Friday, 31 July 2015

Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act 2013 Key to Empower Women:Experts

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Chandigarh 31st July:-The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 can be a game changer in empowering women, enhancing their safety and security and providing them protection against sexual harassment at workplace, if implemented and followed in true spirit. This was shared by Mrs Jatinder Peters, Faculty from society from Human Resource Management (SHRM) & Secretary PETROTECH while addressing the Seminar on preparedness of the corporates under the act organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) at CII NR Headquarters in sector 31 A, here today.

She informed that the Act has made it mandatory for all organisations like corporates, societies, firms, Govt bodies to form a formal Internal Complaint committee with a woman as its chairperson, 50 % of members as women and a member from an NGO as well to lend it objectivity. The law applies to women harassed in the workplace including women working as domestic workers, daily wagers, temporary or permanent, full-time or part-time, as well as volunteers. The women may or may not be employed and can be of any age. She added that for the unorganised sector, like the domestic helps, the district level committee would have the powers of civil court and can even summon persons or information.

Vandana Puri, Business Head, SHRM said that the Act is both preventive and remedial in nature as it calls for penalties to the violators as it also encompasses redressal of complaints of sexual harassment. It has even defined the harassment widely including verbal attack like passing obscene remarks, gestures or sending obscene messages or pictures, using double meaning phrases, lewd gestures etc with women. It also defines its various penalties objectively.

Pikender Pal Singh, Regional Director, CII NR, said that CII is aggressively advocating and encouraging its members to properly implement at and follow the provisions of the act and form an internal complaints committee in the organisations to enhance safety of women. The role of the employer in safeguarding the rights and well-being of their women employees has become prominent in the recent years and it is critical for Companies, Directors and Senior Management to be aware of their responsibilities and obligations under The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 ("Act") and the rules. Hence to spread awareness about it, we organised today's seminar.

 

Kaptaan Next Punjabi Biggie from Tips Films

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Chandigarh 31st July:-A superstar, a superhit banner and a successful director come together for the next big blockbuster in Punjabi cinema. That's Kaptaan starring Desi Rockstar Gippy Grewal in the title role.  The film is being produced by one of the most prolific  and successful film production houses of the country, Tips Films . Not only are they veterans of the trade and producers of many Bollywood blockbusters, Tips Films has also set high benchmarks in Punjabi films with three back-to-back blockbusters in Dil Apna Punjabi, Mel Karade Rabba and Jihne Mera Dil Luteya. Kaptaan is being directed by Mandeep Kumar whose last couple of films have been superhits – Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya and Jihne Mera Dil Luteya.

Revolving around a reluctant and loser lawyer who finds new meaning to his life and profession when he takes up an NGO case, the emotional and funny Kaptaan also stars Monica Gill and Karishma Kotak besides Gippy Grewal.

Kumar Taurani of Tips said that we are supremely confident that Kaptaan will be the next big Punjabi blockbuster. Having delivered hits we know the pulse of the audience in Punjab and are very excited about Kaptaan.

 

Music of Hindi Movie Jaanisaar Launch at Chandigarh

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Chandigarh 31st July:-  TO the Grand Music Launch of Hindi Romantic movie "Jaanisaar" Director Muzaffar Ali, Actress Pernia Qureshi and Lyricist and Singer Shafaqat Ali visit Chandigarh. The music launch ceremony was organised at Hotel Lalit Chandigarh. On this occasion Pernia Qureshi and Shafaqat Ali gave some fabulous presentation on few of movie's songs.

Fashion entrepreneur Pernia Qureshi debuts opposite Pakistani heartthrob Imran Abbas in this love saga of a revolutionary courtesan of Avadh, India and a prince brought up in England, set a couple of decades after the 1857 national uprising against the British. The lead cast is dressed in beautiful and ostentatious costumes.

Jaanisaar which is coming from the maker of Umrao Jaan, Muzaffar Ali, is a film which launches Pernia Qureshi, stepping forward to make her own acting debut in a film and Imran Abbas. The film is a musical love story set during the tumultuous times of the mutiny of 1857.

 

Thomas Cook India Acquires Luxe Asia

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Chandigarh 31st July:-  Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., announced its acquisition of Luxe Asia, a Destination Management Company based in Sri Lanka, through its wholly owned subsidiary Thomas Cook Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. The Company will be operated as an independent entity. Thomas Cook India's acquisition of Luxe Asia gives it significant presence in Sri Lanka with destination management capabilities in Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean region; also synergies with its key business lines of Outbound, Inbound and Corporate MICE.  

Based in Sri Lanka, Luxe Asia is focussed primarily on inbound tourism from key global markets and services both tour operator and traveller segments across its ten destinations in the Indian Ocean Region and Asia. The 2 joint ventures of Luxe Asia include, Khiri Travels, a leader with over 20 years of operation in the South East Asian region; also a Destination Management Company for the UAE market.

