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National Seminar on “Role of school libraries in quality education”-Report


10-11 February 2009, New Delhi, NCERT



1. In view of the past work done in respect of School libraries the NCERT should work as a Nodal Agency for monitoring the development of School Libraries in the country.
2. The school library sector comprises of those of Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools. The organization and services of these libraries should be spelt out while framing guidelines and norms or best practices.
3. The post of a professionally trained Librarian may be included in the skeleton staff of the secondary schools not withstanding the strength of students.
4. The school library budget should be of at least 5% of the school’s educational budget.
5. National census of school libraries in India is strongly recommended
6. Guidelines regarding Collection development strategies may be framed keeping in mind the need of the students.
7. Standards for libraries and services should be developed by the apex bodies in the form of handbooks/manuals.
8. NCERT to conduct in service or professional development programs for school librarians from time to time on regular basis.
9. Integration of Information literacy across the curriculum.
10. LIS expert to be in the accreditation team for recognizing the schools.
11. LIS courses to add school librarianship modules in universities and vocational streams.
12. Representation at National Forum to advocate for school libraries.
13. Compulsory Performa to be circulated to the students to know “What they want”.
14. IT incorporation in the libraries.
15. Provision for State/ Central awards for school librarians by NCERT/Govt. bodies


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Website of the week:Healthy India.Org


Healthy India endeavours to advance consciousness of disease prevention opportunities, encourage earlier detection and treatment of chronic diseases, and foster healthy living through information and resources on healthy lifestyle viz. Healthy Diet; Physical Activity; Tobacco and Alcohol related health problems; Environment; Yoga; Stress Management; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Cancers; Heart Attacks and Strokes.

This website is maintained by the Public Health Foundation of India in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

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1. Name the Indian, vice-president of product management, who broke the news about the upcoming Chrome OS on the Google blog recently.

2. According to Akamai’s latest ‘State of the Internet’ report, which Asian country has the distinction of having the highest average connection speed, at 11 Mbps, in the world?

3. Continuing on the above report, which two countries were the two largest attack traffic sources, accounting for nearly 50 per cent of observed malicious traffic?

4. With whom is Sony partnering for movie streaming to Bravia TVs?

5. The open source project led by Novell to create an Ecma standard compliant, .NET-compatible set of tools is called…?

6. Expand SaaS as used in the context of software delivery method.

7. What is ‘Moonlight’?

8. Which free open source web browser, based on Internet Explorer’s core, has the official site

9. In the context of e-mail marketing, what is A/B Split?

10. Which market leader in its field of activity has the tagline ‘Confidence in a connected world’ to highlight its mission?


1. Sundar Pichai.

2. South Korea.

3. China and the US.

4. Netflix

5. Mono

6. Short for Software as a Service.

7. It’s a free and open-source implementation of the Silverlight web application framework.

8. GreenBrowser.

9. It’s a marketing test method where an e-mail subscriber list is split into two groups and every other name in the list is sent an e-mail message and vice versa.

10. Symantec

Courtesy: V V Ramanan, Business Line

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The Father of Social Networking


With Facebook, 25 year-old Mark Zuckerberg, turned a dorm-room diversion into a cultural phenomenon. His next goal? To finally turn the company profitable.

Interview with Mark Zuckerberg

Newsweek Web Exclusive

Jul 22, 2009 | Updated: 10:05  a.m. ET Jul 22, 2009


It’s the stuff of dotcom legend. Harvard undergrad Mark Zuckerberg and a few friends hack into the university’s photo ID database and create a site for students to rate and/or berate their classmates’ pictures. Since Facebook’s launch in 2004, it’s become a cultural phenomenon that’s outgrown its Ivy League origins, into middle America and started to expand into countries around the world. NEWSWEEK’s Dan Lyons spoke with Zuckerberg about Facebook’s rapid growth, how it’s reshaped how we think about privacy and whether the site can get too big for its own good. Excerpts:

In just five years, Facebook has attracted 250 million members and become a huge cultural phenomenon. Could you ever have imagined this when you were starting out in your dorm room at Harvard?
Well, no. It was a really interesting time. Like a lot of college kids, we spent a lot of time talking about abstract things that interested us and how things in world would play out, about trends in technology. We were looking at all this over late-night pizza, while we were hanging out. We thought that during our lifetimes the way people negotiated their identity and their privacy would be changed. There would be a lot more information, and a lot more transparency. That was really interesting to us. At the same time we had no idea that we would build a business that would shape that in any way. I was just building something that would let me and the people around me stay in touch. But then it just kind of grew and grew. The cool irony is that now we are able to have an impact on some of those lofty things we used to discuss in our college dorm room.

