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Biometric access system installed at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The biometric access system and multiple CCTV cameras have been installed at the SAIF/CIL/UCIM complex at Panjab University. The biometric system, which is trendy, practical and not too expensive, will allow entry by finger insertion, numeric code or both, at the data recording unit installed at the entrance.

The system has been tested and will be put into regular operation after recording of finger impressions of officials, faculty and students. According to Prof Subhash Bedi, Director, CIL, the system can also be used as electronic attendance and movement register to record in/out data of the employees, if need be.

At present, the movement monitoring of the employees in the building is being done by manual recording of their entry/exit timing in the register, SAIF/CIL being the only department in to implement this practice for the past more than a year for greater accountability by the employees.

Besides the biometric access system, three CCTV cameras with the digital audio/video recording facility have been installed, one more can be added subsequently as per the need. One of the cameras has been provided at the entrance point to monitor the entry/exit of visitors and the other two installed are in the Seminar Hall.

The event or lecture at the Seminar Hall can be viewed and recorded not only at some pre-defined places in the department, but also at any place in India or abroad using TCP/IP address and can also be useful to view the event outside Seminar Hall.

Such access and/or monitoring systems can be installed at other places in the university campus like the Vice-Chancellor's office, the Administrative Block, the auditorium and the gates. 



PUSU expels former chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
In a major development, the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) today announced the expulsion of former president Amandeep Singh for anti-party activities. Amandeep is also a former president of the PU Campus Students Council.

A release issued here said Rupinder Jit Singh Mann would be the new chairman of PUSU, while Abhishek Puri has been appointed the president. Puri would also be the presidential candidate for the next elections of the PU Campus Students Council.

Rupinder replaces Varinder Singh Gill, the incumbent chairman.

New appointments were finalised at a general body meeting of the party.

SOPU hails SC ruling on poll

Members of the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) have welcomed the Supreme Court directions regarding student elections. According to a press note issued by Mr Archit, party spokesman, the orders of the apex court were appreciable.

The ceiling of Rs 5000 for expenditure was impractical and an undertrial candidate should not be considered as a convicted person and barred from contesting elections,” he said.



Mar Thoma youth meet from September 29
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The 8th Northern India Regional Mar Thoma Youth Conference of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church will be held at the Sacred Heart Convent School, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana from September 29 to October 2.

Rt. Rev Dr Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa, Bishop of the Trivandrum-Quilon Diocese of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church will inaugurate the conference on September 29 at 6 p.m.

Rt. Rev Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa, Rt. Rev Dr Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa, Rev Dr Paul Swaroop, CNI Christ Church, NOIDA, New Delhi, Fr. Dr. Franco Mullakkal, Trinity Catholic Seminary, Jalandhar, Mr Cherian Thomas, Senior Director, Advisory for THINK, New Delhi, Dr Jamila Koshy, St. Stephen’s Hospital, New Delhi, Dr Satish Thomas, Dr George Koshy, Dr Rajesh Issac and Mr Anand Peacock, Christian Medical College, Luhdiana will provide leadership to the conference.

Besides all the priests of the Delhi Diocese of the Mar Thoma Church, 350 youths from different parishes of North India will attend the four-day conference. The conference is being hosted by the Mar Thoma Church, Ludhiana. 



Flying Cats hold freshers’ party
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The Flying Cats Airhostess School organised a freshers’ party at a local restaurant here today. The event was about vibrancy and fun, with freshers dressed in their best attire. The theme was “Retro time” — the period of 60’s and 70’s typified by stylised prints, playful colours, upbeat music and swinging moves.

The participants walked down the ramp and competed for the main titles which finally went to — Dilshad (Ms Fresher), Ravneet (Mr Fresher), Konika (best-dressed female) and Hanish (best-dressed male). Judges for the evening were managing director of the school, Priyanka Khosla, and fashion designers Nidhi Bajaj and Dimpy Gujral.