Commenting on the acquisition, Madhavan Menon, Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said that our acquisition of Luxe Asia reiterates delivery of our strategic intent of establishing a global Destination Management presence. Luxe Asia will continue to focus on its core domain of Inbound Tourism across key global source markets. He concluded by stating that Luxe Asia is a great fit to our portfolio and we aim to draw on the strong synergies with our Outbound, Inbound and MICE businesses at Thomas Cook India.

 

Shop CJ to Market Thomas Cook India’s Innovative Holiday Savings Account Packages

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Chandigarh 31st July:- SHOP CJ Network Pvt. Ltd ("Shop CJ"), has announced a marketing alliance with Thomas Cook (India) Limited, India's leading travel and travel related financial services company, to showcase the Thomas Cook 'Holiday Savings Account' – a pioneering and affordable holiday solution for today's burgeoning Middle India. Shop CJ's wide consumer base will enable  Thomas Cook (India) Ltd access India's rapidly emerging Middle India travellers with its Holiday Savings Account range of 15 tour packages across popular international destinations, including,  Europe, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai, Malaysia, Sri Lanka as well as domestic favourites like Andaman,  Himachal, Kerala, North East, Kashmir, Bhutan, The Golden Triangle & Goa. The marketing alliance between the two is a first of its kind in India.

Commenting on the marketing alliance with Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., Kenny Shin, CEO of Shop CJ Network said that the home-shopping industry is growing rapidly in India and Shop CJ is expanding its market share by entering into a new segment to create a unique shopping experience for its consumers. Shop CJ, with a footprint of 75 million households will create great value for its consumers with Thomas Cook India's unique and affordable Holiday Savings Account range of holidays. Travel is seeing impressive demand from Indian consumers and we bring to this partnership an audience which is yet untapped by organized players in the Travel & Tourism industry.

Abraham Alapatt, Chief Innovation Officer & Head – Marketing and Service Quality, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. Said that our Holiday Savings Account is a truly innovative product that allows customers to Save, Earn and Travel. Its unique concept allows customers to save via 12 easy installments while earning an attractive interest (via our Bank Partners Indus Ind, ICICI and Kotak Bank), with further benefits of a Thomas Cook top up on the 13th month and a zero exit penalty. Indeed a significant consumer empowering tool.

 

 

Street Food Festival at Hometel Chandigarh from July 29th to Aug 9th

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Chandigarh 31st July:- Hometel Chandigarh every time has come forward to introduce new things to the people of the city beautiful. After successful completion of many food promotions such as Kashmiri, Sizzler Food Festival, Kebab & Mango Bahar etc Hometel is again organizing Street Food Festival season 3 from july 29th to august 9th 2015 at FLAVOURS – All Day Dining Restaurant in the evenings between 1900 hrs – 2300 hrs. The street like ambience deftly created by the expert hands in the restaurant and the lounge area lends a perfect match to the sizzling sound of bhaji & tikki.

The culinary skills and aromatic flavour of the food suites all the tastes and tongues. Enticing aroma of Bhaji, Bhaturey, Tikki Chaat, Kachori Chaat, Keema Pao, Chicken Dimsums, Paneer Roll, Chicken & Egg Rolls from Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata are skillfully prepared by our chefs at Flavours that will keep the spirit of serving the best Street food from all over India. Chef Bidesh and his team at Flavours bring to its patrons variety of street food to choose from. Starting with the Non Vegetarian affair: – Keema Pao, Chicken Egg Roll & Chicken Dim Sims.

Vegetarian specialties are Pao Bhaji, Tikki Chaat, Choley Bhature, Golgappe, Paneer Roll & Vegetable Wontons..

Finish your meal with Signature dessert of Street's i.e. Kulfi Falooda & Ice Cream Cone.

Hometel invites everybody to be a part of the Great Indian Culinary Fest from 29th July 2015 through 9th August 2015.

 

3500 Balloons Use for One Act of DID 5

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Chandigarh 31st July:-This week3,500 balloons were used Dance India Dance season 5 for the romantic act by Priya and Sahil from Gaiti Ke Gangsters. The duo danced on the popular track Chadariya jhini re jhini from Badlapur and these balloons were spread across the floor to give the required look. However, the moment the performance got over, the entire crew, contestants and the masters – Punit, Mudassar and Gaiti   jumped on the stage to burst these balloons. To watch this don't forget to tune-in to Dance India Dance Season 5, every Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm.

 

Three Officials Retires from PGI

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Chandigarh 31st July:- Prof. Savita Malhotra, Dean PGI honored three officers/officials on their superannuation today by presenting mementoes to them.  Sushil Thakur, Financial Adviser handed over beneficiary cheques comprising GPF, gratuity and group insurance. Respective Heads of Departments wished them well in life by presenting bouquets to them.

 Smt Usha Rani P. Masih, ANS, ATC, Ortho General Ward; Ram Kishan Khanchi, Technical Assistant, Pharmacology and Mohinder, Sanitary Attendant retired from PGI after devoting 32 to 36 years of their lives to PGI.

