Tuesday, July 22, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Rishab Sharma wins painting contest
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 21
Winners of on the spot painting contest organised by Joshi Autozone, as a part of the ongoing Maruti Wagnon R painting contest for schoolchildren, were awarded at a function organised at Tribune Model School, Sector 29, here today.

About 298 students from Tribune Model School had taken part in the contest that was held on July 19. The contestants were required to color a caricature of Wagon R and Mickey Mouse. The participants were divided into three categories, group A for students from Class I to class III; group B from Class III Class to V and group C from Class VI and Class VII.

The winners are Rishab Sharma in Group A category, Akshita Sharma in Group B and Ankush Sharma in group C category. The winners were given a bicycle each in recognition of their talent. Mr Hardeep Brar, Regional Manager, North II, Chandigarh alongwith the Joshi Autozone’s Managing Director Mr Deepak Joshi, gave away the prizes.

Keeping attuned to the theme of the competition, the venue was decorated with two large Wagon R inflatable which attracted a large number of students. According to Mr Joshi, children who participated in the event will get another chance to win a bicycle each at the end of the series.



About Bhutan

A LAND-LOCKED country, the Kingdom of Bhutan is located in the Eastern Himalayas in South Asia. Tibet lies to its north and north-west, while it shares its eastern, southern and south-western borders with India.

It occupies a strategic position between India and China as it controls several key Himalayan mountain passes.

The terrain in Bhutan is mostly mountainous with some fertile valleys and savanna-type plains. Its highest point, Kula Kangri, rises 7,553 meters above sea level. Principal rivers flowing through it are the Amo-chu, Wang-chu and Machu.

Violent storms, frequent landslides during rains and soil erosion are some of the natural hazards facing Bhutan.

Bhutanese climate varies. It is tropical in southern plains, cool winters and hot summers in central valleys and severe winters and cool summers in the higher reaches.

Covering an area of 47,000 sq kms, its natural resources include timber, hydropower, gypsum and calcium carbide. Arable land accounts for 3 per cent.

The economy, one of the world's smallest and least developed, is based on agriculture and forestry, providing the main livelihood for more than 90% of the population. Rugged mountains dominate the terrain and make the building of roads and other infrastructure difficult and expensive.

Principal agricultural products include rice, corn, root crops, citrus, foodgrains; dairy products and eggs, while cement, wood products, processed fruits, alcoholic beverages, calcium carbide account for industrial output.

Bhutan has trade relations with India, Japan, United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Bangladesh.

It imports fuel and lubricants, grain, machinery and parts, vehicles, fabrics and rice. Exports, on the other hand include electricity, cardamom, gypsum, timber, handicrafts, cement, fruit, precious stones and spices.




Fact File

National Name: Druk -- yul

Capital: Thimphu

Population: 2 million

Currency: Ngultrum

Type of Government: Monarchy

Date of independence: August 8, 1949

Language: Dzongkha, various Tibetan and Nepalese dialects

Major cities: Thimphu, Paro, Tashigang

Continent: Asia

Website: www.kingdomofbhutan.com



One-day police remand for Bhavna
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 21
Bhavna Karir, the Delhi-based owner of Media Ad Link, who allegedly cheated several persons on the pretext of getting them modelling career was today produced in a local court in a case of cheating registered against her in the city. She was arrested by the Delhi police in a separate case of cheating on June 30 and had been lodged in Tihar Jail ever since. She was today brought from Delhi on production warrants by the UT police.

She was produced in the court of UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, in the afternoon. The police pleaded for a three-day custody of Bhavna on the ground that it had to recover incriminating documents in the case and other details of the case. The police said during the investigation, it received 12 more complaints of similar nature against the accused. After hearing the police plea, the CJM remanded her in police custody for one day.

The UT police had registered a case against Bhavna Karir on July 6 acting on the complaint lodged against her by Sandeep Singh, a resident of Sector-36. The police had registered a case under Sections 420 and 120 B of the IPC against Ms Bhavna Karir and Ms Monica, In charge of the local branch of the company.

On July 7, the crime branch of the Chandigarh Police had conducted search at the Sector 35 office of Media Ad Link. The agency had allegedly duped several residents by promising their children a modelling career. Thereafter the UT police had procured production warrants against Bhavna from a local court on July 9.

