Sunday, August 27, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



CHANDIGARH, Aug 26 — Mr Gurmeet Singh, secretary of Guru Harkrishan Sahib Eye Hospital Trust, has clarified that the Sohana hospital has introduced the Alcon Acrysof single-piece fordable acrylic intro-ocular lense with modified ‘L’ haptics for the first time. It was maintained in a press note of the trust issued here today.


Kamla Dalal aims high
By Arvind Katyal

CHANDIGARH, Aug 26 — It was an emotional moment for Kamla Dalal, a member of the women’s hockey team that won the silver medal in the 1998 Asian Games, when she received the Bhim award from Babu Parmanand, Governor of Haryana, here on Thursday. Four of the six award-winners were unable to attend the ceremony held at Haryana Raj Bhavan.

Kamla, who was accompanied by her father, Mr Ranbir Dalal, visited the Sports Training Centre of the Sports Authority of India in Sector 18, where she had honed her skills as a hockey player. Recalling her days at the training centre, Kamla said that her sister, Sunita, who is also an international hockey player, had also learnt the game at this centre from the SAI coach, Mr Jaswinder Singh.

Mr Ranbir Dalal, who proudly held the trophy awarded to his daughter, revealed that originally Kamla’s name was not in the list of the award-winners. It was at the intervention of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, that her name was included at the last moment. Kamla said she was grateful to the Chief Minister and all others connected with sports in Haryana, including Mr M.S. Malik, Secretary-General, Haryana Olympic Association, and Mr B.K. Sinha, Director of Sports. In a voice full of emotion she recalled that the Governor had called her after the ceremony and told her that he expected her to bring more glory to Haryana.

Hockey seems to run in Kamla’s family. Besides her, Sunita has also made a name as a hockey player. Their younger brother Sajjan (14) is a national level player in his age group. Eleven-year old Kavita is shaping well and their father now intends to send her to SAI’s training centre in Sector 18, where both Kamla and Sunita were groomed into fine hockey players by coach Jaswinder Singh.

Kamla and Sunita are both employed in the Railways in Delhi and commute daily from Rohtak. In their home town, they practise hockey in the playgrounds of Maharshi Dayananad University. Kamla feels the shortage of synthetic turfs but hopes that this drawback will be removed, now that the Chief Minister, the HOA and the Directorate of Sports had decided to take interest in the development of hockey in Haryana.

Kamla and Sunita will both join the national camp at NIS, Patiala, which will be part of the exercise to prepare the Indian women’s hockey team for the 2002 Asiad.

She hopes the Indian team will win the gold medal at the Asiad, and more so at the 2004 Olympics. India’s poor performance in the pre-qualifying round in March last, she feels, was due to the absence of four key players.



Manav Mangal players do well
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Aug 26 — Players of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, have done well in various events of the Panchkula Inter-School Sport Meet which is being organised by the Haryana Education Department. The boys' team of the school won the under-14 volleyball tournament and remained runners-up in the under-17 section.

In the final of the under-14 section of the volleyball tournament, Manav Mangal School beat Government School, Sector 7, Panchkula, 2-0. The school also beat CL DAV School, Sector 11, by 60 runs to enter tomorrow's final of the cricket tournament. Priyanka Katyal and Priyanka Bhalla, also of the school, won the first and the second places, respectively, in 100 m race of the athletics events. In the under-17 section of the 200 m event, Reeva stood second. Priyanka Bhalla stood first in the under-14 section of the 200m event, while Sarika second in the under-17 section of the event.

Chess tourney
Saloni Gupta of Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, and Anmol Razdan of Tender Heart School, Sector 33, stood first in the sub-junior girls’ and boys’ sections, respectively, of the ICSE Chess Tournament for the Chandigarh region here today.

Results: Boys (sub-junior) Anmol Razdan 1, Sarthak Chauhan 2, Pratush 3; junior — Abhishek Kumar 1, Abhishek Goyal 2, Tushar Sharma 3; senior — Chetan Vikas 1, Karan Kapoor 2, Jasdeep Singh 3; senior plus section — Arun Dhaka 1, Rajat Mittal 2, Kawandeep 3.

