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IT fest: GGS-26 win overall trophy
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 10
An inter-college IT fest was held at MCM DAV College, Sector 36 today. Mr K.K. Khandewal, Labour Commissioner, Haryana, was the chief guest. The fest was inaugurated by Ms Simmi Hans, member of the vision Committee, IT, Chandigarh Administration. Mr Roopinder Singh, Assistant Editor, The Tribune, presided over.

Eleven colleges participated. Lady Augusta Ada Compu Club (LAACC), computer club of the college, organised the fest which included various inter-college competitions.

The competitions included an extempore speech contest, a paper-reading and poster making contest on IT related themes were held. Various educational institutes had put up their stalls. An IT quiz was also held.

The main highlight of the fest was on-the-spot software development’ contest in which the participants designed software according to the given problems within the stipulated time. The fest concluded with the prize distribution.

Results: Extempore — Karan Gill, SGGS College, Sector 26 1; and Anupriya, MCM DAV, Sector 36 2. IT Quiz — Ruchi and Neha MCM DAV, Sector 36 1; and Rahul and Suvidh, PEC, Sector 12 2. On-the-spot software development — Arvind and Tanya, DAV College, Sector 10 1; and Supriya and Tanu, GGS college for Women, Sector 26 2. Poster-Making — Amrit Pal Singh, GCM , Sector 11 1; and Preetika, GGS college for Women, Sector 26 2. Paper presentation — Anupriya, MCM DAV, Sector 36 1; and Gaytri, DAV College, Sector 10 2. IT Skit — GGS college for women, Sector 26 1; GJIMT, Mohali 2. Individual prize for best actor went to Pooja Bhatti of GGS college for Women, Sector 26, while overall trophy for IT fest went to GGS College for Women, Sector 26.



Even in UK women ‘face domestic violence’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 10
A thought-provoking lecture on ‘ Problems and pleasures in UK’ with emphasis on global status of women was held today at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36. Keynote speaker UK-based Ms Kailash Puri, a noted Punjabi writer, was welcomed by Dr Satinder Dhillon, Principal of the college. Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh and Ms Gujral were guests of honour.

Having been in Britain for 40 years Ms Kailash is of the opinion that In India a young man and woman get married to the family but not to the individual. “Indian parents have more influence on their children while abroad as children turn 18, the parents stop interfering in their lives. Despite such openness they do face problems 
like domestic violence, alcoholism, gambling and gender inequality”, she said.

She also advised the students that they should be very careful while accepting the marriage proposals from abroad.

She also said that marriage is not an end but there are much more things to explore in life.



e-journal released at ICSSR
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The Editor-in-Chief of EduTech, India’s first e-journal on education and technology, Prof Jitendra Mohan, today released the journal at the ICSSR, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The journal, aims at evolving efficiency and better communication and cooperation among the youth. He emphasised upon to improving self and surroundings through knowledge.

Mr P. K. Saini, Director of the ICCSR, referred to the “delay and decay process” among the printed journals which has been quite agonising for the researchers.

EduTech, a quarterly journal, carries besides invited papers, research papers with focus on education and technology.



Legal notice to PCA on passes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh February 10
Terming distribution of complimentary passes for the March 4 cricket match between India and Pakistan as corrupt practice, a local advocate today served a legal notice on the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).

In his legal-cum-demand notice, the advocate alleged that distribution of passes to politicians , bureaucrats and other beneficiaries amounted to bribing them under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The issuance of complimentary passes was bad in the eyes of law.

Besides causing loss to the PCA, the VVIP pass holders caused harassment to ticket holders. While VVIPs watched matche free of cost from the front rows, ticket holders faced problems in the stadium, he alleged.



Police told to book co-op official
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 10
Chief Judicial Magistrate Gulab Singh, today directed the police to register a criminal case against Cooperative’s Inspector, Mr Ishwar Singh Malik. Directions were given following a complaint filed by Mr Narinder Thakur, who alleged that Mr Malik had forged the records of a cooperative group housing society.

The complainant had stated that he was the president of Bihta Cooperative Group Housing Society which had applied for land from HUDA and deposited Rs 36 lakh with HUDA.

Mr Malik wanted to take over the society and manipulated records and make himself the president after throwing out the original members.

The CJM asked the police to register an FIR under relevant sections.



Jaspal Bhatti summoned on VHP’s complaint
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
On a petition filed by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a local court today issued summons to comedian and president of the Nonsense Club, Jaspal Bhatti, for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindus. He has been ordered to appear before the court on April 19.

In his order, Mr R.K. Mehta, Judicial Magistrate First Class, said there was sufficient ground to summon Bhatti for commission of offence under Sections 295-A and 298 of the IPC.

Mr Vijay Singh Bhardwaj, pracharak pramukh of the VHP, in his petition, had alleged that Bhatti and members of his Nonsense Club had hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus while holding a demonstration in Sector 17 on July 21 last year.

The club members, while organising a protest against the wrong prediction of the weather department about the monsoon, had mocked the Hindu gods, which hurt the religious sentiments of the majority community, Mr Bhardwaj alleged.



Sheesha — tale of love and desire

Sex sells. This week’s films like ‘Sheesha’ and ‘Chahat-Ek Nasha’ cater to audience’s lust. Director Ashu Trikha’s ‘Sheesha’ is a tale of love, desire, passion, obsession and possessiveness. Film features some graphic love scenes. It stars ‘Julie’ fame Neha Dhupia and Sonu Sood. Vivek Shauq and Elidith Macqueen. Film opens today at Piccadily, Chandigarh, Fun Republic, Manimajra and K.C., Panchkula.

