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Spinal endoscopic surgery boon: expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The spinal endoscopic surgery has come as a boon for the patients of spine disorders. The minimal invasive surgery has helped in providing faster mobilisation, easier rehabilitation and physical therapy after the surgery to the patients.


* Needs minimum incision

* Minimum scar formation

* Minimum damage to spine muscles

* Less traumatic procedure

* Shorter hospital stay

* Helps in faster healing

In addition, there is minimal damage to the spine muscles compared to the conventional method, minimal scar formation, less traumatic and shorter hospital stay, said Dr Mohinder Kaushal, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in the city.

The only drawback is lack of doctors trained in minimal invasive spine surgery and ignorance on part of the patients that such treatment options are available to them, he said.

Dr Kaushal, an arthroscopist and spine specialist, is organising an international symposium and workshop on micro endoscopic discectomy in the city tomorrow.

“It is largely beneficial for those with slip discs, a crippling problem that affects many in the country. The main advantages of the spinal endoscopic surgery compared to the conventional surgery are smaller incision and less damage to the muscles and ligaments of the spinal column.”

“The surgeon exposes the area where the herniated disc is located without making a large incision which helps in faster healing and lesser complications.”

Informing about the cause of the problem, Dr Kaushal said herniated discs occur because the discs that act as shock absorbers between the bones of the spinal column become stiff and less flexible as one grows older.

Discs that lose their flexibility can rupture and cause neck pain and back pain also, he added.

A part of the inside of the disc can herniate or leak out through a tear in the outer part called annulus that surround the disc, pressing on the spinal cord or on the nerves that travel out to the arms and legs. 



PGI doctors awarded 
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Four doctors of the PGI have awarded at different conference in the country for their work in respective fields.

Dr Daisy Sahni, additional professor, Department of Anatomy, PGI, is awarded with the “Best Scientific Paper Award” for the paper entitled “Discriminant Analysis for sex differences in facial soft tissue depth used in facial reconstruction” in oral sessions in biological sciences during the XVIII All-India Forensic Science Conference, held at Kolkata, recently.

Similarly Dr Ramandeep Singh, assistant professor, Advanced Eye Center, PGI, also won Dr J.N. Pahwa award for best paper at annual conference of Viteroretinal Society of India held at Mussoorie.

Another Dr Jaspreet Sukhija, assistant professor from the same department won Prem Chandra award for the best scientific presentation titled “Pterygium surgery: Graft pasted vs graft sutured”, at the 21st annual conference of the North Zone Ophthalmological Society which was held at Jammu.

Dr Pawan Gupta, assistant professor, Advanced Eye Centre, also won Dr N A Rao award for best paper on “To study macular pathologies in patients of uveities by spectral domain (cirrus) optical coherence tomography.” in the 7th Annual conference of Uveitis Society of India held at Guwahati.



Dr Swaranjit elected AMI fellow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh December 5
An expert in the field of applied biotechnology, Dr Swaranjit Singh Cameotra, has been elected fellow of the Association of Microbiologists (AMI). He is a senior scientist in the Microbial Type Culture Collection and Gene bank (MTCC), IMTECH, Chandigarh.

The honour was bestowed for his studies on removal of toxic compounds from the environment.

He will deliver a talk in the AMI Conference in Chennai in December, 2007. 



Raj Bahadur takes charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Dr Raj Bahadur, newly appointed principal of Government Medical College and Hospital-32, Chandigarh, has been given the charge of the director, Medical Education and Research also. According to source, the orders in this regard reached the GMCH in the evening here today.

Dr Raj Bahadur was appointed the principal of medical institution on December 1.

However, the post of the director was being held by the special secretary finance and health Raji P Shrivastava since then.



St Kabir stun Little Flower 3-0
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Buoyed by a hattrick by Sivam Kanwar, hosts St Kabir, Sector 26, yesterday secured a berth in the semi-final, drubbing Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, 3-0 in the Chandigarh Football Championship for St Kabir Trophy being played here.

