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Highway robbers strike again
Kidnap victim on GT Road, bring him to his house in Sector 33 and decamp with valuables worth Rs 20 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
In yet another daring highway kidnapping and robbery, six unidentified persons allegedly abducted a Sector 33 businessman from Shahbad on the GT Road at gunpoint in the wee hours of this morning and brought him to his house here and later decamped with valuables, a car and cash worth over Rs 20 lakh.

The robbery was reminiscent of the April 25 incident where Sanjiv Sachdev of Sector 12, Panchkula was kidnapped in a similar fashion by four persons near Karnal. However, the robbers had fled after a neighbour raised the alarm.

This is the third case of highway kidnapping in the past two months, the last being the abduction of a couple and then the kidnapping of the woman for ransom from Zirakpur.

Lalit Behl, who was coming from Delhi airport in his Honda Civic after returning from the Philippines, was held hostage along with his driver near Shahbad Markanda around 1 am. He said the robbers were clean-shaven and were in their early 20s.

Behl said the robbers pushed his car off the road with their Toyota Innova, forcing the driver to stop the vehicle. They took the driver hostage at gunpoint and took control over the car. Two of the robbers, armed with pistols, overpowered Behl. They took away cash and gold jewellery, but did not leave him there, saying that they were going in for a big booty.

They kept talking to their associates in Haryanvi, but did not cause any physical harm to Behl or his driver. The robbers, along with their accomplices in Innova and a white Maruti, kept the car between their vehicles on the way to Chandigarh. They reached the city around 3.15 am and asked Behl to ring the bell.

They carried out their plan in a meticulous manner and kept the family hostage for over two-and-a-half hours. They took the keys of the almirahs from Behl’s wife Rajni and ransacked the entire house after locking the family in a room in the custody of a gun-wielding robber.

They left the house around 5 am along with cash, including foreign currency, gold ornaments and other valuables before tying the hands and legs of the family members, besides his son and maid. They locked the victims in the bathroom. They, however, did not disturb the 92-year-old father of Behl who was sleeping in his room.

Before leaving, they destroyed the sim cards of the mobile phones and also disconnected the telephone lines. Behl’s maid was the first to untie her hands and she cut the ropes of others with scissors.

Rajni went to her neighbours and informed them about the incident and the matter was reported to the police.

Behl’s sister alleged that Rajni tried to call the police control room several times, but failed to get through. Rajni then contacted her and after she made over five attempts, the PCR took her call.

The SSP, SS Srivastva, reached there along with other senior officials. He said they were sharing information with the police in Panchkula where a similar robbery attempt had been made.

DSP (South) Jaswant Singh Kahira said the sketches of the suspects were being finalised. They had shown the sketches prepared by the Panchkula police to the victim. There were similarities between the descriptions of the suspects, indicating that it could be the same gang.

The police is also discussing the case with the police at Khanna where similar robberies had been committed. 

PCR cop suspended

The police said Satya Dev had been suspended for not receiving calls in the police control room regarding the robbery. A notice had also been issued to ASI Jaswant Singh and Vijay of the PCR for not discharging their duty properly.

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Bansal in Manmohan’s team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Four-time Chandigarh MP Pawan Bansal has been inducted into the cabinet of the Manmohan Singh government.

As television channels beamed Bansal’s elevation, euphoric members of his extended family and confidants thronged his residence and distributed laddoos and burst crackers.

He is the only second Congressman to be made a cabinet minister after Jagannath Kaushal in the 80s.

While his elevation was never in doubt, given Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s announcement in the run-up to the May 13 elections here, it has come as a shot in the arm for the Nehru-Gandhi family loyalist.

Bansal expressed gratitude to Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh for reposing faith in him. The development and progress of the country, Chandigarh in particular, would be high on his agenda, he added.

Since the overall development of Chandigarh required cooperation from various ministries, Bansal hoped that his cabinet rank would come in handy in getting additional funds for the city.

His elevation would silence his rivals who had made his “powerless minister” comments an election issue.

