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61 students conferred diplomas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
As many as 61 students of the Indo-Swiss Training Centre (ISTC) were awarded diplomas at the institute’s 41st convocation here today. The students had undergone diploma and advanced diploma courses in instrument technology, die and mould making, and mechatronics and industrial automation.

Delivering the convocation address, Prof Vijay Gupta, Director, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, said technology was changing at a fast pace and what was relevant today might become obsolete tomorrow. Hence, attitude towards learning was important.

Earlier, Dr Pawan Kapur, Director, Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, of which the ISTC is a part, said new courses would be introduced in the ISTC and the existing syllabus would be updated keeping in view the latest trends in the industry.

The ISTC Principal, Dr R K Jain, while presenting the annual report, highlighted achievements in the institute and said all students had landed good jobs through campus placements in the final year. He said that some had gone abroad while some had set up their own manufacturing units.

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Daria students to get C-TOSS training
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Students of Classes XII and above from Daria village will be imparted training under the Chandigarh Training of Soft Skills(C-TOSS) Programme so that they can get jobs easily at the information technology (IT) companies coming to the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park.

This was stated by Finance-cum-Panchayat and Rural Development Secretary S.K. Sandhu while interacting with sarpanches, panches and villagers during a free health check-up-cum-awareness camp here today.

He said a jan sampark centre would be opened in the village, through which villagers would be able to deposit their water and electricity bills and get bus passes, tenant verification forms and passport forms.

Mr Sandhu asked the villagers to collect and sell used polythene bags to the Engineering Department so that it could be used in constructing roads.

Seeking the cooperation of the villagers for the upkeep of their village, he asked them to send him their problems and demands through a representation.

Village sarpanch Jasbir Kaur demanded that the Government High School be upgraded, a full-fledged dispensary be set up and steps be taken to improve sanitation.

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Students attend workshop on foeticide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
As part of the ongoing ‘Campaign for Peace-City Chandigarh’, Yuvsatta, Dev Samaj College of Education, KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi, are organising a workshop on ‘Female Foeticide’ to promote the concept of ‘Girl Chid Friendly Cities’.  

At a felicitation function in Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, Chandigarh, today Mr Husang (international peace activist) and his wife, Dr Satinder Dhillon, Principal, Dev Samaj College of Education, and Mrs Madhu Bahl, Principal, KB DAV school, honoured student guests from Bhopal.

Later, these students visited KB DAV school and the College of Arts for an interaction with the students there. Their trip culminated with a visit to Government Museum, Rock Garden and Sector 17 in the evening.

In this four-day workshop, students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23 A and Sector 33 D also participated.

Well-known artists like Ravinder Sharma guided the young students. Yesterday this group was joined by 10 differently abled children along with five volunteers from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Among them are seven blind and three mentally retarded children.

These are students are visiting Chandigarh, courtesy Arushi, a Bhopal-based NGO working for a ‘Barrier Free Environment’ to make disabled-friendly cities, environment and society. Local NGO Yuvsatta has tied up with other NGOs in different parts of India to promote youth-exchange programmes and this is one such effort.

Mr Parmod Sharma, coordinator, Yuvsatta, said more such efforts were required at all levels to curb the menace of female feticide. And to take this message of ‘Equality in Society’, the volunteers will be organising such programmes in Amritsar and Solan too.

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PU Prof to present papers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Prof Suresh K. Chadha of University Business School has been invited by the Asian Productivity Organisation, Tokyo, to present a paper on the international symposium on Management of Change, to be held at Hanoi, Vietnam, from August 7 to 10.

The paper on the subject will be presented by delegates representing Industry and Academia from 12 countries like China, S. Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, etc.

Professor Chadha will present a paper on, “Cultural Intelligence: A Key for Global Organisation in the Cross-Cultural Environment,” according to a press note.

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Toppers honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Naveen Aggarwal who stood first in Punjab and seventh all-India rank in the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) entrance test and also topped this year’s “career evaluation test”, will get full fee as scholarship for his study at AIIMS. He was today rewarded by Prof S.C. Gupta, Director of a coaching centre, at a function here.

