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Two-day seminar on aviation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The Chandigarh Chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India will organise a two-day seminar on “Careers in Aviation: options and opportunities” here from Friday. Commercial and technical aspects of civilian and military flying, including maintenance, research and development, indigenisation, airline support services and cabin crew as well as aero-sports would be discussed by experts in the field, the chapter’s chairman, Air Cmde S.P.S. Virk said.

Eminent speakers at the seminar include the Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Mr K.P. Puri, Chairman of the Aeronautical Science Department at the Indian Institute of Science, Prof B N Raghuvardan, Air Vice-Marshal Y. Singh (retd) and ace sky-diver Rachael Thomas.

Award for Red Cross Society

Chandigarh, October 13
The UT Red Cross Society was awarded the “Fund Raising and Membership Running Shield” by the President Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam at the annual general meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society at New Delhi today. The UT branch has been given the award for raising maximum membership funds. TNS



Kavita, Jasraj win poster contest on tobacco
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The results of the Burning Brain poster-making competition were declared today by the Burning Brain Society. The theme of the BSNL-sponsored competition was “Ill-effects and consequences of tobacco.”

The following youngsters have won prizes: The first position was shared by Kavita Singh of Punjabi University, Patiala and Jasraj Bhatti of DAV College, Chandigarh. The second position was shared by Ishita Mittal of PMLSD Public School and Satwinder Kaur of Harkrishan Public School, Chandigarh. The third position was bagged by Priyanka Singh of Mohali. Upcoming artist awards were bagged by Mainak Pal of Mount Carmel School, Monami Bhattacharya of Shivalik Public School, Sandeep Singh from Hoshiarpur, Kanwar Inder Singh Rai from GGSD College and Sushmita from GGMSSS-8.

Commendable work certificates will be given for posters by Harmanpreet Singh Shergil of Harkrishan Public School, Parul Makkar of St. Anne’s Convent, Arshia Verma and Nitika Garg of Sacret Heart, Pragya Mittal of DAV Public School, Mohali, Anushka Sharma of Mount Carmel, Aditi Bansal of Tender Heart, Gurjeet Kaur of Guru Harkrishan School, Anshul Sharma of GGMSSS-8, Sunita Kumari of Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute, Sanjay Kumar from Patiala, Ekta Dhaliwal of NIFD, Anand Sharma of DAV-10, Sonai Sahni of Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College and Neha Sehgal of GCA-10.

Appreciation certificates were won by Savita of GGMSS-8, Rajneesh, Sugandha Kishore of Government Medical College, Patiala, Sunita Kumari of Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute, Supreet Kaur, Ruchi Sondhi of GCA and Harjeet Kaur from Pathankot. A special trophy for the entry on “BSNL – the backbone of Indian communication” went to Aarzo Ahuja of Bani Tirtha and Kohima Goyal of St. Anne’s Convent School. Mr Hemant Ramtirth Goswami of the Burning Brain Society said all posters received from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Chandigarh were appreciable and worth winning prizes. “The judges had a tough time making the selections for which the final criteria was originality of the idea, depiction and relevance to the theme, age of the participant and the artistic style of the work”, revealed Hemant.



PhD entrance test on Nov 28
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Panjab University will hold the PhD entrance test on November 28 (Sunday). The prospectus along with the application form will be available from October 14 at the SBI extension counter (basement), administrative block, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, according to the Controller of Examinations, PU.

Function held: The Department of English organised a function on Wednesday to pay homage to four Indian English writers — Nissim Ezekiel, Dom Moraes, Arun Kolatkar and Mulk Raj Anand — who died recently.

Selected: The paper of Dr Jyoti Rattan, part-time lecturer, Department of Laws, Panjab University, and Dr Vijay Rattan, Professor, Public Administration, has been selected for publication in an international book on e-governance, according to a message received by them from Dr Pan S. Kim, Secretary to the President of Korea for Personnel Policy.



Free lessons in Indian mythology
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
A city-based social organization, Pratibimb, which works for imparting the knowledge of ancient Indian religious texts and mythology among children, has announced that it would run free classes for any institute, school or religious place evincing interest in their work.

The classes would be 30-minute long and would take place on Sundays.

The founder-member of the Partibimb, Mr Satya Pal, said he had implemented the idea in Australia where he held programs on Indian-mythology and Sikh Gurus in Hindi-speaking schools and Gurdwaras.

Those interested in getting the lessons can contact him at the SCO number 357 -358, Sector 35-B, Chandigarh.



Couple on the run, complains to rights panel
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, October 13
A brother-in-law of an NRI girl allegedly in connivance with Punjab Police is trying to secure her hand for his brother. The girl, Prabhjot Kaur (24), resident of Ghungrana village in Ludhiana district, was engaged to Bhupinder Singh (26), a resident of Nehru Nagar, Model Town, Ludhiana, on September 26.

They have urged the Punjab State Human Rights Commission to direct Punjab Police to ensure peaceful solemnisation of their marriage on October 17. The commission has issued direction to the SSP Ludhiana, among others, in this regard.

