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Enthralling display of drill by Mount Carmel students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Around 1200 students of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, and its Mohali branch presented an enthralling display of drill and dances to mark its 18th annual day-cum-founder’s day on the school premises today. Students pre-nursery to Class X, participated in the function.

The function commenced with the unfurling of the school flag by the chief guest, Mr Adhir Sharma, DIG, CRPF, Chandigarh. It was followed by a march past by boys and girls of the four houses, led by the head boy, head girl, sports leaders, captains and vice-captains.

The Rainbow, a drill by the students from pre-nursery to Class II and a stick drill by students of Classes III to VI were presented by students of the Mohali branch of the school.

Sixtyfour students were given awards for excellence in academics and 44 students were awarded best all-round students’ trophies for the session 2003-2004.

The prize distribution ceremony was followed by a bhangra by students of Classes VI to X.



Schools and Colleges
St John’s students excell in ‘Competition - 2004’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
St John’s High School, Sector 26, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35 and Government College, Sector 46, have excelled in the 12 th Competition Master Library-related Competition-2004. The two running shields each in public and government schools and colleges category.

Pollution awareness rally: “Woodsia Alpina’, the Eco Club of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, took out awareness rally to educate the public on the evils of pollution. A street play and speeches on the issue were also organised. The participants distributed paper bags and handouts were distributed to the shopkeepers in Sector 7. Meanwhile, ‘ Sanjeevni’ the Eco Club of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22. organised a rally on the occasion of pollution prevention day.

AIDS awareness: The students of Government High School, Sector 35, organised a rally here today. The Headmistress of the school, Ms Surjeet Kaur, flagged off the rally. On the occasion, a painting competition was organised. The students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, took out an AIDS awareness rally. The rally started from Government Museum and Art Gallery and ended at Panjab University. A poster making competition was also organised on the occasion.

Students top in exam: The sixth semester students of the Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology have bagged top positions in the results of the Punjab Technical University. The students are Nidhi Kumar , Jagwant and Chandani Kapoor share the first position. Shikha Kalia and Neha Ummat have stood second and third. Gaurav Ghai, Deepti Soni and Shilpi Midha have stood sixth, seventh and ninth. Ruchi Diwedi and Navpreet have got ninth and 10th positions in the exam.

Seminar: The Department of Economics, Government College, Sector 11, organised a one-day seminar on” New Economic Policy- Its Socio Economic Implications Assessment” The objective behind the seminar was to assess the future of India’s economic growth. The main speakers were Prof A.C. Julka, Prof M.R. Khurana, and Dr Prem S. Vishishtha.

Lecture: A lecture on “What decides your future” was organised at SGGS College of Pharmacy, Sector 26 here today. Ms Jer Master, a Member of Board of Leadership, Boston, USA delivered the lecture. As many as 120 students participitated in the seminar. Ms Jen emphasised on the need to understand God. During a one-hour session, she referred the audience to various pages of a book ‘Science and health with key to the scriptures’ by Mary Baker Eddy. 



Prize distribution function of school held
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 3
Prize distribution function for students who had won essay-writing and painting competitions was organised by the local Environment Protection Society at St Soldier International Convent School, Phase VII, here today.

The contests on environmental topics were held some months ago as part of the National Environment Awareness Campaign, 2004-2005. The prizes for the function were sponsored by the Rotary Club, Chandigarh (Central).

Mr M.L. Sharma, SDM, was the chief guest on the occasion. He lauded the efforts of the society in creating awareness about environment among students. He said that if people took liberty and threw garbage wherever they felt like, the town could never be kept clean. He said that most of the people living in the town were well-educated and such they should understand that they had a big role to play in keeping cleanliness in the town. He said that NGOs and senior citizens should be involved in keeping Mohali green and clean.

Mr S.R. Chaudhary, president of the society, said the 47th Amendment to the Constitution had conferred certain duties on the citizens of the country and protecting the environment was one of them.



Remit GPF on MC pattern, Admin tells PEC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The Chandigarh Administration in a communique yesterday to the Director ad-interim of Punjab Engineering Deemed University has asked him to finalise the procedure of remitting the contribution of GP Fund, GIS to the Accountant-General (A and E) on the pattern of the municipal corporation, after consulting the Accountant-General (A and E), Chandigarh.

The directives have been issued after the group C and D employees of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) sought certain clarifications before opting for the deemed university or reverting back to the Administration.

