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Probe sought against Kang on heading council
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
“The president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council is no longer a student of the Department of Laws. However, he continues to head the council and use funds,” says the president of the Haryana Students Association (HSA), Vikas Rathee.

Demanding an inquiry against Malwinder Kang for continuing in office, the HSA submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, at Panjab University, here today. Stating that the candidature of a president was deemed cancelled when he ceased to be a student of the university, the HSA sought action in the matter.

They alleged that while Kang was short of the required lectures, he had not taken admission in the fourth semester of the law course.

However, when contacted, Kang said he had fallen short of lectures on account of leave taken on medical grounds. “I have submitted a medical certificate in this regard. My case is under the consideration of a committee formed to decide the condonation of lectures. I can take admission in the next semester only after the committee clears my case,” he added.

Students of the Department of Chemical Engineering celebrate Holi at Panjab University
Students of the Department of Chemical Engineering celebrate Holi at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Holi celebrated: Students of the Department of Chemical Engineering got together to celebrate Holi in the department here today. Drenched in colours, the students moved out of the department to the ground of the Student Centre, where they shared sweets and had a party.

Datesheet resented: With the annual examination of B.Sc (Hons) advanced by 15 days and the days between examinations reduced, the students of the department, led by Rajwinder Singh Lucky of the Panjab University Students’ Union, met the Dean, University Instruction (DUI), seeking postponement of their papers. The examination is slated to begin on April 17 and finish by April 28.

The students claimed that earlier the exams used to begin on April 30 and conclude on June 5. The DUI assured the students that he would hold a meeting of department heads on March 9 to deliberate on the datesheet.

Lucky added that he had met the chairpersons of all science departments individually. The PUSU (Shelly) group led by Gurparvez Sandhu issued a similar press note, stating they too had taken up the issue with the university authorities.



College organises seminar on the Gita
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
A one-day regional seminar on ‘Application of the knowledge of Gita in the 21st century’ was held at GGDSD College, Sector 32, here today. The seminar was sponsored by the ICSSR.

Prof Anirudh Joshi, Senator and professor of Sanskrit, Panjab University, delivered the keynote address. He said, “The Gita can prove to be an invaluable guide to modern man, helping him sail through chaos that mars his life. Just like Arjuna, it can help the modern man reconcile ethical dilemma and see the light.”

Sixteen professors and scholars from various colleges and institutes of the region read their papers in the seminar. Academicians from the city and the region attended the lecture.

Disciples of Sri Muktipeeth Ved Vidya Ashram set the mood by singing shlokas from the Gita. The youngest disciple was only 10, but his mastery of the shlokas from the treatise surprised everyone.

Various scholars dwelt on the relevance of the Gita for the modern man. Dr Prakash Sharma spoke on the importance of the Gita for managers.

Dr S.C. Vaidya from University Business School, Panjab University, and Dr S.P. Gautam from the Department of Philosophy of the university, presided over the morning and evening sessions, respectively.



MC chief releases school prospectus
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 4
The local Municipal Corporation President, Ms Seema Chaudhary, inaugurated the first session of Cosmopolitan Public School by releasing its prospectus here today.
The adviser to the school, Mr Randhir Singh, said the school would provide free education to the needy children from weaker sections of society.

Government employees who could not provide their wards with quality education due to high fees in high-end schools would be benefited as fees in this school are nominal, he added.

The school also has day boarding facility. The president of the school, Mr Satbir Singh Ahluwalia, said only 150 students would be admitted to the school for this session.



Vivek Shauq enthrals at reunion bash
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 4
It was fun time for ex-students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, who gathered under the banner of Association of Thirtyfive Model Alumni (ATMA) to party with Bollywood artiste Vivek Shauq at Aerizzona in Sector 9 here today.

Infusing life into the party, called “Rendezvous-04”, Vivek Shauq, who belongs to the ATMA family, shared his experiences and journey through Bollywood with funny anecdotes and jokes in his typical style, which makes him a sought-after comedian in the industry.

The members danced to peppy numbers. It was the second reunion bash for the ATMA family. On this occasion, Mr Misha Pratap, president ATMA, announced the formation of a special fund for various social causes.

The association was launched last year making GMSSS-35 the first government school in the city to have an alumni association. It now boasts of hundred plus members from 1975 to 2003.



Manav Mangal students shine at Science Olympiad
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 4
Kanav Goyal, a student of Class IX of the Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, has bagged first position in Haryana in the Sixth National Science Olympiad (First Level) organised by the Science Olympiad Foundation in December 2003. He has secured a percentile score of 99.87 and got an all-India rank of 20.

Two other students of the school have stood first in their respective categories in Panchkula. Shipra Singla in the Class VIII category is first in Panchkula securing percentile score of 95.26 and Sahil Madan in the Class X category has stood first in Panchkula by securing percentile score of 98.49.

