Author: Ashok Dhamija

Ashok DhamijaJune 18, 2019


Father’s whole heatedly participate in one of the fun filled activities in presence of their children.

Navi Mumbai: The pre-primary and primary section of Ryan Christian School – Vashi celebrated Father’s Day with great enthusiasm and zeal, on 15th June 2019. The program started with short prayers followed by devotional and welcome songs, performed by the primary students. The tiny tots performed to a popular Bollywood song “Papa Kahate Hain…’ highlighting the bond between the two. On the occasion the fathers too enthusiastically took part in various competitions. They showcased their fleet footedness and charming moves during fun filled games like ‘Musical chairs’, ‘Balloon blowing’ competition, ‘Know your child’ etc.. Expressing their feelings on the occasion, the participating Fathers appreciated the efforts of school authorities for this unique idea of involving them in such celebrations. They said such type of events help understand their wards better and also help them to nurture the relationship with their young ones.

Edwin Fernando, Head Mistress of the institute while addressing the sporting gathering said, ”A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence when you get hurt. A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail, In a nutshell the heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. In order to promote the special relation between the father and his child we organized ‘Father’s Day’ celebrations at our school premises. The tiny-tots were excited and thrilled as they accompanied their fathers to the school, a rare phenomenon and latter pompously introduced them to their friends.  A special set up of games was also organized for father –child duo to perform. The Fathers enthusiastically took part in competition and made the day a memorable one for their children”


Ashok DhamijaJune 15, 2019


Kharghar: The beautiful morning had a very pleasant and joyous atmosphere as the gates of Ryan International School, Kharghar were flunged wide open to welcome the Fathers and their tiny tots, hand in hand.  It was a day to honour Fathers and celebrate fatherhood, for their undying love, sacrifice & affection.  The teachers warmly welcomed the Fathers and escorted them to the school auditorium.

The celebration began with the Scripture verses and Special Prayer dedicating the Fathers into the hands of the Lord Almighty. The melodious foot tapping prayer songs ignited a sparkle of happiness. The tiny tots then welcomed the dads with loving words of welcome in English, Hindi & Marathi languages followed by the beautiful welcome dance.

Festivity and fun filled competitions with a view to get the patriarch out of their regular hectic schedule soon followed as the special guests s along with their kids danced to the musical tunes spreading happiness all around. A quiz on multiple subjects was an ice breaker and fathers were energetic for some more fun & frolic. Musical Chair showcased their quest to succeed against odds while being respectfully of their opponents. An impromptu round of talent had fathers showcase their singing & instrumental talents. They latter enthusiastically took part in the ramp walk and showcased their charming moves with their tiny tots in tow. The young students shared special messages which acknowledged their fathers’ dedication and endless efforts to nurture their families.

Selfie corner with selfie tags too was setup for the Father – child duo to click pics and take back sweet memories of the day. Dads were surprised with the Father’s Day artwork of the kids in the form of handmade crowns that was presented to them. The Fathers were reminiscent; the activities brought back the memories of their childhood. They were deeply touched by the cheers of their kids and felt elated as they received the prizes. The program ended on a happy note with a vote of thanks and the Fathers posing along with their kids delightfully for a photo shoot as refreshments were served.

“Father’s Day – a day dedicated to dads around the world was celebrated with pomp and frolic with a view to make the dads of our students feel special. It was a moment to let the fathers indulge in some fun time in order to  break their monotony and get them out of their regular hectic schedule so that they leave with beautiful lingering memories. A number of fun filled games and stage performance were organised.  The most emotional moment was when Fathers expressed their feelings and experiences on being ‘Dad’ and holding their ‘bundle of joy’ for the first time. They also appreciated the efforts of the school management for organizing the event. They said that such type of events help them to nurture their relationship with the children,” shared Alice Vaz, Principal of the institute

Ashok DhamijaJune 15, 2019


Navi Mumbai: The 25th Prathista Vardanthi Mahotsav of Shree Laxmi Venkataramana Temple, Vashi popularly known as Balaji Mandir by the devotees, along with the 22nd   Vardanthi Mahotsav of Parivara Devathas and 18th Vardanthi Mahotsav of Navagraha Devathas got under way from Saturday the 15th June, 2019 with religious fervor and special prayers. Organized by the GSB Sabha Navi Mumbai, the same is being conducted by His Holiness Shrimad Samyameendra Thirtha Swamiji, Matadhipati of Shree Kashimath Samsthan, Varanasi as per Vedic norms in presence of large number of faithful’s from various part of the city and neighboring areas.  Photo feature shows a glimpse of the same with captions detailed below:

