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NSUI wants FIR against students cancelled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
The local unit of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) condemned the registering of an FIR against Panjab University students by the authorities on Sunday. It also demanded the cancellation of the FIR and resignation of the Chairperson, Prof M.K. Teja, for registering the FIR, failing which it would launch an agitation.

At a meeting of the NSUI, called by the local president, Nitin Goyal, members said this act of the university was aimed at crushing the voice of the students. “This dictatorial attitude of the university administration is against the principles of democracy and is condemned in the strongest of words,” he said.

Goyal added that the students were representing their genuine demands of condonation of lectures, but the Chairperson arbitrarily refused their legitimate demands and thus provoked the students to protest. The Chairperson, the NSUI maintained, was responsible for the smooth conduct of affairs of the department and that the protesting students did not have any personal enmity with the Chairperson.

As per the university calendar, the students are entitled to get their lectures condoned if they participate in sports and cultural activities of the university.

The students asked the Chairperson to condone their lectures on the same grounds but he refused to do so and created a situation where the students had no option but to protest, Goyal stated.

The NSUI demanded immediate withdrawal of the case registered and the resignation of the Chairperson. Harpreet Singh Harry, president of the campus unit of the NSUI, said protests would be held if the students against whom the FIR had been registered, were arrested.



Students asked to build career in science
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Engineering is not the end of the world. There are many alternative and enjoyable careers that one can follow and science is one of them. Prof S.C. Dutta Roy, Professor Emeritus, IIT, Delhi, stated this here on Monday.

Inaugurating a CSIR programme on Youth for Leadership in Science at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here, Professor Roy advised students to consider science as a serious career option for teaching and research. After studies, the students should stay back in the country and make all out efforts for its betterment, he added.

Earlier, Dr Pawan Kapoor, CSIO Director, emphasised the need for a career in science, which has unlimited opportunities for self-growth and contribution to society.

He also highlighted various projects in glory alert system and nano-technology being undertaken at the CSIO.

Mr J.K. Chhabra, CSIO Deputy Director and coordinator of programme, said the programme was part of the CSIR mission to attract brilliant students to the science stream. About 70 students from Haryana are taking part in the two-day programme.

During the programme, the students will be taken around various laboratories of the CSIO to give them a feel of the actual research and design work done. They will also have an opportunity to interact with researchers.

A multimedia quiz and lectures on popular science topics have also been planned for the students to motivate them with a view to developing scientific temper.



Fashion show by children
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 8
A party show was organised by the tiny tots of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II here today. Students dressed up in their best outfits and danced to music, enjoying a mouth watering treat.

Jasmine of KG was given the title of beautiful girl, while Aditi was given the title of beautiful smile, Parneet bagged the title of confident boy and Karanvir and Pranav Gupta shared the title of handsome boys.

A fashion show was also organised for the students of the Nursery class. Simranjeet Singh, and Harmanpreet Kaur bagged the first positions in the fashion show. Navroop Kaur and Chanpreet Singh bagged the second position and the third position was shared by Gaganpreet Kaur, Aniket and Arshdeep.

Speaking on the occasion the Principal of the school, Mrs Ranjeet Bedi congratulated the winners and said fashion helped in boosting the confidence level of a child. 



Varsity staff hold dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
The Joint Action Committee of teaching and non-teaching employees of Panjab University organised a protest rally here today in front of the Administrative Block to press for the implementation of pension, here today.

Dr Ronki Ram, president of the Panjab University Teachers’ Association, Dr P.P. Arya, and Prof Anirudh Joshi appealed to the authorities and respective governments to implement the pension without losing any more time.

The employees also agreed to contribute Rs 50 each towards the corpus created by the JAC to sustain the agitation.

Agenda: The Panjab University Syndicate, at its meeting on December 19, will consider granting approval to appointments of lecturers and senior lecturers for the University Institute of Engineering and Technology and Bio-technology, Director for the Physical Education Department among others. The mercy chance given to students of UIET would also come up for discussion.

Awarded: Dr Deepak Kumar Singh, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Panjab University, has been chosen for fellowship by the New India Foundation, an innovative project pioneered by some of India’s leading intellectuals, including the eminent social historian Ramachandra Guha, aimed at attracting and encourage young scholars to produce original and ground-breaking research.

Dr Deepak Kumar Singh, 37, has been selected from over 300 aspirants. The prestigious fellowship consists of Rs 3.6 lakh to be disbursed over a year for conducting research and further Rs. 2.4 lakh to be paid on the final submission of the manuscript.



Anti-tobacco projects in schools
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 8
The Generation Saviour Association, an NGO, will start a project to sensitise the youth against the use of tobacco by screening films in schools highlighting the ill-effects of tobacco.

