Friday, August 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Power supply in GMCH operation theatres
to be strengthened
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
The Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) today ordered improving its power back-up system in operation theatres to prevent recurrence of power failures like the one which happened yesterday when an emergency operation had to be carried out without electricity.

According to the GMCH Medical Superintendent (MS), Prof Raj Bahadur, following an inquiry into the incident when a pregnant woman was operated upon in the absence of electricity for 18 minutes (from 9.55 a.m. to 10.13 a.m.), it was decided to have regular preventive maintenance for the existing uninterrupted power supply (UPS). Besides, a decision to install emergency lights in all operation theatres has also been undertaken.

It may be mentioned that at around 9.50 a.m. on Wednesday, while an emergency delivery case was being carried out, power supply went off. “Being a gazetted holiday , only emergency procedures were being undertaken,” says Prof Raj Bahadur.

As per the MS, within seconds the UPS took over. However, barely five minutes later, when the first incision had already been made, due to a snag in the UPS system, the stand-by power also failed.

Surgeons, taking stock of the situation, successfully managed to complete the operation. In the meantime, the fault was rectified and power supply restored at 10.13 a.m. The MS said the surgeons did not face any problem while operating as they are trained to operate in more adverse situations.” During day time an operation theatre gets enough natural light to carry on an operation successfully. As a surgeon, I can account many incidents when operations were successfully performed even with a torch light,” he added.

Adding that mechanical and electrical systems can develop snags, Prof Raj Bahadur said, “A system can break down and competency of doctors and inadvertent technical faults are two different issues.”

Incidentally, the mother and the baby, as per the hospital authorities, are doing well.



More cholera cases this year
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
The health authorities admit that the city experienced more cases of cholera and gastroenteritis cases this year as compared to the year 2000. Till date as many as 11 cases of cholera and thousands of gastroenteritis cases have been already reported from various slums of the city.

Cholera is a more serious form of diarrhoea when the water losses are so immense that a person goes into a shock within hours. Incidentally, most of the cholera and gastroenteritis cases are from Hallo Majra village, Ram Darbar and colony No 5. In fact six cholera cases have been reported from the same area.

Incidentally, even the health authorities have expressed their shock, especially over the number of reported cholera cases, and add that the actual figure could be much higher as many cases go unreported as well.

The authorities blame the rise in water-borne diseases on an early monsoon . The rains have hit the city much before time this year, they say, while adding that if rains continue for long, there could likely be a further rise in the numbers. “ The aftermath of a spell of rain is seen seven to 10 days after,” says a doctor.



Another physiotherapy centre for elders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
The city will have another free physiotherapy centre for senior citizens at the Santsar Gurdwara, Sector 38, soon.

According to Mr P.H. Vaishnav, president of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association, financial assistance to the tune of Rs 1.75 lakh had been offered by the Rotary Club, Shivalik, for the purchase of the latest equipment. One such is already functioning at the Arya Samaj, Sector 7, here.

Meanwhile, due to the support of the local Income Tax Department, a substantial number of income tax refund cases have already been settled. Those senior citizens, whose cases are still pending and are more one year old, are advised to contact Mr V.S. Sodhi, secretary, public relations of the association, and apply on the prescribed forms for their speedly disposal, according to a press note.


Uncertainty mars PGI Deanship?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
The PGI Governing Body that selected a new dean on July 25, has failed to finalise the minutes of the meeting. While selection of the new Dean hangs a fire, and will finally depend on the High Court’s decision, new facts have come to light. Sources add the previous director, Prof B.K. Sharma, had recommended the name of Prof R.N. Kataria, the third senior-most professor, bypassing the names of Prof R.J. Dash and Prof A.K. Banerjee. However, selection of Dean could not be decided during the tenure of three successive ministers, Mr Dalit Ezhilmalai, Dr A.K. Patel and Mr N. Shanmughan.

It is learnt that on June 22, 1999, when the issue came up, the then Health Minister, Mr Dalit Ezhilmalai, was in favour of not disturbing the seniority.

