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Sec-17 firing: 5 accused acquitted
Prosecution fails to establish charges as witnesses retract from statements, turn hostile
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Barely five months after youths opened fire at a discotheque in Sector 17, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Atul Kasana today acquitted all five accused in the attempt-to-murder case.

The court acquitted Sunil Singh Gill (23), a resident of Sector 8 who had allegedly fired the shots at the bouncer as per the prosecution case, Jatinder Pal Singh, alias Johny (25), a resident of Baltana, Ashwani Sharma (21), a resident of Sangrur, Dilraj Mann (22) of Patti Tarn Taran district, and Harinder Singh, a resident of Kishangarh village. They have been acquitted under Sections 307, 147 and 148 of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act.

The case was registered on May 20, 2014, by the police of the Sector 17 police station when all the accused were arrested in the firing case.

As per the prosecution, Sunil Gill had opened fire at bouncer Rahul Sharma, who had turned him and his friends out after they were creating ruckus at the Buzz Lounge. Along with the bouncer, another person, Pardeep, a resident of Ludhiana was also injured. All the accused had come to Buzz Lounge on that day to attend the birthday party of Rattan Lubana, a resident of Kishangarh village, Chandigarh. The party started at 4 pm and during the party, the accused began creating ruckus in inebriated state and also manhandled the bouncer. The bouncers stopped them and they were made to leave the lounge. All the five accused then returned in their Tata Safari bearing No. CH01-AS-6728 and fired at the bouncer and the other person standing in the parking area of Buzz Lounge. The youngsters fired three shots and sped away from the place after injuring two persons.

Defence counsel Terminder Singh said that none of the injured in the case supported the prosecution theory and had retracted from their statements given to the police and failed to identify the accused in court resulting in acquittal.

Gill also involved in other cases
Sunil Singh Gill has also been involved in a case of quarrel registered at the Sector 26 police station and a case under the Arms Act registered at the Sector 3 police station. He was given bail in one of the earlier cases and on Saturday, he was acquitted in the firing case.

Burail jail authorities served notice for ‘illegal detention’
Despite the court pronouncing orders to acquit the five accused, the Burail jail authorities refused to release one of the accused, Sunil Singh Gill, and claimed he was under arrest in another case registered against him and would remain in judicial custody. However, the accused have already been given bail by the court in the other case. Calling it illegal detention, advocate Terminder Singh shot off a legal notice to the Burail jail authorities late on Saturday evening. He has also stated in the legal notice that despite taking up the matter with the jail authorities and speaking to the Jail Superintendent over the phone, they refused to listen to him and did not attend to his calls after that. “This is illegal detention and violation of Constitutional Rights of the accused,” states the notice. Advocate Terminder Singh said they would also be filing a case against the jail authorities for illegal detention.



service charge
Hotel & Restaurant Association to legally examine UT Admn’s order
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
A day after the UT Administration issued an order to stop charging service charge from customers in hotels, restaurants and eating outlets in the city, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh, today decided that they would legally examine the orders.

Arvinder Singh, president, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh, said today a meeting of association members was called and it was decided that their advocates would legally examine these orders. Thereafter, they would decide the future course of action in this regard, he said.

“So for the time being, the association members will follow the orders and they will also be meeting UT officials on Monday,” he said.

The UT Excise and Taxation Department in its orders told the owners of restaurants and hotels not to levy the charge. Legal action would be initiated against those failing to comply with the orders.

According to rules of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, service charge cannot be levied on food served on the table. Throwing norms to the winds, restaurants have been fleecing consumers by levying 5 per cent to 10 per cent as service charge on the food bill. Following the directions, the Administration had declared the practice illegal in 2006. However, with no check in place, several restaurants continue to indulge in the malpractice.

Customers can now approach consumer court
Advocate Ajay Jagga, said now, city residents could approach the consumer court, if a hotel or restaurant charged service charge from them. Under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, a consumer has the right to file a case in the consumer court, he said.

Residents demand toll-free helpline number
To stop such practice of hotel and restaurant owners, city residents are now demanding that a helpline number for consumer-related complaints should be set up by the UT Administration. Shiv Singh, a private bank manager, said the Administration order was a welcome step, but to make it more effective a toll-free common helpline should be set up where residents could easily lodge their complaint against such wrong practice of hotel owners.



