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Counselling of BE courses today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
Some seats in the first year of B.E. courses of Panjab University in the disciplines of chemical, food technology, bio-technology, information technology and electrical for this session under the foreign national/ PIO/ NRI/ NRI-sponsored/ industry-sponsored category are lying vacant.

Counselling to fill up these vacant seats, based on AIEEE-2004 merit, will take place tomorrow, the last day for admission, at 4 p.m. in the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, according to Prof Jagdish Singh, Chairperson, Joint Admission Committee.

The university has created five additional seats for the NRI category in the University Institute of Legal Studies (B.A. LL.B. (Hons) five-year integrated course).

Seminar: A seminar on “Reaffirming our commitment to knowledge-traditions” was organised at Gandhi Bhavan on Monday.

Stressing on the inherent plurality and interdependence of the Indian knowledge-traditions, Prof Ramakant Angiras focused on the inter-connections between Raksha Bandhan and the need to preserve and renew commitment knowledge-traditions under stress due to “mindless imitation of the West”.

Prof V.T. Sebastian analysed the significance of “knowledge-traditions” from the philosophical and cultural perspectives. 



Clarification sought from UGC on pay scale
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
Dr R.P.S. Josh, member of the Panjab University Senate, in a representation to the Union Human Resource Development Minister has sought a clarification from the University Grants Commission (UGC) on if the university and college teachers were to be governed in matter of stagnant increments by the Central or State Government Service Rules.

He said the UGC was given the task of fixing minimum qualifications for recruitment of college and university teachers and had also been given the power and authority to regulate their pay scales and other matters.

As different states, as also Central Government, had different service rules for their services, the UGC in its wisdom desired that the revised pay scales should be regulated as per Central Services (Revised Pay) Rules in order to bring uniformity in the pay scales of university and college teachers on all-India basis so that the above category of teachers got fixed at the same stage throughout India and there was no discrimination amongst the same set of teachers in matters of pay fixation.

He said it had taken too long to finalise the matter pending since January 1, 1996 and teachers who had already reached the maximum of their pay scales eagerly awaited the clarification so that they did not feel discriminated against vis-a-vis other state government employees.



Rakhi function at school
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, August 30
Students of Cherub Foster School, Sector 4, here, celebrated Rakhi with much enthusiasm today. The girls in the age group of two to five tied rakhis to their foster brothers. The brothers gave them gifts.

They learned a lesson on importance of relationships.



B.Sc (Infotech) students want exam postponed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
Students pursuing B.Sc (Information Technology) under the distant education course of Punjab Technical University have sought that their examination be postponed as they had not received all the syllabus books.

Students of the sixth semester lament that despite PTU not providing all the books which cover the entire syllabus, the datesheet has been declared and sent to all the study centres. The students in a representation to the authorities concerned have said that only three of the total four books had been provided so far.

The book of ASP.net was provided only on August 28. 



Introduce scheme, say retired teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
The Government Aided School Retired Teachers Association, Chandigarh, has demanded that the retirement scheme of Punjab Privately Managed Recognised Aided Schools should be introduced in aided schools in Chandigarh.

The President of the association, Mr N.D.Batish, said the case was represented to the Chandigarh Administration on September 28, 1993. After three years, the Administration sought their options. Three years later the Administration approved the scheme, named Chandigarh Privately Managed Recognised Aided Schools Retirement Benefit Scheme, 1998 . The scheme was to be implemented with effect from April 1, 1991.

Though the administration was empowered to introduce the scheme, it sought the opinion from the Central Government. The Central Government rejected the case as a matter of policy.

The association met the President Dr Abdul Kalam, pleading that it was not a policy but the question of removing anomaly in parity with their counterparts in Punjab.



‘USA favourite destination for students’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
The USA still remains the favourite destination for those aspiring for foreign education and there were ample career opportunities in the country, said Vineet Gupta, director of Jamboree, an institute imparting coaching in GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, SAT and IELTS.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Gupta said education was expensive in the UK and opportunities for financial aid available to students were more in the USA. Talking about the prospects for students planning to pursue higher education abroad, he said there was a promising future for those willing to go abroad for education. The institute helped students in selecting the university according to their budget.

