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Undertrial alleges attack by Deshraj in jail
Says he was assaulted after he came to know of suspended SP’s ‘plan to kill complainant Anokh Singh’
Tribune News Service

Deshraj, suspended SP
Deshraj, suspended SP

Chandigarh, November 27
An undertrial lodged in the Burail jail today alleged that suspended SP Deshraj Singh and two other undertrials attacked him as part of a well-planned conspiracy inside the jail premises on Sunday. He alleged that Deshraj attacked him with a knife and he was brutally beaten up with roads and sticks by his accomplices.

The jail authorities have denied the allegations saying that Deshraj, lodged in the jail in a corruption case, was "not a part of any such attack".

The undertrial, Nishant Sharma, who had an assault injury on his arm, claimed before mediapersons at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, that the jail authorities refused to lend him an ear and it was only after he started a hunger strike that they brought him to the hospital two days after the incident today.

Nishant, an activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti, was arrested last year for an attack on Beant Singh's assassin Jagtar Singh Hawara outside the District Courts.

He claimed that he wrote a letter to Inspector Anokh Singh, the complainant in the Deshraj case, informing him that he (Anokh Singh) was under threat from Desraj, who was planning to kill him and had promised to pay Rs 25 lakh to another undertrial for the purpose. Nishant gave a copy of the letter to mediapersons and said Deshraj got a whiff that his murder plan had been leaked and thus attacked him. Inspector Anokh Singh, however, denied receiving any such letter from Nishant.

“I wrote to Inspector Anokh Singh that Deshraj was planning to kill him and the murder would be executed by another undertrial, Suresh. Deshraj got to know of it and attacked me inside the jail,” he said.

Narrating the incident, Nishant said he was attacked at around 5 pm on Sunday near the temple. “I was engrossed in puja when Deshraj came with a knife and a murder accused, Suresh, and constable Rakesh were armed with sticks. They all beat me up and threatened me,” he said.

The allegations were denied by the jail authorities, who said Deshraj was not a part of the brawl and the undertrial was unnecessarily trying to drag the officer, lodged in jail, into a controversy. The jail authorities said the injuries sustained by Nishant were self-inflicted.

“Nobody took action against Deshraj since he is an officer. I started a hunger strike and it is after two days that they brought me to the hospital,” said Nishant, who was carrying a press note for mediapersons.

Jail sources said a brawl had indeed occurred between four undertrials, Suresh, Rahul, Harpal and Nishant, on Sunday near the temple owing to prior enmity in which Nishant was injured. Nishant was earlier lodged in barrack number 10 of the jail along with Deshraj and had now been shifted to another barrack.

Deshraj, who has now been suspended, was arrested on October 18 by the CBI for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from an SHO to give a clean chit to him in a departmental inquiry.

‘It’s a drama’

It’s all a drama staged by undertrial Nishant Sharma. All allegations are baseless and Deshraj was never a part of the brawl. We have a recording as evidence in which Nishant is admitting that the injuries are self-inflicted. The suspended SP is nowhere to be blamed.

Amandeep Singh, DSP, Jail



Month after inauguration, MC fails to maintain part of Sec 9-B park
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

The well-maintained other half of the park, maintained by owners of a fast food chain
The well-maintained other half of the park, maintained by owners of a fast food chain. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan
A plaque with Mayor Raj Bala Malik’s name, who inaugurated the park
A plaque with Mayor Raj Bala Malik’s name, who inaugurated the park.
Stray dogs in an unkempt portion of the park
Stray dogs in an unkempt portion of the park
A gardner waters a plant in the other half
A gardner waters a plant in the other half. Photos: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 27
When it comes to taking credit, Mayor Raj Bala Malik and senior municipal corporation (MC) officials do not seem to let go of any opportunity. However, when it comes to delivering the results, the priorities seem to be different.

In a typical example, a park in Sector 9-B that was inaugurated with much fanfare by the Mayor a month ago is lying in a state of neglect.

While half of the green belt, spread on 5.56 acres, is being looked after by the owners of a well-known fast food chain, the other part of the park presents a contrast.

