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Election date upsets PU exam schedule
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 29
The Lok Sabha elections in Punjab and Chandigarh on May 10 have upset Panjab University's examination schedule, interfering in the examination season which ends in the third week of May.

With the Election Commission announcing the poll date today, the university authorities have started thinking on rescheduling of the datesheet prepared over a week back.

Though most of the examinations of the pass courses are likely to be over before the voting date, the schedule for the honours examinations along with a few optional subjects of the undergraduate and postgraduate classes would have to be advanced.

"Tomorrow we will get in touch with the UT Administration and the Punjab Government on the days that the election process will take. Given their requirement, we will revise the datesheet to suit the election needs. It might need postponing of a few papers until after counting of votes," the Controller of Examination, Dr Sodhi Ram, said.

He informed that an attempt would be made to get over with the pass course subjects before the examinations are suspended for the election and hold the honours examinations later for the undergraduate classes. Similarly, optional paper examinations of the second year of postgraduation, which continue into the third week of May, would require rescheduling.

The honours examinations of Panjab University usually begin around .May 5 and continue till the third week. The papers for the pass course which start on April 1 are over by May 10. Despite a break in the examinations, the university would finish all papers by the end of May.

The university has already made a provision for the days to be lost in holding the elections by delaying the next academic session by five days. According to the academic calendar prepared for the session 2004-05, the next session would begin on July 5 instead of July 1.


Election petition awaits PU response
P.P.S. Gill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 29
The failure of Panjab University to reply to an election petition referred to it by the Chancellor and Vice-President of India on February 3, seeking comments of officers concerned is a hot subject of discussion on the campus here.

The petition under Section 38 of the Panjab University Act, 1947, to the Chancellor by University Fellow, Mr Pawan Valecha, on January 27, seeks that order passed by the Dean, Faculty of Law, on January 16, be annulled and that the election of Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath to the Syndicate, on January 23, be set aside.

Though the Officer on Special Duty to the Vice-President of India, Dr K.B. Thakur, had written to the Registrar, Dr Paramjit Singh, and called for para-wise comments of the Dean-cum-Returning Officer, Mr Anmol Rattan Singh Sidhu, as also of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, the university has not replied so far. Taking advantage of the delay in filing a reply and with no specific orders from the Chancellor, Mr Chatrath continues to attend meetings of the Syndicate. Even today, there was a meeting of the Syndicate that Mr Chatrath had attended.

Professor Pathak when asked yesterday about the letter received from the office of the Chancellor said the Dean had not filed any comments so far. “I have, however, decided to seek legal opinion and will send a reply to the Chancellor in a day or two.”

Meanwhile, Mr Valecha in a complaint to the Chancellor on February 24, said when he enquired from the Registrar and Deputy Registrar, Mr H.C. Malhotra, if a reply to the February 3 letter from Dr Thakur, had been filed, he said he was told that it was not binding upon them to submit comments at an early occasion. However, Dr Thakur in his letter had said that “comments be furnished at the earliest in a tabular format”.

The sum and substance of the election petition submitted by Mr Valecha is that at the time of election to the Faculty of Law on December 15 last, of the three candidates, Mr Chatrath and Mr Valecha (the petitioner) polled 15 votes each, whereas Mr Asija secured 16 votes.

Thereafter, there was discussion whether the entire election should be held afresh or it should be held only in respect of Mr Chatrath and Mr Valecha, who were locked in a tie. Since there was no conclusion among Fellows, the meeting was adjourned sine die. However, it was decided that a fresh date of another meeting shall be fixed by the Dean-cum-Returning Officer, Mr Sidhu.

Rather than convening a fresh meeting, as decided, the petition says a notice was issued to all Fellows assigned to the Faculty of Law, on January 16, by the Deputy Registrar (General) that a meeting would be held on January 23 for election of a representative of the Faculty of Law to the Syndicate for 2004. A note from the Dean-cum-Returning Officer, Mr Sidhu, was also enclosed with this notice, wherein, he had declared Mr Asija elected and had called for a re-poll between Mr Chatrath and Mr Valecha.

Again there was a tie, on January 23, with both Mr Chatrath and Mr Valecha, securing 16 votes each. Then the Dean cast his second vote in favour of Mr Chatrath, which the petition has challenged quoting from the Act that Chairman of all the Faculties was the Vice-Chancellor, not the Dean, thus, his casting second vote was “illegal”, as per the Act.

