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Trust provides aid to 214 students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The India International Education Trust, promoted by Indians and NRIs in the United Kingdom, extended financial assistance to 214 students of 50 government schools of the city yesterday.

The Home Secretary, Mr Krishan Mohan, handed over cheques to the principals of the respective schools. A panel of the trust alongwith the UT Education Department identified the needy students. Students coming from economically weaker sections with more than 70 per cent marks were awarded scholarships, said Mr Gurdip Singh Deep.

He said that the assistance would be available to them provided as long as they scored 70 per cent and above. Each student from Classes VI to X was given a scholarship worth Rs 1000 while Class XII students were given Rs 1500 each.



Class XII CBSE exams begin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
After a month-long preparatory leave, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for Class XII took off with the physics paper here today. As many as 70,000 students took the first examination from the region.

Anxiety was writ large on the faces of the students when they arrived at the examination centres. After the examination, the paper got a mixed response from the examinees.

Most students came out disappointed with the tough questions and the wrong note their examinations had begun. Some others were smiling, happy with the paper and satisfied at their attempt. This difference in the reaction to the papers came from the fact that different sets were distributed among the students, a measure introduced by the board to check cheating.

The tension was palpable at the examination centres. Students paced up and down the driveway at these centres, doing last minute revisions and trying to memorise all they could. Anxious parents took leave from work to accompany their wards to the examination centre and at 10:10 a.m., the students were finally allowed entry into the centre. The first CBSE exam began at 10:30 a.m.

While the students took the examination inside the centre, the parents, it seemed, too, were appearing for a test of their own by being at the centre. On tenterhooks all through the three hours the paper went on, the parents tried relieving their tension by talking to each other. Most of them stayed on during the time the examination was underway instead of going back home.

At the end of three hours when the students finally emerged from the examination hall, parents made queries of all kinds, on the questions attempted, the marks expected and the way the first exam had gone.

The first Class X examination of the CBSE is slated for March 3. As many as 80,000 students will appear for the social science paper from the region.

The air was filled with anxiety at Yadvindra Public School campus here on Tuesday when the Class XII and Class X examinations began. Students flipped the pages of their text books and were engrossed in last minutes revision.

As many as 46 students of Class XII would be appearing for ISC examinations while 256 students of Class X will be sitting for the ICSE examination from the region which includes YPS, Mohali, Saint Xavier, Mohali, and Dashmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib.

“The feeling is nerve wrecking but after pre-boards the preparation has been quite alright. Otherwise we are pretty confident of ourselves,” said Nehmat Kaur of Class XII, the head girl of YPS, Mohali, before she entered the examination hall. “I am tense but quite confident that our hard work will bear fruit. I wish all my peers good luck for boards,” said Sahib Gill of YPS, Mohali.

Abhishek, another student of Class X, after coming out of examination hall, said he could not wait for the examinations to finish. “But now since these have started these would end too,” he said.

After returning from the examination hall, Anirudh Girdhar, a boarder of Class X said: “I was chilled through out the preparation, leaving everything to the grace of god.” Kanwarpreet of Class XII (commerce) said, “I have worked hard through out the year and this is the time when our hard work shall pay.”



NAAC grade for DAV College
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 1
DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, has been granted A+ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. The council selects only the most outstanding college or university with an average score of 90 to 95 per cent for this honour.

The NAAC is an autonomous institution of the UGC. Out of 308 colleges and four universities only four colleges and universities in the country have been granted A+ grade by the council.

A NAAC team comprising Dr Latha Pillai, Dr Shkuntala Katre, Dr G.H. Gidwani and Dr S.K. Bhatia had assessed DAV College in December. The assessment was based on infrastructure, academics, extra-curricular and sports activities provided by the college to students.

The council in a communiqué has stated that after visiting the college and interacting with its staff it found that DAV College was attracting talented students and had succeeded in instilling confidence among them.

The Principal, Mr S. Marriya, and members of the staff were thrilled when they received this information last night. The college today organised a function to celebrate this achievement.

