Monday, April 17, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Trishna’s second trip jammed
By Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 16 — Non-availability of funds has held up Trishna’s second around the world sailing expedition for over a decade. Trishna — Corps of Engineers’ ocean going yatch — had last circumnavigated the globe from September 1985 to January 1987.

Talking to this correspondent here, Trishna’s team manager, Brig TPS Chowdhury said that the case for the yatch’s second around the world cruise had been taken up with the government as far back as in 1988 - 89 and the expedition had then been cleared at the highest level by the Rajiv Gandhi Government. Lack of funds, however, held up the cruise.

Trishna, which returned home last month after another cruise to several SAARC and ASEAN countries, had then become the first Indian yatch to have sailed around the world. Its 10-member crew had traversed 30,000 nautical miles, calling on over 30 ports.

Brig Chowdhury said that the next world cruise being considered would cover about 25,000 nautical miles. ‘’The proposed route is through Sri Lanka, Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope and get into the belt of Roaring Forties and sail across the Atlantic for Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America. “Thereafter we will enter the Tasmania Sea which lies between Australia and the Antartica,’’ he said.

Estimating the cruise duration to be about an year, Brig Chowdhury said that the route would be very challenging and exciting, especially in the Roaring Forties belt as the wind speed there is always about 40 knots.

“A note in this regard will be sent to the Defence Minister soon,” he said, adding that the team is looking for suitable sponsors.

The primary consideration for the cruise is getting a new yatch as Trishna, which was built in 1970, is considered too old to face the rigors of a world cruise. ‘’The proposed cruise would cost about Rs 1.5 crore, which would include about Rs 1 crore for acquiring a new fully equipped boat. The rest of the expenditure would involve rations, entry taxes and berthing charges at ports, maintenance and special kits required for sailing in extreme cold climate,’’ the team manager said.

Since the first historic world expedition, Trishna which is 36 feet long and has a gross weight of 10.5 tonnes, has undertaken three major sailing expeditions — Mumbai to Singapore in 1994 - Around the Indian Ocean in 1996 - 97 and visit to ASEAN and SAARC countries in 1999 - 2000. Besides, Trishna is also used to impart sailing training to select Army officers and put out to sea twice a year.Back


Priyanka Chopra all set for contest
By Akanksha Sharma
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 16 — Femina Miss India World 2000, Priyanka Chopra is all set to make a mark at the “Miss World” beauty pageant in London on December 2. Her attractive features, delicate figure, sparkling eyes, shinning hair and glowing skin brightens with the unshaken confidence this young girl has in herself. She was in the city to launch e-f@shion a new curriculum of the National Institute of Fashion Design.

Excerpts of the interview with her:

Q: How do you feel as you prepare for the Miss World Pageant -2000?

A: I am thrilled and now have a great sense of responsibility for the country. I strongly believe that sense of responsibility is the sense of perfection. And with the sense of perfection comes enthusiasm. Without expectations there can be no perfection and no enthusiasm. So I am very enthusiastic about it.

Q: How is the Miss World contest different from the Miss Universe pageant?

A: At the Miss Universe pageant judges are looking for much more than mere physical features and power of speech. Miss World, on the contrary focuses on physical fitness and “rhetorics”.

Q: How are you preparing yourself for the contest?

A: My training starts from June, when I will undergo a speech therapy and daily workouts.

Q: Who is designing your costume for the pageant?

A: Ritu Kumar and Hemant Trivedi. Hemant motivates me a lot.

Q: There is supposed to be a lot of harassment in this profession. Is it true?

A: No, in fact this is the most respectful profession and pageant. Otherwise my parents would never let me participate in it. I come from a very conservative family.

Q: Why the most of the girls who make it to Miss India have a defence background?

A: According to me we have been to the whole country, travelled approximately every two years. This is the reason that we know more about the culture in the different regions of the country, hence can tell more about the country. I also feel that these girls are wholly developed.

Q: What do you plan to do if you win the Miss world Pageant?

A: I will use the power to help people by influencing them. For me the important thing would be to educate the illiterate.

Q: Did you always aim to be a Miss India?

A: No, I never thought about it. But I always wanted to represent the country. I am lucky to have got the chance to do so.

Q: How do you cope with the sudden celebrity status?

A: I have not lost my grounds. I still coolly go out shopping in Mumbai. Yes, but there are few things that I miss now. I can’t go out alone in Barelli, where my parents stay.

