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Admn releases schedule for PEC admissions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Joint Admission Committee would conduct counselling for admission to engineering and architecture courses in Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology and Chandigarh College of Architecture.

Consideration would be given to only those candidates who have applied on prescribed performa for these colleges by July 13. The admission to PEC for the state quota and All-India quota would be subject to decision of the case being heard in the Punjab and Haryana High court. The Chandigarh Administration today released a detailed schedule for counselling for admission to Punjab Engineering College and the Chandigarh College of Architecture. The counselling for different categories would be held from August 9 to August 13 and the classes would begin from August 16.

As per the schedule for scheduled castes, both state quota and All-India quota, the counselling would be held on August 9. For other reserved categories, both state quota and All-India quota, the date of counselling was August 10. For the open category, the date of counselling for All-India quota and state quota was August 11 and August 12, respectively.

For B.Arch courses, the date for Scheduled castes / Scheduled Tribes ( both state quota and All-India quota) was August 9. For all other reserved categories, the date was August 10. For open category the date for the All-India quota and state quota was August 12 and August 13, respectively.

All reserved categories seats falling vacant, the dates of counselling were August 12 for All India quota and August 13 for state quota.



6 students attend ‘round square’ conference
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Six students of Classes XI and XII of Vivek High School are participating in the round square conference being organised at Indore. The conference began yesterday and will continue till July 30.

Sushane Puri, Sultan Rana, Satyam Batra, Vatsala, Nihar Mishra and Radhika Bhalla, along with Mr Rajbir Sandhu, will also attend the conference on ‘Heritage expedition to Mandu.”

The project will involve the areas of history, archeology, geography, folklore, literature, sketching of monuments, music and dances and films on Mandu, architecture, water and temperature management.

Eleven schools from all over India are participating in the conference.

New centres

Bulls Eye, an academy giving coaching in management courses, has opened its centres at Patiala and Shimla. Mr Hirdesh Madan, Director of Bulls Eye, said here on Monday that aim of the academy was to assist students to get into the IIMs and other top B-Schools of India.’

Environment day

The Environment day was celebrated at Ryan International School here. Students of the school participated in activities like badge making, postcard making, paper bag making and slogan writing. Mr Mitinder Pal Singh Sekhon, Head of the Geography Department, DAV College, inaugurated the function.


Two students of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here have bagged the first two positions in M.Sc (IT) second year examination of Panjab University. Shivani bagged the first position by securing 90.5 per cent marks, Amandeep has secured the second position by securing 89.3 per cent marks.


Dr Panna Lal, a lecturer at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, has been honoured for his services in the field of education.



Campus Rock Idol contest on Aug 13
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Pepsi and Hero Honda are coming to the city to hunt for the best rock bands that would then vie for the title of “Campus Rock Idol.” All college bands are eligible to participate in the competition, to be organised at the city level on August 13. Entry forms for the competition are available at www.dnanetworks.com.

The highlight of this contest is that the winner will get a lifetime opportunity to play alongside international rock icons like Bryan Adams, Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Duran Duran and Sting. In addition that, the winners will also be entitled to cash prizes. Multimedia equipment will be gifted to the college management of the winning band.

As a run-up to the contest, events are being held in different cities across the country. These events will also be captured by MTV.



CBSE to conduct teachers’ workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), under the ‘Strategic leadership for school principals’ programme, will conduct a workshop for teachers this year.

The programme is being conducted in coordination with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The Director (Academics) in a communique to heads of schools has said that various initiatives are being taken to strengthen the academic climate of the affiliated institutions. A vital part of the programme is to equip them necessary leadership to bring the desirable changes in the school environment of a value-oriented climate.

The focus during the programme will be on developing systematic strategies and processes for managing key functional areas in schools, identifying and implementing suitable systems of appraisal, evaluation of feedback for teachers and staff and introducing and managing change within the school system.

The fee for attending the programme (Rs 20,000) is to be borne by the respective institutions.



Vocational training project for physically challenged

Chandigarh, July 27
With the Central government sanctioning a major vocational project for the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) in Sector 26 here, physically challenged persons can hope for a better future.

