Friday, August 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



‘No swapping, only communication gap’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
It was a language problem and a communication gap which resulted in a fiasco at the Sector 16 General Hospital yesterday, when a young couple alleged that their new-born male child had been changed with a dead female baby.

According to the hospital authorities, after investigation by the police into the incident, it was concluded that at the delivery time (2.30 p.m.), Ms Meera, mother of the baby was told that “the bachcha (child) is weak and is not well and is hence being shifted to the nursery.”

“Parents confused the word “bachcha” with a male child and when they were told that their premature female baby had expired at around 7.30 p.m., they raised a hue and cry and alleged that their male child has been swapped with a dead female baby,” said the Director Health Services, Dr Rameshwar Chander.

The police officials also confirmed that the incident was a non-issue and resulted from a confusion due to a communication gap. A visit by the TNS to the hospital this evening revealed that despite repeated efforts by the hospital, Mr Pittar Deen, father of the baby, had not come to the hospital to take the body of his dead child.

Ms Meera, who had come to Chandigarh for the first time just five days back from their village Rohari, was still confused over had happened yesterday. “I do not know anything,” was all she had to say.

Many onlookers who claimed to be present when incident took place yesterday, also said the child, a premature baby, was born to Meera yesterday after she developed complication right in front of the labour room.

“Baby was shown to the father right after the delivery,” said the nurse on duty.


Patients may have to pay more at GH-16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Fees for all tests, examinations and user charges at the General Hospital, Sector 16, will be hiked to be brought at par with charges prevailing in the PGI or in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH)-32.

The step has been proposed as charges in the GH-16 are abysmally low and almost everyone gets free treatment. Citing an example a source said the General Hospital, charges Rs 2 for the delivery of a child. Anyone claiming to have an income of less than Rs 500 gets free treatment in the GH.

Now all this is going to change as the hospital authorities have sent a proposal to the Chandigarh Administration seeking a hike in all charges. It will be a balance between the charges levied by the PGI and the GMCH as rates of the institutions were taken into account.

However, the idea of protecting the poor from the hike in charges will be borne in mind as senior doctors will be given authority to allow free treatment to the poor. The payment pattern of the GMCH or the PGI, where everyone, excepting those below the poverty line, have to pay for the charges and tests.

On the list of the hike are all fees for tests for blood and urine, malaria and other recurring diseases. At present no fees in the GH is even remotely equal to the cost incurred on providing it to the patients. The idea of increasing the charges has been going around for a year or so but now it is more urgent as the Union Government has asked the Chandigarh Administration to collect more revenue.

Skeptics in the hospital, however, add that the system of poor free may not work on the pattern of the GMCH or the PGI.


Operation theatre closed for repairs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The ENT and Eye Operation theatres at the Sector 16 General Hospital was closed down today for an urgent renovation.

The hospital has four operation theatres, namely, gynaecology and obstetrics OT, general surgery OT, Eye and ENT OT and one minor operation theatre for emergency operations.

According to authorities concerned the workload of the OT under repair will be shifted to those which are operational.


PGI committees dissolved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The PGI Institute Body has dissolved all committees and decided to reconstitute them. These committees include selection, finance, academic and estate committees.

The decision was taken at a meeting held on July 25 in New Delhi.

A communication to this effect was conveyed to the PGI authorities a couple of days ago.

It is learnt that the members of the Institute Body have resigned voluntarily to give a free hand to the Union Health Minister, Dr C.P. Thakur, to reconstitute it.


Better facilities needed to ease PGI’s burden
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The PGI authorities have sought improvement of health care facilities at the regional level so that the increasing rush at the PGI, a tertiary care center, could be curbed effectively.

Due to the failure of primary health care in the states of northern region, which even the Union Health Minister, Dr C.P. Thakur had admitted at a press conference held in the PGI a few months ago, the burden on the institute had increased manifold. “ Unless the state governments improve their health care infrastructure and post manpower to run these hospitals, the PGI would not be able to concentrate on research work, which is its primary objective,” said the authorities.


Inter-school boxing, wrestling results
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 23
The following are the results of the bouts decided on Thursday in the Chandigarh Inter-School Wrestling Tournament held at the wrestling hall, Sector 30:

Under-14 Category: 22 to 25 kg: I- Amit of Govt Middle School Colony No 4 Industrial Area; 2 — Kishore of Government High School- 30; and 3 — Vickey of Govt Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 west; 28 kg: I- Ravi of Government High School- 38; 2 — Ajay of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 west; and 3 — Anil Yadav of Government Middle School, Industrial Area; 30 kg: I — Monu of GSSS- 38 West; 2 — Abdesh of GHS-30; and 3 - Chines of GSSS- Kaisan; 32 kg: I Madan of Sarda Sarvitkari Model Senior Secondary, Sector 40; 2 — Rakesh- GHS- 38; and 3 — Jatinder of GSSS- 45; 35 kg: I — Ashok Kumar of GSSS- Karsan; 2 — Mukesh of Government Middle Model School, Sector 39; and 3 — Rahul Sharma of SSMSSS- 40; 38 kg: I — Vinod of GHS-30; 2 — Ranjeet of GSSS- Karsan; and 3 — Varinder of GHS-38; 41 kg: I — Ranjeet Singh of GHS-30; 2 — Durga Prashad of GMS, Industrial Area; and 3 — Raj Pal of GSSS-Karsan; 45 kg: — Niren of SSMSS- 40; 2 — Karan Matu of GHS-38; and 3 — Suraj of GSSS- Karsan; 49 kg: I — Akashiya of GHS- 35; 2 — Ashok of GHS- 38; and 3 Ram Bakash of GHS- 36; and 55 kg: — Vinod of GHS- 38; 2 — Surinder, GSSS- Karsan; and 3 Vikram of SSMSS- 40.

