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Consistence paid off, says topper
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Swati Jindal, the topper of the Class VIII examination conducted by the UT Education Department, is on cloud nine and her principal, Mr Sanjay Sardana, and her teachers at Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, can’t stop raving about her performance.

“She has topped every annual examination in the school and we were expecting her name to figure among the top three. Everybody knows about her academic excellence. She has done us proud and brought laurels to the school and the teachers,” Mr Sardana says.

The school, after shortlisting 10 of the most brilliant students, gave them exhaustive coaching for an hour everyday in the run-up to the examinations. “I took no tuitions though I did make my own notes after consulting a book in addition to the books prescribed in school for social studies and science. Consistent work paid rich dividends,” adds Swati.

All praise for the school’s contribution in building up her interest in studies and giving guidance on every topic, Swati’s parents, too are all smiles. At the school to express her gratitude to the principal, her mother said that Swati was diligent worker.

“She would take every test seriously and prepare for it well, leaving out no topic. This helped her to the extent that during the examinations she only needed to revise her lessons. We would have to force her to go to sleep and she wouldn’t stop,” her mother says.

Swati, an all-rounder with interests ranging from playing badminton to painting and reading books, maintains,”It is not about the hours you put in but with how much concentration you go through the lesson. This is the first step but the biggest hurdle, the Class X board, is yet to happen for me. I am happy with my achievement but I still have miles to go before I can rest on past laurels and I am game for it”.

However, for now, she is awaiting her VCD player, a gift her parents have promised her.

The principal, too, has offered her freeship for the next two years in recognition of her achievement. 



Assn holds dharna in front of MP’s house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The Association of the Private Educational Institutes today staged a dharna in front of the residence of Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP, here today.

Ms Sushma Manrai, treasurer of the association, said: “We are demanding an extension in permission for running the schools in residential quarters. When the Administration has given permission to schools in Mani Majra, there is no reason why we should be denied the same.”

The dharna has been going on at the Matka chowk for the past two days. “Today was a holiday for the Administration, so we thought to protest in front of the residence of the MP,” she added.



Quota for poor students inadequate: BJP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The local unit of the BJP today resolved to continue its agitation for 25 per cent quota for poor students in the private schools from the current academic session.

Terming the 15 per cent quota for the poor students in the private schools as “inadequate”, a former local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, said the party’s campaign against the charging of capitation fee and adequate pay scales for private school teachers would continue.

He said committee constituted by the Administration on quota for the poor students should submit its report within a month. He demanded that representatives of the parent-teacher associations and private schools should be included in the committee.

The party will launch a contact programme to make general public aware about various issues involved in the commercialisation of education from April 2 to 16, he said.

Coming down heavily on the commercialisation of education, Mr Jain alleged that the future of over 35,000 students would be jeopardised following the decision of the Administration to close schools in residential areas from this academic session. He demanded granting of another year to schools which are in the residential areas before they are closed down.



CET rescheduled
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 2
The common entrance test (CET) for admission to MBBS, BAMS, BHMS, BA, LL.B (Hons) integrated course, B Pharmacy and B.Sc (Hons. School) scheduled to be held on May 22 will now be held on May 24.

The examinations of various undergraduate classes which were to be conducted on April 2 will be held on April 17. 



WTO discussed at seminar
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 2
The second day of the three-day seminar organised by Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Sciences had WTO and globalisation as its topics yesterday.

Mr S.P. Shukla , former Commerce Secretary, Government of India, Mr C. Venkatachalan, a banker and associated with the All-India Bank Employees Association and Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, Government of Punjab, gave their presentation on this theme.



Film Review
‘CU at 9’ is best avoided
Rama Sharma

A skin flick like “C U at 9” cannot have much sale value even at multiplexes. Tagged as a thriller with passionate scenes as its selling points, it reeks of the director’s inability to handle the subject. He has added one more malady to the scores of existing ones.

Except for its attention-grabber title, it does not have any other value. No surprises for guessing how unsound it can be.

Shweta Konnur, a South Indian beauty, hits the Hindi silver screen for the first time, recording a new low. It is equally disastrous for Isaiah who play the lead role opposite her. Riddled with everything unpalatable, the flick is one which can strain your soul and wreck your nerves.

Written and directed by Marlon Hoden, the movie at the best can be termed as his inadvertent foray into filmdom.

The film’s echo points — its innumerable body exposure scenes — are awkward. It is a kind of film which is best avoided.



Products come alive in ad campaigns

Like every year, applied arts students of Government Art College, Chandigarh, have put together a powerful show of advertisement campaigns.

Students have picked up themes from markets as well as from life. So we have two sensitive campaigns on the themes of age care and child labour put up by Guleen Kaur and Supreet Kaur, respectively. There is another campaign that evokes sympathies for animals who are wronged by humans. This one has been done by Namrata Sivya.

Madhavi Agawal has presented quality professionals whereas Hargoon Mahal has given a fairly elaborate idea about how to go about planning a wedding. Sukruit Vadhera has chosen to harp on the macho Royal Enfield which she depicts in various forms.

Niti Joshi has advertised yoga and various asnas to create health awareness, while Ashvinder Kaur has displayed Ford Endeavour. Ruchi Sondi is more interested in music. So she chooses to celebrate Planet M in her campaign. Amrita Singh gives preference to popcorns.

Much like the campaign on cruelty against animals, Priyanka highlights the stray dog menace. Neha Sehgal’s work on a company manufacturing security gadgets is another interesting piece of work. Anjeela Singh works on the concept of civic sense while Sonika Sharma shows prints of Aerizona discotheque.

The most unpredictable work comes from Gauri Sharma who displays Lider water technology.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr Aditya Prakash, chairman of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, on Friday. It will go on till April 5. TNS



IPTA cultural fest concludes
S.D. Sharma

The four-day cultural festival organised by the Indian Peoples Theatre Association (IPTA) concluded with the honouring of folk artiste Surinder Kaur and writer Tera Singh Chann.

A ballet “Jaag payi parbhat” on Punjab by the Punjab Arts International, directed by Narinder Nindi, added to the richness of the programme.

Surinder Kaur, nightingale of Punjab, lauded the resolve of IPTA, Punjab chapter. Her versatile daughter Dolly Guleria regaled the audience with the sufiana qalaams of Hussain Bakash, Bulle Shah and songs immortalised by Surinder Kaur, including the soulful lyrics of Shiv Batalavi.

On Friday, the Amritsar-based Manch Rangmanch staged a Punjabi play, “Tapash”. The play synthesised repression and the scourge that blemished governance for being unfair in the larger interest of the society during the black days of terrorism.

Playwright Devinder Daman seeks explanation from those at the helm of affairs, on behalf of innocent children The theme got an effective treatment by director Kewal Dhaliwal.

Known for his technical virtuosity, Kewal Dhaliwal recreated the ambience of dark days with the perfect use of effects and fabric lengths as part of the set. So did the accomplished actors and backstage experts. Pradeep Joshi, Mandeep Kaur, Gurtez Maan, Rajinder Nagi and Pavel Sandhu formed the main cast.

Depicting the disparity of the woman in the male-dominated society from Daropadi to the contemporary times in her solo performance, “Chidi di Umbar Walh Udaan”, Anita Shabdeesh excelled. 


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