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Rural dispensary that doesn’t look like one
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Noganwan (Fatehgarh Sahib), June 22
A visit to the Noganwan mini primary health centre, built several years ago, spread in 500 yards, revealed a sorry state of affairs when it came to medical facilities.

There are only three employees in the dispensary, including a female pharmacist, and class four employees. The employees were seen plucking vegetables that had grown along with wild vegetation around the hospital premises.

"We are waiting for the patients, but since it doesn't look like a dispensary from outside, hardly anyone enters the building," said the employees.

There was just one patient of tuberculosis but she too had stopped coming as employees had referred her to the Civil Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Due to lack of facilities, the employees asked all visiting patients to go to the nearest civil hospital. The medical officer had recently resigned. A new MO was yet to be posted here.

The post of a technician was lying vacant for the past 10 years, there was no trained mid-wife, only one multi-purpose health worker instead of two and only one sweeper instead of two class IV employees.

“It takes more than two or three days for slide testing, as we have to send the samples to Fatehgarh Sahib Civil Hospital, whereas, in private hospitals it takes only a few minutes for the same,” said an employee.

The nearby villagers rued that they had stopped complaining about the medical facilities in these dispensaries as no action was taken despite repeated complaints to the concerned officials.

Similarly, it was reported that in the nearby Bassi Pathana hospital, there was an acute shortage of staff. The hospital was operating without a gynaecologist and there was no driver for the ambulance.



Liquor worth Rs 2.5 lakh seized
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 22
The city police seized liquor worth Rs 2.5 lakh being smuggled from Chandigarh to Fatehgarh Sahib in a truck.

The police had laid a naka near the railway over bridge and found a truck loaded with liquor.

The illegal liquor was being smuggled by some unidentified people in the truck who managed to flee from the spot.

However, the truck was impounded. The truck, bearing a registration number of Kapurthala, was coming from Chandigarh going towards Fatehgarh Sahib.

City SHO Sanjivan Guru said the price of liquor in Punjab was double than Chandigarh. The SHO revealed that the truck owner had especially constructed a hidden cabin at the backside of the driver's seat where the liquor was kept.

He stated that 70 cases of Bagpiper, 60 cases of Officers Choice, 12 MC Dowell cases and 10 cases of Royal Stag were recovered from the truck. Efforts are on to nab the culprits, said the police.



Sikh protesters disrupt rly traffic
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib/Rajpura, June 22
Various Sikh organisations today held a dharna in Fatehgarh Sahib and disrupted rail traffic for nearly two hours.

Protesters were demanding immediate arrest of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Condemning the incident of firing at Mumbai wherein a Sikh youth was allegedly shot dead by a bodyguard of dera chief, the protesters warned that the agitation would be intensified, if no action was taken against him soon.

Member of executive committee of the SGPC Karnail Singh Panjoli, along with another SGPC member Surinder Kaur, and others sat on a dharna at the railway tracks for more than one hour. Similar dharnas were also held at Banur and Rajpura.



Kalka, it’s all stench
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, June 22
Civic amenities are virtually absent in Kalka if the heaps of garbage lying unattended in the area and the foul smell emanating from them are the criterion to go by. The situation is no better in Pinjore.

The town lacks basic hygienic conditions. Piles of garbage greet visitors going to Himachal Pradesh on the National Highway 22 near Vij Marriage palace,a dumping point of theKalka MC.

The excreta of stray animals, besides household waste, near MC president’s house, adjoining the railway ground wall, speak volumes about the MC services. On the road leading to Kurari Mohalla, scattered garbage was a common site.

“The foul odour makes it difficult for passersby to cross the stretch. The drains are always choked with filth; as there are no cleaning operations conducted by the concerned departments,” alleged R. Sharma, a resident of lower Kurari.

Sanitary condition in Khatik Mohalla, Bharat Nagar, Parade Mohalla and Basant Vihar was worse said a BJP leader of the area. Repeated complaints to the civic body yielded no result, he added.

The residents of ward no. 2 had similar grievances. The drainage system should be underground and covered; dustbins should be provided as in their absence garbage was littered in open, were a few demands of the residents fallen on deaf ears.

Admitting a poor sanitary condition in the town, MC president Mohini Nanda said the root cause behind the problem was shortage of staff.

The MC had a staff of 31 employees; the number remains the same since 1971, even as 12 new colonies had come up since then.



