Wednesday, June 25, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Date for submitting admission forms extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The UT Education Department has extended the last date for submission of forms for admission to Class XI in government schools to June 27. The decision to extend the last date was taken in view of the late declaration of results of the Punjab and Haryana board examinations.

The department had set June 25 as the last date of submission of forms as per the admission schedule announced earlier this month. The admission forms are available at five centres in GMSSS, Sectors 19, 23, 33 and 40 and at GMSSS, Mani Majra. These would, however, have to be submitted at GMSSS-23 where the centralised admissions would be conducted.

Meanwhile, the department has received nearly 5,000 forms for over 8,000 seats in the arts, science and commerce streams in these schools. The department was expecting heavy rush tomorrow, June 25 being the last date to submit forms.

These forms would be sorted out next week and a merit list displayed.



PEC admissions from July 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Prospectus and admission forms for admission to Punjab Engineering College (PEC) as well as the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) here will be available from July 1.

The admission process will start on July 23.

According to officials of the UT Education Department, counselling for reserved categories will be held on July 23 and 24, while counselling for the open categories will be held on July 25 and 26.

Eightyfive per cent of the total seats are reserved for students who have passed their qualifying examination from schools in Chandigarh. Counselling for the remaining 15 per cent seats will be done by the Central Council for Technical Education under the Ministry of Human Resources Development.

Of the total 385 seats in PEC and 121 seats in CCET, 244 seats and 78 seats respectively, are in the open category.



PU MA results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Panjab University today declared result of MA(II) economics conducted during April this year, an official press note said. Copies of the gazette will be available at the enquiry counter on all working days between 7.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.



How & Why: Power

Suppose an old man takes 10 seconds to do a particular work, while a younger man takes only five seconds to do the same work. It is obvious that the rate of doing work of the young man is more than that of the old man.

The rate of doing work is known as power, so we can say that the power of the young man is more than that of the old man. Thus, power is defined as the rate of doing work.

Take another example. A crane is able to lift a greater load to a greater height than another crane. we can say that the first crane has more power than the second crane.

Similarly, compare two well known aircraft -- a Boeing 747 and a Boeing 737. The 747 can carry a greater load over a greater distance than the 737 and thus has more power. Compare the Su-30 and the F-16.

To cite another example, the Su-30 can carry a greater weapons load over a longer distance and fly faster than the F-16. Here we can say that the Su-30 has more power than the F-16.

In other words, power can also be defined as the work done per unit time or power can said to be the work done per second.

Being the ratio of two scalar quantities, time and work, power is a scalar quantity.

Work is measured in joules and time is measured in seconds. Hence, the unit of power is joules per second.

This unit of power is called watt. Thus, the S.I. unit of power is watt and is the rate of doing work at 1 joule per second.

Watt is an important unit of power since it is used in electrical work also. An electric bulb of 100 watts consumes electrical energy at the rate of 100 joules per second. Sometimes, a bigger unit of power, called kilowatt is also used where the amount of power to be denoted is quite large. One kilowatt is equivalent to 1000 watts.

In an electric iron or oven, the term watt is used to denote the power consumed to convert electrical energy into heat energy, which gets the desired work of pressing clothes of cooking food done.

In an electric water pump, watt is used to measure electricity consumed in lifting water against the force of gravity. 

Formula : Power

P = W / T

where : P is power; W is work done; T is distance.

Power is measured in watts (W), Work done is equivalent to force (in newtons) multiplied by the distance moved (in meters). Time is measured in seconds (s).

Example :

If a crane lifts a load of 5000 N to a height of 10 meters in 5 seconds, what is the power?

Work done = F x D = 5000 x 10 = 50000 J

Therefore, P = W / T = 50000 / 5 = 10000 W

Escape velocity

We know that the Earth pulls all objects towards it. Due to the gravitational pull of the Earth, all “slow moving” objects, that is objects having low kinetic energy, fall back on it.

So if an object like a rocket is to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull to fly into space, it must possess a high velocity so that it has sufficient kinetic energy to overcome the earth’s gravitational force.

The minimum velocity which an object must possess in order to overcome the Earth’s gravity is called escape velocity.

The escape velocity for all objects from the Earth has been found to be 11.16 kilometres per second. This means that a rocket or a space vehicle should have a velocity of 11.16 kilometres per second to fly-off into outer space.

To achieve this velocity, the amount of work done by the engines and the power produced to propel the vehicle out of the gravitational pull is tremendous.

