Thursday, October 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU guest house inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Golden Jubilee Guest House of Panjab University was inaugurated by Justice O.P.Verma, Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, here today.

The grant for guest the house was given by the University Grants Commission on the occasion of golden jubilee of the university. Contributions worth Rs 18 lakhs have also come from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences which was raised during the hosting of the 46th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress in 1994.

The newly constructed conference hall has a capacity of 100 persons. Prof K.N.Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, said the forthcoming Senate meeting of the university on October 12 was likely to be held at this venue. The venue also has four suites, office lounge, dining hall and a kitchen

Earlier, Professor Pathak welcomed the Governor and said the new accommodation would also be made available for functions of the administration.

Prof S.K. Kulkarni, Director of the CIIPP, said second and third storeys at the guest house would be built within a short period. Justice Verma said he would take up the matter pertaining to release of 40 per cent of grants with the Punjab Government. He also asked the university to deliberate on whether higher education should be imparted only to the serious students or it should be open to all? He insisted that excellence should not be compromised at any costs.



250 kids participate in painting contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
An inter-colony painting competition attracted participation from 250 children from 15 different schools in various slum settlements of the city to mark the 134th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi here today.

The contest, held at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, was organised by Yuvsatta, in collaboration with the host college and others. The chief guest, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP, said the public must join hands to make Chandigarh a children-friendly city.

He said the city should set an example for the rest of the country by ensuring the right to education, food and shelter to every deprived child, and have more concern for the poor. He was appreciative of paintings made by the children and added that their talent was in no way less than that of children from well-off families.

The coordinator of Yuvsatta, Mr Pramod Sharma, said this was the third inter-colony painting contest organised for the children. He said the organisation was planning an inter-colony sports festival on the Children’s Day to bring out hidden talent of children living in colonies.

Elders Day celebrated

Students were advised to show respect to elders and cooperate with their parents at a function organised in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, to mark the International Day for Elder Persons.

Addressing the students, the Principal of the school, Mr R.S. Goraya, said economic compulsions and breaking up of joint family system had taken a toll on respect and regard for elder people.

The president of the Social Science Club, Mr Om Prakash, said the students should be sensitive towards their parents and elders, and take care not to hurt their feelings.

Earlier, Nanika of Class X, Arvind Thakur of Class XI and Neha of Class IX presented papers on the subject. The students also presented a group song.

Gandhi Jayanti

Students of J.P. Bal Niketan Public School, Sector 37, conveyed Bapu’s message of see, hear and speak no evil through children dressed as monkeys to mark the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations on the campus.

Songs and bhajan by students of the primary and kindergarten classes were appreciated by the audience. The special day also served as a platform to educate students about the life, nature and sacrifices made by Mahatma Gandhi to free the country from the British.

Award for Principal

The principal of KB DAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7, Ms Madhu Bahl, has been conferred the Hind Gaurav Award at a function held in Delhi last week under the aegis of the All-India Achiever Conference.

The award was presented by the Union Minister of State for Information Technology and Communication, Mr Ashok Pradhan. She was also selected for the State Award for Teachers by the UT Administration this year. Innovative and experimentative in her school curriculum, Ms Bahl, has already been honoured with the CBSE National Teachers’ Award-2001, the PTA National Award 2000, the Excellence Award-2000 for theatre group activities.


Dasehra celebrations

Dasehra celebrations were held in JPA Toddlers’ World with tiny tots enacting the Ramayana on stage. They presented the scheme of battle between Lord Rama and Ravana. An effigy of Ravana was also burnt.

Dikshant School

Students and staff of the school celebrated Dasehra by enacting a skit depicting the search of Sita by Hanumana and the destruction of Lanka. This was followed by a dance by pre-nursery children and patra prichayay,” in which children were dressed up as different characters in the Ramayana. Later, an effigy of Ravana was also burnt.

Satluj Public School

A special assembly to celebrate Dasehra, Gandhi Jayanti and World Elders’ Day was organised in the senior wing of the school. A dance drama on Mahatma Gandhi’s life was enacted. Students were also informed about the significance of Dasehra which was followed by a dance drama on “Modern Ramayana”.


To pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary, 30 disabled children from different parts of the country reached here today. The children were felicitated by the Roshani Society for their hard work and determination.

Nar Singh, Rakesh Rana, Rama Devi and Karamjit from Haryana were given Rs 1,000 each to pursue studies. Krishna, Baljinder Kaur and Sohan Lal from Ropar were given sewing machines and Mary TA was honoured with Rs 1,000 for her paintings.

