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Panchkula, Kalka in BJP kitty
Gupta wins by record margin of 44,602 votes; Latika first woman MLA of Kalka
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Latika Sharma, BJP candidate from Kalka, receives garlands during her victory procession at Sector 14, Panchkula, on Sunday
Latika Sharma, BJP candidate from Kalka, receives garlands during her victory procession at Sector 14, Panchkula, on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Panchkula, October 19
Setting a new record, the BJP today made inroads into the Panchkula and Kalka Assembly constituencies by winning both seats. In the past, both constituencies had either been a stronghold of the Congress or the INLD.

BJP candidate from Panchkula Gian Chand Gupta (66) defeated INLD candidate Kulbhushan Goyal by a record margin of 44,602 votes for this constituency. His winning margin was the eighth best in the state.

The Kalka constituency got its first woman MLA in Latika Sharma (49), who defeated an old warhorse of the INLD, Pradeep Chaudhary, by a margin of 19,027 votes. The results were declared at two centres in Sector 14 here today. While the result of the Panchkula constituency was announced at Bel Colony, the result of Kalka was declared at the Government College for Girls. Of the total 1,28,796 votes polled in Panchkyula, Gupta got 69,916 votes while INLD’s Goyal got 25,314 votes. MLA DK Bansal, who contested on the Congress ticket, was at the third position with just 15,564 votes.

Ravinder Rawal, a Congress turncoat who contested on the HJC ticket, got only 3,778 votes, less than Independent candidate and builder Vinod Bagai, who polled 7,545 votes.

Of the total 1,24,563 votes polled in Kalka, which was a stronghold of the INLD during the past two elections, Latika Sharma of the BJP got 50,347 votes while Pradeep Chaudhary of the INLD got 31,320 votes. Latika Sharma braved the outsider tag to emerge victorious. Congress candidate Manvir Kaur Gill, who had to put in a lot of efforts to get the party ticket from Kalka, was at the third position with 19,139 votes.

Candidates and supporters broke into celebrations after the results and held processions and roadshows.

At a glance

  • In the 2009 Vidhan Sabha poll, the victory margin in Panchkula was 12,260 while it was 21,187 in Kalka.
  • Baniya votes (around 45,000) played a crucial role in Gupta's win.
  • Ever since Haryana was formed in 1966, the BJP had never emerged as a winner in Panchkula district. All along, the Congress and the INLD had ruled in the district.


  • A stampede-like situation was witnessed when Gian Chand Gupta came out of the counting centre at Bel Colony and supporters pushed policemen to greet him.
  • The Congress was at the third position in both constituencies. The HJC and the HJCP, that have an alliance, emerged on the fifth position.

What the winners say

I owe my success to Modi ji. Panchkula has always suffered. I will make it a smart city.

Gian Chand Gupta, bjp (Panchkula)

My priority will be the people of Kalka.

Latika Sharma, bjp (Kalka)



Sec 49 murder case cracked
Victim’s live-in partner’s sister, friend arrested
Tribune News Service

Puneet, the victim
Puneet, the victim

Chandigarh, October 19
Three days after a 27-year-old woman was found murdered at her flat in Sector 49, the Chandigarh police claim to have cracked the case. The police have arrested the sister and a friend of Amit Chaudhary, who was a live-in partner of the victim. The suspects have been remanded in two-day police custody. UT DIG AS Cheema said Amit’s sister Anju, a resident of Sector 4, Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula, and one of his friends, Supreet Singh, a resident of Sector 48, had hatched the conspiracy to eliminate Puneet Sandhu.

The DIG said Anju had hired Supreet for killing Puneet and a deal was struck for Rs 6 lakh of which Rs 1 lakh was paid as advance to Supreet. “Amit’s decision to shift Puneet to his Sector 47 house was the provocation behind her murder as Amit was already married and has two kids,” the DIG said.

The weapon used in the crime
The weapon used in the crime

Police officials said Supreet bought a countrymade semi-automatic pistol from Punjab for Rs 60,000, which was used in the crime.

On the day of the incident, Supreet went to the flat to meet Puneet when she was alone. He shot her three times from point-blank range. After eliminating Puneet, Supreet called Anju and even visited her house in Panchkula.

