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79 given job letters
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 17
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Education, Punjab, gave letters of appointment to 79 persons on compassionate grounds at a function organised in Government Senior Secondary School here today.

The letters of appointment were given to persons whose mother or father had died while in service. As many as 170 cases were still lying pending. The minister has given directions to the officials concerned to clear all pending cases in a month’s time after properly scrutinising the documents submitted in this regard.

For the past a year and a half, the minister had given letters of appointment to 486 persons.

The minister was today accompanied by the DPI, Mr Sadhu Singh Randhawa and Administrative Officer Arvinder Pal Singh Sandhu.

The minister said teachers who were found to be helping students in copying during the ongoing examinations of the Punjab School Education Board would never be put on examination duty.



College teachers stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
In response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union (PCCTU), teachers working in more then 160 non- government colleges staged dharna on the college campuses today. They are demanding a solution to the problems of teachers affected by shifting of +2 classes from colleges to schools, release of grant to B.Ed colleges and implementation of pension scheme of 1996. The Principals' Federation and Non-teaching Employees Union also supported the call and joined dharna at a number of places.

In a joint statement issued by Mr R.S.Brar and Dr Jagwant Singh, president and general secretary, of the PCCTU said no posts were sanctioned on the introduction of the 10+2+3 system.

Mr R.S Brar said the government was forcing the teachers to protest during examinations and should find an early solution to the problem. Principal R.P. Bharadwaj, president, Principals' Federation of GND varsity area, and Mr D.K Manro, president, Non-Teaching Employees Union, extended full support to the protest. The teachers will again stage dharnas on campuses on March 24 and executive committee of the PCCTU will stage dharna at Matka Chowk, Chandigarh, on March 27.



Art show by schoolchildren
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, March 17
Ms Kiran Choudhary, Minister of State for Tourism, Haryana, inaugurated an exhibition of paintings by Mango Grove schoolchildren here today.

She appreciated the school endeavour of roping in the poor, destitute and orphan children for the Fun Day programme in the school premises.

"A hearty admiration of paintings by Ms Kiran Choudhry and the bureaucrat poet Vijai Vardhan and Managing Director, Haryana Tourism, ensured the sale of half of the paintings, said Aradhika Sekhon, the school coordinator. 



40 poor girls get certificates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
It was a fulfilled dream for 40 disadvantaged girls, after getting training in hotel management and house keeping, who got certificates from Mrs Jean Rodrigues, wife of the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Chandigarh, at a function at Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, here today.

This training programme, which was inaugurated by Mrs Rodrigues on January 12, 2006, had been jointly undertaken by the Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation and Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, aiming to provide practical knowledge and professional skills to these poor girls and providing them opportunities to be self-reliant. The corporation and the institute are also making efforts to provide jobs for the students. Mrs Jean Rodrigues said similar programmes were being organised in different pockets to help the poor and needy. Mrs Rodrigues also inaugurated a house-keeping course in Sector 25 for 30 trainees. 



PU seminar on technology and society
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
The two-day national seminar organised by the Department of Sociology, Panjab University, on "Technology and society — issues and interface with special reference to India" ended with a panel discussion on ''Technology and Society: past experiences and future challenges'' here today. Panelists were renowned academicians who highlighted sociological, ecological, environmental, economical and legal issues pertaining to technology.

Prof. Amrit Srinivasan from IIT, Delhi, discussed the paradigm shifts in technology. Prof. Gopal Krishan from CRRID mentioned that technology was a self-propelling process.

The seminar ended with a valedictory address by an eminent sociologist Prof Victor S. D' Souza. 



Polytech college Principal honoured

Chandigarh, March 17
Ms Usha Mahajan, Principal, Government Polytechnic for Women, Sector 10, here has been honoured by the Indian Solidarity Council, New Delhi, with ''Jewel of India Award'' for having outstanding achievement in her field.

The award was presented by Minister of State for Finance Pawan Kumar Bansal at a national seminar on ''Education and Socio- economic development" held on March 13, in New Delhi.

The function was attended by Dr G.V.G. Krishnamurthy, former Election Commissioner and Dr Bhism Narain Singh, former Governor of North Eastern States. TNS



Lawyers’ strike threat to speedy justice: Verma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
“There can be no corrupt judge without there being a corrupt lawyer,” said Justice J.S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India, while delivering the first Ajit Singh Sarhadi Memorial lecture on “Role of the bar in democracy” at Panjab University here today.

