Saturday, November 28, 2009

ONE DAY WORKSHOP on Effective Teaching of Social Sciences

Jalandhar, 28 November (DNS)- A one day workshop on Effective Teaching of Social Sciences at the Middle School Level was hosted by CT Public School in the Meeting Hall on Nov. 23, 2009 which was attended by Social Science teaching faculty from different CBSE schools all over Jalandhar. The Resource person of the was an eminent writer and author of various CBSE syllabus books, Mrs. Sagarika Mukherjee, who updated the teaching faculty with latest methodologies and teaching techniques. She mainly focused on the following points:-

a) How to enhance the learning process of the child.

b) How to improve History Learning.

c) How to evaluate the child with new Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation.

d) How to convert boredom to interest in the Subject.

The workshop was a refresher course to help the Social Science teaching faculty to be conscious to revive what has not been applied for, so far. The teachers from different CBSE schools felt rejoiced to learn all this which had gone through their subconscious minds and insisted the authorities to install such workshops from time to time.

The Principal of the school, Mrs. Lakhvinder Kaur expressed her sincere gratitude to Mrs. Sagarika Mukherjee. She also thanked the teaching faculty from different schools. She felt rejoiced having seen the workshop in progress and declared that such workshops, to update the teaching faculty would be initiated in future. A lunch was also served to the guest teachers. Overall, the one day workshop on Social Science was a great success in itself.
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CT Public School Hosts Sahodaya Inter School Punjabi Skit Competition

Jalandhar, 28 November (Doaba News Service)- CT Public School hosted Inter School Punjabi Skit Competition of Sahodaya (Jalandhar Cluster) last days in the school premises. This competition was based on the theme of Comedy or Satire. Thirteen different CBSE affiliated schools participated in this competition and exposed the different social evils, customs, superstitions, evil thinking of our orthodox society on the stage in a very artistic & theatrical manner. Skit is one medium through which moral and ethical values can be easily highlighted to teach the younger generation .

The Guest of Honour of this occasion was Prof. Lakhbir Singh( President , Pahal ). S. Charanjit Singh Channi Chairman CT Educational Society also graced the occasion.

The members of jury comprised of eminent educationists and theatre personalities Mr. Vijay Shair (Programme Executive, Doordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar), Dr. Ominder Singh Johal (Prof. Doaba College), Mr. Subash Gupta (Educationist & author) and Dr. Harkamal Kaur ( Professor , S D Collge for Women).

The result was as follow:-

1st - Police D.A.V Public School, Jalandhar

2nd - CT Public School , Jalandhar

3rd - Apeejay Public School, Jalandhar

One of the members of the jury Dr. Ominder Singh Johal highlighted the basic key features and technicalities of darmatics. He also appreciated the participating artists of this competition.

Mrs. Lakhvinder Kaur, Principal CTPS encouraged the budding artists to respect Punjabi Language as it is our mother tongue. She quoted that Punjabi is such a language through which we can easily communicate our emotions & feelings to the people. Chairman CT Educational Society thanked the Guest of Honour Prof. Lakhbir Singh and the eminent judges for sparing their valuable time for this event.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Report: Microsoft Windows 8 Coming In 2012

The dust has yet to settle from last month's Windows 7 launch, but Microsoft may already have set a 2012 target for releasing Windows 8.

Last week, the Microsoft Kitchen blog posted a pair of Windows Server roadmap slides that list 2012 as the timeframe for Windows 8's release. Microsoft showed the slides to attendees of last week's Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, the blog suggests.

The slides offer no additional information other than a reiteration of Microsoft's practice of launching 'major' releases about four years and 'updates' about every two years, which means Windows 8 will be a major release.

Microsoft hasn't said anything about its plans to develop a Windows 8, but there are signs that it's already begun recruiting the talent to help build it. Earlier this month, a job listing on Microsoft's careers site indicated that Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Group would begin focusing on Windows 8 in the software giant's 2011 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2010.

Meanwhile, published reports suggest Microsoft is currently working on the first service pack for Windows 7 and plans to release a beta in January 2010, with release to OEMs slated for the summer and public availability in the fall.

Microsoft claims to have sold twice as many units of Windows 7 as any other OS in its history in a comparable time period, and last week at Microsoft's annual shareholder meeting, CEO Steve Ballmer said Microsoft is off to a "fantastic start" with Windows 7.

Quick Heal Enhances Product Portfolio

Client-security vendor Quick Heal Technologies has refreshed its entire product range including AntiVirus 2010, Internet Security 2010 and Total Security 2010 to incorporate several new features.

"Quick Heal 2010 series is much lighter, faster and smarter than its previous versions. Lighter in terms of lesser memory usage during operation, and an enhanced engine that performs faster scanning and quicker updates. Advanced technologies implemented in the enhanced scan engine help in deeper scanning of threats, which was not possible in earlier versions, making it smarter and ready to fight latest threats," said Kailash Katkar, CEO, Quick Heal Technologies.

Quick Heal 2010 series is compatible with Windows 7 and has several new features like advanced memory scanning, USB drive protection, browsing protection and entertainment mode. The advance memory scanning feature scans the system memory at the Kernel level detecting even Rootkit drivers. The USB drive protection feature is aimed at stopping malwares from getting executed when an infected pen drive is plugged into the PC.

"One of the key features we have included in our latest suite is entertainment mode for gaming enthusiasts. In this mode, Quick Heal goes into silent mode and displays no prompts and reduces system load. It makes activities like playing games, watching movies or presentation an uninterrupted event," said Katkar.

Quick Heal has also added PC Tuner functionalities in the Total Security suite, which performs registry cleaning, disk cleaning, registry optimization and performance tuning. Besides, Total Security features additional support for new mobile phone models in the PC2Moblie scan, including support for scanning of Apple iPhone.

Quick Heal 2010 range also claims to have a better browsing protection feature to prevent browser from visiting infected websites, and enhanced Firewall function.

Fujitsu, Netapp Strengthen Global Partnership

Fujitsu and NetApp announced their plans to deepen their partnership globally and provide more tightly integrated and automated storage and data management solutions. The companies intend to jointly develop integrated products and services—specifically in the areas of virtualization, storage and data management, and storage services and solutions.

"We introduced our Dynamic Infrastructures portfolio a year ago as the cornerstone of Fujitsu's global IT portfolio," said Kai Flore, President and CEO, Fujitsu Technology Solutions. "NetApp's strengths in unified storage align perfectly with our high-quality, high-performance and highly reliable Eternus SAN and storage software, creating a joint comprehensive storage portfolio to meet customer's every need."

The companies are currently working to integrate NetApp's storage management software into Fujitsu's resource management framework. The framework dynamically orchestrates servers, networks, storage and software into logical system platforms to run applications on demand. It also enables easier administration of data center environments, allows single console management of the entire infrastructure, and increases productivity and operational efficiency through ease of use.

The integrated offerings from the leading IT vendors will help customers reduce their capital expenditures, leverage their current operational experience. The companies also announced their intention to implement a global, joint go-to-market strategy involving complementary products.

The full integration of NetApp V-series with Fujitsu Eternus will enable customers to preserve their current investments with virtually no disruption to their operations.

The companies also intend to develop and offer a joint portfolio of advanced services including consulting, professional services, managed storage services and maintenance services.

IBM Collaborates With TN Colleges, Opens 6 CoEs

IBM announced extended collaboration with six engineering and technology
colleges in Tamil Nadu and opened up Centers of Excellence (CoE), creating a
unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on IBM software
products-like DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli-and develop
world-class business solutions.

The CoEs were launched at Sona College of Technology, Salem; KLN College of
Information Technology, Madurai; Kalasilingam University, Krishnankovil; RMK
College of Engineering, Chennai; Karpagam College of Engineering, Coimbatore
and Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore.

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems, while IBM
will extend its entire range of software suite free of charge. The software
vendor will follow a two-pronged approach. It will provide the colleges with
access to technologies relevant to the market and ensure that the right
skills are taught.

"Organizations are not looking for nuts-and-bolts programmers and
easy-to-document support workers," said Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager,
Academic Initiative, Developer Works and Globalization, IBM India and South
Asia. "Increased competitiveness and demand for the corresponding business
and technology skills will require students to develop a unique skill-set
never seen before but the supply of such people with the right skills for a
smart planet is increasingly inadequate. CoEs are an extension of IBM's
commitment to nurture skills for the 21st century."