Under-17 category: 42 kg: Rakesh of GSSS- 45 b Sandeep of GSSS- 38 west; Satish of DAVSSS-8 b Jaswinder of GHS-Khuda Lahora; Sompal of GSSS-Kaisan b Amarjeet of GHS Industrial Area; Bhupinder of SSMSSS- 40 b Rakesh of GSSS-45; Simmy of GHS- 30 b Vikas of GMS, Karsan.

45 kg: Sandeep of GSSS-Karsan b Umesh of GSSS-38 west; Arvind of GSSS-45 b Partek of GMSSS-20; Khem Bhadur of GMS, Industrial Area b Vicky of GHS, Kajheri.

The following are the results of the bouts decided on Thursday in the Chandigarh Inter-School Boxing Tournament held at the boxing coaching centre, Sector 23:

Under-19 category: PIM Wts: Joginder of GSSS-27 b Naresh of GMSSS-20; Ashish of GMSSS-10 b Gurpreet of GSSS-Maloya; Paramjeet of DAVSSS-8 b Kulwinder of PMLSD- 32; and Gagjeet of GMSSS- 22 b Surinder of GHS-30.

Lt fly: Paramjeet of PMLSDP- 32 b Manoj Kumar of GMSSS- 46; Anil Kumar of GMSSS-40 b Ramu of GMSSS- 23; and Sunil Kumar of GHS-40 b Rohit of SSMSSS- 40.

Fly: Lovish of SSMSS- 40 b Raju of GMSSS- 23; and Suriya Prakash of DAVSSS- 8 b Ravi of GMSSS- 23.

Bantam: Sandeep Singh of SSMSSS- 40 b Harpreet of PMLSDP- 32; Naveen of DAVSSS-8 b Sunil Rawat of GMSS- 20; Aman Kumar of GMSSS-33 b Rajesh of GSSS-27; and Devinder of GMSSS- 46 b Nitin Kumar of GMSSS - 19.

Under- 17 category: B-3 weight: Ashish Kumar of GMHS 41 b Deepak of GHS 30.

B-5: Sham Sunder of GHS - 40 b Satnam of GSSS, Maloya; Jaspreet of GMSSS- 21 b Abhishek of GSSS- 27; and Sandeep of SSMSSS- 40 b Rakesh of GMHS- 41.

Swimming meet

The Chandigarh Swimming Championship is being organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports by the Chandigarh Administration. Competitions for boys and girls (U-10, 14, 16, 18) will be held at swimming pool, yoga centre, Sector 23, on September 6 and 7.

Competition in 50 m freestyle, 50 m breaststroke, 50 m butterfly, 50 m back stroke, 100 m free style and 200 m I.M. will be conducted.

Entries close with the coach, swimming pool, yoga centre, on September 3.

Football tourney

The final match of the Chandigarh sub-junior football championship for Sanjay Trophy will be played on August 27 at football stadium, Sector 17, at 10 a.m. according to a press release by the Chandigarh Football Association.

The final match had been postponed due to the non-availability of the football stadium before.

Athletics meet

The Chandigarh State Athletics Meet for juniors and seniors will be held on August 25 and 26 at the Athletic Stadium, Sector 7. The meet will start at 8 a.m.

Only bona fide athletes of Chandigarh will be allowed to participate. Athletes will not be allowed to participate in the meet without the production of original date of birth certificate. The competitions will be held for men and women, under-22, 20, 18, 16 and 14 boys and girls category.

According to Mr Ravinder Chaudhary, secretary of the association, the Chandigarh team will be selected to participate in the 13th North Zone Junior Athletics Championship to be held at Dehra Dun on September 10 and 11.

Carrom championship

Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, won the titles in the under-17 and under-14 sections of the UT Inter-School Carrom Championship for girls on Thursday.

The following are the results: Under-17 (final): Mount Carmel-47 b GMHS-44 2-1; Harmeet Kaur lost to Jaspreet Kaur 12-23; Eveleen Sidhu b Simran 23-07; and Navjot Kaur b Harsimran 14-08.

3rd/4th place: GMSSS-37-B b GMSSS-40 2-1; Neha b Prerna Sharma 20-0; Shweta b Sukhpreet Kaur 25-12; and Dolly lost to Abha Vashisht 0-25.

