Sunday, January 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Dr Dash leads the race for PGI Dean post
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
Even as the PGI awaits the directions of the Union Health Ministry on the next move following the setting aside of the appointment of Dr O.N. Nagi as Dean, the names of senior doctors eligible for the post have already started doing the rounds, with Dr R.J. Dash leading the race.

With the setting aside of Dr Nagi’s appointment for the second time, it is now the decision of the Union Health Ministry, which will determine the course of action to be adopted by the PGI.” We have already informed the ministry about the latest High Court order and our next step will be in accordance with the directions given to us,” said PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, who is now holding the post of Dean.

Senior doctors say it will be interesting to see whether the ministry asks the PGI to file an appeal in the Supreme Court or decides to appoint a new person as the Dean.

The last time when the Punjab and Haryana High Court had set aside the appointment of Dr Nagi in July, 2001 as the Dean, it was the PGI that had filed a Special Leave Petition.

Sources say it has been a tradition that the senior-most doctor of the institute is appointed the Dean, and as such it is Dr Dash, whose name figures at the top.

However, as per the Institute Act, suitability apart from seniority could also be a consideration, as has been the case in the past, they point out.

Interestingly, the issue of seniority of the two doctors after Dr Dash — Dr Sarla Gopalan, Head of Gynaecology and Dr Sudha Suri, Head of Radiology Department — is also disputed and the matter is pending in court.

Though Dr Nagi’s name in the seniority list figures at number four, it remains to be seen whether he will be considered for the post once again. The fifth doctor in the line is Dr Promila Chari, who heads the Department of Anaesthesia.

“Under the present circumstances, when the issue of selection of Dean has become so ticklish, the recommendation of the Director will definitely carry weightage,” said senior doctors.

It is the governing body which finally decides as to who is to be made the Dean. The Director said though under normal circumstances the governing body meets every three months, in case an important decision has to be taken an emergency meeting can be called.

Dr Nagi’s appointment as Dean was approved by the governing body on July, 2001, but was challenged by Dr Suri and later set aside on November 22, 2001.

Dr Nagi was once again made the Dean by the PGI governing body on April 4, last year.

In order to be eligible for the post, the person should be head of a department with three years’ experience as professor. A Dean is appointed for a period of three years on rotation basis.


Centre’s help necessary to fight AIDS’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
Seeing an increase in the number of HIV patients, the Union Government must be approached for free medicines for the infected persons and waiving off the testing fee, opined members of the governing body of the State AIDS. Prevention and Control Society, UT.

With 27 full blown AIDS cases in the city, the number of persons who have tested positive from the region has touched 2,824. The fourth governing body meeting of the society was chaired by the Secretary Health , Mr Karan A. Singh, here. Members felt that apart from providing free medicines, CD4 and CD8 tests for AIDS and HIV should be conducted free of cost.


Badminton hall inauguration on Jan 16
Our Sports Reporter

Panchkula, January 11
Badminton lovers here have some reasons to celebrate on Thursday. It will mark the opening of three badminton courts in a hall at Sports Complex in Sector 3. It will host the All-India Tara Chand Memorial Junior Invitational Badminton Tournament from January 16 to 19.

The construction of this hall began in October, 2001. The hall is part of the Sports Complex built by the HUDA where other facilities for cricket, athletics, volleyball, basketball, hockey and football grounds have also been provided. Earlier when the design of the complex was approved, it had the provision of badminton hall near Olympic Bhavan. Later on, the plan to have badminton hall was dropped. But after the intervention of Mr Devender Singh, president, Haryana Badminton Association, along with the then Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Mr S.K. Monga, the state government finally evinced the strong desire to construct the badminton hall, so the present site was allotted.

Since then it was the District Badminton Association, Panchkula, which monitored the progress of the HUDA officials to provide a new facility to its badminton players. Moreover, they were unable to cope with the heavy rush of young badminton players in the Community Centre, Sector-7, Panchkula. At present about 200 players daily converge on Sector-7 hall.

On a visit to the hall today, Mr T.R. Tuli, Secretary of the local association, and Mr Rana, badminton coach, Haryana Sports Department, were busy discussing the technical points to be kept for the players. Mr Tuli said HUDA engineers were putting halide lamps on sides, so that lighting remain proper for the players.

Though on both sides, warm-up and relaxation rooms have been provided but the furnishing was still to be done.

The All-India tournament to be held next week has, however, put the entire HUDA administration into full gear with the Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Ms S. Ahlawat, also taking personal interest in her official capacity as the President, District Badminton Association, Panchkula.


Deepak, H. Sarda Devi top seeds for badminton meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 11
Deepak Sidhu in men’s section, while H. Sarda Devi in women’s section are the top seed for the XIVth Chandigarh State Badminton Championship to be held from tomorrow at Sector 42 badminton hall.

The four-day meet will have events for boys and girls in below-10, below-13, below-16, below-19 sections and men and women veterans for singles and doubles except in below-10.

The other top seeds in various sections are: below-13: girls — Parnita; boys — Oscar Bansal, below-16: girls: Harleen; boys — Neeraj Kapoor, below-19: girls — Mala Gaba; boys — Akash Sethi.

