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Youth to get chances in aviation sector
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
Projecting a significant growth in the aviation sector in India, the Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Maintenance Command, Air Marshal P.K. Desai, said in the coming years the youth would get more opportunities in this arena.

Revival of the domestic airline industry and the launch of indigenous aircraft like the Dhruv, LCA and Saras would provide more job opportunities, he said. Commercialisation of space has also started, which would also open up more job avenues.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of a seminar on “Careers in Aviation: Options and Opportunities ”, organised by the Chandigarh Chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India.

He said while domestic air carriers have been permitted to fly to foreign destinations, 10 foreign airlines have been granted rights to land at any two airports in the country, which would give a boost to tourism and associated industry.

Earlier, the chairman of the society’s local chapter, Air Cmdr S.P.S. Virk gave an overview of the Chapter’s activities and highlighted various steps taken to spread greater awareness about aviation.

The Air Marshal also released a book, “Careers in Aviation”, authored by Wg Cdr D.P. Sabharwal (retd).



Schoolchildren celebrate Dasehra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
Students of Rai School, Sector 48, celebrated Dasehra on the school premises today.

The colours and images of the Ramayana came alive through a quiz, “Know your epic”. Children participated in the quiz with enthusiasm.

Later, a chariot, decked with flowers, depicting Lord Rama, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman was driven into the school.

Ramlila was performed by students of nursery and KG.

The children celebrated the victory of good over evil with the setting afire of the effigy of Ravana.

A quiz was also organised for teachers of the school.



Nurture dreams, students told
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 16
Students should understand the competitive scenario in the post WTO world and shoulder the responsibility of taking the nation forward. For this it is necessary to acquire latest knowledge in all disciplines.

Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, said this while addressing MBA and BCA graduates at a convocation organised at the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology here today.

Laying stress on character building, Dr Salwan said it was important for professionals to courageously pursue their aims without letting their ethics get affected. he advised the students to nurture big dreams.

A robe of honour was awarded by Dr Salwan to Deepika and Harpreet Singh, who had topped the MBA and BCA (2004 batch) respectively. Degrees were presented to 113 students on the occasion.

The convocation ceremony was followed by an alumni meet A cultural function was also organised by students. 



Maths workshop at YPS

Mohali, October 16
A mathematics workshop was organised at Yadavindra Public School, here today.

Nearly 50 teachers from various schools of Mohali, Chandigarh. Panchkula, Ambala, Shimla and Patiala participated in the workshop. It was inaugurated by Dr Harish Dhillon, school principal. The aim of the workshop was to discuss various changes in the syllabus of the ICSE and the CBSE.

Concept of infinity, teaching of maths at lower secondary levels and evaluation techniques were discussed. OC



Work with diligence and sincerity: SC Judge
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 16
Brevity is a quality of every successful lawyer, but it does not come unless there is clarity of thought. Clarity of thought is a product of careful preparation, which involves marshalling of facts and formulation of questions of law that may arise for determination.

These views were expressed by Mr Justice B.P. Singh, Judge, Supreme Court of India, as part of his inaugural address at the All-India Annual Sarin Moot Court Competition organised at the Army Institute of Law here today.

He said one of the qualities of a successful lawyer was that he knew from where to begin and where to end. When you join the profession, you need to train your mind to say what you want to say in minimum words. Confine yourself to what was relevant and take care of the facts.

He advised the students to imbibe all qualities that made a gentleman as these very qualities made a successful lawyer. Those who acquired a reputation of being well-behaved, fair and honest in the presentation of facts, found their tasks much easier. Presentation of a case in the court was a work of art that one could learn from his experiences.

Mr Justice B.P. Singh said the legal profession was not for those who wanted to make money overnight. To begin with, it was all work and perhaps no money. A little later, there could be some work and enough money to keep you going. Thereafter, your hard work could pay and you could witness a considerable increase in your work and income.

He said these days there were a number of options before a law graduate. He could join a multinational company as a legal adviser, become a teacher or a lawyer. But those who wished to join the legal profession must know that success was guaranteed provided you worked honestly, with diligence and sincerity.



Giving life to dead leaves, petals
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, October 16
Dried-up leaves, twigs and petals may be of little interest to majority of us but for Gurgaon-based Asha Pande these not only stimulated her imagination but led her to create landscapes which speaks volumes of the bountiful nature .

An exhibition of her flora-petal collages, as she likes to term them, points at her immense capabilities that have been awakened by the mother nature.

The collection is on display at the Rock Garden.

Being a daughter of a forester, she spent a good part of her life in the tranquil jungles of Himachal Pradesh. Later her marriage to a forest officer with postings at various places at “Devbhumi” brought out her ingrained qualities.

Patience and a will to preserve the environment led her to perseverance. Away from the din ,pollution and hectic work schedule of a city life, she began collecting seeds, small and big petals ,tiny and big leaves with complete devotion.

On recycled paper she sprayed the naturally dried colourful petals and leaves using nothing but her imagination . Without using any synthetic or naturally -derived colours or even a pencil, she has made geometrical patterns that outline her peaceful quest.

