Sunday, March 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Courses in hospital engineering sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Heads of Panjab University, PGI, Punjab Engineering College, TTTI and the Chandigarh College of Architecture have been requested to start courses in hospital engineering for innovative applications in patient care by involving themselves in activities of the Indian Institute of Hospital Engineering (IIHE).

The Indian Institute of Hospital Engineering, Chandigarh, was revived as an organisation at a meeting held yesterday under the chairmanship of Prof B.D. Gupta, Professor Emeritus, Department of Radiotherapy, PGI. The meeting was attended by a large number of professionals, including Mr Puranjit Singh, Chief Engineer, UT, Mr S.S. Sandhu, Chief Architect, UT, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, Chief Engineer, MCC, Mr D.P. Bajaj, Chief Engineer, PHSC and Mr Vikas from the CMD, HSCC, Government of India, among others.

Dr J.C. Mehta, founder president of the institute, was chosen as the president of the revived body. Mr G.J.S. Rosha and Mr D.P. Bajaj were made vice-presidents. Mr P.S. Saini was chosen joint secretary while Mr Rajnish Puri was chosen joint secretary. Dr Rajiv Bansal would be the treasurer of the body and Mr R.K. Gupta the membership registrar.

Aimed at promoting developing and disseminating hospital engineering technology at national and international levels, the institute would be located within the Department of Hospital Engineering, PGI. It was also proposed that the Director, PGI, would be the patron of the organisation. The CMD of HSCC would also be requested to start a chapter of the organisation in Delhi.

Mr Mehta also offered to fund three medals in the name of late Dr P.N. Chuttani, Dr M.S. Randhawa and Mr P.L.Verma. He also offered to contribute Rs 15 to 20 lakh in starting a centre for research in medical architecture.Back


Need to revamp education system
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, March 9
The education system, particularly at the primary level, has almost collapsed due to the non-serious attitude of the government. Primary education in government institutions, especially in the rural areas, is for all practical purposes non-existent while in the private sector there has been undesirable commercialisation.

These views were expressed by various speakers at a seminar organised by Tarak on the topic “Education system: Deficiencies and the Future” here today. The participants agreed in general that revolutionary changes were needed in the system of education to make it more fruitful.

Dr T.R. Sharma, a prominent educationist who presided over the seminar, said corruption, unemployment, and communalism were signs of the indifferent attitude of the government towards education and the lack of will to ensure progress in this field.

Dr Sharma said Punjab spent 14 per cent of its Budget on education against the national figure of 20 per cent. Out of the allocated amount, the state government spent only 28 per cent on primary education. As much as 98.5 per cent of the funds for education went towards the salaries of the employees in the department. He said the aim of education was to ensure the multi-faceted development of human possibilities to establish a new and secular society.

Principal Jagdish Singh, Director of the Sant Singh Sukha Singh Educational Institutions, Amritsar, said despite the setting up of several commissions by the government, the education system was getting from bad to worse. Policies on education had been framed from time to time, but their proper implementation was lacking. Under the Constitution there was a provision for free and compulsory education for children up to the age of 14, but this again had not been strictly enforced.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA (Kharar), said there was no proper structure of education, particularly at the primary level. He laid stress on value-based education. He felt that values could not be taught to children merely through books but had to be reflected through the teacher.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh said the personal touch had disappeared from the education system. In fact, the system had become more commercialised. A change in the attitude of parents, teachers, students and managements was necessary to bring about a change in the education system.

Prof Pritam Singh said in his keynote address that for proper education there must be an appropriate amalgam of aspects like the mother tongue, good teachers, a conducive academic atmosphere, curricula devoid of communal colour and superstition and modern technology.

Among the speakers were Mr Pritam Singh, a retired IAS officer, and Mr Jagmohan Kaushal.



Seminar focuses on role of diplomat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
A seminar on “The Role of a Diplomat” was organised here by the regional branch of the Indian Institute of Public Administration here yesterday. Mr P.S. Sahai, former Ambassador and High Commissioner of India to various countries was the guest speaker on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sahai said diplomacy was the art of forwarding one's interests in relation to other countries.

He said there was a direct correlation between diplomacy and power, as the success of diplomacy depends on the extent of the power wielded by the state.

He said in the present day context, Bush’s global war on terrorism and its success was the result of combination of power and diplomacy. “In case of India, we may be constrained to take our fight across the border to fight terrorism.

In this imperfect world, power diplomacy is always there, whether it is declared openly or not.

Strength without skilled diplomacy may lead you against a stone wall, but diplomacy without strength may be an aimless exercise,” he said.

Mr Sahai, who has had successful stints as High Commissioner to USSR, Sweden, Yemen and Malaysia, said, “Diplomacy is largely negotiation to protect and promote the interests of the state, be it political, economic, cultural, defence or scientific,” He also highlighted the role of the diplomat in the changing world scenario.

