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Prodigies showcase inventions at science expo
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
“Necessity is the mother of invention”. Justifying the maxim, Nitin, a Class X student of Government Model High School, Sector 34-C, has invented a novel kind of buzzing device which is fitted into a ‘model car’ made up of cardboard.

Nitin’s creation has been displayed at the State Science Exhibition organised by the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here.

Nitin is enjoying the status of being a crowdpuller. His class fellows want to know about his creation. Elated over his invention, Nitin said, “This electronic device is significant because it ensures the safety of the passengers of the car. It works in accordance with the heating system of the car. The moment car gets overheated, it beeps and warns the occupants to avoid any untoward incident.”

Nitin’s invention is based on scientific reasoning. “Since almost all cars come with AC as a standard feature and if some defect occurs in the AC system, it omits CFC gas which , as per its natural tendency, produces heat with no smell. If passengers are inside with all windows rolled up they would hardly know the defect. But this device will signal immediately if the engine of the car gets overheated.”

On being asked, Nitin said, “The idea cropped up in my mind after I saw an incident on television sometime back where a family died due to a blast occurred in the Honda City car they were travelling in.

“The incident had a lasting impact on my mind. On seeing reports next day in newspapers, which said that it was due to overheating that the car caught fire without letting the passengers know what is going to happen in the next few minutes. That was enough to let my mind work in this direction.”

“What is the use of the most modern cars, laced with latest technologies, when it is not safe? So, I thought of making a device which could warn the occupants of the car before the needle of the heating meter cross the danger zone,” told Nitin.

“The original idea was mine but with the help of Surjit Singh, who is Arts teacher with our school, we could give it this shape. It is a very useful and safe device. If it is properly followed, it can work wonders and can be fitted on any car”, opines Nitin.

Prashant of Class X-A of GMSSS 47, invented traffic lights controlling system, which runs with the help of sensors fitted on the sides of roads. “ My invention is very useful for the rushy roads. As soon as the heavy traffic comes in contact with the sensors, fitted on the sides of the roads, it will automatically control the time of the traffic lights, accordingly. With my invention, the problem of unnecessarily long hours’ wait at the lights will end as it will control the frequency of the lights according to the flow of traffic.”

“The idea came to my mind after seeing the movie, “Dhoom”, where the hero controls the traffic lights through his lap top. So, I thought of making a device which could control the traffic flow efficiently”, said Prashant. To further make it more economical, it can be operated through solar energy also”, quipped Rohan.

Abhey Rana of GMHS-26 has discovered that the coating of titanium oxide on the glass can clean the glass automatically with the help of solar heating system. Most of the stalls exhibited environmental problems, conservation of electricity, power and energy.



70 schools take part in science fair
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
A three-day a state-level science exhibition was start at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here today.

The science exhibition, organised by the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, here, in collaboration with the Science and Technology Department, Chandigarh Administration, and NCERT, New Delhi, was inaugurated by Dr Girish Sahni, Director, Institute of Microbial Technology, (IMTECH), Chandigarh.

As many as 70 schools, 16 in the rural category, 19 in the model senior secondary category, 18 in the urban high category and 17 in the model high school categories are participating in this three-day event.

The themes on which the students have worked are food, industry, energy, educational technology, transport, besides models based on “innovative ideas”.

Other dignitaries present on the occasion were Mr Ashwani Kumar, Director, Public Instruction (S), Ms Kamala Bains, District Education Officer, Ms Rajesh Minhas, Deputy D.E.O, and Principals of various schools and an observer from the NCERT, Dr Shashi Prabha, was also present. “The exhibition provided the students an opportunity of practical learning. At the same time, they are enabled to absorb new ideas by visiting stalls with innovative exhibits”, said Dr ( Mrs) Harsh Batra, Director, SIE.

Meanwhile, the first volume of research journal, “Edu-Trends” was also released by Dr Girish Sahni, Director, IMTECH.



PU Zone A youth fest begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The PU Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival, Zone A, was inaugurated by Ms Raji P. Shrivastva, Joint Secretary Finance-cum- DPI(C), Chandigarh Administration, at the Government College of Education, Sector 20-D, today.

The day was marked by music and fine arts competitions. As many as 311 students from 15 teams belonging to Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr and three from Chandigarh took part.

Ms Madam Shrivastva stressed upon using this platform for meaningful social interaction among youth.

Dr Kant, Director, Youth Welfare, Panjab University, motivated the youth to make sustained efforts to achieve.

Mr J.R. Kundal, Principal Secretary, Department of Medical Education and Research, Punjab, presided.

