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Children’s labour adds charm to bonanza
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Beauty lies in the detail. And whether or not the gathering at Tagore Theatre cared to spare a glance for the little things children had done to make the venue come alive with the spirit of freedom, the discerning eye noticed.

The space of performance glowed with colours of freedom as the entire stage was lined with saffron, green and white pots. The wooden façade of the stage looked bright with images that told of India’s composite culture and its unique reputation for encouraging unity in diversity.

While marigolds added to the romance of the Independence Day celebrations organised by the UT Administration, the immaculately cut out dove figures adorned the face of the rostrum from where the compere conducted the show.

Everything at the show was thus perfectly in place, from the promising performers to the heart-warming couplets, which enhanced the purpose of presentation and ensured it did not go down as yet another event in the UT’s cultural calendar.

In the light of all the beauty, the celebrations looked more meaningful, whether it was the rendering of the national song by Carmel Convent students or the well-synchronised qawwali by girls of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16. For a change, nothing about today’s show was repetitive.

Everything from faces and tunes to costumes was fresh. Among the well-rehearsed items were The Tribune School’s Himachali dance that beckoned the beauty of mountains, GMSSS, Sector 21, students’ Gujarati garba dance that showcased the vibrancy of the West, and the vigorous bhangra by boys of GMSSS, Sector 37, whose graceful act gave everyone the goose pimples. As they danced, all were forced to tap to the infectious beat of the dhol that truly signified “unbridled joy”.

UT Home Secretary R.S. Gujral, in his speech, exhorted children to put in their best in the coming year. His reference to Tagore’s “Gitanjali” drew an applause as he quoted: “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high...Where knowledge is free ...Where the world has not been broken into fragments by narrow domestic walls...Into that heaven of freedom my Father let my country awake...”

The administration announced rewards for the performers. This year’s reward money was higher than usual - Rs 35,000 instead of the routine Rs 31,000.

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Students demonstrate love for country
Tribune News Service

DAV Public School, Sector 15
DAV Public School, Sector 15, Chandigarh.

Chandigarh, August 14
Rehearsals today marked the preparations for the Independence Day functions to be held in different schools in the city. Propagating the message of unity in diversity, students could be seen singing patriotic songs, eulogising the sacrifices made for the freedom of the country.

To ensure that it was a smooth going, teachers were busy in giving final touches to the presentations to be made tomorrow.

A few NGOs plan to celebrate the day with slum children and those of neglected sections of society. Several schools have organised functions over the past week.

Inculcating national pride among the students, Bhavan Vidyala at Amravati Enclave organised a function today. Week-long Independence Day celebrations of DAV Model School, Sector 15, concluded at DAV College, Sector 10. Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, was the chief guest. Mr S. Marriya, Principal of DAV College, was the guest of honour.

Mr Rakesh Sachdeva, Principal of DAV Public School, Sector 15, motivated the youth to channelise their energy in nation building.

Rainbow International School and NTT students of the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute of Vocational Studies also held celebrations. Tiny tots of Rainbow International School recited poems and performed an item “Mere Desh Ki Dharti”. A group song by NTT students drew applause from everyone.

Students of Nav Bal Niketan Model Middle School also organised a function. At Maharshi Dayanand Public School, Daria, a colourful cultural programme marked the celebrations. Patriotic songs were also sung on the occasion.

At Evergreen Academy, Sector 34, tiny tots participated in a fancy dress competition. Expressing gratitude towards the freedom fighters, students of Divya Public School, Sector 44, participated in an inter-house group song competition. Similar functions were organised at Gayandeep Model High School, Sector 20.

The Lotus Foundation organised celebrations at Apna Free School for slum children. Women of the Inner Wheel of Rotary Club, Central Chandigarh, also joined the children.

At Adarsh Public School, Sector 27, tiny tots participated in a quiz. Students also spoke about the freedom struggle and cultural unity.

