Saturday, December 23, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


300 blood donors honoured
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Over 300 voluntary blood donors, including 40 star donors who have donated blood more than 50 times, were honoured at the annual function of the Blood Bank Society at a plot of land in Sector 37 here. The plot will house a new blood resource centre, which the Blood Bank Society and the Rotary Club will operate jointly.

Among other donors was a person who has donated blood more than 129 times, besides master card donors, who have donated blood more than five times. Mrs Vineeta Rai, Adviser to the UT Administrator, gave away prizes and certificates to the star donors and lauded the contribution of “outstanding” blood donors to ensure a supply of ‘safe blood’ for the community. Certificates were also awarded to other donors by eminent guests at the function in groups of 40 each.

Organisers of various camps such as social groups, educational and religious institutions, were also honoured at the function. The underlying message for all donors was to “keep up the good work and encourage others.”

Earlier, in his inaugural address, Dr BNS Walia, former PGI Director stressed the need for another blood bank in the city keeping in view the blood requirements of patients in the city. The UT Administration has also allotted land to the Blood Bank Society in Sector 37 for setting up a `Blood Resource centre’. It is a Rs 5-crore project for which the Rotary Club is also funding certain amount. This blood resource centre once established will help in better utilisation of blood.

Following are the names of the donors who have donated blood over 50 times.

Capt Reet M.P. Singh, Mr Sat Paul Bansal, Mrs Arvinder Kaur Khanna, Mr Pradeep Kumar Sharda, Mr J.P. Sharma, Mr Ashwani Kumar, Mr K.S. Grewal, Mr Manmohan Sarin, Mr Amar Vivek, Mr M.K. Singhal, Mr Vinod Kumar Kapoor, Mr M.P. Singh, Mr Ajay Pal Singh Bajwa, Mr Kulbhushan Malhotra, Mr Ajay Kumar Malhotra, Mr B.K. Thapar, Mr Bhupinder Singh Thind, Mr Rattan Lal Goyal, Mr Surinder Kumar Bhandari, Mr Yogendra Agnihotri, Mr Shubhashish Mukherjee, Mrs Kamla Gupta, Mr Sanjeev Mehta, Mr Arun Kaushal, Mr Parveen Punj, Mr Ashwini Aggarwal, Mr Narinder Aggarwal, Mr Ajay Gupta, Mr Jagtar Singh Benipal, Mr Lakhbir Singh Bajwa, Mr Raj Kumar, Mr V.K. Chhabra, Dr Arunalok Chakarbarty and Mr S.K. Khullar. 


Anil outplays Shashi in billiards championship
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Anil Sharma showed his class in outplaying Shashi Karan in the open billiards event of the Saurav Khattar Memorial Haryana State Billiards and Snooker Championship being played here at the Billiards Hall in Sector 11. Anil won 278-218. In another billiards match, RC Sharma beat A.Noel in dying moments of the match 191-183. In an open snooker match, Parveen of Ambala got the better of Abhinav Bajaj.

TT team

The Chandigarh Table Tennis Association has selected a 10-member UT Senior team, including five women players, for the 60th Senior National Table Tennis championship to be held at Cuttack (Orissa) from January 5 to 11. The team is: men — Harish Kumar, Amod Dixit, Dheeraj Arora, Munish Bhardwaj and Tarun Kinger. Women— Shikha Sharma, Barkha KC, Anuradha Bansal, Megha Kassal and Nadia Saini.

Mr Rajeev Kaushal and Mr Patanjali Kumar will accompany the team as coach and manager respectively.

Amritsar circle win

Amritsar circle outplayed head office team by 72 runs in the 12th All India Punjab and Sind Bank cricket tournament. Amritsar made 232 runs for the loss of seven wickets, while Head office scored 160 runs for the loss of five wickets.

Kirandeep best cyclist

Kirandeep Kaur of MCM DAV College was declared the best cyclist in the Panjab University Inter College Cycling Championships. She secured 10 points. Kirandeep got first place in the 1000m individual time trials and 1000m massed start. Hardeep Kaur, also of MCM College, bagged first place. In the team pursuit, for 3000 m, Kirandeep, Hardeep, Shivani, Tinu and Gurpreet were members of the winning team.

