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Port Blair
18 Dec 2017

CS inaugurates 63rd SGFI Sqay C’ship
The Chief Secretary, A & N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar inaugurated the 63rd SGFI National School Sqay Martial Art Championship for U-17 (Boys & Girls) at Netaji Stadium on Monday. After hoisting the SGFI flag and declaring the championship open, Mr Majumdar met the participating teams and unveiled the championship trophy.
In his address, Mr Majumdar expressed happiness that teams from different States in the country from Jammu & Kashmir to A&N Islands and Gujarat to Odhisa are participating in the event. Sqay Martial Art is new in these islands and budding sportspersons here have taken it in the right spirit, said the CS. The Secretary Education, Mr Sandip J. Jacques informed that the Directorate of Education is organizing the championship for the first time in these islands. Altogether, 13 state teams including the host team, are participating in this mega event having 192 participants- 98 boys, 94 girls and 36 officials, he said.  The founder of Sqay Martial Art, Mr Mir Ahmed Nazir presented a certificate of honour to the Chief Secretary. Kumari Saniya Subash leading the Island team administered the oath among the teams for fair play.

Wrecked seats at GBPH’s X-Ray Room draw flak
Sporadic reports in the local media notwithstanding, the management of GB Pant Hospital has failed to ensure basic facilities in different Wards of the hospital. Lack of seating arrangements, if the prevailing condition at Digital X-Ray room is any indication, is taking a toll on patients at the lone referral hospital of this territory. The abysmal state of seating facility near the Digital X-Ray room compels patients and relatives to suffer hardships by standing for long hours at the hospital.
“Almost all the chairs installed in front of the X-Ray room are broken, but the authorities care two hoots to replace them. The situation has remained the same for the past several months. Many patients come here for X-Ray scanning after suffering fracture injuries, but in the absence of seating arrangements, they are forced to wait for long hours for their turn. Even today, a patient after waiting for around 30 minutes submitted his medical slip in the X-Ray, but fell down when tried to sit on one of the chairs narrowly escaping another injury. The hospital authorities should take immediate remedial steps,” said a patient.