It has been a meteoric rise for the 60-year-old science and law graduate and a former leader of Panjab University. Besides holding important organisational posts, Bansal has a distinguished parliamentary record. He headed the famous Cash for Query Committee which was formed following a sting operation showing parliamentarians accepting money on camera for asking questions in Parliament. Photo on P4

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Undertrial drugs HP cops, flees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
An undertrial, who was being escorted to Mandi after a court hearing in Delhi, escaped from the Sector 43 ISBT here late last night after allegedly drugging three head constables of the Himachal police.

The accused, Sanjay Kumar, who was facing trial for several theft cases in Himachal and Delhi, reportedly coaxed the head constables to eat and drink somethings laced with drugs. When they lost consciousness, he escaped after hitting one of them in the washroom of the ISBT.

Head constables Kamaldeep, Shanti Swaroop and Nal Krishan, who were admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital in a semi conscious state, were suspended and an inquiry has been initiated by the HP police.

According to local police officials, the constables had revealed that they had consumed some cold drinks on their way back from a shop in Delhi. When the bus reached the ISBT at about 10 pm, the accused told them that he wanted to go to the washroom. While he was being escorted, he managed to free himself by pushing one of them and fled.

Senior police officials here are, however, not convinced with the statements of the head constables because of their physical state, which clearly indicates that the trio had been drugged. They claimed that the head constables were in a semi conscious state when they reached the bus stand and the accused managed to take advantage of the situation.

Doctors said their condition was stable but they were “delirious” and unfit to give any statement because of their state.

Sonal Agnihotri, SP, Mandi, said the trio had been suspended and an inquiry had been ordered.

A case under Sections 223 and 224 of the IPC has been registered against the three.

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Adulteration 
Dairy, sweet shop in soup 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Baba Dairy at Sector 21 and New Krishna Sweets at Sector 23 are in the dock as the Chandigarh administration today decided to prosecute the owners for selling adulterated milk products.

The action was ordered by Home-cum-Health Secretary Ram Niwas following the results of raids conducted on the premises of the dairies by the health department on May 5.

The results of the Food Lab, Sector 11, showed that while paneer and khoya of Baba Dairy was found to be adulterated, its cow milk was pure.

Ghee and curd of Krishna Sweets was found to be adulterated. However, its spongy rasgullas were all right. Earlier, the Director, Health Services, MS Bains, had recommended to the Health Secretary that prosecution proceedings should be launched against the owners.

Hinting at more such raids, Ram Niwas said strict action would be taken against sweet shops and dairies selling adulterated sweets and milk products.

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Admn to act tough against encroachers 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas has directed senior officers of the administration to take strict action against people encroaching upon the government land. Presiding over a meeting here today, the Home Secretary asked the officers to strictly follow the rules and initiate legal process against the violators.

He asked the officers to check the occurrence and growth of unauthorised and illegal structures on the government land. It was felt that encroachment was a major challenge for the administration and strict action should be taken against people involved in illegal constructions.

The meeting also proposed to constitute a special squad with a magistrate and inspectors to carry out anti-encroachment drives.

It was decided that all new encroachments should be removed simultaneously. The SSP was directed to provide police force immediately and all nodal officers were asked to coordinate with the respective SDMs for assistance in removal of encroachments.

It was highlighted that maximum encroachments were spotted in the periphery of the city, which also included some religious structures. It was planned that a special campaign would be launched for immediate demolition of these structures.

In order to check re-occurrence of encroachments on government land, the Home Secretary directed the officials concerned to register criminal case against the violators. He said the officials concerned should also be booked in case they fail to act against the violators.

It was decided that a committee would review all illegal constructions and encroachments on regular basis on every Wednesday in the office of the Home Secretary. He said individual performas would be scrutinised by the nodal officers and action taken report would also be presented in all these meetings regarding various encroachments.

The land owing departments/boards/corporations will be responsible for ensuring that no encroachment or unauthorised construction comes up under their respective jurisdiction. The UT Chief Engineer will ensure that no encroachment takes place on the acquired land, possession of which has been taken by the department. 

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Robbers said: We are professionals
Sought apology from victims for inconvenience
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
“We are not small time robbers but professionals going in for a big booty,” the Haryanavi-speaking robbers in their early-twenties told Lalit Behl on their way to his Sector-33 residence.

