Tuesday, October 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Painting contest for school kids at Funcity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
More than 7,000 schoolchildren from Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar will converge on the Funcity amusement park for a painting competition “Vibgyor-2001” to be held on October 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

The contest has been divided into three categories: Primary — Classes I to IV; middle — Classes V to VIII; and senior — Classes IX and X. The theme for each category will be made known on the day of the event. Attractive gifts in each category await the winners. Funcity will also serve snacks to the budding artists. The young masters will also be welcome to enjoy funrides at the end of the competition.Back


UGC classes from November 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The IAS Centre of Panjab University would start its classes for UGC (NET)/CSIR special course in life sciences, English and management from November 2. Aspirants could join the course by October 30.


Notice on action against Principal Secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Taking up a petition seeking directions to the Union of India, the Central Bureau of Investigation, Punjab’s Chief Secretary and other respondents to accord sanction for the prosecution of Punjab’s Principal Secretary (Home) Bikramjit Singh in a case registered by the investigating agency, Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion the respondents for November 29.

In his petition, Nawab Singh of Samana district in Patiala had alleged that the CBI, after completing investigation in the case, had prepared a report under Section 173 of the Cr PC and had also sought directions for according the sanction but the same had not been granted. He wanted the trial to be completed expeditiously as four years had passed since the investigation started.

Seeking directions to remove Bikramjit Singh from the post as he was wielding immense influence and was in a position to pressurise witnesses including police officials, he had quoted a news item published in The Tribune on August 17. As per the report, IPS officer Mann Singh, who had investigated the case against Bikramjit Singh, had filed a writ petition against the Principal Secretary for restraining him from starting a departmental inquiry against him in an arbitrary manner, the petitioner had added.

Giving details, counsel for the petitioner had added that Bikramjit Singh’s expenditure between December 31, 1993 and January 1, 1994 was 10 per cent in excess of his income.

No arbitrary use of Registrar’s powers

The High Court today held that the Registrar of Cooperative Societies cannot exercise powers in an arbitrary manner to usurp the management of an autonomous society.

In a ruling, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel held: “The cooperative or democratic spirit, which underlines the functioning of a society, envisages collective and cooperative working of members. In an exceptional situation, the Registrar, who oversees the functioning of a society by inspecting and auditing and who has the power to wind up a society and to appoint a liquidator to run it, cannot be denied the power to pass an appropriate order in the interest of the functioning of a society.

“This power to act in the larger interest of the society and in the general public interest has to be conceded to the Registrar in exceptional cases. This power cannot be exercised arbitrarily to usurp the management of an autonomous society, but has to be exercised fairly and reasonably and whenever the exercise of such a power is challenged, the same has to be justified,” the Judge concluded.

Octroi case hearing

A bunch of petitions filed against Punjab Government’s decision to abolish octroi in the state will come for further hearing before a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, on October 23.

Arguments in the case were heard by the Bench for over an hour today. Counsel for an ex-municipal councillor from Bathinda today suggested that the case could be adjourned till a decision on octroi abolition was taken by the government. 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.

Plea declined with costs

Declining a prayer for impleading Punjab’s Additional Director-General of Police P. Lal, besides Superintendents of Police Bachan Singh Randhawa and Sashi Kumar, as respondents, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the High Court on Monday imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on the applicants.

Pronouncing the orders, Mr Justice Singhal observed: “In my opinion, the impleading of P. Lal, Bachan Singh Randhawa and Shashi Kumar as respondents to a prayer made by advocate Hari Singh Mann for the cancellation of bail allowed to two respondents earlier is absolutely uncalled for. This prayer of the respondents cannot be granted and is declined with costs”. 


24-yr-old case settled at Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 22
A case pending in the court for the past 24 years was finally disposed of in the Lok Adalat held in the Panchkula District Courts complex on October 20.

Giving details of the case, Mr R.S. Virk, Member-Secreatry, State Legal Services Authority, said that a case for redemption of mortgage was filed by Shiv Ram of Rathpur village in Kalka subdivision in 1977.

Four houses in the village had been mortgaged to Krishan Dass. The case was filed in the court of the then Sub-Judge, Mr S.C. Dureja, in Ambala city.

He said that it was in the year 1992 that a preliminary decree in favour of Shiv Ram was passed in the year 1992 and the final decree was passed earlier this year.

The other party, Krishan Das and others, had then filed an appeal against this decree, challenging the grounds on which the decree was passed.

