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Foreign educationists visit CIIS
Tribune News Service

Educationists from international universities and colleges at CIIS, Mohali
Educationists from international universities and colleges at CIIS, Mohali, on Tuesday.

Mohali, September 27
With the city playing host to the New Zealand education fair, UK education road shows and the Canadian education fair, a number of foreign educationists are frequenting the Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS) here to study the model of education adopted here.

According to a press statement released by the institute, the CIIS was visited by Krista Yetman of Algoma UC, Bob Miller from Fanshawe College, Toni Aston and Ranjana Bird from University of Waterloo, Joy McKinnon and Anoucha from George Brown College, Wendy Bons from Lakehead University, Diane Du Chemin from Humber College, Barry Keefe from St. Lawrence College, Akthy Nichol from Micheler Institute, Christine Buck and Eric Dahlin from Conestoga College.

The delegation seemed impressed by the infrastructure, staff, faculty and students at the CIIS. The visit was an eye-opener for most members of the delegation. Lieut General K.S. Mann, Director, CIIS, said the institute was ready to tie up with newer colleges from every part of the globe.



Hawaii spirit rules freshers’ bash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Bonhomie, colour and verve characterised the theme — “Hawaiian Fiesta” — at a freshers’ bash organised by the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), Chandigarh, at Taj ballroom today to welcome new students.

The theme, inspired from beach paradise and party destination Hawaii, was taken to vibrant heights by the students who came dressed in bright skirts, with rings of flowers around their necks and wrists.

The party spirit was evident from the cheer, laughter and sprightly music that pervaded the air. For this young talent from NIFD, the party was a time to let their hair down and display their creative genius in their dressing and presentation.

Tropical and vividly printed attire, multi-coloured accessories, funky sunglasses, flip-flops and innovative headgear marked the bash.

The Mr and Ms Fresher contest inspired these youngsters to put their best foot forward as they were judged on their walk and pose with props and music.

Confidence, body language, style and winning attitude had swarms of these lads and gals compete in a fun-filled competition.

Ms Fresher Rubaina Singh (18) was certain that it was her “poise and persona” that won her the day.

She, however, believes it is the inner beauty that is reflected and it is better to be a good professional rather than just look good.

Mr Fresher Aman Jot said it was his confidence that impressed and the rest was the decision of the judges. For this youngster, who wants to set up his own textile mill one day, it is important to look good.

“Best Dressed” Simarjeet Singh’s Bermudas, with black nail paint on one foot did the trick while for Mr Hawa Hawaii Jgme Tsering Bodh, his decision to design for Laloo Prasad Yadav and his vigorous dance steps got him his crown. According to vice-president Aditi Srivastava: “The party is to bring together the talent and energy that the institute represents.”

And as the music filled the air and food plates made the rounds, 800 students came together as one to celebrate the party mode.



Seminar on VAT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, Chandigarh- Panchkula Chapter, organised a seminar on value added tax (VAT) at ICSSR Auditorium, Panjab University, here today.

The Finance Minister, Punjab, Mr Surinder Singla, said VAT was a better taxation system with the ability to overcome limitations of the earlier state sales tax. He added that VAT was a user-friendly system and easy to drive. For the implementation of VAT, he held that the cost accountants fraternity, being cost-benefit experts, should provide meaningful inputs for imposition of VAT.

Mr Singla said the government was initiating steps to strengthen checks at the first point of sale which would ultimately generate an automatic trail of invoices and stimulate a series of “whitening transactions”.

Earlier, Mr Rakesh Bhalla, secretary of the institute, introduced the chief guest and welcomed the key speakers. Mr K.S. Tanwar, Chairman, highlighted the repercussions of VAT implementation and said VAT was a simple tax structure having an aspect of anti-cascading effect .

Mr D.C. Arya, former Chairman and member, NIRC, proposed to provide due role of cost accountants in VAT. Mr Jagjit Singh, advocate, explained the pros and cons of VAT and proposed a legislation to make rules and regulations more user-friendly.

While presenting vote of thanks, Mr Balwinder Singh, Vice-Chairman, expressed appreciation on the steps taken by the Punjab Government to introduce VAT in the state. Further, he suggested the simplification of the lengthy documentary procedure for better implementation in VAT.



Students launch cleanliness drive
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 27
The Sector 7 market was all spruced up, thanks to the 100-odd children of Dikshant International School. The children, along with their teachers, swept the market square, in their effort to spread the message of hygiene and cleanliness.

