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Gul Panag to aid programme on AIDS
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 5
“Each one of us can create awareness about HIV/AIDS”, said Femina Miss India Universe 1999 Gul Panag. Also the Goodwill Ambassador of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). She launched a project on HIV/ AIDS awareness, prevention and rehabilitation, organised by the CII (NR) in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society, UT.

“Make a resolution to tell at least one person everyday about the HIV and AIDS. Information, education and communication are essential for tackling a social disease, which had reached epidemic proportions”, she added.

Gul Panag urged young people to take up the challenge to address this issue with responsibility, empathy and sensitivity. “People with a public image have a social responsibility to contribute towards spreading awareness on issues which impact the whole society,” she said. “Issues like AIDS needed media and public support to generate awareness, modify attitudes and change behaviour”.

“The time to act is now, given that India now holds the second largest number of HIV infection cases in the world. With more than 5 million people living with the HIV, India accounts for nearly 10 per cent of the global HIV/AIDS patients.
Driven predominantly by heterosexual transmission, HIV is moving rapidly from vulnerable and marginalised groups, including injecting drug users, sex workers, and homosexual men, into the general populace.” asserted Gul Panag.

Talking about the project, Mr Krishan Goyal, Chairman of the CII, Chandigarh Council, said the focus should be on prevention as also on rehabilitation.

The activities during the year would essentially include interactions with the audience from industry, school and college students, police personnel and slum dwellers.

The CII would also be organising a marathon in Chandigarh on the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1.

Earlier, Dr Ajit Saroha, Deputy Director (IEC), State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh, said the major objectives of the programme were not only to check the spread of HIV infection but also to strengthen society
capacity to respond to HIV/AIDS on a
long-term basis. 


Rotary Club to set up dialysis centre
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 5
The Rotary Club would set up a sophisticated dialysis centre in the city for the poor, said Mr Baldev Aggarwal, president of the club, here today.

He said the club had plans to help the needy war-decorated soldiers in the city and to recognise their services for the country.

He said the club that recently completed 100 congenital corrective cardiac surgeries, intended to start ‘ Rotary Lifeline’ project to undertake 100 similar surgeries in the next three years.

Earlier, Mr Aggarwal was formally installed president of the club. He introduced his team of office-bearers. The new bearers included: vice-president — Mr Paramjit Singh; secretary — Mr G.S. Lakhmana; joint secretary and editor — Mr Charanjit Singh; and treasurer — Mr P.P. Kewal K. Seth.

Outgoing president Vijay Wadhwan presented a report on the club’s activities during 2003-04.

Former Rotary International president Rajendra K. Saboo also spoke on the occasion. District governor Pramod Vij was the chief guest.



Kansal Cup for ITC XI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
A century partnership between Inderjeet Saini (60 and 2 for 17) and Ravi Verma (59) enabled International Testing Centre XI to beat Kansal XI by 32 runs and win the second Kansal Cup cash prize league cricket tournament at the Sector 1, Cricket Ground (near open hand momement) here today.

Electing to bat first, ITC XI were given a flying start by openers Gurinder Saini (34) and Vaneet Chawla (27) as they put on 50 runs in the first seven over. Thereafter, the team lost three quick wickets. At this stage, Inderjeet and Ravi steadied the inning with a partnership of 107 runs, which enabled ITC XI to score a healthy total of 197 runs in 30 overs.

Kansal XI were given a solid start by openers Prem Singh Rana (68 n.o.) and Amit Sharma (34). However, they lost wickets at regular intervals and folded up for 165 runs.

Winners ITC XI were richer by Rs 5,100 while runners-up Kansal XI had to contend with Rs 3,100.

The Best Batsman: Prem Rana (Kansal XI), Best Bowler: Ajay Bhardwaj (ITC XI), Best All- rounder (Umesh Kaira (HVS XI), Best Wicketkeeper: Deepinder Singh Chhabra (ITC XI), Man of the Match (final): Inderjeet Saini.

Brief scores :

ITC XI: 197 for 8 in 30 overs (Inderjeet 60, Ravi Verma 59, Gurinder Saini 34, Vaneet Chawla 27; Charanjeet Singh Jangu 3 for 18, Gulzar 2 for 27, Gurjinder 2 for 31)

Kansal XI : 165 for 9 in 30 overs (Prem Singh Rana 68 n.o., Gulzar 32, Amit Sharma 34, Ashok Giri 28; Ajay Bhardwaj 3 for 19, Inderjeet 2 for 17, Vijay Pal 2 for 23, Rajesh patha 2 for 27).

Elite Cricket Club

Fine bowling performance by Anil Choudhari (5 for 22) and good batting by Amit Bhardwaj (78) and Raman Sharma (67) enabled Elite Cricket Club rout Palsora Cricket Club by 46 runs in the inaugural cricket match of the US Trophy played at ITI ground, Sector 28, here yesterday.

Elite Cricket Club won the toss and elected to bat first. Skipper Rajinder Singh (2) was sent back to pavillion in the third over and Amit Bhardwaj came to the crease and hit the ball all around the ground and scored 78 runs. On the other end Raman Sharma (67) gave full support. Both shared a 139-run partnership for the second cricket.

