Wednesday, March 7, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU senate to take up budget on March 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Panjab University Senate meets on March 25 to take up the university budget for the forthcoming academic session, reliable sources said here today.

The event is surely looked forward to with hope for a timely decision on money matters right at the beginning of a financial year. Last year the issue dragged mid-session and a special Senate meeting had to be called. Money matters is a significant concern for the university seeking funds from its funding agencies, the Punjab Government and the UT Administration.

The Board of Finance meets on March 10, sources said. University budget apart , various other financial problems rocking campus and colleges are likely to find a strong expression on the occasion.

Misappropriation of funds and underpayment to teachers, discussed earlier, is likely to find expression once again. Senators who spoke on loopholes were asked to come forward with documentary support. “ Response to allegations was the job of the office to affirm or deny. Allegation of misappropriation of funds can be best responded to by the branch concerned”, a Fellow said.


Tibetan students bid farewell to seniors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) and Tibetan Freedom Movement (TFM) jointly organised a party to bid farewell to their senior students studying at various colleges and departments of Panjab University at Mohyal Bhawan here today.

Wishing students on the occasion, the chief guest, Ashwani Kaushal, the vice-president of the Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch, encouraged the outgoing students to do better in life. Surat Negi, general secretary of the Bharat Tibetan Sahyog Manch, wished the students all the best in life.

More than 40 students were given roll of honour in the scarf ceremony. Later in the day, the students left the party to participate in the demonstration against the Taliban’s act of demolishing statues of Buddha in Afghanistan.

Briefing the press, the president RTYC and TFM, Ugyen Tsweng and Kalsang Tsering, respectively, stated that the Tibetan students had the dual responsibility towards their studies and their nation.

Panel discussion

A panel discussion was held at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, on the theme “Empowerment of Women” to mark the International Women’s Day.

Mandeep, Akriti, Karan, Param, Sapanpreet, Supneet and Sapna were the panelists from the college and the discussion focussed on the need to empower women to be able to lead their lives independently and free from the traditional burdens. It was also stressed that women should not be called the weaker sex.

The Principal, Ms Satinder Dhillon, Dr D.S. Gupt, Ex-principal, DAV College, and Ms Jagdish Kaur spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of being enlightened women for the future teachers of the college.

Poster making, slogan writing and home craft competitions were also held on the occasion. Rachna Kapoor won the first prize in slogan writing for the slogan, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”. Aradhna Verma and Neelima Ahuja came second and third, respectively, in slogan writing.

Anu Chauhan won the first prize in poster making while Sharanjit and Supreet came second and third. Sapna came first in desserts category of home crafts while Vaishali came second. Mridula came first in mocktails and Jyoti came first in pics.

Programme ends

The six-week character and personality development programme organised by Lions Club Chandigarh Greater ended at GGDSD College, Sector 32.

Spread over 12 sessions, 40 students of the college participated in this programme. The programme was conducted by Col DS Cheema.


CHB appeal dismissed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh March 6
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has dismissed the appeal filed by the Chandigarh Housing Board against the order of Forum-I. The Forum had directed the CHB to refund the amount of Rs 1200 initially deposited by the complainant, Mr Sukhdev Singh, and further a sum of Rs 4,540 deposited as first instalment.

The complainant, Mr Sukhdev Singh, had applied for the allotment of a cycle shed. The complainant deposited a sum of Rs 1200 on January 7, 1991 and the first instalment of a sum of Rs 4,745 comprising Rs 205 as late fee on June 8, 1994 at the direction of Chandigarh Housing Board.

Mr Sukhdev Singh had moved the Forum seeking direction to the CHB to either give him the physical possession of the said cycle shed at the initial cost excluding watch and ward charges or to refund the amount deposited by him with interest at the rate of 18 per cent and compensation for harassment and legal expenses.

The Commission observed that the District Forum-I, had rightly held that the CHB could not charge watch and ward charges from the complainant without handing over physical possession of cycle shed, which had been allotted to the complainant.