Panchayat Polls
Elections in Ropar, Kharar peaceful
Tribune News Service

Kharar/Ropar, June 22
Elections in Ropar and Kharar were carried out peacefully today. In Ropar block, Santokhgarh village registered 88 per cent polling, in Nangal block, Nikku Nangal village witnessed 72 per cent polling and in Nurpur Bedi block, Bainsa village registered 88.2 per cent voting.

Six villages, Ramgarh from Ropar block, Batarla, Khad Bathlaur upper and Khad Bathlaur lower from Nurpur Bedi block and Kathlor and Rampur from Chamkaur Sahib block, in Ropar elected their panchayats unanimously.

Similarly, Harlalpur village in Kharar registered 98 per cent voting, whereas, Dhirpur village witnessed 100 per cent voting.



Tribune employees bereaved
Tribune News Service

Ambala City, June 22
Pushpavati Sharma (65) died here today after a brief illness. The cremation was conducted in the afternoon.

She was the mother of Rajkumar Sharma, sectional head, Circulation Department, and Naresh Sharma, senior clerk, Stores.

The kirya ceremony will take place at Prem Mandir Dharamshala, Ambala City, at 2 pm on July 3.



Mandeep steals the show at ERCA tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
Sri Sri Cricket Academy set a title clash with Edmund Rice Cricket Academy in the All-India Challenger Trophy Under-12 Cricket Tournament at St John’s High School grounds, Sector 26, here today.

Where Sri Sri beat MCA by three wickets, the hosts ERCA ousted Rohini Cricket Club by 19 runs in the semi-final matches.

Batting first, MCA put on a total of 92 runs in 21 overs. With his 21 runs, Mandeep emerged the highest scorer for the team while Harmanvir contributed an unbeaten
19 runs.

Mohit was wrecker-in-chief, returning with the figure 3 for 23 while Happy claimed 2 for 17 for the Sri Sri team.

In reply, Sri Sri team overhauled the target in 24.5 overs with 3 wickets to spare. Priyankit (23) and Shorya (20 n.o.) guided their team to victory.

Jasinder (2 for 11) and Gurpreet (1 for 17) were the main wicket-takers for the MCA team. In other match, ERCA batted first and set a target of 150 runs in the allotted 25 overs.

Mandeep’s 90-run-knock in 89 balls was the highlight of the ERCA innings. His knock was studded with 13 boundaries.

In reply the Rohini team could only manage 131 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 25 overs. Simranjeet (30), Aman (24), Pradeeep (23) and Vaasu (2 for 18) played well for the Rohini team.

Claiming 4 for 22, Dinesh Choudhary played a vital role in the win. Mandeep took 1 for 23. The tournament is being organised by Aresson Sports Club and ERCA.

Brief Scores: ERCA: 149 for 3 in 25 overs (Mandeep 90, Akash 12, Abhishek 12, Vaasu 2 for 18); Rohini Cricket Academy: 131 for 7 in 25 overs (Simranjeet 30, Aman 24, Pradeep 23, Dinesh 4 for 22, Mandeep 1 for 23); MCA: 92 all out in 21 overs (Mandeep 21, Harmanvir 19 n.o., Mohit 3 for 23, Happy 2 for 17); Sri Sri Cricket Academy: 96 for 7 in 24.5 overs (Priyankit 23, Shorya 20 n.o., Jasinder 2 for 11, Gupreet 1 for 17).

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Final- ERCA vs Sri Sri Cricket Academy at St Johns High School at 9 am



Budding tennis players get tips
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
In the ongoing 10-day tennis clinic getting underway at Chandigarh Club Tennis Academy (CCTA), Chandigarh Club, the budding players are excited to learn the tricks of trades from renowned ‘guru’ Akhtar Ali.

Terming their experience as a unique and rich one, the players, including Nakul, Priyanka Rawat and Raahat Manrai, said the tips being provided by Ali would go a long way during their sports career.

“For me, it is a huge exposure. It is an amalgamation of experience, skill, know-how and the latest techniques involved in the game, which I am sure will be an asset for me in the coming years,” said Nakul Singh Rana who came from Dehradun to hone his skills. For Priyanka and Raahat, the camp is just a “rocking affair”.

“A few valuable tips and elaborate training sessions in the camp will really act as a morale booster,” Priyanka and Raahat said.

