Tuesday, February 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


‘SCM new global business mantra’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
The need for having a more efficient supply-chain management was stressed by a group of experts that said here today that, in the present business environment, competition was not among companies, but the supply chains. The experts were speaking at a seminar on ‘Supply Chain Management — A Global Perspective’, organised by University Business School of Panjab University.

Delegates at a seminar on supply chain management organised at Panjab University
Delegates at a seminar on supply chain management organised at Panjab University on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

In his inaugural address, Prof D.K. Banwet of the New Delhi Indian Institute of Technology, said supply-chain management (SCM) had emerged as a global process. The change was no more an option, but an imperative, so, the emphasis should be on developing a mindset of systems approach in this direction.

Professor Banwet said new customer service definitions, escalating logistics costs, time-cycle compression and globalisation were the key factors providing with companies impetus for embracing the SCM practices.

In his keynote address, Mr Chander Mohan, a former managing director of Punjab Tractors Limited, cited various examples of Japanese automobile companies that, he said, had excellent SCM systems, through which, these, were able to cut down on inventories, thereby, reducing costs.

In his talk on the significance of the SCM, Prof K.K. Mangla, Chairman of the UBS, stressed the need for having a flat, dynamic, innovative structure instead of the tall bureaucratic ones. He said in order to be competitive, various processes of organisations should be integrated.

Two technical sessions were also held, in which experts presented papers and delivered lectures.


NCC cadets win scholarships
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
A colourful cultural programme comprising songs, dances and solo performances marked the annual NCC function at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here today. The NCC Group Commander, Chandigarh, Col Ashwini Sharma, was the chief guest.

Zee Interactive Learning Systems awarded a computer education scholarship of Rs 3,500 to Under Officer Nisha for having attended the prestigious Republic Day camp in New Delhi. Senior Under Officer Deepika Saini and Sergeant Shivani Sharma were also awarded scholarships of Rs 1000 each.

Later, Colonel Sharma and the College Principal, Mrs Usha, addressed the cadets. The Commanding Officer, No 1 Chandigarh Girls NCC Battalion, Col Dalbir Singh, was also present.

Lecture on WTO

A lecture on “Objectives and implications of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) with Special Reference to India” was organised at GGDSD College, Sector 32, today. Col P.K. Vasudeva (retd) said WTO norms had proved beneficial for developed and developing countries. He said suitable representation to NGOs should be given at WTO meetings.

The college Principal, Dr A.C. Vaid, said technocrats and academicians should represent India at WTO negotiations rather than political leaders.


Psycho Horizons inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 17
Charts, models and posters on self-efficacy, IQ, EQ, anxiety and stress were displayed on the inaugural day of Psycho Horizons -2003 at Government College in Sector 46 today.

Other models on display included ones on reaction time, conditioning, alcoholism, drug abuse, brain and schizophrenia. A student of BA-I performed an item on behavioural aspects.

The chief guest at the function, Head of the Psychology Department at Panjab University, Ms Anuradha Bhandari, said, “Most of the problems today occurred due to psychological factors and not due to medical reasons”.

The president of the society, Mr Roshan Lal, welcomed the chief guest. The college Principal, S.C. Nijhawan, appreciated the efforts put in by the students and teachers. The head of the college’s Psychology Department, Mr Rajesh Kumar, delivered the vote of thanks.


Tiny tots sing their hearts out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
Children at Strawberry Fields School enthralled their parents and select invitees to a spellbinding musical extravaganza which, to put in a very Victorian way, “warmed the cockles of everyone’s hearts”.

Set to a backdrop of a multi-layered zoo with animal cutouts staring out of a friendly-looking green foliage, related well to the theme of the chosen musical melodies. Simple rhymes came alive as they were set to tune and enacted with light actions. Spread over five days these musical mornings will by turn present the Play Class, Nursery, Lower KG and Upper KG students.

