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August is poll season in PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Academics in Panjab University would soon have to make way for elections to the various teaching and non-teaching bodies. Beginning August the campus would be in the grip of election fever which would continue till the university closes for the Dasehra break.

The election season will take off with the “C” class employees on August 2 followed by the election to the non-teaching employees association on August 5. Elections to the non-teaching association is usually held in March but could not be held this time.

The Panjab University Teaching Association (PUTA) elections are slated for August 12 and usually take place without disrupting the study schedule. However, this time the election to the highest decision-making body, the Senate, too, follows the PUTA election, keeping the teaching faculty busy with campaigning and canvassing.

Held every four years, the first election would be held on August 25 and held in four phases. While votes would be cast on September 6 to elect members from technical colleges, elections for Readers and Professors would be held from September 13. The election to the graduate constituency on September 19 would mark the end of the process.

However, as soon as the elections to the Senate will get over, those for the university’s students council will gain momentum. The council elections are held a couple of days before the university closes for the Dasehra break. This time the break begins on September 26 according to the university calendar, meaning thereby that the elections to the students’ council would be held on September 24.

Demands accepted: The Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, approved modified conditions for admission to higher classes of the B.Sc and M.Sc (Hons school) for the session 2004-05 in keeping with the demand of students’ bodies of the campus, here today.

The Panjab University Students Union had demanded promotion of B.Sc first and second year students who scored 32 out of 40 and 36 out of 48 credits in respective streams. After submitting a memorandum to DUI, PUSU president Rajwinder Singh Lucky and other science students sat on a dharna in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office and had later begun a chain fast at the venue.

Affiliation granted: Panjab University has granted affiliation to Rayat College of Law, Railmajra, near Ropar, for starting the three-year LL.B course as well as the five-year BA LL.B course. Rayat college is the first law college to be granted affiliation by the university. The college will provide bus facility for students from the nearby areas.


PEC admissions: parents meet Governor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
A delegation of parents, whose wards are seeking admission to Punjab Engineering College (PEC), today met the UT Administrator and urged him to reconsider the Administration’s stand on quota of seats for the local students.

In a notice issued in a newspapers on June 18, the 85 per cent quota of seats for the city, students and 15 per cent quota for outsiders had been clearly stated.

They lamented that due to ambiguity in the UT’s notification on 50 per cent quota, the students were confused on choosing the institution as the dates of counselling of different colleges clashed.

For admission to various BE courses in Panjab University, through the AIEEE, the last date to deposit the fee was July 24. The dates for counselling at Thapar Institute, Patiala, was July 27. This means that counselling at the PEC should be held before that so that students could chose the institution of their choice.

“If I surrender the seat at any of the colleges after I hopefully get admission to the PEC, I would not get complete refund as per the norms”, said Avinash Kumar.

The parents said since other states had 85 per cent reservation for their candidates, the Chandigarh Administration should stick to the old quota. They cite the case of Delhi, where Delhi College of Engineering deemed university had retained the quota of 85 per cent for the residents.

“We took admission to Chandigarh schools so that we fulfill the criteria of being residents of the city,” said another student.

The official said notification of 50 per cent quota was issued after the Central Government approved the status of deemed university for the PEC. The final notification was issued in July last. The Panjab University pattern was being followed in administrative matter till the formalities were worked out.

The meeting of the governing body of PEC deemed university has been scheduled for August 4. The issue of appointing the Director or an interim director would be discussed in the meeting. The Director has to be from an IIT or NIT.


Rallies mark Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Under the “Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan”, rallies and poster-making contests were held at different government school in the city. Students, carrying placards, went around the city.

At Government High School, Sector 35, 600 students and teachers took part in a rally. Mr Bhadhur Singh , Project Officer, Sarv Shiksha Abhyan, UT Education Department, flagged off the rally. On the occasion, Ms Surjit Kaur, Headmistress of the school, addressed the participants.

Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Modern Complex, took out a rally raising slogans. The Principal of the school, Mr Gulzar Singh, flagged off the rally.

At Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, 300 students took to streets, raising slogans in support of the Abhiyan.

Similar rallies were held by students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Government Model Primary School, Sector 45 and Government Girls High School, Sector 26.


Man in court remand for child abuse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
A three-and-a-half year old boy was allegedly sexually abused by a neighbour in Sector 46 on July 20.

The father of the child, Mr Avtar Singh, complained to the police on Tuesday last that his child had allegedly been sexually abused by Varinder Singh in a booster room in the vicinity. The police did not initially take the complaint seriously and even did not get the child medically examined. The next day the parents of the child themselves got the child medically examined. The doctors’ opinion confirmed that the child had been sexually abused. The child had visible marks on his cheeks, neck and ears.

The police, arrested Virender Singh on the same day. A local court sent him to a 14-day judicial remand.

The police booked Varinder for allegedly indulging in unnatural sex with the child under Section 377 of the IPC last night after a medical report confirmed that the child had been abused.

The police said today that initially the father of the child was not interested in getting a case registered, but later he changed his mind.

The media had earlier quoted the father of the child saying that the police had not registered the case in the matter despite his repeated pleas.

He also said that the police had also not gone in for a medical examination of the child.


New Releases
An espionage drama

Arjun Rampal in ‘Asambhav’
Arjun Rampal in ‘Asambhav’

RAJIV RAI made his directorial debut with ‘Yudh’ in 1985 and followed by unprecedented line up of hit films like ‘Tridev’, ‘Vishwatma’, ‘Mohra’ and ‘Gupt’. The king of action is back with ‘Asambhav’ an espionage drama promising entertainment, glamour and visual wizardry of the highest order.

‘Asambhav’ The impossible’ is slated for release today at Aarti and Naulakha, Ludhiana, and has everything that the audience would expect from a Rajiv Rai’s thrilling action, picturesque locales and mind-blowing music.

‘Asambhav’ features Naseeruddin Shah, Arjun Rampal, Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. The film also stars Dipanita Sharma, Sharat Saxena, Mukesh Rishi, Milind Gunaji, Shahwar Ali, Anupama Verma, Tora Khasgir, Mohan Aghase, Tej Sapru, Yashpal Sharma, Arif Zakaria and introduces Chetan Hansraj.

Trimurti Films and Gulshan Rai presents Arjun Rampal as Captain Aadit Arya in Rajiv Rai’s Asambhav. Screenplay by Rajiv Rai , Naeem Sha, dialogues by Naeem Sha, photography by Sukumar Jatania, choreography by Remo and action by Mahendra Verma are major credits. Taranjeet Singh is visual effects director. Sameer has penned the lyrics for music director Viju Shah.

‘Julie’ ready to spin its web

After ‘Murder’ and ‘Hawas’, Rs 1.5 crore ‘Julie’ is ready to spin its web on the audience. This V R Entertainers Pvt Ltd presentation will hit the screen today at Neelam, Chandigarh, K.C. Panchkula and Fun Republic, Mani Majra. ‘Julie’ is produced by N.R. Pachisia. It is written and directed by Deepak Shivdasani. ‘Julie’ has a catchline — beautiful mind, bold profession. It is a tale of a call girl shot in one schedule. The film is generating a lot of curiosity among viewers because of its eye-catching bold promos.

Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Kapoor, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Yash Tonk play key roles alongwith Achint Kaur, Sudhir Joshi and Ahmed Khan. ‘Sameer has penned the lyrics for composer Himesh Reshammiya. — D.P.


‘Sulmo Ranjha’ to capture spirit of Himachal

After a spate of music videos of Punjabi songs, it was time for something of Himachal Pradesh today. Drawing from the legendary folk tale of Himachal “Sulmo Ranjha”, the new music vide being recorded in Chandigarh has everything to do with the beauty of hills.

A venture of Chandigarh-based writer, Keshav Bhrata, the video features a love story, woven together with the elements of music. One time Miss Shimla Divya plays the female lead. It is being directed by Jassi Dhaliwal, also from the city.

