Monday, February 11, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Kids dance on foot tapping numbers
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 10
Excitement broke loose as about 30 contestants between the age group of five and 20 shook, rattled and rolled during a dance competition organised by a non-government organisation at Technical Teachers Training Institute in Sector 26 today.

The solo and group dance competition was organised for different age groups. The contestants were divided in three categories — from five to 10 years, 11 to 15 years and 16 to 20 years.

Youngsters danced on a blend of Hindi, Punjabi, western, classic and folk numbers. The main aim behind organising the competition was to promote talent among the children.

The organisation, Aagaaz, is working for social awareness among common people. They have been organising cleanliness drives, besides speeches on moral values and ethics in slum areas .

The chief guest of the function was Ms Sunita Dhaliwal, general secretary, Ghumar Academy, Panchkula. The judges for today’s competition were Ms Rama Bhalla from Punjabi University’s dance department and Ms Sunita Sharma, working as a dance lecturer in Sector 42 Government College for girls.

The results of the dance competition are as follows: (Five to 10 years) solo: first — Chandni; Second — Chitra; (11 to 15 years) solo: first — Renu; second — Heena; (16 to 20 year) solo: first — Sunny; second — Baljinder. First prize for the best group dance went to Raj folk dance group.

Participation certificates were given to all the participants.



School prize distribution function
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 10
The annual prize distribution function of junior wing of DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, was held here today. Mr Raksh Mittal, senior member of local Managing Committee was the chief guest and Mr J.K. Bhalla, resident works manager of the ACC Factory, was the guest of honour.

The programme began with the lighting of lamp, followed by reciting of nursery rhymes. Choreographies on latest film numbers and patriotic songs enthralled the audience.

A skit on ‘Conservation of Environment’ was also staged, which was followed by a circus show.

The chief guest lauded the efforts of the children.



Workshop on personality development
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Developing concentration through meditation and management of stress was discussed at a workshop on “Remedial English and Personality Development” at Government College, Sector 11, here yesterday.

Inaugurated by Dr S.N. Singla, Principal of the college, the workshop highlighted positive thinking and power of prayer to overcome difficult situations and trying time.

The students were addressed by Prof K.K. Wig, Head of the English Department. He spoke on the innovative ways of handling the curriculum, while Brahmchari Navneet spoke on concentration and meditation.

Dr Sharda Kaushik and Dr Suchita Malik gave illustrated lectures on art of paragraph-writing and precis-writing. Students were guided to handle job applications and curriculum vitae. Special sessions on grammar and written exercises were also held.

Meanwhile, at the Technical Teachers’ Training Institute, Sector 26, the four-week programme on “Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme”, sponsored by the Small Industries Development Bank of India, concluded here today.

Delivering the valedictory address, Dr Manjari Bhargava, of Silver Oak Hospital, emphasised the need of empowering women by promoting entrepreneurship and the need to act in association with well-established medium and large-scale ventures.

At the valedictory function, the Principal, Dr S. Krishnamurthy, cited a number of success stories of women entrepreneurs and advised the participants to draw inspiration from these. He stated that certain amount of risk and initial failures need not demotivated potential entrepreneurs.

Members of the faculty at TTTI, Prof B.S. Rathore, Dr D.D. Sharma and Dr J.S. Saini, emphasised the need for education and training, a follow-up programme to reiterate the ‘teachings’ of the workshop and participation of women in economic development in India vis-a-vis other developed countries of the world.

The experts were of the opinion that the solution to most problems faced by women laid in making them participate in economic activities.



Manya, Abidhi, Dhriti are best babies
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 10
Manya Chopra, Abidhi Grover and Dhriti Jaiswal were chosen the winners of the baby show organised by JPA Toddlers World here today.

Squeals of excited toddlers could be heard reverberating in the air as a large number of tiny tots along with their parents thronged the school here to participate in the show and drawing and painting competition.

