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PU exam postponed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
With help on their mind, Panjab University today went overboard while reacting to a “genuine demand” of ensuring electricity supply in hostels or postponing examinations of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET).

The department ended up postponing today’s examination, while the university authorities ensured electricity supply all of yesterday and today.

With the installation of a transformer on the campus slated to disrupt electricity for three days in hostels and departments of the university and the examinations of the UIET scheduled to begin on March 1, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) led by its president Nitin Goyal approached the university authorities, seeking postponement or regular power in hostels and departments last week.

“First, we urged the officiating director of the UIET to postpone examinations. He told us that he would need to get in touch with the director, on leave that day, before giving his decision. Not satisfied with his response, we approached the university administration which responded positively and assured us electricity supply on examination days,” said Hishey Negi, vice-president of the NSUI.

While the department postponed today’s exam and rescheduled it for March 13, the examination to be held on March 3 was also postponed to March 14 since power was to be disrupted from February 29 to February 2, making preparation difficult.

Today, consequently the students returned home without taking any examination. The examination in the UIET, according to the revised datesheet, would now begin on March 4.



PU modifies datesheets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
In the wake of the announcement of May 10 as the date for general elections, Panjab University today modified the datesheet for under-graduate and post-graduate examinations.

All examinations for under-graduate courses will begin on April 1. The examinations for BA I, and B.Sc I courses will finish on May 7. The examinations for BA II and B.Sc II courses will conclude on May 3, while BA III and B.Sc III examinations will end on May 4.

The BBA examinations will be over by April 23, BCA by April 20 and B.Com exams will end by April 28.

The examinations for BA II and III (Hons) courses will commence on May 4 and 5 respectively. These will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will end on May 7. The second phase will begin on May 14, after the elections are over, and conclude on May 18. The examination in environment education for all courses will be held on April 29.

The post-graduate and diploma courses examinations will commence on April 12 and April 17, respectively. The datesheets for the same will be released shortly. The practical examinations for under-graduate classes will commence on March 13, as notified earlier.



Speakers lament trivialisation of media
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
A seminar on “Media and Society” was organised at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, here today. It was organised in collaboration with the ICSSR, North-West Regional Centre, Chandigarh.

The Principal of the Ramgarhia College for Women, Ludhiana , Ms Harmeet Kaur, in her inaugural address said the media should not be blamed for the ills of society. The Resident Editor of Hindustan Times, Kanwar Sandhu, in his keynote address, said the reader was the real editor. He blamed the young generation for the trivialisation of the print media.

He opined that the ombudsman ought to play a crucial role in changing the editorial stance of a paper. Speaking on “Social and moral responsibility”, Radhey Sham Sharma, a former editor of Dainik Tribune, said the print media had lost its credibility. This happened on account of the unholy alliance between the media, bureaucracy, politicians and businessmen, he said.

Mr Sanjay Wadwalkar, Chairman of the Mass Communication Department, Panjab University, said the media was like the sense organs of the people. If the sense organs demanded stimulation, the media grabbed the opportunity and that was the cause of trivialisation. Dr Cheena Ghambir from GCG, Sector 11, and Dr Archana.R.Singh, focused on the electronic media.

Ms Tejinder Kaur of the Ramgarhia College for Women focused on the “Portrayal of women by the media”. She criticised the media hype about the beauty myth. Prof Vepa Rao, Chairman of the Department of Mass Communication, Himachal Pradesh University, delivered the presidential address. He spoke on the role of media in the freedom struggle. The Principal of the college, Ms Vimal Bhargava, welcomed the guests.



Dr Kuldeep Singh is Principal of SGGS College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Dr Kuldeep Singh today took over as new principal of Sri Guru Gobind Singh (SGGS) College, Sector 26, here. Mr Bharpur Singh, secretary of the Sikh Educational Society, entrusted the charge of the office to Dr Kuldeep Singh. Earlier, Dr Kuldeep Singh was the Principal of S.N. College, Qadian, Gurdaspur.

The outgoing principal of the college, Major P.S.Sangha (retd), who retired after 35 years of service, was given a warm farewell. Major Sangha is the sitting member of the senate and syndicate, Panjab University.



No to extortionists’ police remand
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
A local court today rejected the police plea for remanding jailed extortionists O. P. Saini and Rupinder Singh in police custody for seven days.
The state counsel said the custody of Saini and Rupinder was required in connection with a threat to an accused in a fraud case Manoj Jain, in Bakshikhana on Saturday. The counsel said Saini was facing 16 cases, including those of extortion. The counsel said Saini was also allegedly involved in the contract killing of Kiran Cinema manager Harjinder Singh.