In fact, about 40 persons have already been enrolled at the CCET under the project, which is part of a first-of-its-kind all-India project to provide equal opportunities to the disabled. The beneficiaries would be imparted free practical training for up to six months.

Courses in carpentry, electrical repair, desktop publishing and information technology would be conducted at the college. TNS



Five NCC cadets receive scholarships
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Five NCC cadets from Chandigarh have been awarded scholarships for the year 2003-04 under a scheme instituted by the Sahara group. The certificates and scholarships were handed over to the cadets by the Chandigarh Group Commander, Col Ashwini Sharma today.

Puja Banshtu and Supriya Sharma, both from No.1 Chandigarh Girls Battalion, were awarded Rs 15,000 each in the senior wing category, while Priyanka, Devashish Sardana and Harsh Gupta were awarded Rs 5000 each in the junior division category.

The Sahara group awards scholarships worth Rs 1 crore to outstanding and meritorious NCC cadets each year. The scheme was instituted with a view to motivate cadets and provide them with the right impetus to set new milestones in their career. Cadets in academic as well as professional colleges are eligible for the scholarships.



Divergent views on transfer of 'local' judges
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 27
The general house meeting of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association continued today also. The meeting will continue on Thursday.

Being held to discuss the issue of transfer of "local" judges, particularly those whose kin are practicing in the High Court, the meeting saw divergent views being expressed on the subject.

Advocate A.S. Brar, in his address, hailed the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and said that he should be honoured for streamlining the functioning of the courts. He said that till the local Judges were shifted, all cases in which kin of the sitting judges were appearing should be listed before the Bench of the Chief Justice. Another advocate, Amar Singh Sandhu, said that there was no need for the local judges to be shifted.



Govt document

Chandigarh, April 27
Counsel for the Union of India on Tuesday produced a document of the Ministry of External Affairs, which stated that the Pakistan Government has demanded that in case the Government of India wanted Pakistan to return two soldiers languishing in Pakistan jails, it should also release two Pakistani civilians and a soldier.

The letter was produced during the hearing in the petition filed by World Human Rights Protection Council through its Chairman Advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal.

Counsel for the Government stated that the Government was in talks with Pakistan on the issue.

The council has prayed that directions be issued to the Union Government to take immediate steps to ensure the release of two Armymen, who are in the custody of Pakistan since the Kargil war. The writ said the two soldiers, who had gone missing on September 17, 1999, are languishing in a Pakistani jail.

The petitioner also pointed out that after the duo - Lance Naik Jagseer Singh of Muktsar and Sapper Mohammad Arif of Meerut - went missing from Kargil, the Army declared then deserters and their families were also harassed. The salaries of the missing soldiers were also stopped, the petitioner said.



Good for health in small quantities
Renu Manish Sinha

IT is the stuff ‘sinful’ fantasies are made of. Children love it and some adults eat it on the sly while others munch it openly. Some are addicted to it while some others dub themselves as connoisseurs.

Teenagers blame their acne on it while parents of little children hold it responsible for dental caries. It has been the subject of an Oscar- nominated Hollywood film, ‘Chocolate’, starring Juliette Binoche. It is the dark, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate.

Chocolate has been dubbed as a bad food item because of its high-calorie, high-fat content. Recent studies say dark, unsweetened chocolate contains carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins, lowers risk of heart diseases, wards of cancer and is good for the body in small quantities.

Dr Neelu Malhotra, nutrition expert with Silver Oaks at Mohali, says dark chocolate is an anti-oxidant as it is a plant product derived from cocoa beans. Like any other plant food, it has fibre and contains anti-oxidants called flavonoids (also found in green and black tea and red wine). A diet rich in flavonoids reduces the risk of many cardio-vascular diseases, including lung and prostate cancer, asthma and type 2 diabetes, she adds.

Unsweetened cocoa powder lowers bad cholesterol level and raises good cholesterol level, though slightly. Cocoa butter, the fat found in chocolate, though a saturated fatty acid containing stearic acid, but since it is derived from a plant, it does not raise cholesterol levels, she adds.

