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Santa paints city schools red, celebrations on a high
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
Christmas festivities continued at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, where children celebrated the birth of Christ with prayer songs, carols, dance and drama. In her Christmas message, the principal, Sister Sebastina, emphasised the importance of an upright and meaningful life, and reinforced the importance of peace, goodwill and compassion.

St Joseph’s school: The students of the Kindergarten and the primary wing got together to put up a fine show to celebrate Christmas at St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, here, today.

The tiny tots rendered a Hindi carol while the primary wing children sang a English carol. The students of the Dramatics Club enacted a play depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. Thereafter, students dressed as Santa Claus appeared who distributed sweets among the children.

St Kabir Public School: The students celebrated Christmas with great joy , festivity and fervour. The Head Girl of the school, Rhea Aggarwal, gave an insight into the significance of Christmas. The students enacted a beautiful play ‘The Nativity’, depicting the birth of Jesus Christ amidst a number of lovely carols highlighting the spirit of Christmas. Not to be left behind, the children of the primary section enthralled everyone with their action songs.

However, it was the arrival of the exuberant and ever popular Santa on a beautifully decked cart with his bag of goodies.

KV AFS High Grounds: Christmas day celebrations in K.V AFS High Grounds exuded elation and exuberance. Ms Meenakshi Gaur enlightened the students about the life of Jesus Christ and his teachings enshrined in the Bible. The morning began in a truly traditional manner with the students of Class VI chanting Christmas carols. Thereafter the excited tiny tots of the primary section as well as enthusiastic students of the secondary section decorated Christmas trees for an inter-house competition .Students dressed as Santa Claus distributed sweets making it a gala occasion. The Principal , Ms S.K.Bhatia, advised the students to imbibe the essence of Christmas and spread the message of brotherhood and benevolence, love and peace.

Delhi Public School: The school celebrated Christmas with great pomp and fervour. The entire school was beautifully decorated. A special assembly was held on this occasion. The Principal, Ms Sunita Tanwar, conveyed her best wishes to everyone for Christmas and urged the students to work towards world peace and harmony.

Bhavan Vidyalaya: The pre-primary section of the school celebrated Christmas today on the school premises. Children dressed in red sang carols around the beautifully decorated Christmas tree. The children danced on the tune of ‘Jingle Bell’ with students dressed as Santa Claus. Later, Santa distributed sweets and gifts to all.

Blue Bird High School:
Students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, celebrated Christmas with a cultural show, here today. The programme began with a prayer song seeking the end of ignorance and darkness. The programme ended with Santas arriving on-stage to wish everybody a merry Christmas. They distributed sweets to the children.

The British School:
The British School here, celebrated Christmas in a novel way today with the appearance of the Santa Family: Mr and Ms Santa along with baby Santa, who was the centre of attraction. Students were excited and their joy knew no bounds when Ms Santa distributed gifts to all.

Anee’s School: Carol singing, Christmas tree decorations and a fete marked the celebrations at Anee’s school, Sector 69, here today. Savouring the festive spirit, students gleefully decorated their classes. Santa Claus distributed gifts to the students and everyone danced to the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’.

Spring Valley Public School: A Christmas party was organised for the tiny tots of Spring Valley Public School, Phase XI, here today. Children came to the school in fancy outfits and were given cakes and gifts by Santa Claus. The school campus was decorated and children sang Christmas carols with Santa Claus and the fairies. 



Staff development programme ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
The two-week national level staff development programme on “Trends in engineering metrology and statistical process control” organised by the Punjab Engineering College on its premises ended today. The programme was sponsored by the AICTE, New Delhi.

Dr R.K. Jain, Principal, Indo-Swiss Training Centre, CSIO, Chandigarh, delivered the valedictory address and gave away certificates to the participants.

Dr P.S. Satsangi, programme coordinator, disclosed that 25 participants from various engineering colleges from all over the country and executives from the industry attended the programme. There were 30 expert lectures, besides visits to labs and industries. Experts from institutions like IIT, kanpur, TIET, Patiala, and PEC, Chandigarh, lectured the participants and interacted with them.



