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Coaching centre holds musical bonanza
Students told to inculcate spirit of patriotism
S.D. Sharma

“Parents must inculcate the spirit of patriotism in their progeny so that they imbibe this virtue in their adolescence. Even the sanctity of the national anthem is not properly understood by many of us and self introspection is necessary to realise our fundamental duties towards our country," observed Mr AJ Philip, Senior Associate Editor, The Tribune.

He was speaking at a function organised by Dr Khera’s Chandigarh Coaching Centre for celebrating Independence Day. The ninths annual musical bonanza titled ‘ Vande Matram’ was a salutation to the supreme sacrifices of the great patriots.

Patriotic zeal gripped the audience at the Tagore Theatre with soulful strains of ‘Aye mere watan ke logo’ and ‘Hum honge kamyab’ tendered by students. This was followed by a play ‘Shaheed Udham Singh Ki Wapsi’, directed by Yogesh Arora. “Eminent teachers are the backbone of the centre and unsung heroes behind every successful student,” said Dr Khera. The teachers were given awards and trophies for their contribution to the cause of education. Mr Philip lauded the achievements of Dr Khera’s center.

Welcoming the chief guest, Dr Khera’s said the Chandigarh coaching centre was a unique educational centre which not only took care of academic requirements of students, but also concentrated on personality development. He said this year more than 330 students of the centre had been selected by various institutes.

Mr Philip, gave away the prizes to toppers.



Contests mark I-Day week
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 17
The week-long Independence Day celebrations at Kendriya Vidyalaya-2, Chandimandir, concluded on Tuesday with a colourful cultural programme.

Competitions in poetry recitation, patriotic songs and inter-house group song were held. Display boards in the school were decorated on the theme of nationalism. The Principal, Ms Rama Sharma, unfurled the National Flag. The students were later given sweets.



N.K. Ojha is varsity staff panel chief
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 17
It was a clean sweep for Prof N K Ojha, Ancient Indian History Culture, secured 276 votes and was elected president for Panjab University Teachers Association today. He defeated his nearest rival, Prof Manjit Singh, Sociology, by a margin of 61 votes.

Rajan Gaur, Anthropology, was elected vice-president, securing 269 votes. His rival J P Sharma got only 238 votes.

For the post of secretary, Prof Charanjeev Singh of Public Administration, was elected. He defeated Mr G.S. Brar, Physical Education, securing 299 votes against Mr Brar’s 192 votes. Prof Sunita Kapila, Botany, won the post of Joint Secretary, securing 257 votes. Her rival, Prof Asha, Maudgil, Philosophy, got 225 votes. Prof Rajat Sandhir, Biochemistry, was elected Treasurer. He secured 258 votes. His rival , in Emanual Nahar, got 227 votes.

Other executive members elected were Prof Sudip Minhas, English, Prof Ashwini Sharma, Regional Resource Centre, Prof Krishan Mohan, Geography, Mr A.S. Ahluwalia, Botany, Ms Bimla Nehru, Biophysics, Mr Harjinder Singh, Chemistry, Mr Navdeep Goyal, Physics, D.N. Jauhar, Law, Mr D.S. Toor, Physical Education, Ms Nandita, Education, Mr Keshav Malhotra, Evening Studies, and Mr Swinder Singh, Correspondence Studies.



Seminar on Guru Granth Sahib

Chandigarh, August 17
The Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh in collaboration with the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, will organise a two day national seminar to mark the celebrations of “400 Years of Sri Guru Granth Sahib” on August 22 and 23 at Golden Jubilee Seminar Hall, Panjab University.

A vast range of topics will be covered, including universal appeal of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, poetics of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, approach to multi-ethnic society and critical study of Babur-Vani. — OC



high court
PIL seeks enforcement of Insecticide Act
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 17
A public interest litigation (PIL) is seeking directions to the states of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to strictly enforce the provisions of the Insecticide Act, 1968.

Referring to a news item published in The Tribune on August 3 headlined ‘High level of toxic metals, pathogens in vegetables’, the petitioner, Hari Bhari National Environment Protection Society, Ludhiana, has stated that despite rules and regulations, high concentration of heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, zinc and chromium has been found beyond permissible limit in green vegetables.

