Wednesday, July 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


56.05 pc pass Middle Annual Examination
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, July 1
As many as 56.05 per cent candidates have been declared pass in the Middle Annual Examination-2003 conducted by the Haryana Board of School Education.

The result of the examination will be declared tomorrow. Mr Rambir Singh, Chairman of the Board informed today that as many as 4,05,095 candidates had appeared in the examination, of which 2,29,484 had passed whereas 36,930 candidates were placed in the compartment.

He said that 1,74,902 girls appeared in the examination and 1,01,440 girls had passed (pass percentage of 58), whereas out of 2,30,193 boys who appeared in the examination, 1,28,044 were successful, showing a pass percentage of 55.62.

He said that the pass percentage of regular candidates was 57.02 in comparison to 46.57 per cent of private candidates.

Private schools fared well by showing a pass percentage of 67.98, whereas the pass percentage in government schools was 46.61. Schools in urban areas had a pass percentage of 63.04, whereas this percentage was 54.8 in case of schools in rural areas.

He said that the result would be available on Interactive Voice Response System, websites, helpline and print media.

The Secretary of the Board, Mr Rakesh Gupta, said that the result with detailed marks would be available on Internet website and on July 2 from 7 am onwards.

The educational institutions will be able to download the result from these websites by entering their school code before their e-mail address. The Board had already sent the school codes to all the institutions.

The result would also be available on Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) on telephone no. 011-24357270. He said that 60 lines had been provided on this number. Under this facility, a candidate would be required to dial his 6-digit roll number. For example, if a candidate’s roll number is 155, he or she would have to dial 000155.

He said that with the cooperation of National Informatics Centre, IVRS facility was being provided to candidates.


Mystery of the Orient all set to enliven the stage
Smriti Kak

The Orient has been an inspiration for designer, artists and painters. Designers Ashima and Leena have used the colours, motifs and the mystery of the Orient to put together their collection for the Lakme India Fashion Week.

The collection labelled ‘Chi’, which means energy, brings out the diverse hues and colours in a palette dedicated to make their client feel warm, rich and tranquil. The silhouettes have been borrowed from monk cloaks and the Shaolin tribe.

The fabrics follow a fluid like line with emphasis on an opaque and semi-opaque look. The finest quality of Chinese crepes, Chinese georgette and satins has been offset with fine textured organza and silk net. The colour sensibility forms the main stay of the line, directly ending its route to the Asian connoisseur of the bright and boldly captured hues.

The designers elucidate that ‘Chi’ rules in water and turquoise have been used to promise peace and synergy.

The waterbeds see beige, dull gold and ivory coastlines on tone effects.

Lime green comes from an Indonesian orchid, framed for its striking colour and aphrodisiac quality.

The colour black has been used to denote the royalty brought out in the collections, where a dragon has been used for embellishment.

Technique is abundant in embroidery and follows the Zen approach. Three-dimensional flowers in the fabric hint at the subtle, yet strong influence of ivory and zari gets minimalised to look like a brocade patch on a black ensemble. Swarovski and French knots have also been put to good use. 


Harnessing talent for the glam world

The eagerness of the youngsters to walk the ramp has persuaded international modeling agencies to open shops in India.
The eagerness of the youngsters to walk the ramp has persuaded international modeling agencies to open shops in India. 

The combination of unlimited moolah and the electrifying world of glamour will have even the staid and the imbecilic trying hard to give it a shot, even if it means working long hours and saying adieu to food.

The fact that youngsters are eager to walk the ramp and be a shutterbug’s delight, is proved by the sheer number of agencies and grooming centres opening shop across the country. The city itself has seen a spate of such professional agencies and schools run by former models and beauty queens.

A Pakistani model displays a creation of an Indian designer at Bridal Asia-Karachi.
A Pakistani model displays a creation of an Indian designer at Bridal Asia-Karachi. 

Apart from the much-awaited LIFW, the latest to make an entry on the modelling front is the ‘Poise Modelling Contest’. Poise Events and Entertainment, which is the sole licensee of ‘Metropolitan Models, Paris’, is organising the ‘Metropolitan Top Model Contest’ for the first time in India. The model agency claims to have discovered supermodels like Claudia Schiffer in a Dusseldorf discotheque, Eva Herzigova, Diana Gartner and Tanga Moreau.

The agency is now looking for models with an ‘Indian look’ The contest, which claims to offer the ‘highest prize money’ of US $ 450,000, will be a national hunt, with regional selections at Delhi Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore in September and the final scheduled for October.

The winner will represent India at the international top model contest, where contestants from 50 countries will participate.

Meanwhile, India seems to have attracted a fair share of foreign clientele. Elite Model Management, India, which began its operation in the city, has decided to take care of the careers of 12 models chosen by it.

These ‘raw’ models have been chosen for their potential to electrify the glamour world. The hefty sum charged by the agency for the 100- hours exclusive grooming programme is aimed at launching these models into the highest orbit of the glam world. As for the students, being chosen by the agency is nothing short of a “miracle”.


Beating the heat in the Indian summer

Shirts with bright colours will keep you cool this summer.
Shirts with bright colours will keep you cool this summer. 

This summer you could well describe your good old cotton shirts as “genie”. While some will have you cool off in the English countryside, others will have you soak in the comforts of a vineyard promenade.

Louis Philippe summer collection titled Riviera takes inspiration from the French vineyards, with rustic refined charm of the medieval French wine barons.

The collection is replete with bright colours and deeper hues. These “pure collection”, as the makers describe it, “heralds a return to whites”. The shirts are predominantly white with light checks and stripes in soft pastels flowing in.

Peter England, with their English cotton collection, is offering the customers, “value for money”. They claim their collection will “transport you from the midst of the blistering heat of the Indian summer to the cool, refreshing ambience of an English countryside”.

The collection made from imported cotton fabrics is available in 22 shades.


Quality fabrics at affordable price

In a crowded Pitampura market, stands an outlet offering fabrics that have been manufactured to give the consumer value for their money. Suri Handloom House, which was established in 1995 by Amit Suri, is a well-known dealer for Golden Home Furnishings and has earned a reputation for offering quality fabrics.


A complete range of contemporary menswear for the fashion conscious.John Players Special

Wills Sports have launched a broad array of branded garments titled the ‘John Players’. The collection includes a contemporary range of menswear, shirt, trousers, denims and T-shirts. 


A complete range of contemporary menswear for the fashion conscious.


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