This case was then referred to the Lok Adalat and was amicably settled on Saturday.

Mr Virk also informed that five cases of maintenance disputes were decided upon in the CJM’s court, 23 cases of accident claims and six under Hindu Marraige Act were also decided. 


Pirated cassettes case: one granted bail
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 22
An accused, Anil Kumar, was granted bail today by a local court in a case registered against him under the Copyright Act. The accused has been granted bail on furnishing a bond of Rs 20,000.

Another accused in the case, Ashwani Sethi, had already been granted bail by a local court. The police had registered a case against the accused under Sections 51, 52-A, 63, 68-A of the Copyright Act at police station in Sector 11. The complainant, Mr Deepak Tandon, Chief Executive of Cine Copyright Protection, had complained that several audio-video parlours and cable operators were using pirated cassettes and CDs.

The police had arrested five persons in this connection Khem Chand, Ranjit Prasad and Anil and Ashwani Sethi of Sethi Video and Chunni Lal of Audio Video Network.

Bail plea dismissed

A local court today dismissed a bail plea moved by an accused, Harjinder Pal Singla, in a case of manufacture of illicit liquor. The bail application was rejected by the UT Additional Sessions Judge today.

The incident had come to light when a fire broke out in a factory in Industrial Area Phase I on July 24. It was revealed that the factory owned by Harjinder Singh was actually an illicit liquor manufacturing and bottling plant.

It was alleged that the police had recovered around 3,500 litres of illicit liquor in the form of pouches, while thousands of litres of rectified spirit (ethyl alcohol used for making liquor), artificial flavours and labels of famous brands were also recovered from the factory on July 24.

Judicial remand

Three accused allegedly involved in in a case of murder in Sector 12, Panchkula were sent to judicial remand by a local court.The case against the three accused— Bajinder Singh of Jind, Rajbir Singh and Babli— was registered on the complaint of Mr Om Prakash.

The city police had registered a case under Sections 302, 201, 342, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code against the accused. It was alleged that the accused had brutally murdered a 45-year-old woman with iron rods.

Rape case

An accused, Sanjay Kumar, allegedly involved in a case of rape was sent to one day police remand by the UT Judicial Magistrate(First Class). The case against the accused was registered on the complaint of Mr Nand Lal.

The complainant had alleged that the accused along with others had raped his daughter on September 23.


A local court today acquitted an accused, Kulwant Kumar, in an NDPS case. The accused was acquitted due to lack of evidence. It was alleged that the city police had recovered 500 gm charas from the accused.


An accused Vishwas Nath Atri, who is allegedly involved in a case of cheating, was sent to judicial remand till November 5 by a local court. The case against the accused was registered under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC.



Judicial remand in murder case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 22
Three accused allegedly involved in a murder case were sent to judicial remand till November 5 by a local court. The accused had been arrested by the operational cell of the UT police on October 21 in connection with a murder case dating back to 1999.

The three accused — Inderjit Kumar, Prem Kumar Yadav and Nikki — were produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal, this evening. The city police had registered a case of murder and dacoity against four persons on March 12, 1999.

It was alleged that Satbir, a resident of Ram Darbar, was murdered on the way in the forest area near Hallo Majra. It was also alleged that the deceased and his brother, Satbir, had been attacked by four youths with a knife. The deceased died on the spot, while his brother, Satbir, escaped. The fourth accused is still at large.



HC directive to police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Disposing of a writ petition filed by Mr Ravinder Singh, polling agent for an independent candidate during the elections to SAS Nagar’s Municipal Council held in August last year, Mr Justice K.S. Garewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the SAS Nagar police to expeditiously conclude the investigations in a first information report registered after the petitioner was allegedly assaulted by a group accompanying Akali party candidate Paramjit Singh Kahlon.

In his petition alleging police inaction, Mr Ravinder Singh had earlier stated that the police, in an attempt to shield the culprits, was not presenting the report on investigation even though a year had lapsed since the incident occurred.

Going into the background of the case, the petitioner, claiming himself to be the polling agent for candidate Manjit Singh, had contended that he was dragged by his hair after nearly 30 to 40 persons accompanying the Akali party candidate entered the room.

The petitioner added that he had to be admitted to the PGI after the incident. His counsel had added that an FIR was registered under Sections 452, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code on the petitioner’s statement, but the final report had not been submitted.



