Sunday, March 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Students get degrees
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 22
The township is growing and soon it will have better education facilities with a view to minimising the gap in this sector with Chandigarh. The Haryana Government is making all-out efforts in this regard, said Mr D.S. Dhesi, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Haryana, while presiding over the convocation function of Government College, Panchkula, today.

Mr Dhesi appealed to the faculty to make efforts to improve the standard of the college in academics as well as in extra-curricular activities so that the residents of Panchkula and the surrounding areas did not have to send their wards to Chandigarh.

He appreciated the annual report read out by the Principal of the college, Mrs Usha Malik, especially the work being done by the Eco- Club of the college. He promised that the Department of Environment would provide all types of assistance, whether financial or in the shape of expertise, and asked the Principal to put up a project in this regard.

He called upon the students to focus on their objectives and strive hard to achieve these. He reminded them that a modern sports complex was being set up near their college by the Haryana Urban Development Authority

A total number of 317 graduates of the college were conferred degrees during the function which included 184 from the Arts stream, 22 from the Science stream, 23 Honours students of Hindi, History and Sanskrit and 88 from the Commerce stream.

Rupam, who achieved the fourth position in university merit, was awarded a gold medal. The college colour was awarded to Seema, who was adjudged the best singer, and Henry, who was adjudged the best speaker. Nine students were awarded silver medals for securing over 70 per cent marks. They were Vinod Saini, Deepali, Vinod, Kamla Devi, Geetu, Nandini, Shilpi, Manju and Mukti Garg.

Ruchi, Pooja and Harinder Singh were awarded for their performances in cultural programmes. In sports, the college colour was awarded to Sushil Kumar whereas Sandeep Kumar was declared the best male athlete and Sarvjeet Kaur, the best female athlete. Vinod Saini was adjudged the best NCC cadet of the boys wing and Susheela of the girls wing. Rajeev bagged the silver medal for the NSS.

The Nishkam Seva Parishad of the college announced four awards worth Rs1000 in the shape of book incentives to Rakesh Kumar of B Com I, Amit Kumar of BScI, Vinod Saini of BA III and Rajini Sharma of B Com I. These awards are presented to financially poor but brilliant students. Scholarships were also awarded to financially poor students from the minority section by the government. These included Abdul Gaffar of BA I, Dara Ali of BAII and Akbar Khan of BA III.



175 get degrees, prizes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
As many as 175 students of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, received degrees and prizes during the annual convocation and prize distribution function organised here today. The UT Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, was the chief guest on the occasion and delivered the convocation address.

Earlier, the college Principal, Ms V. Bhargava, read out the annual report and highlighted the achievements of students in academic, sports as well as extra-curricular activities. In addition,115 students received prizes for excellence in various fields. Jatinder Kaur of BCA III was declared the best all-round student, while Preeti Kashyap of BCom III was awarded the roll of honour for standing first in the university examinations. Sandeep Kaur Sandhu was adjudged the best sports girl.

Meanwhile, an inter-college workshop on "Emerging trends in automotive power" was organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers at Punjab Engineering College here today.

The workshop was aimed at acquainting engineering students with the emerging technologies and latest trends in the automotive industry.

About 20 technical papers were presented on the occasion. Maruti Udyog Ltd as well as Bajaj Auto Ltd displayed their latest vehicles along with engine segments to give a hands-on experience to the students about the functioning of the engines.



250 students get prizes
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, March 22
The annual prize distribution function of Government College was held here today.
Dr S.K. Vashisht, Principal, Government College, Malerkotla, was the chief guest. Addressing students, he said they should recognise themselves in this fast-changing scenario.

Dr Vashisht said the IT sector had developed a lot and as such even the educated persons were finding themselves to be illiterates as they were unable to keep pace with the rapid progress.

Janpreet Kaur of B.Com part 1 and Ravinder Singh of BA III were given the roll of honour. Eleven students were given college colours and around 250 students were given prizes for excelling in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities.

A cultural programme was also presented by students.



