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Teachers awarded for excellence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Teachers were honoured with the Tara Chand Saboo Excellence Awards in school teaching during a function held at PHD Chamber of Commerce, Sector 31, here, today.

The awards, instituted in 2002 by the Jan Seva Trust of the Saboo family in memory of their patriarch Tara Chand Saboo, were presented by UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd).

The Life Time Achievement Award, comprising a trophy, a citation and cash award of Rs 50,000 was given to Harold Carver, founder principal of St Stephen’s School-45. A dedicated educationist with an experience of 42 years, Carver started a nursery school from a residential building in Sector 8, Chandigarh. Through sheer dedication, foresight and meticulous planning, he was successful in establishing an institution, which now caters to 3,000 students.

Sarita Tiwari of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, received the Excellence Award for School Teaching (secondary classes). Sarita was involved with “Hamari Kaksha”, a school for underprivileged children. Besides teaching English, she has developed innovative teaching methods to promote and encourage reading and creative writing among students.

Apra Sud of Vivek High School, Sector 38, got the Excellence Award for School Teaching under the primary-classes category. Artistic and creative Apra Sud has been teaching primary classes for over 20 years.

Zulfikar Khan, who was presented with the Excellence Award for Teaching Economically Underprivileged Children, had started a school named "Theatre Age" for underprivileged children at Government High School, Sector 24, Chandigarh, in 1992. Using his expertise and experience in drama, Zulfikar Khan involves children from slum areas in street plays on socially relevant themes like drugs, AIDS, dowry and also gives them quality education at the evening classes. His innovative self-sustaining programme is funded mainly by sale of old newspapers collected from the members of his society and is a unique model of self-reliance.

These three awards carried a trophy, citation and cash award of Rs 20,000 each.

The UT administrator commended the Saboo family for instituting these awards. Expressing concern over the deteriorating health of children, Rodrigues spoke about the mid-day meal scheme in schools and creches, covering thousands of children, which has contributed in improving the health status of our children.

Earlier, trustee chairman of the Jan Seva Trust R.K. Saboo spoke about how the teachers were doing a commendable job.

Meanwhile, Lady Governor Jean Rodrigues released a special calendar on the student-teacher bond. The calendar features prize-winning photographs clicked by students of Classes VI to XII from various schools.

UT home secretary Krishna Mohan, DPI (S) S.K. Setia and Vivek Atray, director, PR, were also present.

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A fusion of fact and fiction
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
A prolific writer, her earlier works are academic and scholarly. But Manju Jaidka, professor of English at Panjab University, has decided to tweak it all, just a bit.

She has just added a novel and a play to her repertoire and both were released today by Pradip Mehra, advisor to the administrator, UT, and PU vice-chancellor professor R.C. Sobti at the Central State Library, Sector 17, amidst a literary gathering of writers, teachers and academicians.

‘Spots of Time’, set in the outskirts of Chandigarh, is outright fiction and must be viewed as one, says the author. However, no novel is complete without its share of autobiographical elements. “Apart from the city’s ambience, the Rose Garden and even the University and Ginza restaurant, experiences with my physically challenged child are in it too,” Manju explains.

The play, deliciously titled ‘The Seduction and Betrayal of Cat Whiskers’ is a satire that winds in and out of corridors of an institution of higher learning, looking through a comic lens at some of the flaws that exist within. While the play was lying with her for four years, the book was started 10 years ago and it was only recently that she put them together. “At this point in my career, titles to my name do not enthral me. So I decided it was time to publish something different,” the writer says.

From ‘Confession and Beyond: The Poetry of Sylvia Plath’ published in 1992, ‘T.S. Eliot’s Use of Popular Sources’ (1997) to ‘Landmarks of American Literature’ (co-edited) in 2007; these are just some of the titles of eight books written or co-edited by her. All of them have their foundation in literature and that is where her passion lies. “Apart from Salman Rushdie and J.M. Coetzee, I really like Cervantes (Don Quixote), amongst classic literary writers. There is no-one quite like him,” Manju smiles.

Having done her doctoral dissertation in poetry, Manju considers this genre of writing as ‘forte’. However, paucity of time does not allow her to write as much as she would like to. She plans to write another book, but that will emerge only as the time for it does.

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PU Youth Fest
Students showcase acting skills
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
It was a day of theatre at the Panjab University Chandigarh Zone B Youth and Heritage Festival being held at Dev Samaj College, Sector 45. The host college presented the skit ‘Test Tube Baby’. GGS-26 presented the skit ‘Sarkari Chuhe’, showcasing problems of administration like bribery, red-tapism etc. Mai Bhago College, Ludhiana, highlighted the conflict between man and woman through their skit ‘Kaun Banega Pardhan’. Chief guest Usha R. Sharma, secretary to government of Punjab, appreciated the participants.

