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Schoolchildren celebrate Dasehra
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, October 21
Students of Chitkara International School today celebrated Dashera on the school campus.

At Sishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, Dasehra was celebrated on the school premises.

Students of Bal Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, set effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarna and Megnatha on fire.

The pre-primary section of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, celebrated Dasehra on the school premises.

Panchkula: The students of JPA Toddlers World, Sector 10, played host to the 70-odd students from Bal Niketan and Bal Sadan, and celebrated Dasehra with them on the school premises.

Hansraj Public School, Sector 6: Dasehra celebrations were held in the school enacting parts of the Ramayana by students.

The Gurukul, Sector 20: Dasehra was celebrated in the school in a unique way. The celebrations were not just restricted to short plays from Ramayana, but the message of victory of good over evil was emphasised as children were asked to leave any one of their bad habits.

Satluj Public School, Sector 4: A special Dasehra assembly was organised on the school campus. The assembly started with a speech on the triumph of good over evil, which was followed by a ballet depicting the modern Ramlila.

DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur: The celebrations in the school included song and dance sequences and skits.

Shishu Niketan Public School, MDC: Tiny tots of the school had dressed up as different characters of Ramayana, and they enacted some scenes from the epic. Some children had dressed up as the Vanar Sena.

DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8: A fancy dress competition was held as part of the Dasehra celebrations. Children dressed up as characters of Ramayana.

The children were shown a movie on Ramayana, and an effigy of Ravana was burnt.

Mohali: Students of Spring Dales Public School, Phase IX, celebrated Dusehra here today. An effigy of Ravana was burnt on the occasion. The students themselves had prepared the effigy.

The festival was also celebrated by students of Anee’s School, Sector 69, Mohali.



‘Tal fortnight’ held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
Under the banner of Koshish, the master trainers club, members schools organised “Tal fortnight”. During the event, the participating school were, DAV Public School, Sector 8, Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 38, Lawrence Public School, Mohali, St Xaviers School, Chandigarh and Panchkula branch, St Anne’s Convent, Sector 32, Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36 and Shishu Niketan, Sector 22.

Taking inspiration from “Technology-aided Learning” techniques students of classes III to X participated in activities like show casing, poster- making contest, colour- splash contest and hands on session by grandparents. The chairperson of Koshish, Ms Sarita Manuja, said the club was taking initiative in organising such events so that students community were suitably immersed in the technology.

The results on various events are Poster-making contest: Ankita Diwan 1 and Gunjot Kaur 2 Colour- splash contest: Riya 1 and Vedant 2.

Interaction: Faculty and students of Indo-Global College of Architecture participated in an interactive session with renowned architect, Daniel Libsekind, the master planner of the World Trade Centre. The interactive session was held at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

The students in an interaction with mediapersons said they got an opportunity to hear the design philosophy and methodology for projects like Jewish Museum at Berlin. 



Schools get relief on lease money
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
The Chandigarh Administration yesterday provided relief to city schools by allowing schools a concession in the payment of annual lease money. The lease money in case of schools works out to a couple of lakhs each year and the schools have been demanding concessions.

The Administration has allowed a school to pay the lease money by calculating the cumulative for six years as a lumpsum payment in one go. After this, the schools will not be required to pay any lease money for the next 33 years. In case of schools allotted in the southern sectors, the lease money works out between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 3 lakh.

In the notification issued today, the Administration also said the lease of a site shall be reviewed after every 33 years. 



Woman advocates seek better deal
Maneesh Chhibber
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 21
Woman advocates, who constitute about 20 per cent of the total strength of advocates practicing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, are an angry lot.

The reason is not too difficult to understand. Not even one of them, the practicing lawyers that is, has been deemed fit to be elevated to the Bench.

This is inspite of the fact that one among them is presently Senior Central Government Counsel, while many have been holding senior positions in the offices of Advocate-Generals of Punjab and Haryana.

"But, what to talk of being elevated to the Bench, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has been ignoring the merit of woman lawyers even when it comes to designating Senior Advocates. Are we so incompetent that not even a single one from amongst us has been thought fit for being elevated to the Bench? Isn't this injustice?" asks Ms Daya Choudhary, who was the first-ever elected woman President of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.

Incidentally, Ms Choudhary is presently Senior Central Government Counsel.

The last designated senior advocate was Surjeet Kaur Taunque, who passed away many years ago.

A group of woman lawyers has also written to the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, seeking its intervention in the matter. The letter was written just before the recently-held conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts in New Delhi.

Some woman lawyers had also met the then Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice A.B. Saharya, in this regard. But, nothing tangible came from that meeting.

Laying out the case for elevating good woman lawyers to the Bench, former Punjab Advocate-General H.S. Mattewal says that there are some "deserving" and "talented" woman advocates in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

"I don't understand why the collegium never thought it fit to recommend names of out woman colleagues for Judgeship. It is high time the anomaly is removed," suggests Mr Mattewal.

As of now the High Court has only one woman Judge, Mrs Justice Kiran Anand Lall. With the elevation of Faridabad District and Sessions Judge, Mrs Nirmal Yadav, which is expected to come through anytime, the strength would go up to two.



MUL asked to pay compensation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
The Chandigarh District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II today directed Maruti Udyog Limited(MUL) and Messrs Modern Automobiles, Chandigarh, to replace the entire suspension system of a 1999 model Maruti-800 car with a “new and defect-free system”.