Sharing his experience at the camp, Ali said, “It is my pleasure being with the youth brigade here. I am amazed at the way these youngsters shoulder responsibility to propagate the game in this part of the country. The training schedules, group management and every other aspect of tennis in CCTA have been so finely taken care of.”

Birbal Wadhera, chief coach, CCTA, said, “Akhtar Ali is essentially a big name in the tennis arena and he is so much into the game that he can actually feel the rhythm of the player to the extent that people travel all the way to get coaching from him. We thought that it will be much more convenient for our players if we could arrange his camp here.”



Tanvi to lead team in Asian Soccer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
Tanvi Bhargava has done proud to Chandigarh as the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) has entrusted responsibility on her to lead an Indian Under-13 team in the Asian Football Confederation Under-13 Girls Festival Football match to be held in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) from June 23 to 27.

Twelve-year-old Tanvi is the only Chandigarh girl footballer to have been selected in the Indian team and appointed captain.

The elated parents, Dr Akhil Bhargava and Dr Manjari, termed it a big achievement, saying, “It's great feeling. First playing for the school, then the state and now the country is like moving from strength to strength.”

“Tanvi has the leadership qualities. She has been consistently showing excellence in football”, said the proud parents.

Getting inspiration from her brother Ankit, who used to play football, Tanvi started playing five years back and she has not looked back after that.

“Our support is with her. I am in touch with some football clubs of the UK so that she can get advanced and more scientific training in England”, Dr Bhargava said.

Tanvi was adjudged the best player of Sacred Heart for the four consecutive years from 2004 to 2008.

“It is a new chapter in the history of Chandigarh soccer. The CFA is running free coaching academies for girls at Dev Samaj College in Sector 45 and for boys as SD Public School in Sector 24.

With Tanvi leading the country, more girls will be attracted to join the CFA academy," said Chandigarh Football Association secretary general Rakesh Bakshi.

Myanmar, Japan, Singapore, Korea Republic, China and hosts Vietnam will be the other participating countries of the festival.



Football: YFC defeat Kings VIII by 5-0
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
Youth Football Club (YFC) lifted the inaugural KV-48 Eight-A-Side Football Tournament, drubbing Kings VIII by 5-0 in the final match at the Banyan Tree School ground, Sector 48, here today.

Putting up top-level coordination, YFC dominated their rivals in all departments of the game. At the half time, the team was leading by 2-0.

Tanuj opened the account with his goal in the 18th minute. Four minutes later, Kartik doubled the score.

For Kings, the best opportunity came in the second half as they were awarded a
penalty kick.

Custodian Aksh stopped the kick by Arjun Kundra. The next goals came through Harminder (32nd), Pankaj (40th) and Mohit (43rd).

Though Kings team’s forwards tried hard to be in the match, but all their efforts to rip apart the defence line of the rivals went wasted.

It’s not that the Kings did not get chances during the course, but the alert defenders of YFC managed to fail all their moves.



Youth welfare ministry finds novel way of awareness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
Around 150 rural youth ambassadors from 10 states gathered at the National Integration Camp here today to share their experiences of creating awareness on HIV/AIDS among children.

The programme is an initiative of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, under the ministry of sports and youth welfare, Government of India.

On this occasion they organised youth parliament on sexual reproductive health, STI, HIV and AIDS.

These children are peer educators, who themselves learn how HIV/AIDS is transmitted and what are the ways to prevent it, and then share that knowledge with other children.

They also shared their experience with Dr Avnish Jolly, resource person, NYKS, and Umesh Baurai, project coordinator, FXB India Suraksha.

The workshop looked at training these young ambassadors in four important aspects of the awareness project - how to better their knowledge, how to better their communication with other children, what are the difficulties in teaching other children about HIV/AIDS and how to overcome them.

Now under the national policy, the resource team stressed upon ABC and advocates accordingly: A - Abstinence, B - Be faithful to your partner, C - Use Condom.

Dr Jolly said the training of these children is part of Adolescent Project that has been launched by NYKS in 63 districts of the country to check on the effectiveness of having teen and youth talk about HIV/AIDS to other peer group members.

“Our idea is intervention by teens, as they may prefer to talk to and listen to other teenagers on HIV/AIDS problems. If we find it effective, then we will have youngsters taking to HIV/AIDS awareness program across the country. We will make youth intervention in HIV/AIDS a national project,” said Dr Jolly.

Youth delegates debated issues of health and education, with an emphasis on the ever-growing threat of HIV/AIDS and related orphan hood.

