N C R   S T O R I E S


‘Kaccha banyan’ gang strikes terror
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, February 29
About a dozen members of the ‘Kaccha Banyan’ gang wreaked havoc on three localities during one night in Modi Nagar—looting houses and injuring six inmates while the police just kept sipping tea.

In the workers’ colony of Umesh Park of Modi Steel, 10 to 12 criminals of the gang attacked the house of Vijay Singh on Saturday night.

Vijay and his wife Rameshwari were sleeping in the compound. They were injured with the sharp-edged weapons.

When their son Babloo and daughter Priya rushed to their parents’ rescue, they were also attacked with steel rods. Rameshwari is in a serious condition.

The intruders had taken away the boxes lying in the house containing Rs 5,000 and jewellery. The criminals who stayed in the house for over an hour are also said to have burnt some documents, including school certificates.

Their next target was a temple under construction. The criminals attacked some 15 workers in the temple. The contractor and workers were made captive. The miscreants deprived the inmates of their six wristwatches, Rs 2,000 and gold chains as also rings from mason Rajeev, Manoj, Vijay and Devinder. The temple security guard Rambir Singh was also attacked.

The assailants had reportedly got the door opened on the pretext of drinking water. As soon as the door was opened, the criminals attacked the workers and deprived them of their belongings and cash.

They also attacked the priest of a temple in village Nizampur and took away cash and other valuables.

The police have allegedly taken a lenient view of this incident. There is panic in village Sikri. While the victims were making complaint, the police were sipping tea.



Teachers not to do poll duty on ‘working days’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 29
A Delhi court today directed the Delhi Government and the Municipal school authorities not to depute schoolteachers for election duty on ‘working days’ so that the studies of students did not suffer. With the order, the Delhi High Court has refused to alter its earlier order directing that the teachers’ duty in schools be a must for the welfare of the children.

The Election Commission had approached a division bench comprising Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B D Ahmed, with a request to modify the court’s December 11, 2003 order in view of the coming general elections.

On December 11, the High Court had directed the State Government, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Council not to depute

schoolteachers for election duty, pulse polio, census and other miscellaneous work on working days so that the studies of students were taken care of.

The bench had also told the authorities, including the Central Government and the Election Commission, to sit together and chalk out the modalities as to how best such duties could be allocated in the long run without disturbing the studies of the children.

It was due to the early elections and also the paucity of time remaining for the general election, the EC thought it proper to seek a modification of the order for this poll. However, the judge refused to alter the order saying the services of the teachers could probably be utilised during vacations and other holidays, and added that anyway election days were always declared a holiday.

The court had earlier suggested the authorities to consider taking the services of other government employees, unemployed youth and college students for the task. The directions had come while the bench was hearing a PIL, filed through the principal of St Mary’s school who had taken up the cause, which opposed deputing Government schoolteachers on official campaigns because their absence was affecting the studies of the students.

Out of about 200 teaching days in schools, the Government schools generally had only about 100 teaching days. As a result, the pass percentage in the Government schools was 26 compared to 86 in public schools, it was claimed.

On November 1, the High Court had allowed the Election Commission to depute Government schoolteachers for election duty in the December 1 Assembly polls in the Capital.

The division bench refused to interfere with the arrangement made by the Commission, saying it was too late to make any alternative arrangements.


Hard knocks
22 women among 70 die in two months
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 29
As many as 70 persons, including 22 women, died in different accidents reported in the district during the first two months of the current year.

According to a report, most of the people died in accidents whereas five persons, including a women, died in the cold wave. As many as 18 persons died in the road accidents and other five in the rail accidents during January.

Similarly, as many as 160 persons, including five women, were injured during the foggy weather conditions.

On January 18, a canter carrying the members of a marriage party overturned, killing three persons and injuring 20, some of them seriously.

During February, as many as 12 persons died in different road accidents and 10 died in the rail accidents. As many as 50 persons sustained injuries in different road accidents. On February 16 last, two students of an engineering college of Ghaziabad (UP) were killed in an accident that occurred on the National Highway No 1 and one of them was a relative of a judge, Rakesh Kumar of Sonepat.

At least four persons, including a woman, were killed after being hit by the running trains.

Another woman was reported to have committed suicide by jumping before a train at Ganaur town on February 1 after a family quarrel.

