C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


GMCH to start new spine disc surgery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 9
Around 200 delegates from Punjab, Haryana and other neighbouring states will attend the 10th annual conference of the Indian Orthopaedic Association (Punjab Chapter), at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) tomorrow.

“Eminent orthopaedic surgeons will deliver lectures on topics like spine, joint replacement and trauma during the two-day conference,” said Prof Raj Bahadur, Medical Superintendent and Head of Orthopaedics at the GMCH. The conference will be inaugurated by the UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma.

Prof Bahadur said the GMCH would become the third centre in North India, apart from AIIMS and the Research and Referral Centre of the Army, to start the minimal invasive endoscopic spine disc surgery. “Though we had been doing this surgery with the help of borrowed equipment for the past some time, now after acquiring our own equipment we are formally launching the facility,” he informed.

The conference will be preceded by high-profile workshop on minimal invasive endoscopic spine disc surgery. During the past few months, the Orthopaedics Department of the GMCH had operated a few cases of failed back where the endoscopic surgery technique was used liberally, he added.



Sports complex to come up on PUDA land
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 9
In a desperate bid to revive a 10-year-old project, the Punjab Sports Department has decided to commercially develop a part of the land allotted to it by Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) for the construction of a sports complex in Mohali. Land use pattern prescribed in the master plan not withstanding, sites for 30 showrooms and a shopping mall opposite the PCA Stadium in Phase IX will be sold by PUDA on behalf of the department to raise money for the development of sports facilities within the complex.

This decision was taken during a recent meeting of the Minister of Sports, Mr Jagmohan Kang, and the Minister for Housing and Urban Planning, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri. Attended by the Secretary, Housing, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, and the Secretary Sports, Mr D.S. Bains, it was also decided at the meeting that the new design of the proposed complex incorporating these commercial sites be submitted by the architects within a month.

More than 24 acres of land opposite the PCA Stadium here was given to the Sports Department free of cost by PUDA for construction of a multi-facility Sports Complex in the early nineties.

It was decided that Rs 1.85 crore be spent on the development of the complex by the Punjab Sports Council along with a matching amount to be doled out by PUDA. However, instead of the Rs 3.70 crore that this added up to, a whopping Rs 6.85 crore, was squandered on the creation of an ornate boundary wall along with glitzy gates and a parking facility, allegedly to sub-serve the PCA Stadium.

“Despite all this expenditure, the complex had not a single sports facility. In fact an enquiry into how the money was spent was also in order but then it was decided to let the past be and plan afresh," said Mr D.S. Bains, the Secretary, Sports Department, Punjab. “One of the few viable ways of reviving the project in view of lack of funds was to sell a part of the land we own as shops and earn enough money to build the rest of the complex,” he said adding that this proposal had been made by him in August last year but had crystallised at a meeting held recently.

However, sources pointed out that the proposal is likely to run into difficulties since the land had been earmarked specifically for sports facilities in the master plan and could not be exploited commercially. “We are aware of the problems in the form of land use change etc but all that will be taken care of in due course of time,” said Mr Bains. However, it is apprehended that the owners of other commercial sites in the neighbourhood may raise legal questions about the tenability of creating a commercial facility to the detriment of their business interests.

The complex when complete will include a 7,000 capacity indoor stadium, an international grade swimming pool and a track and field. Giving details of the proposed features in the complex, the architect Mr Arun Lakhanpal of Loomba Associates explained that the choe that is passing in the middle of the complex divides it into two separate parts and while the indoor stadium and the swimming pool along with offices of the Sports Department would be on one side, the track with a small residential complex for coaches would be on the other side.



Five city women selected for roller hockey camp
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, April 9
Five city women and one man have been included in the list of probables for a National Roller Hockey camp for the 10th Asian Roller Hockey championship to be held at Akita, Japan, from June 7 to 18. Disclosing this, Ms Madhu Bahl, Chairperson, Roller Hockey, Roller Skating Federation of India, said the camp would be held from 6 am to 8 am and from 5 pm to 8 pm.

The camp coordinator is Mr I.P. Singh while four coaches are, Harpreet Singh Pandu, Harpreet Singh Kirti, Balwinder Singh and Rajesh Anand.

The probables are: women: Renuka, Chandita Kamboj, Suruchi, Megha, Smriti, Gurpreet Kaur, Yashdeep Kaur, Ritu and Priyanka (all Haryana), Rekha (Punjab), Japneet, Shakun, Manisha, Jasmine and Kriti Puri (all Chandigarh), N. Asrita (AP).

Men: Rajesh, Girish, Vinod and Dhruv (all Haryana), Amber Gill (Chandigarh), Mandeep, Vikram Singh and Harkerat Singh (all Punjab), Rajesh Anand, Joshpal Singh and Jograj Singh (both J&K).

School foundation day: Yadavindrians celebrated the 25th foundation day of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, here on Friday with fervour.

Games were organised for the students in all age groups. Juniors took part in monkey, chop and frog jumps and banana, dribble and lemon and spoon races. Seniors participated in musical chairs, sack race and paint-a-face contest. Mr Harish Dhillon, Principal, gave away the prizes. House staff also participated in various events.

A large number of students were awarded merit certificates for obtaining 100 per cent attendance in 2003. More than 60 students awarded for securing 90 per cent marks and above in the first term.



Vijayant pips top seed to enter tennis final
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, April 9
Vijayant Malik of DAV Public School, Sector 8, created a sensation by defeating top seed Yuki Bhambri of Delhi 6-1, 6-3 in the under 14 (boys) section of the AITA Super Series Tennis tournament at the CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, today. Malik will face Sri Ram Balaji of Tamil Nadu in the final tomorrow. Earlier Sri Ram Balaji downed B. Sudershan 6-4, 6-1. In the under-18 section, Vivek Showkeen of Delhi defeated Allen Moses 6-1, 6-1 to enter the final. In girls, under-14 semi-finals, Prerna Mayatri of AP defeated Prachi Nadkarni of Maharashtra 0-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 and will clash with Daniel Jones of West Bengal who defeated Janini 7-6(2), 6-1 in the final.



Section 144 imposed
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, April 9
On account of the ongoing final examinations of the National Open School, Haryana, the district administration today imposed Section 144 of the Cr PC, prohibiting gathering of people outside the examination centres, till June 2.
The centres are located in Sector 7 and Sector 15.

There is also a restriction on carrying any weapon and operating photo copiers. Violators will be penalised under Section 188 of the IPC. However, cops on duty, in and around these centre, have been exempted.


HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | National Capital |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |