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Moon landing project: 5 teams qualify for finals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Teams from five different schools in the region have qualified for finals of a competition organised by the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) requiring students to explore and study the feasibility of a moon landing and prepare a theoretical project report.

The finals of the competition, titled "Moon Landing : From Vision to Reality" are scheduled to be held in Chandigarh on January 9. As many as 19 teams from schools in Punjab and Haryana had participated in the semi-finals.

The short-listed teams of five students each are from Air Force School, Pathankot, Apeejay School, Jalandhar, R.D. Khosla DAV School, Batala, St, Johns High School, Chandigarh, and Ryan International, Faridabad.

The teams would be required to give a presentation on their project report before a panel of judges and explain the technical, logistic, administrative and physiological aspects of a moon landing as perceived by them. They will also be asked to touch upon Chandrayan, India's intended mission to the Moon.

Students could use basic material from published literature on the subject and the Internet, but were not allowed to directly copy down the material, except for certain technical drawings or pictures.

The idea behind the competition, Vice-Chairman of AeSI's Chandigarh chapter, Wg Cdr D.P. Sabharwal (retd) said, was to generate interest among students in the upcoming field of space technology, as it is they who would be at the helm of affairs when projects like moon landing and other space programmes at present in their infancy, become a reality a few years down the line.



Paswan inaugurates toxicology centre
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 18
Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Steel, today inaugurated the National Toxicology Centre (NTC) at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here.

Talking about the state of the Indian pharmaceutical industry, the minister said: “Presently, the Indian pharmaceutical industry is worth $ 10 billion, out of which the export turnover is over $ 3.5 billion. Globally, the industry ranks fourth in terms of volume and 13 in terms of value. It is contributing around 22 per cent in terms of value towards the global generic drugs market.”

Stating that the Government of India was attaching immense importance to the various issues pertaining to health care, the minister said funding on healthcare would be increased to 2 or 3 per cent of the GDP over the next five years from the current 0.9 per cent, with focus on primary healthcare.

He added that a new comprehensive pharmaceutical policy was being drafted to ensure development of vibrant and growth-oriented pharma industry. “An important plank will be the introduction of a health insurance scheme for poor families. A special access programme for anti-cancer and anti-HIV drugs will be proposed,” he said.

Stressing that the government was doing its best to ensure adequate availability of essential medicines at affordable prices, Mr Paswan pointed out that the government was examining the possibility of revival of pharma public sector undertakings.

The minister said more NIPER-like centres would be established in the country. “NIPER at Mohali will not have any dearth of funds. We will be moving the Planning Commission to grant NIPER good manufacturing production project,” he said.



Celebration time at Doon International
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 18
Doon International School celebrated its annual sports day here today. The chief guest on the occasion was Kharar MLA Bir Devinder Singh.

The celebrations commenced with the unfurling of the school flag by the chief guest while the school choir sang the school song. The chief guest took the salute at the impressive inter-house march past that was followed by Saraswati vandana.

The show was a scintillating amalgamation of vibrant drills and athletic events. The kindergarten students, beautifully attired in colourful costumes, performed a drill depicting the four seasons.

Students of the junior section performed the baton drill and the tribal drill with a remarkable display of rhythmic synchronisation. The dumble drill, the umbrella drill and the yoga-aerobic fusion drill were a delightful presentation of colour and co-ordination.

A fast paced Rajasthani folk dance and the ever popular Bhangra were a perfect manifestation of the stamina and fitness level of the students.

The track events were the time of great cheer and excitement as the team spirit of the students came to the forefront in particular during the inter-house relay races and cross country runs. The Principal of the school read out the annual report highlighting the achievements and aspirations of the school.

In his speech, Mr Bir Devinder Singh commended the school for the remarkable success it had achieved in the short span since its opening by establishing itself as one of the premier institution of the city. He also rewarded the outstanding students for achieving excellence in academics and sports. The school also released the inaugural issue of the school news magazine, "The DIS Communique".



‘Xpressions 2005’ celebrated at Aanchal school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
‘Xpressions 2005’, the annual function of Aanchal International School, Sector 41, was today celebrated at Tagore Theatre. Amidst the backdrop of a multihued depiction of the cultural heritage of India, the students presented a dazzling display of dance and drama. The function was presided over by R.S. Goraya, District Education Officer, UT Chandigarh, as the chief guest.

The cultural extravaganza began with a welcome dance which was a classical dance performance. A complete Punjabi wedding coupled with songs and dance sequence enthralled the audience and was depicted beautifully by the kindergarten students.

A spectacular demonstration of Korean martial art, in which children displayed many self defence techniques was also appreciated by all present. A string of patriotic songs were presented by the toddlers. The play group children put forward an interesting rhyme sequence with great confidence. A play potraying the changing face of the Indian girl, showcased the theatrical skills of the students.

This was followed by a scintillating Rajasthani dance and yoga asanas. In addition to this Tarzan boy, another dance was also performed.