Faculty members of the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Sector 26, will celebrate Independence Day on the premises tomorrow. A function was also organised at Indira Holiday Home Prepratory School, Sector 24. 

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Tiny tots join in the excitement
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 14
Students of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II, here today shared their patriotic feelings through speeches and songs. The tiny tots performed a group dance. The boys performed bhangra. Ms Ranjeet Bedi, school Principal, enlightened the students about the importance of the responsibility towards their nation.

Students of Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, presented various items to mark Independence Day. Through their poems and speeches, the students pledged to uphold the free spirit of the motherland. The synchronised dance movements of juniors added charm to the function. Ms Anupkiran, the coordinator, congratulated them on the eve of Independence Day and exhorted them to work towards the development of the nation.

Students of Swami Ram Tirath School, Phase IV, presented a cultural programme to celebrate Independence Day. Tiny tots of nursery and kindergarten classes presented a song while a skit was presented by students of Class X. The school principal, Ms Anjula Sharma, advised the students to keep unity among themselves. Sweets were distributed among the students.

Independence Day celebrations spread over two days ended at Doon International School, Sector 69. The celebrations began with a flag-hoisting ceremony by the school Principal, Ms M.K. Mann. Senior students staged a skit on corruption. Tiny tots charmed the audience with delightful patriotic songs. A colourful finale was provided by a medley of folk dances from Kashmir, Gujarat and Bengal.

Students of Century Public School, Naya Gaon, presented cultural items, patriotic songs and speeches and paid homage to heroes of the freedom struggle. The school Principal, Dr D.R. Mehta, urged the students to be disciplined citizens and work hard to achieve success in life. The school president, Mr Bhagat Singh, distributed sweets among the children.

Students of Saint Farid Public School, Phase IV, celebrated Independence Day by organising a fancy dress competition for the tiny tots. Children came dressed up like freedom fighters. Other students of the school presented an action song.

Students of Ambika Public School, Kharar, presented a cultural show. The SDM, Kharar, Mr S.S. Gill was the chief guest. The school Principal, Mr Mohan Lal Shehri, welcomed the guests and the programme started with the lighting of the lamp. Tiny tots of nursery and Class I presented items based on the theme of nationalism. The Principal highlighted the achievements of the school. Mr Gill blessed the students and appreciated the efforts of the school in fulfilling the aspirations of the students and inspired them to work harder.

Members of Bharat Vikas Parishad, Chandigarh South I, organised an essay writing competition at the Government Primary School, Jagatpura today. The students who won the competition were awarded and participation certificates were given to all students. Fruits and sweets were distributed among the school students by the Principal.

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Patriotic songs, dance shows
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 14
Students of DC Model Senior Secondary School celebrated Independence Day with great fervour. The function commenced with the singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ by the school choir. This was followed by the Inter-House Patriotic Song Competition, wherein students of all eight houses participated. A choreography based on the theme of national integration was also staged.

The Gurukul, Sector 20. Students of the school had a dress rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations to be held in the school premises tomorrow. Students, from Class III to Class VII, will be staging a patriotic song competition and a choreography on the 57th Independence Day tomorrow.

Andale Public School, Sector 9: Students and teachers held a solemn flag hoisting ceremony as part of the Independence Day celebrations. Patriotic songs, choreography and one act play was also staged at the school today.

Blue Bird High School, Sector 16: A drawing, painting and face painting competition was organised at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16 yesterday as part of Independence Day celebrations. Children painted their faces in the tricolour, and also painted A tricolour mural on a wall. They sang patriotic songs and also staged a play. The school Principal, Mr Ravi Bhatnagar, later gave prizes to the winners — Jasleen, Saifi and Himanshu.

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NIPER must attract best talent, says Mashelkar
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 14
There is a need to build both ambience and ambition at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here so that it attract the best talent all over the world.