Supreet then called Amit and told him that he wanted to have dinner at Puneet’s flat. The two then went to Sector 28 to get food and returned together.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) said the call details of Anju and Supreet helped in nailing them. “They had frequent calls between them, which helped in cracking the case,” the DIG said.

The police found two live cartridges and two shells from the flat, which will be sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) for verifying whether they were fired from the same weapon, which has been recovered from Supreet’s house.

Besides, an amount of Rs 22,000 was also recovered from his house, which was paid to him by Anju.

The police said more arrests could be made in the case later.

Supreet was earlier held in MMS case

The accused, Supreet who allegedly killed Puneet, had been arrested at the age of 17 for making a Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) of a girl.

A case in this regard was registered against him at the Sector 31 police station. He was later acquitted in the case.

Rope, gunny bag found from flat

A rope and a gunny bag were found from the flat. The police are suspecting that the accused had planned to dump the body somewhere else.

No clean chit to Amit, his father as yet: DIG

We have not given a clean chit to Amit Chaudhary and his father Ram Lal Chaudhary. Their role in the crime is still being probed along with other family members.

AS Cheema, dig, Chandigarh



Boy, man killed in accidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Two persons, including a three-year-old boy, were killed while a pedestrian was injured in three accidents reported from the city.

The three-year-old boy, Kanu, was crushed to death under a recklessly driven SUV at New Indira Colony in Mani Majra this morning.

Sources said Kanu was playing outside his house when he was run over by a speeding Innova and dragged for a few metres.

The victim’s uncle, who was sitting outside the house, saw the incident and rushed to rescue the child.

The Innova driver stopped at the spot. In the meanwhile, family members of the child also reached the spot following which he was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, in the same vehicle. Doctors at the hospital declared the child brought dead.

Police officials said the driver of the vehicle managed to flee from the hospital along with the vehicle.

Sources said the registration number of the vehicle had been provided to the police and an investigation into the case had been initiated. In another accident, a pedestrian, Sohan Lal (94), a resident of Sector 38, died after a car, being driven by Rajinder Singh of Phase V, Mohali, hit him near the Sector 25/38 light point yesterday.

In yet another mishap, a 70-year-old pedestrian, Navinder Kaur, was injured after being hit by a scooter near Gurdwara Sahib, Sector 19, yesterday. The scooter was being driven by Vishwas Sharma, a resident of Phase I, Mohali. The police arrested the accused, who was later released on bail.



High prices hit cracker sales at Kurali market
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Kurali, October 19
Wholesalers dealing in crackers here are an unhappy lot. They claim that their sales have dipped by about 40 per cent this Diwali.

According to businessmen of Kurali, a small town which houses the largest wholesale cracker market of the region, one of reasons for the poor sales are that the rates of crackers have increased by 15 to 20 per cent this year.

During last Diwali also, the businessmen had claimed that their sales had gone down by around 35 per cent.

“This year, the rates of crackers have increased by 15 to 20 per cent. Besides, the sale of Chinese crackers in the local market despite being banned and inflation are among the other factors for the poor sales this year," said Harish Kumar, a wholesaler in the market.

“Last year, a "25-shot cracker" was sold for around Rs 350 whereas this year, it is priced over Rs 400. Similarly, a "60-shot cracker", which was prived between Rs 550 and Rs 600 last year, is being sold for over Rs 700 now,” said Harish Kumar, adding that these were the rates after offering a discount of about 65 per cent on the MRP.

Kulwinder Singh, a Ropar-based cracker seller, said he buys a fixed stock of crackers every year. “Last year, I had spent Rs 2 lakh on my stock. This year, I had to shell out Rs 2.15 lakh for a similar quantity,” said Kulwinder Singh.

"Due to the high prices of crackers, people are not buying these in large quantities, which has affected the business of retailers also," said Kulwinder Singh.

The wholesale cracker market here, which caters to retailers and customers from Chandigarh, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mohali, Kharar and other areas of the region, reportedly sees a business of over Rs 6 crore. The businessmen are, however, hopeful that their business may pick up during the last three days before Diwali.

The exception

There is an exception this year though. The price of the "1,000-shot cracker" has come down by about 25 per cent. “Last year, we sold it between Rs 14,000 and Rs 15,000. This year, its price has come down to Rs 11,000,” claimed Harish.

Rs 6 crore business

In 1990, the Kurali cracker market used to see a business of Rs 25 lakh to Rs 40 lakh. Now, it has crossed the Rs 6 crore figure.



