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From Schools
Enthralling performance by schoolchildren 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
A variety programme marked the annual prize distribution function of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, here today. A Saraswati vanadana marked the beginning of the programme, followed by dances, songs and skits. A bhangra and a giddha were the main attractions of the programme.

As many as 180 students were awarded for excellence in academics, sports and co-curricular activities by the chief guest, Mr D.S. Mangat. Teachers who had shown 100 per cent results or excelled in any other field of education were also honoured on the occasion. The Principal, Mr H.K. Bhatia, read out the school report and listed the achievements of the institution.

Rally on pulse polio: A rally to educate public on the pulse polio drive was organised by students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here today.

As many as 250 students, holding placards and banners and raising slogans, passed through Sector 22. They urged the public to give polio drops to all children in the age group of zero to five years in special camps organised by the Health Department from time to time. Dr K.S. Rana from the Polyclinic, Sector 22, participated in the rally.

Christmas celebrated: Tiny-tots of Shishu Niketan Model School, Sector 22, celebrated Christmas on the school campus, here today.

A Christmas tree was decorated and Santa Claus distributed sweets among the children. The students danced to “Jingle Bells” and enjoyed the celebrations. The Director-Principal of the school, Ms S. Khorana, was also present during the celebrations. 



From Colleges
Students shown the way to a dream job at workshop 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
Tips on preparing a bio-data, sending a resume through the e-mail and creating a positive impression when appearing for an interview were discussed at a day-long workshop, “Way to your dream job”, on facing interviews at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, here today.

Organised by the Burning Brain Society, the workshop was conducted by Mr Hemant Goswami, author of “How to be successful in interviews”, He emphasised the need to search for employment in one's field of aptitude and interest.

Mr Goswami said while facing interviews, 83 per cent of the communication was non-verbal, through body language. He said positive body language came with a positive frame of mind and clear thoughts.

Mr Goswami also presented a copy of his book to the Principal of the college, Mr PS Sangha.

Speaking at the workshop, Mr Sangha said the present day generation was capable of producing miracles if guided in the right direction.

Alumni meet:The alumni meet of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, would be held on December 27 at 4 pm. All former students, interested in attending the meet, should intimate the college office or call 2747394 at the earliest, a press note issued by the college said.

Blood donation camp: A two-day voluntary blood donation youth motivation camp was inaugurated by Ms Shobha Verma,wife of the Governor of Punjab, Justice O.P.Verma (retd), at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today.

A multi-media presentation on “Dev Samaj College of Education—A College with a difference” was presented to highlight the role of the college in sensitising its students to social work. A street play highlighting the need for safe blood donation was presented by members of the Blood donation Brigade of the college.

Ms Verma reiterated the need to create awareness on blood donation among youth and lauded the role of the college in this direction.

The Principal of the college, Dr Satinder Dhillon, who has 40 blood donations to her credit, said teachers should motivate youth to imbibe this healthy practice.

Voluntary workers of the Blood Bank Society, PGI, conducted a workshop to dispel doubts and fears of students regarding blood donation. A movie, addressing issues like AIDS, misconception of weakness after blood donation and how blood can be donated every three months, was also shown.


Tribune in Education
Working moms and child development
Dr Prahbhjit Malhi

Tips for the working mother

  •   Put aside some exclusive time for the child
  • Choose child care-giver with care
  • If possible, avoid working in the early years of the child’s life
  • Arrange for adequate household help
  • Provide a rich variety of developmental learning experiences for the child
  • Involve your spouse both in household and childcare activities
  • Do not take out your frustration at workplace on your children
  • Avoid carrying home your office work
  • Remember, children are always the first priority

Social changes in the recent past, especially the increase in employment among women having young children, have altered many aspects of family life that have a bearing on child development.

Maternal employment may influence children’s lives in several ways. It may alter men and women’s investment in parenting by changing parents’ expectations about their children’s behaviour, by modifying parental styles or strategies of discipline and control, or by affecting parents’ perceptions and evaluations of their children.

