Sunday, July 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


7,200 students admitted to Class XI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Government schools fared better this admission season in comparison to the last year with 7,200 students being admitted to Class XI against 6,600 last year.

The DPI (Schools), Mr D.S. Mangat, attributed the increase in number to high merit positions bagged by the government schools as well as greater confidence on the delivery of goods by these schools.

He added that the seats vacant after the conclusion of centralised admissions would be filled in by the respective schools after approval his in the matter.

While a total of 6,186 students were admitted to the regular streams of science, commerce and humanities, another 1,038 students got admission in the vocational streams. With all seats exhausted in science, which was priority all through the centralised admissions, and commerce, students keen on seeking admission to the two switched over to humanities in the end.

In science, 2,604 students were admitted, while 1,110 students sought admissions to the commerce stream and 2,472 students in all were given admission to the humanities stream. In the vocational stream, fashion designing and stenography was in demand and were the first to exhaust all seats.



PGIMER academic session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The new academic session of the PGIMER will commence on July 16, said an official press note today.

The normal working hours from July 16 will be from 8 am to 5 pm. The institute will also organise an inaugural function on the day. Prof N.K. Ganguly, Director of the Indian Council of Medical Research, will be the chief guest.


Remanded in theft case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 13
An accused, Naresh, arrested in a theft case was remanded in police custody by a local court today. The police remand of the accused was sought to recover more vehicles from his possession. After hearing the police plea, the court remanded the accused in four days’ police custody. The accused is likely to be taken to Meerut to recover more vehicles

As per the prosecution, Naresh Kumar, a resident of Hoshiarpur was caught red-handed while stealing Yamaha motor cycle in Sector 22 on July 12. The police had registered a case against the accused under Section 379 and 411 of the IPC.

Defamation case adjourned

A defamation complaint filed against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, by a local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal(Badal) was adjourned for August 24 by a local court Saturday.

The president of the local unit of SAD (Badal), Mr N.S Minhas, had filed a complaint under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC against the Chief Minister for publishing posters in various national and regional newspapers against Mr Parkash Singh Badal before Punjab Assembly elections. He claimed that the contents of the advertisement were false and malicious. He alleged that the congress had inserted the advertisement to mislead the public and lower Mr Badal's esteem.

Bail granted

A local court granted anticipatory bail to two city residents in a case of dowry harassment on Saturday. The applicants, Chander Parkash and his wife were granted bail by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge.

The applicants stated in the plea that the dowry articles had already been recovered from them. There was nothing to be recovered from their possession and hence no need of custodial interrogation. The applicants have also been directed to join the investigation.

Bail pleas dismissed

A local court dismissed the bail plea moved by an accused, who had been declared a proclaimed offender in a case of rash and negligent driving, on Saturday. The case against the accused was registered on December 12, 2000, under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC. Claiming that he was innocent, the applicant stated that he had not intentionally remained absent from the court.

It was stated in the order that the accused had caused much delay in the proceedings. Therefore, he did not deserve the concession of bail.

A bail plea moved by the two accused — Devayani and Amarjit—allegedly involved in immoral trafficking was dismissed by a local court on Saturday.

A local court has acquitted an accused booked by the UT police under the NDPS Act. A-67-year old man, Amar Singh, was arrested by the UT police on February 24, 1999 under Section 21 of the NDPS Act.

As per the prosecution, a team of the UT police had recovered 50 gm of charas from his possession.


HC direction on registration of dogs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Weeks after Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo motu notice of a news item regarding increasing number of dog bites in the city, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall have directed the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh to issue prominent notices regarding the registration of dogs in leading daily newspapers circulated in the city and surrounding areas.

Pronouncing the orders in the open court, the judges added that the notices should be thrice published after every two weeks commencing from July 24. The Judges observed that prominent notices were required to be issued as the earlier notice by the Municipal Corporation was of one line, along with certain other notices.

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. Inspite 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 the 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 unleased 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....”

Notice to SP

Taking serious note of alleged ransacking of District Education Officer’s workplace in Ropar, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Mr Justice Jasbir Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court have asked the Superintendent of Police “to inform the court about the status of investigation”.

Issuing the directions on a petition filed by Dr Malti Batra, the Judges also directed the SP to be present in the court along with the relevant record. The Judges further asked the police “to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future”.

In their detailed order, the Judges observed: “The petitioner has shown some photographs to this court, which, prima facie, indicate that office in which the petitioner is working has been ransacked. She has stated that an FIR with regard to the incident has been registered with Ropar’s police station city. She states that on the basis of FIR, earlier investigation was being carried out by Mr Avtar Singh Gakhal, however, because he was conducting fair investigation he has been transferred elsewhere. Now the inquiry has been handed over to Mr Parmar, Superintendent of Police. It is also maintained by the petitioner that SHO, Mr Majithia, Police Station City, Ropar, has demanded illegal gratification for arresting the culprits”.



Social body files PIL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Months after the Supreme Court banned smoking in public places, a social organisation yesterday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the removal of panels advertising bidis and cigarettes in buses run by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking.