According to the complainants, the brother-in-law ensured that his wife, mother-in-law and father-in-law were booked in a false case of narcotics.

The couple has been on the run and hiding at different places to avoid landing in the hands of Rajwinder, the brother-in-law, who wants to allegedly force the girl to marry his brother.

In a joint complaint to the commission Prabhjot Kaur, Bhupinder Singh, his father Kulwant Singh Grewal and mother Harjit Kaur stated that Rajwinder Singh had levelled false allegations against Bhupinder Singh and his family.

They added that Rajwinder had got an FIR lodged against Bhupinder under the NDPS Act.

The complainants further stated that Rajwinder was not having cordial relations with his wife Sumandeep Kaur and had been allegedly demanding dowry from his in-laws. He has also lodged an FIR against his wife under Sections 494, 467, 469, and 471 of the IPC, according to the complainant.



Beant case accused boycott court proceedings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Alleging maltreatment at the hands of the jail authorities, some accused in the Beant Singh assassination case today boycotted the court proceedings of the Special CBI Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, at the high-security Burail jail here.

Drama was witnessed in the court with Lakhwinder Singh, Nasib Singh, Balwant Singh, Navjot Singh, Nishan Singh and Gurmeet Singh alleging that they were being discriminated against with regard to provision of food and clothes by jail officials. 



Female models ‘hog the limelight’

“I take one step at a time and do not believe in making fixed plans,” said Acquin Pies, a fashion model who was in the city today. Recently he has returned from the Fashion week held in Milan, Italy. He has done various ads and ramp shows and have gained a lot of confidence. But he has not thought about stepping into the Bollywood. “ I am too young to enter in films”, he says.

A B.Sc in computers from Bangalore, he will join his father’s business in London later since modelling is a short lived profession.

A confident poise

The confident poise of this five feet and eight-and-a-half inches tall beauty is endearing. Talking to Delhi-based model Indrani Das Gupta who was in the city on Wednesday was an equally interesting experience. She started her career with advertisements and she is a brand ambassador of Lakme.

She is basically a Bengali brought up in Muscat. A post graduate in Economics, she preferred modelling as a career.” This is how I made balance in Yin and yang,” she said.

Talking about fashion trends she said,” it keeps on changing. A lot of style and designs keep coming. This winter a lot of vibrant colours are there”. But she likes classic black.

Talking about the difficulties in this profession she said ,” I feel that people should have respect for the models’ time too. There is a lot of unprofessionalism. Sometimes designers or choreographer turn up late then we have to just hang around and wait for the shoot.

Her parents are pillars of her strength. “ They have always shown me the right path. Most of the times I do not listen to them and I have committed many mistakes too. But they never compelled me to obey them. They supported me completely.”

She is enjoying her profession and doesn’t want to join Bollywood. But she believes that modelling is a short lived career. But right now she has no plans for the future.” This profession gives you a lot of exposure and opens doors for many other opportunities.” Indrani admits that she is very lazy and a TV addictive. She loves wearing caps, jeans and shirt.

When asked how she feels when people say that modelling is not a respectable job she commented: “ I really don’t care what people think. But they should know this profession requires a lot of hard work and intelligence.”

The competition is tough in this field, especially abroad as models there are highly professional. But if you are confident and have the potential then you can survive in this field.

How it feels when female models hog all the limelight?

“Yes, It is a fact that female models always get more attention and they are more sought after. But I don’t care as I am getting what I want, including good money,” he said.

He hates applying make up. “ But at times you don’t have any choice,” he said.

Another fashion model, Montel Davies, who was also sitting next to Acquin from Kenya quipped in.

“Modelling was not planned and it just happened to me.”

Though he has done various ramp shows in India and abroad but he prefers designer shows.

Talking about the difference between India and abroad’s fashion industry he said,” abroad it is very much developed. 

it is more stylish and flamboyant than India”.

When asked about the high competition in modelling he commented,” I just take it easy as I don’t want to be a top model or outshine someone”. 

He knows little Hindi but know Kannada very well.

They were in the city in connection with the launch of winter collection of a brand. OC



Vietnam crafts exhibition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Rare handcrafted pressed bamboo and lacquerware items will be on display at the Vietnam Crafts Exhibition being organised here by Fabindia, a retail marketing organisation which supports traditional textiles and crafts.

According to Ms Diltaj Grewal, who manages the local unit of Fabindia, the laquerware craft of Vietnam dates back to the fourth and the fifth century.

Vietnamese handicrafts were originally made for local consumption, for bartering with neighbouring villages or for royal patronage. Over the years the demand grew and these handicrafts began to find a market in South-East Asia, China, India, the West Asia and Europe. Today, Vietnam has thousands of villages involved in making these handicrafts.

The crafts exhibition will be from October 14 to 31 at SCO 128-129, Sector 9, Chandigarh. 



