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Lecture on tale of Heer-Ranjha

Chandigarh, February 1
Prof Indu Banga of the Department of History, Panjab University, delivered a lecture on ‘Love, deviance and social control in Mughal India: The kissa of Heer-Ranjha’ at the Department of Sociology in the university here today.

She said the crucial component of the story of Heer-Ranjha was that personal love was the individual counterpart of the ideas of personal devotion and protest built into the mediaeval Indian movements of devotional theism.

She said women were accepted in these movements because they generally conformed to patriarchal norms.

Since Heer’s act of rebellion remained an isolated assertion of freedom to love and marry, it was foredoomed in the given social situation, she added.

She said the earliest ‘kissa’ in Punjabi was that of Heer-Ranjha, written by Damodar Gulati during Akbar’s reign.

Among the notable versions of the story were those of Ahmad Gujjar in the 1680s and Shahjahan Muqbil in the second quarter of the 18th century, she added.

She said Waris Shah built upon Muqbil’s work and the status of a classic was accorded to his 1766 composition.

Professor Banga said in tune with the Sufi idea of selfless love as an approach to divine love, Heer symbolised the soul and Ranjha symbolised the body.

She said the ‘kissa’ of Heer-Ranjha stood on a partial failure of social controls exercised by the privileged segment among the agri-pastoral clans of Jats.

Some sort of deviant behaviour was evident at several levels, but Heer’s final desperate act of elopement with Ranjha set the various modes of social control in operation, she added. TNS



126 NCC cadets honoured
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 1
The NCC Directorate of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh honoured 126 cadets, who participated in this year’s Republic Day Parade, in a function at Tagore Theatre here yesterday. For the first time a cadet of this directorate, Sgt Under Officer Rahul Sharma from Himachal Pradesh was awarded the Prime Minister’s Baton. He was also adjudged the Best Cadet.

Rahul, who received a standing ovation from fellow cadets, described his achievement as a “wonderful experience” and aimed “ to be a fighter pilot with the Air Force”. Cadet Sgt Major Mayur Jamwal from Chandigarh won the bronze medal. Cadet Ravinder Singh from Ludhiana won four gold and one silver medals in various categories.

Brig D.C. Katoch, VSM, DDG of the directorate, was the chief guest. Contingent Comm. Ravi Kant disclosed that the cadets bagged a total of three trophies, 13 gold, three silver and five bronze medals in various disciplines.

All cadets were awarded a certificate of merit and a memento. Cash rewards were also given to selected candidates. Officers and instructors were also honoured.

While praising the cadets Brig Katoch said he was “very satisfied” with their performance. However, he added there was room for improvement. Cadet Binona Sharma gave the vote of thanks. The function concluded with the NCC anthem followed by the National Anthem.

Punjab and Haryana governments also honoured their cadets at two separate functions held in the city.



AIL to host national moot court contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The Army Institute of Law (AIL), Mohali, will host the National Moot Court Competition-2006 on February 4 and 5.

Students of the departments of law of 23 law colleges in Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Kurukshetra, Nawanshahr, Sirhind, Gurgaon, Patiala, Kerala, Ahmedabad, Raipur, Pune, Bhopal, New Delhi, Mumbai, etc, will participate.

The competition is being organised in collaboration with Chandigarh-based lawyers Malhotra & Malhotra Associates.

Chief Justice of India Mr Justice Y.K. Sabharwal will inaugurate the competition on February 4, while Supreme Court Judge Mr Justice A.R. Lakshmanan will deliver the valedictory address the next day.

The contestants will showcase their legal skills, arguing a hypothetical proposition titled “The State of Rabbistan vs Frindia”, a case concerning the hot pursuit and universal jurisdiction over terrorists being adjudicated before the International Court of Justice.

Eminent lawyers and teachers of law will adjudicate the event. For the preliminary round, six moot courts will evaluate and shortlist six top team for the semi-finals to be held the next day.



DELL conducts pre-placement talk
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
DELL authorities visited the GGDSD College campus in Sector 32 here today and conducted their pre-placement talk for which 159 students of various streams got themselves registered.

This was followed by an aptitude test where after 51 students were short-listed for personal interview. Letters of intent have been issued to 29 students.

According to Principal, Dr A.C. Vaid, this has been a regular feature of the college for the last four years.