According to Dr Malhotra, a recent study suggests that dark bitter chocolate can reduce blood clotting, having a similar effect on plaque in arteries as that of an aspirin. Pure cocoa powder produces nitric oxide in blood, which relaxes blood vessels and increases their flexibility, claims Dr Malhotra. She says flavonoids in pure cocoa may have these beneficial effects on the blood vessels, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke. Enough long-term studies have not been conducted to justify these facts, she adds.

This does not give you the leeway to gorge on chocolate, or it products, warns Dr Malhotra. The chocolate or milk chocolate available off the shelf in the market does not contain much of the flavonoids. Much of these flavonoids are stripped during processing. She says eat only a small quantity of dark chocolate slowly, but compensate on these calories. These should be a part of the total calorie intake.

A bar of chocolate can provide instant energy, particularly in emergency, to mountaineers, soldiers, athletes or people living in colder climes. Chocolate eaten with mint, fresh fruits and nuts is good for health as it provides more fibre and anti-oxidants and fewer calories than if eaten with dry fruits, cream, coconut, raisins and caramel.

Tannin content of cocoa or chocolate is less than that of tea and coffee. Chocolate contains much less caffeine than tea or coffee. A 30 gm bar of milk chocolate has 6 mg of caffeine. A cup of coffee has 115 mg and tea 40 mg. A cup of cocoa has about 20 mg. Since cocoa powder is less stimulating than tea and coffee, it makes it an ideal drink for children, suggests Dr Malhotra.

Chocolate does not cause tooth decay, though it may inhibit bacterial growth causing plaque or caries. Sugar and other sticky products like raisins and caramel harm the teeth. Chandigarh-based skin specialist Dr Mallika Sachdev says chocolate neither causes nor aggravates acne. It is the hormones and not the chocolate, she says.

Chocolate is not addictive. The feeling may be psychological, says Dr Malhotra, because of its aroma, flavour or taste. A 30 gm plain bar of sweetened chocolate has 150 calories and 8 to 10 gm of fat, while 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder have 9.9 gm of carbohydrates, 5.8 gm of protein and 6.6 gm of fat. If we add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder in one cup of cow’s milk, it will provide 224 calories, 14.5 gm of carbohydrates, 9.9 gm of protein and 12.3 gm of fat. TNS



Nominations invited for social service award

THE Red and White Bravery Awards has doubled the cash amount of its ‘Social Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. It has also announced fresh initiatives to promote the cause of bravery. The National Red and White Bravery Awards are divided into two categories — physical bravery and social acts of courage. The national award carries a cash award of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 for the gold, silver and bronze medal winners, respectively.

At a function organised in Sector 10, the company, Godfrey Phillips India Limited, also invited nominations for the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Service’. This award is presented in Delhi. The senior vice-president, Corporate Affairs, Mr Sundeep Kumar said, “The states of Punjab and Haryana will be the first chapter of the 13th Red and White Bravery Awards. Entries will be entertained till September 9 and Himachal Pradesh will also be included for the first time”.

The winners of the national award will be selected by a panel of eminent personalities. Any individual who wins gold medal at the state level will be eligible for the judging stage of this award.

The authentication of the cases is vital to ensure that only the deserving are awarded. As part of the selection process, all shortlisted entries will be verified at the place of the incident, in person and finally, a panel of judges will select the winners. The panel comprises eminent personalities, including police officers, retired judges of the Supreme Court and high courts, renowned social workers and media personalities.

The Red and White Bravery Awards are a tribute to the unsung heroes who have made a difference, through their selfless acts of courage. Since a selfless act of courage rarely advertises itself, Godfrey Phillips India Limited makes special efforts to seek out true and real-life heroes.