Acer To Expand Gateway Channels

Acer India is planning the second phase of expansion for its Gateway brand.
Spanning over the next six months, the expansion plans include setting up
several shop-in-shops across multiple large format and multi-brand retails
stores. The vendor is also planning to refresh and introduce new product
lines to further augment the brand positioning.

"The initial roll out phase through 16 Croma stores has received a good
response, especially during the first three months of creating Gateway brand
presence in the country. We touched the critical 1,000 unit-per-month mark,"
informed S Rajendran, CMO, Acer India.

In the next phase, commenced in November 2009, Acer has expanded Gateway's
presence to other LFRs including Staples, Reliance Digital and eZone. The
vendor also plans to have shop-in-shop stores in 20 multi-brand
partner-driven retail outlets in top 10 cities.

"We decided against going in for branded specialty stores, since the market
where Gateway is currently being pitched is still small. The range is
specifically targeted at a customer who does not mind paying a premium for
Gateway's extra styling and design. The brand is positioned against top
consumer brands like Pavilion (HP) and Vaio (Sony)," Rajendran informed.

Acer is betting on tripling the monthly numbers during the same period to
around 3,000.

Currently, its new all-in-one desktops are being positioned in desktop
category and a wide range of notebooks and netbooks are being pitched in the
mobile computing category. As a precursor, Acer recently launched 11.6 inch
Gateway LT 3111-based on an AMD L110 platform.

"We will be launching more products as we ramp up numbers in this phase,"
said Rajendran.

Rajendran also clarified that Gateway will be a retail brand, sold either
through LFRs or proper retail outlets. "At this point of time, we don't plan
to engage with non-retail consumer channels."

Fw: NOKIA - Fresh looks and smart features: new Nokia 6700 slide and Nokia 7230 unveiled

Espoo, Finland - Nokia today unveiled two new 3G slider phones, the Nokia 6700 slide and Nokia 7230, made for the design-conscious consumer and optimized for socializing and sharing with those closest to you. 
Available in various fresh colors, with great imaging features and quick access to popular social networking communities, the Nokia 6700 slide and Nokia 7230 make a real style statement.
Both devices are expected to become available in the first quarter of 2010, and the retail prices before taxes and subsidies are anticipated to be EUR 160 for the Nokia 6700 slide, and EUR 100 for the Nokia 7230. 
Nokia 6700 slide - Capture and share quickly and easily
With a choice of six fresh and vivid colors - pink, red, petrol blue, aluminum, lime and purple - this slimline slider is sure to turn heads. Its compact size, modern design and aluminum finish feels great in the hand, and fits perfectly even in the smallest pocket or bag.
The smart capabilities of the Nokia 6700 slide are beautifully easy to use: The 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics is perfect for capturing and sharing moments as they happen. Favorite images can be edited on the go and uploaded to the web directly from the camera menu. The device's high speed 3G connectivity ensures your favorite communities are always as close as your Nokia 6700 slide.
Nokia 7230 - Share in style
Being connected has never looked so good. The Nokia 7230's compact slide design, colorful looks and solid set of features are a package that offers great value for money.
Sharing special moments and joy with friends and family is effortless, thanks to the 3.2 megapixel camera, large 2.4" display and fast 3G connectivity. With the Nokia 7230 in your pocket, you also have quick access to email, instant messaging and social networks on the go, and the subtle illumination indicates if you have missed calls or messages from your friends.
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\"SIP and RELIVE\" - Mocktail Making Contest at CT Campus

Jalandhar, 24 November (Doaba News Service)- CT Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology organized Mega Mock Tail Contest "Sip and Relieve" for the Hospitality students in the Maqsudan Campus. The Contest was held in the Training Restaurant and Training Bar of the Institute. Colorful and full of flavor mocktails gave all the fun of a cocktail. A collection of recipes for everyone to try from fruity, fizzy, creamy and colorful mocktails. All the mocktails were prepared by Hospitality students which were appreciated by all. Mocktails are for those who love cocktails, but can\'t or don\'t want to have alcohol, the answer is mock tails.

The Mock Tails included Acapulco Gold, Apple spider, Beach Comber, Coconut coolers, Cranberry cream cock tail, Cape cod sunrise, Black and Tan, Caribbean mocktail, Mickey Mouse, Blue lagoon, Yellow Jacket etc. In this contest, there were 70 contestants from which fifteen were short listed for the Semi final round. In the final round there were ten contestants to bag the award of best mocktail maker of the semester. Mr. Rajesh Sharma Food and Beverage Manager of the Cabbana Orchid, a Five Star Resort in Jalandhar, was designated as the esteemed judge of the occasion. He tasted every Mocktail prepared by the hospitality students and selected three Mocktails for the prizes. The first prize was coveted to Mr.Charanjeet's Group for making Mickey Mouse Mocktail and the second and third prize went respectively to Mr.Yogesh's Group and Mr. Harpreet's Group for making Yellow Jacket and Cranberry Cooler.

Students of Hotel Management under the guidance of Hotel Management Faculty Mr. Rahul Hans, Lecturer of F&B Service and Mr. Sashikant, mocktail experts were appreciated by the Managing Director Mr.Manbir Singh for making this event a special one. Mr.Manbir Singh, Managing Director of CT Educational Society said that these competitions are very important to raise the morale of the students.They are very helpful for their competitive spirit. He motivated all the students for their good task and gave his blessing to the students.

Presented at the occasion were Mr.Manbir Singh, Managing Director of CT Educational Society , Mr .Deepak Paul Principal, Mr.Karnail Singh (HOD) Department of Hotel Management. At the end, everyone enjoyed the Mocktails made by the students.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

\'Kids Unlimited\' Presented by Tiny Tots of CT Kindergarten

Jalandhar, 22 November (DNS)- The Kindergarten section of CT Public School held its Annual Prize Distribution Function and presented KIDS UNLIMITED here last week. The Chief Guest of this gala ceremony was Mrs. Seema Handa, Director Eklavya.

The tiny tots left the entire audience mesmerized as they began the function by presenting Saraswati Vandana to invoke the blessings of Goddess Saraswati. Jubilations – A birthday theme party dance of Pre Nursery kids and Billy Jeans by L.K.G transformed one and all to some magical world of fun and frolic. Then there came Nursery children walking the ramp in the Modeling event. The confidence of each model could be compared with any professional and innocence with an angel.

The Kathputli presentation of L.K.G students was a novelty that was appreciated by one and all. The students of CT Kindergarten presented CARESS, a musical enactment through which these future torch bearers of the nation gave a message of environmental awareness. They pleaded to one and all to stop cutting trees and to plant more and more trees for a healthier planet.

Kindergarten In charge Mrs. Anuradha Sharma welcomed the chief guest, the members of school management, other distinguished guests and parents in her welcome speech. The prizes in academics were given away by the Chief Guest Mrs. Seema Handa.

Also present on the occasion were Chairman CT Education Society S. Charanjit Singh Channi, Co - Chairperson Mrs. Parminder Kaur Channi, Managing Director Mr. Manbir Singh and Mrs. Tanika Channi.

In her Presidential remarks the Principal of the school, Mrs. Lakhvinder Kaur said that," Each child of CT Kindergarten has participated in today's function. Each little one handed in our care is special for us. In CT Kindergarten we polish and shape the personality of each gem so that he/she shines with gleam and confidence.

The chief guest of the day, Mrs. Seema Handa, Director Principal Eklavya appreciated the remarkable presentation of the tiny tots and their confidence level. She wished success to CT Public School in all its endeavours.

Chairman of CT Edu. Society S. Charanjit Singh Channi said,"CT Edu. Society aims at providing quality education to its students. I request all the parents to give their full support in all fields - be it academic or co-curricular activities so that the all round personality of the child can be shaped up." The function concluded with traditional colors of giddha presented by charming punjabans of CT Kindergarten.
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HCL K2 Academy Launched in CT Group of Institutions

Jalandhar, 22 November (Doaba News Service)- India\'s premier Information Communication and Technology Company HCL launched its K2 Academy in CT Group of Institutions Jalandhar. HCL-K2 Academy is a tailor made programme offering from HCL for Engineering and IT students, wherein HCL will provide training for completive technologies to the students at the CT Group of Institutions and also provide accreditation and other value added services to the CT.

