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Stress on need to develop critical thinking in students
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
He begins with the basic knowledge, introduces the background of the subject to the students and then motivates them to confront doubts by framing their own questions in a "manipulative way" so that subsequent discussion may follow. Their interests are so motivated that they probe into and try going beyond the classroom study. This is, perhaps, what makes Vancouver-based Dr Roland Case different from some of his Indian counterparts.

Professor of Curriculum and Social Studies in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Dr Case was in Chandigarh for conducting a six-week workshop at Vivek High School in Sector 38.

Sparing a few minutes from his busy schedule to talk to this correspondent, the Professor asserted, ‘‘The work is still teacher-directed here. Curriculum is of no use if the learners cannot use the information’’.

Giving details, Dr Case asserted that ‘‘more group involvement among the students should be encouraged. Questions coaxing the students to think should be framed. Something more than bookish knowledge should be imparted to the students’’.

Dr Case said evidence showed that students when exposed to critical thinking scored better than the ones taught through traditional methods. Highlighting the importance of ‘‘critical thinking in education’’, he asserted that it occurred when "the people were making up their minds about what to believe in and how to act. It was judging the best options’’.

The Professor added that it included the development of methodology within the parameters of the curriculum so as to develop a community of critical thinkers.

He further asserted that critical thinking opened the windows of learning and gave opportunities, besides a different perspective to teaching, which in turn became more interactive and fulfilling.

Elaborating on his arguments, Dr Case said the four stages of critical thinking, included creation of a community of critical thinkers, provision of critical challenges, teaching the tools and then assessing the tools.

Dr Case is also on the board of directors of Critical Thinking Consortium — an association of school districts, post secondary institutions and teacher organisations working to support critical thinking from kindergarten to graduate school.

He is also the editor of several series of publication, including Critical Challenges Across the Curriculum — a collection of 20 teaching resources for the critical thinking in different subjects.

Dr Case has helped over 10,000 educators in Canada. This year he was honoured with LB Daniels award for his work in support of critical thinking.


Fusion dance enthrals audience
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
As the thumping beats of reverberating music echoed against the decked up walls of Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, students dressed up as Japanese twirled around the stage during the annual day celebrations of Tender Heart School’s kindergarten section.

For the parents and teachers reposing on the comfortable seats, “Tender Symphony — 2K3” unfurled a “panorama of music and dance”. They stood up to applause as the KG class girls performed Japanese dance.

Dressed up in silk kimonos, they danced with boys clad in hand-painted dragon shirts The foot tapping fusion dance enthused spectators with the spirit of fun.

The show started with tiny tots capering to the Hawaiian music. It was followed by mock PT brigade where the young innocents performed different exercises to foreground the need for keeping oneself healthy and fit. Popular fairytale ‘’The Wizard of Oz’’ was also enacted by kids. The function ended with a song presentation by class II students. Convener of the ICSE group of schools Harold Carver was the chief guest. 


Fancy dress show at school
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 18
A fancy dress competition was organised at St Soldier Divine Public School here today to mark Christmas. The school wore a festive look as it was decked up for the Christmas celebrations. The tiny tots were dressed up as stars, Santa Claus, Christmas Tree and Shepherds. All participants were congratulated by the Principal of the school and a special word of thanks was given to the parents for making the event a success.

After the fancy dress, a concert was put up by the students depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. The school choir sang different carols to make the atmosphere jingle.


YPS alumni to celebrate Xmas
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 18
Members of the Old Yadavindrians Association, the Alumni Association of the Yadvindra Public School, here will celebrate Christmas in the school on December 24.
The celebrations will include a scintillating dance and musical evening with DJ Saibal. Other than this, there will be over a dozen prizes for the best dancing couple, the best dressed couple, best solo dancer etc.

The association is planning to set up an office in the school this year and a large number of activities too have been lined up for the coming year when the school turns 25.

As many as 500 old students of the school are expected to participate in the get-together. The schedule for the elections to the OYA executive body will also be announced at the same evening. Coupons and invitation for the evening can be collected from Rahul Malhotra (Phone 9815275353) or Gurinder Kamboj (0172-3103040).


Songs, skits mark conclusion of NSS camp
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
The first year NSS volunteers presented songs, jokes, poems and skits at Punjab Engineering College (PEC) on the concluding day of an NSS camp. Yoga exercises were also performed earlier in the day.

