Sunday, September 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Rain fails to dampen kids’ spirits
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 7
Even incessant rain failed to dampen the spirits of tiny tots of Dikshant International School who literally painted the school green.

As many as 50 school children participated in the poster -making and colouring competition and poetry recitation competition held here today.

The theme of competition was “Save Earth” , and students came up with ingenous ideas in their drawings on how to preserve the environment and the depleting forest cover.

The children also held a march past by displaying banners on afforestation. Mr Mitul Dikshit, Director of the school, said they had launched a special three-day awareness drive for students on environment preservation.

He informed that children would be taken for a tree plantation drive on Monday , along with an excursion to the HUDA nursery in the Industrial Area Phase II . On the last day of the drive, i.e. on September 10, the children will have a craft exhibition, wherein they will be asked to make utility or aesthetic articles using natural products.

The results of various competitions held today are as follows:-

I) poetry recitation Pre Nursery:- Tweesha, Rishab and Nishit. Nursery:-Reetika, Parul and Muskan, L.K.G.:- Shyam, Amreshwar and Mrinal, U.K.G. :- Arika, Aanchyal and Simran. Class I :- Arindam, Amandeep and Ankit

II) COLOURING AND POSTER MAKING pre nursery:- Saurabh, Rishab and Nishit, nursery:- Rittika, Amreshwar and Rohan.



TTTI Annual Day function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The Technical Teachers Training Institute (TTTI) Sector 26, celebrated its 35th Annual Day here today.

A three-day national seminar on “Employment and productivity in the informal sector” organised as part of the programme concluded today. At least 80 scholars from different parts of the country participated in the seminar.

A display centre and a computerised library facility were inaugurated during the function. Dr R.P. Bajpai, Director of the CSIO, was the chief guest. The function was presided over by Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, chairman of the board of governors of the institute. The programme coordinator Prof V.P.Puri delivered the welcome address.

Prof S.K. Chopra, Principal of the institute, presented the annual report. Awards were given to the best polytechnics in the northern region. The award-winning institutes included Government Polytechnic for Women, Kandaghat, Vaish Technical Institute, National Institute of Technology and Science and Government Polytechnic, Lucknow.

The institution gave awards to “Best and meritorious postgraduate students”. P.R. Venkateswaran was given the Dr S.P.Luthra memorial gold medal for being the best overall student. A.A. Desai, Rupal merchant, P.S. Kulkarni and Balwinderjit Kaur were the students who were awarded for meritorious performance.



Talent search competition
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 7
A two-day talent search competition concluded at Guru Gobind Singh College in Sector 26 here today.

The competitions, including skit, mono acting, declamation, dance and giddha exhibited the talents of the students.

The results are as follows: gidda competition: First - Mandeep of BA (part III; solo dance: first - Gopika; western dance: First - B.Com part II and group dance: First - BCA part II, declamation contest: First- Jyotika and mono acting: First- Gopika.



National awards for Ravinder Talwar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The name of Mr Ravinder Talwar, Principal of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, has been nominated for the presentation of ‘Jewel of India’ award for his outstanding achievements in the field of education, a press release said here today.

He has also been nominated for the “ National Gold Star’ award for his institution by the International Business Council, an established organisation which is organising a national seminar on “ Individual’s achievement through economic and social development’ on October 23 in New Delhi.

The ‘Rashtriya Gaurav” award along with certificate of excellence was awarded to him in May earlier this year by the International Friendship Society for his achievements and contributions in the field of education. Last year he was honoured with the national award for teachers by the Vice President.



File papers on drugs at malkhanas, states told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Taking a serious view of the fact that seized contraband, instead of being disposed of after following the due procedure, was being kept in police malkhanas, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Home Secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to file affidavits.

Issuing directions on an appeal filed by a Jodhpur resident convicted in a drugs case, Mr Justice Goel observed: “During the course of hearing, my attention was invited to Section 52-A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, which has been inserted by Act 2 of 1989. The section, inter alia, requires the officer in charge of a police station to prepare an inventory of seized contraband and to apply before a magistrate to get the particulars certified... There is also a provision for the disposal of seized contraband under Section 52-A (1) of the NDPS Act. Standing instructions have also been issued by the authorities concerned in this regard”.

Dalal’s plea disposed of

Disposing of a petition filed by Haryana MLA Karan Singh Dalal seeking directions for the registration of a case against Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala, his son and other respondents, for destroying his shops in Palwal, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the High Court today observed that shops had, indeed, been demolished but it was not possible straight away to give directions for the registration of a first information report.

