Pomp, Gaiety Mark Independence Day in Coimbatore

The 69th Independence Day was celebrated with pomp and gaiety in the city .

Published: 16th August 2015 04:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2015 04:14 AM   |  A+A-

COIMBATORE:The 69th Independence Day was celebrated with pomp and gaiety in the city on Saturday. An impressive parade and colourful traditional programmes marked the occasion at VOC ground.

District Collector Archana Patnaik unfurled the tricolour and accepted the guard of honour from the Armed Forces, Police, Home Guards, Fire Brigade and, NCC and Scout students.

iday1.jpgDuring the celebrations freedom fighters were honoured with shawls and gifts.

Various officials were awarded for their performance in their respective fields. Sewing machines, irons and other incentives were distributed to numerous beneficiaries.

City Commissioner of Police A K Viswananthan, West Zone Inspector General of Police K Shankar, district Superintendent of Police M Sudhakar, District Revenue Officer T Christu Raj and other officials were present.

CMCH Opens Special Ward for Destitutes

On the occasion of Independence Day, a special ward for destitutes was inaugurated at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital. As a goodwill gesture, Little Hearts, a social organisation has donated 10 cots and beds, arranged for three private nurses and also agreed to bear the expenses to run the ward.

Also. five new counters to issue tickets for out-patients were inaugurated.

“Our plan is to issue only new tickets from the new counters and the renewal of existing op tickets from the existing three counters. This will prevent patients from waiting for hours in the queue,” said CMCH Dean Dr A Edwin Joe after hoisting the national flag at the hospital.

Pep Talk on Yoga at Central Jail

Prisoners at the Coimbatore Central Prison celebrated Independence Day, along with top prison department officials on Saturday. The prisoners were given sweets and also imparted Yoga lessons at the prison. Reformed prisoners, who were leading successful lives in freedom, after serving their sentences, addressed the prisoners and spoke of how Yoga had helped bring them in conformity with the law. The tricolour was unfurled later in the day.


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