 

RUPAM GREWAL PRESENTS HER WEDDING COLLECTION, HEIRLOOM PIECES PART OF THE ENSEMBLE

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Chandigarh 31st July:-Keeping the latest trends in mind Rupam K. Grewal who owns the Wedding Haute Couture brand Jaamawar Minx, presented her Wedding Collection at her designer store in Elante Mall. The same is formed by an eclectic mix of beautiful Lehengas, Sarees, Lehenga Sarees and Kabalas etc. Rupam invited a pretty to be bride Vibhuti, to her store to show what's in this season.

Rupam K. Grewal said that there is a trend being witnessed these days where families want to own such pieces of wedding couture that are both expensive and have a Royal feel to them. It was a culture in Royal families to treat bridal Wedding Couture as heirloom treasure which was passed on from one generation to another. Now, with higher expendable incomes and a desire to experiment, upper middle class & rich Indians are doing the same. If a Gold Jewellery set can be passed on from one generation to another then why not a wedding dress. Rupam further said  that there is shift towards Lehnga Sarees being witnessed. Her take is that a lot of experimentation is being done by both designers and clients. She feels that Designer Lehengas, Lehenga Sarees etc are being created that have a lot of emotional & market value; as these are being made using precious metals & stones. Rupam thinks that the idea is to be proud owners of Heirloom pieces of Bridal Wedding attires.

Rupam said that after arranging all the material it took almost four months to complete a wedding collection. She said that the same wedding collection has been made using pure Silver thread, Polki Diamonds, Garnets (which are semi-precious stones).

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Ajay Devgn’s Blockbusters on Star Gold from 31st July to 2nd August

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Chandigarh 30th July:- Commemorating the release of most awaited movie – Dhrishyam, Star Gold, the home of Bollywood premiere, presents a 3 day special movie festival for all the Ajay Devgn fans titled 'Asli Hero', from 31st July to 2nd August. Promising back to back entertainment, the channel has creatively curated the movies to celebrate the versatility of the superstar across genres.  

The three day long festival will have the hero in a comic avatar in recent hits like 'Golmaal', 'Bol Bachchan', 'Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge', 'Golmaal 3',  'Toonpur Ka Superhero' ,'Son of Sardar'  and many more. Catch some of the most acclaimed movies of the star like 'Gangajal', 'Singham', 'Diljale', and 'Dilwale' amongst others. What's more, the fans will be privy to exclusive clips and previews from the upcoming movie 'Dhrishyam' which will be aired during the movie breaks.

 

 

Punjab Youth Commit to Action on Climate at EcoSikh Workshop

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Chandigarh 30th July:- Over 35 young environmental leaders participated in a workshop hosted by the US based EcoSikh. The workshop was aimed to empower the emerging environmental leaders of Punjab in tracking the issues, team building and planning action for environmental preservation in the light of upcoming UN Paris summit on Climate Change in December 2015. Youth leaders from Ludhiana, Moga, Chandigarh, Mohali, Fazilka, Delhi, Ferozpur and Amritsar joined to get training on environmental advocacy and leadership skills.

EcoSikh President, Dr. Rajwant Singh from Washington DC, who was recently invited by French President at Paris for UN Framework for Climate Action, interacted with the attendees. Dr. Singh not only discussed how climate change is affecting so many nations but also discussed how various faith groups are coming forward with their own climate action plan.

Dr. Rajwant said that punjab youth is the hope of Punjab's ecology. Punjab is facing severe environmental challenges including reduction of ground water table, land pollution due to dangerous level of pesticide and chemical usage in farming and air pollution. This requires young people to take responsibility to be the leaders to create a better future of Punjab.  I am thrilled to see environmental activity regarding saving Sidhwan canal, plantation programmes and clean up drives in Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Amritsar and the way youth leaders taking action on Nagar Kirtans during religious celebrations throughout Punjab.

 

SGGS Celebrates Van Mahotsav

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Chandigarh 30th July:- Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh celebrared the occasion of Van Mahotsav by organising a tree plantation drive in the College Campus. The function was organized by the NSS unit of the College. A number of green plants of different species were implanted.

The function was inaugurated by Col.(Retd.) Jasmer Singh Bala, Secretary, Sikh Educational Society, Chandigarh. He, dwelling on the motto of NSS "Not me but you", aprised the students of the importance of and need for social service. Prof. S. S. Dhillon , Principal, extended all out support to the event and graced the occasion with his presence. Dr. Jaswinder Singh Khun Khun, Director, Punjab State Forest Development Corporation, was also present on the occasion. The function was made a success by the enthusiasm of NSS volunteers , under the expert guidance of NSS Programme Officers, Prof. Amandeep Kaur and Prof. Sandeep Singh Gill.

 

Nav Bal Niketan School Celebrates Green Day

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Chandigarh 30th July:- Nav Bal Niketan School Sector 29B, Chandigarh celebrated Green day at its scholl premises. All the children looked attractive draped in their green colored attires. Their teachers made them aware of the need of protecting their environment and the role they could play to do so.  Students were explained about the importance of trees and plants in
our lives. Inter house science quiz competition was also organized. Students of classes 5th through 8th planted medicinal and ornamental plants along the boundary wall of the school. Each house was also assigned plants so that they are taken care of while they grow bigger.

