Wednesday, February 6, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Sachin was a great help, says Mongia
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, February 5
“I rate the innings I played in Kolkata as the best,” replied a relaxed Dinesh Mongia during the first day’s play of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match versus Orissa at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here today. The Chandigarh lad, who has been in tremendous form since the last year’s domestic season which saw him score century after century forcing the national selectors to take notice of his form and talent, looked completely at ease with himself. Mongia emerged the highest scorer for India — he made 71 as his first half century in international cricket — as India scored 281 and finally won the one-dayer in the just-concluded one-day series against England.

“Sachin Tendulkar, if batting at the other end, relieves the other batsman of so much pressure as he keeps on scoring runs,” stated Mongia who looked very happy while batting in the company of the Mumbai maestro at the other end during the match. Asked about the help he received from the seniors in the team, the southpaw said Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath were all very cooperative.

“Sachin advised me to stand two yards further ahead of the stumps while facing pacer Ben Hollioke and lift the ball straight over the fielder. Though I could not get the elevation right and was unable to hit boundaries it certainly helped me a lot,” recalled Mongia about the tips he received from Tendulkar.

Asked who among the England speedsters was the most difficult to handle, Mongia said all were different type of bowlers. “Andrew Caddick, because of his height, gets the ball to bounce more, Darren Gough can be very effective with the old ball, while Andrew Flintoff was the most economical and nippy throughout the series . But Matthew Hoggard really bowled really well.”

“England has a good pace attack. Though they have no big names to boast of, collectively they have done well,” he said. About his utility to the squad as a left-arm bowler Mongia was candid enough to admit that he never got the opportunity to bowl at this level.

About his promotion as an opener during the recent Challengers Trophy matches Mongia stated: “Anil Kumble (skipper) asked me if I can open the innings as they were an opener less and I just agreed to the proposal.”

About left-armer Ashley Giles proving India’s nemesis in the New Delhi match Mongia replied: “He got a stick from Ganguly early on but later came out well to claim five wickets. These things happen in cricket.”

Mongia was all praise for Yograj Singh, saying that the former India fast bowler had contributed a lot for the development of the game in Chandigarh. He lamented having failed to give worthwhile contribution as a batsman in the last two one-dayers which India lost by wafer-thin margins.


Archery to get boost in city
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, February 5
Archery will get a boost in the city. The Chandigarh Archery Association is on the verge of giving impetus to this sport. This was remarked by Mr Ravinder Talwar, general secretary of the association. He said when last year the idea to revive it arose, the first step was to have a permanent coach here so that budding youngsters could prosper. He said they inducted a new president, Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former MP. They sent the state team for the national meet last year.

Mr Talwar felt that since this sport was not popular here, there was a problem in roping in sponsors. He said with more interest to be generated by the association and with permanent coaching centre for trainees at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, the game was likely to grow.

He said this year they had made some plans to promote the same, with the latest being the conducting of the Panjab University inter-college archery championship, which was held three days back. He said boys DAV College, Sector 10, emerged winners while archers from place like Abohar also had come to participate.

Mr Talwar said Aditya Kant, a trained and qualified coach from the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, had been given the charge of coaching city archers. He told that the costly equipment for archers was purchased last year. Next month, the city would send its junior team for the Junior National Archery Meet, likely to be held in West Bengal. Talwar said recently in the 31st National Games held at Patiala where archery events were hled, and the rise of a Patiala boy stunned everyone when he won a gold medal.

He hoped schools in the city might introduce archery. He added that the day was not far when the city could produce more Limba Rams. He further said girls could take to the sport.



Audit Haryana Football Club wins
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 5
The Audit Haryana Football Club bagged the Rajesh Bhardwaj Memorial Trophy in the Chandigarh Senior Football Championship. The Audit Club defeated the Chandigarh Football Club 4-1 in a tie breaker. In the stipulated time, both the teams were locked at 1-1.

Earlier, Audit Haryana Football Club gained 1-0 lead when in 17th minute of the match, Rajesh Sharma scored a goal. After lemonbreak, Chandigarh Football Club made a comeback when in 50th minute, Jagmohan helped in equalising the score which was maintained till the end. Mr Ashwani Atrri, Accountant General (Audit), Haryana gave away the prizes.

Volleyball meet

The Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, and the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, surged ahead when they outclassed Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, 25-7, 25-3, 25-13, and the Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, 25-09, 25-10, 25-09, respectively, in the Panjab University Inter-college zonal volleyball tournament (women) played here today at the PU grounds.

The four college teams have made their way to the PU inter-college inter-zonal tournaments going to begin here tomorrow are. These are, GGS College for women, Chandigarh, MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, Government College, Hoshiarpur and Government College for Girls, Sector11.

Yoga team

The Chandigarh Amateur Yoga Association has selected a 14-member UT yoga team which will participate in the National Yoga Championship to be held at Hyderabad on February 9 and 10. Following players were selected in the teams: boys: (14-20 yrs) — Munish Kumar, Manoj Kumar and Gaurav Malik; (20-30 yrs) —Kamal Grover, Jatinder Singh and Atul; girls: (12-18 yrs) — Shivani, Gagan and Anupam; (18-25 yrs) —Meena, Rajinder and Anupama Kaushal.

Mr Subhash Tekchandani, secretary of the association, will accompany the team.

Appointment welcomed

Mr G.S. Banga, vice-president, Chandigarh Cricket Association, which is affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association has welcomed the appointment of a seasoned world known cricketer, Kapil Dev, as the organising secretary of the UT Cricket Association. Banga said in a release that the guidance of person of the stature of Kapil Dev will act as a boon for the cricket youngsters of the city.

He said the views expressed by Kapil the other day that his main aim will be to improve the cricket in the city and not only the direct affiliation of the UTCA with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was highly commendable.



