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City Airport on terrorists' radar
Police, CISF fortify security; sound high alert following warning by Intelligence Bureau
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
As the nation celebrates its Independence Day tomorrow, the Chandigarh Airport will be on the radar of terrorist outfits. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued this warning, fearing a hijack or suicide attacks at the airport.

The police as well as the Central Industrial Reserve Force (CISF) deployed for security at the airport have sounded a high alert. "We have received reports that the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), a terrorist outfit, conducted a recce of the airport recently. They may try to strike on Independence Day to spread terror in the country. We have issued a warning to the security agencies as well as the police," sources in the IB said.

The airports at Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Srinagar may also face such threats. The intelligence inputs follow reports that a Yemeni pilot has been inducted to lead a band of LeT terrorists to hijack a plane. Uncorroborated inputs also said the women cadre of LeT might also be a part of the group.

DSP (Operations Cell) Jagbir Singh said they had deployed additional force outside the airport. "Foolproof arrangements have been made outside the airport. A heavy posse of police has been deployed. All the passengers are being frisked and security measures have been taken. We are maintaining a round-the-clock vigil," he said.

The DSP said there was no need for the public to panic as all the security arrangements were in place.



Not a nation of my dreams, says freedom fighter
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The only surviving freedom fighter from the city, 86-year-old Ved Prakash Mehra, cherishes the dream of a prosperous nation free of corruption and poverty. Sixtyfive years after a long struggle that won the country its freedom, Mehra has not lost hope of seeing his dream come true during his life time.

Tamrapatra awardee Mehra, bedridden at his Sector 43 house, is proud of having been a part of the freedom movement. But is pained to see the India of today. Mehra, who finds difficultly in speaking, was jailed thrice and had participated in Mahatma Gandhi's Quit India Movement.

He was born in a family of freedom fighters in Lahore in 1926. He first went to jail with his mother, who was also a freedom fighter, at the age of five for raising slogans against the British Government in front of British soldiers.

Ashwani Kumar, Mehra's son, says that politicians, officers and VVIPs remember freedom fighters only after their death. When they are alive, these people do not bother to visit them. "The one other time they visit us is during elections to seek votes," he says.

Mehra's 14-year-old granddaughter Pratibha is proud of her grandfather and great grandparents who fought for the country's freedom. "But in the past 65 years, our leaders have failed to even provide basic amenities to all countrymen," she says.

Mehra retired as a superintendent from Panjab University in May 1986. He was allotted a plot in Sector 43 by the UT Administration in 1987.



The young get India all wrong
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
We are celebrating the 51st year of Independence after attaining freedom in 1945; Atal Bihari Vajpayee was our first Prime Minister; Bankim Chandar wrote National Anthem; and the current President is Pratibha Patil -- this is what young India knows about its country which will celebrate its 66th year of Independence tomorrow.

A pop quiz of a cross-section of students from various schools in the city revealed their ignorance after they were randomly asked some facts about India.

“The 'chakra' on the Tricolour has 12 or 16 spokes," said an unsure Ankit. His friend began counting on his fingers the year India gained its freedom and came up with this gem: “I think it is the 55th year of Independence," said 16-year-old Sumit.

Sahil was clueless when asked who was the first Vice-President or the first Muslim President. Many did not even know the difference between Republic Day and Independence Day. “Doesn't the PM unfurl the flag on Republic Day at Red Fort?" asked 19-year-old Suraj.

Interacting with a group of students while they waited for the education department’s Independence Day function to begin, revealed some startling 'facts'. “I think Manmohan Singh is the current President," said Harsh as his classmate Shuvam intervened: "Is ‘Pradhan Mantri’ the President or the PM?"

When told that Pranab Mukherjee was recently elected President, a student Rajinder remarked: “I can’t forget his name now. It sounds similar to Rani Mukherjee!”

Another one said: “These questions hardly make any difference. One needs money to get a job, not qualification. My brother is a computer graduate and jobless."

DAV-15 principal Rakesh Sachdeva said the youngsters should not take their freedom for granted. “Retrospection is very important if we want to build our perspective for future,” she said.

