Saturday, June 10, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Where teamwork holds the key
By Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, June 9 — St Anne’s School is a school with a difference. It does not select the students for admissions but takes them through a draw of lots, irrespective of their class, their parents’ social status and their learning abilities.

“Our school believes in promoting all kinds of children, whether academically brilliant, good in sport, those excelling in extra-curricular activities or and even the average students,” asserts Ms Yeluri Indrea, Incharge of extra-curricular activities in the school.

“We don’t detain the children due to some learning disability but allow them to face the competition, so that they can judge their own performance and learn from their own mistakes,” adds she.

In the matriculation examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, the school has shown 100 per cent results. Out of 148 students appearing for the examination, four students aggregated 90 per cent and above and 51 scored between 80 per cent and 90 per cent. The topper of the school, Amit Agrawal, scored 93 per cent, with Amneet Kaur and Mandeep Kaur Sodhi aggregating 92 per cent marks.

“Teamwork is the secret of our school’s performance. Students, teachers and parents join hands and the result is that we never miss the target,” says Ms Indrea. The Principal, Sister Josy, was not available. “Our students are very sincere and obedient. The teachers do justice to our profession. The children understand this and reciprocate,” she claims.

Meanwhile, the parents of the toppers are overwhelmed with the success of their children and the contribution of school. Mr Pradeep Agrawal, father of Amit Agrawal, gave all the credit to the school by saying, “The school contributed a lot to Amit’s success. He depended on the teachers and never went for tuitions. He was always regular in his studies and teachers put in extra labour to make sure that he had no difficulties to tide over the difficult time of examination.”

The parents of Amneet Kaur, felt that it was the dedication and whole-hearted efforts that helped her. Mr Manjeet Singh, Amneet’s father said, “We cannot force a child to do anything. We can just inspire and can provide the right environment. The children of today’s generation have a spirit to compete and work hard. They are their own decision-makers which makes them quite focused on their goals.”

Her mother Manjeet Kaur is observant of the qualities of the school. “The teacher is the most significant part of a student’s life and the students of this school cannot ask for more. The teachers here are dedicated and make the students recognise their talent and provide them with extra opportunities to excel.”

The parents of Mandeep Kaur Sodhi, Mr Jaswant Singh and Ms Jasbir Kaur felt that the cut-throat competition in today’s world was making people selfish and self-centred. Mr Jaswant Singh felt that the system of education was fine till high school, but it worsened after class XII. The coaching centres benefited the most, he said.

Ms Jasbir Kaur said, “Mandeep was studying on her own. She was dependent on the teachers. We provided her with moral support from time to time and solved her problems. I felt that she could do better this year as she had been a topper of the school for the past two years.”



Children learn Punjabi folk dances
From A Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, June 9 — The theatre seems to be thundering in the morning. The enthusiastic youth dancing fast to the beats of the drum. This is a summer workshop in giddha and bhangra organised by the Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts (CIPA).

The workshop at the local Tagore Theatre has a lot to offer. About 16 participants from all over the city converge here and share their affection for Punjabi folk, besides learning.

“I have a special liking for bhangra since this is the most popular dance form of Punjab. It gets a special attention in any social gathering. Now I can dance in my cousin’s marriage,” contends Pradeep, a Class X student.

Another participant, Simranjeet informs that the coaches over here are encouraging. They are dedicated and make their students work hard, he adds.

Most of the learners have expressed their desire to continue their affiliation with the CIPA. They wish to attend the theory session, due to be held next month. They desire not to miss the international workshop in November. It gives them an opportunity to interact with participants from foreign lands.

Hargvinder, an NRI graduate, is in the city to spend his vacations. He says he is Punjabi at heart. So he is availing himself of the opportunity to get closer towards his culture.

“Dhol beat makes you dance automatically,” asserts Mr A.S. Channa, the programme co-ordinator. But most of the students present here expressed their regret at remixes galore.

The giddha teacher, Mr Ramesh, is optimistic about the future of Punjabi folk. Mr Brahm Kumar, the bhangra instructor adds that if you beat drum in a cemetery, even the dead will dance to its beats.

