Friday, February 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU prof made national institute chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31
Prof S.K. Sharma of the Panjab University Department of Chemical Engineering has been elected the president of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers for the year 2002-2003.

Sources said he was the first chemical engineer of north India to get this honour in the 55 years of the institute’s existence.

The institute is the oldest and the largest organisation of chemical engineers in Asia with 16,000 members. It has 38 regional centers spread all over the country and is affiliated to the Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineers, the European Federation of Chemical Engineers and the American Association for Advancement of Science.

Prof Sharma is the most senior professor of the department, who has done pioneering work in renewable energy sources, energy conservation and environment engineering. He has also received the Surya Award for promoting alternative sources of energy. He has to his credit more than 105 research papers in national and international journals.

Prof Sharma is a member of a number of prestigious committees of the Planning Commission, the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources and the Governments of Punjab and Haryana. He is also a consultant for various international bodies like the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNICEF and the FAO.


Essay contest for schoolchildren
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31
An essay competition in Hindi for schoolchildren was organised at Air Force School, Sector 31, by the local chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India today. As many as 137 students from 25 schools took part in the competition.

The topic for the junior category, comprising students of Classes VIII and IX was “How to inspire patriotism among schoolchildren”, while the topic for the seniors from Classes XI and XII was “National achievements since Independence”.

The results are expected to be declared within 15 days. The first two winners in each category will get a cash prizes of Rs 750 and Rs 500 each, respectively. There will also be 10 consolation prizes.

Meanwhile, a caption contest for teachers accompanying the students was also organised. They will also be awarded prizes of outstanding captions.


Psycho Vision function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31
The ‘Psycho Vision’, Psychology Society of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, held its annual function here today.

Psycho diagnostic cells were engaged to test intelligence, motivation, adjustment and personality of students. The cells were inaugurated by Mrs Vijaylakshmi, the college principal. Over 100 students were tested and given a feedback on their IQ, personality types and motivational abilities in each cell. This was followed by a talk on “mental health among youth” by Dr N.N.Wig, a renowned psychiatrist.

An inter-class poster contest was organised on the occasion. The winners included Gurmeet, Ashima, Harnoor, Rashmi Bala, Chenglauhen, Divya, Reetika, Geetika, Purnima, Garima and Isharpal.


Street plays organised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31
As a part of its ongoing awareness campaign for school students, the Drug Awareness and Counseling Centre (DACC) of Servants of the People Society organised street plays in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.



No transfers in mid-school session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31
If the government is posting a worker even though the academic session of his ward is in progress, he can rely upon a judgment delivered by the Punjab and Haryana High Court postponing an employee’s transfer.

Pronouncing the orders on a petition filed by Food Inspector Rajinder Singh claiming that the studies of his children would suffer due to the transfer, a Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar and Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill, directed that the orders transferring him from Yamunanagar “should not be given effect to till May 1”.

The Judges observed: “The petitioner challenges the orders of transfer dated December 19 last year mainly on the ground that the same was mid-term and his children studying in school would suffer seriously in their academic courses. We consider it appropriate to direct that the impugned order transferring the petitioner should not be given effect to till May 1. The petitioner is granted liberty to approach the respondents for appropriate remedy.”

Poll plea dismissed with costs

Nearly five years after polling was held for electing the MLA from Budladha constituency, Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the High Court today dismissed with Rs 5,000 costs a petition filed by SAD candidate Harbant Singh challenging the election of Mr Hardev Singh Arshi.

In his petition, Mr Harbant Singh had claimed that he would have won the election had corrupt practices not been adopted. Giving details, he had claimed that posters with derogatory and false statements against the Akali-BJP alliance were distributed to prejudice the elections. Going into the background, his counsel had added that the elections were held on January 7, 1997, and Mr Arshi was declared elected by a margin of 6,629 votes.

DIG summoned

The High Court on Thursday directed Haryana’s Deputy Inspector-General of Police to be personally present in the court on February 7 in a suo motu case regarding his alleged threat to judicial officers.

The High Court had earlier taken note on its own motion of a report by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr N.P. Dewet, addressed to Kurukshetra District and Sessions Judge. The then SP had stated that their employees also had a union and could go on a strike after he had replied in the affirmative to the police officer’s question regarding the conviction of six cops, the CJM had alleged. The SP, the CJM had added, had also stated that the “consequences would be very bad”. He had added that six police officials had been convicted by him the same day under Sections 148, 323, 220, 330 and 504 read with Section 149 of the Indian Penal Code.


Court summons 3 IAS officers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 31
Three IAS officers have been summoned to a city court under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities ) Act, after holding that “... it was prima facie established that the accused persons instituted false, malicious and vexatious proceedings against a member of the Scheduled Caste.”

Pronouncing the orders on a complaint filed by Mr Jagir Singh Bhonsle, manager, HAFED, against Mr M.L. Tayal, member enquiries, Mr P.R. Kaushik, former Financial Commissioner, Printing and Stationery, and Mr Naresh Gulati, Commissioner, (Sports), Youth and Cultural Affairs, the Judicial Magistrate, Mr P.R. Yadav, said “... the complainant has stated on oath that he has been falsely implicated by the accused persons and so served a false and frivolous charge sheet, based on fake and motivated grounds to humiliate, harass and lower the image and reputation of the complainant.”

