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Lecture on global biodiversity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
A lecture on “Global biodiversity vs Indian diversity” was organised by the Department Zoology, MCM DAV College, here today.

The lecture was delivered by Prof M.S. Johal, Department of Zoology, Panjab University.

He enlightened the students about the fauna of different ecosystems. He spoke about various endangered species of fish and measures that could be taken to conserve them.



Witnesses against former Home Secy turn hostile
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
In the corruption case against the former UT Home Secretary, Mr N.K. Jain, two important witnesses, who were to corroborate the allegations of demand of commission by the Home Secretary to approve tenders, have turned hostile.

While one of them retraced from his previous statement, the other was left by CBI prosecutors on the pretext that he had been won over by the defence. During the hearing of the case in the CBI Special Court, Shalabh Verma, a consultant of transportation systems, Tata Infotech, denied that Mr Jain had demanded money from him for approving a tender. The tender was invited by the Administration in 1999, when a scheme to implement a smart card option for driving licence and registration certificate was planned.



Vietnamese choreographic troupe weaves magic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Not everyday do you encounter such vibrant choreographic patterns as were woven on the stage of the Tagore Theatre by the visiting Vietnamese troupe.

Rich with the folklore of Vietnam and its diverse cultural traditions, the presentation was well-crafted to suit the tastes of Indian audience.

Not only was it laced with Vietnam’s classicism, it also had a fair share of Indian component — the most striking being an Anu Malik-composed music sequence ‘Kassam Lee Hai hamne’ in which Vietnamese dancers were seen matching a quintessentially Indian rhythm.

But as the visiting dancers led by Do Minh Tien earlier pointed out, “There can never be moulds for music. Like fluid it flows and like air it becomes part of the atmosphere it enters.

“Music is everywhere; only its feel varies from space to space and region to region. For us, it is a pleasure to perform in India — a land whose richness has inspired us as much as it has inspired the world.”

The feelings found a face on the space of performance when the dancers began to handle well-conceived choreographies.

First came the Ban Flower Season — a group dance that exuded freshness and bliss, spreading happiness all over.

Following in the same genre was the Vietnamese cultural dance entitled “Melody of the Country”, which was set to rhythm by Xuan Khai.

A solo presentation, it came from Le Giang. Interspersed into the Vietnamese presentations was the dance on Anu Malik number mentioned above. It was also performed by Le Giang.

From solo to group presentations — the structure of dances changed pleasantly on stage. In line after solo sequences came group dances ‘The Sun’ and ‘The Peacock’ — composed by Pho Due Phuong and Huynh Tu, respectively.

These presentations were followed by yet another Indian dance which the group called ‘Spring Girl’. Presented by the group, the dance was choreographed by Chu Thuy Quynh.

Also featured in the show, which will later travel to Delhi and Kolkata, was a dance sequence inspired by seasons. Called ‘Yellow Paddy’, the sequence added more flavour and colour to the already vibrant setting.

The troupe is in India under the aegis of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).



Improve amenities in Kerala express, ministers urged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The Malayalee Association, Chandigarh, today urged the Union Minister of External Affairs, Mr E. Ehmed, and the Union Minister of State of Finance, Mr Pawan Bansal, to direct the Railway Ministry to improve amenities in the Chandigarh-Kerala Sampark Kranti Express.

The demand was made during a function organised by the Malayalee Association to celebrate Onam Festival of Kerala, at Jat Bhavan, Sector 27, here. Both ministers had been invited to participate in the function.

Highlighted their long-pending demand, office-bearers of the association said the issue of poor state of cleanliness, shortage of water and other related shortcomings on the weekly train had been brought to the notice of the railway authorities. A demand for increasing the frequency of the train was also made on the occasion.

Mr Bansal also assured the members that he would do something for them.

Earlier, a colourful cultural programme depicting the harvest festival of Kerala was presented by the members of the community.



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