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Representatives of private schools hold rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Managements of private schools, being run in residential areas, today organised a protest rally at Matka Chowk tomorrow in support of its demand to permit them to function from their existing premises. Representing 220 schools also observed a dharna, demanding a change in the bylaws to allow the schools to operate from the private premises.

Mr U.S. Gujral, president of the association, said the Administration had tried to create divide between the members of the association by floating a proposal to allow schools to run from residential premises in Mani Majra.

The rally was addressed by leaders of the Congress and the BJP. Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former Member of Parliament from Chandgarh, assured them that he would to fight for the cause of the association.

The managements of such schools have been asked by the Administration to shut down their institutions by March 2005. Of the 220 schools, which are to be shut down, a majority are primary schools in the southern sectors and in the periphery.

Around 35,000 students and 5,000 teachers would be affected by the closure of the schools.



Colourful show by students
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 7
Students of Anee’s School, Sector 69, celebrated their annual day here today. In a glittering and colourful function organised by the school at the NIPER auditorium, students presented a number of cultural items.

Dr Veer Singh, Director-General of the Army Institute of Law, was the chief guest. He appreciated the performance and enthusiasm of the children. Stating that imparting education was not the sole responsibility of the schools, he stressed the importance of parents in ensuring that the child developed a well-rounded personality.

He emphasised the need to reduce commercialisation of education.

Students who had won various academic and sports competitions were given prizes on the occasion. The school headmistress welcomed the chief guest and highlighted the achievements of the school in various fields. The director of the school, Mr Aneet Goel, explained future plans of the management.



Seminar stresses on educating underprivileged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Reaching out to children from the disadvantaged sections of society who can ill-afford formal education and the need to initiate vocational courses at the post-graduation level was stressed at a seminar on "Extension Education and its Role", held at the Department of Hindi, Panjab University, here today.

Organised by the PU's Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, the programme coordinator, Ms Renu Gandhi, said extension education aimed at promoting meaningful and sustained rapport between the university and the community.

She added that there was a need to have a learning process for faculty and students through exposure to community needs, problems and issues.

Ms Gandhi added that it was the responsibility of the students to reach out to groups like bonded labour, child workers, street children and slum workers and educate them.

Welcoming the main speaker, Dr S.P. Sehgal, Chairman of the Department of Hindi, said formal education without non-formal education was not relevant today.

“Non-formal education helps students to develop their own personality by participating in community education,” he stated.

Ms Deep Mala, a student of the department, maintained that there was a need to motivate students to participate in social work and contribute towards upliftment of the society by educating the illiterate.

Another student, Amit Sharma said camps and group discussions to motivate students for illiteracy eradication programmes should be held.

Students and teachers from various departments were of the opinion that courses like diploma in beauty culture, personality development, critical thinking in addition to the post-graduation studies would help students to develop skills to earn a living. 



NHRC moved on posts in courts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) today moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for filling vacant posts in the District Courts of Punjab and Chandigarh. In its application, the LHRI alleged that the shortage of staff was severely affecting the routine functioning of the courts, resulting in inconvenience to the public. Even as the orders were passed on time, these were not handed over to the parties concerned due to the shortage of "ahlmads" and clerks.

This coupled with a lot of unnecessary work such as the disposal of traffic challans and summary proceedings, left less time at the disposal of courts for important cases.

Terming the delay in various routine works as violation of human rights, the body alleged that sometimes even the important orders such as grant of bail were delayed.

Urging the NHRC to direct the Registrar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the District and Sessions Judges of various courts to fill the vacancies, the LHRI said this step would go a long way in redressing the grievances of the public.



Tribune Impact
Magistrate re-arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The police today re-arrested an Executive Magistrate and Tehsildar of Punjab under Section 188 of the CrPC for allegedly firing a shot into the air in Sector 18 on Sunday.

The arrest followed The Tribune bringing out the fact that J. S. Sadhroa was not punished for the violation of Section 144 of the CrPC, which is in force in the city. The violation of Section 144 attracts punishment under Section 188 of the CrPC.

