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Colleague's murder
Ex-sergeant gets life term
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge SS Sahni today sentenced a former Indian Air Force (IAF) sergeant to life imprisonment for killing his colleague in 2011.

The court convicted 41-year-old Gurmeet Singh Gill, who had stabbed his colleague to death on July 17, 2011, in front of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 47, following a drinking bout.

Gill was posted with 12 Wing at the Air Force Station here when he killed his colleague Surjit Singh Saini, who was posted at 3BRD. Both were in an inebriated state when Gill repeatedly hit Saini on his head with a slab of Kota stone following a brawl.

Gill, who had confessed to the crime, claimed that he acted in self-defence after Saini hurled a brick at him, but missed the target. According to the prosecution case, the two were good friends and Surjit had reportedly consumed about half a bottle of liquor in the non-commissioned officers’ mess in Sector 31. At around 11.45 pm that night, the two came out and started drinking in front of the gate of Kendriya Vidyalaya. Saini insisted on having more drinks. A heated scuffle ensued between the two following which Gill attacked Surjit.

A police patrol party had reportedly found them quarrelling in front of the gate of the school.

On learning that they were IAF personnel, the police advised them to go to their homes. At about 1.45 am, the same police party found Saini lying in a pool of blood near the school in Sector 47. He was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he was declared brought dead.

The police had recovered a motorcycle along with clothes and shoes of the accused and a blood-stained stone from the spot. Gill had then surrendered before his senior officers.

Additional Public Prosecutor Maninder Kaur said extra-judicial confession of the accused coupled with a report of the CFSL and strong evidence led to the accused's conviction.

3 acquitted in Sukhna murder case

A murder case fell flat in the court today with three of the accused being acquitted. The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Nazar Singh acquitted Gurinder Singh, Vishal Luthra and Gurmeet after the prosecution failed to prove the charges.

The victim, Akashdeep Malhotra, was found bludgeoned to death near Sukhna Lake in March 2011. The police had claimed that he was murdered by his friend Gurinder. Gurinder had an old rivalry with Akashdeep, the police had said.

The charges could not be proved in court. The motive of the crime could also not be proved in court.



BDS student commits suicide
 Hostel inmates protest against warden, break windowpanes
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 28
A 20-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan with a dupatta at her hostel room in Dental College, Barwala, Panchkula, late last night. The victim, Sachika Sharma, was a third-year BDS student. She hailed from Himachal.
Protesting students smashed flowerpots at Dental College, Barwala, in Panchkula on Friday
Protesting students smashed flowerpots at Dental College, Barwala, in Panchkula on Friday. A Tribune photograph

According to the victim's parents, Sachika was upset as the college authorities did not grant her leave. She wanted to go home for Shivratri and was crying on the telephone.

Following the incident, around 250 hostel inmates took to the streets and also broke windowpanes of the college building. They were protesting against "misbehaviour" by the warden, who was changed by the management following the protest.

"My daughter called me up on Wednesday evening. She was crying over not being granted leave. She said the authorities never allowed her leave and tortured her for reasons best known to them," said her father Anil Sharma. Sharma said the victim had observed a fast on Shivratri and was not even allowed to go to a temple.

"Her mother tried to call her up at around 7.30 pm, but her mobile was switched off," said Sharma. Sachika's parents called up one of her friends, who found the victim hanging from a ceiling fan. Sachika was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where she was declared brought dead. The college authorities also visited the hospital. "We often face harassment at the hands of the warden. All girls were afraid of the warden," said Manjeet, a student.

Principal's take

"Nobody commits suicide just because leave is not sanctioned. The victim was allowed leave and no one scolded her. Rather two other girls were scolded because they had forged signatures to go out. Three mobile phones were found from the spot with all data deleted. The mobile phones have been given to the police for investigation. The cause of the suicide could be something else." — NC Rao, Principal



Woman cop ends her life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
A 24-year-old woman constable with the Chandigarh Police allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Sector 39 today. The victim, Renu, was found hanging from a fan by her cousin brother Pardeep Kumar around 5 pm. A two-line suicide note was recovered from the spot in which the victim has stated that no one should be held responsible for her death.

The victim's handwriting was confirmed by her bother.