The robbers executed their job in the professional and meticulous manner, as they did not stray away from their primary motive of robbery. In the entire episode, they did not cause any personnel harm to Behl or his driver.

Behl said minutes after he was kidnapped, he offered whatever cash in rupees and dollars along with gold jewellery and other articles he had to the robbers. “I told them to leave me saying that I had given whatever I had. But they told me that they had big plans and would show me that they were not small time robbers. They said they need at least Rs 5 lakh,” he said.

Behl said the robbers, who were about six in number, were talking to their associates through their mobile phones. They were taking directions from their “masterminds” and were telling them about their locations on the way. He also offered them water and eatables he had in his car and talked to them.

“I advised them to quit robberies, but they said it was their profession and I would remember their style of functioning after reaching home,” said Behl.

They all were carrying pistols and packets full of bullets, which they had shown to Behl. When they reached the Dappar Toll Plaza, two of the robbers sitting with Behl thrust their pistols in his waist indicating to remain silent, and he did as he was told.

Throwing a surprise, the robbers tendered an apology for the inconvenience the hostages had face at their hands. They said before leaving that it was their profession and they had done their job. 

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Target flashy cars
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
It’s no more safe to travel on the Chandigarh-Delhi highway in high-end cars as the highway robbers judge the affluence of the occupants from their vehicle and target it.

The robbers might have targeted Lalit Behl after judging him to be a big catch as he was travelling in a Honda Civic car, said police sources. They might be following him from the airport or just caught up with him on the highway. He was sitting on the rear seat of the car, indicating that his driver was on the wheels. The two points might have made the robbers believe that Behl was the target they were looking for, the sources added.

Behl’s driver Narinder Kumar told TNS that the robbers drove their Toyota Innova parallel to his car and signaled him to stop. When he ignored them, they started pushing his car toward the right side. A truck ahead of his car blocked the way forcing him to slow down the vehicle. At the same time, a Maruti car, driven by the accomplices of the robbers, came behind his car, which was entrapped from three sides while there were trenches on the right side.

Having no choice, Narinder slowed down and the robbers intercepted his car by taking a sharp turn.

A police officer said that under such a situation, the driver should not let the vehicle run parallel to his vehicle. One should always keep watching the vehicles, which are being driven at a close distance for a long time and try to maintain a distance. Moreover, motorists should avoid stopping or slowing down on secluded stretches on the highway, he added. Besides, one should not drive a vehicle on the right side of the road, as it is easy to intercept. One should keep an eye on the vehicle in the rear view mirror and monitor their movements, said the police officer. 

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P’kula robbery: Handiwork of same gang?
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 27
While the police still gropes in the dark over the identification of highway robbers involved in the attempt to loot the family of Panchkula BJP chief Sham Lal Sachdev on April 25, it apprehends the incident of looting at Chandigarh today was the handiwork of the same gang.

The modus operandi of highway robbers who took away cash and valuables worth more than Rs 10 lakh from a businessman in Chandigarh today was almost on the same pattern, said SP, Panchkula, Amitabh Dhillon. “And we are working on the incident jointly with the Chandigarh police,” he said.

It was on May 24 when Sanjiv Sachdev, son of Panchkula district BJP chief Sham Lal Sachdev, left Delhi around 10.30 pm for Panchkula in his Mercedes car to meet his father. Sanjiv was accompanied by his mother and son.

After the family crossed the toll plaza at Karnal, a Honda CRV stopped in front of Sanjiv’s car and signalled them to stop. A young man, smartly dressed, came out of the car and told Sanjiv that the rear tyre of the car was bubbling. As soon as he got down, the young man took him on gunpoint and the family was taken to their house at Panchkula.

At Panchkula, however, the presence of mind and courage shown by the wife of their tenant foiled the attempt of robbery as the brave woman, Veetu, raised an alarm, forcing the miscreants to flee before they could loot the family.

The robbers who took away the new Mercedes car of Sachdev also preferred to abandon it at Baddi in Himachal Pradesh.

