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Maths symposium in memory of Prof Trehan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
A symposium on Mathematical Sciences (in memory of Prof Surender Kumar Trehan, former Emeritus Professor) was inaugurated in the Department of Mathematics, Panjab University, today.

Prof S.K. Trehan joined the Department as a Professor in 1967. His career was replete with rare achievements and honours.

The notable ones are Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, B.C. Roy Award and Dr. Biren Roy Memorial Lecture of INSA.

Prof Trehan was elected fellow of all three major Science Academies — the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.

He contributed more than 70 research papers in various international journals of repute.

Prof Trehan served as a Dean of Science Faculty at various times and Dean of University Instructions, Panjab University.

He passed away on Sept 9, 2004.

The symposium was inaugurated by Prof P.L. Sachdev, FNA, FNASc, FASc, INSA, Honorary Senior Scientist, Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and presided over by Prof R.P. Bambah, former Vice-Chancellor, P.U.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by Prof S.S. Bari, Registrar, P.U., Prof C.G. Mahajan, Dean, Science Faculty, Chairpersons of several science Departments and some professors from other universities.

A copy of the collected works of Professor S.K. Trehan was presented to his wife — Mrs Rama Trehan.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by technical sessions in which Prof P.L. Sachdev; Prof S.J. Singh, FNA, FNASc, FASc, INSA Scientist, University of Delhi and Prof Rajesh Kochhar, National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi delivered talks.

Technical sessions were chaired by Prof R.P. Bambah and Prof (Mrs) R.J. Hans-Gill, former DUI, Panjab University.



Students design gowns
Tribune News Service

A NIIFT student on way to exhibit her new dress.
A NIIFT student on way to exhibit her new dress. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, October 7
The centuries old Victorian evening gowns have come a long way….and so when students of the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT), Mohali, were asked to design gowns of today, the end result was a brilliant mix of the old and the new.

Complete with corsets, skirts and flounces, the students of the fifth semester fashion design course of the institute, today let their imagination run riot and creativity flowed.

“The challenge was to create the entire design, stitch it, wear it and flaunt it in just 10 days, and all of them met it,” explained Navneet, their teacher at the institute. “Gown designing is a part of a module in this course and the students are given a theme each year. This year, we had asked them to make dance gowns, she added.

The Indo-European mix made a heady combination and the young designers, wearing their own creations, sashayed down a makeshift ramp in the institute with everything ranging from sarees-turned-gowns, “leather” look gowns and even “choli” gowns.



‘Bubbly Tunes’ contest at Little Heart
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
A reverberation of chirpy kids from play schools of Chandigarh overwhelmed the premises of Little Hearts, Sector 38 here, the venue for “Bubbly Tunes,” an inter-school rhyme competition, yesterday. More than 200 kids from different schools of Chandigarh participated.

The programme comprised individual and group categories. Individual entries were in the 3-6 age group and group entries were in the 5-7 year age group. The tiny tots, draped in colourful dresses were excited to take the stage. Their scintillating performance made the audience spellbound by their melodious rhymes. “Johny, Johny Yes Papa” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.

Mrs Sarita Mohan, wife of Mr Krishan Mohan, Home Secretary, UT, was the chief guest and distributed prizes to the winners. Earlier, the programme started with the lighting of lamp and welcome address.

Mrs Harpreet Kaur, Principal of the school, highlighted the role of nursery rhymes as a teaching tool for playgroup learners.

Results: Group (4yrs-7yrs): St Kabir 1, Ryan International 2, Little Hearts 3, Consolation Rai School.



Tiny tots celebrate Dasehra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Dasehra was celebrated by tiny tots of Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 43-A, with gaiety and fervour. An inter-house quiz on the Ramayana was also organised on the occasion. Mr A.J. Philip, Senior Associate-Editor, The Tribune, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Victory of good over evil was the theme of Dasehra celebrations in Evergreen Academy, a preparatory school in Sector 34. Rai School, Sector 48, presented a scintillating show of glimpses of the Ramayana. The programme began with a brief narration of Ramcharitmanas. Mrs Koser, a renowned kathak artiste, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Mohali: With Dasehra round the corner, celebrations are already afoot in educational institutions. Enacting Ramlila has always been popular among all age groups, as it affords budding artistes to showcase their talent.

