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Children’s Day celebrated with fervour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Children’s Day was celebrated in schools of the city and surrounding areas with great enthusiasm and fervour.

St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, organised a fete for its students. Games like hammering the mouse, triple your money, hoopla, ‘hit the pot’ and ‘touch me not’ were also organised. Food items were served to students.

Tiny tots of Evergreen Academy Preparatory School-34, were dressed as patriots and national leaders.

Kendriya Vidyalaya No 2, 3 BRD, commemorated Nehruji’s birth anniversary. The celebrations started with the garlanding of the portrait of Pt Nehru by Principal Ms Ranjana Bassi. Children performed cultural programmes, which included speeches on Pt Nehru, followed by a rangoli competition. An exhibition on career counselling was also organised.

At Kendriya Vidyalaya-31, the celebrations commenced with the lighting lamp by the Principal Dr (Mrs) S.P. Shergill. This was followed by cultural programme comprising speeches, poems, group dance, fancy dress competitions performed by students.

At Ryan International School, students from the junior classes participated in lemon race, frog race, three-legged race.

The GGMSSS-18 also celebrated its annual sports day on the occasion. Earlier in the day, staff and students in the morning assembly remembered Chacha Nehru. GMHS-20-D also organised fun games on the occasion.

Sharda Sarvhitkari Sr Sec School-40 students enjoyed a trip to Pinjore garden. An educational trip was organised to the historical city of Kurukshetra for Classes IV and V.

Chandigarh Baptist School, Sector 45, organised academic competitions like search the meaning of the word from the dictionary, GK, spelling competition. Students from pre-nursery to K.G. were also taken to picnic at Rose Garden.

At Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, a special assembly was conducted by the teachers.

AKSIPS, Sector 41, Chandigarh organised a vibrating Punjabi dance presentation, speeches and ramp show. The junior section also organised painting competition, collage making and flower making.

Govt Model High School- 26, I.S. Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School- 21, Bal Niketan Model School 29, also celebrated the day.

Meanwhile, Jainendra Public School, Sector 1,Panchkula, St Joan’s Public School, Zirakpur, St Vivekanand Public School, Pabhat, Zirakpur, Strawberry Public School, Baltana, Colonel VR Moham DAV Public School, Derra Bassi also celebrated the day with great enthusiasm.

Meanwhile, children’s Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 29, here. Mr. J.P. Gupta, education officer of KVS (CR), was the chief guest on the occasion. Primary children participated in a fancy dress show on the occasion. Sports day was also celebrated and senior students participated in the march past while primary students displayed exercises with dumbles and lazium. Later, winners were honoured at the prize distribution ceremony.

Celebrations at State Library

To celebrate Children’s Day, various competitions for schoolchildren were organised at State Library in Sector 34 here today.

A calligraphy contest was held in which about 200 primary schoolchildren from 25 schools participated.

In the slogan-writing contest, more than 100 students of middle and high standard wrote slogans on books, reading and libraries.

The following are the prize winners:

Calligraphy: English - Ruchi Wig (Hansraj Public School, Panchkula)1, Harnika (Tender Heart, Sector 33, Chandigarh) 2 and Maninder Kaur (GMSSS-35, Chd) 3.

Hindi: Sukesh Kumar (GSSS-27 Chd) 1, Tanya (GMSSS-35 Chd) 2 and Aditya (Hansraj Public School, Panchkula) 3.

Slogan writing: ( Category II): Sukhmanjot Kaur (GMSSS-35 Chd) 1, Upasna (GMSSS-35 Chd) 2 and Rajat Sharma (Army School Chandimandir) 3.

Consolation prize: Taksh DPS-40

Category III: Nancy Mittal (Manav Mangal, Sec-21 Chd) 1, Rupal Garg (Manav Mangal, Sec-21 Chd) 2 and Priyanka Jain (GGSSS-18 Chd) 3.

Consolation prize: Diksha (Stepping Stones, Sec-32, Chd).

CIET celebrates in novel way

Students of the Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology (CIET) celebrated Children’s Day in a unique manner, with hostel students deciding to educate the children of the labourers working in various projects of the Chitkara Educational Trust.

“We have been interacting with some of the children and they are very sharp. The only thing that mars their future is a lack of formal education. That is why all of us got together and decided to spend some part of our time in educating them,” said Shrey Bhalla, a hosteller.

