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Syndicate to decide lecture shortage issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
The case of lecture shortage of students of the Department of Laws, Panjab University, after doing the rounds in various committees and the department, is back to the Syndicate for a final decision.

To be taken up at the meeting slated for May 15, the lecture shortage case has been sent back to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof KN Pathak, without any decision. The Board of Control (BoC), authorised by the Syndicate to take a final decision at its meeting in April this year, has sent back the case on the plea that it is not empowered to take a decision.

Following the inability of the BoC to condone the lecture shortage or reject the cases of six students, most of whom are student leaders, Prof Pathak said the case would be put before the Syndicate again. “Now, the Syndicate will consider the case in view of the latest development,” he said.

Those falling short of lectures include Malwinder Singh Kang, president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, former president of the ABVP, Arun Dhiman among others. All these students were allowed to appear provisionally for the first examination. However, with the next exam scheduled for May 14, they are uncertain on whether they would be allowed to sit for the coming examination.

The lecture shortage case was first tabled in the Syndicate at its meeting held in November last year. This was done after the department has condoned the lectures in its power. Only cases where special powers were needed to condone the lectures were forwarded to the Syndicate.


The Panjab University Students Union has demanded that students of the final year of post-graduate courses of the university and staying in hostels be allowed to retain their rooms till the UGC examination.

Raising the demand, president of PUSU Rajwinder Singh Lucky said these students are given 96 hours after the last examination to vacate their rooms. However, since the UGC exam is slated for June 20, these students should be allowed to retain their rooms by taking continuation charges instead of being asked to vacate these.

They met the Dean Student Welfare, Prof Nirmal Singh, in this regard.


Another city girl in IIMs list
Tribune News Service

Nidhi Bansal
Nidhi Bansal

Chandigarh, May 11
Another city girl, Nidhi Bansal, has made it to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore and Kozhikode. A student of IIT, Delhi, Nidhi has already been selected for Indian Tobacco Company. Her father, Dr Pawan Bansal is Director, Health Services, Punjab, and her mother, Dr Suman Bansal, is a PCS officer.


Talent hunt at Mount Carmel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
A talent hunt programme was organised by Srijan, an NGO, at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, here today. Events were held in dance, drama, drawing, painting, poetry and prose writing and music (vocal) for different age groups.

Ms Sneh Nanda of performing Arts from GCG, Sector 42, Mr Surjit Singh and Ms Sarika Sharma , lecturers in fine arts, adjudged the students. The secretary-general of Srijan, said summer workshop would be held for selected students.

Eco club

The eco club of New Public School organised a painting competition on water resources at the Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 here. The results are as follows: Group A — Shoaib Ahmed 1, Amanjot Kaur 2, and Simanpreet Kaur 3; group B - Rohit Dhiya 1, Shriya Sekhri 2, and Nitin3.

Founder’s Day

Maharaja Jassa Singh Ramgarhia Public School, Sector 27, is organising various inter-school competitions to celebrate its founder’s day.


Rai School, Sector 48, celebrated ‘ Mama Darling Papa Darling’ in a colourful way. Students of the school came out with creative ways to express gratitude to their parents. The parents were greeted with rose buds. The function started with a welcome song presented by tiny tots.

The mothers were touched by the colourful presentation by the tiny tots. Students with placards stating ‘ Mama, We All Love You’, attracted applause from the audience. Students of LKG, UKG and Class I presented an action song. The school Principal, Ms Punam Dogra, concluded the function with words of appreciation for the parents.


Subhash weaves sarasvani magic

Chandigarh, May 11
On the occasion of its 88th monthly baithak programme, Pracheen Kala Kendra presented sarasvani recital by Subhash Chander Ghosh, a disciple of the legendary Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, at Bhaskar Rao Indoor Auditorium in Sector 35 here today.

Subhash invented the sarasvani after intensive research on different types of music for years. He commenced his recital with Raga Puriya Kalyan set to Jhap Taal, alaap, jod and jhala were played with simplicity and clarity. The elaboration of the gat in madhyalaya Teen Taal was noteworthy for the variety and beauty of the ‘tihais’.

In his next item based on Raga Handsdhwani, followed by Shiv Kalyan set to Ek Taal and Rupak Taal, Subhash brought out a deep tone which was pleasant to the ear. He then moved on to play a dhun in Raga Mishra Kirvani set to Dadra Taal. His nimble fingers moved widely over the instrument in melodious bandhat which built up a swift yet delicate jhala.

