She became famous both for her glamorous appearances in figure hugging clothes and her drive to outlaw abortion and make adultery and divorce illegal. She also attempted to ban beauty pageants, musical entertainment and boxing matches. She was widely condemned for her dismissive attitude to Buddhist monks who had begun setting fire to themselves in public as a protest against Diem’s repression of their religion.
The summer home of 97 year old Singh will be the location of realising his dream of celebrating the power of ideas that can transform lives. The litfest will bring alive diverse subjects that are of interest to him, to Kasauli and the areas around it that include its fragile ecology, rich heritage, colonial history, and ever present military that has helped preserve one of India tiny hill stations.The festival has been put together by friends of Singh and lovers of Kasauli, and will focus on preservation of the environment at Kasauli with events such as an essay writing contest for students on the theme: What I as an individual, and what my school can do to preserve the environment at Kasauli.The festival opens at the Kasauli Club with an evening of Sufi gospel music by Sonam Kalra and her troupe. It will also screen films on Singh while Kasauli favourite Gorkha band from Sabathoo will perform at the club.From Singh film, Till the Pen Drops, that will be screened on October 12 at 6 pm, till 2 pm on Sunday afternoon, the event promises an action packed time..
It may be recalled that the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) had indicated the presence of poliovirus in 1 of the 12 sewage samples collected for analysis from during the period between January and February. The controversial sample which NIH claimed as infected with poliovirus, had been collected from the ‘sabzi mandi’ (vegetable market) site in sector I 11. A new sample was then collected and sent to CDC, Atlanta, for confirmation..