Counsel for the accused, however, rubbished the police claim, saying that Saini was in the court of Judicial Magistrate (first class) Tejwinder Singh at the time of the alleged assault on Manoj Jain by Rupinder Singh in the Bakshikhana. The incident took place on Saturday at 11 am.

Chief Judicial Magistrate C. L. Mohal observed that the grounds for police remand were not made out.

Nothing was to be recovered from the accused and disclosure statements had also not been made. The remand could not be given on the general assumptions of the police, the court added.



Petition against Admn dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Taking up a petition filed by Chandigarh Bottling Company against the UT Administration and other respondents alleging malafide intention behind the move to acquire their “well developed breeding centre” for goshala and shelter for stray cattle, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed dispossession.

Pronouncing the orders, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice J.S. Khehar and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, also issued notice of motion on the petition for March 16.

Seeking directions for quashing notices issued in this regard, the petitioners had asserted that the issue regarding the creation of goshala and shelter was very old, yet “urgency provision” was evoked without the application of mind. There was enough land adjacent to their breeding centre, the petitioner had claimed.

The petitioner had added that notice under Section 4 of the Law Acquisition Act published to acquire 22.694 acres in Raipur Kalan village for public purpose for planned and regulated development, including the provision of gaushala, cattle pound and shelter for stray cattle.



Petition dismissed as withdrawn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
A petition filed by Ranjit Bajaj — son of a senior IAS couple of Punjab — was dismissed as withdrawn by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
He was seeking directions to the Union of India and other respondents for the renewal of passports. Bajaj is allegedly involved in criminal cases.

In his petition, taken up by the Bench, comprising Mr Justice Amar Dutt and Mr Justice Surya Kant Sharma, Bajaj had earlier claimed that he was to participate in a cricket tournament to be held in Bangkok. But the passport was not being renewed. He had added that the passport had expired in April, 2000.



High Court
Team selection
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Claiming to be "renowned rowers of national repute", city-based Kirandeep Kaur and Ramanpreet Kaur today sought directions for quashing the selection of the Chandigarh team for the senior national rowing meet.

Taking up the petition, a Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Mr Justice Amar Dutt and Mr Justice Surya Kant Sharma, directed the filing of an affidavit about the selection. The judges also fixed Tuesday as the next date of hearing.

In their petition against the Chandigarh Rowing Association and other respondents, including the selection committee, the girls added that they were not selected despite their performance in the events. 



Haryana Punjabi Akademi to felicitate Amrita Pritam
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 1
The Haryana Punjabi Sahitya Akademi will felicitate Punjabi poetess and Padma Vibhushan winner Amrita Pritam at a function in SA Jain College, Ambala City, on March 3.

According to Major AS Shergill (retd), Director of the Akademi, an exhibition of Amrita Pritam's books and a film on her achievements will be the highlight of the function. A national-level poetry recitation contest based on the poems of the poetess will also be held.

While Dr Chander Trikha, Director of the Haryana Sahitya Akademi, will be the chief guest, Punjabi poet and president of the Punjabi Akademi, Surjit Paatar,will preside over the function.



Incompatibility makes marital bonds fragile
Monica Sharma

Cases of incompatibility among couples are on a rise in the city. The fight is not just about his staying out with friends till late in the evening. It is also about pushing an easy-going man into being ambitious in career. Differences over children is also attaining serious proportions.

Though sociologists in the city claim unavailability of a detailed study in the matter, they reveal that problems among couples can end up in divorces. The situation, they assert, is worsened by the fact that the concept of marriage counseling is yet to pick up in the city. This is not all. Good books on the subject too are hard to find.

“Though you will find volumes on love and relationship, you will hardy come across publications going deep into the issue,” says young sociologist Neeraj Dhawan. “In fact, most of the couples do not know what to do in case of resentment and inability to resolve the issues”. Incompatibility, he asserts, is a result of conflict between certain aspects of temperament. “Increase in options, stress on materialism, commercialisation and conflicts due to financial independence of women are making the matters worse,” he claims.

“Some people with difficult personalities also suffer from the problem because they hardly communicate”. Giving details, the sociologist says, “A large number of women in the city are working. They enjoy confidence and independence that money brings along with it. And then they have been brought up in an environment of equal opportunities. Rightly so, they do not play the second fiddle resulting in hurting of the male ego”.

