Tuesday, March 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


NAMS award for Prof Nagi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 25
The National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) has awarded the prestigious Dr V.R. Khanolkar oration award to Prof O.N Nagi, Professor and Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, PGI.

The award which was instituted in 1987 to honour the achievements of medical men was bestowed on Prof Nagi at the annual function of NAMS held on March 24 and 25.

Prof Nagi was selected for this award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of orthopaedic surgery which include his innovations in clinical and experimental work.

A post graduate of PGI, Chandigarh, and Oxford University, Prof Nagi started working in the field of arthoplasty and innovated its technique of Girdlestone arthoplasty to give reasonable mobility to totally disabled poor patients who cannot afford replacement surgery.

He also innovated a new surgical technique of bone grafting in complicated fractures of neck of femur. These innovations have been included in standard texts of orthopaedics, like the Campbellís Orthopaedic Surgery, Mercerís Text Book and Rockwood and Green Book of Fractures read throughout the world.



Winners of SJOBA rally get prizes
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, March 25
The occasion was the prize distribution function of the SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally 2002 and the venue was the CGA golf range, Near Kishangarh. Old Students of the St Johnís School, Sector 26, accompanied by their better halves and other selected guests, including the participants, were present on the occasion. Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest of the function. He shared his feelings with the SJOBA team that successfully organised the rally last evening, covering more than 500 km from Chandigarh to Koti Resorts near Shimla.

The presence of recent hero of the Indian Cricket team, Dinesh Mongia, added to the charm.

In the four-wheeler (jeep) category, local guys Sunny Sidhu and Kamal Sidhu were awarded the first prize. They were also awarded cash prize of Rs 35,000. In two-wheeler (mobike) section, It was Suhrid who walked away with the first prize.

Capt Amarinder Singh emphasised on the need of organising sport activities in schools. He said it was nice that ST Johnís School chose the rally concept which was attracting attention of everyone. He congratulated the Principal, Ms Pushpinder Cheema, and the SJOBA officials for their support to the cause of this sport.

He assured all help for the rally in future. He said, ďThis sport carrys lot of thrills and challenges and it is good that so many top guns of this sport have come to city for the rally.

Capt Amarinder Singh was also joined by Rana Gurmit Sodhi, MLA and a former international-level shooter, and Gurbir Singh Sandhu an Arjuna awardee in shooting. Mr Desh Prem Azad, President, CGA, thanked the 
Chief Minister. Later, he awarded the honorary membership of the CGA to Dinesh Mongia. The CGA senior Vice-President, Mr Jagdeep Cheema, announced a grant of Rs 10,000 to SJOBA. The Chief Minister congratulated Dinesh Mongia on his recent success in cricket series against Zimbabwe and wished that he would continue with his good form.

Netball meet

Chandigarh boys went down fighting to Jammu and Kashmir boys 13-20 on the opening day of the inaugural North Zone Netball championship which began at Government Model High School, Sector 42, here today. Earlier Mr Puranjit Singh, Chief Engineer, UT, inaugurated the meet and commended the Netball Association of Chandigarh for hosting the tournament for the promotion of this sport.

Others who were present on the occasion were Mr P.S. Chhabra, secretary-general of the School Games Federation of India, Mr D.P. Azad, Col A.S. Judge, Mr T.C. Gupta, Mr P.S. Virk, Mr J.P.S. Sidhu, Ms Gungeet Shergill among others.

In the match played between J&K and Chandigarh, J&K boys dominated the proceedings from the beginning and they led at 8-6 during half time. Finally J&K led by their Irfan surged ahead to victory. Irfan shot 19.

Bridge tourney

In the second Chandigarh All-India Open Bridge Meet which concluded here this evening at DSOI, Sector 36, it was team of R.K. Sharma, P.K. Aggarwal, R.K. Bhatnagar and G.P. Dimri who got top slot in pairs final. They were followed by M Wasi, R.M. Gupta and M.A. Kadri and S. Ali. Third place went to Vinay Jha, Sanjiv and Namit and Col H.S. Narula of Chandigarh. The fourth place went to Naresh and General G.S. Bains and P.C. Gupta, and D.K. Tiwari.

In the team of four final, K.R. Lakhanpal from Punjab stood first, while team of S.S. Parmar of HP second. The next two positions went to RM Gupta and RP Bhatnagar. The Bridge Federation of India president, Mr Kamalakara Rao, disitributed the prizes and appreciated the efforts of the Chandigarh Bridge Association for this succesful event. As many as 32 teams from all over the country participated in the meet.



Free parking space for employees likely
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 25
The Municipal Corporation is likely to provide employees enough parking space for free in each of the parking zones near their offices. Pass-holder traders will be provided parking space near their business establishments.

The Congress MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, has instructed the leader of the Congress in the Municipal Corporation, Mr Subhash Chawla, to ensure decision on this arrangement at the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting to be held tomorrow.

The Congress Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, heads the committee in which there are two other party members.

Mr Chawla told TNS that the MP had asked the Congress members in the committee to implement the party manifesto regarding paid parking.

The Mayor and the F&CC member yesterday visited paid parking lots to understand the problems that people might be facing.

Mr Chawla said he would put the partyís proposal before the committee.

He said the party was not in favour of the distribution of parking slips at the entry and the present arrangement was better suited to people.

The F&CC members were considering dividing parking zones with six to eight blocks to be given to different contractors, sources said.

The corporation has been receiving daily reports from officials managing parking lots and these will become part of the new contract.

The separate blocks are likely to be given in a separate contract to small operators to ensure better management of parking spaces and convenience of people.

The F&CC is likely to take an open auction route this time in the wake of terms and conditions of the last contract, which had evoked a protest from people.


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