A beaming Mr Marriya said, "This has been possible due to the hard work put in by untiring staff of the college. All our achievements are not our goals but our milestones. I hope that we will scale the heights in future". 



PU Reader presents paper at workshop
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 1
A workshop on “Development of curriculum in physical education for schools” was held from February 24 to 26 at the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior, where Mr G.S. Brar, Reader, Department of Physical Education, Panjab University, presented his paper.

Mr Brar said the three-day workshop, the effort was to make sports and physical education a part of the school curriculum. He said various sport experts, principals and teachers from all over India took part in the workshop. He said it was suggested to adhere to a minimum of 160 hours a year to be devoted to physical education in schools. Mr Brar said the curriculum was divided in three stages: primary (4-9 years), middle (10-14) and secondary (15-19). He said the United Nations has declared the current year as the year of Physical Education and Sports but still due importance was not given to this aspect.

He said the recommendations of the workshop had been sent to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for introducing the findings in the session next year.



Seminar on Punjabi culture concludes
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 1
A two-day seminar on “Creative Forms of Punjabi Culture” jointly organised by the Department of Correspondence Studies, Panjab University and the Punjabi Academy, New Delhi concluded at Panjab University here today. Three sessions were organised today and people interacted on aspects like of Punjabi music, painting, architecture, films and TV.

The first session was presided over by Pakistani Sufi scholar and poet, Sarvat Mohiuddin. Dr Nivedita Singh of Punjabi University, Patiala, read her paper on Punjab’s contribution to Indian classical music. In the second seession papers were presented by Surinder Bagha and Mr Prem Singh in which they described the Punjabi architecture.



HC order on encroachments along NH-22
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 1
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court headed by Mr Justice H.S. Bedi today directed the Haryana Government, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and other respondents to properly demarcate land falling in Panchkula along the National Highway and remove the encroachments, if any, as per the provisions of the law.

Disposing of the petition filed by a Panchkula resident, Parmanand, the Bench gave two-month time to the authorities to implement the directions.

In his petition, Mr Parmanand had stated that there were illegal encroachments near Majri village in Sector 2, Panchkula. He said 14 shops had been illegally set up along the National Highway-22, and had sought directions to demarcate the land and remove encroachments within a stipulated period of time.

He also stated that some part of the village, which was acquired by HUDA several years ago, had been encroached upon.



Burail jailbreak case adjourned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, today adjourned the infamous Burail jailbreak case to March 3.

Several jail officials, undertrials and CRPF personnel are being tried for their alleged role in the escape of three main accused from the high-security Burail Jail — Jagtar Singh Tara, Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Singh Bheora.

Those being tried are D.S. Rana, P.S. Rana, V.M. Gill, and D.S. Sandhu, all former jail officials, Sher Singh, Subeg Singh, Nand Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Baljit Kaur, Narain Singh Chaura and Gurvinder Singh Goldy, all undertrials, and Nishan Singh and Tarsem Singh, both CRPF personnel.



Wait for new judicial complex continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Almost a decade after the proposal for the new judicial complex in Sector 43 was first mooted, the wait of the legal fraternity and the litigants still continues.

And with the District Courts bursting at seams, the existing court premises seems to have fallen short of the expectations of the general public and legal fraternity. With the basic amenities going from bad to worse, lawyers are at the receiving end.

In fact, the delay in the project is the perfect example of lack of coordination among various agencies involved. In view of the growing needs of the Bench and the Bar, the proposal to shift the courts was first mooted in 1995-96. However, the ambitious proposal failed to catch the fancy of the authorities concerned immediately.

Subsequently in 1999-2000, a committee comprising, among others, two Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the District and Sessions Judge, the representatives from the Chandigarh Administration and President of the District Bar Association (DBA) was also formed.

Though the committee initially held regular meetings, its initial enthusiasm soon gave way to apathy. In 2004, the committee held only one meeting and repeated representations to the Chandigarh Administration fell on deaf ear, alleged Mr Sajal Koser, the former DBA President.

Advocates lamented that while the strength of the Bar had increased to over 1,500 the current building had place for only about 500 lawyers. A number of members of the DBA were forced to sit in the open sheds and to top it all several do not have a place to sit, alleged Mr Arvind Thakur, an advocate.

