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Christmas time in city schools
Tribune News Service

Students recite “shabad” on the 31st founder’s day celebrations of St Soldier School, Sector 28, Chandigarh
Students recite “shabad” on the 31st founder’s day celebrations of St Soldier School, Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, December 24
Students of Rai School, Sector 48, celebrated Christmas with fun and frolic. The toddlers dressed up as Santas danced around the Christmas tree. The star item was tug of the war between teams comprising students and teachers. Students of Bal Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, also celebrated Christmas. Kindergarten students danced around the Christmas tree.

At Little Angels School, Sector 38, the day was celebrated by singing and dancing. Students of Rainbow International School, Sector 27, sang Christmas carols and enjoyed. The Director, Mr Lakhwinder Singh, the Administrator, Ms Sarbjit Kaur, and vice-principal Ritu Handa were present.

The bells of Christmas rang at Prince Model School, Sector 47, when tiny tots dressed in their best outfit bloomed on the occasion.

Christmas was celebrated at Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, and Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27.

Annual function

Students of Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, Chandigarh, perform at the 19th annual and prize distribution function
Students of Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, Chandigarh, perform at the 19th annual and prize distribution function on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, celebrated its 19th annual prize distribution function in the school here today. The function began with lighting of the lamp by the DPI (Schools), Mr D.S. Mangat.

Students of the school presented a colourful programme of song and dance. The Chairman of the school, Mr Satish Gupta, was present on the occasion. The students who were honoured for academics and sports were Neha Garg (best speaker), Satinder (best singer), Ritika ( best in uniform), Sohit (full attendance), Kavita (best dancer) and Kanita (best actor). The award for the best trophy went to Abhimanyu House.

Nine players who represented in the Chandigarh national wrestling, judo, boxing were also honoured. Rushali and Monu were declared the best sportsgirl and boy.

Founder’s day

Three-day founders day celebrations of St Soldier School ended with the bhog ceremony of Akand Path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The District Education Officer, Ms Rajesh Chaudhary, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Ms A. Sodhi and Ms Gurinder Kaur, compering the programme, recalled the history and achievements of the school in the past 31 years. The top achievers in academics, sports and cultural activities were honoured. Radhika was honoured for being the best athlete; Ramanjeet Kaur and Himani Rawat were declared as the best students of the year. The vice-principal, Ms A. Saini, proposed the vote of thanks.



X-mas celebrations at Panchkula schools
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 24
A Christmas party for tiny tots of the primary section was organised by Jainendra Public School, Sector 1, here. Children came dressed up in red, and wearing colourful caps.They decorated their classes with stars, bells and festoons and danced around the beautifully decorated Christmas tree. They sang Christmas carols and danced on the tunes of “We wish you merry Christmas”. Cakes, chocolates and gifts were distributed among them by Santa Claus. The principal, Ms Sudha Babbar, exhorted the children to follow the path of peace and universal brotherhood.

DPS, Pinjore: Christmas was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm as children enacted the Nativity scene and sang carols. Races and fun games were organised for them. Santa Claus distributed gifts and children enjoyed the Christmas cake. Principal Samson Masih gave a message of universal love, peace and joy.

BKM Vishwas School: The staff and students celebrated Christmas and new year today. The function began with the story of Jesus Christ. An inter-class modelling competition was also held. Sadhvi Neelima Vishwas, principal of the school, highlighted the various facets of Christmas and told the students about its significance.

Vijay Public School: Christmas was celebrated with traditional fervour at the  school in Sector 17 here today. Santa Claus distributed gifts and sweets to children.

New India Senior Secondary School: The entire school was decorated with festoons, and a huge Christmas tree was also erected. The celebrations began with the lighting of candles and the arrival of Santa Claus (a Class I student, Parya). Cultural items were presented by students and a dance party was held.

Firstep Montessori School: The school building was decorated with red and green festoons, buntings and cutouts of Santa Claus. A small Christmas tree was decorated with the fairy, lights and gifts. The function included speeches and poem which emphasised the message of Christ.

St Soldier Divine Public School: Students kept the audience mesmerised with their scintilating performance during Christmas celebrations yesterday. A play on the life of Jesus was staged, besides Indian and Western dances and a fancy dress competition.



Children celebrate Christmas
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 24
A Christmas party was organised at Anees School, Sector 69, here. Children came to school in fancy outfits. They were distributed cakes, sweets and gifts by Santa Claus. The school campus was decorated with stars, balloons, bells and a glowing Christmas tree. Children sang carols and danced to the tune of “We wish you a merry Christmas” with Santa Claus and the fairies. The school Principal, Ms Roopinder Ghumman, advised the children to follow the path of universal brotherhood.

Students of Little Pearls Foundation School, Sector 66, here too celebrated Christmas with great enthusiasm. The school was decorated with a Christmas tree, stars, bells and buntings. The students sang “Jingle bells” and other Christmas carols and a student dressed like Santa Claus distributed sweets and gifts to all. A fancy dress competition was also held. The principal of the school, Mr Tarlochan Singh Baran, also participated in the celebrations and highlighted the importance of the festival.



Students threaten stir if demands not met
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
Student leaders of the Students Federation of India (SFI) gave a representation to the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Prof K.N. Pathak, here today, demanding withdrawal of the hike in admission and examination fee, hostel charges and mess and canteen charges.

The SFI also sought provision for fee submission in the respective departments of the students and increase the number of fee counters in the administration block. They demanded syllabi-recommended books be made available in department libraries and improvement in their performance with regard to missing pages in books.

It said the university should stop taking full rent from the additional occupants of hostel rooms and charge room rent only from the date of its allotment and construct additional hostels.

While emphasising the need for regular inspection of food in the university canteens and messes, the SFI, in a representation signed by students of all departments, asked the authorities to ensure regular supply of drinking water and water in the toilets, increase in the scholarship for research scholars and provide Internet facility in all hostels.

They have also demanded that the university should make a provision for imparting basic training in computer, provide sports facilities on Sundays, and increase the exercise timing in gymnasium from two hours to five.

More than 1,200 students have signed the charter of demands, a copy of which has been sent to the Prime Minister of India, Vice-President of India (Chancellor of PU), Governor of Punjab, Chief Minister of Punjab and all Senate members of Panjab University. The SFI leaders said if the demands were not fulfilled soon then they would be forced to launch an agitation.



10-day NSS camp concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
A 10-day special camp for the NSS unit of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, organised from December 14 to 23 on the school premises, concluded here yesterday.

Fifty NSS volunteers participated in the camp. The theme of the camp was ‘Youth for cleanliness’. During the camp, NSS volunteer cleaned the school campus, eradicated weeds and congress grass, watered plants and developed a ‘landscape’ in the school. Hedges and flower plants were planted.

Sumptuous food was served to the volunteers daily. During the camp, rallies were also organised in the nearby areas for creating awareness among the people about cleanliness, environment protection and against polythene use, AIDS and drugs.

Yesterday, on the concluding day, Ms Indra Beniwal, Principal, addressed the volunteers. She told them to be always ready to serve society and contribute their mite for the removal of social evils.

Mr Savinder Singh, Lecturer in Physics, also inspired the students to be good citizens. The camp was organised under the guidance of Mr Sagar Singh, programme officer, NSS unit of the school.

Camp begins

A 10-day NSS camp was inaugurated at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, by PTA president, Mr Gian Chand, and the Principal of the school, Ms Viney R. Sood, here on Thursday.

Fifty volunteers are participating in the camp. The programme officer, Mr Baljinder Singh, said the main events would be the cleanliness of the school and rallies on AIDS awareness, female foeticide, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan and save water campaign and environment. Lectures on different topics would be delivered by experts.



Misuse of PTA funds alleged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
A deputation of the Parents Teacher Association (PTA) of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here met the Home Secretary, Mr Krishan Mohan, to complain against the misutilisation of PTA funds by the school Principal.

