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Beda artistes fighting for survival
Five Beda artistes passed away in 2010

Dehradun, December 28
Beda artistes perform during a workshop in Dehradun. There was a time in the distant past when the duo of Shiv Charan and Bachandai were courted by kings and commoners for their ability to whip up a magical performance of song and dance.

Beda artistes perform during a workshop in Dehradun. A Tribune photograph

Uttarakhand records 17,000 new cancer patients annually
The Himalayan Cancer Research Institute proves boon for these patients
Dehradun, December 28
The Himalayan Cancer Research Institute of the Himalayan Institute of Hospital Trust (HIHT) is proving a boon for cancer patients in the hill state. The institute began its operation on November 13, 2008, and so far has treated a number of cancer patients.


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Learning science, the express way
The info train is stationed at Haridwar Railway Station till today
Haridwar, December 28
A science communicator informs visitors about nanotecnology in an information kiosk on the Science Express in Haridwar From the calculation of the value of the pie by Archimedes to the ambitious Chandrayaan moon mission, nano cosmos, the big bang theory, science newsline and information about renowned Indian scientists, the Science Express train has it all. Nowadays, the 12-coach train is stationed at the Haridwar railway station.
A science communicator informs visitors about nanotecnology in an information kiosk on the Science Express in Haridwar on Monday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur

It pays to be polite
Apart from the loads of information that the Science Express train has, the feature that makes the express a delight to visit is the cordial behaviour of the science communicators and educators.

Cadets selected for R-Day parade meet Nishank
Dehradun, December 28
Over 100 NCC cadets of Uttarakhand, who will soon leave for Delhi to take part in various competitions and the Republic Day parade at New Delhi, met Chief Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal here yesterday.

(Left) Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank presents an award to an NCC cadet; and (left) cadets perform at a function held at the Chief Minister’s residence in Dehradun on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Ashutosh wins elocution competition
Nainital, December 28
A zonal elocution contest for agriculture universities and institutes being run under the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi was organised at the Gobind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology at Pantnagar. The event saw participation by teams from IARI, New Delhi; IVRI, Bareilly; the Narendra Dev University of Agriculture and Technology, Faizabad; the Chandrashekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur; and the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut. This elocution contest was sponsored by the Indian Agriculture Science Congress in which participants spoke on the topic “Soil-Plant-Animal Health: Safety and Security”.

150th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya
Term ‘saffron terrorism’ being wrongly used: Murli Manohar Joshi 

Former Union HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi pays floral tributes to Goddess Saraswati and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in Haridwar Haridwar, December 28
Despite repeated volleys of questions from media on the 2-G spectrum scam, former HRD Union Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi tried to evade the related questions focusing on the contribution of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.



Former Union HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi pays floral tributes to Goddess Saraswati and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in Haridwar on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur

Experts call for ethics-based journalism
Haridwar, December 28
Recent charges of corruption and taking to unethical practices on the journalists are a cause of concern. This was stated at a convention forum held in the memory of noted freedom fighter-journalist Dr Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi. The convention was organised by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Haridwar.

MKP PG College organises union week
Dehradun, December 28
Students of MKP PG College participate in a rangoli competition during the college union week in Dehradun The students of the MKP PG College showcased their talent in rangoli, mehendi, salad decoration and flower decoration competitions on occasion of the union week held here today. The competition was conducted by the Home Science Department of the college.



Students of MKP PG College participate in a rangoli competition during the college union week in Dehradun on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Core of Signals, PNB to clash in final today
Haridwar December 28
Players of the Core of Signals and Haryana Police in action during the first semifinal match of 79th Swami Shraddhanand National Hockey Tournament in Haridwar Core of Signals will meet Punjab National Bank in the final of the 79th All-India Swami Shraddhanand National Hockey Tournament tomorrow at 11 am.




Players of the Core of Signals and Haryana Police in action during the first semifinal match of 79th Swami Shraddhanand National Hockey Tournament in Haridwar on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur

Players in action at the Amar Shaheed Khadag Bahadur Memorial Football Tournament at Nehru Gram, DehradunBalaji, Doon Star triumph
Dehradun, December 28
Balaji, Doon Star won their matches at the Amar Shaheed Khadag Bahadur Memorial Football Tournament at Nehru Gram here.








Players in action at the Amar Shaheed Khadag Bahadur Memorial Football Tournament at Nehru Gram, Dehradun, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph 

A match in progress at the 39th Junior National and Inter-State Carrom Championship in Dehradunon Uttarakhand off to a bad start
Dehradun, December 28
Uttarakhand registered a loss on the opening day of the 39th Junior National and Inter-State Carrom Championship here.