At least 19 persons committed suicide during the period under review. They include 10 persons who had committed suicide during January. On January 28 last, a resident of Ridhao village allegedly killed his wife by the sharp-edged weapons as he suspected her fidelity.

Thereafter, he also took poison and ended his life.

In another case, a 35-year-old woman Mrs Farida along with her 22-year-old paramour consumed sulphas tablets and ended their lives after they had failed to marry.

As many as 15 persons died in the clashes that took place in different areas of the district during the past two months.

On January 3, a most wanted criminal Sanjay along with his associates had shot dead two persons Jasbir and Baljit while they were being escorted by the security guards at Butana village in this district.

On January 11, some unidentified armed persons had shot dead a youth Krishan in the field at Krewrwi village.

On February 14, Maman, president of the Brick Kiln Owners Association and a contractor was shot dead by some youths while he was at his kiln in Sehoti village. Similarly, Anil, a life convict shot dead two persons Krishan and Naresh at Salimar Majra village in this district recently.


Home truth
Roof over head, an inalienable right: CM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 29
The Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, has said that a roof over one’s head is an inalienable right of everyone and this right should be ensured.

Mrs Dikshit today announced this in the historical Jama Masjid at Urdu Park during the second Mahapanchayat where about 4,000 homeless had gathered today. She pledged that the government would incorporate the needs of the homeless in the development plan of five years and that such buildings would be constructed for the homeless that remained open throughout the year.

She also asked the AAI to compile a database of the skills of the homeless so that they could be suitably employed.

Mahapanchayat is a forum where a large family of the homeless–shelter users or non-shelter users–come together to share their experiences and discrimination they undergo in an alien land which they have to embrace due to compulsions.

The platform also provides the homeless an opportunity to demand their inalienable rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India. During the Mahapanchayat, a cultural programme was also organised where professional homeless artists, magicians, singers, and theatre personalities performed.

During the first Mahapanchayat at Zakir Hussain College on February 23, 2003, as many as 683 homeless people had taken part. On the occasion, the homeless prepared a charter of demands and decided that until their demands were met, the homeless would stand united and meet during the panchayat on Sunday last of every month, climaxing into a ‘Mahapanchayat,’ on the last Sunday of February.

And true to their resolve, all the 11 panchayats have been held without break, and today the homeless assembled for the second Mahapanchayat.



Property tax evaluation under fire

New Delhi: The member of the Standing Committee in the MCD and secretary of the BJP, Delhi Pradesh, has demanded that the corporation should not levy property tax under the Unit Area Method Scheme from the areas which have not specifically been classified by the Municipal Valuation Committee, under the provision of the DMC Act (amended), 1957.

He said that property within the left-out unclassified areas could not be taxed under the property tax rules in vogue as the amended Act had no such provisions.

The MVC happened to be the final authority to recommend classification for the purpose of determination of annual value of vacant lands and buildings into colonies and groups which were binding upon the corporation.

However, the MVC has no powers to transfer or delegate its powers, to classify any area not specifically covered under the recommendations, to any authority be it the Municipal Commissioner or the Municipal Corporation.

The member alleged that the MVC itself had admitted that its recommendations were based on incomplete data, besides it was given a very short period for finalisation of the recommendations. The recommendations of the MVC are, therefore, hypothetical, whimsical and finalised in haste under political pressure. TNS


Show of bravado
Consumers in harm’s way
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 29
An assistant engineer in the UP Power Company has not only been harassing consumers, but threatening them to boot.

“You know I am related to the Chief Minister. Nobody can harm me or even touch me,” has been his refrain while dealing with co-officials and public alike.

In the latest incident, a woman consumer had to bear the brunt of his bravado. An incorrect power bill was being sent by the UP Power Company to the house of one Pyush Goel in BSIS apartments in Sector-62.

Pyush Goel’s wife visited the UP Power Company’s office a number of times, complaining against the inflated bills, but the only response she got from the official concerned was, “we will look into it”. She has since been making payments on the basis of provisional bills.

Pyush Goel’s wife ultimately went to see the Dy General Manager of UPPC in Sector-16, Noida. Peeved by the women’s guts to complain against him to the Dy GM, the man caused a ruckus in Pyush Goel’s house,

“You do not know, I am related to the UP Chief Minister. Nobody can dare say anything to me,” saying this he had the power connection of her house disconnected.

