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PEC professor invited to Venezuela
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Punjab Engineering College Professor Tilak Thakur has been invited to attend IEEE Conference 2006. IEEE PES transmissions and distribution conference and exposition, Latin America, will be held from August 15 to August 18 in Caracas, Venezuela.

Experts from 44 countries are presenting their research work in the conference. Indian experts will be presenting seven papers out of which Dr Tilak has co-authored or authored three papers. The associated scholars are Kanik Sem and Sumedha Saini from UIET, Chandigarh, Sudhanshu Sharma from SUSCET, Mohali, and Mrs Jaswanti from CCET, Chandigarh.



Panjab University
Chinese, Tibetan course admission date

Chandigarh, July 13
Candidates seeking admission to diploma/advanced diploma/interpretership course in Tibetan and Chinese Languages, and whose result is not declared yet, should submit their forms up to July 24 to avoid any late fee, according to the Chairperson, Department of Chinese and Tibetan Languages, Panjab University.

Geology admissions

Admissions and interview to various classes in Geology, M.Sc. (Hons. School) 1st and 2nd year, B.Sc. (Hons. School) II and III year for the ongoing and fresh M.Sc. (Hons School) 1st year students, will be held on July 20 from 10 am onwards in the office of the Chairman, Department of Geology, Panjab University.


The faculty of the Zoology Department recently gave a farewell to Prof P.K. Mittal on his superannuation. TNS



Resentment against late fee
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 13
Resentment prevailed among some persons who had reached the office of the Punjab School Education Board here today against the advancement of the last date for submitting forms for supplementary examinations.

They alleged that the education board had advanced the last date for submission of forms from July 13 to July 7 and people were not aware of the change in the schedule. Now they were being asked to submit the forms with late fee of Rs 500.

Mr Charanjeet Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, complained that when he came to deposit the form for the supplementary examination today he was asked to pay a late fee even when he was not aware of the change in the schedule. He alleged that he wanted to meet the Controller of Examinations in this regard but was not allowed to do so.

However, Mrs Sukhwinder Kaur Saroya, Controller of Examinations, said that July 13 was only a tentative date and it was mentioned in the prospectus that the compartment schedule would be issued later. She said that the Chairman of the board could bring about a change in the schedule.

The last date for the submission of forms was advanced after it was decided to hold the examinations early. As such public notices about the new schedule were published in newspapers for the awareness of those concerned. She said that people never bothered to read newspapers but kept blaming the board unnecessarily.



John Abraham feels Indian cinema
will go global in 10 years
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Only three years old in the Hindi film industry and actor John Abraham is busy creating ripples with his disarming dimpled smile and eye-candy good looks. In the city today to meet winners of a Diet Pepsi promotion meet he staved off shrieking, excited fans with his warm and affable responses to a bunch of oft-repeated queries.

"I do not try very hard to dress up and come in front of you," he said in response to a question about his funky yet casual hairstyle. "The important thing is to connect with my audience. They must feel they can be like me and I like them." Today he sports a lean look for that is what is 'in', he says. "I eat right, am predominantly vegetarian and try not to get to muscular," he laughs, pointing to a muscular bouncer standing next to him.

Having just returned from watching the FIFA World Cup finals in Berlin between France and Italy rooting for his favourite Zidane, on the verge of buying two more bikes, to add to his existing collection of mean machines, three great films-Yashraj films 'Kabul Exrepss', 'Babul' with Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini and 'Salaam-E-Ishq' with Salman Khan-lined for release and add to this his "dream date Bipasha Basu" and John is at a personal best in his life and career.

He is particularly excited about 'Kabul Express' where he plays the role of a journalist in Kabul who goes to interview the Taliban, "The whole experience of shooting in Afghanistan was fantastic and I am hoping the film will make the rounds of film festivals for its content. We have the best mix of colour, skin, face and everything and there is no reason why Indian cinema will not go global and international in the next 10 years," he avers.

He takes his role as public entertainer very seriously and is obviously thrilled by the response he gets from young children, especially in the light of his association with a children's television channel. "I have never done movies for young ones with my roles hovering between being a lover and a robber. I guess what children like is my attitude, perhaps I am the face of the docile rebel they enjoy," he laughs talking of how a research poll conducted by the channel threw up his name as a favourite amongst children time and again.

With so much buzz around him, all this easy-going and charming actor wants is to act, be a part of interesting projects, see new locations and essay different kinds of roles-like a quasi-art film with filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, one with Karan Johar to be directed by Soham ('Kaal') and one with Anurag Kashyap.

"Challenging the viewer" is his mantra but if immense popularity is anything to go by, he is deep into the annals of success, already.



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