Tuesday, March 27, 2001,
Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Students attend story session
Our Correspondents

Chandigarh, March 26
A session on story telling by Dr Vinod Pankaj, noted short story and script writer and Hindi Officer of the All India Radio, was held during the workshop-cum-seminar of the Global Vision Home Alternative Creative Education at Gandhi Smarak Bhavan here yesterday.

In ‘session encounter with doctors’, Prof Dr Jaswant Rai of the PGI interacted with children on subjects like general fitness and first aid tips. Ms C. Madhu Mathew, director of the home helped the children to make pots and informed them about the art of gardening during ‘session on environment’.

The aim of the workshop which started on March 21 is to sensitise children and parents to a life that is harmonious, wholistic and meditative by integrating physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of his or her personality through varied activities and creative programmes like theatre, games, fine arts, music, crafts and food habits.

On Wednesday children will have a session with their grandparents and senior citizens which will include demonstration of massage and reiki. This was informed by by Ms Mathew in a press note.


Bindru, Nidhi win Euphoria contests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , March 26
Sidhartha Bindru from the ASCOMS, Jammu and Nidhi Rajotia from the PGIMS, Rohtak, were crowned Mr Euphoria-2001and Miss Euphoria-2001 at a function organised in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, on the concluding day here yesterday.

Other highlights of the four-day festival of cultural, literary and sports event organised by the GMCH in which as many as 1,500 medical undergraduates from all over the country participated. The winners were given prizes by the Director-Principal of the GMCH, Prof S.B.S. Mann.

The winners of the quiz are Ravikant, Rupinder Deo, GMCH, Chandigarh (I), Vishal, Hemant, SGRD, Amritsar; debate competition: best speaker —Namrata Sandhu, GMCH, Chandigarh (I), Ashish Khanna, GMCH, Chandigarh (2), Angel Rattan Singh, GMC, Patiala (3); best team — Siddharth, Sheena, ASCOMS, Jammu; made for each other — Manish and Nidhi Rajotia, PGIMS, Rohtak; instrumental music — Mahesh, DMC, Ludhiana (I), Meenal Popli, GMCH, Chandigarh and Manpret Gill, GMC, Patiala (2); Indian group dance: bhangra — GMCH, Chandigarh (I); giddha — GMC, Amritsat (2) and HDC, Dera Bassi (3); solo dance competition — Geetanjali, PGIMS, Rohtak (I), Anupam, GMC, Patiala (2), Megha , GMC, Chandigarh (3); Indian singing duet — Husanpal and Jasbir Singh, GMC, Amristsar (I) and Abha and Himani, GMCH, Chandigarh (2); solo dance — Vikram, DMC, Ludhiana (I), Harsimrat, GMC, Patiala (2), Husanpal and Jasbir Singh, GMC, Amritsar (3) and Jasbir Singh (consolation prize).


Annual art exhibition of School
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 26
The department of fine arts of DAV Model School, Sector 15, organised its second annual art exhibition here today. The exhibition was inaugurated by the SP, UT, Mr H.S. Dhariwal.

Creative works comprising paintings, sculptures and sketches were displayed. There were about 80 sculptures and 300 paintings put up by the junior section, whereas senior section displayed 100 sculptures and 600 paintings . The junior kids had made beautiful stuffed toys, towels and handkerchiefs.

A panel of judges including Prof B.M. Chugh and Mr Satish Kaushik judged the works of the students. Amrita Shergill Award for 2001 was bagged by Saruchi Kumar of Class XII. Rabindra Nath Tagore Award 2001 for sculpture and Maharishi Dayanand Award was bagged by Parul Kakkar of Class XII.

In the senior category prizes were given as follows: Paintings: First prize: Parul Kakkar and Navjot, second prize: Aarti and Divya; third prize: Shweta Sood and Akanksha.

