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Gram Panchayat polls today
13 villages to elect sarpanch, panches; a tough contest at Kishangarh, Daria
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
Residents of 12 gram panchayats, will cast their votes tomorrow (December 15) to elect their sarpanch and panches. There is a tough contest for the post of sarpanch at Kishangarh and Daria villages.

In Kishangarh, there is direct contest between two women candidates for the seat of sarpanch. While these elections are generally not contested on party symbols, but both candidates are supported by the Congress and the SAD-BJP combine, respectively.

Candidate Man Kaur is the wife of Bhajan Singh Maru, a former chairman of the zila parishad. She has the support of the BJP-SAD combine. Another candidate, Gurvinder Kaur, is the wife of Davinder Lubana, a Congress leader.

SAD councillor Malkiat Singh said that they were seeking votes from the residents of Kishangarh for Man Kaur because her family had done a lot of development work in the village.

Davinder Lubana said that they were doing their best and were hopeful that they would win in the elections.

Besides, Kishangarh, there is a tough fight for the post of sarpanch in Daria village as eight candidates are contesting against one another. There are 61 candidates in the fray for the 13 posts of panches in Daria. Harish Chander Sharma, who is contesting for the post of sarpanch, from Daria village, said that as the campaigning had ended they were approaching the voters personally.

Thirteen villages of the UT Administration fall under 12-gram panchayats. There are 12 posts of sarpanch and 132 of panch. Out of which one sarpanch and 28 panches have already been elected unopposed. For the remaining seats, a total of 299 candidates (44 for the sarpanch and 255 for panch) are in the fray.

Cops on high alert

In the wake of the Gram Panchayat elections to be held in different villages of Chandigarh, SSP Sukchain Singh Gill held a meeting on Saturday with the DSPs, SHOs and police post in-charges. Officials stated that nine DSPs, 19 Inspectors, 929 other police personnel, two reserves of the CRPF and QRTs (Commandos) had been deployed for the election to meet out any contingency. All PCR vehicles have been directed to remain on high alert at their respective duty point and keep a close watch on suspicious activities.



50 polling booths set up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
The Election Commission has set up 50 polling booths in 13 villages falling under 12 gram panchayats. The elections are scheduled for tomorrow (December 15). There are 39,969 voters in the villages.

Polling parties have also reached their respective booths. The police have stepped up the security. Around 950 policemen will be on duty on Sunday.

The UT Election Commission OSD, Tarsem Lal, said for the first time they had set up a polling booth in Makhan Majra village. Rakesh Mehta, State Election Commissioner, UT Chandigarh, also visited many villages and reviewed the arrangements today.

The elections will be held in village panchayats of Behlana, Rairpur Khurd, Rairpur Kalan, Makhan Majra, Daria, Mauli Jagran, Kishangarh, Kaimbwala, Khuda Ali Sher, Khuda Jassu, Khuda Lahora, Sarangpur and Dhanas.

Panchayat poll

  • Total voters: 39,969
  • Voting time: 8 am to 5 pm on December 15
  • Counting: Dec 17



Conversion policy
Two sets of rules for industrial plots
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

An under construction converted site in Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh
An under construction converted site in Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, December 14
The Chandigarh Administration is adopting two sets of rules while dealing with industrial plots that have been converted under the conversion policy for Industrial Area. As a result, at least 48 per cent of the industrial plots converted under the UT Conversion Policy have failed to raise new construction as per the revised norms.

In a survey carried out by the UT Estate Office on the directive of the UT Finance Department it was found that of the total 82 identified converted sites, at least 39 are yet to submit the revised building plans and demolish the old structures. A senior UT official said the survey report, including misuse, had been forwarded to the Administration for necessary action.

Another 40 sites converted under the conversion policy have not been included in the survey as their case is pending before the court.

Attributing the non-construction on the converted plots to the dual policy adopted by the UT, entrepreneurs said it was the result of two different agencies - the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) and the UT Estate Office - being made the nodal agency from time to time before the conversion policy was scrapped in 2008.

While the sites converted when the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) was the nodal agency had no time bar to start the construction work, whereas the sites converted when the Estate Office was the nodal agency had to submit that they would start the construction within three years of being issued the conversion letter or pay an extension fee. Most of the sites that are lying unconverted on the ground are those approved by the CHB.

