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DAV’s Apoorva tops in Arts
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 25
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, outshined the rest in CBSE's Class XII with Apoorva topping the tricity in the arts stream,scoring 95 per cent marks. Girl students of DAV School led all the way in the city with Kiran (95%) and Megha (94%) topping in the commerce and non-medical streams, respectively.

For Apoorva, daughter of an Army officer, winning laurels is a habit. A skilled dancer, she has won accolades in co-curricular activities too. "Hard work and dedication pay rich dividends," says the topper, who intends to make a career in psychology.

" I secured 82 per cent marks in my matriculation exam. I only studied for two-three hours a day" says Apoorva, who likes classical and Rajasthani dance.

A beaming prinicipal of DAV school, Santosh Bhandari, credited the institution's success to the "hard work” put in by the teachers and students. "We believe in child-centric education where pupils better their performance every year without any pressure.”

Seven students of the school have scored more than 90% marks.

Satluj Public School, Sector 4, is another school which had done well with four students getting more than 90 per cent marks. As many as three students of Army School, Chandi Mandir, are in the plus 90 per cent bracket.



Scholarships for Hindi
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, May 25
The Chandigarh administration has decided to award five scholarships to post-matriculation students in Hindi from Non-Hindi-speaking states.

To be eligible for the scholarships, the students should belong to non-Hindi-speaking states and their mother tongue should not be Hindi. The applicants should have passed the last university/board examination not before 2005 with not less than 60 per cent marks. There is no bar on income limit.



Pallavi tops CET
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Pallavi Sachar topped the physics, chemistry and biology stream of the Common Entrance Test held by Panjab University for admission to its various courses. The exams were conducted on May 20.

Sachar topped her stream by scoring 280 marks (out of 300). Preeti Mathur of the physics, chemistry and biotechnology stream topped her section with a score of 265. Amarinder Singh topped the physics, chemistry and mathematics stream with 264 marks.

In the physics, chemistry and computer application stream, Vikramjit Singh emerged topper by scoring 200 marks. In the law group, Paramvir Singh was declared the topper.

CET is held for admission to the following courses — law (5-year integrated course), MBBS, BDS, BHMS, BAMS, BSc (Hons), BSc (computer science) and BSc (Biotechnology).



Etching impressions of a lifetime
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Forget old cobweb-filled albums, threadbare scrapbooks and dusty home videos. “Little treasures are wonderful pleasures,” says Bhavna Jasra. This lady who lives and works in Mumbai helps you relive special moments by making startling lifelike 3D impressions of your loved one’s hands and feet.

Best-known for her hand impressions of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai gifted to them by Subroto Roy of Sahara on their wedding, Bhavna, in Chandigarh today, talked of how her career as an impressionist started quite by chance when she was expecting her daughter Tia five years ago.

A successful marketing consultant by profession, it was a holiday with her husband in London that brought her face to face with the impressions of a baby’s feet at her friend’s home. “I was hooked. I forced her to take me to the impressions studio where she had had it done.”

Bhavna then hunted down the practitioner of this art. “The old lady refused to teach me,” she smiles. “But I was determined to learn it,” recalls Bhavna. She squatted at the woman’s studio for five days till she relented.

After the Munjals and the Oswals, it is now the turn of the city’s leading glitterati like architect Vishal Singh who is gifting impressions of his friend Bubby Badal to him. Another of her client is son of Kandhari Beverages’s Bikram Kandhari.

In five years, Bhavna has made about 4,000 impressions of hands and feet of newborns, children, brides and grandparents. The procedure, though, is no piece of cake. “I take the impression by soaking it in special clay for 30 seconds. Superior quality resin forms the material used to prepare the model. This is then oven-dried, buffed and painted. The final touch is given using 24-karat gold or silver dust. Bronze, pearl, copper and graphite is also used.,” says Bhavna.

Of all the celebrity impressions Bhavna has done, she finds Bal Thackeray's the most fascinating. She recalls that when she held his hands and immersed them in clay, her hands went cold. It was at this time that Thackeray remarked, “Few have held the tiger by his paws.” 



Mohali’s Gian Jyoti students shine

Mohali, May 25
Students of Gian Jyoti Public School have topped in Mohali in Class XII examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education in March, results of which were declared today.

Both students, Gurkamal Kaur Toor and Sukrit Singh Shah, in the medical stream have secured 91.4 per cent marks each.Sukrit has excelled with 98 per cent marks in chemistry, the highest in the town.

Mansimranjit Kaur Uppal of the same school stood second in the town, getting 90.8 per cent marks in the medical stream while Nancy, pursuing the non-medical stream, has bagged the third position with 90.4 per cent marks.

However, Nancy has got 100 per cent marks in mathematics while Mansimranjit is first in physics with 95 per cent marks.

Sukrit said he was more than happy with the result as he did not expect to score that well because he was concentrating more on studies related to competitive examinations.

