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Orientation course for college, varsity teachers ends
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 28
Conducted by the Academic Staff College, Panjab University, and attended by 42 lecturers, the 66th orientation course for college and university lecturers of northern region concluded here today.

The course was aimed at sensitising the participants to social, political and economic aspects in context of the teaching profession and to impart and improve necessary professional skills. It was also for development of personality, initiative and creativity.

The participants were exposed to a wide spectrum of issues ranging from teaching skills to biotechnology, human rights, stress management, cyber crime and communication.

In their interaction with some of the leading personalities of varied fields, the participants interacted with senior journalist Mr. Amar Chandel from The Tribune, Prof. H S Chawla, HoD of oral medicine PGI, Mr V K Kapoor, former ADGP, Mr P C Dogra, former DGP , Punjab, in addition to several acclaimed academicians . A new team of scientists from the Consortium for educational Communication (a UGC body), New Delhi, also visited to apprise the lecturers about issues of EDUSAT and E-learning.



Nod given to new PEC syllabus
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, June 28
The first Senate meet of Punjab Engineering College since it was conferred the status of deemed university, today gave its nod to new syllabi, prepared by the college faculty, its alumni and students to make it more industry-oriented, offering immediate employment opportunities.

The new syllabus makes it mandatory for students to go beyond their prescribed course confines by undertaking extra learning units, assignments and projects. The honours programme at the campus would provide for enrollment at the beginning of the semester.

While the Senate passed the introduction of a mechatronics course in the first semester, it also gave a green signal to the introduction of physical education as a mandatory subject for the first year students.

The college will also make available the option of part-time jobs like the management of libraries and computer centers in the college hostel and will run “remedial English programmes” for students weak in the Queen’s language, enabling them to improve the writing and speaking skills. There will also be a programme in design orientation in which students would be required to acquire a minimum of 30 points to be “eligible” for a B Tech degree. 



MA (Economics), MA-I (Pb. Ad) results declared
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 28
The result of the MA Economics and MA-1 Public Administration conducted by Panjab University (PU) in April/May, 2005 have been declared.
The result gazette will be available in sixth new enquiry of the university tomorrow from 1 pm onwards and also on all the working days afterwards.

The results will also be available on the university website www.puchd.ac.in and can be accessed through SMS , also from 12 am on June 29. To know the results through SMS the candidates should type class code no. MEC, MPB1, leave one space followed by the Roll no. and then send it to 700.



Music industry’s anti-piracy campaign goes overboard
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The anti-piracy campaign of the Phonographic Performance Limited(PPL), the apex-licensing arm of the Indian Music Industry, seems to have gone overboard. After training its guns on the restaurants and DJs, the PPL has targeted the commercial establishments in Sector 17 and asked them to obtain licences even for watching TV in their own shops.

The shopkeepers are up in arms against what they term as the “unreasonable” attitude of the PPL.The TV sets have been installed for personal viewing and no commercial purpose is involved in this, they claimed.

Recently, in a communication to the Business Promotion Council of Sector 17, the PPL said that a separate mandatory public performance licence was required for events like the Baisakhi celebrations, the fashion shows and the New Year Party.

“We administer the broadcasting, telecasting and public performance rights on behalf of 80 per cent of the music companies. This includes music recorded in any format(visual and acoustic) or communicated by way of a radio, a worldspace receiver, cable network or a television set,” the communication says.

However, what has irked the shopkeepers is the PPL “dictat” to buy a licence for watching TV in a commercial establishment. Mr Joginder Singh Deep, who runs a ladies garment stores, has been asked to buy a licence costing Rs 4,000 for watching TV to be “on the right side of the law.”.

“I do not run an entertainment joint like a bar or discotheque.I have installed the TV to watch news and views programmes and it is ridiculous if I am asked to pay for that,” an angry Mr Deep said.

It may be recalled that under the Copyright Act, 1957, playing commercial music without paying a copyright licence fee is an illegal act, which is liable for action under the contempt of court. In case of non-compliance of the licence fee payment, the restaurants and DJs could face action.

In the wake of the large-scale piracy, the PPL had conducted a number of raids in the region. While a substantial number of entertainment joints such as hotels, bars and discotheques have obtained the licences to play popular music, other are still reportedly playing music illegally putting the music companies to loss.



Time to flaunt trendy umbrellas
Saurabh Malik

Swanky umbrellas — veiling pretty damsels from the vagaries of weather — are also exposing them to admiring glances, glamorously. So, if you are eager to venture out in the imprisoning rain or hot sunshine, forget all about buying those unimpressive black umbrellas, or the ones with massive floral prints. Go in for the trendy stuff instead.

“The black and the floral ones were good for your grandparents. No doubt about it,” says Ms Raman of a card and costumes jewellery shop in Sector 11. “Rains or no rains, the umbrellas were always there by their side, for support while walking, if nothing else”.

But times have now changed, indeed. Now, there is really no need for you to take home those clumsy umbrellas which you cannot even fold nicely and properly.