Dressed in colourful “Ram rajya” period costumes, students of Shivalik Public School portrayed a tableau depicting various facets of the Ramayana.



DAV wins trophy in physics exhibition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
DAV Public School, Sector 8, here won the trophy for the best overall presentation in the exhibition “Physics in our daily life” at Panjab University today. The second and third prizes for the best team performance went to Sacred Heart Sr. Sec. School, Sector 26, and Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 27.

Vivek Atray, Director, Information Technology and Tourism, UT, gave away the prizes to the participants in the exhibition at a largely attended function at the Panjab University Physics Department.

A prize of Rs 500 was given to each of the four members of the team winning the first prize and Rs. 300 and 200 each to the winner of the second and third prizes. Special mention was made of the effort made by Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, and Govt. Model Sr. Sec School, Sector 33. Besides, each member of all the participating teams was given a token gift of books and certificate of participation. Also the teacher in-charges were given certificate of participation.



Wildlife week ends at GCG-11
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, October 7
Wildlife week concluded at GCG-11 here today. A large number of activities were organised by environment society Prakriti. Inter-college events was also organised today.

Students participated in events like essay-writing, drawing and painting, slogan-writing, poster-making, etc. Mr Ishwar Singh, Chief Wildlife Warden, was the chief guest on the occasion. He gave away prizes to the winners.

Quiz: First-Manu, Sandeep, Siddhartha-DAV College, Sector 10; Second-Shalini, Manjushi, Kalpana-MCM DAV-36

Eco Rangoli: First-Dheeraj, Seema, Jagdeep- Govt. College of Education, Sector 20; Second-Rajwinder, Amandeep- GCG-42

Collage-making and slogan-making: First-Nisha, Rajwinder, Priya- Govt College of Education-20; Second-Anju, Mansi-GCG-11

Poster-making: First-Akashdeep, Swasti-SD College-32; Second-Nandita, Jyotika-MCMDAV-36

Drawing and painting: First-Aanchal, Peckiya-Govt. College of Education, Sector20; Second-Anand, Prit-DAV-10.



Plans for AWES institutes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Presentations about the role and activities of various colleges running under the aegis of the Army Welfare Education Society (AWES) marked the second day of the annual conference of the directors and heads of the institutes, being organised at the Army Institute of Law (AIL), Mohali.

While discussing the present status of their institutes, the directors also charted out their future plans before representatives from Army headquarters and the AIL. Lieut-Gen M.G. Girish, Director General, Discipline, Ceremonials and Welfare at Army headquarters, under whose purview AWES falls, chaired today’s sessions.

Among those attending the conference are Major-Gen Manmohan Singh (retd), Director General AWES, Col B. Srinivas (retd), Director (Projects) and Col D C Yadav (retd), Director (Colleges).



High court
Nayagaon rape case: verdict on Monday
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court will give its verdict on Monday on whether the decision of the Punjab Government to hand over the investigation of the Nayagaon rape case to the CBI was correct.

The hearing of the application filed by the Punjab Government informing the High Court about its decision to hand over the investigations to the CBI after disbanding the SIT was objected to by the counsel for the rape victim’s family.

“On what basis has the decision (to order CBI investigations) been taken? The DGP, Punjab, has only a few days ago hailed the progress made by the SIT in the case. What is need for handing over the investigation to the CBI?” counsel R.S. Bains asked.

He alleged that the decision was part of the delaying tactics adopted by the Punjab Government to provide an escape route to the accused, who, he claimed, were powerful people. “The government is trying to obstruct the filing of the challan,” he asserted.

Referring to the affidavit filed by the Principal Secretary (Home), Punjab, stating therein that the decision to hand over the investigation in the case to the CBI has been taken in public interest on the recommendation of the DGP, Mr Bains wondered what the DGP had based his recommendation on.

“The DGP and the government have been trying to finish the case. The SIT has been doing a good job and there is no reason for anyone to expect that the CBI would do better,” he stated.

