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Pathak accused of favouring principals
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 21
Panjab University has been made into a political arena instead of letting it remain like an educational institution allegedly by the authorities in charge of the university.

The allegations in this regard were levelled by Dr S.S. Randhawa, Principal, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Mahalpur, while talking to mediapersons here today. He alleged that both the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.N. Pathak, and the Registrar, Mr Paramjit Singh, were making all efforts to help principals, who allegedly owed allegiance to their group, become members of the Senate, elections for which are scheduled to be held on September 17.

Dr Randhawa alleged that the votes of a number of persons who became principals after May 31 were made by the authorities concerned while those who were appointed principals before May 31 were not registered as voters. According to the conditions, only that principal could be registered as a voters who had the post before May 31.

He said he was appointed Principal by a duly constituted committee on June 29, 2002, but his name did not figure in the voters list. His wife, Mrs Kirpal Kaur, who is the Principal of the Mai Bhago College for Women, Ramgarh, was the Principal of the institution before the cut off date (May 31 but went on three months medical leave from July 5. He said that her name figured in the preliminary voters list displayed on June 26 but was found missing from the final list displayed on August 2.

He claimed that Mr Satish Sharma was appointed the Principal of DAV College, Jagraon, in the last week of July but his name was approved as a voter. Similarly, Mr Suresh Sharma and Ms Achla Kant were appointed Principals of RSD College, Ferozepore, and RD Mahila Arya College, Abohar, respectively, in July but they were registered as voters.

He further claimed that Mr A.S. Bedi, Principal, SD College, Hoshiarpur, who was given an extension in service had been given the voting right in violation of the rules.

He alleged that the VC was giving undue benefits to some of the principals who were showing loyalty to his group. Giving examples, he claimed that Dr Ravinder Sharma, Principal, DAV College, Batala, had been appointed as a Reader at one of the departments at the university. Similarly, Mr B.D. Budhiraj, Principal, Kamla Lotia College for Women, Ludhiana, had been appointed as Dean about 10 days ago.



Freshers’ party at DAV College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Students of the IT centre of DAV College organised a freshers’ party in the premises of the college here today. The principal, Mr S. Marriya, was present at the function.

Participants danced to the tunes of famous pop numbers. The winners of various contests are: “Mr BBBA” — Sahil Monga, “Miss BBA” — Shruti Verma, “Mr BCA” — Vikas Sahu, “Mr MSc (IT)” — Gyatri Verma, “Mr MA” — Vikramjit, “Miss MA” — Ashima, “Mr Talented” Avinesh and “Miss Talented” — Shweta.

Contest: The Eco Club of the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, observed the “Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas”. Students of the school participated in essay writing and paper reading contests. Mr Om Parkash, president of the Eco Club, spoke on the occasion.

Party: Final-year students of the NTT course of the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute of Vocational Studies organised a freshers’ party. The party began with Saraswati Vandana, performed by Amanpreet Kaur. The Principal, Dr Neelam Satsangi, welcomed the new students.

Campaign: TVS Scooty Traffic Safety campaign organised a programme at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41. During the programme, the participants were told about the safe driving through a quiz. A series of such campaign is being carried out at different schools in the region.

Contest: The State Institute of Education organised a Sanskrit recitation contest for secondary students of rural, urban and model schools. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Saroj Saini stressed upon the need for promoting Sanskrit.

Topper: Suangna Singh, a student of SD College, Sector 32, has stood first in the B.Com final examination of Panjab University by securing 1112 marks out of 1450.

Fancy dress: A fancy dress competition was organised for Class I and II students of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, here. More than 80 students participated.

Plantation drive: A sapling plantation drive was organised at Government High School, Sector 41. Mr Ashok Goel, Assistant General Manager, BSNL, was the chief guest. Members of the PTA were also present.



