Thursday, September 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Prof U.R. Rao to address CSIR delegates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Prof U.R. Rao, Chairman of the ISRO-DOS and Prasar Bharti, will deliver a lecture on “Space and human security” at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here on September 27.

He is to visit the city to participate in the CSIR diamond jubilee celebrations. The CSIO in a press note issued today claimed that various programmes were being organised to mark the occasion.

A team of scientists at the CSIO had recently developed a pick-and-place machine for the electronics industry. The system is useful for the assembly of printed circuit boards and other gadgets, with a speed to assemble 600 surface mount devices ( SMD) per hour. Dr R.P. Bajpai, Director, CSIO, claimed that the knowhow for its commercialisation had been transferred to EMS Technologies, a leading electronic enterprise at Pune.

He disclosed that the 45th annual technical convention on nano-technology would be held at the CSIO from September 30 to October 1. He said, “During the last half century the electronic components and computers had grown more and more powerful with the shrinking dimensions of transistors, however, it was not possible to further reduce the size of transistors due to inherent limitations. The nano-technology — by addressing the problem of material synthesis— would bring another revolution. It would change the way we live, communicate and think.”

About 200 delegates from various parts of India, including technologists, scientists, academicians and entrepreneurs, will participate in this two-day workshop. About 60 research papers would be presented in the workshop. Mr Bajpai further said the new technology had visualised to manipulate atoms and molecules in appropriate fashion to produce micro-electronic devices and circuits with acme performance in terms of speed. It would also solve the problems of pollution and would develop smart drugs to improve health care.



Career fest opens today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
With a view to providing career counselling and guidance on professional courses to students and parents alike, the All-India Management Association is organising a four-day career fest from tomorrow.

To be held at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15, the fest would make available a wide range of career alternatives present today. To enrich the knowledge base of the visitors, institutions from different professional fields have been invited.

The Director of AIMA, Col S.C. Mohan (retd), said that the aim of the career fair was to provide a platform for personal interaction between the institutions offering professional courses and students.

After inauguration by the former Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen B.K.N. Chibber (retd), presentations on career in multimedia technology and those by the EMPI and amity business schools would be held.

Among other activities scheduled for the three remaining days are mock tests, presentations for careers in the airline industry, world tourism quiz contest, future trends in management, among others.

Col Mohan added that the AIMA’s endeavour to bring about a greater sense of professionalism and quality in the field of academics and career counselling and, thus, helping the students’ community in choosing right career goals.

Saplings planted

A tree plantation function was organised on the premises of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here today. Organised in collaboration with the NSS unit, the chief guest, Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI (Schools), and the DEO, Mr Brahmjit Kalia, planted saplings to inaugurate the programme.

Mr Mangat stressed the need for growing more trees for a pollution-free environment. The Principal of the school, Ms Suman Sharma, also addressed the students.



Cultural function at PEC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Chandigarh Engineering College organised a cultural function here. Christened Sangam — a cultural fest — it presented a perfect blend of all the streams of engineering including B.Tech, BCA and MCA.

The function provided a platform to all students to come and display their skills in various fields.

It consisted of a collection of cultural events, including ghazals, skits and choreography to tappe, bhangra and even a western dance number.

The lamp-lighting ceremony was conducted by chairperson Satnam Singh Sandhu, vice-chairman Parampal Singh, general secretary, Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal and principal of the college, S. P. Sharma.

The highlight of the function was Mr and Miss Sangam contest.

The titles were won by Deepkanwar Singh Bhullar and Juhi Soni respectively.



Kids dress up to ape Mother Nature
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Butterflies and trees, vegetables and flowers were in plenty at DAV Public School, Sector 8, which saw an enthusiastic response from tiny tots of kindergarten at a fancy dress competition here yesterday.

With the theme being “nature” for the students of lower kindergarten class, greens dominated the programme.

The programme had cats purring and lions growling even as butterflies and bees danced on the stage, entertaining the audience which applauded the efforts of the children.

Worth mentioning were the students dressed as spring season with flowers and leaves, mother nature wearing a crown and carrying a painting of everything she had to offer and a child who came dressed as a cactus.

Colgate toothpaste seemed hot favourite of the children of UKG which had “Advertisements” as the theme for the contest. Dressed in clothes sprinkled with various colours, the advertisement on “Nerolac” charmed one and all.