The woman is also employed in a power company in Delhi and she told the UPPC official about it, but the man continued with his insulting behaviour.

As a last resort, the woman met the ex-chairman of Electricity Department R K Narayan who sent her to the Deputy General Manager, Noida. The Dy General Manager, Mr B B Singh, has now ordered an inquiry into the matter after giving the details to the executive engineer and the SDO concerned.


Sonepat voters being trained to use EVM
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 29
In compliance with the directions of the Election Commission of India, the district administration has launched a campaign to train the voters to use the electronic voting machines (EVM) in the Lok Sabha elections.

According to the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Mr M R Anand, the training programme had been in progress since February 24 in three assembly segments of Sonepat parliamentary constituency. It will be completed in Kailana Assembly constituency on March 16, in Gohana and Baroda (reserved) constituencies by March 4.

In the next phase of the training, Rai constituency will be covered from March 1 to March 12 and remaining two constituencies of the district, Rohtat and Sonepat will also be covered during this month, the DC said.

He informed that under this training programme, all the employees of the government departments, educational institutions in the towns and villages would be imparted training in the use of EVM while exercising the vote. The villagers were also being urged to assemble at the training places on the scheduled dates. The patwaris and gram sachivs have been assigned the duties to ensure participation of the employees, people and panchayat representatives in the training schedule.

The DC also informed that as many as 1,217 polling booths would be set up in 509 villages and seven towns of the Sonepat parliamentary constituency and out of these 1,006 will be in rural areas and 211 in urban areas.

The District police authorities have also been asked to identify the areas which can be sensitive from the election point of view and prepare a lists of such areas.


Vehicles seized to disrupt rally: HVP
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 29
A large number of vehicles, including private buses, canters, jeeps and taxis were impounded by the police in different parts of Sonepat district in a bid to prevent the workers of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) from taking part in the HVP rally at Jind. Mr Rajiv Jain, general-secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) in a press statement issued here alleged that the leaders of the ruling party were nervous with the growing popularity of the HVP supremo Bansi Lal.

The people were fed up with the government headed by Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, and wanted a change in government in the state, he alleged.

The rally, he claimed, would show that the people of the state were against the present government in the state and wanted a change in the government.

Supply of wheat to BPL families

Subsidised rationed commodities are being supplied to the families living below the poverty line (BPL) month through 346 fair price shops in Sonepat district. According to official sources, as many as 2,58,185 ration cards have been issued under the PDS in this district.

Of these, 2,21,967 ration cardholders belonged to APL category.

The Food and Supplies Department released 182.8 tonnes of wheat under the Antodays scheme, 9,735 tonnes for BPL families and 2,696 tonnes of wheat for other categories of people in the district.

Similarly, the department has also released 822 kilo-litres of kerosene oil for distribution among the ration card holders. Meanwhile, many depot holders have alleged irregular supply wheat for distribution to the cardholders in the district.


Pvt colleges should generate own resources:
Financial Commissioner
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 29
Participating in the annual prize distribution function of Hindu College here on Saturday, the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Education, Haryana, Mr M. L. Tayal, indicated that private colleges would have to generate resources on its own to run their institutions.

He gave such indications while meeting a delegation of teachers from private colleges.

A delegation of teachers of local private colleges had met Mr Tayal with their demand for the withdrawal of the government decision banning the release of financial aid to colleges.

According to the members of the delegation, Mr Tayal made it clear that the state government had decided to gradually reduce and finally halt all government grants to private colleges.

He also reportedly hinted that the government would also halt grants to privately managed degree colleges within the next few years.

He even suggested that the managements of private degree colleges should start making efforts to generate their own sources of income as the government had limited resources.

Disillusioned after their meeting with Mr Tayal, one of the teachers of the delegation remarked that it was clear that the government was moving towards large-scale privatisation of college education in the state.

“The career of the students and teachers will not be safe in this new process,” he said.

Another teacher remarked that halting of government grants to colleges would result in confining higher education to the students from the rich families. In the process, the students from the poor families would be deprived of the opportunities of higher education, he said.

“Under the new policy, a B.Ed student will be required to make annual payments upto Rs one lakh, whereas the annual expenditure of a degree college student will be between Rs 20,000 to 25,000,” he said.

Paying such heavy amounts would be beyond the reach of the poor Families, he added.

