various cultural events, including lok geet, group dance, skit, poetry, recitation and declamation. St Joseph School clinched the overall trophy. Father Thomas Valiaparampie inaugurated the function.

Shabad Gyan contest

The St Soldier Divine Public School, Kapurthala Road, organised an inter-house Shabad Gyan competititon to mark the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev on November 10. Harjinder Singh of Maharana Partap House stood first, while Harpreet and Vikram of the same house stood second and third, respectively. Vice-chairperson Sangeeta Chopra urged the students to apply the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev in their life.

Education day

National education day was celebrated at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

An elocution contest on the topic ‘Role of education in society’ was organised in which the first year students took part. Varun Verma of mechanical engineering was declared the winner, while Harsimran Singh of electrical and communication engineering was the first runners up.

The NSS officer Kaushik called Maulana Azad a great freedom fighter besides being an educationist and a scholar. A documentary displaying the diversity and unity of India was also shown. The director of DAVIET CL Kocher said Maulana Azad was in favour of a secular India. 



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