“You can buy the small adorable ones with cartoon characters printed on them. From Mickey Mouse to Uncle Scrooge and other Walt Disney characters — you have a wide range to choose from.

Under-grad science student Zubina Dhillon has just picked up one with Tom and Jerry chasing each other with full fervour and vigour . “I simply love watching their show on the television. That’s why I have purchased an umbrella with the two smiling back at me”.

She says: “They look cool even in the hot humid weather and are readily available. In most of the sectors, you do not even have to enter a departmental store for purchasing such an umbrella. In fact, you can buy it from the footpath vendors”. The umbrellas are not even expensive. You can take home one after pulling out just Rs 100 from your wallet.

And in case, you are planning to buy raincoats. Do not go in for the traditional ones. They make you look “so massive”. Pick up water-proof jackets and pants instead. They are in. and are readily available.

Another thing. Think beyond just browns and blues while buying your rainwear. You can go in for bright and cheerful colours. For a change, think about buying a yellow jacket. It is a hot favourite among kids.

If you do not feel like wearing a raincoat, here is another solution. You can go out in the open wearing a wind-cheater, in place of a jacket. “These are water-resistant and look good,” says young fashion designer Swati Mishra. “Costing almost the same, wind-cheaters are available in myriad shades. Can be worn even after the rainy season is over.” So kids, what are you waiting for? 



Secrets of longevity revealed

“Listen to your body and live accordingly,” advised 99-year-old Jamna Das, a resident of Sector 15 Chandigarh, when asked about the secret of his perfect health.

Due to complete a century on July 1, Mr Das was talking to mediapersons at a function held in hospital in Mohali today where he was honoured with a membership of the Golden Age Club.

“One should eat less, have regular habits and lead an active life. These small things are enough to ensure longevity,” said the former employee of the PWD. He retired in 1960.

“I was born in Karachi in 1905 and educated in Lahore and then Roorkee. I joined the government service as an engineer and was transferred to Chandigarh in 1953 when the capitol project started. The entire Chandigarh has come up before me,” he said, adding that he lost his life even before Partition.

“I do a little exercise every day. A little walk, a few yoga postures and maybe a little weight lifting is all that its takes to remain fit,” he added.

“My sons are also now retired. And my eldest great grandchild is four years old,” he said.

Among others honoured were Ms Satwant Kaur Gill, first woman pilot of India, and her sister, Ms Beant Kaur.

“We do not exercise too much but we go for walks together. We both read a lot and keep ourselves occupied. We try to watch TV but whatever channels show these days is so vulgar. On virtually every channel women are just not wearing any clothes,” said Ms Satwant Kaur, who survives cancer some years ago.

“We have always taken life in our stride. We have no option but to be happy. Now we are living in a rented accommodation here and intend to travel abroad,” said Ms Satwant Kaur, who was born in Lyallpur, Pakistan, in 1922 and never married.

“It doesn’t matter what your age is. I would advice everyone to work hard and not run after money. And they should take care of the old persons in the house,” she added.

Nek Chand (81), the creator of the Rock Garden, was also honoured. “I am lucky to be healthy,” he said. “I have a regular lifestyle. I work from 9 in the morning till the dark. My work keeps me on my feet and I think that is why I am fit. Diet wise I ensure I do not eat any oily food. I only take light food,” he said.

“My advise to all those who have retired is that they should keep themselves busy. They should not sit at home. They should pack a meal and get out of the house,” he said. TNS



Spirited performance by budding dancers

Suchitra Mitra
Suchitra Mitra 

A captivating bharatnatyam performance by noted danseuse Suchitra Mitra and her troupe of eight accomplished dancers and 22 artists who had undergone training at the month-long ‘Padam’ art workshop was presented at the Tagore Theatre today. The senior disciples were inducted to infuse confidence in the budding artists and to add elegance to the production oriented programme originally designed to mark the culmination of the workshop.

Suchitra invoked the blessings of the Lord with ‘Pushpanjali’ ably supported by Nisha, Reena, Ishani, Deepti Asha Sumita and the first phase of programme commenced with the students displaying the fundamentals of the bharatnatyam learnt during the workshop.

They successfully demonstrated the hand gestures through enunciation of ‘shlokas’, rhythmic syllables and footwork to the ‘alankars’ rendered by their guru Suchitra.

However, the display of ‘navras’ (nine sentiments) were adroitly illustrated based on a sequence from the epic ‘Ramayana’. The performance was enlivened with the synchronisation of laya, taal and vocal renditions by the trainees in the age group of six to 25, divided in two groups who won applause from the audience.

Again the senior disciples and Suchitra took the centre stage to perform a series of dance embellishment in items like todyam, jatiswaram and other compositions. Both Asha and Nisha excelled in ‘keertanam’ and Suchitra herself brought alive the ecstatic moments of childhood of Lord Krishna. She portrayed the prankster Krishna and Yashoda’s motherly love through gestures and body movements. The performance concluded with a scintillating tillana.

Subhashish Hazra provided classical vocal support with Ashish Dey on tabla. Air Commodore V.K. Venugopal was the chief guest on the occasion. OC


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