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The Ropar Press Club has strongly condemned the manhandling and intimidation of a local journalist by the Nangal Municipal Council president and demanded stern action against him.

Written by Express News Service | Published:October 10, 2010 2:27 am

Press Club seeks action against Nangal MC president

Ropar: The Ropar Press Club has strongly condemned the manhandling and intimidation of a local journalist by the Nangal Municipal Council president and demanded stern action against him.

In a statement issued here today,Press Club president Bahadurjeet Singh said the action of the Nangal Municipal Council president against journalist,who had gone for press coverage,amounts to a direct attack on the freedom of press. He said the Municipal Council president not only manhandled and intimidate the journalist but had also got the photos clicked by him deleted from the camera.

He said Ropar Press Club would not tolerate such browbeating tactics of the Municipal Council president adding that a criminal case must be registered against him failing which an agitation would be launched over the issue.

GCG Patiala bags inter-college debate trophy

PATIALA: Jagriti and Parul of Government Girls College in Patiala won the running trophy at the inter-college debate held at the Government Mohindra College in Patiala here today. In the individual category,Ribha Singla and of the M M Modi College in Patiala won the first position. Anju Bala of Mohindra college Patiala was runner-up while Kulwinder Kaur of Khalsa College Patiala won the third prize. Mohamad Khalid of Govt. Ripudaman College Nabha took the consolation prize.

Teams from eight colleges participated in the competition at which “honour killings should be declared as heinous crime by an act of Parliament and the perpetrators be punished as murderers” was the topic. There were 14 girl competitors and all the three prizes went to girls. Shivdular Singh Dhillon Additional Secretary,Personnel Department,Govt. of Punjab presided over the function.

NCC training camp held

CHANDIGARH: The MCM NCC (National Cadet Corps) Naval Wing outshine regional competitors at the ten-day annual training camp held at Gurdwara Gursagar Sahib Lake. Around 380 cadets from various institutions participated in the camp. Cadets and officers from the MCM DAV won various prizes and emerged victorious at this camp. Group Cmdr Colonel Dharminder Gupta motivated the cadets to join the forces and also appreciated the efforts of NCC cadets. Captain G M Singh of 1 Chandigarh Naval Unit gave away the prize at the event. Anju Lata,Assistant Prof MCM DAV College was declared as Best Associate NCC Officer in Senior Wing,Preeti Mehra of MCM DAV was declared Best Cadet in Senior Wing.

St Joseph’s Convent School holds alumni meet

CHANDIGARH: The alumni of St Joseph’s Convent School,Bathinda,organized an event to celebrate the silver jubilee of the 1985 batch. The event was held at CGA Lawns,Chandigarh,which further added to the beauty of the occasion. The alumni gathered from all across the globe to express their love,solidarity and affinity with the alma mater. It was a wonderful time together reminiscing the bygone childhood days,sweet memories and enriching experiences. The alumni fondly and gratefully remembered the school teachers and principals.

YPS wins Goldstein Memorial debate

PATIALA: Yadavindra Public School,Patiala,won the 21st Col. F. Von Goldstein Memorial Debate,while the team from the Pinegrove School,Subathu,emerged the Runners-Up. The winning team comprised of Mannat Sidhu,Srishti Bhatia and Mohan Sood. In the two-day debate,Aitchison College,Lahore,Pakistan secured the third position and Welhams Girls’ School,Dehra Dun,got the fourth position.

As many as 10 teams from various prestigious public schools of the country and from Pakistan competed for the winner’s trophy. The Inter Public School debate is held annually to commemorate the legacy of Lt. Col. Frank Von Goldstein,who was the Headmaster of YPS,Patiala from 1950 to 1968.

Three-week refresher course in Punjabi ends

PATIALA: A three-week Refresher Course in Punjabi and Four weeks Orientation Programme was organized by Academic Staff College,Punjabi University,Patiala for the College/University teachers. Both the courses were conducted successfully today and several academicians from various parts of the country delivered their lectures in these courses. The Valedictory Function of the Refresher Course in Punjabi was presided over by Surjeet Patar,a great Poet of Punjab. He also recited some of his creations to the participants.

The Valedictory Function of the Orientation Course was presided over by S.P. Singh,Additional Dean Research and Professor,Department of Human Biology,Punjabi University,Patiala. Singh gave an advice to the participants to brush up their knowledge continuously.

Workshop on CCE for schoolchildren held

PATIALA: Modern Senior Secondary School,Patiala,in collaboration with Ratna Sagar organised a workshop related to Continues and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) for school teachers. More than 100 teachers from 60 schools of Punjab attended the workshop. The resource person,Avneet Kaur,an educational psychologist and certified trainer and facilitator explained the strategies that can help teachers to maximize the effectiveness of teaching-learning experience in the classrooms so that the underlying spirit of CCE system can be implemented in the true spirit. Gursharan Kaur Aurora,Principal Modern Senior Secondary School,Patiala welcomed the delegates and briefed them about the basics of CCE.

Blood donation camp held

Ambala: Sixty-five persons including railway officers and employees volunteered to donate blood at a blood donation camp organised by the Northern Railway Women Welfare Association at the Railway Hospital in Ambala Cantonment today. The camp was inaugurated by Ambala Railway Division Manager P K Sanghi in the presence of NRWWA chairperson Seema Sanghi and other functionaries who also donated blood on the occasion. The camp was held in collaboration with Rajinder Garg who has donated blood for 147 th time.

International architects lay stress on sustainable development of cities

CHANDIGARH: “Taking the case study of China where the benefits of rapid development are overwhelming. But at the same time it has affected not only the environment but also ended up in unplanned development leading to congestion and many social problems. It seems that if India does not wake up to the need of sustainable development,it would be no different than China in the coming five to ten years,” said Henrik Valeur,an architect from Denmark. Henrik was in the city to undertake a project involving some of the students of Chandigarh College of Architecture to study the impact of new urban developments on the rural areas by taking the development of the Chandigarh IT Park and the villages and slum areas surrounding the area. Apart from Chandigarh,he would be studying the similar kinds of phenomena in Delhi,Mumbai,Bangalore and Kolkata. ens

With an architecture experience of more than 15 years,he has worked on some of the projects in China for around two years. Stressing on the need to spread awareness of these kinds of phenomena,Henrik added that there should be interaction among these two contrasting parts of the society through architecture. For instance,some kind of and ‘art street’ linking both these areas where the women from the rural areas could be provided with employment opportunities either through traditional handicrafts with the help of IT companies.

“Sustainable development is the need of the hour. We should learn and not copy from other countries and cities. Also,people should learn to live in harmony with the nature. These issues can be addressed through architecture,” added Henrik.

Another architect from Italy,Tommaso Villa,partner Studio Fuksas Architetto,explained the philosophy of the world renowned architect Massimiliano Fuksas. Villa participated in the Le Corbusier Day celebrations at CCA. “The architecture of some of the buildings in European countries and China including the Shanghai International Airport is worth study,especially for the architecture students. It is amazing to see the pace of development in countries like China and India keeping the architecture in perspective. But at the same time,their impact on the environment,public and the state as a whole cannot be ignored,” said Tommaso Villa.

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