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Seminar on intellectual assets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
DAV College and Department of Information Technology organised a one-day seminar on “ leveraging intellectual assets for project management” on the college premises here today.

Mr Karan Avtar Singh, Chandigarh Finance Secretary, who was the chief guest, and Mr Vivek Attrey, Director, Technical Education, were present. The speakers were Dr Prem Kumar, Mr Rajesh Pandey, head Quark, Dr Gunmala Suri, reader in the University Business School, Panjab University, and Col D.S.Cheema, Director, department of Professional Studies, DAV College.

Mr S.Marriya, Principal of the college, proposed to start a post-graduate diploma in knowledge management from January. The speakers emphasised the need to “ know what we know” and to properly channelise the flow of data into information and its conversion in to knowledge.

Felicitation ceremony: Inaugurating the new academic session at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, member of Parliament, called upon the students to inculcate self-esteem as the most important virtue.

Responding to the problem of unclean surroundings, Mr Bansal assured that he would take up the matter with the corporation and the administration.

The Principal, Ms Vimal Bhargava, feliciated Mr Bansal. A delegation of part time lecturers gave a representation to the MP regarding the blanket ban on permanent posts in colleges and the low salary paid to them.


Fancy dress competition for kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The Smartkids Kindergarten, Phase X, organised a fancy dress competition for its students. Students dressed as brides, Spiderman, and vegetable vendors descended on the scene.

Certificates and gifts were given to each participant in view of the policy of the school to encourage participation. Ms R.H. Singh and Ms G.K. Bindra, the founders of the school, said such activities were part of the curriculum.

Sapling plantation: A sapling plantation function was held at Government Model High School, Sector 36. The District Education Officer, Ms Rajesh Chaudhary, who was the chief guest urged the students to plant more trees. The Principal of the school, Ms Rita Batra, welcomed the chief guest and stressed upon the children to plant more trees. Mr S.K. Sharma, Director, Environment Society, graced the occasion.

Inaugural function: The 51st academic session of Government College of Education , Sector 20, started with a function organised on the college premises here on Friday. Prof Sudesh Gakhar, coordinator, Special Assistance Programme, Department of Education, Panjab University, was the chief guest.

Green day: The pre-primary wing of Delhi Public School organised a ‘ monsoon week’ for nursery and kindergarten students in the school premises. Activities were organised to make the students aware about water, rain, animals, plants and seasons. The toddlers engaged themselves in various activities using the green colour.

The Principal, Ms Sunitra Tanwar, said the gesture of planting saplings was symbolic of the growth of the school. The children were required to nurture these saplings which inculcated in them a sense of responsibility, commitment and belonging.

Freshers party: Commerce Association of Government College, Sector 11, organised a freshers’ party to honour all those who had got admission in B.Com part-I. The function was presided over by the principal, Prof Balwinder Singh.

Prof A.N. Garg, Head of the Department, welcomed the chief guest and expressed his hope that the day would remind the students of the hard work required to achieve success in life.


Education fair begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
A two-day internal education fair on “Education Worldwide India”, featuring national in international names in the education business, began at the CII Convention Centre here today. Institutions offering graduate and postgraduate courses in career counselling on medical, fashion, multimedia, tourism, hotel management, airhostess training, graphic designing and beauty care have put up their stalls at the fair.

Mr Devender K. Jain, organiser of the event, told The Tribune that the fair had been organised after a survey of the education market in Chandigarh and surrounding areas was carried out a few months back. A lot of students from the region go to institutions across the country for higher education.

The event offered an opportunity to students to know about the budget for each course. The advantage of the fair was business to consumers and business-to-business.


63 ISTC students get diplomas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
As many as 63 students were awarded diplomas at the annual convocation of the Indo-Swiss Training Centre(ISTC) here yesterday.
The chief guest, Dr A.K. Chawla,Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, expressed the hope that the institute would continue to produce professionals with technical ability and leadership aptitude.

Earlier, Dr R.P. Bajpai, Director of the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation(CSIO), lauded the efforts of the ISTC in the area of providing assistance to the industry by way of fabrication of press tools and development of critical components and conducting regular short-term courses for the persons from the industry.

The ISTC Principal, Mr H.S. Gupta, said over 90 per cent of the passing-out graduates had already been employed by the industries of the repute.

While 28 students of the instrument technology were awarded diplomas, 15 students of mechatronics and industrial automation received the diplomas. As many as 20 students of the dye and mould-making discipline were given diplomas.


School to move consumer court against PSEB
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 31
The Paragon School authorities here will approach the consumer courts against the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for slapping a “faulty” notice of power pilferage on them. This was stated by the school Principal, Mr B.S. Shergill, at a press conference held here today.

