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Patil may order CBI probe into booth scam
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
The UT Administration is likely to order a CBI inquiry into the booth scam in the Sector 41 Krishna market here in which union parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Bansal, Adviser to the UT Administrator Pradip Mehra, former Mayor Pardeep Chabbra and former Deputy Commissioner RK Rao have been named by the inquiry officer PS Shergill.

Highly placed sources said Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil had taken a serious view of the reports indicting senior politicians and bureaucrats, police officials and estate office officials. Exercising the powers of the UT Administrator, Patil may take a final call on ordering the CBI probe into the scam as recommended by Shergill after the report is submitted to him in a couple of days, sources informed.

“The allegations in the Shergill report needed to be probed further to bring out the politician-bureaucrat-police official nexus in the fraudulent allotment of booths, which had blown the lid off the multi-crore scam in Chandigarh,” they added.

Following complaints of glaring irregularities in the allotment of the booths, Patil had ordered a magisterial probe by Shergill in March 2010. The 700-page report prepared by Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officer PS Shergill was recently submitted to the DC.

“The financial dimensions of the fraudulent allotments run into crores of rupees that include money being paid to politicians, police officials and officers of the estate office. Several bogus surveys and inspections were done by the estate office, further strengthening the claims of illegal allottees,” the report says.

Since the report brought under the scanner the dilly-dallying attitude of senior officers on complaints by Dinesh Kumar Sood and Nathu Ram, the CBI probe seems to be the only alternative.

Meanwhile, advocate Arvind Thakur, who fought the legal battle on behalf of the complainants, claimed that it was “a fit case for a CBI probe” as out of the 700 pages, over 400 pages were documentary evidence submitted to the inquiry officer. “If the acused are above board, they should welcome the CBI probe. I will approach the Special Court (Vigilance) if the matter is not handed over to the CBI,” he warned.

Pressure on

With almost all political parties, including the BJP, the Shiromani Akali Dal, and the Rashtriya Janata Dal demanding a CBI probe, pressure is building up on the Administration for a CBI inquiry. A delegation of the BJP met Shivraj Patil to demand a CBI probe into the case and Bansal’s resignation. In a statement issued on Thursday, several senior leaders, including Pardeep Chabbra, welcomed Bansal’s statement that the matter should be probed by the CBI, provided Shergill was made a complainant in the case.



Brickbats flow free on Facebook
The Facebook account, opened recently by the municipal corporation to have an interface with city residents, has turned out to be a forum for them to air their opinion on scams hitting the UPA government at the Centre. More specifically, the recent scam of the alleged involvement of Congress leaders and UT administration officials in booth allotment in the city seems to have given Facebook users enough reason to demand strict action against Union minister and Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal, as picked by Aarti Kapur

lThe party should punish and debar A Raja, Raj Kumar Chauhan, Kalmadi and Pawan Kumar Bansal from contesting any election in the future as they have crossed all limits of corruption.
— R Prasad, equating the 2G scam with the booth mafia; with the tagline ‘Congress has crossed all limits of corruption’

l This is just ridiculous. We neither hear from Sonia Gandhi or her articulate son Rahul about the involvement of their leaders in scams taking place across the country. It looks like they follow the story of Gandhiji’s three monkeys. What is the use of a clean PM if he is unable to act and clean the system once and for all and usher in all much-needed and recommended reforms?
— Eagle Eye

l We have to do something now. These Congress goons are bent on raping and looting us. When will they allow us to progress? Let us do an Egypt or Libya on them. Enough is enough.
— Anand, with the tagline ‘Congress goons stop raping and looting us’

l When will our opposition parties get united against corruption and overthrow this government? It is the appropriate time to unite and usher in much-needed reforms and save India from its greatest enemy, ‘corruption’. If the BJP and others are sincere, it is time to get their act together and mobilise public opinion, for the sake of Bharat. The media also has its task cut out and needs to act, along with all of us.
— Eagle Eye

l When will the BJP get its act right and throw out the Congress and Yeddy and Reddy with it?
— Vishwanathan, with the tagline ‘BJP should get its act right’



