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Monday, October 7, 2019

Fit citizens, fit nation


Fit citizens, fit nation

Abohar: While celebrating Gandhi Jayanti, NCC cadets, students and teachers of SGJ DAV Senior Secondary Public School organised a 2-km “Fit India” plog run through the historic Haripura village. The place was visited by Guru Nanak Dev along with Bala and Mardana during his first Udasi and later by Guru Gobind Singh after the Battle of Muktsar. Principal Sukhdev Singh said the campaign signified two aspects – “swasth” and “swachhata”. He said the run was a part of the Fit India movement. “We have banned plastic material in the school and expect parents to follow the suit,” he said. The students collected plastic waste from streets in both villages and motivated people to shun its use.

Go green, go plastic-free

Fatehgarh Sahib: In pursuance with the campaign against the use of plastic, Dr Parshant Goyal, Deputy Commissioner, and Amneet Kondal, SSP, recently led a movement by involving officers and students for collecting plastic waste littered on the roadsides. The aim was to motivate people to shun the use of plastic. They called upon NGOs and residents to come forward to create general awareness to avoid the use of plastic to save environment. They said without the participation of people, nothing concrete could be achieved. They also distributed environment friendly bags among the residents. 

Reaching out to poor

Amritsar: Going a step ahead, management of Gurdwara Sadh Sangat Kartar Nagar on Sunday organised a free medical camp for patients of neurology and spinal injuries. Normally, free medical camps of general ailments are held. People from economically weaker sections often struggle to get diagnosis for such ailments. Gurdwara committee president Balwant Singh said the objective of the camp was to provide free of cost diagnostic tests and some medicines to the patients. He stated that 175 people benefited from the camp.

NGO with a vision

Fazilka: An NGO, Social Welfare Society, has been able to motivate 427 families to donate the eyes of their loved ones after their passing away. The society was recently honoured by WHO-recognised Punarjot Eye Bank Society of Ludhiana for its contribution towards helping the visually challenged in this border belt. Society president Shashi Kant said the society had got the consent from 427 families since 2007, to make 852 curable blind to see the world. He said on call, the society arranged to take the eyes of the deceased within five hours after his demise, preserved it, send it to the eye bank free of cost.

Special chairs for Badal brothers

Muktsar: During his tenure as Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal used to sit on a special chair during his tour of the Lambi Assembly constituency. There are two such chairs made by a former SHO of Lambi police station. These chairs followed Badal wherever he went in the constituency. The then CM was often seen sitting on that chair during his Sangat Darshan programmes. After the SAD was thrown out of power in 2017, the chairs lost relevance and were kept at Lambi police station. The USP of the chairs is these are broad and perfect to suit Badal’s height. A bend has been made in the front portion of the seat to make it more comfortable. On Sunday during a religious ceremony at Lambi police station, not just Badal but his younger brother Gurdas too got the same chair. On this, locals said, “Badal is back on the CM’s chair.” 

Contributed by Raj Sadosh, Surinder Bhardwaj, Neeraj Bagga, Praful Chander Nagpal & Archit Watts

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