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Rajenda Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), presents a talk on minizing risk using an "investment strategy" to approach global warming

New Delhi: A court here on Saturday permitted environmentalist R.K. Pachauri, accused in a sexual harassment case, to visit the US from June 29 to July 9 for attending his brother-in-law’s funeral.

Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan allowed Pachauri’s plea, seeking to attend the last rites of his brother-in-law in the US.

In a plea moved by his counsel advocate Asish Dikshit, the environmentalist sought to visit the US.

He was granted anticipatory bail on March 21. But the sessions court had directed him not to leave the country without permission. He was also directed not to visit the premises of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Pachauri was questioned by Delhi Police on Wednesday and Friday.

A 29-year-old research associate working in Pachauri’s office filed a complaint of sexual harassment against him in south Delhi on February 13 after approaching TERI authorities on February 9.

Delhi Police later booked Pachauri on charges of molestation, stalking, sexual harassment and criminal intimidation as the complainant had claimed that she was harassed by him for nearly two years since she joined his office in September 2013.

She also alleged that Pachauri had engaged in “sexually-laden conversations” with her over e-mail and SMS.

Pachauri was forced to step down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February and proceeded on leave from TERI after the sexual harassment complaint but he has denied the allegations.

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This Exhibition Captures A City’s Colours During Monsoon

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions.

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Artist Purnendu Mandal At Indian Habitat Centre.

With some of them almost a photographic reflection of daybreak after rain, artist Purnendu Mandal’s canvasses — currently on exhibition at Triveni Kala Sangam here — are a deluge of vivid warm colours that capture a city’s landscape after rain.

“It is almost like looking outside a window, but through a work of art,” Mandal told IANS.

Mandal’s 15 acrylic- and oil-on-canvass artworks – collectively titled “Reflections 3” – document the subtleties of urban life during the rains — first light in a city, storms, rickshaw-pullers and bus drivers resuming activity after a rainy day, and building silhouettes reflecting in the water-filled puddles.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Work

Also included are visual effects of the monsoon like rain drops, fog, wet climate, reflections in water and shades of dampness.

To that extent, “Good Morning Kolkata” (2018), a painting of a tram on a damp Kolkata street, with old buildings and bundles of electric wires adding to the realistic depiction, reflects a day in the city as one would experience it.

For Mandal, it is about making his canvasses a literal window to the seasonal changes a city undergoes.

“I try to paint cities season-wise. This exhibition shows the beauty of a city after and during the monsoon,” Mandal told IANS.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Exhibition’s Invite. Available on his social media

Mandal’s impressionistic style revolves around cities and seasons and his rich repository of art has been exhibited around the world.

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“Thus, the current exhibition has scenes from Varanasi ghats, and Kolkata’s and Mumbai’s urban life,” he added.

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions in Indonesia, UK, USA, UAE, Thailand, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Nepal, in addition to showcasing his work at Indian galleries including Jehangir Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, AIFACS Gallery, Triveni Art Gallery, Chemould Art Gallery, and Chitra Kala Parishath. (IANS)

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