Friday, January 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Symposium on need for social science policy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Conflicting views on the need for a national social science policy were expressed at the symposium on “Need for a Social Science Policy” held at Panjab University here today.

The symposium was organised by the Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI) in collaboration with the department of Sociology, Panjab University.

A number of speakers highlighted the need for a social science policy. It was academically beneficial to have integration of studies of different subjects on the same topics. On the other hand it was argued that a “national policy” would mean too much government interference which would hamper full independence in the study of the subject.

Prof Satya P. Gautam, Department of Philosophy, while introducing the subject, said there were conflicting views on the subject of a social science policy. One school held that there was no need for a social science policy. The experts apprehended interference by the ruling party in research and teaching.

Prof A. K. Dasgupta, member secretary of the IASSI, said the body was clear that the social science policy was not to help operation and guidelines to individual social scientists but to frame a policy for the efficient functioning of social science institutions.

Prof Bhupinder Brar, Department of Political Science, said social science research was an important means towards the formulation of public policies. The research involved interpretation and critical understanding of social realities.

Dr Rajesh Gill elaborated on conceptualisation of social science policy and difficulties inherent in arriving at a consensus in that direction. However, she was firm in her view that there is an urgent need for a social science policy and its effective implementation.

Prof Mohan Maharishi, Dean University Instructions, chaired the inaugural session. Prof S.L. Sharma chaired the academic session. He said if a policy was formulated with “do’s and don’ts for the researchers”, he was opposed to it. Prof Raj Mohini Sethi, Sociology Department, proposed the vote of thanks.


Air Force School annual day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
The annual function of Air Force School 3 BRD, Sector 31, was held at the Lecma Hall at Air Force Station, Chandigarh, today. Air Cmdr S.B. Prasher, VSM, AOC 3 BRD, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Students of all classes pitched in to make the evening a joyous affair. The function commenced with Saraswati vandana followed by ‘‘Sleeping Beauty’’ presented by kindergarten children.

Dressed in fancy attires, the children transported the audience to another world. English play ‘‘The Bishop's Candlesticks’’ was appreciated by the audience. Students also staged a mime and an impressive qawwali. Their dancing skills could be seen in the various Western, Rajasthani, Punjabi and Assamese dances. An engrossing tribal dance was also presented by the tiny tots.

The Principal of the school, Mrs Kiran Datta, read out the school report and highlighted various achievements of students in academic, sports and extra curricular activities during the past one year. Ongoing modernisation plans and future expansion projects were also listed out. Mrs Santosh Prasher, President AFWWA (local) gave away the prizes.

While addressing the audience, the chief guest lauded the efforts of the students and teachers Nidhi Kapoor was awarded a prize for topping in the CBSE class X examination in the session 2000-2001.

KV nature club

Pengu - the nature club of Kendriya Vidyalaya No 2, 3 BRD, Air Force Station, Chandigarh, celebrated Induction day for the new members of the club by organising a cultural show which was aimed at inculcating an environment-friendly attitude among them.

Besides group songs, poetry recitation, students also presented a play titled "Hamara Sanklap" spreading the message of conservation and preservation of indigenous species of trees like Peepal, Neem. Children dressed as trees, butterflies and animals highlighted the importance of flora and fauna to make our surrounding balanced and healthy.

Speaking on the occasion, the Principal, Ms S. Prakash, impressed upon the students to live in close contact with Nature. A slogan competition was also organised on the occasion.


ADGP told to look into rape case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Taking up an application levelling allegations against police officials in a rape case, Mr Justice K.S. Garewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Punjab’s Additional Director-General of Police to look into the matter.

In a ruling on the application filed by a resident of Jalalabad in Ferozepore district, Mr Justice Garewal observed: “The petitioner had earlier filed an application levelling certain allegations against some police officials and praying for the registration of a case. The petition was disposed of on August 28 last year with a direction to Ferozepore’s Superintendent of Police to look into the matter and if satisfied that the information disclosed the commission of a cognizable offence then he shall either investigate the case himself or direct an investigation to be conducted by a police officer subordinate to him”.

The Judge added: “Consequently, a detailed inquiry was conducted into the matter by the DSP (D) of Jalalabad. As allegations are serious but found to be false and baseless by the DSP, it is a fit case which should be considered by the ADGP (Crime).

