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Financier killed, son thrown into canal
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 28
The Panchkula-based financier, Vinod Mittal, and his four-year-old son, Yashan, who disappeared on February 14 night from Bartana in Zirakpur, were allegedly killed by his business partner the same night.

The financer had gone to the house of his business partner, Raju, to collect money when the latter, with the help of his accomplice, allegedly stabbed him to death, said Panchkula Superintendent of Police Amitabh Dhillon here today.

Mittal was killed in his car as soon as he reached Bartana and his body was reportedly dumped in a canal near Rajpura. The accused also threw Yashan alive into the canal. However, the bodies of the deceased are yet to be recovered.

Raju was nursing a grudge against the Mittal after he forced the former to register his house in the name of his wife Sushma against money that Raju owed to him.

While the main accused Raju is still at large, the police claimed to have arrested four of his accomplices, identified as Ashok, Sanjay, Mobil alias Chhotu Khan and Sonu, Raju’s cousin, from Hanumangarh in Rajasthan.

While Ashok and Sanjay are residents of Abhaypur village in Panchkula, Mobil of Saharanpur has his own house at Bartana. The car of Mittal has also been recovered from the accused at Hanumangarh.

Mittal was in cloth and property business. He also used to lend money through Raju, who owed some money to Mittal. On February 14 night, Mittal’s wife Sushma, living in Sector 16, had lodged a complaint with the Bartana police sating that her husband did not return after he left home to meet Raju.

Mittal lent around Rs 6 lakh to Raju, claimed Sushma in her complaint and stated that he went to Bartana to take the money from Raju, who was running a saloon in Bartana. Since then, Raju was also missing from his house.

After the police inquired about Mittal from Raju’s wife Shilpa, she, along with her mother and daughter, also left for an undisclosed destination.

When the Zirakpur police did not register any case in the incident, the family lodged the complaint with the Pnachkula police the next day and a case of kidnapping at Sector 16 police post was registered on February 16.

The police was able to detain the mother and grandmother of Shilpa from Vadodra and it was their questioning which led to the clues about the accused before they were caught at Vadora in a Santro car of Mittal.

The accused reportedly have told the police that Raju was annoyed with Mittal and used to blame him of grabbing his house. He conspired to kill Mittal and on the fateful day when he along with his son reached Bartana to collect the money Raju met him near his house and asked to wait in the car before he gets money.

It was then that all of them entered his car and kept on stabbing him till he died. Then they left for Hanuangarh and on the way dumped the body in a canal near Rajpura. They also threw four-year-old Yashan alive in the canal.

After reaching Hanumangarh, Raju left the car and parted with his accomplices and reached Vadodra, said the police.

By that time, his wife Shilpa had also left Bartana and reached Vadodra along with her mother and grandmother. However, at Vadodara, Shilpa left the house on a phone call from Raju after which the whereabouts of both were not known, said the police.

Police laxity?

The dispute between the Panchkula and the Zirakpur police over jurisdiction cost the Mittal family with the life of four-year-old Yashan. “Vinod left home at 8.30 pm for Bartana and Zirakpur police was informed about it at 10.30 pm,” said Ved Parkash Mittal, father of deceased, adding that Yashan could had been saved if the Zirakpur police acted swiftly instead of suggesting them to report the matter to the Panchkula police.

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Bodies yet to be recovered
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 28
Police officials from Rajpura and Panchkula today searched for the bodies of Panchkula-based financier Vinod Mittal and his four-year-old son Yashan in the Bhakra canal near Gandakheri village. However, the bodies could not be traced till late in the evening.

The services of divers were taken to locate the bodies. The operation started today afternoon after the arrest of four accused in this connection by the Panchkula police. According to the police party that searched the Bhakra canal, the accused had admitted to have dumped the body in a river between Rajpura and Patiala.

The police said the search would continue tomorrow and more divers would be pressed into service.

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Sobti appointed VC of central varsity in HP
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Amidst speculations whether Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, will get extension for another term, he was today appointed the Vice-Chancellor of a new, yet-to-be-set up, central university in Himachal Pradesh.

With this announcement, the race for the next eligible candidate for the post of Vice-Chancellor once again gained momentum. Sobti’s tenure as Vice-Chancellor is coming to an end in July.