The victim hails from Sonepat. She had joined the Chandigarh Police in 2009 and was deployed at the Sector 16 police post.

On February 13, another woman constable, Sonam (22), had committed suicide in Mani Majra.



Fixing doctor-patient ratio not feasible: PGI Director
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The PGI Director, Dr YK Chawla, today said it was not feasible to fix the doctor-patient ratio in OPDs as proposed by the institution for controlling the rush of patients. The patient rush at the PGI has consistently been on the rise, which is affecting quality health care.

The rush at the PGI OPDs has increased more than two-fold in the past two decades from 7,72,910 in 1995 to 18,41,610 in 2013. However, the number of consultants has not increased. While the hospital recently got approval for hiring more consultants, the rise in the number of patients seems persistent, going by the per day registrations at the OPDs.

Speaking to Chandigarh Tribune today, Dr Chawla said, "Restricting patient inflow in this manner will not be practically possible. Besides, for fixing the doctor-patient ratio, a large number of doctors will be required."

The proposal was tabled at a recent meeting of the standing finance committee of the PGI.

The workload of doctors in the emergency ward has doubled in the past two decades. The number of doctors has remained more or less the same over the years. The institution has a limited bed strength of about 1,960 across various advanced care centres (including eye centre, cardiac centre, trauma centre and Nehru Hospital).

Patients from different parts of the country come to the PGI for treatment. On the cases referred by other city hospitals, including the GMCH, Sector 32, and the GMSH, Sector 16, Dr Chawla said, "We have categorically told the hospitals not to refer patients to us until they are very critical."

Long queues

A patient has to stand in a long queue at the registration counter and then in another queue outside the consultant's room. After obtaining the test reports, the patient has to repeat the registration process and then wait outside the OPD for his turn. This process usually takes a month at the PGI. At the sample collection centre, a patient has to stand in a long queue and wait for at least two hours for his turn. He is then given a tentative time (usually two to seven days) for collecting the report. He again has to stand in a queue to collect the report.

Emergency ward

The number of patients is generally double the bed strength at the emergency ward. Prioritising patients is a challenge for resident doctors as highly critical patients report there. The patients often have to wait for hours before before being issued the admission slip.

Long wait for surgery

For surgeries involving heart, urology, orthopaedics, the average waiting time is six months at the PGI. The bed strength in the PGI emergency is 144 while the occupancy remains 200 per cent at any given point of time, according to official records. 


Feb at its coldest in 6 yrs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The city received 134.9 mm of rainfall this month. According to the Met Department, it is the highest that the city has received in the month of February in past six years.

As per the met record, normal rainfall reported in February is usually 83.2 mm, but this year it is 51.7 mm more than the normal.

As per the reports, ;ast night the city received 19.3 mm of rainfall.

As per the met officials, the city is expected to receive showers in the next 24 hours as well.

An official said western disturbance has caused a sudden change in the weather.

As per the concerned department, the temperature will further dip due to rain.

The maximum temperature recorded today was 23.3 degree Celsius which is two notches below the normal, and the minimum temperature touched 11.9 degree Celsius, two notches below the normal.

The maximum temperature forecast for tomorrow is 21 degree Celsius and minimum temperature 10 degree Celsius. 



Panchkula Deputy Mayor falls from stairs at temple, injured
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 28
Panchkula Deputy Mayor Sunil Talwar fell down the stairs of the Shiv temple in Saketri, last evening. Talwar was rushed to a local hospital from where he was taken to a private hospital.

At present, the Deputy Mayor of Panchkula is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Sector 10.

He underwent hip joint replacement surgery today morning.

“My father was returning after paying obeisance at the temple, when due to jostles from the crowd he slipped over the water that was accumulated near the stairs,” said Rohit Talwar, son of the Deputy Mayor.

Being one of the oldest and biggest temples in the region, the Shiv temple usually sees a huge crowd on the occasion of Shivratri every year.

“Doctors say that he is stable now. But he is not in a condition to talk at the moment,” said a relative.

Bad phase for Talwar?

Sunil Talwar seems to be going through a lean patch. First, his car was stolen. The vehicle has not been recovered by the police so far. Then the grills, installed by him at his sector, were also taken away by thieves. And now he had an ugly fall from the stairs.



