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Children take English language test
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
The British Council in association with Inlingua School of Languages conducted its Cambridge Young Learners English (YLE) test for the first time here today.
The Cambridge Young Learners’ programme consists of a series of tests for children aged between 7 and 12. The tests are available at three levels — starters, movers and flyers.

Each test consists of three components: reading and writing, listening, and speaking. Each child has a one-to-one interview with a trained examiner, which covers a variety of fun but challenging tasks.

Trained oral examiners visited the examination centres to assess children’s performance in the speaking test.



Students celebrate Jamun Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
The Environment Society of India (ESI) celebrated the annual Jamun Day during the nature discovery project at the Municipal Corporation Nursery in Sector 26 yesterday.

Over 300 students from six schools of the city and Panchkula participated in the celebrations, which aimed at promoting the plantation of Jamun saplings and consumption of jamun fruit.

Students and teachers relished the fruit sprinkled all over the Nursery. The schools which participated in the function were Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26 (GMSSS), GMSSS, Timber Market, Moti Ram Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, Moti Ram SSS, Sector 7, Panchkula, and Pustak schools run by Youth Technical Training Society (YTTS).

Speaking on the occasion, ESI president S.K. Singh talked about the qualities of jamun, whose seeds contain carbohydrates and proteins. On the occasion, 30 saplings were distributed and planted.



PEC student’s claim on magic puzzle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
A student of electronics engineering at Punjab Engineering College, Himjeet Singh, has devised formulae by which he can draw a magic puzzle through any odd number combination.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, he said he was in Class VII when he began drawing magic square puzzles. Explaining the methodology, he said while drawing a square he mostly moves diagonally or at 45degrees. It is based on deductive logic, he added.

Himjeet claimed that given proper space, he could draw a square up to odd combination of up to 10,391. Next he is trying to devise formulae to draw a magic square of even number combination.



Dev Samaj students shine in BA(I) exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Three students of the Dev Samaj College for Women have secured the first three positions in the city in the results of BA (I) declared recently by Panjab University. The students are Mansiha (first), Ramneek (second) and Mandeep (third).



Rahi’s work for Conference of World Religions
Aditi Tandon

Dr M.S. Rahi reads out passages from his book on the Sikh religion, which will be released
Dr M.S. Rahi reads out passages from his book on the Sikh religion, which will be released at the Conference of World Religions, to be held at Barcelona between July 7 and 13. — A Tribune photograph

City-based author Dr Malkiat Singh Rahi will have his share of fame at the International Conference of World Religions, to be held at Barcelona from July 7. Regarded as a significant piece of literature, his book titled “Guru Granth Sahib in The Eyes of non-Sikh Scholars” has been translated in two foreign languages for the purpose of release and free distribution at the forthcoming conference. About 20,000 copies of his book have been published by UK-based organisation Guru Nanak Nishkam Sevak Jatha, and out of these 5000 each are in Spanish and in French language.

Written to coincide with the fourth centenary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, the book is not just a plain document on Sikh religion. It has been well researched with the world readership in mind. Deliberately excluding the Sikh writers, the author has featured in his book the views which legendary foreign historians and philosophers like Mohsin Fani J.D. Cunningham, Macauliffe, Pearl S. Buck. J.C. Archer et al have about Sikhism.

Talking to The Tribune in the city today, Dr Rahi said, “This is the second edition of my book, earlier published in December 2003. Now about 20,000 additional copies have been published in two different languages. By September this year, copies of this book in all other languages of the world will be distributed all over. Immediately we will have translations in German and Italian. The book caters to the needs of non Sikhs, who will be able to relate to Sikhism better, when explained in terms of what great philosophers had to say about this world religion.”

The latest version of the book contains writings of 37 internationally known historians and philosophers. On each book of the page, an idea or a thought from Guru Granth Sahib has been lifted and printed to enable people to connect immediately with the ethos behind the religion.

Says the author, “Every such idea is in some way or the other is representative of the Sikh religion. I have focused primarily on foreign writers and their interpretation of Sikhism because I wanted to have an unbiased document, which offers complete insight to someone who is reading about Sikhism for the first time. The earlier book had no subheads. Now I have recorded versions of various writers under various heads. I have also talked about the context in which philosophers have written about Sikhism. Someone calls it an expression of man’s loneliness, while others think Sikhism is a universal and practical religion.”

A writer of four books, Dr Rahi has also been the founder member of Penal Reform and Justice Association, headed by Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, former judge of the Supreme Court of India. Dr Rahi is also involved in contesting litigation against distortion of history and culture of the Sikhs in the school history books in India. — TNS



Painters churn out creativity

The 21st annual painting workshop being organised by the Haryana Cultural Affairs Department brings together two generations of painters. The workshop, a ritual, began on a heartening note this year also.

Enriched by the presence of Roop Chand, a pioneer in the field of art, the workshop is featuring nine painters this year. While five of them are learners in the sense they are still undergoing academic training, the rest four are senior artists, representing unique styles.

