Monday, July 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Upgradation of PGI’s Urology Dept okayed
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The Government of India has approved funds for the upgradation of PGI's Department of Urology into Advanced Centre for Urology as part of the institute's 10th five-year plan.

The department, which had been a pioneer in neuro-urology in the country and a leader in endo-urological surgeries in the region, will now be incorporating new sub-specialities widening the scope of treatment of urological problems. A large amount of infrastructural upgradation has also been planned.

While the department's head, Prof S.K. Sharma, also the PGI Director, confirmed this, Dr A.K. Goswami Additional Professor in the department, stated that work was already on in the department for upgradation.

Taking into consideration the tremendous pressure on the department, the number of beds in the general wards would be doubled. “The number of beds in the male ward is 20 and in female ward is five and this number will now be doubled. Presently, we are able to cater only to 10 to 12 per cent of the patients who come to us, so larger wards are required,” said Dr Goswami.

Various facilities provided by the department will also be brought under one roof. Block B of the II floor in the Nehru Building has been allotted for this centre and the department's two wards, now on fifth and the fourth floor, will be shifted here along with the department's labs, some of which are functioning from the New OPD Block.

The department will have a small intensive care unit (ICU) fully airconditioned with a central supply of all essentials. “Along with this ICU, we will be having a post-operative or step down unit on the same floor,” informed Dr Goswami.

The department will be specialising in laproscopic urological surgery facilities along with a complete upgradation of neuro urology facilities. The advanced centre will also be having a separate unit for paediatric urology as a sub-speciality.

“Earlier we were mainly into endo-urological or pin hole surgeries for the kidney or uretero renoscopy but now we will perform laproscopic surgeries as a sub-speciality. In fact, equipment for these surgeries is in place and the personnel have undergone the necessary training and already some surgeries have been performed,” says Dr Goswami.

The department will also be rejuvenating its neuro-urological sub-speciality with new machines being procured. “Once we were pioneers of this branch in the country, but now our machines and equipment is obsolete. So an effort will be made to reclaim that position,” Dr Goswami adds.



Workshop on AIDS, female foeticide
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 30
The Family Planning Association of India, Mohali branch, under its IPPF Japan Trust Fund sponsored project, organised a training workshop on AIDS and female foeticide for truckers in collaboration with the management of Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh Shaheed on the National Highway No 21 here today.

More than 40 truckers from the Central Truck Union, Kurali, the Public Carrier Union, Ropar, and the Balachaur Public Carrier Truck Union and prominent persons from nearby villages attended the workshop. Baba Saroop Singh of the gurdwara was the chief guest on the occasion.

Dr S.K. Sandhu, president of the Family Planning Association of India (Mohali branch), explained in detail the adverse effects on women health arising out of gender discrimination. He thanked the gurdwara authorities for providing support in organising the workshop.



‘Increase medical allowance’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The Association of Retired Officers of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department here today sought enhancement of fixed medical allowance and improvement in the Central Government Health Scheme.

In its VIIIth annual general body meeting, the association passed resolutions to demand restoration of commuted portion of pension after 12 years instead of 15 years, weightage of half a per cent in pension for each six months of service exceeding 33 years, removal of anomaly in pension of retirees between January, 1986, and September, 1986, and pre-1996 and post 1996 pensioners and merger of dearness allowance for calculation of gratuity.

The meeting was chaired by the former Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Mr Dharamvir. The association also honoured its members above 70 years of age. A patriotic cultural programme was also held on the occasion.

Election for the office-bearers of the association was also announced and nominations were invited till July 10. The last date of withdrawal was fixed for July 14.



PCA Stadium to be expanded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has drawn up an ambitious plan to expand the north pavilion of the PCA stadium at SAS Nagar. This was decided at the executive committee meeting of the association held yesterday at the stadium. The project, expected to cost about Rs 8 crore, will be carried out in three phases, according to Mr M.P. Pandove, secretary of the PCA, who briefed the mediapersons after the meeting which was chaired by Justice S.S.Sodhi in the absence of Mr Inderjit Singh Bindra, president of the association.

In the first phase, a basement hall with a capacity of holding a banquet for 1,500 persons would be built where the north pavilion currently is. This basement hall, which will be the largest in the region, would be built in such a way that it can be divided into three halls. This basement hall is expected to cost Rs 82 lakh. In the second phase the north pavilion would be rebuilt and all activities of the PCA would shift to this new building and the space so vacated in the current main pavilion would be put to use by the PCA Club for providing more facilities to the members. This phase would cost Rs 1.25 crore. Work on these two phases would probably start this year. In the third phase more rooms and other facilities would be added to the north pavilion. Work on this phase would be taken up at a later stage.