For the first time, a host of Himachal Pradesh-based vocalists will lend their voice to a project primarily being handled by Punjabis. Doing the credits in singing will be Himachal-based Sharada, Sanjeev Dixit and Sher Singh Rana. The story is a routine love story that progresses in the backdrop of majestic landscapes. TNS


Daruwala predicts new govt by Aug next year
Chitleen K Sethi

Bejan Daruwala, India’s most celebrated astrologer today predicted that India will have a new government by August next year. Known for some uncanny predictions, Bejan said if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was able to retain his seat till August next year would then he is the man to be watched out.

An ardent believer of Lord Ganesha, 73-year-old Bejan has come up with his latest book of predictions for the year 2005. ‘‘The book will be released on July 24 at Hotel Ashoka in New Delhi,’’ he said. Sharing a few excerpts from the book, Bejan warned that India will face some accidents and natural disasters related to oil spills, under water, air crashes, nuclear or atomic reactors etc.

Bejan had predicted in 1990 that India will be a superpower in the 21st century. ‘‘Wait and watch and India will be supreme. Manmohan Singh just has to stick to power for one year. He is a jewel and I love him from the bottom of my heart. He is a Libran like Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Amitabh Bachchan and Dev Anand,’’he said.

When asked that his prediction about Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee being the next Prime Minister had gone wrong, Mr Daruwala said he had mentioned in his year book that the BJP will be in a position of power. ‘‘But at the same time had said Sharad Pawar would also be in power. Since he is in the Congress, only one of the two things was possible. But yes when I said that Vajpayee will be the Prime Minister I was saying it from my heart,’’ he said.

‘‘I use many different methods to predict the future. And one can be correct to the nearest detail most of the time but human errors do occur and I don’t say that I am 100 per cent right,’’he emphasised.

What is unique about Indian astrology is that it assigns mantras to every planet or griha, he said. The mantras along with numbers, colours and stones are of some help in case the grihas are placed negatively. If it is possible to foresee the future than it should be possible to change it. Mantra to follow in life is kindness,charity and love. Not justice alone but something more than justice, he said.

Does Bejan believe in God? ‘‘I believe in nature, God and energy. Guru Nanak, Christ, Allah and Ganesha, all have the same energy. And it is that energy that I believe in. But Ganesha is someone I believe in. I don’t undertake anything before looking at him,’’he said.

Bejan Daruwala shares a wonderful relationship with his wife, Tehmi. ‘‘She thinks that she is stuck with me for the next seven births,’’he said.

Airtel mobile service today announced the winners of the ‘Airtel Bejan Se Poocho’ contest. The eight lucky winners from Punjab got the unique opportunity to meet world-famous astrologer Bejan Daruwalla in Chandigarh and ask him questions regarding their future.

Meanwhile, the Airtel Bejan Se Poocho contest was open from July 1-20, 2004, for post-paid as well as pre-paid customers of Airtel, Punjab. To participate, all a customer had to do was to call 646 95 and enter his date of birth. The lucky winners were chosen by a computerised draw of lots. There was a tremendous response and over 25,000 customers participated in the Airtel Bejan Se Poocho contest.

According to Mr Vinod Sawhny, CEO and Director, Mobility, Bharti Mobile Ltd., the participants were excited about the contest. TNS


Stealing for thrill
Swarleen Kaur

Imagine the plight of shopkeepers when they discover that their well-guarded precious items have disappeared from view.The culprit might be a innocent -looking customer from a well-off family.

According to Mr Gautam Mehra, Manager, Ebony, Sector 9, in Chandigarh shoplifting is a part of the game .’’Every month four or five such incidents occur in his shop. Recently, a shop guard caught a college student taking away a bottle of perfume.He came from a good family . He was let off after he offered an apology”.

Police help is sought only in chronic cases. In most cases the culprit is let off after a fine. In some cases the family of the person is called. Besides electronic surveillance, the showroom has two guards in plain-clothes on every floor.

