C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


1,000 poor students to join regular schools
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
From July this year, around 1,000 students, enrolled in various evening schools, will join classes in regular government schools.

On ascertaining that the students, mostly from slums and rehabilitations colonies, had reached a certain level of literacy during their one year of learning under the Sarv Sikhsha Abhiyan, the UT Education Department has decided to induct them into regular schooling.

The students would start attending regular classes from this academic session. It has also been decided that no fee would be charged from such students.

An official of the Education Department said there were 8,000 children, between six and 14 years who were being imparted education at 264 centres across the city. The students selected for regular schooling had been shortlisted on the basis of their performance. The left out students would continue to get education under the Sarv Sikhsha Abhiyan

Sources in the department said the only problem educators were facing was that the parents of the promoted children were against their joining regular schools. It would affect their source of income as the children used to work during the day time.

To solve this problem, the Education Department was working on a plan to impart training in vocational subjects to students enrolled under the abhiyan.


Guidance bureau allowed after protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
With students’ organisations of Panjab University setting up guidance bureaus to guide students with queries being a convention, the denial to allow one such organisation the permission led to a protest today.

President of the Panjab University Students Union (Shellay) Gurparvez Sandhu said the Security Officer refused to allow him set up his bureau near the Enquiry counter. “We were given a place far away from the Enquiry counter. No student would have been able to reach us there and we would have had to ask our volunteers to hang around the Enquiry to help the students,” he said.

Claiming that the organisations were reducing the burden on the university staff by attending to queries, he said the attitude of the authorities towards this gesture was “unhealthy”.

Finally, after a protest, PUSU (Shellay) pitched a tent near the Enquiry counter. “We have got the place we wanted. However, the security staff minced no words in telling us that we would have to shift. We will take up the matter with the higher authorities to resist such a move of the staff,” he said.

Results declared: Panjab University declared the results of M.A.I (Hindi) and M.A.I (public administration) examinations held in April 2004, here today. The result gazettes will be available in the New Enquiry Office for consultation/personal enquiry on all working days between 10 am and 4 pm.

The results will also be available on the university website www:puchd.ac.in from 10 am tomorrow. No telephonic enquiry will be entertained.

B.Ed entrance: Panjab University announced the admission schedule for the B.Ed. course for the session 2004-2005 in the Department of Correspondence Studies. The admission will be based on the entrance test to be conducted by the university on July 25 (Sunday). All the teachers working in recognised schools located in Punjab and U.T. Chandigarh and having two years teaching experience as on April 30, 2004, are eligible for appearing in entrance test.

Interested candidates can have the prospectus along with application forms ‘by hand’ at the following branches of the State Bank of India: Sector 14, P.U., Main Branch, Civil Courts, Hoshiarpur, Main Branch, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, Main Branch, Old Abohar Road, Muktsar, Main Branch, Abohar, or by Registered Post on request to manager, Publication Bureau, P.U., Chandigarh along with a demand draft of Rs.675 (Rs.375 for SC/ST category) drawn in favour of Registrar, P.U., Chandigarh, payable at Chandigarh, latest by June 14.

The last date for receipt of completed application forms (by hand or by post) is June 24.


Hundreds view elegant Venus on the move
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Hundreds of children gathered in C.L. Aggarwal DAV Model School, Sector 7, to witness the rarest of celestial events — “The Transit of Venus”. The school authorities collaborated with the Department of Science and Technology, UT to jointly facilitate the view of the movement of Venus across the Sun.

Dr G.S. Bains, project director with the department, took a keen interest to ensure that the right scientific temper could be instilled into children. Dr Sandeep Sehejpal, a Panjab University professor, also helped science teacher involved in addressing questions raised about the transit of Venus. Prof Sehejpal also helped one of the teachers to install the telescope at the right place.

Though sudden change in weather had earlier dampened the chances of viewing the historic event, the Sun later returned, much to the delight of the hundreds gathered. Principal f the school Ms Promila Dhar later apprised the Manager Mr Ravinder Talwar with the arrangements the school had made to allow children to see the event. Various competitions were also organised.


