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350 students take part in rally
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 27
About 350 school students, along with devotees, participated in a rally organised by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation to convey the message and teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

The rally started at 2 pm from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, and covered 2 km, passing through various sectors.

Giving details, an organiser said that children from urban and rural schools, including Behlana, Palsora, Maloya, Khuda Lahora, Kishangarh, Bapu Dham, Colony Number 5 and Dhanas, participated in the rally. These villages have been adopted by the organisation.



Seminar on accounting system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
The Chandigarh branch of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of India organised a seminar on “Conversion of Accounts from Cash Basis to Accrual Basis in Local Bodies” here today.

Mr Manoj Kohli, chairman of the local chapter in his keynote address said as per the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2001, all local bodies were required to maintain their accounts as per the Mercantile System of accounting. They would have to shift their accounts from cash basis to accrual basis system. Further, the Centre Government through budgetary provisions for fiscal 2002 had recommended that development authorities and housing boards be brought under the tax net and therefore amended Section 10 (20A) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

As per the accrual system, he said, these bodies would have to keep separate accounts of different source of income and expenses under specified heads of accounts. For instance, they would have to show how much they had earned or lost money in offering services like sewerage, water supply, sanitation and other activities. Similarly, the housing boards and organisations like HUDA and PUDA would have to pay income tax on their profits earned from their business.

He pointed out that number of local bodies had sought professional assistance in changing over from cash to accrual basis of accounting. Mr Vishal Gulati, Ms Sarika Saxena, Ms Anita Kapoor and Mr S.P. Babuta, all CAs, also spoke on the occasion.



Ten-day NSS camp concludes
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 27
The 10-day NSS camp at Government College ended today with a valedictory function. It was presided over by former principals of the college J.P. Garg and Jatinder Kaur.

Volunteers completed the socio-economic survey of Shastri Colony along with Jujjhar Nagar village. According to a report submitted by the students, these areas lack the basic facilities of education, health, cleanliness, water, drainage and other basic needs.

Slogan writing, essay writing, poetry, poster making and declamation contests were organised during the 10 days.

Mr S.M. Kant, Deputy Director, Youth Services, Punjab, Principal Harkuldeep Singh, Dr S.K. Kunwar, Dr B.S. Gill, Dr Ashwini Chadha, Prof Inder Prakash, Prof Renu Arora, Prof Neelu Kang delivered lectures to the students.

Harpreet Singh and Harpreet Kaur were declared the best campers. Sukhpreet, Pooja and Jatinder were declared the best volunteers.



PU cancels holiday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Panjab University has cancelled the holiday announced earlier for December 29 (Monday). This was stated in an official press note signed by the registrar here today.



‘Love Chandigarh’ from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
A three-day musical night programme, Love Chandigarh, will begin here tomorrow. An Australian band, gospel music, Punjabi bhangra, drama, children’s items and solo performances will ensure three nights of entertainment and spiritual enlightenment.

CityLight Chandigarh will host the event from 6 pm to 8.30 pm at Exhibition Ground, Sector 34. The bands will perform in a specially built arena, which can seat around 5,000 people. Mega screens on either side of the stage will provide views to the spectators.

“Love Chandigarh” will also be featured as a documentary on the cable television. “Love Chandigarh” will be a vibrant live performance to end the year, claimed organisers.



Prof Pritam Singh to be honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Dr M.R. Goodman, provost and vice-president of San Jose State University, San Jose (California), USA, will honour Prof Pritam Singh, a former fellow of the Panjab University Senate, on December 29, an official press note of the PU said here today.

Prof Pritam Singh is being honoured for his sustained contribution to Punjabi and Sikh Studies made during his career spanning over 50 years. Dr Goodman is known for admiration for Punjabi language and culture. The function will be presided over by Prof Amrik Singh, a former vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala.



Film Review
Reliving the pangs of war
Rama Sharma

“SIR, several of our jawans have been killed”, an Army officer reports to his senior from blood-splattered battlefield, in a choked voice.