The news came following the announcement by the Union government to appoint 15 vice-chancellors for new Central Universities in the country. The decision to set up these varsities got Parliament’s nod earlier this week, with both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha passing the Central Universities Bill 2009. Of these institutions, 12 are new Central universities in as many as states, while three state universities have been upgraded. According to sources, earlier applications were invited from all over the country by the ministry of HRD for vice-chancellorship of these 15 universities.

Candidates were selected after a panel scrutinised the applications within a week of receiving the same. A total of 1,700 applications were received from all over the country. It is being learnt that once Prof Sobti gives up the charge, it would be Dean Students Instructions Prof SC Vaidya who would be the acting VC.

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Youth killed in Sector 17 over Rs 2,500
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 28
A dispute over Rs 2,500 led to the death of a 21-year-old youth in a bloody brawl at Parade Ground in Sector 17 here late last night. The deceased had tried to break peace between his friend and another persons during an exhibition being held there.

The deceased has been identified as Vinod, a resident of Indra Colony, Mani Majra, who was running a balloon-shooting stall at an exhibition in the ground.

The deceased was a friend of Kamal, who had dispute with Gurjit Singh, who was running a stall there. Earlier, Gurjit took the air gun of Kamal as security and told him to pay back his money. When Vinod and Kamal went to solve the dispute with Gurjit, he along with his brother Jagjit, Sandeep and Vikas who were drinking, started quarrel with them.

According to the FIR, Sandeep hit Vinod with a sharp-edged scissors and was badly injured. Vinod was rushed to the Sector-16 hospital. He was referred to the PGI where doctors declared him dead in the morning.

Jaspal Singh Bhullar, in charge, police post, Sector 22, said a case has been registered and all four accused had been arrested in this connection.

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Bag containing Rs 3 lakh snatched
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 28
Two motor cyclists snatched a bag containing Rs 3 lakh from two persons near Kotak Bank in Sector 9 here today. The incident happened just after two hours when new Superintendent of Police Amitabh Dhillon joined his office.

It was around 1 pm when Prabha Bhalla, a resident of Sector 4, along with her son-in-law Vivek Mohinder, was going in a rickshaw to the bank when the two motor cyclists snatched their bag full of money and fled the spot. The money belonged to Vivek, who is based in Mumbai and got the money against a deal of his property at Jalandhar, said the police.

Both of them were carrying Rs 3,45,000. They deposited Rs 45,000 at ICICI Bank in Sector 11 and then purchased some sweets, said Prabha. Then they hired a rickshaw and were on the way to Kotak Bank in Sector 9 when the two motor cyclists pounced on them and snatched the bag.

As both of them were wearing helmets, their faces were not visibe. The victims could not tell even the number and make of the bike also. It was the sixth such incident when people were looted or duped at Panchkula.

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Strike fails to hit work at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
A one-day token strike called by the PGI Employees’ Union and medical technologists failed to leave any significant impact on the hospital functioning today.

While as many as 100 employees abstained work during the early hours of the strike, there were only about 80 people agitating till noon. The PGI administration had also arranged alternate staff, so that services were not hit.

According to a press note issued by the PGI administration, all ICUs, cath lab and ABG were working as per schedule. There was no impact on the radio diagnosis services. Operating theatre services functioned normally and no case was cancelled or postponed due to the strike. “The sufficient number of nurses were deployed wherever required,” said AK Gupta, deputy director administration, PGI.

“Out of 6,000 employees in the institute, less than 80 people have been reported absent from the duty,” said AK Gupta.

However, the technicians claimed that more than 1,000 employees participated in the strike that severely affected the PGI working. They said patients were at risk as the nurses and untrained medical technologists had been deputed in sensitive departments.

According to Dr KK Talwar, director, PGI, "As an office-bearer, each person has some responsibility. Many times, these employees strike for trivial issues, blocking essential services. This is unacceptable."

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Gurdwara Row
2-day police remand for Baba
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The local court today sent Baba Gurdeep Singh of Gurdwara Santsar Sahib, Sector 38, in police remand of two days. He was booked in a forgery case for preparing fake documents for the passport of an alleged terrorist Gurbej Singh Sonu.

Sources in the police said Baba was arrested from the district court in Sector 17 yesterday, where he had come along with his advocate to surrender before the court.