A Rs 20-cr scam; estate office played ostrich
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Then and now
Shopkeepers of the Bajwara rehri market, Sector 22, douse flames after fire broke out in the market on May 23, 1989.
REDUCED TO ASHES: Shopkeepers of the Bajwara rehri market, Sector 22, douse flames after fire broke out in the market on May 23, 1989. A Tribune file photo

Booths of the Krishna Market Welfare Association at Sector 41, some of which were allotted to bogus claimants.
UNDER THE SCANNER: Booths of the Krishna Market Welfare Association at Sector 41, some of which were allotted to bogus claimants. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, March 3
The Krishna market booth scam in Sector 41 here is pegged at over Rs 20 crore. The booths, which were allotted for a paltry sum ranging from Rs 5.25 lakh to Rs 6.25 lakh, are at present priced at around Rs 25 lakh in the open market.

The report stated that following a fire at the Bajwara market in 1989, several unscrupulous people managed to secure licences by conniving with certain police and Administration officials.

If the current market price of around Rs 25 lakh is taken into account, the scam could be worth over Rs 20 crore. The financial dimensions of the fraudulent allotments run into crores of rupees that include money being paid to politicians, police and estate office officials. Several bogus surveys and inspections were conducted by the estate office, further strengthening the claims of illegal allottees,” the Shergill report alleged.

Documents revealed that the complainants, Dinesh Sood and Nathu Ram, had brought the alleged irregularities into the allotments to the estate officer during the allotment process from 2005 to 2007. In the first list, they had sent names of 52 “ineligible” persons while in the second list names of 21 persons had been sent.

However, despite their representations, the estate office turned a blind eye to the issue. It was after a lot of hue and cry by the complainants that the possession of 19 alleged fraudulent allotments was put on hold by the estate office.

Sources said out of these 92 allottees, 80 persons were suspected to have been allotted booths in a questionable manner. Not only that, 12 of these 92 files sought by Shergill during the course of the inquiry had allegedly gone missing.


n Fire at Bajwara rehri market: May 23, 1989

n First complaint to estate officer into alleged irregularities: May 11, 2005

n Second complaint to estate officer: November 20, 2005

n List of 119 names changed to 171 before the draw: 2007

n Legal notice by Dinesh Sood and Nathu Ram to estate officer: February 10, 2010

n Submission of the Shergill report to the Deputy Commissioner: February 24, 2011

‘Flaws in report’

The Congress has picked holes in the inquiry report. Pawan Kumar Bansal and Pradeep Chhabra have gone on record saying inquiry officer never contacted them before finalising the report. 



Bansal should quit, says BJP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
A delegation of the BJP, led by its local unit president Sanjay Tandon, met Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil regarding the booth scam here today.

The delegation demanded the resignation of Pawan Kumar Bansal for his alleged role in the scam and a CBI probe into the case.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal, in a memorandum to the President, through the Deputy Commissioner, demanded the dismissal of Bansal from the Union Cabinet and a CBI inquiry into the case.

In another development, the Shiromani Akali Dal offered free legal aid to PS Shergill in case the Congress filed a defamation suit against him.



Two victims seek police protection
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Feeling a threat to their lives, two victims of the booth allotment scam --Dinesh Kumar Sood and Nathu Ram -- who played a vital role in pursuing the case, sought police protection today.

Talking to The Tribune, Sood said they were feeling insecure and threatened with the names of many influential persons emerging in the scam in the inquiry report by UT’s former Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) PS Shergill in the case.

“We spoke to the SHO of the Sector 39 police station in this regard this evening. We will go to the police station tomorrow to submit our application for protection,” said Sood, who owns a garment shop in Sector 41.

However, he denied when asked if they had received any threat after the ADC’s report. “Though we did not get any threat after the report, but we have faced several threats and pressures from various sections in the last five years,” said Nathu Ram, adding that only last month, he had been attacked by a group of around a dozen persons in Sector 22.

They also alleged that a UT police vigilance inspector had threatened them after summoning them at his office in June last year. “He (the inspector) threatened me to book under the Prevention of Terrorism Act if we did not stop pursuing the case,” alleged Nathu Ram.

They also claimed that some shopkeepers of the Bajwara market, who were supporters of the Congress, would threaten them every now and then.