Now, special traffic lok adalat every month
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
With the UT district courts amassing a whopping Rs 35 lakh on an average, every month towards the traffic challans’ fine, a special lok adalat on traffic will now be held every third Saturday of the month to encourage litigants and provide relief. The decision was taken today by the court authorities keeping in view the large number of traffic violators who throng the courts every day to get their challans released.

Court sources said the district courts collected Rs 33,66,650 as fine towards releasing the traffic challans in October alone and this was the scenario almost every month when such a huge amount was deposited with the UT by the court every month as fine collected.

The amount of fine collected at the special lok adalats held yesterday was Rs 5,33,550.

“A special lok adalat for traffic challans will be held on every third Saturday (third Friday in case Saturday is a holiday) of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm when the courts will cater to work of releasing challans. The decision has been taken to encourage litigants and give relief to the violators,” said a court official.

The violators of traffic prefer to get their challan released from the district courts rather than at the UT traffic police lines as the amount of fine imposed is much less. The violators wait for a month from the date of challaning when the traffic police sends the challans to the court.

Traffic violations such as using mobile phone while driving, not wearing a helmet, jumping red light, jumping yellow light, not wearing seat belt and driving without licence which otherwise amount to heavy fine ranging between Rs 300 and Rs 1,000, are cleared by payment of just Rs 100 or Rs 50.

The violators prefer to get their challans released in courts instead of paying a higher amount of fine to the Traffic Police Department.



near Sector 17 bus stand
Trader robbed of Rs 1.1 crore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
A forty-five-year old man was robbed of Rs 1.10 crore by unidentified persons outside the Sector 17 bus stand after midnight. Two miscreants attacked the victim with a stick and snatched the bag containing cash from him.

The police said the victim identified as Sameer Jain, a resident of Sector 48, had to catch a bus to Delhi when the incident took place. “As soon as Sameer’s nephew Tushar dropped him on the rear side of the bus stand, the miscreants approached him and attacked with a stick on his head before snatching the bag”, a police official said.

Within a few minutes, the accused fled from the spot. The victim who was in a pool of blood was noticed by the PCR staff and rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16.

The victim runs a business of putting holograms on gold ornaments. Police officials said that the family of the victim did not suspect anyone from outside or within the family who could be involved in the incident.

The police officials said that the victim was in trauma and was not in a state to give his statement. “The victim claims that he was carrying more than Rs 1 crore at the time of the incident and the accused who were on foot attacked him”, a police official further said.

Sources said that the victim was on his way to Delhi to purchase gold jewellery. At present, Jain is admitted to the Surgical Ward of GMSH-16.

The police officials said that the nephew of the victim would also be questioned. The police also questioned auto drivers at the bus stand.

Sukhchain Singh Gill, SSP, UT, said that it seemed that somebody who was known to the family was involved in the incident. “We are investigating the matter and nothing can be said at the moment”, the SSP said.

A case of robbery has been registered at the Sector 17 police station and the investigation of the case has been transferred to the crime branch.

53 robbery cases reported till October 17
Till October 17, a total of 53 cases of robbery have been reported in Chandigarh, besides 106 cases of snatching.

Victim was carrying 2 bags
The victim was carrying two bags, including a black bag, which wasrobbed by the accused.

Blood-stained wooden stick recovered
Police sources said that a wooden stick stained with blood with which the victim was attacked had been recovered from the spot.



Kurali girl makes it to U-21 Indian hockey team
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
Seventeen-year-old Inderpreet Kaur, a resident of Muddo Sangatia village in Kurali, has made her family and the area people proud as she has made it to the U-21 Indian hockey team.

Inderpreet, a class XI student of Government Model Senior Secondary School at Sector 18, Chandigarh, is extremely happy with her achievement. “It was my dream to play for India and win the World Cup. Now, I have been selected in the team, which will represent the country in the U-21 Hockey World Cup, scheduled to be held in New Delhi next year. This is a dream come true for me”, said elated Inder Preet. She will fly to New Zealand for further preparation after attending around four—month long national camp at Patiala, Delhi and Bhopal.

This is the first time that I will be travelling by air. “I am very excited to sit in an aeroplane”, said Inderpreet, who covers a distance of around 40 km by the public transport to reach school from her home.