It must be noted that the escape velocity does not depend upon the mass of the object and is the same for all objects on Earth. It depends only upon the mass of the Earth and the radius of the Earth.
An aircraft’s power is decided by its load carrying capability, speed and the thrust provided by its engines.



Hearing adjourned till June 30
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 24
In a civil suit filed against three UT police personnel, including the SSP, and the SHO, Mani Majra, by a head constable with the UT police, Rajinder Kumar, for permanent injunction restraining them from transferring him from the Operational Cell to the PCR section, the UT state today sought time to file reply in the case. After hearing the state plea, the court adjourned the case till June 30.

Ridhima case: An application moved by Ridhima’s parents for her custody will come up for hearing in the local court tomorrow. The parents of Ridhima (17), had stated in the application that she was a minor therefore she be handed over to them.

Meanwhile, while recording her statement before the court, Ridhima had refused to meet her parents yesterday and stated that she did not want to go with them. Thereafter, she was sent to Nari Niketan by the court. Earlier Ridhima had recorded her statement that she was in love with a city youth, Rajiv, therefore she was tortured by her relatives.

On June 18 she had mustered courage to break open the doors and run out of Solan after two years’ stay there. She had hired a taxi and reached Chandigarh to call up her boyfriend. She was produced before the court by human rights activists for recording her statement and was sent to Nari Niketan.



Says goodbye to plains
Saurabh Malik

All you guys and gals zipping up and down the geri route on your single cylinder flying machines or jaunty jalopies, say goodbye to the plains. Cut along the sharp curves of life on way to Kasauli, if not Shimla. Now.

Yes, it is time for you to leave behind the cool comfort of air-conditioned rooms and feel the fresh mountain breeze on your fair face. At least for a day. If not more.

If you are having any doubts in your mind about the “right moment to scale new heights”, just ask the travel agents making arrangements for visitors to the hills. They will tell you all about it.

“June is the time for you to inhale the scent of pines mingled with the whiff of rain. Apt moment to look down upon the lowly plains from towering heights,” says travel agent Raman Sharma. “Little wonder, the boisterous din of honking cars drowns the whisper of the cool mountain breeze blowing soft across the trees as so many vehicles crawl through the narrow Kalka bazar cramped with encroachments on either sides.”

Unfolding a map on his office table in Sector 35, he asserts, “At the Parwanoo barrier, the traffic comes to a standstill almost everyday as the toll collectors struggle hard to keep pace with the heavy rush”.

Agreeing with him, Jimmy Mahajan, wiping beads of perspiration from his brow, says, “The summer vacations are about to make their final exit from your life for another 365 days. If you do not savour the cool serenity of chuckling mountains now, when would you?”

Regular visitor to the wooded mountains, fresh-out-of-college Mahajan adds, “Otherwise also, it is the right time for you to bid adieu to the maddening summer heat. You see, out here, it is quite humid. In mountains, it is pleasant with cool winds trying to swipe the towering pine trees off their feet”.

So kids, what are you waiting for? Just grab your wind-cheaters, put them over your rugged denims and break free from the daily routine.

Before you kick-start your bike, acquaint your parents with your plans of pushing June heat into the recycle bin of your impressive memories. But please, do not leave behind the protection of your house if they object to your plans.

Try to reason it out with them. If they do not want you to negotiate the spiked turns on your motorbikes or scooters, hop on a bus. Believe us, buses are not all that uncomfortable.

Bus or bike, remember to take a few precautions. Do not overload yourself with heavy breakfast before you start your journey. Carrying toffees in your handbag is not a bad idea. Pop them whenever you feel uncomfortable.

Do not mix drinking with driving. It is fatal in hills. You will encounter guys daring to the thumping beats of bhangra music after parking their cars right in the middle of the road. Do not join them, please.

Also do not forget to blow horn at blind curves and do not park your vehicle soon after a turn. Last thing. Wear seat belt if in a car or helmet if riding. Not just for the cops. But for your own safety.



Shopping mall for gold jewellery
A.S. Prashar

A shopping mall for gold and gold jewellery? Given the lust for gold Indians have, it is only a matter of time before someone thought of setting up a jewellery mall. India’s first exclusive jewellery mall is coming up at Gurgaon and Chandigarh’s well-known jewellers, Talwar Jewellers, in Sector 22.

Aerens Goldsouk International Ltd, promoters of the jewellery mall, plan to open 10 souks (Arabic for bazaar) across India. The 10 bazaars will be opened in a phased manner with the first phase comprising Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur followed by Bangalore, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Kochi.

