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Contractual teachers move CAT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 31
The contractual teachers working in UT government schools have approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) against the UT Education Department for relieving them without preparing their seniority list.

Taking up a bunch of applicants, the tribunal has fixed the next date of hearing for June 7. The education department has been asked to file its reply by the next date of hearing.

The applicants in their plea stated that despite orders of the court the Education Department did not prepare their seniority list, thereby depriving them of their right to get regularized against vacant posts.

The tribunal had directed the department to prepare a seniority list of the contractual teachers.

In another case filed by a contractual teacher working against the post of ex-servicemen, the tribunal while taking up the case fixed the next date of hearing on June 7.

The applicant, Shailender, in his plea stated that after the high court relieved the contractual teachers against regular appointments, he was relieved by a regular teacher who joined against the reserved category post. He stated that he joined on contract on August 10, 2002. Among the 93 posts of social studies master/mistress, five posts were of ex-servicemen.

He said in November 2004, two regular teachers joined and three posts still remained vacant. On May 26, 2005, the applicant was relieved by a candidate of SC/OBC category which was against the rules. An-ex-serviceman category candidate can be relieved by another candidate of the same category.



Relieved teachers meet Home Secy
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, May 31
A delegation of the Government Teachers Union along with the contractual teachers met the UT Home Secretary, Mr Krishan Mohan, demanding reappointment of 15 contractual teachers who have been recently relieved by the UT education department.

It may be mentioned that contractual teachers have been agitating over being removed by the UT Education Department.

The teachers said despite an increase in the number of students and requirement for more teachers, their services had not been regularized. The UT education Department was asking for more vacancies under the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan, but their services were being terminated. The teachers who have already been relieved claimed that UT education department said the department had still not circulated the seniority list and the vacancy list to the concerned persons. 



Environment Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 31
“Preserve or perish”, “Conserve and flourish”, “Green world-a dream world”, “Save mother earth”, “Plant trees to keep pollution away”. Chanting these slogans, holding placards and banners, the students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, (from Class VII to XII), Sector 19-C, celebrated World Environment Day which falls on June 5.

Around 250 young students participated in the rally.

The rally was flagged off by the school principal, Mrs Saroj Gupta. The Eco Club of the school and its young members took initiative to spread awareness about environment among the masses. The young rallyists passed through Sector 19-B and C. The rally culminated in the school playground.



Poor students given IT training
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 31
The computer fraternity of Saint Soldiers International Convent School, Phase 7 here is now doing community service. Member of the Koshish Club, students of the school under the guidance of their teachers launched a campaign to train the less-privileged students as part of their programme.

This programme commenced on May 23 with 34 students from a school and wards of class IV employees of the school. They had been made familiar with the Internet, MS Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and MS Word.

The programme concluded today and Mr D.R. Yadav, Regional Officer, C.B.S.E, Chandigarh, was the guest of honour. He presented certificates of appreciation to the students who took up this challenge. The Principal, Mrs V. Tiwana, thanked the Chairman of the school, Mr K.S. Brar, who consented for this noble cause.

Mrs Anu Kumar, Chairperson of the Koshish, proposed the vote of thanks.



ITI students hold rally
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 31
A rally was organised by students of the ITI, Phase V, in support of their demands here today.

The students led by office-bearers of the Punjab unit of the All India Democratic Students Organisation marched to the office of the SDM, Mr M.L. Sharma, in Phase I to present a memorandum which was to be sent to the Punjab Governor.

The protesters demanded that the fee hike be rolled back privatisation of ITIs be stopped, vacant post of instructors be filled, regular supply of raw material, computers for students of electronic stream and provision of the canteen, medical and sports facilities.



Summer workshop at DAV School 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 31
Participants of Sukriti 2005, summer workshop at DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, were given a farewell here today. Creations of art and craft prepared during the workshop were on display at an exhibition.

A former principal of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College was the chief guest. The officiating principal, Ms Sarita Kaushik, appreciated the efforts of the participants.

At St Vivekanand Millennium School, students from KG to Class IX participated in various activities at a summer workshop, “Deepayan 2005”. Experts from outside school are also imparting training to the teachers as a part of the workshop. At the end of the camp there will be a test and the students securing A grade will be given prizes, apart from participation certification to all.

Meanwhile, a summer camp is being organised on the premises of St Soldier Divine Public School in the city. Different workshops on taekwondo, western dance, music, art and craft, cooking, manners and etiquette are being conducted. Daily the camp starts with Yoga, which is a compulsory activity for all students. 



