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Rahul bats for ‘aam aadmi’
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service


Beant Singh’s wife was left alone on the dias after a rally in Mohali as Congress men left in a huff to see off Rahul Gandhi. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Mohali, May 9
Striking a chord with Punjab’s farming community, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi today tried to hard sell the party’s slogan of “Aam aadmi ki sarkar” while campaigning for his handpicked candidate from the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat, Ravneet Singh Bittu.

Addressing a large gathering in Dasehra Grounds, Phase 8, Rahul said without the prosperous Punjabis, the country could not survive on the food front and while guarding the international borders. As Rahul Gandhi was addressing the gathering, the police had a tough time in controlling the riot victims, who distracted the attention of the Congress leaders by protesting and burning effigies of Congress leaders after they managed to reach near the dias from where the leader was addressing the rally.

“We want to take the common man along in the nation’s progress. But the NDA prefer to talk about Ram Mandir and Swiss bank,” he said, projecting Dr Manmohan Singh as the perfect Prime Minister while comparing him with the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate, LK Advani.

Urging the voters to compare the ideology of the Congress and NDA while casting their vote, he said the NDA government, during its last term, ignored the needs of a common man. “On the other hand, we have done a lot for Punjab such as waiving off farmers’ loans and generating employment,” said Rahul. He assured to work with Ravneet Bittu for the betterment of the constituency.

The audience waited for about five hours to catch a glimpse of the junior Gandhi and gave a standing ovation each time he praised the Sikh community.

Sidelights

  • Youth powers were at play at Rahul Gandhi’s rally as the youths, wearing yellow turbans, stood out in the crowd.
  • Rahul Gandhi remains a crowd puller as people had waited for five hours to catch a glimpse of the youth leader.
  • Every word of praise for Sikhs attracted applause from the audience.
  • People were disappointed when Rahul Gandhi did not take helicopter to reach Chandigarh Airport and rather went by road.
  • Congress activists ensured food and water at the venue of the rally.

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...meanwhile, bid to spoil the show
Riot victims raise slogans; cornered by cops
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 9
Riot victims today embarrassed Congress leaders and the police when they managed to reach near the venue of the rally being addressed by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, while raising slogans against the Congress leaders and the CBI.

The protesters, who came from different parts of Punjab, assembled at Amb Sahib Gurdwara before converging at the venue of the rally.

Initially, the protesters were kept at a distance when they burnt effigies of the Congress leaders and showed placards. The cops were caught unaware when the protesters after dispersing again managed to reach near the venue of the rally and showed placards.

An additional force had to be rushed to the spot to cordon off the area. The protesters, including some women, were pushed off.

A senior police official said the action of the protesters was not anticipated. But they were dispersed after being cornered.

Though it could not be confirmed whether Rahul Gandhi, who was addressing the gathering, noticed the protests on the left side of the stage, other Congress leaders on the stage were visibly upset. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Kharar, MLA, however, claimed that the protest was stage-managed.

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Speedy Murder Trial
Husband convicted in just 80 days
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
In one of the fastest murder trials in which the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg finished the prosecution evidence on May 7, the court today convicted Sunil, a resident of Indra Colony, Manimajra, for murdering his wife. The sentence is expected to be pronounced on Monday.

According to the prosecution, the accused, Sunil, had allegedly murdered his wife Kiran on February 17, 2009, by hitting a wood log on her head. After committing the offence, the accused was held guilty within 80 days.

The court had earlier summoned the prosecution witnesses and evidence of the trial was closed (under Section 313 of the CrPC) in one day and the case was adjourned for final arguments.

The eight prosecution witnesses were summoned yesterday, who got their statement recorded.

A resident of Indira Colony, the couple entered into an altercation after Sunil demanded money for liquor. She did not agree for it, which annoyed the accused and he hit on her head that proved fatal.

An eyewitness of the crime, Sandeep, son of the deceased, stated before the court that he went to his maternal grandmother’s house as his mother was bleeding.

When relatives of the deceased arrived, the accused ran away.

