Tuesday, April 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Workshop on AIDS opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
A two-day workshop on HIV/AIDS was inaugurated at Punjab Red Cross Bhavan by Mr Rajan Kashyap, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, here today.

Mr Kashyap said the government wanted to create a network of NGOs for awareness programmes. He requested the NGOs to send their reports and suggestions to the State AIDS Control Society.

Mr Didar Singh, Secretary, Health, and Project Director of the Punjab State AIDS Control Society, outlined the programme on AIDS control in the state and the role of the NGOs and Punjab Red Cross in it.

Capt Rajdeep Singh Jaiya, Secretary, Punjab State Red Cross branch, informed that the Red Cross would now be playing a proactive role in supporting such important health programmes.

Dr M. Ruscelli of the Italian Red Cross also gave brief information about the awareness of the disease in the country.

Mr Kashyap also presented a cheque for Rs 20,000 to the poor patient for graft surgery in the PGI. He said he would visit Punjab Saket Hospital, Patiala, to see the work being done for handicapped children.


Telemedicine system for doctors
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, April 29
The field trials of telemedicine system, an ambitious project of the Union Ministry of Information Technology, today began at the local centre for Electronics Design and Technology of India (CEDTI). The system would enable doctors stationed across the country to share opinion about patients amongst themselves through video conferencing

The Director of CEDTI, Mr R.S. Khandpur, who retires tomorrow, began the field trials by interacting with Director of the PGI, Chandigarh, Dr S.K. Sharma. The facility would ultimately link the PGI with AIIMS, New Delhi, and the PGI, Lucknow. Mr Khandpur said though the system was presently operating at a bandwidth of 64 kbps, the bandwidth could be increased to 384 kbps with three ISDN lines.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Khandpur also announced the development of software of Punjabi spell check and speech system for handicapped.


Captain’s Day golf a big draw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
Two hundred and twenty members took part in the stableford competition in their respective categories in the Captain’s Day golf tournament here yesterday. The youngest golfer to take part was five-year-old Seerat and the oldest Capt Shamsher Singh, who is now 82.

Captain’s Day is one of the prestigious events of the Chandigarh Golf Club and the event is the grand finale to the year’s golfing event.

Interesting competitions were also organised to encourage participation from non-golfing ladies and children as the event is meant for members and there families to interact.

The winners of various categories are: Above 75 — winner Capt Shamsher Singh, runner-up Brig S.S. Chaudhary; Above 70 — winner J.S. Sodhi, runner-up Lt Gen K.S.Gill; Above 65 — winner T.C.Chopra , runner-up Capt J.S.Sahi; 50-60 years — winner Col Iqbal Singh, runner-up Brig H.S.Lamba; Below 50 — winner Girish Virk, runner-up Nitin Mittal; Professional — Ranjit Singh; Juniors — winner Nitin Mittal, runner-up Karan Singh; Subjuniors—Zoravar Singh, Dilsher Sukhija; Under 10 — Aman Guron, Nawab Matharoo; Putting competition for non-golfing ladies — winner Shivani Verma, runner-up Karuna Singh;

Longest Drive: Girish Virk (men), Irina Brar (ladies).


CRSB beat SBOP in TT meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, April 29
The Central Revenue Inter-Institutional Table Tennis Tournament was declared open by Mr S.C. Grover, IRS, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax (North West region), here today at the Sector 23 TT Hall. Mr V.K. Sharma, Commissioner, Central Excise Commissionerate, Chandigarh, said the tournament had acquired a larger appeal as institutions like Punjab State Electricity Board, State Bank Of Patiala, Reserve Bank of India, Accountant General (Audit), Oriental Insurance Company, Railways, etc. were taking part in it.

International players Ravi Chandran, K. Basak, Geeta and Vaneet Chopra were among others participating in the meet. In the matches played here today, in the men singles team championship, CRSB defeated State Bank of Patiala 3-0, while PSEB outplayed RBI 3-1.

Results : CRSB bt SBOP 3-0 (N. Ravichandran bt Vaneet Chopra 13-11,12-10, 11-7; K. Basak bt Sanjeev Sood 11-7, 11-5, 11-9; Ajay Thukral bt Dapinder Singh 11-4,11-5,11-6.)

PSEB bt RBI 3-1 (Dheeraj Arora bt Pankaj Sharma 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 14-12, 12-10; Vikas Mahajan bt Mandeep Singh 11-13,11-8, 11-4, 4-11,11-7; Janak Raj bt Sanjeev Aggarwal 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8; Vikas Mahajan bt Dheeraj Arora 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9.

Watersports meet

Nardev Singh and Tajinder Singh of Punjab Police combined well to attain first place in the 200 metres event of Kayaking II on the second day of the All-India Police Water Sports Meet here today at the Sukhna Lake. In canoeing-I,200 metres, Jarnail Singh also of Punjab Police secured first position while Ravi Antil from CRPF got first place in kayaking-I in 200 metres section. In canoeing-II in 200 metres, Jarnail Singh and Sukhpal Singh both of Punjab Police clinched the top slot.

The other results are: Kayaking II- 200 mts: M. Sharif and Feroze Ahmed 2, Mahesh Yadav and Nain Singh 3, A.K. Pandey and B.Om 4.

