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719 students awarded degrees
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 30
As many as 719 students received degrees on 35th annual convocation of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, today.

Mr Gurdev Singh Brar, president, SES, and Mr Bharpur Singh, secretary, SES, welcomed the chief guest, Dr J.S. Grewal, chairman, IIAS, Shimla.

Mr Kuldeep Singh, Principal, presented the annual report of the college and highlighted the achievements. He mentioned that college won the Panjab University runners up trophy in general efficiency in sports for the sixth consecutive year.

Mr Grewal delivered the convocation address and gave away the prizes to the students who excelled in academics, extra curricular activities and sports.

Karanjit Singh Gill of BCA III was declared the best student for the session 2004-05. He was also awarded the college roll of honour for excellence in extra curricular activities. Ravinder Kumar was declared the best sportsman and was adjudged best archer among all universities.

Navneet Sahota was awarded the roll of honour for excellence in academics. She stood first in PU in the BCA II exam held in April 2004. Ravi Kumar Chauhan was awarded the roll of honour for excellence in NCC (Army wing). Roll of honour for excellence in sports went to Gaurav Tokhi (hockey), Khushwant Singh (hockey), Bikramjit Singh (athletics), Ravinder Kumar (archery), Shiv Dayal (handball), Vikinder Kumar (rowing), Jashandeep Singh (cycling), Arshdeep Singh (boxing).



Memorial lecture organised at PU
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 30
The India-China Friendship Association (ICFA) organised a memorial lecture today at Panjab University (PU) to observe the 23rd death anniversary of late Tara Chand Gupta.

Dr H.S. Sidhu, Chairman, Punjab School Education Board, presided over the function. The function started with the floral tributes to late Tara Chand Gupta and recitation of a poem by Mr M.S. Gill. Maj Jiwan Tewari, president of the ICFA, Punjab, welcomed the guests and members of the ICFA.

Professor S.L. Sharma, Dean, Social Sciences, PU, delivered the lecture on "Challenges of Globalisation - Differential response of India and China". The speaker compared the fractured response of India and vigorous response of China towards globalisation. He pointed out that India took much longer time to respond as compared to China who quickly anticipated the impacts and worked on it.

In his presidential remarks, Dr Sidhu observed that at present only 35 third world countries were involved in globalisation because of the intensity of socio-economic conflict, attitude of political leadership and quality of governance.

The function concluded with vote of thanks by Mr R.L. Batta, Sr Advocate and Sr vice-president of the ICFA.



Stress laid on car spares’ quality
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, March 30
A workshop on “Modern Trends in Automobile Industry” was organised by the student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, here yesterday.

A number of students from different engineering colleges located in Rajpura, Bhaddal and Dera Bassi participated in the workshop.

Mr Satwant Singh, managing director of ATOP Fasteners Limited, who was the chief guest, laid stress on the quality aspects of spares and other components of automobiles. He also informed the budding engineers about the steps to be taken in controlling these aspects by the automobile industry.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Mr S.S. Sandhu, Wg Cdr D.P. Sabharwal and Prof P. Prabhakar. They spoke on hybrid electrical vehicles, maintenance techniques in automobiles and role of electronics in automobiles industry, respectively.

Students of different engineering colleges read out seven papers.



Workshop on spoken English ends
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 30
The one month-long workshop on ‘Spoken English and Personality Development” organised by the Centre for Adult, Continuing Education & Extension, Panjab University concluded today.

Professor Paramjit Singh, Registrar, Panjab University, awarded certificates to 50 PU employees and their wards.

He appreciated the role of the centre for organising meaningful programmes.

Professor Anil Sarwal from DAV College had conducted the course. During the course of the workshop, he laid stress on remediation and problems of the Indian Learners, rules of language, vocabulary and pronunciation aspects.

Dr (Mrs) Sween, Director of informed the participants that the centre would prepare the wards of PU, employees and other students for English language international examinations such as IELTS AND TOFEL, in near future. 



SSC exam on June 25

Chandigarh, March 30
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will hold an open competitive examination for the recruitment of Sub-Inspectors in the central police Organisations - the Border Security Force, the Central Industrial Security Force, the Central Reserve Police Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Special Service Bureau on June 26.