Encouraging the participants, Ms Khosla said Flying Cats was an institute that looked after personality development. About the event, she said it was designed to boost the confidence of freshers.



Expert sheds light on Gandhi’s relevance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Prof Avijit Pathak, Chairperson, Department of Sociology, Centre for Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, today delivered a lecture on “Modernity, secularism and resistance: making sense of Gandhi” organised by Critique, a student discussion forum, working in Panjab University.

He said Gandhi gave a new dimension to the freedom movement by taking it to the masses.

He pointed out that Gandhi was anti-feudalism and his agenda included a collective movement involving all groups of society. “His concern was with all sections of society. He never ignored modern sciences also,” said Prof Pathak.

Professor Pathak has published many books, including “Indian Modernity: contradictions, paradoxes and possibilities”, “Social implications of schooling: knowledge, pedagogy and consciousness”, “Modernity, globalisation and identity: towards a reflective quest”.

He also explored the multiple dimensions of Gandhian thought and its implications for contemporary society in his lecture. 



From Colleges
NSS camp at GCG-42 opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
A 10-day NSS camp of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, here was inaugurated by Ms Swati Sharma, SDM, Chandigarh Administration. Ms Sharma in her address to the students laid emphasis on contribution to society and gratitude towards the parents.

NSS volunteers in collaboration with different NGOs organised various activities like blood donation, sapling plantation, cycle rally and health awareness programme at the college level.

During the camp, volunteers will participate in a number of projects. These include campus cleanliness, training in first-aid fire-fighting and awareness drives against AIDS, drug abuse, health and sanitation and pulse polio.

To sensitise students, volunteers will visit old age homes, Nari Niketan, Kushta Ashram, IT Park and Mother Teresa’s Charitable home.

Essay-writing contest: Under the auspices of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, and the Chandigarh Administration, Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh organised an inter college essay writing competition on national integration and communal harmony today.

The Dean, College Instruction, Prof Bhupinder Singh, inaugurated the essay writing competition on national integration and communal harmony today in the college library.

Prof Bhupinder Singh stressed that creative writings bring out the best of talent. Ms Saagiri Thapar, Chief Editor of the college magazine, said the spirit of national solidarity could be fostered through such competitions.

More than 30 students of the various colleges of Chandigarh, including those of GCG-11, GC-11, GC-46, GCG-42, Department of Youth Welfare, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dev Samaj College for Education, Sector 36, S.D. College, Sector 32 and MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh participated in the contest.

Those who spoke on the occasion were Ms Madhu Kapoor and Mr K.P.S. Shante, organisers of the contest. 



Youth parliament contest concludes

Chandigarh, September 26
The two-day youth parliament competition of the KVS, Chandigarh region, concluded here today.
Teams of five kendriya vidyalayas displayed enthusiasm. The team of KV, Jakhu, Shimla, bagged the first position. The winning team would represent the region at the national-level youth parliament competition in New Delhi. TNS



Stars bedazzle villagers
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Villagers are mesmerised. After all, having Bollywood’s stars in their midst is not an occurrence they even dream of, let alone see. But here they are — the combined star power of an effervescent and evergreen Rishi Kapoor, a swashbuckling Akshay Kumar and a pretty-in-pink Katrina Kaif — shooting on a road for Vipul Shah’s ‘Namaste London’, bang in the middle of lush green fields in Kharar, enthralling them.

More than 30 years in the film industry Rishi Kapoor has lost none of his eloquence for the craft. “I don’t know if there is any secret to my long innings. The audiences have given me a lot of love and respect. I believe it is my perseverance, sincerity and passion for what I do that reflects,” he smiles.

The ‘longevity’ has come with its pitfalls, in the form of flops but that has never deterred him, not even for a day. “Success and failure are two sides of a coin and that coin is called films,”
he avers.

But times have changed for this gifted actor and lead roles are no more in the offing. “I have to be honest, I am not happy doing the regular father routine in films, but roles for actors my age are few and far between,” he says.

