Friday, November 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Fun, frolic and functions mark Children’s Day
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, November 14
Children ruled the day in schools in city, Panchkula, SAS Nagar and nearby towns as a number of cultural programmes were organised today to mark the Children’s Day in memory of Jawaharlal Nehru, fondly referred to as Chacha Nehru by the children.

With enthusiasm writ large on their faces, they participated in various entertaining activities all the way from fancy dress contests to painting and poetry recitation, lending charm and innocence to the programme. All winners were awarded with prizes and sweets were distributed to mark the day.

Kailash Bahl DAV-7

It was a colourful, fun-filled day for children who participated in contests ranging from jewellery-making to salads, flower arrangements, dances, poetry recitation and fancy dress. Rangolis dotted the pathway leading to the school building.

The students were dressed in colourful dresses of their respective houses.

They remembered Chacha Nehru and presented rose buds to the principal, Ms Madhu Bahl. The craft work of every student was assessed by a jury along with the principal. The Chairman of the school, Mr B.S. Bahl, was the chief guest.


Poetry recitation, paper-reading, writing, rangoli, painting and slow cycling competitions marked the day on the school premises. The children remembered Chacha Nehru and presented patriotic songs and dances.

St Soldier’s School-28

Children and teachers jointly presented a variety programme where Chacha Nehru was remembered through poems and speeches. Races and a fancy dress competition generated a lot of excitement among the children. The teachers presented a giddha item and gave a party to the students to mark the grand finale.

Guru Harkrishan Public School-40

The morning assembly was conducted by teachers in which two teachers, dressed as students, celebrated Pandit Nehru’s birthday. Songs, classical dances and games were organised for the children during the day. The PTA President, Mr Garg, inaugurated the competition, while the Principal, Ms Suman Sharma, presented the vote of thanks.

Sanatan Dharm Public School-32

Competitions in pot-painting, singing, card-making and mehndi were held and students in large numbers participated with glee as they competed for cash prizes announced to mark the occasion.

Tribune Model School-29

For tiny tots of the school, it was fun all the way as they took to the stage attired in fancy dresses. They came dressed as Chacha Nehru in white sherwanis supporting red roses, as flowers and trees to celebrate “their” day.

DAV Senior Secondary School-8

A cultural programme comprising mono-acting by Vikram Rawat, a ghazal by Abhishek, races and games marked the fun-filled day at the school. Interesting activities like tadpole, spoon, book, three-legged race entertained those present on the occasion. Principal Ravinder Talwar spoke on the life and work of Pandit Nehru.

St Joseph School-44

Tiny tots sashayed down the ramp as overhead speakers boomed latest numbers. Games, races and speeches were also organised for the junior section students whereas sketch and flower arrangement competitions were held for senior students.

Results of the students attaining first position in different categories are: Dance competition: Manpreet Kaur (Class II), Snighda Class (III), Baljeet (Class IV) and Saiyam (Class V). Flower arrangement: Astha and Vidushi (Class IX), Rohini and Simian (Class X).

Tender Heart school-33

Tender Heart students participate in a race.
Tender Heart students participate in a race. — A Tribune photograph

Primary class students participated in a sports meet to mark the day. Wheel barrow race, dressing-up race and tricycle race were part of the meet. Sweets were also distributed among students on the occasion.


Cultural items and fun games were held, along with an exhibition. Enthusiastic students stood proudly behind the counters displaying their work as passersby appreciated their efforts. Prizes were given to students who excelled in academics, sports and extra curricular activities throughout the year.

School for Deaf and Dumb-18

Sweets, fruits, gifts and stationery items were distributed among the students by the Lions Club, Chandigarh (Host). Happiness was writ large on the faces of the students.

Mount Carmel School-47

Different competitions, including drawing, painting, diya decoration, dumb charades, vegetable carvings and tattoo making, were organised to mark the celebrations. A film show was also organised for the children. The function culminated with cultural programme, including western dance, skit and other dances.