‘“Sheesha’ is a look at sincerity of relationship. It is touted as a sensitive love story. Produced by Guddu Dhanoa, Deepak Sharma and Sunil Saini. Gobind, Nida Fazli, Dev Kohli, Yousuf and Guddu Dhanoa has penned the lyrics for music composer Sen Bros.

Manisha Koirala who earlier was in headline with K. Shashilal Nair’s ‘Ek Chhoti Si Love Story’ again features in another film titled ‘‘Chahat-Ek Nasha’’. This is Chamunda Film Presentation and is produced by Umesh Chauhan, It will be released today at Kiran, Chandigarh.

Sharad S. Kapoor, Aryan Vaid, Preeti Jhangiani, Govind Namdeo, Snehal Dabhi and Sayaji Shinde are in cast. Shot in Bangkok and Mauritius, the film has music by Anand Raj Anand, lyrics by Praveen Bhardwaj, story by Miraq Mirza, cinematography by Yogesh Jani, action by Sham Kaushal and choreography by Umesh Jadhav are main credit. ‘Chahat-Ek Nasha’ is directed by Jai Prakash. 



Rain plays spoilsport at ‘Goonj-2005’
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, February 10
Inclement weather dampened the spirits of many music lovers who waited for “Euphoria”, a music band led by Palash Sen, to unleash its magic on the inaugural day of “Goonj-2005” at Panjab University.

The four-day festival is being organised by students and faculty of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology.

The show, which was scheduled to start at 6 pm, kicked off around 9 pm with “Vande Matram”. As the performance gathered pace, students on the campus were drawn towards the venue.

The rollicking spirit was set up with “Rok sako to rok lo”. “Dhoom pichuk dhoom”, “Mantra” and “Kabhi aana tu meri gali” added lustre to the performance.

The musical extravaganza charged the students with enthusiasm and kept them glued till the end.

Earlier, MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the show despite unfriendly weather.

Students of The University Institute of Engineering and Technology organised a road show in various parts of the city to draw crowds to the four-day cultural event.

Students of various departments painted the city red and attracted a lot of public attention. Students went around the city with music blaring from their cars and jeeps.



Raman’s canvas is free from blight of isms
Renu Manish Sinha

“Art is a path of creativity and dynamics, acting as a guide and tool to express and channel our innermost feelings,” says painter Raman Miglani. A teacher by profession, Raman has been teaching art, craft and painting to kids of Bhavan Vidalaya, Panchkula, for the past 11 years, from 1994, since the inception of school.

She feels education alone cannot help in the all-round development of a child’s personality. A variety of subjects may aid in developing various facets of our personality. But they are mostly materialistic in nature as only art can help in exploring the spiritual and emotional side of our nature.

Her paintings are free from isms and influences and do not conform to any school of thought or trends. “I paint what appeals to me and not what are the current or prevalent trends. My paintings are impressions of my emotions and of life all around,” says Raman.

Her ouvere includes a wide variety of themes and styles, including landscapes, abstract, portraits, collages. She uses oils, water colours, pastels with equal dexterity though oils remain her favourite.

She prefers bright and pure colours, preferably oils.

Her paintings are marked by purity of form and figure using traditional techniques. Human forms, depicted in her paintings, have been painted with authoritative strokes, showing a three-dimensional effect.

The concept of God as a supreme being and purity of soul surfaces in most of her paintings because she feels a simple living and high thinking takes you to the path to God keeping your soul young and fresh and free from the evils all around you.

One of her paintings show the journey of soul after it emerges out of the supreme being as pure streak of bright yellow light but is putrefied by evils of world in its passage through life.

In another painting the flowers which have offered to god have a pure and bright sheen while those lying aside have withered.

Although she has tried her hand at collages and murals she does not consider them a pure form of art. Rather it is more of catering to the demands of a consumerist culture than painting for the sake of art.

Raman, who did her postgraduation in fine arts in 1979 from Government College, Hoshiarpur, says every phase of life has its own priorities. So after her marriage in 1980 the next 14 years were devoted to family and children.

But after her hibernation as a wife and mother, the artist in her roared back to life with a vengeance. The colours started splattering on to the canvass with a speed which even surprised the hand that wielded the brushes.

A dedicated teacher, her students do not remain prisoners in the classroom as she takes them close to nature so as to study colours in their natural environment. She feels art is healthy means of self-expression, providing a sense of accomplishment, especially to those children who may lag behind in academics.

So art can be a confidence-booster for such kind of children, egging them to do better in other spheres of life as well, Raman asserts.

Art also develops a sense of observation, expression, colour coordination in children, she adds.

Raman is planning an exhibition of her paintings soon.



Paintings which depict drama and dynamism

Ritu Raj seems to be in trance, contemplating the medium to be given to his inner feelings, the fact all his 21 paintings express in his maiden painting exhibition titled “Expressions” held at the Indus Ind Bank art gallery from February 7. The self-taught artist endeavored to put life into his works using the sketch pens to express varied human sentiments.

All creations are based on my inner-voice, says Ritu Raj who corroborating mind and using bright colours claims to have conveyed the thoughts that provoke a hue of human emotions and feeling. All exhibits in the abstract art from display the human drama and dynamism. The ‘Violin’ is suggestive of the many strains of music representing all sorts of human emotions while the ‘World’ another creation is illustrative of the strength through unity in all spheres of life. ‘Festivity’ is a celebration of the conflict of the brain to the changing thoughts in mind. ‘Man in meditation’, ‘Woman Face’ ‘World map’, ‘Royal splendour’ are close to conception and execution of the shy artist. Ritu Raj feels that the creations in abstract art must be relished as such without craving for their minute perceptions. — OC


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