Wednesday, April 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Experts lay stress on adopting 
Indian management principles
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, April 8
Experts speaking at a seminar organised here by Amity Business School stressed on adopting business paradigms, modules and management principles that have moorings in the country’s ethos.

The seminar, co-ordinated also by the Gurgaon Management Association (GMA) and the Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA), was attended by top corporate executives based in Gurgaon and Delhi. The theme of the seminar was ‘Organisational effectiveness - key to success in global competitive environment’.

The Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr Sanjay Paswan, called for management planning based on the country’s legacy and heritage. The country’s scriptures and values, which are several thousand years old, have pronunciations on best management principles, he added.

The secretary-general of the GMA, Dr B. L. Malhotra, also echoed views on similar lines. He said men, material and money are important to an organisation like a three-legged stool. Rational growth of all the three are required for sustainable growth of an organisation, he added.

The founder president of the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (RBEF), an umbrella body of the Amity chain of academic institutes and chairman of the AKC Group of Companies, Dr Ashok K. Chauhan, said that Indians are the most tolerant, imaginative and dynamic individuals. If they are given a level playing field in any portfolio, they are capable of beating their peers from any part of the world. He lamented that a majority of the people are hankering only after material growth without caring for the verities of life. He stressed that vocational institutes must focus on the aspect of ethics and normative values in business practices.

Mr Binay Kumar and Mr Rajan Dutta, top executives of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd and Touchtel, respectively, also stressed on indigenous principles in management of an organisation.



Simultaneous Board exams from next year
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 8
The Board of School Education, Haryana, has decided to conduct the middle, high and higher secondary examinations simultaneously from next year to check the menace of copying by the examinees, which has assumed alarming proportions in the state.

Giving this information, Mr Ranbir Singh, Chairman of the board, told mediapersons at Gohana town, 35 km from here, yesterday that the number of examination centres would be decreased from 1,800 to 1,000. The board would supply the question papers to each centre superintendent on the same day so that the leakage of question papers could be checked.

He also disclosed that the board would conduct the examination of the cancelled papers at the district headquarters and the examinees would be charged Rs 100 each for this. The board, he said, would not set up any examination centre for three years at those places where the question papers were cancelled or the centres abolished. He disclosed that the board would also ask the vigilance department to hold an inquiry into the complaints of leakage of question papers. The board, he said, had already identified 12 privately managed schools in this regard. There are also complaints that certain centre superintendents were in league with the management of these schools.

Referring to the examinations to be started from April 10, the Chairman said that the board has already requested the district and police authorities to deploy more police force to check outside interference and violations of the prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC effectively around the examination centres.

He alleged that the districts of Rewari, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Bhiwani were on the top in using unfair means whereas there were some incidents in Kurukshetra, Karnal and Yamunanagar. The situation in the districts of Gurgaon and Faridabad was much better in this regard, he added.



Toasting to style, designer duo pay 
tributes to brides
Smriti Kak

A model in Ashima and Leena's creation
A model in Ashima and Leena's creation.

In this summer, designer duo Ashima and Leena are paying tributes to the brides. The two have stolen a march over their counterparts who remained content designing for brides last winter. The idea of having a collection for the ‘summer brides’ came from the Hindu calendar that marks the period between July and October as inauspicious for solemnising weddings. ‘Brides of Spring’, a spring summer collection, offers brides a melange of bridal suited for the scorching summer.

“Apart from designs for the brides who will get married this summer, the collection also has clothes that are worn in the domestic market,” says Leena.

She adds that while most designers concentrate on “what is seen on the international ramps, we want to give the customers what they can wear outdoors.”

The collection, which is being unveiled at the Uzbekistan Embassy, since, “Tashkent and India are quite alike in tastes” will have clothes in hues of reds, pinks and blues. “There are shararas, ghararas and the embroidery is Arabic and done keeping in mind the taste of the modern brides who do not like the old and antiquated embroidery,” explains Leena.

She adds that Ashima has also done specialised accessories to go with the clothes. 



