Wednesday, February 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Glitz & glamour
Seven hot style secrets for cool looks 
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

YOU have taken out that tie-and-dye top, but are scared of wearing it over blue denims or white trousers. Are afraid of looking clumsy. Overcome your fears. Feel fashionable like the girl next door. Follow our simple guide for hip-chick looks during the Festival of Gardens, and even after.

Remember to take good care of the details. Little miss Zaira recently tried imitating her neighbour. She wore a knee-length brocade dress, along with a metal bangle, but forgot to slip into swarovski-studded sandals. Was seen trotting down the narrow college corridors in sneakers underneath. The result was there for all to see. She ended up looking like a wild bull in a China shop.

Tuck your pants in your boots. That’s the next thing you should do. It is the easiest way of creating a trendy out-fit from the items you already own. The pants should be form-fitting or slightly baggy. Do not try the trick with boot-cut bottoms. They are too wide to be tucked it.

There is hardly any need for you to wear a jacket, but if you wish to don one just for "estyle" at an evening bash, pair it with the right attire. Remember not to wear jackets over suits, churidar or otherwise. They look odd. Go in for an embroidered ones instead.

Cardigans are better, for casual, even formal occasions. There are, however, certain style no-nos you must remember before leaving the cozy comfort of your dressing room. Do not, for god sake, button up a long cardigan.

Next advise: Forget all about wearing an oversize sweater with wide-legged pants. No, the combo does not exactly look funny, but it makes you appear shapeless.

If you wish to look feminine, always wear an extra-large sweater with slim bottom. You can go in for narrow-legged pants, even don a mini-skirt with it, but never pair the stuff with baggy bottom.

Do not ever pair a short shirt with a knit skirt. Knee-length knit skirts look gorgeous as long as you wear them with tops that comfortably reach your hip-bone, otherwise they look odd. Knit skirts look best with turtle neck sweaters or button-down shirts. So kids, what are you waiting for.


Venus Speaks
Smile is the secret

Flipping through the pages of a handy magazine her dad subscribed to when she was still in the school, the under-grad saw "Laughter is the best medicine" printed across the sheet in bold letters.

It was a column full of jokes. But this time the little angel was more interested in the heading than the funny incidents narrated by the readers. The line impressed her so much that she made it the motto of her life.

Little wonder, you will always find her smiling whenever you go to her college in Sector 11. "Come what may, I always make it a point to laugh away my blues," she giggles after passing her fair fingers through her silky tresses. "That's the reason why you will find me relaxed even before the annual examinations commence, while everyone else is pacing the room with worried expression," she laughs. — SM


Nail tales just for you

Charmers of the world eager to nail hearts with painted-in-the-hues-of-affection nails during the Festival of Gardens, even afterwards, here are seven no-chipping tips from a make-up artist gathered after digging deep into the problem.

First of all, prepare the nail surface nicely and properly. You can use polish remover to get rid of oil or lotion. Now go and wash your hands in the basin. It is essential. Okay, go ahead. Rub them dry before taking the next step.

Step two. Apply base coat to the dry nails. Paint two coats of your favourite colour. Always remember to use light sweeping strokes, instead of hard ones . You should always start at the base of the nail and slowly move upwards with utmost cool and precision.

Don't be in a hurry to rush out of your house after completing the job. Allow the polish to dry between the coats. You wouldn't have to wait much. Fortunately, most enamels available over the counters in the arcades today take not more than a minute to set.

Before venturing out into a bon ton world of dancing couples, apply top coat to protect the polish. This is not all. You should reapply the colour every two or three days without fail. It will preserve the shine. Your nails will look glossy as ever, be sure of the fact.

If you have short nails, please ditch dark hues. Why? Well, well, well... they make the nails look even shorter. You should always opt for light and shimmery tints, like shiny purple or alluring browns.

Also, do not forget to match the colour of your nail enamel with the shade of your “lucky lips”. Remember, you can always pair lip hues like plump and chocolate with nail shades like copper or plump tint.

Last thing, you should never ever leave the cozy comfort of your dressing room without screwing the bottle cap nicely and tightly. Of course, the nail paint will neither spill, nor dry. So folks, go ahead. Happy nailing. —SM


Radio buzz
Top 10 discotheque hits 

H ere's a list of Top 10 discotheque hits complied just for you to shake, rattle and roll.

  • Because you loved me Celine Dion
  • Every breath you take The Police
  • Careless Whisper George Michael
  • Lady in Red Chris De Burgh
  • Always on my mind Elvis Presley
  • It must have been love Roxette
  • I just died in your arms tonight Cutting Crew
  • Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden
  • If I let you go Westlife
  • Everything I do Bryan Adams



German academics warn students 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Students should ignore touts and middlemen while applying for education opportunities in Germany, said academics from Germany, who were on a visit to Panjab University here today. They are in the city in connection with an Indo-German workshop on ‘application of nuclear and nano-science in environment, electronics and medicine’ being conducted by the CSIO.

