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PU ground bears scars of Science Congress
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
Though the Indian Science Congress at Panjab University ended several days ago, its venue, the sports ground, which was damaged during the session, continues to cry for attention.

Though the two feet pits dug all over the ground have been filled with earth, mounds of mud dot the entire ground. Students of the Sports Department are the most affected.

As one student puts it, “Just like science students have labs where they carry out practical work, the sports ground is our lab. In view of the shoddy job that has been done by the university, we are planning to express our resentment by holding protests if maintenance work is not carried out immediately.”

Taking up the cudgels on behalf of the irked students of the Sports Department, the president of the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU), Rajwinder Singh “Lucky”, accompanied them to Vice-Chancellor K.N. Pathak’s office.

Apprising Prof Pathak of the ill-maintained sports ground and the work carried out there, the students urged him to hasten the process of repair to enable students to get back to practice.

Meanwhile, the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) has also taken up the cause of the students, stating that though the hosting of the Science Congress was for the university an event of great pride, the university authorities must ensure that the conditions of the sports ground should be restored to the satisfaction of the committee formed for its upkeep.

Meeting held: The PUTA executive body, at its meeting held earlier this week, sought increments for teachers in the age group of 60 to 62 years and decided that the PUTA leadership would meet the Punjab Chief Minister for the enhancement of retirement age to 62 years.

It was resolved that the campus community would observe a day of casual leave without leaving work to press the government for pension benefits. The PUTA decided to appeal against increasing of water charges and house rents.


Seminar on Central Asia concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
A three-day seminar on ‘Mid-west and Central Asia’ concluded at the centre for Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University, here today. Maj Gen Himmat Singh Gill (Retd), a defence analyst, in his concluding address highlighted the strategic importance of the Central Asia and Afghanistan. He advocated a land and air bridge from India to countries in Central Asia.

Other speakers highlighted the politico- strategic importance of the region for India. Air Marshal A.S.Bedi spoke on the importance of the Central Asia. Brig D.S. Dhillon, through his visual presentation, spoke on the confluence of interests. Dr Damira Sydykova of Kyrgyzstan took up the issue of Kyrgyz language teaching in schools. Dr Daniel Michon of California University highlighted the role of archeology in understanding the region. Prof M.M. Sharma, organising secretary, summed up the themes of papers presented as conceptual, strategic, economic demographic, energy resource and linguistic. A total of 25 papers were presented during the seminar.


The Department of History, Panjab University, organised Hari Ram Gupta Memorial lecture here today. Prof TKV Subramaniam, Department of History, University of Delhi, delivered a talk on ‘ The Worldview of an 18 th Century Music Composer Thanajavur.

Foundation Day lecture

Foundation Day lecture was held at Panjab University under the aegis of the PU Library Professional Activities Forum. The subject of the lecture was “information service to Social Science Researcher”. Dr P.R. Goswami, Director of National Social Science Documentation Centre, Delhi, delivered a lecture on the subject, which lecture was followed by a panel discussion on ‘Information Requirements of Social Scientists’.


The Citizens Welfare Association ( rural) in collaboration with Department of Adult Education, Panjab University, organised a seminar at Maloya village. As many as 125 persons participated. Dr C.L. Narang, Director, Adult Education, inaugurated the seminar. Dr Narang said it was a matter of concern that sex ratio in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh had gone down sharply. Mr S.S. Sachar, a retired police officer and Mr SC Khosla also spoke on the occasion.

Awareness campaign

An awareness campaign on ‘ female foeticide’ was organised at Dev Samaj College of Education under the guidance of Dr Agnese Dhillon and Dr Manjula Kataria. The programme was presided over by Dr C.P. Bansal, Director Health Services, Chandigarh.


PEC’s disaffiliation may be put on hold
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
The item pertaining to the disaffiliation of Punjab Engineering College (PEC), on the agenda of the Panjab University Syndicate, is unlikely to come through at tomorrow’s meeting.

The college was declared a deemed university by the HRD Ministry in October last year. Since the notification regarding PEC being given deemed university status has still not arrived from the ministry, disaffiliating the college would amount to putting the career of the students in jeopardy, sources in the UT Administration said.

“This implies that if PU disaffiliates the college at tomorrow’s meeting, the college will lose its recognition till the time the notification arrives. The Administration is not prepared for such a situation. Another more serious question is what would be the fate of students during the current academic session. The university must answer all this before disaffiliating the college,” said an official of the UT Administration.

Though the Administration has not taken up the matter of disaffiliation of PEC with the university so far, sources said the notification from the ministry could take anywhere between one week and two months. “Why this hurry to disaffiliate the college when there is no additional burden involved? The university can carry on as it has done all these years,” the official remarks.

The university authorities admitted that the item on disaffiliation had found its way in the Syndicate agenda by “mistake”.