Sampler of startling 'facts'

  • India got freedom in 1945
  • Vajpayee was the first PM
  • Republic Day same as I-Day
  • Manmohan Singh is President



Rs 28.5 lakh found in Fiza's 16 accounts
Lockers likely to be opened on Aug 16
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 14
The police today found Rs 28.5 lakh deposited in Fiza's accounts in various banks and post offices. Fiza had five fixed deposit accounts amounting to Rs 21.9 lakh in the State Bank of Patiala branch at the Punjab and Haryana High Court and another five accounts worth Rs 5.95 lakh in post offices of Sectors 30 and 47.

The remaining amount was found in her six other accounts with Punjab and Sind Bank, Sector 47; State Bank of India, Sector 30; State Bank of Patiala, Sector 17; Punjab National Bank, Sector 17; and State Bank of India, Sector 23.

So far, 16 accounts have been detected by the police. The police has yet to ascertain whom Fiza had nominated in her accounts.

The police has also found three lockers in her name, but is yet to open the lockers.

"We have sent a communiqué to the Joint Additional Commissioner (Income Tax). The lockers will be opened in the presence of a team from the IT department," said Swarndeep Singh, SP (City), indicating that the lockers may be opened on August 16.

The police had recovered Rs 92.8 lakh and gold worth about Rs 45 lakh from her house.

"The cash and jewellery were deposited with the government treasury today," he said.

The police has quizzed around 15 persons in the case so far, but nothing substantial has come of it, said DSP DS Mann. The police had lifted some fingerprints and confiscated a few items, including a liquor bottle, glasses and packed snacks, from her house. "We are expecting the forensic report by next week," the DSP said.

Nominee unclear

The police has not been able to ascertain whom Fiza had nominated in her accounts. It has also found three lockers in her name, but is still to open them.


Anupama’s Death
Parents seek relief
Tribune News Service

Anupama’s parents Chandigarh, August 14
Parents of the 17-year-old girl, Anupama, who died three weeks ago at the PGI, today moved the UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission against the PGI and the Chandigarh Tranport Undertaking (CTU).

Anupama, a student of Government Model School, Sector 18, died on July 25, after she was brought to the PGI on July 17 when her leg was crushed under the rear tyre of a CTU bus on her way back from the school.

The case has been filed against the Advanced Trauma Centre, PGI, Dr. Jujhar, the doctor who undertook Anupama’s treatment and Dr. Murali, who conducted the post-mortem examination and the CTU.

“Due to rash driving by the bus-driver and the absence of a conductor in the bus, the deceased fell down from the bus and her left leg was crushed under the rear tyre of the said bus,” reads the complaint filed by Anupama’s parents.

The complainants have sought compensation of Rs 85 lakh from the respondents. The case will come up for hearing August 29 before the Bench headed by Justice Sham Sunder (retired), president, and Neena Sandhu, member.

The petitioners alleged that injured Anupama was taken to the Advanced Trauma Centre of the PGI by the police authorities, where the doctor on duty bandaged her left leg. Her parents were told that the injured girl required an emergency operation, which was being arranged by the doctors concerned. X-rays and other tests were carried out, and the complainants deposited the requisite fees for the same.

“However, the required operation was never arranged and the daughter of the complainants continued to suffer in excruciating pain, both mentally and physically. The complainants also suffered pain and agony on seeing the plight of their only daughter who later died,” read the petition further.

At present, an external committee is reviewing the alleged negligence on the part of the PGI to perform timely operation of Anupama.

“She was our only support. The loss of losing a young child is irreparable. We want the court to bring justice to our family by looking into the negligence of the PGI staff. We will file a case next week,” said Anupama’s father, Amit Sarkar.



Drowning Incident
Parents face technical hassles
Affidavits submitted before Anup’s body handed over to parents
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 14
Parents who had lost their young sons in a drowning incident at Tikkar Taal recently had to go through technical hassles before performing the last rites of their sons. Families of Anup and Sandeep submitted affidavits today after which the body of Anup was handed over to his parents in the afternoon.

All the documents were re-constructed and set in order before the authorities released the body. In a major goof yesterday, the parents of Anup cremated Sandeep’s body thinking it to be that of their son, Anup. It was after the fourth body was fished out from the lake in the evening that it became clear that Anup’s parents had mistakenly cremated Sandeep’s body instead of Anup’s. Four youths had gone on a trip to Morni and had drowned in the Tikkar Taal on Sunday evening.