Sculpture: First prize: Shweta and Poornima; second prize: Saruchi and Rachana; third prize: Hemlata and Sweety Bansal. Water Colour: First prize: Saruchi, Aarti and Divya; second prize: Shweta and Shavinder; third prize: Roopika and Amarjeet.

In the junior category, the first prize was bagged by Divya, Shreejeet, Mahek and Vaibhav Sharma. Second prize went to Megha, Munish, Aanchal and Hitesh Sehgal.


Time to buy books for kids
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 26
Parents are thronging book shops once again as the new academic session is about to begin. The prices of books have increased between 10 and 15 per cent this year.

“Teachers have become quality conscious regarding the books. The texture, printing of the book and the matter, all are considered. It is really getting tough to select books as the publishers have increased,” says Mr Ashok Guglani, a book shop owner.

In a few schools for the primary level only three to four books are prescribed along with worksheets. In some of the schools no books are prescribed for the students till Class IV. This year the rates of books by private publishers have increased more in comparison to the government publishers. The trend to go for second hand books is not prevalent these days, says one of the book shop owner.

“The new publishers have upgraded the syllabus. We get samples by September and distribute it among teachers concerned to select one of the best. Then we finalise the books by December and place the orders accordingly with the publishers. The books should have enough matter and mind ticklers for the students. It should have revision exercises in the end of the book so that the students can assess their potential themselves,” said M.S. Daman Duggal, Vice-Principal of Vivek High School.

“We are happy that kids are going to new classes, but at the same time the increase in the prices of books upsets the regular budget of the house. While buying a whole set of books for Class VI or VII only, the set comes for around Rs 1,100. Then the covers and the plastic sheets cost extra. The other stationery like pencils, pens and bags are also expensive,” said Mr Raghu, a parent.

“The children insist on buying everything new for the fresh session. The dresses are also new along with the books. The school bags have also become quite expensive,” says Reeta Khanna, a parent.


NIFD selected for Italian scholarship programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
After making its mark on the international tourism map, with Nek Chand’s Rock Garden, the city beautiful is now all set to feature on the fashion design map of the world. In this category, the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) is leading Chandigarh’s path in the international market.

As per the latest reports, NIFD features among the 10 topmost fashion design institutes of the world which have been shortlisted by the famous Domus Academy of Milan (Italy) for the grant of one-year scholarship to the students.

The Domus Academy, which is running from fashion capital of the world, Milan, has launched a global garment competition with a will to deepen and consolidate the cultural exchange programme.

The scholarship will be awarded to 20 students who will be selected from the 10 shortlisted institutes. It will be for the academic session from January to December 2002.

The selected students (two each from 10 institutes) will have the opportunity to study the masters course in fashion design and fashion management at the academy in Italy and will also be entitled to a scholarship.

Entries from various fashion institutes of the world were invited by the academy about six months back.

NIFD has been shortlisted on the basis of 25 designs which were sent across.

The designs were expected to reflect the cultural grandeur of a particular nation. One of the winning designs sent over by the Chandigarh NIFD centre has the traditional Phulkari work of Punjab.

Interestingly, NIFD has been held at par with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, and the London School of Design as far as selection is concerned.

NIFD will now conduct an in-house contest to choose the best 50 designs from students of the 110 centres all over India. The final two selections will be made from these 50 designs.


Order on age relaxation rule
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that if a candidate was entitled for relaxation in age on the cut off date, then his candidature could not be rejected by subsequent instructions.

The verdict was delivered by Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice V.S. Aggarwal of the High Court on a petition filed by Hisar resident Anju Bhatia. Her application for the post of political science lecturer was rejected on May 12, 1999.

Challenging the orders, she had contended that as per the instructions relaxation in age was to be granted to the candidates whose names had been registered with the employment exchange. The respondents, on the other hand, had stated that the instructions granting relaxation in age had been withdrawn on August 25, 1998.

Pronouncing the orders, the Judges observed: “The petitioner was governed by the previous instructions and as such entitled to relaxation because it was asserted that her name was registered with the employment exchange and she was not given an opportunity for regular appointment”.