The teachers have planned to meet the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, during his visit to the district and put forwards their demands in this regard.

Five persons injured in group clash

At least five persons, including a couple, were injured in a group clash at Pai village, about 15 km from here last evening.

According to a report, all the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and were stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. However, no one has been arrested so far.


Double Murder
Village panchayat acquits ‘lover’
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, February 29
In a dramatic turnaround in the double murder case of two children by their mother in Bishan village on February 5, the social panchayat of the village today decided to acquit Ranbir, the lover of the accused woman, of all the charges.

It may be recalled that Kamla, wife of a CRPF jawan, Karan Singh, reportedly threw her two children in a canal near Beri village after being taunted for her illicit relationship with one Ranbir of the same village.

The woman said that she was fed up with the taunting of Ranbir, who had parted company with her about nine months ago.

A village panchayat, headed by Bani Singh, in a meeting held today decided to intervene in a bid to bring about a compromise between the two families. The panchayat maintained that Ranbir was innocent and did not have any affair with Kamla.

The panchayat formed a 15-member committee to prevail upon the family of Kamla to withdraw their statement about the illicit relations between Kamla and Ranbir, which led to the unfortunate incident.

The panchayat has been given the committee up till March 4 to consult with Kamla’s husband in this regard.

The panchayat has also directed that villager should not testify in the court in the case so that an amicable solution could be brought about between the two families.



NCR briefs
Nav Sankalp rally to show popularity of INLD
Our correspondents

Jhajjar, February 29
The ruling INLD is all-set to make its ‘Nav Sankalp’ rally a grand success in the town on March 2. Senior party leaders, including Mr Sher Singh Badsami, Revenue Minister Dhir Pal and district president Nafe Singh have been putting all their efforts to rally the people to attend the rally in great numbers. Youth wing president of the INLD and Bhiwani MP, Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, has undertaken an intensive tour of the region including visiting Badli, Bahadurgarh, Beri, Sampla and Hasangarh to mobilize the people for the rally.

Addressing the party workers in Bahadurgarh, Mr Chautala claimed that the road show of the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, has turned out to be a flop show.

He accused the Congressmen of trying to woo the electorate in the name of Nehru-Gandhi legacy. He said that the HVP was the ‘B’ team of the Congress while the BJP would be rejected in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Meanwhile, a large number of vehicles have been seized for ferrying the INLD party workers for the rally. According to reports, hundreds of trucks, tempos, jeeps and other vehicles have been impounded by the police for the rally.

338 cases settled in Lok Adalat

Bhiwani: As many as 39 cases pertaining to death and injury arising out of accidents under the Motor Vehicle Act was decided at the Lok Adalats held at Bhiwani, Siwani and Loharu. A sum of over Rs. 63.81 lakh was awarded as compensation in these cases. At the same time, 338 cases under various other Acts have also been decided. The Lok Adalat was held under the chairmanship of the District and Sessions Judge, Mr. R C Bansal, whereas Additional District and Sessions Judges Kuldip Jain, Lalit Batra and Neena Chaudhary, Amarjeet Singh from Siwani court and Praveen Gupta from Loharu court were among those who were present in the Lok Adalat. Mr Bansal said that out of 338 cases, 39 cases of accident claim, 3 cases related to Hindu Marriage Act, 41 civil cases, 41 criminal cases, 69 revenue cases were settled.


Delhi digest
Lok Adalat disposes of 17 cases at Palika Kendra
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 29
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) under the aegis of the Delhi Legal Service Authority organised a Lok Adalat at Palika Kendra to dispose of cases pending in various courts. The Additional District and Session Judge, S.C. Malik, settled 17 cases across the table. These cases were pending in various courts for more than 15 years.

Cong meet highlights govt’s failures

A public meeting was organised by the All India Congress Committee, Purvanchal Cell, at the AICC headquarters to highlight the failures of BJP-led NDA government.

It was attended by thousands of slum dwellers from different parts of the city. The meeting was attended by senior Congress leaders including Oscar Fernandes, Mukul Wasnik, Prem Singh and Anil Shastri.

The Congress leaders highlighted the anti-poor policies of the BJP. The BJP has been a big failure in the conduct of the security and the foreign policies of the country.

Prem Singh and Anil Shastri charged the BJP leadership of exploiting the voters in the name of caste, community and religion. They said that the BJP and its associate parties are least concerned with the problems of the common man.