Chander Verma, Chairman of the Converted Plot Owners Association, said they had been repeatedly requesting the UT officials to adopt uniform sets of rules while giving permission for conversion. He lamented that they had been demanding that no extension fee should be levied as the plot owners had paid hefty amount as conversion fees. “Contrary to the promise that the money earned from the conversion would be spent on the infrastructure there, the Administration has failed to fulfil the promise”, he added.

Unresolved issues

  • Industrialists demand conversion of industrial sites from leasehold to freehold.
  • There is opposition to the proposed move of the UT to increase the conversion fee from Rs 29,000 per sq yard to Rs 49,000 per sq yard.
  • Reduction in collector rates



Prime Minister to visit Mullanpur on Dec 30
To lay foundation stone of Tata Memorial Centre Hospital in Medicity, Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 14
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to visit Mullanpur on December 30 to lay the foundation stone of a cancer hospital in Medicity. Sources said today that dates for laying the foundation stone of Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) Hospital had been fixed on earlier occasions, too, but the Prime Minister could not make it to the venue.

Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu said the PM would be coming to Mullanpur on January 13.

GMADA had allotted 50 acres in Medicity for the project. The possession of the land had been handed over to the Union Department of Atomic Energy. A boundary wall has been constructed at the site. The spadework for the cancer hospital is being done in Mumbai.

The Union Cabinet had earlier given an approval to the project.It is learnt that most of the funding for the project is being done by the Central Government. A sum of Rs 350 crore had been released by the government for the project.



No flight after 1 pm today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
There will be no flights after 1 pm tomorrow at the Chandigarh domestic airport. As per the standing instructions of the Indian Air Force, which is managing the airport runway, the airport will remain closed on the first and third Sunday of every month due to renovation work of the runway.

Tomorrow, being the third Sunday of the month, there will no flight after 1 pm.

Jet Airways has maximum four flights tomorrow: Chandigarh-Delhi-Bengaluru at 8.10 am; Chandigarh-Delhi at 12.10 pm; Chandigarh-Mumbai at 12.40 pm and Chandigarh-Delhi at 12.45 pm.

Besides SpiceJet has two flights: Chanidgarh to Delhi at 8.35 am and Chandigarh to Mumbai at 12.40 pm.

Air India, IndiGo and GoAir have one flight each before 1 pm tomorrow.


Year ender 2013
A stressful year for crime busters
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
For the UT police, the year started with the new UT IGP RP Upadhyaya taking charge and ending with Sukhchain Singh Gill joining as the new UT SSP. Even as the crime graph soared during the year, the UT police remained in news, with their own officials courting controversies. Many of them were transferred for shoddy investigations in cases. A large number of kidnapping cases kept the UT police on their toes throughout the year.

Edu kidnapping case

Five-year-old Harmeini, alias Edu, was kidnapped from a Sector 22-based hotel by her father’s friend who demanded a ransom of Rs 1 crore from her parents. She was traced by the police six days after the incident from a village near Jind, Haryana. The police had arrested a woman, Chinar, with the girl and the prime accused, Jagpal Beniwal, was arrested after seven months. He had kidnapped the girl as Edu’s father owed him money, the police said.

Income Tax officer arrested

The CBI arrested Income Tax officer Rakesh Kumar Jain for taking a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a real estate agent in February. Later, the police also made his mother as an accused as the money was recovered from her.

Advocates strike turned ugly

On March 6, the UT police resorted to water cannons on agitating lawyers of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who were protesting against the registration of a case against advocates for allegedly manhandling a head constable. The lawyers, who were then on an indefinite strike, broke two police barricades as they took out a procession to meet the Governor. The police used water cannons when some of the advocates broke the barricades and gained entry into a prohibited area near Haryana Raj Bhawan.

Brawl at Golf Club

Legendary athlete Milkha Singh, a Punjab Congress MLA and a former Army officer were booked by the police in connection with a brawl between two groups at the Chandigarh Golf Club. Later, the FIR was quashed after parties moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

MLA’s case

Fifteen Punjab Congress MLAs were booked on a charge of assaulting a public servant during an alleged police raid on legislature party office while nine of them were suspended for the rest of the budget session for unparliamentary behaviour by the Assembly Speaker. The case was registered in May this year.

Pinki kidnapping and murder case

Eleven-year-old Pinki was raped and murdered in the forest area near Sector 52. The UT police had received a complaint on November 27 and her body was found on December 1. The police is still clueless. In this case too, the UT police invited criticism and the SHO of the Sector 39 police station as well the Palsora police post in charge were transferred for shoddy investigations.