As many as 100 children between the age groups of 0 and 4 years participated in the show. They were judged by Ms Savira Behl on account of their cleanliness, mannerisms, speech and other skill. Three winners in each category according to their age were announced.

Around 200 children between the age groups of 3 and 9 years also participated in the drawing and colouring competition, it is informed.



Exhibition by Aurobindo school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
An exhibition was organised by the students of Sri Aurobindo School of Integral Education, Sector 27, here yesterday. The students presented a miniature model of the Indian Parliament and models of other features of the city including the Rock Garden, Rose Garden and Sector 17 shopping complex.

The Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh Administration, Ms Neeru Nanda, was the chief guest at a function which began with the lighting of the lamp by her. This was followed by a Saraswati Vandana by school students.

Ms Nanda suggested that the system of education at Mothers International School, New Delhi and Pondycherry could also be adopted by the school.

Earlier, Mr B.K. Mehan, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo. Society in his welcome address, said that the school which started in 1994 with 14 children on roll, now had grown up to class VIII, with 300 students, 20 teachers. The school has now been affiliated with the CBSE.

He also mentioned that school was running under the guidance of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondycherry, and this integral system covered essential aspects of personality and the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic, and the spiritual.

He added that the society had adopted a night school in Labour Colony No. 4, Industrial Area, Phase I, for the underprivileged children and free education was provided together with free books and uniform etc. and teachers from this schools visit at night schools in slums of Chandigarh.

The prizes were given away Mr D.S. Saroya, Secretary and DPI (School), Chandigarh Administration. Mementos were given to Ms. Neeru Nanda and Mr D.S. Saroya by the school authorities.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lt. Gen. JFR Jacob, PVSM (retd.), today laid the foundation stone of Hardyal Mahajan Multipurpose Hall and Auditorium at Moti Ram Arya School. This Rs 2-crore project is expected to be completed within two years.

The chairman of the JB Trust informed the Governor that this multi-purpose hall would have 999 seats. General Jacob said that this multi-purpose hall must have the film screening facilities. He said that this hall should be equipped with modern multimedia equipment and so that students could benefit from the modern advancements in the multimedia technology. General Jacob went through the drawing of auditorium and multi-purpose hall minutely and suggested some more changes.

Earlier, NCC Cadets, Scouts and Guide, and NSS volunteers saluted the Governor. Nursery and KG students attired in fairy dresses presented a welcome.



Play depicts woes of rural women
Bipin Bhardwaj

Zirakpur, February 10
Known Punjabi playwright and director, Gursharan Singh held audience spell bound for over two hours with his troupe’s presentation of the woes faced by rural women at Bhabhat village near here yesterday.

He was here to perform two plays — ‘Begmo di dhee and ‘Luk vich fase paair’ — at a function organised by the Bhabhat Mahila Mandal to educate women about their rights and their participation in making the nation strong.

Based on a story of a school mistress, a Punjabi play “Begmo di dhee”, was staged to show that how unscrupulous persons eye young and lonely women in rural areas of the country. The play also highlighted the steps that an educated woman could take without any fear of police and society.

In another play “Luk vich fase paair” Gursharan Singh tried to educate the public to unite for bigger causes for the welfare of the masses leaving petty squabbles aside.

Performances of Bhavana who acted in ‘Begmo di dhee’, Navtej, a school chowkidar and Jaiteging, who acted as unscrupulous “zamindar” in “Begmo di dhee”, were highly appreciated. Director of plays Gursharan Singh, who acted as a narrator in the play also impressed the mass gathering.

Mr Rajbir Singh Padiala, a candidate of Panthik Morcha from Kharar constituency, was guest of honour.

The Chief guest at the function, Mr Bhupinder singh Sainia, president of all Rotract Clubs of Himachal, Punjab and Haryana, announced to that similar plays in Dera Bassi would be organised.

Those who spoke on the occasion included Ms Arvinder Kaur, general secretary of the Mahila Mandal, Ms Naseeb Kaur Batth, secretary of SAD (women cell) and Ms Inder Preet Kaur, a social worker.


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