Dikshant gets smart classrooms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
Dikshant International School in association with Educomp has introduced the concept of smart classrooms in the school. These classrooms comprise smart boards, 48-inch plasma screens along with a CPU, which will be attached to a resource centre.

A knowledge centre with a resource coordinator has been instituted on the school campus. An assessment tool will be provided in the classrooms for teachers to make instant formative assessment in every session. 



Biswajit: 44 Saal Baad
Devinder Bir Kaur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
He reigned Bollywood first as the ‘suspense hero’ and then the ‘musical hero’ of the ’60s. He was the typical chocolate-faced hero an every girl’s dream lover. But his rosy cheeks and fair complexion gave his leading ladies a complex, his make-up men took care and technicians had to adjust lights to make sure that the heroine appeared fairer. He was our Bengali Babu Biswajit.

Biswajit is in City Beautiful to attend the annual Rafi nite organised by the Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society at Tagore Theatre here tomorrow evening. This will be the second time he will be gracing the occasion as a chief guest. He was here earlier in 1996.

In a tete-e-tete at a hotel here, where he is staying till Sunday evening. Biswajit, dressed in a brown leather jacket, blue jeans and trademark cap and accompanied by his daughter Shambhavi, went down the memory lane. Despite strict opposition from the family, young Biswajit played a small role in a Bengali film “Dak Harakara”. Later, when he was doing the role of Bhootnath in a play “Sahib, Biwi, Ghulam” he had some surprise guests at one of the shows. Guru Dutt, wife Geeta Dutt and director Abrar Alvi watched him perform. After the show they offered him the same role in the Hindi film, “Sahib, Biwi aur Ghulam.”

Biswajit remembers how his joy knew no bounds because he had always dreamt of making it to Hindi films. But his friends dissuaded him, warning him of Guru Dutt’s whimsical nature. The latter had a few films shelved and signing an exclusive contract with him could delay his entry into Bollywood. Unhappily, he refused the offer, thereby losing a golden chance to act opposite tragedy queen Meena Kumari who played “chhoti bahu” in the film.

However, Biswajit says fate had other things lined up for him. Singer-director Hemant Kumar telephoned him to say that he was making a film in Hindi and wanted him to play the hero. That’s how, Biswajit narrates, he made a debut in “Bees Saal Baad” opposite Waheeda Rehman. The film was a great hit. Hemant Kumar had composed melodies besides giving a background music which really heightened the effect that a suspense film needed. People actually shrieked when a hand reached out for the hero wearing an overcoat, a felt hat and carrying a torch. The film keeping suspense till the last sent shivers down the spine of the audience.

There was no looking back for Biswajit. He then went on to act in “Kohra” (Indian version of “Rebecca”), “Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi”, “Jaal” “Bin Badal Barsaat” etc — all of which gave him the title of a “suspense hero”. But he was craving for much more. So he veered towards musicals like “Mere Sanam”, “April Fool”, “Night in London”, “Kismat”, “Shararat” and “Kahin Din Kahin Raat”. All were jubilee hits.

Biswajit also went on to do a few socials — “Main Sunder Soon”, “Paisa ya Pyar”, “Pyar Ka Sapna”, “Sagai”, “Do Kaliyan” etc. “There was a time I was so busy shuttling between Bombay, Madras and Calcutta that I had to remove makeup in the plane,” he reminicises.

What went wrong for the popular hero, I venture to ask. “Well, since I had successfully produced and directed Bengali films, I thought I would try my luck with Hindi films also. So I made ‘Kahatey Hai Mujhko Raja’ with Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Rekha and myself. Unfortunately, the film flopped and I ran into heavy financial losses.” Similarly, his next film “Rahgir” sank without a trace. “But though ‘Rahgir’ was a disaster, I got National Award nomination,” he informs me.

However, his days in the Hindi film industry seemed to be over. He returned to Bengal and acted in several movies there and then went on to make documentaries, like the one on Subash Chandra Bose.

