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Admission rush in govt schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
The government schools in the city are witnessing an unprecedented rush in this new academic session with many schools reporting an increase of 20 per cent in the student strength as compared to the previous year.

Many school principals said that admission tests had been held twice or thrice to accommodate the new students, mostly coming from schools run in residential premises which had been asked to shut their business. Another section of the students was from the salaried class families, which were finding it hard to pay the exorbitant fee of private schools.

Mr R.S. Goraya, Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, said, “Though the admission process was still in progress, the student strength had risen to around 2,900 as compared to 2,700 students during the previous academic session. The admission tests were held on March 30 and April 8 for Class I to Class X. The third admission test would be held on April 30 for Class I to VII “.

In some schools, new sections have been added, in some the additional students have been adjusted in the existing classes only.

In case of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, a 5 per cent increase had been registered in strength of students from Class I to Class VII. “ No student was being accepted in Class VIII, X and XII “, said Mr Karan Singh, Principal of the school.

Mr K.S. Modi, Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, said the admission process was still on but admitted that student strength would increase this year. Ms Jaswant Kaur, Principal of the Government Model High School, Sector 37, said due to closure of schools in residential areas, a number of the affected students had come to seek admission. The school had been upgraded to a model school up to Class VI. She said the admission rush was for Classes III and I. “If the student strength went beyond 60, a new section could be added,” she added.

In case of the Government Senior Secondary School, Karsan, the increase in the number of students was around 15 per cent. “ The school caters primarily to migratory population,” said the principal of the school, Mr D.P.Singh.

Due to the central location of the Sector 19 Government Model Senior Secondary School, the school was witnessing a huge rush of admission seekers. Ms Saroj Gupta, Principal of the school, said, “ Admission tests have been held for all classes. The student strength is expected to increase by 300”.’

An officer of the UT Education Department said unlike private schools, the government schools could not deny admissions. The admission test ensured that the students met the criteria for the basic level of learning.



Literary function for teachers

Chandigarh, April 24
A literary function was organised for schoolteachers by Punjabi Tribune at Sharda Sarv Hitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, here today. Teachers from 35 schools participated in the function. During the function, the participants were asked to write poems, stories and essays on different subjects. The function began with Saraswati vandana and shabad recital by students of the school.

The results of the competition are as follows First — Krishan Rahi (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44); Second - Dr Panna Lal (Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45) ; Third - Daljit Kaur ( Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36); and consolation prize - Baljit Kaur (Government High School , Raipur Khurd). TNS


Bhavan students take out rally
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 24
As part of the completion of 10 years of the local Bhavan Vidyalaya, over 300 students participated in a cycle rally here today.

Carrying placards and banners spreading the message of peace and harmony, the students passed through various sectors. They also handed over a scroll highlighting the aims of the rally to the DC, Ms Satwanti Ahlawat, at here residence.

The rally was flagged off by the DSP(City), Mr Rajesh Duggal.



From Schools
Seminar on education
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
A seminar to mark the global week on education was organised at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, here yesterday. Dr Manmohan Kaur, Vice-President of the Indian Council for Child Welfare , was the chief guest. The main theme of the campaign organised by the India Alliance for Child Citizen’s Forum, educationists and NGO’s was to provide adequate funds to provide schooling to every child.

Contest on drug abuse

An awareness lecture on ill-effects of tobacco, alcohol and drugs was organised by the Servants of the People Society in collaboration with the District Mental Health programme and the Department of Psychiatry, GMCH, Sector 32, at Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, here yesterday. Dr Simmi Waraich from Civil Hospital, Mani Majra, spoke on the occasion.

A painting competition on the theme of drug abuse for classes VI to XII was held on the occasion.

Orientation programme

A three-day psychology orientation programme for teachers of CBSE-affiliated school began at Vivek High School here. The programme is being organised for the review of textbook review. Prof G. Mishra spoke on mental disorders like hysteria and psychotic behaviour. Ms Neelima Chowdhary spoke on the emerging trends of emotional intelligence.


Fun day for tiny tots
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 24
For tiny tots it was a day full of fun. They splashed in a pool to escape the heat at J P Bal Niketan Public School in Sector 37 today. Kids enjoyed splashing water on each other while crooning songs. Later, during the day, they were treated to delicious summer fruits. They were also told about the nutritional value of the fruits. They were also motivated to inculcate the habit of eating fruits, rather than the junk food.



