C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


World TB Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The Department of Community Medicine, PGI, observed the World TB Day at Indira Colony in collaboration with the State TB Control Society, Sector 22. Creating awareness about the disease during the function were Mr Surinder Singh, councillor of Manimajra, State TB Officer Dr P.K. Shridhar and Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine Dr J.S. Thakur. The function was presided over by Surinder Singh who informed the gathering about the health services and TB treatments available.

Stressing the need for community participation, the participants said TB Elimination was an urgent task at hand.

The speeches were followed by a puppet show organised by Lok Kala and Cultural Society and an exhibition on TB and HIV. An interactive session with the community was also organised.

Also a part of the programme was a rally organized in Indira Colony to convey the message of TB control.

Dr B.T Rao, medical officer and Dr Teena organised this session and they committed that in future additional efforts would be made to reduce the burden of TB in Indira Colony.



Laughter therapy exercises
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
There is good news for residents of Chandigarh and its suburbs. Madan Kataria, president of the International Laughter Club, will demonstrate laughter therapy exercises at the Fragrance Garden, Sector 36, on March 24 at 5.30 p.m.

This was stated here today by anchor person of the club Meenu Narula.

Recently, on the occasion of the completion of 10 years of this club, an international seminar was held in Mumbai from March 17 to 20 where laughter leaders from foreign countries also participated. 



FIH selects Sharma as umpire
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 23
Mr Satinder Sharma of Chandigarh, who is an International Grade I hockey umpire, is the only umpire from India selected by the Federation Internationale de Hockey (FIH) to officiate in the Sahara Hockey Champions Challenge Men Hockey tournament to be held at Alexandria (Egypt) from April 1 to 9. 

According to Mr Yash Vohra, secretary of the Chandigarh Hockey Association, in this prestigious meet, teams from six countries ó Argentina, South Korea, England, South Africa, Poland and the hosts Egypt ó will take part.

Mr Vohra said Mr Sharma, who was an officer with the State Bank of India, had already umpired in more than 50 international hockey matches. 



Gurvinder crowned TT champ
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Gurvinder Kaur of AG Punjab won the womenís singles title defeating Leena Khare of AG Uttar Pradesh 11-3, 11-8,11-7, in the North Zone Audit and Accounts Table Tennis Tournament being held at Sector 23 Table Tennis Hall, today.

The menís singles finals will be played at 2.30 pm tomorrow.

Results: Womenís Singles semi-finals: Gurvinder (Punjab) beat Saroj Chaudhary (Haryana) 11-3,11-4,11-6: Leena Khare (UP) beat Saroj Chaudhary (Haryana) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6: Quarter-final menís singles: Jaginder Bisht (Delhi) beat Jaswant Gangta (Himachal Pradesh) 11-8, 11-5, 5-11, 11-4, 12-10. Amit Shrivastava (UP) beat Vikas Sharma (Punjab) 11-8, 14-12, 13-11, 9-11, 4-11, 11-5:


The following have been elected office-bearers of Chandigarh Kho-kho Association in the general body meeting held on March 19 at DAV Senior Secondary School:

President: Mr Harjit Singh; senior vice-president: Principal Ravinder Talwar; vice-presidents: Principal Puneet Bedi; Dr Paramjit Singh; Mr Brij Lal Chawla: general secretary: Mr R. Saran; joint secretaries: Mr H. Gulati; Mr Satish Gandhi; Mr Sanjeev Sharma; treasurer: Mr Shalley and press secretary: Mr PS Brar.



Sports meet concludes
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 23
The Ist Inter-NITTTR (National Institute of Technical Teachers Training) sports meetĖ2005 concluded today at NITTTR, Sector 26, Chandigarh, in which competitions in badminton, table tennis, carrom and chess were held.

Teams from NITTTR, Bhopal and Kolkata participated in the sports meet, besides the host team of NITTTR, Sector 26, Chandigarh. The overall running trophy was won by NITTTR, Bhopal.