In a complaint to Mr Mohan, the PTA representation signed by 19 members, said the Principal, posted for over seven years at the same school, was not only misutilising the funds by becoming a self-styled patron-cum-Principal, but was also harassing the elected executive committee members and interfering in their functioning.

Led by Mr V.B. Khanna, an executive member of the PTA, the deputation demanded the immediate transfer of the Principal and holding of an impartial inquiry into the matter.



Annual prize distribution function held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 24
The annual prize distribution function of Sant Isher Public School here was celebrated at Bal Bhavan, Chandigarh, with great enthusiasm and zeal.

Ms Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to the Chief Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest. She gave away the prizes to the students who had excelled in the field of academics, sports and other curricular activities. Sukhdev Singh, former Agriculture Commissioner, presided over the function.

Students presented a cultural bonanza on the occasion, which started with the lightening of “deep shikha” followed by the recitation of saraswati vandana. Kids dressed as birds, animals, and flowers attracted everybody’s attention. Students of different classes presented a dance item. A glimpse of Punjabi culture was depicted in a dance “dhola”, which was highly appreciated. More than 500 students took part in the cultural show.



2 Shivalik students clear talent search exam
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 24
Two students of Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, here have cleared the State Talent Search Examination organised by the National Talent of Search Education. According to a press note issued by the school authorities, the two, Manpreet Singh and Rachit Singla, of Class X are the only students to achieve this distinction in the entire Ropar district.

The school authorities said two of their students, Jaskeerat Singh and Rahul Babbar, had earlier cleared the National Talent Search Examination.



Principal retires
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
Ms Vimal Bhargava, founder principal of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, was today given a warm farewell by the management, staff and students of the college here today. She has retired after putting in 24 years of service.

While addressing the gathering at her farewell function, Ms Bhargava, became quite emotional. The outgoing Principal was praised for her efforts to steer the college to the path of success. A special issue of the college magazine, Nibhrant was also released.



Tanvi, Baba Azmi nurture simple dreams
Aditi Tandon

Tanvi and Baba Azmi seem more like twins. Identical in their perceptions of cinema and their expectations from the medium, both man and wife speak of their celebrated origins with great modesty. While Baba Azmi, better known as the son of Kaifi Azmi and brother of Shabana Azmi, admits he will be proud to live in the shadow of his family, Tanvi, in all her humility, says she has never been daunted by Shabana’s presence in her life.

In Chandigarh with Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, Tanvi and Baba Azmi spoke about their shared concerns as artistes and harbingers of legendary Kaifi Azmi’s dreams. In a revealing account Tanvi gave umpteen references to Kaifi’s secular motives, the greatest being her own acceptance in a Muslim family. “I come from a Hindu family. Naturally we had a controversial marriage, but I don’t recall a single instance where Abba sounded or appeared displeased. Indeed, he facilitated my entry all the time. For me, it was a cultural assimilation which I thoroughly enjoyed,” Tanvi said, reliving the joy of moments spent under Kaifi’s care.

She added, “There was a certain aspect of his character which was never revealed to the world. He had a child like humour which enabled him to live on small pleasures. Often when asked to rate my acting talents in comparison to Shabana’s he would sing my praises in my presence and vice versa.”

Perhaps Tanvi’s cheekiness endeared her to Kaifi just as it endeared her to Baba who first shot her in the film “Pyari Behna”. Baba says in a light vein, “Voh film Tanvi ko bahut bhari padi.” An ace cinematographer who added class to films like “Hum Paanch”, “Arjun”, “Beta”, “Dil”, “Tezaab”, “Mr India” and “Akele Hum…”, Baba Azmi always took life as it came. Not a tad insecure of his sister’s repute, he said he was proud to shoot her in “Anokha Bandhan”, though she was not very comfortable with his camera skills. “She kept asking me if she was in focus,” said Baba who is contemplating direction now.