Dalal, in his petition, had alleged that Haryana officers, along with about 250 police personnel, at the instance of the Chief Minister and his son, had demolished his shops after ignoring the stay orders granted by a civil court. His counsel had added that the orders of eviction were passed by the respondents on May 14 last year.

Punjab told to keep record ready

Acting on a petition filed by Punjab Public Service Commission’s former Secretary Pritpal Singh, seeking the grant of bail in a cheating case, a Division Bench of the High Court today asked counsel for state of Punjab to keep the record ready.

The Bench, headed by Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi, also fixed September 10 as the next date of hearing in the case. Pritpal Singh, currently confined in Patiala’s Central Jail, was accused of bringing answer sheets from the commission’s office at Patiala to PPSC’s suspended chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu’s Sector 10 residence. He was also Sidhu’s close friend.

Seeking grant of bail, Pritpal Singh, in his petition taken up by the Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall, had contended that he was being implicated in the case and compilation of the results was part of his official duty.



Special Lok Adalat settles 1,200 cases
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 7
About Rs 50 lakh was awarded as compensation to litigants in a Special Lok Adalat organised in the Sector 17 District Courts today, where 1,200 cases were disposed of and Rs 1.75 lakh was realised in fine.

About 1,850 cases of accident claims, matrimonial disputes, rent, recovery of money and labour disputes were taken up in 18 courts. The lok Adalat solved 39 cases of labour disputes.

The District and Sessions Judge, Mr Justice H.S Bhalla, said: “A liberal view is taken while deciding summary cases. To expedite disposal, 18 Benches were constituted under the aegis of the UT State Legal Services Authority. We got a good response from litigants and advocates. Only the popularity of the Lok Adalats can help us reduce the pendency of cases.”

The Judge said, in the court of the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal, about Rs 1.5 lakh had been realised in fine in about 800 cases, including 500 of the traffic-rules violation and 300 of validation of the Shop Rent Act.

The member Secretary-cum-Judge of the Permanent Lok Adalat, Mr Justice Sant Parkash, said, with the cooperation of senior functionaries of all insurance companies and social workers, many cases pending since long had been solved with the mutual consent of the parties concerned.

Mr Justice Sant Parkash said, in order to spread legal awareness among the weaker sections of society, the UT State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) had been organising seminars in the UT villages.

He also said, with a view to imparting legal awareness to all, the SLSA had installed permanent hoardings in villages, police stations, the PGI, Panjab University and General hospital, besides at bus stands of Sector-17 and Sector-43. The UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal, said the next Special Lok Adalat would be held on November 9.

The president of the District Bar Association, Mr N.K Nanda, thanked the advocate for their participation. He said Lok Adalat helped the litigants settle long-pending cases with mutual consent.

In spite of heavy rain, the District Courts Complex was filled with a crowd of lawyers and litigants.



Rape case: hearing on bail plea adjourned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 7
Hearing on an anticipatory bail plea moved by the two suspects in the Shimla girl rape case was today adjourned by a local court.

The bail plea moved by the suspect, M.K Jain and Ram Lal, came-up for hearing before the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Lakhbir Singh, who adjourned the bail till September 11.

A regular bail plea of the another suspect, Surinder Sharma, also came up for hearing before the judge and was also adjourned till September 11. Yesterday, the victim girl had recorded her statement before the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) in the case.



Presenting varied hues of love
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

‘Dil hai tumhara’ (Piccadily, Chandigarh, and Suraj, Panchkula) promises a decent family outing in an attempt that has painted varying emotions of bonds of love.

Preity Zinta has done a marvellous job in the role of the stepdaughter of the local mayor Rekha. Mahima Chaudhary has ably supported her. Arjun Rampal in the role of her lover is also appreciable.

The first half of the film, with humorous settings, is fast and entertaining. Arjun Rampal is the son of a rich industrialist in Delhi who owns a factory at Palampur which is running into losses. He wants it to be shut. Preity, who has taken over as a manager at the factory, does not want that to happen. The second half is a little over-soaked in emotional outbursts that slacken the pace.

On the other hand Rekha’s daughter Mahima loves her sister very much. Arjun lands in the town as a factory worker and discovers that certain old employees, in connivance with Rekha’s local political adversary Govind Namdeo, are the people behind the plan to close the factory. Preity and Arjun fall in love with one another, but Rekha has selected Arjun as bridegroom for Mahima.

Kundan Shah has done a commendable job and Raj Kumar Santoshi has helped him in screenplay. The music by Nadeem-Shravan is commendable and so are lyrics by Sameer.

‘ Ek chhoti si love story’ (Nirman) is a colourless dry presentation of an experiment at portraying an adolescent’s love for an adult. The hype created by the Bombay High Court’s stay on its release can pull initial crowds, but there is nothing substantial in the overall presentation to leave a lasting impression.

