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Moods, feminism, nature and some Zindagi
Lalit Kala Akademi holds Art 2010 at Virsa Vihar
Jalandhar, December 30
Spectators take a look at paintings displayed during Art 2010, the annual exhibition organised by the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademy. Expressing moods, feminism, nature and freeze frames, a five-day-long annual exhibition - Art 2010 - organised by the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, began at the Virsa Vihar, here today.


Spectators take a look at paintings displayed during Art 2010, the annual exhibition organised by the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademy. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Spreading Sikh culture, history the hi-tech way
Jalandhar, December 30
It has taken 25 years for one man’s single-minded pursuit to educate and provide information on the Sikh faith for the present and future generations with a deeper understanding of the beliefs, history, culture and heritage of Sikhism in the form of a multimedia museum.


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City hotels gear up for New Year bash
Jalandhar, December 30
With the residents of the city all set to welcome the New Year, the hotels and pubs are abuzz with party preparations and to provide venues to the adrenaline-charged youth of the city, who are expected to throng the gleaming halls of such hotels.

Yearender-Achievers
Golden girl Manjeet Kaur after her return to Jalandhar from the Commonwealth Games. Making the city proud
Jalandhar, December 30
With a day to go for the New Year 2011, it is finally that time of the year when everybody does take a look at the year that went by.As the countdown for the New Year has begun, The Tribune talks to city big wigs and some achievers who hogged the limelight with their outstanding achievements in 2010 and their plans ahead in 2011.

Golden girl Manjeet Kaur after her return to Jalandhar from the Commonwealth Games. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Dr Sanjeev adjudged country’s best IMA president
Jalandhar, December 30
The National Awards Committee of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has adjudged Dr Sanjeev Sharma, President, IMA, Jalandhar, as the best serving president of a local branch in the country.

Watch out for this one!
Edox, a renowned 125-year-old Swiss brand recently announced the WRC Chronorally timepiece for use in professional rally racing. In conjunction with the World Rally Championship, Edox has created an entire collection dedicated to the world's best rally drivers and their co-drivers.

Glimpses of 2010
Crime graph goes up
Jalandhar, December 30
Despite the introduction of the Commissionerate System in Jalandhar, the city witnessed more crime in 2010 as compared to last year. There was an increase in kidnapping, fraud, murder and rape cases this year.

e-policing from next year
Jalandhar, December 30
Going high-tech, the city police will introduce e-policing in 2011. The Jalandhar police, would be second after Andhra Pradesh in the country, to introduce e-policing, with the set up of an ultra-modern electronic control room and equipping cops with modern electronic devices.

Vajra Corps gets new GOC, holds GCM of retd Lt-Gen
Jalandhar, December 30
With Lt-Gen Munish Sibal taking over as the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Vajra Corps, Jalandhar Cantonment and General Court Martial (GCM) of Lt-Gen S.K. Sahni (retd) begining here, the Army at Jalandhar Cantonment saw some major developments here. The Air Force celebrated its 78th Air Force Day with grandeur across the country.

Science City unfolds expansion plans for 2011
Kapurthala, December 30
The Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC) on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road touched new heights in 2010, with remarkable achievements by setting up new exhibit galleries and visitor-oriented facilities. Similarly, it has planned several new measures for its expansion in 2011. PGSC director general (DG) Dr RS Khandpur says a unique gallery on the Science of Sports will be made open for the public shortly.

Young World
Bhandari gives Rs 1 lakh for polytechnic’s alumni block
Jalandhar, December 30
The MLA from Jalandhar (North), K.D. Bhandari, gave a cheque for Rs 1 lakh for the construction of the alumni block of Mehr Chand Polytechnic College.The grant was announced by MP from Hoshiarpur Avinash Rai Khanna from his MP quota fund recently.

Bank loan for poor students
Phagwara, December 30
The Bank of India has decided to provide education loan up to Rs 4 lakh to the needy students without any security.This was announced by the Deputy General Manager, Bank of India, Pardumman Singh Rawat, while addressing an NRIs’ meet here last night.

 





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Moods, feminism, nature and some Zindagi
Lalit Kala Akademi holds Art 2010 at Virsa Vihar
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 30
Expressing moods, feminism, nature and freeze frames, a five-day-long annual exhibition - Art 2010 - organised by the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, began at the Virsa Vihar, here today. The exhibition would conclude on January 2.

