Wednesday, June 4, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


No extra classes, it’s vacation for teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The general house meeting of the Government School Teachers Union held at the Masjid ground in Sector 20, here today, was a happy affair following the decision of the UT Education Department to exempt them from taking extra classes during the summer vacation.

At the meeting, the boycott call against extra classes was withdrawn. It was also decided that the members of the union would hold a meeting on the last Saturday of every month. Other resolutions passed at the meeting included urging the UT Education Department to give representation to teachers in meetings held to discuss academic issues and to seek their views to avoid confrontation.

They also appealed to the teaching community to spare no effort in improving the academic standards in government schools after returning from the vacation. The leadership of the union thanked the teachers for lending their support to the cause.

However, the leadership did warn principals involved in harassing teachers on flimsy grounds. “We will take up their cases with the department rather than approaching them. The names of heads who have been troubling teachers are in our notice,” Dr Vinod Sharma said.

However, the agreement of the union with the UT Education Department to voluntarily teach students during vacation found no mention at the meeting. “We thanked the teachers for their support and asked them to keep up the unity. We did not ask them to teach voluntarily and will neither discourage them to do so, if they are interested,” said Mr H.S. Anand.

The union asked its members to bring to its notice any unnecessary victimisation by heads of institutions for not taking extra classes. “We have only agreed to voluntarily help. If the teachers are not interested, the heads have no right to use pressure tactics and this will not be tolerated,” Dr Sharma added.

The union has also asked teachers to nominate one representative from every school as spokesperson. “This will ensure that we keep in touch with problems of every school and can take up the matter with authorities concerned,” he said.

Meanwhile, extra classes in schools went on as usual. Summer workshops also elicited a good response from the students. Painting, cookery, dance, music and soft-toy making workshops were conducted by contract, ad hoc and newly recruited regular teachers.

Principals of government schools were of the opinion that the exemption to regular teachers had, in no way, affected the running of summer workshops.


National awards for 15 teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Seven teachers from Haryana and four each from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh will be awarded National Awards for their contribution to academics and various other fields. These awards will be given by the President of India on September 5, 2003.

The seven school teachers selected from Haryana include Mr Jai Kumar Singh of Darwa in Yamunanagar district; Ms Kamla Devi of Madhuban in Hisar; Ms Gurmeet Kaur of Ganjogarhi in Karnal; Mr Prakash Chand of Shergar in Sirsa and three other teachers, Mr Lakhpat Rai of Wazirabad in Gurgaon; Chandna Choudhary of Panipat; and Ms Veena Bhayana of Fatehabad.

Mr Ranjit Singh of Salem Tabri in Ludhiana district, Ms Amarjit Kaur of Gill in Ludhiana, Dr Sardari Lal of Zahura in Hoshiarpur and Ms Gurcharan Kaur of PAU in Ludhiana are school teachers from Punjab.

Those chosen from Himachal Pradesh include Mr Jagan Nath Dhiman (Garli in Hamirpur district), Mr Khiali Ram (Sohari in Una), Mr Ramji Dass Soni (Sansar in Kangra) and Mr Roshan Lal (Lathiani in Una).


80 students awarded degrees
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 3
As many as 80 students who completed their course in 2002 were awarded degree in the first annual convocation of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, here today.

Mr Y.S. Rajan, Vice -Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, distributed the degrees to students and emphasised that they work hard for building up a lucrative career in future.

Meritorious students were also given cash prizes besides mementos and certificates. Earlier, Dr. Kirpal Singh, Principal, of the institute read out the annual report and thanked Dr Rajan.


No end to PUSU row
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The controversy over the office-bearers of the Panjab University Students Union continued unabated at Panjab University as a new list of officers was released by a strong camp here today. The list was released on behalf of Yadwinder Singh Yadu, the chairman. It may be remembered that the chairman said that Malwinder Singh Kang, president of the Campus Students Council, was no longer a member of the PUSU and Mr Kang said that Yadu had been turned out.

After a recent press conference of Mr Kang announcing new office bearers, the chairman released his set of office-bearers. The new office-bearers on this list include chairman — Yadwinder Singh Yadu, convener — Harmanjit Singh Deol, acting president- Gurparvez Singh Sandhu; general secretary- Amritpal Singh; and senior vice-presidents Gurjit Singh Lutheri and Prabhdayal Prabhu.

A senior spokesperson said that a common meeting of the PUSU groups would be soon called to settle all difference and announce the party programme.