10,000 students paint, write, sing and dance at carnival
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
More than 10,000 students from schools in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Kalka, Kurali, Kharar, Parwanoo and other nearby areas took part in competitions in painting, essay writing, slogan writing, tatoo making, face painting, dance, singing, collage making and science exhibits at the 15-day Funcity Carnival which concluded at the Funcity Amusement park today.

Competitions were held in three groups: junior category (Class I to IV), middle category (Class V to VIII) and senior category (Class X to XII).

The results:

Painting: Junior category — Aditi Saxena (Sacred Heart)1, Tanya (Gem Public School) 2, Tammana Virdi (Aksips, Mohali) 3. Middle category — Satinder (Sharda Sarvihitkari) 1, Aarushi Saxena (Sacred Heart) 2, Rohini Anand (Gem Public School) 3; Senior category — Harmeet Kaur (Gem School) 1, Priya (Bright Star Zirakpur) 2, Pradeep Kaur (Gem School) 3.

Essay writing: Junior category — Richa (St Soldier Divine) 1, Amritpal (Mata Sahib, Landran) 2; Middle category — Niti Rana 1, Ambalika Sharma 2, Rekha Verma 3 (all Shardha Sarvithkari); Senior category — Piyush Saurav (Jawahar Navodya) 1, Deep Prakash Singh (AC National) 2, Ruby (GHS, Khuda Lahora ) 3.

Slogan writing: Middle category — Kaushal Kapoor ( Bright Public) 1, Davinder (Bright Public ) 2; Senior category — Harpreet Kaur (Bright Public) 1, Mahesh (Bright Public ) 2, Nisha (GMSS, Ram Darbar) 3.

Face painting: Junior category — Junjeet 1, Sandeep Singh 2, Guramrit Singh 3 (all from Mata Sahib, Landran); Middle category — Gurvinder Kaur 1, Puneet Kaur 2, Kamaldeep Kaur 3 (all from Mata Sahib, Landran); Senior category — Heena Singh 1, Deepshika 2 (both from Sharda Sarvhithkari).

Tatoo making : Junior category — Harsimran (YPS, Mohali) 1; middle category — Varun (Shardha Sarvthkari) 1; Senior category — Abhinay (Shardha Sarvithkari) 1, Jagmohan (AC National) 2.

Group dance: Junior category — Saloni’s group (Bright Star, Zirakpur) 1, Amit’s group (Saraswati Public) 2, Morni’s group (Dev Samaj, Raipur Rani) 3; Middle category — Chan Mara Makhana (Gem Public) 1, Nidhi (Saraswati Public) 2, Kamal and Manpreet (Bright Star) 3; Senior category — Raman (GGSS, Sector 23)1, Bhangra (DAV, Kurali) 2, Mawan Mawan (Gem Public) 3.

Solo dance: Junior category — Ananaya (Ryan International) 1, Kanwaljeet Kaur (Gem Public) 2, Tanvir Singh (Shemrock) 3; Middle category — Janki (GGSS, Maloya)1, Jot Deep (Gem Public) 2, Shilpa (St Soldier Divine)3; Senior category — Dipika (GSS, Sector 23) 1, Raman (Shishudeep Model) 2, Sakshi (DAV, Kurali) 3.

Singing : Junior category — Manpreet (Shardha Sarvithkari) 1; Middle category — Harsh Joy (Gem Public) 1, Shikha (SDDM) 2, Manjit (GSS, Maloya) 3; Senior category — Poonam (GGSS, Sector 23) 1, Gurleen (Gem Public) 2, Harjot Singh (Gem Public) 3.

Collage making : Junior category — Abhinav (Shardha Sarvithkari) 1; Senior category — Renu Negi (Shardha Sarvithkari) 1, Shelia (Shardha Sarvithkari) 2, Apinder Kaur (Bright Public) 3.



Art exhibition

Panchkula, August 21
To encourage the talent of students, a two-day exhibition was put up at Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula. The exhibition covered various subject including science, social science, computer science, English, art and craft.

The tiny tots of the Nursery wing had portrayed the idea of “unity in diversity” by exhibiting colourful dress of India. Kindergarten students highlighted the importance of good eating habits.

