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Noida: Independence Day celebrations held in GB Nagar

District magistrate BN Singh unfurled the National Flag and paid homage to martyrs who had died in the freedom struggle at the collectorate in Surajpur.

noida Updated: Aug 15, 2017 22:58 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
Noida,Independence Day,GB Nagar
Residents celebrate Independence Day at Logix Blossom County, Sector 137, Noida.

Independence Day was celebrated across Gautam Budh Nagar with much enthusiasm. Cultural programmes were held in government offices, cultural institutions, housing societies, schools, colleges and non-government organisations.

District magistrate BN Singh unfurled the National Flag and paid homage to martyrs who had died in the freedom struggle at the collectorate in Surajpur.

“Today, we are able to celebrate Independence Day because of the martyrs. We achieved this independence with great difficulty, after decades of standing up to the British Empire. Therefore, we have to take a pledge to keep our independence intact,” said Singh.

Superintendent of police (rural) Suniti unfurled the flag and took the guard of honour at the SSP ground in Surajpur. Meanwhile, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Love Kumar, along with station house officer of Kasna, Jitendra Kumar, were awarded ‘appreciation medal’ in Meerut by Meerut’s inspector general Prashant Kumar.

At the India International Mega Trade Fair, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union minister of state for tourism and culture, hoisted the National Flag on a 163-foot flagpole, in a first, in the presence of Dadri MLA Tejpal Singh Nagar, ex-MLA of Noida Vimala Batham and other dignitaries. It took almost six and a half minutes for the flag, weighing 18 kilograms, and measuring 54 feet by 36 feet to be hoisted. Volunteers facilitated the ceremony by holding the flag till it attained a height of 50 feet.

Residents of Logix Blossom County in Sector 137, Noida, celebrated Independence Day with enthusiasm. The flag hoisting and singing of the National Anthem were followed by musical performances by children, dances, races and speeches inside the housing complex.

Students of Rotary Institute of Special Children (RISC), a trust of Rotary Club of Delhi Riverside, celebrated ‘Spirit of Freedom at 70’ programme in a special way. Deaf and Dumb children danced to patriotic songs and Bollywood numbers in a synchronised manner.

A partly differently abled child, Gaurav, recited a ‘bhajan’. Nisha, who is suffering from Down syndrome, Neha, who is physically challenged and Veeru, who is mildly specially able, also recited poems on the occasion. The programme was attended by the trust’s chairman, Rajesh Agarwal, president of Rotary Club of Delhi Riverside and promoter of the trust, Rohit Dubey, trustees PK Gupta, Satish Gupta, Rakesh Gupta, Ajit Mishra and PK Singh.

Mrs Kavita Tripathi, the principal of RISC, said, “Children have worked hard to prepare for this programme and so have teachers and staff of the school. The most difficult part was to get perfect coordination between deaf and dumb students.”

The students of Maharishi Vidya Mandir School in Bhangel wore Army uniforms and performed patriotic numbers. The highlight of the programmer was flag hoisting by 19-year-old runner Dharampal Singh Gudha.

At Saraswati Shishu Mandir School in Sector 12, Independence Day was celebrated by remembering the freedom fighters who had died in the struggle.The children recited patriotic poems about Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Lala Lajpat Rai.

The day was also celebrated at Delhi Public School, Noida, Cambridge School, Vishwa Bharati School and Somerville School with equal enthusiasm.

First Published: Aug 15, 2017 22:26 IST