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Sardar Patel wore khadi, Narendra Modi poses with designer clothes: Digvijay Singh

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Sardar Patel wore khadi, Narendra Modi poses with designer clothes: Digvijay Singh

Posted on 31 October 2013 by GGS News

New Delhi,(GGS NEWS) 31  Oct  (ANI): Amid the ongoing battle over Sardar Patel’s legacy, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Thursday took on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying India’s first Home Minister was humility personified and the Gujarat Chief Minister was arrogance personified.

Underlining the differences between the personalities of Patel and Modi, Singh said on microblogging website Twitter: “Sardar was known for his simplicity and humility Wore Khadi all his life. Modi poses with Designer clothes and Branded Glasses. Sardar-Humility personified! Modi- Conceit and Arrogance personified Sardar – United India Modi- Divides NDA BJP and Hindus and Minorities.”

“Sardar Patel organised Farmers against the British and was the Father of Cooperative Movement in Gujarat. Under Modi both not on his agenda,” he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Modi were locked in an ideological battle over Sardar Patel.

Modi wished that the ‘Iron Man’ had been India’s first prime minister and Dr. Singh underlining that Patel was a Congress leader and secular to the core.

In a veiled attack on Jawaharlal Nehru, Modi said on Tuesday the country’s destiny would have been different if Sardar Patel had become the country’s first Prime Minister.

Modi, who shared the dais with the Prime Minister in Ahmedabad, credited Patel with uniting the country after Independence.

“That unity and integrity of the country today is under threat from all fronts, be it terrorism or Maoism,” he said.

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, while citing the example of Punjab, said that those resorting to violence would not succeed in the country of Mahatma Gandhi and Patel.

“I want to tell the misguided youth who resort to bombs and guns that they cannot succeed in the land of Gandhi and Sardar (Patel). They cause harm to the country. But the biggest harm is caused to their own communities,” he said.

Modi said Patel was a ‘visionary’ who could think about reservation for women way back in 1919.

The Prime Minister went next, stressing that Sardar Patel was a Congressman and committed to secularism.

Dr. Singh said that Sardar Patel and other leaders from his era believed in values like the unity of India and a secular outlook.

“I am sure those present here today will agree that there is a dearth of these values today,” he said.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari had earlier this week accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) of appropriating the legacy of India’s first Home Minister.

“On 9/11/1948, Sardar Patel wrote a letter to Golwalkarji. And, in that letter, he said that the communal poison which had been spread by the RSS was responsible for the sacrifice of Gandhiji. As a student of political history, it has always intrigued me that the RSS, BJP has been attempting unsuccessfully to appropriate the legacy of Sardar Patel,” Tewari told media here.

“I wanted to ask the BJP or their newly-anointed pretender that do they endorse, or agree with the views of Sardar Patel with regard to the RSS. If not, as the chief minister of Gujarat and possibly as the ‘Swayamsevak’ within history bears testimony to the fact that those who do not have a history of their own, try to appropriate the history of others,” he added. (ANI)

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4 killed in fresh Muzaffarnagar violence, Section 144 imposed

4 killed in fresh Muzaffarnagar violence, Section 144 imposed

Posted on 31 October 2013 by GGS News

Muzaffarnagar,(GGS NEWS) 31  Oct  : (PTI) Three persons were tonight killed in fresh outbreak of communal violence in Budhana area of Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, hit by riots last month which had left over 60 dead, prompting the authorities to beef up security and arrest eight accused.

The three victims, identified as Afroz, 20, Meherban, 21, and Ajmal, 22, were beaten to death while another was injured in clashes between members of two communities in Muhammadpurraisingh village, District Magistrate Kaushal Raj told PTI.

The incident appeared to be the fallout of the communal tension in the region. Muhammadpurraisingh village was one of places affected by the riots last month.

Residents of Muhammadpurraisingh clashed with people belonging to Hussainpur village that led to death of three youths, according to sources.

