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The question is how far will we reach in the future tournaments with the limited resources we have in our hands?”questioned Harjinderchief coach at CFA Harjinder has come up with a valid point In a month’s time from nowthe Chandigarh Football Academy will begin their campaigntheir quest to once again assert their supremacy The first tournament they will play is the Administrator’s Challenge Cupstarting in the last week of September Almost a year agothe rejuvinated Chandigarh side with the return of their two most influential players- Daniel Lalhlimpuia and Khiangte Lalramzauvahad won the title Now with both Daniel and Lalramzauva serving the national under 19 team and several players missingHarjinder has no other option but to turn to Plan B His plan is to field a team mixed with players from both the junior and senior teams Left with only 15 players to choose from the senior teamHarjinder came up with this plan to give opportunity to junior players to rise to the occasion “We have several talented players from the junior team who are physically strong and can serve us well in the forthcoming tournaments We are training hard as we will take on top teams from all parts of the country Though we will be lacking sting in the attackwe will give our best to come up with the best result” voiced Harjinder Howeverhe is already looking into the future and working on the plans to participate in the Subroto Mukherjee Cup in both the under 17 and under 14 categories To give much-needed match practice to the playersthe CFA team has been playing competitive matches with the senior army team players “The players are hungry to do well in the upcoming tournaments Howeverthey needed matches to prepare for the tournaments I am glad the army team is playing against them It will be a good experience for the young players to take part in the Subroto Cup Despite no exposure trips and tournamentswe will give our best” he added The senior team reached the quarterfinals in last year’s edition of Subroto Cup whereas the academy did not take part in under 14 tournament For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Mohali | Published: November 16 2013 2:17 am Related News A local court on Friday sentenced two persons to five years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) for trying to kill a police constable and for house-breaking Shree Ram20and Rajesh Tiwari alias Sham Mandal30were sentenced to five-year RI for an attempt to murder under sections 307 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)and also to a three-year RI for house-breaking under Section 457 of the IPC Additional District and Sessions Judge Jaswinder Sheemar also imposed a fine of Rs 3000 on the convictsfailing which they will have to undergo an additional imprisonment of three months Tiwari was also sentenced to a three-year RI for illegal possession of a weapon under Section 25 of the Arms Act All the sentences will run concurrently Ram and Tiwariwho belong to Darbanga district in Biharwere booked in December 2011 after a failed robbery bid in Phase 1Mohali According to the FIR registered against themthe duo broke into a house on the intervening night of December 22 and 23 Howeverone of the neighbours called the policeand four constables who were patrolling the area in the Police Control Room vehicle immediately reached the spot When the accused tried to fleeconstable Pawan Kumar made an attempt to nab an accusedwho fired at him Kumar went ahead and tried to catch him again while he was climbing down a fencefollowing which the thief shot at him againdue to which Kumars arm was injured Undeterred by his injuryKumar nabbed the thiefbut was later rushed to hospital For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: July 5 2016 3:46 pm Actress Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski have welcomed their second child a baby girl Top News Actress Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski have welcomed their second child a baby girl Krasinski took to Twitter to announce that his daughter was born two weeks ago “What better way to celebrate the 4th… than to announce our 4th family member!” Krasinski wrote on Twitter “2 weeks ago we met our beautiful daughter Violet” What better way to celebrate the 4th… than to announce our 4th family member! 2 weeks ago we met our beautiful daughter Violet #Happy4th — John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) July 4 2016 Violet joins big sister Hazel who was born in February 2014 Blunt’s second pregnancy coincided with the shooting for her new movie “The Girl on the Train” not unlike the timeline of her first pregnancy when she filmed “Into the Woods” — a role that made it easy to hide her growing baby bump The 33-year-old actress and Krasinski 36 tied the knot in 2010 after two years of dating For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Dipanita Nath | Mumbai | Published: March 20 2016 12:00 am In 1996 a film exploring homosexual love was released without a single cut and garnered criticism and praise in equal measure Related News Nearly 20 years ago unaided by Twitter and Facebook a film went viral in India Fire was the first in mainstream Indian cinema to explore homosexual love It introduced a taboo subject to the audience of the world’s largest film-producing and film-viewing nation Off screen it was the target of vandals spawned a civil society movement led to adjournments in Parliament and exposed men’s underwear as agitprop In the year of its 20th anniversary Fire retains its position as a relevant