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Sports fee for students reduced
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 7
There is good news for young sports enthusiasts of the township. The state government today approved reduction in annual registration fee for young sports enthusiasts by over Rs 100.

The decision was taken at a review meeting of the development and maintenance of Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex here under the Commissioner (Sports), Mr D S Dhesi.

It was decided that the annual registration charges for sportsmen (school students), who come to the stadium for regular practice, be reduced to Rs 10 per child.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Mrs Neelam P Kasni, officials of District Sports Council and Director Sports.

It was also decided that the daily rent to any organisation using the athletics track in the stadium be also reduced from Rs 12,000 per day. Mrs Kasni was reportedly asked to hold meetings with the Chief Administrator of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on this rent reduction.

Discussions were also held on the maintenance of the Sports Complex, and it was decided that the maintenance work remain entrusted with HUDA. 



Female foeticide is Punjab’s concern, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7
Every 26 minutes a woman is molested in India, every 34 minutes a woman is raped and every 42 minutes there is an incidence of sexual harassment of woman. Add to it, every 92 minutes a women is killed.

Presenting the facts about the rising incidences of violence against women in the country, especially in Punjab, which already has the dubious distinction of the worst sex ratio in India, speakers at the seminar on “Violence against women in Punjab’’ at Panjab University here today said Punjab finished next only to Delhi as far as the crime against women was concerned. While crime against women accounted for 18.33 per cent in Delhi, Punjab closed follows with 17.83 per cent of the crime against women. 

Violence against women: a universal phenomenon?

  • In the USA, a woman is beaten every 18 minutes and every 6 minutes a women is raped
  • 25 per cent of the total emergency cases in hospitals in the US are due to domestic violence against women.
  • 2-million females in Africa and Asia are subjected to genital mutilation.
  • More than 200 wives lose their lives every year in western Punjab (Pakistan)

“The police records of the past five years have shown that on an average a woman is being raped in Punjab every day. And we can imagine that the reality is much worse because the official records only tell 10 per cent of the story,’’ said the keynote speaker and former MP Ms Lakshmi Kanta Chawla.

While sexual and physical harassment, mental torture and discrimination is the order of the day in the country, Punjab is witnessing another practice of purchasing women from other states and giving them the status of “kudesani” — women from the other land. ``Those Punjabi men who do not get married or are issueless from the first wife, purchase another women from different state to find an inheritor of the properties. In most cases women, who generally hail from poorer states of Bengal or Bihar, are just treated like objects and are kept to produce sons,’’ adds Ms Chawla.

“Female foeticide is definitely a concern for the state like Punjab, but we should also focus on the condition of the girl child who survive from being eliminated. The mortality rate of the girl child in Punjab is at twice as that of boys in the age group of two to four years,’’ noted Dr A. Sultana of the Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, PU.

While inaugurating the seminar, Justice N.C. Jain, Chairperson, Punjab State Human Rights Commission stated that violence against women was universal phenomenon, cutting across countries, classes and cultures. Explaining the parameters of violence against women he said it was not limited to physical abuse, but extends to psychological and mental abuse. 



Psycho exhibition starts
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 7
The Psycho Society, Government College, Sector 46, started its fourth annual psycho exhibition-cum-testing programme “Psycho Horizons” here today.

Dr B.S. Chavan, Head of Psychiatry Department, GMCH, Sector 32, inaugurated the exhibition. He appreciated the efforts of students and motivated them to express their talent through these kinds of exhibitions.

Students exhibited different existing and emerging fields of psychology including intelligence, learning, body language, sensations, telepathy and suicide in the different forms of charts, models, posters and live models.

The president of the Psycho Society, Mr Roshan Lal, said, “The main aim of the exhibition was creating awareness about the various issues of psychology among the people which can help them in their life. Such programmes are very helpful in grooming the students and to instill confidence in them. We also inaugurated the career counselling cell today which would be helpful in shaping their career”.



Lectures on Kant’s philosophy held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7
A lecture series by Professor Kalyan Bagchi, former professor and Head, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Visva Bharati, Shanti Niketan, was organised by the Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, in collaboration with Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi here today.

The theme of the lectures was Kant’s Transcendental Philosophy and Kant’s Transcendental Idealism.

