Wednesday, December 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Glitz & glamour
Ditch old for fresh on New Year’s Eve
Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service
She has ditched rimless aviators - covered with dust of antiquity - and the relics of her past time-honoured outlook for the New Year's Eve. The under-grad has eyes for retro-shaped sunglasses with black frame, to wear with an extra-long scarf and a whole new heart, during the afternoon bash on December 31.

The reason is not very hard to see. Li'l miss Tamana has decided to pay "a little more attention" to fashion accessories on the last surviving day of the dying year, unlike her out of season chums, for that hot-off-the-fire look. No wonder, she will be zooming down to a posh hotel in her jaunty jalopy with a suede patchwork belt holding tight her salsa skirt.

If you also, like Tamana, wish to shed those flabby feathers and fly just a little bit for the New Year party, even for Christmas revelry, listen to our experts. They are here to tell you "what all to wear now".

First of all, go in for a nice scarf. Buy a lengthy one so that you can wrap it around, and around, your neck. You can also leave it hanging down your beauteous self, whatever suits you the best. Besides looking for the long ones, make sure that you pick up a decorative scarf.

"The idea is not to keep you warm, but to make you look like a hip-chick," says young fashion designer Rahul Singh. "If you wanna look cool, please do not consider scarves as chill chasers, but substitute for necklaces. That's the reason why fashion-forward damsels of the world are swathing their elegant necks with skinny scarves embellished with beautiful prints or fringes".

Scarves, he asserts, look best when worn with tank tops or camisoles. "You can wear scarves with salwar-kameez also. No one can stop you from doing that, but they kind of look odd with suits. Avoid the combination if you can".

Also, pick up a patent leather belt for Rs 1,500, approximately. "You can also take out some real hard cash for purchasing a nice attractive shell belt for the same price," recommends another fashion designer Cheenu Sharma. "Flower-shaped belts are also in vogue. You can get them for Rs 450 or so. If you wish to go in for something less expensive, pick up a striped canvas belt. You can get it for half the price of a flower-shaped belt".

This is not all. Pay special attention to earrings. "Go in for the hoops. They are not very expensive. Simple ones are costing Rs 200," reveals Cheenu. "If you abhor chunk jewellery, buy hoops in silver, otherwise go in for plastic hoops in different hues to match the dress you are wearing. They can be had for just Rs 50. You can also buy jhumkas for the same price. They look gorgeous specially if you have long shapely neck. If you want to twirl around the dance floor with something more costly, you can buy diamond hoops for Rs 16,000".

Remember to buy "good" bracelets. "You can take home glass and metal bracelets for less than Rs 300," Cheenu adds. "Else, you can wear beaded bracelets. Safety pin bracelets are much in demand, but you will have to get them from Delhi after taking Rs 650 out of your handbag. Scores of jingling round and square bangles around your fair wrist look good. You can buy them for Rs 25 each". So gals, let's hope you are triumphant in hogging the spotlight with sparkling details. 


Venus Speaks
It’s all about basics

She believes in basics for keeping herself fit, and good looking. That's the reason why Manisha Madan — ramp-model crowned Miss Chandigarh recently — goes in for "natural stuff" only.

"I take care of my comely complexion not by going in for elaborate facials and massages, but by keeping my visage clean," Manisha asserts. "For this, I wash my face daily, twice at least".

She adds: "No, I do not use face wash or stuff like that. I simply go in for a good quality soap. This is not all. After washing my face, I liberally apply moisturiser on my visage. Also, I give myself 20 minutes time for allowing the moisturiser to set in. Only then, I move out of my residence".

But how does she take care of her health? "I exercise a lot. In other words, I jog till beads of perspiration surface on my brow. The only problem is that I just cannot force myself to get out of bed during winters. Jokes apart, I do make efforts". So girls, listen to her. Basic is elementary.


Nothing exceeds like excess of accessories

All you pretty damsels of the world eager to shake, rattle and roll on the polished dance floor of life into 2003, here are some not-so-deadly sins you should not be committing at all with your alluring bracelets, striking rings, even gorgeous high-heel ankle boots.

Make sure you are not wearing too much jewellery before you leave the cozy comfort of your dressing room on December 31. "It's easy," says Raman, owner of a chunk jewellery showroom. "Stand in front of a full fashioned mirror and look at the familiar girl smiling back at you. Observe objectively, like an alien from another social strata would. Has she loaded herself with ornaments she need not wear? Is she looking cheap with expensive necklace around her neck and diamond studs dangling from her ears? Does she believe in ostentation? Is she trying to show off her attitude? If the answer to the questions is in affirmative, sit down for a moment, think, and bring out the necessary changes".

But how? "Well, first of all you should remember not to wear prominent necklace with striking earrings," Raman suggests. "If the necklace you wish to wear is outstanding, go in for simple hoops, or vice versa. Just make sure both of them are not dazzling".

This is not all. Piling too many rings looks odd. "Chances are that the crowd will not see you as a hip-chick. They might think you are superstitious or something", fashion designer Shaheen Sharma asserts. "I am not saying that you should not wear rings around your chiseled fingers at all for the fear of being branded superstitious. Put them on, but with style. Chunky ones, readily available with the jewellers, should be worn alone. If you love the thin ones, make sure you limit them to either your center or pinkie fingers".