2 get RI for carrying substandard milk
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 3
Two city residents were today sentenced to six months’ rigorous imprisonment under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act by a local court. The two were convicted and also fined Rs 1,000 by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, As per the prosecution, one of the accused was carrying 20 kg milk on his three-wheeler when a food inspector intercepted him. He took a sample of the milk and sent it for analysis. As per the public analyst report the sample was found not in confirmation with the prescribed standards.

Claiming that the two were falsely implicated in the case, the defence counsel pleaded that there was no independent witness in the case. Moreover, the milk was not meant for public sale, he added. On the other hand the Additional Deputy Advocate, Health, argued that the Food Inspector was the witness in the case.

Pak naional’s plea accepted

Acting on the application moved by Pakistani national Abid Mahmood, who had been arrested by the UT police on spying charges, a local court today directed the Superintendent and the Medical Superintendent of Model Burail Jail to provide him medical facility as per the jail manual. In his plea he had claimed that he was tortured by the police and an intelligence agency and needed treatment. 

Rape suspect acquitted

A resident of Mauli Jagran, Uday Singh, was today acquitted by a local court in a rape case. As per the prosecution the suspect had raped a minor girl. The accused was acquitted as the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against him.


Tapping feet, lilting tunes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The stillness of the Durga Das Foundation’s serene surroundings is broken by the welcome sounds of tapping feet and lilting tunes. Playing by the ear you allow your feet to lead you to the “den”. What greets you is a bright and vibrant collection of the most delightful faces wearing expressions, which can neither be slotted nor replicated. Original in every sense of the word you see the wonders that a theatrical activity can bring about in such a short span of time.

On day two of the workshop which is part of the annual summer school programme run by the Foundation children are involved in fascinating concepts which allow their imagination to soar as they delve deep into their sub conscious to visualise and structure their thoughts before they can find the words and gestures to communicate the same to the group. Leading two groups of 4 to 6 and 7 to11 are an eclectic trio, experts in the field of music, television, films and theatre. Using these different mediums they are her to aid the children in “expressing themselves in newer, different and more complete ways, in a playful setting”.

Delhi-based Dilip Shankar began his theatre odyssey at the age of 12 when he acted in a play under the stewardship of theatre veteran Dr B.V. Karnath. He went on to work with Barry John, Lillette Dubey and Roysten Abel participating in festivals both in India and overseas. He branched out as a casting director doing films like ‘Monsoon Wedding’ besides producing a documentary feature call ‘Ayurveda —the Art of Being’ and another feature film by the name of ‘Samsara’ which would have made it to the Oscar shortlist had it not been for Devdas. A dynamo of energy he has a natural way of bringing children to flow spontaneously with the theme — be it something which is abstract, bizarre or practical. He refers to the present lot of children as the “indigo generation” which is full of beans, very sure of themselves and eager to learn.

Mumbai-based Meghna Tiwari looks forward to the way the workshop will evolve. She has devised a series of theatre games which would sensitive children to their surroundings, get in touch with their innerselves before allowing flights of fancy to take over. She finds their peppy interpretations of situations brilliant and hopes that this little adventure with theatre will help them communicate better. Her choice of working with children led her to Prakash Jha who while scouting around for the right face entrusted her the responsibility of selecting and grooming a child to play the role of Rahul in the film by the same name. She has also acted in serials and music videos.

The year’s summer school programme was full much before formal announcements of the various workshops it was holding were made. With eager participants thronging the venue on the first day enrolments on a first-come-first-serve basis were made to 300 participants. Split into many groups, the Foundation has brought to the city members of Mumbai-based Shiamak Davar’s dance troupe for the third time which would culminate in a lively stage presentation. Clearly, a summer of action and fun.


Celeberating Summers
Unwrap in wrap-arounds
Saurabh Malik

All you gals zipping up and down the narrow lanes of life in the summer of 2003, forget all about mini-skirts exposing you to bright sun’s darkening rays, and loathsome stares. Unwrap your beauty with wrap around skirts instead.

Yes, you have guessed it right. Wrap around skirts are the latest scream among the damsels of the world. If you are having any doubts, just drive down to the Panjab University campus. Or else, any college in the city. Now, even during the vacations.

Every where you look, you will see earth angles in wrap arounds. Reposing on the stairs, or on the pavements, even on bikes and scooters, you will find them there, enjoying cold drinks away from the sun’s angry glares.