This annual exhibition is being held to celebrate the 110th birth anniversary of the legendary artist Sobha Singh, a pioneer in the art world of Punjab.

The akademi received an overwhelming response for the exhibition this year, as it received 313 submissions, out of which the jury selected 116 artistic works.

From the landscapes of Baldev Raj Rattan, who won the Punjab Rattan Award of Excellence this year, to budding students in this field, the exhibition was a package dotted with variety.

To encourage and promote young talented artists, five student artists have also been given the award of excellence, along with five professional artists. The aim of the exhibition is to promote art and provide a platform to upcoming artists in the state.

In the student category, Harpal’s sculpture “Akhir Yehi Kyun” symbolising a child behind bars, received a lot of appreciation. The sculpture highlights the plight of a child labourer.

The sculpture kept at the entrance of Virsa Vihar, received huge appreciation. “Through a child behind bars, the sculpture depicts the message of a child labourer loud and clear. It just stirs your mind and soul and reminds us of scores of children whom we see everyday,” said Shefali, a spectator.

In photography, Akshi Babbar’s “Zindagi”, symbolising the busy life of a common man, with a steel lunchbox perched on a bicycle carrier, was a cute little perspective into everyday life.

Akshi, a student of the Government Art College, Chandigarh, said photography is her profession and she loves capturing frames in various forms. “The picture is just one of the segments of routine life,” she said.

Among other photographs, “Confluence of River” by Pramod Kumar Gautam and “Indian Railways” by Arjun Gupta also received a lot of appreciation.

The exhibition had a sizeable number of paintings depicting the marginal existence of woman even in today’s so called liberated society. “Girl Child” by Prabhjot Saini, “Woman.com” by Sarvjit Singh and “Expressions” by Sandeep Kaur were some of the paintings which displayed how a woman still looks forward to the freedom of the soul and her own special world in this fast-paced world.

The akademi is trying to promote the visual arts in the state through the annual art exhibition and achieving its objectives. “The exhibition celebrates life and the objective has been achieved,” said an art lover. 

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Spreading Sikh culture, history the hi-tech way
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 30
It has taken 25 years for one man’s single-minded pursuit to educate and provide information on the Sikh faith for the present and future generations with a deeper understanding of the beliefs, history, culture and heritage of Sikhism in the form of a multimedia museum.

This proud yet humble man is none other than Dr Raghbir Singh Bains who is the force behind the setting up of four such museums across the world in a short period of just six years.

An accomplished community activist and drug therapist, Bains was globally applauded when he set up the first of its kind museum at Khadoor Sahib in 2004 under the patronage of environmentalist Baba Sewa Singh.

He first came into the limelight on the world scene as a Sikh scholar when the Encyclopedia of Sikhism, authored by him on multimedia technology, was unveiled in the Parliament House by Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada, in 1997. The hi-tech medium he put together over quarter of a century is a viewer’s delight as one is transported back in time through over 500 years of Sikh history using audio, video, animations, graphics, text, top notch robotic and touch screen technology for the first time in the history of museums.

The second museum in the series was set up in Jalandhar on February 29, 2008, at the Model Town Gurdwara while the city of Mississauga, Canada, became the third centre to house the museum on October 10, 2010. The fourth museum has been set up at Gurdwara Bandi Chhod in Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) that was inaugurated by Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, on December 4.

Thousands of visitors from all walks of life throng the museums every day to seek awareness about Sikh religion, history, culture and heritage of the fifth largest faith of the world whose followers numbering around 26 million live in 161 countries across the globe.

The museums also contain animated and interactive games and academic courses for teaching of English, mathematics, social science and general knowledge designed for school goers. Dr Bains was born in 1936 in Dagana Kalan village in Hoshiarpur.

He grew up in his parental village Manak Dheri. Although brought up in penury, by the dint of his hard work and perseverance, he managed to clear his F.A. examination from Government College, Tanda Urmur, by seeking donations from the college staff. He later moved to Canada in 1990 to join his family and pursue better opportunities and to spread the philosophy of Sikhism. He earned his PhD from the US in 2002 at the age of 67 on world religions and cultures.

Bains also pursued research work on HIV-AIDS in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya to create awareness about the fatal disease. A multi -faceted personality, he has produced many multimedia information packages on drug addiction, rapes, prostitution, AIDS, foeticide and domestic violence. He was nominated on various advisory committees by the local and provincial governments of British Columbia to share his life experiences with others and he figures in the Canadian Who’s Who book. For his contribution to the society he was also conferred the Order of British Columbia by the Government of British Columbia, Canada. 