The Principal, Ms Sarita Manuja, said the contest was an annual event and aimed at enabling a child to overcome stage shyness. “We encourage every student of the school to participate, to enable him to plan his part in the show and, thus, help him grow out of his shell,” she added.

The results of the contest are as follows: LKG A: Danish (1), Tejas (2), Mahima (3), Roop and Janvi (consolation); LKG B: Susnato (1), Nikhil and Akshom (2), Ritivik and Saaransh (3), Ketan and Dakshita (consolation).

The results of UKG A: Indertej (1), Zoya and Harsha (2), Sahil and Sanchit (3), Rajat (consolation); UKG B: Mandisha (1), Ria Vij (2), Gaurav, Tarannum and Ria Gupta (3), Subhadeep (consolation); and Class I: A: Simran and Parth (1), Abhimanyu and Shreyasi (2), Shivani and Sanchit (3); B: Pratinav (1), Yogesh (2), Jasmine (3); Class II: A: Arpit and Diyvansh (1), Lakshay and chitrang (2), Harshit (3); and B: Devangna (1), Saurav (2) and Ishyankita (3).



Kids to take exam on heritage
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 25
Over 100 government and private schools, both urban and rural, in Chandigarh have been contacted by the Gayatri Chetna Kender for Bharatiya Sanskriti Gyan Pariksha, a nationwide examination to be conducted on September 28 in the city.

The Gayatri Chetna Kender, a local branch of Global Gayatri Parivar, Shanti Kunj, Hardwar, will conduct the examination, which is based on Indian culture and heritage. All registered students have already been provided with necessary reading material through the school authorities concerned.

In addition to the school staff, Gayatri ‘parijans’ have been deputed to help various school authorities in conducting the examination. The main purpose of Shanti Kunj to conduct this nationwide examination is to educate the young generation about the Indian culture and heritage and also to help them to grow socially and spiritually. It will also help the students in character building teaching them good values, including honesty, wisdom and devotion.



Training at CEDTI
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, September 25
Two training programmes for international participants were inaugurated at the CEDTI here today.

The programmes — “Advanced course on multimedia and web design technology” and “Repair and maintenance of telecom terminal equipment, computers and peripherals” — have been sponsored by the Union Ministry of External Affairs under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and the Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan. The programmes, each of 12 weeks’ duration, were inaugurated by Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Information Technology, Chandigarh. As many as 25 students from various countries, including Georgia, Vietnam, Iraq, the Maldives, Kenya, the Republic of Moldova, Columbia, Bangladesh, Mexico, Costa Rica, Armenia, Madagascar, Senegal, Bhutan, the Republic of Yemen, Ghana, Mozambique, Bakhu, Thailand, Zimbabwe and Mauritius, are attending these training programmes.



PU student leaders get bail
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 25
Two student leaders of Panjab University — president of the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) Harvir Singh, and president of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) Malwinder Singh Kang— were today released on bail by a local court in an attempt to murder case. They were granted bail by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh.

They were arrested by the police after a case of attempt to murder was registered against them on August 28 following a group clash between the students’ organisation at boys hostel No 6 in Panjab University. Later some of the injured students were admitted to the Sector 16, General Hospital.

Bail plea: Acting on a bail plea moved by a suspect, Ram Lal, in the rape case of a Shimla-based girl, a local court today issued a notice to the UT state to file a reply in the case. The bail application moved by the suspect came up for hearing before the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh. Meanwhile, another suspect in the case, Surinder Sharma, today produced in the court of the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) who remanded him to judicial custody.

Ram Lal has filed a second bail plea within three days. His bail plea was dismissed by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge on August 21. In his bail plea, Ram Lal stated that there was no allegation levelled against him by the victim girl. Claiming that he was innocent and falsely implicated in the case, he has stated that initially the case was registered against M.K. Jain on the statement of the victim girl under Sections 328 and 376 of the IPC and later on the police evolved its own version by forcing the victim to change her statement on June 9 recorded under Sections 164 of the CrPC.

Remanded: A suspect, Subash Chander, who was arrested by the Crime Branch of the Chandigarh police for carrying 1 kg of smack valued at Rs 1 crore in the international market, was today remanded in police custody till September 29 by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal. As per the prosecution, the suspect, a resident of Sangaria in Hanumangarh, Rajasthan, was waiting for delivery of the consignment near Samrat Hotel in Sector 22 when he was caught by the police yesterday.



