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PU undecided over students’ poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Panjab University continues to be undecided about the date of elections to the Panjab University Campus students’ Council (PUCSC) though the authorities are exploring the possibility of holding the election on September 24.

While the UT Administration has asked the university to hold elections around September 20, the date is likely to be in the end of the week since the graduate constituency of the Senate goes to the poll on September 19 and it would be practically impossible to hold students’ elections simultaneously.

“We are trying to squeeze in the students’ elections before the university closes for its week-long break on September 25. While we are interested in holding the elections on September 23 or 24, we will have to see whether we have enough ballot boxes and adequate staff to conduct the poll, the Dean Student Welfare, Dr Nirmal Singh, said.

Sources said in the eventuality of non-availability of staff to conduct poll, since the counting for the Senate poll would get underway on September 22, the elections could be held after the short vacation. However, in that case, the university would have to apply for permission from the UT Administration all over again.

The matter could not be decided today since the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. KN Pathak, was out of the town. A meeting of the various departments involved in the exercise would be held under the chairmanship of Prof Pathak when he returns tomorrow before a formal notification is issued.



Students oppose indirect elections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The Chandigarh Administration today gave a go-ahead to the city colleges to hold indirect elections to students council. The elections are likely to be held on September 24.

Principals have been asked to workout the formalities for the conduct of smooth and fair elections. The decision follows a meeting of the principals chaired by the DPI (Colleges), Mr Dilip Kumar, yesterday.

Mr Kumar confirmed the decision of holding indirect elections. He said September 24 was the tentative date and the formalities were being worked out.

Under the arrangement, each section would elect its representative, which would decide the office-bearers of the students council. On the condition of anonymity, a lecturer said by holding indirect elections the authorities were taking away the right of the students to participate in a democratic process. There was a chance of a college management using its influence in electing representatives, the lecturer added.

The decision to hold indirect elections has been criticised by the students union. Nitin Goyal, local president of the NSUI, said they were holding a dharna in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office of Panjab University. G.S. Sandhu, presidential candidate of the local unit of the ABVP, said they would begin an agitation from tomorrow with strike in the local colleges.



PU creates seat for topper
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Panjab University will create an additional seat in the M Pharmacy course to accommodate Vipin Mattu, a topper of the university, who was denied admission to the course despite standing eighth in the entrance test since his re-evaluation result was awaited.

The decision came after four days of an indefinite fast by the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) in this regard. Fasting students were sitting outside the VC office since September 6.

Earlier, students of the Department of Pharmacy, Panjab University, went on a strike on a call given by PUSU in protest against the university’s “indifferent” attitude to the demand. They boycotted the counselling for the M Pharmacy course for NRI seats after disrupting classes.

At this, the university authorities intervened and a closed-door meeting of the authorities and PUSU followed. They were told that their demand would be met. However, when they reached the VC office, the authorities told them that they were resorting to pressure tactics and that the demand was unacceptable.

At this, the protesting students decided to continue with the indefinite fast. Later, in the evening, the authorities gave in to the demands of the students and decided to admit Mattu. The DSW, Dr Nirmal Singh, offered juice to the students on fast.

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 Master’s 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.



Schools indulging in illegal activity
Sponsor students of unaffiliated schools
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
At least eight schools in the region have been “ illegally” sponsoring students of unaffiliated schools for the annual examinations conducted by the CBSE.

Under the arrangement, the schools make the students from its unaffiliated branches or other unaffiliated institutions appear as regular candidates.

After probing the matter, a high-level inquiry has been initiated by the board’s headquarters in New Delhi. It was found that unaffiliated schools with the purpose to attract students worked out the arrangement with the affiliated schools. In some cases, it was noticed that an unaffiliated branch of an institution was located in the premises of its affiliated branch.

Students pay their tuition fee and other charges to unaffiliated school throughout the year, but at the time of examinations they appear as regular candidates from an affiliated school. “Private students are enrolled as regular students by the school authorities concerned at the time of filling the examinations forms. A school has to give an undertaking that all students are its regular students”, said a senior officer in the board.

All eight schools under the scanne rare, Anupam PS, Ellenabad, Haryana, Prerna Senior Secondary School, Hansi Road, Sirsa, Swami Vivekanand Public School, Jagadhari, Sawan Public School, Haryana, Kamla Public School, Sirsa, Nalwa Public School, Ujha, Panipat, DAV Public School, Ambala City, PN Mohan Gita Adarsh, Solan and Gyan Dhawaj Public School, Rohtak.

It has been observed by the board that students in unaffiliated schools are generally from state boards or are private candidates. In such case, the school concerned does not demand the no objection certificate (NOC). The practice was in gross violation of the CBSE norms which clearly states that a student cannot be registered at two educational institutions at the same time.