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City hotels gear up for New Year bash
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 30
With the residents of the city all set to welcome the New Year, the hotels and pubs are abuzz with party preparations and to provide venues to the adrenaline-charged youth of the city, who are expected to throng the gleaming halls of such hotels.

While some of the hotels have invited reputed DJs, bartenders and orchestra groups to add charm to the gala events, others have added multiple-filtered Russian vodkas, Spanish wines and brewed scotches into their menu. The Tribune takes a look at some of the happening party hot spots. “Bollywood actress and singer Raageshwari, along with her dance troupe, will perform during the occasion. Besides, popular DJ of the region Bhanu from Studio 69 from Ludhiana will also add to the charm,” said Gurpreet Singh, CEO, Club Cabanna.

Jasdeep Singh of The Regent Park Hotel said the evening would be made memorable with scintillating music. “Besides a disco party, we are going to organise exciting games with bumper prizes along with lavish multi-cuisine dinner buffet and exotic desserts. Live performance by the rock band TNP will be another feature of the night,” he added.

Hotel The Maya has invited rock band “D Magnets” on the occasion. “However, the ultimate feature of the night will be the picturesque cave, which will be an art piece entirely made up of paper. This few metre long cave will come at the main entrance of the hotel,” said Sandeep Raj, GM, The Maya, Jalandhar.

Model and VJ Kavya Khurana will gleam the party venue at The Hotel President. Hotel Country Inns and Suites is organising the event under the banner of “Joyous Diversions 2011” in which dance troops from Bollywood will perform.

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Yearender-Achievers
Making the city proud
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 30
With a day to go for the New Year 2011, it is finally that time of the year when everybody does take a look at the year that went by.As the countdown for the New Year has begun, The Tribune talks to city big wigs and some achievers who hogged the limelight with their outstanding achievements in 2010 and their plans ahead in 2011.

Manjit Kaur

This golden girl from the city has become a name to reckon with. With two gold medals - one in the Commonwealth Games, Delhi and the other in Asian Games, Guangzhou, 2010 was surely a special year for her. “I had been waiting and working hard all these years to see this feat and God blessed me with success in 2010. It has been the best thing to happen in my life till date,” she said.

Her New Year plans are also focused on another major event. A gold medal at the Olympic Games, 2012, would be her main aim. “All I want is a gold in the London Olympics, for which I will have to put in extra efforts. And I would prepare myself for it. This is the year when I would have time to work upon my performance and build my stamina, ahead of the London Olympics,” she maintained. Apart from this, Manjit would also be seen participating in the World Championship and Asian Championship 2011.

Sugandha Mishra

This city girl, who began taking her baby steps from the youth festivals, has finally landed an offer in Bollywood. From the Laughter Challenge to the Comedy Circus and then to the recent Sa Re Ga Ma Pa singing contest, she has grabbed all the opportunities that mattered.

So how was 2010 for her? “It was one the most precious years of my life as I achieved what I have been dreaming of till date. I always wanted to become a Bollywood playback singer and fortunately, this year I proved myself,” she said.

While talking about her plans for the year 2011, she said, “It would be all the more beneficial for me. There are a couple of good offers from Bollywood and I am proceeding gradually. In 2011, I would be surely getting some more wonderful platforms to display my singing talent,” she added.

Sugandha sung the title track of the recently-released Bollywood film ‘No Problem’. She would also be singing for music directors Vishal Shekhar.

Vikramjit Chaudhary

The District Youth Congress (rural) president this year remained busy creating awareness about MNREGA in the district. Highlighting the Job Card Scheme, the Youth Congress workers staged dharnas and protests in the district.

“It is surprising that in our district there are only 31,244 job card holders, out of which a meagre 505 have got jobs in villages,” he added.

Just last week, a high-level probe was ordered and a National Level Monitor (NLM) would be coming to Jalandhar in the second week of January. “We will ensure that MNREGA is implemented on priority basis,” he added. “Apart from this, highlighting the various policies of the UPA government, for the common man, ahead of the assembly elections will be our agenda,” Chaudhary said.

Pushpa Gujral Nari Niketan

This home for the orphans and abandoned women in the city successfully provided home to many and got eligible girls married. Many children, especially girls, were adopted by foreigners, while others got shelter across the country.

