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School cabinet initiation ceremony held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
A ceremony of the school cabinet initiation and an inter-house fancy dress competition of the Mount Carmel School, Sector 47-B, was organised at LECMA theatre, 3 BRD, Air Force Station, Chandigarh.

Mr Sunil Bansal, fashion photographer and Director, Model Creators, was the chief guest and Mr Gaurav Dhir, Mr Monte Carlo runner-up at Mr India 2003 and finalist of Glad Rags Mega Model 2000, was the guest of honour.

The day started with a welcome speech by the nominated head girl of the school followed by Jonathan Ivan Charles, the nominated head boy of the school rendering a beautiful song in English.

After the initiation ceremony of the school cabinet for the year 2005-2006, the chief guest pinned badges on to the cabinet members as one by one they marched smartly to receive this honour. The Principal then administered the oath of office to the student members of the cabinet. After the ceremony, the cabinet members joined the school choir as they sang the school anthem.

Then began the Fancy Dress Competition in which the students of KG to Class X participated.


KINDERGARTEN GROUP: First — Jasmet Singh, Second — Mehak, Third — Deepanshu Sharma and Consolation-Rufus Austin

SUB JUNIOR GROUP (Classes I and II): First — Zuhayr S. Bedi, second — Rashi Kaushal and third — Cheitanya and Consolation Saksham Chandel

JUNIOR GROUP-II (Classes III and IV): First — Arpit Manakatala, Second- Shiva Rana and third — Shonit Pahuja and Consolation — Khushboo

JUNIOR GROUP-I (Classes V and VII): First — Gagandeep Singh, Second — Mandeep Kaur and third — Raghav Bhardwaj and Consolation-Kanav Puri

SENIOR GROUP-II (Classes VII and VIII): First — Akshay Rana, Second — Ishrat Singh and third — Vishakha and Consolation- Gurleen K. Baath

SENIOR GROUP-I (Classes IX and X): First — Jonathan Ivan Charles, second — Habby Rajput and third — S. Tanweer Hussain and Consolation- Isha Jalan.



From Schools
Florence nightingale remembered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Florence Nightingale was remembered on her birthday at a function organised at Ryan School here. A special assembly was conducted for the children.

The students also celebrated yellow day and blue day in the school. The yellow day featured making of book marks and finger printing in summer fruits.

To mark the day, one of the teachers dressed up like a mango and gave information about it. The blue day was enjoyed by the children by making peacock with hand impression and yatch with paper folding technique.

A teacher dressed up as blue mermaid made the blue day memorable for the children.


Ms Savita Narang, a teacher at Hansraj Public School, has been chosen among the 20 finalists across the country in the ‘Assessment Question Making Competition’ conducted by the Educational Initiatives, Ahmedabad. The competition was conducted in order to improve the quality of questioning and to recognise the outstanding teachers.

Polio awareness campaign

As part of the social awareness campaign, a campaign was organised at Rai School, Sector 48, by Dr Sidhu. During the campaign the students were given information on polio vaccine.

New courses

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan College of Communication and Management has introduced two new courses, “Insurance and risk management” and ‘Hospitality, leisure and service industry’ from the current session 2005-2006. These course are in addition to the existing courses, said Mr S.M. Sharma, officiating principal of the college.



Special kids sing odes to Earth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Students of the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, celebrated Earth Day by holding song competitions on their campus today. As many as 21 students participated in the contest, which was based on the theme of “Mother Earth”. The jury members were Dr J. Kahlon and Ms P. Cheema.

Later, prizes were given away to the winners by Maj-Gen Rajendra Nath (retd), chairman of the Institute. The prizes went to the following (in the order of merit): Mamta Sharma from class VII, Karamjit Kaur from class X and Palvir Kaur from class V. Consolation and special prizes went to Mamta Priya of class VII and Sukhjinder Kaur of class VIII.



Kids watch movie under TIE
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 13
A film festival was started under The Tribune in Education (TIE) scheme for schoolchildren here today.

Nearly 1,000 students from four schools were shown the film ‘spiderman II’ at Bassi Theatre in Phase II, here. The festival which started today would go on even after the summer vacation. Nearly 60 schools would be covered for the film festival under the scheme.

Ms Lily Banerjee, adviser to the TIE, said the inauguration of the film festival was done by schoolteachers. She said the response of the teachers towards the scheme was quite encouraging.