The tiny tots, armed with brooms and dust bins, swept the roads, while others carried banners with messages of keeping the city clean. The children then took out a rally to spread the message of cleanliness. They also distributed pamphlets to shopkeepers.

Mr Mitul Dikshit, Director of the school, said the drive was aimed at creating awareness about community hygiene.



Aspiration House wins flower contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Rai School, Sector 48, today witnessed a spectacular display of exotic flowers during various inter-house competitions held at different levels to celebrate flower day.

Children of Class I and II also gave detailed descriptions of the flowers used. An inter-house flower arrangement competition was held for Classes III to VII.

The judges included Ms Leela Nair, Director, Rai Schools, and Mr S.S. Dawra, Director of IILM, who were escorted by the headmistress Mrs Punam Dogra.

The four houses, Aspiration, Peace, Truth and Prosperity, participated and Aspiration House won.



Hindi month at KV-2 ends
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 27
“Hindi Mah” celebrations concluded at Kendriya Vidyalaya-2, Chandimandir, today.

In order to promote the use of Hindi and make it more popular, various activities like recitation contests, extempore and essay writing competitions were organised during the month-long celebrations.

Group D employees also participated. A kavi darbar was also held in which 18 young poets took part.

The Principal, Ms Rama Sharma, presided over the function while Mr Arun Bajaj, Syndicate Bank Manager, Sector 7 branch, Panchkula, was the chief guest.

Prizes were given away to the winners.



Counsel seeks delinking of Dheer’s case
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 27
Counsel for The Indian Express journalist Gautam Dheer today reiterated the need for delinking investigation of the issue of alleged involvement of Dheer in the Naya Gaon rape case from the main case and handing it over to the CBI for “impartial inquiry”.

During resumed hearing of a bunch of applications, including those moved by the Punjab Government and Dheer, seeking delinking of his case from the main case and handing it to the CBI for further investigation, Dheer’s counsel, senior advocate M.L. Sarin, stated that even the Punjab DGP, in his report submitted to the High Court some days back, had suggested delinking of his client’s case from the main case.

He also stated if counsel for SIT chief IGP Sumedh Singh Saini was allowed to address the court, it would be setting a disastrous trend.

This followed a request by advocate Anupam Gupta, counsel for Mr Saini, seeking time to address the Bench. The Bench suggested to Mr Gupta to discuss the issue with Punjab Advocate General R.S. Cheema. On the statement of Mr Cheema that Mr Gupta was welcome to discuss the matter with him, the latter said he would meet him before the next hearing.

Mr Sarin also questioned the legality of Mr Saini contesting the stand of his government on the issue through his own counsel.

Opposing any demand for delinking of the cases, advocate R.S. Bains, counsel for the alleged rape victim and her family, stated that the investigation process would be derailed if Dheer’s involvement in the case was investigated by any agency other than the Special Investigating Team (SIT), which was probing the rape case on the directions of the High Court.

After hearing the matter for over two hours, the Bench of Mr Justice Amar Dutt and Mrs Justice Kiran Anand Lall adjourned the matter to Thursday.



A ‘bindaas’ job

In a carefree gathering sprinkled with radio jockeys and peppered with appeal in the form of singer Gursevak Mann and Punjabi music director Sukhpal Sukh, “Bindaas Bol” completed a year today.

This half-hour programme aired every Wednesday at 9.15 am on All India Radio’s 103.1 Chandigarh FM is the endeavour of Pacific Ads, an advertising agency headed by Anoop Sharma, to bring together listeners and radio into an interactive forum.

The programme produced and directed by Radio Kaan Laga Ke’s head honcho Richa Sharma is contemporary, relevant and all about communication.

With over 400 text messages pouring in on Wednesdays and 150 to 200 messages on the other days of the week, the programme has struck a chord with its message-based format.

The celebrations also extended to listeners Aashish War, a B.Com student of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, and Lakhwinder Sarin, a social worker, who were felicitated for sending in maximum number of text messages to the show.

Lakhwinder who never misses out on this weekly programme says: “I love radio and I have a reminder set on my phone every Wednesday to ensure that I do not miss out on the show.”

Speaking at the celebrations, Punjabi music director Sukhpal Sukh held that music was the soul of existence. “We sense music more than feeling it and it helps to gap the divide in cultures. It is the quickest medium to reach out to people.”

Steering clear of queries on the controversy regarding allegedly plagiarising singer Gurtej Tej’s “Haunsale Buland” in an album composed by him for T-Series titled “Husn”, and sung by Surjit Khan, Sukhdev Sukh claims that the song was recorded in April, 2004 and there was no reaction to the song until the album was released.