Even financial crunch in the family could not deter her from realising her dreams.

Her father, Sukhdev Singh, an ex-serviceman, worked as a stadium helper at the Gopal Hockey Academy at Kurali, where Inder Preet took her hockey lessons from her coach Amrit Pal Singh.

“We had financial problems but I never let them come in my way. My parents always encouraged me to concentrate on my game”, said Inderpreet. Lauding her hard work and dedication, Amrit Pal Singh said, “She is very talented and naturally-gifted. She came to me to learn nuances of the sport when she was in Class V. I am sure she will soon play in the senior Indian hockey team”.

Mohali District Hockey Association president Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said that Inderpreet has made the district proud. “We will honour her after she comes back”, said Bhatti.


Auto operators to intensify stir
To stop CTU buses, other means of public transport at Mani Majra light point today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Continuing their strike, members of the Tricity Auto Rickshaw Joint Action Committee have threatened to stop CTU buses and other means of public transport at the Mani Majra light point here on Sunday. The agitators also maintained to intensify their protest if the UT administration failed to roll back its decision of banning diesel-run autos in the city.

“The administration should stop their own CTU buses, which too run on diesel, if they want to ban our autos in the city,” said Kamal Kant, chairman of the committee.

Meanwhile, the State Transports Authority officials challaned 70 auto-rickshaws and impounded 15 three-wheelers for violating various norms under the Motor Vehicles Act today.



Passengers harassed in P’kula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
Agitating auto drivers in Panchkula today stopped a CTU bus near the underpass in Mansa Devi Complex leaving its passengers harassed.

The passengers had to get down from the bus and walk up till the Mani Majra bus stand.

Protesting drivers raised slogans against the Chandigarh Administration. The police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

“Why are we being harassed unnecessarily? We are nowhere at fault. We paid the fare of the bus and now, we have been made to get down midway,” rued Reema Singla, a passenger.

There were students among the passengers who were forced to alight from the bus.

The agitators asked the bus driver to park the vehicle. They said they would not let any CTU bus go through that route.

On Thursday, all the auto-rickshaw drivers had parked their vehicles at the Shalimar Ground in Sector 5 here while protesting against the Chandigarh Administration’s decision to ban entry of diesel-run autos in the city.



Ensure safety of CTU buses, UT tells Punjab, Haryana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
In view of the ongoing strike by diesel-run auto operators, the Chandigarh Transport Department today wrote to the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab to ensure safety of CTU buses in their respective areas, failing which the department would be forced to discontinue its bus service to Panchkula and Mohali.

A CTU bus (CH-01-G-8872) was vandalised by auto drivers protesting near Landran village on Friday evening. One of the protesters, Deepak Kumar, was thrashed by public and he had to be hospitalised. A case was registered against 14 auto drivers, all residents of Balongi, at the Sohana police station here.



IB sleuths grill extortion accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
A day after a Panchkula resident was arrested for demanding extortion from local businessmen by posing as a member of a terrorist outfit, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) sleuths questioned him during the police remand.

The IB also interrogated him to ascertain if he really had links with the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI).

Jasvir Singh Maan (45), alias Jassi, who was wanted in several immigration fraud cases, had reportedly sent letters to several Sector 17 traders wherein he claimed to have links with the outlawed BKI. He was nabbed by the Chandigarh Police yesterday and is currently under police remand.

The Chandigarh Police also raided his office in Zirakpur and recovered letter pads and stamps bearing the name of BKI.

The police are also questioning him to know who all he had duped earlier on the same pretext.



Shoddy road re-carpeting: HUDA does a cover-up
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
Officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) seems to be in a cover-up mode as a patch on the road leading to the venue of the new Haryana CM’s oath-taking ceremony in Sector 5, which was re-carpeted on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit and came off three days later, was re-carpeted again on Friday night.

The HUDA spent over Rs 4 lakh on the previous re-carpeting work. However, three days after the PM’s visit, the road that was re-carpeted came off raising questions on the quality of material used.

Sources said earlier, the re-carpeting was not done in spite of repeated complaints by commuters.

It was after Chandigarh Tribune reported the shoddy work done by the authorities that the re-carpeting was done last night. A stretch on the slip road near the Shalimar Mall has been repaired.

