A multi-star show

A special astrophotography exhibition will be inaugurated at Nehru Planetarium in Teen Murti House this Tuesday. Consisting of stunning images of the night sky taken from heritage sites around the world, the exhibition is part of a worldwide collection. Some of the images are so beautiful that gazing at them brings into sharp focus the fact that from various urban pockets of the world we are losing the universal heritage of dark skies.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Archaeological Survey of India Director-General Anshu Vaish. Babak Tafreshi from Iran, the Director of The World at Night project, will be the guest of honour.

“Anyone who has an interest in the poignant beauty of the night skies and who feels concerned about the way the inspiration from such night skies is being snatched away from our city children is invited to the inauguration of the exhibition,” says Planetarium Director Rathnasree.

Madhur Tankha

A change for the better

For a city that has grown accustomed to unruly auto-rickshaw drivers and their wild ways, the emergence of courteous men in uniform who do not overcharge is sure to become the talk of the town.

Taking the first steps towards reforming and redeeming the Capital’s outrageous auto-rickshaw service, a group of auto drivers have floated an “Auto-rickshaw Star Club”. Flagged off this past week, the club has 24 members out to change the image of the clan. Comprehensively trained, these drivers dressed in army fatigues promise efficient service, no overcharging, and best behaviour.

They aim at expanding their tribe to 1,000 in the next three months and 15,000 in the next one year. They have been on a trial run for the past three weeks and their track record so far has been appreciated. The feedback forms that they claim to have collected from satisfied customers vouch for the same.

Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Down memory lane

The global economic downturn failed to dampen the spirits of economists from Sri Venkateswara College at the institution’s fourth Economics Alumni meet at India Habitat Centre over the weekend.

Predictably the dinner table talk veered round the present world economic scenario triggered by the collapse of the financial system in the United States and the rest of the developed world and its intricate linkages with economies around the globe. More important, its direct and indirect impact on the Indian economy and by extension the job prospects of entrants into the professional world.

“It is a passing phase and there will be plenty of new opportunities. The trick is to be constantly thinking out of the box,” said Vanit Kumar, who passed out of the college in 1981 and is now an entrepreneur and corporate trainer in life skills.

The Sri Venkateswara College Economics Alumni Association, now in its fifth year, is a body of former and present students of the Economics Honours department of the college. Its former students, now well entrenched in successful careers and professions, spent the evening on a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

College Principal S. K. Khurana expressed happiness that emphasis on all-round development of students and the individual efforts of students had made them highly successful in diverse stream of professions.

Staff Reporter