T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
MAY 26, 2017
Sachin bats for
a billion dreams
The cricketing great
“private and precious
moments that have
never been seen by
anyone outside the
family” in his biopic
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In another circular,
it said that staff should
dress appropriately and
not turn up in casual
It stated that proper
attire for male staff is a
“decent shirt (prefer-
ably plain), trousers and
shoes” while those for
female staff are a “sari or
suit with dupatta”.
Sweeping machines in
Karnataka to create a
has flagged off eight
new sweeping machines
(left) infront of Vidhana
Soudha (the building that
houses the State Legis-
lature and Secretariat of
The machines will be used to
clear garbage, dust and mud on
highways and major arterial roads
between 10pm and 5am.
They are fitted with GPS sys-
tems and a control room will be
set up to monitor their working.
Chilika fish safe to eat
CHILIKA fish have been declared
safe for human consumption as
researchers from the Central In-
land Fisheries Research Institute,
Barrackpore, have found that the
presence of heavy metals in the
fish samples were at safe levels.
The institute has advised the
Odisha government to promote
the commonly-consumed Chilika
fish species as organic, safe and
nutrient rich through screening
and nutrient profiling.
It has also asked it to promote
all important fish species and
Punjab takes action after poor
AFTER nearly 40 per cent of stu-
dents failed their Class 10 exams
of the Punjab School Education
Board this year, the state govern-
ment is now thinking of ways to
improve the standard of education
by preparing a blueprint.
Putting the blame for the poor
performance on the education
department, chief minister Ama-
rinder Singh said: “The fact that
only 24 students from govern-
ment schools had made it to the
merit list was a serious cause for
However, the opposition Aam
Aadmi Party has asked Congress
leaders to visit schools in villages
to understand the problems better,
instead of preparing a blueprint.
Our report “Amjad Ali
Khan’s book launched
(May 19) on Page 9”
mentioned that he is a
sitar player. Amjad Ali
Khan is a sarod maestro.
We are sorry for the error.
Treatment up to
Rs10,000 free for poor
at Lucknow trauma
POOR patients in Ut-
tar Pradesh who need
emergency medical help
will not be charged up to
Rs10,000 for their treat-
ment at King George’s
An official from the
state’s largest trauma cen-
tre said it will treat the
poor for free in the first
24 hours of admission to
its critical care unit.
The doctors will fill up
a form for them, take
their identity card, note
down their telephone
numbers, names and
address and the fees will
then be waived.
The waiver also includes in-
tensive care units and ventilator
charges for the first 24 hours.
India’s first uterus transplant
DOCTORS in India have
declared the country’s first
uterus transplant on a 21-year-old
In a nine-hour surgery on May
18, doctors at Pune’s Galaxy Care
Laparoscopy Institute performed
the transplant on a woman from
Kolhapur who was born without
She got a donation from her
own 45-year-old mother. The
donor’s uterus was removed
through a keyhole surgery, while
the transplant was performed as
an open surgery.
Doctors said that with this
transplant, the 21-year-old will be
able to conceive normally.
Chaos in Kolkata as Leftist
protestors take to streets
SEVERAL areas in Kolkata and
Howrah district turned into
battlefields on May 22 as demon-
strators and police clashed during
a march held by Leftist protesters
to call for pricing reforms in the
agriculture sector and greater food
The protestors confronted
police, shouting “Inquilab Zind-
abad”, holding up red flags, some
of them even snatched the sticks
from baton charging policemen
and dismantled barricades.
The next day, Indian journalists
too took part in a protest after
media personnel were injured
covering the clashes (below).
Dwarka rail bridge to open by
A RAILWAY overbridge on the
Dwarka expressway has been fully
constructed and will be opened to
traffic by the end of this month.
The overbridge, located at the
junction of sectors 100 and 37D at
Basai village, will fill a connectiv-
ity gap on the 18km-long Dwarka
It will also improve the connec-
tivity of new sectors coming up in
wants students to visit
historical and rural spots
THE Maharashtra government is
encouraging state-run schools to
conduct educational tours to his-
torical places and rural spots for
pupils from Class 5 to 10.
Principals said that having an
educational tour will help students
learn in a new environment.
