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Neurology dept to conduct epidemiological survey
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 14
The neurology department of Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital here will soon undertake an epidemiological survey regarding epilepsy, which is being dubbed as the largest such survey being undertaken in North India.

Dr Harbag Singh, assistant professor, Rajindra hospital said the survey will cover a population of approximately one lakh people residing in 65 villages falling under Patiala and Sanaur blocks of Patiala district. During the survey, every house of the area would be visited by volunteers. He added that the survey will be completed in three stages so that the data collected during the first stage is verified during the subsequent stages.

Announcements are being made on radio and TV channels to motivate people to provide correct information, he said.

Another senior doctor disclosed that distribution of pamphlets and use of village public address system is also being made for the purpose. Active cooperation of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Clinic, Bharati Kisan Union, village panchayats and anganwari workers is also being sought.

Sources said the first stage of the survey was almost complete by March 6 while the second and third stages will be launched shortly. “During the second stage, health workers will verify information collected during the first stage. During the third stage a team of trained doctors will go to villages to examine every case. A partial re-survey would also be undertaken to assess effectiveness of the first survey.



Possible paper leak, probe ordered
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Banur, March 14
Authorities of the local government senior secondary school today were a harried lot as they were unable to locate the bundle of accountancy question papers, sent by Punjab State Education Board, for the re-appear students of plus two classes.

As there were speculations of a possible paper leak, the board chairman Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon ordered an immediate probe by a deputy secretary.

Sources in the school said authorities had received two bundles of question papers on March 8 - one for the regular students and the other for re-appear students, who were to sit for the exam today. Sources said the school authorities opened both bundles of the question-paper on March 8 after which the re-appear question papers were taken into custody by the school administration.

However, this afternoon the school administration failed to locate the question-papers. It took more than two hours for them to find the question papers, after which the exam commenced.

Some alleged that the question paper had already been leaked and the school administration was now trying to conceal facts. Principal of the school Lolita Kumari initially tried to evade queries but later said there had been no leakage of question papers.

Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon said he had received the information about a possible paper leak. He said there was also reports of late start of the examination and considering the gravity of the situation, he asked one of the deputy secretaries to personally visit the school and probe the matter. Dhillon said the deputy secretary confirmed that from the facts produced before him it was established that there was no paper leak.

However, certain students too were doubtful that the paper was leaked.



Haryana to appoint 11,000 safai karamcharis
Amrita Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 14
The Haryana Government will provide yearly budgetary support of Rs 45.50 crore under the Financial Assistance to Gram Panchayats Scheme to improve sanitation and for development of safai karamcharis. This was stated here today by Venod Sharma, former excise and taxation minister and local MLA, Ambala.

About 11,000 safai karamcharis are also being deployed in villages of the state on the basis of their population.

He said the government was also implementing the total sanitation campaign with a revised outlay of Rs 175.39 crore, including Rs 40.25 crore as state share.

The government has decided to launch another scheme “Mukhya Mantri Anusuchit Jati Gaon Uthan aur Malin Basti Yojna”. Under this scheme, a sum of Rs 50 lakh has been earmarked for each village to provide basic amenities to the village with more than 50 percent scheduled caste population, said Venod.

As many as 185 such villages will be taken up with an outlay of Rs 92.95 crore during this year.

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), which was started in districts of Mohindergarh and Sirsa, has now been extended to Ambala and Mewat districts.

He said the remaining districts would be covered under this scheme from the next financial year. He said the objective of this scheme was to ensure employment at minimum wages to every rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work, for at least 100 days in a financial year. One third of the employment opportunities are reserved for women under this scheme, he added.

Work taken up by the gram panchayats and other implementing agencies under this scheme include water conservation, water harvesting, drought proofing, afforestation, tree plantation, canal irrigation, irrigation facilities on land owned by scheduled castes and other rural poor, renovation of traditional water bodies, land development, flood control and protection work and rural connectivity.



DC’s statement creates furore
Veterinary livestock development assistants up in arms
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 14
The veterinary livestock development assistants of Haryana are up in arms against the district administration, after Ambala deputy commissioner Mohammad Shayin at a calf rally yesterday stated that farmers owning livestock should not get them treated by VLDA’s but by veterinary surgeons deployed by the government.

Agitated by the statement, 90 VLDA’s from across the district today assembled at the DC office to seek clarification on his statement.

