Tuesday, October 9, 2001,Chandigarh, India


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350 delegates to attend national conference in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
More than 350 delegates from India and abroad are expected to participate in a two-day national conference on “Emerging Trends in Electronics Design and Technology” which will begin here on October 12.

To be held under the joint auspices of the Indian Printed Circuit Association (IPCA) and the Centre for Electronics Design and Technology of India (CEDTI), Mohali, the event is expected to set a milestone in the development of the electronics industry for electrical interconnection in India.

An international exhibition and a workshop focussing on the modernisation of the Printed Circuits Laboratory for Colleges and Research Institute will also be held along side the national conference. The Governor of Punjab, Lt.Gen (retd) J.F.R. Jacob, will inaugurate the conference which will be addressed by seven electronics experts from abroad and attended by students from more than 25 countries who are presently undergoing training at CEDTI, Mohali, according to Mr R.S. Khandpur, Director-General, CEDTI.

Talking to newsmen here today, Mr Khandpur said that the participants in the conference would include professionals from technical institutes, professional designers, R&D units of big industry and educational institutions, government officials and ministries, IT Ministry and PCB manufacturers and assembly units.

The event is expected to provide an effective platform to the electronic community in the country to discuss current technological trends in electronics design and technology, especially with regard to printed circuit boards. The conference will also focus on the issues relating to proliferation of process and design activities in India, which will go a long way in realising the country’s vision of becoming a significant player in PCB design and its fabrication. 

The national event is also expected to highlight the facility of CEDTI as a premium educational institute in software, IT as well as in manufacturing technologies. The PCB lab has a team of highly qualified professionals who have vast experience in PCB industry which is headed by Mr Manfred S.W. Braun, Joint Director, CEDTI. Mr Braun is a German, having a vast experience of more than 25 years in the field of PCB research and development. He is an approved reader for engineers from the Humboldt University of Berlin and has two patents under his name.


Jolt for teachers of aided schools
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, October 8
Much to the disappointment of teachers retiring from government-aided school in the city, the Union Ministry for Human Resource and Development has rejected the Chandigarh Administration’s long-pending proposal for extending the Punjab Privately Managed Recognised Aided School Retirement Benefit Scheme to the aided schools here.

In a recent communication addressed to the UT Administration, the Ministry has conveyed that after consultation with the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Home Affairs, the proposal regarding the implementation of the scheme for privately managed recognised aided school has not been accepted.

There are seven aided schools in Chandigarh — DAV Senior Secondary School in Sector 8, I S Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School in Sector 21, SD High School in Sector 24, Institute for the Blind in Sector 26, Guru Nank Khalsa High School in Sector 30, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School in Sector 35 and Vedic Girls Senior Secondary School in Manimajra.

Expressing disappointment, Mr Surinder Nath Shouri, president of the Government Aided School Teachers Union, said the members had been pursuing the matter since 1993. He stated that the teachers working with Punjab and Haryana government-aided schools have benefited through the pension scheme since mid 80s.

“Mr Shouri added that the teachers working in Chandigarh, who were a part and parcel of both the states before the reorganisation, have already been deprived of pensionary benefits. He added that the teachers in government-aided schools were getting grades, dearness allowance, city compensatory allowance, and house rent allowance on a par with their counterparts in government schools.”

Mr Shouri stated that the Chandigarh Administration had rightly recommended their genuine and legitimate demand for the introduction of retirement benefit scheme with effect from April 1, 1991, after examining all legal and financial implications. Even the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, had earlier raised a question in the Lok Sabha for the delay in implementing the scheme, to which the Government of India had replied that it was under their consideration.”

Sources in the UT Education Department revealed that for more than three years, innumerable queries by the Government of India were answered, but unfortunately the poor retirees of the aided schools had not received the pensionary benefit that teachers of government-aided schools in Punjab were getting.

Mr Shouri, in a representation to the UT Administration, has appealed to implement the scheme. The UT Administration has enough power to do so. We are shocked and our families are getting affected from this decision.” 


160 students take part in contests
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 8
As many as 160 students from various private and public schools of the district participated in various competitions organised by the Haryana Wildlife Department to celebrate the Wildlife Week in the Government Senior Secondary School for Boys in Sector 7.

According to Mr Ved Prakash, Divisional Forest Officer, Morni and Pinjore, three competitions — clay modelling, painting and quiz — based on wildlife preservation, were organised by the department during the Wildlife Week celebrations from October 1 to 7.

He said that 17 students participated in clay modelling, while 81 took part in the painting contest and 62 in the quiz competition, which were organised in collaboration with the Education Department..