Has Facebook changed our ideas about privacy?
I think social norms have evolved a bit. When we were just getting started five years ago, people were not sure whether they wanted to put anything about themselves on the Internet at all. It was more about control. People want to feel that they can put something up and can control who sees it and if they want to take it down, they can do that. By giving people that control, we enable them to share more stuff. The debate about privacy is really a debate about control. The system we’re building is one that strives to give people more control over their information.

What will Facebook look like five years from now?
Facebook will be less about and more about this underlying system and platform that we’re building. What we’re trying to do is be more about letting people use their information on any site or platform they want. We launched Facebook Connect last year, and we now have more than 15,000 sites using it, and that’s just a start. Within five years we hope to have hundreds of millions of  [more] people using Facebook. But it’s more about using the system to make other sites more social.

How big can Facebook get? Is there a limit on the number of members you can support? Will you reach 1 billion members?
It’s always hard to say what is the ultimate size that things can get to, but this is a pretty universal application. An application that lets people stay connected is something that a lot of people can use. But it’s very hard to predict.

As you add more users you need to keep expanding your data center, too. How can you get revenues to catch up with the growing cost of operating the site?
We’ve gone from 25 million users at about this time in 2007 to 250 million users just more than two years later. That’s been pretty crazy. We have 15 billion photos on the site, and we add a billion new photos every month. For a while we’ve had a strategy of just expanding and getting lots of people on the site. The primary value of the site is having other people on the site. A lot of people were critical of us, saying we were not focused enough on revenue and wouldn’t be able to sustain ourselves. But in reality, more users means more revenue. As we grow, we will become increasingly profitable.

What have been the biggest decisions you’ve made in the past few years?
One thing was making a site that was translated to most of the languages that people speak in the world. We built a system where users could contribute different translations and vote on the translations. The result is we’ve been able to translate into all these languages and dialects and variants. We now support languages that are spoken by 97 percent of the world.

What exactly is Facebook? How do you think of it?
I think Facebook is who people really are. We use this term the social graph, and the verb we use is mapping it out. We think the social graph exists in the world. We try to give people the ability to map out as much of their real identity as possible. We’re far from the real result. But we have a start.

What do you worry about the most?
Right now is a time when we are growing well in a lot of different ways. Our user base is expanding quickly. Our revenue is growing well. We’re doing well in recruiting, and adding some awesome people to our company. The question is how do we maintain this? How do we keep on growing? How do we have the full impact that we want to have.

One of your investors is buying shares from employees—letting them cash out early. I’ve heard you were not crazy about this. Is that true?
No, I’m really happy that people have a chance to do this. Back in the early days I had the chance during one of our funding rounds to get a bit of liquidity. It meant that in making decisions about Facebook I didn’t have to worry about the short term. I could just work on making Facebook as good as possible, and optimize it for 10 to 20 years out. To the extent that other people have the chance to do that now, it would be a healthy thing.

You really think in terms of 10 to 20 years out?
Yes, I think this is a long-term thing. There is still a lot of growth. In all these dimensions—users, advertisers—the peak is not for a long time. A lot of that is our willingness to align incentives of everyone at the company for the long term.

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Sea of Tranquility : One small step…

1. Simple one to begin with. Name the first two humans to set foot on the moon.

2. Which U.S. President made this statement that led to the successful mission in 1969: “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth”?

3. What did NASA call the first manned mission to land on the Moon?

4. What were ‘Columbia’ and ‘Eagle’?

5. On what date, from where and atop which rocket did the astronauts blast off?

6. Of the three men who went on the mission, who did not set foot on the lunar surface?

7. Name the ‘sea’ on which the LM came to land confirmed by the words “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed”?

Photo : AFP

July 20, 1969 : Man on the moon.

8. What happened at 02:56 GMT on July 21, 1969?

9. A disc made of silicon containing goodwill messages from leaders of 73 countries was left on the Moon. Which Indian’s message was included in it?

10. What was/is ‘Armalcolite’?

11. About what did Neil Armstrong say: “I’m not particularly articulate. I think reasonable people will realise the ‘a’ was intended. I hope history would grant me the leeway. They can put it in parentheses”?