Interacting with mediapersons, Prof Gupta said students could avail this scholarship in shape of full fee being offered by the centre. “We conduct a ‘career evaluation test’ at the state level and out of them five toppers are adopted for this scholarship,” he said.

Naveen Aggarwal, who took coaching from the centre, applauded the endeavour made by the institute in helping him to attain admission in to one of the prestigious medical institutes of the country.

On this occasion, another Mohali-based 10+2 student Nikhil, who has also topped the “career evaluation test” under the 10+1 category was honoured.

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Special kids’ teacher selected for award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Area Director of the Special Olympics Bharat (Chandigarh), Mrs Promila Chandra Mohan, has been selected for Excellency Award-2006 by the Sri Lanka Justices of Peace and Human Rights Organisation (SSLJP) and Sulabh International. This award will be conferred on her tomorrow at FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi, in the presence of three Sri Lankan ministers.

Mrs Mohan has been selected for the “Rehabilitation through sports to mentally challenged children” by the expert jury of these two renowned NGOs. She will be presented a memento, citation and a shawl.

Mrs Mohan is working as consultant, special cell of Bhavan Vidyalaya for rehabilitated education of mentally challenged.

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PU students donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Members of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) organized a blood donation camp in collaboration with the PGIMER at Students’ Centre here today. PUSU also arranged refreshment and energy drinks for the donors. The camp was organized on the idea of PUSU President, Rupinderjit Singh Maan, and was dedicated to Kargil martyrs and the Mumbai blasts victims. More than 50 students donated blood during the camp.

According to Rajaydeep, Press Secretary, PUSU, Department of Blood Transfusion, PGIMER thanked PUSU for organizing this charitable activity.

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CJM pulls up SI for imposing Sec 307
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Mr Y.S. Rathore today pulled up SI Charanjit Singh, the Investigation Officer (IO) of the Sector 17 Police Station, for unnecessarily imposing Section 307 of the IPC against three persons on charges of beating up two sons of Mr Vijay Kumar, an Inspector with the local police, in Sector 23 on Wednesday. One of the victims had sustained a fracture in the arm, while the other sustained minor injuries.

Rejecting the request of the police for a police remand, the CJM expressed displeasure over imposing the Sections as the victims were sons of a police Inspector. While accepting the bail application of the accused, the CJM issued a notice to the police.

The arrested persons had been identified as Pradeep Gupta of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Aditya Verma of DAV College, Sector 10, and Manu Sandhu of Kaimbwala. The police said still many persons involved in the incident are at large.

The police said an altercation took place between two groups of boys, who were partying at a restaurant in Sector 26, following which the accused chased Mannan and Rohit, both brothers, and assaulted them. The party was organised by Terry, son of Inspector Jagir Singh, SHO, Sector 34 police station.

DIG deposes in CBI case

The DIG, Ludhiana range, Mr Parag Jain, who was earlier posted as SSP, Chandigarh, today appeared before the CBI Special Judge to testify that he had given the sanction for the prosecution of SI Gurmukh Singh who was arrested by the CBI in a case of corruption. 

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Probe sought into attack on advocate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) has demanded an inquiry into the alleged attack on a member of the human rights association. Condemning the role of the Chandigarh police in not taking prompt action against the miscreant who attacked advocate Arvind Thakur, the LHRI has demanded the arrest of the culprits.

The advocate was allegedly attacked by unidentified persons in front of his house recently. Addressing a press conference, office-bearers of the LHRI stated that during the investigation of the murder case of Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy, the Chandigarh police had rounded up Balwinder Singh Brara, alias Beera Brar.

Beera was allegedly tortured by the cops and it was the LHRI which had taken up the cause of Beera. For helping Beera Brar, the security of Mr Thakur had been allegedly withdrawn at the behest of the Senior Superintendent of Police. Mr Thakur had to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court to get back the security.

