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Model school-35 gets brightest science students so far
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6
On the third day of counselling for admission to Class XI in government model senior secondary schools in the city, 874 students were admitted under the general category to fill seats in the science, commerce, humanities and vocational streams in 28 schools.

Nearly 1,100 students had been called for counselling. In the science stream, the highest cut-off percentage of 71.2 was recorded in the case of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 46. Following the trend in the science stream was the GMSSS, Sector 21, with a cut-off percentage of 71.1.

In the commerce stream, the cut-off percentage was 68.3 in the case of GMSSS, Sector 40, and 68.2 in the case of GMSSS, Sector 19. A senior official in the Education Department said the admissions made today in the science, commerce and humanities streams were 473, 225 and 3,143, respectively. In the vocational stream 32 seats were filled.

Today, counselling was held in three phases — up to 69 per cent, up to 67 per cent and up to 65 per cent.

Cut-off percentage (till date) in the science and commerce streams in different schools:
























Mani Majra Complex



GMSSS- 16  77.8
GMSSS-19  68.2
GMSSS-35  75.8
GMSSS- 40  68.3



PU warden assaulted
Alleges inaction by police
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Taking up the case of Dr Dayanand Garg, the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA), has resented the callous attitude and delaying tactics of the Chandigarh police in dealing with the case. The members have expressed resentment at the indifferent attitude of the Chief Security Officer, Panjab University, towards the security of the warden.

Extending support to Dr Garg, PUTA has decided to meet the Vice-Chancellor on the issue and write to Justice O.P. Verma, UT Administrator. The Secretary of PUTA, Dr Akshaya Kumar, said PUTA would demand security for Dr Garg.

Chandigarh, July 6
A warden of a boys’ hostel on the Panjab University campus was recently assaulted by five outsiders on the campus. At 2 am, the attackers, some of them former students of the university, hurled abuses and tried to break the lock of his car. His only fault was that he had objected to their staying in the hostel during a surprise inspection a night before the incident.

A police complaint has yielded nothing despite the warden naming three persons in the case. He is running from pillar to post, pleading for justice, but to no avail. Still receiving threatening calls from the attackers, the warden says he has approached the police and the university authorities but no help is forthcoming.

This incident, not the first of its kind, has brought into sharp focus the problem of unrestrained and entry of outsiders into the hostels on the campus. These outsiders are responsible for creating trouble most of the time. Wardens admit that one watchman to manage the affairs of the hostel is certainly not enough.

The victim, Dr Dayanand Garg, says, “If this is the attitude of the police and the university authorities towards the safety of staff, we should think twice before carrying out our duty. The Vice-Chancellor was the only one who showed some kind of response by forwarding my complaint to the IG, Chandigarh police.”

Dr D.V. Rai, another warden, says, “We have over 300 students living in five blocks of the hostel and there is only one man on duty. He carries messages, does all odd-jobs and guards the entry. It is practically impossible for him to keep a tab on outsiders entering the hostel”.

In case of any trouble in the hostels or surprise checks, the warden has the facility of calling in the security staff of the university. With the permission of the Dean Student Welfare, the police, too, can be called in.

Khalid Mohammed, warden of hostel number 3, claims, “When I took over as warden, I did give representations to the university authorities asking for greater security, especially at boys’ hostels where students can come and go when they want to. All those have been shelved and things continue the way they were when the hostels first started.”

However, all this might change for the better with the university likely to implement recommendations of a committee of the Senate constituted to suggest checks at hostels. The committee had recommended that entry into hostels should be regulated to ensure that rooms are not occupied by the outsiders.

“Essentially, the problem in hostels is that of multiple entry points. The committee points out that an eight-foot wall should be constructed so that there is only one entry point to each hostel,” Khalid Mohammed says.

Dr Manoj Kumar, too, agrees that outsiders have a history of causing trouble at hostels. “If we can weed them out, half the battle is won. Then, houses of wardens are in secluded areas and even though there is no major law and order problem and help is just a call away, deployment of a watchman would certainly make us more relaxed,” he holds.



BSNL penalised for deficiency in service
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has penalised the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for deficiency in service to 29 residents of the Sector 48-C, Mohali.

In their order issued here today, Mr N.S. Ahlawat, president, and Dr Girish Jaswal and Ms Jasbir Kaur, both members, awarded an amount of Rs 500 each to the complainants for the disconnection of their telephones for about 15 days last year.

It may be recalled that the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) had allotted plots to retired persons and senior citizens in Sector 48-C on which telephones were installed.