“The officials are wasting money. Why cannot they use good quality material once so that public money is not wasted time and again,” said a visitor to the petrol pump near the venue.

On October 26, the Prime Minister along with BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh visited the city for Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s swearing in.



Officials, cops take to streets
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
Bureaucrats and other officers in Panchkula took to the streets for the ‘Clean Panchkula mission’ on the directions of new Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar that began today.

Interestingly, even police personnel, including station house officers, were seen cleaning police stations here this morning.

The drive took off today with Panchkula Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia, apart from other administration officials, sweeping the market at the Industrial Area, Phase 1, here, today.

Industrialist Vishnu Goyal, Panchkula Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia, all mopped the floor. Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta also addressed the crowd.

The drive would go on till November 7.

Special Officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and Municipal Corporation (MC) also went to various streets and collected the garbage.

“The garbage which was being dumped for years has been cleared today. Why is it that the authorities don’t work on their own and only because the CM has directed that they are doing this,” said Shikha Tandon, a resident of Sector 16 here.

Officials of the Haryana Irrigation Department also cleaned the premises. Chief engineer Harmail Singh was also seen with a broom.

Residents of various sectors were found cleaning the area outside Shiksha Sadan in Sector 5.

‘Clean Panchkula mission’
Garbage dumped behind the war memorial in Sector 2 was also cleaned by the administration.
Police officials seen cleaning the police stations.
Certain areas like that in Sector 17 remained neglected.



Relief for property tax defaulters

Mohali , November 1
Defaulters who have not paid their property tax here for 2013-14 till now have been given relief by the government, which has cut the penalty amount from 100 per cent to 20 per cent.

They will also have to pay interest at the rate of 18 pc on the outstanding amount till the actual payment is made.

Uma Shankar Gupta, Commissioner, Mohali MC, said the civic body had issued notices to about 500 defaulters, directing them to deposit property tax, along with 100 per cent penalty.

He said a notification of the government dated August 21, 2014, was received in which the penalty amount had been reduced from 100 pc to 20 pc, but interest on the outstanding amount had been levied. Those who had deposited property tax by paying 100 pc penalty would be entitled to get the excess amount adjusted in the property tax to be paid for 2014-15. Action would be initiated against those who still fail to pay their property tax.



Army Aviation Corps celebrates 28th Raising Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Army Aviation Corps, one of the youngest arms of the Army, celebrated its 28th Raising Day at Chandimandir Military Station today. To commemorate the occasion, a wreath-laying ceremony was organised where RS Yadav, Brigadier, Aviation, Western Command, paid floral tributes on behalf of all ranks of Army Aviation Corps at the Veer Smriti war memorial to pay homage to the martyrs.

A social function was also organised at the Khetrapal Officers’ Institute, Chandimandir, which was attended by serving officers as well as veteran aviators residing in the tricity.

The Corps has its origins in the Air Observation Post that came into being during the Second World War for directing artillery fire deep into enemy territory. On August 15, 1947, No 1 Air Observation Post Flight (Air Force) and 659 Air Observation Post Squadron (ex-United Kingdom) became the first Air Observation Post units of Independent India.

On November 1, 1986, Air Observation Post units branched off from the Air Force forming a new arm and the Army Aviation effortlessly enhanced its role from providing artillery observations to an all encompassing combat arm undertaking combat missions alongside casualty evacuation, communication and reconnaissance. It operates only helicopters.



Intelligence Corps
Get-together marks anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The 72nd Raising Day of the Intelligence Corps was celebrated with solemnity and traditional verve at the Chandimandir Military Station today. It was on this day in 1942 that the then Governor General-in-Council sanctioned the formation of the Intelligence Corps (India).

To mark the occasion, a social get-together was organised at Command Headquarters, which was attended by senior functionaries stationed in Chandimandir and regimental officers. Extending his greetings to all Intelligence Corps personnel, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen KJ Singh, exhorted them to continue working in the true spirit of the Corps motto ‘Sada Satark’.

Since its inception, the Corps has been providing real time and close intelligence support to the Army, both in peace and war. Contribution of these unsung heroes, who operate behind the scenes, in Op Pawan in Sri Lanka, Op Vijay in Kargil and Op Rakshak in Jammu and Kashmir as well as counter insurgency operations in the North-East has been immensely lauded.