“Oh damn it”, says his boss, “never mind, but consolidate your position”.

This scene from LoC Kargil is that real and poignant strand which universally runs through all wars fought in human history.

The film is a moving saga of certain men who are common like you and me but with a difference. They have risen to that level of consciousness where their existence ceases to be guided by motives of self-interest. They give away their precious love and life for a cause that is supposed to be of much higher value. Though J.P. Dutta has chosen not to question the sanity or the rationale behind a war, his momentous efforts in terms of logistics, research and star cast have not gone waste.

Feel the pain of the loved one left behind to cope with the eternal void which no Param Vir or Maha Vir Chakra can fill. Acclimatise yourself to the heights where soldiers scale treacherous valleys to pursue the enemy.

Action and adventure unfolds amid the thunder of bullets and Bofors guns on ice-capped mountain peaks when one point after another is captured. Saif Ali Khan as Capt Anuj Nayyar, Sanjay Dutt as Lieut-Col Y.K. Joshi, Ajay Devgan as Lieut Manoj Pande and Akshay Khanna as Lieut Balwaan Singh are energy-driven, charged with repose and strength. But Abhishek Bachchan as Param Vir Chakra winner Capt Vikram Batra is valour dignified.

Ashutosh Rana and Manoj Bajpai, both named Grenadier Yoginder Singh Yadav, provide some shafts of wit. Kareena Kapoor, Mahima Chaudhary, Rani Mukherjee, Raveena Tandon and Esha Deol — all are in weeping mode. But each one of them has failed to portray the pangs that come when the beloved is on the march towards death.

The soundtrack effectively enhances the director’s attempt to relive the patriotic fervour. “Pyar bhara geet piya” touches a chord. The epic carves out a distinct category for itself and in no way competes with cosmopolitan dramas like “Kal Ho Na Ho” or “Koi Mil Gaya”.



Stars descended on city like never before
Aditi Tandon

CULTURE doted on the city like never before this year. It was a pleasant coincidence that in this golden jubilee year of the conception of Chandigarh, it witnessed frenzied cultural activity that placed it in league with cultural centres like Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. The very fact that Naseeruddin Shah chose Chandigarh as one of the early destinations for staging his recent theatrical productions based on Ismat Chugtai’s text reflects heartily on the reputation of the city that has taken its own time to put soul into concrete.

The year spelt class on the front of theatre, as Naseeruddin took the lead with “Ismat apa ke naam”, while LiletteDubey (Dance like a man), Vikram Kapadia (Black with equal) and Rahul Da Cuhna (Class of ’84) followed, celebrating realism through theatre. The feast offered by Naseeruddin, his wife Ratna and daughter Heeba, was particularly sumptuous, with its perfect balance of spicy and sweet elements. For the Chandigarh audience, September was a month to cherish. It saw 14 plays being dished out on the swanky new space of Tagore Theatre, which was too happy to host Naseer on one side and the diligent theatre workers from the National School of Drama on the other. Not to miss out on the notes of harmony struck by Pakistan’s Madeeha Gauhar, who presented “Bullah” to an unusually packed Tagore Theatre recently.

The only regret was that most of the showcased talent was imported. There was virtually nothing to look up to when it came to local theatre. Abhinet, the local amateur theatre group, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, failed to impress, much to the heartbreak of those who expected refinement from its makers. May be with time, the city will have some trained professionals. There is hope now, with Tom Alter joining hands with a local acting laboratory, which opened a branch in city this year. Mohan Agashe also visited Chandigarh twice.

Like theatre persons, film stars also kept their date with the city. Raveena Tandon was here to endorse the VLCC, Vivek Oberoi was caught paying obeisance at a local Hanuman temple during his private visit, while Javed Jafferi announced his latest TV mega song and dance contest from the city. Malaika Arora also attended a brand promotion function in the city this year, along with Fardeen Khan, who was here on a promotional tour. Mahima Choudhary, Mallika Sherawat and Himanshu Malik also came calling, but failed to charm the city, so used to better charmers like Anupam and Kiron Kher. The couple was a special guest at the celebrations that marked 100 years of Kalka-Shilma rail track this year, which also saw classical performers at their very best.

