Wednesday, January 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Private schools may extend holidays
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
While a formal decision over extension of holidays in private schools due to inclement weather conditions prevailing in the city will be taken tomorrow, managements of these institutes are contemplating to cancel holidays on Saturdays to compensate for the loss of working days.

However, no such move was undertaken by the UT Administration over extension of holidays in government schools here today. Following directives by the UT Administration, all government and private schools in the city are observing holidays from January 13 to 15.

Mr D.S. Bedi, president of the Private Schools Association, said if fog continued, holidays would be extended. “Fog was the primary reason for declaring holidays. If foggy conditions persist, we will extend holidays. Closing down schools for only three days serves no purpose,” he said.

Mr Bedi said they were also thinking about declaring Saturdays as complete working days to make up for the academic loss suffered by students. “Examinations are approaching and it is important that students do not lose time on account of holidays,” he stated.


Govt move on grant may close 100 colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
The Federation of Associations of Principals of Non-Government Affiliated Colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh has flayed the reported move of the Punjab Government to cut down the grant to colleges by 50 per cent and also to do away with the 95 per cent deficit grant-in-aid scheme.

In a statement issued here, the general secretary of the federation, Mr P.S. Sangha, said that if approved, the move would result in nearly 100 colleges in Punjab closing down. He also expressed concern over the uncertainty over the move to shift plus two classes from colleges to schools. He said that this move would lead to large scale retrenchment of the employees in affiliated colleges.

The federation had also “regretted” that members of the Punjab and Chandigarh, units, instead of focusing on bigger issues, were indulging in petty feuds. Mr Sangha appealed to the teachers not to fritter away its energy in settling personal scores as the survival of non-government colleges was at stake.


Flowers’ Day on PU campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
Despite fog and chill in the earlier part of the day, the Students Centre of Panjab University witnessed a heavy rush at the ‘Flowers’ Day’ counters.

The event was organised by the Panjab University Campus Students Council and saw a good exchange of flowers accompanied with ‘sweet messages’ and also ‘request songs’.

Malwinder Singh Kang, president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, said the event was organised with a view to promote interaction among students.


8 acquitted in jail-break case
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, January 14
The sensational Burail Jail break-up case today ended with the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, acquitting eight persons including advocate D.S Rajput, former Deputy Jail Superintendent Sheetla Parshad Misra, two accused in the Beant Singh assassination case — Jagtar Singh Hawara and Jagtar Singh Tara of the charges against them.

Pronouncing the judgement at the special courtroom in Model Burail Jail, the judge, however, convicted Satnam Singh and Balwinder Singh, charging them with cheating and forgery. The judge also acquitted the accused of charges levelled against them under the Explosives Act .

The quantum of sentence would be pronounced by the judge tomorrow. The other four accused who have been acquitted in the case are — Baljit Sigh, Jaswant Singh, Jawinder Singh and Jaspal Singh Dhillon. The UT Police had booked all 10 persons on charges of cheating, forgery and various other sections under the Explosives Act in 1998.

The UT Police had claimed that on June 11, 1998 a team of police personnel had unearthed the conspiracy to blow up the jail by arresting Satnam Singh. The police had alleged that the explosive — in the shape of sweet “pinnies”, was to be employed for blowing up a portion of the jail complex for enabling former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s alleged assassins, Jagtar Singh Tara and Jagtar Singh Hawara to escape.

Later, an inquiry conducted by the then SSP (Operation), Mr Asad Farooqui, had raised serious doubts about the occurrence of the incident. The prime witness Balkar Singh (SI deputed on secret duty in Burail Jail by CBO cell) in the case had stated in the report that the date of occurrence of the event, recorded in police files as on June 11, 1998, was actually June 8. Balkar’s statement was further corraborated by statements of two senior jail officials, who confirmed that the incident took place on June 8. Mr Farooqui had recorded the statement of 14 persons in an inquiry report.