Principal Mrs Punam Mahajan told students about global warming and how we can save our environment from harmful effect of green house gasses by planting more and more trees.

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Sagar Setia, Director, Mona Townships Bags “Young Achievers Award”

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Chandigarh 30th July:- Sagar Setia, Director, Mona Townships Pvt Ltd (MTPL) has been awarded with the "Young Achievers Award" in the National Awards for Excellence in Real Estate & Infrastructure category at CMO Asia 'National' Awards 2015. Sagar Setia, Director, Mona Townships Pvt Ltd (MTPL) has been awarded with the "Young Achievers Award" in the National Awards for Excellence in Real Estate & Infrastructure category at CMO Asia 'National' Awards 2015. . Sagar Setia was among the four winners out of the eight nominees for the award. The award which celebrates the highest level of achievement by companies and individuals operating in the real estate and infrastructure sector was held at The Taj Lands Hotel, Mumbai.

Elated at receiving the prestigious award, Sagar Setia said that he humbly accept this award on behalf of the entire Mona Townships family. At Mona Townships we work as a well-oiled machine with every member in sync and synergy with one another, helping deliver quality real estate products while also serving the society through various social engagement platforms & CSR initiatives. This award is recognition of the quality which Mona Townships has brought to the real estate sector in India.

The National Award for Excellence in Real Estate and Infrastructure celebrates the highest levels of achievement by companies and individuals operating in all sectors of property and Real Estate as well as Infrastructure Industry. The Awards recognise, encourage and promote excellence in the Real Estate profession and highlight important elements of real estate practice such as commitment to service, client satisfaction, innovation, professional development, community involvement and contribution to the profession. This is a National-renowned mark of excellence.

The award is recognition of Sagar Setia's inspiring contribution to the real estate industry and the company. Under his leadership, he has been able to trasport Mona Townships to newer echelons. Taking Tejinder Pal Setia, the Chairman (His father and the founder of Mona Townships Private Limited) dreams forward, he played a crucial role in Mona Townships Developer's transitory phase from a developer of residential townships in Mohali, Zirakpur, Ghazipur etc to state-of-the-art mixed use commercial project Jade-90, which is spanning in 1.3million sq.ft in Sector 90, Mohali. Within a short span, Mr Sagar Setia has expanded the horizons of the Mona Townships business territory and established the company as an innovative developer with customer satisfaction at its helm.

 

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Introduces Limited Edition Linea Elegante

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Chandigarh 30th July:- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Indialaunched Linea Elegantewhich is the limited edition of its much celebrated car, Linea,fitted with stylish accessories kit in the interiors and exteriors, to its customers. It will be available in white colour with a panoramicblack roof and will be priced at Rs. 9,99,000, ex-showroom, New Delhi. Sporting a variety of exciting and new features makes the car look more elegant. Asregards the exterior kit, the car features a new panoramic black roof, new sporty body kit, new design 16" alloys, sporty rear spoilers, new chrome garnish on ORVM and all new Elegante decal. The interior kitcomprises new seat covers; 6.5' touch screen infotainment, special carpet mats with Elegante branding and special flat door sill.

Speaking on the launch of Linea Elegante, Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India said that Linea Elegante is targeted towards those discerning buyers who desire elegantlooks, differentiated offering and strong value proposition.This limited edition will undoubtedly create a wave of interest and will excite prospective Linea buyers. This package on new Linea is a perfect blend of elegance and sophistication. At FCA India we constantly innovate and strive towards making cars with timely enhancements in comfort, luxury and technology.

 

 

Actor Beena Banerjee in Chandigarh to Promote the Show 'Tashn-e -Ishq'

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Chandigarh 30th July:- All is fair in love and war, they say … but what if there is love and there is war at the same time. Such is the case of Twinkle, the leading lady of Zee TV's next primetime drama 'Tashn-e -Ishq', starting 10th August. To talk more about the serial, popular actress Beena Banerjee was in Chandigarh today.

Beena Banerjee said that she is playing the character of Preeto Ji in the serial. Her character Preeto ji, who owns a local dairy in the city of Amristar is a secret love interest of Twinkle's (female lead) Nana Ji. Both Preeto Ji and Nana ji share a very cute bond. However, Preeto ji is a little embarrassed to fall in love in her 60s-70s.  The adorable couple is trying to rekindle romance in their old age. Preeto who also stays in the same neighborhood often acts as a pacifier between the two rival families (Luthra & Taneja's). Beena Banerjee said that Being in the industry since a very long time, she had portrayed numerous roles but she found this one a little different and challenging.  The show has a Punjabi backdrop with mixed elements of love, family drama, romance, emotions and comedy. We all are working really hard to make it a huge success. Since, it replaces Jodha Akbar, one of the biggest successes of Indian television; the expectations from the show are equally high.  She is hopeful that viewers will like our show which has numerous flavors to it.