Baurai said we couldn’t hide from children such things when they are seeing it
all on television.

During the question-answer session, youth ambassadors talked about greater involvement of youth in promoting adolescent health education for combating HIV/AIDS and child abuse.



Robotic surgery getting popular: Expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
"Robots are the future in minimally invasive surgeries.” This was stated by Dr Ambuj Choudhary, senior consultant in cardiac surgery at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, today.

More than 150 doctors from the city attended the CME organised by Fortis Hospital, Mohali, in collaboration with the IMA, Chandigarh.

Dr Choudhary, who was elaborating on robotics in cardiac and minimally invasive surgeries during a CME at IMA Bhawan in Sector 35, said although the initial cost was very high, the advantages were far too many.

“The procedure is less invasive and less painful. Not only that, it eliminates the tremors and coarse movements of a surgeon while performing a surgery. As one ages, the hands start to tremble but with the help of robotics, even a retired surgeon can perform many more surgeries," he said.

“Robot-assisted minimally invasive by-pass surgeries and valve repair/replacement surgeries are already gaining popularity," he stated.

Elaborating on the future of robotics, he said with the help of robots, it would be possible for a doctor sitting here to perform a surgery on people at war, across the Atlantic or even in the space stations.

President of the IMA, Chandigarh, Dr Zora Singh said the membership of the IMA, Chandigarh, was set to touch the figure of 1,000 soon.

He also appealed to all doctors in the tricity to join the IMA to achieve intellectual excellence and further strengthen the association.

Talking about interventional radiology, Dr Ashwin Garg from Fortis said: "No other branch of medicine has seen so much advancement during the past decade as has radiology. As compared to the other countries, this branch is relatively new in India."

Due to lack of awareness in physicians and common people, this speciality is underutilised and limited to a few major hospitals. Doctors exchanged notes with each other and experts during the CME.



Mohali resident killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
Mohali resident Satinder (35) was killed in an accident on the dividing road of Sectors 39 and 40 here late last night.

According to the police, Satinder, who worked in a shop in Sector 40, was on his way back to home when a speedy vehicle hit him.

The victim sustained head injuries and was rushed to the PGI where the doctors declared him brought dead.

The family members of the deceased have been informed and the body has been shifted to the mortuary. The postmortem would be conducted tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case against the unidentified driver of
the vehicle.



Gold chains snatched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
Champwati, a resident of Sector 34, alleged that her gold chain was snatched when she was going for a walk this morning.

Kiran Goyal, a resident of Sector 23, reported to the police that two motorcycle-borne persons snatched her gold chain while she was going to a dhobi (washerman). Two cases of snatching have been registered


Jonny Kumar, a resident of Dadu Majra, and Kulwinder Singh, Shoyab and Noshad, all residents of Bhaskar Colony, were arrested on the charges of stealing two-wheelers.

According to the police, the accused were active for the past over three months and were involved in stealing two-wheelers and manhole covers.

A case of theft has been registered against the accused. The police has recovered the stolen property from their possession.



‘Indian animation industry set to make it big’
Jyoti Rai

Chandigarh, June 22
Are you a fan of Shark Tale, Stuart Little, Ice Age, Shrek or Nemo and often wonder where did they come from? If you think your imagination can create more vibrant animations, then this is for you.

In an exclusive interview with The Tribune, A.B.R.P. Reddy, a member of the advisory panel, NASSCOM, and MD and CEO, Picasso Digital Media, spoke on how the animation industry would turn huge in the years to come with already three big animation releases, including Roadside Romeo under the Yash Raj banner, lined up this year.

TNS: What is the current scenario of the animation and gaming industry in India?

Reddy: At present, nearly 80 per cent companies indulge in outsourcing to European and American firms. A major part of "Incredible Hulk" and "Superman Returns" took place at Rythm and Hues Studio in Mumbai. However, we still lag behind as far as content formation is concerned. There have been some evident efforts in the past in Bollywood as well in co-production. Soon to be released "Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic", a joint venture by Dreamworks and Yash Raj banner, is one example. The animation industry promises more than 70 movies in the coming five years.

TNS: Where does the Indian animation industry stand globally at present?