Mr N.K. Virdi, Deputy Regional Director, SSC, said in a press release that candidates applying for the post should be graduates and between 20 and 25 years of age as on January 1, 2005. The centres for examination are at Chanduigrah, Jammu, Srinagar, Shimla, Jalandhar and Ambala. The closing date of receipt for the application is April 21, and April 29, 2005 in case of candidates from certain far and inaccessible areas, said Mr Virdi.

Mr Virdi also added that the aspirants should see Employment News or Rozgar Samachar dated March 26, for more details. OC



Class VIII results tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 30
The UT Education Department will declare the result of Class VIII of all government schools on April 1 at 10 am. Students can check their scores at the respective schools.

Private candidates can, however, consult the gazette at 10 centres in government schools of Sector 16, 19, 22, 28, 40, 45, 38-W, Karsan, Mani Majra Housing Complex and Mauli Jagran.



high court
Judgement reserved in Bhardwaj case
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its judgement on the petition filed by former Chandigarh CJM S.S. Bhardwaj seeking quashing of the FIR registered by the CBI against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In his petition, Bhardwaj, who was booked on May 9, 2003, had sought quashing of proceedings in a Chandigarh court against him. Charges are soon to be framed against him.

Today, after hearing counsel of both the sides, Mr Justice Virender Singh reserved the judgement.

PIL on towers

The High Court on Wednesday issued notice of motion for April 29 on a PIL filed by a Kapurthala resident seeking removal of towers put up by cellular companies from rooftops in residential areas and near the schools.

The petitioner has also sought issuance of guidelines for installation of such towers in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

The petitioner has stated that the menace of installation of mobile phone towers on rooftops accompanied by generator sets, particularly in residential areas and near schools, has been identified by many agencies as a definite source of public nuisance and innumerable health hazards.

He has also claimed that research has shown that these produce electromagnetic radiations along with radio frequency radiations. Many diseases such as continuous headache, sleep disturbance, hypertension, loss of memory, etc, can occur to persons residing within a radius of 50 metres of mobile towers, the petitioner states.

Those who have been made respondents in the case include Commissioner and Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, the Kapurthala Municipal Council, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kapurthala, Bharti Mobile Limited, Haryana Chief Secretary and UT Adviser.

Today, after hearing counsel for the petitioner, the Bench headed by Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain issued notice to the respondents.



Koser award conferred on Sitara Devi, Mani Lal Nag
S.D. Sharma

The Tagore theatre had a date with the confluence of the living legends with panorama of achievements in the realm of aesthetic arts and the sparkling young prodigious talents at the award ceremony of the’ Guru ML Koser and Guru Shobha Koser awards held today amidst an overwhelming applause for the first ever award worth Rs 1 lakh instituted by Pracheen Kala Kendra.

This year’s award, however, was shared by the Kathak queen Sitara Devi and the sitar wizard Pandit Mani Lal Nag which carried a citation, shawl a memento besides the cash award.

The award ceremony was lit up by the scintillating spell of music and dance by young virtuoso . The Kolkota-based sitar exponent Mita Nag bared the melody of raag Maru Bihag showing a promise to follow the footsteps of her father and Guru Mani Lal Nag. She exuded a natural sensibility in all stages of her performance. Renny Jhavery, a vibrant young Kathak danseuse from Mumbai and the foremost disciple of Sitara Devi cast a spell with nimble foot work, exuberant body movements and tempting gestures. Sitara Devi on the pedhant added charm to the dance with lively commentary bringing the moods and passions into full play.

However, the prodigious singing sensation of the region, Sughandha Mishra from Jalandhar took the centrestage only to mesmerise the audience with an immaculate spell of the extremely complex presentation of ‘ raag Sagar’ a combination of 19 ragas. She established her profound versatility singing all ragas in continuation bringing alive the distinct features of all ragas starting with ‘Hindlol to Kafiall set to Ek taal. She maintained the melodic pace doling out raga Rageshwari with detailed alaap displaying systematic progression ‘badhat’ before rendering a composition ‘Daras ki aas.’ in taal jhoomra created by her guru SL Mishra ‘Subrang’.