The Sector 19 police station had arrested Sadhrao after the shot was fired into the air and booked him under Section 336 of the IPC (posing danger to the lives of others by a negligent act), which is a bailable offence. He was released on bail the same night.

Sadhrao was today sent to judicial custody and his bail application would be taken up tomorrow, the police said.

The police conceded that it was in the dark about the enforcement of Section 144 and had not slapped Section 188 accordingly.

The police today procured a copy of the notification of Section 144 issued by the District Magistrate and produced it in a local court.

The Tribune had reported that it was mandatory for a weapon licensee to take permission from the UT DM even if a licensed weapon had to be carried in the city because of Section 144 being in force.



Fitness Trail
ABC of good health
Renu Manish Sinha

Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

India is riding high on the IT revolution. Economy is booming, development galloping and prosperity is visible all around. But all this has come at the cost of health and time.

Coronary diseases, hypertension, diabetes, etc. have acquired a young profile with our busy young professionals sitting behind computers for long periods and falling prey to sedentary lifestyles.

Traditional food too has become a victim in this time-starved schedule. Convenient and fast foods are the preferred choice for most busy persons.

What most of us do not realise is that these are high in sugar, fat, sodium. These are mostly made of refined carbohydrates, like maida, creating havoc in our systems and inviting a host of deadly diseases.

Exercise and even normal physical activity has almost vanished, giving way to rising levels of obesity and stress.

Time or the lack of it has been blamed for all evils of a modern lifestyle.

Most of the nutrition and fitness experts advise lifestyle changes to counter this threat.

But a mere mention of lifestyle changes makes our busy professionals squirm at the thought of making efforts for the purpose.

With the help of some local nutrition and fitness experts we demystify these lifestyle changes and suggest ways to improve your life without sacrificing much of your valuable time.

So let's decode the ABC of good health on fast track.

A is for activity. At least 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise should be enough to maintain basic fitness. But other small physical acts, too, can add up to burn a good number of calories, especially for people with busy schedules and sedentary lifestyles.

Avoid elevator, use stairs in office. A 10-minute brisk walk during coffee or lunch break, too, can also add up to the total activity. During a short break, use the computer table as an aid to do some stretches. At home, various household chores, dusting, walking to market, gardening, etc. can add to the 30-minute daily quota.

B is for breakfast. A good breakfast is required to kick start the metabolism which has slowed down at night, says Dr Neelu Malhotra, a Mohali-based diet consultant. Since body burns fuel even at rest, the brain, which has been starved at night, needs fuel in the morning to work efficiently. Breakfast should contain 40 per cent of the day’s calories and a variety of foods like carbohydrates, protein, fats and sugar. A good breakfast helps in stabilising the blood sugar and cholesterol and prevents mental fatigue during the day.

C is for calorie balance. Calorie input should not be more than the output, especially for people with desk-bound jobs. A bag of chips or an aerated drink pack enough calories to upset your calorie scale for the day. Moreover, these are just empty calories without any nutritive value.

So stock up on healthy snacks in your drawer or purse to avoid binging. Dry fruits, roasted gram, peanuts, salt and butter-free popcorns, fresh juices, lemon water, etc. make healthy choices instead of samosas, endless cups of tea or coffee, aerated drinks, chips, namkeen, biscuits, pizza, burger, etc.

Meal planning is important for busy working people. So cook dinner in more quantity to pack a healthy tiffin box next day. Even convenience foods like frozen vegetables can be used judiciously as baked vegetables, stews, stir fries. They can be pureed and used in dals, soups, or added to dough. They can also used in vegetable sandwiches, or as vegetable sticks with low-fat or curd dips.

Fresh fruits too make a better choice over sweets or chocolates for providing energy.

Desk-bound people should go slow on simple carbohydrates as they can make you feel sluggish. Complex carbohydrates like raw vegetables and fruits should be preferred as they provide valuable fibre to the system which gives a feeling of fullness for a longer period.