No wonder, little miss Ruhi has picked up three wraps that tie at the waist. After saving her hard-earned pocket money for over 16 weeks. “It wasn’t easy,” she whispers before passing her fragile fingers through her silky highlighted tresses. “I had to forget all about yummy cheese and tomato grilled sandwiches. Had to sacrifice my favourite guava shake. But it was worth it. Today, I have a long print wrap skirt. Also a long border-fringe skirt. Another one with scores of growling dragons. Can’t tell how excited I am”.

The under-grad dons them to the evening bash. For cutting foot-loose with her chums after a hard day’s work at home. Even to the University campus for savouring frappe, and the effect on the guys sitting on the edge.

Explaining the trend, young fashion designer Reenu Sharma asserts, “Wrap around skirts are quite popular. Are selling quickly at our shows and festivals. No doubt about it. The reason behind their acceptance is not hard to see. They are a great buy for the price. This is not all. An easy wrap is shaped for relaxation and looks graceful. Layers of lightweight cotton voile gather at the left side for that dramatic effect. Otherwise also, you can wear a versatile wrap in different ways.

”Pushing back her fringe, she says, “You can wear it to a discotheque for twirling all around the polished dance floor to the thumping beats of bhangra music. Or as a skirt to the college for attending English literature classes, depending upon the mood.”

So gals, if you haven’t pulled out crisp currency notes from your leather hand-bag for purchasing wrap arounds, rush to the market. Go in for skirts that are about 37 to 40 inches long. Else, buy a traditional one. It will wrap you in a sweep of cool linen. Graced with rose and red embroidery at the edge and around the back hem, it’ll looks cool. The approximate length is 27 inches. The stuff closes at the waist with a faux tortoiseshell ring and fabric tie. Last thing, look for wraps with loads of dragons, flames, flowers and elephants for that modernly-tradition effect. All the best and happy skirting.


Half-sleeve fever

Forget all about full-sleeve shirts…. They are good for winters. For protecting you from the chilly bone-piercing winds. Breeze through the summers of 2003 in half-sleeve shirts.

Yes, you have guessed it right. They are in with a silent bang. If you do not believe it, just drive down to the city arcades. You will see pretty little dames strolling down the market corridors in half covered arms. Or else, you will witness macho guys with exposed muscles zipping up and down the geri route on their single cylinder flying machines — bikes. Little wonder, so many showrooms in the city have made special sections for displaying shirts with sleeves that run down till the elbows. Before you pull out the crisp currency notes from your wallet for picking up one, carry out a thorough survey of the market to make sure you are not paying extra for the stuff.

You can get the shirts “cheap” from the showrooms in Sector 17 and 9. That’s for sure. But if you are not fussy, Sector 22 rehri market is the best place for you to buy the product. It may sound incredible, but you can actually take home a half-sleeve shirt or a T-shirt by paying just Rs 100, even less. The cloth used for preparing the shirt is not bad either. At least it will last through the summers. In any case it will be out of fashion the next season. By the way, make sure that the buttons are nicely and properly secured. Are not falling apart. Just look at they way they have been fixed. Criss-cross stitch is the proper way of affixing the buttons, remember for all times to come. Before putting on the shirt, apply transparent nail enamel to the buttons. Nay, you are wrong. Enamel won’t make them shine like twinkling stars, but keep them hanging on for longer duration. You can be sure of the fact.

Another thing. Please, do not venture out in the sun in a half-sleeve shirt without applying sunscreen on the arms, along with other exposed areas. Even five minutes are bad especially if you are moving out in the sun between 11 am to 5 pm.

Liberally apply the lotion or the cream “with high sun protection factor" at least half an hour before you leave the cool comfort of your air-conditioned room, even in a car. The time gap will permit the screen to nicely set in. Won’t wash off even when you profusely sweat.


The weather top 10

Summers are here. Little wonder everyone is talking about the weather. That’s the reason why Radio Buzz has complied a list of songs having something to do with the weather. Happy listening.

  • Blame it on the weatherman     B*Witched
  • Thunder in my heart                Leo Sayer
  • Rain                                     Madonna
  • Fog on the Tyne                    Lindis Farne
  • Hurricane                              Bob Dylan
  • Here comes the sun               The Beatles
  • Storm in a teacup                  The Fortunes
  • Winds of change                    Scorpions
  • It’s raining men                      Weather girls
  • The sun always shines on TV    A-Ha


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