The Tribune story had quoted a report prepared by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), which had stated that “these heavy metals become toxic when these are not metabolised by the body and accumulate in the soft tissues”.

The story had talked of how a higher concentration of some metals in fruits and vegetables could affect body organs.

The PPCB had got samples tested to check the effects of contaminants in wastewater on soil and vegetables. An analysis of these samples was compared with the vegetables grown with underground water. From amongst the root vegetables, the samples of turnip, onion, potato, turmeric and radish were tested. Besides, the samples of brinjal and cauliflower were subjected to the analysis.

In its petition, filed through its vice-president, Mr Harbhajan Singh, the society has sought directions to the respondents to ensure that fruits, vegetables and other crops are not irrigated in polluted water. It has also sought directions for the destruction of all banned pesticides and action against the persons indulging in the storage and sale of banned insecticides and pesticides.

It has also prayed that directions be issued to ensure that permitted pesticides are used in a regulated manner so that fruits, vegetables and other crops produced by the use of these do not carry any residuary effect.

Today, after hearing the counsel for the petitioner, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta issued a notice of motion to the states of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh for October 5.



Meera wants liberal visa regime
S.D. Sharma

“The cultural exchange programmes and liberal relaxations in visa rules between India and Pakistan can contribute substantially for improvement in the Indo-Pakistan relations”, says Irtiza Rubab, popularly known as Meera, the film actress from Pakistan now in the process of settling down in the Bollywood.

“The national award bestowed upon me by my government for promoting peace and amity through the realm of art supplements my viewpoint’’, she says.

She was in the city at the launch ceremony of health drinks ‘Cofrutos Juices’ as brand ambassador.

Brimming with confidence and attired in an elegant black costume, she shared her experiences in films, both in Pakistan and India, as also her dreams to scale the horizons of success in the film world at the international level.

‘Insha Allah, if at the age of 23 my credible performance in over 60 films in Pakistan and a few in India has given me instant popularity, I hope to vie for the number one slot in India. After the success of ‘Nazar’ I am working hard to prove my credentials for the title in ‘Kask’, being released shortly and in my own production’. “Pakistan requires more exposure to the advanced technology in use in India”, she says.

Matured in thought, she says she was initiated into the films while she was in class IX at Lahore. She owes the credit of sharpening her aesthetic skills to her mother, Shafkat Bokhari, an educationist, as also father Sarwar Bokhari, who countered criticism from the conservative society.

After Meera, now her sister Aksa is also taking up films as career.



British Council to target youth

The latest among innovative interventions which the British Council has planned is the “Education Road Show” across India. In this part of the region, the road show will be held in Chandigarh and Ludhiana, and will have enough to stimulate all onlookers, especially the young.

In Chandigarh on an introductory visit to the British Library in Sector 9, British Council’s Director in India Rod Pryde proclaimed the heightened interest which the council had in its young library members and seekers of education abroad.

On an assignment which he joined in July, Mr Pryde started off with a clear slate in hand, as he mentioned, “My topmost strategy is to secure and build upon the strong reputation which the British Council has in India. As for plans, I don’t have any predetermined agenda. I count trust as the core strength of the British Council and I would be happy to safeguard it.” Mr Pryde is also Regional Director of the British Council in Sri Lanka.

The British Council official, however, admitted that the British Library network in India was a fantastic model to bring people closer to the British culture of education, irrespective of realms and streams.

He talked of feeding the network further by building the online information resource base of the libraries (still a predominant strength with the British Council libraries) and also expanding the network father into semi urban segments.

Satisfied with the tremendous growth, British Council libraries in India had achieved, Mr Pryde, along with new team members Deputy Director Les Dangerfield and Head Education Tim Gore - said there was at least 20 per cent increase in readership since the libraries appeared on the scene.

This has further been facilitated by new sections which British libraries keep adding over the year - like DVD, children’s and fiction section.

There are plans to work on themes to make the libraries more attractive and accessible.

As Mr Pryde said, “We have a very strong policy on making our buildings disabled friendly. We also want to promote cultural exchanges by way of collaborations especially in areas of theatre and women’s writing.” Shortly, Tim Saple, a famed British theatre director who is selecting an Indian cast for his Shakespeare productions, will tour British Council centres in India. TNS


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