Talking in the context of accountability of judges and lawyers, Justice Verma pointed out that while members of the bar could “judge the judges,” it was possible if they themselves were above board.

Referring to a statement of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, regarding the need for an effective mechanism to ensure judicial accountability while at the same time maintaining the independence of the judiciary, Justice Verma reitertes the response of the Chief Justice of India: “The judiciary is committed to continue cleansing itself by coming down with a heavy hand on unscrupulous elements that may exist within, and also by removing the deadwood. We have adopted a policy of zero tolerance on the subject.”

Rejecting the concept of lawyers striking work, Justice Verma said: “The lawyers’ strike is a serious threat to speedy justice and must be shunned at all costs. If a bandh called by a political party violates a citizen’s rights and is illegal, a strike by the members of the Bar adversely affecting the administration of justice should be viewed more seriously.”

He expressed concern over the unfulfilled tasks of speedy justice, which was a promise in Article 21 of the Constitution that continued to elude the common man encouraging a few to resort to extra legal remedies. “It is also eroding the credibility of the justice delivery system. Criminalisation and politics and politicisation of crime are logical corollaries. Failure of justice in some high profile cases recently has further aggravated the problem raising serious doubt in the public mind about the Constitution’s guarantee of equality before law and equal application of laws to everyone. This is posing a serious threat to the rule of law and, therefore, to democracy. It is time that the rhetoric of Article 21 is translated into practice and it does not remain merely a pious hope,” he said.

Justice Verma further highlighted the Bar’s role in the efficacy of public interest litigation through judicial activism. “The best form of judicial activism is that which keeps all the institutions of governance alert to perform their constitutional obligation so that there is no need for judicial intervention to activate them. However, judicial activism is a facet of judicial review the practice of which requires considerable expertise with dexterity in its execution,” he said, cautioning that judicial activism should not take the form of ‘judicial ad hocism’ or ‘judicial adventurism’. “PIL must be strictly regulated for certainty and to prevent its misuse for private or personal gain with ulterior motive,” he said.



Grover on song
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
It all started with that familiar pinch of worthlessness that one feels at some point of their lives. But Gulshan Grover did not let the matter end there.

He fed the pinch and savoured the pain of it until one day there was no pain at all. He had managed to put it in the foundations of his success, which has grown stronger with years.

At the most exciting stage of his career, the archetypal villain so dear to Bollywood is singing the Hollywood song. And the best part is he is singing well.

Basking in the glory of a Bond film, what else can Grover do but hum celebratory tunes. And he does not mind taking you back to the days when he was not so much in rhythm.

As a student at Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi, he would often envy the sons and daughters of illustrious businessmen who had empires to bequeath.

“I used to be the only enduring one — boarding buses to attend classes in time, looking for ways to gratify my urge for perfection. And then I realised I could act for a living. That is what I did,” says Grover, in Chandigarh to anchor an ETC Punjabi award ceremony due tomorrow.

He is in the town with item girl Rakhi Sawant and actress-singer Rageshwari Sachdev, who will shortly been seen in another TV serial.

As for Grover, the next halt after Delhi was Mumbai — a city that facilitated his pursuits though in the darker alley of villainy.

“But I did not mind that. I had acted as Meghnath in Ram Leelas, had been in the Vanar Sena and had done a lot of stuff that helped me do justice to every ‘bad’ role that came my way,” he says.

But then came a time in his career when he felt he had saturated himself in Bollywood. So he shut shop, packed his bags with courage and landed in Hollywood. “All I had then was a vision and courage to follow it,” he says, adding: “My first film was Jungle Book-II and then a series that included Monsoon, Rose, Marguerite, Air Panic, Beeper and Eastside….”

The latest delicacy tempting him is script writing for a Hollywood film, but that might take a while to shape up.

Until then, Grover has parked in Bollywood and will be seen in at least four flicks, the most hyped being Mahesh Bhatt’s “Gangster”. The others include “Sautan” with Mahima Chaudhary, “8Nani” and “Shaadi se pehle”.

Whatever be the profile of his future releases, one thing for sure, Grover will finally prefer West over East.

“For the simple reason that the West knows the art of respecting the contribution that each department of the film industry makes to the success of any blockbuster. Also, people in Hollywood love interacting with Indian actors. It is their way of finding new perspectives on an old familiar land of the Kamasutra and other exotica,” explains Grover who has emerged the true representative of India in Hollywood.


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