Cases and allegations within the department

Inspector booked: On April 28 this year, former crime branch in charge Amanjot Singh was booked in an extortion case. He was accused of threatening a city resident to pay Rs 3 lakh. It was alleged in the complaint filed by Harish, a businessman and resident of Sector 18, that the inspector came to his shop in Sector 20 and had taken away Rs 3 lakh kept in a box by threatening and abusing him to return the money.

SI accused of running ‘money lending racket’

Another UT police SI Harinder Sekhon remained in news after a Panchkula resident Vikram moved the High Court and accused Harinder Sekhon of running a 'money lending racket'. Singh, a resident of Panchkula, told the court that the couple was giving him threat calls, the reason being people who were 'lent' crores of rupees allegedly belonging to Sekhon, through Vikram, failed to return the same due 'to a slump in the market'. Vikram alleged that holding him responsible for the 'losses', Sekhon and his wife were threatening to implicate him in false cases. An internal inquiry was also marked by the UT IGP which is pending. Vikram, later, went missing under mysterious circumstances.

Looking Ahead

  • Extension of call takers at the police control room from five to 10.
  • Installation of the global positioning system in 60 PCR Gypsys.
  • Purchase of more vehicles by the police for patrolling.
  • The Chandigarh traffic police have sent a proposal to the UT Administration to clear the policy of installing the 'Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD)' system comprising 'sensors' that will automatically identify vehicles jumping red lights.
  • Police houses to come up for the IRB in Sarangpur.
  • Officers are upgrading weaponry.
  • Two more ASPs set to join.

Accident on the road dividing Sectors 17 and 18

Three persons, including a driver and two college students from Vaishali in Ghaziabad, were killed while two others suffered injuries when a Tavera SUV collided with an Audi Q7 car on the road separating Sectors 17 and 18 on July 23. The UT police were at the receiving end, with strictures passed against the police by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for shoddy investigations in the case. The police had first registered a case against the dead taxi driver resulting in a hue and cry.

Sucha Singh's murder

A UT police inspector, Sucha Singh, was stabbed to death on the night of June 8 by a fugitive UT police constable who was then rounded up along with his female accomplice. Later, the accused constable, Basant, and his wife Sarita were arrested. They have been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the court following a speedy trial this year.


  • Shooting range: In January this year, the shooting range was inaugurated at Sector 25. The UT Administration had missed four deadlines for the same.
  • The Police Complaints Authority got a new panel.
  • Former UT Adviser Pradeep Mehra was the chairman while former UT IGP PK Srivastava was appointed as a member.
  • SSP Naunihal Singh’s three-year tenure came to an end this year. The officer raked in many controversies.
  • The police week was observed with fervour, with ‘Bada Khana’ being organised for the first time.
  • Petty crimes and crime by juveniles were on the rise this year. Thefts, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts recorded an increase.
  • The UT police initiated the process of uploading of FIRs on their website this year.



Prioritise NRI complaints: IGP
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 14
All complaints related to the NRIs should be sent to the NRI police wing so that these can be disposed of at the earliest. This was stated by IGP Gurpreet Kaur Deo during a meeting at the head office of the NRI police wing.

The IGP said the Punjab Government had established an independent NRI police wing for the speedy and transparent disposal of NRI complaints.

She told the officers that all complaints should be dealt with on merit without any discrimination and there should be zero tolerance of corruption in the department.

Deo said an IGP rank officer had been deputed for the speedy disposal of under-investigation NRI complaints. The Punjab Police had received complaints from 30 countries. Most of the complaints were from Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.

Deo stated that this year 3,200 complaints regarding the NRI issues had been received, out of which 60 per cent were related to property disputes, 30 per cent to matrimonial disputes and 10 per cent to other types of disputes. She said 65 per cent complaints had been disposed of.

She added that a total of 270 FIRs had been registered, out of which 160 had been registered at the NRI police stations.

The IGP issued instructions to the heads of the NRI police stations that all FIRs should be registered after an inquiry and evidence should be put on record.

She said 11 NRI police stations had been connected with the head office of the NRI police wing.

The IGP appealed to the NRIs to register complaints online. They can also check the status of the complaints online.



New SSP visits police stations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
The new UT SSP today visited various police stations to monitor the functioning of 'Know Your Case', an initiative launched earlier this year. The SSP visited the police station in Sectors 26, 17 and 34. SSP Sukchain Singh Gill stated that he met a few complainants who were satisfied with 'Know your Case'.

