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Farmers gift land worth crores
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
While those living alongside the Jalandhar bypass are opposing their eviction for constructing a bypass on the National Highway No. 1, a few farmers of various villages in the district have set an example of sorts by giving their agricultural land for development of the Laddowal bypass to the government free of cost.

Acquisitions of private land for development projects always evokes protests from the affected persons but farmers of these villages have readily left 40 square feet of land for the project being undertaken by the PWD (B & R) and not accepted even a single penny in return.

Farmers of Churahpur, Balloke, Laddian Kalan and Barewal Dogran have given 40 square feet of their agricultural fields when it could be sold for Rs 2 crore per acre in this belt.

Among them is a government official who has also left the land for the project in the Balloke village. District Development and Panchayat Officer, Mahinder Singh Grewal is among scores of farmers, who motivated several farmers to donate their land.

"After all it was for a development project. I told the farmers that if a road was going to be constructed, it was only for their benefit. They readily agreed. Now, we are just waiting for the project to be completed," added Grewal.

Another farmer, Gurdeep Singh, who also gave his land, said they decided not to protest against this project. And it is going to see the light of the day soon.

The 9.25 km stretch of Laddowal bypass, starting from the Haibowal Dairy Complex will help commuters from Moga, Jagraon and residents from outer city areas to reach Jalandhar without passing through the mad rush of city.

The project being carried out with the help of NABARD would be completed within six months. Work has already started with the PWD removing the earth at several places. The road would pass through the Haibowal dairy complex and a few villages, including Balloke, Chuharpur, Laddian Kalan, and Barewal Dogran before finally connecting it with the GT Road from Laddowal.

It was a long pending demand of commuters who had to cross the entire city to reach Phillaur and Jalandhar. It would also help in easing the flow of the traffic.

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Sale of illegal meat on rise
Tribune News Service

Khamano/Samrala, January 25
Due to the lack of doctors and a slaughterhouse, the sale of illegally meat is going on in Khamano and Samrala since long.

The meat is being sold without being examined by doctors for the past several years and this has exposed consumers to various kinds of diseases.

A visit to slaughterhouses on the Chawa road, Machhiwara road in Samrala revealed that the animals were being slaughtered in an unhygienic condition in the absence of a doctor.

The municipal council is supposed to appoint a veterinary doctor for thoroughly examining the animals before they were being slaughtered. In lieu of this, the butchers are supposed to give a fixed amount to the council.

Ashok, veterinary doctor, said the meat was being sold in the area for the past several years. Though, the departments concerned were made aware of this through letters but nothing had been done so far.

“We have urged the authorities to construct a slaughter house for the proper monitoring and inspection of animals but nothing has been happened," he added.

Every day at least 50 to 100 animals are being slaughtered in these areas. Officials in Samrala said the council was suffering huge losses in the form of examination fee given by the butchers.

These animals were being sold to the consumers directly and people could fell ill after eating meat of an infected animal. Sources revealed that there were at least 70 butchers who neither obtained any license nor given fees in the absence of a slaughterhouse.

Samrala council president Mahinder Singh said a piece of land had been earmarked for constructing the slaughterhouse.

Efforts are on to open a slaughterhouse in Samrala as soon as possible, he added.

Diseases like cholera, gastroenteritis, tuberculosis and rabies could spread due to the consumption of an infected animal.

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R-Day Checking
Cops, motorists at their worst
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
An ego clash was witnessed between “big shots” of the city and the cops on the eve of the Republic Day today.

The checking of vehicles by the police at various points annoyed motorists.

Some residents, who were politically well connected , could be seen arguing with short-tempered cops over the checking of vehicles and documents.

As a result, the common man suffered following traffic jams at key locations of the city.

Some cops complained: “In the wake of terrorist attacks, we have been given instructions to check suspected vehicles.”

But residents took it as “disrespect” and refused to cooperate with the police. “You tell us. Is it written on the face of someone that he is criminal?” they asked.