But some other members had opposed the name of Prof R.J. Dash for this post. Subsequently during Dr A.K. Patel’s tenure the governing body meeting was cancelled at the last minute, The issue was not at all taken during Mr N. Shanmughan’s time and till July 25, during Dr C.P. Thakur’s tenure. Before the recent governing body meeting, Professor Kataria had informed in writing that he was no more interested in the post, while Professor Banerjee kept waiting for the decision to come in his favour till the time of his retirement.

Meanwhile, two senior professors are fighting tooth and nail to claim their seniority over each other, most probably keeping an eye over selection of Dean. But it seems that the governing body has recommended the name of somebody else for the coveted post.



Jalandhar wins overall trophy
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 16
Savresh Kumar of the 46 battalion who clocked 11.23 seconds in 100-metre race became the fastest runner in the 3rd Inter-battalion/group Centre Athletic Competitions comprising of Punjab and Chandigarh held today at Central Polytechnic, Sector 26, under the supervision of GC, Pinjore.

The Additional DIG, Mr D.S. Pundir, CRPF, gave away the prizes to the winners. Group centre, Jalandhar won the overall trophy with 91 points and runners up trophy went to 28 battalion. The athletic meet was conducted under the supervision of the Deputy Commandant, Mr Joginder Singh, and the Assistant Commandant, Mr Surinder Singh, an NIS trained coach and international athlete.

Results: 1,000-m — Ram Swaroop 1, Manoj Kumar 2, Pradeep Kumar 3; 1500 m — Raj Kumar 1, Santh Ram 2, Jaswinder Pal 3; 400 m — A.K. Panday 1, Balbir Singh 2, Chandan 3; pole vault — K.K. Sunny 1, Ravi Shankar 2, Raj Mani 3; 100 m — Savresh Kumar 1, Nishan Singh 2, Viram Singh Meena 3; 4x400 m relay — 28 Bn 1, GC Jdr 2, 137 Bn 3.

Basketball tourney

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, will take on Bhavan Vidyalya School, Sector 27, in the girls final while YPS, SAS Nagar, will play with Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, in the boys final of the Fanta Fiesta Basketball Tournament played here at Sector 7 Sports Complex. The girls final will be played tomorrow at 4 p.m. while boys final at 5 p.m.

Results: girls: GMSSS-16 b Carmel Convent School-9: 25-20; BV-27 b IS Dev Samaj Girls School-21: 35-34; boys: SPS-41 b SD Public School-32: 64-60.

Football meet

The Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Championship for Sanjay trophy will begin here tomorrow at Football Stadium, Sector 17. According to Mr Ravinder Talwar, president of the Chandiagrh Football Association. He said eight teams have so far confirmed their participation and four matches will be held daily. The inaugural match will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. Mr Talwar said recently that the CFA had taken seriously the incident where two school teams were involved in a fierce encounter. In future no indiscipline of that nature will be tolerated and now both the sides have been asked to submit detailed reports, he added.

Cricket trials

The Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association will hold trials for selection of under-14 team on August 19 at 7 am at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. The team for the Punjab inter-district meet will be selected, said Mr Mohinder Singh, secretary, CCA. The player born after September 30, 1987 will be eligible to take part.


The Chandigarh Rifle Association held its meeting under the chairmanship of its President, Mr B.C. Gupta, IAS. It has been decided to promote shooting in the city by starting Sunday shooting competitions. The association has also decided to hold the Chandigarh State Shooting Championship from October 4 to 7 at Patiali Ki Rao ranges, Sector 25.



Another city girl on the block
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, August 16
Meet Samridhi Mahajan, a Class IX student of local Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, whose determination has helped her in achieving desired results in the field of badminton. She took to the game in 1998 at the initiative of her father Ravi Mahajan, who himself is a keen sport lover. As Samridhi said it was her good fortune when she landed into the fold of a senior coach of the Sports Authority of India, Mr Surinder Mahajan, at the Panjab University Gymnasium hall coaching centre. She was spotted at the PU hall where the Samuel Banerjee memorial badminton tournament began today.

The spirited Samridhi, suffering from an acute right shoulder pain for the past one month, has not been deterred from visiting the badminton courts. She said the tournament was being organised by the Chandigarh Badminton Players Welfare Association and involved huge prize money. Currently she is undergoing treatment by a physiotherapist at PGI.

