Sunday, December 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Globalisation, ill-effects of privatisation discussed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 7
Issues related to globalisation and political economy of the religion were discussed in details during the two-day seminar on ‘Globalisation and political economy of north-west India’ which concluded at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26. The seminar was organised by Department of Political Science of the college in collaboration with ICSSR, Chandigarh.

The working sessions of the seminar focussed on various issues like globalisation and issues of economic development and impact of globalisation. Prof H.S. Mehta spoke about the ill-effects of privatisation while presenting a paper ‘End of cold war and the geo-economics of north-west India’ , while Prof Gurman Singh of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, spoke on ‘Globalisation, WTO regime and challenges to Punjab agriculture’.

The afternoon sessions saw speakers like Prof B.S. Ghuman, who presented a paper on ‘Liberalisation policy and industrial development’, Prof Birender Pal Singh from Punjabi University, Dr Surinder Kumar from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Dr Gurbhagwant Singh Kahlon from Verka Milk Plant, Dr Baljit Singh from GND University and Mr Karamjit Singh of SGGS College.

Inaugurating the seminar, Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, here yesterday, appreciated the gesture and efforts of the college in organising such a seminar.

Delivering the keynote address, Prof Bhupinder S. Brar, said there were various interpretations of globalisation and hence no general theory had evolved so far. This seminar would help people see the impact of globalisation in the regional perspective, he said.

Dr R.P. Bajpai, Director, CSIO, Chandigarh, spoke on globalisation in the electronics industry in the northern India. The guest of honour, Prof Dennis Rumpley from University of Western Australia, Perth, talked about Australia’s growing interest in the fast-growing Indian economy.

Later the first academic session on ‘Globalisation: theoretical issues’ presented two speakers. Dr Ritu Sharma from the Department of Political Science, Panjab University, spoke on ‘Conceptualising globalization’, while Prof A.S. Narang from the Department of Political Science, IGNOU, Delhi, talked about ‘Issues of growth and equity’. Speaking on ‘Globalisation: experience and future challenges’, Prof R.S. Ghumman from Punjabi University, Patiala, shared his thoughts with the audience. The session was chaired by Mr P.S. Sahai.

The post-lunch session, chaired by Prof Gurnam Singh, was based on the theme ‘Globalisation and social identities’. Prof P.S. Verma of Panjab University spoke on ‘Dalits and globalization’ followed by Dr Rajesh Gill of Panjab University talked about ‘Gender in globalised India: the case of Panjab’. The others who spoke in this session today included Dr Ronki Ram from Panjab University, Dr Manjit Singh from Panjab University, Dr Kuldeep Singh from GND University, Amritsar, and Dr Ashutosh Kumar from Panjab University.

Earlier, Mr P.S. Sangha, Principal of the college, while welcoming the guests threw light on the subjects and case studies incorporated in the seminar. The valedictory address was given by Mr Gurdev Singh Brar, acting president of the Sikh Educational Society.


Hike in PTA funds rolled back
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, December 7
Following reduction in the hike in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) funds, students of local Government Degree College today called off their strike after six days.

The strike was called off after the members of PTA Committee and students decided to reduce the hike in PTA funds by half.

Chaired by college Principal, in the meeting the students were assured that their other demands would also be fulfilled soon.

The college students had been on strike since December 2 following a hike of Rs 200 in PTA funds by the college management.

To press for their 16 demands the college students had also organised a protest march and burnt an effigy of the Parent and Teacher Association Committee (PTAC) in Ramlila Grounds on December 5.


Kids to ‘take over’ AIR today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
300 children of various schools of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula would participate in different programmes of All India Radio, Chandigarh, tomorrow. This will be part of the AIR programming on the International Children’s Broadcasting Day.

Besides, presentation of programmes, the children alone will be making live-linking announcements of various programmes throughout the day. Highlights of the programmes include interaction with Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at 12.30 pm.

Other prominent personalities interacting with children would be Asian gold medalist and Director, Sports (Punjab), Padamshree Kartar Singh at 2.30 pm. Creator and Director, Rock Garden, Padamshree Nek Chand at 3.30 pm. Hero of 1971 war and Mahavir Chakra awardee Brig Kuldip Singh Chandpuri (retd) at 4 pm.

Film producer and comedian Jaspal Bhatti will interact with kids at 4.20 pm, while Prof K.L. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, will share his views at 4.40. Columnist, film producer and Chairman, National Society for Child Artists, Mr Ajit Salani, will be on air with children at 8 p.m.

The engineering head of All India Radio, Chandigarh, Mr G.S. Bhatti, will be sharing his views on radio broadcasting at 4.50 pm. The children will be presenting items of music, poetry, folk songs, group songs, and debates among other items. 


PU prof nominated UGC member
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Dr Aruna Goel from Panjab University was today honoured at a special function for her nomination to the University Grants Commission (UGC) recently, a press note said.

