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panchkula mc poll
3 former MC chiefs bite the dust
Congress-backed candidates win 14 seats; BJP, INLD bag three seats each
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
Independents supported by the Congress bagged 14 of the 20 seats in the Panchkula Municipal Corporation elections, the results of which were declared today. While three seats were won by the INLD, the remaining three were clinched by the BJP. The BJP and the INLD had contested the municipal elections on the party symbols.

Interestingly, all three former MC presidents, some other heavyweights and candidates with a criminal record, irrespective of the party they owed allegiance to, lost by heavy margins.

Prominent among the losers were INLD candidate Seema Chaudhary, a former Panchkula MC president and sister-in-law of Kalka MLA Pradeep Chaudhary, former MC presidents Ravinder Rawal and Tarun Bhandari, and two other candidates Pritam Singh Lubana and Tarsem Garg.

In a double whammy for two families, Naresh Rawal and his brother Rawinder Rawal and Tarun Bhandari and his wife Sakshi Bhandari lost the elections.

As the day progressed, supporters of candidates started queuing up outside the community centre of the BEL Colony here, hoping to celebrate the win of their respective candidates. However, the hopes of many of them turned into despair as soon as the results were out.

The polling for the MC elections was held on June 2 at 231 booths in the district. The Panchkula MC has 20 wards. Of these ward numbers 1 to 6 fall in Pinjore and Kalka, while ward numbers 7 to 20 fall in Panchkula.

Though the Congress had decided not to contest the Panchkula MC poll on the party symbol, candidates backed by it had declared during the campaigning that they were Congressmen.

Independents supported by the Congress managed to win from urban as well as rural areas. In Kalka and Pinjore, Independents supported by the Congress won four of the six seats.

INLD candidate and former Panchkula MC president Seema Chaudhary lost in Ward No. 20 by a margin of 1,294 votes against Saleem Dabkori. Seema was hoping to win the elections since the area is a stronghold of the INLD and also because she is the sister-in-law of Kalka MLA Pradeep Chaudhary. Ward No. 20 comprises the Ramgarh area and some villages. BJP candidate Sunil Talwar defeated Congress-backed candidate Ravinder Rawal, a former MC president, in Ward No. 12 by a margin of 449 votes. Former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan reportedly managed to get Rawal, once his right-hand man, defeated by supporting Talwar. Former MC president Tarun Bhandari was badly defeated by Surinder Singh in Ward No. 19. Bhandari’s wife Sakshi also faced an ignominious drubbing in Ward No. 16.

The prestigious Ward No. 10 saw Bhavna Gupta winning the seat against Ranjeeta Mehta.

12 winners owe allegiance to Selja group

  • Of the 14 Congress-backed candidates, 12 are from the Selja group while two owe allegiance to MLA DK Bansal’s group.
  • With most of the Congress-supported candidates winning the elections, there is a possibility of Panchkula getting a Mayor who would have the backing of the ruling party. Panchkula MLA DK Bansal said a meeting all Congress-backed candidates would be convened soon to decide on the mayoral candidate.

At a glance

  • INLD candidate and former MC president Seema Chaudhary got just 3,725 votes in Ward No. 20 against Congress-backed Saleem Dabkori, who got 5,019 votes
  • Former MC president and Congress-backed candidate Ravinder Rawal was defeated by BJP candidate Sunil Talwar by a margin of 449 votes in Ward No. 12
  • Former MC president Tarun Bhandari and his wife Sakshi Bhandari faced ignominious defeats in Ward Nos 19 and 16, respectively



Heavyweights face defeat in MC poll
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Ward 7: Vinod Kumar (winner)
Ward 7: Vinod Kumar (winner)

Panchkula, June 4
All heavyweights in Panchkula — all three MC presidents and others — who had never lost elections and were sure of their clean win, lost the Panchkula MC elections by heavy margins. After the results were declared, all of them vanished from the scene.

