Wednesday, November 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



‘Enable the disabled through barrier-free environs’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
A seminar on ‘Disability prevention and rehabilitation’ was inaugurated by the Adviser UT, Ms Neeru Nanda, at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the adviser stressed that such an occasion, apart from holding talks, should be utilised for introspecting about the services provided and the achievements attained in the field of disability prevention and rehabilitation. The meetings should also include the agenda for the future plan of action, depending upon the experience gained in past.

Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi, from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, elaborated the provisions of the PWD Act 1955. He said that the provisions of the various concessions and benefits due to the disabled were actually not reaching them due to lack of awareness on part of society and service-providers.

Mr Sarabjeet Singh Sandhu, Chief Architect, UT, enlightened the audience on the subject of a barrier-free environment required for disabled persons for proper mobility in society.

Ms Madhvi Kataria, Director Social Welfare, outlined the details of the facilities provided by the administration to disabled persons.

Prof Raj Bahadur, nodal officer of the centre, highlighted the magnitude of disabilities in the country. He also dwelled upon the various levels at which these disabilities should be taken care of.

Dr Lalit Bhardwaj, a scientist from CSIO, spoke on the role of information technology for improving the quality of life of the disabled.

Prof B.S. Chavan, Head of the department of Psychiatry GMCH, spoke on the role of sports and cultural activities for development of the disabled. The ENT department of the hospital also distributed free hearing-aids to the hearing disabled.

A community-based rehabilitation worker gave a mono-acting performance for highlighting the service being provided by the state resource centre. Earlier, Dr S.B.S. Mann, Director Principal, GMCH welcomed the guests present on the occasion.



Neeru to open Pulse Polio Programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Advisor to the Administrator of the Chandigarh Administration, Ms Neeru Nanda, will inaugurate the pulse polio programme on December 1, at 10 a.m. at her residence, House No 67, Sector 7-A.

Ms Nanda will formally inaugurate the programme by administering dose of pulse polio to children below 5 years.


Magic show for kids at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Heart-to-Heart Service Society will organise an entertainment-cum-magic show for children admitted to the Advanced Paediatric Centre of the PGI tomorrow. The children will also be treated to eatables, sponsored by Mrs Suchita Jain and Ms Jasleen Bajaj.

The society, through the participation of Ms Munisha Gandhi, a city-based’ lower has been instrumental in raising funds promoting awareness about the plight of sick children and garnering support and help for setting up of playrooms and encouraging volunteers to spend time with children.


Directive to meat sellers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Director, Health Services, UT, has directed meat and fish sellers of the city to comply with the provisions of the PFA Act and rules there under and has warned that strict action will be taken against violators.

The Department of Health will also carry out a regular sampling of the fish and meat being supplied by the sellers and the defaulters will be booked. The fish and meat sellers have been given a week’s time to take all precautions as envisaged under the PFA act and rules. The sellers can sell meat and fish products only after approval from the Superintendent, Slaughter House. 



Make dispensary operational, say residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Residents of the Mansa Devi Complex have urged Dr J.L. Chaudhary, Director-General, Health Services, Haryana, to take steps for the commencement of a civil dispensary at the Mansa Devi Complex in Panchkula.

Mr Deepak Rai Walia, president of the New Kuteer Society, stated that the Chief Administrator, HUDA, informed the residents forum in a meeting that though the civil dispensary was complete in all respects, the Health Department was expressing its unwillingness to take over possession of the said dispensary. The Civil Surgeon, Panchkula, said as the sanction for grant of posts and infrastructure was awaited, the Health Department was not willing to start the dispensary. Moreover, the department was not willing to accept any HUDA conditions for taking over the building.


GGSCW-26 bags gymnastics title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, November 27
Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, Chandigarh, bagged the Panjab University Inter-College Gymnastics Women Championship by securing 65.70 points. Government College For Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, and GGD SD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, secured second and third place, respectively, with 52.90 and 46.60 points.

Ritu Aithani of GGD SD College, Sector 32, with 26.40 points won the individual all-round best position in the meet.


vault: Ritu Aithani (GGD SDC-32) 1, Rohini (MCMDAV-36) 2 and Tarun Shukla (GGSCW-36) 3. Uneven bars—Ritu Aithani (GGDSDC-32) 1, Lalita Thapa (GGSW) 2 and Anita (PUC,Chandigarh) 3.