Besides, there is no proper canteen, library, dispensary and communication centre offering STD/PCO and photostat facilities to the visitors. Other basic amenities such as toilets and drinking water need much to be desired. The haphazard parking outside the complex further compounds the problems.

The DBA President, Mr Ashok Chauhan, said the association would soon approach the Administration though Mr MMS Bedi, the new District and Sessions Judge, once he assumed charge. Saying that the construction of the new complex was the long-pending demand of the legal fraternity, Mr Chauhan claimed that it would solve the problems faced by the litigants and the lawyers for years to come.



CAT stays proceedings against ex-SP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has stayed the departmental proceedings initiated against a retired Superintendent of Police of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Kewal Singh, in his plea before the tribunal has stated that the charge sheet had been issued to him in connection with a case, four years after his retirement on November 30, 2000.

He stated that in the charge sheet, the department had alleged that he had made a wrong statement while submitting his pension papers on May 31, 2000. Issuing of the charge sheet was not permissible under Rule 9(2)(b)(ii) of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, he added.

After hearing the case, Mr L.M. Goyal, Vice-Chairman, and Mr Jasbir S Dhaliwal, Judicial Member, respectively, of the tribunal stayed the proceedings initiated against the applicant.



Arresting time in blocks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Alliance Francaise gallery in Sector 36 is hosting the unique show by Francoise Catalaa from France who works on the concept of time.

A visual artist and a sculptor, Catalaa enriches her sculptures with seven elements. On public space she creates paths of seven steps with sculptures, vegetation, and other such elements enhancing the memory of the place and the memory of its inhabitants.

The present exhibition has rich fabrics represented through three videos. The first one is about regular dropping of water on a liquid surface, imitating a metronome, measuring time.

In the second video, waves of the ocean are used to represent the rhythm of man’s heart, as he walks through life, irregular. It shows footsteps on the beach — sometimes erased sometimes not — weaving a pattern of life itself.

In the third video people with eyes shut count out loud from one to seven with their inner rhythm in their mother tongue from. Then, with eyes wide open, they stare at the viewer.

Says the artist, “My frequent trips to India since 1976 have made me appreciate the traditional craft work techniques here. For this exhibition, my wish was to use the Rajasthani handmade traditional fabric printing technique using wooden blocks.”

Finally, the printed motif which Catalaa displays was developed by her own research. She defines the series as a representation of the present time expanded when life is filled by passions. “It is a development of Bergson’s philosophical concept of duration,” she tells.

The exhibition features impressive writings, which have then been formatted into squares to fit the wooden blocks. It took Catalaa 15 years to go through this exercise, four months to carve the blocks, and two months to print the fabrics.



Hues and faces all in the game
Aditi Tandon

Renu Agarwal may not have hit the exhibition circuit with a vengeance yet but she has all it takes to be there. Starting out peacefully with only hues and faces for company, she may well end up in popular leagues, who knows?

For now, some of her art works are serving as sure indicators to her promising future, at least in the genre of portraits which Renu deeply admires. Also she wears no pride on her sleeves. She would rather take refuge in the wondrous patterns of her canvases than talk big about art and its place in her life.

“I am most drawn to portraits for the sheer challenge they pose. It is easy to dabble in landscapes, with water colours as tools but it’s quite a task to get the gestures right. Facial expressions, texture and tone of skin, folds and curves of human forms, and the element of life itself - all these team up to add class to portraits. I love the realistic art of Sudeep Roy and Satish Gupta, both masters of portrait art,” she tells.

In her own ensemble, Renu has made enough space for portraits. Mostly set against the nostalgic backdrops of Rajasthan and Gujarat, her portraits are rich with sensitivity. They also brim with life and energy, which the artist had laboured hard to capture. “What is a portrait without life? No matter how classic a piece you paint, it means nothing unless you have succeeded in replicating the emotion also. I normally draw with pictures as leads. Seldom do I draw from memory. Also, I like to test my skills with portraits, though I also do landscapes.”

