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BVN students put up scintillating performance
Smriti Kak

Birla Vidya Niketan organised its annual sports day ‘Sportspectra 03’. Former cricketer Kapil Dev was the Chief Guest, while Joint Commissioner of Police, CWC, Ms Vimla Mehra and Khazan Singh, former swimming champion at the Asiad 02 were the Guests of Honour.

The function was presided over by Vice-Chairman of the school, Mr R N Jaju. Students put up a scintillating performance whether it was Aerobics, Yogam drill or athletic competitions. The audience also appreciated the Eastern and Western dance programme and the music events. Kapil Dev’s words of advice were a shot in the arm for the students.

Fancy dress contest

Barbee playschool kids during a dance number
Barbee playschool kids during a dance number.

Students of Sagar School presenting a concert
Students of Sagar School presenting a concert .

Barbee play school Shalimar Bagh organised a Fancy Dress competition for children. Students turned up dressed as vegetables, political leaders and whatever they fancied. The first prize went to the student dressed up as the planet Earth with the message to save the planet.

Deaf and Dumb Society

The Deaf and Dumb Society, Palwal observed the Disability Day with fervour. SDM Palwal and the Chairperson of the society, Mr B S Singh Bhankar was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

The event began with the traditional lighting of the lamp and rendition of prayers by the students of Vivekananda Sr. Sec. School, Palwal. The disabled children presented a cultural programme showcasing their talents and the abilities.

Awards were presented to the participating children and efforts were made to encourage and appreciate these children with special needs.

Workshop for maths teachers

A workshop for mathematics teachers was organised by Casio India Company in association with the Delhi Public School, R K Puram. The workshop was aimed at making mathematics more interesting and easy to learn through hand-held technology.

Over 30 teachers from various schools in the Capital attended the three-day workshop. The focus was to familiarise the teachers with the international developments in mathematics with emphasis on hand-held technology products such as graphic calculators. The workshop also focussed on implementation of international technologies in Indian curriculum.

Bal Bhavan girls win

Girls of Bal Bhavan, Mayur Vihar, Phase II defeated their counterparts from Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Lawrence Road in the Delhi State Open Kho Kho Tournament.

The Bal Bhavan girls trounced their opponents in the semi-finals by 7-4. The BBPS girls won the third place defeating Sachdeva Public School, Rohini by 11-8. The team led by the captain Preeti Naagar included Sweety, Bhawna, Tanya, Alisha, Jigyasa, San Priyanka, Ruchi, Akansha and Shipra.

Founder’s Day

The Sagar School, Alwar celebrated its fourth Founder’s Day. The function, which began with the traditional lamp-lighting, included a French skit, ‘Petite Drolerie’, a Flamenco dance number and a performance by the school orchestra. A dance drama based on Tagore’s Chandalika was also staged along with Victor Hugo’s play ‘Bishop’s Candlesticks’.

The Guest of Honour, Mr B S Bhatnagar, Principal of the Indian School, Oman gave away the prizes on the occasion. Dr David Summers, former Headmaster Westminster School, London who was also present on the occasion, spoke words of appreciation and advice.

CBSE Heritage Quiz

In the zonal round of the CBSE Heritage Quiz hosted in DPS, R K Puram, of the seven teams, two made it to the Heritage India Nationals. The participating teams include Holy Angels Convent School Muzzafarnagar, DPS Ghaziabad, Somerville Noida, DPS Noida, DPS R K Puram, Army School Delhi Cantt. and Blue Bells Model School Gurgaon.

DPS R K Puram represented by Akash Bansal, Abhinav Prasoon and Rishab Raj came first followed by Tarang Singhal, Ashish and Pooja Bhat of DPS Ghaziabad. The two teams will now represent North Zone at the Nationals later this month.

Awards by GHPS students

Seven students of GHPS, Vasant Vihar have been awarded by the CBSE for being in the 0.1 per cent merit slot. The meritorious students are Sudhir Gaur and Amandeep Singh for Social Science, Ranbir Bedi for Sociology, Supreet Kaur, Surinderpal Singh, Gurdev Singh and Harsimran Kaur for Mathematics.

Terra Quiz 2003

K V No. 1, Mangalore walked away with the top prize at the Terra Quiz 2003, an inter-school environment quiz competition organised by TERI in association with Hero Honda and Ministry of Environment and Forests.

St. Paul’s Senior Secondary School, Kota, DPS, R K Puram and Mother’s International, Delhi were the first, second and third runners-up respectively.

The winning team received prizes worth Rs 1 lakh, which included gold medals, solar education kits, cycles, books worth Rs 16,000 and two solar streetlights for the school.

Kids Hungama

ABC Foundation Pitampura organised a Kids Hungama 2003. The carnival was open for the kids between 0 and 10 and provided the right opportunity to have a blast. Fun apart, the kids also participated in various contests and won prizes.

A panel of judges from Savera Hospital for special children conducted a healthy baby show and Shaile’s dance troupe performed a special event.

Baby show

Mother’s Pride organised a baby show at its three branches in Deepali, Punjabi Bagh and Paschim Vihar. The babies were awarded prizes in various categories including active baby, attractive baby, chubby cheeks and curly hair.