Mr Shergill said while the board officials were alleging that his school had bypassed the meter and was using electricity through a direct line, the truth was that two board employees had themselves come to the school a few days ago and bypassed the meter.

Giving details, Mr Shergill added that the school meter had burnt and on July 21, the school authorities had complained to the board applying for a new meter. “We procured a meter for them after which we were told that the process of installation of the meter will take some time. Meanwhile, on Monday morning we found that the school had no electricity. We complained at the PSEB centre in Phase VII. Two of their employees came to the school. They told us that our meter was burnt. They connected the power supply of the school to the direct line,” said Mr Shergill.

The school authorities were in for a shock when on July 29, a team from the PSEB raided the school and found the school using electricity from the direct line. The school was fined Rs 2.85 lakh for the alleged crime and also charged with using more load than what it was allowed.

“Our electricity supply was also cut. We had to pay Rs 1 lakh yesterday to the board just to get our power supply restored, pointed out Mr Shergill, adding that he would be going to the consumer court against the PSEB notice.


Syndicate awards 10 Ph.D degrees

Chandigarh, July 31
The Panjab University Syndicate awarded 10 Ph.D degrees at its meeting held earlier this month. The notification to this effect was recently issued by the university. Those awarded Ph D degrees include Aruna Saini (Botany), Umed Singh Malik (Public Administration), Naib Singh (Geography), Suneeta Patnayak (English), Mohan Bala (English), Balwant Singh sandhu (Punjabi), Rajinder Kaur (Punjabi), Mohd Shamshed (Hindi), Navneet Kumar (Sanskrit), and Pushpa Sharma (Music). — TNS


Judicial review not to be equated
with appellate power: judge
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 31
Judicial review is not to be equated with appellate power. The question that is asked in an appeal is whether the decision is right or wrong. In judicial review, on the other hand, the question that is posed is whether the decision is legal or illegal.

Speaking at the Army Institute of Law (AIL) here today as part of the “Distinguished Lecture Series — 2004” organised by the institute, Mr Justice S.B. Sinha of the Supreme Court explained that judicial review related to the decision-making process and not the merit of the decision.

The judge, who spoke about various facets of judicial review quoting a number of relevant court cases, said over the years judicial review in India had obtained the status of a basic feature of the Constitution. He said the concept of judicial review, in the present context, had become akin to the maxim “ubi just ibi remediium”.

The judge said the principle of judicial review was revised and restated by Chief Justice Marshal in Madison [(1803) 2 L. Ed. 60] who said: “It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is. Those who apply that the rule to particular cases must of necessity expound and interpret that rule. If two laws conflict with each other, the courts must decide on the operation of each. So, if a law be in opposition to the Constitution; if both the law and the Constitution apply to a particular case, so that the court must either decide that case conformably to the law, disregarding the Constitution; or conformably to the Constitution disregarding the law, the court must determine which of these conflicting rules govern the case. This is the very essence of judicial duty. If then, the courts are to regard the Constitution and the Constitution is superior to any Act of the Legislature, the Constitution, and no such ordinary act, must govern the case to which they both apply — why otherwise does it (Constitution) direct the judges to take an oath to support it?”

Mr Justice B.K. Roy, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who presided over the function, said judicial review according to him meant a judicial re-examination of an action and/or matter-in-issue in certain specific but prescribed circumstances.

He said it was essentially a statutory remedy but in certain cases (e.g. fraud on court) the court under its inherent power could take recourse to judicial review. “Our founding fathers of the Constitution had realised that it was an essential component of Rule of Law.”

Under the Constitution and the laws, the courts had been vested with the power of judicial review in regard to the administrative/ executives acts, legislative acts and judicial acts. By the process of judicial review the courts implemented the Constitution and the laws and compelled the parties to act accordingly, he added.

Mr Justice Roy further said judicial review was not available in regard to certain matters vide Articles 31-A, 31-B, 31-C, 33 and 262 (2) of the Constitution of India.

He said that in India the criminal courts under the Code of Criminal Procedure, except correction of typographical and mathematical errors in a judgement, did not possess powers of review. Laws could not remain static. They had to be dynamic. Laws were amended as per the need. Judgements were also reviewed keeping in view the need of the hour.


Anju gives clean chit to husband 
Alleges police framed him
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
Ms Anju, on whose “statement” the police claimed to have booked her husband, Ram Bahadur, on the charges of raping her minor daughter, today moved a local court giving a clean chit to her husband.