The high court had directed the Inspector-General of Police to study the threat perception.

The District Bar Association condemned the attack.

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Teej celebrated with fervour
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 28
A state-level cultural function was organised to celebrate Teej festival at Hotel Red Bishop here today. More than six teams from different districts performed Haryanvi folk dances and ragnis to mark the occasion.

The Punjab-fame ‘giddha’ and a Rajasthani tribal dance, ‘Sidhi Goma,’ were also presented by artiste.

Earlier, the Haryana Governor, Mr A.R. Kidwai, inaugurated the function and congratulated the people on the festival. He stressed on the need to keep alive Haryanvi culture by organising such festivals time to time.

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, asked the gathering to be a part of the celebrations every year so that Haryanvi Cultural could be kept alive. He expressed concern over the Western culture that had gripped youths.

Besides, the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, the Minister of Power, Mr Venod Sharma, and other government officials were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, a function was also organised by the Panchkula Kala Vikas Manch to celebrate Teej festival at Open Air Theatre, Yavnika. Haryanvi folk songs and daces were the main attractions. Over 100 students from various school participated in the function.

A painting and mehndi competition was also organised at Sood Bhavan, Sector 10, to mark the occasion. 

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Rafi finals tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society will hold the final round of its annual singing competition for best singer award in junior and senior categories for male and female amateur singers on July 30 at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh at 5.00 p.m.

This time the society has decided to dedicate this function to Naushad only. Nearly 30 singers from different places will sing Naushad’s songs in this function.

Ms Kiran Choudhry, Minister for Tourism and Forests, Haryana will be the chief guest while Mr Rajendra Singh, CGM, BSNL, will preside over the function.

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Living the joys of cinema
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, July 28
Anay Goswamy exudes freshness, so does his first short feature film which swept many a juror off their feet. For a maiden project, “The Pocket Watch” is delightful and it is not without reason that it won the best short story award at IBDAA Media Arts and Film Festival held in April this year.

The film has everything in place - a sensitive script, subtle dialogues and powerful images. Told and shot as a story, it soothes the senses starved of genuine human emotion. It is this emotion which Goswamy and his friends including director Vibhu Puri recall in plenty. Together they combine their skills to tell a tale that is both effective and enduring. To a large extent, they succeed.

In Chandigarh to screen the 28-minute film that centres on the life of an old Urdu poet who feels at home with his idealism, Goswamy spoke of the joys of cinema. Happy to come back to Government College of Art, where he studied graphic art before joining FTII Pune, Goswamy highlighted the nuances of cinematography, his chosen vocation.

“For me it was a natural progression from graphics to cinematography. I find it extremely challenging to tell a story through pictures and motion. The real art lies in a synthesis of skills. If someone were to tell me that he/she remembered a film for the power of its images, I would feel dissatisfied. Images are not meant to stand alone. If they do, it is a failure on the part of the director or the cinematographer,” he reasoned.

In “The Pocket Watch”, aesthetics of direction and techniques of photography team up to create a wonder that made the film India’s nomination to Student Oscars. The production was a result of the course work at FTII from where Goswamy passed out last year.

A few months of independent indulgence and the cinematographer already has a couple of feature film offers lined up. But he would rather wait for 20 years to get into direction. “I am yet to learn the nuances of cinematography, which has still not come of age in India. I hold the Polish cinematographers in great regard. Their approach is minimal and extremely sensitive. Here in India we could do with some more visually inspired directors who are a must if cinematography as an art has to evolve further,” he said.

About his maiden film, Goswamy could not but rave, thanks to the critical acclaim it has managed. But he admits, “Our film is similar to Shashi Kapoor starrer “Muhafiz”. The cast includes Lalit Mohan Tiwari from NSD, Jameel Khan and Gayatri Kachru.”

“The Pocket Watch” almost charts the course for him, who wants to keep away from commercial considerations of cinema. “At FTII we were out of contact with cinema made only for entertainment. We were closer to classics that shaped the history of world cinema. Formal training yielded some great lessons.”

