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Honing advocacy skills of law students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
"If only we also had access to such moot court contests, who knows we might have been much better advocates. These days, students studying in various law institutes pick up the broader nuances of advocacy in their institute itself. All that they need when they start practising is to look for clients."

Coming from a well-established Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer, this quote sums it all.

Moot court contests, like the one which ended today at the Army Institute of Law (AIL), Mohali, provide an opportunity to students of law to hone their advocacy skills and also make them aware of the need to develop researching habits.

This is probably one reason why Chief Justice of India Mr Justice Y.K. Sabharwal yesterday underlined the need for students of law to lay equal emphasis on practical and clinical aspect of legal education. Moot courts or moots as they are commonly known as, are contests aimed at allowing students of law to develop their oratorical skills, put their legal knowledge to use in a hypothetical case, while following the etiquette of court atmosphere.

Today, at the semi-finals of the Moot Court Contest-2006 organised jointly by the AIL, Mohali, and Malhotra and Malhotra Associates, young students argued a hypothetical proposition titled "The State of Rabbistan vs Frindia".

The case pertained to the policy of hot pursuit and universal jurisdiction over terrorists and students were asked to argue it before the International Court of Justice. "We worked day and night for the contest, spent endless hours on the internet and going through books and law journals in the library. We took a lot of help from our seniors," said a participant.

For the three members of the eventual winner - the Kerala Law Academy - participating in moots, and winning, has become a habit. The all-woman team had emerged the hot favourite to lift the coveted trophy, which it did. It had emerged winners in the last year's national moot court competition organised by the Karnataka Law Education Society.

"This is our third major moot court together. We regularly participate in the moots in our academy. We feel we will make better lawyers through this process," says Ms Soma John.

For young Anu Brar, who was declared the best advocate at today's contest, mooting is part of the learning. She feels moot court contests help students get a feel of the real thing while still in classroom.

Seeing their performance, Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association president Atul C. Lakhanpal, who was one of the judges for the contest, rued the lack of such opportunities when lawyer of his age were studying.

"These students are excellent. Not only are they taught a lot more, moots and other such events help them hone their skills," he observed.



Kerala Law Academy wins moot court trophy; PU second
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
The all-woman team of Soma John, Meenakshi Prasad and Lakshmi V. from Kerala Law Academy (KLA) emerged winners of the National Moot Court Competition-2006, organised jointly by the Army Institute of Law (AIL), Mohali and Malhotra and Malhotra Associates.

The team of Anu Brar, Kshitij Sharma and Tarun Bhutani, all second-year students of the LLB course in the Department of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh, had to be content with the runners-up position.

However, Anu, daughter of former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Justice H.S. Brar (retd), was declared the best advocate, while the second prize in this category went to Soma John. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal, got the award for the best memorial.

The prizes were given away by Mr Justice A.R. Lakshmanan, Judge, Supreme Court .

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Mr Justice Lakshmanan expressed happiness over the holding of moot court contests.

"The difference between law as taught and law as practised is familiar. I would say that in law as taught, the facts are clear and the law uncertain; whereas in law as practised, the law is clear and facts uncertain," he remarked.

He urged the students to strictly adhere to the high standards of the legal system and observe professional values. He also urged them to work hard to establish themselves as lawyers.

Among others, Major- Gen Nilendra Kumar, Judge Advocate-General, Dr Anjana Kakar, Principal, AIL, Mohali and Mr J.D.R. Malhotra, who sponsored the event, spoke on the occasion.



Rs 2.2 cr for PU SAIF Centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
The Instrumentation Centre SAIF of Panjab University would be revamping its instrumentation facilities as the Department of Science and Technology will release Rs 2.2 crore for the purpose.

The DST has already released a grant Rs 65 lakh for the purchase of a state-of-the-art XRD instrument meant to replace the 24 years old existing instrument at the SAIF Centre here.

This instrument would be useful for existing and potential researchers in physical, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences in the region. The Vice-Chancellor had appointed a purchase committee consisting of experienced researchers from the university, NIPER, IMPTECH and PGI. Besides the above-mentioned grant, the steering committee of the DST has recommended Rs 1.55 crore for the purchase of a mass spectrometer for Rs 1.4 crore and the rest for the purchase of minor instruments and accessories.

