Friday, August 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Saplings planted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The NSS unit of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, organised a sapling plantation camp at the college here today. Students planted saplings in the college compound in the presence of the Director, NSS, Panjab University, Mr C.L. Narang.

Mr Narang later delivered a lecture on the essence and significance of the motto, symbol and the ideals of NSS to the students. He said, ‘‘The motto, not-me-but-you, inspires us towards selfless service, whereas the symbol, which is the wheel of the Sun Temple at Konark encourages us towards incessant labour and consistent progress.” He also drew attention towards other problems in society like overpopulation and illiteracy.


Lecture on teaching skills, computers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
An extension lecture on teaching skills and computer awareness programme was held at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today. Dr D.R. Vij, an educationist, talked about various aspects of teaching-related behaviour. He also stressed that good teaching involved putting one’s heart and soul into the lesson.

Experts from a computer academy in the city highlighted the importance of computers in the educational set-up. ‘‘Computer education has become an integral part of the college and school curriculum,’’ they said.

They also outlined various courses as part of the pre-service and in-service teacher training programme to be introduced in the college shortly.


Luck favours hard workers’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
“Luck favours hard workers” said Mr Gurkirat Singh, who had stood third in the All India Civil Service Examination, while interacting with students of Government College, Sector 11, here today. About 200 students came to listen to him. 


Railways given deadline
on extra fare
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Taking up a public interest litigation filed by a retired Brigadier against the charging of extra fare by Northern Railway authorities from commuters travelling between Kalka and Ambala Cantonment, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Chairman of Railway Board to decide the petitioner’s representation within two months.

Pronouncing the orders on Brig. K.S. Grewal’s petition, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice J.S. Khehar and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar, also directed the respondent to inform the petitioner about the decision within two weeks of the decision.

In his petition, the brigadier had contended that even though the distance between Kalka to Ambala Cantonment was 70 km, a fare for 105 km was being charged.

The petitioner had further stated that fare for 67 km was being charged from commuters travelling between Chandigarh and Ambala Cantonment even though the actual distance was 45 km. As a result of this, the travellers were paying one and a half times extra, he had claimed.

Giving details, counsel for the petitioner had stated that additional fare was being charged as, according to the authorities, the area was hilly. This was not the case. Moreover, the fare in accordance with the actual distance covered was being charged to travellers commuting between Mumbai and Pune even though the train passed through Lonawala and other hill stations.

Seeking the quashing of the policy, he had claimed that the same was illogical, arbitrary, against public interest and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution.

Order reserved on teachers’ plea

In an affidavit submitted before a Division Bench of the High Court, Punjab’s Secretary of School Education, Mr R.S. Sandhu, today stated that the first preference for appointment as teachers would be given to candidates possessing EET, JBT and B.Ed qualifications.

The Secretary, in his affidavit, added that a separate merit list of ETT, JBT and B.Ed candidates will be prepared and “they shall be appointed in this order of preference” after their suitability was adjudged.

He also stated that the state government, after reconsidering the matter, had agreed to call for interview ETT and JBT candidates left out of the process. The candidates would be interviewed by the same departmental selection committee that had conducted the interviews, he claimed.

After going through the affidavit and hearing the arguments, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice Amarbir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar, reserved orders on a bunch of petitions filed by teachers Ravinder Singh, Satinder Singh and others.

ADGP’s plea for another Bench

The appeal of Punjab’s Additional Director-General of Police Daljit Singh Bhullar against the trial court’s orders, sentencing him and three others to life imprisonment in a triple murder case, was today referred to another Bench by Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice A.S. Garg of the High Court.

The appeal will now be placed before the Chief Justice of the High Court for appropriate orders. The case pertains to the murder of a non-resident-Indian and a business partner of the Bhullar family, Dr Paramjit Singh Sahota, and two others in 1996.

Seat reservation order challenged

Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar of the High Court issued notice to the state of Punjab and Baba Farid University for February 7 on a petition filed by a Ludhiana resident, Aseem Sunda, against the Punjab government’s notification of May 25 whereby 85 per cent of the seats for admission to MBBS, BDS, BHMS, BAMS and other medical courses were reserved for candidates passing the 10 plus one and two from institutes in Punjab.

Terming the notification as illegal, counsel for the petitioner, had argued that Mr Aseem, resident of Punjab since birth, had passed matric and plus one examination from Ludhiana but due to unavoidable circumstances did his plus two from Chandigarh.

Notice to Chautala on suspension
Our Legal Correspondent

On a writ petition filed by the Sub Divisional Officer with Haryana Irrigation Department and a close relative of All-India Youth Congress President Randeep Singh Surjewala, a Division Bench of the High Court issued notice of motion to the state of Haryana and Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala for August 28.

Seeking the quashing of the orders dated August 16 whereby he was placed under suspension in an illegal and arbitrary manner, the petitioner, Mr Arun Kumar, had submitted that since Mr Surjewala had contested the elections on the Congress ticket against Mr Chautala from the Narwana Assembly constituency, he was being harassed.