The year was full of rich melodies, flowing from performance spaces occupied sometimes by Wadalis and sometimes by Abida Parveen, who graced the Sada-e-Sufi concert organised by the Sufi Foundation of India. Under the direction of Muzaffar Ali, Abida beckoned God with music, while her partners in rhyme – the Manganiyars — spilled the magic of folk tunes in the Leisure Valley. Hariharan and Shankar Mahadevan enriched the melodic affair, which the city witnessed throughout this year.

From music to dance, the rhythmic spell continued. Sharon Lowen conducted an odissi workshop in the city, while Mallika Sarukkai danced to wish art historian Dr B.N. Goswami a happy 70th birthday. Kiran Sehgal, the daughter of legendary Zohra Sehgal, brought some spirit back to SPIC MACAY sessions.

Meanwhile, Pracheen Kala Kendra, the local centre for art promotion, set up another branch at SAS Nagar. It had the finest performers for the inauguration, including Yamini Reddy (kuchipudi) and Satvik Bhatt (mohan veena). The visual art scene was rather drab, expect for the presence of M.F. Husain’s, who painted to raise funds for the Aruna Asaf Ali Trust in Chandigarh. On the front of literature, however, Kashmiri Lal Zakir, who dedicated another anthology of poems to the city, cast some eternal impressions. Justice Surinder Singh also released another set of spiritual nuggets.

While the gains were heartening, the losses were also humungous. Balwant Gargi passed away and so did Bhisham Sahni. Surjit Bindrakhiya’s untimely death shocked many lovers of Punjabi music, still coping with the Daler Mehndi impasse. On the whole the year was full of hectic activity on every front, expect that of the Administration, which, people feel, needs to devise better strategies to sell Chandigarh as a major tourist destination. Many architects of the city felt that the celebrations of 50 years of Chandigarh were rather low key, and that they could have more spirited. Well, there is always another year.



Choose your New Year bash venue now
Geetu Vaid

What it will cost you

  • Blue Ice Rs 1000 (couple)
  • Red Bishop Rs 1200 (family); Rs 800 (couple);
  • Rs 500 (single); Rs 250 (kids below 12 years),
  • Indira Holiday Home Rs 225 (couple); Rs 125 (single).
  • Sahara Resorts Rs 1,000 (couple); Rs 200 (child below 10 years).
  • Fun City Rs 650 (couple); Rs 400 (single).
  • Forest Hill Golf and Country Club Rs 1500 (couple non-members); Rs 1200 (couple members); Rs 400 (children from four to 10 years); Rs 750 (girls)

THE countdown to 2004 has begun, and so has the hunt for an appropriate place to welcome the New Year. So guys, the time has come to decide where and how you want to welcome 2K4.

Whether you want to shake a leg to scintillating music or enjoy a ghazal at a cosy candle-light dinner looking into the eyes of the light of your life, the city joints offer something for everyone.

If DJ, dance and mindblowing music is what you are, looking for, then check out Blue Ice in Sector 17. The manager, Mr  Sanjay Mohindra, said DJ Abhishek would be ready with foot-tapping music from 8.30 pm onwards. The entry charge of Rs 1,000 for couples would include drinks and dinner.

The dinner menu will have seafood like prawns and lobsters along with Mexican, Italian and Chinese dishes. He also promises to keep the spirits high with special “gol gappa”, “balle balle” and “chak de phatte” shooters and cocktails  like Mai Tai and Long Island ice tea.

Copper Chimney  general manager Sandeep Sharma says there will be no extra charges    on December 31 and families can have a good time as there will be good music to dance away the chill. Apart from that, a magician gifts, and a prize for the best dancing couple await the guests. Multi-cuisine dinner with a special menu for the evening is an added attraction.

