Monday, April 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Exams over, the blues are about results now
Smriti Kak

Saakshi JindalEXAMS over, it is time to hit the TV, dance to your favourite numbers, watch movies, go out with friends and family and play to your heart’s content. Right! And that is what our friends from school are busy doing. Enjoying to the T. However, they are also a wee bit nervous. Why? Well, because they are expecting results that have them thinking and praying when all they want to do is enjoy.

“ Results were always at the back of my mind. Since I had not done particularly well in my Maths paper, I was apprehensive that I may have to hang my head in 0shame for my poor performance”, said Kreeti, a class IX students who has “managed to sail in to class X”.

Like Kreeti most of the students were worried about results, even though they tried not to think of it. For Mayank, who is all set to face the D-day, “ I am putting up a brave face, I refuse to even let any negative thought cross my mind. I have done well, but since my parents are very ambitious, I have to try not to let them down”. Adds the student of class XI.

Likewise, Saakshi Jindal, a class IX student of Bal Bharti says, “Thinking about exams makes me jittery, but I am confident that I will make it to class X with good marks. And, then, the thought that I am going to be in class X is also a bit unnerving. People scare me when they say that I should be studying very seriously and that I should begin working hard from day one itself. I know challenges are a part of life, but will somebody tell me: Is class XII really that difficult?”

Though school has already started for those in class X and XII, for the junior ones it is still happy holidays. “ I wish we didn’t have to go to school for another two months”, is all 10-year-old Rohan can think of.

But for Neha, who has just been promoted to class VII, “I want to rush to school with all my new books and bag”. Neha is excited about catching up with friends and going through those books, “that look just great”.

For the students, who have been promoted to class X and XII, the new session has already begun. “ We have started the monotonous school-tuition routine, but since it is a new class there is excitement as well. All of us are charged up and wish the fervour is maintained, till the very end when we need it the most”, said Gaurav of Delhi Public School.

So, while it is chutti for some, it is back to the grind for the others. But for most, it is excitement of going to a new class with new books and bags.


A fully computerised library of DAV School
A fully computerised library of DAV School 

DAV in sector 14 has acquired the distinction of having three libraries under one roof. The school recently added a new library for the middle section, catering to classes VI to VIII. Secretary of the DAV College Management Committee, Mr. Mohan Lal, inaugurated the library which is fully computerised and air-conditioned. A large collection of books on all subjects has been acquired for the students and a reference hall has also been built.

(Input Bijendra Ahlawat)

A grand future

Dr Syta Paul at the stone-laying ceremony of Apeejay Institute of Information Technology
Dr Syta Paul at the stone-laying ceremony of Apeejay Institute of Information Technology 

The grandchildren of Dr. Stya Paul laid the foundation stone of Apeejay Institute of Information Technology, Gurgaon, last week.

Dr. Syta Paul, Chairman Emeritus, Apeejay Stya-Group and President Apeejay Education Society, said he had chosen his grandchildren Nishant, Neha and Aditya to perform the ceremony because they are the future. He said, “ It is they who will shape our tomorrow”.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Sushma Berlia, Vice Chairperson of the society, said that IT revolution is the greatest thing to have happened in the last two decades. It has changed, and will continue to change our style of working in all walks of life.

NiA diploma

For those who wish to pursue a course in Communication Design after finishing school, the National Institute of Advertising (NiA) has announced a graduate diploma in the subject. Admission to the three-year full-time programme will be conducted through a creative test that is scheduled to be held on May 3, 2002. Those who have passed class XII with a minimum of 55 per cent marks can apply.

Joystick hazard

Here is some bad news for those who spend hours on the PC playing games. Spending long hours in front of the addictive screen can affect not just your eyes, but can have serious implications.

Vibrating computer games are a health hazard, warn researchers who have been studying the impact of prolonged playing on the computer.

Researchers say prolonged use of vibrating computer games by children may be linked to a condition known as hand-arm vibration syndrome. Researchers described the case of a 15-year-old boy who visited hospital with a two-year history of painful hands. His hands became white and swollen when exposed to the cold and then red and painful on warming.