A match in progress at the 39th Junior National and Inter-State Carrom Championship in Dehradunon Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

The third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Cricket Tournament in progress at Rangers Ground, Dehradun Doon Combined Club in final
Dehradun, December 28
In the first semifinal of the Third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Cricket Tournament played between Kishan Gunj Gymkhana Club (Delhi) and Doon Combined Club (Dehradun) at the Rangers Ground here today, the former was defeated by four wickets.

The third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Cricket Tournament in progress at Rangers Ground, Dehradun, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Uttarkhand roller-skating team selected
Dehradun, December 28
The trials to select members of the Uttarakhand team for the 48th National Roller Skating Championship at Vishakapatnam took place at Doon Sports Academy, Ballupur, today.

ITM in last four
Dehradun, December 28
Institute of Technology Management (ITM) defeated Rao Sporting by six wickets to ensure themselves a semifinal berth at the Beehive Challenge Cricket T20 Tournament at Matawala Bagh ground here.

Artistes perform at the All-India Multilingual Universal Rang Mahotsav.

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Artistes perform at the All-India Multilingual Universal Rang Mahotsav. Tribune photo: Anil P Rawat

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Beda artistes fighting for survival
Five Beda artistes passed away in 2010
Neena Sharma
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 28
There was a time in the distant past when the duo of Shiv Charan and Bachandai were courted by kings and commoners for their ability to whip up a magical performance of song and dance.

Now, living in obscurity and poverty, the exponents of Beda Gayaki, a form of folk dance and music, are fighting for survival and looking for government help to restore their lost pride.

In fact, this year has been particularly harsh on Beda artistes after five of them passed away in quick succession. The circumstances in which Saraswati Devi was found begging under a tree at Srinagar and later died battling illness, stunned art lovers in the state.

Afraid that disinterest and changing tastes may obscure the dying notes of Beda artistes, the Uttarakhand Culture Department has begun a revival programme. “They are members of the Scheduled Tribes and artistically endowed. But for them we would have all but lost the Beda tradition of folk singing and dancing. A recent decision by the Culture Department of Uttarakhand to enhance oldage pension for all artistes from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000 will give a sense of security to them. Besides, we have involved Badi artistes in the Shishya Programme under way in the state, so that their art is passed on to the next generation. During the programme, the artistes are paid a stipend. Shiv Charan and his wife Bachandai are also imparting training as a part of the programme,” said Been Bhatt, Director, Uttarakhand Culture Department.

In all 154 artistes are beneficiaries of the Uttarakhand Government’s pension scheme. The government had also tried to reach out to Saraswati by providing for her treatment.

A form of folk singing and dancing that originated in Ghansali in Tehri and some parts of Uttarkashi, Beda artistes are also referred to as “Radha Khandis”, worshippers of Radha, consort of Lord Krishna.

“Earlier, it was a common sight to see Beda artistes perform at marriages in the hills. However, modern means of entertainment has sounded the death knell to this folk form. Usually male members played the dhol in the months of April-May, in the wheat threshing season. Their women went about singing from house to house and collecting dues,” explained Geeta Gairola.

“Now only a few artistes are left and they can be counted on finger tips,” said a social activist.

This form of music experienced its peak in when the Shah dynasty ruled Uttarakhand. Sung in an easily comprehensible language, with emphasis on presentation and composition, the songs celebrate life, describe the valour of kings, the generosity of simple villagers and nature’s bounties.

Worshippers of Radha

A form of folk singing and dancing that originated in Ghansali in Tehri and some parts of Uttarkashi, Beda artistes are also referred to as “Radha Khandis”, worshippers of Radha, consort of Lord Krishna.

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Uttarakhand records 17,000 new cancer patients annually
The Himalayan Cancer Research Institute proves boon for these patients
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 28
The Himalayan Cancer Research Institute of the Himalayan Institute of Hospital Trust (HIHT) is proving a boon for cancer patients in the hill state. The institute began its operation on November 13, 2008, and so far has treated a number of cancer patients.

A well-known cancer specialist and Director of the institute Sunil Saini says: “Modern lifestyle is the main reason for the rise in the number of cancer patients worldwide. Bad food habits and smoking are the key reasons for the growth of this dangerous disease in the Uttarakhand Himalayas.”

The HIHT aims at providing an affordable treatment for the disease. For this the institute has established the Himalayan Cancer Research Institute at Jolly Grant, about 25 km from here. It is estimated that annually Uttarakhand records about 17,000 new cancer patients.

Spread on an area of 175,000 sq feet, the Himalayan Cancer Research Institute has proved a blessing for the cancer patients of Uttarakhand and the adjoining states.

In the first phase, the institute has installed a linear accelerator, Brach therapy equipment, CT stimulator and a gamma camera for providing the radiation therapy. This facility is available in three cities in the North India, in Chandigarh, Delhi and Dehradun.