Dr Asha Maudgil, Chairperson of the Department, welcomed the guest speaker and the invitees who came from different departments of Panjab University and college and university teachers of Philosophy from Chandigarh and Punjab. Professor Veena Kapoor read the introductory remarks on Kant’s Philosophy and highlighted the multi-dimensional aspects of Kant’s transcendental philosophy.

According to Prof Kapoor, Kant is known for his disciplined life that developed and presented profound thoughts in his writings in the form of critical analysis of the views about certainty of knowledge.

She further emphasised that the empirical and theoretical knowledge claims can be incorporated in the understanding of transcendental philosophy through the process of reflections.

Prof Kalyan Bagchi, in articulating the conceptual and theoretical dimensions of Kant’s philosophy, focused on four important conceptual categories: (i) the principles of justification, (ii) the concept of rationality, (iii) truth and falsifiability criteria and (iv) methodological principles.

In developing the interconnections among above mentioned concepts, he observed that we cannot understand the nature of reality unless until we understand the processes through which concepts are made intelligible and clear.

This critical engagement culminates into foundations of transcendental idealism. Finally he has drawn attention to how Kant’s philosophy has contributed towards the philosophy of critical rationality and the principles of reasoned autonomy.

The lectures were followed by discussion in form of questions, queries and comments by the participants, including students, research scholars and faculty members of the Department.



From Schools
Class X students given farewell
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7
A colourful cultural programme was organised by students of junior classes at St. Peter’s Secondary School, Sector 37, on the occasion of a farewell function for the students of Class X here today.

A fashion round was the highlight of the programme which saw both girls and boys, sashaying down the dais. A question round for semifinalists gave them an opportunity to share their views on the time they spent in the school and to showcase their talent.

The students of the outgoing classes were given a mementos. The best academic performance trophy went to Arjun Singh while the all-rounder trophy was bagged by Swarajpal Singh Benipal. The Principal of the school addressed the students.

Meanwhile, at DAV Model School, Sector 15, students of Class IX presented a vibrant show as a part of the farewell function for Class X students. The Princiapl, Ms Rakesh Sachdeva, bid an emotional farewell to the students.

CBSE officer joins: The new CBSE Regional Officer, Mr D.R. Yadav, took over from Mr P.I. Sabu at the CBSE office in Sector 32 here today. While Mr Sabu will join as Deputy Secretary at CBSE, Delhi, Mr Yadav, a Joint Secretary, was heading the Regional Office at Allahabad before this posting. 



College starts newsletter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7
Students of Functional English in Government College, Sector 11, have come out with ‘Print Journo’ a newsletter.
Editor-in-Chief of the newsletter is Prof Bhupinder Singh, a lecturer in English.

Effort started with students of print journalism class getting familiarised with different aspects of print journalism. They were taught layout and basics of graphic arts.

“I brought in the concept after studying foreign newsletters, added Prof Singh.

Birth anniversaries of religious and national leaders are also being covered in the issues.

Encouraged by the popularity of the newsletter, different departments in the college contribute on issues regarding their areas. This helps students to keep themselves updated.



Seminar on software technologies
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 7
A seminar on open source software technologies was organised at Indo-Global College of Engineering here today. Experts from ‘Technoschool’ led by Mr Vineet Tuli, discussed growing importance of open Source solutions in the market and latest changes in the software fields. Mr Surjit Singh, Vice-President, Technoschool, introduced the concept of Linux and open source software.

Dr O.N. Kapoor, Head, training and placement cell of the college stressed the need of practical training to the students in the area of specialisation.



Lecturer honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7
Dr Anjana Kumari, a lecturer at Government Model Senior Secondary School Sector 46, has been honoured with a National Level Oil and Gas Conservation award 2004. The award was presented by Mr Jaipal Reddy, Minister of Information and Broadcasting ad Minister of culture, government of India, on January 31 at New Delhi. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 10,000 a trophy and a merit certificate.



School function held
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, February 7
Children of Little Angel Public School, Bartana, presented a cultural programme here today. Giddha, bhangara, dances and other events added colour to the function. Children also participated in fancy dress competition on the occasion.

School principal Mrs Rani Razdan, said that students were also given prizes for outstanding performance in various events. Mr Bhagwant Singh, a Municipal Councilor (MC) of local civic body was the chief guest.

Parents of the students, Mr Ashok Maria and Mrs Surinder Kaur, MCs were also present.



