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13 schoolchildren injured
Overloaded auto they were travelling in overturns after being hit by a car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 31
Thirteen government schoolchildren and an auto driver were injured after the overloaded auto they were travelling in overturned at the Sectors 25 and 38 light point. The auto was hit by a recklessly driven car on Saturday morning.

All students were on their way to school when the accident took place. The students of Government Smart School, Sector 50 and Government Senior Secondary School Sector 45, all residents of Dhanas, were picked by the auto driver to ferry them to school. At around 7.30 pm when the auto reached the roundabout, a black car driven by Narinder Kaur, hit the auto following which it overturned. The auto was coming from Dhanas while the car was coming from Sector 38 west side. Passersby stopped to rescue the children. Soon the PCR vehicles reached the spot that rushed all the injured to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital , Sector 16.

While 10 students and the auto driver, Bhua Singh, were discharged after treatment, three students were admitted to the hospital.

The police said Kaur was rushing towards Panjab University to drop her daughter for an exam. The auto driver who received injuries on the head and back claimed that the car was at a great speed, which led to the accident. Police sources said the accused fled the spot after leaving the vehicle behind and later returned.

Gulzar, brother of Usam, a class VIII student, said they received a call from the Chandigarh Police informing them about the accident following which everyone rushed to the hospital.

Lakhwinder Kumar, principal of Government Smart School, also reached the hospital to take stock of the situation. The police have impounded both the vehicles. Meanwhile, a case under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act of endangering life or personal safety of others), of the IPC has been registered against the car driver and a probe has begun. Kaur was arrested and later granted bail.

Carrying schoolchildren more than permissible limit

The auto with a capacity to carry maximum five passengers was carrying 12 schoolchildren. The problem of autos ferrying schoolchildren more than the permissible limit is a common sight on city roads. Challaning drives by the State Transport Authority have yielded no results.

Past incident

On April 20, an overloaded auto carrying 15 persons overturned near the Kala Gram light point leaving 10 injured. The accident occurred when the auto driver applied breaks suddenly after a bicycle came in front of the auto.

Auto driver to face action: Police

Action against the auto driver will be taken as per the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act for overloading the vehicle and putting the life of the passengers at risk.

Gurmukh Singh, SHO, Sector 39 police station



World No-Tobacco Day
Youngsters top the chart among tobacco users, says study
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 31
Those in the age group of 16 to 30 years consume maximum tobacco as compared to those in the age group of 31 to 45 years. This was revealed in the findings of the study conducted by the Drug De-Addiction and Treatment Centre of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

The centre enrolled 4,173 patients for study, who began their treatment in 2002-2011.

As per the study, 42 per cent cases consumed tobacco between the age group 16 and 30 years and 40 per cent between31 and 45 years. Female subjects constituted a negligible 2.5 percent of the total sample.

The study also highlighted that 15 per cent patients were illiterate, 28 per cent were educated up to the middle-school level, 34 per cent up to the senior secondary or diploma level and 21 per cent were graduates or postgraduates.

Most of the patients belonged to the upper middle or lower middle socio economic categories. As per the study, 53 percent of them were smokers, 30 per cent smokeless tobacco users and 17 per cent consumed were smokers as well as smokeless tobacco users.

The study also revealed that 75 per cent never made any attempt to quit the habit. As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death in the world today. The Drug De-addiction Centre in the Department of Psychiatry at the PGI runs a tobacco cessation clinic recruiting tobacco users and also community outreach activities by organising camps, awareness and sensitisation programmes.



Unscheduled power cuts
Irate residents block NH-22
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 31
Tall claims of the Punjab Government to make the state power surplus fell flat, with residents of Guru Harkishan Nagar in Baltana blocking Ambala-Kalka National Highway No. 22 this afternoon.

Up in arms against the state government and officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for unscheduled power cuts for the past three days, nearly 24 residents, including women and children of other residential areas too, descended on the highway and held a protest for nearly an hour.

Irate residents also raised slogans against the Punjab Government and the PSPCL authorities for unscheduled power cuts.

SC Dhall, a resident of Sunny Enclave, complained there was no power in the colony for the past three days. “Power cuts have virtually thrown normal life out of gear in the area as there is shortage of potable water supply because of it,” lamented another resident Rohit Chandel.