Though the two villages are at a distance of a kilometre, their agricultural fields are situated nearby, sources said, adding some people spread rumours that five persons were planning to attack members of a community residing in Muhammadpurraisingh village.

Sources claimed that while three persons were killed in the incident, two others managed to escape. Eight persons have been arrested and efforts are underway to nab others involved in the incident, the DM said.

Sources claimed that the victims were among those staying in relief camps after the recent riots. Senior police officials, including the SSP, have camped in the area to prevent any further untoward incident.

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Bill on property tax passed as Cong walks out after debate

Bill on property tax passed as Cong walks out after debate

Posted on 31 October 2013 by GGS News

Chandigarh,(GGS NEWS) 31  October : The Vidhan Sabha cleared the imposition of property tax in the state, despite stiff opposition from Congress MLAs, on the third day of the assembly session today. The House passed the Punjab Municipal (Amendment) Bill, 2013, even as Congress MLAs staged a walkout, rejecting the amendments to the Act.

Former Local Bodies Minister and BJP legislator from Jalandhar Central Manoranjan Kalia said there were several lacunae in the Bill and sought that these be removed.

The imposition of property tax dominated the proceedings. The Congress managed to portray itself as a formidable Opposition with its MLAs staging out a walkout twice.

In view of the fact that this assembly session would set the tone for the Lok Sabha elections, party MLAs led by their leader Sunil Jakhar, on both occasions, thought it best to return to the House and take on the government on other issues listed for the day.

The session began with question hour. A number of MLAs, including those from the ruling SAD-BJP alliance, raised issues concerning good governance. The atmosphere became charged during zero hour when Congress MLA from Gidderbaha Amarinder Singh Raja Warring once again raised the issue of Sangat Darshan being held by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal across the state with elected representatives from the Opposition not being invited to the same. Revenue Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia, Amritsar South MLA Inderbir Singh Bolaria and Khemkaran MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha were quick to defend the CM.

But Warring continued the debate, questioning the distribution of grants at Sangat Darshan programmes.

The CM said he was free to hold Sangat Darshan anywhere he wanted . “I am halqa in charge of entire Punjab. I fail to understand the debate on the issue. It is the fastest way of redressing grievances. It is for this reason that I have become CM for the fifth time now. Charanjit Kaur Bajwa, Congress MLA from Qadian and wife of PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, wrote me a thank you note after I held Sangat Darshan in her constituency and gave grants. Even Muktsar MLA, Karan Kaur Brar has been meeting me at Sangat Darshan programmes in her constituency…. But if you still object, I can set aside a month to hold Sangat Darshan only in the constituencies of Congress MLAs,” he said.

Leader of the Opposition Sunil Jakhar countered him, saying the need for Sangat Darshan itself indicated the failure of the administration and the justice delivery system. He said that taxpayers’ money could not be distributed like dole. Amid the debate, Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal declared that zero hour was over and asked the Local Bodies Minister to start with the legislative business. Irked, the Congress MLAs walked out. aAs the proceedings resumed, the minister presented the Punjab Municipal (Amendment) Bill, 2013. Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, Akali MLA from Ropar, said the government was forced to impose property tax to get central funds under JNNURM (Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission). Manoranjan Kalia (BJP) was the first to object to the provisions of the Bill. The issue was then taken up by Sunil Jakhar. Supported by Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Congress MLA from Ludhiana West, and Ashwani Sekhri, Congress MLA from Batala, he said there was no need to impose property tax as the JNNURM had lapsed. The Congress leaders got up and walked out. Later, six Bills were passed.

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GANG RAPE CASE : Dera followers in Moga protest police inaction

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GANG RAPE CASE : Dera followers in Moga protest police inaction

Posted on 31 October 2013 by GGS News

Moga, (GGS NEWS) 31 October : Tension brewed on the outskirts of Moga city on Wednesday after scores of Dera Sacha Sauda followers armed with sticks and swords protested the police’s failure to arrest two persons who allegedly gang-raped a Dalit girl at Mahesari Sandhuan village in this district some months ago.

