Wednesday, June 25, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Haryana gives boost to job-oriented courses
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 24
The Haryana Government has taken a series of measures for introducing job-oriented courses in the colleges and establishing universities exclusively catering to the need for such courses in the state.

In an exclusive interview with this correspondent here yesterday, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, disclosed the total number of colleges had gone up to 179 (56 government and 123 non-government) in the state. Besides, three universities were now functioning at Rohtak, Kurukshetra and Hisar.

Referring to the national policy of education, he said it was exceptional in its approach to women’s education with the removal of factors which resulting in discrimination. He said education empowered women and equipped them with skills to contribute to and benefit from the development efforts.

Mr Chautala said that Haryana was a state committed to attainment of the national goal. It was making all-out efforts to provide education to the girls. The state government, he said, had always been keen on bringing women in the mainstream of society.

He also outlined the steps to spread education among girls and said the state government had made education free for girls up to the graduation level and had taken steps to open girls’ colleges, especially in the rural areas. The number of colleges for girls had increased from seven in 1966 to 57 (seven government and 50 non-government) in the state.

The construction of the building of Government College for Women in Bhodia Khera, Fatehabad, had started. In Hisar, the construction work on the building of Government College for Women had been completed. The college was likely to start functioning from the next academic session. In Gohana and Loharu separate girls’ wings had been set up and in Bhiwani also there was a proposal for a new girls’ college.

A new co-education college was to be started in Sector 9 at Gohana from the current academic session. The Government Girls College at Murthal in Sonepat district had opened. The gram panchayat had donated three acres of land for it.


NGO moves HC for Central law to manage dargah
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed before the Delhi High Court by an NGO, the management of the famous dargah of Hazarat Nizamuddin Aulia in the Capital has been accused of misappropriating the daily offerings, and has sought enactment of a central law to govern its affairs.

Seeking a direction to the Centre to make a law for governing the 14th century holy shrine of the sufi saint

Hazarat Nizamuddin Aulia, the NGO-Hum Aap Ke-alleged that “pirzadas and their agents have been misappropriating and misusing the income of the dargah”.

A Vacation Bench comprising Justice A. K. Sikri and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog told the NGO’s counsel M Tahir Siddique that there was no urgency to hear the matter during the ongoing summer holidays and directed it to be placed before the regular Bench on July 9. The 700-year-old dargah of Hazarat Nizamuddin is revered by people of all faiths, who visit it in large number everyday. President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, was among the top dignitary to pay obeisance at the dargah only last week.

Claiming that the daily offerings, which is not less than Rs 20,000 and could be more than Rs one lakh on Friday and Sunday, the NGO alleged that a major portion of the income was “misappropriated” by pirzadas and their agents, as no proper records were being maintained for the daily cash donations.

Stating that there was the tradition of distributing the ‘chadars’ offered at the dargah among the poor people, the petitioner alleged that the same was being sold in the market.

The donation received at the dargah should have been used for providing free meal to poor people as per the century-old tradition, apart from the up keep of the shrine, promoting education among the poor and providing them medical facilities, the petitioner said.

Siddique said the government should enact a law on the lines of the legislation governing the affairs of Ajmer Sharif, the dargah of Khawaja Garib Nawaz in Rajasthan. The management of Ajmer Sharif is government by a central law to protect any possible misappropriation of the offerings by thousands of devotees, the NGO in its PIL said, adding there was no scope for misuse of funds by the sajjda nashins, pirzadas or their agents.

“Similar provisions of law should be made for the shrine of Nizamuddin Aulia,” Siddique said.

Besides the Union Government, the petitioner has named the Delhi Government, the Central Waqf Council and the Delhi Waqf Board as respondents in the case.


Watch out for new faces at the LIFW
Smriti Kak

OF the 48 leading models who will walk the ramp during the Lakme India Fashion Week (LIFW), there will be 13 new faces to watch out for. These lucky ones have been selected to model at the LIFW after an audition held in Mumbai.

These fresh faces, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) claims, have been roped in to save the audience from the boredom of watching the same old faces besides giving a chance to new talent. It was pointed out that it is the first time that FDCI has organised an audition to select models for LIFW. With 140 models, which included 53 females and 87 males, competing for the 13 slots, competition had the contestants putting their best foot forward.

Talking about the new models Vinod Kaul, Executive Director, FDCI said: “We consider models as important stakeholders of the fashion industry. They bring to life the creativity of designers. At the moment LIFW ramp is the penultimate destination for a model. It’s the culmination of the best and the most promising modelling talent in our country. This year we have introduced 13 new models to infuse fresh talent which is in keeping with the FDCI’s mandate for the growth of Fashion industry in India”

He went on to add, “Just like Lakme India Fashion Week has been a platform for new designers over the last three years, it should also be a launching pad for upcoming models”. Among the débutantes are Uma Chiplunkar, Kaveri Khullaar, Gauhar Khan, Candice Pinto, Mridula Chandrashekhar, Kavita Kharaya, Haroon Kazi and Acquin Pais.