Stating this today at the release of a 225-page book entitled “A decade of NIPER”, Dr R.A. Mashelkar, Director-General of the CSIR and Chairman of the Board of Governors of NIPER, said the second priority was the role of various institutions in making drugs accessible to the poorest sections. He emphasised that Indian institutions and industry had a distinct advantage of traditional knowledge which would also contribute to achieving the objectives.

Dr Mashelkar, who was the chief guest at the function, lauded the role of Dr C.L. Kaul, Director, NIPER, who is to retire at the end of this month, in making NIPER what it was today. He welcomed the appointment of Prof P. Rama Rao as Dr Kaul’s successor and said 25 years from now, NIPER should be seen as a provider of new chemical entitles and breakthroughs in the pharmaceutical sector and become the pride of the nation.

Dr Nitya Nand, former Director of the CDRI, Lucknow who spoke on “NIPER- A Perspective,” said five areas which needed special strengthen at NIPER in the years to come were molecular biology, plant characterisation and standardisation along with DNA finger-printing, public health issue, networking of academia and industry, and organising the continuing education programmes for the educators of pharmaceutical sciences throughout the country. He said to achieve the objective, there was a need for training people in emerging areas of pharmaceutical sciences.

Mr Ajay Piramal, CMD, Nicholas Piramal Ltd, Mumbai, who spoke on teh “Indian pharmaceutical industry: operating in a post-patenting era”, outlined a three-point strategy to meet the challenges of the pharmaceutical industry in the post-2005 era. He said India was fortunate in having intelligent manpower and emphasised that our problems had to be solved by ourselves. There was a need to expand the current research set-up in the pharmaceutical industry and in this sphere NIPER had a critical role to play.

Dr Rajinder Kumar, President (R&D), Ranbaxy Laboratories, shared his experience through his presentation “New chemical entities: challenges and opportunities”. He outlined the unmet needs in the neurological and psychiatric segments.

Dr Kaul, recalling his experiences during the past 10 years at NIPPER, said excellence had only international standards and while NIPER was still in the making, there were challenging times ahead. He urged pharmaceutical scientists to seize opportunities and change mindsets so that India was known as a country of achievers.

Prof Harkishan Singh, members of the Board of Governors of NIPER, focussed on the “Conception and creation of NIPER”, He explained the philosphy behind the setting up of the institute and the initiative taken 50 years ago in conceiving and creating NIPER.

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From schools & colleges
Parul wins Dev Samaj Miss Fresher contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The BA, BCA and B.Com second year students of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, welcomed the college freshers at a colourful ceremony filled with dances and songs. The students sang songs ‘Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon’ and ‘Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya’. An Indo-Western fusion dance was presented by a group of BCA students .

In the Miss Fresher contest, 28 girls participated. Parul emerged as Dev Samaj Miss Fresher, Rupan was declared the first runner-up and Swati was the second runner-up. The Principal, Ms Vimal Bhargava, applauded the efforts of the students.

Exhibition: To encourage talent, an exhibition of creative attempts was put up at Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, here. The Regional Officer of the CBSE, Mr P.I. Sabu, inaugurated the exhibition. The exhibition was divided in craft work junior wing, maths wing, science wing, social science wing, pots, glass painting and mural work, poster and collage, computer wing and stuffed toys wing, said the Principal of the school, Mr Sanjay Sardana.

An interesting aspect in the exhibition was a project “Income Tax” put up students by students of Class X. The students requested the parents to pay tax. Various tax deductions and income tax slabs were explained to the visitors. On the occasion, students displayed posters on the importance of peace, environment, happiness, female foeticide, traffic rules, eye donation and blood donation. Another special feature was an exhibition on Ajanta and Elora caves.

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised at St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, in collaboration with Chirag, Rotary Club and the Blood Bank Society. As many as 42 persons donated blood at the camp.