Thousands of passengers and road users, travelling on the highway towards Shimla and in the reverse route, were put to inconvenience in the scorching heat.

Worst affected were the elderly and children travelling in long-route vehicles, as they remained stranded in the jam. The local commuters, however, used alternate roads to reach their respective destinations. There were long queues of vehicles on either sides of the highway. The traffic on the highway could be restored only after Kulwinder Sohi, a former chief of the Zirakpur MC, and area’s SHO Ravinder Pal Singh, reached the spot and assured early solution of their problem.

PSPCL sources said the power supply to Zirakpur was disrupted following a snag that developed in 220 KV power Grid at Banur. The department then managed to get power for Bhabhat power station from Rajpura grid but the load was limited. Following the protest, the Executive Engineer of the PSPCL, MP Singh, along with his team of engineers swung into action and managed to restore power supply to some parts. Moreover, the squall that hit the region on Friday afternoon also damaged a 66 KV power station, Bhabat, following which power supply to certain parts of the Municipal Council was adversely affected. An electricity transformer in Baltana, that was damaged last night, was also replaced with a new one and power supply to the area was restored late this evening, a senior officer of the PSPCL revealed. MP Singh said it was not possible that the area was without power for the past three days. He said certain people tried to complicate the situation by protesting on the highway.



Drama at drunken driving naka
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 31
UT’s Director Public Relation MM Sabharwal who is also holding the charge of UT Joint Secretary (Home) allegedly entered into an argument with the traffic police at a drunken driving naka here on Friday night, after his daughter was asked to blow into an alcometer.

Traffic marshal Shamin Jain who was present at the naka said that a woman traffic cop at a naka on the road dividing Sectors 21 and 22 signaled the car to stop and asked the girl to blow into an alcometer.

Sources said that Sabharwal who was sitting on the co-passenger seat intervened and told the cop that he was an UT official and his daughter would no undergo the alcometer test.

A complaint in this regard was made to the Chandigarh Police following which the statements of the Traffic Marshal were also recorded. “I have narrated the entire incident to the police”, the Traffic Marshal said.

Sabharwal when contacted stated that he was not aware of any such complaint. “I can only comment on the issue after going through the complaint”, Sabharwal added.

Sources stated that the argument continued for a long time and finally the woman cop then asked the Traffic Marshal to intervene.

The Traffic Marshal further stated that only after he intervened, the officer’s daughter underwent the alcometer test. “I told the officer that he should appreciate the police for sincerely performing their duty, after which he agreed to his daughter undergoing the alcometer test”, said the Traffic Marshal.



Monkey sterilisation programme
Himachal Govt to extend help to UT
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 31
After trying all measures, including hiring trained monkey catchers, to deal with the ever-increasing monkey menace in the City Beautiful, the UT Administration is all set to tie up with Himachal Pradesh (HP) Government for the sterilisation of the simians.

At present, the HP Forest Department is leading the innovative programme of monkey sterilisation to control their ever-increasing population. Four State of the Art Monkey Sterilization Centres (MSCs) such as Tutikandi (Shimla), Sastar (Hamirpur), Gopalpur (Kangra) and Boul (Una) are operative in the state.

The UT Administration is eyeing the Una centre, as it will be closer to the city as compared to other centres. The UT Administration has already written to the HP Government in this regard. Besides, UT’s Chief Conservator of Forests Santosh Kumar met HP Forest Department officials in Shimla on Friday.

When contacted, Santosh Kumar said the HP Government was running these centres very effectively with a team of specialist doctors. Things were moving in the right direction and they were hopeful of starting the sterlisation programme in collaboration with the HP Government very soon, he said.

Earlier, the UT Administration had hired three langurs to deal with the monkey menace. The UT Forest And Wildlife Department was paying Rs 7,500 for the upkeep of each to these langurs. But last year, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), had issued directions not to engage langurs since the animals fell under the protected species.

Under the Wildlife Protection Act,1972,a langur is a protected species under Schedule II and under Sections 2, 8, 9, 11, 40, 41, 43, 48, 51, 61 and 62 of the IPC. The Sections stipulate that langurs cannot be owned, bought, sold or hired. Any violation of the law is liable to punishable with a three-year jail term or fine or both.

Thereafter, the Administration had hired trained monkey catchers but to no avail. The monkeys come back to the city in search of food. Be it hotels, restaurants or houses, people throw food outside and make food easily available for them.