The first bazaar, which is coming up in Gurgaon, is spread over an area of 180,000 sq.ft. Christened Gold Souk, it will showcase the best of Indian and International Jewellery, a confluence of traditional and contemporary jewellery designs in gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, semi-precious stones, watches and high-value lifestyle accessories.

According to Mr G.S. Pillai, President, Aerens Goldsouk International Ltd., “it is our endeavour to provide a whole new experience in jewellery shopping by bringing reputed jewellers from all over India and abroad under one roof. With the opening of 10 bazaars, we will be able to extend this experience to consumers across India. The opening up of such bazaars will entirely change the way jewellery shopping is done in India — be it for weddings, special occasions or the casual shopping.”

The state-of-the art mall will offer facilities and services such as children’s play area, florist, beauty saloon, business centre, conference rooms, and executive lounge among others. Designer’s gallery, a fashion resource library and an exhibition area are also some of the features at the bazars. Advanced security systems like CCTV, infra redmovement detectors, temperature sensors etc will be installed to give comfort to both the jewellers and consumers.

The Indian jewellery market is currently the world’s largest at US $ 20 billion. The concept of gold bazaars was developed with the objective of bringing a change in this highly fragmented industry. The gold bazaar model is based on key values such as convenience, value to the consumer, quality and variety. By bringing the jewellers under one roof, the bazaar aims to redefine jewellery retailing standards which will encourage the Indian consumers, NRI’s and foreign tourists to spend more on jewellery, thus boosting the Indian jewellery industry.

According to Mr. Amit Gupta, Vice Chairman, Aerens Goldsouk International, “It is our aim to give the biggest market for jewellery, the biggest mall to house it in. Gold bazaars will offer a wide choice of designs, quality and all this will be available at a single convenient location”.



Top 10 Uphill Songs

Folks, here are some cools songs you can play while driving uphill in your panting and puffing car. Have a nice time and happy listening. That's all for now.

  • Tearing up my heart N*SYNC
  • Love fool THE CARDIGANS
  • Love me for a reason BOYZONE
  • Sacrifice ELTON JOHN
  • Everytime you go away PAUL YOUNG
  • You're still the one SHANIA TWAIN
  • I swear ALL 4 ONE
  • Groovy kind of love PHIL COLLINS
  • Nothing compares to you SINEAD O' CONNOR
  • Two become one SPICE GIRLS



A versatile radio jockey
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 24
Chandigarh as a growing city has been attracting artistes and entrepreneurs alike, looking for business avenues. The latest to join the bandwagon is Raman Bhanot, a radio jockey (RJ) and voice-over artiste who is in town to explore the opportunities to expand his Elan Communication, a training institute for radio jockeying and TV and stage anchoring.

Starting as an RJ for Times FM way back in 1994, Bhanot has explored all avenues of electronic media of communication — right from popular programmes like JK Tyre matchless music to Livewire, a dialogue programme for All-India Radio FM to Evening Live Show for Doordarshan’s national channel (DD1), Master of the Game, an hour-long live sports quiz show, sports news and updates for the TV channels.

Not only that, a sportsperson at heart, he combined his love for sports and skills to anchor programmes like Sydney Olympics-2000, National Games-2001, Commonwealth games-2002 held in Manchester as well as Asian Games-2002 held in Busan for Doordarshan. His work as a cricket commentator for a number of international matches for Doordarshan has established him in the field of sports.

Bhanot, who was lucky to get a break with Times FM without training, feels the times have changed in the past nine years since FM started in India, both in terms of technology and competition. “A number of private operator have entered the market and new channels have come up that have widened the job prospects,” he says, adding that the competition among the youth has become more intense to be TV anchors or radio jockeys.

This is the reason Bhanot started his training institute, Elan Communication, in New Delhi where a panel of experts from related fields operate through organising workshops to teach students the finer points of radio jockeying and TV and stage anchoring. “To be a good anchor one has to have a sound knowledge on the subject he or she is dealing with plus the ability to adapt himself or herself to the moods of their target audience, but to cross over the hurdle of audition, one has to know the right pronunciation, voice modulation and possess sound knowledge, he says.

According to Bhanot, negotiations to open up a branch of Elan in Chandigarh are going on and the project is likely to be completed in a couple of years. Apart from that he is working on two projects for NDTV, both political satires, which are likely to be on air by mid-July.



