Wednesday, March 8, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
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Prizes, college colours for students
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — As many as 275 students were awarded academic prizes and 62 others presented college colours for their outstanding achievements in sports and cultural spheres during the 31st annual prize distribution function of MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36 today.

Ms Sonaina Khehra, a student of BA III year, was given a special prize for being the outstanding student of the year ( 1999-2000). She was also awarded a prize for public speaking and poetry recitation.

The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mrs Vineeta Rai, presided over the function and gave away the prizes. Even though the number of prize winners was large, Mrs Rai made it a point to interact with each prize winner and said a few words of encouragement to these toppers. She also looked into the books they had chosen and asked some of them about the basis of choosing them. In her presidential remarks, Mrs Rai lauded the role being played by the DAV institutions in the country to give value-based education. She said that this ethnic-bound tradition will steer them through life in whatever sphere they work. She exhorted them to propagate these values and “dazzle the world” with their excellence.

The college students who were awarded college colour for excellence in various fields for the year 1997-2000 are: Ms Deepti Sodhi of BA IIIrd year for public speaking; Ms Navjot Sran of BA IIIrd year for poetic recitation; Tina Saini ( BA IIIrd year) for being the best vocalist; Ms Yashika Gupta for being the best Instrumentalist; Taranpreet for being the best folk singer. Taranpreet had stood second in folk singing at the zonal youth festival. Ms Harpriya Joshi of BA IIIrd year got the college colour for her brilliant performance in the quiz contests; Gurmeet Jaggi in public speaking, and in poetry recitation. Ms Anju Miglani. While Kirandeep was given a special prize for being the best swimmer, Anuradha was declared best sports women of the year.

Earlier, the college principal, Mrs Sneh Mahajan, read out a brief annual report highlighting the activities and achievements in academic, sports and cultural activities.

Talking about the history of the college, she traced its growth during the last three decades. She pointed out that consistent efforts have been made to achieve higher goals commensurate with great academic quality. She later thanked the Adviser on behalf of the faculty for releasing the long-awaited arrears of salary of teachers working in the local private colleges. Back


Best Athlete prize for Sunil
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PANCHKULA, March 7— The prize for the “Best Athlete” went to Sunil Kumar, a student of BA I, and Ms Parveen, a student of BA III, in the boys’ and girls’ category, respectively, at a prize distribution function of the Government College, Sector 1, held at the premises, here today. Over 40 other students were given prizes for sports events.

The two-day annual sports day which began yesterday with races of 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m concluded today with races held for entertainment. Students and teachers participated in the sack race, three-legged race, wheel barrow race, pillow fighting and a race to test their balancing skills.

The other events organised on the 14th annual sports meet of the college comprised high jump, long jump, discus throw, javelin, triple jump and hammer throw among others. The programme was sans the usual discipline in such events of other colleges which made it merrier for the students who stood around the participants and cheered them on.

At the prize distribution function held later in the day, 29 boys and 12 girls were awarded for standing first, second and third in the competitions held earlier. The chief guest, Mr Hari Chand, Principal of Government College, Kalka, gave away the prizes while the sports lecturer, Mr Rajesh Dahiya, read out the annual sports report of the college, highlighting the achievements of the students.

On the occasion, an entertaining cultural programme was also presented by the students. Dances to ‘Nimbuda, nimbuda’, “Hum hain Hindustani” and “I love My India” won the applause of the audience.Back


Roll numbers despatched
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SAS NAGAR, March 7 — The Punjab School Education Board has despatched the roll numbers of candidates appearing in the matriculation and senior secondary level examination commencing on March 13 and 18, respectively.

A spokesman of the board said that the candidates who do not receive their roll numbers for the matriculation examination by March 10 can get duplicate roll numbers from the textbook sales depot of the board in the district concerned by showing the proof of having deposited the examination fee on March 11 and 12.

