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GMCH jumps inauguration to treat patients
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Without waiting for a VIP to formally inaugurate the newly constructed Block C at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) the authorities have started admitting patients to the wards. This has taken a lot of pressure off the crowded emergency and wards.

Though the building is complete, it is only the male and female orthopaedics ward on the fourth floor where patients have been admitted. Within a week patients will be admitted to the surgery wards on the same floor. The fifth floor will have the eye and ENT wards while the one above this will have the respiratory medicine and tuberculosis ward.

“The throwing open of the orthopaedic wards has eased out the position in the emergency as stable patients, many of them in the trauma unit, are being shifted to Block C,” informed a doctor. While the male ortho ward has 28 beds, the female ward has 15 beds.

Even though the construction of the nine storeyed block was completed on August 31, the building has still not been inaugurated as the hospital authorities are looking for a VIP who can do the honours. A total of Rs 36 crore has been spent on its construction.

Hospital sources said though most of the wards and floors were ready, there had been a delay in the arrival of the operation theatre (OT) lights from France. “The OTs located on the second and the third floors will be made operational within the next 10 days as the lights have arrived in New Delhi,” informed an official.

The block has 14 OTs, but only seven have been completed due to paucity of funds. As such seven theatres in the old building will be used till the new ones in Block C are completed. While the laundry is located on the ground floor, the kitchen will function from the first floor once the entire block is made functional.

Hospital authorities said immediately after the OT lights were fixed the Administration would be intimated and the block inaugurated officially.



Vivek boys win pitch-and-putt meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, December 27
Vivek High School, Sector 38, boys emerged winners by scoring 31 points in the First Inter-School Pitch-and-Putt Competition organised by the Chandigarh Golf Association at the CGA Golf Range here today. The winning team comprised Sagar Bhatia, Ratul Sood, Dilsher Sukhija and Shabaz Khurana. Lawrence School, Sanawar, were the runners-up with 21 points. The team consisted of Zorawar Gill, Dilawar Gill and Gurtaj Gill.

Earlier, a ceremonial tee-off was done by Mr J.S. Cheema, vice-president, Indian Golf Federation. Mr Desh Prem Azad, president, IGF, was also present.

Golfers from St John’s School, Sector 26, St Stephen’s School, and St Kabir School also took part. In the individual open competition, Amardeep Mahajan with 13 points lifted the championship, while Ratul Sood finished number two. The winner of the junior section was Shabaz Khurana, while Dilsher Sukhija was the runner-up.

In girls’ section, Kashish Johl won the meet, while Ashima Sood, secured second place.

The chief guest, Chiranjeev Milkha Singh, gave away the prizes. He shared his experiences with young golfers and asked them to work hard.

Badminton team

Deepak Sidhu of DAV College, Sector 10, will lead the Panjab University badminton team in the North Zone Inter-Varsity Badminton Tournament to be held at Kanpur.

According to Mr Kewal Singh, Assistant Director Sports, PU, the team was balanced and competitive. He said Mr Surinder Mahajan, Senior Coach SAI, would accompany the team. A preparatory camp for the team, under the guidance of Mr Mahajan, was already on. Last year, PU women won gold medal in the meet, while men finished runners-up.

The team: men: Deepak Sidhu (PU Campus), Gurjit Bajwa, Piyush Aggarwal and Akash Sethi (all DAVC-10), Sachin Garg and Pankaj Nathani (both SDP-32) and Pawan (DAVC-10). Women: H. Sarda Devi (PU), Isha Sharma, Gauri Sharma and Rama Pandey (all MCM-36).

Cricket meet

A superb performance by Gurpeeet Singh, who remained unbeaten at 54 runs and claimed three wickets for 19 runs, enabled Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, beat Chandigarh Cricket Association XI by six wickets in the First Late Captain Chander Vijay Cricket trophy being organised jointly by DAV College and CCA, affiliated with Punjab Cricket Association.

Brief scores: CCA XI: 147 runs for four in 35 overs (Akshit 37, Saurav Chopra 31, Prashant 32). Cricket Stadium, Sector 16: 148 runs for four in 29.1 overs (Gurpeet Singh 54 n.o., Raj Karan 28, Rozal 25).