An increasing number of students were returning to India after getting education from a foreign university.



Tender Heart wins contest

Chandigarh, August 30
Tender Heart School, Sector 33, has bagged the ICSE Inter-School Declamation Contest -2004. The event was held at St Xavier’s High School, Sector 20, Panchkula, today. The topics given to the students were “Preservation of our ecology will determine the quality of life on our planet,” “He that would rat the kernel must crack the nut” and “Violence seldom yields lasting solution to a problem”.

Eight schools participated in the competition. Asees Prabh won the running trophy and Jaskaran Chahal of Tender Heart School, judged the best individual speaker. TNS



Beant ‘killer’ allowed to visit gurdwara
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
The Special CBI Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, today allowed the request of Navjot Singh, an accused in the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, to visit a gurdwara inside the Burail Jail on the occasion of the 400th installation day of Guru Granth Sahib.

Mr N.S. Minhas, counsel for the accused, had moved an application for allowing him to pay obeisance at the gurdwara. The counsel’s plea was opposed by the Jail Superintendent, who said the gurdwara was situated in the hospital barrack and was closed due to the existence of of tunnel. Only a “granthi” was allowed to enter the barrack, he added.

However, opposing plea of the Superintendent, Mr Minhas argued that the accused had a fundamental right to celebrate the special occasion. After hearing the arguments, Mr Balbir Singh allowed the request of the accused to pay obeisance at the gurdwara.



Traffic rules violations not to be tolerated
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today took serious note of violations of traffic rules by various persons, including relatives of the high and mighty and said that no one would be spared.

Making this observation during hearing in the ongoing case regarding traffic violation, the Bench headed by Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar also gave time to some of the persons who had been challaned for driving vehicles having red lights without proper permission.

Among the persons who have been challaned are the daughter of a Punjab Police Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), a relative of UP Police ADGP and a serving Deputy Superintendent of Police in Punjab.

The court gave them time to show-cause why action should not be initiated against them. The case will come up on September 3.



Rejuvenating one’s faith during festivity
Swarleen Kaur

Celebrations being held to mark the 400 years of compilation of Guru Granth Sahib have enthused one and all. For the devout, the occasion has given them a bigger reason to rejoice and uphold their conviction.

The Gurbani is a source from where millions have derived their strength. Even 400 years after its compilation, it continues to stir, inspire us, challenging us to explore spiritual heights.

Mr Bhupinder Pal Singh, manager Nada Sahib Gurdwara, Panchkula, while talking about the celebrations, says it has generated a great deal of enthusiasm among local residents. Hundreds of devotees from Panchkula are reaching Amritsar to be part of the festivities. Five trucks of devotees have already reached there. Another one will be on its way on August 31. The gurdwara has sent 100 persons to Amritsar to assist in community kitchen duties at the Golden Temple.

The Nada Sahib Gurdwara is set to glow and glitter on the day and celebrations here will be no less than Divali. Special decoration of colorful lights will illuminate the gurdwara. Crackers will be burst. The gurdwara has prepared a special menu for September 1. Devotees will be offered “channa puris” and “jalebis” throughout the day. “Ragis” and “dhadhis” will sing the glory of the Almighty.

The gurdwara authorities have extended gesture to unfortunate persons, who are convicted or undergoing trial in the jail. On a directive from the SGPC, the Nada Sahib Gurdwara authorities intend to provide one-day ration to prisoners and security personnel on duty. Talks in this connection are on, says Bhupinder Singh.

Various gurdwaras in the city are also in the celebration mode. In the Sector 34 Gurdwara, a nine-day programme on the “Ban” began on August 21. Special programmes for youngsters are being held in which “katha vachak” explains the subtle meanings of “Gurbani”.

On being asked if younger generation was equally enthused by the occasion, manager of Sector 34 gurdwara Balwinder Singh replied in the affirmative. He said it was the faith that sustained a religion.

“If you have faith, you are naturally drawn towards the Gurbani,” he says.

The reaction of a college student Harshita Sharma was similar and reassuring too. “What I found unique is the concept of Miri Piri given by Guru Hargobind Singh. This is something wonderful — a combination of values of abundance sacrifice and courage.” Though she goes to gurdwara only on Gurpurab, she is keen to know more about the Gurbani.