The case was registered on the complaint of Ram Lakhan, brother of the deceased, and on April 29 the charges were framed.

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Stay on Panchkula MC chief’s removal
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 9
Municipal Corporation president Ravinder Rawal, whose election to this post was declared null and void by the tribunal judge on May 4, got a temporary reprieve after the sessions court granted stay on the order passed by civil judge (senior division)-cum-municipal council’s tribunal judge Anshu Shukla, here today.

Disposing of BJP Municipal Councillor’s VK Sood petition, the judge observed that the entire procedure of the municipal council president’s election lacked secrecy.

Rawal, however, filed an appeal against the lower court’s order and in view of Section 273 (2) of the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973; District and Sessions Judge SP Singh stayed the order. The next hearing will take place on May 16.

The court observed today that a few case documents, which were prepared by the returning officer at the time of the election, were in the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner’s office. As the lower court had passed the orders on the basis of these documents Justice SP Singh observed that the arguments couldn’t be heard in the absence of the document and it was ordered that the record be requisitioned from the district administration.

The counsel for the petitioner also sought a week’s time for the final arguments.

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COMMUNITY
 

Open debate is all blame game
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
The much-awaited Youth Parliament organised at Art Gallery, Sector 10, was a sheer display of the vast disconnect between city youth and the candidates. Though it was for the first time that all four candidates-Pawan Bansal (Congress), Satyapal Jain (BJP), Harmohan Dhawan (BSP) and Ajay Goel (Independent) - shared the stage for discussing the youth-related issues, instead they resorted to mud-slinging and highlighting each other’s failures.

In response to the queries pertaining to the issues like opening of IIM, IIT or a central university in the city, reservation in jobs, employment prospects and affordable housing etc not a single leaders could put forth their vision. Harmohan Dhawan and Satyapal Jain accused Pawan Bansal of sheer inaction throughout his 15 years tenure.

“Pawan Bansal has always published figures which don’t reflect the actual growth and development while he promises to cut down the RTI fee, it was he who had prepared the Budget and sent to the Centre whenever any anomaly was highlighted, he blamed it on the administration and took the credit for all achievements being the minister. On the education front he could not even get the nod for providing central status to Panjab University,” said Satyapal Jain.

Reacting to this, Bansal said he had so far been working for the development of the city and would soon come up with the proposal of a central university, IIT and IIM.

Meanwhile, Harmohan Dhawan took credit for initiating all developmental works and stated that it was he who had got the foundation stone of the medical college in Sector 32 laid.

The candidates blamed each other for the unaffordable housing in the city and stated that the current housing scheme was profit driven.

While the youth expected them to evaluate their insight over these issues, the three except Ajay Goel highlighted the achievements during their respective tenures.

Goel, on a lighter note, suggested others to follow Steve Waugh, who retired at the peak of his career and thus made way for the young blood.

Though the politicians had nothing much to offer but this unique endeavour of “We Volunteer”, a city-based youth organisation was commendable, as it revealed the zealous streak of the democratic profile of the city youth.

It not only brought the four candidates together but also exposed them to the expectations and desires of the youths. ‘The main aim was to help indecisive young voters. The response that we received from the common man was overwhelming, with questions coming in through e-mails, phone and the radio. We feel we have made a difference in our own right and hope the youths will vote responsibly now’ said Preet Arjun, president, We Volunteer.

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BJP incompetent to rule nation, says Sharma
Tribune News Service


Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Vinod Sharma with Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal during an election rally in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, May 9
Taking a dig at the BJP, former Union Minister and Congress leader Vinod Sharma said the party was not capable of administrating the country.

Speaking at a public rally at Mani Majra in support of Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal, Sharma alleged that the BJP had been skirting all major issues of the people of Chandigarh.

Lashing out at the BJP candidate for his “hollow promises”, Sharma said the voters were not looking for a party that had no national agenda or vision.

Talking about the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh, Sharma said it was due to the efforts of the Congress-led UPA government that Pakistan admitted that the accused in Mumbai attacks was their national unlike in Kandhar hijack episode when the BJP-led government set free a dreaded terrorist.

