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ABVP activists hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad today burnt an effigy of the Punjabi University authorities for their dictatorial and undemocratic attitude against the Panjabi University's Law Department students in front of the office of the Panjab University’s Vice- Chancellors today.

Some student activists, who had come from Punjabi University, Patiala, also addressed the gathering. These students were planning to launch protests in all North Indian universities.

ABVP campus president, Punjabi University, Lajwant Virk, stated that the Vice-Chancellor of the Punjabi University was behaving like a dictator. He further stated that the students of Law Department in Punjabi University were not getting even food to eat.

He further said that they would not tolerate any injustice to the students’ community.

The protest by the ABVP came after the expulsion of four students of the Law Department, Punjabi University, Patiala.

These students were protesting the introduction of internal assessment in the Law Department. 



College of Arts set for makeover
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Government College of Arts, Sector 10, is all set for a makeover. Work has already started and is expected to be over by the coming session in April. A committee was formed a few months ago to recommend changes in the college. A report was submitted by the committee consisting of Principal Brahm Prakash, former principals and lecturers of the college about 15 days ago.

The Home Secretary, UT Administration, approved the recommendations last week.

All modern facilities have been recommended for the college in line with other arts colleges like Shanti Niketan, Kolkata, and the Delhi College of Arts.

The college infrastructure will be upgraded, not only in terms of the building and classrooms getting a facelift, but also that these would be provided with state-of-the-art computer software.

New material, as and where required, will also be purchased; a detailed budget was now being worked out, said Mr Brahm Prakash, Principal of the college.

The most significant change is, however, the faculty exchange programme, which will be effective from October. Teachers will now have the opportunity to do courses and learn from their counterparts from other arts colleges and art-related institutions across the country.

Students will also benefit from scholars, who will be called in for lectures from other institutes like Shanti Niketan.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Brahm Prakash said the upgradation was long due.



Workshop on environment education
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 12
A five-day workshop for science teachers on environment education, organised by the Punjab School Education Board, started here today. It was attended by 88 teachers from all over the state.

Prof Harbans Singh Sidhu, Chairman of the board, told mediapersons that the purpose of the seminar was to generate awareness among teachers about various teaching techniques regarding the subject.

He said that the 68 teachers were carefully selected to be trained as master trainers. These trained teachers would further impart training in teaching techniques in environmental education to teachers of government schools at district and block levels.

He said the Punjab was the leading state which had taken the initiative of generating awareness among teachers and students and the board had got involved in the efforts takings it as a social responsibility.

He said the Supreme Court of India and the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the state to educate students about environment.

The board was preparing text books for Classes VI to X in which environment concepts were infused. For Classes XI and XII there was a plan to introduce environment as a separate subject for which an examination carrying 50 marks would be conducted. The subject would be introduced for Classes VI, VII and XI during the current academic session and from next year for Class VII, IX and X.

The board had also prepared supplementary books on environment education. These books were under print.

Mr Shruti Shukla, project officer (science), presented the keynote address at the seminar in which she highlighted the concept of conservation of environment and natural resources, the need to study environmental education, various laws and acts made for protection and conservation of environment.

Modern techniques of imparting environmental education by way of practical exposure and play way methods were also discussed.



5 Shivalik teachers win in essay contest
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 12
Five teachers of Shivalik Public School here have won prizes in an all-India essay writing competition. The competition sponsored the Scholastic India, a publishing house, drew more than 1500 entries from schools all over the country on the subject “The idea that made a difference to my classroom”.

Ms Narinder Kaur won the second prize in the contest while Ms Rajni, Ms Deepika, Ms Inderjit and Ms Anita earned positions in the top hundred entries. Handing over the prizes to the winners, Director- Principal, Shivalik Public School, Mr D.S. Bedi, lauded their efforts.



Education board staff hold rally
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 12
Members of the Punjab School Education Board (Non-Teaching) Employees Association organised a rally in support of its demands here today. The president of the association, Mr Gurdeep Singh Dhillon, criticised the Punjab Government for issuing an ordinance to amend the Act in connection with the board and demanded that the ordinance should be immediately withdrawn.



Lawyers call off strike, recordkeeper suspended
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
The three-day protest by the District Bar Association was called off this evening after the District and Sessions Judge placed a recordkeeper in the courts under suspension.

Since September 9, the lawyers had abstained from work to protest against the alleged rude behaviour of the record keeper, Manisha. The lawyers alleged that Manisha had misbehaved with a lawyer, Mr Ravi Kant, and hurled abuses at him.

The lawyers had abstained from work but some lawyers were deputed as Proxy Councils in various courts to ensure that litigants did not face problems.

The District Bar Association had taken up the matter with the District and Sessions Judge, Mr Arvind Kumar, and refused to call off their stir till the recordkeeper was suspended. The Judicial Magistrate, Mr Ajay Aggarwal, was asked to conduct a probe.



