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Doonites all set for Christmas getaway
Dehradun, December 23
With just a day left for Christmas, city shops have worn a festive look and are ready to sell an array of decorative and bakery products.

A shop gets ready for Christmas

A shop gets ready for Christmas

Schools celebrate Xmas
Dehradun, December 23
Toddlers celebrated Christmas at Kidzee, Lakshman Chowk, here today. The school was well decorated for the event and the teachers gave the kids a warm welcome during the celebrations.


EARLIER EDITIONS

Deepak BishtDeepak labours to shed new light on Nainital
He has numerous papers, video recordings about the city’s past
Nainital, December 23
He is the boy next door who can be seen moving around the town greeting the local population with a smile on his face. Over the past few years, Deepak Bisht, who is fondly known as Deepu, has earned a reputation for himself based on his passion for Nainital.

Multitalented Deepu

Gurukul varsity founder remembered
Haridwar, December 23
Highlighting ill consequences of the Macaulay’s western education format, which is strikingly divulging our younger generation from the morals and culture, orators expressed urgent need of taking steps to stop degradation of the Indian society in terms of morality.
A procession being taken out in Haridwar; and (right) members of the Arya Uppratinidhi Sabha stage a protest at the Gandhi Park in Dehradun on Thursday.
A procession being taken out in Haridwar; and (right) members of the Arya Uppratinidhi Sabha stage a protest at the Gandhi Park in Dehradun on Thursday. Tribune photographs

Sabha calls for ban on animal sacrifice
Dehradun, December 23
To commemorate the sacrifice of Swami Shradhanand, members of the Arya Uppratinidhi Sabha held a meeting at the Gandhi Park here today. At the meeting, the members discussed about the slaughter of animals in the state capital.

2-day media fest begins
Dehradun, December 23
Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), an institute of mass communication and management studies in Uttarakhand, started a two-day media festival-cum-seminar today at its campus at Nimbuwala, Dehradun.

Shivangi, Monika bag top honours at talent hunt
A contestant performs at a talent-hunt programme in Dehradun on Wednesday.Dehradun, December 23
Shivangi Joshi was declared the winner of the junior dance competition in a talent hunt competition held by the Youth Welfare Society here yesterday. Anisha Bhutola and Nandini Goel bagged the second and third positions, respectively.

A contestant performs at a talent-hunt programme in Dehradun on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Doon Star, Garhwal Sporting in last four
Dehradun, December 23
Doon Star and Garhwal Sporting have reached the semifinals of the Late Manvendra Singh Bisht Memorial Football Tournament being played at Forest Research Institute here.
A match in the Manvendra Singh Bisht Memorial Football Tournament being played at the Forest Research Institute  grounds in Dehradun on Thursday; and (right) players vie to take control of the ball in a match of the Shivalik Football Cup played at the Survey of India grounds.
A match in the Manvendra Singh Bisht Memorial Football Tournament being played at the Forest Research Institute grounds in Dehradun on Thursday; and (right) players vie to take control of the ball in a match of the Shivalik Football Cup played at the Survey of India grounds. Tribune photographs

A batsman hits a glance during a match of the Beehive Challenger T20 Cricket Tournament in Dehradun on Thursday.Amit sculpts Rao academy’s victory
Dehradun, December 23
Rao Cricket Academy, Dehradun, defeated Jammu and Kashmir XI by 25 runs in the Beehive Challenge Cricket T20 Tournament at Matawala Bagh here today.





A batsman hits a glance during a match of the Beehive 
Challenger T20 Cricket Tournament in Dehradun on Thursday. 
A Tribune photograph

A player gets bowled in a match of the third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Memorial Cricket Tournament in Dehradun on Thursday.Ravinder Bhola Academy win
Dehradun, December 23
Ravinder Bhola Cricket Academy, New Delhi, defeated Royal Challenger, Dehradun, by one wicket in the 3rd Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Memorial Cricket Tournament organised by Ajabpur Youngsters Cricket Club at the Rangers College grounds here today.

