Tuesday, September 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Workshop discusses community medicine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The key issues, including the unmet methods of contraception, quality aspect of health services and various other programmes under the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) programme, were discussed during the two-day orientation and training workshop which concluded today at the PGI Community Medicine Department.

According to the Secretary General, Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine, (IAPSM), Dr Sunder Lal, changes in the existing curriculum of the undergraduate and the postgraduate courses of community medicine will be implemented in the various medical colleges in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana, in accordance with the discussions held at this meet.

The final changes in the curriculum , however, will be endorsed by the Medical Council of India.

The workshops being organised by the IAPSM are given financial and technical assistance by the World Health Organisation and aim to orient faculty members of the community medicine departments of various medical colleges on the newer aspects of the Reproductive Child Health (RCH) programme .

According to Dr Sunder Lal, the primary objective of the workshops is to awaken the participants about changes in the RCH. One of the major changes has been a shift towards decentralisation in planning, management and control vested in the Panchayati Raj. Moreover, involvement of the community need assessment approach has enabled the workers to plan their own approach according to the needs of their areas

Other issues discussed during the workshop included care during prenatal and postnatal stages during the pregnancy, besides the need to teach adolescents about safe motherhood.

The IAPSM will be organising 10 such workshops by the end of this year.

According to the National Professional Officer, WHO, Dr Arvind Mathur and Ms Nandita Chatterjee, besides financial assistance, the WHO will also provide skill and technical training in designing the training programme. 


Workshop on stress management opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
A three-day “Destress Aroma” workshop began at the VLCC here today. Ms Rita Juneja, phys-essentialist would conduct the workshop, in which problems arising due to stress, migraine , gout, spondilytis, amnesia etc would be cured through aromatherapy.

After lifestyle counselling, personalised cure would be given to the customers. “Personalised treatment will be given to each customer and they will also be educated about the cure of their ailments via aroma oils”, said Ms Juneja.

“The idea is also to create awareness regarding aromatherapy, which is an antidote to many problems associated with stress. It draws on the calming, relaxing, uplifting and restorative powers of essential oils”, she said .

“With lifestyles having changed tremendously , stress levels have increased manifold and most of us require destressing. In case of Aroma oils, the right proportion and good quality of oils has to be taken care of, for which expert guidance is required”, said Ms Juneja. 


3 BRD to clash with CISF for title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 17
Defending champions 3 BRD will face the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in the final of the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship at the Panjab University campus ground here tomorrow. In the semifinals played here today, the CISF defeated the ITBP, 4-1, with half time score of 2-1. The scorers for winners were, Major Singh, Harish Kumar, Mungra and Paramveer (all scored one goal each). For losers, Kulwinder Singh scored-one goal.

In the second semifinal, 3BRD and last year’s runners-up, Rock Rovers, were involved in a fierce contest as both sides played on even terms. In the stipulated time, the score was 2-2 while at half time it was 1-1. The match was then decided in tie-breaker and finally defending champions 3 BRD prevailed upon Rock Rovers at 6-4.

The final will be played tomorrow at 12.30 pm.

Softball meet

SD College, Sector 32, defeated DM College, Moga, 17-5, in the Panjab University Inter-College Softball Championship (men) played here today on the university campus. Chander, Sanjeev, Vishal scored three runs each while Ravinder and Sandeep scored two runs each. Sanyam was the top scorer for losers. He scored two runs.

In another match of the day, PU campus downed Government College, Ludhiana, 4-2, while Arya College, Ludhiana, outplayed SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, 3-2.

Women hockey

Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, defeated Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, 5-0, with Saba Anjum scoring three and Prakash Chaudhary two goals in the Chandigarh Women’s Hockey Championship which began here at the Sector 18 hockey stadium.

In another match, the Coaching Centre, Sector 18, outplayed Government High School, Sector 47, 3-0. Jyoti Bali scored two goals for winners while Shweta scored the lone goal for the losers.