This was stated by Mrs Amteshwar Kaur, president of the association, at a press conference here yesterday. She said seminars would also be held with the active participation of children. With the help of these programmes, the association plans to prepare a database, which would go a long way in helping to eradicate the menace of tobacco. The project would be started in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation.

She said the association held an inter-district ant-tobacco awareness camp at Om Parkash Bansal Modern School, Mandi Gobindgarh. Eleven schools from Mohali, Patiala and Mandi Gobindgarh took part in the camp.



3 law students on fast
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Three students of the Department of Laws, Panjab university, began an indefinite fast outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor, here today, demanding condonation of lectures.

The three students, Jagjit Singh of the five-year integrated law course, and Vishal Godania and Sushil Kumar of the three-year course, began their fast after they were refused roll numbers for the examination on account of shortage of lectures.

Speaking on behalf of the five-year course student, Jagjit Singh said they were not aware of the problems lecture shortage could cause. “So, the university should condone the shortfall. We are willing to give in writing that if we have lecture shortage from next year, the university is free to cancel our admission,” he said.

The Panjab University Campus Students’ Council president, Rajwinder Singh Lucky, said the university authorities should treat the case of the students sympathetically and condone the lectures.



Lecture on Indian architecture
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 8
“Architecture manifests itself through a variety of building types though all buildings are not architecture” opined Dr S.S. Bhatti, former principal Chandigarh College of Architecture, in a slide lecture delivered at the Department of Fine Arts Panjab University Chandigarh.

Speaking “Architecture and the basics of Indian Traditional architecture”, Dr Bhatti said “despite ubiquitous presence of architecture, very few understood its nature, scope and function as a ‘Matrix of civilisation’ for the simple reason that we hardly use the left hemisphere of our brains which, according to Dr Roger Sperry, has a cerebral function quite different from the right one. The left part controls powers to analysis, language, reasoning, judgment. It works sequentially. On the other hand, the right one controls emotions, imagination, intuition, and works holistically.” “We Indians are right-brained people, therefore our creations are artistic, often spiritual. But the progress of the so-called material world is the result of the working of the left hemisphere, which is dominant in the Westerners. To appreciate ‘architecture’ fully and to develop it, one needs to observe, analyse, evaluate and invent. The first step, therefore is the identification of elements that constitute ‘architecture’. He categorised these elements as space, structure, form, constitution, services, landscape, urban design and time.

The lecture was attended by students of arts, history, ancient history, music, theatre, fine arts and scholars and artists.

Earlier, Dr Rajinder Bhandari, Chairman of the Department of Fine Arts, welcomed Dr Bhatti and the audience.



Man impersonating as Executive Magistrate gets bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
The person who claimed to be an Executive Magistrate and Tehsildar of Punjab, J. S. Sadhrao, who was arrested for allegedly firing a shot in Sector 18 on Sunday, had convinced the police about his status despite the fact that he had been dismissed from service for irregularities three years back.

Sadhrao, who was re-arrested yesterday by a team of Sector 19 Police Station for breaching Section 144 of the Cr PC, had showed to the police an identity card mentioning his position. The sources in the police said a nameplate hung outside his house in Sector 18 also shows his position in the Punjab Government.

The Tribune is in possession of the documents showing that he had been dismissed from service in for distributing lands worth Rs 3 crore without having any legal authority. He was also accused of neither summoning the parties involved and nor recording statements while deciding on a petition illegally. This happened when he was a consolidation officer at Mohali in 1998.

The land in question was of Khadial village in Sunam tehsil of Sangrur district. He was also accused of making wrong entries in the land records. He allegedly also changed khasra numbers in the records. IAS Anurag Verma had conducted an inquiry on his conduct before he was dismissed.

A criminal case under Sections 419, 465, 468, 420, 467 and 471 had also been registered against him for allegedly allotting Denthal Gram Panchayat land to 25 persons in alleged connivance with several person on forged papers. This was discovered in an inquiry conducted by Additional Director, Consolidation, S. S. Khera. Mr Khera said the order of the consolidation officer was forged. Mutation was also stated to have been sanctioned by the authorities in this case.

The Sector 19 police station does not have any record about cases against Sadhrao.

He was again booked for escaping from the custody of a court when he was ordered to be taken into custody by a Kharar court.

Sadhrao was today released on bail by a local court in the Sunday’s firing case.



Basking in the glory of “Veer-Zaara”
Aditi Tandon

Darshan Singh Aulakh can’t still trust the twist of fate which took him straight to the production house of Yash Chopra in Mumbai.

