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For creative start- ups

The Coalition is organising TC/1 in Delhi for creative startups, last date of application is February 10

The Coalition, conceptualised by Only Much Louder and Do One Thing, is India’s first dedicated platform to support creative enterprise. They aim to get young creative thinkers together with the people, skills and money that can turn their passion into successful businesses. They connect them to the resources that can help their business grow through a series of workshops, discussions and inspirational talks by some credible and creative names, along with live pitches to investors, mentors and incubators.

This March, they kick-off with a three-day event in Delhi, called TC/1. The event is for creative start-ups across the fields of music, film, design, fashion, photography, visual arts, publishing, performing arts, creative technology, event production, and arts management, among many others. The event, which will be held between 14 and March 16, is free to attend. There are no registration fees. Entry is by application only. Last date for applications is February 10. 50 creative entrepreneurs can even get a grant to attend the three-day conference.

For details visit http://thecoalition.in/.



Delhi’s date with vintage beauties

A visitor poses with a vintage car in New Delhi on Wednesday.— Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

A visitor poses with a vintage car in New Delhi on Wednesday.— Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

Hundred vintage cars preserved for decades by car connoisseurs will feature in a two-day rally that will be flagged off from the historic Red Fort here on February 1.

The “21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally and Autoshow” will pass by historic monuments like the Safdarjung Tomb and Qutub Minar before culminating at Gurgaon on Sunday.

It will see sparkling vintage beauties like a 1929 Rolls Royce, 1933 Hudson and 1929 Buick 50 LX vying for attention. Apart from their appearance, the maintenance of these cars will also be evaluated.

The rally, which will see the participation of two car lovers from the United States and the United Kingdom, is extending support to visually-impaired and spastic children from the National Capital Region.

According to 21 Gun Salute managing director Madan Mohan, the rally will generate funds and donate them to an institute in Uttar Pradesh.

“Thousands of disabled children live on the fringes of society and we often forget these children. The rally will also see 20 vintage cars carrying visually-impaired and spastic children”

Noting that the rally will create awareness about these old beauties among the youth, Mr. Mohan said it was important to make them understand how car lovers have been preserving the cars all these years.

“The uninitiated will get to see the heritage, aura and glamour of these cars. They will be able to understand how these cars have evolved from the 19th Century to the 21st Century. Maintenance of these cars is tough and expensive. Each part has to be imported from the U.K. and the U.S. The owner needs to be an automobile expert.”

Two months ago, Mr. Mohan and his team of car enthusiasts travelled in these heritage cars to evaluate their fitness. But he admits that one or two cars might break down during the long journey. “Last year, two or three vintage cars broke down. Some may break down this year too.”

Thirty cars are coming from Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The cars from the U.S., the U.K. and other countries will be from the pre-War eras and from the 1960s. Most belong to the Rolls Royce, Ford, Chevrolet, Aston Martin and Bentley stable. As an added attraction, 25 vintage bikes will also run on the road simultaneously.

Celebrating the Republic

Students performing during the Delhi Government's Republic Day celebrations at Chhatrasal Stadium in the Capital on Saturday.Photo: Monica Tiwari

Students performing during the Delhi Government’s Republic Day celebrations at Chhatrasal Stadium in the Capital on Saturday.Photo: Monica Tiwari


New mobile application for women’s safety

As a “New Year gift to the female fraternity of the Capital,” the Delhi Multimodal Transport System (DIMTS) has come out with “Telltail”, a security application on android and smartphones. Soon it may be available on other phones. The free application will be launched in the third week of January and can be easily downloaded from Google Play.

Telltail, once downloaded on the phones, will help users reach their friends and family by pressing a button in case of an emergency. It will help the user raise a security alert by contacting the police, friends and family simultaneously. The application will also provide visual tracking information of the user.

The application will have three button options — “Track Me,” “Track By Vehicle” and “Panic Button” — by clicking which the user will reach her primary contacts within seconds.

