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Contests mark week-long celebrations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Competitions marked the week-long celebrations at the St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School in Sector 44 here.

The senior and middle wings organised a poster-making competition on environment.

Students of kindergarten and primary classes presented a programme on the conservation of the environment. The tiny tots presented a parody on deforestation and a qawwali was also performed.

Painting contest

The Chandigarh unit of the All-India Terrorist Front (AIATF) today organised the second inter-school painting and poster-making competition on “Vijay Divas” to pay respects to the Kargil heroes at the Art Museum, Sector 10, here.

Over 700 students of various schools from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula participated in the competition. The families of martyrs belonging to Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula attended the memorial service and awarded the winners. The aim of this competition was to inculcate the feeling of patriotism in the minds of youth.

Capt (retd) Harpal Singh, the father of shaheed Major Harminder Pal Singh (Shaurya Chakra), Prof Harbans Lal Sagar, the father of shaheed Major Sandeep Sagar, Lt- Col (retd) J.S. Kanwar, father of shaheed Major Sandeep Shankla (Ashok Chakra), S.Gurbax Singh Dhindsa, the father of shaheed Flt- Lt Gursimrat Singh Dhindsa, Mrs Sudesh Sharma, mother of shaheed Capt Atul Sharma, Mrs Poonam Guleria wife of shaheed Capt Deepak Guleria (Sena Medal), Sh Neeraj Vats father of shaheed Major Navneet Vats and Sh S.S. Kaushal father of shaheed Capt Rohit Kaushal (Sena Medal) attended the memorial service.

Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, Chairman of the front presided over the function. He lauded the role of the Indian Army and paid respects to the martyrs of the nation. He presented the mementoes and shawls to martyrs families.

A memorial service was also performed in the memory of Kargil martyrs. Floral tributes were paid to the martyrs and two minutes silence was observed in their memory. The participants brilliantly explored their thoughts about the battlefield, terrorism in India and global terrorism in paintings. Eminent artists Ishwar Dayal, Sandeep Joshi, Alka Jain, Guneeta Chadha and J.P. Singh made the judgments and appreciated the works of the participants.



Home Secy stresses on health education
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
The UT Home Secretary, Mr Krishna Mohan, today called upon school teachers to actively participate in awareness programmes like health education as they are the role model for the students. He was addressing the school teachers after inaugurating School Dental Health Education Programme at New Public School, Sector 18, here today.

Mr Mohan stressed on the need to impart preventive Dental Health Education in the schools so that the spread of dental and gum diseases can be prevented.

Prof K. Gauba, president of Chandigarh State Branch of IDA and Director-Principal and Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, Panjab University, elaborated on the preventive oral health care including dietary counselling and brushing methods.

The programme was organised by the local branch of the Indian Dental Association (IDA) and Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited in collaboration with Rotary Club, Chandigarh Central. 



NCC to take up ecology project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) has joined hands with the G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development for the protection and development of the environment and ecology of the Himalayan region.

Under the venture, named Operation PARADE (Participatory Action for Rural Area Environment Development), trained work force would be provided by the NCC, while the Institute will provide technical expertise and training facilities. The NCC will also organised awareness and training camps in villages.

According to NCC officers here, a 10-point agenda has bee charted, which includes conservation and management of natural resources, increasing productivity through land reform programmes, checking land erosion and arranging safe disposal of solid waste.

Other major objectives include harvesting and conservation of water, ensuring sufficient and sustainable availability of water, making water available in areas affected by shortages and enhancing employment opportunities.

Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Sikkim and the north-eastern states would be covered under the venture. A pilot project was undertaken in Kumaon last year and on seeing its success and the positive response from local villages, it was decided to launch a joint venture to cover the entire Himalayan region.



Respects paid to Kargil heroes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
The local unit of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front today organised the second inter-school painting and poster making competition on ‘Vijay Divas’. The function is organised to pay respects to Kargil heroes.

More than 700 participants from schools in the city, Mohali and Panchkula participated in the competition. Families of martyrs from the tri-city attended the memorial service and the award ceremony for the winners at today’s function.

Capt (retd) Harpal Singh, father of Major Harminder Pal Singh (Shaurya Chakra), Prof Harbans Lal Sagar, father of Major Sandeep Sagar, Lt Col (retd) J.S. Kanwar, father of Major Sandeep Shankla (Ashok Chakra), Mr Gurbax Singh Dhindsa, father of Flt Lt Gursimrat Singh Dhindsa, Mrs Sudesh Sharma, mother of Capt Atul Sharma, Mrs Poonam Guleria, wife of Capt Deepak Guleria (Sena Medal, Mr Neeraj Vats, father of major Navneet Vats and Mr S.S. Kaushal, father of Capt Rohit Kaushal (Sena Medal) attended the function.

Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, chairman of the front, presided over the function. He lauded the role of the Indian Army and paid respects to the martyrs.

Ananya from Sacred Heart won the painting contest in which the subject was the ‘National Flag’. Tejal Juneja from Hans Raj Public School, Panchkula, was second, and the third place was bagged by Diya Sharma from Sacred Heart.

Kanav Gupta from Sacred Heart won the first prize in the contest which had ‘battlefield’ as the subject. Harkiran Kaur from Gem Public School and Hasna Singh from Manav Mangal were second and third, respectively.

Tanya Gupta (Hans Raj Public School, Panchkula) won the contest which had ‘Terrorism in India’ as the subject. Sankalp Verma from Gem Public school and Srishty Chaudhary (Bhavan Vidyalaya) were second and third, respectively.

In the contest which had ‘global terrorism’ as the subject, Davinder Singh from Gian Jyoti School was the winner. Nitish from Government Model School, Sector 26, was second, and the third place was bagged by Vrinda Mittal from Hans Raj Public School, Panchkula.

Sacred Heart won the best school trophy in the contest.



ISTC plans new courses, tie-ups for industry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
The Indo-Swiss Training Centre (ISTC) here has drawn up a road map to cater to the industry’s emerging requirement for trained technicians in contemporary scientific and technical fields.

This includes new courses and tie-ups with academic institutions and the industry.

“We will introduce advanced courses in medical instrumentation”, Dr Pawan Kapur, Director, Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), of which the ISTC forms a part, said.

“The CSIO has contributed to the medical instrumentation industry and new courses in this field can help mitigate the industry’s problems”, he added.

Dr Kapur said memorandums of understanding were being signed with academic institutes and universities, including the Panjab University, the Kurukshetra University, the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology and the Punjab Engineering College, to conduct research and development programmes.

The faculty would also be associated with the programmes and cross-fertilisation of knowledge and technical expertise between the institutions would be encouraged, he added.

Funding and stipends for research would be borne by CSIR, he said.



PCCTU flays attack on college Principal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) condemned the attacks by anti-social elements on Principal of Government Mohindra College, Patiala and Prof Sunil Aggarwal of KCSD College, Ludhiana, on respective college campuses during the past two days.

Dr Jagwant Singh, General Secretary, PCCTU, said in a statement that it seemed that the attacks had a connection with

efforts of political parties, which are trying to get a foothold amongst students in view of forthcoming elections to the Punjab Assembly.



Teej celebrated
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 26
Students of Deepmala Public School celebrated Teej in the school here today.

Ms Deep Mala, chairperson of the school, inaugurated the celebrations and educated the students about the importance of the festival. She also asked them to be part of the celebrations every year so that the cultural heritage of Punjab could be saved.

A dance competition was organised to mark the celebrations. The school management had also set up stalls of eatables for the students and their parents.

Earlier, Ms Anita Mittal, Principal, read out a report on cultural activities organised by the school and motivates the students for participating in extra-curricular activities apart from their studies.



New courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
The Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute of Vocational Studies, Sector 27, will be introducing new courses from August. The courses offered are fashion design, including clothing techniques, textile designing and beauty culture.

These courses are certified courses and the duration of the courses is six months. The courses are only for women and girls. The minimum qualification for this course is Class XII pass.



27 complete hair care course
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 26
The Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Mohali, organised a short duration “Advance Course in Hair Care and Hair Style”. As many as 27 students successfully completed the course. Prof. Asha Sethi distributed certificates to the students.

She said globalization had generated a lot of employment opportunities for women in various fields like beauty culture and health care, dress designing, food preservation and nutrition.



Naseeruddin’s romance with theatre
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, July 26
Fresh from his directorial debut in films, Naseeruddin Shah is ready to hit the space of live performance.

As such, he has seldom stayed away from theatre which he considers the greatest available therapy to man. In his case, it has worked wonders by rejuvenating his senses on the one hand and chiseling his sensibilities on the other. No wonder there is no sapping the master thespian’s creative energies which have often been directed towards fine pursuits - ones that very few dare to indulge in.

Under the wings of Motley, the theatre company set up in 1979, Naseeruddin has inspired a whole new range of theatre productions that draw from the rich literary corpus of the finest writers of our times. After breaking fresh ground with “Ismat Apa ke Naam”, Naseeruddin went on to raise a series of purposeful productions in which story reigned supreme.

