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More staff to join technicians’ stir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
Contractual junior laboratory technicians at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) continued their strike for the second day today, causing inconvenience to patients as some of the tests could not be done in case of emergencies, last night.

The technicians, who have not received their salaries for the past two months, are demanding that they should be paid by the GMCH authorities directly. The technicians claimed that since the other para-medical staff, who were on contract, were facing similar problem, they would join the strike tomorrow. The hospital staff in the emergency admitted that the samples collected last night could not be tested because of the strike by the contractual technicians.

The Medical Superintendent, Dr Raj Bahadur, when contacted said all formalities for giving contract to a new firm had been finalised. He added that the hospital administration would ensure that they got their salaries on time.

He denied that patients were facing inconvenience as the hospital administration had deputed senior laboratory technicians to undertake all tests. He said the matter would be resolved and the striking technicians would resume their duty soon. He added that the contractor R.R. Associates had fled as a show-cause notice had been issued to him by the hospital administration.

Eversince the contract was given to R.R. Associates, the technicians had been facing problems like delay in the payment of salaries and no record of EPF and ESI deduction being made from their salaries.


Chatwal’s team wins SJOBA treasure hunt
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
Excited shrieks drowned the constant din of roaring engines as dust-raising jaunty jalopies zipped up and down the city roads and streets in search of glory during a treasure hunt organised by St John’s Old Boys’ Association (SJOBA) this morning. Mr Sandeep Chatwal’s team bagged the first prize, Mr Jaivardhan Saboo’s team was declared second, while Ms Deepali Gupta’s team came third.

As the wild blaring of horns filled the air, the cars negotiated sharp curves on way to success earlier during the day.

It all started at about 10 am. Rubbing their hands in excitement, the young old students reached the school campus in their four-wheelers for a briefing after cutting their way through a thick curtain of fog. The chill failed to freeze the thrill as they stood there in rapt attention, listening to the instructions.

“The treasure hunt offers you a chance to test your knowledge about your city and to know how familiar you are with its various facets. The event will also test your skill at deciphering the clues and at times your grasp of English language. So rev-up your four-wheeler and get ready for the day. But make sure you go easy on the gas pedal for the traffic cops might just give you the wrong kind of prize,” they were told clearly.

One life-line was also provided to the participants during the course of the event. Use of alcohol, narcotics or any other performance-enhancing drug prior to the commencement of the event was also banned.

Armed with the first clue, the team captain — essentially a former student of the school — along with three associates, hopped into the cars before beginning their unknown journey towards a known destination. The convoy of about 125 cars with numbers printed in bold letters was flagged off by Chandigarh’s Senior Superintendent of Police Gaurav Yadav at about 11.20 am. SJOBA president Amit Sethi was present during the ceremony.

As they scratched their heads with tired fingers trying to decipher the clues mostly in verses, one even in Hindi, FM 103.1 blared a special radio show for the enthusiastic participants during the hunt.

Among them were founder SJOBA president Man Mohan Sareen, local lawyer and chartered accountant Anil and Sunil Malhotra, along with businessman S.P.S. Ghai.

The clues were confusing, as expected. Some drove in vain on road leading to Sukhna Lake, others rushed towards the PGI. Few patrolled Madhya Marg in search of hope. Though prohibited, mobiles were used extensively by some groping in broad daylight.

The clues led the members to Punjab Engineering College, Smokin’ Joes, Copper Chimney, even Tehal Singh. In all, there were 15 destinations, most of the participants were able to reach 12 in the race against time.


A male bastion falls
Tribune News Service

Karate, Kung-fu training for women staff

* BPCL plans to tie up with a private security agency to provide security to women working at the petrol station.

* “We are negotiating with a security agency to take care of the security aspect at the petrol station,” said an official of the BPCL.

Chandigarh, December 25
One of the male bastions in the city fell today with the formal commissioning of city’s first all-women petrol station in Sector 4.

Four girls trained by the BPCL have been deployed for dispensing petrol, handling cash and giving driving tips to customers visiting the station. All of them have been provided with a uniform by the company consisting of a grey salwar-kameez, a sweater, a windcheater, a pair of shoes and a smart cap. The formal commissioning of the petrol station was carried out by Brig G. S. Phoolka, (retd) a motoring enthusiast.

The petrol station in the city is modelled on a similar all-women petrol station at Shanti Van in Delhi where sales have zoomed after the induction of the women staff. “Women have been found to be more efficient, competent and sophisticated than their male counterparts,” said Mr Rajeev Mishra, Area Marketing Manager for Punjab, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir in a talk with TNS. “It started out as an experiment which has proved to be a success. Now we are replicating it in Chandigarh which is already well known for innovative approach to things.”