What about character roles in Hindi films? Yes, he did play small roles in films like Jackie Shroff-Meenakshi Seshadhri-starrer “Allah Rakha”. But times had changed. Film business had passed on into the hands of corporate houses. Even stars had turned producers and were running their own banners and getting exorbitant amounts of money. Besides, as a director Biswajit feels he would not have been given free reins.

Now he is planning the Bengali version of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s “Golmaal”. The late director had given him the copyright of the film before he died. Biswajit has chosen daughter Shambhavi to play Bindiya Goswami’s role and has yet to select a hero. He himself will enact Utpal Dutt’s hilarious role and has plans to rope in Mala Sinha for Dina Pathak’s part.

His son Prasanjit is already a well-known name in the Bengal film industry. After a stint as a hero, he has switched over to character roles. He also acted in Hindi film “Aandhiyan,” but as it did not succeed he thought it best to stick to films in his mother tongue.

As for Biswajit, satellite TV sees to it that people remember the yesteryear star by showing his movies on some channel or the other. And even as I conclude the interview, I am informed that Screen office has telephoned him that he has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award to be bestowed on him at a function in Mumbai on January 6, 2007. Can he ask for a better beginning to a New Year.


PGI in the dock again
Attendant prevents administering of fungus-infested fluid 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
Close on the heals of seizure of hundreds of decaying “intra-peritoneal dialysis fluid IP” in the Civil Hospital, Hamirpur, in Himachal Pradesh, and now the appearance of one more bottle of the same fluid at the PGI, a premier health case institute of the North India, has raised many eyebrows here today.

However, timely action by a vigilant attendant and hospital staff saved the life of a heart patient admitted to the coronary care unit (CCU) of the PGI this morning. Their vigilance prevented flowing of putrefied “intra-peritoneal dialysis fluid IP” in the veins of Mr Varinder Chadha, a city-based businessman, under going heart treatment at the PGI since December 15.

A laboratory technician by profession, Mr Viney Chadha, who was attending his ailing father that the CCU of the PGI, spotted a white ‘puff’ like substance in a bottle of the fluid that was just to be put on the ‘hanger’ for administering Mr Chadha. He raised the point and the hospital staff, including a Senior Resident at the CCU, confirmed that the sealed bottle of the fluid was containing fungus inside.

Mr Viney has also lodged a written complaint with the Medical Superintendent in this pretext. This is the second such incident when the fungus-infested bottle of fluid has been found in the PGI. A Mani Majra-based girl, Rosy, had died in the PGI after being administered fungus-infested fluid two months ago. Though the PGI authorities had initiated an inquiry in this case, but nothing has been done so far

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Viney claimed that he had been purchasing the fluid from the Chandigarh Medical Centre, a chemist shop adjacent to the Ramp of Nehru Hospital building, since the very first day. “Today I suddenly noticed a white coloured substance floating in a fluid bottle and brought it in the notice of the doctors attending my father. The doctors told me that the fluid had gathered fungus and was not fit for use, ” claimed Mr Viney.

Mr Suresh Goel from the Chandigarh Medical Centre, however, denied to have sold any such fluid bottle to any of the patient. He claimed that they have been selling products of some other manufacturing companies and not of the company in question.

Putting the blame on the PGI management, Mr Suresh Goel, said the bottle must be one of the fluid stock purchased by the hospital management for emergency use. “This fluid bottle must be of the PGI stock that must have got mixed up with the patient’s bottle, ” he claimed.

Prof Raj Bahadur, Additional-Medical Superintendent, PGI, however, made it clear that the PGI has not been procuring ‘dialysis fluid’ for its emergency quota. “We have placed orders for dialysis fluid to a Delhi-based company recently. The first ever supply of the dialysis fluid is yet to be received,” claimed Prof Raj Bahadur. Interestingly, a team of the UT Health Department today conducted raid on the chemist shop but failed to recover anything in this pretext. 



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