The results of the competitions are: Clay modelling — Kapil from DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Panchkula, 1; Sanjay from Jainendra Gurukul Senior Secondary School, Panchkula, 2; and Rajpal from Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Panchkula, 3.

Painting competitions: Babita of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, 1; Shruti of Little Flower Heart School, 2; and Preeti and Sunil Kumar of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, and Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, respectively, 3.

Quiz: Bhupinder Sharma and Prashant Bhardwaj, both from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Kalka, first and second, respectively, while Yash Pal from Azad Public School, became third.


DAV College wins quiz contest
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 8
DAV College, Sector 10, emerged as the winner at the Netvision mega quiz contest organised at DAV College here today

Students of the DAV College of Education, Hoshiarpur, and team of wild card entrants from city colleges won the second and third positions, respectively. Teams from colleges all over the region, including Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Muktsar, Ludhiana and city, participated in the contest.

The winning college won the winners trophy, participation certificates and three gift coupons worth Rs 10,500. Second team won a trophy, participation certificates and two gift coupons worth Rs 10,500. The third team won a trophy, participation certificates, three wrist watches and 20 per cent discount on Netvision courses.

Besides participants, questions were also asked from the audience. Winners from the audience were given 10 dinner gift coupons worth Rs 200.


Checks surprise govt schools in city
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 8
To ensure smooth functioning and disclipine, surprise checks in government schools in the city were conducted by the UT Director Public Instructions, Mr D.S. Saroya. He was accompanied by District Education Officer Brahmjit Kalia and Assistant Director of Vocational courses Prithpal Kaur.

The schools included Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 19, Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 18, Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 20 D and Government Primary School in Sector 19.

Confirming the information, sources in the Education Department said checks would be conducted in other schools as well. 


434 clear CDS examination
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Union Public Service Commission has declared the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (II) 2000. On the basis of the results, 434 candidates have finally qualified in the interview held by the Services Selection Board for admission to the Officers Training Academy for the 74th Short Service Commission course commencing in November, 2001.

The number of vacancies for this course is 300. The results of the medical examination have not been taken into account for preparing the results.



Admission to LLB at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
For admission to the Ist semester of LLB in the Department of Laws, Panjab University, one seat is available under the general category and three under the NRI category. Interested candidates who are otherwise eligible may contact the department by October 10 up to 10 a.m. Admission will be made on merit, according to an official announcement here today.



Three city fathers back out from octroi case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
In an unexpected turn of events, three Municipal Councillors from Bathinda today sought directions for deleting their names from the array of parties in a petition for quashing Punjab Government’s decision regarding the abolition of octroi in the state.

The three Councillors — Tarloch Singh, Jagraj Singh and Mohinder Singh Sohal — in an application taken up by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, claimed that they had no intention of proceeding with the matter and their signatures had been misused for filing the writ petition. The petition was initially filed by the three councillors, along with former councillor Mathura Dass.

After going through the application, the Bench today fixed October 9 as the next date of hearing in the case for enabling Punjab’s Advocate-General to produce certain record in the case.

The court had earlier directed the state of Punjab and other respondents against taking any step to abolish octroi. Challenging the alleged decision, the petitioners had contended that the same was violative of the mandatory provisions of Article 243-W of the Constitution, besides the directions issued by the High Court on September 12 in this regard.

Going into the background, counsel for the petitioner had submitted that a similar decision was taken in December 1996 by Congress Government under Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal but the order had to be withdrawn following intervention by the Chief Election Commissioner as the election process had already started in the state.

DIG summoned

Directing Deputy Inspector-General of Patiala Range Sanjiv Gupta to be present in court on October 24 in a house trespass case, Mr Justice V.M. Jain today issued notice of motion to Punjab’s Advocate-General, along with another respondent.

Issuing the directions on a petition filed by a Fatehgarh Sahib resident, Mr Justice V.M. Jain also directed that a senior officer from the office of Fatehgarh Sahib’s Senior Superintendent of Police will also be present in the court, along with the entire record pertaining to a complaint earlier filed by the petitioner.

The Judge observed: “In the present petition, serious allegations have been levelled against DIG Sanjiv Gupta. It has been alleged that a respondent, Gursharan Singh Bedi, along with certain other respondents, illegally trespassed into the complainant’s house and threatened to kill her and others present in the residence. It was further alleged that all this was done by Bedi at the behest of the DIG. Notice of motion to the Punjab AG as well as the DIG for October 24. At the asking of the court, Punjab Deputy Advocate-General has accepted the notice”.