Chinese lights sparkle, take sheen off ‘Make in India’
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make In India” initiative for promoting indigenous products seems to have fallen flat, at least in the city, if one takes a look at markets here ahead of Diwali. In sheer contrast to the PM’s efforts of promoting indigenous goods, city markets are flooded with China-made decorative lights and electronic appliances. Not only are shops readily selling these items, which are sold without any warranty, shoppers are also being attracted to these due to the lower cost.

“These lights have been high in demand for the past couple of years as the production cost is relatively less. Customers also prefer these because of the reasonable cost,” said Anil Aggarwal, owner of Anil Electronics in Sector 18, who has been into the business for the past several years.

The shoppers, meanwhile, seem equally ignorant of the quality of these lights. “Diwali is one such festival where buying everything new every year does not seem to bother anyone. We do not mind buying new patterns of lights for different balconies in our house as the designs keep changing,” said Puneet Kaur, a resident of Sector 20.

Light-emitting pipes are the most commonly decorative lights being purchased in the city and cost Rs 50 to Rs 150 per metre. Among the new attractions this year are electronic diyas and rotating decorative light-emitting vessels, priced Rs 350 and above.

Locally made lights not popular: Sellers

Lights produced locally, despite being easy to repair and having a longer shelf life, are less popular among both shopkeepers and buyers. Baburam, a small-scale seller at the lights’ market in Sector 18, said, “We do have decorative lights prepared by electricians and vendors using LEDs. These are much easier to repair than the China-made lights that come ready-made for selling. However, these lights involve a lot of effort and time and hence cost relatively more.”

Major supply of China-made lights from Delhi

According to market sources, more than 80 per cent of the stocks of decorative lights are procured via New Delhi every year.

‘Make in India’ campaign

Nearly a month ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the ‘Make in India’ campaign. In addition to easing the government process by promoting use of information technology, the campaign aimed at promoting goods made in India. The aim of the campaign was job creation and high growth of the manufacturing sector in India.


Panchkula and Kalka Vidhan Sabha Election Results
Gian Chand: From booth agent to MLA
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
From a booth agent to an MLA, it has been a long struggle of over 34 years for BJP leader Gian Chand Gupta who once became a victim of groupism in Chandigarh and now emerged as a winner with a whopping margin in Panchkula. Gupta has become an MLA for the first time at the age of 66. He lost the Vidhan Sabha elections in 2009 and emerged third with 15,717 votes.

Gupta remained a two-time councillor in Chandigarh and finally facing factionalism; he was urged to shift his base to Haryana.

Despite working with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his stay in Panchkula in 1995, Gupta as a Chandigarh councillor had to resign after two and half years.

“I was always given an ‘outsider’ tag in Chandigarh. I even resigned when two and half years of my tenure were left,” said Gupta.

He added, “Even otherwise, my party people wanted to contest elections from Haryana.”

Gupta worked with Modi when the former was the state president of the BJP in Haryana.

In tears, Gupta said, “I was shattered after my son’s death, who died in a road accident in 2006, but realized that it was my son who wanted to see me as an MLA.”

Gupta has a daughter and one son in the USA.

“I have always wanted to see Panchkula as a smart city. I want the city to have a University,” added Gupta.

Was jailed during Ram Setu Andolan

During the Ram Setu Andalon, he was arrested and jailed for demonstrating.

Black Diwali for many

It’s going to be a black Diwali for those candidates who lost the Assembly elections. Gupta will be celebrating Diwali with his family as his son who lives in the USA will be coming down to the city. Most of the candidates who were disappointed did not turn up at the counting centre. 17 were in fray from Panchkula.

Kataria conspicuous by his absence

MP Rattan Lal Kataria was conspicuous by his absence. He did not take active part even during campaigning. But Vika Kaul, spokesperson of the BJP said that kataria was sure of Gian’s win, so he was campaigning in other constituencies.



Gian was ahead in all 14 rounds
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Congress candidate DK Bansal’s office wears a deserted look Panchkula on Sunday
Congress candidate DK Bansal’s office wears a deserted look Panchkula on Sunday

Panchkula, October 19
BJP candidate Gian Chand Gupta was in the lead from the first round itself.

Despite the fact that rural votes were to go in favour of the Indian National Lok Dal(INLD), still it was the BJP all the way even in the rural pockets and colonies.

