Wednesday, August 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Displaying colours of innocence
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 20
About 1,000 students, including 50 special children, from 30 schools in Chandigarh gave an outlet to their creative skills through paint and brush during an inter-school painting competition organised by the Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Council for Child Welfare in collaboration with the medical institute run by the State Bank of India, Chandigarh.

The competition was organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the council in the Capital. In Chandigarh the council has entered 40th year of its inception.

The competition was conducted in five groups, three for students depending on the age group and two others for the students of special category.

The Green Group comprised, students from 5 to 8 years of age, White Group for the age group of 9 to 12 years, Blue Group for the children of 13 to 16 years. In the special category Yellow Group was open for children from 5 to 10 years of age, while the children from 11 to 18 years were placed under the Red Group.

The winners of this contest will be invited to participate at the national level paining contest in New Delhi to be held in September.

The following are the winners of the contest:

Green Group: first — Rahul Aggarwal (Government Model High School, Sector 28 D); second — Anchita Sharma (DAV Public School, Sector 8); third — Tanveer Kalsi (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37).

White Group: first — Vikramjit Singh (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 28); second — Puskar Bora (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16); third — Monica (Government Model High School, Sector 34).

Blue Group: first — Jasminder Kaur (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35); second — Amarvir Singh (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40); third — Devina Singh (Government Model High School, Sector 28).

Yellow Group: first — Sudhanshu (Prayaas, Sector 38); second — Suman (Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 15); third — Kuldeep (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47).

Red Group: first — Chander Sekharan (Government High School, Sector 41); second — Ashish Rathore (Prayas); third — Reena from Lion’s School for Deaf and Dumb, Sector 18.



Talent search contest for orators
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Budding orators of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, were provided a platform to display public-speaking skills at the Ms Prakash Sharma Memorial Talent Search Contest held on the school campus, here today.

At least 25 students took part in the declamation, debate and poetry-recitation contests and spoke on thought-provoking subjects.

The chief guest, Mr Ashwini Luthra, Commissioner, Income Tax, explained to the students the significance of “Ms” — manner, method and matter — in public speaking. He gave away prizes to the winners of the various contests.

The contest was sponsored by Mr Baijnath Sharma, a freelancer and noted freedom fighter, in the memory of his wife.

The results are: Declamation (Hindi): Manasi (1), Megha (2), Supriya (3); English: Mridula (1), Kamna Singh (2), Ayesha (3); Poetry recitation: Divya (1), Sarabdeep (2), Vandana (3); Punjabi: Manpreet (1), Ravneet (2); English: Megha (1), Aranpreet (2), Sunmeet (3).



Shishu Niketan wins quiz contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Shishu Niketan was declared winner of the quiz competition organised during the Fanta Fiesta 2002 at Tagore Theatre, here today.

Ajit Karam Singh International Public School and Stepping Stones were adjudged the first and the second runners-up, respectively. The two-hour quiz was conducted by Mr S.K. Sinha.

As many as 20 schools from all over Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar are participating in various activities, including group singing, folk dances, collage making and debates, organised as part of the function. The grand finale is on August 26.

Some other schools, including Dagshai Army School, are also participating in the competitions. In today's event, a special prize of Rs 1100 was given to St Stephens School for being the best cheering team.



Order against sack of corpn staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Acting on a bunch of petitions seeking directions to the state of Haryana and other respondents for quashing orders granting permission to close down Haryana State Minor Irrigation (Tubewells) Corporation, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed against passing further orders terminating the services of the employees.

Pronouncing the orders, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar and Mr Justice S.S. Saron, also issued notice to the respondents on the petitions. The case will now come up for hearing on August 26.

In their petition, Mr D.S. Gulia and other petitioners had also sought directions for quashing another order whereby the services of all the petitioners were terminated. In a similar petition, Mr S.K. Tindwal and 285 other employees had contended that the orders terminating their services were illegal and arbitrary.

Challenging the order granting permission to close down the corporation on the ground that it was running into losses, the petitioners had added same were being caused not due to any lapse or inefficiency on their part but due to faulty government policies.

Notice on MLA’s plea for bail

Mr Justice R.C. Kathuria of the High Court on Tuesday issued notice for August 28 on a petition filed by an MLA, Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder seeking grant of anticipatory bail.

Mr Bhunder was apprehending implication in case already registered, or likely to be registered, against him due to political vendetta. Giving details, he had submitted that Mr Ajit Inder Singh Moffar of the Congress had been defeated by him during the elections. Giving details, his counsel had asserted that Mr Bhunder had remained a Cabinet Minister from 1977 to 1980, besides being Rajya Sabha member and MLA for five times.

JE’s plea dismissed with costs

Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the High Court today dismissed a junior engineer’s petition with Rs 20,000 costs after state counsel informed the court that an annexure did not reflect the correct position.

In a ruling on a petition filed by the Faridkot district-based engineer working with Punjab State Electricity Board, Mr Justice Goel observed: “This petition was filed for a direction to Bathinda’s Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) to implement orders dated April 11. An order, purporting to be that of Director-General of Police (Vigilance) was filed as an annexure. While the original does not bear the endorsement of the DGP, in translated copy, DGP (Vigilance) has been mentioned. Counsel for the state submits that no direction from DGP has been issued and the annexure does not reflect the correct position.... The petition is dismissed with costs assessed at Rs 20,000”.