The orders state that the complainant was charge-sheeted only because he belongs to the Scheduled caste community and the promotion of the complainant was also due. “... Because the HAFED administration did not want to promote the complainant, they worked under a conspiracy and it is also pertinent to mention here that the promotion list was likely to be out on October 26, 1990, while the charge sheet was served on the complainant on October 15, 1990, which clearly established ill intents of the above mentioned officers.”

The court has summoned them for April 16.


Versatility his hallmark
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, January 31
It is hard to define Sukhinder as a person. As you begin to understand him as an artist and a poet, two different facets of his personality come to light — that of a scientist and novelist. And to top it all he talks about the high-tech media designing he does for livelihood, making you wonder how a single person can do so many things with so much passion and gusto.

“Whether poetry or painting, these just serve the purpose to express the real me,” says Sukhinder. A person who loves to experiment with different art forms, Sukhinder recently designed a website “Pulse of people”, combining his poems with flash animation using new media technology.

“The field of the new media design is a way of approaching the diverse meanings of life. It is a way to connect us with each other, helping us to know, to express as who we are, explaining our existence in the cosmos with reference to the dimensions of space, time and matter,” says Sukhinder, giving a glimpse of the poet and the scientist that lies within him.

Sukhinder visited India to deliver a lecture on New Media: Canadian-Punjabi literature and culture at Kurukshetra University.

Sukhinder defines himself as a courier of cosmopolitan culture. So all the art form that flows from this versatile man bears broader perspective. Be it his poems like Shaihar, Dhund Te Roshniyan, Ek Khat Kishu Likhan or his series of paintings, he has not limited himself to the problems or prospects of the Punjabi community abroad, but highlights the issues that have touched everyone’s life at some point of time.

Handling paint brush has been a recent phenomenon for Sukhinder. “Though after migrating to Canada in 1975, I did a few cover designs for books on request, it was not until recently I had taken up painting seriously,” says Sukhinder. He drew on a series of women’s issues, child psyche, which he exhibited in Punjab Bhavan in Delhi during his recent visit. The series was an effort on his part to bring out a cultural exchange between the two countries, not as a separate entity but on a bigger canvas.

Though Sukhinder has been a way from India for long now, he is quite in touch with his counterparts here. Giving his opinion about his contemporaries Sukhinder says Punjabi poets are doing poorly here because nobody is interested in creating real stuff anymore. “Poets write according to the specifications of the critics rather than writing for the sheer joy of it,” he adds.

His novel Alarm Clock is focused on problems of people, especially women who have been the target of physical abuse irrespective of their nationality or social status. Sukhinder is also planning to come up with his next painting exhibition in near future. 


Soulful rendering by Ustad Salim
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31
Ustad Salim Iqbal’s voice springs from the heart and heads straight for the soul. Every time he steps on to the performance space, he has something new to offer. Dominating his performance today were verses of great Urdu poets who captured the pulse of life in their words. These words, when rendered in music by the Ustad today, took the audience closer to the shades of life.

“Yoon hi besabab na fira karo, kisi roz ghar bhi raha karo.....” This Bashir Badr’s couplet was a prelude to a ghazal which Ustad sang for the audience at Pracheen Kala Kendra today. “Tere liye zehmat hai mere liye nazrana, jugnu ki tarah aana khushboo ki tarah jaana...” charmed the listeners with its grace and melody. The hall burst into applause with yet another couplet of the same ghazal “Chehre ke nakushe se zakhmon ne badal daale...duniya ne mujhe meri aawaaz se pehchana.”

Following this ghazal was another one which read, “Vo koi gustakh, pagal manchala htha mai na tha, aapko cheda tha jisne doosra tha mai na tha...” In each melody that Ustad struk today, he reflected his lineage well. The grandson of reputed Haji Rahmat qawwal of Amanat Khani gharana from Malerkotla, Ustad Iqbal later enthralled the audience with dode of Baba Bulle Shah and Baba Farid. The sincerity of Baba Farid’s expression touched the heart in “Maar na mullan bol boladiyaan, meko apni tod nibhavan de, kanjri banya meri izat na ghatdi, mainu nachke yaar manavan de”. He also presented the famous Shiv Kumar Batalvi song: “Mainu tera shabaab lai baitha...rang gora gulaab lai baitha.”

Ustad Saleem Iqbal’s son Safdar Samil also impressed the audience when he portrayed a disciplined riyaaz through his rendering of “Ishq mein kya kya mere junoon ki ki na burai logo ne, kuchh tumne badnam kiya kuchh aag lagai logon ne.” Ustad Salim was accompanied by his son on the harmonium, Amjad Salim on marquis, Virendra Chopra on tabla and Dennis on guitar.

The programme was presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.