Ms Rajesh Kumari, Board of Governors, NITTTR, Chandigarh, was the chief guest and also gave away the prizes. Dr O.P. Bajpai, Director, NITTTR, Chandigarh, presided over the function. 



Chandigarh State Open Games results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
On the second day of the Chandigarh State Open Games results of various events were:

Athletics: 1500 meters (men): Vikas Kumar of DAV College-10, 1; Hans Raj, DAV-10, 2; Surinder Singh of SGGS College 3. 1500 meters (women): Veena Yadav, GGS College, 1; Puja, SAI, 2, Sunita, Amar Ujala 3. Discuss Throw (men): Harminder Pal Singh,SGGS College, 1, Vikramjit Singh, SGGS College, 2; Sunder Singh, Chandigarh Police 3. Discuss Throw (women): Manjeet, GGS College, 1; Sakshi, Sports Complex, 46, 2, Prabjot, SAI-18, 3. High Jump (men): Harminder, DAV_10, 1; Shiv Dayal, SGGS College, 2; Mohinder, CRPF 3. 400 metre (women): Veena Yadav, GGS College, 1; Pawan Deep, SAI-18, 2; Tawinder, Sports Complex-46 3:


Men Artistic: Floor- Y. Imbomcha, ITBP, 1; Amar, ITBP, 2; Sanjeev, ITBP, 3; P. Horse: Vinod, ITBP, 1; Anil, ITBP, 2; Y. Imbomcha, ITBP, 3; Rings: Ravi, ITBP, 1; Vinod, ITBP, 2; Anil Kumar, ITBP, 3; Individual all round best: Y. Imbomcha, ITBP, 1; Anil Kumar, ITBP, 2; Vinod, ITBP, 3; Ribbon: Kavita 1; Priyanka 2; Surbhi 3; Ball: Shikha, 1; Priyanka, 2; Surbhi 3. Table Tennis

Men doubles final: Gupreet and Rachit beat Raghwinder and Shirit, Raghav and Sameer Singla beat Simran and Sahi, Munish and Vivek Lakhanpal beat Abhishek and Bhavmeet, Manik and Ashish beat Puneet and Aditya.

Volley ball (men)

1st semi-final: SGGS College defeated Sports Complex-46 , AG(Punjab) beat Government Model High School-26.


Sports Complex-46 beat Government Model High School-26.

Hand ball (men)

Semifinal: Coaching Center, Sector 42, Team-A beat Coaching Centre, Sector 42 Team B. In another semifinal match, Coaching Center, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19 team-A beat Coaching Center Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19 team-B.

Handball (women)

Government Polytechnic College for Women, Sector 10 gave walkover in favour of Coaching Centre, Sector 42(Team-A), Coaching Centre Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19 beat Coaching Centre, Sector 42 Team- B.


Womenís singles: Nisha beat Akriti, Bhawana beat Rakhi, Purnika beat Japneet, Seema beat Nisha. Women doubles: Seema and Akriti beat Purnika and Rakhi, Japneet and Nisha beat Shivani and Shreya: Anita and Sunita beat Payal and Dixha; Japneet and Nisha beat Anita and Sunita. Menís singles: Robin beat Vinay, Pankaj Nathani beat Ankur, Ashish beat Neeraj, Oskar beat Nanish,Pawan beat Girish, Yogesh beat Karan. Women semifinal : Isha beat Purnika and Sharda beat Seema.


Sports Complex, Sector 46 beat Sacred Heart, Carmel Convent beat Government Polytechnic College for Women-10.

Lawn Tennis

Menís single quarterfinal: Shaulin beat Rupinder Saini, Akash Sharma beat Nitin Sharma, Gursewak beat Robin Budhwal. Womenís singles: First round: Kamaljeet Kaur beat Apoorva Verma.