Jai Bhagwan Sharma, spokesperson of diploma veterinary association, Haryana, said there are 2,400 dispensaries in the state out of which 1,800 are being run independently by VLDA’s. Ambala district has 105 dispensaries out of which 90 are being run independently by VLDA’s, he said.

The DC made the statement at Village Langarchinni yesterday, where the calf rally was being held.

“Haryana government had in 1994-1995 notified us that we can take independent charge of dispensaries. If there is a change in that, we would like an official notification to be issued again,” said Sharma

The farmers had lodged a complaint with S.K. Aggarwal, deputy director animal husbandry and dairy, Ambala, yesterday. Today, the group got together and met the DC who assured them that it was not his intention to say something like that. He also stated that he would look into the other problems affecting the VLDA’s.

However, the VLDA’s seem to be far from satisfied.

“Such a statement by an official is disheartening. Around 400 farmers were present at the calf rally. It sends out wrong signals. We are taking care of so many animals.”



NFL adopts village for animal welfare
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, March 14
National Fertilizer Limited organised an animal welfare and treatment camp at civil veterinary dispensary in Saheedgarh village, 5 km from here, today. Dr V.P. Singh, deputy director, animal husbandry, was the chief guest, while L.R. Jangra, marketing manger, NFL, presided over the camp. Many animals were treated.

Dr V.P. Singh urged that they should go for quality animals instead of quantity. He said the government had provided various facilities and they can conduct every type of tests of the animals in government veterinary labs.

L.R. Jangra declared that NFL has adopted this village for the care and welfare of animals. The company would provide all sorts of help.



IT dept raids 3 hospitals
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 14
Income tax officials raided three healthcare institutions in the district today afternoon. A team of 35 IT officials, divided into three groups, and simultaneously descended on the three institutions and checked their financial and other related documents.

The institutions that were raided include Bawa Nursing Home at Bassi Pathana, Mahesh Hospital at Sirhind and Sohal Nursing Home and Hospital, Sirhind. Additional income tax commissioner D.S. Brar led the team. Sources said IT officials examined various documents and also put up several queries before the owners of the three institutions.



228 donate blood
Tribune News Service

Banur, March 14
The NSS unit of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology in collaboration with PGI, Chandigarh, organised the 12th voluntary blood donation camp on the college premises. As many as 228 students donated blood.



Authorities aim to promote adventure among students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
The youth affairs and sports wing of the education department is organising adventures sports programme for students and teachers from April onwards.

The officials told that an amount of Rs 2500 would be charged for a programme of 3 nights and 4 Days for attending the camp at ShivPuri and JoluKyari sites.

The camp would provide an opportunity to participate in activities like rock climbing, paddling practice, Australian walk, spider web, blind fold, bonfire and antakshari.

In addition to trekking, hiking and cultural activities, Setia said, “Physical education teachers, S.S.A. teachers, who are interested in attending the programme may apply by March 20, along with 50 per cent charges of the camp for the teachers working in urban area schools and 25 per cent charges for the teachers working in the schools in rural area. The aspirants can approach the youth affairs and sports branch in the office of D.E.O., Chandigarh.

Setia further clarified that rest of the amount shall be deposited by the concerned school from the excursion or amalgamated fund.

“Children aged 15 years and above will be taken to one-day trekking programme from Kalka to Kasauli. The students will travel from Chandigarh to Kalka by bus and from Kalka to Kasauli by trekking under the supervision of expert teachers.

The cost of one-day programme will be Rs 200 per child, which includes traveling by deluxe bus and refreshment. The interested students will pay 50 per cent of the charges and the school shall pay the rest of the amount from the excursion and amalgamated fund.

In yet another programme, Setia said, “The Himalayan Trekking expedition will be organised at Dalhousie-Khajjiar- Chamba. “This programme will be for boys and girls from government as well as Private schools having the age 15 years and above”

The duration of this programme would be 3 nights and 4 Days. He said the total expenditure will be Rs 1800, which includes traveling by deluxe luxury bus, stay at hotels at sharing bases, guide charges and pure vegetarian meals.

The students would have to pay 50 per cent amount and the rest of the amount will be paid from the respective school’s excursion or amalgamated fund.



Rajesh, Kang share lead in Punjab Golf
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, March 14
Rajesh Kumar created a flutter as he shot a one-under par 71 to be tied first with seasoned Indian amateur Harjinder Singh Kang after the first round of on the the Punjab State Golf Championship that got underway on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Seventy-eight golfers with a handicap of 10 and below shot 46 birdies as they went through the 18 holes after Punjab Golf Association president S.K. Sharma ceremoniously flagged off the championship.