Mahindra launches innovation prize

Chandigarh: The Mahindra Group launched an innovation prize ‘Rise Prize’ on Friday. The prize offers one million USD (Rs 6 crores) to drive globally relevant and disruptive innovations. It will start with two primary challenges, the mobility challenge, which invites solutions for driverless cars in India, while the second solar challenge aims at making solar energy products more accessible to the population at large. Anand Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra Group, said, “With the innovation prize, the Mahindra Group wants to provoke big disruptive ideas that can dramatically change lives. We are offering a big incentive for fresh thinking among the new generation of innovators in our country. Our ambition is to propel India into the next orbit of innovation and develop the nascent innovation ecosystem in India. We want to catalyse the rise of world-class, world-beating innovations and technology from India.”

People for Animals' fundraiser today

The People for Animals (PFA) is organising a fundraiser to support its two major initiatives, Animal Hospital-cum-Shelter, Basera, and a 24-hour ambulance service Jeev Rakshak Seva at Elante Mall on March 1. Leading patisseries and bakeries in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali such as Nik Bakers, Monica's, The Chocolate Jar, Radhika, Kiran Sodhi, Sweet Nothings, Super Donuts and La Stella, would be distributing assortment of cupcakes, cakes, chocolates, brownies, cookies and donuts to the shoppers and visitors on Saturday.

SBI inaugurates all-women branch in Mohali

Mohali: The State Bank of India inaugurated all-woman branch at Mattaur, Sector 70, in Mohali on Friday. Amanjot Kaur Ramoowalia, chairperson, District Planning Board, Mohali, inaugurated the branch. The function was presided over by Madhukar Anand, regional manager, regional business office, Chandigarh. — TNS



Sr Dy Mayor, Dy Mayor may soon get official vehicle
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The Municipal Corporation (MC) is planning to send a proposal to the UT Administration for allowing the civic body to allocate an official vehicle to the Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor, to be shared jointly by them.

Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra, a member of the MC's Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC), said a discussion on the issue was held at the recent meeting of the committee, after which it was decided that the MC could write to the Administration for its permission.

Saurabh Joshi, a BJP councillor and F&CC member, said while the Mayor would be using one of the two vehicles being purchased by the civic body, the old vehicle of the Mayor, which got damaged in a road accident, could be put at Senior Deputy Mayor Heera Negi and Deputy Mayor Davesh Moudgil's disposal, after repair.

In a meeting held in 2013, the F&CC had decided to purchase three new vehicles at an estimated cost of Rs 28 lakh for the MC Commissioner, Joint Commissioner and Mayor. While an Innova has already been purchased for the Joint Commissioner, Honda City cars for the Commissioner and Mayor are yet to be procured.

An MC official said the Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor were not entitled to an official vehicle.

"Earlier too, a similar proposal was sent to the Administration, but it was rejected," sources said.



Mayor inaugurates green belt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Not to be left behind in the councillors’ race of inaugurating new projects before the Model Code of Conduct comes into force, Mayor HC Kalyan inaugurated a green belt in Sector 44 today.

The green belt developed at a cost of Rs 20 lakh over 1.5 acres of land has a variety of ornamental trees and flower beds with footpaths, proper lighting system and playing area for children. The Mayor, who this month missed out on inaugurating five projects after the area councillors decided to themselves do the needful, inaugurated the green belt in the presence of area councillor Harjinder Kaur.

BJP councillor Rajinder Kaur inaugurated three projects at Mauli Jagran and Vikas Nagar on February 16, a day before the projects were to be inaugurated by HC Kalyan, who belongs to the Congress.

Deputy Mayor Davesh Moudgil, too, inaugurated a food street in Sector 48 on February 23, despite the Mayor’s desire to do it, said sources. Moudgil, a BJP councillor, also inaugurated a new fountain constructed at a cost of around Rs 13 lakh at the Industrial Area, Phase II.

BJP ignores kalyan, but SAD shows courtesy

While the BJP councillors are ignoring the Mayor, who belongs to the Congress, during the inauguration of projects in their wards, councillor Harjinder Kaur, a member of the BJP’s alliance partner SAD, got the green belt in her area inaugurated by him.



