Wednesday, February 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Bring fun back in your affair on Valentine’s Day
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

TEARS rolled down her fair visage as she turned down the volume before switching off the stereo. The last notes of ABBA’s “SOS” faded into the oblivion, but the lyrics kept haunting her for days together. “Whatever happened to our love, I wish I understood. It used to be so nice, it used to be so good”, she kept on humming the song.

Photo Parvesh Chauhan

The number pushed her down the memory lanes of Sector 11, soon after their relationship started. Young lovers walking up and down the geri route. His muscular hand holding her fragile wrist.

It wasn’t that their relationship had completely turned sour. Rahul was loving. Caring too. Never ever rude. Did buy her gifts. The ones she had asked for. But after a year, love wasn’t fun anymore.

Having taken up a job with a multinational, Rahul was returning home late in the evenings. Very late sometimes. In any case too late to take her out even for a drive. Little wonder, days passed in near silence. Just talking over the mobile in mono-syllables. The exterior was glittery, no doubt about it. But the house of love was crumbling down deep inside, before her helpless eyes. “Dull” was how she could now sum up their relationship.

“Simran is aware of something slipping out of her hands by default, not decision, but she knows not what,” analyses sociologist Dr Rajeev Kapoor. “Worse, she knows not how to pull her relationship out of the ever deepening rut of routine”.

For her and other couples experiencing the same sinking feeling because of one reason or the other, here are some glamorous ways of bringing fun and glitter back into your somber association.

“Kidnap” him on St Valentine’s Day. “Most of you must have already chalked out your plans for the big day like going to the University campus,” says Dr Kapoor. “But if you haven’t, kidnap him, take him away from the rut of the ordinary world. Go to his office. Politely, yet firmly, ask him to take you out to a discotheque. Reveal the little secret out of your handbag by showing him the invitation card. He will fret and fume. Grumble and complaint. But in the end, you two will come out of the disc’ as intimate lovers once again”. Try.

If you do not like cutting foot loose to the thumping beats of reverberating music at a discotheque, you can go for a long drive — even uphill. You will find so many couples cutting along the sharp curves of life on way to Timber Trail, even Kausali.

Another suggestion for bringing fun back in your relationship. Laugh together. Psychologist Raveen Sandhu suggests presentation of cards that will “lighten up the relationship”.

“Give him a card that says `I am sure glad we met, it would have been too dumb to love you this much without even knowing you’”, she asserts. “The card will surprise him, besides telling him that you still care for him”. Remember folks, your partner is “one in a million” and you are “two of a kind”, so do not throw your love away.


Party all the way

RUHI is all set to celebrate St Valentine's Day. In the morning, the ramp model plans to zip up and down the geri route in a jaunty jalopy decked up with cheerful baloons. Has already made the preparations for the drive.

Later during the day, she plans to twirl all around the polished dance floor to the thumping beats of real cool music at a discotheque. "And if I am not too exhausted, I will go for the evening bash as well".

And what is she doing to look "charming as ever" on the big day? "Nothing special. I generally keep my face clean and do believe in nature cure. That's why I apply do neem leaves on my visage, but once in blue moon. Otherwise, I do not believe in suffocating my skin by applying make-up.


Shake, rattle ‘n’ roll on V-Day

ALL you guys and dolls eager to twirl all around the polished dance floor, illuminated by colourful intelligent lights, to the thumping beat of reverberating music, go to any of the discotheques and night clubs in and around the city. They are organising Valentine's bash just for you to lose your blues.

Don’t just wait on Valentine’s, act now
Don’t just wait on Valentine’s, act now

You can cut foot loose in the afternoon till the tired sun disappears behind the imposing buildings in the west. If you are a night bird, you can have a real good time till parents call you up on the mobile to know about your "location". This is not all. The discs are offering special gifts for best dancing couples, even the ones dressed to conquer hearts. You too can try your luck.

Now that you are sure of your plans and are slipping into your dancing shoes to rock around the clock, here are some bash tips for students, and young executives, that won't get them banished.

Just as beads of perspiration are about to appear on your brow from jiving real hard on the dance floor, you see your young lecturer, or boss, with his wife, staring back. You are tempted to ignore, but don't. Party rules for college students and office goers prohibit you from doing so.