At the police barricade near Sherpur Chowk, the police asked a driver to open the door so that the vehicle could be checked. He was also asked to show documents of the vehicle, but the driver called a senior politician to get him past the barricade.

If residents showed scant regard to law, the cops were also their “indecent” best. Commuters alleged that the cops were used foul language and tried to even instigate them by making a mockery of them.

Tajinder Singh, who was returning from Patiala, also complained of humiliation. He alleged that he was stopped at a police check post last evening. “If I have violated any law, they have a right to challan me, but they can’t make fun of anyone. I was retuning home in a pleasant mood after attending a family function, but the entire episode ruined it for me. I felt humiliated,” he said.

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City boy wins gold medal at NASA
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
It was like climbing the first step of the ladder when Divyansh Aggarwal won a gold medal at NASA. An alumnus of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, Divyansh is at present studying at Gurgaon.

“My school gave me a new outlook towards life and gave me many opportunities to develop myself in all aspects. One such opportunity came my way when I was selected for the Global Millenium Development Goals Summit (2008) in Mumbai. But the most important and memorable moment was when I got a chance to visit NASA for a space school engineering programme,” he says.

Twelve students were selected from his school and Divyansh was the group leader. The five-day trip was full of learning and new experiences. “The programme was aimed at the development of astronautical skills. I met and interacted with students from multi-ethnic backgrounds. It was a unique experience,” he says.

The teams were assessed on the basis of projects, tasks and presentations and the competition was tough. They also had to make a mini rocket and launch it with the help of hydrogen fuel, besides constructing a robotic Mars-rover and operating it on a replicated surface of Mars and designing an international space station.

“We also had an astronaut skill training competition in which we were supposed to land the shuttle, dock it and do space walk. I had to take tough decisions and motivate my team for a good score. We worked with dedication to achieve the best results. The programme was designed in such a way that while performing the tasks, I felt that I was in space,” he says.

“We were told that we had set a record for space school engineering programme. We were honoured with a medal and certificate. I was speechless,” he adds with a smile.

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Amritsar-Kochuvelli express on track
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
Among jubilation, the new weekly express train (2483/2484) Amritsar-Kochuvelli-Amritsar (via New Delhi) had its maiden run from Amritsar, picking up passengers from here this morning.

The train was reintroduced on a permanent basis after a successful trial run around a month ago. It would run on every Sunday from Amritsar at 6.05 am while the up train would depart from Kochuvelli (Kerala) on every Wednesday at 8.50 am.

The train would have stoppages at Beas, Jalandhar City, Ludhiana, Ambala Cantt, New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Kota, Vadodara, Surat, Panvel, Madgaon, Mangalore, Kasargod, Kannur, Kozhikkode, Thrisur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Kayankulam and Kollam.

Besides catering to the needs of people hailing from Kerala and providing them access to over half a dozen important destinations in their native state, the train would provide connectivity to other passengers to states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Goa.

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Now, it’s ganda nullah
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
There is hope for Budda Nullah after the matter went to the Punjab and Haryana High Court even as the ganda nullah that flows within the city limits is facing the apathy of the MC.

The nullah flows through Field Ganj, Islam Ganj, Issan Nagri, Kot Alamgir, Amarpura, Kidwai Nagar, Hargobindpura and Mohan Singh Nagar and has become a bane for the old city.

The walls of the nullah which were constructed in 1964 have become fragile and the MC only undertook repair work.

The nullah used to be a seasonal channel once, but thanks to residents and commercial establishments, it has become what it is now.

The MC not only failed to keep a check on people from polluting the channel, but also added to the problem.

A resident, Sanjay Gupta, said: “It’s not the residents who dump garbage and rubbish in the area, but MC employees who are responsible to collect the waste. Since there is no dumping ground in the area, people find it easy to throw waste in the nullah.”

He said the waste was generally thrown during night when no one was around. Residents, small-scale leather units and other commercial establishments were also responsible for the deplorable state of the nullah.