Everyone is looking forward to June 25, when they will give their final performance at this theatre. They all hope to go back with a heart-warming experience, which will remain fresh in their memory forever.


Creative instincts satisfied
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, June 9 — Summer vacations are on but the local Shivalik School is buzzing with activity. A summer camp is on in the school. It was started on May 15 and would conclude tomorrow.

The students are oozing with happiness and satisfaction because they have not wasted their holidays and have done something constructive to satiate their creative instincts.

The students were introduced to music and dance, art and craft and computer skills.

In the dance classes, the girls were taught various steps of Gujarati, Punjabi and Haryanvi dances, besides steps on Hindi and film numbers. Boys went for steps in bhangra.

The music instructors helped students in singing patriotic songs, folk songs of Punjab and shabads. Training of harmonium, tabla and piano key- board were provided.

In the art and craft vocation, the students learnt the art of flower-making with the help of duplex paper and stalking.

It seemed that quite a lot of hard work was put into making flowers by coating papers with hot wax. Paper mache — an art from Kashmir — was also made familiar to the students. Collage-making was also taught to them.

In the painting class, the students were made to paint with water colours.

Screen-printing was done on towels, tee-shirts, bedsheets and other clothes. Pot-decorating was also taught to the students. Paper sculpture making was also learnt by them.

Their other creations included soft toys, clay models and models of plaster of Paris.

In computers classes, students from junior classes were taught to draw with Paint Brush. Those from senior classes were taught Windows.


A boon for kids and parents
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, June 9 — Summer camps have been proving to be a boon for children as well as their parents. The camps keep the kids creatively busy and the parents find the camps a welcome change from the routine of summer vacation.

The Future Kids Club, a venture of the local Besten Foundation, has been organising three such camps at Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula to provide opportunities to children to develop their personality and helping them discover their hidden talent.

The main activities at the camps include art and craft, dance, theatre and fun learning.

Besides, the children are provided free transport to and from the camp venues and light refreshment.

As part of the fun activity, the children were also taken to Funcity where they had the opportunity to dance at the new discotheque.

''The workshops have been designed to provide wholesome learning through fun for children in an environment free from stress. The idea is not to make them experts in a short period of time but to expose them to various avenues of learning so that they discover their hidden talent,'' according to Mr Amrit Pal Singh, Director of Besten Foundation.

Another such camp will begin on June 12, he says.


Summer training workshop  for students
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, June 9 — A summer workshop for school children has been organised by the local Ajit Karam Singh International Public school.

The workshop began on May 22 last and will continue till June 10. It is imparting training to the students in vocations like art and craft, computer and internet, karate, gymnastics, bhangra.

It is also helping the students in personality development.

Workshop in mathematics and science for class X students is also in progress.Back


Jain case: HC notice for July 7
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, June 9 — On former UT Home Secretary N.K. Jain's application for the grant of bail in a corruption case, Mr Justice Amarbir Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice for July 7.

Claiming the absence of allegations regarding the payment of money directly to the petitioner, Jain's counsel had earlier contended on his behalf that there was no direct or circumstantial evidence regarding his direct involvement in the alleged crime.

He had also stated that the statement of co-accused in the case K.B. Goel, recorded by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, was inadmissible even against him as "such statements could only be recorded by a Metropolitan Magistrate or a Judicial Magistrate".

Counsel had further added that keeping Jain in custody would not advance CBI's case in any manner as all records were with the premier investigating agency.

Jain, booked in a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act along with Superintendent K.B. Goel, was arrested by the CBI after he surrendered before it on May 9 after his applications for anticipatory bail were rejected by the Special Judge, the high court and the apex court.

It was alleged in the first information report that Jain was operating in tandem with Goel to receive money from parties interested in the settlement of their cases pending before the Administration. Jain, it was also alleged, had dropped a charge sheet against Goel who had paid him Rs 25,000 for the purpose.

Jain had allegedly also asked Goel to get in touch with people interested in the settlement of their cases. He had also allegedly passed favourable orders in all such cases, which indicated that the parties concerned were accommodated by breaking rules. The FIR also stated that as per the evidence, Goel was collecting money from people.