Talking to The Tribune, Seema Chopra, one of the trustees, said “Although this is an orphanage, we always wish good parental affection and a home for these children. We try our best that every child at the Nari Niketan gets a home and this is our wish for every child in 2011,” she said.

The Nari Niketan has already joined in the celebrations of the New Year. “We wanted to provide good entertainment to our children and took them to the Sarb multiplex for a movie today. Even on Christmas, we took our children to the churches of Jalandhar Cantt and celebrated the festival there,” she said. 

Balbir Singh Seechewal

World-renowned environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal had many talks about green campaigns with the state government.

In 2010, Baba Seechewal brought the state government and Punjab Pollution Control Board together for major issues like the Buddha Nala, Kali Bein and the Kala Sanghian drain in the region.

“We were able to convince the state government about the seriousness of environment related issues that 350 Cusecs of water were released in the Kali Bein alone, while a Rs 2,400 Crore project for installing treatment plants was also initiated,” he added.

So what will be on his agenda in 2011?

Baba Seechewal said, “As the assembly elections are approaching, I would urge political parties to announce major plans in their election manifestos. It is a serious issue and I would reach out to the masses to make them aware about the need to contribute towards a green and pollution-free environment,” he added. 

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Dr Sanjeev adjudged country’s best IMA president
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 30
The National Awards Committee of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has adjudged Dr Sanjeev Sharma, President, IMA, Jalandhar, as the best serving president of a local branch in the country.

He has been conferred with the “IMA President Appreciation Award of the Year”, which is given to the best performing president out of total 1,700 local branches in 23 states and nine union territories. The award was conferred upon Dr Sanjeev during the national conference of the IMA, held in Jaipur, on December 28.

The award was given by taking into account the record number of academic meetings and city oriented health awareness programmes regarding deafness, leprosy, asthma, anemia, contraceptives, tuberculosis and pregnancy, organised during his year-long tenure.

During his tenure, the local unit of the IMA also put the city on the global forefront with registering the city, along with 1000 cities of the world, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on World Health Day, this year, under the “1000 lives, 1000 cities” theme of the WHO.

IMA’s Jalandhar unit has earlier been declared the best branch of the state.

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Watch out for this one!

Edox, a renowned 125-year-old Swiss brand recently announced the WRC Chronorally timepiece for use in professional rally racing. In conjunction with the World Rally Championship, Edox has created an entire collection dedicated to the world's best rally drivers and their co-drivers.

The new Chronorally is the timepiece chosen by rally drivers, navigators and motoring enthusiasts alike. The Edox Chronorally is a sports timing instrument which can simultaneously measure elapsed time, accumulate stage times, recount/replay, while maintaining accurate standard time keeping functions. Essential as any onboard controls, the Chronorally sets the standard for those with a passion for motor sports. This instrument surely is an edge to enhance and cadence the race.

It also boasts other rally-themed details like a raised caseback which represents a WRC wheel rim and a rubber wristband featuring a car tyre-tread pattern. Price: Rs 1, 22,600 only. — TNS

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Glimpses of 2010
Crime graph goes up
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 30
Despite the introduction of the Commissionerate System in Jalandhar, the city witnessed more crime in 2010 as compared to last year. There was an increase in kidnapping, fraud, murder and rape cases this year.

As many as 58 cases of abduction were registered this year against 37 cases in 2009. The police could trace 36 cases this year.

Against 23 murders in 2009, the city saw 27 murders this year out of which 24 cases were cracked. There were 21 incidents of rape against 16 in 2009. The police solved 36 cases in two years. Against 202 cases registered against different travel agents in 2009, the police booked 260 agents this year.

Cases registered under the NDPS Act and the Excise Act also saw an increase in 2010. Against 171 cases in 2009, the city police registered 231 cases under the NDPS Act this year. As many as 179 cases were registered under the Excise Act this year against 25 cases reported in 2009. ]

The police recovered 24 pistols, six revolvers, 73 cartridges from miscreants, who were booked under the Arms Act. Cases of ‘forcibly thefts and snatchings’ saw a dip in 2010. The number stood at 147 this year against 204 in 2009.

Not even a single incident of riot occurred under the Jalandhar city police jurisdiction this year too.

The police records show that 174 cases of burglary were reported in 2010 against 185 of 2009. The police for the first time busted 10 gangs of miscreants.