Speaking at the occasion Chairman S. Charanjit Singh Channi said that it is a pride moment for the CT Group of Institutions when $5 billion company HCL will train our students for cutting edge technologies. It is a high time for us as educational providers to deliver best value added education to engineering students so that they can get benefit from the opportunities available in the corporate sector. HCL K2 Academy will help in improving placement of CT students"

Mr. Rajinder Kumar Executive Vice President HCL Infosystems Ltd. Said "CT Group of Institutions recognised the benefits to be derived for its students from an association with HCL. By being accredited CT as an HCL-K2 Academy, HCL shall provide training on Information Technology modules, Self-development and other technical trainings with other activities which shall provide its students with an edge in their future professional career."

While addressing the media persons Prof. Manhar Arora Director Corporate Relations and Placements said "Professional education providers can not work in isolation without the help of technology providers, for this reason we have join hand with the HCL as technology partner.

Further Prof. Arora added "Through HCL K2 Academy our students will undergo assessment time to time to improve themselves. Students will get HCL Certification depending upon the technology.

HCL will help in Industrial exposure by organizing Industrial visit at HCL Manufacturing Plant at Rudrapur / Chennai / Pondichery. Students shall be trained on Soft Skills/ Interview handling tips as per the industry requirement.

Apart from the said value additions by the HCL, the company will help CT Group of Institutions to organize and arrange Job Fairs; HR Meets for the placement of K2 Academy students, after training Mentorship to eligible candidates shall also be given said Prof. Arora.

Managing Director Manbir Singh extended his thanks to the HCL professionals and reiterated his commitment towards the students for their better career and placements.

Present at the occasion from HCL Mr. Naveen Chadha DGM ,Aashish Trivedi, National Head IA, Mukesh Narula National Head Delivery, Rajan Malhotra.
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13th Annual Athletic Meet of CT Public School 2009-10

Jalandhar, 22 November (Doaba News Service)- A two day Annual Athletic Meet of CT Public School concluded successfully last days.

A large number of students participated in all the races and other events. Infact, as many as 54 track and field events were held on both days and each event was keenly contested by the athletes belonging to all the four respective houses. For full two days, the school gave the appearance of the sports stadium and almost every student took pride in behaving as a sports person. All the events fully reflected true sportsmanship, spirit and enthusiasm associated with sports.

The final day function was presided over by the Principal of the school, Mrs. Lakhvinder Kaur. The sportsperson received their medals and trophies from the Chief Guest. There was a tough fight for various events such as Long Jump, Tripple Jump, 100m, 200m, 800m, Relay, Shot Put, Discuss Throw etc. and some of the important achievers were:-

Best Athlete

I. Sub Junior (Boys Section):-Jaspreet Singh-V class- Lotus House

Sub Junior(Girls Section):-Simranpreet–IV–Marigold House

II. Junior (Boys Section):- Kanwarvir – VIII – Rose House

Junior (Girls Section):- Simranjeet Kaur–VIII–Lotus House

III. Senior (Boys Section):- Jagroop – XI – Lotus House

Senior (Girls Section):- Dilpreet Kaur – IX - Lotus

The Cock House Trophy was lifted by Lotus House. The Principal of the school, in her presidential remarks, congratulated all the medal winners and appreciated the efforts of House Marshals and Activity In charge Miss Pooja Sharma as well as other teachers. She appreciated the efforts of HOD English & Hindi, Mr. Hardeep Singh and Mrs. Gurmeet Kaur for performing the stage. She also appreciated the Sports Department for preparing the students for various athletic events. She motivated the students to work out and play regularly to remain physically fit and excel in studies as well.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

National Level Tech-Fest at CT attracted 3000 students on Day One

Jalandhar, 21 November (Doaba News Service)- A Technical extravaganza Tech-Fest ENCORE '09 by the students of CT Group of Institutions at shahpur campus attracted as many as three thousand students from the various renowned engineering institutions from across India.

The inaugural function started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by S. Amarjeet Singh Samra, Hon'ble MLA. Sh. Avinash Chander Chief Parliamentary Secretary, S. Sarbjeet Singh Makker MLA, Sh. Rakesh Rathore, Mayor, Jalandhar S. Baljeet Singh Neelamahal, Chairman Improvement Trust Jalandhar.

On his welcome address Chairman S. Charanjeet Singh Channi said "The Techno Cultural Festival -ENCORE'09 has been organized to present the talent and skills of the budding professional in engineering before the society. With these events we have tried to boost the morale of the students and instill confidence in them so that they can face the challenges of the competitive world. We have also made efforts in learning methodology so that our students what they learnt in theoretical they should implement in practically.

Speaking at the occasion Managing Director Manbir Singh said "Encore '09 has an objective to help and support the global cause for Think Energy, Go Green! There are many events in this tech fest which was looked forward by the student community to provides a platform for the students to showcase their creative technical skills.

Apart from providing a forum for them to interact with their peer and experts from various academic institutions, the event would also help the students to think beyond the classroom leading to more innovation.

The Encore '09 Team has worked day and night for the past many months to make this happened. Around 800 students from CT volunteered organized this Tech-Fest to make successful.

More Than 50 events under the categories Technical, General and Cultural, Such as Reverse Gear, Motor Boat and Circuitrix is the ultimate battle of technical geeks. While Code programming and Zymmetry filled with challenges. Other attractions include Sargam, Fun Mathematics, Technical and fun Events included were Code Programming, Overnight Programming, Reverse Gear, Quiz, Motor Boat, MudRally, Circuitrix, Project Presentation, Paper Presentation, Debate, Zymmetry(designing in Auto CAD), One Minute Show, Drag on Quest, Slow Biking Race, Tug of War, Cricket, Fun Mathematics and Face Painting.

Group Director Dr. S. P. Aggarwal, Director Corporate Relations & Placement Prof. Manhar Arora, Dy. Director Mr. Sukhjinder Singh, were present on the occasion.
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Gatka competitions to be organized at international level-Bhullar

Chandigarh, November 20 (Doaba News Service) In a bid to promote and popularize centuries old martial art Gatka, Punjab Gatka Association (PGA) has planned to organize Gatka competitions from village level to international level on amateur basis. Besides this, PGA would grant scholarships to research scholars aspiring for doctorate in the field of Gatka to enrich the historical literature on Sikh martial art.

In a statement PGA president Mr Harcharn Singh Bhullar SSP Barnala said that the core purpose of the association was to manage, promote, standardize and popularise the game of Gatka and other martial arts on amateur basis. \"It is also meant to enable youth to stay fit n\' fine by keeping them away from drug abuse and other intoxicants and lead a disciplined life, he added.

He informed that till date the centuries old historical Gatka including other Sikh traditional martial art games, commenced by Sikh Gurus, have not been accorded due acknowledgment, recognition and participation by any sports body or government in any State. \"Our selfless motive is to awake the masses about this martial art, otherwise, it might happen that the next generation will be totally unaware of Gatka. It\'s a humble effort to revive a forgotten and dying art having historical significance\" he said.

Appreciating Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa former Union Minister and president Punjab Olympic Association (POA) for recognizing the PGA, Mr Bhullar also thanked the Deputy Chief Minister and Sports Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal and Dr Upinderjit Kaur Education Minister for incorporating the Gatka game into the Punjab sports calendar.

Elaborating scheduled plans he said that PGA has chalked out its sports calendar for the session of year 2009-2010. It had been planned that the district level Gatka competitions would be organised during the months of November-December and State level championship would be organised during the month of January 2010. Besides, Punjab School Education department has announced to organize state level Gatka tournament from November 29 at Sultanpur Lodhi, he added.

Mr Bhullar informed that Gatka Federation, a National body, have also been constituted. The National championship scheduled to hold during the month of January 2010. Before the National championship, scheduled to be held during the month of February 2010, the Gatka Federation would conduct national refresher course at Agra (U.P) for Gatka officials like referees, judges and technical advisors in order to conduct the upcoming competitions, he said.

