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Doctors deserting GMCH for moolah
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The authorities of Government Medical College and Hospital, (GMCH), Sector 32, are in for tough days ahead if the resignation of doctors is any indication.

Lured by a medical college coming up in the private sector near the city, a couple of faculty members in the institution have already tendered their resignation while many others have informed the authorities about their plans of shifting there.

In fact, two senior residents from the department of surgery have already resigned and at least two others from the department of community medicine have informed the authorities about their plan to shift there, said sources.

Senior residents from the GMCH were being offered the post of consultant in the private sector with a substantial increase in monetary benefits, said the sources.

While a senior resident had to wait for three years at the GMCH after completing his postgraduation to reach the post of consultant, there was no bar like this in the private sector and postgraduates were being deployed as consultants immediately after passing out.

Besides, nobody is turning up for posts of superspeciality and junior resident and paramedic at the GMCH.

With a sanctioned strength of 92 junior residents, the GMCH is short of 78 doctors. An advertisement in this regard did not get a warm response from applicants and just a few applications were received by the authorities even as the last date of filing application is closing in the current week. Similarly, the advertisement for posts of senior resident, against which interviews were held last month, evoked a poor response.

In the faculty of surgery, nine posts were advertised for which just five medicos applied and not all turned up for the interview, sad the sources. In the department of medicine, four applications were received against seven vacancies.

Interestingly, no application was received for posts in forensic medicine, medical officer, emergency medical officer and senior resident. The GMCH needed 11 anaesthetists, while just seven applications were received.

Against the lone post of physicist, no candidate was found even after advertising the post twice and one person was roped in only after conducting a campus interview at Atomic Energy Research Bureau, Mumbai, added the sources.



ESI Scheme extended

Chandigarh, June 14
The Employees State Insurance (ESI) Scheme has been extended to certain villages in Patiala district.

According to a press note issued here today, all factories and establishments under the jurisdiction of Bapror, Rajgarh and Ramnagar villages in Rajpura tehsil will have to get registration under the ESI Act,1948.

The wage ceiling for coverage was Rs 10,000 per month now, the press note added. — TNS



Korfball Tourney
Chandigarh to face Andhra Pradesh

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 14 
Host Chandigarh will face Andhra Pradesh in the quarterfinal match of the Sub-Junior National Korfball Championship at the Panjab University campus here. In their last league fixture, Chandigarh thrashed Jharkhand 14-1. This was the hosts' fourth successive win in Pool C, emerging as the pool leader. The other quarterfinalists are Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir. 
Three teams, including West Bengal, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh are in the fray to secure a berth in the quarterfinals. The results: Pool D: Uttarakhand (John 3, Roma 3, Ashish 2, Shailja 1, Manoj 1) bt Pondicherry (Sugunandan 1) 10-1; Pool C: MP (Kunal 3, Rohit 2, Pinki 1) bt Delhi (Poornima 2, Gaurav 1, Yash 1) 6-4; MP (Kunal 7, Rohit 1) draw with West Bengal (A. Shon 4, A. Das 3, A. Gaganputar 1) 8-8; Chandigarh (Mandeep 4, Ramandeep 4, Akhilesh 2, Pooja 2, Sweety 1, Santoshi 1) bt Jharkhand (Harsh 1) 14-1; Pool A: Maharashtra (Manisha 1, Zakir 1) bt TN (Harshal 1) 2-1; Pool B: Punjab (Manjit 4, Paramjit 4, Himat 3. Gursimran 2, Kuljit 1) bt DNH (Abhishika 1, Anil 1) 14-2.



AITA Series
Local player Raghav Singhal in finals
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Local player Raghav Singhal and fifth seed from Haryana Suraj Beniwal set up a title clash in the boys’ u-16 singles during the ongoing AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts, Sector 16, here.

In the semifinals, held today, Raghav thrashed another local player Jivtesh Singh Kang in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, while Suraj ousted second seed Sidhant Solanki from Delhi 7-5, 6-3, to reach the finals.

The u-16 girls’ singles final will be an all-Chandigarh affair as city products Jaspreet Kaur and seventh seed Rajvir Kaur will cross swords for the top honour.

Displaying a powerful game, Jaspreet outplayed fourth seed Ravnoor Kaur of Chandigarh 6-3, 6-3, while seventh seed Rajvir Kaur of Chandigarh shocked second seed Rimpledeep Kaur of Punjab 6-2, 7-5, in the semi-final matches.

Top seed local favourite Nischay Rawal secured his berth in the finals of the boys’ u-12 singles, beating Jatinder Singh, also from Chandigarh 6-1, 6-2.

He will now face Ranjeet Singh, a trainee under the CLTA-Army scheme in the finals.

The tournament is being conducted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association. 



Swimming competition on June 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Lake Sports Complex is organising an ‘Apex Aquatic Competition’ on June 17 at the swimming pool on its premises, here. The competition, which is being sponsored by Apex Event Management Company, begins at 7 am.