The “Track Me” button will help the primary contact locate the tracking route of the user through the ‘map location’ icon on the screen. In the “Track By Vehicle” option, the user will just have to enter the vehicle number. This will help DIMTS track the vehicle status, and subsequently link the user with the monitored vehicle.

And on pressing the “Panic Button” for just three seconds, the user can generate an alert to the backend server of DIMTS. It will send detailed information of the location to the primary as well as other registered contacts through an SMS.

DIMTS managing director S.N. Sahai told The Hindu : “We are making sure that this application can also be used in GPS/GPRS phones. So, if GPS/GPRS is available, the application will send exact location details to the DIMTS server to the registered contacts along with the primary contacts but if GPS/GPRS is not available; the application will use SMS to send location information to the DIMTS server and registered contacts.”

Asked how the application differed from other available applications, Mr. Sahai said, “The Track by Vehicle’ option is not available in any other application. DIMTS is already tracking autos and buses in Delhi, it has a credible data on the same which will help us track a vehicle faster.”

“Also, since the GPS system drains off the battery very fast, and while using it, a mobile can go off and the user may not get required help in time. Therefore, we have made sure that in the ‘Track By Vehicle’ option, the user will not have to switch on his/her GPS. He/she just needs to enter the vehicle number so that the DIMTS can immediately notify the user about the details of the vehicle. At present, the application supports tracking of the new autos that are fitted with the GPS devices,” he added.

On a personal note, Mr. Sahai said: “My wife was once teased when she was travelling with me. I gift this application to the woman of Delhi as a tribute.”

Mr. Sahai’s wife died of cancer last month.


  • The application will provide visual tracking information of the user on the map to primary contacts
  • DIMTS has a credible data on tracking autos and buses in Delhi which will help us track a vehicle faster: Sahai


Training for women

Nava Vanita Welfare Society offers free training to women in fabric painting, tailoring, mehendi, embroidery, and beautician courses for their empowerment. They can register names at its office at Lakka Pandiri Veedhi.

For details contact 9652474484/8125666665, according to society president I. Swati in a release.



Bathed in colours

An illuminated fountain at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi.Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

An illuminated fountain at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi.Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar


Keep us happy and healthy

Sing and dance:Send across the message.Everybody wants to find a healthy way of life. Using art and cinema, here is a campaign to raise awareness.

A healthy child is a happy child. But did you know that 6.6 million children from around the world didn’t make it past the age of five in 2012? There are many reasons for these early child deaths, but half of these could have been treated with access to simple remedies.

With the objective of ensuring children’s health, CineArt “Healthy Children, Happy Children” initiative was launched, following the celebration of Children’s Day on November 14. What is interesting about this initiative is that it is the largest student-led campaign of its kind in the country on children’s health. Through creative techniques using art and cinema, the campaign will raise awareness on children’s health and disease prevention.

Take the fun way

Can you imagine puppetry, theatre and storytelling sessions being used as tools to learn the important aspects of health like hygiene, exercise, environment and vaccination among other things? That’s where the initiative scores with 600 workshops planned to make use of such tools to get children involved — having fun and learning the importance of a healthy way of life.

Over 200 schools across four cities — Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi — will be part of the campaign, which will bring together leading paediatricians, NGOs and artists in the field of creative learning, to mentor children about the significance of a healthy lifestyle. The schools will also form “Healthy Children, Happy Children” Clubs to reach out to students as well as parents to uphold health education. And here’s the kicker — select students from short-listed schools will also get the chance to work with eminent filmmakers to make original health films, which will be shown across India carrying the message of child health. So aspiring filmmakers, get ready to don the director’s cap for a cause.

The inaugural event, in Chennai, opened with an original children’s theatre production on health and special film featuring children highlighting the issues of children’s health. PVR Nest (of PVR cinemas fame) and Sanofi India are joint hosts of this campaign.


Workshops will make use of puppetry, theatre and story telling as tools to learn important aspects of health making the learning fun and enjoyable.





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