Wednesday, June 11, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


More fee concession in offing for wards of PU staff
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Fee concession in addition to the existing one for wards of Panjab University employees has been recommended by the Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) of the university.

Sources said at present children of university employees were given full concession on the tuition fee alone. The JCM has recommended that these students be given 20 per cent concession on the fee paid on account of other funds.

It was pointed out that a student paid only about Rs 800 on account of tuition fee and about Rs 2,550 on account of other funds. The concession in the fee will also cover those employees of the university who are keen to continue their education on the campus.

The JCM recommended that a new generator set be installed at the Administrative Block. It was pointed out that during a power cut it was difficult to locate the staff on duty to set the generator working which caused inconvenience to the staff. The committee has recommended an automatic generator set to be installed.

It has also been recommended that the lifts on the campus be replaced by a new ‘automatic’ set of lifts. All employees from the non-teaching departments will also get refreshment during overtime duties, particularly examination-related duties. At present, the facility existed only for teachers, it was pointed out. Members of the non-teaching, who report on examination-related duty, will also be given the conveyance allowance, it has been recommended.

The JCM agenda pointed out the need for a gas agency on the campus. The agenda read “every resident on the campus is using a gas-run stove, but there is no gas agency on the campus. There was also a demand of a petrol station on the campus.

Residents have also demanded a fruit and vegetable shop on the campus. The university employees also sought concession on the entrance examination fee for their wards.

Majority of the other items pertained to service related issues. The meeting was postponed as all items could not be discussed.



Dismal show by Class XII students
Tribune News Service

Girls shine again

Girls outshone boys in the Class XII board examination conducted by Haryana School Education Board with the toppers in all three streams being girls. Poonam Gahlan, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, has topped in the district by securing 81.2 per cent marks in the humanities stream. Anita, a student of Hindu School, Kalka, topped in the commerce stream by securing 76.6 per cent marks, and Pooja of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 6, getting maximum marks in science stream (69 per cent). Sanju Rani, a student of New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, secured the fifth position in the district by securing 73 per cent marks.

Panchkula, June 10
Dismal performance by most schools affiliated to the Haryana School Education Board marked the Class XII results, which were declared today. The pass percentage in the district was a mere 42.68 per cent, with 1,053 students in the district failed in the examination.

According to information, as many as 1,839 students studying in 29 government, private and schools recognised by the board, had appeared in the examination conducted in April. However, only 786 students managed to clear the examinations.

The pass percentage for the district last year was 39. 6 percent, and almost 900 students had flunked from amongst 1513 students who had appeared in the board examinations.

Preliminary analysis of the results of various schools by the District Education Office (DEO) shows that no school has been able to achieve a 100 per cent result. However, officials said this time the government schools in the district had fared better than last year. Last year, the pass percentage in the 22 government schools here was a meagre 38 per cent.

Officials in the DEO office also said that most students had fared badly in the languages. The Queen’s language still remained out of bounds for most students, with a large number of students failing to get pass marks, though students in humanities stream had a better result that students in commerce and science streams.

Poor performance by government and recognised schools last year had shaken the district administration. It was decided to ensure that teachers were appointed for each schools and it was decided to keep check on their attendance in schools to improve the results. But this apparently did not worked.

Even this year, the State Education Department has formulated a policy to make the teachers in government schools accountable for the poor performance in government schools. 



CCET admissions on last year’s pattern
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Admissions to the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) for the 2003-04 session will be held as per procedures adopted last year.
This implies that students admitted to the CCET this year will also be adjusted at Punjab Engineering College (PEC) against an increase in the number of seats at PEC.

“Admissions to CCET will be held exactly as they were done last year,” the UT Home-cum-Education Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral told Chandigarh Tribune.

This would require sanction of additional seats at PEC so that students could be adjusted there.

Mr Gujral said PEC would get approval from Panjab University for additional seats to accommodate CCET students.

Since the CCET has yet to get approval from the All-India Council of Technical Education for affiliation to run degree courses, the Administration approached Panjab University for sanction to increase the number of seats at PEC to accommodate 121 students admitted to CCET last year.