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COMMUNITY

Govindacharya back in politics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
“The GDP growth of a country depends upon the sound social capital and family traditions”, opined RSS ideologue and former BJP leader KN Govindacharya.

The leader shared his views about the ideology and the scientific style of working to achieve the socio-economic goal and said the increasing GDP growth did not automatically mean more welfare for the people.

The RSS ideologue today announced his return to active politics and planned to launch a political front shortly after which Uma Bharti made him Bharatiya Janashakti Party's "overall in charge".

About the ideal government to run the country, Govindacharya advocated that the Congress and BJP should together form the government after shunning their vested interests. “I may not be wrong to say that the BJP is a saffron Congress. Last time, the BJP and the Congress together secured 282 seats while this time they could get 252 seats among themselves. The only point is that the new government should not be pro-rich and anti-people”, said Govindacharya.

Govindacharya stressed that changes in the electoral process should be made for the upcoming l election like boothwise counting of votes should be stopped and amendment should be made in the electronic voting procedure. “ The last button on the electronic machine should be having provision for “none of the above”. The booth wise counting pressurised the local people from exercising their franchise right in true manner and spirits”, he said.

Supporting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate, Govindacharya said announcement of LK Advani’s name a day prior to the results in Gujarat might be good for the party only. “ Advani had to cross a lot of distance before becoming the Prime Minister of India. Taking a dig at Advani’s way of reaching people through websites and lavish advertisements through this medium, Govindacharya termed it as height of competence and said management techniques hardly do wonders in elections.

"It is time for the nationalist forces to take initiatives. The two major conglomerates in Indian politics have become pro-rich, pro-minority and pro-foreign. I will announce the formation of a political front on the occasion on Sakranti", he said.

The former BJP general secretary had severed ties with the party during the Vajpayee regime following his remarks calling Vajpayee a "mask" and Advani the "real face" of the BJP. Govindacharya, a patron of RSS Swadeshi movement, went on study leave after leaving the BJP.

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Erratic weather can cause viral infections: Docs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
With temperature fluctuating over the past few days, local physicians say that they have been getting quite a few patients suffering from viral infections.

The doctors say that the sudden change in temperatures had people complaining of throat irritation, cough and viral fever. “Also, because of the recent party season, there are plenty of people eating out and some are suffering from anemic and other forms of dysenteries,” says Deepinder Kapoor, senior consultant, Cheema Medical Complex, Mohali.

According to experts, precautions during this period are necessary lest the patient catches secondary infection like high fever, cough and sometimes-respiratory failure. “Viral infection cannot be controlled by antibiotics, but secondary infection can. Duration of secondary infection ranges from five to 10 days depending upon the type of virus involved,” say doctors.

Naresh Panda, head of the ENT department, PGI, says that these conditions could be short-lived if people take adequate precautions. “Everyone should make sure they wear warm clothes to cover your ears and children and senior citizens need to take extra care,” he adds.

Advising people to drink filtered water every day and avoid spicy food, Panda says that precautions like wearing warm clothes and footwear, even at home, is essential.

According to the doctors, “The condition manifests in the form of viral infection such as slight fever, throat irritation, etc. It takes a minimum of three days for a person to recover.’’

Precautions

Dos

  • Allow sufficient circulation of air to avoid multiplication of virus.
  • Heat refrigerated foods to optimum level before consumption.
  • Wash fruits with warm saline water before consumption.
  • Consume vitamin rich foods to build resistance.
  • Rest for a day or two preferred.
  • Keep surroundings clean.
  • Wash hands and feet as soon as one gets indoors. Houses should be disinfected, drinking water be boiled, cooled and filtered to avoid infection.

Don’ts

  • Avoid exposure to dusty and extreme weather conditions.
  • Alcohol intake leads to dehydration

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Scheme to make women self-reliant
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 28
Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh yesterday launched Mai Bhago Scheme and also announced a club for women in Zirakpur.

The Cooperation Minister said the cooperative department had launched this scheme to enable women to earn livelihood and make them self-reliant and develop leadership qualities among them. The scheme will serve three purposes. It would make women self-reliant, by special training it would develop leadership qualities among them and help check female foeticide, dowry cases and others.

The Cooperation Minister also announced that cooperative banks in the state would reduce the interest rates from 10.25 per cent to 9.50 per cent per annum for the soft loans being granted to members of Mai Bhago Istri Shakti Scheme.