The college Principal, Dr Baljeet S. Kapoor, lauded the efforts of the volunteers who, he said, worked with enthusiasm towards empowering the weaker sections of the society with micro-financing schemes. The scheme involved different projects, including pickle making and stitching.

During the camps a rally was also organised in Janta Colony. It was aimed at spreading awareness about drug abuse, AIDS and literacy. Plays were also staged. The volunteers also played a cricket match. Dr M.L. Gupta was the officer in charge of the camp. Others who assisted in organising the camp included Ms Shobana Diwan, Mr Rajiv Gupta, Mr Satyendra Singh and Ms Anju Singla.


UGC-NET admit cards despatched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18 
The office of the University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET), Panjab Uni-versity, has despatched the admit cards of candidates who are appearing in the examination on December 21, an official press note said here today.

Students who have not received their admit cards for the local centre can contact Dr Lalit Bansal, Department of Correspon-dence Studies, along with two attested photographs. December 20 will be a working day.


High court
Chief Engineer told to visit Sukhna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Taking up the “save the lake” case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, headed by Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy, today asked the UT Chief Engineer and city resident Dr G.S. Dhillon to visit Sukhna Lake.

Dr Dhillon had earlier claimed that he was associated with the Sukhna Lake since its inception in 1958. Taking a serious view of his letter regarding the lake, the high court had directed its handing over to UT counsel.

In a related matter, a Naya Gaon resident Dr B. Singh in a petition had alleged that urbanisation done in the Haryana area was a scandal similar to the Taj Heritage project. 


Frame uniform policy for garbage removal, Admn told
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
A local court today issued a notice to the UT Administration and Medical Health Officer, Municipal Corporation acting on the Public Interest Litigation(PIL) filed by a city-based advocate, Mr H.S Awasthi, directing the authorities concerned to frame uniform policy to remove the garbage and waste in the city. Mr Awasthi has also pleaded for retraining the employees of the Municipal Corporation from harassing the public without any directions.

Memo submitted: The NGO Lawyers for Social Reforms today submitted a memorandum to the UT Deputy Commissioner, the Registrar Authority against the decision of the UT Administration to collect fee from the public for providing information about the ownership of motor vehicles registered with the UT Motor Vehicle Registering authority.


Police remand for five in murder case
Our Correspondent

Kharar, December 18
A local court has remanded five persons, who were arrested here yesterday in connection with a blind murder case, in the police custody till December 22.
The suspects were produced in the court of Mr R.K. Khullar.

The police had pleaded for a five-day remand claiming that questioning was needed to find out if any other person was involved in the crime and to ascertain what had been used to commit the murder.

The police had yesterday arrested Ram Rattan, Gurpreet Singh, Harpal Singh, residents of Badali village, Rajinder Singh, a resident of Chuni Kalan village, and Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Kahlewal village, on the charge of murdering Deputy, alias Dhaku, on November 29. The body, which had been buried in the fields, was recovered on December 4.


Heavy dose of comedy in offing

From the makers of “Sazaye Maut”, “Satyakatha”, Khamosh, “Parinda”, 1942 A Love Story, “Kareeb” and Mission Kashmir, here comes a hillarious and heart warming saga ‘Munnabhai M.B.B.S’ in association with Entertainment One. Vir Chopra presents this Vidhu Vinod Chopra production which has a baseline. ‘‘No tension...... Apnu hai na....’’ This film will released today at Jagat, Chandigarh and Fun Republic, Manimajra.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the maker of path-breaking film ‘Parinda’ in 1989 is amongst the earliest to attempt slick senisible films within the format of popular cinema, is back this time as a producer with this film. Nagpur born adfilms, documentaries, TV serials and music video maker Raj Kumar Hirani makes his debut in Bollywood as a feature film director.

Laughter, they say is the best medicine. Love Munnabhai says works even better. Who is Munnabhia? A tough as nails tapori with heart of gold. The bulging biceps and coarse language conceal a gental giant who only wants to spread smiles. He hugs people giving them jadu ki jhappi.” Sanjay Dutt, a perfect mix of machismo vulnerability, intensity and humour is Munnabhai MBBS.

Sunil Dutt returns to the silver screen after 17 years to play father to his real life son Sanjay Dutt. Gracy Singh, Jimmy Shergill, Boman Irani, Arohad Warsi play important characters alongwith Rohini Hattangadi.