Q: What are things you hate the most?

A: I hate small talk and the crying of a baby who is not fed by the mother.

Q: Your favourite actor and actress?

A: Sharukh Khan is so so, I like Kishore Kumar. And among actresses, Madhubala and Kajol.

Q: Tell something more about yourself?

A: My date of birth is July 18, I love singing and dancing, love listening to music and I read a lot. I still have to appear for my class XII exam. I love eating the food prepared by grandmother. My favourite place is Ladakh.

Q: What kind of a man would you like to marry?

A: A man who is honest and stands by his words. Back


Priyanka Chopra launches e-fashion
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 16 — Femina Miss India World 2000, Priyanka Chopra, launched e-fashion, a new curriculum of the National Institute of Fashion Design here today. The e-fashion curriculum is a fusion of fashion and Internet. It is an extension of the regular courses offered at the NIFD.

Priyanka said fashion was what one wore when one wanted to wear. "Fashion is in everything. My favourite dress is sari. It is supposed to cover and still make you look beautiful. It makes you glide," she said.

This friendly girl loves Chandigarh and finds it a fun place. "I feel at home here. Chandigarh has good people and nice places to visit." Children were seen following Priyanka, taking a fancy to her.

According to her, the environment of Chandigarh is the best in the country and she prays that it stays the same. She also said, "I can only contribute by talking to people, by making them realise that education is important. I will use the power which I have as a celebrity to help me achieve this goal."

This course is designed to give the students an insight into the working of Internet, its practical use, fashion and design-related software, besides the basics of e-commerce.

The students will be provided with their own e-mail accounts. For the students of the two-year course, the NIFD is creating free web pages to enable them to earn while they learn through e-commerce. This e-fashion will enable students to merchandise, market and advertise on the Internet.

Students can watch works of all top designers of the world at only a click of the mouse. They can also see different varieties of material available throughout the world on the Net. They can also exchange ideas and designs with the other professionals.Back


Man behind the show

THE other day there was a fashion show at Bhargava Auditorium. Prior to that Chandigarh models thrilled spectators with their catwalk at the launch of Domino’s Pizza at Shimla and Jalandhar. Before that they sashayed down the ramp to the thundering applause of audience at another fashion show, and the list goes on.... The girls of Chandigarh have entered the upcoming world of modelling with a bang. The audience, too, knows most of the models. It also knows the compere, and sponsors of the show. But the real force behind the show — the choreographer — on whose command the models take each and every step, who finalises the script to be read by the compere, and who decides the music to be played for different rounds, remains an anonymous entity.Though Chandigarh is considered the prime centre for arranging fashion shows in the region, the models of the city lack professionalism. And good choreographer is a scarce commodity. After Arshad Khan moved from this place a few years ago, only Jeet Brar remains as a true choreographer. While one of them, Priyanka Singh, has been successful, others have failed to prove their expertise as a choreographer. However, some of them, like the young team of Gagreen and Jaspreet, have succeeded in procuring the business of organising fashion shows.

A decade of hard work, first as a model and then as a choreographer, has placed Jeet in an enviable position in the fashion arena. A double postgraduate (in ancient history and geography), he is a veteran of more than 200 fashion shows — some of which he conducted as assistant choreographer, some as co-choreographer, and some as independent choreographer. Hailing from a Jat Sikh family, this soft spoken and humble young man entered into this field due to his childhood craze for acting and modelling. — T.P.Back


Electricity Department told to repay Rs 15 lakh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 16 — Giving the verdict in a significant case filed here by the Life Insurance Corporation against the SDO (Electricity) of the Electricity Division 4, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has held the Electricity Department guilty of overcharging the LIC to the tune of Rs 15 lakh in connection with the bill on a certain meter.

The Commission bench comprising its President, Mr Justice J.B. Garg, and members, Dr P.K. Vasudeva and Ms Devinderjit Dhatt, also directed the department to repay the excess amount charged (Rs 15 lakh), along with a 10 per cent interest on the excess payment charged. The interest will be payable from the date of institution of the complaint till its realisation.

The complaint was filed here by the LIC's Senior Divisional Manager who stated that a bill dated January 21, 1999, was wholly unjustified. It was added that after a thorough probe, it was learnt that the multiplier of 10 had also been wrongly used by the respondent while preparing electricity bills.

