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‘Bhagat Singh icon of resistance against despotic forces’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The very first paper presented this morning, on the second day of the three-day seminar on Bhagat Singh being held at Panjab University, posed a challenging question for academics to examine.

Dr Nayana Goradia in her paper titled “Bhagat Singh and the Early Bengal Revolutionaries” said, “The final sacrifice of Bhagat Singh, when he volunteered to drop the bomb in the Central Assembly Hall, remains a mystery. How could he not have calculated that in offering to immolate himself, he was also driving the nail in the coffin of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA)? But he rushed headlong, anxious to keep the flame burning, a victim of his own heroism.”

She stated that although Bhagat Singh had travelled far in developing his ideology, reality did not cooperate with his grand design.

It was a similar thought that was echoed in Kolhapur-based Prof Ashok V Chousalkar’s paper on “Bhagat Singh and Revolutionaries in Maharashtra: Continuity and Change”.

While examining the impact of these revolutionaries, especially Veer Savarkar’s ideological understanding of revolution, on Bhagat Singh, he said Savarkar believed that in order to carry any movement forward, its leadership should not be sacrificed.

He went on further to add that the continuity aspect is evident in Savarkar’s idea of revolution, including forming secret societies and establishment of bomb factories, but the change is in Bhagat Singh’s Marxist revolutionary politics, he said.

From here, the seminar took a wider view of the influences on Bhagat Singh in University of California, Santa Cruz scholar Maia Alyssa Ramnath’s paper titled “Bhagat Singh as the Self-Conscious Heir to the Ghadar’s Eclectic Synthesis”.

According to Ramnath, modelling himself on his Ghadarite predecessors, who also had their roots in diasporic movements, Bhagat Singh needs to be “re-contextualised within the continuous tradition of radicalism that unfolded in the shadows backstage, as it were, from the domestic main act.”

Dr Prem Singh’s paper examined the evaluation of the Indian National Congress made by Bhagat Singh while Dr Malwinderjit Singh Waraich’s paper “Jail, Stay, Trial and Execution” viewed these as the “continuation of revolutionary struggle by other means.”

The afternoon session commenced with Prof K L Tuteja’s paper on “Bhagat Singh on Contemporary Politics” which once again stressed on the fact that while Bhagat Singh’s nationalism was motivated by a romantic vision of revolution glorifying individual violence, he was constantly struggling with his own ideas and beliefs with a view to establishing a new political and social order.

The afternoon session was also enriched by Prof Chaman Lal’s paper on “Correspondence of Bhagat Singh”. Considered an authority on Bhagat Singh, he has continually stressed on the need for adopting Bhagat Singh as an icon of resistance against all forces threatening the democratic fabric of our society and adopting socialist lines. He spoke of Bhagat Singh’s letters of a personal and political nature exploring unknown aspects of his personality.

Prof Harkishan Singh Mehta’s paper attempted to locate this revolutionary’s place in India’s freedom struggle both as an actor and thinker especially in a global context while Dr Preeta Nilesh’s lecture on “Bombay and Bhagat Singh: Observations from the Bombay Chronicle, 1928-1931” traces Bhagat Singh’s movement from bomb to gun.

“In representing him, the Chronicle presents news and not views. There is silence on the stand of the Congress and Gandhi on him and his comrades and also uncovers reactions of the Presidency towards Bhagat Singh.”

The final session tomorrow will also comprise a photo exhibition, contributed and developed by Dr Waraich.



PU Senate meeting postponed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The special meeting of the Panjab University Senate which was scheduled to be held on October 1 on the campus has been postponed.

This is due to the fact that the Prime Minister’s visit has been postponed and all events associated with his visit will be decided as soon as confirmation of his programme is received.

However, the other functions on the occasion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the university will begin at 11:30 a.m. on October 1 with a special lecture by Prof G.K. Chadha, member, Economic Advisory Council to PM, in the law auditorium where the Governors of Punjab and Haryana will also be present.



GC-11 has book bank for needy
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
One of the oldest libraries in the city, Government College, Sector 11 library is a real treasure trove. For, the library houses Mahadevi Verma’s handwritten verse ‘Deep Shikha’ along with 100 other rare books, which include Punjabi Mahakosh (1952) written by Kaan Singh, ‘Rabindranath Tagore: A Centenary Volume’ (1861-1961), Kangra paintings of Geet Govinda along with its picture plates and Ajanta-Ellora paintings with 85 picture plates and several others.

Interestingly, the oldest book in the library is ‘History of India’ (Muntakahb-Ut-Twarif) written by famous traveller and philosopher Al Badauni of the Sultunate period.