Thoroughly humbled by his sparkling stars, the actor-cum-writer who has until now worked only in Punjab films and for Punjabi films, says his was a cherished role in “Veer-Zaara”. Most famous for his art of scripting purposeful Punjabi films like “Sukha” which bares the trauma of terrorist-struck youths of Punjab and “Khoon da Daaj”, a film that launches a scathing attack on the dowry system, Aulakh had little idea where his destiny would take him.

He could never have dreamt of a debut in the Yash Chopra film which is creating ripples world over. He plays a double role in “Veer-Zaara” and in each of his roles he figures prominently along with female leads Priety Zinta and Rani Mukherjee. In conversation with the Tribune today, the actor says “Veer-Zaara” has renewed his acting talent. Not only did he feature in the film as an actor, he also managed production for the whole of Punjab, deciding romantic locales and managing those lush greens which Yash Chopra was so desperately looking for.

Says Aulakh, “I have been working as the production in charge for almost all Gurdas Mann films. He was the one who recommended my name to Yash Chopra who was looking for character artistes for “Veer- Zaara”. Gurdas Mann has sung two songs in the film, and I believe his recommendation made all the difference.”

Beginning his career as a bhangra artiste, Darshan Aulakh stepped up the ladder of success very gradually. After mastering the folk dances of Punjab, Aulakh graduated to theatre and finally to films, his first being “Vairi”. Recalls Aulakh, “That one was never released, but I never gave up.”

Sure he did not for he went on to play a substantive role in the Gurdas Mann film “Shaheed-e-Mohabbat (Buta Singh)” which bagged a national award. He also featured in “Shaheed Udham Singh” and then in “Shaheed-e-Azam (Bhagat Singh)”.

For now, Aulakh is basking in his new-found glory. Having acted in several Punjabi films and having penned even more flicks, he says he has never felt as fulfilled as he feels now. “It has been a virtual evolution for me. Working with actors of Shahrukh Khan’s caliber was a challenge in itself. I am looking forward to a permanent association with Yash Raj films”.

Aulakh will have his wish, provided his stars remain settled! TNS



Painting nails her passion
Swarleen Kaur

GIVE her a free hand and she can transform the looks of your nails within a few minutes. Painting beautiful patterns on them in shimmering colours, Pammy Kaul has more than 70 designs to suit every occasion. These range from traditional to modern look. One need not worry about damaged nails as she can substitute these with artificial ones.

Born and brought up in Chandigarh, she moved to the UK about four years ago. There she learnt the art and beauty of nail painting and runs a beauty salon there.

Apart from the nail art, she also takes care of beauty and hair care. It was her dream to be a beautician since childhood. This passion started evolving when she used to beautify her dolls and do different hairstyles on these.

Her strong points are bridal designs, which are very attractive. She also takes care of health aspects and the type of one’s nails before starting the job. She wants to set up a training centre in beauty and hair care in Chandigarh.

She wants to do something for the underprivileged children who have a desire to do something. “I know how difficult it is when your dreams are not realised,” she says.

Pammy says, “ Now, I feel very satisfied because I have realised my dream. I have earned a name internationally but I feel that India lags behind in beauty and hair care as compared to the West. We should grow professionally. There are so many educated girls but few take up beauty as a career option. There is a misconception that there is not much scope in this field. In fact, it has lot of growth prospects worldwide”.



Natak melas in January
S.D. Sharma

India has a rich tradition of art and culture which gives eminence to the classical music ,dance and fine arts. The Pracheen Kala Kendra has been successfully engaged in preserving and promoting the cultural ethos in the region since its inception in 1957. The kendra with affiliations of 3600 examination and teaching centres has now gone global, disclosed its registrar, M L Koser, here today.

He said laison centres were functioning in at Crapes land London, Birmingham, New York, Mauritius, Singapore, Dubai, Nepal and Bangladesh while 2,05,811 students appeared in various music and dance examinations in the acade 2003-04.

The 32nd annual convocation for the eastern region will be held at Kolkata on December 26 while the successful candidates from Orissa state will be awarded diplomas and degrees on January 2 at Puri, says Koser.

Kathak dancer Shobha Koser informed the Kendra will organize a performance of eminent artists in respective streams at the end of convocation. While Sipra Bose Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan will present Jugalbandi, panadit Anido Chatterjee, Apurba Lal and Gopal Barman will feature in ‘Taal Kachehri’ at Kolkata.

Similarly dancer Shobha Koser, vocalists Shyamni Devi,Dilip Das will perform at Puri besides the percussionists Barman brothers. The kendra will felicitate five eminent maestros including Leeladhar Mandloi, DDG Doordrshan and chief editors of The Samaj, Manorama Mahopatra and Parmod Jamwal of Kashmir Times making the total to 85 since 1984.