As per the statement of Balkar Singh on June 8, 1998 Charanjit Singh (not his real name) came to meet one of the accused in Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara in Burail Jail. Later he was arrested by a team of police personnel from outside the jail. After that he did not know what happened to Satnam. He also added that under pressure from his seniors, he later did not challenge the police story. Later, however, he discovered that his name was also mentioned by the police party that had picked up the accused.

According to the then Deputy Inspector General of Prison-cum-Superintendent of Model Burail Jail, Mr R.D Sharma, on June 8, 1998 Charanjit Singh had come to meet one of the accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara. After investigation, however, it was revealed that Charanjit had mentioned wrong address in the jail register. Then Mr Sharma informed the SI Balkar Singh (CBO Cell) and directed him to give the information of the presence of suspicious persons to his senior officers for necessary action. After that police party came immediately. Later, he came to know that an FIR was registered in Police Station in Sector 34 and said Charanjit Singh whose real name is Satnam Singh of Morinda village was arrested.

The then Welfare Officer, Model Burail Jail, Mr Dalbir Singh, stated that on June 8, 1998, he was posted as in charge of the interviews and about 11 a.m. one Charanjit Singh had come to meet Jagtar Singh Hawara. As usual Charanjit Singh left the jail and SI Balkar Singh followed him till the outer main gate where the force was already waiting. Meanwhile, statements and documents of the official witnesses mentioned in an inquiry report and other officials, including the then SSP C.S.R Reddy supported the versions that the jail break incident took place on June 11, 1998.

While coming out of the jail some of the persons who were released said “now it is the state-responsibility of the state to prosecute the police personnel who had falsely implicated them in the case.” Those who were acquitted also claimed that they would file a case against the police personnel concerned and claim damages.


Bye pal, Marshmallow is here for Valentine’s
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

She has just kicked "darling" out of her life. Slammed the door after him. Even deleted the term from the re-cycle bin of her memory. Is now welcoming Mr Marshmallow. Has upload the name in her system after rebooting her existence style.

No, she hasn't switched over from one guy to another. Is still going around with the same old one with an unctuous visage. Only the "endearment" has been reprogrammed. Glittery one, this time. "Marshmallow" is an excellent term for summoning Manu, compared to "darling", she has realized.

There was a time, not long ago, when post graduation student Rim Jhim would call Manu "darling". Knocking down the street in blue denim dungarees over a burning red T-shirt, she would shout excitedly, "Yahoo, darling, where were you? Was looking for you all around the university campus for hours together. Am disappointed."

Manu, in turn, would smoothen his dusty brown hair with frail fingers and whisper, "Sorry, sugar for causing so much inconvenience. Actually, I was looking for something bitter to improve my taste, just for a change. Wouldn't keep you waiting in the cold again, promise. Honey, forgive me please, of course, for the last time".

The two would then walk together, hand-in-hand if no one was watching, to their favourite fast food joint for thick chocolate shake, sometimes chicken-in-a-bun. Or else, to the Student's Center for nimbu-pani and fried rice. Would share the stuff, if not the bill, before bidding good bye for the day.

Things were absolutely fine till the day Rim Jhim's best chum Tamana uttered in hushed tones, "Listen, Strawberry, I do not know about you, but I feel irritated when someone calls me sweetheart, sugar loaf, honey, even lover girl. It's absolutely out-dated and frumpy. Sounds as if grandpa is whispering sweet nothings in grandma's ears. It's so divorced from glamour. Don't know why you still insist upon sticking to such unostentatious terms…."

That's exactly when Rim Jhim decided to upgrade the computer of her life by cleaning the hard disk of her mind. The not to be used files were deleted, dictionary and thesaurus loaded.

Hours were spent flipping through the dog-eared yellowing pages of romantic novels she had not touched since the sad demise of her college days. This was not all. Dear friends were also asked to gingerly watch all those alien teenage serials on the television for endearments.

After days and days of cold sweat and struggle, terms were discovered. Soon after, law student Manu was forbidden from blending "sugar" and "honey" with day to day conversation. "Buttercup" was better, much better, he was told. His own name was re-christened from "Darling" to "Marshmallow". He had to agree. There was no option. Accept or leave - the conditions were unambiguous.