First, the state government suspended the investigating officer for his role in the arrest of Indian Express reporter Gautam Dheer, then it cast doubts over the working of SIT chief Sumedh Singh Saini, who opted out of the position following the DGP’s observations against him, and now when an equally competent police officer was overseeing the investigation, the government has decided to hand over the matter to the CBI, Mr Bains added.

He also accused the government of betraying the trust reposed in it by the victim which amounted to contempt of court. However, the Punjab Government’s counsel stated that recent developments in the case had made the government decide to hand over the investigations to the CBI.

He said the challan against the accused was to be filed by October 18. Unless the CBI was involved in the case at the earliest, the accused would become entitle for bail.

After hearing counsels for the parties, the Bench of Mr Justice Amar Dutt and Mrs Justice Kiran Anand Lall reserved its judgement for Monday.

Plea for SATs

The High Court on Friday issued notices for January 6 on two separate PILs filed by advocate H.C. Arora, seeking directions to set up State Administrative Tribunals (SAT) in Punjab and Haryana.

In his petitions, Mr Arora has stated that as per the statement of Union Law Minister, over 2.65 lakh cases were pending in the High Court as on December 31, 2004. Of these, about 60 per cent were about service matters of Punjab and Haryana employees.

He added that by setting up SATs, this load can be taken off from the High Court, which would then be able to dispose of petitions about important criminal and other matters more effectively. He also pointed out that a former Chief Justice of India, Justice B.N. Kripal, had, in a communication to the Law Ministry, emphasised the need to transfer all service matters to SATs.

After hearing the petitioner appearing in person, the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta issued notice for January 6.



ASP deposes in Beant trial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr Surinder Pal, yesterday deposed during the Beant Singh assassination trial at the high-security Burail jail here.

Mr Surinder Pal told the CBI Special Judge, Mr MM Sharma, that the “master plan” of the assassination of the former Punjab Chief Minister, was seized from Ghaziabad by the CBI.

The “master plan” was seized in the presence of the main accused in the case and alleged chief of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Jagtar Singh Hawara, the official added.



Meet Wendell — the man of whites
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
‘White Wizard’, is a “young” Wendell Rodricks aiming at lounge bars! Evocative, linear with the silhouettes sheer and fluid, the all-white collection, (Wendell trademark) which goes by this funky name, is almost like an ode to what Wendell refers to as the “pastry culture for the red carpet.”

The tale accompanying the part inspiration behind the line on display at tonight’s show at the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour is equally motivating!

“I had designed a white gown for Lisa Ray for the Toronto Film Festival. Her film ‘Water’, made by Deepa Mehta, was the opening film of the festival. She was voted one of the best dressed ladies at the event,” says Wendell.

Inspiration comes in the form of emotions too. “I have to be moved to do something and white is an all-encompassing emotion because you can look innocent, fluid, mysterious. It is also a colour of mourning and thus brings about nostalgia and sadness,” he makes a point.

Stylish, spiffy, Wendell insists on cutting his own garments (“unlike other designers who cannot even hold a scissor!”), uses no embroidery on his clothes (a personal signature statement) and has “created a range of silhouettes in flowing chiffon, crisp linens and glamorous evening gowns” for this line.

For this spirited stylist, fashion designing “was always supposed to happen” but the beginnings were rather offbeat. “There were no courses in fashion designing when I started out, so I took up Hotel Management. In our times, you could either do a ladies home science course or then go to the JJ School of Art but I was not so prolific as to do that.”

Wendell is also busy with the opening of his new store on October 22 in Goa. ‘Wendell Rodricks Design Space’ is all about showcasing young creative minds who do not get an easy display for their clothes. “We wish to be a repository of creative clothing without the commercial edge,” insists Wendell. It will also stock home linen, Goan antiques and candle-stands and food sourced from ladies in the village where he lives.

Chandigarh is special on this tour, courtesy the presence of family friend, UT Administrator, Gen (Retd) S. F. Rodrigues, and his own ‘social activist stand’ for which Wendell is well known.

