Thursday, March 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Centre lauds PGI role in plague control
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Highly placed sources in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, have stated that the Union Minister of Health, Dr C.P. Thakur, is highly appreciative of the role the PGI has played in the containment of plague in North India and is in no way going to hold an enquiry into PGI's handling of the situation.

The Minister has however decided to form a panel of experts to be headed by General Raghunath to look into the recent outbreak of plague in North India and also the way the PGI dealt with the epidemic. ‘‘The panel will be focusing on the possibility of the plague outbreak being caused due to a bio-terrorist attack and not the way the patients were handled in the hospital.’’sources said.

Stating that the formation of this panel should in no way be considered marking of an enquiry against the PGI, sources said the way in which the epidemic had been handled was in fact approved by the World Health Organisation.

‘‘It is a matter of pride for the Government of India that their health services were prompt in providing relief to those affected and at the same time contain it so effectively. We were able to trace the disease back to its index source and so the question of biological warfare as having any role to play in this particular breakout is highly unlikely.’’sources said.

Meanwhile the PGI Director, Dr S.K. Sharma, has stated that as more than 10 days had passed since the last plague patient was reported from the region, the plague outbreak should be considered more or less contained. ‘‘A daily report of the condition of the five plague patients admitted to the PGI was being sent to the Ministry’’, he said.

Stating that the Ministry had not intimated them about the formation of a panel to look into the plague outbreak the PGI Director said in case any information is required about the way these patients were handled at the PGI, it will be made available to the Ministry.

Meanwhile the condition of all the five patients admitted to the PGI is stable. Doctors in charge of the situation said most of them would be discharged very soon.


232 donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
As many as 232 volunteers donated blood at a camp organised by the Panjab University Non-Teaching Employees Federation here today. The eighth camp was inaugurated by Prof K.N. Pathak, the Vice-Chancellor.

The camp was presided over by Mr Justice G.S.Singhvi, acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Mr Charanjit Singh donated blood for the 134th time while Mr Harish Sharma donated blood for the 123rd time on the occasion. To encourage the “save blood movement”, the federation awarded trophies, certificates and blood donor badges, Mr Dharam Paul Sharma, president of the federation, said.


1 kg baby survives
Kulwinder Sangha
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, March 6
Thirtyfive-year-old Karamjit Kaur is a happy woman today. Her baby, born prematurely after 33-week pregnancy and weighing merely 1 kg, has survived. In fact, the newborn has gained weight and now weights 1.25 kg.

The mother, who has lost three children (two of them twins) after the birth of the first child almost 11 years ago, today said she was extremely happy that the baby’s condition was stable.

She planned to go back to her house at Dehar village near Chamkaur Sahib.

Dr Manjiri Bhargava, Director of the Silver Oaks Hospital where the baby was born on February 23, said it was a high-risk case.

The mother was 32 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital.

She had a high blood pressure and convulsions. Normally, babies do not survive in such cases.

The baby girl would soon gain weight as breast-feeding was progressing satisfactorily.

Dr Sona Choudhry, the paediatrician attending on the baby, said on the first day of the delivery the baby was given IV fluid. “On the second day, we started with very little fluid.

Later, feeding was done with the help of a spoon, while breast-feeding began two days ago.”


Construction work of hospital reviewed
Tribune News service

Panchkula, March 6
A meeting to review the construction of the 150-bedded hospital in Sector 6, here was held under the chairmanship of the Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Health, Mr Bhagwati Prasad, today.

Mr Prasad directed the officials that dedicated electricity lines, installation of 11 KV sub station, provision for air conditioners and lifts should be made on a war footing. He also said in addition to the provision of gas lines, fire-fighting equipment, solar heating system and public health facilities be made as early as possible.

It is learnt that the hospital is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 7.50 crore, with Rs 5.50 crore being provided by the state and the rest of the money by HUDA. Around Rs 6 crore have already been spent and the remaining amount will be utilised for purchasing equipment. CT Scan equipment has already been bought for this hospital.