According to Prof S.C. Bedi, Professor and Director of the centre, a part of the grant would be released after submitting some documents. This total amount of Rs 2.2 crore would be the highest sanctioned in such a short time span ever since the inception of the centre.



Seminar focuses on disaster management
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
A two-day seminar on disaster management and remote sensing organised by the Department of Geography, Panjab University, concluded with a panel discussion today.

Panelists included Prof Gopal Krishan from the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial development, Dr. D.K. Chadha, former Chairman Central Groundwater Board, New Delhi, Dr. S. N. Sarwade, Director, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, Chandigarh, and Prof Ravinder Kumar, Chairman, Geology Department, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Initiating the discussion Prof Gopal Krishan opined that it was the human intervention with the natural processes rather than nature’s fury that had caused a majority of disasters. Hence, disasters should be seen as man-induced phenomena rather than natural ones.

Dr Chadha warned against the ongoing process of pollution and depletion of underground aquifer due to rapid and unplanned growth of urbanisation and industrialisation.

Dr Sarwade, while highlighting the role of his organisation in prevention and mitigation of disasters caused by snow and avalanches in higher reached of the Himalayas, stated that Indian Meteorological Department does not have its weather monitoring stations in the Himalayas.



Set up volunteer hubs, say experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
Speaking at the valedictory function of a two-day workshop on inclusive volunteering, organised by Yuvsatta, the Dev Samaj College of Education and the Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi, Dr J.P. Singh, member-secretary of the council, today stressed on the formation of the volunteer hubs in order to promote the concept of a disabled-friendly Chandigarh.

He added that the council could support establishment of a resource centre in Chandigarh to mobilise youth volunteers to work in different areas related to the field of disability.

On the occasion, Mr Parmod Sharma, coordinator of Yuvsatta, said the outcome of the workshop was to train a group of dedicated people as information and communication volunteers to be part of various rehabilitation programmes. He said volunteers of Yuvsatta could take upon themselves the challenges of creating “volunteer hubs” in all schools and colleges of Chandigarh.

He also informed the audience about a website timedonation.org specially created by them. The website carries up-to-date information about local volunteers.

During the workshop participants involving educationists, representatives of NGO’s working for the disabled and students discussed various issues related to disability like developing a framework of action to strengthen the disabled-friendly Chandigarh campaign.

Dr Vijay Nagpal from Panjab University pointed out that though Chandigarh is one of the most modern cities, still people with disabilities continue to remain outside the development and economic agenda of the city.



Lecture on conquering anger
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
The Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya, Sector 33, organised a lecture on “Conquering anger” here today. Delivering the lecture, Prof Onkar Chand from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal (Ropar), said global terrorism, violence and enmity were the major reasons of anger. “Anger decreases one’s reasoning power with the result that he is not able to find solutions to problems.”

Talking about the harmful effects of anger, he said it raised blood pressure and pulse rate, damage nervous system, burnt blood brain cells and reduced immunity to the diseases.

Suggesting remedial measures to conquering anger, he said spiritual empowerment was the best solution. “We should develop the ability to respond positively to all situations,” he added.



Datesheet for scholarship exams released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
The datesheet for the Class V scholarship examination 2006 has been released by the UT Education Department. Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, has been made the examination centre and the school principal will function as the Centre Superintendent.

The candidates who fail in mathematics will not be allowed to sit in other papers. The result of the mathematics paper will be displayed on February 21 at the GMSSS, Sector 21.

According to the date sheet, the mathematics paper will be held on February 17 from 9.30 to 11.30 am, the EVS paper on February 22 from 9.30 to 11.30 am and the 1st language paper (Hindi/Punjabi) on February 24 again from 9.30 to 11.30 am.



Baby show organised
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 5
Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, here organised a baby show today. The show was brightened up by well attired tiny-tots who stole the hearts of all. About 130 children participated in the show from Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali. Col. Manjit Singh, Group Commander N.C.C., Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The competition was organised in four age groups. The spirit and confidence of tiny-tots was splendid. A short cultural programme was also presented.

The whole atmosphere wore a festive look. Visitors were entertained through one-minute games.