"Residents want that their complaints should be addressed at the earliest," the SSP said. The Chandigarh police had launched the scheme earlier this year to bring transparency and accountability in the working of the police. Every second Saturday, public grievances are heard at the police stations. The residents can visit the police stations to know the status of their case. Around 96 persons have visited the police stations so far.



Inquiry marked against SI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
An inquiry has been marked against a sub-inspector and a woman constable for keeping a drunk girl in the police station on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. The sub-inspector, Ramesh Kumar, is posted at the Sector 3 police station.

“The PCR received a call at 2.45 am that a drunk girl was creating ruckus in the middle of the road separating Sectors 8 and 9. She was returning from a party. Following the call, SI Ramesh Kumar, along with the woman constable, reached the spot and took the victim to the Sector 3 police station," said DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor.

The police stated that the girl fell unconscious on reaching the police station following which the officers informed her parents who reached there in the morning. “The SI should have taken the girl straightway to the hospital, however, he took her to the police station, following which an inquiry has been marked against him," the DSP stated.



Candlelight march in support of Capt James

Chandigarh, December 14
Merchant Navy officers and their families based in the tricity today held a candlelight march at Sukhna Lake here to express their solidarity with Capt Sunil James, an Indian mariner who is in the custody of Togo authorities following allegations of aiding pirates.

About 80 officers and their family members assembled at the lake and carried out a silent march to draw public attention to the plight of Capt James’ family.

Capt James along with two others have been under arrest in Togo in Africa since July for allegedly helping pirates loot the MT Ocean Centurion, a merchant ship registered in the Marshall Islands.

He lost his 11-month old son, Vivian, who died of septicaemia at Delhi on December 2. His family members as well as the Indian Government have appealed to the Togo Government to release Capt James on humanitarian grounds, but to no avail so far.

His wife Aditi had also met the Prime Minister to seek his assistance.

Merchant Navy officers said the judge concerned in Togo had completed hearings in the case and the matter was now with the public prosecutor. They added that similar candlelight marches were being held in other cities to sensitise the public to the case. — TNS



AN-12 officers hold reunion

Chandigarh, December 14
Members of the AN-12 Officers’ Association (ANTOI), a group of retired air force officers who had served with squadrons that operated the IAF erstwhile transport workhorse, held their 20th reunion here today.

About 70 officers and members of their families attended the get-together that was marked with bonhomie and nostalgia. The officers included pilots as well as navigators and technical officers.

Among the senior-most officers present were Air Commodore HM Singh and Group Captain NP Singh. All those who had served on the AN-12s are now retired.

The Soviet Union-built four-engined turboprops were inducted into the IAF in 1961 when it raised No 44 Squadron at Chandigarh. These aircraft were deployed for airlifting army reinforcements to Ladakh during the 1962 Sino-Indian conflict. Later, another unit, No 25 Squadron was also raised on the AN-12s at Chandigarh. The AN-12s were also used as bombers during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The aircraft, which flew regularly to the northern sector on air maintenance missions in support of the Army, were retired in June 1993. — TNS



Oscar Theatre Fest: Play on Shaheed Udham Singh staged
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 14
Three-day 4th TFT Oscar Theatre Festival was concluded today with the play “Azaad”, staged here at Atam Auditorium, Sector 1, Panchkula. The play was based on the life and freedom struggle of Shaheed Udham Singh, the revolutionary who killled Michael O’ Dwyer in the Caxtan Hall, London.

The play was presented in such a way that it brought out the contrast in present scenario of the society and the scenario at the time of freedom struggle.

The play starts in the present day where a statue of Shaheed Udham Singh is built.

The play is symbolic to the sacrifices made for its freedom by our revolutionaries.

Rajvir Chauhan, Dharmendra Singh, Bhawsheel Singh Sahni, Parvesh Sethi, Rahul Chowdhary, Amrinder Virk and Maninder Singh Bhatti were among the main cast of the play.



Tips for health professionals

Chandigarh, December 14
The Department of Transfusion Medicine and the Pharmacovigilance Centre, PGIMER, jointly organised a one-day CME (continuous medical education) on haemovigilance programme today. The programme was organised on the premises of the PGIMER for the blood bank and pharmacovigilance personnel from Haryana and Chandigarh.