Talking to The Tribune, councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu said lack of will by MC officials was the reason why the project to clean the nullah was still hanging fire.

At the same time, he said the MC had now appointed a special architect for Rs 8 lakh to plan a cover for the nullah and had give him a time frame of three months, which was going to end soon.

Under the project, the sewer that was connected to the nullah would be joined to the main sewerage at a cost of around Rs 16 crore.

“In 2004, a box type design to cover the nullah was passed and the work was initiated, but the contractor, in connivance with MC officials, raised the cost from Rs 16 crore to Rs 32 crore and changed the design to decrease the cost,” he alleged, adding that the facts came to the fore through the RTI and the project was suspended.

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Sukhbir’s Elevation
Candidates feeling demoralised: Grewal
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 25
Political circles have conceived Sukhbir Badal's elevation to the post of the Deputy Chief Minister before the parliamentary elections, as an acceptance of defeat by the SAD-BJP combine before commencement of the election process.

Senior BJP leaders have also termed Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal decision as an autocratic, desperate and uncalled for. They have also joined Opposition leaders in urging the people to cast their votes after considering sequence of events leading to sidelining of senior SAD and BJP leaders and promotion of the Badal's family.

While Opposition leaders, expecting squabbling in the SAD, seemed to be happy over the alliance's decision to elevate Sukhbir Badal to the Deputy Chief Minister immediately, senior BJP leaders were upset that the development had sent a message that the party had accepted its defeat in the ensuing parliamentary election.

"What to talk of impressing people to support candidates being launched by our alliance we are unable to convince our own rank and file," said Sukhminder Singh Grewal, Punjab State BJP Investor Cell chief, whose release on BJP's official website has shocked the policies circles.

Referring to an intelligence input of DGP NPS Aulakh regarding decline in popularity of the government, Sukhminder Singh Grewal apprehended that the development, besides giving an opportunity to Congress leaders for criticising the alliance, would also demoralise activists and supporters of candidates launched by the alliance.

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Bir orders action against polluting units
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 25
The commissioner of the Patiala division, Jasbir Singh Bir, took a strong note against the pollution emitting units at Mandi Gobindgarh during his maiden visit to the city at an athletics meet yesterday.

The meet was held at Gobindgarh Public School (GPS) and Bir was to distribute prizes among the winners of the meet. After reaching the school, he saw a large number of pollution emitting units around the school.

He marked an enquiry to the deputy commissioner in this connection through SDM, Amloh, Poonamdeep Kaur, who was present during the occasion.

The area residents and school students were suffering from the dense pollution emitted from five to six factories situated in the vicinity.

He told the officials present to submit the report of the pollution department in his office at the earliest.

He also expressed shock over the amount of pollution being emitted by the factories.

He asked the deputy commissioner to visit these factories along with the officials of the pollution control board and take stringent action against the violators.

Bir also expressed his concerns over the health of the schoolchildren and the people residing in the area, besides the factory workers.

Meanwhile, Pratibha Sethi was announced the best athlete among girls and Jasvinder Singh was declared winner among the boys in the athletics meet.

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Kler cautions against irregular heart beat
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
Internationally-acclaimed cardiologist and head of cardiology at Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre TS Kler has asked the people to remain cautious against irregular heart beat which, at times, could even prove fatal.

In his key note address at a CME on "Cardiac Arrhythmias" organised by the Ludhiana Nursing Homes and Hospitals Association here yesterday evening, he said bradycardia (slow heart rate) could be managed with the help of pace maker but for those suffering from tachycardia (fast heart rate) extreme caution ought to be exercised since the condition could be a pointer to serious and multiple complications.

"An average 10 per cent of the population suffers from irregular heart rate and tachycardia manifests itself with symptoms of restlessness, chest pain and sometimes even unconsciousness. The patients with faster heart rate should be immediately put on medication and follow-up examination after through clinical examination as well as other diagnostic tests," he added.