Sources in the police said the gangsters, active on the highway, identified by police could not be traced. The pictures of miscreants retrieved from the CCTV cameras installed at toll plaza and two sketches drawn by the police with the help of victims was also of no help in identifying the accused, said sources.

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Adulteration: CITCO in dock
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
CITCO authorities could well be in for trouble with “paneer” and “khoya” samples of one of its major suppliers failing the quality test.

The health authorities today submitted a report in this regard to the Director, Health Department. Surprisingly, Baba Dairy, one of the two dairies whose samples were taken on May 5 and which were found to be adulterated, is one of the three suppliers of milk products to CITCO in all its units and hotels, including Hotel Mountview, Hotel Shivalikview, Hotel Parkview and others.

Recently, contracts for supplying milk products - khoa, paneer, curd, rasgullas, gulabjamuns and sandesh - were given to three other local diaries, including Baba Dairy.

“It’s surprising that CITCO prefers to serve its valuable customers with locally procured products,” said a regular customer of CITCO units.

Also, a Himachal Pradesh-based unit has been allotted the contract to supply packaged drinking water. Call it the recession affect or cost cutting, but CITCO is all for local brands when it comes to serve its customers.

To top it all, the tenders, which were otherwise supposed to be finalised latest by March 31, were delayed by nearly two months. Consequently, during this period, for its daily consumption and parties at all its units and hotels, products had to be bought from open market at much higher prices.

“The money which we would have saved through tenders have already been spend on buying requisite stuff during this period,” said an official on a condition of anonymity.

Sources claim that while earlier CITCO had all the quality names and brands for supplying various products, it’s only now that some new local names have been allotted the important tenders.

Insiders claim that during the tenure of one of the former MDs, certain local brand had been debarred as it was found that the products supplied by him were not of good quality.

CITCO MD D.K. Tiwari could bot be contacted despite repeated attempts. When contacted, CITCO GM (Tourism) A.K. Malhotra said, “As soon as we get a copy of the report, the supplier may be blacklisted.” 

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Canadian-Indian is fellow of CRSI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Former president of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada Ashok K. Vijh has been elected as one of the four new honorary fellows of the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI).

Founded in 1999 as a part of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Independence, CRSI is committed to promote research at the highest level. Of the 31 eminent honorary fellows, including several Nobel laureates, Vijh has become the first person of Indian origin to join this elite group.

He has been doing research in areas of physical electrochemistry and materials science. His current work includes focus on electrochemical energy conversion and storage, besides electrochemical treatment of cancerous tumors. He has authored over 300-refereed publications, including several books and chapters.

Vijh is also a fellow of American Physical Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and the institute of Physics (UK). Forty major prizes, awards, medals, decorations and other distinctions are in recognition of his work. He has been decorated with Officer of the Order of Canada and also an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. He has also received honorary doctorates from three universities.

Between 2005 and 2007, he served as the elected President of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada and a vice-president of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Rush at tehsil office as deadline nears
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 27
The Mohali tehsil office has sought police help to function in a proper way as the authorities concerned are finding it very difficult to handle the great rush of persons converging at the office to get their property registered at allotment prices before the deadline expires on June 2.

It is learnt that more than 100 registries are being done these days and each person visiting the office is accompanied by two or three persons as some of them have to appear as witnesses. The problem becomes more acute due to shortage of space at the tehsil office.

Some persons have complained that they had been visiting the office for the past two days, but their work was not being done. They alleged that the authorities concerned were attending to persons on priority who had a link with senior government officials. They said standing in the heat and waiting for long hours was very difficult.

MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu met residents at the tehsil office to listen to their grievances. He told them that he would be talking to the authorities concerned to get the date extended.

Tehsildar Shiv Kumar, however, denied allegations that certain cases were taken up on a priority basis. He said the rush had increased as the last date was nearing. He said his office was issuing slips with numbers to persons who visited his office so that registries could be done on first - come, first-served basis.

Efforts to streamline the system were not succeeding because people failed to cooperate. He said he was trying to get more accommodation so that the work could be done efficiently.

Earlier, GMADA had asked residents to get their property registered, which was being done at the prevalent collector rates. After protests by residents the government gave three months time to get the property registered at allotment prices.

