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Schools celebrate Earth Day
Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Manav Sthali, R Block, organised various events to spread the message of a clean and green earth. On the Earth Day, a series of programmes were organised in the school including rangoli making, cultural events and an exhibition, which included display of jute bags, paper recycling, vermi- composting and herbal plants.

Apart from planting saplings, the students also pledged to create a vibrant and a healthy planet.

Anil Kumar, Senior Scientific Officer, Department of Environment, Govt of NCT of Delhi, Dr Shobha Puna, Honorary Consultant, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH and Ms Deepti, school programmes INTACH, were the guests on the occasion.

DPS Mathura Road organised a special assembly on the occasion of Earth Day, which began with Tulsi Pooja and releasing balloons in the air, which signified the preservation of earth.

The school choir presented songs, the junior school students presented a ballet ‘Nanhi soch’ celebrating the joy of a well preserved earth and the importance of respect for nature.

The senior boys and girls also presented songs. Chairman of the DPS Society, Narendra Kumar, gave away prizes to the students for exemplary work in the field of environment. Principal, Mr M I Hussain, was presented the Paryavaran Dronacharya award for his contribution in the field of environment.

The guest of honour was Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, TERI. Also present were Ms Meeta Mishra, associate professor, TERI and Ms Suleena Sapra, Director, EECC.

Book fair

A book fair was organised at Ahlcon International school with participation from various publishing houses. More than 3,000 books on diverse subjects for various age groups were exhibited. To encourage students to read more, the publishers put forth not just interesting titles and acclaimed books, but also offered a discount on the books. Stalls of educational games and puzzles were also put up.


The junior branch of Deep Memorial Public Schools was inaugurated by the governor of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Vishnu Kant Shastri. The new block situated in Ramprastha will hold classes for pre nursery to class IV.

The junior school boasts of well equipped laboratories, language lab, mathematics lab and a computer laboratory.

A cultural programme was put up by the students. Wearing the dresses of various states, the students tried to exhibit unity in diversity that one gets to see in the country.

Sanskrit awards

The Sanskrit Academy Delhi felicitated 22 students of Bal Bhavan Public School, Mayur Vihar II, for their performance in various competitions.

The boys bagged the first prize in the shloka recitation category and in the shloka sangeet recitation for girls, the school stood second. In debate and speech categories, qawalli and solo shloka category, the students were awarded consolation prizes.

The students were awarded merit certificates and Sanskrit literature.

Teachers’ training programme

DPS R K Puram, under the aegis of the Delhi Public Schools Society, conducted a four-day training programme for teachers. The Global Classroom co-ordinators, Ms. Glenda Tesalona and Ms. Melissa Yahre from the USA, trained teachers to utilise the global classroom curricular units and to prepare the students of their school for the locally sponsored Model UN Conference to be hosted by DPS later in December this year.

The programme was inaugurated by the Chairman of the DPS Society, Mr Narendra Kumar. Participants included teachers from prestigious schools across the country.

The Global Classroom Conference of model United Nations is based on the principle of reality.

It is through intense research into the country’s culture and national interests that participants are able to create a genuine simulation of the United Nations and have multiple perspectives on issues of concern to youth worldwide.



A Toast to Friendship

To have a friend, be a friend. Life is a boomerang- you get what you give. If you are good, the goodness comes back in equal measures, if you are evil, it overpowers you in equal measures.

A beautiful parable is illustrative of this principle of life. A dog passed a glasshouse with mirror panels on its front. He stopped as he saw his multiple reflections, which he took to be a group of enemy dogs. He stared for a long time and then decided to snarl and establish the place as his territory. The others snarled back ferociously. Intimidated, he decided to befriend them and wagged his tail. They all wagged their tails. Suddenly all hostility turned into amity.

We keep looking for the right employer, the right employee, spouse, friend and so on. We forget that we have to be the right person too. This demands the right attitude. Friendship is built on a strong foundation of unquestioned trust, genuine love and concern. Friendship takes sacrifices, loyalty and maturity. In fact to be a true friend, help him or share experiences with him or her. Selfishness destroys friendship. Casual acquaintances are easy, but true friendships take time to build and efforts to sustain.

Our friendships are put to test in times of adversity, and when they endure they grow stronger. A true friend would never think ill, wish ill or do anything to harm his friend.

A friendship cannot sustain itself if pleasure or convenience is its basis. It demands more noble features of mutual respect, character and commitment. Never take a friend for granted. It will reflect an indifference that is unbecoming. Go out of the way to help and understand, and in times of need don’t just sympathise and pay lip service, instead empathise and open the doors of your home and heart for your friend. Remember to ask yourself the question, “How would I feel if I were in the same situation?”

Relationships need to be nurtured constantly. Nobody is perfect. Expecting perfection is setting you up for disappointment. Accept a friend for what he is. Cherish his strengths and help him out where he falters. Be a confidante, a comrade, a guide and be supportive. Be there whenever he wants you.

I would like to end with this beautiful story that epitomises this very precious relationship. There were two childhood friends, who went through school and college and even joined the army together and were fighting, in the same unit. One night they were ambushed. Bullets were flying all over, when a voice came out of darkness, “Harry, please come and help me.” Harry immediately recognised his pal’s voice and asked the captain if he could go. The captain refused, as he could not spare any hands. The plea came again and again. Harry could contain himself no longer and he insisted that his captain let him go. Harry crawled through the darkness and dragged Bill back into the trench. Bill was dead. The captain was angry and said, “That was a mistake, you could have died in trying to save your dead friend.” Harry replied, “Captain, I did the right thing, when I reached Bill was alive and his last words were, “Harry, I knew you would come.”

Madhu Chandra, Principal Birla Vidya Niketan



Accident victim denied full compensation 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 25
A motorcyclist, who met with an accident in East Delhi nearly three years back, has been awarded Rs 3.5 lakh compensation by a city court. However, he would receive only Rs 2,62 lakh, as he was found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

During the trial, the Medico Legal Certificate (MLC) of the victim showed that he smelt of alcohol when he was attended to soon after the accident.

Awarding the compensation to B S Masali, Motor Accidents Claim Tribunal (MACT) Judge M. C. Garg expressed anguish over “lacunae” in the Motor Vehicles Act, which did not make it mandatory for doctors treating accident victims to ascertain the alcohol content, if any, in the blood. As such, the victim would get only 75 per cent of the total compensation awarded by the court.

Masali had claimed Rs five-lakh compensation from Manoj, owner of the Tata Sumo vehicle involved in the mishap and its insurer The Oriental Insurance Co Ltd. However, doctors had not carried out breath analyser test on him, as the hospital was not equipped with it.

The court observed this was a lacuna in law and rules framed there under as contributory negligence of the victim, who was under the influence of alcohol in June 2001, accident could not be fixed.


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