Saturday, May 4, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Sohal gives away prizes
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 3
To popularise the concept of sustainable development, the Indian Council for Environmental Education (ICEE) in association with St Vivekanand Public School, Zirakpur, organised lectures, puppet show, painting and quiz contest on the school premise, here today.

In his inaugural speech, the chief guest, Mr H.S. Sohal, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Ministry of Environment and Forests, emphasised the need of afforestation, while Mr D.K. Saxena from the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology talked about the importance of sustainable development.

Welcoming the chief Guest, Mr Ravinder Talwar, Principal, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, highlighted the role of the ICEE for protecting, conserving and improving the environment.

For imparting environmental awareness to society and maintaining the campus neat and clean, St Vivekanand Public School was designated as green school by the ICEE.

The results of the drawing and quiz contests are:

Drawing — Group A: Ist — Saurabh Yadav from St Vivekanand Public School, Zirakpur; IInd — Kuldeep Singh from St Vivekanand Public School, Zirakpur; and IIIrd — Neha Arora, DAV English Medium School, Sector 8, Panchkula.

Group B: Ist — Kanika Berwal, DAV English Medium Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Panchkula; IInd — Prerna Sharma, Chaman Lal DAV Senior Public School, Sector 11, Panchkula; IIIrd — Ashoka Kumar, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh; Group C: Ist — Gurbeer Singh, DAV English Medium Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh; IInd — Aditya Shiv, DAV English Medium Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 Panchkula; and IIIrd — Smita Kalwaniya, Chaman Lal DAV Senior Public School, Panchkula. Quiz: Ist — Shilpa Gupta, DAV English Medium Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Panchkula; IInd — Anu Dogra, DAV English Medium Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Panchkula; and IIIrd — Jyot Inder Pal Singh, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Zirakpur.


Need of moral education stressed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Ways, means and methodologies of improving the curriculum of moral education to make it more activity based were discussed at a seminar-cum-workshop on “Finalisation of syllabus of moral education for Dev Samaj Institutions” held at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here yesterday.

Attended by principals and teachers of Dev Samaj institutions from Delhi, Gurgaon, Palwal, Moga, Ferozepore and Chandigarh, the workshop was inaugurated by Kumari Satyawati, in charge of the Chandigarh Educational Zone, while Ms Swadesh Sharma, Secretary of Dev Samaj, presided over the function.

The participants were divided into groups to discuss their views on activities and syllabi of all classes and relate it to the fast-changing society and its needs.

In her welcome address, the Principal, Dr Satinder Dhillon, emphasised the need of moral education in the current social scenario where deterioration in relationships had led to intolerance and a feeling of unrest among youth.

At the function, Mr Amarnath, Mr M.R. Manchanda, Mr Sudershan and Mr K.L. Vohra were honoured for their active contribution to Dev Samaj institutions.


UNESCO to publish science scripts evolved locally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Over the past four months, a group of teachers and parents from the city has been involved in making science a children-friendly subject. With aid and direction from UNESCO and Delhi University, the project called STL (scientific and technological literacy for all), has received good response in the city. Attended by 24 teachers, including representatives of two groups working with slum children, Youth Technical Training Society and Aasha School, the concluding day of the programme today had the participants submit scripts and other friendly science-teaching material.

To be published by UNESCO, these scripts have been evolved by the teachers and parents under the scrutiny of Harleen Kohli and Karen Haydock, both working for the Centre for Voluntary Education and Action (CEVA). The process has culminated in the collection of teaching aids which make science full of investigation, experimentation and analysis. The past four months (from January 4) saw three workshops being organised by CEVA, helped teachers to relate social issues with science and inspire curiosity among children.

“The idea is to usher in a cultural change through science. During the workshop we had teachers writing scripts on garbage disposal, pollution, rusting of iron, sounds around us, how to make a strong roof etc. They went back and tested the applicability of written material. They recorded great success,” informed Harleen Kohli.

Excited about the success of the project, the participants are now looking forward for advanced workshops in the field. Said Gagan Bhangu, a teacher with Sri Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 10, “I have never had such a hand on experience at teaching science in such an interesting manner. The workshop has armed us to deal with kids and elevate science to its rightful status.”

Present on the occasion was Deputy Commissioner M. Ramsekhar, who seemed equally impressed with the venture. He handed out certificates to the participants. With the conclusion of the workshop at Alliance Francaise, Sector 36, today, a positive shape has been given to the follow-up initiative of UNESCO, which is working towards scientific and technological literacy for all.


Fashion institute inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 3
To give impetus to the subject of fine arts, the need of the hour is to create a society for creative people, said Mr R S Chaudhry, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, while inaugurating the National Institute of Fashion and Art (NIFA) here today.

