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VP to preside over conference on Vedic
values in education
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, February 10
A two-day conference on vedic values in education will be organised by the DAV Public School.

The Vice President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, would preside over the function on February 16 in which prominent educationists, jurist, public figures and media personality from throughout the country would participate.

The principal of DAV, Ms Anita Makkar, informed the NCR Tribune that the Vedas are for the entire mankind. The Arya Samaj, a social-ethical movement founded by Maharishi Dayanand, has been propagating the message of the Vedas all over the world.

The `Rishi’ could see that the mind of the person is a source of noble ideas as well as breeding ground for all evils and superstitions. The only course to fight the negative aspect is through spread of knowledge and enlightenment of mind.

She further said that the eradication of ignorance and illiteracy from our society was necessary to fight against all kinds of prevailing superstitions, ill will, violence, dishonesty and corruption.

Ms Makkar opined that reason and faith are the two common bonds, which connect the people around the world. But in a predominantly illiterate society, ultimately faith dominates religion. The human mind was blessed with a unique chemistry of inquiry, curiosity to know the unknown, the search for truth and independent process for analysis. It is only education which would bring awareness in the minds of the people and they start reasoning out different existences in their lives.

It is, therefore, felt the study and the basic awareness of various religions in the school education system will bring communal harmony in our society. If we are to reach real peace in the world and if we are to carry a real war against hatred, we will have to take cognizance of the situation and equip our children with tools of love, tolerance and compassion, added the principal.

The wrong notions and adverse propaganda by misguided persons breed hatred. There has to be some kind of moral restraint administered on the part of the media itself, not to hype communal incidents, which could cause or build communal tension among different communities. The media could learn to ignore individuals or organizations that indulge in such activities to seek media attention, suggested the principal.


CM yet to take a decision on shifting of girls’ school
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 10
Bowing to the pressure of the wardens of the students of the local Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Murthal Chowk, the chairman of the Haryana Board of School Education, Brig O. P. Chaudhary, was forced to clarify that in the recently concluded ‘Sarkar aap ke dwar’ programme at Sonepat PWD rest house, the Chief Minister had not ordered for reciprocal shifting of this girls schools and the Government Senior Secondary School, Model Town.

In a press statement issued by the public relations department, Brig Chaudhary explained that the demand for shifting of this girls school was raised by some residents of the town before the Chief Minister, but the Chief Minister has not taken any final decision on this demand.

“According to my knowledge, there is no possibility of the government taking the decision of shifting of these schools,” he clarified, adding that though the decision of shifting of the schools was not under the power of the board. He has urged the wardens of the students not to be worried over this matter as the schools were not being shifted.

Meantime, municipal councillor and the district president of the Mahila wing of INLD, Shyama Mohini, has also clarified that the government had not any decision for reciprocal shifting of these schools. Alleging that the people from opposition parties were spreading rumours about the shifting, she said the Murthal Chowk girls school would not be shifted to Model Town.

On the other hand, Dhanuk Sabha has threatened that if the government did not withdraw its assurance for shifting of the school, The sabha would organise protests and stage dharnas. The sabha also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner demanding that the girls school should not be shifted to Model Town.

It is worth to mention that the Chief Minister, while redressing the grievances of the residents of the town last week, has reportedly promised to shift the girls school to Model Town, when a delegation of some residents raised a demand for shifting of the school pointing out incidents of eve-teasing on the road from bus stand to Murthal Chowk. However, when it appeared in the section of the press, the residents of the neighbouring localities resented it and threatened to oppose the move.



Love note is passé, outlandish Valentines the rage
Smriti Kak

Not that any one could have missed it, but thanks to the hullabaloo over Valentine’s, we have been flooded and floored with “offers’, which “will make your loved ones love you even more”.

The whole gamut of “exclusive gifts” is quiet benumbing. One wonders if is passé even to write your own love note! Ever since humanity saw the emergence of a breed that knows how to sell, we have forgotten the taste of the forbidden fruit (read excuses) that would make us either forget or choose the incorrect gift. There is no way you can miss an occasion!

And now that you have been reminded by the thoughtful kind, they are also offering ample help. Taking care of your needs and pockets … they have lined up an exhaustive collection starting with flowers, both real and otherwise, to the exotic and the outlandish.

Beginning with the self … we have ample help to “look and feel good”. To brighten up the way you look, you could start with a chocolate. Forget the calories and cavities…we are talking about a delicious smelling…gooey chocolate cream that will illuminate your skin a la 100 watt bulb. A Valentine’s offering from Blossom Kochhar, the whipped chocolate cream spa “helps lighten and soften the body and gives a glow to the skin.”

The beauty is skin deep…part taken care of, we move to the attire for the day. You could sport the traditional reds, screaming ‘It is Valentine’s day’. You could also check out the Buddy Davis’s “attractive Valentine Scheme to make Valentine’s Day special for everybody”. The scheme offers that if you buy merchandise for your valentine you get 50 per cent discount on any product for yourself.

The company has gone further, with the merchandise for Valentine Scheme being packed in a “striking and tempting Valentine Bag to make it appear more alluring and appealing, so that today’s youth can relate to it”.

Giovani, a fashion label for women, this Valentine’s day seeks to “capture the spirit of best of Italian design, through its hot new styles in the hottest colour of the season, Red”.

Giovani offers, “Sensual dresses with feminine necklines, fitted from top with flounce and frills, or an alluring back slit. Step into the spotlight with the flaming jackets and figure-hugging pants, for the night out.

