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port and highways Nitin Gadkari.
He said the rate of construction
was 22km per day.
Announcing other road con-
struction projects, Mr Gadkari
said an 8km highway will be
made, connecting the upcom-
ing Mopa airport in North Goa,
40km from Panaji, to National
Highway 17 at a cost of Rs300
New lizard species
discovered in Mumbai
A NEW species of a ground-
dwelling lizard, Giri’s Geckoella,
has been discovered in Gore-
gaon’s Aarey Colony and Thane’s
Badlapur forested belts.
It was named after Bengaluru-
based scientist Varad Giri.
The species, of the genus Cyr-
todactylus found in South-east
Asia, India and Sri Lanka, is a
member of the subgenus Geck-
oella, which are small ground-
dwelling geckos largely found in
leaf litter in forests.
The discovery of the new spe-
cies was published in the interna-
tional scientific journal Zootaxa.
Mumbai to get two more
THERE will be two new Metro
rails in Mumbai — Metro 2B
corridor running from DN Nagar-
Bandra-Mankhurd and Metro 4
This will be the first time that a
Metro project will link
Mumbai with Thane
and Navi Mumbai,
according to principal
secretary, urban devel-
opment Nitin Kareer.
Both Metro corri-
dors will have stations
and interchanges at
key locations for the
benefit of commut-
ers and entail huge
savings in time and
The stations are
likely to be completed
India’s Slum Soccer receives
inaugural Fifa Diversity Award
INDIA’s Slum Soccer was awarded
the inaugural Fifa Diversity
Award at the Soccerex Global
Convention in Manchester, for its
outstanding work in promoting
diversity and anti-discrimination
In the picture on the right,
Dutch former international foot-
baller Clarence Seedorf hands the
award to chief executive officer
of Slum Soccer Abhijeet Barse
(extreme right), with Fifa General
Secretary Fatma Samoura.
Said Mr Barse: “For the past 14
years, Slum Soccer has worked
primarily with socially excluded
youths and we use football as a
tool to engage with them.
“We use football to give them
a platform, engage with them and
slowly channel them back into
society. Once you have their atten-
tion through football, it’s easier to
pass on messages.”
16 trees across Delhi to get
THE Delhi government is officially
recognising 16 trees across the
city as its “natural heritage”.
Most of these trees lie in the
south and New Delhi areas. They
include a banyan tree at Bhi-
kaji Cama Place, a mango tree at
Lodhi Garden, arjuna and ashoka
trees at Raj Ghat Memorial, a sal-
vadora tree by the Qutub Mosque
near the minar and a banyan tree
near India Gate.
They will be adorned with sign
boards informing people of the
ecological and botanical value of
those trees. The boards will also
tell historical stories about the
trees and warn people not to dam-
Soon, Mumbai to Goa in six
hours by road
TRAVELLING to Goa from Mum-
bai by road will soon take only six
hours due to the construction of a
new four-lane concrete highway,
said union minister for road trans-
393 elephants died in Odisha
in five years
AS MANY as 393 elephants have
died in the past five years in Odi-
sha, said forests and environment
minister Bikram Keshari Arukh.
A senior official of the forest
department said several elephants
suffered unnatural deaths due to
poaching, poisoning, train and road
accidents, as well as electrocution.
According to official figures,
most of the deaths occurred during
2012 to 2013, and from last year
till now, with 81 elephants killed
during that time.
The state government has been
taking steps to protect them as
they put up stone walls, trenches
and solar-powered wire fencing
in sensitive areas to prevent them
from entering human habitats.
Kolkata set to be India’s new
prostate cancer capital
ACCORDING to a report pub-
lished in the Indian Journal of
Urology, Kolkata is set to become
India’s prostate cancer capital as
the occurrence rate of the disease
is 28.97 per cent, rising steadily
over the last 10 years.
Urologist at Kolkata’s Fortis
Hospital, Dr Shibaji Basu, told the
Times of India that the reason for
the rise is due to unhealthy prac-
tices and lifestyle changes.
As older men are particularly
vulnerable to prostate cancer,
experts said that due to Kolkata’s
demographics, an increasing num-
ber of its citizens will be affected
by the disease.
A record-breaking dance
AS MANY as 650 women gath-
ered at Trillium Mall in Amritsar
to attempt a world record for the
largest fan dance on Sept 25
(below). They were clad in pink
and skilfully danced to the music
with Japanese hand fans.
The six-minute routine was suc-
cessfully recorded in two attempts
and will be reviewed by officials of
Guinness World Records.