The students who bagged first position in the competitions are:- Drawing competition: Tushar Sharma (KG). Diya Decoration: Shagun Sharma (Class II). Tattoo Making: Sanchit Kharbanada (Class IV). Blow painting: Nimish Gupta (Class IV). Vegetable Carvings: Haskamal Singh and Janveer Husain (Class VI). Dry and fresh flower arrangement: Varun and Nitesh (Class VIII). Plants, ferns and laves arrangement: Anshul Sharma (Class X). Kite flying: Amit Sharma and Gaurav (Class VIII). Dumb Charades: Tennyson House. Kite flying: Arpit Das (X).

Bal Bhawan-23

The Indian Council for Child Welfare celebrated the occasion by organising a cultural programme. It started with the arrival of the chief guest, followed by the lighting of the lamp and welcome address. Prize distribution function was also held.


Students of Blue Bird School, Sector 16, Panchkula ready to go for a picnic on Thursday.
Students of Blue Bird School, Sector 16, Panchkula ready to go for a picnic on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Children from over 20 schools participated in various competitions held as part of the Children’s Day celebrations. A cultural function - dance, fancy dress etc. were also organised. Mr S.K. Goel, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, was the chief guest. In the poster making competition-, Kanika Berwal of DAV School won the first prize, while in Mehndi Ruby of Haryana Model School got the first prize. In Rangoli, Shilpa, Pushplata, Shivani and Karikiya of Satluj Public School won the first prize, while in fancy dress Carima Gupta of DAV, Sector 8 and in dance, Vijeta of Blue Bird School won the first prizes.

Dikshant International

Dikshant International School celebrated Children’s Day with a difference. Under privileged children from Old Panchkula and surrounding villages were specially brought to the school and the day was celebrated with them by organising various competitions for them. Students of the school then themselves distributed gifts to the winners in painting and drawing competition from amongst these guest children.

DAV School, Sector 8

The students and staff of DAV School, Sector 8 , celebrated the day by organising various competitions for children of various classes from Class VIII to XII in poster making and declamations on the topic of “India of Nehru’s dreams”. While students of nursery and KG were sent on a picnic to The Browser in Chandigarh and later at Children’s Traffic Park in Panchkula, students from classes I to VII were sent on a picnic to Hidden Valley - a children’s camp.

Bal Niketan

The Haryana Pradesh Youth Congress celebrated Children’s day with inmates of Bal Niketan by organising a painting and drawing competition for the inmates and students of Stella Maris School, Mansa Devi Complex here. Vikram Sharma of Bal Niketan won the first prize and Jatin Dewan of Stella Maris School won the second prizeon this occasion.

Bal Sadan

The SBI’s Ladies Club organised a painting competition for the children here and about 40 children , divided into four categories participated . A puppet show was also organised on this occasion.

Amravati Public School

Tiny tots of the school presented a brilliant show to commemorate Children’s Day . Children, dressed in vibrant clothes, presented dances and Akshita, Anjali, Munish, Tamanna and Anav exhibited light classical orchestra , producing a lilting music on sitar, harmonium, guitar, casto and tabla. Staff members also presented a skit and sang a song on this occasion.

Doon Public School

Students celebrated the day with great enthusiasm and a number of activities were organised for them. A recitation contest for nursery section ( children from pre nursery to class II ) was organised. Varinder and Tushar from pre nursery, Shobhana and Aanchal from nursery and Piyush and Akshay Sharma from class I and II won the first prizes.

ST. Soldiers Divine Public School

Teachers made all possible efforts to entertain children and presented a cultural programme. A special prayer for students, a medley of songs and a dance item was presented by the staff. A fancy dress competition was organised for children from classes pre nursery to Vnd an on-the-spot painting competition was organised for Classes VI to XII. Himani and Jatin from prenursery, Jobanpreet from nursery, Shilling from KG, Shubham from Class I, Rishabh from Class II, Tunisha from Class III, Chetan and Tanya from Class IV and Pragati from Class V won the first prizes in fancy dress.

DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur

A fancy dress competition was organised in the school on account of Children’s Day today. Megha of pre nursery, Manpreet Singh of nursery and Deeksha Sood of kg on the first prizes. Skits, dance items and songs were also organised on this occasion.

Sophia International School

Children’s day was celebrated with great pomp and show by children of this school. A fancy dress competition, rhyme recitation, folk dance and antakshari was held. Dances and skits were also performed by children.

Satluj Public School

A special assembly was organised on this day and Pandit Nehru was remembered on his birthday. Speeches on child labour and rights of children were delivered, a skit on children was shown.

Blue Bird Model School

Students of nursery and KG were taken for a picnic to Vatika in Sector 5 here , where races were organised for them. Students from Class I to X took part in sports activities like relay race, sack race, huddle races. Cricket match, kho kho and slow cycling was also organised for children.


Chunmun Club

Children’s Day was celebrated with enthusiasm in Ambala Cantt and Ambala City. Children of the Chunmun Club and Mother Teresa’s Shishu Bhavan organised a cultural programme at the bhavan.

SMV Public School

SMV Public School was bedecked with flowers, balloons and posters. School president Subhash Jain inaugurated the Children’s Day programme. A puppet show was presented by teachers, while students presented a Haryanvi folk dance and bhangra. A group song on ‘Chacha Nehru’ was also presented, the Principal, Ms O. Purewal, said.

Dua Model School

At Dua Memorial National Model School, teachers informed students about Pandit Nehru’s contribution towards the nation. Principal Sujan Singh said the path shown by Pandit Nehru helped many nations to be non-aligned towards either of the two world superpowers.

Bal Bhavan

The three-day bal mela held at Bal Bhavan, Ambala City, culminated on Thursday. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam Kasni, was the chief guest. In Boogie-Woogie competition (junior group) Mohit, Simran Kaur and Divya remained first, second and third, respectively, while Jasmeet Kaur was awarded a consolation prize. Sonali Sharma was given a special prize. Senior group: Mahak Khanna 1; Radhika Malhotra and Charu Handa 2; and Nalin Swami 3. Simran and Swati Sood were given consolation prizes while Sindhu Handa was given a special prize. Group folk dance (junior group): Dayanand Public School and PKR Jain Public School 1; SK Model School 2; and Ambala Public School 3. DAV Public School, Ambala City, got a special prize. Senior group: DAV Public School, Ambala City, and Major RN Kapoor DAV Public School, Ambala Cantt, 1; GRSD Senior Secondary School 2; and Surya High School 3. Dayanand Public School won a consolation prize. Individual performance: Palak 1; Simran 2; Ramandeep 3. In baby show (up to one year) Lakhita, Tanya and Sarthak remained first, second and third, respectively. In one to two years, Navleen, Shubh and Parth remained first, second and third, respectively.


Yadvindra Public School

Students of YPS, SAS Nagar, participate in a function.
Students of YPS, SAS Nagar, participate in a function. — A Tribune photograph

An inter-house cross country run was organised at the school here. More than 600 students of the school participated in the various runs covering an 18 km route around the school. Among the boys of Class X and above Shawak, Mohit, Amarinder, Raghav and Karanbir won the top positions while among the boys of Classes VIII and IX, Hemant, Abhideep, Angad, Harsimran Brar, Harinder and Rajbrindera won top positions. Among the boys of Classes VI and VII, Alam Singh, Kabir Bajwa, Attarpreet, Harsimran, Bharot, Brahmjot Singh got the top positions while among the girls of Class IX, Sahira Bhullar, Harman, Mallika, Manpreet, Brahmleen and Sneh Bhatia won top positions. Among the girls of Classes VI to VII, Simaranbir, Harpreet, Simranpreet Kaur, Sahiba, Vasundhra and Ravinderpreet won top positions while among the boys of Class V, Navtej, Jaskeerat, Ankit, Apurva, Aftab, Gunwant and Siddaq won top positions. Among the boys of Class IV, Ankit Saini, Prashant, Kabir, Himanshu, Prabhdeep, Gurkirat won top positions while among girls of Class IV and V, Sionju, Agampreet, Shubhpreet, Sionwa Tarini and Sanya got top positions.

Smart Kids Kindergarten

It was a day of fun and frolic for the children of Smart Kids Kindergarten in Phase X here on Thursday. They celebrated Children’s Day by playing games like ‘dog and bone’, ‘musical chairs’ and ‘pocket the handkerchief’. They also sang songs with the theme to protect the environment as a tribute to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

Spring Valley Public School

The tiny tots of the school celebrated the day with a colourful dance party. The children were also given sweets and told the importance of the day by the Principal, Ms Ravinder Kaur.

Shemrock Sr. Sec. School

The school organised a fancy dress and painting competition to mark Children’s Day. Different themes were allotted to various classes and students painted on these themes.

Jan Shikshan Sansthan

JSS, Mohali celebrated the day in coordination with Government High School, Village Desu Majra. On-the-spot painting competition and debate was organised for the students. who also presented a cultural programme. Prizes were given to the winners.

Sanjay Public School, Sec 70

A fancy dress competition and a host of other activities were organised on the occasion. Card and collage making competitions were also held. A hop race, breakfast race, pot race, potato race three-legged race were also organised for the children. Patriotic songs were sung and the day ended with musical chairs competition between the children and the teachers.

Golden Bells Public School, Sohana

The Chandigarh branch of this school joined students of the Sohana branch to celebrate Children’s Day. A fete was also organised. Stalls of food, games were set up by the school teachers for the students. Races were held for the students of junior classes.

DAV Public School

A sports event followed by a cultural programme was organised here. Harpreet and Surabhi presented a dance. Archit, Shivam, Jagdeep and Shwetank won the tricycle race while Priyanka and Manisha won the biscuit race. Uday and Sanpreet won the frog race while Lovpreet and Anmol won the getting ready competition. Madhur and Nidhi won the sack race while Ishan, Rishabh, Jastej and Gagandeep won the three-legged race. Navjot and Karamveer won the lemon race while Shivika and Sakshi Syal won the skipping on the spot competition. Rahul and Anju won the slow cycling race while Kamaldeep and Harleen won the blindfold competition.

Mohali Public School, Phase X

As many as 200 students participated in a cultural function that was inaugurated by the Principal Ms Ghumman who encouraged the students to enjoy the day. Welcome song was followed by Krishna Leela and a Kashmiri dance. Speeches on the life of Pandit Nehru were also made. A satire on the present day students and studies was also presented followed by a quawali. Senior boys presented Bhangra.

Shivalik Public School

The 18th Nitish Lehri on-the-spot painting competition was organised in collaboration with the Rotary and Innerwheel Clubs to mark the day here. According to the Rotary president, Manpreet Singh 23 schools and as many as 1115 students participated in the competition. The students were asked to paint on specific themes like save the world, anti-pollution, sow the seeds of love and service above self.

Bal Mazdoor Siksha Kendra, Phase X

The Punjab Istri Sabha in association with the Aruna Asaf Ali Foundation and Trust organised various activities for the 20 children being given education in this centre with the help of the two teachers Ranjit Kaur and Kanwarjit Kaur. A painting and fancy dress competition was organised.


Sukhmani International

Students of Sri Sukhmani International School celebrated Children’s Day with traditional zeal. Various competitions were organised. Besides patriotic song, slow-cycling and kho-kho, the students also participated in a fancy dress competition. In kho-kho (girls) finals Vindaya House beat sprinted Aravali House. A competition of patriotic songs was also organised. Mr Avtar Singh, chairman of the school, gave away prizes to the winners.

Guardian Angles

Tiny tots of Guardian Angles Public School, Zirakpur, presented a lively and colourful “rhyme and rhythm” show to mark the day. Students of KG Class presented a fairy tale, Goldilock and the Three Bears, and “Vande Mataram”. Four seasons of the year were depicted by Nursery students, said Mr P.S. Grewal, director of the school. Mr P.S. Bajwa, chairman, distributed prizes among students.


Indian Public School

Indian Public School here celebrated the annual function at Nia Shahar Badala, near here. Mr D.S. Bedi, Principal, Shivalik Public School, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. A cultural programme was presented by the children.

Sacred Bells Convent

Students of Sacred Bells Convent School, Janta Estate, here presented a colourful cultural programme to mark Children’s Day. Speakers paid rich tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Tiny tots presented a cultural programme which included a fancy-dress competition, poem recitation etc. Students of senior classes presented solo and group songs.


A special day for the blind
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, November 14
For the 11 students of the Institute for the Blind in Sector 26, who visited the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, on the occasion of the Children’s Day, it was a day laced with surprises. Not a routine visit, the occasion was used by the Museum authorities to take the students on a touch tour round of the Museum and offer them whatever little happiness they could.

Institute of the Blind, which imparts education and training to blind children and help in their rehabilitation in the mainstream society, decided to send 11 children for the round of the Museum.

About 10 works of art from different periods like the Gandhara Buddha of Kushana period, goddess Padmavati, Ganesha, Vishnu, Ganga, Mahavira of medieval Indian period and contemporary sculptures of S.L. Prashar, Shiv Singh and Dhan Raj Bhagat made in wood, metal and plaster of Paris, respectively were selected as touch exhibits which were provided with Braille script captions.

Rotarians also celebrate

Wednesday night saw the exuberance of Rotarians, their spouses and children celebrating post-Divali fellowship and Children’s Day.

The show, organised by Rtn Virender Sachdeva, Director Club Services, and R’Ann Suchetra Luthra, was a grand success. In the fancy dress competition for children, Karan Kochhar got the first prize while Arjun Aggarwal and Anoushka Tayal won the second and third prizes, respectively. The best-dressed Rotarian and R’Ann awards went to Rtn G.S. Brar and Ashu Bachitter Singh. Rtn Ajit and R’Ann Amarjit Singh were declared the best-dressed couple.

Resident Welfare Association

Residents Welfare Association Category I, Modern Housing Complex, here on Thursday celebrated Children’s Day by organising a function. Children took part in games and other activities with zeal.



Children's books up for grabs

ONE more bonanza is in the offing for book-lovers of Chandigarh at English Book Shop in Sector 17, but this time only for budding book worms — the kids of City Beautiful! And what could be a more befitting occasion for diverting the attention of the little ones away from their idiot boxes to book racks than the birthday of Chacha Nehru.

So here is the oldest bookshop of the city lavishing a brain-sharpening children’s books extravaganza to make them feel VIPs in their own rights! Discount offered is 20 per cent if the kids choose to visit the bookshop between 3 pm and 5 pm and 15 per cent during the rest of the working hours. This is while the bookshop busies itself celebrating “Bal Divas” up to November 17 to commemorate Pandit Nehru’s love for children. Pandit Nehru retained his popularity with kids in spite of unkind political airs blowing against him in the country off and on!

The books for kids in the store are amazingly fresh and new. The variety ranges from absorbing traditional fairy and magic tales to the more sobering religious stories, covering all religions — Hinduism, Sikhism, Christian, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism. Basics of literature in the form of informative books in simple language on the statement of literature, for example Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, etc. will be of interest not only for children but also for grown-ups.

“Our main aim in selecting books for the kids has been to introduce them to a credible entertainment-cum-knowledge radiating source in colourful and attractive print media to wean them away from the unhealthy addiction to television”, says Rajiv Chaudhary, Managing Director. “We were in constant touch with prominent educationists of the city while making our selection. It is not only knowledge that we have kept in view but wholesome entertainment too has been brought into focus while selecting the titles. The range varies from time-houred children’s stories to modern science, medical, computer and even books telling curious children how people work at places like department stores, airlines, TV newsrooms and even in car manufacturing companies. We are sure that not only children but their parents too will appreciate the novelty of titles we are offering to celebrate Pandit Nehru’s birthday,” he added.

I.L. Dawra



PU announces held-back results
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Panjab University has declared held-back results of students BA I who have cleared their compartment examination of their preceding class(Plus two) in a special chance given by the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE).

These students were precariously placed because they appeared for the BA I examination. However, they were not able to clear their compartment examination of the CBSE in the earlier permissible two chances.

The results have been declared by the university following a clearance by Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice Chancellor, who has taken the decision in anticipation of a clearance from the university Syndicate which meets shortly.

These students were on the verge of loosing two academic years. Under the existing rules the results of BA I conducted by the university would not have declared because they did not clearly pass the plus two examination. On the other hand they would have not passed in the plus two examination having failed to clear the examination in two chances.The university decided to honour the CBSE move and allow the students to be promoted on the basis of the result of the special chance.

Senior level sources in the university administration said the university move to allow promotion to students who cleared their plus two in a special chance was not an ‘exceptional step’. The university had in the past allowed similar promotions in case of promotions of students allowed by other boards( including Punjab School Education Board) when students had faced a similar problem.

A research scholar said there was no controversy in the case because the move had precedents and also the move to allow them a special chance had come from an outside source( school boards). Now if a student had passed the school examination, it would be unfair for the university not to allow his a chance of promotion on its basis.

It is however, felt that if there are any fixed rules regarding promotions to maintain the academic status of an institution, the university should not make any compromises by allowing a special ‘chance’.

There is another school of thought which proposes different line of thought. A student should be allowed “unlimited” chances to clear a lower class. However, he should not be promoted to a senior class unless he clears a lower class. This would save his embarrassment of losing two academic years, incase he cleared the examination of the senior class and continued to fail in the lower class within the allowed number of chances.

Panjab University has decided to give a special mercy chance to students who appeared for their compartment examination earlier this year according to old syllabus while the papers which they received in their examination were based on the new syllabus.

These students failed to qualify in the examination. This was communicated in an official press release of the university.



GMSSS-16 model declared best
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The three-day State Science Exhibition concluded at the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, today with the announcement of best models displayed by city schools.

While GMSSS-16 was declared first in the model school category, GSSS-27 remained first in urban schools in the senior secondary category. GMHS-44 won first position among model schools, GHS-32 stood first in the urban schools category and GHS-26 stood first in the rural category.

Seventeen senior secondary schools, 53 secondary schools and 16 rural schools took part in the exhibition. Innovation, ingenuity and creativity marked the exhibition which elicited a tremendous response from city schools. Models on the theme of “Science, indigenous technology and sustained development” were exhibited.

The prize distribution function will be held later.



2-day seminar on environment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
With a view to identifying barriers and understanding the framework of green entrepreneurship, a two-day national seminar on “Frontiers of green entrepreneurship” commenced at Technical Teachers Training Institute (TTTI) in Sector 26, here today.

The seminar, aimed at discussing innovations and recommending policy changes to foster green entrepreneurship, was inaugurated by Mr Rajan Kashyap, Principal Secretary, Punjab.

He emphasised the need for adopting eco-friendly developmental strategies and warned that environmental deterioration can cause decline in civilisation. He expressed concern over the deteriorating global life-support system and suggested that technological options be properly blended keeping in view the need for sustainable economic development.

Speaking on the role of micro-enterprises and service sector in achieving the Tenth Plan targets, Prof SK Chopra, Head of the Rural Development Department, TTTI, was of the opinion that informal sector in India could contribute to economic development and conserving environment.

Explaining that the TTTI had taken an initiative in promoting eco-friendly environment and sustainable development, Prof R. Subramanium, head of the Civil Engineering Department, said polytechnics and engineering colleges have the potential to play an important role in promoting green entrepreneurship.

Prof J.S. Saini of the TTTI suggested the use of cost-effective, resource-efficient and waste-reducing technology. He stressed on greater role and responsibility for developed countries in conserving environment for generations to come.

The role of education and training in protecting environment and enhancing productivity of business enterprises was explained.

The seminar was attended by 60 delegates from universities, engineering colleges, government departments, banks and financial institutions and 30 theme papers would be read out during the two-days. event.



Colourful start to Mosaic 2002
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 14
“Mosaic 2002”, a three-day cultural-cum IT fest, jointly organised by Dev Samaj College for Women and Dev Samaj Polytechnic for Women, Sector 45, started on the college premises here today.

The opening day was marked by three contests, the first being the Seema Goyal Memorial inter college debate whose topic was “Internet was boon for mankind”. Students from eight colleges put forth their arguments both for and against the motion, showing mental prowess and grasp over the subject.

Next came the inter college skit competition which with funny themes like “marriage on Internet” to “Meaning of computer lingo to an ordinary man” filled the atmosphere with fun. This session was presided over by Mrs Madhvi Kataria, SDM (South), UT. She also inaugurated a three-day exhibition of fashion designing products prepared by the students of Dev Samaj Polytechnic for Women and also the Fashion Designing Department of the college.

The day was rounded off with inter-college contest in Dumb Charades. Welcoming the guests, Principal Mrs V. Bhargava, commended the response of the participants from various local institutions. She later gave away the prizes to the winners for today’s contests. The festival was inaugurated by Mrs Renu Saigal, Chief Architect, Department of Urban Planning, Chandigarh Administration.

Following are the results of today’s contests:

Debate — trophy: MCMDAV College for Women, Sector 36, Chandigarh

Individual: Vivek Kumar from GCM, Sector-11, I, Ahmpreet, MCMDAV, Sector 36, and Gaurav Chibber, DAV College, Sector 10, II.

Skits —Trophy: Food Craft Institute, Sector 42

Individual: First - Shikha, Dev Samaj College for Women, I, Pritpal, Food Craft Institute, Sector 42, and Deepika, Dev Samaj College for Women, II.

Dumb Charades: Trophy Nittin Sood and Tarun from Food Craft Institute.



IT seminar
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 14
Latest trends in upcoming technologies related to Information Technology were discussed during the inaugural day of a seminar, “Trends and opportunities in the IT World”, organised by DAV College, Sector 10, here today.



WO appointed to rescue ‘bonded’ labourers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
If allegations levelled in a habeas corpus petition are to be believed, nine agricultural labourers, including minors, have been detained by two farmers in Fatehabad district. Some of them have even been molested. Acting on the petition seeking their release, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today appointed a warrant officer to carry out the raids. The local police too has been directed to provide assistance.

Issuing the directions, Mr Justice Nijjar observed: “It is stated in that agricultural labourers are being illegally detained by two Bhimawala village residents in Tohana tehsil. It is further stated that the respondents and their men have violated the mandatory provisions of Bonded System Abolition Act of 1976. They are also alleged to have molested young women and girls being illegally detained. The lives of the alleged detainees are said to be in danger. In fact, it is stated that the detainees may well be liquidated by musclemen hired by the respondents.

“In view of the circumstances, issue notice of motion for November 18. A warrant officer is appointed to raid the places that may be mentioned by the petitioner and secure the release of the alleged detainees. The local police of Tohana police station or any other nearby police post is directed to render all necessary assistance to the warrant officer for executing the Court directions”.

The Judge concluded: “The warrant officer should also record the statements of the detainees about the maltreatment given by the respondents, in view of the serious allegations. If it is found necessary, the officer shall also get the alleged detainees medically examined. The alleged detainees be produced in the Court on November 18, along with the warrant officer’s report”.

In his petition, co-labourer Raj Pal of Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh had earlier alleged that Nathu and Nawasa of Tohana had not paid wages to the labourers after detaining them illegally.

Bail confirmed

Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday confirmed the anticipatory bail granted to the chairman of the Oil Selection Board, Justice M.R. Agnihotri.