Bursting with sentiments to preserve the natural environment of his state, Wendell plans to hand over a CD on the sorry state of garbage-disposal in Goa to Gen Rodrigues and want him to give it to Sonia Gandhi. “It is appalling that the state government is not doing something and if they cannot we will stand up and tell everyone not to come during this season to Goa to protect it.”

As a fitting statement to the cause, Wendell’s grand finale tonight is a gown made of garbage bags to highlight the seriousness of the issue and his involvement at taking it to the highest echelons of power!

That is Wendell Rodricks for us — passionate about every detail, every aspect of his life, which shows in his immense creative talent and heartfelt allegiance to his home! 



Celebrity couple on dance trip
Gayatri Rajwade

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The repartee had everyone grinning from ear to ear!

Fellow actors and “long-married-and-still-in-love” Parmeet Sethi and Archana Puran Singh laced their interaction with a warm camaraderie, exuberance and humour — a relationship that seemed as comfortable as it is remarkable. For, they have known each other for 17 years, “too long,” mock-groans Archana!

On a quick swirling visit to the city, (they arrived at 3:30 pm and left at 5:30 pm for Delhi!) this celebrity couple, along with “Kohinoor” (telecast on Sahara) actor couple Amit Sadh and Neeru Bajwa (who tie the knot in December this year!) came together to garner support for their new show.

In the biggest starry “dance off” between 10 celebrity couples on STAR One’s “Nach Baliye”, which starts on October 11, it is all about showcasing “poor dancing skills” as they refer to it!

“We are not here as netas but as betas”, insists Parmeet, tongue firmly in cheek, beseeching viewers to vote for them! (For it is all about maximum viewer votes to stay on!)

“I am Punjab ka damaad for my wife-to-be is from Moga, please vote for me, Punjab,” grins Amit.

“Dancing does not come naturally to us,” insist the couples, but the confidence, verve and determination to win is evident. “A healthy rivalry exists, for each one of us want to win, but there is no enmity,” insists Parmeet.

There is much mutual respect for each other, says Archana, “for we all know how it is to be in television and there is tremendous admiration that they are all as bad at dancing as I am!”

Will the stars overshadow the concept of the show? “It is not just about dancing, it’s a mode of showing you the couples as a whole. It is way to get to know the actors more personally. It is about our private lives, personalities, talent and facets of our personas of which we ourselves had no clue,” says Archana.

The show has put tremendous physical and emotional pressure on the stars. Some good, some not so good! “This has become part of our lives. The cameras have come into our homes, luckily not our bathrooms so far!” beams Parmeet.

“We are being asked to do something that does not come easy and we have to be really successful at it,” explains Archana.

Their commitments to their respective serials really leave no time for a regular life but what each appreciates is the time, otherwise scarce, that they get to spend with each other, courtesy the show and its rehearsals.

“Parmeet is the working partner and I am the sleeping partner literally,” laughs Archana. “I have cut down on my assignments so I can be home for my two children while Parmeet works from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm after which we rehearse for this show, eat dinner, try and walk around the home trying to shed all one has eaten for dinner and then sleep, which in any case does not come easy as one is too tired!” 



230 persons donate blood

Mohali, October 7
More than 230 persons, donated blood during a blood donation camp organised by Baba Sheikh Fakir Blood Donation Council here today. The camp was organised in collaboration with the United Bank of India, Sector 17 and Milk Specialities Limited (Chandigarh). Mr Tarun Kumar Sinha, Chief Manager of the bank, inaugurated the camp. — TNS



Delhi region wins overall trophy in KVS meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Delhi region bagged the overall winners’ trophy in the boy’s as well as girls’ category in the five-day National Sports Meet of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan during the closing ceremony at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

Chandigarh was placed at the second position in both categories while the third place went to Chennai region under the girls’ category and Bangalore region for the boys’ category. Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force Station, High Grounds, was presented with the best host trophy.

The closing ceremony started with the presentation of a synchronised dance performance, “Synergy Fusion” by over 160 students of KV No 2, Chandi Mandir. The harmonic blend of colours and pleasing music brought about by the presentation was a fair expression of the cultural intermingling that the participants had gathered from all corners of the country, that was brought about during the five-day meet.