Kids form human chain
Tribune News Service

Schoolchildren make a human formation in the shape of an eye
Schoolchildren make a human formation in the shape of an eye in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, march 22
As part of the ongoing initiatives to increase eyecare awareness, schoolchildren on the occasion of World Optometry Day today formed a human chain in the shape of an eye in Sector 17.

Organised by leading eyecare company, Bausch and Lomb in association with VIEW, an NGO, and the Indian Optometric Association, the human chain formation by schoolchildren was undertaken in five cities.

Organised under the theme — “Optometry: vision in sight” — the initiative saw optometrists across the country join hands.

The WHO has estimated a minimum requirement of over 40,000 optometrists for India, but presently there are merely 6,000.

Around 1,200 students pass out of various institutes every year.



Students remember martyrs
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 22
Students and staff of the BRS Institute of Medical Sciences, Kot Billa, paid homage to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev, on the eve of their martyrdom day today.

The initials of the BRS Institute, which was established in the memory of these martyrs, have been derived from their first names. Students sang devotional songs. The Principal of the institute told the students about the day when the trio was hanged to death by the British. A two-minute silence was also observed on the occasion.



25 cases settled at lok adalat
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 22
Twentyfive cases were settled and an amount of Rs 13, 39, 485 lakh was recovered from defaulters at a special lok adalat organised by the UT State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) in Sector 9 here today. The lok adalat was headed by Mr Sant Parkash, Member Secretary-cum-Judge, Permanent Lok Adalat, to settle outstanding dues of the Union Bank of India in Sector-17 against the defaulters.

Mr Sant Parkash said a total of 34 cases were taken up. Recovery of Rs 1, 20, 000 was also made on the spot from the borrowers.

He said though it was the first experience, a large number of cases got settled through compromise between the parties. He added that any person before going to the court could submit an application to get his dispute settled through lok adalat without paying any court fee.

The Lok Adalat was held under the aegis of Mr Justice N.K Sodhi, Punjab and Haryana High Court. 



IT officers told to pay Rs 10,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
Coming down heavily on the Income Tax authorities while pronouncing orders on a petition alleging the demand of bribe by officials for “not opening” a case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has imposed costs of Rs 10,000 “to be paid personally in equal shares by an Assessing Officer and another officer who granted sanction” for going ahead in the matter.

The Bench, comprising Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice N.K. Sud, also quashed 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 with the Life Insurance Corporation, Mr Mohinder Singh Malik, had alleged that Rs 40,000 were demanded by the officers for not reopening his case. Following his refusal to comply with the demand, a notice under Section 148 of the Income Tax Act for reopening the case was issued, according to the counsel.

He had claimed that the respondents were openly demanding bribe from the assessess and threatening them with heavy fine. He had added that “many more assessess had filed affidavits, but action had not been taken”. After hearing the arguments in the case, the Judges observed that according to the petitioner, notice under Section 148 of the Act could not be issued as the period prescribed had lapsed.



2 students get police remand
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 22
The two students — Kawarpreet and Summet — who were arrested by the UT police in a case of impersonation, were today remanded in police custody by a local court. A student of Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public School in Sector 26 here, Kawarpreet Singh had been arrested for allowing another student, Sumeet Upadhay, to appear on his behalf in the CBSE class XII examination.

Kawarpreet Singh Brar, a hosteller, is a student of the science stream and was appearing at an examination centre in DAV School, Sector 15, here. Acting on a complaint moved by the Principal of DAV Model School, the UT police had registered a case against the two under Sections 419, 420, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC.



Esha Deol all the way

PFH Rave and Pantaloon have jointly come up with their latest production ‘Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne’ which opened yesterday all over and at Neelam (Chandigarh) and Suraj (Panchkula).

Zayed Khan, son of Sanjay and Zarine Khan, brother in-law of Hritik Roshan and cousin of Fardeen Khan, makes his debut in this film. Playing his lady love in this film, a romantic thriller about a robber who gets away with a priceless booty, is Esha Deol. She is caught in a ring of suspense as she is followed by the shadow trio — all after the money. And the mystery deepens with the trio being the main suspects.

