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Red Cross signs MoU to boost ambulance services
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
To give a boost to ambulance services in the city, the UT Red Cross Society has signed a memorandum of understanding with various non -governmental organisations (NGOs) today to provide better and uniform services to the residents.

Under the MoU, it has been decided to set up a control room, which will act as a help line and will be manned round the clock. Those in need of the services of vans can call up on the help line. The services will be started in the first week of February.

It has been decided that all NGOs providing ambulance and funeral vans in the city shall create a common pool of services and, unlike the present scenario, will charge a uniform rate for their services.

The vans will also be equipped with all facilities of a first aid box, an oxygen cylinder and the drivers will carry a WLL mobile phone for their easy accessibility, adds the MoU.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, says that the objective behind the new move is to optimally utilise the resources of various NGOs namely the Aggarwal Sabha, Sector 29, the Haryana Red Cross Society, the Punjab Red Cross Society, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Sewa Society, Shri Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Sector 25, the Mansa Devi Trust and other government agencies working in the field of providing ambulance and funeral vans.

It has now been decided that the control room will have its office in the Karuna Sadan building, Sector 11, and will be manned round the clock. The residents who require the services of these vans can contact the control room for their requirement.

Officials say that all formalities of the additional staff recruitment and the provision of a telephone line have already been completed and the training has been imparted to the personnel. It has also been decided that all agencies shall provide their staff, drivers round the clock in case of emergency, natural calamity or other emergencies.

Ambulance services: Current position in the city:

The city currently has more than 100 ambulance vans, which are owned by various NGOs based in Chandigarh and nearby areas. There is no uniformity in the services provided by various agencies as some vans have been offering services within the city limits and some even in the nearby areas as well. The rates charged too differ and the quality of services provided too is not uniform.

What the Administration plans to do:

Create a control room, which will act as a help line where the residents in need of ambulance and funeral vans can call up and request for the services. The charges will be uniform and vans would be equipped with first aid, with a WLL mobile phones for all drivers.



Website of PGI Neurology dept launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The Director, PGI, Prof K.K. Talwar, honoured the philanthropists for generously donating towards the purchase of equipment for the Department of Neurology here today.

The donors, included NRI, Mr Santokh Singh from the Netherlands, who donated Rs 7 lakh for the purchase of a Hamilton Ventilator and Mr Ashok Gupta who coordinated the purchase of a ventilator and provided free accessories worth Rs 1 lakh for another ventilator already installed in the department’s stroke ICU unit.

The Director also honoured Mr T.K. Dutta, Mr Shergill and Ms Madhu of the Oriental Bank of Commerce for collecting funds from bank employees at Rs 100 per month. Other donors who were honoured, including Manager of State Bank of India, PGI Branch, Mr Kailash Chander, for providing physiotherapy equipments worth thousands of rupees; Mr Om Prakash of the Capital Book Depot, Sector 17, for giving donations for medicines of poor patients; Mr Satpal for donating floor tiles and Mr Vikram for donating a TV set for the paediatric unit.

The Director lauded the role of the general public in improving the infrastructure and providing better care facilities for the patients.

On the occasion, the website of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery — www.neurosciencepgi.com — was also launched and a newly renovated seminar room was inaugurated.

The website, which has been designed by the Info- Drive E Solutions, Dehra Dun, contains information about the achievements of the department and gives details about various neurological disorders.

The website contains departmental documentary, searchable engine, information about the stroke helpline and faculty profile. A part of the website is driven by password protected system to access research protocols and proformas. 



Medical camp at Maloya
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
As many as 250 villagers, including children and aged, attended a medical check-up camp organised by Punjab National Bank (PNB) in association with HelpAge India at Maloya village. It was inaugurated by Mr B.P. Chopra, General Manager, PNB, North Zone.

Speaking at the function, Mr Chopra highlighted the participation of the bank in various community services like organisation of medical camps, blood donation and immunisation camps, provision of water coolers and benches in village schools.

