Sunday, September 7, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Cholera scare in SAS Nagar colony
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, September 6
A scare has been created that several children have fallen ill with cholera-like symptoms in Badmajra colony, near Dara Studio, here.

The SDM, Mr M.L. Sharma, and government doctors visited the area today. Medicines were distributed among residents and they were told to maintain cleanliness in the colony.

It is reported that about 10 days ago eight or nine children of the colony were reported ill with loose motions and vomiting. On August 29, Rohit (three) and Dhiraj (eight) were admitted to Civil Hospital here. They were later discharged.

On September 2, four more children from the colony were admitted to the hospital. Two of them were referred to the Sector 16 hospital in Chandigarh. A report on whether these were cholera cases or not is awaited.



Hospital serves notice on grocery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), today issued a show-cause notice to a grocery, illegally functioning as a sample collection centre in the hospital.

It was after complaints were received from patients that Shop number- 6 in Block-B was functioning as a collection centre for blood, urine and other samples, that the place was raided by the GMCH authorities yesterday, accompanied by police personnel.

“We have issued a show-cause notice to the shopkeeper to explain why his lease should not be cancelled for illegally running a collection centre and in case his reply is not found to be satisfactory, he could be asked to vacate,” informed Dr Raj Bahadur, Medical Superintendent.

In the past also there have been complaints that samples were being collected illegally. “After we got such reports, we sent a decoy with a sample and got a receipt after a payment of Rs 500 was made,” informed Dr Raj Bahadur. He said that the matter had already been brought to the notice of the Director Principal and Joint Director (Administration), so that action could be initiated.

When the GMCH authorities, raided the shop along with the police, apparatus including syringes, used for taking samples was found lying there. “It is very unfortunate that touts of private laboratories are making rounds of government hospitals, as this is illegal,” said Dr Raj Bahadur.



Programme on women’s health today
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 6
The Dietetics Department of Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH), in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, is organizing a one-day continuing medical education (CME) programme on “Women’s health and nutrition” tomorrow at Bhargava Auditorium, PGIMER.

About 450 medical and dietetic professionals from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh are expected to participate in it. Experts from PGIMER and GMCH, Lady Irwin College, Delhi, and PAU, Ludhiana, will also take part in the programme. A food and nutrition quiz contest will be conducted by Ms Manju Mathur, organising secretary and Chief Dietician, GMCH, among postgraduate students from Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Patiala and Yamunanagar.

The programme will be inaugurated by Mr R.S.Gujral, UT Secretary, Medical Education and Research.



Diabetes camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Lions Club Region-VI, of district 321F organised a free diabetes detection camp at Sukhna Lake and Fragrance Garden, Sector 36, here today. Atleast 300 patients were checked up for the diabetes. Lion N.K. Aggarwal Region Chair-man, said that more such camps would be organised.

Dr S.N. Mathur M.D. (Endocrologist) also checked the patients at lake.



Judo championship begins
Gaurima Yadav

Chandigarh, September 6
The three-day CBSE North Zone judo championship was inaugurated today by Mr S. Tej Prakash Singh, Transport Minister, at IS Dev Samaj Girls School, Sector 21. The minister announced a grant of Rs 21,000 for the school.

Thirty-seven teams from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh are participating in the championship. A total of 447 sportspersons, including 122 girls, are taking part. Ms Sumiti Kanwar, Principal of the school, is the main organiser of the championship.

Medals were given away by the guest of honour, Mr S. Sukhdev Singh, a local industrialist. He has already donated a basketball court to the school.

The results: Girls under-14 (23 kg): Kudrat Yadav, Ganga International School, Delhi (gold); Poonam, Shah Satnam Ji Girls School, Sirsa (silver).

Under 14 (44 kg): Kiwi, I.S Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh (gold); Raman Deep, Sharda Sarvhitkari Model School, Chandigarh (silver).

Under 16 (48 kg): Esha, Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Chandigarh (gold); Poonam Deep, Police DAV Public School, Amritsar (silver).

Under 16 (52 kg): Komal Saini, IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh (gold); Menka Ghantal, Maharaja Agarsain Girls Senior Secondary School, Sirsa (silver).

Under 16 (63 kg): Neha Chauhan, Bhartiya Public School, Ambala (gold); and Sonia, DRK Adarsh Vidya Mandir, Charkhi Dadri (silver).

Under 19 (36 kg): Parveen, Maharaja Agarsain Girls Senior Secondary School, Sirsa (gold); Sakshi Cheema, Chaman Lal DAV Senior Public School, Panchkula (silver).

Under 19 (40 kg): Suman Verma, Maharaja Agarsain Girls Senior Secondary School, Sirsa (gold); Nidhi Sharma, IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh (silver).