Exhorting the city residents to strengthen the hands of the Congress and vote for Bansal, he said the Congress had the ability for stability and its nominee was truthful, sincere in his commitments and had been working towards making Chandigarh a better city.

Speaking on the occasion, Bansal said he was seeking another term to complete the dream of Chandigarh residents who want their city to prosper.

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Round up
Bansal never shied away from debate: Bahl
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president BB Bahl said today that Pawan Bansal had never shied away from participating in debates and seminars and was willing to attend if his opponents SP Jain (BJP) and Dhawan (BSP) were in favour of a debate on issues related to the city.

Casting aspersions has been a favourite with the BJP, Bahl said and added that Jain’s curricula had remained unchanged for the past several years of which the public was also aware.

The kind of debate that Jain wants Bansal to participate in are those devoid of any serious issues and intellectual resources. In fact, mud-slinging match is not a debate and Jain mostly plays to the galleries, Bahl claimed.

The recent debate on a TV channel was more like a sponsored one, Bahl said. The debates are not part of a consumer movement, he added.

Meanwhile, members of the Aggarwal Sewa Samiti (Haryana and Delhi) today gathered at Bansal’s residence and pledged to work and canvass for him.

Later at a function, Tarsem Mittal of the samiti’s Chandigarh unit presented Madhu Bansal and Manish Bansal a sword and promised to garner more support from other states as well.

Pawan Bansal also released a book Ashoka Buddha Vihara at a function organised by the Buddhist Association Chandigarh at Khuda Ali Sher.

Dhawan for SCF conversion

Former Union Minister and BSP candidate from Chandigarh along with traders, workers and labourers of the vegetable market in Sector 26 addressed a gathering. While addressing the Arhtiyas he promised balanced Rent Act, one tax on property or lease, amendments in building bylaws and conversion of SCF into SCO and allowing commercial activities in SCOs and SCFs. Dhawan received unprecedented support from traders.

He further said the city Chandigarh did not produce any food grains. All such things are brought from nearby states so there wasn’t any market committee. Since Delhi also imports food grains from other states thus in lieu of that no VAT is implemented on such things. If voted to power he will implement the same pattern in Chandigarh, he added.

Dhawan promised to launch “Garib Awas Yojana” on Uttar Pradesh pattern, wherein the poor and employees of the shopkeepers will be provided a two-room house. I will provide licenses to the “Rehri Fardhi” workers and will accommodate them in booths.

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Dynastic politics has no place in BJP: Sushma
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
Calling the younger generation leaders associated with the UPA government as “compassionate-ground appointees”, former Cabinet minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said the BJP was the only party open for genuine young leaders.

In town in support of BJP candidate for Chandigarh Parliamentary Constituency seat Satya Pal Jain, Sushma addressed a huge rally at Sector 25 ground here today.

“Be it Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Priya Dutt, all these young leaders have got power and position on a platter. These direct beneficiaries of dynastic politics hardly have any feel of the grassroots-level issues. Unlike in BJP, right from Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Satya Pal Jain or myself, we all come from a humble background and can feel the pulse of the grassroot-level issues,” said Sushma.

Talking about the symbol of Congress, she said for the past five years, the “hand” had hardly come over to shield the poor and the deprived strata of the society.

“Rather, this hand has amassed illegal wealth at the cost of depriving the ‘aam aadmi’ of their fundamental rights and needs,” she said, adding that crores of rupees stashed away in the Swiss banks was a testimony to their ill intentions. If voted to power, the BJP’s prime agenda would be to bring the money which inturn would help to eliminate poverty to a large extent, she said.

“The average income graph deteriorated while the kitchen budget rose in the Congress’ regime. Flour cost Rs 17 a kg and daal Rs 65. The common man’s daal has become thinner and thinner with water,” she pointed out.