Directive to DPI on grade

Allowing a petition, Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill today directed the state of Punjab, along with the Director, Public Instruction (Schools), to give a teacher “higher grade of pay scale as admissible to masters from the date she acquired B.Ed qualification”.

In her petition, Ravinder Kaur had earlier sought directions to the respondents to grant masters grade with effect from January 3, 1976 — the date on which she joined service — in view of the instructions issued by the state from time to time. The petitioner had also asked all consequential benefits, including the fixation of pay and arrears of salary.

Notice to Punjab

The court issued notice of motion for November 17 on a petition filed by the Kisan Wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal through its President, Satnam Singh Behru, seeking directions to the state of Punjab against appointing tainted officers in the agriculture department.

The petitioners added that they had learnt from a reliable source that Mr Sarwan Singh Bains had managed to get himself appointed as Director of Agriculture through the “good offices of a minister, Gurdev Singh Badal”. Their counsel added that the petitioners, after the appointment of Bains, were apprehending tampering with the official record.

Transfer of SSP stayed

A Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, today stayed the transfer orders of Ludhiana’s SSP (Vigilance), R.P.S. Bajwa, till further orders. Notice was also issued to Punjab Advocate General for October 12 in the textbook scandal case.

In their petition, Navsahitya Parkashan of Jalandhar earlier challenged the action of Punjab’s Education Department vide which an order worth Rs 35 lakh was allegedly given to 12 selected firms which had quoted rates of books at five times the normal rate. Taking up the petition, the High Court had ordered an inquiry into the matter. The transfer was ordered as the officer could not be pressurised, counsel had added.


Fourteen-day remand for accused in rape case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 8
Two persons — Arun Kumar Pandey and Parkash — who were arrested by the city police in a case of rape on October 7 have been sent to 14-day judicial remand by a local court.

It was also alleged that a bride of barely three months, was being sexually exploited by her husband’s employer and the latter’s friend with the connivance of her husband. The police had arrested her husband, Arun Kumar Pandey and his employer, Prakash. The police had registered a case under Sections 376, 506 and 34 of the IPC against the accused.

Three acquitted

Three former students of the Government College for Boys, Sector 11, were acquitted today by a local court, in a case of assault and criminal intimidation.

It was alleged that the three — Pankaj Labh, Supinder Singh and Paramjit — had assaulted and beaten up two other students — Abhijit and Aditya — of the same college. The case against the three was registered under Sections 323, 506, 34 of the Indian Penal Code on October 5, 1994.

The three have been acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence. The defence counsel argued that weapon used in the case had not been recovered. The witness did not support the complaint. The defence counsel also argued that the FIR in the case had been registered after a long time of the incident.

Bail granted

Three persons allegedly involved in a case of stealing helicopter parts were granted bail by a local court here today. The three — Raj Kumar, Viru Ram, and Karamvir — have been granted bail on the furnishing a bail bond of Rs 10, 000 each.

The local police had arrested the three persons for stealing helicopter parts from 3 BRD gate and they were allegedly caught red-handed by Air Force officials. The complaint against the three was lodged by Warrant Officer K.S. Virk. The police had registered a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code.

Bail plea

Three employees of the State Transport Authority and one other person who had been allegedly caught red-handed by the Central Bureau of Investigation while accepting bribe, have moved a bail plea in a local court.

The CBI had arrested four persons — Surat Singh, Motor Vehicle Inspector, Arvinder Kumar, clerk and Suraj Bhan, helper — in the office of the Secretary, State Transport Authority, on charges of demanding and accepting bribe. Another person, Sukhdev Singh, an alleged tout in STA, had also been arrested by the investigating agency.

The accused had been booked under Sections 7, 13(i)D and 13(ii) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Bail for Yog Raj Singh

A former Test cricketer, Yog Raj, has been granted a regular bail by a local court in a case of petrol adulteration registered against him.

The accused had filed a plea after he had been granted an anticipatory bail by court. The city police had filed a challan and added a new Section under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act in his case. The police had registered a case against the accused under Sections 420, 286 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code alongwith the Section 23 of the Petroleum Act.

Contract killing case

Balwant Rai, alias Chumma, and others allegedly involved in a contract killing case were sent to judicial remand till October 20 today by a local court. The police had registered a complainant against the accused under Section 115 of the Indian Penal Code on the complaint of Mr Harjinder Singh on August 4.