Though the local police had registered a criminal case under sections 376, 120B and 506 of the IPC and relevant sections of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act against two accused, dera followers alleged the police were not arresting them under political influence. The victim is also a follower of the sect.

Around 2,500 followers also gathered on the premises of the local dera and decided to launch an indefinite protest against the local police. Some youths armed with sticks raised slogans against the state government and the police authorities.

Security forces from nearby districts were rushed to the spot and the situation was stated to be under control. However, the administration has beefed-up the presence of security forces at vulnerable places in the district.

Officiating Moga SSP GS Randhawa promised the followers that the culprits would be arrested soon and sought two days. “I will constitute a special police team to arrest the culprits and investigate this sensitive case,” he assured.

Moga Additional Deputy Commissioner Ajmer Singh termed the incident as unfortunate and pushed for stern action against the accused. Both officers also met the victim’s family members to express solidarity.

7 weeks & counting

* A 17-year old Dalit girl of Mahesari Sandhuan village was abducted by Manpreet Singh and Angrej Singh, also of her village, in the first week of September from her house

* She was taken to a tube-well on the outskirts of the village and allegedly raped

* The following day, she was left at the main square of Moga town and told not to tell her parents

* The victim visited her relatives in another village and narrated the incident

* Her relatives and parents filed a police complaint against the accused, who have been on the run

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She lost self-esteem, her father and all hope for justice

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She lost self-esteem, her father and all hope for justice

Posted on 31 October 2013 by GGS News

Hisar,(GGS NEWS) 31 October : The by-lanes of Dabra, the village she grew up in, her warm welcoming home with memories stashed away in its every corner, the friends she loved to spend her evenings with by the village pond, her carefree life, her ringing laughter, the happy times-Shilpa (name changed), today, pines for all this and more.

To her, these no longer seem to be a page out of her life anymore. Not since September 9, 2012 — the day she was kidnapped, gang-raped and filmed by a group of youths while on her way to a relative’s place, on the outskirts of Hisar.
The family’s misfortunes have been on an upward spiral since then.

Allegedly pressured against involving the community by threatening to make her rape-video public, her Dalit father committed suicide soon after. His last rites done, the family left the village for good.

Today, residing in a two-room government accommodation under police cover, Shilpa’s only companion is her loneliness. Everything she treasured has been left behind. The May 2013 trial court verdict acquitting six of the 10 “guilty” added insult to injury, she says, as the perpetrators of the crime, from upper castes, stood absolved. This, she asserts, is not her defeat alone but also that of the system struggling to deliver justice when pitted against the influential.

Her lawyer Ram Bahadur Khowal says, “Despite sufficient and substantive evidence, the court, strangely, observed that the girl, while she was being raped, was puzzled and could not properly count the accused. Only those initially named in the police case have been held guilty while the ‘others’ named later, have been allowed to go scot-free. We have privately appealed against their acquittal since the Haryana AG office is sitting over the recommendation of the district administration to file an appeal.” Traumatised with the turn of events, Shilpa maintains, “Their acquittal came as a rude shock.

I had stopped living the day they ‘killed’ my father. Now, the horrific memories of that day crowd around me, mocking at my helplessness. Every court date disturbs me mentally and I can’t overcome my fear.”

Recalling the ordeal, Shilpa claims being gang-raped was only the beginning of the nightmare. “I was very scared and ashamed of mentioning about it at home. The next day, the accused were waiting near my school. They asked me to accompany them or they would make my video public. Petrified, I ran home and asked my mother to move me to my grandparents’ house in Hisar, citing the ongoing exams,” she recounts.

