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New healthcare plan for southern sectors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
In perhaps the first of its kind move for the populated southern sectors, the Chandigarh administration has devised a unique and people-friendly public-private partnership model for primary health care. The scheme will be floated shortly.

Non-government organisations and charitable institutions will be accredited for providing primary healthcare. Initially the accreditation will be for a period of one year and will be extended on a year-to-year basis, said UT health secretary Krishna Mohan.

The voluntary organisations will have to provide space in religious institutions/public places wherein primary healthcare will be delivered. The organisations will ensure the availability of doctor and paramedical staff for six hours a day, as per the convenience of the people.

The registration of a patient can be done by the organisations after charging fee as is being done by other health institutions being run by the administration. The record of outdoor patients like date, name, age, sex, diagnosis, treatment and referral, if any, will be maintained by the organisations and will be sent to the director, health services, by the fifth of each month.

The centres can be inspected by officers authorised by the administration during working hours. The administration will make available common medicines/vital medicines/consumable/ dressing material at an approximate cost of Rs 7,000 per month.

Signboards will be displayed at conspicuous places wherein Chandigarh Administration Private Partnership will be displayed along with information about free services and availability of medicines. Medicines will be made available to patients for three days in case of acute diseases and for a week in case of chronic diseases. Dressing and injection facilities will be provided without any extra charges. Certain vaccines/medicines/ material available under the national programme will also be distributed.

The administration has planned a 500-bed trauma centre in Sector 53. The provision for the hospital has already been made in the 11th Five-Year Plan. 



Sensitisation programme on TB
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
A sensitisation programme on tuberculosis for Chandigarh-based NGOs engaged in the health sector directly or indirectly was organised at the Conference Hall of Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia Centre, here today.

More than 24 prominent NGOs participated in the programme and were informed about the status of the RNTCP in Chandigarh by Dr P.K. Shridhar, state TB officer, Chandigarh.

The themes discussed during the programme included involvement of NGOs in the RNTCP, health education and community outreach, in-hospital care for TB patients and TB model and funding schemes. 



NPS academy register win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
New Public School Football Academy (NPSFA), Chandigarh, defeated Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (J&K) 4-2 in a Pool C match of the fifth Administrator's Challenge Cup Under-17 Football Tournament at the Sector 17 football stadium, here, today.

NPS academy made a good beginning by netting a goal in the very first minute. Jaspreet doubled the margin while Suresh Kumar made it 3-0 with a sizzling 20-yard long hit. For J&K, striker Gulzar reduced the margin in the 59th minute through a solo move.

In a counter move, NPS academy scored their fourth goal in the 78th minute. J&K player made it 4-2 in the 80th minute.

The other winners of today’s matches were Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Goa and Daman Diu Football Association (GDDFA). SAI beat Chhattisgarh Football Academy by 10-1 while GDDFA stunned Cantonment Board Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar Cantt, 3-0.

Tomorrow's fixtures: Orissa Football Academy vs Rajasthan Football Academy (Football Stadium, Sector 17, 8.15 am), New Public School vs Haryana Football Academy (2.30 pm), CFA vs Delhi SA (4.30 pm) at Sports Complex, Sector 42, SAI vs Mahilpur FA (4 pm) 



Avinash jumps to victory

Chandigarh, September 6aAmanpratap of DAV Model School, Sector 1, clinched the top position in the 200m race (boys’ u-18) during the Chandigarh State Sub-junior/ Junior Athletics Championships-2007 held at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today. Results: Boys: U-14: Trithlon group A: 1 Sonu, 2 Rahul, 3 Arun; trithlon group B: 1 Vishvjeet, 2 Gurbhej, 3 Parmveer; u-16: 800m: 1 Vimal, 2 Stanzin, 3 Sumit Hooda; long jump: 1 Avinash, 2 Ashish, 3 Ajay; discus throw: 1 Jogi Mathew, 2 Ashwani, 3 Chand; javelin throw: 1 Veerdevinder Singh, 2 Ajay Kundu, 3 Manmeet; u-18: 200m: 1 Amanpratap, 2 Sagar, 3 Shekhar; 800m: 1 Parvinder, 2 Naresh K. Sharma, 3 Himanshu; 1,500m: 1 Parvinder Singh, 2 Lahkhwinder, 3 Naresh; long jump: 1 Munish Rana, 2 Hardeep; discus throw: 1 Ajay, 2 Akash, 3 Hardeep; u-20: 200m: 1 Jaswinder, 2 Baldev, 3 Budh Ram; 800m: 1 Amandeep, 2 Gurjeet, 3 Bajinder, 1,500m: 1 Jagdeep Singh, 2 Baljinder, 3 Sohan Lal; 10,000m walk: 1 Krishan Rai, 2 Pardeep Kumar; long jump: 1 Jaswinder, 2 Parminder, 3 Akhil; discus throw: 1 Gurvinder Singh, 2 Satwinder Singh, 3 Vikramjeet Singh; javelin throw: 1 Parminder, 2 Pukhraj, 3 Jaswinder Singh. Girls: U-14: Trithlon group C: 1 Kiranpreet, 2 Yashiwini, 3 Kartika; u-16: 800m: 1 Amandeep Kaur, 2 Sandhya, 3 Mansi; u-18: 1,500m: 1 Amandeep Kaur, 2 Lakhwir Kaur, 3 Manju Kumari; high jump: 1 Jyoti Sharma, 2 Surbhi Devgan, 3 Gurpreet; long jump: 1 Jyoti Sharma, 2 Surbhi Devgan, 3 Gurpreet; discus throw: 1 Pranika Mahajan, 2 Tsetan Angmo, 3 Stanzin Antsal; u-20: 1,500m: 1 Rajwinder, 2 Sucheta, 3 Arshdeep; long jump: 1 Sarita, 2 Gurjeet Kaur, 3 Ruchi Sharma; discus throw: 1 Rajwinder, 2 Gurjeet, 3 Bimla Rani. — TNS



UT prepares for foreign fans
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Cricket fans from abroad, coming for the one-day Indo-Australia cricket match to be played on October 8 here, will be in for a special treat.

