Sunday, August 5, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


AIDS awareness seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Dr Pramilla Senanayake yesterday appreciated the progress made towards spreading awareness about HIV/ AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases among truckers and adolescent children in schools in and around SAS Nagar.

Speaking at a meeting organised by the SAS Nagar wing of the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), representatives of the South Asia region of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Dr Pramilla Senanayake, Assistant Director-General, and Dr Indira Kapoor, Regional Director and Ms Jyoti Moodbidri, Assistant Secretary-General, programme Implementation, FPAI national headquarters in Mumbai, spoke of the progress of the project funded by the Japan Trust Fund for Education.

Dr Senanayake said that she would share her experiences regarding the work done under the project with the affiliates of the IPPF in Asia and other countries and stressed the need to continue the awareness programmes at a war-footing if India needs to avert situations like those prevailing in Africa.


Karan Patnaik’s serve fastest
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 4
Karan Patnaik in u-14 section and Karan Chaudhary in u-16 section emerged the fastest servers in the ‘Ace of Aces’ meet organised by the Total Tennis Academy here at the YMCA, Sector 11. Patnaik served at 81, 68, 69,73 and 61mph and was followed by Navinder Pal Singh, Lakshay Sharma, Kunal, Kulvinder, Gursimran, Mandeep Yadav and Harpreet.

In u-16 section, Karan Chaudhary served at 106 mph and 97 mph and was followed by Karan Patnaik,Vikas Doshi, Kuldeep, Inderjot, HS Dhillon, Kulvinder and J.S. Sadana. All the above players in both the age groups have qualified for the next round.

Earlier, Ravisharan was adjudged the fastest server in boys u-12 section.

Carrom meet: Mount Carmel School, Sector 46, will take on St Kabir Public School, Sector 26 in the finals of the boys (below Class V category) in the 5th Inter-School Carrom Championships began here today at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. The finals in the categories for boys and girls section will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. The prizes will be given to the first three position holders amongst boys and first two position holders among girls.

Today’s results : Open (boys) —Mount Carmel school, Sector 46, b GMSSS-33 3-0 (Ravinder b Pawan K. Rai 25-0; Hardeep Harnal b Akhil Goyal 25-0; Sumit Chakarvorty b Ankush Rajpal 25-0); S.D. Public School, Sector 32, b St Stephen’s, Panchkula, 2-1 (Vinod Malik b Amanpreet 8-25, Raunak Mohanty b Sukhpal 19-17; Prateek Bapat b Aditya 25-12.); Classes V to VIII (boys) — St Stephen’s, Chandigarh b Saupin’s, Panchkula 3-0 (Harman b Mandeep Singh 25-0; Nitin b Ishan Khanna 25-0); St Kabir Chandigarh b Shishu Niketan-22, 2-1 (Utkarsh Goyal b Taranpreet 25-0; Saurav Kapoor b Ashish 25-0; Gunjan Kapoor b Mohit 25-0); St Stephen’s, Panchkula b Shivalik Public-41, 2-1 (Amanpreet Singh b Pukhraj Brar 25-9; Sukhpal Singh b Gagandeep Gujral 25-0; Gus Sharma b Sidharth Vashisht 5-25); Class (below V) : boys — St Kabir-26 b St Stephen’s-45, 2-0 (Sushank b Mudit 25-6; Piyush b Karan 22-6).


Awards for veteran sportsmen
Arvind Katyal

‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh and Gurbir Sandhu have been chosen for Arjuna Awards, one for his life-time achievement in athletics and the other for his performance in shooting. It came as a surprise to Milkha Singh as he was awarded the Padma Shri more than 40 years ago. The legendary athlete was waiting for an award higher than this. His son Chiranjeev, a world class golfer, got the Arjuna Award last year. Similarly Gurbir Sandhu, a former international shooter was chosen for the award this year while his son Manavjit Singh was given the same award last year.

As Milkha Singh puts, there are many more deserving former sportspersons who have not attracted the attention of the Government of India. With this practice of awarding sportspersons for their life-time achievement, the coming years may see pressures on the Government, as the list of such deserving persons is rather long.

But for new-generation sportsmen like Abhinav Bindra who becomes one of the youngest to receive the award, it brought cheer to the family, whose dedication to Abhinav and his sport has become famous. From morning till he goes to bed, Abhinav spends more than 10 hours practicing in his own range in the house.

There was a mixed feeling among badminton players. P. Gopichand and S.M. Arif have been chosen for the Khel Ratna and Dronacharya awards respectively, but another badminton player, Aparna Popat, was dropped at the last moment. She was once banned for consuming a prohibited drug. After three-months, she was proved to be innocent as she had consumed ’D Cold tablets during the Uber Cup tie to recover from a bout of cold. She had pleaded ignorance about the tablet containing ingredients banned by the International Olympic Committee.

School soccer

Sanjay Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, once again proved its supremacy in soccer when its under 17 boys’ team won the Pre-Subroto Mukherjee Cup Soccer Tournament which concluded on Thursday. The winners qualify for the All-India Subroto Cup meet in which top school teams from different parts of the country will take part. Last year also, Sanjay School had qualified for this tournament. In the under 14 section, Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, won the title and qualified for the All-India meet.

Synthetic turf

The three-day Air Force weightlifting meet at 3 BRD was the occasion for Sq Ldr Subodh Bhatnagar, Secretary, Air Force Sports Control Board, to announce that within a year a synthetic hockey turf will be ready. The decision is timely since the city has been facing a dearth of synthetic turf for hockey. The term astro turf has been used to mean nylon turf made by a particular company having the brand name ‘Astro’. It is like any other synthetic turf made from material such as nylon or polygrass.


Kala takes stock of development works in colonies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Acting Mayor of the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh (MCC), Gurcharan Dass Kala, accompanied by senior officials, yesterday visited Indira Colony, Mauli Jagran Colony, Bapu Dham Colony, Colony No. 4, Ram Darbar and Burail village where he took stock of developmental works.

During the visit, he directed the officials concerned to redress the grievances of the residents at the earliest.

He was appalled to see the insanitary conditions in Indira Colony and asked the Medical Officer of the Health (MoH) to take immediate steps to clean the area of filth and slush. He asked officials to provide new garbage bins and remove malba along the roads. At the same time, he also appealed to the residents to throw garbage in the designated bins and avoid throwing malba along the roadside.

He asked officials of the Health Wing to take necessary steps to remove the stench coming out of the carcasses.

In Bapu Dham Colony, Mr Kala asked the civic officials to replace damaged road gullies with new ones and strengthen and recarpet the roads, whose estimates stand passed. He asked the officials of the Horticulture Wing to increase the green cover in the area and develop the green belt.

Taking stock of the condition of Colony No. 4 along with area councillor, Mr Rajinder Kumar, Mr Kala asked the officials of the public health circle to replace broken water taps and damaged pipeline. Here too, he asked MoH Dr Bansal to improve sanitation and cleanliness of the area and provide more garbage bins.

In Burail village, he asked officials concerned to take immediate steps to prevent the occurrence of any disease. Special attention should be paid to removing cattle dung from Burail and removing malba from roadsides. He also asked them to strengthen the phirni (road surrounding Burail village).

Among the officials, who accompanied him were SE (Buildings and Roads), Mr I.S Sokhey; Medical Officer of Health ( MoH), Dr G.C. Bansal, Executive Engineers, (Public Health) Mr Shyam Singh, Mr B.M. Verma and Mr V.D. Shahi. Sub-divisional engineers, junior engineers and officials of the Health Wing were also present during the visit.

Mr Kala all through sought the co-operation of the inhabitants of the area and called them to adopt civic standards in maintaining the beauty of the city. 


ADA-Estate Officer tiff intensifies
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 4
The authorities of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) ordered an open inquiry into the mud-slinging match between the Assistant District Attorney and the Estate Officer, here yesterday.

The latest allegation to crop up as the battle between the two intensifies is an affidavit submitted by a resident of Sector 9, Mr Des Raj, stating that he gave Rs 9,000 to the ADA for procuring a “no objection certificate’’.

This was submitted to the Estate Officer and has been forwarded to the Administrator, Mr Arun Gupta, for action.

Sources said that the notings of the ADA on the file of the complaint were also contradictory. “He first stated that the certificate could not be issued on the ground that a case against the complainant was pending. Later, he wrote that the certificate had nothing to do with the case the same could be issued.

Mr Gupta also took serious note of the “contradictory’’ statements in the two observations by the ADA and suspected “extraneous considerations’’ behind the latest recommendations.

Clarifying his position, the ADA said that the two notings by him were not contradictory since he had also mentioned that rules in the HUDA policy should be observed while issuing the certificate. “The policy clearly states that nobody with a case pending can be issued a certificate. Then, where is the problem and how am I guilty,’’ he asks.

The ADA added that the affidavit was given three months after he had allegedly accepted Rs 9,000 as a bribe. “This clearly shows it is motivated and is without basis. The Estate Officer wants to see me out of his office and has told me in so many words. He insists that I proceed on leave which I refused,’’ he stated.

He explained that last week the Estate Officer had gone to the extent of hitting him in public following a heated exchange. “The affidavit has come as a cover for that incident. I can dig out many cases in which the Estate Officer has sidelined all rules and issued certificates. All these must be looked into,’’ he demanded.

All this is ultimately having a bearing on the public dealing in the office with files shuttling between the two and little being achieved at the end of the day.

With the tiff between the two becoming common knowledge, the authorities have decided to conduct an open hearing in which they can level charges and counter-charges till the dispute is settled and the guilty punished.


‘Admn won’t bust busters’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The Chandigarh Administration said here today that it had no intention of implicating two private parties in the case registered against certain officials and some other persons for preparing fake driving licences.

The Administration said it would present these persons only as witnesses in the court. It has already directed the authorities concerned to take an action accordingly.

These two persons had exposed the scandal . The Administration said it welcomed all such actions on behalf of the Press to expose corruption in various departments of the government.

“It is wrong to say that the Administration is trying to curb the freedom of the Press”, a spokesperson of the Administration said.

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