12DD01A.qxd 11/11/2013 9:12 PM Page 1 STAR TRACK 3 Dedh Ishqiya reveals seven stages of love ENTERTAINMENT 4 Being happy The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Dehradun Plus Dehradun Tuesday November 12, 2013 www.tribuneindia.com Water flow to Ganga canal restored TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE RISHIKESH, NOVEMBER 11 A scant amount of water was available at the Braham Kund due to the closure of the canal, which had left the devotees pouring in from different parts of the country heartbroken, as they had to face difficulty in performing religious ceremonies at the site. HARIDWAR, NOVEMBER 11 The water flow to the sanctum sanctorum of Braham Kund, Har-ki-Pauri, has been restored after a hiatus of 27 days, as the Ganga canal brimmed with water once again. The canal was closed on October 14 for annual maintenance and the water flow was restored only late last night. A scant amount of water was available at the Braham Kund due to the closure of the canal, which had left the devotees pouring in from different parts of the country heart-broken, as they had to face difficulty in performing religious ceremonies at the site. The water flow to the canal used to be restored on Divali. However, it was for the first time that water was not released on the occasion. The extended delay in the restoration of the canal was due to the expansion work on the stretch between the BACK TO LIFE: Tourists and devotees throng the Ganga canal ghats in Haridwar on Monday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur << Mayapur Scrap Channel and the Prem Nagar Ashram Bridge. However, the place returned to life after the water was released yesterday as devotees rushed to the banks to take a holy dip in the Ganga. “The work on the canal Penalty for installing high voltage car headlights GAURAV TALWAR TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 11 The trend of installing high voltage headlights on cars and two-wheelers after tampering with the factory settings of the vehicles' lighting systems are irking other motorists on the roads and also increasing the risk of accidents during night hours in Dehradun. Knowingly, ignoring the fatal consequences these bright lights could have, vehicle owners are ready to flout norms and instal these on their cars and two-wheelers just to get extra bit of attention on roads. ''Tampering with the factory-fitted lighting system is illegal and is an offence under Motor Vehicle Act. Vehicle owners doing such acts will attract penalty,'' Arvind Pandey, Additional Regional Transport Officer (ARTO), Enforcement, told The Tribune. ❚ Continued on P 2 stretch was nearly done and as per the directive of the higher officials of the department water in the Ganga Canal was released late last night,” Sub-divisional officer, Uttar Pradesh Irrigation department, Vijay Veer Singh Yadav said. The closure of the canal drew criticism from various quarters of the society, with the Matra Sadan Ashram, known for its ‘Save holy Ganga’ campaign, even questioning the purpose of expanding the canal capacity by the Uttar Pradesh government, which still manages to control the canal operations, despite Haridwar falling in the state of Uttarakhand. Meanwhile, the Poorvanchal Jan Jagriti Samiti criticised the UP government for not restoring the water flow to the Braham Kund, Har-ki-Pauri, during the Chhath festival. Tributes paid to disaster victims A special tribute paying ritual was held along the Ganga ghat for the midJune flash flood victims and Phailin cyclone victims here today in Rishikesh. World peace prayers were also held under the guidance of the saints of Swami Sukhdevanand Trust and Parmarth Niketan and Swargashram based Swami Chidanand Muni Maharaj. Yagna, hawan and special chanting of hymns were performed by the saints and Sanskrit scholars for the souls of the deceased. Rituals of yagna were performed under the guidance of Dr Ram Priya Das, principal, Shri Swami Narayan Gurukul. “The Indian culture was pro-yagna. It caters to global peace and from Himalayas to Ganga, the message disseminates throughout the world,” said Swami Chidanand Saraswati. He called on the people to go for spiritualism, so that IN REMEMBRANCE: Saints perform a yajna to pay tributes to Uttarakhand flash flood and Phailin cyclone victims at the Ganga ghat in Rishkesh on Monday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur the global terrorism roots could be eradicated. He said the western world was realising that spiritualism was the answer to fight terrorism and hatred and not weapons. The Gurukul family and the Ganga Action Parivar Parmarth Niketan vowed to work together for the social and spiritual causes. Swami Asaganand Saraswati dwelled on Gange Tav Darshnath Mukti philosophy. He said taking such pledge along side holy Ganga river ghat would pave way for prosperity of the whole world. Spiritual guru Madhav Priya Das Swami also felicitated Gujarat based social activist Vipul Kumar on the occasion, who announced of providing Rs 1,000 per month scholarship to nine children hailing from poor and neglected section. Rendition of bhajans was also done by Has Mukh bhai, Vindit bhai and Jakhu bhai. Lifetime achievement award for Ram Ratan Kala FILM AWARD CEREMONY TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MUSSOORIE, NOVEMBER 11 Regional artistes from the folk music, album and film industry were felicitated during the Uttarakhand film award ceremony organised by the Uttarakhand Film Association here yesterday. Singer-cum-actor Ram Ratan Kala was honoured with the lifetime achievement. On the occasion, the chief guest, Srinagar MLA Subodh Uniyal, announced Rs 2 lakh for the Uttarakhand Film Association for its service towards promoting the culture and tradition of the region. Artists from across