Filing a reply, the department said in the present case, total consumption should have been calculated and recorded on the meter reading which should have been multiplied by two only. Besides, it was pleaded that on a surprise check, the meter was found to be running slow by 52.68 per cent. It was also stated that accounts of the complainant had been overhauled and necessary credit had been afforded.

The commission, however, came to the conclusion that the department was simply trying to cover up its fault of excess payment by putting the blame on the faulty meter. It was held that in case the meter was faulty, the respondents should have waited for the report of the Electricity Inspector. The bench said, "The respondent has not brought on record the proceedings of any inquiry it conducted into the fault, let alone the report of the Electricity Inspector. After considering all these aspects, we hold that there was excess charging. We direct the respondents to pay Rs 13 lakh specified in the statement furnished by the respondent, plus Rs one lakh erroneously levied on account of slow metering."Back


Mohali water problem may get acute
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, April 16 — Claims by the local Municipal Council officials of improving the water supply this summer notwithstanding, the residents are again in trouble. Complaints of low water pressure on the first and second floors of houses in different parts of the town are on the rise.

The residents lament that each year it was the same problem as three different agencies — the local Municipal Council, the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board and the Public Health Department — were involved in providing the water supply of the town. The officials of the local Municipal Council blame the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, which had been assigned the job of sinking tubewells and the board officials blaming the council of not releasing the funds for the job.

As the departments pass on the buck the sufferers were the residents, especially those living in Phases 3B 1, 3B 2, 5 and 7 . Ms Beena, a resident living on the first floor of a Phase 7 house, had to carry buckets of water daily from the ground floor. The residents of Housing board quarters in Phase 5 complained that water supply on the first and second floors had been poor in the past few days and there was no supply during the afternoon.

The imbalance between the demand and supply of water was likely to continue as the new tubewells being sunk this year were expected to become operational by next year. At present the water requirement of the town, being looked after by the public health department, was 25 MGD whereas only 12.5 MGD was available.Back


Tapasvis honoured on Mahavir Jayanti
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, April 16 — A cultural programme and sermons marked Mahavir Jayanti celebrations at SS Jain Sabha in Sector 17 here today.

The thrust, during the discourse by sadhvis and guru as also in the speech of the chief guest, Mr R.S. Chaudhary, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, was on the adoption of principles of Lord Mahavir and on contributing towards non-violent society. Five tapasvis were also honoured. The five have been practising fasting on alternate days for the past two years.

The programme began with mangla charan, which was followed by hoisting of the flag by Mr R.R. Jain, a social worker. The welcome address was read out by Mr S.K. Jain, an industrialist, who was the guest of honour.

Their gurus, Agyavati Maharaj and Sadhavi Vandana, gave an elaborate account of the saint and his teachings, focussing on his life and mission. The speech of Mr R.S. Chaudhary revolved around the same theme. Other members also spoke at the function, which lasted nearly six hours.

Students of Jaynendra Public School sang hymns in praise of Lord Mahavir and presented a qawwali. Students of Vijay Public School presented gidha. Over Rs 50,000 came by way of donation by sabha members.Back


Kak’s stress on social instinct
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 16 — “Human brain is one of the two precious evolutionary products. The other is social instinct. Man’s personality needs growth and development in four different aspects — intellectual, physical, aesthetics and ethical”. Optimism, kindness, love and gentleness are powerful therapeutic agents.” This was stated by Dr V. K. Kak, Director, Principal of Government Medical College, Sector 32, at the 15th annual convocation of Government College, Sector 46, today. As many as 205 students were awarded degrees by the principal.

Alka Mahajan, Dimple Rawat and Brij Bala of B.A. III and Aseem Jain, Rohit Jain and Sudeep Sogani of B.Com III were awarded for standing first, second and third, respectively, in Panjab University Examinations held in April, 1999. As many as 62 commerce graduates and 132 arts graduates and 11 graduates with honours were awarded degrees today. Among the 205 degree awardees were two blind students.Back


The ugly side of Chandigarh

IN spite of all the publicity to project Chandigarh as ‘the City Beautiful’, the factual position remains otherwise. There are a number of ugly areas and issues that need to be sorted out.Regarding air pollution, the traffic police has mainly concentrated its efforts on private cars and scooters. Though state transport buses and diesel-driven auto-rickshaws pollute the air to a great extent, these go scot-free.

Come April, and a large number of trees shed their leaves. The safai karamcharis broom the leaves, make a heap of these and set these on fire. During this month, one can see a number of such heaps of fire in different sectors of the City. Add to that the smoke emitted by factories and brick-kilns situated on the outskirts of the City.