Ravinder Rawal, the former MC president, contesting from Ward 12, had come to the counting venue in a jubilant mood but soon left the premises once he came to know that he had lost to his BJP rival Sunil Talwar. Talwar got 3,155 votes while Rawal got 2,706 votes. Rawal’s brother, Naresh Rawal, lost elections from Ward 14.

Another former MC president Seema Chaudhary who was sure of her win also lost the seat in Ward 20 to Saleem Dabkori. Dabkori got 5,019 votes while Seema got only 3,725 votes.

“I am happy that I have won against INLD candidate Seema Chaudhary who was sure that she would win, I am happy I won”, said Saleem.

Tarun Bhandari, another former MC president, also got a setback when he got only 873 votes in Ward 19 against Surinder Singh who got 1016. Bhandari’s wife also lost the elections from Ward 16.

Pritam Singh Lubana, contesting from Ward 8 who had a close fight with INLD candidate Kuljit Waraich also lost with a margin of 261 votes.

lamba wins by highest margin

Independent candidate Krishan Lal Lamba from Ward 5 won by the highest margin of votes ie 3,854 votes, while Independent Surinder Singh won with the least margin of 19 votes against his rival Amar Singh Saini in Ward 19.

Women power

Out of the 20 candidates who won, 10 are women.

175 cartons of liquor seized

Since the sale of liquor was banned on June 1, 2 and 4, the Panchkula police seized 175 cartons of liquor from a truck that was coming from Chandigarh to Raipurrani. Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal said that the accused had been nabbed and a case had been registered.

independents fare well

  • Congress backed independents do well in urban as well as rural areas.
  • Two seats in Urban area were bagged by BJP candidates.
  • From Ward 9, which comprises the elite Sectors of 1, 3, 5,6,7,8 and 18, BJP candidate CB Goel won. From Ward 12 (Sector 15) BJP candidate Sunil Talwar won.

BJP candidate backed by Chander Mohan wins from Ward 12

Former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan managed to get Ravinder Rawal, who was once close to him, out of the race by supporting BJP candidate Sunil Talwar. He won the elections from Ward 12 against Rawal. Chander Mohan has recently joined the HJC. Two candidates supported by the HJC also contested but they faced defeat by a huge margin. However, Chander Mohan, campaigned for Talwar and said that people should support him. Talwar won the elections with 3,155 votes.

3 names doing rounds

Sources said that the three candidates whose names were doing the rounds for the post of Mayor are Bhavna Gupta, Lily Bawa and Upender Ahluwalia. Walia is the richest candidate and won from Ward 18.Lily Bawa from Ward 14 is a former councillor.

Husband-wife duo, siblings lose

Tarun Bhandari from Ward 19 and his wife Sakshi Bhandari from Ward 16 lost the elections. Similarly, Ravinder Rawal from Ward 12 and brother Naresh Rawal from ward 14 too lost the elections.



INLD manages to win only 3 seats
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
The first election after Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala’s conviction in the recruitment scam in January this year, the INLD’s performance came down considerably as it could bag only 3 seats out of 20. The INLD had decided to contest the municipal corporation elections on party symbol.

In Panchkula city they could just secure one seat, while in Kalka and Pinjore they could secure one seat each. The INLD heavyweight Seema Chaudhary also lost by a heavy margin of 1,294 votes in Ward 20.

Another INLD candidate Surjeet Kaur won the elections from Ward 3 with a margin of 1,731 votes against Harpreet Kaur. Satinder Singh, also from INLD won with a margin of 2,234 votes from Bhim Singh.

The expected winners like Subash Nishad, Balwinder Singh, Sharanjeet Kaur, Monika Chaudhary and Amar Singh faced defeat.



Misuse of Govt Land
Admn to fence Chandigarh Club boundary
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
After the Golf Club, now the Chandigarh Club is on the radar of the UT Administration. A month after imposing a ban on commercial activities and marriage functions in the Chandigarh Club, the Administration has now decided to fence its boundary.

The decision has been taken to ensure that the club does not use the adjoining government land for its activities. According to UT officials, the club was using government land for commercial activities.

