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Best PEC model to get Rs 25,000 award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
In the memory of the late Dr Kalpana Chawla, the Kalpana Chawla Memorial Foundation has announced an award of Rs 25,000 for the best model prepared by students of Punjab Engineering College. A contest will be held to judge the best model.

The foundation has been set up by the 1982 batch of old students of the college. The late Dr Chawla was also a 1982 passout from the college.

The foundation has also suggested that unit should be attached to each engineering college to ensure that students get practical training while pursuing their degree.

Members of the foundation at a press briefing held here today made this announcement. Mr R.K. Kaura, general secretary said the foundation had decided to set up interface institute for higher learning and an entrepreneur development institute (EDI).

The foundation held the first lecture as part of the Kalpana Chawla Memorial Lecture Series. Dr R.K. Bhargava, alumnus of PEC, spoke on “ Global energy market”.

A 1973 passout in aeronautical engineering, Dr Bhargava is a fellow of the Associate Fellow of AIAA and is involved in international gas turbine institute.

Speaking on the issue of the global energy market, he presented a perspective of the energy requirement, resources, industrial potential and its growth.



From Colleges
Freshers welcomed
Tribune News Service

Saveen and Raj Kumari, who were chosen Mr Fresher and Miss Fresher, respectively, at a freshers’ party
Saveen and Raj Kumari, who were chosen Mr Fresher and Miss Fresher, respectively, at a freshers’ party at Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Monday.

Chandigarh, October 18
Senior students of Department of Geography, Government College, Sector 46, today organised a freshers’ party to welcome the students of BA part-I. The function started with introduction by the senior students. A cultural programme was also held.

Prof M.V. Sharma, Head of the Department, lauded the effort of the students. The Principal of the college, Dr A.N. Garg, congratulated the students of geography department. On the occasion, Saveen and Raj Kumari were chosen as Mr Fresher and Miss Fresher, respectively

Blood donation

At least 200 units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp organised by the Psychology Department of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11. The camp was coordinated by Ms GK Dheer, Head of Psychology Department and Shewta Sharma, a student. Dr Neelam Marwaha from the Blood Transfusion Department, PGI, conducted the camp.



Children motivate parents for blood donation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Children of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, motivated their parents to donate blood at a camp at the school on Saturday. Carmel children earlier were inspired by members of the Blood Bank Society and CESA (Carmel Ex-Students Association), accompanied their parents and watched their parents donate blood.

As many as 106 persons donated blood. The Camp was organised under the supervision of Col Shah and his team from CHIRAG, the new Rotary and Blood Bank Society Blood Centre in Sector 37.



Court moved for Oct 22 as Dasehra holiday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Confusion regarding the declaration of October 23 as the Dasehra holiday by the Chandigarh Administration has taken a new turn with an astrologer moving a court seeking October 22 as the holiday.

In his application, Mr Varinder Mishra claimed that Dasehra should be celebrated on October 22 and a holiday declared on the same day all over India as per “pachang”. The declaration of holiday on October 23 by the administration was “arbitrary, illegal and against the wishes of the general public.”

Seeking mandatory injunction, the application claimed that the UT Administration’s holiday on October 23 had further added to the confusion as the festival would be celebrated on two days and “hurt” the religious sentiments of the people and make a “mockery” of the festival. Even the Government of India Gazette has declared October 22 as the holiday in other parts of the country, it added.

The UT’s action has further compounded the problem as the period of nine days before Dasehra was the period of “navratras” when people keep fast.

The residents would be in a dilemma on which date — October 21 or 22 — to break the fast.



Court notice to BSP ex-chief

Panchkula, October 18
The Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr Ajay Aggarwal, today issued a notice to former state unit chief of the Bahujan Samaj Party Ashok Sherwal and his wife Kusham Sherwal to file a reply to a civil suit filed against them by the party general secretary, Mr Narendra Kashyap.

In his suit, Mr Kashyap requested the court to pass a decree in the party’s favour for the amount of Rs 70 lakh which Mr Sherwal was having. The case would now come up for hearing on October 20.

He alleged that the party had given Rs 70 lakh to the former state chief for canvassing during the Parliamentary elections. Mr Sherwal was also asked to purchase a building to be used a party office. He, however, purchased a house in Sector 16 and got it registered in his wife’s name. The party fund of Rs 70 lakh, which was kept in the party office on the ground floor of the house, went missing, he alleged. TNS



Set up 2 benches of DRT, say lawyers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The Bar Association of Debt Recovery Tribunal Lawyers today expressed concern at the slow pace of disposals of cases at the local tribunal.

With over 3,000 original applications and 700 recovery certificates pending before the Debt Recovery Tribunal(DRT), backlog will take at least four years to be cleared, Mr PK Dutt, president, said.

Because of the inordinate delay even certain banks had started avoiding filing of original applications before the tribunal, Mr Dutt alleged.

Blaming the delay in deciding the cases on the inadequate staff, the association said the posts of Registrar and Assistant Registrar had been lying vacant for the past six months and one year, respectively.

Moreover, there was only one Recovery Officer. The clerical and secretarial staff was so meagre that advocates were forced to prepare the court notices, get them signed from the officers and post them on the behalf of the DRT.

The association demanded the setting up of two benches of the DRT, besides filling the vacant posts.

The computerisation of the operations of the DRT would solve many problems faced by the staff and the lawyers, it added.



Twinkle oozes tradition
Swarleen Kaur

A tete-a-tete with Bollywood heartthrob Twinlke Khanna was a revealing experience.

Here is a beauty with chiselled face and feline grace for whom stardom holds little attraction now. Totally committed to her family, she comes across as a woman steeped in traditional roots.

Becoming a mother was the most beautiful experience for Twinkle Khanna.

"Only then I realised that someone else is more important than me. You learn to sacrifice your priorities. The self automatically dissolves when love overflows," she says rather poetically.

She has named her two-year- old son as ' Arav' which means peaceful.

Dressed up in a pink shirt and blue jeans, Twinkle was in the city for the launching of a new range of Movado watches at a well-known store in Sector 8 today.

An emancipated woman, she is brutally honest with herself. She is very clear about her inner feelings and listens to it no matter what the cost.

At present, she is running stores merchandising interior designs and she would like to open one in the city if she finds a good market. She has studied accounts and the knowledge is coming quite handy in managing the business.

Whenever she gets time, she grabs a book, especially science fictions. " I also swim a lot and our whole family is a water-loving family, "she said

A practical capricorn, she is not at all dreamy or romantic.

No wonder leaving the film industry was quite easy for her.

" I used to take it as a job, It was not my passion. Even if some director offers me good role and money today, I won't join the movies again," she says emphatically.

Talking about her routine, she discloses that she wakes up at seven and starts her day with a cup of tea. The mornings are exclusively family affair. Having breakfast together is the first in my priority list', she says with all the wisdom of a housewife.

Life has taught her a lot."I am increasingly becoming tolerant. Now I am much mature" .

Surprisingly, she doesn't have any favorite among the leading Bollywood Khan stars.

"I have worked with three of the Khans but doesn't admire anyone of them. I like my husbsnd (Akshay Kumar)," she says bursting into Laughter.

"If I don't take his name then he won't allow me entry to the house", the glint.

She cherishes friendship and respect in all her relationships.

Describing her first visit to the city as likeable she was appreciative of city's green ambience. I have not visited any major city tourist spots.

The couple never discuss movies in home. Interestingly, She doesn't watch all the movies of Akshay Kumar but she liked him in ' Mujse shaadi karogi'.

She refuses to discuss her private affairs. On how she feels when media talks about her personal matters, she quipps, "You have to become really thick skinned."


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