On increasing incidence of cardiac diseases, Kler, who had performed angioplasty on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2004, remarked that major factors included sedentary life style, unhealthy eating habits, high stress level and urbanisation. He advised that people, particularly those with high risk factors, should engage in physical activity, regular exercise, yoga and adopt a healthy diet to keep heart diseases at bay.

The CME was presided over by Manmohan Singh, president, Punjab Medical Council. In his address, he appreciated the role of the association in conducting such interactive programmes as these were the need of the hour. He advised the doctors to get themselves re-registered before March 2009 because those not on the register of the PMC after this date will not be able to continue their practice.

Narotam Dewan, secretary of the association, while welcoming the delegates and dignitaries, elaborated about the activities of the body. He said a quarterly medical news bulletin would l be published by the association. He also outlined a tentative mechanism for protecting member doctors against attacks by anti-social elements or those trying to threaten and blackmail them. A team of voluntary doctors was being set up who would work on months rotation basis to extend assistance to the doctor in distress.

The CME was followed by patriotic song competition in which large number of doctors and others participated. The competition was organised to commemorate the Republic Day. National flags were distributed among all participants on this occasion.

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Police takes no chances
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 25
To ensure the safety of residents participating in the Republic Day celebrations, the police and security forces have been put on high alert.

Besides checking under the anti-sabotage strategy, various teams supervised by their respective circle officers searched all roads leading to the venues for the main celebrations. Hideouts of activists of some terrorist outfits that had been active in the area during militancy were also searched.

Though there were no expressed threats by any of the terrorist group in this part of the border state, the authorities were taking precautions in view of intelligence inputs about the possible terrorist bids to disrupt celebrations, particularly in Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and the North East.

Search of vehicles approaching Ludhiana, where the Governor is supposed to preside over the function, was so intensive that even vehicles carrying families and marriage parties were not ignored.

The police was focusing on ruling out the presence of arms and explosives in the guise of luggage and belongings of women, including brides. Dark films were removed on the spot.

Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP Ludhiana (rural), said he had directed all circle officers to supervise anti-sabotage preventive measures themselves and ensure that the celebrations were not disrupted.

“Though we know that people get disturbed by intensive checking, but we must understand that security cannot be compromised. We instruct our men to show leniency in case of vehicles carrying families and children, but anti-social elements can succeed in their sinister designs,” he said.

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Republic Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

A student paints her face with the message of unity on the eve of the R-Day in Ludhiana
A student paints her face with the message of unity on the eve of the R-Day in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, January 25
The Republic Day was celebrated with great zeal and vigour on the campus of GMT Public School. Fancy dress competition was organised and the campus was decorated with flowers and flags. Kashmir Singh Thind and Jasbir Singh Thind, directors, and Amarjit Dhaliwal, principal, presided over the function and gave away prizes to the winners.

Bal Bharatians organised a fancy dress show for the Montessori wing as a part of the Republic Day celebration. The themes of the fancy dress were patriotism and environmental hazards. The children were dressed as national leaders, jungle, animals, trees etc. Punam Dogra, principal, congratulated the students for wonderful depiction of characters.

Mega talent fest

GRD Academy hosted Mega Talent Fest 2009 for children in the age group of 2 to 5 years here today. Vice-chairman Kawaljeet Oberoi was the chief guest. Tiny tots from pre-nursery schools displayed their talents in solo dance and drawing. There were fun filled games for the parents. Free rides and eatables were also provided to children and their parents.

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Republic Day bonanza for shoppers
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
The extended weekend with a three-day break has brought cheer to the service class and students.

Besides Republic Day discounts are raining in on consumers. Brands and retailers are trying to woo them by giving them heavy discounts. The markets are flooded with banners and display boards of sale, flat 50 per cent off or buy 1 get 2 free.

There are heavy discounts on almost every consumer item like clothes and appliances. Any freebie is enough to make a customer happy.

Brands like Wills Lifestyle, Ebony and Black are giving a rebate up to 60 per cent. Mobile stores are also not far behind as they are luring customers with repair membership card and other offers.