Mr Valecha has again pleaded with the Chancellor that his election petition be disposed of at an early date. His suspicion was that any delay on the part of the university, read Registrar, to reply to February 3 letter from the Chancellor was “deliberate and engineered”.


Children's day out with dinosaurs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 29
Interaction teaches better than books. So when about 80 children from various schools of the city got together this morning for a date with the dinosaurs of India, they returned home enriched on various accounts. The dinosaurs section of the Natural History Museum, Sector 10, was opened for the first time for anyone as it is yet to be formally inaugurated.

The visit was jointly organised by the British Library, Chitkara International School and the Natural History Museum. The selected children were told about the creatures of the Jurassic era, who inhabited the earth about 65 million years ago. Designed by the paleontologists, Prof Ashok Sahni and Dr R.S. Loyal, the trip to the museum proved to be a lifetime experience for the kids, who appeared awe-struck with the magnificence of visuals, including the fibre glass models of dinosaurs, their fossils, huge eggs, besides other things.

The only thing the children did not seem to understand was the time scale related to the dinosaurs. They went about systematically, beginning with a visual depiction of the evolution of these reptiles. Thereafter, Prof Sahni and Dr Loyal took them to the gallery that highlighted the important aspects of the life of Indian dinosaurs.

Answering questions pertaining to fossils of dinosaurs, their eggs and their huge appearance, they instructed kids informally on the types of dinosaurs found in India, distribution and location of fossil sites, the environment in which they lived, their diet, the plants they fed on, their nesting behaviour, the animals and plants they lived with and their sudden disappearance caused by the possible after effects of a 10- km diameter asteroid strike.

The kids, belonging to age groups of five to eight, kept enquiring about the asteroid that struck the earth and how these creatures disappeared.

Children were, however, confused over the time frame. They could hardly elate with the fact that geological history of dinosaurs in India spanned from 225 to 65 million years and was represented by Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Karen Haydock made kids aware that the dinosaurs and humans never cohabited.

Karen said, "Though the kids reacted to many details, they could not understand when the dinosaurs really lived. It was difficult for their imagination to travel back in time. Moreover, this gallery is not designed for the kids."

Later, the British Library screened a spectacular BBC series on dinosaurs titled, "Walking with Dinosaurs." The kids were asked to prepare paper dinosaurs with the help of instructions contained in the user- friendly kits given to them. According to Mohit Chitkara, "the idea is to give hands on experience to children. Today's activity is the first in the series planned by the Chitkara Championz Club. We will later hold workshops in calligraphy and stamp collection."


From Schools & Colleges
Omniscient 2004 organised at DAV College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 29
The Rotract Club, Chandigarh, organised ‘ Omniscient 2004- Mega Quiz’ at DAV College here yesterday. The District Governor of the Club, Ms Kanwal Bedi, was present on the occasion. Teams from different states in North India participated in the written prelims and a quiz.

The winners were: Siddharth Chauhan and Daanish Gill stood first; Amandeep Wadhan and Vikas Kaushik stood second and the third prize was won by Dhanjay and Varun Raina, respectively.


Mr Karan Singh, Principal, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, has been given the Tara Chand Saboo award for 2003.

First prize

Abhinav, a student of Class VIII has won the first prize in an essay writing competition organised by the State Aids Control Society at St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32. He wrote an essay on ‘ Awareness through education is the only prevention and cure to fight Aids virus’.

Talk show

A talk show was organised on ‘ How to cope with stress of students’ at Government Girls High School, Sector 25, here yesterday. As many as 70 students and their parents participated in the talk. Dr A Jolly from the Servants of People Society, stressed on the role of parents and teachers in controlling the stress among children. He said yoga and meditation could help in fighting stress during the examination time. He added that when a child was passing through depression, the parents could create a positive environment at home.

World Forestry Day

To mark the World Forestry Day, Yuvsatta, an NGO, organised an inter- college painting and collage making competition at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here yesterday. The event was organised in coordination with the Department of Environment, Chandigarh. As many as 50 artists from different colleges participated in the event.