Protein too packs a punch as it provides energy to body and brain both. So include nuts, seeds, soya milk, tofu, yogurt, etc. to your daily diet.

Intake of fats should be minimum. Just 10-15 per cent of total calories.

High sodium and high sugar food should be avoided as excess sodium causes water retention, stress and hypertension. While extra sugar brings about a temporary high. But it also brings sugar levels down too quickly causing mood swings.

So make water your best friend. Staying hydrated can promote clear thinking and stable energy levels. Water replenishes body’s moisture levels, flushes toxins and waste from cells, rejuvenates organs and aids in their better functioning. It also prevents the urge for mindless munching as we often mistake thirst for hunger.



Strokes of faith
Aditi Tandon

Ravinder Sharma’s artworks invariably inspire curiosity. Unpretentious and earthy, they stand out for that familiar tinge of mysticism which facilitates an instant rapport.

Famed for his “Shiva” paintings, Ravinder seems to have found newer extensions for his “artistic” desires. His latest show titled, “Hill and Hill Gods,” which opened in the elevating space of Panjab University Fine Arts Gallery today, goes a long way to prove his fondness for God as a leitmotif for art.

True to its title, the exhibition showcases the play of spiritual forces against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas. The shades enhance the beauty of the mountains, its rivers and valleys and the themes inspire emotions. At the heart of the show are hill gods who manifest in various forms like a cascading stream, a flowing river or a static peak.

In a way, the show features Ravinder’s memoirs of the mountains which enrapture one and all with their mysticism and abandon. The works use religious motifs like temples, priests and Shivlingam to bring home the theme of the exhibition.

Almost all works are striking, especially the one that showcases the mighty monoliths resting by the river bank. Then there are the hauntingly beautiful images of mountains and their fabled ghosts; of the riot of colours against dull backdrops of rocks; of the shepherd’s journey through the hills and of the blessing-seeking men and women.

Rooted in tradition, the works definitely delight and hold the promise of staying with you long after you have gone. Technically they may not be equally impressive all the time, but then faith has little to do with skill.

The show will be on till December 11 and can be viewed between 10 am and 1 pm; 2 pm to 5 pm daily. TNS



Honoured for propagating Sanskrit theatre
S.D. Sharma

A writer defines country’s national psyche and symbolises its deepest desires and dreams through his creations. One such genius rightfully decorated with the Shiromani Sahityakar award in Sanskrit for 2003 by the Department of Languages Punjab last week at Patiala, is a scholar, Dr Mathura Dutt Pandey.

He is a playwright, poet, critic and short-story writer of eminence recently honoured by the President, Dr Abdul Kalam, with the Uttaranchal Sahitya Academy award.

His upbringing and early education at Almora hills had sharpened his poetic sensibilities. Face to face with the nature, he took to writing at an early age. Later, during the formative years as a lecturer and Principal in various government colleges of Punjab, Dr Pande made many literary contributions in Sanskrit and Hindi.

While the dramatic creations of Kalidas, in Sanskrit, were purely based on religious, metaphysical and philosophical themes, Mathura Dutt employed his vision to deal with the issues concerning the contemporary life in his Sanskrit drama like ‘Pallav Panchkam’ ( Five branches of tree) ‘Dyavapritiviyam’, ‘ Ekank Panchdashi’ ‘Kalgiri ‘(on Kargil war) and ‘Sanskrit Geet Manjari’. His literary creations had been hailed as a positive contribution to the evolution of a common cultural synthesis. Panjab University has awarded doctorate degree to a student, RajKumar, who had conducted research on the works of the invincible litterateur. His books have been seen as a sort of revolution in the modern Sanskrit literature as it preserves the sanctity of vedic and puranic heritage but still relevant to modern perspectives.

The plays had already been staged extensively in India and Nepal and had proved to be an attempt at a new experiment in the Sanskrit stagecraft.