However, when he does accept a role, his “naturalness” still shines through. “I have learnt my craft that way. The point is not to get onto the viewers nerves or to shout for attention,” he explains. In fact he lives by the mantra given by the late film-maker B R Chopra: acting is putting in effort to show effortlessness.

So how did he become an actor? “It wasn’t me but my father who decided that I should become one,” he laughs. “When he was making ‘Mera Naam Joker’ he asked my mother to let me act. I turned out to be the biggest star on the sets because my dates were most difficult to juggle. I could shoot only on weekends and was not allowed to miss the school.” But the minute he heard he was on, Kapoor rushed to his room to practice scribbling his name for autographs and the rest, as they say is history.

For a man who professes to have “two left feet for dance” (notwithstanding his feisty manoeuvres in ‘Karz’) and a bundle of talent, life is coming a full circle with his son Ranbir making his debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Sawariya’. Eyes shining with pride he proclaims, “My advice to him is ‘let not success go to your head and let not failure go to your heart’,” he says — a lesson which his co-star Akshay Kumar has probably learnt by heart.

Dressed in a jazzy pink kurta, Akshay is emulating a “typical flamboyant Punjabi” in the film which has Katrina and him in the lead. “It is about a culture clash between the two,” he explains.

With three films in his kitty which include the to-be-released ‘Jaaneman’ with Preity Zinta and Salman Khan, his excitement is unbeatable. “I play an astronaut in the film,” he says, enthused. He can afford to be self-assured because his recent successes at the box-office have catapulted him to a starry league. “The kind of work I am getting gives me a chance to travel, see new things, experience new worlds and be with my family,” he smiles. Contentment is writ large on his face. “I like being in films because I do not know anything else, but I guess I could become a farmer if I don’t get films,” he laughs surveying the fields around him. “In fact I want to tell God that if you want to take away everything from me, take it slowly,” he smiles.

His lead actor in the film, Katrina Kaif, however has no such fears. “Even though acting was never on the cards, I am happy with the offers I am getting,” she says. And with spare time is at a premium with more than half a dozen films in her bag, she is still not complaining.

None of the actors are, for as Akshay put it, “if we don’t get mobbed something is wrong.” 



Sheer rhythm, grace
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, September 26
It was sheer rhythm and grace. The Kathak dancers Deepak Maharaj and Sandeep mesmerised the audience at an event organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Deepak Maharaj is the younger son of Pandit Birju Maharaj. Sandeep Mahavir is the son of K. Mahavir.

The young dancers presented “Shiv Vandana”. A lively coordination between tabla beats and nimble footwork won applause.

The actor, composer and dancer Sandeep Mahavir, employed all his skills in “abhinaya” through a thumri. The duo presented a duet, displaying their individual traits. The duo were at their best in a rare jugalbandi.

On the tabla was Subhash Nirwan, who exhibited rhythmic wizardry while Jaikishan Maharaj, elder son of Pandit Birju Maharaj, rendered “Padhant”, besides playing “pakhawaj”. Mumbai-based composer Dinesh K. Mahavir was the lead vocalist and Siddharth Das was on sarod.



Living the joys of dance
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Philosophy and literature make a great combination. And in Ranjana Gauhar's case, they make a winning one.
Born with a passion to use body as a language for the soul, Ranjana grew up among a mélange of influences. Her thirst for newness took her places - from theatre to painting and then to dance. The dabbling would never have ended had it not been for the urge to take to the space of performance, where music commands and gestures deliver. It was in dance that Gauhar's heart laid.

Ranjana Gauhar
Ranjana Gauhar

And the moment she listened to her heart, things started to fall in place. Rooted in odissi and trained in the north Indian traditions of kathak and Manipuri, Ranjana brought the best of every form to her style. But the real punch of her performance lies in the way she blends odissi with Chhau - Orissa's martial art tradition, which presents a dancer with endless opportunities.