Similarly, the students appearing for the senior secondary level examination can contact the above said places on March 16 and 17. The duplicate roll numbers could also be collected from the board office here. The candidates of Nawanshahr could also get their duplicate roll numbers from the board textbook sales depot at Phagwara.Back


International students’ festival begins
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — The three-day International Students Festival, SINM (Students in the New Millenium) — Ensuring Non-violence got underway on the Panjab University campus today with representatives of other countries joining their Indian counterparts in a cultural procession from Students' Centre to Gymnasium Hall. The procession was led by Mr B.P. Singh Khosa, the first President of the PU Campus Students Council, and Dean Student Welfare, Prof V.K. Bansal.

The participants, including foreign delegates, danced to the beats of Punjabi dhol along the way. The festival, being organised for the first time by the Panjab University Campus Students' Council, was inaugurated in the jam-packed Gymnasium Hall half-an-hour behind schedule with melodious notes of Saraswati Vandana by students of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11. This was followed by a group song Vande Mataram by students.

In his Presidential remarks, the guest of honour, Mr Nathu Ram Puri, who is also the Chairman of Puri Foundation in Nottingham, lauded the efforts of the PU students. He said he would deposit Rs 10 lakh in a special fund and its interest could be used by the council to organise many such activities. He said the President of the council could use his discretion to utilise this amount. He also said any Indian student who broke any athletics record would get an award of Rs 1 lakh.

The chief guest, Captain Amarinder Singh, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, conveyed the best wishes of the party President, Ms Sonia Gandhi to the participants. In his address, he called for an end to all violent conflicts, including terrorist activities, and urged students to work towards eliminating violence.

He urged them to help secure peace and economic development. He said wasteful expenditure being incurred on warfare and defence preparedness should be stopped. He said they should also discuss at length, the problems of population and poverty.

Dean Students Welfare, Dr V.K. Bansal said that the council members were wanted to say that non-violence could help establish peace in world. The use of violent means would only cause loss of life and property like in India-Pakistan and Iran-Iraq conflicts.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof M.M. Puri, said talented persons who expressed their creativity at such cultural festivals were always healthy and lively. He said the world would get a new meaning by adopting the path of non-violence.

Earlier, the council President, D.P.S. Randhawa, welcomed the representatives of Indian and foreign universities and urged them to spread the message of non-violence worldwide. A classical solo dance performance by Sulakshna of the English Department and foot-tapping giddha by the university girls drew applause from the audience.

Hitesh Kaplish, an office-bearer of the council, also gave a welcome address. Various cultural competitions will be organised tomorrow in English Auditorium, Law Auditorium, at Students Centre, Evening College and in the hall of the Physics Department.Back


HC lawyers go on indefinite strike
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — Lawyers of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today went on an indefinite strike to express solidarity with their Delhi counterparts who had been on strike for the past several days to protest against the police brutality on February 24 when they were taking out a “peaceful” procession.

The Delhi lawyers had taken out a procession to voice their resentment against the amendments made in the Civil Procedure Code and the Advocates’ Act.

When the general house meeting began this morning, there was a division among lawyers on the question of going on strike for an indefinite period. While three speakers supported the strike, four speakers opposed it.

Supporting the call for the indefinite strike, Mr H.S. Gill, Punjab’s Deputy Advocate-General, said the amendment in the Civil Procedure Code and the Advocates’ Act should be opposed tooth and nail. He sought resignation of the Union Law Minister, Mr Ram Jethmalani, for suggesting an amendment in the two statues.

During his vociferous speech, Mr Gill demanded a probe into the police lathi charge on the Delhi lawyers by a sitting Supreme Court Judge. Two other advocates endorsed the views voiced.

Opposing the call for indefinite strike, Mr R.S. Cheema, Mr S.D. Sharma, Mr I.S. Balhara and Mr Amar Vivek were of the opinion that the strike would harm the interest of litigants. Therefore, lawyers should not go on strike.

Sensing that there was little likelihood of unanimity among lawyers on the issue of strike, the president of the Bar Association, Mrs Daya Chaudhary, suggested that the contentious issue should be resolved through secret ballot.

