Wednesday, July 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


158 challaned in 6 months
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The UT Food Health Authorities have during the past six months issued challans to 158 persons for selling unhygienic food items, and found adulteration by nine units making ice cream, spices and edible oil.

Addressing a press conference here today, the Director Health Service, Dr Rameshwar Chander, disclosed that out of the 166 samples seized, 29 were found to be adulterated, while four were misbranded. The percentage of adulteration was found to be 20.

Last year, the Food Health authorities had found adulteration in 60 of the 405 samples it had collected, with the level of adulteration being 15 per cent. A total of 167 challans had been issued for selling food articles without licence and exposed to dust and flies.

He revealed that in the samples seized by the officials, adulteration had been found in products of four oil mills, two spice-working units and four ice cream factories. The four oil mill have, however, asked for retesting of their samples.

Dr Chander said that apart from taking these samples, the Food Inspectorate Staff had raided apni mandies, wine shops, ahattas and vendors in the evening. He urged the public and various NGOs to cooperate with the Health Department by giving timely information, which would be kept secret, as this would help in weeding out bogus complaints and taking action against those who were playing with the health of the public.


Rolling grounds to seat spectators
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service


  • Rolling grounds to replace stands in cricket pavilion and athletics track.
  • Concept borrowed from Adelaide and Sydney cricket grounds
  • These grounds will have a capacity of 15,000 each.
  • Concept introduced to bring down cost of construction. 

Panchkula, July 9
The Haryana Urban Development Authority has introduced the concept of rolling ground in Sports Complex coming up here in Sector 3. This has been done for the first time in the country.

Though the concept has been introduced here in order to bring down the cost of construction , this will also increase the seating capacity of various stadia. The concept has been borrowed from cricket grounds in Adelaide and Sydney, Australia.

It is learnt that these rolling grounds have replaced stands in the cricket pavilion and athletics tracks circling the football field. Though stands with a seating capacity of about 500 are being made in each of these pavilions, these are meant for the players and VIP .

Meanwhile, landscaping for creating these grounds in the form of slopes has been done and the grounds are almost ready. Each of these grounds will have a seating capacity of about 15,000 .

Well placed sources in HUDA inform that the concept was primarily introduced to bring down the cost of construction. The project had been proposed in 1998 at an estimated cost of Rs 8 crore. Work on the complex began a year later and over the years, the cost of construction had increased manifold. Of the estimated cost nearly, 75 percent had been spent on creating infrastructure (buildings for badminton hall, volleyball courts, basketball courts e tal ) . As a result, the cost had to be cut down and the concept was borrowed from Australia, informed a senior official in HUDA.

It is worthwhile to mention here that the cricket pavilion here will be the biggest in the region. Sources say that this pavilion is at least 10 meters larger in diameter than the one in PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar. The athletics track ( a grass track has been laid, which will be replaced by a synthetic track at a later stage) has already been laid, and it has been decided to cover this area with a canopy. Officials say that these two grounds will be made operational by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, the first phase of the construction work in the complex , is also nearing completion. The badminton hall, with a seating capacity of 1,500, is expected to be made operational by September. Even the basket ball courts are expected to be opened by the end of this year.

Officials say that a swimming pool, boys and girls hostels would be constructed here during the second phase.



A promising wushu player

A few sportspersons have made achievements in the field other than sports: Kalpana Patwal of the city is not only a good wushu player but also has performed well in studies and music. She won a gold medal in the second North Zone Wushu Championship held in Chandigarh in 2001 and a bronze medal in the 11th Wushu National Championship held in Meerut this year.

She owes her success to her coaches Pravesh Rawat and Dalip Singh Negi, who painstakingly imparted complicated techniques to her. Her parents also encouraged her to go with the game despite risk of an injury involved in it.

Wushu is a form of Chinese martial art. It consists of two events shansou (boys) and routine events (boys and girls). The game involves skilful handling of weapons like spear, sword, stick etc.

Kalpana has topped from Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, by securing 84.2 per cent marks in the arts stream of the senior secondary examination. She has won the first prize in a state-level Punjabi poetry recitation competition held in Chandigarh in 1999. Despite tough training and attitude required in the game, her achievement in the field of music speaks volume about her versatility.

She says though the game has not been given much exposure in the country, various competitions organised by the Wushu Association of India have succeeded in attracting young talents. There are big opportunities for wushu players as the game is likely to be incorporated in the next Olympic games.

Kalpana has been practising hard to get another medal in the north-zone wushu championship to be held in Shimla in September.


Powermen seek time-bound promotions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Employees of the UT electricity wing today staged a dharna and a demonstration outside the new power house on the Madhya Marg in Industrial Area (Phase I) in support of their demands.

The UT Powermen Union has been demanding the withdrawal of the privatisation of the profit-earning UT Electricity Department; grant of time-based promotions, filling of vacant posts and creation of additional posts as per the additional workload; offer of appointment to the next of kin of a deceased.

The union said it would intensify the agitational programme if the demands were not implemented.


Bungling case: probe term extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The term of inquiry into the alleged bungling in the Fire Department of the Municipal Corporation has been extended till August 7 for the second time.

The committee going into the bungling case yesterday could not hold its meeting after it was officially denied access to certain documents. Corporation officials are now believed to have relented and permitted the Chairman of the committee, Mr Subhash Chawla, to see documents. The committee was set up by the House after allegations of irregularities in the recruitment of 40 firemen were appeared early this year.

Meanwhile, the other committee going into the alleged theft in the Fire Department today informally met to decide concluding findings to be submitted to the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, tomorrow, according to the committee Chairman, Mr Surinder Singh.

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