Beam: Ritu Aithani (GGDSDC-32) 1 and Lalita and Rohini (joint second).

Floor: Ritu Aithani (GGDSD-32) 1, Lalita Thapa (GGSCW)2 and Anita (GCG-11) 3.

Individual all-round championship: Ritu Aithani 1, Lalita Thapa 2 and Rohini 3.

Hockey meet

Sanjay Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, won second place in the CBSE National Hockey Tournament, which concluded at Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar, on Monday. In the eight-team qualifier form the each zone, Sanjay School lost in the final match 0-1 in the golden goal chance scored in the dying minutes to Shah Satnam Ji School, Sirsa. In the semi-finals, Sanjay school defeated GreenWood Senior School, Rampur, (Uttar Pardesh) 5-1. Gurtejpreet scored two goals, while Jasbir, Vikrmjit one goal each. In other league matches, Sanjay School overpowered BSRV, Sikandarabad, 14-0, then ST Paul’s School, Rampur, 11-2 and Mayo College, Ajmer, 11-1.

Basketball meet

The Chandigarh Basketball Association will hold senior state basketball championships for men and women from December 5 to 7 at Sports Complex, Sector 7. The selection of the team for the 52nd Senior National Basketball Championship to be held at Pune from December 22 to 29 will also be held and the probables will be selected for a 10-day coaching camp. Entries close with Mr K.S. Bharti, Honorary. Secretary of the association, or Mr Manjit Singh, basketball coach, on December 4. 


New infrastructure, thanks to Games
Arvind Katyal

SAS Nagar, November 27
With the eight-day shooting events of the 31st National Games coming to an end today at the new shooting ranges in SAS Nagar, the Punjab Rifle Shooting Association is proud to have faced the hard challenges before and during the games.

The National Games gave new infrastructure to SAS Nagar, thanks to Markfed the executive agency which undertook this task. It also got brickbats for not completing the same in time. The PRSA team, led by Mr Gurbir Sandhu and Mr Raja K.S. Sidhu, did a commendable job.

The National Rifle Association team, led by its secretary-general Baljit Singh Sethi, stayed here till last day. Even the President of the NRAI, Mr Digvijay Singh, also the Minister of State for Railways, made his presence felt on November 25. A number of Punjab ministers, senior bureaucrats, police officials and those connected with shooting also made their visits regular. It was only after the PCA Stadium that infrastructure at such level in sports had been built and utilised.

The National Games saw many new meet records in air and clay pigeon events. Shooters like Abhinav Bindra, Manavjit Sandhu, Zorawar Singh, Amardeep Rai, H.S. Bedi, Jaspal Rana, Samresh Jung, Vivek Singh, Sonika, Shilpi Singh, Sabeeha Dhillon, Jaspreet Dhaliwal, and Sukhmanpreet Sidhu took part. It also served as opportunity for the selection committee of the NRAI to announce its team for the European circuit.

The shooters have a busy year ahead. This will start with the NRAI Golden Jubilee Air Weapons Meet in Ahmedabad from December 30 to January 5, followed by the 45th National Shooting Meet at Indore from January 7 to 16. From April 10 to 19, they have ISSF World Cup in Sydney and then in Shanghai from April 20. The International Junior Competitions in all events are from May 5 at Suhl in Germany, followed by two more ISSF World Cups in Atlanta, USA, from May 18 and at Milano, Italy, from May 27. In June next year, there will be a national coaching camp in Bangalore or Delhi. The Shooting Hopes Tournament will be held at Plzen in Czech Republic from June 13. The World Championships will be held at Lahti in Finland from July 2, followed by the Commonwealth Games at Bisley in England from July 21. The World Cup finals will be held in Munich from August 20, followed by the World University Sports Shooting at Plzen from September 3. Indian shooters will also take part in the Asian Games at Pusan in Korea from September 29.


Check illegal plying of taxis: DC
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, has directed the police authorities, SDM, Panchkula and Kalka, General Manager, Haryana Roadways, and the District Transport Officer to check the plying of maxi cabs without documents, or with fake documents.