This year sanction to adjust for another 120 students at PEC would be required from Panjab University.



Panel to re-evaluate disputed answersheets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Putting an end to the ongoing dharna by students over “faulty” evaluation of answersheets in the English Department, Panjab University today decided to constitute a board of two experts, coordinator, a head examiner and a sub-examiner to go through all copies which were allegedly not marked properly.

The board will reconsider the difference in marks of all disputed answer books, awarded by the sub-examiner and the head examiner, and submit the final agreed award. The final result will be signed by the two experts and the chairperson. The Vice-Chancellor will name one of the members as the chairperson of the board and also appoint an observer.

The Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), which had staged the dharna, today called off its agitation following deliberations with the university authorities.



Dharna by ITI students

Panchkula, June 10
Over 30 students of the Industrial Training Centre, ITBP, Bhanu, near here, staged a dharna in protest against the authorities’ move to shift the centre to a new location. Apprehending the discontinuation of the centre from the next session, the students staged a dharna and did not allow the truck ferrying equipment to a new location to move further. The students said that there was a move to set up a disaster management institute in place of the centre.

The dharna lasted almost two hours and was lifted only after the principal of the centre agreed not to shift the centre. It may be noted that this centre offers course in computer, radio and television repair and electronics. TNS



Contest on use of water
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
To create awareness in the local community about water conservation and judicious use of water, Col V.R. Mohan DAV Public School. Dera Bassi. organised an inter-school poster making competition.

The competition, with the theme “Water — elixir of life”, was sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Other projects such as water harvesting, vermicomposting and water testing kits undertaken by students also received a good response.

The results in the order of merit are:

Juniors : Sayooj (Deepmala Public School), Rupika (AAR Jain School), Neha Kaushal (Deepmala Public School).

Seniors: Kamaljeet Kaur (AAR Jain School), Jasjot Singh (Col V R Mohan DAV Public School), Amanpreet (Sukhmani International School).



M.Sc-I maths paper cancelled

Chandigarh, June 10
Panjab University has cancelled the mathematics examination of M.Sc.-I conducted on April 29, an official press note said here today. Re-examination of the paper will be conducted on June 16. The university has made SCD Government College, Ludhiana, and the Department of Mathematics on the campus as the alternative centres in place of the original ones at Abohar, Hoshiarpur, Jagraon, Khanna, Moga, Ludhiana and the city. TNS



How & Why: Energy

IF a person can do a lot of work, we say that he has a lot of energy, or that he is very energetic. In science also, anything which is able to do work is said to possess energy. Thus, energy is the ability to do work.

Everything happens because of energy. Without it, there would be no life on Earth.

Energy can be classified into several types, such as chemical energy, heat energy, which raises the temperature of matter, light energy, electrical energy, which enables charge to flow in a circuit, and nuclear energy.

The amount of energy possessed by a body is equal to the amount of work it can do when the energy is released.

Most types of energy can switch from one form to another. It is when energy switches form that things happens. In a car, for example, petrol provides chemical energy, which is converted by the engine into mechanical energy, electrical energy and sound energy.

It must be noted that whenever work is done, energy is consumed. Energy is measured is joules.

The sun gives us the radiant energy, including light, heat and ultraviolet rays. This energy is called the electromagnetic spectrum.

Transformation of Energy

Energy is like money -- It is useful because it can be changed into so many different forms. The change of one form of energy into another form is known as transformation of energy.

Suppose a stone is lying on the roof of a house. In this position, all the energy of the stone is in the form of potential energy. When the stone is dropped from the roof, the potential energy changes into kinetic energy.

In the case of hydro-electric generators, water is made to fall from a great height to turn huge turbines connected to electricity generators. Thus the potential energy of water is changed to kinetic energy and then into electrical energy.

At thermal plants, the chemical energy of coal is converted into heat energy and then into electrical energy.

A motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy, a lamp converts electrical energy into light energy.

