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Largest parade of different sari styles in Singapore
100 saris record
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Modi: 90% Indians have toilet
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has
said that 90 per cent of Indians have
toilet facilities at their homes now as his
government had got 8.3 crore toilets
constructed since 2014 to make the
country free of open defecation.
“Today, 90 per cent Indians have
toilet facility, which was only 40 per
cent before 2014. Over 4.15 lakh
villages, 430 districts, 2,800 towns, 19
states and Union Territories have been
declared open defecation-free,” he
The Modi government constructed
the toilets under the Swachh Bharat
Mission. He said the World Health
Organisation had expressed the
possibility of saving lives of three lakh
Indian children by the use of toilets.
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appear before Kerala Police
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controversial Bishop Franco Mulakkal
of the Roman Catholic Diocese in
Jalandhar asking him to appear before
them on Sept 19.
A Kerala nun has accused him of
repeated sexual abuse between 2014
“We reviewed the entire case today
and there are contradictions in the
statements of the victim, the accused
and the witnesses. So, we have asked
the bishop to appear before us when
the investigation officer would question
him,” Inspector General of Police Vijay
“The contradictions in the
statements have to be cleared, or else
there could be issues.”
Thieves ate from stolen gold
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diamond-studded lunch box that
belonged to a former royal family were
using it to eat their meals, according to
the police in Hyderabad.
The lunchbox, stolen last week, was
recovered along with a ruby and gold
teacup, saucer and teaspoon.
Two men from the southern city of
Hyderabad have been arrested.
The items, valued at $9.6 million
once belonged to Mir Osman Ali Khan,
the last Nizam (king) of Hyderabad and
once the richest man in the world.
Suicide a leading cause of death
in India: Study
IN INDIA, suicide is the leading cause
of death in the 15 to 39 age group with
37 per cent of the total global suicide
deaths among women coming from the
country, according to a new study.
It was conducted by Indian Council
of Medical Research, Public Health
Foundation of India (PHFI) and
Institute for Health Metrics and
Evaluation in collaboration with the
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
“Women make more suicide
attempts, but it is men who die more.
Globally, the age between 15-19 years
is the phase where majority of the
women commit suicide,” said the
PHFI’s Rakhi Dandona.
Toll in Telangana bus tragedy
mounts to 61
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in Telangana rose to 61 with three
passengers succumbing to their injuries
As many as 58 people were killed
when an overcrowded bus of
state-owned Telangana State Road
Transport Corporation plunged into a
gorge near Kondagattu in Jagtial
district, about 190 km from
The bus, carrying 101 passengers,
fell into the gorge when the driver lost
control at a speed breaker. Brake
failure is suspected to be the cause of
what is believed to be the worst-ever
bus accident in the country.
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Human Rights Commission seeking
police to press charges of culpable
homicide against the officials whose
negligence led to the accident.
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(ASI) has discovered 254 medieval
copper coins from the Khirki mosque
compound in south Delhi during the
conservation of the monument.
The mosque was built by
Khan-i-Jahan Junan Shah, the prime
minister of Firoz Shah Tughlaq
(1351-88, and is located on the
southern periphery of the village
At the same premises, the ASI in
2003 found 63 coins during cleaning
Smashing way to mark
A SIKH devotee performing
Gatka, a traditional martial arts
form, to break a coconut during
celebrations to mark the 414th
anniversary of the installation of
the Guru Granth Sahib, the
religious book of the Sikhs, in
Amritsar on Monday.
In 1604, Guru Arjan Dev, the
fifth Sikh Guru, installed the Guru
Granth Sahib at the Golden
The Punjab government
declared a holiday in the state on
Monday, for the first time.
Wooden sticks are traditionally
used to simulate swords in Gatka
sparring matches, although other
weapons are also used nowadays.
Historically associated with the
Sikh gurus and popular among the
masses, Gatka is now being
recognised as a sport across India.
September 14, 2018
September 14, 2018
AST Sunday, 100 women from multi-racial back-
grounds proudly paraded in their saris, setting a new
Singapore record for the Largest Parade of Different
From the north and south to the east and west of India,
each region showcased a different type of the timeless In-
dian textile and its draping style, that has held its ground for
In celebration of the classic six-yard fabric, the grand
ballroom at Orchard Hotel Singapore turned into a trea-
sure trove of 100 varieties of saris unique to different states
The event titled Weaves and Drapes – 100 Sari Styles,
was organised by dance and fashion events company HS
Elites and cultural society Singapore Telugu Samajam
Director of HS Elites Harshini Sudarshan, who concep-
tualised and curated Weaves and Drapes, felt that many In-
dian women wear the sari for only one or two occasions be-
fore hanging it back in their wardrobes never to wear them
“It is a waste to use a six-yard long fabric in such limited
ways. I wanted to bring the saris out of the wardrobes of
women from all walks of life and preserve the heritage of
the Indian textile from different states while showcasing its
diversity and versatility,” she said.