The Chandigarh administration is expecting a large number of foreign fans, mainly from Australia.The administration is all out to make their visit memorable by offering them special packages, discounts and other benefits.

Seeing this as a perfect opportunity to boost tourism in the city, UT tourism director Vivek Atray said, “All foreigners, who will be in the city to be part of the match, would be given special kits and souvenirs free of cost.”

Interested guests will be taken for sightseeing on Hop-on, Hop-off bus, that too, without spending a single penny, added Atray.

Besides, the administration will offer special packages to facilitate their visit to the neighbouring tourist spots. “We are tying up with Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab to provide special facilities to our guests on discounted rates,” said Atray.

The administration is also making arrangements with the hoteliers so that distinctive food and other required services will be ready on demand.

Special clippings on City Beautiful would be telecast during the intervals, which would help people know about our city,” concluded Atray.



Chandigarh drub Rohtak

Chandigarh, September 6
Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA), Haryana, drubbed Rohtak Cricket Association (RCA) by six wickets in a rain-curtailed match of the Haryana Inter-district (u-17) Cricket Tournament at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here, today.

Put to bat first, Rohtak scored 72 runs in 31 overs. CCA reached the target of 73 runs, losing four wickets.

With this win, CCA has qualified for the league games and now it will take on Karnal on September 8 at the same venue.

Brief scores

Rohtak: 72 all out in 31 overs (Vikas 13, Rajat 12, Rohit 2 for 0, Amandeep 2 for 13, Pankaj 2 for 10).

CCA: 73 for 4 (Amaya 37, Rohit 14 n o). — TNS



CCA GNPS in last four
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Chandigarh Cricket Association-Guru Nanak Public School (CCA GNPS), Sector 36, secured a berth in the semi-finals, thrashing Satluj Public School Academy (SPSA), Panchkula, by eight wickets in a Group-B match of the ongoing WWICS Cup Under-14 Cricket Tournament at the St Stephen's School ground, Togan, near here, today.

Batting first, SPSA were all out on paltry 49 runs in 20.4 overs. Spinner Veerkaran Goyal and right-arm leg break Aman Rawat cast deadly bowling spells.

CCA GNPS achieved the target in just 12.5 overs. The tournament is being organised by the Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy.

Brief scores

SPSA: 49 in 20.4 overs (Shubham Rana 19, Aman 3 for 21, Veerkaran Goyal 3 for 2)

CCA-GNPS: 50 for 2 in 12.5 overs (Jaskaran Singh 26 n o, Shubham Mahajan 11, Gaurav 1 for 13, Mohit Chadha (1 for 6).

Tomorrow's fixture: St John's Academy-26 vs St Anne's Academy-32.



e-stamping to be introduced in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Chandigarh administration has decided to introduce the concept of e-stamping in the city. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of senior officials held at the UT secretariat here today.

Amendments to the Stamp Act would be made to introduce e- stamping.

Recently, a team of UT officials, led by director (IT) Manjit Brar, visited Gujarat to study the concept. Explaining the concept, an official said instead of buying a number of stamp papers of different denominations, the buyer could pay the amount at the designated counter, either at a bank or at e-sampark centres.

Chandigarh will be the second city after Gujarat to introduce the concept.

A special stamp generated from a franking machine will be printed on a paper and the same will be considered as a stamp paper. The paper will bear a micro print, water mark and a two-dimensional hologram.

Another benefit of e-stamping is that instead of paying 2 per cent commission to a private agent, the administration will have to pay .65 per cent commission to the service provider which has been designated by the finance ministry. Officials of the Stock Holding Corporation of India, who have been authorised as consultants, today gave a demonstration at the UT secretariat. 



Admn set to extend conversion policy
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Bowing to pressure from various quarters, the Chandigarh administration is set to extend its much-debated conversion policy for the benefit of industrialists.

In fact, the conversion of land use of industrial sites into commercial activity/services in the Industrial Area I and II, Chandigarh, scheme - 2005, which is going to expire on September 18, is likely to be brought in a new avatar with certain amendments, a senior administration functionary said here today.

Sources said buoyed by the success of the scheme, the administration was working on the modalities for its extension on “popular demand”.

Under the scheme, about 50 industrialists had applied for conversion and an amount of over Rs 50 crore had been netted as conversion charges.

A dominant view in the administration was that the conversion charges could be used for sprucing up the industrial and provision for basic amenities.

The administration had already set an ambitious modernisation plan for the area in motion to be implemented by March 2008.

With the emergence of Chandigarh as a major commercial centre following the setting up of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park, the mall culture was the need of the hour, president of the Chandigarh Industrial Association M.P.S. Chawla said.

The present policy should be extended for the industrial growth and bringing Chandigarh on the commercial map of the country, he added.

Even as major realtors had pumped in investments worth hundreds of crores in the shopping malls, commercial centres and hotels in the wake of the conversion policy, the alleged change in the Industrial Area’s character had come in for severe criticism.

This coupled with the felling of scores of trees for widening roads and provision for other basic amenities had been resented by residents.

Meanwhile, the joint forum of the Industries Association of Chandigarh, the Federation of Small Scale Industries and the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries today demanded the extension of the policy as now industrialists were visualising long-term benefits of adopting the policy.

“There were certain difficulties in the implementation of the policy, which have now been resolved with the open-minded attitude of the Chandigarh administration. Coordination among various departments is better now and they are quite open,” the forum added.



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