Several studies show that children of working mothers who are committed to the parenting role, have better household arrangements and have supportive husbands and families show positive results, especially daughters. Children of working parents are exposed to less stereotypical models and are therefore more likely to have liberal sex-role orientation.

Daughters of working women have higher educational and occupational goals and are more likely to choose non-traditional careers such as law, physics, and mathematics. Daughters of women working in high-status jobs are more likely to grow up as independent, assertive and high in self-esteem. Part of the positive impact of mother’s employment on child development is mediated through an increase in father’s involvement in childcare. Several studies have shown that father’s early involvement in childcare is positively related to intelligence, academic achievement and social competence.

The results associated with maternal employment are more positive for girls than boys. Boys are more likely to have higher rates of emotional and behavioural problems, including non- compliance with peers and adults, temper tantrums, lower rates of frustration tolerance and increased hyperactivity and impulsiveness. This is probably due to the fact that working mothers have limited time and energy to actively manage boys who need greater control and supervision than girls.

Moreover, working for long hours and spending little time interacting with children, especially in their first two years, have also been found to be associated with less favourable cognitive outcomes. Pre-schoolers of working mothers have been found to have lower scores in tests of school readiness, vocabulary, and reading. These effects are more pronounced if mothers’ work full time and the child is getting poor child care facilities.

It is important to remember that as long as mothers have the necessary support to engage in effective parenting and spend quality time with their children it will lead to positive results. However, if the father helps little and his working outside home adds to the mother’s distress, work load, affects her well-being and time with her children then it inevitably leads to sub-optimal parenting and hence poorer results.



DAV team attends convention
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 22
A nine-member team of DAV Model School, Sector 15, attended the sixth international convention on students’ quality control circle in Lucknow from December 16. The convention concluded on December 19.

The team comprised principal Rakesh Sachdeva, two teachers and six students. As per the information reaching here, the students of DAV Model School participated in collage, poster and slogan making and debate. The paper presented by city schools was on “total quality in schools to be the light houses of society”.

As many as 2,700 participants from 22 countries and India participated in the convention. The delegates were from about 101 Indian schools and same number of international schools. The convention was held at City Montessori School. 



‘Outsider’ lawyers won’t be able to cast ballot
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 22
For the first time in more than 20 years, “outsider” advocates have been debarred from casting their ballot in the elections to the UT District Courts Bar Association to be held on January 16. Besides, advocates who have not cleared their dues for the past one year, have also been debarred from casting their ballot. The decision was taken by the executive body of the association as per its newly implemented constitution.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the president of the association, Mr Sajal Koser, said the association had adopted the constitution in 1999, but it was implemented this year only. The association had removed the names of about 600 advocates as per the constitution. Members of Kharar, Panchkula and the Income Tax Bar Association had been debarred from casting their ballot. However, they would continue to remain members of the association, he added.

“A total of 1,200 members are eligible to cast vote for the associations, Mr Koser said.

Besides advocates practising in the UT District Courts, those practising in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and the Punjab and Haryana High Court were also eligible to cast vote, he added.

Mr Koser said the security deposit for filing nominations to the post of president, vice-president and secretary was Rs 500, for that of joint secretary and treasurer Rs 300 while it was Rs 200 for the post of executive member.

“The nominations will be filed on December 23 and 24 between 10 am to 4.30 pm. The scrutiny will take place on January 2, while candidates can withdraw their nominations on January 3 till 4.30 pm, he said. The polling will take place between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm on January 16 under the supervision of the returning officer, Mr Atma Singh.