Senior social science wing students evoked patriotic sentiments while giving a tribute to “The Father of Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi.

In the biology section abuses of cloning was highlighted.

Students of art and craft section also displayed their creative skills through mural work, glass painting and pot painting.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Ms Neelam P. Kansi. OC



Homoeo college gets nod for counselling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
With eight seats still lying vacant in the Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, the college has got Panjab University’s nod to hold another session of counselling to fill the seats.

While two rounds of counselling have already been undertaken during the joint counselling, which took place earlier in the Government Medical College, Sector 32, the eight vacant seats out of the total 50 had become a cause for worry for the college management, which had asked Panjab University to allow them to hold another round to counselling so that the students could be admitted.



Saplings planted in school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The Chandni Eco Club of Government High School, Sector 32, here observed Vanamahotsava today.
Led by Mr S.K. Sharma, President, Environment Society of India, and Ms Anita Kapur, Headmistress, the PTA president, members and teachers planted 12 saplings in the school campus.

Later, students of the school presented environment-related songs and skits. A slogan-writing and poster-making contest was also held.



47 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
As many as 47 cases were settled and Rs 14.27 lakh awarded at Special Lok Adalat organised on the premises of the State Legal Services Authority in Sector 9 here today. The adalat was held to settle cases of GE Countrywide and IDBI Bank.

Held under the aegis of Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of the authority, a cash recovery of Rs 9.9 lakh was also made from borrowers of Punjab National Bank.

Mr Sant Parkash, Member Secretary and Judge of the Permanent Lok Adalat, presided over the adalat, which was also attended by Mr R.L. Sabharwal.

Mr Sant Parkash said the main objective of the authority was to settle disputes between parties in an amicable manner without wasting time and money.

The concept was picking up and a number of persons and institutions had been approaching the authority to settle disputes relating to property, labour problems, water and electricity and various kinds of claims, he added.



Cong councillor’s son gets bail

Chandigarh, August 21
A local court today granted bail to Brijesh Negi, son of Congress councillor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh(MCC), Ms Shyama Negi, in a forgery case.

According to information, Mr R.K. Sharma, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), granted bail to Brijesh, who had been accused ofsubmitting fake affidavits to the Administration for getting a ration depot.

He, along with others, was booked for forgery by the police several years ago. TNS



Sale sails everywhere
Swarleen Kaur

Buy three shirts, get four free! Get 50 per cent discount on garments and accessories or buy one pizza and get 50 per cent off on another! Banners proclaiming sales at shops will greet you where ever you go, be it Chandigarh or Panchkula. Almost all shopkeepers are busy clearing the old stock before the arrival of fresh stock. When the sale is on, it becomes impossible a shopkeeper to stay out of it. And not to lag behind, shopkeepers are keen to cash in on the craze. Shopkeepers are offering attractive discounts and new schemes to woo customers.

City residents are going gaga over it as well. Ms Simran Sandhu, a resident of Sector 7, said: “I wait especially for the clearance sale to buy things. Clearance sale is always useful because you can buy a lot of things at good price.” One can also spot youngsters buying their favorite things.

Ritika, a college student, has been saving money for the past two months to get stuff of her choice. “There is a lot of variety in the market and you can get a lot of things at a reasonable price. I bought two pairs of jeans and three matching tops today,” she said.

But for some poor husbands, sales leave a hole in their pocket.

Gulshan Sharma, who was spotted in Sector 9 shopping mall with his baby, almost grumbled: “My wife came to buy just a purse but she has picked up a suit, a pair of sandals, cosmetics and she is still looking for something.”

Gutam Mehra, a business manager of a store in Sector 9, said: “During the sale, customers tend to buy more items than planned. It is because these sales give the value of their money. We are also clearing our stock. This is the time when customers make more use of credit cards and cross the limit of their budget. The strategy of sale and heavy discounts benefits both the customer and the shopkeeper. The mantra of Rs 999 and Rs 199 is working well.”

