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PU students’ body claims rate cut credit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Office-bearers of the Panjab University Campus Students Council have claimed to have forced Student Centre eateries to reduce the rates of their products between Re 1 and Rs 7, depending on the food items.

According to a press note issued by council president Dalvir Singh Goldy, Students Centre shopkeepers were allegedly overcharging students and were not following the rate list finalised by the Dean, Students Welfare.

This led to the students forcing the shopkeepers to shut their shops yesterday. Today a meeting was held and it was decided that uniform rates be applied to all shops. 



Shekhawat to open PU’s dental college

Chandigarh, November 28
The Vice-President of India and the Chancellor of the Panjab University, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, will inaugurate the Dr Harvansh Judge dental college of the Panjab University on December 2.

According to Dr Krishan Gauba, director-principal of the college the academic session of the college began in August and the OPD at the college was fully functional. This would be the first visit of Mr Shekhawat to the Panjab University.



Dr Subba Rao’s stress on simple lifestyle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
“Adopt simple lifestyle, so that others can simply live,” said Dr SN Subba Rao while addressing students of the Peace Club of the Dev Samaj College of Education here today.

Dr S.N. Subba Rao “Bhaiji”, as he is affectionately called, was in the city on an invitation of yuvsatta. Ms Jaiwanti Seokand, Director and Special Secretary, Department of Environment, Government of Haryana, presided over the function.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Rao said that youngsters have to prepare themselves to unitedly face the “Challenge of change” in a globalised world. He said the peace of mind comes from tolerance and contentment. Appreciating the concept of peace clubs in educational institutions, he said that education of morals and spiritual values, including virtues such as non-violence and truth, can lead to genuine peace. However, to a large extent, these virtues are ignored on account of the glitter of materialism fuelled by greed and the desire to get ahead of others. No doubt, scientific and technological advances have made human life, especially for those with material means, quite pleasant.

In her presidential remarks, Ms Jaiwanti Seokand said youngsters should follow the eternal philosophies of live and let live, of love and universal brotherhood, which is the core of all religions. She also said that mother Earth, capable of life, beauty and love, is now filled with pain and suffering and is being destroyed by people’s ignorance, greed and waste.

Welcoming the chief guest, Dr Satinder Dhillon, principal of the college, said that it’s a great honour for them to listen to a dynamic personality like Dr S.N. Subba Rao who won “National Communal Harmony Award” in 2004 for services rendered in spreading human values of tolerance, service and sacrifice in society. 



Mohan Bhandari peptalks on creativity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The Punjabi Sahitya Sabha of the MCM DAV College hosted a talk with the distinguished Punjabi writer and Sahitya Academy Award winner, Mohan Bhandari. He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Nirmal Kaur.

Mohan Bhandari is a renowned figure in the genre of Punjabi story writing and his stories abound in descriptions of the rural traditions assimilated from his own experiences.

Deeply influenced by Russian writers like Tolstoy, Gorky, Dostoevsky and Chekhov and Urdu writers like Munto, Bhandari is credited with 15 books of stories, of which Til-Chouli, Kaathi di Latt, Gora Basha and Moon di Akh are extremely popular.

In a highly inspiring and informal talk with the students, he conveyed the importance of creativity, learning, determination and faith to the students.

In another event, the Library of MCM DAV College organised a number of competitions and a large number of students participated in them.

In the Book Hunting Competition, Barbie Maini (BA I), Manu Parmar (MA II) and Neeju Gupta (BA III), won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, respectively.

Nandita Singh (BA II) won the 1st prize in cartoon-making and Jasneet Kaur stood 2nd. Sapna (B.Sc III), Deppika Thakur (BA II) and Sonam (BA II) won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the bookmark-making contest.



Winners of CLA contests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The Chandigarh Librarians’ Association (CLA) organised a reference hunting and book finding contest at Central State Library, Sector 17, here yesterday.

In all 35 teams from different schools and colleges from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula participated in the competition.

Category V:

Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, Chandigarh I, Govt. College, Sector 46, Chandigarh II, Govt College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh III; Public Schools: St John’s High School, Chandigarh I, AKIPS, Chandigarh II, Ryan International School, Chandigarh III, Government Schools: Govt. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh I, Govt. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, Chandigarh II, Govt. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector44, Chandigarh III.

Category II:

(Public Schools): St.John’s High School, Chandigarh I, AKIPS, Chandigarh II, Shivalik Public School, Mohali and Ryan International School, Chandigarh III; Govt. Schools: Govt. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh I, Govt. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, Chandigarh II.