Medical aid to poor kids

The Citizen Association for Relief Education and Services (CARES) celebrated Children’s Day at Maloya today. Over 100 children participated in a culture programme. Chandigarh Mayor Surinder Singh was the chief guest on the occasion.

A medical camp was also organised in which child specialists, eye specialists and general physicians carried out a detailed medical check-up of over 150 poor children of the village/slums, who are students of centres run by CARES. To make this effort a real success Satnam Sarab Kalyan Trust, Chandigarh, provided medicines worth Rs 11,000 to the children.



Schools get creative on Children's Day
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 14
Speeches, songs and dances marked Children's Day celebrations in schools here today.

Students from various schools participated in a cultural programme which began with Saraswati vandana by students the of Manav Mangal School.

A play "Betiyan Kyon Nahin" was also staged by members of the National Integrated Medical Association to educate people about female foeticide. Students of Government School, Sector 15, presented a dance.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Brijendra Singh, read out the annual report.

Later, calling upon people to give quality education to their children, especially the girl child, Ms Asha Hooda, Vice President of Haryana State Council for Child Welfare, stressed the need to improve literacy in the state.

Ms Hooda distributed gifts to 69 slum children studying in evening schools.

Blue Bird School, Sector 16, celebrated the day with a sports meet.

At Jainendra Public School, Sector 1, an action song competition was held where judges had a tough time deciding the winner.

Students of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, enacted a mock Parliament, in which the question hour of the winter session was shown.

Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, organised their annual function to mark Children's Day celebrations.

It was a colourful celebration of Children's Day at KV2, Chandimandir. Mr J.P. Gupta, Education Officer, KVS (Chandigarh), was the chief guest. Principal Alka Gupta and the staff welcomed him.

Release of class magazine was the main event of the day. Each class presented their own magazine. A fancy dress competition was another attraction but the highlight was a quiz on the life and achievements of Jawaharlal Nehru.


The Jagdambe Preparatory School, Gobind Vihar, organised a colourful fancy dress competition here today, according to Ms Asha Bhasin, school Principal.

The first prize was bagged by Mudit Mehta while Chirag Verma got the second prize and the third prize went to Khusi Sharma.

Zirakpur municipal councillor Manisha Malik, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the function.


The staff and students of the Excelsior Covent School, Phagan Majra, celebrated the day by holding a function to mark the occasion.

The Lucky Public School, Dal Dalia Chowk, marked the occasion by holding fancy dress competitions, in which at least 100 students took part.

The staff and students of the Teja Singh Kandharai Public School celebrated the day by organising a cross-country race.

Amarveer Singh and Harsharan Kaur stood first in the boys’ and girls’ sections, respectively, in the u-17 category.

In the u-14 age category, the event was won by Shahbaz in the boys’ section and Ashima in the girls’ section.

The school Principal, Ms H.K Sandhu, flagged off the races and gave an educative speech on the occasion.


Students of SR Dayanand Public School, Ambala City, organised a cultural programme to celebrate Children's Day. The programme began with the recitation of Gayatri Mantra.

Children's day was also celebrated at Springfield Public School, Ambala City. Students showed their skills in skating, modelling, karate, bhangra, skit and dance.



CAT stays orders of Education Department
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today stayed the operation of orders of the UT Education Department to recover excess amount paid in form of pension benefits of a physical trainer instructor (PTI).

The orders to reduce the pension benefits were issued after 12 years from the release of the amount on a previous order of the tribunal. The orders were passed on an application moved by Maghar Singh, a retired PTI.

Mr Singh, in his application, stated that he was inducted into the UT Education Department in 1973 after the Central Government amended the rules. In the same year, the pay scales of the Central Government employees were revised. In 1978, the pay scale of Punjab Government employees was revised. All the PITs absorbed in UT enjoyed both the benefits.

But in 1992, the Audit Department objected and ordered reduction in the increased pay scale of one of the employee, Nathi Ram. The amount to be recovered was Rs 54,000. An application filed by Nathi Ram in the Tribunal, against the audit order of 1994, was allowed. An SLP filed by the Education Department in the Supreme Court was also rejected.

Nathi Ram then objected to him being singled out while issuing the orders to recover the amount. Upon his objection, the department issued notice to 18 other persons, including Maghar Singh.

The affected 18 persons moved an application in the tribunal in 1996. Acting on the application, tribunal directed the UT Advisor, Finance Secretary and the DPI (Schools) to decide on the issue.

But instead of deciding on the order, the department again issued an order to reduce the pension benefits in 2001. After getting the reply of the employee, the department forgot the issue for four years . Then again on October 19, 2006, the department again issued a notice to Maghar Singh. This was challenged in the tribunal following which stay orders were issued.



Cheque bounce case: Suniel Shetty seeks quashing of proceedings
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 14
Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty, who has been accused by the owners of Empire Stories of Chandigarh in a cheque bounce case, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking quashing of proceedings in the matter in a Chandigarh court.

In its complaint, Mr Subhash Gulati, owner of Empire Stores, has alleged that a cheque for Rs 10 lakh issued by Hyundai India Telecom Limited (HITL), Chennai, was not honoured by the bank due to insufficient funds in the account of the company.

Suniel Shetty is a director of the HITL as a result of which he, and other directors, became liable for action under Section 138 CrPC for the dishonoured cheque.

However, in his petition for setting aside the ongoing proceedings in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chandigarh, Shetty has denied any connection with the HITL and has said he was never a director of the firm.

However, strongly rebutting the claim of Shetty, advocate Pavitt Mattewal, counsel for Empire Stores said his client entered into an agreement to distribute and sell mobile phone handsets manufactured by the HITL after attending a launch party in November 2004, where Shetty and other directors of the company were sitting on the dais. Incidentally, in order to prove that Shetty was actually a director and mentor of the company, Mr Mattewal has submitted in the court, video recording of interviews given by Shetty at the party in which he is seen clearly claiming to be a director of the company.

Mr Mattewal told the court of Mr Justice S.K. Mittal that his client decided to become the distributor of the company only because of the association of Hyundai Corporation, Korea, and Shetty, both of who are well known in their respective fields.

He also pointed to the fact that after a legal notice was sent to Shetty, other directors of the HITL and Hyundai Corporation, the reply from the Korean company’s lawyer said that Shetty and others were directors of the HITL.

The deal between the Chandigarh firm and the HITL came a cropper. Despite the passage of over four months, no handset was provided to Empire Stores by the HITL. Thereafter, after repeated requests and threats of legal action, a cheque for the initial deposit amount of Rs 10 lakh deposited by the Chandigarh firm was given. However, in August 2005, the bank returned the cheque without being honoured due to paucity of funds.

Mr Mattewal also informed the court that proceedings under Section 138 were started only after the Chandigarh Police took no action despite at least five written complaints being made, including one to SSP Gaurav Yadav. Mr Mattewal also stated that there was a clear nexus among Shetty, the HITL, and other directors of the company to defraud his client.

Today, Mr Justice Mittal adjourned the matter to January 23 for further hearing. Proceedings in the lower court stand stayed.



Chandigarh crush Jharkhand
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Continuing their winning spree, the hosts, Chandigarh, thrashed Jharkhand by 139 runs to enter quarterfinals of National Twenty-20 Cricket Championship (under-19) at Sector-16 cricket stadium here today.

Maharashtra also qualified for the quarterfinals after registering victory over Dadra and Nagar Haveli by six wickets. It was the deadly bowling spell by Jaskaran Singh (7 for 16, including hat-trick) which enabled the hosts to register a big win against Jharkhand.

Batting first, Chandigarh put on 189 for 3 in 20 overs with the fine knocks of 72 of 49 balls by Amit Prashar and Karan Sharma (39 of 31 balls).

In reply, Jharkhand were wrapped up on a paltry 50 in 8.3 overs. Only Somveer Tiwari (31) showed some resistance as eight Jharkhand batsmen failed to score.

In another match, Maharashtra beat Dadra and Nagar Haveli by six wickets.Dadra and Nagar Haveli set a target of 81, which Maharashtra achieved by scoring 83 for four in 10.4 overs only. Fine batting by Sagir Shah (20), Ravi Gawande (20) and Sandeep Lahane (21 not out) guided Maharashtra home.

In another match between Delhi and Rajasthan, Delhi trounced the rivals by 10 wickets. Batting first, Rajasthan were bowled out for 60 in 13.5 overs. In reply, the unbeaten knocks of Delhi openers Navneet Srivastav (24) and Gaurav Upadhaya (24) helped the team to win.

The other matches between Hyderabad and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai and Chhattisgarh were won by Dadra and Nagar Haveli (by 37 runs), Himachal Pradesh (by 15 runs) and Chhattisgarh (by 153 runs), respectively.



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