The story and screnplay is by Raj Kumar Hirani, Lajan Joseph and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, cinematography by Binod Pradhan, dialogues by Abbas Tyrewala and art direction by Nitin Desai. Rahat Indori and Abbas Tyrewala has penned the lyrics for music composer Anu Malik. Vir Chopra is the creative producer.

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Dileen Mehta and Seema Kar, producers of TV serials ‘‘Aamrapali’’ and ‘‘Salakhon ke Peechhe’’ enter Bollywood with their debut fantasy film ‘‘Fun2shh’’ — dudes in the 10th century . The film, full of comedy will be released today at K.C., Chandigarh and Fun Republic, Mani Majra.

‘‘Fun2ssh’’ marks the debut of another writer-director Imtiaz Punjabi of ‘‘Dastaan’’ and ‘‘Choodiyan’’ serials fame. The star cast includes Anuj Sahani, Raima Sen, Netanya Singh and Iqbal Khan. Paresh Rawal, Kader Khan, Gulshan Grover, Farida Jalal and Ashish Vidhyarthi support the lead star cast. Preetam Chakravarti (Jeet-Preetam team) has composed the music. — DP


Cassette released
Our Correspondent

Kharar, December 18
The debut cassette of Karma Kabulpuri ‘Chalo Sangto Hansali’ was released by Sant Baba Ajit Singh Hansali Wale today.
The cassette contains seven devotional songs, including a duet and has been marketed under the banner of Hofsy.

The music to the songs has been given by Harpal Sanehi and the songs have been written by Bhatti Bhariwala, Labh Chandawli, Tirath Teur, Bant Mundi Kharar, Azad Mianpuri and Pamma Sidhupuria.


Fashion Fundas
Colour your hair, look debonair and go for the kill
Geetu Vaid

RED, copper, gold, burgundy, mahogany — well, we are not talking about the shades of a designer collection, these are the colours that have literally gone to the heads of Indians. Be it celebrities, the Gen X or the not-so-young, colour is ruling the crowning glory. The city, too, is not lagging behind as far as the number of coloured manes is concerned.

Fusion streaking, highlighting, lowlighting... there are a whole lot of options available for those who ‘dare’ to go for colour. A visit to various saloons and parlours and a talk with colour experts makes it evident that the ‘daring‘ breed is increasing every day. What used to be a behind-the-closed-doors Sunday activity of those wanting to conceal their age till recently is now a fashion statement.

But do our young chameleons know about the pros and cons of this fad? Tossing this damage-to-hair talk aside with their burgundy-streaked tresses, Swati and Shilpa, both engineering students, say: ‘‘It looks cool and peps us up. So what’s the harm?”

“As long as one looks after hair well after colouring it, the quality of hair will not go bad. Hair may dry out a little, but regular oiling would keep the dryness under control. It is a myth that colouring ruins your hair,’’ say Salim Ahmed of Tress Lounge and Pramod Dewan of Headmasters. 

However, using colour that is too harsh, or leaving the colour on for too long, using harsh shampoos will damage hair. But the natural hair that grows out will be just as healthy as it always was, and the only portion that will get damaged is the coloured part. So don’t believe that your hair will get ruined for life after colouring it! In fact, if your hair is too oily, get it coloured to balance it out’’, says Pramod. 

Khushbu, a budding model says: “In this profession everyone is going in for coloured tresses. It was kind of mandatory.

But I’m particular about taking care and retouching routine. This is a bit of a hassle but the admiring glances and the assignments make up for the effort that I put in.

So how does one go about it? Komal of Tress Lounge says: “The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to highlight strands, or if you want to colour your entire hair. Both look good. Highlights tend to look good on straight hair, but if your hair is curly, you could opt for colouring your entire hair’’.  Highlighting hair is, of course, easier on the hair, as only selected strands of hair are coloured and not the entire hair, she adds.  The Magi lift series requires less prelighting. Therefore, there is no need to bleach making it good for streaking.

Streaking in gold, red and copper and bronze shades is the trend of the season. This look, however, comes for a price as crown streaking can set you back by anything from Rs 600 to 800 and overall streaking costs Rs 1200 to 1500, while for retouching be ready to shell out Rs 200. Though the permanent colour lasts for six months, retouching is advised in two to four weeks.