Photo Left: His Holiness Shrimad Samyameendra Thirtha Swamiji, Matadhipati of Shree Kashimath Samsthan, Varanasi performing special prayers of Vedavyasa, Lord Narasimha and other deities; Photo Centre: Devotees take blessings of the holy light. Photo Right: Devotees volunteer to segregate the holy Tulsi (Holy basil) leaves as part of preparation for the of Laksha Tulsi archane which will carried out amidst recitation of Shri Vishnu Ashtottara Shatanaamavali (108 names of Lord Vishnu) to be held today Sunday 16th June, 2019. (Photos by Author).

Ashok DhamijaJune 14, 2019


Yuvraj Singh illustrious cricketing career for India lasted over 25 years during which he earned many individual awards in his team’s success in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 and at the inaugural ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2007.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the global governing body of cricket recently congratulated Yuvraj Singh for an outstanding career which included pivotal roles in India winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 and at the inaugural ICC Men’s T20 World Cup four years earlier. Yuvraj in fact last donned the Indian colours in 2017 during a T20I match against England, which India won by 75 runs and represented four times champions Mumbai Indians in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2019.

The India all-rounder Yuvraj who announced his retirement from International cricket on  Monday June 10, 2019, was earlier named ’Player Of The Tournament’ at the 2011 World Cup played in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, when he scored one century and four fifties for an aggregate of 362 runs, while also grabbing 15 wickets. During the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa, he smashed six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad in a crucial league match.

Yuvraj was diagnosed with ‘Mediastinal seminoma’, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs immediately after the 2011 World Cup, but made a return to international cricket and also established a cancer foundation.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney in his address said ,“Yuvraj had an outstanding international career. He was one of those players who could raise his game in crunch situations and excelled at ICC events time after time. He has been an inspiration both on and off the field and given so much joy to millions of fans the world over.

“I have no doubt that Yuvraj is a hero not just in the cricketing world but outside of it too. On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate Yuvraj for his superb career and wish him all the best for the future.”

Yuvraj, 37, first came into the limelight at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2000 in Sri Lanka, when he was named ‘Player of the Tournament’ and made his international debut at the ICC Champions Trophy in the same year.

The left-handed all-rounder last played international cricket in 2017 and has retired with 1,900 runs and nine wickets in 40 Test matches, 8,701 runs and 111 wickets in 304 ODIs, and 1,177 runs and 28 wickets in 58 T20Is.

Yuvraj was named in ICC’s ODI Team of the Year in 2006, 2009 and 2011 while his six sixes in an over won him the ‘ICC T20 Performance of the Year’ award in 2008.


Ashok DhamijaJune 14, 2019


United in our efforts

Navi Mumbai: In order to create awareness of the environment among its students, Ryan Christian School – Vashi observed World Environment Day recently. A number of activities and competitions based on the theme ‘We Care’ were organized on the occasion. The same witnessed enthusiastic participation from Montessori I to Grade. VIII students. These activities included finger printing of trees, paper plate sun making, nature scenery drawing and fancy dress competitions, extempore speeches on environment day and tree plantation drive.
“World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5th of every year and it was instituted by the United Nations to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment. A day to promote caring for our planet, Earth. A number of activities were organized for our student’s right from Montessori I to Grade VIII with a view to ensure that the world is safe, clean and beautiful for our students as they grow up, and also in future their children to have a beautiful world to live in. For that to happen we have to make them understand that we all have to work together in order to take care of our planet Earth” shared Edwin Fernando, Headmistress of Ryan Christian School Vashi on the occasion.


Ashok DhamijaJune 13, 2019


UTT organizing committee and franchise team owners pose with TTFI President Dhanraj Choudhary (second row – extreme left) post Players Draft

Mumbai: Three new teams U Mumba, Puneri Paltan and Chennai Lions will join Goa Challengers, RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata and defending champions Dabang Delhi in the third edition of Ultimate Table Tennis League (UTT) this year.

