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Tax Assistants exam on Dec 11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC), North West Region, will hold the Tax Assistants Examination-2005 on December 11 at Chandigarh, Shimla, Jammu, Srinagar, Jalandhar and Ambala centres.

Giving this information, Mr N.K. Virdi, Deputy Regional Director, SSC, said here yesterday that the age limit for candidates applying for the post was between 20-27 years as on September 23, 2005 relaxable to different reserve categories in accordance with the government orders issued from time to time. The candidate must have a degree in any discipline from any recognised university. They should also possess data entry speed of 8,000 key depressions per hour on computer. There is no fee for reserve category candidates. The closing date for the receipt of applications is September 23 and September 30 for candidates from remote areas.



Goraya is new DEO
Tribune News Service

R.S. Goraya
R.S. Goraya

Chandigarh, September 3
Mr R.S. Goraya, Principal- cum-Deputy District Education Officer, Education Department, UT, today joined as District Education Officer (DEO) for UT.

He joined as lecturer in chemistry in the Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, in 1971. He was promoted as Principal in the same department in 1990 in Government Senior Secondary School, Karsan, UT.



No permanent exemption from personal appearance to Punjab CM
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
A local court today rejected an application of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for permanent exemption from personal appearance in cases filed by former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his family.

In her order, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ms Neerja Kulwant Kalson, said since the Punjab Chief Minister was an accused in the cases he could not be granted blanket exemption from personal appearance. However, the Chief Minister could be granted exemption in specific dates of hearing depending upon his schedule.

Earlier, the Punjab Advocate-General, Mr R.S. Cheema, who appeared for the Punjab Government, had pleaded for permanent exemption for the Chief Minister in view of his busy schedule and security concerns.

However, counsels for the SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal had also filed their reply opposing permanent exemption to the Chief Minister. Today also the counsels contended that there was no provisions in the law for permanent exemption for an accused.

Besides a defamation case filed by Mr Badal against Capt Amarinder Singh, a suit for damages amounting to Rs 5 crore had also been filed. The son of Mr Badal, Mr Sukhbir Badal, and an Akali leader, Mr N.S. Minhas, have also filed cases against the Chief Minister.

The cases were filed by Mr Badal alleging that the Chief Minister, who was then the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), had lowered the prestige of the Badal family.

It was alleged that the PPCC had launched a slander campaign against the Badals in the run-up to the Punjab Assembly elections of 2002. The advertisements against the Badals alleged that they had amassed wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income while in power.



Japanese treat for theatre buffs
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 2
Theatrical presentations are a rarity in the town and as such the residents of this culturally starved city turn in large numbers to make the most of any such show. Today, they converged at the venue, Pracheen Kala Kendra complex in Sector 71, where the student artistes of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies staged an Urdu play ‘Hiroshima Ki Kahani’ while artistes from Osaka University presented a comedy play ‘Ek Raag Do Swar’ at the Koser’s Indoor auditorium of Pracheen Kala Kendra here.

The chief guest, Mr M.M. Sharma, regional director of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), honoured the artistes. The Japanese artistes won lofty applause from the audience for their sleek performance in chaste Hindi and Urdu.

Both plays were staged at the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, also. Mr M.L. Koser, Director of the kendra, expressed gratitude to the Japanese directors, Prof Asada Yukta and Prof Tomio Mizokami, and their artistes.



Theatre fascinates Poonam Dhillon
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Poonam Dhillon has all the reasons to cherish her star appeal. Just when it seems she can loosen up and spend days cuddling up her children, glamour comes knocking at her door. And when it does, she can’t say no.

So here she is — back in action although against an unfamiliar backdrop. Ask her to introduce her new love and she shoots without a blush, “Theatre is something I have been feeling shy of for ages. Actually I never had the courage to do it. But now it seems I have been friends with theatre for years. The medium is fascinating with its challenges and highs.”

In Chandigarh to present her first play “My Perfect Husband” under the banner of Chitkara, Poonam slid back and forth in time, cautiously projecting all that is precious to her. “This city is home to me and is precious; the past glory is precious so is the present experience. Theatre has put me in touch with the realities of performance. In this world the responses are real, because every bit you enact is under scrutiny. Every frill, ever froth shows,” reflects Poonam, admitting that theatre has been very challenging.

She adds, “I was so used to enacting roles in bits and pieces. There were retakes that gave you breathers. But in theatre, the frames are set and performers have no choice but to fit into them. I am trying to build on my strengths under my first director Nitin Jagdissh.”

Accompanied by Jagdissh and co actor Suraj Thapar, Poonam could not help raving about the production that has been staged 15 times in India and 19 times abroad. A rib-tickling comedy adapted from Gujarati, “My Perfect Husband” strives to make people laugh.

Poonam explains, “There is so much misery around that we thought it appropriate to remove it from the space of performance. But that does not take away from the production any of the theatre vitals. The play has a message and the message is — nobody’s perfect.”

Riding on a new crest, Poonam is excited. Theatre has offered her another outlet- fresh and enthusing. She admits, “When I joined films I was too raw and inexperienced to understand the mechanics of success and the responsibilities that came with it. Sometimes, I wish I had come into films with a more mature head and a stronger heart. Theatre gives me a sense of responsibility, especially when I know I have been called to attract audiences.”

