Wednesday, November 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


DCs attend orientation programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Regional Resource Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, Panjab University, organised a one day orientation programme for Deputy Commissioners from Punjab here today.

According to a press note, representatives from as many as 17 districts participated in the event organised with an objective to make district authorities aware about residual literacy programmes to be implemented in the districts of Punjab.

The main objectives were to underline the importance of literacy as one of the important components of development, to promote the movements of NGOs and to prepare documents about status of literacy programmes’.

Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary, was the chief guest on the occasion. He said component of functional literacy related to life skills was going to be the motivating factor for the literacy campaign. Mr R.S.Sandhu, Education Secretary, presided over the programme.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Mr Mahesh Arora, Deputy Secretary and representative of the National Literacy Mission, Prof S.L. Sharma, Prof Paramjeet Singh, PU Registrar, and Ms Manjeet Paintal, Director of the Regional Resource Centre.

The programme was attended by Deputy Commissioners from Mansa, Gurdaspur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepore and Kapurthala.


Scintillating show by Bal Niketan kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
A variety of cultural items marked the annual prize distribution function of Nav Bal Niketan Model Middle School, Sector 20, held at Tagore Theatre here today.

Beginning with an invocation to goddess Saraswati, “Desh ko uncha uthana hai”, a song conveying the message of nationalism, was presented by the students. After this, the tiny tots of lower classes recited a poem titled “I love my teacher”.

This was followed by two skits conveying the message of conservation of environment and the necessity of guarding against depleting forest resources.

Later, melodious notes of pahari music transported the audience to the land of mountains where petite girls danced to “Mele lagde”. A ballet titled “Banjara” was also well staged at the programme. The cultural items ended with the staging of “Red Riding Hood”.

Later, the chief guest, Mr PC Dogra, former DGP of Punjab, applauding the efforts of the students, said that it was essential to encourage all-round development of the students by organising such functions. He said that while lots of talent existed in the children, there was need to tap it and teachers were best suited for the purpose.

Later, he gave away as many as 174 prizes for participation in cultural activities while 73 awards were given for academic excellence. Seven students which included Sunil, Kriti, Mohit, Puneet, Rahul, Mukul and Harpal Singh were given prizes for achieving distinction in Sanskrit.

Earlier, the school principal, Ms S Mahajan, read out the school report in which she highlighted the activities and achievements of the school in the current academic year.

A tribute to cultural heritage

An impressive cultural programme was presented by students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46 D to celebrate the third prize distribution and annual function of the school here today.

Dedicated to preserve and respect Indian rich cultural heritage, the function was organised by the school authorities in collaboration with the Parent Teacher Association, said Mr R. S Goraya, Principal of the school.

Indian folk and western variety of cultural items, a sarasvati vandana and shabads were presented by senior students.

A Rajasthani folk dance “O kum Beejo Bajro a badri, a kun beejo moth meva, mishri rangili rut aye hamare desh main,” was beautifully choreographed. “Thandi Thandi hava chaldi, Jhuldie chilan de dalu Jeena Kangre da..” stole the show. The enthusiastic students presented a lively giddha and bhangra.

Mr Goraya read out the annual report of the school.

Mr R.S. Gujral, Home-cum-Education Secretary of Chandigarh, motivated the students to become respectable and responsible citizens of the country. He also gave away prizes to the teachers who showed cent per cent results and outstanding performance during the academic session.

Earlier, Mr Brahamjit Kalia, DEO, presided over the function and distributed prizes among the students for outstanding performance in academic and co-curricular activities.

St. Stephens’ students scintillate

The second day of the house shows of St Stephens’ School saw a scintillating riot of colour, music and dance by the students of Mars house. It was indeed heartening to see students from the senior and junior school putting up an exquisite sequence of items. The audience enjoyed every bit of it.

Among the notable items was an extract from the English novel turned into a play ‘My Fair lady’. Then there was the mystical, ‘Hum Sub Chanakya Hain’. No wonder the surprise item, depicting the sordid conditions of an aging mother who is unwelcome by her own sons, was appreciated by all. Then there were tiny tots with ‘Urishima Taro’.

The chief guest of the function Mr Harjit Singh, IAS, President, Punjab Medical Council, lauded the efforts of the children and recollected his school days. Finally, there was a western dance and a sufiana ‘dama dam mast kalandar’. The grand finale in the form of bhangra had the audience tapping their feet.