Last month, the Administration had issued directions to the club not to accept bookings for commercial and marriage functions. The club was given two months' time to clear the advance bookings.

Recently, a special committee, headed by the UT Chief Engineer, had submitted a fact-finding report on the nature of violations by the Chandigarh Club. The report had revealed that around 3.75 acres were being misused for organising functions. Apart from the misuse of government land, certain temporary structures had been raised without seeking permission from the UT Estate Office. The report was part of the exercise to access the lease money of the club.

Sandeep Sahni, president of the Chandigarh Club, said they had not yet received any communication from the Administration.

The Administration has proposed Rs 13 lakh per month as the lease amount for the Chandigarh Club. At present, the club is paying Rs 1.51 lakh per month as lease to the 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. Then in 2005, a new lease was signed after the directions of the High Court with a rent of Rs 1.08 lakh fixed for five years with a 5 per cent increase every year.


Inmates get degrees at Burail jail
In first-ever convocation, degrees, diploma certificates conferred on 124
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Burail Model Jail today organised its first convocation-cum-certificate distribution programme for inmates on the jail premises. Degrees and diplomas were conferred on as many as 124 inmates. These were acquired by them while serving their sentences in the jail.

Balbir Singh Dhol, Additional Inspector General of Prisons, UT, was the chief guest. Degrees were awarded to 35 inmates who had enrolled for various correspondence courses offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University. These IGNOU students included three jail inmates who attained bachelor's degree, one who received master in economics, one master in history, and another was awarded degree under bachelor's degree programme.

As many as 21 inmates received degrees for bachelor in preparatory programme (BPP), seven received certificate in human rights, and one inmate got a certificate for completing diploma in tourism studies.

Thirty-five inmates have successfully completed adult education. A total of 11 inmates received certificates for completing plumbing and sanitary work course, 17 got certificates for course in baking and food preservation, while another 26 completed a course in fabric painting.

A company from Mohali, Diplast, has come forward to offer placements to inmates who have learnt plumbing and sanitary work, once they complete their term.

A jail official said the inmates had attained bachelor and master's degrees in the past too, but no ceremony was held. Balbir Singh Dhol said the programme would help in motivating the other inmates. "It will lead to positive behavioral changes among the inmates. More and more inmates will seek education for their reformation and rehabilitation, the ultimate goal of our department," he said.

Dhol said no stone would be left unturned to achieve this goal, but the department also needed help from the society. "Ultimately it is the society that has to accept these inmates. Through this programme, we want to give a message to the society that those who seek to reform themselves must be accepted by others; otherwise, they will not come out of this vicious circle," he said.

Dr Joginder Yadav, regional deputy director, IGNOU; RK Sharma, chairman, Jan Shikshan Sansthan; and principal (Capt.) S Chaudhary addressed the inmates and admired efforts of the jail department. Amandeep Singh, deputy superintendent, Jail; Parveen Kumar, welfare officer who is the co-ordinator of IGNOU; and Parmod Khatri, assistant superintendent, Jail, were also present at the function.



Malaria spreads its tentacles in city
19 cases reported; majority of patients belong to the periphery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
A total of 19 cases of Malaria have been reported in city hospitals since April this year. These include 13 cases from the city and the remaining from the region ie. parts of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

In Chandigarh, a majority of the cases belonged to the periphery. The cases were reported from different parts of the city, including Sector 38(West), Mani Majra, Colony Number 5 and Dhanas.

As per guidelines of the Directorate of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), the Malaria Wing of the UT Health Department today organised a health awareness camp at Indira Colony, Mani Majra.

An appeal was also made to the general public that every person should take precautionary measures for the prevention and control of malaria, dengue and water-borne diseases. The gathering was apprised of anti-mosquito strategies and preventive measures.

The general public was also told about the notification and regulations issued by the Deputy Commissioner, in which it was mentioned that action would be taken against the defaulters for creating mosquito-genic situations in and around their houses.

