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Mohali Diary
Kids carnival at Spring Valley School
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 6
Kids carnival was organised at Spring Valley Public School here this week. A baby show and a free medical check-up camp were also held as a part of the carnival. Dr K.S. Behgal, Behgal Hospital, Mohali, led the team of doctors who examined the students. Among those who won prizes in the baby show were Harman Arora, Mehtab Singh, Naaz, Fairy, Harshdeep, Dilsher Walia, Gurmehak, Ekam, Kirat, Rahul Arora, Ekam P Sandhu, Mansi, Ustatt, Tanvi Pandu and Divjot.


A seminar on “Integrated Development of SSIs through NSIC”, was organised here last week by the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC). The NSIC had recently set up its regional office here. Founded by the Government of India in 1955 to promote the growth of the small scale sector both within the country and abroad, NSIC through its various schemes caters to the diverse requirement of the small scale sector in the country.

The seminar was attended by Mr Ranvir Uppal, president, Industrial Association of Chandigarh, Mr. P.D. Mongia, president, Laghu Udyog Bharati, Mr S.K. Harjani, president, Chandigarh Industrial Association. The programme evoked a good response from small scale industries. The Regional General Manager of NSIC, Regional Office, Mohali, apprised the industrialists about the impact of globalisation, rapid change in the market scenario and threats to the SSIs.

Prize distribution function

Guru Gobind Singh Vidya Mandir, Ratwara Sahib, celebrated its third annual prize distribution function here. Students of the school took part in various cultural programmes organised during the function. The annual report of the school was read by the Principal, Ms Gurnam Kaur Grewal, who also highlighted the achievements of the school. A vote of thanks was proposed by the Director, Dr Tejinder Kaur Malhotra.

Kirtan darbar

The Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology and Gian Jyoti Public School here jointly organised a kirtan darbar on the campus this week. The kirtan darbar was attended by thousands of devotees from Mohali. Famous ragis regaled the devotees with shabad recital. Guru ka langar was also served to the devotees.

National Science Day

The National Science Day was celebrated by students of Shastri Model School, Phase I, here. As many as 50 students displayed their models. Among those who won prizes include Amandeep, Tejinder Dimple, Nita, Manisha, Daisy, Pushpinder, Swati, Nancy, Menka, Prabhjot Vipul, Sunil, Deepak, Ankur, Poonam, Anwinder Kaur, Harmandeep Kaur, Neha and Ramandeep Kaur.

Meanwhile, EECON, an organisation for promotion of science, engineering and protection of environment celebrated the National Science Day at Government High School, Phase 11, here this week. In pursuance of the decision of the Government of India, the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, to celebrate the year 2004 as a ‘Year of Scientific Awareness’ and to celebrate 28th February as a ‘National Science Day’ in memory of India’s Nobel Laureate, Dr C.V. Raman, 40 boys and 27 girls and their teachers attended this audiovisual and interactive presentation. The Chief Executive, EECON, Mr Kuldip Singh, elaborated on the life of Dr Raman who got Nobel Prize for his Raman Effect. Dr Sadnek Singh gave an audiovisual lecture for an hour and showed more than 50 presentations on the computer.

Farewell party

A farewell party was organised at APJ Public School, Mundi Kharar, this week. Students of Class X were bid farewell by the Class IX students. The function organised on the occasion was inaugurated by Ms Uma Sharma and Ms Saroj. The Principal, Mr Jasvir Chander, wished the students success in life.

SP’s e-mail

Mr Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, SP, Mohali, has created an email account of his for the public. Any person who wants to lodge complaint or provide information can use this address. The email address spmohali@yahoo.com will be opened by him only and the information provided will be kept confidential.

Kang inaugurates project

A project of the Soil and Water Conservation Department to replenish receding water table was inaugurated this week by the Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Sports Minister, Punjab, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, this week. This is as part of the Punjab Government’s scheme of underground charging of the rainwater in the Kandi area of Choti Bari Naggal village of Ropar. Addressing the gathering, Mr Kang said underground level of water was receding 30 to 50 centimeters every year, which was a matter of concern. He added that this project had been started from Majri block of Ropar under which excess rain water of water harvesting dams of Siswan, Parol, Majri, Bardar and Choti Bari Naggal villages would be recharged at a cost of Rs 1 crore. Under the scheme rainwater accumulated on roofs of industrial houses, offices, school, government and private offices would be collected and recharged into the ground. On this occasion, Mr. Kang disbursed cheques among 22 beneficiaries for making houses. Earlier he presented a cheque for Rs 80,000 to the Sarpanch of Salamatpur village under the Rajiv Kalyan Yojna for development works.

