Friday, December 27, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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NSS volunteers spread light of awareness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 26
A 10-day NSS camp of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, concluded here today with the NSS Regional Officer, Mr Gopal urging the students to spread awareness about environmental pollution, water conservation and AIDS. He also flagged-off a rally on water conservation.

During the camp, the volunteers also attended a communal harmony show organised by a Bangalore-based organisation, Bhai Group, besides being briefed on various environmental issues like water conservation, green-house effect and vermi-culture. Besides a field trip to Bhakra Dam, Naina Devi and Anandpur Sahib, AIDS and pulse polio awareness rallies also formed a part of the camp's agenda.

NSS volunteers from the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, organised a pulse polio and AIDS awareness campaign, during which they organised a rally and also undertook a door-to-door survey to provide important tips to villagers. Several grievances projected by local residents were brought to the notice of the village panchayat and the staff of the government dispensary.

Volunteers from Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, visited the School for the Blind, Sector 26, and interacted with the students and distributed sweets among them. A rally was also organised at Kishangarh village and notebooks, pencils and books were distributed among poor students of the village.



N.K. Jainís remand extended
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 26
Former UT Home Secretary and senior Haryana bureaucrat N.K Jain was today further remanded in police custody by a local court in the rape case of a Shimla based girl.

The accused was produced before the UT Duty Magistrate, Mr Phalit Sharma, who, after hearing the police plea for further custody of the accused, remanded N.K. Jain in police custody for two days.

The UT police had sought the police custody of the accused claiming that he had not revealed anything substantial so far, therefore further custodial interrogation of the accused was required. The Duty Magistrate also adjourned the hearing on a bail plea moved by N.K. Jain in the case till December 28.



Blending tradition with glamour
Parbina Rashid

Jaspal SehgalChandigarh, December 26
Jaspal Sehgal the Grasim Mr India International - 2002, seems to be going through a phase of uncertainty. After proving the fact that one does not need to shun one's tradition to storm the fashion world (for Jaspal never thought of sacrificing his beard and turban for the sake of fashion) by winning the title, this confident young man for once seems to be confused about his future.

First the title of Grasim Mr India Intercontinental and then subsequently two more sub-titles in Mr. Tourism International ó 2002 held in Panama in November this year ó The Best Dressed Male Model and Best National Costume and the honour of being the first Indian representative in a international pageant in Panama, but the right opportunities are still eluding him.

"I am a confused person till something concrete comes up," says Jaspal who is currently in the city for a family reunion. There are a few projects lined up for him ranging from show anchoring to movies to commercials but Jaspal is waiting for the right kind of roles before he makes a commitment.

The responsibility of being the first turban-wearing Sikh making this far in the world of fashion seems to weigh heavily on him. "I went to set the trend right for every traditional Sikh person by portraying the right characters and because of that I have to be choosy," he says.

His visit this time in the city has another purpose too. "A lot many enquires are pouring in everyday from the Sikh youngsters regarding how to go about in the modelling scene," he says. "So I am here to tell them through you mediapersons that if you really want to make big you just have to go about it. Do not backout just because youíre different, be courageous enough to be a trendsetter," he advises.

And the courageous risk that he took at the international pageant paid him well, winning him the Best National Costume award in a country where knowledge about India's heritage or fashion trend was almost zero. "I designed a dress by taking inspiration from Maharaja Ranjit Singh's dresses and fusing that particular style with modern day parallel trousers and shirt in white raw silk teaming it up with a golden scarf around the waist," he describes. Though a business graduate from Canada and involved with in his family's shipping business, Jaspal has always been keen on fashion designing.

"But I am not planning to get into full time designing," he informs. I might be designing for people exclusively but never for the masses, he adds. So we know now what he does not want to do but what about his likes ? "I have got an offer from a Spanish movie and a couple of Bollywood productions which are still in the pipeline," he says.


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