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City hygiene suffers for staff shortage
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

‘Malba’ dumping to be punishable

The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has warned the residents that vehicles dumping ‘malba’ at unauthorised places are liable to be confiscated. If ‘malba’ continues to be stacked in front of houses and shops, the individuals concerned are liable to be challaned, according to a press note.

Residents have been informed that the corporation offers to remove ‘malba’ from their premises on a payment of Rs 2 per cubic feet minimum charges of Rs 50. The residents have been asked to lodge their request on 3274154 on any working day. The scheme was launched on November 14. A total 300 requests had been received from the residents.

Chandigarh, March 11
Non-availability of the required workforce is one of the biggest problems faced by the health wing of the Municipal Corporation in maintaining sanitary conditions in the city.

The corporation is nearly 1200 short of the required strength. This means that on an average more than 20 workers are short in each sector. At present, there are about 1300 regular workers and nearly 700 on contract. The corporation has only 16 inspectors against a requirement of 40.

Besides shortage of staff, residents throw garbage for away from the identified places. Rag-pickers look for polythene bags while stray cattle search for food material. This leads to the scattering of the garbage.

Dr G.C. Bansal, Medical Officer Health, said many residents throw household waste and ‘malba’ in their backlanes.

He said efforts were being made to reduce the number of garbage bins in each sector. Earlier the number was 10 or 15 in each sector. All bins could not be cleared every day because of the staff problem.

The corporation was in the process of bringing down the number of garbage dumping points to two in each sector. It was also phasing out the collection bins of one cubic metre capacity.

The corporation had launched a “garbage free” scheme in at least 17 sectors. Out of the total, as many as seven sectors and Ram Durbar Colony had fully constructed Sehaj Safai Kendras. These were functioning with the help of resident welfare associations, Dr Bansal said.

The Central Pollution Control Board has made an allocation of Rs 8.95 crore for new sanitation projects in the city. Tenders have been floated for improving the dumping ground at Dadu Majra.



Vasectomy camp concludes
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 11
The Ranbaxy Community Health Care Society in collaboration with the ESI Hospital, Mohali, organised a two-day non-scalpel vasectomy camp that concluded today. As many as 30 operations were performed during the camp. Dr K.K. Sharma, Director Health Services, ESI, inaugurated the camp.

Capt Naresh Kakkar, senior personnel manager, Ranbaxy, lauded the men for their involvement in the family planning programme.

Techno-cultural fest begins

A two-day techno-cultural festival, Panache 2k4, started at the Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, here on Thursday. It was inaugurated by Mr Chandrashekhar Srivastava, Commissioner, Patiala Division.

Over 25 teams from various colleges from the region have registered themselves for the festival.

Students bid adieu

A valedictory function was organised at BR DAV College, Kurali, on March 9 to bid adieu to students. Students of BA(II) and B.Com Part(II) presented cultural items.

The Principal, Mr S. Choudhry, advised the students on how to live a healthy and prosperous life.

Student excels

Sunny of Saint Soldiers Paradise Public School, Dhakoli, Patiala, stood second in the AFT-2003 test conducted by the Arya Bhatt Educational Society, Chandigarh. Thousands of candidates had taken the test.

Teachers, students awarded

The annual prize distribution function of Saint Soldier International Convent School was organised here. Mr P. I. Sabu, Regional Officer of the CBSE, was the guest of honour. As many as 150 students were awarded. Ms Amrit Kalsi, Mr Sunil Sharma, Ms J.P. Kaur, Ms Harpreet Kaur, Ms Gurvinder Kaur, Mr Sanjay Kumar, Ms Anjali Sharma and Ms Ravinder Kaur were among the teachers who were awarded.

Among the students who were awarded included Puja Jain and Vandana Sharma.

Class IX students of Golden Bells Public School, Sohana, bid farewell to Class X students. The ceremony began with a welcome speech and cultural items were presented.



UP tops the list of polio patients
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, March 11
Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of polio patients in the country. As on February 11, there were 88 positive cases in the state, out of a total 224 in the entire country, said the former President of Rotary International Raja Saboo.

