Sunday, October 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Feasibility study for GH-16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
A feasibility study to expand the emergency wing of the General Hospital in Sector 16 is underway. The Chief Engineer, Chandigarh Administration, has been asked to see if the present two-storey building has the structural strength to take additional load.

The emergency building was constructed almost three decades ago and presently has about 44 beds. With pressure of medical facilities mounting on the PGI and the GMCH, the need to expand the emergency has been felt. The additional floor, if permitted under structural safety norms, will mean the General Hospital will have a 100-bed emergency where additional facilities will be created.

Official sources say the space to be created will depend upon how much load the old building can take. Within the same building are located the administrative offices of Director Health Services, Medical Superintendent and also the supporting staff of these officials. Sources said everything hinges upon what will be the Engineering departmentís opinion on soil testing in and around the area. The strength of the foundation of the building will also be examined before planning anything.

Also in the plan is to upgrade the hospital in Mani Majra. Additional land around the hospital is to be acquired for the expansion project. The polyclinic in Sector 22 will also have added facilities. The TB clinic will be given preference as the number of cases due to the influx of migrant labour keeps on rising.



Reconstitution of PGI committees hailed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
The PGI Technologistsí Association has welcomed the reconstitution of various committees of the institute by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr C. P. Thakur.

In a letter to the minister, the president of the association, Mr R.K. Khanchi has stated that employees, especially medical technologists, are however, disheartened to know that the local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal has not been included along with Mr Suresh Chandel (MP) as member of the governing body.

The letter further demands that Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal should be included as a member of the governing body, as the governing body was incomplete without the representation of the local MP.


Anthrax meet on Monday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
Dr Rameshwar Chander, Director Health Services, UT, will represent the city in the all-India meet-cum-workshop on anthrax and related issues scheduled to be held at New Delhi on Monday.

Directors of Health Services of various states and Union Territories have been invited by the Ministry of Health for a workshop on anthrax and exchange their ideas on curbing the scare and decide measures of control.



Shifting SAI centre from city
Arvind Katyal

The process of shifting the Northern Centre of the Sports Authority of India from Chandigarh to Sonepat was initiated when its foundation stone was laid by the Union Minister for Sports, Ms Uma Bharti. The employees in Chandigarh had never welcomed the change, but they refrained from speaking out for fear of being victimised. Chandigarh was chosen for the centre because of its proximity to Punjab, Haryana, J&K and Himachal Pradesh, and it began its operations in 1989. The office complex in Sector 42 was allotted by the UT Administration.

All these years, the SAI employees have been trying to get more space so as to build facilities such as a sports hostel, and a sports sciences centre.

The move to shift the centre came from Delhi. The Central Zone office of the SAI was shifted recently from Delhi to Bhopal when Ms Bharti showed an interest in having a centre in MP. Some of the employees had to leave Delhi which they did not want. Then this plan to shift the Chandigarh office near Delhi was mooted so that some of these employees could be adjusted in the Sonepat office.

Mr Pawan Bansal, the local MP, had sent a representation on behalf of the employees in July that Chandigarh being a nodal place, the SAI centre should not be shifted from here. He said Haryana had allotted 80 acres for the new centre which was actually peopleís land. Mr Bansal also pointed out that the centre carried the name of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose but the new centre had been given the name, Devi Lal Sports Centre. He said the name of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose should have been retained.

A few days ago Mr Brahm Mohindra, a former minister of Punjab who is also president of the Punjab Fencing Association, had appealed the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to shift the centre to Patiala where the National Institute of Sports is situated. But the question that bothers everyone is why the Chandigarh Administration is silent on the issue. Even the Administrator, Lt Gen (retd) JFR Jacob, himself a keen sports lover, has not spoken on this issue. Sports experts are of the view that if the Haryana Government wants to give land, it should give it in Panchkula where a big sports complex on more than 115 acres is coming up in Sector 3. The other suggestion is to have it at SAS Nagar at the PUDA sports complex, opposite the PCA stadium.