Residents at the receiving end

Residents of northern sectors, including Sectors 8, 9, 10, 11, 18, 26, 27 and 28, have been complaining about the monkey menace for long. They said they avoided venturing out in the morning and late evening hours.

In case of monkey-related problems in the city, residents can dial 0172- 4639999, the round-the-clock helpline provided by the Forest and Wildlife Department.


saman dhanak’s death
Shift probe to Crime Branch: Kin
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 31
Accusing the police of bias, the family of advocate Saman Dhanak, the grandson of a Haryana minister who died in a road accident at Morni last month, met Haryana Director General of police (DGP) SN Vashisht and demanded that the investigation being conducted by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be transferred to the Crime Branch.

“We suspect foul play and biased inquiry by the local police. While interrogating the girl in our presence, the police’s attitude was such as if it was a friendly match,” said Saman’s father Rajender Prasad in his complaint to the DGP.

He added, “A number of contradictions and suspicious points arose during the interrogation. For example, she said that they did not go to Tikkar Taal, while earlier she had stated that they did. But the police were still keeping mum. Even if they find it was an accident, why don’t they clarify all the points to us?”

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jagtar Singh, who is heading the SIT, said a fair probe was being conducted and the report would be submitted to the Commissioner of Police soon.

On the intervening night of April 19 and 20, Saman Dhanak, the grandson of former Haryana Minister Amar Singh Dhanak, was killed after his car fell into a 60-foot-deep gorge in Morni hills. His female friend suffered serious injuries in the mishap.

An SIT was formed to investigate the incident as the deceased’s family suspected murder and pointed out several missing links in the police investigation.



Four injured in LPG cylinder blast
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 31
Four members of a family sustained burn injuries in an LPG cylinder blast that took place at their house in New Indira Colony, Mani Majra, here this morning.

The incident took place at around 6 am. On hearing a deafening sound, some neighbours rushed to the spot and found Santosh, his wife Sonia, mother-in-law Shubhi Devi and brother Deepak lying unconscious.

The Fire Department was informed at around 6.10 am and a fire tender reached the spot. Meanwhile, the injured were rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16. Their condition is stated to be out of danger.

“Gas must be leaking throughout the night. The blast occurred in the morning when Shubhi Devi lighted a match stick to prepare tea,” said a member of Santosh’s family who was attending to the injured at the hospital.

Chinku Ram, the victims’ neighbour, stated that the blast blew off the roof of the house, which has been damaged completely.

The police have initiated an investigation into the incident.



MC mulls buying vehicle to ferry councillors for House meets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 31
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is planning to buy a vehicle to ferry all the councillors to the civic body’s office for attending general house meetings as well as committee meetings.

A proposal in this regard was made on the floor during the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting. The committee has decided to look into the proposal.

In the recent meeting of the committee, a BJP councillor and F&CC member, Saurabh Joshi, proposed that there should be a vehicle designated for the councillors. “A 28-seater bus can be purchased that can ferry all the councillors to the MC office for the house meetings and the same bus can be utilised for various visits made by the councillors in and around the city,” he said.

Joshi said the proposal aimed to encourage pooling system. “There is also parking problem at the MC office, which would be resolved if the proposal fructifies,” he said.



UT to relieve Chief Architect with longest tenure

Chandigarh, May 31
Finally, the UT Administration will relieve Chief Architect Sumit Kaur of the charge on Monday.

Kaur remained the UT Chief Architect for the longest ever term.

The Administration had recently decided against extending her service and to repatriate her to Punjab. Kaur had joined the UT Administration on deputation in October 2008 for a period of one year. However, she got as many as nine extensions on various grounds, one of which was to complete the master plan and to work for preserving the city’s heritage. Now, the master plan has been finalised and is waiting for the final approval of the Administrator.

Presently, she was assisting the UT Administration to apply for a UNESCO world heritage tag for the Capitol Complex. — TNS



Zoo authorities gear up to keep animals cool
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chhat Bir, May 31
Though it has not seen the outer world, it keeps on waiting for a knock at the door of its enclosure. Hearing a wake-up call followed by a knock from its keeper at 9am, the four-month-old cub of a sloth bear starts shifting restlessly from one corner of its enclosure to the other.

The cub gets pacified only after licking the hand, filled with glucose, of its keeper, Dharam Pal, who extends it towards the iron rods of the enclosure.

