I-Day celebrated with patriotic fervour, gaiety

Several political, social organisations as well as educational institutions celebrated 70th Independence Day with patriotic fervor and gaiety at various places of Jammu region.
At Ramban, the 70th Independence Day was celebrated with patriotic zeal and fervour wherein Minister for PHE, Sham Lal Choudhary unfurled the national flag and took salute from the march past contingents.
The main function was organised at District Police Line Ground, Chandrog where large number people including officers and officials from civil, police and Army participated.
As many as 25 contingents of Police, IRP, CRP, Forest Protection force, Army band, NCC cadets and students from various Government and private schools took part in the march past.
The chief guest appreciated the efforts of civil administration and local people for maintaining the common brotherhood and harmony in the district.
On this day, Lt Gen Satish Dua, the Chinar Corps Commander extended his greetings to the brave and dedicated personnel and families of the Chinar Corps on I-Day celebration and congratulated the proud gallantry award winners. The General officer also conveyed his warm greetings to the Awaam of Kashmir and reassured them of their Army’s commitment towards their safety, security, and well being.
At Doda, District Congress Committee (DCC) Doda celebrated Independence Day at Seri Bazar Bhaderwah. MLC Naresh Kumar Gupta hoisted the national flag. He threw light on the importance of the day and recalled sacrifices of freedom fighters.
Gupta explained in detail about the unique freedom struggle under the leadership of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi and the other heroes who laid down their lives for bringing this auspicious day when the Constitution of the great Democratic Country was implemented. While throwing the light on the lives of freedom fighters who laid down their lives during the struggle, he asked the people to take pledge on this day for performing their assigned duties in the service of the people honestly and delicately. He also stressed the need for eradication of all types of corruption from the society due to which every type of evils have emerged. Sweets were also distributed on this occasion.
The Independence Day was celebrated with a great deal of enthusiasm and gusto in the entire Ladakh region by people of all communities and sub regions. Flag hoisting ceremonies were conducted at about 30 different locations across the length and breath of the Ladakh region in Govt schools and other central places in which more than ten thousand civilians wholeheartedly participated. Apart from Flag hoisting ceremonies, cultural programmes by school children with ‘National Integration’ as the dominant theme were also held in which the children participated with great enthusiasm. The wholehearted participation of the general population of the region in the flag hoisting ceremonies and the nationalistic & patriotic fervour displayed by them was indeed heartening. Apart from the above, a wreath laying ceremony was also conducted at Rezang La War memorial to commemorate and honour of the gallant last stand taken by Maj Shaitan Singh PVC (Posthumous) and his gallant men of ‘C’ Coy 13 KUMAON during the Chinese aggression of 1962.
At Bhaderwah, Independence Day celebrated with patriotic fervour and zeal. The celebrations marked singing of the national anthem and unfurling of the national flag by SDM Bhaderwah Mohd Anwar Banday in the premises of Govt Hr. Sec. School Boys, Bhaderwah. The Tiny Tots and students of various educational institutions proudly wore the tri-colour and sang patriotic songs. SDM Bhaderwah Mohd Anwar Banday said that the nation owes gratitude to these great leaders, who sacrificed their lives to secure freedom for the country.
In the same way, Dulhasti Power Station and Bursar HE Project celebrated Independence Day with great enthusiasm at Kendriya Vidyalaya Premises Kishtwar wherein a large number of employees, CISF Personnel, their family member and school children participated. Harish Bulchandani, Chief Engineer (Civil), Dulhasti Power Station was the chief guest who unfurled the national tricolor. Bulchandani recalled and paid homage to the martyrs of freedom who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country. He stressed upon the need of electricity generation for the development of the country.
Similarly, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) in consonance with the theme declared by the Ministry of HRD – “Yaad-Karo-Qurbani”, jubilantly observed 70th Independence Day. The national flag was unfurled by Vice-Chancellor Dr Sanjeev Jain, who called upon the students to always remember those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation and emphasised in his address that the growth of nation is not possible without excellence in education.
The Independence Day was also celebrated at Army Public School, Udhampur wherein teachers and students gathered in the school to celebrate the day with great splendour, joy and respect to the motherland. to commemorate the sovereignty of our nation, Col Jagdish Gadekar and the Principal, Sanjeev Kumar of the school unfurled the tri-colour flag and all in unison sang the National Anthem and expressed the joy of freedom.
Valley View Army Public School celebrated the 70th Independence Day with a colourful and patriotic performance by the tiny tots and primary school children. The GOC, from the Army was the chief guest on the occasion along with Sujata Chaturvedi, Chairperson, Family Welfare Organisation, who also graced the occasion. The event witnessed an overwhelming response from the school children and their parents who turned up in large numbers to witness
In another function, Bharatiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) High School Ramban celebrated Independence Day with national fervour, patriotic zeal and enthusiasm.
MLA Ramban Neelam Kumar Langeh was the chief guest, who unfurled the national flag in the school premises and Dy Chief Education Officer Ramban, Bal Ji Thaploo was the guest of honour.
A colourfull cultural programme comprising national songs, folk songs
and dance, Yog Asan spell bound audience were the centre of attraction.

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