Women’s cricket

Sunaina Mehan will lead Panchkula women cricket team for the Senior Inter District Cricket tournament to be held at Sector 5 grounds, Panchkula. The team is : Sunaina (captain), Riju, Manju, Sanju, Meenu, Deepshikha, Simpal, Jyoti, Naiyani, Ruchika, Reenu, Neena, Shifali, Mamta and Tejinder. Surinder Singh will be the coach while RP Chopra the manager of the team. Tomorrow Panchkula will play Bhiwani and Yamunanagar will meet Jhajhar.

Sports festival

The Labour Department, UT, in coordination with various trade, industrial, hotel and restaurant associations will hold a two-day sports festival beginning tomorrow at Athletic Club, Sector 7 and at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42.

Shooting ball tourney

The Shooting Ball Association of Chandigarh has selected the following players for the camp in preparation of the 23rd National Shooting Ball Championship to be held at Delhi from December 29.

The camp will begin here tomorrow at Sector 46 shooting ball ground. The players are Vimal Bali, RR Yadav, Manvir Singh, AP Tyagi, Varinder Singh, Naresh Kumar, Udesh Sharma, Satish Awasthy, Sukhbir Singh, Surinder, Pritam Singh, Basant Singh, PK Dhillan, KK Yadav, Anup Singh, Baldev Singh, Ram Kishan and RK Loomba.


Inter-college badminton meet
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, in women and DAV College, Chandigarh, in men section emerged winners in the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton Championship which concluded here yesterday at the University Gymnasium Hall. In the men section, DAV College, Chandigarh, defeated Government College, Ludhiana, 3-1. Deepak Sidhu of DAV Chandigarh, defeated Touseef Ahmed of GC Ludhiana. The fine smashes of Deepak, along with deft placings, created difficult situations for Touseef, who faltered at 12-15, 12-15. But the lead was shortlived as Varun Sharma of DAV lost to Iqbal Singh of GC, Ludhiana, 10-15, 13-15. The duo of Deepak and Varun played a thrilling doubles tie and won, 7-15, 15-12, 15-10, against Iqbal and Touseef. Later, Naresh Kundu helped in clinching the deal by defeating Ranbir Singh, 15-6, 15-3.

The third place in this section went to Panjab University Campus team when they defeated DM College, Moga, 3-0. Rajnikant helped his team in winning both the matches.

In women section, MCM DAV played against Government College for Girls, Sector 11, in the final. Sharda led her team to a victory when in the first singles she blanked Ankita, 11-0, 11-0. In the doubles, she, in partnership with Samritika, defeated Ankita and Rupinder, 15-1, 15-1. Third place went to PU Campus when they defeated SD College for Women, Moga, 2-0, with Geeta winning her both matches.



Joginder wins half-marathon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Recruit Joginder Singh was declared winner in the 21 kilometre ‘half-marathon’ race organised by the Chandigarh Police Recruit Training Centre, in the morning yesterday. The race was flagged off by Inspector General of Chandigarh Police, Mr B.S. Bassi.

According to Deputy Inspector General of Chandigarh Police, Mr Ajay Kashyap, recruit Jagjinder Singh was declared second, while Jasbir Singh came third. In the 12 kilometres girls’ race, Kailash was adjudged first, while Jasprit was declared second. Gagandeep came third.

In the ex-servicemen category, Rakeshwar Singh came first after completing 12 kilometres in 48.05 minutes. He was followed by Chander Bhan and Raj Singh.



Navneet, Narender to head basketball teams
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Navneet Kaur of IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, in girls, and Narender Jhinjha of SD College, Sector 32, among boys, have been named as captains in their respective sections for the UT team which will take part in the 17th Youth National Basketball Championship going to be held at Vashi (New Mumbai) from December 25 to January 1, 2001.

According to Mr K.S. Bharti, Secretary of the Chandigarh Basketball Association, the 12-member girls team include five girls from IS Dev Samaj School, three from Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Sector 27, two from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, and one each from Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, and Carmel Convent School, Sector 9. In the 12-member boys team, DAV College, Sector 10, dominates with its five boys in the team, while two were from SD School, Sector 32, one each from SD College, Sector 32, GN Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30, St Stephen’s-45 and New Public School, Sector 18.

