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Hospital completes 1000 cardiac surgeries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Mukat Hospital and Heart Institute, Sector 34, has completed 1000 cardiac surgeries in a wide range of patients from age two and a half years to 86 years.

The institution claims it has achieved a super-specialty skill on beating heart surgery which has manifold advantages over the conventional heart-lung machine. Specialist, Dr Shahi Jindal, Dr A.N. Ghosh and Dr Sahai have performed 1000 surgeries with the lowest mortality rate.

The advantages of beating heart surgery are better results, low risk, quick recovery short hospital stay, less blood loss, average blood consumption of one to two units as compare to 5 units in general.



Hospital offers to operate child free of cost
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 23
The Fortis Hospital here today offered to operate upon Ankit, the three- month-old child fighting for his life with a hole in his heart in the PGI, Chandigarh.

In a letter to The Tribune, the Chief Operating Officer of the hospital, Mr Jasbir Grewal, said the hospital had taken the initiative after a report appeared in The Tribune about Ankit, son of a city-based cook who had no money to get his son operated.

Stating that the boy’s father Amar Singh can contact him on the mobile phone number 9815013600, Mr Grewal added that Dr T.S. Mahant, Executive Director, Cardiac Surgery, would perform the surgery entirely free of cost.



Condition of abandoned baby improves
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 23
Six-day-old Sahil, who had reportedly been abandoned by his mother in Rajpura, has been admitted to the Cheema Hospital, Phase IV, here for intensive care.

The child is being taken care of by the volunteers of the SOS.

“The condition of the child was serious when he was brought from Rajpura and he had been on ventilator for two days.

Now he is only on oxygen and his condition is stable,” said Dr Varinderjit Singh Virdi, who is treating the child.

The baby boy was found abandoned on a causeway of a road linking Madanpur Chalehri village with the busy GT Road. The Rajpura police has identified an unmarried minor girl of Chalehri village as the mother of the infant. 



Manpreet wins karate title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Manpreet of the AKSIPS, Sector 41, stood first in the sub-junior boys (below 20 kg) category in the Open Chandigarh State Karate Championship 2005, organised by the sports wing of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Chandigarh, at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, here today. This championship was organised on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Shaheed Chander Shekhar Azad.

About 225 participants from various schools and clubs from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula participated in the tournament.

Mr Abhay Singh, nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, inaugurated the meet.

The championship started with the paying of tributes to Shaheed Chander Shekhar Azad and Bal Gangadhar Tilak, whose birth anniversary also falls today.

Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, chairman of the Front, visited the venue in the evening and met the participants and activists of the sports wing. The activists also demonstrated self-defence skills.

Today’s results:

Sub-Junior Boys:

Below 20 KG: Manpreet, AKSIPS — 41, 1; Aakash, Sector 47 Club, 2; Deepak, GMHS, Sector 39, 3.

Below 23 kg: Dixit, Shishu Niketan 22, 1; Amit, Sector 20 Club, 2; Anish, Sector 47 Club, 3.

Below 26 kg: Deepak Shishu Niketan, Panchkula, 1; Rishav, Sector 20 Club, 2; Atul, AKSIPS 41, 3.

Below 29 kg: Sat Parkash, AKSIPS, 1; Amit Kumar, AKSIPS, 2; Vishal Ranet, Shishu Niketan 22, 3.

Below 32 kg: Sahil St Joseph, 1; Prince, DAV 8, 2; Amir Khan, Model 38, 3.



Community centres sans sports facilities
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, July 23
Sports is for community but suprisingly the community centres located in our city beautiful are not equipped with proper sports infrastructure. In city many community centres in various Sectors cater to leisure of residents. But the community centres have failed to provide proper sports playing facility both outdoor as well as indoors. Instead the community centres are just used for holding merely marriage functions.

In Sector 33 community centre adjacent to the Terraced Garden, a few badminton lovers had put up lights for playing in the outdoor cemented court. But there was no electricity for the game to be played during late evening. Similar was the situation in the Sector 35 Community centre. At other community centres like in Sector 40, poles meant for basketball remained broken for years.

Sandhya Sharma, a bank employee and resident of Sector 33, said the community centres were mainly for the middle class as affluent people usually used clubs for recreation. But why had the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, turned deaf ears to the residents’ demand for creating more sports-playing facilities, she asked.

She said after a transfer of her husband to the city she went to the Sector 33 community centre and was shocked to see the condition of the centre.

Rajan Aggarwal, a Sector 40 resident, said the community centre in this sector had congress grass growing in abundance and whatever little sports infrastructure was there, it was unfit for playing. He said the basketball pole was there for decorative purposes only. The indoor hall also lacked any sport like chess, carrom. The centre was mainly used for the marriages.