Gifts were given to all participants on the occasion and 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes were awarded to the shining stars. Crowning Ceremony of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position holders was done by Ms Premjit Bhalla, wife of the founder president of the Golden Bells School Society. Ms Gurjit Bawa, Principal of the School, thanked all parents for making their children participate in the baby show.

The winners include: Kartikya, K. Monika, Sehajbir, Deepkhushi, Sartaj, Janhvi, Manteg, Ananya, Sukhmanjot, Muskan Seth, Karanpreet, Muskan Taneja, Arayan, Harnoor, Aiman, Bhavya Jayant, Prabhnoor, Harmanjot, Gauri, Aditya, Jaanmeet, Gurmastak, Varnika, Armaan, Noorjot and Shiranshika.



Annual function held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
Tiny tots displayed their histrionic skills at the annual function of Guardian Angels Public School, Zirakpur, at the Tagore Theatre here today.

A colourful cultural programme was the highlight of the function attended by parents. Students excelling in studies and extra-curricular activities were awarded by the management of the school, run by the Piara Singh Bajwa Charitable Society.



Prize distribution function

Chandigarh, February 5
The Department of Correspondence Studies, Panjab University, will organise its annual prize distribution function tomorrow. Prizes will be awarded to students who have got first three positions in academics as well as in literature.

Prof Veer Singh, Dean of University Instruction, will preside over the function.

According to Prof Devinder Singh, Chairperson of the Department of Correspondence Studies, letters have been sent to students.

They have been advised to reach the auditorium of the department by 10 am. TNS



Malhotra is OSD with PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
Mr H.C. Malhotra, who retired as Joint Registrar, Panjab University, has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the office of the Registrar on a contract basis for a period of three months on fixed emoluments.

Mr Malhotra took over the new assignment on February 2.



Forum pulls up travel agency
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
The local Consumer Forum has pulled up a local travel agency for harassing its customers and causing inconvenience to him by not confirming his air ticket. As a result, the consumer had to reschedule his visit abroad.

The forum directed the agency, Bajaj Travels Limited, to pay Rs 22,000 as compensation, though the agency had refunded the full amount of the ticket to the consumer, Mr Rishi Karan Kakar, a resident of Sector 16.

The consumer had booked an air ticket for travelling to London and Toronto through the agency on January 27, 2004. He was given a confirmation printout which showed confirmed booking on the Air India/ Air Canada flight from Delhi to London for February 24 and from London to Toronto on February 29.

After he was assured by the agency to collect his ticket any time, he made a payment of Rs 44,300 to the agency. Despite repeated visits to the office of the agency, the ticket was not made available to him. On February 23, he was told that the reservation could not be made due to late booking.

In his application, he stated that he had to face harassment as he could not get a direct flight. The agency alleged that the delay was on part of the consumer in confirming his ticket on time.



Basant Sangeet Utsav
S.D. Sharma

Panchkula February 5
The Sarswati Kala Sangam, an organisation dedicated to promote classical arts, celebrated the annual ‘Basant Sangeet Utsav’ at Satluj Public School open auditorium here today.

The chief guest K.P. Singh and Principal Krit Serai inaugurated the function by lighting the traditional lamp which was followed by a cultural programme.

As many as 35 artists participated in the music and dance competition in various categories. The panel comprising Sitarist Amita Sharma and Bharatnatyam danseuse Mukta Nagesh declared the following winners for the respective top positions.

In Bhajan recital Pancham Verma was adjudged Ist and Anshuman Dass Gupta was placed second, while Kuljit Bakshi, Archana and Preeti won in Punjabi Folklore singing. A close finish was witnessed in ghazal singing as Mayank was first followed by Samirti and Pardeep Pathak for the second and third place respectively Kolambi, Priyanka, Sheria and Ankita won in solo dance, while Basant group and Kajal group won in group dance competition.

Dr Betty Nangia, a disciple of Dolly Guleria was honoured with the Sarvshresh Sarasawati Samman for her overall performance. Earlier the Aangam president Col. IJS Ahluwalia (retd) welcomed the chief guest who honoured the artists and Major K.C. Verma (retd) thanked the participants.


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