The symmetry of leaves, heights of mountains and depth of lakes all come alive in their natural vibrancy. Her creations mimic landscapes of the cold deserts of Lahul and spiti, snow-capped Himalayas with blue wetland.

A collage titled ‘Monal’ reflects the synergy between flora and fauna. The state bird of Himachal has been depicted in all rainbow colours. A picture of monal placed alongside just pales when you compare her work with it.

Asha has also tried to show subtle nuances of different seasons.

She started working on the idea in 2001 and till now she has made 250 collage frames from recycled and renewable materials.

Her collection is not for sale.



Jonita Doda makes it to big screen
Parbina Rashid

Jonita DodaDOES situational comedy arising from mistaken identity tickle you? Even if it is not your thing, there is another reason for you to watch Onkar Mishra’s forthcoming film “Dil Bechara Pyaar Ka Mara”.

For Jonita Doda, the city girl, who made her name as a model and choreographer, has made her debut as heroine.

It is a comedy that reminds you of “Golmaal”, in which lover boy Amol Palekar dons different persona to please his beau and her father. This time it is model-turned-actor Aman Sodhi who makes attempts to win his dream girl, Shree.

“It is a musical love story and I play the role of Shree,” said Jonita in a telephonic interview from Mumbai, where she is currently shooting for her next film, “Churiya”.

Jonita, a familiar name in the glamour circles here, is excited about her new avatar.

“I have worked for serials like ‘X-Zone’, ‘Mission Fateh’ and documentaries like ‘Daldal’ — which was based on AIDS — but this is the first time I am acting in a film,” she says.

And judging by the excitement in her voice, you cannot help but agreeing with her that it feels great to see oneself on the silver screen.

Confidence is something Jonita has in abundance. And armed with titles like Miss Himachal-1998 and awards from the Indo-Canadian Society and also by DN Academy Ltd for “Guldasta” — an Indo- Canadian production — she has a reason to feel hopeful about her career in films.

“Acting is something you are born with. Training does help in rounding up the rough edges, but one has to be natural on screen. So I do not feel I lacked much when I accepted the offer,” she adds.

Willing to give her best in this profession, Jonita says: “I want to be known as a performer.

So I am accepting different roles so that I can explore different facets of my personality,” she says.

In “Churiya”, Jonita plays the role of a typical Punjabi girl.

With a few more offers in her kitty, Jonita feels her career is shaping up in the industry. “I have a few more interesting offers lined up, besides offers for tele-serials,” says the actress.

However, she is not willing to appear on the small screen just yet. “I cannot predict the future, but right now I am not open to soaps. I want to give my best to the film industry,” she adds.

But interestingly, Jonita finds it worthy to try out stage acting. “Theatre is very active in Mumbai, unlike Chandigarh; and I would love to go for live performance as it would be an altogether different experience for me,” she says.

Ask her if she is experiencing that “small town syndrome” in the big city, and she asserts herself with confidence.

“Besides modelling, I used to choreograph shows, which gave me confidence to try out anything under the sun. What I am today is because of the exposure I got in Chandigarh,” she adds.



“Ek Hasina...” comes to town
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
For the past 22 years Seema Sharma has been working towards the revival of folk theatre of Himachal Pradesh. At present a director and organiser of theatrical events at Himachal Cultural Research Centre and Rangmandal Natya Akademi at Mandi, Seema Sharma is working on the lesser known folk form of Banthda.

In Chandigarh today to stage “Ek Hasina Paanch Diwane”, an adaptation of Gorky’s “One Girl Twenty- six Boys,” Seema Sharma spoke about her projects which range from folk theatre and realistic theatre to western and stylised productions. More than anything else, the theatre actress and director is interested in Lok Natya Banthda, which she has single-handedly rejuvenated in Himachal Pradesh. “Contemporary theatre has originated from folk elements. The principles and theories of theatre are very new. Earlier folk traditions were the richest forms of creative expression. “Banthda” had many takers in our region. It also enjoyed royal patronage. We hold workshops in this form and use it to voice modern concerns,” she says.

Working with the children from the slum areas as well as urban settings, Seema Sharma says improvisation is the best way to help children sensitize towards the world around them. “I hold four workshops with children every year. We also took our children’s play “Mohna” to the National School of Drama festival. We have had a lot of support from the Repertory Company being headed by Suresh Sharma these days.”

Fascinated by the comedies of Molier, Seema Sharma has been attempting to adapt them on stage for the audience in Himachal. Tomorrow she will present “Kanjoos” based on Molier’s play. The venue will be Kalagram.



Children present dances
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
Children who participated in the various dance workshops organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra today presented a cultural programme.

The programme began with an invocatory piece composed by Vinod Sood. After Saraswati Vandana, children presented a patriotic song composed by Sham Prakash Mehta. Then came a kathak presentation choreographed by Samira Koser. Shruti, Nimisha and Chumki featured in this presentation which was followed by a Meera bhajan.

After a classical dance sequence, the students presented folk dances, including a giddha which featured among others Meher Ahluwalia, a Class II student of St Xavier’s.


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