Wednesday, August 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Board to make change in exam form
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 12
To tackle the problem of filling of more than one form by candidates for the same examination which leads to the harassment of students and their parents and delay in the declaration of results, the Punjab School Education Board has decided to introduce a change in the forms for the examinations to be conducted in 2004.

The Controller of Examinations of the board, Mrs Narinder Kaur, said often candidates were playing safe and filling more than one form for the same examination. This year there were more than 120 such cases. Each case had to be dealt with individually creating problems for board officials. Candidates and their parents and representatives of the schools concerned, as the case might be, had to be summoned to the board’s office here along with the records for looking into the cases. This led to harassment and inconvenience to all concerned and a delay in the declaration of examination results.

It is learnt that most of the cases this year related to Amritsar and Ferozepore areas.

She said that in the examinations to be held in 2004 candidates would be required to declare in the forms that they had filled only one form for the examination in question.



Parents go through hell for results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
Angry parents of candidates for the Class XII compartment examinations held in July laid siege since morning to the office of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in Sector 32 here today to demand the handing over of confidential results of their wards.

Alleging harassment at the hands of the CBSE officials who had been postponing the declaration of results ever since the parents had made their first representation to the CBSE on July 29, the aggrieved parents said that every day lost was costing them dear. “We had asked the CBSE to declare the results of all 21 candidates who were to appear for counselling at Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar from August 8. We have been coming here every day for over a week but nothing seems to be happening even after the counselling has begun,” rued the parents.

They alleged harassment despite having followed the proper procedure of procuring the confidential result. They said everything — right from writing to the CBSE and getting a letter from the PTU about the beginning of counselling and the rank of the every candidate —had been done without any delay.

At the CBSE office, the parents said officials would keep them on tenterhooks for the entire day and, then, leave without handing over the results.

“After keeping us waiting till late in the day and giving repeated assurances that the results would soon be declared, the Regional Director, CBSE, left us shocked by announcing that the declaration would take time because 85 per cent of the students had failed,” a parent complained.

Worried about the fate of their children, they arrived at the office early today, but found no official to answer their queries. From then on, all they did all through the day was to sit together and make calls to the Delhi office of the CBSE in the hope of getting a positive response.

“We will not move from here unless our results are handed over to us. Our children will lose a year if the callous CBSE officials fail to declare the results in time. Had their children been involved, they would have understood what we were going through every day, running from pillar to post even after completing all formalities, they said.

When contacted on his mobile telephone in Delhi, Mr P.L. Sabu, Regional Director, CBSE, said his staff was doing its best to declare all results which would definitely be handed over to the parents by evening. By evening, the parents were handed over the confidential results. However, worked up over the treatment meted out to them despite the urgency, said officials at the CBSE office here could not go scot free.

“We are going to for Jalandhar tomorrow. Once we are through with the counselling, we will send a joint complaint to the Chairman, CBSE, against the high-handedness of these officials. This will at least ensure that other parents don’t suffer in future and corrective measures are taken,” the parents said. 



Reconsider move on PEC, says ST body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
NSS cadets of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, planted 100 saplings of neem on the college campus here yesterday.
The Principal, Ms Usha Gupta planted the first sapling.

PEC STATUS: The SC, ST, OBC Officers Welfare Association of Punjab Engineering College submitted a request to the UT Administrator, here yesterday, urging him to intervene on the decision of giving PEC the status of a deemed university.

Claiming that the conversion to a deemed university would cause irreparable damage and financial loss to the PEC, the members said it would take decades to achieve international recognition of the kind achieved by Panjab University which is presently awarding engineering degrees to pass-outs of the college.

They have pointed out that that the city has only two engineering colleges where 85 per cent seats are reserved for students of Chandigarh. In case the college gets the deemed university status, only 50 per cent seats would be available to students of Chandigarh, putting them at a disadvantage.



Clothes for slum children of night school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
Raksha Bandhan brought a ray of hope and cheer for the 150 slum children who are part of Durga Das Foundation's night school projects. In their midst today was the Adviser to the Administrator, Mr Virendra Singh, distributing T-shirts and salwar kameez.

The Adviser, who was at his sprightly best, encouraged the children to work hard, set goals and be focused in whatever they embarked upon. He lauded the Foundation's efforts at making literacy its primary focus and helping the needy.

The boys and girls preciously held on to their new set of clothes. For them it was a beginning of the festival season starting with Rakhi.

They felt loved, wanted and cared for when they received their packets of refreshments which had been provided by CITCO.

