Saturday, January 6, 2001,
Chandigarh, India

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Blood group shortage
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — According to a press release of the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI, there is extreme shortage of the blood group AB. Voluntary organisations, social clubs, educational institutions, religious bodies and individual donors are requested to donate blood and save the life of patients.

The blood donor complex remains open from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday and till 1.00 p.m. on Saturday.


Frontal sinusitis problems discussed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — Problems related to frontal sinusitis, including discharging ear and nose, were the focus of the Dr S.G. Joshi Memorial Oration presented by Prof W. Draf during the second day of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India at the PGI, here today.

Prof W. Draf, an eminent ENT specialist from Germany, during oration presented an update on the frontal sinusitis. Talking about the surgical aspects, he stressed that improved surgical procedures for frontal sinusitis were now available which now rectify the problem without too many scars on the forehead.

This has been possible by normal endoscopic procedures which are more cosmetic and also give better results, he said, while adding that conventional surgery has very little role in today’s world of modern technology.

Presenting the Dr J.V. Desa Memorial Plenary Session Lecture on tympanic membrane retraction pockets, Prof Bernard Ars from Belgium said that this was one of the important causes for discharging ear, deafness and cholesteatoma.

He stressed that early management of these problems was essential as in the long term these can cause deafness and complications which can extend beyond the middle ear.

Mr D.A. Parker from the UK deliberated on facial pain and sinusitis while Dr P.P. Diwan presented a paper on headaches.

PGI Professor gets national award
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — Dr Ashok Gupta, Associate Professor, ENT Department, PGI, received the prestigious AOI-Emerck National Award for his exemplary work on “histopathological changes during gentamycin-induced vestibular ablation in secondary endolymphatic hydrops’’ at the AOICON conference, here today.

This is the first time in the history of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India and the setting up of the award that a doctor from north India has received this honour.

Dr Gupta had based his research on a very common problem — vertigo. As much as 0.5 per cent of the total population suffers from it.

Dr Gupta, after research on the project for four and a half years, has proved that even in animals vertigo can be controlled by giving gentamycin injections in the middle ear without any hearing loss. Dr Gupta said his getting the award was an honour not only for him but also for institute. Back


Selection trials
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — The Chandigarh Wushu Association will hold selection trials on January 7 at 2.30 p.m. for the selection of the UT team for participation in the 10th Senior National Wushu Championship to be held in Delhi from January 10 to 13.

 The trials will be held in Sanshou (above 18) weight categories below 48 kg, 52 kg, 56 kg, 66 kg, 75 kg, 78 kg and above open weight categories. This was stated by Mr P.S. Lamba, secretary of the association.


Speed up inquiries: Vineeta Rai
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — The outgoing UT Adviser, Ms Vineeta Rai, chairing her last senior officers conference (SOC) today said that all departmental inquiries should be speeded up. The meeting was also informed that the budget, both plan and non-plan, was being spent at the right pace.

The Finance Secretary informed the meeting that 66 percent of the budget had been spent in the first eight months of the financial year till November 30, 1999. The accepted norm is to spend 60 per cent by November 30 to prevent the grants from lapsing.

The meeting also reviewed the settling of audit paragraphs where objections have been raised against various departments. Even as the SOC was in progress, the meeting was informed that encroachments in school in Palsora have been cleared.

The issue of privatisation of streetlights cropped and the meeting was informed by the officials of the MC that the process to privatise streetlights on the pattern prevailing in Jalandhar has been started.

The Home Secretary was asked to look into various issue like raising small contributions to maintain the campuses of various educational institutions in Chandigarh.

The meeting was more like a farewell meeting for the Adviser. The Chairperson of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), Ms Neeru Nanda , who is the next seniormost officer to Ms Rai could not attend the meeting today. 


Panel’s plea to Admn on Super Bazar
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — The local unit of the Janata Dal (United) and the Super Bazar Employees Joint Action Committee have appealed to the UT Administration to let them operate the ailing Super Bazar. Presently, liquidation proceedings are underway.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Mr Surinder Bhardwaj, president of the unit, and Mr Kamaljit Singh, general secretary of the committee, alleged that the assets of the organisation were much than the losses but the Administration was taking a negative view of the whole episode and was keen to liquidate it.

They said the decision by the Registrar, Cooperative Societies (RCS), was “arbitrary, unmindful and totally discriminatory” against the employees who have been working since 1967. It is unfortunate that not only bureaucrats but the local MP had also not tried to intervene in the matter which concerns 204 families.

“In spite of vigilance and CBI inquiries against a section of employees, no disciplinary action has been taken till date. There are five employees who have amassed crores and have collectively brought down an institution which had served the city residents for the past three decades,” they said.

“It is strange that the committee constituted by the RCS has not recommended the closure of the Super Bazar but has given useful suggestions to streamline its functioning and bring it back on rails,” Mr Bhardwaj opined.

They also pointed out that the views of the more than 9, 000 shareholders were never sought since the governing committee was never constituted since the inception of the unit in 1967. This was a gross violation of the Cooperative Act, they pointed out.

Mr Singh said no elections took place and the entire show was run by officers deputed for the purpose. No general body meeting was ever called, no stock registers were maintained, no practical audit of cash book, ledgers has been done in the past five years, no efforts were made to recover payments from various departments which owe more than Rs 60 lakh to the Super Bazar.

They also alleged that the last officer to head the unit was solely responsible for doubling the losses to Rs 10 lakh even though the super bazar had saleable stock worth Rs 2 crore and funds to the tune of Rs 40 lakh in the bank. Mr Bhardwaj said that if they were not allowed to operate the cooperative, the party activists and the employees would take to the streets next week.


Govt decision hailed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — The Chandigarh Nagrik Sabha has hailed the decision of the Union Cabinet to introduce the Delhi Apartment Act, 2000, on the provisions of the Model Apartment Legislation, which seeks to protect individual’s title to an apartment besides simplifying the procedures of transfer and registration of titles.

In a statement by Mr Chaman Lal Sharma, Mr Amarjit Singh and Mr Tejbans Singh Jauhar, president, general secretary and secretary of the sabha, respectively, have appealed to the UT Administrator to take steps to implement the same Act in Chandigarh also.

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