Wednesday, September 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



100 kids, women examined at camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The Shiv Shakti Society for welfare and care of women and children held its maiden check-up camp yesterday at Bhankarpur village near Dera Bassi.

According to Dr Kritika Kalsia, president of the society, medical check-up of more than 100 children and about 40 nursing and pregnant women was done on the spot. She said 45 per cent of the women were found anaemic.

Dr Satya Pal Garg from Mandi Gobindgarh being patron of the society, said that most of the children were found suffering from liver or stomachic diseases due to unsafe drinking water. Worming was also one of the major symptoms amongst the patients. It was a free medical aid camp organised by the society.

The main aim of the society is to look after and to promote the welfare activities for women and child development. The society intends to hold at least three or four such camps in a year.



Factional fight intensifies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The factional fight in the PGI Medical Technologists Association here yesterday intensified with a group of members backing “expelled’’ general secretary and sacking others at a general body meeting attended by 89 of the 300 members.

The general secretary, Mr Prem Chand, claimed that his “illegal and arbitrary expulsion’’ by four other office-bearers on August 12 was revoked by the general body.

He said that the constitution of the association did not permit expulsion by office-bearers and only the general body was empowered to do so.

Mr Chand said the meeting was called with a due notice issued on September 14, 2001, with clear agenda items of revoking his expulsion and electing new office-bearers in place of the old ones.

He said Mr R.K. Khinchi, Mr G.D. Maini, Mr Prem Chand, Mr Sanjeev Gupta and Mr Suresh Rajput were elected president, vice-president, general secretary, joint secretary and treasurer, respectively, on September 30.

The meeting has replaced them with Mr K.L. Chopra, Mr O.P. Verma, Mr Prem Chand (group leader and old general secretary also), Mr Dinesh and Mr Naresh Kumar as president, vice-president, general secretary, joint secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Mr Chand alleged that the other group headed by four office-bearers, who were expelled yesterday, did not hand over the general body minutes register.



Shooting competition from September 29
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 25
The Chandigarh Rifle Association will hold ‘qualifying competitions’ on September 29 at Patiali ki Rao Shooting Ranges, Sector 25, to select the shooters in the air rifle and air pistol 10-metre events for the Vth All-India Kumar Surendra Singh Inter-School Shooting Championship to be held at Dasmesh Girls Senior Secondary Public school, Badal village, Muktsar, from October 20 to 24. This was stated by Mr Vijay Pal Singh, general secretary of the association. Chandigarh shooters achieving minimum score of 60 per cent in the ISSF and 40 per cent in the NR matches during qualifying competition will only be allowed to take part in the meet.

Badminton team announced

The Chandigarh Badminton Association has selected the UT junior and senior team in boys and girls sections for the North Zone Inter-state Badminton Championship to be held at Jalandhar from October 2 to 4. Announcing the team, Mr B.D. Gandhi, Chairman of the selection committee of the CBA, said the team will take part in the four events, Rahimtoola Cup (men), Chadha Cup (women), Narang Cup (junior boys), and Shafi Qureshi Cup (junior girls).

Mr Gandhi said the UT junior boys had won the title last year while women remained runner up. He said the preparatory camp for the selected players will begin tomorrow at the Panjab University Gymnasium Hall. It will conclude on October 1.

The team is (men) — Rudra Kaushik, Deepak sidhu, Ashish Sharma, Rajnikant, Amit Sachdeva and Varun Sharma; (women) — H.Sarda Devi, Isha Sharma, Mala Gaba and Parnita Verma. (junior boys) — Akash Sethi, Gurjeet Singh, Pankaj Mathani and Paras Gupta; (junior girls) — Mala Gaba, Isha Sharma and Parnita.


Ms Madhu BahlMs Madhu Bahl, Principal of Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary School, Sector 7, has been nominated as lady manager of the Indian roller skating team which will take part in the IXth Asian Roller Skating Meet going to be held at Taitung city (Taiwan) from October 1 to 5. Ms Bahl was instrumental in making available the international standards skating rink in her school. During the past two years, the school had organised national roller hockey camp and Italian coach Baraldi Aldo also coached the Indian campers in 1999. It also played host to the National CBSE Roller Hockey Meet and only few days back, the second camp for the Indian team concluded. Ms Bahl was also made a special invitee member of the Roller Skating Federation of India.

On being asked, Ms Bahl said she was expecting good results especially from the women team in the forthcoming Asian meet. She said the speed event team was also likely to show good performance and they have just returned after attending rigorous training camp at France.

