Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Bhikkhu Sanghasena gets ‘International Award of Excellence’


New Delhi: World renowned Buddhist Spiritual leader, Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena, founder President and Spiritual Director, Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC), Leh-Ladakh, was honoured with the “Respect Age International Award of Excellence 2019” at a special program held at India International Centre.

The award was presented to Ven Sanghasena for his tireless services to the people of Ladakh particularly the old and destitute. He is also the founder president of Save the Himalayas Foundation.

While expressing gratitude to the Respect Age International Foundation, Sanghasena said that service to the old and destitute is one among the highest blessings taught by Lord Buddha and urged everyone to ensure that none of the old persons should remain homeless and disrespectful.

It may be noted that the MIMC campus in Leh has a special wing for old persons where they are provided with food, clothes, healthcare and shelter round the year. The Devachan campus, spread in 250 acre area, also comprises of a residential school for boys, girls, and hostels for blind children, young monks, nuns, a meditation retreat and an international guest house.

Dr Karan Singh, former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir and former Indian Ambassador to USA, while addressing a public function had recommended the name of Bhikkhu Sanghasena for Nobel Peace Prize for his outstanding achievement of humanitarian services.


Drum Circle for children with special needs held

Chandigarh, 03 Dec, 2019: The Down Syndrome Support Group India (DSSGI) in association with the Classico Outlet at Food Box, VR Punjab hosted a Drum Circle for children with special needs to celebrate World Disability Day today.

The drum circle event was conceived by Ms Shivani Dhillon, founder and operator of both Down Syndrome Support Group India and Classico Outlet. Her vision and goal is to gear their outlet as an example towards employment opportunities for specially abled children. Shivani’s facebook page “Down Syndrome Support Group India” gives information and motivates parents of children with special needs and Down Syndrome.

Ms Shivani Dhillon said, “Djimbe Drums are traditional drums from Africa. Drumming can be a powerful tool to support children with special needs to help them address their social and communication needs, fine and gross motor skills. They also enhance their cognitive skills.” 

Children with special needs sat together and played the drums. The community is encouraged to play the drums alongside the children and lead by example. A 7-member band “Flowing Karma” also joined in on their wheelchairs and played at this event. This band is currently under going rehabilitation at the Spinal Rehab Center in Chandigarh


Thursday, November 21, 2019

Celebrity designers to rock Chandigarh on Dec 14-15

(L to R) Anjani Sharma, Namisha Patel, Radhika Marwaha, Rahul Pasi, Rachit Khanna, Ajai Patel, Ketan Bhatia, Dimpple Kpoor & Joy Mitra (extreme right). Photo: SpecttrumPR

Chandigarh: U&I International Fashion Week (Season 2) will be held at Hotel Hyatt Regency Chandigarh on 14-15 December, 2019. This will be a star-studded show of a scale, Chandigarh has rarely witnessed. Super model Sonalika Sahay and Deepti Gujral are likely to walk the ramp during the Fashion Week.

This was announced at a press conference attended by designers: Joy Mitra, Dimpple Kpoor, Pratika Kapoor, Rachit Khanna and Anjani Sharma, besides Radhika Marwaha (Co-Director, U&I International), Ajai Patel (Business Development Manager), Ketan Bhatia (Show Director) and Kapil Gauhri (Choreographer) also interacted with the media.

Addressing the press, Rahul Pasi, Founder Director, U&I International, said, “The Fashion Week will showcase works of many celebrity designers and top models of national and international repute. U&I International Fashion Week, Season 2 will be graced by influential guests including top bureaucrats, ministerial figures, administrative heads, socialites, industrialists of the region, corporate bosses, educationists and army officials, among other influential individuals.”

"Renowned Celebrity designers who are going to showcase their collections in the fashion show. Few of the names are Joy Mitra, Ramola Bachchan, Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor, Dimpple Kpoor, Maninder Gulati, Anjini Sharma, Rachit Khanna, Manjeet Sidhu, Pratika Kapoor, Meenakshi Monga and Gauri Monga.," said Namisha Patel, the Production Associate.

Isha Sharma, Event Manager, said, “Season 1 of the Fashion Week was held at Vivanta by Taj, New Delhi The special collection by Arjun and Anjalee Kapoor will be showcased on 14th December finale. Designer Sonalika Sahay, Deepti Gujral, Amanpreet Wahi and Rashi Rao will be present at the show with their latest collections and theme based ramp.”

Celebrity designer Joy Mitra said, “I am quite excited for my first show in Chandigarh. My work is mostly on textile. I am trying to promote original prints of Bengaland other regions. Bagh Print will be my main attraction in this show.”

Show director Ketan Bhatia said, “I am coming back to City Beautiful after a gap of almost 1.5 years. It is very rare that a fashion week of this level happen in Chandigarh. We are waiting for the mega event eagerly. I was part of the Season 1 also.”

