| WHO AM I' TV star Mandira Bedi was one of the eminent personalities whose lookalikes had the audience in splits at Opus XIV
St Lawrence High School organised its annual inter-school fest, Opus XIV, on October 2 and 3. Several premier city schools (South Point, Don Bosco, Carmel High, Sri Shikshayatan, Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan, St John's Diocesan, and St Lawrence) participated.
The off-stage events were held on the first day and included events like creative writing, cartooning, slogan writing, face-painting and CD presentation.
The on-stage events were held at the St Xavier's College auditorium the next day. The fest was inaugurated by Fr P.C. Mathew, principal of St Xavier's College and Fr K. Thottam, vice-principal of St Lawrence.
The first event of the day was a quiz. It was followed by a debate on 'Has India failed to create scientific awareness among the masses'
The crowd got into the act with the commencement of 'Broken Arrow', a unique event which is a combination of a medley and a pentathlon.
It was followed by another innovative event called 'Aap ki Adalat' in which the participants turned up as personalities like Laloo Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Mallika Sherawat, Bill Clinton, Mandira Bedi, Sonia Gandhi and Hrithik Roshan.
Each of them was asked funny questions and made to dance to popular numbers. The Sidhu lookalike from St Lawrence was by far the best.
There was an Indo-Western music competition in the evening followed by a scintillating dance contest.
However, the best was yet to come. That happened when popular rock band Fossils took the stage. They had the crowd on their feet.
There were lots in store for the audience as well. Fabulous gift hampers worth thousands of rupees were given away.
Carmel High was adjudged the best overall school, while the second and third prizes went to Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan and St John's Diocesan respectively.
In a sporting gesture, St Lawrence passed on all its on-stage prizes to other schools.
Anish Chowdhary, Class XII,
St Lawrence High School
On September 17, the microbiology department of St Xavier's College organised a seminar on 'Modern Trends in Microbiology' where 10 of our seniors from the second year did an audio-visual presentation on various evolving concepts and applications of microbiology. Pratap Chakraborty of the Geological Survey of India was the chief guest.
The topics chosen by the students included cloning, biosensors, bioplastics, biofertilisers, virus control and electron microscopy.
The three best presentations were given prizes. This really was a brave attempt from a department that is barely two years old. It just lives up to the SXC motto ' Nihil Ultra.
Manish Madhukar, first year, BSc (microbiolgy),
St Xavier's College
| LIFE-SAVER: A young thalassaemia patient gets his periodic blood transfusion
The mainstay of managing thalassaemia is regular blood transfusion. This attempts to maintain the haemoglobin level between 10-12 grams/decilitre to ensure an active life, adequate growth and to prevent the ill-effects of chronic anaemia. Currently, thalassaemia management costs vary between Rs 1-2 lakh per child annually, depending upon body weight and the form of therapy.
The Thalassemia Welfare Society of Burdwan is an organisation that runs a hospital to cater to the needs of thalassaemia patients. It depends almost completely on private funds for running its operations.
Recently, St Xavier's Collegiate School, Calcutta, decided to extend a helping hand to us. We thank Fr Boris D'Santos, the school prefect, and his boys for living up to the Xaverian spirit. I also thank all the donors for their generous contributions, without which it wouldn't have been possible to mobilise the funds .
Joydip Sur, Thalassaemia Welfare Society of Burdwan
Recently, the National Service Scheme unit of the National institute of Technology, Durgapur, with the help of the Municipal Corporation, organised a five-day camp in the village of Palasdiha. The camp was very helpful in building bridges between the engineering students of NIT and the local people.
The camp tried to create awareness on issues like health and unemployment. There was also a free medical camp in which free medicines were distributed. Thalassaemia and AIDS experts clarified popular misconceptions regarding these diseases. On the last day, there was a community feast and movies for the residents of Palasdiha.
Manish Srivastava, third year, electronics and communications engineering, NIT
| REMEMBER: Kumbakonam residents hold a candle-light vigil in memory of the children who perished in a school fire in July this year
All of us were quite engrossed in our class on cash flow statement when, suddenly, we heard the long, piercing wail of a siren.
For a moment, we were all quite taken aback. Then we realised it was the fire alarm. But thankfully, the school was not on fire. It was just a fire drill, an exercise to see how much time it would take to evacuate the school in case of fire.
Some of us seemed to find it quite funny, but when the teachers explained how important it was for us to know what to do in case of a real fire, we grasped the importance of the drill.
Thanks to our two fire escapes and the main staircase, it took barely three minutes to move all the students to safety.
I would like to thank our principal and teachers for carrying out the exercise smoothly.
Mariya Salim, Class XII C 2, Birla High School
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