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Check fee structure of private schools: panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
A human rights body, the Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI), today moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the inability of the Chandigarh Administration to check fleecing of the general public by private schools.

In his application, Mr Arvind Thakur, general secretary of the local unit of the LHRI, alleged that exorbitant fees charged by the privately-managed schools had pushed the education out of the reach of the common man.

Saying that officials of the Education Department are not keeping a watchful eye on the activities of the privately-run schools, which amounted to violation of human rights of the city residents, Mr Thakur alleged that no action was being taken as the schools were owned by influential individuals and institutions.

The application demanded the appointment of an observer from the Education Department to monitor the admission schedule and fee structure of such schools.



3 of PEC faculty in race for Director’s post
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
At least three faculty members of Punjab Engineering College and a former Director of the Central Scientific Instrument Organisation (CSIO) are in the race for the post of Director, PEC, deemed university.

Around 15 candidates, including those from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) at Kanpur and Delhi, have forwarded their names through their institutions to the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, who heads the five-member search committee.

According to sources in the Administration, the three faculty members from the PEC are Mr S.C. Sharma, Head of the Aeronautical Engineering Department, Mr R.N. Nauria, Head of Production Engineering, and Dr Baljeet Kapoor, Director ad-interim of the college. Dr R.P. Bajpayee, a former Director of the CSIO, Chandigarh, is a strong contender for the post.

Among the other names forwarded are Mr Vijay Gupta from IIT, Kanpur, and Dr Madan Gopal from IIT, Delhi.

The members of the search committee are the Adviser, Mr Lalit Sharma, the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, the Finance Secretary, Mr S.K. Sandhu, the Director of IIT, Kanpur, Dr S.C. Dhande, and the Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Mr Ravi Mathur. They are scheduled to meet on December 3 to go through the applications. After the meeting, the Board of Governors, which has on its panel officials of the UT Administration and representatives of the industry, will meet in the second week of December. 



From Schools
Students create wind mills of Europe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Students of DAV Public School, Sector 8, presented models on famous personalities, culture, fashion, sports, historical monuments and agriculture. The exhibition, inaugurated by Mr O.P. Arora, Additional General Manager of The Tribune, was part of the silver jubilee celebrations of the school.

Students from Classes V to VIII used their skills by making models of wind mills of Europe, village scenes of Asia, sledges driven by reindeers in Antarctica, market scenes of South America and sheep station of Australia. The school campus was divided into seven sections, presenting all continents.

A cultural event displaying the dances of different continents like Salsa from South America, Labada from Africa, Spanish dance, snowman dance from Antarctica, left the audience spellbound.

The chief guest encouraged the students by asking them questions and giving them suggestions. The exhibition gave information about the important places in the world, he said.

Cultural competitions

On the third day of the 35th All-India inter state and inter-school cultural competitions being held at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Mahatma Hansraj Samriti Hindi Debate contest was held. The topics of the contest was " Fashion is yardstick of modernity"

A solo song contest ' Principal Hariram Samriti' was also held on the occasion.

Gurpurab celebrations

Students of Sishu Niketan Public School, Sector 43, celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev by visiting the Gurdwara Sant Seva in Sector 43.



Partial strike by DBA members
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
A partial strike was observed today by members of the District Bar Association (DBA) in protest against the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court not declaring a holiday on Gurpurb.

While a section of the lawyers appeared for taking next dates of hearing, there were hardly any arguments concerning the cases. However, various courts diposed off traffic challans cases in the afternoon. Scores of litigants, who had come from far-off places, were an inconvenienced lot as a substantial numbers of lawyers failed to turn up at the courts.

The high court decision was "discriminatory" as all Central and state government offices and courts in Punjab and Haryana were closed, Mr Gujral, DBA vice-president, said.

Meanwhile, the president of the Sikh Lawyers Association, Mr N.S. Minhas, condemned the high court decision alleging that it "hurt" the religious sentiments of the Sikhs.

The president of the DBA, Mr Sajal Koser, in a representation to the Chief Justice of the high court, had alleged that the decision "hurt" the religious sentiments of a particular community.



Section 144 imposed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Apprehending breach of peace in the city, the District Magistrate, Mr Arun Kumar, today imposed Section 144, CrPC, in sectors 1 to 12 and 26. This order, which came into force from midnight for a period of 60 days, prohibits the assembly of five or more persons, taking out processions, making speeches and raising slogans, sitting on dharnas and carrying lathis within sectors falling north of Madya Marg.

However, the order shall not apply to police or para-military personnel on official duty, processions and meetings, which have prior permission of the DM or the SDM and processions for marriages and funerals. 



Punjabi singers to honour Surinder Kaur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
ETC Punjabi and Alpha TV Punjabi will organise a grand celebration tomorrow to mark the 75th birthday of Surinder Kaur, the famed folk singer of Punjab.

Structured as a tribute to the singer who has charmed generations with her melodious voice, the event will commence at Kalagram tomorrow at about 7 pm. The five-hour long programme will feature musical offerings from the best in the field to Punjabi singing. Among the artists who will sing in the honour of the Nightingale of Punjab will be Hans Raj Hans, Malkit Singh, Pammi Bai and Manpreet Akhtar among others.

Addressing a press conference in this regard today, Rabindra Narayan, president, ETC Punjabi, said the idea behind celebrating Surinder Kaur’s birthday was to revive the old folklorist culture of Punjab which is now succumbing to the pop culture. “We have lost touch with our roots as we explore trends that don’t belong here. The programme, through its well laid out treat of rich Punjabi music, will draw viewers’ attention to this valid point,” said Mr Narayan.

Also present on the occasion was Malkit Singh and Surinder Kaur’ daughter Dolly Guleria who will make a special appearance to honour her mother who has to her credit rich musical pieces like “Lathe di chadar.”



Yoga made me a calm person, says Gul

Former Miss India and actress Gul Panag made a brief stopover in Chandigarh on Friday to inaugurate a yoga centre being run by Bharat Thakur.

Gul, who has learned yoga from Bharat Thakur, says yoga helps maintain mental and physical balance. She herself does yoga exercises at least four to five times in a week.

“I learned yoga because I wanted to make myself beautiful. Though I too have spiritual pursuits, I firmly believe that before mastering your mind it is very important to master your body,” Gul believes. Her favourite yoga posture is the bhujang asana.

Yoga has made her calm. “Now I can handle situations in a better way”, she says. Apart from yoga, she runs around 50 km a week to keep herself fit.

Gul refused to give any other details about herself and left mediapersons without answering their questions. OC


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