Order on Chauhan’s plea reserved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved orders on a petition filed by “self-styled President of Khalisthan” Dr Jagjit Singh Chauhan, seeking directions to the Union of India and other respondents to issue travel documents for enabling him to return to India.

In his petition before Mr Justice V.K. Jhanji of the high court, Dr Chauhan, currently residing in London, had earlier stated that his passport was revoked by the respondents on April 24, 1981, without issuing a show cause notice or granting him an opportunity of hearing.

Terming the action as arbitrary and unconstitutional, he had added that the right to travel abroad was his fundamental right and refusal to issue a passport or, withdraw the one already issued, was in violation of Article 21 and 14 of the Constitution.

He had added that the high court, while dismissing his petition challenging the order of revoking the passport, had directed the Union of India to supply travel documents to him if an application for the same was made. During the proceedings, he had moved another application stating that being aged he wanted to spend his last days in India.

In his reply, the Regional Passport Officer had claimed that the passports issued to the petitioner in 1969 and 1979 were revoked in 1972 and 1982 in view of his alleged anti-national activities. Back


Selection of book binders quashed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Allowing four writ petitions, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the selection of 12 candidates to the post of book binders in Haryana’s Department of Printing and Stationery.

Pronouncing the orders in the open court, Mr Justice V.S. Aggarwal and Mr Justice R.L. Anand of the High Court also directed the state of Haryana and the Director of the Printing and Stationery Department to conduct fresh selection in accordance with the law.

In their detailed order, the Bench observed: “We have no hesitation in holding that the process of selection was a farce and fair chance was never given to the candidates to show their worth in the selection process”.

The Bench added: “If the members of the selection committee were sitting with a pre-determined mind for selection of particular candidates, the entire process of selection becomes a mockery and this infringes the very spirit of impartiality and the process of merit”.

Challenging the selection of Joginder Singh and 11 others, Roshan Lal and other petitioners had earlier stated that about 700 candidates were interviewed in six hours. They had added that the respondents did not even possess the requisite qualification.

Termination order illegal

The High Court on Tuesday quashed an order passed by Punjab’s Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies vide which the termination of a peon, working with a society, was held to be illegal.

Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the High Court also quashed another order whereby the appeal against the Deputy Registrar’s order, filed by Dhanansu Co-operative Agricultural Service Society Limited, was dismissed. Challenging his termination, the peon had contended that the managing committee of the society had been suspended on September 18, 1997. The peon had added that his services were terminated when the society was under suspension.

After hearing the arguments, Mr. Justice Gill observed: “The society has clearly stated that the suspension orders were not conveyed to it till the time it had passed the resolution for terminating the services of the respondent. It is, thus, deemed, that the managing committee was still working”.

Retirement order

Quashing the orders of prematurely retiring an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, Mr Justice V.S. Aggarwal and Mr Justice R.L. Anand on Tuesday directed the state of Haryana and other respondents to admit the petitioner in service with all consequential benefits.

Delivering the verdict on the petition filed by ASI Radhey Sham of Karnal against the Director-General of Police, the Inspector-General of Police and two other respondents , the Judges added: “It will always be open for the respondents to pass fresh order against the petitioner in accordance with law”.

In their detailed order, the Judges observed: “The impugned order is stigmatic in nature and as such an order passed without holding a departmental inquiry cannot be sustained”.

Officer told to appear in court

Directing Faridabad’s Land Acquisition Collector to appear personally in the court on March 14, Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice R.C. Kathuria of the High Court on Tuesday asked him to explain as to why “special costs be not awarded against him” for failure to pay compensation for land acquisition to the petitioners.