Initially, Poonam was unsure of whom she wanted to work with. She recalls, “Jagdissh and Suraj came to me for a narration and when they enacted sequences I was floored by the hilarious script. Now I am contemplating some films and some more theatre.”

For their part, Jagdissh and Suraj Thapar (of Star Plus serial “Hum Saath Aaath Hain fame) have been dabbling in experimental theatre. “Our attempt is to make comedies that are not slapstick but genuine inspirational, heart-felt stories. We have a group called Yatri, where 40 of us work on new scripts that add purpose and happiness to life,” Suraj wound up.



A perfect portrayal
Aditi Tandon

The only place where guaranteed perfection exists is the dictionary. In the real, pulsating world people almost always slip up - because to err is actually human.

Not that we are removed from this reality of creation, but we do tend to overlook it at times or at least pretend as though we have just about woken up to it.

For those of us that fall in either of the categories, Nitin Jagdissh’s maiden theatre production “My Perfect Husband” is a perfect watch. It’s authentic in storyline, amusing in construction and uproarious in presentation. Above all, it has all ingredients of a smashing hit. And so it was this evening when it was presented for the Chandigarh audience at Tagore Theatre . The play was staged here, courtesy Chitkara.

For a first time director like Jagdissh it was no cakewalk to raise a production as solid as today’s. But he manages his task quite brilliantly. The play thrives on three elements- Jagdissh’s ability to represent the age-old man-wife conflict through a fascinatingly woven comic narration; Sooraj Thapar’s impressive portrayal of an imperfect husband made perfect by a machine and the glamorous Poonam Dhillon’s star presence.

Together the actors strike a winning combination. The script, brilliantly adapted from Gujarati, also adds to the “fun”, which binds acts of the play together. Not even once do the dialogues sound out-of-tune with the story which stems from the frequent duels of husband (played by Sooraj Thapar) and wife (Poonam Dhillon).

Racy and funny though the play is, it also manages to trigger the reflective thoughts that surround relationships. In the first act, the story centres on the husband’s indifference towards the wife and the wife’s disgust. Gradually, it moves to another plane where the wife is frantically looking for escape routes. She zeroes in on the “A to Z Store” where everything, even a robotic husband, is made to order.

What follows is a hilarious tale of a neglected wife’s apparently gratified emotions. Happy though she feels over dictating the machine around, that vital bonding is missing.

It resurfaces towards the climax when the wife finally wakes up to the reality of her life - her husband is a real man, and is thus fallible. She admits her fault and urges him back with all her love; he reciprocates the gesture by loving her back.

The play was designed and directed by Nitin Jagdissh. The cast also included Pratibha Pai, Noorjahan. Ashutosh Sinha, Hemal Dharia and Roma Navani. TNS



Their thoughts are precise, dreams clear, dedication unmatched
Gayatri Rajwade

Each picture tells its own eloquent story-of passion and enthusiasm. For nine boys of St John’s School here, the second photography exhibition was a chance to showcase their talents, their abilities and, above all, their zeal to try something new.

With 87 photographs on display, the pride and excitement was writ large over their faces. For teacher and ‘photography guide’, Michaelangelo Francis, this was a moment of triumph, for the boys have delighted with their compositions. These are the handiwork of a single week’s workshop conducted during the summer holidays during which 16 boys were introduced to photography.

“What I essentially wanted to do was train their eye to look inside a box. That was crucial. They are still learning and are very enthusiastic,” says their teacher.

Eleven-year-old Samin Bhargava’s picture of the school with dappled light showing through the leaves of trees along a walkway is striking for its creativity. It is the “environmental beauty” captured in the picture that he likes, but what he wants to be, when he grows up, is a tennis player!

A lovely photograph of a bird flying with its shadow falling on the ground, captures the speed as well as the light-and-shade effectively. This is the ‘creation’ of 11-year-old Akshay Kumar Mahajan who despite hurting his hand just two weeks prior to the workshop, decided he wanted to go ahead and learn. “I chased the birds around and finally got this. It was not easy because my hand was in a plaster.”

For Chirayu Mahindroo, photography is a “passion” but this 12-year-old dreams of becoming an economist and that too from the London School of Economics, no less!

Apart from learning about lenses, angles and development of photographs, Francis, seems to have laid a great deal of emphasis on perspective and light in the frames. Being an avid photographer, Francis prefers conventional photography to digital pictures, “as there is an element of mystery till the picture develops, in the conventionally taken photographs”.

So while Ramon Dhillon’s photograph of an empty classroom, stands out for technical correctness (the photograph has the three tones, dark, middle and light, that are looked for in photographs, says Francis), Ruchir Kalra’s ‘Monsoon Skies’ is exemplary for the ‘movement’ in the trees and the water, apparent on an overcast, windy day.

Risabh Kochhar’s ‘Tranquility’, taken at the Corbett National Park, of a sambhar sitting in the shade of a tree next to a chair is noted for its unusual subject and the play of light and shade, Shivam Goel’s ‘Ring of Light’ created by a welding ironstand out for its unusual composition.

Their thoughts are precise, their dreams clear and their dedication unmatched. “I really think most of these photographs can go into an amateur exhibition. They are keen and ready to experiment and yet they are ready to go by the rules. Elders question a lot, strangely the spontaneity is lost,” believes Francis.

So for these budding tennis players, hoteliers, dentists and even photographers, life is all about clicking that one happening moment in time. TNS


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