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Singla stresses on healthcare competence
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 21
There is a need to change policies at different levels to bring about an improvement in the healthcare system in the state which is in a bad shape.

This was emphasised by Mr Surinder Singla, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, during the inauguration of a 10-week professional development course in management, public health and health sector reforms at the premises of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) here today.

He said though India was moving towards becoming a global power, it was the poorest performer as far as health and education were concerned. He emphasised the need to bring about a change in the curriculum of the courses to deliver better performance.

The minister said it had to be seen whether the doctors were equipped with the latest knowledge because the rate of new discoveries was very fast and the old knowledge was becoming redundant. There was also a need to see whether doctors were working under any sort of pressure.

He said a quack in Patiala was allegedly indulging in illegal activities but the authorities concerned failed to conduct any checks over the years.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Kharar MLA, suggested that some changes should be brought about in the health system to cover wider area of the 

He said 90 per cent of the students studying in primary and middle-level government schools suffered from various kind of ailments but were not examined by any government doctor.

The MLA said the professional competence of government doctors should be such that no quack dared to function in the area. In case the quack was more popular than the doctor, it should be taken as a challenge.

He said the government had sanctioned Rs 8 crore for the upgradation of the local Civil Hospital.

Earlier, Mr D.S. Guru, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said three doctors from each district were being provided the required training which would soon be extended to block-level doctors. Such courses provided management skills and doctors who were service providers also became service managers.

He suggested that due attention should be paid to the health of children and pregnant mothers who were in most cases anaemic.

Mr T.R. Sarangal, MD, PHSC, said doctors had professional skills but lacked management skills. In order to meet the objective of overall professional development of doctors, the course would prove to be of great help.

He said that 40 district-level medical officers had already been given specialised training. 



Plea to withdraw decision on pharmacists
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 21
The Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association has demanded that the government should withdraw its decision of recruiting pharmacists as service providers in rural dispensaries as such a decision not only violated rules, but was also against public interest.

Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Gurcharan Singh Chahal, patron, and Dr Ashok Sharma, president of the association, said the government had brought Veterinary Officers (VOs) on a par with pharmacists who otherwise worked under the VOs. Such a decision was a violation of the Indian Veterinary Council Act.

He said the government should reverse its decision in 15 days, failing which the association would hold protests.

The government had issued an advertisement on June 4, inviting applications to engage 682 veterinarians in the rural veterinary hospitals of Punjab who would be appointed as service providers on a contract basis for three years.

Now the government had come out with another advertisement, asking for 400 applications from pharmacists who were to be employed as service providers in dispensaries in the rural areas, he said.

He said such a decision was in violation of Section 30 of the Act which stated that “no person, other than a registered veterinary practitioner, shall hold office of veterinary physician or surgeon or any other like office in government or in any institution maintained by a local or other authority”.



60 PGI ex-employees face probe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Taking serious view of the illegal possession of official accommodation by over 60 retired employees, including doctors, and other staffers, the PGI administration today marked an enquiry to the estate officer of the institute.

Sources in the PGI disclosed that Prof K.K. Talwar, Director, Mrs Ury Dhillon, financial adviser, and certain other senior officers of the PGI held a meeting and asked the officers concerned to take necessary action against those concerned. The officers have also been asked to recover the rent due from the defaulters.

The Chief Auditor-General after conducting an audit in 2005-06 had found over 60 PGI employees illegally possessing official accommodation even after retirement without making any payments, causing losses worth Rs 15 lakh to the institute. In the report a retired doctor, Vikas Nehru, was found a defaulter for not paying rent worth Rs 1.60 lakh for the accommodation he was staying in. Similarly, a rent of Rs 1.25 lakh was due from Dr A.K. Govila and Rs 1.75 lakh from a senior accounts officer, who retired in June 2004.



Shishu Niketan win kho-kho match

Chandigarh, August 21
Host Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, beat Chandigarh Baptist School by 1 turn the 13 points in the three-day CBSE Cluster XIII Kho-Kho Tournament (Under-19 Boys and Girls) 2006, started on the school premises here today.