Good response to youth fest on day 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The second day of the PU Zone B Youth Festival elicited a good response from the students today, with the morning session dominated by literary activities at Government College, Sector 11.

Teams from five colleges participated in the debate on “Terrorism is best countered through use of force.” The participants emphasised their points of view for and against the topic vociferously and emphatically.

The poem recitation contest also drew an enthusiastic response from students, who recited poems of eminent Hindi and Punjabi poets. The most popular among them were Batalvi, Javed Akhtar and Bhai Mohan Singh.

Presiding over the function, the Associate Editor of The Tribune, Mr Kamaleshwar Sinha, said debates sharpened the sensibility of the participants by developing their thinking and speaking abilities. He urged the students to show respect to their teachers and discipline their lives. “Life, literature and graceful conduct brought glory to civilisation.”He gave away prizes to the winners of the contests and praised the participating institutions for their zeal and zest.

The day, with focus on terrorism and the fight against brutal killings had the topic for the painting contest in tune with the theme. The participants were required to paint pictures on terrorism or any other social evil while others took part in clay modelling and cartoon making.

The plays in the afternoon session came as a disappointment for the audience. The participants were unable to give good performance and were completely uninvolved.

This session was presided over by Dr Anjala Maharishi from the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University. She gave away the prizes to the winners of histrionics and plays.

The results are as follows: cartoon making: Man Mohan Singh-GCA-10 (1), Vincal Jaidka-SGGS-26 (2), Bharat-GC-46 (3); postermaking: Chetan-GCA-10 (1), Raja Sood-GC-46 (2), Gursimran-SD-36 (3); clay modelling: Dharamjit Singh-GCA-10 (1), Kulwinder-GC-46 (2), Parminder Singh-GCA-10 (3); debate: Vivek Kumar-GC-11 (1), Rajan Vishal-SD-32 (20, Pallavi-SD-32 (3); poem recitation: Rajan Vishal-SD-32 (1), Gurmanjot-SGGS-26 (2), Vivek Kumar-GC-11 (3); histrionics: Arvinder Singh-SD-32 (1), Sapna Verma-GCA-10 (2), Amandeep Singh-GC-46 (3); story writing: Simranjit Singh-SD-32 (1), Jyoti Khurana-SD-32 (2), Mohit Dhoda-GC-11 (3).


Applause for archaeology films
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
A four-day festival of films on History and Archaeology started at the Panjab University here yesterday. Organised by the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, PU, in collaboration with Alliance Francaise “Le Corbusier de Chandigarh”, the festival was inaugurated by Prof Mohan Maharishi, Dean, University Instruction, PU.

On the inaugural day, two films titled “The Secrets of the Temple of Angkor” and “Alexandria, the seventh wonder of the world” were screened. These films, one showing how the ruins of the temple of Angkor Vat were rediscovered, cleared and restored and the other about the digging of the remains of the Pharoahs of Alexandria, were well received by the audience.

The festival will include the screening of at least six more films on similar themes. Some of these include, ‘‘The lost cities of the Maya”, “Mahasthan, the forgotten city of Bangladesh“, “The tomb of the Synthian Prince” and “Once there was a Mesopotamia.”


Fill posts, demand ex-servicemen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
With ex-servicemen alleging non-filling up of reserved posts in the Punjab Education Department, the Directorate of Sainik Welfare, Punjab, has decided to take up the matter with the DPI’s office tomorrow.

Talking to TNS, several ex-servicemen affected said that results published by the Department this week revealed that out of a total of 351 vacancies, only 336 had been filled up. About 13 per cent of the total seats were reserved under various categories for ex-servicemen.

Adding that 15 vacancies in the ex-servicemen’s quota had been left unfilled, they said that the ex-servicemen’s quota has both general as well as reserved categories. While 25 seats had been filled in the ex-servicemen’s general category, only nine seats had been filled in the ex-servicemen’s reserved categories.


Supplementary exam results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The honours school of B.Sc classes of Panjab University topped the list of the results of the supplementary examinations declared here today.

The results of supplementary examination in honours school of B.Sc declared today included Geology (part I), Zoology (part II), Physics (part II), Physics (part III), Bio-Physics (part II) and Bio Chemistry (part II).

The university also declared the results of Bachelor of Fine Arts (part I) and MA II (Political Science).

Copies of the result gazette will be available at the information counters of Panjab University on all working days, an official press note said.