The second most oldest book in the library is ‘Heer Varis’ written in Multani by E. O’ Brien. Next in line is ‘Bhartiya Pracheen Lipimala’ followed by ‘Nehru Abhinandan’.

Also on the shelves is a Multani Glossary, Encyclopaedia of Mythology, Encyclopaedia of Sikh Literature, Bhai Veer Singh Shatabdi Granth, Punjabi language manuscript, English to Persian dictionary, French Encyclopaedic dictionary (1889), 20, 000 Years of World Paintings and many more.

Apart from the historic books, the library caters to the present day needs of the students with more than one lakh books on its shelves.

Recently, new purchases have also been made to the tune of Rs 5 lakh. Right from all subject dictionaries to specialised books for post-graduate students of English, history, BPEd and biotech, to the collective works of Mahatama Gandhi, Vivekanand and Jawah Lal Nehru, you name it, this library has it.

“An interesting feature is the ‘Career Advancement Corner’. One of the most popular corners of the library, it displays various employment opportunities available for the students with inputs from the University Employment Exchange and clippings from newspapers. Presently, there are 65 periodicals and about 250 online subject-wise journals for the students,” said Jaspal Kaur, librarian.

“There is also a book bank having 2,600 volumes for the needy students. More than 80 students have already benefited from these books, which are allotted to the students on a yearly basis. Most of these books come from donations from the teachers and passing-out students of the college,” informed Renu Oberoi, librarian.

There is a library club as well where the students come and help in the library work voluntarily during their free periods and are awarded certificate after three years.

To make working more efficient, the library has shifted over from Granthalaya to Libsys software wherein all the details pertaining to issuing and returning of the books will be available. 



Female Foeticide
Colleges come together to create awareness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
An awareness programme on female foeticide was organised by the NSS unit of Government College, Sector 11, in collaboration with four other government colleges of the city - GC-46, GCG-42, GCG-11 and Government Home Science College - at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Khudda Lahora, here, today.

The programme was presided over by principal of GC-11 Dr A.L. Gauba. NSS volunteers and students of music departments of the colleges presented skits, mono-acting, songs and various other programmes on the occasion.

The programme commenced with a shabad by Government College, Sector 11, boys. Amarjit Singh sang a song in which a girl child pleads for life. Pamalpreet Kaur of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, presented a power-packed performance. Through her mono-acting she brought forth the plight of a daughter-in-law who is forced to abort her female child. Girls of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, presented a skit on the theme ‘Kanya bhrun hatya, maha paap hai’. Girls of Government Home Science College presented a group song. Boys of GC-11 enthralled the audience with a ‘nukkar natak’.

More than 350 students, including NSS volunteers from colleges, NSS programme officers, special invitees Khudda Lahora village and others, attended the function. 



Disabled to get scholarship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The education department has decided to award scholarships to all categories of disabled students, including the visually-challenged, hearing-impaired, orthopaedically-handicapped, mentally-challenged, leprosy-cured and others, pursuing general, technical and professional education in Chandigarh from Class IX onwards.

According to official sources, students securing atleast 40 per cent marks in the previous annual examination will be eligible for the scholarships. No scholarship will be admissible if the combined monthly income of the parents/guardian of the candidate is more than 
Rs 5,000.

Applicants will have to furnish an undertaking by his/her parent/guardian stating that he/she is not in the receipt of assistance from any other source.

The last date for the receipt of applications in the office of the director, higher education, Additional Deluxe Building, Sector-9, Chandigarh, is October 31, the official added.



Malik is GCG-42 principal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Shashi Kanta Malik, who was earlier dean at Government College For Girls, Sector 11, has been appointed principal of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, after Santosh Kalra retired today from the college as the officiating principal.

Shayam Sunder, who was vice-principal of Government College, Sector 46, has been appointed dean of the same college. Harjinder Singh was earlier vice-principal at GC-11 and has been appointed dean of the college. Nindru Bal, vice-principal of GCG-42, has been appointed dean at GCG-11. J..S Raghu, lecturer, GCG-42, is now dean of the college.

Kirti Vardhani, a lecturer at GC-46 has been appointed vice-principal at GCG-11. Mani Bedi, a lecturer in GCG-42, has been appointed vice-principal of the college. Achla Dogra, a lecturer in GCG-42, has been appointed vice-principal at GC-46. Manji Brar, a lecturer at GC-42, has been appointed vice-principal of GC-11. All these appointments will come into effect from October 1.



250 naval cadets attend camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Atleast 250 cadets from various city schools and colleges are undergoing training for the All-India Nau Sainik Camp, scheduled to be held at Vishakhapatnam from October 8 to 17, at a camp here.