Gupta was ahead with a large margin in all the 14 rounds. Despite heavy weights joining the INLD such as councillor Saleem and former minister Raj Kumar Balmiki, a majority of the rural votes went to the BJP. After the results were out, the Returning Officer presented the certificate to the winning candidate.

1,073 opted for NOTA option

None of the above (NOTA) option was opted by many. Over 1,073 persons opted for NOTA in the Panchkula constituency.



Even before results were out, celebrations began in P’kula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
Much before the final outcome that is after fourth round, thousands of BJP workers and supporters reached the venue with dhols at the Bel colony. Gupta while addressing media persons here today said he would ensure Panchkula becomes a smart city with stress on providing the best amenities to the people of Panchkula, including all its villages. He said he would make sure there is coordination within different government departments for a holistic development of the constituency.

Gupta was joined by his wife Bimla Gupta and daughter Ruchi the moment he came out of the counting centre. Gupta had started his day early in the morning by visiting Mansa Devi Temple along with his wife at 5:30 am to offer prayers.He was greeted with garlands and slogans in his favour and that of BJP and Narendra Modi. A massive road show followed the final announcement of results and Gupta along with senior party leaders, workers and supporters went around the city with BJP flags colouring the town saffron, finally concluding in party election office.

Meanwhile, in Sector 8 party election office and party office in Sector 2, there was jubilation and party workers distributed sweets. Amidst the beating of dhols in both offices BJP supporters were glued to the television set as the party surged its way to an outstanding performance in Haryana.



PU goofs in press note

Allegations regarding buying of votes are often levelled on political parties. However, in a media release, Panjab University authorities issued instructions that all chairpersons should allow the students belonging to Haryana to avail special leave to ‘cost’ (monetary benefit) their votes for the Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections.

Memory loss!

In what appeared as a case of memory loss, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had difficulty recalling Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s name while campaigning in Panchkula for the Congress several times. He asked his supporters about Hooda’s name several times.

Visitors to the CII Chandigarh Fair-2014 at the Parade Ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh
Visitors to the CII Chandigarh Fair-2014 at the Parade Ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Liquor hopes dashed!

While the end of the electioneering process came as a relief for workers and employees, hired by the contenders for election purpose, it was the tipplers who faced disappointment as their hopes to get quota of liquor dashed to the ground. The tipplers used to ramble in and around the elections offices of the candidates and promised vote against liquor.

Adjusting with the times

Officials of the UT Health Department have set an example of adjustment. In the absence of dedicated vehicles allotted to the food safety cell, the food inspectors have been using radio taxis to conduct raids at sweets shops ahead of Diwali. The officials hired taxis to conduct 3-4 raids on government bill as they avoided using the condemned vehicle which had been provided as an option to them by the health department.

Tough journos!

Inquisitive journalists, keen to get every little grab of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s interactive session with the students of Panjab University kept the SPG commandos and NSUI office-bearers on their toes. As the entry of mediapersons was banned in the interactive session, the NSUI office-bearers were continuously making announcements requesting two journalists to leave the venue. The NSUI failed to identify the journos, who attended the event.

CBSE officials ignorant

Even as the CBSE launched its ‘Udaan’ project to provide assistance to girl students to prepare for engineering entrance exams across the nation, officials at the CBSE regional office had no clue about the project.

Good morning!

With the onset of the festive season, the health authorities seemed to have woken up from its deep slumber and are conducting raids at sweets shops and their manufacturing units. In a recent raid at a sweet-manufacturing unit at village Jagatpura, the authorities destroyed one quintal cream unfit for human consumption.

Administrator vs party

It seems to be an irony of sorts for local leaders of the BJP. During the last UPA regime, the previous MP was at the receiving end from the BJP, the main opposition party, for not being able to get public-related issues solved from the Administrator. But with the change of guard at the Centre, BJP leaders in the city, despite being part of the Modi government, are again facing the same dilemma as the voice of dissent against UT bureaucrats is still not being heard by the Administrator.

Unsafe cops

Several incidents of attack on police personnel across the city have raised doubts among residents, who feel that if the cops aren’t safe, they stand nowhere.

Live telecast for officers

With the auditorium at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy packed to capacity during the colloquium on ‘Pure food, a Fundamental Right,’ the proceedings were also telecast live in the adjoining convention hall to enable the trainee judicial officers to have access to the talks.