“Such a situation had never arisen before, so we asked for affidavits from both the families who submitted the same to us wherein they mentioned that it all happened by mistake and they were fine with it,” said Assistant Sub inspector Paramjit Singh, in charge of the Morni police post. He further added, “We had no other option but to ask for affidavits. All the details in the medical reports and other requisite documents had to be changed accordingly so it took us time to hand over Anup’s body to his parents.”

“Fate has played a cruel joke on us. We have just lost our young son and instead of mourning, we are stuck with technical hassles. I don’t know what went wrong with us that we could not recognise our son’s body. There were many formalities that is why the body was released by this afternoon,” said Vijay Kumar, Anup’s father.

“Now throughout our lives we will feel guilty about cremating Sandeep’s body by mistake, as this should have been done by his parents.” Narayan Lal Verma, Sandeep’s father, said, “We will be performing the last rites with Sandeep’s ashes now.” The boys were identified as Jaswinder Rana, Anup Rawat, Sandeep Verma and Jatin Beniwal.

On Sunday evening the police had fished out Jatin’s body while on Monday morning, bodies of Jaswinder and Sandeep were taken out. It was on Monday evening that the fourth body of Anup was taken out from the lake.



Patient dies at GMCH-32, family alleges negligence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
High drama was witnessed at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here today following the death of a 42-year-old patient as his family members alleged negligence on the part of the hospital staff.

While the family members of the deceased, Kulwant Singh, a resident of Jagdhari (Yamunanagr), have not made any complaint to the police, a written complaint has been sent to the Medical Superintendent of the hospital, AK Janmeja, by the family.

Kulwant Singh was taken to GMCH on Monday at 8.30pm after a truck hit him while he was moving out of a petrol pump in Jagadhari and sustained injuries on his head.

The family alleged that the hospital staff only provided first aid to Kulwant, while he remained unattended till around 2.30 pm today when he was declared dead.

When contacted, MS AK Janmeja said, “We are looking into the matter. Nothing can be said till a probe is conducted.”

The kin refused to send Kulwant’s body for post-mortem examination.



MC meeting
Road panel defers 15 issues
Tells officials to work on proposals again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Deferring all issues proposed by the Municipal Corporation in the road committee, the committee members unanimously termed them as baseless and complained that the cost estimates of most of the works were not accurate.

At a meeting chaired by councilor Jannat Jahan Ul Haq, the members pulled up the officials and said that it seemed that before drafting the proposal they did not bother to check whether these were required in the area or not.

The members alleged that the cost quoted for most of the works were much higher than required, due to which all 15 issues tabled in the meeting were deferred. The chairman asked the officials to re-work on the proposals and table them in the next meeting scheduled for next week.

In a three-hour long meeting, the members complained to the superintending engineer that there was no check on the quality of paver blocks installed in the city due to which most of the streets were giving a shabby look as the paver blocks had given way. One of the councillor, Gurcharan Dass Kala, requested the authorities to cancel all the approved proposal of laying paver blocks in his Ward Number 25 and lay only cement concrete tiles. In a complaint lodged by him with the SE (B&R), Mukesh Anand, he mentioned that all paver blocks which were laid last year had broken down due to which he did not want them to be laid in his ward in future.

The members also took up the issue as to why no patch work and repair of roads had been carried out so far in the city. At the meeting it was also decided that from next year two concrete trucks will be allotted, before the monsoon, for every ward for repair and patch work in all the sectors.

The chairman of the committee also said that a communication will be sent to all the area councillors to submit a report on the quality of work going on in their area.



UT Administration to honour achievers
MC to boost morale of field staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Setting new trends to honour the field staff of Municipal Corporation on the Independence Day, the authorities have shortlisted 11 employees of various categories from different departments.

The list for the purpose was finalised today in a meeting of special committee.

Sources said the MC Commissioner VP Singh has directed the committee to shortlist the field staff of various departments rather than those holding higher posts as it will boost their morale.

The list the awardees include two security guards namely Raghubir Singh and Rajesh Yadav, two safaikaramchari namely Amit and Rajbir, a gardener, Lalian Parsahad, Beldar Kapu Swami, peon Sri Niwas and community organiser Maimuna Yasmeen. Besides this the awardees include enforcement inspector Bhupinder Kaur, Senior Assistant Rajni Jauhar and Dr Subhash Satija, senior medical officer civil dispensary Sector 8 and three firemen namely Mehesh Kumar, Sukhdev Singh and Parveen Kumar, who will be honoured on Independence Day.