A comedy worth more than a few laughs
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Neil Simon ironically never did believe he wrote something worthy in ‘The Star Spangled Girl’ which is his one of the most adapted plays. “(It) is clearly and simply a failure, as far as I’m concerned. It’s the only play I ever wrote where I did not have a clear visual image of the characters in my mind as I sat down at the typewriter.”

Chandigarh, September 12
Enthusiastic performances rendered with vigour and conviction marked the fourth day of the National Theatre Festival at Tagore Theatre today with the staging of “Chamak Challo”, (an adaptation of Neil Simon’s “The Star Spangled Girl”), a production or director Ramesh Manchanda.

With three characters and a simple set, the play is straightforward in design but perhaps difficult to execute as comedies are not easy either to direct or to act. But for getting that minute comic timing is what fine theatre art is all about. Manchanda, attempts, this genre with panache.

Two young people, right out of college and all set to change the world with their zeal, start a magazine, Parivartan Times. In comes a girl, who turns their lives topsy-turvy. Manchanda describes it as, “A situational comedy, drawing from society and its influence on young minds, their problems, their challenges, the interplay of attractions - the play is all about different ideologies coming together.”

Manchanda was in Chandigarh last year to stage what he describes as “a serious play”. “This time round I wanted to do something in which you are not required to think but just enjoy what you see and hear.”

And it has been a challenge, “This is because the audience plays a pivotal role. Their reaction can spur the actors on or can create despondency in their performance. One has to keep delivering the punches and making the audience laugh.” For, it is the actors and their performances that dominate the stage that counts. “The music, the props are placed where necessary and no more.”

For this personable man, theatre has been a companion since childhood. “My father did theatre and I always watched from the wings, never the audience, the bug struck then.” However, his path leads him towards directing rather than acting for, “One creates characters while directing.”

Armed with an NSD diploma and 20 to 25 plays under his belt, it is contemporary plays with relevant themes that attract Manchanda. “There is no money, no glamour in theatre, but people do it for the sheer passion of the medium.” Recognition from two lay people while in Mumbai and a (mis) adventure with a film shooting where he waited from morning to lunch for his shot to be canned, convinced Manchanda that theatre was the only “live” medium worth exploring “while other mediums used you as a prop.”

The play, which has travelled to four other cities before coming to Chandigarh has a tight knit group of five people bringing the production to life. Actor Maya Sharma who essays the role of Soni Talwar aka “Chamak Challo” has been moved by her experience on stage. “It is very close to life. It gives us the chance to portray the little moments of life that otherwise get missed or overlooked.” Is comedy difficult? “No, but it takes a lot of energy.”

Manoj Sharma, the second protagonist of the play, has nine years of stage experience and is considered a veteran in his group. Theatre is his life and passion, “Where characters come alive and one gets the chance to play so many different people.” For the third character in the play, Vinshul Manchanda, theatre is a new art form. “A chance to explore oneself and get to know other people.”

However, the excitement of the performance is tangible. For as Manchanda puts it “Chandigarh has an aware audience that even in the midst of heavy downpours will come and throng a play and that is my personal experience.” And the rains today, proved no dampener. 



Workshop on leprosy elimination begins
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 12
The three-day “District Nucleus Training Workshop” for implementation of the National Leprosy Elimination Programme (NLEP) began at the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare here today.

Mr T.R. Sarangal, MD, Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC), inaugurated the programme. It is being organised by the German TB and Leprosy Relief Association (GLRA), New Delhi.

Dr Anil Arora, Regional State Coordinator, explained various aspects of the leprosy eradication programme and objectives of the workshop.

Mr Sarangal emphasised on the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the National TB Eradication Programme. He sensitised the participants on various issues related to the programme.

Dr P.C. Singla, Principal, State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, highlighted the relevance of holding such workshops.

Earlier, Dr Anil Joshi, State TB and Leprosy Officer, welcomed the participants.



JP Attray cricket tourney from Sept 18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The XXII All-India JP Attray Cricket Tournament will kick off at the Sector 16 cricket stadium on September 18. The inaugural match will be between the Bishnoi Cricket Club, Delhi, and the Minerva Academy, Chandigarh.

In the 12-day tournament, 12 teams like the Punjab Cricket Club, the MP Cricket Association, the Mumbai Cricket Association, the Jharkhand Cricket Association, the ONGC Cricket Association of Bengal, the All-India FCI Rajasthan Cricket Association, the PCA Colts and the city based ICL Cricket Club will participate.

The matches will be held at DAV School, Sector 8, DAV College, Sector 10, St. John’s School, Sector 26, and the PCA Stadium, Mohali.

“Cricket stars like Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Dinesh Mongia, M.S. Dhoni, Ajay Jadeja and Pankaj Dharmani are likely to play in these matches,” said Mr Sushil Kapoor, organising secretary of the tournament.

The tournament will be played according to the latest ICC rules and Duckworth and Lewis System will be adopted in the shortened or curtailed matches.

The 12 teams have been drawn into three pools of four teams each. The top two teams from each pool will qualify for the quarterfinals. The best two teams from the No. 3 slot will also be eligible for the same.

