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Discussion on independent prosecution service 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Deliberations on ‘Strategies for mounting an independent prosecution service: sharing experiences from the UK’ were held at the Department of Laws, Panjab University, here yesterday.

Mr Raj Joshi, Head of the European and International Division Crown Prosecution Service, UK, said the UK Government was setting up a new agency to fight serious and organised crime. The new agency would be operational by 2006.

This would bring together the National Crime Squad, the National Intelligence Service, parts of the Home Office that deal with organised immigration crime and the investigation and intelligence arms of customs and excise departments, he said.

A barrister since 1983, Mr Joshi said a good lawyer ought to be a meticulous planner and should be ready to study outside his degree syllabi.

“You need to get into this on full -time basis and should never give in despite failures. You have got to spring back because experience is the greatest teacher,” he told the students.

Stating that expertise, specialist knowledge, integrity, impartiality, independence, fairness, efficiency and bringing offenders to justice were important characteristics of an ideal prosecution system, he said the role of the Crown Prosecution Service was unique.

“It carries out the task of advising investigators in relation to possible course of prosecution. It also helps in preparation of cases before these are taken up in the court and their presentation before the magistrates’ court,” he stated.

He said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was part of the tripartite structure working closely with the Home Office and the Department for Constitutional Affairs. It helped in reducing crime in the government, aimed at delivering justice and enhancing public confidence.

“There are plans to improve the justice delivery system by increasing the number of cases in which offenders are brought to justice from 1.1 million to 1.2 million by 2005-06. Also, following encouraging results, the government has recently announced that 27 million pounds are to be invested into national implementation of ‘No Witness: No Justice’ victim and witness-care arrangements. Dedicated Witness Care Units are to be introduced into all areas,” Mr Joshi added.

Mr Joshi suggested that accountability, credibility, clarity of role and purpose, efficient delivery, thorough scrutiny as basic inputs for preparing strategy for mounting independent prosecution services and for ensuring fairness, impartiality and justice.



Award for KVS teacher
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
A teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya School, High Grounds, Ms Chander Umatt, has been awarded KVS Incentive Award, 2004-05, for motivating teachers and students to perform their duties.

A headmistress since 1997, Ms Umatt with 23 years of teaching experience, is also an able administrator with a project-oriented approach. She has also been working for strengthening primary education.

She was honoured by the Lions Club Chandigarh Supreme in recognition for her contribution to education on Teachers' Day in 2003. 



From Schools
‘Spardha’ concludes
Tribune Reporters

Panchkula, October 14
Bhavan Vidyalaya: Spardha, a three-day-long Inter school competition, in which schools from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula participated, concluded at Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, here today.

Apart from a debate competition, group sloka reciting competition was also organised, today. Mr Kulwant Singh, chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Managing Committee, Panchkula, inaugured the function and expressed his view on ‘Catching the bureaucrats young will make a difference’.

Solo songs and group songs will be held on tomorrow while Hasya Kavi Goshthi and Art competitions would be organised on Saturday.

Debate on rain water harvesting: As many as seven schools from Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali participated in a Debate competition at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here today. The schools that participated in the competition include Satlju Public School, Sector 4, DAV, Sector 15, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, Chandigarh, St. Xavier’s School, Sector 20, Panchkula, St Kabir, Sector 26, Chandigarh, Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, Chandigarh and St. Stephen, Sector 45,Chandigarh.

The topic of the debate was ‘Rainwater Harvesting’. In the preliminary round the students spoke on ‘Tata Steel Rolling Trophy’ on rain harvesting. The finals would be held in Jamshedpur on November 5 and 6.

Science exhibition:
At the ongoing five-day science exhibition, several schools have put up innovative models on “Aids and drug Awareness”. Another model on judicial use of nutritious diet put by students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, has also been appreciated by the visitors.



From Schools & Colleges
Workshop on digital designs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
A six-day workshop on digital design, jointly organised by the PEC Students' Forum of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) and Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), began at Panjab Engineering College. This is a unique initiative by the final year students of the electronics and communication engineering. The event is being organised under the overall guidance of Dr. Neena Gupta, the Coordinator, Technical Societies at PEC and the joint coordinators Ms. Gurjit Kaur and Ms. Ritika Arora.

Meanwhile, Top Gun, a three-day event organised by recently formed ISTE-Aeronautical student chapter concluded at Punjab Engineering College. It was a virtual flying and combat competition using F-16 flight simulator software (F-16 aggressor).

Purnima  SehgalTopper: Purnima Sehgal of DAV College has stood first in M.Com (first year) by securing 87.2 per cent. She secured 959 out of a total of 1100 marks.

Body formed: The pass outs of Vivek High School, have formed an Ex-Vivekites Association. A group of 20-odd students from different walks of life have come together in an endeavour to bond their old long forgotten ties. The idea to formulate an ex students association was the brainchild of the school's principal, Ms P.K. Singh.

Exhibition: The community polytechnics Scheme of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology organised an exhibition-cum-sale of items prepared by various training courses. Mr S.S. Virdi, Chairman of the Advisory Committee, inaugurated the exhibition. 



Painting contest for children
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 14
An on-the-spot painting competition marked the conclusion of a month-long Rajbhasa Hindi celebrations organised by the Punjab National Bank at Integrated Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 12-A, here today.