The Mayor, as part of an inauguration spree of green belts and community centres, had inaugurated this park on November 1.

A plaque announcing the inauguration of the park by Mayor Raj Bala Malik was installed at the entrance to the green belt.

Three gardeners have been engaged by the owners of a restaurant chain, who water the plants in one portion of the park daily, properly cut the grass, regularly prune the trees and also maintain the flowerbeds. The gardeners are paid by the owners of the chain.

When a team of Chandigarh Tribune reached the park today, the area being maintained by the MC was in bad shape. Garbage was found scattered all over the green belt, flowerbeds had dried up, stray dogs were roaming freely and in many areas the grass cover had also gone.

Capt Mohanbir Singh, whose family is looking after the front portion, said his mother Mohini Singh took care of this portion. He said as the green belt was in front of their house, they tried to maintain this portion of the green belt considering it their social duty. The MC had planted beautiful evergreen plants and they were just

protecting these plants from getting damaged, he said.

Gardeners engaged by his family continuously work to protect this portion of the green belt. He said it was not about the front or the back portion; they tried to maintain the green belt as much as they could.

Mayor Raj Bala Malik said she was not aware of the bad condition of the other half of the green belt. She said now that this matter had come to her notice, she would look into it and pull up the officials concerned.



Encroachments on MC land
Principal Secy raps Panchkula administration
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
With encroachments in Panchkula outside houses of bureaucrats yet to be removed, Haryana Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department, Ram Niwas today rapped the Panchkula administration for failing to remove these.

The encroachments have not been removed despite directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar has failed to take action in the matter so far. “The administration has to comply with the orders of the High Court. I have directed the officials concerned to clear the encroachments soon. They cannot keep mum on such an important issue,” said Niwas.

Executive officer (EO) of the municipal corporation OP Sihag had recently said, "Bade afsaron ka mamla hai, thoda sa samjha karo". Yesterday, however, he had reluctantly said, "Kar denge remove." No action has been taken so far.

Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) BK Garg’s securitymen have erected six tents with a special bathroom

and a kitchen outside his residence in Sector 7, Panchkula. Many facilities such as beddings and television have been provided inside these. Similarly, a toilet has been constructed in a park illegally near the residence of Haryana ADGP MS Mann. The toilet is reportedly used by his security guards. Former Punjab Chief Secretary Jai Singh Gill has provided the tent facility to his guards near his residence in Sector 6, Panchkula.



organ Donation Day
Kidney transplant successful, 9-yr-old wants to ride a cycle
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 27
Nine-year-old Paramveer Singh, who got a new lease of life after receiving a kidney from his mother six months ago, now wants a new cycle.

“I was not allowed to go for cycling, which I love the most, by doctors after my disease was detected. Now, my doctor has told me that I can go for cycling again,” said a visibly elated Paramveer, who knew that his life was in danger a few months ago.

“I know both my kidneys had shrunk. I had undergone dialysis at the PGI. Now, I am safe as my mother has donated me one of her kidneys,” said Paramveer, adding that he would not be able to go to school this year as he could get infected. Paramveer was among 11 organ donors and recipients felicitated during a "Fortis Sarthak Meet" held at Fortis Hospital to mark World Organ Donation Day here today.

Madan Mohan Mittal, Punjab Health Minister, who was the chief guest on the occasion, commended the donors for their brave and compassionate act.

A donor, Poonam, who saved her brother-in-law Durga Dass’ life by donating her kidney to him, said she is very happy since her brother-in-law is hale and hearty now. “When I was told that only my blood group had matched with that of his, I immediately made up my mind to save his life,” said Poonam, a resident of Pandoh in Himachal Pradesh.

Dr Priyadarshi Ranjan said, “Each day, on an average, 75 people receive organ transplants. However, around 20 people die each day waiting for transplants that cannot take place because of shortage of donated organs”.


mohali attack
SOPU leader held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 27
The SOPU leader, Amandeep Singh Multani, who was wanted in an assault case, was arrested this morning.

In the evening, Multani was produced in a court, which remanded him in two-day police custody.

