Thursday, October 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Primary school games begin
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, October 9
The Block Level Primary School Games-2002 of Block I started today in Government Primary School, Devi Nagar, about 2 km from here, this morning. The participating teams from various schools started pouring on the school premises along with their teachers early in the morning.

Mr Deepinder Singh Dhillon, Additional Advocate General of Punjab, who was the chief guest of the inaugural ceremony, released coloured balloons and declared the tournament open. He asked the participants to play with sportsmanship.

Mr Bhag Singh, District Sports Officer, Patiala, said that 500 participants from 70 schools (divided in 10 centres) were participating in the tournament. The competitions like kabaddi, kho-kho, races, jumps and gymnastics would be part of the tournament.


Poem recitation contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
A Punjabi poem recitation and a group song contest were held as a part of the on-going Population Education Week being organised by the Population and Development Cell of the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, here today.

While 20 teams participated in the group song contest, poetry recitation, too, received an enthusiastic response. However, this contest was open to students of Class VIII.

The results of the Punjabi poetry recitation contest are as follows: rural category — Gurpreet Sehgal-GSSS-38 W (1), Seema-GHS-Mauli (2), Maninder Kaur-GHS-Sarangpur (3); urban category — Aarti-GGSSS-23 (1), Varsha-GHS-7 (2), Dhanwant Kaur-GGSSS-8 (3); model — Manpreet Singh-GMHS-29 (1), Agan Sehgal-GMSSS-16 (2), Manpreet Kaur-GMSSS-35 (3); group song: rural — GHS-Sarangpur (1), GSSS-Dhanas (2), GSSS-38 W and GPS-Palsora (3); urban — GGSSS-20 B (1); and model: GMSSS-21 (1), GMSSS-46 (2), GMHS-44 and GSSS-32 (3).

Freshers’s party

A freshers party was organised by students of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, studying at GCS Computer Technology Institute, Sector 9, here today.

Students danced to Punjabi pop and English numbers. Later, Gurinder Singh and Gagan were selected Mr and Miss Fresher while Jasbir Dhillon and Sonia were given the title of “Mr and Miss GCS-2002”.


Adopt values of life, students advised
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 9
The second annual convocation of Government College was held here today.

Mr N. S. Rattan, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Punjab, who was the chief guest, urged the graduates to meet the challenges and improve the quality of life by adopting the values advocated by great men like Socrates, Osho and Buddha.

He said the simple formulation of life was “stand and suffer, submit and enjoy”. There could never be a cross multiplication. He said the youth should choose a way of life with firm conviction.

Ms Nisha Sarad, DPI, Colleges, who presided over the function, said, “The road to success was always under construction”. One had to work hard as there was a lot of competition. Every child was not a born genius but hard work would definitely make a difference.

She said the chemicals and instruments of Government College, Ajnala, would be shifted to the local college as science classes had been stopped there.

As many as 66 graduates were presented degrees by Mr J. P. Garg, principal of the college. Mr Garg also read the annual report highlighting the achievements of the colleges.


Bail plea in visa racket dismissed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 9
A bail plea moved by a suspect, Kushwinder, who had been arrested by the UT police in the racket involving issue of fake visas, was today dismissed by a local court. Meanwhile, another suspect, Priyanka, has also filed a bail plea in the case.

As per the prosecution, the main suspect in the case operated through the girl who further was connected through Raman, Kushwinder and Ramesh. The visa was arranged by Ramesh who was reportedly printing the visa stickers and was charging Rs 25,000 for each visa.

It was further alleged that while the girl, who was doing a course in fashion designing at Delhi, was taking a commission of Rs 1 lakh out of Rs 3.50 lakh being charged from the desirous persons. The suspect, Harish Sharma, was getting a share of Rs 50,000 for every visa. The remaining amount was shared by Raman and Kushwinder.

The main suspect, Harish was arrested while allegedly delivering a passport with a fake visa, valid for European countries to Pawan, a resident of Himachal Pradesh, at Kishangarh village. The suspect had allegedly taken Rs 3.50 lakh for arranging the fake visa.

Adjourned: A case filed by the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, claiming damages of Rs 5 crore against the Punjab CM, Capt Amarinder Singh, accusing him of spreading and publishing false reports about his assets and properties, was today adjourned by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal, till November 11. 

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