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CN & heard

For the past few weeks,Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal Kaur has been asked by many friends and relatives about Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor playing the role of Kaur in the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

That’s not me

For the past few weeks,Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal Kaur has been asked by many friends and relatives about Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor playing the role of Kaur in the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The former Indian volleyball captain has been quick to tell them that Kapoor is not playing the role of her but playing the role of Milkha Singh’s love interest after the partition in 1947. After the movie released this Friday,most of the friends and relatives got to know this and apologised to Kaur. “We met in 1955 in Sri Lanka and Sardar ji (Milkha Singh) had told me about the girl,whom he used to like while he was in Delhi. At first when the film was conceptualised,Sonam too thought that she is playing me but later when she got to know about her role,we had a good laugh,” said Kaur.

Complementing the cause

Earlier this week,a seminar was held to launch ‘Weekly Iron Folic Supplements’ WIFS,in Haryana,in order to solve the problem of anaemia among adolescents. These iron folic supplements are popularly known as neeli goli in villages. The enthusiastic members of National Rural health Mission,Haryana were seen decked in blue clothes. Even the brand ambassador,Yogeshwar Dutt,Olympic bronze medalist,was wearing blue-coloured shirt teamed with blue jeans. Pre-planned or coincidence?

Triple sundae

For the onlookers,it was a delight – the legend himself,Milkha Singh,accompanied by reel hero Farhan Akhtar and the “juvenile” Milkha,played by child actor Japtej Singh. The three Milkhas were present in the city to promote the movie,Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra,co-actress Divya Dutta,writer Prasoon Joshi and lead actress Sonam Kapoor were also present. She was left in a quandary when asked which among the three was her favourite Milkha.

Irresponsible

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Thanks to the callous attitude of Panchkula Police officials,traffic violators are having a free run in the city. Seldom does one find a traffic cop manning traffic on city roads. Earlier this week,a woman driving a scooter skidded off the road at Sector 8 but a police control room (PCR) vehicle that was passing through the area did not even stop by to take note. The incident resulted in a traffic blockade for some time.

An experience to share

Last week,when Kanav Dosajh went to Lake Club to meet the coaches,he received a warm welcome. After returning from Greece,where he went to attend the Young Participants Session by International Olympic Academy,the aspiring rowers wanted to know what he learnt from there. As the news of Kanav sharing the room with Storm Uru,the rower from New Zealand who won bronze medal in rowing in London Olympics spread,more rowers joined to ask about the event. Kanav not only shared his experience but also showed the rowers what it takes to become a champion rower. The others,as expected,lapped it up.

Mismanaged

The vehicle rally taken out by the Chandigarh unit of BJP witnessed traffic rules being thrown to the wind. Two wheeler drivers without helmets zipped through the city roads. Traffic chaos was also witnessed on the route causing harassment to the city residents.

Rich ATM

The SBI ATM installed at Student’s Centre of Panjab University allows people to withdraw currency notes with Rs 1,000 denomination only. Those students who do not have much money in their account have a reason to complain.

“Most of the time we have less than Rs 1,000 in our accounts. Whenever we try to withdraw money from our accounts,the ATM denies us the withdrawal,” rued a student.

Who’s the star?

The waiting lounge of PVR Elante was perhaps the safest place in the tricity on Thursday afternoon with an army of police personnel present guarding the family of a senior Punjab police officer. At the special screening of the biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag the cast of the movie was also present. But the real celebrity,it seemed,was someone else. The security guards would have given moments of envy to the biggest of celebrities.

Cash-strapped

Government school teachers were amazed when,in a meeting to discuss the implementation of new timings for teachers under RTE Act,the UT Adviser proposed that some quarters be constructed in the schools for the wards of teachers. To this,one of the school principals said,“UT Administration does not have enough money to recruit more teachers to balance teacher-pupil ratio,constructing quarters is a far cry”.

Classrooms without books

Over three months after the beginning of the academic session,authorities seem to have a tough time explaining why uniforms and books have not yet been distributed among students. Students of class 1 to 8 of city-based government schools are eagerly waiting for books and school uniforms that were supposed to be distributed by the Education Department free of cost. Teachers are educating the entire class with help from a single book,due to which students are finding it difficult to cope up with the course.

Taking lessons

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In the ongoing training workshop for police personnel on first aid skills at a private hospital,a batch of Inspectors was seen highly anxious and eager to learn the tricks of the trade. With a classroom-like environment consisting of chairs with folding desks,the team of personnel looked like a bunch of school children in police uniform. When the instructor of the workshop educated the personnel on first aid tips to be used in emergency situations,many officials started sharing some funny anecdotes. As they say,high school never ends.