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Prerna, Siddhant to represent city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
Prerna Verma, a Class XI student of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, and Siddhant Srivastava, a Class XII student of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, will represent the city at the Horlicks Wiz Team National Finals to be held in November.

They were chosen following an elaborate evaluation procedure. The students were judged on their performance in three rounds: the written elimination round, an interview round and a final selection round which comprised a talent round, a versatility round and a judges’ question round. The overall winner was BCM Model School, Shastri Nagar.

3000 students from different schools had gathered in the Guru Nanak Bhavan here today to showcase their talents in the Horlicks Wiz Kids 2006 by Activity. The Bhavan was buzzing with activity as on the three stages provided, the students were busy performing different items.

“The Horlicks Wiz Kids inter-school festival helps students develop their ability and confidence to express their views and talents and not restrict themselves only to academics. Horlicks Wizkids by Activity is India’s largest school fest and it strives to recognise and encourage meaningful talents,” said the organisers.

Horlicks Wiz Kids 2006 by Activity provided a variety of competitions on diverse subjects such as literature, art, singing, dramatics and others.

Talent activity comprising of style act, short play, fusion, group dance and group melody were staged in front of a live audience.

Under vocal activity, competitions such as quiz, Hindi ‘antakshari’, extempore, speaker of the year were held.

Students gave vent to their creative thoughts, opinions through literary activities which included English creative essay writing, state language essay writing and calligraphy. Art activity involved painting, pencil sketching, greeting card making, pot making, collage and mehndi design to bring out the creative talents of school students.

Competitions related to creative activity such as cooking, flower arrangement, still photography allowed students freedom to experiment with their creativity. Drawing and fancy dress competitions had many takers.



Little hands prepare rakhis
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
Tiny tots of KVM School prepared rakhis in the school here today. The little hands worked in unison and used their imagination in preparing the rakhis. The students also made National Flags and they were told about the importance of National Flag.

Toppers honoured: Students of BCM School were honoured at a function held in the school on Saturday.

Col Piyush Aggarwal, Commandant, 49 AD Regiment, was the chief guest. Nearly 80 students of Class X and XII, who got top positions in CBSE board examinations, were given certificates and trophies. A cultural programme was also organised.

Foundation day: Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School celebrated its foundation day on Saturday. The school completed 24 years of its existence.

Students of various classes presented a cultural programme and a karate show.

Students — Mandeep Bedi, Nidhi and Prabhjeet — paid tributes to the teaching faculty.

Ms Avinash Kaur Walia, the founder and director of the school, shared her experiences with teachers and students.



Seminar on inner peace

Ludhiana, August 5
The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle organised a seminar on the topic ‘The Peace Within’ at Guru Nanak Engineering College here today, which was dedicated to the fourth centenary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev.

Jathedar Gurmail Singh Sangowal, member, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, presided over the seminar. Addressing the congregation, he said that all upcoming centenaries in Sikh history will be celebrated on a large scale in association with other Sikh organisations. The centenary celebrations will continue for the entire year. Dr D.S. Bains, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal University was the chief guest on this occasion.

Principal Prabhjot Kaur, in her address, said that self-discipline was the most important factor for peace within. She said that performing one’s duty with responsibility while meditating on the name of the Almighty brings peace.

Dr Surinderbir Singh presented the key note address. Dr Pushpinder Singh presented a slide show explaining the significance of ‘kirat’ as exemplified by the Sikh Gurus.

He said that all Sikh Gurus emphasized on hard work. Peace could only be attained if money was earned through proper means.

Dr Charankamal Singh, Chief Secretary of the study circle said, “We should evaluate our daily actions and find out the weakness within us and other evils, which are residing in us.”

A book written by Principal Ram Singh, chief organizer, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle titled ‘Shant Mahan Suraj’ was released on this occasion. — OC



From Colleges
Teej celebrated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
The grandeur of tradition came alive when students of Master Tara Singh College for Women here celebrated Teej amidst much gaiety and exuberance. Attired in traditional apparel, students chanted and danced to the tunes of folk songs, ‘swooped’ in the air in florally decked swings, participated in contests that spoke of Punjabiyat. The campus wore a look of splendour. The chief guest, Ms Dolly Guleria, was the centre of attraction.

Melodious renditions by Dolly Guleria were simply irresistible. Notable artiste Rani Randeep who was the guest of honour, charmed the audience with yet another thrilling performance on stage.

President Mr Swaran Singh expressed thanks to the guests. Principal Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, in her address, said, “We need to revive our past and make it continual that it seeps in the present, in the future”.

Students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women celebrate Teej in Ludhiana on Saturday
Students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women celebrate Teej in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma Report on page 6

Khalsa College for Women: Teej, the festival expressing the happiness of reunion and the coming of the rainy season was celebrated with gaiety at Guru Nanak Khalsa college for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, here today.

An exhibition was held to showcase traditional art and craft. On display were phulkaris, durries, intricately woven bed spreads, Punjabi jutties and so on. The exhibition was inaugurated by the chief guest, Ms Anu Rai, wife of the SSP A.S. Rai. She appreciated the efforts put in by the students and stressed on the need to remain linked with the Punjabi culture and tradition.

A ‘Teej Ki Rani’ competition was organised. The judges were noted Punjabi singer Inderjit Nikku, Ms Dolly Malkit and Ms Bobby Wadhwa. Girls gracefully sashayed down the ramp in traditional Punjabi dress and jewellery. Jaspreet of MA-I was crowned Teej Queen, Raminder of BA-II was adjudged “Sohni Panjaban.” Rakhpreet of MA-I was the winner for the best costume. Manpreet Sagoo of BA-III was crowned for the best catwalk.