They are being imparted training in drill, firing, first-aid, fire fighting and seamanship.

Games and cultural competitions also form part of the camp to inculcate team spirit, sportsmanship, unity and discipline among the cadets.

The camp is aimed at developing character, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventure and the ideals of selfless service among the youth.

Highlighting the importance of NCC, Commander D.V. Singh, commanding officer, No.1, Chandigarh Naval NCC Unit, emphasised the importance of having a human resource of organised, trained and motivated youth to provide leadership in all walks of life.

The team from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh NCC directorate stood first among the 17 NCC directorates that had participated in the All-India Nau Sainik Camp last year.



Poll booth in district courts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The high court today directed that a poll booth should be set up in district court complex, Chandigarh, for the elections of forthcoming elections of Bar council of Punjab and Haryana.

The secretary of the District Bar Association (DBA) had sent a list of 500 members of ditsrict bar association requesting Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana to set up an election booth for the forthcoming elections of council. Since the matter could not be decided by Bar council of Punjab and Haryana despite meetings with representatives of DBA, a writ petition regarding this was filed in the high court.

Act fast or appear before court, excise official told The Division Bench, comprising Justice M.M.Kumar and Justice A.K.Mittal, today ordered the Haryana excise and taxation commissioner to either dispose of the matter hanging fire before him by October 1 or be present in the court on October 3.

The directions came in the wake of a petition of Ambala-based liquor contractor Baljinder Singh who had been allotted licence for a liquor vend in rural area of Jandli Kaula, Ambala.But another liquor contractor Sunveer Sondhi, who had been granted the vend of Sena Nagar area, was operating from the area of the petitioner.

Following the directions of the court on June 5, the deputy excise and taxation commissioner (DETC), Ambala, had asked Sondhi to shift his vend from the rural area in compliance of high court orders.

However, after passing the order, the DETC on July 27, 2007 passed another order withdrawing the earlier order permitting him to operate from the same site. The petitioner asserted that this was against the spirit of the high court directions.

It was pointed out today that contract of the petitioner was to expire on March 31,2008, and already long time was taken by the department to decide the issue.

It was also alleged by the counsel that officers of the department were acting in connivance with Sondhi in totals disregard of the high court orders. 



HC judge given farewell
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Justice S.N. Aggarwal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who retires on September 30, was given a formal farewell by the high court bar association on Friday.

The next two days, including the last day of the tenure, happened to be holidays at the high court.

With his retirement, the number of judges would be reduced to 31 with fresh inductions of three judges still to be notified.



Rape Case
Barnala’s statement recorded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The statement of Gaganjeet Singh Barnala in the alleged rape case was recorded in the court of Additional and Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi here today.

In his statement, Barnala claimed that he had neither seen the victim in his life nor had she worked as a masseur at his place.

He added that he had seen the victim for the first time in the court. He said a woman used to come to his house for eco-therapy of his wife but he never saw her as well.

Barnala is a sitting MLA from Dhuri and son of Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala.

The remainder of the statement of Barnala will be recorded under Section 313 of the CrPC in the next hearing of the case on October 11.

The victim had turned hostile in the case and claimed that the allegations levelled by her against Barnala earlier were false.

Polling booth

A division bench today allowed the setting up of an election booth at the district courts for the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council elections. The decision was taken on a writ petition filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Those who want to cast their ballot at the booth will have to deposit an affidavit.

Fake encounter

Investigating officer R.S. Khattri was examined in the fake encounter case today. The case was later deferred for tomorrow.

The prosecution claims that the victim, Kulwinder Singh Kid, was allegedly abducted and killed by police officials on July 22, 1989.



Name HC museum after Bhagat Singh: Lawyers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Shaheed Bhagat Singh is the epitome of values which every Indian should cherish and follow. Given the rampant materialism and corruption of the times, the martyr’s principles have assumed more importance.

This was stated by a galaxy of speakers, including the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, at a function organised by the High Court Bar Association on the court premises today. The function was organised to commemorate the centennial birth anniversary of the martyr.

Honorary secretary Onkar Singh Batalvi proposed that the high court museum be renamed after Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The proposal was lapped up by Chief Justice Vijender Jain, who assured quick action in this regard.

Justice Jain urged the legal fraternity to cherish the ideals of the martyr.

Acting president Gurinder Singh Attariwala asked those present to pledge to keep the revolutionary spirit of Bhagat Singh alive.



Consumer Forum
Zee Livewire told to refund Rs 19.6 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Taking serious note of the callous attitude of Zee Livewire Limited, a project of the Zee group, the Consumer Forum has directed the company to refund Rs 19.6 lakh to a complainant.