To promote “Theatre “in the region an annual four day “natak mela” will be organised by the kendra in January on the lines of “Bhasker Rao Sangeet Sammelan” which had earned a big clientele.



Nusrat’s nephew casts a spell
Gurvinder Kaur

When Sher Miandad began his rendition of Sufiana kalam on the NIS lawns on Tuesday night with a ‘qaul’ (the traditional invocation at the beginning of a qawwali performance) many among the audience started fidgeting. Gathered to hear singer Hans Raj Hans and Pakistani qawwal Sher Miandad sing Sufi compositions, the audience seemed a trifle apprehensive of the classical twist to the performance when young Miandad took over from the famed artist. However, 10 minutes into the recital and everyone sat glued to their seats for the next two hours despite the biting cold and dew.

Grandson of the legendary Deen Mohammad Khan Deena Jallandhari and nephew of the maestro, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan , Sher Miandad is relatively little known in India. However, he is the ‘durbari’ qawwal at the dargah (mosque) of Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Masood in Pak Patan. His ancestors have been singing at this dargah since ages. “Baba Farid himself installed us in Patan and in Pakistan we are called ` Faridis` as we have always sung Babaji`s kalam (composition)” , explains Miandad.

At his programme, the singer held sway over the gathering as he sang one Sufi composition after another. Talking about the musical legacy he has inherited, Miandad says earnestly, “My forefathers have always found solace in singing qawwali in the traditional Punjabi `ang` (style). My late uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan achieved dizzying heights by remaining true to Jallandhari gayaki, the hometown of my ancestors. Qawwali that is sung in Delhi and Mumbai is more in the Karachi style”.

Remaining loyal to the musical tradition in his family has, however, not stopped him from experimenting with concepts hitherto unknown to traditional qawwals. Swiss group Roots was so awed by his performance that it launched an album titled `Sufi Moon` all over Europe, which is the result of fusion music arising from their union. This album when spotted by Norwegian group Transjock paved the way for another fusion music album.

Getting emotional about his roots, Miandad says he is the first among his family to visit their ancestral house in Sheikh Basti, Jalandhar, in the past 50 years. “It was as if God himself guided me towards my house. No one in the locality seemed to know of the house inhabited by Deena qawwal of yore. Suddenly I felt the urge to ask this young boy standing alone in a lane about the house and he led me straight to it as it was his house I was inquiring about”. I took with me pictures and video-tapes of the house and the emotional havoc it created back home took a long time to subside”, he says, adding, `God bless this thaw and make it even more complete”.



Children dance to Shiamak’s tunes

More than 125 dance learners in various age groups — 4 years to 30 years — are being given tips at Sector 24, Chandigarh, by instructors of Shiamak’s Davar’s Institute of Performing Arts (SDIPA), Mumbai.

The classes organised by Durga Das Foundation began on November 22 and will continue till December 16 with the final show, SDIPS’s Winter Funk, to be held on December 17 at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here.

After every six months SDIPA holds classes and then conducts a show for various age groups. The first group is for children in the age group of 4-6 years and the second is from 7-11years. There are groups for adults also — beginners (above 12) and elementary. OC



Watch out for ‘Super Singers’ on Channel V today

IT’s time to see the aspiring “Super Singers” from Chandigarh in action on Channel V. As the second episode of V-Super singers breaks the suspense and finalists from Delhi are announced, the focus will shift on the budding singers from the city beautiful, which will on air on Channel V on Thursday at 9 pm.

The roller-coaster journey of emotions will continue this week also with Channel V’s search for talent moving to Chandigarh, where thousands had awaited their ticket to fame while waiting in line since 4 am in the morning just for a chance to audition in front of Adnan Sami. As tempers soared and crowds got out of control, Adnan Sami had stepped in to calm the voices of the passionate contenders outside the audition venue at hotel MountView.

The episode will also bring back faint memories of a 12-year-old Kanak who had come to hotel MountView to fulfil his father’s last wish. Also there was the much motivated ‘humming bird’ Satya Prakash, who after being rejected in Delhi came down to Chandigarh to audition and prove that he was good enough! Not to forget Deepak, the surprise lookalike of Adnan Sami who was sure his “coincidental” qualification would take him places.

This and much more would be there for all to see as the joys, sorrows, rejection, anxiety and yearnings of contestants are bared for all on television tomorrow. The cameras will follow every move the aspiring singers made, every glimmer of hope they expressed and every drop of tear they shed on rejection.

As Adnan sifts Chandigarh for India’s best singing talent, the city residents may well get ready to sit up and watch! One of their dear ones might just be passing them by on the small screen. Catch all the action, comedy, drama and rejection of not just the contestants but also judge Adnan Sami as he decides the fate of hopeful participants from Chandigarh tomorrow. TNS


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