The board is also enquiring into the case of a Kharar-based A.P.J. Public School, making its students appear from Sanjay Public School, Chandigarh. Till last year, students of the Kharar school appeared as regular candidates of the Chandigarh school.



GMCH holds annual function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The annual function of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, was held here today. The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, who was the chief guest urged the medical fraternity to maintain high professional standards to deliver the best services to the public.

The Director-Principal of the college, Prof H.M. Swami, while delivering his welcome speech and the annual report, informed that the college recently bagged the award from the NCERT for best school industry linkage for 2004. He said the students were encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities like sports and literary competitions and to maintain high academic standards, the college had started 10 courses in various specialisations.

Prof Swami said besides this, the case of adding three more specialities had already been taken up.

“The hospital attached with this medical college has steadily made progress into becoming a state of art institute. It is provided with the latest machines and equipment for providing quality health care facilities and teaching environment to both patients and students,” the Director said. He informed that the Block C of the hospital with 250 to 500 bed strength had been made operational.



Bhavan, Little Flower win trophy
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 9
Over 250 children from 25 schools in Panchkula, Chandimandir, Chandigarh and Mohali, participated in an inter-school on-the-spot painting competition organised by Hotel Pallavi here today.

The contest is organised each year by the management of the hotel, in an effort to search for talent among school students. The best works created by the students are used in printing of greeting cards sent out by the hotel, informed the managing director, Mr Vinay Kumar.

The competition was divided into three groups — Group A for students of Classes IV to VI, Group B from Classes VII to IX, and Group C for students of Classes X to XII. The students were given topics like “shopping mall”, “the world of Internet” and “my favourite gaddi”. The children’s imagination came out in the form of beautiful paintings on the topics.

The paintings were judged by Prof Inderjeet Gupta from Government College of Art, Chandigarh, Prof R D Lohtia, former Principal of Government College of Art, and Mr Sandeep Joshi. Mr Balwan Singh, Administrator, HUDA, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function. The running trophy was awarded to Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, and Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula. The individual results in order of merit are as follows:

Group A: Shefali Garg from Bhavan Vidyalaya, Alisha from Little Flower Convent, and Binod Kumar from Army School, Chandimandir.

Group B: Ankit Awasthi from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Manimajra, Kanika Berwal from DAV School, Sector 8, Pkl, and Rupinder from St Soldiers School.

Group C: Nazia from Little Flower Convent, Nitika Sharma from Bhavan Vidyalaya, and Shilpi Dua from DC Model School.



Naval cadets being trained in watermanship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
A group of NCC naval wing cadets from Amritsar and Gurdaspur is undergoing a rigorous training programme in watermanship at a camp being organised here. The group comprises 15 boys and eight girls.

The camp is being commanded by Cdr D.P. Singh, Commanding Officer of the NCC naval unit, while sailing and boat-pulling workshops are being conducted by Cdr Gursharan Singh.

The camp is being held in Chandigarh as there is no suitable water body at Amritsar and Sukhna Lake is considered to be an ideal place for sailing and rowing. The cadets are being prepared for participating in the pre-nau sainik and national-level nau sainik camps. A few cadets from Nangal are also expected to arrive here later this month for the training.

The training includes physical exercises, theoretical classes on naval subjects, parade, sophomore training and sailing and boat-pulling. Evenings are reserved for cultural activities.



Honour for Sanskrit litterateur
Tribune News Service

Mathura Dutt Panday
Mathura Dutt Panday

Panchkula, September 9
Mr Mathura Dutt Panday, Sanskrit litterateur from the region, has been chosen for the Uttaranchal Rajya Sadanand Dabral Uttaranchal Sanskrit Samman by the Uttaranchal Sanskritr Akademi.

The award has been conferred on him for his contribution to simplify Sanskrit through his collection of plays titled “Ekanka Panchdashi”.

Speaking to mediapersons today, he said the award would be given next month.

The book is a compilation of 15 one-act plays.



Punjab school board secy gets extension
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 9
Mr Mohinder Bir Singh has been given an extension for one year and now he will remain the secretary of the Punjab School Education Board till August 31, 2005.

Mr Mohinder Bir Singh, who became secretary of the board last year, had come on deputation from Guru Nanak Dev University and his term ended on August 31 after which he was relieved by the board.



CBI allowed to produce Kohli in Delhi court today
Tribune News Service and agencies

Chandigarh, September 9
A local court here today allowed the CBI to shift Maninderpal Singh Kohli, the suspect in the case of rape and murder of British school girl Hannah Foster, to Delhi to produce him in a Special Court there tomorrow for his extradition to the UK.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Parmvir Kaur Nijjer extended the judicial remand of Kohli for two days, while allowing the CBI to take Kohli to Delhi so that he could be produced in a court there as part of his extradition to the UK for his trial. Kohli was lodged in Burail Jail to date and would now be transferred to Tihar Jail in Delhi.

