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Finding way to ICU in GMCH-32 a challenge
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Its no less than a jigsaw which the patients have to solve each day to reach the intensive care unit (ICU) at level three of Block C, GMCH, Sector 32. This level, which houses the (ICU), is trapped for want of any direct way to reach there, exposing the unit to any fire calamity for which there is no escape in the given circumstances.

The floor is not connected both to the ramp and the staircase, which are termed necessary for escape in case of an emergency like fire. The two openings of the floor, the doors on either side of the ICU (one opening towards the ramp linking with the Block A and other on the staircase side) are bolted tightly prohibiting any entry or exit as the ICU is termed as the sensitive area.

The only recourse left for the patients to reach or get out of the floor is the sole patients’ lift in the middle of the floor. A number of patients who start climbing the ramp or the stairs, have to first climb till level IV then take a lift to level three to reach the ICU. In fact when this correspondent visited the level three ICU today, the patients’ lift was out of order while the two other lifts including the card lift (only for the doctors having the requisite card) and the staff lift, reserved for the hospital staff, can not be availed by the patients. The patients could be seen accommodated in the trolley lift to leave the floor.

“One has to wait for more than 20 minutes for the lift only to get out of this floor. One wonders what would happen if there is an emergency situation like fire. There is no way out to rush from this place in the present situation,” said a patient’s attendant.

On the other hand one of the staff members working on the floor said, “there are more than 100 employees working on this floor in addition to more than 50 patients who daily visit the unit. The patients first take a few rounds up and down the building to make out how to go in the ICU and then wait for lift to leave the place”.

Meanwhile, the Director of the GMCH, Prof H.M. Swami, talking to Chandigarh Tribune agreed that the patients were indeed facing a problem in the current arrangement. “We are working on finding a solution and have written to the Engineering Department to open two gates from the side of the ramp leading to the floor,” said the director and added that it would be done on a priority basis.
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Role of ORS stressed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The experts have stressed the role of oral rehydration solution (ORS) in managing dysentery on the start of the ORS week. The ORS day was observed today.

“Many people have this misconception that the during dysentery the children should not be given liquid diet. Some even go to the extent of keeping the children without food. But we tell patients that it is detrimental for the health as the right mixture of the ORS is the only correct solution to the problem,’’ highlighted Dr Pratima Singhi of the PGI. Doctors have also said if the patient was suffering from dysentery, it would take a week in normal circumstances for the cure. In no circumstances the antibiotics or any kind of injections should be given.

“The right mixture of ORS is mixing the one packet of powder in one litre of water. Sometimes the patients make the mistake of mixing half a packet of powder in half litre of water. This should be avoided,’’ added another doctor. The ORS can be given after two-three hours in a day so that the fluid in the body does not become very less.

Rounds of villages in the city’s periphery were made by the doctors to educate them about ORS. 
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Chandigarh boys in last eight
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 29
Chandigarh boys moved into last eight of the 27th Junior National Handball tournament being played here today at the DAV Senior Secondary School grounds, Sector 8. City players barged in the quarter-finals from Pool C. In the six-team round robin league, Chandigarh kept their slate clean and secured 10 points from five matches to move to the top spot. Andhra Pradesh secured eight points from five matches and got the runners-up position for qualifications.

Runners-up of the last meet, Punjab, with all five wins and Sports Authority of India (West), Gandhinagar. with four wins and one defeat, qualified for quarter-final from Pool B.

With four victories from five matches, Himachal Pradesh ensured a place in quarter-final knockout phase. Their brilliant run in the league was appreciated by experts here. HP players though beaten defending champions Chattisgarh in their opening encounter by a narrow 30-33 margin, won appreciation. They demonstrated their talent and skill in the next four league fixtures which they had won by comfortable margins. With Chattisgarh getting the top position in the league with an all-win record, Himachal finished runners-up.

