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Thursday, October 15, 1998
MCI recognition comes at last
Plan to tighten dist security
PANCHKULA, Oct 14 With a view to nabbing criminals who after committing a crime escape to neighbouring areas falling in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Chandigarh, the police has prepared a plan for sealing the district.
rally against price rise
MCI recognition comes at last
Chandigarh, Oct 14 The much-awaited permanent recognition of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) was finally approved by the executive body of the Medical Council of India (MCI) that met in Delhi today, highly placed official sources confirmed.
The general body of the MCI will ratify the decision of the executive at its meeting scheduled to be held in Delhi on October 29.
The ratification is usually considered a formality, the sources said.
Permanent recognition of GMCH has been hanging fire over the past four years. Since then three batches of doctors have passed out. It has been seven years since the first batch was admitted.
Around two years ago, GMCH was granted recognition by the Punjab Medical Council but it was a temporary feature. Various teams of the MCI have inspected the college and facilities before granting permanent recognition. The last such inspection was carried out on October 6 and 7. The report is said to be "positive" and on its base the executive committee has approved the case.
This was the sixth inspection by a team of the MCI in the past few years for permanent recognition. The case of GMCH was strong this time as the only objection of the MCI raised in August last year has been removed.
The MCI had objected to the deputationists working in GMCH. This problem had since been removed and doctors appointed through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) have joined GMCH.
Truck driver held for student's
Chandigarh, Oct 14 A truck driver, Suresh Kumar, from Theog in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh was arrested by the Chandigarh police 20 days after the mysterious death of a student, Varun Kumar Baig of West Bengal here, the police said today.
The body of Baig, with multiple fractures and ruptured genitals, was recovered from a pond near a gurdwara in the transport area on September 17. The deceased was later identified as a student of the Technical Teachers Training Institute (TTTI) Sector 26.
Sub-Inspector Dilsher Singh, incharge of Bapu Dham police post was entrusted with the case. The investigators had no lead other than that a large number of trucks loaded with apples had been passing through the nearby fruit market.
The police investigated the trucks that had entered the fruit market that day and zeroed in on the offending truck HPS-6595. According to sources the accident occurred when the truck driven by Suresh Kumar was backing up on the road that divides the fruit market and the TTTI campus and Baig happened to cross simultaneously.
He was crushed by the truck and seriously injured. With the help of the labourers who load the trucks, Varun Kumar Baig was pulled out and put inside the truck. Suresh Kumar, who promised to take him to PGI. However he panicked on seeing oozing blood, waved down an auto rickshaw and asked him to carry Varun Kumar to the PGI. As they were transferring the injured person from the truck to the auto rickshaw, Varun Kumar died. The auto driver then fled the spot.
A frightened Suresh then threw the body of Varun Kumar into the pond. Suresh Kumar, the truck driver, was arrested for rash and negligent driving, causing death due to rash driving and destroying evidence.
A case under Sections 279, 201 and 304-A of the IPC was registered.
Plan to tighten dist security
PANCHKULA, Oct 14 With a view to nabbing criminals who after committing a crime escape to neighbouring areas falling in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Chandigarh, the police has prepared a plan for sealing the district.
Mobile nakas, highway patrolling and permanent checkposts on important roads are among the measures aimed at checking the problem. The police has been facing a problem on this account as on a number of occasions, criminals, after committing a heinous crime, escape through the porous borders of the district.
Various points identified by the police are the Mansa Devi T-point, Housing Board check point, Old Panchkula roundabout, Panchkula-Zirakpur barrier, Sector 19Baltana road, Ramgarh roundabout, Madawala, Raipur Rani and Kakrali bus stands besides the other inter-state barriers.
The SP, Mr Alok Mittal, said mobile nakas would be set up by police control rooms (PCRs) vehicles immediately after occurrence of any crime in at least five different spots. To strengthen policing in the Mata Mansa Devi Complex a permanent police post, presently under construction, would soon become functional, he added.
No ISI camps in Chamba: Dhumal
CHANDIGARH Oct 14 Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, today asserted that there were no ISI training camps in Chamba district.
In an informal chat with mediapersons, Mr Dhumal said that there was no element of truth in any reports of the state acting as a breeding ground for terrorists. He however said he could not rule out infiltration of terrorists in the state due to a big border area with the adjoining state.
