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Chitkara International School inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
A project of the Chitkara Educational Trust, Chitkara International School, Sector 25, was inaugurated by the Education Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, here today.

Offering state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities, the school will give its students the option of choosing between the International Baccalaureate course, an internationally recognised curriculum, and the Central Board of Secondary Education pattern of education.

Spread over 5.5 acres, the school will open admission from tomorrow. Initially, the school will begin with four classes, from pre-nursery to Class I. “By the next academic session, the school will be operational till Class VIII,” said Ms Madhu Chitkara, chairperson of the Trust.

The Principal and Academic Mentor of the school, Ms Marga Buhrmann, said the school was the only institution in the region offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the IB course.

However, while the maths and science subjects would be the same as those being taught abroad, the social sciences curriculum would be modified to suit the Indian standards and needs.

“We have got our space and building designed keeping in mind the needs of the curriculum and requirement of open spaces,” Mr Mohit Chitkara, Vice-Chairman of the Trust, said.

The school would have Rs 15,500 as one-time charges at the time of admission in addition to Rs 24,500 as charges of the entire year, inclusive of mid-day meals which would be provided on the school campus.

The Project Director, Great Schools, New Jersey, Mr Prakash Nair, said the curriculum offered a framework that met several needs of the children, including academic, social, physical and emotional. “The idea of such schools following the international curriculum is to provide the child wholesome yet challenging education,” he added.

“Chitkara International School is being registered with the International Baccalaureate Programme, Geneva, from the primary stage,”Mr Raj Mohindra, CEO of Mahindra United World College, Mumbai, said while giving details of the IB course.


Pressure mounts on girl for compromise
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
After humiliation and depression, Parul Sharma, a Class X student who was hit by her school Principal during the assembly, is now grappling with pressure. “Everybody is forcing us to work out a compromise with the Principal. They don’t realise what I have been through. I was hit in front of the whole school for absolutely no fault of mine. And, the Principal has admitted that he was wrong,” she says.

Having missed her second exam at school today, a distraught Parul claims she is trying to concentrate on studies and put the incident behind her. “I am unable to forget what happened that morning, and to top it, pressure is mounting on me to give in and compromise. Initially, the police insisted on that. Now, teachers from various government schools got together to plead the Principal’s case,” she claims.

After meeting the District Education Officer, who is the inquiry officer in this case, Mr Satya Prakash, the girl’s father, said,”She told us that the Principal was sorry for what he had done and asked us what we wanted. I told her we wanted nothing less than termination, especially since the Principal had not stopped levelling baseless allegations against me.”

He adds that a written complaint against the Principal has already been submitted to the DEO. “The DEO said it would take time and we are willing to wait. Meanwhile, whether it is the Parent-Teacher Association or the Government Teachers’ Union, they are all trying to come to the rescue of the Principal instead of condemning the incident,” he claimed.

Today, the Sharmas had five members of the GTU visiting them at their residence with the one-point agenda of a compromise.”I told them we were not interested and that we wanted justice,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the family had a “chance encounter” with members of the PTA. “They came out strongly in defence of the Principal. I told them I had nothing to do with the PTA or its members since they had ganged up against a parent rather than siding with him. They kept harping on the need for a compromise, which I turned down without mincing words,” explains Mr Sharma.

In fact, they were critical of the fact that Mr Sharma went to the media before approaching them and apprising them of the incident, claiming that the case was being blown out of proportion.

Meanwhile, the DEO has finalised her report on the incident after getting the student’s version. The report will be sent to the DPI (Schools), Mr D.S. Mangat, for action.


‘Say no to big cars’ rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
School children of Chandigarh will take out a “Say no to big cars” rally against big cars tomorrow under the banner of the local branch of the Indian Council for Environmental Education (ICEE).

According to Mr Vikas Kohli, general secetary of the ICEE, the rally will commence at 11 a.m. from D.A.V. Senior Secondary School, Sector 8C and pass through Sector 7, Madhya Marg, Press Chowk and back to the school.

According to Mr Kohli, big cars were accentuating parking problems of the city, causing more pollution and road accidents besides leading to congestion on city roads.


