Thursday, October 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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WB gives Rs 10 cr grant to Murthal engg college
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 1
The World Bank has sanctioned a grant of Rs 10 crore for the expansion of CR State College of Engineering at Murthal in Sonepat district. Mr Dharamvir, Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Technical Education, Haryana, said this while inaugurating the zonal youth festival on the premises of the college, about 5 km from here, yesterday. Students of as many as 12 technical institutions and engineering colleges are taking part in this festival.

He disclosed the state government had decided to convert this college into a dream college where all modern facilities on a par with the colleges of foreign countries would be made available to the students studying there.

He also disclosed that some new postgraduate courses would be introduced in this college and the strength of students would be increased by 100 seats shortly. He also declared that the building of the college would be expanded and the state government would provide all facilities to the teaching and non-teaching staff.

The Financial Commissioner further disclosed that the hostel building would also be expanded to accommodate more students in it. The state government, he said, would give the control of this college to a society for providing more facilities to the students.



DU Dandiya night at Appu Ghar
Smriti Kak

Forget the “issues” like U specials and safe campus, at least for the time being. The recently elected DUSU has it hands full, organising a fiesta for those wishing to do some Dandiya. This they claim is “part of their agenda, of making Delhi University a happening place both inside as well as outside the peripheries of the campus.”

The DUSU in association with the Appu Ghar has decided to do what one can safely assume is some image building, the two have agreed to become partners for a special Dandiya event. The event is a part of the Navratra celebrations, wherein college students in Delhi will have access to Dandiya grounds in Appu Ghar from October 1 to 3 at concessional rates.

The Dandiya nights will have students swaying to the music of the Samrat Band, which has been specially flown in for the event. The Appu Ghar management is wooing students with freebies like games and prizes and concessions like a Appu Ghar and Oysters ticket for Rs 75 as against the actual fare of Rs 350.

The DUSU on its part is content that the Dandiya night is “fulfilling the promises made to the students.” The NSUI, which holds all four seats in the DUSU panel offers, “the students had expressed a wish for such events to our representatives. Besides, Dandiya represents our culture and we are doing out bit for cultural promotion.”

The other reason cited for going to Appu Ghar is that “an event of such magnitude could not be successfully staged in the campus, because DUSU has limited resources.”

Business summit

The Centre of International Business, Amity Business School, Noida, organised an International Business Summit here last week. The event saw participation from more than 100 companies debating on the ‘WTO and its implications on the Indian Economy’.

The key agendas for the topic, especially after the fifth WTO Ministerial Conference at Cancun were corrections in trade distorting subsidies, TRIPS agreement on public health, environment negotiations, government procurement and differential treatment.

In her keynote address, Ms V. S. Bharucha, International economist and management consultant said, “Knowledge has to be built on fundamentals”. Speaking on GATT and WTO, she said, “WTO is transparent, rule based and non-discriminatory and that is the reason why it is preferred over GATT. It is much larger in terms of coverage and scope.”

She added, “Today services trade is growing much faster than merchandised trade, this key element of service trade was missing in GATT.” Commissioner of Income Tax, Delhi, Mr S. N. Prasad, who also spoke on the occasion said: “As a result of the WTO, textile industry is going to be the industry of future and India would be a key player owing to the cheap labour available here.”

Director, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mr Mukesh Bhatnagar laid emphasis on anti-dumping, safeguard measures and anti-subsidies, while Dr D. Ghosh, Director, Siemens Communications, spoke on Communication and Technology and how India is positioning itself to play a major role in the global economy. Head NCAER, Dr Anil Sharma, shared his experience at the Cancun on agreements pertaining to agriculture, cotton and Singapore issues.

Quality circle

The Bharatiya Vidyapeeth’s Institute of Management and Research organised Jagriti 2003, a daylong corporate level case presentation competition to create awareness towards quality circle.

The aim of the event was to create awareness among the students about the practical aspects of quality consciousness and quality related problems. Quality circles from various companies presented their practical cases and the solutions for the same.

Speaking on the occasion, the speakers from various companies emphasised on the importance of quality awareness amongst the public and the responsibility on the part of the corporate to deliver the same.