NIFA, which offers diploma in fine arts, is also going to offer diploma and short-term certificate courses in fashion designing, textile designing, interior designing, landscaping and personality development.

Jodh Singh, an artist who was the guest of honour at the function, said “Each individual has a creative self, it only requires proper training to channelise their talent.”

The institute is also providing crash courses to prepare students for entrance tests for the Government College of Arts, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Northern Institute of Fashion Technology etc. “The personality development course designed for enhancing communication skills, time management and public relations wille management and Public Relations will be made available even to the students who have joined the institute in other streams,” according to the spokesperson of NIFA.


Anomaly in paper
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
The students of MA II, (economics) of Panjab University were not given a choice in the International Economics Paper III and IV.

The choice given to the examinees in Section A was restricted when two of the four questions turned out to be the same. The students had to answer two of the four questions in this section. The questions number 3 and 5 were the same — Compare the protective and redistributive effects of tariffs and import quota , thus leaving little choice for the students.

Another flaw in the paper was in Section B , when the question numbers — 7, 8 and 10 were from the syllabus meant for Section A of this course. The students were bewildered as there was no question set out of the syllabus meant for Section B. They are now demanding compensation.


Sun Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Panjab University has started services of a consultancy cell to provide maintenance aids for solar equipment.

This was informed during the International Sun Day celebrated at the Energy Research Centre of Panjab University here today in collaboration with the Development Organisation for Sustainable Transformation.

The day is celebrated all over the world each year to popularise the use of non-conventional sources of energy.

Prof S.K.Sharma, director of the university centre, emphasised the need to use alternative sources of energy and also take the message to the masses. The message should convey that life of conventional energy sources such as oil, gas and coal was only 25, 45 and 120 years, respectively, at the present rate of consumption. Extensive use of these resources has resulted in the degradation of the environment.

Professor Sharma stressed the need for quality control and maintenance of solar equipment. He highlighted the facilities available at the university centre. The centre has already provided consultancy on renewable resources to a number of countries, including Maldives, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka etc.

An exhibition of solar gadgets was the highlight of today’s programme. Important gadgets on display included solar home lighting, solar fan and radio, solar dyer, cooker, solar distillator and cooker besides others.


Foundation signs agreement
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 3
The Besten Foundation, a Mohali-based organisation, has signed an agreement with Kingswood Learning and Leisure Group Ltd, UK, for organising summer camps for Indian students in the UK and France, said Mr Amrit Pal Singh, Director, Besten Foundation, while addressing a press conference at Press Club, Sector 27, here today.

This is a move to provide an international platform to the Indian children to learn through fun, said the Director.

The foundation is ready to take the first group to the UK in the end of this month. “This year we are planning to take only two groups, each comprising nearly 15 children between 12 to 16 years of age, on an experimental basis,” he added.


Chander Mohan’s election upheld
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
In just over two years after Haryana’s former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal’s son, Chander Mohan, was declared elected from the Kalka assembly constituency, Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed a petition challenging his election.

Seeking directions for declaring his election void, Mr Sham Lal Bansal had earlier stated that Mr Chander Mohan had lured the ignorant and illiterate voters, besides giving his consent for the distribution of dummy ballot papers. This, he had claimed, amounted to a corrupt practice. His counsel had added that the returned candidate had spent more than the prescribed amount.

After going through the arguments and the documents, Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur ruled: “The petitioner has made an allegation that the respondent had spent money in excess of the specified limit under the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961. It is nowhere mentioned as to how, and in what respect, the excess amount was spent by the respondent”.

“In the Kamal Nath versus Sudesh Verma case, it has been held that to plead corrupt practice as contemplated under law, it has to be specifically alleged that corrupt practices were committed with the consent of the candidates and it cannot be left to time, chance or conjecture for the court to draw inferences.... As the election petition is vague and does not contain material facts and does not disclose any cause of action, it is not maintainable in its present form”, he concluded.

Pay gratuity in 6 weeks

Partly allowing a bunch of over 200 petitions, a Division Bench of the High Court directed the state of Punjab and other respondents to calculate the gratuity of employees who retired on or after July 1, 1993, and hand it over to them within six weeks from today.

Pronouncing the orders, the Bench, comprising Chief Justice Mr Arun B. Saharya and Mr Justice V.K. Bail, observed that a common question of law and facts were involved in the petitions filed by the employees of state of Punjab who retired after March 31, 1985, but before September 30, 1996. The Judges added that they were seeking “the quashing of a part of a circular that made the benefit of death-cum-retirement gratuity applicable from a particular date and thus in the manner denying them the benefit that accrued to them vide the circular”.