The secret ballot took place in the afternoon. A total of 928 advocates exercised their franchise. While 576 supported the call for indefinite strike, 348 opposed it. Four votes were declared invalid.

Later, Mrs Chaudhary clarified that the Bar Association would decide on further course of action tomorrow at a general body meeting to be held at 11 a.m.

She said today’s decision of the High Court Bar Association would be conveyed to all district Bar Associations in Punjab, Haryana and the union territory of Chandigarh.Back

‘Plaintiffs have no locus standi'
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — Seeking directions for rejecting the complaint against the handing over of Divali gifts by the State of Punjab, Finance Minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh has stated that the plaintiffs “have no locus standi to file the present suit”.

In a reply submitted before UT Civil Judge (Junior Division), Mr Pushvinder Singh, the Minister also stated that the plaintiffs had “failed to disclose anything about any public service rendered by them in compliance of the directions by the Supreme Court of India”.

Elaborating, the minister said the Apex Court had held that “public interest litigation should be bonafide for public good and not merely a cloak for attaining private ends and that the court can examine previous records of public service of the litigants”.

He added that the plaintiff had also failed to disclose whether they had been authorised to file the litigation, and if they had “sufficient funds to indulge in such litigations, besides the basis for alleging harm to public interest”.

Claiming the act of presenting gifts to be against public interest, the plaintiffs — Lawyers for Social Reforms, human rights organisation Ahsaas and city resident Sandeep Kumar — had earlier asked for directions to the state of Punjab and Finance Minister to produce the “list of persons given gifts in 1999 on behalf of Punjab Government”.

Details regarding the expenditure incurred on purchasing gifts, besides directions to the government for recovering the amount spent on the presents from the “officials who had ordered the release of payments”, were also asked for.

The plaintiffs had stated that despite financial crises, valuable gifts, including expensive pens, dry-fruit packs and cloth pieces, were presented to bureaucrats, members of the press, ministers and other dignitaries “out of the state funds”.

He had added that investigations conducted by them had revealed the issuance of instructions by the state of Punjab and the Chandigarh Administration to all the departments against spending money on purchasing gifts”.Back


Court of ADSJ inaugurated
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PANCHKULA, March 7—The court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge was inaugurated at the judicial complex in Sector 1, here today, by Mr Surinder Singh, District Judge, Ambala, while Justice J.L. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who is also the inspecting judge for the district courts in the township, presided over the inaugural function. ADJ Darshan Singh took charge at the function.

The District Bar association presented its demand for the construction of chambers for lawyers before Mr Justice Gupta and the creation of another court of Senior Sub-Judge.

The officials of the district administration were also present at the function. The members of the association presented a vote of thanks.

With the opening of the court, nearly 3500 cases pertaining to the Motor Accident Claim Tribunal, divorce and appellant work were transferred here. Though a five-year experience is required to try cases pertaining to murder under Section 302 of the IPC, the new ADJ has been given special powers to try these in the same court by the High Court.

The opening of the ADJ court comes after the District Bar Council sat on a 16-day strike last month to protest against the laxity on the part of the District Administration in providing suitable accommodation for the judge as per requirements laid down by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The district courts were opened in the township on June 3, 1996. These included the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate and the Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate (First class). Later, the court of the Civil Judge (Junior Division) was opened when the courts were shifted to the judicial complex in 1999.Back


Provision store owner sentenced
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — Holding a Sector 45 provision store owner guilty of selling food articles without licence after exposing them to “dust and flies”, UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash, today sentenced him to imprisonment till the rising of the court, besides imposing a fine of Rs 500.

The shopkeeper — Subodh Jain — was earlier booked under Section 16 (1), (a) and (11) of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act after food inspector, Mr Vireshwar Singh, “found him selling karyana articles like atta, dal and sugar without licence”.

Arguing before the court, the prosecution had stated that the accused was liable to be held guilty as articles, including ghee and gur, were also exposed to dust and flies.