Earlier this year she was also nominated as a member of the prestigious Society of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.

Addressing a gathering at the ICSSR Complex, she said "the assignments would definitely add to my responsibilities towards higher education in the country as it involves the coordination, supervision and control of more than 200 universities all over the country.

Besides planned funds for the plan period, the UGC provides funds for 35 different schemes to achieve academic excellence in higher education".Back


School carnival attracts crowds
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 7
From mouth-watering eatables and fun games to foot-tapping music, the winter carnival organised by St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School was a memorable event for all. Judging by the number of young girls and boys flocking the venue in Sector 44 school campus, the efforts of the organisers were well appreciated.

The carnival had about 49 stalls out of which 25 were for games, 23 for eatables and five for winter garments. The games that attracted the maximum crowd were wheel of fortune, tambola, khul ja sim sim and bowling alley.

For the younger children, there was a Micky Mouse to play with besides camel rides.

The carnival started with students presenting a bhangra and a gidda and later the stage was open to all those wanting to sway to popular foot-tapping numbers, which played non-stop.

According to Ms Simi Grewal, Director of the school, this is the second consecutive year the school has organised the carnival at such a large scale. Back


Budding artistes enthral
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 7
The third-day cultural show organised by junior students of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, was a perfect display of talent of the budding artistes, enthralling the audience with their excellence performance.

The show started with the toddlers of pre-nursery playing the role of musicians, jokers, pipers and dancers in an action song. For the children of nursery, it was a day to infuse life into the characters of their favorite rhymes which they did through their item “Land of Rhymes”.

A puppet dance, depicting the flexible nature of our country’s people in adopting different cultures was highlighted by the students of class IV. The students of kindergarten staged Oscar Wilde’s well known story “The Selfish Giant” by turning themselves into flowers, fruits and trees.

Students also presented songs and ghazals. The school dance troupe presented a Jhoomar dance. Ms Surinder Tangri, Director, State Institute of Education and Principal of Government College of Education, was the chief guest on this occasion. Ms Jagjit Sekhon, Principal of the school, presented the annual report, highlighting the achievements of the students.


Fun Fest’ opened at St Soldiers
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, December 7
The students of Lawrence Public School here won the maximum number of prizes during the day-long inter school competitions held as part of the two-day fete “Fun Fest”, inaugurated at St Soldiers Public School, Phase VII, here today.

Open to general public, the school had made arrangements for fun-filled activities for children and a large variety of food items were made available at various stalls.

The various competitions held included rangoli, face painting, drawing and mehndi. While the team comprising Balsharan, Neetu, Priya and Ravneet won the first prize in the rangoli competition, the team comprising Harpreet, Jasleen, Kanwal, Mandeep and Neeru won the second prize and the team comprising Yasmine, Rajbir, Manpreet, Harleen, Amritpreet and Ruchi won the third prize. All these winning teams were from Lawrence Public School.

Suneet Kumar of Lawrence Public School won the first prize in drawing and poster making while Pooja of Shivalik Public School came second and Gursharan of Lawrence Public School came third. Simarjot, Vishal and Jasleen got the consolation prizes.

Amrinder Preet and Kartik won the first prize in face painting while Nitish and Kanwal came second and Amanpreet Singh with Amandeep came third in face painting competitions.

Gursharan of Lawrence Public School came first in mehndi competition while Daljit Singh of Shivalik Public School came second and Sunit came third in the competition. Arveen got the consolation prize.

Aayaan of Lawrence Public School won the fancy dress competition while Kamaljit and Paramjit of the same school won the second prize and Bhavna of the same school won the third prize.

The main attraction of the fete tomorrow is the inter school Smart Kid competition which will be held in three categories starting at 9 a.m.Back


Student poets honoured during symposium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Poets from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh participated in an all-India poetic symposium organised in the auditorium of DAV College today by the Sri Ram Cultural Society and the Adbi Kala Kendra.

Where normally only poetic recitations are held on such symposiums, today’s occasion was also taken to honour young student poets of the college, including Dharampal Singh, Navalpreet Singh and Harmanjit Singh.

Poets reflected upon the shades of life through their well-knit verses. Jigar Jalandhari recited ‘Yeh duniya hai jahan yaaron sabhi humdum nahi hote, kisi ke tum nahi hote, kisi ke hum nahi hote’. Rajinder Chand recited ‘Tum hi jeete yeh maante hain magar, is tarah se bhi haarta hai koi, dil se aise nikaalkar phenke, kil jaise nikaalta hai koi....’

Among the women poets, Madhu Chaturvedi from Gajrola, Uttar Pradesh, was especially impressive as she recited ‘Mat kabhi khoon ki taseer samajhiye thandi, khoon to khoon hai kab jaane ubaal aa jaye...’

