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Bir Devinder lays stone of school block
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 19
The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, yesterday laid the foundation stone of a new block at Government Senior Secondary School, Bhabhat, here. To be built at a cost of Rs 22.5 lakh, the new block is being built in memory of the late Gen Daulat Singh who died in an aircrash in 1963. An amount of Rs 3.5 lakh has been contributed by the family of the General for the project. The rest of the amount will be spent from the Punjab Nirman Yojana.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bir Devinder Singh said the school was being developed into a model school with English medium. A 220 KV power grid was being set up at Mauli Baidwan village, which would solve power problems in the area.

Prominent among those present were Ms Renu Daulat Singh, Ms Poornima Daulat Singh, Ms Neelu Daulat Singh, all close relatives of Gen Daulat Singh. Similarly Ms Paramjit Kaur, Mr Sandeep Singh Kang and Brig B.S. Grewal, all relatives of Gen Bikram Singh, who died in the same aircrash, were also present.

The Mohali ADC, Mr Ajoy Sharma, and the Executive Officer of the local Nagar Panchayat, Mr Girish Verma, were also present.



Prize distribution function held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
A prize distribution ceremony for the “Tal” fortnight, held in about 15 schools all over the city, was organised at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here.
The “Tal” fortnight was organised by the Koshish educators’ forum in which almost 200 students participated in many events.

Staff members also got an opportunity to participate in the Power Point presentation competition.

The programme started with the school shabad and a welcome speech by the Principal, Mrs Jasminder S. Singh, co-chairperson, Koshish, followed by an update on Koshish activities by Mrs Anu Kumar, chairperson of Koshish and Principal of Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector-37.

The participating schools were St Annes, Sector-32, DAV School, Sector-8, Guru Harkrishan School, Sector-38, Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector-37 and 38, GNPS, Sector-36, Lawrence Public School, Mohali, Shishu Niketan, Sector-22, St Soldiers, Mohali, Mount Carmel, St John’s, Sector-26, Novodhya Vidayala, Sector-25.

The chief guest, Mrs Kamala Bains, DEOUT, gave away prizes to the winners and appreciated the Koshish team for making the ‘Tal’ technology-aided learning as a part of the learning process in various schools and bringing so many schools on one platform.



Air Hostess Academy plans expansion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
After witnessing the much-hyped air launch of Flying Cats Aviation Academy last week, it was time today to witness another academy’s rise to repute. The occasion was special for hundreds of students of Air Hostess Academy (AHA), which was launched in the city three years ago.

The team celebrated the third year of its existence in style at the Mahkan Shah Lobana auditorium today. Other participants in the revelry were Punjab Tourism Minister Jagmohan Singh Kang, Director Tourism, Chandigarh, Vivek Atray and MD, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation, Jasbir Singh Bir.

“After our success here and in Ludhiana, we plan to open up more centres in Punjab”, Ms Sapna Gupta, founder of the academy, said. Under its expansion scheme, currently with 27 centres across the country, the academy was all set to open centres in cities like Lucknow, Goa and Shillong and in the pipeline was the proposal to expand at the international level as well. At the national level, the academy was nine-year-old and was an ISO-9001:2000 certified training institute, she added. 



Army School wins quiz contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Army School, Chandi Mandir, bagged the first position in a quiz competition hold today as part of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) Raising Day celebrations.

Four teams, comprising three students each of Army School, Chandi Mandir, Kendriya Vidyalaya-I, Kendriya Vidyalaya-II, and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Zirakpur, participated. Quiz masters Shruti Desaraju and Vaibhav Jaswal conducted the contest, which had four rounds.

Western Command AWWA president Mohini Daljeet Singh gave away the prizes. Nishant Kumar, Ayush Agarwal and Arjun Sandhu represented the winning team. Kendriya Vidyalaya-I, Chandi Mandir was the runners-up.



Workshop on digital filing of forms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The Chandigarh branch of the NIRC of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India organised a workshop on digital filing of forms with Registrar of Companies (RoC) at their branch building, Sector 35, here today.

The workshop was aimed at educating members on various aspects of e-filing system of the Ministry of Company Affairs, popularly known as MCA21. The MCA in its recent e-initiative introduced MCA-21 designed towards mandatory e-filing of forms with ROC.



Fancy dress contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The pre-primary wing of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, organised a fancy dress competition today. Students were dressed to give the message of anti-corruption and anti-pollution. Little Krishnas and Gopis held the audience captive with their dances. Some students were dressed up as soldiers, WWF wrestler and cartoon characters.