Shabad gayan at New Jyoti School

It was also time for the students of Nav Jyoti Model School, Phase-II, Mohali, to say goodbye to students of Class X. The students of Class IX put up a great show as the hosts. The function started on a religious note with a shabad gayan, which was followed by cultural programmes. The students also enjoyed themselves when they got the titles from their juniors. In the end Principal, Mr J.S. Bedi, gave his blessings to the students which was followed by a dance party which was enjoyed by teachers and students.


The Principal of Yadvindra Public School here administrated oath to the new office-bearers who promised to work efficiently and dutifully. The school council has chosen the following students as the office-bearers for 2004: Head Boy — Tejinder Singh; head Girl — Nehmat Kaur; deputy head boy — Randhir Seemar; deputy head girl — Kanwal Baidwan, co-curricular captain (boys) — Abhinav Goel; co-currcular captain (girls) — Jasleen Kaur; boarding house captain —Randhir Seemar; boarding house prefect — Navjinder Sekhon; boarding house prefect — Ather Nisar; aitchison house captain (boys) — Rameshwar Singh; house captain (girls) — Ruhi Mann; house prefect — Ashmeet Singh. Nalagarh house captain (boys) — Harman; house captain (girls) — Sugandha Kashyap; house prefect —Gagandeep Boprai; Patiala house captain (boys) — Sahir Gill; house captain (girls) — Karanpreet Cheema; house prefect —Rajan Galhotra; ranjit house — captain (boys) — Ajay Singh Chabba; house captain (girls) — Jasleen Kaur Gill; house prefect —Anaadi Jamwal; tagore house captain (boys) — Varsimran Sinh; house captain (girls) —Aashmeet Bedi and house prefect —Manjeev Sethi.

Workshop on traffic rules

A workshop on traffic rules was held at YPS School this week. The workshop was conducted by Jagjit Singh, in charge, traffic police, Mohali and the Sub-Inspector, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, in charge, Traffic Education Cell, Ropar.


Rohit Gulati of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II, here won the first prize in the quiz competition organised at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. Students from many schools in Chandigarh had participated in the competition.

Jasdeep is Mr Gian Jyoti

It was party time at Gian Jyoti Public School, as students of Class XI bid farewell to students of Class XII. The school wore a festive look, and students were geared up to enjoy the event. Jasdeep Singh and Jasmine were selected as Mr Gian Jyoti and Ms Gian Jyoti respectively. Mr Munish K. Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, Income Tax, a former student of Gian Jyoti Public School, was the chief guest. The Principal, Mr Ranjeet Bedi, gave a farewell speech to the outgoing students.



Tiny tots regale grandparents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Two-day festivity at Ryan International School to mark Grandparent’s Day ended today. The students presented a colourful programme much to the amusement of their grandparents.

A puppet show, a skit, story narration and chorus recitation were the highlights of the celebrations. The tiny tots took the audience to the world of toys, chocolates and toffees through their laudable dance programme.

The grandparents participated with enthusiasm in “antakshri”. The chairman of the School, Dr A.F. Pinto, and the Director, Ms Grace Pinto, were present on the occasion.


Haryana board prepares for exams
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 6
The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the forthcoming matriculation and senior secondary examinations of the Haryana Board of Secondary Education.

According to official sources, examination centres for Class X and Class XII have been established at Government Senior Secondary School, Barwala, in the Panchkula zone. Similarly, centres have also been set up in Morni.

The centres for three matriculation, senior secondary and vocational studies have also been set up in Sector 10 and Jainendra Gurukul Senior Secondary School here.

While Class X examinations are scheduled to be held from March 13 to 25, examinations for Class XII will be held from March 12 to April 7.


British Library language seminar for teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The British Library has announced a seminar for English teachers to be held on March 9 and 10 at DAV Public School, Sector 8-C. The seminar, to be jointly organised by the British Library, Chandigarh, and the English Language unit, British Council, Delhi, will focus on the use of literature texts to enhance communication skills of learners.

The seminar will train teachers on how to integrate texts with the teaching of communication skills in the classroom. This will make teaching of English language holistic and creative, thus helping learners express themselves effectively in English.

The British Council aims at providing professional training and development to primary, secondary and tertiary teachers of English across India.



CBSE to start fashion studies in Class XI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued detailed guidelines to its affiliated schools to introduce fashion studies as an elective subject in Class XI and Class XII. The students would, however, have the option of choosing the new subject along with other subjects.