In Chandigarh to present “Katha Collage I” under the aegis of Durga Das Foundation, The Tribune and Spice Telecom, Naseeruddin spoke of the joys of story telling in theatre. “When Motley was first set up, we dabbled heavily in English theatre. But then came a time when we began to question the purpose of projecting western sensibilities. We wanted to do Hind theatre but there was acute shortage of original plays. Most of the plays were either obscure or mere translations from other languages. So we decided to source our plays from the repertoire of writers like Ismat Chugtai, Manto, Hari Shankar Parsai and others. It was a new idiom and very challenging to me as an actor. The big question was whether I could hold the attention of the audience by telling the story as it,” said the actor.

In the productions that followed, there was minimum or absolutely no altering of the original story. And Naseeruddin has reasons for this practice, “Effectiveness of the story lies in its descriptive quality. The less one dramatises the production, the better. I try to narrate the story as neatly as possible, and with as scanty alteration as possible,” says Naseeruddin, who is concerned about the future of Motley, as he says, “I don’t want the group to depend on my name. I want it to prosper despite me.”

But most of the time, Naseeruddin has managed to steer clear of the rot that often defines cinema. His latest film “Yun Hota to Kya Hota” is a specimen of his “realistic style” which he protects at all costs, even at the cost of criticism.

Having said that, the actor spoke of how “cerebral” contemporary theatre had grown to be. He even blamed the NSD for not preparing the actors for realistic theatre.

However, Naseeruddin is enjoying every bit of his romance with theatre. Never mind he still regards it as an “activity of a few mad men.”



A novel on Kanishka tragedy
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
One of the worst disasters in the aviation history of the world was the bombing of the Delhi-bound Air-India Boeing 747 flight " Kanishka" from Canada on June 23, 1985. It exploded mid-air killing all 329 people on board, most of them Canadians of Indian origin. The crash was attributed to terrorism that engulfed Punjab in 80s and 90s.

The crash's investigation took 20 years of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police which spent $150 million (Canadian) on the probe.

The Canada-based writer, Iqbal Ramoowalia, has authored " The Midair Frown", a novel that is spun around the Kanishka tragedy. Iqbal,who migrated to Canada in 1975, after teaching English in a College at Gurusar Sudhar for some years, now teaches English in government institutions in Toronto. He is one of those NRIs who watched the Khalistan movement from close quarters in that country.

After authoring six books of poetry in Punjabi, Iqbal Ramoowalia switched to English fiction recently with his first novel" The Death of a Passport", that narrates a sorrowful tale of a Punjabi girl who lives a tumultuous life as an illegal immigrant in Canada.

The Midair Frown is Iqbal's second novel, which, according to him, is the only work of fiction dealing with the Canadian version of the blood-spattered Khalistani movement of the 80's. His novel is detailed narrative of what, Iqbal says, the " chaotic, directionless, and myopic character of the Khalistan movement, which flouted all ethical, religious, humanistic and democratic values by ruthlessly persecuting even eliminating, those who opposed it".

" The novel reveals how navigators and movers as well as armchair advocates of this movement were so thickly conceited, snobbish and shortsighted that they refused to foresee and recognise the bare reality that militancy was bound to generate immeasurable backlash", asserts Iqbal.

The novel is spun around Jasbir, an adolescent rural boy from Punjab, who, driven by utter poverty and the demise of his father, takes shelter in a religious place where the priest subjects the boy to inhuman treatment.

Later, with a design to amass money, the priest smuggles a large contingent of fake preachers, including Jasbir, into Canada where the young boy succeeds in obtaining the much coveted permanent landed status. After the destruction of his faith's holiest shrine in India by armed forces, Jasbir turns a religious fanatic. He raises funds through radio and TV shows in the name of Khalistan and joins other boys to plan the blowing up of the Air-India plane.

"My novel highlights the paradoxical character of this movement's irrational adherents, who ostentatiously fought for their 'human rights', but themselves trampled the human rights of others who refused to give credence to their ideology", says Iqbal.

He claims that " this work of literature exposes the cruelty perpetrated by the seemingly gentle people against innocent beings, including children and women.

The novel also sheds light on the unholy alliance among politicians, bureaucracy, and criminals.



Cultural function at Yavnika
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 26
Panchkula Kala Vikas Manch will organise a cultural function apart from painting and mehndi competitions to mark the Teej celebrations at Open Air Theatre Yavnika in Sector 5 on Friday.

The painting and mehndi competitions would be organised at Sood Bhavan in Sector 10 from 9 am to 12 noon.

Mr Balbir Singh Khokha, chairman of the manch, disclosed that the Haryanvi folk songs and dances would be special attractions of the function. The celebrations have been specially organised as an attempt to educate students of various government schools about the Haryanvi culture.

Students from various government school will participate in the Teej celebrations.



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