Complainant’s plea

Allaha Singh, a complainant in a murder case had filed an application before a local court for appointment of a Special Public Prosecutor for conducting his case. The judge has adjourned the case of October 17.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had registered an FIR against Hardev Singh, and another person under Section 302 read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code on September 21, 1990. The appellant had alleged in the plea that the accused were influential persons and had been influencing the investigation in the case. The case was entrusted to Mr K.C. Kanungo, DIG (CBI). The appellant had also stated in an application that he was 77-year-old and had exhausted all his resources to bring the criminal to book. He had no money or energy left to pursue the matter any further. He had requested that he needed help from state or court to pursue the matter further.


Three persons allegedly involved in the murder of Ajmer Singh, were sent to judicial remand by a local court till October 20. It was alleged that the accused — Baljinder Singh, Rajbir Singh and Babli had brutally murdered 45-year-old Ajmer Singh. The police had registered a case under Sections 302, 201, 342 and 506 of 34 of the Indian Penal Code on the complaint of Om Parkash.


‘Aur Kitne Tukde’ — a tale of woman's dissection
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
When pain is settled like layers, it takes ages to clear the dust off its surface and look beyond to examine the intensity. Often the dust refuses to go, for it has found home in the unaltered routine of feeding on the surface of pain — a surface made fertile by virgin wounds, that unfailingly add on to the existing pile of pain, as the moments slip by.

One such big pile of pain must have caused B. Gauri to write Aur kitne tukde which was staged at Tagore Theatre today. A heart-rending script, which makes us bear the agony borne by thousands of women subjected to the partition of 1947, Aur kitne tukde surely challenges the often-quoted Biblical adage: The meek shall inherit this earth.

The story is no story in the literal sense of the word. It is actually the depiction from life as it progresses for a woman. As if the script which draws base from Urvashi Butalia's novel, The Other side of silence, was not enough to bedew the eyes time and again, the perfect directorial effort by National School of Drama former director Kirti Jain does its bit. With each sequence that she throws on stage for the audience, Kirti arouses the most sacred and basic of emotions — that of pain.

The backdrop is that of the partition days which saw the animal instinct triumphing in the name of patriotism. The castle of inconceivable pain builds around four women — Sadiya (played by Ravinder Kaur), Vimla (played by Dolly Ahluwalia Tewari), Zahida (played by Vibha Chhibber) and Harnam Kaur (played by B. Gauri). As the riots gain momentum, Sadiya finds herself being dragged by Raghubir (Rakesh Pandey) who tells his mother that he had fetched the most beautiful woman out of the available lot.

Subjection is the crux of his narrative, and it's the crux of Sadiya's life throughout. She is now Sumangala because her new masters want it so. She still strives for happiness, believing that some day her brother will come and facilitate her redemption. But when the final moment comes... she retreats into the same old cocoon of pain which must now be her destiny.

Vimla dies every moment. Stripped off her home and hearth at the time of riots, she carries on her heart the indelible marks of sexual torture. Raped by the so-called patriots, who were fighting for their nation's prestige, Vimla's character embodies all that is shallow in the world. Following the post-partition agreement between the two governments whereby the misplaced women were to be sent back to their homes, Vimla returns home... only to face rejection at the hands of her father (Vijay Singh) and sister Kamal (Mukta Grover). Dolly Ahluwalia Tewari's involvement in the character is absolute, so is that of the other three girls, who serve to safeguard the virginity of their respective pain.

Zahida is forever caught between love and destiny. At the outset, she is devoid of her first love Javed (played by Jaspal Singh), whom she must leave following the partition riots. She struggles to breathe and finally finds recluse in the arms of Kartar Singh (played by Chitranjan Tripathi), who marries her and gives her a family. Soon after, the futile law of the land has it that Zahida must return to her country of belonging. She cries in pain and finally turns numb. The death of her feelings is evident in her refusal to go with Kartar, who reaches Pakistan to bring her back. She cries aloud: "Main shadishuda hoon, Main is shaks ko nahi pehchanti."

Harnam Kaur lives in the forced shadow of guilt, for she, unlike other women of her times, had not been able to drown herself in the name of sacrifice. Her son charges her with cowardice, even as she serves him food.

All these personal histories put together reflected the trauma which women underwent at the hands politics. With their dissected heart and mind, they died every minute, much to the ignorance of the world around. Music by Kamal Tewari built the much-needed ground for the script. Other credits are as follows sound by Kamal Tewari, Sapna Sand and Jhilmil; costume by Dolly Tewari; make-up by Dolly Tewari and Mukta Grover; lights by Daulat Vaid; and stage management by Jayram Mehto.

Tomorrow Bansi Kaul's Kehan Kabir will be staged.

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