Tuesday, August 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


ITBP personnel donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh August 13
As many as 211 personnel, including four officers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force , donated blood at a camp organised at the ITBP Basic Training Centre at Bhanu near here today.

According to a statement issued here, the camp, conducted in collaboration with the Blood Bank Society, PGI, was inaugurated by the Additional DIG, Mr S C Nayyar.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nayyar said that that such camps and other social activities were being perused by the ITBP to instill a feeling of involvement in nation building.



STD facility soon at new PGI OPD
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The New OPD in the PGI will soon have the much-needed STD facility. According to the telecom officials, the facility is expected to become operational within a month.

An STD facility had been a long-pending demand of the large number of patients visiting the PGI and the decision was taken after formal requests by the PGI Administration.



Going great guns in sport, studies
Good times for MCM DAV
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, August 13
The local MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36 could not have asked for more as rowing and shooting made their debut in the new session of the Panjab University inter-college sports meet with admission of international rower Gurpreet Kaur and shooter Sabeeha Dhillon in the college. It could well prove to be a rosy scenario for sports in the college.

Gurpreet had won the bronze medal in the sixth Asian Junior Rowing Championship held in December last, astonishing all. Gurpreet, who was earlier involved in swimming, took to rowing only in 1999 and it was a tremendous achievement to win a medal within a year of taking to the sport. Gurpreet’s mother, a physical education teacher in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, said her daughter had studied in the same school where she taught and the school had provided her all the necessary support. With Gurpreet’s achievement the school also remained in news. When she was honoured by the Governor on the Republic Day, it was a big honour for Gurpreet, her parents and the school.

Now Gurpreet is in Germany to take part in the World Junior Rowing Championship.

Now her achievements will also rub off on her college where she is a B.A. Ist year student. Gurpreet wants to study so that she has good academic qualifications, along with earning glory for the country. Then there will be no dearth of jobs for her.

Sabeeha Dhillon, the national junior air rifle champion in 1999, recently participated in a shooting meet in June at Plzen, Czech Republic, where she scored 390/400.

Sabeeha had matriculated from Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, and then studied at Bhavan Vidyalya School, Sector 27. Both the schools also basked in the limelight of Sabeeha’s achievements. Like Gurpreet she is a BA Ist year student in MCM DAV college now.

Sabeeha’s mother Agnes Dhillon wants her daughter to go about in a planned manner, in both sports and studies. “We want our daughter to be more mature in life and her joining college at this stage is a must. She needs to study hard also so as to groom her mind but shooting will remain her first love. “She added that although Sabeeha had been offered a job in the police forces on the basis of her achievements in sports when she was in Class 12th but they were not interested as the job was at a lower scale. “But if she improves her education and with better achievements in shooting, more lucrative job offers could be made”. Sabeeha is now trying to go great guns, both in studies as well as sports by striking a perfect balance.



Nadia, Aditya emerge winners
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 13
Nadia Saini of DAV Public School, Sector 8, among girls section while Aditya Puri of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, among boys section bagged the under-14 titles respectively in the Manav Mangal Open table tennis tournament which entered the penultimate day here today at Sector23 TT hall. In girls final, Nadia had to overcome stiff resistance before disposing off Arshdeep Kaur of Manav Mangal School at 11-9, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 while in boys section, it was spirited Aditya who defeated Sajal Kaushal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, at 12-10, 15-13, 11-7, 11-7.

Results: girls (semi finals): Arshdeep Kaur (MMH-21) b Kanika (Ropar) 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8; Nadia Saini ( DAVPS-8) b Ritu (Sacred Heart-26) 11-4, 11-1, 11-2; (quarter finals): Nadia b Sunanda 11-6,11-5,11-6; Kanika b Nupur11-4,11-5, 11-7; Arshdeep b Sharmishtha 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8; Ritu b Geetinder 11-8, 16-19, 11-8. Boys (semi finals): Aditya Puri b Jeetinder Kapoor (MMH-21) 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8; (quarter finals): Aditya Puri b Amanpreet Singh 13-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5; Nikhil b Rohit Kholia 12-10,6-11,11-9;11-9; Sajal Kaushal b Dev Saini 11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4; Jeetinder Kapoor b Nitish Rana 11-8, 8-11, 12-10,11-5.

Selection trials

The selection trials to select the UT under-19 cricket team for the Haryana Inter-District Cricket Tournament-2001 will be held at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, tomorrow at 2.30 p.m. According to Mr Surinder Singh, secretary of the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated with Haryana Cricket Association, the players born after September 1, 1982, will be eligible to take part.



UT Admn promotes Inspector
Seniority of 2 DSPs changed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The Chandigarh Administration today promoted Inspector Om Prakash of the Chandigarh police as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to fill in the vacancy created on the reversion of DSP Dayanand as Inspector. Mr Om Prakash will get seniority from November 16,1993.

The date of seniority of two other DSPs, Mr Jaspal Singh and Mr S.S. Randhawa, was also changed slightly. Mr Jaspal Singh, who held the seniority from April 27, 1992, would now be treated to have become DSP as on April 4, 1992, and Mr Randhawa , who earlier held the seniority from November 16, 1993, would now get seniority from April 4, 1992, Mr Dayanand was promoted as DSP on April 4, 1992.

A Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) headed by the Home Secretary, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, recommended the name of Mr Om Prakash after going through the facts of the case.

Sources reveal that when Mr Dayanand was promoted as DSP, he had completed six years of service as Inspector, but only five years of his record was taken into account by the then DPC headed by Mr Sanjay Kothari. Out of these six years of service, an Inspector needs to have 50 per cent of his annual reports as ‘‘good’’.

In case of Mr Dayanand, the DPC had overlooked the fact that only five years of record was being scrutinised. Mr Om Prakash went to CAT on the issue. Now the existing DPC examined the records of six years of service of Mr Dayanand and Mr Om Prakash. It was found that Mr Dayanand did not have the mandatory 50 per cent ‘‘ good reports’’ whereas Mr Om Prakash met the criteria.

Going back nine years when Mr Dayanand was promoted, Mr Om Prakash had not completed six years of service as an Inspector. Since Mr Om Prakash completed six years in December, 1992, both were considered for promotion in 1993 as records were checked as on that date. Mr Dayanand’s case became weak as his ‘‘good’’ record was inadequate as per his original 1992 appointment and also on a latter date in 1993.

Mr Om Prakash was appointed as he was ahead of Mr Dayanand, sources said.



Jain refutes charge against Advani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
A former local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, has refuted the allegations by the CTCC chief, Mr B.B. Bahl, that the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, was behind the adjournment of the meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) called to elect the new Mayor on August 10.

In a written statement, Mr Jain, who is also counsel for Mr Advani before the Liberhan Commission probing the Babri Masjid demolition, said he had talked to Mr Advani on the phone and the Home Minister had clarified that he had not issued any instructions to Home Ministry officials or officials of the Chandigarh Administration regarding the election of the Mayor.

The decision to adjourn the meeting was taken by the presiding officer and Mr Advani had nothing to do with it, Mr Jain said, while appealing to the leaders of the political parties not to drag the Mr Advani in local politics.


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