Tomorrow in the semifinal, GGSS-26 will take on GMS-44, while GMSSS-18 will vie with CC-18.

Inter-district cricket

Panchkula will clash with Chandigarh in the opening match of the Haryana State Inter-district Cricket Tournament for the Pataudi Trophy beginning September 19 at the JR Institute of cricket, Nagal village, near Barwala, on a newly laid strip. Girish Bhanot, a Haryana Ranji player, will lead the 16-member team.

The team was selected after the trials held at Satluj Public school, Sector 4, Panchkula. Satish Gandhi was the chairman of the selection committee. The team is:Vishal Sahni, Amit Bhardwaj, R.P. Singh, Ajay Disodia, Ravi Dhalwal,Vineet Jain, Sandeep Moudgil, Ashish Sharma, (wicketkeeper), Inderjeet, Amit Kumar, Pritpal, Gurmeet, Shubhendo, Umesh Kaira and Narender Walia. The match will begin at 9 am tomorrow.


Better playing facilities now
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 17
Participants of the Chandigarh State badminton Championship which is going to begin on September 19 at the Sector 42 indoor badminton hall will surely get better the playing conditions as the surface of all three courts is being made fit for playing. It may be recalled that on September 12, Chandigarh Tribune had carried a story where it was highlighted that two courts have uneven surface which could result in injury to players while the newly constructed court No. 3 had its wooden planks raised at some points. According to Rajiv Tuli, UT badminton coach, the new court was accorded satisfaction certificate by the UT Sports Department. However, he said the patches would be repaired tomorrow morning while the UT Engineering Department had already brought a machine to make its surface even.

He said necessary sprucing up of the courts would be undertaken tonight. Meanwhile, the players who will be competing in this four-day tournament had practice sessions on the courts today. The hall has latest lighting arrangement. It was a venue for the Junior National Badminton Meet, the North Zone Inter-state Badminton Meet and the National Schools Games recently.

On a visit to the hall this evening, Chandigarh Badminton Association officials led by Mr Gian Chand Gupta, president, Mr T.P.S. Puri, secretary, Mr D.K. Mukerjee, founder of the CBA and Mr B.D. Gandhi, Chairman of the organising committee, among others were seen supervising the preparations for the event.

The tournament evokes interest in view of its being held according to the new scoring system where each game will be of seven points under the best of five system for both boys and girls. The draws will be taken out tomorrow morning.


Admn allots land to gurdwara
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The Chandigarh Administration is understood to have allotted two kanal plot to Gurdwara Charan Kamal, which was demolished by the anti-encroachment squad recently, in Sector 49 here.

According to sources, this information was provided to representatives of various religious institutions at a meeting held at Gurdwara Gursagar here today. The land has been allotted to the Gursagar Trust at the rate of Rs 5,800 per square yard and the total cost of the land will be Rs 58 lakh.

It may be recalled that the anti-encroachment squad of the Administration had razed a portion of the gurdwara recently terming it as encroachment on public land. The act of the Administration was widely condemned by various Sikh institutions.

Various Sikh institutions had been urging the Administration to allot the land to the gurdwara. The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had also reportedly taken up the matter with the Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd).

On Saturday, a delegation had called on the Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, who had directed the delegation to meet General Jacob. One of the members of the delegation and president of the local unit of SAD, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, claimed that General Jacob okayed the allotment of land at a meeting with the delegation yesterday. The Finance Secretary, Mr Karan A Singh, the IGP, Mr B.S. Bassi, and the DC, Mr M. Ramsekhar, were also present at the meeting.

Mr Riar informed that 25 per cent of the total cost (Rs 14 lakh) would be deposited with the Estate Office with in a couple of days following which the land would be allotted. The foundation stone of the Gurdwara would be laid on October 2 on the auspicious day of “pooranmasi”.

Today’s meeting was attended by the Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, the Deputy Mayor, Mr Mohinder Singh besides the representatives of the AISSF, Sant Samaj, SHSAD and Coordination Committee of Gurdwaras and Sikh Institutions.