The tournament which was launched in 2017 with the vision of winning an Olympic medal for India in Table Tennis by 2024  has not only provided platform for Indian players, an opportunity to compete against some of the best players in the world and learning from some world-class coaches. In addition it has played a key role in inspiring the youth and drive the development at grassroots level. The past two editions India’s first ever professional Table Tennis league held in coordination with TTFI has been well received by the sporting fraternity both nationally as well as internationally. In addition it has played a key role in inspiring the youth and drive the development at grassroots level.

To be held in Delhi from July 25 to August 11, 2019, the Rs. 2 Crore prize money tourney this time around received a huge boost with number of top corporates joining the fray. In order to cache on the best of International and National players from across 12 countries the representatives and team owners of the likes of Shrinivas Dempo (Dempo Group), Suresh Kotak (InsureKot Sports), Ronnie Screwvala (U Sports), Sameer Bharat Ram, Radha Kapoor Khanna (DO IT Sports), Sanjiv Goenka (RP-SG Group) also took part in the UTT Players Draft, held over two rounds at NSCI, Mumbai on Thursday 13 June, 2019.

India’s top players Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra were the hot choices and was bagged by Chennai Lions and RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata on Thursday. The country’s highest-ranked player G. Sathiyan (World No. 24) was retained by Dabang Delhi T.T.C., underlining the preeminent position that India’s players command in this prestigious league. Goa Challengers in their new avatar successfully bid for World No. 8,  Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei, the highest-ranked player among 40 in fray  India’s players who made the cut included Harmeet Desai (Puneri), Manav Thakkar (U Mumba) and Archana Kamath (Goa Challengers).

“It is great to see Indian players being preferred even when the teams had the option of going for foreign stars. This shows that our stars are steadily rising in the world pecking order as their improved rankings confirm,” said Vita Dani, co-promoter of the UTT on the occasion

“With 11 Olympians and 25 national champions from 12 different countries in the prestigious league, this becomes one of the most exciting line-up of talent in Table Tennis,” shared Niraj Bajaj, co-promoter of UTT on the occasion.

As per the format of the tourney each franchise will be mix overseas and Indian players and will have one player each in six categories, including Foreign Male, Foreign Female, Indian Male Senior, Indian Female Senior, Indian Male Youth and Indian Female Youth. Each tie will have five matches this time around

Franchise Teams

Chennai Lions: Sharath Kamal (India), Petrissa Solja (Germany), Tiago Apolonia (Portugal), Madhurika Patkar (India), Yashini Sivasankar (India), Anirban Ghosh (India)

Dabang Delhi T.T.C.Sathiyan G. (India), Bernadette Szocs (Romania), Jon Persson (Sweden), Parth Virmani (India), Naina (India), Krittwika Sinha Roy (India)

Goa Challengers: Cheng I-Ching (Chinese Taipei), Archana Kamath (India), Amalraj Anthony (India), Siddhesh Pande (India), Shruti Amrute (India), Alvaro Robles (Spain).

Puneri Paltan Table Tennis: Chuang Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei), Harmeet Desai (India), Ayhika Mukherjee (India), Selena Selvakumar (India), Ronit Bhanja (India), Sabine Winter (Germany)

RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata: Manika Batra (India), Benedikt Duda (Germany), Matilda Ekholm (Sweden), Manush Shah (India), Prapti Sen (India), Sanil Shetty (India)

U Mumba TT: Doo Hoi Kem (Hong Kong), Manav Thakkar (India), Sutirtha Mukherjee (India), Kirill Gerassimenko (Kazakhstan), Jeet Chandra (India), Moumita Dutta (India)


Ashok DhamijaJune 13, 2019


ICC Men’s World Cup 2019

Unbeaten in the ICC Men’s World Cup 2019 so far both India and New Zealand, will look to maintain ascendancy as they take on each other at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 on Thursday, 13 June, 2019.

Team India riding on a brilliant ton by their opener Shikhar Dhawan put up a clinical performance against Australia, in their 36-run win in their last league encounter. But Dhawan’s thumb injury, courtesy Australian pacer Pat Cummins has given them a major jolt ahead of their next few matches. Stand by opener KL Rahul, who had been slotted to bat at no.4 up until now, will hope to fill the void in the company Rohit Sharma. He will face a tough challenge first up against a potent New Zealand pace attack.

While wrist-spinners  of the likes Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have provided breakthroughs at crucial junctures in both their leagues games so far, the first being against South Africa, it will be interesting to see if skipper Virat Kohli goes in with the same combination on Thursday. Short boundaries and overcast conditions at the venue being the key concerns against New Zealand power hitters of the likes of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor. Kohli in fact would aim his team settle scores against the Kiwis, post their first warm up game loss last month after left arm pacer Trent Boult destroyed the famed Indian batting line up with his swing and subtle  variations.

New Zealand are currently leading the points table with three wins from as many games all registered against Asian countries Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.  With Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry leading the bowling charts with 15 wickets between them in the tournament so far, and with James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme providing able support, along with India’s nemesis Boult (22 wickets in the last four years) skipper Kane Williamson has enough bowling options. He will hope to do an encore against the men in blue coming at the backdrop of his recent experiences in the Indian Premier League over the years. With their top-order doing bulk of the scoring in the first three matches, the middle order is likely to be tested against a well-rounded Indian bowling unit.

Key Players

India: Pacer Jasprit Bumrah  who currently tops the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers, has been giving his best results in the World Cup so far, providing timely breakthroughs. With his subtle variations and the ability to extract movement and bounce, Bumrah will be a tough challenge for New Zealand batsmen on Thursday.  Skipper Virat Kohli and his assistant Rohit Sharma have played important innings in the tournament. While Rohit who scored  a match winning unbeaten 122 against South Africa followed it up with another equally good performance against Australia with 57 runs, in the process became the fastest Indian to go past 2000-run mark against Australia in ODIs. Virat on his part didn’t fire against South Africa and was dismissed for 18, came back with a crucial 82 against current champions Australia.

New Zealand: Skipper Kane Williamson is one of the best batsmen of the modern era, Williamson’s ability to score runs in any conditions makes him New Zealand’s most reliable player. With his smart play and the ability to counter spin-bowling, the Kiwi skipper will look to hold the innings together against India. Ross Taylor on the other hand has been the backbone of his team with knocks of 82 against Bangladesh and 48 against Afghanistan in World Cup 2019.


With heavy and thundery showers predicted later in the day, there is a slim chances to get a full 100-over game, With bowlers from either team capable of exploiting overcast conditions, much like West Indies did against Pakistan here, both captains will look to field first.


India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro,  Tom Latham,  (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme,, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell,


Interesting Facts

* Head-to-head record in the World Cup: India-3, New Zealand -4

* Last Meeting in World Cup: India beat hosts New Zealand on 14 March, 2003 by seven wickets

Ashok DhamijaMay 31, 2019


Navi Mumbai: Defending champions Larsen & Toubro Sports Club (L&T SC) successfully overhauled the 118 runs target set by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited Sports Club (BPCL SC) for the loss of three wickets and three overs to spare, to lift the Hinduhriday-Samrat T20 Cup 2019 for the fourth time in a row.

Electing to field first in the championship round, after winning the toss at the picturesque BPCL SC Refinery Ground in Mahul,  L&T SC skipper Jagdish Sorkhade led from the front with his medium pace attack. The well built all-rounder from the Mahape, Navi Mumbai based team gave away only 21 runs in his allotted four overs and took three crucial wickets which restricted the hosts to a partly 117 for 9 in 20 overs. He was well supported by Siddhesh Chavan (3/23) and Sushant Shetty (2/18) and backed by live wire fielding by his team mates.

In response the reigning champions L&T SC who had won the Inter Office Cricket Tournament organised by NMSA, Navi Mumbai in the recent past, were off to a bright start with openers Nishadh Mutalik and Shiva Yadav scoring freely. Mutalik was the aggressive of the two and scored a quick fire 39 off 25 ball inclusive of six boundaries. He was the first one to be dismissed. Yadav on the other hand played with his ease and reached his half century, before being dismissed soon after for 52 runs in 42 balls Latter Sagar Kamble & skipper Sorkhade scored 10 runs each to ensure their team achieve yet another success in the tourney, which was organised by Indian Airlines Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samiti Mumbai. L&T SC had defeated Mahindra & Mahindra in the previous edition last year.