In this category, the school has bagged seven out of first 10 positions. Students of the school have captured first positions in all three categories in Panchkula. Principal of the school, Mr Sandeep Sardana, expressed happiness over their achievements.



97 students get certificates, diplomas
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 4
At least 97 candidates were awarded certificates and diplomas on the convocation of the National Institute of Technical Education at the auditorium of the Food Craft Institute in Sector 42 here today.

Mr I.S. Chadha, former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, was the chief guest. He gave away certificates to 85 candidates who had completed six-months GDS fares and ticketing course and 12 candidates who had completed foundation diploma course in shipping.

Reading out the annual report, Mr G.L. Kaushal, director of the institute, said the demand for trainees in GDS fares and ticketing had gone up. About 80 per cent of the students who had passed out from NITE last year had been employed, he added. Commander T.S. Trewn presided over the function.



High Court
Order reserved in rowing team selection case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its order on a petition seeking directions for quashing the selection of the Chandigarh team for the senior national rowing championship.

Claiming to be renowned rowers of national repute, city-based Kirandeep Kaur and Ramanpreet Kaur had added that they had not been selected despite their performance.

Uprooting of residents case: The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the UT Home Secretary and the Finance Secretary to be present in the court on March 5 in a case pertaining to the alleged uprooting of city residents in the process of development.

The orders were passed by a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar and Mr Justice Amar Dutt. The court had earlier taken suo motu notice of a news report published in the matter.



New Releases
Real-life incident now on reel

Showman International’s ‘Insaaf – The Justice’ will be released today at Batra, Chandigarh. The film has been produced by Mohammed Fasih and directed by Shrey Shrivastava. It is a story about revenge and retribution. It has been reportedly inspired by a real incident in Bihar.

Dino Morea plays an IPS officer, a man of proven integrity assigned to solve a rape case. Sanjay Suri plays an IAS officer. Namrata Shirodkar, Kunika, Mohan Joshi, Vallabh Vyas and Rajpal Yadav also star in this film. Dayal Shankara and Henna make their debut in Bollywood.

‘Insaaf — The Justice’ has music by Nikhil-Vinay, lyrics by Sameer, story, screenplay and dialogues by Chintan Mokashi and cinematography by Najeeb Khan.

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Producer T.P. Aggarwal and Star Entertainment Pvt Ltd’s ‘Love in Nepal’ has been directed by Rajat Mukherjee (Ram Gopal Varma’s camp). It is a romantic thriller with a love triangle as the backdrop. The film stars Sonu Nigam and Flora Saini in lead roles. The later, an actress from the South, makes her debut in Bollywood.

She has more than 12 Tamil films to her credit and has pinned high hopes on this film. Singer-turned-actor Sonu Nigam’s earlier films ‘Jaani Dushman’ and ‘Kaash Aap Hamare Hote’ had failed to generate any excitement. He hopes ‘Love in Nepal’ will reap rich dividends at the box office.

The film also stars Shweta Keswani, Jharna Brajacharya, Rajpal Yadav, Ehsan Khan, Vijay Raaz, Anil Nagrath, Asif Basra, Raj Zutshi and Ganesh Yadav.

Based on story and screenplay by Rajat Mukherjee and Sameer Arora, the film has dialogues by Sameer Arora, cinematography by Madhu Sahanshi and choreography by Pappu-Malla.Sameer has penned the lyrics for composer duo Nikhil-Vinay. The film will be released today at KC Theatre, Chandigarh. — DP



Young painters show eye for detail
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 4
Students of the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) here put up their maiden exhibition at the Institute in Phase IX today. More than 50 works created by eight students of the institute have been displayed for exhibition and sale.

The works, most of which are poster colours on paper, reflect an eye for detail on part of the artists. ‘‘Poster colours on paper end up being a very flowy medium and it is tough to give the paintings an oil painting look. But the students here have achieved that,’’ said Ms Rajni, instructor at the Institute.

Some of her own works are also being showcased at the exhibition.

Some other works are pencil sketches by students created as part of their exercise during classes in the institute. Other than the sketches that have been prepared creatively in black and white, certain other remarkable works at the exhibition have been created using black as the only colour on white paper.

‘‘While in some we have used black poster colour and brush, in others gel pens have been used,’’ explained a student.

In a group of over 50 works, the themes chosen by the students are, however, limited — nature, landscapes, still life, Rajasthani life and portraits.

Most of the works are impressionist in nature.

A few interior decoration items by students can grace the walls of large houses.

Among the artists whose works are on display are Vipal, Nutan, Vinny, Gagadeep Singh, Sandeep, Kiran and Shivani. Inaugurated by Mr Ravinder Kumar Sharma, the exhibition is on till March 15.


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