The keynote address was presented by Mr Raja Shekharan of QCFI, who spoke on the concept of quality circle from its inception in Japan to its growth in the rest of the world.

Asahi Glass India was announced the winner of the event followed by Matzeler Automotive Profile Pvt. Ltd.

Ronu Majumdar at Hansraj

Pt Ronu Mazumdar performing at Hansraj College during the Spic Macay programme
Pt Ronu Mazumdar performing at Hansraj College during the Spic Macay programme.

After the shouts of sloganeering had died down, Hansraj College reverberated with the strains from Pandit Ronu Majumdar’s flute. The flautist of international repute performed in the college as part of the Spic Macay programme.

The joyful notes from his flute were also heard by students at Institute of Advanced Studies, DPS, Dwarka and Amity International. While the students were inspired as well impressed, Pandit Majumdar was also full of praise, “it was really encouraging seeing the young generation so much interested in classical music. Their eagerness to know more about the music was sheer pleasure and it helped give one of my best performance,” said the flutist.

Kirtan Competition

Mata Sundar College played host to the 28th Bani Declamation –Kirtan competition. The two-day event had participants from various schools and colleges and the college authorities claim that over 1,016 students participated.

The competition, which is in its 27th year, encourages youngsters in Bani singing and Pracahar. Prizes were also distributed on the occasion by the Chairman of the Governing Body, Mr Swadesh Bahadur Singh.

AAFT’s farewell programme

Delivering the valedictory address to the 40th batch at the Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT), Film producer Boney Kapoor said honesty, sincerity of purpose, hard work, perseverance and enthusiasm are the keys to success in any human endeavour including the show business.

Bureaucrat-cum-danseuse Shovana Narayan quoting a poem by noted litterateur Sumitra Nandan Panta, addressed the students by saying determined efforts are important to achieve anything worthwhile. She said in her views it is important for an achiever to be a dreamer first.

Praising the institute musician Jawahar Wattal, she said that the successful functioning of the academy far from the hub of entertainment industry Mumbai is remarkable.

Boney Kapoor hailed the present as the “golden era of the film and television industry” and attributed this to the vast number of round-the-clock channels, multiplexes and the national broadcaster Doordarshan.

NIS launches banking programme

NIS Academy, a division of NIS Sparta Ltd, Asia’s premier consultancy and training organisation, has recently launched ‘Advanced Diploma in Banking Practices’. This programme is accredited by India Institute of Bankers. The first of its programme empowers the individual with dual degree from both NIS and Indian Institute of Bankers.

The programme focus on sales, marketing and the operation of the banking practices with subjects like Indian Financial System, Basic Accountancy, Relationship Management and Information Technology. This is a six months course in which a student has to undergo on the job training in the Banking Industry for 10 to 12 weeks.

Placement assistant is extended to all students on successful completion of the course. NIS’S in-house R and D department has developed the programme content with subject matter experts drawn from the Industry and the Academic world.

(Nalini Ranjan)



Wages of bribe: Four-year term for retd SI
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1
A Delhi Police Sub-Inspector who had taken bribe from a person in May 1996 was today sentenced by a Delhi court to an imprisonment of four years for demanding and accepting bribe and showing favour in two cases registered against the person.

The accused has been given the punishment even though he had retired from the police service.

Special Judge Dinesh Dayal also imposed a fine of Rs 7,500 on S C Mishra, then posted at the Mayapuri Police Station as Sub-Inspector, for accepting Rs 3,000 from Jasbir Singh.

According to CBI, Mishra demanded the amount from Singh on May 27, 1996 for showing favour in two cases registered against him.

The SI further threatened to implicate him in other cases also if he did not pay the sum near Mayapuri Crane Stand by midnight.

Thereafter, a trap was laid on a complaint by Singh and Mishra was caught accepting the bribe.

The CBI said the accused had come to receive the amount in police uniform on his scooter.

The convict pleaded for leniency submitting that he had retired on December 31 last year and was maintaining his wife and two sons.

He said while his elder son (25) was invalid, his younger son (21) could not complete his studies due to the lingering trial.

Sentencing the accused, the court said that such crimes had great impact on the social order and public interest demanded exemplary treatment of the convict.


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