The results for today’s competitions are: shabad/ bhajan: DAVC Ed HSR 1; DSCEd, CHD 2; DCEd, Doraha 3; shabad/bhajan (individual): Sukhwinder Kaur 1; Navneet Kaur 2; Shalini 3; group singing (Indian): DAVCEd, HSR 1; DSCE, CHD 2; DDJCE, LDH 3; group singing (individual): Kulbir Kumar, BCMCE, LDH 1; Madhvi Verma, MBBGRGC, Mansowal 2; Nancy, DAVCEd, HSR 3; classical vocal: DAVCEd, HSR 1; BCMCEd, LDH 2; ghazal/geet: Kulwinder Singh, GMTCEd, LDH 1;Sonu, GCEd, CHD2; Parminder Kaur, DAVCEd, HSR 3; on-the-spot painting: Geetanjli, DAVCEd, HSR 1; Amandeep Kaur, DAVCEd, HSR 2; Monika Bawa, GCEd, CHD 3; still life: Kanika, DDJCEd, LDH 1; Ramandeep, DAVCEd , HSR 2; Divya, GCEd, CHD 3; clay modelling: Savita, DDJCEd, LDH 1; Ravinder Kaur, GCEd, Alour 2; Gita Jain, DDJCEd, LDH 3; collage making: Simmi, GTBKCEd, Dasuya 1; Meenakshi, GCEd, CHD 2; Peekya, DSCEd, CHD 3; poster making: Ruchi Singh, DCEd, Doraha 1; Liya Handa, BCMCEd, LDH 2; Harmeet Kaur, DDJCEd, LDH 3; cartooning: Ruchika, DSCEd, CHD 1; Poonam GCEd, CHD 2; Davinder Kaur, SGGSCEd, Beghpur, Mukerian 3. Rangoli: Ritu Sharma, GCEd, CHD 1; Chetna Aneja, DCEd, Doraha 2; Ekta Bhandari, DDJCEd, LDH 3; creative writing (essay):Tina Khanna, GCEd, CHD 1; Mamta Singh, GCEd, CHD 2; Satnam Kaur, MBBGRGC, Mansowal 3; creative writing (poetry):Priya Kochar, DDJCE, LDH 1; Sukhwinder Kaur, MBBGRGC, Mansowal 2; Gitanjali Loona, DDJCEd, LDH 3; and creative writing (story): Sudesh, GCEd, CHD 1; Prabhleen Kaur, DCEd, Doraha 2; Roohi Lakhotra, GCEd, CHD 3.



Four-day film fest at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The Cultural Committee of PUTA is organising a four-day film festival, starting tomorrow, at the auditorium of the Department of Evening studies. The films will be screened at 5.30 pm.

On November 2 Italian film, “II Postino” (The Postman)”, directed by Michael Radford would be screened.

On November 3, Persian film,” Bacheha-Ye aseman” (Children of Heaven), directed by Majid Majidi, will be shown.

On November 4, Bangla film “Paramita’r ek din” (House of Memories), directed by Aparna Sen, would be screened.

On November 5, Hindi film, “Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women,” directed by Manish Jha, will be shown. All films are open to the public and there are no entry tickets.



Be pathfinders, girl students exhorted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Yuvsatta and the Peace Club of the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45-B, yesterday organised a lecture on the theme of “youth as agents of social change” by Prof N. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, New Delhi.

Addressing girl students, Dr Radhakrishnan said until and unless the youth, especially girls, did not realise and exploit their full potential, no worthwhile change could come. He motivated the girls to be courageous and to question themselves regarding the kind of society they wanted to live in.

Earlier, welcoming the chief guest, the Principal, Dr Shashi Jain, exhorted students to be pathfinders and to channel their energy in the right direction.

Introducing the “Campaign for Peace-city Chandigarh”, Mr Parmod Sharma, coordinator, Yuvsatta, said in this unique initiative till date more than 100 “peace clubs’ had been formed in major educational institutions in Chandigarh, where many Principals and teachers were dedicating their time and resources to the task of making these clubs vibrant and result-oriented.

Dr Preeti, in charge of the Peace Club of the college, presented a vote of thanks. Prominent among those present on the occasion were a naturopath, Dr S.S. Goindi, peace activists, Mr Hushang Garmroud and Ms Susan, Ms Ranee Kochar, a social activist, and Ms Pooja Sharma, member, Chandigarh Social Welfare Board.



School holds social camp at village
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
Gian Jyoti Public School here organised a social camp at Ballomajra village in which around 40 students and four teachers participated.

Doctors and counsellors educated people about AIDS. NSS volunteers along with Principal Ranjeet Bedi, programme officer NSS V.P. Nagpal, Ms Rajwant Kaur, aanganwadi head, and Sarpanch Gurpreet Singh, participated.

The Principal emphasised on adult education, especially women literacy. She appealed to students not to take drugs.

Students of a primary school in the village were given stationery and biscuits.

A cultural programme was held on the primary school premises in which students from Gian Jyoti Public School also participated.



Cleanliness drive by tiny tots
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
On the occasion of Haryana Day, approximately 200 tiny tots along with teachers of the KG wing of Dikshant International School, in an attempt to spread the message of cleanliness and good hygiene, took out a rally in the Sector 7 market today.

A press note said a cleanliness drive was carried out to drive home the message. The tiny tots also carried placards displaying messages to suit the occasion.