Sewing teachers contest selection

Legal correspondent adds: Yet another selection made by the state of Punjab was challenged in the High Court by Ms Krishna Rani and 63 other candidates who had applied for the post of sewing teacher which had been advertised by the Punjab Education Department on March 28, 2001.

A Division Bench, comprising Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice Jasbir Singh, issued notice of motion for May 30.

The main ground of challenge was that criteria of selection laid down in the initial advertisement was subsequently altered without any justification by the selection committee. It was contended that the haste shown by the department in making appointments before the model code of conduct came into force in the last Assembly elections made it evident that the selection was not fair.

Roadways GM held guilty of contempt

Coming down heavily on a general manager of Haryana Roadways and another respondent for conduct “unbecoming of a state officer”, Mr Justice M.M. Kumar of the High Court has held that the two committed contempt of court by flouting orders passed by the court in July 2000 in a service matter.

Delivering the verdict on a petition filed by an employee, Laxmi Narain, Mr Justice Kumar ruled: “This contempt petition presents a classic example of official and bureaucratic booby-traps, showing how court orders can be systematically eroded in bits and pieces, leading to its eventual flouting by officers who were bound to follow these”. In his petition, Narain had alleged that even though he was number on top on the waiting list for the Rohtak depot and 19 for the Jind depot, the respondents resorted to a pick-and-choose policy and appointed candidates with names lower on the seniority list, which forced him to move the High Court. Taking up his petition, a Division Bench, after recording an undertaking by an Additional Advocate-General, disposed of the petition on July 10, 2000 with directions to authorities concerned to consider his claim for appointment as helper within two months of receiving the order’s copy. His counsel had added that the petitioner was, however, informed that his services could not be regularised as the department had decided to cancel the waiting list before the orders were passed by the Court.

Taking a serious view of the matter, Mr Justice Kumar ruled: “I have heard counsel for the petitioner S.K. Garg and Assistant Advocate-General Naresh K. Joshi and have perused the record with their assistance.... I have reached an irresistable conclusion that the respondents have been taking stands of convenience before the Court in order to flout the orders passed by a Division Bench.... An attempt was made to conceal from the Court the existence of the orders dated October 4, 2001. A perusal of the orders make it abundantly clear that the waiting list, scraped on June 2, 2000, had to be revived....”


4-month RI in cheque bounce case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 3
A city resident, Rajinder Kumar, was today sentenced to four-month rigorous imprisonment by the UT Judicial Magistrate, Mr Ajay Singal, in a cheque bounce case. He was also fined Rs 1,000 by the magistrate and in case of default he would have to undergo 15 days more of rigorous imprisonment.

The complainant, Mr B.D. Sharma, had filed a complaint against the accused under Section 138 of the Instrument Negotiable Act. He alleged that the accused took an SCO in Mani Majra on rent from him and agreed to pay Rs 45,000 per month as rent.

He alleged that the accused issued a cheque for Rs 45,000 on November 22, 1999. But when he presented the cheque in the bank it was dishonoured.

Woman acquitted

A local court today acquitted a woman who was nabbed by the city police under the NDPS Act as the prosecution had failed to prove the charges levelled against her.

As per the prosecution, the accused, Shnam, had been selling dope in her house in Sector-40. A team of police personnel raided her house in the presence of a DSP. It was alleged that the police party seized 31gm from her possession.

One acquitted

A local court today acquitted an accused, Thanak Raj, in a case of rash and negligent driving. It was alleged that the accused who was driving a Maruti car had injured a cyclist at the round about of Sectors 29-30-31-32. The accused was acquitted as the prosecution failed to prove the charges against him.

3 yr-RI

An accused, Surinder Singh, was sentenced to three-year rigorous imprisonment by a local court in a case of a criminal breach of trust by a public servant. The accused was also fined Rs 5,000 by the court.

A case against the accused was registered on September 19, 1989 under Section 409 of the IPC. As per the prosecution, PUNSAP conducted a raid on the store where the accused was working as storekeeper. It found that there was a shortage of articles worth Rs 1.25 lakh in the store.


Court orders security for rape victim
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Her ordeal came to an end today. Nearly 10 weeks after a Panchkula-based teenager was abducted and gang-raped in a small shed in the fields, her alleged captor reportedly dropped the 15-year-old victim at the gate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. After recording her statement, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the High Court today directed the handing over of her custody to her parents, besides directing the Superintendent of Police to provide them with security.

Delivering the verdict on a habeas corpus petition filed by her foster mother seeking directions for the appointment of a warrant officer for her recovery, Mr Justice Singhal also directed the SP to depute an officer not below the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Police for handing her over to her parents.