The city was warm to its two hockey heroes, Inderjit Chadha and Rajpal Singh, who were the pride of the Indian Junior Hockey team that won the Junior World Cup. But the enthusiasm was confined to private individuals whereas the officialdom has remained silent on the issue. People were expecting a suitable response from the authorities. At other places the players were taken in procession in open vehicles but in Chandigarh such enthusiasm was missing. 


Silver medal for Punjab under-14 cricket team
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 27
Punjab school boys under-14 cricket team won a silver medal in the 47th National School Games in cricket held at New Delhi recently. Mr Satwant Singh Gill, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Nadha (Ropar), who went with the team as Manager told this reporter that the team led by Anmol Sharda performed brilliantly to attain this feat. Mr Gill said Punjab reached the finals after beating the teams from Chandigarh, Assam, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. 

Other boys who performed well with both bat and ball were, Rajeev Sharma, Sunil Kumar and 12-year-old Amandeep Bawa. Rajeev was also awarded with a cash prize of Rs 1000 for his extraordinary performance. He said team coach Ashwani Kumar had co-ordinated with the players, which helped in teamís performance.

St Johnís beat YPS

St Johnís High School, Sector 26, outplayed Yadvindra Public School, SAS Nagar, by six wickets in the under-14 final of the fourth Blessed Edmund Rice cricket tournament played here today. 

Brief scores: YPS, SAS Nagar: 61 all out in 21 overs (Angad Kang 10, Jasdeep 4 for 10, Abhey Kaushal 2 for 15).

St Johnís-26: 62 for four in 10 overs (Amrinder Pal Singh 30, Harshdeep 4 for 10).

The best all rounder award was given to Rohan Mittal, Amrinder Pal and Abhey Kaushal all of St Johnís -26.

Gurbaaz Mann wins CC cup

Gurbaaz Mann clinched the Chief Commissionerís Cup edging out Girish Virk by just one stroke in the last hole in an exciting final at the Chandigarh Golf Club. Played as match play and without handicap the tournament carried on for three months.

Gurbaaz Mann had four birdies. Both players are in the Chandigarh golf team for the National Games. The Chandigarh Golf Club has been holding the Chief Commissionerís Cup for more than 25 years.

Local lad for jr volleyball camp

Sunil Kumar, a product of local Shivalik Public Academy, Sector 41, has been selected for the Indian Junior Volleyball camp for the Junior Asian Volleyball championships. The camp will be held from November 1 to December 16 at SAI Southern Centre, Bangalore. According to Mr Vijay Pal Singh, general secretary of the Chandigarh Volleyball Association, Sunil was selected on the basis of his performance in the Asian Youth Volleyball championship in Iran and also in the Junior World qualifying tournament at Pakistan. Recently, Sunil was also honoured by Mr Som Prakash, IAS and president, CVA by giving him a cheque for Rs 11,000.

Bronze in rifle for Roopmeet

Roopmeet Mann (9) a student of St Stephenís School, Sector 45, has won a bronze medal in the Air Rifle open sight sub-junior category in the All-India inter school shooting championship, which concluded at Badal village on October 24. Around 435 competitors from all over India took part. The Chief Minister Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal appreciated her achievements.

35 probables selected

The Chandigarh Volleyball Association has selected 35 probables, including 17 girls, for the selection of the UT sub-Junior volleyball team for the 24th National sub-Junior volleyball championship to be held at Burdwan (WB) from November 6 to 10.

The probables are: boys ó Lalit, Sandeep, Hem Raj, Nadir, Samunder, Vijay, Aman, Gurinder Singh, Naresh, Sandeep Kumar, Anil Chauhan, Teg Bir, Sandeep Yadav, Anuj Zegta, Suresh, Raju Chauhan, Balwinder Singh and Ashok.

Girls ó Nisha, Shefali, Ramandeep, Monu, Ritu, Asha, Poonam, Kavita, Rajni, Gurinder, Reena, Surjeet, Luxmi, Nisha, Reena, Seema and Sukhjinder.


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