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Lack of facilities in GMCH private wards
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Its the disturbing silence that greets one at the seventh floor of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here as none of the 38 private wards located on the floor has been occupied by patients this season. The reason: despite huge expenditure incurred on it and being offered to public several months ago, the rooms are still unfurnished and the floor is yet to be equipped with basic requirements for conducting routine laboratory tests.

The floor houses 16 ordinary private rooms in one set and 15 in another set. There are four VIP wards in one set and three VIP wards in the other set. While the hospital charges Rs 800 per day for ordinary wards , the expenditure per day for the VIP wards goes up to Rs 1,450.

However, there are many reasons for the rooms to remain diserted. While the ordinary rooms do not have the mandatory refrigerators, the VIP wards which have the provision of a small drawing room in the front, are equipped with a solitary bed and a telephone set. The drawing rooms at the entrance are lying vacant and the staff is not sure when the sofa sets promised to the patients would reach the wards.

The most tragic condition is that of the laboratories which continue to remain non- functional. This invariably would mean that in case a patient takes admission in the one of these wards, he would have to go to the ground floor to get the routine tests done.

“The things have been like this for several months now and we are not getting many people who prefer to the stay in these rooms because the facilities offered are not adequate. Those coming for treatment at GMCH, still prefer Block A private wards”, said an official.

The Medical Superintendent, Prof J.K. Das, said “since the blocks were built recently there are several teething problems which need to be taken care of. Earlier, we had thought of starting the wards by April but it got delayed. 


126 units of blood donated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
As many as 126 units of blood were donated by officials of the Chandigarh Administration at a camp organised today at a UT Secretariat, Sector 9.

The UT Administrator, Mr Justice O.P. Verma (retd), inaugurated the camp. A team of 10 doctors from the Department of Transfusion, PGI was present at the camp.

Justice Verma also took a round of the camp and interacted with donors. He emboldened them for the noble cause of donating blood voluntarily and lauded efforts of the Home Department of the Chandigarh Administration, which had organised the camp. He hoped that such camps would be organised in future also to meet the shortage of blood and save precious lives.

Those present on the occasion included the Adviser to the Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, the Finance Secretary, the Karan Avtar Singh and the DPR-cum-Joint Secretary, Home, Mr S.P. Arora.


Seminar on stroke management held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
A seminar on “Management of Strokes” was organised by the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association at the Senior Citizens Home, Sector 43, here today. Dr Parampreet Singh, a neurophysician at the PGI, informed the participants about the causes, symptoms, first-aid and management of the disease.

The expert said a stroke was among the more common medical emergencies afflicting senior citizens these days which left the patients with varying degrees of disability.

Among other speakers, Dr G S Lehri, orthopaedic surgeon, gave useful tips on post-episode physiotherapic care. Dr T.P.S. Chawla spoke on the rehabilitation of the stroke victims.

Dr B K Pannu, secretary (medical), of the association introduced the chief guest and summed up the subject. The association holds at least one seminar on topics of interest for the senior citizens. 


Indo-Pak snooker meet begins today
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, June 16
The Rexello Castors Indo Pak Peace Cup Snooker Tournament will begin here tomorrow at the Chandigarh Club, Sector 2. To be held for the first time in India after its introduction last December in Karachi, this four-day meet will feature the top players from both the countries. With attractive prize money of Rs 3 lakh at stake, the sport is likely to give a boost to the game.

Speaking on the occasion at a joint press conference, former world billiards champion Michael Ferreira said during the first Indo-Pak peace cup held in Pakistan last year, India had extended invitation to come here. Chandigarh was chosen because in North India, we have a lot of potential.

Later, Alok Kumar, current Asian snooker champion, said, since India and Pakistan had one of the best snooker players in the world, so this meet could be very exciting.

The president of the the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI), Mr P.N. Roy, said that their federation was thankful to Yasin Merchant and Alok Kumar for extending their hand in sponsoring this unique and mega event in the country.

Mr Manoj Kothari, tournament director, said on the first day, exhibition matches would be held to allow the players to have a feel of the green baize. The competitive leg of the tournament will be for three days till June 20, in which three tests will be played. Each test would comprise five singles and two double matches. Team winning two tests would win the cup. There would be a daily draw of lots to determine the players for the singles and doubles matches with all matches to be best-of-three frame affair.

Mr Ajay Rastogi and Mr Simachalam, two referees provided by the BSFI would officiate in the tournament. Another unique kind of event, AirTel doubles match, would also be held where one team each from India and Pakistan will have one player on either side.

Cricket tourney

A tournament named ‘Beat the Summer’ cricket tournament for under-18 and open category was held in Kajheri, Sector 52. In two finals, World XI won by 65 runs from Zulmi XI while Ravi XI beat Sunny XI.