If not handled with care and caution, fragile differences can lead to sharp disagreements, even estrangement and divorce, Mr Dhawan asserts. Offering a solution, he says, ”Talking is the best way of resolving the disputes. If the couple loves each other, both partners should discuss the issue till they arrive at a compromise.

They should also learn to respect the feelings of each other and avoid offending acts that lead to incompatibility”. He adds, “If the husband believes in saving precious money, the wife should be careful not to waste it. The man, on the other hand, should be sensitive towards the needs of his wife and encourage her to buy what she wants”. Also, the couples should work towards developing new interests that they can share. “If nothing else, the partners can install a net in their backyard and start playing badminton,” says another sociologist Sandeep Vashistha.



City to get taste of Western classical music today
Parbina Rashid

They create music that transcends all geographical boundaries. Members of Les Solistes Francais, the Western classical music group that is going to play for the city audience tomorrow, believe in making music that falls within the tradition of French classical music and is yet international in its essence.

Founded by Bernard Wacheux, a Professor of violin at the Conservatory of Lille, with a few musicians from northern France, Les Solistes Francais has become a name to reckon with as far as classical music is concerned. At present there are 10 members, many of whom are established soloists in France.

“Though this group was founded in 1997, the present members came together only in 2000. Since then we have been playing all over the world,” says Wacheux. “We are soon going to come out with our first album, which will be released internationally,” he adds.

The group now comprises David Wacheux, Alexandre Wacheux, Benjamin Bricout, Bernard J.L. Wystraete, Ladislav Szatmary, Jonathan Mayer, Dharmen Rajamahendra, Gilles Desmaziere and Illya Aman, with Bernard Wacheux as the group leader.

Les Solistes Francais is visiting India for the third time but this time it has something new to offer to the Indian audience. “Bernard J L Wystraete had an opportunity to play with famous singer Abida Parveen sometime ago. Inspired by her music, he has composed an improvised piece which will be played for the first time at this concert ,” says Bernard Wacheux.

The group also promises to play Mozart, Debussy, Bach, Vivaldi and their own composer, Jonathan Mayer who is famous for his fusion work with Indian classical instruments. “Jonathan mainly plays the sitar, but with his help, we have been experimenting with other Indian classical instruments like the tanpura and tabla, which has proved to be quite a success for our concerts,” he says.

For Dharmen Rajamahendra, who has his roots in India, this visit is quite nostalgic. “My grandfather is from Kolkata and I am going to visit his birthplace for the first time,” he says. This youngster from Lille, who takes care of the technical aspect of the soundtrack, is also learning how to play the Tabla. “I already have played the tabla in a few concerts”, he adds.

Les Solistes Francais is going to play at the CSIO auditorium in Sector 30 here tomorrow. The concert is being organised by Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh in collaboration with the French Embassy.



Khadi fashion show on March 5

There is more to khadi than history and austerity, says the Swadeshi Jagran Foundation, an offshoot of the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh. And what better way to promote the trendier side of this indigenous fabric than by organising a fashion show. Put names like former Mrs World Aditi Gowitrikar, and Former Miss India Nikita Anand for the added touch of glamour, and be prepared to sway the folks in your favour.

This is exactly what the Centre for Bhartiya Marketing Development (CBMD) , a unit of the Swadeshi Jagran Foundation, aspires for, as they get going for the Khadi Paridhan Utsav — a fashion show (with no skin show), to be held in the city on March 5. The fashion show will be held at the Parade Grounds as part of the 10 day Northern and North Eastern Zone Khadi Gramodyog Expo, which began today.

Mr K Kumara Krishna, Assistant Manager with the CBMD, says that the fashion show will show off khadi — in sarees, capris, Indo Western, and men’s wear. It will be an exposition and exploration of khadi as a daily wear fabric in this audio- video enabled show. The show has been specially designed for the Indian fashion industry, and an effort has been made to revive the rich heritage of our indigenous fabrics, he adds.

Twelve top female models and six male ramp models, including Rohit , Tarun and Aditya, will sashay down the ramp, donning the garments designed exclusively by budding designers of NIIFT, Mohali. This unique fashion show, which was earlier held in Mumbai and Delhi, will show off khadi in tops, kurtis, trousers, shirts, sarees, suits, traditional sherwani and chooridars for men.

