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A blow for womenís rights

This International Womenís Day, March 8, the so-called weaker sex will have something to cheer about. The Supreme Court has asked the Centre and states to frame and notify the rules for mandatory registration of marriages from April 1. Usha Rai on how this provision can prevent exploitation

Muslims, Christians welcome order

Photo: Kuldip Dhiman

Light in the North-East
Manoj Kumar describes a unique initiative that has brought power to villages in Nagaland
O
N Christmas when all the surrounding villages were filled with darkness due to a power shutdown, our Pfutseromi was the only village in the area shining as a star on the hills since every home was lit with "our own electricity" produced from khuri (wood), said Pastor Rev.L. Ritse, while welcoming his guests from Delhi.

At home in Lahore
Hariti Singh visits Lahore and comes back with the warm glow of friendship and without the biases she had set out with
W
E met this beautiful woman from Lahore on a visit to Chandigarh. When she spoke in Punjabi, my heart just stopped. I hadnít heard this Punjabi spoken in years. It brought a lump to my throat. I had not heard this accent in years. For a young person to speak thus seemed strange.

Channel surfers
Despite all the cultural differences, or perhaps because of them, there have been some fruitful Anglo-French collaborations in cinema, writes Vikramdeep Johal
I
tís not just the Channel that separates England from France. Their cultures are so dissimilar that one is tempted to say, with apologies to Rudyard Kipling, "Oh, England is England, and France is France, and never the twain shall meet".

Water makes waves
Deepa Mehtaís film, which exposes a dark chapter of Indiaís past, has won the Golden Kinnaree award for Best Picture at the Bangkok International Film Festival, writes Saibal Chatterjee
T
HE fourth Bangkok International Film Festival was awash with Water as the curtains came down on Monday on Thailandís annual 10-day celebration of cinema. Deepa Mehtaís critically acclaimed Indo-Canadian feature bagged the Golden Kinnaree award for Best Picture at the Tourism Authority of Thailand-sponsored film festival.

ĎI want to do progressive filmsí
Money is important, but not the only criterion for accepting a role, says Preity Zinta. Discussing her marriage plans, she says everything happens in its own time and she is sick of the speculation. "Itís a stressful topic," the actor tells Subhash K. Jha.
Did you have to get a visa to re-enter Mumbai?
Ha ha. No. But I had to get a new passport because there were no pages left in the old one. Now, I need to get out of my makeup to get a passport pic clicked. I love shooting in Mumbai studios.


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NATURE: A new ĎGarden of Edení
by Terry Kirby

FOOD TALK: Divine dessert
by Pushpesh Pant

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by Pushpa Girimaji

BRIDGE
by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Chickened out
by Jaspal Bhatti

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