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Lyrical beauty of Odissi blooms
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, July 28
The grandeur of Odissi classical dance was brought alive by 12 accomplished artistes of Bhubaneswar-based Sarjan troupe at the Tagore Theatre here today.

The programme was brought to the city by the Pracheen Kala Kendra as a part of its golden jubilee celebrations.

The visual treat in the kinetic phraseology of Odissi got off to a serene start with an invocatory Manglacharan in laudation of Lord Ganesh, ably choreographed by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra. He took the centrestage to present a solo dance composition Shiva Stuti, a prayer seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva. The aesthetic potential and elegance in choreography of Ratikant during the two-hour presentation displayed the imprints of his father and Guru, Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, foremost proponet of Odissi.

Attired in elegant costumes, nine young danseuses, with their graceful and lyrical movements performed a pure dance Pallavi set to kirwani raga. The dancers skillfully represented the mood, melodic content and timing.

Guru Ratikant appeared only to mesmerise with an abhinyaya piece ‘Sun mana hari ka naam’ composed by his guru. Reveling in the glory of God, he weaved contemplated mood in dance movements. His choreographic piece ‘Allah’ epitomised his adroit compositional ability.

The dancers led by Rajib Bhattachrjee, were superb and at their best in the exposition ‘Allah’, an innovative composition attempted rarely in Indian classical dances.

Supported by intricate rhythmic patterns of exceptional beauty, music and movement, Ratikant brought several cultural and secular streams together in ‘Allah’.

Noted vocalist Aruna Sairam weaved the music in the Carnatic tradition.

The dancers displayed nimble footwork, eloquent dance movements portraying 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu in Dasavtar before concluding the show with a memorable sequence by Ratikant and Rajshri from the epic Ramayana.

The lyricism and beauty of Odissi bloomed in full in the scintillating performance by versatile Sarjan dancers Rajib Bhattachrejee, Rajshri Paharaj, Gitanjali Acharya, Bijayalaxmi, Swagita Sahni, Monosmita Panda, Swagita Mohaptra, Rachna Rimjhim, Ranjeeta Banerjee besides Jayadev Das (light effects) and Debiprasad Mishra (sound arrangements).

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Mann favours movies on sensitive issues
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
For him, Punjabi flicks are more than just commercial ventures. They are channels of change.

No wonder, singer-turned-actor Harbhajan Mann is in favour of acting in Punjabi movies, that not only entertain people and promote cinema, but also address issues that plague the region.

In Chandigarh for the music release of his latest release ‘Dil Apna Punjabi’, Mann says some of the new-generation movies no more talk about landlords and their fights, but address sensitive issues like the duping of innocents by travel agents in Punjab.

The movies also talk about non-resident Indians and their indulgence in vacation marriages, that leave so many young girls in Punjab helpless.

Flashing a smile, Mann says all four movies he has recently starred in deal with the issue pertaining to the NRIs and aim at highlighting problems of the Punjabi diaspora.

Directed and produced by Manmohan Singh, ‘Dil Apna Punjabi’ stars Neeru Bajwa and Mahek Chahal, along with Mann and Dara Singh.

Punjabi comedian-cum-anchor Gurpreet Ghuggi also plays a part in the movie. It is about the old family system and generations living harmoniously under one roof.

Mann adds that though his recent films portray NRI families, he and other crew members will soon consider the possibility of touching subjects like suicides by farmers in the state and female foeticide.

“These are sensitive issues that need to be dealt with through the medium of movies”, he adds.

He says cinema has travelled far since the days of militancy in the state.

“Investors are willing to back movies financially. If things go the way they are, Punjabi cinema will soon compete with South Indian movies, even Bollywood flicks”, he adds.

Talking about the music release through a stage show at Kalagram tomorrow, he says the cast is all set to perform to the beats of the movie’s songs.

Veteran artistes Dara Singh, Deep Dhillon, Amar Noorie and Rana Ranbir will also be present. The show will be telecast live on the channel ETC Punjabi.

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