Police ordered to give security to couple
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Panchkula police to provide security to a newly married couple so as to allow it to safely go to a place of their choice.

Taking up a petition filed by Raj Kumar and Ms Silky, the Bench of Mr Justice Amar Dutt and Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla also issued notices to the respondents and asked the father of the boy to be present in the court on the next date of hearing.

In their petition, Raj kumar and Silky have claimed that they married yesterday against the wishes of the girl's family and feared for their lives. They also sought directions to the police not to book them in any false case at the behest of the girl's family.

The hearing also saw the father of the girl heaping abuses on the couple in the open court.


Play on environment staged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
To mark the world environment day on June 5, the Theatre Arts Chandigarh in association with the State Bank of India staged a play — “Prakirti ke Dushman” at Sector 17. The play which was written and directed by Rajiv Mehta depicted the deteriorating environment of the cities in the country and their hazardous impact on residents.

The writer unfolded the miseries of the depleting green layer on the mountains and in the cities through an imaginative visit of Yamraj and his chief Chitragupt from Yamlok.

Through the “surprising” findings of these characters as to what the planet earth had been and what it eventually became, the writer and director Mehta tried to portray the havoc wrought by humans on the environment.

The play ended with the Yamraj convincing the young children to plant trees to keep the environment clean.


Fitness Trail
Eat for the season and stay cool
Renu Manish Sinha

AN Indian summer has all ingredients, including blazing sun and scorching winds, that work in tandem to sap the body’s energy. As the mercury shoots up, the desire to eat diminishes, with the mind yearning for something cool. Cool refreshing drinks replace the thoughts of food from our mind. However, mere drinks cannot meet the nutrient quotient required for the body. Food is equally important as it provides nourishment and also helps the body beat the heat.

One should eat according to the season. Eating seasonal foods will keep the body in rhythm with the season. It will help the body to adapt to changes in weather and lifestyle.

Every region of India has its own drinks and dishes which act as coolants for the body. If the north has lassi, aam, jal jeera, the South has curd rice, rasam and kokum sharbats. The cow belt has its sattu-based drinks, dishes and bael sharbat. Curd and rice dish in its various avatars is popular all over the country. In Himachal Pradesh, it is known as palda or rehru (dahi tarka), while in Orissa, it is called pokra-bhat.

A Mohali-based diet consultant, Dr Neelu Malhotra, advises an enhanced intake of water and other fluids. These act as coolants and rehydrants, which can prevent heat stroke and dehydration. She advises inclusion of fresh fruit juices, butter milk, shikanjvi, jal jeera, aam and water. At least two litres of water and other fluids should be taken, including plenty of water-based beverages, unsweetened juices and low-sugar drinks like fresh lime with water.

Eat more of salads and fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables to meet the carbohydrate requirement of the body, adds Dr Malhotra. Louki, tori, tinda, kaddu (pumpkin) and cucumber are water-rich vegetables. These are easy to prepare and hardly need any seasoning or oil.

Dr Sudha Khurana, consultant dietician at the PGI, cautions against having foods that are hard to digest. These include sweets, fried and spicy foods, red meat and heavy cream-based gravies. Avoid coconut-rich or coconut-milk-based gravies, advises Dr Malhotra. Coconut water is an ideal summer drink, she says advising against excessive use of spices.

If you feel heavy, avoid or reduce complex carbohydrates like cereals and pulses, says Dr Khurana. Avoid colas since the caffeine in these dehydrates the system and avoid excessive intake of coffee and tea. Switch over to lemon tea or cold soups, suggests Dr Khurana. For those who cannot do without non-vegetarian food, Dr Khurana says meat should be properly stored and cooked for a sufficient time. While marinating, it should be kept in the refrigerator. While cooking, the marination liquid should be thrown away.

Avoid cream-based salads and ice-creams, says Dr Malhotra. Opt for fruit custard, fruit salad or yoghurt, she advises. Appropriate cooking techniques should be used.Instead of frying, baking or roasting, try steaming, boiling or stir-frying or lightly sauteing foods.