Regarding the medical treatment facility, the provision existing at government hospitals and dispensaries will be available to the employees on the pattern of the UT employees. On the issue of reimbursement of indoor/outdoor medical treatment charges, the Director was authorised to accord necessary financial sanction for such medical claims under the rules.

The administration has clarified that those employees who did not exercise their option by January 31, 2005, will be automatically absorbed in the Punjab Engineering College Society. It has also been clarified that the service conditions in respect of employees of PEC will not be altered, said the President of the PEC Employees Union. 



Sending back of KV principals stayed
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today adjourned the case relating to the cancellation and sending back of the principals of the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) till December 8.

Terming the cancellation and sending back as “illegal and unjustified”, the principals had contended that no show-cause notices were issued to any of them to explain their points of view.

The bench had stayed their cancellation and sending their back till today on November 23. Recently, the KVS Commissioner, Mr Ranglal Jamuda, ordered the cancellation of the appointments of 140 persons and sending back of 187 principals on deputation all over the country. These appointments were violative of the Supreme Court judgement on reservations for certain sections of society, it was contended.



Conference concludes

Chandigarh, December 3
The three-day 28th All-India Cell Biology Conference and Symposium on Genome Biology concluded here today. Eminent scientists like Dr S.C. Lakhotia, Dr Tapas Mukhopadhyaya, Dr Kapil Mehta and Dr B. Kundu, interacted with students from various schools and answered queries raised by students.

The best speaker prize was presented to Ms Sanjukta Chakraborty, Bhupesh K. Prusty, Meenakshi Chakravorty; best poster award was given to Surajit Sarkar; Rupa Bhattacharya and Shruti M. Khapli. TNS



Bail plea dismissed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 3
A Ropar court has dismissed the bail application of Dhiraj Jetly, accused in a case of theft that took place in Mohali on September 30.

A case against jetly was registered by the police on a complaint by Mr Anurag Biala who was running a computer data conversion centre in Phase XI. Mr Biala had alleged that computers hardware and software worth Rs 9 lakh had been stolen by the thieves.

Four booked: The police here has booked four persons on charges of gambling. While two of the accused Balwinder Singh and Arbinder Singh were arrested from Phase XI here, the other two Balbir Singh and Gurmeet Singh were arrested from Phase XI.



Canadian producer in city to shoot ‘A Love Story’
Swarleen Kaur

A film producer from Canada, Hugh Beard, is making an attempt to discover common attributes among diverse cultures through a romantic theme. He is in the city to shoot " A Love Story".

Beard hopes to finish this 90-minute movie by May. Primarily meant for a Canadian audience, it will be made in English with subtitles in Hindi. Beard is keen that the movie should be released in India too. There are no Hindi songs in the film, but he has taken care not to miss the flavour of an Indian wedding. There is an Indian wedding sequence in it and a few Hindi dialogues.

This is a low-budget movie. Beard was not much enthused at the prospect of coming to India for shooting. He had got the feedback that 'cinema-struck' Indians swarm the locales and interrupt shooting. However, he has overcome the apprehension and does not face any difficulty while at work. A major part of the film will be shot in India. The Canadian producer is looking for the village locations to catch on camera the true Indian spirit".

The story revolves around a Punjabi girl who is born and brought up in Canada. She comes to Punjab in India to attend a marriage where she soon falls in love with a handsome but a poor man. Back home she resists her parents' attempt to marry her off. She comes back to India again and marries her beloved in secret. The film depicts how the family copes with the situation .

With a star cast from both India and Canada, the movie is set to rekindle fond memories among Non-Residents Indians.

Replying to a question that these days a lot of movies on similar themes are hogging the limelight, Beard admits that the competition is tough. But this does not deter him.

"I still have a lot of expectations from this movie. We have made many documentaries earlier but this is a 'first kind of film' for us. I think it should click. There are a lot of Punjabis who are living in Vancouver, Canada. They will be more than happy to watch this movie", he says.



Mrs World in all-new role
Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

Aditi Govitrikar makes perfect sense when she talks of beauty and beauty solutions. Surfacing in an all-new role this afternoon, the former Mrs World performed the role she is best at - that of balancing her real life commitments.

Already a mother, a model and an actress, Aditi is now glowing afresh as brand ambassador for a skin clinic in Sector 8-C.

