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Polio-free India still a distant dream
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 1
Even as the country gears up for another nationwide pulse polio campaign on January 4 , the eradication of the highly-communicable disease in 2004 remains a distant dream with 214 polio cases reported from the country last year.

According to data collected by The Tribune, Uttar Pradesh has the dubious distinction of having a maximum of 83 cases followed by Karnataka with 34 cases and West Bengal with 28 cases. Even comparatively-affluent states like Haryana and Punjab have three and one cases, respectively, giving sleepless nights to the health authorities.

And this is despite tall claims by the health authorities that the current campaign was going to be the “last leg” of the campaign and the India would be “polio-free” by next year.” We have almost achieved polio eradication and the dreaded disease is on its way out, “ Dr B.S. Dahiya, Director-General, Health Service, Haryana, said here today.

However, reliable sources said India would have to wait for a few years more to get a “polio-free” certification from the Geneva-based World Health Organisation (WHO). According to established WHO procedures, a nation is kept under watch for a period of three years from the date the last polio case is reported. With the southern states like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (17 cases in 2003), whose record on the polio eradication in the past had been excellent, reporting a spurt in the last year, the Health authorities claims seem to be farfetched.

The situation is further compounded as the authorities faced a lot of resistance at the hands of a particular community in Uttar Pradesh in immunising its children.

Sounding a positive note about the eradication of polio, Dr Mohini Bhasin, Haryana State Surveillance Officer, claimed that the polio had been eradicated from 208 countries of the world and in 2003 it was reported from five countries — Nigeria, Niger, Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan, besides India. In 2002, there were 1918 cases in the world and India alone accounted for 1, 200 cases. The situation in Haryana, where three cases were reported (in Gurgaon, Panipat and Rohtak districts) was well under-control, she claimed.

In 1988, the WHO had fixed 2000 as deadline for the eradication of polio from the world. While an overwhelming majority of the countries achieved the “polio-free” status, India lagged behind and continued to report cases despite the fact that several crores of rupees were spent on successive campaigns.

During 2003 alone, four “sub-national” pulse polio campaigns were launched in the high risk states apart from two national rounds. This year five national rounds will be conducted besides one “sub-national” campaigns.

Meanwhile, Dr Dahiya informed that during the campaigns this year efforts would be made to eliminate the circulating environmental wild polio virus by covering 100 per cent children in the age group of 0-5 years. For January 4 campaign, as many as 15, 000 booths, manned by 60, 000 vaccinators drawn from the Health Department, ICDS, the Education Department and the NGOs would be set up, he added.


Tennis meet from Jan 6
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 1
The Total Tennis Academy, Sector 11, will organise a tennis tournament for the players of the region from January 6 to 11. According to Mr Devender Kapoor, tournament director, the five-day tournament will be organised at the YMCA, Sector 11, Chandigarh. The meet is open to boys under 10,12,14,16 and men singles and doubles events and in the girls section in under-14 and under-18 events. Entries close on January 5 at Ph-98142-00030.

CCA in final

Manan Vohra scored 65 runs in 92 deliveries and enabled Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated to the PCA) in beating the Mohali Cricket Association XI by 74 runs to enter the final of the first Captain Chander Vijay Memorial Trophy (under-13) being organised by DAV College and PCA here today at the DAV College grounds.

Manan ‘s steady knock of 65 runs included eight boundaries. His partnership with Kunal Mahajan, who scored 24 runs, added 85 runs for the third wicket. His team mate Ankit Kaushik made 31 runs in just 18 deliveries. Finally, CCA XI scored 183 runs for the loss of four wickets.

In reply, MCA XI were bundled out for 109 runs.

Brief scores:CCA XI: 183 runs for four in 35 overs (Manan Vohra 65, Ankit Kaushik 31 n.o., Kunal Mahajan 24, Rohit Singh 14 n.o., Ankit Pursarathi 3 for 40).

MCA XI: 109 runs all out in 34.3 overs (Ankit Pursarthi 29 n.o., Amarpreet 21, Pushpasar 2 for 17, Saransh 2 for 20). Tomorrow, the CCA XI will vie with Coaching Centre, XI, Sector 16.

Panchkula boys win

Cricket Coaching Centre, Panchkula, outplayed MES Coaching centre, Patiala, by 38 runs in the Janta Sports Cup League Cricket Tournament in under-13 age group here today.

Earlier, Patiala won the toss and elected to field first. Panchkula lost its initial four wickets for just 27 runs. Later a skipper’s knock by Ashish Sardana who scored 32 runs of 33 deliveries and supported knock by Mohit Verma who made 36 runs along with 31 runs of Gurinder helped Panchkula to reach a handsome target of 153 runs in 40 overs. Karan of Patiala bagged three wickets for 17 runs. An excellent performance by Karan Goyal with three wickets for 22 runs and another fine bowling by Mohit Verma who claimed two wickets for 11 runs, managed to restrict Patiala to 115 runs in 39th over. Mohit Verma was also adjudged as man-of-the-match.