Ms Banerjee said apart from holding the film festival, schoolchildren were also taken on amusement and educational trips under the TIE scheme. seminars and workshops were also organised for them.



CET roll Nos dispatched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Admit cards and roll numbers have been dispatched to all eligible candidates through registered mail for the Common Entrance Test (CET), which is being held by Panjab University on May 24. The test is for admission to MBBS, BAMS, BHMS, five year B.A. LLB (Hons) Integrated Course, B. Pharmacy & B.Sc. (Hons. School) courses for the session 2005-2006.

In a press note issued today, the university said the students who did not receive their admit cards by May 19, should get their duplicate admit cards from PU on May 20 and 21.

Enquiry about the admit cards and roll numbers can be made on telephone numbers 0172-2534829 and 2534825.



CAT Bar Association calls off stir
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
There is good news for government employees seeking justice from the Central Administrative Tribunal.

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) will begin to function smooths from next Monday with the All-India CAT Bar Association today deciding to suspend its agitation against the move by the UPA government to amend the Tribunals Act 1985, which will empower the government to abolish the tribunal and its parallel outfits in the states.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the executive committee of the association held today in Delhi. Mr D.R. Sharma, former President of the Chandigarh chapter of the CAT Bar Association, who attended the meeting, told The Tribune that since the proposed amendment was not tabled in the Parliament session, the agitation had been put off till further notice. Members of the association across the country would resume work from Monday.

Earlier, the strike call had been given till May 13 till the end of the Budget session in Parliament. The Bar associations have been on strike since April 21.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr A.K. Behra, President of the All-India Bar Association, said the executive committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association had supported the cause for which the CAT bar association had been fighting. He further said that 28 confederations, federations and associations of employees had pledged their support to the movement. The leader of the CPM in the Lok Sabha, Mr Basudeb Acharya, had also supported the agitation, he added.

Mr Behra said, “During the Budget session, the government did not give a reply to a query raised by a member of Parliament. We are mobilising public opinion on the issue”, he added.

Members of the local bar association said that recently the Vice-Chairman of the tribunals in Delhi had stated that 25 per cent more work could be given to the tribunals by extending their jurisdiction. The tribunals are under the Department of Personnel Training.

The All-India CAT Bar Association was also contemplating to go to the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the CAT from the Ministry of the Department of Personnel Training to the Law Ministry.



Five cops among 10 get bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
A local court today granted bail to 10 persons, including five police officials, in a defamation case filed by a Sector 22 resident.

Mr RK Singla, Judicial Magistrate, granted bail to the police officials, including Moti Ram, Bishi Ram,Ved Pal Malik, Hari Chand and Balbir Singh.

The complainant, Ms Vanita Aggarwal, alleged that the police officials, in connivance with her landlord, had used defamatory language against her. Ms Aggarwal had a dispute with her landlord in Sector 22. Later, both parties had lodged cases against each other. Later, they had reportedly affected a compromise.



Rediscovering the clown in oneself
S.D. Sharma

LEARNING, as well as clowning, is an experience for the truth to manifest itself within the inner being.

The experience of rediscovering ‘a clown’ in oneself has been most rejuvenating for the 15 intrusive participants of the workshop ‘Discover the clown within yourself’ conducted by an expert from Portugal, Ms. Ana Madureira, at the Alliance Fraincase here.

The educative venture of the Centre for Voluntary Action in collaboration with the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy concluded with the presentation of five items by the participating artistes in the age group of 14 to 56 years.

The theme-based compositions evolved during the two week workshop were executed with verve, employing skilled improvisations. They reminded the audience of the genius of charismatic Raj Kapoor and his classic clowning in ‘Mera Naam Joker’.

The director Ana, ably assisted by Ishu, involved the audience and the actors to establish an instant rapport and be part of the proceedings. It appeared as if the presntation was another session in the workshop as she talked of the nature of improvisation concept.

The participants, having imbibed the intensity of emotions and modules, exhibited brilliance throughout, the captivating show.

Be it the ‘Garden’, ‘The mysterious dentist,’ ‘On the Road,’ ‘Love letter’ or ‘Wild Journey’, all issues bearing close proximity to contemporary life were given a literal theatrical form and applauded by the audience.

