Wednesday, May 23, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


MBA students ask for grace marks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
MBA students appearing in the fourth semester examination being conducted by the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, were in for a big shock when they came face to face with the applied operations research question paper, the pattern of which was completely different from the one they had been prepared for.

The routine pattern of the question paper of 60 marks included a single compulsory question, worth 20 marks of short-type answers and six long-type questions, out of which three had to be attempted. Today’s paper had a total of eight questions, asking students to attempt five. All the questions had different parts, with sub-questions worth varying amount of marks, totalling to 60.

Students of both the institutes at Mohali affiliated to the Punjab Technical University have given a representation to their principals asking for grace marks in the examination which, they fear, would affect their results negatively.


Training in classical music, dance
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
Training in classical music and dance is being imparted to students during the on-going summer workshop at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Sector 27 here. The three-week workshop will continue till June 10.

According to the camp in charge, “The students are being taught the basic steps of classical dance. The dance steps are a blend of Oddissi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Manipuri.’’

The workshop is divided in three categories. In the first category children are being taught classical and vocal music. In the other category, the children are learning to play instruments including synthesiser, dholak, bango and harmonium. In the third category, steps of Bharatnatyam are being taught.

Archi Goyal, a Class VII student, says, ‘’I have learnt many things in few days at the camp. It was not possible for me to learn so many things during school hours.’’ Bhupinder Kaur, working as a staff nurse at the GMCH, is also attending the workshop. She believes that by joining the dance workshop here she feels relaxed.

Another in charge, Nasrin, says, ‘’We are charging Rs 450 per child for the summer camp and the children are really enthusiastic to learn new tunes at synthesiser.’’



It is learning, enjoying time for kids
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
It is going to be a good time for children. Many summer vacation courses for the children will be available at Kailash Bahl D.A.V Centenary Public School, Sector 7-B from May 30 to June 23.

Summer skating classes are starting from June 1 and the timings of the course will be from 6.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. The fee for the course will be from Rs 450 to 750. The registrations have already been started from May 10 and will be accepted till May 26.

“Kalakriti 2001’’, a workshop on special art and design, will be held for which the fee charges are Rs 700 (per child), with Rs 300 extra for transport facility. The activities in the workshop will be divided under two categories — for children under six years and children above six years. The activities will include screen painting, collage making, pottery, first-aid, making hand made and textured paper and making of many other creative things.

Another workshop “boogie woogiee’’, a special theatre and dance workshop, will include camera facing session with the TV monitor for feedback, yoga meditation, fun aerobics, stage settings, parody, solo performances and many other activities. The fee charged for this course will be Rs 600 (per child) and Rs 300 more for transport facility.

The package for interactive and innovative computer training for children will include windows, MS office, Internet and web designing. The timings for the course will be from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m and the fee for the course will be Rs 500 and Rs 300 extra for transport facility.

A special dance and music workshop will include training of music instruments such as casio, guitar, tabla, vocal music and folk dance. The fee charged for the course is Rs 400 with Rs 300 extra for transport facility. The registration will be open for the above mentioned courses from May 21 to May 28. The timings of all the courses, except the computer course, will be from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.



180 teaching days proposal may finally materialise
Geetanjali Gayatri

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The UGC proposal of introducing 180 days in colleges and universities may finally see the light of the day in Haryana with the Higher Education Department in consultation with the universities having chalked out an exhaustive plan to fulfil the conditions.

Against an abysmally low number of 90 teaching days in an academic session, the directorate has circulated a detailed academic calendar to colleges and university departments which specifies the working days in a year.

The entire process of increasing the working days was set rolling by a complete revamp in the examination system beginning with the rescheduling of examinations which commenced on April 1. Again, these were conducted in two shifts and on holidays as well.

This was followed up by spot evaluation of answersheets against the convention of sending these to the examiner’s house. “This seemed out of place, especially since the exercise was time-consuming and opposed to our target. We did away with this and introduced spot evaluation instead,” the Commissioner, Higher Education, Ms Anuradha Gupta, said.

While June 15 has been fixed as the target for declaring the result, the directorate has been assured early declaration of the plus two result by the school board, June 20 being given as the tentative date, sources said.

With subsequent plans being worked out in a way to begin the new academic session on July 18 in the case of under-graduate classes and July 25 for post-graduate classes, the first merit list will be displayed on July 3.

Students with names figuring in this first list would be required to deposit fee latest by July 6 after which the seats would be declared vacant and considered for the admission. The second list would be displayed on July 7 and the same procedure followed.

The implementation of the scheme has come for a price — that of the vacations during the year. The number of holidays for the autumn and winter break have been reduced as also the preparatory holidays before the commencement of the examination.