Students of Dikshant International School during a fancy dress competition held on the school campus in Zirakpur on Saturday
Students of Dikshant International School during a fancy dress competition held on the school campus in Zirakpur on Saturday. 



SC-appointed panel a failure: Golden Forest promoters
Tribune News Service

Nikhil Syal
Mr Nikhil Syal

Chandigarh, August 19
Promoters of the Golden Forest India Limited(GFIL), the mega agro-forestry company which went bust in 2000,today alleged that the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to safeguard the interests of investors had proved to be an “absolute failure”.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Nikhil Syal,son of the jailed director of the company, RK Syal, alleged the even after two years of its functioning, the committee was yet to make a complete list of investors and secure the properties of the firm.

There were about 25 lakh investors besides the 2.5 lakh employees while the committee had shown only 13 lakh investors in its report. The Supreme Court had directed the committee to finish these two jobs within six months of its constitution, he claimed.

This was despite the fact that the committee had spent about Rs 3 crore in the past two years. There had been widespread thefts and misuse of the two properties of the company which were with the committee—the headquarters at Lalru in Punjab and Kot Billa in Panchkula, Mr Syal alleged.

Claiming that promoters wanted to return the money of investors as its had huge landed properties in different parts of the country, including Punjab, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, he claimed that they were ready to face any probe even by the CBI, into the working of the company.



...and Chander Mohan, Bhatti disappear
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
In another setting, alarm bells would have gone ringing.
But, when Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan disappeared into nothingness at Neelam Theatre where magician O.P. Sharma has been weaving a magical spell, his security staff did not know whether to panic or relax.

Duty-bound to guard the politician, they panicked nevertheless, though those among the audience sat pretty, enjoying the feat. As for Mr Chander Mohan, the sole consolation was that he was not alone in this “act of disappearance”. Satirist Jaspal Bhatti was giving him company. The vanished twosome did not return on stage until the passage of few seconds.

The magician saved the day for the harried security personnel, who heaved a sigh of relief to see their master back on the stage.

The families of “partners in disappearance” were not distressed at their disappearance. They knew, for a fact, that it was magic. Mr Bhatti’s daughter Rabbiya, a Class IX student, said: “There was nothing to worry about. We knew what was going on”. As for Mr Bhatti, he had a satire for this situation too: “Good, I was made to vanish from a cage. Perhaps some unsettled stars have been settled today. I will not have to go to a jail, not for a while at least.”

Earlier, celebrating his golden jubilee show in the city, O.P. Sharma called Mr Chander Mohan and Mr Bhatti on the stage to honour them. All spectators, along with the security staff of the Deputy Chief Minister were surprised when they heard a mild blast on the stage, following which the duo disappeared.

Praising the magician, Mr Chander Mohan said O.P. Sharma’s show was really wonderful. About his disappearance, he said he could not figure out where was he? However, he thanked the magician for making them reappear. The Deputy Chief Minister wished O.P. Sharma good luck.



Stunning display of design
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 19
Glitter, glamour and glitterati are the buzz words at any fashion show except at the annual passing out fashion show of International Institute of Fashion Design held at Chandigarh Club, where it was a little more of these.

The show put up by the promising young designers of B.Sc Fashion Design could give many a designers a run for their money. Nonetheless, all 16 collections were a stunning display of design with an exuberance of style, innovation and creativity. Top models of the country walked down the ramp wearing the ensembles created and meticulously by the students under 16 different rounds.

The opening round titled ‘glimpses’ saw the models mark a comeback of block printing in various hues of dazzling peach, turquoise and milky rose. The intricate designs by Ankita Vij, Neha Chopra and Gurpreet Kaur inspired from the Indian clash attire and splendorous silhouettes like-ankle-length kurtas and pyjamas, churidars reminded one of the ‘Umrao Jaan’ era.

The ‘Ride of Fashion’ saw Anchal Kumar along with other models sashay down the ramp wearing the creations of Rajinder Kaur, Gurpreet and Honey Rishi.

Leading the brigade for ‘the Coronation Collect-2006’ was super model Dipti Gujral in a splendid golden and purple outfit with hanging ghungroos, showcasing the royalty of the assemblage during the Mughal times.

‘Mystical Magic’ brought down all colours of the rainbow on to the ramp.

In the ‘Rustic Freedom’ rond, the versatility of Kulu shawls in a fashionable way combined with the western designs gave the entire collection a contemporary funky and elegant look. ‘Attitude Attuned’, ‘Hayya’, ‘Flight of Fancy’, ‘Thread of life’, ‘The Pearls of Wisdom’, ‘Rippled Rapture’ et al were some of the other rounds during the show.