Unable to deal with the pressure and with guilt weighing heavily on her mind, she refused to eat food, raising the family’s suspicion. “I couldn’t take the pressure and finally told my family about the rape, holding back the bit about the MMS. My father said we would file a police case. While we were on our way, the boys threatened us with dire consequences. The fear factor got the better of us and we came back to my grandparents. My father asked me to stay put there, while he went seeking help. He never came back,” she says.

Some villagers showed him the “rape” clip. Humiliated, he made his way to the house and consumed poison. “I heard they took him to hospital, but he died. I lost my honour, I lost my father, I lost my home, I lost the case, too,” she holds.

Accompanied everywhere by a policeman in plainclothes, Shilpa is glad that her past hasn’t caught up with her present yet. “Nobody knows about my past in the college, but the rape has shaken my faith in God. I don’t pray anymore. He isn’t standing by us as we suffer the ignominy thrust upon us,” she says.

Her brother, an ITI dropout, left his course midway following “threatening vibes” from a handful of boys. He said: “The accused are an influential lot with connections that go far enough to scuttle the appeal. We smell something fishy in the AG office’s delaying tactics on the appeal. We are poor and that is why we are going unheard despite our tragedy.”

Their mother, employed as a daily-wage earner with the administration, rues the fateful day her daughter went visiting relatives. “That visit triggered the unimaginable for us. One year on and we are still struggling to come to terms with all the losses and infamy that were heaped at our doorstep as our life came apart. Our lives are over, but this stigma is there for ever,” she says, as dusk approaches and the lights come on.

They can only hope this too shall pass and they will find light at the end of this dark tunnel, someday.

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Daily Hukamnama – 31 Oct 2013

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Daily Hukamnama – 31 Oct 2013

Posted on 31 October 2013 by GGS News

Raag Bilaaval, Fifth Mehl, Du-Padas, Fifth House: One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru: I have given up all other efforts, and have taken the medicine of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Fevers, sins and all diseases are eradicated, and my mind is cooled and soothed. ||1|| Worshipping the Perfect Guru in adoration, all pains are dispelled. The Savior Lord has saved me; He has blessed me with His Kind Mercy. ||1||Pause|| Grabbing hold of my arm, God has pulled me up and out; He has made me His own. Meditating, meditating in remembrance, my mind and body are at peace; Nanak has become fearless. ||2||1||65||

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Sonia Gandhi is world’s third most powerful woman

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Sonia Gandhi is world’s third most powerful woman

Posted on 30 October 2013 by GGS News

NEW DELHI,(GGS NEWS) 30 OCT : Congress president Sonia Gandhi was ranked 21st among the world’s most powerful people by Forbes magazine on Wednesday, making her the third most influential of women leaders included in the list.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff were the only women who figured ahead of the 66-year-old Gandhi in the list of 72 politicians, heads of state and business leaders.

Gandhi was also ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who came in seven slots below her.

In a separate list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, Forbes ranked Gandhi in the ninth position.

“As president of the Indian National Congress, Gandhi heads the ruling political party of the world’s second largest population,” read her brief profile on the Forbes website.

“Rumors persist of a rift between her and soft-spoken Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with many expecting Singh to leave office before the 2014 general elections,” it said.

The profile noted that Rahul, described as the “heir apparent in the nation’s most famous political dynasty”, had recently “snubbed Singh publicly”.

Singh’s profile noted that the 81-year-old Prime Minister was “credited with shaping India’s economic and social welfare reforms”. But it also said his “quiet intellectualism renders him a timid public figure”.

Rahul’s recent criticism of Singh over an ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers was “indicative of Singh’s diminishing coterie; rumor has it he will soon resign”, the profile said.

Soon after the criticism, Rahul had acted to mend fences with Singh.

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Patna serial blasts case handed over to NIA: Home Minister Shinde

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Patna serial blasts case handed over to NIA: Home Minister Shinde

Posted on 30 October 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 30 OCT : Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said here on Wednesday that the probe into the Patna serial blasts was handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA) following a recommendation from the Bihar government.