In addition to this 13 children, suffering from leprosy, were given scholarships to continue their studies.

Ft. Thomas K.J., president of the society, organised a freedom march and appreciated the children for their determination and hard work.


Kiddies World School

Students of Kiddies World Preparatory School celebrated Dasehra and Gandhi Jayanti today. On this occasion, skits on “Ramayan ke Ram” and “Gandhi ke Bandar” were presented. Students also made speeches on the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

Aanchal School

Dasehra was celebrated at Aanchal Preparatory School with traditional gaiety and fervour. Children of both Chandigarh and SAS Nagar branches gathered to set an effigy of Ravana on fire.

Anees School

Anees School celebrated Dasehra with traditional gaiety and fervour. A fancy-dress competition was held in the school to mark the occasion.



From Colleges
Contests mark Green Consumer Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Green colour dominated the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, campus, here today. Attired in green, students and teachers of the college participated enthusiastically in various contests held to mark Green Consumer Day and Gandhi Jayanti celebrations.

While all contests were held against a green background, use of only natural green ingredients was permitted in the flower arrangement and salad-making contests. Giving the slogan of “Live green, think green, grow green and eat green, the Principal, Dr Satinder Dhillon said vegetarian food should be preferred.

An essay-writing competition was held on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti. A competition titled “Spinning the charkha” which served as a reminder of the rich culture of India was organised under the guidance of Dr Jyoti Khanna, in charge of the Charkha Club, and Ms Seema Sareen.

The results are as follows: Salad-making: Jasleen Bindra (1), Mamta (2), Maninder (3), Manika Singla (4), Jasdeep and Paramjit (consolation); flower arrangement: Anu (10), Gauri (2), Jasdeep (3); Best dressed in green: Namita; essay writing: Pavitra Yadav (1), Mona Rani (2), Pooja Sagar (3); Jyoti (1), Preerti Kala (2), Manika Singla and Ramneet Kaur (3).

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp was observed as a part of the on-going 10-day NSS camp, here today. The head of the Commerce Department of the college, Dr R.K. Dikshit, gave a talk on the relevance of blood donation.

Senior citizens entertained

NSS volunteers of the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, visited the Senior Citizens’ Home in Sector 43, here today, to spend quality time and entertain the senior citizens. This was followed by a lecture on “First aid and home nursing”.

In the post-lunch session, these students went to Burail village to educate the residents on personal hygiene, balanced diet and child care. To convey the message effectively, students performed street plays in different parts of the village.



Creativity reflected in trendy dresses
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 1
Creativity was the hallmark of the exhibition put up by students of the JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Sector 35, which marked their annual exhibition at Ebony in Sector 8 here today.

Students showcased a variety of trendy dresses, both western and ethnic. While majority remained loyal to their Indian roots, a few ventured into the western outfits. Archana’s bridal collection showed some intricate embroidery from Gujarat and Rajasthan while Disha picked up the romance as a theme for her collection as she created a wide range of western outfits.

The most interesting was Pooja and Sneh’s Bollywood collection which had a dress for all-right from Firoz Khan’s Wild West look to Govinda’s funkiness.

Students of jewellery designing also came up with interesting pieces of necklaces, earings and other accessories in unconventional look.



Tiny tots burn Ravana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Tiny tots at Strawberry Fields celebrated Dasehra by burning the effigy of Ravana on the school campus today Through pictures and stories children were told that Ravana, the cult figure associated with Dasehra was not all evil and nasty. He was a scholar and a good administrator.

But his excessive greed for power made him short-sighted as his evil side began to get more dominant. By the end of the various sessions it was clear to children that if he had not been punished the negativity would have affected society, people and other innocent lives.

The final burning of the effigy became a collective process. The children took on the role of both creators and destroyers as they worked towards preserving a new moral order. The effigy was ‘built’ using different mediums like thermacol, used and recycled paper, cardboard, fabric odds and ends, wool and metallic pieces in multi coloured hues. An environment friendly Ravana also had the barest minimum of non-polluting fire crackers.



National Wildlife Week begins
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 1
Over 100 students worked hard to spread the message of “save wildlife, save nature” during the National Wildlife Week celebrations in Nature Park, Sector 26, organised by the Environment Society of India. The celebrations will continue till October 7.

According to a press note, the students were from the Sparrow Eco-club of Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, and Taru Eco-club of Government High School, Sector 26.

Addressing the students, president of the society, Mr S.K. Sharma, said several species of plants and animals were under a threat due to a change in lifestyle and other reasons.