reference for films on gender relationships in India Last year the British Film Institute selected Fire as one of its top 10 feminist films In 1996 the noise was still in the future The film in which two sisters-in-law from a traditional household fall in love with each other premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September “People hadn’t seen such a film — sadly in these 20 years hardly any films have been made on same-sex relationships For India it is definitely a landmark film” says Nandita Das who played the younger woman Sita Fire became the darling of the festival circuit picking up 14 awards in France Spain the UK the US and Germany among others The family drama is the study of a conservative society — represented by its microcosm the home — in which someone challenges the rules A middling businessman Ashok (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) lives with his wife Radha (Shabana Azmi) his brother Jatin (Javed Jaffrey) mother Biji (Kushal Rani) and the man-servant Mundu (Ranjit Chowdhry) in a clustered Delhi neighbourhood Men and women have clear gender-defined roles that neither challenges until the younger brother’s bride arrives “Isn’t it amazing we’re so marked by customs and rituals Somebody just has to press my button this button marked tradition and I start responding like a trained monkey Do I shock you” she tells Radha during Karva Chauth “Yes” replies Radha fondly “You’re lovely” says Sita giving her sister-in-law a hug A scene from the film featuring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das “I wanted to make a film about a middle-class household where two female protagonists fall in love and to examine the outcome of the choices they make specifically its impact on the family society and themselves The lesbian angle is not incidental but I had no clue the film would be so controversial” says Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta In her book Fire: A Queer Classic scholar and author Shohini Ghosh writes “Riyad Wadia’s independent experimental film BomGay (1996) inaugurated queer films in India…Wadia’s next film A Mermaid Called Aida (1996) is a feature-length documentary on well-known transsexual Aida Banaji Like most documentaries both films circulated through an expansive network of non-commercial screenings…The films of Prathibha Parmar a UK-based director of Indian origin also exerted considerable influence among the emergent gay and lesbian movement in India” Amol Palekar’s Daayra (1996) and Kalpana Lajmi’s Darmiyaan (1997) and Tamanna (1997) had queer central protagonists Fire released in English and Hindi like any other mainstream film and claimed public space for an alternative identity It was on a snowy day in Ontario Canada that Mehta had looked out of her cottage and seen a blanketed landscape Looking at it she had imagined a scene — of a young couple on a visit to the Taj Mahal He smokes against a red sandstone wall she wanders alone “Don’t you like me” asks Sita Jatin grunts “Look we’ve only been married for three days” In the cracks of a nascent heterosexual relationship Mehta had one of her earliest scenes for Fire Mehta’s childhood had been spent in a home in Amritsar bustling with aunts and uncles She moved to Canada where she still lives in 1973 with her then husband Paul Saltzman a filmmaker and producer Fire drew Mehta back to her family home Her mother and aunts had had arranged marriages with men they did not know “I started thinking of a house in Delhi and its inhabitants A woman comes into an arranged marriage and I thought of a sister-in-law because there are lots of them around” she says The dutiful wife in the film is named after Krishna’s playful paramour while the questioning daughter-in-law is a namesake of Ramayana’s submissive heroine When Radha cannot have children Ashok does not turn her out or take on another woman “because he is a saint” Instead he practises self-control by sleeping next to her without touching her After he is satisfied with his willpower Radha is sent away to her separate bed “You start by keeping all objects of temptations around you and testing yourself against them until all desires leave your mind and body Desire is the root of all evil” he says “How does it help me” Radha asks gently “By helping me you are doing your duty as a wife” he answers The attack at Delhi’s Regal cinema during a screening of Deepa Mehta’s Fire in December 1998 Within the walls of the house — the first zone of conflict for many queer people — heterosexuality is a norm for it takes patriarchy into the future by propagating sons “What you have done is a sin in the eyes of god and man” shouts Ashok when he finds out about Radha’s relationship with Sita “What can be more challenging to patriarchy than women saying they don’t need men” says Anjali Gopalan founder of the rights group Naz Foundation and a petitioner against Article 377 that criminalises homosexuality in India “The issue of lesbianism hasn’t been accepted like male homosexuality Unlike men who are gay women who see themselves as lesbians… are still at the bottom of the totem pole The film helped because a lot of people who were thinking of rights got together to… talk about inclusiveness” she adds Mehta says the two women would have fallen in love despite their husbands “You can be unaware of having a particular gender preference until you confront it — see the film Carol Two women one married one not fall in love That’s what happened to Radha and Sita” she says Azmi plays Radha with quiet luminosity The actor had won multiple National Film Awards for films