Canoeing I- 200 mts: M. Munda 2, Riyaz Ahmed 3, Deepak Yadav 4. Kayaking I- 200 mts- Nardev Singh 2, Suresh Kumar 3, Parvez Ahmed 4.

Canoeing II- 200 mts: Riyaz Ahmed and Farooq Ahmed 2, Kuldip Singh and T. Purshotam 3, Chotu Raj and M. Munda 4.

Throwball tourney

Hosts Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, in boys section and Sacred Heart Public school ‘B’, Sector 26, in girls section emerged winners in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Throwball Championships played here today. In the boys final, Shishu Niketan school boys outplayed SAI Sports club 15-11,15-9. In girls final, Sacred Heart eves got the better of Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 40, 15-7, 13-15, 15-11.

Manav Mangal boys excel

Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, in boys section, while Government Model High school, Sector 36, in girls section bagged first place in the eighth Chandigarh State Ball Badminton championships for ‘Santosh Kumar Rana’ trophy played here today at St Joseph’s High school, Sector 44. Mr H.S. Sidhu gave away the prizes to the winners.

Final: boys: Manav Mangal School-21 bt St Joseph’s-44 coaching centre 29-22, 29-16; third place: Government Model High school, Sector 36 bt Government High school, Khuda Lahora, 29-27, 29-20.

Girls: Government Model High School, Sector 36, bt IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, 29-25, 29-22; third place: St Joseph’s coaching centre-44 bt MRA Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, 29-22,29-21.

High Court XI victorious

A superb knock of 72 runs by Jagjit Singh enabled High Court XI in beating FCI XI by eight wickets in the ‘A’ division tie of the UT league cricket tournament played here today.

Brief scores: FCI XI: 136 runs all out in 24 overs (Ashwani Razdan 29, Jatinder Kohli 3 for 13, Davender 2 for 24, Gurdeep Rana 2 for 35, Raj Kumar 2 for 46).

High Court XI: 140 runs for two in 19.4 overs (Jagjit Singh 72.

Carrom coaching camp

The Chandigarh Carrom Association will hold a coaching camp for city carrom players from May 25 to June 8 at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. This was stated by Mr Mahesh Sekhri, general secretary of the association. He further stated that Mr Arun Kedar, an international carrom player and former national champion, will impart coaching to the players from June 3 to June 8. He said those interested in joining the camp should contact him by May 10.

Athletics meet

As many as 150 children in different age groups participated in the fourth children athletics meet organised by the Residents Welfare Association in Phase 3-B 2 here on Sunday. A baby show was an added feature of the athletic meet inaugurated by the OSD to the Chief Minister, Ms Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha.

Mr Amrik Singh Bhatti, general secretary of the association, said there were eight events in all. Mr N.S. Tej, president of the Citizen Welfare Association, gave away prizes.

The results are as follows:

100 metres race( age group 10 to 12) — Boys: Amrinder Singh 1, Diljot SIngh 2 and Abhijeet Singh 3; Girls — Dapinder Kaur 1, Gaganjot Kaur 2 and Puneet Benipal 3.

200 metres race ( age group 12 to 14) — Boys : Gurnit Singh 1, Jaswinder 2 and Jaspreet 3; Girls — Simpe 1, Garima 2 and Reetu Rani 3.

400 metres race ( age group 14 to 16)— Boys: Mandeep Singh 1, Arshdeep Singh 2 and Karnal Preetsingh 3. Girls — Mithee 1, Sandeep Kaur 2 and Nelu Gaur 3.

Spoon race ( age group 7 to 10) — Mansimran Singh 1, Bikram Singh 2 and Gunsheel Kaur 3.

Matka race ( age group 7 to 10)— Gagandeep 1, Gunsheen Kaur 2 and Nania Sachdeva 3.

Banana race( age group 5 to 7) — Simrat Pal Singh 1, Amrinder Singh Prem 2 and Akashdeep 3.

Baby show — Gurnoor Kalsi 1, Varun Bansal 2 and Ekam 3

Musical chair ( couple) — Mr Ravinder Kumar Bansal and Ajit Kaur 1, Ravinder Singh and Premjit Kaur 2, Amrik Singh and Kuljit Uppal 3.



Councillor for change in sweeping timings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
The Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation are exploring the possibilities of cleaning certain parts of the city in the night on experimental basis due to ‘’failure’’ of morning and evening duties in keeping the city clean.

The suggestion to this effect was placed before the Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), by the Congress councillor, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, at a meeting today.

The Administrator ‘’liked’’ the idea and immediately forwarded the written suggestion to the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, for consideration. General Jacob made certain markings on the written submission of Mr Sharma and sent it through the Congress councillor to Mr M.P. Singh, who is looking into the idea, Mr Sharma said.

He made this suggestion pleading the changes of sweeping time from 7 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 6 pm to night beginning from 9 pm would ensure sanitation within the human and other resources of the corporation.

The change in timings would make it easier for the monitors over sweepers to evaluate their performance, provide sweepers free movement and it would require less manpower, Mr Sharma said. Women and those in markets could be deployed during the day time, he said. The contractual staff could initially do the night duties and municipal staff could take care of garbage bins, he added.

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