Friday, November 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Students exhorted to pursue science stream
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
India’s dream of emerging as a global superpower on the basis of its technological strength is likely to turn sour in five years with less people opting for studying basic sciences and the education system failing to produce its teachers in the required numbers.

This was stated here today by the Director of the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), Prof Rajesh Kocchar, while addressing students from Haryana and their parents as part of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) programme on Youth for Leadership in Science (CPYLS).

The NISTADS, a virtual public sector intellectual wing of the CSIR, is presently engaged in studying innovation networks and knowledge systems, with focus on ecology and environment development and is providing technological assistance for rural artisans.

Mr Kocchar said chemistry, considered to be a dead subject, had suddenly become important in the wake of environmental awareness. He said the University Grants Commission (UGC) was considering dual degrees like BSc and engineering for students.

He lashed out at the system of the Combined Entrance Test (CET) saying it was hurting the study of the basic sciences the most besides with putting an undue pressure on students who were being pushed to study engineering under peer, parent and social pressure.

Mr Kochhar said the education system was rejecting students. He said the solidity of knowledge would always be in demand.

The Acting Director of the Central Scientific, Dr S.R. Taneja, said the differentiation between different streams of science had become confusing and there was the need to pursue career in science.

Thirty among 50 toppers of the CBSE and state board attended today’s programme organised by the CSIR to develop leadership in the field of science.

The Director of the CSIO, Mr R.P. Bajpai, in his message said young people should take interest in science and technology.

Students and their parents had an interaction with Mr Kochhar who asked them to pursue their education seriously without bothering only about results.



PU says ‘Jee Aayan Nu’ to freshers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
An amalgamation of myriad colours of youthful spirit and bonhomie marked ‘Aagaaz’, the welcome function for freshers, at Panjab University here this evening.

Christened ‘Jee Aayan Nu’ this year, the show was a decent representation of Haryanvi and Punjabi cultures. Songs, dances and skits in varying manifestations of human moods were well appreciated by the audience.

Mr Chander Mohan, MLA from the kalka constituency, was the chief guest. Mr Ashok Goyal and Mr Pawan Valecha, both fellows, were the guests of honour.

The show started about an hour behind schedule. A beautifully decked-up stage and an ably suited background music group provided a perfect setting. Two side-screens were an added advantage for the viewers sitting at the back.

“The items were not expected to match the professional standards at any cost. It was the spirit of camaraderie and easy identification of the spectators with the performers on the stage that lent beauty to the show’, said Mohan Moni, an organiser.

The evening began with a Punjabi number ‘chhadiyan di june buri’ which set the tempo for the evening.

This was followed by a Bollywood hit ‘Chura liya hai dil ne’ by Shruti. ‘Shiv stuti by Nidhi marked the formal; inauguration of the ceremony.

‘Doriya’ by Kapil Ahuja and a Punjabi number by Amrik Singh also went down well with the audience.

A fashion parade by boys depicting students’ entry to the campus and gradual transformation in their dress and design, was also held. Jagdeep’s ‘Mere sapno ki raani’ in Haryanvi was also well appreciated.

Malwinder Singh Kang, president of the Panjab University campus Students Council, said the council would attempt to organise an inter-varsity cultural meet early next year.

A bangra team of Guru Nanak Dev University also performed at the show.

Council loses support

Certain members of the Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) one of the prominent student organisation in the alliance in power at the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC), resigned from the party position here late night today.

Those who resigned include, Mr Rajnish Sareen (Vice President), Mohan Singh Moni(General Secretary), Mohit (Press Secretary), Mr Kartar Singh Dhillon (a department representative), Mr Rajvinder Singh Lucky (a member of the council executive).

While giving details, Moni said they had not been taken into confidence for activities of the council which forced them to resign.



Girl guides get lessons from police
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 28
As many as 50 girl guides of Moti Ram Arya School, Sector 7, here today got to play police, literally. From learning how to issue challans to traffic violators to handling weapons and learning how the police work — the excitement was writ large on their faces.

These girls were participating in a workshop organised by the District Education Officer, Ms Phool Khatri. They were taught various traffic rules and regulations and then taken on two of the busiest intersections in the township for a live demonstration of nabbing traffic violators by the DSP, Mr Rajesh Duggal.

The children — from classes VI to IX — were first taken near Telephone Exchange in Sector 5. They were shown how challans are issued to traffic violators and a few of them were also allowed to write the challan forms. A similar demonstration was also performed at Majri Chowk.

