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Course for docs on health reforms
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 19
A 10-week professional development course in management, public health and health sector reforms for district-level senior medical officers commenced here today at the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare.

The training programme was formally inaugurated by Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab. Mr Dogra said he was confident that this training would enable senior doctors to face emerging challenges in the health sector and to work in co-ordination with their respective district administrations, Panchayati Raj Institutions, NGOs and other sectors associated with the health and family welfare and bring reforms in it. He said doctors were taught much about the medical subjects, when they were in medical colleges, whereas sufficient stress was not laid on management. Therefore this course would upgrade the knowledge and ability of doctors in the fields of management, health sector reforms and public health.

He added that though significant achievements had been made in the health sector in the past five decades, but still the gap between the health needs of community and its provision through actual implementation of health programmes appeared to be widening at places, especially in the rural and other far-flung areas.

Mr T.R. Sarangal, Managing Director, PHSC, said it was significant that the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Mohali, had been selected by the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to conduct this professional development course for doctors.

He also spoke on the necessity of such trainings for doctors. There was no doubt that best brains enter the medical colleges, but still the level of competence as mangers was needed to be upgraded for the role at senior positions.

Dr M. Bhattacharya, Nodal Officer, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, said that the Government of India at the Eighth Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare, had decided to initiate capacity-building programme of 10 week duration for all district level Senior Medical Officers, throughout the nation.

Dr P.C. Singla, Principal, said the institute was playing a great role in the promotion of health and family welfare services in the state as well as the northern region of the country. Dr S.P. Jagat, Director, Health Services (ESI), Dr Rajinder Singh Saggu, Director, PHSC, Mr Vipin Sharma, General Manager, PHSC, Mr K.S. Pahra, Additional Director, were also present.



U-19 cricket tie attracts spectators at PCA
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 19
Much to the delight of the players of Australia and India teams (Under 19) and PCA officials, over 300 people cricket enthusiasts turned up at the PCA stadium to cheer them.

The Indian team did not disappoint its fans as it lived up to their expectations and won the inaugural match of the five one-day matches series by two wickets.

The presence of the spectators is a departure from the previous experience of almost no attendance during the Ranji matches held in the stadium.

“It is nice to see such a number of spectators in the stadium to watch the match of the junior-level team in spite the day being a working day”, one of the organisers said.

The spectators even lauded the Punjab Cricket Association for allowing free entry for the matches. “We came to know about the India-Australia international matches from the newspapers and another attraction was to watch Dilip Vengsarkar, the former captain of the Indian Cricket team”, said Sachin Sharma, who came along with his friends to cheer the Indian players.

On the issue of telecast of the junior-level international series live on TV Channels, Mr M. P. Pandove, Honorary Secretary of the PCA, said the idea was dropped due to high costs. “To relay the matches live on television channels, over Rs 3 lakh was involved. It is difficult to find sponsor for the junior-level cricket as no big names are playing. Moreover, the live telecast of the junior-level matches takes place nowhere even abroad.”



Skater rues absence of bank track in city
Arvind Katyal

Harkiran Singh practises on the road dividing Sector 43-44 in Chandigarh.
Harkiran Singh practises on the road dividing Sector 43-44 in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Vinay Mailk

Chandigarh, September 19
National speed skating champion Harkiran Singh, who was captain of the Indian speed skating team that took part in the just concluded 2005 World Speed Skating meet in Suzhou, China, sees an urgent need to construct bank tracks for the benefit of skaters and further boost to the sport.

Despite having the best sports infrastructure, the city still awaits a speed track, Harkiran said, adding that this was the reason that the skaters who had come to take part in the world meet from all over world did well. They practice on bank tracks regularly.

He said unfortunately Indian skaters try to do their best but could not compete till last lap due to lack of training. He said Columbia, USA, and Italy were the world leaders in this event.

Twenty-year-old Harkiran, popularly known as Nippy among friends, has earlier also taken part in the 2003 World Speed Skating meet in Venezuela (South America) in November, 2003. He said with no proper track available here, they have to practise on the road.

Nippy is supported in his efforts by his parents and coach J. S. Dhaliwal to achieve his goal of winning gold medal in the Asian Roller Skating meet. Though he was also making efforts tie up with a foreign coach but it is the finance which is the real bottleneck. His father, Mr Nasib Singh Sewak, a keen sport lover who also accompanied Nippy to China, is of the view that state governments must sponsor the potential sportspersons in the event.

People still consider this sport to be of recreational nature whereas if we compete at the world level, then the amount of efforts, hardwork and determination it demand, one can well imagine the competition in this sport. More than 40 countries from all over globe compete in the meet.