This was followed by a “Mayur Dance” by students of KV-4, Ambala, which filled the stadium with the game mascot — dancing peacocks.

The “Rain Dance” by students of KV-1, Ambala, was yet another portrayal of exuberance.

The aerobic performance by students of KV-2, Patiala, exhibited the need for physical fitness for any kind of sporting success. The stadium was filled with colourful dresses from Rajasthan in the form of Rajwara dance presented by students of KV-1, Chandi Mandir.

The cultural treat culminated with a bhangra by the energetic “gabrus” and “mutiyars” of KV-1, Patiala.

The chief guest, Ms Pragaya Richa Srivastava, Joint Commissioner, KVS, New Delhi, gave away the prizes to winners. Mr J.P. Gupta, Education Officer, KVS, Chandigarh region, delivered the vote of thanks.

Closing functions at KVs

Closing functions were held today at KV schools in and around Chandigarh where various events of the 36th National Kendriya Vidyalayas Sports were held. The first three winners were given prizes and all contestants received certificates.

Ambala: Jaipur region emerged winner in kabaddi while Silchar region won the football tournament held at Kendriya Vidyalaya No 2. Principal R.V.S. Shishodia said in kabbadi, Jaipur region won the gold medal by defeating Jammu region. Lucknow secured the third position by winning against Delhi region.

In football, Silchar region got the first position while Chandigarh region stood second. Bhopal won third position after defeating Jabalpur.



They didn’t win laurels, but hearts
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Victory or no victory, but here at the meet everyone’s is leaving like a winner. Those who could not win any laurel have won many hearts.

Wearing enthusiasm on their sleeves, they left the venue of National Kendriya Vidyalaya Sports Meet with smiles and loads of happy memories.

The youngest shooter Surayia Bhan Singh Rawat of Class VII, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Barwaha, and Chandra Bhan Singh Rawat of Class V, also of the same school, aged 12 and 10 years, respectively, were all smiles. They might not have won any position this time but their determination to continue in this sport is unshakeable. They have been practicing with a .22mm air rifle and their next target is the pneumatic air rifle.

The two have drawn motivation from their grandfather, who is a CRPF retire Deputy Commandant, and their role model is Commandant S.S. Gosawani. These children have also drawn inspiration from movies like “Lakshya”, “LOC” and “Border” and are preparing to join the Army. Their academic performance is also good ( 80 - 85% score). As far as interest in shooting animals is concern the children say it is a big no.

These two have been interested in air rifle shooting event since the age of five years. Their instructor is their father who is a CISF unit shooting in charge at Barwaha in Madhya Pradesh. The young shooters had come as a part of a five- member team from Bhopal. Though young in years their moral is very high.

What, besides sportsmanship, could explain the excitement of Nidhi, Nitya and Niranjana, who had travelled all the way from Chennai. “We have purchased suits and Punjabi “jutis” as it is hard to find these at my place. It was nice to see the base repair depot of helicopters at KV 3 BRD station, Chandigarh, and we didn’t feel homesick as the hosts had made elaborate arrangements for us to ring up our homes, “ they exclaimed.

“I liked the stuffed “paranthas” and the Punjabi style of cooking vegetarian dishes. I have noted down the recipes of some of it which I will try at my home”, said Nidhi.

“It was a unique experience visiting the Rock Garden. It was bigger than I expected it to be! The beautiful roundabouts of the city add charms to its beauty. I would really like to come back again with my parents,” told Aditya from Jammu.

With a winning smile on her face, Shiva Mathur told The Tribune, “Life is all about making up for one’s losses. When you are short of money, you earn friends. It’s all about enriching oneself and my game is my biggest source of enrichment”.

“Sports meet like this offer a lifetime chance to improve upon one’s skills. They are so interactive, so positive that there is no way you can miss them. I may not have bagged any position but I am happy that I came and made many friends, laughed a lot and shared experiences. Also, I was handling a very important job all through — that of cheering those who won,” told Subhaluxmi, representing Chennai.


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