Not only this, consultants and salesmen are there to help you buy. Retail companies like Big Bazaar have introduced “sabse sasta 3 din” Republic Day offer on all consumer items. Even Bombay Dyeing and Welhome are giving a discount of 40 per cent. The prolonged weekend has proved to be a boon for retailers.

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Unique R-Day tribute
Tribune News Service

Yash Momi Ludhiana, January 25
In a unique way to celebrate the Republic Day, Yash Momi from Phillaur, a teacher by profession, has made the map of India with the picture of Dr BR Ambedkar inside a bulb.

“Dr Ambedkar was the person responsible for drafting the constitution of India and I have made this small effort to pay my tributes to the great person and also to celebrate the Republic Day,” he said.

He said it was the day when the Indians proudly called themselves “Indian”. “Many freedom fighters from our nation laid down their lives so that today we can live freely. We should not waste our time by fighting with each other, but should upkeep the freedom which we have achieved with great difficulty,” he added.

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NRIs make beeline for boutiques
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
It is not only the posh showrooms where the NRIs bulge upon shopping but even the shops in the periphery areas like Mullanpur and Jagraon are loaded with orders from them. A few even don’t need to pay a visit to these boutiques as the orders are placed through e-mails. No doubt the NRIs can be seen shopping in the city markets as the wedding season is on but the share of these boutiques is more than the shops in the hi-end markets.

A boutique owner from Mullanpur confirmed that she was getting nearly 15 to 20 orders from the NRIs.

"While those who have relatives in the nearby areas visit my boutique while others place the order through e-mails. Sometimes they even send me the design and embroidery which they want on their dresses through Internet," she added.

Commenting upon the taste of the NRIs she said the designs and patterns in vogue in India and abroad are wide apart. "People living in foreign countries are fond of flashy embroideries and bright colours while back in India women have sober tastes," she said. She regularly sends her suits to countries like USA and Canada.

Another boutique owner from Jagraon said people living in nearby areas have either shifted abroad or have their relatives in foreign. "I regularly get orders from the NRIs. Sometimes they personally place the orders while other time it is their relatives who come to give the orders. As the stitching in countries like USA and Canada is very high so they prefer getting their suits stitched from India only," she adds.

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Seminar on endocrinal disorders
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
The Ludhiana branch of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) organised an interactive session on endocrinal disorders, under continued medical education project here today. Parminder Singh, Head, Department of Endocrinology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, was the guest faculty.

Initiating the discussion, he said the rise in incidence and awareness of endocrinal disorders had lent greater importance to the role of endocrinologists. He said there was no doubt that diabetes patients kept the endocrinologists busy most of the time. But, the specialists in this field had a significant part to play in other disorders like thyroid, infertility, sexual and metabolic problems. Several other diseases, including stunted growth in children, hormonal imbalance at puberty, post menopausal syndrome in females and senile changes among the elderly males, also called for attention of an endocrinologist.

According to him, medicines had a great role in well being of the person but healthy lifestyle was also an important segment. He stressed upon the members of medical fraternity to keep themselves abreast with the recent guidelines about management of diabetes and its complications like coronary artery disease, nephropathy and stroke. "Apart from keeping blood sugar levels under control, one should be very particular to maintain healthy weight, blood pressure and normal lipid levels."

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Inter-University Youth Festival
PU wins overall runners-up
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 25
Acknowledging the role of managements committee of Panjab University affiliated colleges of this part of Malwa in preserving cultural heritage and promoting arts in their respective institutes, the university authorities thanked them for contributing in fetching laurels in All India Inter University Youth Festival that concluded at Vidya Sagar University Midnapur in West Bengal yesterday.

The university was declared overall runners up in the mega event and champion in fine arts and theatre.

Dr SM Kant, director, Youth Welfare Department of the university, appreciated that the cumulative efforts by the management committee and staff members of the colleges affiliated to the university had fetched a large number of individual prizes and team championship trophies during the six day youth festival. The festival was organised by the Association of Indian Universities.