Mr Dhumal said the state were prepared to take on any threat to its security and peace. A number of steps to gear up the police forces was on the anvil. Himachal Pradesh had already received services of one batallion of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. At least three more batallions had been demanded.
The state had received Rs 1 crore for modernisation of the police. The state would raise one batallion of the IRP shortly. The ITBP was likely to be deployed specially on the borders, the Chief Minister said. The state will also send its troops for receiving commando training.
The Chief Minister said he had discussions with the Principal Secretary for bringing the state under the Border Areas Development Scheme. This had been agreed to in principle.
Mr Dhumal was in the city in connection with a seminar organised by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
He later left for Delhi where he will participate in a meeting of Chief Ministers with the Home Minister.
The ultimate power to ensure quality of products is in hands of the consumer. The state could assist in quality control only if people are conscious of their rights and can force the state to take action against the defaulters.
These observations were made by Mr Dhumal, while inaugurating a seminar organised by the BIS in connection with World Standards day celebrations.
Mr Dhumal said: we are standing at a crucial point in history where there could be no political freedom without economic freedom. He urged the consumer organisations to come forward and supplement work of the organisations such as the BIS.
Earlier Mr V.K.Kapoor, director, BIS, highlighted the benefits of standardisation and its role in daily life. Mr D.R. Kohli, Deputy Director- General BIS, explaining the objectives of the programme said the bureau had prepared over 16,000 standards.
Later a technical session was chaired by Mr S.K.Bijlani, a leading quality management consultant during which the standards for quality, role of standards in manufacturing and service sector and the role of NGOs came up for a discussion.
Probe into sugar mills
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 On mutual consent of counsel for the state and those representing suspects in the multi-crore sugar mills scandal, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered opening of the investigation report which had been sealed on the last date of hearing.
Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar, who delivered this order, also permitted counsel for different parties to inspect the report submitted by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr Gurdarshan Singh. The Judge, however, did not permit counsel to get its photocopy. He adjourned the case to October 28.
In his terse order Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar observed that as far as the provisional report was concerned, comments of senior officers were placed on the file. As for the final report, senior officers could give their opinion. However, if there was any difference of opinion between the Investigating Officer and senior officers, the court would decide which report should be sent to the trial court.
The investigation into this scandal was conducted after the registration of three separate FIRs by the state government.
When the Investigating Officer reiterated his request for being reverted to Uttar Pradesh, his parent state, Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar directed him to stay put for more. He did so because he might seek some clarification about any possible doubts that might arise. Mr Gurdarshan Singh had come to Punjab on deputation for looking after his ailing mother. Since she had died some time ago, he told the court that he had no interest in staying on in Punjab. He had also explained to the court at the last date of hearing that there was no variance between the provisional and final report.
In his preliminary report, Mr Gurdarshan Singh had named as many as 13 suspects in this infamous case. Among the politicians named in the report were Mr Beant Singh, slain Chief Minister; the late Karam Singh Gill, the then Minister of State for Industries; Mr Kewal Krishan the then Finance Minister; and Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, the then Cooperation Minister.
The bureaucrats named were Mr A.S. Chatha, former Chief Secretary; Mr Rajan Kashyap, the then Finance Secretary; Mr K.S. Janjua, the then Cooperation Secretary; Mr I.S. Bindra, the then Secretary of Industries; Mr S.K. Tuteja and Mr P.S. Bajwa, the then Managing Directors of PSIDC; Mr D.S. Kalha, the then Managing Director, Sugarfed; and Mr J.S. Maini, former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister.
SAD rally against price rise
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 The local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) held a rally today to protest against rising prices, hike in power tariff and the failure of the local administration to redress the grievances of the residents.
The protesters assembled at the Sector 17 Plaza and raised slogans against the administration. They later took out a rally through Sector 17 and also held up traffic near the Housing Board roundabout before dispersing.
Mr G.S. Riar, president of the unit, said the administration had done a great injustice to the people of the city by hiking the power tariff. Instead the administration should provide meters to colony residents and tackle the problem of kundi connections. The connivance of employees of the Electricity Department should also be probed.
The condition of roads and deterioration in civic amenities in the villages were there for everyone to see, he said.
The level of education in village schools had declined. More village youth should be provided with employment avenues, he added.