In Pool - C, Sivam dominated for the winners St Kabir. His efforts bore fruit in the 34th minute, when he dodged the defence line with brilliant dribbling and netted the first goal. He again struck in the 47th minute after collecting a head pass before sending the ball home. Sivam completed his hattrick in the 56th minute and sealed the 3-0 victory for St Kabir.

In the second quarterfinal tie, St John's High School blanked Saupin's School 4-0. Ronak Singh struck goal in the 12th minute and Prassej increased the lead 2-0 in the 17th minute.

The third goal came in the 45th minute from Raunak. The very next minute Praseej struck to win the match by 4-0.

St Stephen's School, Sector 45, was the other team which cleared the quarterfinal, defeating Ryan International School, Sector 49, 3-0.

Karanbir (2nd min), Rishab Singh (12th min) and Harpal Singh (32nd min) contributed one goal each for the winners.

For St Xavier's School-44, it was a walkover as New Public School, Sector 18, did not turn up for the match.

Now St Kabir will face St Xavier’s while St Stephen School will take on St John’s High School in the semi-final ties tomorrow.



VS Rao excels at weightlifting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Hav VS Rao of Army Red team clinched the first place, lifting a total weight of 237 kg (clean and jerk 133kg + snatch 104 kg) in the 56 kg category during the 51st Inter Services Weightlifting Championship held at 3 BRD (Base Repair Depot) Air Force Station, here.

Air Vice Marshal Arup Raha, AOC, Advance Head Quarter Western Air Command (WAC), IAF Chandimandir, formally inaugurated the championship. The chief patron, Air Cmde SC Luthra, AOC 3 BRD, and the chairman for the competition, Group Captain HPS Sarao, were also present.

The aim of the championship, conducted as per rules of the International Weightlifting Federation, was to select the services weightlifting team for participating in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship scheduled to be held from December 19 to 23 at Bhubaneswar in Orissa.


Category: 56 kg, Snatch: 1st Hav VS Rao Army Red - 104 kg; 2nd CK(S)I Sivabalan Indian Navy - 101 kg; 3rd L/Hav M Rajaguru Army Green -100kg. Clean & Jerk: 1st Hav VS Rao Army Red - 133 kg; 2nd CK(S)I Sivabalan Indian Navy - 130 kg; 3rd L/Hav M Rajaguru Army Green - 121 kg. Total: 1st Hav VS Rao Army Red - 237 kg; 2nd CK(S)I Sivabalan Indian Navy - 231 kg; 3rd L/Hav M Rajaguru Army Green - 221 kg. Category: 62 kg, Snatch: 1st Hav Thirumurugan Army Red - 115 kg; 2nd Sep S Devakumar Army Green - 110 kg; 3rd Hav Kailash Pujari Army Red -108 kg. Clean & Jerk: 1st Hav Kailash Pujari Army Red - 142 kg; 2nd MCPO II D Wilson Indian Navy - 136 kg; 3rd Sep S Devakumar Army Green - 136 kg. 
Total:1st Hav Kailash Pujari Army Red - 257 kg; 2nd Hav Thirumurugan Army Red - 246 kg; 3rd Sep S Devakumar Army Green - 244 kg.



Nandini beats Taakshi 5-0 in tennis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Starting her campaign on the expected lines, top seed Nandini Sharma routed Taakshi Sachdeva 5-0 in girls (Under-12) category, in the Fort Ramgarh Total Tennis Tournament getting underway at YMCA courts, Sector 11, here today.

Third seed Vanshika Sawhney, too, registered a 5-0 thumping victory over Pallavi Hooda. The other players who moved into the next round included Shreya Bali, who defeated Nishtha Goel by 5-1.

In the boys (under-14) section, unseeded Utkarsh Khosla toppled the third seeded Jitesh Wadhwa easily by 5-1.

The other results are as under:

Girls (under-12) first round: Shreya Bali beat Nishtha Goel 5-1, Priyadarshni Kaur w/o Renu Khatri, Prerna Vij w/o Harkirat Kaur, Nandini Sharma beat Taakshi Sachdeva 5-0, Rehmat Arora beat Akshita Singh 5-1, Neha Sharma beat Puneet Kaur 5-1, Harshita Rao beat Parul 5-2.