The judge further directed the Superintendent of Police to ensure that the victim was “not whisked away” by the accused. The officer was also asked to register a case on the basis of the victim’s statement against the accused, if the same had not already been registered by the police.

Earlier during the proceedings, the victim in her statement claimed that she was raped after being abducted and taken to a shed in the nearby fields by the accused on February 21 while she was on her way to a nearby sewing centre. She added that she wanted to accompany her parents.

Claiming to be working as a sewadar in a gurdwara, her foster mother, in her petition before the High Court, had initially sought the release of her daughter. She had added that her adopted daughter was lured away by the accused on the pretext of getting her married to a close relative.

Going into the background of the case, she had submitted that the girl was adopted after her husband, a granthi in a gurdwara at Patiala, was killed by terrorist in 1997.


Bar deplores corruption
Our Correspondent

Kharar, May 3
The local Bar Association in letters to other bar associations in the state has asked them to pass resolutions condemning corruption.

Mr Anil Kaushik, president of the association, in the letter stated that in the light of major scandals of corruption that were detected against Ravi Sidhu, the association strongly condemned the act at such high levels.


Kala Shilpa — structured with creativity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
In art, as in life, the beautiful always moves in curves. Countless manifestations of art and life meet the eye at the gallery of the Government College of Art, Sector 10, now housing Kala Shilpa, a delightful show of creativity structured by final year sculpture students of the college. The display features installations, relief panels, murals and sculptures.

The forms on portrayal are not silent by any way. They draw force from mundane, yet ever-virgin life, which has its own way of shedding old moulds and emerging fresh. Inspired by the unending cycle of creation and destruction, Bhavna Gupta captures the space that spans between life and death. Her figures, set in fibre glass, exude a strange sadness, inspiring pain. The magnificence of a bygone era breathes in the art works of Smriti, who views the Indus Valley Civilisation from her own mirror and discovers a fresh image. Deepika moulds rhythm and tempo in her sculptures, which follow a unified scheme of thought and colour. Her ensemble is all about the magic that flows from a conch and its divine melody.

The commonness of life appeals to Vikas, who moulds mundane matters into lines that revel in compositions and creative direction. The garden sculptures of Priya create an altogether different aura, inspired as they are by impressive textures and forms. Amitoj Chahal’s works draw life from music, the power which can lend voice to the inarticulate. Her forms capture music makers in action. Natasha Jayasingh feels the beat of the moment gone by.

Her works reflect the passage of time, as also her race against fleeting moments. Aastha Chauhan picks up facades and dissects them with her artistic moves. She creates a maze of masks that find home on every face.

The exhibition was inaugurated by sculptor Shiv Singh and will be on display till May 10.


‘Chhota Bhagat’ a star in the making
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 3
Eleven-year-old Nakshdeep is a star in the making with his second film “The Legend of Bhagat Singh” nearing completion.

A student of class VI of Tender Heart School, Naksh, as called by his parents, has just come back from Pune after completing his second round of shooting. In the film he has played the role of young Bhagat Singh.

No doubt stepping into Bollywood and featuring in Raj Kumar Santoshi’s big budget film is a thrilling experience for Naksh. In the film Raj Babbar plays the role of his father while Farida Jalal is his mother. Others featuring in the film are Ajay Devgan and Amrita Rao.

A.R. Rehman has prepared the music for the film. The songs have been written by Samir and sung by Sonu Nigam and Manmohan Waris.

A confident and cheerful Naksh says that he had gone to Pune for his first round of shooting, which lasted for 15 days, on March 20. His father, Mr Komal Singh, had accompanied him at that time. Naksh says that he did not have to go through any screen or audition tests. The shooting for his role started the very next day he reached Pune and Raj Kumar Santoshi was satisfied with his performance.

He says that he did not feel nervous after seeing a number of cameras focussed on him. In fact everything was very enjoyable. At times the shooting for the film started at around 9 p.m. and went on till six in the morning. He features in the scenes focussing on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and non-cooperation movement. For the second 15-day round of shooting he went with his mother, Mrs Amarjit Kaur. He says that he has about 25 minutes role in the film. Now again he would have to go for dubbing.

Naksh, whose hobbies are reading books and drawing, now feels a change in the attitude of his school teachers and the Principal. He says his Principal said that she could not believe that Naksh could rise to such a height. The teachers are also now more loving and fondly call him “Chhota Bhagat”.

He says that at present he wants to lay more stress on studies and would not act in films or TV serials for the next 10 to 15 years though he would keep in touch with theatre. When asked how much is he being paid for the role in the film he says that no contract has been signed by his parents though the film makers are bearing all expenses like air travel and stay in a five-star hotel.

Naksh has already played a major role in a telefilm “Tilkan”.

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