In case the petitioner’s complaint is found to be correct then action may be taken in accordance with law after the registration of the FIR. In case the report of the DSP is found to be correct then case under Section 182 of the Indian Penal Code should be registered against the petitioner”.

Controller told to be present in court

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Allahabad-based Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) and officer in charge of the Armoured Corps Record to be present in the court following their failure to file a reply in a disability certificate case.

Pronouncing the orders, a Division Bench of the high court headed by Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta, observed that the case was adjourned on September 27 and the respondents were given six weeks time for filing a written statement but neither the reply was filed nor did anyone appear on their behalf. “In this situation, we have no other alternative except to direct the two respondents to personally appear on February 11”, the Judges concluded.

In his petition Ramesh Kumar Sokhanda of Gurgaon district had earlier sought directions to the Union of India and other respondents to issue a certificate stating that the petitioner’s disability was attributable to military service.

Orders to Chief Secy, ADGP

Granting “yet another opportunity to the state of Punjab for doing the needful” on a petition filed by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee member Jathedar Harbans Singh Manjpur seeking directions for the issuance of a valid passport, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that the Chief Secretary, along with the Additional Directors-General of Police (Vigilance and Intelligence) shall appear in person on the next date of hearing for explaining the position.

Issuing the directions, the Bench, comprising Chief Justice Mr Arun B. Saharya and Mr Justice V.K. Bali, observed: “The state of Punjab was directed on February 13 last year to inform the court if the report regarding the petitioner’s antecedents had been furnished to the passport officer. The ADGP (Vigilance), present in the court, however, states that the required information can be furnished by the ADGP (Intelligence).

It is not for the court to identify the particular officer who has to comply with the court directions. What we require is a prompt compliance of the orders”.

Claiming himself to be a “staunch Akali”, the SGPC member, In his petition, had earlier stated that three or four criminal cases were registered against him during the Congress regime in which he was arrested and bailed out but was never convicted.


Memorandum on enforcing PGA scheme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Following the Punjab and Haryana High Court ban on guesthouses, paying guest services providers today offered the Government of India the approved Paying Guest Accommodation (PGA) scheme as an alternative to the banned arrangement.

All-India Paying Guest Accommodation Association Patron Surinder Bhardwaj today submitted a memorandum to the Advisor to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, to implement the Government of India scheme, which has been adopted by 33 states and union territories in the country, except Chandigarh.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Bharadwaj, and local unit chairman, Group Captain A. S. Mann (retd), said the administration had considered the scheme in 1998 and Chief Architect had to devise details but nothing happened. He said: “We have been pleading with the local government since 1996 but nothing has been done and now is the time to implement the scheme as the court has also sought an alternative scheme with certain requirements which are met in the PGA scheme.” Finance secretary Karan Awtar Singh has called a meeting in this regard on January 30. They hoped the scheme would be prepared within six months as per the requirement of the administration.


Witness testifies in Beant case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 24
The statement of one of the witnesses, Mr Sachin Passi, in Beant Singh assassination case was today recorded before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla, at special court in Model Burail Jail.

The witness said his brother-in-law was killed in the bomb blast that took place on August 31, 1995. Later, he along with, Dr P.K Bhatia, had identified the body of his bother-in-law, Anil Duggal, at the PGI on September 1, 1995. He said the deceased, Anil Duggal, had been posted with the former Chief Minister, Beant Singh.


1-year RI in theft case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 24
An accused, Brij Mohan, was today sentenced to one year’s rigorous imprisonment in a case of theft by a local court. The accused was also fined Rs 500. Another accused, Bipin, in the case, had been declared proclaimed offender.

It was alleged that the accused Brij Mohan along with other accused, Bipin, had stolen a car, from the parking-slot of Jagat Cinema. A case was registered a case on a complaint by a city resident, Mandeep Singh.


Social evils highlighted through play
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 24
Students of Pustak school highlighted the social evils which are rampant in most of the slum areas in India through a play “Bachhe aur Bhagwan” which was staged at the Community Centre at Mauli Jagraun here today.

Thirteen characters in a simple yet effective way showed how, irrespective to the effort of the social workers, evils like child labour, child marriage, alcoholism and child abuse are still are predominant in the slums. Though heavy with an underlying message, the play with all the innocence and simplicity managed to tickle the funny bones of the audience.