'Tashn-e -Ishq', Played by the beautiful actress Jasmin Bhasin, Twinkle is a typically adorable Punjabi kudi and a complete drama queen! Her love story is set against the vibrant backdrop of upscale, upwardly mobile Punjab where, at times, business rivalries and games of one-upmanship color the personal equations between entrepreneurs and industrialists. As luck would have it, Twinkle's mother and that of her love interest Yuvraj (Played by Zain Imam) – both sharp-as-nails, ambitious and competitive businesswomen Anita Luthra and Leela Taneja, have scores to settle both personally and professionally. Will Twinkle's love endure the complications presented by her mother being at loggerheads with Yuvraj's. Join Twinkle on her journey of Ummeed - her search for true love and happiness.

The show is being produced by Essel Vision Production Ltd, the content engine of ZEEL. Essaying the roles of the two warring mothers Leela and Anita in 'Tashn-e-Ishq' are veteran actors Vaishanvi Mcdonald and Eva Grover respectively. The two stalwarts have played several meaty roles most convincingly in the course of their prolific careers on television and won millions of hearts with their marvelous performances. 

 

Capitol Hospital Unveils its Cancer Care Centre for Comprehensive Treatment

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Chandigarh 30th July:- Capitol Hospital, a 300 bedded NABH accredited multi super-speciality hospital in Jalandhar, unveiled the comprehensive Cancer Care Centre equipped with top of the line equipment and latest 6-D Radiotherapy System – TrueBeam – imported from USA to offer world-class treatment facility to entire Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

Capitol Cancer Care is committed to deliver quality healthcare by covering all aspects of Oncology, viz., Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology and Medical Oncology with support services like pathology, blood bank, diagnostics and interventional radiology etc., all available under one roof. A dedicated team of specialists like Radiation Oncologist, Surgical Oncologist, Medical Oncologist, Onco-pathologist, Onco-radiologist having expertise of their respective fields works collaboratively to diagnose and treat cancer. It is possible to perform all kinds of radiation techniques like 3-DCRT, IMRT, IGRT, SRS, SRT, SBRT, respiratory gated treatment for moving tumour with sub millimetre accuracy, with other complementary features like flexible dose rate, 6D couch etc. to provide healing cure at minimum patient discomfort.

Dr. Gaurav Gupta, Radiation Oncologist from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute New Delhi, who has recently joined Capitol Hospital, Jalandhar said that the innovative TRUE BEAM system is full of new features like dynamic and advanced imaging, Patient positioning, Motion management and precise delivery, which helps Radiation Oncologist to focus required dose  to tumour precisely  & minimizing impact of radiation on healthy tissues. He added that what sets True Beam apart is its accuracy and precision on the part which has to be given radiation. This machine is able to take the shape of the tumour, thus sparing the healthy tissues around. This system is able to enhance the treatment process with shorter duration, thus, makes it faster in comparison to other conventional equipment.      

Capitol Cancer Care unit also has Brachytherapy machine Gamma Med IX remote after loader it has  24 channels. Brachytherapy, also known as internal radiotherapy, is a form of radiotherapy where a sealed radition source is placed inside or next to the are requiring treatment. It is commonly used as an effective treatment for cervical, prostate,breast, and skin cancer and can also be used to treat tumours in many other body sites. All these radiotherapy and radio surgery treatments can be used alone or in combination with other therapies such as Surgery, Chemotherapy, etc.

Dr. CS Pruthi, Chairman Capitol Hospital, said that there are only 4-6 True Beam machines in the country and we have bought  one to the doorstep of people of upper North region for they don't have to go far to undergo radiotherapy treatment which brings up the cost of treatment too. On this occasion, he also announced 40% discount on all radiotherapy packages from 3rd Aug to 15th Aug, 2015.

 

 

Mercedes-Benz launches S 500 Coupé, AMG S 63 Coupé and AMG G 63 ‘Crazy Colour’ Edition

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Chandigarh 30th July:- In a one of its kind aggressive model initiative that underpins the brand philosophy of 'Best or Nothing', Mercedes-Benz today launched the exclusive 'designo' platform along with three products that sets new benchmark in modern luxury, design aesthetics, technology and bespoke craftsmanship. The finest example representing Mercedes-Benz's philosophy of sensuous clarity - the S 500 Coupé; the breathtaking and irresistible - AMG S 63 Coupé and the timeless work of handcraftsmanship, the AMG G 63 'Crazy Colour' Edition, were launched for the Indian market by Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India.

Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented that we are launching in India the 'designo' platform which epitomizes individualization and will offer our discerning customers innumerable customization options to choose from, ranging from exclusive paint finishes, high quality interior appointments and trims. We have seen an increasing demand for exclusivity and customization from our customers and the launch of the 'designo' range will further reinforce Mercedes-Benz's customer focused approach, transforming customer delight to the next level. With the 'designo' platform, we are enabling the customers to add special value to their cars and create a new trend of customization in the luxury car industry. We have seen the Indian luxury car customers are increasingly seeking higher levels of customization and Mercedes-Benz with its latest product portfolio and the new 'designo' platform will have a clear edge in catering to these diverse customer requirements.