Since the subscribers were fully dependent on telephones for the outside contact, the disruption in the telecom services from September 4 to September 18 last year had resulted in inconvenience and mental torture to the subscribers.

It was alleged that the complaints were not even registered by the department even though the officials from the JE to the Principal General Manager, Telecom, were approached.

The complainants had demanded Rs 20,000 for each subscriber from the BSNL for harassment.

In its defence, the BSNL contended that the telephones were out of order for the reasons which were “beyond the control of the department”.



NIFD fashion ICON- 2004

Amrita Arora
Amrita Arora

NATIONAL Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) is holding a poll at its centres across the country where budding NIFD designers will select the ‘NIFD Fashion ICON - 2004’ amongst the hottest babes of Bollywood.

The four shortlisted nominees are Mallika Shehrawat (Khwahish, Murder), Amrita Rao (Main Hoon Na, Masti, Ishq Vishq & Deewar), Sameera Reddy (Darna Mana Hai, Plan & Maine Dil Tujhko Diya), Amrita Arora (Girlfriend & Awara Pagal, Deewana). These sensations carried off the designer collection in their movies while setting fashion trends and inspiring the generation next to ‘look good to feel good’.

The fashion icon elected by over 10,000 NIFD ians from all over the country will be awarded the title at Chandigarh as the annual passing out fashion show of NIFD, Chandigarh, to be held in the third week of July.

The voting has already begun and the results will be compiled by July 12, the star getting the maximum votes will be elected as NIFD Fashion ICON- 2004.

NIFD Fashion Icon amongst the Bollywood stars will be selected every year as who can be better judges to select fashion icon than the budding designers of NIFD who are mastering the skills of fashion and all set to rule the world with their creativity and having the correct feel of fashion pulse.



A versatile dress designer
Swarleen Kaur

Ms Kanwal Sandhu exhibits her collection at Mohali on Monday.
Ms Kanwal Sandhu exhibits her collection at Mohali on Monday. — A Tribune photograph 

MOHALI-based garment exporter Kanwal Sandhu is very busy these days. She is preparing for the “ fashion week” to be held in Hong Kong from July 11 to 19. She has been into export business for the past 10 years and exporting clothes to countries like German, Israel, Thailand and Japan. Her clothes do find a small market in the USA and Canada also.

Apart from it she takes special interest in fashion designing too. She has prepared a collection for the fashion show. She had no formal training in dress designing. It was just her hobby. She wanted to be a lawyer but following her brother’s death she had to take over his export business. For the Hong Kong fashion week, she will be taking 12 models from here. “I give a Western look to Indian clothes”, she says.

She uses Indian fabric only and works on it to impart a Western look to her clothes. She has designed mini-skirts, gowns, parallels and trousers using the Indian fabric. For men, She has designed special kurtas with traditional look.

“The best thing about my clothes is that these are decent and there is no repetition in my designs”, says Ms Sandhu.

At the Hong Kong show, she will display traditional clothes. These will have dabka, patch work, zardosi and embroidery and mukaish work. There will be sarees and suits and other indian dresses too.

Her creativity is not limited to clothes alone. She takes a keen interest in writing. She has already two books to her credit. Recently she is writing a book on “social cultural and travel view of Japan”. It is sponsored by the Embassy of Japan in Thailand. It will be published in four languages -English, Japanese, Thai and Punjabi. She believes that success can be achieved with team work only. “My team is very supporting, efficient and well-knit. From tailors to designers all, take a keen interest in their work. Without them It would not have been possible to achieve the targets,” she says with modesty.

She is also organising a fashion show at Tagore Theatre on July 10.



It pays to be a loyal customer

AFTER car companies in and outside the country, it is the turn of department stores in the city to offer massive discounts to their loyal customers after making “special cards” for them.

So now you can actually pay less for the products you buy just by going to the same shop again and again. “Now, I do not have to hunt for shops offering discounts because I can buy the stuff at lesser rates just by being loyal to one shop,” says Vidhu Raj Singh, a shopping addict putting up in Sector 35.

If you do not have such a card, just go to some of the impressive shopping malls in the city. You may find it hard to believe, but at least three or four department stores in Chandigarh have come up with special discount cards for residents who have been making purchases on a regular basis.

“The trend is fast catching on,” says a senior employee of a Sector 8 store. “Very soon you will have a large number of stores offering discount cards to their loyalists. You can be sure of the fact. Just wait and see”, he adds.

Going into the background of such offers, the employee says, “The concept came into existence with car companies abroad offering discounts to the customers purchasing additional cars of the same company. The intention was to make sure that the customers continued to buy their product, instead of going to other manufacturers. Now the department stores in the city have picked up the concept. They too are offering special membership cards to their customers.”