Citing a letter from the University Grants Commission (UGC) as responsible for the faux pas, university authorities said it was routine work to put letters from the UGC before the Syndicate for information, discussion and action.

“Nobody realised its implications. Now that it is on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting, it will certainly be taken up. However, the item will be deferred for another meeting,” an officer in the university said.


Now, results sans merit list
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, January 23
The Punjab School Education Board has decided to announce the results of the matriculation and Class XII examination this year without preparing a merit list. This is being done on the CBSE pattern.

Dr Kehar Singh, Chiarman of the board, said here today that a merit list would not be prepared by the board this time. Only marks obtained by students in various subjects would be entered in the detailed marks card but they would not be totalled.

No marks would be recorded in the result gazettes as well. Instead, it would only be shown whether a particular candidate had passed the examination or not.

He said though the CBSE, pattern was being adopted by the board, it had been modified according to the needs of the Punjab board.

Dr Kehar Singh said certain subjects like art and craft, physical education and Sanskrit were high scoring. Students who would opt for such subjects would get very high marks and as such were able to get positions in the board merit list.

On the other hand, a number of students who worked much harder could not get a place in the merit list because the subjects they had opted for were not scoring.

Asked how the board would be able to award scholarships to meritorious students if no merit list was prepared, the Chairman said a policy would be worked out in this regard by a committee constituted yesterday.

Dr Kehar Singh is the Chairman of this committee. The other members are Mr Lok Nath Sharma, Mr Rupinder Singh Samra-both board members, Ms Narinder Kaur, Controller of Examinations, Ms Jagbir Kaur Brar and Mr Brij Bhushan Sharma, Director and Deputy Director respectively, Academic and Planning, Mr Roshan Lal Sood, member, Academic Council, and Ms Kiranjit Kaur from the Department of Education, Punjab University, Patiala.


Colourful show by school kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
Students and staff of Tiny Tots Preparatory School, Sector 38-A here, celebrated Basant Panchami by organising a function in the school.

Children dressed in yellow were adjudged Basant “King” and “Queen”. Children of nursery and LKG classes sang the National Song.

Anurag, Kanupreet, Gurdit, Aarushi, Onkar, Jayant, Khushboo, Malika, Nishant, Prabhnoor and Zoya were given prizes by Ms Vinod Jain, the Principal of the school.


Schools carry out R-Day rehearsals

Chandigarh, January 23
City schools today carried out a rehearsal for the Republic Day celebrations. Saint Xavier's (Sector 44) will be presenting a South Indian classical event while a team of Carmel Convent (Sector 9) will give a demonstration on yoga. Government Girls Senior Secondary School (Sector 20) will present the culture of Gujarat while students of Kailash Behl DAV School (Sector 7) will sing a patriotic song.

In the full dress rehearsal today, the contingents of the Chandigarh Police, Home Guards, Scouts and Guides, and colleges participated. On the eve of Republic Day, another cultural programme is scheduled where Saint John's (Sector 26), DAV School (Sector 8), Navodaya Vidyalaya (Sector 25), Government Model School, (Sector 21), Government Model School (Sector 19) and Government Model School (Sector 40) will take part.

Three schools will be presenting tableaux on various themes. These are Rai School (Sector 48), Government Model School Mani Majra, and Government Model Senior Secondary. — TNS


High Court
Sharma’s petition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
A petition filed by Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research’s Director Dr S.K. Sharma will come up for hearing before a Division Bench of the high court on February 13.


Shun vulgar videos, says Sukhdev
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, January 23
Vulgarity sells — at least this is what 29-year-old Punjabi pop singer Sukhdev has to say about music videos. Hair tied into a pony tail and a ring in one ear, he arrived at a Sector 22 hotel this afternoon.

Smiling at the crowd of fans waiting to greet the singer of the famous number “Solvan Saal”, he asserted: “Frankly speaking, I am not in favour of vulgarity. In fact you will never see vulgar dance with my songs. But the hard reality is that commercialisation of music has led to vulgarity”. Getting ready for his performance at a club in the evening, he said: “The problem arises from the fact that 90 per cent of the people criticise the videos for promoting vulgarity, but watch the songs”.

Offering a solution, he said: “The people should once and for all take a decision to shun such videos. Rather, they should stop buying such albums. Only then directors and producers will be discouraged from going ahead.

Regarding the “short life” of today’s Punjabi numbers, he said: “A majority of the singers are into pop or popular music. Such songs are meant to cause sensation and disappear from the scene. This is not all. With so many singers coming out with hits one after another, music channels do not like to play a video for more than a month”.

As far as his own image was concerned, Sukhdev said: “It is more international than that of a traditional Punjabi singer. And it goes with the kind of numbers I croon”.