12. Who is reflected in whose visor in the iconic photograph of the man on the moon?

13. Complete the inscription on the plaque left on the lunar surface: “Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in….”?

14. In which ocean did the terrific trio splash down after their path-breaking voyage?

15. To sum up, name the highest civilian award in the U.S. that was bestowed on the three spacemen for their daring adventure?


1. Neil Alden Armstrong and Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Jr.;

2. John F. Kennedy;

3. Apollo 11;

4. The call signs for the Command Module and Lunar Module respectively;

5. June 16, 1969 from the Kennedy Space Center (Florida) riding on the Saturn V rocket;

6. Michael Collins;

7. Mare Tranquillitatis;

8. Neil Armstrong placed his left foot on the surface of the moon to become the first human on earth’s natural satellite;

9. Indira Gandhi (the then Prime Minister);

10. A mineral discovered at Tranquility Base on the Moon by the Apollo 11 crew and named in their honour;

11. The missing ‘a’ in the first part of his historic “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" quote;

12. Neil Armstrong, the photographer, on ‘Buzz’ Aldrin’s visor;

13. “… Peace For All Mankind”;

14. Pacific Ocean;

15. The Presidential Medal of Freedom



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Mahatma Gandhi Peace award conferred on Aung San Suu Kyi


The pro-democracy Myanmar leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been felicitated with the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation here.

The award was bestowed by the South African-based Mahatma Gandhi Foundation.

Aung San Suu Kyi


Born 19 June 1945 in Rangoon, is Prime Minister-elect,a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma, and a noted prisoner of conscience and advocate of nonviolent resistance. Aung San Suu Kyi was the third child in her family. Her name is derived from three relatives; "Aung San" from her father, "Kyi" from her mother and "Suu" from her grandmother.Suu Kyi won the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the Government of India for her peaceful and non-violent struggle under a military dictatorship. She is currently under detention, with the Burmese junta repeatedly extending her detention. According to the results of the 1990 general election, Suu Kyi earned the right to be Prime Minister, as leader of the winning National League for Democracy party, but her detention by the military junta prevented her from assuming that role.

She is frequently called Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Daw is not part of her name, but an honorific similar to madam for older, revered women, literally meaning "aunt".Strictly speaking, her given name is equivalent to her full name, but it is acceptable to refer to her as "Ms. Suu Kyi" or Dr. Suu Kyi, since those syllables serve to distinguish her from her father, General Aung San, who is considered to be the father of modern-day Burma.


Her father, Aung San, founded the modern Burmese army and negotiated Burma’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1947; he was assassinated by his rivals in the same year. She grew up with her mother, Khin Kyi, and two brothers, Aung San Lin and Aung San Oo in Rangoon. Her favourite brother Aung San Lin drowned in a pool accident when Suu Kyi was eight. Her elder brother migrated to San Diego, California, becoming a United States citizen.[After Lin’s death, the family moved to a house by Inya Lake where she met people of very different backgrounds, political views and religions. Suu Kyi was educated in English Catholic schools for much of her childhood in Burma where she was noted as having a talent for learning languages.She is a Theravada Buddhist.

Suu Kyi’s mother, Daw Khin Kyi, gained prominence as a political figure in the newly-formed Burmese government. She was appointed Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960, and Aung San Suu Kyi followed her there, graduating from Lady Shri Ram College with a degree in politics in New Delhi in 1964.Suu Kyi continued her education at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, obtaining a B.A. degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in 1969. After graduating, she lived in New York City with a family friend and worked at the United Nations for three years, primarily on budget matters, writing daily to her future husband Michael.In 1972, Aung San Suu Kyi married Dr. Michael Aris, a scholar of Tibetan culture, living abroad in Bhutan.The following year she gave birth to their first son, Alexander Aris, in London; their second son, Kim, was born in 1977. Following this, she earned a Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1985. She was elected an Honourary Fellow in 1990. She also worked for the government of the Union of Burma.


In 1988 Suu Kyi returned to Burma at first to tend for her ailing mother but later to lead the pro-democracy movement. Michael’s visit in Christmas 1995 turned out to be the last time that he and Suu Kyi met, as Suu Kyi remained in Burma and the Burmese dictatorship denied him any further entry visas.Michael was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997 which was later found to be terminal. Despite appeals from prominent figures and organizations, including the United States, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Pope John Paul II, the Burmese government would not grant Michael a visa, saying that they did not have the facilities to care for him, and instead urged Aung San Suu Kyi to leave the country to visit him. She was at that time temporarily free from house arrest but was unwilling to depart, fearing that she would be refused re-entry if she left, as she did not trust the junta’s assurance that she could return.

Michael died on his 53rd birthday on March 27, 1999. Since 1989, when his wife was first placed under house arrest, he had seen her only five times, the last of which was for Christmas in 1995. She also remains separated from her children, who live in the United Kingdom.

On 2 May 2008, after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, Suu Kyi lost her roof and was living in virtual darkness after losing electricity in her dilapidated lakeside residence. She used candles at night as she was not provided any generator set.


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New Arrivals (22/07/2009)






823 SEG-C

Segal, Erich


523.1 ASI-C

Asimov, Isaac

Caves of steel

523.1 ASI-G

Asimov, Isaac

Guide to earth and space

823 ROB-B

Roberts, Nora

Blood brothers

823 MCE-A

McEwan, Ann


823 DOS-B

Dostoevsky, Fyodor

Brothers Karamazov

973 OBA-A

Obama, Barack

Audacity of hope

823 BLY-G

Blyton, Enid

Fun for The Secret Seven

823 BLY-G

Blyton, Enid

Look out, Secret Seven

823 BLY-G

Blyton, Enid

Shock For the Secret Seven

823 BLY-G

Blyton, Enid

Good Old secret Seven

823 BLY-S

Blyton, Enid

Secret SevenFireworks

823 BLY-S

Blyton, Enid

Secret seven mystery

823 BLY-T

Blyton, Enid

Three cheers, secret seven

823 BLY-S

Blyton, Enid

Secret seven win through

823 BLY-G

Blyton, Enid

Go ahead secret seven

823 BLY-G

Blyton, Enid

Secret seven on the trail

823 ENI-F

Enid, Blyton

Five go to Billycock hill

823 FOR-N

Forsyth, Frederick

No comebacks

823 DIX-E

Dixon, Franklin W

End of the trail

823 DIX-A

Dixon, Franklin W

All way out

823 KEE-E

Keene, Carolyn

En Garde

375 CBS-S


Secondary school curriculum, 2010, Vol.I: Main subjects

375 CBS-S


Secondary school curriculum, 2010, Vol.II: Languages

375 CBS-S


Senior school curriculum, 2010, Vol.II: Languages

375 CBS-S


Senior school curriculum, 2010, Vol.II: Languages

363.7 CBS-E


Environmental education: Class I-VIII

363.7 CBS-E


Environmental education: Teachers’ manual. Class 9

T 660.6 CBS-T.11


Textbook of Biotechnology: Class XI

T 660.6 CBS-T.11


Textbook of Biotechnology

502.8 CBS-L


Learning by doing, Compendium of science activities, Class VI

502.8 CBS-S


Science is doing: Activity book for class VII

510.028 CBS-G


Guidelines for mathematics laboratory in schools: Class X

510.028 CBS-G


Guidelines for mathematics laboratory in schools Class IX

502.8 CBS-A


Assessment of practical skills in science and technology , Class IX

502.8 CBS-A


Assessment of practical skills in science and technology , Class X

425 NIL-C

Nileena M.

Crossword excercise book

158.1 ABU-U


Use water as your medicine

158.1 WEB-F

Webb, Wyatt

Five steps to overcoming fear and self doubt

158.1 HOL-H

Holden, Robert

Happiness now

158.1 DYE-I

Dyer, Wayne W.

Inspiration: Your ultimate calling

158.1 PAV-P

Pavlina, Steve

Personal development for smart people

158.1 NEI-F

Neill, Michael

Feel happy now

158.1 BOR-I

Borysenko, Joan Z

Inner peace for busy people

158.1 ABU-U


Use water as your medicine

660.6 DUB-T

Dubey, R C

Textbook of biotechnology

808.068 BIR


Battle , victory, coronation and other stories from ramayana

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Cenbosec April-June 2009


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Back issues

De-Stressing Examinations: Making a Mark
(Jan-Mar 2009) Cover Page | Page 1-80 | Page 81-End

Health and Wellness
(Oct-Dec 2008) Cover Page | Page 1-40 | Page 41-90 | Page 91-End

Inclusive Practices in School Education
(Jul-Sep 2008) Cover Page | Page 1-60 | Page 61-End

Educating to Educaring
(Apr-Jun 2008) Cover Page | Page 1-30 | Page 31-End

The Constructivist Teacher
(Jan-Mar 2008) Cover Page | Page 1-30 | Page 31-End

Creating Each School a Centre of Excellence
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10 Questions for Daniel Radcliffe


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How different are you from Harry? — Atra Oshana, Des Plaines, Ill.