There was no better way to do it than to bring 100
women together to showcase the different styles of saris
from across India.
The saris on parade were mainly from Andhra Pradesh,
Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra,
Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh,
Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam.
STS and HS Elites reached out to the community in Sin-
gapore through social media and selected participants from
different states across India.
“Non-Indian participants were also very excited to be
part of the show,” said Ms Sudarshan.
Most of them wore their own saris while others were pro-
vided saris by the organisers.
One of the models Ms Apsara Bodo got to know about
the event through a friend and jumped at the opportunity
of showcasing a handwoven work of art unique to her
hometown in Assam.
The 35-year-old housewife donned a dark blue tradi-
tional Assamese sari called mekhla chador, also known as
the Dimasa traditional dress.
The five-metre sari dotted with colourful motifs is made
from cotton yarn.
Said Ms Bodo: “The mekhla chador is weaved by
women from the Dimasa tribe in Assam who live in rural ar-
eas, so it is quite rare and not usually seen in the markets.”
Because of its rarity, it has been considered a heirloom.
The particular two-piece sari has triangular pleats in the
lower half on the right side while most other saris have
pleats on the left side.
Ms Nidhi Belani has many saris but she decided to wear
a special one for the occasion – one that she received as a
wedding gift from her mother.
The five-metre sari from Jharkhand is made of banarasi
silk and boasts a fusion of colours – green, pink, gold and
The 33-year-old Delhi-born wore the shimmering floral
sari with a “Ranchi Saiko” drape.
: “This is a tribal drape style that wraps
around the body and almost no part of the body is shown. It
requires the woman to stand shoulder width apart while
wearing the sari so she can walk with ease later.
“It used to be draped in this particular style by women in
the past in central Jharkhand, hence it’s known as a tribal
Typically, most saris have pleats, but this particular one
stands out because it does away with them.
Singaporean Chinese Ms Sy Li Lin also paraded in a sari
without pleats from West Bengal.
The garment draped in the Kalna style is made of chan-
deri, silk and cotton. It includes a deep fold in the final
drape allowing the wearer to walk easily in it. Ms Sy was
provided the sari by the organisers.
Said the 31-year-old doctor: “I don’t own a sari but I
wanted to be a part of this parade because I’m very inter-
ested to learn about other cultures, especially the rich In-
dian culture. Now I know there are so many ways to drape a
Ms Eleen Lim shared the same sentiment, calling it “a
rare opportunity” to dress up in a sari and be part of a large-
scale event to set a local record.
“Every sari is unique and all the models were admiring
one another. I am very honoured to have contributed to the
Singapore Book of Records,” she said.
Like Ms Sy, she too wore a sari from West Bengal draped
in the Dhokna Jalpaiguri style.
At the end of the parade, Ms Shirley Tan from the Singa-
pore Book of Records presented a certificate titled the
Largest Parade of Different Sari Styles to Ms Sudarshan
and the president of the STS Mr Kommireddy Koti Reddy.
“This is the first time in Singapore that women are set-
ting a record for the most number of different styles of
saris,” said Ms Tan.
“The fact that there are so many people involved in a
multi-racial context, and that the saris showcased are a mix
of traditional, modern and fusion; I think this is a very spe-
The 100 women also received a certificate each for their
participation in the record-setting event.
Ms Sudarshan hopes that women will look at their saris
differently and not just as an outfit that can be worn once or
on special occasions.
“Every weave is a story layered in history, heritage and
culture. Weaves and Drapes is a gentle reminder of the dif-
ferent draping styles, which is very much forgotten now,”
“Setting this record showcased the versatility of the fab-
ric, a visual representation of saris from traditional to glam-
orous celebrity styles.
“I hope the different draping styles can entice ladies into
wearing saris in different looks, which is a way forward for
“I don’t own a sari but I
wanted to be a part of
this parade because I’m
very interested to learn
about other cultures,
especially the rich Indian
culture. Now I know there
are so many ways to
drape a sari!”
Ms Sy Li Lin, one of the 100 women, who set a record
for the Largest Parade of Different Sari Styles
Diverse range... Models parading their saris from different Indian states.
100 saris record in Singapore
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