SOS Children’s Village

National director of SOS Children's Villages of India, Faridabad, Pradeep Singh receiving a cheque of Rs 5 lakh from Max New York Life
National director of SOS Children's Villages of India, Faridabad, Pradeep Singh receiving a cheque of Rs 5 lakh from Max New York Life managing director Tony Singh. Also seen noted television personality Mandira Bedi along with SOS children.

SOS Children’s Village Faridabad has received a contribution of Rs 5 lakh from Max New York Life Insurance for various projects. Besides, the employees of the Life Insurance also contributed Rs 18,900 from their personal fund for supporting the education of the SOS children.

Children were also awarded prizes at the painting competition organised by the company.

‘Ushakal: The Dawn of Awakening’

DPS Dwarka presented its annual stage production, ‘Ushakal: The Dawn of Awakening’ on the school premises. The musical drama that showcased the talent of the students included dance, mime, shlokas and narrative for a meaningful presentation.

Through the dance drama, the students depicted the bounties of nature, which have been depleted in man’s pursuit of materialistic comforts. Minister of State for External Affairs Digvijay Singh was the Chief Guest.



Brain vs brawn: Brain helps while brawn harms

The one with intelligence is truly mighty. The one without intellect has no strength or else how did a rabbit become the cause of the downfall of a vain lion? “Brain versus brawn” has long been a hackneyed topic of debate. Apparently brawn seems to have some ground since its instantly noticeable. However, for a long-term gain, brawn seems to make little or no contribution. Rather it’s often considered to be deleterious to success.

The power of intellect is manifold. In the Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna had explained to Arjuna how a true warrior never allows anything to cast a shadow over his intellect. The intelligent being uses his brainpower to the maximum. If the human body is compared with a vehicle, the intellect plays the role of a driver. No vehicle has any worth without a sound driver, however sturdy its structure may be, unless blessed with a superior brain.

History is replete with the incidents of how brain helped while brawn harmed. As the story from the Aesop’s fables goes, the lion intoxicated with pride oozing from his fierce might, plummeted into the well only to drown. And who was the brain behind it? An insignificant rabbit who had a mighty wit and hence was truly mighty. Another classic example is the success story of Akbar the great. Though an illiterate, his rule is even today regarded as the golden period of Mughal regime. Again it re-emphasises that with advanced intellect even a short built and plain-looking man could conquer an entire country. In sharp contrast, an immensely strong Ravana, only brought downfall of his kingdom as he misused the might of his muscles.

The logic behind all this is very simple. One who uses the brain is always cautious to keep the arch villain ‘pride’ under control. Its pride that snaps the connection between self and humility. The moment humility is deserted, pride enthrones itself upon your heart. Heart sinfully burdened with vanity, stops taking the correct signals from the brain and thus begins the saga of downfall. It begins so silently that one does not even know that something so fiercely negative has started happening. And the net result? A ballooning inflated ego, which can be punctured by a pinprick.

When one allows the brain to take up the charge of his life, he is actually requesting the Almighty for guidance. God always helps man not by emerging himself but by bestowing upon him true wisdom. That is why the saints of the world have left being their wise words, which should continue to enlighten the beleaguered human race. Wisdom is indeed a gift from Him to his chosen human beings. All religions have the same thing to say. The real essence of life can be perceived by honest intellectual pursuits. No amount of muscle power can substitute for this vitality.

The wise only reflect God’s glories. They think correctly, speak convincingly, act amicably, work diligently, relate properly and behave well. In short, they become role models during their lifetime and are revered after their death.

That’s perhaps is the reason why a new age slogan has been coined thus:

Life’s bitter battle is won not by the fastest or the strongest man,

But sooner or later it goes to the one who thinks that he can.

(Madhu Chandra), Principal Birla Vidya Niketan



Court grants bail to CRCL employee 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
A city court granted bail to a Central Revenue Control Laboratory (CRCL) employee arrested on charges of fudging the test report of a narcotic analysis and forging the signature of his senior officer because of inadequate probe by the police.

Granting bail to Mukesh Kumar, the court observed that considerable time had passed and the prosecution had not taken the specimen signatures of the officer who signed the report.

Arguing for Kumar, defence counsel Rakesh Malhotra highlighted the police’s failure to take specimen signatures of the officer whose signature Kumar allegedly forged, for comparing with the specimen on the report.

He also referred to a vigilance inquiry in this regard, which opined that no concrete proof of involvement of any employee could prima-facie be established.

Claiming that Kumar had been implicated by higher ups in the department to save their skin, he said it was not possible to change the test report, which was prepared and signed by the Senior Analyst and addressed to the concerned office.

Crime Branch had arrested Kumar, who was employed with CRCL as Lab Attendant and Dispatcher, in June 2003 and charged him with cheating, forgery and conspiracy.



Life imprisonment for rape of minor
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 7
The District and Sessions Judge of Sonepat, Mr B. L. Singhal convicted Inder Singh of Bamdauli village in Jhajjar district under Section 376 IPC and sentenced him to life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 5000 for raping a three-year-old girl in this city on June 11 last year.

According to the prosecution story, the accused had come to his in-laws house in this city. He forced his way into a neighbours house where the girl was alone and raped her.

In the meantime, the mother of the girl arrived and tried to lock him in the house.

However, he pushed her aside and fled from the scene. The accused was arrested later, when the mother of the girl, Mrs Pinki, reported the case to the Mahila police station.

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