Sunday, May 20, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Camps of utter confusion
Shalini Kalia
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Confusion prevailed among patients in the Sector 22 Government Polyclinic today as two camps — one by the health authorities and the other by a daily newspaper’s club and a pharmaceutical company — were held simultaneously on the premises here.

It was a mystery to patients and doctors at the centre, why the authorities had allowed the holding of a “private” camp on the premises and, that too, when a government-sponsored camp had been scheduled for the same day. At both camps, hepatitis-B vaccine was administered to patients at the same cost — Rs 100 for three doses.

Even more surprising is that the private organisations did not have trained doctors or nurses and were using the services of the clinic’s staff. However, they did not offer them any of the discounts that the government offered to its employees and their families.

“Why this discrimination?” says a hapless Class IV employee on the condition of anonymity. He ushers in patients at one of the OPDs. He said he had to pay the normal charges for the vaccination of his three children at the camp organised by the private body at the place where he worked, whereas, he should have been offered a discount. With the government, too, holding a similar camp, he realised that he could have had his kids vaccinated at a discount.

There are allegedly 150 such camps being organised in the city by the club and the pharmaceutical company.

Is it a case of the Administration’s right hand not knowing what its left hand is doing or a case of playing host to “parasite” organisations who use the clinic’s staff and premises for commercial activities?



Titles for Dev Samaj girls, DAV-8 boys
Sports Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 19
Is Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, justified its supremacy in basketball when it outclassed Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, to bag the girls title, while DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, boys had an narrow win over spirited SD Public school, Sector 32, to clinch the title in the Chandigarh junior basketball championship played here today at Sports Complex, Sector 7.

ISDSSS-21 won at 38-27 with half-time score of 18-13. Shveta remained the top scorer for winners when this short-statured girl netted 15 points. She was followed by Navneet Kaur, whose fine contribution of 13 points disturbed Bhavan’s eves. Then it was Harpreet and Manpreet, both scoring four points each, to finally demolish their opponents. Pushpa and Rajita were the highest scores for losers when they scored 10 points each, followed by Rubina, who netted six points.

In boys final held this morning, DAVSSS-8 won at 35-34 with half-time score of 23-19. The scorers were — winners-Balraj 17, Rajinder 8, Vishal and Arun four each, losers-Sunil 12, Rajdeep 10, Ravinder 6 and Parveen 4.

Under-14 cricket:
Chandigarh District XI thrashed the Panchkula Coaching Centre by 131 runs in the final of the MCA Summer under-14 cricket tournament played here today at PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar. Gaurav Chopra and Sidharth were the top scorers for winners when they slammed 106 and 63 runs, respectively. Gaurav Chopra also won the man-of-the-match, man-of-the-series and best batsman award. Amit Saini got best wicketkeeper award, while Sachin Iqbal was declared find of the tournament.

Tennis tourney:
Harneet Singh upset second seed Akash Sharma on the opening day of the Chandigarh state tennis championship which began here today at CLTA, Sector 10. More than 150 players were taking part in the meet, being organised in the sections of boys and girls under-14, under-18, men’s singles and doubles.

Results: boys under-14: IInd rd—Gaurav Sharma b Akshit Chaudhary ; Uday Punia b Vikram Malik; Pritam Singh b Raj kanwar; Anshul Garg b Navdeep Singh; Parvesh Kumar b Satyadeep Singh; Kulwinder Singh b Nitish Sharma; Gursher Singh b Jai Vinod; Harkamal Preet b Saurav Sharma; Deepinder Singh b Abhishek Sood; Paras Thakur b Amarpreet Singh; Vipul Sehrawat b Andrew Roy; Kinshuk Sharma b Sanjog Kapoor; Simmer Vir b Harpreet; boys under-18: IInd rd: Chhatwinder Singh b Vikas Doshi; Simmervir Singh b Karan Patnaik; Harneet Singh b Akash Sharma; Jitin Bishnoi b Parvesh Kumar; Raj Kanwar b Digvijay; Ardaman Sidhu b Paras Thakur; girl: under-14: Inayat Khosla b Ghazal Verma; under-18: IInd rd: Satvika Saboo b Inayat; Isha Toor b Bahar Paul ; Mallika Malhotra b Simmer; men’s singles: Akash Sharma b Gurdit; Gagandeep Vasu b Manjot; Gurpreet Singh b Ankur Singla; Gurvinder Singh b Harneet Singh; Vibhor Sharma b Parminder Singh.

Skating events:
Mahak Paul of KB DAV Centenary School, Sector 7, in girls and Shubham Narang of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, in boys won the titles in under-9 section of skating events of the Giani Zail Singh adventure sports festival organised in front of the Sukhna Lake.

Results: all winners-under-12: boys:Gursagar Singh (St John’s-26), girls-Navita Anand (Blue Bird-15, Pkl) under-16: Harkaran Singh (HKPS-38); girls-Kriti Puri(CC-9).

Cricket meet:
LIC Club trounced Bedi Cricket Club by six wickets in the fifth Summer league cricket tournament played here today at PGI grounds. In another tie played at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, Sports Promoters club, Panchkula, outplayed Indo-Dutch XI by three wickets.

Brief scores first match: Bedi CC: 193 all out (Navjeet 64, Rakesh Purang 29, Jagdish Dhawan 22, Sandeep Kumar 19 n.o., Rajesh Patha 3 for 26, Madan Lal 3 for 34, Sukhwinder 3 for 37); LIC SC: 196 for four wickets (Harpreet Singh 54 n.o.,Gauravjeet 38 n.o., Lakhvir Singh 28, Rajesh Patha 27, Prabhjot Singh 27, Sukhwinder 21, Arpinder Bedi 2 for 33); second match: Indo-Dutch CC: 157 all out (Vishal 39, Lalit Joshi 30, Sunil 27, Suraj 4 for 31, Satnam Singh 2 for21); Sports Promoters Club: 158 for seven (Jaswant Rai 47 n.o., Rajesh Vaid 28).

Today’s sports events

May 20, 2001
Chandigarh state lawn tennis championship: CLTA, Sector 10; 8 am

* All-India civil services chess meet: Sector 42 badminton hall, individual championship; 9 am



‘Remove encroachments or face action’
Our Correspondent

Kharar, May 19
The Punjab Government has decided to take action against sarpanches and officials concerned of the Rural Development and Panchayat Department, including the Block Development Officers and Panchayat Officers, if it is found that common land, cremation grounds, grazing lands and ponds in villages have been encroached upon and they haven’t done anything about it.

Mr Sujan Singh, State Rural Development and Panchayat Minister of Punjab, said this during his visit to Kharar on the invitation of the Kharar Journalists Association.

He said the government had started giving land in these villages to poor persons who belonged to the scheduled castes. He said the Deputy Commissioners, the BDOs and the Panchayat Officers had been asked to identify such persons.

Mr Sujan Singh said Rs 151.27 crore would be spent by his department in the current year on development of villages. He inspected the local bus stand and asked officials concerned to improve its condition, for which, he announced a grant of Rs 50,000.

He also said the government wanted to hold elections to the Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads in the state soon because, otherwise, the state would lose a Rs 300 crore Central grant.


Sec 144 imposed in northern sectors
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 19
The Chandigarh Administration has banned the assembly of five or more persons in the sectors north of Madhya Marg from Sunday midnight by invoking Section 144 of the Cr PC. The ban will remain in force till July 19.

According to the orders of the District Magistrate, Mr M. Ramsekhar, assembly of five or more than five persons has been banned in Sectors 1 to 12 and Sector 26. No person will be allowed to carry lathis. The orders have been issued after the reported plan of certain groups and organisations to hold rallies, and dharnas and using other agitational methods.

The orders will not be applicable on police or military persons or any other government servant on official duty. The orders are also not applicable on processions or meetings for which prior permission from the DC or the SDM has been taken. In addition, the order will also not be applicable on customary and ritualistic processions in connection with weddings and funerals.


1,500 persons appear before board
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
More than 1,500 persons, who had applied for 114 vacancies of constables to be filled under the sports quota, appeared before the Recruitment Board for the measurement on May 14, 15 and 16.

Mr S.S. Deswal, DIG (Railways and Commandoes), who is in charge of board said those who appeared before the board on these dates, could appear on May 21 at 8 am at Vacher Stadium, Madhuban in Karnal district.

Candidates had also been informed individually, he added.


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