The first part of the film is slow with mediocre scenes but the second part does have a brisk pace. production values are good. Cameraman T. Ramji has captured some beautiful locales of Bangkok. Action is good. Composer Himesh Reshamiiya has come up with a few good numbers including item song ‘Mohabbat Hai Mirchi’ by sizzling Rakhee Sawant. Debutante Zayed Khan displays a whole range of styles and impresses. Esha Deol gets an interesting role and performs well. Gulshan Grover, Vijay Raaj, Salil Ankola and Rakhee Sawant provide support. An average suspense thriller that will find going tough at the box office.

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Another new comer Attin Bhalla perform like a superman in Ashok Honda’s fourth action film ‘Om’ (Jagat Chandigarh) after Rakshak, Anth and Krodh. It is an average action film made for the front benchers. The film has a plot similar to earlier action movies. The production values are upto the mark but the film has no face value. ‘Tum Bin’ fame Sandli Sinha looks pretty but her role is limited. Director Ashok Honda does not deliver the goods as he takes the audiences for granted. — D.P.



Mamata leaves an enraptured audience
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
Mamata Shankar, the illustrious daughter of illustrious parents (dancers Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar) has added a new dimension to contemporary dance in India. Following in the footsteps of her father, who pioneered the ballet movement in the country, Mamata has evolved her own style and language to present varied themes through dance.

As the soul behind her troupe called the Mamata Shankar ballet troupe, the dancer, who is also an actress of calibre, makes it clear that her work as a teacher and a creator does not end with the presentation. It goes beyond entertainment and finds fulfillment in communication and human bondage. This aspiration of Mamata Shankar was reflected in each presentation that her ballet troupe members made at Tagore Theatre on the third day of the Bhaskar Rao Sammelan.

There was nothing “purely classical” about the sequences, but they were delightfully refreshing. In the first part of the presentation called Arg (the offering), the troupe members presented various dance sequences on myriad themes. The beginning was made with a sequence dedicated to the Indian spirit of celebration. As the troupe members held the stage in their rhythmic sway, the gathering wanted more of Mamata Shankar’s style, which appeared free from the fetters of rigid dance disciplines.

Music director Salil Chowdhry’s famous Bangla song “Dhitam dhitam”, became the focus of the second dance sequence of the evening. Loaded with fine rhythms, the dance enraptured the audience, as the dancers held it captive. The spell of delight continued in the third presentation which was a choreographer’s tribute to Mother Nature. Titled rain drops, sunbeam and the thunder, the presentation saw ballet troupe members, along with guru Mamata Shankar, at their graceful best. The dance styles they projected were simple, largely folk in inclination.

So was the case with the rest of the presentation, especially the second part of it which saw the audience being treated to a beautiful dance drama, based on one of Tagore’s poems. Through her engrossing blend of dance styles, Mamata Shankar held the audience together in the thread of melody and grace and rhythm. She proved that she was not just a fine actress who has been fondly cast by directors of the order of the late Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Budhdeb Dasgupta, but she is also the worthy daughter of Uday Shankar, who has the mettle to evolve a dance style that imbibes the nuances of Uday Shankar, while at the same time goes beyond that....

That is what creation is. As the dancer-actress herself says, “I am trying to find a universal language through dance so that we, all human beings of the universe, can meet at some point.” In her pursuit, the dancer is supported by her long-time companion and husband Chandraoday Ghosh, who is also an accomplished dancer, trained under Amala Shankar.

The ballet troupe members comprised Mamata Shankar Ghosh, Chandraoday Ghosh (who compered the show), Ratul Shankar Ghosh, Chandra Koley, Amrita Bhattacharya, Payel Chakraborty, Sreeparna Chatterjee, Rimjhim Mitra, Debalina Basu, Dhruba Mitra, Jaydeep Palit, Sudip Roy, Bidhan Roychowdhury, Krishnajit Munshi, Asit Sengupta, Rajit Shankar Ghosh.

Earlier during the programme, the gathering was treated to the incredible talent of Kolkata-based child prodigy Rimpa Siva, who played the tabla with admirable command and ease. She displayed near perfection, as she presented various sequences in teen taal.


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