Battle half won, say victims
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Dinesh Kumar Sood and Nathu Ram, who played a vital role in pursuing the booth allotment case, are a satisfied lot today. “Half of the battle has been won by us,” they said while commenting on the report.

“So many bigwigs were involved in the scam that we doubted if we would be successful in bringing out the truth. At this juncture, we can say that what we started in 2005 has yielded result,” they said.

Giving details of their crusade, Nathu Ram said it all started in May 1989 when a fire broke out at Shastri market in Sector 22. “About 230 genuine shopkeepers (including 193 ‘rehriwallas’ and 37 ‘pheriwallas’) were running their business in the market at that time.

But after the fire, the estate office issued licences to as many as 320 persons. Many fake persons managed to get licences with the alleged connivance of officials of the estate office and certain police officials, and we made several complaints to the authorities. But nobody paid heed to our complaints,” said Nathu Ram, who remained president of the market union for five years from 1999, claimed.

“We had started losing hope after such a long battle, but the inquiry report has strengthened our faith in the system. Now, we will go to any extent to get justice,” they remarked. 



3-year-old child killed, abandoned by accused
In another incident, retired head constable crushed under bus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
In a tragic incident, a three-year-old child, who died after being hit by a rashly driven vehicle, was abandoned by the driver of the vehicle near the Sector 18 church here today.

The accused, who continues to be at large and remains unidentified, was taking the child to hospital, but abandoned him near the church on finding him dead. The police is on the lookout for the accused, who was driving a taxi and is a turbaned man, according to eyewitnesses.

The mishap took place at the Sector 20/30 intersection in the afternoon, when three-year-old Sonu Kumar was killed after being hit by an unidentified vehicle near Sai Baba temple in Sector 29. The child was a resident of Hallomajra and had come to the temple to partake of ‘langar’ with other children of his locality.

After partaking of ‘langar’, the child was crossing the road towards Sector 30, where he was going to meet his father, Ram Sarup, who is a rickshaw-puller, at the rickshaw stand.

According to eyewitnesses, the vehicle is an Indica taxi. After hitting the child, the driver took the child in his car towards hospital. However, on realising that the child died on the way, the driver abandoned him near the Sector 18 church.

The boy was spotted near the church by a Manimajra resident, Mandeep Singh, who rushed the child to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. The child was declared brought dead by doctors. The police registered a case at the Industrial Area police station.

In another incident, a retired head constable with the Punjab Police was crushed under the rear wheels of a bus at the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Sector 43 here this afternoon.

The victim, 59-year-old Natha Singh, came to board a bus to Sangrur when a Himachal-bound bus crushed him. The police arrested the bus driver and registered a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC.

The mishap took place at 4.30 pm, when Natha Singh, a resident of Khuda Ali Sher, came to the bus stand along with his son, Gurdwinder Singh. According to eyewitnesses, Natha Singh purchased the ticket to Sangrur and was about to board the bus when the HRTC bus (HP28B-7508) hit him while being reversed.

The wheels of the bus ran over his chest, killing him instantly. The trauma van of the police stationed at the ISBT rushed him to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where he was declared brought dead.

The police arrested the driver of the bus, Vinod Kumar, a resident of Mandi, and a case was registered at the Sector 36 police station. Natha Singh is survived by his wife and two sons.

The son of the deceased was inconsolable. “The bus was reversed blindly. I came to drop my father,” said Gurdwinder. Natha Singh had retired from the Punjab Police past year.


‘My family has gone through hell’
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
“My son studies in Class VI. As a practice, key headlines of a day are written on his classroom’s blackboard. During that turmoil, he refused to go to school saying he could not bear to look at the blackboard which had his father’s name with a word like sexual harassment. My family has gone through hell and I shall never return to PU,” said Dr GK Gauba, former director-principal HSJ Dental College, Panjab University, reacting to reports of college students protesting against his speculative comeback.

With Gauba getting support from all quarters of the faculty now, a group of college students who are ‘scared’ of him being reverted submitted a representation to Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti asking him not to let Gauba rejoin.

However, Dr Gauba claimed that the way PU dealt with the issue, he would never come back.