Commenting on the types of cancer patients in Uttarakhand, Dr Saini says: “Patients with head and neck cancer (almost 40 per cent) form a major part of the cancer patients in Uttarakhand. The main cause for this is smoking. It is followed by patients of breast cancer (10 percent), brain cancer (9 per cent), renal cancer (5 per cent) and pharyngeal cancer (5 per cent). It is sad that 11 per cent cancer patients reach the hospital in the last stage of the disease, when the chances of treatment are low.”

The institute provides treatment for carcinoma, sarcoma, leukemia and lymphoma cancer. It is an ambitious project of the HIHT established at an estimated cost of Rs 150 crore.

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Learning science, the express way
The info train is stationed at Haridwar Railway Station till today
Sandeep Rawat
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, December 28
From the calculation of the value of the pie by Archimedes to the ambitious Chandrayaan moon mission, nano cosmos, the big bang theory, science newsline and information about renowned Indian scientists, the Science Express train has it all. Nowadays, the 12-coach train is stationed at the Haridwar railway station.

The phase IV of the express will cover 18,000 km in seven months at 55 locations. So far, 52 lakh persons have visited the info train.

Yesterday, over 1,000 individuals visited the science express in the pilgrim city. The train will chug out of the city after Wednesday.

The specialised coaches have information kiosks on different themes ranging from nanocosmos, building blocks of life, gene to organism, brain, senses, future technologies, climate change, global challenges, spaceship earth, universe, home in the cosmos, joy of science and science and technology in India.

Aided by a 45-member squad of trained personnel, the express is a joint collaboration of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. The info train was launched in October 2007.

The fully air-conditioned train has more than 300 large-format images, 150 video clips aided by several multimedia exhibits dealing with cutting-edge research in science and technology apart from noted contributions by Indian scientists.

In conversation with The Tribune, Project Coordinator Lt Col Vijay Ramaniah (retd) from the Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre said that the science express is an innovative science exhibition designed and developed by the Max Planck Society in Germany which is a Nobel laureate powerhouse.

“Our aim is to show the relevance of science and research in our daily life, to enumerate the contribution of Indian scientists and to generate scientific awareness. Gauging from the response we have got from 161 cities, we are definitely moving in that direction,” said Ramaniah.

A school on railsl 12 coaches

l 3-day stay in holy city

l Entry free

l Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

l 300 large-format images, 150 video clips

l Has covered 18,000 km in seven months at 55 locations

l 52 lakh visitors 

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It pays to be polite

Apart from the loads of information that the Science Express train has, the feature that makes the express a delight to visit is the cordial behaviour of the science communicators and educators.

Varsha Ganesh from Mumbai and Annu Dhanawade continued to smile even after they had to work extra time to satisfy the queries of the overwhelming crowd at the Haridwar station.

“We are getting a tremendous response from the people of Haridwar, particularly from school students. I think the city lacks a science-based museum or research centre, but I hope that this lacuna was filled by our express,” said Varsha at her ‘Explore Your Age’ science info kiosk.

Members in the audience also looked very excited after the visit. Pradeep Negi and Daya Sharma, teachers at GGIC Jwalapur, were so impressed by the express that they wanted that all the city schools should make sure that their students visit it at least once.

“We had many doubts which were cleared by the science communicators on the express. Our knowledge has grown by leaps and bounds after this visit. We want the train to stay here forever,” said Harshita Sharma and Pragya Mishra, students of St Mary’s Convent.

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Cadets selected for R-Day parade meet Nishank
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 28
Over 100 NCC cadets of Uttarakhand, who will soon leave for Delhi to take part in various competitions and the Republic Day parade at New Delhi, met Chief Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal here yesterday.

The cadets were accompanied by Brig PPS Pahwa, DDG, NCC Uttarakhand, Col Dinesh Sharma, Director, NCC Uttarakhand, Col TB Rana, contingent commander, and other officers, JCOs, NCOs, ANOs and GCIs responsible for training the cadets in different events.

After a group photograph with the CM, Brig Pahwa thanked the Chief Minister for motivating the cadets and gave a brief report about the preparations made by them for their activities in Delhi.

Then, the cadets presented a group dance, group song and a ballet during a colourful cultural programme.

In his address, the CM hoped that the cadets would keep the flag of Uttarakhand flying high and achieve good positions in the various competitions to be held at Delhi.

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Ashutosh wins elocution competition
Tribune News Service

Nainital, December 28
A zonal elocution contest for agriculture universities and institutes being run under the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi was organised at the Gobind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology at Pantnagar. The event saw participation by teams from IARI, New Delhi; IVRI, Bareilly; the Narendra Dev University of Agriculture and Technology, Faizabad; the Chandrashekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur; and the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut. This elocution contest was sponsored by the Indian Agriculture Science Congress in which participants spoke on the topic “Soil-Plant-Animal Health: Safety and Security”.