She was presiding over a meeting of district officers here today. It was decided that maxi cabs should be allowed to be parked only at places earmarked for there.

The DC also issued directions that vehicles parked at unauthorised places be challaned and driving licences of the drivers be punched. Licences of those who defaulted more than five times, should be cancelled as per the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, she said.

Ms Arora also ordered that taxis found parked at places other than those earmarked for there (near Suraj theatre, near Parbhat Inn, Sector 10, and the markets of Sector 14 and 16) should be challaned.

She asked the SDM, Panchkula, to identify places for taxi stands at Barwala and Raipur Rani and the SDM, Kalka, to identify these in Pinjore. The District Transport Officer, Mr Jagtar Singh, said 1,163 vehicles had been challaned since March 2000 and Rs 25. 65 lakh had been collected as composition fee. Mr Manoj Yadav, SP, and Mr Rajesh Jogpal, City Magistrate, were also present on the occasion. 


Poor response to HUDA auction
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
The auction for 116 commercial sites by the Haryana Urban Development Authority here today drew a lukewarm response and only 28 sites could be sold.

According to information available, the auction held here today helped HUDA to earn Rs 4.38 crore. Though only 24 per cent of the sites advertised for auction by HUDA were sold today, considering the poor response to the auction of commercial sites in April this year, authorities seemed happy with the response.

Only five of the 148 commercial sites put on auction by HUDA in April, were sold. This time the auction was held for booths, double-storeyed shops, shop-cum-flats, shop-cum-offices, hotel sites, showroom sites, dhaba sites and bank bays.

HUDA authorities had earlier advertised the auction of these sites in Sectors 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12-A, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 25, Sector 5, Mansa Devi Complex and Industrial Area - II.

The highest bid was for a shop- cum-office in Sector 8, which fetched Rs 82.20 lakh, though the highest bid was a meagre Rs 20,000 more than the reserve price. The rate per square metre works out to be Rs 29,000 per square metre. A booth site in Sector 9 and another double-storeyed shop in Sector 9 with basement had the highest bid of Rs 14.65 lakh and Rs 31. 80 lakh, respectively.

Booth sites in Sectors 11, 15, 16, 20, 21, and Industrial Area (Phase II) also drew good prices. A double-storeyed shop in Sector 20 and an SCO in Sector 25 attracted many bidders. This was for the first time that HUDA had auctioned off two dhaba sites in Industrial Area, Phase II. However, showrooms in Sector 11, sites in Mansa Devi Complex, Sectors 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 12-A and 14 could not find any bidders.

The auction for these sites was earlier slated for November 9. Over a hundred people who had converged on the auction site on that day, but they had to go away disappointed as the auction could not be held following attaching of property by the Court of Additional District Judge, Rewari. It was then that the auction was slated for November 27, after the property was released by the court.


Vets demand non-practising allowance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Veterinary doctors in Punjab today proceeded on a one-day mass casual leave to protest allegedly against the failure of the Government to implement as their demands.

A press note issued by Dr Ashok Kumar Sharma, president of the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association, said they had been protesting for a long time in support of their demand for the grant of non-practising allowance.

Dr Sharma said their demand was based on parallels drawn with the Indian Council of Agriculture Research, Remount Veterinary Corporation, College of Veterinary Science and State Agriculture Universities of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Government of India and the Director, Health Services of Punjab.

Dr Sharma said the Fifth Central Pay Commission had recommended total parity with Medical Officers as far as basic pay and NPA were concerned. The commission had recommended that veterinary doctors should be paid NPA at the rate of 25 per cent of basic pay, as had been recommended for Medical Officers. He said the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, had already agreed to impelement NPA at the rate of 25 per cent of their basic pay in principle.

He said the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association was also demanding higher qualification allowance for postgraduate doctors, conveyance allowance and academic allowance on the pattern of medical officers of Punjab. He claimed that higher qualification allowance for postgraduate doctors and academic allowance had already been recommended by the Fourth Punjab Pay Commission, but these were yet to be implemented. All these demands had also been agreed to by the State Animal Husbandry Minister, Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala but had not been implemented so far.

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