"Chhau is all about energy and movement. It adds a new vocabulary to dance. When I was studying at the Bharatiya Kala Kendra, I fell for this form which offered solutions to problems which odissi posed. I found that some ideas and characters were better represented in Chhau. The two had their inherent strengths and both shared the foundation as both were structured around the "tribhang".

`For me, the transition from odissi to Chhau was natural," says Ranjana, who has earned for herself a Padma Shri, besides other awards and honours. At Delhi, she also finds time to instruct students in odissi at her Utsav, her institute.

In long years of dedication to dance, she has produced and directed many ballets depicting modern and mythological themes. She has handled subjects as sensitive as "Nal Damayanti", as abstract as environment and as challenging as Jaideva's "Geet Govindam" which ceases to lose its sheen.

Having done that, Ranjana is now ready with another philosophical production. This one stems from the poetic heritage of India and seeks to familiarise audiences with the glory of traditional poets whose verse is relevant despite the passage of time. She is also working on a production on Buddha.

"I want to pack 2000 years of history into one production. The task is challenging and the poets I have chosen include Nandikeshwara, Kalidasa, Vidyapati, Jayadeva and Kavi Kalicharan Patnaik - a modern poet. I will prepare a piece on each one's work. The production is inspired by the passion to showcase an era gone by," says Ranjana, who has inspired several productions including "The celestial dancer in the temple of Jagannath" for the Ford Foundation, "Nectar in Stone" for the Ministry of External Affairs and "Shree Geet Govinda" for Doordarshan.

But with everything going for her, she still nurtures a grudge. "I wish our corporate sector were more sensitive to art. Our arts are fragile. They need careful nurturing to survive. Everyone must come together to save them." Even if that were wishful thinking, Rajana would not stop hoping for the best.



New CT scan machine
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 26
The first 64 slice CT scan machine in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali area was inaugurated by Mr Surinder Singla, Minister for Finance and Health and Family Welfare, at the Fortis Hospital here today.

Dr Raj Arshi Bahadur, consultant, Department of Radio-Diagnostics, said the new scan machine offered non-invasive angiography. High-resolution imaging of the patient’s heart and coronary arteries could be performed in nine seconds.

Among the other advantages of the 64 slice CT scan were assessment of acute chest pain, post-operative checks on bypass patients, cancer evaluation, neurological and trauma evaluation and preventive check of patients possessing high-risk factors. 



Confidence level of Mongia up
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Dinesh Mongia
Dinesh Mongia

Chandigarh, September 26
Cricketer Dinesh Mongia, after silencing critics by carrying his bat through the innings in the match against Australia on September 23, has reasons to smile.
The confidence in his voice reflects his mood.

Mongia has played for India after 17 months.

Mongia’s performance has made it almost certain that he will be in the playing XI during the ICC Champions Trophy, starting on October 7.

Back home after displaying his flair, the southpaw said he was now in the mood to enjoy cricket.

Expressing happiness and satisfaction over his defiant knock, Mongia said, “Playing a good knock against Australia has raised my confidence level a lot. It was a good comeback for me, but would have been more fruitful had India won. I am satisfied as team members and management appreciated my knock.”

Talking about his state of mind before hitting the field that day, Mongia said he was prepared to capitalise on the chance that came his way.

He said, “A bit of pressure was there till the time Greg Chappell told me that I had to remain on the wicket till the last ball. After being given the task from the coach, I focused on completing it with long partnerships.”

For Mongia, who had 1073 runs in 51 ODIs with an average of 27.51, cricket career had been a roller coaster ride.

He had not been able to make a permanent place in the team because of average performances in big events.

He had been thrown out after an ODI against Pakistan at Delhi in April 2005.

In first-class cricket, he had scored 8003 runs at an average of 50.33, with 27 tons and 25 fifties. At the moment, Mongia wanted to enjoy cricket, whether playing at the first-class, county or international level.

