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Teachers’ body to hold procession
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The Chandigarh District Council of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) today held a meeting at DAV College, Sector 10, to review the status of its demands. As many as 42 members representing seven non-government aided colleges of Chandigarh attended the meeting. The representatives of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the colleges unanimously decided to organise a candle-light procession on December 7 at Plaza, Sector 17, in support of their demands.

It was decided that the members of the council would meet the senators to ensure their support for the legitimate demands of the college employees.

It was also resolved that in case the Panjab University senate failed to settle the issue, they would begin the third phase of agitation from December 9.



Students’ Plight
Braving chill, theirfirst lesson
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The dilapidated state of affairs prevailing in schools located on the periphery of Chandigarh presents a true picture of the administration’s hollow claims of making the city as “Education Hub”.

Government High School at Hallomajra is the prime example presenting the mockery of education environment prevailing in the outskirts of the city schools.

The school has recently been upgraded from high school to senior secondary school level. Ironically, no one in the school knew that this school has been upgraded. Teachers, when told, were surprised to know that.

“Is it so! We never received any intimation from the administration in this regard. We fail to understand with what idea the administration has upgraded this school, which cannot even fulfil the requirement of primary schoolchildren,” reacted the teachers.

This school, running from a decaying building, has a strength of 1,580 students in morning and evening shift. But till date, students and teachers are deprived of basic fundamental needs like safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities.

There are only four toilets, that too non-working, for the children and teachers. “The toilets are too stinky as the spillage comes all over the floor because of logging in the outlet pipes. We do not have any sweeper to mend the things”, rued the teachers.

Further, due to lack of space and benches, the students are left with no option but to sit on the floor braving the chilly weather.

And above all, there is no head to look after the school affairs, but a TGT teacher Manpreet Singh, who volunteered to take the charge.

“It is hard to believe that we are teaching in a school which is located in Chandigarh. The room, which has a capacity for 40 to 45 children, is accommodating 80 to 90 children. We had requested the authorities to make arrangement of evening students at Veterinary Hospital or Primary Health Centre buildings which lie vacant after 2 pm, at least some relief could be there but in vain”, rued Manpreet Singh.

The DPI (S) S.K. Setia, when apprised of the situation said, “ Yes, we are aware that the school authorities are facing great difficulty in accommodating big strength of students in the present building. We have written to the DC for allowing them to use the Patwar khana in the afternoon to run the classes and to director, health services, to let them use health centre building in evening. We have even approached the chief architect to handover the land, at present encroached by the kabaris, for the school building.



Book on Bhagat Singh released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
A book titled ‘Martyr as Bridegroom: A Folk Representation of Bhagat Singh’, authored by Dr Ishwar Dayal Gaur of the department of evening studies, PU, was released at a function here today. The function was organised jointly by PUTA and ICSSR, PU. 

The book was released by Prof Randhir Singh. Dr Gaur said it took him five years to complete the book. He said, “Bhagat Singh still survives today because he still responds to the non-conformist, non-sectarian and counter-hegemonic ethos of the Punjabi people. Punjabis throughout the world remember him in their folk songs. There are parallels between Bhagat Singh and other non-conformists like Baba Farid, Guru Nanak, Bulle Shah, Dulha Bhatti and legendary lovers Heer-Ranjha.”

The book attempts to explain Bhagat Singh and his revolutionary career from the view point of the popular literary and cultural traditions of Punjab and also how the people of the state, who are the carriers of these traditions, look upon him.

Dr Gaur also built up a histriographical critique on the writings of Bhagat Singh. Others who spoke included Prof Randhir Singh, R.S. Cheema, Prof Tejwant Gill, Nirupama Dutt, Dr Akshay Kumar, Prof Manjit Singh and P.K. Saini.



PU Notes
Teachers attend refresher course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The inaugural session of the refresher course in political science was held at Panjab University in collaboration with Academic Staff College. Prof M.M. Puri, former vice-chancellor, PU, and presently an Emeritus Professor, Dr S.K. Sharma, director, Academic Staff College, and Prof B.S. Brar were present. The course is being attended by the university and college teachers from all over India. Dr Ashutosh Kumar, coordinator, introduced the theme of the course i.e. ‘Political Science in the 21st Century’. Prof Puri spoke on the state of political science and urged the participants to make the subject more, interesting, challenging and meaningful and to make the students aware of the shifts taking place within the global society.