PU students mind their queues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The fee-collection process at the counters of Panjab University was stalled here today, following protests by the Panjab University Campus Students Council.

Santokhwinder Singh Nabha, president, said that students of regular departments faced problems at the university fee counters because of long queues. Students, who were appearing in the semester examination faced more difficulty because of the forthcoming examination.

Students met the Registrar and requested him to allow students to deposit their fee at their respective departments. Work was stalled for nearly an hour.


Children on bicycles with a message
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, November 27
Two bicycle processions by school children were organised here today to spread awareness about dental health care and the pulse polio programme.

A large number of pupils in two groups from more than 10 schools went on bicycles through various parts of the town. They carried placards bearing the messages of dental health care and the pulse polio campaign.

One procession was flagged off from the Phase VI civil hospital by the Ropar Civil Surgeon, Dr Rajinder Singh Saggu, and the other from Phase XI by Amteshwar Kaur, municipal councillor. The two processions culminated at the Phase VII government dispensary. The processions were organised by the civil hospital and the Rotary Club.

Mr Manpreet Singh, president of the Rotary Club, said refreshments, banners and literature were distributed by the club.


Help the legally unaware’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Legal Awareness Day was celebrated in Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today. Mr Anmol Sidhu, a Deputy Advocate General, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Students of the legal cell spoke about various rights of individuals that were being violated and the need to spread awareness among various sections of the society.

Mr Sidhu spoke on the need to protect fraternity, liberty and equality. Dr (Mrs) Satinder Dhillon, the principal, motivated the students to look around them and find people who were in need of the legal help.


ADC told to inspect site; stop fishing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
In less than a week after a report appeared in The Tribune on Sutlej waters turning toxic and killing fish, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today took suo motu notice and directed the state of Punjab and all its functionaries to take immediate steps to stop fishing in the area till further orders.

The Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar, also directed Ropar’s Deputy Commissioner to depute an official not below the rank of Additional Deputy Commissioner to inspect the site and submit a status report with reference to the contents of the report. The Chairman of the Pollution Control Board was also directed to depute an official not below the rank of an environmental engineer to collect samples from the site.

The Judge also issued notice of motion to the state of Punjab through the Environment Secretary, Ropar’s Deputy Commissioner, Punjab Pollution Control Board and other respondents for November 29after treating the report as a petition in public interest. The report had stated that in a major ecological disaster, thousands of fish and even birds had perished in and around the river near Nangal allegedly due to the release of toxic water in the river.

Lok Adalat order on higher claim quashed

Coming down heavily on a Lok Adalat for infringing the appellate authority conferred on the High Court and passing orders without jurisdiction, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed orders proposing that an accident victim should be paid Rs 2,30,000 as compensation as against Rs 2,00,000 directed by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal.

In a ruling on a petition filed by a passenger, Kamal Mehta, against Rajasthan State Transport Corporation, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice A.K. Goel observed: “We are of the opinion that the orders passed by the Lok Adalat are without jurisdiction and a clear infringement of the appellate authority conferred on the High Court. As the respondent had not agreed to the jurisdiction of the Lok Adalat, the proceedings taken by it were well beyond its jurisdiction and usurped the appellate power of the High Court”.

The Judges added: “The Lok Adalats have been conceptualised as agencies wherein matters could be amicably compromised or settled by mutual agreement. These words have been repeatedly used in the statute and if such an agreement cannot be reached, the Lok Adalats must divest themselves of the controversy and must itself refer or advise parties to approach the court. It is true that the corporation has been left with the liberty to file objections but this procedure is unknown to the proceedings under the Act and clearly violates the principle of finality of an award of a Lok Adalat envisaged under the Act. This is a clear transgression on the power of the appellate court”.

Summons to RTO, Gurdaspur SDM

Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the High Court on Tuesday directed Jalandhar’s Regional Transport Officer Harnail Singh Sra, Gurdaspur’s Sub Divisional Magistrate T.K. Goyal, Assistant Transport Officer Gurmukh Singh and Administrative Officer Ravinder Choudhary to appear in court on December 12.

Ruling on a petition alleging contempt of court filed by three Gurdaspur bus owners Surinder Mohan and others, the Judge observed: After hearing counsel for the parties, I am prima facie satisfied that an order, enclosed along with the petition, constitutes contempt of orders passed by the court on January 13, last year. Respondents are directed to be present in person on December 5”.

