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From Panjab University
Lecture on poverty and development
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The Department of Correspondence Studies under the Chairmanship of Prof Jagmohan Chopra organised a special lecture by Prof A.C. Julka. Professor Julka is an eminent economist from the Department of Economics. He spoke on “Problems of poverty, plenty and sustainability: can technology provide the ultimate answer?” Professor Julka as an expert on poverty and developmental issues adopted a novel approach to the problem. The salient feature of his approach was his concern for humankind and society where economics figured as an essential component. He lauded the achievements made by technological development leading towards plentiful existence. But he lamented the fact that this had not been able to get rid of disparities (of income, health, nutrition standards, life expectancy and access to safe drinking water) between rich and poor countries.

Syndicate proposal

The Panjab University Syndicate has decided to implement the following proposal with effect from April 1, 2006. The fee for re-evaluation of answer books of science and non-science subjects for undergraduate classes be charged at the uniform rate of Rs 220 per answer book, (instead of Rs 210 for non-science subject and Rs 230 for science subject), in addition to the cost of the form at Rs 65.

The period for submission of re-evaluation application forms for all undergraduate classes would be 21 days from the date of declaration of result or 15 days from the date of dispatch of result card by the university office to the candidate, whichever is later.

Raina is English Dept Chairperson

Prof Anil Raina has taken over as Chairperson, Department of English, Panjab University. Professor Raina has thirty years’ teaching experience and specialises in literary criticism.

Research Journal

The latest issue of the Panjab University Research Journal (Arts), earlier known as Panjab University Research Bulletin (Arts) was released by the PU Vice-Chancellor here today. Most articles in this issue have been contributed by the PU faculty, and students researching at the university.



Students’ drive against polybags
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 16
Students of Swami Ram Tirtha High School, Phase IV, here, with the assistance from the Environment Protection Society, organised a drive in the main market of PhaseV to discuss the ways and means to get rid of the menace of polybags.

In light of various programmes announced by the government, the students demonstrated some methods highlighting how to tackle this menace. The drive was concluded by distributing the paper bags containing various slogans on them. 



‘Dirt Racer’ earns SSIET laurels
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, March 16
Students of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology (SSIET) have brought glory to the region again with their “Dirt Racer”, a robot made by a team of students, being declared among the best four models at the prestigious “Techkriti 06” at IIT, Kanpur, recently.

In fact, the team comprising Nitin Rawat, Ashwani Bansal, Shalin Sharma, Ashish Panday and Deepak Raj, B.Tech-II (mechanical stream) students, led by Pankaj Kalia, was the only team from the northern region to participate in the contest.

Around 35 teams from all over the country, including those from IITs and NITs, participated.

“Dirt racer” moves easily on rough surfaces. It can easily move on high terrains as well as desert sand and pebbled paths.

The robot is operated with the help of a remote control.

Buoyed by the success, the team is designing another robot for a competition to be held at IIT Roorkee.

Appreciating the efforts of the students, Prof Avtar Singh, chairman of the SSIET, announced a cash incentive for the students.

He also lauded the efforts made by Col K.S. Dhillon (retd) and Prof S.S. Jolly, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.



Exam cancelled at 10 centres
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 16
On receiving complaints of copying, the Punjab School Education Board cancelled examination centers at 10 places.

Students of both senior secondary classes as well as of matriculation had appeared for examination at these centers.

According to a press note of the board, examination of senior secondary classes have been cancelled at seven places and that of matriculation at three places. Centres where examinations had been cancelled were two in Doraha, one each in Bassi Pathana, Teli Chak in Hoshiarpur, Noormahal, Ferozepore, and four in different villages of Amritsar.



College annual day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
More than 400 students received prizes at the annual day function of SGGS College ,Sector 26, here today.

Students had to wait for over an hour as the chief guest Punjab Minister for PWD B&R, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums, was late. He left without giving away prizes .

However, he didn't fail to sermonise the students exhorting them to work towards the betterment of society. He asked the girl students to say no to female foeticide. He also announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh to the college .

Mr Gurdev Singh Brar, President of the Sikh Educational Society welcomed the guests .The college Principal, Dr Kuldeep Singh presented the annual report .

Navjot Sidhu was declared the all round best student and awarded the college roll of honour for excellence in extra curricular activities. Mohammad Habib was declared the best sportsman. Navneet Sahota, and Parneet Kaur were awarded for academic excellence. Mohammad Habib, Jaswinder Singh, Amit Kumar, Angrez Kumar were awarded for excellence in sports. 



Orchid Society seminar from March 18

Chandigarh, March 16
The Orchid Society of India will organise a national seminar at ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, Chandigarh, from March 18 to 20.

An orchid show based on selected species and hybrids, photographs, paintings and literature will be part of the three-day event.

An on-the-spot painting competition, open for all schoolchildren in the age group of 5 to 15, will be an added attraction on March 19.