Designer Anjani Sharma said, “This will be my first show here. My collection is Secret Garden, which is about a woman who wanders alone in a forest. The collection depicts a lot of wild flowers and Goddess of beauty.”

Chandigarh based designer, Rachit Khanna said, “My collection is named as Tareef, which represents royalty and luxury. I have used a lot of gold and traditional stuff in my designs. You will also find bellbottoms in my collection.”

According to celebrity designer Maninder Gulati, "Humans see stars die in the sky and are filled with wonder and awe. Yet, here on earth, death fills hearts with misery and contempt. I inspected a graveyard to admire my work. Time had eroded the epitaphs on the tombstones. Their last beautiful words faded like their final threads of love."

U&I International is a world-class event management company headquartered in New Delhi. The company represents professionals including models, makeup artists and renowned fashion designers from major cities across the globe. The company strongly believes in meeting commitments and delivering quality work. U&I International is proud to have Radhika Marwaha, Ajai Patel BDM ,Namisha Patel- Production Head, Ketan Bhatia, Show Director; Khizar Hussain and Kapil Gauhri, Choreographers; Isha Sharma, Show Coordinator; Anjali Singhal, Backstage Coordinator; and Nick Mahal, Creative Head as its team. Make up partner is Richa Aggarwal (Cleopatra).

For sponsorship contact Mr Rahul Pasi, Director, U&I International at 96434-81276.

Friday, November 15, 2019

High Court directs State to submit Status Report on Mohali Dump Yard

Mohali: The Punjab & Haryana High Court in its latest order, has directed the Punjab Government to file the Status Report by 9th December, 2019 in the shifting of Mohali Dumping Ground to a village near Dera Bassi.

The High Court bench of Justice Daya Chaudhary and Justice Sudhir Mittal recently called for the status report in view of the undertaking given in affidavit by Mr Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary, Department of Local Government, Punjab on 01 May, 2012. The affidavit was given about the time schedule for setting up the solid waste management facility at village Samgauli near Dera Bassi. It was stated that 16 months would be required to complete the process after acquisition is completed with delivery of possession with contractors.   

The Residents Welfare Society (RWS) of Punjab Small Industries & Export Corporation (PSIEC) Housing Complex, Mohali has raised its demand of shifting the dumping yard from Sector 74, industrial area, as was assured by the state government. The case is being pursued by advocate Satwant Singh Rangi on behalf of the RWS.

Sardar Baldev Singh, ex-president, RWS said, “We first raised the issue in the court on 19 April, 2006, but to no avail. The dumping yard is still in the centre of SAS Nagar, causing trouble to the people of residential as well as industrial area, because the foul smell, mosquitoes, flies and the hazardous medical waste pose a serious danger to the health of the residents and the employees alike.”
The dumping yard is situated in the heart of Industrial Area and IT Area in Sector 74. Adjoining this eye sore, is the residential Sector 91 on one side and Chappar Chiri monument on the other side. Punjab government is claiming this location to be a star attraction for IT setup with Quark, Teleperformance and hundreds of start ups as well as established IT companies operating in the buildings, adjoining this garbage yard.

Punjabi actress Japji Khaira visited the WK Life store

Mohali: Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, Minister for Animal Husbandry & Fisheries, Govt of Punjab inaugurated the new showroom of 'WK Life', a famous international brand of ‘fashion, smart life and mobile accessories’ from Hong Kong, at SCF 73, Phase 3B2, Mohali sometime ago. Famous Punjabi actress Japji Khaira also visited the store. The showroom is being managed by three young entrepreneurs.

There are hundreds of electronic, digital and fashionable products available at the store, which can not be found anywhere else in the tricity. From funky purses, travel pillows, pen drives, designer Bluetooth speakers to fragrances, mikes and a vast range of mobile phone accessories, one can find scores of innovative ideas and items.

'WK Life' is being run by Angadbir Grewal, Harmanbir Jhajj and Mohantaj Dhillon. All of them are students and this is their first step towards entrepreneurship. Angadbir said, “WK is a popular brand from Hong Kong, with 1,000 stores in 60 countries around the world. There are 5 stores in India, three in Delhi, one each in Jaipur and Lucknow and this one in tricity. A variety of new products keep on coming every month at the store.

Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu said that he was happy to be part of this launch ceremony. Like these three boys, youths should aim at starting something of their own. This way they can provide employment to many others too. He wished good luck to the young owners. On this occasion, Mr Gurkirat Singh Kotli, MLA, Khanna, and Mr Gurpreet Singh GP, MLA, Bassi Pathana were also present.

The emphasis of 'WK Life' is on the changing needs of the youth and  new fashion trends. Their 4000 employees and 75 designers constantly innovate new products according to the changing trends. There are 18 factories. The price range of the products is pocket friendly, starting from Rs 200 or less to a few thousand only, which can be good for self use or for gifting. 

