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Focus on future of bio-sensors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28
The fourth day of the national workshop on “Prospects of bio-sensors in modern biology and biotechnological applications” at Panjab University had some unique presentations.

The first presentation was by Prof I.S. Dua, convener of the workshop. His lecture was a homage to Dr Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the double helix of DNA. Professor Dua’s presentation was built around the concepts and views of neo- biology as a forerunner to the birth of modern biology. The session was chaired by Prof G.P. Sharma, Emeritus Professor, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

This was followed by a lecture of Dr Lalit Bharadwaj of the CSIO, who showed how nanotechnology would change the future of bio-sensors. The presentation by Prof A.K. Sehajpal, Director, CIPP, PU on outsourcing won accolades from the participants.

In the afternoon session, Prof P.C. Pandey from BHU, Varanasi, spoke on the bio-sensors of blood group as well as the physical basis of separation of charges in bio-sensors.

The presentation by Prof K.R. Kondal, Director, Biotechnological Research Center, IARI, New Delhi, highlighted the recent developments in biotechnology, and their likely impact in next decade.



Automobile dealer’s plea dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28
The Permanent Lok Adalat (public utility services) has dismissed the application of an automobile dealer, M/s Tai Pan Traders, with regard to the payment of Rs 1.89 lakh from a Ludhiana-based company.

According to information,M/s Pilot Engineering Works, Ludhiana, got its Mercedes Benz car(PB 10-U-8656) repaired from the automobile dealers on February 21, 2002. However, despite a legal notice,it failed to pay the outstanding amount of Rs 1.89 lakh.

Even as Tai Pan filed the application before the Lok Adalat, the respondent company failed to appear before the adalat despite reminders.

The adalat held that under the provisions of the Legal Services Authorities Act it was not authorised to pass an ex-parte order. It asked the applicant to take recourse under the general law of the land.



Punjab Agro SI gets police remand
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 28
The Punjab Agro Foodgrain Corporation (PAFC) Sub-Inspector Amrik Singh was arrested here yesterday by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB). He was remanded in two-day police custody by a Kharar court this afternoon. A case of corruption has been registered against him.

Seeking 10-day police remand for the accused, the prosecution informed the court that a rice-miller of Bareta in Mansa district, Surinder Kumar Bansal, had sought undue consideration, for milling paddy procured by the corporation.

According to the prosecution, the deal was clinched for Rs 50,000 for milling of 70,000 bags. The rice miller paid Rs 10,000 to the accused, who sent 25,000 bags for milling.

The court was further informed that when Mr Bansal asked for sending more consignment of paddy at his rice mill, the accused allegedly asked him to pay the remaining money. No sooner the rice miller allegedly paid Rs 10,000 more as second instalment to the accused, the VB sleuths, led by DSP Jaspal Singh caught him, revealed the prosecution.



Renu Bala Addl Standing Counsel
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 28
Advocate Renu Bala Sharma, practicing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been appointed Additional Central Government Standing Counsel.

The appointment is for three years.                      Renu Bala Sharma

Renu Bala Sharma



Play on Bhagat Singh’s dreams
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 28
“Gagan Damama Bajyo”, documenting the philosophy and life of Bhagat Singh is an engrossing presentation. Director Rahul Joshi ‘s attempt to test Bhagat Singh’s philosophy on the rigours of time has yielded a good result.

Written by Piyush Mishra, the play traces the relevance of Bhagat Singh’s ideology in present times. It was staged at Tagore Theatre on Thursday.

In contrast to the non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh was for a revolutionary end to the British rule. Though a revolutionary, Bhagat Singh wasn’t carried away by his extreme ideas. He was a visionary also.The director has aptly enhanced the martyr’s status.

Though he shared the Mahatma’s vision of an independent India, the differences on the means to attain it always persisted.

The play highlights the fact that though the British rule has ended, yet another form of tyranny has begun. For the common man, only the rulers have changed, their exploitation and harassment has not ended.

Songs like “Pagdi sambhal jatta” sarfaroshi ki tamanna” and “Rang de basanti chola” came out well.

The play swarms with characters. There are 30 of them.

The play raises a question: Is this the India of Bhagat Singh’s dreams?. Jagjit Saini played the character of Bhagat Singh well.

The play was organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra in collaboration with the Chandigarh School of Drama. 



“Sibo in Supermarket” from October 30
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 28
Neelam Mansingh Chowdhary’s company will present a bilingual play “Sibo In Supermarket” for six days at Rock Garden, starting from October 30.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Neelam Mansingh said when she considered a script, she had a number of ideas in the mind.

She said out of a series of amorphous ideas, there was always one that would germinate and “that is the one she holds on to”.

Telling about the theme of her plays she said that her plays emerge from her own desire to say a particular thing at a point of time.

The play is based on a short story ‘ Supermarket soliloquy’ by Moria Crosbia Lovell. The story revolves around a woman who left her home land and her struggle to reconstruct the home.

The narrator uses a supermarket for an allegorical exploration of the past.

In the supermarket she sets herself in two time frames. The time she left behind and the present one. OC



New Releases
‘Kiss kis ko’ a new experiment

Thrillers have for years been a favourite with small time entrepreneurs too because they are considered ‘safe’ bets. Movie “Inteqam — The Perfect Game”— has plenty of adventure. A thriller has to be backed by good music — essential for a good opening. “Inteqam” is touted as a perfect thriller directed by Pankaj Prashar. This one is presented by Sahara One Motion Pictures. It will be released today at Fun Republic, Mani Majra.