About Rs 2 lakh was allegedly collected from Mr Baljit Singh, who was promoted from the rank of a Sectional Officer to that of Assistant Secretary, State Transport Authority. Mr Amarjit Singh, driver in the Weights and Supplies Department, had also paid money for being promoted as inspector in the Weights and Measures Department, it was alleged.



PUDA told to pay back deposit money
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, June 9 — Taking up a complaint case filed here by a city resident against the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered PUDA to refund the deposit of Rs 47,500 made by the complainant towards the allotment of a plot.

The bench comprising president J. B. Garg and members Dr P. K. Vasudeva and Mrs Devinderjit Dhatt also ordered that another amount of Rs 1,250 along with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum be refunded to the complainant.

Mentioning facts of the case, complainant Parkash Kaur stated that her son Harinder Singh had applied for a one-kanal plot in Urban Estate, Bathinda, in 1971 and in this regard he had deposited Rs 1,250 as 10 per cent of the price of the plot. Harinder Singh died in 1973, leaving his only legal heir, the mother who is complainant in the present case.

Parkash Kaur stated that there was a lot of delay in the allotment of the plot on part of PUDA. She added that she had later deposited Rs 46,250 in this connection.

In its reply, PUDA maintained that in the various draws of lots that were conducted, neither Mr Harinder Singh nor his mother Mrs Parkash Kaur were successful. PUDA also stated that the amount due was remitted to the complainant from time to time through various cheques.

The commission, however, took into account the fact that none of the above mentioned cheques were ever encashed, either by the complainant or by anyone on her behalf. Under these circumstances, the commission directed that the amount of Rs 47,500 and Rs 1,250 along with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum be refunded to the complainant.Back


Riar appears in court
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, June 9 — In a significant development here today, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, President of the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal, personally appeared in a city court as an accused in the defamation case filed against him by a former Deputy Mayor of the city, Mrs Harjinder Kaur.

Mr Riar, it may be recalled, was avoiding service of summons. Today, however, he appeared in the case filed against him in September last year. He was bailed out by the court of the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class), Mr Pushvinder Singh. The Magistrate ordered his release after he furnished a bail bond for the sum of Rs 10,000 along with a surety in the like amount.

Mrs Harjinder Kaur had filed a criminal complaint under Sections 294 and 500, IPC, against Mr Riar alleging, that he had used unparliamentary language against her by stating that she had illicit relations with some senior Akali leaders.

After granting bail to Mr Riar today, the Magistrate fixed July 15 for further consideration of charges against him.


Sacked employee denied hearing
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, June 9 — Mr Dharam Pal Verma, a former sanitary supervisor in the office of the Assistant Director Malaria (ADM), is a harassed man. For the past over four years, he has been running from pillar to post to get justice from the authorities concerned regarding the “illegal termination of his 20-year-long confirmed government service.”

According to Mr Verma, without allowing him to join duty as Sanitary Supervisor, his confirmed services were terminated by the Chandigarh Administration “fraudulently through a fabricated order dated February 2,1996, on wholly false and fabricated grounds of alleged nine-day absence from duty of the period of 1991 by quoting forged and fabricated events, orders, enquiry and show- cause notices on my transfer from the administration to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC).”

But what irks Mr Verma most is the fact that he has not been given a personal hearing by the functionaries of the administration though he has written 27 reminders from time to time.

He alleged that to mislead the higher authorities, a totally false and fabricated report against him about him fraudulent termination of confirmed service was prepared by the ADM Office and submitted to the then UT Administrator on October 15,1999. No action was taken on the words written by the UT Administrator —”He is a poor man. Adviser to the Administrator to give him a personal hearing. Reinstatement be considered” — on his application dated September 13,1999.

And despite repeated representations, he had neither been supplied the copy of the “false and fabricated” report dated October 15,1999, nor given personal hearing. At least, the administration should give him a personal hearing to explain his position with evidence to prevent his family from starvation and gross injustice, he added.Back

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