This is the first company that has successfully combined telecom and electronic industries and has created a complete fashion life brand. The products are in 4 categories- Audio, Energy, Protection and Smart Life. The fashion element remains on the top of its design concept. It's not just a brand, but a new lifestyle too. It was founded in 2015 by HK Refine Industrial (Asia) Co. Ltd. 

Institute of Moving Images launched in Chandigarh

Chandigarh: The Institute of Moving Images (IMI) has opened its doors in Chandigarh for the local talents, who want to make career in film industry. The Film School was inaugurated by Mr Jitender Yadav, IAS, Director- Tourism, Chandigarh Administration, at SCO 66-67, First Floor, Sector 17-A, opposite Hotel Taj. Ms Nazuk Kumar, IAS, SDM (Central), Chandigarh was the guest of honour. The film school offers affordable short and long-term courses to be conducted by professional faculty from Mumbai and also takes responsibility to guide and support the students in getting into the career of filmmaking and acting.

Mr Pankaj Roy, Director, IMI said, “IMI is an intimate and innovative film school for high standard of practical training in all key areas of filmmaking with latest equipment. Since 2006, when the first student enrolled with us, we have come a long way. Today Institute of Moving Images is considered one of the prominent Film & Television institutes of India. I am happy that Mr Manmeet Singh, one of our students, agreed to bring the film school to Chandigarh, where we used to come every year since 2012, but for short term courses only. Now the students of this region will be able to get trained near their home and be ready to conquer the world.”
Mr Jitender Yadav, IAS said, “I am happy that a professional film training institute has come to the City. As a support gesture, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to provide single-window permission facility to IMI for film shooting anywhere in Chandigarh.”  

Located inside a sedate green, sprawling campus of India's premier Gokhale University at Pune, IMI is an independent film institute, run by non-profit Moving Images Educational Trust, recognized by Government under Public Trust Act, 1950, and committed to provide affordable film education relevant to today's Film and TV industry. IMI has already established its credibility with industry professionals.

“Recently, we have been invited by FICCI to become its affiliated training partner for Prime Minister Skill Development Scheme to develop Media and Entertainment Skills for the industry. Today, we can proudly say many of our alumni are employed in prestigious Film Production Companies and TV channels in India and abroad,” added Mr Roy.

IMI has education centres in 12 capital cities in India. IMI-Chandigarh is going to be the base campus to begin with for the year 2019-2020. The campus has installed extremely expensive American Theatre Sound and Japanese Projection System. IMI-Chandigarh campus have a Bollywood Café, library, events area, theatre, trained faculty from Pune and Mumbai, career counselling, opportunities for auditions, prodcution house tie ups, secured and friendly environment, centrally located institute having 3,500 square feet area in the heart of City, mentorship by Bollywood Celebrities and single window clearance for shooting in Chandigarh.

IMI offers Diploma, Certificate, Short Courses, Workshops & Master Classes to two age groups: 8 -16 years and 16 years and above in: Acting, Film making, Script writing,  Cinematography, Editing, Production and Direction. One can learn Filmmaking by doing Practicals from Day One. Every Student makes minimum four short films and works as Actor and Director.

The Rainbow Cause organized a self help camp for old people

PanchkulaThe Rainbow Cause (TRC), a registered non-profit society, organized a self-help and happiness programme – ‘Sunshine on a Cloudy Day’ for the inmates of the Red Cross Old Age Home, Sector 15, Panchkula recently. Over 50 persons attended the event, which included several young volunteers also. The puppy therapy was also a part of the programme.

The speakers included, Mr Urvijay Brar, Academician, Jurist Academy, Chandigarh and Vikas Luthra, Founder, Furever Friends, who spoke on how a person can maintain a good attitude towards life even when he or she is extremely busy and stressed, because of tough routine. The attendees were then taught about few techniques which would help them in coping with anxiety by Jagriti Mahajan, Founder of TRC, while Bhawna Dhamija, counsellor, Mount Carmel School taught appropriate breathing techniques.

The agenda of the programme was to help people become independent, when it comes to mental health, because not everyone has access to therapists and not everyone is comfortable in sharing their feelings.

Jagriti said “Every being is important, every creation of God needs help and everyone that crosses your path deserves to smile. This was the agenda of The Rainbow Cause, when it was started in April, 2018. TRC began with a very small insight that each and every soul is important and it has continued to spread it’s wing in the same way. TRC believes in Random Acts of Kindness.”

Bhikkhu Sanghasena gets ‘International Award of Excellence’

  New Delhi:  World renowned Buddhist Spiritual leader, Ven.  Bhikkhu Sanghasena , founder President and Spiritual Director,  Mahabodh...