Giving details, the 29-year-old artiste — born and brought up in Kenya — said: “You may find it hard to believe, but I can actually sing in 10 different languages. This is not all. I have taken part in stage shows all over the world for 15 years now. That is why I try to maintain an universal image acceptable to Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs”.

Describing his music as “more of western mixed with Indian”, he said: “I basically create music for youngsters. And I love performing on stage. That is why my music is essentially foot-tapping and lively”. His famous songs include, “Punjabi Kudi,” “Kudi India Di and My Heart is Beating.”

Singer Gunjit Singh was also there at the hotel, clad in a shining shirt like a hardcore pop star. His Punjabi album “Nach Le” was released in the first week of January. He, too, was getting ready for the performance in the evening, along with Sukhdev Singh and Kebi Dhindsa.

The singer revealed that he was born in East Malaysia and brought up in Brunei. “I started singing at a very tender age, but started practicing from professional point of view two years back”.


Richa, Harpreet lift R.D. Burman awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
Richa Sharma At the end of every musical evening, one ends up wishing rhythms were not subjected to judgment. But as custom would have it, the process of declaring winners was repeated today at Tagore Theatre, which came alive with immortal musical compositions of R.D. Burman, presented by talented youngsters from the region.

Aided by prefect orchestration created on the space of performance by nine instrumentalists based in Chandigarh, participants in the 12 All-India R.D. Burman Award competition organised by Majlis Journalists and Artistes Association, competed for the three prizes each in the girls' and the boy's category.

While Richa Sharma from Ropar walked away with the first prize for her presentation of the R.D. Burman classic "Hame tumse pyaar kitna...", which fetched the national award for Begum Parveen Sultana, Amrita Mishra and Esha received the second and the third prizes, respectively. Isha's rendition of "Katra katra...", the sensuous song picturised on Rekha in Gulzar's Ijazat”, was particularly impressive.

Special prizes in the girls category went to Shikha Nanda and Suvanshu. The interesting part of the evening was that five out of six girl contestants were rewarded for their efforts.

Among boys, Harpreet Singh from Mohali was declared the winner, followed by Rupinder Singh who stood second. Bharat Lal and Kewal Utsav shared the third prize.

While the 16 contestants did their bit on stage, guest singers Brijesh Ahuja, Rajiv, Baani and Richa Sharma also kept the pace going. Among the timeless musical sequences of R.D. Burman presented today were "Ek chaturnaar,” beautifully rendered by Brijesh and Rajiv, “Raina beeti jaye,” “Mehbooba” and “Baahon mein chale aao”...

Instrumentalists also had a fair share in the evening's success. In between the show, each one of them played separate pieces to exhibit their talent.

The orchestra group was headed by Raman Kant, music conductor of the show; Raman and Dr Arun Kumar were on the keyboard; Vavel Sharma on flute, Bubbles on the saxophone, Sushant Sharma on guitar, Chandy on the drums, Subhash on congo and Santosh Kataria on tabla. Judges for the evening were Brijesh Ahuja, Raman Kant and Reeta Sharma.

Chief Guest at the show, Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, introduced music in a rather nostalgic way. He said: "The organisers of the show have an tremendous sense of humour. Why else would they invite a person from a profession that strikes jarring notes. When we journalists praise politicians, it is sweet music to their ears." 


Heading for the hills to chill the blues
Ruchika M. Khanna

AHOY! Its holiday time again. Just as you were trying to get back to the daily rigmarole after a perfect New Year sojourn, the long weekend beginning tomorrow, is all set to entice you to laze and relax.

With Republic Day falling on Monday, and Saturday and Sunday being off, especially for the umpteen babus in the city, the coming three days promise fun and frolic. Most of the residents have already planned for a small vacation in the hills, or are looking forward to meet their relations. Others have planned for a day-long picnic, or watching Aby Baby's releases “Aetbar” or 'Khakhee', and catch up with the socialising.

For Amrita and Randeep Singh — both Punjab government employees — the long holiday is God sent. The couple, along with their daughter, Ishaa, had got themselves booked at a hotel in Barog in the first week of January, right after they had landed back from a holiday-cum-family wedding in Agra. “Though we had taken a holiday in December end, it was more of a family affair. Plus we generally make it a point to go on a picnic uphill on every Republic Day. This time being a long weekend, we plan to unwind ourselves during this two day vacation,” says Ms Amrita Singh.

The couple is certainly not the only one to head uphill over this weekend. Going by the information from various hotels and resorts in Kasauli, Barog, Shimla and Renuka, reservation is full and occupancy is expected to be 100 percent. With snow fall in Kufri, and Kasuali, the more adventurous are gearing up to enjoy the cool breeze, and snowflakes on this vacation, says Ms Aruna Bharti of Hotel Ros Common, Kasauli. Information gathered from popular resorts like Kasauli Resorts, Baikunth Resorts and Barog Heights also reveals a 100 percent reservation, though Chail does not seem to be as popular.

