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PU zonal youth fest ends on a dazzling note
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh October 19
The four-day Panjab University Zone-A Heritage and Youth Festival ended on a vibrant note at the Government College, Sector 11, here today.
A gamut of events, including debates, declamations and poem recitations, were held in the college auditorium in the forenoon session while in the afternoon session, quiz was the main event held in the auditorium.

Nine teams participated in the debate and poem-recitation while eight teams contested in declamation contest.

The chief guest for the occasion was Professor Deepak Manmohan Singh, Dean Languages, PU. In his welcome address, the college Principal, Dr A.N. Garg, apprised the audience of the eminent position earned by Dr Singh in the field of Punjabi Literature.

Dr Garg called Dr Singh ‘the messiah of the students’ as he had devoted his entire life in fighting for the students’ cause.

In his presidential remarks, Dr Singh urged the students to disseminate their hard-earned knowledge in the society and asked not to give way to complacency.

The judges for the events were Prof Jaiprakash, Mr P.P. Verma and Prof Vimal Bhargava. Professor V. K. Deveshwar and Professor K.P.S. Shante conducted the stage.

The morning session, at the open-air theatre was dedicated to dances — folk, classical and general.Five teams participated in classical dances whereas there were eight teams for group dances.

Classical, folk and group dances complimented with foot-tapping music added a sparkle to the youth festival where teams were seen in kaleidoscopic colors.

The session was presided over by Mr M. L. Koser, a renowned dancer and chairman of Pracheen Kala Kendra.

Mr Koser, in his presidential remarks, said,“Dance is an art of expression. Folk dances are full of joyful feelings and emotions for all dances have originated from folk dances.”

On this occasion, a newsletter prepared and presented by Prof. Bhupinder Singh, Dean, College instruction, was released by the chief guest.

The judges for the classical category were Ms Prem Punita, Ms Chand Manjila and Ms Avneet Saini. Prof Rajpal Singh, Mr B. S. Sekhon and Mr Pritam Rupal were judges for folk dances.

Punjabi folk dances — giddha and bhangra — marked the grand finale. Punjab Corporation and NRI minister Mr Amarjit Singh Samra was the chief guest for the session.

Mr Naunihal Singh, SSP, Mohali presided over the afternoon session for whom it was a homecoming as he is an alumnus of the college.

A visibly happy Mr Naunihal Singh shared some nostalgic moments with the audience in his presidential remarks.

The teams from DAV-10 were first in both giddha and bhangra while the teams from GGDSD-32 were second and teams from GC-11 came third.

In histrionics, teams from DAV-10, GGDSD-32 and Government College of Art, Sector 10, won the top three positions.

In drama, teams from GGDSD-32, DAV-10, and SGGS-26 won the top positions. In drama the individuals who won the top positions include Hardep Sethi of DAV-10, Kanika Sharma of GGDSD-32, Baninderjit of SGGS-26, Aakiriti of GGDSD-32, Ravi of GC-46 and Rupinder of SGGS -26.

In debate, those who won the top positions include Haripal Singh of DAV-10, Gaurav Chhiber of PU, Gurjot Singh of GC-11 and Himshikha of DAV-10.

In elocution, those who won the top positions included Navjot of GGDSD-32, Vasu of DAV-10 and Aman from PU.

In poem-recitation, those who won the top three positions included Jayashree of GGDSD-32, Manjinder of DAV-10 and Juhi Shukla GC-11.

In classical dance, those who won the top positions included Mashina of PU, Sehar Mohan of Government College of Arts, Sector 10, and Rupam Kumari of GGDSD-32.

In the group dance, teams from DAV-10, GC-46 and GC-11 won the top positions. In group dance, individual category, Vandana of GC-46, Nidhi of GC-11 and Pranav and Blossam of DAV-10 and SGGS-26 won top positions.

In folk dance teams from GC-46, DAV-10 and GGDSD-32 won the top positions. In the folk dance individual, Gursharan of GC-11, Ravinder of DAV-10 and Gagan Mohan of GGDSD-32 won top positions. In the quiz teams from GC-11, DAV-10 and CCET-26 won the top positions.



Students told about Divali mythology
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 19
Divali this time was much more than just eating sweets and bursting crackers for students of Asmah International School as the festival was celebrated by making students ware of its mythological importance.

The school campus saw students donning colourful dresses and attires resembling those of Lord Ram, Lakshman, Sita and other. The students reconstructed the homecoming of Lord Rama after 14 years in exile. Teachers explained about the role and relevance of various characters. Golden Bells Public School celebrates Divali students of Golden Bells Public School Sector-77, celebrated Divali with great enthusiasm at the school premises here yesterday.

The students presented a colourful cultural programme and brought alive the good and evil characters from the epic. ‘The Ramayana’. The hidden talent of students came to the fore when they participated in events like diya decoration, candle making and rangoli.

All the students pledged not to use crackers to save environment and have a safe Divali.



Tiny tots celebrate festival with puja
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
Wednesday was a day full of activities and excitement for tiny tots of the junior wing of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, on account of Divali celebrations.

The morning assembly started with Ganesh, Lakshmi and Saraswati pujan and lighting of lamp of a good health, wealth and prosperity for all. Children could be seen mroning around in their colourful attires ready to present a cultural show for their seniors, parents and grandparents.

The function began with the recitation of Ganesh stuti by students of the primary block. It was followed by a dance presentation by pre-nursery students. Nursery and KG class students presented ‘Sankshipt Ramayan’.

A colourful garbha dance was presented by Class I students. A small play was enacted on ‘Say no to crackers’. Students were told about the harmful effects of burning crackers.



DAV students celebrate Divali

Mohali, October 19
Students and staff of DAV Public Senior Secondary School here celebrated Divali with gaiety and élan. The whole school was illuminated on the occasion. An inter-class decoration competition was held. All classes were decorated with rangolies, electric and earthen lamps and candles.
The students held a debate on burning crackers. School Principal Jaya Bhardwaj addressed the students with the message of eco-friendly Divali. TNS



Rapist gets 7-year jail
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
Deepak, a resident of Sector 22, Panchkula, was today convicted of raping a 14-year-old resident of Azad colony and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by Mr M.M. Sharma, Sessions Judge, at the district courts, here today.

The girl’s mother, Radha Rani, had filed a complaint with the police on February 17 this year saying that her daughter, a student of Haryana Model School, Sector 10, had gone missing while coming back from school.

She had alleged that the girl’s friends, Poonam and Neelam, were behind her “sudden disappearance”.

However, on investigation, the police found that the two girls were innocent and zeroed in on Deepak who had eloped with the girl on the pretext of marrying her.

The girl, taken in by his assurances, stayed with him at his house in Sector 22 for over a month. Subsequently, on the statement of the girl’s mother, the police registered a case of rape against the boy.



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