Spokesman for Mumbai School
Principals’ Association and the
principal of Hilda Castelino
School told DNA India: “Most
school picnics these days are
organised in resorts or other recre-
ational places. Students, especially
from the cities, do not get any ex-
posure to the history and culture
of the different regions in a practi-
cal sense. These trips will help
students learn a lot of things.”
Women-only tour package in
THE Karnataka State Tourism De-
velopment Corporation (KSTDC)
is offering a tour package to
Mysore and Kodagu, specially for
The three-day, two-night pack-
age provides a bus for women, ac-
commodation at KSTDC proper-
ties, and guides to help.
An official said: “Our itiner-
ary is such that women can enjoy
nature, adventure, culture, archi-
tecture and shopping. There is also
a visit to a silk factory, and time to
relax at coffee and spice planta-
More destinations may be added
to the package based on the re-
sponse to this tour package.
Put your phone away and
dress appropriately at Delhi’s
STAFF in Delhi’s six district courts
have been issued two circulars
telling them to stick to a dress
code and use their mobile phones
during working hours only if there
is an emergency.
It noted that some staff have
been using their phones to surf
the Internet and use WhatsApp
and Facebook during working
May 26, 2017
Now and then...(Above)
the shrinking Sukhna Lake.
(Left) in better times, when
it was filled with bird-life
Large patches of
dry lake bed turn
this once beautiful
spot into an eyesore
Sukhna Lake is no longer
the picturesque water body
that used to attract thousands of
people every day.
It is showing a dirty, smelly un-
derbelly of weeds, boating has
been limited to a small area and
the water birds have been affected.
In just under six decades, the
area under water in the scenic
lake, which has the Kasauli Hills
and lower Himalayas as a back-
drop, has shrunk by nearly 57 per
While going dry is not entirely
a new phenomenon for the rivulet
and rain-fed lake, this year is par-
ticularly bad as it started drying
up quite early in the summer.
With the monsoon rains not ex-
pected to arrive over the region
for the another six weeks or so,
the lake could be headed for one
of its worst dry periods.
With an average depth of about
2.5m and a maximum of less than
5m, Sukhna Lake is struggling to
survive. The water depth in parts
of a restricted area where boating
is still allowed is less than 1m.
Created in 1958 with the build-
ing of a dam, Sukhna Lake initial-
ly spread over an area of 3 sq km.
Last year, the area of the lake
under water was reduced to a
mere 1.3 sq km.
With rainfall decreasing over the
region, the seasonal rivulets have
not been able to maintain their
supply of water to the lake.
The construction of more than
200 check dams in some of the
rivulets which feed the lake from
the catchment areas of Haryana
and Himachal Pradesh over the
past four decades has also been a
“The check dams were con-
structed to stop silt from coming to
the lake. But it stopped the water
flow too,” said retired engineer Yo-
gesh Kumar, who has been coming
to the lake since the 1970s.
The lake complex, which attracts
tourists, regular morning and eve-
ning walkers, fitness enthusiasts
and couples, looks neglected.
“We had heard a lot about Chan-
digarh’s Sukhna Lake. But we are
disappointed after coming here.
The lake has very little water and
looks ugly in some parts,” said
tourist Suresh Das from Kolkata,
who was there with his family on
their way to Shimla.
Last year, at the end of the mon-
soon season, the water level of the
lake was not even close to its maxi-
mum water storage capacity.
Such is the state of affairs that
the Punjab and Haryana High
Court had to intervene last year
and direct the Chandigarh admin-
istration to list immediate steps to
save the lake.
The administration spent up to
Rs15 lakh to pump water into the
lake from five tubewells, on the di-
rections of the high court, but the
effort barely helped.
The high court even appointed
an officer to invite suggestions
from experts, environmentalists
and concerned citizens to save the
Sukhna Lake, the most popular
tourist spot in the city along with
the Rock Garden, was conceived
as a place for relaxation, seclusion
and sport by the city’s architect, Le
The lake is situated in an upscale
area of Chandigarh, with the gov-
ernors of Haryana and Punjab, se-
nior officers of the administration
and some affluent people living in
its immediate vicinity.