Hans Raj day celebrations end

Panchkula, April 24
The Mahatma Hans Raj Day celebrations concluded at the Hansraj Public School here today. Mr H.R. Gandhar, Director of Public Schools, DAV, CMC, who was the chief guest, gave away prizes to the winners of different contests. Mr Subhash Marriya, Regional Director of the DAV Schools, Panchkula Zone, was the guest of honour.

The overall trophy was won by DAV Public School, Sector 8, Panchkula. TNS



New kindergarten inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
Eurokids, a chain of pre-schools run in the country by Egmont Imagination, opened its branch in Sector 18 here.

The kindergarten is part of Egmont International Holdings, Denmark.

Mr Munish Verma and Ms Mona Verma, directors Eurokids, said that the kindergarten had two sections each, of playschool and nursery class.

Briefing the mediapersons, Mr Munish Verma said Eurokids had a 160 branches in the country.



Bar Association’s demand
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 24
The local District Court Bar Association has decided to submit a representation to the Chief Justice of India that District Courts lawyers, eligible as per rules, should be designated as senior advocates and also appointed High Court judges. The association would also write to the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana Court and the Law Ministry, in this connection.

At a quarterly meeting of the General House of the association, its president Sajal Koser said the parking near the District Courts complex would be streamlined with the help of the police.



Aman Verma’s ‘Khul ja sim sim’ thrills kids
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 24
There was “masti” and magic all around as the popular TV game show, “Khul ja sim sim,” was presented with the same host, Aman Verma, at Yadavindra Public School (YPS) here this evening.

Aman Verma, who came late to the stage around 8.30 pm, was nevertheless given a rousing reception by the excited audience.

Students from various Chandigarh and Mohali schools, including St Xavier’s, St Stephen’s, Mount Carmel, Doon International and YPS, apart from teachers and parents waited eagerly for the host to call them for participation in the game.

Dressed in blue jeans and a printed shirt Aman Verma called 15 persons to the state out of which three were selected for the first round of the game. The three participants were asked to tell the weight of a DVD and the one with the closest guess was given the first chance to select a door behind which lay gift items.

More rounds of the game followed with other participants, with thrilled children and grown-ups remaining glued to their seats.

Before Aman Verma’s arrival on the stage Shibani Kashyap entertained the audience with songs, including “Sajna aa bhi ja”, “Ho gai hai mohabbat tum se” and “Jo saat samundar dol gaya”.

The programme, a part of ‘Aman Verma’s school tour,’ was organised by Mileage Events and the G 3 Foundation in aid of a non-government organisation (NGO), Literacy India.

The NGO was started by Capt Indrani Singh, a pilot with Indian Airlines. She said the aim of the organisation was to provide ‘education with a purpose’ for the benefit of underprivileged children.

Capt Indrani Singh said there 345 children associated with the NGO. She had brought five children — Aarti, Urmila, Kamal, Monu and Rahul — to the function for presenting a part of a play, ‘Hamari Kahani’. The play had earlier been presented at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.



Film Review
‘Shaadi ka Laddoo’ good enough to sample
Rama Sharma

A desperate Bollywood is trying its luck by cashing in on ‘laughter is the best medicine’ mantra. After ‘Masti’, ‘Shaadi ka Laddoo’ is another humourous exploration of a married man’s mind.

Som (Sanjay Suri) is happily married to Geetu (Divya Dutta). She lovingly calls him ‘laddoo’. Som, too, is a devoted husband. Concealing his grumblings, he makes bed tea for her, does shopping for the home and takes care of two kids. No wonder he finds himself stuck in the grind of a daily routine.

The story is pushed forward when Som comes to London and meets his college friend Ravi (Ashish Chaudhary). Ravi, a bachelor, owns a music company and is surrounded by glamourous girls. Interestingly, he is dying to taste ‘shaadi ka laddoo’. Influenced by Ravi’s flamboyant lifestyle, Som, tries to spice up his life.

Geetu smells a rat and lands up in London. He is caught wooing Mandira Bedi (Tara).