He disclosed that for effective implementation of the scheme, Zirakpur had been divided into three blocks. All blocks would be led by an inspector-level officer and further a senior officer would coordinate the activities for the scheme.

He said women could become member of the scheme and he also directed the MD of State Cooperative Banks to deposit Rs 1 crore tomorrow for disbursal among the members of Mai Bhago Scheme in the area.

Dr BC Gupta, Financial Commissioner, Cooperation, said this scheme had been evolved specially for empowering the women at the grassroot level.

He said special experts had been deputed from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, for imparting training to the members of the scheme.

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Scribes hold talk on media ethics
SD Sharma
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 28
Eminent journalists of the region, with incredible contribution in the realm of print and electronic medium of journalism, participated in a panel discussion on “Ethics and the media” here today. The seminar, which turned out to be an absorbing brainstorming session, was organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy.

Akademy chief Prof Manju Jaidka welcomed and introduced Kanwar Sandhu, editor, Hindustan Times, who chaired the panel discussion, and speakers, including Ashwini Bhatnagar, Nirupma Dutt, Mohanmeet Kaur and Dinesh Kumar.

Initiating the panel discussions, Kanwar Sandhu gave an overview of the bursting up of the media activities with large number of newspapers hitting stands and spurt of TV channels encroaching upon one’s leisure time.

He delved on the ethics for personal and professional life and maintained that the media’s responsibility, being symbolic brokers, was limited to reveal the truth based on facts.

However, acclaimed journalist and poetess Nirupma Dutt traced the rising of media, supplementing her views based on her decades of journalistic career.

She felt that the societal concern should be paramount for a reporter.

A teacher of journalism and an inquisitive critic, Prof Mohanmeet Kaur, while appreciating the role of media, also offered critical analysis of the media ethics regarding privacy flouted by newspapers.

“Media is an abstract art and India is a multilingual country with diverse newspaper publications. As such unified code of ethics cannot be applied,” observed Dinesh Kumar.

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Godowns, shops razed in Daria
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 28
In the ongoing anti-encroachment drive, the UT Administration demolished some illegal structures, including two godowns, two shops, three rooms and eight other unauthorized structures, in Daria here today.

The drive turned violent when Gurpreet Singh, sarpanch of Daria, accompanied by some miscreants, tried to obstruct the enforcement staff when unauthorised structures were being removed. The miscreants not only obstructed the demolition work but also instigated other residents to stone the enforcement staff.

The administration warned that no one would be allowed to make unauthorised construction and stringent actions would be taken and criminal cases be registered against the violators.

The demolition drive was undertaken under the supervision of SDM (East) Niharika Rai, DSP (east) P K Dhawan.

The police said a case under Sections 147, 148, 149, 332 and 353 of the IPC had been registered against Gurpreet Singh, Ikhiar, Jaswant, Kishori Lal, Kala, Devi Verma and some other unidentified persons.

SHO, Industrial Area police station, Yashpal said, Seema, Krishan, Rangi Ram and Gurpreet Singh have been arrested in this matter and video clips would be checked to nab the other accused. The miscreants injured one assistant sub inspector and three-four other persons, SHO added.

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Industrial Plots
Amendment made in conversion policy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The Chandigarh Administration today made an amendment in the Conversion Scheme of Industrial Plots for commercial use by allowing the new transferee to pay the entire balance of conversion fee.

As per the amendment made, the applicant transferee will pay the balance amount of conversion fee in lump sum or instalments by way of fresh post-dated cheques payable on the same due dates in lieu of the cheques previously used to be submitted by the GPA holder.

Finance secretary Sanjay Kumar informed that the change of policy will do away with the discrimination between the GPA holder and the new owner and also give a breather to industrialists keeping in view their persistent demands.

Further, the transferee will also have to submit an indemnity bond equal to the balance conversion fee and in case of any default in payment of balance conversion fee the property would be subject to resumption, apart from any other liabilities.

The terms and conditions on which conversion was allowed by the competent authority will continue to bind the transferee and the instalments will bear interest at a rate to be decided by the designated authority.

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Theatre body appeals CM to hold Basant mela
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 28
The Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) has condemned the rejection of the proposal by the director, local government, on the holding of a basant mela by the local municipal council. It has appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister to give approval for organising the event.