“One of Gurtej’s albums was released in January this year and the song never featured there so why rake up the issue now? Furthermore, both Surjit and Gurtej have been friends for over 12 years, so where is the question of taking the song away. Both must be aware of what was going on vis-à-vis the song.”

Gursevak Mann spoke extensively about the transitioning phase of Punjabi music with musicians introducing different beats and cadence to their work. “I am thinking of doing an album in London just to bring in that different flavour. Why can one not have meaningful songs with a very good sound?”

Both Pacific Ads and Rhythm Infotainment Pvt. Ltd., the parent company of Radio Kaan Laga Ke, are hoping to bid for the two FM channels purportedly coming in next year.

According to one of its directors, Ritu Ghai: “We have been working on the idea of running our own 24-hour radio channel for over two years now. There is so much talent in the city and we want to use it for the city.” TNS



Students imbibe guru-shishiya tradition

Two eminent artistes and teachers of music, Pandit Som Dutt Battu and Pandit Virendra Kumar, conducted a five-day workshop on classical music organised by the Department of Music, Punjabi University, Patiala. The theme of the workshop, which concluded today, was gharanedar taleem.

These two musicians themselves have learnt through the traditional guru-shishya tradition.They have a long innings as teachers in the institutionalised system of teaching music. Pandit Battu is an eminent and senior classical vocalist of the region.

He received his initial training from his father Shri Ram Lal Battu, who was a follower of the Sham Chaurasi Gharana. Later, he learnt from Pandit Kunjlal Sharma of the Gwalior Gharana. He imbibed the subtleties of the Patiala Gharana from Pandit Kundan Lal Sharma, a disciple of Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan. Pandit Battu retired as Head, Department of Music, Government College, Shimla.

Eminent sitar master Pandit Virendra Kumar received his initial training from his father Lakshman Dass, who migrated from Lyallpur (Pakistan) to Jalandhar and propagated the sitar in Punjab. Later, Panditji came under the tutelage of the eminent sitar player Ustad Vilayat Khan.He retired as Head, Department of Music, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, recently.

During the five days, the students had an experience of being the shishya, going through the melodious renderings of the gurus, and, thus, gradually imbibing their teachings.

Pandit Battu explained the basics of voice culture to the students. Then he taught them the presentation of a bandish, its ornamentation and the elaboration of a raga. He demonstrated all techniques in Raga Yaman and Ahir Bhairav. The students also got a chance to learn a few compositions of 10 basic ragas of the Hindustani classical music. One whole session was dedicated to the singing of the Gurbani in the prescribed ragas. He rendered shabads from Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Pt Virendra Kumar demonstrated the technical and aesthetical aspect of sitar playing to the students. He provided training in Raga Yaman, Jog and Bhimpalasi.

The highlight of the concluding session was the performance of the gurus in which they demonstrated all aesthetical and technical aspects of their knowledge and training. Some guest artistes, who are here on the campus on the invitation of the Department of Dance, also performed on the occasion. Prof Sunita Dhir, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Culture, honoured the artistes on this occasion. TNS



Indian cinema gets vibrant on art college campus
Aditi Tandon

For the 14 final-year Applied Art students of Government Art College, Sector 10, here the past few days have been allabout fresh interpretations of old traditions.

Assigned the project of creating art works on the theme, “100 years of Indian cinema”, they created a life-size poster on the theme by drawing on the legendary films, the students have created a history of sorts at the college.

No wonder their Prof D.S. Kapoor has decided to give all of them the same marks in the project. So Rasleen Kaur takes over from Nargis in the poster of ‘Shree 420’, and Stuti Diwan’s is the face in place of Waheeda Rahman in the poster of ‘Chaudavin ka Chand’. ‘Lagaan’ hero Aamir Khan is allowed to take some rest as Art College’s Kunal comes in to strike a pose as formidable as Aamir Khan would have struck.

Dhaarna Bhardwaj has no qualms about putting her face on the face of Nirupa Roy to add a touch of glamour to the “Deewar” poster. Other students who served to replace Bollywood kings and queens are Amit and Khushreet, Aashita, Pramod, Nisha Pillai and Pritpal Saini.

Amazed at the effects which the personalised touch lent to the artwork, students are naturally a happy lot.

For them Indian cinema has never been as vibrant as it was during the past two weeks of creative pursuit. As for the poster, it is well protected by a frame that runs in the form of a black-and-white reel fitted with frames from hit Indian films. The work is there for all to savour at the Applied Art Department of the Government College of Art. TNS


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