Students admire a lotus in a pond at Nature Park, Sector 26, on the occasion of National Wildlife Week celebrations in Chandigarh
Students admire a lotus in a pond at Nature Park, Sector 26, on the occasion of National Wildlife Week celebrations in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan



Limitations of fast-track courts, says Thomas
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Even though the Minister of State for Law and Justice, Mr P.C. Thomas, yesterday announced the setting up of a fast-track court in Chandigarh, accused in cases already pending may not be able to avail its benefit.

The reason is that the Punjab and Haryana High Court has already ruled that a Sessions Judge has no power to withdraw or recall a case or an appeal once the proceedings have commenced in a trial or an appeal.

In a ruling on a bunch of petitions, Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the High Court had ruled: “The Sessions Judge has been empowered under Section 409 of the CrPC to withdraw the cases and appeals.... A perusal of Sub-Section 2 shows that at any time before the trial of the case or commencement of hearing in an appeal before an Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ), a Sessions Judge (SJ) may recall any case or appeal which he has made over to any ASJ. But when the proceedings have commenced in a trial or an appeal, a SJ has no power to withdraw or recall a case or an appeal”.

The judge had also directed the setting aside of an order passed by Sonepat’s Sessions Judge withdrawing 11 cases from a fast-track court and transferring these to an ASJ’s court for “disposal in accordance with law”.

The judge had concluded: “The cases will remain for adjudication before the fast-track court. The proceedings in all the cases will commence from the stage those were withdrawn from the fast-track court”.

Addressing a gathering at the international legal conference, Mr Thomas had earlier disclosed the setting up of a fast-track court in Chandigarh. Giving details, he had revealed that Rs 6.1 crore had already been allotted for the setting up of fast-track courts in Delhi and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

The modalities, he had asserted, were being worked out for the setting up of the court in the city. The intention, he had claimed, was to provide speedy justice to the masses without forcing them to go through the routine grind of attending court proceedings and submitting lengthy contentions. The courts would also save precious judicial time.

The sources added that the process of setting fast-track courts had already been initiated in Punjab and Haryana. The Bar members, besides retired judges, were being considered for appointment on one-year contract, the sources added.



Roy for video conferencing between courts
Tribune News Service

Justice B.K. RoyChandigarh, October 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, has expressed the desire of having all district courts under his jurisdiction linked through video-conferencing facility.

Addressing a gathering yesterday, the Chief Justice said video conferencing would enable inspecting and administrative Judges of High Courts, even district judges, “to have a quick superintendence over the subordinate judiciary”. Mr Justice Roy added that the facility was “slightly expensive”, but would prove to be effective.

As far as the shortage of judges was concerned, he said, “We all know that the judge-population ratio in our country is far below that of other democracies. The apex court had to take cognisance in this regard and fix a five-year period for raising the ratio. “In my view, merely increasing the number of judges alone may not solve the problem.... good judges are required,” he said.

Mr Justice Roy stated that the description of a good judge by Lord Chancellor Lyndhurst was relevant. “`First, he must be honest. Second, he must be reasonably hardworking. Third, he must have courage. Fourth, he must be a gentleman. And then, if he has some knowledge of law, it will help’. I do not agree with the fifth description of a judge, whether of the subordinate or the High Court. He must have a sound knowledge of law, apart from the history and culture of the nation”, he said.

Regarding the problem of stress being faced by the legal fraternity, Mr Justice Roy said it could be reduced by “citing at the Bar only relevant decisions, which apply to the facts and the circumstances of the cases”.

Giving details, he said, “As a judge I have noticed that sometimes the amended provisions of the Act are not taken in account while drafting pleadings or during submissions. It is imperative for counsel and the court, to acquaint themselves with the latest statute”.

The judge concluded: “Faith begets faith. If the faith is shaken, then the institution of judiciary is bound to crumble and collapse. The need is not to allow anyone to shake it. Tolerance is required. One is required to remember ‘Nindak Niarae Rakhiye Aangan Kuti Chaavai’. Honest criticism of one’s functioning is required to be tolerated and appreciated for correcting oneself”.



District Courts
Plea against ‘Khel’ dismissed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 1
A local court today dismissed an application moved by Catrack Cassettes Industries for restraining the producer from releasing the film “Khel” and also music company to distribute the audio cassettes and CDs of the movie. “Khel” is expected to be released on October 3. The case came up for hearing in the court of the UT Additional and Sessions Judge — Mr J.S. Klar, who after hearing the arguments rejected the application moved by the Catrack.