He has already cleared the written examination conducted by the Armed Forces Medical College and is waiting for the result of other competitive examinations.

Gurkamal, who was away to Delhi to appear in a test conducted by the CMC, Vellore, talking on the phone said she was expecting good marks. She said she devoted most of her time to studies during the day and went to bed early.

Arshdeep Singh of Gian Jyoti has got the highest marks in biology (96 per cent) while Deep Shikha Sood (96 per cent) and Deepinder Kaur (94 per cent), also from the same school, have scored the highest marks in Accounts and Business Studies.

In physical education, two students of Shivalik Public School - Amandeep Kaur and Amanpreet Kaur- have got the highest (97 per cent) while Jatin Sehgal (St Soldier International Convent School) and Supreet Kaur (Gian Jyoti Public School) have got 93 per cent marks each in Economics, again the highest in the town.

Four students from different schools have got 96 per cent in English which are the highest in Mohali. — OC



Technical institutes voice grievances
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
The Punjab Unaided Technical Institutes Association (PUTIA) which has 147 private technical institutes of Punjab as its members, held a press conference at the Press Club, Sector 27, here today, to voice what they believe are unfair practises by the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar. All private technical institutes of Punjab are affiliated to the PTU.

The objections listed by Dr J.S. Dhaliwal, president, PUTIA, and chairman, SAS Group of Institutes, said the association was aggrieved by the lack of moral support from the government, discontentment over the non-representation of private institutes on the management of the PTU and the lack of a system like the Panjab University Senate.

The others present at the conference were: H.S. Jawandha, chairman, Bhai Gurdas Group of Institutes; Sardar Avatar Singh, Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutes; Dr R. Sachdeva, Lala Lajpat Rai Group of Institutes; Gurvinder Singh, Rayat and Bahra Group of Institutes; Satnam Singh, Chandigarh Group of Institutes, Landran; Dr H.S. Heera, principal, SUS College of Engineering and Technology, Landran. 



  Hotel Chandigarh Beckons opened
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Impressing upon the management of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology to make Hotel Chandigarh Beckons a centre of excellence, Gen S.F. Rodrigues(retd), Punjab Governor and UT administrator, today asked the home secretary, the managing director of CITCO, the tourism director and the principal of the institute to coordinate in upgrading the support structure and state-of-the-art facilities to provide the best services to guests of different categories.

General Rodrigues was speaking at the inaugural function of Hotel Chandigarh Beckons set up by the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology in Sector 42 here.

He said the business centre and the convention hall must be equipped with advanced-technology-backup support systems to meet varied professional requirements of guests.

An innovative project, the hotel will meet the demand of southern sectors of the city in providing quality accommodation, besides enhancing the level of training to students of the institute. 



“RTI can boost coop movement”
Tribune News Service

Speakers at a one-day national seminar on “Right to Information and Cooperatives” held at the Regional Institute of Cooperative Management, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday
Speakers at a one-day national seminar on “Right to Information and Cooperatives” held at the Regional Institute of Cooperative Management, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday. —Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, May 25
Right application of the Right to Information Act (RTI) in the cooperatives can go a long way in taking the cooperative movement to a new high. The Act will further strengthen the democratic system in the cooperatives which have the potential to reach the weaker sections and low income families.

Stressing genuine and transparent functioning of the cooperatives, housing experts today spoke at length about the need to make the cooperatives pro-masses with the help of the RTI. The occasion was a one-day national seminar on “ Right to information and Cooperatives” held at the Regional Institute of Cooperative Management, Sector 32 , Chandigarh.

Managing Director of the National Cooperative Housing Federation of India, Dr ML Khurana, and GM Amin, president of the National Cooperative Union of India, also spoke on the occasion.

Delivering the inaugural address on behalf of Kumari Selja, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, the Under Secretary in the ministry, SK Singh, said the RTI Act enabled citizens to raise issues like poor sanitary conditions, problems related to maintenance of roads, parks and unauthorised constructions.

The act calls for changes in record keeping procedures and extensive computerization to facilitate access to information. The cooperatives were advised to display maximum information meant for the general public. The cooperatives were advised to be well aware about the provision under the RTI Act.

Clarifying apprehension in the mind of the audience about the act, Rita Sinha, Secretary in the Central Information Commission, said the act had made citizens powerful. It had ushered in an era where the citizens had become partners in governance. It envisages accountability on the part of the public authorities. aShe said citizens needed to be well informed about the spirit behind the act and the manner in which it could be used for the benefit of society. Certain queries about the role of cooperatives as public authority were addressed by the secretary while citing certain rulings by the Central Information Commission.



District Courts
Judge’s murder: Crucial witness deposes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Rupinder Singh Sandhu, a crucial witness in the case of murder of Patiala labour court judge Vijay Singh, today deposed before the additional district and sessions judge, Chandigarh.