The results: (Boys section): Swami Ram Tirath School b Valley School (Nalagarh) by 4 points, DAV Model School-15 b Punjab International School by 5 points, St. Soldier School-28 b Valley Public School, Mansa Devi, by 8 points, Alpine School b GTBPS -15 by one turn and one point, DAVMS-15 b Swami Ram Tirath School by one turn and 11 points, St. Soldier’s School -28 b Vivekanand HMT by one turn and one point, Jainendra Public School b Sophia Convent School by one point, Spring Field School b Vivek School by one turn and one point, Ajit Karam Singh b Alpine School by 1 turn and 4 points, Shishu Niketan School-22 b Chandigarh Baptist School by 1 turn 13 points.

(Girls section): National Public School, Kurali, b DAVMS-15 by 8 points, Pb International Public, School, Kurali, b Sophia Convent School by one point, Jainendra Public School b Presentation Convent by one point, Doon Valley School b GTBPS-15 by 18 points, Ballastics Vidyalya b Swami Ram Tirath School by 11 points, Shishu Niketan School-22 b AKSIPS-41 by 8 points, Ballistics Vidyalaya b DAV Mohali by 8 points, National Public School b Guru Nanak Khalsa School by 4 points, Doon Valley Public School b Jainendra Public School, Pkl, by 1 turn 10 pts, Punjab International Public School b St. Soldier -28 by 1 turn and 1 point, IS Dev Samaj -21 b SMS Brara by one turn 3 points. — TNS



Panchkula, Chandigarh emerge victorious
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 21
A magnificent unbeaten knock of 66 runs from 91 balls by Mandeep Singla and good medium pace bowling by right-handed Kapil Pandey, 2 for 24, enabled hosts Panchkula to register a comprehensive 6-wicket win over Ambala in the opening match of the Haryana State Inter-District (Under22) Cricket Championship played at J.R. Institute of Cricket Technology, Barwala, here today.

In another match of the day, Chandigarh got better over Yamuna Nagar by 25 runs in the match played at DAV Sector 8, Chandigarh.

Earlier, Ambala’s skipper Sahil Gupta won the toss and elected to bat first. After starting on a sedate note, Rishab Sharma and Rajnish Yadav put some resistance, who were involved in a 49-run in the third wicket partnership. Rishab played a patient knock of 46 runs. Amit and Nitin Mehtani claimed three wickets each. The visitors’ innings folded at 119 all out in 33 overs.

Chasing a moderate total, Panchkula started confidently with skipper Sunny Sharma and Mandeep Singla, who had a 47-run opening partnership in the first 10 overs. Left-arm spinner Sparsh Jain bowled the next three basmen, Pawan Jha, Nitin Mehtani and Tejwinder Gill, in a quick succession and the scoreboard read 68 for 4 at one stage after 19 overs. On the other end, Mandeep Singla scored 66 not out, which included 4 hits to the fence. The hosts romped home with 6 wickets in hand and 12 overs to spare.

Brief Score: Ambala 119 all out in 33 overs, Rishab Sharma 46 ; Rajnish Yadav 19, Kapil Pandey 2 for 24, Nitin Mehtani 3 for 28, Amit 3 for 19.

Panchkula 120 for 4 in 38.1 overs: Mandeep Singla 66 (N.O.) Sunny Sharma 20, Kapil Pandey 10, Sparsh Jain 3 for 21.

In another match of the day played at DAV Sector 8, Chandigarh, Yamuna Nagar won the toss and invited Chandigarh to bat. Michael Vishal 47, Rocky Ratta 34 and Amit Sonkar 28 played a valuable innings to register a compatible score of 175 all out in 41.4 overs. Shiv was the most successful bowler for Yamuna Nagar, who claimed 4 wickets.

Yamuna Nagar started to chase on a sound note as at the end of 15 overs the score board read 75 for 4. In the last 15 overs, Yamuna Nagar required 41 runs to win with 5 wickets in hand but right arm leg spinners Vipul Chadha and let arm spinner Shagun gave a crucial breakthrough and bundle out Yamuna Nagar for 150 in 40.1 overs. Vipul had figures of 3 for 26 whereas Shagun chipped in for 3 for 27 to give Chandigarh a 25 runs in their first match.

Brief Score: Chandigarh 175 all out in 41.4 overs.

Rocky Ratta 34, Vipul Chadha 14, M.Vishal 47, Amit Sonkar 28. On Sarup 2 for 38, Nitesh 2 for 21, Shiv 4 for 28.