First prize for Gian Jyoti students
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 7
Students of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II here got first prize for the best skit at the Panjab University, on the second day of a two-day seminar on environmental education. The skit — titled The Plight of our Mother Earth, presented by Gian Jyoti students won the prize.



Seminar on writings of Swami Dayanand
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 7
A seminar was held on the writings of Swami Dayanand under the aegis of Dayanand chair for Vedic Studies, Panjab University, on Monday. Mr K S Arya, former principal, DAV college, Sector 10, presided over the function and Mr V. P. Upadhyaya delivered the keynote address. Over ten vedic scholars from different parts of the country participated in the function.



Inquiry report
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 7
The High Court on Monday directed the Government of India to produce the inquiry report as well as the action taken, if any, on the complaint of a senior Central Excise officer accusing her senior of sexually harassing her on a number of occasions.

The lady officer, who is posted in Chandigarh, had filed a petition in the High Court seeking action against the Chief Commissioner of Central Excise, Chandigarh, Mr Kailash Sethi, for having allegedly sexually harassed her.

The petitioner, who is presently posted as Commissioner, Central Excise, Chandigarh, had also prayed that the respondents be directed to make available the report of the committee on sexual harassment of women in workplace that dealt with on her complaint against the accused officer.

Stating that Mr Sethi, who took over as Chief Commissioner, Chandigarh Zone, on November 1, 2002, harassed her on a number of occasions, the petitioner had said that despite being reportedly indicted by the committee on sexual harassment of women in workplace, no action has been initiated against Mr Sethi.

The petitioner, who is a senior Indian Revenue Service officer, had also stated that fed up with Mr Sethi's actions, she finally complained to the authorities on August 7, 2003, who referred it to the committee on sexual harassment of women in workplace.

The committee heard the contentions of both the sides. But, despite repeated reminders, the report of the committee and the action taken, if any, against the officer were not supplied to her, she stated.

She had also stated that in cases like hers, complaints are to be dealt with in time-bound manner.

Today, after hearing her counsel, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy and Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla directed the production of the relevant record of the proceedings and the report.

The case was then adjourned to February 23.



Plea against DBA’s vice-president: RO files reply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7
The Returning Officer for the recently-held elections to the District Bar Association (DBA), Mr LR Chadha, today filed his reply in a local court to a petition challenging the election of the vice-president.

Meanwhile, Mr SK Singla, Civil Judge(Senior Division), adjourned the case till February 21.

In his reply, Mr Chadha argued that the suit as framed was not maintainable and the court had no territorial jurisdiction to entertain the suit.The parties concerned had not joined the suit and it was premature in view of Section 9 of the DBA Constitution, he added.

Mr Manjit Singh Chohan, a vice-presidential candidate, had moved the court alleging that his surname was not printed on ballot paper which had contributed to his defeat.



Lawyers demand more chambers

Chandigarh, February 7
Members of the District Bar Association (DBA) have demanded more chambers for advocates on the district courts premises. In a representation to the UT Administrator, more than 100 advocates said that the courts had an acute shortage of chambers with only 300 chambers for over 2,000 lawyers. Absence of the chambers, affected work of young lawyers the representation added.

Besides, there was no building for the DBA and repeated representations to the Chandigarh Administration had failed to elicit any positive response. In 1998, the administration had even prepared drawing for the association building but nothing emerged till now, alleged the representation.

Also a proposal of the administration to shift the present complex from Sector 17 to the more spacious complex in Sector 43 had been hanging fire for the past four years, the representative added.

In the absence of a good library, professional work of many advocates suffered, said another advocate. TNS



Police remand for car theft accused
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 7
Judicial Magistrate Ajay Aggarwal today remanded Rinku, an accused in the car theft case to police custody till February15. Rinku was arrested yesterday and two cars — a Zen and Indica — were recovered from him.



VHP case against Bhatti: hearing on Feb 9
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7
Mr R.K. Mehta, Judicial Magistrate First Class, today fixed February 9 as the date of decision in a case relating to the demand for a registration of a criminal case against comedian Jaspal Bhatti.

The arguments and evidence in the case concluded today. The VHP, had moved the court under Section 156(3) of the CrPC for the registration of the criminal case against Bhatti for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of the Hindus.