It was revealed that the boy spent up to seven hours a day playing computer games and particularly enjoyed driving games using the vibration mode on the hand-held control device also called joy stick. His symptoms were typical of the hand-arm vibration syndrome caused by the prolonged use of industrial tools.

Researchers say that with an increasing number of children playing these devices, there should be statutory health warnings to advise users and parents.

So, for all those of you who are addicted to these games and even boast of an unbeatable record, it is time you paid heed to this warning. Listen to parents when they say, too much of everything is bad.

Play way maths

What makes a child’s mind tick? What does he really want — Books or games? Teachers at G.H.P.S. Tilak Nagar tried answering these questions. Through a play way method they helped children understand the complexities of numbers. A project was undertaken for the students of classes II and V. These kids were taught Maths in a play way method. Needless to say the response made it worth the efforts made..

The Principal of the school, Ms. Sandhu, says the teachers at G.H.P.S. Tilak Nagar are constantly working towards creating a balance between making teaching a learning process and also a method of encouraging the inquisitive minds.

Sound of poetry

Shubhanjali Gupta, a students of Apeejay School Pitam Pura, has sent us her poem, ‘CHILDHOOD A BED OF ROSES’. Shubhanjali was also nominated for the world amateur poet award. This poem has been recorded in a CD titled ‘Sound of Poetry’.

Childhood a bed of roses

The lovely picnic on a holiday

The mischievous morning of the month of May

With tones and tones of scolding dozes

This is Childhood a Bed of Roses

The happy hours of the circus show

Jumping on the seats row by row

Hearing stories at bedtime

Or just a small nursery rhyme

As the mischievousness out of us oozes

This is Childhood a Bed of Roses

The fun of fighting anywhere

Making a mess everywhere

Dancing on the road on hearing a tune

Having dreams of flying to the moon

Everyone and anyone will only choose Childhood from the choices

As it is Childhood a Bed of Roses



Pelican power to big victory in DDCA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 31
Pelican Club beat Century Club by 74 runs in an A-I Division League match of the DDCA League at the Kotla No-I ground.

Scores: Pelican: 221 for 9 in 40 overs (Ashwani Kapoor 65, Ashwani Tyagi 65, Lalit Saini 3 for 38).

Century: 147 all out in 36.3 overs (Shyam Chaddha 33, Ashwani Kapoor 4 for 24). United India beat Rajender Nagar by seven wickets in an A-I Division match at the Kalindi College ground.

Scores: Rajender Nagar: 205 for 8 in 40 overs (Siddarth Kumar 88, Sandeep 2 for 30, G P Singh 2 for 39).

United India: 206 for 3 in 37.2 overs (Naseem Ahmad 55 n o, Harvinder Singh 52 n o, Ashok Malhotra 33).

Young Cricketers beat Lala Ram Charan Club by 131 runs in an A-II Division match at the Khalsa College ground.

Scores: Young Cricketers: 232 for 6 in 40 overs (Deepak Puri 75 n o, Deepak Rajput 67, Gautam Kumar 3 for 39). Lala Ram Charan: 108 all out in 22.4 overs (Parvinder Singh 44, Geet Vats 3 for 35, Harish Kumar 2 for 28).

Roop Nagar beat Lion Kanishka by four wickets in a B Division match at the University ground.

Scores: Lion Kanishka: 237 for 8 in 3 overs (N S Negi 81, Hemant 38, Chandan Sharma 36). Roopnagar: 238 for 6 in 31.5 overs (Sanjay Yadav 45, Udam 39 n o).

Rajdhani beat Indo Club by 34 runs in a B division match at Kotla II ground.

Scores: Rajdhani: 368 for 4 in 40 overs (Shaan Ali 183 (23x4, 7x6), Imran 76 n o, Shahid Jamal 44). Indo Club: 334 for 9 in 40 overs (Amrish 164 n o, Parul Kumar 32, Tafseer Ahmad 3 for 27).



Asim Ali Khan to lead Delhi Under-19
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 31
Defender Asim Ali Khan will lead a 20-member Delhi State (Under-21) soccer team for the National (Under-21) Football Championship at Jammu, starting on Sunday. Deepak Giri will be the vice-captain of the team. The Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) selection committee finalised the squad after a 15-day selection trials-cum-training camp at the Ambedkar Stadium.