Songs and rhymes were chosen with great care. According to Sheila Bhasin, the music teacher: “We don’t want children parroting words they don’t understand or singing paeans in praise of things they have neither seen nor felt. A lot of research goes into choosing rhymes as we keep adding new ones every term, culling them out of books and CD’s”. Numbers like ‘God’s love is so wonderful’ gently lets children know that God watches over them and they are blessed by Him. A ‘Windy Day’ captures the sounds and sights of the breezy slightly chilly winds of February where winter wants to go but is still letting its presence felt. The ‘Great Big Crocodile’ too has a message as it humorously tells children not to get intimidated by size and that gentle love and compassion is something even huge animals can do with. ‘Going to the Zoo’ with Sarla Ma’am almost converted a virtual poem narration into a real visit and the concluding number of ‘Tell your friend I love you’ reiterated that love indeed makes the world go round and expressing it sincerely and spontaneously doubly so!

Nursery’s musical morning saw the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, and the SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, as special invitees.


‘India’s most wanted’ man discharged
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 17
“India’s most wanted” man — Nazim — who is alleged to be involved in several murder cases in various parts of the country was today discharged in Chawla murder case by a local court as no charge had been made against him.

Nazim was recently arrested by the UT Police in connection with Chawla murder case on suspicion that he was seen in Sector 26 on the day when Chawla’s murder took place. Later, the UT Police filed a discharge application in the court claiming that during investigation, nothing had been found against Nazim.

Nazim, who featured in an episode of India’s most wanted, is wanted in 20 cases of murder, 11 attempts to murder, and 11 cases have been registered against him under the Arms Act. Earlier , he was arrested in a joint operation by the Rishikesh and the Chandigarh police in Mani Majra in February last. Later, he was released on bail by a local court. The accused was booked under cheating and the Arms Act in Mani Majra. Police sources informed that a history sheet of Nazim had been opened at Jawalapur police station.

Witness identifies accused

A witness in the Beant Singh assassination case identified the photograph of Dilawar Singh who was allegedly used as a “human bomb” to assassinate the former Chief Minister of Punjab Beant Singh before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla, in a special court room in Model Burail jail.

While deposing before the judge, the witness, Karamjit, said Dilawar and Balwant and other accused were his friends. On one occasion, Dilawar Singh had mentioned that soon some big incident would happen.

Balwant, another witness in the case, made statement before the judge that in 1996 the accused — Balwant Singh — had given detailed information to the CBI regarding the preparation of belt bomb used to assassinate the former Chief Minister. Later, the accused had taken the CBI to the places from where the material for making the bomb was procured.


Stipend for young lawyers on the anvil
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 17
The newly elected members of the Bar Council of the Punjab and Haryana High Court are planning to provide stipend to young lawyers, besides the construction of the Law Bhavan within a year, welfare schemes for advocates and group insurance schemes for members of the Bar Council. This was disclosed by chairman and secretary of the council here today.

The chairman and secretary of the Bar Council of the Punjab and Haryana High Court were elected by the 27 members of the council yesterday.

Talking to this correspondent the chairman of the council, Mr Mukesh Berry, said after getting feedback from members, the council would soon pass a resolution to complete the construction of the Law Bhavan within a year.

Giving details of the Law Bhavan, he said it would have five wings —administrative blocks, guest house, banquet hall, law college. The main feature of the Bhavan would be the Law College which would offer a Law degree of five years. Students not only from India but also from SAARC countries would be allowed admission.

He added that the construction of the bhavan was a move to upgrade the status of law as a profession. The Law Bhavan would also house a Law College, the first of its kind in India.

Giving further details, the secretary of the council, Mr C.M Munjal, said “as many as 36,000 advocates who are members of the Bar Council will work to strengthen the moral standards of law, apart from catering to the academic part”.

Mr Munjal added that most of the members of the council were of the opinion that to raise the standard of the profession, there was an urgent need to start better welfare schemes for the advocates, construction of the law bhavan in every district and tehsil, stipend for young advocates, better relationship between the Bench and the Bar, construction of the Law Bhavan in Chandigarh.

