Friday, October 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

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Sandeep Sandhu to lead C’garh golfers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Sandeep Sandhu of the Chandigarh Golf Club will lead a four-member Chandigarh golf team in the National Games to be held in Chandigarh in November, according to Mr D.P. Azad, President of the Chandigarh Golf Association.

The selection committee comprising Mr J.S. Cheema, Mr Daljit Singh, Mr Vivek Vahi, Col Nirmal Singh, Arjuna awardee Harmeet Kahlon and Mr Sandeep Sandhu, conducted trials on June 6 and 7 and short-listed nine boys for the first coaching camp which was conducted by Harmeet Kahlon from July 10.

The following were selected: Sandeep Sandhu (captain), Harinder Gupta, Girish Virk and Vikramjit Singh. Reserves: Navjot Singh Mann and Sujjan Singh

The final camp under Harmeet Kahlon and Jesse Grewal will be held from October 29 and will continue till the start of the National Games.

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Mayor initiates inquiry into purchase of pipes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, has recommended an inquiry into the purchase of “sub-standard and excessive RCC pipes worth crores’’ reportedly lying unused for the past three years.

“It has been alleged that the purchase for storm water drainage in 1, 2 and 3 pockets of Manimajra and for works at the Press Chowk in Sector 52 during November 1998 and April 1999 was made from two city and one Mohali based companies having two different titles with the same address,’’ she said in a letter written yesterday to the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M. P. Singh.

It is further alleged that material, which had developed cracks, was “sub-standard and purchased in violation of the departmental rules, which clearly state that care should be taken not to make any purchase in advance of the actual requirement.’’

She said the purchases had resulted in the loss amounting to lack of rupees to the fund-starved civic body.

The purchases were made during the Mayorship of the BJP.

The corporation officials had admitted that the pipes were purchased three years back claiming that the pipes had been lying unused as the UT Administration had changed the planning of the area.

It, however, denied that there had been any damage to the pipes and they would be used for the same project.

The inquiry may kick off a spate of allegations and counter-allegations among political parties and various groups in these parties.

The issue is going to be reflected in the meeting of the Municipal Corporation House scheduled for October 29.

The Congress, which faced embarrassment over the supply of soap from its Mayor Rajkumar Goel’s firm which resulted in his resignation, is now likely to attack the BJP for allowing “corrupt’’ practices during its term without any action.

The Chandigarh Vikas Party (CVP) led by former Union Minister, Mr Harmohan Dhawan, may also attack both parties in the House to be hand in glove with the corrupt.

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Steps to check anthrax
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Chandigarh Administration today urged members of the public not to panic because of rumours regarding anthrax as it is curable and non-contagious. Its symptoms include common cold, difficulty in breathing, skin blisters, abdominal pain, dysentery and vomiting. It is an acute infection, which manifests within seven days of exposure, inhalation of anthrax may resemble common cold leading to breathing problems. Intestinal anthrax follows history of consuming contaminated food.

For prevention of spread of anthrax, people should not shake or empty contents of any suspicious package, should hold breath while opening any suspected envelope, should put envelope in a plastic bag or some other container, should wash hands. In case of any suspicion, members of the public should consult the doctor, inform the police and public health authorities, the Administration said tonight following a meeting which was attended by top PGI and GMCH doctors and the Director, Health Services (DHS). 

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