Another dance do is planned at Indra Holiday Home, Sector 24. A live programme by singers, dinner and fireworks are some of the promised items here. Get your dance steps right as there are prizes for the best dancer (male and female) and best dancing couple.  Entry for kids up to eight years is free and various joy rides will keep the little ones busy.

Aroma Eating House promises good music and food at no extra cost. Mr Rajan Arora, manager, says there will be live music courtesy Rajinder. One can enjoy the revelry that goes on in front of the joint and even join in to welcome the New Year with gay abandon, he says.

For those ready to venture out of the bounds of the city, there are plenty of choices. Forest Hill Golf and Country Club, Karoran village,  has planned a scintillating Arabian night ‘Jalwa’. The Arabian ambience and dishes will be complemented by exotic Arabian belly dancers. Kirat, a guest relations executive of the club, says the programme will be anchored by famous model Mehar Bhasin and DJ Bhanu from Mumbai will make the guests tango in the night. A musical programme showcasing the 75 years of Indian cinema will be another attraction of the evening. By the way, all you guys planning to enjoy the “jalwa” remember to take a  female friend along, otherwise you won’t be allowed in.

According to Mr M.M Goswami, divisional manager of Red Bishop, Panchkula, the stage is set for an elaborate dine-and-dance programme at the resort.  Giddha and bhangra as also DJ and orchestra for those who love to dance and prizes for the best dancing couple and child and best dressed couple and child are also on offer. Apart from these, a Qawwal from Malerkotla and a magician for children will also be there.

Fun City, near Ramgarh, also promises an exciting evening with a fashion show and fireworks. Mr Ramandeep, manager, said three complimentary drinks,  DJ, dance party and several prizes will add warmth to the chilly evening. 

Sahara Resorts on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway  also promises complimentary drinks and mocktails. Clowns, jugglers and fireworks will make the evening special, far from the city’s hustle and bustle. And make sure to dress in  your  best as there are prizes for the best-dressed couple.

If planning a longer celebration and willing to bear the chill, then try out the New Year packages offered by K.K. Trams, Jabli. The two-day, one-night package for Rs 3,500 (original cost Rs 6,400) and  the three-day-two night one for Rs 6,000 (original cost Rs 8,490) will include all meals  and one can also attend New Year celebrations and gala dinner. Here too there are  prizes for the best dancing couple. The first prize can fetch you a three-night stay in a resort in Cochin, says Mr Kamal, marketing executive of the resort. Hotel Barog Heights and Pinewood at Barog also have  packages for the last few days of the year.

If you are planning to hold a bash for friends and family then check out places like Fusion in Sector 35. The place offers excellent music and a Spanish dance floor and other arrangements to make your party a hit. Bristol Resorts  is another such place. According to Mr Ramesh Sharma, manager of the resort, private parties for 100-220 guests can be arranged in the banquet halls at the resort.  DJ,  dance music and  catering are all well taken care of at the resort.



It’s my life
NIFD helped me blossom

LIFE is “beautiful”. Take its care and love it. Choose a good place, good person and utilise every moment of life. Choose NIFD, choose Nifdians and spend your time in National Institute of fashion design. Exactly !!! NIFD is the only place to enjoy life.

All the way from Lucknow, I, Sarvjeet Gohania found this campus so good that even after completing my one year diploma in interiors from NIFD, I have again joined this institute for three years degree course! From the very childhood my dream was to be a top Architect under the sky. But a sudden change was made because of one of the Star Plus top serials — “Kasauti...”. Shweta Tiwari’s role as an interior designer attracted me towards this beautiful field of designing.

Creativity was just like a treasure in a locked box but only NIFD dug out that treasure. NIFD brought my creativity to the top. “Work hard and have faith in yourself. You will really out stand”. Its my own experience. Problems will come in life but to overcome these problems is ‘living’. Life is good when the surroundings, the people and the atmosphere around you is lovely. According to me, life goes much better when lived comfortably. Thus we interior designers bring peace on earth, along with total comfort and total beauty.

As told to ASP


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