Mr. Shinde earlier met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his North Block office and during the 30-minute meeting the Chief Minister briefed him about the law and order situation in the State and the developments in the investigations. He also requested that the probe into the serial explosions be transferred to the NIA.

“We have discussed the issue. We have to strengthen our anti-terror capabilities as Bihar has not witnessed any such major incident in the past. But we need the Centre’s assistance. We need force and equipment. We have also decided to set up an anti-terror cell,” said Mr. Kumar.

Reiterating that the State Government had no specific intelligence input on the blasts, he said the Bihar Police have already arrested one person through whom they had gathered several vital clues.

Mr. Kumar said since the Bihar Police did not have the database on terror suspects, the State Government had decided to hand over the case to NIA. The Bihar Police will assist the central agency in the probe.

While the NIA is yet to take over the probe formally, police investigations have so far indicated that some members of the suspected Indian Mujahideen module that carried out the explosions on Sunday had first conducted reconnaissance of Gandhi Maidan and other places in Patna in April with an intention to carry out terror strikes. The second round of reconnaissance was done on October 8, 9 and 10 to identify the potential targets.

While three of the suspects have been arrested in the case so far, several teams have been mounting raids to track down the other module members who belonged to Ranchi in Jharkhand.

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Kohli, Dhawan centuries help India to another stunning chase : India pulled off a sensational six-wicket victory over Australia

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Kohli, Dhawan centuries help India to another stunning chase : India pulled off a sensational six-wicket victory over Australia

Posted on 30 October 2013 by GGS News

India pulled off a sensational six-wicket victory over Australia

Nagpur,(GGS NEWS) 30 OCT : India pulled off a sensational six-wicket victory over Australia in the do-or-die sixth cricket one-dayer, riding on Virat Kohli’s brutal unbeaten 115 and Shikhar Dhawan’s blistering century to level the seven-match series 2-2 here today.

Chasing a mammoth 351, the Indians gave ample display of their batting firepower on a belter of a track at the VCA Stadium at Jamtha to overhaul the target with three balls to spare in what turned out to be a thrilling floodlit contest which went down the wire.

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The incredible run chase brought back memories of India’s awesome victory in Jaipur on October 16 when they overhauled a stiff target of 360, achieving the second highest successful run chase ever in ODI history.

Dhawan (100), Rohit Sharma (79) and Kohli — who hit the third fastest ODI hundred by an Indian from just 61 balls, were the main architects of India’s victory in the high-scoring tussle which has restored the balance of the series after the Ranchi and Cuttack ODIs were washed out.

Earlier, George Bailey (156) and Shane Watson (102) smashed scintillating centuries as Australia put the listless Indian bowling attack to the sword to post an imposing 350 for six after being in to bat.

India replied in stunning fashion with Dhawan hitting his fourth ODI ton in his 24th match while Kohli struck his 17th century in his 118th match. Dhawan faced 102 balls in his innings and hit 11 boundaries while Kohli’s unbeaten knock came from just 66 balls with the help of 18 fours and a six.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25 not out) hit the winning runs — a two — as India reached 351 for four to bring the capacity crowd to raptures and the home team players hugging each other at the dressing room.

With the scores locked 2-2, the seventh ODI in Bangalore on Saturday will serve as the summit showdown of the series which has already seen a phenomenal 2565 runs scored so far (excluding the 295 scored by Australia in the abandoned fourth match at Ranchi).India stuttered a bit towards the end as Suresh Raina (16) and struggling Yuvraj Singh (0) were out in the same over — 43rd — but Kohli, who had hit the fastest-ever 100 off just 52 balls by an Indian in Jaipur and an equally unruffled Dhoni saw them home with an unbroken partnership of 61 for the fifth wicket.
The game looked on a knife’s edge even after the great start given by Dhawan and Rohit — who shared 178 runs from 29.3 overs for the opening wicket — but Kohli tore into the visitors’ bowling attack to swing the game in India’s favour.

