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428 students awarded degrees
Our Correspondent

Girls celebrate holi on the last day of their exams at Ambala Public School in Ambala
Girls celebrate holi on the last day of their exams at Ambala Public School in Ambala on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Ambala, March 15
A convocation function was held in DAV College, Ambala City, on Saturday. Principal J.S. Nain welcomed the chief guest justice R.N. Mittal and the guest of honour M.L. Aeri, director, Public School, DAV College Managing Committee. This college has been declared as ‘Heritage Collfge’ by the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi.

As many as 428 students of post-graduate and under-graduates classes were awarded degrees and 275 students were given prizes for academic, NSS, NCC and extracurricular activities. Aeri also spoke.

Convocation: The Institute of Engineering and technology (IET) Bhaddal observed its sixth annual convocation here on Saturday.

Dr Satish Kumar, director, Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory, Ministry of Defence, Chandigarh, while inaugurated the function. He said basic aim of education is to produce more responsible citizens. Kulwinder Gurcharan Singh, chairman of IET Bhaddal, said Dr Satish was associated with the design and development of liquid propellant rocket engines for Prithvi and Agni missiles and Scramjet Engines for Hypersonic Test Vehicles. He has been honoured with the technology award for “Development of Scramjet Combustor for Hyper conic Technology Demonstrate Vehicle” and was commended by the ministry of defence for his development work on propellant transfer for the Prithvi missile.

Meanwhile, in the function BTech degree certificates were given to 105 students computer science, 41 students of electrical, 96 students of electronics and communication, 53 students of electronics and instrumentation, 58 students of information technology and 46 students of mechanical engineering. The MTech degree certificates were also given to 10 students of batch 2003 in electronics and communication engineering.

College management also gave two scholarships of Rs 2.20 lakh to the deserving students. Dr V.P. Singh gave away the mementos to the guests and thanked them for their participation in the convocation function.

Annual function: The pre-primary section of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS) held their annual function in Sector 65 here today, titled ‘The Promenade Concert - A Walk of Expressions.’

An art and craft gallery was created by the students and staff of AKSIPS-65, where all the activities done during the entire year were displayed. Colourful charts with button work, straw work and print work were displayed. Craft activities of best out of waste were also put up.

The gallery of expressions was indeed a kaleidoscope of colour. It was inaugurated by Dr B.N.S. Walia the chairman of NEDT and ex director of PGI. The colourful gallery led the audience to the amphitheatre where the pre-primary students performed a musical concert ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’

The journey of Rudy, little red riding hood to Grandma’s house, was very adventurous where she met all the talking animals, flowers and trees. The music had the children dancing to rhymes while the little red riding hood crossed the forest through the tribal dance followed by the cunning wolf. Prize distribution: A glitzy annual prize distribution function at Ashmah International School, Mohali, held here today saw scores of little students of nursery, KG and play classes walk away with prizes for meritorious achievements in various categories.

Hirdey Pal Kaur, director, youth services, Punjab, distributed the prizes to the achievers. A scintillating play was performed by UKG and Class I students ‘Revolt of the vegetables’ entertained and amused the audiences. Dance on famous number 'It happens only in India,' by UKG and Class I students again was the most enthralling sequence of the function.



Seminar on environment
Our Correspondent

Ambala, March 15
Deepak Jindal, assistant advocate general, Haryana, while speaking in a seminar in MM Engineering College on the environment said literature remains humanity’s greatest vehicles for the dissemination of spiritual and moral concepts. One might argue that science is a discipline based on observation alone and that it does not deal with morality or spirituality, however, such an argument is not satisfactory.

He said the nonhuman environment is present not merely as a framing device but as a presence that begins to suggest that human history is implicated in natural history. The human interest is not understood to be the only legitimate interest. Human accountability to the environment is part of the ethical orientation. 



8 scrap stealers nabbed
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, March 15
The police nabbed eight-member gang of robbers, who used to steal iron, steel, scrap and sponge from trucks. The gang members also used to enter rolling steel mills and iron and steel godowns in night and after threatening the watchmen, used to take away the material. They have been identified as Jasvir Singh, Rajinder Kumar, Gurdeep Masih, Rajwinder Singh, Bagga Singh, Soam Nath and Rachpal Singh.

While talking to The Tribune Rajwinder Singh Sohal DSP-cum-DSP (D) told that on the directions of Dr Kaustubh Sharma SSP, the police has launched a campaign against criminals and bad elements. He said on a tip off the police party arrested eight suspected persons and on interrogating, they revealed that they were members of a gang involved in the theft of iron and steel in the area.

The police said they also stole transformers. The police has recovered iron scrap, four conveyers bolt, four conveyer boxes, sponge iron, 10 kg copper wire and material amounting to Rs 6.5 lakh. 



Kang clinches Punjab Golf title
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, March 15
Chandigarh’s seasoned amateur golfer Harjinder Singh Kang rallied to avert an upset by Rajesh Kumar, a young caddie of the Chandigarh Golf Club, clinching a play-off to emerge champion in the Punjab Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

It was Rajesh Kumar’s day. Driving and putting with perfection, the young caddie turned on the heat on Kang. His performance on the greens saw the young caddie go three-up in the front nine.

