Saturday, April 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Health campaign from April 16
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 13
A family health awareness campaign is being launched in the district by the district health department, in collaboration with the Aids Control Society. The first phase of the fortnight-long campaign is scheduled to begin from April 16. The second phase will commence from April 22.

According to Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Jyoti Arora, the prime aim of the campaign was to spread awareness about sexually transmitted diseases. She said about 2.66 lakh people were expected to be examined. A total of 1.20 lakh residents would he benefited, she added.

The DC also claimed that people in the age group of 15 to 49 would be treated free of cost for certain diseases during the campaign covering as many as 257 villages. Patients would also be given free medicines for STDs.

Giving details of the drive, the DC stated that special camps would be held in Kalka, Pinjore, Old Panchkula, Morni, Raipur Rani, Hangola, Barwala, Kot and Indira colony.

The Civil Surgeon and Vice Chairman of the campaign, Dr HC Nagpal, said that the first phase of the campaign would be inaugurated by Mr Pradeep Chaudhary, INLD General Secretary, at the Primary Health Centre, Pinjore.


BCCI panel in city
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, April 13
The three-member committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) paid a visit to the city to explore the possibility of granting direct affiliation to Chandigarh. This affiliation would help players to play under the banner of UT in any of the recognised tournaments of the BCCI. So far the players were free to play for Haryana or Punjab.

They met the members from the three associations in Chandigarh. At present the UT Cricket Association was controlling affairs in Chandigarh, which also had two Chandigarh Cricket Associations, one affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association, and the other to Punjab Cricket Association respectively.

Committee members include Shiv Lal Yadav, former test player and a senior functionary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association; Ratnakar Shetty, joint secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association and Mr Sharad Dhiwadkar, executive secretary of the BCCI. The fact-finding committee would submit its report before April 24 when the BCCI meeting would be held. It may be recalled that the decision to grant separate affiliation to Chandigarh was taken at the annual general meeting of the BCCI held in September last.

Mr Yadav later told reporters that the facilities at Chandigarh were at par with the best fields in the country.

The UT Cricket Association was represented by Mr S.S. Bawa and former Ranji player, Rakesh Jolly, and the visiting team was taken around various facilities in the city such as Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, Panjab University, DAV College, Sector 10 and the Sector 16 Cricket stadium. They were reportedly grilled for two hours and visiting members asked them about the functioning of the association.

Earlier, Mr Surinder Singh Baijee, representing CCA with HCA and Mr Vicky Bajwa from CCA affiliated to PCA highlighted their viewpoint on granting affiliation to them and agreed to have a panel on a joint basis for the promotion of cricket in the city.

Dera Bassi Police-public athletic meet

The two-day police-public athletic meet, organised by the Dera Bassi police, concluded here yesterday.

Apart from police teams, a number of village teams comprising social organisations, youth clubs and other groups participated in different rounds of kabaddi, volleyball and tug of war.

Mr Harpreet Singh Sidhu, SSP, Patiala, who was the chief guest, said that efforts were being made to make police public friendly and such events would also be organised in future. Later, he gave away prizes to the winning teams.


No takers for five parking lots
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
None of the five parking sites adjoining cinema halls in the city could be auctioned by the Municipal Corporation yesterday. These are the sites adjoining Piccadily cinema, Neelam cinema, Batra, Nirman and KC cinema.

According to information available, there were no takers for the same, for the bidders present during the auction told officials that the reserve price fixed for the same was rather high. The same will now come up in the Finance and Contract Committee ( F and CC) for a review and further reduction.

The bidders also pointed out that the charges of car parking should also be enhanced from Rs 5 to Rs 10 for these sites are exclusively for cinema parking. Keeping in view few cinema-goers the bidders are even finding it difficult to recover the reserve prices paid by them to bag the contract of a site.

Earlier, the MC had netted a total of Rs 6.60 lakh in the re-auction of the sites adjoining District courts, Kiran and Jagat cinema halls. For the parking site adjacent to the District Courts complex, the MC got highest bid of Rs 4 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 2.20 lakh. All sites are now with MC instead of the cinema-owners.

The lease period of the parking sites has already expired and the same were to be auctioned for further one year to the highest bidders through open auction. 


MC chief ‘issuing baseless statements’
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, April 13
Five Opposition councillors today accused the civic body president of misleading the residents and harming the image of officials by issuing baseless statements.

The councillors said at a press conference here that the president, Mr Kulwant Singh, that been claiming that the Department of Local Bodies had rejected the resolution passed by the council reducing the water and sewerage charges. They said no such intimation had been received by the council from the department.

The councillors — Mr Manjit Singh, vice-president, Mr Sukhdev Singh Patwari, Mrs Harbans Kaur, Mr Manmohan Singh Lang and Mr Tirlochan Singh, said the president was trying to “provoke” residents against the department by issuing such wrong statements. They said they had submitted a memorandum to the Director of the department on March 30 demanding complete withdrawal of the hike in the charges. They claimed that the Director had assured that the demand would be considered by the department.

The councillors said that Mr Kulwant Singh had no right to declare that the work of octroi collection would be given to private parties as no such resolution had been adopted by the civic body or instructions to this effect received from the government. They accused the president of failing to recover the penalty, equivalent to 20 times the octroi amount, from an industrial unit power owner who had evaded octroi on March 29. They said the president had merely suspended two clerks in this connection.

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