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Career programme in retailing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Undergraduates and graduates wishing to make their career in retailing are in for a special treat as Era Retail School, a company specialising in offering consultation services pertaining to immigration and education overseas, is launching a programme in association with Sai Niketan Institute at Sector 31, here, from March 20.

The school is offering a six-month certificate programme in applied retailing for undergraduates and a one-year bachelor’s programme for graduates with or without any experience. For certificate programme, the minimum requisite qualification is plus two with 50 per cent marks in aggregate while for Bachelor’s programme, its graduate with 50 per cent marks.

According to Raja Rai Choudhury, MD, Era Retail School, “Basically, our programme will help young graduates enhance their communication skills, boost their confidence and explore their potential in either frontline or back office retail operations. The bachelor’s programme will help nurture young talent to seek retail as a career option. Anyone who has secured 50 per cent marks in graduation can look forward for a bright future in this sphere”.



Biz quiz at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
The University Business School in association with the Executives Club Chandigarh organised a business plan and quiz contest in the UBS auditorium on the Panjab University campus yesterday.

“La affair et engima” was declared open by UBS chairman Prof Vaidya and was presided over by Ashwani Vig and Tej Magazine, president and secretary of the club.

Prof A.K. Sehajpal, chairman Centre for Industry Institute Partnership Programme, was the guest of honour. The business plan competition saw an array of presentations from future entrepreneurs of the school.

The winners, runners-up and second runners-up of the competition will get cash prizes of Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000, respectively, at the annual function of the club on March 31.



Top firms eye DAV students

Chandigarh, March 11
A number of leading companies have visited the DAV College to hire students during the current session. Companies like Asian Paints, Google, IBM-Daksh, Wipro BPO, Wipro Technologies, Infosys BPO, Computer Sales Corporation have offered appointment letters to over 150 students during this session.— TNS



Batra family dispute
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Nearly five years after the Batra-family dispute reached the courts, UT district and sessions judge B.S. Mehandiratta has asked judicial magistrate R.K. Mehta to expedite the trial after transferring both the complaint and the state case to his court. The family owns a group of companies, including the Batra theatre.

The order was passed on an application filed by now-advocate Vikram Batra against his uncle Naresh Batra and five other respondents. Pursuant to the orders, both the parties appeared in judicial magistrate Mehta’s court yesterday. The case will now come up on July 14 for further hearing.

In his application, Vikram had earlier sought the transfer of the criminal complaint filed by him to “some other court of competent jurisdiction”. He had added that the trial court was not making any efforts for ensuring the presence of two accused in the complaint despite the orders of “this court” and the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Giving details, he had asserted that the trial court had ordered the sending of bailable warrants against accused Saroj Sarin and Sandeep Kakkar through the union ministry of external affairs. A request letter was also directed to be sent along with the warrants. However, request letter and warrants were not issued till the transfer application was filed. On the other hand, the trial court was proceeding with the applications filed by the accused expeditiously in an irregular and illegal manner.

Opposing the application, the respondents had claimed that the same amounted to misuse and abuse of the process of law. The application had been filed with an oblique motive and the allegations had been levelled just for the sake of it.

Taking up the application, the sessions judge ruled: “In view of the chequered history of the complaint case and keeping in view the fact that ‘justice should not only be done, but also seem to have been done’, it would be in the interest of justice to transfer the complaint case from the court of M.D.S. Dhillon, judicial magistrate, Chandigarh”.

“The state case, about same allegations, is pending in the court of R.K. Singla, judicial magistrate, Chandigarh , but an application for the transfer of the same is already pending in the court of the chief judicial magistrate…. The complaint case titled Vikram Batra versus Naresh Batra etc is withdrawn from the court of M.D.S. Dhillon and transferred to the court of R.K. Mehta. The chief judicial magistrate, Chandigarh , shall also transfer the state case to the court of R.K. Mehta so that both the cases are tried by one and the same court”. Order to expedite trial



Punjabi play mesmerises audience
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 11
The Adakar Manch, Mohali, in association with the Punjab Arts Council and the Punjab Art Theatre, staged a play "Mann Diyan Mann Vich", as a tribute to the legendary playwright Dr Harcharan Singh on his first death anniversary at the Punjab Kala Bhavan, here today.

