Wednesday, September 19, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


IT fest Lakshaya-2001 opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The much awaited two-day Information Technology and Management Festival Lakshaya 2001 opened at the DAV College, Sector 10, here today amidst tight security and party slogan raising, in view of the college student elections scheduled for September 21.

The Punjab Governor and UT administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) inaugurated the IT festival and also opened the college’s IT centre and launched the college website. He encouraged the students to take up IT and related courses as it was the need of the hour . ‘‘We have tried to make available to the city students the best possible IT education and once the IT park comes up, the city will be in a position to attract a large number of international and national IT companies where these students can be placed.’’ Informing the audience about the UT Administration’s computer education projects taken up in the city schools and colleges, the Administrator said even Microsoft had been roped in to provide IT education to city students and professionals.

Emphasising the importance of IT, the Administrator related that the Internet was one of the two major information revolutions the world had seen. The first was the invention of printing and the second is the IT revolution.

Ending his speech, the Administrator addressed the students specifically saying, ‘‘Your future is in your hands, not in the stars, you all are the masters of your future, the captains of your souls and you can achieve all that you want.’’

Earlier, the college Principal, Mr R.C. Jeevan, had welcomed the Administrator saying, ‘‘Each morning the city’s Administrator leaves the comforts of his mansion and goes out in the city, listens to people’s problems and gets them solved as fast as possible. The city is indeed favoured by luck to have a person like Lt. Gen Jacob as its Administrator.’’

Justice D.V. Sehgal who is also associated with the DAV College Managing Committee thanked the guests at the end of the ceremony.

Later, Mr M.L. Zarabi, Managing Director of Semi Conductors Limited (SCL), delivered the key-note address in the inaugural session and stated that it was imperative to take proactive steps in improving the infrastructure leading to a higher bandwidth and increasing PC penetration which alone will make it possible to effectively use powers of the IT.

Prof K.N. Pathak, Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, who was the guest of honour, said the new MSc. IT course which the university had started in various colleges was one of the finest post graduate courses in IT and even better than the MCA course being offered by the university.

Impatiently waiting for the gates to open for the festival hundreds of students from various colleges of the city made a beeline for the stalls. They were let in only after they showed the college I cards. Amidst tight security, it was the college students themselves who were doing most of the disciplining.

Various inter-college fun events started at three different venues and till the last reports came in the body building competitions were on.

While students of GCG-11 got the first prize in group dance, the teams from PEC and DAV College, Bathinda, shared the second prize. Manuj Bhatia of PEC got the first prize in software development on the spot while Ajit Bansal of DAV College, Sector 10, got the second prize. For predefined software development, Vivek Garg of IIPM, Delhi, got the first place while Nakul Goel of GCM-11 came second. DAV School, Sector 15, team won the big fight while UBS, PU team came second. DAV College, Sector 10, team won the “Ad Mad” show while GCG-42 girls came second.


Poll frenzy grips city colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Allegations, counter-allegations, bickerings and heated arguments at places marked the day for college students, three days before the city colleges go in for elections to student bodies.

At Government College for Girls, Sector 11, DAV College, Sector 10, and Government College, Sector 46, the day saw some serious inter-party verbal crossfire. Sources stated that Raman Brar, the presidential candidate from the side of the independent candidates’ party, was not allowed to file her nomination papers as she was overage.

This was protested by her supporters and members of the PU PUSU party, supporting the independent candidates. Sugandha, the presidential candidate from SOPU, met the college Principal with the former president of PU, Mr D.P. Randhawa, and both parties lodged their protest with the Principal.

At DAV College Sector 10, the presidential candidate being fielded by the ABVP was changed at the last moment following an FIR lodged by the presidential candidate of the opposing DAV College Students Union, Balwinder Singh. Gurpreet Singh Sahi has now been fielded for president’s post by the ABVP.

At Government College, Sector 46, three of the parties contesting elections got together and launched a signature campaign against the alleged partisan role being played by the college Principal, Mr D.P. Singh. More than five parties are fielding separate candidates for the various posts in the college.

Since tomorrow is the last date of withdrawal of nomination papers, the final picture will be clear by tomorrow evening. At some colleges, there are almost sure signs of some of the candidates being elected unopposed.

These include Devinder Singh Negi of DAV College, Sector 10, who has been elected unopposed as vice-president, and Vikas Kaushik of the same college, who has been elected unopposed as the general secretary of the college. Both of them are from the ABVP.