Now, the national wetland has
lost its water body to silt and the
forest cover that has encroached
In the late 1980s, comedian
Jaspal Bhatti and members of his
Nonsense Club had played cricket
on the dry bed of the lake to high-
light the plight of the water body.
They were chased away by the po-
But boating still remains popu-
lar with more than 100 paddle
and row boats and some shikaras
(traditional boats like those on
Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake) being
Indo-Asian News Service
May 26, 2017
Early Years Graduation
There is more
to school than
has this page
for students of
here to play
NEEV MALHOTRA, Grade IID &
ASHRITHA, Grade IIF
HE Early Years Graduation that
took place on March 29 in the
Secondary Auditorium was a
The ceremony commenced with a
performance by Grade 1 pupils who
gave the graduates valuable advice as
they step out of kindergarten.
The Grade 1 pupils sang and danced
as they welcomed the little ones into
the primary level.
The children looked dapper in their
black gowns and graduate caps with
tassels as they swayed along to the
ABEER DAHIYA, Grade IB Year 1
ON JAN 20, South Asian students
from all across Singapore gathered
at the Tampines Regional Library
to celebrate languages at the Prerna
This year’s awards included three
competitions: writing, poetry and
public speaking in three major lan-
guages — Tamil, Hindi and Urdu —
spoken across the sub-continent.
The occasion not only involved
students who were eager to explore
different aspects of their mother
tongues, it also featured a panel
discussion on water conservation,
chaired by Ms Sahana Singh.
Experts from all walks of life dis-
cussed their initiatives for saving the
most precious resource on the planet.
My fellow students, too, shared the
limelight with the panel, regularly
asking questions and offering their
two cents on the issue.
NPSI performed exceptionally
well, garnering several golds and
I was elated to receive the Out-
standing Speaker Award in the Hindi
Public Speaking (Youth) competition.
We all have the Prerna Awards and
its organiser, Mrs Mamta Mandal, to
thank for this opportunity to cel-
ebrate our cultural heritage.
A jubilant Prerna award winner...
VYAS NAGESWARAN & AHAANA-
PURI, Grade 10
APRIL 29 shall forever be etched
in our memories. The Annual Sports
Award Function celebrating NPSI’s
budding sportsmen was held at Sin-
gapore University of Technology and
There were a total of 26 awards
and over 1,000 students and parents
anxiously waited for the announce-
ment of the winners. And the night
was charged with excitement.
Starting with the Best Basketball
Player and gradually increasing the
anticipation until the Sportsperson
of the Year was announced, everyone
was bouncing off the walls.
The awards not only honoured
the nonpareil in each sport, but also
lauded sportsmanship and dedication
in the number of tournaments and
inter-school games we played, as well
as achievements of our teams.
The number of students represent-
ing the various sports teams totalled
574 and they won 18 championships
The event was graced by for-
mer World Silat Champion Sheik
Alau’ddin whose words of encourage-
ment inspired us to be hopeful and
We were also emboldened to
An evening to remember
A warm welcome... To the chief guest
Mr Shiek Alau’ddin (right).
strive on by the words of our Head
of Sports and Youth Integration, Mr
James Chacko, who said: “Keep
trying, because the real failure only
happens when you stop.”
Our Sports Prefect — Daksh Parikh
of IB Year 2 — shared his personal
journey as a cricketer and the many
challenges that he had to encounter
and overcome, thus reinforcing the
significance of assiduousness.
The messages for the day reflected
the attitude of resilience and true
sportsmanship of the NPSI sports
family, and will continue to be nur-
tured in the years to come.
As we cherished the bygone mo-
ments, we also looked forward to
sweet melodies that filled the air.
It was an emotional moment for
the teachers as they reminisced the
progress of the children and shared
snippets of their memories through
The children proudly walked onto
the stage to receive their diplomas.
The evening ended with a melliflu-
ous number by the young graduates
who showed their gratitude towards
their parents and teachers.
As the pupils move on to the pri-
mary level, they will continue their
lifelong journey of learning, taking
risks, scaling new heights and facing
each day with happiness.
smiles from the children
who were decked out in
graduation gowns with
sunshine yellow hoods.
May 26, 2017
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