Later , the girls were brought to Police Station, Sector 5, and shown the different guns/weapons in their armoury. Children were also told by the DSP about the operation of these weapons.



Mass Comm PCP postponed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Panjab University has postponed the Personal Contact Programme for students of Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication which was scheduled for December 2 onwards, an official press note said here today. Classes will now be held in January.



Bail plea rejected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail petition filed by a city resident — N.K. Singh — accused of accepting money for getting a student admitted to MBBS course. Bail was, however, granted to Sunita Singh in the same case.

The two were apprehending arrest in a cheating and a breach of trust case registered by the Chandigarh police under Sections 420, 406 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code on the complaint of Mr Subhash Sharma.

According to the prosecution, the complainant had alleged that the accused, contacted for the admission of his son, was paid Rs 3 lakh in advance. The needful was not done. The cheque, subsequently, issued was also dishonoured by the bank.

After going through the documents and hearing the arguments in the case, Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the High Court observed that there was no case for granting anticipatory bail to N.K. Singh.



Death for rape: lawyers urge caution
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, November 28
Rape is not only a crime against a woman, it is a crime against society. Victims of such violence by and large belong to weaker sections of society. Therefore, the rapist should be sentenced to capital punishment, opine advocates while commenting on the suggestion of Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani that punishment for the rape should be death.

However, they have cautioned that after viewing recent cases, it is evident that in some cases, the accused are being falsely implicated. Therefore, it has become essential for the police to use advanced technology to investigate such cases. The intention of the complainant should be verified and it should be verified whether it was committed with her consent or not.

Mr A.S. Sukhija, says the idea of slapping the death sentence on the rapist is absurd. It has been observed that the consent of the reported victim was obtained in many rape cases. It has also become a tool for many persons to falsely implicate other persons for money and to set their personal scores. So the government should view the law and a necessary amendment should be made so that no innocent person is falsely implicated in the case.

He adds that the role of the investigating agency or the police official is not impartial. They instead show pity towards the victims and trouble her by repeating questions. No female police officer is provided to the rape victim despite guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court.

Mr Terminder Singh says it is unfortunate that there has been an increase in crimes against women. In addition to the trauma of rape itself, victims have had to suffer further agony during long proceedings.

He adds that since punishment for rape is severe and as per law laid down by the Supreme Court, conviction in case of rape can be based upon sole testimony of the victim, the police officer investigating the case has to be extra careful so that no innocent person is falsely implicated. Sometimes people level rape charges to blackmail people or to settle their personally scores. This can be checked by using advance investigation techniques.

Mr Rajan Malhotra says most of the women are not aware of their rights and they are afraid as well. Sometimes the accused belong to higher strata of society and the police shields them. Another problem they face is that the procedure is very lengthy and the delay gives an opportunity to the accused to pressurise the victim.

Mr N.K. Nanda says a large number of women are afraid to report rape to the police because they fear embarrassment and insensitive treatment by the police, doctors and the defence counsel. Every caution should be taken by the investigating agency as to whether the case is genuine or not.

In rape cases, the court proceedings add to and prolong the psychological stress the victims suffer. Therefore, it become necessary to simplify the procedure for the rape victim, says Mr Narinder Dalal.

Things to be done by the police to find out the real culprit include DNA test of the victim and the accused. During medical examination of the victim, opinion should be obtained from the doctor whether rape has been committed or sexual intercourse has taken place. Clothes, hair and other related articles of the victim and the accused should be sent immediately by doctors for examination. In case the victim says she was made unconscious by using drugs, her blood and urine test should be conducted.

Rape is said to be committed if penetration is sufficient to constitute sexual intercourse necessary to the offence of rape. Sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape. A man is said to commit rape who has sexual intercourse with a woman against her will, without her consent, with her consent, when her consent has been obtained by putting her or any person in whom she is interested in fear of death or of hurt, with her consent, when the man knows that he is not her husband and that her consent is given because she believes that he is another stupefying or unwholesome substance, she is unable to understand the nature and consequences of that to which she gives consent, with or without her consent, when she is under 16 years of age.



Books released
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 28
‘Badmash’ collection of short stories by Ripudaman Singh Roop and ‘Balakh Na Bukhare’ — Punjabi play by Sanjeevan Singh were released at a meeting of the Sahit Sabha Mohali here today. Dr Prem Singh was the chief guest and Harbhajan Halwarvi ‘Balkh Na Bukhare’ presided over. Initiating discussion on the books, Prof Kulwant Singh said the writers were father and son and fighting social evils through writings. Dr Sahib Singh wished to play leading character (Gary) of ‘Balkh Na Bukhare’. Theatre and TV artist, Ramandeep Dhillon has sung the songs penned by Jasvinder for ‘Balkh Na Bukhare’. On Badmash Dr Prem Singh said that the creation of Roop would contribute establishing mini short stories as a form of literature. Harbhajan Halwarvi said that “Badmash” contained 40 short stories on different themes.

