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Children participate in Gurmat Samagam
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 31
As many as 1500 students of various schools in Mohali participated in the Baal Utsahit Gurmat Samagam held here today. Lectures, gurbani kanth, dastar bandi, poetry recitation competitions were organised to commemorate the fifth founders day of Harcharan Kamal Sahib, Gurdwara, Phase 10.

Among those who won prizes include: Amteshwar Kaur, Brahmjot, Amardeep, Sachleen, Dilroop, Prabhsimar, Amardeep, Ramandeep, Rishabh, Karamopreet, Pritam Kaur, Rupinder Kaur, Arpit, Amoldeep Singh, Harkamalpreet, Kirandeep, Manpreet, Simran, Parbhneet, Janvi, Manpreet Kaur, Gurtaj, Preeti Kaur, Talwinder, Mandeep Kaur, Avjot, Swaran Kaur, Amandeep and Gurvinder Singh.

As many as 150 students of Saint Soldiers International Convent School Phase VII here participated in the various competitions. Mr Hardeep Singh, member SGPC also attended the function. 



CBSE urged to make human rights a subject
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
A plea to include human rights in the school curriculum was made at a seminar on the “role of students in the field of human rights” organised by the Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) at Musafir Auditorium in Sector 24 here today.

Delivering the inaugural address, Justice SS Kang, a former Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, demanded that students should be taught humans rights from the nursery class. Disseminating knowledge about the human rights should be the responsibility of state and Central governments, he added.

A former DGP of the Punjab Police, Mr AP Bhatnagar, said the students could play an important role in educating the public, particularly the lower strata of society, about their rights and privileges.

The potential of the students in this field had not been exploited fully, he stated.

Highlighting the activities of the LHRI, Mr AS Chahal, president, said the NGO planned to organise such seminars in the rural and slum areas in the coming months.

Urging the CBSE and state education boards to include human rights as a subject in the school curriculum, Mr Arvind Thakur, general secretary, said the students, who participated in today’s seminar, would be sent to various areas to create awareness about the human rights.

Over 200 students from local schools and colleges participated in the seminar.



Left in the lurch, teachers stage protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The move to ascertain the choice of station from computer teachers, selected under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, went haywire today when a number of candidates, who were not asked the option, raised slogans against the Punjab Government for allegedly discontinuing the process.

The process of seeking the options was being conducted at GGDSD College, Sector 32, since yesterday.

At the intervention of the Director-General, School Education, Mr Anurag Agarwal, the process was resumed.

The situation got tense when the Education Department officials stopped the process after seeking the option from first 837 candidates. Over 1300 candidates had been called for the purpose.

The candidates alleged that the process was interrupted without any reason though there were over 1300 posts.

They said separate days should have been fixed for different districts.

Mr Mohinder Singh, who had come from Muktsar along with his son, said, "After conducting a written and skill test the officials informed that his son was not eligible. The department should have seen the academic qualifications before calling the candidates for seeking the choice of the station."

The candidates were pacified after the Director-General, School Education, assured that every student would be asked to give his choice of the station.

Till late in the evening, Mr Aggarwal was seen at the college to ensure that there was no confusion.

Mr Agarwal told the TNS that it was not possible to carry out the process of ascertaining options in a day.

The Principal of GGDSD College, Dr A.C.Vaid, said after the situation went out of his hand, he called up the Education Secretary and the Director.

Many candidates from Amritsar and Bathinda, who had gathered at GGDSD College, said they reached the city last evening as they could not have reached the venue on time today due to long traveling distance.



English certificates for students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The British Council today presented The British English Certificate to students of Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology (CIET). The students who attended the course received certificates from Mr Deep Adhikari, Manager Examination Services – North India, British Council in a ceremony held on the college premises.

Mr Deep Adhikari said Cambridge Business English Certificate (B.E.C) English Tests are a series of language assessments for those students and professionals who are learning English as a second or foreign language.

The BEC tests assess a candidate’s proficiency in the English language through a variety of different tasks with emphasis on corporate communication.



Goans on a musical trip
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Taan-Trikz, the music band with an infectious style, can’t stop raving about its Goan origins. All four members of this superbly diverse music band hail from Goa and naturally bring with them the whiff of its fresh air.

