Tuesday, April 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


NIFD launches short-term courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 8
The National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, has launched short term courses in fashion design, textile design and interior design. Keeping in view the persistent enquiries and as the institute is closed for summer break owing to the university examinations of the regular students, these courses have been launched to meet the growing demand.

The duration of the courses is five weeks and the batches are starting on April 15. The courses are to basically target the students who have just finished their class X and XII examinations and also the housewives who are always keen to learn something new. The fee for the course is Rs 1500.

An important feature being introduced this year to the fashion design course and the students interested in it are being offered two options — garment construction or design concept — keeping in mind their aptitude, thus enabling them to pursue the course of their choice.

During these courses, as an additional input, experts from various fields would also be invited to interact with students on various topics like personality development, personal grooming, communication, fashion photography, vaastu shastra, landscaping, stress management and meditation. The students would also be introduced to computer and the basic use of Internet.

The five-week summer courses promise to be not only a lot of fun but also an interactive, informative learning experience and an excellent opportunity to make the best use of the holidays.


Hansraj students top DAV Board exam
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, April 8
Scoring over 90 per cent marks in the all-India DAV Board examination, 2002, seven students of Mahatma Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, brought name to their institution.

Kanya Rani Vashist scored 94.5 per cent marks in the examinations and brought accolades to the school. She was followed by Bharat Jakati (93 per cent), Nikhil Birdi (92 per cent), Karana Arora (91.83 per cent), Reman J. Singh (90.50 per cent), Megh Walia (90.17 per cent) and Richa Gupta (90.17 per cent).

Dr Rajni Thareja, school principal, said that their students were declared toppers of the region (Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar) which reflected the hard work of the students and the teachers.


Give status report on free medicare for poor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the states of Punjab and Haryana, besides the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to inform the court about the propriety of providing free medical treatment and other facilities to those living below the poverty line.

Issuing directions on a public interest litigation, a Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar, ruled: “On the next date of hearing, counsel representing the Chandigarh Administration and the two states may, after seeking instructions from their respective governments, make a statement whether or not it would be proper to provide free medical treatment and other facilities to the people who have been identified as falling below the poverty line”.

In his detailed order, the Judges observed: “As regards advanced diagnostic and trauma centres, the state of Punjab has filed an affidavit of the Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare). An advocate has also filed a status report on behalf of Chandigarh’s Director of Health Services in relation to the installation of CT scan machines in the General Hospital and Government Medical College and Hospital. He has also stated that the UT administration is taking all the steps necessary for the early installation of the machines in the two hospitals”.

The Judges added: “The affidavit of Mr Rajan Kashyap shows that trauma centres are already operating in various hospitals at 48 places in Punjab. He has also stated that advanced diagnostic facilities including CT scan, MRI, Endoscopy, Bronchoscopy, Laparoscopy and Mamography are being provided by the state medical colleges and the attached hospitals. Mr Kashyap has further stated that regional advanced diagnostic centre is being set up in the civil hospital at Ferozepore with Central assistance on the recommendations of the 11th Finance Commission. We appreciate the steps proposed to be taken by the Punjab Government”. The case will now come up for hearing on April 12.

Pre-arrest bail for scholar in VC case

Issuing notice of motion to Punjab’s Advocate-General in the Saru Rana case for April 24, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the High Court today directed that research scholar, Amandeep Kaur, will not be arrested.

The petitioner was apprehending arrest in a case, allegedly involving the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, registered on February 19 on the statement of post-graduate student Saru Rana. In her complaint, Saru Rana had alleged that “wrong things” were happening in the department of fine arts. She had added that the VC, instead of taking action, had forced her to keep her mouth shut.

Claiming to have been implicated in the case, the petitioner had contended that she was being made a scapegoat because of a dispute between the complainant and her supervisor. Her counsel had added that the petitioner was “not concerned with the Vice-Chancellor or anyone else” and there was no evidence to connect her with the alleged offences.

Two ex-ministers’ election contested

In less than two months after polling was held in the state of Punjab, at least four petitions were filed in the High Court challenging the election of the returned candidates, including former Finance Minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh and former Education Minister Tota Singh.