The autumn vacation begins from September 30 till October 7 while the winter vacation is scheduled for December 25 to January 1 and the preparatory holidays have shrunk to a week, beginning on April 24 next year.

The Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Mr R.S. Chaudhary, says: “We have formulated the academic calendar for the next session and handed it over to the government. A meeting of all college principals was also held in this regard. I see no reason against teachers putting in more working days when there are so many holidays unlike any other department. One hundred and eighty days out of 365 is not asking too much.”



Paper-reading contest
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
About 30 students from various schools participated in an inter-school paper-reading contest organised by the Vasumati Environmental Club of the GMSSS, Sector 33-D, here today.

In Category A (junior group), the topics of paper-reading were ‘’How pure is the river Ganga” and ‘’Say no to polythene bags”, Whereas in category B, (senior group), the topics were” Felling of trees means felling of mankind” and “Industrial development a boon or bane to environment.”

The judges for the contest were Dr Sangeeta Jund from the WWF, lecturer, GMSS School, Dhanas, Mr Jasmer Singh, and lecturer, GMSS School, Sector 33-D, Ms Jasmine Jakhar.

The winners in the junior section are Nishtha from the GMSSS, Sector 35(1), Gunjan from GMSSS, Sector 18(2) and Anupama from the GMSSS, Sector 35 (3). The overall team prize went to the GMSSS, Sector 35.

The winners in the senior section are Mohit from the GMSSS, Sector 35(1), Shweta from the GMSSS, Sector 20(2) and Vishal Jeet from the GMSSS, Sector 16(3). The overall team prize went to the GMSSS, Sector 16.


Biodiversity day celebrated
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
The Children’s Alliance for Protection of the Environment (CAPE) celebrated the World Biodiversity Day at the nature park and Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here today.

Members of various eco clubs from schools planted saplings and watered plants in the park area.

The President, Environment Society of India, Mr S.K. Sharma, said that biodiversity was the support of life. He urged the Chandigarh Administration, the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to protect and preserve about 450 mango groves in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula.

Mr Sharma also asked the administration to carry out conservation action plans to protect house sparrows and weaver birds which have become extinct in this area.



Company’s petition dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed a petition filed by PML Industries Limited seeking the quashing of orders rejecting their appeal against the orders passed by the Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction directing IDBI to issue an advertisement inviting offers for the rehabilitation of the company. Seeking a stay on the operation of the impugned orders, the company, in their petition taken up by Mr Justice R.L. Anand and Mr Justice R.C. Kathuria of the High Court, had earlier stated that the same were violative of the principles of natural justice.

PML Industries Limited, it may be recalled, was declared a sick industrial company and IDBI was appointed as operating agency to examine the viability of the company and prepare a scheme of its revival.

Today, pronouncing the orders, the judges observed: “It was submitted by counsel for the petitioners that the company is a workable unit and is earning lakhs in foreign exchange. Be that as it may, the fact remains that due to the fault of the management, the unit has been declared sick”.

The Judge added: “It was submitted by counsel for the petitioner that in alternate if his contentions do not prevail upon the mind of the court, some breathing time may be given to the petitioner by suspending the operation of the impugned order for a fortnight. We have also considered this request and do not find any merit in the same. Dismissed in limine.”

Mann’s petition

Member of Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann’s petition seeking an independent probe into the recruitment of personnel by the Punjab Police in Muktsar and Faridkot districts was dismissed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday. In his petition against the state of Punjab, the Director General of Police and four other respondents, Mr Mann had also sought the quashing of appointments of unqualified candidates as constables.

Quoting newspaper reports, Mr Mann had stated that servants and workers in the house, fields and factories of Punjab Chief Minister and his relatives had been appointed as constables in Punjab Police. He had added that some of the constables were not even qualified. Some others had not even applied.

Referring to a news item in Punjabi Tribune, his counsel had added on the petitioner’s behalf that a VIP training school had also been set up. The school, he had asserted, was in the home district of the CM and as such the action was discriminatory.

Proceedings quashed

Mr Justice A.S. Garg of the High Court on Tuesday quashed the proceedings against an Amritsar-based gas agency driver in a 1981 cylinder misappropriation case. Kirpal Singh, in his petition, had earlier sought the quashing of a first information report registered at New Delhi on May 13, 1981 under Sections 420, 407, 409, 468, 471 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code. The FIR was registered against several gas agencies for their alleged involvement in misappropriation of gas cylinders belonging to the Indian Oil Company.

Seeking the quashing of the charge sheet against him, Kirpal Singh had stated that the proceedings against him were bound to be quashed as even the Metropolitan Magistrate had “not found him liable for the cylinders”. His counsel had added that the petitioner had simply signed certain receipts on behalf of the gas agency.

