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On second day PEC fills 88 seats
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
On the second day of admission at Punjab Engineering College (PEC) Deemed University, at least 88 seats were filled in various streams. Out of the eight total seats in the sports quota, seven seats were filled on the first day of admission.

A total of 268 seats in various stream have been filled so far. At least 180 seats were filled on the first day of admission. The admission is being done as per 85 per cent quota for local students, on the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

So far the total number of seats filled in various streams are Electronics (52). In Computer science, Information technology, mechanical, Electrical, Production, the number of seats filled were 22, 17, 47, 42 and 25, respectively. In the low branches, the number of seats filled was aeronautical (12), Civil (33) and Metallurgy (18).

The college authorities have announced that to make up for the loss of the teaching hours due to the court case, extra classes would be held on every Saturday for two weeks.

The second phase of counselling to fill the vacant seats was on September 23 and 24.



Students celebrate Janmashtami
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 8
Students of Genius Public School, Sector 69, Mohali, celebrated Janmashtami with gaiety. Teachers spoke on the significance of Lord Krishna’s life and his teachings. Books and copies were distributed to poor children on the occasion.

Little Blossom School

Students of Little Blossom School, Kharar, also celebrated Janmashtami. The function was inaugurated by a member of the Kharar Municipal Committee, Mr Ram Rattan. The school director, Mr J.S. Bedi, was also present. Children came dressed as Krishna, Radha, Meera, Rama and Sita. The school Principal, Ms Narinder Bedi, addressed the students.

Golden Bells Public School

Students of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali, and Sector 35, Chandigarh, participated in Janmashtami celebrations. A fancy-dress competition was also held. Students recited bhajans. The school Principal, Ms Gurjit Bawa, urged students to emulate the teachings of the Gita. Those who won the fancy-dress competition included Kartik, Ritesh, Yuvraj, Mankirat, Karandeep and Triyan.

Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir

Students and staff members of Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir Model High School, Sector 71, celebrated Janmashtami and the 400 years of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib. A Krishna jhoola was also hung. Some students spoke about Sikh gurus and Guru Granth Sahib. The school Principal, Ms Koron Duggal, addressed the students.

Kids Village Preparatory School

Students and teachers of Kids Village Preparatory School, Phase 2, presented in short skits relating to the life of Lord Krishna on the occasion of Janmashtami. Kids were told about Lord Krishna’s teachings and the relevance of Janmashtami.

Saint Soldiers School

Students of the pre-nursery wing of Saint Soldiers International Public School, Mohali, participated in Janmashtami celebrations. Class I students presented a show depicting the birth and childhood of Lord Krishna. They also depicted Raaslila. The school Principal, Ms V. Tiwana, told students about Lord Krishna’s role in Mahabharata.

Spring Valley School

Students of Spring Valley Public School, Phase VII, celebrated Janmashtami with fervour. They came to the school dressed up as Lord Krishna, Radha and Sudama. Bhajans were recited in praise of Lord Krishna. ‘Aarti’ was also held.



Students observe Literacy Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) observed International Literacy Day on its Mohali campus today. Around 300 students pursuing various vocational courses took part in the function.

Mr Dildar Khan, Director-in-charge of the sansthan, said the purpose of the function was to sensitise people on the relevance of “International Literacy Day”. The NSS unit of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, observed International Literacy Day on the college premises here. The NSS volunteers went to Badheri village, adopted by them, and organised a function at the community centre complex of the village.

Meanwhile, the Club of MCM Public Administration Students (Compass) organised a debate on “Citizens are responsible for corruption”. The winners were: Ahempreet S. Jurry 1, Tillotamma 2 and Kanna 3. 



Kalam lauds bureaucrat’s book on physics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has emphasised the role of philosophers in providing connectivity between classical and quantum theories. He said this while interacting with Mr Anurag Agarwal, author of “Quest for Secrets of the Universe”, a book on physics.

The author, an IIT-Kanpur pass-out and Punjab bureaucrat, recently presented his book to the President.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Agarwal said the President, while expressing his thoughts about the book, which discusses the conflicts between theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, stressed the need to have a unified theory for the laws of the universe. He appreciated the Single Frame built by the author to reconcile these seemingly opposed pillars of modern physics.

“The President asked me whether I was a supporter of the string theory. I said I was not”, said the author. The string theory was the most popular attempt to have a unified theory of the laws of the universe, he said. To overcome the uncertainty principle, point particles are replaced by strings of non-zero size; to bring in duality strings are made to vibrate; and six extra ‘compactified’ spatial dimensions are added to deal with mathematical infinities.

Unified theory is all about unifying the four fundamental forces — strong force, weak force, electro-magnetic force and gravitational force. Interestingly, the author has de-linked gravitational force from other three forces for various reasons. Author has added one more spatial dimension that is affected by only gravity. Gravity works in one direction of this special dimension and in the other direction there should be anti-gravity.



Teachers hold dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, teachers of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College striked work for two periods .

The teachers are demanding pension for all retiring teachers, deduction of PF on total salary, super-selection scale to circumvent stagnation at Rs 18,300, implentation of CAS from January 1, 1996.



Kohli case: hearing on CBI’s plea today
Tribune News Service and Agencies

Mohali, September 8
Hearing on the CBI’s plea to take Maninderpal Singh Kohli, suspect in the rape and murder case of Hannah Foster, to Delhi to produce him in a court there on September 10, was today deferred until tomorrow by a local court in the face of opposition by the defence.

The CBI today put up an application in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Parmvir Kaur Nijjar, requesting that it be allowed to take Kohli to the Delhi court for processing his extradition to the UK to face trial. CBI counsel said they had secured a production warrant from a Delhi’s Special Court headed by an Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate to produce him in the court at Patiala House on Friday.

Defence counsel opposed the CBI application and sought time to reply to it. When the CJM suggested Friday for decision on the CBI’s plea, the counsel of the agency pleaded they had to produce Kohli in the Delhi court on Friday itself as per the production warrant. The CJM then deferred hearing till tomorrow.

However, a Punjab court had fixed hearing tomorrow in another case against Kohli in which the prosecution had sought his discharge. The court of Kharar Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate Poonam Ratti had on September 6 postponed till tomorrow hearing in the discharge proceedings in the case registered against Kohli last year at Mohali.

The case by the Punjab police was registered on the ground that Kohli had tried to get passport on the basis of forged documents during his stay at Mohali after he had fled from the UK.



Give rebate on Punjabi films, says
Mangal Dhillon
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 8
Mangal Dhillon, a film personality, delivered a lecture on “Business opportunities in media, entertainment and tourism industry in Northern India” at the Institute of Tourism and Future Management (ITFT) here today.

Mangal Dhillon said northern states should provide facilities to attract film-makers for shooting. He said at present there were no such facilities that could draw film producers.

He suggested that northern states, particularly Punjab, should extend 50 to 60 per cent rebate on taxes to film-makers making films in Punjabi. This would encourage the film industry in the region, besides generating employment, he said.

He said shooting of his next movie, “Shahadat” would start in 2006.

Dr Gulshan Sharma, Director, ITFT, gave an audio-visual presentation of the media, entertainment and tourism industry. He said a national conference would be held on September 27 which would be observed as World Tourism day. 



Javed Akhtar to visit city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
Noted poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar will be in Chandigarh on September 11. The writer will interact with his fans at Tagore Theatre and also recite his poetry.

After the poetry recitation session he will hold an interaction with the audience. The chief guest for the evening will be Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma (retd).

Passes for the show will be available at SCO 26-27, Sector 9-D, on September 10.


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