Talking to The Tribune just before a programme held this afternoon, Mr Saboo added that so far in 2004 only four cases of polio had been reported in the country. The programme was organised to give details of polio corrective surgeries conducted by the Rotary organisation.

Two of the four cases reported in 2004 were from Bihar, one from Uttar Pradesh and the other from Karnataka. Globally, two cases were reported from Pakistan and one from Afghanistan, he added.

Mr Saboo stated that myths and wrong notions were behind the failure of polio eradication programme in the state.

“Some of these myths were based on religious beliefs. Others had been generated out of sheer ignorance”, he said.

He added that Rotary International wanted to celebrate 100 years of the organisation in a polio-free world next year. It had so far spent nearly $ 500 million on fighting the disease.

Mr Saboo revealed that eradication of polio would globally save $ 1.5 billion per year. Regarding the success of the programme in the country, he stated that the number of polio cases had come down from over 1600 in 2002 to 224 in 2003.

Giving details of the polio corrective surgery camps, he said about 124 patients were operated at Lakhimpur Kheri near Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. The project was conducted by a team of doctors led by former President of Rotary Chandigarh (Shivalik) Dr G.S. Kochar.

He was accompanied by two orthopedic surgeons, Dr Vijay Saigal and Dr Kareem, both from Rotary District 3080. In all, about 2000 children were examined during 26 camps held in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in 2003.



Seema best athlete at polytechnic meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 11
Seema Giri of pharmacy first year was adjudged the best athlete at the conclusion of the annual athletics meet of Government Polytechnic, Sector 10, here today.

Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, Chief Engineer, UT, gave away the prizes. Principal of the college Usha Mahajan said that various team and field events as well as fun games like sack race, potato race and three-legged race were also held.

Winners: cricket pharmacy; basketball ECE; throwball pharmacy; TT (singles) Sandhya; doubles Sandhya and Sandeep; carom-singles Sonia; doubles Karabi and Pooja; badminton (singles) Nitima Sood; doubles Neha and Nitima; high jump Seema Giri; long jump Seema Giri; javelin throw Sandeep; discus throw Aarti Chhabra; shot put Harsimran; 200 m Seema Giri.



Phulraj is senior vice-chief of civic body
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 11
Mr Phulraj Singh was elected senior vice-president and Mr Amrik Singh vice-president of the municipal council here today. The elections to the posts were held at a meeting of the civic body. Mr M.L. Sharma, SDM, was the observer.

The voting was done by show of hands. While Mr Phulraj Singh, belonging to the ruling group, got 19 votes, Mr Amrik Singh of the opposition got eight votes. The name of Mr Phulraj Singh was proposed by Mr B.B. Maini and seconded by Ms Amteshwar Kaur. The name of Mr Amrik Singh was proposed by Ms Manmohan Kaur and seconded by Mr Manmohan Singh Lang.

The term of both posts, which were with the ruling group last year, ended on January 31. A meeting of the ruling group, comprising 19 councillors, was held earlier during the day for choosing the candidate. Sources said initially, three persons — Mr Phulraj Singh, Mr S.S. Barnala and Mr B.B. Maini — were interested in the post of senior vice-president, but Mr Barnala withdrew.

The sources said though a number of councillors had given the right to select the candidate for the post of the senior vice-president to Mr Kulwant Singh, council president, voting was held. A majority of the councillors were in favour of Mr Phulraj Singh.

Mr Maini told Chandigarh Tribune that though he was interested in becoming the senior vice-president, a majority of the councillors wanted Mr Phulraj Singh to get the post. He said he was probably not that popular with members of his group because he had disagreed on certain issues.



Registration of 5 nursing homes suspended temporarily
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 11
The District Health Department today suspended temporarily the registration certificates of five nursing homes and clinics in the city on the charges of violating various norms of the PNDT Act.

According to Dr Satvir Chaudhary, Civil Surgeon, while the registration of the nursing home (clinic) managed by Dr Rajiv Kapoor (Sector 15) and Dr Dev Raj Batra (Sector 10) have been suspended for 15 days, certificate of the clinics managed by Dr Anita Dua (Sector 11), Dr Sanjay Gargi (Sector 11) and Dr Ruchika Jindal have been suspended for seven days. They were found to be violating various norms of the Act, sources said.


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