Noted Punjabi singer Inderjit Nikku, enthralled the audience with his foot tapping numbers. An inter-class giddha competition was also organised on this occasion. The commerce team emerged as the winner. The BA-III year team won the second prize and the BA-II year team won the third prize. Mehendi competitions were held in which Khusboo Gupta won the first prize. Competitions were also held in the crotchet and embroidery.

Ms Sarabjit and Ms Balbir were the overall organisers of the Teej function. The college Principal Dr (Mrs) Manju Chawla extended her best wishes to all students and visitors on the occasion of Teej and congratulated the prize winners as well.



‘Environment week’ celebrated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
Students of Ryan International School celebrated ‘Environment Week, with great zest and vigour the week concluded today.
Various competitions and activities like: badge making, eco fashion show, plantation, poetry recitation, slogan writing, elocution, debate, declamation, eco-quiz, science-toon, letter writing, poster making, recycling of paper etc were organised. The school was also the venue for the inter-school competitions here today.

The students painted the town green by participating in ‘Eco cycle rally’, here yesterday in which effort were made to spread awareness about saving our environment.

Contest: Rakhi and craft contests were organised at Mehta Gurkul Public School, Doraha, here yesterday and today.

In sub-junior group, Ramanjeet Kaur and Mehak stood first and second, respectively, while Amanpreet got consolation prize.

In the junior group, the winners were Ayushi and Sahibjeet while Mehak was given consolation prize.

In the senior group, Varinder Singh & Harman Mehta bagged first and second prizes while Damanjeet got consolation prize.

A cultural programme was also organised to celebrate Teej. The chief guest Ms Gursharan Kaur Siddhu was welcomed by the Principal Dr Ashok Sharma and director of the school Ms Dimple Mehta. 



Declamation contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
SDP College for Women organised a declamation-cum-interactive session on the ‘Problems being faced by women’ here yesterday.
Mr A.S.Rai, SSP, was the chief guest. Mr Balraj Kumar Bhasin, president, of the college managing committee accorded a warm welcome to the chief guest.

Students enthusiastically participated on various other topics, ‘Increasing crimes in the society’ and ‘Harassment of women at work places.’ The students emphasised the crumbling and deteriorating moral and ethical standards of present day society.

It was followed by a healthy interactive session in which students, teachers and members of the management interacted with each other.



Lecture on ragas
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
A special lecture-cum-demonstration was organised on the topic 'Various dimension of raga in Hindustani music' by Postgraduate Department of Instrumental Music at GCW here today.

The guest artiste for the occasion was Dr (Ms) Nivedita Singh from the Department of Music, Punjabi University, Patiala. The chief guest on the occasion was Ms Prabhjot Kaur, the Principal of the college. The function was compered by Ms Bhagwant Kaur of MA I.


Importance of breast feeding highlighted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
A workshop on breast feeding was organised by the Pediatrics Department of SPS Apollo Hospital in collaboration with the ESI Hospital for the implementation of the Initiative Programme of the WHO and UNICEF. The workshop included a series of lectures by various experts and practical training about right methods of breast feeding.

The theme for World Breastfeeding Week —2006 is “Code watch: 25 years of protecting breast feeding”.

Dr T.S. Gambhir said: “Breast feeding is a unique way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants. It forms a unique biological and emotional basis for the health of both mother and child.”

Dr Rajinder Gulati of the ESI Hospital said: “Considering that when mothers could not breastfeed or only do so partially, there is a legitimate market for infant formula and for suitable ingredients from which to prepare it. All these products should not be marketed.

When breast milk is no longer enough to meet the nutritional needs of the infant, additional food should be given to the child.”

He said women wanted to avoid breast feeding because of the misconception that they would loose their figure by doing so, which was a false notion.

During the workshop, the participants were told about breast feeding techniques by various experts.

Discussions also took place as it had been observed that even in normal situation a lot of difficulties were experienced by mothers and they needed counselling by a health professional and a support of the family members.



KVM lads register easy win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 5
Bharat Malhotra (54) and Arjun Puri (43) steered Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines here to an easy 100-run win over Nauhria Mal Jain Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk in the inaugural cricket match ( u-19) of the Punjab School Zonal Sports (PAU Zone) being held at different venues here today.

KVM team won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 155 runs for the loss of five wickets in the allotted 20 overs. The main scorers were Bharat Malhotra and Arjun Puri who made 54 and 43 runs, respectively, while Varun Chitkara contributed 15 runs. For Nauhria Mal Jain School, Ashish took two wickets for 23 runs while Manoj grabbed one for 19 runs.

Nauhria Mal Jain School's innings folded at 55 runs after 14.4 overs. Only Ashish (12) could reach the double figure. For KVM School, Keshav scalped three wickets for 7 runs while Varun Chitkara and Lalit Malhotra took two wickets each conceding 13 and 12 runs, respectively.

In table tennis (girls u-14 ), Green Land Senior Secondary School registered an 3-0 win over Delhi Public School to emerge zonal champions.

In final, Shipika routed Aditi 2-0; Kirti beat Kulwinder 2-0 and Jasmeen Kaur blanked Kirandeep 2-0.

In the girls (u-19) section, Green Land School paddlers finished runners-up. Five girls of the school — Shipika Bajaj, Kirti and Jasmeen Kaur in the u-14 years section while Eeti Gupta and Rita in the u-19 years section have been selected to represent the PAU zone in the district tournament slated to be held next month.



Preparations for hockey meet reviewed
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 5
A meeting of the organising committee of the Punjab State Sub-Junior and Junior Hockey Tournaments was held here yesterday. Mr Hardeep Singh Dhillon, IG, and honorary secretary of the Punjab Hockey Association, chaired the meeting.

Mr Rachhpal Singh Namdhari said the preparations were being made for the tournaments to be held at Bhaini Sahib from August 13.



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