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Amputation failed to dishearten Abhishek
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Abhishek Ahluwalia, whose leg got amputated due to alleged medical negligence, expressed satisfaction with his performance in CBSE Class X. The results which were declared yesterday, Abhishek, a student of St John’s School and a resident of Mani Majra has managed to score 71.2 per cent marks and is ready to join the commerce stream.

“Initially the entire amputation process did keep me off studies for a while and made it tough for me to attend tuitions but my friends, teachers and family helped me immensely to concentrate on studies,’’ says Abhishek.

His mother says under these circumstances they never pressurised their son to perform extraordinary. “The year has been tough for us but we had faith that he would bail out. Abhishek did not lose a year in the process and continued to appear in all his exams. We just wanted him to be relaxed so that he decides what and how he wants to approach his studies and career now,’’ says his mother.

Abhishek has now taken admission in DAV School, Sector 15, to pursue commerce and further study law. He was playing football, which led to this injury and later led to amputation of his leg.



Manav Mangal students take the cake
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 25
Manav Mangal school, Sector 11, gave an unparalleled performance in the Class X CBSE examination. While Prince Pahwa from the school not only topped in the city but also in the region, scoring 97.4 percent, the school had as many as 30 students in the above 90 per cent bracket.

The Principal, Mr Sandeep Sardana, attributed the success of the school students to the hard work of the teachers as also the cooperation of the parents who abided by all instructions of the authorities.

“Everybody worked hard and today, the result is for all to see. The teachers, students and their parents left no stone unturned in preparing for the examination. All through, we kept harping on the need to study with a singular approach without digressing into varied directions and exploring options of tuitions,” he explains.

At Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, 26 students scored above 90 per cent and girls dominated the toppers while 15 students of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, scored above 90 per cent. Arpit Mahindru topped in the school with 95 per cent.

Five students of Satluj were placed in the above 90 per cent category and Shaurya Galhotra scored 94.2 per cent to top in the school. Jainendra Public School, had four students scoring above 90 percent and Rimpy Bharot topped with 90 percent marks.

While three students of DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8, scored 90 percent and above, five students of Chaman Lal DAV School also were placed in the same bracket, the topper scoring 93.4 percent.



UGC-sponsored seminar ends
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 25
The three-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on “English Teaching in 21st Century: Methodologies and Techniques” at Dev Samaj College, Sector 36, concluded here today.

In the first session a presentation on “Task Evaluation: a Critical Look at Some Language Teaching Tasks” was given by Mr Rajneesh Arora, CIEFL, regional centre, Lucknow.

In the second session a presentation and debate was held on “Beyond Listen and Repeat-Communication Skills” by Ms Brinder Aulakh, Director, Regional Institute of English, Chandigarh.



PU despatches admit cards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Roll number-cum-admit cards of all eligible candidates for other than Common Entrance Test have been despatched by Panjab University today. The candidates who do not receive their admit cards by May 28, can get duplicate cards issued from the university on May 30 and May 31, as per instructions given in Para 36, Page no 17 of the O-CET prospectus.

The test for admission to various university courses is scheduled to be held from June 1 to June 5.Enquiry about the admit cards and roll numbers can also be done on telephone nos. 0172-2534829 and 2534825. In all seven examination centres have been created at the university as well as in some affiliated colleges of the city to examine 6,150 candidates in the O-CET 2005.



CAT order on radiographer’s plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today directed the UT Health Department and the authorities at the GMCH, Sector 32, to provisionally interview a junior radiographic technician on contract at the hospital since 1998.

The order were passed by a Bench comprising Mr L.M. Goyal and Mr J.S. Dhaliwal, Vice-Chairman and Member (Judicial), respectively, on an application moved by the applicant, Ms Puneet Arora.

In her plea she stated that she has not been called for the interview for the post of X-ray technician scheduled for May 27, despite her having the requisite qualification. Another applicant Amarpreet with the same qualification has, however, been called by the interviewing authorities.

She further stated that after advertising the posts, the eligibility qualification was changed from 10+2 vocational to degree or diploma. The change in the eligibility condition for the group C posts was in violation of a 1996 CAT order in a case pertaining to the General Hospital, Sector 16. The UT Health Department had added 10+2 diploma in the eligibility conditions after the CAT case.

The applicant stated that in 2003 she had sought that her payscale be fixed. She got a stay from the tribunal after the GMCH authorities threatened to remove her from the job. Then she was put on OPD duty and was asked to put her attendance on a duty roster.

In May 2004, she again got a stay from the tribunal after the GMCH authorities threatened to remove her from the job.



She knows how to dress a fabric

The soul of a fabric lies in the hand that dresses it. And Prakriti Chawla, a postgraduate in knitwear design from National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, knows the art of dressing the fabric well. In another case a nuance as regular as chikankari would not have looked radiant as it does under her care.

At the exhibition hall in Sector 9 (just next to Kewal Store), Prakriti is now showing her spring-summer collection which features the best chikankari patterns one can ever think of. The designer’s edge lies in her ability to bring novelty to tradition. She lavishes attention on her fabric which seems more like a canvas of an artist than a piece of cloth.

The best part of the line titled “Hoonar” is its richness. For the first time perhaps, chikan has been uplifted to a platform where it ceases to be part of the casual wear. Prakriti embellishes the fabric with sequins, stones, mukaish and other elements to give it a treasured bridal look.

Small wonder then that much of her collection fits the bill when it comes to a bride choosing her trousseau.

Prakriti admits, “It is the treatment of the fabric that matters the most. I have enriched the collection by altering the colour pallete, the patterns, the motifs and the embellishments. I also use silk threads for embroidery. I have my own team of workers.”

A long haul in Lucknow has polished Prakriti’s art. And she has given her skills much space to grow and flourish. “My in laws have been handling handicrafts for a while. Their presence is very inspiring. The rest comes from my own experiences at NIFT and later in the field. I have also done chikankari on semi and pure georgettes, besides plain cotton.”

The collection speaks for the designer’s attitude. Recently her art was all also splashed by the Femina Book of Fashion. The magazine credits Prakriti for taking chikankari out of the “seasonal fabric bracket” and placing it at coveted pedestals — where demand grows throughout the year.

The exhibition of Prakriti’s chikan kurtis, suits and sarees begins tomorrow at shop-cum-flat 25, Sector 9. TNS



This businesswoman has a market share of
Rs 1,000 crore
Swarleen Kaur

Vandana Luthra at the inauguration of a VLCC centre in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Vandana Luthra at the inauguration of a VLCC centre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Vandana Luthra, chairperson, VLCC, needs no introduction. She started with a small beauty parlour when the concept of “making women beautiful” was looked down upon. Slowly her business took the shape of an organised sector. She established the first VLCC centre in 1989 and now VLCC has a market share of approximately Rs 1,000 million.

What bothered here were women who talked about their skin rather than health. This set her thinking and she took training in skin care and nutrition abroad.

Her centres have helped many shed extra kilos and get back in shape. Vandana is modest about here achievements and gives credit to her husband who joined her venture about seven years ago.

She doesn’t like to socialise. Mother of two daughters, she devotes her time to her family. She finds Indian women dynamic and excellent managers. Housewives who run their homes very efficiently can do wonders in business if guided properly, she says.

Shabana Azmi, Sonia Gandhi and Shiela Dixit take tips on nutrition from her. A lot of Bollywood actors constitute her clientele.

She is associated with “Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin”.

She was in Chandigarh to launch a VLCC centre in Sector 34.


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