So all you guys and dolls still glued to old fashioned "terms of endearment", update your vocabulary. Forget "Jaan" and "Jaanoo", "Chikki" and "Golu", "Dharkan" and "Chamiya", even "Bhai-jaan" and "Bhai-sahib". Use a little bit of creativity tucked away in some remote corner of your handy brain. Mix it with whipped cream of imagination, and come out with glamorous endearments. Do it now, before St Valentine's Day on February 14. You still have a month. Take care and all the best folks.


Call him Cappuccino, if he’s steaming

You can survive without "darling", even "bhai-jaan", you are convinced. You have asked them to get out of your life, told them never to ring the bell again. Are now looking for flashy endearments. Good. Read on for a few invaluable tips.

Personalisation is the key to success, be sure. You will not only come up with terms that are apt, but ones that reflect your sentiments, and his traits.

Think of food, drinks, flowers and weather. You can even take help of Shakespeare. Sit down behind the dining table and picture the food you love the best. "Bhindi" and "kheer" flash across your mind. Well there is nothing wrong with your choice, but then he wouldn't like your screaming "Hi, Bhindi" or "Hi, Kheer". Call him "Muffin" instead.

This is not all. Cappuccino and Iced Café Mocha sound interesting, incomprehensible and expensive. Resonate your class too. Suddenly you become an integral ingredient of the café society. You can also refer to him as "Grilled Sandwich" only if he is in habit of losing temper more than his money.

Rose, Hibiscus, Sunflower, Daisy and Lily, even Dahlia, are "so common". Chrysanthemum - well you will encounter a lot of difficulty in remembering the spellings, unless you are good at it.

You can call him "Bachelor Button". He, in turn, can refer to you as "Baby-blue-eyes" or "Hyacinth Girl" (though it can be interpreted differently by English Literature students). Anyway, just make sure he doesn't whisper "Black-eyed Susan", or "Bitterroot" behind your back. If he does, call him "Arrowhead" or "Chinese Lantern".

"Lady's Slipper" is fine if he leaves you and runs after others. Post him a good-bye-forever card after signing "Love-lies-bleeding". But first, do not forget addressing the card to Mr. "Indian Paintbrush" or "Jack-in-the-pulpit". "Bamboo" is best if he is a dumb character.

If she is "simply gorgeous" call her Venus. You can, on the other hand, summon him by the name of "Julius Caesar". If his habit of constantly acting like a lover irritates you, call him "Romeo". The term is quite old, no doubt about it, but still apt.

Lastly, if he acts like a "chivalrous gentleman" by fighting all the time for your honour, or affection, try calling him "Power Supply". If he is mama's boy, shout, "Look here you Mother-Board, what do you think of yourself?". y


Venus Speaks
"Hi, there, Candy girl!"

Chums do not call her sugar, not even honey. No, it is not that the under-grad is bitter, or cold. Her name is catchy otherwise also. "I consider myself lucky," says ramp model-cum-final year student Candy Brar. "My name requires no endearments".

"A name like Candy has it's own advantage," she asserts, after casually placing a steaming coffee mug on the black granite table in a fast food joint. "People around just do not bug you by shouting `hi, dear', `hi, darling'. They call you by your name which is not bad in any case."

But what about her friends, how does she summon them, by names, or by terms of endearments? "I have pet names for all my pals," she whispers after pushing back her silky tresses with fair hands. Picking up the coffee mug, she reveals, "I do not call them by names based on their physical traits, but according to their nature. That's why I always refer to my best friend as `Sunshine'". y


Valentine songs from the 60s

Radio Buzz is here again with top 10 Valentine songs from the 1960s, just for you.

All you need is love — Beatles

Sunshine of your love —  Cream

Always on my mind —  Elvis Presley

And then he kissed me —  Crystals

Sugar Sugar —  Archies

Put a little love in your heart —  Jackie DeShannon

La La means I love you —  Delfonics

To love somebody —  Beegees

Venus in blue jeans —  Jimmy Clanton

Girl, you'll be a woman soon —  Neil DiamondBack


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