The Judges also directed the Collector to file a written statement. In their detailed order, the Judges observed: “The award in respect of the land was given on November 18, 1995. Despite the lapse of more than five years, the compensation has not been paid to the petitioners.”. The Judges added: “The AAG, Haryana, states that despite various notices, no comments have been received from the Land Acquisition Collector, Urban Estate, Sector 12, Faridabad. Back


Lalit Kala Akademi workshop concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 6
For the past about six days, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, was a buzz with creative activity. About 18 artists from the region, city and vicinity collected on the premises of the museum on March 2 to create works of art under the flagship of Regional Artists’ workshop. 

What followed was an exercise resulting in outpouring of artistic energies by 12 painters and six sculptors who finished the process of creation today, as per the schedule.

The workshop, conducted by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, attracted renowned artists from Jammu and Kashmir, Jalandhar, Patiala and parts of Haryana also. 

One of the creations done during the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi workshop at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, which concluded on Tuesday.

The idea behind the session was to allow creative interaction between young and senior artists so that the contemporary perspective became cleaner to each promoter of art. As informed by Shiv Singh and Viren Tanwar, office-bearers of the Lalit Kala Akademi, “We have been holding such sessions despite major financial backing. As artists, we share a moral responsibility of keeping the art activity going. The city needs revitalisation from time to time, lest the cause of art should suffer.”

The works are mostly canvas in oil and water colours. But more than the medium, it is the result which matters. And that has been amazing. All works are mature and arresting. Among painters who attended the session are Surender Bhardwaj from Jammu, Gian Chand Dhiman, Surjeet Singh from Shimla, Jung Warman, Harjit Purewal, Sadaram, Raja Jaikrishan, B.C. Prasad and Bhim Singh. Among the young artists are Monika and Gurjind Sandhu and Rajnish Kalsi.

The sculpture section is taken care of by A.C. Sagar from Patiala, Amrik Singh Namdhari and Gobind Kaur from Jammu, Vasudev Vishwas from Jalandhar, Mamadh Rao and Rajinder Kumar from Chandigarh.

All sculptures have been created out of wood, and each explores a novel theme. Whule Manmadh has carved a morning star out of wood, while A.C. Sagar creates the posture of Halasan. Amrik Singh Namdhari’s theme is Om.


Warm works from Bengal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The works by young masters from West Bengal exude unusual warmth, drawn as they are from the rich Indian culture. Not that all ideas are so drawn, but there is a very specific influence of history in the works which opened for the public at Art Folio in Sector 9.

At the very instance, an unbiased observer can trace the Bengal tradition in the works — not just for that very characteristic nostalgic streak which they possess, but also for the very specific technique employed by most of the 12 artists whose works have travelled all the way from West Bengal to beautify a local art gallery till March 16.

The technique being used is wash and tempera technique which is widely used by artists of the Bengal tradition. While an interaction with artists did not become possible as they had not planned a visit to the city, the works spoke on behalf of each one of them. Some art works mounted on the walls were amazingly eloquent.

One could start, for example, with Sarbani Ganguly’s work titled Bloom. The artist uses water colour to paint a host of emotions she is experiencing while commanding the brush. So one work reflects peace, virginity, bliss and balance at the same time. The work is extremely arresting in appeal.

Same is true of the three landscapes in mixed media by Avijit Mollick. The artist breaks free through his works and uses the medium to voice an inner urge. Proximity to nature, as projected in the works, is delightful. Sujata Pandit is also powerful with her two works titled Woman with River and River Scape. The work is a very fine example extract from the Bengal tradition.

The brightest works of the collection, as in colour, come from Ashoke Ganguly, who uses a dazzling saffron to paint Krishna in Gokul, and another theme on coronation. Barnali Das is most comfortable with water colours. All his three works rise above the four walls of the frame and reflect what lies beyond. Anindya Pandit’s water colours are bright and gay, as if meant to inject life into a dull, languid day. The works are named Woman with smoke and Blue Orchid.

As far as novelty of technique is concerned, Dipto Narayan Chattopadhyay scores well above others. On the surface his works area to be paintings on glass. But the effect has actually been derived by raising the canvas. While two of his works are untitled, one is called Reminiscence.

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