Tuesday, May 20, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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‘Medicinal method of MTP safer’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Complications and side effects of medical termination of pregnancy came up for detailed discussion at an orientation programme organised by the Family Planning Association of India in collaboration with the departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the PGIMER here yesterday. Medical procedures of termination of pregnancy and the related complications were debated at length by a gathering of more than 70 doctors. The orientation programme also dealt with the law and its provisions. Dr B.S. Dahiya, Director General of the Health Services, Haryana, was the chief guest at the inaugural function. He appreciated the role of the FPAI in providing health-related services to the community.

Ms Pushpa Khanna, president of the FPAI, Panchkula branch, said the orientation programme was attempting to bring about public awareness about the methods of termination of pregnancy.

Dr Vanita Jain conducted the first technical session on “Overview of the MTP Act — Magnitude of Problems and Attitude Towards Termination of Pregnancy”. Prof Sarla Malhotra conducted a session on “History of Medical Methods of Abortion, Mechanism of Action, Indications and Usage of Lab Tests, Contradictions, Warnings, Precautions, Dosage and Administration”

One recommendation agreed to by the FPAI said “ the advantage of medicinal method of termination of pregnancy over surgical method is that in this method the surgical and anaesthetic risks are avoided. The medicinal method can be recommended by any RMP who is certified to perform medical termination of pregnancy as specified in the Indian MTP Act of 1971”.



Chandigarh amass 268 for 9
Our Sports Reporter

Manpartap Singh, captain, CCA, in action during an under-19 cricket match played at PCA Stadium in SAS Nagar on Monday.
Manpartap Singh, captain, CCA, in action during an under-19 cricket match played at PCA Stadium in SAS Nagar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, May 19
Chandigarh amassed 268 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 90 overs in the three-day Punjab Inter-district Under-19 Cricket Tournament which began here today at PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar.

Asim Gupta scored 61 runs, while Ankur Kansal made 52 runs. Manpratap also impressed with 33 runs. For Mohali, Gagandeep claimed three wickets for 59 runs, while Maninder and Gauravjit both bagged two wickets each.

Shooting meet

The Ropar District Rifleshooting Championship will be held at Markfed shooting range, Phase VI, SAS Nagar, from May 25. According to Mr Hardeep Singh, secretary of the Ropar Rifle Shooting Association, the events will be held in air rifle and air pistol segments.

Those interested may give their names by 10 a.m. on May 25.

Cricket workshop

A cricket workshop will begin tomorrow at Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7, Chandigarh. This workshop, being organised for schoolchildren, will be inaugurated by Punjab Ranji Trophy player Amit Uniyal tomorrow at 10.30 am.

Carrom tourney

The Chandigarh Carrom Association will hold the Vith Raj Kumar Babuta Memorial Prize Money Carrom Ranking Tournament at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, from May 24 to 26. According to Mr Mukesh Piplani, press secretary of the association, this three-day meet will be organised in the men and women singles events. Those interested may contact Mr K.S. Patwal at 567, GF, Sector 32, Chandigarh (Phone-621567).


Cricket meet

Fine bowling by off-spinner Rupeetinder Singh (4 for 7) and medium pacer Hardavinder Singh (4 for 4) enabled Patiala to bundle out Minor Districts-XI for 135 on day one of their league match of the Punjab Inter-district Cricket Tournament (U-19) played at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today.

In reply, at the draw of stumps, the hosts made 90 runs for the loss of two wickets. Rupeetinder Singh had a field day as after giving a commanding bowling performance, he remained unbeaten on 22 and giving him company was Shiv Karan who, too, remained unbeaten on 22.

