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PSEB budget passed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 28
The Punjab School Education Board cleared a budget of about Rs 100 crore for the year 2006-07 at a special meeting held here today.

The members proposed to contribute a sum of Rs 5 crore to the pension corpus fund so that pension could be paid to employees, including teachers of Adarsh schools. The scholarship amount paid to students has also been raised from Rs 40, Rs 60 and Rs 75 to Rs 100, Rs 150 and Rs 200, respectively.

The Chairman of the board has been given the right to appoint the Secretary of the board. The post has been lying vacant since September last year after Mr Mohinder Bir Singh’s term expired. Even though the board members had appointed Mr V. Bhalla, a PCS officer, as Secretary of the board at a meeting held in January, the official had failed to take over the charge so far. It is reported that he was not being relieved from the post he was holding.

The board members also decided to employ daily wage workers on contract.

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DAV College students protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Over 200 students of DAV college ,Sector 10, here staged a protest against the college management and principal for withholding their roll numbers following shortage of their lectures.

In a press note issued by Mandeep Singh ,joint secretary of the DAV College Students' Council , the students had been forced to protest since the academic council of the college had not taken a favourable decision in this regard.

The students raised slogans against the Principal, Mr S. Marriya, and also burnt his effigy. Amitpal Singh Pala the President of the Union said that the college should withhold roll numbers of all those students who had not attended 75 per cent lectures.

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Palak tops in DAV exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Palak Mehra of the KBDAV School, Sector 7, has topped in the DAV education board Class VIII examination in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali by securing 92.67 per cent marks.

Debashish Ghoshal has stood second by securing 91.50 per cent marks in the examination, results of which were announced yesterday.

The result of the school was 100 per cent, with five students scoring above 90 per cent marks and 110 students scoring above 80 per cent marks.

Nimish Batra stood first at the DAV School, Sector 8, with 91 per cent marks and Gunjot Kaur stood second with 90.5 per cent marks, with seven students scoring more than 85 per cent marks.

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Teachers stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
In response to the call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU), the executive committee members of PCCTU staged a dharna at Matka Chowk, Chandigarh yesterday. College principals led by the president of the Principals’ Federation Dr R.P. Bhardwaj also joined the dharna.

Addressing the dharna R.S. Brar, President, PCCTU criticised the attitude of some lower rank officials of the department, who are distorting the facts out of context to mislead officers.

Addressing the dharna, Dr Jagwant Singh, general secretary, PCCTU said that they feel relieved that the government has cleared the fourth quarter grant of Rs 18.68 crore. He hoped that with the return of M.P. Singh to the city from election duty, the matter may be resolved in a day or two. He cautioned the government that the smooth conduct of university examinations which are commencing this week depends upon the resolution of the problem of staff affected by shifting of Plus two classes and the salary issue of B.Ed. colleges.

The dharna was also addressed by Sudish Sharma, President Chandigarh District Council, Mr S.S.Hundal and Mr N.P.Manocha, fellows of Panjab University.

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NIFD holds annual function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The NIFD’s annual awards and cultural function was held at the Kala Gram here this evening.

Everything from costumes to sets and choreography was done by the students.

The show began with two puppets arguing about the changing face of Hindi film music.

At least 80 youngsters in 10 rounds regaled the audience.

NIFD vice-president Aditi Srivastava was thrilled with the effort.

Sixty awards were given away by high-profile invitees.

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Warrant for Bheora’s custody

Chandigarh, March 28
A local court today granted production warrant to the Chandigarh Police to bring BKI chief Paramjit Singh Behora from Delhi. The bail application of Bheora moved by his counsels was rejected by the court. The court had yesterday denied giving the production warrant of Bheora.

Bail plea

In connection with a three-year-old case of former Excise and Taxation Inspector S.M. Khan, procuring a fake graduation degree of Magadh University, Bihar, UT Excise and Taxation Officer Sukhdev Sharma has moved an anticipatory bail plea in the court.

The application which today came up for hearing before the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.K. Mehta, was referred to Mr R.S. Baswana. It has been clubbed with a regular bail application, which had been moved by Khan. The bail application of the Deputy Controller of Examination of Magadh University was pending before the court. TNS

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Modern art yet to arrive in India, says Goswami
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
When seen through Dr B.N. Goswami's prism, the otherwise inscrutable world of art appears most friendly - as if it were born to reach out and stay on...

Art stayed on to enrapture the audiences again today as art historian Dr Goswami took control of its aspects at Government Museum auditorium this afternoon. In focus was the grossly misinterpreted world of modern art which has failed to find favor with the orient. Quoting extensively from an Urdu poem written to run down all that contemporary art signifies, Dr Goswami showed how vain some observations can be.

"The poet was obviously not referring to modern art, though his poem was titled "abstract art". All it does is reflect the deep rot of our ignorance as far as art of our times is concerned. The West has come to respect contemporary art because it has managed to take it through the cycle of historical evolution. We have jumped and skipped phases, bringing ourselves to ignorance," Dr Goswami reasoned.

Coming from him, the words made sense and more so when he added to them some more words which most artists hate to say. "Art is a buzzing activity anywhere in the world. In India, it is beginning to pick up though in a narrow sense. The prices of contemporary art are rising exponentially, creating an extraordinary opportunity which needs to be seized on an urgent basis," he declared, laying to rest all apprehensions about art not being fashionable enough to sell.

And then he dwelt on the ethics of art, instigating artists into introspection. "We need to ask ourselves what we are in the business of. Are we here merely for entertainment or self expression? What about our responsibility towards sensitizing people to the values embedded in art?" he made a pointed remark -- inspiring and disturbing at the same time.

For the conclusion, he picked on Picasso's saying: "Whenever I see something, if there is anything to steal from it, I steal it." But then he goes beyond the idea and creates another image with the power of his mind.

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