After going through the evidence and hearing the arguments, Mr Justice Garg ruled: “The entire proceedings in the charge sheet pending against him at Patiala stand quashed”.

Labourer acquitted

Nearly six years after a Ropar district resident was murdered, Mr Justice H. S. Bedi and Mr Justice A.S. Garg of the High Court on Tuesday acquitted a Nepali labourer of the charges framed against him.

Delivering the verdict, the Judges, however, rejected the appeal of another Nepali. The two — Magani and Shivaji — were earlier sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for life by Ropar Additional District and Sessions Judge.

The duo were booked by the police under Sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code after the body of a Dosarna village resident, Ram Parkash, was found naked in the fields.

According to the prosecution, complainant Sohan Singh’s servant had informed him that the two, after consuming liquor on October 15, 1995, had forcibly taken the victim to a tubewell.

After hearing counsel for the parties and going though the evidence, the Judges acquitted Magani of the charges framed against him, while Shivaji’s appeal was dismissed.



Court rejects PGI plea on Dr Sumitra Dash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , May 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected an application filed by the PGI to seek clarification on the date from which Dr Sumitra Dash, Additional Professor in the Department of Haematology, should be allowed to join the institute.

The court observed that the order dated April 4, 2001, was in itself clear and that no further clarification was required. Meaning thereby that Dr Dash should be allowed to join from December 27, 1999.

The PGI in their application for clarification has said that Mrs Dash cannot be allowed to join duty from this date. She had been issued a letter by the PGI allowing her to join the institute from April 5, 2001.

It may be recalled that the High Court on April 4 last, had allowed the writ petition filed by Dr Dash who had sought permission to rejoin the institution on her return from leave.


Directions to Admn sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
In an application submitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a traffic regulation and pollution control case, an advocate today sought directions to the Chandigarh Administration and other respondents to look into the alleged malfunctioning of the Registration and Licensing Authority.

Mr Raman Sharma also sought probe by the CBI for looking into the modus operandi of the officials.

This, he stated, was essential for curbing the menace of corruption rampant under the very nose of the officials. 


5-year RI in sodomy case
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 22
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Ved Pal Gupta, today sentenced Ashok Kumar of Jalandhar district to rigorous imprisonment for five years and imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 in a sodomy case.

In default of payment, the accused was directed to undergo rigorous imprisonment for another three months. Pronouncing the orders, Mr Gupta observed: “Since the accused, while committing the crime on a minor boy also extended death threats, therefore, he does not deserve leniency as pleaded by his counsel. However, keeping in view the totality of the circumstances of the case, I am still inclined to take a lenient view in the case.”

The CJM also observed that all the prosecution witnesses had deposed in a consistent and a truthful manner. “This court does not find any reason to disbelieve their statements in the case....”

Hailing from Anantpur village, near Jalandhar, Ashok Kumar (33) was booked under Sections 377 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code by the Panchkula police for sodomising seven-year-old Arun Kumar in July, 1999.

Mr Jora Singh, father of the victim, had complained to the police that his son had initially left the house in protest after being rebuked by his mother on the evening of July 3. On getting information from the Manav Kendra in the Mansa Devi complex, the complainant along with some other friends found the accused and the victim in house No 1708, Sector 26. The victim then narrated the story to his father, following which a case was registered with the police.



Appointment case adjourned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Directing the continuation of interim orders directing the Punjab School Education Board against making appointments on a petition seeking the quashing of an advertisement inviting fresh applications for 134 posts of clerk, Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed May 31 as the next date of hearing.

Earlier during the day, Punjab’s Secretary, Education, Mr R.S. Sandhu stated that the original record would be produced in the court. Deposing before Mr Justice Kumar, he also asked for additional time “to place on record the clarification sought by the court”.

Counsel for the board also stated that the previous court orders seeking clarification on certain issues could not be complied with as he had not received the copies of the orders. Adjourning the case to May 31, Mr Justice Kumar ordered the continuation of the interim orders.

In their petition, Bhupinder Kaur and four other clerks of the board had earlier sought the quashing of a public notice dated May 7, 1998, whereby the type test for the post of clerk was cancelled.

They had also asked for the quashing of another advertisement dated May 11, 1998, whereby fresh applications were invited “for the same 134 posts after reducing the educational qualifications and changing the entire selection process without framing criterion for selection”.



Bail plea dismissed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
The UT Additional Sessions Judge, dismissed the bail plea moved by Raguveer today in a case registered under Section 37 of the NDPS Act. It was alleged that the police had recovered 9.340 gm of poppy husk from his possession. The accused had moved the bail plea under Section 439 of the Indian Penal Code.

The Judge observed that there were serious allegations against the accused and therefore he did not deserve this concession.