Under-14: (Final): Mount Carmel-47 b GMSSS-16 3-0; Pallari Piplani b Shalini Kapil 25-0; Amanjot Kaur b Akanksha 15-1; and Gagandeep Kaur b Avani 25-0.

3rd/4th place: St Kabir-26 b Bhavan Vidayalaya 2-1; Reema Ahluwalia lost to Monica 6-7; Nitika b Vani Goyal 17-0; and Komal Sondhi b walkover.


Sadhika clinches TT tile
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Sadhika Kaushal, a student of GM-35, clinched the cadet and sub-junior girls’ singles titles in the Bhavan Hawk’s 7th Chandigarh State (Ist ranking) TT Tournament organised by Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, Chandigarh at the table tennis hall, Sector 23, here today. Sameer Singla of MM-21 and Sumit Kumar, also of MM-21, bagged the cadet and sub-junior boys' singles titles

Mrs Meenakshi Mahindra, Principal, Bhavan Vidyalaya, inaugurated the tournament.

The following are the results — Semi-finals: Sadhika Kaushal b Mahek Saini (DAVPS-8) (11-8,11-7,11-2); and Sheetal Nagi b Bhavana Sareen (MM-21) (11-9,6-11,11-7,11-7).

Final: Sadhika Kaushal (GM-35) b Sheeta Nagi (MM-21) (11-8,11-4,10-12,11-3).

3rd and 4th positions: Bhavana Sareen (MM-21) b Mahek Saini (DAVPS-8 (11-7,13-11,11-7).

Cadet Boys: Semifinals: Sameer Singla b Manpreet Singh (11-5,11-4,11-4); and Navdeep Saini b Rohan (St John) (11-5,11-5,7-11,9-11,16-14).

Final: Sameer Singla (MM-21) b Navdeep Saini (DAVPS-8) (11-2,11-6,11-4)

3rd and 4th position (Rohan b Manpreet (MM-21) (11-7,11-10,11-7).

Sub-junior girls: Semifinals: Sadhika (GM-35) b Parveen (GM-22) (11-5,11-3,11-3); and Geetinder (St Joseph) b Aalamjit Kaur (BV-27) (11-21,11-2,11-4).

Finals: Sadhika Kaushal (GM-35) b Geetinder Kaur (St Joseph) (11-10,12-10,7-11,11-7)

3rd and 4th positions: Parveen (GM-22) b Aalamjit Kaur (BV-27) (11-9,11-4,11-9).

Sub-Junior Boys: Semifinals: Sumit Kumar (MM-21) b Rohan (St John-26) (11-5,11-10,11-7); and Amanpreet Singh (AKSIPS) b Sameer (MM-21) (11-2,11-6,11-4)

Finals: Summit Kumar (MM-21) b Amanpreet Singh (AKIPS) (11-9,13-11,12-10).

3rd and 4th positions: Sameer Singla b Rohan (11-8,11-4,11-6).


Brar’s penalty reduced to Rs 52,000
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 23
In case of a former Executive Officer of the local civic body, Mr K.S. Brar, overstaying in the official accommodation for over five months, the Local Government Department is reported to have ordered recovery of the penalty on account of house rent from the official. A communication in this regard has been sent to the local civic body.

Though the civic body had levied a penalty of Rs 1.44 lakh at a rate of Rs 26,500 per month on Mr Brar for overstaying in the official accommodation, the penalty has been reduced to Rs 52,000 after waiving off the rent for two months’ period. The penalty would be deducted from the salary of the Executive Officer.

Sources in the local Government Department said the Director had also directed a Deputy Director to look into the matter.

The Executive Officer, Mr K.S. Brar, was transferred to Gidderbaha civic body about four months ago and Mr Bhagwant Garg was posted in his place. But the former officer continued to stay in the official accommodation in the Municipal Council Residential Complex in Phase 5 here. Some alterations in the house had also been made. The Local Government Department has already issued a notice to Mr Brar to vacate the house but the latter, who allegedly enjoys patronage of a senior politician in the Badal government, was yet to comply with the orders.

As per the rules, an official has to vacate a house on being transferred from a station. But the said Executive Officer retained his official accommodation even after being posted out. Mr Kulwant Singh, President of the civic body, said it had been decided to levy market rent on Mr Brar. During 1995, the then President, Mr H.S. Billa, had levied market rent at the rate of Rs 20,000 per month on his predecessor.

Interestingly, the house occupied by the Executive Officer was the official accommodation of the President and that of the Executive Officer was occupied by a Town Planner from the Local Government Department. The town planner has been given time till August 31.


MC to get tough with encroachers
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 23
The local civic body is taking action against the shopkeepers who encroach on corridors in front of their shops in the town. A video filming of the erring shopkeepers, particularly in the Phase 3-B 2, 5 and 7 markets, has been done by the enforcement wing of the civic body.

After issuing three-day notice to the shopkeepers under the relevant section of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911, the civic body will take legal action against them. Officials are taking legal advice before registering a case against them.

The civic body is also taking action against those who are responsible for defacing public property.

Already a computer firm in Phase 7 has been identified for putting posters at public places. A notice under Section 173 of the Municipal Act had been issued to the company. 

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