But this is where Kang’s cool and the pressure on Rajesh began to show. Two unforced errors by the inexperienced Rajesh in the back nine gave Kang hope. He held his nerve to card a one-under par 35 on the back nine. Instead of Kang being on tenterhooks, it was the young Rajesh fumbling as he bogeyed the 17th and 18th to finish the back nine at two over par 38.

With the scores level, the leaders went in for a playoff. Kang birdied the par-4 17th hole to clinch the issue as Rajesh could manage a par score.

It was a well-fought final with Jaskirat Dullet almost upsetting the two leaders. This young golfer from Patiala fired four birdies on the 10th, 12th, 13 and 16th. He was the leader till the 17th but then a double-bogey on the last hole saw him finish one stroke behind Kang and Rajesh, who tied for the play-off.

Ashbeer Saini drove the ball to a distance of 298 yards to clinch the prize for the longest drive. Col Baljeet Sandhu finished nearest to the pin. Rajesh Kumar holed five birdies to clinch the prize for the maximum number of birdies while Jaskirat Dullet was rewarded for his fightback on the second day with his score of four birdies. Rajinder clinched the trophy for the best nett score with Col R.S. Grewal picking up the runner-up prize.

In the ladies’ section, it was a well-fought game with Pauline J.M. Singh returning a card of 88. Her nearest rival Dimple Minocha finished just one stroke behind. Tavleen Batra had the longest drive while Binny Bath was nearest to the pin.

S.K. Sharma, president of the Punjab Golf Association, was happy at the overall conduct of the game. He congratulated the winners and was pleased at the fightback put up by the golfers making the tournament exciting.

A prize distribution ceremony was held at the Chandigarh Golf Range in the evening.



60-yr-old arrested for stealing
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 15
The police has arrested 60-year-old Jagdish Raj, a retired employee of GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, for stealing a lap top from Tau Devi Lal stadium’s parking.

On Thursday the police personnel deputed at gate no. 2 of the stadium during ICL match noticed an old man opening a car driving it away and coming back to the spot. However, after parking the car he left the stadium on a bike parked nearby. Suspecting his activities the police personnel asked about his antecedents and getting no satisfactory answer the accused was taken to the police post in Sector 21.

On questioning the old man said he had already stolen a laptop and a pant coat suite from another car. It was known after his family was contacted that one son of his was settled abroad while other was employed in Rajasthan as an engineer.



Woman ends her life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
In yet another suicide, a woman ended her life by hanging herself with the ceiling fan of her house in colony number 4 today afternoon.

According to police, Zainab, who was two months pregnant, hanged herself at around 12 noon. The matter came to light when the eight-year-old sister-in-law of the deceased, Parveen Kaur, reached her house.

The SHO, Industrial Area phase I police station, Jagir Singh, said the deceased was married to Wajir Singh last October. The body has been sent for postmortem GMH-16.



Artistes rue condition of classical arts 
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, March 15“
While the majesty and grandeur of the Indian classical music arts had been reigning supreme in the world over the centuries, the genuine artists who had cultivated and enriched the classical arts with dedication had been bereft of the liberal patronage from the government or other agencies,” opined the Thumri queen Girija Devi. She was in the city along with Kathak Guru Uma Sharma and Singapore-based Kathak maestro Rajendra Gangani on the invitation of the Pracheen Kala Kendra.

The reigning Thumri queen of Benaras Gharana, Padmabhushan Dr Girija Devi (80) rued that the showering of Padma or other awards on maestros has no meaning unless any monetary benefit like Income tax exemptions, concession in train or airfare are provided.

In view of the influence of diverse musical genres, the audience these days want a little bit of this and that, so I have adapted to suit these tastes. I have taught myself to condense my concerts into shorter, digestible pieces and there is a positive side to this.

The noted Kathak Guru Uma Sharma, who had danced on the poetry of Ghalib, Kaifi Azmi and Ramayana, revealed that she was not averse to fusion or experiment within limits. I do experiment within the tradition, keeping the pure technicalities of Kathak alive.

She also criticised the role of media for not giving much attention towards classical dance shows. All TV shows seem to have been reserved for projecting stars like Sharukh Khan, fashion or cricket, she rued.

However, NGO’s like Spic-Macay are doing yeoman's service by proliferating our rich heritage. 



Babbu Mann steals the show
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Babbu Mann, renowned Punjabi singer, feels that piracy is a decease that will kill the music within a year or two.

Mann, who came to perform at DAV College, Sector 10, is going to release the music of his first Punjabi film, Hashar- a love story, very soon. Playing a leading role, the movie would release in the month of May. Mann feels that dugs are killing the youth, especially in Punjab. “ Drugs are a concern, whose usage is increasing at a high rate. There is a message in the movie that is being sent to the youth about consequences of drugs”.

Mann believes that all talent hunt shows are a way to make money. “Talent shows are also a kind of like business. I don’t really think that after being an ‘Indian Idol’ or ‘Awaaz Punjab Ki’ people wish to listen that singer again,” he says.

A large number of students were present to hear him sing. The charity show was organised to raise fund for poor children. Babbi Badal, a senior youth Akali leader, was the chief guest, who contributed 1,50,000 for this noble cause.

Remembering the almighty, Mann started his performance with ‘Gurbani’, followed by ‘Neendra ni aaudia’ from his first album Miss India.

The police had a tough time controlling the crowd. 



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