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PU scientist presents paper in Turkey
Tribune News Service

Manu Sharma Panchkula, September 7
Manu Sharma, a scientist from Panchkula doing PhD at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, on a fellowship of Indian Council of Medical Research, presented a paper at the XIXth International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry held at Istanbul, Turkey, recently.

He was awarded the Bentham publication travel grant for young scientists at the conference organised by the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry and Turkish Association of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry from August 29 to September 2.

The only Indian to present research paper at the symposium and the only Asian to get the prestigious travel grant, Mr Manu Sharma presented his paper on “design and development of lantadenes as anti-tumour agents”.

Co-authored by Prof P.D.Sharma of the same department and Prof M.P.Bansal, Department of Biophysics, the research work was based on the synthesis of anti-cancer compounds from the obnoxious weed lantana.

He said his work had evoked great response from universities and the pharmaceutical industry. He was hopeful that some foreign industry and research organisation would come forward to collaborate with him in carrying forward his work from the lab to clinics. 



Low-cal cookery contest held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Dietetic Association organised contests on poster making and cookery during the ongoing ‘Nutrition Week’ celebrations at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here.

Students from various educational institutions in and around the city and interns of Home Science Colleges, the College of Education and Medical Colleges, participated in the contests. The poster-making competition was based on the theme “Obesity - a growing global challenge,” while the cookery contest was based on innovative low calorie nutritious recipes for breakfast and evening snacks.

Apart from 47 paintings and various varities of snacks prepared by the participants during the celebrations were also displayed in a hall of the Dietetic Department today.

Ms Manju Mathur, president of the Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Dietetic Association, said the main aim to organise the contests was to create awareness among the young generation regarding ‘globesity’ problem. The globesity problem has been increasing at an alarming rate and requires immediate prevention.

In poster making, Nupur Gupta and Shail Yadav of Government Home Science College, Chandigarh, got the first and third positions while Natasha of Government College, Patiala, was adjudged the second. The top winner of cookery competition were Aroohi Tyagi of Government Home Science College, Chandigarh, Rachna of General Hospital, Sector 16, and Kirandeep of DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh.

The GMCH director-principal, Prof H.M. Swami, inaugurated the exhibition this morning. He also presented certificate of merit and mementos to the winners of the contests on the spot. 



Centre for special kids opened
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Vivek High School yesterday opened its doors to children with special needs through Jagriti, a centre, that caters to their academic and social needs.
The centre was inaugurated by parents of enrolled students. The lamp was lit. Prayers followed the introductory talk by Ms Gurman Sandhu, one of the educators of the centre.

At Jagriti, where the student-educator ratio is 4:1, will focus to create a happy and stress-free atmosphere. Here, the children can enjoy and learn with confidence, she informed.

The centre will be adopt the partial-inclusion approach — where the children will be encouraged and helped to spend as much time as possible in regular classrooms as per their personal, social and academic needs.

Eminent personalities of this field Dr Prabhjot Malhi, Dr B. S. Chavan, Ms Sharda Kaushik, Ms Neelu Sarin and Dr B. N. S. Walia were some of the invitees who interacted with the parents and the educators.

Students seeking admission to Jagriti which will be opened from Monday to Friday between 9 am to 1pm should be over 3 years of age.



KBDAV Principal honoured
Tribune News Service

Ms Madhu Bahl Chandigarh, September 7
Ms Madhu Bahl, Principal of KBDAV, Sector 7-B, has been honoured with the National Teachers Award 2005, by the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The award consists of a citation, certificate, a medal and Rs 25,000 as the award money.

The award was given to her in public recognition of valuable services to the community as a teacher of outstanding merit. The ceremony was held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on September 5. “I was elated at being invited by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh at his residence along with other awardees and being addressed by him,” she said.

Ms Bahl is the founder Principal of Kailash Bahl DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7-B. She has contributed in the field of academics and sports, besides social and cultural spheres.



ITI employees, students decry Punjab Govt
Tribune News Service

Lalru, September 7
The ITI Employees Union and students of the local ITI organised a gate rally here today against the “anti-employees” policies of the Punjab Government.

Addressing the rally, Mr Shamsher Purkhalvi, a union leader, came down heavily on the decision of the Punjab Government to privatise educational and health institutions which would make the education and healthcare out of the reach of the common man.

Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Mr Paramjit Singh, Mr Harjit Singh, Mr Harbinder Singh, Mr Satnam Singh, Mr Satish Kumar and Mr Kulwinder Singh. Meanwhile, a massive rally is scheduled to be held by the union at Chandigarh tomorrow.



Now Raj Babbar speaks for farmers
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Raj Babbar Chandigarh, September 7
Raj Babbar has taken his own time to realise that friends were not friends after all.
Having parted ways with the Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav whose pro-capitalist policies had begun to stifle his sensibilities, the three-time MP is professing a new political faith now. The challenge for him is to get others to profess it too. And today saw the actor-politician progress in the desired direction; socialism by his side.