Mr N.S. Minhas and Mr Harcharan Singh Sawhney, Secretary-General and General-Secretary of the unit, respectively, raised the issue of retaining the 60:40 ratio of posts of officers from Punjab and Haryana in Chandigarh, provision of sheds and booths to motor mechanics, removal of encroachments in Sector 26 and the repair of the electric crematorium in Sector 25.
The issue of not extending the tenure of officers on deputation, granting Punjabi parity with Hindi in schools and colleges and prohibiting smoking in government offices and public places were also raised.
Big excise evasion detected
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 The Central Excise Chandigarh-II Commissionerate has detected evasion of central excise duty of over Rs 46 lakh on crump rubber and processed corduroy fabrics at Pathankot and Amritsar, according to Mr I.R Soni, Commissioner, Central Excise.
Mr Soni said here today that acting on specific information, the headquarter-based anti-evasion officers visited a Pathankot factory, and found that the firm was manufacturing crump rubber without registering itself with the Central Excise Department and without filing any declaration with the central excise authorities.
The preliminary scrutiny of the records had revealed that during the period from 1995-96 to 1997-98 the firm had manufactured and clandestinely reversed crump rubber worth Rs 1.14 crore involving central excise duty to the tune of Rs 22 lakh approximately. A case has been registered and further investigations are in progress.
Mr Soni said the central excise preventive officers, Amritsar, detected that a cloth processing firm had clandestinely cleared processed corduroy cloth without the cover of any duty paying document to a trader of Amritsar during the period from 1994 to 1996. Scrutiny of the incriminating documents recovered from the trader revealed that the processed corduroy cloth was sent by the processor on private challans showing date of clearance, quantity and meterage but without payment of central excise duty.
The initial investigations revealed that the processing firm had clandestinely cleared 3.55 lakh sq metres of processed corduroy cloth valued at about Rs 1.22 crore involving central excise duty of Rs 24.38 lakh. A case has been registered against the processor for the contravention of central excise law.
Science refresher course ends
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 A 28-day refresher course in life sciences, sponsored by the UGC and Academic Staff College, Panjab University, concluded here last evening.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof M.M. Puri, presiding over the valedictory function, said there was never a conclusion in science and as providers of knowledge, the teachers should convey the importance of this phase of transition to students.
Prof R.C. Mahajan from the Department of Parasitology, PGI, outlined the causes of dengue and the precautions to combat the diseases. Prof H.S. Shergill, Director Academic Staff College, highlighted the importance of such courses.
According to Prof R.C. Sobti Head of the Department of Biotechnology, Panjab University, and course coordinator, 70 experts participated.
Fire in footwear shop
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 A footwear shop was gutted in a fire in Sector 40 here today.
The fire which broke out at about 1.15 p.m. was brought under control in about 15 minutes. As many as eight fire engines were pressed into service, the Chief Fire Officer, Mr Darshan Singh, said.
Twelve scooters in an adjoining scooter showroom and workers of a tailor shop were moved to safer places. A large number of pairs of shoes, false ceiling and other PVC material were burnt.
Mr Darshan Singh said the
fire was suspected to have been caused by an LPG
cylinder, which was being used for making tea by shop
Mobilisation rallies by UT staff
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 Members of the action committee of UT Employees and Workers' Union held mobilisation rallies in various parts of the city for the October 28 torchlight procession today.
Mr Ramesh Kumar, convener of the committee, said their demands had been pending for a long time, and despite many agitations nothing had been done.
The main demands include release of bonus, filling vacant posts, abolition of the contract system, regularisation of the services of daily wagers and treating transferred employees from the Administration to the corporation as on deputation.
Similar rallies were held by members of the UT Building Maintenance Workers' Union and the UT Powermen Union in Sector 15 and Sector 18, respectively.
JEs seek better pay
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 The Punjab Mandi Board Junior Engineers' Association has demanded better pay scales for junior engineers, promotional avenues after four, nine and 14 years of service besides release of leave travel allowance.
A meeting of the association was held here today.
Meanwhile the following
have been elected office-bearers of the association:
patron: Mr D.S. Gill; president Mr A.S. Mangat;
senior vice-president Mr Ravinder Gupta; general
secretary Mr Vinod Prashar and secretary Mr
9 promoted as Superintendents
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 The Chandigarh Administration has ordered the promotion of nine assistants of the UT Secretariat as Superintendents, Grade-II, with immediate effect in the pay scale of Rs 6400-10640.
