Friday, March 2, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Dhir shares his experience
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 1 — The Department of Punjabi, Government College, Sector 46, organised a face-to-face programme for its students with Santokh Singh Dhir, a renowned Punjabi writer, here today.

Well-known for his stories, the writer spoke to the students about his life, his works and also recited parts of his prose and poetry. Gurcharan Singh, another renowned Punjabi writer, was also present at the occasion and recited a translation of Dhir’s poem Chann noon benti.

Answering queries of the students, Dhir related his experiences and struggle in becoming a writer. Out of his famous works, Sanji kandhan, Mango, Sharaaab da glass, Sitteyian di chaan, Pakhi, Usha behnji chup san and Koi ik swaar, he said that Koi ik swaar was his personal favourite as it was based on his own life.

Earlier the Principal, Mr D. P. Singh, welcomed the guests and Mr Manmohan Singh, Head of the Department of Punjabi, proposed a vote of thanks.


HC directs PGI on Dean’s selection
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 1 — Issuing notice of motion for July 10, a division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today has directed the PGI to complete the process of selecting the Dean for the institute but not to declare the result.

Pronouncing the orders in the open court on a petition filed by the Head of the Radio Diagnosis Department, Prof Sudha Suri, and another professor, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, also directed the respondents to produce the result in the court in a sealed cover.

The Bench further directed the respondents to consider both the petitioners, besides, respondent, Prof Sarla Gopalan, along with other eligible candidates, for the post as per the rules and the regulations of the institute. The judges also granted the parties the liberty of moving applications for preponing the date of hearing.

Earlier, during the proceedings, the notice issued by the division Bench was accepted by Mr Anil Malhotra on behalf of the institute. He was given a copy of the order for forwarding it to authorities concerned. Notice, along with a copy of the writ petition, was also accepted by counsel for Prof Sarla Gopalan.

In her petition, Prof Sudha Suri had sought directions for quashing a communication dated February 7. Counsel for the petitioner had stated that in this communication, her name had been reflected lower to Professor Gopalan on the seniority list of professors.


GCM declines to call 2 witnesses
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 1 — The general court martial trying Major Maneesh Bhatnagar today disallowed the defence submission seeking two witnesses. The court declined to summon GOC 14 Corps, Lt-Gen Arjun Ray, and the Assistant Adjutant General, 14 Corps, whom the defence wanted to examine in support of its plea seeking a bar on the trial.

Subsequently, the defence, amidst heated arguments, submitted that the accused officer be allowed to appear as his own witness in support of the plea in bar. This implies that the accused officer will appear in the witness box under oath and he will be examined by defence counsel.

The prosecution was asked by the court to submit its reply to the submission and thereafter the court adjourned till tomorrow.

Earlier, the defence continued with the examination of an independent witness, Major S. Sebastian, even though some records sought from the witness by the defence could not be made available.

During the examination, the witness conceded that the court of inquiry statements were not read out during the hearing of charges by the commanding officer. At the time of the examination yesterday, the witness, on being questioned, had stated that no additional statements had been made by the witnesses during the hearing of charges, but had only mentioned that their statements were the same as recorded by the COI.

Major Sebastian also deposed before the court that the accused officer had not been given an opportunity to get his statements recorded during the hearing of the charges. He further stated that he did not recall what the defence witnesses had stated on being examined during the hearing of the charges.


Pritha case: judicial remand for accused
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, March 1 — The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), yesterday, sent the accused, Mohamad Ramzan, to 14 days of judicial remand, in the Pritha murder case.

Another accused in the case, Mohammad Sallauddin, is in police remand till March 2.

Six-month RI
A resident of Panchkula, Mr G.M. Narula, was given six months of rigorous imprisonment by the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr Ajay Singal, in a case of bounced cheque. A person named Variender Sharma had filed a complaint against the accused in this regard.

The complainant had said, earlier he had given Rs 2,60,000 to the accused for his business. The accused, had issued two cheques for Rs 2,60,000, to the comlainant when returning this amount.

This cheque, payable at the Sector 17 branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited was dishonoured.

Food adulteration
The UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash, released Parshotam Dass, a resident of Sector 16, on probation after imposing a Rs 5,000 penalty on him for food adulteration.