“We, at the Jana Morcha, are fighting for the rights of farmers who are bearing the brunt of exploitative acquisition laws. We are not averse to development, but we are concerned about the costs which development involves. Across the country, farmers have been suffering as their lands continue to get acquired in the name of development. We want a fundamental change in acquisition laws of the country,” Babbar declared while baring the agenda of “Mukti Sangram” which the newly floated party Jana Morcha has launched to protect the rights of farmers and ensure employment for those who get displaced in the wake of “development.”

Babbar chose to speak from the Chandigarh Press Club perhaps because the venue had served his beginnings well. The last time he derided TADA from this platform, the law was annulled within a year. He was obviously hoping for history to repeat itself when he discussed the ideology of his new party which plans to fight elections on basic issues of survival and socialism.

As of now, the Jana Morcha is aligned only to the CPI in Uttar Pradesh. Babbar said, “There is no question of any arrangement with the parties currently ruling in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Both of them have been insensitive to farmers’ rights and dignity - something we stand for. Also, we have nothing to do with forces that further the interest of capitalists like Ambanis.”

Even in Uttar Pradesh, as Babbar said, their battle was one of ideals. “We fought the Mulayam Singh government because it went out of the way to facilitate Anil Ambani’s takeover of agricultural land for corporate purpose. As many as 2500 acres were acquired, but the farmers were not compensated in keeping with market considerations. It is high time the farmers got their due lest Naxalite rule prevails,” said Babbar, adding that the Jana Morcha was in touch with farmers’ unions of India and was planning a rally from Deoria to Dadri (in UP) on September 23. “We will halt at 40 locations where farmers have suffered atrocities at the hands of capitalists,” the politician said.

In Punjab too, the Jana Morcha recently held a panchayat at Moga to mobilise farmers in their struggle against vested interests which are being protected by laws of the land. Still fledgling, the party is looking for support - both personal and political. It was this support that Babbar was sent out to muster.

Personally, the change in political affiliations has been like a new awakening for Raj Babbar, who has taken years to dissociate himself with the once-revered Mulayam Singh Yadav. The actor in the politician explains the churning hence: “Performances only get better with time. I admit I have taken long to understand that Mulayam Singh says one thing and does quite another. I am glad I at least understood while there was time,” said Babbar, who hopes this performance would be his best, politically speaking.



Works of art – old and new
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Had it not been for Kala Maitri’s pursuits, the students of Government College of Art would never have been able to meet 83-year-old Jeet Singh. Perhaps the oldest Art College alumnus living in Chandigarh, Jeet Singh was the cynosure of all eyes at PU Fine Arts Museum where Kala Maitri’s impressive art exhibition opened last evening.

The oldest art college student present in the huge gathering of hundreds, Jeet Singh was proud to be part of the moment made special by the presence of several old and new students. In the backdrop of art, it was a lovely reunion – one which the old students had been waiting for, for ages.

“Never has such an event taken place in the history of Indian art. The Alumni Association of Government Art College has achieved a lot in bringing together the scattered creations of artists. Where else will we find the works of Bhawani Katoch, HS Purewal, Avtarjit Dhanjal, Prem Singh, Jodh Singh and Shiv Singh at the same platform?” asked Jeet Singh, a master lacquer artst, who picked up the art from Mayo School. Later he went on to teach craft at the Shimla College of Art before settling down in Chandigarh. A master craftsman, he is perhaps the only one promoting lacquer art in Punjab. The art, as a discipline, is no longer taught in college – something Jeet Singh laments.

But on the whole he was upbeat, like hundreds of assembled students. Present in the gallery when Panjab University VC R.C. Sobti inaugurated the show which comprises works of 168 old and new students, were veterans like Jodh Singh, Shiv Singh, R.D. Lohtia, Malkit Singh, Prem Singh, Asha Sharma, Ishwar Dyal, and Jagdish Ahuja among others. And then there was the younger lot that made the show a success today. This included Vinay Malik, Diwan Manna, Surajmukhi Sharma, Bheem Malhotra, Alka Jain and Anita Gupta.

The works span decades of artistic pursuit. They have been sourced from the repertoire of students belonging to batches as old as 1940 and as new as 2006. All 13 galleries of the PU Fine Arts Museum are shining with life experiences captured in myriad forms of art –paintings, graphic, photographs, sculptures, applied art and much more. Another impressive ensemble is that of lacquer work pots, crafted by Jeet Singh.

Besides, there are iconic works that bring the artists alive. In this league fall Bheem Malhotra, Satwant Singh, Shiv Singh, Jodh Singh, H.S. Purewal, Diwan Manna, and some others.