Informs Mr Sunil Bansal, Manager, Himachal Tourism office here, “Our heritage and luxury hotels like Ros Common in Kasauli, Pinewood in Barog, and Holiday Home and Peterhoff in Shimla are full to its capacity. Because of the intense cold in Chail, the occupancy is slightly less there.” He adds that while it is the Dilliwallahs, who top the list of holiday goers to Shimla, Barog and Kasauli, the city residents are mainly heading for Shimla, while Barog and Kasuali remain their choice for a day-long getaway.

For those who are not going uphill, it will be time to catch up with the star-studded releases Khakhee and Aetbar, at hang around in the eateries and coffee lounges in Sector 17 and 35. And for those wanting to shop, the exhibition brought here by Mrignayanee brings the choicest of weaves for sarees, dress material, home furnishings jute and metal handicrafts. TNS


Diamonds are girl’s best friend

For those who believe that diamonds are, indeed, a girl’s best friend, the branded jeweller, Tanishq, offers to only strengthen this belief. The company today announced the launch of its “Get Gold Free With Diamonds” promotional offer.

The offer has been extended across all 66 Tanishq boutiques, where on purchase of diamond jewellery worth Rs 5000 and more, customers would be entitled to win at least one 22 kt gold coin. On purchase of jewellery over Rs 5000, the customer would get a 0.5 gram gold coin, a 1 gram coin on purchase of over Rs 10,000 and with an increase of 0.5 gram on additional purchase of Rs 5000.

“With an escalation in gold price, studded jewellery seems to have caught the fancy of the customer. Thus, this promotional offer has been designed to provide our customer with significantly enhanced value. This caters to the aspirations of Indian woman. It provides an opportunity to own diamond jewellery and at the same time win gold, which is considered a good investment,” said Mr Bhuwan Gaurav, Regional Manager of Tanishq.

He says that going by the current market trends and with local gold prices being linked with the London bullion market, the demand for gold and its price is expected to increase. Diamonds, thus, attract more glitter with the increase in prices of the yellow metal.

He said Tanishq diamond collections comprised a whole range of spectacular enamel and diamond collection; dancing diamond collection, dew drops collection, 9 to 5 diamond collection, besides lightweight diamond collection and a range of solitaires. TNS


Customer wins Santro under Samsung scheme

Mr Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, has won a Santro Xing car under the Samsung “Dil Se Dil Milao” offer. He had purchased a Karishma washing machine from Surindra Radios in Sector 22.

A press note issued by the company here today stated that under the promotional scheme, which commenced on January 5, every customer of a Samsung washing machine was entitled to win a prize.

Mr R. Zutsi, Director, Sales, Samsung India, said,”We are offering gifts worth Rs 3 crore under the scheme, including one assured gift on the purchase of a washing machine. Other gifts include refrigerators, microwave oven, hand blender, gift hampers and Santro Xing car.” TNS


French lensman captures colours of silence

Stillness speaks, at least for Frederic Pollet, the French photographer who is displaying striking images at the Alliance Francaise art gallery in Sector 36. Right at the entrance to the gallery, the poetic title of the show, "The Colours of Silence" invites you to the visual feast prepared by Pollet, who was not present to introduce the works today.

However, his pictures spoke louder than his words could. Reflecting emotions in every colour, the photographer has structured a bright show, using the basic black and white as primary colours for creation. Framed on walls are desires, hopes, apprehensions, all put together to form a pleasing spectrum.

Being organised by Alliance Francaise, the show underlines Pollet’s unique style. He combines techniques from painting and video, photography and sculpture, to lend voice to people who he loves to work with. His works are presently displayed in Fonds National d' Art Contmeporain and also in numerous private collections.

The exhibition is the result of Pollet’s stay as an artist in New Delhi and Pondicherry. Nineteen photographs and four video montages have been displayed at the gallery. The exhibition is on till February 7. TNS


Now, shoe freshener

For years, shine is the only benefit consumers have come to expect from a shoe care product, and never about the perennial problem of shoe odour. Kiwi Freshforce has launched Kiwi Force Shoe Freshener in the city, which has been specially designed to address this need. Priced at Rs 125 for a 64 gram pack, it is available at leading shoe marts, departmental stores, sports shops.

Panchkarma  massage clinic

Ayush Ayurvedic Kerela Panchkarma Massage Clinic has ventured in the city with the intention of propagating the time- tested science of ayurveda. Besides helping treat diseases, the clinic offers beauty therapy treatment for pimples, wrinkles, under eye circles, blemishes, acne, sagging of skin. The clinic is set up in Sector 34- C. — TNS

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