Performers bagged five prizes in fine arts, two in theatre, four in music and two individual prizes in literary writing. The university was earlier declared overall champion in inter-university youth festival of North India.

Over 3,000 students from as many as 60 universities of the country were reported to have participated in the national-level festival.

Kant called upon the authorities at these colleges to continue their pursuit in excellence of various elements of art and culture so that the university succeeds in achieving top position during the next event.

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From Colleges
Alumni meet at Polytechnic College
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, January 25
First alumni meet of Government Polytechnic College, Rishi Nagar was held here today. The students became nostalgic on meeting their friends after a long time. They also motivated the students of the college to work hard and bring excellence in their work.

Vinod Thapar, president of Knitwear Club, was the chief guest on the occasion. He appreciated the efforts put in by the students and the staff. The central theme of the cultural programme was to save environment. Principal Kirpal Singh Bhullar stressed upon the importance of technically competent manpower, which was the need of the hour, and said it was only by technical education that one could overcome the most burning problem of unemployment leading to overall prosperity.

RIMT

Mandi Gobindgarh: An alumni reunion meet was organised at RIMT Management and Computer Studies Campus. About 200 alumni of MBA, MCA, BBA, BCA, PGDCA, MSc mathematics and MA English participated in this meet.

The meet was inaugurated by the chairman of the RIMT group, Hukam Chand Bansal. Welcoming the students, he said the alumni association of the institute were the torch bearers for the budding RIMTians for carving their destiny to the corporate world.

In his address, the chief director general of the RIMT education institutes, SK Ahluwalia, said the jubilation and thrill among the participants proved what they owe to RIMT.

The present students of the institute organised various sports and fun games in which the alumni participated.

In the afternoon, an interactive session was organised between the present and the former students. In this emotionally charged session, the alumni shared their experience of the corporate world and the time they spent in the institute. They also replied the various queries of the students.

In the evening session, the alumni held a meeting in which they chalked out the future course of action for the alumni association.

In the end, a colourful cultural programme was presented by the present students of the campus and a dance party was also organised.

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DCE bags inter college contest
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 25
Doraha College of Education bagged the Smt Saroj Bansal Memorial Running Trophy for the fourth consecutive year during the Inter College Competitions organised by Saytam College of Education, Moga, recently.

The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Peace Education’. As many as 22 colleges, including BCM College of Education, Ludhiana, Rayat College of Education Nawanshahar, Malwa Central College of Education Ludhiana, and Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh, participated in the competition.

The competitions were conducted in various categories such as Power Point Presentations (teacher and students), creative writing (essay, story and poem), poster making, mural making and flower arrangement (fresh and dry).

In the faculty category in Power Point Presentation, Jaspreet Kaur won the first prize for her topic ‘Expanding Peace -- Ways and Means’, which stressed that peace was the lone solution to conflict and terrorism. “Without peace there can be no development. Peace not only includes a consciousness of human rights and values but also environmental consciousness. Love for nature, concern for green cover and ozone layer depletion are some of the ways of making peace,” she added.

Paramjit Kaur of DCE, who topped in the students category in essay writing competition, highlighted the role of education in developing the value of peace in the future generations. She added that peace education should be integrated with the course content. “The curriculum should be oriented towards inculcating the value of love, cooperation, tolerance, justice and conflict resolution,” the participant stressed. Kirti Sharma bagged the second prize in story writing category.

Sukhpal Singh, chairman, and Kiran Gera of Doraha College of Education congratulated the participants and winners for bringing laurels to the college.

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Biz Word
Animation on Sikh heroes
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, January 25
Using animation art as a medium for popularising Sikh heroes among the masses, particularly the new generation, the Vismaad, an animation company based in Chandigarh, produced “Sundri: The Brave Kaur,” the first animated movie on Sikh women. This animated film was screened in Ludhiana tomorrow.