This hospital will have an emergency and laboratories, recovery room, emergency ward, emergency minor OT and 20 beds on the ground floor, while an operation theatre and provision of 39 beds each on the first and second floors has been made. Eight private wards, four general wards and an operation theatre will be constructed on the third floor, it is learnt.


YPS meet: Tejinder is best athlete 
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 6
The annual sports day of Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, was held today on the school premises. As many as 900 students took part.

The Boparai trophy for the best athlete was bagged by Tejinder of Class X-E. Dr H.S. Dhillon, school’s Principal, gave away prizes.

The meet also saw a few records broken in various events such as in 1500 m, Sahira Bhullar clocked 6.27 seconds, while in the relay race 4x400 m, Ranjit House clocked 5.19.03 seconds.

In the seniors’ section, Ranjit House was adjudged the overall winners, while the second place went to Patiala House and third to Aitchison House. In the juniors’ section, Ranjit House bagged first place followed by Tagore House and Patiala House.

The best athletes in various groups were: Group A (boys of Class X and above); Tejinder of Class X-E of Patiala House; Group B (boys of Class VIII and IX); Sukhmani IX-0 of Patiala House; Group C (boys of Class VI and VII); Khushdeep Mann of Class VIII Aitchison House; Group D (girls of Class IX and above); Divis Preet of Class X-N of Ranjit House; Group E (girls of Class VI to VIII); Simrat Bir Kiar Zira of Class VII-S of Nalagarh House; Group F; Amarinder of Class V of Patiala house; Group G; Ameek of Class IV of Aitchison House; and Group H; Unman of Class V of Ranjit House.

Gymnastics team
Chandigarh Gymnastics Association has selected a 21-member team which will represent Chandigarh in the 42nd Senior National Gymnastics Meet, which will be held in Hyderabad from March 21 to 25. The coaching camp for them will be held at the ITBP coaching centre for men and the Sector 7 gymnasium hall for girls.

According to Mr S.S. Budhwar, general secretary, CGA, members of the team are: artistic gymnastics (men); Karan Bahadur, Y. Inomacha Singh, Madan Lal, Gurpreet Singh, Vinod Bajaj, Jasdeep Singh and Deepak Uniyal. Girls: Ritu Aithani, Sulekha, Arti Malik, Manoj, Pinki, Tanu, Asha. Rythmic gymnastics; Mala Rawat, Kamalpreet and Shikha. Aerobics; Sonia, Rama Bagga. Men; Ajay Kaushal and Jai Prakash. The camp in charges are Mr N. Shashi, Ms Madhavi, Mr Inderjeet, Mr Samir Deb.


Revenue meet today
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 6
The Administrator, UT, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), will inaugurate the XXXIVth All-India Central Revenue Sports Meet-2002 at the Panjab University grounds tomorrow.

The guest of honour for the function is Mr P.K. Sarma, Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes, New Delhi. The Chandigarh police will display the tent-pegging show.

In the meet, competitions for veterans are also planned. The number of participants are expected to be more than 500.

The competition venues are: Hockey, lawn tennis, volleyball, basketball, kabaddi, body-building — PU campus; Cricket — cricket stadium, Sector 16 and DAV College, Sector 10; billiards — Lake Club; table tennis — TT hall, Sector 23; chess and carrom —Shivalik Public School, Sector 41; and bridge — Hot Millions II, Sector 17.


Another MC notice for contractor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today issued the parking contractor another notice, the second in two days, to deposit the amount due by 3 pm on March 14.

The notice was issued by the Assistant Commissioner-I, Mr Ashok Vashishth. The corporation had issued a notice under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act yesterday, opening the way to legally prosecute the contractor for stopping its payment.

Sources said the corporation had taken the 25 per cent of the contract amount from contractor as security and the contactor had made the payment for January. The advance cheque for February, drawn on Central Bank, had been dishonoured as the contractor had directed the bank to stop payment to the MC, the sources said. The corporation would give the contractor a hearing, probably tomorrow, before proceeding on next course of action.

The Finance and Contract Committee of the corporation would also meet tomorrow, but the paid parking issue had yet not been put on the agenda. The contractor had threatened to stop payment to the corporation in the legal notice served on it to protest unilateral changes in terms and conditions.


Take up promotion issue immediately: CAT
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, March 6
While dismissing two different petitions filed by six employees of the postal department regarding promotion in government jobs as per seniority the Central Administrative Tribunal(CAT) has held that “in the case of a person who did not approach the court expeditiously for certain rights, entertaining such petitions is a wastage of time of the court. And such state claims should have been dismissed in limine as these are attempts to unsettle the settled matters”.

While rejecting the petitions, a bench comprising Judicial member, Mr Jasbir S. Dhaliwal and Administrative member, Mr V.K. Majotra, said “we do not find any grounds made out for condoning the delay in filing the present petitions but we hold that the present petitions are covered under the law of limitation as available under the provisions of the A.T. Act, 1985, and also lies under the doctrine of delay.

The employees had filed a case against the Union of India through Secretary, Ministry of Communication-cum-Director General, Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab Circle, Chandigarh, Deputy Postmaster, Chandigarh GPO, Chandigarh and others for promotion as per their eligibility.

It was stated in the petitions that the applicants were employees in the cadre of postal assistants. The next grade for promotion for them was in the scale for Rs 1400-2300. One time-bound promotion scheme for the P and T department was introduced on November 30, 1983. Criteria for promotion to LSG prior to this date was 2/3rd of the quota to be filled up on the basis of seniority-cum-fitness and 1/3rd of the vacancies through selection on the basis of a qualifying examination.

The employees pleaded that they had appeared for such examination against the 1/3rd quota on December 12, 1987, for the vacancies of 1977-1978. They claimed that they were not promoted despite the fact that they all were qualified. Subsequently, examination for vacancies for the years 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 against the 1/3rd quota were also held. Since they had already qualified they were not required to appear for the examination again.

The employees alleged that they were not promoted and informed that this was only a qualifying examination and they being junior among the successful candidates and would get their turn as per length of their service. They were thus denied promotion to LSG for those years, till they got it on November 30, 1983 under OTBP scheme.


Panchkula police gets award
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 6
The district police has been awarded by the state police for having the best public-police relations and Pinjore police station has been adjudged the second best police station in the state.

An official press release by the Police Department said that a cash reward of Rs 5,100 for having the best public police relations and Rs 3,100 for the best police station was given.

The district was given these rewards during the Operation Sadbhawana, launched all over the state from November 1 to November 30, 2001.

It may be recalled that the police held a public interface in various parts of the township and in rural areas during this period.

Traffic awareness drives and a road safety week was also celebrated and camps for appraising women of their rights were organised in Raipur Rani and Barwala.

A seminar on ‘Female foeticide’ was also organised and a pulse polio cycle rally was also organised. 


DPC clears promotion of 22 sweepers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh here today decided to promote 22 sweepers to the posts of “Jamadars.” This was decided in a meeting of the DPC headed by the Assistant Commissioner-I, Mr Ashok Vashishth.

The Medical Officer Health, Dr G. C. Bansal, and the Chief Accounts Officer, Mr H. S Sood, were the other members of the Committee. Promotions are done on the basis of seniority.


JSF’s post: UT asks for another list
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
A supplementary list of officials is being sought from Punjab to fill the post of Joint Secretary Finance (JSF) in the UT Administration. The list may have only one name. Mr Tejveer Singh, JSF, list opted out as he has been posted Deputy Commissioner, Patiala.

Mr Daleep Singh, a 1995 batch IAS officer of the Punjab cadre, is the likely candidate, well placed sources said while confirming that the Chandigarh Administration has asked for the annual confidential reports (ACRs) of the official. The post of JSF fell vacant after Mr K.A.P. Sinha was repatriated to his parent state Punjab following his posting as DC Gurdaspur.

Two candidates on the list Mr Krishan Kumar of the 1997 batch and Mr Hussan Lal of the 1995 batch, have already been interviewed by the UT Administrator.

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