Dr Rani Balbir Kaur, former professor and chairperson of the department of Indian theatre, PU, was the chief guest in the afternoon session. In the drama category, Dev Samaj College-45 showed the plight of women in the red light area through, “Main Dard Kahani Rattan Di”. The play by MCM DAV-36 students “Jalta Hua Rath” portrayed social and political issues and “Akhir Kyon” of GGS-26 highlighted the double standards prevailing in society vis-a-vis men and women.

Results

Skit: 1 GGS-26, 2 Mai Bhago College, Ludhiana, 3 MCM DAV-36; skit (individual): 1 Gytra Duggal (Mai Bago College, Ludhiana), 2 Amandeep Kaur (DSCW-45), 3 Jaspreet Kaur (GGS-26); mime: 1 GGS-26, 2 Mai Bhago College, 3 GCG-11.

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Youth Fest
Gurinderjeet, Kiran walk away with best actor awards
Our Correspondent

Mohali , October 20
The youth festival of Punjabi University for Ropar zone concluded at Shivalik Institute of Education and Research, Phase VI , here today.

RESULTS

Debate: 1. Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali; 2. Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali; 3. Army Institute of Law, Mohali

Skit: 1. Government College, Ropar ; 2. Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib 3. Maharaja Braham Sagar Brahmanand Bhuriwale College, Tibba Nangal

Mime: 1. Government College, Ropar; 2. Maharaja Braham Sagar Brahmanand Bhuriwale College, Tibba Nangal; 3. International Divine College of Education, Ratwara Sahib

Elocution: 1. Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali; 2. Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib; 3. Army Institute of Law, Mohali

Poetic recitation: 1. Government College, Ropar; 2. International Divine College of Education, Ratwara Sahib; 3. Rayat & Bahra MMIT College of Education, Kharar

Tokri making: 1. Maharaja Braham Sagar Brahmanand Bhuriwale College, Tibba Nangal; 2. Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib; 3. Shaheed Kashi Ram Memorial College, Bhagoo Majra

Mehndi: 1. Shaheed Kashi Ram Memorial College, Bhagoo Majra; 2. Rayat & Bahra MMIT College of Education, Kharar; 3. Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College, Bela

Toy making: 1. Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali; 2. Rayat & Bahra MMIT College of Education, Kharar; 3. Doaba College of Education, Ghatour

Folk wall painting: 1. Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali; 2. Government College, Mohali; 3. Doaba College of Education, Ghatour

Crocheting: 1. Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali; 2. Ambika College of Education, Kharar; 3. Shaheed Kashi Ram College of Physical Education, Bhagoo Majra

Embroidery: 1. Government College, Mohali; 2. Sachdeva College of Education, Kharar; 3. Guru Nanak Dev College of Education, Majatri

Nala making: 1. International Divine College of Education, Ratwara Sahib; 2. Shivalik Hills College of Education, Nangal; 3.Indo Global College of Education, Abhipur

Gudian patole: 1. Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib; 2. Shaheed Kashi Ram Memorial College, Bhagoo Majra; 3. Government College, Mohali

Khido making: 1. Shaheed Kashi Ram Memorial College, Bhagoo Majra; 2. Government College, Mohali; 3. Guru Nanak Dev College of Education, Majatri

Parandi making: 1. Ambika College of Education, Kharar; 2. Shaheed Kashi Ram Memorial College, Bhagoo Majra; 3. Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali

Peedi making: 1. Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali; 2. Shaheed Bhagat Singh Khalsa College for Women, Patiala; 3. Sachdeva College of Education, Kharar

Pakhi making: 1. Government College, Mohali; 2. Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib; 3. Guru Nanak Dev College of Education, Majatri

Seviyan making: 1. Shaheed Kashi Ram College of Physical Education, Bhagoo Majra; 2. Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali; 3. Government College, Mohali

Chiku making: 1. Shaheed Kashi Ram Memorial College, Bhagoo Majra; 2. Guru Nanak Dev College of Education, Majatri; 3. Sant Baba Sewa Singh Memorial Khalsa College for Girls, Guru Ka Khu, Ropar

Chikli making: 1. Maharaja Braham Sagar Brahmanand Bhuriwale College, Tibba Nangal; 2. Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College, Bela; 3. Shaheed Kashi Ram Memorial College, Bhagoo Majra

Rope making: 1. Mehar Chand College of Education, Bhanopli; 2. Shaheed Kashi Ram Memorial College, Bhagoo Majra; 3. Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib

Innoo making: 1. Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib; 2. Sachdeva College of Education, Kharar; 3. Government College, Ropar

Bhangra: 1. Government College, Ropar; 2. Government College, Mohali

Trophies:

Theatre items: Government College, Ropar

Music items: Government College, Mohali

Fine arts: Government College, Mohali

Literary items: Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali

Folk art items: Shaheed Kashi Ram Memorial College, Bhagoo Majra

Overall winners: 1. Government College, Mohali; 2. Government College, Ropar; 3. Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib

Best dancer (female): Pinki Sandhu, Shivalik Institute of Education & Research, Mohali

Best actor - male: Gurinderjeet Singh, Government College, Mohali

Best actor - female: Kiran Rani, Maharaja Braham Sagar Brahmanand Bhuriwale College, Ropar

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Bad habits go up in flames
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 20
The students of Gurukul, Sector 20, pledged to get rid of atleast one bad habit each on the festival of Dussehra. They wrote their ‘vow’ on a piece of paper, stuffed them into the effigy of Ravana and burnt them along with it.