Dr V.P. Kamboj, President of the National Academy of Sciences, will deliver the inaugural address, Dr M. Sanjappa, Director of the Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata, will deliver the keynote address while Dr Manju Sharma, a former Secretary, DBT, will preside over the event. TNS



Entrance test for PG science courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The Panjab University has decided to hold entrance test for admission to various postgraduate science courses being offered by colleges affiliated to the university.

These courses include Master’s in Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Bio-informatics, Master’s in Business Economics and Master’s in Solid Waste Management. The test would be taken for the coming session.

This was stated by PU Vice-Chancellor Prof K.N. Pathak here today.



District Courts
13 get 2-yr jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.K. Mehta, today sentenced 13 persons to two-years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 3,500 on each on them on the charges of trespass and attempting to murder a woman, her daughter and her nephew in Mauli Jagran.

The police had registered a case against the accused on the basis of a complaint filed by victim Durga Devi. A case under Sections 148, 149, 307, 323, 324, 325 and 412 of the IPC was registered.

She had alleged that the main accused, Kashmira Singh, and his accomplice had trespassed into her house and assaulted her and two other persons.

Corruption case against Bhardwaj

The cross-examination of key witnesses in a corruption case against former Judicial Magistrate S.S. Bhardwaj and former District and Sessions Judge R.M. Gupta began in a CBI Special Court here.

During the cross-examination, the counsel for the accused also cross-examined Mr Dev Raj, a shadow witness in the case. The shadow witness is a senior official in Food Corporation of India (FCI).

In reply to a question put by the defence counsel, the FCI official said whenever the CBI required a witness, they used to either contact him or his superiors in the FCI office here. “Some of our employees are facing trials in the cases being investigated into by the CBI. There may be five to six cases being investigated into by the CBI.”

In the case, the evidence and cross-examination of a covering witness, Madan Lal, an official of the FCI, has already been completed by the court.

It may be mentioned that in 2003, S.S. Bhardwaj was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 7 lakh from a litigant on behalf of R.M. Gupta. A search in the house of the magistrate was carried out in the presence of a former District and Sessions Judge, (Punjab Vigilance), Punjab, and Haryana High Court, Mr L.R. Ruzom, who had then been deputed by the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



Sexual harassment: report sought

Chandigarh, March 16
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) today sought a report from the Chief Secretary, Punjab, by April 28 on the complaint filed by a woman dentist who had accused a senior Punjab-cadre IAS officer of sexual harassment.

Taking up the compliant, the Full Commission headed by Justice R.L. Anand (retd) asked the Chief Secretary to inquire into the matter and submit a report by the next date.

In her complaint, the doctor had alleged that on two occasions, when she had gone to meet the IAS officer for a job in his department, he had harassed her. OC



Addl SHO granted bail

Chandigarh, March 16
A Sub-Inspector of Chandigarh Police, Rajinder Singh Rana, was here today granted bail by the Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr R.K. Singla, in a case of assaulting a shopkeeper of Sector 22.

The policeman was posted as in charge of the Sector 22 police post when he allegedly thrashed Rahul Gandhi, owner of Shyam Photo Lab. TNS



In pursuit of comedy and getting there… almost!
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
Comedy is not everyone’s bedfellow. Naturally those who claim intimacy to it carry the burden of vindicating their stand…just as Sohaila Kapur did this evening.

As her maiden directorial venture “Conversations” unfolded before the audience at Tagore Theatre, her worth as a craftsperson fell under the scanner. By the end, she had managed a fair show though people would have expected more of her had they known of her connection with Shekhar Kapur. The very-able filmmaker is her brother.

But as they say, films and theatre are diverse mediums and each one can be formidably challenging. Sohaila has been more of a stage person, though not so much by choice. “I would have loved to act in films but was held down by family elders who were most disapproving. Theatre offered me an exclusive space – fertile enough for ideas to blossom and perspectives to grow,” says Sohaila, the writer-director for whom “Conversations” is a comeback production.

With it, she has hit the stage after 11 years. In between she has been profiling the lives and times of her illustrious uncles Chetan Anand, Vijay Anand and Dev Anand.

Back to “Conversations” – it is a set of twin plays fashioned in the genre of comedy and it sets out with the mission of tickling the ribs of people. Ready to roll in their seats, the audience is, however, left waiting for quite a while until laughter finally arrives with the second play. Titled “Lost”, the first one proves to be a non starter. It exhibits several wrinkles that need an expert iron.

For most part, it only pretends to be a comedy as it trails the pleasure trip of two forgetful friends who have an unexpected encounter with memory when their vehicle conks off following an accident!

Laughter arrives with “Suppressed Desires”, the second play in which Sohaila vindicates her stand! Donning an actress’s and a director’s mantle, she builds up the theory of psychoanalysis in the most hilarious manner possible. Punctuated with comic references and strange behavioural patterns of principal characters, the play drives home the futility of messing with “suppressed desires.”

It makes ribs tickle and does what comedy is supposed to do. Among the actors who made the show a success were Sohaila, Arun Das, Divya Chandra and Padma Damodaran.


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