Similarly, the collections of his poetry like “Vichhlan”, “Ahrotar”, and a novel “Pranaya aur Prinyay” and “Kohrai Guffain” are reflective of his genius. Mathura Dutt had experimented the staging of his plays in Kathmandu where he had been on a deputation.

Dr Pande opined that the felicity and elegance of simple language, scripting the dialogues of his plays has augmented the popularity of the Sanskrit theatre in the region. Sharing his experience of a teaching assignment in Holland, he said there had been many takers for this language in Holland. Even at the age of 70 Dr Mathura Dutt Pande is not complacent and striving to enrich the literature with dedication. OC



Pak luminary adds colour to ‘Raag Rang’

Punjabi has a Raag Rang, a programme organised by the National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, in cooperation with the State Bank of Patiala saw the participation of Pakistan’s literary luminary Sarwat Mohiuddin, member, Pakistan Punjabi Literary Board and President, Lok Reet, Islamabad, as chief guest.

Inaugurating NTAS first monthly programme at Baradari Gardens here, Sarwat said she was impressed by love and enthusiasm which Patiala residents had for theatre and arts and their deep affection for Pakistani brethren.

She added colour to the garden theatre by reciting her poems. She lauded the theatre couple, Pran Sabharwal and his wife Sunita, with whom she had a long association, and her Patiala hosts Jagjit Singh Dardi, Editor-in-Chief, Chardikala publications, for their efforts towards the promotion, Punjabi theatre and journalism.

The two-hour programme also included dance and a drama, presented by Pran and Sunita Sabharwal, “Kalkh Hanere”, a satire against foeticide, written by Prof Ajmer Singh Aulakh and directed by Mr H.S. Radhawa was appreciated. The play depicted how a man could become mean and force his wife to undergo abortion to destroy female foetus even at the risk of her life.

Artists, including Satbir, Gurminder Singh, Kamaldeep Gill, Jai Gopal, Harbans, Kanwal Singh, Navdeep Singh and Dharminder Sandhu, captivated the audience with their good acting. Besides, dances by Shruti Sachdeva, histrionics by Pran Sabharwal, Rohit Vohra and songs by Kamal Deep Gill and Harbans Singh were also appreciated.

Speaking on the occasion, the Rotary President, Prof Subhash Sharma, announced that the Patiala Rotary International would honour the theatre couple Pran and Sunita Sabharwal on December 15. OC



Show by Reshma

Pak singer Reshma was in her elements at a cultural evening held at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala connection with the Indo-Pak Games.

Relating an anecdote while addressing Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, she said when she went to Toronto recently, she was asked to give replies to questions in yes or no only. When the commentator started asking inconvenient questions, I did not reply. It prompted him to ask “don’t you know English?”. “I replied, yes”, she said.

She later enthralled the audience at a cultural evening. She sung her favourite numbers including “lal meri pat rakhiyo bala” and “tainu khol sunavan kuch dil diyan galan”. “Chaar dinan da pyar o rabba, bari lambi judai” took everyone down memory lane. TNS



Sector 22 man wins Maruti car

Spice Telecom on Tuesday announced the winners of the Divali bumper of “Khelo No 902” in Chandigarh. Mr Tarlok Singh of Kapurthala won the bumper prize — a diamond necklace.

Eight lucky winners won a gold coin each weighing 5 gm, 10 won a gold coin of 3 gm each and 250 subscribers won a silver coin each. In addition more than 1,000 subscribers got free airtime worth Rs 100.

Meanwhile, the winners of the ‘Divali Mobile Dhamaka 2004’ organised by the Chandigarh Mobile Dealers Association, were announced at the Sector 17 plaza. The chief guest for the occasion Mr Mandeep Bhatia, Vice-President, Marketing, AirTel, Punjab, gave gifts to 170 winners of the lucky draw.

Mr Satish Kumar of sector 22, Chandigarh, won a Maruti 800. The second prize, a motorbike, went to Mahesh Kumar of Halo village. Apart from these the other prizes include television sets, DVD players, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, mobile handsets. Around 120 consolation prizes were also given. OC


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