Quashing the order rejecting her application, the Judges also directed that the result of her interview, kept in a sealed cover vide a previous order, be declared.

Labourers freed

Acting on the directions of the High Court, a warrant officer, earlier appointed by it, released 24 “bonded labourers”, including minors, after raiding a brick kiln in Kakkar Majra in Ambala district.

In his report submitted before Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the High Court, officer N.C.Kinra stated that the detainees, present in the kiln, left for their destinations after being released.

The warrant officer was appointed by the court on the petition filed by Jas Ram of Mujjafarnagar district. He had alleged that 24 residents of Mujjafarnagar, were being prevented from moving about by musclemen. Today, after going through the report, Mr Justice Nijjar disposed of the petition.

Bail for advocates

Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the High Court today granted bail to four advocates practising in the Faridabad district courts. They were booked by the police after being accused of abusing a Judicial Magistrate (First Class), besides raising slogans outside his court.

Pronouncing the orders in the open court, Mr Justice Dutt directed their release on bail upon furnishing bail bonds of Rs 50, 0000 each, along with one surety of the like amount.

Mr Justice Dutt also directed the petitioners against appearing in the court of Judicial Magistrate Chander Hass till the conclusion of the trial. The four were further directed against delaying the trial in any manner.

Date of birth

The High Court on Monday vacated stay earlier granted on the operation of the order passed by the Lower Courts declaring that the date of birth of Mansa district Forum President, Mr Megh Raj Garg, was March 27, 1938, and not March 27, 1936.

Mr Justice V.K. Jhanji of the High Court observed: “After hearing counsel for the parties and on going through the record, I find that the committee constituted by Panjab University, on the basis of the material placed before them, had recommended the correction of the date of birth of the respondent in the university record and on its basis necessary correction in the certificate of the respondent was carried out”.

The Judge added: “The courts below, on the appreciation of the evidence brought on record by the parties, have held that the date of birth was March 27, 1938. This prima facie being a finding of a fact, I am of the view that orders whereby the operation of the impugned judgement was stayed deserves to be vacated. It is so ordered”. 


Case against Jerath adjourned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 26
The UT Additional Sessions Judge today adjourned the case against former UT Chief Engineer K.K Jerath till April 16. The Additional Sessions Judge, on March 22, had released him on bail when he executing a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh with two solvent sureties. Orders were issued after an application was moved by Jerath for releasing him on bail on the basis of the order passed by the Supreme Court on March 19.

It may be recalled that the Former Chief Engineer was earlier booked by the UT Vigilance Department after raids were conducted at his house by the Income Tex Department November 29, 1997. Four FIR were registered on February 3, 1998, September 1998, October 26, 1998 and March 16, 1999.

6-month RI

The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) today, awarded six months of rigorous imprisonment to Chander Pahwa, a resident of Ludhiana, in a case of cheque bouncing.

It was alleged that the accused had issued two cheques worth Rs 8,800 and Rs 10,582 to the complainant and was dishonoured in the bank. The accused was sentenced to six months of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 500.

Bail plea dismissed

The UT Additional Sessions Judge, dismissed the bail plea moved by Rajesh Sehgal, a resident of Ludhiana.

The case against the accused was registered under Section 328 of IPC on March 4, in the Sector 34 police station.The complainant, Mr Gurmeet Singh, had alleged that while he was travelling in the bus, on the way from Panipat to Chandigarh, the accused had given him a biscuit, after consuming which, he had become unconscious.


Carrying of arms banned in city
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 26
The District Magistrate, Mr Ramsekhar, today banned carrying of the firearms in the city. According to the order, no person should carry firearms in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Any breach of this order shall be punishable under the provision of the Indian Penal Code. This order shall remain in force till March 25, 2001.

However, the order shall not apply to police or military or paramilitary and other government servants if called upon to carry firearms in connection with their official duties. The order will not also be applicable to those who are specifically permitted.


