Thursday, September 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


CEDTI programme for foreign students begins
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, September 26
A specially designed programme on “multimedia and web designing” and “Repair and maintenance of telecom terminal equipment, computers and peripherals” for foreign students started at the Centre for Electronics Design and Technology of India (CEDTI) here today. The programme is being run under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation and Special Common Wealth African Assistance Plan.

Sixty students from 25 different institutes are participating in the programme. Inaugurating the course, Mr RS Khandpur, Director-General of the CEDTI, said demand of maintenance engineers of medical equipment and computers was high but the faculties providing trained personnel in this field was limited. He said the CEDTI was acting as an interface between the academies and the industry.

He said multimedia and web designing technology would enable the participants to use these technologies to increase productivity in various sectors. The course on repair and maintenance of telecom terminal equipment consists of EPABX, FAX, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), GSM, paging, ATM, SDH, DSL technologies.

The Director-General said importance of information technology for developing countries was an important tool in the era of globalisation. A national-level multimedia centre had been set up at the centre at the cost of Rs 75 lakh. So far the CEDTI has trained 12,000 students through 600 courses.

Lt-Col G.S. Bedi ( retd), principal design engineer and Mr Rakesh Sehgal, senior design engineer, also spoke on the occasion.



176 take part in essay contests
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 26
A total of 176 students from 30 schools of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula participated in an essay competition conducted by the Aeronautical Society of India here today.

The topic for senior students was “three major issues India needs to tackle to become one of the five developed nations of the world”. The topic for the junior students was “What all needs to be done to our system so that our students turn out to be better citizens”. Prizes would be given to first, second and third positions. Consolation prizes of Rs 250 each would be sent to respective school principals for handing over to the respective students.

The results: seniors: — Amita Rana (Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 27) 1, - Vishesh (Little Flower Convent School) 2 and Aditi Nagpal ( Sacred Heart Convent School) 3. Juniors: Jaspreet Kaur ( Ajit Karam Singh International Public School) 1, Megha Singla (St Joseph’s High School) 2, and Deepinder (Sacred Heart Convent School) 3. 



Pay maintenance to daughter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, today held that the payment for the education of a daughter was a father’s duty and directed a Kurukshetra resident to pay Rs 3,500 per month to his daughter as interim maintenance.

Pronouncing the orders, Mr Justice Gill also directed the father to further pay Rs 4,000 as litigation expenses. Seeking the grant of Rs 5,000 as maintenance, besides Rs 4,000 as litigation expenses, counsel for the petitioner had earlier stated that the daughter, studying in B.Sc II year, was a brilliant student and had stood second in the university. Arguing before the court, her counsel had added that the money was required to ensure that her studies were not disturbed.

Pay full wages before sack

Directing Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation to pay the wages last drawn by a workman before his termination orders were issued, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the High Court today held that it was management’s responsibility to prove that the workman had been receiving remuneration during the period for which the wages were being claimed.

Allowing the application filed by workman Jaswant Singh, Mr Justice Nijjar also directed the management to continue paying wages to the workman, along with other workmen, every month.

Issuing the directions, Mr Justice Nijjar observed: “Under the proviso of Section 17-B of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, the management had to prove to the satisfaction of the court that the workman had been employed and was receiving adequate remuneration....” The Judge further ruled: “The only requirement of Section 17-B was that the workman should state by the way of an affidavit that he was not gainfully employed. The workman, in his application, has stated that he was unemployed till date”.



Anticipatory bail plea in dowry case dismissed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 26
A local court today dismissed an anticipatory bail plea filed by the former Controller of Examination of Panjab University, Mr Sat Pal Dhawan, and his wife in a dowry harassment case.

The case against petitioners, Mr Dhawan and his wife Ms Sudershan Dhawan, was registered under Section 406 and 498-A of the Indian Penal Code in Sector 36 police station. The petitioners were apprehending their arrest in a non-bailable offence in the case.

It was stated in the plea that Dr Vikas Dhawan, son of the former Controller of Examination, was married to Arjita at Rakshehswar Ram Mandir, Sector 35. The marriage was simple and no dowry was ever demanded or taken by the petitioners. Dr Vikas Dhawan is presently doing fellowship in hand surgery in Japan. He alongwith his wife Arjita left India for abroad within four days after their marriage.

After the marriage both Dr Vikas and his wife stayed in the house of the petitioners for three or four days. On February 22 they went to Delhi and got their flight on the night of February 23.

On August 22 the police called both the petitioners. The petitioners went to the cell and came to know that Arjita, their daughter-in-law, had made some complaint against them of dowry, cruelty and harassment.

The bail application added that the petitioner never demanded any dowry from Arjita, nor ever subjected her to cruelty during her short stay of only three or four days with the petitioners. It was also submitted that on the report of the police on September 7 that the petitioners were not required at this stage. The application of the petitioners was disposed of with the directions that a 5-day prior notice be given to them, if they are to be arrested.

The petitioner was a heart patient and had undergone bypass surgery in May 2000, at Escort Hospital, Delhi, and was still under constant and regular treatment of the hospital. The wife of Mr Dhawan was suffering from old age ailments. The petitioners prayed that that keeping in view the facts and circumstances both the petitioners may kindly be granted bail.

Judicial remand

An employees of WWICS (World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services), Rajeev Bajaj, was sent to judicial remand today by a local court till October 10. The accused was allegedly involved in the sensational case of theft in a Sector 8 house.