TT meet

Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, clinched the under-17 boys table tennis title in the UT Inter-School TT meet organised by the UT Education Department at Sector 23 TT Hall. In the final, MMHS-21 team outplayed Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27 at 3-0. In the under-14 boys section, Manav Mangal High School made it to the final and they will now meet AKS International Public School, Sector 41 .The under-19 boys final went in favour of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, when they defeated DAVSSS-8 by 3-0.

Results: under-17 (finals) MMHS-21 b MRASS-27 3-0(Aditya Puri b Lalit 11-8,11-8,11-8; Jatinder b Balbir 11-7,11-3,11-4; Amit b Arvind 11-8,11-3,10-12,12-10; under-19 — Varun Kassal b Ramakant 11-9,11-9,11-8; Ramit Singla b Dheeraj 11-5,11-7,11-9; Harsh b Arun 11-9,11-8,11-7.

Meanwhile in other sport, SGGSSS, Sector 35 bagged the under-15 hockey title while in badminton, Bhavan Vidyalya, Sector 27, Vivek High School, Sector 38, MRSSS-27 and GMSSS-35 won their matches in under-14 section. In the under-17, GMSSS-16, St Stephen’s-45, DAVSSS-8 won their matches.

In ball badminton in under-19 section, PMLSD Public School, Sector 32, will meet GSSS-38 West in the under-19 final while in under-14 section, SGHPS-40 will take on MMS-21 in final.

Harinder excels

Harinder Pal singh Sandhu, a student of the YPS, SAS Nagar, has been seeded third in the boys under-13 section of the Cadbury Ice Cream Australian Junior Squash Championship. There were total of 183 entries, the maximum being 34 in under-13 section. But Harinder was the only one from India.

Cycling races from Oct 2

Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association will hold Chandigarh cycling road races on October 2 for senior, junior and sub-junior boys and girls sections at the Lake Club Circuit, according to Mr Rakesh Mohindra, secretary of the association. These races will begin at 6.30 am. The events are massed start race men (26 km) and women (12 km), junior boys (16-18yrs) 16 km, girls eight km; sub junior; (under 14 yrs) 8 kms and girls 4 km. Entries close with secretary at phone-778182.


Chess meet

Mr K.K. Malik, president of the Haryana Sports and Chess Association for the Blind, today said National (B) Chess Tournament would be held next month in Mumbai.

Mr Malik said the selection of 20 boys and two girls for the tournament from the region was done during the Northern Region Chess Tournament held in Ambala Cantonment earlier this year. One player each from UP, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, four from Delhi and the rest are from Haryana.

About 80 players were expected to participate in the tournament. In the women’s championship, about 20 women are expected to participate.



Harinder leads in junior golf
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Harinder Gupta of Chandigarh returned a gross card of 73 to take the lead in the A category (15 to 17 years) of the Chandigarh Open Junior/Sub-junior Golf Tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Jaskirat Singh Dullet was one stroke behind after the first round. Tied for the third place with identical score of 76 were Deepak Kumar and Shauraya Singh.

A total of 87 participants aged between 11 and 17 years in the A, B and C categories took part in the tournament, which was inaugurated by Mr G.S. Sandhu, president of the Chandigarh Golf Club.



Survey of Bir Ghaggar village in week’s time
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 25
A survey of families staying in Bir Ghaggar would be conducted in a week’s time. This was decided at a meeting of the committee here yesterday.

At the meeting, it was decided that the survey work would be jointly conducted by the revenue office of the district administration, representatives of the Haryana Forest Department as well as representatives of the Town and Country Planning Department.

This step was taken after the villagers agreed to return double the area under their occupation to the Forest Department. The villagers of Bir Ghaggar said that a resolution to this effect would be passed by the gram sabha shortly.

Earlier, at a meeting of the Forest Department, the committee, which met the villagers to resolve the stalemate over the land dispute of the villagers with the Forest Department, said that the land would be identified and purchased by the villagers themselves.

It was agreed that the entire cost of plantation on this new land purchased by the villagers after pooling their resources would be funded by them.

In addition, all court cases would be withdrawn as soon as the resolution was worked out.

It may be recalled that the residents had blocked the Kalka-Panchkula highway to protest against the demolitions in Bir Ghaggar by the district administration. Following this, it was decided that the matter would be sorted out with the villagers, the Forest Department and the villagers.


