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DC too busy for AIDS society headship
Health services director given charge
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The UT administration has been left red in the face over its appointment of deputy commissioner R.K. Rao as head of the Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society (SACS).

For, Rao, who has his hands full, has declined the appointment, saying that he has genuine work pressures and will not be in a position to take time out for the post.

Sources said the administration had not sought Rao’s consent before appointing him to the post in early September.

Short on time, Rao did not sign his joining papers and very recently conveyed to the administration his inability to take over.

As all this happened, a critical department remained devoid of leadership.

The administration had bypassed seven doctors to appoint a bureaucrat to the post.

Forced to go back on its earlier decision, the administration has now appointed health services director M.S. Bains as project director of the Chandigarh SACS.

With this, it is finally correcting the mistake of violating a significant guideline of the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) regarding the appointment of project directors of SACS.

In contravention of NACO’s regulation of appointing “full-time directors of SACS, who would be available for three years in a row”, the UT had handed over the highly-specialised task to its deputy commissioner, as an additional responsibility.

Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted this and also how NACO was concerned over state governments’ continued practice of bringing in bureaucrats to handle AIDS control societies as additional responsibility - something that has hampered the programme’s success in India.

In its policy document on the national AIDS control policy-III, NACO had said that frequent transfers of project directors damaged the programme’s march in the second phase.

Stung by the malpractice, NACO recently told the states that they would get the next installment of World Bank aid for AIDS control only if they honoured NACO’s guideline governing the appointment of project directors in SACS.

NACO also clarified: “If for some reason, the states can’t find a full-time director for SACS, they can, at the most, hand over SACS as additional responsibility to mission directors of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).”

Now, by appointing director health services, also mission director, NRHM, as project director of SACS, the administration has finally complied with the NACO guideline that determines the flow of funds for AIDS control in the future.

The UT has already received Rs 5.5 crore - the first installment of World Bank aid for its SACS.



Orientation programme on adolescent health
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The ongoing eight-day orientation programme for zonal project officers/district project officers/adolescent peer volunteers in Adolescent Health and Development at CYP Asia Centre, in the city, organised by Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), an autonomous institutions of the ministry of youth affairs and sports, Government of India, in collaborations with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghathan (NYKS), Chandigarh, entered its third day today.

Inaugurated by Dr Fatiha Serour, director, CYP, Youth Division, London, the objective of the training programme is to orient and train the participants in topics like adolescent profile, growth and development of adolescents, life skills, gender, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, reproductive and sexual health, peer education, youth clubs, teen clubs, career guidance, amongst others, to enable the participants to implement the adolescent health and development project effectively in the field.

Volunteers from seven states including Rajasthan, UP, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, J and K and Uttarakhand are participating in the programme.

Shazia, district project officer in J and K district (Poonch area) revealed that their work begins right from reaching out to people in far flung areas to convincing the adolescents, their parents and teachers to apprise them of the adolescent problems.

On the last day of the programme, district youth coordinator from 16 districts of north India will be participating for better coordination in implementation of the project.



World Hospice Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), UT branch, Chandigarh, observed World Hospice Day at Hospice Dispensary in Sector 43 here today.

A cycle rally and a cancer awareness programme were organised on the occasion. The cycle rally was flagged off from Hospice Dispensary by deputy-cum-chairman IRCS, UT, Chandigarh R.K. Rao. This was followed by a lecture on cancer awareness by Dr Firuza Patel.

Prizes for best banners were given by director, public instructions, schools, S.K. Setia.

The Red Cross Chandigarh is running Chandigarh Hospice, a 20-bed hospital for terminally ill cancer patients, in Sector 43 in collaboration with the department of radiotherapy, PGI, Chandigarh. In the hospice, patients are given stay, medicines and food free of cost.



Kalyani, Dev reign supreme in TT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Kalyani of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, beat Naini Suri of DAV Public School, Sector 19, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-2 in a well-contested girls singles final of the Second Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at Sector 23 table tennis hall, here today.

Naina Suri of DAV Public School, Sector 8, claimed the sub-junior girls singles title beating Meghna Kakaria of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, 11-8, 11-7, 13-11, 11-7.

In the semifinals, Meghna Kakaria ended the challenge of Garmima Goyal (BVB-27) 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10 and Naina Suri (DAVPS-8) beat Kalyani (MMHS-21) 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 12-10.

Talented Dev Saini of Chandigarh Table Tennis Club claimed the boys singles title at the expense of Puneet Kumar of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7.

In the semifinals, Dev Saini defeated Aditya Pandey (MM-21) 11-3, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 and Puneet Kumar (DPS-40) beat Rajan Mahindra (DAVPS-8) 11-7, 14-12, 8-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-8.

Mayank Kapoor of DAVPS-8 defeated his teammate Mayank Sharma 11-7, 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10 in the sub-junior boys singles final.


Sub-junior girls: semifinals: Meghna Kakaria (SH-26) b Garmima Goyal (BVB-27) 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10; Naina Suri (DAVPS-8) b Kalyani (MM-21) 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 12-10. Final: Naina Suri (DAVPS-8) b Meghna Kakaria (SH-26) 11-8, 11-7, 13-11, 11-7.

Sub-junior boys: semifinals: Mayank Kapoor (DAVPS-8) b Tushar Gupta (MM-21) 10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6; Mayank Sharma (DAVPS-8) b Kashish (MM-21) 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8. Final: Mayank Kapoor (DAVPS-8) b Mayank Sharma (DAVPS-8) 11-7, 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10.