“My elder son is in third year of BDS and imagine his plight when his classmates sat on an enquiry panel to judge his father. I don’t think anybody should be afraid of my comeback, as I have not been asked to. Ever since I am on leave I have received numerous informal calls expressing support, but not a single official call asking me to rethink. I was picked up, as I was never indulged in politics. I stepped aside quietly despite being declared innocent and that suited the university well as there was no effort to upkeep my dignity,” quips Gauba.

Interestingly, Dr Gauba’s wife had applied for the post of next director-principal in November last year. Though she plans to appear for an interview, if selected she is not too keen to join.

“Our kids cannot be exposed to chances of facing this humiliation again. Though my wife will compete to prove her worth, she is still undecided about joining, as the university is no longer a place for non-political academicians,” he said.

Dr HSJ Gauba ran into trouble last month for allegedly passing derogatory comments on T-shirt of a girl student. The matter took a serious turn when students of the college sat on a hunger strike demanding his immediate removal. Dr Gauba requested repatriation to the PGI and proceeded on an extended leave, even as the official enquiry panel constituted by the university gave him a clean chit.


Gauba asks...

n When I had a conversation with that student, there were two other senior faculty members in the room. Why were they not quizzed immediately in the presence of girl’s parents rather than setting a complete enquiry panel?

n Why did they hold me responsible for the entire thing when three of us were involved in the conversation?

n Despite being aware of the politics in the university why did the enquiry panel consisted of teachers and students rather than some impartial authorities?

n Was this enquiry made to probe one incident or review my four-year tenure?

n Why were non-teaching employees asked a question like, “Gauba sahab apke saath pichle paanch saal se kaise behave karte hain? (How has Dr Gauba been behaving with you for the past five years?)


VC, others elusive

When contacted for a comment at 6.30 pm, Panjab University’s official spokesperson Anil Kapoor said since he was home, it was “inappropriate for him to contact the Vice-Chancellor”. He added that Dean University Instruction BS Brar “was not in a position to comment as he was on his way to Kolkata with some people”. Kapoor then advised this correspondent to call Sobti since, according to him, “he (Sobti) had high regards for you (this correspondent)”. But when this correspondent called on his residence number twice (the last at 10 pm), a person who attended the call said he (Sobti) was away and would return “late at night”. Sobti, who carries a mobile, has consistently refused to provide his number. 



MC flags off sanitation drive 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
The sanitation campaign was flagged off by Municipal Corporation Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh today at Hallo Majra.

The grievances of residents were heard by the Mayor and officials present at the event. The area was sprayed by the Pest Control Wing of the corporation.

The information, education and communication activities were conducted for bringing in change in public behaviour towards managing solid waste. Pamphlets to create awareness were distributed among the residents. The residents were educated through public-address system to segregate dry and wet waste separately.

The residents were also sensitised to deposit waste with the door-to-door collector or in the garbage container placed by the corporation.



Mayoral Poll Petition
Mayor seeks time
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
The counsel of the Municipal Corporation Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh today sought time from the UT Deputy Commissioner’s court to file a reply to the notice issued to him regarding the mayoral election petition. The court directed the counsel of the Mayor to file the reply by the next hearing scheduled for March 10.

During hearing, the counsel of Jagjit Singh Kang, who had filed the petition, argued that for the past one-and-half-month, the Mayor was not filing the reply to the notice issued to him. The counsel demanded that the Mmayor should be given the last opportunity to file the reply or else he should not be given an opportunity to defend himself.

It may be mentioned that Kang had challenged the election of Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh on the ground that the Congress councillors were asked by Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, to take the photograph of their ballot paper after casting their votes in favour of the Congress candidate.



Preparing for civil services?
Just have the right attitude
UPSC to switch subject knowledge assessment with aptitude test
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
In a bid to revolutionise the country’s civil services, the Union Public Service Commission has not only made its application process online, but has also decided to check Indian Administrative Services aspirants for the right attitude. Deviating from its usual pattern of evaluating students in preliminary examination on general knowledge and a chosen subject, the UPSC now plans to switch subject knowledge assessment with aptitude test.

The move aims at ensuring that it is the requisite aptitude which gets importance over the academic knowledge of a subject.