Written 70 years ago by Dr Harcharan Singh, a pioneer in Punjabi theatre, the play depicted the tensions and tribulations of the protagonist Ambe, who was subjected to male domination. After her good-for-nothing husband left her in the lurch of dire poverty and anguish for fourteen years, she ventured to marry a man of her choice with the consent of village panchayat. But destiny had willed it otherwise and her husband returned to augment her agony. Under the direction of Dr Sahib Singh, national award winner Rajinder Rozy portrayed the emotions of the subjugated wife with brilliance while Harmanpal Singh, Satvinder Kaur, Kuldip Saini, Varinder Singh supported well.

Filmmaker Harbax Latta and US-based Jasbir Kaur honoured thespian Parvin Purba and educationist Pritam Singh Serai on the occasion. Speakers lauded the pioneering contribution of Dr Harcharan Singh, affectionately hailed as the Shakespeare of Punjabi theatre.



Kolkata vocalist captivates 
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 11
Kolkata-based vocal maestro Pandit Dinanath Mishra enthralled music lovers in the city at the 116th musical baithak organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra, here, today.

Hailing from a music family, the pandit holds allegiance to the Pandit Sukhdeo Mahahraj Benaras gharana tradition; the peculiar gayaki features of which were apparent in his recital today.

Without delving deep into the elaborated alaap, Pandit Dinanath chose to render a slow paced composition "Hari ke gun gao" in ek tal and embellished it with charming variations. Another Benaras gharana composition "Nayan bann Natwar chhaila" weaved in raga "Chandni Kedar" portrayed his confidence and mastery over the art. The audience relished the romanticism of thumri in the Mishar Kafi raga as the artist displayed the ecstasy and emotions modulating his voice. He later submerged the audience in devotion with his concluding Meera bhajan "Mai mein toh Girdhar ke..."

Padmashri Mehmood Dholpuri virtually made his harmonium to sing along, while providing matching accompaniment to Jaishanker, who excelled at the tabla.

Kendra director M.L. Koser and Harsih KaIla of AIR (Jammu) honored the artistes.


77.2 per cent administered polio drops
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 11
As many as 5,94,747 children in the age group 0-5 years were administered polio drops today. While special booths were set up across the district, a number of children were administered the drops at Yavanika, Sector 5.

Dr G.P. Saluja, civil surgeon, said 77.2 per cent children had been administered the drops. He visited Sector 5 bus stand, Ramgarh and Barwala and appealed to the public to mobilise all children of the area to come to booths so that 100 per cent children below the age of 5 years could be given polio drops even if they were sick or had been immunised earlier.

Dr R. Sarna, district school medical officer, visited Rajiv Colony, Indira Colony and Sector 17 and supervised the immunisation activity on the booths. Veena Saluja, district programme manager, visited Sectors 11, 14, Bhainsa Tibba, Mansa Devi Complex and jhuggies on the way and immunised 875 children.

Dr D.K. Pathak, district immunisation officer, Panchkula, supervised the pulse polio campaign and gave directions to the staff for proper implementation of the programme. Seven teams, comprising two members each, were put on duty. Around 800 children were immunised at Yavanika. The workers will go house to house on March 12 and 13 to administer polio drops to children left out due to some reasons.

Mobile teams were sent to inaccessible and difficult areas of the district, including labour colonies, brick kilns, poultry farms, scattered jhuggis. All exit and entry points were manned by urban and rural transit teams of workers. A transit booth was also set up at the railway station. Special emphasis was given to high risk areas where a number of polio cases. Field visits were also made by the SDM, tehsildar, BDPO, sarpanchs, panchs and nambardaar and other district officers helped in bringing children to the booths.

Chandigarh: As many as 94,607 children in the age group of 0-5 years were given two additional drops of polio vaccine under the pulse polio campaign here today. Director, health services, who visited various pulse polio immunisation booths, including the ones at Bapu Dham Colony, ISBT-43, Sectors 42,43, and Ram Darbar, said 452 stationary and 88 mobile booths were set up in the territory for the purpose while 2,100 personnel from different departments of health, education, social welfare, police and a number of non-government organisations (NGOs) consisting of area supervisors, sector supervisors and vaccinators were also deployed.