Adult literacy programme

The Regional Resource Centre (RRC), PU, has adopted migrant population working near its construction site for adult literacy programme and health awareness. Three different batches of about 45 learners each have benefited from this programme. The programme included awareness on health issues and immunisation. Films on AIDS, drug de-addiction, food and nutrition were shown. Experts from the PGI counselled the participants on health and family life related issues. Dr Manjeet Paintal, director, RRC, thanked the student volunteers of PU hostel No. 7, who devoted their time for teaching the learners how to read and write. Prof S.K. Sharma stressed on sharing and exchange of knowledge.



Madhusudan is Voice of Punjab
S.D. Sharma

Panchkula, December 5
Madhusudan, a fine arts student from APJ College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, was adjudged the Voice of Punjab during the grand finale held at Kalagram today. Rohin Gill from Amritsar and Gurdev Singh Tohfa from Tarn taran were declared second and third, respectively. The occasion was enlivened by the performance of popular singer Jazzy B from Birmingham. He blessed the winners of the Coca Cola Voice of Punjab contest.

"Steeped in the Punjabi folklore, the versatile and vibrant lyricism of our songs fascinates the heartbeat of Indians while the mellifluous rhythm captures the western audience," maintained the UK-based Punjabi pop singer sharing his views on the contemporary music scene with The Tribune.

Welcoming the patronage extended to the aspiring Punjabi singers by Zee Punjabi and Coca Cola through contests, he opined that deserving ones without any god father have got a chance to show their intrinsic talent. Falling prey to the filmy glamour and seeking instant success are dangerous while proper learning and riyaz are the only winning factors.

Hailing from Durgapur, a sleepy village near Nawan Shehr, Jaswinder Singh Bains, popularly known as Jazzi B, was raised in Canada and graduated from Princess Morgate College, Surrey. Now based in Birmigham, the globe-trotting Jazzy reveres Kuldip Manak as his mentor and guru. After hit albums like Surma, Oh Kehri, his 11th album is ready for release. 



Talk on ‘New Criticism’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Prof Anil Raina, chairperson, department of English, PU, delivered a talk on ‘New Criticism’ organised by the postgraduate department of English at Government College for Girls-42.

Prof Raina described new criticism as one valid way of approaching literature i.e. through its form and structure.

He expressed that the language used in a literary text should not communicate a message but attract attention to it.

The students appreciated the talk and raised queries to clarify their doubts. Dr Manjit Kaur presented her two books, ‘The Feminist Sensibility in the Novels of Thomas Hardy’ and recently released ‘The Strawberry Sun and Other Stories’. Shubhpreet, head of the department, gave a vote of thanks.



From Schools
Ranjit House Day at  Shivalik Public
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 5
Shivalik Public School, celebrated Ranjit House Day here today, in the memory of the great king Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The function started with the school shabad followed by speeches, poems and songs. An English skit based on anecdotes of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s life was presented by students of Class VII. The main attraction of the day was a power point presentation on his life and personality. D.S.Bedi thanked the teachers and participants.

SPORTS MEET: Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School, Phase IV, Mohali, held their annual sports meet on the occasion of the birthday of their president Rakesh Sharma. Various fun-filled sports activities were organised on the school premises for the students of all age groups. Kindergarten students participated in numerous games such as dressing up your partner, ABC race and relay race. Sharma gave away prizes to the winners.

COMPETITION: A power point presentation competition was held at Shivalik Public School here yesterday. Students from Classes V to IX participated in International Informatic Olympiad. As many as 22 students brought laurels to the school by bringing eight gold, seven silver and bronze medals. Gurkiran Nalwa gave away the prizes and applauded the efforts of the students.

The use of ball point pen is one of the major reasons for environmental degradation as a student uses 8-10 pens every month. These facts came to light in a study conducted by faculty and students of Bhavan Vidyalaya in local schools recently. It was found that over one lakh pens were being used in just 20 schools of the city per month. Keeping in mind the harmful affects of disposable pens, the use of fountain pens was advocated in the study. During the course of the study, the students also visited plastic recycling industrial units to learn the process of segregation of plastic garbage from normal garbage. The study appealed to the public in general and the student community in particular to shun the use of disposable pens and use fountain pens instead so that plastic use could be minimised.



Contempt of Court Act
Editors Guild to approach govt for modifications
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The Editors Guild of India has resolved to approach the Parliament for making changes in the Contempt of Court Act as the present “suo-motu prosecution of media and journalists by the judiciary was casting a shadow on the freedom of the Press”.