A player gets bowled in a match of the third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Memorial Cricket Tournament in Dehradun on Thursday. A Tribune photograph


Yuletide spirit engulfs Doon

Students of Little Kidzee School celebrate Christmas; a play being enacted by the students of Nanhi Duniya School
shops being readied; and tiny tots have fun at Euro Kids School in Dehradun on Thursday
(Clockwise from top left) Students of Little Kidzee School celebrate Christmas; a play being enacted by the students of Nanhi Duniya School; shops being readied; and tiny tots have fun at Euro Kids School in Dehradun on Thursday. Tribune photographs



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Doonites all set for Christmas getaway
Yamini Sunwar
Tribune News Service

cakes in different styles and sizes at a bakery
Cakes in different styles and sizes at a bakery

Dehradun, December 23
With just a day left for Christmas, city shops have worn a festive look and are ready to sell an array of decorative and bakery products.

People in the Doon Valley are busy decorating their houses enthusiasm and prayers to the God. Since morning, people from varied sections of the society are thronging the markets to purchase gifts, cards, garments and other decorative items.

The most famous and oldest churches of Dehradun such as the Saint Francis Catholic Church, CNI Church, Doon Bible College and Methodist churches at Chukhuwala and Neshville road are beautifully decorated with balloons and lights. The preaching at the churches and primary masses has already begun a week back, while volunteers have started their home visits for prayer meetings and carol singing.

students celebrate Christmas at a function in Green Field School in Dehradun on Thursday.
Students celebrate Christmas at a function in Green Field School in Dehradun on Thursday. Tribune photographs

“We celebrate Christmas to connect with people from different spheres of life as well preach the teachings of the Christ. The mass prayers will begin from 10 am on December 25, when 1,500 people will visit the church. To continue with the festivities, the church will distribute warm clothes to the people of the slum areas of the city,” said one of the volunteers at Saint Francis Catholic Church.

“I love this festival because it comes at the year end, when everybody waits for Santa to bring gifts. I have purchased a Christmas tree and we are planning to throw a Christmas party on December 25,” said Pallavi, a college student.

Moreover, the bakeries all over the city have started making special preparations for the festival. Apart from special Christmas cake, the bakeries are decked up with rum balls, plum cakes, fruit-and-nut cakes, brownies and a variety of bakery products.

“I am in love with pastries and I am so happy to find a variety of cakes and breads at reasonable prices during the festival,” said Neha, a student. “Our team has the expertise in bakery items. So far, we have received good response,” said Rakesh Kapoor, one of the bakery owners.

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Schools celebrate Xmas
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 23
Toddlers celebrated Christmas at Kidzee, Lakshman Chowk, here today. The school was well decorated for the event and the teachers gave the kids a warm welcome during the celebrations.

The children were thrilled on arrival of the Santa with bags full of gifts and sweets. The children danced and sang carols with Santa. The principal of the school culminated the programme by delivering a message of peace, love, non-violence and brotherhood. She wished all of them a happy Christmas and declared holidays till the third week of January.

Nanhi Duniya

Nanhi Duniya celebrated Christmas here today. All the kids were dressed according to the Christmas theme.

The school decorated a big Christmas tree and there was jubilation all over. A drama was staged and songs were presented by the students. Their performances captivated the audiences. The students were richly applauded for their performances during the programme.

The grand celebration concluded with the arrival of Santa Claus with bags full of gifts and sweets for the children. Children danced and sang carols with Santa.

Eurokids

Eurokids, Dalanwala, organised a Christmas party at school campus here today. Kids enjoyed music and dance during the celebrations. Santa’s arrival was the main attraction. The school had decorated a big Christmas tree.

After cutting the cake, all the kids danced with Santa and played games. Before leaving, Santa distributed gifts to all the kids and promised to return next year.

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Deepak labours to shed new light on Nainital
He has numerous papers, video recordings about the city’s past
Rajeev Khanna
Tribune News Service

Nainital, December 23
He is the boy next door who can be seen moving around the town greeting the local population with a smile on his face.

Over the past few years, Deepak Bisht, who is fondly known as Deepu, has earned a reputation for himself based on his passion for Nainital.

With a fanatic zeal, he has been working over the past few years trying to unearth the treasures about the place that have been buried in history.

Deepu’s pursuit began when came in touch with Alex Peter, a teacher at a local school. Alex persuaded him to do something to retrieve the rich past of the town.

Thereafter, he went around collecting whatever published material was available. But this was obviously not enough.

He went on to search the graves of certain early settlers in the cemetery of the St John’s Church.

Then, he took a tedious and dangerous trek to discover a metal tank set up by the British in the early days to supply water from a source en route the China Peak. He even managed to retrieve a big bundle of papers which was in the process of being destroyed by some officials of the Municipal Board. The officials were unaware that the bundle was actually a set of papers written by Rosa P Barron who is credited with having discovered the place in 1840.

Another important thing in Deepu’s possession is a lantern manufactured in 1818 which was procured from the descendants of General Wheeler.

“Alex and I wanted to write a book. We had collected a lot of material about what happened in Nainital and its adjoining areas from 1815 to 1885. But after his death, I do not know what to do about the project.

“I have retained the papers that he had written on the material I had gathered. Along with my friends, I have also shot 52 hours of video recording giving the historical account of the place. It needs editing,” said Deepak Bisht.

It was five years back that Deepu and his friend Sunil Bora started the practice of celebrating Nainital’s birthday on November 18.

From a small get together at Anita Restaurant owned by Bora’s father, the event has now become a local festival. “From Barron’s stumbling upon the place in 1840 to the historic landslide of 1881, the date 18 has a great significance. Barron came here on November 18, 1840. The landslide, which has been the worst in the history of the place, was recorded on September 18,” he said.

Son of a retired Supplies Officer Dev Singh Bisht and a housewife Yashoda Bisht, Deepak grew up in Nainital and did his Masters in Political Science from the Kumaon University.

Multitalented Deepu

Deepak Bisht was talented right from his early days and had made a name for himself as an artiste. He is an expert in mimicry and can copy 150 voices of animals, birds and prominent personalities.

He can lick a red-hot iron rod and can eat an electric tube. He can eat shards of glass and lash himself with a stinging nettle. He is also a good dancer. He has performed these feats at several places including Mumbai and Kathmandu.

Although his parents do not approve of his antics, his passion drives him on. He is currently working for a local entertainment channel.

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Gurukul varsity founder remembered
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, December 23
Highlighting ill consequences of the Macaulay’s western education format, which is strikingly divulging our younger generation from the morals and culture, orators expressed urgent need of taking steps to stop degradation of the Indian society in terms of morality.

This was stated on the occasion of the 84th martyrdom day of Gurukul founder Swami Shraddhanand.

Vice-chancellor Gurukul Kangri University Professor Swatantra Kumar said Swami Shradhanand was devoted to his country and formed Gurukul to counter the Lord Macaulay’s pro-English educational pattern that was deliberately implied in India.

“We very well know what the reality show inclined TV culture is serving our young minds in the name of entertainment with censor authorities failing to counter the negative effects. This is due to the Macaulay system.

“The need of the hour is to implicate the Gurukul form of education,” said Swatantra.

Urging people to follow the ideals, works and teachings of Swami Shradhanand Ji Maharaj, Patanjali Yog Dham’s Swami Divyanand Ji Maharaj urged everybody to work with dedication and selfless attitude for others.

“Gurukul pass outs have been working for the society and generating mass awareness among people.

“Do not be confined to regionalism, section or religion bias, the need is to be above these prejudices and work for the society, country to believe in the ideals of Swami Shardhanand,” said Swami Dayanand.

Earlier, the students sang patriotic songs, bhajans along with magnificent display of art of yoga, prior to performing of yagya in the direction of chancellor Prof Mahavir Aggarwal with hoisting of flag by vice-chancellor Swatantra.

After this, a grand procession spreading Arya community message was carried out from the university premises towards city’s main road with chariots, school bands and professional musical bands accompanying the university associated eminent personalities.

Along the sidelines, newly built section at the Dayanand Stadium was also inaugurated that will come quite handy during the hosting of sport championships like the All-India national Swami Sharaddhanand Hockey match that begins tomorrow.

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Sabha calls for ban on animal sacrifice
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 23
To commemorate the sacrifice of Swami Shradhanand, members of the Arya Uppratinidhi Sabha held a meeting at the Gandhi Park here today. At the meeting, the members discussed about the slaughter of animals in the state capital.

Talking to the media, Prem Prakash Sharma, President of the sabha, claimed that animals were being killed in the name of God in Dev Bhoomi.

He said, “If we cannot give life to anyone, we have no right to take it.”

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2-day media fest begins
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 23
Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), an institute of mass communication and management studies in Uttarakhand, started a two-day media festival-cum-seminar today at its campus at Nimbuwala, Dehradun.

Vidhan Sabha Speaker Harbans Kapoor was the chief guest. Students performed various cultural programmes, including folk dance, rock band performance and modelling. Exhibition by renowned photographer Threesh Kapoor was also on display.