At the state-level, Red and White Bravery Awards are presented in two categories — physical bravery and acts of social courage. Physical bravery acknowledges those occasions where a person, at great risk to himself, saves another from a possible threat of life or saves valuable property. Acts of social courage acknowledges the role of people who have adopted a bold stance and opposed social evils such as dowry, child marriage, illiteracy and environmental concerns, among others. OC



Experimenting with wood and fibre

CITY people are becoming more art conscious these days. Be it home, clothes or even a way of living they seek to give an artistic touch to satisfy aesthetic urge.

When it comes to purchasing goods for decor, everyone wants beautiful and exclusive goods that suit their existing decor. In fact, lately in search of finding something exclusive people’s emphasis has shifted to handcrafted art objects..

Artists are experimenting and coming up with a new range of handicraft products. Ambala-based Rubina Chaddha is fortunate that her hobby which took the shape of a profession is fetching her handsome returns.

Her designer pottery, sculpture and relief paintings made on wood reflect her innovative skills. She has given embossed effect in her paintings which can lend grace to the place. Hand painted tables, floor lamps, artistic wooden furniture is a practical expression of her creative ideas. Accessories like table lamps, tabla sets and wall mirrors made of fibre and wood point towards her growing professionalism.

Fibre and wood products apart from giving a elegant look are very durable, she explains. Fibre wood handicrafts may look very delicate but these really don’t really need a careful handling. These do not break or get marred even if these fall on floor, she said.

At present her thrust is on designer furniture. Her wide range of furniture items convey uniqueness. She has given traditional touch to the furniture which make your home lively. She has specially crafted centre tables, side tables and beds. Centre table with glass top and bed with extensive wood carving is her speciality. She has given various shapes to the side tables to add a complete look.

Rubina is of the opinion that art and handicraft have always been indispensable in interior and exterior decor. Be it home decor, decor of hotel, restaurants, farm houses or office establishments, handcrafted goods have been found to be of utmost use.

She is also running an organisation, ‘Kritika’ since 1995. The products are one of their kind. Her company has exported goods to a number of countries.

She was invited by National Services Institute of India to participate in “Indian Pavilion” inTrade Fair held in Berne, Switzerland. She was also selected for “National Mahila Excellence Award” by Indian Solidarity Council, a registered body for social activities. She also participated in national award for master craft person scheme of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Government of India. Her products were also exhibited in the famous national level Surajkund Craft Mela.

Her collection is on display at Spreads. NAC Mani Majra. OC



City to host play based on Ghalib’s letters

THIS weekend will bring a splash for Urdu lovers, especially those who hold Mirza Ghalib in esteem. The city will see two functions in which celebrated theatre director Aziz Quraishi will showcase his work based on the confessions of the legendary poet.

Called “Aetraf-e-Ghalib”, the production will be staged at Tagore Theatre under the aegis of the Sufi Foundation on July 29. A day later, another show of “Aetraf-e-Ghalib” will be organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Haryana, in collaboration with the Haryana Urdu Akademi.

The production is an imaginative compilation from “Ghalib ke Khatoot (Ghalib’s letters), strengthened by factual and literary inputs from a few other works. In a complete dramatic rendering, with period costumes and music, the letters begin and end with Ghalib’s confessions. They recreate an era in which Ghalib suffered greatly at the hands of the rulers, even as he was hugely misunderstood by his compatriots.

The play attempts to showcase Ghalib in the true sense of the word. It also shows how he perceived himself as a husband, a lover and a poet. The entire literature is based on the many letters than Ghalib wrote to his favourite niece.

Mostly it draws from “Ghalib ke Khatoot”, Mirza Farhat Ullah Beg’s “Dilli Ka Yaadgar Mushaira”, Ghulam Raool Mehr’s “Ghalib” and Dr Mohd Hasan’s “Ghalib Kaun Hai”. There are factual inputs in the play by Dr Tanvir Ahmed Alvi and Kamna Prasad.

Besides being a celebrated poet, Ghalib was also a gifted letter writer. His letters are refreshingly light-hearted, simple, direct, intimate and conversational. As the letters, the play brings out the bewildered, often a repentant Ghalib. In the production, Aziz Quraishi, the director-compiler will play the role of the protagonist. TNS


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