Category I:

(Public Schools) St. John’s High School, Chandigarh I, AKIPS, Chandigarh II, Shivalik Public School, Mohali III; Govt. Schools: Govt. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh I.



Visually challenged students retrace Vivekananda’s odyssey
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Finally after days of hard work and many run-throughs, it was a big day for the students of Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, who staged a musical play on the life of Swami Vivekananda.

The play was organised by the Inner Wheel Club of Chandigarh at DAV College auditorium, Sector 10.

The play that opened to a well-packed auditorium, comprising members of the Inner Wheel Club, students from Vivek High School, St Kabir Public School and Lawrence Public School, was well received.

Right from the word go, the enactment turned out to be a stunning presentation with actors delivering their lengthy and difficult dialogues with finesse.

The scenes in the play were well- connected with a striking narration by Rishi who played the 'Sutradhar'.

Events like Narendra (original name of Swami Vivekananda) getting the new name of Swami Vivekananda and travelling to Chicago and Boston to attend the World Religion Conference and enlightening the people there were very much appreciated.

The play evolved from director, producer and actor Shekhar Sen's two-act musical mono-theatrical production by the same name with Meetika Chauhan reworking the script and also lending her voice to the soulful renditions like 'Ram Rattan Dhan Payo', 'Nirgun Nirakar' and 'Meera Ke Prabhu' in the play.

The play lasted a little over an hour and was divided up amongst 22 children by Indra Chibber (former Joint Secretary of the institute and a former teacher at Vivek High School) who also got it converted into Braille.

Mrs Jean Rodrigues, wife of the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) was the chief guest on the occasion.

While commending the effort by the special students, she said: “There is nothing that you cant' achieve. All you need to do is hard work combined with dedication and determination to succeed. So brilliant was the performance that their handicap was completely overshadowed.” Congratulating the staff of the Institute of the Blind and the members of the Inner Wheel Club, she said these students were very talented.

Also gracing the occasion was Swami Brahmeshwaranand who is heading the Ramakrishna Mission in Sector 15.



From Colleges
Interactive session on HIV/AIDS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
An interactive session on the theme of adolescent education and HIV/AIDS was organised by the NSS unit of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, here yesterday. Dr Shashi Jain, principal of the college, inaugurated the session and stressed that such workshops and discussions were of immense help in reducing incidence of suicide, drug abuse and HIV-AIDS among youth of Chandigarh.

Ms Renu Gandhi, a social activist and programme co-ordinator, Centre for Adult Education and Extension, Panjab University, exhorted students to imbibe critical life skills, including problem solving, creative thinking, decision making, effective communication, self-awareness, empathy as well as skills to cope with emotional stress, in order to lead a rewarding life.

Ms Varsha Arora, a counsellor under Servants of People Society run by State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh, informed the students of the ABCs of HIV-AIDS i.e. ‘abstinence’, ‘be faithful’ and ‘use condoms’.

Dr Joginder Mukherjee, head of the Guidance and Counselling Department, College of Education, said each student should first equip himself or herself with the right knowledge so that they were able to counsel people on various problems.

Talk on British rule in India

The History Association, DAV College, Sector 10, held a talk on “Reactions and response of the British rule in India” by Dr Arora. Dr Arora is eminent writer of history books, especially in the field of “Modern Indian history”. Principal, S.C. Marriya welcomed the speaker.

He spoke on the intervention of the British rule, emphasising on the positive and negative aspects of the colonial period. He later focused on the perceptions of the indigenous societies.

He concluded that the reactions and response towards the colonisers remained ambivalent, especially in the area where social and cultural transformation occurred. After the lecture the students actively participated in the discussion by putting forward queries. The vote of thanks was given by Ms Poonam Sharma.



AIDS awareness campaign commences
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The State AIDS Control Society, UT, started the World AIDS Day-2006 campaign today by organising intensive activities for the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS.

Dr M.S.Bains, Director, Health Services, flagged off a fabricated van carrying messages and folk artistes performing puppet/magic shows and street plays from the Multi-speciality Hospital, Sector 16.

Quiz competitions were organised at the key points during the road shows and the winners were given prizes. Mobile counselling and testing facility was the highlight of the campaign.

A medical-cum-awareness camp was also organised at the Pundit Colony. Over 400 condoms were distributed at the camp and about 92 patients were examined out of which 12 suffered from sexually transmitted diseases. 



