Sunday, December 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

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HEALTH

Commercial sites owe Rs 42 lakh to PGI
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Some of the commercial sites given out on rent at the PGI owe Rs 42 lakh to the PGI. And the sum is adding up with each passing day. It was Rs 33.5 lakh in 1998 and till last month this amount had shot up to 42 lakh. This amount includes, other than the electricity and water charges, rent in some cases and the license fee of these sites.

Although the PGI authorities state that most of the amount is penal license fee and that adequate action is being taken to recover the various sums, they also concede that it might be a long time before the money is completely recovered.

The PGI has leased out more than 36 shops on its premises to private contractors since 1993. Over the years, the PGI has been unable to recover electricity, water charges, license fee etc. in respect of the leased shops as provided in the lease agreement.

The major debtors include the State Bank of India, which has a branch at the PGI, and the Super Bazaar, which has now closed down. Both these ventures owe almost Rs 8 lakh each to the PGI under various heads.

Similarly, large sums are also owed by a parking lot contractor (Rs 3,38,000 approx), an STD shop owner (Rs 2,62,000) and a food shop (Rs 1,10,000). There are many others who owe lower amounts.

Many of these shop owners and contractors have left and gone or ended their contracts. Which also brings in the possibility of the PGI not being able to recover some of this amount at all.

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s five yearly review report (1993-1998) had also observed that the PGI had yet to recover Rs 33.5 lakh from the various shops it had leased out. Some action has been taken to recover the amount and some amount has also been recovered but the fact remains that the amount has increased over the years.

The PGI’s Estate Officer, who is also the Deputy Director Administration, when contacted stated that the only way the PGI has of recovering this amount is to either file a civil suit against the shop owner/contractor or write to the district authorities to initiate action against them and recover the amount. “And this is a time consuming process. It can take years before any recovery is made.” she said.
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AIDS society holds programme for doctors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
The Department of Community Medicine of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society, UT, organised a two-day training programme for junior doctors to sensitise them towards self-protection against AIDS.

Dr S.B.S. Mann, Director-Principal of the college, inaugurated the programme and stressed upon following universal precautions to tackle AIDS. He said the hospital is fully equipped and has all facilities to protect the medical staff from AIDS.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof H.M. Swami, Head, Department of Community Medicine and nodal officer of the training programmes, told the doctors that prevention is the best cure, especially in a disease like AIDS where no treatment is available till date.

Dr Vikas Bhatia, coordinator of AIDS training programme from community medicine, informed that a series of training programmes were being conducted and all doctors, technicians, nurses and even ward boys will undergo this training.

Dr Varsha Gupta, Dr Sanjay D. Cruz and Dr Ashish Bhalla also spoke on the occasion yesterday. In today’s sessions, Dr J.S. Thakur elaborated in detail about the use of condoms. Dr Bannani Poddar from paediatrics informed that use of certain drugs can reduce the chances of women transmitting the disease to their children.

Dr N.M. Sharma, project director, State AIDS Control Society, informed that post exposure prophylaxis drugs will be made available to the GMCH soon. Dr A.S. Bawa and Dr Bhushan Kumar also spoke on the occasion. A question-answer session followed the lectures.
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Raju oration award for Dr Saini
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Dr Jagjit Singh Saini, Additional Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, PGI, has been awarded the Dr P.N. Raju oration award of the Indian Council of Medical Research, (ICMR), New Delhi.

The award is presented once in two years to an eminent scientist for outstanding work of national importance in the field of medicine. Dr Saini’s work on cornea endothelial function evaluation has been widely published and cited.

The award carries a token grant, a letter and oration to be delivered at a specially convened function in New Delhi.
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Subhania club emerge victorious in cricket tourney
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, December 8
In a closely contested match, the Godrej Cricket Club, Chandigarh, lost to the Subhania Cricket Club, New Delhi, in a league match of the inaugural JR Sharma memorial cricket tournament at the JR Institute of Cricket technology.

The Delhi team won the toss and sent the Godrej team to bat. Godrej Club got off to a very slow start as they could manage just 29 runs in the first 10 overs. Parmod Bhati, who opened the bowling for the Delhi team, bowled three consecutive maiden overs to put the Godrej team onto back foot.

Rahul Arora and Arun Tuli provided the rear guard action for Godrej Club as they put on a 44-run stand. Tuli scored 28 while Rahul Arora got out on 27. Naveen of Subhania Club claimed three wicket as the Godrej team could manage only 162 runs in the allotted 40 overs.

Chasing a modest total, the Delhi team could not face the hostile bowling by VRV Singh as he sent back three batsman with the scoreboard reading just 32. Seasoned compainer Bhupinder Singh (sr.) also struck a vital blow as he trapped Ravi Yadav, the skipper of the Delhi team, right in front of the wicket to reduce Subhawa Club to 45 for 4.

Kunden Mehra, however, had other ideas as he opened his account with a huge six over long on. He was ably supported by Parmod Bhati (43, 53 balls, 5x4) as they together took the score from 45 to 122. Three wickets fell in quick succession as the Delhi team were tottering at 128 for 7 and the game was evenly poised at this stage. Joginder Singh (16 no) and Naveen (14 no) ensured that there was no further damage as Subhania Club overhauled the Godrej Club total in the penultimate over of the innings.

Parmod Bhati for his score of 43 and spell of 8-3-23-1 was awarded the man of the match.

Tomorrow Indian Airlines will play Himachal Pradesh-XI at JR Institute, Barwala, while Punjab Cricket Club will take on Subhania Cricket Club, New Delhi at the PCA Stadium Mohali.

