Saturday, October 4, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Sushma urged to reinstate ousted PGI Director
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Condemning the decision taken by the PGI Institute Body, the Himachal Maha Sabha, here, has requested the Union Health Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, “to bring to task all those who are trying to tarnish the image of the ousted PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, and drop all charges against him”.

In a memorandum submitted to Ms Swaraj members of the sabha said a minor issue had been blown out of proportion by vested interest to tarnish the image of Prof Sharma, who was a reputed medical scientist. “It is only a handful of people who are doing this for their vested interest but in the process were downgrading the prestige of an internationally known institute,” they lamented.

Raising the issue of the appointment of a junior engineer, they said had he been regularised it could have amounted to an offence but since his services were dispensed off after he was found to be over age, how could Prof Sharma be held responsible.

Terming the decision of the Institute Bedy as illegal, uncalled, unilateral and ex-parte, they requested the Health Minister to call Prof Sharma back from leave and initiate action against those who were acting with vested interest. 


Mental health camp held in Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
As part of the District Mental Health Programme being conducted by the Psychiatry Department of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), a camp was organised at Mani Majra to detect various psychological disorders.

The head of the Department, Dr B.S. Chavan, said even today people were reluctant to go to the psychiatry OPD due to the stigma attached with mental disorders in India. He discussed the difficulties encountered by doctors in identifying and dealing with patients with psychological problems with the medical officers working at the Mani Majra hospital.

As part of the Mental Health week from October 6, a meeting with families of chronic mentally ill patients has been planned to discuss various aspects of legal rights and other issues. A detoxification camp and panel discussion will be organised the next day for families of substance abusers in Daddu Majra. On October 9, children with emotional and behavioural problems will be examined.


Campaign against quacks
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 3
The state Health Department today launched a concerted campaign against quacks and unregistered medical practitioners operating in the district.

A five-member team of the department led by the Assistant State Drug Controller, Mr K.K. Maheshwari, and comprising four drug inspectors, today raided nine such shops along the Panchkula — Pinjore national highway. “Doctors” at seven such “clinics” were not present in their shops at the time of the raids. The team, however, was able to seal two such clinics.

It is learnt that at one of the clinics near the Majari chowk, an Ayurvedic doctor was found to be prescribing allopathic medicines. The team also found a number of loose allopathic medicines in his clinic. This clinic was sealed by the authorities.

At another clinic in Burj Kotian, the “doctor” claimed to be a qualified ayurvedic doctor but was unable to show his degree. He, too, was prescribing allopathic medicines and a number of loose medicines were seized from him.

The move follows the directions of the Director-General Heath, Haryana, Dr BS Dahiya, who had reportedly come across a number of such quacks operating in the area. Following the spread of malaria and diarrhoea deaths in Burj Kotian, it was decided to conduct a survey of the area and nab the quacks.


Anant, Kriti, Nourin shine in CBSE roller
skating meet
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, October 3
Kriti Puri and Nourin Midha in the girls’ section and Manjeet and Anant Vidur Puri in the boys’ section cornered glory by winning medals in the CBSE North Zone roller skating meet, which concluded last evening at Faridabad.

International player Kriti, a student of Class XI of Bhavan Vidyalya, Sector 27, bagged two gold medals in the under-19 age group, one in the rink race I and other in the road race. Nourin, a student of Class V, Bhavan Vidyalya, Sector 15, Panchkula, clinched a gold medal and a bronze medal in rink race I and II.

Anant, a Class VIII student of St John’s High School, Sector 26, and younger brother of Kriti Puri, won silver medals, in the rink race I and the road race.

Other city skaters who fetched medals in various age groups were: Road race — Apoorva of Carmel Convent got a gold medal in the under-eight group and Darshvinder of KB DAV Centenary, Sector 7, won the bronze medal. Mehak also of KB DAV School bagged a silver medal in the under-12 girls’ section. Manjeet Singh of KB DAV won the gold in the under-14 section. In rink race I, Depanshu of KB DAV secured the silver medal in the under-eight age group.

All these medalists will take part in the forthcoming CBSE national skating meet to be organised by KB DAV Centenary School, Sector 7, from October 31 to November 3.