Yearender-Environment
Year of proposals and upgrade of sewage treatment plants
Amaninder Pal
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 30
With various courts and non-government organisations tightening the noose on bodies causing environment pollution, the city witnessed the launch and clearance of various eco-friendly projects this year.

In a macro-level effort to free the entire Sutlej River of domestic waste and toxic effluents released by industries, the city remained on the radar of both the Central and Punjab Pollution Control Board, which tried their best, although only on paper, to stop the inflow of polluted water into the Sutlej.

Various campaigns launched by environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, along with the residents of villages situated around drains carrying polluted water, laid siege to the establishments of various pollution board officers and the district administration.

Repeated threats by residents, to block drains, remained in the news during the year.

Playing the role of pressure groups over the district administration, Local Bodies Department and pollution board, such groups remained successful in pressing the government to clear several important eco-friendly projects.

Garha drain

To augment the capacity of the sewerage treatment plant (STP), located at the Garha Drain, from the current 100 MLD to 125 MLD, by the setting up of an additional 25 MLD capacity plant - a grant of Rs 54.69 crore was released by the Central Government under the phase I of the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT). The work to upgrade the plant is still under progress and authorities claimed that the 25 MLD plant would start functioning by March next year.

The drain carries the domestic sewer waste of the city to the Sutlej.

Jandu Singha drain

A grant of Rs 62.37 crore has been released by the government under the UIDSSMT to upgrade the existing sewerage network of the city and to set up another 25 MLD STP to treat water flowing into the Jandu Singha drain.

Only 25 per cent work under the scheme has been finished. The authorities claimed that the STP would be commissioned by December 2012. As of now, millions of litres of polluted water generated from these localities is being drained into the Sutlej.

The Jandu Singha drain carries polluted water from localities situated around the Hoshiarpur Road. It drains water into the Chhitti Bein (East Bein), which ultimately drains water into the Sutlej.

Kala Sanghia drain

The Kala Sanghian drain carries the sewage generated in the households and toxic effluents released by the industrial units located at Focal Point and Kapurthala Road. This drain remained the epicentre of the struggle led by various environmentalists and non-government organisations.

A proposal to set up an STP under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP), with a 50 MLD capacity at the drain, has been forwarded to the central government by the sewerage board.

Other proposed STPs

Besides 50 MLD at the Kala Sanghian drain, a proposal to establish two more STPs, 25 MLD over Garha drain and 10 MLD over Chitti Bein, have been forwarded to the government. An amount of Rs 235.86 crore has been demanded by the sewerage board to set up the three proposed STPs under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP).

The PPCB has recommended the setting up of an STP with 10 MLD capacity at Jalandhar Cantonment. However, the scheme is still underway.

Solid waste management

A three generation solid waste management plant is all set to be established in an area of 25 acres near Jamsher, around 10 km from Jalandhar. Door to door collection of solid waste from Jalandhar, including the surrounding municipalities of Nakodar, Kartarpur, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur, would be done to run the plant.

Besides the processing of solid waste, production of manure and power generation would also be done in the plant.

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e-policing from next year
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 30
Going high-tech, the city police will introduce e-policing in 2011. The Jalandhar police, would be second after Andhra Pradesh in the country, to introduce e-policing, with the set up of an ultra-modern electronic control room and equipping cops with modern electronic devices.

In an effort to implement this system, the city police will introduce e-beating, e-investigating and e-challaning in four police stations --- Cantonment, Baradari, Division No 2 and 4 - from 2011.

Disclosing this, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Rajpal Singh Sandhu, said with the introduction of this system, the police would not provide better and prompt facilities for the public but also be able to track cops deployed for the purpose.

The cops on duty will be equipped with high-tech mobile phones with GPS and GPRS facilities. The entire network would be interlinked and could be monitored by their superiors at their PCs sitting far way from the site of incidents.

While cops, deployed with PCR vehicles, could be contacted on their mobiles and their in charge will be able to monitor their positions and working through the messages, traffic police personnel could send messages regarding challans of traffic rule violators and the penalties slapped at then to the control room.

In the e-investigation, the cops could click photos or video-graph an incident in his mobile phone without waiting for a photographer and send them to the control room as a part of preliminary investigations of the incident.

For public convenience, the police has also decided to set up five Police Suvidha Centres in the city next year. 