  • Dates for filing December (10 am to 4.30 am)
  • Nomination 23 and 24
  • Scrutiny January 2 (2 pm to 3 pm)
  • Withdrawal January 3 (till 4.30 pm)
  • Date of elections January 16 (9.30 am to 4.30 pm)



Man gets 1-year RI in cheque-bounce case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 22
A city resident, Mr A.K Jain, was today sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment and was also fined Rs 1.05 lakh by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal, in a cheque-bounce case. The cheque was for Rs 1 lakh. In case of default in the payment of fine, the accused will have to undergo three months’ extra rigorous imprisonment.

The complainant, Mr Ashok Kumar, had alleged that the accused had taken a loan of Rs 1 lakh from him for business. Later, the accused issued a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to him, but it was dishonoured by the bank.

NARCOTICS CASE: three persons including Devinder Singh, a resident of Brampton in Ontario, Canada, Ajay Malik from Sector 18, Chandigarh, and Lingraj from Orissa, arrested in connection with the recovery of narcotics worth Rs 50 crore, were today remanded in judicial custody by a local court.

POLICE CUSTODY: An accused, Devinder Singh, alias Koka, arrested by the UT police for allegedly helping the city’s most wanted criminal, Tota Singh, was today sent in police custody for one day by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal.


Naresh Batra gets anticipatory bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
A local court has granted anticipatory bail to city businessman Naresh Batra in the Batra family dispute case. He, along with other accused, were summoned by a Judicial Magistrate (First Class) on the basis of a complaint filed by city student Vikram Batra.

An Additional District and Sessions Judge asked him to furnish bail bonds of Rs 25,000, along with one surety of the like amount.

The Judge observed: “...a case was registered at the Sector 17 police station on almost the same allegations. In that case, the petitioner was allowed anticipatory bail. In my view, if the High Court did not think it proper to decline anticipatory bail to the petitioner, he should not, and cannot, be declined anticipatory bail in the complaint case.”



Golden look in vogue for parties
Monica Sharma

Party tips

Pamper yourself for the big bash. Try face packs prepared from ingredients drawn from the kitchen cupboard. Or go to a beauty salon, if you have the time. Just ensure to spend some time with yourself.

If dull skin is what you are suffering from, use a moisturising body wash or a soap to breathe life into it. Gently slough off the flakes. For a flawless-looking complexion, you need long-lasting foundation. Keep the effect dewy by applying a moisturiser first. Apply moisturising cream when the bathroom is steamy and your skin still damp from shower. You can also moisturise the face with glycerin or rose water.

Planning to end your blues at a Christmas party or New Year’s eve bash but your looks are making you think twice? Don’t worry. Get that sun-kissed complexion, or look like a silvery on-the-move mannequin carved out of marble. You can also cut footloose after looking like a golden diva. You can have tresses in matching hue with “hair mascara”.

Yes, you have guessed it right. Gold, silver and copper colours are the “in thing” for the party season of 2004. “Gone are the days when all you had to do was sit in front of a mirror and apply blush-on with a miniature brush before driving down to the bash,” says make-up artist Anju Khanna, working with VLCC’s International Look Centre in Sector 9.

“Now the things have changed. You just cannot apply rose on your cheeks before stepping out of your house. It is not enough. You can be sure of that”.

Explaining the trend, she says: “Students simply love that wild look created with help of different colours. That’s the reason why they are being offered 50 per cent discount for Christmas and New Year. In fact, some of the discotheque have tied up with us”

Giving details she says: “The shades lend that touch of magic to give you a stunning, shimmering and glittering look.”

If you are still not sure of the kind of make-up you wish to wear, Anju has some real nice advice to offer. “Golden looks go well with rust, red and green attires. So if you are wearing something in these hues, remember to highlight the cheeks with golden dust. Use rust blush-on and golden eyeliner, along with eye shadow of same colour liberally”.

Just in case you plan to wear pastels, including pink and blue, silver is the right shade for you. “It also looks good with grey and mauve,” she adds. “Getting that silvery look is not at all difficult. All you have to do is apply silver glitter on the cheeks, along with pinkish silver blush.”

