Thursday, August 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Patriotic fervour marks I-Day 
celebrations in schools
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 14
Almost all the schools of the city celebrate Independence Day on August14 as August 15 is a holiday. So whether it is a school for mentally and physically challenged, or a ‘play way’ school or a full-fledged senior secondary school, the day is marked with rendering of patriotic songs, dancing on songs depicting love for motherland , declamation contests and debates.

Ek Prayas, the school for children with special needs, had organised an Independence Day function at their school this morning. The children suffering from cerebral palsy, and mentally challenged students with low to medium I.Qs showed their patriotic fervour by singing in their own inimitable fashion the famous song of Iqbal ‘Sare Jahan Se Accha’ waving flags and dressed in colourful costumes. A very peppy Punjabi number, ‘Mera Rangila Punjab’, showed how they had tried to master their physical disabilities.

Independence Day celebration at Cherryfield Nursery School started with singing of ‘Jhanda uncha rahe hamara’. Attired in traditional Indian costumes, brightly coloured lehngas and kurta pyjamas, they danced on well-choreographed patriotic songs ‘Yeh Bharat Desh hai Mera’ and ‘Hum Hindustani’ and ‘Mere Desh Mahaan’. Various competitions were organised to mark the occasion. The students were awarded in different categories.

Kids of Small Wonder Nursery School celebrated Independence Day too. The school building was decorated beautifully in saffron, green and white coloured paper frills, balloons and ribbons. The whole school gave a gala and colourful look. Children were dressed up in khadi and colourful dresses, with tri-coloured flags in their hands and danced merrily to the tunes of songs ‘Pagri Sambhal Jatta’, ‘Desh nu chalo’ and recited the ‘evergreen’ song ‘Sare Jahan se acha’. Dean Jagdish Chander, Freedom Fighter and an Ex MLA narrated stories of the warriors who fought bravely for the freedom of the country.

Love Dale Montesseri School was once again enthusiastic about the celebration of our Independence Day this year. The children were told to come specifically dressed in orange, white and green coloured dresses. They held the National Flag and sang the National Anthem.

Independence Day was celebrated with full gaiety and patriotic spirit in Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town. Students decked up in colurful attires performed patriotic songs. Kids remembered the great freedom fighters by dressing up as Rani Jhansi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Shaheed Bhagat SIngh, Raj Guru etc.

Celebration of 56th Independence Day was part of the patriotic week celebrations at Spring Dale School, Sherpur, Ludhiana.The school celebrates patriotic week from August 9, 2002, to August 15, 2002 within the premises of the school with full enthusiasm.

Mr Mandeep Singh, Director, Academic, unfurled the National Flag followed by recitation of shabad ‘Awal Allal Noor Upaya Kudrat De Sab Bande’ by beautifully dressed girls in yellow uniforms. ‘Vandey Matram’ was recited by the students in school uniform. Thereafter Aayushman of class V1 delivered a speech in English paying tributes to heroes of the nation who laid their lives for the cause of Freedom from British rulers. A patriotic song ‘Matra Bhoomi ki Chanautian Sunao are Naujawan’ was recited by the students. Bhangra was the other main attraction of the occasion. Jagtaran Singh of classes IX spoke in Punjabi in a very impressive about out struggle to snatch independence from the British Empire. Gidha was presented by the girls dressed in their regional Punjabi dresses .

Children’s Valley School celebrated Independence Day today under the theme ‘Hind desh Ka Pyara Jhanda Uncha Sada Rahega’. The boys came dressed traditionally in white kurta pyjama and girls in white saries. White-colour signifies peace and harmony. The whole show was organised with great enthusiasm with children singing ‘Hind Desh Ka Pyara Jhanda Uncha Sada Rahega’.

BCM Arya Model Sen. Sr. Sec. School had organised a declamation contest on the life of freedom fighters for class V111 students as part of the patriotic week celebrations. The children spoke with confidence, enthusiasm and kindled the spirit of patriotism among the fellow students. Sonia of section B stood first. Her topic was ‘Quit India Movement’. Rabia of section F and Priyanka of Section D spoke ‘On the role of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in the freedom struggle’ .



Enthusiastic response to body painting contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 14
A body painting contest was organised at Khalsa College for Women today. Different parts of body, including face, arms, hands, back and navel were painted by the contestants. There was plenty of excitement amongst as many as 200 participating students of both post graduate and graduate classes. The helpers used colours matching with the dresses of the participants. “Since Independence Day is tomorrow, we decided to keep Tricolour as the main theme of the contest. Girls have shown enormous talent and we are finding it hard to select the winners,” said the Head of Department, Kiran Kapoor.

The girls had painted with Camlin colours and sparkle mehndi colours to make their ‘mehndi’ look alluring. The effect was that of ‘Arabic mehndi’, but unlike it these poster and Camlin colours can be washed away and have no harmful side effects. Some girls had made delicate flowing floral designs around the navels, while the others had painted a wide range of attractive tattoos on their forearms.

Shurti and Suchi said,” We have painted ‘bindis’ on many foreheads as we love doing it. We have loved this competition. This competition has been introduced for the first time and we think it has really excited us as we can show our talent.”

Balroop, Daman and Sauganha were other starry-eyed girls who were displaying their delicately painted hands, forearms and foreheads. Some girls had used their backs for various tattoos like ‘peacock’ and exotic floral designs.

The competition was sponsored by Camlin Limited. Ms Rashmi Hora of Camlin said their aim was to promote hobbies among the girls. Also present on the occasion were Navpreet Kaur, Seema, Anita, Sarabjit and Ashu to supervise the entire competition.



PAU refresher course
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 14
A refresher course on ‘technical advances in veterinary and animal husbandry practices for rural development was organised by the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension, PAU for 30 field veterinarians from different departments of the state government and other organisations engaged in animal husbandry development.

Inaugurating the course, Dr Jaspinder Singh Kolar, Director of Extension Education, PAU, stressed the importance of continuous updating of knowledge in the field in view of constantly changing technology. Dr Kolar also suggested that knowledge about management and heathcare practices for sheep and goat should also be imparted to field veterinarians. This will help in bringing about diversification within the livestock production also.

Dr K.B. Singh, Head Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension PAU said the trainees were given theoretical and practical orientation on control of mastitis, common infectious diseases and common parasitic diseases. 



5-yr RI for rice mill owner
Our Correspondent

Khamano, August 14
Mrs Neelam Arora, CJM, Fatehgarh Sahib, today sentenced 5 years rigorous imprisonment to Mr Balbir Singh Uppal, owner, Laxmi Rice Mill, Khamano, for violation of stipulations of the Punjab Pollution Control Board. Sources said this firm already owed Rs 95.55 crore to the PSWC as cost of paddy and a special vigilance inquiry had been initiated in this regard. Moreover, a payment of near about Rs 42 crore to the local market committee too is pending.


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