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‘College Panorama’ begins at Govt College for Girls 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
“College Panorama”, a two- day multi-disciplinary event began at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here. The event started with a general quiz and just- a- minute by the Literary and Debating Society of the college.

An ad-mad show and mock encounter and extempore events organised by the Commerce Department was hit among students. The students of the Home Science Department participated in the rangoli, mehndi, flower arrangement, embroidery, knitting and crochet competitions.

The students of the departments of Geography, Economics, Sociology, History, Political Science and Public Administration displayed their creative drawing and painting skills through maps and posters. ‘Brain teasers’, organised by the Department of Maths also drew a huge crowd.

Students of the Science Department put up ‘Science Mosaic’, an exhibition of models. The Principal of the college, Dr Manjit Kalra, said the mega show had been organised in the college for the first time.

Tomorrow, different institutes would do career counselling. Mr Vivek Attrey, Director, Information Technology, would attend the prize distribution function.

Seminar: The Planning Forum of the Department of Economics, DAV College, Sector 10, organised a seminar on ‘Globalization and the Impact on the Indian Economy’. Dr Sushmita Dasgupta, Deputy Chief Economist in the Joint Plant Committee, Ministry of Steel, delivered a lecture on the occasion.

The talk was followed by an interactive session with students who asked questions on profits, downsizing of workforce and cuts in government expenditure. Prof Umesh Vinayak, in charge, Planning Forum, welcomed the speaker.

Workshop: A two-day workshop on curriculum revision was organised by the College Development Council of Panjab University at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36. Thirtfive principals and educationists from the Department of Education and affiliated colleges of the university and Punjabi University, Patiala, participated in the workshop.

Prof M.L. Kaul, IGNOU, Delhi, was the chief guest and Dr Kanawaljeet Singh, Principal, State College of Education, Patiala, was the guest of honour. Prof Harish Sharma, a former professor of the Department of Education, presided over the workshop.

Meanwhile, the National Integration Week’ began at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today. The function began with a declamation contest on ‘ female foeticide’ in which nine students, Monika, Navneet, Riggie Walia, Manpreet, Harkiran, Sandeep, Nishu, Neetu and Poonam expressed their views on the topic. The show was organized by Bhavdeep Bindra, secretary, Students’ Council. 



Green light to education board on textbooks
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 19
The Department of Social Welfare, Punjab, has given the go-ahead to the Punjab School Education Board to publish textbooks for the department. The move is significant since a Punjab Government notification issued by the Department of Education in April this year had clearly told the board to desist from commercial activities like publication of books.

Sources in the board said a letter signed by the Director, Social Welfare, Mr R. L. Kalsia, was received yesterday stating that the board should continue to publish these books to be used by the department for supplying to children free of cost.

The board publishes school textbooks for three different sources. A majority of the books are published for students studying in schools affiliated to the board across the state. Some are published for the Social Welfare Department that supplied these books to SC and BC students free of cost and the least number of books are to be published for the Sarv Sikhia Abhiyaan Authority.

However on April 30, in a controversial notification issued by the Principal Secretary, Education, Mrs Tejinder Kaur, the board was asked to relinquish its book printing functions. The notification had said: ‘‘These books are printed by Punjab School Education Board for which they have copyright. On scrutiny it has been found that books printed by the Punjab School Education Board were substandard so far as their printing paper quality and cost was concerned. ’’

The Education Department decided to print these books itself and give the board 1 per cent of the cost of publication for its copyright on the books.

A large-scale protest both from the board employees and the management followed the issuing of the notification since it was felt that the Education Department was trying to take away the board’s main source of income. The board pointed out to the Education Department that printing and sale of school textbooks was also listed as a function in the board calender under section 17(2).

Last month, pending a final decision on the issue, the board had decided to go ahead with the publication of books and called for tenders. The government, however, had asked the board to defer the opening of tenders for three weeks. The tenders would now be opened tomorrow.



Flesh trade case: women remanded in judicial custody
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 19
The two women arrested in a flesh trade racket case were remanded in police custody for three days.
The three accused were produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate, Gulab Singh today. The counsel for the accused moved a bail application, and a notice was issued to the state for tomorrow. He pleaded that the women were framed in the case. “They had gone to pay the instalment of a loan that they had taken from Sharma. An instalment had to be paid daily to the contractor for the loan,” he argued.

They were arrested from a house in Sector 11. The police had maintained that the contractor was running sex trade racket, and using the women to please officers in HUDA, and thus get contacts for works from HUDA.



Nod to telecom company to set up towers
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 19
Special Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed telecom major Tata Teleservices to set up towers on commercial locations in Chandigarh.

Taking up the petition filed by Tata Teleservices, the Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy and Mr Justice Amar Dutt directed the UT Administration to allow the company to set up towers at commercial locations at its own risk as it has allowed other mobile telecom companies.

In its petition, the company had stated that the UT Administration has not granted permission to it despite making the requisite application.

The company stated that these applications were pending since March.


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