This makes several youngsters to pick up hair colour packs and try to do it on their own. A wide variety, including L’OReal, Wella, Nutrisse etc are available in city stores in various shades.

The ones with ammonia are permanent colours and those without ammonia are semi-permanent, says Salim.

As far as choosing the right shade is concerned, complexion is key to making the right colour choice, says Pramod. Those with ivory or creamy complexion can be as adventurous as they like. However, those with pale pink-toned or ruddy complexion should choose neutrals such as ash blonde, ash brown or dark brown and avoid red tones. A sallow (yellow toned) skin will be energised by rich autumnal browns, auburn or dramatic blue-black shades. Those with dark skin can create fabulous effects with hair extensions or weaves, using reds, coppers, plums and burgundies.

Guys, too, are not much behind girls in this regard, says Pramod, who does hair of celebrities like Harbhajan Mann and Sardool Sikandar. The colours for them are the same though some like to go in for funky green and blue.

So what makes handsome city hunks don a coloured crop? Raghav, an MBA student from Panchkula, says he had highligted his hair as “no one likes to look plain. For me it was a statement of my attitude.” A stickler for change, he plans to replace copper with dark mahogany in the coming months.

Why should guys not try new look? asks Arnav also an MBA student. It is just like having a new outfit but sadly the impression generally is not too good. “I want to try this out now. Maybe after getting a job and getting married I won’t be able to do it at all. Moreover, guys also have a fear of losing hair, so might as well do it... ‘kya pata kal (hair) ho na ho!’

Care for coloured hair

Use specialised shampoo and conditioner. All hair dyes whether permanent or not, fade. The culprits are oxidation (unavoidable) and the sun. So your first line of defence is to cover up (products that contain sunscreen can help a bit, but they’re not enough.) Use a gentle shampoo, then condition as much as possible without making your hair go limp.



It’s my life
Be true to yourself

Smreti, MA (English) student

I lay the foundation of my life on ‘being true to myself and optimism in all endeavours’. I consciously attempt to make a chart of my strengths and weaknesses in all activities I undertake.

Sizing up my personality traits has helped me make a choice in my studies and to decide the future line of action. I did Bachelors in Advertising. I thought this would be best complimented with a Masters in English. I have realised that advice from parents and teachers can help clear doubts that a youngster faces while making choices.

Advertising is a field where creativity and strength of language are a must for success. My enrolling for MA (English) has helped me in many ways.

I always try to be respectful to others. Giving respect to others ensures that you are respected by them. Respecting elders ensures their blessings which always stand you in good stead in life.

As told to Sanjeev Bariana


Pears from USA, a healthy option 
Manoj Kumar

Pear nutrition facts

* Natural source of quick energy due to high amount of fructose and glucose.
* Pear is a dense food providing more nutrients per calorie.
* An excellent source of potassium, necessary for maintaining heartbeat.
* A pear, with skin provides about 4 gm of dietary fibre.
* Rich in carbohydrates that is helpful in weight reduction. 

The young and the old trying to keep their figures in shape can now have an American pear (nashpati) a day, as it contains low cholesterol, sodium and is free from saturated fat. Fresh USA pears would help in reducing weight, says Mr Keith Sunderlal, Country Representative, the Pear Bureau Northwest (PBNW), as carbohydrates that make up 98 per cent of its energy, is helpful in weight reduction diets.

Priced at Rs 75 to 100 per kg, these pears would be available at different departmental stores in the city in beautiful packs — in green and red colours. The traders are already importing about 20,000 boxes of USA pears in the country that are available at Ludhiana, Delhi and other towns. Marketed under the brand name of "USA Pears" eight major varieties of pears, including Green Anjou, the green/yellow-green, egg shaped pear would be available throughout the year.

He further added, "As consumers in the region are very conscious about their diet and are willing to spend on nutritious food, it would be a key market that we wish to tap. To promote USA pears as a convenient anytime, anywhere snack, we will introduce products like pear packer and pear slicer which are reusable and designed to add more convenience to carry and slice pears."

Indeed customers are getting Indian pears (babugosha and nashpati), but they lack in taste and packaging. These are mostly coming from Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir, but the imported pears would taste ‘‘differently’’. Already a number of retail chains in Delhi and Bangalore are selling the fruit.

