Tuesday, October 10, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU decision on selection panels
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct, 9 — A high-powered meeting held under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak today decided on the constituents of the selection committees to select lecturers and principals to the affiliated colleges of Panjab University.

The meeting has ended the continuing stalemate between the differences regarding the quorum and members of the selection committees to be followed as per the UGC norms and those being followed in actual practice.

For the post of lecturer the body of interviewers will include the chairman of the governing body of the college the principal of the college, three VC’s nominees out of which two are subject expert and two DPI’s nominees out of which one is subject expert.

The quorum is four out of which one should be an expert.

For the post of principal, the selection committee will include the DPI and his nominee, the chairman of the governing body of the college, one nominee of the chairman of the governing body and three Vice Chancellor’s nominees.

The VC will send a panel of 10 nominees, out of which three will be chosen.

The other members who were present at the meeting were Mr Charanjit Chawla, Principal AC Vaid, Principal Tarsem Bahiya.


Educate slum kids: Jacob
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 9 — Chandigarh has the necessary infrastructure to provide facilities for education, but still the literacy rate in city is not 100 per cent, said Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd.), U.T. Administrator, while speaking at the annual day function of Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary School, here today.

The Administrator, stressed that education was the birthright of each child. He appealed to students and teachers in the city to be involved and follow the motto, “each one, teach one.”

General Jacob added that the city’s three lakh slum population, needed to be provided with basic education. He said, “these children are engaged in begging, construction work, dhabas and other such onerous tasks. The Administration, together with NGO’s, is doing the needful in this direction. We need the help of students in the task.”

Appreciating the efforts of Shishu Niketan in providing quality education, General Jacob added that education was the topmost priority of the Administration. He appreciated the efforts of the school for providing computer education. “Schools should focus on online education to give a feel of the Internet to the students,” he said.

The school children, through a variety of programmes, including songs, dances and skits, entertained the audience, while spreading awareness about adult education, population control, alcohol abuse and illiteracy.

The play Wonderful Dreams, through a depiction of slums near the city, emphasised on the need for paying attention to various social issues.

Another interesting presentation were nursery rhymes by the play group section, who tried to spread awareness about the consequences of atrocities by mankind on environment. Little children, dressed as trees and animals, tried to focus attention on preserving flora and fauna. The effort was also appreciated by General Jacob, who said, “Chandigarh has a lovely environment. Let us all conserve it.”

Ms S. Khorana, Director Principal, while charting through the history of the school, highlighted its achievements. She urged the Administrator to allot the rehri market, in front of the school, a separate area as its presence was not conducive for building up a congenial school environment for learning.

General Jacob, presented the meritorious students with awards and certificates. In his advice to the youngsters, he added “It is you who make your destiny. It is the set of sails and not the wind that governs where each ship goes.”


Children weave magic with clay
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 9 —Creativity of little children was at its best as they laid their hands on dead clay and moulded it into near lifelike forms and shapes , during a competition organised by the State Institute of Education, here today.

The competition was held as part of a state-level children function for nursery and primary sections of about 60 government schools, in both rural as well as urban categories. The youngsters experimented with various ideas ranging from Mahatma Gandhi to dharam ratha to a table lamp and many more.

The best part of the competition was the enthusiasm of these young children as they kept struggling with clay till it was moulded into one amazing shape or the other .

Today, on the fourth day of this week-long competition, as many as 68 students participated.

The winners of the competition in the urban category for class IV were: Sangam, GGSSS, Sector 20-first; Sunita, GPS, Sector 33-second and Mohit, GHS, Sector 24 -third. The winners of class V, in the same segment are: Rajinder Kumar, GGSSS, Sector 8 -first; Krishna, GHS, Sector 24-second and Anil, GGSSS, Sector 20-third.

The winners in the rural category for class IV were: Sukhwinder, GSSS, M.M. Town-first; Mukesh Kumar, GHS, Sector 26 (B.D)- and; Kavita, GGHS, Sector 25-second; Dharma, GHS, Colony No.4, and Vijay, GHS, Sector 31 - third.

The winners of class V in the rural category were Ishrat, GHS, Colony No. 4-first; Dharminder Singh, GHS, Khuda Ali Sher, and; Rekha, GPS, Maloya Colony- second; Sandeep, GGHS, Sector 25, and Laddu Rai, GPS, Burail - third. 


British education week begins today
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 9 — Close to the heels of the Cambridge book festival organised on its premises in Sector 8, the British Library is now coming up with yet another informative session aimed at helping those interested in pursuing studies in Britain.

The session titled, Education@UK Week, will begin here tomorrow in the library precincts and will go on till October 14. According to the officials concerned, the purpose of the week is to help the youth of the city join over 5,000 Indian students studying currently in the UK. The week will feature programmes which will offer insight into the various facets of British education. Expert advice of counsellors, especially engaged for the purpose, will also be available during the coming five days.

The focus will be on offering advice on the best courses that the UK has to offer — some of the world's best undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational programmes. 