Those promoted are Mrs Sheela Devi, Mr K.B. Goel, Mr R.K. Jain, Ms Manjit Kaur, Mr Swaran Singh, Mr Bhagwan Dass, Mr Karam Singh, Mr Bhagat Ram and Mr B.M. Arora.
The Administration has also designated Mr Amarjit Singh Sarao, under-Secretary, as Deputy Secretary in his own pay scale with immediate effect.
CGHS dispensary to be opened in
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 The Government of India has decided in principle to open a dispensary under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in the city for the benefits of the pensioners.
A press note of the coordination committee of the Central Government Pensioners Associations claimed today that the request of the pensioners to open a CGHS dispensary had been accepted by the government and an amount of Rs 60 lakh had been earmarked in the Budget estimates for the current financial year.
With the opening of the CGHS dispensary in the city, thousands of pensioners in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir and UT will benefit as there was no CGHS dispensary in these areas.
Workshop on AIDS, HIV opens
Chandigarh, Oct 14 There is need to bring about drastic changes in the education pattern making healthy life style a part of the curriculum, observed Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Minister for Medical Science and Research and Technology, Punjab while inaugurating a two-day regional level workshop on AIDS\ HIV organised by the NSS regional centre here today.
He laid stress upon the role of parents, children, students and teachers in helping the child develop a healthy life style.
The workshop will touch three topics : Awareness and education programmes ensuring behavioural change so that youth remain away from risks; coordinate and implement joint programme through government, semi-government and social organisation; train model for the NSS functionary and educators, keeping in view sociological, ecological, economical and cultural aspects of the country.
The first session began with Dr Kanchan Kapoor of GCMH delivering the main lecture on educating youth on sexual health and promoting a positive attitude. Later a session was devoted to on blood transfusion and AIDS. Dr J.G. Jolly, a former head of the Blood Transfusion department, PGI, answered questions on safe blood and about illegal practices going on.
Oil extraction, kohlu way
Chandigarh, Oct 14 The old workhorse has been put to pasture. Once the only machine for extracting oil from mustard, the kohlu, like most other old methods, has become obsolete and modern expellers have replaced it.
One such kohlu is in Hallomajra village, where it has been retained more for its sentimental value than from the business point of view.
Chiranji Lal, who runs a chakki in the village reminiscences about the days when one had to queue up to get a "kachi ghani", (the oil collected from this process). The oil was widely used for cooking and the residue, "khal"(oil cake) was given to animals as fodder to increase the milk yield.
The only people who come now are some of the old families of the village and nearby areas who still prefer the oil due to its excellent quality and some others who get the oil extracted near Divali time. At other times the kohlu, remains idle.
The rates too have remained more or less fixed since the past several years. A 17-kg ghani of mustard would be charged at the rate of Rs 1 per kg even today.
Reacting to the recent outbreak of dropsy, he remarked that the oil was extracted in front of the customer and there were no chances of adding any adulterants. However, the quality would depend on the quality of the mustard and other factors like moistness or sand content in the mustard. Therefore, the customers are asked to bring dry mustard only.
The said being a small businessman he could not go in for bottling the mustard oil as he did not have the infrastructure and resources needed for a big operation. Moreover, the kohlus take more time as compared to the expellers and even if one could install more of them, it would be no match for the expellers.
The oil cakes from the expellers do not have the ideal oil content as compared to the old process as a result of which farmers do not give it to their cattle.
"I have instructed my grandchildren not to sell the kohlu as it would be too heartbreaking to see it being carted away after being broken down by the scrap dealer", he said.
Extension to Home Secy welcomed
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 The National Consumer Awareness Group has hailed the decision of Mr L.K. Advani, Home Minister, for granting one year extension to the UT Home Secretary, Mrs Anuradha Gupta.
Memorandum on villages' woes
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 A memorandum highlighting major problems of the villages of the city was submitted in the office of the UT Administrator by members of the Chandigarh Pradesh Panchayat Parishad.
Mr Satpal Gupta, chairman
of the parishad said the demands include constitution of
a panchayat samiti and the zila parishad, an extension of
the 'lal dora' and provision of sewerage, water and power
connections to people living beyond it, reinstating the
panchayats of four villages included in the corporation
besides giving representation to parishad members on
various committees of the Administration.