For Gurbachan Kaur, a housewife, the Gurbani is now more relevant than ever before. “It has given me strength to face my sorrows with courage,” she says.

“Whenever I read or hear the saga of martyrdom of the two Sahibzadas, I am moved. Guru Gobind Singh laid down high principles of fortitude and compassion, which are very difficult to emulate,” she says. OC



“Kanjoos” an enthralling comedy

A scene from play, "Kanjoos" staged at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Monday.
A scene from play, “Kanjoos” staged at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Monday.

How a miser can spoil his life and that of his family was best depicted in “Kanjoos”, a comedy staged at Tagore Theatre on Monday.

The French playwright, Jean Bapatise Poquelin (Moliere), is no doubt a masters of comedy. His plays have been translated into many Indian languages.

“ Kanjoos” is an Urdu adaptation of his 17th century’s drama “ The Miser”. The story revolves around Mirza Shekhawat Beg and his family consisting of his son Farookh, daughter Azra and servants. Shekhawat plays a miser and inspite of being rich makes the life of his family members miserable.

Every moment he is busy planning as to how to save money. He does not spent even a single penny on himself either.

The cast as a whole acted well but Jagjit Saini ( Mirza Shekhawat Beg) stood out. Other characters were Ranjana Sharma ( Farzina), Sandeep Sunny (Farookh), Amit ( Nathoo), Ramnik Grewal (Hawaldar) and Rajiv (Aslam).

The play was produced by Gursharan Singh and directed by Mohinder Dogra and Jagjit Saini . It is the production of students of the Drama Department of Pracheen Kala Kendra. OC



Food Festival
Bollywood delights on menu
Harvinder Khetal

You want to have a taste of “Sholay” or want to know what the king Khans prefer? Want to get into “Raaz” of the kadahi or inquire about the kind of “Sangam” going on between “Mughal-e-Azam” and “Roti Kapda Aur Makan”? Cross China, get set on “Mission Kashmir” kyunki “Dil Chahta Hai”..... Wow

Picadilly Hotel brings you Bollywood, straight to its restaurant Curry’s. The restaurant has been converted in to a film city with artefacts, star cutouts, film rolls, posters, clap shots, banners etc.

A host of Bollywood delights find their way on your table. Dishes such as the Basanti kakori kebab, Ramgarh ki tangri, Bipasha prawns, Kanta Laga hot’n sour soup, Murga-e-Razia Sultan and Rangeela lamb. All this accompanied by good service and an eye-soothing ambience and live music that makes your evening a memorable one.

Lending weight to the filmi ambience is Bijan Nath, the inhouse singer with a melodious voice. As he croons popular numbers, the posters of movies dotting the niches in the walls and pillars almost seem to spring to life, whether it is the ethereally beautiful Madhumala or the rare black and white frame of Nargis or current heart-throb Salman Khan.



NRI honoured for promoting Punjabi culture

Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi in association with Punjab Kala Manch, organised a function at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, to honour New Yorkbased NRI Balwinder Bajwa.

Balwinder has been promoting Punjabi culture and Punjabi singers since the past 15 years.

Surinder Shinda, Punjabi folk singer, rendered Punjabi numbers on the occasion. Gurkirpal Surapuri, Surjeet, Sucheta Bala and Daman were also present.

Ex-minister Harnek Singh, humourist Jaspal Bhatti and Producer Iqbal Dhillon were also present. OC



‘Sanskrit Divas’ observed

The State Language Department observed, ‘Sanskrit Divas’ to mark Raksha Bandhan at Patiala here on Monday. The function was presided over by renowned Sanskrit scholar Deva Dutta Bhatti.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Bhatti said there was need to spread awareness among people about the importance of Sanskrit language. He added that for the growth and development of the language, there was a need to introduce Sanskrit as a subject in all private and government schools and colleges.

Earlier, Additional Director, State Language Department, Mohan Ram Banga, welcomed the guests. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bagga highlighted the various activities and schemes undertaken by the department for the growth and development of various languages. OC


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