Notice to PAU

Taking up a petition filed by senior immunologist Dr Amarjeet Singh Grewal challenging the action of Punjab Agriculture University relieving him from service, a Division Bench of the High Court today issued notices to the university and other respondents for September 10.

Describing the action as “illegal and arbitrary”, counsel for the petitioner submitted that he was appointed to the post in 1988, but after 14 years of service he was relieved on the ground that his service was no longer required. He added that the orders were passed with mala fide intentions as the petitioner had challenged the appointment of Dr K.S. Aulakh as the Pro VC.



Treasuring rich arts and crafts of Orissa
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
With a view to rehabilitate traditional artisans of Orissa who have been hard hit by the cyclone in the state, as also to target the responsive North Indian, Orissa State Co-operative Handicrafts Corporation today opened a special sales outlet of traditional Orissan handicrafts in Chandigarh. The first in the entire region and 19th in the country, the outlet called Utkalika was inaugurated this morning in Sector 35-D by the Adviser to UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda.

Utkalika, derived from the word Utkal, the original name of Orissa, has had a long-standing tradition of ameliorating poor artisans, who treasure the vast cultural heritage of Orissa. After conducting about 15 highly successful exhibitions in Chandigarh, the Orissa Government finally decided to cash upon the region comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Talking about the need to open Utkalika in Chandigarh, Mr S.K. Nanda, Branch Manager, said, “Since Chandigarh is the nodal point for the region we decided to begin our efforts from here. The idea behind the showroom, apart from making some amount of profit, is to rehabilitate the artisans of Orissa, who have lost everything in the natural calamities. All they are left with is their art. Utkalika is here to promote their art and give them their due.”

Interestingly, the outlet has artisans manning the counters directly to avoid confusion. The sales are being directly executed and earned by them. The government is operating on no-profit-no-loss basis. The initial investment on Chandigarh Utkalika has come down to about Rs 25 lakh, including the cost of space and stocks. Among the products being housed in the outlet are a range of rich handicrafts and arts from Orissa — the most striking and intricate being stone sculptures, created by artisans who have carved replicas of miniature Konark and Lingaraj in stones. Then there are works cast in brass by lost wax casting process which displays an intriguing wire work finish. The flexible brass fish from Ganjam, pretty figurines of Kantilo, brass and bell metalware of Cuttack dominate this section.

The golden beauty and charm of grass reed Kaincha is not to be missed. The lustre, flexibility and durability of this golden grass creation is a wonder in itself, inform artisans Gagan Maharana and Prasad Mahapatra, who are the first ones to join Utkalika from the artisans’ fraternity.

Apart from the unlimited crafts being now stocked at Chandigarh, there are also a vast range of dignified and elegant handloom products, which include silk, tussar and cotton fabrics from Orissa.



Tejaswini Kohlapure for NIFD function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Leading star Tejaswini Kohlapure, who is all set to storm Bollywood with her movie ‘Paanch’, ready for release after a long tiff with the censor board, will give away Designer Awards in different categories, to student designers of National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), Chandigarh, on August 21.

The NIFD designers had presented their exclusive collections at the annual passing out fashion show, NIFD Fashion Horoscope on July 23 where top models of the country sashayed on the ramp the designer collections based on different sun signs. These collections had been judged by an eminent jury and the students are being awarded for achieving excellence in various fields of designer creativity.

Tejaswini Kohlapure (sister of Padmini Kohlapure), leading celebrity and fashion model, is the lady who has already won the hearts of millions for her performance in TV serial ‘Mujhe Chand Chaiye’. Besides her debut in the much awaited ‘Paanch’. She is also featuring in a movie ‘Ek Raat Achanak’ opposite Sanjay Dutt. She also features in various ad campaigns for Wipro, Hamam, Vimal, Frooti and has various designer shows to her credit.



Lampooning corruption through cartoons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Eminent city-based cartoonist, Chander Malhotra, is out with another show and a fresh theme, the PPSC scam. After having participated in various cartooning contests in youth festivals during his college days, Chander Malhotra later went on to create many cartoon shows on relevant themes.

His latest exhibition of cartoons on the PPSC scam will be inaugurated by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at Kalagram art gallery at 5 pm tomorrow. Apart from over 60 awards up to the inter-university level, he has also won nine rolls of honour.

His first exhibition in 1987 during the Chandigarh Festival was organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) and inaugurated by the then Governor, Mr S.S. Ray. For two years, he ran a regular column with an Indian daily and then held his second show in Shimla during Himachal Utsav, again organised by the NZCC in 1989. In 1992, the third exhibition, Miles of smiles, was organised at Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh. Then, inspired by the steep rise in prices of onions in 1997, he structured another show, The true tears, which was shown at IndusInd bank gallery, Sector 8, Chandigarh.

The present show, as Malhotra says, “is not a personal vendetta against anybody but an expression of public agony against corruption in society.” The show is titled Public service on commission. Being organised by the NZCC, it will be open till August 30, beginning from tomorrow.


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