Saturday, July 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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PNB employees donate 356 units of blood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
Mr S. S. Kohli, Chairman & Director, Punjab National Bank (PNB), inaugurated the blood donation camps organised by the bank at its head office on July 16, 17 and 18. Employees of the bank voluntarily donated 356 units of blood. A team of experienced doctors and technicians from the Indian Red Cross Society assisted the blood donation camps.

Mr Kohli, while inaugurating the camp, informed that as a responsible corporate citizen, the bank organised 145 different social activities throughout the country, which included 14 blood donation camps, 22 free medical check-up camps and other camps to distribute artificial limbs besides 20 tree plantation camps.

The bank continues to discharge its social obligations and addressed environmental concerns with added vigour. A sum of Rs 5 crore was contributred towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. The bank made donations to the tune of Rs 6.26 crore to various societies, charitable institutions and organisations working for the benefit of the downtrodden and weaker sections of society. Donations were also given to institutions involved in sports and cultural activities.

The bank sponsored a cancer seal worth Rs 50 lakh and contributed the amount to Rajeev Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre at New Delhi for purchase of specialised equipment.

Donation was also made to the KVIC to generate new avenues for the unemployed and rural youth. To bring the Indian tribals into the mainstream, the bank donated Rs 7 lakh for adopting 70 schools for imparting education to children of tribals.

Under the ‘Adopt a Gran’ scheme of HelpAge India, the bank supported 30 economically and socially deprived older persons to live a life of dignity and self-esteem. The bank contributed Rs 80 lakh for the PJB Centenary Rural Development Trust.


World class diagnostics services open
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
SRL Ranbaxy, South-East Asia’s largest clinical reference laboratory, announced the opening of its laboratory in Faridabad at the Sunflag Hospital today. The formal launch marked the inception of operations of this world-class, state-of-the-art-facility, offering international quality diagnostics services, at affordable prices.

The SRl Ranbaxy laboratory at the Sunflag Hospital covers approximately 4,000 sq ft surface area and is completely equipped to conduct all routine tests and aspects of haematology, biochemistry, clinical pathology, microbiology and serology, and will delivery quality results for extremely specialized tests either through SRL’s efficient local sample transfer system to its central clinical laboratory in Mumbai or through its international collaborators for sample testing and transfers.

With specially designed chambers, technical expertise, advanced equipment and also a counselling center, the laboratory aims to set quality standards in diagnostic testing in the entire region. The laboratory is completely equipped and operational and takes pride in its specially designed units, such as the phlebotomy unit, designed to cater to the high demand of blood cultures.

This phlebotomy unit has specially designed phlebotomy chairs that are structurally positioned at the required height, keeping in mind the patients and the phlebotomists comfort, while drawing blood samples. The laboratory has also introduced the unique concept of mobile phlebotomy that will enable patients to give out blood samples in the comfort of their chosen location by placing a phone call to SRL’s DMLT-trained fleet at no extra cost.

Equipped with a comprehensive sample collection kit, this team promises to keep patient comfort in mind at all times, making sample collection a comfortable experience.


Royal Rangers, Garhwal Diamond earn full points
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 18
Royal Rangers and Garhwal Diamond scored facile victories in Group A preliminary league matches of the Delhi Soccer Association-SAIL A Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium and Nehru Stadium respectively.

Royal Rangers crushed Ashok Club 3-0 at the Ambedkar Stadium. All the three goals came in the first half. Daniel Hanghal opened the account for Rangers in the 13th minute.

Mid-fielder Dio Siam enhanced the lead six minutes later while outside-left Praveen Lawrence completed the tally in the 22nd minute. In another match at the Ambedkar Stadium, Nivia Club were held to a 1-1 draw by Goodwill in a Super Six round-robin league match in the B Division league.

Nivia took the lead in the 17th minute through Himanshu Kumar while Jagpal Malik scored the goal for Goodwill. Garhwal Diamond defeated Cosmos 2-0 at the Nehru Stadium East ground. Sushil Kumar struck home the first goal in the 26th minute while Devender Rawat scored the second goal in the 54th minute.

In another Group A match played at the Nehru Stadium, Hans Club were held to a goalless draw by Uttranchal Heroes. In a keen encounter, the teams found the going tough due to the slippery underfoot conditions, and thus failed to score a goal.

Rohini Club started their campaign in the Super Six league on an encouraging note when they defeated South India 2-0. After a barren first half, inside-left Vinod put Rohini Club in the lead immediately on resumption, and eight minutes later outside-left Imtiaz enhanced the lead.

In another Super Six match, Paschim Heroes rallied to hold Shakti Club 1-1. Shakti forged ahead in the 11th minute when Sanjay slotted in a fine goal. Mid-fielder Shyam Sunder pulled off the equaliser for Paschim Heroes nine minutes into the second half.

Glorious edged past State Bank of India 1-0 in an A Division match. Inside-right Nirmal Singh scored the match-winner in the 28th minute. Panchkuian beat Frontiers 1-0. Sanjay Solanker scored the match-winner in the fourth minute.

Saturday’s fixtures: B Division: Rohini vs Goodwill (3.45 pm); Paschim Heroes vs South India (5 pm)—Ambedkar Stadium.