He concluded his recital with Raga Bhatiali in Khemta Taal, receiving great applause from the audience. He was accompanied by Mehmood Khan and Gauravdeep on the taanpura. OC


Theatre season back again

Chandigarh, May 11
For theatre lovers of the city, the scene is warming up once again. Starting the season with their annual production, students of the Department of Theatre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, are all set to treat you to Friedrich Durrenmatt’s German play, “The Physicists”. Translated by Renu Dutt and Mahesh Dutt, this Hindi play, titled “Teen Bhautikshastri”, will be staged at Tagore Theatre on May 12 and 13.

The play has a universal appeal which portrays both sides of human nature, the creative side and the dark destructive side, says G. Kumar Verma, director of the play, a Professor with the Department of Indian Theatre.

“This is a detective thriller as well as a topical parable about a world imperilled by nuclear science, which gives the audience something to take home to,” he adds. Set to the backdrop of a mental asylum, this two-act play revolves around 19 characters.

Verma is also designing the sets for the play. He has directed more than 35 Indian and Western plays, which include ‘Raja Oedipus’, ‘Urubhangam’, Mattavilasam, ‘Abhijana Shakuntalam’, ‘Aashad Ka Ek Din’, ‘Baaki Itihas’, ‘Uddhwast Dharmashala,’ ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author,’ ‘Death Watch,’ ‘Leedli Nagrari ki Neeti Katha’ and ‘Agg de Kaleere’. OC


‘Peter Pan’ leads you into a child’s world
Parbina Rashid

Do you believe in fairies? You have to, if you do not want to let ‘Peter Pan’ down. The boy who refuses to grow up is here to lead you into his world, the magical island of ‘Neverland’, which is full of fairies, Red Indians and pirates, challenging you at each step as travel along with him during a two-hour musical. The play ‘Peter Pan’ was staged at St Kabir School in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Based on J.M. Barrie’s original story ‘Peter Pan’ and directed by George Pulinkala, ‘Peter Pan’ starts with an emotional appeal — to believe in his world. As he leads you into his exciting world, you have little choice but to say your answer in the affirmative — so strong is his appeal, which cleverly exploits one’s deep-rooted desire for eternal childhood.

The story unfolds as groups of dancers weave the background for the story to unfold. As you get absorbed by these well-choreographed, well-synchronised dance items, appears ‘Peter Pan’ on stage, challenging you with his question, “What happens when you grow up?” And before your logical mind comes up with an answer, you are there, flowing with the storyline as ‘Peter Pan’ takes his new-found friends ‘Wendy’, ‘Michael’ and ‘John’ to his island of ‘Neverland’.

Elaborate sets, a well-co-ordinated choir group and excellent choreography adds up to the make the musical a wholesome entertainment package. The set changes at the wink of an eye, sometimes taking you to the house of ‘Wendy’ sometimes to the magical island of ‘Peter Pan’, then to a voyage which has Red Indians and wild animals, and finally a battle scene with dreaded pirate ‘Captain Hook’.

Though the play presents 600 children, the stage is never cluttered, for well-planned entry and exit help you to move along with the plot. There are 14 dance sequences and though the director has used musical tracks, there is a live choir group on stage that backs up the main cast in musical expression.

The director of mega-musicals like ‘Evita’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘Fame’, ‘Westside Story’ and ‘The Music Man’, George Pulinkala has retained his trademark in this production, giving emphasis to lighting, with techniques like synthetic smokes adding a dreamy touch.

As you finally get ready to say goodbye to ‘Peter Pan’ and his friends, you cannot help but putting your hands together and applause the children, director Pulinkala, choreographer Chitranjan and stage designer Archana Malhotra, who put in more than a month’s hard work to make the musical a success.


A mind-boggling experience in Dubai

A view of the 7-star hotel in Dubai, Burj Al Arab
A view of the 7-star hotel in Dubai, Burj Al Arab.

It was a mind-boggling experience, according to the largest tour operator of the region, Mr Kapil Malhotra, Director, Ekido Holiday Tours Pvt Ltd, who returned to the city on Tuesday after attending Arabian Travel Mart 2004 (ATM04) held in Dubai from May 4 to 7.

Organised by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Government of Dubai, the Mart was billed as one of the biggest buyer-seller meet in the world. “And rightly so”, says Mr Malhotra. More than 1,000 tour operators and exhibitors from 60 countries took part in the four-day lavish extravaganza. “There was so much to see, so much to organise and so many people to meet that it was humanly impossible to do everything.” Mr Malhotra was one of the five tour operators in the country to be invited by the Dubai Government to attend the meet.