“What counts at key posts is the right aptitude. The new preliminary exam format will revamp our examination system. It will ensure that the people with right attitude get chosen and are then eventually tested for minor details of their chosen subject,” said an official, UPSC, Delhi.

The changed paper though has elated many, it is going to be a key reason for many aspirants to skip exams this time.

“Students have been preparing on the earlier pattern for the past one year and now this sudden change is bound to affect many. Applicants for whom it’s their final attempt and many who come from rural background plan to drop just to ensure that they don’t waste a change. The move, however, is welcomed and will go a long way in changing facet of the IAS exams,” said Anil Sharma, director, IAS Study Circle, Sector 32.

Meanwhile to give a better opportunity to the fairer sex, the commission has made application free of cost for all women candidates. Applications for the UPSC examination scheduled for June 12, 2011, are available at General Post Office and has to be submitted either online or offline latest by March 21.



Railways’ new ticket transparency tool
Enter, hand-held terminals
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
In a bid to bring transparency in issuing tickets and to check corruption among the ticket-checking staff, the Railways has decided to introduce hand-held terminals (HHTs) so that the availability of vacant berths can be instantly provided to passengers.

According to a railway official, the HHT system will be made available to travelling ticket examiners (TTEs) of all express trains on different routes across the country.

The use of HHTs by TTEs has been envisioned as a means to ease their work pressure.

It is likely to help them in allotment of berths and knowing the current position of reserved bogies.

HHTs will display on the screen the number of passengers occupying their berths and the number of vacant berths in the bogies, according to the official.

The official has admitted that the new HHT system will help maintain full transparency in the allotment of berths by TTEs on running trains.

TTEs need not carry sheaves of paper related to reservation charts. The new system will benefit passengers in two ways.

First, they can easily know the position of berths, occupied or vacant, from TTEs on duty at any station. Secondly, it will be easier for passengers seeking refund against tickets that they have booked, but have not travelled on.

HHTs will help TTEs download information through the GPRS, update the chart while checking tickets, inform the status of vacancy to the central server periodically through the GPRS, collect excess fare, penalty and other charges, issue receipts for the same to the passenger and give reports on the cash collected.



Now, town planning dept to use Google Earth
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 3
In withdrawal of the archaic exercise of the Punjab’s Town and Country Planning Department relying on satellite imagery, town planners in the department would now be using applications of Google Earth Pro to have access to the latest data on the planned and haphazard urbanisation in different cities of Punjab.

To facilitate use of the application for urban planning, the Punjab government has secured five licences and trained five town planners at Mohali, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh offices of the Town and Country Planning Department.

Briefing the participants, Google authorised trainer Anil Nimesh said apart from the latest data, the application could be used to get data and imagery of a specific area of the previous period. Earlier, for satellite imagery the town planners had to wait for a long period whereas now the data could be retrieved at the click of a mouse. The software would be used to prepare master plans of various towns of Punjab.



Two high-profile accident cases
HC accepts police explanation for delay in medical examination
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has accepted the explanation given by the Chandigarh Police for the delay in conducting the medical examination of Sukhmani Brar and BS Gill, accused in accident cases. The police has issued instructions to conduct the medical examination of the accused at the earliest.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Augustine George Masih today, during resumed hearing of a PIL filed by advocate HC Arora, accepted the explanation in the written reply for the delay.

The Bench also noticed that a challan had been submitted in the trial court in Brar’s case and an investigation was in progress in Gill’s case.

In his PIL, Arora had prayed that appropriate guidelines be issued to the Chandigarh Police to conduct medical examination of the accused immediately after the accident, so that there was some affirmative result of such medical examination, that could lead to the registration of cases under Section 304, Part I, instead of Section 304-A.

The Bench observed that apart from the two cases, in all other cases, as per the reply filed by the police, the medical examination of the accused had been conducted at earliest opportunity.

The Bench also observed that the high court could not issue blanket instructions to the respondents to register such cases under Section 304, Part I, as it depended on the investigation.

The UT standing counsel stated before the Bench that instructions had been issued to the police to make efforts to conduct the medical examination, if possible, even before the formal registration of an FIR.



