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PU Senator for holding refresher courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
A Senator of Panjab University, Dr R.P.S. Josh, has demanded holding of refresher courses for the eligible college teachers as per UGC norms and release of senior and selection grades.

In a letter to the Secretary, Higher Education, Punjab, Dr Josh said the UGC had made it mandatory for all college lecturers to undergo a prescribed number of refresher courses in order to avail promotion to senior and selection grades. He added that all states had already granted senior, selection grades to eligible teachers but Punjab was dilly-dallying in the matter.



From College
ABVP burns UPA govt’s effigy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists today burnt the effigy of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance at DAV College, Sector 10, to protest against the educational policies of the Central Government.

Held as part of its nationwide campaign against the politicisation of education from January 12 to 23, Yajvinder Yadav, secretary, ABVP, Panjab University, said the education policy was driving out youth from our culture and pride and further threatened the UPA government against playing with the career of students.

Gurbeer Singh Brar, president of the ABVP, DAV College, said the government should not make education a tool of politics and criticised the move of the UPA to change the textbooks after coming into power.

He further said the Common Minimum Programme of the UPA was a “criminal Marxist policy”.

The ABVP members raised slogans against the education policies. Naveen Mann, secretary, DAV Student Council, and Sumit Malhotra of the DAV College, also criticised the policies of the Centre for making education a political instrument.

Announced: The Indian National Portage Association (INPA), a non-profit organisation, helping to promote the portage movement and offering portage services as well as early intervention services to children with special needs, will hold a programme on the subject in the coming year.

Stating this at a press conference at Panjab University here today, Dr Tehal Kohli said that they had been allowed to conduct personnel training of the special staff already registered with the Rehabilitation Council of India.

The five-day programme, beginning January 18, is being held to upgrade the knowledge and skills of rehabilitation professionals and personnel in special education.

The theme for the programme to be organised at Karuna Bhavan is “the current trends and development in social education for children with mental retardation”. 



Hearing adjourned
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today adjourned till tomorrow the hearing in the case involving Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana Chairman C.M. Munjal. Amicus curiae Suraj Prakash Gupta wondered how court could accept the unconditional apology tendered by Mr Munjal without him first admitting to his guilt. Mr Gupta stated that unless Mr Munjal pleads guilty and tenders unconditional apology, charges would then have to be framed against him.



I am open to criticism: Payal
Swarleen Kaur

Payal Rohatgi is poised and sounds confident as she begins talking about herself. For those, who do not know her, here goes the introduction. Payal is an actress who made her entry into Bollywood with the film ‘Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai’.

She also made her mark in the industry by playing the character of a snooty and arrogant girl called Ishaa in this film.

She is in the city in connection with the shooting of her forthcoming movie ‘Shortcut’. Will this movie give her a shortcut to fame, is still a mystery. But on her part she does seem to be making the effort.

“I am always open to criticism. If an advice appeals to me, then I follow it with an open heart. After all, I am here to create a niche for myself”, she says.

A computer engineer by profession, she was not sure bout joining Bollywood when she participated in Femina Miss India contest and did some commercials. It was the advertisement for Cadbury Temptations, which opened the doors for Bollywood. Now she is certain of what she wants in life.

In this film she plays the character of a Punjabi girl. She does not know Punjab but making effort to overcome this handicap.

In the city for the first time, she knows she can go for shopping in sector 17.

Her earlier film “Plan” got her the opportunity to work with established actors. Her other films included ‘Raqt’, where she played a friend of Bipasha Basu, and ‘Tauba- Tauba’.

She will be seen in ‘Fun’ ‘Chetna’ and ‘Maza Maza’. 



Taking a ‘Shortcut’ to fame

If you have ever hummed “Excuse me kaya re mera dil tujhpe fida re”, a hit song from the film ‘Style’, then you won’t take a minute to recognise Sahil Khan.

With coloured hair, he sports the Western look, but that is because the movie sequence demands it.

Sahil is a fitness freak. “Very few people know in India what is health food. I want that people should be educated on how to take care of their health. They should keep themselves away from the drugs and alcohol”.

But he does have a weakness - smoking, which he fails to quit.

Born in Kolkata and brought up in Delhi, he had the passion for action movies. His dream role is to play the Rambo.

A musical video of Stereo Nation ‘Nachange saari raat’ gave him the true feel of the camera. Then came ‘Style’, which was a success. But recognition has not come easy for him, as it required a lot of hard of work.

In “Shortcut” he is playing the character of a trickster who cheats four girls.

“This suspense thriller movie has comedy too. When I am getting married to Nigar Khan, the three girls also appear in the scene. Now keep guessing what happens to me” he said.

Interestingly Nigar Khan is his real life girlfriend.

Apart from “Shortcut” he has a couple film in hand. His forthcoming film “Double Cross” will be released soon.



Drama festival opens

Riding on the success and popularity of three-day annual ‘Bhaskar Rao Sangeet Sammelans, of classical music. The Pracheen Kala Kendra launched their four-day ‘Drama Festival’ today which will be an annual feature.

“This in fact is a revival of our earlier ‘Natak’series which had to be discontinued long back. And as the new annual theatrical bonanza has been conceptualised and being executed under the expert guidance and care of the noted thespian Gursharan Singh, a significant profusion of social and national themes with aesthetic excellence is quite obvious in all the presentations,” said the Kendra Director M.L. Koser.