For the past nearly four months, Dharam Pal is bringing up the cub in the zoo as his own children.

“To see the cub growing gives me a lot of satisfaction. It has now become a member of my family,” he claimed.

The keeper then pushes two big ice slabs into the enclosure which keeps the mother sloth bear and its cub cool and busy for nearly two hours.

With the mercury touching 42°C in this part of the region, the zoo authorities have added glucose, watermelon, papaya, cucumber and some other eatables to the diet chart of the zoo inmates to beat the heat.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr Manish Kumar, field director at the zoo, said besides ice slabs and glucose in the diet chart of the carnivores and delicate birds, desert coolers and 30 heavy duty air circulators had also been installed in their enclosures and cages.

Seven water sprinklers have been installed in the bird aviaries and enclosures of the bears to keep their cages cool. The bird cages have been covered with agro-net sheds to protect birds from direct sunlight, the director said.

He further said huts had been set up in the enclosures and Deer Safari to provide shelters for antelopes. Arrangement of dedicated water supply had been made to fill water holes in animal enclosures.

To make zoo inmates roam free in their enclosures, lift-doors inside their enclosures had also been lifted, claimed Dr Kumar.

At present, the Chhat Bir Zoo houses 1,159 inmates, including 381 mammals, 712 birds and 64 reptiles.



Visiting Capitol Complex now made easy
Tourist information centre opened in Sector 1 will grant permission to visit the complex
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 31
To facilitate domestic and foreign tourists in getting permission for visiting the Capitol Complex, the UT Administration has opened a tourist information centre at the Capitol Complex in Sector 1 here.

At present, the tourists have to visit either the office of Department of Tourism in Sector 9, the Le Corbusier Centre in Sector 19 or the tourist information centres at Sukhna lake or Sector 17.

The centre in Sector 1 will now act as a single window to issue permits to domestic and foreign tourists. Visitors will also be able to hire tourist guides trained by the Tourism Department for their visit to the Capitol Complex and also avail of a locker facility.

UT Adviser KK Sharma, who inaugurated the centre yesterday, said, “The Tourist Information Centre is a tribute to the philosophy of Le Corbusier and a salute to our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for gifting us the city and the Capitol Complex that ushered in a modern technological movement in India.”

He added that need for such a centre was being felt for a long time. The modern city of Chandigarh deserved a modern and updated centre like this.

The information centre has been located prominently and strategically, and tourists can easily visit the Capitol Complex, Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake from here.

Chandigarh tourist police would also extend assistance to the tourists as and when needed, Sharma said.

UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar, who is also Secretary, Tourism, said trained guides would be there to help tourists, he said.

The UT Adviser also flagged off two environment-friendly battery-operated tourist carts, which will be an additional facility for tourists. The carts, each having a seating capacity of 10, will ply along the lake and the Rock Garden. Rs 10 per head will be charged for a trip from the lake to the Rock Garden.

About Capitol Complex

Located in the most prominent area of the city, the Capitol Complex has three main buildings, namely the Secretariat, the Legislative Assembly and the Punjab and Haryana High Court, besides the eye-catching open hand monument and the Martyrs Memorial.



tackling corruption
Mohali to set up special cell
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 31
To check corruption, fleecing by middlemen and public harassment, the Mohali administration has decided to set up a special monitoring cell to tackle corruption at the district administrative complex very soon.

The officials of this special monitoring cell will call up to the public, who will visit the government offices, and ask them about all details including behaviour of the dealing hand, status of their work and their experience in the government offices.

Mohali deputy commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said he has already issued an order to all the officials, deputed on public dealing seats, to procure the names and telephone numbers of the persons, who visit them.

“The officials have been directed to prepare a list of the persons and send it to my e-mail ID (dc.sasnagar.Punjab@gmail.com). The order has been issued to all departments including sub-registrars, transport, RLA, food and supply. Our officials, who will be deputed soon in special monitoring cell will call the clients randomly and asked them about their experience,” said Sidhu while adding that this way we will come to know whether the officials were working properly or not.

Sidhu admitted that he got several complaints from public about being fleeced at the hands of middlemen or government officials.