Taking up the petition filed by the Punjab Civil and Consumer Welfare Front against the UT Administration, Director of State Transport, besides General Manager of CTU, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall, today issued notice of motion.

In the petition, the Front members had earlier contended that four boards, advertising bidis, were noticed inside a local bus.


‘Bad man’ is not so bad
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 13
Meet Vijay Khare — who has played “bad man” in Bhojpuri films — appears to be a nice man. He says: “Bhojpuri movie-goers fail to accept that I am not all that bad as portrayed in my roles. It is amusing when I go to the rural areas and the village belle look at me and abuse me.”

Khare was in town for his next venture ‘Bihar ka Chailla’ and ‘Punjab ki Lailla’. While addressing mediapersons, he said he was here to see locales of Himachal adjoining the district, for his next film, which he is himself producing.

A die-hard fan of Shatrughan Sinha, he says till date there is no greater actor than the ‘Bihari Babu’.

Though, he too began his career in negative roles, he later shifted to playing lead roles. Amongst the other actors who play negative roles, he admires Anupam Kher and Paresh Rawal.

Quiz him about the importance of negative characters in films and part comes the reply, “It was Ravana who ensured that Ram got down in the annals of history as adarsh purush. Thus villians are the quintessential part of any film.”

This actor who began his career in Bollywood 1979, says he is an actor by default. “I was always obsessed with music and a great fan of Hemant Kumar, Manna De and Mukesh . In fact, during my college days, I had organised various nites with these singers. I had wanted to be a music director and began my career by assisting Shankar-Jaikishen duo. However, fate had other plans in store for me and I began my acting career with my first release ‘Raizada’ with Rakesh Roshan and Zarina Wahab,” he says.

However, he later shifted to Bhojpuri films and has acted in 52 films till date. His biggest hits include ‘Ganga Kinare Mora Gaon’ and “Hey Tulsi Maiya’. He has also produced numerous films in Bhojpuri.

“The sorry state of affairs in Bhojpuri film industry, which has the biggest audience after Hindi films, bothers me. Other than Uttar Pradesh, which gives a subsidy on all Bhojpuri films shot in the state, no other state offers such sops.

Nepal also gives subsidy on these films. The industry is now dying a slow death. Unless the government intervenes, there is little hope for the Bhojpuri film industry,” he laments.


Saga of love, pain and Bacchus
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

A scene from Devdas‘Devdas’ (Piccadily, Chandigarh, Suraj- Panchkula, and Bassi- SAS Nagar) is a magnificent screen rendering of a poignant saga of a timeless love tragedy. Comparisons with the earlier K.L.Saigal and Dilip Kumar classics apart, the Shahrukh Khan starrer has left no stone unturned in a true-to-character adaptation of the role of an alcoholic lover.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has done a masterly job in maintaining the settings of the early 1900s. Nevertheless the essence of the story is not bound in barriers of any time. One hallmark of the tragedy is that no undue wastage of tears or emotions has been done to create a theatrical impression of a heightened tragedy. Understatement only lends a greater grace.

The love treads the meadows of innocent feelings of togetherness, transcending physical bonds, which are a hallmark of passionate love stories today.

There is, however, a feeling that a 50-crore budget is perhaps a little more than necessary expenditure, which could have been cut down. The lighting also needed a little more care.

Ismail Darbar has lent poetical colours through his music. Beautiful lyrics by Nusrat Badr somehow resound dimly in the background of loud music.

Shahrukh Khan has slipped effortlessly into the garb of an alcoholic, moving slowly into the lap of the self-chosen path of death. Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi is inimitable and Kiron Kher as Paro’s mother deserves much more than a simple word of appreciation. Also featuring in the cast is Aiswarya Rai, who has made her presence felt among a galaxy of good performers.

Khan and Aiswarya have grown up together since childhood till he leaves for England for his law degree. He returns back nursing the same love for her and she loves him equally. A marriage looks inadvertent till Khan’s family announces a clear ‘no’.

Aiswarya is married off in a rich zamindar’s family. Khan leaves his home in disgust. He falls into company of Jackie Shroff, a Bacchus lover, and falls in love with Bacchus as well. Dixit, a prostitute, falls in love with Khan, who ultimately accepts her love .

Such love stories may not be a pick for the youngsters today, but the characters in this saga are touching indeed to create and change existing impressions.

‘Shararat’ (Batra) is another debacle Abhishek Bachchan will have to face, leaving him in a very uncomfortable situation while attempting for his first success in Bollywood.

A very good and a novel story idea somehow has very poor screen execution. The package as a whole is very loose and does not promise a good future. The presentation lacks conviction and unity of action, with too many unnecessary additions to increase the story length.

A local court punishes Abhishek for rash driving. He has to stay in an old-age home in a hilly town amidst old people. He is a rebellious man, against any set laws of normal life. The gang of old men led by Amrish Puri is out to reform him.

The film also features Liril girl Hrishita Bhatt, Helen, Dara Singh, Om Puri, Daisy Irani and A.K.Hangal, besides others. Gurudev Bhalla has directed the film, which is a Pen and Jayantilal Gada presentation. Sameer is the lyricist.

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