Saturday, October 21, 2000,
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Workshop of principals ends 
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 20— A four-day workshop of principals of high-tech training institutes at the High-Tech Training Institute in Phase V ended today. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr GS Sethi, a Deputy Director General in the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment.

During the workshop it was felt that there was an utmost need for expansion of the high-tech training institutes so that more latest technology courses could be started as per the demand of the local industry. Various problems being faced by the institutes and discussion on the syllabi of various courses were discussed during the workshop.

Mr MP Singh, officer in charge of the Hitech Training Institute, SAS Nagar, said the high-tech training institutes had been established in April 1999 with the aid of the World Bank under the aegis of the Directorate Technical Education. There were 10 high-tech training institutes throughout the country.



Three months’ RI in food adulteration case 
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 20—The UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash, today sentenced a city resident to three months’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 300 in a food adulteration case.

It was reported that the Food Inspector had inspected the shop of the accused, Ashwani Kumar, at Sector 35, in May 1992 and recovered tins of peas. The Food Inspector sent the peas for analysis. As per the report from the public analyst, the tins were misbranded and did not bear the month and year of the package.

Bail granted

Krishna Devi was granted anticipatory bail on Friday by the UT Additional District and Session Judge, Mr R.C Godara.

The case against the accused was registered under Sections 406,498-A of the IPC in September. The accused helped the complainant ,Harpreet Kaur, to got married with Jagdip Sing on December 2,1999.It was alleged that the accused had demanded Rs 1 lakh at the time of marriage from the complainant.

The judge observed that there was nothing to be recovered from the accused therefore granted her anticipatory bail on furnishing bond of Rs 10,000 and surety of same amount.

Bail plea dismissed

The UT Additional District and Session Judge, Mr S.K. Goel, on Friday dismissed the bail application moved by a resident of Delhi, Ashok Kumar, in a forgery case.

It was alleged that accused along with others had applied for a loan of Rs 87 lakh from the Haryana Industrial Development Corporation by submitting a forged documents. It was further alleged that the accused got Rs 17.40 lakh from the corporation.

The judge observed that the accused had been involved in a serious crime and other accused in this case had not been arrested, therefore he could not be granted bail.


Bhinder’s poll plea dismissed with costs
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 20 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed an election petition against the matinee idol and BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Mr Vinod Sharma, filed by the defeated Congress candidate, Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder.

Mr Justice A.S. Garg dismissed the petition with costs of Rs 10,000. Election in the parliamentary constituency was held on September 5, 1999.

The petitioner alleged that the returned candidate had withdrawn Rs 1 crore from the fund allotted to the MP for development of his constituency after the last Lok Sabha was dissolved. In addition on May 26, 1999, the amount (Rs 1 crore) was got credited in the name of Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Gurdaspur, while the Lok Sabha was dissolved on April 26,1999.

She alleged that respondent got the sum released through the Deputy Secretary, Mr S.S. Komal, and later used the same, thus indulging in corrupt practices.

While dismissing the petition Mr Justice Garg observed that the petition utterly lacked material facts to enable the petitioner to lead evidence. Besides, the allegations made in the petition were not sufficient to make out the cause of action.

Plea in murder case dismissed

The High Court dismissed an appeal filed by Mange Ram and his son, Chattar Singh, residents of Sahlawas village in Rohtak district who, according to the prosecution, “were responsible for the death of 26-year-old girl, Guddi, and his infant daughter as they were done to death or committed suicide by jumping into a well.

A Division Bench, comprising Mr Justice A.S. Garg and Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, handed down this 15-page order on an appeal filed by the father and son against their conviction by a trial court.

Guddi, a resident of Nimly village in Bhiwani district, married Chattar Singh in 1990. The bodies of Guddi and her infant daughter, Poonam were found in an abandoned well at Sahalwas village in early hours of February 17, 1993.

The Bench after hearing arguments from both sides at length dismissed the appeal observing that “strong medical evidence and the fact that the deceased left the matrimonial house for some time because of maltreatment, has left us with no alternative but to confirm the findings recorded by the trial judge”.