The police claimed that the owner of Media Ad Link used to contact parents randomly and promise to get their wards into modelling business. After asking the parents to pay an entrance fee, the company used to ask for money to prepare portfolios of children. The agency used to charge a registration fee of Rs 1,100 from applicants and between Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,500 for portfolios.



Romance with ‘Love Letters’
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, July 21
They might have been reading “Love Letters” for the past 11 years now, but time certainly has not robbed them of their enthusiasm. Actor Rajit Kapur and Shernaz Patel are still excited and bit nervous to enact characters of two love struck persons at Tagore Theatre tomorrow.

“Playing the entire life of a person from the age of eight to 55 only through a set of letters is quite a challenging job,” says Rajit, who looked a little dishevelled after his long flight from Germany. Rajit who was in Germany to shoot for his latest film “Netaji — the Last Hero” is in town to act in the play “Love Letters”.

Accompanying Rajit is bubbly Shernaz, the girl from the famous tele-serial “Khandaan”, who has kept herself away from the small screen so far by keeping herself busy in theatre and now embracing teaching career. Shernaz is equally excited to play her favourite role in the play, “which has not lost its charm because there are too many shades to it,” she says. “The letters are biographical and describe the entire life span of two persons. In the play, though we enact the scenes rather than sitting separately and reading them out as originally intended by the writer of the play A.R. Gurney, we do not make an eye contact, acting instinctively,” she adds.

The first show of “Love Letters” was staged in 1992 and more than 200 shows have been staged all over the world, starring always the twosome Rajit and Shernaz except for one show in which Shernaz could not act. Though both have acted in other productions as well, at least as far as Rajit is concerned, they both admit the characters in “Love Letters” are closest to their heart.

Ask them how time has changed their performance and they both reply at the same time: “When we started the production it was easier for us to portray the younger versions of the characters and difficult to fit into the older ones, but now it is the reverse,” they say as they break into a laughter.

Rajit who has made his mark on the silver screen with films like “Zubeida” and “Zindagi Khubsoorat Hai” will portray another meaningful role in his forthcoming film “Netaji — the Last Hero”. “I like playing historical movies and in this film I will be playing the role of Abid Hassan” says Rajit. However his first film “Suraj Ka Sathwa Ghora”, a Shyam Benegal flick, is still closest to his heart.

Rajit’s return to the small screen is still unclear as he has yet to decide about a project for the small screen. “After keeping away from the small screen for about two and half years, I found something interesting but have not said ‘yes’ yet,” he says. How about making film? “That is a different ball game altogether but I would like to try out when I can raise the money,” he says.

Shernaz is content with her life as a stage performer and teacher. In fact it was her love for the stage that brought her close to Rajit and few other like-minded persons and start their own group, “The Rage”, with their first ever play “Are there tigers in Congo?” in 1992.

“I belong to a family of theatre artistes and this is what I would like to do,” she says. Shernaz has all reasons to be happy for she is currently doing up to 27 shows a month. “The popularity for English theatre has picked up in the recent times though it is still far behind Marathi or Gujarati theatre,” she says.

Shernaz and Rajit will also act in “The Class of 84” on July 23 at the same venue. The shows are organised by the Durga Das Foundation and sponsored by The Tribune.



Radio makes a comeback
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 21
Silenced in the 90’s after the great cable TV invasion, radio is again making a comeback in the city and with a bang. Just like it did in Delhi, Indore, Pune and Ahmedabad. If you find it hard to believe it, just listen to what Delhi-based FM jockey Sachin Sahni has to say. No, not over the radio, but in an interview with The Tribune.

“Despite all odds, Chandigarh has a great potential,” he asserts. He was here in Chandigarh to address the students of the Take One Academy of Broadcasting.

He adds, “Yes, it gained popularity in Delhi because of the long distances permitting the travellers to enjoy the sizzling numbers while driving. It is also true that the sales of cassettes have gone down by 40 per cent in Delhi and other parts of the country because of the drive-time shows. The phenomena is missing in Chandigarh, but still radio is all set to kill the video star here also”.

Giving details, he says, “In Chandigarh, the car-stereo listeners may not be able to contribute much to the popularity of the radio, but a large number of shops in the city have already switched off their stereo sets and tuned in the radio”.

He says this is not all. So many hotels and restaurants in the city are already listening to the latest numbers on the radio, instead of playing the cassette recorders.


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