Our experts suggest you should say hello to the instructors, and the upper management, wherever you meet them. Simply offer a handshake and politely excuse yourself.

Another thing, don't switch on to first names at the party if you use Mr or Ms to address your boss at work. And please don't make negative comments about co-workers. It makes you look petty. Last thing. Savour your drink, don't gulp it. "Please, do not let anyone instigate you into bottoms-up," says party pro-cum-businessman Vivek Sharma. "Otherwise, do not drink large amount of alcohol on empty stomach".

This is not all. Go easy on brandy, port and red wine if you want to feel fresh the next morning. Remember not to mix drinks. After the party, drink plenty of water before going to bed. Next morning, avoid sugary foods, including pastries. Sipping mint or ginger tea also helps. you his affection. After all it is nothing less than a compliment. The guy is appreciating your charming looks, no doubt about it,” says young psychologist Tahira. “But before you go ahead make sure you are not in for trouble”.

Remember, love at first sight is a reality, proposal in first instance an indication of desperation. “If he can propose you, he can offer a card, even bouquet of love, to others also,” Tahira asserts. “Reject his offer once and you will find him approaching some other willing victim. Be sure, the force driving him from one opportunity to another is not love. Do you wish to associate yourself with a guy like this?”

Always use your discretion. “Go ahead, acknowledge the admiring glances, only if you think it is worth it,” Tahira suggests. “Otherwise do not go hunting for souvenirs on Valentine’s, lest you find yourself in trouble”. All the best folks, and take good care.


Top 10 Hindi Valentine songs

Here's a list of Hindi Valentine songs complied just for you to play on the big day.

  • Suraj hua madham—K3G
  • Dheere dheere—Aashiqui
  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai—Title song
  • Rim jhim rim jhim—1942 - A Love Story
  • Pehla nasha—Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
  • Jab kisi ki taraf—Pyar To Hona Hi Tha
  • Hum Aapke Hain Kaun—Title song
  • Ishq bina—Taal
  • Hum ko hamien si chura—Mohabbatein
  • Do dil mil rahen hain—Pardes



Varsity teachers to observe protest day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Members of the All-India Federation of University Teachers’ Associations have decided to observe February 13 as a “protest day” in university campuses in the region in support of their demands. According to a statement issued here today, dharnas, rallies and processions will be organised to highlight the “negative” approach of the central and state governments towards long-pending issues concerning the teachers.

The members are demanding that the age of superannuation of teachers be raised from 60 years to 62 years as had already been done in the case of central universities and some states.

The delay in the release of super selection grade for senior professors and anomalies in the implementation of the career advancement scheme also figures among the unresolved issues. The teachers are also demanding appropriate incentives for research work as well as a review of the teaching schedule in universities, which is hampering research work.

Representation of university teachers to the extent of 33 per cent on the governing bodies of universities as well as representation of teachers’ associations in the higher education councils at state level and vice-chancellors’ forums are their other demands.


PNB’s cultural competition
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 11
Cultural programmes and prize distribution ceremony marked the conclusion of 20th Inter-Region Cultural Competition of Punjab National Bank (Northern zone) here today.

More than 150 artistes from various regions of the zone participated in events like vocal and instrumental music, one act plays, skit, mono acting and others.

Mr Harwant Singh, Zonal Manager of the bank, gave the best performance Region Trophy to Chandigarh region for its one act play "Kumar Swami", a satire on religion in politics. Chandigarh was followed by Rohtak zone.

Results in order of merit: Light vocal solo — Rohtak, Chandigarh and Kurukshetra; Classical vocal solo — Rohtak and Kurukshetra; Classical instrumental solo — Kurukshetra and Rohtak; Western classical instrumental — Chandigarh; Rare music instrumental — Karnal, Kurukshetra and Rohtak; Group song — Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rohtak; One act play — Chandigarh; Mono acting — Rohtak, Kurukshetra and Karnal; Skit — Rohtak; Group dance — Chandigarh.

‘Ranjikayen’ released: “Ranjikayen”, a book containing a collection of 71 Hindi poems, composed by Dr Ranjay Vardhan, Lecturer in Sociology at Government College, Sector 11, was released by Mr Vijay Sehgal, Editor, Dainik Tribune, at a function held in the college today. The college magazine, Vikas Wall, was also released.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sehgal said Dr Vardhan’s book was a good beginning and he had used all “rasas” in his works and the poems were focused on various aspects of the society. He also appreciated the college magazine.