District Courts
Badals’ suit against Amarinder adjourned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 9
A recovery suit filed against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, by a former Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his son Sukhbir Badal was today adjourned by a local court to February 10.

The case came for hearing in the court of the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal. The Badals had sought Rs 5 crore as damages along with interest for allegedly defaming them through advertisements in newspapers.

The Badals had alleged that the advertisements had wrongly conveyed a message that Mr Badal had mortgaged the state’s interests in the SYL canal, besides the future of Punjab farmers, Haryana Chief Minister in lieu of a gift of 22 acres in Gurgaon worth Rs 500 crore.

Defamation case

A defamation case filed against Mr Badal his son Sukhbir Badal, former SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar and Mr N.S Minhas by the Deputy Planning Commission Chairman, Mr R.R Bhardwaj, was today adjourned by a local court to February 7.

Mr Bhardwaj had filed a case against the Badals and the others, alleging that they had defamed the Congress throug media reports.

CA furnishes surety bond

A Chartered Accountant, Mr N.K Garg, who had been granted bail by the Supreme Court in connection with an alleged scam related to filing of income tax returns on the basis of fake TDS certificates today furnished a surety bond of Rs 50, 000 with a surety of the same amount in a local court.

CBI told to file reply

Acting on an application moved by counsel for the accused in the Beant Singh assassination case for the supply of the scientific aid with which a scientific officer had examined the signature and handwriting of the accused, the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge today directed the CBI to file a reply in the case by February 20. Counsel for the accused had also demanded enlarged photographs of documents examined by the scientific officer.


Bhajan contest held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 9
Rhythmic notes of bhajan filled the air as believers of Dev Dharma came from all over the region to attend the third day of Dev Dharma Mahotsava. Bhajan and jai dhwani were followed by lectures on scientific advances in spirituality and ultimate objective of Devatma. The Bhajan competition was also held.

Addressing a gathering, Dr Vinod C. Khera said according to Devatma, human soul was a part of nature and was governed by the laws of nature, including laws of evolution and destination, besides law of change.

He added that Bhagwan Devatma had analysed human soul in the same was a human body has been analysed by medical researchers.

A majority of human miseries resulted from the “diseased condition of human soul”. Mr Baldev Singh also spoke on the occasion.


‘Hasya kavi sammelan’ tomorrow

Chandigarh, December 9
The municipal corporation (MC) is organising a “Hasya kavi sammelan” as part of the golden jubilee celebrations at the Tagore Theatre on December 11. A spokesman of the MC said prominent artists participating in the kavi sammelan included Surinder Sharma, Kumar Biswas, Nanju Dixit, Vaneet Chauhar, Bhushan Ragi, Sardar Rattan Singh Merthi, Varinder Tarun, Chachondh Gianpuri and Amjum Rahvar. TNS


An evening of fusion music

“Music with a Message” is the theme of artists from both north and south of India coming here on Wednesday to present a unique presentation of fusion music to promote international peace and harmony.

The concert will be held at the PCA stadium in the evening on the occasion of the opening of the 52nd annual conference of the Neurological Society of India at the PGI.“It is for the first time that music from the south and the north and also from the overseas will be presented in a concert on one platform”, said Subhash Ghosh who has directed the presentation. The concert begins with a vedic mantra before combining itself with azan. — TNS


Sify launches video-conferencing

Sify Limited has launched its video-conferencing service, ‘iMeet’, at its iWay chain of cyber cafés across the country.

The service was inaugurated with a video-conference between Mr Arun Shourie, Union Minister for Information Technology, Communications and Disinvestment, in New Delhi and Mr Vivek Harinarain, Information Technology Secretary of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, last week.

Commenting on the launch of the new service, Mr Arun Shourie, said, “An affordable video-conferencing service is a major initiative for a country like India. I believe it will revolutionise the way consumers and business people communicate with each other according to the occasion or need. This is something India can be proud of, as very few countries in the world have such a service available for the masses”.