Wedded to Indian culture
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
They might come across as offsprings of a Western culture on the surface, but at heart they are as Indian as any one of us. In a large number of aspects, in fact, they are much more familiar with the tenets of Hindu mythology than perhaps we ever can be, despite our direct relation to the Indian roots. Izumi Sato from Japan and Lilia Toneva from Bulgaria dazzled the gathering with their Bharatanatyam recital at Tagore Theatre during the Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan which concluded in the city yesterday, and proved that one need not essentially be an Indian to understand the grandeur of its culture.

The two foreigners, sparkling in the traditional Bharatanatyam outfits, performed with vigour and vibrancy, much to the bliss of their guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, as also the Indian audience. An interface with the enchanting artistes had thus become an obligation, difficult as it had become to dismiss their performance as routine. The Tribune spoke to the Indianised aliens, who have been camping in India for about four years now, courtesy the scholarship awarded to them by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Izumi Sato has been in New Delhi for three years now. And her routine is laced with activities which bring her closer to the Indian culture. Along with Lilia, Izumi is training in Bharatanatyam at the Ganesha Natyalaya of Saroja Vaidyanathan at New Delhi. Not just that, the two are also taking a complete capsule course in Indian music — both Carnatic and Hindustani. In vocal music they are being trained by Champa Rajamani. They are learning to play the mridangam from Pandit Prem Kumar, and are also studying the Hindi and Tamil languages.

Though some of the courses being undertaken by Izumi and Lilia are compulsory under the ICCR scholarship, there are many other things which they are doing on their own. Indian dances impress both of them, particularly Izumi, who has was awarded the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award 2001 at a glittering concert held in New Delhi on March 8. Lilia has to her credit the Natyashri Award of 1999.

But these achievements do not impress the girls much, for their dreams are yet to be realised. Said Izumi: “I am an Asian and I hold interest in all the Asian dances, their histories. India, being the source of performing arts, we could have best asked to be here. Though I wanted to learn all the Indian dance forms from Kathak to Odissi, it was important to concentrate on one. Hence the mother of all dances, Bharatanatyam.”

After learning dance in theory and practical for about six months in India, Izumi will proceed to study the Hindu mythology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, UK. Finally she will go to back to Japan and become a professor of Asian culture in Japan University.

Lilia has, however, chosen to make India her home forever. After years of longing, her spiritual quest has finally been satisfied in India. As she herself admitted, “I was in a communist country and all along I was desperately searching for spirituality. Now that I am in India, my search has found a direction. No other religion offers a better insight into the spiritual journey of the soul than the Hindu religion. I have decided to stay back.”


He has the Midas touch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
When DD Punjabi planned a special programme for Baisakhi, they put their finger on Surinder Bachan for whom belting out hit pop albums has become a habit. Bachan, with more than 2000 hit albums to his credit, is known in Punjabi music circles as a music director with the Midas touch.

In fact, almost every name worth mentioning in the world of Punjabi and Hindi singing has worked with him at one stage or the other. Rigorous classical training under Sudama Ram and light classical training under his talented brother, Varinder Bachan, has steeled his attitude towards quality and he brooks no compromise on this score. The rich Punjabi folk tradition and its melody form the core of his compositions.

He believes that every singer has a distinct voice and each requires a different music arrangement. But he lays great stress on the role of “riaz” in polishing one’s voice. A singer’s performance on the stage is his ultimate test and only a trained voice can find acceptance with the audience, he believes.

Bachan entered the world of music in 1989 and has not looked back since then. His early albums were Bhupinder Babbal’s ‘Suphe di laat’ and Shankar Sawhney’s ‘Aaj nachno na hatna’. He has composed music for almost every foreign Punjabi bhangra band such as the ‘Heera Group’, ’Channi Singh’, ‘Pardesi’, ‘Kang and Bally Saggo’. When he composed music for hit Punjabi films “Kachheri” (a national award winner),”Tabahi” and “Sardari”, he was established as a music director.