In his address, the college Principal, Mr Balvinder Singh, urged the students to participate in various activities being undertaken in the college. Several professors and scholars also spoke.

NCC cadets honoured: Cadets from the Chandigarh NCC Group who had excelled in training activities during the year were honoured at a function organised at Group Headquarters here today.

Cash awards of Rs 3,000 each were given in each category among boys and girls in the senior division, while Rs 2,000 each were given to junior-division cadets. Two cadets, Gaurav Sharma and Navneet Kaur, who were awarded the Sahara Scholarships at a ceremony organised in Lucknow, were also felicitated. The awards were given by the Group Commander, Col Ashwini Sharma.


Painting with vegetables
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 11
For the young students of Sector 44 St Joseph School, painting was a whole new experience. Instead of just scrawling with crayons on white sheets of paper in an attempt to draw scenaries, they learnt to paint with vegetables, besides other wonderful things including magic painting, during a workshop.

As they sat in the open, listening to cool music booming out of speakers, they drew designs with lady finger stumps. This was not all. They traced patterns with thread, thumb and even with finger tips.

The parents, also present during the workshop, observed with appreciating eyes as their little ones did painting on the leaves, besides on lamp shades. They were also instructed in paper dyeing prizes were also handed over to the students after the workshop concluded. 


NAAC team visits GC-11
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission has lauded the building infrastructure of local Government College, Sector 11, here, while asking the authorities to improve the laboratory facilities and the college library.

The two-member team comprising the former Vice-Chancellor of University of Gorakhpur, Prof R.K. Mishra, and Director, Higher Education, Uttar Pradesh, Dr R.K. Baslas, today visited the college to assess the achievements and weaknesses of the college. The team, which had earlier visited a college in Yamunanagar, said the evaluation of colleges was being done not just to grade them, but also to assess the release of grants according to performance of the colleges.

Accompanied by the college Principal, Ms Usha Mallik, they assessed the teaching programme, research and extension, infrastructure, office management, student progression, organisation and management and healthy practices being followed there. The team expressed satisfaction with the teaching in the college, but said release of more funds by the government could improve the extension activities here.

The team was also apprised of the achievements of the college, especially in the field of sports. The college authorities gave facts of achievements of students in lawn tennis, athletics, cricket and shooting.

While talking to mediapersons, Prof Mishra said maximum emphasis should be laid on teaching and learning to ensure quality education. He said there they were interacting with students, staff and principal, before submitting a final report to the Executive Council of NAAC in Bangalore.

It is also learnt that a similar evaluation was done by another team of NAAC of Government College, Barwala, and Government College, Kalka, by Dr K. Rama, an official of NAAC.


Probe ordered into assault on teacher
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Chandigarh, has marked an inquiry in the yesterday's alleged incident of assault of a vocational course teacher, Mohan Lal, in a Mani Majra school. The teacher had been assaulted by an ASI of Chandigarh Police, Kamal Dev Sharma.

Though the Deputy Superintendent of Police, East, Mr SC Abrol, has been asked to inquire into the matter and submit his report, a preliminary investigation by the SHO of Mani Majra Police Station had reportedly revealed that the ASI had overstepped his powers. He was reportedly not on duty but was in police uniform.

The medical report of the victim had been sought by the police before any case was registered. The victim, a resident of Sector 15 and Pawan Kumar brother of the ASI, are working in Government School, Mani Majra. While coming from Baltana, the ASI had allegedly assaulted the teacher. The teacher had been hit on the head with a helmet and an iron rod.

The teacher was bundled into a police gypsy and taken to Mani Majra police station.



Students welcome new DEO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
A welcome party for the new District Education Officer (DEO), Ms Rajesh Chaudhary, was organised by Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, yesterday. Former DEOs Mr Bhramjit Kalia and Ms Asha Sharma were also present. A colourful cultural programme was presented on the occasion.

Mr Kalia emphasised upon the need to adopt value-based technical education for the upliftment of society.


Seminar focuses on population issues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The census of 2001 reflects regional disparities in the country in matters pertaining to the population graph. The issue needs immediate attention because the inherent problems will otherwise haunt the country for long.

