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Bar body keen on facilities for scribes
Vishal Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
The Bar Association of Punjab and Haryana High Court is keen on providing facilities to journalists, including a press room which will be shortly in place.

This assurance comes from a senior executive member of the bar body, Kapil Kakkar, who won the elections with a record margin. A man of few words but great erudition, Kakkar says since he too has dabbled in journalism, he knows the problems faced by legal correspondents, particularly in getting copies of orders of the court.

An active member of the bar for the past 20 years, Kakkar says the bar’s modernisation is long due and amenities for scribes form an essential part of the bar body’s agendas.

This is not all. A lawyers welfare fund, entailing an insurance cover of Rs 20 lakh for each member of the bar body, is in the offing, Kakkar says.

“We are working out the modalities of the fund and it will soon be a reality. The fund will be of great help to lawyers, especially the younger generation,” Kakkar adds.

An expert in constitutional and service law matters, Kakkar rues the sagging quality of lawyers and blames it on the mushrooming substandard universities churning out law graduates with poor academic standards.

Having taught in Punjab University’s law department for seven years, Kakkar wants the chasm between real life and classroom to be minimised and more so for fresh law graduates. He feels that most of the new lawyers feel out of place once they enter the realms of the bar.

“We are keen on introducing proper internship modules for young lawyers or law students and will even pay a decent remuneration to them,” he says. Equally important is his revelation that a disciplinary committee has been set up to keep a check on errant lawyers who bring a bad name to the bar.



Antiques’ lover finds unique shell
Tribune News Service

Antiques collector Ravi Bhasin with his latest possession, a silver encased conch shell, at his residence in Sector 11, Panchkula
Antiques collector Ravi Bhasin with his latest possession, a silver encased conch shell, at his residence in Sector 11, Panchkula, on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Panchkula, May 27
Ravi Bhasin, an antique collector, has added another unique piece to his treasured collection of ancient coins, artifacts, statues and metalware. This time it is a conch shell encased in silver and studded with precious gems.

“I was away to Dehra Dun where a lama woman got in touch with me. She wanted some Zee stones which I had and, in turn, was willing to exchange it for this shell. I grabbed the opportunity because this is among the rarest of the rare pieces. That lady did not know its worth and I just took it without asking any questions,” he says.

A resident of Sector 11, Bhasin maintains that this is another piece added to his priceless collection valued at several lakhs of rupees. A property dealer by profession, Bhasin says he has travelled all over the world and collected antiques.

“I have never seen such a shell in my life. While most shells open rightward, this one is rare because it opens to the left. Then, it has nearly one kg silver and is a masterpiece of craftsmanship. I even gave her some money in exchange because the moment I saw it, I knew I wanted it,” he said.

Ravi, one of the best known antique collectors in the region, has been suffering from renal failure for the past five years. During this period, his business collapsed and he was forced to turn his house into a curio’s shop, selling antiques he had collected during his visits to different countries.

“I need at least Rs 20,000 a month for medicines alone. After my savings began to dwindle, I was forced to sell off my collection to provide for my family and pay medical bills,” he says.

Several ancient watches also adorn walls of his house. Ancient manuscripts, including hand-written Ramayana and Mahabharata in Gurmukhi are among his prized possessions.



Music fiesta from May 30
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi will organise a two-day music festival in collaboration with the public relations and cultural affairs department, Haryana, at Tagore Theatre from May 30.

The festival will feature nationally and internationally acclaimed artistes. Rajinder Prasanna of the famed Benaras tradition will present his flute recital on the first day.

The following day, Meeta Pandit, custodian of the Gwalior gharana, will perform classical vocal.

The festival is the first of the many events planned by the akademi for the current year.



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