Another point she raised was that when in times of terrorism, every nation was bent on making efforts to frame security policies like the US which formed The Patriot Act. In India, the POTA was made defunct by the Congress. “The Congress had made lame excuse that since POTA was against Muslims, it was made obsolete. Whereas, the fact was that POTA was against ‘mujrim” not Muslims,” she said.

Meanwhile, coming down heavily on the Congress, Satya Pal Jain accused the party candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal of blaming the officers of the Chandigarh Administration for stalling the mega projects and developments just to divert people’s attention.

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Cameras to keep tab on violators
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
To tighten the noose around activists of political parties and to deal sternly with the violators, the Chandigarh administration has decided to install hidden cameras. This was disclosed by returning officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner RK Rao during a meeting of the political standing committee and the contesting candidates held under his chairmanship here yesterday.

Tempers ran high when the returning officer said that any complaint of violation of the Model Code of Conduct would be dealt strictly and stringent actions would be taken against persons aspersing other candidates/political parties.

Representatives of the BJP insisted on taking the action against Congress senior leader Davinder Babla for using derogatory language for their candidate Satya Pal Jain during a public address held at Mauli Jagraon on May 4.

Sources told that the returning officer had admitted that after going through the contents of the CD, it was found that Babla broke the code of conduct and the case had been further referred to the Chief Election Commissioner at Delhi.

“We demanded that the criminal case may be registered against Davinder Babla and other Congress leaders, who have abetted and instigated him in using such derogatory and threatening language. Had it been done at an earlier stage, Babla would not have dared to take law into his hands,” said Chetan Mittal, convenor, legal cell, the BJP.

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Panel seeks AC buses from rly station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
With the city railway station all set for a face lift, members of the Railway Users Consultative Committee, Northern Railways, have now put forward the demand to run the proposed AC buses of the administration in synchronisation with important trains at the station for passenger’s convenience.

Amid constant effort to upgrade facilities at the station, the step to run the AC buses to important places in the city, including the PGI, the UT Secretariat, Panjab University, and places of tourists’ interest, like Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, is bound to evoke huge response, according to members of the committee.

“In my opinion, the auto-rickshaw drivers do not provide the actual details to the administration when it comes to the passenger outflow from the station. This can only be given by the inspector on duty at the station,” said Joginder Singh Bhogal, a member of the committee.

Adding that the VIP passengers of Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh are all regular at the station, he also emphasised on the need of AC buses to run on important routes.

“A large number of auto-rickshaws and taxis take these passengers to prominent places in the city. If an effort is made to run the AC buses at important routes in the city, it will be a great endeavour for passengers,” he added.

Nodding in agreement, the city railway station superintendent, RK Dutta, said, “With AC trains running for passenger’s benefit, if there is provision of AC buses from station to important places in the city, it will be a great relief for the passengers.”

While the “park and drive” at the station is already under construction, which is expected to make the existing parking area almost double, the demand to build public toilets outside near the reservation centre has also come up.

“A handsome sum of money is being spent on the modern cover sheds at the station, which is definitely worth appreciating. But in addition to this, the basic issues like provision of public toilets for passengers waiting near reservation area, proper ramps or elevators for handicaps to reach platform 3 across the bridge, should also be addressed,” said Bhogal.

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Homage paid to Rabindranath Tagore
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, May 9
Far from the maddening noise of ensuing election campaigns in the city, the Tagore theatre played a host to a serene literary and melodic treat titled “Ritu rang” to art lovers as the city administration, along with the Padam, paid homage to Rabindranath Tagore on his 148th birth anniversary here today.

Escaping conventional rigidness of classical genre, the Bhartnatyam exponent Guru Suchitra Mitra choreographed and directed the dance sequences mixing various folk and classical forms, beside being the lead performer as well. The musical compositions by Shantiniketan alumni Shubhashsish Hazra and Nasreen Hazra and a strong contingent of vocal supporters brought alive the myriad colours of all seasons on the stage.

