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PUSU activists start indefinite fast
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The second phase of elections to the Panjab University Senate were held today with votes cast for electing three representatives from professional colleges affiliated to the university.

The five candidates from the constituency include Mr Sanjeev Handa, Dr SK Singh, Ms Shashi Kala, Mr Satinder Singh Gidha and Mr SS Sangha. The counting for the election will take place at campus on September 8.

The election for the principals from these colleges was also slated for today. However, Dr Satinder Dhillon, Mr RP Asija, Ms Ravinder Pal Kaur, were declared elected from this constituency unanimously.

Protest: The shops in Panjab university opened after a three-day protest against “illegal eviction” of a shopkeeper in the market, here today. The shopkeepers wore black badges to lodge their protest against the eviction and displayed black flags outside their shops. The case filed by the affected shopkeeper will come up for hearing on September 7.

Dharna: The Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) started an indefinite hunger strike outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office to protest against the step-motherly treatment meted out to a scholar of the Pharmacy department.

The president of PUSU, Rajwinder Singh Lucky, urged the university authorities to grant the scholar, Vippan Mattu, admission in M Pharmacy by creating an additional seat failing which they would intensify their agitation.

They claimed that Mattu had secured the eighth rank in the qualifying examination of M Pharmacy and was ranked first in the university.

However, he was “intentionally” given a re-appear in the B Pharma paper. Meanwhile, counselling for the masters course was held on August 18 and he was not considered for admission.

He went to the chairman and VC to postpone the counselling by 10 days since his revaluation result was expected soon or grant him provisional admission but to no avail.

A few days later when the result came, he had cleared the paper by 10 marks following which he approached the VC and Chairman for admission but was turned away.



Senate poll for science seat challenged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
A candidate from the science faculty of the Senate, Dr Harjinder Singh Laltoo, has filed a petition before the Vice-President of India, who is also the Chancellor of Panjab University, challenging the Senate election for the science seat. The election was held on August 25.

Dr Laltoo challenged the decision on the ground that Regulation 32 of the PU calendar said a ballot paper could be rejected if a cross was put on more than one name. A cross was put where it was not possible to decide the name for whom it had been recorded or a voter signed his name or wrote words by which it becomes recognizable.

Supported by the anti-establishment group, Dr Laltoo said the PO had acted in violation of the powers under the statues and demanded a repoll.



Students from Kargil visit city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
For a group of 18 girls from Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir a visit to the city provided them with an opportunity to see one of the most developed parts of the country and visualise life and culture beyond the remote confines of their mountainous region.

The visit has been sponsored by the Army under Operation Sadbhavana and the fortnight-long tour includes visits to Srinagar, Jammu and Delhi. The girls, aged between 16 and 25 years, are associated with the Women’s Empowerment Centre, being run by the Army.

Interacting with the students, the Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lt Gen P K Grover, said the tour gave them an opportunity to see one of the best developed parts of the country. He asked them to take the message of progress back to their area and spread the spirit of unity in diversity and integration among the people of Kargil. He also gave away gifts to the students.

In Chandigarh, the girls visited Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, the museum and Sector 17.

Major Sandesh Singh of the Rajputana Rifles, who accompanied the group from Kargil, said the empowerment centre in Kargil was a success story.

There are 14 such centres across the state where young women are imparted vocational training in tailoring, embroidery, block printing and computer applications.

The group, including five teachers and two guardians, had been flagged-off from Kargil by Brig R.P. Dastane on September 1 and would reach Delhi tomorrow.



Janmashtami celebrated in schools with fervour
Tribune News Service

Students of New Public School Sector 18, Chandigarh dressed in their colourful best for Janmashtami celebrations in Chandigarh
Students of New Public School Sector 18, Chandigarh dressed in their colourful best for Janmashtami celebrations in Chandigarh on Monday.

Students of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 45, Chandigarh celebrate Janmashtami
Students of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 45, Chandigarh celebrate Janmashtami on Monday in Chandigarh.

Chandigarh, September 6
Tiny tots of pre-nursery, nursery and KG of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, celebrated Janmashtami in the school premises here today. It was interesting to seek the children taking out Jhankis, depicting the childhood of Lord Krishna. A similar function was organised at the Sector 45 A branch of the school

At Aanchal International School, Sector 35, celebrated birthday of Lord Krishna at ISKON, sector 36. A ballet based on the life of lord Krishna was presented by senior students. The students wee explained the rituals performed in the temple.