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Vajra Corps gets new GOC, holds GCM of retd Lt-Gen
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 30
With Lt-Gen Munish Sibal taking over as the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Vajra Corps, Jalandhar Cantonment and General Court Martial (GCM) of Lt-Gen S.K. Sahni (retd) begining here, the Army at Jalandhar Cantonment saw some major developments here. The Air Force celebrated its 78th Air Force Day with grandeur across the country.

While BSF remained in limelight by winning the best border management trophy and keeping strict vigil at the Indo-Pak border. The Tribune looks at the important events, which took place in the Army, Air Force and BSF.

The GOC, Vajra Corps, Lt-Gen Munish Sibal, takes charge: Lt-Gen Munish Sibal took over the command of Vajra Corps in August. Prior to taking over the command of Vajra Corps, the General held the appointment of Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Eastern Command, Kolkata. While the outgoing GOC, Lt-Gen Ramesh Halgali, handed over the command of Vajra Corps to Lt-Gen Munish Sibal. General Halgali assumed the charge of Director-General of Military Training (DGMT) at Army Headquarters, New Delhi. General Halgali commanded Vajra Corps from July 24 last year to August 16 this year.

General Court Martial of Lt-Gen S.K. Sahni (retd) began at Vajra Corps: The General Court Martial (GCM) of Lt-Gen Surendra K. Sahni (retd) of the Army Service Corps (ASC), indicted in the ration scam, began at Vajra Corps in August. He is the highest-ranking Army officer ever to face a GCM. The Summary of Evidence (SoE) in this case concluded on July 10, following which a Court of Inquiry (CoI) was ordered by the Army authorities and he was thereafter attached with Jalandhar-based Headquarters, 11 Corps. Gen Sahni was recalled from retirement, post an inquiry ordered by the Army for allegation of expired rations purchased during his tenure as Director-General, ASC.

Army Mela and ex-servicemen rally, Kapurthala:

An Army Mela and ex-servicemen rally was organised by Vajra Corps at Guru Nanak Stadium, Kapurthala, on December 16. The chief guest, GOC of Vajra Corps Lt-Gen Munish Sibal, inaugurated the mela. Sixteen war widows were honoured with cash awards and household gift items and 12 modified scooters were distributed among war veterans on the occasion. Children, ex-servicemen, their families and residents of nearby villages of Kapurthala gathered in large number to witness the mela. But the schoolchildren had to go with a major disappointment as the much-awaited helicopter flypast team failed to turn up. The helicopter team was to come from Western Command Headquarters, Chandimandir. The dog and horse show was also cancelled adding to disappointment of the spectators, especially the children. However, the spectators enjoyed the stunts of Dare Devils motorcycle team from The Punjab Regimental Centre, Ramgarh Cantonment, Jharkhand, and the impressive band display. The children also enjoyed watching Army equipment display under the theme “Know your Army”. The NDA Block at District Sainik Board: The construction of the much-awaited NDA Block at the District Sainik Board began in November. An ambitious project mooted by former Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal would be constructed at a cost of Rs 1 crore. Manpreet Badal had sanctioned Rs 70 lakh for the NDA block during his maiden visit to the District Sainik Board last year. However, he later increased the grant to Rs 1 crore. Deputy Director of the Sainik Board Lt-Col Manmohan Singh said the NDA Block would provide better pre-coaching facilities to the aspirants of NDA, CDS and OTA exams.

The 78th Air Force Day celebrated: Air Force Station, Adampur, celebrated the 78th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on October 8. Every year, the IAF celebrates October 8 as Air Force Day. Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Air Commodore H.S. Arora laid a wreath at the station war memorial and paid tributes to martyrs who had sacrificed their lives during various wars. The AOC commended 16 air warriors for their outstanding devotion to duty and professionalism. On the occasion, a number of welfare functions were organised at Air Force Station, Adampur.

The Bottom of Form BSF wins best border management trophy: The BSF, Punjab Frontier, won the prestigious Maharana Pratap Trophy for the best border management in the country. The trophy was given on BSF Day on December 1. Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken gave away the trophy to IG Himmat Singh Gill of the BSF, Punjab Frontier, at a grand function in the sprawling BSF Camp at Chhawla on the outskirts of New Delhi. The BSF, Punjab Frontier, was awarded the trophy for its best operational matters, security measures, domination strategies, border management and administration. As many as 20 BSF frontiers from across the country competed for the best border management trophy. Earlier, the BSF, Punjab Frontier, had received the trophy in 2008.

