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‘About giving to poor patients...’
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here introduced a new subhead “About giving to poor patients…” in its website a couple of days ago.

Though the PGI authorities had created a “fund” for helping patients below poverty line (BPL) many years ago but the “subhead” has been added in an effort to benefit more poor patients struggling for lives at this premier health institute of the northern India.

The authorities seem to have tried to reach the non-resident Indians (NRIs) and other good Samaritans who have been donating huge amounts to provide some relief to poor patients undergoing treatment at the PGI.

Good Samaritans, including NRIs, artists and voluntary workers, have been donating huge amounts to the PGIMER for its poor patients to share their sufferings apart from donating equipment, ambulance services, food and many other items, the PGIMER website claims.

Those interested in helping the patients can send crossed cheques in favour of the Director, PGI, Chandigarh, with the patient’s name written behind it to the Public Relations Officer, PGIMER, Chandigarh, the website reads.

Queries revealed that a poor patient is given only medicines and surgical equipment by the PGIMER authorities out of the money sent by certain donors for his financial help.

An attendant of a patient, on the condition of anonymity, claimed that the poor patients had to wait for certain “tedious” formalities to be completed before getting the required medicines and equipment.

He lamented that the “emergency” factor for providing medicines to patients was hardly taken into consideration.

“Such patients requiring immediate medicines have to face harassment in getting the medicines and other items in time as the hospital authorities have to follow a procedure before issuing medicines to the needy,” claimed an attendant of another patient undergoing treatment at the PGI.

The official spokesperson for the PGI said the hospital had been purchasing all medicines and surgical equipment for poor patients from the donation money arrived for them.

She claimed that the unused donation amount for the patients got accumulated in the “Poor Patients Welfare Fund” head and was used for other poor patients.



Recognised by others, ignored by own
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
"Perhaps this medal will give me my due and prove my critics wrong", says a subdued Raj Bala, showing off her gold medal won at the 14th Asia Masters Athletics Championship, held at Shree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore, recently.

Her situation is an ironic one. Raj Bala (43), at present working as head constable with the Chandigarh police, is the only lady in the Masters' Category (40 years plus), to win a gold medal, in the 5 kilometre walk. She achieved this by completing the walk in 31:25.3 seconds . Despite getting permission to appear at the event, it was not an easy walk. "I bore all the expenses which came to around Rs 10,000 and I did not get even a single penny from my department.", she says.

She is elated over her success. "I was the happiest person on the earth when I won the gold in this event. As many as 16 Asian countries participated, and representing India at such a prestigious event was an experience like none other."

However, the medal earned could not keep the smile on her face. There is seething resentment at being ignored for a official 'out-of-turn promotion' to the rank of Inspector/ASI, despite the fact that she fulfilled all the conditions laid down under the existing norms of the Chandigarh police department.

"I fail to understand why am I am being ignored. As per the policy , 5 per cent of the seats are reserved under the sports quota. There have been several instances where others have been promoted after winning just one medal. I have won 150 medals in various athletics and shooting meets, but am still made to feel as if I have achieved nothing."

Raj Bala represented the Chandigarh Police at many events and has 9 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals to her credit, in shooting and athletics, at the national level. She also successfully completed a police commando course, with distinction, from the Commando Training School at Fort Bahadurgarh, Patiala. " I will be grateful to the authorities if I get my due'', she says.



Chandigarh steals the final show

Chandigarh, December 6
Chandigarh stole the show on the concluding day of the 52nd National School Games by clinching gold medals in all softball events of both boys (u-14, u-17, u-19) and girls (u-14, u-17, u-19).

Lalit Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh Administration, was the chief guest at the closing ceremony. He also distributed the prizes among the winners. Home Secretary Krishan Mohan, DPI (S) Ashwani Kumar, Joint Director Sports J.P.S. Sidhu were among those present on the occasion.


Softball boys (u-14) Chandigarh 1, Punjab 2, Delhi 3; (u-17) Chandigarh 1, Punjab 2, Delhi 3; (u-19) Chandigarh 1, Delhi 2, Punjab 3.

Softball girls (u-14) Chandigarh 1, Delhi 2, MP 3; (u-17) Chandigarh 1, Delhi 2, Chhattisgarh 3 (u-19) Chandigarh 1, Delhi 2, Rajasthan 3.

Hockey boys (u-17) Chandigarh 1, Punjab 2, Haryana 3.

Hockey girls (u-17) Haryana 1, Chandigarh 2, Karnataka 3.



City gymnast sets sights on international event
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
With talented gymnasts like Dhan Bahadur, Govind Bahadur and Hargun Kumar representing Chandigarh, gymnastics in the city is touching new heights of late.

Local gymnast Hargun Kumar has already clinched a gold medal for the city in the Senior National Acrobatics Championship-2005 held at Bangalore in men's pair event last year. The icing on the cake was that Hargun beat the Bengal gymnasts, who have been considered as undisputed leaders of the sport. Now, others are also set to make it big.

According to Rajinder Sharma, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) gymnastics coach at DAV College, Sector 10, "Hargun made all of us proud as this was the first gold medal for the city in acrobatics championship and beating the toughest Bengal gymnasts was a morale boost for the local gymnasts".

At the first sight, nobody could judge the abilities of this lean, short and soft-spoken 16-year-old acrobatics gymnast. But, it was coach Rajinder, who adjudged his talent five years ago and took him under his wings to hone his skills.

The sport not only provides him name and fame, but also offers the talented poor boy a chance to continue his studies in one of the good schools in the city.

His school, Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 38, gives Hargun full fee concession, kit and nutritious diet to pursue his game. To make his family, well wishers, coach and city proud, the gymnast has been toiling hard for five hours in regular training sessions.

"I want to win medals at the international level", said Hargun. "With his achievements, Hargun has bright chances of selection in the camp for the international acrobatics tournament going to be held very soon", said Rajinder.

Following in the footsteps of her brother, Hargun's 11-year-old sister, Chanda is making waves in the sport and is a national-level gymnast.



City pugilists win laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
City boxers (boys) brought laurels winning four medals during 22nd Sub Junior National Boxing Championship held at Jamshedpur from November 2 to December 3.

The names of medal winner boxers are: Kamal, Govt High School Sector 7 (Wt E-4), bronze, Surinder Singh, Guru Nanak Khalsa School, Sector 30, (B-7), bronze, Paramjeet Singh, SN School, Sector 22, (Wt-B-13), bronze, Bhupinder Singh, Akal Shakti School, Sector 52, (Wt-A-13), bronze.



Tushar in semis of tennis tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
Top seed Tushar Sharma of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) lost to Chandam 7-8 in men singles’ quarterfinals on the penultimate day of the Fort Ramgarh YMCA Total Championship at CLTA here today.

In the u-14 section, Raghav emerged by defeated his opponent Vaibhav by 8-6.


Boys u-14 (quarterfinals): Raghav b Vaibhav 8-6, Digvijay b Nishchay.

Men’s singles (quarterfinals): Chandam b Tushar Sharma 8-7(8), Mandeep b Digvijay 8-2.

Seniors 35+ (quarterfinals): Amitabh b B.S.Bhullar 6-2, Atul b Narinder 6-1.

Seniors 35+ (doubles): Anil and Chander b Harjit and Mahesh 6-3.

Girls u-12 (quarterfinals): Sonali b Nimrat 6-2, Bhavika b Kanchi 6-1, Hasan b Nadini 6-2, Parminder b Harkirat 6-1.

Girls u-16 (quarterfinals): Shilpa b Arshpreet 6-0, Arshee b Hasan 6-2.



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