Wednesday, September 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Students rally against ‘enormous fee hike’
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, September 9
A large number of students from different parts of the state led by Mr Om Prakash, president, Haryana unit of All India Democratic Students’ Organisation (AIDSO), staged a massive demonstration at the office of the Deputy Commissioner today in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.

The demonstrators were demanding withdrawal of the ‘enormous hike’ in fee for higher education, no change in affiliation of colleges in Bhiwani and Jind districts and election to the students’ bodies.

The students assembled on the Jat College ground and marched to the Deputy Commissioner’s office, shouting slogans against the government. Addressing the demonstrators, the student leaders alleged that the excessive hike in the fee for various professional courses had shattered the students of the middle class families.

They alleged that it was an evil plan of the government to check the spread of higher education to reduce the number of unemployed educated youth.

The leaders expressed surprise as to why the government had been stressing to affiliate the colleges at Bhiwani and Jind districts even when the college students of Sirsa and its neighbouring towns were not interested in getting affiliated to the university at Sirsa.

The leaders of Students’ Federation of India (SFI) also condemned the ‘undemocratic’ measures adopted by the government to crush the students’ agitation in different parts of state.

Personality in career

Gone are the days when getting through the examination and having a degree was sufficient to get a job. The role of personality development in today’s competitive age is very important for the success in career.

Dr Suresh Singhal, a freelance translator, journalist and personality motivator, expressed these views at a seminar on “Role of Personality Development in Career Orientation”, organised at Vaish College here today.

Prof Ashok Pankaj said the present system of education was not satisfactory. It needed streamlining as it did not facilitate the all-round development of a student’s personality.



Nehru Literacy Award

New Delhi: Prestigious 36th Nehru Literacy Award for 2003 has been given to well-known educationist, innovative thinker, Prof Bhawani Shankar Garg, Chancellor, Rajasthan Vidyapeeth (Deemed University), Udaipur, for his untiring services to the cause of adult education in the Country.

Prof. Garg is patron of International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education, President, Rajasthan Mahila Vidyalaya, Udaipur, Vice-Chairman India Literacy Board, and Literacy House Lucknow. He has been President of IAEA from 1987 to 2001. TNS



57 persons convicted in murder cases by 
Fast Track Court
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 9
The Fast Track Court in Sonepat has convicted as many as 112 accused in 63 cases of crime registered under various sections of the IPC and Cr. PC during the nine months from October 2002 to July 2003.

However, interestingly, more than 50 per cent of them have been convicted on the charges of murder under Section 302 of IPC. According to information, as many as 57 persons were convicted in murder cases and it is followed by conviction of 22 persons in the cases of dacoity under Section 397 and Section 394 of IPC.

Other convictions include eight persons in rape cases under Section 376, seven in cases of dowry death under Section 304-B, six in cases of Arms Act under Sections 25,54 and 59 and five persons under Section 350 of Cr.PC., besides three in attempt to commit murder, two in keeping stolen property under Sections 411 of Cr.PC and one each in cases of kidnapping under Section 363 of IPC.

It is also interesting that the alleged accused in 72 cases were acquitted for want of evidence during this period.



Let your listless locks shine
Smriti Kak

L’Oreal Professional claims to be ready to usher in a revolution in the hair care category through the introduction of their ‘Serie Expert Hair Spa’ and ‘Scalp Treatment’ system. The ‘Hair Spa’ has been specially created to treat the needs of Indian hair types to maintain a healthy scalp and hair. Hair Spa promises to unwind all the tension and give complete protection and nourishment to the hair, whatever the type of hair.

The ‘Serie Expert Hair’ and Scalp Treatment System focus on cleaning, relaxing and stimulating the scalp and conditioning the hair, claim the manufacturers.

Further, they point out that on the basis of each hair type, there are three broad series of treatment. The first, being the ‘Rejuvenation Series’ to re-vitalise and nourish the scalp and hair. This series is specially designed to treat dry and damaged hair, coloured hair and sensitised hair. It adds shine and life to listless hair.

The second treatment is the ‘Control Series’ to moisturise the scalp and discipline frizzy hair. Frizzy unmanageable hair gets extra smoothness, say experts at Loreal.

The ‘Purifying Series’ to cleanse and re-balance the hair and scalp is to get rid of excess oil and grease from the scalp without causing irritation and also curing dandruff. 