Mongia hailed the decision of the BCCI to telecast matches live on television.

He said, “It is a big step, which will motivate budding cricketers to give their utmost during matches. It will also provide them with big exposure.”



Manav Mangal, Sacred Heart in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Hosts Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21-C, and Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, sailed into the finals of the girls under-17 years category in the Inter-School Table Tennis Tournament held on the school premises here today.

In girls under-14 years age category, DAVPS-8 will clash with Bhavan Vidyalaya-27 for the top honour.

Results: girls (under-17 years): first semifinal: Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21-C, beat Bhavan Vidyalaya 3-0 — Kalyani beat Arshdeep (11-5, 11-3, 11-4); Richa beat Ramandeep ( 11-6, 11-7, 11-5); Kaveri beat Divya Singla (11-6, 11-3, 11-4).

Second semifinal: Sacred Heart-26 beat New Public School-18 3-0 — Meghna beat Parul (11-3, 11-1, 11-5); Manya beat Upkriti (11-2, 11-2, 11-4); Shreya beat Deepika (11-3, 11-5, 11-3).

Girls under-14 years: first semifinal: DAVPS-8 beat Manav Mangal-21 by 3-0 — Barbie beat Sakshi (11-9, 11-8, 11-6); Naina beat Anviksha (11-2, 11-5, 11-6) Aishwarya beat Kajal (11-2, 11-2, 11-1)

Second semifinal: Bhavan Vidyalaya-27 beat St Joseph-44, Chandigarh by 3-0 — Vibhuti Mahajan beat Neha (11-5, 11-5, 11-0); Garima Goyal beat Ravneet (11-0, 11-4, 11-4); Surbhi Sharma beat Vibhu (11-1, 11-1, 11-0).



Ball badminton selection trials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The Ball Badminton Sports Promotion Association will hold trials for the selection of boys’ and girls’ under-15 teams to represent Chandigarh in the forthcoming 26th Sub-Junior National Ball Badminton Championship, to be held at Raipur in Chhatisgarh from October 12 to 15.

The trials will be conducted at the SGGS Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, on September 28.

Players born on or after January 1, 1992, are eligible.

They should report to Shiv Lal Singh, DPE.



UT shuttlers selected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The following players have been selected to represent Chandigarh in the North Zone Badminton Championships - 2006. The tournament is going to be held at Jammu from September 28 to 30.

Men’s team: Ashish Sharma, Oscar Bansal, Amit Sachdeva, Vivek Sharma, Pankaj Nathni, Pawan Malik and Robin Kanwar.

Women’s team: Manju Chahal, H.Sarda Devi, Isha Sharma, Purnica Bhandari.

Under-19 Boys’ team: Oscar Bansal, Vipul Saini, Sunil Kumar Malha.

Under-19 Girls’ team: Purnica Bhandari, Seema, Monika.



DAV College win softball meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The local DAV College, Sector 10, won the Inter-Zone Panjab University Softball (Men) Championship for 2006-07 on the PU campus here today.
SCD Government College, Ludhiana, SGGS College, Sector 26, and GGDSD College, Sector 32, secured second, third and fourth positions, respectively.

In inter-zone football matches for men, BAM Khalsa College, Garhshankar beat DAV College, Hoshiarpur, 1-0, while GHG, Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, got the better of SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, 2-0.



NPS-18 football champs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
New Public School, Sector 18, registered a convincing 2-0 victory over Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, in the final of the CBSE football tournament (cluster XIII) at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here today.

Suresh scored a goal in the 19th minute and Hardeep in the 48th minute. In third place playoff, Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, defeated KC Public School, Jammu, 4-1.



St Stephen’s win football title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Hosts St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, outplayed Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, 6-0 in the final of the ICSE inter-school football tournament here today.

Enjoying territory supremacy, St Stephen’s scored through Kamei (third minute), Kamei (13th), Lornie (19th), Deepinder (28th), Palmei (48th) and Palmei (76th).



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