Property tax halved for flat owners in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 28
Flat owners in Panchkula will have to pay only half the present amount of property tax. Local MLA DK Bansal said the state legislature had decided to cut the property tax on flats with area up to 2,000 square feet by 50 per cent.

Owners of flats were lamenting that while tax on their property was being calculated on ‘per square feet’ basis, owners of plots were paying the tax on ‘per square yard’ basis. They ended up paying 900 per cent more tax than the plot owners, they said.

Earlier, the government had exempted the Army personnel and ex-servicemen from paying the property tax.



IT units to come up in Industrial Area
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Fulfilling a long-pending demand of industrialists, the UT Administration has given its nod to the opening of information technology (IT) units in the Industrial Area of the city.

UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil gave the approval just a few days before the code of conduct comes into force.

According to the orders, IT manufacturing—software and hardware development—will be treated as a permissible activity under the definition of “industry”.

Those interested in opening such units will have to seek permission from the UT Estate Office and UT Administration. Misuse notices issued against those carrying out such activities in the Industrial Area will also be dropped.

Recently, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had pulled the UT Administration up over the issue.



Chinks in Congress come to the fore
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Differences in the top brass of the city Congress again came to the fore during a meeting at the Congress Bhawan today, which was called to finalise the pad yatra programme for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Without naming the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president BB Behl, general secretary Pawan Sharma said for Congress functions, communication should be proper but as Congress workers did not get any kind of therefore only handful of people turned up at the event.

Recently during the effigy burning protest against Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, there were a few Congress workers and even media had criticised the event, he said.

Sharma also said there were around 120 panches and nine sarpanches, who are associated to the Congress but for today's function , nobody was invited.

He suggested that the Congress should overcome such shortcomings in the future.

Countering Sharma's statement, CTCC president BB Behl said the party had sent invitation to Congress workers well in advance. They also called people and sent letters but still if they did not turn up it was not their fault. He told Sharma that if he would provide the list of panches and sarpanchas along with their phone numbers, next time they would also invite them.

Though sitting MP Pawan Kumar Bansal's name is yet to be announced officially, earlier in the meeting Behl welcomed the former with a bouquet of flowers and said he would surely win the Chandigarh seat.

BJP city in charge meets party workers

BJP's national secretary and in charge, Chandigarh, Aarti Mehra also reached the town on Friday. She met some of the party workers and took their opinion for finalising BJP's ticket for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat. Sources said she would also meet other workers in the coming days. There are three contenders for the Chandigarh BJP ticket - Sanjay Tandon, Harmohan Dhawan and Satya Pal Jain.

Cong padyatra

The Congress will start a padyatra on March 2 from a slum rehabilitation colony in Dhanas. It will continue for 13 days in which the party will cover the entire city, villages and colonies.



Flower Show-2014 in Mohali from today

Mohali, February 28
The Janta Land Promoters Limited (JLPL) Flower Show-2014 will be organised in Sector 66-A, opposite the JLPL corporate office in Sector 82, here, on March 1 and 2 to celebrate the spring season in line with the Rose Festival and Spring Fest organised in Chandigarh and Panchkula. The Flower Show is a maiden attempt by the company. Contests like flower show and photography have already been organised as part of the main events.

The main two-day Flower Show beginning on March 1 will include contests in various categories.

Results of the flower show

Garden in less than 1 kanal: 1st Col JS Dhindsa, Sector 91; 2nd Col JS Randhawa, Sector 91; and consolation prize Jaswinder Kaur, Sector 90.

Garden in 1 kanal and above: 1st Tejeshwar Singh Randhawa, Phase VII; 2nd Parwinder Kaur, Phase VII, and Manpreet Kaur, Phase VII; and consolation prize Navneet Kaur, Phase VII.

Best maintained roundabout: 1st AS Parmar (Diplast chowk); and 2nd Rajesh Kumar (IET Bhaddal, near Verka Milk Plant).

Best garden maintained by private institutes: 1st Thunder Zone (Landran-Sirhind road); and 2nd Doaba Group of Colleges, Kurali. — OC



health notes
Students interact with cancer patients

Students belonging to the Interact Club of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, visited the Paediatric Oncology OPD of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PGIMER). The visit was organised by Sahayata, an NGO. The NGO has been engaged in social awareness and support campaign against cancer. Students from the school interacted with the children suffering from cancer and distributed gifts among them to boost their morale.