Meeting on space shortage in Dist Courts
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 25
In order to solve the chambers problem in the District Courts, a meeting was held between the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla, the UT Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer, Mr M. Ramsekhar and the president of the District Bar Association, Mr N.K Nanda and the Secretary, Mr N.K Kapil, on the court premises here today.

Giving details, Mr N.K Nanda, said that at present about 1600 advocates were practicing in the courts but there were only 108 chambers which could accommodate only 324 advocates. He added that the Bar had informed the authorities concerned that the large number of advocates in the court needed a proper place for practice as they were sitting in the open on the court premises.



Values change with time, says play
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Stage work and performance of the actors in NSD repertory’s ‘Ek violin samander ke kinare’ was a learning experience for the performers at Tagore Theatre here this evening.

The frequent shifting in the stage settings were a perfect backdrop for the plot of the novel by Krishna Chander. Suresh Sharma, in his dramatisation and direction, lent colours expected from a play of the standard expected from the National School of Drama repertory.

The text borrows the character of Keshav, a musical guru, who is a disciple of Lord Shiva. He has never loved anyone in his life except his musical instrument veena. A girl tourist, who admires his sculpture becomes his object of love.

He requests Lord Shiva to give him a chance to visit earth. Lord Shiva warns him but he is determined to visit earth which the lord complies.

On earth he sees all possible traits of normal human beings. He is lost at the existing guile and the ‘ways of the world’. He does achieve the girl he admires but has to leave even her because she does not accept an idle simpleton as her companion.

The play works on many different levels. It is an attempt to see the world juxtaposed between the realities of the traditional world which is minus the pace of today and the current world where self is the most important.

The play is also an interesting poser at different angles to relations between a man and a woman. Perhaps one very strong message was that values change with time.

Theatre buffs have plenty of good action in the coming few days and will witness good NSD repertory productions at Tagore Theatre.

These include directors’ D.R. Ankur’s ‘Uska Bachpan’, Bhanu Bharti’s ‘Chukainge nahin’, Ram Gopal Bajaj’s ‘Dimag-e-hasti dil ki basti hai kahan, hai kahan’, D.R. Ankur’s ‘Ai ladki’, Rajinder Nath’s ‘Ghasiram Kotwal’ and Robin Das‘ ‘Anamdas ka potha’.



Common man’s dreams bid adieu to theatre fest
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, September 25
It was a perfect end to a near perfect theatre festival. The six-day festival concluded yesterday with staging of the final play — the much awaited Mohan Mahrishi directed ‘Deewar Mein Ek Khirki Rahti Thi’, the play about a man’s dreams that reached out to even the most cynical soul.

The National Natya Festival was organised by the Haryana Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department in collaboration with the North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad which started on September 18. During its seven-day span, the festival staged seven popular plays — ‘Uske Hotho Ka Chup’, ‘Court Martial’, ‘Sakharam Binder’, ‘Yayati’, ‘Didi Thakuran’, ‘Tat Niranjana’ and ‘Deewar Mein Ek Khirki Rahti Thi’.

The play “Deewar Mein—-” based on story written by Vinod Kumar Shukla, is all about a common man’s dream. As the play takes you into the fantasy journey of Raghuvar and his wife, it dares you to dream about simple things like moon and stars. The entire play flows like sheer poetry, spreading joy and laughter in the process, leaving you with a feeling of elation that lasts for ever.

The festival had started at Tagore Theatre with Feisal Alkazi directed play ‘Uske Hothon Ka Chup’ which surprisingly disappointed many. “The script and technics definitely bore Alkazi signature but somehow the play gave an impression that it was not rehearsed properly as actors kept fumbling with dialogues”, says Gyan Dev, a young theatre artiste, who runs a street theatre group called “Chandigarh Mafia”. “The play did not have the standard one would expect from a threatre legend like Alkazi”, echoed Rohit Batra, another young theatre artiste of the city.

The second play “Court Martial” by Alok Chatterjee, however, managed to pick up the momentum with its crisp script and flowless performance which others like ‘Sakharam Binder’ by Umesh Kant, ‘Yayati’ by Delhi based director Bipin Kumar, ‘Didi Thakuran’ by Satish Anand maintained throughout the festival. However the highest stakes were placed on Mohan Mahrishi “Deewar Mein Ek Khidki Rahti Thi” from the very beginning and it did not disappointment.


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