Law of Conservation of Energy

The Law of Conservation of Energy states : “Whenever energy changes from one form to another, the total amount of energy remains constant.” This means that when energy changes from one form to another, there is no loss or gain of energy. The total energy before and after transformation remains the same. Another definition of the Law of Conservation of Energy is : “Energy can neither be created or destroyed.”

Kinetic Energy

The energy of a body due to its motion is called kinetic energy. A moving cricket ball can do work in pushing back the stumps, moving wind can do work in turning the blades of a wind-mill. A moving hammer drives a nail into wood because of its kinetic energy. A bullet can penetrate a metal plate due to its kinetic energy, which it acquires on account of its high speed. When a moving body is brought to rest by an opposing force, the kinetic energy is lost.

Potential Energy

The energy of a body due to its position or change in shape is known as potential energy. A body may possess energy even when it is not in motion. Water stored in a dam has potential energy. A coiled spring or a stretched elastic or a bent bow have potential energy due to change in their shape or configuration. A body can have both potential as well as kinetic energy.



Kanishkaa — Punjabi ‘video queen’
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
She is barely 21, but she is already a “video queen”. Each of the 24 videos she has done so far, including those for Pankaj Udhas, Sonu Nigam and Surjit Bindrakhia, have been major hits.

And this “video queen” is none other than Kanishkaa Sodhi, a Punjabi girl, born and brought up in Mumbai, who boasts of strong links with Chandigarh and Punjab, not because she has performed for top Punjabi folk singers but also because she is rooted here.

“I visit Chandigarh frequently,” she says revealing that later this month, she will be in Shimla to shoot for England-based Sunny Cheema. “It was my father who wanted to be a film star. He left Shimla in the late 70s for a break in the Bollywood. My mother is from Mumbai. But as luck would have it, his dream has been fulfilled through me. In a little over two years, I have done 24 videos besides working in a couple of South Indian films,” reveals Kanishkaa hoping to make it on the “big screen very soon. I am determined and hope with my sheer hard work and devotion, I shall be a successful actress and an award winner.”

A Commerce graduate, she was encouraged by her father to join a course in film acting. "It did help me and I started my career as a model, featuring in an ad of Mahindra and Mahindra at the time of the launch of their Voyager. Sine then I have never looked back,” she says.

“I am doing a role in a Hindi movie which is Govinda’s house production. This will be my first Hindi film. I have had roles in three Telugu and one film each in Tamil and Kannada,” she says maintaining that she featured in the lead role in the video of Pankaj Udhas ‘Chandi Jaisa Rang’ and of Sonu Nigam’s ‘Jaanam’.

“When I appeared in Surjit Bindrakhia’s ‘Jat di pasand’, it again turned out to be a smashing hit. I have done videos for Mika, Balkar Sidhu, Rimpy Prince, Raj Brar, Romy Gill and Parminder Sandhu also,” she said.

Normally, she says, it takes between two and three days for a video to be completed. “When we went to Australia for the video of Pankaj Udhaas, it took us six days there. And Sonu Nigam shot his video in Malaysia which took us 11 days. Working with them has been a great experience,” she says hoping to make it on the big screen soon.

Her younger sister, Poonam, who is much taller than her , is making her debut in Shahid Ali’s shows soon. Kanishkaa stands 5’5’’ in her socks. Her only brother lives in Paris.


Joan David gives tips on fashion
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 10
VL Personal Care today brought famous make-up artist and television star Joan David to the city to share the secret of looking good with 150 beauty professionals from Chandigarh, SAS Nagar, Panchkula and Ambala at a hotel in Sector 35 here today.

Joan David, who has been associated with the glamour industry for about 14 years, gave a live demonstration of VL Personal Care products on skin lightening, skin rejuvenating and anti-acne treatment, besides giving tips on latest haistyles.