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Co. official accused of misbehaviour
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 27
High drama prevailed when the officials of the GMR, the company undertaking maintenance of the Ambala-Chandigarh highway, objected to the installation of electricity pole by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) on the median dividing the national highway here today.

Following this, the sub-divisional officer of the PSEB lodged a complaint with the police against the employees of the GMR for misbehaving. The GMR officials claimed that the PSEB had not taken permission before installing the pole.

SDO, PSEB, JS Sandhu said an electricity cable laid under the highway was damaged during its construction. Due to this the power supply to the other side of the highway was affected and to solve the problem extra load was being put on the Singhpura feeder.

He stated that the electricity board senior officials asked GMR authorities to repair the wires, but nothing was done by the authorities concerned. He said while installing the electricity pole the GMR officials objected and misbehaved with senior PSEB officials. He claimed that the wire crossing over the road was too high that it would not disrupt the traffic.

Meanwhile, GMR officer AK Patel said the pole, which was installed at the median of the highway by the PSEB and the wire put over the highway was too low. “We will discuss the whole matter with the project director tomorrow,” he added.

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NGO Lifeline honours three doctors 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Praising the efforts of non-governmental organisation Lifeline for helping accident victims, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) said such a noble cause should get people’s support.

He was addressing the 9th annual general meeting of Lifeline at the CII auditorium here today.

The NGO also felicitated three doctors of the PGI and the GMCH-32, including Dr Uppal Sengupt, Dr Arjun Dutt and Dr Vineet Goel, for their dedicated services.

Lifeline chairman R.C. Swami said three persons were arranged round-the-clock to look after accident victims and all the expenses were met by the society from its own resources. Making a humble beginning with five members, the NGO has over 100 members now.

Impressed with the efforts put in by the NGO, the PGI management has handed over the control of three ‘sarais’ to the NGO. The NGO has improved the existing system by increasing the accommodation from 300 to 400. Lifeline has also provided four ambulance vans and three mortuary vans.

Recently, Lifeline introduced its services in the Emergency Ward of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and deputed three attendants.

There are a large number of volunteers who are helping for the cause. The society has also proposed to extend its services at General Hospital, Sector 16.

Prof K K Talwar, Director, PGI, Prof Raj Bahadur, Director/Principal, GMCH-32, were also present. 

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Audit of mega projects, IT park on
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
The controversial mega projects and the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park continue to be under the scanner of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

A team of the MHA, headed by Sanjeev Mishra, chief controller of accounts and deputy secretary, is continuing with the special audit for the allotment of land to the IT Park projects and the status of other mega projects - Medi City, Film City and Theme-cum-Amusement Park.

Complying with the April 1 MHA directive, the Chandigarh administration had transferred the records of various projects to the team for the audit. The mega projects, which are currently under the CVC scanner, had already generated a lot of dust for alleged irregularities in the allotment of the land to them and IT firms in the IT Park.

The audit involves issues of inadequate compensation to farmers on land acquisition, complaints about exemption, violations where land was sold to private buyers or companies with reference to prevailing rules, allotment of land to IT Park projects and the status of the mega projects.

The April 1 directive had asked the administration to put on hold further land acquisitions under the Land Acquisition Act. 

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‘Clear backlog of vacancies for disabled people’

Chandigarh, May 27
There is a backlog of 228 vacancies of physically challenged persons in various departments of the UT administration.

This was revealed at a meeting held here under the chairmanship of UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas. The Home Secretary directed the officials to clear the backlog of vacancies on priority.

Heads of various departments informed the Home Secretary that so far 68 posts of physically challenged under various categories had been advertised.

The Home Secretary also directed the departments to submit an affidavit by June 15 regarding pendency in various departments and of the action taken by them to fill these vacancies. — TNS

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Meat sellers told to install ACs

Chandigarh, May 27
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has directed the meat, fish and chicken shop owners to upgrade infrastructure with three months.

All these shopkeepers will have to install air conditioners and deep freezers on their premises so as to maintain optimum temperature for preserving the meat products.