The function concluded with a foot tapping bhangra.

Speaking on the occasion, the principal of the school M. Sood informed that various plans had been outlined to create a state of the art infrastructure for students in the new premises.



Musical soiree at Strawberry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Fun and frolic marked the annual sports meet of Strawberry Fields Kindergarten, Sector 24, here today. Presented as a musical soiree, the hour-and-a-half programme held the audience spellbound, as the toddlers showcased various skills, which were an extension of regular school activities. The function was presided over by Lieut-Gen. Daljeet Singh, GOC-in-C, Western Command.

Dressed in green, orange, white and pink tracksuits, the toddlers, aged between two and four years, turned and twisted on Scottish numbers using the creative props made in the school.

This was followed by a synchronised hoop drill, in which the three-year-olds did simple exercises, leading to the formation of the national flag. Rewinding Octopi, Speedy Ladybirds, Season’s Catch and Crusty Sacks were some of the interesting races organised for the children.

The function ended on a festive note, with the arrival of Santa Claus on an Army motor cycle, giving gifts like music CDs of Christmas carols and soft toys to the children.



Sukhmani college students get top jobs
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, December 18
In an era when the students of upcoming engineering institutes struggle to get jobs in major companies, the students of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology(SSIET) have brought laurels to their alma mater by getting jobs in prestigious companies.

In fact, right from the year 2002, when the first batch of the institute passed out, the students had been getting plum posts in private sector. The 2002 batch achieved 100 per cent placements both in and off campus recruitments in top notch companies as IBM Daksh, Bharti Telecom, Wipro Infotech, Hero Honda, Quark and Motorola.

Similarly, almost 85 per cent of the students of second (1999-2003) and third (2000-2004) batches were placed with such companies as Hutch, Fortis Hospital, LG Electronics, TCS, Wipro, Radico Khaitan, IDS Infotech and Spice, according to Lieut-Col N.S. Julka (Retd), Training and Placement Officer.

“The placement of the students in top companies speaks volumes about the quality of education and hard work put in by the students and faculty,” Prof Avtar Singh, SSIET chairman, said.

Besides the corporate world, students of the institute are also making it big in other fields. As many as five former students have joined the defence forces as commissioned officers, Lt-Col Jukla added.



School organises annual function
S.D. Sharma

Panchkula, December 18
A cultural soiree, including classical dance performances and songs on the environment, marked the annual cultural bonanza and prize distribution function of Jainendra Public School here last evening.

The invocatory renditions of ‘Maa Sharde’ by Priya Das marked the start of the programme.

The students attempted to show their best through yoga asans, aerobics, bhangra, Rajasthani dance, laya and taal combination, and Goan dance.

Deforestation and environmental pollution caused by hunters and colonisers was also illustrated.



From Schools
NSS camp at GMSSS-19
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
The 10-day special NSS camp being organised by the two NSS units of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, was inaugurated recently by Mr R.S. Goraya, District Education Officer, UT Chandigarh.

Speaking on the occasion, the DEO applauded the role of NSS in creating awareness among the students and society. Ms Saroj Gupta, Principal of the school, called upon the volunteers to take up various social problems.

Also present was the programme officer Kushali Ram Sharma, who said the theme of the camp was "youth for swachhata". He said various activities like lectures, rallies, school visits, cleanliness drives and visit to the nature park would be undertaken in addition to an excursion trip on the concluding day.

Annual fete

The annual cultural fete of CL Aggarwal DAV Model School, Sector 7, was organised today on the school’s premises. Buzzing with activity, the school was decorated with a number of stalls that included games, eatables and joyrides.

The function was presided over by Mr Sameer Goel, Development Centre Head, Infosys Technologies, while Mr Alok Ratan Lal Tiwari of Infosys as the guest of honour.


A musical concert was organised at Moti Ram Arya School Auditorium, Sector 27, here this evening.

Neetu, T.S. Suresh, Krishnakumar, Prasad Vellor and Baburaj enthralled the audience.

Sri T.C. Peter memorial scholarships, comprising cash award and certificates, were given to students of Class X and XII.

Drishya, Tincy Rajan and Sreekanth P were awarded for their performance in Class X, while Binu Varghese, Liji George and Robin George were honoured for their performance in Class XII.

Annual function

The two-day cultural bonanza and the annual prize distribution function of St. Vivekanad Millennium School concluded today at the BR Ambedkar auditorium, HMT Township, Pinjore.

As many as 300 students participated in the grand cultural show as they displayed their aesthetic potential. Mr D.R. Yadava, Joint Secretary, Regional Officer, CBSE, was the chief guest and inaugurated the programme.



IT Club holds seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
The Chandigarh IT Club held a seminar on Internet search marketing and how companies worldwide were benefitting from it at the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology. The speakers were Prof. B. S. Sohi, Director University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), and Mr Atul Gupta, CEO, RedAlkemi, an Internet marketing company. The speakers disclosed that during 2005, paid advertising revenue on search engines touched $ 10 billion and it was expected to touch $ 15 billion in 2006.