Anjum Qadri from Malerkotla paid a tribute to his mother with his poem ‘Yeh chalan phir na zamane ki hava ka hota, aasra mujhko agar maa ki dua ka hota...

Gurdial Singh Arif recited a poem which read, ‘Jisme mera khud se milna hota hai, woh ik tamha hi to hain jo ki mera hota hai...'

Another poet from Malerkotla, Mahmood Alam, recited ‘Dil lahu hota hai aur haath kalam hote hain tab kaheen jake se jazbaat raqqam hote hain...’Back


Learning is fun, kids teach adults
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 7
“Learning is fun” — the message was clear through the fun- filled cultural function that marked the annual day of the kindergarten section of CL Aggarwal DAV Model School in Sector 7, here today.

The event began with a welcome song and Gayatri mantra followed by the tiny tots putting on their dancing shoes to sway to their favorite rhymes. An enchanting skit “Goldilocks and the three bears” was also enacted by the little children.

Mr Justice A.L. Bahri, Chairman LMC, who was the chief guest on this occasion, gave away prizes to the students who excelled in both academic and co- curricular activities. Ms Pramila Dhar, Principal of the school, delivered a vote of thanks and highlighted the achievements of the kindergarten section.

Mr Ravinder Talwar, manager of the school, was also present. 


Seminar on management
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 7
A seminar on ‘Total quality management’ was organised by Guru Gobind Singh College for Women for its staff members on the college premises in Sector 26 here today.

Talking about the philosophy of total quality management, Mr A.K. Singh, Deputy Director, National Productivity Council, Chandigarh, said that total quality management was an integrated organisational approach in meeting the expectations of customers. He emphasised on implementation of the same through involvement of everyone and at all levels and system standardisation addressed by ISO 9000.

In the second session, Prof. K K Bajaj, Registrar, Jaypee University of IT, Himachal Pradesh, spoke on need and relevance of assessment and accreditation which was required by the educational institutes today. He also emphasised the need of initiating a thinking process among the students in the context of the global scenario.

Earlier, the Principal of the college Dr Harinderjit Kaur welcomed the guests, followed by a introductory lecture on quality management by Ms Batra, a faculty member.Back


Inter-school shabad-gayan contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
An inter-school ‘shabad-gayan’ competition was organised in the Sector 30 Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School here today. According to a press note issued here today by Ms Tripat D.P. Singh, Principal of the school, nine schools took part in the competition.

The results of the competition are as follows: Shri Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 40-C, Chandigarh — first; Shivalik Public School, SAS Nagar — second; and Paragon Senior Secondary, Sector 69, SAS Nagar — third.

Mr Gurpartap Singh Riyad presided over the function and the judges for the contest were Prof Darshan Singh, Mr Paramjit Singh and Mr Avtar Singh.


187 cases disposed of at Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 7
As many as 187 cases were disposed of while a sum of Rs 40. 04 lakh was awarded as compensation to litigants in various cases during the 20th Lok Adalat organised at the District Courts' premises here today.

Mr R.S. Virk, Member Secretary, Haryana State Legal Services Authority, presided over the Lok Adalat and visited various courts and discussed the aims and objects of holding a Lok Adalat. He said that the Lok Adalats provide a statutory forum to the people to resolve all disputes except those expressly prohibited by the law.

All categories of civil cases, including matrimonial disputes under the Hindu Marriage Act (2), civil cases like bank disputes and service matters (15), cases under the Motor Vehicle Act (160) one case of criminal revision and other offences (9) were taken up.

Mr R.S. Virk said that the State Legal Services Authority could provide free legal aid to persons whose annual income was below Rs 25,000 per annum; persons in custody/ jails/psychiatric hospitals, besides industrial workmen, women and children and also those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes.


Munjal member Bar Council
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 7
Mr C.M Munjal was declared a member of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana at the end of the second round of the counting of votes here today, according to the Returning Officer of the Bar Council, Mr Nirmal Singh Dhillon.


Old wine in a new bottle
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

A scene from ‘Rishtey’RISHTEY (Nirman, Chandigarh and Suraj, Panchkula) might be lacking in class elements to make it a ‘presentation with any difference’, however, the progress of action is a decent one. Possession of a young child is the central theme where the child has given a commendable performance ably supported by the emotional bearings of his parents (Anil Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor).

The director Indra Kumar has to his credit a series of hits, including ‘Dil’, ‘Beta’, and ‘Ishq’ where emotional turmoil in human relationships, particularly in the family atmosphere, is the common thread. Shilpa Shetty in the role of a Maharashtrian fish-seller is appreciable, particularly in her diction of the script.

Audiences looking for some new adventure will however be disheartened as the progress of action is quite predictable in this genre of films. The show is good in parts and somehow lacks in the cine magic to invite the audience for a repeat visit.