Being started across the country as part of a programmee to introduce skill-based courses, the subject can be opted by students in Class XI — beginning from the new academic session this year. The curriculum has been designed in coordination with the NIFT.

The Regional Officer of the CBSE, Mr P.I. Sabu, said the guidelines were being forwarded to the affiliated schools. The interested schools would have to contact the Director (Academics) at Delhi. The CBSE had stated that the board would publish its own books for use by the schools.

To maintain the standards, selected schools would be asked to employ qualified teachers from the NIFT or those with a three year diploma in fashion designing or an MSc with clothing and textiles with three years of teaching experience.



Hamara School
AKSIPS encourages curiosity and creativity among students

EXCELLENCE is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than others think safe, dreaming more than others think practical and expecting more than others think possible. This has been the philosophy of Ms Ajit Karam Singh, who cherished Ajit Karam Singh International Public School as her dream project.

Established by the National Educational Development Trust in 1983, Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS), Sector 41B, is affiliated to the All-India Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. Education is provided to the children in the age group of 2-1/2years to 17 years ie pre-nursery to Class XII.

The school is equipped with the latest educational teaching aids like audio-visual aids, computers and educational toys, which develop the motor and sensory skills of the students. These are extensively used. The school is constantly making additions to improve the facilities and make them up-to date. It has spacious classrooms, a well-stocked library, laboratories, a gymnasium, playground and an auditorium,. The school has recently constructed a new building on 3 acres of land in Sector 45, Chandigarh, and another 2 acres in Sector 65, Mohali, to open its branches, which will be operational from the coming session 2004-2005.

AKSIPS aims not only in acquisition of knowledge but also the awakening of curiosity, stimulation of creativity, development of right interests, attitude and values and building of essential skills. Students are encouraged to read with understanding and enjoyment various books besides curriculum textbooks. As many as 19 batches of class X have passed out till date. The results have been excellent throughout, with students figuring in the merit list and scoring high grades. With a glance at the results of the CBSE (Class X) in the year 2002-2003, Jaspreet Kaur scored 90.6 per cent and Gaganjot Singh scored 90.6 per cent, Gaurav Gupta, Uday Sharma, Gaganjot and Ishat Singh were awarded 0.1 per cent certificate of merit in Science recognising their merit and outstanding performance at the Secondary School Certificate Examination.

Besides imparting academic skills to the students, the school encourages students to become responsible citizens to face competition. The school also guides and takes special care to inculcate discipline so that it becomes a way of life.

Under the magnanimous guidance of Mrs Jagjit Sekhon, Principal of the school, students have been performing exceedingly well in various inter-school competitions. The institution has changed the meaning of education by giving a widespread opening to the students in the form of participation in inter-school debates, declamations, literary activities, general knowledge, music, science and sports competitions.

Deepika Rawat of Class-VI has been adjudged the all-round best gymnast in the girls (under-14) section in the Union Territory Inter School as well as at the national level. Isha and Priyanka Thakur won gold medal in UT. Inter School Judo Championship and Participated in the school National Games championship. Neha Malik and Prabhjeet Kaur Saini too attended the School National Games (Basketball) championship held at Devangiri, Karnataka. Amanpreet Singh, gurpreet singh, Sahil Arora, Nitish bansal and Karamjot Singh participated in School National Games (Table Tennis) Championship held at Gulbarga, Karnataka. This proves the streamlined programme of physical education provided by the school to help students develop strong and healthy bodies. They are also given facilities for indoor games like gymnastics, yoga, table tennis, carom and aerobics. They are actively involved in outdoor activities like athletics, badminton, cricket, judo, karate, volleyball and basketball.

Priyanka Thakur and Ishat Sharma have to their credit gold and silver medals in the 3rd Nepal International Inter School Judo Championship and in the Junior State Artistic Meet. Ishwinder of Class V got the bronze medal in CBSE North Zone Judo Tournament. Our school’s table tennis team (u-16) comprising of Himanshu, Amanpreet and Gaganpreet bagged the second position in Table Tennis championship. They had also been selected for under-16 state nationals.

The Interact club is actively undertaking activities to uplift the environment. The club organised a tree plantation drive and planted saplings of some medicinal plants like neem, bhera, tulsi etc in the government park in Sector 41/B Chandigarh. Members of AKSIPS Interact Club presented a variety programme at the Lake Club when Chandigarh was declared as the second peace city of India. They also helped in organising an inter school painting competition at the Government Arts Museum where more than 20 schools participated.