Gurmel is ADC UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The UT Administration has ordered the posting of Mr Gurmel Singh, Controller, Printing and Stationery, as Additional Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh in addition to his own duties.

The Administrator ordered to designate the ADC as Additional Director (Food and Supplies), Additional Labour Commissioner, Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Additional Director (Sports), Additional Director (Rural Development and Panchayats-cum-Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad) and Additional Director (Agriculture) with immediate effect.

The ADC will also look after the work relating to rehabilitation-cum-development and all establishment matters of Deputy Commissioner’s Office.

Mr Chander Shekhar, Secretary, State Transport Authority, Registering and Licensing Authority and Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies, will also look after the work of the Deputy Director (Food and Supplies). Mr N.S. Brar, Chief General Manager, Chandigarh Industrial Tourism and Development Corporation, will look after the work of the General Manager, District Industries Centre, and Director, Industries.


Parking site auctioned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) today auctioned the parking site opposite the District Courts in Sector 17 for Rs 3.40 lakh against the fixed reserve price of Rs 2.20 lakh.

According to official sources, the contract was bagged by Mr Vipul Bhatia of Jalandhar, who bid the highest amount of the 13 bidders who had filled in the tenders for the same.

The MC had earlier failed to auction this site on August 28 as all bidders got together to ensure that the bid did not go higher than Rs 2.22 lakh. Subsequently the auction was cancelled and the earnest money of Rs 25,000 deposited by each of them was also returned.

The auction was held under the supervision of SE ( B and R), Mr I.S Sokhey, Xen Roads Division No. 1, Mr S.K Chadha, Accounts officer, Mr H.S Sood, in the premises of MC office building.

It may be recalled that the MC had got the highest bid of Rs 4 lakh for this site against the fixed reserve price of Rs 2.20 lakh during the earlier auction in April. The lease period of the site had expired on March 28 and it was re-auctioned for a period of one year alongwith few other sites adjoining cinema halls in the city.

However, the MCC had only a month back cancelled the licence granted to a private contractor for running the parking area in front of the Sector 17 District Courts on account of default of payment of instalments.


Online billing of water, power
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The Chandigarh Administration today signed agreements with two leading banks for online billing of electricity and water bills.

The agreements were signed by Mr Karan A. Singh, Secretary, Information Technology, with Ms Neena Singh of HDFC Bank and Mr Anan Kumar of ICICI Bank. The agreements provide the use of information technology for online payments to be made by the residents of Chandigarh in respect of electricity and water bills.

Under the new scheme, the residents will make payments of bills without having physical visit to the offices of these departments. These payments can be made through the website of these banks or through telephone. The application is likely to be extended to other departments in the near future.


Encroachments removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
In a joint operation, the enforcement wings of the UT Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation today partially removed a sawmill from the MC land in pocket No: 1, Mani Majra, near the old NAC office. The drive will continue tomorrow.

The drive was carried out under the supervision of the MC Secretary, Mr Ashwani Kumar, from 9 am to 6 pm. During this GI sheets were removed from the two big shed like structures and tons of wood lying underneath were also removed with the help of 2 JCBs and trucks. As many as 10 trucks of the MC and nearly 60 labourers were used in the operation.

No untoward incident was reported even though resentment prevailed among owners who have been operating from there for the past so many years

Mr Kumar informed that land measuring nearly 1.5 acre had been acquired and the compensation for the structures had also been paid. While the sheets have been removed to prevent any damage to the big machines underneath, the structures will also be dismantled in due course of time.


Sensitive installations to be under strict security
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
With a high alert having been declared in the states of Punjab, Haryana and in Chandigarh , the local police has begun an exercise to review the security in various guarded buildings of the city.

According to well-placed sources, the top brass of the police has asked all the Sub Divisional Police Officers to compile a list of sensitive installations in their respective areas. They have been asked to make a note of buildings in their respective areas and what is being housed there.