Charges framed in blast case
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 9 — The UT Addiional District and Sessions Judge,Mr S.K. Goel, today framed charges against Sher Singh and Gurbax Singh allegedly involved in the Sector 34 bomb blast case. It was alleged that Gurbax Singh and Sher Singh had the caused bomb blast at the instance of Rattandeep, who had already been declared a proclaimed offender.

The police got a wireless message on June 30, 1999, that a bomb blast had taken place near the Milkfed office in Sector 34. One person was injured and many vehicles were damaged in the blast .

The judge observed that RDX was kept in the glove compartment of a scooter (HR-06-A 5079) with the intentin to endanger life and property, therefore he framed charges against Gurbax Singh and Sher Singh under Sections 307, 427, 323 and 120-b of the Indian Penal Code and 3/4/5 of the Explosive Substance Act.

Defamation case
A defamation case against the owner of the Zee network, Subhash Chandra, was adjourned today by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate,Mr Sant Parkash, till October 16.

The case against Subhas Chandra, Rajat Sharma and Sudhir Sharma had been filed by a former Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, on October 23,1996.

It was alleged that on October 20, 1996, on Zee Television news programme, reader Sudhir Sharma read the news that Chief Minister, Bhajan Lal’s houses at Hisar and Adampur had been raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation and some documents were recovered from his house. Mr Rajat Sharma was the News Editor of the Zee News then.

The very next day Mr Bhajan Lal condemned the news telecast and filed a defamation case on October 23, 1996, against Subhash Chandra, Rajat Sharma and Sudhir Sharma. In his complainant Mr Bhajan Lal had alleged that wrong information could harm his political career.

Remand extended
The UT Judicial Magistrate(Ist Class), Mr K.K. Goel, today extented the judicial remand of two persons allegedly involved in a double murder case till October 23.The accused Jhia Lal and Sobh Nath had been arrested by the special crime staff of the local police on August 22 in a case of theft and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420 and 120b of the Indian Penal Code and Rs 54 lakh was also recovered from their possession.

The accused along with three companions had allegedly killed the two employees, Roop Lal and Nand Kishore, sleeping inside the liquar shop owned by Lada Liquor on August 17. The deceased were working as salesmen.

Bail granted
A lawyer in the district court K.S. Saini, was granted bail after being produced in court following a case of picking up a fight registered against him and his son Manvir Saini. A case under Sections 323, 452 and 506 of the IPC had earlier been registered against him following a scuffle between two lawyers on the court premises.


Order on Sodhi Ram’s bail plea reserved
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 9 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its order on the bail application of a former Controller of Examination, Panjab University, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in the alleged leakage of examination papers case.

Mr Justice Amar Dutt reserved the order today late this afternoon after one and a half-month of marathon arguments in the case. Orders on the bail plea of Dhan Singh, a junior clerk in the examination department of Panjab University, and Anurag Gupta, a former student arrested in the case, were also reserved by Mr Justice Amar Dutt. Dhan Singh and Anurag Gupta were arrested by the CBI on September 7.

Pleading for Sodi Ram’s bail, counsel said that statements of the CBI were contradictory; like describing PU Registrar Paramjit Singh as Vice-Chancellor, Sodhi Ram as Joint Controller of Examination and Dhan Singh as being terminated from services whereas there was no record to substantiate his termination.

Moreover, counsel stated that Sodhi Ram was not in a position to intimidate any witness or tamper with record and for the reasons stated above should be released on bail.

However,the CBI counsel stated that it was a very serious case having far reaching repercussions on the reputation of the university and the accused should not be granted bail. 


Kala Darpan takes new birth
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 9 — Contributing its part to the cause of strengthening cultural roots of the city, Saini Public School, Sector 38, gave away a considerable part of its land for the revival of Kala Darpan which was inaugurated here yesterday. The opening of the new office of the organisation, which has been described as the soul of city’s cultural life by many Governors and Administrators of the region, was marked by a poetical symposium.

A galaxy of poets gathered on the school premises for celebrating the cause yesterday after the office was inaugurated by the Associate Editor of The Tribune, Mr Kamaleshwar Sinha. After lighting the traditional lamp, Mr Sinha set the pace of the evening by reminding the gathering of what late Punjab Governor Dharam Vira had said about Kala Darpan: “Without Kala Darpan, the City Beautiful would be without soul.” He also lauded the role of Kala Darpan in the cultural revival of human values through poetry and other means of art. The significance of the cultural prowess of the organisation is further made clear by the fact that it has among its life-long members, legendary Pakistani singer Malika Pokhraj and her daughter Tahira.

Among those present at the inaugural function yesterday were Mr S.S. Sandhu, President of the Mohali Industrial Association, who is also the new President of Kala Darpan, and Professor H.S. Dilgir, Secretary-General.

The symposium began with a recitation by Ms Roopa Saba and was followed by the poems by Mr Jasbir Chawla and Mr T.N. Raz. The poems of S.D. Sharma “Taseer”, Raj Santokhsari, Sultan Anjum, B.D. Kalia “Hamdam”, H.S. Nama, Ram Arsh and H.S. Mann were also well received by the audience.

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