Friday, March 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Parents of aspiring medicos meet CM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The parents of a number of students seeking admission to various medical, homoeopathic, ayurvedic and dental colleges in Punjab have sought the intervention of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to get their wards admitted against vacant seats in various institutions of the state.

In a joint memorandum, the parents maintained that more than 500 seats were laying vacant in various medical, dental, ayurvedic and homoeopathic colleges in the state. According to convention, the admissions against vacant seats continue until July every year as the medicos can take their first examination only after attending a prescribed number of lectures and classes.

The parents maintained that there have been advertisements in newspapers about vacancies in various medical institutes in the state. Instead of allowing these seats to go abegging, deserving students should be admitted to save an academic year for them, they said.


Pay 1 lakh to widow in custodial death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Nearly two and a half years after a Sonepat district resident succumbed to his injuries allegedly sustained in police custody, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the state of Haryana to pay an interim compensation of Rs 1 lakh to his widow within three months of receiving the copy of the order.

Delivering the verdict on a petition filed by Ms Neetu of Badoli alleging custodial death of her husband, Rajpal Kashyap, Mr Justice Goel also directed Haryana’s Additional Director-General of Police (Crime) to file the final report before the court concerned within six months after getting the matter investigated.

In his detailed order, the Judge observed: “The petitioner is entitled to interim compensation on account of the alleged custodial death of her husband for which, according to a report submitted by the Additional District Magistrate, the responsibility was that of the police.... It also appears to be necessary in the interest of justice that a fair and impartial investigation is held and, therefore, Haryana’s ADGP will get the matter investigated”.

Neeta, in her petition against the state of Haryana and other respondents, had alleged that her husband, who had gone to a police station in December 1999, was dropped back in a jeep by certain police officials. At that time, he was seriously injured and died after a few hours. Her counsel had added that Sonepat’s Additional District Magistrate, after looking into the matter, had rejected the police version and had stated that the victim had died on account of injuries sustained in police custody.

Torture victim told to take plea to DGP

Taking up a petition filed by a Mansa resident alleging torture by police personnel, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the High Court has asked the petitioner to submit a representation before Punjab’s Director-General of Police, who would take appropriate action after investing the matter.

In a ruling on a petition filed by Mr Bagga Singh against the state of Punjab, the Director-General of Police and Patiala’s Senior Superintendent of Police, besides seven other respondents, Mr Justice Goel observed: “The grievance of the petitioner is that he was beaten up by the respondents including police officials. He has also filed a copy of the medico-legal report showing injuries on his body. Another grievance is that in spite of several representations, no action was being taken against the culprits as the SSP was inimical towards him. Let him represent to the DGP who would look into the matter....”

In his petition, Bagga Singh had alleged that he was picked up by an Inspector and other police officials on July 10, was tortured and forced to make a statement before a magistrate.


Forum penalises courier company
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 28
The UT Consumer Court has directed Ajit Communication Worldwide courier and Cargo, Anand Shopping Complex, Sector 17-A through its Branch Manager Kavaljeet Banga, and others to pay Rs 3,600 to the complainant as price of the medicine contained in the packet and also to refund Rs 1,000 as courier charges alongwith interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum on these amounts from December 16, 2000, till the final payment for deficiency in its services.

The Court has further directed the courier company to pay Rs 1,000 as compensation to the complainant for mental and physical harassment caused to him and Rs 500 as litigation expenses.

The complainant, Dr Inder Mohan, had filed a complaint against Ajit Communication Worldwide Courier and Desk to Desk Courier Limited (DTDC) Victoria Road, Bangalore.

The complainant, who is a homoeopathic physician, stated in the complaint that on December 16, 2000, he had dispatched one packet containing homoeopathic medicine to his patient, Ms Daljit Kaur Hari, who was then residing in Accra(North)Ghana (West Africa). The complainant alleged that the packet did not reach the addressee even though he had supplied her full address and telephone number to the courier company.


Imbibing the basics of theatre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
For the 24 odd participants of the theatre workshop organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademy and Haryana Cultural Welfare Department, it was an occasion for celebration. As the workshop concluded in the presence of famous theatre person Rajinder Gupta, they took the chance to exhibit their talent, incorporating all that they had assimilated from the various visiting experts of the order of Kiran Bhatnagar, J.N. Kaushal, Niranjan Goswamy, Shekhar Vaishnavi and Rajinder Gupta, to mention some.

Beginning the affair of presentation today, the participants started with a set of yoga exercises. Achieving the quintessential physical and mental balance they went on to show in pieces all that they had imbibed during the workshop. Mime expert Niranjan Goswamy’s lessons were the first to be presented. using silence as the medium of expression, the participants showcased basic human tendencies of pugnacity and greed.

Then came a presentation of “Chhau”, the martial dance of Orissa which derives its base from the need of poise and vigour during war. All about keeping the balance, the dance sequence, as maintained by participants, helped them rejuvenate their energies and feel more at peace with themselves.

Last but not the least came an enactment of a scene from the famous play “Gadhe ki baraat”, which makes a mockery of the degrading political fabric. The concluding item saw the participants generate music from utensils. During the introduction of the item, they said: “Kitchen is the most creative space of home. It gives the food that feeds stomach and soul.” With the workshop over, the participants are now eagerly awaiting the list of five finalists who will make it to the national theatre workshop.

Present during the function were camp director Dolly Tiwari, Director, Cultural Affairs, Haryana, Rajesh Khullar and Mr Kamal Tewari, the man behind the show.Back


Giving love a new meaning

Jayantilal Gada of Popular Entertainment Network (PEN) presents ‘‘Kitne Door... Kitne Pass’’, producer and directed by Mehul Kumar, the man who made films like Mrityudata, Tirangaa and Krantiveer. The movie opens today at Batra, Chandigarh.

It is a love story with foreign background and seems like a love triangle. Mehul Kumar is determined to give love a new meaning, which generations have never been able to experience. It is a different and pure love story that has to be seen to be believed.

Shot in India and Australia, ‘‘Kitne Door... Kitne Pass’’ stars Fardeen Khan, debutant glam doll Amrita Arora (Malaika Arora’s sister), Sonali Kulkarni, Ayub Khan, Govind Namdeo, Shama Deshpande and Ketaki Dave.

Two romantic songs and a few romantic and dramatic scenes of this film have been picturised at exotic locales of Australia’s Brisbane city, Gold Cost Hinter Land and other untouched locations.

The film has screenplay and dialogue by Yanus Sejawal and Imtiaz Patel, lyrics by Anand Bakhshi, music by Sanjiv-Darshan, choreography by Ahmed Khan, cinematography by Mazhar Kamran, art by Leeladhar Sawant, editing by Yusuf Sheikh and audiography by Anand. DP

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