Free eye check up camp

The Tarun Mitra Parishad, an NGO, organised a free eye camp at Vatsalya Play School, Laxmi Nagar. The Delhi Finance and Rural Development Minister, Dr. A. K. Walia, inaugurated the 32nd camp by lighting the lamp.

Appreciating the efforts being made by the Parishad since 1975, he said that government could not do all the work without the help of social organisations.

Mr Manoj Jain, the general-secretary, outlined the various activities of the Parishad. He said that 33rd eye camp would be organised at Greater Noida on March 14. All patients will be provided free medicines, boarding, lodging, meals and lens.


Anti-encroachment drive
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 29
The officials of the anti-demolition squad removed a number of encroachments at Kharkhauda town, about 19 km from here last night.


A smooth creamy lip colour that suits the Indian skin

Lakme has launched the Lame ‘Enrich’, LipColor. This special range of LipColors combine the benefits of lip care and innovative colour technology especially suited to the Indian skin tone. The lake ‘Enrich’, LipColors are special combinations of emollients, which deliver rich and moisturised colour in one stroke. These LipColors are Vitamin E enriched and contain natural fruit extracts for a smooth creamy lip colour ensuring effortless and smooth application.

Pre-payment meter

The HPL Socomec has introduced pre-payment meters in single and Three phases with up to 60 Amps. The pre-payment meters comes with salient features like Smart Card based system with encryption for security complies with ISO 7816, Multiple tariff options available, Automatic power cut off control system based on available credit and Communication through optical mode.

Talk and Click

LG Electronics has launched the RD 7230; the first CDMA based smart video-cum-camera mobile phone. RD 7230, a symbol of style, is the most advanced video camera phone, comes at a competitive range.

The salient features of the phone are video camera phone with up to 40 seconds motion picture clips, still shots up to nine sequential still shots, 700 photographs memory and 30 video clips, 262,000 TFT colour screen for enhanced and vibrant colour images.

For your locks

Oriflame, the Swedish cosmetic company, has introduced Super Control Styling Gel from its Professional Hair Care System range. The gel is yet anther addition to the Oriflame’s Professional Hair Care System. The new styling gel when added to damp or dry hair gives added volume and texture while conditioning and adding shine to hair as it styles. Thomas Ekberg, CEO, said: “The new addition to our system is the result of our extensive research and development to brings to our customers the best. The new styling gel completes our entire range.

Feel your pulse

Axe has introduced its internationally successful fragrance ‘Pulse’, in the Indian market. It is fresh, bold, distinctive masculine and energetic fragrance with long lasting effective deodorant protection to keep you feeling fresh and groovy wherever you are. Pulse is all about spontaneous and uninhibited dancing and is based on the key insight. ‘Women find men who dance well – attractive’.

Enticing fragrance

Dolce and Gabbana has launched a fragrance, which is forceful and radiant essence that is ready to explode with the power of a volcano and shine with the intensity of the sun.

The top note is intensely alluring where sensuality and heat of the Mediterranean vibrate in unison, the vivacity of Sicilian bergamots embraces the spontaneity of honeysuckle in a radiant symmetry. At the heart is a shimmering pulse of jasmine infused with black pearl rose and hibiscus.

Cotton collection

Arrow has launched a new line of 100 per cent cotton-nits collection. The range covers Polo T-shirts, Piques, Jerseys and Auto Stripers that are part of the increasingly popular knits range. The line is launched under the sub-brand – Arrow Sport. The range is made of 100 per cent in sporty finishes, Indigo knits, soft washes, fine fabrics and a sophisticated palette. The America’s Sport range offers a series of Khakhis, Indigos and peached fabrics. The range is supported by peached tussore trousers with cool styling.

Watch out

Swiss watchmaker Tissot enthuses the mood of young and vibrant women by introducing its new watch Cocktail, a heady mix of a timepiece and a bracelet. The Cocktail range adopts the modern tonneau shape and has sleek polished stainless steel curves. This new wrist ornament comes with an adjustable bracelet, for a close fit on the wrist. The Tissot Cocktail range is available with a diverse choice of coloured dials, such as lapis-lazuli, acqamarine, silver, black and mother-of-pearl.