The police had demanded five-day remand for Multani, against whom around seven different cases had been registered in Chandigarh.

On November 14, Multani, along with his five or six acquaintances, thrashed Amarinder Singh, an old student of DAV College, Sector 10, near the district courts here in full public view. Amarinder, who had come for a hearing there, had sustained grievous injuries on his head and legs in the attack. He had received 12 stitches on the head and his left leg got fractured. He was admitted to the PGI.

The DSP, Sohal, said after the attack, Multani went to his native state, Haryana. “His accomplices, including Lawrence from Fazilka, are yet to be arrested,” said Sohal.

According to sources, Multani has confessed that he attacked Amarinder to take avenge a fight, which took place in 2009. “In the fight, I had sustained several injuries so I took my revenge on him this time,” said DSP Sohal, quoting Multani.

The police had registered a case under Sections 307, 323, 324, 148 and 149 against Multani, Lawrence and their unidentified accomplices at the Mataur Police Station.



10K teachers to be recruited
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 27
Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka said on Tuesday that 10,000 new school teachers would be recruited in Punjab. He said 3,400 teachers would get the appointment letters by the year end. The information was given by the Minister at a function, organised to give appointment letters to 139 computer teachers and job confirmation letters to 517 class IV employees.

Maluka assured that basic facilities would be provided in all the schools of the state in the next three years.

He said Punjab was ahead of other states in providing infrastructure but more needed to be done.



Student’s murder: Leader detained
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
Mystery shrouding the murder of a 24-year-old BEd student took a new turn today after the Panchkula police detained a leader who had contested the Vidhan Sabha polls from Himachal Pradesh recently.

The police suspects the involvement of the leader, who was not in his city for quite some time, in the murder case. The Panchkula police nabbed him in Karnal yesterday and brought the leader to Panchkula today. Sources also confirmed that the Panchkula police also assisted the SP, Baddi, to conduct raids at Baddi to detain the suspect.

Two days ago the police detained four youngsters who had been associated with the leader and the deceased.

On November 22, a 24-year-old girl was found murdered on the road in Sector 21, Panchkula. The victim, Jyoti, was putting up as a paying guest in house number 3295, Sector-21D, Chandigarh, along with 15 girls. She was pursuing the BED course from a private institute in Mohali and worked in a security agency in Mohali.

"We detained him from Karnal and interrogated him. Today, we brought him to Panchkula,” said a police official, requesting anonymity.

Meanwhile, the Panchkula police consulted doctors in the gynaecology department at the General Hospital, Sector-6, Panchkula. The police had called Jyoti’s family from Hoshiarpur on Wednesday.

The police had also interrogated the manager of the security agency where she worked. Jyoti was sacked a month ago.

The post-mortem examination of the deceased had revealed that she had undergone abortion.



SAD councillor resigns from enforcement panel

Chandigarh, November 27
A day after BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil resigned from the vice-chairmanship of the Enforcement Committee of the MC, SAD councillor Malkiat Singh, a member of the committee, also tendered his resignation.

Malkiat Singh said he had announced regarding his resignation at the House meeting yesterday. He added the enforcement wing was not working effectively to remove encroachments.

Meanwhile, the wing issued 22 challans to encroachers in the Shastri Market of Sector 22.



Winter train passengers harassed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Hundreds of commuters traveling by a special winter train from Ramnagar to Chandigarh were today inconvenienced due to the delay in the arrival of the train at the Chandigarh railway station by about three hours. Railway officials said the train was delayed as no platform was vacant at the station and it had to be stationed for half an hour on the Ghaghar over bridge. This special winter train was recently introduced by the Railways.

The train, which was supposed to arrive at the station at 1:30 pm reached there at 4:22 pm.

A passenger, Rasha Ahmedh, said it seemed that the railway authorities were punishing the commuters for utilising their services as the train, which was supposed to reach the afternoon reached in the evening. According to the schedule, the trips of this special train are on November 19, 20, 26 and 27 from the city.



Chandigarh Club: Admn seeks report on illegal construction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Before finalising the lease money for the Chandigarh Club, the Chandigarh Administration has sought a status report on an unauthorised construction raised by the club authorities.