SC modifies order on murder probe by cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Supreme Court has modified directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the Directors-General of Police of Punjab and Haryana and Inspector-General of Police of Chandigarh that investigation in a murder case must be conducted by an officer not below the rank of an Inspector.

On a special leave petition (SLP) filed by the Haryana Government against the impugned order of the High Court in Fauja Singh and others case, a Division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Mr Justice G.B. Pattanaik and Mrs Justice Ruma Pal, yesterday modified the directions and directed that the DGPs and IGP of Chandigarh should ensure that the “investigation is conducted by a competent officer conversant with the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr P C) as well as other matters relating to investigation.”

The Judges observed that it would be appropriate, if officers in the rank of Inspectors are available, the investigation should be conducted by them. “The DGPs may issue an appropriate office memorandum to all the investigating officers in different police stations incorporating the aforesaid observations.”

The High Court had issued directions to DGPs of Punjab and Haryana and IGP of Chandigarh in the Fauja Singh and others case that investigations in a murder case should be conducted by an officer not below the rank of an Inspector. Only Haryana appealed against the impugned order.

When the SLP came up for hearing, counsel for Haryana, Mr Mahabir Singh, said that the state government was aggrieved by the order of the High Court as this direction would create several administrative difficulties and may not be capable of being implemented fully in all cases.


Expressive voice, melody weave magic
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 23
An extremely expressive voice coupled with pure melody was the only way to sum up the performance of Rinku Kalia, who rendered 10 different songs at the ‘Punjab Sugam Sangeet’ organised by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Academy at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16, here today.

Be it Surjit Pattar's soul-searching ghazal, "Jis che suli da intjam nahi", or Shiv Kumar Batalvi's tragic song, "Rat gayi kar tara tara" or foot tapping folk number "Bolda banare utte ka", Rinku did full justice to all, swinging to different moods yet exhibiting total voice control.

This young talented singer has already carved a name for herself among music lovers after she won the “TVS Sa Re Ga Ma” contest on Zee TV in 1997.Besides winning prestigious titles like the Rafi award by the Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, Chandigarh, and the Best Ghazal Singer of Panjab University, Rinku also won the Sa Re Ga Ma Punjabi last year.

Rinku, who has already worked in a number of TV serials and Punjabi feature films in professional capacity, is all geared up to take up playback singing as her career.

"However, I want to make my base locally before I try my luck in Bollywood", she says. Rinku has already sung the title songs for Punjabi TV serials like “Kissa Puran Bhagat”, "Tere Bagair", "Punjabi Kaur" and "Simran" and Punjabi feature film "Babe Vilayat".

In today's programme, Rinku was accompanied by Prof Murli Dhar Soni on harmonium, Swaran Singh on tabla, Avtar Singh on keyboard and Rakesh Pardeshi on dholak.


City music makers’ favourite
A. S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
People associate City Beautiful with taste and class. Anything which goes down well with Chandigarhians is bound to be a hit elsewhere too. Or at least, that is the popular perception.

Little wonder, an increasing number of companies have over the years been launching their new products in Chandigarh to test-market their acceptability. It began with soaps, detergents, shampoos, toothpastes, water purifiers, vacuum cleaners etc before expanding into other fields like luxury cars and multiutility vehicles.

Now the city has become a favourite with the music makers as well. Dominance of Punjabi pop music videos on TV channels and movies for the past several years has led to an almost insatiable demand for newer and better music albums and videos.

Daler Mehndi, Jassi, Ashok Masti, Balbir Mann, Shankar Sahni, Harbhajan Mann...all of them have made it a point to launch their latest video albums in the City Beautiful. For Daler Mehndi, Chandigarh holds a special significance. Every music album launched by him in the City Beautiful beginning with Tara ra ra went on to become a runaway hit. Those he did not launch from here got embroiled in one controversy or the other and had to be re-recorded. Remember Ek dana...?

“Although the music is Punjabi as also the singers, almost all the music albums are produced in Mumbai”, says Mr Deepak Joshi, Executive Director of the newly established Joshi Studios at Panchkula. Most of the people are not even aware that first rate facilities for recording music and video have become available in Panchkula now.

A large number of Mumbai artistes have been shooting movies and videos in and around Chandigarh in hired kothis and farm houses. What Joshi offers in his studio is a “one-stop shop” enabling film maker’s vision to become a reality. It is claimed to be one of its own kind in the whole of northern India and is stated to be equipped with the most sophisticated technology in films and video production. A team of in-house professionals, qualified and highly experienced in various fields such as film making, advertising, corporate films, short films, tele serials, music albums is available round the found.

It has four spacious air-conditioned studios for video shoots, audio recordings, still photography and talk shows, says Joshi: “We are trying to tie up with the Chandigarh station of Doordarshan for producing serials for them and are also in touch with several Bollywood producers. So don’t be surprised if Chandigarh becomes a even more popular shooting spot in the near future”.

The studio has been established by Mr R.D. Joshi, a retired IAS officer of Punjab in industrial area of Panchkula. His son, Deepak, who is executive director, has been associated with the entertainment industry for the past about 10 years.

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