In his complaint, Sunny Garg, a resident of Mani Majra, had stated that he had got admission to Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, in July, 2000. After attending the college for two months, he opted to be an entrepreneur with a programme started by the Zee group.

He took the decision after going through an advertisement published in an English daily on September 4, 2000.

The advertisement claimed to appoint franchisee at various places to manage the programme.

Sunny met group’s assistant manager Harjeet Chhabra on September 4, 2000 at Hotel Piccadily to learn more about the programme.

Under the terms and conditions of the company, a sum of Rs 11.6 lakh was deposited through various cheques to the organisation, he added. He then took an office on rent to meet the required infrastructure demand.

He claimed that he got the office renovated within 15 days by spending Rs 5.5 lakh on the infrastructure.

He stated that it was the responsibility of the company to give technical knowledge of Zee Livewire system to ensure smooth functioning of the interactive centre, which was not provided to him by it.

The complainant suffered heavy losses as the centre did not start. He informed about this to the respondents through a fax on March 23, 2001.

The matter was brought to the notice of company’s divisional manager V. Saxena on the telephone by the complainant. The official admitted deficiency in service.

Sunny Garg added that he was pressured by the respondents to change his present programme to ZEDCA franchisee and shift his office from Sector 8 to Sector 17.

After shifting the office to Sector 17, the complainant again invested Rs 3 lakh in it.

The respondents promised to pay Rs 2.5 lakh i.e. 50 per cent of the money spent on the interiors of the previous office, which never came.

The company argued that the case was a civil suit, as the complainant was a franchisee and not a consumer.

They further stated that the forum at Chandigarh had no jurisdiction, which is vested in Mumbai courts.

The forum however held that it had jurisdiction over the case as the respondents had an office in the city.



Two-year RI for possessing poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
A local court today convicted Dilshad as he had been held with 24 kg poppy husk in 2002.

Additional district and sessions judge S.K. Aggarwal pronounced two years of rigorous imprisonment (RI), along with a fine of Rs 3,000.

Dilshad was arrested on the Dadu Majra and Maloya Road on December 22, 2002, under Section 15 of the Narcotic & Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act.

The defence lawyer A.S. Sukhija pleaded that the accused was not guilty.

ASI Sarman Singh deposed that on the day of occurrence he was posted in Maloya and had caught the convict red-handed. The prime witness Inderjeet Singh also got his statement recorded. Here the defence lawyer pointed out that the investigating officer had failed to examine the witness properly. The judge said the witness did not seem to be taking out any enmity against the convict.



Book released on Dasam Granth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Dasam Granth was not even authored by Guru Gobind Singh and it has nothing to do with Sikh religion.

This was stated here today by Jasbinder Singh, a Dubai-based Punjabi writer, whose book entitled "Dasam Granth Da Likhari Kaun was released here today by Dr Harjinder Singh Dilgir, an eminent Sikh scholar.

In his book Jasbinder Singh had tried to prove that this granth was written some local poets and it was not authored by Guru Gobind Singh.

Dr Dilgir while releasing the book said this was not even a religious book. It could be called at best a piece of literature, he added.

"The has such objectionable text that it cannot be read in the presence of women," he added.

Rajinder Singh, convener of the Khalsa Panchayat, said the Dasam Granth could not be equated with Guru Granth Sahib.

"A conspiracy was hatched to equate this granth with Guru Granth Sahib by certain organisations," he added.

He said Dasam Granth's original title was Bachittar Natak and it had nothing to do with spiritualism.

He said the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had failed to do its duty to protect Sikh religion from the attacks of vested interests on it. 



Bhagat Singh remembered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The education department of Chandigarh organised a cultural programme on the birth centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in the auditorium of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, Chandigarh, in which students of different schools presented various colourful items in the memory of Bhagat Singh.

District education officer Kushinder Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion. Sharma appreciated the students and teachers for putting up an impressive show.

The programme commenced with a group song presented by students of GMSSS-10, followed by a poem by Parth, a student of GMSSS-35.

A play, ‘Gaddar Di Gunj’, was presented by the students of GMSSS-47D which was based on the freedom struggle and sacrifices of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev. Solo song by a student of GMSSS-44 left the audience spell bound while the play ‘Hindustan Zindabad’ by GMSSS-35 conjured up the images of the martyr and his compatriots.

J.S.Basota, in his address, congratulated the participants for their excellent performances.

The programme was anchored by Maninder Kaur, a renowned TV artist, who delighted the audience with her comparing.



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