the state also presented folk and cultural items to mark the occasion. Among others honoured on the occasion were lyricist Ratan Singh Jaunsari, Chandralekha Tripathi, Mani Bharti (folk singing), Reshma Shah (for singing in Jaunpuri style), Kishan Mahipal (music composition and singing), Om Badhani (script writing), Jitendar Panwar (singing), Shiv Dutt MOMENT OF PRIDE: Florence Novac, a French student, being honoured during the Uttarakhand film award ceremony in Mussoorie. A Tribune photograph Pant (choreographer), Gita Thakur (acting), Padam Singh Gusain (acting and singing), Meenakshi Uniyal (acting), Deepak Vyas (character acting) and Babloo Jungli (photography and camera operation). Florence Novac, a French student, who is doing her research on Garhwali music and its evolution, was also presented with the UFA award. She also mesmerised the audience by her musical presentation in Garhwali dialect. Jaagar folk singer Preetam Bhartwan, Kuldeep Sharma, a Himachali folk singer, and Surendar Rana also enthralled the audience with their melodious voice. The producer of the first Garhwali film, Parashar Gaud, was felicitated for his contribution towards the Garhwali film making. President of the Uttarakhand Film Association SPS Negi thanked the audience for making the function a success despite a protest call by some social activists. The programme was coordinated by Rajendar Rawat and Anil Godiyal. Mussoorie Muncipal Council president Manmohan Singh Mall, Chatar SinghRawat, Rakesh Bhadola, Narendar Bisht, Manoj Tamta, Raghuvir Panwar and Sandeep Rana were present on the occasion. Nostalgia sweetens memories during reunion at Oak Grove WHAT’S ON Dehradun SPORTS: T-20 Cricket Tournament, Doon Globale School, 10 am District Super League Football, Pavillion Grounds, 2 pm WEATHER CLEAR 25.2°C MAXIMUM 9.8°C AJAY RAMOLA TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MUSSOORIE, NOVEMBER 11 Nostalgia sweetened the memories as the school song was sung by the former students during the three-day 125th year reunion celebrations at Oak Grove School, Jharipani, in Mussoorie that concluded yesterday. Around 250 former students dating back as far as 1946 batch filled with childlike excitement took a journey down memory lane and shared the anecdotes of their days spent in the school. The three-day event was inaugurated by Railway Minister of State Adhir Ranjan Chaudhry by lighting the ceremonial lamp on November 8. The school students presented several cultural items which were much appreciated by the gathered audience. The former students were filled with emotions when they were called on the stage to sing the school song ''We love this school of ours and we are Oak Grove children true, we will serve her in her darkest hours and in her glory too.” A cake to mark the completion of 125 years of the school was also cut on the occasion. The members of The Old Oak Grovian Association (TOGA) welcomed the chief guest by presenting a flower bouquet and felicitated the oldest student of 1946 batch Eric Kerr (retired Lt. General) along with former teacher PK Bagchi on the occasion. Eric Kerr, speaking on the occasion, said that it was indeed an emotional moment for him to come back to the school on its 125th year and relive the cherished moments he spent in the school. The Railway Minister for State Adhir Ranjan Chaudhry congratulated the school for completing 125 years of successful existence and said that it was indeed heartening to see so many former students from around the globe attending the school and leading a successful life. Lt.General (Retd) Eric Kerr was felicitated on the occasion by the TOGA members. The member of the staff railway board Subodh Jain and adviser to the Railway Board, also former students, speaking on the occasion said that for them it was a chance to experience ''fun days again.'' Another former student Dharmendar Kumar from 1988 batch, Medical Superintendent HCG, SMH Curie, Cancer Centre, Delhi, said that it was due to the values and the education imparted by the school that he was able to serve the patients, in what is considered South East Asia’s largest cancer care provider. He further said that the former students would be glad to serve the people by conducting several free cancer related camps and seminars to create awareness and provide help to the cancer patients in and around Mussoorie and give something back to society in the process. Shivani Malhotra,Seema Madan,PVR Verma,Hanish Ahuja and Rupak Biswas, elated to attend the function, said that reunions are something that people can't afford to miss as one could see the alumni excitedly hugging their friends. "Meeting your friends is one of the best feelings. We wrote messages on our friends' shirts to keep the memory of the reunion function alive,” said Ajit Asthana and RS Cheema from the batch of 1987. The TOGA secretary Bri- jesh Bhutani thanked all the former students for attending the function despite their busy schedule and also thanked the Northern Railways and the school administration for its support to the function. Rajesh Srivastava, who runs DPS School in Bihar and is a former student of the school, commended the efforts of the executive committee members of TOGA, specially, Venkat Gandikota, T.Gupta, Brijesh Bhutani and Bal Krishan Tanwar for organising a successful reunion. Anoopa Prasad,PVR Verma,Sanjiv Rishi,Sunny Bakshi,ChunmunVyas,Vino d Kapoor,Deepak Kohli,BN Singh,Puneet Monga,Sudip Bajpai,Ramesh Tanwar,Madhumita Singha, Hanish Ahuja,Seema Madaan, Alka Sharma and other former students were present on the occasion. WALKING DOWN MEMORY LANE: Student of the 1946 batch Lt-Gen Eric Kerr (retd) being felicitated during the 125th reunion celebrations at Oak Grove School, Mussoorie, on Monday.
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