FDCI Board Member Priyadarshini Rao, who was part of the panel for the auditions, said: “We were looking for models who could showcase both western and Indian wear well. Ramp modelling is very different from other types of modelling. On the catwalk, a model needs to not only look good, but has to have a certain confidence and attitude, and should be able to project the identity of the clothes. And that’s what we were looking for.”

The models, working in three groups, will display the Prêt, ready-to-wear, and Diffusion, a line between ready-to-wear and couture.


Embroidered lace is hot this season

LACE has been a favourite when it comes to enhancing feminine appeal. Teamed with silks and satins or even cotton, lace adds to the grace of the clothes, probably why it is now being teamed with sporty fabrics like denims and bold checks.

Westside has taken the lace look ahead with its new collection.

The clothes have lace used effectively with denims and bold checks and. Embroidered lace in black, white and neutrals they claim is hot this season.


Nikita Anand at the inauguration of Osterman showroom at Rajouri GardenOsterman’s new showroom

A premier men’s wear brand Osterman has opened a showroom in Rajouri Garden. A major in men’s shirts the company also offers trousers and jackets for men.

Osterman offers a designer line of wrinkle free, stain free and asahi guard treatment and stretchable fabrics with spadex and lycra. The designer shirts come in more than 50 innovative styles while the Royale collection is the first occasional wear line.

Nikita Anand at the inauguration of Osterman showroom at Rajouri Garden. — Photo by Anil Sharma



ITC launches eveningwear for premium customers

ITC’s Lifestyle Retailing has announced the launch of Wills Clublife, its eveningwear offering. The company claims that Wills Clublife caters to emerging lifestyle needs of today’s premium consumers who believe that socialising is an integral part of living life to the fullest.

Wills Clublife comprises edgy styles in flattering fits and electric hues. The collection features the best of stretch Egyptian cotton, Tencel blends, and exotic Brazilian fabrics styled with eye-catching detailing. Men can choose from a tempting range offering styles such as stretch shirts and trousers with sensational prints, form-flattering sheer tees and glitzy bias check shirts.

Women’s range offers halters with floral prints, delicate spaghetti straps tops, and tops with unique neck and sleeve detailing truly complementing the glittering lifestyle of today’s woman.

Featuring in the Wills Clublife range are, the Club Nautical Fine Gauge Tee Seafarer look, which is for a free spirited feel.

Ruched Sheer Fine Gauge Tee: that offers tees in sheer rayon and nylon. Crafted and with drawstrings, it has a unique neck and sleeve detailing.


Hair and Beauty seminar by NHBA and Aroma Magic

NATIONAL Hairdressers and Beauticians Association (India) organised an educational seminar on hair and beauty with Aroma Magic in the Capital today.

Dr. Blossom Kochhar gave demonstrations on body, skin and hair treatments. A preview of the latest makeup tips was presented by Deepa Verma, makeup artist who also demonstrated the look for the ‘Bride of the Season’.

The seminar focussed on presentations of the latest products of Aroma Magic and was followed by a Hair and Makeup beauty show. Dr. Blossom Kochhar and Aroma Magic, along with the National Hairdressers and Beauticians Association unveiled the latest look for the season, showcasing the best of holistic beauty care.

In keeping with the specialised beauty needs of today’s woman, the new range of essential oils from Aroma Magic addresses holistic beauty and specific beauty treatments. The emphasis is on looking and feeling good. The collection includes essential oils, Oomph, Body Tone, Razor’s Edge, Satin Smooth, Flawless and Baby Bath Oil.

These essential oils were modelled by models Ramneek Paintal, Mekhla Mattoo, Aparna Kumar, Seitu Kumar, Ritu Singh, Sunaina, Shivani and Amit Rana representing each product.


A chilling collection from TNG

TNG, a men’s wear, has unveiled their range of “technologically driven super absorbent range of premium trousers and shirts for the discerning male”, christened, ‘Chillers’.

The makers claim that the range “is a heady mix of breakthrough technology, latest fabrics and immaculate styling”. The range of trousers is specially aqua fabric treated which is more softer and hydrophilic than basic 100 percent cotton fabric and are easier to upkeep and maintain.

The special treatment ensures higher breath ability and a stronger moisture release action, while maintaining the wrinkle free effect. The wrinkle free trousers are available in the shades of grey, black, beige and blue.


Diamonds for that understated elegant look

THE Sparkling Summer Collection from Oyzterbay has been unveiled. The collection is a tribute to the eternal mystique of diamonds and each piece has been crafted to highlight the quality of the stone.

The designs are spread across the delicate and the bold and transcend the limits of time. The designs also reflect the change in attitude towards jewellery, from heavy overdressing to understated elegance.

The collection comprising over 40 designs in white and yellow gold embellished with diamonds has rings, pendants and earrings.

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