With outbound and inbound tourism really picking up in a big way, travelling has become part of normal life. Investments on holidays are now seen as good as making an the investment in vehicles, property or gold. ATM provides an ideal forum for travel companies to meet once a year to compare notes and chart out future stragegies.

Recalls Mr Malhotra: “As a buyer from India, we were five in number sponsored by the DTCM, Government of Dubai. Our itinerary included a visit to the DTCM office where some of the new projects of Dubai were showcased. These included: Development of The Palm, an island developed on the seas (which is being called creating the eight wonder of the world). The Palm is visible from space with the naked eye. The Palm will have villas, town homes, apartments and water homes. They have The Palm, Jumeriah and The Palm, Jebel Ali.

Also coming up is the worlds, first underwater world hotel being built by a German company.

Last year, the tourists who went from India to Dubai were numbered about 3.25 lakh. This year, the number is expected to grow by 20 per cent.

We also visited all major 5-star hotels and Burj Al Arab, a hotel which has 7-star services.

An exhibition was also held inside the replica of a Jumbo jet where well-known hotel chains of the world put up their stalls. These included Marriott, Inter Continental, Ibis, Accor, and Holiday Inn to name a few. From India The Taj and The Oberoi were represented. TNS


Fitness Trail
Don’t ignore teething troubles
Renu Manish Sinha

Prevention is better than cure. But we hardly seem to follow this important diktat, especially where our teeth or dental health is concerned.

A headache can send us scurrying to a doctor, fearing it may be migraine or high blood pressure. But in case of bleeding gums or a painful tooth, we forget the doctor and just apply some clove oil. After all, there are 32 of them.

Prevention is hardly an option, but cure is sought when the disease has progressed beyond the clove oil and painkiller stage, says Dr Nikita Vasishtha Tandon, a dental surgeon in Sector 22, Chandigarh. Lack of awareness about dental hygiene, even among the educated, accounts for a number of periodontal diseases.

Till a couple of decades back, Indians following a traditional diet, including fibrous, calcium-rich leafy green vegetables, fruits, pulses, legumes and beans, could boast of strong teeth despite lack of awareness and wrong practices. But with processed and refined food making inroads into our kitchens, tooth decay has become a part of childhood problems instead of in the 30s.

Brushing the correct way

Hold the toothbrush under the gumline at an angle of 45°. Gently move the brush in small circles over teeth and gums. Repeat this on every tooth. Brush the inside of each tooth in a rotating motion. For chewing surfaces, use a light back and forth motion.

Almost all processed foods do not require chewing, which in turn, inhibits production of saliva. Saliva keeps teething and gums healthy by flushing food particles, neutralising acids produced by bacteria, checking production of harmful microbes and protecting tooth enamel.

With more and more processed items replacing natural and raw foods from our diet, our teeth are bearing the brunt of it, says Dr Tandon. Our teeth can be divided into two parts, the visible portion or the crown, and the portion under the gums called the root.

The crown is covered by enamel, which is the toughest material in the body. It forms the outer layer of teeth. Various acids and bacteria can decalcify the enamel reaching further into second layer called dentine. It is softer than enamel.

The bacteria in the mouth continuously keeps on forming dental plaque. Plaque is a sticky invisible film of germs or bacteria, being constantly formed on teeth. If not brushed after a meal, it combines with sugar, present in the food particles, to produce acid, which can attack and harm teeth.

Plaque turns food particles, stuck between teeth, into acids, which attack tooth enamel. With repeated attacks, enamel wears away and a cavity is formed.

If the cavity is left untreated, the decay further spreads to the next layer called dentine. If the cavity is filled, the decay can stop, but if left untreated, the decay spreads deeper into the pulp. This is quite painful.

In the last stage, the decay spreads to roots and causes an abscess, accompanied by severe pain. At this stage, only root canal treatment can save the tooth. If the infection is severe, the tooth has to be extracted.

Gingivitis is a gum disease in which healthy pink gums become swollen and prone to bleeding. This happens when the plaque, over a period of time, hardens and turns into tartar, which presses into the gumline, inflamming the gum.

If left untreated, the infection spreads to the bone of the tooth, pus is formed and the bone begins to erode. The tooth may be lost. This condition is called periodontitis or pyorrhea.

Other lifestyle factors — poor or unbalanced diet and frequent snacking on sugary foods or drinks — can leave teeth vulnerable to cavity causing bacteria.

