Thursday, April 20, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

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Spinal injuries centre to be set up
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, April 19 — A regional rehabilitation centre for spinal injuries and resources centre for other disabilities will be established in Sector 70 here. The centre will be set up as part of Aid India Scheme of the Italian Government which allows providing free equipment for the centre.

The land for the centre — about 5 acres is being provided by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) at a nominal lease amount. The project was initiated by the PUDA after the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi, conveyed the approval of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in this regard.

The estimated cost of the project was 4.63 crore of which the state government would contribute 10 per cent in the form of provision of land at concessional rates. The central government would bear the recurring cost for the first five years of the project.

Victims of spinal injuries require comprehensive management to prevent them from succumbing to complications like terminal respiratory and urinary tract infections, bedsores and deep vein thrombosis. Rehabilitation of such victims could result in helping them lead normal life.

The proposed centre would function as a resource centre for other disabilities. The centre will have a network with the existing organisations in the region and would also facilitate the implementation of various provisions of persons with the Disabilities Act, 1995, said officials. Back


CGA to select team for nationals
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — The Chandigarh Golf Association has called for entries from amateur golfers of the city to select a team for the National Games to be held in November.

The CGA has asked the golfers to apply giving full details about their performances since January, 1998. The entries must be sent to the President of the CGA.

The CGA would sponsor a men’s and a women’s team, respectively, comprising four players each. The list of probables would be finalised by the end of May. The probables would be imparted training by the CGA before participation in the nationals.Back


Industry hails Jacob’s decision on byelaws
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — The decision of the Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), to amend industrial building byelaws has been hailed by various industrial organisations.

The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Small Scale Industries have in separate statements said the amended byelaws would go a long way in propelling the industry, resulting in increased employment opportunities.

Mr Vikram Sahgal, Chairman, Chandigarh Committee of the PHDCCI, said in a statement that certain areas used for non-productive purposes like cycle sheds and car sheds should not be included while calculating covered area. He wanted that rules governing the construction of industrial sheds and units should also be revised.

Mr Sahgal suggested that industrial units should be allowed to make basements,

Provision be made for common place for the installation of transformers outside building premises and to facilitate proper internal changes may be changed.

Mr S.C. Kohli, President, Chandigarh Industries Association, also welcomed the announcement, saying that simplification of byelaws concerning conversion of leasehold property into freehold property would redress a long standing grievance of the industry.

Mr Rajeev Gupta, general secretary, Federation of Small Scale Industries, said due to recession and entry by multinationals competition was becoming tough. The existing industrial units need space for expansion, he added.Back


Capsicum selling at Rs 40 per kg
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, April 19 — Priced at Rs 12 a kg, carrot was the dearest item among various vegetables in the local markets. Being an off season vegetable, it was yesterday selling at Rs 20 a kg. The prices of other commonly used vegetables remained static. Capsicum, which was being sold at Rs 40 a kg last week was today also available at the same price.

A random survey of different markets showed that cauliflower was selling at Rs 12 a kg and cabbage was available at Rs 8 a kg. Cucumber was selling at Rs 12 a kg. A better quality of the vegetable was, however, was being sold at Rs 14 a kg. Price of beans, however, registered a marginal fall. It was selling at Rs 16 a kg. Last week the vegetable was available at Rs 14 a kg.

Gourd was available at Rs 12 a kg. Potato was another cheaper vegetable, which was selling at Rs 4 a kg in local markets. Onion was being sold for Rs 8 a kg.

A vendor in Phase 5 market was selling tomato and brinjal at Rs 12 a kg and Rs 10 a kg, respectively. Besides, two different qualities of lady’s finger were available in local markets. While the better quality was selling at Rs 24 a kg, the other one was being sold at Rs 18 a kg.Back


Products that appeal to kids’ fancy
By Monica Sharma

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — Today’s kid is very demanding, and to exploit the trend entrepreneurs have come up with new different kinds of products ranging from “car-shaped bed” to “toy house” to appeal to the imaginative minds of kids.

Kids update their knowledge about the latest in market and are often seen pressing their parents to have a specific toy. The X-Generation is into the age of computers and electronics. Impressively displayed goods attract kids who long for these without noticing their prices.

There is big difference between the demands of the new generation and the old generation. Children these days seem to be more particulars about things like clothes, toys, furniture and eating.

Children also want that their room to be decked up and well-furnished. Owner of a shop selling kids’ products remarks, “There is a great change in the upcoming strategy for kids’ commodities because there is a lot of awareness among children now”.

Shops for kids have a variety of things on offer to attract them. Beds designed for the kids are remarkable.

Also there are cots and cradles for the new borns. Shops offer interior designing for kids’ rooms, according to their requirement. They also provide study tables and other equipment to create school-like environment at home.

In the past decades, people used to have a number of kids and were unable to fulfil their demands. Now with small norm many parents can afford to give best to their kids.

In this cyber age, dream-come-true goods are available for kids. Shopkeepers say that kids demand too much costly toys when they compare their toys with other children. Back

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