The music company had filed a case against production company of the film, a Punjabi singer, Babbu Mann, and Times Cassettes Industries alleging that movie contained a song named “Sharrata” being sung by Babbu Mann, the copyright of the song which are with lying it.

Chargesheet against suspended clerk

The CBI today filed a chargesheet against Usha Rani, the suspended clerk of municipal corporation who was allegedly involved in the scam amounting Rs 6.9 lakh. The CBI filed chargesheet against Usha Rani in the court of the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla.

PGI super bazar case

The CBI today filed chargesheet against Gulshan Kumar, former cashier-cum-In charge of the Super Bazar, outlet of the PGI for his alleged involvement in the misappropriation of funds worth 1.41 lakh.



70 pc lawyers want job change
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The statistics say it all. Over 70 per cent of the lawyers say they would start a new career if they could because of stress in this job. As per an estimate, 75 per cent advocates were suffering from work-related pressures.

Experts at the International Legal Conference held at Panjab University stated that studies revealed that there were 10 per cent incidents of alcoholism or other types of drug addictions among lawyers and judges.

Haryana’s former Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP) V.K. Kapoor asserted that as per a recent report over 50 per cent of the lawyers were facing disciplinary action for professional misconduct as a result of alcohol and drug dependency.”

The former ADGP, who runs the Institute of Stress Management and Research in Panchkula, added that over 86 per cent of the lawyers reported that their work was affecting their family ties.

This was not all. Over 71 per cent of the lawyers reported that their practice was also damaging their health.

Giving details, Mr Kapoor added that the generic factors included time pressure, besides work overload and competition. Difficult people were also a cause of stress.

Regarding the environmental factors he said, “Legal role conflicts, adverse system along with the area of practice were some of the reasons behind stress among the lawyers.”

Stress, Mr Kapoor asserted, could be managed. Offering solution to the problem, he said, “Mood management can go a long way in solving the problem. Self-motivation is another factor.”

“It was essential to avoid negative thinking,” he recommended. “Such thoughts can enhance stress. As such, the members should cultivate the habit of thinking positive.”

There were other steps also, he added, like laughing, reading and playing.



Tips to look gorgeous

Look chic, just wear the right stuff.
Look chic, just wear the right stuff.

IT'S party time folks. That’s the reason why we have complied a list of style secrets just for you. So do not be scared of wearing that tie-and-dye top over white trousers. Just follow our simple guide for cool looks in the Autumn of 2003.

Tuck your pants in your boots. It is the easiest way of creating a trendy out-fit from the items you already own. The pants should be form-fitting or slightly baggy. Do not try the trick with boot-cut bottoms. They are too wide to be tucked it.

There is hardy any need for you to wear a jacket. No, not even in the mornings. But if wish to don one just for “style” at the evening bash, pair it with the right attire. Remember not to wear a jacket over suits, churidar or otherwise. They look odd. Go in for an embroidered ones instead.

Remember to take good scare of the details. Wear a knee-length brocade dress, along with metal bangles, but do not forget to slip into swarovski-studded sandals. You will look funny trotting down the narrow market corridors in sneakers underneath.

As soon as you feel like putting something warm, go in for cardigans for casual, even on formal occasions. There are, however, certain style secrets you must remember before leaving your dressing room. Do not button up a long cardigan. You will not look funny, but odd, indeed.

Also, do not pair a short shirt with a knit skirt. Knee-length knit skirts look gorgeous as long as you wear them with tops that comfortably reach your hip-bone, otherwise they look odd. Knit skirts look best with turtle neck sweaters or button-down shirts.

Forget all about wearing an oversize sweater with wide-legged pants. No, the combination does not exactly look “alien”, but it makes you appear shapeless. If you wish to look feminine, always wear an extra-large sweater with slim bottom. You can go in for narrow-legged pants, but never pair the stuff with baggy bottom.

This is not all. Do not forget to pamper yourself. Before anything else, take care of your nails. First, prepare the nail surface nicely. You can use polish remover to get rid of oil or lotion. Now go and wash your hands. Rub them dry before taking the next step.

Apply base coat to the dry nails. Paint two coats of the colour. Remember to use light sweeping strokes. You should always start at the base and move upwards with cool precision.

Don’t be in a hurry to rush out. Allow the polish to dry between the coats. You wouldn't have to wait much. Most enamels today take not more than a minute to set.

Before venturing out, apply top coat to protect the polish. You should reapply the colour every two or three days. It will preserve the shine.