The residents who have been shortlisted for the commendation certificate are FOSWAC Chairman PC Sanghi, consultant for revision of water tariff PN Mehta and two social workers Sameeda Begum of Mauli Jagra and Pooja Thakur of Palsora.



30 residents, two schools make Mohali proud
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 14
The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal, will honour 30 people from Mohali for their excellent work in their respective fields during the Independence Day celebrations at Government College ground, Phase VII, here tomorrow. The awardees would be given a commendation certificate and a memento, added Roojam.

The names of the awardees: Mahabali Veera (wrestler), Balwant Singh and Jaswant Kaur (blood donor), Dr Gursharan Singh (Ortho specialist), Surbhi Sood, Dharampal Rana (general secretary, disabled welfare organisation), Harminder Singh and Raghbir Singh (both additional SHOs), Sukhwinder and Pawan (both constables), Dharampal (ASI), Jasjit Singh (driver, MC), Sunita Sharma (PA to DC, Mohali), Er. PS Virdi and Er. NS Sidhu, Harjinder Kaur (clerk, DC, Mohali), Sanju (cleaner, DC office, Mohali), Gurbachan Singh (cinema operator), Gurbir Singh Cheema (clerk, DTO), Bakhshish Singh (PA, FCR, Pb).

The schools: Government High School, Baltana, Governement High School, Rajo Majra (both to deliver 100 per cent result) and Government Senior Secondary School, Shialtha (98.89 per cent result).

The students: Rozy Bala (Shivalik Senior Model School, Banur), Amandeep Kaur (Hemkunt Public School, Kharar), Sharanpreet Kaur and Amandeep Kaur (both students of SMSSS, Kharar), Rajat (Sarvhitkari Senior Secondary Vidya Mandir, Dera Bassi), Gurjinder Kaur and Gurpreet Kaur (both students of Chhat Model School, Chhatbir), Abhilash Pandey and Hemlata (both students of Government Senior Secondary School, Lalru) and Parvin Kaur (Sohana).



13 to get recognition for excellence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The UT Administration has decided to award 13 commendation certificates to the people and its employees on Independence Day function. On the occasion, Balbir Chand Dholi, Sanskriti Aggarwal, Ratnika Tiwari associate professor, have been selected for their performances in the field of art and culture.

Ashish Ahuja, field supervisor in Indian Red Cross Society, Rakesh Sukhija, senior assistant at engineering department, Suresh Kumar, SDO (Buildings), Om Parkash, teacher, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46 D, Chandigarh, Sub-inspector Eram Rizvi, Raj Kumar and Prem, both safai karamchari at Municipal Corporation, Pargat Lal, driver in Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), will be awarded commendation certificates for their meritorious services.

Bhupinder Singh would also be given award for their exceptional works in the field of social services.

Anjum Moudgil, a student of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, has been selected for the award for her exceptional contribution in sports (shooting).

Suresh Kumar, SDO (Buildings), said he is thankful to his seniors who acknowledged his hard work during his service.



Police medals go to 12
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
As many as 12 police officers will be rewarded on the occasion of Independence Day tomorrow.

UT SP RS Ghumman will be awarded president’s police medal for exceptional services.

The officer joined police services in 1982 and has been serving the UT police since 2008.

He has headed various police wings during his tenure and is presently in-charge of Woman and Child Support Unit, Operations Cell, and also holding the charge of IG (Prisons).

“It has been a wonderful experience and I am proud of the system,” said Ghumman.

Besides, Inspector Gurdarshan Kaur will be rewarded the president’s police medal for meritorious services.

She joined UT police in 1977 as a constable and is presently incharge of the Woman and Child Support Unit.

Administrative police medal will be awarded to DSP Ashish Kapoor, Inspector Naresh Pal, Inspector Harjit Kaur, Sub-inspector Nafe Singh, ASI Jagdish Singh, head constable Gurmeet Singh and head constable Nirbhai Singh.

Two other head constables Paramjit Singh and Harbhans Singh will be awarded Administrative police medal.

In addition, Sub-inspector Eram Rizwi, incharge, PGI police post, will be awarded commendation certificate.



Governor to award 32 P’kula residents
Tribune News Service

Naresh MittalPanchkula, August 14
As many as 32 persons will be awarded by Governor Jagannath Pahadia tomorrow on the occasion of Independence Day at Parade Ground Sector 5 here. The awardees have been selected from field of sports, education, social work, bravery and government duty.

The Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula, Ashima Brar, said in the field of education, Prerna Gupta from Bhawan Vidyalya, Sector 15, Anish Garg from DC Model School, Sector 7, Diksha Prashar from Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, Garima Singh from Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Abhilash from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, and others will be awarded.

While in the field of sports, Jyoty Nashiyar, Daksha Gautam and Ketan Chehal will be honoured. Similarly, people who have contributed in the field of social work are Dr Naresh Mittal, Yogesh Kumar, Anil Kumar and others.

Ram Narayan Verma of Budhanpur village will be given bravery award. In the police department, district incharge home guard, Surender Singh, Panchkula traffic incharge, Surender Kumar, Constable Dhani Ram, Surjit Singh, Deepak Kumar and others will be honoured.



Special menu at restaurants today
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

A baker prepares a Tricolour cake in Panchkula
A baker prepares a Tricolour cake in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Panchkula, August 14
Hotels and restaurants in the town will be offering a special menu to celebrate the Independence Day this year. From "Tiranga Paneer" to "Tiranga icecream cake", residents will be able to relish a whole new range of dishes prepared to mark the occasion.

"We have got a special Tiranga icecream cake prepared with the Italian gel. It showcases the tricolour. The orange colour has orange flavour, white has vanilla flavour and green has pista flavour. The chakra is made of the chocolate flavour," said Bobby, owner of Singh Sons, Sector-7, Panchkula.

He said the cake had been prepared especially on the occasion of the 66th Independence Day and he would be cutting it with the slum kids on Wednesday. "We, however, won't be cutting the chakra," he cautioned.

Pallavi Hotels, Sector 5, would also be treating customers with delicacies having an "aroma of patriotism".

Naresh Aggarwal, owner of the hotel, said: "We have a special menu for tomorrow. Every dish will be designed in the form of tricolour. Our special dishes will be Tiranga Paneer and Tiranga Dal."

Those who would be visiting KC Cross Roads in Sector 11 would have the option to order Tiranga Biryani and Tiranga Kebabs. "We want everyone to have a feel of Independence Day tomorrow, so all our delicacies will have a touch of tricolour," said Man Singh, general manager of the hotel.



Sector 17 parking
Construction work to begin in Sept

Chandigarh, August 14
If all goes well, the construction of multi-level parking at Sector 17, will commence from next month. A senior official of the Municipal Corporation said during the final bidding today, out of the six companies, the bid of M/s Gautam Builders was the lowest.

Official said the construction work of the parking would be given to the company, only after ensuring, if the company would be able to undertake the project.

“Within a fortnight the scrutiny will be over and the decision of the allotment of work to the company will be taken,”€officials said. Sources said during the bid seven applications were received and six were found eligible for the final bidding. The applications of the companies were opened today by a special committee, which was constituted by the corporation.



Closed drug store at Mohali Civil Hospital gets licence
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 14
A drug licence was granted to the only chemist shop on the premises of the Mohali Civil Hospital, which was closed for the past 19 months, by the authorities concerned.

The shop is likely to start operating in about a week’s time. The drug shop will be run by the district Red Cross Society. The shop will provide medicines to patients at subsidised rates like the jan aushadhi system.

Raj Mal, secretary of Mohali District Red Cross Society, said the licence was granted to a pharmacist who has been selected to run the chemist shop. He said that VAT number had also been issued.

The drug store was being renovated and remaining work has being expedited.

On an average, 500 patients visit the hospital daily and most of them have to buy the prescribed medicines from outside as all medicines were not available in the hospital. Patients were harassed as no chemist was located close to the hospital and moreover, they had to purchase the medicines at high prices.

A round- the- clock jan aushadi store, inaugurated by Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Chemicals, Fertilisers and Steel at the Civil Hospital in February 2009, was closed after patients had complained of some alleged irregularities in the functioning of the set up.



UT to ban sale of products containing tobacco, nicotine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
In a significant development, the UT Administration has geared up to ban the sale of food products containing tobacco or nicotine in the city under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2011. A letter to this effect has been received in the office of the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Chandigarh, from the Secretary, Health.