There were scintillating performances by Mohini Singh and her troupe. With Pallav Bose being the anchor of the show, the event moved on at its own pace and the audience remain glued to their seats. 



He stops pain instantly
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
A city-based medico claims to have invented a manual therapy for curing patients without the use of drugs. The inventor, Dr Amrik Singh Kapur, has named his invention as the Kapur Reflexochiro Drug Free Cure (KRDFC) and authored a book “Stop the Pain”.

Addressing a press conference at the Chandigarh Press Club, Dr Kapur said the book was an anatomical short proof out of his unique research for disappointed patients suffering from neuro-muscular spasm. He said the scientific theory of his book was to stop pain instantly.

Dr Kapur claims to have identified 240 spots on the human body and have named these reflex trigger points (RTPs). These points were to be pressed at the location of pain, stretched and then released gently. He said a patient had to follow the procedure as per his advice to get rid of the ailments.

The inventor claims to have cured scores of patients suffering from diseases like cancer, tumour and AIDS apart from arthritis, heart diseases and many more without using any drug or performing surgery.

Punjabi singer Dolly Malkiat, and a staff nurse from the PGI, Mrs Jaswinder Kaur, who were cured by Dr Kapur also attended the seminar and had words of praise for the inventor.

Dr Kapur organised a free check-up and consultation camp for members of the Chandigarh Press Club.



Babuta memorial carrom meet begins
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 19
In the second RK Babuta Memorial Prize Money Ranking Carrom Tournament, which began at Saupin’s School, Sector 9, here today, all seeded players entered the next round.

The three-day tournament is being organised by the Panchkula District Carrom Association in memory of Raj Kumar Babuta. As many as 184 players are taking part in it, including 45 girls.

The results: men’s singles (first round): Ujwal b Prag, 16-07; Prikshit Vashisht b Harsh Goyal, 25-08; Sagar b Kunal, 14-04; Sahil Garg b Ashish Garg, 25-00.

Junior boys’ singles (first round): Virat Rana b Chandan, 19-00; Puneet Chopra b Abhishek, 22-00; Prince b Gurkirat, 07-01; Abhinav Goyal b Ashish Garg, 14-02; Nitin Sharma b Mokshit, 12-00; Prag b Arush, 11-00; (second round): Mandeep b Ankit Jain, 18-00; Virat Rana b Sahil Gupta, 21-00; Puneet Chopra b Arpit, 13-00.

Boys’ sub-junior (first round): Shubham Goyal b Ishveer Grover, 09-01; Himanshu b Manik Bansal, 24-00; Rohan b Dhruv Bakshim, 21-00; Sanyam Khurana b Chirag Nagpal, 19-12; Hemant b Himanya, 08-02; Hridaya b Chandan, 19-00; Avasyu b Kavish, 10-00; Karunesh b Guryuvraj, 09-00; Sidharth b Bhagya, 13-00; Sanveer b Himanshu, 10-00; Nitesh b Rajat, 09-04; Modit b Mandeep, 13-00; Bhanu Goyal b Inderjit, 14-06; (second round): Prikshit Vashisht b Akshat Bhardwaj, 20-00; Shubham Goyal b Aman, 14-00; Sagar b Rachit Malhotra, 14-04; Himanshu b Arpit, 15-00; Rohan b Dipin Singh, 24-00; Naman Aggarwal b Sarthak Jain, 10-01; Rakshit Singal b Dinesh Aggarwal, 24-00; Abhishek b Hemant, 04-00; Mokshit b Akhil Goyal, 16-00; Akshya Goyal b Aditya Jain, 25-15; Amrinder b Anuj, 13-00; Hridaya b Lakshya, 19-00; Virat Rana b Piyush Arora, 13-00; Sahil Garg b Sahib Sagoo, 23-00; Avasyu b Rishab Gandhi, 16-00; Arjun b Karunesh, 12-00; Mohit b Shaurya Thakur, 06-00; Yugbir b Shivam Razdan, 06-00; Aarush b Sanveer Grover, 25-00; Sarthak Bhawa b Sidharth, 17-00; Puneet Chopra b Anurag, 18-00; Modit b Viren, 11-00; Ritesh Sood b Tarun Bajaj, 10-00; Bhanu Goyal b Sumit Sharma, 20-00; Manjeet b Hardik Bansal, 11-06; Samrat Rana b Shanu Goyal, 09-05; Aniket b Sidhant, 09-00.

Women’s singles (first round): Sumitra Vashisht b Sapna, 17-05; Surbhi Sharma b Tanya Sangwan, 25-00.