‘Husn-e-Ghazal’ released
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 7
An audio album of ghazals, titled “Husn-e-Ghazal” by well-known composer and playback singer of several films and TV serials, Devki Anand, was released at the Pracheen Kala Kendra complex here yesterday at a function. Releasing the album, M.L. Koser, Director-Registrar of the kendra complimented Devki Anand for the soulful and melodious compositions which reflect the emotional intensity of lyrics.

A foremost disciple of Pandit R.B. Kushalkar and Pandit Laxmi Narain Tiwari, Devki Anand started his musical journey in 1976 as a playback singer for Reshma. He claims to have scored music for numerous Hindi and Punjabi films, TV serials and documentaries. Prominent amongst them are: “Murder in Khandala, Mujhe meri Biwi Se Bachhao, Aansoo, Mera Intqam, Kaun Karega Insaaf, Gurh Nalon Ishq Mittha, etc.” during his stint in the Bollywood.

“Asha Bhonsle, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Mohinder Kapoor, Suresh Wadekar, Mohammad Aziz, Sadhna Sargam, Kavita Krishnamoorthy and many others had sung in my music direction,” said Devki Anand. 



Sandeep dejected over 2 defeats
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Despite the freak accident that marred his chance to participate in the hockey World Cup, his heart and soul is in Germany. “I am as enthusiastic about the game as I would have been while playing in the field. Though the results have dealt me a severe blow, I have accepted it as God’s will”, said Sandeep Singh, while watching the match between India and England at the PGI here this evening.

Sandeep, who was accidentally shot in Shatabdi Express on August 22, has been recuperating on a fast note.

The two consecutive defeats has made the ace player disappointed, who was sure of today’s win against England before starting of the match. “Earlier, I was of the view that India could manage podium finish but with two defeats the scenario has changed”, said Sandeep sadly.

Giving reasons for today’s defeat, Sandeep said, “Not playing natural game was the biggest reason”. He also admitted that the performance of the team was below mark. “In my view the forward line is finishing poorly and the team needs to workout on that area immediately”, said Sandeep, who was of full praise for the great efforts put in by the team against defending champion Germany on Wednesday.

Apart from Sandeep’s parents and brother Bikramjit Singh, the parents of Indian forward Rajpal were also present to give him company during the match. For physiotherapy Sandeep will be going to Holland after his recovery. 



Chandigarh Football Academy in semifinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) sailed into semifinals after thrashing Chhattisgarh by a huge margin of 21-0 in the 4th Administrator’s Challenge Cup Football Tournament being played at Football Stadium, Sector 17, here today.

The CFA lads dominated the proceeding from the very start and opened the account in the seventh minute of play through Rinku. After that there was no stopping for the CFA.

The highest scorer for the team was Rakesh with his four goals followed by Jaspal, Manoj and Randeep, who scored three goals each. Gurtej contributed two goals while Maninder, Gurinder scored one goal each.

In another other match, spirited Football Academy (FA), Hoshiarpur, defeated St. Stephen’s football Academy, Chandigarh, by the margin of 5-0.

The FA lad, Charanjit Singh, netted the first goal for his team. It was again Charanjit Singh who dribbled past two defenders of St. Stephens and scored the second goal for his team in the 19th minute of the game with his solo efforts.

In the 30th minute of play, right-out Mehnga Singh of the FA took the ball and sent a square pass towards the striking area which was intercepted by star medio Dilshad Ahmed and scored the third goal for his team with a power packed left footer. The FA were leading by 3-0 at the breather.

After the lemon break, the FA pumped in two more goals through striker Arun in the 46 th minute of play.

In the 54th minute, Gurwinder Singh sealed the 5-0 victory for the team. With this win, the FA has qualified for semifinals to be played on September 9.



Cricket academy for budding players
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, September 7
To cater to the needs of budding cricketers of the town and adjoining areas, a cricket academy has been opened at St Vivekanand Public School here today. “The academy is open for any interested player, who is willing to join”, said Ms Leena Verma, Principal of the school.

SAI coaches Sukhwinder Bawa and Manjit Singh along with Arun Sharma, former Ranji player will be taking trials of young players on September 10 at 9 am in the school. They will also visit the academy to impart training to the upcoming cricketers. Earlier, Mr Daljit Singh, Punjab Cricket Association, curator inaugurated the academy. 



St Stephen’s, St Peter’s to clash in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, will take on St Peter’s School, Sector 37 in the finals of Chandigarh State Atoms Under-13 Football Tournament for the Shivalik Trophy being played at the Shivalik Public School ground in Sector 41, here, today.

Capitalising on the chances that came their way against St Soldier’s International School of Sector 28, St Stephen’s recorded a 2-0 victory in a well-contested semi-final.

Sonu Maji played a key role in the victory by striking two goals.

In the second semifinal St Peter’s School, Sector 37 beat Soupin’s School, Sector 32, by a lone goal.

The all-important goal was scored by Ayush Ganju in the first half. The final between St Stephen’s and St Peter’s will start at 10 a m at the same venue.



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