 

‘Angrej’-Love Story of 1945 Punjab:Releasing on 31st July The Film is a Periodic Melodrama

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Chandigarh 30th July:- Today's love stories belong to Facebook and WhatsApp but there was a time when even holding your beloved's hand was a big project in itself. A time when there was no dating and the partners would only know about each other on the first day of marriage. The audience of Punjabi cinema is going to relive that moment with 'Angrej' on 31st July. This light hearted comedy, with the protagonists finding themselves in a tangled love story and spontaneous comic situations, stars Amrinder Gill as Angrej himself who dares to change the love scenario. Set in 1945 rural India, the film is a presentation of Dara Productions, J Studio and Aman Khatkar Arsara Films in collaboration with A Rhythm Boys Entertainment.

The film also stars Ammy Virk, Binnu Dhillon, Aditi Sharma, Sargun Mehta and Sardar Sohi. It has been directed by Simerjit Singh who has been working in the film industry from last 15 years and has many credits to his name. Amarbir Singh Sandhu, Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Aman Khatkar & Sameer Dutta have produced the film while Sukhjinder Bhachu, Amber Deep Singh & Karaj Gill are the co-producers. Amber Deep Singh has penned the story. The team last met while 'Goreyan Nu Daffa Karo' last year that proved to be successful at the box office.

Amrinder aka Angrej said that since GNDK days, we were aspiring to bring something which tickles the audience every moment and the film is subject to give a new definition to romance in Punjabi cinema. Our writer Amber Deep looked backed to that era and we sat together to write on it. It was very challenging to portray that time on screen. We had limited time to work on it and wanted it to be the best.

Talking about Angrej, Amberdeep said that he used to wonder how a typical Indian wedding would look like in ancient Punjab. Those were the days when the baraat would arrive three days prior to the wedding and all the baraatis would visit the bride except the groom. The culture, the food, the joy, everything he wanted to show to the youth of today. Amberdeep knew from day one that the character of the protagonist would suit Amrinder Gill. Although there were some changes made on the set as per the director's visualization, Amberdeep takes it normally. He said that everyone has his own way of perceiving things and so happens on the set of every film. But the final result here is absolutely close to what he had visualized. The film looks superb.

Director Simarjit tells the reason behind this title said that in older times, when someone out of the village used to think ahead of times, he was given this name. Our protagonist also is talking about loving and dating a girl which, in those times, wasn't something normal. I have seen such culture in the 80s in Punjab and was excited to present that on screen. We went to the roots of it and our Production Designer Raashid Rangrez gave us a lot of suggestions about the colors, clothes, structure of the frame, etc. The director also points out that one has to be over 1000 times careful while making a period film. From a pin to a plane, the team of the film was very particular about various things in the frame.

The producers of the film wanted to bring out the best in limited time. All of them are very thankful for the cooperative director, actors, designers and the whole crew who summed the project up in almost 40 days.

Singing heartthrob Ammy Virk is all excited about the film and loves the feeling of such a good start. He said that it is a period film which is a dream of every actor. Also living the days of Punjab of the 40s is a great feeling. On the set we would do all desi stuff which now is very hard to find even in rural households."

The lead girls Aditi and Sargun were not so easy to find. After a lot of auditions and screen tests the director could find such talent and the girls have done their job perfectly. They both praised about the whole team and are eagerly waiting for the release of 'Angrej'.

Meet Raashid Rangrez, the man won the National Award in 2007 for taking us to the 18th century through his art direction in Punjabi film Waris Shah-Ishq Da Waaris. The man is back again to take us to Punjab of 1945. Raashid has handled the overall production design for this film which includes art direction as well as the costumes. The film was immediately planned and Raashid could not get much time to research on it. He consulted some books and references and out of his own experiences he could create a Punjab of pre-independence era. He said that we had to establish the geography of a Punjab which wasn't really green that time. The colors had to be very earthy and also the costumes had to be very simple and most importantly handmade. Yes we have used all handmade costumes in the movie.

Once again, the magic of Jatinder Shah's music is ready to take you to another world. The world of 1945 Punjab when loving someone was not so easy. But 'Angrej' makes a difference and he will make you dance. The album has seven songs for which Vinder Nathumajra, Happy Raikoti, Jaggi Jagowal and Shweta Saira have penned the lyrics. It is a mix of happy, sad, dancing numbers which go perfectly with the periodic theme of the film. Jatinder Shah said that we have tried to be as traditional as we could. My musicians and percussionists performed with their understanding of the pre-independence era of Punjab. The singers have given the songs a different touch to make it match the storyline.