In a press release issued here today by the Guild’s secretary-general K.S. Sachidanananda Murthy, it was asserted that the Guild, at its annual general meeting held on December 3 in New Delhi, decided to strongly campaign for changes in the Act to “ensure that normal laws were applicable for any proceedings against media for reporting about the courts and judges”.

It would try to organise a dialogue with the judiciary; and would support media organisations and journalists “denied the opportunity to present evidence in support of their writings on judiciary”.

The members at the meeting also expressed shock at the “conviction of four journalists of Mid Day newspaper on the charge of bringing judiciary to disrepute without actually verifying whether the contents of the news-report were true or not”. Their appeal is pending before the Supreme Court.

The members expressed satisfaction at the effective way in which the Guild had intervened to prevent the enactment of the proposed Broadcast Services Regulation Bill by the government.

They asserted that the bill, if made into a law, would have given enormous control to the government over electronic media. The Guild expressed gratitude to the government for accepting the demand against preparing a content code for the news-channels. Instead, it asked the news-channels, to frame a self-regulatory code in co-operation with the Guild.

The members said the Guild was in touch with the News Broadcasters Association for preparing a content code. It would be modeled after “the Code of Practice for Journalists” prepared by the Guild for news-organisations and journalists.

Taking note of rapid expansion in the areas of coverage by news media, the Guild has also decided to set up specialised forums to debate developments and changes. The subjects covered by these forums would include national security, environment and technology. The guild would also take initiatives to broaden the discussions on these vital areas covered intensively by the media in the country. 



HUDA told to pay Rs 50,000 for not allotting plot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission directed the state of Haryana, estate officer, HUDA and its district town planner to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 for not allotting plot to a Panchkula resident.

The commission headed by K.C. Gupta stated: “We hold that the opposite party (HUDA) deficient in services rendered to the complainant by not allotting the plot on the plea of joint ownership. However, it has been proved to be bad averment by HUDA as no evidence inspite of ample opportunities were given.”

The petitioner, Ashwani Bhamba, stated that he had purchased a piece of one kanal in Panchkula. He averred that the boundary wall was also erected on the land when he was informed by the respondents that Ashwani alone was not the owner of the plot and was to share thesame with one Jagdev Singh.

HUDA stated that the petitioner was informed about the terms and conditions when the plot was allotted to them. It further added that the plot earmarked in the name of Jagdev Singh could not be allotted to him as Jagdev Singh had not produced the NOC of the co-sharers.

They argued that the petitioner could not claim a separate plot as he was one of the co-sharers. 



Kailash Kher weaves magic at ICL
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 5
His energetic performance left the audience hankering for more. He made sure to cheer them with ‘allah ke bande hasde’ and made them dance to ‘Dhol Vajda’. With Kailash Kher and his band rocking the grounds at Tau Devi Lal cricket stadium in Sector 3 here, Kher ascertained that ICL was not just about cricket, but a perfect blend of music, entertainment and sports.

“Entertainment with sports has lend a unique freshness to the event,” he said, adding that his own life remained aloof from cricket as he was too much involved in other works and keeping up with the journey of life.

“The performance motivates crowds, breaks monotony besides lending a new zeal to the event,” he added.

His band ‘Kailasa’ comprising of singer-composers Naresh and Paresh is making waves in the music industry. “All our names end with ‘sh’ and that makes a deadly combination,” he said, adding that music composing is what the trio has in store.

“The three of us are composing music in two movies - a Nikhil Advani movie “Chandni Chowk to China” and another movie “Allah Ke Bande’,” he said.

“It’s venturing into different arenas of music that I am looking at,” he added. But it was his expertise in Sufi singing that brought him to limelight and he is head over heels in love with it. “The Sufi style of singing is spiritual, involves passion and utter devotion,” he said.

Talking about his participation in the UN- supported programme Mission Ustad on Channel 9X, the singer said it was his aim to work for creating awareness to remove poverty that brought him in the show. The theme-based show with AR Rahman as one of the jury members has eight singers singing in pairs on a particular theme, like child health, women empowerment and more.

“One in three people in the world die of poverty and the TV shows can contribute a lot in creating such awareness. Films like “Rang De Basanti” have succeeded in sending a message, so has “Chak De India” in making the country win world cups,” he said.

So is the small-town boy well adjusted to the lifestyle of Mumbai now? “Yes of course, now I call my partners dudes,” he said in a lighter mood.



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