Athletics meet

The 39th annual athletic meet of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, was held here yesterday. Mr Dilp Kumar, DPI ( Colleges) presided over the function. Welcoming the guests, Dr Sukhvarsha Narula, Principal of the college, read out the annual report of the sports activities. Medha Agnihotri of Msc (Home Science, Child Development) was adjudged the best athlete of the college.

Headmistress retires

Ms Kuldeep Kaur, Headmistress, Government High School, Sector 24, retired today after putting in 29 years of service.

Meanwhile, Prof J.L. Davessar of the Regional Institute of English, retired yesterday after 35 years of service. Prof Davessar worked in Government College for Girls, Sector 42, and Government College for Boys, Sector 11, before joining the institute in 1994.


CBSE Class XII exams begin today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 29
A total of 1,38,563 students from the region comprising Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are appearing in the examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) commencing tomorrow.

Of these students, 58,389 are girls and 80,274 boys. The Class XII examinations are beginning on March 1 and Class X on March 3.

The total number of candidates appearing in the Class X and Class XII examinations from Chandigarh are 10,555 and 10,767, respectively. The Regional Officer of the CBSE, Mr P.I. Sabu, said that adequate security arrangements had been made for the smooth conduct of the examinations.

He said 339 head examiners had been appointed and 86 nodal centres set up.


Hamara School
Where stress is on sharing, caring

St Thomas School is English medium with classes starting from pre-nursery to class V. Teachers provide the best methods of learning to each student.

The school authorities offer concession to deserving students who cannot afford to pay the school fee.

To tone up the skills for extra-curricular activities the school regularly organises competitions. The Principal believes in providing quality education and help children grow into a well-adjusted individuals.

The school aims to help the children face the competitive world and at the same time it also lays stress on inculcating the values of sharing, caring and universal brotherhood.

The teaching faculty of the school considers pre-school education as the foundation for any system. Stress is also laid to enable the students to converse fluently in English. The school library has a collection of 400 books.

The school education pays special attention to the development of perceptional, organising, language and reasoning skills.

The school has a vast playground and an adequate building.


Schooling adds value to life

On schooling: Ms Sheela Holkar, Principal of the school, feels that schooling is not just academic. It adds value to life. It is the responsibility of the school to enable the students to become better human beings. Academic knowledge is important but values of life are equally important.

The young generation has to be taught to respect the elders at home and in society.

She believes that in today’s context computer education is must for kids. However, the IT revolution cannot reduce the importance of classroom teaching. Face-to-face interaction between students and teachers make helps to improve the level of understanding between the two.

The Principal believes that the menace of tuition had distorted the basic concept of learning. The parents are ready to pay the fee for tuitions as they do not have time for their kids.

On education: Education should teach values. It was above religion and should make children good citizens first. If a student is talented, physically and mentally fit then he or she can face any challenge in the world.


Chambers for junior lawyers sought
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 29
The legal cell of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee today decided to launch a campaign in favour of party candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

According to Ms Santosh Sharma, general secretary of the cell, the decision was taken at a meeting of the cell under the chairmanship of Kalka MLA, Mr Chander Mohan, here.

Ms Daya Chaudhary, president of the cell, was among those who attended the meeting. Mr Suresh Rohilla, who was appointed vice-president, was felicitated at the meeting.

The meeting demanded chambers for junior advocates at the District Courts here.


Satire is his forte Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, February 29
For K.L. Garg, a New Jersey-based Punjabi author, excelling in satirical writing has been a tough job. “Punjabi literature can boast of only rustic humour, not satire,” says the writer, who released his seventh satirical book, “Bande Kubande”, at a function organised by Writers Club in Sector 46 here on Sunday.

Garg has been inspired by Urdu satirist Kanhaya Lal Kapoor, who was once his neighbour in his home town in Moga district. The result was a few short story collections and a major satirical novel, “Comrade Vulture”, which has been translated into Hindi and English.

“Through my writings, I have been trying to attack the socio- political system in India and highlight the degrading moral values,” says the writer. “And it is not rustic humour but sophisticated, offbeat kind of satire in the form of essays,” he adds. In “Bande Kubande”, he has incorporated about 55 essays with funny anecdotes.

Garg is not just a firm believer that satire can change society, but also feels that it is a great stress reliever. “People need humour to relieve stress. I inject a heavy dose of satirical humour in my family life and that keeps me young and healthy even at 62,” he says.