Under-16 first round: Manveen Kaur beat Damini Sachdeva 5-1, Suvarna Singh beat Prabhleen 
Kaur 5-2, Navjot Kaur w/o Puneet Kaur, Nandini Sharma beat Sharandeep 5-1.

Boys (under-14) first round: Utkarsh Khosla beat Jitesh Wadhwa 5-1, Kanwaljot Bajwa beat Kunal Bansal 5-0, Manik Dhawan beat Dhruv Singh 5-1, Ashwinder Singh beat Arshnoor Bhalla 5-0, Karan Kapoor beat Manik Joshi 5-0, Vikas Goyal beat Sushant Sethi 5-2, Prabhsharan Bal beat Vicky Thakur 5-2, Dhruv Chawla beat Anirudh 
5-3, Bhavya Jain beat Andrew Pradeep 5-0, Nihit Rawal beat Vicky 5-0, Pawan Joshi w/o Anvit Gupta, Kunal Kapoor beat Inderjeet Singh.

Under 16 first round: Sehaj Abrol beat Vicky Thakur 5-0, Ashwinder Singh beat Utkarsh Khosla 5-1, Devbir Singh beat Sushant Sethi 5-0, Abhjit Singh beat Pranjal Sharma 5-4(7-2), Aakash Dhingra beat Naunihal Singh 5-1, Raghav Singal beat Manik Dhawan 5-0.



WHO team to assess UT’s smoke-free steps
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, December 5
A World Health Organisation team is scheduled to visit city for evaluating the scenario emerged after declaring Chandigarh as smoke-free by the administration four months ago. A workshop is also being organised on the occasion by administration and the Burning Brain Society, a local NGO.

More than 45 registrations from other states in the country have already received by the organisers to participate in the workshop. In addition to senior official from the health ministry, Anbumani Ramadoss, minister of health is also likely to reach on the occasion.

In fact the administration was the first to declare the city ‘‘smoke-free’’ on July 15 last after the government ratified the Framework of Convention on Tobacco in 2004. That was the reason, which evinced the interest among WHO officials to study the success of the declaration so that city can be introduced as model in the other parts of country.

The team intends to study the ground realities about the implementation of declaration. It will also go into how it took off and how to strengthen it further.

It will conduct a workshop in the city about the post smoke-free declaration scenario at the city on December 8. The workshop is being organised jointly by the administration and the Burning Brain Society, an NGO.



Dhruv Pandove tourney from Dec 23
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 5
The 7th Dhruv Pandove Memorial (under-14) league-cum-knockout cricket tournament will be held from December 23 to December 31 at Patiala. Boys born on and after January 1, 1994, are eligible to participate.

Those interested may contact H.S. Arora, organising secretary, before December 13 on 9417018307.



Tennis coaches’ workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA), under the patronage of the All-India Tennis Association, is organising two-day national coaches’ workshop on its premises, Sector 10, here from tomorrow.

A total of 107 coaches from across the country will participate.



SGGS club lift volleyball trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
SGGS Collegiate Public School Club-26 players outplayed Panjab University Campus girls’ team 25-16, 25-18 during the Chandigarh State Senior Volleyball Championship for Men and Women held at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today.

In another tie, SGGS Club beat Coaching Centre Club-7 25-8, 25-11. In men’s section, Chandigarh Police Club beat YFC Club-27 in a well-contested match, which was completed in three sets 20-25, 25-20, 25-20. In the other match, SGGS Club, Sector 26, defeated YFC Club-46 at score 25-21, 25-17.

Other results ( girls):

Chandigarh Police b Coaching Centre-7 (25-12, 25-20);

SGGS Club-26 b YFC, Sector 46 (25-20, 25-19);

SGGS Club-26 b Bawa Club, Kaimbwala (25-08, 25-14); Coaching Centre-7 b Eagle Club (25-23, 25-22);

Chandigarh Police b Eagle Club (25-15, 25-17);

SGGS Club b Sports Complex-7 (25-18, 25-9);

YFC-46 b Bawa Club (25-13, 25-17).



