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Open schooling body fails to declare results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Failure on part the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) in declaring the revaluation results is threatening to disrupt the academic career of many students. The students lamented that the website of the NIOS did not accept their genuine numbers and no official at the Delhi office was ready to help them.

The students were being referred to the regional office of the NIOS here. One of the aggrieved student, Gaurav Kaura, told Chandigarh Tribune that despite the revaluation results meant to be out by September, the results had not been declared till date.

"On entering the roll number, the response is that it is not a valid roll number existing in the database. Efforts to get response from the regional office has failed", he lamented.

Gaurav, who is doing his degree in Information Technology (IT) from Manipal University, said due to delay in the declaration of the revaluation result of accountancy paper, he had been barred from appearing in the final year semester exams by the university. He had got compartment in the accountancy subject and had applied for revaluation.

No official at the regional office of the NIOS could be contacted for comments. 



Vikas, Megha win titles at freshers' party
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
The Hartron Workstation Computer Training Centre in Sector 8 celebrated its annual function at the Musafir auditorium in Sector 24 here. The students participated in cultural events. The programme was presided over by Dr Y.C. Chopra, Principal of the Swami Devi Dyal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Barwala. Vikas Dalal and Megha were adjudged Mr and Ms fresher.



Sisters’ torture: accused’s arrest stayed till Nov 16
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
A local court yesterday stayed the arrest of Col Manmohan Singh Bains (retd) and his wife and son in a case related to the "torture" of Ms Beant Kaur, wife of a decorated Indian Air force (IAF) officer, late Air Vice-Marshal Harjinder Singh and her sister, Ms Satwant Kaur.

According to information, the Colonel and his wife Madhu Bains and the son had moved the court for the anticipatory bail pleading innocence in the case which hit the headlines recently.

However, after hearing counsel for both the parties, the court stayed their arrest till November 16.

Counsel for Colonel Bains claimed that he was the "adopted" son and the general power of attorney(GPA)holder of the property of late Air Marshal.

On the other hand, Ms Beant Kaur refuted the claim that Colonel Bains, who is her nephew, was ever adopted by her.

The sisters recently lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Colonel and his family had been "torturing" them for several years now and eyeing their palatial house in Sector 3 and other properties.

However, Colonel Bains retaliated saying that certain relatives were "instigating" the sisters with a view to "grabing" the property.



Film Review
Master stroke by king of romance
Rama Sharma

Item numbers are not needed when love and sensitivity abound in a strong script, especially when it is directed by seasoned Yash Chopra. His love nectar, "Veer-Zaara,” amply proves this.

Without acquiring political tones, "Veer-Zaara" does to Indo-Pakistan 'dosti' what politicians cannot do. The movie tries to dispel the darkness of the mind to reveal the ultimate human truth . Love here is elementary, yet powerful. It crosses man-made and mind-made barriers to dissolve into the unknown spirit which envelops all of us, yet transcended by a few.

Shah Rukh Khan here scales the heights of sensitivity, rising above the mundane.His expressions are mature and reach out to touch the heart of the common man. As a prisoner lodged in a Pakistani jail, he breathes life into the story.

His trauma becomes a saga and speaks about the untold sufferings of innocent prisoners.

Preity Zinta, too, has managed to rise to the heights which the script attempts to explore. As a bubbly Pakistani woman treated with contempt by the conservative society, she is immensely likeable.

Giving love its due, Yash Chopra has understandably linked the script to the life of a common man. The pace is exacting. Drawing from the best of the two countries, the story is made more colourful by a spray of the Punjabi culture — be it celebrating Lohri in India or visiting a dargah in Pakistan. He has handled the script cleverly. Whenever the pace begins to slacken, he introduces a new character and a twist.

Aditya Chopra's dialogues make an impression. Late Madan Mohan’s music is adequate.

Rani Mukherjee, who plays a Pakistani lawyer, forcefully asserts her skills. The Amitabh Bachchan-Hema Malini pair is back again with an endearing chemistry. Anupam Kher, Divya Dutta, Boman Irani and Manoj Vajpai have played their characters well.

There are some touching scenes which cannot be described. These have to be seen and experienced.

So you can ignore when at times these become unrealistic. Another weak point is that towards the end the pace becomes slow.

Though the dose is endemic, yet it is for everybody's consumption. Not because it is uniquely different, but because it even touches the indifferent. — TNS


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