Hary is a heady remix buff
Nalini Ranjan

With two mega hit albums, Kanta Laga and Kaliyon Ka Chaman, singer Hary Anand has now become the much-talked in the field of remix music. A new Punjabi album, Hai Rabba from T-Series, well-known musician Anand Raj Anand’s younger brother, Hary Anand claims that the album would certainly leave an impression. All the songs of the album has been sung and composed by him. The first song of the album Chahe Jitte Rahe is a romantic-cum-sad, based on the theme of living with out the one you love most. The other numbers are light and melodious.

On the eve of the release of his album, Hary said that right from ribbon recording to computer recording, Indian music has come a long way and today’s age is of remix music. If remix is composed with proper care then the original melody of that particular song will be intact.

Hary started his career as a remix composer in 1994, on the songs composed by veteran music composers like Laxmi Kant Pyare Lal and Shankar Jai Kishan. But success came with the Kanta remix. Now, this album has broken all the previous record. “Over dose of music is not remix. And remix can never take the place of original numbers,” says Hary.

Nobody can imitate Taj Mahal. We only try to give a new look to the old numbers. Hary is the younger brother of well-known music composer Anand Raj Anand. Originally from Delhi, Hary shifted to Mumbai in 1994. Till date, more than 30 remix and Punjabi pop albums come in to his credit. Hary had also sung two songs for Hindi film Bichchu.



A musical nite that heals everyone

From the celebrated stars of Hollywood to our never-ageing Rekha, the list of people who vouch for the therapeutic attributes of yoga can run into miles. Nivedita Joshi, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi’s daughter, has gone public about her experience with the age-old healing technique. An exponent of the ‘Iyengar Yoga’ and the Managing Secretary of Indian Heritage Society, she recently organised a musical night, Yog Sur Aur Sangeet Ka. The organisation that promotes and conserves Indian culture organised the event to raise funds for yoga centre in the Capital. The night saw ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh vocalise the verses of Gulzar, thereby bring forth an amalgamation of talent with genius.

The evening saw a host of who’s who walk into join the celebrated cause. The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L K Advani topped the list, he inaugurated the evening by lighting the traditional lamp. TNS

Green miniatures hold them spellbound

Minister of Disinvestment, IT and Telecommunications Arun Shourie taking a close look at a plant
Minister of Disinvestment, IT and Telecommunications Arun Shourie taking a close look at a plant in the Bonsai exhibition.

Dwarfed by human engineering skills, greens and the colourful facets of flowers peering from within are a marvel one can only admire. At the 22nd annual Bonsai exhibition held at the Maurya Sheraton, visitors were charmed by the skills of the green thumbs.

Among those flattered by the green miniatures was the Minister for Disinvestment, IT and Telecommunications, Mr Arun Shourie, who also inaugurated the exhibition.

On display were 250 bonsai plants, which included Adeniums, Bouganvilleas, Banisteria and Patrea. The colourful hues of red blue, magenta and yellow were magnificence personified. Also, worth mentioning are the fruit trees that had also been altered.

Cascading junipers, pines and Ficus with hanging roots stood alongside trees grown on grassy mounds. TNS

Body sculpting for the fitness freaks

Ozone, a health club cum spa, has introduced a series of fitness programmes, like power yoga and body sculpting for the fitness freaks. While power yoga is a fast paced free hand workout, body sculpting is done with light dumbbells or barbells.

The trainers point out that body sculpting is a cardiovascular strength training programme, designed to shape and tone without building muscular size or bulk and also prevents osteoporosis by increasing the bone density.

Power yoga on the other hand is designed to provide a full workout for the body and the soul. TNS

VLCC gets executive director

Just how lucrative and professional the business of looking good, and this can be gauged from the recent appointment of a civil servant as an official of VLCC.

Abhay Sinha, a 1984 batch Indian Revenue Services Officer, has taken over the post Executive director of VLCC. Mr Sinha will focus on strategic growth of the beauty and health company, the organisational development and finance will also receive attention. TNS


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