Another major problem of the City is noise pollution caused by increasing number of vehicles and from loudspeakers. A majority of people consider it essential to install a loudspeaker, and put its volume at the maximum, in all their social and religious functions. Such people bother neither for the studies of the children nor for the discomfort caused to the old people due to this.

Regarding water pollution, a look at the water reservoirs built around foundations in Sector 17 Piazza, Gandhi Bhavan and Library of Panjab University, speaks volumes about ‘responsible’ citizens. The very things created to beautify a place have become ugly sores with algae, plastic bags and rubbish floating on water.

The mushrooming of slums poses another threat to the environment. Their inhabitants keep the surroundings so filthy that it forms a health hazard for the whole city. Many a time, the Chandigarh Administration has tried to settle slum-dwellers by providing them pucca houses, but this social gesture has always misfired. Greed overtakes inhabitants of jhuggi-jhompri colonies, they invite their relatives and friends to come here and consequently the number of slums goes on increasing. It is high time, the Chandigarh Administration stops providing alternative accommodation to people living in these colonies.

To keep the City clean and green, the Administration should not allow anybody to create air, noise and water pollution. It has to adopt a strict attitude. We do not want Chandigarh to follow in the footsteps of Delhi so far as pollution is concerned.

— Thakur ParamjitBack


Drudgery or sacrifice?

IF you happen to pass by DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh, in the afternoon, or any other school, you are bound to notice groups of women huddled on the pavement or on the staircases of the houses nearby. Take a closer look and you will find that they are all mothers waiting to take their children home after school.

While waiting for their children to finish school, mothers while away their time flipping through magazines, indulging in window shopping or gossiping. Often they are accused of being “over-protective” about their children, refusing to leave them in school and return home. Some feel that as they are housewives, they waste their time sitting around the whole day. However, the fact remains that these women have given up living for their own self and pleasure to cater to the needs of the family, full-time.

This sacrifice is neither recognised nor appreciated by the family. “The mother has nothing to do. Who else will take the child back home from school” goes the usual refrain.

Take Rita’s case. She is the first to wake up and prepare tea for the family. Then lunch and tiffin have to be cooked for the office-going husband. The child has to be readied for school. After her morning chores, she barely has time to gobble some breakfast herself and rush to school with the child in tow. Once there, she cannot dream of returning home because of the distance. By the time Rita reaches home, school will be over and it would be time to pick up child. She has no option but to wait for her child.

“We have to wait on the pavement under the scorching sun or heavy rains. Sometimes we take shelter on a stranger’s portico but only if the owner of the house is kind enough”, says Rita.

Adds Sharmila, “And after all the waiting, we trudge back home to more work and family duties”. As if this was not enough, these mothers often have to bear with caustic comments about their so-called ‘idleness’ in local buses.

Neelu in upset about this trend and it is not easy to make her talk. She wanted her daughter to study in a school nearer home, but her husband wanted their only child to attend an up-market English medium school. Result? Neelu spends most of her day trying to cope with her daughter’s education.

Most of these mothers “in waiting” feel hurt when the family also accuses them of being lazy and non-productive”. In what respect is the service of a mother and housewife inferior to a job in office, especially when so much of her time and effort are given to the home? Is it possible to evaluate the love and affection behind the selfless service in terms of money? Why should they be treated with derision? The queries are too many.

These mothers, while spending a good part of the day together, develop a strong bond of friendship — it is as if each one understands what the other wants to say or feel. “Here is at least one place where we can speak out our mind,” confesses a mother. “This new-found relationship has given us patience, strength and the courage to keep doing the same thing throughout the year,” adds another.

— Kulwinder SandhuBack


Satsang can change your lifestyle: Sudanshu ji
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 16 —- “Satsang can change the lifestyle of an individual,” says Acharya Sudanshu, who has been delivering discourses at the Sector 17 Circus Ground here since April 13.

He said that when Ms Kiran Bedi asked him to conduct a “satsang” inside Tihar Jail, there were unprecedented changes in the conduct and behaviour of both hardened criminals and undertrials. The changes satsang can bring about in an individual are not possible otherwise.

There has been an overwhelming response to the Dharam Virat Sammelan he has been addressing for the past four days. He maintained that there cannot be any wall or separation between a guru and a disciple.

On the second day of the sammelan he talked about the significance and importance of Baisakhi. He also focussed on the teachings of “Bhagavadgita”.

Talking about saints, he said that they have given peace to the world, while the disciples have given only problems. He said that all saints are respectable. Everyone should become a “bhikshu”, may be for a short span of life, to understand the significance of sacrifice.

The Virat Bhakti Satsang is held both in the mornings and evenings.Back


A nightmare for motorists, pedestrians
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, April 16 — Despite claims by the local Municipal Council of maintaining the basic amenities, uncovered or broken storm water gullies and damaged portions of road berms in certain parts of the town continue to be nightmares for motorists plying on the city roads. Even pedestrians have to be extra careful while using the road berms.

The broken or uncovered storm water gullies were, in fact, being used by safai karamcharis to dump garbage, dry leaves or other waste material gathered during sweeping of the roads. As a result, the storm water drainage system had been choked.

When the problem was highlighted in these columns late last year, the then President of the council had said that the Public Health Department had started the repair of storm water gullies from the Phase 6 side. Laying fresh road berms and repairing the damaged ones was also announced by the Municipal Council.

The lackadaisical attitude of the department concerned can be gauged from the fact that a portion of road along the kerb channel adjacent to the swimming pool in Phase 6 has caved in due to leakage of a water supply line. The leaking pipe line had caused damage to road berms but it was yet to catch the attention of the authorities concerned. After darkness sets in the site posed a danger to passers-by and road users, lamented the residents of the area.

Such scenes of damaged or uprooted road berms in different phases were abundant. A resident of Phase 6 said that often the road berms uprooted for repair of essential services laid underneath was left unattended. Back


Car-borne youths attack watchman
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, April 16—A night-watchman, Agya Bahadur, aged 24, was seriously injured when four car-borne youths attacked him late last night when he tried to stop them in Sector 8. The number of the car in question is DL 3C B 7924, according to the chowkidar and as mentioned in the complaint to the police.

Though last night was the second consecutive visit of the miscreants to the sector, the watchman, suspecting trouble, stood right in front of the car last night to bring it to a halt. His suspicion was aroused since the car had come around the same time the previous night and he had jotted down the number. After coming to a halt, one of the four youths hit him with something heavy on his head and later beat him up in the middle of the road around 1 a.m.

Following the incident, Agya Bahadur rushed to the house of the General Secretary of the Panchkula Welfare Association of Sector 8, Mr HK Sharma, who rushed him to the hospital where he received stitches on his head. During the day, however, he was discharged from hospital.

Also, information of the incident was passed on to the Sector 7 police post and a deputation of the association led by the President, Mr RP Malhotra, met the Superintendent of Police, here today, apprising him of the incident. Also, the need to step up police surveillance to prevent such incidents was stressed at the meeting. Mr Malhotra said that the deputation was told that interrogation in the case was already on.Back


One killed, 2 hurt in road accident
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 16 — One person was killed and two others were injured in a road accident involving two scooters and a tractor here yesterday.

According to the police, Mr Kamal Krishan and his wife, Sharda, were riding one scooter while Mr Inder Singh was driving another scooter. Both the scooters were hit by a tractor near Government College for Girls, Sector 42.

Pickpocket held: The police on Saturday arrested Parmod Kumar of Pipliwala town in Mani Majra on the charge of pickpocketing at the Sector 17 Circus Ground.A purse containing Rs 50 was recovered from his possession.

Case registered: The police on Saturday arrested Subash Singh of Buterla and recovered from his possession stolen pack vouchers worth Rs 1.79 lakh following a complaint by Mr Sunil Datt Ram Pal of Sector 26.

Cash, clothes stolen: Mr Sanjay Kumar Saxena of Attawa has lodged a complaint with the police that someone has stolen Rs 2,500 in cash and some clothes from his house while he was away.Back


They will be a cut above the rest this summer
By Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 16 — Twin tantalising side slits — exposing once nothing-to-brag-about knee-length skirts to admiring glances — are cool in the summer of 2000.

Back slit is out of season. Front tear — “It looks so-o damn cheap”. Deep side cuts are the new wheeze. Among hovering flappers that is.

“Two or nothing is the latest scream,” reveals Fashion Designing Institute Director Ritu Kochhar. “Bare-to-dare attitude, they reveal. Are also chic. Any stuff will do. Only the fall must be good, graceful. The colours too must be cheerful. Chrome yellow, floral red and prussian blue are the favourties”.