In Chandigarh on the call of the CII, Taan-Trikz was at its best as always. One of the favourite bands in the corporate circles, the Taan-Trikz today doled out familiar melodies at the CII Fair in Parade Ground, mostly from Hindi films and some from the Sufi repertoire of their Pakistani counterparts in Junoon. Before starting off with “Sayonee” they talked about their shared density, thanks to music and their Goan influences.

Of the four members, Braulio and Ulrich proved to be the most vocal. They talked about how variety was important if a band had to survive, and also about the coming of age of Indian listeners who now want every bit of every musical form, from rock to rap to the soft subtle melodies one traces to Elvis Presley and Bryan Adams.

Almost in league with the hottest Indian bands including Parikrama and Mrigya, Taan-Trikz is now cashing in on its greatest advantage - all of them can sing and play all instruments. They manage a wonderful change of instruments, impressing one and all.

“We have been lucky as far as musical skills go. There is no dearth of vocal prowess when it comes to performances, because all of us can sing well. Also we keep shifting instruments. People seem to like our versatility,” said Braulio, talking about the many songs they can sing right from Tangos and Cha Cha to rock and rap.

Happy to be where they are, Taan-Trikz owes most of its popularity to college crowds. However, the band members feel a band must be able to appeal to all categories of listeners if it intends to survive. As Ulrich said, “People now appreciate deejay music and remixes equally. So it becomes easier for us to hold them in our sway. The other day we performed before a rather old audience in Singapore, and it was thoroughly entranced by our selection of songs. We sang from the treasures of Elvis Presley, Bryan Adams, Enrique Iglesias.”

Taking pride in the fact that they come from Goa which has harboured musicians like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Kishori Amonkar and Hema Sardesai, the Taan Trikz members said they had a long way to go in the live concert circuit in India.

“We take one day at a time and we ensure that our music evolves with times. We are also blessed with a high range. So we can sing high-pitch songs like “Koi kahe …” as well as “Final Countdown” with ease.”

But whatever the form of music they render, Taan Trikz are best-known for two of their own compositions — “Dil ka lagana” and “O Sahiba”… — which they had presented in Chandigarh two years ago.



Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan concludes
Tribune News Service

Shruti Sadolikar presents a vocal recital on the last day of the Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan at Tagore Theatre
Shruti Sadolikar presents a vocal recital on the last day of the Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan at Tagore Theatre on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, October 31
The three-day Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan concluded today with a vocal recital by Shruti Sadolikar and a sitar recital by Budhaditya Mukherjee, who enthralled the audience at Tagore Theatre. Ram Deshpande was another presenter for the show which was organised this morning.

The festival would have been better attended, but for the festive season which kept most of the audience away from Tagore Theatre this morning. The result was celebrated vocalists had to display their talent in front of a thin audience. On the front of presentation, however, the show went on smoothly with Shruti Sadolikar in full command of her rendition. She displayed a fine blend of depth and range in her voice, while Budhaditya Mukherjee later unfolded the magic of sitar in front of the listeners. He recently also performed at the Kapurthala Heritage Festival.



Dastkars give lesson in paper embroidery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
About 45 craftspersons are participating in the Akhil Bharatiya Dastkar Samiti handicraft show being held at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15. Apart from the regular display of exotic ware, they are also demonstrating their arts for visitors to the exhibition, the proceeds of which will go to the artisans.

Among the products on display are sea shell utility items from the coastal areas of the country, Orissa Handloom, Hyderabadi pearls, Khurja pottery, handlooms from the North India, jute products from Kolkata and exclusive collection from Chanderi.

Being organised under the aegis of the Kaarigari, an outfit given to the preservation of traditional arts, the exhibition has one interesting corner where two Gujarati men teach the visitor how to embroider on paper.

Awarded for this unique art of paper embroidery, these artisans are introducing their skill in Chandigarh for the first time. The instruction is free of cost.

President of the samiti Iqbal Singh has also ensured the element of surprise in the show by getting craftspersons from Udaipur to participate with their antique furniture collection.

With the vast range of products as well as reach, the Kaarigari has managed to open branches in all major cities of India.

The exhibition can be viewed between 10 am and 9 pm till November 7. 


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