In order to train the budding Gatkebaaz under the new rules constituted by the Gatka Federation, he said that PGA would establish Gatka Training Centers in each district. Besides, a Sikh Martial Art Research and Training Board (SMART Board) had also been constituted to grant scholarships to the aspiring research scholars doing Ph.D in the field of martial art, especially on Gatka, he added.

Mr Bhullar said that \"we are craving for according due gradation of Gatka game certificates by the State Government at par with certificates of other games for which a case has been filed before the Punjab sports department. This selfless effort would be a delayed humble tribute to our beloved Gurus in reviving the Sikh martial art\", he said.
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Experts stress on unity for global peace

Patiala, November 20 (DNS)- Noted Pakistani litterateur Fakhar Zaman, President of the World Punjabi Centre and chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters, has called upon writers, artists and intellectuals to fight a united battle against those who disrupt peace by their brutal and sadistic activities.

He was delivering the inaugural lecture on "Sansar aman nu darpesh chunotian", organised by the Punjabi University's World Punjabi Centre at the university's Senate Hall here yesterday.

VC Jaspal Singh said the present phase of neo-globalisation, which tends to promote materialistic and commercial tendencies among the masses, was the most dangerous threat to the global peace.
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State floats Rs 320 cr loan

Chandigarh, November 20 (DNS)- The Punjab Government, in consultation with Reserve Bank of India (RBI), today floated a Rs 320-crore loan to finance part of capital expenditure of plan schemes and other development schemes under execution.

According to an official spokesman, the state government notified the sale of Punjab Government stock (securities) of 10-year tenure for an aggregate Rs 320 crore. The spokesperson said consent of Central Government had already been obtained for floatation of this loan. Government stock would be sold through RBI Mumbai by auction on November 24, 2009.

Application forms duly filled in with competitive and non- competitive bids should be submitted in electronic format on the negotiated dealing system (NDS) to RBI, Mumbai, on November 24, 2009 by 12.30 p.m. and 11.30 a.m., respectively. Result of the auction would be displayed on November 25 and successful bidders would make payment the same day.

The spokesperson added that this loan would be repaid at par on November 25, 2019. He said interest will be paid every half yearly on May 25 and November 25 and cut off yield determined at the auction would be the coupon rate per cent per annum of the stock sold at the auction.
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Harper’s visit: Sidhu miffed

Jalandhar, November 20 (DNS)- The attitude of certain sections of the ruling SAD-BJP state government seems to have really miffed BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu. During the past two and half years, he has been denied either proper invitation or seat on the stage at official functions at least seven times.

However, not been invited to receive Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at Amritsar, from where he (Sidhu) has won three times in a row, proved to be the proverbial last straw for him.

Venting out his anger yesterday, he said, "By not providing me the opportunity to receive the Canadian Prime Minister, they have insulted 15 lakh people belonging to the Amritsar constituency that I represent in the Lok Sabha."

What appears to have upset him the most is that some people of his own government seem to have a role in this humiliation.

When Opposition Congress was ruling the state about 30 months ago, he was never denied invitation at the official functions where he was required to be invited as per the protocol.

There seems to be a calculated political design behind denying him invitation at the official functions for the last two and a half years. During Union Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Amritsar, efforts were made to ignore Sidhu.

The same thing happened during the inauguration of passport office and visit of the Union Health Minister. He was not given the turn to speak at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh centenary function.

During a national youth festival function at which Union Minister M.S. Gill was a chief guest, he was not extended a proper

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CM visits Egypt’s farm research centre

Chandigarh, November 20 (DNS)- Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today visited the Agriculture Research Centre (ARC) of Egypt, the largest such facility in the Middle East.

He also held a meeting with the directors of RAC and agricultural experts. In a statement issued here today, an official spokesman said the Chief Minister apprised the experts of the problem of saline groundwater in the state and sought their technical support to use less water for crops like cotton and paddy, apart from know-how on enhancing the productivity of cotton in the state.

Badal sought technical assistance from the ARC to make use of efficient and cost-effective treatment of water for agriculture purposes. The Chief Minister urged for exchange of technical know-how between their agri-experts and our experts at the Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana.

He also suggested training of our experts at the ARC, subscription of ARC journals and sought their guidance in wheat & cotton research.

The directors of the ARC told Badal that they had developed certain varieties of crops that have short cycles in order to conserve water. For example, they have developed a wheat variety that has a 120-day cycle instead of the usual 160-day cycle.
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Sikh bodies demand leaders’ release

Bathinda, November 20 (DNS)- Members of the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC), Sant Samaj and other Sikh organisations, led by KAC convener Bhai Mohkam Singh, today held a dharna outside the mini secretariat here, seeking release of Baba Hardip Singh, Ranjit Singh, Ghudar Singh Mehraj and withdrawal of the case registered against them.

Their other demands included the imposition of ban on "naam charcha" of the Dera in the state, and presentation of challan against the Dera head in a court.

Among others who were present at the dharna included former Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Jasbir Singh Khalsa, leader of Sant Samaj Sant Baljit Singh Daduwal Wale and spokesman of KAC Gurdeep Singh.

They gave a deadline to the government for the release of the leaders, arrested in connection with the Sikh-Dera Sacha Sauda conflict that allegedly took place on October 4 at Mehraj village of this district, by December 6.

If the government fails to do so, they have threatened to take out an "insaaf (justice)" march on December 7 from here to the native village of Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal.

Mohkam Singh said the protest march would be held in a peaceful manner by raising of slogans and "jaikaras". The activists would also gherao the "kothi" of the CM, at his native Badal village, about 35 km from here.

He called upon the Sikhs to start preparations for mobilising people to participate in the march in order to send out a message to the CM that he should not confront with the Sikh Panth by extending support to the head of Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Hinting at the Dera head, he said Badal had become friendly with the "enemies" of the Sikh Panth.

A deputation of the KAC, Sant Samaj, and other Sikh organisations will also meet the CM before December 6 for the release of the arrested Sikh leaders. They will also demand the release of president of the SAD (Panch Pardhanai) Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu.
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Wholesale prices down but eggs, broiler still dear

Chandigarh, November 20 (Doaba News Service)- Poultry traders in Punjab are allegedly responsible for holding the prices of most poultry products, even as the wholesale prices of eggs and broilers have come down.

As a result, consumers have to pay unreasonably high prices for eggs (between Rs 45-Rs 50 per dozen) and broiler (Rs 120-Rs 130 per kg) in different cities of the state. This, even as the wholesale prices of eggs have come down from Rs 330 per 100 eggs to Rs 290 per 100 eggs and that of broiler from Rs 70 to Rs 50. While poultry farmers say there is no reason for the high prices in the market, the consumers are being forced to shell out more.

G. S. Bedi, president of the Amritsar Poultry Industries Association, said the wholesale prices had crashed not just in Punjab but also in the wholesale market in Delhi. "Generally, the prices of chicken and eggs rise at this time of year, backed by a rising consumer demand. But never ever have the prices gone so high. When the prices reached their peak at the beginning of this month, the demand had fallen sharply. That is when most poultry farmers decided to absorb the hike in input costs and lower the wholesale prices. The retail prices now continue to be high because the traders and retailers are making a profit," he said.

Poultry farmers say this year the price of eggs is high because a number of layers had died due to heat stress earlier this year. The drought-like situation through the summer months led to a poor supply of eggs, leading to a price hike. Also, the high prices of poultry feed like maize (Rs 1150 per quintal now as compared to Rs 850 per quintal last November) and of soya (Rs 2000 per quintal now as compared to Rs 1400 per quintal last year) have increased the cost of production for the poultry farmers.

Surjit Singh Sagri, chairman of the North Zone Broiler Breeders Association, too, said that though the wholesale prices had come down now, the retailers and traders continued to hold on to the high prices. "The wholesale price of eggs is now Rs 290 per 100 eggs, while that of broiler is around Rs 46-50. So, the retail prices should have come down accordingly," he said.
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Police suspends wrestler Khali

Jalandhar, November 20 (DNS)- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion Khali, who recently returned to India, has been placed under suspension for being absent from duty since December last.

Dalip Singh Rana, alias Khali, is an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) with the 7th Battalion of Punjab Armed Police (PAP). Taking disciplinary action against Rana, the Commandant of the 7th Battalion, Arunpal Singh, suspended the wrestler on Wednesday.