Following is the team:

Goalkeepers: Kunal Banerjee, Ajay Singh Kutki and Manoj Kukreti.

Defenders: Asim Ali Khan (captain), Rajesh Negi, Rajender Singh, Inderjeet Sharma and Rajesh Challa.

Mid-fielders: Ifran Zama Khan, Amit Sharma, Mingma Sherpa, Nilesh Kumar, Sanjay Negi and Sunil Chetri.

Forwards: Anuj Peter Bhachura, Naveen Parmar, Surinder Singh Butola, Ravinder Mohan Bisht, Deepak Giri (vice-captain) and Sanjay Negi.

Stand-byes: Nitin Sarkar, Budhraj and R Anup. Officials: Hakikat Singh—chief coach; Sunil Patwal-asst. coach. D KK Bose—manager..

DSA joint secretary N K Bhatia said Delhi will play their first match against Himachal Pradesh on April 1, followed by matches against Chandigarh on April 3 and Punjab on April 5.



Aftaab plays Super Selector
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 31
Bollywood hearththrob Aftaab Shivdasani, along with model-turned-actress Madhu Sapre, and former Test player Navjot Singh Sidhu will play Super Selector in the ESPN Star Sports show, hosted by noted actor Naseeruddin Shah. Super Selector, the innovative, interactive and integrated game show, will be aired on Monday at 8 p m on Star Sports. The Super Selector show will also announce the winners for the March contest.

Aftaab Shivdasani, the Farex ‘baby’ since he was barely 14 months old, has acted in six movies as a child artiste, including Mr India, Shahenshah, Chaalbaz and CID. He grew up to do a few more commercials such as Nestle and Coke. Aftaab is now riding on the success of Kasoor, and has a long list of forthcoming films. He is not only crazy about cricket, but has also played the game for his school, college and club—the Cricket Club of India (CCI), Mumbai.

Cricket’s loss is filmdom’s gain. Madhu Sapre, who missed the Miss Universe crown just by a whisker when she goofed up her answer to a question ‘what she would do if she were the Prime Minister of her country’ (her answer was that “I would build a sports complex”), has since made her mark as a top-notch model, actress and television anchor.

Navjot Singh Sidhu, after he hung up his cricket bat, has made a name for himself as a cricket commentator with his inimitable style of commentary, which has earned him the sobriquet of “poor man’s Shakespeare”.



Dalmia to be grilled on Harsha Online
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 31
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jag Mohan Dalmia will be grilled by Harsha Bhogle in Harsha Online on Monday (April 1). The show will be aired on Star Sports at 10.30 p m.

Jagmohan Dalmia, the wily businessman, has a reputation of calling a spade a spade, and he does not care two hoots about the finer points of the language while he talks to the people in authority from England, Australia and South Africa. And he has been known to have the last laugh, like when he made the South African Cricket Board come around to his thinking.

He can also make the International Cricket Council (ICC) see both the side of the picture before arriving at their decisions. And he can also tell the England and Wales Cricket Board that he can pay them back in the same coin as they had done to the BCCI.

If BCCI is the richest cricketing body in the world, Dalmia deserves his fair share of credit. He has marketed the game like nobody before. From Bangladesh to Bangkok, Dalmia has explored all avenues to popularise cricket around the globe.

Dalmia is a sports official, who just cannot be ignored.

Some people may swear at him, but then a lot of people swear by him! To have a dialogue with Jagmohan Dalmia, dial 9628-400-400.



Narender, Mohan shine

New Delhi
A match-winning bowling spell of 4 for 30 by Narender Malik and a fine knock of 81 by Mohan Singh helped Delhi Administration beat Sahil Sports by three wickets to enter the quarter-final of the sixth Pratap Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Karawal Nagar ground.

Scores: Sahil Sports: 161 all out in 30 overs (Mahavir Badola 61, Rohit Jagota 35, Surender Kumar 33, Narender Malik 4 for 30, Subhash Chand 3 for 22).

Delhi Administration: 164 for 7 in 29 overs (Mohan Singh 61 n o, Rajender Bhardwas 21, Amit Tomar 3 for 18).