Roop Chand himself has the credit of organising art activity in Chandigarh long ago. He still reminiscences with fondness the days when Sohan Qadri, Shiv Singh and other eminent artists of the region used to get together at a favourite place in Sector 10 to talk and share art. Among the other senior artists are H.S. Purewal from Ambala, Sachdev Mann from Hisar and Sadaram Sharma from Rohtak.

Students attending the camp are Paavani, Vikas from Bhiwani, Kunal from Faridabad, Sapna and Tina. Excited to be part of such an activity, which allows the churning of thoughts, the students are still evolving their themes. While some have chosen to dabble with the abstract, the others are more expressive in terms of figures. Haryana’s folk art and culture seems to be the leitmotif for many artists attending the workshop, which will conclude on July 8. — TNS



Telefilm on life of Makhan Shah Lobana

Producers of films like “Waaris” and “Chan Pardesi” are back, this time with a telefilm inspired by history. For the first time ever, a team of professionals from the world of theatre and films have come together to make a film on the life and times of Baba Makhan Shah Lobana and his divine inspiration.

The making of the film, “Guru Ladho Re” assumes significance in the view of this year being the fourth centenary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib. Besides, the 300th martyrdom day of Sahibzadas also falls in December this year.

Written by Keshav Bhrata and produced by Parnminder Singh and Sukhi Nijjar, the film has been well researched, after consultation with historians and references to literature available on the subject. Talking about the script evolution, Keshav Bhrata today said,” Scripting the film was challenging, as was translating some of the historical facts for celluloid. By we have a technique for everything, and we were finally able to bring out the soul behind the whole story.”

The film traces the life of Baba Makhan Shah Lobana, a trader who swears to offer 400 gold coins in the service of the Gurus, if his ship is saved from wreckage. As his wish is fulfilled, the trader sets out in the search of the Guru. Using the tools of cinema, director Garry S. Sukhi attempts to recreate the era of the Gurus.

In the lead role will be theatre personality from Amritsar, Jaswant Jas. Gick Grewal will play the role of Makhan Shah Lobana’s wife. The cast also includes B.N. Sharma, Keshav Bhrata, Narinder Neena, Mahabir Singh, Amrit Billa and Yog Raj Sedha. — TNS



Dream kitchen a reality

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A spacious kitchen which creates the mood for joyful cooking is the dream of every housewife. Ancient wisdom says that food cooked with affection in a peaceful atmosphere nourishes the soul. The kitchen is the most important place in the house. While we may choose to ignore feng shui or vaastu experts, we can enliven it.

A dull kitchen does not invite cooking initiative.

A peep inside Madhu Sharma’s kitchen reveales her refined taste. “ Since I wanted my kitchen to be bright and colourful I got a spray on my tiles to give it an effect of murals”, she says. The floor has been done in a way to achieve a smart look. This also makes maintenance easier.

Nikita Arya has used yellow and purple tiles to brighten her kitchen. Marine ply has been used for durability. There aren’t too many handles projecting from cabins.

The kitchen cabinet should not be too high. Everyone should be able to open it without using a stool or a chair. Two sinks in a corner for cleaning utensils are essential for hygiene. These can be made of marble or steel. Steel ones are easier to clean.

An ideal kitchen should be able to accommodate a fridge.

“Tadka” leaves behind a strong smell. The oil released during cooking traps dust and gets deposited on the ceiling and cabinets. For this, electric chimneys are available. These have filters which avoid clogging. These can be easily washed and are easy to dismantle and assemble. — OC



Students get tips on adventure sport

Doon Valley Public School, Nalagarh, organised a five-day adventure course in high-altitude trekking, rappelling, rock climbing and river crossing for students of Classes V to VIII at Narkanda from June 21 to 25.

According to Mr Rajeev Sharma, director of the course, the aim of the expedition was to develop the all-round personality of students. Also, such camps helped one to overcome difficulties and obstacles in life. It also helped in developing proper social interaction and nurtured friendship and cooperation.

The adventure activities included a trek to 11,000-foot-high Hatu peak and Ralanimala; river-crossing; tent pitching practice and rappelling.

Teachers shared their experiences with children and made the trip lively.

Although the activities were difficult, students performed these with confidence. Students found river-crossing as the most thrilling part of the adventure.

At the camp fire on the last day of the expedition, children thanked the director for organising the expedition. Officials of the Trekking and Skiing Centre awarded badges and certificates to students for successfully completing the adventure course. — TNS



A spirited cultural show

IT was all colour and lights at the weekend cultural show at Sector 17 on Saturday. A police band rendered music for an hour. There were three dance groups to keep the festive spirit running throughout the show.

The Goldy Bhangra group gave a performance on Punjabi songs, including “Yaar Punjabi hai”,” Jaan Jaan da khatra” and “Satrangi Peeng”. The Michael Jackson dance Troupe performed a fire dance.

The dance troupe of Eagle Steps was dressed in eye-catching attires. It performed on songs like “ Laila Laila”, “Aisa Jaadu dala re” and “Fannah”.The choreography of the Eagle group was done by JOT and directed by Prashant.

Eight children performed on different songs. The show was organised by the Department of Tourism, Chandigarh Administration, and Oasis Events. — OC


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