Delhi were also displaying their determination in the seven-team pool D programme. With all matches over in this pool, Punjab, with six victories, logged 12 points to emerge group leaders. Delhi today won two matches to finish league with five wins for 10 points.

Results:

Pool A: Chattisgarh (Anil Kumar 9, Satyapal 7) b Mumbai Handball Academy (Sardar Patil 4,Yogesh 3, Jitin 3) 26 –15 (11-5).

Uttaranchal (Neeraj 10, Arun 7, Deepak 6) b Assam (Rajib 8, Laba 5, Mintu 5) 31-26 (13-12).

Himachal Pradesh (Pankaj 5, Virender 4, Bharat 4) b Bihar (Kishalay 2, Madhav 2, Subhash 2) 23-7 (17-4).

Group C: Jammu and Kashmir (Gaurav 5, Bharat 4) b Tamil Nadu (Raghupathi 3) 9-6 (5-4).

Group D: Delhi (Jaspal 8, Namit 7) b West Bengal (Sauvik 4) 21-7 (11-2).

Pondicherry (Viswanathan 11, Vimnarayan 7, Pradush 7) b Goa (Fredy 5, Alberto 5) 31-20 (12-10). MP (Mandip 6, Arjun 3, Vindo 3) b Gujarat (Munar 8) 20-14 (9-5). Delhi (Sunil 10, Namit 6, Jaipal 5) bt MP (Mandip 5) 28-11 (18-4) b Haryana (Yashdeep 3) b West Bengal (Souvik 3) 9-7 (5-3).

Pondicherry (Pradip Kumar 7, Vishwanathan 5) b Gujarat (Munal 10, Sandip 7) 20-19 (10-9).
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GMSSS-10 win in football meet
Our Sport Reporter

Chandigarh, July 29
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, by a solitary goal in the pre-Subroto Cup UT Inter-School Football Tournament being played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37.

In the first tie, St John’s beat St Anne’s School in a one-sided tie.
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Charvi, Rubi sail into 3rd round
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 29
Charvi Sharma and Rubi Singh sailed into the third round of the under-10 Xth District Panchkula Badminton Championship which began here today at the Sector 3 sports complex, Panchkula.

In the under-13 boys matches, Ishan Sharma had to toil hard to beat Jatin Rana while seeded player Akshit Mahajan did not face any difficulty in ousting Saurav. Earlier the meet was inaugurated by Mr K.K. Bhugra, Engineer-in-Chief, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). He hoped the city players would bring laurels to state in near future. Mr T.R. Tuli, secretary of the District Badminton Association, highlighted the achievements of the players during the past year.

Results: boys: under-13: Bhupesh b Rahul Chopra 15-12,15-3; Avneet b Lakshey 15-11, 15-8; Vikas b Saurav Joshi 15-3, 15-1; Mohit Mahajan b Akash Gupta15-0, 15-1; Ishan Sharma b Jatin Rana 15-12, 15-10; Abhishek Dahiya b Vikram Syal 15-13, 15-6; Anshu b Sumit 15-12, 11-5, 15-9; Deepak b Sahil 15-1, 15-0; Mohit Chaudhary b Mohit Manchanda 15-4, 15-2; Priyank Sood b Gurpreet 15-0, 15-1; Kashish b Anshul 15-1, 15-0; Ketan Chahal b Prabal 15-8, 15-9; Anchit Mahajan b Dipanshu 15-2, 15-0; Ripunjey b Gaurav 15-7, 15-7; Rythem b Sahil 15-1, 15-1; Akshit Mahajan b Saurav 15-1, 15-1.

Under-10: Saket b Umang Gupta 15-11, 15-4; Aarush b Ayush Singla 15-4, 15-2.

Girls under-10 (first round): Rubi Singh b Shaleen 11-0, 11-4; Gayatri b Arushi 11-4, 11-4; Palak b Vidhi Malik 11-6, 11-8.