Joan who ventured into the world of films with Shyam Benegal’s “Antarnath”, has had a long innings with television, starring in serials like “Banegi Apne Baat”, “Dhun” and “Itihaas”. Later, she took to grooming and personality development. She has worked with Karishma Kapoor, Ashwariya Rai etc. “Though my career started as an actress, but I discovered that I am more of a creative person. So I took to grooming people,” says Joan.

A multi-talent personality, Joan is also writing a movie script. “The film, which is going to be made in Hindi, will be based on human relationships,” she says.

Talking about the latest trends in fashion and hairstyling, she says it is wrong for anyone to go via a set trend for each of us has a personality and fashion is what suits and enhances that individuality. She advised beauty professionals to find out and highlight one’s positive points — be it hair or skin.


Sitar maestro’s stress on ‘parampara’
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, June 10
Eminent sitar player Ustad Kirit Khan, who belongs to the lineage of Sarod Samrat Ustad Alauddin Khan, defies the popular belief that life is all cosy and success comes pouring on those who belong to great musical families. He has a different tale to tell. As a grandson of Ustad Alauddin Khan who started the Mayhar Gharana and son of Ustad Bahadur Khan, Kirit had to struggle for 20 years to come up to the stage for his first performance.

“If people feel we are successful just because we are sons or daughters of so and so then they are wrong. Besides going through a number of years of pure riyaz, we have struggled hard to come up to the highest level, says Kirit, talking about his student days when he and his elder brother Bidyut Khan learned sitar and sarod from their father.

As far as Kirit is concerned, the 20 years of riyaz under his father and guru was just a piece of cake in comparison to what he had gone through to establish himself as a sitar player of repute. The responsibility of carrying the lineage with equal honour was too much and then there was politics to tackle, which is a part of all form of classical art.

“Till my father was alive I had no problem accompanying him in various concerts which to certain extent put me under his shadow and after he died in 1989, I had difficulty in getting offers for along time,” he says. But Kirit is not bitter. He feels lucky that his grandfather chose him to sitar and his father painstakingly taught him all he could, to make him a dedicated artiste.

“Ustad Bahadur Khan was more of a guru to me than my father but there were times when the fatherly affection did enter the guru shishya relationship,” recalls Kirit elaborating how once his father had beaten him up for not getting a note correct and kirit later developed a high fever on that account which affected his father so much that he told Kirit to find himself another guru for it was tough for a father to act as guru as well.

Kirit cherished the memory of each moment he had spent in his father’s company, and not only that he does not wish to go way from the orbit of his father’s teachings to experiment with new trends. So when it comes to playing sitar, Kirit prefers to stick to traditional form. “Keeping the family signature style alive, I give emphasis on the ‘aalap’ part”, he says. But does that mean that Kirit has not evolved his own style? Keeping ‘aalap’ in the forefront, Kirit has excelled in tone quality to create melody which is soothing.

Kirit is in town to perform at Pracheen Kala kendra tomorrow. Kirit has already given recitals all over the world and has received honours like “Suramani” award by Haridas Music Conference and another title “Surajhankar” in Mumbai. As a music director Kirit has worked for films like “Garam Hawa” and a couple of Bengali films like “Natun Pata”, “Jukti Takko Goppo” and “Nilkanya”.

To make the younger generation aware of ‘parampara’ and concept of ‘gharana’, Kirit is presently working on a documentary film called “Gharana and Paramarara” which has been sponsored by Government of India. 



Put on your sunglasses, please
Saurabh Malik

Incredible, but true. Life time exposure to UV rays can assist in causing cataract and other eye disorders. But that's not the only reason why you should pull out crisp currency notes from your wallet to buy sunglasses. There is another consideration. Shades look cool in the summers of 2003.

That's why so many youngsters in the city are picking up alluring sunglasses. Yes, they are in. To keep off the glare, but not admiring glances. And for shielding the deep dark eyes from the onslaught of ruthless sun. Also for adding "a little dash to your charming self".

If you haven't purchased a pair, drive down to the arcade, now. Just make sure that the shades you take home protect your eyes from the UV rays, besides wind, dust and drying.