Mostly in oils, Renu’s works underline her fascination for mythological symbols like chimes, tridents and Shiva’s prowess reflected through the drums. She admits, “I am planning to do a whole series with mythology as my leitmotif.”

Though fewer, Renu’s abstracts also make a powerful statement though her projection of human faces, especially the one of a father-son duo painted in the hues of fire, is most impressive. There are two works that shine with the ceramic magic — one that creates a spell with bells and another that says it all with a trident and a drum.

Clay modelling is the next lesson for Renu Agarwal who has included two emulations of Sudeep Roy’s and Satish Gupta’s works in her current exhibition, her third. And though copies are not in demand, she does not mind featuring them respectably in her ensemble.

“This is my personal tribute to the works of two artists I deeply regard. Also, these works are hardly copies because their appeal solely depends on my treatment of the canvas. It does not involve any less creativity,” says Renu, also associated with Arpan, a voluntary agency which works for the betterment of weaker sections in Chandigarh. TNS



Pak poetess Bushra Ezaz’s books released
S.D. Sharma

“Nazar ko justju-e- shauqe mein patwaar kar, Mujhe kaghaz ki nau pr samundar paar karna hai.., ..Hamari aur unki aarzoo mein farq ye hai, hamein paspaii unhe saara zamana chahiye...” The couplets from the prolific writer, Bushra Ezaz , portrayed her insight into the profound depth of poetry.

The gorgeous poetess from Pakistan shared her literary travelogue with the select crowd of litterateurs, poets and artists at a function held at the Pracheen Kala Kendra under the aegis of the Sahit Chintan, Chandigarh. She recited choicest poems from her two books “Bhulekha” and “Pabban Bhaar” released today by the eminent literary personality, Dr Satinder Singh Noor. These poetry books had been translated from Urdu script to Punjabi by noted poets, Sardara Singh Cheema and Inder Singh Raz.

Bushra Ezaz has many publications to her credit, including “Arz-E-haal”, “Ankhe Dekhti Rehti Hain”, “Ta surat”, “Emaan Di Khani”, “Rahnvard-e- Shauq”, “Baran Aane ki Aurat”, “Aaj ki Sehabzaadi” among others.

Coming from a feudal family she, however, had her compulsions and constraints to accomplish her literary voyage. Truth is stranger than fiction, she says as many people may not believe it that I got married at the age of 12, a mother at 15 and grandma at 45, she said.

Having dropped my education, I had to complete my matriculation later at the time when my son was doing his Cambridge and graduation much later, she said. But the volcanic courage to fight and translate my grouse against forced subjugation of the womanhood through my writings came only from the trinity of Allah, my mother and love.

I had to face many impediments for achieving an applause. Strict adherence to the family customs of ‘purdah’ and interaction with outsiders was religiously practiced so much so that the male members of my family could not listen to my voice, she lamented. But these obstacles were no deterrent rather the isolation sharpened my vision and I used to talk to the Almighty and my dead mother sharing the tribulations of my sensitive mind. With their blessings I attempted to capture the varied emotions of “Dard- O-gham” and present those closely felt experiences through my poetry and other literary creations. Her sentiments seem to veritably represented in Sahir Ludhianvi’s couplet “Duniyan ne tazurbaat - O- hawadis ki shakl mein jo kuchh muhje diya hai ,woh lautaa rha hun mein”. Dr Sukhdev Singh read a comprehensive paper on the book and S.S. Cheema conducted the proceedings. 



Video conference of Indian Idol stars

The two final contestants of the Indian Idol show on Sony Television, Abhijeet Sawant and Amit Sana, today interacted with media through a video conference held at Reliance Web World here. Both expressed confidence and they would try their best to win the contest.

Sony Entertainment Television has partnered with Reliance Web World, giving viewers the opportunity to send video messages to their favourite contestants. From the thousands of enthusiastic messages, lucky winners with the best messages were treated to an exclusive tête-à-tête with Abhijeet Sawant and Amit Sana via a video conference. Abhijeet and Amit connected with viewers across 16 cities, including Chandigarh. They thanked the fans for their love and urged them to continue to support them through their votes. OC


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