The CBI’s counsel today informed the court that Kohli would be presented before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravinder Dudeja in the Patiala House in New Delhi tomorrow.

The CBI had yesterday put up an application in the court here, requesting that it should be allowed to take Kohli to the Delhi for the purpose.

Arrested by the West Bengal Police on July 15, Kohli was brought to Punjab on July 27 and produced in the Kharar court the next day.

The court remanded him to police custody till August 5 but the police produced him in the court on July 31, saying he was no longer required for custodial interrogation. The court had then sent him to judicial custody in which he remained since.

In the meantime, the prosecution had requested for his discharge from the case, saying no evidence had been found against him.

The CBI had got Kohli’s custody on the basis of an Interpol’s notice but requested the court to keep him in judicial custody till his extradition was processed.



New Release
A mature love story

Salman Khan and Preity Zinta in ‘Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa’
Salman Khan and Preity Zinta in ‘Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa’

After the success of ‘Tere Naam’, producers Mukesh Telreja and Sunil Manchanda are ready with a soft romantic film titled ‘Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa’, which will hit the screen today at KC, Chandigarh, Fun Republic, Manimajra and KC, Panchkula.

Actor Atul Agnihotri turns director with this Orion and MAD films production that stars Salman Khan, Preity Zinta, Bhoomika Chawla, Helen, Rati Agnihotri, Aasif Sheikh and Renuka Sahane.

Riya Sen makes a special appearance. This one is presented by Gautam Kumar. Trade pundits say it is a beautiful, mature love story with great performance from lead stars. Salman Khan plays a sincere and caring husband. Preity Zinta and Bhoomika Chawla also have powerful roles.

Atul Agnihotri has also written the script of ‘Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa’. He is confident about his debut film as director. Once again lyricist Sameer and music director Himesh Reshammiya have come up with a melodious score.

A.R. Rehman has composed three beautiful tracks for the classes. Rehman is expected to wield his magic with the tracks. — D.P.



Style i
Go monochromatic for a slim silhouette
Geetu Vaid

Getting a perfect figure remains an unfulfilled dream for a majority of women. Those stubborn pounds and bulges at all the wrong places are the bane of every woman’s existence. But while your battle against bulge continues you can still manage to look slimmer.

The way you dress can make a great difference to how slim or otherwise you look. And paying attention to small details can make you look much slimmer than you really are. This is the secret of smart dressing. Colour, contrasts, prints, choice of fabric, cut and styling play an important role in how your outfit will fit and make you look.

Accessories that help

  • High heels add height and shape your legs.
  • Avoid small handbags. Use a medium-sized bag in proportion to your body.
  • Belt and shoes matching your skirt or trousers will make your legs appear longer.
  • Avoid heavy and big jewelry or accessories.
  • Use light makeup and highlight your eyes.

The main point is to draw the attention away from the problem areas and to accentuate your assets. It can be achieved through a play of focal points. The focal point is the area that grabs the attention of the beholder immediately. To check your focal point stand in front of the mirror and notice what your eyes fall upon after you blink your eyes, that area is your focal point, says Roop, a city-based designer.

Play of colours, contrast, bright, shiny and sparkly surfaces attract attention and these can be used to create focal points, to highlight the plus points of your figure and hide the trouble spots. For example use of a broad belt will transfer the focal point to your midriff. But it will be fashion harakiri to do this if you have a broad midriff but a wise move if you want to flaunt that thin waist and draw attention away from a large bustline.

That dark, dull and cooler colours make you look slim is common knowledge but monochromatic dressing is the mantra for that slim silhouette. Dress in one colour — from shoulder to shoe. It streamlines the body and makes you look slimmer instantaneously. Use of one colour from head to toe creates a long vertical ‘line’ which always has a slimming effect.

Along with this tone on tone or choosing tones that match closely also helps. Wear the darker tone below the waist and a lighter one on top for that perfect figure effect, says Avantika Sharma, a city-based model. The lighter, brighter and warmer hues are good to create focal points.

Trimmings in contrasting light colours with a monochromatic outfit also add to the slimming effect. Strong contrast between the top and bottom of a dress should, however, be avoided as it divides the body in half and makes one look shorter and wider. The contrast between shoes, lowers, skirt and top (or dress) and hair (or hat) should be kept as low as possible for the maximum slimming effect.

Solid colours are more slimming than patterned ones. All-over prints, especially large bold prints enlarge. But if you like these then wear these for focal points. A splashy print with a black background worn with solid black will give the slim look. Stripes along the length of the outfit or `V’ shaped stripes will help in cutting off inches from vision, says Roop.