I think I am probably quite different from Harry. [But] I think we’re both quite reserved in terms of how much we show our feelings. Neither of us particularly wears our heart on our sleeve. The value of friendship in both our lives is immense. And I also think we have a shared curiosity. (See pictures of Daniel Radcliffe’s career.)

What do you think has been Harry’s greatest misstep or failure in judgment? — Susan Bevins, Winter Park, Fla.

Susan Bevins, you have asked a question no journalist has ever asked me. I think the way he treated his friends a couple of films ago was quite questionable. They’re always there for him, and he was a little bit ungrateful. I think Harry is a flawed character. He can be quite selfish and really manipulative. He’s not all sweetness and light. (See pictures of how the Harry Potter cast has grown up during the series.)

The Harry Potter films have given you a chance to work with an extraordinary number of British acting royalty. Which ones have had the greatest effect on you? — Frank Hibrant, Cincinnati, Ohio

The two that have had the biggest effect on me would be Gary Oldman, who I became very close to, and Imelda Staunton. They’re both wonderful people and wonderful actors.

Both Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows are quite different from previous installments. How have you prepared yourself for the plot’s darker, deeper scenes? — Josh Hertzel, Omaha, Neb.

To be honest, that’s the kind of stuff I like doing and gravitate toward naturally. It probably comes easier to me than the comedy. On those days, I generally try to be as isolated as possible and listen to lots of music that will hopefully kind of depress me or get me into a less exuberant state. (Read a review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.)

If you could use any of the magical spells from Harry Potter, which would you choose? — Sohini Desai, San Diego

It’s not a spell, but if I could choose any magical thing, it would definitely be the lucky potion. If you have too much, apparently, it screws you up, but the idea of having that perfect day is just so wonderful.

Are you a Harry Potter fan? — Rochely Candaten Droves, Porto Alegre, Brazil

I am a fan of the books, certainly. In terms of the films, I enjoy watching everyone but myself very, very much. I don’t like watching myself. I don’t think many actors do. But, yeah, I am a fan. If I weren’t, I would’ve stopped ages ago. (See pictures of the excitement surrounding a Harry Potter book release.)

What do you think about the way J.K. Rowling formed the plots of the books? — Frances Taylor, Sarnia, Ont.

Obviously, it’s inspired. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have done nearly as well as they have. They have taken the best bits of different kinds of literature. It’s the latest in a long line of orphan literature. There’s the English boarding school. There’s the good-vs.-evil thing. The fact that she came up with the entire thing on one train journey is pretty remarkable.

How would you advise someone to prepare for the role of Alan in Equus? — José Pérez, Barcelona

Study the script, develop an incredibly trusting relationship with your director and just lose your inhibitions. No one’s thinking about the nudity. You’d be mad if you’re not worried about that — it’s quite a scary thing — but you’re doing a job. (Read TIME’s review of Equus.)

Do you plan to go to college? — Lindsay Carpenter, Milwaukee

No, I don’t. I am continuing my education. I have two weekly tutorials with a friend of mine who is also an English teacher. He comes on set and we talk through plays and books and poems. It’s a privilege.

Would you ever commit to the lead role in a movie series again? — Danielle Higson, St. John’s, Nfld.

It would be very hard to do that in a hurry. I think it would be a while, at least, before I did that. It would have to be very good.

Courtesy: The Time

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Library Time table 2009-2010











Mon 10 B 11 D 11 B R 12 C 12 A 12 D
Tue 10 B 10 D 9 C E 11 C 11 B 11 A 11 E
Wed 10 C 9 D C 11 A 10 A 10 D
Thu 8 D 11 A 11 D 9 A 12 E E 11 C 8 A 9 B
Fri 8 C 12 B 10 C 10 A S 11 E 12 A 12 D
Sat 12 C 8 B 12 E S CCA CCA

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