Present on the occasion, were noted Punjabi writer Santokh Singh Dhir, Inder Singh Raz, Shiv Nath, Puran Singh Kirti, Manmohan Dost, S.S. Bhandal and Manmohan Singh Daon, President of the Sabha.



‘The Guru’ arrives in India

Encouraged by the success of ‘Monsoon Wedding’, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and Channel Nine Entertainment Ltd’s ‘American Desi', the Paramount Films India is releasing ‘The Guru’ in India in English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. The Hindi version of the film will be released today at Piccadily, Chandigarh, and Suraj, Panchkula. It is a presentation of Universal, Studio Canal and Working Title and the producers believe that there is an audience for such contemporary themes.

‘The Guru’ will appeal to the Indian audience also, because it tells the story of a mishap-laden cross-culture involving a search for the American dream. A young Indian dance teacher arrives in New York in the pursuit of fortune and fame, but finds himself working as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. There, he meets a film star and is mistaken for a sex guru.

‘The Guru’ is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Feliner and Michael London and directed by Daisy Von Scheler Mayer. The film stars Jimi Mistry, Marisa Tomei, Heather Graham, Michael McKlean, Dash Mihok and Emil Marwa. Shekhar Kapur and Lisa Chasin Debra Hayward are the executive producers. It has story by Tracey Jackson. ‘The Guru’ has already generated a lot of curiosity. DP



Meena Kumari award for Rupa
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, November 28
Chandigarh-based poetess Rupa Saba has brought laurels to the city by being awarded the Mehzabin Meena Kumari Award at the All-India Poetess Conference (AIPC) held at Bangalore.

At a press conference here today the Urdu poetess said the award was given to her for her latest book “Akas”. The award, which included a certificate of honour, a shawl, Rs 3,000 in cash and memorabilia, was presented by Governor of Karnataka P.N. Chaturvedi.

Rupa Saba said 44 poetesses of all Indian languages were also honoured at the conference held on November 18 and 19. She said she had been nominated as an executive member of the AIPC and would be representing Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

She said she had written three books so far which contained about 300 poems. The script of these books was in Hindi but the language used in poetry was Urdu. The matter for the fourth book was ready but she wanted that the book was published in Urdu language. She said her poems had also been published in some Pakistani magazines.

She said she had been called to participate in the mushaira at Governor’s House in Shimla on January 26 and August 15 every year and was the only poetess from the North to get this honour.

The poetess, who feels more comfortable speaking Urdu rather than Hindi or Punjabi, said she was really attached to the language and on her own made efforts to learn the script. She used to listen to the Urdu service programmes of the All-India Radio. The attraction was so much that she even bunked classes to listen to her favourite programmes. In 1999 she had attended formal classes in Urdu for some time.

She wishes to write some poetry in Punjabi as well but is waiting for the right time.



Politicians’ love for jails
By Jaspal Bhatti

Whenever Parkash Singh Badal is out of power, he is desperate to go to jail. Jails are, in fact, lucky for all politicians. Most of the politicians have begun their careers from jails and reached their peaks by repeated entry into jails. Depriving a politician of his right to court arrest is an unpardonable sin. Amarinder Singh should realise that tomorrow when the Congress is out of power, he might have a similar urge to court arrest to improve the Congress image. The jail is like a temple to the politician.

My suggestion is that every politician should make a small jail at his residence. Before starting his day in the morning, he should sit in his personal jail for some time and chant abuses and hurl slogans against his opponents. If someone telephones at the minister’s office, he will be replied, “Baad mein phone karna, saab jail mein hain” (Ring after some time, sahib is in jail).

The government should construct beautiful jails at different places like markets, near lakes, in gardens or on highways so that any politician wanting to go to jail to get a moral boost can have an easy access to jails. Once a year all ministers should also be sent to central jails under the Compulsory Cultural Exchange Programme with criminals.

A party worker from the CM’s village went to thank the CM for the job his brother had got. He said: “Sarkar, koi morcha laana ho taan dasna”.

The Chief Minister reminded him: “Fool, we are in power now!”


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