An FIR against the proprietor of WWICS and others had been registered was registered under Sections 380, 427 of the IPC. It was alleged that Col B.S. Sandhu, his wife Baljit Kaur, son, Davinder Singh, cousin Gurpreet Sandhu and an employee Rajiv Bajaj stole all electrical, sanitary and iron fittings when they vacated a rented accommodation in Sector 8.

Accused surrenders

Another accused in a case of manufacturing illicit liquor, Vikas, today surrendered before a local court. The accused was sent to police custody till September 29.

The accused was a resident of Panchkula and allegedly involved in manufacturing illicit liquor with his partner, Harjinder Pal Singla. The local court had dismissed the bail plea moved by Harjinder Pal Singla on September 25.

Meanwhile, the city police has reportedly arrested another person in connection with this case today. The accused, Azad Singh, was a resident of Kishangarh.



CJM to probe torture of industrial workers
Legal Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 26
On a habeas corpus petition moved by Mr D.N. Tewari, a trade union leader of Dera Bassi, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the CJM, Patiala, to hold an inquiry into the alleged torture of two industrial employees of Dera Bassi by the police at the instance of their employers.

Earlier the High Court had appointed a warrant officer to raid the police station. Counsel for the petitioner had filed an affidavit that the detainees were beaten up by the SHO and the head constable of Dera Bassi police station.

The judge directed the CJM to submit his report whether the detainees were illegally detained and whether injuries caused to them and whether Puran Bahadur and Subash Chander were wrongly detained by SHO Harbhajan Singh and Head Constable Gurcharan Singh. The CJM shall submit his report within three months. The parties were directed to appear before the CJM, Patiala on October 5.



Striking a balance between creativity and tradition
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, September 26
Mask making is not just a form of art for this young budding artist but it is a symbol of victory for its underlying philosophy of warding off the evils, a practice extensively used by almost all tribes in the world. So Kavita Singh, a final year fine arts student from Punjabi University brought together 30 different masks from far-flung countries, including some masks representing some Indian mythological figures under the same roof.

Kavita’s sixth solo exhibition of masks and paintings, which opened today at Punjab Kala Bhavan, gives a glimpse of the maturity and depth of the artist’s nature which is a rarity for someone as young as 21 years.

The improvised papier mâché and the metal masks she has created on the basis of traditional ones, not only speaks volumes about the artist’s creativity but also the rich cultural heritage of the regions these masks belong to.

“Mask making is no less hard work than a painting,” says Kavita. “To do justice to each culture a mask represents, one has to go through some extensive research work about that tribe”, she adds. Kavita has maintained the basic outlines of each tradition in her creations, improvising just a little bit, striking a balance between her creativity and the tribal culture she is representing through her masks.

Colour plays a very important part in mask making, says Kavita. Each colour expresses some emotion, which in turn is closely associated with the nature of that particular tribe. To depict the fierce warrior heads from Africa, Kavita has used a lot of vibrant colours like red and blue.

Using waste materials like newspapers, wheat-flour starch, polythene bags, cans and other waste material, Kavita has made an African warrior head series and Indian gods and goddesses like Ganesha, Shiva, Kali, Krishna, Hanuman and Ravana. There are also a series on negro heads made of aluminum metal and some traditional masks from countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bali, Cambodia, Tibet, China and Japan.

The theme Kavita has chosen for her black and white ink series and also a colourful series in mixed media, is atrocities on women meted out by the society in various forms.

All 15 paintings, except for three which are based on the recent devastation in the USA, tell the tale of gender bias and suppression in an expressive manner. Kavita’s works speak of her maturity beyond her years.

A recipient of merit scholarship from Punjabi University, Kavita has already held five solo exhibitions in places like Chandigarh and Patiala and also participated in various exhibitions, including “Colours of Heritage”, organised by the Bank of Punjab, “Bowels of the earth” by the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Academy and national Children’s Festival organised by the Nehru Bal Samiti, New Delhi. She has also been awarded the Best Visual Model Award in Northern India Science Fair held at New Delhi.



Magical performance by Shobha Koser
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 26
Shobha Koser, stalwart of Jaipur Gharana, transported the audience into the world of “Thaat”, “Aamad,”, “Uthaan” , “Tode” and “Tukre,”, with fine footwork and magical movements.

Performing Kathak here today at the Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Shobha proved that years of experience had added new dimensions to her dance form.

The evening started with the ceremonial invocation of “Ganesh Vandana”. Moving onto the intricacies of “Thaat,”, “Aamad”, “Uthaan” and “Tukre,”, Shobha showed her command over rhythm and excellent footwork. Difficult item “Chakradar Paran” was performed with grace and ease.

The third item which was a complex combination of seven beats was a delightful as Shobha and Shaqeel Ahmed on tabla fought to outsmart each other with pure rhythm and difficult footwork. In abhinaya, based on Thumri “Aiso Chhail mag rokat hai Girdhari,” in Raag Desh, Shobha’s talent was very much to the fore to make this piece a fine expressional exposition, depicting her felicity with “Bhav”.

Abhinaya and footwork were at their best in the concluding item “jatayumoksha,” a tale adopted from the Ramayana where the old bird Jatayu fought with Ravana to free Sita from his clutches.

Shobha Koser, a disciple of Guru Kanhiya Lal, is one of the few faithful exponents of the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak. Shobha, who has been performing since the age of 15, has been awarded the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi Award last year. In a recent survey, the Prasar Bharati rated her as one of the top grade artists in India.

The beauty of the evening was enhanced by Shaqueel Ahmed Khan and Amit Sachdeva on tabla, Ramesh Parihar (vocal), Mahavir (Pakhraj), Vival Sharma on flute, Fakruddin Dholpuri on sarangi and Vijay Sharma on sitar.


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