Rayat college shines
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
The Rayat and Bahra College of Education, Sahauran, won laurels in the three days Youth Festival organised by Punjabi University in Shaheed Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College, Bela, by getting the first trophy in fine arts and second overall Trophy in the Youth Festival in Ropar zone. As many as 41 students out of 100 participated in various competitions and got the prizes on all three days of the festival. 



Magistrate seeks information on rally ban
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The District Magistrate, Chandigarh, has directed the SSP to provide information regarding the areas where Section 144 of the CrPC is to be imposed before implementing the ban on rallies and dharnas at Matka Chowk.

Sources said after the District Magistrate would impose Section 144 of the CrPC regarding the holding of dharnas and rallies in the banned areas, the ban on rallies at Matka Chowk would become effective.

It may be mentioned that the administration has decided to shift the dharna site to Sector 25 from Matka Chowk. The engineering department is busy in leveling uneven land and installing water posts there.

At present, rallies are being held at Matka Chowk that have led to road blockades to the Secretariat and important educational institutions in the city, much to the inconvenience of the public.



Now, video-conferencing for undertrials
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The “risky” hassle of transporting undertrials to the District Courts here for every hearing may soon be a thing of the past. The UT Administration is all set to introduce the system of video-conferencing for conducting trials of criminals lodged in jails.

Benefits of video-conferencing

To obviate expenses being incurred on production of prisoners in courts

Link trial courts and prisons

Prevent undue detention of remand prisoners

Reduce chances of undertrials escape

Sources said the video-conferencing facility was also being worked out between trial courts and jails where undertrials were lodged in Punjab and Chandigarh.

The facility is to be implemented in association with the National Informatics Centre (NIC). As per the pilot project, video-conferencing equipment will be installed in the District Courts and the high-security Burail Jail. NIC representatives are working out an arrangement to provide a linkage between the District Courts and the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

“We are almost ready to start the facility. Only funds and the infrastructural requirement have to be forwarded by the High Court authorities. It is part of the computerisation of the district courts,” said a senior official.

Officials had also visited Tihar Jail to study the functioning of the facility. Equipment costing about Rs 40 lakh, consists of a 29-inch colour television and a set-top box with an in-built camera and a microphone. Up to 12 prisoners can be produced through video-conferencing at a time. The time frame for implementing the project depends upon the availability of funds.

Sources in the Administration revealed that a 2 MBS (mega bits per second) optic fibre cable had been laid and the networking of the jail and the District Courts had been completed. Now only the video-conferencing equipment at both ends had to be installed.

According to a Prisons Department official, apart from avoiding the “risky hassle” of transporting prisoners to the court for every hearing, the virtual production of undertrials before a judge will also put an end to chances of prisoners coming in contact with their accomplices during transportation and inside the court premises. There have been instances when undertrials escape while being taken to trial court. 



Celebrating folk spirit
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, November 1
The folk musical art is a product and component of folk life as it acts as a medium to hold a community together and articulate its identity through the universal language of music and dance.

The fact was eloquently perceptible at the Punjab International Folklore Festival-2006 organised by Sri Guru Gobind Singh College in collaboration with the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council of India here on Monday.

The mega musical bonanza turned out to be a veritable confluence of diverse folk traditions as the 50 accomplished folk artistes from Bulgaria and Poland teamed up with the Punajbi folk dancers and singers to define the formative and definitive concept of ' folklore' in all its manifestations.

After a ceremonial welcome of foreign delegates and artistes by the college Principal, Dr Kuldeep Singh, the Bulgarian state folksongs and dance ensemble 'Strandza' under the direction of the star chorographer, Stephen Chapkanov, gave a majestic beginning to the programme.

Attired in elegant costumes, the exuberant dancers opened up with a theme-based dance depicting the of rituals and merrymaking during a marriage, typical of the North Bulgarian state.

The dances titled 'Gerlovo village', Shopsky' and others brought alive the expressions of their people’s hopes and struggles for a fuller life.

The foreign artistes were overwhelmed and they marvelled at the scintillating folkdance spell by students of GMSS, Mohali, choreographed by Dr Sarabjit Kaur Sohal and the audience craved for more. It was a sleek fusion of ‘gidha’ and ‘bhangra’ with dancers displaying verve and grace.

The agile footwork, gestures and perfect synchronisation in rhythm marked the immaculate dance recitals by the 26 artistes of the Poland dance ensemble 'Kyczera' which took the centre stage under the direction of Jerzy Starzszinsky.

Laced with the folklore and living reality of their tribal and pastoral traditions, the dances had a rich spectacle value.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Jerzy and lead artist Adrian disclosed that in order to negate the cultural threats from Western influences, their ensemble holds seminars and shows in the endeavour to preserve the rich folkculture.

The spirit behind the cultural promotion council projects, Dr Devinder Singh Chhina and Rajinder Singh Sohal of Cultural Promotion Council disclosed that ten such functions, aimed at creating international brotherhood are being held in Punjab. 



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