Claiming that his nomination papers had been wrongly rejected, Mr Manpreet Singh of Ambala alleged that it was done under pressure exerted by the then Finance Minister. Giving details, his counsel added that his paper for Banur constituency was rejected due to the absence of the proposer’s name in the voters’ list. He further added that due to oversight, the proposer’s name was written against serial number 190 instead of 191. This was duly explained to the returning officer.

Challenging the election of Mr Tota Singh from Moga Assembly constituency, Mr Ram Pal Dhawan alleged that the booths set up by a candidate for issuing slips were pulled down. The candidate, too, was manhandled.

In another petition challenging the election of Captain Balbir Singh Bath from Sri Hargobindpur assembly constituency, Independent candidate Fateh Jung Bajwa of Gurdaspur district claimed that just before the elections, several names were deleted from the voters’ list at the behest of the returned candidate, a sitting MLA.

Seeking directions for declaring void the elections of Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar from Rampura Phul constituency, Mr Gurpreet Singh alleged that his nomination papers were improperly rejected.

District library not to be shifted

A petition filed by five Sangrur residents was disposed of by a Division Bench of the High Court after Punjab’s Deputy Advocate-General stated that the District Library would not be shifted from the present site.

Appearing before the Bench headed by Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi, the DAG added that the rooms occupied by the Public Welfare Department in the library premises would be also vacated. In their petition, Mr Pawan Kumar Sharma and other petitioners had earlier sought directions against dislodging the library from the building on Sohiana road in Sangrur.


Cheema’s bail plea dismissed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 8
A local court today dismissed an anticipatory bail plea moved by CIA Inspector J.S. Cheema, who was booked by the CBI in a corruption case. The petitioner had filed a plea to issue directions to the investigating or arresting officer to release him on bail forthwith in the event of his arrest in a case registered against him on March 13, 2002, registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act by the CBI Chandigarh. The petitioner had also prayed that during the pendency of the petition, his arrest may kindly be stayed in the interest of justice.

The petitioner had stated that the CBI had registered a case of one-item bribe under Sections 7, 13 (1) (d) read with Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Therefore, neither there was any ground nor any occasion for proceeding to unearth material which could be used for declaring that the petitioner was found in possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The case was not registered under the Section 13 (1) (e) of the Act, nor has the said section been inserted in the FIR till now as per the information available. He further stated that hence elaborate house search from forenoon of March 14, 2002, lasting till past midnight was a drama which had no justification in law or logic.

The petitioner had also stated that he undertook to join investigation as and when so directed and to abide by all the conditions for grant of concession under Section 438 of the Criminal Procedure Code. He added that the CBI was desperately trying to arrest the petitioner.


Notice to MCC in dog bite case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 8
Soon after Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo motu notice of a news item on terror being unleashed by increasing number of dog bites in the city, Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar of the High Court today issued notices for May 1 to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh and other respondents.

Mr Justice Gill, it may be recalled, had earlier observed: “A news item states that in whole of Chandigarh, only 186 pet dogs have been registered with the Medical Officer of Health. In spite of public notices being issued by the Municipal Corporation in the local newspapers, only 14 people approached for the registration of dogs from January, 2000, till date.

It has further been stated in the news item that no survey has been conducted about the number of pet dogs kept by city residents. Some of them are keeping more than one pet dog. The news item further states that 450 cases of dog bites were reported during the past three months in Sector 19 Civil Dispensary”.

The judge had concluded: “It has been rightly pointed out in the news item that terror has been unleashed and an increasing number of dog bite cases in the city bears a testimony to this fact.

The residents, though aware of the registration process, have not taken any serious steps to get their pet dogs registered.

The Municipal Corporation authorities have also not cared to impose fine on the residents concerned. Taking suo motu notice of the news item in the interest of justice, I deem it appropriate to issue notices....”


Campaigning on for Bar elections
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 8
The allocation of chambers to advocates sitting in open and in wooden chambers on the court premises, lift, parking, and better facilities for young advocates are the main issues for candidates who are contesting for the post of the President of the District Bar Association.

Twenty-seven advocates are in the fray for various posts of the District Bar Association (DBA). Elections will be held on April 12. About 1,655 advocates enrolled with the association will decide the fate of these candidates.

While talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr N.K. Nanda, who is contesting of the post of the president, blames the Administration for not solving the chamber problem properly. He added that as per the original condition of allotment of 108 chambers, which took place in 1986, there had to be one allottee and two co-allottees which were to be decided upon in consultation with the Administration. Since then the number of chambers had remained same, but the number of advocates had increased manifold. He added that the Administration should at least give permission for building temporary shed for advocates. He said advocates were also facing parking problems as most of them had to park their vehicles on the road.

Mr S.P.S. Bhullar, another candidate for the post of president, said every year more than 100 people joined this profession and most of them had no option but to sit in the open. Therefore, there was an urgent need to build a new court complex. He also emphasised the need to establish better relationship between the Bar and the Bench.

“There is no platform in the court which can help young lawyers. Most of them are without chambers. I will set up the new body among to help the young advocates”, said Mr Rajinder Mahajan, another candidate for the post of the president.

He further added that there was need to increase term of the president from one year to two years.

Ms Anita Ahuja, another candidate for the posts of president, also advocated for another court complex. “The consumer court, the Central Administrative Tribunal and other several courts are situated at different places and advocates have to waste a lot of time in visiting these courts. If the Administration brings all the courts together in a single building, it will help advocates in devoting more time to their cases”, she said.

Ms Kulwant Kaur, who is also contesting for the post of the president, said lawyers’ body should provide stipend to young lawyers. She added that it was the duty of the lawyers’ association to set norms to ensure senior advocates made some payment for every case to junior advocates working with them.


Shooting of ‘Dharam Di Chadar’
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, April 8
The shooting of “Dharam Di Chadar”, on the historical facts related to the sacrifice by Guru Teg Bahadar would be completed by September this year, said the producer and director of the film, Mr Hardeep Singh, here yesterday. The film is being produced by Sunehri Virsa, a non-government organisation.

Based on the writings of a cross-section of known historians, the project is an attempt to show a true picture of the circumstances in 1695 AD, leading to the sacrifice of the Guru, says Mr Singh who is being assisted by Mr Charan Singh and Dr Sahib Singh in the project estimated to cost around Rs 30 lakh.

The story starts with a young NRI boy landing at the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT), New Delhi. He has come to meet his grandfather who takes him around the gurdwaras in the city on a horse-driven cart. Incidentally, the driver of the cart turns out to be a Sikh whose forefathers were Brahmins and had adopted Sikhism. From the Sisganj Gurdwara, the place where Guru Teg Bahadar was beheaded by Aurangzeb, the script moves to the past when the Muslim ruler inflicted atrocities on the minority communities.

Instances like a ban on tying turban, on carrying arms, on music and on horse riding and jazias (special taxes) being enforced on the minorities communities have been portrayed. Various artistes from the region, Tarsem Pal, Amrik Teja, Kamlesh Kaur, Vinod Mehra and Satyajeet, have been roped in to perform the main roles.

The director said the presence of the Guru and the three martyrs, Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Sati and Bhai Dayala, had been shown theatrically, ignoring their actual presence. The shooting of the film is being done in Punjab and Delhi. The movie then again moves in to present with the young boy visiting Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib and the driver of the horse-driven cart telling him about the glorious past of the Sikhs, the director said. Every effort would be made to project the true facts, avoiding contradictions. The film would be produced on the 35-mm screen. The sub-titles of feature film would be in English.


The Journey’ captures the mind brilliantly
Our Correspondent

A painting by Jaspal
A painting by Jaspal ‘S’ exhibited at Kalagram in Chandigarh on Monday

Chandigarh, April 8
The Journey. This name was rightfully given to the exhibition of painting and print held by Jaspal ‘S’ at Kalagram art gallery as about 40 paintings exhibited here signified his journey through four different stages of life, capturing the intricacies of mind and soul.

The paintings were all about symbols. It was amazing how using the same few symbols and minimum application of colours the artist could capture a myriad of emotions — his repulsion against the terrorism that prevailed in Punjab or the complexity of child psychology that hangs on balancing act of small pleasures.