A committee, comprising officials of the Engineering Department, Finance Department and the Estate Office, has been constituted to verify the nature of the construction raised on the club premises. The report has to be submitted to the authorities concerned in the next 10 days.

“Though the lease money as per the formulae worked out by the administration works out to Rs 5 lakh per month, the amount could go up if the commercial activity is taken into consideration,” said a senior official.

According to another proposal, if the aspect of commercial activity is proved, the club might end paying five times more the lease money. The aspect of commercial activity by other clubs was also being looked into as land had been allotted to them at concessional rates.

At present, the club pays Rs 1.51 lakh per month as lease amount to the UT Administration. The administration had leased out the Sports Centre in Sector 1 to the Chandigarh Club in 1957 for Rs 50 a month. Thereafter on two occasions, the lease amount was revised in 1971 and 1982. The club paid a monthly rent of Rs 8,320 till January 1, 1993. The rent was revised in 2000 to Rs 2.08 lakh per month with retrospective effect from 1993. The club filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the revision of the rent. It was assessed again at Rs 1.08 lakh for the period after January, 1993. In 2005, a new lease was signed after the direction of the High Court in which the rent was fixed at Rs 1.08 lakh for five years plus 5 per cent increase every year.

Sources said the unauthorised construction undertaken by the club, once approved as a built-up area, would be assessed separately for the enhancement of the rent.



Extension to Raj Bahadur raises eyebrows
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, November 27
Provisional extension to be granted to the incumbent Director-Principal of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Dr Raj Bahadur, despite the completion of his deputation period on November 30, has raised many eyebrows.

Dr Raj Bahadur’s tenure as the Director Principal of the GMCH, along with his five-year deputation granted by his parent institution, the PGIMER, ends on November 30. However, the UT Administration has decided to extend his tenure till the pronouncement of a CAT order regarding the selection process for the post.

While the UT Health Secretary, Anil Kumar, said the next hearing of the CAT case is scheduled for the first week of December and there was not much time left for a hearing in the case, sources in the GMCH pointed out that the Administration could have given officiating charge to the senior-most faculty member, going by the protocol.

In August this year, a group of GMCH doctors had moved the CAT, challenging the selection process for the post of Director-Principal. It has not been exactly specified as to how long Dr Raj Bahadur will be given the extension.

Dr Raj Bahadur is from the department of orthopaedics, PGI, and was on a five-year deputation till November 30, after which he was supposed to be sent back to his parent institution.



Good Samaritan: Fighting for the cause of HIV-hit
Tribune News Service

NSS volunteers make the red ribbon symbol during an AIDS awareness drive at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Tuesday
NSS volunteers make the red ribbon symbol during an AIDS awareness drive at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, November 27
In a bid to help the HIV-affected people in getting their right to have insurance benefits, a teacher from the Centre for Social Work, Panjab University, is spreading awareness and motivating students at various city colleges to join him in his initiative.

As part of the campaign, an awareness drive was conducted at Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, here today.

Gaurav Gaur, who has initiated the campaign, said it aimed at sensitising students about rights of the HIV-affected people.

Through the campaign, demand for introducing relevant schemes and removal of the ‘permanent exclusion clause’ in the insurance policies for the HIV-affected people has been mooted.

“Currently, the HIV-affected are excluded from all insurance policies available in the country, violating the national mandate of providing stigma-free care and support services,” said Gaur, who is also a member of the National Association for Professional Social Workers in India.

Gaur further said that the HIV infection has now become a manageable health concern, and therefore, should be included in medical insurance policies.

In February 2012, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) had asked all the life and general insurance companies to put in place an underwriting policy on health insurance for the “People Living with HIV”.

“IRDA mentioned that the underwriting policy would address persons who are not yet showing symptoms for AIDS, but are in the stage I or II of the HIV infection,” Gaur said.

The campaign will continue till World Aids Day on December 1, and will cover all the city colleges. Postcards signed by students and teachers will be sent to the Aids Health Foundation.