Contributed by Aarti Kapur, Hina Rohtaki, Bipin Bhardwaj, Ritika Jha Palial, Rajinder Nagarkoti, Mehakdeep Grewal, Akash Ghai, Rajmeet Singh, Amit Sharma and Aneesha Sareen



Father alleges son beaten up by six youths

Chandigarh, October 19
The father of a Class VIII student of Government School, Kaimbwala, has alleged that his son was beaten up by six students of the same school on October 14.

Kumar alleged that his son’s leg was broken by the students and he was not given any medical assistance by the school. He claimed he would submit a complaint with the authorities. The school authorities couldn’t be contacted for comments. — TNS



breast cancer awareness month
RBCT holds annual walkathon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The Rani Breast Cancer Trust (RBCT) held its annual walkathon at Elante mall, Chandigarh, recently.

The trust has been spreading breast cancer awareness for the past seven years.

A special cultural event was also organised. Various dignitaries and the community at large joined and supported the noble cause.

The managing trustee, Bittu Sandhu, said people came in scores to support the cause. Renowned local singer Jacob and Param Chandel regaled the crowd on the occasion.

The event culminated with a ‘Pink walk’.



Survivors paint the ramp pink

Mohali, October 19
Around 10 breast cancer survivors walked the ramp in a unique fashion show titled ‘Tree of Hope’ at Max Hospital.

The month of October is observed as breast cancer awareness month worldwide.

The oncologists, Dr Sachin Gupta, Dr Gautam, Dr Sunandan Sharma, Dr Shaweta Gupta, Dr Ritesh and other doctors at hospital, participated in the show.

“The idea behind the concept was to celebrate the courage and spirit of cancer survivors. The survivors were dressed in pink. Attendants pinned pink ribbons to the tree of hope and pledged their support for fighting breast cancer,” said Dr Sachin Gupta, senior consultant, medical oncology at the hospital. A breast cancer survivor, Neelam Sood, said she felt very happy and proud to be a part of such a noble cause. — TNS



Play ‘Dastaan-e-Chor’ strikes emotional chord
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The Chandigarh Art Theatre group staged a play titled ‘Dastaan-e-Chor’ at Punjab Kala Bhawan today.

The one-hour play was based on the story of an old couple, played by Gaurav and Kanchan Rai, who long to meet their children for years, until they encounter two thieves. The role of the thieves were played by Dharmender and Sunil Rana.

The play directed by Ranjit Roy touched many aspects of human tragedies and emotions.

The highlight of the script was when the two thieves revealed the reasons behind committing robberies.

While one blamed the greed of his wife for turning him into a thief, while the other committed robberies to earn money for the survival of his family.

The old man gets a heart attack and the thieves get him some medical help. Moved by the gesture of the thieves, the old man adopts them as his children.

The lighting was done by Rajveer Chauhan.



JBTs to be promoted soon
Though Education Dept has to clear 380 promotions, only 100 have been approved
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The Education Department will carry out promotions of more than 100 Junior Basic Teachers (JBT) in the coming week.

Sources said the department had cleared the decks for the promotion of 100 JBTs to the posts of master and mistress (Trained Graduate Teachers cadre).

The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) comprising Director of Public Instructions (DPI), school, District Education Officer and other senior officials of the department was set up to scrutinise the applications submitted by teachers eligible for promotion two months ago.

Sources further said though a majority of those promoted are primary class teachers, promotions will also be given to nursery and drawing teachers, work experience instructors, senior lab attendants as well as the ministerial staff.

Moreover, the officials informed that the list of teachers would be declared in the coming week.

An official not wishing to be named said, “Though the department had to clear 380 promotions, only 100 have been cleared so far, while the cases of 280 teachers are still pending.”

The authorities claimed that over the span of one year, the posts of 186 Trained Graduate Teachers (TGT) had been lying vacant in government schools across the city as the department had failed to fill these posts.

Decks Cleared

  • The department had cleared the decks for the promotion of 100 JBTs to the posts of master and mistress (trained graduate teachers cadre).
  • Though a majority of those promoted are primary class teachers, promotions will also be given to nursery and drawing teachers, work experience instructors, senior lab attendants as well as the ministerial staff.