Delhi Cantt vs Ahbab (3.45 p m); Young Boys vs Royal Club (5 pm)— Nehru Stadium East ground.


DLTA to hold Inter-School Tennis Tournament
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 18
The Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) Inter-School Tennis Tournament will be held at the DLTA courts, Africa Avenue, from August 4 to 9. The tournament will be for school boys and girls in the under-14 and under-18 age groups.

The tournament is designed to unearth potential talent, which otherwise lies dormant as many of the students these days give only secondary importance to sports, due to the burden of studies.

Chief Administrator of the DLTA Col. Amarbir Singh said a large number of schools were expected to field their teams for this tournament. Some of the prominent teams taking part are Delhi Public School, Modern School, Gyan Bharati School, Laxman Public School and Col. Satsangi School, Mehrauli.

Though Delhi boasts of many tennis academies and other tennis facilities, quality talent very rarely comes out these tennis centres.

The DLTA itself boasts of a number of courts, but its training facilities are beyond the reach of the ordinary children, and therefore, only tournaments such as the proposed inter-school competition would enable them to soak in the facilities and ambience at the citadel of Indian tennis.

Col Amarbir Singh said the inter-school tournament is designed to foster “team spirit, leadership qualities and confidence among the children”.

Such a tournament is sure to give a big thrust to tennis activity at the school level, as the stamp of recognition by the DLTA is a very big morale-booster for children who aspire to make it big, but belong to humble background, in the absence of proper institutional support.

Col Amarbir Singh said the matches will be played on a knockout basis, and all the matches will be best of three tie-break sets. He said each tie shall consist of three matches, which will include two singles and one doubles. For the team championship, a maximum of four players can be nominated in each category.

A player can participate in a maximum of two events, one team and one individual. The last date of entries is July 31 at 5 p m. The tournament will be held in individual and team events.


Rashid Ali to lead Delhi under-16 soccer team
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 18
Medio Rashid Ali of Nivia Club will lead a 20-member Delhi State Sub-Junior Football team for the 26th Sub-Junior Under-16 National Football Championship for the Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy, to be held at Haldwani, Uttranchal, from July 20 to 30. Goal-keeper Pronoy Roy has been appointed as the vice-captain.

Delhi Soccer Association secretary N K Bhatia said on Friday that the team was selected after a 20-day open trials-cum-coaching camp at the Ambedkar Stadium. Mr Bhatia said the selection committee comprised of former international player Tarun Roy, coach Arunesh Sharma and convenor M L Sharma.

Following are the team-members: Goal-keepers: Shabnawas Khan and Pronoy Roy; Defenders: Sachin Bawari, Sohrab Khan, N K Metai, Arif Ansari, Md. Yaseen Khan, Dharmendra and Chandan Singh; Mid-fielders: Ashish Rawat, Rashid Ali, Somnath Mondal, Ankit Bhatia, Rajan Kesari, Pradeep Kadaria and Arif Ali.

Forwards: Anubhav Jha, Anupam Kujur, Rajib Karmarkar and K P Kubai.

Stand-byes: Tushar Rattan, Vikas Negi, Kulbhashan, Rajesh Rawat, Bipalab and Md. Naseem.

Coach: Tarun Roy. Managers: Arunesh Sharma and M L Sharma.

Delhi will play their first match against Punjab on July 20, and then take on Haryana on July 22 and Chandigarh on July 24. Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttranchal are the other teams in the fray.


Nishank, Ashish get top billing
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 18
Nishank Bajaj and Ashish Duklan of Manav Sthali School have been given top billing in the boys under-17 and under-19 events respectively in the 31st Chandravati Bhatnagar Memorial Manav Sthali Open Table Tennis Tournament starting at the Talkatora indoor stadium on Saturday morning.

Over 1400 entries, including players in the 5-6 years age group, have been received for the tournament, which is a record.

According to Delhi Table Tennis Association organising secretary Hukam Singh, the tournament will be conducted on 16 tables. The finals will be played on July 24.

Following are the seedings: Nishank Bajaj, Sunal Jain, Vishal Aggarwal and Varun Jindal.


MCA advance in Adventure Cup
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 18
A fine knock of 44 by Samand Hussain and deadly bowling of 3 fo 35 by Ankur Kumar helped MCA beat Young Sports Club by six wickets in the Adventure Cup Cricket Tournament.

Amit Tewatiya, who hit a dashing 70 runs for Young Sports, went in vain.

Scores: Young Sports Club: 177 all out in 36.3 overs (Amit Tewatiya 70, Ankur Kumar 3 for 35).

MCA: 178 for 4 in 32.4 overs (Samand Hussain 44, Mahib Hussain 37, Afroz Mashi 3 for 32).

Komal Khatri bags five golds

Sachdeva Public School, Rohini bagged five gold and two silver medals in the fourth Remal Inter-School Skating Championship held at the Remal Public School rink. Komal Khatri bagged all the five gold medals in the five speed races. Fifteen schools participated in the championship.

British Grand Prix live

The British Grand Prix will be beamed live, courtesy ESPN Star Sports, at the Ashoka Hotel on Sunday at 5 p m.

The Delhi zone winners of the Samsung Britain Sportzyatra Contest will also be declared on the occasion.

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