Among others who spoke on the occasion were Air Marshal R.S. Bedi (retd), Mr B.S. Chauhan and Prof Shital Prakash. Mr B.S. Ojha, Chairman of IIPA, Regional branch, presided over the function.


Refresher course for English lecturers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
More than 60 lecturers from different colleges of Punjab are attending a refresher course being organised by the English Department at Panjab University. The theme of the refresher course is ‘From Modernism to post-Modernism’.

Prof Shelley Walia, Chairperson, in the opening remarks said ‘‘ while post-Modernism as an intellectual movement may be in doldrums, the post-modern condition is more vigorous than we have ever known it. ’’

Prof M.L.Raina, an eminent literary critic, gave the inaugural lecture referring to concepts of Modernism and the reconsideration of literary post-Modernism. An interdisciplinary approach in the teaching of literature in the department was also highlighted at the course.


Natasha Miss GCG
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 9
The final year Arts students of Sector 11 Government College for Girls were given a farewell party by their juniors. Like each year, large number of boys from colleges located in the vicinity moved up and down the road to the college campus.

Inside the auditorium, excitement gripped all the students as the host students presented different cultural items. The items included songs, dances and skits. A dance party was also organised for the seniors. Most students recalled their experiences on campus.

Inside the auditorium, excitement gripped all the students as the host students presented different cultural items. The items included songs, dances and skits. A dance party was also organised for the seniors. Most students recalled their experiences on campus.

A beauty pageant was also organised in which around 100 students participated. The students walked the ramp amidst foot-tapping music.

The Miss GCG title was won by Natasha. Whereas Miss talented title was bagged by Shikha Monga, Miss charming by Jaya Panghal and Miss personality by Natasha.

After the completion of the programme, the students sat together at their favourite spots and shared their memories.



Free CET, PMT coaching
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Sikh Missionary College (Chandigarh circle) in association with the managing committee of Gurdwara, Sector 34, will be starting coaching classes for needy students aspiring to appear in CET and PMT examination, a press note stated here today.

The classes are being organised from the past seven years. The faculty comprises teachers from Panjab University and affiliated colleges. An entrance test will be conducted on March 25 and classes will commence from March 27.Back


NSS camp
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, March 9
During a one-day multipurpose NSS camp, the volunteers of the Regional Institute of Management and Administration (RIMA) today adopted 40 physically challenged persons at the Nevedac Prosthetic Centre.

Besides this they also maintained an approach road to Bhabhat village, planted trees on the institute campus, a press note issued by Mr Ramanjit Singh stated. 


CBI told to probe land allotment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Taking up a petition filed by a patwari alleging allotment of 435 acres in Hoshiarpur district on the basis of forged documents, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Central Bureau of investigation to examine the matter.

Delivering the verdict on a petition filed by Mr Ram Parkash, Mr Justice Goel ruled: "This petition seeks a direction to hand over the investigation of a first information report dated July 2, 1997, under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 474 and 120-B, IPC registered at Hoshiarpur City police station. It is alleged that 435 acres in Takhni village was unauthorisedly entered in the name of certain persons. After investigation, the agency challaned 15 persons. The petitioner submitted that the investigation conducted into the matter "has not been fair and there may be a few others who may be involved".

The Judge further ruled: "After hearing counsel for the parties and perusing the record of the case, I am of the view that public interest requires that the matter is examined by the CBI. Accordingly, the CBI Director will depute a suitable officer to investigate the entire matter who will submit a report to the court within six months from the date of receiving a copy of the order". In his detailed order, the Judge added: "A copy of this order be sent to Hoshiarpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate before him the case is said to be pending with a direction that he will fix the proceedings of the case after receiving the report by the CBI".

Order to states, UT on polythene bags

The High Court has directed the states of Punjab and Haryana, besides the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, "to undertake rigorous exercise for the implementation of Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rules". As per the rules, the use of plastic with thickness less than 20 microns is not permitted.

Pronouncing the orders, a Division Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice V.K. Bali, also directed the respondents to submit status reports by April 10. The case will now come up for hearing on April 24.

Taking a serious view of the menace being caused by polythene bags, the High Court had earlier directed the governments of Punjab and Haryana to impose a ban on the manufacture and use of polythene bags with thickness less than 20 microns. The Bench had also directed the governments of both the states to "issue public notices in leading Hindi, Punjabi and English newspapers for giving wide publicity to the decision on imposing the ban on the manufacture and use of polythene bags falling under the specified category.


Shangas dance on bhangra beat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
It was yet another spirited performance which served a purpose more significant than plain entertainment. Structured by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) under its ambitious cultural exchange programme, today's show featured 10 energetic performers from Limpopo province of South Africa, a land where war dance is a way of life. And such was the level of performers' rapport with the audience that many from among the viewers actually joined the dancers on stage at the fag end of the programme today. So South African and bhangra beats team up to set the stage on fire. Even the South African High Commissioner was seen experimenting with her dancing skills.

