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City Beautiful charms Manipuri students
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
An initiative taken by the HRD Ministry to encourage inter-state youth exchange programmes as part of its National Service Scheme has taken off with a flying start, with 50 NSS volunteers from 10 colleges of Manipur visiting Chandigarh.

Completely in awe of the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the Rock Garden in Chandigarh, they are struck by the complete contrast between the two cities. Interestingly, they all vote for Amritsar over the City Beautiful for its historical importance, the Wagah border and turban-clad Punjabis! Excited about their stay here, which is being hosted by GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, they spoke to Chandigarh Tribune.

Aged between 20 and 23 years, this group of 25 boys and 25 girls represents the youth of Manipur, which as it informs is looking forward to “change”. “We are equally advanced and knowledgeable as the rest of the country; however, our state lacks in infrastructure and funds,” states Ranjan, pursuing his B Sc II year at Pravabati College.

Talking about the recent state of unrest in their state, they inform that it is “a political issue that needs to be addressed soon to help their state progress.”

Twentytwo-year-old Devashree, however, feels that “communication” is the key to the solution.

Fortyone of these students are pursuing their bachelors in science. They said they would like to see information technology in there state. “We would like to be with the times; we would like to have professional courses as part of our curriculum.”

These students, who leave tomorrow for Delhi, take back with them besides Punjabi suits, “parandi and jutis”, memories of a beautiful and well-planned city.



UGC NET awareness camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
A UGC NET awareness camp was held at DAV College, Sector 10, today. The camp was organised by Aryans Educational and Charitable Trust. An exhibition of UGC NET books was also organised.

STREET PLAY: A street play ‘Sadak par’ written by Azgar Wazar was enacted by the group Rang Yatra on the premises of GGDSD Ciollege, Sector 32, today. The play was a satire on the social system of the Indian society. It highlighted certain evils like unemployment, corruption and nepotism. The Principal, Dr AC Vaid, applauded the efforts of the students.

SEMINAR: A seminar and interactive session on social implications of HIV/AIDS was organised by the NSS unit of Dev Samaj College for Women. Sector 45, in collaboration with the Centre for Adult. Continuing Education and Extension. Panjab University, on the eve of World AIDS Day. All NSS volunteers took a pledge on the occasion.



Nostalgia marks MCM alumni meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Around 150 alumni attended the third alumni meet of the alumni association (AMDA) of the MCM DAV College, Sector 36, at in the college premises today.

The function began with the lighting of ‘deepmala’ by the Principal, Dr Puneet Bedi.

This was followed by a classical dance performed by Nidhi, a Mass Communication student, who is also a disciple of Shobha Koser.

The students of BA I & II year presented a western dance which was a fusion of jazz, salsa and rock ‘n’ roll.

Also, a medley was presented depicting the contrast of old and new treatment of certain themes in our hindi films.

The cultural evening appropriately concluded with an energetic ‘bhangra’ presented by the students.

The cultural items were interspersed by a brief address by the alumni of the college.

The alumnus of the college, Guneet Bakshi, who is running ‘Career Launcher’ in the city gave a nostalgic speech on this occasion.

She is the daughter of Late Biba Bakshi, a rather endearing member of the faculty in the college.

Dr Pratima Duggal, a renowned dentist and member of the executive council of the alumni, also graced the occasion.

Dr Puneet Bedi formally released the directory of the association which would be upgraded from time to time. 



Annual song and rhyme day at YPS
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 30
The colourful building of the kindergarten at YPS, which has been the centre of attention ever since its inception this year, was made all the more attractive on its first ‘Annual song and rhyme day’ held here today.

Music being the highest form of expression is the most effective way to bring out the best in children. This was profusely reflected through the beautiful show presented by the little Yadavindrians today.

The use of nursery rhymes initiates the learning process of a language other than the mother tongue. In tandem with this the programme began with nursery rhymes sung in English like ‘Do Re Me’ by UKG and a prayer called ‘Praise Him’ by LKG. Some of the songs like ‘Kisne Banaya Phoolon Ko’ by nursery students were unique as they started in Hindi and finished in English. It was surprising to see how intuitively the children sang the song switching over from one language to the other.

The little ones were also seen swaying to the foot tapping numbers of the tunes like ‘Love Love Me Do’, ‘Clap your hands and wriggle’, ‘Ek Choti Si Kashti’ and dancing to the fusion of the western and traditional bhangra steps.



Manav Mangal holds cultural extravaganza
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The three-day cultural programme of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, entered the second day at Tagore Theatre yesterday.

The chief guest, Mr I.S. Sandhu, Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-Director Sports, Chandigarh Administration, gave away prizes to 50 students of primary classes who had excelled in various fields during the academic year 2004-05.

Pragya of Class I was especially applauded for compering the stage show effectively inspite of her young age.

The programme, which followed the prize distribution function, was a colourful display of talent by the students. After offering prayers to the Almighty and welcoming the parents, students presented a patriotic song ‘Man-Samarpit, Tan-Samarpit’ to show their love for the motherland.

A scintillating performance by the students on the dance number ‘Tama-Tama’ was next and the students impressed the audience with their perfect co-ordination.