On the 1st day of the 8th annual perioperative TEE workshop, organised by the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, PGIMER, delegates practiced on the pig heart orienting with the relevant anatomy. There was a workshop on imaging the heart in sick patients in the intensive care unit conducted by an alumnus of the PGIMER, Dr Marudhachallam, from Australia. The foreign faculty include Dr Theresa Tacy (Stanford), Dr Kathirvel S (Pittsburgh), Dr Pankaj Nayyar (New York), Dr Navparkash Sandh. The faculty from India include those from the two major academic centres - Sree Chitra in Thiruvananthapuram and AIIMS, Delhi. — TNS



Stone of bridge near Jagatpura village laid
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 28
Amanjot Kaur Ramoowalia, Chairperson of the Mohali District Planning Committee, today laid the foundation stone of a bridge, to be constructed on a choe near Jagatpura village.

It will be constructed at a cost of Rs 3.41 crore.

Work on the project is likely to be completed in about eight months. The bridge, which will link over 20 villages, will have a length of 182.43 ft and a width of 42 ft.

The chairperson directed officials of the department concerned to ensure the completion of the construction work in the specified time.

Earlier, Ramoowalia also launched repair work on various link roads. Over Rs 10.36 crore will be spent on the project.

After the repair of these roads, reaching Mohali from Dera Bassi, Zirakpur, Chandigarh and Banur will be easier. 



Over 400 attend seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The Chandigarh Branch of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India organised a seminar to apprise its members of the provisions of New Companies Act and deeming fiction under the Income Tax Act.

More than 400 CA members of the region were present on the occasion.



Three-day CHASCON concludes at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The 8th Chandigarh Science Congress (CHASCON) concluded with a valedictory function at Panjab University today. National Science Day was also celebrated by organising the Children Science Congress, the student chapter of CHASCON.

The PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Arun K Grover, and the chief executive officer, Bioprocessing unit, Dr Rajender Sangwan, honoured the winners of oral, poster and quiz competitions.

Professor and Head, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Prof Asit K Chakraborty; Ramlingaswamy Fellow at PU Dr Amarjit S Naura; PGIMER Dr Aman Sharma; and INSPIRE faculty at PU Dr Nishma Wangoo addressed the Science Congress on its concluding day. A central quiz was also organised for the participants.

In his address on the topic of “supramolecular assemblies: origin of catalysis by ionic liquids”, Prof Asit K Chakraborty focused on environmental protection, human welfare, sustainable development and quality of life through green chemistry. He described it as an upsurge in sustainable chemistry.

Competitions like quiz, painting and declamation were held for schoolchildren of the tricity during the Children Science Congress. It was organised with an aim of encouraging children to explore and understand various disciplines of science and technology.

Distinguished scientists and celebrated speakers participated in the three-day CHASCON. It was organised on the theme of accelerating scientific research through interaction, inspiration, invention and innovation.



Students told to use natural Holi colours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Sohanjana Eco-Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46-D, here, organised a workshop on preparation of eco-friendly Holi colours in collaboration with the Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration. As many as 52 eco-club in-charges from schools and colleges took part in the workshop.

Santosh Kumar, Director, Environment, was the chief guest and his wife, Nisha Singh, was the guest of honour.

The workshop was organised to create awareness among the students about using natural colours for Holi celebrations. The coordinator of eco-clubs, Om Parkash, gave a powerpoint presentation on the methods of preparation of Holi colours.

Sohanjana Eco-Club in-charge Baljinder Kaur said natural colours made from flowers, fruits and vegetables were not only safe for human beings but also helped in protecting the environment from pollution caused by the use of colours made from chemicals during Holi.

The students under the guidelines of the members of the eco-club demonstrated the preparation of colours in front of teachers from various schools and colleges. Colour boxes prepared by the students were also distributed on the occasion.

Santosh advised the teachers to encourage the students to use natural colours for the protection of environment.



UILS to hold counselling on March 10
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University, will hold counselling for filling up 60 additional seats as sanctioned by the Bar Council of India on March 10.