Devinder Daman, president of the Punjab unit of IPTA, said Punjab had a rich cultural heritage which needs to be preserved and the society would feel handicapped if due importance was not given to cultural activities despite progress on other fronts.

He said with lot of efforts artistes of the town were able to convince the civic body to earmark Rs 5 lakh in the budget each year for cultural activities after which a proposal in this regard was unanimously cleared by the general house at a meeting held on March 14 last year.

The proposal was later approved by the department of local government. It was in this context that the civic body decided to hold a two-day basant mela where artistes were to present folk songs, folk dances, plays, etc.

The general house of the council had given approval for holding the show at a meeting held on December 30, but the proposal was rejected by the director, local government.

He had stated that the government had the department of cultural affairs to encourage such activities and there was no need for the council to spend funds on holding the show.

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Cops transferred
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 28
TIG S K Jain passed transfer orders of some police officials, including four lady head constables, 90 lady constables, 269 head constables and 911 constables to the different wings today.

In the fresh transfer orders, inspector Jagir Singh has been shifted from the Police Lines to VIP security, sub-inspector Surinder Kumar has been shifted from sector 26 police station to RTC, sub-inspector Jaspal Singh has been shifted from Sector 39 police station to RTC, sub-inspector Shri Parkash has been shifted from economic offences wing to RTC and assistant sub-inspector Gurcharan singh has been shifted from crime branch to Sector 26 police station.

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444 units of blood donated

Mohali, February 28
As many as 444 units of blood were donated at a camp organised at the Indo Global College in Abhipur village today.

The camp was organised in association with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh. — TNS

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Tribune employee retires
Tribune News Service


Prithvi Singh

Chandigarh, February 28
Prithvi Singh, composing supervisor in The Tribune, retired here today after putting in more than 30 years of service. He joined the institution on January 1, 1978.

He was given a warm send-off by his colleagues. A farewell party was also arranged in his honour on the office premises. Assistant General Manager Rajeshwar Chopra lauded his services to the institution.

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Seminar concludes

Chandigarh, February 28
A national-level seminar on “Dalit Social Mobility” concluded here today. A documentary directed by noted Dalit rights advocate Chandra Bhan was screened on the occasion.

Dr Ronki Ram, while putting forward an alternate agenda said that the existing models are unable to explain Dalit mobility in Punjab and showed how the “adharma” movement was different from both.

The presentations were followed by an intense discussion session in which students, researchers and teachers from the university and colleges in Punjab participated. — TNS

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Letters
Stray dog menace

I am living in Sector 40-D and have a six-month-old baby. There are so many street dogs in our locality and their number is increasing every day. These dogs are always roaming about in the street day and night and it is very difficult for us to go outside. We cannot take our babies out even in prams as these dogs follow us and fear of dog bite remains.

We had made so many calls to stray dog squad on municipal corporation’s telephone numbers, but in vain. Senior citizens, ladies and children are afraid of these stray dogs and the situation has worsened with the passage of time.

It is requested that the dog squad may be deputed immediately to catch hold of these dogs for the safety of people.

Pooja Manrai

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EDUCATION
 

Syndicate Meeting
Colleges not allowed to start MBA courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Panjab University Syndicate at its meeting held today announced that the city colleges affiliated to PU will not be allowed to start MBA courses from the forthcoming academic year.

The syndics approved the recommendations of the committee, including Dinesh K Gupta, AK Vashisht of UBS and AK Saihijpal of UIAMS, which suggested not introducing the MBA courses in the colleges.

The committee had highlighted that the colleges don’t possess requisite intellectual resources to meet the demands of MBA programme.

It is to mention that DAV College, Sector 10, and SD College, Sector 32, had asked for the permission from PU to start the MBA programme.

The syndics reached the consensus that the present system means the university should continue to conduct and evaluate the first year exams of undergraduate courses of its affiliated colleges.

With this, the conduct of examination, evaluation and declaration of results of first year of degree classes won’t be shifted to the colleges.

The syndics rejected the recommendations of a joint meeting of the academic, administrative committees and board of control of the department of biotechnology, PU.

The committee of the department had suggested discontinuing BSc in the department from the session 2009-10 and the seats for MSc to be increased from six to 25.

The committee had also suggested a hike of fee for MSc from Rs 31,762 to Rs 40,000, which is approximately 20 per cent hike.