Yamuna Nagar 150 all out in 40.1 overs Shiv 22, Sanjay 29, Amar 26, Mahinder 30, Vipul Chadha 3 for 26 Shagun 3 for 27.

Now, Panchkula and Chandigarh will clash with each other on Wednesday at JR Institute of Cricket Technology, Barwala, Panchkula at 9 am in a 50-overs match.



St Stephen’s clinch title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, snatched the title with a 11-10 verdict over strong contenders New Public School, Sector 18, in the sudden death tie-breaker in the final of the Chandigarh Sub-Junior (boys) Under-16 Football Championship held at Sector 17 Football Stadium here this evening.

The teams shared four goals in the 70 minutes of regulation period and 15 minutes of extra time. The deadlock could not be broken even in the tie-breaker session as both teams converted four penalties each. In the sudden death tie-breaker, four players from each team again succeeded in converting their spot kicks. At that stage, the aggregate score was 10-10. New Public School missed the chance when Ashwin’s penalty was saved by St Stephen’s goalkeeper. Suraj clinched the issue in favour of St Stephen’s by converting his penalty.

Earlier, during the regulation period, Harpreet Bedi of St Stephen’s School opened the team’s account in the first minute. New Public School could restored parity through Vikas Gulia whose powerful long ranger slipped out of the hands of goalkeeper Gurpreet 1-1. NPS maintained their pressure and forged ahead in the 46th minute. Vikram converted a cross from the right flank. St Stephen’s School neutralised the lead in the 54th minute when Johny Chand guided the ball into the goal 2-2

Ashpreet Singh, Johny, Sandeep Singh, Subhash Pal, Suresh, Simranjit Singh, Vikas Gulia, Nikhil Sharma converted the penalties for New Public School.



City team loses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The team of the Chandigarh Football and Hockey Academy lost to Sant Karam Singh Academy of Jalandhar by 4-5 through tie-breaker on the second day of the seventh-day 5th S N Vohra Memorial Sub- Junior (U-14) Hockey Tournament held at Hockey Stadium, here today.

Both teams held to draw at 1-1. But Jalandhar team won the match by scoring four goals in the tie breaker whereas Chandigarh team could net only three goals. Harinder Singh of Jalandhar was declared the man of the match.

The other match, played between GTB Sports Academy of Baba Bakala and Gopal Academy of Kurali, was won by GTB by 2-0. The goal came in the seventh minute by Nirmaljit while the second goal came through Harsimranjit in 16 th minute of the game.

With this win, the GTB team has qualified for the league. Tomorrow, Surjit Academy of Jalandhar will face Mehta Gurukul Academy of Doraha at 3.45 p m.

The second match will be played between Hawks Club, Ropar, and Ranjit Singh Academy, Amritsar, at 5 pm.



Deepak, Ridhi win titles

Panchkula, August 21
Deepak of AG (Haryana) lifted the men’s singles crown beating Prikshit Vashisht of Bhavan Vidyalaya-15, Panchkula, in a one-sided contest 25-07, 25-07 in the 2 nd R. K. Babuta Memorial Prize Money Ranking Carrom Tournament concluded here at Saupin’s School, Sector 9, here today.

Prikshit Vashisht, who lost the men’s singles title earlier, won the boys’ junior and boys’ sub-junior titles. The women’s singles title was won by Ridhi Kanwar (DAV). — TNS



Sacred Heart paddler excels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Meghna Kakaria of Sacred Heart-26 clinched the junior girls’ (u-17) title defeating Bhawna of Government Model School-16 by 4-1 (8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5) in the Fifth Manav Mangal Open Table Tennis Tournament which concluded at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today.

Patiala paddler Manisha Sharma bagged women’s singles title defeating Gurvinder Kaur of AG, Punjab, 5-11,11-8,12-10,14-12,11-9 while Janak Raj of the BSNL went home with men’s singles’ title beating Pankaj Sharma of the PSEB.

The Patiala pair, Kamaljit and Manisha, won the mixed doubles. They outclassed the AG Punjab duo Vikas Sharma and Gurvinder by 3-2 (11-5, 7-11, 11-2, 14-16, 11-9)

Later, Mr N.S. Kalsi, Director, Department of Information Technology, Punjab, gave away the prizes to the winners.

The tournament was organised by Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, and Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, with cooperation of the Chandigarh Table Tennis Association.



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