This was decided at a meeting of MC Commissioner Roshan Sunkaria and other officers with the meat, fish and chicken sellers of Chandigarh. MC Chief Engineer S.K. Bansal, Medical Officer Dr G. Dewan, superintendent, slaughter house M.S. Kamboj and other officers concerned also attended the meeting.

The MC would provide temporary infrastructure to these sellers for slaughtering of birds till a permanent slaughter house was set up in the existing slaughter house at Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh. “No slaughtering of birds will be done thereafter on the shop premises,” the Commissioner said. — TNS

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Identify flood-prone areas: DC

Mohali, May 27
In a meeting held here today, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand has asked officials concerned to identify the flood-prone areas and prepare estimates in connection with maintenance works. 

Prabhjot Singh asked them to identify shelters that could be used in case of emergencies. The civil surgeon was asked to constitute teams of health officials and arrange an adequate stock of medicines as well. He said flood control rooms would be set up from July 1 at the district and sub-division levels. — OC

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Protesters submit memo to DC
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 27
Protesting against the incidents at Vienna in Austria, the members of Guru Ravidas Sabha took out a march here today. Hundreds of protesters gathered at Guru Ravidas Bhavan in Sector 15 and marched towards the deputy commissioner’s office amid tight security at 11 am.

While two police forces accompanied the procession under the supervision of Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kalia, police personnel were also deputed at the Mini Secretariat to check any untoward incident.

The president of the Sabha, Balbir Singh, said a memorandum condemning the attack on the religious heads and demanding action against the accused was presented Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Yadav.

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RTI cell for PU mooted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Panjab University may establish an independent RTI cell soon to cater to RTI-related queries.

The authorities of the university have decided to set up a different cell to ensure speedy and apt replies.

The Syndicate will discuss the qualification criterion for the appointment of a deputy registrar and an assistant registrar for the cell.

The agenda for the meeting suggests that candidates with a Law background will be preferred for the post of a deputy registrar.

Meanwhile, the Syndicate will also discuss the feasibility of a scorecard system to be adopted by the university for hiring faculty members. Under this, all candidates appearing for the respective posts will have access to information on the marks attained by other candidates. The system aims at lending transparency to the faculty hiring in university.

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AIDS awareness programme for school dropouts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
In order to sensitising school dropouts to HIV/AIDS awareness, Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society has taken an initiative to start a life skill programme for them.

“It will strengthen their knowledge and will equip them to deal with risky situations and be safe from sexual abuse, drug addiction and HIV/AIDS,” Dr DK Tiwari, CITCO managing director and director of Higher Education, said while inaugurating a six-day workshop at the adult education unit, Sector 19, today.

The workshop will impart training to 307 Preraks and Nodal Preraks of the adult education unit. “These Preraks come in direct contact with the school dropouts. They act as the best source for teaching the life skill programme to these adolescents,” Dr Tiwari said.

At present, the Adolescence Education Programme runs a programme for students of Classes IX and X in collaboration with the education department, officials of the society said.

“These Preraks will be trained to teach life skill approaches, increase young people’s knowledge and skills, to avoid risky situations, strengthen decision making, coping with emotions and stress, peer pressures, including protection from HIV/AIDS, and will impart training to the adolescents at their respective centres in Chandigarh,” Dr. Vanita Gupta, project director of the society said.

Niharika Rai, SDM (East)-cum-nodal officer, state education unit, said non-formal and community-based education provided an alternative to out-of-school children who needed “to catch up” with the education system and this programme would help them choosing the right path in life.

Rajesh Minhas, deputy director, adult education unit, said youngsters should be aware about health issues, especially awareness about HIV/AIDS. 

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Prize distribution at Doaba college
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 27
Doaba College of Education (DCE) organised the fourth annual prize distribution function on its campus here today.

The chief administrator, Doaba Group of Colleges, Jeet Singh, distributed the prizes to students who excelled in academics, extra-curricular activities, sports and literary events organised at various levels. The students with maximum attendance were 
also awarded.

Jeet Singh appreciated efforts of the students and wished them success for their future endeavours. College principal Dr Uma Sharma congratulated the students who brought laurels to the college in the last four years. 

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