The Intelligence Corps is an effective part of National Intelligence Grid along with other intelligence agencies. With the complex intelligence challenges emerging in modern warfare and on the internal security front, the Corps has evolved over the years as a potent force multiplier.



Literature Fest
Author interacts with critic on Day 3

Chandigarh, November 1
The third day of the Chandigarh Literature Festival began with author and translator Arshia Sattar interacting with critic Salil Tripathi. The author is credited for her English translations of Valmiki’s Ramayana and Kathasaritsagara (Penguin).

The session witnessed Arshai talking about “Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish”, a short collection of interwoven essays about the Ramayana and its central characters.

The author elaborated that the story of the Ramayana is about trials and tribulations, the subtlety of right and wrong, of love and loss. The actions of Rama, righteous but troubled prince of Ayodhya, have perplexed readers over the millennia. Lost Loves is an attempt to come to terms with Rama and with the Ramayana. — TNS



Monkey terror grips UIPS
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The University Institute of Pharmaceuticals Sciences (UIPS), Panjab University, which is known for its excellent research at the international level, is facing monkey menace these days.

As per the report of the department, in the past two months, two faculty members, who went to the department during holidays, and one security staff personnel, who was on duty during late evening hours, were attacked by a group of monkeys roaming in the corridors.

During a visit to the department on weekend, it was found that due to low student strength in the building a large number of monkeys roam freely in corridors or on upper floors of the UIPS, which is located near the forest area of the campus. In fact, the rooms on the first and second floors, which were vacated by various departments on being shifted to the south campus, have become a favourite place for the group of monkeys.

The department, where hundreds of students conduct research work in laboratories, was forced to use unhygienic water supplied through overhead tanks. Lids of a majority of these overhead tanks have been removed by monkeys and they also drink water from these tanks.

Even research fellows, who used to stay at the department for late hours, wind up their work at 5 pm to avoid any trouble by these monkeys.

One of the fellows on condition of anonymity said the students, who earlier used to come to the department on weekends to avoid any gap in their work, were not turning up due to the terror of monkeys.

Chairperson of the UIPS Bhupinder Singh Bhoop said he had taken up the matter with the authorities concerned and suggested them to hire a person who could take care of the monkey menace on the campus.

He said the university would also have to hire men to act as langur monkeys to scare off hundreds of macaques who were terrorising inmates of hostels. These services were being run at specific areas in hostels only. Resultantly, some of the areas would get relief from the menace and the rest would still face the same problem.

Navdeep Goyal, Dean, Students Welfare, PU, said earlier, the authorities were thinking of hiring these men for hostels only. But after the complaints received from various departments of the campus, now they were planning to give them a contract for the university to avoid any trouble for the inmates and the faculty.



Founder’s Week
Vivek High School students showcase talent at exhibition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
To observe the 19th founder’s week in the memory of Sardar Bhagwant Singh, students of Vivek High School, Chandigarh, exhibited artistic creativity through their work in performing arts and crafts titled “The World Within” on the school premises today.

The highlight of the opening day remained the art exhibition. The paintings by the self-taught students mostly showcased the spiritual medium of connecting with one’s inner being, a journey of awareness and rediscovery.

Principal of the school PK Singh said: “Work experience activities are an integral part of our school curriculum”.

Most of the paintings reflected shades of earthy tones and orange remained the most dominant colour palette in the showcase. The canvases conveyed the tranquility, energy, power of peace in well-defined strokes.

The exhibition also showcased the artistic talent of the students through activities like painting and sketching, tie and dye, clay modelling, fabric designing, stencil painting and block printing.

Attention to detail was highlighted through activities like weaving, needle work, robotics, glass painting and candle-making. Around 150 science models were displayed with scientific explanations to various wonders.

A photography exhibition was also held by the students.



Cleanliness drive begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Inspired by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, students, faculty and staff members of the Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (SSBUICET), Panjab University, took a pledge to work towards a clean India.

The first phase of the drive was launched today by cleaning the PU campus. Around 300 members comprising students, faculty and staff of Dr SSBUICET participated in the cleanliness drive.

