Friday, October 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Chandel, 2 docs may face Health Ministry’s wrath
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Three PGI governing body members, Mr Suresh Chandel, a Lok Sabha member, and two other Chennai-based doctors, could be in the line of fire of the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare for their utterances regarding certain decisions made by the apex body of the institute.

The ministry is learnt to have taken a serious view of the press conference addressed by Mr Chandel, a BJP MP from Himachal Pradesh, who is a member of the governing and institute bodies. He had addressed mediapersons in the city, giving details of the decisions of the institute body meeting held in New Delhi on September 29.

The two other Chennai-based governing body members, Dr Vimla Isaac and Dr Muthukumaraswamy, could also face the wrath of the ministry for having expressed their displeasure over the decision of making Prof Sudha Suri as the Dean.

The two had expressed their views in the court where a case had been filed by head of Gynaecology department, Prof Sudha Suri, contesting the decision of the body.

“Though the body members have barely two months left as its tenure will be over on December 1, but still the ministry can react just to send across a signal that such “irresponsible” behaviour was uncalled for and would not be tolerated in future,” said a Health Ministry official.

“It is known that Mr Chandel and Prof S.K. Sharma have virtually been on a warpath, but making utterances against each other publicly did not behove of the members of senior repute,” remarked a senior PGI doctor.

A section of the doctors at the PGI have in fact been trying to garner support in favour of Professor Sharma by terming the institute body decision to direct him to proceed on leave as “political and bureaucratic” interference in the affairs of the institute. However, majority of the doctors feel that it being the decision of the apex body of the institute it would not be appropriate to react.

Another section opposed to Professor Sharma feels that Mr Chandel had rather helped many people by pleading their case and raising other issues concerning the PGI when they failed to get response from the administration.



Shivalik school win volleyball title
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, October 2
Shivalik Public School, Sector 41-B, won the volleyball title for the fifth time consecutively by beating Sanatan Dharam Public School, Sector 32, in the final of the CBSE cluster XI (North Zone) volleyball tournament.

It was organised by the Sanatan Dharam Public School. A total of 16 teams participated in boys category during the three-day tournament. Shivalik school won 25-20, 25-19, 25-10.

Yoga tourney: Government High School, Sector 41, won the yoga tournament organised at Government High School, Sector 10. It was organised by the UT Education Department.

In the under-19 category, Hem Lata, Reema, Ritu, Anjana and Tabassum stood first. In the under-17 category, Gautam, Aman, Gulshan, Jagjeet and Balwinder came second. In the under-14 category, Rajan, Pawan, Satish, Lovnish and Mohit came third.

Chess teams: The under-seven and under-nine boys and girls Chandigarh chess championship concluded at St Xaviers Senior Secondary School, in Sector 44, today. Following players have been selected to represent Chandigarh for the national chess championship to be held at Chennai (under- seven category) and Calicut (under-nine category).

Under-seven boys: Harlov, Abhinav; Under- seven girls — Shrishti Jain; Under-nine boys: Mayank and Priyansh Soni; Under- nine girls: Ayshv and Jasmin.

Army conducts trials:
The Army, in its endeavour to tap talent at the grassroots level, conducted trials for schoolchildren in athletics at the Polo Grounds.

A total of 264 schoolchildren took part in the four-day trials which were held in the 15-18 and 12-14 year categories. Children from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh took part. Prizes were given to those who stood first, second and third in their respective events

The selected children will be recruited in the Army at a later stage.


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