This was stated by Prof G.S.Gosal, formerly a teacher at PU’s geography department, in his inaugural address at a two-day national seminar on “Demographic Dynamism in India with a Special Focus on Census 2001” at Panjab University here today.


Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Taking up a petition alleging the demand of bribe by income tax officials for “not opening his case”, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed an Assistant Commissioner to be present in the Court on February 24.

The Judges, it may be recalled, had earlier stayed proceedings in pursuance of a notice issued to the petitioner for reopening his case regarding income tax return for assessment year 1995-96. In his petition, a Development Officer had earlier alleged that Rs 40,000 was demanded by the officers for not reopening his case. Following his refusal to comply with the wishes, a notice under Section 148 of the Income Tax Act for reopening the case was issued, counsel had added.

Arguing on the petitioner’s behalf, he had claimed that the respondents were openly demanding bribe from the assesses and threatening them with heavy fine. He had added that “many more assesses had filed affidavits, but action had not been taken”.


Notices served on 3 policemen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 11
A local court today issued a notice to three police personnel who were involved in the investigation of the jail-break conspiracy case, acting on a complaint filed against them by Baljit Singh, claiming that he was falsely implicated in the case by the police officials. Baljit Singh had been acquitted in the jail-break case along with seven others by a local court on January 11.

Pleading that he was falsely implicating in Burail jail-break conspiracy, Baljit Singh had moved a plea against the six police personnel including former UT SSP, Mr C.S.R. Reddy, UT SP, Mr Baldev Singh, Mr Dilsher Singh, Sub-Inspector, Mr P.K. Dhawan, Inspector, and two constables — Shamsher Singh and Labh Singh — for holding an inquiry into the case. However the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, today issued a notice to three — Mr Dilsher Singh, Shamsher Singh and Labh Singh — to file reply in the case till April 10.

Baljit Singh had filed the plea under Section 340 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for holding an inquiry for the purpose of lodging a complaint under Sections 193, 195, 196 and 211, 219, 120-B of the IPC against the police officials. Balbir Singh further added that a case had been registered against him under Sections 419, 420, 468 and 471 and Sections 4/5/6 of the Explosive Substance Act on June 11, 1998 by Dilsher Singh. However, he was acquitted by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, on January 14.

Giving details about his implication in the case, Baljit Singh, claimed that he was not related with the crime alleged to have been committed in this case in any way. The allegation with regard to jail-break and recovery of RDX from Satnam and other accused in the case were totally false, he said.

Claiming that he was illegally subjected to torture by the UT police, Baljit Singh further claimed that he was arrested by Dilsher Singh on June 11, 1998 and was kept in illegal custody where he was tortured.

Giving details about the involvement of the police officials in the case, he further stated that Mr P.K. Dhawan was the immediate in charge of Dilsher Singh and was well aware of the false implication of the applicant in the case. Even SP Baldev Singh and SSP C.S.R. Reddy were aware of his implication, he claimed.

Police custody for four

Four suspects arrested by the UT police in connection with the murder of a Milkfed watchman in Sector-34 were yesterday remanded in police custody by a local court. The four — Rajinder Kumar, Amarjit Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Santosh, all migrant labourers — were produced in the court of UT Judicial Magistrate, Mr K.K. Goyal, in the afternoon. After hearing the police plea, the magistrate remanded the suspects in police custody. The police personnel sought the custody of the suspects on the ground that the custody of the suspects was required to arrest more persons involved in the case.

Maintain status quo

Acting on the civil suit filed by Pelican Promoters Private Limited, Sector 9-D, against Reliance Web (defendants), Sector 9-D, for restraining the defendants from damaging the basement portion, a local court has directed both the parties to maintain status quo regarding the dispute till February 13.


Defamation case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 11
A defamation case filed against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, by former Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal claiming that the advertisements published by the Congress during Assembly elections had wrongly conveyed that Mr Badal had mortgaged the state's interest on the SYL canal issue and the future of Punjab farmers, to favour of the Haryana Chief Minister in lieu of a gift of 22 acres in Gurgaon worth Rs 500 crores was today fixed for recording of evidence for March 26 by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal.