Girls singles: semifinals: Naina Suri (DAVPS-8) b Sadhika Kaushal (GM-16) 9-11, 11-3, 11-79-11, 11-7, 11-8; Kalyani (MM-21) b Barbie Nagpal (DAVPS-8) 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 17-15.

Boys singles: semifinals: Dev Saini (CTTC) b Aditya Pandey (MM-21) 11-3, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6; Puneet Kumar (DPS) b Rajan Mahindra (DAVPS-8) 11-7, 14-12, 8-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-8). Final: Dev Saini (CTTC) b Puneet Kumar (DPS-40) 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7.



Mohit blazes on skates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Mohit Kumar of KB DAV SSS, Sector 7-B, Chandigarh, bagged the first position in the u-8 category during the Mahatma Hansraj Aryan Zonal Tournament 2007 at the school’s skating rink, here, today. The meet was inaugurated by Mohan Lal, secretary, DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi.

DAV, Sonepat, beat DAV-15 (2-0) in the final hockey match played at the Sector 18 hockey stadium here.

As many as 1,400 players (both boys’ and girls’ in u-19 age group) from 45 schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and other Haryana zones will participate in different disciplines.

In the football match played at Punjab Engineering College, here, KBDAV beat DAV Senior Public School, Ambala City, by 3-0 while in the second encounter, DAV, Surajpur, defeated Hansraj School 3-0.

Other results

Skating (KB DAV 7-B, Chandigarh): Rink race: Boys u-8: 1 Mohit Kumar, 2 Sawan Gill, 3 Akshit 4; u-10: 1 Mohit Yadav, 2 Hardik, 3 Shubham; u-12: 1 Jeevan, 2 Jatin, 3 Pranav; u-14: 1 Bhavdeep Singh, 2 Sourabh, 3 Onkar; u-16: 1 Sachin Mohan, 2 Karan Lamba, 3 Aman Marwaha; Kabaddi (DAV-8): DAV SSS-8 b DAV, Radur, Yamunanagar; DAV Hooda, Panipat, b DAV Asand (Karnal); kho kho (DAV-15) boys: Hansraj Public School, Panchkula, b DAV Public School, Sadhura; DAV Model School-15, Chandigarh, b DAV Centenary Public School, Panipat, by 1 innings and 9 points; girls: DAV-15, Chandigarh, b DAV Centenary Public School, Panipat; basketball (Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh): Boys: DAV-15, Chandigarh, b KBDAV, Chandigarh. Main scorers were Pulkit 12, Abhishek 4, Rohan 8, Dhruv 3; DAV Public School-15, Sonepat, b Hansraj Public School, Panchkula; girls-DAVSSS-8, Panchkula, b KBDAV; volleyball boys (Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh): DAV, Surajpur, b KBDAV; DAV SSS-8, Panchkula, b OSDAV Public School, Kaithal; DAV-15, Chandigarh, b DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Chika, Kaithal; girls: OSDAV Public School, Kaithal, b DAV-15, Chandigarh.

Table Tennis (DAV Public School, Sector 8, Chandigarh): CLDAV Public School, Panchkula, b DAV Sr Public School, Ambala City; Himanshu b Nikhil Sharma; Savvy b Sagar Kumar; Mohit b Nitin; DAV-15, Chandigarh, b DAV Public School, Model Town, Ambala City; Tanzin b Saksham Kumar; Daksh b Tejas Sood; Kupul b Deepak; DAV Pundri Kaithal b DAV Chika, Kaithal; Amit Goyal b Arsha Deep Singh; Dikshant b Ravi; Saurabh b Ajay; badminton (Badminton Hall, Sector 42, Chandigarh); girls: KBDAV-7 b DAV Public School, Narayangarh; CLDAV, Panchkula, b DAV-15, Chandigarh; DAV Senior Public School, Ambala City, b DAV Public School, Model Town, Ambala City.



Yuvi looks to level series
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
“As I have been through rigorous practice regimen during my initial days of playing the game, I do not find problems facing fast bowling now,” said cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who was at a function organised at DAV School, here this evening.

Yuvraj said his next target was to win matches and level the ongoing series. The Aussies have already taken a 2-0 lead in the seven-match Future Cup.

Yuvraj said he had trained playing on cement surface and mat, which had been of big help in achieving stamina and strength.

“Having played for around seven years, I can be a good help to younger players in the team. I can imagine the pressure a younger cricketer has to go through. I can share my experiences with the younger lot in the team.”

Yuvraj added that his aim was to show the same aggression and zeal in Test cricket and improve bowling skills.



Dada eyes playing 11

Chandigarh, October 6
It seemed that Bengal Tiger is hopeful to make it to the playing 11 in the forthcoming ODI at the Sector 16 cricket stadium on October 8.

After reaching a city hotel, Saurav Ganguly hit the grounds for the net sessions at 5.45 pm when the other members of the team chose to rest at the hotel.

Robin Uthappa, too, reached the stadium for batting practice. Both players batted for more than half an hour. Team manger Lal Chand Rajput and bowling coach Venktesh Prasad were also present. Besides local budding bowlers, Lal Chand and Venktesh also bowled to the players. — TNS



Harbirpanjit is best shooter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Harbirpanjit Singh emerged winner with 549/600 points in the small bore free rifle prone senior men event during the Chandigarh State Shooting Championship held at Sector 25 Patiali Ki Rao Shooting Range, here, today.

Vijay Kumar of Chandigarh Police garnered 93/100 points in the centre fire pistol event only to grab the first position while Harwinder Singh of Chandigarh Police got the second place.



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