As a cinematographer he feels the stream had gained great respect. “The film is as much a cinematographer’s baby as it is a director’s. A healthy relationship between the two can work wonders,” he said while referring to his passion for direction. In fact, he began his life as an assistant director with Chetan Anand, though he rediscovered his passion only recently after directing a song from Kaifi Azmi’s anthology of poems “Pyar ka Jashn”. While Baba Azmi is busy with commercials these days, Tanvi is getting ready to re-cast her spell. After a long hiatus she is weighing her options to make the best choices.

After a winning performance in “Mirza Ghalib”, Tanvi could well have gone for brighter stars. But she was more content being a homemaker. Now that the home is safe and sound, she can afford to be tempted by the camera glare.



Get ready, it’s Christmas
Saurabh Malik

NO wonder, Zubina’s fair translucent fingers are feeling the sheer elegance of ebony in a garment house on the big day’s eve. The plus II student intends to wear the somber hue to a cheerful evening bash being organized on December 25.

She is not alone in her pursuit. Her chums also plan to paint the town red with black on Christmas. “All of us are picking up pitch-black shades for lightning the evening,” her friend Tahira quips.

For them, it’s final. The guys can shake, rattle and roll in swinging blue jeans, even three piece suits of different hues. Anything. Zubina, Tahira are their gang are hell bent upon twisting and shouting in black skirts, dresses and even jeans, teamed with blazing red Santa caps and cloaks.

The reason behind their obsession for deep black is not hard to see. The simplicity and the slimming effect of the hue makes it a “hot favourite”. This is not all. Black is the easiest colour. You can pair it with anything, anytime.

So girls, if you still haven’t taken out the stuff you wish to wear on Christmas, choose something in ebony. The alluring all-black outfits are sure to send everyone’s pulse racing and heart thumping.

But before you leave behind the cozy comfort of your dressing room, just make sure you do not look like a “Black-cat commando” ready to pounce on the poor helpless revellers instead of enjoying the day with them. Follow the simple head-to-toe tips and you will not go wrong, that’s a guarantee.

First of all, take care that the attire you have selected for the big occasion contains some interesting textures. You can always go in for lace paired with leather, or satin paired with soft wool. Also, do not forget to tie a good attractive belt around your reed thin waist.

Otherwise, you can show wee bit of your tummy by pairing a short top with low rise jeans. Another thing. Keep the apparel feminine. The clothes you wear should not be baggy. Also wear nice, well-polished, dainty shoes along with the dress. Lastly, combine the shade with a vibrant lip hue, preferably in blazing red, for that hard-to-resist look.



Pick them for dear ones

Go in for Santas or other attractive gifts this Christmas
Go in for Santas or other attractive gifts this Christmas.

Hey, guys and girls, Christmas is here and you still haven’t picked up nice alluring gifts. Well, you still have time. Rush to the nearest gift shop. You can go in for singing, dancing or flying Santa — in Chandigarh all the way from China.

Or else, you can take home nice cheerful red caps with twinkling lights enhancing the glitter. For you, here is a complete guide:

Gift Christmas decorations, including glittering bells. You can also go in for mistletoe. You can also make your own felt stockings. Just ensure they are large enough to hold a bottle of wine or homemade salad dressings.

Candles continue to be a rage. Tie them in bundles with nice ribbon or stack them in a festive box. Include an appropriate candleholder. Or else, make special ornaments for the Christmas tree with glue-on beads and faux jewels.

For coffee lovers, fill a cup with packets of different flavours or coco, along with chocolate-covered spoons. Select a cookbook for housewives. Place it with dry ingredients in a decorative basket.

Make theme or hobby baskets. Fill them with goodies. If you are oven friendly, bake your finest pound or rum cake. Wrap securely and place it in a decorative tin. It will not take more than an hour for you to finish the job.

Homemade gifts from the kitchen will impress your friends and relatives. Fill up jars with your homemade jams and jellies. Photos make great gifts. Try taking pictures of events throughout the year or of one special activity. Place them in an attractive album with comments. Picture frames are also in. Go in for twin photo frames with heart motifs.

