Tuesday, February 25, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Stone of school building laid
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, , February 24
‘‘Good educational background of children makes nation’s future bright . For a bright future one should give good educational opportunities to children.’’ This statement was made by Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, while addressing a gathering at the annual function of Lord Mahavir Public School, here on Monday.

He appealed to the teachers and parents to provide the best possible technical education to students in this era of technology.

Earlier, he also laid the foundation stone of the second storey of the third block of the school and distributed prizes among students for their performance in academics as well in other co-curricular activities.

A cultural programme was also presented by the students on the occasion.

Students of Dutt Vishesh School, Sector 26, take part in elocution contest
Students of Dutt Vishesh School, Sector 26, take part in elocution contest held at the school on Friday.

Dutt Vishesh School: The annual elocution contest of Dutt Vishesh School, Sector 26, was held on Friday. Students from pre-nursery to class VIII participated in the contest.

The little ones were a delight as they recited poems like ‘‘Good morning Ms Hen’’ and ‘‘Piggy on the Railway Line.’’ The wide variety of poems recited, included ‘‘You are Old Father William’’ by Lewis Carol, Ogden Nash’s ‘‘Adventures of Isabel’’ and TS Eliot’s ‘‘Macavity, the Mystery Cat’’.

The contest had group participation in the inter-class category and individual participants for the inter-house category. Poems were recited in English and Hindi. The contest was judged by the Director of the school, Ms Sharda Dutt, Ms Sangeeta Vardhan and Mr Vijay Vardhan.

The winners of the contest were as follows:

Pre-primary: First— KG B; primary—First II A; junior & middle—First class VI, Second - class V.

Junior school: First—Vikas (Eng), Vaishali (Hindi). Middle school: First—Sparsh (Eng), Aarish (Hindi).



Exhibition on Kalpana
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 24
The City Beautiful Arts School and Fine Arts Hobby Centre will organising a all- India fine arts exhibition in the memory of late Ms. Kalpana Chanwla from March 8 to March 16.
The venue for the exhibition is Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10. 



Police remand for Ravinder 
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 24
Former Assistant Manager of the Jagat cinemas, Ravinder Kumar, who is the main suspect in the murder of Harjinder Singh, manager of the Kiran and Jagat cinema was today produced in a local court and remanded in police custody. He was arrested by the police yesterday.

According to the police, Ravinder had allegedly collected the money to be paid for the contract killing through embezzlement in Jagat cinema funds. Rs 2.70 lakh had been paid in instalments. The suspect — Ravinder Singh— came in contact with Mohinder Pal Rana, a former contractor of the cycle shed at Jagat cinema. The police says a seven persons were involved in executing the contract killing. So far, the police has arrested Ram Asra Yadav, Om Parkash, Sunil Kumar and Om Pal. Ravinder, Naresh Kumar and Mohinder Pal Rana are yet to be arrested. The assailants had purchased six country-made pistols from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Plea adjourned: A plea moved by Mr N.K Jain, a former UT Home Secretary, for the supply of documents mentioned in the challan in the Shimla girl rape case was today adjourned for February 27 by a local court. Mr Jain had requested in the plea that the UT police had mentioned some of the documents related to the case in the challan but those were not supplied to him by the police.



Meeting on modern heritage
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 24
The second Asian regional meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre on modern heritage was held at Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 today.
Inaugurating the meeting, the Chandigarh Administrator and Punjab Governor, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), said the initiative by UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre to hold its meeting in Chandigarh was a testimony of the value that the apex world body assigned to the heritage of City Beautiful.

Saying that the symbolic act of the World Heritage Centre was significant in yet another way for the city, which has just completed its 50th anniversary, General Jacob expressed happiness that the event had given an opportunity to the administration as well as the people of the city to take stock of the past 50 years and engage in the much-needed deliberations for city’s conservation and development, keeping in mind the ever-changing economic and social scenario.

“Given the post-colonialism scenario, Chandigarh introduced all important concepts for implementing the ‘ideas of modernism’ as well as the ‘ideals of modernisation’ and today Chandigarh has developed into hub of the entire North West,” he said.

Expressing the urgent need for safeguarding the heritage, he emphasised the need for catering for the changing social environment and need of residents. He also highlighted the role of City Museum, which has been undertaking documentation of city’s architectural and natural heritage and recording its social history and geography.

Saying that a conservation policy could not simply be a matter of dealing with historical buildings or areas that contained historic buildings, General Jacob added: “We need a much more creative and flexible strategy that can also take into account the changing needs of our citizen and their aspirations for the future”. Chandigarh is no longer a bureaucratic centre but a vibrant city, fast developing into a financial service and technological hub of the entire North West region, he said.

Prominent among those who attended the meeting were Mr Francesco Bandarin, Director UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Ms Sheridan Burke, vice-president, ICOMOS, Ms Maristella Casiato, Chairperson DOCOMOMO International, Dr Shin Muramastu and other core members of MAAN along with Dr S.S. Biswas, president ICOMOS India.


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