"The IMA blood bank, Himalaya Drug Company, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Regional Transport office (RTO), Endangered Flora and Fauna on Earth Conservation Team (EFFECT), Himshri Press, CMI Hospital, Alaya Studio, Bamboo Board and Women's Development Organisation supported the event," said director Manish Mamgain.

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Shivangi, Monika bag top honours at talent hunt
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 23
Shivangi Joshi was declared the winner of the junior dance competition in a talent hunt competition held by the Youth Welfare Society here yesterday. Anisha Bhutola and Nandini Goel bagged the second and third positions, respectively.

Monika Nehra won the modelling competition followed by Shubam and Abhishek who bagged second and third place, respectively.

There was only one entry in the senior dance category. Hence, it was declared a special performance by Laxmi Bisht.

Nitin Hindwal won the senior music category followed by Rajeev Pandey on second position and Sunny Goswami on third position.

In the junior category, Milani Singh grabbed the first position. Manvinder Singh and Mansi Arora took the second and third positions, respectively.

The programme was inaugurated by Jivender Mohan Sharma, President, Uttarakhand Human Resource and Development Foundation.

Film director Dheeraj Negi, schoolteacher Vandana and Dr Meera James judged the performances.

The awards were distributed by senior transporter-cum-social worker Krishan Kumar Narang and Kavita Sharma, President of Prakriti Prerna.

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Doon Star, Garhwal Sporting in last four
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 23
Doon Star and Garhwal Sporting have reached the semifinals of the Late Manvendra Singh Bisht Memorial Football Tournament being played at Forest Research Institute here.

In today’s first quarterfinal, Doon Star beat Nine Garhwal Rifles 3-1. For Doon Star, all the three goals came in the first half. Dhogo, Sanjeev and Kho Kho scored the goals in the 14th, 17th and 27th minutes of the first half.

In the second quarterfinal, Garhwal Sporting beat Paachwa Doon 4-0. Shivam of Garhwal Sporting scored two goals - in the 18th and 20th minutes. Dheeraj scored the other two goals in 26th and 40th minutes of the first half.

VS Rawat, Narendra Nanda, Pankay Khatri and Gopal Thapa supervised today’s matches. Gypsy will clash with Wills Youth Club in the first match and Bajrang will clash with Vijay Cantt tomorrow.

Cantt Blue defeated

Shivalik Club beat Cantt Blue 1-0 in the Shivalik Football Cup being played at the Survey of India ground here today.

The lone goal of the match was scored in the 51st minute. Dodging Cantt Blue defenders, Ayush of Shivalik scored the goal from the right flank.

The match saw a close contest. Both teams got an equal number of chances, but they failed to capitalise on most of them.

Two matches will be played tomorrow. The first match will be played between 2/3 Gorkha Rifles and BC Milan and the second match will be between the Shivalik Club and City Young teams.

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Amit sculpts Rao academy’s victory
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 23
Rao Cricket Academy, Dehradun, defeated Jammu and Kashmir XI by 25 runs in the Beehive Challenge Cricket T20 Tournament at Matawala Bagh here today.

Jammu and Kashmir XI won the toss and decided to field. Rao Cricket Academy scored 169 runs for five wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Amit was the highest scorer with 54 runs while Ashwani scored 27 runs. Adil took two wickets for 26 runs.

In reply, J&K XI were bowled out for 144 runs. Raees with 28 runs and Adil with 24 runs were the top scorers. Sanjay from Rao Academy took two wickets for 16 runs. YMCA Club will play against Tata Docomo tomorrow.

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Ravinder Bhola Academy win
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 23
Ravinder Bhola Cricket Academy, New Delhi, defeated Royal Challenger, Dehradun, by one wicket in the 3rd Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Memorial Cricket Tournament organised by Ajabpur Youngsters Cricket Club at the Rangers College grounds here today.

Royal Challenger won the toss and elected to bat first. The team got all out at the score of 138 in 30.3 overs. Zeeshan was the top-scorer for the team with 34 runs while Varun Negi scored 23 runs. Aditya Jain took five wickets conceding 23 runs while Rajinder Bisht took wickets for 18 runs.

In reply, Ravinder Bhola Cricket Academy scored the required runs losing nine wickets in 27.5 overs. Opner Saurab Passi was the highest scorer with 41 runs while Sultan scored 32 runs. Manish Singh of Royal Challenger took four wickets for 24 runs.

Aditya Jain, who took five wickets, was declared the man of the match.

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