Jatinder Singh a school teacher, and a resident of Sector 30, was of the opinion that apart from big parks like in Sector 36, Sector 33, Rose Garden, and in some of the sectors, where children were provided with swings only, the community centres had failed to provide any kind of sports facilities. He said the coaching centres run by the Sports Department were located far. The community centre could have served the purpose of having sports facilities in the vast grounds and it was for the Municipal Corporation to provide the same for the welfare of the residents.



Tennis players get tips from international coach
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
A 10-day coaching camp for junior players commenced at CLTA, Sector 10, here today. International tennis coach Akhtar Ali is conducting the camp. He had played Davis Cup for India in the sixties.

Akhtar interacted with camp trainees and coaches of CLTA. He highlighted the qualities of toughness.

To make up for the time lost due to rain, Akhtar Ali held two extended sessions at mid-day and late 

The camp would continue till August 2. Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chairman, CLTA, said Mr Akhtar Ali had agreed to be CLTA's regular visiting coach. He would travel from Kolkata to visit Chandigarh at least once every three months to monitor and continue the training schedule.

Akhtar Ali said CLTA could be an ideal centre in India for producing excellent tennis players.



Satluj Public School wins cricket tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Panchkula, July 23
Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, bagged the Panchkula District Under-19 Cricket Tournament by defeating Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Panchkula, by 44 runs. Amanpreet, who hit an unbeaten 88 runs, was ably supported by Captain Joravar Singh, who made 35 runs.

Parveen Sharma was the highest wicket-taker, claiming three wickets for 20 runs.

Brief scores: Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula:193 runs in 16 overs all out: (Amandeep 88, Joravar 35, Parveen Sharma 25, Paramjit 3 for 25, Manoj 2 for 30).

GSSS, Sector 7: 149 runs all out (Vineet 59, Raj Kumar 25, Parveen Sharma 3 for 20, Joravar Singh 2 for three).



Two fire engines, one driver
Panchkula fire brigade losing staff
Ruchika M. Khanna

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 23
Even as the township waits for the upgradation of fire services, the Urban Development Department has transferred most of the fire staff to other urban estates.

Of the 18 sanctioned posts in the Fire Department, eight staff members have been transferred during this week. One person was transferred earlier, while another is away for a course of Sub-Fire Officer.

The Fire Department is supposed to have three drivers, 11 firemen and three leading firemen, and one fire officer.

But now there is only one driver, one leading fireman, five firemen and a Sub-Fire Officer. In case of a major fire, the department would not even have two drivers to drive the two fire engines of the department to the spot.

The guidelines for fire safety and fire services specify that a leading fireman, four firemen and a driver have to be present in a single shift. However, the present staff in the fire department is enough for a single shift only.

The State Finance Department had sanctioned 47 new posts for the department almost three years ago, including 26 posts of fireman; nine each of leading fireman and driver/operator; and one each of fire officer, assistant fire officer and peon.

But these posts have not been filled, though the previous Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government had initiated the process.

Other than the fact that the number of firemen is less than required, there are only two fire engines catering to the entire district. The government guidelines also say there has to be one fire engine per 50,000 population. The population of the township is around 2. 50 lakh.

The Municipal Council had made a request to the Urban Development Department for the purchase of a fire engine, which was sanctioned a few months ago.

“We have deposited Rs 12 lakh with the Director Supplies, Haryana, for the purchase of the chassis of a jeep fire engine and fire tender, and these are likely to reach here soon. Tenders will then be invited for fitting body on the two tenders, and these would be operational within the next few months,” said a senior MC official.

Lakhs of rupees have been collected as fire tax by the Municipal Council ever since it has come into being four years ago. However, fire services have remained as static as they were when the township was established.

Residents lament that they were forced to pay fire tax for the overall improvement of fire services here, but instead of improving the facilities here, they still have to rely on the services of the Chandigarh Fire Department in case of an emergency.



Coop bank chief sacked
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 23
The Chairman of Panchkula Urban Cooperative Bank, Mr Shiv Kumar Bagra, has been removed from his post and his membership from the board of directors has been suspended.

The bank has two branches — in Sector 7 and 10. Mr Bagra has allegedly been removed for “various acts of omission and commission”, after he failed to respond to a notice issued by the Registrar of Cooperative Societies recently.

In a letter, Mr Satbir Sharma, Deputy Registrar, has said though a 15-day notice was served on Mr Bagra, he failed to respond and give clarification, following which he was being removed as chairman.

Meanwhile, Mr Bagra has alleged that he is being victimised because he had taken disciplinary action against four employees, who were politically connected.


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