The bank has also donated Rs 1 lakh towards providing water storage tanks in the migrant camps of the people in Jammu and Kashmir.

It will also be opening library-cum-reading rooms in the rural areas of Haryana, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir for the benefit of the public.

To give a flip to “Green Haryana” campaign, the PNB has provided 7,100 tree guards in Ambala, Rohtak, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Jind, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Hisar, Panipat and Panchkula districts.

Meanwhile, the bank has donated Rs 5 crore towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the tsunami victims.



Satluj centre, St Soldier to clash for title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
In the first semifinal of the Satluj Challenged Cricket League played at Panchkula, Umesh Kaira’s unbeaten ton helped Satluj Cricket Coaching Centre beat New Model School by 112 runs. Umesh was supported by Karandeep Singh, who scored 73.

New Model’s innings was devastated by Sarpreet Gill’s good opening spell in which he took three wickets for 20 runs and New Model after that hicups never looked comfortable in chasing the target.

Brief scores: Satluj Coaching Centre — 213 for 2 in 25 overs (Umesh Kaira 117 not out, Karandeep 73); and New Model School — 103 all out in 18.3 overs (Rohit 36, Hemant 20, Sarpreet Gill 3 for 20, Ajay 2 for 7, Ashutosh Walia 2 for 10).

In the second semi-final St Soldier Coaching Centre beat Sagar Sports by five wickets.

Brief scores: Sagar sports — 135 for 6 in 25 overs (Sanjay 30, Amit 28, Rajesh Bedi 25, Rohit 2 for 8); and St Soldier Coaching Centre - 136 for 5 in 21.2 overs (Harish Garg 40, Shiva Mehta 45 not out, Vinod 2 for 10).

Karate meet winners

The following players from Chandigarh won medals in the first All-India Karate Championships held at the YMCA, New Delhi, from January 14 to 16.

In the sub-junior girls section, Muskan Sharda (below 20 kg) won gold from AKSIPS, Sector 41, Chandigarh, won gold.

In the junior girls, Navjeet Kaur (Above 60 kg) from GMHS, Dadu Majra, won silver. In the sub junior boys section, Rohit Chechi (below 40 kg) from Sheshu Niketan, Sector 22, won gold.

While in junior boys Amit Mehra (below 55 kg) from GSSS, Sector 37, won a bronze medal.

In the senior boys section, Raj (below 60 kg) won bronze. Vivek Gupta (below 70 kg) won bronze and Chander Bagga (above 75 kg) won a silver medal.

The Chandigarh team was declared overall third in the championship.

PU medallists

The following players of Panjab University have won medals in the all-India Inter-University weightlifting, powerlifting and best physique championship, held at Vishakhapatnam.

Power lifting (men): Gurvinder Singh, SGGS College, Chandigarh, gold medal in 100 kg; Kulwinder Singh, GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, silver medal in 90 kg; weightlifting (women): Jagdeep Bawa, PU Campus, Chandigarh-silver medal in 75 kg; powerlifting (women): Deepika, GCG, Sector 42, Chandigarh-bronze medal in 90 kg; best physique: Jaswant Singh, DAV College, Chandigarh- bronze medal in 80 kg.



Ball badminton calendar okayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The calendar of the Ball Badminton Federation of India for the 2005-06 season was approved at the AGM of the federation in Hyderabad, recently.

The AGM was held under the chairmanship of Prof S. Ranga Rao, president, BBFI.

The 51st Senior National Ball Badminton Championship for men and women will be held at Chandigarh in the last week of January, 2006.

Chandigarh will also host the 6th North Zone Ball Badminton championship for men and women in 2005

This was stated in a press note issued by Baljinder Singh Banwait, treasurer, Ball Badminton Federation of India.