Not surprising, Jhankar has picked up three. Is perfecting the art of smoothing the cuts, strategically. At the right moment too. “I will drive down in ‘em to the college once the session begins,” she chirps. “‘M looking forward to it.”

If skirt is dad’s objection, worry not. Choose Capris. Also Crop Pants. The snazzy trousers happily rolling down till just below the knees. The ones with “K-ool” embroidery, hugging the legs with strings or elastic, are the in-thing.

“Forget denims this season. Tuck them in some remote corner of your wardrobe,” says city-based fashion designer Zeenat. “Dive into capris, pedal pushers and crop pants dazzling happily in basket-weave, jute and matte linen. Search for turquoise blue, oyster pink, faun and cream hues”.

Team `em with tops having puffed sleeves adorned with Swarovski crystals and bugle beads. In also are hand-pleaded blouse in woven cotton and cutwork backless blouse held together by strings. Saphagetti top is the new wrinkle.

“Go in for pastel colours. Look for camel, beige, earthy browns. Bright orange, shaded chiffon in mauve and lilac, even white, is attractive,” asserts Ritu Kochhar. “Make sure you pick up tops with velcro tapes. Buttons are passť. In shirts, buy only the ones with quarter sleeves. Long look outdatish”.

Gently place fisherman cap, instead of golf, over the silky tresses before venturing out in the sun. It’ll shield you from sun’s crushing onslaught, besides imparting a fresh look.

Also remember, unbalanced, heavily stacked platform, hindering your walk and affecting your posture are out for good. Look out for sneakers, floaters. Shop for block heels sandals only if height is “prime consideration”.

In formals, you have ankle-length close-fitting dress with lycra stretch strips running vertically along the sides. You can even slip into knee-length, tight, double layered skirts for the evening bash. Drape seductive sandwashed crepe sarees, or the ones in sensuous satins, even tawny tussars.

For suit lovers, displayed in the showroom windows under the high-wattage bulbs are zany short or sleeveless kurtas with fitted churidars. Chicken motifs are also in.Back


Sick industries’ plea to FM
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 16 — “The banks all over the country are crying for the recovery of NPA’s/sticky loans from the industry, which is to the tune of Rs. 58,000 crore. Still the banks are not obeying the instructions of the RBI” said Mr. S. R. Kaushal, President, North Zone, Sick Industry, in an emergency meeting of the office bearers here today.

The association passed resolutions which are duly brought to the notice of Mr Yashwant Sinha, Finance Minister, Government of India. The facts sent to the Finance Minister for favourable consideration are that many SSI units’ cases are pending in the courts and DRTs.

They have approached PNB, SBI and other banks for settlement of their loan cases. But the banks are not caring to the instructions of the RBI and are delaying on one pretext or the other. This indicates that the banks don’t want to take the responsibilities of settlements.

The North Zone Sick Industries Association has requested the Finance Minister to issue instructions to the banks for the settlement of such cases where the SSI units want to pay off immediately as per circular of settlement. Further, the time of settlement from September, 2000, may be advanced by another one year so that more and more cases are settled and the NPAs are reduced. It has been also requested that the banks be asked to settle the Compromise proposal of the SSIs within a week’s time and they should be accountable for not settling the proposals within a timeframe of seven days.Back


Perfumes flood city markets
By A Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, April 16 — As the summer approaches, a large variety of perfumes are coming up in the market. Eau De Parfum and Eau De Toilet are the most in demand. Deodorants or body sprays are used the most in summer to keep away the sweating odour.

The imported perfumes are priced higher than the Indian perfumes. There are no fixed rates of imported perfumes and deodorants. Prices vary from shop to shop. This is because prices are not printed on the items.

The prices of imported perfumes vary from Rs 500 to Rs 4,500, and deodorants from Rs 110 to Rs 950. Indian perfumes are priced from Rs 200 to Rs 1,500 and deodorants from Rs 110 to Rs 200. Some customers differentiate between perfumes by assessing the prices and not the fragrances.

Girls get more attracted to masculine perfumes. Anti-perspiration deodorants are more in demand because there is no reaction of these on the body. Some people hate perfumes because these cause allergy and rashes.

Perfumes should not be sprayed on the skin because the high alcohol present in these is prone to side effects. There are very few alcohol-free perfumes in the market. Roll-on deodorants should not be used excessively as pores get closed and affect the skin.Back

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