Sunday, March 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Dept’s no to GSI programme
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Personal differences among faculty of Department of Geology at Panjab University cast a shadow over the academic programme of the Geological Survey of India scheduled for today.

The Geological Survey of India under the leadership of Dr A.D. Ahluwalia had announced a special programme in the memory of Prof M.R. Sahni, the founder chairman of the department on the campus. The department did not give a “go ahead” signal. In fact a notice in the department read that “there is no function of the Geological Survey of India on March 1”. Professor Ahluwalia said the department did not cooperate with him at all. He was denied entry in the seminar hall of the department “in writing” as a result of which an alternate venue had to be fixed. The department also did not provide him with facilities for visual slides, he said.

Prof R.K. Kakkar, Chairman of the department, agreed to the fact that the department had denied permission to Professor Ahluwalia. This was because he had created “unruly” scenes in the meeting of the department saying he would go ahead with the programme whether the department cooperated or not. The programme was meant for the popularisation of science so an appropriate time needed to be fixed for the show.

The venue today witnessed a number of schoolchildren return from the geology department gate because they thought there was no programme on the agenda, claimed Professor Ahluwalia. Despite all “hindrances” students from St. John’s and St. Stephen’s came for the programme today, he said.

He also claimed that the function was attended by Mr S.S. Kanwar, a former deputy director of the Geological Survey of India and Mr V.K. Sharma, a former director of the society.



Science Day celebrations end
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, March 1
A number of science related academic competitions marked the conclusion of the Science Day celebrations at Panjab University here yesterday. These included quiz, debate, paper reading, science exhibition and collage making, besides others.

The National Science Day lecture was delivered by Prof Asis Datta, Director of the National Centre for Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, on “National Genomic: Challenge to Society”.

He highlighted the role of bio-technology in solving the problem of malnutrition, particularly in India, where such cases were on the rise. “About 40 to 60 per cent of the children are malnourished and women anaemic. The problem can be overcome by introducing genetically modified plants by which one could increase yield as well as quality of proteins.” Professor Datta mentioned different genes, manipulation of which can improve the quality and quality of food. The problems like stone forming by certain vegetables can be solved by manipulation of oxalic acid, Professor Datta added.

The lecture was presided over by Dr C.L. Kaul, Director of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research. The lecture was organised by the local chapter of the Indian Science Congress Association in association with the Panjab University campus Students Council.

The prizes were given away by Prof S.K.Sharma, Director of the PGI. Dr R.C.Sobti, convener of the programme, highlighted the activities of the local chapter.

Arshdeep Kaur won the first prize in the debate (graduates category) contest. Varun and Anchal Gupta were second and third, respectively. Asha Verma and Aman Dubey were the winners in the debate at the post graduate level.

The team of Manoj Tripathi and Manish Datt won the quiz contest. Varun Kapoor and Prabhjeet were second while the third prize was won by the team of Deepak and Naveen. The team of the local GGDSD College won the collage-making contest in the graduate section while the winners in the postgraduate category of the contest were the departments of biotechnology, bi-physics and chemistry.

The team of the Department of Microbiology won the exhibition contest. The teams of the departments of Physics and biotechnology were second and third, respectively.

Rabica Chaudhry and Aswarthy Rajan won the first prize in the poster-making contest at the undergraduate level. Bharti Maudgil was second while the third prize was bagged by Anchal Gupta. Mona Behl won the contest in the seniors category. Sonika, Natasha and Sweta Bisht were the winners in the graduate level category of the paper reading contest. Sona Banerjee, Manmeet Kaur and Mini Aggarwal won in the post graduates category.

Shweta Gupta and Navjot Kaur won the essay writing contest in the graduates category. In the postgraduates category the winners were Komal Arora, Mini Aggarwal, Sapna Batra and Mona Behl. In the schools category the winners were Ashutosh Chaudhry from Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 10.

EXHIBITION: More than 200 students visited the ‘career exhibition’ organised by the Panjab University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau in collaboration with the Education Department here on Friday. The exhibition was inaugurated by Prof Nirmal Singh, Dean Student Welfare. Charts and posters for students of plus two and graduation were put up on display. Students also availed guidance facilities regarding further education as well as employment avenues.

ELECTED: The group of Mr Dharam Paul Sharma swept the elections to the Panjab University Staff Association here on Friday. As many as 17 candidates were declared elected unopposed while the remaining four seats were won by the Sharma group. The following have been elected a the office-bearers: president — Mr Dharam Paul Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr Suresh Mahajan; vice-president — Mr Deepak Kaushik; general secretary — Mr Om Prakash Sharma; secretary — Mr Prakash Chand; and finance secretary — Mr Balraj Kumar. The following have been elected to the Panjab University Stenographers’ Association: chairman — Mr J.R. Dhiman; vice-chairman — Mr Dwarka Nath; secretary — Mr Shiv Sharma; joint-secretary — Ms Darshana; and treasurer — Mr Vinod Singh.

DEBATE: Ruchi Kaushal of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, won the annual debate organised by the Department of Law, Panjab University, on Friday. Manu Prabhakar from Punjab Engineering College was second while Ahimpreet from MCM DAV won the third prize. The best team prize was also bagged by MCM DAV College team. The topic of the debate was “Human cloning under government supervision should be legalised”.


