Sunday, September 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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ICAI to adopt new syllabus from Oct 1
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), New Delhi, the apex body of chartered accountants in the country, will launch new syllabus from October 1, 2001, for the CA course in accordance with the international accounting systems. It will enable the new entrants in the accounting field to become eligible in the USA, France and Australia by appearing for a few on-line exams.

This was disclosed by Mr N.D. Gupta, president of the institute, here yesterday. He said though the institute had been trying for the past six years to streamline the syllabus in accordance with the international accounting system, however, it required vast preparation and government’s sanction.

He said the new scheme aimed at improvement in the quality of education and training to the CA students. Special emphasis would be given to the information technology. The salient features of the new scheme include introduction of a professional education course (PE) in two parts before registration with the institute. The CA students undergo compulsory computer training for 250 hours prior to joining practical training.

Mr Gupta said the students would be given maximum five attempts in each examination. The changes in the syllabi would cover contemporary developments and latest topics in the fields of accounting, auditing, financial management, cost management, corporate and other laws, direct and indirect taxes. A new paper on management information and control systems at final level had been added.

Regarding the future of old students, he said they would be given an option to appear till 2003 with the old syllabi or opt for the new one. He said the institute had also chalked out a plan to provide in-service training to more than one lakh members in the country through its regional centres.

Regarding the monitoring of the functioning of CAs in the country, he said the institute was trying to strictly implement the code of conduct, and on an average, the licence of 50 CAs were cancelled for adopting malpractices.



NCC cadets in full vigour
Shruti Setia

Ludhiana, September 29
Come October and NCC cadets are all geared up to participate in national camps. The cadets are full of vigour and enthusiasm and try to perform well and get selected to the next higher-level camps, the most prestigious of them being the Republic Day Camp. While the cadets are trying their level best, instructors are also trying hard that their cadets make it to the nationals.

The selections for the All-India Thal Sainik, All-India Vayu Sainik and Republic Day camps are currently going on at different places. Fourteen girl cadets from 3 Punjab Girls Battalion have gone to Abohar to participate in the Republic Day camp. The cadets include 10 senior division cadets from the local Khalsa College for Women and the Government College for Women and four Junior Division cadets from Sacred Heart School. The cadets were selected on the basis of their drill and shooting proficiency. The cadets recommended from Abohar will further go to Chandigarh to attend the directorate-level camp.

The Republic Day camp is the camp in which every cadet wants to participate. Starting from the annual training camp (ATC), the students prepare to participate in Rajpath Parade, PM’s Rally and in cultural participation for National integration awareness.

The Combined Annual Training Camp (CATC) is currently on Phillaur and will conclude on October 2. Boy and girl cadets from Ludhiana are taking part in the camp. Various activities being performed at the camp include shooting, drill exercise and learning first aid. The camp is being organised by 4 Punjab Air Squadron.

An annual training camp will be organised by 3 Punjab Girls Battalion at Phillaur from October 10 . The performance of the cadets at this camp will determine if they will participate in the Thal Sainik Camp. One of the most exciting activities, gliding, is also going on at the Sahnewal Flying Club. The Air Wing Cadets learn gliding on the Ardhra Glider at this club.



Accused in shoot-out case acquitted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 29
Five persons, accused of firing shots at the then DSP, Mr Charanjit Singh, an Inspector, Mr Paramjit Singh, and others in 1995 with an intent to kill them, have been acquitted by the Additional Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, Mr G.R. Banyal, as the prosecution failed to produce any convincing evidence in support of their allegations.

A case was registered against them on August 2, 1995, at the Sadar police station in Ludhiana, on the statement of the then DSP of Dehlon, Mr Charanjit Singh.

According to the prosecution, one AK-47 and two magazines were seized from Daljit Singh of Daliya Khurd village, one AK-47 and two magazines from Pargat Singh of Mehrana village, one US carbine and a magazine from Sikander Singh of Mehrana village, three hand-grenades (H-36) and 50 live cartridges of AK-47 from the possession of Gurmeet Singh of Pardeep Nagar, Ludhiana. However, finding no convincing evidence, the court acquitted all of them.

As per the contents of the FIR, Mr Charanjit Singh along with a police party was holding a special naka near Kaind village. They saw three persons coming on a motor cycle followed by two others on scooters. When the police party signalled them to stop, they left their vehicles on the road and entered the nearby fields. From where they allegedly fired shots at the police party and in retaliation police also exchanged fire. Later on, the accused had allegedly surrendered before the police party with their weapons.



‘Jatt Dil Lai Gaya’ released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 29
The latest cassette “Jatt Dil Lai Gaya” of Surinder Shinda, a popular Punjabi folk and pop singer, was released at a crowded function held last evening. The function was attended by almost all popular Punjabi singers of Ludhiana. Jasbir-Jassi (of “Dil Le Gayi Kudi Gujarat Di” fame) had come specially to congratulate his fellow singer.

The audience was informed that Shinda has been in the field of singing for the past 25 years and entertaining Punjabi people all over the world. Anand Company has released the cassette and the Minister of Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Mr Mansingh Garcha and Mr Mohinder Singh Kalyan the audio cassette and CD of Shinda’s album.

Shamsher Sandhu, a noted lyricist, said the jubilee celebration of Shinda would be organised next year.

Shinda is a versatile singer and can sing duets, solo, pop and folk songs with competency and ease. He says that he has made an attempt to create fusion between pop and folk music of Punjab. The function started late and when the chief guest arrived, there was total chaos. The organisers had not made adequate seating arrangement. A bigger hall was a necessity.


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