Dhawan was lucky to be let off when on 19 off James Faulkner at fly-gully by Glenn Maxwell and then survived a difficult chance after reaching his 50.

In between these two escapes and earlier too, he got his runs mainly by using his bottom hand to hit square and behind the wicket on both sides and reached his half century with a run-a-ball effort.

Rohit, who made an unbeaten 141 in the earlier successful run chase at Jaipur, started off cautiously against the medium pacers and then was severe on Maxwell whom he hit for two sixes in the 29th over and then fell while trying to repeat the feat in the next over.

When Rohit exited, India needed 173 from 183 balls and Kohli started off positively by striking Xavier Doherty for a six and two fours in 33rd over.

Dhawan and Kohli brought the hosts 117 runs adrift of the target in the last 96 balls with a stand of 56 when the left handed opener departed off the left-arm pacer James Faulker.

Kohli, India’s most consistent batsman in the series, and Raina got involved in a partnership of 54 to bring the home team close to victory.

Mitchell Johnson, treated harshly by Kohli in his previous over, came back strongly to dismiss left-handers Raina and Yuvraj in the 43rd over at the same total of 290 to bring his side back into the game.

Kohli and Dhoni, however, ensured that India got past the finish line though at one time during their partnership, the home side needed 48 off 30 balls and then 35 off the last 18.Earlier, Watson struck 13 fours and three sixes in making 102 off 94 balls while the in-form Bailey was equally impressive in scoring a career-best 156, his second ODI ton, in 115 balls as Australia scored an imposing 350 for six.
These two batsmen also compiled the second-highest third wicket stand of 168 in ODIs against India to help the visitors record their fourth 300-plus total in the series.

The home team started off well by sending back openers Phil Hughes (13) and Aaron Finch (20) before the score had crossed 50 but were pushed into the backseat as Watson and Bailey launched a superb counter-attack.

The duo simply tore apart the clueless Indian bowling attack that fielded three frontline spinners for the first time in the seven-match series after the hosts decided to go in with Amit Mishra to partner R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Later, after the dismissal of Watson and Glen Maxwell (9), Adam Voges (44 not out) helped his captain add another 120 runs in only 80 balls for the fifth wicket to complete India’s misery on a good batting track.

While the 32-year-old Watson was all power, Bailey, who has been the team’s most consistent batsman in the series, once again dominated the home team attack to notch up his fourth 50-plus score in five innings.

India had the visitors under check in the first 20 overs by restricting Australia to 83/2 but the middle overs were totally dominated by Watson and Bailey who compiled the second-best-ever third wicket stand for their country against the hosts.

The 168-run partnership, that came off just 142 balls, was only the second-highest after Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn’s unfinished 234 in the 2003 World Cup final at Johannesburg and the eighth 150-plus stand for all wickets against India.

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BVM,USN  Glitters With  17 Gold Medals

BVM,USN Glitters With 17 Gold Medals

Posted on 30 October 2013 by GGS News

LUDHIANA,(GGS NEWS) 30 OCT : The 251 young fertile brains of B.V.M (USN) participated in miscellaneous competitions organized  by ‘Avantika Cultural Olympiad 2013-2014’. The zealous and whole hearted participations brought 55 of  them to the altar of victory. These tasteful artists showcased their imagination, creativity and eloquence  in Avantika colouring , greeting card making and essay writing competitions and brought laurels to the  school by winning 17 Gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze medals. This triumphant and unbeaten charm was  continued by 4 talented Bhartiyans who bagged ‘the appreciation shields’. While the winning of ‘the  silver jubilee shields’ by other 6 jubilant proved to be another feather in BVM’s victorious cap. All the hearts were full of great ovation and praise for all the winners and secured a great motivation and inspiration for themselves to be a part of such appreciations in future. The whole champs reverted to the thunderous clap when the principal Mrs. Bandana Sethi appreciated the untiring efforts put in by the students and their teachers Mrs. Taruna and Mrs. Manpreet.

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