Under 14 boys (25 kg): Ravinder Singh, Shah Satnamji Boys School, Sirsa (gold); Rohit Kanwar, Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh (silver).

Under 14 (50 kg): Sandeep Nain, Shah Satnamji Boys School, Sirsa (gold); Manav, Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar (silver).

Under 16 (50 kg): Manjit Singh, Shah Satnamji Boys School, Sirsa (gold); Hargan Singh, DAV Public School, Amritsar (silver).

Under 16 (55 kg): Rupinder Rishi, Shah Satnamji Boys School, Sirsa (gold); Anil Singh, Sanjay Public School, Chandigarh (silver).



Estesa XI enter semis
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, September 6
A deadly spell of bowling by M.L. Chauhan ( 7 for 14 runs) enabled Estesa-XI to beat United India Insurance Company by 48 runs and enter the semifinals of the United India Insurance Cup at the PEC Cricket ground today. Batting first Estesa-XI scored 134 for 9 in 25 overs. Estesa-XI captain Vijay Bhasin played a sensible knock of 34 runs and Mohan Singh made 38.

United India Insurance bowlers Amar Jit Kumar, N.K. Sidhu and Raj Kumar captured three wickets each. Chasing the target, United India openers Amar Jit Kumar (35 runs) and Raj Kumar (36) gave United India a flying start. The other batsmen could not face the bowling by M.L. Chauhan and United India were all out for 86 runs.

Brief scores: Estesa-XI: 134 for 9 (Mohan Singh 38, Vijay Bhasin 34, Raj Kumar 3 for 17, Amar Jit Kumar 3 for 19, N.K. Sidhu 3 for 34).

United India-XI: 86 all out. (Amar Jit Kumar 35, Raj Kumar 36, M.L. Chauhan 7 for 14, Mohan Singh 3 for 15).

In the second quarterfinal match, IDS Infotech beat Chandigarh Engineering Department by a huge margin of 88 runs and entered the semifinals. Batting first the former scored 165 for 8 in 25 overs.

Chasing the target Chandigarh Engineering Department were all out only 77 runs in 17.3 overs. Lalit Joshi of IDS Infotech was declared 'man of the match'.

Brief scores: IDS Infotech-XI: 165 for 8 ( Lalit Joshi 62, Bhavneet Singh 31, Jagjit Saini 30, Raja Abhishek Pathania 30 not out, Gurinder Singh 3 for 32, T.P. Singh 3 for 33, Kunwar Singh 2 for 22).

Chandigarh Engineering Department-XI: 77 all out (Balwinder Singh 32, Kunwar Singh 28, Lalit Joshi 3 for 18, Rohit Walia 3 for 10, Parveen Saini 3 for 6).

Tomorrow's quarterfinal match: PEC Employees Association vs New India Assurance at 8 a.m. and Nestle India Limited vs HSIDC Panchkula at 12.30 p.m.

Moti Ram School win

Fine performance by Vijay Bhardwaj (28 and 4 for 17) enabled Moti Ram Arya Public School to beat DAV Public School, Sector 8, Panchkula by 5 wickets in the Panchkula under-16 inter-school cricket tournament at the Sector 5 cricket ground here today.

Brief scores: DAV Public School, Sector-8: 71 for 7 in 16 overs. (Amanpreet 18, Yash 17, Ankit 17, Vijay Bhardwaj 4 for 17, Iswar Thakur 2 for 14, Paryas Panchuri 2 for 18). Moti Ram Arya Modern Public School: 72 for 5 in 16 overs. (Paryas Panchuri 29 not out, Vijay Bhardwaj 28, Kamal Kishore 13, Amanpreet 2 for 19, Ankit 2 for 22).

Subjunior v'ball

The Chandigarh Volleyball Association has decided to conduct the Subjunior State Volleyball Championship for boys and girls on September 27 and 28 at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41.

Boys born on or after 1.1.1988 and girls on or after 1.1.1989 are eligible to participate in the championships.

During the championship, boys and girls teams will be selected on the basis of the performance for coaching camps and for participation in the 26th Subjunior National Volleyball Championship to be held at Tandur (Andhra Pradesh) from October 14 to 19, 2003.

Entries close on September 25 with Suresh Kumar, volleyball coach, Sports Complex Sector 7, Chandigarh.

KVS sports meet

The KVS regional kabaddi sports meet, Chandigarh region, commenced at KV Zirakpur today. Nine teams from various KVs are participating. Mr Manjit Singh, Education Officer, Chandigarh region, inaugurated the meet. Principal H.K. Sikri also spoke on the occasion.