In Sector 17 or 22 you can spot banners of sale and heavy discounts almost everywhere. Almost everyone is busy clearing the summer stock before the arrival of the winter stock.

People are visiting the city to make purchases from the neighboring regions also. Ms Renu Sinha, who comes from Parwanoo to the city during sales every year, said: “I just love shopping and Sector 17 is the best place for that because you can get almost everything here.

Rajneesh Jain of a shop in Mani Majra, said: “There are two motives behind the sale. Firstly to clear the summer stock and secondly to give benefit to customers. When you decide to go on sale, you have to give discount on every item, be it apparel or other accessories. We also inform our regular customers about the sale. We reserve two days for them before putting sale for other people so that they can choose their things comfortably.”



Don’t go ‘Fida’ over this one
Rama Sharma

Watching a movie may not be that enjoyable if your mind remains involved in guessing games. But this is what you do while watching ‘Fida’. Directed by Ken Ghose, the film reveals his hurry to thrust romantic thriller masala upon us. He changes the gear quickly. as a result, the interplay of emotions becomes too serious and heavy- handed.

It borders on an average over-hyped movie.

Revolving around three main characters — Jai (Shahid Kapur), Vikram (Fardeen Khan) and Kareena Kapoor (Neha) — the central plot of the film is a fraud of Rs 550 crore, committed through the Internet. Young Shahid Kapoor shines in his role. He looks fresh. As an impulsive emotional and innocent guy, who is sucked into crime because of these very qualities, he manages to evoke your sympathies.

Kareena Kapoor delivers well. She looks tired, but manages to freshen you up with her bitchy smile. Fardeen Khan is also okay.

The sound track is average with “Aaja mahi, balle balle” standing out. Finally, when the movie ends, you feel doubly blessed. Firstly you feel relieved that at last it is over and secondly, it is a little unexpected.



Bollywood singer to focus on North India
Rahul Das

Bollywood singer Vinod Sehgal has decided to lay special emphasis on reaching out to the people of North India. Talking to The Tribune, Vinod Sehgal, who is known for his song ‘Chhod aaye hum woh galiyan’ in the movie ‘Maachis’, said he would continue working in Bollywood, but would simultaneously hold live performances in the northern region.

“I am overwhelmed with the love and affection shown to me by the people of North India,” he said.

He belongs to Palledar Mohalla in Ambala Sadar and is presently here due to some family obligation.

Two of his songs are currently making waves in Punjab. “My songs ‘Kurti satrangi’ and ‘Tera charkha’ are doing well in Punjab. Another song of mine is doing well in Haryana,” he said.

“I decided to focus on North India as I wanted to do something different from film songs. I wanted to try out the medium of live performances in which the response from the audience is instantaneous. I am happy to note that people have liked my performance,” he said.

“People still recall the title track of Mirza Ghalib sung by me ‘Hain aur bhi duniya mein sukhanwar bahut ache’ after so many years,” he added.

A former student of CB School and GMN College, he recalled that he started his career in the film industry as chief assistant to Hansraj Behl. “I gained experience under him. I did my first playback song for movie ‘Ravan’ in 1980. Mr Jagjit Singh gave me the first break and he also initiated me in ghazal singing,” he said.

He has sung more than 500 songs. In the North, he said, bhangra-based songs were more popular. “However, ghazal singing is also being appreciated. I have sung in Hindi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Haryanvi, Oriya, Dogri and Garhwali,” he said.

Besides lending voice to several albums, he has two full albums to his credit, including ‘Jagjit Singh presents Vinod Sehgal’ and ‘Yaari Todke’ in Punjabi.

To a query, he said there were two categories of singers. “While the first category gains recognition through films, the second gains recognition through live performances,” he said.

He has sung with Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Suresh Wadkar, Bhupinder, Abhijit, Mohd Aziz, Shabbir, Hari Haran, Dilraj Kaur and Mahender Kapoor. TNS


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