“Any aggrieved person can also send me e-mail on my e-mail,” said Sidhu. DC said strict action will be taken against the guilty government officials or other persons.



bjp leader’s murder
Horns of stag found at accused’s house
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 31
In a shocking revelation, the Panchkula police today recovered horns of a stag from the house of one of the accused in the BJP youth leader’s murder, Arun Hooda at his residence in Sakteri here today.

Also two files for applying of a revolver license were also recovered by the police.

A thorough search was conducted by a huge force of Panchkula police at the residence of Hooda today.

“After we recovered the horns of the stags, the sections under Wildlife Act may also be registered against Hooda,” said a senior police official.

He added, “Not only this, we also recovered a spade from the house.”

The search was conducted under the supervision of ACP Jagtar Singh. A youth leader of the Panchkula unit of the BJP was shot dead while his younger brother and father were injured seriously when a group of youths, equipped with firearms and sharp weapons, attacked the family at their residence in Manav Colony near Saketri village on last Sunday night.



health notes
World No-Tobacco Day observed

The UT Health Department, the Chandigarh Administration, and the Global Cancer Concern India came together to observe World No Tobacco Day on Saturday during a function in Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh. Health Secretary Anil Kumar was the chief guest and Lt General PPS Bhandari (retd), trustee, Global Cancer Concern India, was the guest of honour. The Health Secretary released a poster in English and Hindi to spread awareness about the peril of tobacco. As per data there are almost 40 per cent cancer cases in the country. This year, the World Health Organisation has given a call to governments across the world to raise taxes on tobacco products. The Chandigarh Administration had recently increased the VAT on tobacco products from 12.5 per cent to 20 per cent. Anil Kumar stressed the need to sensitise the public about it, especially people in the adolescent age group who are easy targets for initiation into the tobacco habit. Lt-Gen PPS Bhandari said the Global Cancer Concern India spoke of the need for a joint effort of all concerned, including NGOs, government agencies and the civil administration to spread awareness at the grass-roots level, along with enforcement of anti-tobacco laws.
A doctor examines a patient at a dental check-up camp in Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Saturday
A doctor examines a patient at a dental check-up camp in Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Dental camp

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Dentafix Multispeciality Dental Clinic, Sector 21, has organised a two-day free oral cancer detection and dental check up camp.

On the first day of the camp, a team of doctors examined about 60 patients for cancer detection as well as dental diseases. Priyanka S Bhatia, MDS, educated patients on the ill-effects of tobacco on oral cavity as well as overall health.

Dr Bhatia said most common cause of oral cancer was tobacco in any form. Dr Aman Bhatia, MDS periodontist and implantologist, said Dentafix was making a social change in society by making everyone aware about oral hygiene. The free check-up camp will be held on June 5 also.



Godrej launches Motormate

Godrej Security Solutions (GSS) unveiled Motormate, a pioneering security product for car owners. With the increase in the number of car thefts in India, a product like a car safe is the perfect option to secure valuables. This product is specially designed to protect valuables such as cash, wallets, mobiles phones, debit / credit cards on the go. Motormate is the perfect gadget to keep valuables safe in the car while at a mall, at work or on the road.

LALA launches new collection

Pakistani textile brand LALA has launched new collection of embroidered suits under the name of ‘Dahlia’, which is also available in Chandigarh. This summer collection is an indicative of a dynamic new approach to women’s fashion and talks volumes of the brand’s commitment to meet the discerning needs of its customers. The signature collection is a collaboration of young and flirty silhouettes, which describe colorful parity that is wearable by women across all generations.

HomeShop18 launches smart phone

India’s leading digital commerce platform HomeShop18 today announced the exclusive launch of the much awaited, Spice Stellar 509 smart phone. The feature rich Dual Sim Quad Core, Spice Stellar 509 provides ultimate performance along with stylish looks. The smart phone is available at a price of Rs 7,999 only. —TNS



Parul tops in PU BBA-III exams
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 31
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has declared the results of BBA-III examinations. The result was declared today on the PU website http://results.puchd.ac.in.

PU Controller of Examinations Prof Parvinder Singh said 90.58 per cent students have passed the BBA-III examinations. As many as 902 students had appeared for BBA-III examinations out of which 817 have passed.

Parul Verma of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana, has topped with 1,772 out of 2,150 marks. Amarjit Kaur and Neha Kumari of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana, and Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, have secured the second and the third positions.



Students get placements
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 31
Indo Global Colleges organised a placement drive on the campus. As many as 383 students of the engineering stream got placed with pay packages of up to Rs 4 lakh.