Family encounter

Suburbia, an exotic and stimulating family rendezvous, launched with great fanfare with the likes of Iqbal Khan of ‘Fun2shh’, fame who was there to launch the Urban Lounge, present on the occasion were top-notch Delhi socialites and models like Parul Chowdhry, Tina Chatwal, Ramneek Piantal and Mandira Wrik.

Suburbia owner Gurvinder Singh said after the success of the T’zers made us come up with the idea of the market.

More power

Kinetic has announced the premium motorcycle ‘the limited edition Kinetic Aquila’. The cruiser with a 250cc v-twin engine that gives 26 BHP of power has been in great demand. After the first two import quantities sold out in a matter of days, and the demand did not subside, Kinetic has finally announced that a third limited quantity will now be available for sale in select cities in India. The Kinetic Aquila has been a showstopper from the word go. The success of the Aquila implies that it is time to ask the question - What is a motorcycle really?

Football team jersey

Adidas has launched the Indian football team jersey. It is the first ever Official Indian Team jersey that Adidas is launching in India. The new Indian football team jersey was launched by Adidas India brand ambassador and Indian football team caption, Baichung Bhutia. Adidas India Marketing Limited is the kit sponsor of the Indian football team and also supplies the Official Matchball for the Indian National Football League.

Hair colours

R D M Traders has launched in India @ more, exclusive international range of hair colours. The new introduction in the hair colour segment is made with safety and goodness of natural ingredients like mango oil and wheat germ oil with less ammonia. This is India’s first of its kind hair colour range having essences of mango oil. These natural ingredients enhance the quality of hair and improving its growth.

Active wear

Thermal Innerwear has further evolved the innerwear market by introducing for the first time Neva Active Wear, an exclusive range of multipurpose inner and outerwear for men. This new range is designed using predominantly fibre of natural origin making the fabric soft in feel, absorbent, breathable and suitable to be worn for exercising, gymming, jogging and leisure wear purposes. Catering to college-going youth between 16-25 years, Neva’s active wear range is a perfect blend of premium quality, attractive designs, unmatched comfort and affordable prices.


Birla Vidya Niketan children enthral viewers

It could not have been a more mesmerising show than what was put up by the tiny-tots of the Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar, during their Appreciation Day on February 21 on their school premises.

The day was meant entirely for the tiny-tots of nursery and KG, who in fact took all the guests by surprise with their outstanding performance. It also reflected the kind of effort and hard work, which the teachers of BVN had put in with the almost 600 kids for the stupendous show.

What good thing that the school did was to have separated the shows put up by the children of KG and Nursery, which also reduced the crowd at the school and left the tiny-tots less tired than what they would have been in case of combined show. Besides, the parents of the kids also got ample opportunity to witness the show put up by their wards.

The programme started with the invocation to the god in form of a song—‘Aaja Mere Prabhu Mere Dil Mein’. But what took away the breadth of the audience was the rendering of the famous ‘Do Re Me Fa So La Ti To’ by the students of KG. The performance was definitely something, which left all with awe and the kids with a thunderous applause.

In between, the KG students also put up other fabulous items, which included rhythmic dancing, aerobics and a small play of Snow White and the Seven Drawfs.

The chief guest for the function was the Regional Director, South, Directorate of Education, Mr D.S. Pandit. While lauding the students, he also appreciated the effort put in by the school authorities to reduce the burden of bags on the students. From the forthcoming session, the school authorities have decided to provide all the students with lockers on the premises, which help in reducing load, which the students carry to and from school every day.

To laud the efforts of their students, the members of the Managing Committee of the school were also present.

Annual Day

“We should nurture the roots of our children with love and affection rather than make them like Bonsai’s where we have to cut the roots of plants to make them decorative for our drawing rooms,” Swamy Chinmayanand, Minister of State for Home said while addressing the parents and students at the Annual Day Function of the Amity International School, East Delhi at the Amity Campus, Noida. Speaking to the august gathering, he called upon the teachers to make education independent and disciplined to help students reach the height of success. Today, the meaning of meditation lies in control of voice words, sensuality and tendencies and to maintain harmony between them and to make a disciplined student in an education system, he said. Dr Ashok K. Chauhan, Founder President of Ritanand Baldev Education Foundation said, “Our form of education is a blend of traditions and modernity and therefore mere education will not lead a student to success, but it is necessary to have the right attitude and behavioural skills to make it to the top.