“Sundri: The Brave Kaur” is the third in a series of animated movies on the lives of Sikh heroes. The first two films were “Sahibzadey” and “The Rise of Khalsa,” based on the life of Banda Singh Bahadur.

The brain child of three IT Professionals Bakhtawar Singh, Navnit Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, the company was born out of their passion to make today’s Sikhs aware of their glorious past. The movie is based on a popular book “Bhai Vir Singh”.

Plastic exhibition

Plastic-2009, the 7th International Plastics Exhibition and Conference, organised by PlastIndia Foundation, the apex body presenting India's plastic industry, is receiving an overwhelming response from exhibitors all over the world, including in India. This was stated by Sunil Jain, Chairman (North India), National Promotion Committee, PLASTINDIA, and V.K. Grover, chairman (north India), National Promotion Committee, PLASTINDIA, during a press conference organised here yesterday.

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Elderly walk to health
Tribune News Service

Khanna, January 25
A large number of elderly people took part in a walking event organised at AS College, Khanna, today. The event was flagged off by SDM SS Gill. Despite chilly weather a large number of men and women turned up to take part in the walk. The SDM said people should inculcate the habit of walking every day.

Principal of AS College RS Jhanji was also present on the occasion.

Results: Krishan Gopal (40-45 age group) 1st, Ranjan(46-50) 2nd; Jagtar Singh 1st; Harvinder Singh 2nd; (51-55) Bhushan Singh 1st and Rajpal Singh 2nd. (Above 76) Hardial Singh 1st.

Women: (40 and above) Hardeep Sharma 1st and Gurmeet Kaur 2nd.

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Ishwar Singh President’s award for DIG
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
Ishwar Singh, DIG Ludhiana Range, will receive President’s award for meritorious services in Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day.

Starting his career as an ASP, he served at Sultanpur Lodhi and Phagwara and later worked as SP (Headquarters) at Hoshiarpur.

Before handling the charge of DIG, he had worked as SSP at Barnala, Nawashahr, Pathankot, Khanna and Jalandhar.

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Flag march by Raikot police
Our Correspondent

Raikot, January 25
The local police under the supervision of the DSP conducted a flag march in the old city today.Cops from the Raikot, Sudhar and Jodhan along with SHOs, commandos, dog squad and the anti-sabotage team from the Jagraon headquarters were part of the team.

The DSP said this exercise was being carried out ahead of the Republic Day celebrations. He searched the old township of any abandoned goods in the markets that could threaten locals security. He advised people to be beware of unidentified persons and goods lying in the area.

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Groom flees on wedding day
Our Correspondent

Raikot, January 25
A family of Ramgarh Sivian has accused Lal Singh, a resident of Toosa village, of fleeing on the wedding day. Kulwant Singh, the father of bride Rani (name changed) said he had got his daughter engaged with Lal Singh about 40 days ago.

After the marriage party and the groom failed to appear for the marriage, the panchayat and respectable persons of the area lodged a complaint with the police.

The SHO said the matter was being investigated and the police would act accordingly.

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Sports festival at Dulay from tomorrow
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 25
The Jathedar Margind Sports and Welfare Club will organise its annual sports festival at Jathedar Santokh Singh Margind Stadium of Dulay village near here from January 27 to 29, according to Harjinder Singh, chairman of the club.

During this three-day festival, competition in bullock-cart race, kabaddi (42 kg, 57 kg and 62 kg), football, volleyball (shooting), athletics, cross country race, 5 km walk for senior men and women besides handball will be held. On the concluding day of the festival, horse show and tent pegging would be the star attraction, the chairman added.

Interested participants have been asked to contact Paramjit Singh Grewal on cell number 98157-62396 or Jagroop Singh Jarkhar on cell number 98143-00722 or Teja Singh Dhaliwal on cell number 98141-68717.

Junior handball tourney

More than two dozen teams are expected to take part in the 25th edition of the Junior Punjab Handball Championship for Boys and Girls scheduled to be held at the Jathedar Santokh Singh Margind Stadium of Dulay village in Ludhiana district from January 27 to 29.