Inter-school debate competition held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Chandigarh Branch, organised a branch-level debate competition for the students of Classes XI and XII of schools from the tricity at Hotel Orbit, Industrial Area, Phase II. The event was attended by students of 20 schools. The topics included ‘Smartphone: A friend or foe in my social life’, ‘Demographic profile of India: Is it an asset or liability’, ‘Reservation: Is it promoting or dividing the nation?’. The participants were judged by a panel of judges.

Usheer Sharda of Pandit Mohan Lal SD Public School, Sector 32, was the winner and spoke on reservation. Geeteshwar of St. John’s High School, Sector 26, and Ayush Gupta of Pandit Mohal Lal Public SD Public School, Sector 32, were jointly declared the second winners. Pratibha of IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, stood third.

Meanwhile CA Uma Kant Mehta, chairman, ICAI, Chandigarh Chapter, said, “The objective of this competition is to encourage school students to present themselves at a professional platform and prepare for their career options. The CA institute will also hold more programmes for students and youth of the tricity in future.”



Conference concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The national conference on the advancements and futuristic trends in mechanical engineering (AFTME-2014), organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, PEC University of Technology, has concluded.

The conference coordinator Dr Alakesh Manna, professor and head of the department, deliberated on the topics discussed in the conference which included the advancement in engineering materials, techniques, systems, tools, processes including, manufacturing, energy, power generation, transportation, aerospace and defence etc.



Plethora of activities held at PU youth fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
A plethora of activities were organised on the third day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival 2014, Chandigarh- Zone A at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, today.

The events were based on theatrical performances, including mime, histrionics, mimicry and drama. A majority of these activities highlighted the daily happenings of the society and were thought provoking. The Bhands of various competing teams mesmerised the audience with their quick and witty one-liners.

Dr Rani Balbir Kaur graced the occasion as the chief guest. Renowned artiste Savita Bhatti, who also presided over the function, was touched by the aptitude of the youth and felt that even veteran artistes could imbibe a lot from them.

In the skit category, PGG College, Sector 46, bagged the first prize, GGDSDC Sector 32 was second followed by DAV College Sector 10, which stood third.

In mimicry, GGDSD College Sector 32 came first, GCB Management Sector 42 second and DAV College Sector 10 third. In the Bhand category, SGGS College Sector 26 was adjudged first, GGDSD College Sector 32 second and PGG College Sector 46 was third.

All teams enthusiastically participated in the events and were a source of delight, entertainment and inspiration to the audience.



From schools
Green campaign launched

Students present a dance item during the annual day function of The British School in Panchkula
Students present a dance item during the annual day function of The British School in Panchkula; and (below) another performance at the function on Sunday. Tribune Photographs
another performance at the function on Sunday
Students perform during the silver jubilee celebrations at St Xavier’s School in Mohali on Sunday
Students perform during the silver jubilee celebrations at St Xavier’s School in Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Chandigarh: A green campaign was launched by the ‘Parrot eco-club’ of Government Model Senior Secondary School, 21-A, to make children aware about celebrating a ‘green Diwali’ by adopting eco-friendly measures and “saying no to crackers”. School principal Dr Surendra Singh encouraged the children to celebrate a safe and “Eco-friendly Diwali”. The students took the oath not to burst crackers on Diwali to prevent pollution. They were also exhorted to maintain cleanliness. The students were also informed that the bursting of crackers added to air and noise pollution. A poster-making competition on the topic “Safe Diwali- green Diwali” was also organised. Later, a rally was organised to make the community members aware of the ill-effects of bursting crackers and to motivate them to celebrate Diwali by planting saplings. They were also sensitised on the aim of celebrating a cracker-free Diwali this year.

Awareness march

Students of Manav Mangal Mohali celebrated Diwali by carrying out an awareness march to spread the message, of ‘Clean India, green India’ and motivated people to celebrate Eco-Friendly Diwali by saying ‘no to crackers’.

Educational trip to Shimla

Oakridge International School organised an educational trip to Shimla. The students learnt the tactics of fishing, besides got a chance to cross the river. The students also took part in rope climbing, obstacle climbing, flying fox etc. Principal Pranjala Dutta Das said such trips provided opportunities to students to sharpen their skills related to communication, teamwork, problem solving, leadership and risk management. The students stated that they had enjoyed the educative trip thoroughly. — TNS



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