The changes in style was apparent in all the four phases. The first phase Jaspal called “Episode 93”. He limited himself to a few symbols like headless figures, scarecrow and little birds twitting to each other or ‘the chair’ which was the rootcause of all the problems that plagued Punjab for decades, were eloquent enough to tell the tale of common people’s woes.

The simplicity gave way to a complex pattern as Jaspal symbolised women as a white sheet, absorbing the changes of the society yet providing a platform for every changes to take place. The series, devoid of colour, was brought to life with effective shading. In the third phase the artist concentrated on graphic prints that was based on the theme man and nature.

The most spectacular among the print works was his “Reverse” series in which Jaspal made a silent appeal to take a few backward steps to undo the wrong doings of man which has distorted the balances of mother earth in order to go forward in a better way which in his own words “choosing the best way to live in harmony with nature.”

The final phase which is still lingering in the artist’s psyche is the Child series of black and white ink drawings in which he portrayed a child desire, his fantasies, his carvings for simple pleasure of life using a few symbols like fire, ice creams, the moon and other energy sources. “A child psychology is simple enough when they go with the natural way, but when a different dimension is forced from there peers, there is always a risk of imbalance,” he said.

Jaspal ‘S’, a product of the Fine Arts Department of Panjab University, is doing research on terracota archaeological finding of Punjab. A participant of many groups and solo shows, Jaspal has many awards to his credit that includes All-India Exhibition Award, Raipur, Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi Award, Millennium Hall of Fame 20th Century Achievement Award and Distinguished Award for outstanding contribution to contemporary arts, North Carolina, USA and many more.

Jaspal who believes in limiting himself to one subject at a particular timeframe says his way of painting is capturing a subject in every possible angle till the artist gets exhausted of ideas. Jaspal who is still working on the child psyche is at presently experimenting with oil which he will be exhibiting soon.


Aanchal wins ‘baazi’
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, April 8
Aanchal Kumar, our own Chandigarh girl and now one of the top models of India, may be a familiar face all over the nation, but very few people know that behind the dazzling face lies a sharp brain that once aspired to be an IAS officer. However, after tonight’s “Baazi Kiski” — one of the prestigious quiz shows hosted by famous Bollywood actor Ashutosh Rana on Zee TV — the situation is going to be changed as Aanchal in tonight’s celebrity special episode will be walking away with the jackpot, beating four other celebrities.

“Aanchal is a combination of brain and beauty,” says her mother Sharan Kumar who is waiting for the show tonight to witness her daughter’s victory. “Even in her school days she used to be a topper and had scored 91 per cent in her board examination from St. Stephen’s School here,” she said.

Tonight’s show was apparently not much of challenge to Aanchal. For this episode, Aanchal was intimated at 1 p.m. and had to rush to the shooting sight at two and without any preparation she beat others that included Dipancha Sharma (who starred in “16 December”) and cricketers Yuv Raj and Wahid Akram, said the proud mother.

Aanchal was not at home to share the moments of glory with her parents as she is busy with her B.A final exams which she is doing from Mithi Bhai College, Mumbai. “Aanchal has inherited my brain and her mother’s looks,” says Mr S. Kumar, an elated father and MBA who has retired as a Marketing Manager from a reputed multinational company. “Had she not been a model she would have tried for IAS,” he said.

As the jackpot has brought her both fame and money, this young Scorpion is cool about the whole thing, taking everything in her stride. “I am happy,” said Aanchal in a telephonic conversation with Chandigarh Tribune today. And she attributed her general knowledge to her voracious reading habit she cultivated during her school days. “Though these days I do not get much time to read, I watch TV channels like BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planets and CNN to keep myself well-informed,” she said.

Aanchal entered the glamour world after winning the Gladrags Mega Model in 1999. Besides working in a number of ramp shows and catalogues with top designers like Ritu Kumar and Manish Malhotra, Aanchal has worked in vedio albums like Jagjit Singh’s “Aaina”, Hans Raj Hans’ “Mukhra Tumhara” and also with Jazzy B.

So what was the best part of winning? “I had booked a Santro for myself a couple of days ago but now that I have won a Maruti car, I no longer need to buy the car I had booked,” she added. Tonight as her parents and relatives will be glued to TV at 9 pm to watch her win the wonder prizes, Aanchal will be preparing for her next paper tomorrow.

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