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MCM DAV holds Rotaract Princess Contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The MCM DAV Rotary Club organised ‘The Rotaract Princess Contest and Cultural Eve’ today at the college premises. The annual event was organised to raise funds for charity, and this year, the targetted charity is ‘The Heart Line’ - for the heart surgery of the poor.

Mrs India 2006 Frainy Ahuja was chief guest for the event and Miss India Finalist 2007 Shriya Singh was the guest of honour. The judges for the contest included Arvind Mehan, R.P. Chopra, Jassi, Madhu Marwaha and Neena Dhawan. A total of 29 contestants participated in the contest. A week-long grooming workshop was also held for the contestants. While Jasmine Brar of BA (II) was adjudged the Rotaract Princes, Rubina of BA (I) and Himani of B.Com (II) were declared the first and second runners-up, respectively. Assistant governor and district rotaract chairman, Rotrary International District 3080, Baldev Aggarwal said, “A beauty contest must not be taken in the literal sense of the exposure of beauty but it really teaches coordination, discipline and active mind with positive thinking.”

College principal Dr Puneet Bedi said, “Our purpose with MCM DAV Rotaract Club is to serve humanity on a wider plane. Every year, we collect money for the surgery of one heart patient who is unable to foot the cost of treatment”.

Students also performed dance and song items during the event.

Teachers’ rally

The Punjab and Chandigarh Colleges Teachers’ Union is scheduled to hold its first rally at Patiala on August 22. Teachers working in colleges affiliated to Punjabi University would take casual leave and assemble at Central Library, opposite Judicial Courts, Mall Road and hold a massive protest rally. The teachers working in colleges affiliated to other two universities would observe a two-period strike during peak hours and hold campus dharna in front of the principal’s office. The union has decided to wage a stiff agitation due to the betrayal of SAD-BJP alliance from their poll promises like pension and gratuity to teachers, full 95 pc grant-in-aid (without any financial cut,) lifting of ban on recruitments and leave encashment.

The union had submitted a memorandum to the education minister, the education secretary and the DPI Colleges (Punjab) on June 6 but the government did not initiate dialogue to resolve its long-pending demands.

PU toppers

Kavita Rani of DAV College, Sector 10 has topped the M.Sc (II) (mathematics) examination conducted by Panjab University by scoring 83 per cent marks. Leetika Sood of the same college has topped the university in M.Sc I (mathematics) with 86.4 per cent marks. College principal S. Marriya and HoD Prof A S Dogra congratulated the students and their teachers for the accomplishment.

Orientation session

Six principals and heads of the local government colleges and institutions addressed the students on the second day of an orientation programme at Government College of Education, Sector 20, today. Principal, Government College, Sector 11, Dr A.N. Garg advised the future teachers to prepare well for their classes and practice academic honesty during their interaction with students.

Principal, Government College of Commerce, Sector 19, Dr A.S. Sethi asked the students to work hard and with enthusiasm while pursuing their academic endeavours. Principal, Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Promila Kaushal expressed her happiness to be in the midst of future nation builders.

Director, Regional Institute of English, Dr Sharda Kaushik acquainted the students with the huge job opportunities available globally and locally in the teaching profession. Director, State Institute of Education, Dr Surendra Dahiya emphasised on the need to be an eternal learner to be a successful teacher.

Traffic seminar

A traffic awareness seminar for students and staff was held at MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36. A team of the traffic education cell of Chandigarh Police displayed and distributed literature on road safety and traffic awareness. The motive of the presentation was to make the students adhere to traffic rules and emphasise on the importance of wearing safety helmets. SSP (Traffic and Security) A.S. Alhawat said, “It is an ongoing traffic awareness programme that we are conducting in all the schools, colleges and other institutions. We even cover the slum areas to bring about awareness on the issue. A special team has been trained and appointed for the purpose.”



... Going on 62
Soon-to-retire PU teachers to continue
HC interim order brings relief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Issuing notice to the Panjab University over a petition filed by members of various faculties, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that the petitioners - due to attain the age of 62 (superannuation age) - would continue in service. This is an interim order depending on the respondents’ reply and also on the final outcome of the petition.

“Petitioners due to attain the age of 62 shall continue in service,” a Division Bench comprising Justice K.S. Garewal and Justice R.S. Madan ordered while issuing a notice of motion to the Centre and the university.

The petitioners, Indu Bagga from the Department of History and 23 others, had sought directions to the Panjab University and the Centre to consider and decide upon the petitioners’ representation and to permit them to continue in service up to the age of 65 year with all consequential benefits that follow therefrom.