Gaurav deadly

New Delhi
A deadly bowling spell of 3 for 30 by Delhi Under-16 National Cricket Academy camp player Gaurav Malhotra went in vain as his club Daryaganj Gymkhana lost to Haryana Cricket Academy by three wickets in the first Krishna Verma Memorial Cricket Tournament at the captain Dharam Pal Sports Complex ground.

Scores: Daryaganj Gymkhana: 139 all out in 24 overs (Paras Dogra 32, Sunil Kashyap 30, Satnam Singh 3 for 9, Ansul Lamba 2 for 29). Haryana Cricket Academy: 140 for 7 in 24.5 overs (Naresh Kumar 32 n o, Ansul Lamba 30, Gaurav Malhotra 3 for 30, Vishal Tyagi 2 for 22).

Science symposium

The New Delhi branch of the Indian Medical Association will hold a symposium on “Science and Spirituality” with special reference on “Stress and Psychosomatic Disorders” at Nehru Auditorium, AIIMS, on April 2 at 5.45 p m. OSR



Arun, Rekha win badminton titles

Faridabad, March 31
Arun Gupta and Rekha Dhupar have won the men and women title respectively of the Faridabad Gymkhana Badminton Tournament which concluded here recently. While Arun Gupta beat Suresh Jain in the finals, Rekha overcame Abha Suri to clinch the title. Harshal Pawar defeated Kuber Singh to win the Juniors title. Dr P S Ahuja won in the veteran category by defeating R K Jain in the final. Rekha Dhupar and Dr. P S Ahuja won the Mix Doubles by beating Abha Suri and Meenesh Bhatia. TNS



14 effluent treatment plants by yr-end
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 31
The Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC) is all set to commission 14 Combined Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) by the year-end in a bid to free the river Yamuna from industrial effluents discharged by the industrial units dotting the Capital.

“The Rs 254-crore project is one of the two high-priority jobs currently being undertaken by DSIDC in line with the Supreme Court order to rid Delhi of environmentally unsafe industrial units,” DSIDC Managing Director, Rajni Kant Verma said in a statement here.

The DSIDC has already commissioned CETPs at Wazirpur and Mayapuri, while another at Mangolpuri was ready to be commissioned, he said adding that CEPTs will treat the discharge from the industrial units and release only clean water in Yamuna.

“With the objective of keeping the Yamuna free from pollutants, the government of Delhi had commissioned a survey by the National Environment, Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), which identified the sites for the CETPs with particular emphasis on areas where industrial units were already located.

“The CETPs will treat the discharge from industrial units and release only clean water into the Yamuna, which will be ‘almost fit for human consumption’. All 14 DSIDC-constructed CETPs will be ready by this year-end,” Mr Verma said.

The Plants will handle all types of industrial waste and the sludge will be deposited in the land fill sites. “We are, meanwhile, working on the mechanism to dispose of the toxic wastes,” he said.

DSIDC was working to develop infrastructure at alternative industrial zone for the units displaced by the apex court order at the western outskirts of the Capital in Bawana, Verma said, adding over 70 per cent of the development work including the construction of roads, waterlines, drains and sewer lines was being completed in the 760-hectare land. More than half of the 15,000 plots has been handed over to the entrepreneurs, he said.



Rs 18.67 crore spent on potable water
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 31
As a part of the decision of making potable water available in each village of the state, the government has so far spent an amount of nearly Rs 18.67 crore in Rohtak district.

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala said this after inaugurating a boosting station at Bakheta village, 25 km from here, today. He said that the boosting station, constructed at a cost of Rs 65.30 lakh, would supply 70 litre of piped water per person a day to a population of 7157 persons in the village. The same quantity of the potable water had been made available in 17 villages in this district so far, he added.

The Chief Minister urged the farmers to abandon the traditional pattern of agriculture and adopt the latest trends and techniques in this field. He informed that 615 lakh metric ton of grain was packed in the godowns today. Besides, he said sugar worth Rs 450 crore was also filled in the godowns.

The ‘foodgrain for work’ scheme was launched to utilise this excess amount of foodgrains, he added.

He suggested the farmer to go for flower, vegetable and fruit farming instead of sowing some traditional crops. Later in the day, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of ‘Jat Bhawan’ in HUDA, Sector 1 here. The Bhawan, covering an area of 3566 square yards, would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore.


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