HC notice on amusement park at Kalagram
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for June 13 on a petition filed by Mr Gurjit Singh challenging the legality of the contract given by the UT Administration to a Delhi-based company to set up an amusement park at Kalagram here.

The petitioner, who is in the business of setting up and managing amusement parks, has stated that he was also interested in handling the project, but everything was done in such a clandestine manner that he did not get an opportunity to apply for it. He alleged that no advertisement was issued and no tenders were invited for the project.

He has prayed that the contract be cancelled and fresh bids be invited. After hearing his counsel, the Division Bench of Mr Justice N.K. Sud and Mr Justice A.K. Mittal issued notice of motion for June 13.

In another case, court dismissed a petition challenging the allotment of 2050 sq. yard land in Sector 11-B for the construction of a school.

The petitioners, Green Park Association and another, had challenged the allotment of land to Sanawar Montessori School on the ground that the land was a part of a park and was allotted in a clandestine manner to the school. The land was allotted after a draw of lots.

However, the contentions of the petitioners did not find favour with the court and it dismissed the petition.



This beauty wants to share misery
Swarleen Kaur

Miss Femina India Earth Niharika Singh’s beauty filters through her eyes and strikes you immediately. Laden with glistening smile, she not only charms you but manages to enthrall you with her glib talk.

Wearing the contentment of the success on her face, she looked soothing in a light-green dress.

Beauty which beholds you is uncommon to come across and during a tete-a-tete with Niharika, one feels privileged.

Belonging to Uttranchal, the tall beauty feels close to nature. Social work, too, beckons her. Her connection with an NGO has hardened her resolve to share the miseries of the unfortunate.

During a visit to Dehra Dun she visited an old-age home. There she realised that it didn’t matter to them that a Miss India was on a visit. They craved only for love and care. All they wanted was love.

“Now when I represent my country I should do something for my people,” she says.

She feels beauty contestants have a lot of choice, which has contributed to their poor show at international contests. “Girls who made a name in beauty scene had a high ‘devotional quotient’. But these days as lot of girls apply without any commitment to the profession,” she feels.

Recalling her moment of glory, she says: “I was very comfortable and instinctive on the stage when I won the crown. Before winning the crown I was much undisciplined and laidback but now my life is more planned to suit my varying schedule.”

Students get diplomas
Niharika Singh awarded diplomas and trophies to students of National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) at their annual convocation at Tagore Theatre today. As many as 600 students in fashion design, textile design and interior design were given diplomas.

Annual corporate report of NIFD was presented by vice-president, corporate, Aditi Srivastava. Trophies were awarded to toppers. NIFD director Ritu Kochhar also addressed the students and exhorted them to work hard and adopt positive attitude.



Old in age, young at heart

Can you take these, women in their late sixties walking down the ramp, following the rhythm of western songs.

If you think that a wrinkled face can not create sensation on the ramp then you may be wrong. Yes, it was proved wrong by members of the Women’s Tuesday Club who held their annual function “May Queen” today.

“Think like a queen and you will be one” was the slogan of this special contest. Held at the Central Club, Sector 9, the event was different from the usual stuff.

Nearly 60 women in the age group of 40 to 60 plus participated. They sashayed down the designer suits, sarees and lenhgas on thumping beats in several rounds.

There were three judges who chose the “May Queen” in different age groups.

The three queens selected were Rhyme (40 to 50 years), Renu Ohri (50 to 60 years) and Sheel Chopra (above sixty).

“Once upon time we used to have curved figure and now we have curves in our legs or knees but life still moves on. One should feel young at heart and should have positive attitude towards life.

Our club is involved in lots of social work and it keep on holding entertaining events” said Ms Savita Brijmohan, president of the club.

The show was anchored by secretary Mukta Khaira, who regaled the audience with her witty comments. OC



Workshop on folk dances, theatre

The Pracheen Kala Kendra, a premier institution in the realm of art and culture, has commenced their 13th annual production-oriented summer workshop under the expert care of the noted thespian Gursharan Singh. He is being assisted by a set of accomplished actors and musicians. The participating children in the age group of five to 18 years in the month-long workshop will learn the finer nunaces of classical dances bharatnatyam and kathak, folk dances, painting, doll and toy making, theatre and music both vocal and instrumental.

The Kendra director ML Koser disclosed that the plays prepared by participants will be staged at the Tagore Theatre and an exhibition of art craft works by the students will also be put up at the same venue. OC


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