Improvised by Ravi and Vijay, the theme of the play was evolved during a one and a half month long theatre workshop conducted in the school sometime back. “The workshop along and the final staging of the play was mainly aimed at generating some awareness regarding theatre in the slums of Mauli Jagran,” said Ravi, a theatre activist of the city.


Karan and Jividha vibrant after success
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Karan Nath and Jividha, the lead pair of Kuku Kohli’s film, “Yeh Dil Aashiqana” at a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Chandigarh, January 24
For Karan Nath, the ambitious son of Madhuri Dixit’s secretary Rakesh Nath, and Jividha, a vibrant young girl from Mumbai, life has been all roses, at least of late.

Riding high on the crest of the break which director Kuku Kohli offered them in his ‘Ye Dil Aashiqana’, the two kept smiling throughout the hour-long interface with the film’s unit at hotel Piccadily this afternoon. While Karan Nath kept projecting an image independent of his father Rakesh Nath, Jividha actually looked fiery sitting on the other side of the fence. She took on harsh questions harshly and almost managed to humble the ones who were posing them. In reply to one such query, she said, “Only those who are willing to be exploited are exploited.”

As she said this, director of the film Kuku Kohli, nodded subtly in concurrence of her stand. The star maker as he is called, Kuku Kohli talked about his passion of launching fresh faces. This is one among the may other things he learnt from his mentor Raj Kapoor, whom he assisted in direction in blockbuster Bobby. Rooted to Kapurthala, Kuku Kohli kept talking about the greatness of Punjab and Punjabis in particular.

From Phool aur Kaante in which Kuku made a star of Ajay Devgan, he went on to make greater hits like Anari no 1, Haqiqat , Kohram and Suhaag.

Kuku Kohli has not yet ventured into social films. He clarified today, “We have to keep the commercial point in view. We must recover what we invest. That is why the subject preference has changed with time.”

Interesting part of this film is the Punjab connection of its makers and stars. While Karan Nath, who was accompanied by father Rakesh Nath, belongs to Hoshiarpur, director Kuku Kohli hails from Kapurthala. Jividha, the heroine hails from Amritsar.

Flanking the stars were Preeti Sapru, her brother Tej Sapru and Gurdas Mann, who had especially come down for “blessing the newcomers.” Another important piece of information is that Karan Nath is Preeti Sapru’s nephew. She, along with her brother, was obviously happy with the significant break Karan got. She voiced her happiness in so many words: “We are among you today to celebrate the success of Ye Dil Aashiqana.”

A special screening of the film is being held tomorrow at Neelam Cinema



PRODUCER Mahendra Dhariwal and director Tinu Verma’s magnum opus “Maa Tujhe Salaam” is undoubtedly one of the most talked-about movies of the year 2002. The promos of the film have an interesting baseline. “Doodh maangoge to kheer denge, Kashmir maangoge to cheer denge”.

“Maa Tujhe Salaam” is depiction of a pre-Kargil war misadventure of one of our neighbouring countries. This one is based on a sensitive subject and it is also a voice against Pakistanis. The film opens tomorrow at Jagat, Chandigarh, KC, Panchkula and Bassi, Mohali. Superhit film “Gadar Ek Prem Katha” was released with 39 prints in North India, but the distributor is releasing “Maa Tujhe Salaam” with record-breaking 47 prints.

The film is about Indo-Pakistan fight over Kashmir and the recent upheavals. Sunny Deol plays an Army officer. With Tabu playing opposite Sunny, one can expect an impressive display of acting. She plays an Army Captain.

Since this is an action director Tinu Verma’s film, one can expect a lot of thrill and spills. Action scenes are the highlights of this film, but they can’t override the basic story of the film. The film was shot almost 90 per cent in Manali.

The film also stars Arbaz Khan, Rajat Bedi, Prithvi, Avtar Gill, Rana Jang Bahadur, Anang Desai, Sharat Saxena, Aly Khan and Sudesh Berry. Malaika Arora Khan makes a friendly appearance and Tinu Verma also playing a dynamic role.

The film has screenplay by Shyam K Goel, dialogue by K K Singh, cinematography by Raju Kayjee, choreography by Rekha Chinni Prakash and Ricky - James, action by Tinu Verma, art by Sameer Chanda and Shyam Satyen, lyrics by Sameer, Vikki Nagar, Tejpal Kaur and music by Sajid-Wajid. DP

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