Govitrikar, who mostly spoke on beauty and skin care, made passing references to her film career which did not really took off the way she expected. She says she was lucky to garner significant roles in “Dhudh”, “Soch” and “16 December”. Of late, she has been appearing on the Sony TV’s primetime soap opera “Yeh Meri Life Hai”. Govitrikar says, “I have consciously kept my schedules light because I want to do justice to my commitments. I have done a few films, but the stint on the small screen has been more fulfilling.” She, however, continues to work as model.

Best known for her classy portrayal opposite Hrithik Roshan in a cold drink advertisement, she has many more brand promoters lining up for her. She also has at hand the task of selecting the best candidates for Mrs India, a contest which she will also finally judge. “I have to do justice to selections so that we get the cream of India,” says Govitrikar, who shot to fame when impresario Maureen Wadia hand picked her to vie for the 1997 Gladrags title.

On asked about her future plans, the beauty queen says, “I want to take life one day at a time. That’s the basic premise of healthy living. I am into meditation and balanced diet which helps me look fresh. Everyone must pay attention to their skin, not only because it is the largest organ of our body but also because it instantly mirrors our burdens.”



For him sky’s the limit

After several achievements Rushil Goel (15), following his Class X results this year, is now all set to go to Singapore for further studies. Among the chosen few in Chandigarh to have been selected for the Singapore Airlines Youth Scholarship, Rushil is probably the youngest of 
the lot.

But that does not make him less serious about his future. “I would be joining junior college in Singapore. It is what they call their plus one plus two. The junior college degree is recognised internationally. For graduation after that, I would be going to either the USA or the UK,” he says.

A 94 per cent holder in class X, Rushil also tops in many extra curricular activities. A budding astronomer, Rushil is a keen aviator too. He is already flying as a hobby remote-controlled aeroplanes that are flown as a hobby by professional pilots.

But when it comes to mathematics and physics not many can give Rushil a competition. “Rushil was selected by NCERT in the national talent search examination. He also cleared the international mathematics olympiad conducted by the Punjab University. In Class X, he secured 100 per cent marks in Mathematics and 99 per cent in science. He has also cleared the written examination of the Kishore Vigyanic Protsahan Yojna national science fellowship for students conducted by the government of India through IITs and IISc,” said his mother, Mrs Anita Goel.

No wonder the school he is studying in doesn’t want to let a brilliant student go. “The principal of S.D. School, Sector 32 told us that Rushil was slated to get through in IIT and we are still in two minds about letting him go or not.” pointed out his father Mr Arun Goel.

But Rushil is not in two minds. Singapore it is for him. “I am looking forward to studying there. The scholarship pays for our studies and stay. But more importantly the schools there offer a larger variety of courses one can opt from even in the non medical stream,”he pointed out.

With several feathers in his cap, Rushil however remains firmly grounded. “Hard work is the only key to success,”he says explaining the entire process that he went through for the scholarship. “We first had a national-level written examination first in which thousands of candidates had appeared. Those selected through the written test were then interviewed by the scholarship division head of the airlines. After which a final list was drawn. There are not more than a total of 25 students chosen from India,”he said.

As you watch Rushil flying his remote-controlled plane it occurs to you that this promising young boy has his eyes up in the sky wanting to achieve the farthest horizons and gather some of the stars he watches every night through his telescope. TNS



French cartoonist in city to conduct workshop

His heroes are known for their elegance. Their adventures are based on detective novels of the fifties. Alternating between brilliance and despair, they speak volumes of innate drawing skills of this cartoonist.

Meet Christian Cailleaux, a well-known French cartoonist, who is in the city to conduct a drawing workshop at Alliance Francaise, Sector 36, today. He is a part of the new stream of comics in France. Though he provides his illustration to all kind of publications but handling youngsters is his forte. He has already published numerous albums such as ' Arthur Blanc Negre, Le Café du Voyageur, Les Imposterus, Harmattan, Le Vent des Fous, Le Trosieme the.

“France has a lot to offer to cartoonists. If one manages to carve a niche then there is a lot money too', he says. Cailleaux feels that characters of Indian comics are somewhat similar to those of England and the USA. If one has enough zeal then one can really touch the sky. Giving a piece of advice to the budding cartoonists he said," This profession demands a lot of patience and time. One essential requirement is that his or her base should be sound. Being imaginative is additional strength. One should be able to infuse life into characters". OC


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