Rs 2.7 cr stamp duty evasion detected
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 27
Stamp duty to the tune of Rs 2.7 crore has been found evaded in 52 cases by showing residential and commercial land as agricultural land in Kharar. The evasion was detected when Anurag Verma, Commissioner of Ropar Division, recieved several complaints regarding this. Following the complaints, the Commissioner asked Kharar SDM to investigate into the matter. It was found that the people belonging to Santemajra, Kurali, Pir Sohana, Bhagomajra, Rurki Pukhta, Chanalon and Khoonimajra evaded stamp duty by showing residential and commercial land as agricultural land.

Verma asked the Ropar Deputy Commisioner to get a case registered against Harmesh Kumar, who had sold his house by showing it as a vacant plot . The value of the property, which Harmesh Kumar owned, was about Rs 70 lakh. However, he sold it after showing its worth Rs 6 lakh. Verma directed Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam to take strict action against the evaders and recover the amount.



Demolition drive a damp squib
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
A demolition drive announced by UT Estate Office to remove encroachments in Industrial Area, Phase I and II, proved to be a damp squib with anti-encroachment teams of the Estate Office ending up making public announcements regarding the encroachments.

Though accompanied by the police force, the enforcement staff suddenly got instructions not to carry out the drive and instead preferred to make announcements advising the encroachers to remove their structures on their own.

Yesterday, the Deputy Commissioner, Mohammed Shayin, had convened a meeting. A programme was chalked out to carry out demolition in Industrial Area, Phase I and II. The DC said the encroachers had sought time to remove the encroachments on their own.

The junk dealers, sitting along the railway line, opposite the petrol station and in a plot near the newly converted hotels in Phase II, and in certain areas in Phase 1 are running their business from the encroached land. Of a total of 1,781 plots, encroachments of different nature were found on 84 vacant plots.



Info came from CAT

The news item published in Chandigarh Tribune in the November 17 issue with regard to the issuance of warrants against the UT Home Secretary was based on information gathered from the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). The same was not supplied by anyone, including advocate Rohit Seth, whose name incidentally appeared therein being the counsel of the applicants.



health notes
Book on paediatric nutrition released

Chandigarh: A book titled “Paediatric Nutrition in Health and Disease”, authored by Madhu Sharma, Dietician, Department of Dietetics, was released by Prof BNS Walia, former Director of the PGI, in the presence of Dr YK Chawla, Director, PGI; Dr AK Gupta, Medical Superintendent, PGI, and other members of the faculty and staff of the Dietetics Department. Commenting upon the book, for which he has also written the foreword, Professor Walia said besides the general aspects of nutrition, the therapeutic management of sick children with various diseases has been explicitly dealt with in context to the Indian scenario.

Award for PGI research fellow

Manasi Majumdar, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Virology, PGIMER, was awarded the Best Young Scientist Award in Medical Virology (poster), for her original research work on "Role of TLRs and Cytokines, two central components of Host Immune response, in the immunopathogenesis of viral hepatitis E" during the XXI Annual conference of Indian Virological Society (VIROCON-2012) held at Mukteswar, Uttarakhand. The work has been carried out under the supervision of Prof RK Ratho, Prof Y Chawla and Dr Mini P Singh. The virus commonly spreads by contaminated drinking water. — TNS



PU Teacher ‘assaulted’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
A female assistant professor of Panjab University’s Gandhian Studies Department has submitted a complaint against a female PhD student, alleging that the student assaulted and abused her.

The teacher, in her compliant to the Dean University Instructions (DUI), stated that while she was standing outside the department building, the research scholar along with a male friend started abusing her.

The teacher stated that upon raising an objection, the girl physically assaulted her, and even dragged her in full public view. The teacher stated that the person accompanying the research scholar also abused and threatened her.

DUI RK Kohli, confirming that he had received the complaint, said the complaint had been forwarded to the chairperson of the department, who has been asked to look into the matter and submit a report, based on which further action will be taken.

University officials said the chairperson will be recording statements of the teacher and the student, and will prepare a detailed report.

Meanwhile, Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) also received the complaint and demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter.