During the camp, the teams constituted by the Health Department examined 651 coolers and also conducted anti-larval activities. The officials also visited the households and distributed pamphlets.

An entomological exhibition was also showcased by the department.Last year, 225 cases of malaria were reported in the city. Nearly all the villages and colonies in the city have been declared as the malaria-prone zones in the city.



Auto-rickshaw operators block entry to ISBT-43
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Following a clash between a CTU bus driver and an auto-rickshaw operator over the parking of autos on the road in front of the bus stand, members of the Hina Auto Workers’ Union today staged a protest outside the Sector 43 Inter-State Bus Terminus.

The protestors also blocked the entry to the bus stand; however, police reached the spot and cleared the blockade.

The union members said that there was no proper stand for the auto operators, due to which they faced a lot of harassment.

The CTU Workers’ Union members, however, said the auto operators were illegally parking their vehicles on the road in front of the bus stand. They said the auto operators had been allocated a parking space on the rear side of the bus stand.



Encroachments removed from Phase IX market in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 4
Taking action against encroachments, the estate office wing of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) today carried out a demolition drive at the Phase IX market. The GMADA team not only demolished illegal sheds of some shops, but also removed unauthorised boards and hoardings installed on walls of the shops.

The shopkeepers alleged no notices were issued by the authorities. “GMADA should have issued notices as per rules before taking such action. This is wrong,” said Gurwinder Singh Chawla, a shopkeeper at the market.

Such drives would continue in other markets of the town, said the GMADA officials.



Boundary wall to come up around burial ground for infants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation have agreed to construct boundary wall at the burial ground for infants in Sector 25. Presently, forest area is being used for burying infants.

The decision regarding constructing a boundary wall around the site was taken during a coordination meeting of the Municipal Corporation and the Administration.

Mayor Subhash Chawla said besides the boundary wall, the Administration had also approved the drawings of new dispensaries at Sector 48, 49 and 51. He said the issue regarding multi-level parking in Sector 17 was also discussed in the meeting. The Administration has agreed to start the construction work, he said.

Proposals regarding construction of a boundary wall around Rajindra Park in Sector 1, round-the-clock water supply in Mauli Jagran, opening of a college in Mani Majra and laying of sewerage line in Deep Complex were also approved in the meeting.



Anupama’s parents seek compensation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Anupama Sarkar’s parents today filed an execution appeal with the State Consumer Redressal Commission to obtain compensation from the PGI. The case will come up for hearing on June 7.

In April this year, the commission had direction the hospital authorities to provide Rs 7 lakh as compensation to Anupama’s distraught parents for medical negligence.

The PGI, however, maintained that it had filed an application with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum against the order of the state commission; and hence, was not liable to issue the compensation amount till a final order was announced.

Anupama, a 15-year-old girl, died at the PGI in July last year. Her left leg was crushed under a rear tyre of a CTU bus, following which she was rushed to the PGI. She died of her injuries after struggling for over three weeks. In August, last year, her parents had filed a complaint against the PGI and CTU, alleging negligence at the hands of the two parties.



bansal scam exposure
BJP compiles report

Chandigarh, June 4
Pawan Kumar Bansal scam exposure committee constituted by the BJP has compiled its report. The report will be submitted to the CBI Director on June 5. Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon made this announcement during a meeting today.

The party had constituted a committee to investigate into the alleged scams involving former Union Railway Minister and his family members.

Under the joint leadership of Tandon and former MP Satya Pal Jain, Asha Jaswal, Dr Dhirender Tayal, Parmod Bindal, Vishal Puri and Arvind Mittal, compiled the report. — TNS



Air pollution crosses permissible limit in city

Chandigarh, June 4
The rising number of vehicles in Chandigarh is not only adding to traffic woes, but has also taken its toll on the ambient air quality of the City Beautiful.

