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Free IT education up to Class X
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to impart free information technology (IT) and computer education to the students from Classes I to X in all government schools from the academic session 2007-08. The UT Education Secretary, Mr Krishan Mohan, said the computer education would be provided through the private service provider for which adequate proposals had been invited from reputed IT and computer education firms, private limited companies, organisations and institutions.

For Classes XI and XII, the computer education would be an elective subject whereas up to Class X it would be compulsory for all.

Reputed IT and computer education institutions having adequate expertise and experience in the field have been requested to submit their proposals for the supply of computer hardware, software, connected accessories, comprehensive annual maintenance contract and qualified and experience faculty through the service provider on contract basis for a period of five years. 



1500 DAV students attend shobha yatra
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
A shobha yatra was organised by the Kendriya Arya Sabha, Chandigarh, to mark 183rd birthday of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati here on Saturday.

The yatra started from Chaman Lal DAV Senior Public School, Sector 11, and concluded at Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6.

Around 1500 students and teachers from DAV schools of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula participated in the yatra. Some social workers of the Arya Samaj also took part.

Students attired in saffron held placards depicting life and works of Maharishi Dayanad Saraswati.

The President of the Arya Kendriya Sabha, Mr Ravinder Talwar, hoisted the “Om” flag amidst chanting of vedic shlokas.

The celebrations will continue tomorrow at Arya Samaj, Sector 9.



Stenos’ appointment at hospital stayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Chandigarh Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has stayed the appointment of stenographers for employment at the Military Hospital, Jalandhar, after one of the applicants moved the CAT contending that the said post was re-advertised despite her selection and after she had completed all requisite formalities.

Issuing notice to the authorities concerned, the CAT has directed that though they may go ahead with the selection process, they will not issue any appointment letters till further orders. The matter is scheduled to come up for hearing next week.

According to the petitioner, Aruna, a resident of Jalandhar, she had stood first in the selection process, held in September 2006 and was duly recommended by a board of officers for appointment. The medical examination, police verification and furnishing all requisite documents was done, after which she was asked to wait for the joining letter. The employment exchange also struck off her name from their records after receiving a communication from the hospital.

In December, she wrote a letter to the hospital, asking the status of her appointment, but got no response. On December 29, she crossed the age of 25 years, the upper limit for her eligibility to join the service.

In the first week of January, a fresh advertisement was issued for the same post. The advertisement also stated that the previously advertised post of stenographers had been cancelled. Having failed to get any response from the hospital authorities, she sent a legal notice asking for reasons for her selection being scrapped, which too did not elicit any reaction.

Alleging injustice and fraud on the part of the respondents, she has sought that the fresh advertisement issued in January be quashed and the respondents be directed to act upon the earlier selection process in which she had been selected on merit, but not issued an appointment letter without any reasons.



Committed to capturing India’s beauty in photo frames
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Sometimes life takes you to places you never imagined it would. That explains why Ken Oppramn, an acclaimed Norway-based photographer, keeps coming back to India all the time. In the 22 years of travelling life, he has visited India consecutively for 20 years. Ask him why and he gazes into the sky: “For reasons unknown; for places unknown.”

When he came here the first time, he did not go beyond Delhi. But as years went by and he moved further South or North of Delhi, he realised there was a world of wonderment awaiting him. And he travelled, almost with a vengeance, to the ghats of Varanasi and the beaches of Goa to the backwaters of Kerala and the golden sands of Rajasthan. His camera offers a ready glimpse of India.

This time around, Ken is touring Punjab, his energies focused exclusively on the Rural Olympics. Accompanied by partner Hanne - a South Korean settled in Oslo - he spent several days at Kila Raipur, trying to capture the essence of rural Punjab where skill meets style in a rather uncanny way. He has managed rare shots of “kabaddi” girls in action, the oxen races and the rural sports that fail imagination.

“That’s what’s unique about India. Everything is possible here,” says Hanne, who joined Ken’s travels much later. And she repents having lost some years. “I am glad I caught up,” she jokes.

“You don’t get this kind of merger anywhere else in the world. Here you see sorrow and happiness walking side by side; sun and shade playing hide and seek; rich and poor walking the same space. I am amazed at the contrasts this land has to offer,” says Hanneh, who writes travel articles to make a living. Needless to say, India occupies bulk of her mind space.

For Ken, India is a canvas on which to splash colours of creativity. Warmth which this land exudes is just one part of the story. “There are many other things that are indescribable. That’s why I come back all the time to seek answers, explore virgin lands and learn more about life. I have not yet covered Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh. I know I have missed a great deal. But I have reasons to return,” says the photographer who won Picture of the Year award recently.

But that’s not what he seeks. All he loves is travel. When it is winter in Norway he comes to India. When it is summer, he returns, makes money and returns again next year. In a way, he migrates with the birds. No wonder he has now decided to take his passion to the world.

The magazine he freelances for has commissioned him for a special project of pictures on India. And Ken has it ready on his camera. He has shots from the Ardha and the Maha Kumbh, the mystic ghats, the sparkling beaches of Goa and the lagoons of Kerala. And then there are people - hundreds of them with all their beauty and charm.

“I am ready for the show. Well, almost,” says the man who migrates with the birds.



‘Jhappi’ worked wonders for Jimmy
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
He may have spent his days as a student here, yet Jimmy Sheirgill comes as a whiff of fresh air each time he visits Chandigarh. This time it’s the music release of his forthcoming movie “Delhi Heights” set to be released in March that brings him to the city which he fondly calls his hometown.

Giving a low-down on his character in the film, this Punjabi lad says, “I would be playing a typical North Indian husband in the film representing an urban Delhi family set-up.”

Talking about his newfound role of being a cheerleader for the Chandigarh Dynamos and Sher-E-Jalandhar for the Premier Hockey League, Jimmy says although he is not a sports freak, yet it is his Punjab link that made him take up the offer.

Riding high on the success of his role in Munnabhai MBBS and its sequel Lage Raho, Jimmy will be playing a negative role for the first time in the film ‘Eklavya’. “Everyone had doubts about my choice for the character except for me and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the director of the film,” articulates Jimmy.

Jimmy, a firm believer in astrology, had added an extra “I” in his second name around three years back. Reaffirming his faith, he is sporting stone-studded rings in all his fingers this time.

As of now, he has many projects under his belt which include Raj Kanwar’s “Rakeeb”, “Chodo Na Yaar”, “Dus Kahaniyaan” and a Punjabi flick “Tera Mera Ki Rishta”. But the actor believes that his upcoming film “Strangers” along with Kay Kay Menon will be his career’s best.

No matter how many films bring him accolades for acting, it’s working in a lead role opposite Tabu with ace director Gulzar, who first introduced him in films, is what this actor longs for.



Ghazal concert by Sabri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Delhi-based singer Gulfam Sabri presented his recital at Pracheen Kala Kendra’s 115th baithak programme today.

He is the youngest sibling of sarangi maestro Padma Bhushan Ustad Sabri Khan. As for initiation, he was led into the world of music by his father but soon he carved a niche for himself as a sufiana and ghazal singer. Today his music is famous for both its traditional and global appeal.

Today Gulfam began his concert with Amir Khusrao’s famous “Aaj rang hai ye maa rang hai ree”, followed by Ghalib’s bandish, “Ibne mariam hua kare koi”.



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