Rajesh, who plays with a handicap of five, could not have asked for more. His four birdies on the back nine saw him catch up with Kang who bogeyed the 15th and 17th holes.

Kang faltered with a bogey on the third, as he went through a not so impressive first nine.

But, the seasoned amateur got into his stride on the return nine as he sank a hat-trick of birdies on the 11th, 12th and 13th. With his card two-under, Kang faltered with a bogey on the 15th. He made amends in the very next hole but again conceded a stroke on the 17th to be one under par 71.

The two-day competition is all set for a grand finale with other golfers hot on the trail of the joint leaders. Rajendra at 73 and J.S. Dullet and Balbir Singh at 74 seem to be close contenders.

Abhijit Chadha and Ashbeer Saini, who are tied sixth at 76, are other favourites who are capable of upsetting the applecart of any golfer on a given day. In fact, the final day tomorrow should see some good golf.

The cut applied after the first round saw a number of golfers making their exit with 30 top players making it for the second and final round tomorrow.

The final day tomorrow will also see the ladies joining in the competition with the Chandigarh Ladies Golf winner Pauline J.M. Singh and close contender Dimple Minocha leading the field.

The scores: Rajesh Kumar and H.S. Kang-71 each, Rajendra-73, J.S. Dullet and Balbir Singh-74 each, Abhijeet Chadha, Ashbeer Saini, K.M.S. Jahangir and Tarun Lehal-76 each, Tarundeep Chadha, Suman Puri, Suman Puri, Rakesh, Mahinder Singh and Chitwan Mann-77 each.



Twenty20 has subdued spinners, says Arshad
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
Arshad Khan, former spinner of the Pakistani Cricket team, hopes that the situation in Pakistan is likely to improve before the forthcoming Champions Trophy to be held in the month of September.

The eight-nation Champions trophy will be held in Pakistan where the security is a concern these days. Arshad Khan, an off break blower has played 58 test matches, claiming 56 wickets during his test career.

A member of the ICL’s team Lahore Badshah, Arshad believes that the situation across the border is a matter of concern; still the Australian tour should not have been cancelled. “I don’t think there is a threat to cricketers. The cancellation of the tour is a big loss to Pakistan cricket. Young Pakistani squad would have gained a lot from the tour”.

Arshad Khan, who has been banned by the PCB, has still not thought of any action to be taken against the board. “ I think the ban would soon be lifted. The board has no choice as all the senior players have already joined ICL. The present Pakistan team is not only young but also inexperienced”.

With the coming of the Twenty20 leagues and introduction of new rules, including the power play, the spinners have limited options.

“In the Twenty20 format, the spinners don’t flight the ball. A spinner with variety would be an asset to any team. They will now be a major worry for any side,” said Arshad.



Shivani wins in broad jump
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
Vikas emerged winner in 10,000 m in boys’ category during the 61st annual athletics meet of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, here today.

In girls’ section, Shivani got first place in broad jump event.

Results: Boys: 10,000 m: 1 Vikas, 2 Anilesh, 3 Ved Pal; triple jump: 1 Raghav, 2 Abhimanyu, 3 Varun; javelin throw: 1 Sameer, 2 Gaurav, 3 Lalit Mohan; 110 m hurdles: 1 Yuvraj, 2 Sukhpreet, 3 Varun.

400 m hurdles: 1 Varun, 2 Abhimanyu; hammer throw: 1 Sanampreet, 2 Aditya, 3 Sameer; 400 m: 1 Abhishek, 2 Abhimanyu, 3 Varun; rope skipping: 1 Divya, 2 Bidisha, 3 Meena; 1000 m: 1 Rohan, 2 Nikhil, 3 Vaibhav; 1500 m: 1 Abhishek, 2 Piyush, 3 Varun; tug of war: 1 Electronics Department, Production Department.

Girls: broad Jump:1 Shivani, 2 Samridhi, 3 Asmita; 800 m: 1 Garima, 2 Arshdeep, 3 Daman; javelin: 1 Samridhi, 2 Anamika, 3 Asmita; 50 m: 1 Shivani, 2 Divya, 3 Leeza.

100 m: 1 Arshdeep, 2 Shivani, 3 Leeza; 400 m: 1 Arshdeep, 2 Daman, 3 Kokil; 1600 m cycling MS: 1 Kokil, 2 Swati, 3 Preetdeep; tug of war: 1 First Year, 2 Second Year.