The students pulled up their sleeves to clean the lawns and parking areas near Gandhi Bhawan, PU Library, Rose Garden, GP Sharma Garden, Department of Physics, Department of Chemistry, Arts Block No I, II and III, along with classrooms and corridors of Dr SSBUICET.



PECFest 2014
Over 2,000 students descend on PEC campus

Chandigarh, November 1
The second day of Hero PECFest 2014 commenced amid much fanfare. The fest attracted enthusiastic participation as over 2,000 students from the best institutes of the country descended on the PEC campus.

It was an eventful day for technology lovers as it saw students showcasing their prowess in the field of engineering and technology through the display of various models and innovative projects like an electric gun, a ‘pedi-cab’ and a quad copter as part of the Tech Mahotsav.

In Aquajet, teams competed among themselves in a bid to send their water propelled jets to the maximum distance. Guest lectures and technical talks were also organised.

Street Mayhem, a hip-hop dance competition, was a visual treat for the spectators. Colleges from all over the country participated in “nukkad natak”, a street play competition.

PEC’s ‘Defenders of the Nation’ took the honours in this competition, while DU’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh College was a close second.

Short films were showcased as part of the PEC Film Festival in collaboration with Shamiana, which was inaugurated by Diwan Manna, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh.

Coke Studio returned to the PECFest with the highly acclaimed rock band “Agnee” at the TNT RockNyt. The band stayed true to its name as it set the stage afire with its soulful rendition of “Saadho Re” and “Silsila”. — TNS



80 special children take part in quiz, painting contests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
In order to prove that knowledge needs no support of language or sound, specially-abled children took part in the 6th Haryana Inter-School Quiz Competition for the Deaf. The children showcased their vast knowledge about current affairs in the competition.

The quiz was organised to mark the 57th International Week of the Deaf. Instead of agitated cries, race for microphones and shrieks of the buzzer, which are common features of quizzes, this particular contest, held at St Stephen’s, was marked by silence as hearing impaired children wrote down answers and explained the answers with gestures.

A painting competition on topics such as protection of women and girls, elections, football and ‘teej’ was also held at the venue. The students expressed their emotions with colours on the canvas.

Around 80 students from seven schools took part in the competitions.

The Deaf Way Foundation and its volunteers conducted the contests. The organisers said the organisation works for equal access, educational facilities, social cultural awareness and barrier-free communication for hearing impaired.

To boost the morale of the students, members of the Tricity Deaf Fellowship turned up in large numbers and applauded the efforts of the children.

In the quiz competition, Lions School for the Deaf, Sector 18, bagged the first prize. Rotary School for Deaf, Ambala Cantonment, bagged the second spot.

In the painting competition, Vatika School bagged first spot in the senior category and Rotary Club, Ambala, clinched the first spot in the junior category. The contests were followed by an award-giving ceremony.



From Schools
Cleanliness drive

Nursery students of Government High School, Dadu Majra, participated in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan under the guidance of their class teacher Jai Lakshmi. The students, along with their class teacher, cleaned the herbal garden of the school. Headmistress Lovleen Kaur told the students to keep their school and home clean and green.

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Chandimandir Cantonment, observed the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with great zeal and fervour. Principal Randhir Singh told the students about the Iron Man.

Cultural fiesta

A mesmerising annual show, “Anpgelic Beats”, was presented by junior students of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, Chandigarh, to mark the completion of 61 years of excellence. The cultural fiesta began with the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest, Sandeep Hans, PCS, Director Higher Education, and Special Secretary, UT. Over 1,000 participants from Nursery to Class V brought alive the glimpses of various states.

Wildlife Week observed

To celebrate Wildlife Week, the Primary II Wing of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, organised a paper reading competition for Class V students to educate and create awareness among the students about the endangered species and to find solutions how to save wildlife in today’s changing environment.

Vigilance awareness programme

Government Senior Secondary School, Khuda Lahora, organised a vigilance awareness programme on the school premises. Principal Asha Rani addressed the students and awarded them with prizes. A pledge was taken by the students and staff for the awareness of society. Students also delivered speeches on the topic.

Blood donation camp

Arya Yuva Samaj Wing of DAV-8, Panchkula, organised one-day blood donation camp on school premises. The camp was inaugurated by manager of the school Sudesh Gandhar. A team of doctors from the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, made arrangements to conduct the camp. — TNS



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