Mr Pandove said the PCA would be seeking Rs 3 crore from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under its new infrastructure policy. Earlier, the BCCI used to give only Rs 2 crore or 50 per cent of the cost of the new construction, whichever was less. At the moment, the PCA had about Rs 2.5 crore in its kitty and it would use this money to commence work.

The meeting approved a budget of Rs 8 lakh for the Punjab team scheduled to tour Kenya from July 22 to August 12. Besides this money, the sponsors of the PCA would meet the kitting cost of the team. It was decided that Bhupinder Singh (Sr) would accompany the team as coach while Mr Sushil Kapoor would be the manager of the squad.

The meeting, Mr Pandove said, also reviewed the progress of the regional coaching camps conducted by the association at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana. The members of the executive were also informed why the camps at Patiala and Chandigarh could not start as per the schedule. Mr Pandove was of the opinion that good talent had been spotted in the camps conducted so far.

The PCA executive today approved to give more money to the districts in case they wanted to develop infrastructure. The subsidy by the state unit would be to the tune of 50 per cent of the expenses incurred by the district units. This would be in addition to the money already spent by the state body on providing nets, balls etc to the districts for carrying out their day-to-day activities. The PCA also decided that more diet money would be given to the players who participated in various inter-district tournaments as also the officiating officials and scorers.

Today’s meeting also approved the budget and the balance sheet of the association which will now be placed before the general house scheduled to be held next month.



Shikha, Tejinder win carrom titles
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, June 30
Shikha Nanda of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, and Tejinder Harry of the ICICI Bank, bagged away with women and men singles titles, respectively, in the Raj Kumar Babuta Memorial Carrom Ranking Tournament played here today at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. In the women’s final, Shikha outwitted Anjali Negi with ease at 18-07,18-10. Earlier, Shikha had upset the defending champion Saroj Chandel in the semifinals at 4-18, 24-11,18-12.

In the men’s final, Tejinder Harry got the better of Sudhir Sidhu 25-14, 16-25, 25-02. Earlier, in the semifinals, Tejinder defeated KS Patwal 25-04, 20-25, 25-19 while Sudhir beat Sanjay Negi 22-25, 25-13, 25-16.

The men’s singles winner got Rs 2,500 while women’s singles winner was given Rs 1,500. The runner-up in men’s section got Rs 1,500 while in women’s section, prize money was Rs 1,100.

The prizes were given by Mr Ravinder Sharma, member, Disciplinary Committee of the All-India Carrom Federation.

The Chandigarh Carrom Association also announced its ranking list — (men): Tejinder Harry 1, Sudhir Sidhu 2, Sanjay Negi 3, KS Patwal 4, Paramdeep 5, Gagandeep 6; (women): Shikha Nanda 1, Anjali Negi 2, Saroj Chandel 3.



New courts block to have lift soon

Chandigarh, June 30
The UT Administration has finally decided to install a lift and renovate toilets in the district court complex at a cost of about Rs 20 lakh. The idea behind the move is to help hundreds of daily visitors to the lower courts who have been facing a lot of inconvenience on account of non-availability of the lift facility and poor condition of the toilets in the court complex. The installation of lift would help the old litigants and lawyers to get their work done easily and comfortably.

Nearly 2000 lawyers and hundreds of litigants visit the courts daily. There are 19 courts in the court complex of which three courts are situated on the fourth floor of the new courts block. Every person has to climb up 84 stairs for attending case hearings in the aforementioned courts. The reason being non-availability of lift facility. It may be recalled that Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted the problem being faced by lawyers and litigants a number of times through these columns.

Sources said the decision in this regard was taken by the UT District and Sessions Judge, Municipal Commissioner, Senior Superintendent of Police, UT Chief Engineer and President of the District Bar Association at a meeting.

The sources said Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP, had sent a recommendation letter to the UT Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, for installation of a lift in the district court complex, Sector 17, last year. He had recommended an amount of Rs 10 lakh for the installation.

The lawyers for Social Reforms, a social organisation, had also sent a letter to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the UT District and Sessions Judge for providing the facilities of lift and dispensary in the courts. The organisation had complained that three litigants and lawyers had died due to lack of medical facilities at the district courts. Therefore, there was a need to provide a lift in the four-storey new courts block.

The president of the District Bar Association, Mr N.K. Nanda, said the officials concerned had given an assurance that the lift would be installed within a month and stinking toilets would also be renovated. He said there was a lift in the old building of the court complex but it was reserved only for judges, court employees and lawyers.

The former president of the District Bar Association (DBA), Mr H.S. Hundal, lauded the decision of the administration. 


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