DAV lads win relay race trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
DAV College, Chandigarh, won the Panjab University Inter-College Relay Race (men) championship for the session 2007-08 with 42 points.

The meet was held at PU grounds here yesterday. SGGS College, Chandigarh, and SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, got second and third positions, respectively.

In the women section, SGGS College for Women, Sector 26, Chandigarh, won the championship with 38 points. SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, and Guru Nanak Girls College, Mukstar, secured second and third positions, respectively.

In women’s half marathon, Rajdeep of GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, bagged first place. Kulwinder Kaur of SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, and Priya of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana were second and third, respectively.

Results (men): Half marathon: 1 Tarzan, 2 Manoj Kumar and 3 Kamaljit Singh; 4X100 m relay race: 1 SGGS College, Chandigarh, (Amandeep, Sachin, Amandeep, Bhajan), 2 DAV College, Chandigarh, (Baldev, Amandeep, Gurpinder, Jaswinder) and 3 MRS College, Malout, (Pawandeep, Sukhwant, Tarsem, Gurlaz).

4X400 m relay race: 1 SGGS College, Chandigarh, (Amandeep, Sachin, Amandeep, Bhajan), 2 DAV College, Chandigarh, (Amandeep, Surinder, Guriqbal, Gurjiwan) and 3 SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, (Balbir, Dalbir, Sarbjit, Gurpreet); 4X800 m relay race: 1 DAV College, Chandigarh, (Guriqbal, Himanshu, Sukhdev, Surinder), 2 SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur (Balbir, Balbir Kumar, Kamalpreet, Dalvir) and 3 SGGS College, Chandigarh, (Amandeep, Mohkan, Hardeep, Naresh).

Decathlon: 1 Balraj Singh, 2 Gurmondar Singh and 3 Parminder Singh.

Women: 4X100 m relay race: 1 GN Girls College, Mukstar, (Gurbinder, Jaspreet, Baljit), 2 SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, (Dalvir, Kulwinder, Sumandeep) and 3 PU Campus, Chandigarh, (Amanjot, Jasbir, Daljit).

4X400 m relay race: 1 GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, (Akwinder, Anita, Rajni), 2 GN Girls College, Mukstar, (Gurbinder, Jaspreet, Rajvir) and 3 MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, (Deepa, Shivani, Parminder).

4x800 m relay race: 1 GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, (Akwinder, Anita, Raj Rani), 2 SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, (Ravinderr, Rajvir, Mandeep) and 3 Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, (Priya, Mandeep, Neetu), heptathlon: 1 Akwinder, 2 Randeep and 3 Kulbir.



New Public School clinch basketball titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
New Public School, Sector 18, clinched both the girls’ Under-19 and boys’ Under-17 titles after registering a close win against arch rivals and hosts St Xavier's squad on the final day of Emily Memorial Inter-School Basketball Tournament.

The meet was held at the St Xavier's school courts in Sector 44 here today.

In a nail-biting girls’ final, St Xavier's School won the first quarter by 10-6. However, in the second quarter, New Public School asserted themselves and dominated to win 24-4. It was a close contest in the third quarter-NPS just managed to win by two points (15-13).

The final quarter produced 33 points. Fighting a do-or-die battle, Xavier's narrowed the margin to 46-40, 46-42, 48-44 before NPS emerged winners by 56-51.

Megha and Harpreet garnered 16 points each for the winners. Varsha contributed 10 points.

For Xavier's, Nattarat (14), Harneet (14) and Prinkrit (21) put up a good show.

New Public School boys’ team won the Under-17 title by beating St Xavier's 44 team 62-52 in a keenly contested final. Hardev and Amjoyt (18) were the main scorers for the winners.

Stanzin top scored for Xavier's with 11 points while Lovepreet scored 10.

St Xavier's, however, had the consolation of winning the boys’ Under-14 trophy by beating New Public School, Sector 18, 38-21. Vishvdeep (18) and Harsimrat (14) were the main scorers for the winners. Ravinder was the principal scorer for NPS with 13 points. 



