Friday, August 18, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Girls at STC feel insecure
By Arvind Katyal

CHANDIGARH, Aug 17 — Imagine, the protectors of people becoming a continuous scare and nightmare for more than 50 girls and all inmates of the Sports Authority of India, Sports Training Centre, Sector 18, for the past around one month. It all began with the renovation of bungalow of the former Director-General Police, Punjab, Mr Puran Chand Dogra, touching the ground of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 18.

Adjacent to one side of the boundary wall is the Public Health office of the Municipal Corporation where they had built an additional room a few months ago which acted as the fenced wall for the inmates. When the construction of the said bungalow began this summer, the room was demolished to allow carrying of material from the front side of the Public Health office. The Chandigarh Tribune had carried a story about the demolition of the wall a few months back to highlight the same.

When the school authorities on the persuasion of the SAI approached the Engineering Department to construct the boundary wall, the Chief Architect on July 28, 2000, in its letter addressed to the Construction Circle I , UT Administration, stated that there has never been any provision of service lane behind the houses in question as opposed to some claims. The opening of gates in the rear walls of these houses was unauthorised. It further stated that the height of the other boundary wall of the school was raised nearly to 6 feet recently.Back


A chess prodigy of city
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Aug 17 — Anmol Razdan of Chandigarh, began learning chess by reading books of famous chess players and never went for formal coaching.

Anmol devotes two to three hours to the game daily. He says his father helps him and the Principal, Ms Prem Suri, motivates him. He is a class IV student of Tender Heart School, Sector 33.

Anmol stood 13th in open national sub-junior under-10 chess tournament at Sangli in May. He was awarded at the first open national tournament in October 1998 at Narsinghpur in Madhya Pradesh for being the youngest player.

He represented the UT in the under-7 national championship in Ahmedabad in December 1998. In 1999, he played in under-12 tournament in Chandigarh. In under-8 section, he was declared first. He also represented the UT in the under-12 nationals held at Howrah in May 1999. He took part in the all-India rating chess tournament at Narsinghpur in Madhya Pradesh in October 1999, where he was awarded.

He ranked 72 among 130 probables in the under-9 section in the nationals. He took part in the Chandigarh chess meet in under-18 section in January 2000. In under-12 section, he stood third. He took part in national sub-junior under-12 meet at Sangli in May. He represented the UT in the national open sub-junior meet, at Sangli in May 2000 finishing 13th.


Harminder stars in SD school victory
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Aug 17 — SD Public School, Sector 32, comprising international star Harminder Singh, outscored AKSIP School, Sector 41, at 60-15 on the second day of the UT junior basketball tournament played here at Sector 46 Sports Complex. The half-time score was 18-5. The scorers for winners were Harminder (26) and Chander Prakash (20).

In the second match of the day, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 got the better of Vivek High school, Sector 38, at 44-32 with half-time score of 24-22. Balraj of DAVSSS-8 scored 31 points while for losers Aman scored 11, Arjun 10 and Vikas nine points.

St John’s High School, Sector 26, dodged past St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, by 26-19 in the third boys section tie. The scorers for winners were,Vikram (9), Hardeep (8) and Animesh (5), while for losers Ravitaj scored 12 points and Haninder four points. St John’s, New Public School, Sector 18, DAVSSS-8 and SD Public School-32 have reached the semi-finals in the boys section.

In one of the crucial girls match of the day, the team of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, managed to beat Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, by a close margin of 40-34.The half-time score was 26-18 in favour of GGSSS-18. Sapna of GGSSS-18 stole the show by scoring the highest number of 18 points while Manpreet and Navneet of DS-21 scored 13 and 11 points respectively. The other scorers for GGSSS-18 were Gita (9), Mahenderjot (7), Jaspreet (4) and for losers-Harpreet (5) and Jasmeet (4).

In another girls match, Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, with Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, after trailing at 4-8 till half-time, were able to come back and win at 20-16 with Manik scoring 14 points for winners. Neha with 14 points was the highest scorer for losers.

The girl teams who will play in semi-finals are, Bhavan Vidyalya-27, GGSSS-18, Sacred Heart-26 and Government College-42.



Rakesh, Anandit win
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Aug 17 — Rajat beat Amit Verma 54-27, 41-32 in the handicap snooker event of the YMCA open billiards and snooker tournament being played YMCA, Sector 11, here today. In the next round, as Banipal defeated Rajat 54-16, 51-21.

In open snooker matches, Rakesh Gupta beat Sanjeev Verma 43-12, 21-49, 44-39. In another match, Anandit Joshi defeated Bahadur 55-39, 48-32.