Dance workshops draw lukewarm response
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, June 24
The Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi’s endeavour to popularise classical dances in the city has drawn a lukewarm response. Despite getting two world famous names in classical dance, Navtej Singh Johar in bharatnatyam and Rajendra Gangani in kathak, the akademi has failed to attract a decent number of youngsters.

While Navtej Johar’s weekend classes on bharatnatyam has drawn about 19 students so far, his yoga classes have failed to evoke a favourable response. “We expected about 30 students for bharatnatyam classes, but only 19 students turned up. As far as yoga classes are concerned, even after advertising in all leading newspapers, the response is practically nil,” a source said.

Navtej Singh Johar, a Kalakshetra alumnus, belongs to the Sri Krishnamacharya tradition of yoga and vedic chanting. His performance on traditional bharatnatyam to contemporary dance theatre has made him a world renowned personality. Navtej, who runs Studio Abhyas in New Delhi, said the weekend classes would be an extension of his institute but now everything depended upon the response of the people here. “The response for bharatnatyam is okay, but as far as introducing yoga and dance theatre for children is concerned, everything depends upon the response of the people,” he says. Navtej’s bharatnatyam classes had started from April 19.

Rajendra Gangani, who is in the city to conduct a five-day workshop in kathak, was equally disappointed at the lack of response. The morning session for beginners on the opening day had about eight students, while only two children turned up for the evening session for advanced learners. Now the talk of Gangani’s kathak classes being a regular feature at the akedemi depends upon the response it generates among youngsters.

“The city has no environment for classical dances,” says Gangani. “I have been coming to the city since ages, but I am yet to see Chandigarh producing an outstanding kathak dancer in the recent times,” he says. “Whenever I come here for conducting workshops, I face the question — workshops are fine, but what after this?” says Gangani adding that art lovers in the city should give more emphasis on establishing institutes that teach classical dances in the ‘guru-shisya parmapara’.

Prem Puneeta, a kathak dancer and organiser of the kathak workshop at the Kala Bhavan, says the number of students, willing to learn classical dance, do not exceed beyond 15. “I often judge events in the city and wherever I go I see the same set of participants,” she adds.

Some say it is the isolated location of the Punjab Kala Bhavan which hinders drawing a favourable response for such workshops. However, Col I.J.S. Bakshi, Secretary-General of the Punjab Arts Council, refutes this theory saying that geographically the bhavan is centrally located. “The financial situation is improving and we are planning a host of activities, adding new features to make it a happening place,” he says.

According to Colonel and Bakshi, the reason for this lukewarm response is the lack of awareness about doyens like Navtej Jojar and Rajendra Gangani. “Media has to generate awareness among the people,” he says.

Echoing the sentiment, Ms Madhur Kapila, an art critic, says media especially the electronic media, has to play an important role in popularising classical dance forms. “There are a number of channels playing modern dances, and to certain extent folk dances, day and night, but how many of them are promoting classical dances,” she asks.

“Punjab is dominated by folk dances and Chandigarh is no exception, but it is high time the people realise that even to know folk dances they have to learn classical dance first,” she adds.



Ishq Ishq’ released
Our Correspondent

Former Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen B.K.N. Chhibber releases a music album sung by Punjabi singer Harleen Koli
Former Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen B.K.N. Chhibber (retd) releases a music album sung by Punjabi singer Harleen Koli in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, June 24
Harleen Kohli, after making a mark in Garhwali music, today ventured into the world of pop with the release of her first Punjabi audio album “Ishq Ishq”. The album was released by Lieut-Gen B.K.N Chhibber (retd) at a local hotel in Sector 35.

Releasing the album General Chhibber said though the songs in the album were laced with a heavy dose of western music, keeping in mind the taste of the new generation, the melody and lyrics were purely traditional, giving the real flavour of Punjab. The album has eight songs.

Harleen is armed with a Masters degree in vocal music, and has received extensive training in classical music from Pandit Bhimsein Sharma and Yaush Pal Sharma. “I wanted to train in music before embracing it as a profession,” she said. Her first album was in Garhwali had brought her wide media acclamation.

“Ishq Ishq” is a T-Series production and the music is by Harish Mangoli. Lyrics are by Pradeep Singh.



Cassette on bhajan

Panchkula, June 24
“Guru Archana”, an audio cassette by playback singer and music director Devki Anand, was released by Deputy Commissioner Satwanti Ahlawat, here today.

While releasing the cassette comprising twelve bhajans, the DC said that the presentation of Anand would encourage and guide the Haryanvi singers. Anand also sung for TV serials, Hindi movies. OC


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