50 kg: Jagminder beat Anup and Jatinder beat Akshay: 55kg: Narinder beat Suraj and Suraj beat Jagminder: 60 kg: Ashwani beat Anil and Sunil beat Surinder: 66kg : Narinder beat Gurdial and Dharaminder beat Raj Karan: 74kg: Surinder beat Varinder and Vinod beat Jatinder: 84 kg: Ramesh beat Rana and Bijender beat Naresh: 96 kg:Raj Singh beat Mukesh and Satinder beat Pawan

The semifinal and final will be held tomorrow at 1.00 pm onwards. 



SC panel asks Admn to issue caste certificate to Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has asked the Chandigarh Administration to issue a Scheduled Caste (SC) certificate to an applicant who was being harassed by an officer in the Administration.

The candidate, Mr Harinder Singh Sandhu, belonging to the Ramdasia caste, had approached the SDM, South, for the certificate for his two children on the basis of his own certificate issued by the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar. The applicant hails from Sandhuan village, Chamkaur Sahib Tehsil, Ropar.

The SDM ( South) withheld the caste certificate on the grounds that the surname Sandhu was used by Jats in Punjab and hence the applicant could not be issued the certificate for his children. The applicant had moved his case before the SDM on February 25.

Pointing out that the stand taken by the SDM was based on wrong grounds, the commission has requested the Deputy Commissioner to examine the case and issue suitable directions to the SDM to issue the certificate. The Director, Social Welfare, who is the nodal officer for Scheduled Castes in Chandigarh, has also been asked to take up the matter with the SDM, citing appropriate legal position.

Officials in the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes have pointed out that members of two communities in different states were facing a lot of harassment as the officers concerned were reluctant to issue the certificate on the required format at the place of their work. 



Wahi not acceptable, ministry told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
A storm is brewing in the bureaucratic circles. The Chandigarh Administration has asked the Union Ministry Home Affairs to send a panel of names of three officers to select the Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board.

Orders of the union ministry to appoint Mr K.S. Wahi, a 1988 batch UT cadre IAS officer as Chairman of the CHB were not acceptable to the Administration and have now been kept in abeyance, officials of the Chandigarh Administration confirmed today.

The Union Ministry of Personnel has cleared the inter-cadre deputation of Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, a 1989 batch IAS officer of the Punjab cadre for posting as Managing Director of CITCO, Chandigarh. The ministry has notified the period of deputation to Chandigarh as three years. The Punjab Government has been informed and the MHA will issue a formal order shortly. 

Mr Wahi who was earlier posted as the Chief Executive officer of the CHB was transferred as the Controller, Printing and Stationary, and he has been on leave since then.

The ministry will be sending in the fresh panel in day or two. Till the fresh appointment is made the present Chairman of the CHB, Mr S.C Poddar, a 1987 batch UT cadre IAS officer will continue.

Two days ago, the ministry had issued orders to post Mr Wahi as Chairman of the CHB replacing Mr S.C. Poddar, a 1987 batch UT cadre IAS. While Mr Poddar was asked to report back to Delhi Mr Wahi was to take over as chief of CHB. Media reports erroneously said Mr Wahi had been posted as Chairman cum Managing Director of the Chandigarh Industrial Tourism Corporation (CITCO) and this created confusion in the bureaucracy.

The orders of the ministry were not acceptable to the Chandigarh Administration and the top brass reportedly spoke to senior union ministry officials pointing out that the CHB was crucial body in executing housing projects.



83 challaned for garbage disposal offence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
As many as 83 shopkeepers in Sector 17 were challaned by the municipal corporation today for throwing garbage at unauthorised places, an official press note said .

Dr G.C. Bansal, the Medical Officer of Health, said ďthe process of challaning will continue. The MC has designated two dumping sites in Sector 17. All residents and entrepreneurs of Sector 17 were asked to dump the garbage at the Sehaj Safai Kendras. The corporation has provided garbage collection cycle carts to the welfare associations for arranging door to door garbage collection.Ē


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