New Governing Body

Under the auspices of the president of the DSGMC, Mr Prahlad Singh Chandok, general secretary Harbhajan Singh Matharu, president Shiromani Akali Dal, Delhi, Paramjit Singh Sarna and a galaxy of senior members, a new governing body was bestowed to SGTB, Khalsa Boys Senior Secondary School, Dev Nagar constituting Inderjit Singh Khalsa as Chairman, Santokh Singh, Senior Vice-Chairman, Ravinder Singh Chandok, Vice-Chairman, Apinder Pal Singh, Manager and Arvinder Singh Chhatwal, Assistant Manager.

Overnight session

The students of Ryan International School along with their teachers had an overnight session of The Astronomy Club (Star Gazing Night) held on February 21 and 22 at village Nah in Haryana. The children spotted various constellations like Usra major, Orion, Canis Major, Hydra, Corvees and several zodiacal constellations. They observed Saturn and its rings, Jupiter and its three moons and the Beehive cluster through telescopes.

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj greeted

The Darshan Academy at Kirpal Bagh celebrated its 7th annual day function on February 22. On the occasion, H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj was congratulated and felicitated for being awarded two honorary doctorates in Peru during his tour in South America. One of the awards was for his work for World Peace, Unity and Global Harmony. The other award was for his effort in bridging science and spirituality and facilitating human unity through communication.

The function began with a presentation of the annual report by the Principal, Mr. R. David. The programme comprised a musical performance having beautiful short skits and dances performed by the budding talents, based on the theme “The Awakened Soul” depicting the journey of soul travelling in different stages.

Annual function

First Step Pre-Nursery School, Darya Ganj, celebrated its annual function in Hindi Bhawan auditorium. Additional Director in Health Ministry, Dr Shiv Lal, was the chief guest on the occasion. He praised the children for their performance in the function. The special guest on the occasion was Chairman of Managing Committee of Jain Bharti Model Senior Secondary School, Rohini, Rajiv Kumar Jain, who addressed the students and asked their parents to give the best education, but do not forget culture of the country. Children of First Step Pre-Nursery School during their annual function.
Children of First Step Pre-Nursery School during their annual function.

Kids’ carnival

The Vivekanand International School at IP Extension Patparganj organised the biggest “Kids Carnival” of East Delhi in which more than 4,000 children and parents and grandparents participated the show. Mr. R.L. Ahuja, founder of the school, welcomed one and all for the show. Children till the age group of 14 years contested as healthy baby, photogenic baby, fancy dress, dance, drawing and colouring, painting etc. Ex-cricketer Maninder Singh was the chief guest. He appreciated children’s performance and advised parents to encourage their wards for adopting outdoor games for their mental and physical development.

He also emphasised and advised parents to contribute positively in making children confident, honest and good citizens of the country. Later, he distributed prizes to the winners. All he participants would be getting certificates from the school. The event was designed and executed by Mrigaya and compered by Swati Ravi for the school. Coochies, Janak Storers, Fisher, Barbie, S.S. Educational aids, Usha Brita, Tupperwear, Pidilite, Pooja coloure lab and studio etc were the sponsors for the event.

Exhibition of techno projects

The Manav Sthali School, R-Block at New Rajender Nagar held a techno project exhibition “Techno Era” on February 27 on the school premises. Founder of the school, Dr V.K. Bhatnagar inaugurated, the exhibition. The introduction of foundation education in technology is a new vision in the filed of education the founder who has always emphasised the importance of technology from grass root level. The exhibition is being conducted under the expert guidance and support of Mrs Mamta V. Bhatnagar, founder principal and director of the school.

Learner’s castle

The Learner’s Castle celebrated its Grand Annual Fiesta 2004 at LTG Auditorium in the city. The fiesta saw some brilliant performances by the tiny-tots of the school in front of the large audience.

The programme started with welcome song performed by the children simultaneously followed by balloon flying. The programme proceeded with a speech by principal of the school with an oath ceremony for the teachers. The teachers pledged to give their best in shaping the young minds and striving to make them responsible citizens of the society. The main attractions of the function were fusion dance items, religious songs, lay and fashion show performed by the enthusiastic kids. Principal of the school, said: “We have been organising such events to inculcate competitive spirit. I am happy to say that many a parents have come forward with their kids to participate on this day and made it a success.”