The students of Shishu Niketan Model senior Secondary School branch in Sector 22 and Sector 43, celebrated the in a unique way. The students celebrated with the inmates of the Senior Citizen Home in Sector 43. Playing the role of Krishna, Radha, Vasudev, Yashodra and Pandit, the tiny tots attracted wide applause. Ms S. Kihorana, Director Principal of the school, blessed the kids for their performance.

Dressed like Lord Krishna and Radha, students of the New Public School , Sector 18, the students learned about the importance of karma. Tableaux depicting Lord Krishna’s life followed by a ballet by pre nursery students were unique.

At Bal Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, the students dressed in kurta, dhoti with coloured dupatta won the heart of the spectators. The school principal, Ms Rita Kapoor gave a detailed background about Lord Krishna along with his birthplace at Mathura.

To inculcate the feeling of secularism and understanding about various festivals, a function was organised at Bhavan Vidyalaya, Amravati Enclave. Janmashtmi was also celebrated by students and staff of Sanjay Public Senior secondary School, Sector 44, DPS Public School, sector 40 and at Sanatan Dharam Public School, Sector 32. A function was also organised at Evergreen Academy Preparatory School, Sector 34.

At GGDSD College, Sector 32, Swami Brahameshanand of Rama Krishna Mission talked about the life of Lord Krishna. He simplified the message of Bhagwad Gita and explained the ways to adopt it in daily lives.



Neerja Bhanot trust to hold contests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust today announced to hold an on-the-spot painting competition for schoolchildren and an inter-collegiate debate on September 10 at Tagore Theatre.

The painting competition has been divided into two groups — up to Class VI and Class VII and above. The judges are Mr D.S. Kapoor of the Government College of Art, Mr Sandeep Joshi of The Tribune, Mr Gurjind Sandhu of Hindustan Times and Raman of Indian Express. Children will need to bring their own colouring medium and drawing boards while drawing paper will be provided to them at the venue. The competition will start at 4 p.m. and 75 minutes will be given to participants to complete their paintings. The last date for registration is September 8.

The debate will start at 10 am and the topic is “In India, it is better to be a woman than a man.” The judges for the debate are Ms Adity Dua, Ms Vijaya Pushkarna and Dr A.S. Dhaliwal.



Airtel penalised for misrepresenting facts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services) has penalised Airtel for misrepresentation of facts and demanding bill of a mobile connection from a Sector 45 resident, which was never released to him.

Dismissing the application of Bharati Mobile Limited seeking the payment of a bill of Rs 32,739 from Mr Nitin Madan, Mr RP Bajaj, Chairman, and JS Kohli and Mr KC Jaggi, both members of the adalat, imposed a cost of Rs 500 on the company.

The company had alleged that Mr Madan had failed to pay the bill of his mobile (98151-92963). On the other hand, Mr Madan contended that he never took the said connection and his mobile No. was 98154-78178.

Producing documents in support of his contention, Mr Madan asserted that his signatures on the form had been forged and his photograph did not match with the photograph affixed on the form for getting the mobile No. 98151-92963.

The adalat was of the view that the company released the mobile connection to somebody else without satisfying itself about verifying the identity of Mr Madan. And no representative appeared for the company giving credence to the fact that the firm was in the wrong.

The adalat ruled that the case had been brought against the respondent without any justification and he had unnecessarily harassed by the company.



Lawyers go on strike, litigants suffer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The work at the district courts was put today with the advocates going on strike in protest against the police lathi-charge on advocates in Lucknow.

Hundreds of the litigants were a harassed lot as the advocates did not appear in the courts. Earlier, lawyers at the general body meeting of the District Bar Association(DBA) decided to go on strike to express their solidarity with the “brutal” police attack on the advocates.

The decision on the action against atleast five advocates, who defied the strike call on Saturday to appear in the lok adalats, will be taken at a general body meeting to be held in October, the DBA president, Sajal Koser, said claiming that the strike was complete.

The DBA had warned that a fine of Rs 5,000 would be imposed on the advocates, who defied the association ban and appeared in the courts.