Contests held: Various competitions like on-the-spot painting, poster-making, sketch-making, inter-house group dance and English declamation contest were held for the students of Classes V to X at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47. The day began with a welcome speech by the head girl of the school followed by an inter-house dance competition. The participants sang ‘Yeh Mera India’, ‘Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walo’, ‘Vande Mataram’. The Principal of the school, Mr Charles Samuel, said the topics for the declamation contest were the 57th Independence Day, Yeh Mera India and the meaning of Independence day.

Tree plantation drive: As many as 100 saplings were planted at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10. Mr J.P. Singh, chief manager of the State Bank of Patiala donated saplings for the plantation drive.

Meanwhile, the NSS unit of the Government College, Sector 46, also organised a tree-plantation function. The Principal, Dr A.N. Garg, inaugurated the tree-plantation function by planting an amaltas sapling on the college campus.

Declamation contest: An inter-house declamation contest on ‘Are we happier than our forefathers?’ was organised at Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 43.

Dental check-up: JBM Public School, Sector 27, organised a dental check-up camp . Dr Nayar from V-care Dental Clinic, Sector 20, examined students.

Installation ceremony: The annual installation ceremony of Interact Club of Bhavan Vidyalya, Sector 27, was sponsored by Rotary Club of Chandigarh. The outgoing Interact President, Ms Charu Sharma, gave the round-up of the year’s activities, which included a blood donation camp, intensive awareness camps about thalassaemia, leprosy and tree plantation. The chief guest at the function, Mr Baldev Aggarwal, presented the collar to the incumbent President, Ms Aastha Trehan.

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Meritorious students honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Dr Khera's Chandigarh Coaching centre honoured its meritorious students at the annual prize distribution function held at Tagore Theatre yesterday. The toppers who were honoured were Abhinav Sood and Shivani Sharma.

Dr Vinod. C. Khera, Director of the centre, said out of the 300 students of the institute selected this year, a total of 126 students meritorious students had scored top ranks in various competitive exams.

On the occasion, the students of the centre presented a memento of honour to the teaching faculty of the institute.

Interaction programme: Mr Deep Adhikari, Manager Examination Services, North India (British Council Division), held a meeting with principals and director of eminent colleges an professional educational institutions in and around Chandigarh.

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Quiz programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Pratibimb, a social organisation, held a quiz programme on the Ramayana and on the life of Guru Gobind Singh at the Government Girls High School, Sector 25, here. Four teams, each having two candidates, were selected by asking questions to students of Class IX and X. About 90 students participated.

The first prize was won by Neelam and Ranjana, the second by Neelam and Meenu while and Ruby and Reena won the third prize. Pratibimb also presented a file to the library of the school having about 700 questions with answers on Indian mythology and Sikh Gurus.

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NIIFT orientation programme 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 14
An orientation programme was organised for new students joining various at the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology.
Mrs Vijay Sharma, Director, while welcoming the students briefed them about the course contents, facilities at the institute and career prospects. She also focussed on the current trends and the present scenario of the garment industry.

Experts from the garment industry, ratail market, design and management related fields were invited to the programme to familiarise the students with different fields. Old students, who were doing well in their respective fields were also invited to talk to the freshers.

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39 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
As many as 39 cases were settled and Rs 20.65 lakh awarded at a special lok adalat organised on the premises of the State Legal Services Authority in Sector 9 here yesterday.

Held under the aegis of Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar, a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of the authority, a cash recovery of about Rs 99,000 was also made from the borrowers of Punjab National Bank.

Mr Sant Parkash, Member Secretary and Permanent Judge of the Permanent Lok Adalat, presided while Mr K.K. Monga and Ms Meena Monga, members, also participated.

Mr Sant Parkash said the main objective of the authority was settle the disputes between the parties in an amicable manner. The concept of lok adalats was picking up and a number of persons and institutions approached the authority for settling the disputes.

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Leg amputation case: hearing adjourned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
A local court today adjourned till September 11 the leg amputation case, which hit the headlines last year. The student Abhishek, reportedly fractured his leg when he was playing football in his school. He was rushed to Inscol Hospital in Sector 34, where negligence in his treatment by doctors, was alleged.