Delay in establishment of Chief
Commissioner’s post
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The establishment of a post of Chief Commissioner of Central Excise in the city is likely to be delayed as the restructuring of the department is proceeding at a slow pace.

As a part of restructuring the department, the Union Cabinet had cleared the setting up of the post in this region, for controlling departmental operations north of Delhi, some time ago.

“There are indications that the post is unlikely to become functional in the near future,” an excise officer stated. “At the time the proposal was passed, it was thought that the post would be set up by this year-end, but now it appears that the post would be operational only by the middle of next year,” he added.

Sources said that the delay was due to administrative matters. The jurisdictions had yet to be chalked out and the requisite infrastructure required was still being worked out.

Sources revealed that the creation of a post of Chief Commissioner of Central Excise and Customs had been recommended by the department to the Ministry of Finance when the restructuring was being worked out. The proposed restructuring, albeit with some modifications, was cleared by the Cabinet in June.

While the post for this region was expected to be set up at Chandigarh, departmental functionaries, however, did not discount the possibility of the post being created in another city, probably Jalandhar or Ludhiana in case the city was found unsuitable at a later stage.

At present, the two Excise Commissionerates based here and the Customs Commissionerate based at Amritsar were controlled by the Chief Commissioner headquartered at Delhi. The Excise Commissionerates here were responsible for revenue generation in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Restructuring would also see several additional posts at the level of commissioners being created in the region. A post of Commissioner of Central Excise was being created at Ludhiana as were two or three posts of Commissioner Appeals in the region. This would increase the number of commissioners in this region from four to seven or eight. Sources said that with the restructuring, the number of Chief Commissioners in the country would double. At present, there were 24 posts of Chief Commissioners. The number of officers at the level of commissioner would increase from the present 165 to 311.

While the number of officers were being increased significantly, the restructuring also envisions reducing the staff at lower level by about 5 per cent. Though this would result in the department becoming top-heavy, sources said that projections by the Department of Expenditure showed that the change in the staffing pattern would actually result in overall cost cutting.



MCC meeting to discuss paid parking issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The 47th meeting of Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh ( MCC) to be held under the chairmanship of new Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, on September 27 will take up two vital supplementary agenda items, besides other undisposed items.

According to information available, one pertains to the imposition of paid parking in Sectors 8, 9 and 17 and the other pertains to the transfer of maintenance of public and mobile toilets under the MCC.

The Administration had directed the MC to impose parking fees in surface parkings in Sectors 17, 8 and 9 and later Punjab and Haryana High Court had also issued these directions. The same is being brought only for information as it has already been passed by the House and the modalities have been worked out to impose the same, it is learnt. The agenda had been approved by the House way back in 1998 but could not be implemented due to public the pressure.

As regards the issue of transfer of maintenance of public and mobile toilets under the MC, the House had at its meeting held in June deferred the same and resolved that fresh tenders be called through advertisements. The matter is being taken up now that sealed tenders received from as many as eight companies have been opened.

The other undisposed items which stand passed by the F and CC and will come up for discussion pertain to use of open spaces adjoining hotels; collection of removal charges on the eve of festivals, restricting permission to use open spaces to the residents of that area on the recommendation of the area councillor; definition of freedom fighters for the grant of various concessions and facilities by the state government.



Sector 41 gets Community Centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh ( MCC), Ms Harjinder Kaur, along with a former member of Parliament, Mr Satya Pal Jain, today threw open to the public the newly constructed Community Centre in Sector 41-B.

According to information available, Rs 9.17 lakh has been spent on the construction of the building which comprises a hall, kitchen, store, back courtyard, chowkidar’s room and toilets. The centre has been constructed out of the MP’s local area development fund ( MPLAD).

Besides, the area councillor, Ms Kamala Sharma, has also provided Rs 1 lakh out of her ward development fund for providing furnishing items.

Ms Harjinder Kaur urged the area councillor and members of the Residents Welfare Society to step up the membership drive and involve the public in their day-to-day functioning. She said that keeping in view the constraint of funds, the MCC would run these centres for the first six months and the committee which would be formed to execute the plans.

The second centre in Palsora, which falls in the ward of area councillor, Mr Kanhya Lal, will be inaugurated on September 30.



Door-to-door survey for electoral rolls
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Work to revise the electoral rolls in the Union Territory of Chandigarh is to start on November 5.

A door-to-door survey will be carried out under a nationwide campaign.

Chandigarh is in Phase II of this roll revision programme. Work in the states and the UTs in the list for the first phase started on September 13.


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