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Man sentenced to 7-yr RI for attempt to murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 24
A Delhi court has sentenced a man to seven years rigorous imprisonment for attempting to murder a factory owner who had resisted his demands for extortion money.

The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr R. K. Yadav, also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on Sagar alias Rahul, who grievously injured Alim Akhtar with a piece of glass after he refused to pay the extortion money on January 31, 2002.

Sagar went to Alim’s factory on Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg along with an accomplice and started beating his employees because their owner had not paid the extortion amount.

When Alim also arrived at the spot, Sagar caught hold of him and injured him with a broken glass piece. Thereafter, when Alim tried to run away, Sagar chased him and hit him on his back, following which he fell unconscious on the ground.

According to the prosecution, a relative of the victim, Mohammad Rafiq, came to his rescue and took him to the hospital and saved his life.


An evening dedicated to fashion
Manish Kumar Singal

The 4th Lycra Images Fashion Awards (LIFA) was organised on February 12 at Hotel Ashoka. The event was packed with pulsating entertainment, a live fashion show and audio-visuals, and an award presentation by industry celebrities from India and abroad.

Amidst cheers from captains of industry, the LIFA felicitated the country’s most admired fashion and lifestyle brands, companies, retail houses and professionals for their outstanding achievements during 2003. Actor Shekhar Suman and singer Mansi Scott were the hosts of this spectacular evening that saw enthralling performances by Amaan and Ayaan Ali (Classical Western Fusion), Perizaad Zorabian (Jazz Ballet Fusion), Colonial Cousins, and the finale song by Mansi Scott.


Golden Conch for Swayam

The Open Frame, a two-year-old initiative of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) and the Doordarshan, won its 20th award with presentation of the Golden Conch at Mumbai International Documentary Film Festival 2004. The award for Best Documentary was given to Arum Chadha for ‘Swayam’, a 30-minute documentary produced by the PSBT and Prasar Bharti.

The film has an in-depth look at the impact of self-help groups on the lives of people, both in terms of economics and social benefits that have accrued to their members. It explores how these groups have become an instrument for achieving development objectives, including social and economic security, promoting livelihoods, building democratic people’s organisations, empowering women, and changing the wider system within society. It also examines different aspects of social and financial inter-mediation of the self-help groups. 


Kids come of age, so does kids’ wear

An exclusive designer wear for kids from TT LimitedIf you thought you could get away with simple clothes for your kids and not pay much attention to the latest trends, you were absolutely mistaken. Your smart ones also want to change their wardrobe with every flash of the latest in vogue.

An exclusive designer wear for kids from TT Limited.

TT Limited has brought an exclusive designer wear for children, right from the age of four months to twelve years. It offers an excellent range of formals, casuals and semi-casuals — smart and aesthetically bright — in impeccable stitching, clean cuts, fine fabrics and lasting silhouette. The complete range of kids’ wears has been dubbed Pikpok. Sanjay Jain, the director of TT Limited, says: “Today India has become very fashion conscious, even in the children’s wear. Kids as well as parents are not ready to compromise on something which is not chick and fashionable.


Cheer up, vodka lovers

The world’s leading vodka brand, Smirnoff, donned a new avatar with a sharp and distinctive look after almost a century. Smirnoff called upon India’s leading house, DJ Ivan and VJ Yudi, to celebrate this landmark event.

Both of them enthralled a jam-packed audience of Smirnoff lovers at the F-bar and Lounge on Friday. The show kept the audience on their feet till the wee hours next morning. According to Amar Raj Singh, the Managing Director of UDV India, “Smirnoff is the world’s number one premium vodka brand. It’s important for us to communicate that India is the second country after the US to launch the new Smirnoff, to be followed by 130 countries in 2004. 


A musical thriller from Bagga

A Punjabi film director, Darshan Bagga, is going to direct a Hindi feature film, ‘Shikar – the musical thriller,’ produced by Surjeet S. Pandekar. Jaz Pandekar and Kaniska will be the lead pair in this crime thriller. Unlike most thrillers, Shikar’s plus point will be its music and lyrics.

Darshan has under his belt Punjabi films like Santo Banto, Mera Punjab, and Subedar. Santo Banto ran for months in most cinema halls of Punjab and has been dubbed the ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ of Punjabi cinema. Darshan has belied the widely held belief that for attaining professional success in the world of celluloid it is imperative to struggle in Mumbai. Darshan grew up in Mumbai but tasted success in Punjab. 


With Renu Dadlani here, your wait is over

Here is good news for people who have a penchant for designer clothes. Renu Dadlani, a renowned fashion designer, will unveil her exclusive creation, “Prateeksha”, at Aga Khan Hall from February 23 to 27 in the city. Renu has focused on innovative designs, new concepts, classic cuts and unusual colour combinations.

Prateeksha is a fine example of intricate embroidery and exquisite designs on fabric with traces of traditional pattern with a modern touch. The collection is adorned with delicate use of Indian motifs, intricate embroidery and embellishments like sequins and sworkswi. The collection of colourful kurtis, mesmerising sarees, exquisite lehengas and exclusive honeymoon fashion wear is an amalgam of traditional Indian technique and artisan workmanship, combined with fabrics still unexplored in the realm of chikankari – such as georgette, crepes, nets, tissue and voile.

One of the elegant and contemporary kurtis, ‘chic and hip’ can be teamed with sequined stoles and trousers, jeans and shorts. Sarees and suits that ooze sensual elegance are a perfect specimen of intricate chikankari work done by Prateeksha.


Make a statement with trendy kurtas

Westside, the stylish store from the house of Tatas, has introduced hip and trendy kurtas for people from every walk of life. Fashionable and alluring kurtas are a true statement of individual style. The collection presents designs that suit every occasion, be it evening wear, easy daywear, informals or smart casuals. The Westside kurtas are impeccable in quality, have outstanding designs, and offer value for money. 


Cantabil spring, summer range

The world-famous dress manufacturing company, Cantabil, introduced its new range of spring-summer collection in an exhibition held in the Capital’s Grand Inter Continental hotel recently. Many attractive wears were displayed, but the dresses designed by Swati Gupta were the main attraction. Her creations were greatly appreciated by visitors. The linen, jute, cotton and imported fabrics used in Cantabil’s trousers, denim wears and shirts were also displayed. It was the first show of its kind in the Capital and a great draw.

Inputs by Nalini Ranjan

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