Sunday, October 29, 2000,
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College gears up for youth fest
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 28 — Government College For Women, Sector 42, is all set to host the Youth festival of Zone A which begins in Chandigarh on October 31. After a large number of hiccups in getting the Zonal Youth festival in Chandigarh organised, the first set of events begin on October 30 in the host college, whereas the main events begin on the next day at Tagore Theatre and continue till November 2.

This three-day plethora of events is going to witness competitions between women art colleges of Chandigarh, which include other than the host college, MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, Government College for Home Science, Sector 20, GGS College, Sector 26, and Government College for Girls, Sector 11.

Competitions in creative writing, fine arts and rangoli will be held on the host college campus on October 30. The youth festival will be inaugurated by Mr K.A.P. Sinha, DPI (Colleges) on October 31. The morning session starts with competitions in shabad and bhajan followed by orchestra, classical instrumental, ghazals and folk songs. The evening session will have competitions in classical dance and group dances. The second day of the festival will have group singing, Indian classical (vocal), geet, vaar, debates and poetical symposium competitions. Ms Jasbir Bhullar, an eminent Punjabi scholar and story writer, will be presiding over these events and give away prizes. The final day of the youth festival will have quiz, drama, histrionics and giddha competitions and Mr R.S. Gujral, Home Secretary, UT Administration, will be presiding over the function.

The festival was slated to start on October 18 but was postponed due to the clash of dates with the students elections in the colleges. The Principal of the host college, Mrs Mohini Sharma, says," We have had to face one obstacle after the other. First it was the postponement at the last moment, then one of our major stalwart is retiring on October 31, and now the Deputy Commissioner has asked all the male staff members to report for revision of electoral rolls duties. Still we have managed to get the whole thing ready." "I am thankful to my staff for this. Even the Divali holidays led to poor attendance in the college and rehearsals suffered." she adds.

The competitions of Zone B which will include the various men and co-educational colleges of Chandigarh will be hosted in Government College, Sector 46, and are slated to from November 7 to 9. This set of competitions is likely to include participants from Punjab Engineering College, Government Medical College, Sector 32, Government College for Men, Sector 11, GGDSD College, Sector 32, SGGS College, Sector 26, Government College of Art, and Chandigarh College of Architecture.

The College of Nursing, Dev Samaj College of Education and Government College of Education will be participating in another category of the festival.



School building inaugurated
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, Oct 28 — During the past five decades the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISCE) has provided certain standards in schooling practices, promoted competency in English and also enabled students to gain access to the latest opportunities.

This was stated by Mr Francis Fanthome, Chief Executive and Secretary of the council, at the inauguration of the new building of St Xavier’s Junior Secondary School in Sector 71 here today.

He said 15 years ago when information technology was a mere application, certain schools in Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai were able to provide competency in technology. After that students went abroad and today, he said, we find them coming back and setting up their own dotcom companies. “We take pride that our children have done us well.” The quality of teaching practices in India, he said, was second to none.

Mr Fanthome said the best schools in the country shared one common link: they prepared candidates for the ISCE. He said the council was not accustomed to focussing on its strength. “Let our children manifest what is great.” The council, he said, was a support system operating from behind.

The Vice-Chairman of the school management, Mr William, said education should strive to make man a better human being and this planet a better place to live on. For this the youngsters of today needed a congenial atmosphere.

Children presented a cultural programme. The items included poems, Shiva’s dance, the ghoomar, the zulu dance and the bhangra. The choir presented, among other items, “Where are you going my pretty maid?” and “God still loves the world.” 



Issue clearance certificate, firm told 
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Oct 28 — The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the India Lease Development Limited Company to issue a clearance certificate in respect of the loan taken by Mr Hargobind Singh, a resident of Kalka, and pay Rs 5000 as compensation and Rs 1000 towards cost of proceedings.

In his complaint, Mr Singh had stated that he obtained a loan of Rs 3,50,000 from the company through its branch office in Kalka during 1995 against truck number HP-12-3655. He added that he paid the loan amount till April 1999, but the company failed to issue a clearance certificate which resulted in delay in removal of the name of the company from the registration certificate of the vehicle.

Upon notice, the opposite party did appear before the bench and was proceeded against ex parte.

The Bench observed that the complainant obtained a loan from the company and paid it back in instalments. It was also proved that the entry regarding obtaining of loan had been made in the registration certificate of the vehicle.

Besides paying the loan amount, he paid Rs 5000 in a bid to settle the matter amicably. However, the company failed to issue a clearance certificate. The Bench added that by not issuing the clearance certificate the company was guilty of deficiency in services.



Plea of poultry farm owner dismissed
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Oct 28 — The Panchkula Judicial Magistrate (Senior Division), Mr Ved Pal Gupta, dismissed a suit for restraining residents of Haripur village from interfering in the construction of a poultry farm.

In his order against the construction of the poultry farm he observed that it is always better to nip the evil in the bud rather than allow it to first spread its roots and then make an order for its removal.