Mamla Kursi Da’ on air from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31
“Mamla kursi da”, Jaspal Bhatti’s programme based on current political scenario, will begin from tomorrow. The programme will be telecast daily at 8.30 pm on Alpha TV Punjabi.

Among the prominent people to feature in the programme are Capt Amrinder Singh, G.S. Tohra, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Balramji Das Tandon, Simranjit Singh Mann, Chowdhry Kanshi Ram, Jagmeet Brar, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Parkash Singh Badal.

Apart from the top politicians, distinguished journalists and intellectuals will also participate in the live debates on various topics concerning the voters. The panel of experts includes Dr Jaspal, Arvinder Bhatti, O.N. Garg, Prabhjot Singh, Attey Singh. Harkishan Mehta, Ms Gurtej Kaur, Dalbir Singh, among others.

Conceived by Jaspal Bhatti, the series will have 10 episodes. Script for the series is by Dalbir Singh, while music scores have been provided by Brijesh Ahuja. The programme will be directed by Jaspal Bhatti and Rajinder Kashyap.Back


Winter carnival opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31
The Three-day winter carnival, MCC-2002, organised by the Sector 47-B Mount Carmel School, was inaugurated by the Chandigarh SSP, Mr Parag Jain, today.

According to the Principal of the school, Charles Samuel, the school wore a festive look with students taking ride on he giant wheel, the Columbus boat, the merry-go-round, the dinosaurs and other swings which had been put up on the school premises.

The other schools which took part in the carnival were St Stephen, St Mary’s School, the Sector 15 DAV Model School, Shivalik Public School, Stepping Stones High School, Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary School and the Panchkula Satluj Public School. Some guest items were also presented by students of the host school on this occasion.



Melody captured in colour and clay
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31
There is as much perfection in his moulds as in his strokes. And from the depth of his execution in a medium as challenging as water colour, one cannot say that he is originally a sculptor.

S.C. Ahuja, a Delhi-based artist, who has the distinction of working on ‘Rhythms’, is currently showing his sculptures and water colour works at IndusInd Bank art gallery. The show features series of art works on chosen topics. To begin with, S.C. Ahuja has executed sculptures on musicians. There are also some pen and ink drawings on the same theme. Interestingly, the artist began working on this rather fresh topic of Rhythm way back in 1987. Drawing inspiration from a host of communities which resided in his vicinity, he actually went on to get a Government of India fellowship for research on this theme.

His works therefore largely focus on musicians in concert. While some works show a musician on sitar, others show him playing instruments like the veena and the sarangi. The flow of strokes compliments the nature of melody being played.

In water colours, S.C. Ahuja’s landscapes are especially interesting. Such is the variety of execution that at times one mistakes his water colour works for prints. ‘Moods’ is yet another topic which interests the artist. About six of his canvasses capture human emotions in colours.Back


Supernatural connection

A Tips Films and Mahesh Bhatt presentation, ‘Raaz’ opens today at Batra, Chandigarh. Directed by Vikram Bhatt, it stars Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea. It has been completed in two schedules in Ooty and Switzerland and has cost around Rs 3 crore.

‘Raaz’ is a psycho-thriller. The story is of a young couple who are on the brink of divorce. Their house is haunted, which seems to be linked to their crumbling marriage.

‘Raaz’ has story by Mahesh Bhatt, cinematography by Pravin Bhatt, dialogue by Girish Dhamija, art direction by Gappa Chakraborty and choreography by Ganesh Acharya, Lollypop and Bosco-Ceaser. Lyrics are by Sameer and music by Nadeem-Shravan. The film also stars Ashutosh Rana, Anang Desai, Shruti Ulfat, Malini Sharma, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Ali Sagar. Mink makes a guest appearance.

Bold and beautiful

With an unconventional storyline on surrogation and the exotic locales of South Africa, Jhamu Sugandh’s ‘Filhaal’ has cost about Rs 6 crore. The film opens today at Neelam, Chandigarh, and Suraj, Panchkula.

National award-winner Tabu and Sushmita Sen are in daringly different roles. Euphoria’s lead singer Palash Sen, Sanjay Suri and Shivaji Satam play other important characters. Singer Shaan makes a brief appearance.

Gulzar’s daughter Meghna Gulzar (Bosky) makes her debut as director with this film. Gulzar has penned the lyrics, which have been set to music by Anu Malik. Cinematography is by Manmohan Singh. DP


Black out dance bash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 31
Gizeh, the recently opened discotheque in Panchkula, today hosted a black out dance party to declare its smooth going ever since it opened on December 29 last year. The biggest bash to be ever hosted by Gizeh, which was all decked up to welcome couples in black outfits, the dance party went on for well over seven hours.

The organiser of the event Diwakar Jaiswal, had taken good care to see that the party has more to it than the routine party stuff. So while he had especially called in a Mumbai-based deejay Veeru to play music, he had also roped in the local Jamm Squad people to charm the audience. While the rustic and loud music played in the background to suit those in the dancing shoes, there was yet another attraction in the day. Prashant Jaiswal, a famous member of the squad who has also featured in a number of films, danced on hot numbers as also on the musical scores being mixed by the deejay.Back

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