Girls (sub-junior) — Saloni 1, Pearl Sohal 2, Reha Aggarwal 3; junior — Vimmi 1, Shifa Mahajan 2, Loveleen Kaur 3; senior — Preeti Gupta 1, Ankita Gupta 2, Reena 3; senior — Gursimran 1, Amneet Kaur 2.

Panchkula win
Sunny Behl who claimed three wickets for 21 runs and Harish who took 3 wickets for 27 runs helped Panchkula beat Ambala by 12 runs in the Haryana State Inter-District (under-19) Cricket Tournament at the Sector 4 Manav Kendra in Mansa Devi Complex of Panchkula here today.

Brief scores: Panchkula — 155 all out in 27.3 overs (Ravi Dhaliwal 39, Vishal Sawhney 21, Sunny Behl 20, Rajnish 3 for 28, Vijaydeep 2 for 9, Lovnish 2 for 21); Ambala — 143 all out in 29.3 overs (Vijaydeep 51, Ali 4, Sunny Behl 3 for 21, Harish 3 for 27).

Meanwhile, the PDCA will hold selection trials for the juniors’ team in Hansraj Public School, Panchkula, tomorrow.

YMCA snooker
Manav Dhawan and Deepak Goel won their semi-final matches against Anil Sharma and Manan Nagpal, respectively, in the open snooker event of the YMCA Open Billiards and Snooker Tournament here today in the YMCA Hall. Manav won, 41-39, 6-39, 68-50, 51-41, 50-27. Deepak won, 61-38, 58-9, 16-52, 68-25, 117-5.

In a billiards match, B. Khurana beat Ashish Noel, 333-126. In the next round, A.D. Singh defeated B. Khurana, 297-273.

Tennis meet
The second CLTA Monthly Tennis Tournament began today in the Sector 10 stadium. The organisers received 123 entries for the seven events of the meet. All seeded players had an easy time today.

In the boys' under-10 section, Bhavneet, Anshul, Chetanya, Arjun, Anveer, Rijul, Digvijay, Gaurav, Manmeet, Harry, Ishan, Shashank, Uday and Shiva Sangwan won their matches. Players who entered the third round in the under-12 section included Pritam, Abheet Sandhu, Uday Kiran, Kinshuk, Sameer, Pranav, Andrew, Shiva, Harkamal, Anirudh, Deepinder, Simmer Veer, Viraj, Navjot, Arjun Sehgal and Gursher. Those who entered the third round in the under-14 section included Jitin Bishnoi, Manjit Singh, Kinshuk Sharma, Paras Thakur, Rohan Bhandari, Karan Patnaik and Izreek Singh.

The boys who have made it to the next round in the under-16 section are Jitin, Rohan Bhandari, Prabhjit, Sandeep, Paras, Roopam, Ankit Raj and Simranjeet.

School sport
In the Panchkula Inter-School Sport Meet today, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, won the under-17 basketball title after defeating Blue Bird School-15, 20-10. The school also won the volleyball title after beating Government School, Sector 17, 3-2. The overall-champions trophies in the girls' and boys' sections also went to the school. Aditya Puri of BV-15 won the shot-put event.

Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, won the first position in the girls' (under-19) football meet after defeating Army School, Chandi Mandir by one goal. The school also stood first in the under-19 handball event and second in the under-17 football event.

Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, will play two cricket finals tomorrow — one against Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, in the under-16 section and the second in the under-14 section against Army Public School.

Today, HPS beat Army Public School by five wickets in the under-16 section. The Army School boys made 106 runs and were all out, while the HPS boys made 109 runs for the loss of only five wickets.

Wrestling tourney
In the zonal sport meet at Panchkula, the first place in the under-19 section of the wrestling events went to Sukhbir Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Saketri, in the 28 kg class. Kamlesh of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, won in the 30 kg class. The other winners included Hardeep Singh of Government High School, Saketri, in the 32 kg, Anil Kumar of GSSS-7 in the 35 kg class, Fateh Bahadur of GMS, Rally, in the 41 kg class, Anminder of GSSS-7 in the 45 kg class and Venkat Rao of GSSS-7 in the 49 kg class.

