Sunday, January 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Placement smiles return to UBS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
With the resurgence of domestic economy, glow has returned to the faces of the students of the Panjab University Business School (UBS). Students and teachers are happy that, in spite of retrenchment trends, service- sector companies are making a beeline to recruit the UBS students.

Prof K.K. Mangla, Chairperson of the UBS, says: ‘‘The department has succeeded in attaining a reputation equivalent to the IIMs. The performance of old students and the ranking of the UBS among the top 15 business schools of India have helped it build a name. New companies from the financial and telecom sectors, including Global Trust Bank, ICICI Bank, ICICI Prudential, ING Vyasya, Bhrahamputra Infotech and E-value Serve, have come this year to recruit here and offer an average annual salary even upto Rs 3 lakh. So far, 26 other companies have confirmed their participation.”

Seema Bose, student coordinator of the placement cell, now recruited by the Bharti Group, said, instead of mass recruitment, service-sector companies were looking for loyal, creative and fast-learner recruits. ‘‘If you have an engineering degree along a management degree from PU, you have an edge over others,’’ says Seema, who is also an engineering graduate of Thapar Institute.

On the changing trend in recruitment, Dr Manoj K. Sharma, coordinator of the cell, says: ‘‘This year, companies have slowed down recruitment and begun consolidating. With the growth of finance and telecom sectors, the companies have come to recruit students for marketing, finance and HR jobs.’’

“Girl students, because of their “analytical minds” are the first preference of these companies. A fourth of the 122 students of the UBS are girls. Dr Sharma says that women executives have been found to be more dedicated, loyal and hard-working than men. However, boys with commerce and science backgrounds have also been selected by big groups. In view of the changing demands, the university has made the required changes in its curriculum, in collaboration with industry, says Dr Sharma. 


Students get diplomas at convocation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
About 150 students of professional courses being run by Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27, were awarded diplomas at a convocation held here today. The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen Shamsher Singh Mehta, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, General Mehta exhorted the students to pursue the path of virtue and self righteousness. He said the future of the country was in their hands.

In his introductory remarks, the college’s Principal, Dr P.K. Vasudeva, said during the 2002-03 session, three additional courses including mass communication, financial management, and international trade were added, while courses pertaining to material management and information technology were expected to commence next year.

The Chairman of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Mr R.K. Saboo, also spoke on the occasion. Those who got diplomas included 60 students from Journalism, 36 students from public relations, 30 from marketing and sales management and 15 each from business management and industrial management.


Applications invited
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
The Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children, Sector 32, has invited applications for admission to the foundation course on education of children with disabilities through distance mode.

According to Joint Director of the institute, the duration of the programme would be of three months, including 3 weeks face- to-face contact programmes in two phases. The eligibility for admission is an in-service teacher from pre-primary to plus two level. The programme schedule and application form can be obtained from the institute in Sector 32 with a payment of Rs 100 or a demand draft in favour of Registrar M.P. BOJ/University payable at Bhopal. The last date for submission of application forms is January 24.



Two-wheelers’ rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
Over 500 women participated in the Save Oil Two-Wheeler Women’s Rally 2003, organised today as part of the Oil Conservation Fortnight. The rally was flagged off by the Commissioner, MC, Chandigarh Mr M.P. Singh, from Law Ground in Panjab University.

The twofold aim of the rally was empowerment of women and generation of awareness regarding oil conservation. Various contests were held before the rally was flagged off. The rally concluded at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11. Mr Dalip Kumar, Joint Finance Secretary, UT addressed the participants and also gave away the prizes.


School honours teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
The annual prize distribution function of the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, was held here today. The Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr M.P. Singh, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The District Education Officer, Ms Rajesh Chaudhry, who is also looking after the work of the school principal, highlighted the achievements of the school in the academic as well as co-curricular activities.

Science teacher Vinod Bedi, who had won a state award was also honoured on the occasion. Fortytwo other teachers were given awards for producing 100 per cent results in board examinations.


Admn likely to file appeal in jailbreak case
Kiran Deep

‘Stock witness’ spoiled the case

Labh Singh, was the main witness of the police in the case. He had, later, turned hostile. While talking about the witness, the judge observed, "keeping in view facts and circumstances of the case I feel that no weight- age can be given to the statement of Labh Singh. As per the evidence recorded in the file, it is clear that Labh Singh is a 'stock witness' of the police. The witness has stated that he had heard the conversation (about jailbreak conspiracy) that was taking place between the accused inside the jail in September, 1997, and, thereafter, again in February, 1998. He could not explain why he remained mum from such a long period. If this fact had come to his knowledge, he should have immediately informed the police. The witness came to the police on July 7, 1998, more than 11 months after the incident. Not disclosing the facts of such a deep-rooted conspiracy in itself is a crime. 

Chandigarh, January 18
IN view of the sensitivity of the jailbreak case, the UT administration is likely to file an appeal against the order passed by a lower court acquitting all 10 persons under the Explosives Act. The court has, however, convicted two accused for cheating and forgery. Legal luminaries say a decision in this regard will be taken in a few months by the official concerned.

On the other hand, two convicts, Satnam Singh and Balwinder Singh, who have been sentenced to four-year rigorous imprisonment by the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, have decided to file an appeal against the order convicting them for cheating and forgery. The duo is likely to file the appeal next week.

It is learnt that after getting the copy of the order, the Public Prosecutor concerned and the UT District Attorney will study it and if one case is found fit for an appeal, the case will be referred to the UT Legal Remembrancer (LR) for consideration.