Prizes awarded to GMSSS-44 students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, today, organised its prize distribution function on the school premises, here.

Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI (Schools), who was the chief guest, lighted the lamp to mark the beginning of the cultural programme. The Principal of school, Mrs Jiwan Lata, read out the annual report.

As many as 75 academic prizes were given away to meritorious students for the session 2004-2005. The PTA of the school gave away cash prizes of Rs 500 each to the students who had scored 80 per cent and above in the All-India Secondary Examination, 2005. The function ended with a vote of thanks by PTA member Gurchen Singh.



Seminar on ‘Good Life’ held at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
A two-day seminar on the concept of ‘Good Life’ concluded at the Golden Jubilee Hall, Panjab University today.

The seminar was organised by the Centre for Vivekananda Studies under the aegis of the Department of Philosophy. Several papers were presented by panelists, research scholars and undergraduate students.

Today’s session was chaired by Swami Brahmeshananda.

Six awards were presented, three each in the post-graduate and under-graduate category. Pankaj Srivastava, Kuldip Dhiman, and Kavita Chauhan won the first, second and third prizes in the post-graduate category, and Sharnam Sharma, Annie Rana, and Radhika Dewan were the winners in the under-graduate category. Prof Dharmananda Sharma, Prof Rekha Jhanji, Prof Asha Maudgil, Prof Sebastian and Prof Dharmendra Goel, were also among those present on the occasion.



Indefinite fast by PU students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Activists of the Panjab University Students Union along with students of B Sc Honours School started an indefinite hunger strike in front of the VC’s Office.

The honours school students stated that students who had cleared their second year but had not cleared their first year examinations were being denied admission and also not being given a special chance.

PUSU activist Rupinder Mann said if the authorities did not change their rigid attitude, the students would intensify their agitation.



Juvenile homes: HC summons DGPs, Home Secys
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Taking a serious view of the casual attitude of the governments of Punjab and Haryana in providing information about the establishment and functioning of observations homes for juveniles, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today summoned the Home Secretaries and DGPs of the two states.

The Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta also directed the officers to bring complete information pertaining to establishment of the observation homes and juvenile justice boards in their respective states.

The Bench also expressed its dissatisfaction over the fact that the Union of India had not filed any information/reply to the queries raised by the Bench sometime back on the issue. It gave liberty to the counsel for the Central Government to explain why no response was forthcoming from the Centre. It said that in case no reply was filed by the Centre by the next date, the Bench could even summon the Union Home Secretary.

It may be recalled that the High Court had directed the Centre and Punjab and Haryana to inform it as to how many observations homes have been established for juveniles. It had also sought information on the number of Juvenile Justice Boards that have been constituted in the two states.

It had also directed the Chief Judicial Magistrates of various places, where such juvenile homes are situated, to submit detailed reports about the condition of these homes.

The information had been sought during hearing of a PIL filed by Panjab University student Utsav Bains. Utsav, in his PIL, has prayed for immediate release of two Pakistani boys, who had been nabbed by BSF personnel after they claimed to have mistakenly crossed over to India.

Today, the Bench was shown a letter written by the ADGP (Crime), Punjab, along with copies of notification issued under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

After going through the letter, the Bench said that the information furnished in it was not in consonance with the notification. While a notification dated October 10, 2001, said a observation home had been established at Ludhiana, the letter gave no such information.

“We find it difficult to appreciate as which of the two documents is correct,” the Bench remarked.

The Bench also noted that a report sent by Principal Magistrate, Juvenile Justice Board, Sonepat, revealed “shocking state of affairs” at the observation home at Sonepat.

“The Haryana State Administration seems to be ignorant about the object of the aforementioned Act,” it observed.

Hearing will now resume on December 2.



Plea on Phase VIII-B sites disposed of
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday disposed of the petition filed by Mr Roshan Singh of Mohali, seeking directions to the respondents to finalise the auction of the proposed sites for multiplex, shopping mall and hotel in Phase VIII-B, Industrial Focal Point, Mohali, as per the Punjab Regional and Town Planning Act, 1995, and Punjab Urban Town Planning Act.

Earlier, the zoning plan of the area where the site is located was submitted in the high court.

The counsel for the state also stated that the building plan of the proposed complex would have to be submitted by successful bidder. The same would have to be cleared by the Chief Town Planner as per PUDA rules before starting any construction activity.

After hearing all parties, the Bench disposed of the petition, saying that no further order was required.



3 men of SDM’s office get judicial remand
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, November 30
Chief Judicial Magistrate Gulab Singh today remanded three employees of the SDM’s office — Shiv Shanker, Surat Singh and Surinder Singh — in 14 days’ judicial remand in a case of false registration of stolen vehicles. They had been arrested two days ago and had been sent in two days’ police remand.

According to police sources, Anoop Pal, a vehicle thief, claimed that these employees had been helping him in the registration of over 50 vehicles stolen by him from various parts of Punjab and Haryana and got these registered in Panchkula.

The counsel for the accused, who moved the bail application, said they had been falsely implicated.

The CJM has fixed December 2 for hearing on bail and have issued a notice to the police in this regard.


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