Auction of plots subject to orders

A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice Jasbir Singh has ruled that the auction of plots to extend the new grain market in Kaithal will be subject to the final orders to be passed by the court on a writ petition filed by the Kaithal HUDA(Township) Residents Welfare Association.

The court orders have come as a big relief to residents of Model Town, Kaithal, located along the Jind road. The auction is scheduled for tomorrow.

The association had moved the court to seek an injunction against the auction of plots. It pleaded before the court that in the original mandi township layout of 1950, a 21-acre area was earmarked for a hospital, a school, a town hall, a shed for carts and certain other amenities.

However, HUDA recently sold the land to the Haryana Agriculture Marketing Board for Rs 4.60 crore to enable it to extend the new grain market.

The petitioner contended that the decision of the authorities was illegal as they were not authorised to change the purpose of the land. It said its members paid several times the actual price of the plots, hoping that the abovementioned amenities would be provided to them in due course of time.

Since the extended area of the new grain market was in a residential colony, its residents would be constantly exposed to the hazards of pollution.

The court issued a notice to the respondents for May 6, 2002.


Doc’s statement recorded in Beant assassination case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 27
Hearing in the Beant Singh assassination case continued today, with recording of the statement of a witness, Dr Sushil Goyal of General Hospital, before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, in a special makeshift courtroom at the Model Burail Jail. The Judge adjourned the case for tomorrow.

Dr Goyal said the medical superintendent had informed him that a victim of the bomb blast in front of the UT Secretariat on August 31, 1995, would come for examination. Dr Goyal said he had examined the victim, Mr Kulwant Singh.

Murder case

The accused Sanjay, allegedly involved in a Sector 23 murder case, today surrendered before a local court. He surrendered before the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal.

It was alleged that Sanjay had accompanied the accused, Ashish Arora, who reportedly killed Joginder Singh on September 28 in Sector 23. It was alleged that Ashu, along with his friend, had gone to the house of the deceased in the evening and had wanted to speak to the victim.

It was also alleged that Joginder Singh, had been shot point blank by Ashu, who had entered the victim’s house at about 10.45 pm. forcibly.

3 months’ RI

Three city residents — Ranbir, Rajkumar and Ashwani — were sent to three months’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 200 in a case of assault by the UT Judicial Magistrate (first class). The complainant, Mr Chand, had alleged that the three accused had beaten him up and assaulted him. The case against the accused had been registered under Sections 323 and 325 of the IPC.

Four remanded

The four accused — Sweetie Bajaj, Sangeeta Gupta, Kuldeep Dhaia and Avtar Singh Tari — who were allegedly involved in a rape case, were sent to judicial remand by a local court till December 10. Another accused had been declared proclaimed offender in the case. They had been arrested after the victim gave a statement under Section 164 of the CrPC in the court.

The city police had registered a case under Sections 366-A, 368, 506 and 120-B of the IPC against Sangeeta Gupta on October 3 on the complainant of the victim’s mother. Subsequent to the statement of the girl before the Magistrate today, the accused were also booked under Section 376 of the IPC. The victim was sent for medical examination on October 5.

The complainant had alleged that her minor girl had been abducted by her friend and the latter’s mother, to be handed over to a local politician and his two hotelier friends. The victim had reportedly been physically exploited for over five days, before she made a dramatic escape from her abductors.


Furnish particulars of servants: DM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
As an emergency measure to check the rising crime rate in the city, the District Magistrate, Mr M. Ramsekhar, has issued orders that residents of Chandigarh, including landlords, tenants and those running commercial establishments, shall not employ any domestic servants, helpers and part-time maids unless his/her particulars are furnished to the police station concerned in writing.

The order, issued under Section 144 of the CPC, adds that any breach of the order would invite action under Section 188 of the IPC. The order states that it appears that domestic servants and other domestic helpers often have a large part to play in crime and that sometimes they are themselves the perpetrators or active conspirators in committing offences.


Anandji to  give away Rafi Awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Music director Anandji will be the chief guest on Rafi Nite, the annual function of the Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, to be held on December 9 at Tagore Theatre here. He is visiting Chandigarh to give away Rafi Awards to the winners at this function

The three winners in the men’s and women’s categories of a singing contest held in July will receive awards and two runners-up trophies.

Last year these awards were given away by music director Naushad.

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