Mr Atul Khanna, Director of the Foundation, welcomed the Adviser and the children. He said: "These not-for-profit activities are the Foundation's way of making a tangible contribution to society. More so, when you work with children, the rewards are immeasurable"

The Foundation runs night schools for slum children at Bapu Dham Colony, Hallomajra village and Indira Colony, Manimajra.

It runs creches for slum children at Dhanas village, Dadu Majra village and Hallomajra village.

The Foundation also runs tailoring and embroidery (craft) centres for girls and women of weaker sections of society at Kaimbwala village and Government School, Sector 24.



Dikshant shines at talent hunt
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 12
Nearly150 students from 60 schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar showcased their singing talent in a folk song competition organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre at Kalagram in Manimajra here today.

The competition was organised as part of a series of talent hunts by the NZCC performing arts. The talented children picked up in this hunt will be given an opportunity to perform for a bigger audience at Kalagram.

The contestants were divided into three groups depending on their age. Mr Amrit Pal Singh, Head of the Music Department, Government College, Kalka; Mr Inder K. Chaku, former Assistant Director, Song and Drama Division, Government of India; and Ruchira Thakur Pracheen Kala Kendra judged the contestants.

In group ‘A’ for students from six years to nine years of age Dikshant of Shivalik Public School, Chandigarh was first, followed by Gursimran Kaur of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS), Chandigarh, and Tanushree from Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula in the second and third positions, respectively.

In group ‘B’ for students from nine to 14 years of age, Nicshayjit of St John’s High School, Chandigarh, was declared the winner. The second and third positions were bagged by Shivranjani of Shishu Niketan, Chandigarh and Amrit Kaur Gill of AKSIPS, Chandigarh.

In group ‘C’ for students above 14 years of age, Ruhi Kaushal of AKSIPS, Chandigarh, won the contest, followed by Tanupriya of Chamman Lal DAV Public School, Panchkula, and Sarabjit Singh of Shivalik Public School, Chandigarh, in the second and third positions, respectively.

The singing contest was followed by a mehndi contest, which was won by Shifa of AKSIPS, Chandigarh. Ranjana of Government High School, Sector 35, and Ananya Arora of Chandigarh Baptist School, Chandigarh, got the second and third positions, respectively.

In the above-14 age group, Fauzia Shaqeet of PB Model School, Mani Majra, won the mehndi contest. The second and third prizes went to Gurpreet Kaur of GN Holy Heart School, Mani Majra, and Meenu of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, respectively. The contestants were judged by the Rajinder Bhandari, Head of the Fine Arts Department, Panjab University; and Ms Purnima Bhandari, Lecturer, Government College of Arts, Sector 10. The NZCC is also organising a group song contest for school students tomorrow.



Attach vacant land with school: councillor
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 12
A municipal councillor has demanded that a vacant piece of land next to Government Elementary School in Phase V should be attached to the school.
In a letter to the Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mrs Deep Kaur Shyan, a resident of Phase V, has said a piece of land lying vacant between Shri Hari Mandir and the school building in the area had not been earmarked for utilisation. She requested that this piece of land be attached to the school for further expansion.

Mrs Shyan said the school might be upgraded to the middle level in the coming years and the present building of the school would not be able to accommodate additional classes. She said children belonging to families below the poverty line were studying in the school and this additional land would be a gift for them as there was no proper playground in the area.



MBA admissions from November 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
Admissions to three streams of management courses, MBA, MBA (IB), MBA (HR), being offered by University Business School, Panjab University, for the session 2004-2005, will begin on November 23 through CAT conducted by IIM, Kolkata.

The forms for CAT are available at main branches of the State Bank of India till August 22, while these will be available from IIMs directly till August 29. The last date of submission of forms is September 17.



Student activists get bail
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 12
Two activists of the Haryana Students Association (HSA) — Satinder Dahiya and Dharmender Balhara — president and chairman of the HSA were today granted bail by a local court. The two were allegedly involved in a case of rioting in the general house of the HSA at the Students Centre on August 1.

The students were granted bail by the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge. They have surrendered before the police on August 4.

Bail plea dismissed: A bail application moved by four suspects in a murder case of Kiran Cinema manager, Harjinder Singh, was today dismissed by a local court. The bail plea moved by Ravinder and other three suspects was dismissed by a local court.

As per the prosecution, Harjinder Singh was shot outside his house in November, 2000. The police alleged that Assistant Manager, Ravinder, had allegedly hired killers to settle some differences.



Court allows NRI daughter to leave for Canada
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
The NRI daughter versus parents case culminated today with the Punjab and Haryana High Court ruling that the girl, unwilling to stay back in the country, may be sent to Canada.