These “smart” cards, as they are popularly referred to, can be procured after buying stuff from the same shop for two or three times. “Initially, we give the customers temporary cards. These are, subsequently, converted into permanent cards once the clients continue to buy the stuff on a regular basis,” says Ranjeet Singh, an employee of another department store.

Giving details of the cards, he asserts that the customers are enrolled as members of their clubs. After they become members, the cards — provided free of cost — are offered to the residents. They, in turn, can avail themselves of a discount up to 10 per cent on the products. — TNS



Not by greed alone
Gitanjali Sharma

“GOING to Mumbai for the first time? Don’t worry, it is more than safe for women,” remarked my widely travelled colleague, allaying my apprehensions of moving on my own in a new city.

With more such pep talk behind me, I landed in the metropolis a picture of confidence. The first two days were consumed by official work. The third day, which I had to myself till my return flight in the evening, I set out to explore India’s answer to Manhattan or should I say to satiate the shopaholic in me.

Hanging on to the brief of my informed colleague, I opted for an auto. They were safe and inexpensive, she’d said. On the way to Dharavi, the hot spot for leather bags, I stopped to call home and have coconut water. The driver was kind enough not to crib, just patiently waited.

At Dharavi, he considerately told me he wouldn’t mind waiting even though I warned him I could take an eternity visiting the long row of shanties.

Merrily, I returned an hour later with not as many purchases as I would have liked to make. Next, we headed for the Linking Road, where again I shopped as if there was no market back home. The last stop was Juhu Beach. I was a little sceptical about leaving my bags in the auto, but reading my dilemma, Raghav, reassuringly smiled, “Madam, your stuff is more precious to me than my life.” Feeling sheepish, I offered him some money for lunch, which he declined. My confidence in the guy grew. Pleased, I set out to relish the seaside and other Mumbai must-haves like pao and bhelpuri.

On the way back, Raghav drew my attention to bungalows of tinsel stars. He deserves a generous tip, I made a mental note. Were most Mumbaikars as helpful and unassuming as him, I wondered. Thanking him profusely, I got down at the hotel and asked him the fare. Looking away, he blurted: “Rs 450.” Hey, was I hearing right, I tweaked myself. Hadn’t the hotel manager said the three places would be covered in Rs 150?

While I was still reasoning with the man and coming to terms with his new face, the gatekeeper, sensing trouble, came along and summoned a nearby cop too. They figured it out for me: the man had the meter on even for the duration “he chose” to wait. The matter was sorted out shortly with the autowallah settling for Rs 200. I declined the cop’s advice to file a complaint, but the whole episode left me disturbed.

Months after this incident, I could laugh at my gullibility. I could also be less harsh on the autodriver, when a friend from Mumbai happened to mention in passing that Mumbaikars think money all the time.



Exhibition of handicrafts from North-East

NORTH-Eastern Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation Limited has put up an exhibition at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15 from July 2. Rich tapestry in the works of people of North-East are reflected in the works on display.

Attractive items in the exhibition include cane furniture. Sofa set and centre table of cane are priced between Rs 18,000 and Rs 25,000.Lamps, setty, single bed and flooring mats are also available.

Craftsmen have developed many items of bamboo to suit the taste of customers. There is an attractive display of fans, purses, baskets, pen stand, and candle stands. All of theses are made of bamboo.

Suits, sarees, kurtas and bedsheets are also available.

Brass statues, showpieces, toys, jewellery are also showcased. Interestingly, one can get telephone set of old times at Rs 1500.

The exhibition has been organised by Purabshree Emporium, a branch of North Eastern Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation Limited. It is on till July 13. OC



‘The Circle of Friends’ opens

Laishram Jenny and Usha Sharma display their collection at a painting exhibition at Art Folio, Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

TWO budding artists, Laishram Jenny and Usha Sharma, put up a painting exhibition at Art Folio, Sector 9, on Tuesday. The exhibition will continue till July 10.

The theme ‘The Circle of Friends’ portrayed conventional combination of glass painting and water colours. The duo has painted different hues of roses, daffodils, lilies.

Laishram Jenny is a postgraduate in psychology and is working with a private firm. She is highly imaginative. She has used water colours in her paintings. The price of her collection starts from Rs 4,500 and goes up to Rs 7,500.

Usha Sharma has displayed her creativity through glass painting. The price of her paintings ranges between Rs 1,500 and 5,000.

Both artists don’t have any formal training, but have made genuine attempts to enter the world of arts. OC


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