Brief scores: Godrej Club, Chandigarh 162 for 8 in 40 overs (Annu Tuli 28, Rahul Arora 27, Bhageshwar Bisht 22, Bhupinder Singh (Sr.) 20, Naveen 3 for 26, Rajesh Tyagi 2 for 23)

Subhania Club, Delhi 166 for 7 in 38.1 overs (Parmod Bhati 43, Kundan Mehra 37, Rajiv Uniyal 17, Joginder Singh 16 no, VRV Singh 3 for 28, Vipul Sharma 2 for 16).

Women boxing championships on Dec 22

The second Chandigarh State Women Senior Boxing Championships will be held at Boxing Coaching Centre, Sector 46, Chandigarh on December 22 and 23, 2001. During the championships the Chandigarh state senior woman boxing team will be selected for participation in the second National Senior Woman Boxing Championships to be held at New Delhi from December 26 to 30.

The 24th Chandigarh State Junior (17 to 19 years) Boxing Championships will also be held at Boxing Coaching Centre, Sector 46, Chandigarh on December 22 and 23. During the championships, the Chandigarh state junior boxing team will be selected for participation in the 34th National Junior Boxing Championships to be held at Noida (UP) from January 13 to 18, 2002.

Under-16 cricket tourney

Satluj Cricket Coaching Centre, Panchkula, will organise the second under-16 cricket tournament at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, from December 15.

Teams from Chandigarh and Panchkula are eligible to participate. Players born after September 1, 1986 are eligible to participate. Entries close with Jai Kapil on December 13.

Cycling championships

In the executive committee meeting of the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association, it has been decided to conduct the Chandigarh State Cycling Championships on December 9 at Panjab University campus. The event will begin at 8.30 a.m. The association will also hold the National Mountain Bike Championships at Chandigarh from January 24 to 27.

Women powerlifting title

Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, clinched the women's team championship in the powerlifting event of the first Chandigarh State Women Powerlifting championship held at the Panjab University Gymnasium hall. GGSSS-26 secured 72 points followed by Weightlifting Coaching centre, Sector 42, which got 63 points, while Public Sports club, SAS Nagar finished third at 53 points.

Results below 44 kg: Kavita Mann (GGS-26) 1, total 180 kg; Najru Nisha (PSC, SAS Nagar) 2; Rama Thakur (Dev Samaj-45) 3. Below 48 kg — Reena (WCC-42), total 212.5 kg 1; Shashi Bala (GGS-26) 2; Shalini Sood (Dev Samaj) 3. Below 56 kg — Geeta (GGS-26) 1; total 222.5 kg; Ramanpreet (WCC-42) 2; Sonia (PSC) 3. Below 60 kg — Prem Lata (GCG-42) 1; total 180 kg; Ashima (GGS-26) 2; Anjali (Dev Samaj-) 3. Below 67.5 kg — Madhulika (GGS-26) 1, total 292.5 kg; Sarabjit Kaur (WCC-42) 2; Urmil (PSC) 3. Below 75 kg — Jagdeep Bala (WCC-42) 1, total 240 kg; Munshadi Khatun (GGS-26) 2; Ruchi( PSC) 3. Below 82.5 kg — Jasvir (GCG-42) 1, total 237.5 kg; Harpreet Kaur (WCC-42) 2; Parveen Kapoor (Dev Samaj) 3. Below 90 kg: Tania Tandon (PSC) 1, total 210 kg.

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MC seeks proper site for dumping garbage
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, December 8
The Municipal Council yesterday asked the Chief Administrator of PUDA to allot an appropriate site to the civic body for dumping garbage as directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on November 22.

The council’s Executive Officer, Mr K.S. Brar, said in a letter to PUDA that the civic body did not have any garbage dumping ground. A number of requests had been made to PUDA for the allotment of land for the purpose but so far no action had been taken.

The letter said that the council had got land on lease for three years next to the local milk plant run by the Ropar District Cooperative Milk Producers Federation for dumping garbage. However, the federation objected to such dumping.

The federation had filed a civil writ petition in the high court stating that unhygienic conditions were being created. Pollution of the enviironment was not conducive to the area. In particular, it emphasised that the contamination of milk and the spread of infection were imminent possibilities. It prayed that the civic body should be directed to shift the site as garbage was being dumped along the boundary wall of the milk plant.

Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta then directed PUDA to allot an appropriate site for dumping. The hearing was adjourned to December 17.

Mr Brar asked the Chief Administrator to treat the matter as urgent and implement the court order. Copies of the letter were also sent to the Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, and the federation.
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Chellappa visits PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Mr C. Chellappa, member, National Commission of SCs and STs, along with the in charge of the city office of the commission, visited the PGI yesterday to assess the status of reservation in the institute and check if the facilities for the various Scheduled Caste employees of the institute were in order.

Mr Chellappa met the Director, PGI, the Deputy Director, Administration (DDA), and also interacted with the SC/ST Employees Union of the institute.

Mr Chellappa, talking to Chandigarh Tribune, stated that he had a very useful meeting with the DDA. He stated that the institute was complying with most of the SC/ST-related regulations and although the SC/ST Employees union had some demands, there was a general sense of satisfaction among them.

He also said that the PGI had appointed a liaison officer for the SC/ST employees and the SC/ST cell was functional. The PGI was told to start a grievance register so as to facilitate their redressal.

Mr Chellappa informed that as far as the percentage of reservation was concerned, the number was sufficient among the non-teaching employees, but was less among the faculty members for which he said that the PGI had assured to take adequate steps.

He also stated that some individual representations of such employees had been forwarded to the authorities for action.
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