Except Lata Mangeshkar, almost every Bollywood singer such as Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Poornima, Sonu Nigam, Abhijit, Sudesh Bhosle and Amit Kumar have lent their voices to his compositions.

Almost every top singer in the Punjabi music world such as Gurdas Mann, Harbhajan Maan, Hans Raj Hans and Sardool Sikandar, has cut albums with him and most of the albums have been big hits. As Punjabi pop came to the fore, he gave one hit album after the other and a number of stars on the Punjabi pop scene — Babbu Mann, Kulbir, Dolly Gularia, Surjit Bindrakhia, Dolly Singh, Harbhajan Shera, Punjabi Munde and Gurbawa — owe a good part of their success to Bachan.

His future projects include joint music with Nadeem-Shravan for a forthcoming film starring Sunny Deol and Amesha Patel, and Punjabi pop albums of Mangal Singh, Harbhajan Shera and Babbu Gill.


Kamli to be aired next month
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 26
Kamli, a family drama with age-old theme of woman’s victimisation in society is going to be aired on Zee Alfa from the coming month.

The saga narrates the story of an innocent girl who gets caught in the whirlpool of politics initiated by the village landlord. In order to lay claim to property worth Rs 200 crore from his father-in-law, the landlord needs to produce a heir. But as his wife turns out to be barren, the landlord secretely marries Kamli and produces the much desired son.

The plot thickens as the landlord’s first wife Nirmal Kaur claims the son to be her’s and the villagers who had already been intimated about her pregnancy by the landlord accept the new born as the successor of the family. And as Kamli’s function ceases to exist, the conspirators plan to kill her.

The girl has a miraculous escape but soon she loses the zeal to live as her attempt to seek justice leaves her dejected. Kamli attempts suicide but is rescued by a gurdwara priest who not only gives her second life but also the courage to hit back at the corrupt social system.

The illiterate girl educates herself and ultimately becomes a high-ranked administrative officer. She ultimately brings the culprits to justice, besides gaining her child’s custody.

The serial has been directed by Dayal Nihalini, younger brother of Govind Nihalini, and produced by Sanjeev M. Sharma under the banner MM Productions. The story, screenplay, dialogues and lyrics of the songs are by Arjun Arvind. The title song Jo Ja Sama Jaye Badlan depicting the woes of the innocent village girl has been sung by Pankaj Uddhas.

The cast includes Shivender Mahal, Gurkirtan, Gick Grewal, Gurleen, Sanjeev M. Sharma, Dweep Raj Kochhar, Vinod Sharma, Sangeeta Mehta, B.N. Sharma, Baljit Bala, Surinder Baath, Sharanjeet, Gurinder Dimpy, Sarita Tiwari, Anil Sampson Roy, Dinesh Chawla, Kulbir and child artist Aanchal Saini.


Film songs dominate cultural show
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 26
Manoranjan-2001, a cultural evening, organised by Sanyog Arts in the open-air theatre of Bal Bhavan here yesterday, was dominated by film song-based performances.

About 25 children entertained the audience with their performance and youthful enthusiasm. Amardeep Kaur opened the show with Om Namho Shivaye, which was followed by a western-dance number by Akashdeep Singh.

A semi-classical dance number on the song Choori pehravan was presented by Harpreet Kaur. A number of dances on film songs, including Madhuban mein Radhika, Mera mahi bada sohna hai and Dhol bajne laga, highlighted the talent of children.

Adults, too, were no less than children in talent. D.R. Kochar beautifully sang old romantic Hindi film songs like Tujhko pukare mera and Door reh kar na karo. Neeru Sharma sang Lathe di chaadar, besides a duet Urein jab jab zulfein with D.R. Kochar.

The concluding item, gidha, was presented by Harpreet, Anchal, Navjyot, Bulbul, Noorjot, Sharda, Deepika and Savita.

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