Reddy: Animation and gaming industry is a thriving US $80 billion industry. India's share in this global market is just about 1.2 per cent at present. But with the current growth patterns, our share is expected to become more than double by 2010. Many Indian professionals have been part of animation teams of many successful ventures like Lord of the Rings, Shark Tale and Stuart Little. Companies like Dreamworks, Rhythm and Hues and Crest have set up studios in India, too. So, already the changes are evident.

TNS: What prospects does Chandigarh offer to Indian animation industry as whole?

Reddy: It is a myth that the standards of the industry are higher in big metros like Delhi and Bombay. Punjab has a lot of potential, but it needs to be realised in a right manner. The response from the town has been tremendous. I am sure that the upcoming Picasso Animation College in Mohali will be a big success. A lot of co-production companies are investing in the region. I am confident that a lot of trained professionals can be churned out from the region.

TNS: Any advice to our young readers who aspire to be in this profession?

Reddy: All that one needs to be successful here is creativity and passion towards the work. The industry has registered 40 per cent growth in salary, so the students need not be skeptical about the monetary aspect either. This is one profession where scope for improvement never ends because there is no limit to imagination and creativity. Personally, I have enjoyed every moment being in this field.

India's animation college, Picasso, is setting up its next campus at E-57, Industrial Area, Phase-VIII, Mohali.

An interactive seminar titled "Animation: Global Career Perspective" was conducted at the Chandigarh Press Club today. The seminar saw overwhelming participation from media, students and their parents.

The seminar was inaugurated by Vivek Atray, director of tourism and public relations, UT administration, and attended by A.B.R.P. Reddy, Johannnes Kerschabuam from Centennial College, Canada.



World Music Day
Sukhna rocked
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, June 22
The city reverberated with the sounds of music with the scintillating performances by Austrian jazz band NIMSOFYAN at the Government Museum and another rocking recital by the French band DABLACKDOTS at the Sukhna Lake.

The event organised by the Chandigarh Tourism, STEPS and Alliance Francaise to mark the World Music Day also featured the local rock band ‘21st Rebel Street’ and the Chandigarh choir.

The NIMSOFYAN band simply spell magic, displaying their adroit mastery over the vocal and instrumental music.

Be it the lead singer and guitarist Alp Bora, Flautist Gerlad Selig, Roland Mach on Basse, Violin Johnann Trumpteer and the master rhythmic genius Daniel Klammer, each excelled to eclipse the other, especially in the concluding boisterous item.

Earlier, Alp Bora doled out love songs from Rumania, Greece and North Turkey to the immaculate synchronised music accompaniment by the band.

The newly formed Chandigarh choir presented theme-based songs with Avirbhav and Chanderlekha articulating the melody meter. Director, tourism, Vivek Atrey lauded the artists and the audience. Sudhanshu Srivastav, SSP, Chandigarh, sat through the programme.

The scene shifted to yet another melodic performance to the panoramic ambience of Sukhna Lake where the two-men French band DABLACDOTS, comprising of singer-guitarist Oliveman and drummer Vince, bared the melody of French music compositions penned and composed by them. They also presented cover songs by George Brassens and others.

Earlier, the local rock band, 21st Rebel Street, led by Abel, presented six rocking songs. Both the venues, however, were too small to accommodate the enthusiastic music lovers.



Narang talks on voice modulation
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 22
India’s famous voice artiste and Doordarshan’s newsreader Shammi Narang visited Mad Arts, a Jaspal Bhatti film school here.

He was at the school in connection with a two-day workshop on voice modulation and the importance of voice in communication.

Interacting with the students, Narang said, “Voice is the biggest asset of communication. A good and a clear voice was not only essential for working in the media, but was also helpful in establishing a rapport with people,” he said.

He added that everyone was endowed with the art of voice modulation, but almost all became conscious when they faced camera or the microphone. “So it's all about falling in love with one's self,” he said.

During the workshop all aspects of voice were touched upon. Narang also dealt with the intricacies of voice modulation by spending time with the students in the modern sound studio.

The session was a success as the students made good use of Shammi’s experience and expertise in voiceovers.

Speaking on the occasion Savita Bhatti, CEO, Mad Arts, said correctness and
clarity of voice was essential not only for actors, but also for RJ’s, directors,
editors and animators.

She said the animation students of Mad Arts learnt the importance of voice skills as film stars were dubbing major English and Hindi films.

Besides acting and animation students, students learning RJing, editing and direction, also got valuable tips on voice communication.

Besides his long stint with Doordarshan, Narang has also been associated with the Hindi division of Voice of America.



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