Pulse polio teams will also conduct house to house survey on March 12 and 13 for immunising the left out children, said the director.



‘Kidney ailment a disease multiplier’
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 11
Promoting early detection and prevention of chronic kidney diseases will be an important step towards achieving the World Health Organisation’s goal of reducing death rate related to chronic disease by 2 per cent per year over the next decade, said Dr P.K. Prasher, consultant in nephrology at a hospital here.

Describing kidney disease as a disease multiplier, Dr Prasher, addressing members of “Sahayak”, dialysis support group comprising at least 80 patients and members of their families, said it caused death of people with diabetes and hypertension.

It also predicted possible heart attacks. If detected early, chronic kidney disease could be treated, thereby reducing other complications.

According to the nephrologist, chronic non-communicable diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease, had replaced communicable diseases as the leading threat to public health and health budgets worldwide.



Twin titles for Hari 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Hari Narayan bagged two titles — ‘Mr Chandigarh’ and ‘Mr Classic’— during the 18th Senior Mr Chandigarh Body Building Championship held at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

Around 80 body builders from various health clubs and educational institutes participated in the championship organised by the Chandigarh Body Building Association.

Bon Sante Club won the overall championship with 90 points while the second place went to Supreme Club with 50 points.

Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, union minister of state for finance, gave away the prizes.

The results:

Below 55 kg: 1 Tejinder Singh, 2 Rajeev, 3 Amandeep; Below 60 kg: 1 Sunny Kumar, 2 Mohinder Pal Gupta, 3 Harjinder Singh; Below 65 kg: 1 Vijay Rana, 2 Ravinder Pal Singh, 3 Raj Kumar; Below 70 kg: 1 Pardeep Kumar, Sandeep Kumar, 2 Chetan Sharma; 75 kg: 1 Inder Mohan, 2 Prem Chaudhary, 3 Gagandeep Singh; Below 80 kg: 1 Mandeep Sodhi, 2 Amrinder Singh, 3 Gursharan Singh;

Below 85 kg: 1 Harjinder Sekhon, 2 Gurmanshu Thakur, 3 Mohit Sharma; Below 90 kg: 1 Amit Kapoor, 2 Guradesh Mann, 3 Nitin Rathi; 90 kg and above: 1 Hari Narayan, 2 Baljeet.



Sandhu clinches golf title
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, March 11
Striking a birdie and recording seven pars is what Ravinder Singh Sandhu did as he stroked his way to the best individual score among 55 engineers who had converged on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the all-India competition here today.

Fifty eight-year-old Ravinder garnered 41 points leaving his nearest rival C.S. Bedi two points behind for the individual crown.

A.P.S. Dhillon with 37 points logged the best individual score in the above 14-handicap category with A.K. Sachdeva finishing just one point behind.

In the team events, it was the foursome of H.C. Sethi, A.K. Sachdeva, C.S. Bedi and K.S. Bhattal from Thapar Institute, Patiala, that won the title logging 103 points. The team of R.S. Sandhu, S.M.S. Sandhu, Kirpal Singha and Balwant Brar from Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana, finished two points behind to emerge second.

The PEC-A team of R.K. Ahuja, K.N. Kohli, S.S. Bhullar and Nirmal Singh finished third with 100 points, followed by the Pune team.

C.S. Bedi had the longest drive of 304 yards and J.S. Kang was nearest to the pin.

The putting competition for ladies was won by Manjit Sethi. Neelam Kohli finished second.

The results: Individual prizes: Up to 14 handicap: R.S. Sandhu 41, C.S. Bedi 39;

Above 14 handicap: A.P.S. Dhillon 37, A.K. Sachdeva 36;

Nine-hole competition: Over 70 years: O.P. Datta 15 points, G.S. Ruppal 14;

60 to 70 years: Surjit Singh 1, N.S. Bhattal 2;

Putting for ladies: Manjit Sethi 1, Neelam Kohli 2;

Longest drive: Up to 50 years: Anuj Sethi 281; 50 to 60 years: C.S. Bedi 304; 60 to 70 years: Col A.P.S. Dhillon 290; 70 to 80 years: Brig K.S. Sandhu 239; 80 and above: G.S. Tandon 171;

Nearest to pin: J.S. Kang.