Second round: Charvi Sharma b Gayatri 11-0, 11-2; Rubi Singh b Palak 11-4, 11-4.
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Fort Foundation honours Rana Sodhi
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 29
The Fort Foundation, Ramgarh, which has been promoting sports in the region, honoured Rana Gurmeet Sodhi, former international shooter, at a function held last evening in The Fort Resort, Ramgarh. The honour was conferred on behalf of players who expressed pleasure over Mr Sodhi’s elevation as Sports Minister. Mr Sodhi was presented with a antique sword and ‘pagri’ by Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, Punjab. In his brief speech, Mr Singla praised the contribution of Mr Sodhi in the sports arena and hoped that now sports in the state would take a big leap. Rana Sodhi assured the gathering that he would not leave any stone unturned to fulfil the expectations of the sport fraternity. He said sponsors would also be tied up to give a boost to sports in terms of revenue. He said with India scheduled to hold the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he would strive hard to bring back glory to Punjab in the world of national and international sports.

Earlier, the function began with a melodious presentation by Rakesh Jalota, brother of famous singer Anup Jalota, who came from Mumbai. Jalota began with a bhajan on ‘Aasi lagi lagan, Meera hoi gai magan’, and various gazals and enthralled the audience for nearly two hours.

Mr Amitabh Singh Chandel, president , Fort Foundation who is also an international tennis player from Haryana, said people of Punjab and Chandigarh were happy over the appointment of Rana Sodhi as Sports Minister. He said the Fort Foudnation had so far organised more than 50 tournaments in the past nine years. Now they planned to hold fund raising shows so as to uplift the standards of sportpeople by giving aid to them.

Among others who graced the occasion were, Mr Kewal Dhillon, prominent industrialist, Mr Surender Dabra, MLA, Mr Satish Chandra, IAS, Pawan Kapoor, international tennis player and Mr Gurbans Singh, IRS, among others.
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Atta made from rejected wheat banned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Chandigarh Administration has stopped supply of any such “atta” which may have been made from rejected wheat. Also samples of ‘atta’ being used in Chandigarh and marketed by different flour mills of Punjab would be taken. If any sample fails the quality test the licence of millers, chakki owners or shopkeepers would be cancelled and criminal proceedings would be launched against them.

On receiving reports in this regard, supplies had been stopped, the UT Finance Secretary, Mr Karan Avtar Singh, told the coordination meeting of senior officers this morning.

The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, said constant sampling of eatable products should be undertaken by the Health Department. He asked the Health Department to launch a concerted drive to check the use of rejected atta which is unfit for human consumption.
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MC to issue notices to marriage palaces
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 29
The Municipal Council has decided to issue notices to marriage palaces running in industrial plots here to find out with whose permission these were being run.

The issue was discussed in the House here today after the monthly meeting of the civic body at which all the items on the agenda were unanimously passed in about five minutes without reading them.

Mr Kulwant Singh, president of the council, said unauthorised marriage palaces were running in industrial units that had been closed down. He said the Punjab Government had so far made no policy to change the land use in this regard. He said that land use could not be changed without getting a no-objection certificate from the council.

He said these palaces had become a source of nuisance for the civic body. Though, no payment, of any kind, was made by them to the council, it had to lift the waste left in the open after every function was held in these palaces. He said after getting a reply from the owners of the marriage palaces, the council would be approaching the higher authorities.

When asked by a newsperson why the council meeting ended in less than five minutes, the president said that all councillors had already read the agenda of the meeting which was released to them well in advance and since no councillor, including those belonging to the Opposition, wanted any discussion on any issue, it was unanimously passed without reading it.

Mr Manmohan Singh Langh told the House that the councillors of the Opposition group had planned to gherao council, president and other officials at today’s meeting in protest against the failure of the council to carry out development works in the town. He said such a step had to be postponed because the municipal engineer, Mr Tarsem Rai, had asked for one month’s time to bring about an improvement in the town. However, Mr Kulwant Singh said that being elected members the Opposition councillors could raise issues in the House instead of resorting to such protests which were “illegal”. He said development works were carried out in all wards without any discrimination. He said since the council had limited funds, some works got delayed at times.

