Monday, July 7, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Calling all schoolkids with a yen for science!
Smriti Kak

E.I. DuPont have announced the launch of the DuPont India Challenge, a nationwide science paper contest for Indian schools. The challenge, which closes on August 31, invites students to submit science papers on relevant topics from five fields of science, cloning, biotechnology, bioengineering, genetics and nutraceuticals.

The winners will receive award certificates and a cash prize. Three awards will be presented in two categories, the junior and the senior category. The cash prize for the scholarship amounts to Rs 12,000 for the first place, Rs 9,000 for the second place and Rs 6,000 for the third place.

Hundred best entries will be given certificates of commendation. Submissions will be judged on the basis of originality, content and various queries raised by the students.

Fun-filled activities at carnival

It was dance time at Cherish Play School.
It was dance time at Cherish Play School.

A grand carnival was organised by the Cherish Play School, Pitampura. The Director of the school, Mr Gautam Tayal, lit the traditional lamp. The day offered the children a chance to participate in many activities, including a fancy dress competition, photogenic baby contest, colouring and drawing and a dance competition.

The Principal, Ms Poornima Tayal, gave away prizes to the children.

Kids celebrate vanamahotsava

Children from Prayas along with Raja Ram Mohun Roy Public School and Daksh e-services have joined hands for a clean environment. They jointly celebrated vanamahotsava at the Japanese Park and planted saplings.

The children also sang songs, gave speeches on the environment. The vanamahotsava will also be celebrated at the Rose Garden opposite IIT gate on Monday.

Talent search results declared

The National Talent Search Written Examination results for 2003 have been declared. The national level examination was conducted by the NCERT at 38 centres across the country.

A total of 3,742 candidates took the examination out of which 1,510 candidates have been selected for an interview scheduled between July 18 and August 8.

Festivities mark school opening

Children have a whale of a time at a painting contest in Noddy Play School.
Children have a whale of a time at a painting contest in Noddy Play School.

Noddy’ s Play School, a centre for providing childcare for toddlers and pre-school students, has opened its third branch in Naraina Vihar. The inaugural ceremony was marked with festivities, including a baby show, a magic show and a colouring competition.

More than 100 students participated in the contests and were given certificates of participation. The Vice-Principal, Ms Sonia Ahuja, specified that Noddy’s early childhood learning programme focuses on self-help skills, communication skills, physical development and environmental understanding.

(Input by Nalini Ranjan)


Learn to love what you do for a living

“BLESSED is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness” says Carlyle. Work, indeed, is the true worship of god. In the Mahabharata, when Yaksha asked Yudhistra, “What is worship?” he replied, “Work is worship”. One’s duty comes above all. A person who works sincerely for a noble cause is respected by his fellowmen and loved by God.

An idle brain is a devil’s workshop. A life without useful work is not worth living. In fact work spares us from three great evils; boredom, vice and need. Hard and honest work is the key to success. One should learn to get pleasure right in the work one is doing. If you want happiness for a lifetime, learn to love what you do for a living. Just waking up and doing what has to be done each day is quite mundane.

A tried and tested way to make this into an extraordinary experience is to start enjoying whatever has to be done. In each of us there is an eternal desire to do challenging tasks. Once we have immersed ourselves in a job the negativity disappears.

All work is invaluable, be it small or big. Even on attaining sainthood Kabir did not give up ‘weaving’ for it was work which provided him his livelihood and Ravidas found his work as a cobbler as elevating as his prayers. When you love and respect your work you will find the satisfaction that a prayer brings for after all work is worship.

As fruits are not in our hand, but only in the hands of the Almighty, one should never depend upon the fruits for one’s pleasure. All great men rose to fame and fortune by dint of hard work. The richest and the most powerful nations in the world are the most diligent and industrious. Japan and Germany, the two nations, which lost the war, rebuilt themselves and became leading and prosperous countries through sheer hard work.

“Rest is rust”, said Pandit Nehru. Honest work gives supreme joy and peace of mind. Through work we are able to give expression to our creative energy. Work is divine for through it our finite mind seeks and finds the infinite. Honest toil never goes unrewarded and the efforts of a man who labours hard are sure to be crowned with success, sooner or later.