First thing. Look for the label. Glasses labelled "Cosmetic use" offer less protection. Do not trust labels that say "UV block". Go in for ones with labels that read "General purpose" or "Special purpose". You need "Special purpose" glasses if you remain outdoors throughout the day. Or for water sports, including boating.

Another thing. Tint has nothing to do with protection. Chemical coating on the lens protects the eyes, not the colour. Plastic and poly-carbonate lenses are better than untreated glasses. Are impact-resistant also.

Dark colours minimise glare. Gray, brown and green produce the least colour distortion. Yellow or amber lenses enhance contrast and provide good perception while indulging in water sports.

Protection, however, is the last thing on little miss Tanya's mind as she slides down the deep blue glasses on her aquiline nose before stepping out of her semi-limousine into a world of twirling couples. After jiving around the polished dance floor for hours together, she returns to reality but not before stationing goggs back in place.

She is not alone. Her friend Radhu positions herself before a full length mirror in the dressing room every morning before pulling back the drawer to take out the reflectors that match her attire.

"I have one for every occasion," the plus two student chirps, "With ocean blue spaghetti top, I wear one in complementing hue. For tempting cream and attractive olives, I have shades of the same colour".

Her sister Zarina had just one pair of goggle. That also "real big one" covering her chubby cheeks along with eyes. Her friend Sabina too was "proud owner" of dark glasses. Imported. Had acquired it after mailing so many letters to her uncle in Germany. She had to wait for several months till cousin arrived with her "cute little gift".

Today, smiling sun's frown is not necessary for Tanya and Radhu to look at the wonder land through tainted glasses. Even on cloudy afternoons, they invite "wows" from friends after donning goggs as hair bands.

Catering to their "burning desires for cool glasses" are opticians spread all over the length and breadth of the city — in Sector 17 downtown, even in not so posh southern sectors.

"You can also colour you attitude with glares that have fascinating red or organic lenses," suggests Simran Gill of a Sector 35 fashion-cum-drugstore. "Frame — you can go in for ones in optyl and metal with optional stripes. I personally prefer holding up the sun with glasses having black or gray poly-carbonate lenses in either orange, red or light blue, with brushed metal frames".

Expensive the protectors are, ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 30,000, but then cool looks do not come cheap. That is for sure.



Ritu Kumar Collection

Last April the Ritu Kumar brand embarked on a vertical product extension into contemporary, global, high fashion garments. The sub brand RITU KUMAR' LABEL’ was launched to cater to an emerging group of young, discerning and independent women in India. We gave ourselves a year to test and understand this dynamic ma comparable with anything available globally in terms of innovation, design aesthetic and quality.

We strove to modernize infrastructure and make ourselves continually topical. The product was aimed at the Indian market and we knew that buying patterns were greatly determined by four unique seasons, summer, monsoon, winter and spring. We have succeeded in developing a different collection for each of these seasons in 2002-03. Today we stand having completed our first year and are now into our fifth season for LABEL, Summer 2003.

‘LABEL‘ is now available across 8 cities in exclusive Ritu Kumar outlets as well as on the online shop. Also we will be opening the first exclusive RITU MUMAR LABEL ‘‘ store in Bombay (Juhu- Tara Road) this July.

We have learnt a great deal this past year. We find that a larger cross section of society prescribe to the ‘LABEL philosophy than we had originally envisaged. We find an archetypical symbolism in the desire for innovation…label is modern, stylish, affordable and beautifully finished.

We now are in a position to embark on the next stage of our plan. We aim to reach a wider clientele as we are now in a position and are c9onfident about providing audience ready for it but not exposed to it yet. The future promises to be interesting….



Top 10 “professional” bands

Here is a list of 10 bands that have borrowed their names from professions. They range from the Police to Carpenters. Keep on reading. And happy listening.

  • The Police
  • Pilot
  • Mike and the Mechanics
  • Chairman of the Board.
  • Doctor and the Medics
  • Sailor
  • Waitresses
  • Farmers' boys
  • Carpenters
  • Queen


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