“Inteqam”, the musical thriller, stars Manoj Bajpai, Isha Kopikar, Netra Raghuraman, besides Sushmita Mukherjee and Sharat Saxena. Manoj Bajpai plays a hot-blooded police officer. The film has music by Anand Milind. Rashid Khan and Jalees Sherwani has penned the lyrics. Photography by Nirav Shah, screenplay by Younus Sajawal, dialogues by Jalees Sherwani and editing by Afaque Hussain are major credits of the film.

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‘Kiss kis ko’ is a new experiment in Bollywood. It is based on a life of India’s top musical band “Band of Boys”. The movie stars Karan Oberoi, Sudhanshu Pande, Chetanya Bhonsle, Sharon Verghese and Siddharth Haldipur. The film has been produced by Manu Kumaran and Ram Punjabi for Indonesia-based debutant director Sharad Sharan.

‘Kiss Kis Ko’ is a romantic comedy that has music as its backdrop. it is about the way a group is formed, how they struggle to make it big in the glamour world and how destiny drives them to fall in love with the same girl. Shot widely in Indonesia, the film promises something different. It will be released today at Fun Republic, Mani Majra.

Bhunika Puri, daughter of actor Shashi Puri, plays the lead role. Aparna Kumar also plays an important role. ‘Kiss Kis Ko’ is written by Pankaj Kapoor. Vikesh Mehta and “A Band of Boys” has composed the eight songs. Santosh Thundiyil has captured some beautiful locations of Bali and Jakarta. Watch “A Band of Boys” on silver screen today. — D.P.



Style i
Play around with bindi, mehndi and bangles
Geetu Vaid

The nippy October air is filled with festive mood. Invitations are pouring in. Karva Chauth and Divali functions are due in the next fortnight. It is time to take out your traditional ensembles from the closet.

Go for figure-hugging fish cut lehengas, better if embroidered. Wrap yourself in sarees teamed with strappy blouse. Even the salwar suit and chauridaars can make you look well dressed.

A matching bindi on the forehead, bangles on the wrists and mehndi on hands will complete the festive look. These have evolved into chic and haute fashion accessories.

There is a wide variety of bangles available in the market. ‘‘There is so much on offer that it is difficult to make up my mind’’, said Sheweta Arora, a college student, who was in the Sector 22 market. While she eyed the crystal studded cinkling circles, the ones with coloured stones caught the fancy of her sister-in-law Richa. The kundan ones and the ones with sequins are really selling well this time, said Roshan, owner of a bangle shop in Sector 22. Many young girls like the karas with dangling chains and small bells too, he said, adding that this year he has stocked up mirror work bangles from Rajasthan and bead work ones from Madhya Pradesh and even China made ones too. These are traditional as well as hip, he added. The plain glass circles are passé as bangles now come in a variety of shapes like rectangle, hexagonal, squarish etc in metal as well as in synthetic material to match any look and outfit perfectly. These can cost from Rs 50 to 500 for a set, while “bahis” can cost Rs 150 onwards.

Bindi, the symbol of auspiciousness, good fortune and festivity, too has now become a hot fashion accessory worn by women of all age groups transcending even international borders with divas like Madonna and Demi Moore too sporting it. “The mind-boggling variety of bindis worn by heroines and vamps in different serials are inspiration for many of our clients”, says Ramandeep, a beauty consultant at a Panchkula-based day spa.

Though bindi has a traditional base, these days fashion conscious

women and even brides prefer more cosmopolitan designs worked out with studs, stones, crystals etc adding a whole new dimension of creativity to this modest red dot, she adds.

These are worn more for the dramatic effect and adorn the corner of eyes, brows, eyelids rather than the forehead only. Designs too range from a simple one to an elaborate craftwork of an exquisite design to match every dress that is worn.

Bindis today come in a variety of materials like crystal, stone, thin metal sheets in gold and silver colours, encrusted with glittering stones. Body art bindi - a mesmerising collection of eye and eyebrows, naval, armlets, and nail bindis is also a hot trend , says Ramandeep.

Apart from bangles and bindis, mehndi too has gone cosmopolitan

thanks again to the attention it got through stars like Madonna, who sported it in her music album Ray of Light. Henna has evolved into an art form at the international level. Whether you are a bride, attending a wedding, preparing for karva Chauth or any other traditional function then the bold Arabian mehndi designs are the way to adorn your hands with henna. ‘‘‘Arabian mehndi is popular as it doesn’t look bad even when it fades after a few days’’, says Monica, a mehendi artist.

"There is the regular red mehendi, which can be outlined with black, silver or gold mehndi for filling up the designs. Tattoo stickers that are used for the arms, nails, ears or forehead are also trendy’’, adds Monica.

Earlier, mehendi meant a whole night's wait for the colour to register. But nowadays everything is quick and easy," says Sunil, a professional mehendiwalla who has come from Agra to the city especially for the Karva Chauth festival. The bold brigade likes to experiment with designs and areas of application. he says.

while Arabian mehndi has more of floral designs, the Gujarati and Marwari styles depict entire baraats on the bride's hand with the wedding couple, doli, kalash, baraatis, tabla players, elephants and peacocks too. Prices for application vary from Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,000 or more for the bride and Rs 75 or more per hand for others. Says Beena, a mehndi artist.


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