DAV-8 lift Boost Cup
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 5
Putting up an all-round performance Akshay (60 runs and 3 for 21) enabled the DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, to lift the PCA-Boost Cricket Cup 2007, registering a 36-run victory over Hindu Sabha School, Amritsar, in the finals of the tournament at the PCA stadium here today.

All efforts put in by Amritsar team’s Vikram Sharma, who scored 97 runs, went in vain as the team could not achieve the target of 242 and scored 205 in 37 overs.

After winning the toss, DAV decided to bat first and put on 242 runs for the loss of six wickets in 40 overs with two half centuries by Akshay (60) and Avinash (52). Both the scorers gave a tough time to the opponents by playing brilliant shots all around the field. The other batsman Nikhil also put up a good show, scoring 32 runs to reach the respectable total.

Nitish finished as the highest wicket taker with three for 33 for Amritsar team.

Chasing the target, Vikram Sharma hit a defiant knock of 97. He was well supported by Prashant, who chipped in with 43 runs.

With his fine bowling spells, Rohit did the damage along with Akshay, who took 3 for 21.

For his top class performance, Akshay was declared the man of the match while the man of the series award also went to DAV’s Nikhil. D P Azad gave away the prizes to the winner and runners-up.

DAV School-8: 241 for 6 in 40 overs (Akshay 60, Avinash 52, Nikhil 32, Nitish 3 for 33).

Hindu Sabha School, Amritsar: 205 all out in 37 overs (Vikram Sharma 97, Prashant 43, Rohit Rathi 4 for 45, Akshay 3 for 21).



Cricket trials on Dec 9
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 5
Trials to select the Haryana under-17 team for the forthcoming Twenty-20 National Tournament to be held at Chennai from December 27 to January 1 will be conducted on December 9 at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, at 11.30 am.

Interested cricketers should report to Suman Saini, cricket coach, Sports Department, Haryana.

Meanwhile, the Association of Twenty-20 Cricket (India) has selected their team for the tournament.

Amarjit Kumar, joint-secretary, ATC (India), said a coaching camp would be held in Panchkula soon. The final selection will be made on the basis of performance in the camp, added Amarjit.



IS Dev Samaj lift title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, emerged champion in the St Kabir Basketball Trophy (girls) defeating the hosts St Kabir School, Sector 26, by 49-38 in the finals at the St Kabir School courts here yesterday.

Kabir team put up a challenging game, but could manage the runners up trophy.

Surbhi and Sunanda from Dev Samaj played key roles as both contributed 40 points out of 49 points. Surbhi finished as top scorer with 22 points while Sunanda scored another valuable 18 points.

The other scorers were Mehak and Manju, who scored five and four points, respectively.

For St Kabir School, Rupandeep was the highest scorer with 15 points. She was well supported by Tanvi (8), Kriti (8).



Land acquisition for IT park
Land owners given only 11 pc of market rate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Acquisition of 276 acres of land for the IT park here would have a negative impact on the income of farmers and the worst hit will be the landless farmers.

A study done by an NGO, Navdanya and Actionaid, on “Illusion of development with acquisition of agricultural land” has revealed that forcible acquisition has resulted in loss of livelihood and the women were the worst hit.

The NGO had chosen respondents from 10 affected families in Manimajra along with other towns in Punjab and Haryana. The elements of forcible acquisition in Chandigarh was found to be 100 per cent and the average land compensation when compared to the prevailing market rates was only 11.28 per cent, said Mukesh Roy, a research coordinator with the NGO.

The model of urbanisation being adopted by Chandigarh was carbon intensive and energy intensive. The negative impact of acquisition of the IT park was on the greenery.

In case of the landless, who work as farm labourers, are working as unskilled labourers at the construction sites. The escalation of jobs created due to construction work is being taken away by the migrant labourers. This creates tension between the migrant labourers and the local labourers.

The NGO has recommended that relentless land acquisition should be checked and the landless should be compensated.The land owners of Manimajra are already protesting against the acquisition of their land for the IT park.



Councillor seeks probe against MC officials
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 5
Sher Singh, municipal councillor of ward number 6 of Sirhind, has sought a probe against officials of the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib municipal council for having allegedly misused the funds by the council.