According to doctors, heat problems happen due to loss of fluid, inappropriate diet and insufficient nutrient intake due to lack of appetite, which leads to an imbalance in the body. The metabolism is also affected.

Symptoms include fever, thirst, burning sensation, heaviness, general weakness, scanty urine and heavy sweating. Long-term effects will affect the body’s immunity, especially when the season changes.

Dr Malhotra suggests light and frequent meals. She advises inclusion of cucumber, kakri, melon, citrus fruits, mangoes, kokum, rose syrup, sprouts, peppermint, herbal mint tea, coconut water, gulkand and jal jeera. Avoid oil-based pickles and include cool chutneys in the daily meal, she adds. — TNS


Srijan to nurture child’s talent
Parbina Rashid

“Now shall he be

the Lord of 21st century

with a big great head

and a small body”

This is how a child visualise the future. Considering the overstuffed academic curriculum and physical activities lowering down to mostly watching the TV and games on computer, probably he is not away from the truth. But if this group of the city based academicians has its way, a lord he shall be; but not with a disproportionate body or a one-track mind.

To bring out an overall development by polishing and nurturing the latent talent among children, a group of artistes and teachers have joined hands together to form “Srijan”, which means creation. “Children are gifted. As educators, our duty is to bring out their hidden talent and channelise them in the right direction, says Ms Santosh Bhandari, Principal, DAV Public School, Sector 8, who is a member of Srijan.

If you are thinking ‘Srijan’ is ‘just another summer workshop’ kind, you are mistaken.

“Srijan differs from the mushrooming summer camp variety in the sense that it is an ongoing process,” says Dr D.S. Gupt, president of the group. “We started with a workshop but the grooming process will continue with our experts in different field visiting different schools twice a week,” he adds. In the first phase, Srijan will teach children in three different venues — Mount Carmel School, sector 47, and DAV Public School, Sector 8 in Chandigarh, and DAV Public School, Sector 8 in Panchkula.

Srijan at present focuses on four activities — creative writing, dance, music and painting. Starting with a talent hunt competition, the organisation selected about 70 students of different age groups to take part in the mega event,which is going to unfold at DAV Public School, Sector 8 on June 10.

“The participants who, belong to Class VI to Class XII have come up with beautiful poems on themes like ‘nature’ and ‘childhood’ which are being illustrated by well known illustrator Sandeep Joshi. The poems will be exhibited at the venue on the final day,” says Ms Bhandari. The programme also includes vocal recital, folk and semi-classical dances and paintings.

The core group comprises Dr D.S. Gupt, writer and journalist, Mr I.S. Dhillon, Director, Youth Welfare, Panjab University, Urdu poet Bhupinder Parihar in the creative writing section, renowned vocalist Sumesh in the music section, Sarita Sharma and Sandeep Joshi in the art section and Sneh Nanda, Head, Department of Dance, GCG- 42, along with his disciples Bhavna and Aashu in the dance section.

The personality development programme will be handled by national awardee Sarita Manuja, Principal, DAV Public School, Sector 8, along with Charles Samuel Principal, Mt Carmel School, and Santosh Bhandari.


A special camp for children

PARENTS, don’t just allow your little ones to laze in front of television sets watching serials that hardly make any sense. Just encourage them to leave the cool comfort of their rooms and learn the art of cutting footloose or twirling all around the floor during summer workshops for young innocents.

According to a press release, a summer camp being organised by “Funtoosh Kids Club” for “little ones who want something more from life”, will continue till June 15. The organisers are teaching children aged between four and 10 the craft of making greeting cards and book marks.

They are also teaching table manners and painting with vegetables, besides clay modelling. The little ones are also learning pot painting and something about envelop making. They are also being taught the method of making candle stands, folders, coasters and envelopes, besides decorating earthen lamps.