New infrastructure provided to sportspersons
Arvind Katyal

THE year 2003 was good for sports as new sports infrastructure was added to the existing one. City also had the audience of many eminent sportspersons like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Syed Kirmani, Dilip Vengsarkar and Geet Sethi. Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian sportsperson to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 10 metre Air Rifle event. Though few other local players also donned national colours it was the addition to the sports facilities which took the front seat.

In Chandigarh the new indoor hall at the sports complex, Sector 42, was thrown open to players in disciplines of judo, wrestling, weightlifting and boxing. The work of relaying the Astro-turf at the hockey stadium in the sports complex was also completed and next year it will play host to an international hockey tournament.

The sprawling Sector 3 sport complex in Panchkula also saw many new facilities thrown open in the initial phase. For the second time, the All India Invitational Tara Chand Memorial Badminton Tournament was held. Then North Zone Women Cricket Tournament was also organised in the same complex. The training for volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and athletics also commenced in the complex. However, the work on swimming pool in the Government Yoga Centre in Sector 23, could not be completed and it will now be made public next year.

Mohali also did not lag behind as the famous PCA stadium, Mohali, played host to the India-New Zealand cricket Test match and the India Zimbabwe match. The 44th Senior National Gymnastics Championship is also in progress at the indoor hall in Shivalik Public School, Mohali. The entire hall was made sound-proof along with arrangement for flood lights.

Chandigarh also hosted various international and national-level events. This included the ITF Tennis Meet in CLTA, Sector 10. For the first time in the city, a new event, Senior National Triathlon Championship, was organised by the Chandigarh Triathlon Association at the Sukhna lake. The National Pool Championship was conducted at the Chandigarh Club. It also saw top ranked players of the country like Pankaj Advani and Alok Kumar in action. The presence of seven time world billiards champion Geet Sethi proved morale booster for the youngsters.

In a departure from the past, the UT Education Department allowed the hosting of the inter-school sports meet by various public and private schools also. UT school sportspersons also brought a sizeable number of medals in the 49th National School Games. As many as eight local cricket players were selected for the Commowealth Under 19- Cricket Tournament. The Primary School Games saw participation of more than 2,000 children in the age group 6-11 years.

The atmosphere in the Netaji Subhas Regional Office of the Sports Authority of India was vitiated due to infighting between its local Regional Director and an Assistant Director. The SAI failed to open any new centres in the city and no coach could be provided for the NSTC centre in DAV School, Sector 8. The STC, Sector 18, eves brought laurels in volleyball, hockey, athletics and basketball.

Yuvraj Singh’s Test cap and Dinesh Mongia’s marriage were the other highlights of the year. A number of inter-varsity meets such as the All-India Inter- Varsity Rowing Meet and the All-India Inter-Varsity Swimming Meet were organised. A new event, Draughts, was also introduced with the holding of Asian Draughts Championship at the Lake Club.



Vigilance Bureau to get office in Mohali soon
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 27
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau is all set to open its office in the township. The office, to be headed by the OSD to the Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau (VB), will be initially run from a residential premises.

Although the Phase VIII police station complex has a VB police station, but it exits only on paper. All cases registered by the VB are thus filed on record at the “VB police station, Mohali,” but other than a barely legible directional board there is no sign of a police station.

The VB police personnel function from the Punjab Police headquarters in Sector 17, Chandigarh, but now a move is being made to shift part of that office to Mohali. The office will be headed by Mr Siddharth Chattopadhyaya, DIG, Ludhiana Range, who is also the OSD to the Chief Director, VB.

“We are looking for space in Mohali for opening an office of the VB but have not finalised anything. Once the office opens, I will be sitting there once or twice a week,” said Mr Chattopadhyaya.

Sources state that the proposed opening of the VB office in Mohali is one of such proposals. The SSP, Ropar, Mr S.P. Singh, who is also the SP, Vigilance, has been trying to arrange some space for his own office at the now vacant PUDA office in Phase I. Earlier, the SP, Mohali, too had asked for office space in the building but nothing could materialise due to the change of all senior police officers in the township.

The SP’s office is currently functioning from a residential premises in Phase IV and is likely to be shifted out to another residential premises in Phase XI.

Other than the SP’s office, the Sohana police station and the Mohali Childline are also running from a residential places. This despite the fact that the Punjab Police has over an acre of prime property lying unused in Phase VII. The land is now being given out for hosting exhibitions, etc. Sources state that the Police Department has no funds to construct the complex here.

Facing acute shortage of space many police officers are commuting everyday from nearby places where they reside.


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