The owner of Empire Store, in Sector 17, Mr Subhash Gulati, says despite video- cameras in his shop for the past 10 years, shoplifting continues.”It is not possible to keep an eye on each customer every time. Recently, one of our salesmen saw a woman lifting an article. We asked her to return it. But she kept on denying she had stolen anything. On search the item was found on the person but she insisted that she had bought it during her last visit. Ultimately we had to call the police”, he said.

Mr Harsh Bedi, owner of Talwar Jewellers, Sector 22, narrated a similar incident

“Four NRI women came to our showroom and they were looking at displayed jewellery items. Suddenly, we discovered that a diamond ring had vanished.

Says Mr Manish Jain, Manager, Meena Bazar, “Sometimes we are aware that a customer has lifted a shirt piece or a T-shirt, but to avoid a scene , they do not question him. “Last month a girl came in a Honda City car. She tried to take away an under garment by putting it in her bag.When the guard insisted on checking, she left her bag and went away.

While many such customers come to the shops with the motive to steal, a few of them are compulsive shoplifters who cannot resist the impulse to steal. Some steal for thrill.

According to Dr Parmod Kumar, consultant psychiatrist, Silver Oaks Hospital, Mohali this is a disorder clinically called kleptomania. Persons suffering from this have a reoccurring urge to steal, without any regard for need or profit.

It is not pre-planned. It is basically an impulse-controlled disorder. Suddenly the person is gripped with the desire to steal.The tension or the anxiety level reaches a climax. It comes down only when he or she has acquired the thing.

He says he had joinedsome persons caught on stealing charges by the police suffering from this disorder. Every year he receives two such cases. A majority of persons affected with this disorder did not seek help.

Medication and behavioural therapy helped in curing the problem. Punishment definitely did not, he insisted.


Fashion statement with painted nails

London-based Pammy Kaul, member of the guild of Professional Beauty Therapists (MGPBT), the highest certification in beauty care awarded in the UK, a nail technician with specialisation in nail art and nail extension. These are rather new branches of the boombing beauty industry.

Trained in sculpting of artificial nails, manicure and pedicure, Pammy has also taken thermal auricular therapy, a diploma in head message and Level 2 intensive hairdressing. But she is the finest at nail art.

In Chandigarh to hold workshops for Sylvie’s parlour, that recently opened in the city, Pammy spoke about her art: “Creating beautiful nails is becoming one of the most popular treatments in beauty therapy. Unique nail designs are in demand in any colour or polish and for any occasion, from a casual day to a special theme for a special occasion like Christmas and Divali.

“I create nails with all sorts of patterns, like “diyas” and Lord Ganesha for Divali candles and Christmas trees for Christmas. There is much more from floral designs to daisies, even geometric patterns,” she said.

Studying at Cornwall College Saltash, Pammy says nail art is fast picking up as a major fashion statement. “Nail art is for everyone and can be worn as soft as well as outrageous.”

Pammy excels in creating designs on the toes too. Not just that, she ensures that both genders can wear the nail art. TNS


Market Pulse
Spiderman memorabilia for young fans

As the final countdown begins for the much-awaited release of international blockbuster “Spiderman-2” in India, Mirinda, one of the international partners associated with the film, today opened a veritable treasure-trove of Spiderman memorabilia for fans.

Mirinda, the orange-flavoured drink from the PepsiCo portfolio, brings some highly attractive Spiderman merchandise for fans through the “Mirinda-Spiderman” consumer initiative. These include super sippers, CDs, T-shirts, spidey activity book and Spiderman tattoos. As part of the initiative, 1.5 million special edition Mirinda PET bottles are also being intoduced in the market.

The consumers have to collect Mirinda crowns and PET labels and exchange them along with a nominal amount of cash to collect the Mirinda-Spiderman merchandise, according to Mr Rajeev Bakshi, Chairman, PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd.

Airtel showroom

Airtel today opened a new showroom in collaboration with SAAK Communication in Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh. The showroom will provide new connections, renewals, pre-paid as well as post-paid connections. New cellphone sets and accessories will also be available in the showroom, according to Mr Avi Bhasin, Director, SAAK Communication. TNS

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