In an application before the court of Mr Rajesh Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, Ms Anju, a resident of Maloya, alleged that the case against her husband had been fabricated by the police. There was no question of any of the family members supporting the false version of the prosecution, she added.

Reiterating that she did not make any statement accusing her husband of outraging the modesty of her daughter, she said her family had already suffered a lot on account of detention of Ram Bahadur.

Under the present circumstances, there is a strong case for the discharge of the accused without any further proceedings, she added.

The police had registered an FIR against Ram Bahadur on the “statement” of Anju on May 5. She later claimed that the police got her thumb impressions on a few blank papers and her husband was booked and later arrested for rape charges on the basis of her statement.

The case will now come up for hearing on August 5.


Leg amputation case hearing on Aug 14
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
Mr R.K. Sharma, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), today fixed August 14 as the date for considering framing of charges in a case relating to alleged negligence of a doctor of the Inscol Hospital in Sector 34, which led to the amputation of a leg of St John’s High School student.

It may be recalled that the student Abhishek, reportedly fractured his leg while playing football in his school. He was rushed to Inscol Hospital in Sector 34, where there was alleged negligence in his treatment by doctors.

Later, when his condition worsened he was taken to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where his left leg had to be amputated to save his life.

On August 26 last year, the police, on a complaint by his mother, Ms Anuradha Ahluwalia, had booked Dr Sanjay Saluja of the Inscol on the charges of alleged negligence in treatment. However, he was later bailed out.


Cultural show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The weekend cultural show, Friendship Day special, was organised at Plaza, Sector 17, here today. The programme was organised by the Department of Tourism, UT. The programme began with a dance performance by a Rajasthani dance troupe from Jaipur who performed kalbelia, ghoomer, mand, bhavai and fire dance.


Today is Friendship Day
True friends accept you unconditionally
Swarleen Kaur

A friend is like a cloudful of rain. He doesn’ t stop till he has given his joys and pleasures to you. A lot has been said about friendship. But still one feels that something has been left unsaid. Meeting and talking to varied age groups was an interesting and revealing experience.

Love can end, friendship never ends

Friendship is deeper than love relationships. We can hate those tomorrow whom we love today. But the one who is a true friend can never become an enemy. If a friend becomes an enemy, then one can be sure that there was no friendship in the first place.

Comments city-based designer Aneesha: “I have seen many ups and downs in my life. But my friend always stood by me in my difficult times. I remember those times when I needed a shoulder to rely on. Nobody was there who could understand me. But then I met Pankaj who taught me the meaning of friendship. Now he is living abroad for the past three years. We are in touch through e-mail and telephone. Whenever I feel low, I just call him up and talk to him. Talking to him relaxes me and provides me with a solution to my problem.

Physical presence of a loved-one doesn’t matter. What matters is heart-to-heart sharing. A true friend acts like a mirror which can show you your true face.

Allows freedom

Take the case of two pals, Vishal and Mohin, college students.

Says Vishal Papneja: “Friends accept us as we are unlike in any other relationship; a friend doesn’t try to change you. A true friend has no expectations from us. Friends are not dependent on each other. Neither is there any desire to possess or dominate. Mohin and I love to go uphill on our bike.

It is essential to have at least one true friend in your life with whom you can share everything without caring about status or having any ego hassles, he says.

Mohin Bisht, who was standing nearby, said: “He is very loyal to me and shares everything with me but, at the same time, he never tries to interfere into my affairs.

“The best thing about our bonding is that we find happiness in small things. Moreover, we don’t even fight over girlfriends,” he says smilingly.

Talking to children gave an interesting insight.

“We share our tiffins. If my mum gives me a chocolate, then I demand one more for my friend, Ankita. We sit on the same bench in the classroom. We play many games together, says eight-year-old Rohini.

Rohini says, “Ankita helps me in studies and gives me a lot of gifts also. I always go to her place to play ‘ghar ghar’. Then we play with our Barbie dolls”.

“I also like playing with her. I share everything with her. I even share my favourite toys, said Ankita.

City-based educationist, Ms Amar Chopra, shared her experience of friendship which she has been cherishing for the past 50 years.

“My mother was my first friend who taught me a lot of precious things about life. I learnt manners, giving respect to others and, most importantly, how to be truthful. Her teachings helped me throughout my life.

After my marriage, my mother-in-law became my best friend. She used to understand me so well. We shared very good moments with each other. From her I learnt sincerity.

Ms Chopra has also spent many years abroad where she made various friends. She recalls how she specially used to make chicken curry and pakoras for her Irish friend, Hazel.

She said, “God has been very kind to me and he gave me good years of friendship with various faithful friends.