In reply, chasing a nine-run per over target, Palsora Cricket Club kept the scoreboard moving but kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.

Palsora XI lost their way completely when Anil Choudhari (5 for 22 in 2.4 overs) was introduced. The team was bundled out for 172 runs.

Brief scores :

Elite XI: 218 for 4 wickets in 25 overs. (Amit Bhardwaj 78, Raman Sharma 67, Rajiv Dutta 28, Anil Choudhari 20 n.o.;Ramswaroop 2 for 25).

Palsora CC: 172 all out in 22.4 overs (Jarnal Singh 33, Dimpy 29, Harman Singh 17; Amit Choudhari 5 for 22, Amit Bhardwaj 2 for 31).


Youth duped of Rs 1.5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
A dream of going to Singapore in the company of a girl cost a tailor of Sector 30 Rs 1.5 lakh.
Hafis Ahmed (35) was lured by a girl of Sector 20 into accompanying her to Singapore for a business trip. The tailor agreed and gave the girl Rs. 1.5 lakh for the trip.

The girl who he identified as Neetu told him that he could set up business in Singapore and could accompany her.

Hafis Ahmed gave the girl Rs 1.5. The incident took place more than a two months ago. The tailor and the girl left for Delhi on a Saturday. She was also accompanied by her 18-year-old brother. They put up in a hotel in the Paharganj area in Delhi. When they reached Delhi, the girl told the tailor that they would leave for Kathmandu as she had a house there. She told the tailor that from Kathmandu they would catch a flight to Singapore. The girl and her brother got up early in the morning and had a bath and then woke up the tailor.

They told the tailor to have his bath. When the tailor came out of the bathroom, the duo had fled the hotel leaving the tailor to pay the bill of the hotel too.

Immediately after the incident, Hafis Ahmed rang up his family and narrated the entire story. He came to the city and lodged a complaint with the Industrial Area Police Station. The local police asked the tailor to lodge a complaint in Delhi as the crime took place in the national capital.

Hafis Ahmed found out that the girl lived in a house in Sector 20. He went to the house and found the house locked. He contacted the landlord who told the tailor that only a couple of days after the incident, a sister and mother of the girl had also left the house and that he did not know the whereabouts of the girl.


820 students get admission
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
On the second day of counselling for admission to Class XI in Government Model Senior Secondary schools in the city, around 820 students were admitted under the general category in the science, commerce, humanities and vocational streams in 28 schools.

Around 1,000 students had been called for the counselling. In the science stream, the highest cut off percentage of 77.6 was recorded in case of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 19.

In the commerce stream, the cut off percentage was 77.8 in case of GMSSS, Sector 16 and 75.8 in case of GMSSS, Sector 35. A senior official in the Education Department said the number of admissions made today in science, commerce and humanities stream were 551, 250 and 30, respectively. The science seats in GMSSS, Sector 8 and GMSSS, Sector 18 were expected to be filled by tomorrow.

Today the counselling was held in three phases —-up to 77 per cent, up to 74 per cent and up to 72 per cent.


Kidnap bid foiled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
A seven-year-old boy was today allegedly kidnapped from the Old Darshani Bagh area in Mani Majra.
However, the kidnapper was caught by the people of the area as the child raised the alarm.

The alleged kidnapper Baldev from Solan district was caught near the old Mani Majra police station and handed over to the police.

The police said the person seemed to be a drug addict. The police has not yet been able to get any information from the alleged kidnapper as he was incoherent in his response and seemed heavily drugged.

Yash, son of Gulshan Kumar Manchanda, was playing near his house when the kidnapper lured him with a promise to get him ice cream. As soon as Baldev picked up the child, Yash started crying to attract attention of the neighbours who chased the alleged kidnapper before catching him.


Akshit, Dilprit shine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Akshit Malhotra and Dilprit swam to top positions in the 50 metres freestyle event at the Lake Club swimming competitions held on Sunday.

The results:

25 m freestyle (boys) U-10: Akshit Malhotra 1, Ashish 2; girls: Dilprit 1, Kunit 2; 50 m freestyle (boys) U-14: Joravar Singh 1, Aditya 2; girls: Gultash 1, Jannat 2; 100 m freestyle (boys) U-17: Kunal 1, Gaurav Aggarwal 2; girls: Allep Dhillon 1, Inayat 2; 50 m freestyle (men) U- 35: Rajesh Dhaia 1, Anubhav Sood 2; women: Niharika 1, Simer Virk 2; 50 m freestyle (men) above-35: Sandeep Toor 1, Amarpal Singh 2; women: Lakhwinder 1, Asha Khanna 2; 50 m freestyle (men) above-45: Deepak Verma 1, Parveen Goswami 2; recreational event: Rajesh Dhaia 1, Gaurav Aggarwal 2; youngest participant: Kannan Nehra.

Prizes were given by Mr Inderjit Singh Sandhu, Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-Director Sports, Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh.

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