At Government College for Men, Sector 11, sources stated that the complete team of Government College Student Union candidates were elected unopposed. These include Ramandeep Singh Pannu as college president, Sandeep Singh Sandy as the vice-president, Gaurav Goyal as general secretary and Ravinder Singh Sheokhand as joint secretary.

At SGGS College, Sector 26, the Chandigarh Students Union fielded Birinder Singh Dhaliwal as the presidential candidate, Karamvir Singh Pannu, as vice-president, Tushar Anand as general secretary and Atul Bansal as joint secretary. Facing them were the Khalsa College Students Union candidates Amandeep Singh for the post of president, Akanksha Makkar for vice-president, Vishadeep for general secretary and Amrinder Singh Virk for joint secretary.

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) declared its panel for GGDSD College, Sector 32, in alliance with the SD Students Association. Harman would contest for the post of president, Sandeep Saini for vice-president, Gaganpreet Kaur for general secretary and Audesh Kumar for joint secretary. SOPU finalised the list of candidates it would support.

These include Jagdeep Singh Bablu for the post of college president, Manisha for the post of vice-president, Jagandeep Dhillon for general secretary and Divya for joint secretary. Their party has been named the SD College Union.


Principals, PCCTU members stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
To protest against the non-implementation of pension and gratuity scheme passed by the Punjab Assembly, a joint dharna was staged by the federations of the managements and the Association of Principals outside the office of the DPI (Punjab) here today.

The dharna was also joined in by the office-bearers of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union. The PCCTU has decided to intensify its ongoing agitation by staging rallies at Amritsar on September 28, at Ludhiana on October 5, at Patiala on October 12 and at Banur on October 19. Banur is the constituency of the Finance Minister of the state. The Principals’ Federation was represented by Mr S.S.Sodhi (president), Mr P.S.Sangha, Mr Subash Kumar, Mr S.S.Chatha besides others.

Principal Sangha said there was a “constitutional crises” in the state as all legal bodies had already cleared the scheme. The principals and the managements also highlighted the problems of irregular and inadequate salary grants, non implementation of principals’ pay scales, non payment of UGC arrears and government aid to unaided colleges.

Meanwhile, PCCTU members have been called by the Chief Secretary, Punjab, on September 25 for deliberations.


PUSC ex-chief granted bail
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
A former president of the Panjab University Student Council (PUSC), Munish Anand, was today granted anticipatory bail by a local court in a case of assault.

It was alleged that Munish along with others had assaulted some students of Panjab University.

Nine university students, including a former chairman of the Haryana Students Association (HSA), had already been granted bail by a local court in the same case.

It may be recalled that the police had registered an FIR against the students on September 3 under Sections 147, 149, 323, and 506 of the IPC. The police had arrested three students — a former president of the HSA, Chand Singh Madaan, Parminder Singh and Paramvir Singh on a complaint by Mr Amit Rana, chairman of the HSA.

On the other hand six students Mahavir Prashad, Ashok Rawat, Rashpinder, Jagwinder Rathi, Sandeep Kumar, and Yashwant Singh were arrested on the complaint by Chand Singh Madaan.

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BAIL GRANTED: A resident of Maloya was today granted bail in a case of rape. It was alleged that the accused, Akash, had kidnapped the girl and taken her to Shimla. The police had registered a case against the accused under Sections 363, 366, 376 of the IPC.

The girl in the case reportedly made a statement before the court that she had wilfully married the boy and she was a major. The boy was granted bail on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 20, 000.


Programme on instant manure
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
The Indian Council for Environmental Education in collaboration with DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today, organised inaugural ceremony of ‘Greenhouse and instant manure’ programme at the school.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Department of Science and Technology, said any city that wanted to grow must be green and smart.

Dr Vikas Kohli, General Secretary of the Indian Council for Environment Education, said such practical activities developed our interest in protection, conservation and improvement of environment.

Dr Rajesh Grover, Senior Scientific Officer from the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, was of the opinion that there was a tremendous scope of converting biodegradable waste into organic manure through vermiculture biotechnology or vermicomposting.

Mr P.J.S. Dadwal, Additional Director Environment, UT also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, while welcoming the guest, Mr Ravinder Talwar, Principal of the school, stressed the need for developing an environmentalist attitude among students. As many as 100 NSS volunteers of the school participated in the function.