HC orders Gurinder Kaur’s release
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 20 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Chandigarh police to release Ms Gurinder Kaur wife of Harbhajan Singh, who had escaped from the custody of the Khamano DSP, Mr Gurpreet Singh, in Fatehgarh district in Punjab, two weeks back. He was allegedly kept in Kheri Naudh Singh police station, from where he escaped with his left leg shackled. Mr Justice Amar Dutt, while ordering the release of Ms Gurinder Kaur today observed “ let Ms Gurinder Kaur be set free at the general bus stand of the city, with liberty to her to go to the place of her choice”.

Earlier, the DIG, Patiala range, submitted an inquiry report against DSP Gurpreet Singh, against whom Harbhajan had made allegations of his detention. The DIG, Patiala range, has been directed by Justice Amar Dutt to probe the alleged illegal custody of Harbhajan Singh, who had two weeks back, accompanied by his wife Gurinder Kaur, appeared in High Court, with one of his legs in shackles.

The Punjab Advocate-General , Mr H.S. Mattewal, said a case under Section 392/34 ( Illegal Detention and Criminal Conspiracy) had been registered against the DSP, who had arrested and released on bail. Mr Justice Dutt directed DGP Punjab to transfer Gurpreet Singh and ASI Malkiat Singh of police station Khamano so that they could not influence the inquiry.

Mr Justice Dutt, on the last date of hearing, had allowed Harbhajan Singh to go to his native place Kharar in Ropar district and directed the SSP Ropar to take care of Harbhajan’s security. Mr Justice Dutt adjourned the hearing of the case to October 31.Back

Bar body strike today
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, ct 20 — The District Bar Association is observing a strike tomorrow on the call of Moga District Bar Association for the transfer of Deputy Commissioner of Moga. The President of District Bar Association Chandigarh, Mr N.K. Nanda, said in a press release here today that he got telegram message from the Moga Association to observe a one-day strike in support of their demand for the transfer of the Moga District Commissioner.



Cultural fest a big draw
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Oct 20—It was as if the entire India gathered under one roof for the Annual Inter-Regional Cultural Festivals and Handicrafts Exhibition at Dara Studio, here today. The cultural festival encompassing talent from the seven regions of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited swayed audience to the beats of colourful folk dances and classical music representing different states of the country.

The festival was celebrated every year on the ‘raising day’ of the corporation. It was a major event for the employees and their family members as amateur talent from the flagship company of the Ministry of Power gathered to highlight their cultural traditions.

Today, the items drawn from different ends of the country successfully managed to depict the country’s composite culture. From the famous “Mizoram Bamboo Dance Charahu” to devotional folk songs of Maharashtra “Gondal” and Teej of Rajasthan to a patriotic “Vande Mataram”, the audience was held spell bound by artists, each of whom performed like a thorough professional.


MTV to hold ‘ga-ga contest’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 20 — A music channel cannot do without a VJ, as the VJ plays an important role in hooking people on to the screen. The music channels have to be provided with a human face to reach out to a maximum number of viewers. These were the views of Asif Seth, VJ of MTV fame who is in the city to hold ga-ga contest — a contest launched by MTV to search for the young talents.

The video jockey who reached the city this evening was full of praise for the talent in Punjab especially in Ludhiana where the team auditioned the youngsters yesterday.

“A VJ cannot afford to be arrogant as this is a kind of job that involves the viewers directly and they like a person who does not put on airs and with whom they can identify themselves. He has to appear like a normal person”, he said.

“The VJ aspirants should not try to imitate their idols as one thing that is determined with the channel people is that they don’t want “clones”. They want distinct personalities. Its quite obvious because even the viewers hate monotony. All VJs the MTV has have very different personalities. Even then they make the viewers stick to them.

Calling himself a hardcore movie buff Asif is comfortable in Gujarati, Hindi and English. He says he is hyperactive, overtalkative and sleepless nights give him enough energy to work with all the more enthusiasm the next day.

A graduate in direction from a film school in London and also holding a degree in architecture from Manchester University, Manchester, Asif realised that the world of architecture was not for him. He switched over to the small screen. He tried his luck in Bollywood also but could not succeed. Blaming it on to his baby face the jockey says he is made for being a VJ and he will continue as long as the channels afford him and later he will shift to the world of direction.

Born and brought up in Manchester the jockey spent five years in a school in India. He then went back to Manchester for higher studies. He was selected by the MTV in a similar contest where 6,000 persons were shortlisted. He was one of the three selections done by the channel.

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