If you have short nails, please ditch dark hues. They make the nails look even shorter. Opt for light and shimmery tints like shiny purple or alluring browns. Remember to match the colour of your nail enamel with the shade of your lucky lips. You can always pair lip hues like plump and chocolate with nail shades like copper or plump tint.

Hair care for you

Guys too can have silky hair
Guys too can have silky hair

If you also wish to have silky tresses that glitter in the afternoon sun, just follow our guide for getting locks that do not feel like straws at all. In the first place, avoid using metal barrettes and bands with metal parts on your hair as much as possible. Elastic bands are the best. They do the least damage to your crowning glory.

Though frequent application of henna further dries your hair, occasional application helps in hiding loathsome silvery strand. It is a matter of preference, but short hair is easier to maintain and keep clean. Go in for a neat trim if you are lazy about washing your hair regularly. If you prefer long hair, pin it up or tie it into a tight pony tail. It looks graceful and hair do not get dirty that often, you can be sure of it.

Do not blow dry your tresses. Air dry them, if possible. Not-quite-straight, not-quite-curly, tresses look great. Otherwise also, do not comb your hair hard. You will do more damage than good.

Another thing. Do not bleach or perm your hair. Bleached tresses look good as you walk down the city streets. But it deprives your hair of moisture. It is a proven fact, be sure.

Say good bye to dandruff in the Autumn of 2003. Oil hair well before going to bed. Next morning, mix one teaspoon of lime with amla juice. Rub the blend on the scalp with lime peel turned inside out. Leave for an hour before shampooing.

Mix a tablespoon of glycerin with same quantity of olive oil, brown vinegar, castor oil, conditioner and shampoo. Apply the mask to pre-shampooed hair and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse well. See the difference.

Ditch dryness. Shift to gels, pomades and creams. Spray-on styling products, available over the counter, are good, but leave the hair dry. Go in for gels and creams, even hair-wax. They add to the moisture content of your mane. Hair will never appear rude again.

Remember to use a good shampoo, or a mild soap. A harsh shampoo or soap can cause a great deal of damage to your crowning glory. A mild shampoo, on the other hand, is a boon for your tresses. Afterwards apply a good conditioner. A leave-in conditioner forms a coating on the hair preventing dirt and pollution from settling down in the process.



New Releases
Action film with a difference

Galaxy Entertainment Corporation Ltd and Popcorn Motion Pictures present “Khel” has many firsts to its credit. Cricketer-turned-actor Ajay Jadeja makes his debut along with sensational beauty Celina Jaitely. Yusuf Khan also makes his debut as director. The big budget Sunil Shetty and Sunny Deol starrer action film promises something different.

The film has three music directors, including Dabbo Malik and Babboo Maan.

Suhasini Muley, Supriya Karnik, Vivek Shauq and Gulshan Grover also star in the film. Screenplay and dialogues by Dilip Shukla, cinematography by Soori and action by Abbas Ali Moghul are other major credits. The film will be released at Batra on Thursday.

Romantic story

“Baghban” will be released at Nirman in Chandigarh and Suraj in Panchkula on Friday. The film is directed by Ravi Chopra and produced by B.R. Chopra. It features Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini in stellar roles with Salman Khan and Mahima Chaudhary in special roles.

After “Zameer”, Ravi Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan are all set to prove their worth in this film. The film is based on a romantic story written by B.R. Chopra about 40 years ago.

Music has been composed by Aadesh Srivastav and lyrics by Sameer.

Paresh Rawal, Lillette Dubey, Sameer Soni, Aman Verma, Divya Dutta, Suman Rangnathan, Nasir Khan, Nakul Vaid, Asrani, Arzoo Govitrikar, Rimi Sen and Mohan Joshi support the lead stars.

Dr Achla Nagar, Ram Govind, Satish Bhatnagar and Shafeen Ansari have written screenplay. — DP



Exhibition showcases superimposed technique
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 1
Ram Kumar Sharma’s solo exhibition at IndusInd Art Gallery in Sector 8 which is titled “Canvas on canvas” is an attempt to create a space within space which brings forth some interesting pieces of work. Using the superimposed technique with perfect blend of colours, the artist has presented a range of work.

The main concept behind the paintings is to get more and more area under different levels and dimensions, so that the ideas can be visualised freely without the limitation of space. In the show the canvas in the background represents platform and others depict perception.

The works in display that include “Monsoon”, “Rhythm”, “Loneliness” and “Inside Outside”, the artist shows his expertise over blending of colour which he use in abundance, mostly in warm vibrant colours with bold strokes. But the connecting thread of all his works remains a free flow of life that arrest one’s attention.

The exhibition is open for public viewing till October 9.


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