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Thrills and spills at Cyanide-2004
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
The Cyanide-2004 fever continued to rage on at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Panjab University, here today, though the day belonged to Laloo Yadav and his musings.

Taking on the questions of the media at a mock press conference organised at the fest, Akshit Bajaj playing Laloo Yadav, was at his wittiest best, answering questions on his many children, his entry into politics and his wife’s political acumen. Playing his part to perfection, Akshit Bajaj of Engineering College Tangori, was declared the winner.

Getting an overwhelming response for the debate which saw a participation by 24 teams, the organisers modified it to have a preliminary round where teams spoke on “Feel good factor-myth or reality”. On the basis of this round, eight teams were selected for the finals which would be held tomorrow.

In the rangoli contest, Suman of the local Government College of Fine Arts was declared first while the team of Sandy and Meenu of the same college won the “paint your heart” contest which saw a lot of innovative colouring.

The “reverse duet” contest where the boys and girls reversed roles to sing was won by the team of Anshul and Prerna of the host department. The second place went to Bharti and Karan, also from the university. In the twisted movie contest, “Pappu Bhai”, a remake of “Munna Bhai MBBS” by the Chemical Engineering Department entertained the audience thoroughly.

There were thrills and spills at the vertical-climb contest where contestants were required to scale a 20 feet wall in the quickest-possible time. The bungee Mountain Dew fun race saw the participants bounce and race their way to victory. Testing the stamina of “athletes”, the race had the participants racing to the victory line holding specially fabricated drums proclaiming the name of the sponsors of the contests. A tug-of-war, an instrumental music round and singing contests were also organised.

The evening saw a lot of music flow as five teams performed a rock show and made for an entertaining show. The “Incinerators” and “71” from the Punjab Engineering College, the “Tempest” from Ladhak, “Street Alias” from the host department and “Bullshit” from Manipur rocked the campus with their vigourous performance, jazzing up another Cyanide nite.

Meanwhile, in a fashion show, organised yesterday evening, the host department won the title of the “Best Team” while the prize for best choreography went to the team from Kapsons. Amit Chauhan and Isha Sharma were declared best male and Female models, respectively.


Moulding metal with imagination
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 24
Budding artists of the Government College of Art, Sector 10, under the guidance of their teacher Sanjeev Kumar, today got an opportunity to handle molten metal and give shape to their imagination.

Step into the hot furnace room and you see 24 young boys and girls pouring molten metal into dyes. As the metal cools down casts are broken and beautiful forms created in all shapes and sizes.

“Metal casting is an intricate process which needs to be carried out in phases - first sketching, then making sculptures in wax which are then covered with moulds made of plaster of paris and brick dust,” explains Mr Sanjeev Kumar. Its only after molten metal is cast into those moulds that metal permeates and settles down in place of wax and the process is complete, he adds.

Though the students of sculpture have been working with stone and wood, this is the first time they have used-metal as a medium. In fact this is the first time that the college has introduced the art of metal casting in its curriculum.

“Metal sculptures are very much in demand in all major metros and keeping that in view we decided to introduce metal casting as a full fledged subject here,” says Prof Brahm Prakash, Principal of the College.

The subject comes as a follow up of a 11-day regional-level metal casting workshop organised by the college last year. “In that workshop our students got an opportunity to interact with professional artists who works in metal and that kindled their interest,” says Professor Prakash.


Syndicate poll row continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
The controversy over the representation to the Panjab University Syndicate from the Law Faculty refuses to die down. Challenging the election of Mr G.K. Chathrath from the Law faculty, Mr Pawan Valecha, candidate pitted against him, shot off another letter to the Chancellor of the university, here today.

Complaining against the laxity on the part of the Registrar of the university, Prof Paramjit Singh, has urged the Chancellor to intervene and resolve the dispute on priority.

It may be recalled that Mr Valecha has already challenged the election of Mr Chatrath under Section 38 of the Panjab University Act, claiming the Dean, Law Faculty, misused his position to cast the vote in favour of Mr Chatrath and declare him elected.

He has also mentioned that instead of holding election to both seats of the faculty, the Dean chose to ignore the provision of the university calendar and held elections for one seat only.

Honoured: Dr Naresh, a writer and chairman, Bhai Vir Singh Chair, has been awarded the Medal of Honour, given by the American Biographical Institute, North Carolina. Dozen books to his credit, Dr Naresh has received national and international awards for his contribution to literature.


From Schools
St Xavier students get awards
Tribune News Service
Students of St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, with their awards at the annual academic award presentation ceremony
Students of St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, with their awards at the annual academic award presentation ceremony on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, February 24
The annual academic award presentation ceremony of St Xavier Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, was held on the school premises here today. The awards were presented to students from nursery to Class XII for the academic year 2002-2003.

Mr Andrew J.Gossain, Chairman of St Xavier’s network of schools, who was the chief guest on the occasion, encouraged the students too aim for excellence in all fields. He gave away cash prizes to Jasmine Sethi, Shery Gupta and Padamavathy Dhillon .

The prize distribution ceremony was interspaced with songs and dances. The principal of the school, Mr Mervin West, welcomed the guests.

Lecture on AIDS

A lecture on AIDS was organised at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today. Ms Saryu.D.Madra, an adviser to the State Aids Control Society, delivered the lecture. Students of class XII Alicia and Rudi, expressed their views on the topic. Ms Raja Gelatin, a lecturer in political science, organised the lecture.

Meanwhile, a vocational seminar was held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. Ms Ballet Kaur, a beauty saloon owner from Sector 32, gave tips to the participants.

Farewell party

A farewell party was held at MDAV High School, Sector 22, here. After welcoming students of Classes IX & X presented a cultural programme. Students presented a comedy skit too.


From Colleges
110 donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
A blood donation camp was organised at the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, by Lions Club Chandigarh Nightingale. As many as 110 students donated blood at the camp. Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former Member of Parliament, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Psycho horizons 2004

The Psycho-Society, Government College, Sector 46, organised its annual psychology exhibition -cum-testing named ‘Psycho Horizons-2004’ on the college premises here today. The Special Secretary, Cooperative Department, Mariana, Mr Deli Singh, inaugurated the function. Ms Geeta Mohan, Principal of the college, and Dr Ramer, Excise and Taxation Officer, Patchouli, was present on the occasion. Decant Aurora, a student of BA III, presented a paper on counselling for adolescents. The exhibition would remain open on February 25 and February 26.


College Lecturers oppose UGC grading system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
College Lecturers, getting senior scale or selection grade, have opposed the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) on the grading system in orientation and refresher courses. The system has led to bad blood between conductors of refresher courses and the lecturers attending it.

Highlighting the problem, Dr R.P.S. Josh, a member of Panjab University Senate, said in accordance with the revised guidance of the UGC to the academic staff of the college during the tenth plan, the lecturers getting the higher scale are being given A,B,C and D grades to judge their performance during the refresher courses.

He said in a brief span of 21 days, it was not possible for the conductors of the refresher courses to judge teaching acumen of Lecturers.


Prize distribution function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, celebrated its second annual day and prize distribution function at Yavanika Town Park, Sector 5, Panchkula today. Mrs Prithpal Kaur Sidhu, District Education Officer, Patiala, was the chief guest.

Students from nursery to Class VII put up a colourful extravaganza with impressive performances. The function began with the recitation of Vande Mataram. Tribal dance had students dressed up as African tribals….short skirts, beads around the neck, garlands, flower anklets. It was followed by a qawwali, in which students wore white kurta-pyjama, cap and jacket.

With school laying emphasis on sports and physical fitness, students performed gymnastics and ribbon drill.

The major attractions of the day were circus and Punjabi dance by students. Dressed up like animals the circus scene was enacted complete with clowns and ringmaster. In Punjabi dance, students performed bhangra and giddha and enacted traditional Punjabi wedding right till doli.


Mock parliament at GCG
Tribune News Service

A student of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Hemanti Bhanot, makes a point during a mock parliament session at the college in Chandigarh
A student of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Hemanti Bhanot, makes a point during a mock parliament session at the college in Chandigarh.

Chandigarh, February 24
The Science Association of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised a mock parliament to celebrate National Science Day on the college premises here yesterday. The issue during the mock parliament was “synthetic materials vs natural material”.

Medical students representing the treasury benches propagated the usage of synthetic materials, while non-medical students advocated the use of natural materials for the benefit of society.

The Principal of the college, Mrs Usha Khetarpal, who inaugurated the function, said that there were many conceptual cobwebs about the age of science.


Mussoorie college alumni share memories
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
Rhythmic notes of lead guitar, in sync with thumping beats of drums, drowned the excited chatter of fast friends as Old Boys’ Association of St George’s College, Mussoorie, celebrated its annual winter banquet at Chandigarh Club.

As a live band played some of the not-so-forgotten tunes of yesteryears, old buddies, or Manorites, got together to fill in the gaps. Sharing drinks and memories, they talked about happy days spent together. Among the guests were Major-Gen Himmat Singh Gill, Irish-born academician Brother Carroll, Colonel G.S. Bhullar and several other Manorites.


High Court
PUDA allots 2 acres for cattle pound
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
The Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority (PUDA) has allotted two acres for setting up a cattle pound in Mohali, while 439 stray “cows and bulls” have been transported from Chandigarh to Delhi. Moreover, a cheap injection has been developed for sterilising stray cattle and other animals — the information was provided to the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the hearing of the stray cattle menace case.

Appearing before a Division Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal, Mr T.S. Gujral submitted on behalf of Mohali’s Municipal Council that “necessary steps for establishing cattle pound would be taken within six weeks”.

Arguing on Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh’s behalf, Mr R.N. Raina submitted that 250 more cattle heads would be transported to Delhi within next two weeks.

Professor and Head of Hisar’s Department of Animal Reproduction, Gynaeocology and Obstetrics Dr A.K. Sharma added that his department had developed a cheap injection which could be used by the state government. The method, he asserted, had failed to gain popularity because of the objections raised by the Animal Welfare Board against its use. The doctor added that the medicine used for sterilization was readily available in the market.

Order to submit report

The high court has directed the Heads of Physiology and Bio-Chemistry Departments in Sector 32 Government Medical College

to submit a report whether certain questions in General Human Physiology and Bio-Chemistry in BDS examinations taken by students at Amritsar were beyond the scope of the syllabus.

Taking up the case, a Division Bench of the high court, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal, also fixed February 26 as the next date of hearing in the case.


Overcoming physical challenge with fortitude
Ruchika M. Khanna

Randeep Wadhera
Randeep Wadhera

Malkit Singh
Malkit Singh

Arun Sharma
Arun Sharma

They have been fighting a long and lonely battle for survival. But being physically challenged has not put them in a state of depression or self pity. On the contrary they have emerged stronger and have taken over as the families- financial as well as emotional support system of their families.

Having grown up in an environment where they were looked upon with pity, these men decided to quell the fears of their families for their future well being by becoming self reliant. They have taken over the reins of their family, and are now deftly stewarding their respective families through the highs and lows of life.

Physically challenged Randeep Wadhera, a former banker turned poet- cum- writer; mentally challenged Arun Sharma, a BA I student at GCM, Sector 11, and a student of music at Pracheen Kala Kendra; and, Malkit Singh, a receipt despatcher in Punjab State Forest Corporation have overcome the odds and have emerged as victors. The three men could teach a lesson to the pessimists, on living life to its full.

Randeep Wadhera is suffering from a crippling problem leading to excessive calcification of his hip joints and spine. In medical terms, his ailment - ankylosing spondalytis - can take years to heal. His suffering for the past over 18 years has confined him to four walls of his house. He can either stand straight or lie down, but cannot sit. But this has not deterred this optimist at heart from living life to its full. .

When everyone had given up the hope of Randeep ever getting up from the bed, it was his sheer determination that helped him become mobile. Today, Randeep is an acclaimed writer and poet, and has won various awards for his collection of short stories and poems. “Instead of fighting with my back on the wall, I have been fighting with my back to the bed,” he jokes about his physical condition.

Even while he was confined to the bed, he would lie down and take tuitions so that he was not dependent on his father. When he had saved some money, he bought himself a computer, so that he could type out his work faster.

Similarly, Arun Kumar Sharma, a mentally challenged, has fought a lonely battle to find his place under the sun. He studied in normal schools and after passing his intermediate from the Punjab School Education Board with a second division- without any tuitions, with the help of his father, Bal Krishan Sharma, he is now in BA I at GCM, Sector 11 and hopes to do well in at his music lessons in college and at Pracheen Kala Kendra.

Arun says that instead of resigning to being a lesser mortal because of his handicap, he chose to hone his skills so that he could be self reliant. Blessed with a melodious voice, he started learning music seven years ago. He is a great fan of Gurdas Mann and Sardool Sikandar. He plays harmonium and synthesizer, and is a regular at singing bhajans at various satsangs in the city. Recently, his rendition of Gurdas Mann’s song, “ Mur Mur Yaad Satave Pind diyan galiyan di...” during the Banja Ik Raat da Sitara contest were well appreciated.

Makit Singh, an ex-serviceman, who lost his right leg in a road accident, too, refused to be bogged down by the fate. Twelve years ago, when Malkit, then a driver with the Punjab State Forest Corporation, lost his leg, everyone other than he himself gave up on him, or his ability to fend for his family. After he recovered from the mental and physical trauma, he was transferred to a light duty for despatching receipts.

Reaching office was a problem because of his disability, but Malkit did not give up. He learnt to ride the bicycle with one leg, using a crutch to push the other pedal, he now cycles 16 kilometers to and from to his office in Sector 34. His colleagues, too, speak of him with great respect, and say that inspite of the handicap, he never shirks from work. TNS


Fitness Trail
Make fat your friend for life
Renu Manish Sinha

Fat— This three-letter word is the most misunderstood on the health scene today. Everyone, from doctors to nutritional experts to fitness freaks, is out to chase this ‘dreaded’ substance out of our lives.

But stop and think for a moment, you will only chase away something you had let in, in the first place, that too in huge quantities. So why blame the poor fat when we ourselves are responsible for gorging on fried samosas, oily pakoras, ghee-dripping pranthas?

Since excess of everything is bad, so if consumed in large quantities, fat too can clog arteries, harm heart, cause obesity, cancer and diabetes. But remember the key word here is excess, as a moderate amount of fat is necessary for various functions of body. The body only converts carbohydratess to fat if it is deprived of fat.

Like carbohydrates, fats are fuel sources of our body. Fats are vital to our survival as they are a source of energy, vitamins and essential fatty acids, says Dr Neelu Malhotra, Consultant Dietician at Silver Oaks, Mohali.

Fats are the most concentrated form of energy storage in the body. Fats produce 9 calories of energy per gm as compared to 4 calories each by consumption of 1 gm each of carbs and proteins.

Body can store fat even in dry form while a large amount of water is needed to store carbs and proteins. The body also converts carbs and proteins to fatty tissues for storage. When extra energy is required by the body it draws from these fat stores.

Nutritionally fats can be classified into essential fatty acids (EFAs) and non-essential fatty acids. The essential fatty acids cannot be produced by the body so they have to taken through the diet.

Essential fatty acids are vital to our body as they are required for growth of cell structure and needed for the regulation of cholesterol metabolism by transporting it between the blood and the body issues. The fatty acids are also needed to make hormonal compounds in the body, adds Dr Malhotra.

Subcutaneous fatty tissues act as insulation blanket and help to retain the body heat. The fats are also the carriers of fat-soluble vitamins like A,D,E and K in the blood. Fats have a sparing action on vitamin B1, which is needed for metabolism of carbs in the body.

Also calories in fats spare proteins from being oxidised for energy, that is, when the body requires energy it gets it from its fat stores instead of drawing energy by breaking down the proteins, which are required for body building.

Fats also provide a satiety value to various foods.

An excessive reduction in the fat intake can lead to deficiency of EFAs which can further lead to failure in growth and reproduction. An eczema-like condition in infants is also a result of the fat deficiency.

Fats are necessary for lubrication of joints, according to an AIIMS study.

Fats can also be classified into saturated fatty acids (SFA) and unsaturated fatty acids (UFAs). SFAs are solid at room temperature while UFAs remain liquid.

Most animal fats are saturated fatty acids while vegetable fats are UFAs.

Only 30 per cent of calories, out of the total calories needed by the body, should come from fats. An adult roughly needs 15 to 20 gm of fat out of which 5 gm (1 teaspoon) should come from saturated fatty acids while the rest should come from unsaturated or vegetable fats.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids include sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil and walnut oil while monounsaturated fatty acids include olive oil, mustard oil and groundnut oil. SFAs include butter, ghee, margarine, vanaspati, eggs, poultry products, coconut and coconut oil. According to Suneeta Bhargava, a dietician with the VLCC, the ideal combination required by the body is:


1 : 1 : 1

Fats can also be classified as visible fats and invisible fats. Visible fats can be in the form of pickles, oils, salad dressings, mayonnaise, butter etc while invisible fats, which we must watch out for, can be in the form of egg yolk, whole milk and its by-products, all sweets and bakery products, cream, processed cheese, ice-creams, oil seeds like til, nuts, all cereals, pulses etc.

So, folks, think again the next time you run down fat. The need is to be aware about the right type and the right quantity of fat in your daily diet. Do this and fat will be your friend for life.


Glow with health of fruits and veggies
Monica Sharma

Forget bird flu, here is another reason for you to turn vegetarian. Fruits and vegetables, rich in vitamin C and beta carotene, can affect the way you look. Not just by giving you healthy appearance, but by protecting your skin from the onslaught of sun’s direct rays.

Doctors at the PGI confirm that food articles containing vitamin C and beta carotene prevent the skin from reacting sharply to sunlight. Diet consultants and beauticians also agree.

Giving details, the doctors and consultants add that food articles rich in the nutrients help in strengthening immune cells in the skin. This, in turn, prevents the sunlight from destroying them every time you venture out in the open. As such, the skin is in a better position to withstand sun’s piercing rays. If you think it is too early for you to take precautionary measures, you are wrong. Soon, the sun will start working on your complexion. It will give you that tanned skin, which no cosmetic will be able to improve no matter how hard you try.

That is why, the doctors say, you should adopt healthy eating habits, besides applying screens with sun protection factor (SPF) between 15 and 30 for taking care of your skin.

As for the food, a doctor at the PGI says you should make it a point to munch guavas and eat oranges, along with papaya. Juice is another option. But as vitamin C is extremely sensitive to air and light, you should always go in for fresh, instead of stored juice. The ones in tetra packs are also good provided these are properly refrigerated. Also look for the expiry date and make sure that the pack is not puffed.

“You should also include green vegetables in your diet. Nothing like a nice helping of spinach for lunch or dinner,” says dietician Rama Malhotra. “But just in case you do not like the taste of it, you can consume methi, even capsicum. Tomatoes also provide the nutrients. Eating salad, along with meals, is a good idea”. Another thing. “You should drink a glass full of energy. Just add lemon to warm water and gulp it early in the morning,” Ms Malhotra adds. “The drink can be sweetened by mixing honey. It contains levulose, dextrose and other sugars”. So go ahead and stay healthy. OC


Students cook feast of desserts and salads

It was a fabulous feast of ‘desserts’ and ‘salads’ having subtle taste and texture at local Blossoms school at their annual cooking competition held here today.

Sonali Singla and Tarshpeep Singh won first and second prizes respectively, in salad category (taste) and Ashwender Kaur and Harleen Kaur won first prize in salad category (presentation). In addition to this, Manish Jerath and Gagandeep both stood second in salad category (presentation).

In desserts category, Pranzil Prashar and Ankita Gupta won first and second prizes (taste) respectively. While Simranpreet and Harleen Kaur stood first in desserts category (presentation) and Harleen Kaur and Diksha Sharma and Silman won second prizes in the same category. The Chief Commissioner Income Tax, (Shimla) Mr B.M Singh was the chief guest on the occasion. OC


Beauty the ayurvedic way

Aseminar was organised by Kaya Kalp — a chain of beauty salons and Kaya Kalp Herbal Ayurvedic Products, Jaipur, to discuss their ayurvedic beauty concepts with the beauty therapists in the city.

Professional therapists gave information on advanced techniques in beauty and skin care, through live demonstrations. It was conducted by Ms Kulsum Malik, who has recaptured the secrets of the Rajput royal women and the nawab aristocracy of Rajasthan through a range of tested ayurvedic concepts, now brought in the form of herbal products.

Information on latest techniques to avoid dandruff, and scalp disorders and on thermoherb mask, skin whitening facials, acne treatments etc. was given to over 100 participants from Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali. TNS

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