Another thing. The knick-knacks you wear for the morning and afternoon parties should essentially be different from stuff you put on for the evening bash. "You should replace the basic stuff with more festive pieces for the after-dark events," recommends Delhi-based Radhu, fashion designer.

Last warning. High heels can give you that super-sleek elegant look; no doubt about it, but can also hurt your hoofs the day after. "The reason is not very hard to see", Radhu claims. "High heels place pressure on your toes, arches and balls of your feet. That is why the ligaments in your knees take on extra strain and result in muscular pain. The story does not end here. High heel sandals are normally narrow in front. They cramp your toes and cause pain".

So dolls, don't cut foot loose in high heels. Go in for flat sandals. "They are in. You should, however, pair them with the right outfit. They look best with peasant skirts, cropped pants, even minis and jeans. Don't wear them with tailored clothes like suits, trousers or a pencil skirt". Go ahead girls, it's time to have some fun. After all it's New Year's Eve. 


Tough sailing for PU student council
Sanjeev S. Bariana
Tribune News Service

It has been a very shaky term for the Panjab University Campus Students Council right from the beginning of this academic year.

The council which got elected much after the normal schedule in October, continues to face times of uncertainty with a direct threat to the admission of the president. Malwinder Singh Kang got a very late admission after facing opposition from the Law Department. His admission was allowed despite clearance by the Syndicate which happens to be the cabinet of the university Senate.

Besides a formal welcome function for freshers, the council has not been able to undertake any other student activity worth a mention despite a long list of promises in the election manifesto.

The council members say that they were unable to concentrate on their agenda due to their heads being heavy in matters pertaining to admission of their president. Malwinder Singh Kang says that he has had no real time to sit in his office and have parlance with his colleague office bearers to chalk out a definite action plan for getting demands of students met by the university. He said a student president needed to be made a member of various bodies, which govern student matters.

“I am not making any great claims of participation or deliberations in matters of national importance, However, there are certain needs of hostel students which need to be met by the university. We had underlined certain items in our agenda which include: lift in Kasturba Hostel for Girls; placement cells in the MBA Department and a separate one for the university”, Kang added.

BBA loosing grace

Launched with much fanfare the Bachelor of Business Administration courses in affiliated colleges are losing the mad rush as is evident from the fact that colleges are asking the university to withdraw affiliation in the subject. At least three colleges have sought the university to withdraw affiliation.

The main reason is that the subject has failed to deliver the expected results from the market. Portrayed as a prelude to the coveted MBA course, the course lent dreams of jobs to students after their BBA. This was not to be so because the market has not yet given due respect to the subject.

Students also thought that students of these courses would be given preference during admissions to the MBA, which was a minimum qualification for decent jobs in the managerial sector. However this was not to be as these students stood on the same level as students from all other courses who appeared for the entrance examination to MBA.

Practical exams

Panjab University has decided that the annual practical examination in affiliated colleges will be conducted by at least one external examiner to lend more decency to the exercise. This is particularly aimed in the direction of allegations of students that practical classes were not held decently in first place so nothing great could be expected out of the practical examination exercise.

The question paper for conducting the practical examination will be set by the university from an external examiner. The practical examination will be conducted between February 15 and March 31. To begin with the exercise will be introduced only in case of BA and B Sc III for the current session. Next year the exercise will be carried over to the second year as well.

A periodical inspection committee of the university will visit the colleges regularly to ensure that college laboratories are well-equipped with the instruments and other material.


Dharam Paul, a research scholar working in the Department of Biochemistry of Panjab University, has been awarded second prize for his research paper presented at the 29th annual conference of the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India. The conference was organised by the Department of Endocrinology at the PGIMER.

The award carries a certificate along with a cash prize of Rs 7500. Dharam Paul is working under the supervision of Prof D.D.Bansal and Prof Rajeshwar Sharma. He is currently working towards development of an animal model which is expected to provide a better understanding of the diabetes.

Memorial lecture

Identification and route of flow of a mighty river so eloquently eulogised in the 'Vedas' was the topic of the Prof Jagannath memorial lecture delivered by Prof O.P.Bharadwaj, a former Veda Vyasa professor of Indology and Director of the Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies, Kurukshetra University, at PU.

'Rigvedic sarasvati' was the main area of discussion. Prof Bharadwaj identified 'sarasvati' with the modern day 'Ghaggar' and ruled out possibility of the Satluj or the Yamuna. He referred to Volcanic-tectonic upheaval mentioned in the vedic literature in this connection to pinpoint the connection of 'sarasvati' with the 'Ghaggar'. He said ' a big underground river still exists below the bed of Ghaggar'.


Prof S.K.Kulkarni, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was invited to deliver the prestigious Col R.N.Chopra Oration 2002 of the Indian Pharmacological Society on ' Indian Pharmacology: The Challenging Times Ahead" at the 35th annual conference held recently at Gwalior.