Plays staged to commemorate Gargi’s birth anniversary
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, November 28
The Sur-Sanjh Cultural Society and the Patiala Art Theatre teamed up to pay tributes to legendary playwright Balwant Gargi on his 90th birth anniversary by staging his two popular Punjabi plays at Tagore Theatre yesterday. Sponsored by the NZCC and the Department of Cultural Affairs Chandigarh, the play “Balde Tibbe” gave a living and realistic portrayal of the peasant life, full of tensions, conflicts, frustration and hopes. The artistes attempted to bring alive the element of tension caused by relentless hunger for land.

The protagonist, a farmer, ventures for three loveless marriages with the sole aim to possess more land, which, however, generates an inherent struggle between the son and father. The tragedy is climaxed as the revolting son avenges his father by securing the love his third wife.

Gargi had based the play on a classic of Eugene O Neill.

Rajesh Sharma and Paramjit excelled in the play, directed by Gulzar Pawar.

Earlier, the artistes staged a comedy play “Gup Chup Shaant” based on Gargi’s classic “Bore”. Providing good entertainment, the play raised many contemporary issues with subtle humour and refreshingly live stage language. Raman Mittal and Gaurav Sharma were very natural with their perfect timings. Rupiner Pal was the director. Film personality Iqbal Singh Dhillon honoured the artistes.



Music, dance add spice to annual function
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 28
Music, dance and drama marked the second day of the annual function of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, here today.

The programme began on a religious note.

A vigorous group action song, aided by a multimedia presentation, showcased India at its glorious best. The slide show was an extraordinary depiction of the multifarious progress of India — its past and present. This stunning show captivated the audience and had the patriotic “Vande Matram” echoing in the hall. The Gymnastics Show saw agile movements by the participating students.

A splendid “Puppet dance” with astounding “String controlled” movements had the audience glued to their chairs. The thunderous applause of the audience was an indication of the appreciation for the ‘kid-puppets’. A Hindi comedy play had the audience in splits. The idea underlying the play was that life is a blessing and should be lived to the fullest. The tiny-tots set the ramp ablaze with a happening “Fashion Show” comprising five breathtaking rounds of winter wear, party wear, night wear, monsoon gear and swim-suits. The “Fusion dance” was a well-coordinated blend of two different dance forms - Haryanvi and Western.

Mr Sandeep Sardana, Principal of the school, presented the annual report of the school. Students of the middle section of the school received honours from the chief guest, Superintendent of Police, Mr Balbir Singh, for their outstanding performance in academics and co-curricular activities.

Applauding the young achievers the chief guest appreciated the progressive attitude of the school authorities in the field of education.The final item, a vibrant group song, conveyed the message of harmony and national integration. This wonderful display of the nationalist spirit concluded today’s celebrations on a patriotic note. 



Malaysian dancers cast spell
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 28"
Measuring up to the expectations of city art lovers the Kuala Lumpur based ‘Kalpana dance theatre ensemble’ gave a spectacular performance of Bharatnatyam and Odissi dances this evening at Tagore Theatre as a part of golden jubilee celebrations of the Pracheen Kala Kendra.

The six-member troupe, led by Shangita Namasivayam, embellished the otherwise cohesive performance with their brilliant aesthetic and visual appeal.

Submerged in devotion, the dancers, Shangita Namasivayam, Daisygarani Vijayakumaran, Punitha Subramanian and Alfred John Gasper, commenced the recital with an invocatory ‘Pushpanjali’.

They displayed their verve and grace, executing the pure dance patterns in the “Allarripu” before executing various ‘mudras’ with perfect expressions of emotions while delineating the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva in a Bharatnatyam composition titled ‘Nathesha Gauthuvam’.

Shangita, along with three disciples, excelled with agile footwork, ‘layakari’ and emotional display in another dance sequence ‘Jathiswaram’, illustrating the perfect geometry of Bharanatyam.

A lofty applause greeted nine-year-old dancing doll Nritta Ganesh Manoharan, who danced her way straight to the hearts of the audience with her Odissi dance number as well as her ‘Mangalacharan’ in laudation of Lord Ganesha.

Shangita gave an impressive solo performance on Tulsidas bhajan.

The divine love of Lord Krishna and consort Radha was brought alive by Daisygarani, 
Punitha and Alfred in a choreographic piece, followed by ‘Keerthanam’.

Nritta Ganeshi presented a “Pallavi”, choreographed by Odissi legend Guru Pankaj Charan Das, followed by the concluding ‘Tillana’.

All dancers kept the audience spellbound with their thorough grasp and execution of the themes, steeped in mythological idioms.

Their graceful movements, sculptural poses, intricate and vibrant footwork made the dance soiree memorable.



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