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June 2009
Khabar wins 5 GAMMA Awards

Ajeet Rohatgi, of Suniva and Georgia Tech, wins several awards

Georgia Tech professor Ajeet Rohatgi, who’s also the founder and CTO of Suniva, was recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) for a lifetime’s contribution to making solar technology a realistic, low-cost energy solution. The U.S. EPA honored Rohatgi as an Individual Climate Protection Award winner in a ceremony held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, for his contributions in solar energy technology, ASES picked him for this year’s Hoyt Clarke Hottel Award, which was presented at the SOLAR 2009 conference in Buffalo, New York.

Rohatgi founded Georgia Tech’s PV research program and later established the first University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research and Education (UCEP), a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2007, he founded Suniva in Norcross, Georgia, to commercialize the world’s most advanced low-cost high-efficiency solar cells. Furthermore, he was picked by the Aspen Institute’s 2009 Energy and Environment Awards as one of the five finalists in the Individual Thought Leadership category. Also this year, Rohatgi and his company received the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2009 Envention Award (for a green or “environmental invention”).

“This is a critical time in the history of solar research and deployment,” Rohatgi has noted. “Never before in my career have I seen today’s confluence of technological advances, political will and economic conditions necessary to bring solar into the mainstream.”

Khabar wins 5 GAMMA Awards

at the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS)

Topping last year’s haul of three awards, Khabar continues its momentum towards quality and excellence as recognized by MAGS. The Atlanta-based organization is not only the dominant magazine association in the region, it is also one of the biggest and most successful of its kind in the nation. Its chief mission is to promote and foster knowledge, networking and excellence in the publishing industry in the Southeast.

The awards dinner was held on Thursday, April 30th, 2009, at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel & Conference Center in Marietta.

Khabar was honored in the Consumer/Free category. The other categories included Consumer/Paid and Business-to-Business. Here’s a list of Khabar’s 2009 awards:

Gold (Best Essay) for editorial titled “Endless Terrorism?” by Parthiv N. Parekh (September 2008). Judges’ comments: “This is a brave, no-holds-barred, no-euphemisms-allowed look at a highly charged topic: terrorism and its religious and nationalist roots. According to Parekh, everyone is at blame and, yet, everyone has the power to enact solutions. This is a convincing and thoughtful editorial.”

Silver (Best Essay) for editorial titled “The Paradox of Globalization” by Murali Kamma (April 2008).

Silver (Best Single Cover) for design titled “The Call of the Kitchen” by Mehul Parekh (March 2008).

Silver (Best Feature) for cover story titled “Indian Weddings Go Mainstream” by Devika Rao (August 2008).

Silver (Best Profile) for article titled “India on his Mind” by Murali Kamma (September 2008).

Legacy of Leadership Award for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Left to right: Dr. Jane Smith, Subash Razdan, Dr. Beverly D Tatum and Didi O’Connor. Photo: Ravi Ponangi

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (AACC) received the 2009 Legacy Leadership Award at the glitzy Awards Banquet at Spelman College, Atlanta. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped shape and enhance the role of past, current and future generations of leaders. The AACC, along with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, was amongst the five honorees that focus on economic issues.

Bestowing the honor on the recipients, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College, told the large gathering, “This year’s ‘Legacy of Leadership Award’ honorees represent a stellar group of leading organizations. We are proud to have each organization join our academy of distinguished leaders!”

Accepting the award on behalf of the Asian Chamber, its president, Subash Razdan, thanked the Spelman College for the honor. He added, “AACC is able to serve the community because of the dedication and commitment of its office bearers to strive to unify the Asian American business community to promote economic development in Georgia, identify its issues, needs and concerns, and provide a voice when one is needed.”

Sejal Khanna wins titles at Miss Georgia Girl pageant

Six-year-old Sejal Khanna, a kindergarten student at Ocee Elementary School in Alpharetta, Georgia, won the “Petite Miss Northwest GA Queen” title in the 5-6 years age group. She also won a “Miss Photogenic” title at the same Miss Georgia Girl pageant, which was held at Chattahoochee Technical College in Dallas, Gerogia, on May 9th. Born in New Delhi, Sejal came to the United States with her parents when she was six months old. In July, she will be competing in a state-wide competition.


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