Pronouncing the orders in an open court, Mr Justice Nirmal Singh also made a representative of the Canadian High Commission responsible for her custody. The police was also directed to provide her with security till she reached Delhi for her onward journey to Canada.

In their petition, the parents, Ms Pushpinder Kaur Shahi and Mr Jarnail Singh Ghuman, had earlier sought directions for daughter Japneet Kaur's release from the "illegal custody" of SAS Nagar-based Yadavindra Public School authorities.

They had alleged that the school's vice-principal was inducing the detainee to either marry her son or the son of a police officer in order to settle them in Canada.

Taking up their petition, the High Court had earlier appointed a warrant officer to search all the places pointed out by the petitioner. The court had further ruled that Japneet should be handed over to her parents if she was willing to go with them. If unwilling, then she should be produced in the court.

Present in the court, the 16-year-old Japneet today told the media that she was unwilling to go back to her parents because she apprehended mental, physical and verbal harassment.

After going through the submission and the documents, Mr Justice Nirmal Singh ruled that he was satisfied that the girl had not been illegally detained. The judge added that the girl, in her own interest, may be sent to Canada.



From scribe to filmmaking
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, August 12
Success follows Dr Nishchinta Khurana wherever she goes. From being a journalist with Zee News she has come a long way in the filmmaking business. In a span of 10 years, she has made more than 30 documentaries, 10 short films and a number of music videos for Indian and international channels.

In the city to direct a Punjabi music video titled “Hai Kudiyan”, Nishchinta talks about her journey from her hometown, Panipat, to Mumbai, from being the bureau chief in Zee News to an Assistant Director in a Bollywood production “Kya Dil Ne Kaha” featuring stars like Tushar and Isha Deol.

“I come from a middle class farming family which has no background in either music or films,” says the simple, unassuming lady in between shots, issuing orders to her models, Anjana and Ravi Kant, and singer Ronnie Singh.

A Ph.D in Music therapy, diploma in direction from the AAFT, Delhi, and a diploma in creative writing from Indira Gandhi Nehru Open University, she chose music and films as her career.

“I have passion for both music and direction so I decided to utilise both, which was possible through music videos,” says Nishchinta. The director feel Punjabi music videos lack class. “My understanding of music enables me to see things in the proper perspective,” she explains.

A multifaceted personality, Nishchinta is committed to social causes. She has independently handled 30 documentaries for the BBC, the ABC and Doordarshan. Ten short films by her have found entry into various international festivals. “Bhookh” based on slum children won her critical acclaim.

Her long association with NGOs in far-flung areas like Nagaland’s Bharatiya Jan Vigyan Jatha resulted in 20 films on child welfare, women welfare, AIDS, literacy, health and national integration. “I am working on a few more children issues, besides working for a couple of music videos with reputed singers like Bhupi” she says.

What is her ultimate aim? “To direct a film in Hollywood” she says, without hesitation. After maturing as a film director in Bollywood that is where she wants to be. “I have got a few offers from Bollywood which are yet to be finalised,” she says.



The fashion of patriotism
Saurabh Malik

City damsel all set to go abroad Photo
City damsel all set to go abroad Photo —  Pawan Sharma

SHE enjoyed the Legend of Bhagat Singh five times — thrice with her parents, twice with her guy. Nay, not because she was in love with Ajay Devgan, but is a "patriot at heart". At least, this is what the chirpy little under-grad loves to tell everyone around. Well, she is also aware of the fact that it is fashionable to be a loyalist… but that's another story.

Anyway, if you are having any doubts about her sincerity, just have a look at her song collection. Jadoo, as she loves to call herself, has a cassette of "Ma tujhe salaam". Plays it every year on the Republic and Independence day.

This is not all. She has a khadi bag for preserving notes. Had purchased it from the Khadi Ashram last October during the grand sale. Otherwise also, she is a regular visitor to the Khadi Ashram. In fact, she went there just two days ago to buy a flag. For hoisting it on August 15.

But every weekend her eyes go 'newspaper-shopping' for a hubby. They stop over the NRI column as she picks up a Chinese pen to encircle her future's statistical sketch. Reposing there with a newspaper in her hand, she dreams of loosing her blues rocking in a night club, or a casino abroad. For her, life in India is simply "boring".

"I don't want to spend the rest of my life frying eggs. Or change buses to teach English in a rundown school for mere 1500 bucks. Listen to grumbling mom-in-law every time I taste my golden drink. And go of to sleep at night, exhausted....," Jadoo asserts. "I want to live life, not just exist".