The team are: boys: Balraj, Rohit Bedi, Opinder Sharma, Taney Jain, Vishal (all DAVSS-8), Varun Ojha (DAVC-10), Suraj, Amandeep (SDP-32), Narender Jhinjha (SDC-32), Samdarsi (GNKh SS-30), Harbarinder Singh (St Stephen’s-45) and Munish Chaudhary (NPS-18).

girls: Navneet Kaur, Shweta Dutta, Manpreet Kaur, Amandeep Kaur and Vandana (ISDSSS-21), Rubina, Ranjita and Rohini (BV-27), Deepika Mohan (CC-9), Pushpa Devi and Anita Devi (GMSSS-16) and Jaspreet Kaur (GGSSS-18).

Chander Prakash Thakur, Baje Singh and Ms Paramjit Kaur will accompany the team as officials. 


Pay attention to sanitation: DC
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, Dec 22 — The Ropar Deputy Commissioner has ordered the Municipal Council, PUDA and PSEB authorities to solve the problems faced by industry on a time-bound basis.

Mr Gurinder Singh Garewal, who had held a meeting with representatives of the Mohali Industries Association (MIA) here yesterday, asked the civic body to bring about an improvement in the sanitation aspect of the town.

Representatives of the MIA said that roads, streetlight, power, water and drainage system should be improved. They demanded the shifting of the high-tension wires passing over some industrial units and development of green belts in the industrial area.


‘Rumble strips needed to check accidents’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — For ensuring a check on the constantly increasing number of accidents, the Chandigarh police has recommended the construction of “rumble strips” with “cat-eye” reflectors at 100 odd spots in the city.

In a letter to the Chief Engineer of the Chandigarh Administration, along with a communication addressed to the Chief Engineer of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, the police has asked for setting up of seven layered strips, along with cat-eye reflectors in three colours, on the internal roads.

The strips, confirm officials, will be constructed on V-4 and V-5 roads just before they meet the main roads. “The intention,” says the Superintendent of the Chandigarh police, Mr Balbir Singh, “is to ensure a drop in the speed of vehicles plying on the subsidiary roads just before they hit the main roads. The reflectors, in red, yellow and white, will help the commuters in identifying the strips from a distance”.

“Speed,” he asserts, “is the major culprit. By forcing the drivers on the subsidiary roads to de-accelerate just before their vehicles step in the way of speeding vehicles on the major roads, we hope to cut down the number of accidents by as much as 50 per cent”.

The proposal for setting up of the strips was forwarded to the authorities concerned after the ones constructed “for experimental purposes” at the Sectors 34 and 44 crossing, along with the ones at the Sectors 43 and 35 crossing, “proved to be effective”.

For identifying the spots, a four-member committee, comprising Deputy Superintendent of Police S.S. Randhawa, an inspector and two engineers, was set up by the police after consulting the Chief Engineer of the Administration.

“The team,” claims DSP Randhawa, “personally went around the city for days together to identify accident prone spots. After consultation, the report was submitted”.

Rumble strips, the DSP clarifies, can not be constructed on V-2, V-3 roads, along with the National Highways, as per a notification issued by the Central Government.


Displaced dividers to be set right
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — In less than a week after Chandigarh Tribune highlighted the danger posed by the displaced dividers on the road dividing Sector 22 and 21, the Chandigarh police has written to the UT Administration asking them to replace or fix the dividers.

According to a senior police officer, officials of the Engineering Department have assured that the problem would be rectified soon after the road was broadened.


‘Permission to mortgage’ not required 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, Dec 22 — The Chandigarh Administration has decided that all persons, who own freehold property in the city, will not be required to take the mandatory “permission to mortgage” from the Estate Office.

The permission process used to take months and sometimes even a couple of years till a few months ago, when a computerisation effort reduced time frame substantially. But still it was considered unnecessary that the owner should take permission to mortgage after having spent lakhs to purchase freehold property in the city.

Besides, the finance companies offering housing loans also want to have property mortgaged in their names for which the owner has to seek permission, which only added to red tapism.

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