For the eveningwear is a “pure Georgette chiffon dress in flaming red. This sexy, form-fitting dress, accented with ruffles around the feminine neckline and the hem, is sure to impress on the special night out. Playful and pretty, it will always brighten your day”.

Also on offer is a “disco red jacket with figure-hugging clubwear pants, perfect for the night out”.

For ladies who wished to play Cinderella, this Valentine’s is just the occasion. While we are not too sure of some cabbie ready to play buggy wala, we can direct you to the crystal shoemakers. Diamond Crystal Private Limited has produced a lead crystal sandal that will transform you into Cinderella. And the best part is that unlike the original, this Cinderella shoe comes in all sizes and does not disappear post midnight.

What’s Valentine’s without the quintessential flowers and chocolates. Competing with the real flowers are silver and crystal ones. IK Silver wants you to preserve the bunch your beloved gifts you. “Modestly priced at Rs. 1000 each,” the silver roses are handcrafted from genuine ones and after a “40-step procedure’ are left for posterity. Also, the roses are covered with “24-carat gold”.

Talking of imperishables, we also have Frazer and Haws with their fare, ‘Collection 007’. The ‘Bond with love’ collection lightens your pocket, but promises “elegantly crafted” pieces, including a photo frame, ‘license to love,’ made from ebony finished wood, sterling silver and red glass.

Resolving the crisis between choosing fruits and chocolates, Sugar & Spice have come up with their chocolate dipped prunes. California Prunes dipped in chocolate come with a “promise of good health all year round” (prunes being considered good for the heart, lungs and also lowering the risks of diseases).

For the gastronomes, there are slices of “luscious heart shape strawberry fondant cake, a box of delectable heart shape chocolates” from Nirulas’s and, what’s more, the “economically priced package will be delivered at your loved one’s doorstep at no delivery charge”.

And finally for the ones not wishing to spend on diamonds, there is ‘Emozioni’ with “semi-precious stones and a touch of gold”. The designer range of steel jewellery for both men and women is “affordable enough to change with every mood and chic enough to wear after dark…!”


Royal touch for bridegrooms

Sherwanis with western cuts are part of the ‘Rajasthani Heritage’ collection.

In tune with the contemporary trend of retailers going into branded fashion wear, the 35-year-old retail brand, Gujralsons, has decided to hire fashion designers for making its exclusive pret lines.

Experimenting with various fabrics and style, it has embarked on its new venture to tap the groom wear market, which has been overlooked all these years.

The royal romance and the grandeur of Rajasthan have inspired them to come out with their latest collection based on Rajasthani heritage.

Based on extensive research and detailed study, the ‘Heritage’ collection has been influenced by Rajasthani prints and motif printed on back, front, and sleeves, with fabrics like jaquard, silk brocade and chiffon being extensively used.

Kundan, antique Dabka work, Sirvoski, kashidakari and Zal work have been used as the basic medium for embroideries.

Sherwanis, with western cuts, provide the modern look that appeals to Generation X. Rajasthan’s rich accessories such as majories, stole and tissue pagris have been added to the attire.

A special collection of bandgala jodhpuries and short kurtas with vibrant colours and a breathtaking range of fine Indian embroideries have been added for the mehndi function.

With competition in the retail market soaring, large retailers have found new ways to bring in customers. The launch of the ‘Heritage’ collection will be marked by in-shop fashion shows and special offers for the grooms, apart from ‘free gold schemes’ to entice the customers.

Girish Gujral of Gujralsons says, “Exclusivity is the key now. Hence we are hiring fashion designers to work out fashion labels for us, which would be better priced than if the same designer were to sell from his boutique.”

Raghubansh Sinha


Patiala Necklace

An exquisite 'Patiala Necklace' from the House of Cartier.
An exquisite 'Patiala Necklace' from the House of Cartier.

Every neck will willingly stick itself out for this. We are talking about the famed Patiala Necklace, which was designed way back in 1925.

To gape in absolute wonder and learn more about the extravagance, switch on the Discovery Channel, which will premier ‘The Patiala Necklace’ on February 21, from nine pm to 10 pm.

The documentary produced by French filmmaker Francoise Gazio and directed by Yvon Gerault, traces the history of one of the “largest and most impressive necklaces ever made by Cartier”.

The necklace was to have five rows of diamond-encrusted platinum chains, dotted with giant gemstones. In 1925, the House of Cartier created the fabulous necklace for Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, which was embedded with 2,930 diamonds. The crowning glory was a 234-carat De Beers diamond, which was the seventh largest diamond in the world.

Christened the Patiala Necklace, the extraordinary piece mysteriously disappeared in 1948 and was recovered almost half a century later by Eric Nussbaum, a Cartier representative.


Grand host for LIFW 2004

That Lakme India Fashion Week (LIFW) 2004 will be held in Delhi is old news. The latest on the “mega fashion event of the country” is that the organisers, in their earnest bid to be the early birds, have announced that The Grand will play host to the event.

While the Taj and the ever-burdened ITPO Pragati Maidan were also considered, the Grand has been chosen for the venue for the week starting April 29 to May five.

Said the Executive Director, FDCI, Mr. Vinod Kaul, “We are pleased to announce the venue of LIFW 2004, much in advance this year. We have been looking for an appropriate venue for the past three months. LIFW has grown over the last few years and so have the requirements for space, support services, image association etc. As a result, we were looking at three venues – Hotel Grand, Hotel Taj Palace and ITPO Pragati Maidan. After analyzing cost, benefits and our requirements, we have decided to choose Hotel ‘The Grand’ as the venue.”

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