Sources revealed that Inspector-General of Police G.S. Sahota had sent Rana's file to the Commandant for necessary action after Khali applied for five-year leave last month. Arunpal Singh claimed Rana was on ex-India leave. He had already used his medical and privilege leave and was missing from duty since December last. Khali had applied for 'extraordinary leave' to which he was not entitled. The department had already asked him to join duty or face disciplinary action. The action was taken against him as he not only failed to join duty but also sought further leave that was not permissible.

Hailing from Dhirana village in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh, Khali is looked upon as an icon by many youngsters and has even bagged roles in Hollywood movies like the Adam Sandler-starrer 'The Longest Yard' and a forthcoming flick, 'Get Smart with Bill Murray'.
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UT to host global Sikh meeting

Chandigarh, November 20 (Doaba News Service)- When eminent Sikh scholars, academicians, doctors, retired defence officers, bureaucrats, lawyers and businessmen owing allegiance to the International Sikh Confederation assemble here next Sunday, important issues facing the Sikh community are expected to come up for discussion.

The confederation's general house meeting would review all major activities besides deliberating upon important and sensitive issues like ban on turban and carrying kirpan besides incidents of racial discrimination against Sikhs. Set up in 2005, the International Sikh Confederation has enlarged its area of activities to rural healthcare and education and youth empowerment besides continuing to delve on major issues, including turban and kirpan besides racial discrimination.

Confederation chief executive officer Lt-Gen (retired) Kartar Singh says that under its scheme to set up coaching centres for rural youth to prepare them for competitions and employment, a centre is already running at Mukandpur, Nawanshahr.

The confederation has adopted Sarkpara village in Fatehgarh Sahib as a model project to improve rural healthcare. It gives scholarships to deserving rural and needy students. Guru Nanak Education Fund, an initiative of Queen's Council member Justice Mota Singh, has been one of its most commendable initiatives to educate rural and needy youth. It would also discuss implementation of the PM's 15-point programme by allotting scholarships to rural students from minorities The growing problem of unemployment would also come up.

Eminent farm scientists including Sardara Singh Johl, Gurcharan Singh Kalkat besides Justice Mota Singh, Gurdev Singh Brar, Dr Gurbux Singh, Dr Sukhmandar Singh, Manjit Singh Calcutta, Dr Kulwant Kaur, Gurpreet Singh, Lt-Col Jagtar Singh Multani and Bibi Baljit Kaur represent the confederation.
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Ban cotton export & we march to Delhi: Farmers

Jalandhar, November 20 (Doaba News Service)- After Uttar Pradesh farmers protested against sugarcane prices, Punjab farmers are now threatening to march to Delhi if the Union Government bans export of cotton.

Punjab is the leading producer of medium staple cotton in the north followed by Haryana and Rajasthan. The government has assessed a combined production of 35 lakh bales from the states, half of it from Punjab. Already 13.5 lakh bales have already arrived in these states. At present, cotton prices range from Rs 3,000-Rs 3,200 a quintal. In the international market, cotton is placed at about 68-69 cent per pound against last year's price of 42 cent per pound. Cotton seed is also selling at Rs 1,550 per quintal against Rs 1,200 last year.

For the past several days, textile mill owners have been lobbying in Delhi to impress upon the Union Government to ban export of cotton to bring down its price in the domestic market. The Union textile and commerce and industry ministers have also supported the textile lobby.

However, Punjab farmers have said that banning export of cotton would hit them hard. "If export of cotton is banned, we will take on the government in a big way," warned Bhartiya Kisan Union president Balbir Singh Rajewal. The price of cotton is expected to come down by Rs 300-400 a quintal the day its export is banned.

"To ban export, the textile lobby is presenting a misleading picture before the media and government about production of cotton in the country," Rajewal said. "Earlier, the Union Government had played in the hands of sugar millers. They effected an amendment to replace the statutory minimum price (SMP) provision with fair and remunerative price (FRP) to deny proper price to sugarcane growers," he added.

The Cotton Advisory Board (CAB) of India had projected production of 305 lakh bales in August. It was revised to 295 lakh bales in September after reports that some crop had been damaged due to rain in August-September in some parts of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. There was also a carry over of 72 lakh bales from last year. The textile industry, however, estimated production to hover around 260 lakh bales this year.

Even going by their assessment, around 332 lakh bales -- including the carry over stock -- would be available in the domestic market whereas the industry needs only 240 lakh bales to meet its requirement. After meeting the requirement of industry, there will be surplus 92 lakh bales available in the domestic market. After exporting 40 lakh bales, 52 lakh would still be available in the domestic market to use as carry over stock in the following year.

"Why is the industry lobbying to ban export when a huge surplus stock is projected to be available?" Rajewal questioned. He said that last year the Cotton Advisory Board had fixed a target to export 50 lakh bales but only exported 33 lakh. So far this year, traders have got orders to export 18 lakh bales.

Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader Balwinder Singh Bhunder has strongly opposed the move to ban export of cotton.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Jalandhar, 17 November (Doaba News Service)- CT Institute of Management and Information Technology, today organized "RENDEZVOUS – ALUMNI MEET 2009" in its Maqsudan Campus where as many as more than 300 former students of the institute participated along with their families. Inaugurating the Alumni Meet, S. Charanjit singh Channi, the Chairman of CT Group of Institution said that our purpose to organize this programme is to bring all our former students under one umbrella of CT family where they could have interaction with their mentors and fellow friends which could help them to grow further in their career and life as well.

Highlighting the achievements of some of the former students presently working at the senior positions in the companies like Adobe,Mc Donalds and getting a very good pay packages in the range of Rs. 3 lac to 6 lac, Mr Channi said that their career achievements are the rewards of their hardwork and dedication with which they have been working right from the time when they were the students of this institute.

Dr Ashwani Kansra, Director, CTIMIT and a team of senior faculty members gave a rousing welcome to the old students thus giving them a feeling of special guests of the day. To honour some of the students – being the distinguished achievers in their fields – a special award giving ceremony was also held on this occasion. Further Cash Award of Rs. 5000/- each to as many as 10 meritous students having secured 85% or alone in the university exam of 2007-2008 was also given by the H'ble Chairman Sior of Ct Group. Items like classical dance performances, bhangra etc were some of the other attractions of the day.

Dr Kansra further announced the formation of Alumni Association with the following being its office bearers: Mr Vineet (MBA ) (president), Mr Gaurav Khanna(MBA ) (vice-president), Ms. Taniya Majra(BHM) (secretary) and Mr.Anurag Rana (BCA) as (finance secretary) and invited them to take charge of the future activities of the association.

Mr Rajan Sharma, Co-ordinator of this programme delivered a valedictory address and expressed his heartiest thanks to the students for being here on this occasion. He specially conveyed this gratitude to the CT management and its managing director Mr Manbir Singh and all the faculty members for extending all the possible help in organizing this programme.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

ਗੱਤਕੇਬਾਜਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਟ੍ਰੇਨਿੰਗ ਦੇਣ ਲਈ ਜ੍ਹਿਲ੍ਹਾ ਪੱਧਰ ਤੇ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਕੋਚਿੰਗ ਸੈਂਟਰ ਖੋਲੇ ਜਾਣਗੇ-ਭੁੱਲਰ

ਚੰਡੀਗੜ੍ਹ 14 ਨਵੰਬਰ: ਲਗਭਗ ਤਿੰਨ ਸਦੀਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਹੁਣ ਤੱਕ ਅਣਗੌਲੀ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਖੇਡ ਦੀ ਮੁੜ੍ਹ ਗੌਰਵਮਈ ਸ਼ਾਨੋ-ਸ਼ੌਕਤ ਤੇ ਸਰਦਾਰੀ ਬਹਾਲ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਇਸ ਵਿਰਾਸਤੀ ਖੇਡ ਦੇ ਪਿੰਡ ਪੱਧਰ ਤੇ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਅੰਤਰਰਾਸ਼ਟਰੀ ਪੱਧਰ ਤੱਕ ਮੁਕਾਬਲੇ ਕਰਵਾਏ ਜਾਣਗੇ ਅਤੇ ਗੱਤਕੇ ਬਾਰੇ ਪੀ.ਐਚ ਡੀ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਇੱਛਕ ਖੋਜਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵਿੱਤੀ ਸਹਾਇਤਾ ਦੇ ਕੇ ਖੋਜਕਾਰਜ਼ਾਂ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਮਾਰਸ਼ਲ ਆਰਟ ਦੇ ਅਮੁੱਲ ਇਤਿਹਾਸ ਨੂੰ ਸੰਭਾਲਿਆ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ

ਅੱਜ ਇਥੇ ਇਹ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਪ੍ਰਗਟ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਸ੍ਰ: ਹਰਚਰਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਭੁੱਲਰ ਐਸ.ਐਸ.ਪੀ. ਬਰਨਾਲਾ ਨੇ ਗੱਤਕੇ ਨੂੰ ਖੇਡਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਿਰਮੌਰ ਜਥੇਬੰਦੀ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਉਲੰਪਿਕ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ (ਪੀਓਏ) ਵੱਲੋਂ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਦੇਣ ਲਈ ਪੀਓਏ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਸ੍ਰ: ਸੁਖਦੇਵ ਸਿੰਘ ਢੀਂਡਸਾ ਅਤੇ ਸਕੱਤਰ ਸ੍ਰ: ਰਾਜਾ ਸਿੱਧੂ ਦਾ ਦਿਲੀ ਸ਼ੁਕਰੀਆ ਅਦਾ ਕਰਦੇ ਹੋਏ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਰਾਜ ਦੇ ਸਕੂਲਾਂ, ਕਾਲਜਾਂ ਤੇ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਗੱਤਕੇ ਨੂੰ ਖੇਡ ਕੈਲੰਡਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਕਰਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਉਪ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਤੇ ਖੇਡ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਸ੍ਰ: ਸੁਖਬੀਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਬਾਦਲ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖਿਆ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਡਾ: ਉਪਿੰਦਰਜੀਤ ਕੌਰ ਦਾ ਤਹਿਦਿਲੋਂ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਖੇਡ ਨੂੰ ਇਹ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਮਿਲਣਾ ਸਮੂਹ ਗੱਤਕੇਬਾਜ਼ਾਂ ਤੇ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਪ੍ਰੇਮੀਆਂ ਲਈ ਬਹੁਤ ਫਖਰ ਤੇ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਵਾਲੀ ਗੱਲ ਹੈ

ਸ੍ਰ: ਭੁੱਲਰ ਨੇ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਾਹਿਬਾਨ ਤੇ ਦਸਮੇਸ਼ ਪਿਤਾ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਵਲੋਂ ਅਸ਼ੀਰਵਾਦ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਸਿੱਖ ਮਾਰਸ਼ਲ ਆਰਟ ਨੂੰ ਲਗਭਗ ਤਿੰਨ ਸਦੀਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਹੁਣ ਤੱਕ ਅਣਗੋਲੇ ਹੀ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈਇਸ ਸ਼ਾਨਾਮੱਤੇ ਅਤੇ ਗੌਰਵਮਈ ਵਿਰਸੇ ਨਾਲ ਜੁੜੀਆਂ ਖੇਡਾਂ ਦੀ ਮੁੜ੍ਹ ਉਹੀ ਸ਼ਾਨੋ-ਸ਼ੌਕਤ ਤੇ ਸਰਦਾਰੀ ਬਹਾਲ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਮੰਤਵ ਤਹਿਤ ਖਾਲਸੇ ਦੀ ਜਨਮ ਭੂਮੀ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਆਨੰਦਪੁਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਿਖੇ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ ਦਾ ਗਠਨ ਪੰਥ ਦੀਆਂ ਉਘੀਆਂ ਸਿੱਖ ਸੰਪਰਦਾਵਾਂ, ਨਿਹੰਗ ਮੁੱਖੀਆਂ ਤੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਸਖਸ਼ੀਅਤਾਂ ਦੀ ਹਾਜ਼ਰੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੋਇਆ

ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਐਲਾਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਕਿ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਗੱਤਕੇਬਾਜ਼ਾਂ ਦੇ ਉਚੇਰੀ ਪੜ੍ਹਾਈ ਜਾਂ ਨੌਕਰੀ ਆਦਿ ਵਿੱਚ ਜਾਣ ਸਮੇਂ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਖੇਡ ਦੇ ਸਰਟੀਫਿਕੇਟਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਹੋਰਨਾਂ ਖੇਡਾਂ ਦੇ ਸਰਟੀਫਿਕੇਟਾਂ ਵਾਂਗ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਦਿਵਾਈ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ ਜਿਸ ਲਈ ਕੇਸ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਅਧੀਨ ਹੈਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ ਦਾ ਮੁੱਖ ਉਦੇਸ਼ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਖੇਡ ਦੀ ਮਕਬੂਲੀਅਤ ਨੂੰ ਵਧਾਉਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਕੌਮੀ ਤੇ ਅੰਤਰਰਾਸ਼ਟਰੀ ਪੱਧਰ ਤੱਕ ਹੋਣ ਵਾਲੀਆਂ ਖੇਡਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਕਰਵਾਉਣਾ ਹੈਇਸ ਅਦੂੱਤੀ ਖੇਡ ਦੇ ਰਾਜ ਅਤੇ ਕੌਮੀ ਪੱਧਰ 'ਤੇ ਨਿਯਮਬੱਧ ਢੰਗ ਨਾਲ ਮੁਕਾਬਲੇ ਕਰਵਾਉਣ ਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਪ੍ਰਫੁੱਲਤ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਸਮੂਹ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਪ੍ਰੇਮੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਭਰਪੂਰ ਸਹਿਯੋਗ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ

ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ ਦੇ ਹੋਰ ਉਦੇਸ਼ਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਦੀਆਂ ਪੁਰਾਣੇ ਇਸ ਮਾਰਸ਼ਲ ਆਰਟ ਨੂੰ ਸਮੁੱਚੀ ਦੁਨੀਆਂ ਅੱਗੇ ਨਿਵੇਕਲੇ ਢੰਗ ਨਾਲ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਿਤ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਦੇਸ਼-ਵਿਦੇਸ਼ਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਖੇਡ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਰ-ਪਸਾਰ ਲਈ ਟੀਮਾਂ ਦਾ ਅਦਾਨ-ਪ੍ਰਦਾਨ ਕਰਨਾ, ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਅਤੇ ਪਵਿੱਤਰ ਦਿਹਾੜਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਮੌਕੇ ਗੱਤਕੇ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਨੀ ਮੈਚ ਕਰਾਉਣੇ, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿਰਸੇ ਅਤੇ ਸਭਿਆਚਾਰ ਦਾ ਵਿਕਾਸ ਕਰਨਾ, ਸਮਾਜ ਸੇਵੀ ਕਾਰਜਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਨੌਜਵਾਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਵੱਧ ਤੋਂ ਵੱਧ ਸ਼ਾਮੂਲੀਅਤ ਕਰਵਾਉਣਾ, ਨਸ਼ਾਖੋਰੀ ਅਤੇ ਦਾਜ ਤੇ ਭਰੂਣ ਹੱਤਿਆ ਦੇ ਖਿਲਾਫ ਮੁਹਿੰਮ ਚਲਾਉਣਾ, ਗਰੀਬ ਅਤੇ ਦੱਬੇ-ਕੁਚਲੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਮੱਦਦ ਕਰਨਾ ਆਦਿ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹੈ

ਸ੍ਰ: ਭੁੱਲਰ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ ਵਲੋਂ ਭਵਿੱਖ ਵਿੱਚ ਗੱਤਕੇਬਾਜਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬਿਹਤਰੀਨ ਟ੍ਰੇਨਿੰਗ ਦੇਣ ਲਈ ਜ੍ਹਿਲ੍ਹਾ ਪੱਧਰ ਉਤੇ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਕੋਚਿੰਗ ਸੈਂਟਰ ਸਥਾਪਿਤ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾਣਗੇਇਸ ਤੋਂ ਇਲਾਵਾ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ ਵਲੋਂ ਸਿੱਖ ਮਾਰਸ਼ਲ ਆਰਟਸ ਰਿਸਰਚ ਤੇ ਟ੍ਰੇਨਿੰਗ ਬੋਰਡ (SMART Board) ਦਾ ਗਠਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਜੋ ਮਾਰਸ਼ਲ ਆਰਟ, ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਕਰਕੇ ਗੱਤਕੇ ਬਾਰੇ ਵੱਖ-ਵੱਖ ਖੋਜਕਾਰਜ਼ਾਂ ਲਈ ਪੀ.ਐਚ ਡੀ (Ph.D) ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਇੱਛਕ ਖੋਜਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵਜ਼ੀਫੇ (Scholarship) ਦੇ ਰੂਪ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਿੱਤੀ ਸਹਾਇਤਾ ਦੇ ਕੇ ਨਿਯਮਬੱਧ ਅਤੇ ਵਿਗਿਆਨਿਕ ਅਧਾਰ 'ਤੇ ਕਿਤਾਬਾਂ ਛਪਵਾ ਕੇ ਮਾਰਸ਼ਲ ਆਰਟਸ ਦੇ ਅਮੁੱਲ ਇਤਿਹਾਸ ਨੂੰ ਸੰਭਾਲਿਆ ਜਾ ਸਕੇ

ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੱਤਕਾ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ ਵਲੋਂ ਆਯੋਜਿਤ ਭਵਿੱਖ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰੋਗਰਾਮਾਂ ਦੀ ਰੂਪਰੇਖਾ ਦੱਸਦਿਆਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਨਵੰਬਰ-ਦਸੰਬਰ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਗੱਤਕੇ ਦੇ ਜਿਲ੍ਹਾ ਪੱਧਰੀ ਮੁਕਾਬਲੇ ਕਰਵਾਏ ਜਾਣਗੇ ਅਤੇ ਜਨਵਰੀ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਸੂਬਾ ਪੱਧਰੀ ਮੁਕਾਬਲੇ �

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cabinet nod to new police distt.

Chandigarh, November 11

The state government yesterday approved the creation of new police district Jalandhar (Rural) comprising the sub divisions of Nakodar, Shahkot and Phillaur. A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting of the Council of Ministers chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here.

Giving details of the meeting, CM's Media Adviser Harcharan Bains said the council had also approved amendment in the policy pertaining to disposal of rural evacuee land by transfer on the basis of continuous cultivation and possession to its currently unauthorised occupants. As per the amended conditions, continuous undisputed cultivating possession of eligible applicants should be established in the revenue record from kharif crop 2004 for the transfer of land. It also approved the proposal to amend Section 153-A and Section 295-A of the IPC to make the law more stringent to ensure punishment to those who flare up communal tension and exploit religious sentiments. The council also reviewed the ongoing procurement operations of paddy and expressed satisfaction over smooth and hassle-free lifting of procurement so far and hoped it would cross the target of 140 lakh MT.

The draft of the revised rates of court fee was also cleared and it was decided to carryout the revision of these rates through an ordinance to be prepared by department of Legal and Legislative Affairs. It also approved the acquisition of land for the construction of a subdivisional complex at Shahkot in Jalandhar district.
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High Court breather for Amarinder

Chandigarh, November 11

Punjab's former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh cannot be caught by surprise. Taking up his petition for blanket anticipatory bail plea, Justice SD Anand today directed the issuance of a seven-day prior notice in case any wing of the Punjab police wanted him.

Amarinder Singh had moved the high court seeking directions for the grant of blanket bail to him in view of what he termed as politics of vendetta unleashed against him by the Akali-BJP government since it came to power.

"The SAD-BJP alliance led by Parkash Singh Badal does not seem to have any agenda except to unleash revenge against its political opponents," the former CM had asserted.

He added that the manner and method adopted by the Punjab police in arresting its former chief SS Virk, while ignoring all norms and rules of law, showed the working of a vindictive mind which could go to any extent to take revenge.

Describing it as "shameless abuse of power" and "mockery of provisions of law", he said the state machinery was being misused for involving opponents in false cases.
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CBI to probe Tarn Taran double murder

Chandigarh, November 11

Passing strictures on the Punjab Police for its failure to make "up to the mark" efforts in bringing to book the culprits in a double murder case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has entrusted the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI).

Nearly eight years after Tarn Taran resident Sukhdeep Singh and his brother-in-law head constable Rashpal Singh were murdered, Justice Augustine George Masih has directed a CBI officer not below the DSP's rank would carry out the investigations.

The directions follow a petition by Sukhdeep Singh's father, Som Singh. Taking up his complaint, the police had registered FIR number 12 for murder and another offence under Section 302 and 201 of the IPC at Chabbal police station on January 28, 2002.

An untraced report submitted by the police following its inability to find out the murderers was subsequently accepted by Tarn Taran judicial magistrate (first class) on July 23, 2005.

Justice Masih took note of the fact that the order accepting the report was passed without issuing notice to the petitioner complainant. Notices were, rather, issued to an accused in the case Rajbir Singh on several occasions.

Coming down heavily on the Punjab police for its inability to take the matter to its logical conclusion, Justice Masih asserted: "I am sad as the investigation conducted by the police in the present case is much below the required care and caution expected of an investigating agency. The efforts made by the police are not up to the mark and the matter requires a thorough and a deep investigation by a specialised agency."

Justice Masih added keeping in view the totality of facts and circumstances of the case, the court "is satisfied that the matter requires deep and thorough investigation by the CBI".

The state had earlier contended all efforts had been made by the police to find out the truth, but was unable to collect any evidence pointing an accusing finger towards any person.

Before parting with the orders, Justice Masih asserted: "The complete record be handed over by the state of Punjab to the CBI, Chandigarh, within three weeks from the receipt of the order's copy".
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SAD to field young faces: Sukhbir

Jalalabad, November 10

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said young faces would get a chance to contest in the ensuing elections to the general House of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

While talking to the mediapersons after laying the foundation stones of various development projects in Jalalabad today, Sukhbir said more than 60 per cent population consisted of youths and, thus, it was imperative for the SAD to give due representation to the dedicated youngsters during the forthcoming SGPC elections. He said final decision regarding allotment of tickets would be taken by the working committee of the party.

The Deputy Chief Minister also stated that the SAD-BJP government had put the state on the roadmap to development as construction work was on fast track and over 800 km of national and state highways were being widened at a combined cost of Rs 5,000 crore.
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BJP steals the show in Nangal MC poll

Nangal, November 11

The BJP stole the show during the municipal council elections that concluded here yesterday. The party won seven seats while three Independent candidates (supported by the BJP) were declared winners. One candidate from the Nangal Vikas Parishad and eight from the Congress won in different wards. All SAD candidates failed to open account.

ADC Manishvi Kumar said about 80 per cent polling was reported. Baljit Kaur from the Nangal Vikas Parishad won from ward No 1. The winning Congress candidates include Harpal Bhasin from ward No 2, Surinder Pamma from ward No 3, Abju Bala from ward No 10, Indu Bala from ward No 11, Paramjit Singh Pamma from ward No 12, Sonia Saini from ward No 13, Shashi Sandal from ward No 14 and Anita Sharma from ward No 19.

Winning BJP candidates are Chanchal Sharma from ward No 4, Sukhdev Parmar from ward No 5, Shobha Rana from ward No 7, Rakesh Sharma from ward No 8, Rajinder Hans from ward No 15, Ashok Puri from ward no 17 and Dr Rajinder Kumar from ward No 18.

BJP-supported Independent candidates are Ranjit Singh from ward No 6, Rajesh Chaudhary from ward No 9 and Saroj Bala from ward No 16.

While there is thin margin of victory, the decision of winning candidate from the Nangal Vikas Parishad may remain a deciding factor.

BJP leaders like Tikshan Sud and Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu had campaigned for their party candidates. The honour of sitting Nangal Congress MLA Rana KP Singh and BJP leader chairman district planning board Madan Mohan Mittal was at stake during the elections. They had been camping in the area for the past many days.
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Amritsar, Jalandhar, Bathinda, Patiala and Ludhiana MCs to submit Fire Safety report in 15 days

Ludhiana, November 11

Following Supreme Court directions, the Punjab Local Bodies (LB) Department has directed all the five Municipal Corporations, including Amritsar, Jalandhar, Bathinda, Patiala and Ludhiana, to submit a fire safety report of schools in their respective cities within 15 days.