Officials of the Health department have collected samples of all the paan masala brands available in the city markets and sent them for examination, the State Nodal Officer, National Tobacco Control Programme, said. “The designated officer is supposed to create public awareness and implement the regulation 2.3.4 of the Food Safety and Standard Act ensuring that tobacco and nicotine are not being used as ingredients to any food product in the UT. No separate orders for the implementation of these regulations are required,” read the letter issued from the Secretary, Health.



SOPU leaders stage protest, demand MPhil entrance exam in Hindi, Punjabi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Demanding that students be allowed to take MPhil entrance examination in Punjabi and Hindi as well, members of Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) staged a protest outside the Vice-Chancellor's office here today. Presently, students can take the examination only in English.

The issue was raised after students who intended to take the exam in Punjabi were not allowed to appear for it, earlier this month.

"On August 1, when this year's MPhil common entrance test was held, five students were denied entry to the examination hall as they intended to take the exam in Punjabi. Each of them has completed the postgraduation from the university's police administration department this year," said SOPU President Manoj Lubana.

The students had approached the registrar and also the Vice-Chancellor, but to no avail, Lubana said.

A number of departments including history, political science and public administration had allowed applicants to give the MPhil entrance exam in all the three languages from this year.



ggdsd college
2 injured in brawl

Chandigarh, August 14
Two students of the GGDSD College, Sector 32, were injured following a clash on the college premises here this afternoon. The two students, belonging to the Student Organisation of Panjab University, entered into an argument with six other party members over the issue of selection of presidential candidate for the upcoming student council election.

A brawl ensued that soon turned violent and two BBA students -- Tarundeep and Ratandeep -- sustained injuries. They were rushed to a hospital, where they were later discharged after first aid.

The UT police has registered a case of rioting, causing hurt and criminal intimidation against six students of the college who fled from the spot before the police could reach. — TNS



50-m graffiti marks I-day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Students from around 50 schools from the tricity area came together to prepare a 50-metre long graffiti, which was displayed at the Sector 17 Plaza on the eve of the Independence Day here today. The graffiti showcased the patriotic fervour in the form of drawings and messages from the students.

The highlight of the event was the participation of children from School for Deaf and Dumb, Sector 27, and other institutes such as Pryaas and SOREM.

Meenu Prashar, convenor of Cubs Club that organized the function, said the idea behind the event was to ignite a feeling of patriotism among the children. Apart from the graffiti, children also made collages on freedom fighters.




Independence Day celebrations

Chandigarh: Patriotic fervour marked the function organised on the eve of the Independence Day at RIMT World School on Tuesday. Students and the staff paid tributes to freedom fighters on the occasion. Students sang patriotic songs, and shared anecdotes from the lives of the heroes of the freedom struggle. A large number of defence personnel were among the audience. They too were captivated by the performances. The school principal asked students to work towards the welfare of the society and also motivated them to follow the path of righteousness.

British School

Students of British School, Chandigarh, participated in the Independence Day celebrations on Tuesday. The air was abuzz with patriotism as children sang patriotic songs. The girl students of the senior wing presented a well-choreographed dance performance on the song "Rangeela Desh". The role of the various freedom fighters was explained to the children through a multimedia presentation.

Sant Isher Singh Public School

Rain shower, too, failed to dampen the spirit of patriotism among the students of Sant Isher Singh Public School on the eve of the Independence Day. Children showcased their talents through different performances. The students of the aerobics club presented a dance performance to the tune of "Jai Ho".

E-Max International School

Panchkula: Traditional hoisting of the national flag kick started the Independence Day celebrations at E-Max International School on Tuesday. A cultural programme studded with dance and song performances, and a play on freedom fighters was presented by students.

DAV Public School

Patiala: The 65th anniversary of Indian Independence was celebrated with patriotic fervour at the DAV Public School, Bhupindra Road, on Tuesday. Students of senior secondary classes participated in a quiz based on historic events and freedom fighters. A collage-making activity was also organised for Classes VI to VIII on the topic "Save Girl Child".

Blossoms Senior Secondary School

Blossoms Senior Secondary School, Patiala, celebrated "Pre-Independence Day" on Tuesday. Students displayed Indian flags and tricolour ribbons, and sang patriotic songs. Class X students highlighted the history of the struggle for independence in different languages.

Budha Dal Public School

Dressed in the colours of the national flag, students of Budha Dal Public School, Patiala, celebrated Independence Day with enthusiasm on the school premises. The event started with "Shabad Gayan" and singing of various patriotic songs. — TNS



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