Kudos to the dynamic Mr Jasdeep Kalra Executive Director of the school, the sole man behind every venture, who conceives and executes the projects in record time for the betterment of the institution. The school is run by the National Educational Development Trust (NEDT) under August chairmanship of Dr BNS Walia, ex-Director, PGI. Scholarships to needy and meritorious students are given by the Trust. It has also adopted the Kajheri Government School under the concept of night school to impart free education to children of poor slum dwellers.



‘We make the education system interactive’

Principal, Mrs Jagjit SekhonI FIRMLY believe in tackling any problem head-on, whether it is personal or academic. One can head straight to my room to find a feasible solution to any problem. I keep my doors open to all, ready to share problems and try to solve all of them! I encourage interactive education system. Students, teachers and parents are involved at the same platform.

On education system: Our aim is to help the students fulfil the intellectual and personal potential in a way that it significantly contributes to each and every role that one plays in society. To achieve our aim, the teaching community has to open itself to students and make education more interactive so that children openly discuss problems.

On counselling system: Nuclear families are on the rise and are affecting the academic performance of the child. Having a counselling cell in the school has gained more significance as education can thrieve only through a sound mind.

On tuition menace: With the high-level of competition every, child seems to be in the hope to get that extra help. But if parents insist on regularity and keep a tab on their progress, they need not spend thousands of rupees on tuitions. It is not only the monetary aspect which is bad about tuitions, but it reduces the time available for the students to pursue their creative skills.

Future plan: We have accomplished our plan of opening two more branches, which will function from April 2004-05. One in Sector 45, Chandigarh, and the other in Phase-XI, Mohali. In fact the Trust proposes to have 10 more AKSIPS within the next 10 years not only in the city but also in remote areas of Punjab as well.



A living museum
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ms Simrith Sidhu displays her collection of antiques in her drawing room.
Ms Simrith Sidhu displays her collection of antiques in her drawing room. — Tribune photos by Pankaj Sharma

This is the story of an unsung (s) hero, who has been relentlessly collecting bits and pieces of our glorious past. The random collection displays a wide array of subjects — books and manuscripts, artifacts, dolls, crockery, jewels and fabrics.

But, perhaps, documenting history runs in the blood of Mrs Simrith Sidhu. A granddaughter of Mr Natha Singh, who brought out the Civil and Military Gazette from Lahore and revolutionised the newspaper industry, Ms Sidhu says that her collection of antiques is a documentation of the rich cultural heritage of undivided Punjab and can also help historians understand certain facets of Muslim rule through her collection.

From early 20th century Victorian crockery to 19th century Chinese tea sets, camel seats to rock sized Burmese rubies, first prints of rare books, to dolls, Ms Sidhu’s collection is a connosieur’s delight. Besides several cutlery and crystal items, dolls, ancient vessels and fine weaves in Benarasi garments depict the lifestyles of Britishers and Indians in the days of the Raj.

But her most valued collection includes a huge vessel, dating back to the 11th century, which was reportedly brought to India by Mehmud of Ghazni. The vessel has now been kept in a safe vault, after it drew attention from a number of international antique collectors.

She also has original prints of “Jaipur Album”, presented to Mrs Sidhu’s grandfather by Sawai Man Singh II, and “The Coronation Book of King George V”.

Interestingly, it is this book that got Ms Sidhu and her elder daughter, Sukhsanjam Kaur, in touch with the Royal family in the UK. The book has some rare pictures of Queen Elizabeth II. The Sidhus had sent the pictures to the Queen Mother, who in turn wrote back thanking them for sending her copies of the pictures. Till the Queen Mother’s death, she had been in touch with the Sidhus’ through letters.

In fact, the lady’s house in Sector 33 here is a living museum. With a room dedicated to her and her mother’s collection of dolls (including a 40-year-old Barbie and a Japanese doll), each and every corner of the house bears testimony to the lady’s passion for antiques — the house is a Mecca for most connosieurs of antiques. An old brass camel seat now adorns a corner of the dining room and old brass vessels — some of them over a 100-year-old rest pretty on its three steps.

An intricately carved wooden mirror creates emphasis on a wall in the drawing room while her vast collection of Chinese boxes, ivory inlay work bangle boxes and terracotta and brass decoration pieces add grace to the tables and cabinets in the drawing room.

Her priceless possessions also include a wide range of Benarasi silks and tissues with intricately woven gold patterns. The collection of some timeless jewels are awesome. Says the lady, “As a child, I was always fond of collecting old things. Though a large part of my collection is inherited, I am very fond of collecting antiques. On many of my sojourns in Rajasthan, and to my hometown, Bathinda, I have been collecting artifacts”. 