Leading the repertoire of artistes were Harleen Kohli, Jayashri, Luisa, Sudha, Vijay, Mamta, Kanwal, Sukhmani, Nizi, Anupma, Shubashini, Shashi and Vijay.

Ana plans to present the production as a street show to take the medley of mime, mimicry and aesthetic skills to the masses.



Amritsar hunk turns towards films

MODELLING was never the first choice for handsome hunk Inder Mohan. But after tasting the thrill of this glamour-rich profession, modelling soon took the shape of ardour for this Amritsar-born model.

He is in this profession for the past eight years but the excitement which he felt on the ramp for the first time is still there. His shows are flamboyant and each one evokes a special feeling in him.

‘Anukama 2005’, a fashion show of Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali, will showcase 58 collections. Nearly 21 top fashion models will exhibit the collections of graduating students of Fashion Design and Knitwear Design Technology at Kalagram, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

After securing a place in the modelling, he has now turned towards movies. Some alluring offers hold out a hope for him. He has already done a role in ‘Garv’.

He pursued his college and university studies in Chandigarh and was chosen as Mr Chandigarh in 1993. Surjit Bindrakhia’s popular Punjabi musical video ‘Dil da pata nahin tera’ levitated him to the hearts of people. He has featured in a few other musical videos, including some with Jazzy B, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Loye-loye’ and most recently in ‘Pyar zindagi hai’.

He is in the city to exhibit NIIFT’s fashion show. It is his second show for NIIFT and he feels a lot of changes in the design. This time he found the collection more attractive and professional.

On a personal level, Inder is not at all fashion conscious and follows the comfort factor. Body building and work outs figure in his priority list.

He won’t stop modelling assignments. — OC



New Release
See Sunny Deol back in action

“NO if, no but, Sirf Jatt”———. It is a tagline of Sunny Deol’s new movie “Jo Bole so Nihaal”. The title is based on the main character’s name Nihaal Singh. The film hit the silver screen yesterday after getting clearance from the censor board at Nirman Chandigarh, Fun Republic and Suraj Panchkula.

“Jo Bole So Nihaal”, directed by Rahul Rawail will turn out to be another money spinner, predicts trade pundits. After “Arjun Pandit” this film sees Sunny teaming up with his favourite film makers , Rahul Rawail who helped him the box office. So “Jatt Puttar” is all set to rock the Indian audience. The film also marks the debut of “Oh, oh, Jaane Jaane” ... fame,. pop singer Kamaal Khan who plays the main villain. — DP



Chevrolet sports cars sizzle in city
Arvind Katyal

THIS is one car which you cannot ask for a test drive. It is one of the fastest cars sold one the planet. The Chevrolet Corvette, a sports car which has a top speed of 295 kmph,was on display in the city.

The car has the classic two seat, two door sports car format and the vehicle charmed local enthusiasts on the first day of display at Dynamic Motors, Industrial Area, Chandigarh. The car will be here till May 16. The display will be open on Sunday also.

The campaign titled “Corvette and SSR India Tour-2005” has two stunning modern faces of the brand which is part of General Motors, USA.

The Corvette has an automatic transmission, optional 6-speed manual transmission with a 400 horsepower, 6.0 litre V8 engine. The other model displayed was Chevrolet SSR, which is a convertible. The price of the Corvette is nearly Rs 1 crore.

After Chandigarh, the cars will be taken to Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bangalore,Chennai and Hyderabad.

Explaining the idea behind the display, Mr Sanjay Dahuja, Chief Executive of Dynamic Motors, said, it was to further enhance the image of the Chevrolet brand which was established way back in 1909 by William Durant, founder of General Motors, and Louis Chevrolet, who was a leading car race driver. At present Chevrolet manufactures Tavera, Forester and Optra models for the Indian market.



Mandira to star in play today

ACTORS Mandira Bedi and Samir Soni will be in the city tomorrow for the presentation of a comedy “Anything but Love”. The famous comedy of Raell Padamsee, is being brought to the city by Chitkara Institute, in collaboration with The Tribune.

The production has been directed by Vikranth Pawar and features cricket commentator Mandira Bedi in the lead role opposite Samir Soni who featured in the famous Raj Santoshi film “Lajja” some time back.

The play will be staged at Tagore Theatre at 7 pm. Entry is by passes alone. — TNS


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