In this baraat, voter is the groom

Abohar: The administration in Sriganganagar, near here, is leaving no stone unturned to motivate voters to exercise their franchise. On Sunday, a “voters’ baraat” was taken out in several villages. As some of the villages share geographical boundaries with Abohar, people on this side of the border also came out to see hundreds of people dancing to the beat of drums, singing songs to motivate the voters. Besides, nearly 100 events have so far been organised, which include rangoli and henna competitions, besides a marathon, to involve maximum of people in the ongoing campaign. Seminars are being held in colleges to ensure every eligible voter gets enrolled. 

Warring following in ‘guru’ Jagmeet’s footsteps?

Muktsar: Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring seems to be following in the footsteps of his once “political guru” former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar. If Jagmeet was once known as ‘awaaz-e-Punjab’ for his oratorical skills, Warring too has carved a niche for himself with his speaking skills. Further, Jagmeet took on the Badals on a number of occasions and even contested the Lok Sabha election against Sukhbir Singh Badal. Similarly, Warring too has confronted the Badals many times during the latter’s 10-year rule in the state and now, the Congress has fielded him from Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s Bathinda parliamentary constituency. He is likely to face someone from the Badal family.

Doc pens poem to raise dengue awareness

Patiala: A well-informed citizen is solution to all problems. With this adage in mind, Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Manjit Singh has written a poem on dengue to create awareness among residents. The Civil Surgeon has appealed to the city dwellers to participate in a drive against the waterborne disease. In his poem, a video of which has been uploaded on the District Health Department's Facebook page, Dr Manjit Singh says: “Dengue larvae may breed even in puddles of clean water.” He insists prevention is better then cure. Highlighting the priorities of health officials, Manjit says, “When people are busy finding happiness, health officials are after larvae.” In his two-minute video, Dr Manjit appeals for community participation to curb the spread. 

Go organic, save environment

Amritsar: The local organic farmers market has not only been providing a platform to progressive farmers to sell their organic produce for the past over two years, but it has also become a meeting point for their families to socialise and environment crusaders to share their experiences. On the eve of the World Earth Day on Sunday, tourists and environmentalists celebrated the occasion wherein a German tourist also participated. The market is encouraging the farming community to adopt natural farming process. Started in October 2016 by Dilbir Foundation, the farmers’ market is organised at Shehzadanand College every Sunday.

Season of ‘Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram’

Ludhiana: Election time brings out hordes of turncoats like frogs come out in droves in rainy season. By sheer habit, even if they are too insignificant to be called a “small fry” in their previous political outfit, they would behave like heavyweights and make claims of causing immense damage to the party that they have said good bye to. “The political parties also pamper the ‘Aaya Ram and Gaya Ram’ as long as the din of elections continues due to their compulsions and more often than not these self-seeking and opportunist persons are deservedly dumped by the way side,” quipped a seasoned politician, while taking a dig at the moral degradation of the public life.

On a high over drug discovery

Fatehgarh Sahib: Dr Om Silakari, Associate Professor from Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research, Punjabi University, Patiala, has been awarded Oration Excellence Award during Pharmacy Practice Summit 2019 held at Chitkara University in association with Association of Pharmaceutical Teacher’s of India (APTI). Dr Silakari was chosen for the award in recognition for his work in the field of drugs discovery and development.

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