Silver for Ankur

Ankur Kaul, a student of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh and representing Panjab University, brought laurels by winning silver medal in the men team trial event in the All India Inter Varsity Cycling Meet held at Pune from January 3 to 7. Ankur also enabled the PU win silver medal in the team championship.

SGGS Khalsa lift trophy

The eves of SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, won the Panjab University Inter-College Football meet, which concluded here this evening on the university campus. GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, came second while MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, Chandigarh, and SGHRS College for Women, Chabbewal, were awarded third and fourth place, respectively.

In the matches played today, SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, outplayed GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, 2-1. Rajwant Kaur scored both the goals for the winners in 40th and 82nd minute, while Ranjit Kaur scored the long goal for their rivals in 80th minute.

In another match played today, MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, defeated SGHRS College for Women, Chabbewal, 4-0. The goals were scored by Renu (2), Sharda (1) and Sudha (1).

Football tourney

Shishu Nikean School Football Club, Sector 22, emerged winners in the first Khushdil Memorial Football Tournament that concluded here this evening in Ambala. In the final, Shishu Niketan School Club outplayed Chandigarh Football Academy, Sector 42, 2-0.

Randeep of CFA-42 scored the first goal in 15th minute, while in the 25th minute Naresh Kumar equalised for Shishu Niketan Club. The second goal came in 45th minute through Rahul.

Sports festival

AMBALA: n the 28th National Sports Festival for Women that concluded at Ambala Cantonment today, Haryana won the hockey championship defeating Punjab, 3-0. Balwinder Kaur scored first goal in the 20th minute and Gagan Deep scored the second goal in the 27th minute. Suman Saini scored the third goal in the 37th minute.

In Basketball, Punjab defeated Chhattisgarh, 50-43, and won the championship. Kulwander (14), Manpreet (13) and Kamajeet (9) of Punjab team were declared best scorers, while Binsy Philips (20) and Rajeshwari (15) of Chattisgarh team were declared best scorers.

Punjab defeated West Bengal, 15-7, to bag the kho-kho championship.


CBA controversy takes new turn
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 11
The ongoing infighting between members of the Chandigarh Basketball Association took a new turn with the Col A.S. Judge led faction holding its special general body meeting at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, here today. Col Judge has retained the post of the president. As stated in a press note of the association, 16 out of 24 units affiliated to the Chandigarh Basketball Association attended the meeting. Mr Ashok Rangeen was the official observer from the Basketball Federation of India, while Mr J.S. Negi, District Sports Officer, was the observer from the Chandigarh Sports Council.

Those elected office-bearers today are: senior vice-president — Mr P.S. Sangha; vice-presidents — Ms Rajesh Minhas, Mr J.S. Sidhu, Mr R.K. Sharma and Mr M.R. Joshi; general secretary — Mr Jugraj Singh; honorary secretary — Mr Pardeep Bhalla; joint secretaries — Mr Sanjay Sethi and Ms Kuldevi Yadav; treasurer — Mr Harikesh Sharma. Interestingly, Mr A.S. Yadav who was the general secretary earlier has not been given any post.

The association has decided to hold the Chandigarh State Basketball Championship for Men and Women at the PU grounds from January 13 to 15. In this meet, probables will be selected to represent UT in the 53rd Senior National Basketball Championship to be held at Hyderabad from January 25.

Meanwhile, the other faction led by its president D.S. Bedi, senior vice-president — A.C. Vaid and general secretary —K.S. Bharti, has termed today’s special general body meeting as illegal and unconstitutional. In a fax message to the President of the BFI, Mr B.K. Saha, and the secretary, Mr Harish Sharma, the general secretary of the faction, Mr K.S. Bharti has raised eight points and termed the above meeting as illegal. Mr Bharti has said that Col Judge has violated the constitution of the CBA.

Mr Bharti has further stated that the general house meeting of the CBA was held on January 10 where it was decided to remove Col Judge from the post of the president. He has appealed the BFI to hold fresh elections under the direct supervision to sort out the dispute between the CBA members.


Kharar bypass project dropped
Our Correspondent

Kharar, January 11
The Punjab Government has decided to drop the much- publicised Kharar bypass project that was to start from Desu Majra village on the SAS Nagar-Kharar portion of National Highway 21 and end at Khanpur. Besides, the government has decided to four- lane the road connecting Desu Majra and Kharar.

This was announced by the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, while addressing a gathering in Khanpur village amidst pro- Bir Devinder slogans by the people who sighed in relief as this project would have led to their evacuation.

He said the Chief Minister has ordered cancellation of the proposed bypass and ordered four-laning of the Kharar-Morinda road in Kharar and widening of the Kharar-Banur road.

He said some bureaucrats were misleading the Chief Minister by saying that the bypass cost only Rs 35 crore, although the total cost of the project was Rs 100 crore.

Among others who spoke were former President, Kharar MC, Mr Om Prakash Sharma, former President, MC, SAS Nagar, Mr H.S. Billa, and a prominent farmer, Mr Lal Karam Chand.


Vehicles shifted from encroached site
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, January 11
Following a feature carried by Chandigarh Tribune on the various forms of encroachment in the township, the owner of Commando Caterers, whose buses were parked on the footpath, shifted his vehicles from the site to a free parking opposite the market nearby.


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