As per the State of Environment Report of Chandigarh, 2012, which was released today by the UT Administration, the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) exceeds the permissible limit at primary locations of the city. The UT Administration measured the pollution level at five locations in the city— Sector 17, Industrial Area, PEC University of Technology, IMTECH-39, and Kaimbwala village. The permissible limit of RSPM is 60 microgram per cubic metre (mpcm). The report has recommended the use of alternative fuels such as CNG, solar energy, and promotion of mass rapid transport system. Regarding water quality, the report stated that over 90 per cent of the residents were being supplied treated water. However, there was still a gap between the demand and supply. — TNS



Gen set ban: Traders meet member secy of pollution panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
A deputation of traders, comprising Subash Kataria, JP Singh Kalra, LC Arora and Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, met the member secretary of Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, PJS Dadwal, to apprise him of problems being faced by them due to the ban on the use of diesel generation sets in commercial establishments of the city.

The member secretary told the traders that the order had been passed by the National Green Tribunal, in which the Central Pollution Control Board had been directed to take appropriate steps, including sealing, seizure or removal of all the diesel generation sets operating in violation of provisions of the Air and Noise (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981.

On the request of the traders, the Pollution Department has opened a special counter for traders and other commercial establishments to take consent from the department through a prescribed form.



Community bhawans may house preparatory schools

Chandigarh, June 4
The UT Administration is mulling over allowing the community bhawans to run preparatory schools and creches for children up to the age of six. A senior official of the Administration said the move would help in the management of bhawans, as these were facing financial problems.

Recently, in a meeting between UT officials and representatives of 68 bhawans in the city, the representatives had demanded that instead of harassing them by sending notices, the Administration should allow marriage functions to be held in the bhawans to generate funds for the management.

Presently, many bhawans in the city are holding marriage functions on the premises. The UT Administration claims that it is against the rules. — TNS



Accident case
Student to plead before PU panel
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) student, reportedly involved in racing on the campus that had led to a major accident of April 16, has made a request that the university should give him a chance to present his case in front of the four-member committee.

The committee has fined him Rs 41,300 for the damage he has caused to the PU property. While the girl, who was also involved in the car racing, has paid the fine, whereas, the boy has till date has not paid the fine.

The reckless driving by both the students, who were in two different vehicles, had led to a major accident leaving five vehicles, including a motorcycle, damaged and one person injured.

The student, involved in teh case, has requested that he should be given a personal hearing to present his case in front of the committee.

The boy is fourth-year student of the department of University Institute of Legal Studies.

Yograj Angrish, a fellow of Panjab University and one of the members of committee, set up by the university, stated that they wanted to give a fair chance to the student to present his case and accordingly his request had been accepted. The meeting would be called by the convener of the committee. "The student before submitting the fine wants to present his case which we can not refuse", Yograj said.

The four-member committee had decided that the students should be fined ten times the cost of damage made by them which was calculated Rs 4,130.

Earlier, it was decided that the fourth-year student would only be allowed the admission in the next session, after submission of fine.

Sources, however, revealed that it would depend on the four-member committee to decide whether to revoke the fine imposed upon the student or not.

The Panjab University officials said that the students, however, had to furnish an affidavit with an undertaking that in future if they were found driving negligently on the campus, the university would have the right to cancel their admission.



classes IX, XI
CBSE introduces open-book exam
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Now students will sit for the open-book exam in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools. In a major change in the Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) system, CBSE has introduced an element of Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) for classes IX and XI in March 2014 examination.

This assessment will be the part of Summative Assessment II for class IX and Annual Examination of the class XI, to be held in March, 2014. This test will cover 15-20 per cent portion of all the main subjects in class IX and applicable on Economics, Geography and Biology subjects in class XI. It may also include the value based questions for both the classes.

All the schools will be supplied with textual material by December this year. The material will be in the form of articles, case study, diagrams, concept or mind map, pictures or cartoons or even a problem or a situation, to be taught to the students during second half of the session. “The textual material supplied earlier will be printed again as part of the question paper and thus will be available to students while answering the questions,” read the notification. The board officials said that this test aimed at developing the thought process of the students by giving them open-ended material during the exams.