Bhatti’s Nonsense Club organised a protest in Sector 17 Plaza on July 21 last invoking the Lord Indra to bring rains. Hindu Gods were allegedly mocked at during the demonstration. 



Finance firm director gets bail

Chandigarh, February 7
Additional Sessions Judge R.S. Baswana today granted bail to Pankaj, a director of the Mani Majra-based Global India Finance Company. Pankaj was arrested in March last for fraud. TNS



SPIC MACAY forms advisory board 
North zone coordinators to meet on Feb 11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7
The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youth (SPIC MACAY) is ready to chart a new course for itself. After forming an advisory board featuring prominent people from all walks of life, SPIC MACAY’s north zone members are now planning to take their programmes to educational institutions all over the north. The idea is to catch the students young and familiarise them with the significance of Indian heritage.

It is for this purpose that principals and vice chancellors have been inducted as members of the North Zone Advisory Board of SPIC MACAY. The board, which was recently formed, will meet in Chandigarh on February 11 to decide on the future classical music events to be held in this part.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune today, Dr S. Lavasa, convener, SPIC MACAY’s North Zone, said the institution was now planning to enhance its presence at school, college and university levels.

Scientific research has already proved that classical music enriches the mind of youth and promotes their holistic development. “We will plan ways to inspire students in universities and colleges. Our chapters are the strongest in IITs and IIMs all over India. Now we want to target technical institutions in Chandigarh also. We will be holding orientation camps for students before the North Zone Advisory Board meets in Chandigarh on February 11.”

The orientation programmes will be held for students of Punjab Engineering College and Dev Samaj College of Education.

Apart from that, SPIC MACAY will also work out strategies to open chapters in the remotest of areas. Recently one such chapter was opened in Nangal. More will be gradually opened in Jammu and Kashmir and Himcahal Pradesh.

Conveners of SPIC MACAY chapters from all over North India will be in Chandigarh shortly to discuss the issues of fund raising and intervention. Also present for the advisory board meeting will be Prof Kiran Seth, founder of the movement. He will brief the board members of the history and the strategy of SPIC MACAY.

The interesting part of the two day event to be organised in Panjab University from February 10 will be a public meeting which will be open for parents, teachers as well as students.

The advisory board meeting on February 11 will be chaired by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), who is also chairperson of SPIC MACAY’s North Zone Advisory Board. 



No short cuts in classical music: Pt Satish Vyas
S. D. Sharma

“The sublime Indian classical music should be felt and not necessarily be learnt to relish its melodious delights, “reiterated Padmashri Pandit Satish Vyas, the santoor wizard on Monday here. The maestro was on a promotional tour of his latest album ‘Raga Dhankoni Kalyan’ created by his father Padmabhushan (Late) Pandit CR Vyas.

Credited with over 15 albums of classical music on santoor, Pt Vyas is regarded as the leading santoor player in the world next only to his guru Padmavibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

Pandit Vyas presented the finer nuances of raga ‘Dhanakoni Kalyan’ before the scant audience. He explained the innovations carried out in the structure of basic ‘raga Kalyan’ to evolve the complex and captivating new form christened as ‘ Raga Dhanakoni Kalyan’.

He explained the details of the creation by demonstrating the ingredients of the raag such as ‘alaap, jod, jhalla and ‘gat ‘ the nucleus of the raag.

He also answered various questions from the music aficionados invited specially for the brief live concert and face to face interaction with the maestro.

Replying to a question on mastering musical art on a santoor he explained, “Despite holding a rich family legacy of music stalwarts, I first learnt vocal music from my father for 10 years before being in the tutelage of Pandit Shiv Kumar for 12 years and this all took me full 20 years to perform on stage. However, I completed my masters in science and Business Administration simultaneously. There are no short cuts to accomplish the supreme art and gain eminence at international level. That is why the youngsters shirk this stream and instead go for the easy pop, remix which is a short lived phenomenon.”

Sharing his performance experiences abroad he admires the audience in the Switzerland and Australia.

Lamenting the role of electronic media in promoting the classical arts the santoor soloist remarked without prejudice to anyone that politics, Bollywood and cricket was their prime priority.

On the popularity of ‘santoor’ Pandit Vyas clarified that the instrument was hardly 50 years old on the Indian musical scene as introduced by its proponent Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma as compared centuries old sitar or sarod. He was hopeful for its bright future.


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