Exhibiting techniques and skills of their land were two children (as young as six and nine years), two men and five women, led by Mayimele, who kept the audience interest alive by connecting them to the performance. The vibrancy of movement as also of attire was furthered by loud beats emanating from three sets of drums — Tenna, Soparanu and Base. Interestingly, each member of the troupe played the drums with great efficiency. They took turns to create the beats needed for the vigorous dance.

The presentation began with portrayal of South African ceremonies through music and dance. Presented by a female member, the first item had the rest of the troupe providing vocal and instrumental support. The presentations graduated from reflection of ceremonial stuff to more serious one in the form of war dance.

All the 13 presentations of this evening had been chosen to reflect the traditions of three South African races. A multi-racial country as South Africa is, most of its dances are race-specific. On stage today were reflections from Shanga and Tsonga race, followed by those from Peidi and Swasi races. Interestingly, each form of dance could easily be distinguished from another. While the performances of Shanga and Tsonga races stood out for vigorous movements of the lower body parts, those from Peidi race had a typical foot tapping technique. Most of the dances, as informed by the team leader, were based on themes from wars. In earlier times they were performed as a mark of encouragement to the fighting troupes.

Even the attire was delightful. Women carried a weight of 15 metres as they wore skirts made out of that much of cloth. They sported beads around their waists. Men, on the other hand, were dressed in animal skin. They, however, made it a point to clarify that only dead animal skin was used to create dresses for dance.

The show concluded with the dancers coming together to match the rhythmic beats of a special audio cassette which they played deliberately. Said the team leader, "These beats are similar to bhangra beats. I hope we can have a real exchange here." And he was right because many viewers were soon seen dancing on stage.


Raza keeps audience spellbound
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
From a small village of Tasilpatti to the national scene, it has been quite a journey for this unassuming ghazal singer. Lal Raza sure has some musical genes. That is how he could keep the audience glued to his presentation at Pracheen Kala Kendra this evening.

Beginning with a melody that suited the spirit of Punjab, Raza went on to present many soothing ghazals. The pace was set with Punjabi kaifi of the great Sufi saint Baba Bulle Shah.

It was followed by “Mere ghar unka aana jaana”, a ghazal by Karnail Singh. Then came some dose of Urdu in “Ik bahut badi hai bhool hui. “Many ghazals and Punjabi songs were also presented on request by audience. Raza concluded the programme with delightful lyrics in Sehar ka waqt...

Accompanying Raza was Gautam on the tabla and Goldie Singh on guitar.


‘Kranti’ — many loose ends
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

Scene from "Kranti"A rather loose knitting of the fabric of presentation of ‘Kranti’ (Nirman and KC, Panchkula) takes away much of the cinematic beauty leaving many loose ends for the viewers to grapple.

Presented as a romantic action-thriller, ‘Kranti’ lacks in grip on most of the accounts because of scattered attention of the director on different aspects each one of which needs limited and focussed attention. None of the aspects has been built up individually enough to leave any lasting impression.

Bobby Deol is a gutsy cop who stands to fight ‘ all that is evil’. His philosophy of life is simple and straight :’ No FIR, no arrest, no talk — decision on the spot’.

His father Vinod Khanna is an honest police chief who goes by the rulebooks. The goals are the same but the ways of the father and the son are different — enough to lead to a clash of ideas. The separation again is not lasting nor strong enough to leave any impression.

Rati Agnihotri, the chief’s wife, and Ameesha Patel, Bobby’s beloved, lend only “ornamental beauty” to the plot and progress of action. Kabir Bedi in the garb of the villain lacks the power to stun the audience enough to make the battle convincing. It is just another Bollywood action-drama.

Vivek Kumar is the producer for the script directed by Naresh Malhotra. N Mahajan has written the story for dialogues by Sanjay Masoom. Jatin-Lalit have lent a rather average music to the scores penned by Anand Bakshi which also fail to impress.


Some serious theatre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Around 20 days from now, Haryana Panchayat Bhavan, will be the centre of some serious theatre activity. With experts from National School of Drama, along with other reputed theatre personalities already in the city to throw light on the practical aspects of theatre, the 24 chosen aspirants will only widen their horizons with every passing day. Participants for this workshop were chosen after an elaborate auditioning session. They hail from UT and Haryana.

The first session of the workshop being organised jointly by Haryana Cultural Affairs Department and Sangeet Natak Akademy, was conducted today. The opening lessons were obviously orientational in nature. The workshop will feature lectures on various subjects by the visiting experts. The camp is being directed by Ms Dolly Ahluwalia Tiwari.

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