There were a total 116 candidates in the fray to the elections of the council held here on November 22 and various districts and tehsils of Punjab and Haryana on November 23.

Twenty-five candidates who had been elected in the elections include — Dr Anmol Rattan Sidhu, Mr C. M Munjal, Mr Bhupinder Singh Rathore, Mr Ashok Singla, Mr Brij Mohan Vinayak, Mr Jai Vir Yadav, Mr Rakesh Gupta, Mr N.K Singla, Mr Gurvinder Pal Singh, Mr Navtej Singh Toor, Mr J.K Maheswari, Mr Mukesh Berry, Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, Mr Ram Avtar Gupta, Mr B. S Billing, Mr Bhagat Singh, Mr Sukhdip Singh, Mr Ajay Chowdhary, Mr Jagbir Singh Dalal, Mr B.K Goyal, Mr Lekh Raj Sharma, Mr Amrik Singh, Mr Raj Mohan Singh, Mr Rajdeep Singh, Mr Partap Singh.

Dr Sidhu was the first candidate to be declared elected member of the councils.


Lawyer alleges harassment by DSP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
Munishwar Puri, an advocate, in a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has alleged that his family was being harassed by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Panchkula.

In his petition, Mr Puri has alleged that the DSP and some other persons barged into his house at about 7.30 pm on February 11 and demanded the keys of his house in Sector 6, Panchkula.

The petitioner and his daughter, thereafter, came back to their house in Chandigarh, but the next day some persons reached there also asking for the keys. The counsel for the petitioner added that on February 13, the petitioner and his family found the locks of his house open and some anti-social elements had occupied the house. Since then, they had been receiving calls telling them to forget their Panchkula house. They were also threatened with implication in a false case.

Taking up the petition, a Division Bench of the High Court today issued notice of motion to the State of Haryana and other respondents. The case will now come up for further hearing on February 25. He added that the petitioner met the Punjab Governor the same day and was asked to meet the Inspector-General of Police.


Husain to paint in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
Painter M.F. Husain will visit City Beautiful from February 20 to 22 at the invitation of the Aruna Asaf Ali Memorial Trust, an NGO.

In a generous gesture dedicated to the memory of Aruna Asaf Ali, he has agreed to do a painting, proceeds from the sale of which will be donated to the trust for the construction of Aruna Bhavan on 250 square yards in Sector 44. The Bhavan will have educational facilities for working children, day care centre for working women, free dispensary, counselling centre for family disputes and a multiuse auditorium.

The area of operation is Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

The trust is already running two child labour education centres — Janata Colony of Sector 25 and Panchkula — where special coaching is given to children to prepare them for the board examinations. Craft-training centres are also being run at these places and a special school for children who have been left out of the school system is being run at SAS Nagar. Stipends from Rs 100 per month to Rs 400 per month, depending upon the class, are given with support donations.

Declamation contests and essay competitions are held every year to promote a spirit of inquiry, a capacity for reasoned debate and ideas of responsible citizenship. Husain will also attend a dinner hosted in his honour by the trust. On February 21, he will paint in Punjab Kala Bhavan of Sector 16 and the next day, Lieut-General J.F.R. Jacob (retd), Governor of Punjab and Administrator of the Union Territory, will host a lunch for students of these schools, which will be preceded by a drawing competition where Husain will be the chief guest.

Besides Rs 15 lakh by Husain, the other donations are as follows: the Punjab Government — Rs 5 lakh; the Haryana Government — Rs 2 lakh; Chandigarh — Rs 2 lakh; Dr Kartar Singh Duggal, MP (Rajya Sabha) — Rs 2 lakh; Ms Veeran Dhanwant, Vancouvre (Canada) — Rs 2.87 lakh; and the Governor of Himachal Pradesh — Rs 2 lakh.

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