“This is likely to have the social and business impact that STD booths had when they became available everywhere. In fact, it will be a boon for businesses, saving them time and money, while enabling important discussions without having to travel. Consumers can also regularly meet loved ones in distant cities. I am happy that Sify has brought this service to India, that too at an affordable price of Rs 5 a minute,” said Mr Harinarain, commenting on the launch. After the inauguration, the service was launched in Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar.

Mr Ramaraj, MD and CEO, Sify, said, “The true potential of the Internet lies in its multi-media capability. Making this available widely at affordable prices will greatly benefit both consumers and businesses.”

The service is available at over 100 Ways across 24 cities and will be scaled up to 350 iWays in 40 cities in the near future. As the concept finds acceptance, it will be made available across the chain of over 1200 Ways in the country. — TNS


Solutions for split-end blues
Monica Sharma

She keeps her hair tied up even when she goes out for parties wearing dazzling lurex tops over boot-cut trousers. The reason is not hard to see as Tanya is of the firm opinion that split ends develop fast if you leave your hair untied.

Tanya is not alone. There are others who are tired of split ends. If you too have to rush to a beauty saloon after every two months for getting your hair trimmed to get rid of split ends, here is some good news.

Available over the counters are leave-on conditioners which promise to banish the problem of split ends — at least this is what Creative Training Manager of L’ Oreal Mel Roy claims. He was in Chandigarh on Tuesday to talk about the “latest treatment of damaged undernourished hair and scalp”.

He says, “Spa treatment is the right solution for you. But if you cannot visit a beauty saloon for it, just drive down to the market and buy `no rinse treatment mask for hair”.

Giving details, he asserts, “Dry weather and constant exposure to dust are the culprits that cause split ends. A good quality leave-on conditioner forms a coating on the hair, preventing dirt and pollution from settling down”.

Otherwise, if dryness is your problem in the winters, shift to gels, pomades and creams. They add to the moisture content of your mane. You should always remember that spray-on styling products are good, but leave the hair dry.

Also, use a good shampoo or a mild soap. A harsh shampoo or a soap can cause a great deal of damage to your crowning glory.

Another thing. Do not bleach or perm hair. Bleach deprives your hair of moisture. But in case you have bleached or highlighted your hair, then go in for shampoos specially formulated for your kind of hair.

For getting rid of dandruff, oil hair well half an hour before the bath. Then mix one teaspoon of lime with amla juice. Rub the blend on the scalp with lime peel turned inside out. Leave for some time before shampooing. Mr Roy, however, insists that shampoo is no cure. “It just does no eliminate dandruff, but solves the problem to a great extent by rebalancing the scalp. 


It’s my life
Success through creativity

I belong to a middle class family and was born and brought up Chandigarh. My father is a businessman and my mother is a housewife. My father always gave me the freedom to choose my career. I completed my schooling from Model School, Sector 16, in Commerce. But soon I realised that I was not interested in this field. As a child too I was always inspired by famous personalities and wanted to be like them. But I didn't know how to find that first step that could take me to towards my goal. After plus II I realised that a creative field was was what I was looking for. Destiny had planned this path for me so I came to know about the B.Sc degree course in Fashion Design.

Thus I took admission in the course at NIFD. I know that there is a lot of struggle involved to make a name in this field but I also know that I am not made for those boring 9 to 5 desk jobs. This field gives me opportunity to exploring my hidden talents. My aim is now to complete this course and become a famous designer but as experience is a must. So I would like to work under a famous designer. I am a happy go lucky person and believe in destiny. So lets see what fate has in store for me. I will think about marriage at a suitable time after I have achieved something in life. I love doing all the creative work and I know I am on the right path.

As told to ASP


‘Ethos-Swatch Festival’ from today

Ethos, a watch showroom, is organising “Ethos-Swatch Festival”. The festival is being celebrated to mark the arrival of the Fall-Winter collection of Swatch. Under this collection, Swatch is launching the “Touch series”.

During the festival period, customers would be entitled to take part in a lucky draw on making purchases. The winner of the lucky dip will get a trip to Switzerland.

The draw will be held on December 30. Besides, there are gift hampers for every buyer of a Swatch. The festival will begin on December 10 and end on December 25. — TNS

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