CCI for high-rise industrial
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 The Chamber of Chandigarh Industries (CCI), while demanding the abolition of the leasehold system for industrial plots, today urged the Chandigarh Administration to allow the vertical expansion of industrial buildings.
In a press note, Mr Shanti Lal Sethia and Parveen Bindlish, President and General Secreraty, respectively, of the CCI, said on account of the acute shortage of space in the existing industrial units, the Administration should allow vertical expansion.
They said for the growth of industry it was imperative to abolish the leasehold system.
Punjab, UT staff hold rally
Chandigarh, Oct 14 Members of the Joint Action Committee, Punjab and UT Employees staged a rally in support of their demands in Sector 17 here today.
The protesters condemned the callous attitude of the Punjab Government and the Chandigarh Administration towards their long pending demands. The major demands of the committee include payment of bonus and DA, grant of promotional scales after four, nine and 14 years of service besides regularisation of the services of daily wagers.
Leaders alleged that
despite many agitations nothing had been done, and the
employees representatives had never been called for
Convention on burning issues
Chandigarh, Oct 14
Dr Joginder Dayal, secretary, Punjab CPI, Mr Balwant
Singh, secretary, CPM; and Mr C.D. Kamboj in joint
statement said that a state level convention would be
held at Jalandhar on October 15 to formulate a programme
to deal with the rising prices, increasing power tariff
and bus fares, atrocities on women and Harijans, besides
a host of other issues.
Monkey menace in village
PANCHKULA, Oct 14 Women of Gadhi village in Raipur Rani have complained to the Deputy Commissioner about the monkey menace in their village.
The issue was raised at an open darbar organised by the administration at the village near here today.
The sarpanch of the village, Mr Gyan Chand, sought construction of an overhead water tank, adequate supply of power and establishing of a dispensary in the village.
A number of residents of the village complained to the DC that teachers posted at the Government school of the village took little interest in taking classes. The District Education Officer was directed by the DC to inspect the school.
In another complaint the sarpanch of Raina village, Mr Ali Hasan, sought repairs of the road connecting the village with Gadhi village and repair of a primary school building. Besides, the construction of a 12-km road stretch from Masumpur village to Samlodha Devi was demanded by Masumpur village residents.
pertaining to the electricity, the DC said the
Subdivisional Magistrate, Panchkula, would hear the
complaints on every Tuesday at Raipur Rani.
Discussion on price rise
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 The National Unity and Security Council will organise a discussion on price rise at Navjivan Bhavan in Sector 8, on October 18.
While Justice J. V. Gupta,
a former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High
Court, will be the guest of honour, the local MP, Mr
Satya Pal Jain, will be the first guest speaker,
according to a press note.
PU staff threaten
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 The Panjab University (Non-Teaching) Employees Federation' today threatened that they would not allow Divali celebrations on the campus if their arrears are not released at the earliest.
Rejecting the offer made by the university for various categories of the non-teaching staff yesterday, Mr Dharam Paul Sharma, president of the federation, said that employees would not allow "senior functionaries" to celebrate the festival for having failed to honour their commitments.
A procession was taken out on the campus followed by a rally in front of the Vice Chancellor's office.
Majority of the non- teaching staff took part.Office work was affected till 12 noon as harassed students remained silent onlookers.
The federation has planned a mass casual leave programme tomorrow. The federation will announce its future plan of action in case their demands are met till Divali, Mr Sharma said.
Criticising the university administration today, Mr Sharma said the agreement arrived at in the meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee on September 4 had not been honoured. "We were assured that payments would be made by September 25. Funds could be transferred from other accounts to pay the employees", Mr Tilak Raj Wadhwa, another office- bearer said.
Mr Wadhwa said that "while we welcome the decision to pay a lumpsum amount to teachers on account of ADA but we deplore the step-motherly treatment to the members of the non teaching staff."
The university announced yesterday amounts ranging from Rs 2500 to Rs 5000 for various categories of non-teaching staff.
The registrar in an appeal on October 9 had asked the employees to bear with him till the government released the grant. The proposition that the arrears could be paid through arrears by overdrafting was "untenable and cannot be justified", it was said.
The employees are also demanding medical allowance on the Punjab pattern.
Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Students Union of the Evening Studies of the University: president Mr Deepak Sharma; vice-president Mr Harpreet Singh; secretary Mr Gurdeep Singh; joint secretary Mr Pankaj Kumar; and convener Mr Nitin Kumar.
Withdrawn: Students of the Department of Laws on Tuesday withdrew the strike call given in connection with conduct of reappear examination.
The call was withdrawn following an assurance from the university that the examination would be postponed.
boy hit by bus, dies
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 A school boy, Ramesh, was killed when he was hit by a bus of another school this afternoon.
He was rushed to the PGI where he succumbed to his injuries around 8 p.m. according to sources.
Ramesh was a student of Class IX in Sishu Niketan School, Sector 22.
The incident occurred as Ramesh was returning to his house in Sector 24 home after attending school in the afternoon. The bus (CH-01-H-4498) sped away after injuring the boy. He had received injuries in his ribs and was rushed to the PGI by a passerby. The father of the deceased is working as a messenger in a private office in Sector 27.
Three hurt: Three persons, including a young woman, were injured in separate road accidents in the city since Wednesday morning. Meena, a resident of Palsora village, fell down from a moving bus in the morning. A rickshaw puller, Narinder Singh, of colony No 4 was injured when he collided with scooter in the Industrial Area Phase I.
An unidentified person riding a scooter was injured when his vehicle skidded in Burail village.
All three have been admitted to the PGI.
Two vehicles stolen: A motor cycle and a scooter have been stolen in separate incidents in the city. A motor cycle (PB-13-D-0084) owned by Rajinder Kumar was stolen from the Divali mela in Sector 34. A Kinetic Honda (HR-12-A-5696) owned by T.S. Kalra of Sector 47 has been stolen from his residence.
Separate cases of theft have been registered.
Nabbed: A resident of Maloya village, Dhir Singh, has been nabbed by the police for allegedly possessing 12 bottles of liquor.
Unidentified body: The body of an unidentified person who was admitted to the PGI has been lying in the mortuary for the past six days. He was admitted with multiple stab wounds on October 6. He died on October 8.
Punjab culture in myriad colours
CHANDIGARH: Punjab culture, rich and colourful, has been rightly presented in myriad colours in the competition organised by Bank of Punjab.
This is the second contest held by the same organisation and the exhibits are on display at Punjab Kala Bhawan till October 12.
This time the mainly focussed are forts, palaces and 'havelis'. Yes, there are two canvases chosen for a prize of Rs 20.000 but one of them seems to be slightly unfit. Him Kumar Chatterjee's Viceregal Lodge' of Shimla is an exact replica of the building and is quite catchy. The painting which stands out is of Suman Gupta from Jammu, an untitled piece. The light effect has been beautifully depicted in it. Due to this the painting seems more like a photograph.
Another piece which deserves praise is the untitled one by Ravinder Sharma. As usual, he makes a mark wherever the exhibits due to the variety in this technique. Here he has presented a fort and has lent an eerieness to it by dropping ink. It may be the smallest in size but it has a huge intriguing quality about it. Regarding all this the prize money of Rs 2.500 seems inadequate. He definitely deserved a better deal.
The other artists who leave an impact in one's mind are Sanjiv Datta, Varinder Saini, Yugul Sharma and Mrinalika Jain.
Not a bad show at all.
Jalota concert on Oct 16
CHANDIGARH, Oct 14 As part of the Divali Utsav, Anup Jalota, noted ghazal and bhajan singer, and Vinod Rathod, a play back singer will perform at Shanti Kunj, on October 16 and 17.
While Anup will perform at 7.30 p.m. on October 16, Vinod will regale the audience at the same time the next day.
The entry to the programmes, to be organised by the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, (MCC), will be free from Gate "B" and Gate "C".
Meanwhile, a Divali mela has got underway at Nehru Park, in Sector 22, this evening.
The aim of the mela is to provide free entertainment to those children, who could not afford it.
Yuvsatta's plea: The Yuvsatta, a social organisation, has demanded the beautification of the cremation ground.
A press note said here today that delegation of organisation met, among others, the Adviser to the Administrator, Mr Jagdish Sagar, the Commissioner, Mr Satish Gathwal; and the Mayor, Mr Gian Chand Gupta; who assured their full cooperation in this regard.
It demanded the
constitution of a body for the purpose on the lines of
the Indian Red Cross.
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