Wine connoisseurs will enjoy a set of wine stoppers. Wrist watches, designed specially for the occasion in cheerful shades, can also be gifted. Album of carols, specially complied for the occasion, are in. If your friend has a CD player, buy him a disc. Otherwise cassettes are there for you. Walkman is another good gift.

Beaded necklace with a sterling silver chain can also be presented to girls. Cute and cuddly teddies are a girl’s best friend. Gift them the ones with interesting messages. Perfumes make great gifts. TNS



Christmas spirit gets rolling
Swarleen Kaur

THE Christmas spirit got rolling at the Chandigarh Club, Chandigarh on Friday. This was time for many ‘busy-bees’ to let their hair down.

Beginning with a performance by dancing troupes filled the ambience with passion and full of energy. The party was not only for girls and guys, but also for kids. For kids Santa Claus was there for giving them surprises. Since the occasion was the Christmas Eve, the party had the full sanction of its participants who danced with their heart, mind and soul.

The mood became more vigorous and indulgent when Sambhavana Seth and her troupe took the centrestage. She danced on the beats of ‘Ishq kabhi kariyo naa’, ‘Bindas meri ye masti mere ye nakhre’ and then on the remixes of ‘Slave for you’, and ‘Love me love’.

Sambhavana has performed with Govinda and Johnny Lever and will also be seen in a forthcoming movie, ‘Model’.

Later on, the disco jockey created the mood for the party. Even those who were not too willing to join the enthusiasts were swayed by the drumbeats. Many ‘distance-keepers’ were later seen shaking a leg. OC



“Daayan” targets superstitions
S.D. Sharma

Fatalistic belief in the illogical rituals is an age-old malady of Indian society. This was the theme of the play, “Daayan,” staged by students of the Department of Indian Theatre at the studio theatre, Chandigarh. It demolished the tall claims of the governing bodies and stressed that a lot more is required to be done for inducing awareness at the grassroot level.

Based on a story by the Magsaysay awardee writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi, director Chander Shekhar sculpted a meaningful short play titled, “Daayan,” with a potent message of social relevance. It was his the first directorial assignment.

The playwright relied mainly on the life of the main protagonist, Chandi, facing social ostracism. She has been cursed to be a ‘daayan’ and subjected to desolate living in the cremation ground. Her marriage to Malinder, too, is not relished by the villagers who had developed an apathetic attitude towards them. Their son, Bhagirath, fights for the dignity of Chandi.

Shuchi Chopra, the protagonist in the portrayal of ‘Daayan’, Rohit Sharma playing her husband (Malinder), Amit Chauhan as son Bhagirath and all actors required more rehearsals to bring alive the essence of the characters.

The set designing by Chander Shekhar and Vijay Kumar recreated the perfect ambience. However, the theme of the play has the potential of mass appeal.

Meanwhile, a Punjabi play, “Wauhti Nahin Labhni” which was to be staged at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Friday by the Inter Media Committee of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has been postponed to February 2, 2005 in view of the sudden death of Narasimha Rao, a former Prime Minister. OC



Cassettes on Sahibzadas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
On the occasion of tercentenary of the martyrdom of Sahibzadas, an album, “Sirhind Dian Gallan Chamkaur Dian Gallan”, has been brought out in two volumes by Brig Partap Singh Jaspal (retd). The first volume is dedicated to the younger two Sahibzadas who were bricked alive and the second volume focuses on the elder two Sahibzadas who attained martyrdom on the battlefield.

The first volume will be telecast on ETC Punjabi on December 26 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. These cassettes can also be accessed on the Internet on the websites www.sikhvideos.org, www.baisakhi.org and www.gurugranthsahib.org.



Readers’ Club launched

Chandigarh, December 24
The British Library today opened Readers’ Club which will offer members an opportunity to share their views and ideas and interact with other readers.

The objective of the club is to promote book reading among city residents.


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