Mandira fails to strike a chord though she is the only one blessed with some good dialogues. Sanjay and Ashish try hard but are limited by the stale script. Nigar Khan sizzles in item number “Chal hat”.

The funny moments have been handled lightly. But you can choose to laugh at the manner the way characters try to induce laughter. The movie ’s extended title “Raha bhi na jaaye, saha bhi na jaaye” is the apt summing-up. — TNS



An exhaustive range of handicrafts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
Birinder Khullar, Chandigarh’s ‘flower woman’ is venturing out of her domain. After indulging in flowers and plants over the year, she has now decided to showcase handpicked range of collectibles, sourced from India and Indonesia. In her rather delightful exhibition, to start at house number 137, Sector 9, from tomorrow, Ms Khullar has displayed a wide array of products, embellished with artistic touch from the master weavers of Rajasthan, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

The section on handwoven fabrics is of special significance. Put up by Ms Khullar’s sister Jasleen Randhwawa, it has fabrics with rich patterns from Garhwal, Venkatgiris, Tatpatra, Kapital and others. Picked from the villages of weavers, the collection is different with its range of design and cost.

The section on Indonesian artifacts is equally interesting. On her last trip to Indonesia, Ms Khullar collected a good range of woodcrafted products, right from winged creatures to table accessories, like flower and swan shaped mats.

The most novel product in this corner is the golden tulip, considered a symbol of good omen in Feng Shui. Also on display are golden ducks and wooden chimes, also held as propitious under the same belief. Interestingly designed platters are also a part of the show.

The third and the most exhaustive section is that of flourishing fabrics, hand picked from Rajasthan. From dress material to elegant kurtas and ready to wear range, the show has something for everyone.



Knitting: revival of an old art

GRANDMOTHER was expert at it. Mom used to do in her spare time. But over the years she also said goodbye to knitting as readymade pullovers flooded the market. Now, in an attempt to revive the old tradition of knitting, a contest was organised at Government Polytechnic College in Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Children during a knitting contest organised in Sector 10 Government Polytechnic College in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Children during a knitting contest organised in Sector 10 Government Polytechnic College in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Photo by Malkiat Singh

Tender hands knitted beautiful patterns on caps, booties, small bags and purses during a competition organised by Vardhaman Group. As many 460 students, along with 10 boys, from 31 schools participated in ‘Aao bune knitting contest’ from Chandigarh zone. Ten best patterns from each category were short listed for the final evaluation phase.

The contest is being organised for the past four years with the aim of generating awareness about benefits of knitting and to introduce the skill among the young generation. As a result, some of the private schools have introduced knitting courses in the city schools.

“Knitting helps in intellectual development of children and improves their concentration level,” a teacher said. “It also helps in relieving stress and has physiological effects similar to that of meditation. In ten years, children learning the skill today will be promoting the art”.

The knitting contests are being conducted in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. The contest has made it to the Limca Book of Records. The top three selected entries in each category would be awarded Rs 5,100, Rs 3,100 and Rs 2,100. OC


Chani to bring Kaana Singh’s “Khushboo” on screen
Aditi tandon

Actors shoot for DD documentary based on Punjabi litterateur Kaana Singh’s short story in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Actors shoot for DD documentary based on Punjabi litterateur Kaana Singh’s short story in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo by Pawan Sharma

CALL it a dig on the modern society or simply a narrative of everyday life, Kaana Singh’s short story “Khushboo” is all about elements a man of cinema would love to handle. Sooner or later, her classic story of an old couple’s rediscovered bond had to be filmed. But one did not know city’s very own team of theatre persons would take the challenge for Doordarshan.

G.S. Chani and Harleen Kohli did not take too long to decide that they wanted to work on the story, which is extremely relatable and relevant despite roots in a 1980s’ home. The script has been kept true to the original work of literature, which also featured among the 100 best stories of the decade (1980 to 1990). Written by Munna Dhiman, the script evokes a kind of response Kaana Singh wants it to.

As the shooting of the documentary started in Sector 35 in Chandigarh today, it was time for Kaana to recall the context in which the work was written. “I had always felt the pinch of age which robs life of vitality. As a writer it was natural for me to observe if others felt the same. The story is set in an average middle class home where the acrimony between in-laws and daughter-in-law is taken for granted and is seldom challenged.”