In a missive sent to the principal secretary, local government, Sher Singh stated that the MC had undertaken construction of a community centre on Khanpur road in the town. In this, some of the MC officials syphoned off lakhs of rupees causing financial losses of the civil body.

Sher Singh stated that the government had approved the construction of the community centre under IDSMT scheme which was to be completed in an estimated cost of Rs 22.5 lakh. He said this amount was to be shared by the union and the state governments.

He further stated that the MC officials conducted gross violations right from floating of tenders to making the final payments. The estimate of Rs 22.5 lakh was increased to Rs 42.75 lakh without following the proper procedure and subsequently, the MC ended up spending Rs 85 lakh on the community centre.

He stated that he sought information from the MC under the RTI regarding the expenditure, but was provided with sketchy details that further caused suspicion. He said though the MC provided copies of certain bills, but there was still a difference of Rs 9.25 lakh in the payments that were made and the bills received by the MC.

He said though the amount to be spent on the community centre was to be shared by the union and the state governments, but the extra costs were borne by the MC, which the officials failed to justify. Besides, cracks had already started appearing in the community centre that clearly showed that poor material was used in the construction, Sher Singh said.

He said the tenders that were floated were published in unrecognised newspapers, for reasons best known to the officials.

Sher Singh said it was beyond reason that such a huge amount was spent on the community centre. He demanded that an independent agency be asked to conduct a through probe into the scam so that truth could be brought to light.



Historical buildings a neglected lot despite grant 
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

The National Institute of Sports Complex that houses the Baradari Gardens in Patiala
The National Institute of Sports Complex that houses the Baradari Gardens in Patiala. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, December 5
Despite receiving a grant of Rs 90 lakh from the Central Government for renovation of various historical buildings and parks in the city, the tourism department is yet to begin the restoration work.

This has resulted in deterioration of the existing structures and parks dotting the city.

The Baradari Gardens in the NIS Complex, known as walkers’ paradise till a few months back, is a classic case. The garden is in such a dilapidated state that all its fountains are out of order and the water pipes required to feed these fountains, too, are slowly disintegrating.

As if all this is not enough, the garden can also be seen littered with garbage. Marble statues, which once adorned the gardens, too, are in shambles.

Paucity of water and fertilisers has caused the trees and shrubs to dry up.

But seems like the tourism department has decided to sit on the grant meant for the upgradation of the buildings, instead of utilising it to give the NIS its old, lustrous look.

A spokesman of the tourism department, when contacted, said the department had actually received a grant of Rs 90 lakh from the Central Government nearly two months back but declined to comment as to why work was not started.

Meanwhile, not all is lost for all the heritage buildings of this city. The state archives department has received a grant of Rs 2 crore for the renovation of the 300-year-old Quila Mubarik and the renovation work, which will be undertaken by the ASI, will start shortly. A matching grant has been earmarked by the state government also.

Confirming the reports, Balwant Singh, conservator, archives department said, “Yes we have received the grant and work will begin shortly. It will be undertaken in phases. The ASI will take the help of artisans to preserve the artifacts in the quila.” 



Notices to MC staff over misuse of emergency powers
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 5
Mohammad Shayin, deputy commissioner, Ambala, today issued notices to municipal council, Ambala Sadar president Neelam Sharma, former executive officer K.K. Jain and secretary Mahinder Sharma over misuse of emergency powers.

The trio has been granted 15 days’ time to respond to the notice.

The notices were issued following the submission of an inquiry report. The inquiry had been conducted by sub-divisional magistrate, Naraingarh.

An inquiry had been ordered into the misuse of emergency powers under Section 35 of the Municipal Act.

A section of municipal councillors had alleged that emergency powers were being misused for carrying out development work selectively.

They had alleged that some

wards were getting funds under the emergency provisions while most of the other wards were being neglected.

A hue and cry was raised by the councillors on the issue and the case was raised in 
several meetings of the general house.

Initially, SDM, Ambala, Mukesh Ahuja was assigned the task of carrying out the inquiry.

But after Ahuja was entrusted with other administrative works, the inquiry was transferred to Ashwani Sharma, SDM, Naraingarh.



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