Mr Sumit Saran, promoter of the fruit, claims the delicate flavour of the fresh pears and ‘‘melt in mouth’’ texture has earned them the nickname of ‘‘butter fruit’’ world over. In addition, pears are also low in calories, rich in important food values and their tender skins add necessary fibre to one's diet.

How to check a ripe pear? Says Mr Saran, ‘‘Apply gentle thumb pressure near the base of the stem. If it yields slightly, your USA pear is ripe and ready to eat. When ripe, it is sweet, buttery, tender and filled with juice. It is also then ready to store in your refrigerator until you want to eat it. The firm unripe pears do not ripe under refrigeration," he adds. 


Don shimmering stoles

If there is any one example of winterwear that has taken this winter by storm is the glitter stole-cum-shawl. Adorned by almost every woman who is attending weddings or even going out for a simple morning walk, these shawls are the latest winter fashion statement.

Available in unbelievable range starting from a paltry Rs 250 to something as high as Rs 1,200, these glitter shawls will catch your attention not only in formal parties but also in the market places and offices.

‘‘The best part of the stole is the glitter in it. I love wearing it in the sun outside in the day when I go to college which brings out the glitter the best and of course it is a stunner when worn in the night specially at well-lit weddings,’’ Purnima Joshi, a college student says.

Currently the stole is available mostly in dark colours like black, brown, crimson and steel grey. ‘‘Depending on the quality, the shawls are available in most affordable ranges. Then as one goes higher in quality, the colours are richer and brighter. The next lot of shawls which have arrived are ones with golden and silver borders to add to the glitter,’’ said Mr Manjit Singh, a shop owner in Mohali.

The glitter shawls are made not of wool but of a synthetic fibre to which a synthetic glitter is weaved in with machines. However, with limited warming capacity, these shawls, however certainly cannot be used as any protection from chilly cold nights.

These are available in various sizes but the most popular is the stole size. ‘‘The stoles are more comfortable and easier to handle. Such stoles I had seen in the USA and I guess it is from there the fashion has caught on from in India. Surprisingly, these stoles are not seen in Hindi films as yet,’’said Geetanjali, a Panchkula resident. — TNS


Realising dreams with dint of hard work
Ruchika M. Khanna

He stands alert outside the swanky Pizza Hut outlet in Sector 26 for almost four hours each night. Come rain, winter, spring or summer — 19–year-old Gauri Shankar Gupta is always there, greeting the pizza lovers as they come out and offers them what they would most need after a hearty meal-chooran and supari.

But this is not all that this Computer Science student does. Before his daily stint near Pizza Hut, he has a three-hour shift selling his peppy chooran in Sector 19-C market, and this is after he has finished his regular classes in college.

When most youngsters his age are busy blowing up their dad’s money on girlfriends, clothes or other personal accessories, Gauri Shankar Gupta is working not just to finance his own education, but also his kid brother’s education and to supplement his family’s meagre earnings. A student of B. Sc. Second Year, Computers, at Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, he is a perfect example of how to fight all odds with will and determination.

Son of a migrant labourer from Bihar, Gauri Shankar says he did not want to be dependent on his father, he wanted to help him out in sharing the family’s burden. “From a very young age, whenever I would see my father struggling to make both ends meet, my own determination to get a good, job would become strong,” he says.

His father, Mr Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, an assistant carpenter, could not have financed his education beyond matriculation. So the young chap, after taking Rs 7,000 as loan from his father, began his own business. “ Earlier, my brother-in-law used to sell chooran and supari, and he knew of some wholesale dealers in Chandigarh. He introduced me to them and after buying the stuff, I started the business. I attend college in the morning and after college, I sell chooran, supari and cigarettes. Not only have I managed to pay back the loan, but also manage to make a monthly profit of anything between Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000,” he informs.

His mannerisms are his USP, a fact evident as one sees him greeting his guests and offering them the choices of suparis.

At times Gauri Shankar can be seen studying outside Pizza Hut, while waiting for his clients. This effort enables him to score around 60 per cent marks each year. He says that once he graduates, he will take up a job and go in for higher education side by side .

“Once I settle down, I can hope for a better future for my kid brother and my parents.” He says he learnt early in life that hard labour never goes unrewarded, and thus he never fell to the vices, which could have helped him make a quick buck.

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