Professor Sohi outlined the broad benefits to the end users with availability and use of Internet on a day-to-day basis.

Mr Gupta spoke about the growth and importance of Internet search marketing and the opportunities for Indian service providers in the search engine marketing services space.

The talks covered the history of how the web evolved and the key role played by search engines in bringing information to users and customers to e-commerce sites.



Workshop on art of parenting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
In order to understand the constantly changing child and parent relationship, a workshop on the ‘Art of parenting’ was today organised by HDFC Standard Life. The workshop was conducted by Rajshree Sharda, a city based psychologist and consultant with five city schools.

Addressing a gathering of parents and grandparents, she said parents should stress on purposeful communication and right understanding. She added that during formative years, the parents should give no negative comparisons and must induce various cultivated traits of personality among them.

Various ways were suggested, keeping in view the emergence of nuclear family, media exposure and changing lifestyle.



524 cases settled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
The Chandigarh State Legal Services Authority organised a Lok Adalat at District Courts here yesterday.

According to Mr M.M.S. Bedi, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman of the authority, 524 cases relating to the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, matrimonial disputes, rent and other civil and criminal cases were settled.

Rs 29.20 lakh were awarded as compensation in 16 motor accident claim cases.



Festival of African films
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Alliance Française de Chandigarh and the French Embassy in India are organising a weeklong film festival of African films, starting tomorrow. The festival will be screened at the Art Gallery, Alliance Francaise, Sector 36, at 6.30 pm.

Featuring a variety of identities, talents and values, it is a lavish festival of recent films. The collection of films in this festival showcases the work of young film-makers scattered throughout the continent.

There is one single factor that keeps them bonded, the urge to bring awareness about the evolving sense of identity of Africa, not only as territory, but also as an important force to be reckoned in the history of the black people. The culture that is still haunted by the ‘Other’, the position of women and the changing definition of identity find their expression through these films.

Some of the films which will be screened are ‘Abouna’, story of Tahirm, 15, and Amine, 8, in search of their father; ‘Awaiting Happiness’ (en attendant le bonheur), story of a young boy Abdallah and his journey to Europe; ‘Madame Brouette’, story of a young divorcee, a street vendor of fruit and vegetables and the mother of a little girl, who kills her husband; ‘Me And My White Man’ (moi et mon blanc), story of Mamadi, a student from Burkina Faso, and Franck, a young Frenchman, who get caught in the world of crime and drugs.



Conclave on cinematic tourism
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
The Chandigarh Tourism Department along with the Punjab and Haryana Tourism Department organised a conclave on “Cinematic tourism — Focus on Chandigarh and northern region” for representatives of the film industry in Mumbai today.

The conclave aimed to promote Chandigarh and the region for film making as Chandigarh is the regional hub of the northern and is being promoted aggressively as a cinematic tourism destination. Bollywood has taken a strong liking for Chandigarh.

In the recent past a number of film were shot in the city and its periphery. A number of film producers and directors and Bollywood celebrities, including Satish Kaushik, Manmohan Shetty, Manmohan Singh, Ravi Chopra, Sunil Darshan, Romesh Sharma, Kiran Kher, Poonam Dhillon, Vinod Pandey, Vikram Razdan, Pahlaj Nihalani and Shabnam Kapoor, participated in the conclave.

Ramesh S Taurani of Tips Music, Manjeet Maan and Kuku Kohli were also present.

The film fraternity was found much encouraged and enthusiastic regarding the initiative taken by the UT Department of Tourism to promote the city and the region.

Mr Krishna Mohan, Secretary Tourism, and Mr Vivek Atray, Director Tourism, informed the galaxy of Bollywood on various measures taken by the UT to facilitate cinematic tourism under the single-window system.

Mr Jagjit Puri, MD, Punjab Tourism, and Mr Vijai Vardhan, MD, Haryana Tourism, also made presentations.



Next convention of Punjabi society in UK
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
The next convention of the International Punjabi Society will be held in the first week of August in London. This was announced today at the conclusion of the 32 convention of the society.

It was also decided that a cell would be set up for the NRIs abroad as well as in India and they would use it to address the problems faced by them.

The issue of NRI brides being duped by their spouses was also discussed at the meeting of presidents of various chapters of the society. It was decided that such cases and other matrimonial disputes would be discussed through the NRI cells.

A fund of Rs 2 crore was also pledged for this cause. It was decided that this money would be used for organising seminars and camps to educate the public. Later in the day, a cultural programe was organised at the Punjab Cricket Association club in Mohali.



Sarghi Kala Kendra website
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 18
A prominent cultural organisation, Sarghi Kala Kendra, has gone online with the launch of its website —— www.sarghimohali.com.

The website was launched by a prominent writer, Major Mangat at Toronto in Canada recently. Prominent among those present on the occasion included Mr Sanjeevan Singh and Mr Major Singh Nagra, president and adviser, respectively, of the kendra.


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