“But I was known to a family where the “bahu” acted as an agent of positive change. Sensing the lack of warmth in home, she worked against stereotypes to bring verve back into the life of her in-laws, who had forgotten to smile and live. In the process she challenges conventional mindsets by throwing parties for older people and allowing her father-in-law a space in which he felt free. Finally, she managed to inject the ailing household with the dose of happiness.”

In the documentary, a senior city-based theatre artist plays the father-in-law caught between desire and propriety. The young couple is played by Sonam Kalra and Dhruv, regulars at high-profile theatre productions in Delhi. Neerja Jaitley plays the mother-in-law, who lives away from her husband for the love of her daughter.

About the documentary, Harleen Kohli says, “It is a light-hearted, delightful story which perks up lives. It throws the routine to winds and calls for freshness in life, relationships and perceptions. The hour-long documentary will feature theatre persons active in Delhi circles, apart from local artistes. As for the selection of the story, we had long wanted to make a documentary on this theme which Kaana has handled in a masterly way. Her treatment of emotions is amazing and her urge for change exciting.” TNS



Shimmer and shine this summer

Neha Singh, L'Oreal’s make-over artiste, designs a client’s look at L'Oreal studio in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Neha Singh, L'Oreal’s make-over artiste, designs a client’s look at L'Oreal studio in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

IF you have been resisting the wild look this summer, here is a piece of suggestion for you. Shimmer is back in all its splendour and it is here to stay. All lip colours, says Delhi based make up artiste Neha Singh, must reflect the shine of shimmer. If they don’t, then they are not “in” this summer.

Neha Singh recently mastered the art of make up. Working with the international beauty salon L'Oreal as the official make-up artist for the North Zone, she keeps busy defining the look for various seasons. This look, more often than not, gels with the international trend, excepting modifications that are a must for inclement, tropical climate of our land.

In Chandigarh to conduct her official make over sessions for L'Oreal, Neha treated the clients to a slice of this great look. Trained for over four months with the experts at L'Oreal, Delhi, Neha used L'Oreal as a pad to talk about look-styling, a concept hot all over the world. “In keeping with the trend this summer, we have come out with ‘glam shine’, a range of lip colours that bring the shine back on your lips. The colour types are amazing and the range is exhaustive. We suggest experimentation with make overs. Routine hues get boring at times.”

All for colour cosmetics and body products, Neha says make up has everything to do with skin types. Pastels would suit a dusky look, while wilder colours of red and orange would go well with fairer skin tones.

She suggests ‘endless platinum’ range of lip shades for this summer. They last eight hours and keep moisture intact. For party animals, ‘glam shine’ would be a deal worth considering. TNS



Poetry book by school student

“My Heart and Soul” — a book of 83 poems written by school student Srishti Sehgal from Abohar in Punjab — is something ‘no one should miss’ because it talks about “sentiments and emotions of teenagers”.

The young poetess started writing when she was in Class VI. Within three years she had penned down a large number of poems. Her two poems “The end is near” and “Take me” were published by “www.poetry.com” in “The sound of poetry”.

Her poems are not like “emotions recollected in tranquility”, but in hardships and misfortunes. She has written on all topics. Predominantly her poems represent the sentiments and emotions of teenagers. The book would be released by outgoing MP Pawan Kumar Bansal and Dr Rana Nayyar from PU’s Department of English at Press Club on Sunday. OC


Punjabi flavour at Plaza carnival

A carnival organised by Oasis Events at Sector 17 Plaza featured Punjabi folk songs and dances. Among the presentations made during the show were traditional pieces like Dhola, Jugni, Jindwa, Thumar, Mahiya and many more. The set was done up vibrantly to suit the folk flavour of the day. In the backdrop rested a charkha, charpai and gaagar.

Among the presentations this evening were songs and dance sequences by various artistes from the region. The participants in the show were Surbhi, Aman, Bhavdeep, Karan and his group, Manak, Master Honey, Sidhu brothers, Gaurav and his group, and Harpreet. The carnival was sponsored by The Tribune. TNS


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