The accused, when confronted with the incriminating evidence against him, had, however, denied the allegations. Claiming to be innocent, he had asked for a trial.

Seeking his acquittal, the defence counsel had contended that the accused was being implicated and the case was planted on him “as the food inspector was having previous enmity”.

Today, pronouncing the orders in the open court, the CJM observed: “It is established that the accused was found selling food articles without any licence from the licencing authority and were kept exposed to dust and flies”.

In his detailed order, the CJM further observed: “The prosecution has been able to bring home the guilt against the accused for the offences and is hereby held guilty”. Back

In custody for forging ticket
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — An Amritsar district resident, accused of forging the number on a lottery ticket, was yesterday remanded to police custody till March 7 by UT Chief Judicial Magistrate Sant Parkash.

The accused — Pyare Lal — was earlier booked by the Chandigarh police for cheating, forgery, forgery for the purpose of cheating and using a forged document as genuine.

According to the prosecution, the Director of Punjab State Lottery, Mr Vinod Kumar Bhullar, had alleged that the accused, for making a bogus claim, had tampered with the number on the lottery ticket.

Seeking police remand, the prosecution told the court that the lottery had neither been published nor sold in the market by the lottery department.

Today, pronouncing the orders, the CJM observed: "The accused has been arrested today itself and thorough interrogation of the accused is necessary to extract the truth. Finding justification, the accused is remanded to police custody till March 7".Back


Works of art at photo show
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — Admirers of photography had the opportunity of seeing excellent works of photography by nine members of the Photographic Association of Dumdum (PAD) and an equal number of prominent photo-artists of the region at Punjab Kala Bhavan here from March 4 to 7.

About 60 prints displayed in the ‘‘Foto-Show’’ were in different categories of pictorial and photo-journalism. It was a delight to see these works of art as they had used various in-camera and darkroom techniques in their works like montage and solarisation. These works were displayed under the banner of The Friends of Photography.

Among the members of PAD whose works attracted attention were Benu Sen, D.Sen Gupta, Partha Sarathi Sarkar and Susanta Banerjee. Among the regional artists ‘‘The Winner’’ by Adit Agarwala, ‘‘The Click’’ by Deep Ram Bhatia, ‘‘Cart Race’’ by Subhash Sapru ‘‘Perched Atop’’ by Inderjit Singh and ‘‘Madari Boy in The Sky’’ by V.S. Kundu deserve special mention.

‘Emotional’ and ‘Holiday Mood’ by B.S. Sodhi reflect his deep sense for not only human emotions but also impact of light and shadow in black and white photography. He as the President of Photographic Association of Ambala has offered to take this exhibition to Ambala so as to promote photography in the area.
The exhibition was inaugurated by the Director, Public Relations, Punjab, Mr P.S. Aujla.


Streetplay highlights status of women
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — On the eve of the International Women’s Day today, Ahsaas, a non-government organisation (NGO), organised a street play and released a poster highlighting the status of women in society and urging women to assert and fight for their rights at the Sector 17 Plaza. The poster, which was later distributed to all, presented a hard-hitting statement on the issue of rape.

Well-known woman activist Sheila Didi, who later also announced that a rally by various women organisations of the region would take place at the same venue tomorrow, released the poster.

Later, the Sachetak Rang Manch, Mohali, staged a street-play Samaj written and directed by Gursharan Singh. This oft-seen play, staged almost every year to commemorate this day, is a satire on the issues of dowry system, wife beating and eve teasing.

Staged in front of a full house, with the audiences largely consisting of lunchgoers from various government offices situated here, Samaj proved to be a hit with all. Interestingly, a booklet on the issue of human rights being sold here by Ahsaas for a price of Rs 5 was also seen bought by many from the audiences.

Meanwhile, tomorrow at 12 noon a rally of women organisations from all over Punjab would meet in front of Neelam cinema and address the people of the city. The morning would also see a series of cultural programmes designed especially to keep the interest of the audiences alive. The main speakers tomorrow would include. Ms Vimla Dang, Ms Tara Sharma, Ms Oshima Raikhy and Ms Vasu. The participating women organisations would include Janwadi Istri Sabha, Punjab, Punjab Istri Sabha, Mahila Dakhsita. All India Women Conference, Punjab Red Cross, and Mahila Parishad.Back


A play of colour and brush strokes
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — For most art lovers it comes as a great relief to view a painting exhibition which cannot be confined to something that has either a ‘meaning’ or a ‘purpose’, beyond the fact that it exists for us to have a look at and enjoy. And this is precisely what artist Brij’s exhibition of painting is all about, which opened today at the Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University.

An artist known for his abundant energy not only in his works but also otherwise, Brij’s ongoing exhibition is all for those wanting to luxuriate in the play of colours and brush strokes.

A total of 16 works, which have been displayed here, reveal the apparent ease with which Brij has played around on his canvas and at the same time also contrived to produce his own lingo in his paintings.

Three of his works, at the entrance of the gallery, strike the viewer with the overuse of garish colours, which have been used without any softness or tenderness but that manages to evoke an odd sort of a curiosity. And two of his most esoteric works that hand alongside, which show a white sheet of paper with grey shapes on them, is not only provocative enough in making the general viewer ask questions about the purposes of art and art objects but also impressive enough for the discerning eye to see the freshness in the forms and the overplay of blank space, a concept not many an Indian eye would appreciate.

In fact, after having acquired his Master of Arts (MFA) degree from Virginia, USA, Brij’s influences certainly seem to come largely from the ‘open’ West than from the congested and sweltering and sometimes even oppressive Oriental sensibilities. The exhibition, which would be on view daily till March 17, is for all those who realise that paintings are not to be viewed with only a dull and boring obsession with the eloquence of the painting itself but an also be enjoyed only for its forms, sights and even smells.

Meanwhile, for all those wanting a peek into what the contemporary but not-so-young artists of the region are upto this season, another painting exhibition, a group show, is on at a recently inaugurated private gallery in Sector 7. This group exhibition showcases the latest work of the contemporary regional artists in this attractively done up gallery, which would now serve as another platform for the rising generations of artists in the city.Back

Photo exhibition concludes
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — A four-day exhibition by the Photographic Association of Dumdum, supported by many photo artists of the region, concluded at Punjab Kala Bhavan here today.

In all, 60 prints were displayed at the Foto Show, representing different categories of pictorial art and photo-journalism. The participating photographers had used different techniques, including those of the dark room, like montage and solarisation. The show was organised by the Friends of Photography. The Director Information and Public Relations of Punjab, Mr P.S. Aujla, had inaugurated the show.

Among the members of the Dumdum association whose works were displayed here, were Benu Sen, D. Sen Gupta, Partha Sarathi Sarkar and Susanta Banerjee. Among the regional artists were Adit Agarwal, Deep Ram Bhatia, Subash Sapru, Inderjit Singh and V.S. Kundu.

Mr B.S. Sodhi of Ambala has offered to take the exhibition to Ambala.Back


Special Baisakhi programme
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CHANDIGARH, March 7 — Top Punjabi singers, including Jaspinder Narula, Bali Brahmbhat, Dilraj Kaur, Reecha Sharma, Mohammad Siddique, Parminder Sandhu, Suman Dutta, Ajay deol, Jagtar Jagga, Puran Shah Koti, Puran Chand Wadali, Ashok Masti, Sukhi Brar and Rajinder Mohani, will participate in a special Baisakhi programme being presented by Mister Entertainment in collaboration with Cindeep of Mumbai on the Lashkara channel.

According to Mr R.K. Aggarwal, the programme Baisakhi 2000 will be telecast by Lashkara channel. Mr H.M. Singh of Chandigarh will be the Music Director of the programme, which will be directed by Mr Surinder Malhotra.Back

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