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480 students get degrees
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 18
Government College, Sector 11, held its annual convocation today. Mr Navneet Soni, Additional Commissioner, Income Tax, delivered the convocation address. Earlier, Prof Prahlad Aggarwal, Principal of the college, read out the annual report of the college and highlighted its achievements in different fields. Prof Aggarwal also conferred degrees on 13 postgraduates in English, 12 in M Sc (IT), 23 BCA graduates, 15 BBA graduates, 100 B Com graduates, 30 BA (Hons) graduates, 218 BA graduates, 25 B.Sc (Medical) graduates and 44 B.Sc (non medical) graduates.

The outstanding students in academics are Amrit Pal Singh, Vishal Gupta, Anant Deodhar, Manjit Singh and Suruchi Sharma.

Mr Navneet Soni, an alumnus of the college, said that his career had been carved out by excellent training imparted by teachers of this college. He exhorted students to become good and responsible citizens. He stressed the need to have a positive attitude in life, develop a creative mindset and face challenges of life with courage. Prof K.K. Wig proposed the vote of thanks.



Students hold protest
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 18
A delegation of students of Shri Dhanwantary Ayurvedic College led by Yogesh Dhawan, joint secretary, ABVP, submitted a memorandum of demands to the Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Mr K.N. Pathak, today.

The college students also held a protest in front of the VC office against the university move to reconduct Shailyetantra exam even when the results of the final professional year had not been declared.

They said that the agitation would be intensified if their demands were not met.



4 HC Judges, 103 others donate blood
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 18
As many as 107 persons, including four Judges, donated blood at a camp organised by the High Court Bar Association here today.

The camp was organised to begin the year-long celebrations of the High Court completing 50 years in the present premises.

It was organised in collaboration with the newly inaugurated blood centre of the Blood Bank Society at Sector 37.

The Judges who donated blood included Mr Justice N.K. Sud, Mr Justice Hemant Gupta, Mr Justice Jasbir Singh and Mr Justice S.S. Saron. Mr Justice Sud was one of the oldest persons to donate blood.

Prominent among the others who donated blood were Senior Advocates M.L. Sarin and Mr A.K. Chopra and Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association secretary Munish Jolly.

A 20-year-old boy, whose birthday fell today, also donated blood. Many employees of the High Court, law officers of Punjab and Haryana as well as staff of the High Court Bar Association also donated blood.

Earlier, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice, Mr Justice D.K. Jain, inaugurated the camp. Other Judges of the High Court, Advocate Generals of Punjab and Haryana and office-bearers of the High Court Bar Association were also present on the occasion.

Appreciating the efforts of the Bar Association in taking the lead on the occasion, Chief Justice Jain urged the Bar to come forward in making the celebrations memorable.

He also remarked that there couldn’t have been a better way to start the golden jubilee celebrations.

Incidentally, the golden jubilee celebrations of the inauguration of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will officially kick off tomorrow morning at a function being organised in the High Court premises here.

Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will also participate in the function.

Meanwhile, Mr Kidwai paid a visit to the High Court Bar Room on the invitation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association. He interacted with Judges and lawyers present on the occasion.

Addressing the Bar, Mr Kidwai said the Judges and advocates were two wheels of the judiciary and they should perform their duties with mutual cooperation and amity.

He said to clear the back-log of cases the courts and the advocates should speed up their work.

He also assured all support in getting some grant from the Haryana Government for the completion of the infrastructure for lawyers at the High Court premises.

Mr Kidwai also honoured the previous office-bearers of the Bar Association. They included Mr H.L. Sibal, Mr Rajender Sachar, Mr Anand Swaroop, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, Justice Kuldip Singh, Mr S.S. Mahajan, Justice Ashok Bhan, Mr J.S. Chahal, Mr G.C. Dhuriwala, Mr Hawa Singh Hooda, Mr S.D. Sharma, Ms Daya Chaudhary, Mr G.K. Chatrath and Chandigarh Mayor Anu Chatrath.



Man remanded in society scam case
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 18
A man arrested in connection with an alleged scam in housing society in Sector 68 here was remanded in one-day police custody by a Kharar court today.

According to Mr Gurdeep Singh, in charge of the CIA staff, Ropar, Swaran Singh was arrested from Mohali yesterday after getting complaints from people who had allegedly been cheated by him. He said Swaran Singh allegedly sold flats of United House Building Society to non-members following a rise in their market prices.

Mr Gurdeep Singh said more arrests were likely to be made in this case. A case against Swaran Singh had been registered under Sections 406, 420, 468, 471, 120-B of the IPC.



Shallu Jindal and Shujaat Hussain Khan cast spell
S.D. Sharma

Shujaat Husain Khan
Shujaat Husain Khan  

THE 30th fifth All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan got off to a grandiose start amidst a dazzling yet a serene spell of Kuchipudi dance by Shallu Jindal and soulful strains of divine music emanating from the sitar of virtuoso Sujaat Hussain Khan today at the Tagore Theatre.

Expressing pleased amazement and aesthetic delight the young enchanting danseuse Shallu Jindal commenced her Kuchipudi dance recital with an invocatory Ganesh Vandana’ shri mahaganpati swatumam’ of the Lord Ganesha. Suave Shallu was in a calm contemplative mood while preying before the Lord in reverence to seek blessings. She displayed her versatile talent depicting the complex and myriad sentiments enshrined in the epoch making classic’ Madhushala’ by the peerless poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan in through her captivating solo performance. There was grace in her geometrically measured precise body movements, abundant verve in her nimble foot work which altogether created a magical spell.

It was by no means a small achievement for Padmabhushan Raja Reddy to convey the didactic essence of secularism of ‘Madhushala’ transforming to a dance form for better illustration. Shallu too proved her credentials skillfully executing the intricate patterns of the choreographic piece. However the best from the guru-shishya came as Shallu danced straight to the hearts of the audience displaying her confidence and training while performing on a poem ‘Bless my nation’ penned by Dr Abul Kalam Azad and the concluding tarrana by another living legend Pandit Ravi shanker.

Raja Reddy accompanied on ‘Natwangum, Sai Bhavni on vocalks , Ajya Prasanna on flute a Annadurai on violin and Enoch denial on key board.

A pioneer in propagating the richness, vigour and élan of our classical music abroad , Sujaat Hussain Khan took the centre stage after a tremendous ovation from the hearts of the audience. The foremost disciple and son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan Saheb he opened up with a alaap of raag Puriya

The Los Angeles-based maestro known for his versatility all over the world himself extracted full pleasure from his presentation. On persistent he obliged the intrusive

Audience by delineating an entrancing composition in raag ‘Bhairavi’ in dadra taal. Sujaat left an indelible mark on the elite city music lovers as he sang the vocal syllables of the composition while playing it on Sitar simultaneously.


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