MC staff to collect water bills
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, February 5
The Municipal Council cleared a proposal at a meeting held here today to collect water bills through its own staff from April 1.

By doing this the civic body will be able to adjust its octroi staff which had become surplus after the abolition of octroi in the state in December last year. This will also help the council in cutting down establishment charges.

The president of the civic body, Mr Kulwant Singh, said the council would go in for privatisation if any agency came forward to carry out the work of water supply and related maintenance at a lower cost. He said the Public Health Department was carrying out the work of distribution of water supply and related maintenance as a deposit work for the council from the past several years. But the establishment charges shown by the department were far too high and they had been asked to cut down the expenses.

He said the Public Health Department had sent a detail of expenses amounting to Rs 3.55 crore for the year ending March 31, 2002, to his office about two days back. He said the department had incurred the expenses without getting an approval from the civic body which should have been done by March 31,2001.

The meeting also cleared a proposal regarding the taking over the tubewells sunk by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board in various parts of the town. Four of the five tubewells sunk by the board were giving water discharge far below the estimates. The president of the civic body said that the council was ready to take over the tubewells if they gave 75 per cent of the estimated discharge. However, certain councillors objected to this and said the tubewells should be taken over only after they gave the estimated water discharge.

A proposal to organise a contest of architects for designing its new office building in Sector 68 has also been cleared by the council. It has been proposed that architects recognised by the Council of Architects and having a minimum of 10 years’ experience should be invited to the design contest. Those who present the top three designs should be given awards by the council. Later tenders should be invited only from these three top designers and the work be assigned to one giving the lowest quotation.


PGI employees demand conveyance allowance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
Representatives of various employee associations and unions of the PGI participated in a meeting with the high-powered committee appointed by the governing body of the PGI. Office-bearers of the PGI Employees Association, led by Mr Ashwani Munjal, boycotted the meeting.

One of the main issues was of conveyance allowance for employees living on the campus, the PGI Medical Technologists Association, the PGI Nurses Welfare Association and the Safai Karamchari Union attended the meeting.

A demand for risk allowance would also be presented before the Standing Finance Committee, scheduled to meet on February 11. Dr D. Behara was assigned to listen to the grievances of nurses. The issue of nurses demanding four posts of nursing superintendent was raised.

The meeting was held at the committee room, Kairon Block. It was chaired by Dr I.C. Pathak, former Director of the PGI. The local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, and the Director of the PGI, besides senior functionaries of the PGI, attended the meeting. A joint secretary level official from the Union Ministry of Health did not turn up for the meeting.

Though the PGI Employees Association did not attend the meeting, a list of demands was submitted. These included demands and grievances accepted under the settlement dated February 5, 1997; grant of ad hoc increments; grant of Punjab pay scales to the remaining 50 per cent employees; rationalisation of working hours; grant of interim relief; constitution of anomaly committee; eviction of illegal subletted and shared houses of the PGI; construction of more houses; maintenance of residences and campus; shopping centre in the residential area in Sector 12; boundary wall around residential area and posting of security staff at sarai gate; streamlining of medical facilities; and implementation of cadre review report with effect from March 1, 1992, after necessary amendments. The demands put up by the Medical Technologists Association included implementation of part B of the V Central Pay Commission to the medical technologists of the institute; payment of hospital patient care allowance and washing allowance to technologists and technical assistants; and proper implementation of the II cadre review.



Rs 84 lakh given away as financial assistance
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 5
The district administration has provided financial assistance of Rs 84 lakh to 780 persons living below the poverty line under the Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana for setting up their own ventures during the current financial year.

The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, said that Rs 70 lakh had been provide to Panchayati Raj institutions under Employment Assurance scheme and Rs 76 lakh to gram panchayats under the Jawahar Gram Samridhi Yojana for wage employment to rural poor by creating of durable community assets such as streets, school rooms, irrigation pools and retaining walls and desilting of existing village ponds. She said Rs 13.50 lakh had been provided for construction of 260 new houses for BPL families under the Indira Awas Yojana and Rs 3 lakh for upgradation of 30 houses.



Not paying conversion fee? Face resumption!
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
Commercial sites, if used by guest house operators without paying conversion charges, will face resumption. A list of such shop-cum-offices is being prepared where guest houses are running. Notices will be out soon, according to well-placed sources.

In the past five days, the Chandigarh Administration resumed at least four residential sites for allowing guest houses to function on the premises. The guest house owners had shifted to commercial areas.

The Administration had fixed a conversion fee of Rs 50 lakh for permitting change of trade from general category to boarding and lodging sites. Officials of the Administration had been directed that anyone applying for conversion of commercial site to run guest house should be looked into immediately.

Parameters like adequate light, ventilation, fire safety and exits would be kept in mind before granting permission. To meet the demand of budget tourist the Administration had permitted various social bhawans spread across the city to let out rooms.



Probe into parking contractor’s practices
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
The Municipal Corporation Chief Engineer, Mr V. K. Bhardwaj today directed Executive Engineer (Building and Roads), Mr S.K. Chadha to hold an inquiry into the parking system and the alleged unfair practices by employees of the parking contractor.

This is for the first time since January 7, the introduction of paid parking, that the Municipal Corporation has shown a tough attitude towards the contractor in the wake of repeated complaints from the people. Mr Bhardwaj directed the contractor not to collect parking payment at the entry point itself and take it on the exit point.

The contractor was alleged to have taken unilateral decision of offering different rates annually and for different zones. The corporation last week confiscated stickers issued by the contractor for vehicles at a charge of Rs 5. A recent allegation was that the parking staff was not accepting laminated passes and only slips were being allowed. Complaints against parking arrangements also came up before the House meeting.


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