Football tourney: Gyan Jyoti Public School, SAS Nagar, outplayed Moti Ram Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, by six goals to three via tie-breaker on the opening day of the CBSE football tournament (Cluster XI) played here today at the Football Stadium, Sector 17. The full-time score was 2-2. In another tie, Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, beat St Vivekanand Millenium School, HMT Pinjore, by four goals to three. In yet another match of the day, Army School, Nahan, defeated Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, by five goals to two. In the last match of theday, Army Public School, Chandimandir, defeated Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, by three goals to one.

Shooting teams: Arjun Pratap will lead the Chandigarh shooting team for the fifth Kumar Surender Singh memorial shooting championship to be held at Ahmedabad from October 5 to 11. The men’s team is: Parminder Singh, Rajeev Bhatt, Arjun Pratap, Holinder Singh, Gursarvinder Singh, Manjit Singh, Baljeet Singh, Akhil Pahuja, Harwinder Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Harmandeep Singh, Jagraj Singh Sandhu and Surjit.

The women’s team is: Priti Sharma, Roopmeet Mann, Shaleen Chauhan, Prabhleen Chauhan, Minerva Singh, Harveen Sarao, Anaahat, Jagatpreet Kaur and Pooja.

Sports meet: In the Edmund Rice sport meet being held at St John’s High School, Sector 26, the hosts have reached the finals in table tennis, badminton and football. Tomorrow the following finals will be played: TT — St John’s vs St Columbia’s, New Delhi; badminton — St John’s vs St Joseph’s College, Nainital, and football — St John’s vs St Joseph’s, Nainital.

Results: TT: First semi-final: Siddhant Trehan (St Columbia) bt Gagan Kang (St Joseph’s) 11-2,11-9; Jal Whora (St Columbia) bt Dennis (St Joseph’s) 11-8, 13-12;

Second semi-final: Jaysuriya (St John’s) bt Dennis WU (St Joseph’s) 11-3,11-6; Pritish (St John’s) bt Gagan Kang (St Joseph’s) 9-11, 11-6, 12-10.

Badminton (First semi-final): Bhavesh Malik (St John’s) bt Sidharth (St Columbia) 7-3, 7-2, 7-4; Bhavesh Malik and Gagandeep (St John’s) bt Prince and Siddharth (St Columbia) 7-2, 5-7, 8-9, 7-1, 7-1. Second semi-final: Harsh Aggarwal (St Joseph’s) bt Siddharth (St Columbia) 7-2, 5-7, 8-9, 7-1, 7-1; Jayant Shahi (St Joseph’s) bt Rohan (St Columbia) 7-4, 7-0, 1-7, 8-9, 7-2.

PU teams excel: Hosts Panjab University surged ahead in cricket on the second day of the all-India sports festival organised by the PU Non-Teaching Employees Federation under the auspices of the All-India Non-Teaching Employees Federation, being held on the PU campus. Other university teams that won in cricket included, PAU, Ludhiana, HPU, Shimla, and Delhi University.

In volleyball, PU, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala and Punjab School Education Board won their matches. In kabaddi, PU, Chandigarh, Haryana School Education Board, Bhiwani and Punjabi University, Patiala recorded victories.


Football Nursery: Football enthusiasts of the city have decided to open a football nursery here. The nursery will be for children below 14 years. At a meeting held at the BD School ground, Mr Kamal Luthra was nominated president while Mr Jograj Sharma was made secretary. The trials for the nursery will be held on October 12 and 13 from 3 pm to 6 pm. The trials will be held at the BD School ground, near Rai market. Interested persons can contact S.R. Sabharwal, retired SAI coach, at 98 Green Park, Ambala Cantonment, or at phone No. 2653685.


V’ball tourney: Sri Sanatan Dharam Sabha Volleyball Club organised its 15th open volleyball tournament here yesterday. It was inaugurated by Senior Citizens Association president Sangat Singh Nanda, while Dr B.D. Trivedi, president of the sabha, presided over the function.

In the final of the senior section, SSSD, Kalka, defeated DAV, Parwanoo, while in the junior section, the team from Barwala defeated SSSD, Kalka, in the final.

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