For those of you having dark complexion, copper looks “simply gorgeous”. “Shades of copper bronze are used, which go well with dark complexion,” Anju reveals. If you find the process of getting your hair highlighted expensive, go in for “hair mascara”. You can acquire streaks to compliment your dress.



Tough being single on Xmas eve
Saurabh Malik

Can the stags — the message is not painted in bold letters over “gateway to happy hunting grounds”, but is vivid in the resolute eyes of burly guards standing outside discotheques organising Christmas parties.

Flashing their tobacco-stained teeth, the men-in-uniform always manage to stand in way of forlorn guys every time they attempt to barge in. Waving their muscular arms, they try to verify the antecedents. You are “decent” if you have a dame by your side. Else, you are a hooligan. The guards are confident about their opinion.

The reason is not hard to see. Incidents of violence have been reported to the police in the recent past. Just a few years ago, a youngster had actually pulled out a pistol after seeing the “damsel of his desire” cutting footloose with another guy.

Cases of drunken brawls in parking lots opposite discotheques are not uncommon. During the winter of 2001, two groups had also clashed in a market place. Cops had confirmed that the fight was an aftermath of an argument between the two gangs in a discotheque over a “gal”.

Little wonder, the “have-nots”, raving about their admission to “entry-for-singles-strictly-prohibited” zones, would have loved to advertise, “Wanted a partner for twirling around the polished dance floors in a discotheque on Christmas. Age, caste and complexion no bar”. But, unfortunately, no one would have taken them seriously.

So they are pressing the backlit keys of their mobiles with tired fingers for arranging partners. Among them is Harman. The teenybopper managed to “pick up” the much desired invitation card with “strictly for couples” neatly printed at the bottom after attempts to beg or borrow from “influential relatives” simply failed. But only to find baton-yielding guys blocking the passage, ruthlessly.

Last year also, it was the same story. Even though Harman and his chums in leather jackets over regular boot-cut denims managed to swipe passes to merriment, they were not permitted inside.

In fact, they had to wait with hope against hope in Chandigarh’s winter chill for hours together. “It is nothing but pure and simple discrimination between the haves and have-nots,” sobs Deepak Kumar, another partner-less college student. “Just because there is no damsel to hold my hand on Christmas eve, the doorway to celebrations is closed for me. This is just not fair”.

Turning around in anger, he utters, “Otherwise also, gals can enter clubs and discotheques without guys, while we are refused entry. This is not all. The guards also make it a point to act rudely. Just because we are unhooked, should everyone be looking down upon us?”

Deepak is not the only one cribbing about “the policy of intolerance towards unfortunate lonely creatures thrown into this uncompassionate creation”. His best pal Ashu is also facing a similar situation.

“It’s a tough world for singles,” he cries. “Charles Lamb was right in his essay on bachelor’s complaint against the behaviour of married men. Throughout the year, people eye us with suspicion. And now, when everyone is generous and benevolent, the doors are being slammed on our fraught faces. Tell us, please tell us, some place where we can go and loose our blues”.



Christmas spirit reigns supreme

The rehearsal hall of Tagore Theatre could not have looked better. It was the Christmas magic that seemed to have worked well, not only for the hundreds of celebrating students from the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), but also for the dead concrete of the space, which came alive with festivity this afternoon.

The occasion was a routine affair, made special by the indulgent design students, for whom time was no bar today, nor was extravagance of style. They came draped in their best outfits, ready to take on the winter chill. It was another matter, though, that most of them seemed to have been dressed for spring. Well, that has something to do with the youthful, warm spirit, which is bound less by seasons and more by style.

Santa was in attendance right at the entrance to the venue, which was dressed in Christmas colours. There was red and white all over — in balloons, in buntings, in ribbons and also in the snazzy, trendy sets of clothes, which vied with each other for the best slot. Finally Gagan and Shivani walked away with the cake, as they were declared the best dressed male and the best dressed female.