The fashion show will have 12 sequences to promote the fabric made by rural and tribal weavers of the country. Outfits made from raw silk, tussar silk, Phulkari work of Punjab, rich brocades, Zari work, tie and dye, kantha embroidery, besides the kanjeevaram, Pathani, Navwari, Baluchri and silk and wool from Kashmir, will be put to extensive use by the designers. The show will begin with the evolution of khadi as a traditional garment, its usage in today’s contemporary world, and culminate with the map of undivided India in the backdrop to herald the Swadeshi movement in the city. TNS



An exquisite display of khadi products

The Haryana Khadi and Village Industries Board has put up an exquisite show of khadi products at the Northern and North Eastern Zone Khadi Gramodyog Expo. Almost 200 rural units from the 14 states of the country — Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and North-East Zone comprising Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura — have put up their stalls in this 10-day exhibition that began at Parade Ground, Sector 17.

On display are a host of khadi items, hand-woven, hand-spun and hand-made. The best in the collection is a rich range of Kashmiri shawls and sarees by Farooq and Imtiaz from Srinagar, which spell class. From pashmina shawls worth Rs 1 lakh to the less expensive, though equally awesome semi pashmina shawls, their collection is worth having a look.

The usual khadi fare includes a host of mattresses, cushion covers, pillows and pillow covers, rugs, blankets and quilts. Samples of organic food like organic basmati rice, pulses and spices, dhoops and agarbattis, shoes, beadwork mats and decoration items from Gujarat, men’s garments, handtools, food products like papads and wadis from Bikaner, furniture and home accessories

Mr Ravinder Singh of Rewari, Ms Garima Bansal of Faridabad and Mr Suresh Kumar of Karnal have been selected for conferring second Chaudhary Devi Lal State Level Rural Entrepreneur Award on the basis of their outstanding performance in the field of small-scale industries.

Mr S.C. Chaudhary, Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Industries, Haryana, who inaugurated the Expo, launched the website of the Haryana Khadi and Village Industries Board — harkhadi.nic.in — on this occasion so as to provide information about its schemes to people. A Haryana Village Industries Directory, pertaining to rural-based working units assisted by the Board since its inception, was also released today.

The Chief Executive of the Board, Ms Sumita Misra, said three buyers-sellers meets would be organised during the exposition to strengthen the marketing base of the rural industries. A buyers-sellers meet for hand-made paper industry would be organised on March 3, on food processing industry on March 4 and a similar meet on electrical and electronics goods would be held on March 5. Besides, a workshop on improving design, quality and marketing linkages in rural industries would be organised on March 9. A painting competition for children between the age group of 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14 would be organised on March 6. TNS



Magic of hand-embroidered linen

This unique exhibition brings back the magic of hand-embroidered home linen, table linen and garments for women and children. And bringing this to town are the rural women of Haryana, whose finely-honed skills bring back the memories of grandma spending the lazy afternoon weave coloured spells on fabric.

Arpana, a unique social service-oriented community based at Madhuban (Karnal), is showing off the skills of these women, based in and around Karnal, during the “spring sale” at Sector 9 till March 2, and at Sector 7, Panchkula on March 4 and 5.

Bed covers, cushion covers, towel sets, hand and face towels, nightwear for women and children, bottle covers, bibs and other accessories for children have been deftly embroidered by the women artisans associated with Arpana. Besides this, the exhibition offers a range of books and inspirational souvenirs, which deal with the role of scriptures in the context of life today.

Motivated by Param Pujya Ma, Arpana brings health and socio-economic services to more than 2 lakh residents of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. More than 1750 rural women have been trained in exquisite hand embroidery and made them self-reliant. Even now, as many as 200 women work with Arpana for crafting home linen and garments, and the proceeds of their sales are again put back into getting material, informs Ms Laxmi Dyal, in charge, Production.

And with a view to ensure income for these trained women, Arpana markets these handicrafts in the region by organising sales at Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Delhi and Jaipur. Arpana has also been awarded the prestigious Sasakawa Health Prize in 1993 for “outstanding innovative rural health programmes”. The society trains mid-wives, organises surgical camps, mobile clinic in rural Haryana, and offers diagnostic and community health services at Upper Bakrota near Dalhousie, and Gajnoi in Chamba district.

The exhibition, which has been organised with the aim of financially empowering the women artisans from economically-weaker sections, will remain open till March 2 at House No 34, Sector 9, and on March 4 and 5 at SCO 41, Sector 7, Panchkula, between 10 am and 8 pm. TNS


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