Harbhagwan condemns attack on lawyers
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 6
The Punjab Advocate- General, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, has condemned the brutal attack on lawyers in Lucknow some days ago.

In a release, he said it was an attack on the judicial system of the country as innocent lawyers, including senior lawyers, were beaten with baton by police personnel. "In a democratic set-up, such attacks are simply unacceptable," he added.

Meanwhile, the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has decided to hold dharna outside the court premises for two hours on September 8.



High Court closed today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court will remain closed tomorrow on account of Janmashtmi.

According to the Registrar of the court, September 25, which is otherwise a holiday, will be the working day in the High Court in lieu of tomorrow.



A tale of selfless love
Aditi Tandon

“Jameela Bai Kalaali" thrilled the thinking, questioning mind. Fiery and didactic in one act; irksome and distressing in the other, it was full of the ingredients of life itself. At the heart of the story was the basic human emotion of love, its countless shades and their countless reflections.

Told through Jameela (Ila Arun) and Chameli (Rajeshwari Sachdev), K.K. Raina's play, staged at Tagore Theatre under the aegis of Durga Das Foundation, Spice Telecom and the Tribune, was a tale of selfless pursuit of identity, esteem and redemption.

Throughout the two and a half hour long enactment, women occupy the centrestage, lending purpose to the sensitive theme of the production, an adaptation from Mario Vargas's "La Chunga”. Multidimensional, the script virtually grows on the mind until one begins to live any of the six characters that play their acts with perfection on stage.

The plot develops in a nondescript bar set in the desert land of Jaisalmer. The lackluster sands become a metaphor for the infertility of Jameela Bai, the unconquerable bar woman who makes a living out of preparing and selling liquor. Indomitable, she never succumbs to the pressures of ruthless men who have neither care nor concern for love. Raina, Gurmit Mitwa, Ravi Khankal and Rajit Kapur play the four gamblers in the production that unravels the brutal reality behind relationships.

Jabra (Rajit Kapur) is the most implacable of them all, always ready to live off the women who love him for his mesmerizing ways. Chameli is one of his many finds, and he is eager to cash her. During the course of gambling he mortgages Chameli to Jameela who heartily accepts the deal which marks the turning point in the play.

After the night that the two women spend together, Chameli is never seen again.. Her disappearance haunts the men who are desperate for answers. They create truth to gratify their curiosity. With each version, the futility of love comes to the fore. It attains a zenith when Jabra enters the spotlight, trying to goad Jameela into buying and selling of women.

But Jameela chooses not to reveal the truth which is there for everyone to see and respect. Woven into the play are threads that link all issues vital to women. By ensuring the escape of Chameli, Jameela makes up for her loss of a child. She lends purpose to womanhood, even as men waste their minds imagining the lustful encounter between the two women.

Written by Ila, the play is superbly decorated with folk elements of music and setting. Also, it lends itself to greater meaning by touching upon all aspects of interest to a woman's existence -- from self empowerment to self esteem. Finally the play is a representation of the crude fact that women in a patriarchal society fall victims to harassment when they escape the parametric definitions laid down for them. But having said that, Raina and Ila make it a point to suggest that subservience of spirit, thought and action is finally a matter of one's choice. Freedom is just a doorstep away, if only the sufferer chooses to walk out! TNS



Shop for a cause

‘Shop with a cause’ is the slogan of the 10-day exhibition of handicraft items from Bengal and Bihar that is going on at Panchayat Bhawan here.

The exhibition has been organised by Kolkata-based Swayambhar NARI, an all women self help group that encourages rural artisans to gain economic independence.

Delicate kantha work kurtas, sarees and batik suits and dupattas and different types of jewellery items, including the unique jute and wooden jewellery are on display.

The traditional Dhokra jewellery from the Dhumka rural belt in Bihar is also eye catching. Sarmistha Mukherjee, who designs these attractive neck pieces made with brass and copper alloy, has also brought paddy jewellery in which paddy grain is used imaginatively in ear rings and neck pieces.

In the home decor stuff Madhubani paintings, terracota items, tissue table linen and cushion covers, shola wood art, hand made straw ‘chatais’, and bed covers are also on display.

The exhibition was inaugurated on September 3 by the Mayor, Ms Kamlesh Kumari. It will continue till September 12. TNS


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