Chairman Surinder Kumar Singla said the entire MBA-2014 batch had many options of placement before passing out. The MBA students got placed on average pay package of Rs 3.50 lakh per annum.

In the case of the BTech computer science engineering and information technology branches, 102 students got placed out of 128 with an average pay package of Rs 3.60 lakh per annum.

In civil engineering, 71 students got placements out of 73 on a pay package of Rs 3.68 lakh per annum, while in BTech (mechanical engineering) 67 students got placed out of 72 on a salary of Rs 4 lakh per annum, he said.



From Schools
Aptitude test for Class X students

Chandigarh: Tribune Model School in collaboration with the SCERT, Sector 32, here conducted an aptitude test for the students of Class X. The test will be followed by counselling of students. With support and cooperation of SCERT director Dr Surender S Dahiya, the students would be guided according to their individual strengths. The counselling session will help the students in dealing with different tasks as per the CCE system of the CBSE.

Exhibition on mechanics

Saupin’s School, Sector 32, here organised an exhibition on mechanics on the school premises. Students from Classes VI to VIII of the “Mechano Club” displayed rare models made out-of-waste materials and kits of edible material. They showcased working models of heavy vehicles, windmill, robots, solar boat, automobile car, etc. Parents appreciated the creativity and innovative ideas put forth by their wards. The models drew the attention of all as they were self-designed. Principal Surita Sharma congratulated the students and their mentor, Archana Dogra, for the commendable effort in making the event a huge success.

No-Tobacco Day observed

Students of RIMT World School, Mani Majra, hold a rally to mark No-Tobacco Day in Chandigarh on Saturday
Students of RIMT World School, Mani Majra, hold a rally to mark No-Tobacco Day in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

To draw attention to the health risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate policies that can help reduce tobacco-related health risks, students of RIMT World School, Mani Majra, organised a rally and staged a nukkad natak to mark No-Tobacco Day. Making plea to the citizens to refrain from tobacco products, the students asserted their sentiments through creative slogans and placards. They also staged a nukkad natak, “Kar Sabka Bhala”, which emphasised on how consumption of tobacco contaminates the air we live in.

Anti-tobacco rally

An anti-tobacco rally was organised by students of Government Model High, Sector 38, here to create awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco.

GSSS, Raipur Khurd

No-Tobacco Day was observed at Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Raipur Khurd, to make children aware of the harmful affects of chewing tobacco and smoking. A poster-making competition was also held on the theme “Say No to Tobacco”. Students staged a play to spread the message that tobacco and other drugs are slow poisons.


The Vashumati Paryavaran Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 33, organised a poster-making and slogan-writing competition to mark “No-Tobacco Day” on Saturday. The aim of the competition was to spread awareness among youths about the harmful effects of tobacco and tobacco products and the havoc they play with the health and future of youngsters. The event was organised by the club under the guidance of club in-charge Anju Mahajan.

GSSS, Behlana

No-Tobacco Day was observed at Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Behlana, here. Ravinder Kaur, principal of the school, motivated the students to keep themselves, their friends and families away from tobacco. She told the students not to consume tobacco and maintain a distance from it and other drugs for a better and healthy life.

Workshop held

Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 40, organised a workshop on “Classroom Management”. Jaswant Singh Riar, recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Vidya Gold Medal, Rashtriya Vidya Gourav Medal and a commendation certificate, conducted the workshop. It was held in two modules, which covered all relevant areas such as understanding children psychology, role of teachers, gang spirit, discipline, motivation, classification of students, actual classroom problems and their solutions and do’s and don’t for the teachers.

Students honoured

The Mahajan Sabha, which is serving the needy and meritorious students for the past several years, on Saturday honoured two students of Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanas. These two students - Jenab and Tanya - were given books, bags and stationery items by the members of the Mahajan Sabha on the school campus. Principal Harmeet Kaur appreciated the efforts of the coordinator of the sabha.

Summer camp concludes

A 10-day summer camp organised by CL Aggarwal DAV School concluded here on Saturday. Around 50 students took part in various activities like dance, aerobics, art and craft and martial art. The students also got the opportunity to learn table manners and personality development tips from experts. The students were also taken for a movie at a multiplex. On the last day of the camp, the students performed dances. They also exhibited their art and craft works. — TNS



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