The president informed the House that the Director, Local Government, Punjab, had raised an objection on the proposal that had been cleared by the House at an earlier meeting. The House had decided that a part of the land allotted by PUDA for a cattle pound be given on lease to an organisation to run a gaushala in the area. The Director stated that land allotted by PUDA should be used only for the purpose for which it had been allotted. The decision of the council to give a part of the land on lease to another organisation to run a gaushala was against the rules. Mr Kulwant Singh further said that the council would write to the Director to reconsider his decision in this regard as it was difficult for the civic body to check the menace of stray cattle in the town. The problem would be controlled to some extent if a gaushala was run here.

Among the items cleared at the meeting were to have a fresh rent agreement with the owner of the showroom building in which the office of the council was housed, to let the present sanitation contractors continue till fresh work orders were given, to give a vacant space in the Phase VII industrial area to a private company for landscaping.Back

 

Warning to Nirman Cinema
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Deputy Commissioner today issued a warning to the management of Nirman Cinema in Sector 32 for not running the air conditioner in the theatre and also not maintaining the toilets. A surprise raid had been conducted on the theatre a few days ago and the management had been served with a show cause notice.

The management offered an apology and the DC let them off with a warning adding that the cinema would be closed if the management repeated the mistake.
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Power cuts: city can breathe easy, for now
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Chandigarh Administration today postponed its decision to impose power cuts in the city. A final decision on when to impose power cuts will be taken on Saturday morning, according to sources.

Meanwhile, engineers have drawn up a schedule for imposing rotational power cuts in residential areas. The schedule has been sent to senior officers for approval but would be okayed only after the Saturday meeting. Under the system of rotational cuts, power to a particular area of four or five sectors is switched off for a fixed period of 30 or 45 minutes. The pattern is then repeated in another next group of sectors.

Officials of the electricity wing said the rotational power cuts might be needed in order to maintain discipline in the northern power grid. Chandigarh is overdrawing to the tune of 90 MW. The administration has to pay a penalty whenever such huge overdrawal takes place. 
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Town Planner sent back

Chandigarh, July 29
The Chandigarh Administration has sent back the Senior Town Planner, Mr Arvind Mehtani, to his parent department of Haryana.

The Haryana Government has been asked to send a panel of names of town planners within 15 days. The Administrator had declined to give Mr Mehtani extension. TNS
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UT police postings, promotions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Five Inspectors, including two SHOs, were today transferred and 12 Assistant Sub-Inspectors were promoted.

The SHO (North) Mr Jagvir Singh has been transferred to the traffic police. Mr Vishwa Lal has replaced him. The Sector 34 police station SHO, Mr Sukhpal Rana, has been replaced by Inspector Ajaib Singh who was posted with the Child and Women unit. Mr Surjeet Raj has replaced Mr Ajaib Singh in CAW. Mr Rana has gone to police lines in place of Mr Surjeet Raj.

ASIs Gurbeen Singh, Naib Singh, Ajay Kumar, Ranbir Singh, Ram Prakash, Nafe Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Harbans Singh, Sucha Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Pritam Singh and Jaswant Rai have been promoted as Sub-Inspectors.
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Head Constables empowered to issue challans
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 29
In order to enforce compliance of traffic rules in the township, the Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Mr Rakesh Agarwal, today authorised Head Constables on duty at the various traffic lights to issue challans. Earlier, only an ASI could issue challan to traffic rule violators.

All traffic light points in the township are manned throughout the day by two Head Constables. While these constables have the authority to check traffic and stop violators and admonish them, they had no authority to issue challans or fine violators on the spot. As a result these constables were seen manning these lights without any work.Back

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