such as Ankur (1974) Arth (1982) and Paar (1984) by the time she took on Fire Thoughtful politically astute and conscious of the world outside Bollywood Azmi says Fire was not an easy choice Shabana Azmi Nandita Das and director Deepa Mehta in conversation with writer William Dalrymple at the Women in the World conference last year When ‘Women in the World’ a summit on the position of the female in the changing global scenario was held in India last year Fire was one of the topics Speaking on it Azmi said “I was working with women in the slums at that time and was aware that this film would be used against me because the things we were doing were in any case not run of the mill…” Her husband filmmaker-poet Javed Akhtar lent his support but it was his daughter Zoya now an award-winning filmmaker who swung her decision “I said ‘It’s got a lesbian angle’ and Zoya said ‘So’ Here was a 20-year-old for whom the lesbian angle was not even a consideration That’s what led me to think that different people would think differently” she said Fire opened in the country at the International Film Festival of Kerala 1997 and reports say that delegates gatecrashed the Kairali theatre to watch it “I was so glad that the first public screening in India was to be in Kerala I thought people there were exposed to good cinema it has a rich history of art culture and literature and it is a matrilineal society with the highest literacy rate in the country But when the screening began I was shocked by the response” says Das The mostly male audience was “laughing and clapping at all the wrong places” The denouement in Fire comes when the affair has been exposed Seeking support and understanding Radha goes to her mother-in-law whom she has nurtured throughout the film Holding her arms the frail Biji rises from the bed and as their faces come close spits into Radha’s eye “In the screening in Thiruvananthapuram they were cheering It was the most disappointing reaction anywhere in the world” says Das Das had completed her post-graduation in social work from Delhi University acted with Safdar Hashmi’s street theatre group and was a part of an NGO on women’s rights when she was introduced to Mehta on a visit to Pandit Jasraj’s family in Mumbai The daughter of artist Jatin Das and writer Varsha former director of the National Book Trust she had grown up in a liberal home where they discussed everything “Somehow we had never talked about homosexuality” she says The script spoke loudly to her “The film was about the lack of choices that women have…It was about caring compassion filling of voids that women have in meaningless marriages” Das says The relationship between Radha and Sita turns sexual after Radha discovers Sita crying in her room while her husband is away with his girlfriend Julie The women embrace and Sita spontaneously kisses Radha on the mouth They grow closer every day The camera moves intimately during the lovemaking scenes treating it in warm interplays of shadow and colour Das recalls those moments of shooting — “I was asked to caress Shabana’s face lovingly and I didn’t do it properly Here we were three heterosexual women making a film on homosexual love” she says “Think of a man you are really attracted to” Mehta told her Das said “But she’s not a man” Fire opened across India in mainstream cinemas in the winter of 1998 The film recorded 80 per cent collections in three weeks until trouble visited it on November 25 Two dozen men of the Jain Samata Vahini of Mumbai wanted Maharashtra’s minister of state for cultural affairs Anil Deshmukh to ban the film but failed On December 1 Shiv Sainiks ransacked Cinemax theatre in Goregaon Mumbai and forced the manager to call off all other shows A second hall New Empire cancelled screenings “There are two scenes showing sexual acts between two women Is it fair to show such things which are not a part of Indian culture Masturbation is a common practice but can you do it openly” asked Sena chief Bal Thackeray After Mumbai it was the turn of Regal cinema in Delhi Ten minutes into the screening Sainiks led by Jai Bhagwan Goyal drove out the audience vandalised the theatre and raised slogans threatening anybody who attacked Bhartiya sanskriti Goyal the then Delhi chief of the Shiv Sena hasn’t changed his mind about the film in 20 years “The film insulted Radhaji and Sitaji It insulted the Ramayana We asked them not to show the film as it would hurt sentiments of the Hindus but did they listen Everybody knows what men and women do in their bedroom after marriage but will we let them do it openly” he says Goyal split from Thackeray’s party in 2008 and is now national president of the Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena After Sena’s attacks Fire stopped screening in Delhi Pune and Surat among others With capitalism art shares a fundamental trait The consumer — also known as connoisseur — is king The most-important verdict for Fire came from the audience “That night after Fire was attacked there was a vigil by candlelight at Regal As far as the eye could see there were women and men with placards that said ‘We are Indians and we are lesbians’ I was like ‘Holy shit this is cool’” says Mehta When the right-wing Bengal Provincial Hindu Mahasabha arrived at Chaplin theatre in Kolkata they were met by a wall of men and women who told them politely that the show would go on A hall in Patna owned by Krishna Ballabh Prasad Narayan Singh aka Bauaji ran Fire to houseful crowds undisturbed “I have watched the film and not found it objectionable Lesbianism may be a new subject in Hindi films but why