In the under-17 section of the wrestling events, the winners were Rakesh Kumar of GSSS-7 in the 42 kg, Ved Mitter of GSSS, Mandana, in the 45 kg class, Talinder Singh of GSSS-7 in the 48 kg class, Surinder of New India Public School-15 in the 52 kg class, Ratash of GSSS-7 in the 57 kg class, Kuldeep of Haryana Model-10 in the 69 kg class and Anil of NPS-15 in the 76 kg class.

HPS victorious
Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, defeated Government Model School, Sector 28, by nine runs in the UT Inter-School Cricket Tournament here today in the Sector 16 stadium.

In another match, Stadium ‘A’ beat Little Flower School, Panchkula, by nine wickets.

Inter-school soccer
In the Pre-Subroto Mukherjee Inter-School Football Tournament in the Sector 17 stadium, Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, beat St Stephen’s School, 5-0, to enter the final of the under-17 section. In another match, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, beat St Xavier’s School-44, 2-0.

In the under-14 section of the meet, Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, beat St Xavier’s School-44, 4-0. St John’s High School b Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, 6-5, in a tiebreaker after both teams had one goal each at the end of the regulation time.


Probe ordered in all horticulture works
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Aug 26 — Following detection of grave financial irregularities committed in making inflated estimates and permitting excessive expenditure on horticulture works in the Patiala Urban Estate of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), which led to the suspension of at least six engineers, the Punjab Government has ordered a thorough probe in all the horticulture works carried out in all the urban estates of the authority in the state.

Sources in the government said the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, had passed orders to probe into the estimates passed and the corresponding works done in the urban estate concerned. The Additional Chief Administrator (ACA) based at PUDA’s headquarters here would head the probing teams.

In case of Jalandhar zone, comprising of Amritsar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara and Jalandhar, the ACA (Headquarters), Ms Sonali Arora, for SAS Nagar, the ACA (Finance), Ms Namita Sekhon, and in Bathinda and Ludhiana , the ACA ( Projects), Mr J.S. Sekhon and ACA (Coordination and Technical Establishment), Ms R.K. Arora, would be heading the teams.

The sources said, developmental works in the SAS Nagar Urban Estate would be scrutinised thoroughly as certain discrepancies had already been pointed out by the officials concerned. The entire issue of inflated estimates and excessive expenditure in the Patiala Urban Estate had been highlighted in these columns following a probe by the ACA, Patiala, Mr Arunjit Miglani.


Unauthorised basements to be regularised 
By Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Aug 26 — Unauthorised basements in the commercial premises in the town will be compoundable in future thanks to a recent decision of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA). The violations of the building bye-laws will be regularised subject to certain conditions and payment of a fee of Rs 1500 per sq feet.

The commercial structures have been divided into different categories like shop-cum-flats (SCFs), shop-cum-office (SCOs), single storey shops, and booths. Most of these cases are related to unauthorised constructions, both temporary and permanent, in front and back courtyards of the commercial premises. Violations in the residential and institutional premises are comparatively less.

According to the available information, the decision to compound the violation was taken at a recent meeting of the Finance and Accounts Committee. More covered area for basements has been allowed in the rear courtyard of SCFs in Sectors 53, 54, 56, 59, 60, and 61 area as compared to one allowed in Sectors 63, 64 and 65. In case of SCOs in Sector 63 the basements built in the main building (excluding the corridor) would be compoundable. Similarly in case of single storey shops in Sectors 56 and 63 the basements in the rear courtyards would be compoundable.

In case of booths in Sectors 53, 54, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64 and 65 the basements area under the main building (excluding corridor) would be compoundable. An official of PUDA said that earlier no basements were permitted in case of the booths except in Sector 65. In case of SCOs and SCFs (except Sector 63) basement had been permitted under the building portion excluding the public corridor. No basement in SCOs in Sector 63 was earlier permitted.

Inquiries reveal that different wings of PUDA dealing with building bylaws’ violations have made recommendations on the issue. However structures in the front courtyards will not be regularised. No fee for such violations in case of residential and institutional premises has been fixed so far.


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