Commencing with a group song, the accomplished dancers, led by Suchitra, delineated the sweating summer and sizzling season through emotional expressions before depicting the recipe and romance of rainy season through dances. The songs and dances depicted the impact and effect that nature had on the Mother Earth and all sentinel creatures with the change of other seasons. The dancers translated in visual images all the moods of spring autumn, winter seasons as effectively captured by the great poet in his songs.

Guru Suchitra Mitra, Sumita, Asha Madhu, Gurnoor Kaur and Ishita Vasundhra played main roles in dance sequences, besides the choreographer’s disciples.

Earlier, the chief guest, Ram Niwas UT Home Secretary, paid tributes to Rabindranath Tagore.

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Group Clash: Bail denied to accused
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 9
A Panchkula court has denied anticipatory bail to Sandip Sharma, one of the accused in group clash, at Swami Devi Dyal Group of Institutes, Barwala.

Five students were injured, two of whose condition was serious in the clash when fire arms and swords were used on the premises of the institute on April 22.

The police, opposing the anticipatory bail to the accused, contended that Sandeep was the main accused in the case, who had a sword in his hand, and he fired five bullets at the time of incident, said public prosecutor.

The main accused, Sandeep Sharma, filing the anticipatory bail application before Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jindal, pleaded that his name was not mentioned in the FIR and the injuries inflicted upon the complainants were also not of serious nature.

Following the incident, however, the police, on next day, had arrested accused Arun Kaushik, Gagandeep Singh, Praveen Rana, an MBA student, while Sandip Sharma, belonging to Kalka, was still at large.

68-yr-old assaulted

A 68-year-old man was injured seriously when some unidentified persons allegedly attacked him with sharp-edged weapons here today.

The victim, identified as Sham Lal, was taken to the General Hospital, from where the doctors referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh.

According to eyewitnesses, Sham Lal, running a news agency at Old Panchkula, was at his shop when some unidentified youth attacked him. Another person Kapoor Chand sitting with Sham Lal on the spot was also injured in the incident.

2 hurt in mishap

Zirakpur: Two persons were injured while a car fell into a pit alongside the road on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway near Singhpura village on Saturday.

The injured were identified as Naveen Jindal, who was driving the car, and Mukesh, who was sitting on the back seat.

According to the police, the incident took place due to sudden snooze of the car driver. The injured were coming back from Delhi and were on their way to home. The injured were rushed to the Dera Bassi civil hospital, from where they were referred to GMCH-32, seeing their critical condition.

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Robbery
Cops take Khanna police’s help
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 9
Groping in the dark for a fortnight in search of the accused of robbery at the house of Panchkula BJP chief Sham Lal Sachdev, the local police has contacted the Khanna police in Punjab, where similar incident was reported yesterday.

Earlier, a number of police teams, dispatched to various places, returned without any success.

According to the police, some unidentified youth have snatched away a car from a Khanna resident before dumping him at a far away place tying his hands.

It was on April 25, when four armed youths hijacked the car of son of Panchkula BJP chief near Karnal and attempted to make them hostage along with other family members on the gunpoint after bringing them to their residence here.

Wife of Sachdev’s tenant raised the alarm and the robbers had to flee before they could loot their target.

The police said similar incident was reported from Khanna, where some unidentified persons took the car of Neeraj Verma, a local resident, on gunpoint and dumped him near Issru village on Malerkotla road yesterday.

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340 units of blood donated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
The Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association organised a blood donation 
camp at the PGI’s Zakir Hall here today.

The camp was inaugurated by medical superintendent, PGI, Dr AK Gupta. He congratulated and praised the efforts of the association in saving the lives of patients, especially during summers when there is acute shortage of blood. He also congratulated the donors hailing from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh for the noble cause.

More than 340 donors donated blood in the first camp in a series of six blood donation camps this year. A team of doctors and technicians, headed by Dr Neelam Marwaha, head of blood transfusion department, PGI, conducted the camp.

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EDUCATION
 

Kiran Bedi constitutes Chandigarh 101
Seeks support from admn, NGOs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and former IPS officer, Dr Kiran Bedi, today urged all local NGOs to join Chandigarh 101, a forum constituted by her for promoting education in the slums.