The event addressed the need of reporting adverse events due to blood transfusion. The programme began with an introductory speech by Dr Surinder Singh, director, National Institute of Biologicals, and former Drug Controller General of India. Prof Neelam Marwaha, head of the department of transfusion medicine, threw light on the concept of haemovigilance and its aims. Around 110 healthcare professionals attended the event. — TNS



Only a portion of road recarpeted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
A day after Mayor Subhash Chawla directed officials to restart repair of the road in the Sector 19-C market, the contractor concerned recarpeted only a portion of the road. Shopkeepers and area councillor Mukesh Bassi had filed a complaint stating that substandard construction material was being used.

Ramji Manchanda, president of the Sector 19-C Market Association, said yesterday the Mayor had visited the area and directed the officials to restart the work, but the MC staff and contractor recarpeted only 10-15 per cent of the road.

When asked about the repair of the remaining portion of the road, the officials said the work had been completed.

Area councillor Mukesh Bassi said the recarpeting was eyewash. "If the MC will not repair the parking lot, we will meet the UT Adviser," he said.

Following complaints, Bassi had submitted a complaint to the UT Adviser-cum-Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) and had demanded a vigilance inquiry into the matter.

Roads repaired

After the issue pertaining to the use of substandard construction material was published in these columns, the MC recarpeted roads in Khuda Lahora. Area councillor Saurabh Joshi reviewed the work on Saturday.



Rickshaw-pullers sans licence a threat to city residents

I am shocked to read the news about the decision of MC Chandigarh to allow unlicensed/untrained rickshaw-pullers to ply on roads without any restraint. Does the learned MP Mr Bansal and his supporters realise how they are putting the lives of residents, who would either be using these rickshaws or driving some other vehicles on city roads, to unwarranted danger? We are already facing the problem of rising road accidents in the City Beautiful and one of the reasons for this is non-observance of traffic rules by rickshaw-pullers. By officially allowing people to start driving rickshaws on roads without any permission, Mr Bansal and Congress may be eyeing some votes, but who will take the responsibility for causing hurt to innocent citizens? The reason for this announcement is even more shocking. The failure of administration to check unlicensed rickshaw-pullers is resolved by allowing anyone to drive it! The failure to curb “kundi connections” (theft of electricity) is already making law abiding people pay more for electricity. Going by this logic, tomorrow if chain snatchings increase, our leaders will legalise it!

We have had enough of these self-centred politicians wreaking havoc on this city. This is the time for people to show them the door during the coming elections. Let us have responsible people as our representatives.


Welcome decision of PU

The decision to introduce a whole new concept of running the all-girls night shuttle bus service, between the girls’ hostels at Panjab University and the AC Joshi Library, is a welcome step. The university authorities deserve a round of applause for acceding to the long-pennding demand of the girls on the campus.

Equally important on the part of the authorities concerned is to give a concrete shape to the proposal, to connect the science departments, including biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology and biotechnology and others, which are located in Sector 25, to the campus so that day scholars there are not deprived of the opportunity.


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Students display skills at annual exhibition
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 14
Junior wing of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, organised its annual Visual and Performing Arts Exhibition, here today. Students displayed their creativity and artistic persona through awe-inspiring artefacts.

There was an enthralling solo performance on synthesizer by a western hobby group followed by a melodious rendition of an inspiring song “I have a Dream.” Both performances caught the attention of the audience.

The theatre hobby group children delivered a hard-hitting performance titled “Koi Baat Nahi.” The play successfully drove home the message that at times, parents unwittingly pass on unsavoury attributes to children when they exhibit unwarranted behaviour in their presence.

The girls in the Indian folk dance hobby group presented a mesmerising performance on Sant Tulsidas’s bhajan, “Thumak Chalet Ram Chandra” and a foot tapping performance of ‘luddi’, a form of Punjabi folk dance.

Students showcased beautiful handicraft items. The theme of the display was ‘Recycle Reuse’ with used bottles, discarded CD’s transformed into an array of useful and exquisite things like lantern, handbags, vases, slippers and decoration pieces.

Children of the painting hobby group put forth a fascinating display of their work.

Designs made on aprons with fabric paints, handkerchiefs with laces stitched on them, block printed shopping bags, and tie and dye items were exhibited.

The junior chefs of the kids’ snacks hobby group prepared mouth-watering salads, dips, sandwiches, drinks and a variety of desserts.



St Kabir students shine at creativity Olympiad

Chandigarh, December 14
Five students of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, here have brought laurels to the city by securing top ranks in the National Creativity Olympiad held at the IIT, New Delhi, on December 8.