L&T SC opener Shiva Yadav bagged the ‘Man of the Match” for his game changing 52 runs while  his skipper Jagdish Sorkhade for his overall fantastic performance in both Batting & Bowling departments took home the ‘Man of the Series’ award.

Brief Scores (Final): BPCL Sports Club: 117/9 in 20 Overs (Jagdish Sorkhade 3/21, Siddhesh Chavan 3/23, Sushant Shetty 2/18) lost to L&T Sports Club: 118/3 in 17 Overs (Shiva Yadav 52, Nishadh Mutalik 39) by 7 Wickets and three overs to spare


Ashok DhamijaMay 29, 2019


The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) declared HSC Result 2019 for over 14 lakhs Class 12 students who pursued Arts, Science and Commerce streams during the academic year 2018-19 on Tuesday May 28, 2019. As per the figures released by the Maharashtra Board the overall pass percentage was 85.88* this year, compared to 88.41 last year, a drop of  nearly 2.53 per cent.

Students from Konkan Division with 31775 Class 12 students once again performed the best with 93.30 per cent among nine divisions in Maharashtra, followed by Pune (87.88 %) and Amravati (87.55 %) respectively. Mumbai division^ (83.85 %) which had the highest registered candidates (316345) on the other hand managed to avoid the bottom position ahead of Nagpur (82.51 %) with approximately half the number of students. Girls once again outperformed boys in the class 12 examination in Maharashtra with 90.25% success, while boys registered 82.40%. HSC students from the Science registered  92.04 pass percentage, while Commerce and Arts students scored 88.28% and 76.28 % respectively.

Girls outshone boys once again in the Maharashtra HSC exams whose results were declared on Tuesday

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Maharashtra – Pass percentage: 85.58%

No of candidates  registered: 1423503 (Fresh) + 68045 (Repeater)           

Girls Vs Boys – Pass percentage: Girls – 90.25%, Boys – 82.40%

Stream-wise pass percentage: Science – 92.04%; Commerce – 88.28%; Arts – 76.28 %

District-wise result:
Konkan secured the highest pass percentage at 93.23 per cent followed by Pune (87.88%), Amaravati (87.55%), Aurangabad (87.29%), Kolhapur (87.12%), Latur (86.08%), Nashik (84.77%), Mumbai (83.85%) and Nagpur 82.51%.

No of Higher Secondary. Schools (HSC ) / Junior colleges in the entire state: 7000

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Ashok DhamijaMay 27, 2019


The result of HSC or class 12 exam for all the three streams – Arts, Science, and Commerce organised by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) held from 21st February 2019 to 20th March 2019, will be declared at 1pm on Tuesday 28 May, 2019.

The students can check the same on the boards official website at

Maharashtra HSC Result 2019: How to check online
At the official website of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, follow the below listed steps to get to know your scores and marks-
Step 1: Visit the official website
Step 2: On the homepage, you will find Maharashtra HSC Result 2019 link
Step 3: Click on Maharashtra Board Result 2019 and enter the required details
Step 4: Then, click on view Maharashtra 12th result 2019
Step 5: Click on view Maharashtra Class 12 Board Result 2019 tab
Step 6: The Maharashtra HSC Result 2019 can be viewed and downloaded
Step 7: Take a print out for future reference

The results for 12 exam for the academic year 2018-19 will also be available on the following portals, or

In addition students can also check their result via SMS by sending MHHSC (space) (seat no) to 57766, however, this facility is only for BSNL users. The candidates who are using mobile operators like Idea, Vodafone, Reliance, Tata, BSNL can send their seat number to 57766, 58888111 by keying in the following SMS MAH12<Space><Roll No>. Airtel & Aircel Subscribers dial *588# to access the class 12 results.

As may be recalled over 14 lakh students had registered for the HSC examinations this year. The board appointed over 30,000 teachers to work as an invigilator and participate in the evaluation process. The Maharashtra board also adopted a slew of measures to curb cheating in the board exam including CCTV monitoring, impose section 144 on the day of the examination.

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