Thursday, September 11, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Seminar on electronic journals
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 10
Dr S.K. Sharma, Director, PGI, today said there was a need of electronic journals for scientists, researchers and students.

He was speaking after inaugurating a seminar on ‘Electronic journals and medical database’ organised by institute’s Dr Tulsi Das Library in association with the Medical Library Association of India.

The seminar concluded with the recommendation that there should be group approach for the subscription of electronic journals. There are already about 130 journals in the institute.

Earlier during the day, the Chairman of the Library Committee, Professor Kusum Joshi, welcomed the delegates from different states. Prof Sudha Suri, Institute Dean, raised some important issues related to electronic journals, the Internet and medical database.

Dr R.P. Kumar, Chief Librarian of the All-India Institute of Medical Education and Research and Secretary of the Medical Library Association of India, explained the role played by the association in continuing education programme. He also highlighted the achievements of the association.

Prof H.R. Chopra of the Department of Library and Information Science, Panjab University, highlighted various problems faced by researchers in accessing electronic journals. The inaugural function ended with a vote of thanks by Mr Raj Kumar, Institute’s Chief Librarian and Information officer.

Different sessions of the seminar included theoretical discussions by experts and presentations by vendors.

Mr Rajnish, manager of a company taking part in the seminar, Dr Pratibha Singhi, Professor of the institute’s Paediatrics Department, also spoke on the occasion.


Plan to create awareness on AIDS
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 10
The Sports and Youth Welfare Department, through its network of youth clubs, will create awareness on AIDS and encourage people to donate eyes.

This was stated by the Deputy Director of the department, Mr Ashok Aggarwal, while addressing mediapersons here yesterday. He presided over the concluding day function of a refresher course for youth and cultural organisations.

Mr Aggarwal said there were about 6,000 youth clubs in the state, but only 1,000 were active. “We are planning to overhaul and revive these clubs, so that youth energy can be channelised in the right direction. We have decided to go ahead with the eye donation programme, under which youths will be persuading people in rural areas to donate eyes. Already, our youth and cultural officers are putting in efforts in that direction,” he said.

He said the clubs would also create awareness on AIDS.

He said a sum of Rs 25 lakh would be spent on various youth activities in the state. 


82 girl players report for trials
Our Sports Reporters

Chandigarh, September 10
Eighty-two girls reported on the first day of the selection trials for selecting trainees for the Sports Training Centre, Sector 18, Sports Authority of India, Northern Centre, Chandigarh.

The girls have come from as far as Manipur, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh to appear in athletics, hockey, basketball and volleyball trials in the 14 to 18 year age group.

In all, 38 trainees reported for hockey trials, followed by 25 in athletics, 12 in volleyball and seven in basketball. The selected girls would be provided with free boarding, lodging, sports training, equipment, sports kit, competition exposure and medical insurance. This was stated by Ms Ritu Pathik, Assistant Director, SAI.

She said many girls from the centre had done the country proud by winning various events. Mamta Kharab, one of its former hockey trainee, was recently given Arjuna Award for excellence in women hockey. Sita Gusain, Kamla Dalal were other former international hockey players from the centre.

Skill tests will be held for participant tomorrow, while the final interview would be held on Friday.

Asian tennis meet

Tennis player Sunil Kumar Sipaeya will take part in the Asian Tennis Championship to be played at Tashkent (Uzbekistan) from September 22 to 27. Other two members of the team representing the country are Rohan Bopanna and Harsh Mankad.

This was stated by Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chairman of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association. He said Sunil had recently participated in the ITF Men’s Futures US$ 10,000 in Tunisia and finished as semifinalist in one tournament and winner in singles as well as doubles in another meet.

Sunil would also be participating in the ITF Challenger Tournaments at Tumkur from September 29, Dharwad from October 6 and Belgaun from October 13. Sunil would hold a clinic on Wednesday for the CLTA trainees who would participate in the AITA Talent Series from September 22.

Rowing championship

The Chandigarh State Junior Rowing Championship for boys and girls will be held at the Lake Club on Saturday at 6.30 am. Competitors below the age of 18 years (as on December 31) would be eligible to participate.

The events to be conducted in the championship are single scull, double scull, coxless pairs, coxless fours.

The selection of the team to represent Chandigarh in the 24th Junior National Rowing Championship to be held at Hyderabad from October 14 to October 20 will be made on the basis of performance of competitors in the state championship. Entries close with Mr Parmod Kumar Singla, Honorary Secretary, Chandigarh Rowing Association, on Friday at 6 pm.

Cricket tournament

Saurabh Arora will lead the Chandigarh team in the Haryana Inter-District Under-19 Cricket Tournament. The team was announced this evening by Mr Surinder Singh ‘Baijee’, secretary of the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association. Chandigarh will play its first tie against Panchkula on Friday at Panchkula.

The team is: Saurabh Arora (captain), Deepak Saini, Yuvraj, Anwar, Pankaj, Michael, Amit Sonkar, Nirmal, Pritpal, Deepak, Prashant, Kamaljit, Anil Kumar Sachin, Gaurav, Amrinder Singh, Rajesh; standbys: Devinder, Rahul, Varun, Nitin, Rajbir Brajesh, Sangam and Tejvinder. 


Promotion of two Inspectors on anvil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The promotion of two inspectors of the Chandigarh Police as Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) is on the cards. A decision will be taken once the Administration takes a stance on an application filed by seniormost Inspector Mr P.K. Dhawan.

The Administration is studying an application by Inspector P.K. Dhawan. A final decision is expected within the next few days. The contents of the Departmental Promotion Committee cannot be revealed till Mr Dhawan is exonerated of charges.

Mr Dhawan is the seniormost inspector of the Chandigarh Police followed by Mr Inderjeet Singh and Mr Arjun Jaggi. Since Mr Dhawan, was suspended in the infamous ‘‘missing files’’ case in May, 1999, his name was not put on the promotion list during the last Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting. The names of Mr Jaggi and Mr Inderjeet Singh were put on the promotion list and they would have been promoted but for the application by Mr Dhawan.

Sources in the Administration point out that Mr Dhawan has quoted a judgement of the Supreme Court. The case will be decided by the Adviser to the UT Administrator and will have to be brought to the notice of the UT Administrator. Legal opinion has been sought to decide if Mr Dhawan can be promoted and also to check the veracity of his claim. It may be re-called that Mr Dhawan was suspended when it was found that important files pertaining to murder cases were missing from police stations of the city. He was re-instated after a prolonged inquiry.

The vacancies have arisen after SP City Mr Baldev Singh retired on July 31 and Mr Jagat Mohan retired on August 31. Though Mr Baldev Singh enjoyed the rank of SP, he is actually a DSP promoted as SP in his own rank and pay.

Earlier this year, Mr Asa Nand had retired on March 31 and Mr Mohan Lal Verma, who was inspector then promoted as DSP. Another post of DSP is to fall vacant when Mr Surjit Singh retires on December 31. There are a total of 11 posts of DSP in the Chandigarh Police.

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