More than 100 students from 10 schools of Panchkula district participated in the competition. The topic of the competition was based on the theme of unity and diversity. At least 50 saplings were also planted on the school premises.

Mr S.S. Bhandari, Senior Regional Manager, Chandigarh Region, said the competitions were organised to make the new generation aware about the Indian culture, art and especially Hindi language.

Many events, including quiz competition, essay writing competitions, poetic and symposium were organised at various places of the north zone of the Bank.

The valedictory function will held at the auditorium of Regional Staff Training College, Sector 6, tomorrow.



Orientation camps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Bhupindra International Public School is organising a series of orientation camps for children from different preparatory schools in the city. The objective of the camps is to groom tiny tots for their upcoming interviews in various schools. 



Students present street play
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
As a part of the motivation drive for the coming blood donation camp, a street play “Rakt Daan, Maha Daan” was presented by students of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, on their campus on Wednesday. A poster making competition was also held. Guneet of BA IInd year bagged the first prize and Taranpreet and Vrinda of BA Ist year bagged the second and third prizes, respectively. Dr Neelam Marwaha, head of Blood Transfusion Department PGI, was the chief guest.



Suit against city police, admn by HC lawyer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
An advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has filed a civil suit against the local police and the Chandigarh Administration for recovery of Rs 5 lakh as damages.
In his suit before a local court, Sukhjit Singh Chandi alleged that the SSP and IGP had failed to instruct subordinate police officers to investigate a case related to a disputed house in Sector 21, which was “purchased” by the complainant.

In his application before for the court, Chandi alleged that two rooms of house No. 3302, Sector 21, were taken into illegal possession in 1999 by Ujjal Singh, who was a tenant in another part of the house.

The registration of an FIR was not communicated to the owner of the house, Ishar Singh Giani, an NRI based in the UK. The house was sold to Swaran Kaur by Ishar Singh Giani on October 29, 1999. The house was purchased by Chandi in 2002, the suit added.



Style i
Let the magic of fabric painting rule your style
Geetu Vaid

In the ever-changing world of fashion there are a very few things that have a perennial appeal and are never out of fashion. Outfits replete with the magic of hand painting easily fall in this category.

Fabric painting is quite a versatile art and has evolved over the years as a specialised field, says Rashmi Bindra, a designer-cum-fabric painting artist from the city who has carved a niche for herself in this field in India as well as abroad.

Rashmi has been painting as well as designing outfits for over 17 years and has worked as a design consultant for Mumbai-based designers and fashion houses. She has also designed and painted outfits for some of the leading filmstars.

Actually most of the world-famous designers have used the magic of hand painting from time to time to add exclusivity to their designs, says Rashmi, who is in city these days in connection with an exhibition of her collection. This trend is making waves on and off the ramps world over, she adds.

The regular paint and brush art combined with other techniques like tie and dye, spray painting, batik and block printing transforms a simple fabric to a designer piece. As no two designs look the same so the chances of duplication are very rare, she adds.

With the type of paints and other raw material available these days one can paint on almost any fabric be it crepes, georgettes, lace, cotton, silk or any other synthetic surface.

And any doubts about the life of these outfits can be easily set aside as these last for a long time, says Sangeeta, a housewife who proudly displays her over 15-year-old saree that still fetches her compliments whenever she dons it.

The magic of paint and brush can enliven any outfit be it sarees, suits, dupattas, kurtis, stoles, scarves, lehengas or even jeans. Marble effect on sarees, rubber effect on kurtis coupled with embellishments like beads, sequins, glitter make these fit for formal occasions too.

The painted outfits have a very contemporary look and are being preferred by those wanting to break away from the traditional mould. So a saree or a lehenga with a bunch of butterflies or bead encrusted flowers make a good combination of the traditional and the contemporary reflecting the personality of modern woman, says Sangeeta.

Scarves, stoles and painted kurtis are a favourite with the young generation always willing to experiment with their look.

Play of different hues is the key factor as one colour merges into another in a smooth transition from dark at the edge and getting lighter and lighter as it goes outward in intricate as well as simple designs. ‘‘Vibrant colours are the hot fashion statements this season and that is why I have used bright hues and floral designs in my collection,’’ says Rashmi.

So add the excitement of colours to your wardrobe and get a taste of spring in autumn. 



‘Andhe Hain Hum’ on Oct 16
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 14
On the first anniversary of Jan Chetna theatre the local Adakar Manch will present a Hindi play, “Andhe Hain Hum”, at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh on October 16.
The president of the manch, Dr Sahib Singh, said here today that the play was a satire on society, the story of which revolved around the life of two blind beggars. The message of the play was that society should understand the feelings of the handicapped.

The play has been written and directed by Dr Sahib Singh. He says that in the play he has tried to show two beggars who have been ridiculed by members of their family for being blind. They both leave their houses and start living at a bus stand. One of them, Shekhu Ram, wants to become a rich man. He starts saving a part of the alms to buy a lottery ticket costing Rs 100. By the time he manages to save Rs 100 a third blind person comes across who does not have money to reach back to his house.

He has been left behind by his grandson who had brought him to a doctor. Instead of buying the lottery ticket Shehku gives the money to that person so that he is able to go back to his family.


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