Thursday, August 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Seminar on communal harmony
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
A seminar on communal harmony was organised at Batula village by the Dev samaj College of Education, Sector 36, in collaboration with the Department of NSS, Panjab University, here today.

Inaugurating the seminar, the NSS Director, Dr C.L. Narang, highlighted that love, sympathy, compassion, social feelings and team spirit. He stated that all people who came to India became a part of the country while adding that the great gurus and saints taught a lesson of oneness, unity and diversity. He said that youth should not be led away by vested interests.

The Principal of the college, Dr Satinder Dhillon, in her message, said the people should be made aware on issue of religion. She said no religion teaches a lesson in hatred and killing of innocents in the name of religion and Kashmir and Gujarat were a slur on the mankind.

Other speakers claimed that neighbouring countries did not tolerate the spirit of national integration or communal harmony and were hatching conspiracies to destabilise the country. They were of the opinion that the National Service Scheme could make a difference in wiping out illiteracy and ignorance of the public and enable them to see the evil designs of the enemies.

Later, teachers and students got-together on the college campus to discuss the issue. It was unanimously recommended that teachers and students ought to play their role in eradication of illiteracy sincerely.

FRESHERS’ PARTY: A colourful function was organised to mark the freshers party at Government College, Sector 46, here today. Organised by the Psycho Society, songs, dances, poems were presented by the senior students for the entertainment of the juniors.

Narinder Singh and Shweta Gaur won the Mr and Miss Fresher title, respectively. The chief guest, Principal S.C. Nijhawan, wished the students good luck for their future.

Participants perform in a giddha contest held at MCM DAV College
Participants perform in a giddha contest held at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

GIDDHA CONTEST: It was an exuberant group of girls who performed the lively giddha at a contest in MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here today. The vibrant costumes of the participants was a splash of colour on-stage and the setting transported the audience to the heart of Punjab.

The audience, too, kept up their involvement in the performance by joining in, clapping with the songs and foot-tapping music. Students of the Music Department of the college also presented a few song items.

The chief guest, Dr Nahar Singh, professor of culture and folk-lore at the Punjabi Department, Panjab University, was the chief guest. He was of full appreciation for the enthusiasm and zest shown by the students in the performance.

The best team prize went to BA I while Tejinder-BA III, Charanpal-BA III, and Sukhdeep and Harneek of BA I were declared first, second and third respectively in the individual category.

AWARENESS PROGRAMME: An eye donation awareness programme was organised by the Food Craft Institute, Sector 42, in collaboration with the Eye Bank Society and Department of Ophthalmology, PGI, at the institute’s auditorium. This was organised as a part of the on-going national fortnight on eye donation from August 25 to September 8.

A team comprising Dr Sushmita Kaushik, Mr Amarjit Singh, Mr Amarpal Singh, delivered a talk and a slide show to create awareness. Over 250 students and staff attended the programme.



Plea to rehabilitate schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
The self-employed women educationists of Chandigarh appealed to the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), here yesterday to amend bylaws to rehabilitate schools in residential areas by allotment of smaller sites.

In a letter to the Administrator, they stated that fines ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 1 lakh imposed on the basis of the area of the residential premises for running schools be withdrawn.

Taking the plea that the service rendered by these educationists needs to be recognised, they added that it would go a long way in elevating the status of women in society.

The letter adds that these educationists have utilised their own space to provide education when “big business houses” were not interested in investing in the area and were instrumental in providing employment to educated girls who were unable to find jobs for themselves.



Notice in Shimla girl rape case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 28
The UT Additional and Sessions Judge today issued a notice to the state acting on the anticipatory bail plea moved by the prime suspect in a Shimla girl rape case, Mr M.K. Jain, for September 3 for reply.

Meanwhile, the UT Judicial Magistrate has also issued warrants against the two persons alleged to be involved in the case.

Earlier taking up the petition seeking grant of anticipatory bail filed by Mr Jain, the Punjab and Haryana High Court asked him to apply bail plea before the Sessions Court.

Bail granted: The suspended St Peter’s School teacher, Sanjeev Taygi, who had been arrested by the UT police in a case of criminal intimidation and act intended to insult the modesty of a woman was today granted bail by a local court on furnishing a bail bond for Rs 20,000 by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh. A case against the teacher had been registered under Sections 506 and 509 of the IPC on a complaint by Rakesh Prashar.

1-year RI: An accused, Lakhbir, today sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment in a case of the rash and negligent driving. The accused was booked by the police under Sections 279 and 338, IPC. The complainant, Manoj, had alleged that he was grievously injured by the accused in Sector 22 in 1996.

Adjourned: A local court today adjourned the case of suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu till September 2. Sidhu has moved an application in the court seeking directions to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, to take possession of house No. 914 in Sector 39 allotted to him by the government and also to direct the S.P. Vigilance, to deliver the goods inclusive of everything lying in the house.

Beant case: The statement of a Sub-Inspector with the UT police, Ved Parkash, was recorded in the Beant Singh assassination case before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, in the special courtroom in the Burail jail. Ved Parkash made the statement before the judge that after getting information about the bomb blast that took place in front of the Punjab Secretariat on August 31, 1995, he reached the spot. Thereafter he took the bodies of Ajeb Singh, Sukhbir Singh, Jagdish and others to hospital for post-mortem. The witness also stated that he had collected about 27 articles, including burnt clothes, metal pieces and an HMT watch, from the spot. The judge adjourned the case to September 17 and directed the prosecution to produce the articles in the court.Back


Writ petition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
A writ petition filed by an advocate challenging the withdrawal of work from three High Court Judges was today rendered infructuous following the restoration of work. 
Claiming that the impugned orders were issued in violation of the provisions of the Constitution of India, and the Judges (Inquiry) Act of 1968, besides the law laid down by the Supreme Court, Dr Surya Parkash, in his petition, had earlier contended that “the Judges, neither alone, nor banded together, could place sanctions on a Judge”. Under the Constitution, the only action that could be taken against a Supreme Court or a High Court Judge was “impeachment and for that purpose a procedure had been prescribed”.

Giving details, he had added that “the Chief Justice of a High Court or the Supreme Court has not been empowered by any provision of the Constitution or any Act or Rule in existence to conduct an inquiry into alleged misbehaviour by the High Court Judges and punish him by way of withdrawal of work resulting into a dent on the independence of judiciary”.



Mumbai team on talent hunt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
A team from the renowned Shobhna Desai Productions — the production house which has been behind some of the most popular television shows on Indian Television and the longest running soap on satellite channel called “Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka”, which is going to complete 1000 episodes on sony Entertainment, has come to Chandigarh in search of fresh talent for its new mega serial shortly to be aired on Star TV.

The production house has earlier produced serials like ‘Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye on Sony’, ‘Alpviram’ on Sony, ‘Babul ki Duyaen’ on Zee, ‘Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya’ on Sony and many more.

The creative director of the company, Mr Vipul Shah, has also directed the recent Amitabh starrer “Aankhen” which was a big hit and was critically acclaimed. The team which consists of the director of the serial, Rajesh bhatia, the executive producer Sujata and a couple of technicians will hold screen tests at Kisan Bhavan in Sector 35 on August 30.

According to the managing director Shobhna Desai, “it is not that Bombay has a paucity of talent, we want fresh faces and also like to give newcomers who deserve a chance. The serial is planned on a large scale and we are putting up a set that is costing up to Rs 80 lakh.” The serial that is called Lakeeren (working title) is slated to go on air in three months from now.Back

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