Out-of-syllabus question in exam

Chandigarh, November 27
The students of Panjab University’s law department have complained that a 15-mark question in their fifth semester exam held today was out of syllabus.

Students stated that the sixth question of the third unit in the CrPC exam was “vague”, due to which nobody could attempt it.

Students have demanded grace marks. — TNS



Principals to decide on BEd fee on Nov 30
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Around 180 principals of all the Panjab University affiliated colleges will meet to decide a revised fee structure for the BEd colleges and payment of salaries to the teachers as per the UGC norms on the PU campus on November 30.

A college principal said that after the implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations, in order to pay the increased amount of salaries to the teachers, the fee structure needed to be revised.

“Although the fee structure for the BEd colleges is decided by the Punjab government, a recommendation from the university helps in initiating the process,” he said.

Another major issue to be discussed during the meeting is fixing the timeframe for undertaking the inspection of colleges for granting affiliation to courses. “The university is planning to fix a timeframe for committees to visit colleges for inspection and give the report, so that the decision to grant or deny affiliation to any particular course can be given before an academic session begins,” said a PU official.

Officials further said that at times colleges, in anticipation of getting the university’s approval, introduce news courses and admit students. “In the middle of the academic year if a committee visits the college and finds some deficiencies, it is not possible to discontinue the course, keeping in mind the future of students,” the official said.

The meeting will also try and reach a consensus on the payment of salaries to all the college teachers as per the UGC norms.



ggdsd college
Students demand funds for cultural fest

Chandigarh, November 27
Seven student council members of GGDSD College, Sector 32, today sat on an indefinite hunger strike, demanding that cultural fests similar to Jhankar and Aaghaaz held at Panjab University should also be held on the college campus.

Students also demanded that special funds be provided to the council for organising such functions.

Guriqbal Singh Dhillon, president of the college’s student council, said that every year students contributed money towards organising cultural activities on the college campus; however, only functions at departmental level were held. — TNS



from schools
Shabad recitals mark Gurpurb celebrations in tricity schools
Tribune News Service

Students partake of langar during Gurpurb celebrations at Firstep Montessori School in Panchkula on Tuesday
Students partake of langar during Gurpurb celebrations at Firstep Montessori School in Panchkula on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 27
The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated at Shivalik Public School on Tuesday. Schoolchildren recited shabad and poems on the life of the first Sikh Guru on the occasion.

Satluj Public School

The junior wing of Satluj Public School, Sector 2, Panchkula, celebrated Gurpurb on the school premises. Children sang sacred hymns on the occasion.

AKSIPS, Mohali

The AKSIPS, Mohali, celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on the school premises on Tuesday. A special assembly was conducted by the pre-primary section that began with a soul-stirring shabad recital and “mool mantra” by the students, followed by a speech on Guru’s life and work.

Bhavan Vidyalaya

The junior wing of Bhavan Vidyalaya celebrated Gurpurb by carrying out a “nagar kirtan” during the school assembly. Shabads were recited, and after Ardas, prasad was distributed among the students.

Science congress

Humaira and her team from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, has been selected for the All-India National Children Science Congress, 2012, from amongst over 400 participants. The team had conducted a survey on the misuse of electricity in Sectors 31, 32, 46 and 47.

Annual sports day

Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, organised the annual sports day on the school grounds on Tuesday. Students of pre-nursery to class XII participated in the event. Teachers and members of the office staff also participated in the brisk walking event. All students who participated and won laurels for the school in various national, state and inter-school tournaments were also honoured on the occasion.

Basketball champs

Students of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, won laurels by emerging victorious at the ICSE Inter-School Basketball Tournament for Boys. The competition was conducted by Tender Heart School. In the finals of the competition, the team defeated St. Stephen’s School by 50-18.

Creative writing workshop

A creative writing workshop was conducted at Hansraj Public School for the students of classes VI and VII. UK-based Marcia Williams, an internationally acclaimed author and comic strip illustrator, encouraged the students to use their own imagination. The workshop aimed at developing literary and visual skills of the students. — TNS



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