“I send cards and regards to all my friends every year. The best thing I learnt from friendship is love, honesty, truth and sincerity”.

You realise the value of a real friend only when youth leaves you.


He took life head on, and turned it around
Gurvinder Kaur

Adversity tries a man in various ways. It is not surprising, therefore, if a person emerges through his trials a changed man. However, there are a few who are able to look tribulation in the eye and convert their obstacles into stepping stones on their way to success. Sanjay Narain is undoubtedly one of them.

His is truly a rags to riches story that reads like the script of a Bollywood film, a domain Sanjay is poised to enter in real life. After being left virtually alone at the age of nine, from washing utensils and clothes to working as a cook in a small restaurant in Patiala, 25-year-old Sanjay has seen it all. Today however he divides his time between Mumbai and Patiala, runs a modelling institute, choreographs shows and is a television artiste, besides working as an assistant in Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Productions. He is also on the threshold of clinching a small role in a film.

He was barely two when his mother died of cancer, and for the next seven years he was brought up by his grandmother and father in Chandigarh. However, the turning point in his life came after the death of his grandmother, when Sanjay was nine. His father’s meagre means and helplessness moved an acquaintance of the family, Mr Vijay Tiwari, an advocate in Patiala, to help him out of the situation while simultaneously gaining a part-time help for his house.

However, the advocate whom Sanjay fondly calls “uncle” saw to it that the boy did not miss out on schooling. Sanjay, a gifted dancer, used to take part in almost every dance and acting competition held in his school or elsewhere in Patiala. After an especially spirited stage performance of Michael Jackson’s “Bad”, Sanjay acquired the nickname “Michael” and came to be known as Sanjay Michael. He bided his time till his matriculation and, tired of the incessant chores of the house, the boy left “home” to find an identity for himself.

While trying to find a break in the modelling world in the region in the mid-nineties Sanjay took up one job after another, including those of a cook in a city hotel and a marketing job with Philips. Finally, the gutsy youth rented two rooms near 22 Number Phatak in Patiala, a prime commercial area, and launched his dance, music and modelling institute, Passion Unlimited, in 1996 and never looked back since.

As his students started getting selected for various state and interstate dance competitions, besides TV shows like “Boogie Woogie”, his institute‘s popularity grew. Sanjay then branched into choreographing fashion and dance shows in the city. He has till date organised 21 major events in the city and around. He also introduced “dandia” to the region in a big way when he organised a three-day dandia festival around Divali last year. The festival, in which some TV stars from Mumbai participated, proved to be a big hit.

Sanjay was also careful to get education while striving to carve a niche for himself. He did his graduation and then a diploma course in marketing from Punjab Technical University. Today Sanjay is called upon to be a judge in various university-level dance and music competitions. He has directed more than six video albums in Haryanvi and his gidda team performed during the Heritage Festival last year.

“Struggle only buoys me. I am what I am because of incessant hard work. In fact, sitting free for even a short while depresses me. I have an urge to constantly be engaged in work. I am being offered a small role in a forthcoming film and things may mature soon. I shall face the future as it comes,” says Sanjay bravely. Three cheers for our gutsy guy!


Film Review
Dhawan’s comical circus
Rama Sharma

Watch two men, Sameer (Salman Khan) and Sunny (Akshya Khanna) doing some circus to win over the heroine(Prinkaya Chopra) in “Mujhse shaadi karogi”. While Sameer does this with all his innocent and trusting heart and looks, Sunny has always some wicked plans to outdo him.

Acting-wise it is difficult to say who outshines the other in the comical drama.While Salman wins your sympathy with his sincerity, Akshay effectively portrays his other extreme.

They share the same room. Its window straightway gives the glimpse of oomph-spreading Priyanka. While enjoying all these fun-filled moments, you are supposed to keep your mind aside. Director David Dhawan wants you to go with the flow and not try to understand or question the rationale behind the twists. If you do, there is danger that you won’t get the value of your time and money. You might end up looking confused .

Amrish Puri as Priyanka’s father leaves an impression. Though he is a retired Army officer but due to some quirk of script he is receiving injuries and fractures at the hands of lovelorn Sameer. Who does comedy of errors and creates a series of misunderstandings. Witness the climax towards the end in the cricket ground where Navjot Sidhu and Kapil Dev, leaving aside the worries of Indo-Pakistan match, exhort Sameer to shed his shyness and declare his love publically.

Farah Khan’s choreography is excellent. Several peppy song and dance numbers display her versatility. Priyanka Chopra, too, is the gainer. She is gyrating and dancing after almost 20 minutes with the one guy or the other and sometimes with both, spilling enough charm.

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