Mrs. Madhu Chandra, Principal, Birla Vidya Niketan


Club and corporate culture comes to DLTA
M. S. Unnikrishnan

New Delhi, July 6
The once serene Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) complex now sports a “club and corporate” culture, which has virtually changed the profile of this landmark institution in South Delhi.

The name, Delhi Lawn Tennis Association, itself has become a misnomer, as there is very little lawn left in the complex to merit such a description. Of course, two lawn tennis courts are still being maintained-one inside the centre court, and another atop a man-made ‘hill’ –for Davis Cup purposes. Otherwise, what the DLTA is now left with is only patches of manicured grass to soothe the eyes of the club and corporate crowd.

The one large patch of grassy turf in front of the old clubhouse had made way for a swanky swimming pool. And the pool is the domain of only the rich and the powerful.

The irony of it all is that while one section of the DLTA complex is always throbbing with people and activity, another part of the complex - perhaps the lifeline of the DLTA – sports a deserted look, even when a Prakash Amritraj is battling out there for top honours.

Prakash Amritraj, it may be mentioned, is the son of tennis icon Vijay Amritraj and the most exciting tennis prospect on the Indian horizon. He was the master of all he surveyed during two weeks of intense action when the ITF Men’s Satellite Circuit and Masters events were held at the deco-turf courts of the DLTA recently. But hardly a soul from the “elite” section of the DLTA ventured out, in the sweltering heat, to find out what was happening on the deco-turf tennis courts.

A handful of tennis faithfuls, including media professionals, were the only regulars, while the club crowd kept themselves cooled in the pool to beat the heat to expose the fallacy that the presence of a club at the complex would give a huge thrust to the tennis activities.

It was a disturbing sight to note that when Prakash was powering his way to the title, both in the third leg final of the Satellite Circuit and then in the Masters final the following week, young, overfed children were seen taking a conducted walk through the pathways of the landscaped “greens” without taking as much as a glance at the cerebral tennis match in progress at the nearby court.

The few “tennis kids” who were herded into the stands to witness the final proved to be a nuisance rather than a strength as they occupied their seats with noisy gusto and then walked in and out as often as they pleased, disturbing the players, particularly Prakash, who was on a winning trail.

The DLTA complex was developed for the 1982 Asian Games and it came into the custody of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) when the apex sports body was created after the Asian Games. The SAI did a decent job of keeping the grass courts complex of the DLTA in fine nick till one fine morning the SAI decided to “sell off” the complex to the DLTA for a pittance of Rs 25 lakh.

Once the title deed changed hands, the ‘development’ of the complex took a sudden turn around. The grass courts gave way to synthetic deco-turf and gravel courts. Later, a modern stadium was built around the centre court.

The new stadium boasts of office premises and boarding and lodging facilities to make it a compact complex.

It was all very proper when Delhi hosted India’s first ever ATP event at the new stadium with remarkable success. But slowly and surely the character of the complex changed with booted and suited corporate executives making their presence felt. The changeover was complete when the “India Tennis Centre” was set up with an elite club to boot as an exciting appendage.

Tennis players come and go as the DLTA organises a surfeit of ‘international’ competitions, but hardly anyone turns up to watch these matches. A pity indeed, for in any other part of the country the stands would have been full when someone of the calibre and class of Prakash Amritraj was playing, braving the heat and humidity, to give a shot in the arm to Indian tennis. But who cares?


Saurabh spins Bharat Academy to victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 6
A rich haul of 6 for 12 by left-arm spinner Saurabh Nischal and a dashing century by Abhishek Kapoor helped Bharat National Cricket Academy defeat Happy Public School by 32 runs in a Triangular Cricket Tournament at the Bharat National School ground. Scores: Bharat National Academy: 221 all out in 3.5 overs (Abhishek Kapoor 100, Ankush Aggarwal 45, Karan Sharma 42, Shiva Kant 3 for 35, Chayan Kumar 3 for 42). Happy School: 189 all out in 36.4 overs (Gopal Singh 52, Vivek Kumar 42, Saurabh Nischal 6 for 12, Ayush Sharma 3 for 21).

Frank Anthony Academy win

Frank Anthony Academy beat hosts SPM Academy by 53 runs in a summer league match of the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Under-13 Cricket Tournament at the SPM ground. Scores: Frank Anthony Academy: 157 for 7 in 25 overs. SPM Academy: 98 all out in 23 overs.

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