It may be recalled that Samridhi had participated in a tournament-cum-training session at the Czech Republic in June. She had dared many top ranking players of the country, including those senior to her. She said the training helped her learn many new strokes along with building better temperament. She said at Podivin, near Brno, in Czech Republic, she upset a top woman player of the region in one of the matches their team played, which resulted in boosting more confidence in her.

Samridhi finished runner-up in under-13 section at the last Chandigarh state badminton meet and in Tara Chand memorial badminton tournament as well.

Samridhi said her aim was to go in for medical profession and added that her parents had always supported her and had advised her to balance her studies with sport. Her father said she initially began playing badminton to keep fit, but now as her coach visualised, she would like to practice harder to don national colours.



Reverted DSP’s plea to UT Admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
A former Deputy Superintendent of Police, reverted to the rank of an Inspector, Mr Dayanand, has requested the UT Administration that he be granted the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Police in his own rank and pay.

According to sources in the Administration, the Administration is still examining the request and has sought the comments of the UT Inspector-General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi on the issue.

It may be noted that the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), on an application filed by Inspector Om Prakash, had directed the Chandigarh Administration to review its decision regarding the appointment of Mr Dayanand as DSP on April 4, 1992.

The decision of the CAT was given on June 26 and in pursuance of these directions, Mr. Dayanand was reverted to the rank of an Inspector and a review departmental promotion committee (DPC) meeting was held on August 6 .

The name of Mr Om prakash was recommended for promotion on the Scheduled Caste vacancy in place of Mr Dayanand.

Meanwhile, the appointment of Mr Om Prakash has opened a can of worms with atleast 10 Inspectors claiming seniority over Mr Prakash and representing that they be considered for the post.

While an Inspector of police of the batch, which joined in 1972 as an ASI, had given his representation to the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral on August 6 (the day the Departmental Promotional Committee meeting was held), four Inspectors of Police, who joined the department as probationary ASIs in 1973 gave their representation on August 13 (when the proceedings of the DPC were made public and Mr. Om Prakash was declared as selected for the post of a Deputy Superintendent of Police).

It is also learnt that at least four more Inspectors of the batch that joined in 1973 as ASIs were likely to give their representation to the Home Secretary against the new appointment.



Reduce congestion in Sec 34: Jacob
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
During the visit to Sector 34 today the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), said congestion in the area should be reduced and there should be more green space and parking space.

He asked the Chairman, Chandigarh Housing Board, to put up a proposal to reduce the traffic congestion in the area. Mr G.K Marwah, Chairman, Chandigarh Housing Board, informed the Administrator that 10 bay shops, originally planned in front of the passport office would be relocated instead and central park would be set up with a planned green space and public facilities like food court, seating, parking etc.

Mr Marwah informed the Administrator that the design will be finalised after arranging a competition amongst students of the College of Architecture.

General Jacob asked the Chairman to explore the possibilities of allowing sponsored paid toilets on Delhi pattern and he also asked the Chairman to explore the possibilities of improving connectivity in different blocks of city sub-centre.

Mr Marwah informed the Administrator that the CHB was carrying out development work of additional parking, roads, streetlights and storm water drains in city sub-centre.

Earlier, the General planted a sapling of a “peepal” tree in the city sub-centre as a part of tree plantation campaign carried out by the CHB and other housing board complexes all over the city.



HUDA seals three more booths
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 16
Almost a month after having begun the exercise of sealing of booths in the city, the Estate Office of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) sealed three more booths today evening for non-payment of dues.

Those sealed include booth number 77 in Sector 7, booth number 91 in Sector 9 and booth number 19 in Sector 17. It may be recalled that 16 booths in the city were sealed by officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority on account of non-payment of pending dues and the termination of the lease.

While 10 of these belonged to private parties, six booths were in the possession of Confed which, too, like the rest, had failed to pay the dues. Five others were left on account of a stay from the court.

Later, two of these shopkeepers had moved court but their pleas of securing possession of these sealed booths were dismissed by the district courts.


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