The petitioners also sought permission to continue in service, during the pendency of the case, up to the age of 65 years in accordance with the decision of the Government of India. Incidentally, all petitioners would attain the age of 62 years shortly.

On July 27, 1998, the UGC had recommended that the retirement age be enhanced from 60 to 62 for centrally-funded institutions and the same were accepted by the government.

Importantly, on March 23, 2006, the UGC had recommended that PU should re-employ retiring teachers till they attained the age of 65 years. On March 23, 2007, the Centre had increased the age of superannuation from 62 to 65 years for the centrally-funded educational institutions.

Incidentally, the petitioners averred that they had given a representation to the PU on March 28 this year but the university had not taken any step to enhance the age of retirement.



Hawara seeks copy of evidence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The High Court has asked Jagtar Singh Hawara, convicted in the Beant Singh assassination case, to appear in court on August 28 for hearing on confirmation of his death sentence, said A.S. Chahal, defence lawyer.

Hawara's advocates have moved an application in the court of Ravi Kumar Sondhi, Additional Sessions Judge, to give them copies of evidence and other record shown to the District Court today. This will enable them to draft an appeal against the death sentence.

Chahal said: "Under Section 363(5) of the Code of Criminal Procedure a convict who is given the death sentence can get copies of evidence." The evidence will contain copies of statement of all witnesses of the prosecution and the defence.



Custodial death
Crime branch files affidavit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The UT police today submitted CCTV recordings, medical and other reports retated to the alleged custodial death of Anil Kumar, a Colony No 4 resident, to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Crime branch’ s investigating officer SI Satbir Singh filed an affidavit. A Division Bench comprising Mr Justice Uma Nath Singh and Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla said the Bench needed time to peruse the material and adjourned the case for tomorrow.

Peititioner Phulwati, Anil’s mother, has sought directions to the police to register a case against SI Narinder allegedly responsible for torturing Anil to death. She has also prayed that investigations into the case be handed over to the CBI or any other independent agency.

The petitioner’s counsel, Sanjeeva Gupta, had averred during the previeous hearings that the police was trying to go slow on the case.Today, crime branch’ s investigating officer SI Satbir Singh filed an affidavit. 



Bhatti’s Mad Arts gets rolling
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 21
Member parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal, Sukhbir Singh Badal inaugurated Mad Arts, 
Jaspal Bhatti Film School here today.

Sukhbir was accompanied by former cricketer and member of parliament, Navjot Singh Sidhu. Sidhu took the first “mahurat” clap of the acting school’s first session.

Speaking on the status of film industry in Punjab, Sukhbir said all incentives which were being offered, to other industries in the state will be made available to units involved in film production. “The focus on Mumbai as a center for films production can now be shifted to Punjab. Mohali will be promoted as the center of film production,” he added.

Appreciating Jaspal Bhatti’s inimitable sense of humour Sukhbir said Bhatti had made Punjab proud. “You should extend your vision and work towards the creation of a bigger school,” he said.

Stating that ‘Mad Arts’ as a serious venture Navjot Singh Sidhu said hundreds of youngsters of Punjab to Mumbai would get the right grooming. “Talent needs not just opportunities but needs also to be honed, disciplined and harnessed,” he said. Sidhu revealed that talks were on with film actor Dharaminder to set up a film institute at Mohali.

Earlier Jaspal Bhatti introduced Mad Arts as Punjab’s first film school. “Governments should learn from this and inaugurate ventures only when some preliminary work is complete,” he joked.

The institute is offering courses in acting, direction, cinematography, editing, film and television production, radio jockeying and animation. Suresh Jangid who has been the dean of the Asian Academy of Film and TV from 1993 and now the Dean at Mad Arts also spoke on the occasion.

Other than SAD’s youth brigade at Mohali including Bubby Badal and Jasjit Singh Bunny who accompanied Sukhbir, Punjab Ministers Master Mohan Lal and Swarna Ram attended the ceremony. Prominent among those who were present on the occasion were Sardool Sikandar, Amar Noori, Pammi Bai, Diwan Manna, Mehar Mittal, Jasbir Jassi, Vijay Tandon, Diwan Manna, Dr Raj Bahadur, city’s mayor Harjinder Kaur, former mayor Lalit Joshi, principal secretary industries, Punjab A.R. Talwar and PPCB chairman, Yogesh Goel. 



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