Fun and Frolic Camp

The Delhi Public School, Indirapuram organised a camp “Day-Night Fun and Frolic Camp” on February 21 and 22 for students of classes V, VI and VIII.

The highlights of the camp were Fashion Parade, Group Dance, Tiug of War, Origami and Musical Chairs. Activities, like mask-making, collage work and on-the-spot drawing, singing and dance competition were a great hit. The attraction was Camp Fire at night and screening of the movie-Independence Day. The children were full of excitement and happily participated in various fun-filled activities. It was a wonderful and enriching experience for the children as well as the teachers. This was evident by children’s smiling faces as they went back home reluctantly.


Develop the right attitude for the tough times

THE final countdown has begun for the board classes as well as for other students appearing for their final school exams. It’s that time of the year when students are buried under mountains of textbooks, notes and files. The student lives in a different world altogether. Everything moves out; television, movies, music, even gossiping with friends. Whatever, little conversation that does exist, is the million dollar question – “What extent of the syllabus have you covered?”, and the anxiety goes on and on.

The most important factor that distinguishes those who succeed in any venture and those who don’t is our attitude. A number of us live with an ‘instant coffee attitude’. We want to reach the summit but lose heart when things go wrong. ‘Don’t go into a cocoon’. Sensible time management and proper planning can work wonders. Do not be cowered down by pressure. Be an optimist and firmly believe that success and happiness comes to those who have a ‘bread making attitude’. I will cite an interesting example that I recently read, to tell you what ‘bread making attitude’ is. Those who are willing to knead the dough, wait for hours for it to rise, only to punch it down and knead some more, wait for some more hours for it to rise again, finally bake it before it is fit to be eaten. Nothing comes without patience and perseverance. For every endeavour whether in academics, music, sports it is a hard long journey that leads to glorious success. Remember, if you think you are beaten, you are. Never give up. Try and try again and success will be yours. I would like to suggest certain guidelines that might help to de-stress you.

1. Break the syllabus in small portions.

2. Make small notes on chapters or underline important information.

3. Set practical deadlines and make sure you meet them.

4. 15 minutes of physical exercise is very essential – walk, cycle, stretch or yoga.

5. Good posture is important as backaches reduce efficiency.

6. Don’t keep off totally from your favourite music or TV show – relaxation of 15-20 minutes serves as a stimulant for further hard work.

The goal of life is not only to achieve some mythical point of perfect materialism, for no such apex exists. The goal of life is simply to work hard to become better than what you were yesterday. Live your dreams and remember that your parents and teachers are always there for you.

All the very best for your exams.

Madhu Chandra, Principal, Birla Vidya Niketan


Ravi, Bajaj star in C’wealth Cricket
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 29
An all-round display by Ravi Lekhi (2 for 13, 115 n o, 5x6, 14x4, 69) and deadly bowling by S Bajaj (4 for 42, including a hattrick) helped Foreign Correspondents Club defeat Ministry of External Affairs by six wickets in the Commonwealth Cricket Tournament for the Raymond Trophy at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Scores: Ministry of External Affairs: 210 in 29.3 overs (Sanjeev 51, Kirpal Singh 52, Pramod Garg 24, S Bajaj 4 for 42, Ravi Lekhi 2 for 13, Ayanjit Sen 2 for 35).

Foreign Correspondent’s Club: 211 for 4 in 25.2 overs (Ravi Lekhi 115 n o, S Bajaj 33, Ayanjit Sen 37 n o, M S Bisht 2 for 20).

Suresh, Sanjay shine in league

Fine knocks by Suresh Batra (125, 17x4, 2x6) and Sanjay Sharma (78, 10x4) and devastating bowling by Aditya Jain (4 for 28) helped Dena Bank defeat Daryaganj Gymkhana by 138 runs in a Super A Division match of the DDCA League at the Yamuna complex ground.

Scores: Dena Bank: 275 for 7 in 40 overs (Suresh Batra 125, Sanjay Sharma 78, Sumit Singh 4 for 30). Daryaganj Gymkhana: 137 all out in 37 overs (Kshitij Bhardwaj 24, Aidtya Jain 4 for 28, Mahesh Sood 2 for 12, Kartar Nath 2 for 23).

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) defeated Food Corporation of India (FCI) by 24 runs.

HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | National Capital |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |