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He’s just too good to be a villain
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

"There is a lot of reasoning behind a villain being a villain in today’s films

Chandigarh, September 14
His villiany on the big screen may have made him one of the most hated guys, but in real life veteran actor Prem Chopra , with his demeanour and poise, seems more like a hero.

About Him

  • He got his education in Shimla
  • Worked in a newspaper office
  • Started his career with a Punjabi movie

In town to receive the National Lifetime Achievement Award by the All-India Artistes Association of Shimla, Mumbai and Chandigarh at a function at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, today, Chopra talked of his life in the celluloid world.

Beginning his career with a Punjabi film, ‘Chaudhary Karnal Singh’ in the early sixties, this simple lad who received his education at Shimla, worked with the circulation department of a newspaper when he was offered the role. Ask him about Punjabi films and he is quick to respond. “ I would love to do a Punjabi film. After all that’s what made me a star. At that time I was getting more than from the job in the newspaper than what I earned from the Punjabi film, but now Punjabi films and music is globally acknowledged”.

Playing his second innings in films, this bad boy of yesteryear was recently seen in ‘Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya’, ‘Budhha Mar Gaya’ and ‘Dhamaal’.

“Films made earlier had a social message but films made now are driven by technology and special effects,” he observes.

“There is a lot of reasoning behind a villain being a villain in present- day films unlike films made earlier where a bad boy would be bad - from the beginning to the end,” he says.

Though the actor has no dream role, he lets out a wicked laughter and says: “I want to play a role where I get to thrash the heroes one by one .”



Students agree to put off poll
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The VC’s meeting with student leaders of various organisations this afternoon resulted in the unanimous decision to postpone student elections and let the law take its course.

The VC along with Prof Naval Kishore and university counsel Anupam Gupta called all office- bearers of student organisations to explain the university’s stand on the issue.

At the meeting called at 1 pm today, Gupta went over the salient features of the Lyngdoh committee’s recommendations. This would mean that the decision on the elections would come after the diamond jubilee celebrations in the university on October 1 and 2.



Nursing Wounds
Brouhaha over snide remarks
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 14
Students and faculty members of Silver Oaks Institute of Nursing went on an indefinite strike today to protest against the alleged heavy-handedness and “rude” behaviour of one of the institute directors, Dr Manjari Bhargav.

The strike was, however, called off later in the evening on a written assurance by Dr Bhargav stating that students would not be insulted in the future.

Over 100 students and 25 faculty members had gathered at Silver Oaks Hospital here this evening and staged a sit-in against Dr Bhargav.

Students protested against Dr Bhargav taking digs at their relationship with boys and forcing them to shift to the institute’s building at Abhipur village in mid-session.

Faculty members also alleged that they had not been paid salaries for the past one month and the management was forcing them to surrender their original certificates.

Institute chairman Dr Akhil Bhargav denied the allegations. Dr Manjari Bhargav was involved only with the functioning of the hospital, he said. He rubbished allegations of rude behaviour on her part.

The protesters also gheraoed Dr Akhil Bhargav’s car as he tried to leave the hospital.

Students alleged that Manjari used to enter their hostel in Sector 69 and force them to move out immediately to another hostel.

“She would say that we were mere nurses who came from lowly households and that she belonged to a family of Jats,” said a student.

Students also alleged that she made insinuations about the nurses’ relationship with boys.

The students added that they did not want to shift to the institute’s new building at Abhipur as it did not have facilities there.

They alleged that the institute not only lacked transport facility for sick student/ teacher but also security for girls.

“A few days ago, the principal was injured and students took her to the nearest hospital in their car,” said a student.



27 acres notified for Phase II of IT park
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The union ministry of commerce and industry has notified 27 hectares as special economic zone (SEZ) in Phase II of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park.

The area of the SEZ in Phase II was reduced to 27 hectares from 32 hectares after certain IT companies, eSys and Bharti Airtel, opted out of the SEZ, stating that they catered to both domestic and international markets and were not 100 per cent export-oriented units.

The SEZ in Phase II of the park includes Wipro and Tech Mahindra. The non-SEZ area under Phase II will have eSys and Bharti Airtel. Wipro has taken 30 acres of land in Phase II while Tech Mahindra, which was earlier allotted 10 acres, has taken an additional five acres to expand operations.