Raj rules PGI meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Raj Gopal was declared best athlete in the 35th Annual Athletic Meet of the PGI held at its premises here today. Over 300 participants including resident doctors, employees, faculty members and their families took part in the meet.

Earlier, Dr K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, declared the meet open.

The highlight of the meet was the football match between the Association of Resident Doctors (Champion) and Faculty members. The association team won by a margin of 2-1.

The results: 100 meter (men): Raj Gopal 1, Suresh 2, Subodh Kumar 3; 100 meter (women): Shivani 1, Upma 2, Ritika 3; Sack race (women): Shivani 1, Ruth 2, Pratibha 3; High Jump (men): Mohan 1, Suresh 2; Shot put (men): Lokesna K. 1, Virender 2, Sudesh Kumar 3; Shot put (women): Upma 1, Sukhjeet 2, Ninjit 3; Discus throw (women): Puneet 1, Sonali 2, Jasbir 3; Long Jump (men): Sudesh Kumar 1, Raj Gopal 2, Subodh Kumar 3; Shot put (men faculty): Akshay 1, Dheeraj 2, P.C. Sharma 3; 50 meter (children above 10 years): Charanjeet 1, Prashanjeet 2, Debshri 3.



Godrej club pip Numero Uno
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 11
Superb batting by Tej Gobind (65 runs off 36 balls, 3 sixes, 4 fours) enabled Godrej Cricket Club to beat Numero Uno-XI by 62 runs in the fourth Bharat Kehso Gupta Memorial League cricket tournament. The tournament was held at PCA Stadium, here, today.

Brief scores: Godrej CC: 187 for 5 in 25 overs. (Tej Gobind 65, Vaneet Chawla 36, Charanjeet 38, Sanjay Bhatia 28, Naveen Puri 2 for 31, Manu 2 for 35)

Numero XI: 125 all out (Sunil Sharma 39, Naveen 21, Vijay Pal 2 for 23, Amritpal 2 for 28)

In another match, the team from Airtel beat Sigma by 51 runs. Airtel team scored 157 runs for 8 wickets in 25 overs while the Sigma team was bundled out for 106 runs in 19.3 overs.

In the last match, which was truncated to 15 overs a side due to overnight rains, Deep Engineering Works team routed United Steels by 31 runs. Deep Engineering team made 117 runs for 9 wickets in 15 overs while United team could muster only 86 runs for 5 wickets in 15 overs.



Hooda vows better putting facilities

Panchkula, March 11
The golf club at Sector 3 here will have international standard facilities soon.
Announcing this here today, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that improved facilities would help golfers better their skills.

Hooda gave away prizes to the winners of the golf match played between lawyers from Delhi and Chandigarh. Chandigarh won the competition, which was organised by the Legal Fraternity Association, Chandigarh here.

Gulshan Sharma, S.S. Grewal, Arun Bhardwaj and Mohinder Singh Patti won awards. J.P. Singh of Delhi was adjudged overall gross champion while Santanu Puri was declared overall champion.

Haryana Deputy CM Chander Mohan, Parliamentary Secretary Ram Kishan and former minister Venod Sharma were present. — TNS

Bad day for Ganda

It turned out to be a bad day for Delhi-based lawyer Birender Ganda who went to the golf course in the morning to play golf. He was attacked by a swarm of honeybees. He was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, here, where he was discharged after first aid.



Bring WC back, city boys to Dravid

Chandigarh, March 11
Budding cricketers of the local D.P. Azad Academy at Sector 45 have sent their good luck message to Team India for the World Cup.
According to Sanjiv Aggarwal, coordinator of the academy, “Our trainees have sent their best wishes to Rahul Dravid to bring back the cup which we won in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.” TNS



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