The UT Judicial Magistrate today acquitted Karamjit Singh in a case of assault. The case against the accused was registered under Section 324 of the Indian Penal Code on October 19, 2000.

The complainant, Satinder Singh, had alleged that the accused had hit him with a knife. The accused was acquitted as the complainant turned hostile.

Anticipatory bail plea

The UT Additional and Sessions Judge today dismissed the anticipatory bail plea moved by Om Parkash Banth in a case of cheating and forgery. The accused had moved bail plea under Section 438 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The case against the accused was registered under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC on January 19, 2001.


Pallavi plans to popularise songs based on raagas
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, May 22
Classical music has always been portrayed as serious and boring which needs toning up to make it appealing to youngsters, says upcoming Hindi pop singer Pallavi Laxman who is visiting the city to promote her debut album “ Tum Paas Aao” which hit the market in February this year.

Pallavi who feels strongly about classical music says in her next album she will make a serious attempt to popularise Indian form of music by selecting songs based on different raagas." One needs to mention the raagas on which the songs are based to give a fair idea to a layman,” she adds. Pallavi learned Jaipur Gharana of classical music from Gurinder Harnam Singh in Delhi.

Pallavi’s “Tum Paas Aao,” an emotional and romantic album has proved to be a refreshing change in the Indi-pop scene. Talking about the competition Indi-pop is facing from bhangra pop, Pallavi says though bhangra pop has recently shot to popularity, Indi-pop still has it’s own section of audience. “Bhangra pop dominates the scene only when it comes to parties and discos. For a soothing effect people still go for soft romantic types,” she adds.

This pretty cancarian from Delhi who believes in simplicity and originality says though good look counts initially, it is only good work in the long run that sustains an artiste’s popularity. “However, when it comes to the hitting the jackpot in music industry good work is equally important with a good packaging of publicity and marketing,” she says.

Pallavi ventured into the music world about eight years back when she recorded a few bhajans with Subha Mudgal. “Though I love singing bhajans, I always thought my voice was suitable for pop music,” she says. “However, this bhajan album gave me courage to approach various music directors in Delhi,” she adds.

This dreamer with a five-year-old daughter in her tow, does not want to stop at only singing “After establishing myself a singer of repute, I would like to try my hand at writing lyrics as well as creating music for them,” she says." I am open to the idea of acting in Hindi movies too. In fact I would like to try anything that comes my way," she adds with a twinkle in her eyes.

Pallavi, who visited the city to perform live, says even after taking part in eight to nine stage shows she gets the jitters when she walks upto the stage. “But stage shows are important for the survival of an artiste as they are the extensions to the main album that keeps the artiste in constant touch with the audience,” she says.



Theatrical blend of thrill and mystery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
In a city where English theatre has somehow remained relegated to the background, Nimma Dandona's direction Loot came as quite a freshener. The play, based on Joe Orton's Loot, blended the elements of mystery, irony, satire and thrill fairly successfully.

The text of the play was set in the times before political correctness, taking jibes at Catholicism, the British police and sanctity of the dead. The most dominant element of the script was mystery and Dandona was able to portray the element well.

The plot progressed from the death of Mr Mcleavy's wife who, he supposes, has left behind the bulk of her fortune for him. The play opens with the death which has occurred three days back. The body of Ms Mcleavy is lying embalmed in the coffin as desired by her. It is now that the first introduction to the characters takes place. The stage is held by Mr Mcleavy (played by Vijay Saxena), Nurse Fay (played by Nimma) and Mr Mcleavy's rude, arrogant son, Harold, who is seemingly not in pain on the mother's death. He has instead taken some time off to rob a bank along with his undertaker friend Dino Gugliatta (played by Manish Sharma).

The irony is evident all the time with all the characters busy gratifying their own roles. Nurse Fay is looking at the prospect of marrying Mr Mcleavy and vice versa; Harold is working out the options of securing the money which he is currently hiding in a cupboard; Dino is also all for money which he wants to impress the nurse for whom he has fallen.

The dialogues carry home the theme which revolves around the mystery of the stolen money. Mystery begins to unfolds when Trusscott (played by Gorky), an inspector of Sctoland Yard enters the Mcleavy house to carry out his search.

Comedy is also inherent in the script which in the end is very light on the mind. The irony is further underlined when Harold denies her mother the respect of last rites and instead uses the coffin to hide the stolen money. He also convinces the nurse to undress her dead mother, for being a relative, he can't himself do it as per the Catholic religion.

The nurse agrees to offer help for a share in the money. The entire effort, however, falls flat towards the climax with the inspector baring the actual truth — both of the dead body as also of the robbed money.

All the proceeds from the play, presented by Global Cancer Concern India, will be diverted towards the help of cancer patients.

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