A riot of colour for mobile phone subscribers
Tribune News Service

 A Holi party was organised at Thunder Zone as part of the "Khelo Holi Celebrity Ke Sang" contest.
A Holi party was organised at Thunder Zone as part of the “Khelo Holi Celebrity Ke Sang” contest.

A riot of colour was brought in for the subscribers of Spice Telecom as part of Holi celebrations. It was the lucky subscriber’s dream date come true as Spice Telecom announced the winners of “Khelo Holi Celebrity Ke Sang” contest.

A Holi party was organised at Thunder Zone, Mohali, on Friday wherein nine winners of the contest played Holi with celebrities of their choice. Under this contest, Spice had announced that all subscribers taking part in the contest had a chance to play Holi with their chosen celebrity. To take part in the contest, all that a subscriber had to do was dial 143 from his Spice mobile, chose a celebrity from the options available, answer a set of questions that followed.

Following this, the participants entered into a lucky draw out of which nine winning participants got a chance to play Holi with their chosen celebrity. The winners played Holi with Femina Miss India finalist 2002 and Miss Delhi Divya Jaitely, Gladrags Mega Model Anjhula Singh and Miss Teen Queen Ritu Singh.

In addition to this, two participants with the most popular profile were selected everyday during the promotional period and they won special Holi gift packs each.

More than 250 customers won gift packs during this contest. The lucky winners are as under Ritesh Pupneja, Neel Kamal, R. K. Grover, Usha Angi, Anuj Khanna, Surinder Jhamb, Gaurav Manocha, Jasvir Singh and Gurbachan Singh. 



Music album released
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 6
“Bhole Ji Kab Aaoge”, a music album by singer Madhu Chadel, was released at a Sector 35 hotel by Parliamentary Affairs Minister of Himachal Pradesh Thakur Kaul Singh. The music is by Manuj Dev and the lyrics are by Swami Adish and Manuj Dev. The producer is S.S. Chandel.

Madhu got her primary training in singing from her mother. She has participated in many cultural and musical programmes and won many prizes and medals. Currently, she is working on her next album based on classical music.


Western Film Review
A horror film which makes you laugh
Rajiv Kaplish

CHANDIGARH: The subway station looks familiar. The “woman in black” is there. The high-flying feats of other leather-clad protagonists are also there. For a moment, you think you have stumbled upon “Matrix Revolutions-II”. But once credits start appearing, you realise that the trilogy had ended long ago. It’s “Underworld” (Kiran) that you are watching. If you thought only human beings could have the underworld, think again. Vampires and werewolves, too, have their mafias. And rather comical ones. As the battle for supremacy between the two legendary myths intensifies, the film touches new heights of stupidity. Wearing trench-coats and moving around in limos, members of the rival groups fight it out with the kind of arsenal which would be the envy of even the US Army.

Some of them also work on laptops. Vampires become humans and humans turn into werewolves with ludicrous rapidity. Instead of inducing fear, the transformation spurred a section of the audience to fly paper planes on a Friday show. So much for horror. Kate Beckinsale is hugely wasted and looks more like a glamorous doll than a vampire warrior which she is supposed to be. Scott Speedman as the doctor in distress moves and runs as if his posterior is on fire. Pyrotechnics are the only saving grace of this action flick which surprisingly even portrays vampires as the aristocrats and the werewolves as the poor “working class”.


Film Review
Boredom all the way
Rama Sharma

Ace singer Sonu Nigam is sure to lose the love of his fans if he does not resist the temptation to be the leading man in movies.

Rajat Mukerjee’s “Love in Nepal”is another dull addition to the series initiated by late R. K.Nayyar in the early 60s with “Love in Shimla”. It was followed by Promod Chakarvarty’s “Love in Tokyo” and ‘‘Love in Goa” and more recent “Love in Canada.” Flora Saini, an actress from the South, makes her debut in the movie.She does not deliver much but manages to outdo the singer.

While Sonu acquires new looks and hairdo to play Aby, the creative head of an advertising company, the script, direction and dialogues reveal an utter dearth of creativity. His new boss, Maxi (Flora), detests his coming late to the office. She makes some unsuccessful attempts to discipline him. They go to Nepal for shooting an ad campaign.

The movie’s fall begins as soon as they fall in love there. A girl, Tanya, who tries to entice Aby, is murdered. The needle of suspicion points to Aby. Then begins investigation sequences, which seem to be lifted straightway from children’s comic books. Blend it with Sameer’s awful lyrics and you know you are heading towards undiluted boredom.


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