Though humour is his forte, the writer is equally into serious literature. In his 25-year-long career as a writer, Garg has produced about 40 books, including a few translations. He has translated Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel’s three books — “Night”, “Down” and “Accident” and James Frazer’s “The Golden Bough” into Punjabi.

At present he is translating Wiesel’s “The Forgotten” into Punjabi. The success of his bilingual novel, “Taran Wala Pul”, has inspired him to write another novel. “This time I want to write something on the social trends in America and I am already doing research work,” he says. Two of his short stories, “Badda drishtikon” and “Hath di mel”, have been made into telefilms by Jalandhar Doordarshan.


Malayalis celebrate vigour of arts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 29
The annual function organised by the Sree Ayappa Samajam featured a variety of presentations from the delightful mohiniattam to the vigorous kalaripayattu. An added attraction of the day was the presence of Mr Innocent, the much-revered Malayali comedian, who has featured in more than 350 films in a career spanning 25 years.

The show took off at Tagore Theatre with a ceremony organised to honour included Mr Bhaskaran Nair, the oldest-settled Malayali in Chandigarh. The other honoured guests were Sadanam Balakrishnan from the International Kathakali Centre, New Delhi, and Mr Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan, also a famous kathakali artiste. The fourth honour of the day went to Mr Innocent, who has recently been presented with the
Kerala State Award for his role in the film, ‘Manasanikari’, directed by Satyan Anthikadu.

Later, Vijaylakshmi, the illustrious daughter of mohiniattam guru Bharati Shivaji, presented her recital. Literally called, dance of the enchantress, mohiniattam was well presented by Vijaylakshmi who took measured steps on the space of performance, which earlier witnessed a kathakali presentation by artistes from the International Kathakali Centre.

The next show was ‘Drums of India’, presented by Nadam Sreekumar and his group. The instruments included ‘chenda’, ‘maddam’ and the ‘mridangam’. The highlight of the show was the traditional martial arts of Kerala, kalaripayattu.

Presented by S. Muruguan and his troupe of seven performers, the show focused on the form that originated in the fourth century BC. It is believed that the art originated from sage Parshuram in the North and sage Agastya in the South. The two masters taught the brahmins this art for self-defence.

Today, kalaripayattu is recognised by the Indian Government more as a folk than a martial art form.

Says Muruguan, who sought training in this form from four gurus, “This art is the mother of all martial arts in the world. We must recognise it as martial, not folk art. It has many takers, irrespective of regions. I am even training foreigners at my academy in Delhi”.

Interestingly, kalaripayattu is also a healing art. As Muruguan said, “The guru knows all 108 vulnerable points in the body. He can heal everyone.”

Muruguan later showcased various forms of defence under kalaripayattu — chuvadu (the body control exercise), verumkai prayogam (the bare-handed fight), cheruvadi (a strong wooden staff), ankatari (fight with sword and shield), kuntham (spear used in kalari), urumi (with its double-edged blade, it is the most popular weapon in the kalaris).

The martial art show concluded with an exceptionally daring sequence titled the ‘chakrapadam’ or the fire ring in which Muruguan displayed how fighters use the weapon to protect themselves from wild animals, while travelling through a forest.


A quintessential comedianMr Innocent

THE famous Malayali comedian, Mr Innocent has acted in many blockbuster films back home. Many of his films have even been re-made in Bollywood. Explaining the logic behind his name, Mr Innocent said, “It is not that I changed my name for films. I was always called Mr Innocent because of the sobre look on my face. My father gave me this name.”

The acting president of the Association for Malayali Movie Artistes, Mr Innocent has also been featured by Asia Net in a special 84 episode series.



Playing with forms while designing jewellery
Parbina Rashid

Anuradha Aman, jewellery designer, with her creations at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Chandigarh.
Anuradha Aman, jewellery designer, with her creations at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Chandigarh.

FOR Anuradha Aman, designing jewellery is mainly playing with forms. So when this Jaipur-based designer let lose her imagination, the outcome is an outstanding collection of necklaces, pendants, bracelets or rings, all crafted in semi-precious stones and silver.

“The forms are created in my mind and then I give shape to them with semi-precious stones and silver,” says Anuradha who is displaying her creation at Lajpat Rai Bhavan here.

All her creations are handcrafted and she uses Sterling silver which is the purest form of silver for here jewellery. Her designs vary from traditional to modern abstract format to suit the taste of each age group.

“My clientele ranges from teenagers to old people and from different strata of the society,” says the artiste.

Anuradha does not uses Zodiac stones in her creations so that her stone-studded jewellery can be worn by all.

Anuradha gave up a promising teaching career to be a jewellery designer.

“I visited Europe in 1994 and got involved in this profession. I started by designing for my friends but later my designs got approval by the Handicraft Export Promotion Council, New Delhi, and now I am exporting my creations under the banner of Denovo Exports to the USA and Canada,” says Anuradha.

Equally popular at the home front, Anuradha plans to open a permanent outlet in the City Beautiful.

“I have a number of clients in the city and to meet their demands I am planning to open up a store here,” she says. Not only this, the designer also plans to experiment with diamond and precious stones in gold settings.


Morning Chatter Wait, I am next Yapper

Scene 1: You are sitting in the waiting room outside your dentist’s cabin for over an hour, anxiously eying the door as you are next in line. The instant the previous patient walks out and you brace yourself to enter, you find yourself elbowed out as a man appears from nowhere, mutters conspiratorially to the secretary and slides into the sanctum sanctorum. You collapse in the chair and try to have a shut eye. This could mean 40 more minutes.

Scene 2: You arrive with documents and proposals to clinch an important business deal. The meeting is against a confirmed appointment but the client, in an attempt to intimidate you with his power play, keeps you waiting for over an hour. You seethe with anger but are forced to maintain a pleasant exterior, for isn’t Customer supposed to be King?

Waiting times are always painful. No one likes his time being taken for granted. It diminishes one’s ego and brings out all our latent aggression and pride. While some manage to grin and bear it, most react in ways which can be a caricaturist’s delight. Our body language during these ‘waiting times’ is a dead giveaway to the kind of people we are. People north of Delhi are not particularly known for being either punctual or for sticking to commitments – both at the visitor and visited end. More often than not, there is no regret, apology or guilt. Keeping one’s dignity intact and yet not working oneself up into a frenzy, ruining your chances of a good meeting as and when it materialises — it is tough going. Here are some types who dominate our waiting rooms:

Hercules Reincarnate – He’s a busybody who holds the world on his shoulders. Frantically barking instructions on his cellphone, he keeps his work factory from collapsing. As a ‘co-waiter’ you become privy to the nature of his business, names of his associates and projects he is working on.

The Impatient type – The person paces up and down, frowning, scowling, muttering under his breath and ready to explode.

The Aggressive Bloke – He has a lordly air. He throws names, tries to jump the queue by using bullying tactics.

The Worrier – His eyeballs frantically keep darting towards the door and his hands are fidgety. His lips move incoherently and he gets more and more nervous as his time to enter gets closer.

The Social One – He loves talking and believes that the best friendships are formed in waiting rooms. He will probe and dig into your ‘case history’; give his opinions and versions and express concern as if you were twins separated at birth.

The Angry One – He walks through the door with an aura exuding supreme confidence. He expects to be escorted straight inside, failing which he looks visibly irritated. Each minute gets his temper curve up and before you know it, he has stormed out in a huff, with an expression which says, “The loss is all yours” and/or “I will fix you”.

Not many of us have a contingency plan in case a prescheduled meeting fails to stick to its commitment on getting delayed. We rely on instinct and flow with the moment. Yet, it would be nice to follow meeting-and-waiting etiquette:

1. Confirm the appointment

2. Give an estimation of your arrival (between 5.15 and 5.30, rather than saying I will be there dot 5 pm).

3. Hand over your visiting card or make a mention of the time that was given to you at the reception.

4. Just before your turn, look around at no one in particular and say, “it is my turn next.”

5. Use the waiting time by reading a magazine, jotting points, staying calm.

6. Keep your cellphone on the silent mode.

7. Give yourself 15 minutes and then if you can afford it, leave after telling the receptionist that you have another pressing engagement. This may not always work. Most people who stand up on appointments feel that if you want to see him, you will jolly well wait or take another appointment.


Colours of Orissa on display

Handicrafts on display at Orissa Handicrafts Exhibition at Panchayat Bhavan in Chandigarh
Handicrafts on display at Orissa Handicrafts Exhibition at Panchayat Bhavan in Chandigarh

IF you want to know more about the traditional art and craft of Orissa, here is a opportunity not just to see the products but also to interact with the artisans of the state. Just walk in at Panchayat Bhavan in Sector 18 to see the bright colours of this cyclone-hit state at the Orissa handicrafts exhibition.

On display and sale are an exquisite range of handicraft items — silver filigree work, traditional paintings, figurines cut impressively from wood, stone, sea-shell or brass.

Equally impressive are the handloom sarees — in cotton as well as silk — and dress material in all traditional patterns.

Organised by the Maa Mangala Art and Craft Association and sponsored by the Development Commissioner (Handicraft) by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, under the Ambedkar scheme, the exhibition offers a lucrative 20 per cent discount on handlooms and 10 per cent on handicraft items. The exhibition is on till March 8. — OC


Eye surgeon with eye for design
Tribune News Service

Dr Rajan Chugh at his funky reception area at his clinic in Sector 21
Dr Rajan Chugh at his funky reception area at his clinic in Sector 21. — Tribune photo by Malkit Singh

This eye surgeon has also an eye for design. Dr Rajan Chugh, senior consultant at Fortis Heart Institute and Multi Specialty Hospital, is as much of an interior designer as an eye surgeon.

“I was always creative, but medicine was my first love. By the time I could give vent to my creativity in designing, I had established myself as a doctor,” says Dr Chugh, when asked if he was a better doctor than an interior designer.

“Many of my patients ask for tips on designing their homes, and colour schemes to be used when they come for treatment,” he explains.

A dekko at his funky clinic- Chugh Eye Microsurgery Foundation Clinics (CEMiF Eyeons) in Sector 21 — and one is left with no doubt about his creativity. A milestone outside the house mentions the house number and CEMiF- the name of his clinic-cum-residence. It is of a rare colour — black heritage flake finish and a glass facade — while the signages read the names of all residents.

The reception area has a unique sitting arrangement with settees laced in gradient and folding chairs. The receptionist’s office would confuse you if it were a doc’s clinic or a beauty saloon rolled with a cyber cafe. Red, blue and yellow are the colours of the floor tiles and use of line as a form - be it gradient, vertical or horizontal — makes the room look more spacious. One wall is all glass, with a steel rack over it for spectacle frames - which uses light and reflection in the right mode.

The clinic uses a lot of mirrors and mirror images of the wall have been created on the ceiling. The wall clock or rather the ceiling clock looks at you from the ceiling. For example, the curves on the floor are repeated on the ceiling.

The contact lens “island” has been created on an elevated wooden platform. The furniture and the chairs are all of glass. The funky interiors are ditto for his wife’s clinic, which has a head free storage cabinets in red colour and a heritage finish on the wall.

A staircase in red, black and yellow winds itself to the study on the first floor, which has funky cabinets and a study table, with an electric blue floor carpeting. Dr Chugh says he designed this house almost two years ago, eversince, his skills at interior design are being sought after by friends.

Besides this, the doctor models occasionally for Vansas Models and Concepts.


Mydoom spreads its tentacles
Ruchika M. Khanna



E-mails with the following subjects are likely to have the virus
  • For Your Information
  • Re:
  • Re Approved
  • Something for you
  • You use illegal file sharing

Body (Varies, such as)

  • Details are in the attached document. You need Microsoft Office to open it.
  • Is that from you
  • Kill the writer of this document!
  • OK Everything ok?
  • We have received this document from your e-mail
  • Take it.

Attachment (Varies .cmd, .bat, .pif, .com, .scr - often arrives in a zip archive)

  • creditcard.bat
  • notes.zip
  • paypal.zip
  • textfile.zip
  • website.zip

Note: The icon used by the file tries to make it appear as if the attachment is a text file.

Just when you thought that the doom spread by Mydoom virus was over, the virus has returned with a vengeance, taking many city netizens by surprise.

The virus, Mimail. R, W32/Mydoom@MM, or simply Mydoom, has crippled many computers in the city. Mydoom, first detected in January end, is still playing havoc with the systems here and jamming the computer networks by deleting JPEG, Excel and Word files from the system. It is mainly affecting systems running on Microsoft Windows.

The virus has been making entry in the netizens; computers through a spoof. It is sent through a technique wherein the virus-carrying message appears in an unsuspecting net-user’s e-mail inbox, having been sent by another user, maybe known or a user like a bank or a newspaper. Since the addresses that the virus uses are valid, the user has no reasons to suspect that he could be getting infected by the e-mail. This virus also spreads through mapped drives on a local area network, as in call centres or in a small organisation. It sends itself to addresses found on the victim’s machine and by copying itself to folders on drives C: to Z:.

Says businessman I.S. Saluja, “I got the virus on my system through a mail sent to me with an English newspaper’s mail address, and the subject was as innocuous as “For Your Information”. Since I had advertised in the newspaper, I opened the file, and got the virus.”

He says that several important files of his company’s accounts got deleted, and he had to seek expert help to get his PC working.

Agrees Mr Mahipal Singh, Assistant Manager, Systems, Pugmarks, a reputed ISP in the city, “One cannot assume that the sender address is an indication that the sender is infected. Additionally, you may receive alert messages from a mail server that you are infected, which may not be the case.” He informs that the extent of the spread of Mydoom has increased manifold.

He suggests that all net users get the latest anti-virus software running with the latest update loaded on the computer. “Stinger tool can be downloaded from NAI.com to scan the virus and remove the virus if already present. Besides, do not open any suspicious e-mails and delete them immediately,” he adds.


‘Helping Hands’ for poor students
Jangveer Singh

Four engineers, one passion — to serve humanity. The engineers, all employed with Goetze India Limited at Patiala, have been working for ensuring that meritorious children from underprivileged families are able to get proper education. They have also been carrying on a sapling plantation drive.

They embarked on this mission 11 years ago when they formed a society, Helping Hands. The motto of the society is ‘Hands that serve humanity are a lot better than lips that talk of divinity’.

Vijay Gupta, president of the society, says he decided to do social service following a serious accident in 1991 due to which he remained confined to the bed for two years. “During that period, I experienced the pains of life and decided to devote myself to serving others once I got well,” he says. He got help from his colleagues in the factory.

“All of us wanted to do social service, but felt we could not make much of a change individually. Owing to this, the requisite impetus to get started never came,” says Jatinder Singh Narula. Once all of them started discussing it amongst themselves, Helping Hands came into existence, he adds.

Vijay Gupta says he was interested in providing education to girl children and through Helping Hands they have been able to provide education to a large number of girls. The number of students who have been helped by the society so far is more than 500.

The society starts helping children from the eighth standard and continues to give them aid till they have done post-graduation, says Jatinder Narula.

“Our only condition is that the student should continue to secure the first division in studies. If this is not done, we stop giving aid to that child,” they say. Students are given money for fee, uniform, stationary, help books etc. The experiment of helping only meritorious students has apparently worked with two girls who are being supported by the society from Class VIII. At present, they are doing post-graduation in mathematics and physics. Both girls were toppers in their respective fields at the graduation level. Jatinder says the satisfaction that one of the girls, whose father sells vegetables, is now giving examination to become a Deputy Superintendent in the Delhi Police, is immense.

Mr Surinder Singh and Mr Pritpal Singh, other founder members of the society, also run a medical programme for students. Doctors, who are members of the society, provide free medical consultation and medicines to the students.

The society, which now has 250 members, also organises a sapling plantation campaigns in the city. Under these campaigns, the society takes the responsibility of maintaining all saplings planted by its members for a period of five years. The society is now planning to start job-oriented training courses for youngsters so that they can start their own ventures.


Pizza Hut adds South Indian flavours

Pizza Hut: After Punju pizzas, Pizza Hut has now added South Indian flavours to its range of pizza toppings. The new range, claims the pizza outlet, offers pizza lovers another opportunity to enjoy the international taste of the pizza with Indian flavours.

Rasna offer: Rasna Private Limited, the soft drink concentrate company, now offers 12 glasses of Rasna Utsav at just Rs 10. The product is available at departmental stores in the city.

Barbie: Mattel India has now launched " Really Rosy Barbie". Barbie and her friends, Kayla and Lea, look fabulous in their new rose- patterned floral shirts and denim minis with tassels and a rose pattern embroidered on it. Priced at Rs 349, the doll will be available at all toy shops.

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