Later, when his condition worsened, he was taken to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where his left leg had to be amputated to save his life.

On August 26 last year, the police, on the complaint of his mother, Ms Anuradha Ahluwalia, had booked Dr Sanjay Saluja of Inscol on the charges of negligence in treatment. However, he was later bailed out.

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Film Review
Old story, new cast
Rama Sharma

Introducing a new star cast at new locales with moth-eaten scripts does not always work, especially when the director is making his debut. But precisely this has happened in “Kyon Ho Gaya Na”. If director Samir Karnik is hoping to cash in on the real life chemistry between Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai, he will be disappointed. The couple has not unleashed much charm on the screen.

Vivek is not bad as he plays a mischievous, but good-humoured Arjun. The concept of love is alien to him and he wants to get married to a girl of his parents’ choice. But Aishwarya’s expressions are deadpan. In curly hairs, she throughout wears a dreamy look. Since watching Arjun spreading schoolboyish charm is not enough, the wait for the second half begins quite early.

Enter Amitabh Bachchan, but alas, he does no good to lift our spirits or induce a twist. On the contrary, the pace slackens further. The director has confined himself to distributing toffees and making food for a group of children, seemingly inspired from Pogo TV channel. Om Puri, as usual, leaves an impression .Tinnu Anand too appears for a while to display a ferocious, yet fatherly, smile. Lyrics by Javed Akhtar are average. — TNS

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He strives for a laugh to keep sanity intact
Gurvinder Kaur

Sagar Khayyami
Sagar Khayyami

Can one wax eloquent about the nuances of “husn” and “ishq” for three couplets in perfect tone and tenor and then bring you down with a thud into the harsh world of reality with a single word? Only veteran satirist Sagar Khayyami can do it. No wonder he attracts admirers wherever he goes. And his greatest fans are the youth.

Romance and “ishq” are not a “misayil (an issue)” any longer. These themes seem redundant now, he says, elaborating with the help of a couplet that is a parody of the famous lines “Yeh ishq nahin aasaan bas itna samajh lijiye ek aag ka dariya hai aur doob kar jana hai”. His parody is, “Yeh ishq nahin mushqil bus itna samajh lijiye, kab aag ka dariya hai , kab doob ke jaana hai, mayoos na ho aashiq mil jayegi mashooqa, bus itni si zehmat hai mobile uthana hai”.

The genre of ghazal is the base for every kind of poetry. In today’s changing mores, gone is the quintessential pining beau who would go to the grave without ever mentioning the name of his beloved. “Redundant now in this atmosphere and changing values, I cannot do that kind of poetry. I am disturbed by the declining moral fibre in the post-Independence India. The only option in these circumstances seems to be poetry with a message and satire, which is palatable when cloaked as humour,” he says.

A typical Khayyami line on the crowd in the cities goes like this: “Yeh bola Dilli ke kutte se gaon ka kutta, kahan se seekhi ada tumne dum dabane ki, Woh bola dum ke dabane ko buzdilli na samajh, jagah khahan hai yaha dum hillane ki”. The poet becomes nostalgic remembering the “good old days”. “The kind of discipline that went with the training to be a poet was rigorous, a ‘shagird’ was a ‘shagird’ and an ‘ustaad’ god. Anyone aspiring to be a poet took part in ‘waqti muqabala’, a time-bound extempore poetry writing competition where the theme was announced by an ustaad minutes before the mushaira”, he says.

Promising candidates were further tested. Words were deleted from the lines of lesser known compositions and the candidates were required to fill in the omissions and also substitute them with better words, if possible. “Poets were chiselled and fine tuned in this manner”, says Khayyami.

“Look around and you find poverty, despair, crime...in fact, name the malady and it is present around us. So it is a challenge for me to compose something that can make people laugh,” he says. A successful poet tries to get the pulse of the masses; no wonder, his countless couplets on cricket and electronic gadgets infuse a zest for living. He says the genre now has a number of elements, though according to traditions, a ghazal is a composition that talks of “husn” and “ishq” only.