The forum also directed the companies to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000, besides the cost of Rs 2,000, to the complainant, Mr V.N. Mishra.

Mr Mishra, a resident of Sector 16 of Panchkula, had complained against the manufacturer and the dealer alleging that the car sold to him on February 16, 1999, suffered from various manufacturing defects such as brake jamming, seat rattling and excessive tyre-wear.

Mr Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for the complainant, submitted that the companies had replaced various parts of the car under warranty, including caliper, master cylinder, brake pads and a suspension arm. The tyres were replaced twice free of cost.

This, he said, amounted to admission of a manufacturing defect in the car.

He contended that an expert engineer had stated in his report that the chamber measurement was not as per the required specification. Mr Chandgothia pointed out that MUL had gone back on its own application to get the car inspected during the pendency of the case. 



New Releases
Another scare show from Varma factory

After making horror and suspense-thriller films like ‘Raat’, ‘Kaun’ and ‘Bhoot’, Ram Gopal Varma is ready to take the centre stage again. His new suspense thriller and horror movie ‘Vaastu Shastra’ will hit the screen today at Piccadily, Chandigarh, Fun Republic, Manimajra, and KC, Panchkula.

Saurabh Usha Narang is the director of the film. It is being presented by Sahara Manoranjan in association with Ram Gopal Varma\K. Sera Sera Production.

‘Satya’ fame Chakravarthy, Sushmita Sen and Master Ahsaas play the main roles in the horror flick. It is an out-and-out scary film (one hour fifty minutes) without songs.

‘Vaastu Shastra’ is inspired by the bone-chilling horror film ‘The Shining’. A highlight of the film is its unusual cast that will de-glamourise sex symbol Sushmita Sen. The film is an acid test for Chakravarthy who is unknown to Hindi cinema.

The buzz is that Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘factory’ will strike back with ‘Vaastu Shastra’.

Rajpal Yadav also play an important role in the film. The supporting cast includes Purab Kohli and Piya Rai Chaudhary.


Govind Menon’s ‘Kis Kiski Kismat’ has already generated a lot of interest because of its unusual pairing, Dharmendra and ‘glam doll’ Mallika Sherawat.

This one is a rollicking comedy starring Mallika Sherawat, Dharmendra, Rati Agnihotri, Satish Shah, Jagdeep and Tinu Anand. ‘Khwahish’ fame Govind Menon’s ‘Kis Kiski Kismat’ introduces Siddharth Makkar. The film opens today at Preet Palace and Shingaar Palace, Ludhiana.

The film revolves around scandals, gossips and pots of easy money. Farhad has penned the lyrics for music composer D. Imman.

An Akbar Arbiyan presentation for producer Vivek Nayak, ‘Kis Kiski Kismat’ is a story about a stockbroker and a girl, who runs away on her wedding night. So get ready to watch another bold film of sexy Mallika Sherawat. DP



Style i
Cool denims, hot look
Geetu Vaid

THE global appeal of denim is unmistakable. It is synonymous with comfort, style and youth. It has come a long way from being the tough work-wear to its couture avatar on glamour ramps across the world.

In the new millennium denim has become the fabric with more oomph than even the feminine silks and satins. It is cool, casual and subtly sexy.

Apart from salwar suits, shirts, skirts, jackets, shorts, camisoles, accessories like bags, shoes, belts, caps it can also be found in home collections, appearing in cushions, bed spreads and furniture-coverings. The fabric comes in various textures from coarse and rugged to fine and light and stretchable with lycra and spandex.

“Denim provides structure and can magically camouflage the figure faults, a major reason for its perennial appeal,” says Atwinder Pal, zonal marketing in charge for a leading brand in city.

A huge range notwithstanding denim jeans still remain an all-time favourite of everyone from seven to 70s. These have though found a new avatar in designer wear, with the designers creating various looks. City is brimming with designer jeans. Sequined and beaded, with embroidery, paint and Indian ethnic zari work, the new denim look is happening.

Apart from this millennium look there are a whole range of choices in which you can sport your favourite jeans.

While low and dangerously low slung (ala Britney Spears) jeans are a favourite with the teens and those in their 20s. These are a great way to show off a pierced navel and fab abs. But(t) take care not to cross the limits of decency. “A display of rectangle butts is most off putting and least sexy” lamented a male friend when he saw a group of gals all wearing the same low slung, too-tight jeans. “I t is better to select ones that are low from front and have a high cut at the back,” says Anu, a city-based designer.

The vintage look is another designer touch that has become popular. Whiskers, worn patches on back, feathered belts and any other touch that captures the look is a favourite with teens as well as those in their 20s and 30s.

For those with a streak of rebellion the torn look is the right choice. Torn knees, back, missing belt hoops is the way to wear your attitude.

Tight fits and jeans with slits at ankles are also a good choice for the carefree campus look.

While the faded, worn and broken in jeans in baggy fits are ideal for casual outings, for a more formal occasion choose a denim in dark indigo. For those with sleeker silhouettes bootcut low rise jeans lend a leaner, more sophisticated look, says Anu.

Giving tips on making jeans fit for a formal do she says that team these with sexy strappy heels with pointed toes for instant chic. A top in a luxurious, evening fabric like satin or chiffon, or one adorned with sequins with a sexy cut, like off-the-shoulder shell or a body-skimming halter will add a dressy feel to your jeans. Apart from this accessories like chandelier earrings or hoops, a bold cocktail ring, or a metallic clutch jazz up the outfit for an evening out.


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