Sources in the administration said due to bureaucratic hurdles, the process for registration of units in Phase II of the park had been delayed by more than a year. 



Panchkula ward delimitation shortly
Geetanjali Gayatri

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 14
A fresh exercise for delimitation of wards for the municipal council elections, slated for early next year, will be carried out shortly.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda gave a nod to reorganisation of wards on a request put in by Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan in view of the population rise in certain pockets of the town.

The urban development department today issued a notification to this effect and wrote to the State Election Commission stating that the process would take at least three months for completion.

Though the number of wards in the town would continue to remain the same i.e. 31, the increased population in pockets of sectors 20, 21, 15, Mansa Devi and Tribune Mitra Vihar would be evenly distributed.

According to sources in the district administration, there were over 73,000 voters in 74 booths across the town in the 2001 elections when the wards were first formed.

Since then, a number of group housing societies have come up in Mansa Devi and sectors 20 and 21.

According to the revised voter’s list, the total tally of voters from the town stands at 87,000, which is 13,000 more than the last election.

Since this population is primarily spread over three sectors - 15 and 20 and Mansa Devi - any candidate contesting from these wards would be at a disadvantage.

Sources said while the voting population in Mansa Devi had gone up by around 3,000 and by 4,000 in sectors 15 and 20, the inclusion of Tribune Mitra Vihar in the council had further increased the vote bank by another 2500 votes.

In his letter to the Chief Minister, Chander Mohan had sought revised boundaries of wards on grounds that new areas had been brought under the council and population in some areas had shot up due to the mushrooming housing societies.

The urban development department had initially refused delimitation for elections slated for January stating that it was to be carried out after the census in 2011.

While the Deputy Chief Minister had forwarded a request for delimitation, the district administration, too, had moved a case for the same on similar grounds.

The matter had also been taken up by city Congress president R.K. Kakkar and other councillors at the department level.

Sources in the department said since the delimitation had been approved by the Chief Minister, they would immediately ask the executive officer, municipal council, to carry out a door-to-door population survey.

After this, the department would fix the new ward boundaries.

The primary objection of the councillors given to the department was that while some would contest from a ward with population of 1,000-1,500, others would fight elections from wards with population over 5,000.

“The number of wards cannot be increased because we want it to be a council and not a corporation. So, the increased numbers would be adjusted within the existing number of wards,” an official of the urban development department said.



Hindi Divas
Give Hindi its due respect, say experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Eminent Hindi writer Dr Maheep Singh’s mantra for the revival of Hindi is to link it with employment opportunities to re-establish the language’s eroding significance. “If you speak English, you get a job more easily than if you speak Hindi. Make Hindi’s position equally strong by creating jobs that require the language,” he averred.

Dr Singh was delivering the keynote address at the ‘Hindi Divas’ celebrations held at the Golden Jubilee Hall in Panjab University today.

Organised by the department of Hindi under the aegis of its chairperson Dr Neerja Sood and the Haryana Sahitya Akademi, the occasion was graced by several well-regarded litterateurs of the region.

However, Dr Singh rued the fact that Hindi Divas had become just a ritual that simply served as a reminder of having done nothing for the language the rest of the year. He underlined that the problem lay in the lack of dialogue and openness between various languages of the country. “Until we do not bring our languages on a common platform, Hindi will not get its status as a national language,” he added.

He suggested the formation of an All India Language Commission recommending discussion and exchange of ideas between experts, inculcating respect for each other’s language, emphasising on learning Hindi and a few regional languages from a young age like people in Europe did.

Vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti also spoke of the importance given to English at the cost of Hindi. He said while speaking English was considered to be a mark of development, we are actually far behind most countries when it comes to giving respect to our national language.

“We are so busy in our show-off mode that we are not practical about our own language. We need to change our mindset. It is not humiliating to speak Hindi. This is our language and if we are not proud of it, we are not proud of who we are,” he stressed.

He concluded his talk by speaking of his desire to create a ‘Bhasha Bhawan’ in the university where exponents could discuss and bolster the languages in this country.

While renowned writer Manoj Pateria spoke on the sciences and Hindi, former bureaucrat G.V. Gupta spoke on administration and Hindi.

Former professor of Hindi Ramesh Kuntal Megh, who chaired the function, spoke of an imminent war of cultures as a result of globalisation.

The function concluded with the whole gathering observing a minute’s silence in remembrance of Prof L.N. Sharma who died today while delivering a lecture in Patiala on the occasion of Hindi Divas.