A centre panel can also be used in a dress to create a vertical line. The centre panel should, however, not be very broad and ideally should be less than one third of the width of the garment. A little off-centre panels and softly curving embroidery or applique work rather than the ruler straight panels also work well to create the vertical effect.

The choice of fabric also needs to be made with a lot of care as bulky and stiff fabrics add inches to the silhouette. But these can be used for trimmings. Too clingy fabrics accentuate the bulge. Crisp fabric is best for overweight people as it retains its shape. Shiny fabrics such as satin should also be avoided if you are overweight. While frills and layers are best avoided, sheer tops can be used to camouflage those bulges.

The cut and styling of outfits also play a large role in hiding some figure flaws. Wide V necks camouflage thick necks and A-lines streamline the overall look.

Bulky sweaters, sweatshirts and pleated trousers are best avoided if you are ‘extra’ endowed. Low-waisted pants that hit just below navel add length to your torso. Skirts that fall right above the knee make legs look longer.

If you are fond of sleeveless garments go in for straight cuts at the shoulder which makes the shoulders look naturally rounded. Cover your upper arms with a sheer, elegant shawl.

You don’t need to completely cover your body if you have extra weight. Accentuate your good features and accessorise.

Though not every tip will work for you, find out what best flatters your figure and stick with it to dress slimmer and look thinner.



Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust awardees strike back at misfortune
Aditi Tandon

The Neerja Bhanot Pan Am trust awardees for 2002 and 2003 truly embody the spirit of fortitude and service. Breaking away from the tragedies of their past, Shivani Gupta from Faridabad and Mangala Patil from Pune have chosen to live with small pleasures. They would rather steal moments of joy from the stints of sincere pursuit than lament the losses engineered by fate.

In fact, both have a shared history of suffering. While Shivani’s promising future suffered a fatal blow when she met with a car accident that left her vegetating for a while, Mangala was traumatised and abandoned by her husband when she was still a 23-year-old struggling to come to terms with matrimony.

Tortured to bring dowry, Mangala was left alone with two kids to fend for. Shivani, on the other hand, lost the physical strength to care for herself, so much so that she had to depend on her family for sustenance. For a while, it seemed misfortune would never vacate their homes but the two women were determined to bounce back to life.

Both catapulted into fighters, itching to move despite odds. Shivani regained strength from physiotherapy sessions and went to UK for getting trained as a peer counselor, who could guide others suffering with spinal injuries. In the city today she spoke about her date with destiny. “I went on UN training on barrier-free environment for the disabled and returned to co-author a manual on planning a barrier-free environment for Commissioner Disabilities, Government of India. The plan is being implemented by architects, CPWD workers and NGOs in Delhi.”

Working with the Indian Spinal Injury Centre in Delhi, Shivani now supervises many projects that require planning of disabled-friendly zones in urban centres. She has been a course coordinator for five workshops held on this issue in the recent past. She says, “My primary concern lies in the realm of barrier-free environment. Someday I would like to research the extent of this problem in villages also.” Shivani is heading to the UK to take an M.Sc in Inclusive Environment which will further equip her in her chosen field.

Mangala, for her part, also has reasons to rejoice as her children are married and she is progressing brilliantly towards her goal. From a destitute to coordinating head of Jagruti Sewa Sanstha, an NGO working for women’s empowerment, Mangala has come a long way. Actively involved in creating awareness about HIV/AIDS, she recently went to London to attend a workshop on AIDS awareness.

Already awarded as the best social worker by Rotary Club in Pune, Mangala is still busy ensuring that police cases are registered against those who abuse women. Her area of intervention is expanding with every passing day and she admits she has little time to think about her future. “I don’t know what will happen to me when I get old. I will start thinking when I am through with my work,” says Mangala, who never remarried.

Shivani and Mangala will be awarded at a special ceremony to be organised at Tagore Theatre tomorrow. TNS



Engg students launch magazine

A technical magazine, ‘Tatva’, a collective effort of students of the Department of Chemical Engineering, was released by Mr Jaspal Singh, Director, Indian Oil Corporation, Panipat, at a function held at Panjab University, here today.

The first magazine of its kind prepared by students and containing latest research in various fields, the sixth edition of Tatva cost the students Rs 1.5 lakh. The funds for the magazine were also collected by the students by marketing their product. The 800 copies published by the department will be sent to corporate houses, industries and distributed to students.

The first copy of the department’s newsletter, called ‘Quintessence’, was also released. The newsletter mentions the various activities undertaken by the department from time to time

A seminar on “heat transfer” by experts drawn from various prestigious institutes of the country was also organised. This seminar was organised by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. TNS


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