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Contractual teachers hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
As many as 400 teachers working in various government schools of the city held a protest at Matka chowk here today. The teachers, accompanied by their children, raised slogans against the Administration for terminating their services. The children appealed to the Administration to “save” their families.

Demanding formulation of a policy matter for regularisation of their services, the contractual teachers condemned the “indifferent” attitude of the UT Administration. They maintained that the DPI Schools, Mr DS Mangat, had not called them to redress their grievances .

The speakers led by Mr Neeraj Dhull maintained that most of the teachers were highly qualified and had been producing good results, despite which they were being thrown out with any hearing..

A delegation of five teachers submitted a memorandum to UT Administrator and Punjab Governor Lt-Gen SF Rodrigues. They said while the local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Bansal, had assured all help to the teachers, the Home Secretary, Mr Krishan Mohan, had turned a deaf ear to their demands. 



Magazine released
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 9
A monthly magazine, “Manjusha”, was released by Mr Tarun Bajaj, Managing Director, Hafed, at a function organised at ICFAI Business School in the Phase VIII Industrial Area here today.

Mr Bajaj said students should also take part in other activities apart from focusing on academics. “These two years are the best part of your life. Enjoy, learn and take the best out of these two years”, he added.

He said the youngsters today were knowledgeable, experienced and energetic. He said he had studied in a closed economy, but today the economy had opened up and one could gain as much knowledge as one wanted.

Mr Bajaj honoured students for their performance over the year.

Earlier, Prof Bhagat Ram, centre head, welcomed the chief guest.



Satin, net weave ‘black magic’
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 9
Models sashayed down the ramp presenting beautiful creations of students of the local National Institute of Fashion Design at a fashion show “Trends — 2005” organised at Mohali Club here today.

Various items from innovative collections were presented one after the other by female as well male models at the colourful evening which started about an hour late. A few disruptions in the power supply marred the show. The collections included short check shirts, ponchos, black party wear gowns, bridal wear and khadi summer outfits.

In the round named “Mandap” an ethnic collection in which items like lehanga choli, sherwanis were displayed by the models. Lots of embroidery was done on the costumes. “Vibes of freedom” was a khadi collection where students had created contemporary designs.

Inspired by lines and dots and using bright colours, students came out with “Crazy Fantasy”. The collection was prepared using intricate designs and was meant for teenagers and college going students. Giving a sensual look and spreading the magic of black came the collection of evening gowns “Black magic”, Satin and net were used for this collection.

Students of IInd year created the cowboy collection “Wild Wild Best”. Brown and black colours were used for this innovative collection.

Among the other collections presented at the show were “Checkmate”, “Harmony”, “Dum Maro Dum” and “Vibrant Hues”.



Going strong at 100

Born on July 1, 1905, he has seen it all — from the first light bulb to the first man on the moon! For Jamna Dass who turned hundred on July 1 this year, life is a happy twinkle in his eyes and a century of vast changes. “Life is about living each moment to the fullest, imbibing the many changes that come by”, believes this feisty man who was felicitated at a special ceremony today by the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association amidst fanfare, celebrations, flowers and a cheerful pink cake!

Born in Kulachi in Dera Ismail Khan (now in Pakistan), Jamna Dass had his early education at Lahore and completed his engineering at Roorkee. He started his career at the age of 18 with the Public Works Department as an apprentice.

After Partition, Jamna Dass migrated to India and moved to Kangra. He finally settled in Chandigarh in 1953 where he worked as an Engineer in the Punjab Government. He recalls the bitterness of Partition as the most haunting period he witnessed in his life. “That was the greatest tragedy of the century, when brothers turned against one another,” he remininsces.

Once Chandigarh became his home, there was no looking back. “Old age is not something that comes ready-made, you have to make your self grow old gracefully. I am proud to say my environment has made me what I am today. The city and its people have been very good to me.”

Having seen Chandigarh as a mere “jungle infested with snakes” he says he has been witness to the development of Chandigarh from its inception to the busy bustling city it is today. Agriculture, research, communication, he has seen a surge in all these fields.

Simple, honest and independent, Jamna Dass believes it is his mother’s blessings that have brought him here to this ripe age. “I loved my mother very much; I used to sit at her feet when I was young and she would bless me and pray for my long life”.

A proud father of three successful sons, Jamna Dass prefers to live on his own in Sector 15. Not even the glitter of living abroad, where two of his sons are settled, can lure Jamna Dass out of his solitary existence. “Independence gives you the will to live longer for you are the master of your destiny.”

Are they any special secrets to his longevity? “Yes,” he smiles, “Lead a regulated, disciplined life, forget and forgive, do not be greedy or hanker after what is not yours and above all be a good human being.”

As he walks his way around the city, one cannot help but recount the poem recited in his honour at the function today, “Tu jiye qayamt tak, khuda kare qayamat na aye.” TNS



Depicting inadequacies in governance
S.D. Sharma

Not necessarily the ultramodern theatrical infrastructure and air-conditioned ambience can guarantee a magical drama performance, any intrusive art afficionado would have believed having witnessed the incredible presentation of the Punjabi play ‘FIR’ under the backdrop of the pastoral ambience here at the sleepy village of Mullan pur Garibdas. It is in fact the potent theme of the play, its social relevance coupled with the talent of the performing artistes.

People converged on the M.L. Puri Senior Secondary School at Mullanpur Garibdas much before the cultural extravaganza, organised by the Youth Welfare Sports and Health Club got of to a melodious start with local folk singer Gurmit Garry taking the centre stage.

Youngsters clapped in unison to augment his performance. But all along they waited for the play ‘FIR’ to commence which, however, was inordinately delayed. The function was aimed at creating cultural social and environmental awareness. The saplings were planted by chief guest H.I.S. Grewal, IAS, and guests of honour Surinder Singh, an eminent journalist, Harbans Singh Kandhola, Member, SGPC, D.D. Puri, Arvind Puri and others.

Led by the young thespian director Lakha Lehri, artistes of the Performers Association, all alumnus of the Theatre and Television Department, Patiala , presented a didactic satirical play ‘FIR’. Based on a the story ‘Leela Nand Lal Ki’ by Bhisham Sahni, the legendary litterateur, Raman Mittal sculpted a meaningful comedy with certain aberrations to the script suiting to the contemporary situations.

The play, without any prejudice, juxtaposes the fundamental inadequacies in the governance system which ails the smooth working. The playwright and director had attempted to illustrate the view point targeting the working system of the police department citing an incident of theft of a scooter and lodging of an FIR. During follow up process, the innocent owner is constrained to grease the palm of concerned officials and driven to such an diabolic harassment that he had to content with the handle of scooter finally delivered to him by the ‘vigilant’ police.

As the play progressed the audience relished the flashes of realism deeply planted in the story and the presentation appeared to be sternly realistic in tone and treatment. Playing the protagonist, Raman Mittal, cast a spell along with Gagandeep who freely improvised his role. Amandeep Bhogal, Jagdeep Jaggi and Mahipal too won applause. Parveen Jaggi provided the light and sound effects.

Earlier, Arvind Puri welcomed the chief guest H.I.S. Grewal, DC, Ropar, who honoured the artistes.


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