Prof Alok Srivastava, a member of the visiting team, said they had come to know that a large number of students were approaching German institutes through middlemen. In the process they were losing huge amounts of money. This exercise was uncalled for because students could approach universities in Germany directly through the Internet and get all information needed before applying.

“These institutes respond directly to the queries of the students and provide them the exact information about the facilities available there,” he said. He said education in Germany was free but middlemen generally hid this fact from the applicants. Students, however, have to be careful in making arrangements for their stay and food,” he added

The visiting team comprised Prof H.J. Buchkremer, Vice-Chancellor of Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Prof F. Hoyler, Prof U.W. Scherer, Prof B. Kraus, Prof D. Fink, Prof C.M. Kelemen, Prof M. Henzler and Prof F. Roesch.

It was also informed that Germany had changed its system of awarding certificates after studies. Earlier, only diplomas were offered. However, now the universities there were offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students could opt for English as the medium for instructions in their classes at the bachelor’s and master’s levels for all courses.

A number of students and faculty members of the university interacted with the members of the visiting team, particularly in the fields of engineering, technology and medicine.


English or no English, board discusses
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, February 18
“Save Punjab from the predominance of English. The English-medium education is proving to be a big burden on students, which may adversely affect their academic growth”, said Dr Kehar Singh, Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, at a function organised by the Kartar Singh Rannu Memorial Trust of the board on the fifth death anniversary of Rannu here today.

Dr Kehar Singh said certain subjects could be taught in English, but, by compelling students to study only in the English medium, we would be turning them into parrots and harming their thought process. “Don’t sacrifice everything for the sake of English,” he said.

He said enough importance was not being given to the board as compared to the CBSE, but he had figures to prove that students of the board had shown remarkable results. As many as 66 per cent students in medical colleges in the state were from schools affiliated to the board. On the engineering front, the percentage was as high as 70.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Kharar MLA, who was one of the chief guests at the function, however, differed from the views of Dr Kehar Singh. He said our approach towards English should not be narrow. In the modern times, it was important that an educated person was able to freely communicate with people of other states or nations. The education system required less revolutionary changes and more change of attitude.

Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries and Sport and Youth Services of Punjab, who was the chief guest, said the Punjab Government was coming up with a policy of having a special budget for children who were good in sport, could not excel due to a lack of facilities.

The trust presented medals to children of the board employees who had won the first three positions in the board examinations for classes VIII, X and XII held in March 2002.


Workshop on nuclear sciences concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
At least 17 eminent academicians and scientists, including eight from Germany, participated in a three-day Indo-German workshop on nano and nuclear sciences that concluded here today. The workshop was organised jointly by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation of Germany, Panjab University and the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO).

On the opening day of the workshop, Prof Martin Henzler discussed the fabrication of simple, well-defined and well-ordered metallic nanostructures (nanowires) and their electronic conduction properties. Dr Fink spoke on the immense technological potential of ion-track devices for a variety of applications.

In view of the present-day semi-conductor devices reaching their performance limits and the search for alternatives, Dr Bajpai talked about the enormous potential of using the DNA technology for realising molecular electronic wires and diode switches. He also discussed the work that the CSIO had recently done in this direction.

Prof Frank Rosch, Prof F. Hoyler, Prof U.W. Scherer of Germany and Dr T.N. Sharan of NEHU, spoke on the importance of radio-chemistry in life sciences, gama-ray spectroscopic techniques and hand-held devices for detecting nuclear radiation, studies on radiation-induced DNA damage and techniques for the management of naturally occurring radioactive wastes.

On the second day of the workshop, besides lectures, experts interacted on various topics under cellular and tissue engineering, bio MEM’s and molecular motors, medical applications of nano-technology, ethical relevance of modern technology to nano-biology, modelling of carbon nano tubes and synthesis of nano particles.

On the last day of the workshop, a session on education, research and industry was held in Panjab University, where Dr Bernd Kraus delivered a lecture on ‘Technology Transfer and its Benefits for Universities and Industrial Companies’. Dr Buchkremer delivered a lecture on ‘An Overview on Higher Education and Research in Germany’.

Collaborative programmes would be evolved and formulated with the help of German institutes in the areas of nano-technology, bio-MEMs and nuclear sciences.


Law students re-admitted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The Law Department today allowed re-admission to over 40 students who had been denied admission at the beginning of the current semester.

This followed a decision of the university Syndicate last week. As many as 44 students had been denied admission for failing to have the required attendance in the previous semester. The students had approached the court which had asked the university to allow the students to take the examination.

The students appeared in the examination but they were not admitted in the next semester. Following the decision of the Syndicate, these students have now been admitted to the second, fourth and the sixth semester, as the case might be.