BSF gets its first women sub-inspector: In a first of its kind, woman constable Simarjit Kaur, posted at Khemkaran sector, was promoted as sub-inspector in the BSF. She was the lone woman constable to appear for the subordinate-level test. The Ministry of Home Affairs had given the approval for the recruitment of 15 sub-inspectors (female) for a better supervision and command of the woman constables. 

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Science City unfolds expansion plans for 2011
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, December 30
The Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC) on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road touched new heights in 2010, with remarkable achievements by setting up new exhibit galleries and visitor-oriented facilities. Similarly, it has planned several new measures for its expansion in 2011. PGSC director general (DG) Dr RS Khandpur says a unique gallery on the Science of Sports will be made open for the public shortly.

This gallery will display the role of science in the sports field and about how science makes sports fast, interesting, challenging and enhances the capacity and safety of sportspersons.

It will also demonstrate the best suitable material and equipments used in various sports like cricket, volleyball, badminton, lawn tennis, basketball, hockey, football and rural sports.

Further, to provide insight into how the Earth and the life on it has evolved, a Panorama - Life Through The Ages - is being set up in the 80 feet dia dome structure building.

The Panorama will display and demonstrate major events from the origin of the Earth, Big Bang, origin of life, unicellular animals/ plants to multi-cellular animals/plants, Dinosaurs and pre-historic man to modern man. The events will be demonstrated through Panorama, comprising 2D, 3D and half-relief models, along with landscaping and merging with background panels.

The Panorama will provide visitors with a wide angled and deep view relating to each of the major events, which occurred in the Evolution of Life on Earth, he adds.

Khandpur further states the Climate Change Object Theatre is being set up, which would offer a one-of-its-kind experience filled with magnificent environmental effects. The show will outline the contemporary challenge of climate change and discuss the Earth’s formation millions of years ago, also talking about how global gases were distributed to allow life to form.

Fast forwarding to the present, the show will display our current lifestyle and how it impacts the entire planet.

The focus will not just be on negative practices, but on positive steps that minimise the impact on the planet. The Climate Change Show in the Object Theatre will provide a foundation for learning, an avenue to inspire and educate Science City visitors and the community about climate change, sustainable development, renewable energy and environmental responsibility.

The Climate Change Show will provide interesting education to visitors about personal low-impact lifestyle choices they can make, which can eventually make a difference around the world.

The PGSC DG further says the Ministry of Railways will set up a Railway Gallery. A steam engine, working models of the Bullet Train, Delhi Metro, Kalka Shimla and Jammu Srinagar Railway line will be displayed in the gallery. It will also display the technologies used in the railways.

Khandpur does not forget to add that the PGSC was opened to the public on March 19, 2005 and has received an overwhelming response from the public.

Over 18 lakh persons have already visited it till December 15, 2010. 

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Young World
Bhandari gives Rs 1 lakh for polytechnic’s alumni block
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 30
The MLA from Jalandhar (North), K.D. Bhandari, gave a cheque for Rs 1 lakh for the construction of the alumni block of Mehr Chand Polytechnic College.The grant was announced by MP from Hoshiarpur Avinash Rai Khanna from his MP quota fund recently.

While Bhandari also announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the same purpose.The grant was received by Principal of the college Dr Jagroop Singh and other college staff.

KMV organises NSS camp Kanya Maha Vidyalaya (KMV) organised a seven-day NSS camp at Chauharwalli village, during which a free medical camp was held.

Doctors from the Community Health Centre, Adampur, and from Haripur village dispensary examined patients. Principal of the college Dr Atima Sharma said the lesser privileged strata of society could not pay attention to their health and hygiene for economic reasons and they could be benefited through such camps. 

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Bank loan for poor students
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, December 30
The Bank of India has decided to provide education loan up to Rs 4 lakh to the needy students without any security.This was announced by the Deputy General Manager, Bank of India, Pardumman Singh Rawat, while addressing an NRIs’ meet here last night.

Though the meeting was aimed at focusing at attracting NRIs to make more deposits, but the Deputy GM announced that the bank would soon open five new branches at Jaito, Makhu, Maurr, Mundi Kharar and Noormahal to facilitate the residents of these towns.

He disclosed that six new ATMs would also be opened soon at important places to provide facilities to bank customers.

The Deputy General Manager disclosed that four “Nodal Hub Centres” would be opened in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala and Jalandhar to accelerate the loan process to facilitate the customers seeking bank loans. Several other bank officers, including Chief Manager Anil Chhabra, also addressed the meeting. 

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