According to the directions, the fire department of the civic bodies has been asked to inspect schools in their cities on five-point agenda, prepare a report and submit it directly to Punjab Education Director and a copy to the LB department.

The points on basis of which schools are going to be inspected for fire fighting includes - firstly, whether before granting affiliation to the schools the state governments or union territories have ensured that the buildings were constructed according to the safety norms incorporated in the National Building Code (NBC) of India.

Secondly, all existing primary and private schools shall install fire extinguishers within a span of six months. Thirdly, whether the school buildings are kept free from inflammable and toxic material. If the storage is inevitable, they should be stored safely.

Fourthly, we direct that the concerned engineers and officials must strictly follow the NBC guidelines and safety certification be issued only after proper inspection. Dereliction in duty must attract immediate disciplinary action against the concerned officials. Lastly, whether training has been imparted to the staff and other officials of the school to use the fire extinguishers.

Interestingly, government schools are likely to fall short of the basic requirements of the the five-point test agenda as they are running at the mercy of political leaders. Senior officials from the fire department of these corporations said, "While the government schools don't have infrastructure for students, how can you expect a fire extinguisher. Similarly, every city in Punjab has private schools in congested areas and it would be a major lacuna of the state that would be highlighted after the submission of the report."
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Deserted NRI brides advocate female foeticide

Jalandhar, November 11

Deserted by their NRI husbands, scores of Punjabi girls, who seem to have exhausted jall avenues for seeking justice, have been advocating female foeticide.

Apprehending a bleak future for their daughters as the government and the judiciary had "failed" in their cases, the harassed girls and their parents do not want to see their daughters and granddaughters to go through the same ordeal.

Narrating their tales of woes to The Tribune, over two dozen girls from across the state accompanied by Lok Bhalai Party chief Balwant Singh Ramuwalia advocated female foeticide. They lamented that the state machinery, including the police, administration, politicians and courts, have turned mute towards their agony. Holding back tears Rajwinder Kaur of Kapurthala and Sukhwinder Kaur of Jalandhar alleged they were deserted by their NRI husbands, Gurpreet Singh (in Australia) and Sukhdep Singh (in Canada), respectively, for money. After marriage the duo flew to their respective countries and demanded money from the girls. They even solominised second marriages without seeking divorce.

Majority of the girls alleged harassment by their in-laws too. Many of them have been forced to live with their parents. After spending huge amounts on the weddings, they are now fighting a long legal battles to get back their dignity. The worst affected are the children who have been deprived of their rights.

Meanwhile, Ramoowalia said he had prepared a special form for foreign marriages and appealed to the government to make it mandatory so that the "cheaters" could be bridled. the LBP chief claimed that he would approach Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on the issue and also present him with a copy of the form to help curb the menace and provide justice to the deserted wives.
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Two-day police remand for Janjua

Mohali, November 10

A local court today sent Vijay Kumar Janjua, Director-cum-Secretary in the Department of Industries and Commerce, to a two-day police remand. He was yesterday arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on the charges of accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from a Ludhiana-based industrialist to facilitate allotment of a vacant plot.

The officials claimed to have recovered a diary containing vital details connected to the case. Public prosecutor Vijay Singla, while seeking the remand, said to decode the writings in the diary, questioning of the civil servant was required.

The vigilance officials further claimed that they had recovered foreign currency, three sale deeds and a fixed deposit of Rs 15 lakh from Janjua. The role of the bureaucrat disbursing subsidies to the industries and allotting plots to his favourites was also being probed.

While coming out of the court, Janjua alleged that the complainant had settled an old score with him. His wife Prabhjot Janjua also claimed that her husband has been framed. "We would fight the case court and unravel the truth," she said.

Meanwhile, Janjua's supporters, including industrialists from the Mohali Industries Association, were present in there. They raised slogan against the government.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fw: NOKIA - Nokia launches five new affordable mobile phones and Nokia Life Tools in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia -  Nokia Life Tools, the service which gives consumers in small towns and rural areas the ability to get a range of livelihood and life-improvement services on their mobile phones, will launch in Indonesia in early December 2009. Nokia also announced five new affordable and easy-to-use phones which will support Nokia Life Tools, and these phones will also be available globally.
"Following the successful launch of Nokia Life Tools in India, where people are getting the benefits of vital information sent directly to their mobile phones, we are pleased to bring this service to consumers in Indonesia," said Dieter May, Vice President, Emerging Markets, Nokia.  "Inform, Involve, Empower - the vision of Nokia Life Tools - applies no matter where it's implemented. With the number of devices that Nokia Life Tools supports, including the five new phones we are announcing today, we are giving people the solution that suits them the most."
Five new mobile phones designed for consumers in emerging markets
With affordability and ease of use as the cornerstones of solutions for emerging markets, the five new Nokia phones - Nokia 1280, Nokia 1616, Nokia 1800, Nokia 2220 slide and Nokia 2690 - support Nokia Life Tools, and bring with them all the features that consumers around the world have come to expect.
Priced at EUR 20, EUR 24 and EUR 26 respectively (before taxes and subsidies), the Nokia 1280, Nokia 1616 and Nokia 1800 support FM radio, prepaid tracker, flashlight, anti-scratch cover and dust-resistant keymat, among other features. The long battery life, with up to 22 days of standby time, is vital for people in areas where access to electricity is limited.
Nokia 1280                      Nokia 1616                     Nokia 1800 
The Nokia 2220 slide and the Nokia 2690, priced at EUR 45 and EUR 54 (before taxes and subsidies), also support email on the device through Ovi Mail, giving people in developing markets their first digital identity directly from their handsets. Ovi Mail accounts can be created on the device and people can start sending and receiving emails without ever needing a PC. Other device features include FM radio, VGA camera, GPRS and MMS support, phone books for up to 1,000 contacts, and Bluetooth. Standby times for the Nokia 2220 slide and Nokia 2690 are about 20 days and 13 days respectively.
Nokia 2220 slide              Nokia 2690
The first of the five new mobile phones will begin shipping before the end of 2009, with others expected to start shipping in the first half of 2010.
Nokia Life Tools in Indonesia
Nokia Life Tools will be available across Indonesia from early December 2009, with the Agriculture service available for Java and Sumatra at the first stage, and Education and Entertainment services available nation-wide.
Consumers will be able to subscribe to Agriculture, Education and Entertainment information and content. Nokia is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture (Departemen Pertanian Republik Indonesia), the Center of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), Synovate and other industry partners to bring valuable agriculture information, prices, news and tips directly to consumers.
The Agriculture service will be available for commodities beginning with crops, livestock, horticulture and fisheries. Consumers will be able to subscribe to three of the most commonly grown commodities in their region. Also included in the Agriculture component are weather services, price services, and frequent agriculture news and tips.
The Education service features Learn English, General Knowledge and Test Preparation. Learn English has three levels of expertise with focus on English language fundamentals. General Knowledge will be primarily related to the province where one lives, as well as containing information at the national and international levels. Test Preparation will offer services at the Junior High School and Senior High School levels.
The Entertainment service features a range of mobile entertainment content, including news, music, comics, jokes, astrology, movie news and reviews. The content will be available to consumers via subscription and/or on-demand.
At launch, customers of Telkomsel, Indosat, XL and Hutch (3) will be able to subscribe to Nokia Life Tools services. Nokia Life Tools will first be available on the Nokia 2323 classic, Nokia 2330 classic and Nokia 2700 classic in Indonesia. Aside from the 11 handsets which will come pre-loaded with Nokia Life Tools, the service will become downloadable on more phones later.
Nokia Life Tools services use an icon-based, graphically rich user interface that comes complete with tables and which displays information simultaneously in two languages. Behind this rich interface that comes out of the box on all Life Tools-enabled handsets, SMS is used to deliver the critical information to ensure that this service works wherever a mobile phone works, without the hassles of additional settings or the need for GPRS coverage.
More information about Nokia Life Tools in Indonesia can be found at