Attorney General’s advice sought on land allotment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Seeking advice from the Attorney General of India, Mr Milon Banerjee, the Chandigarh Administration today shot off a letter to him detailing the controversy arisen out of the allotment of land to the Law Institute in Sector 38-A here.

The Administrator discussed various options to deal with the matter with senior UT officials and forwarded the details to the Attorney General, said a senior official.

The options include charging of more money from allottees for the same land, Chandigarh Law Institute Private Limited. The average cost of land in Chandigarh, its location and the expected cost of land have been sent to the Mr Banerjee.

Sources said even if the option of cancelling the allotment of land was to be exercised, Mr Banerjee had been asked to explain the process.

The relevant rules under which the Chandigarh Administration cancels allotment would also be read thoroughly. The fact that the society, which was allotted 5.86 acres for Rs 2.55 crore, was not even eligible for allotment, would also be part of the file.

Also if more cost has to be sought; the Attorney General has been apprised that the Audit wing says a loss of Rs 139.33 crore has been incurred by the Administration for changing the land use from commercial to institutional in favour of a private limited company, supposedly established for profit making, which was not eligible and was not covered under the policy of the Chandigarh Administration for land allotment. So what should be the cost that the UT should recover in such a case?

The society, which was set up by prominent persons, including Dr V.K. Bansal, a former Chairman of the Department of Laws of Panjab University, High Court lawyer Shailendra Jain, who is Central Government’s standing counsel for UT, and two sons of a sitting Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, admitted that a letter and the entire file of the proceedings had been sent to the Attorney General for his advice.

The advice may take a few weeks to come but there was no better person than him to give suggestion on the matter, he added.



F&CC to have full five-year term
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Following a decision of the Chandigarh Administration, the term of the all important Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation shall be for five years and not one year.

The administration has shot down a proposal of the MC to have a one-year term for the F&CC like all other committees of the MC, official sources said today.

The F&CC first approves all projects of the MC before the matters are tabled in the house of the MC for formal approval. It consists of five members who are elected by members of the house. Apart from these five members, the Mayor is the ex-officio chairman.

The important decisions will be conveyed to the MC, said sources while adding that legally it was not possible and the advice of a Legal remembrancer had been sought.

The suggestion of the LR was that the tenure of the members of the F&CC could not be curtailed during this term of the MC.

However, the reduction in term could be considered for the next term of the MC with approval of the Administrator. The five year term of the MC ends in December 2006.

The Chandigarh Administration while shooting down the MC idea said the F&CC is required for continuity of projects.

The controversy started when the MC house during the tenure of Ms Kamlesh, the previous Mayor, passed a resolution in September, 2004, demanding that the term of the F&CC be reduced to one year as is the case with all committees of the MC.

The logic given was since the term of the Mayor was one year; the prerogative of picking up members of the F&CC should be of the Mayor. 



MC requests PUDA to erect wall in Jhotekut colony
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 17
The local Municipal Council has requested the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to construct a wall outside the Jhotekut Colony in Sector 71 here.

In letter dated January 13 to the Additional Chief Administrator, (ACA) Mr Yashvir Mahajan, the president of the council, Mr Kulwant Singh, said some months ago a meeting was called by the ACA, which was attended by some council and PUDA officials.

After holding detailed deliberations, it had been decided that PUDA would construct a wall outside the colony, keeping in mind the sanitation aspect of the town.

The president further said about four months had passed since the meeting was held but no action had been taken by PUDA in this regard so far.

He appealed to the ACA to personally intervene in the matter and issue directions to officials concerned to construct the wall at the earliest.



Aulakh takes over as IT Chief Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Ms SK Aulakh today took over as the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, North Western Region, here.

An officer of the 1969 batch of Indian Revenue Service(IRS), Ms Aulakh succeeds Ms Baljit Bains, who had taken voluntary retirement and joined as a Member of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

In her new assignment, Ms Aulakh will be responsible for the collection of Rs 4,660 crore of direct taxes from the North Western Region comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh, official sources said.


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