Down and out, with drugs
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, March 3
A slice of meaningful theatre with socially relevant thematic content marked the Spring Theatre Festival here yesterday. The drug menace and its causes and effects are immaculately analysed and the channels of drug peddling juxtaposed in the powerful drama “Mitti Rudan Karre”, a production of the Theatre Arts group.

Written by Baldev Singh Moga and directed by Gaurav Sharma, it depicts the ruining of a well-off farmer by a cunning neighbour, who succeeds in a fraudulent land grab.

Asha Saklani, Jasvir Kumar, Mukesh Pal, Sunny Gill, Harmanpal Singh, Tejinder and Neetu Sharma form the cast.



Gulzar Singh Sidhu cremated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Gulzar Singh Sidhu, a former chief engineer, Irrigation, Punjab, passed away on Tuesday. He was 97 and was not keeping well.

He joined the irrigation department in 1939. He had a number of irrigation and power projects, including the Bhakhra Dam, Sirhand Canal and UBCD, to his credit. He retired in 1972.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. He was cremated today. Bhog ceremony will be held on March 12.



No environmental go-ahead for Camelot
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Environmental clearance to Tata Camelot Housing Project has not been accorded till date; as such the construction cannot commence at the site, the Punjab and Haryana High Court heard on Monday.

As the case came up for hearing, an affidavit filed by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests was also placed before the Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Augustine George Masih.



From Schools and Colleges
Farewell party

Chandigarh: Students of the commerce department, GCG-11, organised a farewell party for the outgoing students of BCom III on Wednesday. Achila Dogra, principal of the college, was the chief guest on the occasion. The students presented various items ranging from songs, dances, medleys, modelling and mimicry. Students of the outgoing class presented a fashion-cum-modelling show. Neelanchi was declared Miss Commerce.


Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, organised its 29th annual prize distribution function. Around 394 students were awarded prizes for excellence in the field of academics, sports and co-curricular activities. Pradip Mehra, IAS, Adviser to the UT Administrator, Chandigarh administration, was the chief guest on the occasion. The chief guest also released “Scoop”, the annual newsletter of the functional English department.


Sanskrit department of GGDSD College, Sector 32, organised a seminar on “Bharatiya Sanskriti Evam Ikkeesvi Sadi Ka Yuva Varg”. Professor Vikram Kumar Viveki, head of the department, Dayanand Chair for Vedic Studies, Panjab University, was the key speaker on the occasion.


The Legal Awareness Society of GGDSD College, Sector 32-C, Chandigarh, organised a talk on “Domestic Violence” in the college. Retired Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court RS Mongia was the key speaker on the occasion. The talk was coordinated by Dr PK Bajaj, coordinator, Legal Awareness Cell of the college.


A rally to promote awareness about consumer rights was organised on March 28 by the Consumer Club, GMHS, 28-C, Chandigarh. More than 200 students and around 10 teachers took part in the rally. Slogans were raised to make people aware about their consumer rights.


KC Bokadia, a renowned producer, director and writer, visited Jainendra Public School and interacted with students.


Students of New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Panchkula, organised a farewell party for students of Class X and Class XII. The programme commenced with a “Tilak Ceremony” followed by a welcome song “Here comes the hot steppers”. Students danced to the tunes of “Apna Har Din Aisey Jiyo’ and “ Hari Bazi ko Jeetna Hamey Aata Hai”.


The music department of PG Government College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh, organised a lecture-cum-performance on Wednesday. Eminent sarod-vadak Surmani Rajan Vinayak Kulkarni from Sarang Sangeet Vidyalaya was also present on the occasion. Faculty members of the music departments of Panjab University and various colleges of the region attended the lecture.


Young Bulls Education organised a money quiz “Young Bull Money Challenge”. Students of Bhavan Vidyalaya performed outstandingly in the challenge. Paurush Pahal proved his mettle in this competition by winning the second prize at an all-India level and was awarded a cash prize of Rs 2,000 followed by Parag Yadav of Class VIII and Sarthak Gupta of Class XI getting the consolation prize. Bhavya Bhatt and Saurabh Gupta of Class VI won special prizes in essay writing. The school has also been declared the best school for its contribution to financial literacy. The Young Bulls Education creates awareness among schoolchildren about the basics of handling money, various financial terms, investing options and the ability to analyse their costs and benefits. — TNS



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