Club tennis

Punjab Cricket Club organised a tennis tournament for its club members and their dependants. It was inaugurated by Brig (retd) G.S. Sandhu, executive secretary of the club. In under-14 section, Jaivir defeated Harpreet 6-2, 2-6, 6-0, Jasdeep outplayed Angad Singh 6-2, 6-3, and Harpreet beat Gagandeep 6-0, 6-1.


Administration recasts four committees
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 17 — The Chandigarh Administration has reconstituted some of its advisory committees to look after work pertaining to different departments.

The Mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has been made Chairperson of the 12-member Advisory Committee under the scheme of Community Polytechnic. The other members of the committee are the Director of Technical Education; the Head of the Department of Rural Development of the Sector 26 TTTI; the Manager of the Small Industrial Development Bank of India; Mr K.C. Aggarwal (industrialist); a representative of the CII; Mr Gurdhian Singh (panch, Hallomajra); Mr R.S. Dhiman (panch, Raipur Khurd); the Principal of the Government Polytechnic for Women; the Principal of the Industrial Training Institute; the Principal of the Central Crafts Institute and the Principal of the Central Polytechnic.

The Administration has set up Art Purchase Committee for the purchase of paintings and other objects of art for the Government Museum and Art Gallery. The Adviser to the Administrator of Chandigarh would be its Chairperson. The other members are the Home Secretary, the Finance Secretary, the Director of Tourism, the Director-General of National Museum, New Delhi; the Principal of the Delhi College of Art; the Chairman of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi; Prof B.C. Sanyal of New Delhi; Dr B.N. Goswamy of Chandigarh, Dr D.C. Bhattacharya of the Department of Fine Arts; and Dr Rita Sharma of National Museum. The Director of the Government Museum and Art Gallery would be its member-secretary.

The Administration constituted a 12-member Haj Committee under the chairmanship of the Adviser to the Administrator with the Home Secretary, the Commissioner of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the Inspector-General of Police and the Deputy Commissioner as its official members. The non-official members of the committee are Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP; Mr Khalil Ahmed, Maulana Ajmal of Ram Darbar; Maulvi Shakeel Ahmed of Mani Majra; Dr Shakeel Ahmed of Sector 15; Dr Rehana Parvesh of Panjab University and Syed Nooruzzaman of The Tribune.

The Administration also set up a 10-member Committee for the Institute of Comparative Theology in the Museum of Evolution of Life under the chairmanship of Dr Man Singh Nirankari. The other non-official members of the committee would be Dr B.N. Goswamy, Dr Gurdev Singh Randhawa (former Vice-Chancellor of GND University); Mr P.H. Vaishnav (former Chief Secretary of Punjab); Mr Pritam Singh, Ms Neelam Man Singh Chaudhary of Chandigarh and Vice Air Marshal Ranjit Singh Bedi (retd). The official members of the committee are the Home Secretary, and the Finance Secretary. The Director of Museum and Art Gallery would be its member-secretary.


Threat to environment grave: Jacob
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 17 — The Governor of Punjab and Administrator of UT, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today expressed his concern over the encroachment of an area of 16 km around the city. He said that the administration was taking steps to protect the periphery from further encroachment. He was speaking at a function organised by Vivek High School in collaboration with the National Safety Council (NSC) to launch the tree plantation drive.

He suggested that to save the environment ''we should work at the grassroots level and involve the community in the motive. He said that a cooperative approach involving government at various levels, NGOs and other autonomous bodies was imperative to halt the degradation of the environment. General Jacob said that with increasing industrialisation and induction of more motor vehicles, the threat to environment was really grave.

He lauded the efforts of the NSC to involve students in the tree plantation drive. He asked the students to pledge that after planting these trees they would nurture these and and look after them throughout their life.

Earlier, the Governor and a student, Varun Singh, planted a neem tree on the school premises. The Chairman of of National Safety Council-North Zone, Mr D.S. Bains, informed that these 1,000 saplings would be provided by the forest department. Ms P.K. Singh, Principal of the school, informed about the eco-club established in the school. Earlier, Tnisha Bedi, school captain, delivered a welcome address. 


Drive to issue voters' I-card in Rajpura
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 17 — The administration has launched a drive to issue voters' identity cards to the remaining persons in Rajpura. According to official information available here, the Subdivisional Magistrate, Mr Bhupinder Singh, and his team of officials has stated contacting voters in the wards and mohallas to get their identity cards made.

There are in all 1,41,883 voters in the Rajpura segment. Of them 62,515 have already been issued the voters' identity cards. The remaining voters would be photographed for identity cards as per the following schedule:

From August 19 to 21 at Government Primary School, Thakardwara; August 22 to 24 at Government Girls School, Kalka Road; August 25 to 27 at the ITI; on August 28 and 29 at the Rotary Club; and on August 30 at Government Girls High School, Kasturba Road.

Mr Bhupinder Singh urged the voters to cooperate with the administration and get their identity cards made.

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