Tracing bond outside marriages
Aditi Tandon

Dr Manjit Indra allows herself a free hand as she dissects relationships outside of marriages in her new book “Tu Aawaz Maari Hai”. Dispassionately though, she raises quite a storm by exposing the inherent flaws in bonds that almost always enrich men, but never really nourish women. Tracing the psyche of her tormented Protagonist, the author builds up a universal case against the “malady of extra marital relationships.”

Critical of the departure from social norms as typified by such relationships, Dr Indra says, “The woman in such a relationship must always essentially suffer because she is surviving on borrowed emotions. She feeds the bond with her heart and soul, and draws nothing out of it expect a momentary reassurance about the existence of love.

She lives in the hope that love would last for an eternity one day. But that never happens, because the man is focusing only on the physical, never on the emotional element of the bond.” Dr Indra, whose last work “Tareyaan de chhaj” received rave reviews, ensures that her protagonist eventually surfaces from the trauma.

Structured as a diatribe against extra-marital bonds which Indra treats as “morally and socially reprehensible”, the book recognizes no confines. It is styled neither as prose nor as poem. The writer sustains the flow of thought by keeping her work largely poetic. Illustrations of thought and of conflict in gender equations by celebrated artist Shiv Singh add a splash of his creativity to the work of literature.

A monologue, the work deals with almost all aspects of life as it runs through the prism of extra-marital bonds. “It’s a vague prism which refracts no light, inspires no colours. As a litterateur I admit with responsibility that I detest relationships outside marriages because they spell doom for the woman. But I refuse to see my woman wilting. Instead, she strikes back with a vengeance and abandons the relationship at a critical juncture, knowing well that she has few roads to take. When she conquers the fear of loss, she regains her identity. That’s her treasure and her redemption too.”

Much of a diversion from Ajit Caur’s “Faaltu Aurat”, “Tu Aawaz Maari Hai” is a crisp, bold account of “imbalanced relationships”, as the writer sums them. She however insists that her book is a tribute to womanhood. Unfettered and scathing, it rips off the relationship to locate the source of stench it causes. “Through a blend of poetry and prose I arrive at a conclusion in which I see extra-marital relationships from a wary eye, and consign them to a place they rightfully belong — nothingness,” says the writer who has retained the rhythmic flavour in her work. Her idea is to guide youngsters, who have taken rhythm out of verse.

The book has been published without a preface, which was to be written by Balwant Gargi, Dr Indra’s mentor, in many ways. TNS



Burning calories amidst nature
Swarleen Kaur

Nothing like courting the rising sun! Especially when it is accompanied by that welcome chill signalling the outset of winters.

As morning walkers get used to the transition in weather, the hours of promised exercise get postponed, but the schedule essentially remains the same — jumping out of the bed at the call of alarm clock, getting into the jogging shoes and track suit and smiling in the anticipation of few burnt calories.

The city continues to be a haven for those who love to sweat it out, with the Sukhna lake, Rose Garden, Fragrance Garden and Shanti Kunj offering massive greens providing strained minds relief from a lot of messy stuff.

Peace is all the more promised in morning hours, which are free from day-time pollution.

Morning is the perfect time for walking and jogging for its fresh and healthy air and city residents are well aware of this. No wonder gardens are full during this time. People from all walks of life and of all ages — from 16 to 70 years — visit these places.

Most often you encounter the elderly, fighting those usual old age problems of high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma. Some walk to feel fit; others walk to live.

The hottest spot for the walkers is the Sukhna lake, which seems no less than a walker’s paradise. The lake comes alive with health freaks who enter vigorous schedules like repeated jogging across the 5-km stretch.

Few, however, saunter about lazily. Just about everyone visits the lake and you can touch base with almost all its high profile visitors, including MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, who loves the lake for its peace.

“Whenever I get time from my busy schedule I come here. I usually come with my wife. Lake is the place where you can come and enjoy the scenic beauty of the lower Shivaliks. I don’t like to go to parks or gardens because their rounded paths are too monotonous to sustain walker’s interest. But the lake has a straight path and you can run, jog or just relax,” says the MP, who was caught in the drizzle.

While Mr Bansal enjoys the gradual transformation of weather, there are some who have declared winters.

They are already sporting the best woolen brands in the market. Pringle, Monte Carlo, and Creative Line — the market is already making its presence felt when it comes to garments for morning walking.

The youngsters care little about weather, just as Amrita and Nishtha from Sector 8, who are on their own trip. “We are here to shed weight. We resolved to lose ounces and began walking. Then it is also an opportunity to get together and share notes. It’s fun always,” they said.

Praneet Suri, a Sector 18 resident, comes to the lake for her yoga sessions, which is attended by over 30 persons.

Among another group of eight enjoying the walk is Surjeet Singh. He says: “We have been coming here for the past 16 years. We enjoy so much that we find everything new here everyday. The world looks beautiful from the lake.”

There are many who inspire themselves into action. So for those who find it hard to shake off the inertia in the morning, here is a piece of advice — just splash cold water on the face early morning. It is a good way to defeat inertia. Don’t think or plan. Just get going. Take each day as an eternity, and make the most of it.


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