For admission to the second semester of BCom LLB (Hons), five-year integrated course, the candidate should have appeared and qualified PU BA/BCom LLB (Hons) entrance test conducted in May 2013.

The admission will be done on the basis of the final merit list prepared by Panjab University. 



415 students awarded prizes

Chandigarh, February 28
The Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, organised its 32nd annual prize distribution function today.

As many as 415 students were awarded prizes for excelling in the field of academics and co-curricular activities. Sixteen students were honoured with roll of honour, while nine students were honoured for co-curricular activities. Twenty-six students were awarded with the college colour for co-curricular activities. As many as 292 students were given prizes for securing positions in the university and house examinations, while 45 students were awarded with mementos for cultural activities, NCC, NSS and blood donation. Office-bearers of the students’ council were also given prizes.

Sandeep Hans, Director, Higher Education-cum-Joint Secretary, Finance, Chandigarh Administration, was the chief guest. — TNS



Over 1,800 students take part in tech fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Desh Bhagat University organised an academic, cultural and technical festival “Tech Fest 2014” on its campus for school students. Over 1,800 students of Class XII from 25 schools participated in the mega event along with their teachers.

Principals of government and non-government senior secondary schools from different parts of the state also took part in the event.

While talking about the event, Pro-Chancellor Tajinder Kaur said the aim of the mega fest was to provide the young students an opportunity to demonstrate their talent, develop their technical skills and guide them about the selection of suitable careers.

The students visited the campus and saw various laboratories, libraries, digital class rooms, live projects and studio of different university schools.

The main attraction of the event was the air show organised by the students of the Aeronautical Department.

The students demonstrated their self-made aero models.

The fest comprised indoor and outdoor games, model demonstration, lectures by experts, cultural events and a quiz contest.

The University School of Engineering organised an educative exhibition on the occasion.

Principals and teachers of various schools appreciated the initiative of Desh Bhagat University.



National Science Day celebrated

Mohali, February 28
National Science Day was celebrated at the Gian Jyoti Group of Intuitions here. Various science projects, including robotics, were exhibited. Quiz game shows based on the science theme were organised.

To test the computing and mind skills of students, LAN Gaming was also organised for them. Apart from this, there was a poster-making competition on the theme of science and technology. Prizes were distributed among the winners of various competitions. — OC



Science Day celebrated

Students perform during the annual musical extravaganza at Vivek High School, Sector 38, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Students perform during the annual musical extravaganza at Vivek High School, Sector 38, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

A search for young scientist competition was held at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, Chandigarh, to celebrate Science Day. As many as 75 students from Classes VI to X took part in the competition. They performed several experiments related to day-to-day life during the morning assembly. The experiments were explained by the students in simple language, which were beneficial for the students.

Grandparents Day

Banyan Tree School, Chandigarh, celebrated Grandparents Day. Students of the Kindergarten presented a cultural programme comprising poetry recitation and dances. Pre-Primary students also celebrated sports day. Hurdle race and simple race were organised for young athletes. Musical chair and ramp walk competitions were the main attraction for grandparents. They were judged on the basis of their presentation and confidence. Prizes and medals were distributed among the winners.

Musical extravaganza

About 350 students from Nursery, Lower Kindergarten and Upper Kindergarten of Vivek High School, Chandigarh, and Jagriti, school’s own Centre for Children with Special Needs, participated in the annual musical extravaganza at the Sector 38 auditorium, here. Taking inspiration from the change in the political situation in the country, the students showcased the abundant genius in them by reconstructing and enacting the popular play “Pied Piper”.

Farewell party

Students of Classes IX and XI of New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Panchkula, bade farewell to the students of Classes X and XII. A grand party was organised for the outgoing students. The students of Classes IX and XI sang songs. They also danced to the tunes of foot-tapping numbers. The students of Classes X and XII also presented some scintillating items.

National Science Day

Jainendra Public School, Panchkula, celebrated National Science Day. A special assembly was conducted to make the students aware of the importance of science and technology in this competitive world. The students of Class VIII presented themselves as the great scientists of the country as well as the international repute. The special attraction of the event was magical tricks performed by students. They also shared the scientific principles behind these experiments. — TNS



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