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Ministry examining PGI DDA’s reply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The Union Health Ministry in New Delhi is examining the reply filed by the Deputy Director Administration (DDA), PGI Ms Meeta Rajiv Lochan to the show-cause notice served on her for issuing a controversial circular on August 24. An action will be taken once the Minister of Health, Mr A. Ramadoss returns from his official tour next week.

Speaking to The Tribune from New Delhi, Health Secretary J.V.R. Prasada Rao said, “The reply has reached us and we are examining it. But so far no decision has been taken as the Union Health Minister A. Ramadoss is away on tour and is expected to come back on the 13th of this month.”

The Union Health Minister is also the ex-offico President of the Governing body of the PGI.

Meanwhile the DDA continues to remain on the “indefinite leave” since August 27 and Mr Harmeet Singh, the Institute’s Financial Adviser continues to act as the officiating DDA, apart from handling his own responsibilities.



Hockey probables impress IHF top brass
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 8
The top brass of the Indian Hockey Federation led by Mr KPS Gill today watched the Indian hockey probables in action for nearly two hours at the Sector 42 Astro-Turf Hockey stadium. The selection committee members comprised Mr Gill, Mr Jothikumaran, secretary, IHF, Mr Govinda, Mr Aslam Sher Khan both Ex-Olympians, Mr Jagbir Singh, National Hockey coach.

According to Mr Jothikumaran, the final selection of the Indian team for the forthcoming India-Pakistan test series will be done tomorrow and the IHF would give more exposure to younger lot. The Indian Youth probables for the forthcoming Four National Hockey meet in Australia will also be announced tomorrow. Few of the senior players like Dhanraj Pillay, Baljit Dhillon were already not in the team. Local players who are in the contention include Inderjit Chadha and Rajpal Singh.

Mr Gill were impressed by the Chandigarh Hockey Academy players. In lighter vein, Mr Gill even asked his secretary to send the CHA team for the Australia tour. The water sprinkle system at the turf could not work due to power failure.

The camp for the senior players will continue at Sector 42 Stadium till the departure of the team to Pakistan on September 22 to play first test of the India Pakistan Series. After playing four tests in Pakistan, both sides will play four test matches in India, at Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Bangalore. City will play host to the test on October 6.



Badminton championships from today
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 8
The four-day Chandigarh State Badminton championships will begin here tomorrow at Sector 42 Indoor Badminton hall. According to Mr T.P.S. Puri, Secretary of the Chandigarh Badminton Association, the events will be organised in men, women, boys, girls, sub-junior boys and girls, mini boys and girls, veterans in both singles and doubles.

School games

For the first time in the history of the National School Games, DAV Institutions have sent their team in the CK Nayadu Cricket (Under 19) event of the 50th edition of the National School Games which began today. Only recently DAV Schools were granted affiliation by the School Games Federation of India as a separate unit. Mr Ravinder Talwar, Principal of the DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 told that with DAV’s forming one single team, it will give exposure to DAV boys who were already having stronghold in sports in schools. Meanwhile UT Education Department has failed to send its under 19 cricket team in the above National School Games. Last year, Chandigarh were the defending champions of the CK Nayadu Cricket Tournament. Mr Prem Puri, Assistant Education Officer, UT was not available for comments.


Chaman Lal DAV clinched overall trophy in athletics in the Mahatma Hansraj Zonal Tournament held recently at DAV Thermal Panipat. Baldev Singh was declared best athlete among boys and Kavita among girls.



MC auctions parking lots
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The municipal corporation earned nearly double the revenue of the reserved price in auctions of most of the parking areas in Sectors 8, 9 and 17 here today.

While the parking area in front of Sahib Singh and Sons, with a reserved price of Rs 42.30 lakh, could not be auctioned after the highest bidder failed to return with the earnest money, the parking area in front of Empire Stores and the Registration and Licensing Authority fetched Rs 32.75 lakh against a reserved price of Rs 20.75 lakh.

At Shanti Kunj in Sector 16, the parking area was auctioned for Rs 2 lakh though the reserved price was Rs 1.08 lakh for the same. The parking area in front of Gurudev Studio, General Post Office and Telephone Exchange fetched Rs 28.30 lakh against Rs 22.50 lakh.

The bank square and area in front of Haryana Tourism was auctioned for Rs 17.55 lakh against a reserved price of Rs 9.4 lakh while the parking in front of 30 Bays building went under the hammer for Rs 18 lakh against 8.6 lakh. Against a reserved price of Rs 13.3 lakh, the parking in front of the CMC building, basement parking and the back of the Godrej office earned Rs 19.6 lakh.

In Zone I comprising the parking area in front of the British Library, NIFD in Sector 8, the parking went for over double the reserved price. Against Rs 7 lakh, the municipal corporation got Rs 15.10 lakh while Zone 2 which includes SCOs 117 to 119 was auctioned for Rs 9 lakh against a reserved price of Rs 5.70 lakh.

The parking area in front of SCOs 9 to 30 and 34 to 35 in Sector 9 was auctioned for Rs 20 lakh against a reserved price of Rs 20.75 lakh.


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