Placement Cell of S.D. College is active throughout the academic session inviting the multinational companies and guiding the students about various career opportunities.

Dell also selected 10 students from Government College for Girls, Sector 11 during a placement drive at the college yesterday.

In addition various companies like Wipro Taj, Progeon Infosys and the Sahara group have recruited 166 students from the college.



Placement drive for students

Mohali, February 1
A major placement drive has been at the Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology at Tangori near here.

Stating that February 2006 offers a bonanza of placements for SUSCET students as prestigious corporates like WIPRO, Nahar Group, DELL, Punj Lloyd are slated to visit the campus for placement this month.

An Australian University would also visit the college for interaction with final year students regarding opportunities of higher education in Australia. Many more companies are scheduled to conduct campus placements in the months of March and April 2006. — TNS



9 acquitted in rape case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Nine persons accused in a case of rape and human trafficking were today acquitted by the Additional District and Session Judge, Mr Tejwinder Singh, after the victim retraced from her statement in the court.

The persons were arrested by the Chandigarh Police after the victim in her statement alleged that one of them Bhupinder had taken her to Zirakpur and raped her along with two other persons. The names of two women, Madhu and Puja, also figured for allegedly selling her off.

During the course of investigations, names of Kanwaljeet, Budhi, Varinder, Jaipal and Kajal also figured in the case. When the case came up for hearing, the victim retraced from her statement.

DC given exemption

The CBI Special Judge today gave exemption to the Deputy Commissioner from personal appearance in a case of a corruption registered against Sub-Inspector K.D. Sharma posted in the colony branch of the UT Estate Office. The DC had today moved an application stating that since he was out of station, he would be able to present himself on the next date of hearing.

Notice to Home Secy

A local court today served notice to the Home Secretary and the SDM (South) for allegedly failing to deliver residence certificate advocate Arvind Thakur, who has alleged that though he had submitted all necessary documents, he was being force to pay bribe.

He alleged that he was asked to submit different documents on different dates and the office of the SDM had done all necessary verifications, but he could not get the document. He has sought that the document be delivered to him failing which he would take legal action against the officers concerned.



high court
Special CBI courts
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 1
The High Court on Wednesday came down on the Central Bureau of Investigation for its failure to provide permanent public prosecutors at each of the three designated CBI special courts at Patiala, Chandigarh and Ambala.

During resumed hearing of the PIL filed by Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer H.C. Arora, the Bench comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Surya Kant also asked the CBI counsel to seek instructions as to how much time more would the CBI take to provide permanent public prosecutors at each of these courts.

Sometime back, the court had sought detailed reports from the Presiding Judges of these three courts about the need for permanent public prosecutors. In their report, the Judges said that due to the absence of full-time public prosecutors, the functioning of these courts is adversely affected. One of the reports had even said that even important applications were sometimes not taken up for hearing due to late arrival of the prosecutors.

Later, the Bench adjourned the case to February 15.



Confectioner gets 6 months’ jail
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 1
A local court today sentenced a confectioner to six months of imprisonment and Rs 1,000 fine on charges of not having label on of his bakery in accordance with the specifications.

The confectioner, Mr Gyan Prash of Fine Bakers and Confectioners, was, however, granted bail by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Gulab Singh, for one month “so that he could make an appeal in a higher court”.

Three samples of biscuits baked in this confectionery were taken by the Health Department and sent to a public analyst for testing in year 1994. During analysis it was found that the labelling was not according to specifications.



Seminar on North Indian classical music

Chandigarh, February 1
A two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on North Indian classical music started at the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, here today.

This was the first time that such a seminar had been organised in the region.

Prof Indrani Chakravarti, former Vice-Chancellor, Indira Kala Sangeet Vishvavidyalaya, Khairagarh, inaugurated it.

She emphasised that the foundation for music must be laid early in life.

She praised the efforts of the UGC to bring together exponents of classical music from different ‘gharanas’ of music for such an interaction.

Pandit Vidyadhar Vyas, Vice-Chancellor, Bhatkhande Music Institute, Deemed University, Lucknow, presided over the seminar.

He expressed the need for all ‘gharanas’ to unite and work for improving the method of teaching music.

“Music should not merely be considered as entertainment. Its intricacies must be taught,” he said. TNS


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