‘Institution is known by its students’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Quality of students makes the name of an institution and not vice versa, said Mr Hari Parmeshwar from XLRI, Jamshedpur, while addressing a seminar at IMS Learning Resources Centre here today.

Mr Parmeshwar said the process of development and the end result was important for personality growth of an individual. The best way for improving spoken English was to listen to the news broadcast in English on the All India Radio besides other sources, he added.


Give 7-day notice for Chohan’s arrest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
In less than three months after the “president of Khalistan”, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan arrived in India, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the issuance of seven days’ notice if he was required to be arrested.

Pronouncing the orders, Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the High Court, however, refused to grant blanket anticipatory bail to the petitioner. Seeking the issuance of seven days’ notice, counsel for the petitioner had stated that Dr Chohan (71) was not required by the police as per the statement made by the Union of India, but was apprehending arrest on flimsy grounds.

The state, in its reply, had given details of certain cases allegedly registered against the petitioner. Jalandhar’s Deputy Superintendent of Police R.P.S. Sandhu had added that Dr Chohan had not been declared a proclaimed offender in any case registered in Jalandhar police district and no other case was pending against him.

Ranga’s plea dismissed

Mr Justice K.C. Gupta today dismissed in limine a petition filed by suspended IAS officer R.K. Ranga for quashing the orders issued by the Special Judge rejecting his application for summoning the record concerning the sanction of prosecution.

In his application, Ranga had alleged that the sanction had not been granted by a “proper and competent authority”. The Central Bureau of Investigation, on the other hand, had contended that the sanction had been obtained from the President of India through Central Government as per the rules after carefully examining the facts on record.

Ranga was booked by the premier investigating agency on January 1, 1998, under the Prevention of Corruption Act. According to the prosecution, Ranga, when posted Senior Regional Manager of the Food Corporation of India from July 1996 to November 1996, had violated the government policy for the sale of wheat. The prosecution had added that wheat was “diverted to consumers other than those it was meant for under a scheme”.

Cop’s bail plea rejected

Head Constable Joginder Singh’s bail application in an NRI murder case involving hired killers was today dismissed by Mr Justice K.C. Gupta.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Justice Gupta also declined the bail applications of two other accused in the case — Ashwani and Anil. The three, along with other accused, were earlier booked by the Punjab Police for murder and other offences under Sections 302, 307, 364, 148, 149 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code after the body of the NRI, Jaswinder Kaur, was found at Balhara village in Ludhiana district.

According to the prosecution, Jaswinder Kaur, along with her husband, were travelling from Malerkotla to Narike village when she was attacked and abducted by four assailants waiting for them in a Maruti car. The policeman, along with the other accused was involved in the conspiracy, the prosecution had claimed.

Mr Justice Gupta observed: “Brutal crime has been committed with the help of professional killers hired for the purpose with the help of the police and as such there was no justification of releasing any of the petitioners on bail. The bail petitions are dismissed”.


HC concerned over doctor’s safety
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Chandigarh Administration and other respondents to place on record the photocopy of the letter which threaten to eliminate the Medical Superintendent of the Pos graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Dr A.K. Gupta.

Taking suo motu notice of the news item which appearing in English dailies regarding the letter, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the High Court had earlier issued notice of motion to the standing counsel for the Chandigarh Administration and asked him to furnish details of the action taken on the basis of a first information report registered in the matter, along with the measures taken to provide him security.

Pronouncing the orders, Mr Justice Jain observed: “There is a news item in national dailies on the front page that Dr A.K. Gupta has received a letter threatening to eliminate him, like his parents who were murdered in Jammu on July 8. From the news item, it appears that some FIR has since been registered in Chandigarh on the basis of the threatening letter. However, there is nothing to indicate if any security has been provided to Dr Gupta in view of the threatening letter”.

He added: “It is a matter of grave concern, considering that Dr Gupta is the Medical Superintendent of one of the premier institutions of North India and the receipt of a threatening letter can not be taken lightly. In my opinion, this matter requires consideration of the court. Accordingly, exercising my powers under Section 482 of the CrPC, suo motu proceedings are initiated in this regard.”

Mr Justice Jain had also directed: “On that date the latest position shall be brought to the notice of the court regarding the action taken on basis of an FIR which was registered in pursuance of the threatening letter and with regard to the security provided to Dr Gupta for his safety”.