The main accused in the case, Dr Ravdeep Kaur, had confessed before Sandhu that she had got him eliminated. As per the prosecution, the woman had confessed before the witness that after she failed to eliminate the victim, she got in touch with a granthi.

Money was paid to the granthi to get the judge eliminated. Both accused are in judicial custody.

The judge was murdered on October 13, 2005. After the case was transferred to Chandigarh from Patiala, charges were framed against the accused, Dr Ravneet and Giani Manjit Singh.

Bail plea rejected

A CBI special court today rejected the bail application of sub-inspector Sukhdweep Singh, wanted by the CBI for taking a bribe of Rs 12,000 from a Sector 34-based travel agency. 



Wedded to music
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Acclaimed flautist GS Rajan (left) and his wife Anjana, a bhatarnatyam exponent, arrived in Chandigarh for a performance, scheduled for tomorrow
Acclaimed flautist GS Rajan (left) and his wife Anjana, a bhatarnatyam exponent, arrived in Chandigarh for a performance, scheduled for tomorrow.—Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, May 25
When G.S. Rajan and his better half Anjana speak about music, a sense of contentment surrounds them. Trained in the Kalashetra style, evolved and perfected by Rukmini Devi Arundale, the couple is staunchly devoted to classical art. The pursuit of purity has not been easy; they have cruised along, nevertheless. And they have come a long way.

In Chandigarh on the eve of their first performance under the aegis of Pracheen Kala Kendra, the Rajans reflected with fondness on their shared history at Kalashetra, which taught them the value of restraint. For G.S. Rajan, the acclaimed Carnatic flautist who follows the Sarabha Sastri flute tradition, instruction imbibed at Kalasehtra is prized inheritance. His formal training in flute, however, began much earlier under the tutelage of G.S. Srikrishnan, his father.

Born into music literally (his mother was a vocalist), Rajan was naturally drawn to music. After picking up the nuances of Carnatic vocal music from his mother, he moved to master the elements of Sarabha Sastri tradition. “The flute, as we know, is associated with Lord Krishna, but it was Sarabha Sastri who introduced it to the concert circuit. The Carntic flute is distinct in its tone from the north Indian flute, which has six holes. Our flute has nine holes, created to facilitate the rendition of our style. Sarabha Sastri was a blind sage, whose contribution to the genre of flute is matchless,” said G.S. Rajan, who later adorned his music by attempting experimental pieces. The one he did in 2005 when the Government of France offered him a fellowship to composed “Raga Symphony”, was well-received.

“I made compositions for 40 musicians. It was a fine specimen of world music. I don’t like to call it fusion music,” said Rajan, who let go of several projects to keep his integrity intact. “I hate knocking at doors of others to get work,” the flautist said, remembering his stints at music making in Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil films. Of late, he has been more committed to the productions conceived by Anjana Rajan, who has followed the Kalashetra style very devotedly.

Upbeat about the art scene in the country, especially the one featuring the illustrious Kalashetra alumni, Anjana said, “Kalashetra style has not diluted a bit, it has only evolved. In our times, going to Kalashetra was like immersing in a monastic tradition. We were not allowed to mix with men or attend concerts. It was a life full of regimentation in which the beauty of classical music and dance came alive. That beauty lingers, but the strictness of instruction has gone for the better. Times change.”

For her part, Anjana has been fashioning productions around unique themes. Famous for her work on accompanying artistes, she had collaborated with G.S. Rajan in 1994 to create a piece, with music at the core and dance at the fringes. “The production was designed to celebrate the joys of music and to show that music can hold, on its own,” said Anjana, who has also been active on the instruction front, having used bhatarnatyam to make the budding actors of National School of Drama dance. 



‘Gaz Foot Inch’ casts a spell
S.D Sharma

Chandigarh, May 25
Comedy with moralising realism is a phenomenon that can be employed to identify and illustrate evils ailing the society.

"Gaz Foot Inch," a comedy staged 75 times at various venues, was brought alive at the Tagore theatre by the Chandigarh Institute of Performing 
Arts (CIPA), NZCC and the Chandigarh administration.

Written by playwright K.P. Saxena, the play resolves around the life of protagonist "Tillu," the uneducated son of a cloth merchant who can hardly envision anything beyond "profit, goods receipt or ‘gaz, foot, inch’ - the measuring scales for cloth. He feels elated after selling off a "pen" gifted by his fiancée Jugni for a mere five rupees. However, enamoured by his innocence, she surrenders in admiration.

Director Shyam Juneja, Anupma Asha Jha, Nisha Kapur and Ranjit Shah embellished their roles with crisp dialogues. Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, CIPA director Shyam Juneja reminisced the hilarious, but nervous moment, when his artists staged the play for a large assemblage of dacoits at Bhind. “There were times we panicked on the stage as the dacoits were frequently firing shots in the air to celebrate the acting spells, brilliance and drollery of the dialogues, claims Juneja.



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