Prof Bal Krishan, Chairman of the department, said a majority of the students had been re-admitted. The final outcome of their admission depends on the decision of a pending case at the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Declamation contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
An inter-class declamation contest on current psychological issues marked the second day of Psycho Horizons-2003, being organised by the Government College, Sector 46. The topics for the contest included stress and youth, role of memory, functions of the brain, psycho-physics, abnormality and the importance of psychology.

The function was presided over by Dr Saran Kumari Sharma from the Department of Psychology, Panjab University. About 20 students presented their talk with the help of audio-visual aids.

The first prize was bagged by D. Angam (BA III), while the second prize was shared by Nidhi Jaswal (BA II) and Narinder Singh (BA I). The third prize was awarded to Ramandeep Kaur (BA III), while Gurvinder Singh (BA II) received a consolation prize.

A number of visitors also thronged the psychology exhibition.


Students put up fine show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
It was an encouraging sight to see the students of literature translate the classroom learning onto the stage at the performance of Mahesh Dattani's play, Final Solutions, at Panjab University here this evening.

Students of the English Department have dexterously crafted various shades of crowd psychology in shaping the human destinies under the eyes of Ashish Alexander, a research scholar.

The play as a note conveys underlines that " the demons of communal hatred are not out on the streets...they are lurking inside ourselves". Using communal tension during partition as one of the backdrops, the play effectively journeys on "transferred resentments" looking for scapegoats in the existing conditions.

The play needed little more terseness in the ultimate packaging and little more pace.

Neha Bansal, Sukhmanpreet Sandhu, Gagandeep Singh, Preeti Sood, Ramanveer Grewal and Samrat Khanna have put up a decent performance in the play which will also be staged tomorrow.


ICWAI felicitates members
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) organised a function last evening to felicitate its members for achievements in their respective fields.

Mr Anil Gupta, Joint Commissioner, Department of Central Excise and Customs, Chandigarh, honoured with president's award, Mrs Renuka Walia, who was recently elected member of the municipal council and Dr Manoj Anand, Senior Professor of University Business School, Panjab University, who had undertaken various research projects on financial matters were presented shawl and a memento as a roll of honour by the chief guest, Mr G.S. Narang (IRS), Commissioner, Central Excise and Customs Department.


Life term for 2 in murder case
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, February 18
Two residents of Colony No 5 were today sentenced to life imprisonment in a brutal murder case. The duo, Munna and Naresh, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, who also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 each on them. In case of default of fine, the accused would have to undergo another six months of rigorous imprisonment.

According to the prosecution, on March 13, 1998, three persons — Munna, Naresh Kumar and Vijay Kumar — attacked Lalu Ram with a sword on Holi festival. Lalu Ram tried to escape from the spot but was soon caught by the accused. Vijay Kumar caught hold of Lalu Ram while Naresh Kumar blocked his way and Munna inflicted injuries on his chest with a sword. The accused had murdered Lalu Ram as he had teased Naresh’s wife. The three wanted to teach Lalu Ram a lesson, claimed the prosecution.

After committing the crime, the three escaped from the spot. Later, the accused were arrested by the UT Police after three days of the incident. The complaint against the accused was lodged by Matadin, president of the colony. Cases against the three have been registered under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC at police station, Sector 34. One of the accused, Vijay, was a juvenile when the crime was committed. Therefore, his case was referred to a juvenile court. His case is pending in a juvenile court.

Statement of witness recorded

The statement of the witness, Santokh Singh, was today recorded before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, in a special court room in Model Burail Jail here.

The witness stated that the accused, Gurmeet Singh, and the suspected human bomb, Dilawar Singh, in the Beant Singh assassination case were friends as they had grown up in the same locality where he was residing.Back


View from the master’s lens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Portfolios of well-known photo artists of India and a few of other countries like Austria, China, Singapore, Taiwan and Pakistan will be displayed in the city by the Friends of Photography (FOP). The FOP will also exhibit their own works in Punjab Kala Bhavan of Sector 16. There will be 73 black-and-white and colour prints on display.

The president of the FOP, Mr Adit Agarwala, said here today that the Kamera Club of Austria, on request, had sent portfolios of photo artists of various countries for display here. The prominent Indian artists whose works will be displayed are Benu Sen, C. Rajagopal, K.G. Maheshwari, Sushanta Banerjee and S. Paul. He said the FOP had invited the pictures to apprise the photography admirers of the kind of work being done abroad and in the other parts of the country.

This will be the fourth group show of the FOP in the city. The exhibition will be inaugurated by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on February 21 and remain on till February 24. Also on display will be the works of B.S.N. Reddy, Amardeep Singh Samra, Neatynder Khanna, Subhash Sapru and Inderjit Premi. 

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