The underlying message of ‘Dussehra’ - victory of good over evil - is impressed upon the Gurukulites in this manner every year.

This unique way of Dussehra celebration was highly appreciated by chief guest of the day R.K. Kataria, deputy commissioner.

A cultural programme was also put up by the students on the occasion.

Beginning on an auspicious note, students presented a ‘fusion dance’, wherein ‘Ganesh Vandana’ was performed. Tiny tots presented a foot-tapping item on the very popular ‘Hanuman song’ highlighting the pranks of ‘bal Hanuman’. A solo performance by Saksham Bhardwaj of Class I, who enacted the role of ‘Bharat’, Lord Ram’s brother, was the show stealer.

The programme concluded with a short ‘Ramlila’ being put up and the chief guest consigning the effigies of ‘Ravana’, ‘Kumbhkarana’ and ‘Meghnada’ to flames. He also gave away symbolic ‘Gadas’ and swords to the children on the occasion.

Various inter-class and inter-house competitions like fancy dress, mask making, board decoration were also organised during the day.

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From Schools
Children celebrate Dussehra with fervour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The students of St Peter’s School, Sector 37, celebrated Dussehra with great zeal and enthusiasm, here today. A cultural programme was organised by the students, including a beautifully enacted Ramlila, depicting the victory of good over evil. A speech on the significance of Dussehra was also delivered on the occasion. Bhajans and solo dances were also performed.

Ajit Karam Singh International Public School-45: A number of activities were taken up to mark the occasion. The Ravana was burnt quietly as the school said ‘No’ to crackers. Students of classes III and IV enacted episodes from the Ramayana.

Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School-22: The junior wing of the school celebrated Dussehra amidst religious fervour. What made the day for the children was the portrayal of Ravana by Sunil Sharma, an eminent artiste of the city.

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Admissions extended

Chandigarh, October 20
The first personal contact programme for students of MA (public administration), which has come under the semester system from the current academic session, was held at PU’s department of correspondence studies. The students found the interaction informative.

Meanwhile, the admissions under the system stand extended to November 2 with a late fee of Rs 500. — TNS

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Two firms penalised Rs 10,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The District Consumer Forum-I has directed the managing directors of Bangalore-based United Breweries Limited and Alpha Services Private Limited to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation for failure to transfer shares in the name of the petitioner.

Raman Gupta, a resident of Mansa Devi Complex, had purchased 100 shares from Alpha Services Private Ltd, a sub-broker, after paying the consideration amount.

The shares were delivered to Gupta at his house. Thereafter, he sent the shares to the brewery, supported with transfer deed, through speed post from the post office, Sector 16, with a request to transfer the shares in his name.

However, no negotiation could be reached between Gupta and the brewery.

After repeated reminders, Gupta received a letter from the brewery stating that they had not received the shares. Gupta then served a legal notice on the brewery.

In response, the managing director of the brewery stated that he had no knowledge about the sending of the shares to him.

The managing director of Alpha Services also denied to having received any documents from the complainant.

The forum stated that one of the defendants had put on record that shares were originally in the name of Aruna Chinnapapakkagari.

They also said the transfer of shares was made by Gupta on paper with signatures of Chinnapapakkagari.

So, the deficiency was on part of the company and was entitled to pay the compensation.

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5 acquitted in assault case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
UT additional and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi yesterday acquitted five persons accused in an assault case. They were acquitted as the witness failed to recognise them.

According to the prosecution, Sanjay was assaulted on October 20, 2005, by Sonu, Amit Kumar, Sachin, Sanjay, Azad Kumar and Situ Makwana; all residents of Ram Darbar. Sanjay had gone to the shop of a relative when the incident took place. Sanjay had allegedly teased Sonu’s sister and this sparked the conflict.

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Nayyar’s police remand extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
A local court today extended the police remand of Sanjeev Nayyar, who was yesterday arrested on charges of forgery and fabrication of documents, till October 26.

Nayyar is accused of duping a large number of people of their money.

A team of the Haryana Police was also present in the court today. They are looking into a case of cheating in Panchkula.

“The judge said the accused had to be served a two-day notice before he could be arrested,” said the counsel for the petitioner.

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