The die hard crusader of the theatre art, Gursharan Singh has successfully taken the theatre to the slums and the theatre festival opened on a positive note with the maiden performance by 40 poor slum children which added colour to the otherwise majestic start of the festival.

About 40 small child artists, groomed by artists of the Chandigarh School of Drama participated in a choreographic spell of three songs.

Young director Harish Verma skillfully designed the jail cell to facilitate the staging of a dramatic feature — Dehkade Angiarre — based on the poetic utterances of revolutionary poet ‘Pash. The play depicts the heartfelt pangs of Pash when he was subjected to inhuman torture on the pretext of interrogation for the emotions and thoughts enunciated in his poetry.

His deep rooted concern for the downtrodden and poor was, somehow , allergic to the hypocrite governance. The poetry of ‘Pash’ inspired the subjugated community with the revolutionary ideas and those holding allegiance to a particular school of ideology.

Mohinder Mohan Kohli as prisoner and Gurdeep Kaur as ‘Evil’ were impressive. Amanpreet Kaur, Bikram, Harpreet Indervir, Sukhwinder John Masiah, Gurpreet formed the cast. Gaurav Sharma and Jagjeet Saini provided music and chiaroscuro effects, respectively.

Weaved in the rustic ambience, Kamian da vehra, is a bold satire on the exploitation of the landless farmers by the affluent landlords. The main protagonist Sucha Singh decrying the ideology of his freedom fighter father opts for unethical means to grow rich. He runs an illegal distillery and indulges in all sorts of maligned practices. He exploits the poor and preys on them for his ambitions and faces a revolt from the society, including his father. The play has been structured to convey the message of honesty and harmonious living among the rich and the poor. Bikramjit, Amanpreet Kaur, Sukhwinder Ikhatar Sahota and Harish Verma portrayed various characters. The Shiromani Natakar Kewal Dhaliwal of Amritsar will present his classic play, Gaddi Charahan di Kaahal Badi Si tomorrow at the same time and venue. OC



French rock band to perform in city
S.D. Sharma

“Music is a universal medium for communicating ethical essence of love, peace and mutual harmony as its appeal transcends all barriers of caste, creed and national boundaries of humanity,” opined Stan, the lead guitarist and singer of world-acclaimed rock band of France. He was addressing mediapersons at a city hotel on Monday on the eve of a ‘Celtic Rock Concert’ to be presented by the troupe at the Law Auditorium on Tuesday at 6.30 pm.

The Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh, French Embassy and Department of French, Panjab University, have teamed up to present this unique event by ‘ Matmatah’, the celebrated rock band formed in 1992.

Stan, the most fervent of the foursome icons of rock-n-roll tradition, is very obsessive of the future of the band which he formed along with co-guitarist Sammy and christened the ensemble as ‘Tricards Twins’. However, bass guitarist Eric Digaire and Drummer Benoit joined them in 1995 to enhance the melodic quotient of the band, later hailed as ‘Matmatah’. The rock band with over 150 international concerts a year is now a force to reckon with on the international musical scene. They have albums like ‘Archie Krammer, Lust for live, Rebelote, La ouache to their credit. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the band manger Julien said on their maiden tour they have planned to give nine live concerts including the one in New Delhi, which met with a resounding response and the one in your city beautiful while seven in major cities. The supporting members of the technical team include Gwen, sound engineers, Jack and Jibouille and Chierry.

Our compositions are based on themes relevant to humanity in all its manifestations, and what we experience in the world around, says Julein. Many among our repertoire share the agony of the war victims as we feel the ‘war is not a solution’ or taking to guns when not needed is nothing short of a crime. The woes of the agonised souls from Iraq, the 9/11 American tragedy are apparent in our compositions. Besides our compositions, we sing the nice melodies in French and English but a few in Spanish and it may be Indian too after we manoeuvre sufficient interaction with the Indian musicians and a feel of the wonderful sublime and melodious music of India, said Stan. The concert starts at 6.30 pm at the Panjab University Law Auditorium.



Jatin believes in living life full-size

He is introvert and doesn’t open up easily but he succeeds in leaving an impression on you. Model-turned-actor Jatin Grewal is an alumnus of DAV College and he recalls the days he spent in the city.

“I visit Chandigarh whenever possible. I remember I ate a lot of ‘Aloo ke praanthe’ in the canteen and used to go on the ‘geri route’ on the bike”, he says.

After completing graduation he went to Pune to pursue MBA. He participated in the Gladrags Supermodel Contest and was declared runner-up. Modelling gave him the exposure and finally he got his break in “Rahul” where he played a significant part.

He agrees that “Rahul” was an offbeat film and couldn’t do well. But he has lost hope or the belief that hard work can take him higher. He has also done a couple of music videos for Nazia Hassan, Pankaj Udhas and Roop Kumar Rathod and also a few commercials like Siyaram. His forthcoming films are “Chetna” and “Dost Dosti Dostana”.

Talking about his character in ‘Chetna’ he says: “The theme of the film is men being victimised by female bosses”. When asked if he ever came across such a situation in real life, he answers cheekily: “I have not been so lucky.”

The actor, who belongs to an agricultural family in Uttaranchal, believes in living life full-size. OC


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