The honorary general secretary of the Punjab Handball Association, Balkar Singh Brar informed that this years’ tournament was dedicated to the memory of Mata Jaswant Kaur Grewal, mother of Sarpanch, Dulay village, Lakhbir Singh Grewal and Sarabjit Singh Grewal.

Meanwhile, one dozen technical officials have been deputed to conduct this championship smoothly. Arrangements made for this three-day event were reviewed at a meeting held today under the chairmanship of Bhai Harjinder Singh, Jathedar of Gurudwara Falahi Sahib and Gram Panchayat, Dulay.

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Sukhwinder adjudged Mr Ludhiana
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 25
Sukhwinder Singh, a trainee of Muscle Mania Gym, Ludhiana, was adjudged Mr Ludhiana-2008 in the junior as well as senior sections in the Mr Ludhiana Championship organised by the District Amateur Bodybuilding Association at GGN Khalsa College for Boys, Ghumar Mandi, here today. Ajay Pal Singh was declared the most improved bodybuilder.

A large number of bodybuilders competed in the junior and senior Mr Ludhiana-2008 and senior Mr Punjab-2008 competitions. Prem Chand Degra, former Mr World, was also present on the occasion.

Results: Junior Ludhiana-2008: 55kg- Sunny 1; Ranbir Kumar 2 and Amit Kumar 3; 55-60 kg: Amit Kumar 1; Gaurav Sharma 2 and Rahul Dev Singh 3; 60-65 kg: Mandeep Singh 1, Iqbal Singh 2 and Deepak Kumar 3; 65-70 kg: Ajay Pal Singh 1, Ajay 2 and Gaurav Rishi 3; 70-75 kg: Sukhwinder Singh 1, Ghuga 2 and Yuvraj Singh 3; +75 kg: Mandeep Singh 1, Abhishek 2 and Hardeep Singh 3.

Senior Ludhiana-2008: 55 kg- Sunny 1, Jarnail Singh 2 and Ravi Shankar 3; 55-60 kg: Manpreet Singh 1, Amit Kumar2 and Gaurav Sharma 3; 60-65 kg: Mandeep Singh 1, Iqbal Singh 2 and Deepak 3; 65-70 kg: Ajay Pal Singh 1, Ajay Kalta 2 and Anil Kalyan 3; 70-75 kg: Sukhwinder Singh 1, Ghuga 2 and Gagandeep 3; 75-80 kg: Raghu Raja 1, Abhishek 2 and Rakesh Kumar 3; 80-85 kg: Harpreet Singh 1, Saurabh Kumar 2 and Lovepreet 3; +85 kg: Amit Kumar 1 and Mandeep Singh 2.

Senior Mr Punjab-2008: 60 kg- Amit Kumar of Ludhiana 1, Gaurav Sharma of Amritsar 2 and Sham Mehta of Sangrur 3; 65 kg- Hem Raj of Fatehgarh Sahib 1, Mandeep Singh of Ludhiana 2 and Harpreet Singh of Jalandhar 3; 70 kg- Ramesh Kumar of Amritsar 1, Ajay Pal Singh 2 and Vinod Kumar of Patiala 3; 75 kg- Vishal Sharma 1, Vineet Marwaha 2 and Sukhwinder Singh of Ludhiana 3.

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Athletics Meet
Jaswinder declared best athlete
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 25
Gobindgarh Public School, Mandi Gobindgarh, celebrated annual day and athletics meet yesterday. Patiala Division Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir was the chief guest. Principal Bahadur Singh spoke on the achievements of the school. Bir distributed prizes among the winners as under:-

Patel House stood first followed by Tagore House, Nehru House and Gandhi House. Best athletes: Middle boys - Jaswinder Singh and Lovepreet Singh, both of Class IX C. Middle girls - Prathiba Sethi, Class VIII C. Senior boys - Gaurav Handa Class XI arts.

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