A Food Inspector had inspected the premises of the accused on December 22, 1993. The accused had about 100 packets of pan masala for sale, out of which the Inspector bought 15 as sample. The sample was found to be adulterated. The accused was released on a year’s probation.

Members restrained
The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), today, issued directions for restraining some members of the Chandigarh Club from casting vote in the March 3 club election.

The Judge restrained those members who had not deposited their dues in the club so far.

Imprisoned and fined
The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), today sent Subhas Mahajan, a resident of Sector 21, to prison and imposed a Rs 50,000 fine on him.

Subhas had issued two cheques for Rs 1,30,000 that were later dishonoured.

Case adjourned
The UT Civil Judge (Junior Division), Mr Mahinder Singh, today, adjourned the case where some members of the Chandigarh Club had sought a stay against holding the club elections on March 3. The case has been adjourned till tomorrow.

Members of the club, Mr Satnam Singh and others, had filed a complaint against the President of the club and 14 others, urging the court not to allow them to hold the elections. They said new members should not be allowed to vote in the elections.



‘Indian art seemed joyful’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 1 — “An artist can best be described as a traveller of a caravan who stop only to look at its movement to predict its, future.”

This was said by Avtarjeet Dhanjal, a renowned sculptor, while addressing a lecture on “Creativity among youth” at the Panjab University library here today.

An artist dreams like an ordinary man but goes far ahead of routine by realising the dreams on canvas, in words, on rocks or other possible medium, Dhanjal said.

Talking about his journey in the world to find form in sculpturing, Dhanjal said that his village life in Punjab had deep imprints on his mind. His stay abroad had not taken away dreams of a ‘local’ child, he added.

He said that his classroom qualification gave him lesser authority to talk about art, but his experience with the form gave him an expression to share.

Tomasz Malinowski, director at the BBC, who is making a documentary on the artist, expressed his concept on art and his differences on certain aspects.

Artists here seemed more joyful, “I am a skeptical and more questioning. Indian art seemed joyful while Western looked more interpretative”, he said. 


Art exhibition
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 1 — The Department of Fine Arts of the Sector 11 Government College for Girls organised an art-and-craft exhibition and workshop in the college here today.

More than 100 students of the college participated in the workshop and painted on canvases, pots, screens and fabric. Tile paintings with motifs inspired by mythology, religion and folklore were made. In the crafts section, students showed their talent in applying mehndi and block printing on fabric. Some of the earlier works by students were also put up for exhibition. These included pencil drawings, aluminum metal paintings and glass paintings etc.

The workshop was inaugurated by the UT Director Public Instructions (colleges), Ms Madhvi Kataria, who appreciated the work of students and called it a treat to aesthetic sensibilities. She also urged the college faculty to tap the potential of young artists.


Photo exhibition from tomorrow
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, March 1 — A five day photo exhibition by renouned photo artists from all over India is being organised by the Friends of Photography (FOP), a city based group of photo enthusiasts, at Punjab Kala Bhawan in Sector 16 from March 3.

This second annual exhibition of photographs by FOP would comprise about 70 coloured and black and white pictures by prominent artists from Calcutta, Bangalore, Mumbai and Bhopal, besides the members of the FOP. The major attraction of the exhibition will be the few pictures of quake devastated town of Bhachau in Gujarat taken by Subhash Sapru, a member of the FOP.

The exhibition will highlight the latest darkroom and camera techniques, including montage, solarisation, bass relief, tone separation and use of texture screen which helps making the works appear unusual. The exhibition will also show a variety of works reflecting nature , moods and moments.

Prominent among those who will be participating in the exhibition are Benu Sen, Parthsarthi Sarkar and SR Mandal from Kolkata, TNA Perumal and KG Maheshwari from Mumbai, CR Sathyanarayana , H Satish and C Rajagopal from Bangalore and Waman Thakre from Bhopal. Members of FOP including VS Kandu. Deep Ram Bhatia, BS Sodhi, BSN Reddy, Inderjit Premi, Sanjay Kumbhkarni, Ashok Kaushal and Bharat Gupta.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Haryana Chief Secratary Mr M.L. Goyal.

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