How safe are our young sportsmen?
Recent findings on
injuries on playfields in India show that about 5 per cent of all
students are seriously hurt during physical education every year. Is
there a system in place in Punjab, known for its sports-friendly
culture, to ensure timely medical aid in the event of an emergency or
near-fatal injury, investigates Prabhjot Singh
17-year-old Balwinder Singh went to the MES Cricket ground in Patiala
on July 30, he could hardly imagine that the bold endeavour to master
rising deliveries as a batsman would prove fatal. An unintended beamer
for this helmetless batsman proved catastrophic.
Young players need to be nurtured and protected. Punjab under-14 championship at Bhaini Sahib, Ludhiana
attention for basic care
Pargat Singh, Director Sports, Punjab, outlines the department’s
plans for better healthcare to youngsters
incidence of injuries on playfields is a major area of concern for us.
The country in general and Punjab in particular have lost the services
of a number of outstanding sportsmen and women because of crippling
injuries incurred either during training or even during competitions.
It is unfortunate that we lost young Balwinder Singh in July this year
and Deep Dogra a couple of years ago. Both were budding, talented
Art galleries can
transport visitors to an altogether different world. Artistic
creations, combined with the ambience, can spell magic, writes K.
D. L. Khan
art market in India, for the sale and purchase of
paintings/sculptures by 20th century and contemporary Indian
artists is booming. The Indian Art section manager of the famous
international auction firm of Christies estimates that in the
recent times, the potential of the market has risen from Rs 600
crore (2005) to Rs 1100 crore (March 2006) and is still rising.
The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
think a correct interpretation of the engravings on the ancient
coins could reveal much more information about the culture of
that era, writes Anil
Dev, a 12th century ruler of the Chauhan dynasty whose kingdom
was in Ajmer, loved his wife so much that he had coins issued
engraved with her name. Some of his coins were among the over
500 on display at an exhibition of old coins at Jawahar Kala
Kendra in Jaipur recently.
of the wild
Hadoti in Rajasthan is a
haven for wildlife enthusiasts, says Chandan
little known Hadoti region of Rajasthan is a wildlife paradise
and an oasis in the desert state. The jungle, the vast stretches
of forest, the sprawling golden rocks, the graceful Chambal and
ravines in the area have created some of the most spectacular
wildlife sanctuaries of the region. Kota, located along the
eastern bank of the Chambal river, with its blend of nature,
rich wildlife and splendid outdoors is a dreamland for wildlife
Darrah (Mukundara), spread over 266 sq km, was once the hunting ground of Kota maharajas
find: Age of Nefertiti
3,300 year-old bust has firmly established ancient Egyptian
queen Nefertiti as one of the most beautiful women who ever
existed, but it seems that like every other woman on the planet,
even she had to deal with the problem of wrinkles and bags under
her eyes, reveals a new investigation on the bust.
South Asian story
Adapted from Brick
Lane, Monica Ali’s critically acclaimed book, Seven
Seas is a British film about people of Bangladeshi origin
with an Indian cast, writes Saibal
has the power to travel across distances and cultures. So it isn’t
unusual for a British film with an Indian cast and London
neighbourhood locations to be about people of Bangladeshi
Tannishtha Chatterjee, lead actress in Seven Seas
Shahrukh become Dulha?
actors Shahrukh Khan and Sushmita Sen are yet to sign on the
dotted line, producer Viveck Vaswani seems set to cast them in
his film Dulha Mil Gaya. Vaswani’s Insight Productions
will shoot this big budget film in Trinidad and Tobago, reports Bollywood
Dr Asthana is back as
Sardar Lucky Singh. In an animated conversation with Vickey
Lalwani, Boman Irani talks about Lage Raho Munnabhai,
a- gangster-meets-Gandhi sequel to the immensely popular Munnabhai
It is a clever plot and the
script is littered with sparkling wit. There is a good blend of
action and humour, writes Ervell E.
Superman taking to the New York skies why shouldn’t a woman do
likewise. Catwoman is not counted; she merely climbs. So, enter
Jenny Johnson, alias G. Girl (Uma Thurman), and her romantic
liaisons are the subject of an irreverent, hilarious comedy,
which goes by the name of My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
Chopra’s magic on Channel-4
of the most successful directors, he has given crucial breaks to
two of Bollywood’s biggest superstars — Amitabh Bachchan and