Chetanya Mittal topped the all-India Class-VII competition while Shreyas Chandgothia secured the second rank among students of Class VIII. They will receive cash prizes of Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000, respectively.

Chirag K Singhal of Class VI stood 13th, Shresht Jain of Class VIII stood 10th and Tejas Nagpal of Class X secured the 12th rank in their respective competitions. They will receive cash prizes of Rs 1,500 each.

Over 10,000 students of Classes VI to XI, selected from about 200 schools from all over the country, participated in the contest. The Olympiad was designed to assess a child's creative abilities. — TNS



Cultural items mark DPS annual day

Chandigarh, December 14
Delhi Public School (DPS), Chandigarh, presented a cultural extravaganza ‘Anubhuti’ today as part of its annual day celebrations. Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva was the chief guest.

Other guests included vice-chairman of the DPS Society and chairman of DPS, Chandigarh, Admiral MM Chopra and MPs Ambika Soni and Pawan Kumar Bansal. Today, students hosted ‘Udhran’ symbolising the evolution of life on Earth.

A dance drama portraying the victory of good over evil was staged. It was conceptualised and choreographed by Tanusree Shankar, a Sangeet Natak Academy Award winner, and her team of assistants. Principal Reema Dewan lauded the efforts of the students in making the event memorable. — TNS



Play marks annual function

Chandigarh, December 14
The annual function of JPA Toddlers' World School, Panchkula, was held amid fanfare at Tagore Theatre here today. Over 300 children participated in the colourful event titled 'Blossoms'.

An English play 'Sleeping Beauty' and a Hindi skit from the Ramayana were well-received by the audience.

School principal Neena Atray read out the annual report. — TNS




Chandigarh: Students of Kids ‘R’ Kids School, Sector 42, presented the school's annual cultural programme 'Exuberance-2013' with great zeal and fervour. The event witnessed a colourful array of performances. The programme commenced with a welcome dance for parents. The students enthralled the audience with skits, plays and dances. Children grooved to various forms of dances that they had learned during the course of the year like salsa, hip-hop and western fusion.

Annual function

Students perform during the 25th annual function of Ashiana Public School, Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Saturday
Students perform during the 25th annual function of Ashiana Public School, Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Ashiana Public School, Sector 46, organised its 25th annual function at Moti Ram Arya School, Sector 27, Chandigarh. The theme for the function conveyed the message that every child is born with different qualities, which needed to be identified, cultivated and provided with the right platform and environment to bloom. The function was a colourful blend of various forms of dance and drama. The celebrations proceeded with power-packed dance performances,

Song & rhyme day

Tiny tots of Euro Kids, Sector 37, celebrated their annual song and rhyme day. The school wore a festive look while children drew everyone's attention because of their fancy attires. The function began with a prayer song followed by school director Mona Verma addressing the gathering. The kids swayed to nursery rhymes and danced to foot-tapping numbers. Mesmerising performances left the audience applauding.

Energy conservation

Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, celebrated the National Energy Conservation Day on the school premises on Saturday. Members of the Sohanjana Eco Club took part in a painting competition organised on the occasion with the theme 'Conserve Energy For Future'. The paintings were vivid depicting the thoughts and concerns of the students toward energy conservation.

City tour

Mohali: Students of classes pre-nursery to V of Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase 2, visited the City Beautiful on a hop on and hop off double-decker bus for three consecutive days. Accompanied by their teachers, they visited Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Art Museum and Sukhna Lake. They had a lot of fun. The tiny tots were too excited about their ride on a double-decker bus. They munched down their eatables on the way.

Inter-house competitions

Students of St Xavier's High School, Mohali, participated in the inter-house mono acting and skit competition. Members of all the houses performed to their best. Presenting thought-provoking skits on various social issues like female infanticide, dowry system and domestic violence forced the audience to interpret the behaviour of the Indian society in general and their sensitivity toward these sensitive issues.

Parody staged

The Seven Ages, a famous monologue from “As you like it” by Shakespeare, was presented in the form of a parody by students of St Solider's School, Mohali. The narrative depicted contradiction of Shakespeare’s lines by a group of street players showing how stages of life have changed over the years. The variations were incorporated in order to make the monologue concur with the present scenario. Unlike Shakespeare’s poetry, the parody started with the pre-natal stage portraying how would-be parents start planning everything for the future of their yet-to-be-born child. — TNS



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