should one protest about it” he said Singh was state chief of RSS in Bihar Actor Dilip Kumar who had received the Nishan-e-Imtiaz from Pakistan came out in support of Fire by filing a PIL with the Supreme Court A group of Sainiks dressed in chaddis gathered outside the actor’s Pali Hill residence carrying placards saying “Nangon ka neta Dilip Kumar” Kumar was branded “Pakistani” Civil society supporters of Fire took out a candlelight march in Delhi to the residence of then Home minister LK Advani and compelled him to intervene In Rajya Sabha where Azmi was a member parties marched to the well and forced the Chair to adjourn the House twice Asha Parekh chief of the Board of Film Certification at the time was nicknamed Ms Scissorhands for her penchant to insert cuts Fire however was released without a single snip “Then after it was pulled out of the theatres and re-referred to the Board praise the Board they re-released it without a single cut That I do not believe can happen in today’s society” said Azmi at Women in the World a few days after James Bond’s kiss in Spectre had been censored to half its length Gopalan points out that while the attacks were on lesbianism the support was for freedom of expression The candlelight activists were not protesting for a lesbian film — they were protesting for a film Ghosh adds “Fire was a watershed moment in the feminist debate on censorship Till that time a number of feminist groups had been demanding censorship in the name of obscenity and vulgarity But the attack on Fire compelled them to re-think their positions At the Regal protest a lot of people joined in whether they supported queer rights or not They were there to support free speech” In the two decades since its release each player involved in Fire has become assertive — from the zealots to civil society from the Censor Board to the feminist community “Fire was a turning point for me Earlier when I was asked if I was lesbian I would quickly say ‘No no you don’t have to be a lesbian to act as a lesbian’ Now I say ‘Why is that question even relevant to the work I do’ I have always seen my films as a means and not an end My work on human rights issues and that in films started coming together feeding on each other… Fire helped me understand more deeply what an insensitive and hypocritical society we live in” says Das before asking “Why hasn’t there been 20 more Fires” However even though progress has been slow mainstream cinema hasn’t let go of the precedent set by Fire altogether My Brother Nikhil (2005) and I Am (2010) by Onir have featured queer relationships but it was Abhishek Chaubey’s Dedh Ishqiya — the story of two women finding love amid the paling splendours of a palace — that stopped heartbeats in 2014 It is a sign of how much India has changed that Chaubey was unafraid of a backlash and was proved right “There are films about boy-girl relationships this was girl-girl relationship So what” he says For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: September 28 2015 10:17 am Amber Heard was overwhelmed with the gesture and started crying holding a girl’s hand who was given the aid by Johnny Depp (Source: Reuters) Related News Actress Amber Heard became emotional while distributing hearing aids to people in need before her husband Johnny Depp’s band Hollywood Vampires performed at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro Heard 29 was overwhelmed with the gesture and started crying holding a girl’s hand who was given the aid by Depp reported Us magazine “There’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing that moment where you’re testing the hearing aid and testing it… And that moment where they light up as they hear That moment is everything” Heard said The 52-year-old “Black Mass” actor’s all-star band The Hollywood Vampires which also features Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry announced their involvement with Starkey Hearing Foundation in August For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published: May 19 2016 2:53 am Top News AS MANY as 200 new CCTV cameras would be installed in the next few months at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in a bid to improve the security on campus PGI officials said the step is being taken in view of increasing footfall at the hospital which has led to a need for more cameras PGI’s chief security officer P C Sharma told Chandigarh Newsline Wednesday that the institute was planning to install around 200 CCTV cameras “We have identified the places where there is a need to install the cameras The cameras would be installed not before the next three months” he said Share This Article Related Article It is expected to bring a relief for the visitors as there has been an increase in theft incidents reported from the PGI campus PRO PGI Manju Wadwalkar said that at present 270 cameras are installed inside the campus “Five of them are not functional but they will be repaired soon” she told Chandigarh Newsline Last week three PGI nurses had also complained that there mobiles phones were stolen from Advanced Paediatric Centre (APC) where they are posted WATCH INDIAN EXPRESS VIDEOS HERE Sources in the PGI said that recently few police officers of the Chandigarh police also met the PGI director and insisted that more CCTV cameras should be installed For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top Newsone of the best talents at Harjinder’s disposal, download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Kolkata | Published: September 27, relentlessly.

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