Students urged to use Hindi more often
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 14
Dr Surendra Sharma, assistant director, rajbhasha, and secretary, town office implementation committee, Chandigarh, today implored staff and students of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) to use Hindi more often. He was the chief guest at a valedictory function of the Hindi week.

Staff and students rendered poems in Hindi language during a poetry competition.

NIPER director Prof P. Rama Rao, while welcoming the guests, highlighted the importance of the language.

Two employees - section officer Harpal Singh and steno Meena - were honoured by the director for their use of the language in their day-to-day jobs. A short play, “Jeet Jayage Hum”, was also presented by NIPER students led by Hitesh.

AMBALA: Hindi Divas was observed at Murlidhar DAV Public School, Ambala City, on Friday. A poetry recitation competition was organised. Students spoke about the importance of Hindi.

School principal Reena Nagrath said development of Hindi would lead to national development.



Hindi fortnight concludes

Chandigarh, September 14
The northern regional office of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) organised a function to mark the conclusion of Hindi fortnight here today.

Kanchan Prasad Mandlaus, director (media and communication), Press Information Bureau, Chandigarh, who was the chief guest, said Hindi was instrumental in taking forward our culture and values.

She added that Hindi was a communication link for the whole country. She also stressed the need for using Hindi in day-to-day work.

Mandlaus gave away prizes to the winners of various competitions. Asha Paul, Kamal Oberoi, Alka Rawal and Rashmi Chug secured the first positions in Hindi essay, Hindi typing, Hindi translation and Hindi extempore, respectively.

Bhupinder Singh, deputy director general (north), BIS, stressed the need for greater use of Hindi for official purposes. — TNS



Youths assaulted in front of Kiran cinema
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
A quarrel that broke out over ‘grabbed seats’ at Kiran cinema became violent when a group of around seven youths assaulted two boys hailing from Fatehgarh Sahib just outside the theatre today.

Sources said the incident took place when the first show of the movie running at the theatre got over. The unidentified group of youths assaulted the boys, Jaswinder Singh and Sukhjeet, with helmets and also damaged their motorcycle.

An eyewitness said the youths, who had reportedly entered into an argument with the two inside the theatre, attacked them. The turban of one of the victims got untied. On seeing this, the bystanders intervened and thrashed the assailants, who then managed to flee.

However, the police and private security of the cinema both were found absent. It was only after the attackers fled that one policeman reached the spot. Interestingly, the police beat box just opposite the theatre was reported to be vacant. The police said, “It was just hooliganism, nothing serious.” No case has been registered.



PM to unveil Dev Anand’s memoir
Tribune News Service

Dev Anand Chandigarh, September 14
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will release "Romancing with Life", autobiography of evergreen film star Dev Anand, on his birthday on September 26 at New Delhi.

In "Romancing with Life", the first full-fledged memoir ever by a leading Bollywood star, Dev Anand, tells his remarkable life story, no less dramatic and gripping than any of his films, Naveen Sharma, trustee of the Millionaires Trust, said here today.

Published by the Penguin International, this autobiography was a vivid and lively tale of six decades of Independent India, Bollywood and the rise of an evergreen institution on the horizon of the Indian film world, he added.



Mayor, MC chief to select mobile model

Chandigarh, September 14
The city mayor and the commissioner of Municipal Corporation would now select the model of mobile phone that has to be issued to the MC councillors and senior officials. This, apart from other agenda items, was approved during the meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee of the MC today.

The civic body also approved the items relating to estimates for providing fixing, testing, commissioning of gaseous chlorination system of tubewells in various villages under it. The committee also approved the auction of condemned vehicles of fire and emergency services. — TNS



Honour the hero

This is with reference to a news item in Chandigarh Tribune dated September 12, 2007, under heading ‘Chak de hockey you said? No UT official to greet Asia Cup Champs’.

When in 1958, Flying Sikh Milkhan Singh won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games held at Cardiff (Wales) in 400 meters dash, the then Prime Minister of our country, late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was so much thrilled that he first sent a congratulatory message to Milkha Singh at Cardiff and later, when he returned from London, he personally went to the airport to receive the player, such great was Pt Nehru.

More recently, India scored 7 goals against a strong team like South Korea in Asia Cup final at Chennai on September 9, 2007.