He comments on the degeneration of the “new” ghazal masters, saying, “Adab mein aa gaye khamthok Shayar, Ghazal kya meherbani kar rahi hai, Chaman khilte the jiske badan mein, Woh ladki pehalwani kar rahi hai.”

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What I-Day means to city youth
Swarleen Kaur

DO the sagas of sacrifice and struggle stir something among youths. Talking to many city youngsters was an interesting experience. Most of them were indifferent to the ongoing festivities of Independence Day. A few of them were imbibed with patriotic zeal while for some it is just another holiday for having a party time.

Sanjana Sharma, a BA final year student of GCG 11, said,” The city shines on two days — Republic Day and Independence Day. Whenever I see labourers cleaning the city roads and painting the berms, I can easily guess that Independence Day is near. The administration hardly takes care of the cleanliness of the city on the remaining months”.

Simranjeet Kaur, another college student, said,” This day hardly have any relevance for the common man. But we are bombarded with patriotic songs. Top of all we have to watch patriotic movies as all channels give these kind of movies only. Since it is a holiday my working mother finds enough time to cook a good meal.

But for 24-year-old Ashish Chaudhry, this day is like spreading the patriotic fervour. He is leaving the country and flying for Australia tomorrow for the higher studies. He said,” I am going to start a new life there and I will carry this spirit with me. I am proud to be an Indian and I want to show that Indian people are not lacking anywhere. I will always try to show our culture in good light there”.

Nikita Gill, a student of MCM college, said,” The best thing about the Independence Day is that we will get 57 per cent off on apparrels at some shops. I have already made a big list for me and my sister and we will do shopping for the entire day”.

Neha Sharma, a Dev Samaj college student, said,’ I just want to say one thing that schoolchildren who participate in the function for Independence Day suffers the most. My sister who is studying in class VII has been practicing for cultural activities for the past one month. Her studies are also affected”.

For a university student, Sanjay Suri it is another day for the party and he will celebrate it with his friends. “We will go to a nice restaurant and we have also a plan for a dance party. All of us want to enjoy in life and want to have a nice time in life”.

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Special telecast of ‘Kambakth Piracy’ today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Sahara Pariwar takes another step towards combating piracy with the telecast of a special programme ''Kambakth Piracy'' on August 15 from 7.30 pm on Sahara Manoranjan.

According to a press note of Sahara Manoranjan, the ''Kambakth Piracy'' event is the result of the film industry's initiative to come on a common platform and pledge support to the anti-piracy movement. Originality, versatility and variety are three simple words that showcase the fare that one can expect from ''Kambakth Piracy.''

The entertaining telecast brings to the stage lead stars from Bollywood, including Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Fardeen Khan, Neha Dhupia Riya Sen, Malaika Arora, Amrita Arora, Boman Irani, Gauhar Khan, Vasundhara Das, Jaspal Bhatti, Vikram Sathe, Sudesh Bhosle, Perizaad Zorabian, Kareena Kapoor, Shekhar Suman and Kashmira Shah.

This will be interspersed with special addresses by Smita Thackeray, Jaya Bachchan, Subash Ghai, Yash Chopra, Pahlaj Nihalani and Rani Mukherji among others.

This industry initiative is the need of the hour with the entertainment industry losing over Rs 2,700 crore to film and music piracy every year.

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Teej celebrated

Teej was celebrated at slimming and beauty centres of VLCC at Chandigarh and Panchkula on Saturday. Around 40 women participated in the function. They decorated their hands with Henna designs. Pink colour was the dress code for the celebrations.

Free mehndi and nail art and tattoo was also done. Tips on monsoon make-up and hair care were given. A demonstration on latest hair styles was also given.

Women also participated in mehndi and quick make-up competition. A teej queen was selected at each centre. — OC

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