The Legal Remembrancer can ask the UT counsel in the High Court to file an appeal against the order passed by the lower court. Official concerned said the prosecution had applied for a copy of the order, but had not received it yet.

The UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, had acquitted all persons booked under various sections of the Explosives Act in the case.

Stating that the jailbreak case appears to be a concocted one, the judge has observed, “It is not an easy job to make available RDX and wireless sets in the jail. Keeping in view the circumstances narrated above I do not hesitate in holding that neither Satnam Singh was arrested on June 11, 1998 nor RDX and two wireless sets were seized from his possession near the main gate of the Burail Jail or from his house situated at Salempur village”. The UT police had claimed that on June 11, 1998, a team of police personnel had unearthed a conspiracy to blow up the jail by arresting Satnam Singh and seizing 2.8 kg of RDX from his possession.


K. L. Saigal’s death anniversary
Legendary singer’s memory grows stronger
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
More than fiftysix years after his death, legendary singer Kundan Lal Saigal still lives in the hearts of many music lovers who cherish the small collection of his recorded songs. Had his crystal clear, subtle and still strong voice not spilled magic years ago, when he was at the zenith of glory, the many organisations in the city would not have been remembering the star singer on the occasion of his death anniversary which falls today. Saigal had died on January 18 in 1947, after having tasted success which music and films brought him in plenty.

A singer par excellence, Saigal has more to his credit than many of his contemporaries because he was little trained in the rigours of classical music. In fact, all his life he enriched the light classical form of ghazals by glorifying Mirza Ghalib through his film renderings. Hailing from Jalandhar, Saigal had a passion for singing and somehow he had the knack of making an impression on listeners with his perfect renditions of songs he had heard sung just once.

It was this desire that brought him to Calcutta, which was at that time the centre of the Indian film and recording industries. Right at the outset, he entered the hearts of listeners with “jhulanaa jhulaao ri”, the song which took Saigal to heights. While his songs quickly became best sellers, his film career started a bit slowly. He first appeared in roles he did not cherish much. Only later, he happened to get work with composers like R.C. Boral, Pankaj Mullick and later, Khemchand Prakash. Even after the film city shifted to Mumbai, he continued to rule the roost and made films like Tansen, Shahjahan and Parwana whose music set standards for excellence that more recent tracks have struggled to match.

While there is still a lot that can be said about this man, who qualifies as the undisputed first male superstar of Indian cinema who set the tone for musical melodrama acting in the 1930s and 40s, one grudge lingers on. This very grudge was repeated by various people who attended a function organised by the Environment Society of India to commemorate the memory of the singer.

Till today, no award has been conferred upon Saigal, whose contribution to the musical repertoire of the Indian cinema is unparalleled. Many, who attended the special function held today at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, said he should be awarded Dada Saheb Phalke Award posthumously. In his inaugural address, Prof H.S. Dilgir said Saigal was the son of Punjab’s soil. He also recited some lines from Saigal’s timeless song “...kyon hamse khafa tum ho”.

In his welcome address, Mr S.K. Sharma, president, ESI, said Saigal is still a legend, who continues to inspire the music lovers.


Love stories about ‘dil’, ‘jism’
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

‘Dil Ka Rishta’ (KC) is a beautiful romantic story. The lead pair, Aishwarya Rai and Arjun Rampal, fits in smoothly into the love story full of obsession and passion.

Under all covers of complexities and misunderstandings the stream of love flows unabated with serenity. Ashok Mehta as the cinematographer has captured the scenic settings impressively. Sameer has penned down a decent set of lyrics to the music of Nadeem-Shravan.

Aishwarya is a rare beauty “who knows her mind and heart”. Fate intervenes and she rediscovers herself all over again. Arjun is a millionaire who can steal a million hearts, but he loves only “one in a million”.

In short, Dil Ka Rishta is an emotional journey which reveals complexities of the simplest truth of life — love”.

The film also features Isha Kopikar, Tiku Talsania, Paresh Rawal and Master Hitanshu Lodhiya. Naresh Malhotra has directed the script for the Tips Films presentation.

‘Jism’ (Batra and KC, Panchkula) is a rarely attempted screen-voyage into the world of adultery. Bipasha Basu and John Abraham fit in perfectly into the image of a sultry seductress and a ‘good-brain-lost-reason-to-the heart’ lad. The final presentation, however, leaves only impressions of the ‘body games’ pushing all characters and the story to the far background.

The movie is likely to draw initial rushes, particularly the youth. However, any significant success at the box-office remains a question mark. Mahesh Bhatt in “rewriting” the script of an earlier Hollywood release has floundered at places by not concentrating on the hearts of the protagonists as expected from such presentations. The music by M.M. Kreem is worth a mention for its smoothness.

Abraham is a lawyer who is always in defence of wrongdoers. His best friend is the local police head. Abraham falls in love with Bipasha who is already married to Gulshan Grover. She does not love Grover and will do anything to get rid of him. Abraham loves her to the extent of deciding to eliminate Grover. Bipasha is game too and the act is done. But now Abraham is in some deep trouble.

Abraham has done a decent job. However, his character of a lawyer loitering about in rather loose-fitting clothes seems to be a misfit. The landscapes of Pondicherry have been nicely captured.

The film is produced by Pooja Bhatt and Sujit Kumar. Amit Saxena is the director. The script showing the “dark side of desire” has been inspired by “Double Indemnity” a classic of the 1940s.

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