Nippy said he learnt the basics of the sport from his first mentor, Sarabjit Singh “Shammi” when he began skating on Quads. He said the journey to glory began in 1999 when he was declared national champion in the 45th National School Games.

The same performance was repeated next year in the 46th National School Games held at Panchkula. In the senior national skating meets held in Faridabad, Visakhapatnam and Faridabad in 2000, 2002 and 2004, respectively, he won gold medal in each.

Nippy hoped with Roller Skating Federation of India getting the nod to hold the next Asian Roller Skating meet in 2007, it would further boost the sport in the country.



DAV school to host
Indo-Pak table soccer finals

Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 19
The local D A V Public School will host the finals of the Indo-Pak Table Soccer Friendship Series (2005) to be organised by the Table Soccer Federation of India on September 25. The Pakistani team will reach the city in the morning.

“Eight players of the age group of 12 and above would participate in the event that is part of a friendship series of the table soccer matches between both countries,” said Ravinder Talwar, chairman of the federation and Manager of the school.

“It would be for the first time that the school would host an International event. We have made special arrangements for the event, including a grand reception for the guests from across the border. It is actually not only hosting an event but is also a humble effort by the school for a better relationship between the two countries,” Jaya Bhardwaj, Principal of the school, said, adding that the school had introduced the new game in a big way and had already made its mark by registering emphatic victories in various championships in the recent past.

Players from the neighbouring country would be welcomed in a traditional style by the students of the school. “An attractive folk dance performance would be the highlight of the day,” the Principal said.

“A special coaching camp is being organised to train the players for the championship. We are expecting thrilling matches in the finals,” said school coach Balwinder.



Brilliant performance by Sachin Garg
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 19
Sachin Garg was the star player for GGD SD College, Sector 32 team that won the men’s title in the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton Championships here today. Sachin was instrumental in winning both singles and doubles matches.

The PU campus earned the second place while DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, and Science College, Talwara, got the third and the fourth places, respectively.

In the women’s semi-finals match, the MCM DAV College for women, Sector 36, made it to the finals to be held tomorrow.

Results: (final men): GGDSDC-32 b PUC 3-1 (Rahul lost to Prateek; Sachin Garg b S Vinay Kumar; Sachin Garg and Pankaj b Gurjeet and Puneet; Pankaj b Robin.

In the PU Inter-College Hockey Tournament held, at SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, and GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar won the matches.



KV sports meet concludes
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 19
The KVS Regional Athletics Meet concluded at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.

The results are: 1500 m (U-19): Alka (KV-4, Ambala) I, Priyanka (KV-I, Patiala) II and Hemlata (KV-2, Ambala) III.

1500 m (U-17): Shilpa (KV-4, Ambala ) I, Suman Kumari (KV, Palampur) II and Parmit Kaur (KV, Bhiwani) III.

200 m (U-19): Arshdeep (KV-4, Ambala) I, Manju Yadav (KV- I, Ferozepore) II and Vandana (KV-I, Patiala) III.

200 m (U-17): Rushika (KV-3, Ambala) I, Manjot Kaur (KV, Barnala) II and Tanvir Kaur (OCF/29, Chd) III.

200 m (U-14): Tanusha (KV-2, Ambala) I, Reena (KV-I, Chandimandir) II and Anjali (KV, Kapurthala) III.

Hurdles (100 m-U-19): Jyoti Tiwari (KV -I, Patiala) I, Manjit (KV High Grounds, Chd) II and Geeta Devi (KV-I, Bathinda) III.

Hammer throw (U-19): Mala Singh (KV-3BRD) I, Jyoti Tiwari (KV-4, Bathinda) II and Kiran (Yol Cantt) III.

Triple jump (U-19): Jyoti Tiwari (KV, Bathinda) I, Manju
(Yol Cantt) II and
Poonam Kanwar (KV, Hisar) III.

Javeline throw (U-19): Mala Singh (KV-2, 3BRD, Chd) I, Rachita (KV-3, Ambala) II and Kiran (Yol Cantt) III.

Javeline throw (U-17): Sharanjeet Kaur (RCF, Hussainpur) I, Preeti (KV-I, Ambala) II and Paramjit Kaur (RCF, Hussainpur) III.

Hurdles (400 m U-19): Jyoti Tiwari (KV-I, Patiala) I, Poonam Jaglan (KV, Hisar) II and Manjit (KV, High Grounds, Chd) III.

Hurdle (400 m U-17): Jyoti Shekhawat (KV-I, Patiala) I, Sushita (RCF, Hussainpur) II and Sonal (KV-4, Bathinda) III.



GC-46 beaten in kabaddi meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
GHG Khalsa College, Gursar Sudhar, beat Government College, Sector 46, by 56-21 points in the Panjab University Inter-College Kabaddi of men (2005-06) held at SGGS College Sports Complex here today.

In the second match, LLR Government College, Dhudike, got walkover G N College, Killianwali, while in another match BAM Khalsa College, Garh Shankar, crushed the local Government College, Sector 11, by 84-24 points.



Traffic cops arm themselves with handycams
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
Get ready to be arrested by the Chandigarh Police on camera for breaking road safety rules. Its traffic wing has decided to use liberally handycams and digital cameras acquired to “catch the violators in the act”, just like they do it in the West.

As of now, police personnel do not have plans of showing the “wild police chase” videos on the small screen “but we can explore the feasibility in the near future,” an officer says.

Next time think twice before misbehaving or arguing your way out of trouble with the cops after breaking the traffic rules. The men-in-white will expose you with photographic evidence of your deeds in no time.

Though data is not readily available with the police, senior officers say they have filmed a number of violators driving rashly after a drinking binge or threatening cops, unnecessarily.

Sources in the police headquarters say that the cops have already armed themselves with six digital still cameras. The cameras are easy to use. As such, cops with no formal training in photography can handle these. The photographs clicked by them are subsequently transferred to the computer hard discs on a daily basis “for the purpose of evidence and record”.

Besides this, the cops have also purchased three state-of-the-art 4.6 megapixel handycams as a part of a major upgradation plan of the police.

The cameras are currently being used by the police personnel to catch violators after patrolling the city in interceptor vehicles.

“We are also using handycams for recording episodes of unruly conduct by the offenders at the time of challaning,” says a senior Chandigarh police officer. “The cameras actually prove handy while dealing with VIP brats. In case of a dispute, the snaps can be produced in the court of law”.

The cameras, he says, are otherwise also essential in a city like Chandigarh where almost every violator claims close association with bureaucrats, politicians or top brass of the Chandigarh or the Punjab police.

So many times the cops are prevented from performing their duties by VIPs. They not only argue, but threaten the police personnel with dire action against them, he adds.

“Then there are residents who simply deny their involvement in an offence and blame the cops for harassing them due to non-payment of bribe. In all such cases, the cameras prove indispensable,” the officer adds.



Cops impound vehicles
Force truck owner to carry them

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 19
Even as the Director General of Police, Haryana, Mr Nirmal Singh, gave a pep talk to police personnel about good policing, cops, wielding the power of khakhi, did just the opposite.

Just outside the Police Lines in Sector 26, the cops forced some private vehicles to stop and loaded these vehicles, impounded for traffic violations, in a private truck and forced the truck owner to go towards the Old Police Lines.

The incident took place this morning, when Mr Nirmal Singh, was pointing out that the police image in the state had taken a beating after the lathi charge at Gurgaon and the torching of Dalit houses in Gohana. “You must ensure that the public views the police as law enforcers and not as a state-sponsored law unto themselves,” he said.

He also said that many times police officers were in a habit of going around with pilot cars, which was not required. “The pilots with proper flags should be used only when some VIPs are passing through congested areas and not in routine,” he said.

While the talk on good policing was on, a lensman with a Hindi daily, Mr Sant Arora, was told that his motor cycle had been challaned for having a temporary number, and impounded on orders of the IG, Ambala Range, Mr Surjeet S. Deswal. He tried to reason that he had all valid documents and also showed the slip issued to him by the Registration and Licensing Authority for obtaining a permanent number.

The traffic cops refused to budge, and instead, some cops stood outside the Police Lines, and began signalling private trucks and Tata 407 mini trucks to stop. When they found an empty Tata 407, they forced the owner Raj Kumar to carry all impounded vehicles to the Old Police Lines at Old Panchkula. The truck driver pleaded that he had some urgent work at Kakkar Majra village but the cops said that the Superintendent of Police had ordered for the lifting of impounded vehicles.

Just as the truck was about to leave, some mediapersons intervened and said that the police could not challan parked vehicles, and that Mr Arora had the valid documents. By this time, Mr Raj Kumar, too, complained that he was forced to stop and carry the vehicles, despite pleading that he was in a hurry.

The incident was brought to the notice of the DGP and IG, Mr Deswal, who then asked the SP, Mr Balbir Singh, to look into the matter. He also asked them to release the vehicle of Mr Arora, after he was shown all valid documents.


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