Following are the events:

25m free style for boys and girls up to 10 years; 25m free style for boys and girls (10 to 12 years); 50m 25m free style for boys and girls (12 to 14 years); 50m 25m free style for boys and girls (14 to 16 years); 100m 25m free style for boys and girls (16 to 18 years); 100m 25m free style for boys and girls (18 to 35 years); 100m free style for men and women (35 to 50 years); 50m free style for man and ladies above 50 years.



LCC win by 5 wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Link Cricket Club (LCC) defeated Professional Cricket Club (PCC) by five wickets in a rain-curtailed match during the Hot Weather Cricket Tournament at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, here today.

The match was restricted to 15 overs each side, due to the rain. Batting first, PCC put on 77 for 7 in 15 overs. Vibhav and Ramesh salvaged the team by scoring unbeaten knocks of 20 and 19, respectively.

The other batsman, who could reach the double figure mark, was Amarjit Shera with 10 runs.

For LCC, Akshay, Narinder and Rai Bahadur claimed two wickets each for 18, 6 and 15 runs, respectively.

Link Club achieved their target by scoring 78 for 5 with three balls to spare. Ramandeep was the highest scorer, hitting unbeaten 20 runs. Opener Deepak (17) and Balwinder (18) were the other contributors for the winners. Radhey got two wickets for 26 runs.

Brief scores:

Professional Cricket Club: 77 for 7 in 15 overs (Vibhav 20 n.o, Amarjeet Shera 10, Ramesh 19 n.o, Akshay 2 for 18, Narinder 2 for 6, Rai Bahadur 2 for 15);

Link Cricket Club: 78 for 5 in 14.3 overs (Deepak 17, Balwinder 18, Ramandeep 20 n.o, Radhey 2 for 26, Amit 1 for 11, Ramesh 1 for 12, Gurpreet 1 for 6).



Tennis players clinch gold in athletics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Local tennis players Pawan Kapoor and Amitabh Singh have made the city proud by clinching gold at the 28th National Veteran Athletics Championship, held at the Sree Kanteerana Stadium, Bangalore, from June 8 to June 10.

Both the players clinched gold in the 4x100 relay race in the men's above-35 category, setting a new record.

Pawan Kapoor works with CITCO as a sports officer and Amitabh Singh is convenor, sports cell, Haryana Pardesh Congress Committee.

Amitabh Singh also won a bronze medal in the 100 metre race.

The two players will now be representing the country in the World Athletic Championship to be held at the end of the year. 



Elevation of status
Zirakpur upgraded to MC
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

  • Residents, realtors expect more development
  • Decision may revive property prices in region
  • Stakes high for politicians in 2008 poll

Zirakpur, June 14
In a decision that has raised hopes of realtors and residents about more development in Zirakpur, one of the fastest developing towns of Punjab, the Punjab Government has approved the municipal council (MC)status for the township.

The decision to accord the Class II status to the Zirakpur nagar panchayat was taken recently by the Department of Local Bodies taking into account various factors, including population and potential to generate resources, sources told The Tribune here today. The township currently falls in the Class III category of the urban bodies.

Meanwhile, the upgradation of the civic body has revived the hopes of the realtors and the residents, who have been at the receiving end of the development during the past several years. With the village-turned-township bursting at the seams, the civic amenities have virtually gone for a toss in the nagar panchayat jurisdiction now.

"The elevation of the civic body would go a long way in boosting development and upgradation of infrastructure in the township," nagar panchayat president N.K. Sharma said, adding that more resources and staff could manage the people's problems in a better way.

The MC status was long overdue as the strategic township is situated at the trijunction of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, Sharma added.

Sunil Bandha, director of ONS Developers and Promoters, also hoped that the constitution of the MC for Zirakpur, township of apartments and shopping malls, would help revive the real estate market in the region.

Claiming that the development was better in the towns having MCs, Bandha argued that such emerging townships needed special economic packages to provide amenities to the residents, mostly comprising middle and lower middle classes. With the MC in place,the Punjab Government should chip in with more resources, he asserted.

In fact, according of MC status would make stakes high for political parties in the election due next year. Sharma owes allegiance to Punjab Cooperation Minister and Banur MLA, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, who represents the area. 



Admin moots review of building laws
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Chandigarh administration plans to review rules allowing modifications inside the plot area, including adequate provision for parking and residential facilities for domestic help, and disallowing commercial exploitation through subdivision of buildings into apartments.

The administration has sought public opinion on the matter before a final decision in this regard.

People can also convey their opinion in case they want a total repeal of the particular rules.

The Chandigarh Sub-Division of Building Rules, 2001, allow sub-division of buildings into apartments.

Certain reservations regarding its impact on the character of the city are being expressed by some people. Threat of commercial exploitation of various buildings has also been expressed by some people.

Against this backdrop, the administration has been considering a review of the rules.

Legal opinion has already been sought into the matter. A press note said comments and suggestions in the matter could be sent to the estate officer by June 30.



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