Haute bridal couture to match the mood

With a copious amount of colour, Yanna Gupta sporting a Vijaylakshmi Dogra’s creation
With a copious amount of colour, Yanna Gupta sporting a Vijaylakshmi Dogra’s creation.

A model showcasing jewellery from Amrapali
A model showcasing jewellery from Amrapali.

Designer Vijaylakshmi Dogra has introduced her new line under her label Tex Indus for the Bridal Asia 2003. The range for the brides to be ventures into the feminine territory with colours like magenta, sea green, aquamarine and vermilion red.

Needless to say the designer has also selected the fabrics to match the mood, there are crepes, pure silks, tissues, georgettes and even khadi.

The collection includes trendy short kurtis in loose fit, classy body fit tops, heavily embellished lehngas and harem pants.

Clothes have been embellished with jaal embroidery, sequins, Swarovksi and beads. Sustaining her eye for colours and design, the Vijaylakshmi continues to treat her clothes like a canvas ready to take on the colours chosen by the artist.

Plethora of crafted trinkets

There may be nothing common between the mesmerising courtesan Amrapali and a hyped jewellery store, of the same name. But that doesn’t stop the store owners from likening the inspiring beauty of the courtesan to their store, which they claim is a tribute to her legend.

Well, the tribute read store Amrapali has opened its branch in the Capital’s Khan market. The store offers a plethora of crafted jewellery in gold and silver ranging from bold assertions to contemporary chic.

The work on offer traces the inspiration to the traditions of the Rajputana, the Todas of Tamil Nadu and the Bonda tribe of Orissa. Necklaces, bracelets and eardrops in silver and gold are part of the collection, which also includes a rich line of gemstone studded ware. There are pieces embedded with Rainbow moonstone, Amertine and Labrodorite.

Having made their way to Selfridges as also to the boudoir of celebs like Rekha and Naomi Campbell, the Amrapali owners maintain that the making of such exquisite ware for them is far more than just tradition, instead it is a passion.

Small B in AAFT

The latest celebs to shoot in AAFT, Noida, were Abhishek Bachchan and Bhoomika, who are finishing a schedule for the film Run. The film being made by Boney Kapoor is currently being shot in Marwah studios.

The man behind the Marwah studios, Sandeep Marwah told mediapersons that he is making all attempts to woo filmmakers from Mumbai to make use of the state-of-the-art technology available at the studios.

Jazz band to celebrate silver jubilee in capital

There is good news for Jazz lovers. Contemporary jazz band ‘Spyro Gyra’ will perform in the country as part of their 25 years celebrations. The band has shortlisted Delhi and Mumbai as the venue for their performance.

The India tour of ‘Spyro Gyra’ reflects the band’s commitment to the present and future of jazz claim their publicists. Referring to the trip Saxophonists, Jay Beckenstein said: “We are 25 years young, feeling great with lots of positive energies to give our Silver Jubilee performance. There’s great enthusiasm for contemporary jazz in India and we are looking forward to this trip.”

On an expectant note he added, “We hope that Indian’s will be in sync with our music that’s both fun and fulfilling”. During their trip, the band will mix music ideas with a strong component of improvisation that draws upon the jazz tradition. The band has created its own instrument fusion incorporating elements of jazz, R&B, Latin and Brazilian music.

The group features Tom Schuman on keyboards, Julio Fernandez on guitars, Scott Ambush on bass and Joel Rosenblatt on drums, besides Beckenstein.

Remembering Rafi

A musical evening was organised in the Capital to pay tributes to the legendary singer, Mohd Rafi at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium. The programme was organised to mark the late singer’s birth anniversary.

Cabinet Minister, Mr Vijay Goel, lit the ceremonial lamp and the evening unfolded a repertoire of mellifluous songs immortalised by the singer’s serious genius.

Among those who attended the programme were Amrish Puri, Biswajeet, playback singer Arun Bakshi and music director Jawahar Wattal. Joining the talented singers, who lent their voice to Rafi’s songs were Arun bakshi, Amrish Puri and Shibani Kashyap. The directors of Today Tea, Rakesh Jain and Pramod Jain were awarded with the Rajdhani Ratan Awards 2003 for promoting art and culture on the occasion. 


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