 

CGC Landran organized Mega Job Fest:124 B.Ed Students Selected

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Chandigarh 30th July:- Chandīgarh Group of Colleges Landran organised Mega Job Fest  for B.ed students at its campus in which students of various colleges of tricity participated. As many as 124 students were selected by around 26 schools from the tri-city of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. The objective of the placement drive was to provide rewarding job opportunities to the students in best schools across states.

The placement drive commenced after giving the students a detailed presentation of School profiles, their career path, selection process, job profile and salary package. The selection process consisted of written test, personal interviews. The qualifying students were shortlisted for the Group discussion after that the students were lined up for the Final Interview. After a thorough elimination and selection process the final list was declared. The participating students also had an interactive session with them wherein they cleared their doubts on various issues like, job profile, growth prospects, salary package etc.

Chairman Satnam Singh Sandhu & President, Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal congratulated the students who secured job offers .He encouraged them to prepare well to succeed and enter their professional life on a winning note. They further added we not only focus on academics but inculcate life skills and values in our students, so that they are professionally equipped for the field.

 

Four weeks Tourism Police Training Programme Concludes at AIHM

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Chandigarh 30th July:- A Four weeks Tourism Police Training Programme for the Chandigarh police personnel has been concluded today at Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management. 30 Police Personnel were certified in this programme. The programme aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of Police in dealing with the tourists as well as general public. The valediction was chaired by the Honourable Chief Guest A.S. Cheema , IPS, Deputy Inspector General of Police, U.T Chandigarh. Ms Urvija Goel, IPS, SP/HQ & Operations & Training, Navdeep Singh Brar, IPS,   ASP/South, Ashwani Kumar, CPS, DSP Training & Recruitment were also present in the said occasion.

The chief guest A.S. Cheema addressed the successful trainees and shared his views. He said that this initiative is driven by the vision to see Chandigarh, the City Beautiful, develop to a level where its tourists can experience the hospitality in a safe & secure friendly environment. The potential has always been here in the city. The role is to ensure that the police personnel should instill the soft skills & guide the tourists so that it leads to the image building at a global level resulting in recurring tourist inflow for the city.

Mrs. Bharti Tyagi, Principal of the Institute highlighted the contents which were covered during the training programme. She also congratulated the faculty members who were actively involved in making this training a success.  She said that she sincerely hope that our contributions will be of great relevance and will be beneficial to all the participants when they go back to their work places. She is sure you would immediately put into practice the learning that has been imparted in the sessions. 

This was the third such program for Chandigarh Police personnel which aimed to concentrate on the needs of our tourists who travel long distances to reach our destination & experience the totality of the Indian culture, traditions, and gastronomic creations in a fully safe hospitable environment. The aspects like importance of personal grooming, hygiene & sanitation, behavior, communication skills, complaint handling, etiquettes and mannerism, human values, use of polite and courteous language, some common parlance sentences, phrases in various foreign languages in dealing with public and tourists, were covered in the training programme. It also emphasized on the range of tourists spots in and around the city beautiful.

 

 

Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi to Pay Tribute to Sheheed Udhem Singh on His 75th Martyrdom Day

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Chandigarh 30th July:- Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi in collaboration with Punjabi Natak Academy (Regd.), Mohali is going to pay tribute to a National Hero-Sheheed Udhem Singh Sunam, on his 75th Martyrdom day which is on 31st July ,2015 at 6.30 p.m. through a punjabi play " Sheheedi Gatha".
S. Udhem Singh alias Ram Mohemad Singh Azad is famous for his act of bravery when he took revenge of Amritsar Massacre, the slaughter of more than 500 innocent people on Vaisakhi day 1919 at Amritsar in Jallianwala Bagh.

He was brought up in an Orphan Home, Kendri Yeteem Khan Amritsar and when he was 19 old he was one of the voluntaries of Orphan home who were serving drinking water at the Jallianwala when General O Dyer open fire on a public meeting. That tragedy shook Udhem Singh and he left india to join revolutionaries. Once he was caught with illegal weapon and was served prison for more than 4 years. It was that time when he met Bhagat Singh in Lahore jail. He was so determine and committed to avenge the massacre, he changed his identity many times to deceive The British-India policy and ultimately entered UK. There he took various works, from a gardener in the house of Micheal Odwire, the ex-Governer of Punjab who ordered marshal law in Amritsar resulting that infamous massacre.

He also worked as a spot boy in a studio, driver, Mechanical internee under different names.
At last he succeeds in full fill his oath on 13th March 1940 when shot dead Michael and surrendered on the spot declaring his motto. He recorded his statement in the name Ram Momehmend Singh Azad. After court trial he was hanged in Penton Villae prison London on 31st July 1940.
Late S CHARAN Singh Sindhra wrote a beautiful play to narrate the intersting story of the hero "Sheheedi Gatha" ; the story of Martydom. 
Sindhra's grand son Padamdeep Sindhra is presenting this play under his direction supported by Gorav Sharma and Goldy Lamba for technical theatre. This play is full of folk songs of freedom era. Many artists are playing two or more roles to carry on the acting burden.



Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Hallmark Students Pay Tributes to Dr Kalam

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Chandigarh 29th July:-  To pay tribute to the former President Abdul Kalam Azad, students of Hallmark public school today made posters, portrait and quotes of Abdul Kalam to form a Huge Hallmark Collage at Panchkula.

Hallmark School Principal Kavita Wadhwa  said  that as President, Kalam utilised any opportunity that came to him to address students, especially school children, to dream big so that they became achievers in life. "So our students wanted to remember Kalam Sir in a unique manner that remains imbibed for long in their heart .

 

‘Kala Sach – The Black Truth’ Movie Exposes the Evil of Witch Hunting

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Chandigarh 29th July:-  The star cast of 'Kala Sach - The Black Truth', a Hindi movie based on a true story, visited the City today. The film, releasing on 7th August, 2015, highlights the cruelty and inhumane treatment to the women in the name of Witch Hunting. Renowned actress Himani Shivpuri, Director Mayank P Srivastava, Music Director Abraham Kumar and Panchkula-based famous Tarot Expert Renu Mathur addressed the media at Chandigarh Press Club.

Director of the movie Mayank P Srivastava said that he wants to specially thank Ms Renu Mathur , who has been our inspiration and guide throughout the production of this film. Witch Hunting is an old age ritual, now used for exploiting women on petty excuses. The film also highlights the social system and political laxity of not framing tough laws to abolish this menace. Surprisingly Government of India after 68 years of Independence has still not made a central law to overcome this problem. He further said that The film revolves around a central character - Kusum, who raises her voice against all the odd things happening in the village. She is educated, beautiful and fearless, who comes in the line of fire of the influential people who rule the village though their policy of suppression. The film goes through all the plots and ploys of framing women a Witch and taking advantage of the situation.  They exploit and torture her mentally and sexually.

He said that The film details all the events that have become a routine in most of the  villages in Central India, which are threatening the very social fabric of the society.  Statistics on Witch-Hunting crimes compiled by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) reveals that there are at least 12 states in India, which are recognized as breeding grounds for Witch Hunts, including  Jharkhand, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Assam, and Bihar.

Renowned Divinator, Life Coach and Tarot expert Renu Mathur said that this film is an eye-opener and a revolution against the practice of Witch-Hunting. The film is dedicated to all those women, who have been tortured and murdered in the name of Witch-Hunting.

Pakhi Hegde, Mustaq Khan, Rufy Khan, Sanjay Batra, Brajesh Tripathi etc are few other actors in this film. The JD Pictures movie is produced by Jitendra Soni, a die-hard journalist and reformist from Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

 

 

adshah’s New Single 'DJ WALEY BABU' Launch on Hungama Music

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Chandigarh 29th July:-Indian rapper, singer performer and Sony Music artist BADSHAH launched his new single 'DJ WALEY BABU' amidst much fanfare at Club Royalty in Mumbai. Hungama Music subscribers can now tune into the latest offering by the popular rapper across all the digital platforms of Hungama. The single 'DJ WALEY BABU' is the ultimate upbeat track to hit the digital shelves of HungamaMusic.

BADSHAH the man behind many hit song's set the stage ablaze with an hour-long set at the event, which comprised of some of his best music, like 'Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai' &'Saturday Saturday' among many otherhits.

Talking about the digital platform and the launch of 'DJ Wale Babu,' Badshah said that he is very humbled by the response he had got on the song today. His fans are the reason that he is here , DJ Wale Babu will soon be across all clubs around the world.

 Commenting on the launch of the single on Hungama.com, Siddhartha Roy, CEO of Hungama.com said that our consistent effort to bring exclusive content to our consumers at Hungama Music and in a seamless manner, has enabled us to create our milestone 55mn MAU base. We are happy to be associated with Sony Music and Badshah, whose new song will now be available globally across Hungama Music.

 

 

Movies OK XL Pack’ Festival by Movies OK from 26th July to 31st July

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Chandigarh 29th July:- True to its promise of offering wholesome family entertainment, Movies OK is all set to woo its 'filmy viewers' by presenting a week long star-studded movie festival titled 'Movies OK XL Pack'. The festival will showcase best and most popular movies of biggest Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn from 26th July to 31st July at 8 pm.

 Starting 26th July, get set to watch power packed performance by Akshay Kumar as Ajay in action thriller film'Baby', where he finds and eliminates terrorists who are planning attacks in various cities in India. Next in line is Sallu bhai's 'Jai Ho' on 27th July where he plays the role of solitary man to protect ordinary people from corruption and injustice, followed by light hearted comedy drama 'Ready' on 28th July where Prem (Salman Khan) falls in love with Sanjana (Asin) and attempts to get her 2 criminal uncles to like each other. Catch the iconic movie 'Agneepath' featuring the angry young man, Amitabh Bachchan on 29th July where he turns into gangster to take revenge for his father's death, followed by blockbuster movie 'The Real Jackpot' on 30th July. Ajay Devgn plays the honest inspector who clashes with a shady politician in the action comedy blockbuster 'Singham' on 31st July that marks the end of the festival.