Former Mrs India, Simple Kwa-
tra, who was a special guest, said
it was fun watching young and old
women enjoying their day out.
“More than the dance, it was
their confidence and spirit that was
surprising. With such a large group,
it is difficult to not miss a single
beat,” said Mrs Kwatra.
September 30, 2016
Learning from experiences
A good experience... Zaeen Iqbal enjoys class discussions as the teachers encourage her to think out of the box.
Zaeen Iqbal likes the
international nature at
GEMS World Academy
T HAS only been two months since she en-
rolled at the GEMS World Academy (Singa-
pore) but she already loves it.
Zaeen Iqbal was previously pursuing Busi-
ness Information Technology at Singapore Poly-
technic but decided to drop out a few months
“It was also around that time that I heard
from a family friend how GEMS World Acad-
emy prepares students for a well-rounded in-
ternational tertiary education.
“I heard about how it is a smaller school and
the smaller community meant that students get
more one-to-one attention with the teachers,”
said Zaeen, 17, whose family moved to Singa-
pore from the US in 2008 when her father, a
doctor, joined the Singapore General Hospital.
When she did her own research, she found
that GEMS World Academy has a good track re-
cord — students consistently outperform their
peers across academics, arts and sports, and are
regularly admitted to top universities world-
wide, said Zaeen, who then decided to enrol
in the school’s International Baccalaureate Di-
ploma Programme in August this year.
What the Bangladesh-born likes so far is the
international exposure and nature of the school,
which has students from over 50 countries.
“Everyone comes from a different part of
the world so it’s unique to observe and inter-
act with their personality, behaviour and man-
nerisms. No one thinks the same way because
we’re all brought up within different cultures.”
In November, GEMS World Academy (Singa-
pore) will be organising its Uniting Nations Cel-
ebration, where students across all grades will
get to immerse in each other’s culture, try food
from their respective homelands and more.
“Even within the classroom, it feels like an
explosion of energy because I get to hear the
opinions of all my classmates and we all think
differently,” said Zaeen, whose favourite sub-
ject is English Literature.
She enjoys the class discussions, as the teach-
er challenges her to think out-of-the-box.
“It’s a skill I apply in other subjects like His-
tory, where I sometimes have to look at histori-
cal events more objectively.”
But GEMS World Academy (Singapore) does
not just confine learning to a classroom.
It also focuses on providing students with ex-
periences that link back to areas of their curric-
ulum adding value to opportunities, academic
progress and personal development.
This ensures that the activities enhance learn-
ing whilst facilitating effective community par-
ticipation for all of its students.
This happens during the Experiential Learn-
ing Programme — a range of learning opportu-
nities, both in Singapore and abroad, to create
experiences for students, which are relevant,
interesting and absorbing.
Last year, grade six students got an opportu-
nity to experience Aboriginal culture and learn
about wildlife preservation and conservation
during a visit to the Australia Zoo.
They also developed awareness of envi-
ronmental challenges through the study of
coastal dunes and engaged in tree planting as
part of a volunteer programme to protect the
Australian shoreline from erosion.
Students in grades seven to 10 went to Thai-
land to participate in service programmes to
support the local community helping to build
fish farms, improving conditions in a local
school and preparing fields for planting to
support food production for the local com-
They also got to experience Thai food and
Singapore-based activities engaged students
with environmental considerations, encourag-
ing students across all grades to foster a deep-
er connection with the local area.
Though Zaeen, a permanent resident here,
has only been in school for two months, she
has visited Bollywood Veggies with her class-
mates to learn more about farming in Singa-
“It opened my eyes to what Singapore
would have been like if it didn’t become so
Zaeen, who is looking to more of such excur-
sions in and outside Singapore, said: “It’s very
different from studying in a classroom. The ex-
perience is truly experiential and recreational.
It gives me time to unwind from school and also
learn something from outside the classroom.”
Zaeen is also part of two extra-curricular ac-
tivities — Journalism Club and Model United
She is currently working with other members
of the Journalism Club to come up with ideas
for articles and start a student newspaper.
Model United Nations, on the other hand,
encourages her to think of ways and solutions
for countries to deal with their problems —
“for example, the problem of child soldiers in
some war-torn countries”.
Taking inspiration from her doctor dad, she
plans to pursue a degree in the medical field in
the US after she graduates in 2018.
“Recently, the school organised a university
fair where several different international colleg-
es came to tell us more about the courses they
offer. It was an eye-opener and my options are
broader now because of it,” said Zaeen.
September 30, 2016
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