The SDPOs have also been asked to ensure proper patrolling around these sensitive installations. The police officers have also been asked to check if these buildings are being guarded by Punjab, Haryana or Chandigarh police or any of the central forces.

It is also learnt that the CISF has also tightened the security in and around the Chandigarh airport. A mock exercise by the bomb disposal squad of the local police was also carried out here. Security around the Inter State Bus Terminus in Sectors 17 and 43 is also being reviewed.

Police sources say that with Punjab being one of the sensitive states along the border and having always been caught in any crossfire with Pakistan, the UT, along with all areas till Delhi are on a high alert and security has been beefed up. Though Chandigarh has not got any additional force, the manpower constraint in the police here has forced the authorities to make do with the existing force.

While the inadequate security branch of the local police is still catering to its routine duty of VIP security, the authorities are only ensuring that the personnel deployed at these buildings are physically present here.

Meanwhile, the UT police today carried out a special day patrolling in all parts of the city. The drive was carried on under the SDPOs of the concerning areas and as many as 300 cops were deployed for the purpose.

Senior police officers said that the drive was launched because of the spurt in day burglaries and to make their presence felt for the student elections later this week. Mounted cops also patrolled the university campus and students in colleges were advised to ensure that law and order was maintained.

The decision to step up the security in the vicinity of the colleges is significant as minor incidents of scuffles and hooliganism are being reported almost everyday. Even yesterday, a case was reported in Sector 15, when students armed with hockey sticks were gunning for each other, but the dispute was settled following police intervention. 


MC official dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today terminated the services of Mr Yogesh Chopra, a supervisor of the Sector 16 Rose Club, on charge of misappropriation government money and embezzlement of club funds. An order to this effect was issued by the MC Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, it is reliably learnt.

It may be recalled that Mr Chopra was suspended in November following reports of alleged embezzlement of club funds.

The Assistant Commissioner-I, Mr Ashok Vashistha, had raided the club premises in October and seized all records. Upon scrutiny of the records it was found that he had allegedly not deposited Rs 2.33 lakh collected as membership fee in the MC account in the bank. Though, the said amount was later deposited by him when he was served a show-cause notice. In his reply he had pleaded that the amount had not been deposited earlier since he did not know where and in whose account it was to be deposited.

According to official sources, he was chargesheeted three months after the notice was served to him and the inquiry went on for 11 months.

The inquiry was conducted by the Assistant Commissioner-II, Mr Ashwani Kumar, and as many as four charges were framed against him. Three of the four charges have been proved against him in the report. The report was sent to Mr Chopra in July, who furnished a reply in August.

Giving these details, Mr Vashistha said his services had been terminated since the charges proved. Mr Chopra, originally a CITCO employee, had come to the MC on deputation.

treatment project to cover 384 villages
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 17
A proposal for the watershed areas near Sirsa, Siswan-Budhki, Jainti Devki ki Rao, Patiala Wali, Ghaggar, Sukhna-Dangri and Markanda rivers has been prepared by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA).

This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, while presiding over the meeting of the governing body of the DRDA and the District Urban Development Agency held, here today. She said this proposal had been sent to the Central government for approval.

This project would cover 384 villages and an area of 59.4 hectares, costing over Rs 23.76 crore. Also, an allocation of Rs 32.64 lakh had been made for the Swaran Gram Swarozgar Yojna during the current financial year aimed at providing employment to 466 “swarozgaris.”

Ms Arora directed the Secretary, Municipal Committee, Pinjore, Kalka and all Block Development and Panchayat Officers to carry out a survey in their respective areas on provision of “sulabh sauchalaya” by end of March to make the district free of scavengers.

They were asked to explore the possibility of supplying water through tapes by storing water in “pucca” pitches in 10 big villages of every block for the cattle.

The Deputy Commissioner directed the officers of the Municipal Committee, Kalka and Pinjore , to establish “Self-employed workers’’ Association Kendra’’ at Panchkula, Pinjore, Tagra Kali Ram under the “Sewak” project to provide self-employment to youths.

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