The much-hyped story is a little too slow in progress and poor music and poorer audio adage with poor dialogues offer little artistic delight. The complex theme seems to have been handled too much on the peripheral level.

Leaving questions answered may be natural in art cinema, but leaving blind ends do not serve any purpose. The role of Manisha lacks conviction. Aditya Seal in the role of the teenager has done a commendable job.

Aditya falls in love with Manisha, who lives in a neighbouring flat in Mumbai. He window-peeps into her apartment with a telescope and falls in “love” with her, looking at her semi-nude and making love.

Aditya’s love ultimately costs Manisha her job and he confesses his love. First, she rebukes him. However, later, she calls him home and tries to reason with him that she is an adult and he is just a teenager. She is too “ direct on the subject” and the disillusioned Aditya attempts suicide. Shashilal Nair has done an average job of a much-hyped story.



Jagjit’s magic wearing thin
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Jagjit SinghChandigarh, September 7
The much-awaited live concert by ‘ghazal’ maestro Jagjit Singh, notwithstanding hopes of fans and efforts of event managers “overly” involved in the affair, was just not destined to be.

From noon till sunset today, the larger-than-life image of Jagjit Singh kept growing on those who waited upon him, either in the lobby of hotel Mountview or outside his room. The singer, however, decided to oblige no one, except those he had “already promised” a meeting. Curious fans tested their patience, but Jagjit Singh did not come out of his room till 7.30 pm. The UT Administration laboured hard to arrange the show, and there was a suggestion that Tagore Theatre be used as a venue instead of the Leisure Valley, it was rejected because the seating capacity of Tagore Theatre is just 578, much less than the number of passes distributed. The show has been put off till September 17.

Jagjit Singh was “very sad” over the unexpected turn of events, so said a group of organisers, who gave him company all day. Trying hard to keep the maestro away from public eye, one of them said: “He is sad and not in a mood to come out or speak.” While sadness was understandable, the rest of the statement was too “emotional” to be believed. Amid bitterness that followed at the hotel, Jagjit Singh remains ever revered.

The sounds of ‘The Unforgettables’ began resonating all around, as if the melodies were already pouring. From the popular ‘ghazal’ ‘Dard Badhkar Fuga Na Ho Jaye’ to the evergreen ‘nazm’ ‘Baat niklegi to phir’ tried to relive those absorbing rhythms that make Jagjit Singh a hit. The remarkable singer, who spilled magic along with his better half for years, now sings alone. Though it is difficult to ascertain how comfortable he feels with that, his melodies are no longer as enchanting as before.

Credited with inspiring light classical music to get a fresh soul, Jagjit Singh, now seems to be facing a crisis of sorts. His music now, does not match that of his golden albums like ‘The Latest’, ‘Desires’, ‘Passions’, ‘A Sound Affair’, ‘Someone Somewhere’ and ‘Echoes’. His “socially relevant” songs in ‘Cry for Cry’ and ‘Mirage’ were not so much in line with his magic.

The depth in his work began to diminish ever since Chitra Singh was flanking him no more on stage. Though many say, that Chitra’s voice and technique were not as refined as Jagjit’s, there have been times when her range and style have left the audience in awe. Even today, her ‘Lori’ from Punjabi movie ‘Diva Bale Saree Raat’ is considered more than perfect. The maestro adores Chitra, his perfect partner in rhyme.

As years have gone by, Jagjit Singh has, strangely, earned more name for devotional songs than ‘ghazals’. Bypassing devotional singers like Hari Om Sharan, Anup Jalota, Bhimsen Joshi, Lata and Pt Jasraj, the maestro might, now, be treading a fresh path.



Telefilm shooting begins
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, September 7
A telefilm “Khasam Ki Bani” is being made by a local organisation, Sunehri Virsa.

The first shot of the film was taken at Gurdwara Sahib in Phase VI here yesterday after Bhai Jasbir Singh Khannewale switched on the camera at a special function.

Mr Hardeep Singh, Director of the organisation, told mediapersons today that the telefilm was being dedicated to the fourth centenary of the Parkash Purab of Guru Granth Sahib. The film was being made in three languages — English, Punjabi and Hindi. It would be completed in a year.

He said special arrangements would be made to show the film to school students in Punjab studying in Classes VIII to XII and later on they would be questioned about the film. Twentyseven outstanding students would be made to take part in the quiz programmes which would be telecast from various channels. The winning team would be given a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh.

He said the film would be shot in Amritsar, Damdama Sahib, Kartarpur, Nanded, Hardwar, Jagannath Puri and other historical places.


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