Well, for the Non Resident Indians, foreign to the drudgery of waiting in long unending queues for their turn to pay the telephone, or the electricity bills, India may still be a deity with a "beauteous halo around her brow". To be worshipped. But for Jadoo and so many other city youngsters "the country has little to offer".

"Nothing except reproof," grumbles young executive with a bank Sonali Arora. "There's no freedom. Every time I light a cigarette, they say, `Haw, just look at her'. They just cannot change. Even in the US, we Indians stop and stare at kissing couples. It is all so embarrassing".

Sonali has never suffered the bumpy speedway beyond Delhi, but loves bragging about country life in Montana and Alabama, incessantly.

New York and California, the executive believes, she knows like the back of her fair artistic hand. If you do not believe her, just listen to what she has to say.

"Out there, it is not like here," the taskmistress says, her eyes rolling heavenwards. "Long straight roads cut across the desert for you to zip-zap-zoom in a Merc at 120 km per hour.... and in New York there are massive sky-scrappers kissing the sky with cheerful bright neon signboards.... not like in here.... another thing, life there begins after 12 at night....".

She is right, she insists. She has travelled the world through electronic mails from friends, flipping television channels, even novels, besides western and country hit CDs.

Little wonder, University of Pittsburgh's sticker, flaunted across her jaunty jalopy's rear windshield, glitters in the afternoon sun as reed-thin correspondent student Zubina Kataria steps out in an olive green sweat shirt with "Go West" neatly embroidered in bold letters.

Her friend Prashant Goyal wears a khadi kurta - "swadeshi". But with blue denims. Never discusses the "political developments". Flares up every time police is mentioned. For no peculiar reason. Presses the remote keys whenever the newscaster talks about the telephone regulatory authority or the insurance bill. Has never stamped the ballot paper.

"What difference would it make if I have the government of my choice? I will still be among the desperate 400 waiting to take examination for steno's five vacant posts - two reserved," he argues. "No, it ain't worth it".

Sipping coffee, reposing on the dingy steps of Panjab University's student center, he declares, "I want to go abroad. Am doing a software course for it. Don't want to live in a country where you do not get decent wages for all the effort you put in. Not even decent shelter and clothing. Where even petrol is costing about 31 bucks a litre.... where you cannot even afford a bike".



The magic of white

HEY folks, the rainy season is still not over. So if you have been asking yourself "which colour should I be wearing during the downpour?" it is justified. Well, here is a complete guide, complied just for you to celebrate Monsoons in 2003.

White is the colour for you to wear in the season. It gels well with the rain droplets. You can slip into whatever you feel like in pristine white and look fit for the weather.

If you wish to attend a bash, just do not forget to drape yourself in dresses bedecked with gleaming crystals. The sequin work on saris looks as good as a bridal wear. Walk into a party wearing an immaculate white saris with Swarovskis and crystals.

You can also wear Lucknow's chikankari embroidered on georgettes and chiffon. Short blouses are also trendy. But do not go in for cotton. The reason? The fabric is just not suitable for the monsoons. It is good for summers. No, not for this season. Malmal, cheesecloth and linen are best suited for rainy days.

Men can, meanwhile, don short white kurtis with Swarovski nicely done on the neckline. For daywear, they can also wear T-shirts. But for parties, kurtis and textured jeans are a must.

Now something about your hair and make-up. Tresses tend to get oily and dirty in the rainy reason. So do not go in for gels, pomades, creams, even hair-wax. They add to the moisture content of your mane. Shift to spray-on styling products, available over the counter. Also, remember to use a good shampoo, or a mild soap. A harsh shampoo or soap can cause a great deal of damage to your crowning glory. A mild shampoo, on the other hand, is a boon for your tresses.

Go in for wash-proof make-up. You have sunscreens which simply refuse to be washed away. You also have water-proof base, foundation creams and concealers, even lipsticks. Also ask for water-resistant kajal, eye-shadow and mascara to brighten up the eyes. You will have to spend something like Rs 100 to Rs 400 for each product. Last thing, do not forget to enjoy the rains.



Yummy Top 10

HERE is something that will activate your taste buds. Radio Buzz this time has compiled a list of yummy songs with names of dishes, just for you.

Chocolate Cake Crowded House

Sweets For My Sweets The Searchers

Green Onions Booker T And The MG's

Meat Pie Grandad Roberts

Peanut Butter The Marathons

American Pie Don McLean

Rice Is Nice The Lemon Pipers

Toast The Streetband

Peaches and Cream The Ikettes

The Chicken Song Spitting Image


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