The ceremony started with a march-past led by last year's winning team, KV 2 Halwara. In his address, Mr Manjit Singh welcomed the students and said sports was an important part of education which inculcated the feeling of love and cooperation among the students.


YRSCA defeated Satluj Coaching Centre by 17 runs in the S.N. Vohra Memorial Cricket Tournament for the Friendship Cup (U-14) at the DAV College grounds, Sector 10, here today.

YRSCA, after winning the toss, opted to bat and scored 137 for 5 in 25 overs. Gurkirat Singh remained unbeaten on 54 runs. Yudhistar scored 21. The final match was played at DAV College, Chandigarh.

In reply Satluj Coaching Centre could score 120 for 9.

YRSCA have won three matches. However, the fourth match was abandoned due to rain.

Gurkirat Singh was declared the best batsman and Yudhistar the best bowler.

Brief scores : YRSCA: 137 for 5 in 25 overs ( Gurkirat Singh 54 n.o.; Yudhistar 21.

Satluj Coaching Centre : 120 for 9; Nitesh Bhardwaj 33; Vipul 16; Akshit 2 ; and Pushpasar 2 for 11.



Neighbourhood Watch Scheme launched in
Sector 41-D
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 6
The police launched its ambitious Neighbourhood Watch Scheme aimed at providing security to persons living alone in their houses and check thefts, in Sector 41-D here this evening. The scheme was first launched on January 28, 2001, in Sector 38 (West) and was later extended to several other sectors.

Today’s scheme was launched in the association with the LIG Residents Welfare Association, Sector 41-D and it will benefit at least 700 households. The scheme seeks to promote a spirit of camaraderie among residents through social, cultural and sport events. The focus of the scheme, however, remains improvement in public safety through a better community -police interface.

While launching the scheme, Mr Rajesh Kumar, IGP, congratulated the residents and asked for their active cooperation. He also released a directory of the Residents Welfare Association. Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, also addressed the gathering. All the Station House Officers and DSPs were also present on the occasion. Mr Kuldeep Singh, Senior Deputy Mayor, was also present an exhibition of electronic security gadgets and road safety was also displayed on the occasion.

The main aspects of the scheme include identity cards for the vendors and salesmen, installation of electronic gadgets to ensure a better security of homes. The scheme, said the police, would be good for senior citizens and women living alone. The police has suggested that neighbours of those senior citizens who live alone should install a call bell in their houses and provide its switch in the house of these senior citizens.

According to the police, traffic lights will be installed in the Sector 41 to reduce accidents to check unauthorised entry in the area, it was also decided to plug all the kutcha lanes in the area.



IT sleuths conduct survey on 3 premises
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Apprehending evasion of income tax to the tune of lakhs, sleuths of the Income Tax Department , North-West region, have conducted an intensive survey on the premises of Grace Locks, a unit manufacturing in-built door locks, Chandigarh Wires Priate Limited and Shivalik Wires Private Limited, both wiredrawing units in Industrial Area, Phase I.

The survey concluded late last night.

While the owners of the lock manufacturing unit disclosed an unaccounted income of Rs 35 lakh, the owner of the wire-drawing units was yet to surrender their unaccounted income. Sources in the department said a 20-member team of IT sleuths from the range-II of the department checked the stocks and tallied it with the account books. The stock register and the account books of the units were taken into possession by IT officers. The department conducted the survey after it detected that the sale and production records of the units were being fudged. A senior officer of the IT Department said the records would be thoroughly studied to find out any anomalies in the accounts books and the stocks.



Sanitation in Dera Bassi to be privatised
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, September 6
Sanitation within the Dera Bassi Municipal Council area will be privatised on the pattern of Chandigarh and stress should be given to develop the parks of the township, said Capt. R R Bhardwaj, Deputy Chairman of the Punjab Planning Board.

Mr Bhardwaj was here to inaugurate the streetlights installed along the Kalka-Ambala highway, in Sarswati Vihar Colony and Amardeep Colony falling within the limits of the civic body.

The government has made all possible methods to generate revenues and funds would be spent on development works on priority basis. Apart from this the government has also chalked out some other plans for sinking deep tubewells for providing better drinking water to the residents of the area, he disclosed.

Those who were present on the occasion included Mr Amrit Pal Singh, president, Mr Bakhshish Singh, vice-president, of the Council, Mr S S Sidhu, the Executive officer, and other councillors of the civic body.



33 nakas to check thefts
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 6
To check incidents of snatching and auto-theft, as many as 33 special check-points (nakas) were set up in different parts of the city this evening.

Station House Officers of all 11 police stations supervised the check points. The police checked the documents of vehicles and antecedents of some suspicious looking persons were also verified, said sources.


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