The Pharmacological Association honoured Professor Kulkarni by conferring upon him the fellowship of the association for contribution to pharmaceutical Sciences and the profession of pharmacy in the country.


HC seeks attendance break-up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
Acting on a petition challenging the re-scheduling of Panjab University's LLB examination and holding of special lectures till then for students falling short of lectures, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the respondents to file an affidavit indicating the number of candidates not permitted to take the annual or semester examinations during the past five years on the account of lecture shortage.

Issuing the directions, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice J.S. Khehar and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta, added that separate break-up of the number, department and course wise, should be given.

The Bench directed: “The affidavit should also indicate the number of candidates permitted to appear in various examinations in the same break-up.”

The Judges added: “The information is being called only for three relevant departments.” In their detailed order, the Judges also directed the counsel for the respondents to file a written statement by December 19.

In his petition, student Jitin Talwar had earlier sought the quashing of an order, dated December 7, whereby the on-going examinations had been re-scheduled “not withstanding the fact that the papers had already commenced”.

The order, he had added in his petition against the university, the Chairman of the Department of Laws and the Dean Student Welfare, was issued in an arbitrary manner and without the mandate of law.

Giving details, he had added that the papers scheduled to be held on December 9 had been rescheduled for December 24. The intervening period was to be used for holding special lectures for students falling short of lectures.

His counsel had added there was no provision for holding special classes for fulfilling the deficiency of lectures after the commencement of examinations and as such the order was not sustainable in the eyes of the law. 


Carmel Convent annual day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
The Punjab Governor, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today underlined the need for preparing the youth to meet the challenges of the new millennium. Speaking at the annual day function of Carmel Convent School, the Governor said that as the world was emerging as a global village, physical boundaries between countries in trade and commerce had vanished.

The Chandigarh Administration, he added, had already started computer education in all government schools and students must be given a feel of the Internet which had become a vehicle for almost every human activity.

General Jacob said that he saw a great future for students in the cyber and biotech age, adding that the Chandigarh Administration was determined to promote information technology in a big way. Similarly, Chandigarh was also setting up a bio-technology park.

Emphasising the importance of sports, he said the sporting activities helped develop team spirit and character. He, however, lamented that sport was neglected in our schools.

Earlier, students of the school presented a colourful programme. General Jacob inaugurated the function by lighting a lamp.

Prize distribution function:

A prize distribution function was held in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, where students from Classes IX to XII were given prizes for bagging top positions in mock tests conducted by the Amar Educational Cultural Charitable Trust.

Besides awarding prizes, scholarships and certificates to the meritorious students, poor and needy students were provided books and special scholarships by the trust. A statement issued here said that the trust had taken the responsibility of educating five poor but deserving students of the school in the best possible way.


NSS camp in PEC concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
The concluding day of a 10-day NSS camp at Punjab Engineering College started off with a session on personality development through “sahaj yoga”. A statement issued here today said students were enlightened about the science of serenity, which was a system of meditation that helped in overcoming stress.

Later, NSS volunteers presented a cultural programme, including humorous skits and ghazals. A friendly cricket match between the NSS volunteers was also organised.

During the camp, volunteers performed street plays in Janata Colony based on themes like importance of education menace of dowry, female foeticide and drugs and liquor abuse. Students were also told about, management as a career option after graduation.

Meanwhile, a mass anti-rabies vaccination and deworming camp for pets, stray dogs and other animals was organised by the Kindness Club of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, during an NSS camp at Kajheri village in collaboration with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

A special NSS camp of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, was inaugurated by the DEO, Ms Asha Sharma, today, who called upon volunteers to work for the welfare of the society. She also flagged-off an AIDS awareness rally, in which about 100 volunteers participated.

The volunteers will also participate in various social, cultural and physical activities during the camp.


Statement recorded in Sidhu case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 17
The statement of an Inspector with the Punjab Vigilance, Mr Des Raj, was recorded today in a case registered against the suspended chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, under the Arms Act. The case was adjourned for January 11.

Meanwhile, the UT state has filed a reply on a plea moved by the defence counsel in a case registered against Sidhu under the Excise Act. The defence counsel had filed an application in a local court claiming that Sidhu had valid permit to keep foreign liquor in his house. The defence counsel further claimed that later Sidhu had lost the permit. However, the record in this regard was placed in the Excise Department and may be summoned from there. Meanwhile, the UT state had filed a reply stating that this was not right time to call the record, so the defence counsel can summon the record at the time of evidence. The court adjourned the case under the Excise Act till December 19.


Full Court reference to Justice Sehgal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
For mourning the death of former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge-cum-Punjab Lok Pal Justice D.V. Sehgal, a full Court reference was made in court room number one.

Addressing the sitting Judges, besides former Judges and Advocate-Generals of Punjab and Haryana, along with Bar members, High Court Bar Association’s Vice-President S.S. Behl prayed that the departed soul may rest in peace.

Punjab Advocate-General Harbhagwan Singh added that “another tragedy had overtaken the legal fraternity in the sad and untimely demise of Justice Sehgal.... Cruel hands of death have snatched away from us, another great and large hearted Judge”.

Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
122 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |