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Christmas celebrations grip schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 23
With the Christmas bells ringing loud and clear, the entire city is getting into the festive mood, including schools, colleges and other organisations.

Ryan International School

A series of events were organised to celebrate Christmas. These included the school fete with a number of games and food stalls. A fashion show by the students, dressed in winter attires, was also fascinating. An inter-house carol singing competition, nativity play and various dances also added to the festive spirit. The students even expressed their concern and thoughtfulness towards the orphans by sending gifts to the inmates of Bal Niketan.

Kendriya Vidyalaya

Excitement and exuberance marked the Christmas celebrations at Kendriya Vidyalaya, AFS Grounds. "A Star is Born", a scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, carol singing and dance with Santa Claus were organised. Santa distributed gifts to the children that sent a wave of joy through them. Christmas parties were also organised separately in different classes.

Manav Mangal High School

Various competitions marked the Christmas celebrations in the school in Sector 21. These included a fancy dress competition in which as many as 100 students of nursery, KG, class I and II participated. The students presented themselves as ballon seller, Mangal Pande, Jhansi Ki Rani, and as doctors and fairies.

This was followed by a dance competition in which students of class I and II presented solo dances. The function concluded with distribution of gifts among the children.

Tender Heart School

The tiny tots of the school too celebrated Christmas. With a variety of sweets and eatables to be savoured, the toddlers had a funfilled day with Santa Claus who came loaded with goodies for them. A special Christmas cake was also cut on the occasion.

National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD)

Not only the school children but the elders too had their share of Christmas fun. The students of the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) organised a Christmas bash at Tagore Theatre here. Strictly adhering to the dress code, each student came dressed in white and red and created a huge backdrop of representing Santa with reindeer pulling the sledge.

The entrance was decorated with a huge Christmas tree. The arrival of Santa Claus and distribution of gifts added to the festive spirit. The celebrations also included a dance party and presence of DJ Bhanu. A number of games were organised in which even the faculty participated and the winners were given prizes.

Desh Bhagat Institute of Competitive Studies

The institute too celebrated Christmas with a dance party and cutting of a Christmas cake. A number of competitions, including antakshri, were also held.

Divya Public School

Christmas was celebrated with great fervour at Divya Public School, Sector 44, here, today. A Christmas tree was decorated with stars, bells, balloons and sweets. Tiny tots of pre-nursery, KG and class I come dressed in vibrant attires.

The school Principal, Mr Rattan Singh, conveyed the message of love, peace and brotherhood in his speech to the students. A feast for the students was also arranged. The most exciting moment for the students was the arrival of the Santa Claus who distributed sweets and gifts among the children.

CRB Public School

It was a day to remember for the tiny tots of CRB Public School, Sector 7, which celebrated Christmas with great enthusiasm. The festive mood was complete with children attired in colourful dresses, decorated campus and Santa Claus distributing gifts and sweets. Children of classes I, II and III sang rhymes and carols.

Satluj Public School

Mitika Kanwar led the DAV-15 Chandigarh team to victory besides winning herself the best singer prize at a rock show competition organised by Satluj Public School here to mark the Christmas celebrations.

While honouring the winners, the school Principal, Mr Krit Sarai, said, "The show was aimed at encouraging the youngsters to show case their talent in music. Earlier, the Satluj choir inaugurated the show with by singing carols. The audience cheered the artists on the stage, who put up spirited performances.

The individual best prizes were won by Mitika Kanwar (vocal), Atul Bajwa (guitar), Disha (dance), and Arjun (drums).

DAV Senior Secondary Public School

Students of the kindergarten wing celebrated Christmas with enthusiasm and fun at the school in Sector 8, Panchkula. Attired in their best, they gathered around the specially decorated Christmas tree as the Santa Claus distributed gifts and showered blessings.

Tiny Tots Preparatory School

The tiny tots of the school in Sector 38 put up a variety show to celebrate Christmas. A butterfly and a cat dance in addition to distribution of sweets and gifts were some of the funfilled activities held at the school.



‘Maintain’ quality in research work
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 23
Valedictory programme of an inter-disciplinary refresher course in research methodology in social sciences was held in the ICSSR Hall of Panjab University campus here today. The course was attended by 39 participants from different colleges and universities of M.P., U.P., Chhattisgarh, Bihar, H.P., Punjab, Haryana, J and K and Chandigarh.