The syndics gave the final nod to sign MOU between PU and Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun. The MOU will encourage interaction between scientists, research fellows, faculty members and students of both the organisations through exchange of personnel, organisations of joint conferences, practical training of students of PU at IIP and joint guidance of the students projects in chemical engineering and other areas of national interest at PU by IIP.

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‘Open dept of translation studies at PU’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
A two-day national seminar organised by the department of Hindi, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on “Culture of translation, translation of culture: Hindi as context” concluded on a note of optimism as scholars and translators from across the nation spoke in favour of translation as a cultural imperative of multilingual Indian nation.

The highlight of the seminar was a poetic symposium in which 10 poet translators read poems from various national and international languages in Hindi and other Indian languages.

Creating history of a kind, the seminar passed a resolution in favour of urging the university authorities to open a full-fledged department of translation studies in the campus.

Prof Veer Bharat Talwar from JNU pressed for another resolution to be sent to the Ministry of Human Resources and Development for setting up an exclusive University of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies.

In his concluding remarks, noted Hindi critic Prof Namvar Singh underlined the seminal role that translation has played in the Indian subcontinent since antiquity. Prof Singh asserted that “translation is creative, and creativity is also translation. And there cannot be any hierarchy between the two.”

Earlier Prof Ramesh Kuntal Megh, another noted Hindi critic from the region, while tracing the roots of translation from mythology, urged the contemporary translators to acquire the finesse of multivalent idiom, which mythographers once possessed.

In his inaugural in the seminar address Prof Sudhir Chandra also expressed the one-sidedness of translation exchange. He lamented that while Indians are open to read and assimilate from Western literature through translation, the West has shown not such eagerness towards India.

A veteran translator and poet Vishnu Khare in his critical intervention countered the fallacy that translation corrupts culture, both of the original as well as of target audience.

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PU Notes
Open school distributes prizes
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 28
University school of open learning, earlier known as department of correspondence studies, held annual prize distribution function yesterday. Prof SK Sharma, chairperson of the school, exhorted the students to work hard. The function had earlier started with the lighting of ceremonial lamp. The toppers in undergraduate and postgraduate classes were awarded the prizes by the Vice-Chancellor.

Seminar

A two-day UGC seminar on Dalits’ social mobility in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab is being organised by department of political science at ICSR Complex, Panjab University, here today. Dr Ronki Ram, chairperson of the department, welcomed the delegates and introduced the theme.

There were three sessions after the inaugural session. Scholars and activists, who had been engaged with the issue of Dalit politics, attended the seminar.

CHASCON-09

The second day’s scientific sessions of the CHASCON-09 started with a lecture on “Sensors, systems and networks for precision agriculture” and their diversified applications by Dr Pawan Kapur, director, CSIO. He explained the diversity of applications of biosensors and others through several illustrations.

Professor SK Sharma, emeritus professor, department of University Institute of Chemical Technology, chaired the lecture session.

Teacher dead

Dr GC Mishra, former professor of chemical engineering and technology, passed away today. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son. His cremation will take place at Sector 25 cremation ground tomorrow afternoon.

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Chitkara students win Hudco trophy
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 28
Architecture students of Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture won the Hudco trophy by securing first prize at the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) convention held at Pune from February 20-22.

The competition was held among 91 colleges of architecture from India for the low-cost housing as part of slum redevelopment programme.

The team of Chitkara students made a project comprising redevelopment of an existing slum near Madras colony, Sector 26, providing 600 low-cost dwellings of 25 square meters each along with neighbourhood amenities in an area of 12 acres.

The proposal involved use of innovative low-cost technology and the green architecture concept. Besides this, the team also secured some other awards.

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Science Day in PU
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 28
The department of physics, Panjab University, celebrated Science Day under the guidance of Professor M M Gupta here today.

Students of graduate and postgraduate courses in physics presented demonstrative experiments and posters spanning over wide areas of physics. The innovative designs and fabrication of satellite DTH antenna based on Zone plate concept was the centre of attention of many visitors.

The design was suggested by Dr J S Shahi and materialised by the postgraduate students of the department. Some other displays included exhibits on nuclear power generation, working prototypes of ion and electron accelerators, electronics and communications, medical physics, Indian space programme were present there.

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