Cricket tourney from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
Fortis Healthcare XI will take on Intellinet XI in the opening match of the 5th Bharat Kesho Gupta Memorial League Cricket Tournament, which will begin on March 16 at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium. Eight teams are participating in the tournament, which have been divided into two pools.

Pool A: Haryana Warehousing Corporation, Fortis Healthcare, Intellinet and Innovative Consultants.

Pool B: Airtel, Dell, HDFC Bank and Fullerton.

The fixture for the opening day is:

Match 1 : Fortis Healthcare XI vs Intellinet XI

Match 2: HDFC Bank vs Fullerton



Cricket trials on March 16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
The Edmund Rice Cricket Academy of St John’s High School, Sector 26, will hold trials to select new players for the academy on March 16 from 9 am onwards.

Trials will be held in the age groups of under-10, under-13, under- 17 and the senior group.

Interested boys should report to Nagesh Gupta in white cricket kit at St John’s School.

The academy will organise a cricket tournament for the under-12 boys from March 21. Boys born on or after January 1, 1997, are eligible to participate in the tournament.



Mr Chd championship on March 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
The Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association is organising senior Mr Chandigarh Body Building Championship on March 23 at DAV College, Sector 10, at 4 pm.

The championship will be held in different weight categories. Weighting will be held on March 22 at CABBA office, SCO 62, 63, in Sector 17 at 4 pm.



Health Indicators
India compares ‘poorly’ with China, Sri Lanka
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
A seminar on improving medical treatment efficiencies was organised by 3M Health Care, a division of 3M India, a diversified technology driven company here yesterday.

The conclave addressed various such issues like innovation in healthcare, importance of bridging the socio-economic gap and the macro economic implications of healthcare inefficiencies, among others.

Gautam Khanna, vice-president, 3M Healthcare, said while India has improved with respect to some important health indicators over the years, it compares poorly with countries like China and Sri Lanka. “There have been some improvement in the quality of health over the years but wide inter-state, male-female and rural-urban disparities in outcomes and impacts continue to persist.”



Medical scheme for aged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
Mohali hospitals are taking lead in innovative health concepts. Close on the heels of the Ivy Hospital announcing the setting up of a first health mall in the country, another hospital, Cheema Medical Centre, today came out with “medical umbrella for the aged”, an innovative scheme aimed to take medicare to the doorsteps of senior citizens.

The personalised health service endeavours to take care of worries and hassles of NRIs settled in far-off places, hospital director Dr Ajaiwant Cheema said.



Belongings stolen from cars
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
In two different incidents, miscreants took away the belongings from cars here yesterday.

The first incident took place at NAC, Manimajra, in which someone stole a laptop and Rs 20,000 in cash from car no. HR07-A-0474, which was parked in the Manimajra market.

The vehicle belonged to Moheen Aggarwal of Panchkula, who reported the matter at the Manimajra police station.

In another incident, Manmohan Kaur of Ludhiana complained at the Sector 34 police station that two minor boys stole her purse containing Rs 20,000 in cash, one gold chain and a railway ticket from her car (PB-10-CC 0250) yesterday.

The car was parked in the Sector 46 market, she alleged.

The police has registered.


The local police arrested Vipin, alias Sonu, of Sector 30 from the same sector with a stolen scooter, bearing registration no. CH01 H 5832. The scooter was stolen from Sector 30 and Gurwinder Singh had reported the matter to the police. A case has been registered.


Vijay Khanna of Sector 44 reported at the Sector 17 police station that his Priya scooter (CH01 B 2335) was stolen from Sector 17 market yesterday. A case has been registered.



Hike in steel prices
Industry wants relief from Punjab FM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
Hit by the steep hike in steel prices over the past one year, the Punjab industry has now sought relief from Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal as he gets ready to present the budget on March 17.

In a letter shot to the finance minister, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said that the price of steel has increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 25,500 per metric ton in April last year to Rs 38,500 per metric ton. During the last one year, prices of mild steel ingots have gone up by more than Rs 13,000/MT and steel rolled products have become costlier by Rs 16000/MT. As a result, the industry in Punjab is in distress.

They say that supply orders received in advance and confirmed to be executed at the then prevailing prices have caused heavy losses to the industry. The worst affected are auto parts, hand tools, forging manufacturers and all those who are working as vendors.

They have now demanded a reduction in Central Sales Tax from 2 per cent to 1 per cent; reduction in VAT from 4 per cent to 2 per cent and abolition of entry tax on all items except sugar.



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