Bedi, who was in the city to attend a cultural event of ‘Hamari Kaksha’, a programme for the school dropouts, made a fervent appeal to the administration and NGOs to work together for increasing the literacy rate in the slums.

She urged that the aim of educating one and all could only be accomplished, if people from all walk of the life work together. She said the purpose of constituting Chandigarh 101 was to club all NGOs, social service clubs, public representatives and administration under one umbrella for achieving the goal.

She repeatedly asked UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas to fix the date of the forum’s meeting with the administration so that the modalities could be chalked out. Niwas told her that on every first Monday of the month, meeting would be held with representatives of the forum for discussing the strategies and problems faced by them in implementing the programme.

Replying to one of the queries put forth by the media, Bedi said: “Constituting the forum for social cause isn’t difficult but achieving the goal and following it up with the administration is mostly forgotten.”

People from all walks of life tried to catch the glimpse of her, shake hands, touch her feet or just be nearer to her. On her part, she reached out to everybody through her inspiring words.

She urged the students to perform today to be successful tomorrow. “Your today is a consequence of yesterday and tomorrow will be the result of today. Each one has the same opportunities and has been created equal.

At least 110 students of Hamari Kaksha presented “Srishti”, a dance drama on celebration of life. Ram Niwas, Home-cum-Secretary Education, was the guest of honour. He distributed certificates among volunteers for volunteering to work for the welfare of the under-privileged children.

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Mother’s Day celebrated at Saint Soldier
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
Saint Soldier Divine Public School, Sector 16, Panchkula, celebrated mother’s day on the school. Apart from the songs based on the ceaseless love of mother for her children, the children also presented a number of poems.

Students made cards with quotations written on them to give their mothers a surprise. To show the hidden talent of the children, an inter-house sub-junior dance competition was also held. Children danced on the latest numbers.

AKSIPS-Mohali: Primary wing of AKSIPS-65, Mohali, celebrated the mother’s day.

A gala show ‘Walk the Ramp’ was organised for the mothers of the students. There were various rounds, like best talented mother, the most confident mother and well-dressed mother. Prizes were given to the winning mothers.

BMD-Mohali: A creative writing competition on mother’s day was held at BMD Public School, Mohali. Children expressed their feelings and emotions through the competition.

Saupin’s-Mohali: Saupin’s School, Mohali, organised a flower arrangement competition for mothers. The mothers showcased their talent with the fresh and dry flowers available creating unique and original flower arrangements meant for various occasions. Many fun-filled games were organised for the mothers. The school paid tributes to the mothers and organised a fun-filled day of activities.

Ram Tirath school: Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School celebrated mother’s day at the school by dedicating the morning assembly to mothers. The students sang songs and recited poems in praise of their mothers. The significance of the day was explained to the kids. An inter-house card-making competition was organised to celebrate the day.

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Bahuguna for safeguarding ecology
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
It was a great moment for members of the Sohanjna Eco-Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46-D, as noted environmentalist and Padma Vibhushan Sundar Lal Bahuguna visited to talk about planting saplings and safeguarding the flora and fauna.

He lauded the club’s effort in maintaining the school’s herbal garden and the green project a success. Bahuguna also encouraged the students to disseminate this knowledge among others and follow this throughout the life.

The function was organised in collaboration with Yuvsatta. Om Parkash, in charge, Sohanjna Eco-Club, presented the detailed green project report to Bahuguna.

Peace clubs: A two-day peace trainers’ training programme for the teachers concluded today. A few peace clubs of various educational institutions laid stress of on activities for preparing the children with creative minds and caring hearts. It was also decided to have the Gandhi corner in school libraries and children banks were they could collect old and new clothes, toys, story books, shoes, slippers, spectacles; besides unused medicines. Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Rajesh Bindal praised the organisers, especially Yuvsatta, KB DAV-7, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies and the Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, remarked that Peace Club activities could protect children’s minds from being imbued by violence in society. Justice Bindal motivated the organisers to take this campaign to other parts of the country as well.

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