The decisive influence of Ustad Amir Kahn was perceptible in her gayaki as she sang his composition with an adroit mastery before culminating the recital with a tappa and later a tarrana in ‘Mal kauns’.

Pandit Mani Lal Nag spelt magic on sitar delineating raga Rageshwari and later a dhun in ‘Mishar gara’. He sent the audience in a trance and appeared to be a celestial musician on stage. Defying her age kathak queen Sitara Devi at 83 has no rival in the realm if her ‘bhava’ part of kathak is to be valued in proper perspective. Both masters retained their supremacy eclipsing the performance of all the youngsters with their expertise attained through dedicated riyaz.

The chief guest Dr A.R. Kidwai, Governor, Haryana, presented the awards while Pramodh Jamwal, Editor Kashmir Times, presided. Jainender Singh of AIR compered the programme.



MTV chatterbox in city
Swarleen Kaur

“If a female newcomer gets a good break in Bollywood that doesn’t mean that she made a compromise or slept with the producer or director”, says Anusha Dandekar, the chatterbox of MTV.

She was in Chandigarh in connection with the launch of a summer spring collection of a fashion brand. Expressing her displeasure over aspersions cast on upcoming female artistes and starlets, she said nobody questioned a male artiste it he got a good break in films but if a girl got a good opportunity, the first thing which came to mind was “whom did she sleep with”, she said indignantly.

Sporting faded blue jeans and yellow T-shirt, she looked tomboyish.

She will be seen in “Viruddh”, opposite John Abraham soon. It is a Mahesh Manjrekar film, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Sharmila Tagore.

Anusha felt insulted when her name was linked with Mahesh Manjrekar in a Mumbai-based magazine. “Mahesh Manjrekar is like a father figure to me. I was shocked but if you know that you are true, these things really don’t affect you. I feel that mediapersons should check facts before publishing anything,” she said.

Dance is her first love and she is good at modern jazz and Bhartatnatyam. She has also done an item number.

Her ‘Brand New’ show on MTV keeps her busy. Her interviews with artistes and stars are spontaneous.

Giving some fashion tips, she said green colour was in this season. She suggested, for a chage to avoid hair colouring and stick to the natural hair colour. Low hipsters and T-shirts would be perfect, she added.



Sculptors’ camp concludes at Kalagram

Sculpting their dreams by infusing life into marble, the foursome artists reflected a new dimension in art at the open sculptor studio at the Kalagram during the 15-day camp that concluded today.

The series of such camps will continue during the year. It is aimed at creating a unique treatise of over 300 sculptors for adorning the otherwise panoramic ambience of the Kalagram.

It was fascinating to watch Neelam Aggarwal , armed with hammer, chisel, and cutting tools, working in rigorous discipline for a fortnight putting in over 12 hours with utmost care while sculpting the mystery of ocean life. “My creation titled ‘ Relation’ projects the interdependence and corelation in shell and coral, the skeleton of sea polyp,” said Neelam. There were few women takers for the tough passion, opined the Rajasthani artist pursuing her master’s degree at the College of Art, Delhi.

Delving deep into the Darwin’s theory of natural selection, Hirdey Parksh Kaushal described ‘Ankuran’, the process of growth from the seed to its natural form with the assimilation of five elements, in black marble. Holding three master’s degrees and teaching art, he is proficient in all art forms. His intuitive wisdom guides him to sculpt with geometrical accuracy in microns. Young Lalit Bhartiya, however, had created a ‘Cave Temple’ exuding the sanctity of the Bhim Bet shrine of Bhopal which inspired him to sculpt the replica of a prehistoric monument. Mastering the art at the Jamia Milia University, Lalit had put up many solo exhibitions.

Manoj Kumar, a postgraduate from the Delhi College of Art, had a romantic conception to suggest in his attractive creation ‘Couple’ with varied metaphors emanating from the stone in silence. It appeared to be a blend of ancient culture and modern elements.

The next sculptors camp comprising four sculptors will be held from April 10 to 25. OC


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