Girls’ junior singles (first round): Ridhi Kanwan b Ishali Garg, 25-00; Deepika Khurana b Dheeru Chhabra, 11-06; Shruti Sahini b Tanya, 08-04; Neha Sharma b Akanksha Bhatti, 08-04; Shardha Juneja b Ashima Khanna, 11-06; Satwinder b Harpreet Kaur, 15-00; Palak Singla b Kannu Gupta, 09-00; Yamini Vashisht b Aditi Garg, 25-00.

Girls’ sub-junior singles (first round): Ashima Khanna b Shikha Sharma, 13-00; Divya Marwaha b Kompal, 18-00; Simarpreet b Isha Virdi, 12-03; Rebeeca b Tejal Chopa, 12-09.



Kalyani, Mayank clinch TT titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The fifth Manav Mangal Open Table Tennis Tournament commenced at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today.
Around 300 players from Chandigarh, Jammu, Delhi, Sirhind, Patiala, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur and Sangrur are participating in the tournament.

Kalyani of Manav Mangal School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, won the title in the girl cadets (U-12) singles’ category on the opening day of the tournament. Kalyani toppled her opponent Anu Saini of Manav Mangal, Panchkula, in a straight set defeat in the final (11-6, 11-7, 11-8).

Earlier in the semifinals, Kalyani beat Patiala paddler Kamaldeep 11-2, 11-5, 11-5.

In the boy cadets (U-12) singles’ section, the title was clinched by Mayank Kapoor of DAV Public School-8. He beat Ravi Dangi from Patiala by 3-0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-4).

The results: Girl cadets’ singles (U-12) semifinals: Kalyani (Manav Mangal-Chd) bt Kamaldeep (Patiala) by 3-0 (11-2, 11-5, 11-5); Anu Saini (Manav Mangal-Pkl) bt Sakshi Jain (Manav Mangal-Chd) by 3-1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9)

Final: Kalyani (Manav Mangal-Chd) bt Anu Saini (Manav Mangal-Pkl) by 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-8)

Boy cadets’ singles (U-12) semifinals: Mayank Kapoor (DAV Public-8) bt Gaurav Saini (Rohtak) by 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-5); Ravi Dangi (Patiala) bt Mayank Sharma (DAV Public-8) by 3-2 (11-6, 5-11, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10)

Final: Mayank Kapoor (DAV Public-8) bt Ravi Dangi (Patiala) 3-0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-4)



Stage set for sub-junior football semis

Chandigarh, August 19
Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, outplayed DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, 5-0 in a Group B quarter-final match while St John’s, Sector 26, got the better of St Soldiers International School, Sector 28, 1-0 in Group A to sail into semifinals of the ongoing Chandigarh Sub-Junior Under-16 Football Championship for Mahatama Hans Raj DAV Trophy at Football Stadium, Sector 17, here today.

In the semifinals to be played tomorrow, St Stephen’s, Sector 45, will meet St John’s, Sector 26, while New Public School, Sector 18, will take on Sanjay Public School, Sector 44.

Sunny (25th minute), Rajinder (42nd minute and 47th minute) were among scorers for Sanjay Public School.

St John’s defeated Saint Soldiers International Public School, Sector 28, by a solitary goal scored by Rochan Kakkar with a solo effort in the 38th minute. TNS



Under-15 cricket probables
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The following have been shortlisted for the under-15 Inter-District Haryana Cricket Association Tournament by the Chandigarh Cricket Association, Haryana: Ashish, Rubal, Tanveer, Sahil Chauhan, Azil, Karan Khosla, Amish Sharma, Rishi Mahajan, Sirjan Sablok, Karandeep, Nitesh Lochab, Balwinder, Amandeep, Jaswinder, Sehaj Mahajan, Abhishek Verma, Rakesh Yadav, Sumit Agnihotri, Pushrar Kumar, Deepak, Deepak Ghai, Rohit Mankan, Ankit Wadhwan, Nikhil, Krishna, Charanjeet Singh, Roohpuneet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Pankaj, Akhil Goel, Himanshu Sharma, Akhil and Aman.

The probables are required to report to Mr Surinder Latha, cricket coach, at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Chandigarh, tomorrow at 6.30 am. 



Hockey meet begins today

Chandigarh, August 19
The seven-day fifth SN Vohra Memorial Sub Junior (Under-14) Hockey Tournament will start at the Sector 42 hockey stadium tomorrow.
The tournament is being organised by the Rock Rovers Hockey Club. The inaugural match will be played between the Shivalik Public School Academy, Chandigarh, and the Mehta Gurukul Academy, Doraha, at 3 pm tomorrow. TNS



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