He also unfolded plans to remodel the Sector 4 petrol station at a cost of about Rs 70 lakh. 


Three gold medals for city sportspersons
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, December 25
UT school sportspersons won three gold medals and a bronze medal in the ongoing 49th National School Games being held at Delhi.

As per information provided by Mr Prem Puri, vice-president of the School Games Federation of India, the gold medal winners included, Ashish Thakur, Sarita and Ranjana Rana. Bronze medal was bagged by Vijay Chauhan. Mr Puri informed that in the lawn tennis event, in the Under 19 section, city teams made it to the final in both section.

In the boys section, the team led by Arjun Talwar and Harneet Singh helped their team in beating Gujarat 2-0, while in the girls section, UT girls team led by Isha Toor and Alipt Sandhu got the better of Madhya Pradesh team 2-0. The tennis finals will be played against Delhi in both section.

In the handball event, in the Under 14 section, Chandigarh moved ahead by beating NVS team while in the under 19 section, UT beat J&K. Both teams have made it to the last eight of the meet. In the basketball event for under 19, Chandigarh beat Haryana 57-48 while in the girls under 19, city girls defeated NVS 60-08.


City gymnastics team announced
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, December 25
An 18 member gymnastics team has been announced by the Chandigarh Gymnastic Association for the forthcoming 44th Senior National Gymnastics championship to be held at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, Mohali from December 27 to December 31. According to Mr S.S. Budhwar, secretary of the association, the team stands better chance this time to garner medals in the nationals. He said, but definitely they hope to improve last year’s rankings. Last year, UT men were placed ninth while women finished last in the overalltally. The chairman technical committee, Mr Inderjit Singh said now the local association had a web site named Chandigarhg ymnastics.com thus helping the players and fans in getting the latest information.

The UT team is: Karan Bahadur, Y.Ibomcha Singh, Madan Lal, Anil Kumar, Arup Debnath, Suman Basal and Bansi lal Saini. women:Yogita Thapa, Harjeet Kaur, Nazma, Pinky, Savitri, Asha, Sukhjinder Kaur, Mala Rawat, Shikha Rana, Kavita Sharma and Nisha Joshi. coaches- Samir Deb and Madhvi Bharaj. managers — Dr Jagtar Singh and Dr Satpal Kaur judge — Inobi Singh and N Shashi.

Golf Club appointments

The managing committee of the Chandigarh Golf club today decided to appoint the following persons for the smooth functioning of the club. They are, SR Sharma-Vice-President; Gurjit Singh Lehal (captain), Col. JS Deo (retd), SMS Sandhu- treasurer; Er. HC Sethi-chairman tournament and handicapping; Alamgir Singh Grewal-chairman, screening committee; Dr GS Kochhar-chairman, media and publicity; Rohit Singh Dagar-chairman, bar, health and swimming pool; SPS Matharoo, Birinder Singh Gill, Col. BS Kahlon and Lt Col JS Panag (retd)-all members.

MES club defeated

District Cricket Coaching Centre, Panchkula, outplayed MES Cricket Club, Patiala by two wickets in the Janta Sports Club league cum knockout cricket tournament played here at Panchkula. Batting first, MES, Patiala, made 136 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 35 overs. Karan scored 46 runs. Gurinder claimed two wickets for 24 runs.

In reply, Panchkula team achieved the target in the last over of the match with still two wickets in hand. Prashant scored 38 runs while Gurinder hammered 31 runs. Gurinder was also adjudged the boy of the match.


MC office to distribute voter cards
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 25
The municipal council has decided to set up counters at its office in Phase VII for the distribution of voter identity cards.

Mr Sarabjeet Singh, Additional Executive Officer, said here on Tuesday that employees of the civic body were going from house-to-house to distribute the cards. But it was a problem to deliver the cards at the houses of working couples as these were locked.

The council then decided to set up counters so that working couples could collect their identity cards on any working day during office hours. 


Pickets set up along city, Mohali border
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
The UT police and the Mohali police today jointly set up night pickets along the Chandigarh-Mohali border.

As many as 250 police personnel sealed all routes between Chandigarh and Mohali and to Faidan and Jhampur villages near Maloya.

The DSP (South), Mr S.S. Randhawa, the DSP (Mohali) Mr Harpreet Singh and SHOs of Sectors 31, 34, 36, 39 and those of Phase I, Phase 8, Mohali and Sohana were supervising the operation.

The pickets were put up following a meeting held by officials at Mr Randhawa’s office.

Mr Randhawa said it was decided that the two police forces would now share information about criminals on a regular basis.

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