From garments to music — Christmas revelry was well packed. DJ Bhanu had no closet in the hall, but he was not at loss for melodies, which he mixed much to the delight of students. It was, however, the Punjabi vigour that ruled the music scene, with the gyrations getting stronger with the beat of the song. So while the bands of western boys waited to be played, Surjit Bindrakhiya, along with his entire Punjabi bandwagon of Jazzy B, Babbu Mann and others, commanded the dancers, who enjoyed thoroughly, unconscious of the movements they made.

In this more hip category of dance, the best titles went to somewhat hip people — Sandeep won the best male dancer title, while Urvi was declared the best female dancer. It was not a joke to come out flying from a host of dance contests like balloon dance, statue dance, paper dance, besides the more wild dance styles wherein the more you are out of sync with the beat, the better it is for drawing public attention. NIFD students, however, managed to balance their way through the show, which they obviously never wanted to end. — TNS



Santa paints the town red
Tribune News Service

Mr David Messey  with the huge Santa he has made in Mohali. Christmas-related decorations, which have been selling like hot cakes
Mr David Messey (left) with the huge Santa he has made in Mohali. Christmas-related decorations, which have been selling like hot cakes. — Tribune photograph Parvesh Chauhan. 

Mohali, December 22
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.... As the countdown for Christmas begins the city is acquiring a colourful look. While shops, institutions and hotels are trying to outdo one another in Christmas decorations, city schools too have joined in.

Delhi Public School’s local branch has ordered a larger-than-life Santa Claus from a Mohali-based company, Dolphin and Dolphin. The company, which has been providing Christmas and other festival-related decorations to the Sector 17 plaza shops for years, claims to have made the biggest Santa the city has ever seen.

Addressing mediapersons at a press conference held today , the owner of the company, Mr David Massey, said , “The Santa is 16 feet tall and the Merry Christmas arch is about 20 feet long.’’

Made on a 6 mm board and supported by wooden planks, the Santa’s beautiful red colour dress complete with the white fur and beard is painted with water proof colours to take care of the rain.

It took 15 days for four workmen, who worked round the clock, to come up with this unique creation. “In addition to the Santa are two boots, both over 12 feet and a massive Christmas star which is 14 by 14 feet. These are sizes which are very difficult to manufacture,” said Mr Massey.

Christmas-related decorations are selling like hot cakes in the city. Santa with his sledge and Rudolf cutouts remain the favourite followed by Christmas tree and its assorted decorations like bells, holy leaves, wreaths, stars, glitter balls and the red and white candy sticks. “Even Christmas cakes are being ordered by city residents. One does not have to be a Christian to celebrate Christmas. There is New Year and its just the festive spirit which catches on,” he said.

For children, religion comes later. Its the festival and the related festivities that are important. That is why everyone seems to be buying Santa outfits for children. Last year it was mainly the schools where children were dressed up for the festival. Now everyone wants to look Santa on Christmas. 



It’s my life
Flying is my dream

Abhinav Sharma Student of Class IX in St. Stephen’s School, Chandigarh
Abhinav Sharma Student of Class IX in St. Stephen’s School, Chandigarh.

I am Abhinav Sharma and student of Class IX in St. Stephen’s School, Chandigarh. I believe that to be ambitious is necessary to be successful and my aim is to become a fighter pilot.

After My Class XII I plan to appear for the NDA entrance test. For this I have already started working by joining NCC in school. NCC has inculcated in me a feeling of serving the nation with discipline. I have become a Senior Cadet, which is the highest rank that one can reach in school. I was also given a certificate for ‘well turnout,” which means that I am the most disciplined Cadet in uniform.

I have successfully completed my first leap in the sky in a microlight with Group Captain Ajay Dudeja. I am the only cadet in the entire platoon of II Battalion Chandigarh, to get an opportunity to fly.

My parents tell me that I have been interested in all things that can fly since the age of two. All the appreciation that I am getting today is because of my parents.

As told to Chitleen K. Sethi


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