Gurinder who took eight wickets and scored 82 runs in four matches was declared player of the meet. Karan Goyal of Panchkula who is just nine years was adjudged the player of the tournament. Karan of Patiala was declared as best batsman while Prashant Chopra of Panchkula the best bowler of the tournament.

Korfball teams

The Chandigarh Korfball Association has selected boys and girls teams for its participation in the 17th Senior National Korfball Championship. The meet is going to be held in Goa from January 6 to 10. The team is: (girls) — Monica Negi, Rupal, Indu Bala, Nirmaljeet, Aman, Suneeta and Deepshika; boys — Vishal, Ravinder, Ashish, Sukhjeet, Vivek Sharma and Vivek.



Cycle polo meet from Jan 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Chandigarh state-level cycle polo championship for juniors and seniors will be held at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, from January 3, according to Mr Jagbir Singh, president, Chandigarh Cycle Polo Association. Eight teams will likely to participate in the championship.

Just after the championship, an eight-day camp will be held where a junior team will be selected to participate in the National Cycle Polo Championship to be held at Jaipur from January 14 to 18.


Five outside quota candidates appointed ASIs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Chandigarh Police today opened the doors for the candidates of the reserved category from outside the state by issuing appointment letters to five candidates of Assistant Sub-Inspectors.

Usha, Jaswinder Kaur, Surender Kumar, Rakesh and Sher Singh were today given appointment letters to join as Assistant Sub Inspector, official sources said today.

This is the first case in which Scheduled Caste and Other Backward Class candidates listed in other states have been given jobs in the Union Territory. This step will set the ball rolling for reservation to such candidates being opened in other departments also, it was stated.

The order of the appointment of these candidates has followed the Supreme Court giving an order in their favour. These candidates had approached the Central Administrative Tribunal and then the High Court against the rejection of their candidature in the year 1999 for the recruitment as Assistant Sub-Inspectors. This was the first case also against the reservation policy of the Chandigarh Administration.

The selection of the ASIs is the first recruitment of SCs and OBCs from outside the UT since 1966.

The police has gone ahead with the implementation of the court order despite the Administration, in an official letter, saying the matter had been forwarded to the Government of India for a general policy guideline.

The cases of outside candidates of the 1997 and 2002 constables’ recruitment test would follow soon, they said.

The Chandigarh Administration had earlier written a letter to all Administrative Secretaries, heads of departments, officers, institutions, boards and corporations, stating its position on the judgement of the Supreme Court.

The Administration, while asking for the implementation of the court order in the case of the Special Leave Petition, had also said, “For issuing general policy guidelines on the issue, the matter is being referred to the Government of India and instructions in this regard will be issued separately in consultation with the Government of India.”

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Police has already done its home work in the case of adjustment of the reserved category candidates from outside the UT in the cases of recruitment of constables in 1997 and 2002.

The Chandigarh Police has prepared a detailed study as to how the decision of the court would affect their recruitment of constables in 1997 and 2002.



Rs 25 lakh for construction of Law Bhavan
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 1
At an impressive ceremony held at the Chandigarh Club this evening, a cheque of Rs 25 lakh was presented to Mr Justice V. K Bali of the Punjab and Haryana High Court by Mr K. P. S Rana, Chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board. Mr Justice Bali received the cheque on behalf of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana. The money will be used for the construction of Law Bhavan at Sector 37 here.

The cheque was later presented to the Bar Council Chairman, Mr Mukesh Berry, along with the Punjab and Haryana Bar Association President, Dr Anmol Rattan Sidhu, and the Honorary Secretary of the Council, Mr C. M Munjal. Mr Rana presented the cheque to Mr Justice Bali on behalf of the Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh.


55 acres for Police Lines facilities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Chandigarh police will get 55 acres of more land for its training and Police Lines facilities near Dhanas.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Rajesh Kumar, said this today while meeting constables and officers to greet them on New Year.

Around 400 police personnel, including constables, from all units of the force today gathered at the multi-purpose hall in the police line.

He praised his force for reducing crime in the city and exhorted them to continue their good work for even better results.

The Inspector-General asked the police personnel to approach him through their officers without waiting for the regular meetings about their complaint. He said he could be apprised of their problems even during weekly meetings.

The IGP indicated that the Administration was sincere about the needs of the police and the multi-purpose hall had been approved without much problem. He said the land was also being given in the same spirit.

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