Out of the 7 goals, Chandigarh star hockey player Rajpal Singh scored two and brought honour and glory not only to the city but also to the country. He should also be honoured by the Chandigarh Administration. He is the hero of our national game, afterall.

Narinder Singh, Chandigarh

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Patiala Judge Murder Case
Doctor’s statement recorded
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The statement of the 12th witness, a doctor, who had conducted the post-mortem on the body of Vijay Pal Singh in the infamous Patiala judge murder case was recorded at District Courts here today.

Deposing in the court of Raj Rahul Garg, Dr K.K. Aggarwal stated that the deceased’s body had suffered about 25 injuries out of which some were individually sufficient to cause death.

There are 75 witnesses in this case out of which 12 have been examined. Another witness, the manager of Punjab National Bank (PNB), was to be examined but as he did not bring the entire records, the case was deferred till October 6 for witness of the prosecution.

The PNB manager was supposed to bring bank statements of the accused, Dr Ravdeep Kaur, which would establish that a huge sum was withdrawn from the bank.

The two accused in this case, Manjeet Singh and Dr Ravdeep Kaur, are currently lodged in Burail Jail. Investigations revealed that Dr Ravdeep Kaur had given Rs 5 lakh to Manjeet Singh to murder the judge.

According to the prosecution, on the intervening night of October 12 and 13, 2005, Vijay Pal Singh, a judge at Labour Courts, Patiala, was murdered at Polo Ground, Patiala.

The judge was on the phone with a friend when he was attacked on his neck with a sharp-edged weapon from behind. On hearing his cries over the phone, the person he was talking to made a call to a common friend in Delhi. When the judge’s friends reached the Polo Ground, they found him dead. He was taken to a private hospital, where he was declared brought dead.



70-year-old burns herself to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Seventy-year-old Preeto of Ram Darbar allegedly burnt herself to death here this evening. The family members tried to douse the flames, but could not save her.

The victim’s husband, Vilayati Ram, told the police that Preeto was almost blind and was being treated at the PGI. She was depressed about her illness.

Purse snatched

A motorcyclist snatched a purse from a woman in Sector 35 market this morning.

Gagan Giri of Sector 34 lodged a complaint to the police alleging that she was going toward her shop with her mother in a rickshaw, when an unidentified youngster, riding a motorcycle, snatched her purse near the market at around 11: 30 am. The purse was containing cash around Rs 10,500, driving licence, bank pass-book and some important documents.

A case has been registered under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC in the Sector 36 police station.

Mohali man robbed

Karnail Singh of Mohali lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Surinder of Mohali, Jaspal Singh of Kajehri and Kuljit Singh of Palheri village robbed him of Rs 6,400, mobile set and some documents from him in the Sector 35 market here at 3 am on Friday.

According to the police, the accused Surinder was a transport contractor with Verka milk plant in Mohali. The contract had been given to Karnail. In frustration, Surinder called up Karnail in the early hours and asked his whereabout.

After knowing his location, the accused with his two accomplices, Jaspal and Kuljit, reached the spot and started beating him up. They robbed his cash and other articles.

All the accused have been arrested by the police. The case has been registered under Section 323, 392, 394 and 34 of the IPC.


Sushila Hooda of Sector 15 reported to the police that her AC, cooler, table fan and folding bed were stolen on Thursday night. A case has been registered under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC in the Sector 11 police station.

Honda City hit

A new Honda City, bearing number CH-31-T-6833, was hit on the rear by an Ambassador car (CH-01-G-4003) at Hotel Park View roundabout today.

The car got dented, while the front grill of the Ambassador also got damaged in the collision.

The driver of Ambassador, belonged to the director, Public Relation, Punjab, Amar Singh said, “A woman driving the car at once applied the brakes at the roundabout, which caused the accident.”

The SHO police station, Sector 11, said, “Both parties were ready to settle the issue as there was not much damage.”

‘Cop’ snatches bag

Wearing uniform of the Punjab police a man, with his two accomplices, robbed a brief case of a scooterist at Sector 19-20 old labour chowk, on Thursday evening.

According to sources, complainant Tek Chand of Sector 30 was on his scooter, when three persons sitting in a car near old labour chowk intercepted him and asked for his search.

One of them, wearing the uniform of the Punjab Police, asked him to open the brief case. Taking the benefit of heavy rush on the road, they fled with the brief case.



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