“It will help in assessing how the students understand and apply the concepts to the situation-based problems and how they come up with innovative opinions and suggestions, said the regional CBSE Director, RJ Khanderao.

As per the instructions issued, the textual material, to be supplied to schools, should be thoroughly read, discussed and analysed by the teachers. They are expected to assign the text material received from the CBSE to the students in groups so that they can read, and understand it through discussions, view it from different perspectives, brainstorm main ideas in class or even do further research outside the class.

The main objective of introducing this element is to provide opportunities to students to apply theoretical concepts to a real life scenarios.



govt schools
13,000 seats available in Class XI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Nearly 13,000 seats are available for class XI in the government senior secondary schools in Chandigarh this year. According to the officials, the admission process in government schools will begin with the sale of prospectus from June 11.

The Deputy DEO, Viney R Sood, said that the students could buy prospectus for class XI admission at six different locations till June 20, 2013, on any working day, including Saturdays from 9.30 am till 1.30 pm. The prospectus will be available at GMSSS-10, GMSSS-19, GMSSS-20B, GMSSS- 28, GMSSS-37D, GMSSS-46 and GMSSS, Manimajra.

Besides upgrading two schools, the education department is introducing new sections to accommodate more students than last year. In comparison to private schools, the government schools have several options in vocational courses.



bcom course
PU restricts online admissions to city colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Panjab University is going to start the centralised online admission process to Bachelors in Commerce (BCom) for the colleges of Chandigarh on June 8. Till last year the admission to the colleges of Ludhiana was also centralised, however, the university had decided to restrict it to the city colleges only.

PU has started the process and appointed Prof RK Gupta from University School of Open Learning (USOL) as the coordinator.

The Advisory Committee meeting was held today, to discuss the modalities of the admission process, which would soon be announced after due a approval. Prof Gupta said that applications for admission would be made online at the website from June 8 PU.

The centralised online admission to the BCom course in the colleges of Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur was introduced in 2010 to check the back door entry of students. Two years after introducing the centralised online admissions, the university is witnessing a lesser number of online applications for admissions to colleges of Hoshiarpur. Thereafter the varsity has decided to conduct the online admissions for the colleges of Chandigarh and Ludhiana only for around 4,200 seats.

However, now the admissions for over 2,100 seats in colleges of Chandigarh will be centralised. RK Gupta stated that this year the number of forms would be submitted online, however the physical counseling would be held at PU campus from July 9 to 12.



from schools
Students shine in board exams

Zirakpur: The students of Class X of ACNP Sr Secondary School, Zirakpur, showed excellent board results in session 2012-13. Parneet Kaur topped the school by securing 597 out of 650, followed by Bhawna, who secured the second position with 593 scores. Aarzoo stood on the third position by securing 569/650 marks.

Exhibition organised

Mohali: Saupin's School, Sec-70, Mohali, organised an exhibition, "Little tech masters", based on the theme of telecommunication. The children put up a grand show to display their working, non-working models and charts. The models of the microwave transmission system and google glasses attracted all the visitors whereas skywave communication and telephone network became the cynosure of every eye. The creativity of the juniors, who worked on the theme spoke volumes about the budding scientists. It was the outcome of one month intensive preparation which included discussion, drilling, research and development. Each model was vying with the other for the attention. It was indeed an interactive and educative exhibition. The students explained their projects to the visitors and expressed their ideas and thoughts behind their creations.

World Environment Day

Students of Ashmah International School, Sector 71, Mohali celebrate World Environment Day
Students of Ashmah International School, Sector 71, Mohali celebrate World Environment Day. A Tribune photo

Ashmah International School, Mohali, Sector -71, celebrated the World Environment Day at its campus. The whole staff and students were dressed in green outfits. Later, speeches were also delivered by the students to save the environment. Students highlighted the importance of planting saplings and the disadvantages of cutting trees in their speeches. In the end, students also planted saplings in the school campus. The students took an Oath to keep the school campus clean and to plant more and more trees. Principal R Ghuman spoke about the beauties of the bountiful earth. — TNS



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