The participants are also being given an opportunity to display their talent during skits and plays, besides drawing and colouring sessions. — OC


NIFD engages beauty queens

Tanushree Dutta
Tanushree Dutta

Sayali Bhagat
Sayali Bhagat

The city-based National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) has engaged all the three Femina Miss Indias 2004 as its brand ambassadors. Femina Miss India Universe 2004, Tanushree Dutta, Femina Miss India World 2004 Sayali Bhagat and Femina Miss India Earth 2004 Jyoti Brahmin will launch its tie-up with Annamalai University .

Tanushree Dutta launched the national tie-up of the university and NIFD corporate at a ceremony in Chandigarh recently. Now, all three Miss Indias are busy launching the degree and diploma programmes at 80 NIFD centres in different parts of the country by offering the students an insight into the world of fashion and style. At each centre, they interact with the students and brief them about the new era of fashion and design which has opened up in India and highlight the importance of Indian fashion in the international scenario.

Tanushree, Sayali and Jyoti have been impressed by the NIFD students’ designer creativity, and have lauded their efforts. The announcement by Sayali and Jyoti that they would wear the designer creations of NIFD students at their respective Miss World pageant in Beijing and Miss Earth pageant in Manila, has motivated the students. They are now working at creating special designer wear for this international representation. — TNS



Nail-biting: docs decry enamel
Monica Sharma

Tarunima sits in front of the computer, biting nails. As she pauses in between keying in the notes, the research scholar inadvertently places the nails in between her teeth before biting them ruthlessly. A resident of Sector 20 in Chandigarh, she has been doing it since childhood. Her parents had tried to discourage her by tempting her threatening her and thrashing her, but to no avail.

Senior doctors at the PGI in Chandigarh reveal that the problem is not uncommon among adults, though their number is miniscule. They add that people bite nails generally when they are absorbed in thinking or are unsure about something.

For them and children who love to bite nails and suck their thumb, there is hope. Nail paint and enamels which have now hit the market promise to banish the habit. Though doctors do not recommend the use of such products, their demand is increasing.

A vial of 9 ml costs between Rs 100 and Rs 150. The manufacturers claim that the product is worth the money. You can buy the enamel from your nearly chemist shop or order it through the Internet.

A chemist says the bitter taste of the product discourages nail-biting and thumb-sucking. The chemist says the enamel is transparent and so it can be applied over nail polish without anyone knowing about it. Men can apply it without the fear of being ridiculed.

He adds that the enamel can be applied liberally on the skin. All you have to do is to wait for 10 minutes before letting yourself loose. A new coat has to be applied every morning and again in the evening till you say goodbye to the habit.

Doctors are not excited about such products. The Head of the PGI’s Department of Oral Health Sciences Prof H.S. Chawla says, “Anything that is chemical should not be applied”

Explaining the habit, he says, “A child indulges in thumb-sucking from the time he is born. It is instinct and a child should not be disturbed till he is two years old. We should allow frequent thumb-sucking. Some substitute can also be provided”.

The problem begins when the habit lingers on. “The teeth get affected. They begin to broaden and protrude,” Dr Chawla asserts. “In case of grown-ups, they begin to suck thumb privately”, he says. Regarding a solution to the problem, he says, “If the child is young, anti-thumb-sucking appliances can be provided. The adults, on the other hand, can be counselled”.


Audition for movie on June 12

Interested in seeing yourself on the big screen? Just don your best clothes and attitude before rushing to Panchkula. The auditions for movie “Maheen” — being made under the banner of a Delhi based production company, First Take — are being held for two days in Panchkula from June 12. Actors will also be selected for a serial “Kabhi Haan”. Those interested in the audition can call up at 9815491603. — OC


Mexican film fest from today

The Chandigarh Film Society, in association with the Cultural Club, CSIO, is organising a festival of Mexican films from June 9 to 11. The films will be screened at the CSIO auditorium, Sector 30, from 7 pm daily. The festival will begin with the screening of ‘‘Minerva’s Quest’’ tomorrow. The other films to be shown are ‘‘In the country where nothing goes on’’ and ‘‘ To and Fro’’, said Mr Tapesh Sharma, secretary, of the society. — TNS

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