Delivering the valedictory address, Mr Rashpal Malhotra, Founder-Director General of the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, spoke about the scope in research in social sciences and inspired the participants to undertake research.



Govt teachers hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 23
Expressing strong resentment against the functioning of the UT Education Department, as many as 400 teachers today staged a dharna at Matka Chowk here.

Headed by the Joint Action Committee of Government Teacher Union, the teachers raised their voice against the "injustice" being done to the teachers at every level of the administration.

The teachers demanded that their long-pending demands should be accepted. These demands include promotion of all UT cadre teachers, release of year-wise seniority list, abolition of contract system and regularisation of contract teachers, rectification of personal pay, reversion of out of the way promoted principals among many others.

A panel of teachers also met the UT Adviser and acquainted him with the problems of the teachers. The advisor, however, assured the delegation that necessary steps would be taken to address the genuine demands of the teachers and a meeting with the Education Secretary would also be arranged shortly.

Meanwhile, the committee decided that if no steps were taken to check the functioning of the department the agitation would be intensified and the annual examinations of the schools might also be boycotted.



Panjab varsity admissions on AIEEE merit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 23
Admissions to various engineering courses under Panjab University will be done on the basis of merit of the AIEEE. No separate entrance test for these admissions will be conducted by the Panjab University.

According to a press note issued by Dr B.S. Sohi, Director, University Institute of Engineering and Technology, PU, the university will not participate in the counselling to be conducted by the AIEEE. The university will conduct joint counselling for admission along with other engineering institutes of Chandigarh.



Student to attend camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 23
Abhimanyu, a student of Class VIII, KY DAV School, Sector 7, has been selected to participate in the 14th National Young Environmentalists Conference to be held at the National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi, from December 24 to 29. The selected participants from all over India will interact and attend the six-day camp to understand the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Birds’.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Association of Private Educational Institutions: chairman — S.M. Verma; vice-chairman — Kamal Arora; president — Uma Wadhera; vice-president — S.C. Vohra; general secretary — Sushma Manrai; treasurer — Prem Kaushik; and joint secretary — Vinod Sharma. — TNS



Recall 2005
Year of high profile militants, cases
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 23
High-profile cases dominated the district courts during 2005 with top militants, including Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) chief Jagtar Singh Hawara, and Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) activist Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, hogging the limelight.

And the local police got an egg on its face with the dropping of sedition charges against former jail officials and grant of bail to them in the Burail jailbreak case by an Additional Sessions Judge. Meanwhile, Hawara was also granted bail by a local court in the jailbreak case though he is still cooling his heels in the Burail Jail in the Beant Singh case.

In fact, the production of Hawara, prime accused in the Beant Singh assassination case and the Burail jailbreak case, Bhullar, wanted in connection with attack on a former local SSP, Mr Sumedh Singh Saini, amid tight security, in the court were the highlights of the year.

However, both Beant Singh and the Burail jailbreak cases moved at snail’s pace with the former missing the reported October 31 deadline set by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The court got a new District and Sessions Judge in Mr MMS Bedi in place of Mr HS Bhalla, who joined as the Punjab Legal Remembrancer. In fact, the fag end of the year proved lucky for both the judges with their names being reportedly recommended for elevation to the high court. The year saw the setting up of the special CBI court with the joining of a Haryana judicial officer—Mr Jagdeep Jain.

Two human rights activists and Hawara’s counsels — Mr Amar Singh Chahal and Mr Arvind Thakur — remained at the receiving end of the police and certain vested interests for their reported attempts to expose the alleged role of land mafia in Kansal village on the UT’s periphery. While Mr Thakur was attacked at least thrice by unidentified persons, Mr Chahal was booked by the local police in the infamous Nayagaon rape case for allegedly preparing a false affidavit.

In the wake of the case against Mr Chahal, which was largely seen as the handiwork of certain senior functionaries of the Punjab Government and the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, members of the District Bar Association took to the streets. Ultimately, Mr Chahal was not arrested by the police.

The legal fight between the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Parkash Singh Badal, continued throughout the year. Also charges were framed against two suspended judicial officer — Mr R.M. Gupta and Mr SS Bhardwaj — accused of accepting bribe.

The district courts continued to wait for the setting up of a dispensary with the UT Health Department dilly-dallying on the issue. Civic amenities left much to be desired.


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