Trust gets buyer for Hussain art
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
A countrywide search launched by the city-based Aruna Asaf Ali Memorial Trust several months ago to locate a buyer for a painting to be done here by one of India’s most celebrated modern painters, M.F. Hussain, for the trust as a part of its fund-raising campaign, has finally borne fruit.

A Mumbai-based businessman, Mr Parag Dalmia, has undertaken to buy the painting to be done on the spot by Hussain for Rs 15 lakh, according to Mrs Oshima Raikhy, managing trustee. As part of an understanding with the trust, Hussain will paint on the spot at Chandigarh and allow it to be auctioned for not less than Rs 15 lakh and hand over the proceeds to the trust for use for charitable purposes. The trust was set up by the Punjab Istri Sabha in 1996 in memory of Aruna Asaf Ali, one of the leading lights of the Quit India Movement. Hussain was expected to visit City Beautiful in October, but a condition with regard to his painting which was conveyed by him to the trust delayed his visit. It was emphasised on behalf of Hussain that his paintings sell for a minimum of Rs 25 lakh in the open market. In the case of the trust, he was willing to make an exception and allow it be sold for Rs 15 lakh. But before doing so, the trust must find a buyer for his painting.

This naturally created a stir among the trust members who include its president, Mr P.H. Vaishnav, retired Chief Secretary to the Punjab government, Mrs Oshima Raikhy, managing trustee, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP, Ms Vimla Dang, honorary secretary, Punjab Istri Sabha Relief Trust, Ms Sheila Didi and Mr Anupam Gupta, lawyers of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Ms Mahinder Sambar, general secretary, Punjab Istri Sabha, and Ms Nomita Singh, architect.

The trust’s search for a buyer in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh drew a blank. Finally, it contacted a Delhi arts dealer who in turn got in touch with Mr Parag Dalmia and the deal was finalised.

According to the programme drawn up by the trust, Hussain will arrive in Chandigarh on February 21. He will address a media conference in the afternoon and start painting at Punjab Kala Bhavan in the evening. The exercise will take about four to five hours, at the end of which the painting will be sold and the proceeds will be handed over to the trust. A fund-raising dinner has also been planned for that night at a local restaurant which will also be attended by Hussain.

According to Ms Raikhy, the trust has been created for charitable purposes and its objectives include the relief of the poor, empowerment and organisation of women, children’s development, encouragement of cultural movements and promotion of secular ideals.

The trust also plans to construct Aruna Asaf Ali Bhavan on a 250 sq yards plot purchased in Sector 44-A, Chandigarh, from the UT administration. Although the plot has been allotted at a concessional rate, the cost of the plot is Rs 14.50 lakh. Of this, Rs 9 lakh has already been paid and the balance has to be paid in three equal annual instalments. The donation from Hussain will go a long way in taking care of the financial needs of the trust.


Evening of sarod, melody and master
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Born in 1957, Pandit Vikash Maharaj has grown to become one of the leading sarod players in the country. That he is adept at nuances of both the Benaras and Maihar Senia gharanas became amply clear at his recital during the 73rd monthly baithak of Pracheen Kala Kendra this evening.

Born into the family of master performers like Pt Bade Ramdas, Pt Kanthe Maharaj and Pt Kishan Maharaj, Vikash Maharaj also displays a fine blend of tone and rhythm in his presentation. A disciple of guru Rajesh Moitra of the Maihar gharana, Vikash is now one of the most sought after instrumentalists in the country. Today he acquainted the gathering with the beauty of sarod.

He commenced the recital with raaga “charukeshi”, an amalgamation of “uttari” and and “dakshini” taal. He rendered alaap, jod, gat, taan, tode, tihais, ladant, bhidant and different layakaris.

Then he moved on to play a dhun in raaga “hinglaj”, a raaga innovated by him set to “rupak taal”. The character of the raaga was that it had the impact of “kirwani” and “khamaj”, which are mostly used in “thumri”.

He concluded the recital with raaga “dhumawati”, an amalgamation of “charukeshi” and “khamaj” raaga, which reflected the fine fusion of Western and Indian music. His craftsmanship, virtuosity, imagination and rhythm all stood out during the recital. Vishal Maharaj on tanpura and Prabhash Maharaj on tabla contributed to making the recital better and more melodious.

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