Briefing about the estimated budget of the tournament, which will be over Rs 10 lakh, Mr Kapoor said, “All expenses, except the board and lodging of the visiting teams, would be borne by the organising committee of the tournament. We have increased the prize money and the winners will get cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, runners-up Rs 50,000 and the losing semifinalist Rs 30,000.”

The final match scheduled to be held at the PCA, Mohali, on September 29, will be telecast live by the Doordarshan on DD Sports.

KV tournament: A regional level kho-kho, volleyball and kabaddi (girls) tournament of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Chandigarh region, concluded at the KV Air Force Station, High Grounds, here on Monday.

KV2, 3BRD, Chandigarh, bagged the gold medal after defeating KV OCF, Sector 29, by five points in the kho-kho, while KV, Hisar, remained at the third position.

Ms S.K. Bhatia, Principal of the host school gave away prizes to the winners and the participating teams. The players, selected on the basis of their performance during the tournament, will compete as a team to represent the Chandigarh region in the 36th National Games and sports meet to be held in the city from October 3 to 7.

Tata Indicom cricket: A five-wicket haul (5 for 11) by Vikas Malhotra enabled Tata Teleservices Ltd to enter the final of the Tata Indicom Cup League Cricket Tournament, beating Canara Bank by five wickets at Sector 3 cricket stadium here on Monday.

Batting first, Canara Bank scored 134 runs in 25 overs. The target was achieved by Tata team in 23.5 overs. Vikas Malhotra and Vinay Bhan shared the man of the match award.

Brief scores: Canara Bank: 134 for 8 in 25 overs (Krisnamurthy 28, Kamal Kant 23, Charan Dass 22, Vikas Malhotra 5 for 11).

Tata Tele Services Ltd: 138 for 5 in 23.5 overs (Viney Bhan 41, Aneesh Kapoor 32, Ashish Mishra 19, Charan Dass 4 for 17).

Under-15 cricket team: An upcoming cricketer of St. John’s School, Sector 26, Aayush Raj Soni, has been selected to represent Punjab Under-15 cricket team, which will participate in the North Zone Inter-State League Cricket Tournament. The tournament will be held in October.

Aayush has been sharpening his skills under the guidance of Nagesh Gupta, the coach at St. John’s Cricket Academy, Sector 26.

Besides Aayush, Ankit Kaushik and Anshul Tripathi of the city have also been selected in the team.



Ludhiana declared winners
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 12
Ludhiana were declared winners on the basis of first innings lead in the Punjab Inter-District Cricket meet for Katoch Shield played against Minor District here on the grounds of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, today. The match got delayed on the second day because of inclement weather and to get full points, Ludhiana declared at 187 for 5 at its overnight score.

Minor District scored 192 runs for seven by the end of the day.

Brief scores:-Ludhiana: 187 for 5; Minor District (IInd Innings) : 192 for 7

Supinder 68 (not out), Raman 35, Munish 24 Karan Goel 2/27, and Gagandeep 3 for 71.

The second day of Mohali Versus Minor District Zone B could not be played due to rain. 



Programme to promote cycling
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 12
The Greentire Cycling Programme began at Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, here today. According to Mr Vikramjit Singh, in charge of the programme, inter-school cycling games will be organised to promote cycling in the city.

Earlier, more than 300 children took part in various intra-school competitions. Mr Ishwar Singh, Director, Department of Environment, UT Administration, was the chief guest.



11 commercial sites fetch Rs 10 cr in auction
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 12
The Punjab Small Industries and Exports Corporation (PSIEC) today collected over Rs 10 crore during the auction of 11 commercial sites in the upcoming IT City in Industrial Area, Phase VIII B, here.

The sites adjacent to Quark City and Dell sold like hot cakes for more than double the reserved price.

A shop-cum-office (SCO) measuring 16’6”x66’, which was reserved at Rs 62.5 lakh, was sold at a whopping Rs 1.5 crore, creating history of sorts as far as commercial sites in industrial areas is concerned.

The rest of the SCOs similarly fetched Rs 1.46 crore, Rs 1.45 crore, Rs 1.44 crore, Rs 1.48 crore and Rs 1.42 crore.

All six SCO sites offered during the auctions were lapped up.

The five booth sites for sale in the same pocket also fetched the PSIEC double the reserved price.

Each booth measuring 8’3”x24’9” was reserved at Rs 15 lakh. While one booth was sold at Rs 31 lakh, the others went for Rs 29 lakh, Rs 27 lakh, Rs 30.10 lakh and Rs 30.25 lakh.

More than 50 business houses from Mohali and outside participated in the auctions.

PSIEC officials added that these commercial sites were part of the IT city plan laid out for Industrial Area, Phases VIIIA and B.

While the sites auctioned today formed part of the commercial pocket I, a hotel and multiplex site formed part of the commercial pocket II in the same area.

Sources added that auctions for the hotel and multiplex site in the commercial pocket II of the IT City would be held next month.


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