Mr Arvind Pandya, organiser of the meet, said the matches were evenly poised and rural folks enjoyed the game. In first match, World XI made 147 runs in 20 overs with Shammi scoring 20 runs, Gurmail 18 runs and Neka 17 runs. In reply, Zulmi XI were all out for 82 runs. Vikram took five wickets for just 19 runs and was also declared man-of-the-match. In the second tie, Sunny XI made 105 runs with Lakhmi scoring 26 runs followed by Sunny who made 25 runs. In reply, Ravi XI achieved the target in 10.3 overs and Avtar scored 35 runs followed by Chandan who made 15 runs while Ravi scored 14 runs.


Ferreira for media attention on cue sports
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, June 16
India needs more titles at the world level in cue sports so that it can get more media and public attention like cricket. This was the view of Padma Bhushan Michael Ferreira, who arrived here this afternoon for the Indo-Pak Peace Cup meet on snooker, beginning tomorrow.

Ferreira, also known as Dronacharya of cue sports, said there was a lot of enthusiasm among youngsters for billiards and snooker. But what was required was to channelise their energy in the right perspective. He said there was a misconception that snooker was a game for the elite.” Its a game for everyone,” he added.

On the sponsorship part, Ferreira said times had changed and the corporate sector in India was keen to invest in sports. He said though any cue-sport event might not invite thousands of people like cricket and football, but with positive media attention, returns on the investment would be fabulous. He said BPL Limited, which had adopted badminton a few years ago, was planning to tie up with cue sport. This will go a long way in promoting the sport in the country,” he added.

He praised efforts made by the Billiard and Snooker Federation of India for keeping the game alive in India.

Ferreira, however, was not in the favour of inviting foreign coaches for either billiards or snooker. He said senior players in India were better equipped to guide players. Boys needed to play more and more tournaments at Asian and world level and only then more winners could be expected, he added.

On the issue of producing qualified coaches like other sports, Ferreira said though at present there was no such specialised course but a certificate course in the game was being planned.

He said Indian cue players had also learnt from their experiences. “Look at Alok Kumar, who never took coaching in pool. But with determination and talent, he was able to qualify for the World Pool Championship. This is remarkable. Pankaj Advani, now the IBSF World Snooker Champion, gave magnificent performance at the world level and he is only 18. This speaks highly of the level of our players in this sport. But at this juncture, Pankaj needs a lot of media attention as very few people in India know that he is a world champion.”

Ferreira said he had always vouched for giving attention to other sports than cricket. He said the Government of India was according due priority to sports.

Ferreira, who remained World Billiards Champion in 1980s, is based in Mumbai and coaches youngsters with the assistance of other senior players. On the Chandigarh tournament, he said it would strengthen the Indo-Pak relations and announced that in times to come, this meet would be expanded. More countries from the continent, like Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Thailand and Bangladesh, could participate, he said adding that the Chandigarh tournament would be a catalyst for promoting snooker in the region.


Admn seeks names to replace HCS officers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
The Chandigarh Administration has asked the Haryana Government to send a panel of names to replace three Haryana Civil Services officers in Chandigarh. Also the interviews of three Punjab cadre IAS officers for the post of the Finance Secretary are slated for next week.

Names have been sought to replace, the Joint Secretary, Home, Mr Ashok Sangwan, the Director, Public Relations, Mr S.P. Arora, and the SDM (East), Mr Naresh Narwal, sources in the Administration confirmed.

The Haryana Government will send the names and the officers will be taken on deputation to work in Chandigarh.

Meanwhile, no request has been sent to seek a name to replace the Director, Information Technology, Mr Vivek Atray.

The Adviser, Mr Lalit Sharma, will hold informal interviews of the three IAS officers. The list sent from Punjab has the names of Mr Jagpal Singh Sandhu of 1983 batch, Dr G. Vajralingam of 1986 batch and Mr S.K. Sandhu of 1987 batch, the sources in the Punjab Government confirmed. One of them will replace the present Finance Secretary, Mr Karan A. Singh, a 1984 batch officer, whose tenure ends in the first week of July.

The Adviser after conducting the interviews of these officials will send his preference to the UT Administrator, who will approve the name and then send it to the Government of India.

The sources have clarified that it was wrong to say that Mr S.K. Sandhu is not ineligible to be sent on deputation to Chandigarh. It was being speculated in officials circles that since Mr Sandhu had refused to go on Central deputation after his selection in 2001 he stands debarred for a period of five years. The bar on him is for going on Central deputation and not for being posted with the Chandigarh Administration. Since Chandigarh is a Union Territory, it is directly governed by the Union Home Ministry, however, this does not mean that it is a Government of India posting.


Samiti resolution on grant for panchayats
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
The Panchayat Samiti for villages of Chandigarh today passed a resolution to give a grant of Rs 1 lakh each to panchayats of the 17 villages of Chandigarh.

This money will be used to carry out small-scale development and repair works in these villages.

The chairman of the samiti, Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, said the samiti also passed a resolution to protest against the alleged manhandling of the sarpanch of Khuda Ali Sher village during one of the demolition drives in the village.

The sarpanches should be asked to educate people that only the government land was being got vacated.

The samiti said elected members must be given due respect.

The samiti also asked the Block Development and Panchayat Officer to start construction of a damaged protection wall around Kaimbwalla village located north of the lake.

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