Wednesday, January 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Cardiac camps for residents
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, January 14
A team of specialist doctors from Metro group of hospitals, Noida, will be organising health camps for the residents of the township, Chandigarh and Panchkula shortly.

The Metro group of hospitals, known for advanced cardiac care, will be extending this facility along with innovative treatments for liver and digestive diseases.

Dr H.S. Bedi, a former senior cardiac consultant at Fortis Heart Institute here, who has now joined this hospital as the Chairman, Cardiovascular Surgery, is the brain behind the idea of organising cardiac camps in the region.


Blood shortage
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 14
There is an acute shortage of blood of all groups in the Blood Bank of the PGI and other city hospitals.

Voluntary organisations, social clubs, educational institutions, religious bodies and individual donors have been requested by the PGI authorities to come forward and donate blood. The donor complex in the PGI will remain open till 8 pm. 


Twin titles for Oscar Bansal
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 14
Oscar Bansal of Vivek High School, Sector 38, cornered glory with two titles and was joined by Harleen Kaur with equal number of titles on the penultimate day of the XIVth Chandigarh State Badminton Championship played here in the Sector 42 indoor hall. Oscar won in the under-13 singles category, while in doubles, he partnered with Aman Sethi to defeat Tushar and Mohit.

The results: (all finals): boys (under-10 category): Tarush b Rishab, 11-7, 11-0; under-13 category: Oscar Bansal b Nitin, 15-1,15-3; (doubles): Oscar and Aman Sethi b Tushar and Mohit, 15-5,15-8; under-16 doubles: Oscar and Mandeep b Neeraj and Vikas Kaul 15-6, 15-12. Girls: (under-10 category): Tanu Priya b Chetna, 11-6,11-4; under-13 category: Purnika b Aastha, 11-1,11-1; (doubles): Purnika and Geet b Aastha and Tanu Priya, 11-9,7-11,13-10; under-16 category 8: Harleen Kaur b Samridhi, 7-11,13-10,11-7; (doubles): Harleen and Aastha b Samridhi and Seema, 11-5,11-0.

Semi finals: boys (under-16 category) Oscar b Rajinder, 15-13,15-6; Mandeep and Vikas Kaul, 15-4,15-1; (doubles): Vikas and Neeraj Kaul b Chetan and Sunil Mahal, 15-7, 15-9; under-19 category: Akash Sethi b Pawan, 15-9,8-15,15-11; Vikas Kundu b Gurjeet Bajwa, 15-8,11-15,15-13; (doubles): Gurjit and Akash Sethi b Punit and Paras, 15-7,15-8; Robin and Pankaj b Pawan and Vikas Kundu, 15-8,15-13. Girls (under-19) doubles: Mala Gaba b Kanika, 11-3,11-0; Isha Sharma b Harleen, 11-8,11-5; Under-19 doubles: Samridhi and Seema b Neha and Tanvir, 11-1,11-2; Mala and Isha b Purnika and Kanika 11-3,11-4.

Singles (men): Ashish Sharma b Yogesh, 8-15,15-12;15-7; Deepak b Naresh, 15-4,15-11. Women: Isha b Mala, 10-13,11-3,11-9. Veterans (above 55): Cecil Parvez b G.S. Saunkhla, 15-3,15-1; M.C. Sethi b D.K. Mukerjee, 15-10,17-15; Cecil Parvez b M.C. Sethi 15-7,15-7.

Basketball championships

Two separate senior state basketball championships are in progress in the city. One is being held on the PU campus and the other at the sports complex, Sector 7. The championships are being organised by two parallel factions of the Chandigarh Basketball Association, one headed by Col A.S. Judge and other by D.S. Bedi.

On the PU campus, SAI Centre-18 defeated GGSSS, Sector 18, 47-22; GCG Club-11 beat GMHS Club-26, 21-12. In the men section, Panjab University Campus Club defeated SGGS club, 26 62-44. In another tie, GMC-22 beat Rock Rovers Club, 28-25.

In the matches held at the sports complex, Sector 7, Dev Samaj Club-21 outplayed MCM DAV College, Sector 36, 31-16, in the women section. In the men section, Shivalik Basketball Club-41 beat Government College, Sector 11, 60-26. Eight men and four women teams are taking part in the meet.

The meet was inaugurated by Mr D.S. Bedi, President, CBA.

Cricket tourney

A superb bowling performance by Surinder Singh Baijee who claimed four wickets for just eight runs enabled LG XI in beating Classic XI by seven runs in the inaugural Kesar Singh Anand Memorial Cricket Tournament played here at the grounds of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

Brief scores: LG XI: 128 for seven in 20 overs (Kamalpreet 45, Vineet Jain 20, Ranjeet Bajaj 4 for 33, Vishal 2 for 25); Classic XI: 121 all out in 19.4 overs (Manvinder 57, Surinder Singh Baijee 4 for eight, Vineet Jain 2 for 24).


Demolition drive put on hold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
The proposed demolition drive in Mani Majra and five villages under the Municipal Corporation to remove cantilevers was today put on hold till a final decision by the Administration.

An assurance to this effect was given by Municipal Commissioner M. P. Singh to councillors and local MP Pawan Bansal who jointly met the Commissioner in Mayor Subhash Chawla’s chamber.

The meeting was attended by Senior Deputy Mayor Kuldeep Singh, Deputy Mayor Geeta Rani, former Mayor Lalit Joshi, former Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Singh, former Deputy Mayor Balraj Singh, councillors Chandermukhi Sharma, Sohan Lal, Kamlesh, Pushpa Sharma, Anu Chathtra and Pardeep Chhabra, among others.

However, the survey started for the purpose would continue, sources said. Demolition drive put on hold Quoting a notification issued on January 7, 1998, Mr Surinder Singh said the bylaws for the city did not apply to these areas. He said the corporation could frame bylaws for the purpose and recommend these to the Chandigarh Administration for making these applicable in cases of new houses in these areas.


New Adviser attends office, finally!
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
After playing truant for several days, the newly appointed Adviser to the Administrator of UT, Mr Virendra Singh, finally joined office in the UT Secretariat today.

He came to the office around noon today and attended a farewell hosted by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation in honour of his predecessor, Ms Neeru Nanda, in the afternoon. In the evening, he presided over a meeting of senior officers to familiarise himself with the set-up here.

The appointment of Mr Virendra Singh to the high-profile post of Adviser to the Administrator of UT, was sudden and took the bureaucracy here by surprise. Apparently, the Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), who is also the Governor of Punjab, was also not taken into confidence by the Union Home Ministry before announcing the appointment of Mr Virendra Singh. Mr Virendra Singh took charge of his new assignment in New Delhi on Wednesday.

He visited Chandigarh on Friday evening and let it be known that he would visit the UT Secretariat on Saturday morning even though it was a holiday. Accordingly, arrangements were made for his visit to the Secretariat on Saturday but he left for New Delhi instead, leaving his staff in the Secretariat high and dry.

He was expected to return to the city yesterday to attend, among other things, the farewell hosted by the UT Administration for Mrs Neeru Nanda. But he could not make it to the city yesterday. 

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