He stated that poultry farms had become a bane of villages with flies dotting every nook and corner of the vicinity. “With the advent of summer, flies become a nuisance and plague village after village. All attempts to control the menace bear little fruit and they continue to thrive amidst garbage and insanitary conditions,” the orders add.

Highlighting the medical complications resulting from the menace of flies, the order said that it resulted in spread of bacteria, diarrhoea and the despicable smell emanating from the farms aggravated the problem.

Under the said circumstances, in the opinion of this court to allow the plaintiffs to run the business of a poultry farm at the disputed site, adjacent to the village and a primary school, would certainly be a nuisance, causing pollution and thereby affecting the health and physical comfort of the inhabitants.

The plaintiff, Mr Vilayati Ram, had stated that he wanted to construct a small poultry farm shed in order to settle his grandson. For the same, he obtained a loan from the bank and had started the construction work. It was alleged that the villagers were hampering the construction work and had formed an anti-social group.



“Mohabattein” has mission
By Sanjeev Bariana

CHANDIGARH: “Mohabattein” (Piccadily and Suraj, Panchkula) bears the Chopra stamp of intense emotional drama, captivating settings a and simple storyline.

Stony expressions of management student Amitabh Bachchan against carefree gestures of music loving Shah Rukh Khan hold the weight of the love-drama.

Shah Rukh Khan as a school teacher allows youth the freedom to dream. This approach makes the adjoining girls’ college accessible to the youths.

Yash Chopra, an eternal dreamer, has aided front-runner director Aditya Chopra, his son. Aditya’s son Udai Sahamita Shetty, Jimmy Shergill, Jugal Hansraj, Preeti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma in neat performances, form the young team.

“Mohabbatein” is based on a Hollywood block-buster “Dead Poet’s Society”. Manmohan Singh is the cameraman while the Jatin-Lalit team has composed the musti.

The palatial school exteriors and flying leaves figure repeatedly. Amitabh Bachchan suits the role well. This confrontations with Shah Rukh bring in the necessary drama.

Mission Kashmir

“Mission Kashmir” (Nirman and KC, Panchkula) definitely has charming visuals and music. The storyline could have been pruned for better impact.

Sanjay Dutt and Jackie Schroff could have played the characters better. Hritik Roshan also looks less convincing and repetative.

Hritik loses his parents in a police shoot-out led by Dutt. He is adopted by the Dutt family, but he discovers the real identity of Dutt and runs away. He joins Jackie Schroff, an Afghani militant.

Vidhu Venod Chopra’s direction has grace and sensitivity. Binod Pradha’s camera work is impressive. Shanker, Ehsaan and Loy have given joyous compositions with a Kashmiri touch. Priety Zinta has a noticeable presence.


Spreading the message of peace
By Kiran Deep

CHANDIGARH, Oct 28 — Spreading the message of peace, harmony and prosperity from one country to another, with their songs, the group of Linda Henry & Daughter of Faith, a professional singers’ group from the USA, is now in India for a week trip.

Today the group presented an amazing concert of songs, full of love and peace, here at the Tagore Theatre. Mr Rakesh Kawatra from the USA had organised the concert with the help of Gagan Kaushal of the Fragrence Club, Mohali. Father Thomas was the chief guest at the programme.

The Henry Linda, head of the group, said “The group has been singing for the past 6 years and has two famous albums”. If Jesus Goes with Me” and “Jesus Loves Me” devoted to Lord Jesus. The group consisting of four-members has been working together for spreading the message of equality, peace, prosperity. The group has also visited many parts of the world with a view to uniting people of different countries. She has been working as a counsellor in the USA.

Henry Linda further said: “The group’s performance is another way of meditation for her and she found herself close to the God Jesus, while performing songs on the stage. She further added that the group was on a mission to spreading the message of God that all human being were belonged to the same family and had common roots.

The other three members of Linda group are Wheather Florence, Selaurla Lyteh, Melanie Richardson.

Wheather Florence said: “The group is visiting India for the first time and is getting very good response from the city”. She found India full of love and humanity, and would like to come here again.

Selaura Lyteh and Melanie said “They had read a lot about India and wanted to visit in India, now God had fulfilled their desire. They found themselves in very loveable and homely environment in India. They further added that Indians’ were very friendly.

Mr Rakesh Kwatara, who has brought this group to India, has planned to organise such musical concerts in different states as well.

He said: “I have planned to organise musical concerts in different part of the country with a view to bringing people of different religions, castes and different sects of the society together.”


Award for deaf artist
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 28 — Manmeet Pal Singh, a deaf artist, received a special prize in a recently organised Bank of Punjab Annual Art Exhibition for his painting” The Miracle, Hola Mohalla”. The painting which depicts the value of wearing a turban by Sikhs fetches him an award of Rs 5,000 and a citation presented by Mr Nek Chand creators of Rock Garden.

He had also put up an exhibition of his 75 paintings at Gaiety Theatre at Shimla. The exhibition was sponsored by the Department of Art and Culture, Himachal Pradesh Government and Air India. The artist has been provided a room and site for a painting school by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Being hearing impaired has not been a hurdle in communications with his students at his school as he can partly speak and write three languages including Punjabi ,Hindi and English. 

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