A former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge, Justice Agnihotri, along with two others, were earlier booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation, for cheating and other offences under Sections 120-B, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code, besides Prevention of Corruption Act on June 10. His anticipatory bail plea was initially rejected by UT Additional District and Sessions Judge Ms Sneh Prasher.

Taking up his petition, Mr Justice Mohunta had earlier asked the former Judge to join the investigation as and when required and had also permitted his counsel to accompany him.

Sentence reduced

In just over six months after a Hoshiarpur district resident was ordered to be hanged till death in a murder case, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta of the High Court on Thursday reduced his sentence to life imprisonment. The Judges also acquitted another accused earlier sentenced to life imprisonment.

Delivering the verdict, the Judges ruled: “Appeal filed by Jasbir Singh is partly allowed. Death sentence passed by Hoshiarpur’s Sessions Judge is set aside. Instead, he is sentenced to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000. Appeal filed by Sarabjit Singh is allowed, conviction and sentence are set aside and he is acquitted of the charge framed against him”.

The two had earlier been booked by the Punjab police for murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code after meat shop owner Pakhar Singh succumbed to his injuries.

Notice of motion

Taking up a petition for quashing the alleged selection of a Haryana Public Service Commission member, besides other respondents, Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the High Court on Thursday issued notice of motion for March 11.

In his petition, Mr Sudhir Kumar Kalra had contended that the respondents had in an arbitrary manner been selected for the post of principals in government senior secondary schools on the basis of interviews held on June 29.

Poll petition

Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday refused to dismissed a petition challenging the election of independent candidate Jeet Mohinder Singh from Talwandi Sabo assembly constituency.

Delivering the verdict on a petition filed by Indian National Congress candidate Harminder Singh alleging adoption of corrupt practices, Mr Justice Gupta ruled: “It cannot be said that the election petition lacks material facts and does not disclose any cause of action. As a result, the present election petition cannot be dismissed at this stage”.



Beant case: notice to Administration
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 14
A local court today issued a notice to UT Administration through Inspector General of Prisons and other jail authorities acting on a complaint filed by one of the accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, Paramjit Singh, demanding judicial probe into the recent seizure of articles — a mobile phone and Rs 40,000, from Burail Jail for November 20 to file reply in the case.

Meanwhile the court has also directed the jail authorities to get the medical examination of three of the accused done and submit its report in the court acting on another complaint filed by the accused.

The counsel for the accused had filed a case on behalf of Paramjit Singh, against the UT Administration through Inspector General of Prisons, Superintendent of the Model Burail Jail, Deputy Superintendent and all wardens working in the jail.

The counsel have sought judicial probe whether there was any justification for solitary confinement of Jagtar Singh Tara, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh because of their protest against smoking, whether Jagtar Singh Tara, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh were beaten up by the jail staff in the presence of the Jail Superintendent and whether the jail authorities recovered a mobile phone and money from the accused.



Powerful statement by ‘Agni aur Barkha’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Girish Karnad’s historic play “Agni aur Barkha” was today staged by the Department of Indian Theatre under the direction of Rani Balbir Kaur. The annual production of the department, was earlier staged on November 8 for the delegates of the Science Congress.

The play, one of the most highly rated historic and mythological works by playwright Girish Karnad, underlined basic human emotions, ranging from deceit, and betrayal to affection and revenge. The storyline was taken from a little-known myth from Mahabharata. The dramatic tale of hope and hopelessness centred around a seven-year-long fire sacrifice designed to persuade the Gods to send rain. Each character played the role well, fitting perfectly in the scheme of events on stage. As the story progressed, the myth of Yavakri (who is consumed by the fire of his own passion) came alive on stage.

The story takes a lead from two sages, Bharadwaja and Raibhya, the former a learned man who lives with his two sons, the latter an ascetic. The basic content flows from Yavakri, the son of Bhardwaja, who feels his father has received a raw deal. The drama heightens with Yavakri using his powers against the norms of ethics.

The rest of the play is a marvel in technique and presentation, used to highlight the fire sacrifice that remains an integral part of the story.


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