Brief scores: Minor Districts-XI (First innings): 135 all out (Rahul Gandhi 23, Varun Sharma 22, Rahul Kumar 22, Vatanveer 15, Rajinder 10, Rupeetinder 4 for 7, Hardavinder Singh 4 for 4, Prikshit Virdi 1 for 16, Sarabjit Singh 1 for 20)

Patiala (First innings): 90 for 2 (Rupeetinder Singh 22 n.o., Shiv Karan Gill 22 n.o., Ravinder Singh 24, Ishpreet Singh 15, Rahul Kumar 1 for 30, Gurinder Singh 1 for 28).



International draughts meet concludes
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, May 19
The first ever South Asian Draughts Championship for men concluded at Patiala last evening.

In the three-day meet, teams from Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India took part. The meet was organised by the Draughts Federation of India. Hosts India, represented by Gurpreet Singh and Gurmail Singh, clinched the gold medal. Bangladesh, represented by Zakir Hussain and Kajal Datta, bagged the silver medal, while Nepal, represented by Ganesh Aryal and Sanjay Aryal, won the bronze medal.

Mr Balwinder Singh Thekedar was the guest of honour at the concluding function. He gave away prizes to the winners. Mr Raj Pal Singh, general secretary of the federation, said the South Asian Draughts Championship for women would be held in Dhaka in July.



Volleyball meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, May 19
Chandigarh area got the better of Bathinda area, while Ambala downed Pathankot area in the Western Command Inter-area Volleyball Championship, which began here today at 12 Wing, Air Force Station.

In the first match, Chandigarh players got the better of Bathinda, 25-9, 25-8. In another tie, Ambala beat Pathankot, 25-18, 25-22.

Tomorrow, the matches will begin at 6 am.



PUDA slaps building vacation notice
Kulwinder Sangha

SAS Nagar, May 19
Offices of the Subdivisional Magistrate and the Tehsildar here are in a fix following the receipt of a communication from the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) calling for the vacation of its building in which the two offices are housed.

Officials of the offices of the SDM and the Tehsildar are now faced with uncertainity as no alternative accommodation is available to them in the town to shift their offices.

SAS Nagar was given tehsil status in August, 1995, and strangely even after all these years the authorities concerned have not yet provided permanent premises for all important offices that go with elevation to that status. The offices of the SDM and the Tehsildar are functioning from rented accommodation in the PUDA building in Phase I for which a rent of about Rs 10,000 is being paid. Another Rs 6,923 per month is being paid as rent to PUDA for hiring additional room which serves as the office of the Sub Registrar.

The PUDA authorities have told the SDM and the Tehsildar in writing that PUDA will be shifting all its offices to the new bhavan constructed in Phase VIII and the present premises in Phase I, in which the offices of the SDM and the Tehsildar are located, are to be auctioned. The notices by PUDA were issued on April 30 giving three months’ time ending on July 31 to leave the premises. The letter requested that the possession of the vacant building could be handed over to the Sub-Divisional Engineer of the Civil Wing II of PUDA.

Sources say that the SDM, Mr M.L. Sharma, has written a letter to the Ropar Deputy Commissioner requesting her to make some alternative arrangements failing which it would not be possible to vacate the building. In the letter the SDM has suggested that till the government constructed a complex for both offices, four showrooms could be hired or purchased to run the offices. The arrangements had to be made before July 31.

Mr Sharma has also requested the PUDA authorities to provide accommodation for both offices in the new PUDA Bhavan building.



Admn gears up to deal with strike
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 19
Keeping in view the employees’ strike on May 21, the district administration has directed all departmental heads to motivate their subordinates not to join the strike.

Deputy Commissioner Satwanti Ahlawat said in a press note that the heads of various departments had been directed to take roll-call of the employees in the morning, noon and in the evening and submit a report over it. She said action would be taken against those found absent from duty. She also directed the public health and electricity department to ensure proper supply of water and electricity throughout the day.



Inspector Verma promoted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Administration today issued orders of promotion of Inspector Mohan Lal Verma as a DSP. The name of Mr Verma had been approved at a recently held meeting of the Departmental Promotion Committee. Mr Verma is expected to relieve DSP Om Parkash of an additional charge.


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