Pinnacle chairman penalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Imposing a penalty of Rs 2,000 on Baljit Singh Sandhu, chairman of Pinnacle Group of Companies, for committing wilful breach of orders regarding the holding of a mela, Justice R.L. Anand of the Punjab and Haryana High Court here has held that the “judicial orders, whether passed by the high court or subordinate courts, are supposed to be respected and not flouted”.

Accusing the respondent of violating an undertaking given by him on October 29, 1999, stating that Divali mela would be organised only on the property taken over through a lease deed of November 13, 1998, and a subsequent order passed by the court, Punjstar Standard Electronics Limited had added that the mela was organised on the entire area belonging to them.

After going through the record and hearing the arguments, Justice Anand observed: “I am satisfied that the respondent has wilfully violated the order and, therefore, this court is competent to take cognizance... . A reference to an advertisement would show that the respondent had invited the public to attend the Divali mela where he wanted to convene magic shows, joy rides, lucky draws and prizes. Categorically it has been mentioned that the respondent intended to put 100 stalls spread over seven acres for shopping. So much so that camel and horse rides, food and drinks, light and sound shows were also supposed to be organised. All these activities could not have possibly been arranged in an area which was the subject matter of tenancy”.

The judge added: “There was a clear undertaking on behalf of the respondents that he would not use the area more than his tenancy. In this view of the matter, I am of the opinion that Baljit Singh Sandhu has committed a wilful breach of order of the Kharar Civil Judge (Junior Division) for which he must be punished. I impose a penality of Rs 2,000 on the respondent that shall be paid to the petitioner within 15 days. In default of payment of fine, the respondent shall undergo simple imprisonment for three months”.Back


Romancing colours of nature
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 22
Sudipta Majumdar, an artist with a keen sight has captured nature in it’s simplest form and the effect reflected in his first ever solo exhibition in the city is simply mindboggling. This artist from Bengal has painted about 12 landscapes in water colour and a few others in both oil and water colour for the exhibition which is on at Indus Ind Art Gallery in Sector 8.

What captivates about his work is the result he has achieved with the minimum application of colours. “I have tried to economise on colour but not on my effort to make this nature series as alive as the nature itself,” says Sudipta.

Sudipta who possesses the sensitivity of a good artist and keen sight of a photographer has indeed infused life in his paintings like “Landscape”, “Trees”, “Silence”, “Hill View”, “Morning light”, “Boats” and “Sea side” with the application of sober colours in brush strokes that show his total control over the medium.

Born in Darjeeling , Sudipta admits of being in awe of the colours of nature around him. “This is what motivated me to take up the paint and brush when I was barely 10 years old and later in my life extending my romance with a camera,” says the artist. Sudipta is also into creative photography where he mixs and matches two or three shots to get some special effect.

A graduate in Visual Arts from the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship under Rabindra Bharati University, Sudipta has already participated in group exhibitions at the Academy of Fine Arts and Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Arts in Kolkata, Punjab Lalit Kala Academy in Chandigarh besides Millennium All India Art Exhibition organised by AIFACS both in Panchkula and New Delhi. He has also been awarded by AIFACS in the year 2001. A teacher by profession Sudipta is also an active member of a group called “Quest 97” which is dedicated towards promoting young talented artists.

Though the artist has exhibited a few paintings in oil, it is the water medium where his heart belongs. “Water colour is more expressive and a tougher medium to handle,” he says. “One has to be very quick while handling this medium as it dries up very fast and leaves little scope for an artist for improvement,” he adds.

Nevertheless, Sudipta has also exhibited a few paintings like “Agony”, “Adversity of life and “Painting” which he likes to describe as semi-modern variety, having a few elements of traditional form and a few of abstracts.

The exhibition which was inaugurated by Mr P.R. Luthra, former Chief Architect of Punjab will open for public viewing till October 30.


Performance by Ethiopian troupe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The Ethiopian National Theatre today held a cultural programme at the Sector 10 Government Polytechnic College for Women.

The cultural troupe presented 12 different items of different tribes of Ethiopia. The audience, mostly foreign students, enjoyed the dance and music. Mr Guetacho, leader of the team, said the group presented performances in various cities and towns.

He said the folk songs and dance ensemble of the theatre had received applause from foreign dignitaries who had graced the theater during their visit to Ethiopia.

He said there is hardly any nationality (there are over 80 nationalities in Ethiopia) whose distinctive music and dance was not included in its repertoire. 

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