Anil Kapoor is a professional boxer who makes his living in the ring. Karisma, daughter of millionaire Amrish Puri, falls in love with Anil. The duo marries against the wishes of the father. He, however, manages to separate the two through his plotting. Anil takes away the newborn baby and dedicates his life to his upbringing.

Anil runs away to a new land to escape Amrish who would do anything to finish the baby. Shilpa falls for Anil and is not affected by the fact that he is already married.

The Sanjiv-Darshan pair has lent good music in certain lyrics by Abbas Katkas. Rajeev Kaul and Praful Parekh have done the screenplay; Tanveer Khan has scripted the dialogues; and Ashok Thakeria and Indra Kumar are the producers.

Karz –The Burden of Truth (Neelam, Chandigarh, and KC, Panchkula) is likely to generate initial rushes because of the image Sunny Deol commands in drawing crowds at least in action promising films.

Harry Baweja has lent a loud voice and stronger flexing of muscles to his heroes, including Sunil Shetty, in a script which also has ingredients of romance, action, suspense and a love triangle.

The film stars Shilpa Shetty, Johny Lever, Sayaji Shinde, Saurabh Shukla, Kiron Kher, Rajeev Verma and Ashutosh Rana. Atul Sharma is the storywriter for the film produced by Kaushal Godha. Anees Bazmi is the dialogue writer; Yogesh Jain has managed the cinematography; action has been coordinated by Tinu Verma; Rekha Chinni Prakash is the choreographer; R Verman has handled the art; Sameer and Abbas have penned the lyrics; and Sanjeev- Darshan have handled the music. 


Legendary Pyarelal gives away Rafi Awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
It was an overwhelming occasion, not only for the legendary music maker Pyarelal, who was attending a function in the city for the first time, but also for every member of the gathering in Tagore Theatre, the venue for today’s Yaadgar-e-Rafi Award Nite 2002. A customary function of the Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, an organisation dedicated to keeping the memory of Mohammad Rafi alive by recreating his timeless melodies, the show was once again professionally managed but for a few hiccups.

The much-awaited programme started after one and a half hour of the scheduled time, but so interested was the audience in listening to the listed songs and also in watching Pyarelalji in action that they waited on patiently. The hall was filled to capacity. People were also standing in the rows. As the show began after Pyarelalji marked his presence along with his wife Sonali, it was time to honour musical talent, which fills the states of Northern India.

In the male senior category the coveted Rafi Award 2002 was awarded in the order of merit to Kiran Kumar from Chandigarh, Ramesh Kumar from Ambala and Manmohan Jagadhri from Yamunanagar. In the female senior section, the award was presented to Shruti Bhagat from Nahan, Veena Sehgal from Ludhiana and Kamalpreet from Patiala.

As the awards were being presented, each winner was in awe of Pyarelalji, who blessed the awardees with prizes as also his humility. He praised them for their efforts and inspired them to keep on honing their talent. The best part of the show came when it was time for children to collect their awards. It may be recalled that from this year onwards the society has introduced Rafi Awards in the junior section also. Children up to 17 years of age were also brought under the ambit of awards.

Among winners in the junior boys category (in the order of merit) are Deep Kataria from Panchkula, Vipul Mehta from Amritsar and Kartik from Chandigarh. In the junior girls section the awards, in the order of merit, went to Prachi from Barnala, Gursakhi from Amritsar and Shruti also from Amritsar.

While the awarding ceremony formed one part of the show which was jointly brought to the city by the Department of Cultural Affairs, UT, the NZCC, Patiala and the State Bank of India, another part was all about the songs directed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The show took off with Mohammad Naushad singing ‘Chahoonga main tujhe saanjh sawere’, the famous song from ‘Dosti’, which musically scored over Shankar Jaikishan’s ‘Sangam’ to fetch the Filmfare Award for Laxmikant-Pyarelal for that year.

The second in line came the famous ‘Parasmani’ (for which the duo won their first Filmfare award) song ‘Hasta hua noorani chehra’, by Pushpa and Rinku Kalia. Anil Sharma and Veenu Kautish then presented ‘Woh hai zara khafa khafa’ from ‘Shagird’. This was followed by songs from other hit films like ‘Do Raste’, ‘Mehboob Ki Mehndi’, ‘Aae Din Bahaar Ke’, ‘Khilona’, ‘Jeevan Mrityu’, ‘Lofar’, ‘Taqdeer’, ‘Humjoli’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Anjaana’ and many more.

Singers for the evening were V.M. Sharma, Puneeta, B.D. Sharma, K.S. Chatwal, Raman Kant, Kirti, Shashi Atri, Rekha, Gursakhi, Dinesh Sharma, Sukhdev, Kanchan, Sanjeev, R.P. Singh, Brijesh Ahuja, Kiran Kumar, T.S. Taluja, Purnima, Ramesh and Shruti.

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