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Security guards harass visitors at GMCH
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The security arrangements at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, is resulting into frequent scuffles between security guards and visitors and even patients. The hospital management has given a freehand to the security staff to “restrain entry” of patients and visitors.

On Tuesday afternoon, two security guards thrashed a medical representative (MR) when he approached the emergency gate following a call by a senior doctor. Mr Amit Kumar, an MR of a Sector 20-based company, was going to provide some implants for a patient who was undergoing surgery.

Talking to The Tribune, he said the guards did not let him enter the hospital even when he told them that he had been called by a doctor. “While one started arguing, the others pounced on me and beat me up, he lamented. They took him to a UT police post on the hospital premises and he was detained for over four hours.

He was released after the intervention of doctors and his employers. The case was settled after both parties reached a compromise.

A few days ago, the guards stopped an employee of the Central Scientific Forensic Laboratory (CSFL), Chandigarh, from entering the main gate of the hospital. High drama was witnessed at the hospital. The CSFL employee objected to the functioning and behaviour of the security staff and the case was taken up with hospital officials.

Mr Jagdev Sharma, a Sector 22 based businessman, was harassed when the guards restrained his entry to the hospital where his wife, who was in labour, was admitted. His fault was that he had been to the chemist and had forgotten to take his attendant pass issued by the hospital along. He had to call his brother in Sector 45 and get another pass issued.

The hospital is a public place. How can the authorities restrict the entry of visitors he added?” Even hospital employees were being victimised, an employee claimed.

Dr C.S. Gautam, Chief Security Officer of the GMCH, expressed his ignorance. He denied having received any complaint in this regard. He said the case would be inquired into.

He made it clear that MRs had to seek permission from the Head of the department concerned before entering the hospital complex.



80 lab technologists donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
As many as 80 members of the All- India Medical Laboratory Technologists Association, Chandigarh, donated blood at a camp organised to observe the founders day of the association here today.

Mr Ashwani Munjal, general secretary of the PGI Medical Technologists Association and a Limca book record holder donated a unit of blood for the 97th time today, while Dr Pankaj Kaul did so for the 62nd time.



Tribune blood donation camp today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The Tribune Employees Union will organise a blood donation camp to mark the death anniversary of Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, founder of The Tribune Trust, on Saturday.

The camp would be conducted by a team of doctors from the Department of Transfusion Medicine of the PGIMER, at The Tribune office in Sector 29, Chandigarh, informed Mr Anil Gupta, general secretary of the union.



Panchkula thrash Kurukshetra by 7 wickets
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 8
In a devastating spell, Kuldeep Nathani claimed seven wickets for just 12 runs, enabling Panchkula to record a comprehensive seven-wickets victory over Kurukshetra in the Haryana State Inter-District (Under 17) Cricket Championship for the Rajinder Goel Trophy played at the J.R. Institute of Cricket Technology (Barwala), here, today.

After winning the toss, Panchkula skipper Shanker Nair put the visitors to bat. Opener Deepak was caught behind of the very first ball of the match. After the emphatic start, Kuldeep Nathani uprooted the middle stump thrice in the first two overs removing Trirath Bahadur, Shalender and Dinesh Kumar without troubling the scorer.

A double run by Ramneet, alongwith four extras, had the scoreboard reading six for five after five overs.

Kuruskhetra’s second half of batting line-up could not sustain the pressure applied by Panchkula medium pacers and innings folded for paltry 29 runs in 11 overs. Kuldeep Nathani was the wicket taker-in-chief taking seven for 12. None of the Kurukshetra batsmen could reach the double figure mark.

Chasing a meager target of 30 runs in 50 overs, Panchkula started confidently hitting Tirath Bahadur for seven runs in the first four deliveries but the bowler removed both openers in the last two deliveries with scoreboard reading seven for two after two overs when rain stopped the play.

After taking an early lunch, game resumed with Ashish Kukreti 12 not out and Vishavajeet (5) reached the target with seven wickets in hand and 41 overs to spare. Tirath Bahadur was the only bowler to claim two wickets for 11 runs.

Brief scores: Kurukshetra 29 all out in 11 overs, Kuldeep Nathani 7 for 12, Vijay Kumar 2 for 12.

Panchkula 30 for 3 in 9 overs.

Ashish Kukreti 12, Tirath Bahadur 2 for 1.

Now Panchkula will meet formidable last year’s semi-finalist Chandigarh on September10, at DAV College, Chandigarh. The match will be of 50 overs a side and played at 9.00 am.



St Stephen’s outclass St Peter’s in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, lifted the Shivalik Trophy outplaying St Peter’s School, Sector 37 by 4-1 in the final of the Chandigarh Atoms Under-13 Football Tournament which concluded at the Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, here, today.

Attinderjeet Singh, Waris Rashid, Sukhraj and Sonu Majhi of St Stephen’s displayed perfect coordination and repeatedly made inroads in the St Peter’s goal.

St Stephen’s forged ahead in the second minute as Waris Rashid found the St Peter’s home. St Peter’s counter-attacked and succeeded in neutralising the lead through Ayush Ganjoo in the seventh minute.

Thereafter, St Stephen’s right winger Attinderjeet Singh converted a cross from the right flank. Then, Sonu Majhi struck in the 30th and 32nd minutes to complete the St Peter’s rout.

Meanwhile, the organising committee voted five most-talented players of the tournament. They were Waris Rashid, Atteinderjeet Singh, Sonu Majhi (St Stephen’s), Ayush Ganjoo and Chirag (St Peter’s).

The Chandigarh Football Association president, Principal Ravinder Talwar, was the chief guest who distributed the prizes.

Speaking on the occasion, Principal Talwar said the Chandigarh probables for the National Under-13 Football Festival to be held in Chennai would be selected for coaching camp.



Patiala bundled out cheaply

Chandigarh, September 8
The Patiala team was bundled out for 109 in 56 overs with only Rupeetinder who put up resistance with 40 runs against Chandigarh for the Katoch Shield cricket match.

Chandigarh won the toss and elected to field first. The Patiala squad piled up at 109 runs in 56 overs. Rupeetinder (40), Gautam Mandore (19) and Pankaj Dharmani (12) were the main scorers.

Chandigarh’s Bipul Sharma claimed four wickets at the cost of 34 runs while Amit Uniyal took three for 15 and Karanbir two for 28. — TNS



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