Diseases like diabetes and osteoporosis also affect teeth, giving rise to a number of periodontal problems. Nowadays most of the techniques used to treat various periodontal diseases are quite painless, asserts Dr Tandon. Dentists use sealants and fillings, besides other procedures like scaling and root planning, root canal treatment, plaque and tartar removal, cleaning of gums, capping and whitening of teeth, to increase the shelf life of your pearlies.

Use a flouride toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft and round bristles. Replace the brush every 3 months or when bristles get damaged.

Dental floss is a piece of braided nylon cord. Wrap it around the middle finger and gently ease between the teeth, using forefinger and thumb. Plaque and food particles are removed by flossing against sides of teeth. Do it gently so as not to injure gums. Massage gums after brushing and gently brush your tongue. Do not use metal tongue cleaners. TNS


Dream come true for city lad

Piyush Vij
Piyush Vij

HE is one of the first male models from the city to have made it big in the Indian fashion industry. Piyush Vij, the man with a boyish charm, has just returned to the city after walking the ramp for Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal at the recently concluded Lakme India Fashion Week (LIFW).

This 21- year- old BCA Honours student of DAV College says the going has never been better for him ever since he won the Grasim Mr India title in April this year. “I was always keen on modeling as a profession, but winning the second runners up title at the Grasim Mr India contest, put me in a different league altogether,” says the six feet tall hunk.

Within two weeks of having won the title, he was chosen to walk the ramp in Tarun Tahiliani’s and Rohit Bal’s creations.”In fact, I was just called for a photo-shoot for Tarun Tahiliani’s line to be showcased in the LIFW, days before the biggest show of the fashion industry was to begin.

Reed thin is in

The lanky model says that tall and reed thin is in. “In fact, I had to lose weight for the Grasim Mr India contest, as the thin and lanky look for male models is gaining ground in the international fashion scene. I was told by Tarun Tahiliani that I was in great shape, and should avoid putting on weight or having bulging biceps as thin was in,” says Piyush. “I go to the gym five days a week and do light weights to avoid getting bulky muscles,” he says. 

 He was impressed and recommended me to officials of the Fashion Development Council of India (FDCI). Once selected, I also did Rohit Bal’s show,” he says. In fact, this city lad was one among the three or five new male models to have been introduced at the LIFW.

Talking about the walkout by certain top male models like Aditya Bal from the LIFW on the payment issue, Piyush says the FDCI should have ensured that there was no parity in payments to male and female models. He, however, agrees that this meant an opportunity for fresh models like him on the ramp.

Piyush says that his success is more like a dream come true.”I believe luck plays a major role in your success. “Everyday, a number of young men with good physique come with aspirations to make it in the glamour world, but a few are lucky,” he says. “I was aspiring to make a mark as a professional model for almost a year. I worked on my physique and had made a questionnaire data base for the Grasim Mr India, which helped me win the title,” he adds.

He says that he was almost ready to leave for Canada for his masters in Computer Applications, but winning the title has meant that his masters degree will have to wait for a while. “I plan to move to Mumbai and sign up with modeling agencies there,” he says, admitting that he will not mind giving a shot at films. TNS


He has it in him to scare you

B.P. Singh
B.P. Singh

The name of B.P. Singh is synonymous with the genre of horror shows. Singh’s latest offering on Sahara Manoranjan, ‘Raat Hone Ko Hai” the first daily horror show, is set to send the chill down your spine.

The show began on Monday and will be telecast from Monday to Thursday at 8 at night. The man who has scripted the horror series, says he does not believe in ghosts. “Creating scary monsters is an entertaining pastime,” he says. Writing, producing and directing a few episodes of ‘Raat Hone Ko Hai’ has Singh’s hands full with a daily dose of horror.

“We have tried to ensure that the stories in ‘Raat Hone Ko Hai’ are different, and more importantly, the treatment is different,” he says. “The viewer will get to see something new. A lot of special effects have been used to make the horror show more effective,” he says.

There have been a lot of horror shows in the past in a weekly format, and with a daily show, how will quality be assured? “In horror shows produced earlier, the story would be divided into two parts and split over a week. It is difficult to hold viewer interest with such a time lapse. The advantage that we have in a daily format is that the viewer does not have to wait too long for the next episode. Moreover, the audience of today is a matured lot. They want to see something different, something new,” he says.

He adds that special effects are important, but the way a particular effect is used should not be repeated. It should go with the story and not on a track of its own. And as far as music is concerned, there is no horror show without music. Music is the life of any horror show, says B.P. Singh. TNS

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