Anticipatory bail plea dismissed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
An anticipatory bail application moved by Joginder Kaur, who had allegedly produced a fake medical certificate issued by Dr Asha Kiran of General Hospital, Sector 16, was dismissed by the High Court here today.

Joginder Kaur was accused of cheating and fraud and a case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 120-B of the IPC had been registered against her at Bassi Pathana police station in Fatehgarh Sahib district. It had been alleged that with a view to taking benefit of anticipatory bail, Joginder Kaur had procured a fake medical certificate from Dr Asha Kiran.

Joginder Kaur had moved an anticipatory bail plea in the court of the Sessions Judge in Fatehgarh Sahib, who had dismissed it. Following this, she had filed an anticipatory bail plea before the High Court. The High Court also issued a notice to the complainant, Mr Gurbax Singh.

Joginder Kaur had produced a medical certificate of a heart ailment from General Hospital, Sector 16. He had a doubt regarding the veracity of the medical certificate, which he had expressed to his counsel, Ms Jaspal Kaur Gurna.

Sources in the CBI had revealed that the discharge certificate of General Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, mentioned the patient, Joginder Kaur, as a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib in Karnal. The two are districts in Punjab and Haryana, respectively.

The complainant had stated before the High Court that the medical certificate of Joginder Kaur was fake. He had added that he was motivated by his counsel to get the racket of fake medical certificates busted.

Mr Gurbax Singh had then played the role of a decoy customer of the CBI and had helped the agency to nab Dr Kiran while allegedly accepting the bribe for issuing a similar fake medical certificate. Dr Kiran and her husband had been granted bail in another case by a local court.


Punjabi folk at its best
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
It was yet another evening of fun and frolic at the Parade Grounds where the cultural fair being organised by the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation is in full swing. After yesterday’s soulful performance by Puran Shahkoti and his son Salim, today’s evening was all about the real beat of Punjab, with almost all folk dance forms of the state being presented on a common stage.

So there was the bhangra, Malwai giddha, Sami, jhoomer, Jindua and Bhand Marasi. As the show rolled on, the crowd at the Parade Ground tasted the vigour of Punjab, thanks to the special troupes which had been invited from Ludhiana by the PTDC. The most important team of the evening was that of Tehal Singh and Party from Ludhiana, comprising Parminderjit Singh, Avninder Singh, Pappy Gill, Avtar, Simple, Devinder, Amandeep and Master Janakraj on the dhol.

The troupe regaled the audience by dancing bhangra, jhoomer and Malwai giddha. There was another party of girls which performed the tradition Sami of Punjab. Dancing to the melodious folk tunes were Renu, Jyoti, Harjit, Raman, Aman, Amandeep Kaur, Gurjit and Rama.

Jindua was a blended performance put together by the visiting men and women performers. Not to miss a mention of the Bhand Marasi and Baazigar teams formed by Mastram and party, again from Ludhiana.

As the evening kicked off, the best event remained the bhangra, which made each one among the audience tap the feet to the boisterous beats. Rest of the folk forms also attracted a lot of attention for the vigour and perfection of their performance.



Blending fractions of self
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Speech is form; silence is space. Harjeet Singh Purewal has attempted to live by the dictum in his latest solo show of paintings on display at the IndusInd Bank Art Gallery. The images created by the Ambala-based veteran artist speak up a lot on his honesty. The works have a blend of various elements — worldliness combined with spirituality; love combined with detachment; silence combined with voice.

The reality of his works lies in that he has attempted to express fractions of self through each of the mounted works. Whether landscapes or a rural scene from Punjab, there is an element of personal experience to each painting by Purewal. The nostalgic element grows over the viewer as he immerses himself into the ocean of Purewals’ creativity.

“Under veil” is about three women covered by the veil of modesty. “Chants” reflects the power of devotion in an artistic jargon, as a devotee is seen in the presence of no paraphernalia, but just open space.

“Togetherness” expresses the pleasure of companionship under the aura of monsoons. “Transformation” has the mystic aura of silence about it. The symbol here is “linga”.

“Spirit of freedom” is a moving picture of the great aesthetic charm. The colourful aura, the idyllic environs and the racy leaf are all present on the canvas. The exhibition can be viewed between 11 am and 6 pm.

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