The three-day international seminar on ‘Yogavasistha Maharamayana’ concluded here yesterday. Dr R.N..Pal, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Presided over the veledictory function. Prof. Satya Vrat Shastri from Puri in his address stated that values enacted by ‘Yogavasistha Maharamayana’ were significant today more than ever before.

EXHIBITION: Five artists practicing diverse art forms and dreams but with the same feeling of love and affection for their alma mater have got together to showcase their best at a unique exhibition being organised at the Museum of Fine Arts of the Punjabi University. The students - all of whom are former students of the Department of Fine Arts - have are presently showcasing their works under the exhibition - Rangeet Leni, Subhash Chander, Amandeep Kaur, Gurbax, Parveen and Jaspal’s creations have been displayed at the exhibition.



An assortment of gags
Rajiv Kaplish

A few minutes into ‘‘40 Days and 40 Nights’’ (Kiran) and it seems one has stumbled upon a porn movie. Explicit scenes, suggestive dialogues. But what follows is an anti-climax. The director takes a pledge to turn the film into America’s first no-sex comedy. The result: Josh Hartnett’s (of “Pearl Harbour” fame) vow of celibacy for 40 days and 40 nights after the unceremonious end of his last relationship and his friends’ resolve to break it at any cost. Amid this game of wits, enters Shannyn Sossamon, the woman of Hartnett’s dreams, who is as much scandalised by the unusual vow as are Hartnett’s buddies. She may not be willing to walk that extra mile with her beloved. But Hartnett’s trying to hold on and hoping that she’s willing to hold out. After all, it’s only a matter of 40 days and 40 nights.

From his somewhat desultory wanderings into the world of erotica to abstinence, Hartnett leaps from one hilarious misadventure to another. A scene in which his father gives a blow-by-blow account of his honeymoon and another wherein Hartnett unknowingly consumes a preparation of Viagra and becomes the source of embarrassment to his colleagues are particularly fun-filled. Coming as it does amid a bizarre menagerie of Hollywood’s action-adventure flicks, ‘‘40 Days and 40 Nights’’ is certainly an assortment of gags, if not the ultimate laugh riot.



‘Hum Pyar Tumhi Se...’ lacks in originality
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

THE disastrous run of releases from Bollywood in the past couple of years continues unabated with ‘Hum Pyar Tumhi Se Kar Baithe’( Nirman) likely to be yet another addition to the “also ran” category of releases.

The family drama is unlikely to find favour with the audience because of lack of originality in presentation. Jugal Hansraj, the cute child prodigy of ‘Masoom’, pairs with a newcomer Tina Raana.

The pretty damsel still has to lend more shine to her acting capabilities on screen. The ‘social drama with a message’ misses out on the point that in the world of entertainment the message has to be part of the entertainment and not projected as a separate entity.

Kamal Kumar Bharjatya, Raj Kumar Bharjatya and Ajit Kumar Bharjatya have teamed up for the role of the producers. The Rajshri camp is known for the family dramas with its list of mega-hits including ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and ‘Nadiya Ke Paar’, however, this time the family drama lacks the charm of originality or freshness in treatment of the script.

Mohan Singh Rathor has handled the script as well as adorned the role of the director. The new comer will have to wait for some time before tasting any success worth mention in the Bollywood arena although he is an established name in Rajasthani cinema.

Sachin Khedekar’s wife takes away his boy from him due to family differences. He is forced to raise the daughter of his friend whose family dies in a road accident. Both children grow. They then happen to meet and the rest is quite predictable.

H. Laxminarayan has done the choreography. The list of lyricists reads as Rawal Dev Kohli, Israr Ansari, Suman Sarin and Shaheen Iqbal. Raam Laxman have lent the music which is worth mention.

The film also stars Sachin Khedekar, Navin Parihar and Johny Fever (a duplicate of the famous Johny Lever), Jeet Mohindra, Viju Khote and Dinesh Hingoo.

The film has already been released in Mumbai and has met with a hostile crowd response which leaves hardly any expectations of success of any sort.



Dharam, Navpreet win boxing titles
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 1
Dharam Singh of Chandigarh surged ahead in bantam weight category section on the second day of the 10th All India AK Misra Memorial boxing championship being played here at the Skating Rink, Sector 10. Dharam Singh outplayed Subhash Kumar in the knockoutround.

In other matches of the bantam weight section, Navpreet Singh of Punjab emerged winner. Other winners were Kamaldeep, Sujit Biswa, Vijay Dagar (of Delhi), Kamal Chauhan , Rohit Thapa and BD Mandal. Infeather weight section, Vivek Pandey, Mohan Singh, Subodh Dhyani, Narender Singh, S Maikal Mitel were the winners. In the fly weight section, BSK Swami, Dlip Pauri, Arun Saini, Daiphale, Vishwa Nath Pratap Singh, Harpreet Singh, PK Nair and Ashwani Sharma won their respective matches.

Senior tennis winners

The Arjun Singh Memoral Total Tennis Tournament for seniors began here last evening at Total Tennis Academy, Sector 11. The tournament is being held in age groups above 35, 45 and 55 and doubles. Amar Singh, brother of the late Arjun Singh inaugurated the meet.

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