Ashutosh Bhakuni from Pantnagar University won the contest and Mohit Arora from the same university won the runner-up prize. They will represent this zone in Indian Agricultural Science Congress to be held in February, 2011.

Presiding over the function, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr BS Bisht, said that the last year’s participant from Pantnagar University who represented this zone in the Science Congress-2010 held in Jammu and Kashmir had won the contest at the national-level too. He hoped this year’s zonal winners would repeat the feat.

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150th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya
Term ‘saffron terrorism’ being wrongly used: Murli Manohar Joshi 
Sandeep Rawat
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, December 28
Despite repeated volleys of questions from media on the 2-G spectrum scam, former HRD Union Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi tried to evade the related questions focusing on the contribution of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.

Joshi was in Haridwar to attend the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya here in Rishikul Mahavidyalaya. Pt Malviya founded the mahavidyalaya in 1906.

Though he spoke on ‘saffron’ terrorism and dispelled it as a way to degrade the Hindu religion and its ideology. “It is a direct blow on the Hindu religion and the term saffron is wrongly being used to sustain political means,” he said.

Meanwhile, Joshi termed Malviya as a visionary, a social reformer.

“He was the front runner of the Indian nationalism. He founded Banaras Hindu University and Rishikul College, which were the vital chords in the non-cooperation movement. His contribution to Indian society is immense,” said Joshi, himself a Varanasi parliamentarian, who started his political career from Almora.

While paying tributes to Pt Malviya, Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said the state has become the only state in India to accord second state-language status to Sanskrit.

Jagadguru Shankaracharya Raj Rajeshwaram urged the CM to take punitive action against those found in corruption in his government to present an example in front of the public.

Former Khadi board chairman Mahesh Sharma, college principal Kamla Pati Shastri, Yogesh Pandey, Kamal Johra and Om Prakash Jamdagni were present on the occasion.

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Experts call for ethics-based journalism
Sandeep Rawat
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, December 28
Recent charges of corruption and taking to unethical practices on the journalists are a cause of concern. This was stated at a convention forum held in the memory of noted freedom fighter-journalist Dr Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi. The convention was organised by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Haridwar.

Speaker, Uttarakhand Assembly, Harbans Kapoor termed paid news advertisements as an unethical practice that should be immediately stopped by the media houses.

Leader of Opposition in State Assembly Harak Singh Rawat said, “The media is an important pillar of a democratic society.” Uttarakhand Urban Development Minister State Cabinet Minister Madan Kaushik lauded the media’s defining role in the creation of the state.

National general secretary of NUJ and editor of Nai Duniya (Metro) Ras Bihari urged all the leading journalists to declare their assets publicly, so that public trust was retained fully. On speaker Kapoor’s paid news statement, Bihari said the Election Commission was taking stringent steps on the issue.

Renowned journalist PS Chauhan highlighted the contribution of legendary Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, who worked as freedom fighter and a social reformer with his journalistic thoughts.

“Mahatma Gandhi paid tribute to Vidyarthi in the Young India, as he saved lives of both the Hindus and the Muslims during the communal riots, but died in the course,” said Chauhan.

Eight persons, including child prodigy Aman Rehman, Dr Sudha Rani Pandey, Dr SS Jaiswal, Praveen Jha, PC Bhatt, Ashok Mishra, NK Paliwal and Subash Tyagi, were honoured on the occasion for excelling in various fields in the past few years. Former State Women Commission chairman Dr Santosh Chauhan, Brijendra Harsh, Manoj Saini, Sunil Dutt Pandey, Manoj Nautiyal, OP Chauhan, Manoj Garg and Vimla Pandey were present on the occasion.

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MKP PG College organises union week
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 28
The students of the MKP PG College showcased their talent in rangoli, mehendi, salad decoration and flower decoration competitions on occasion of the union week held here today. The competition was conducted by the Home Science Department of the college.

A large number of girls participated in the competition. Dr Sashi Jha, Dr BB Thakur and Dr Shobha Sharma adjudged the participants for salad and flower decoration, while Dr Sashi Jha, Dr Asha Kishori and Dr Dr Shobha Sharma adjudged the participants of rangoli and mehendi competitions.

The winners of the salad decoration competition were Snidha- first, Priyanka- second and Amrita Negi- third. The winners of the flower decoration competition were Akanksha Vyom- first, Babli Rani- second and Mithilesh- third.

The winners of the mehendi competition were Neha Pundir- first, Deepika- second, Jyoti and Mani Kawa- third. The consolation prize went to Taranjum and Pinky. The winners of the rangoli competition were Lata Rawat- first, Meena Arora- second, Monika- third and the consolation prize went to Soni.

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Core of Signals, PNB to clash in final today
Sandeep Rawat
Tribune News Service

Haridwar December 28
Core of Signals will meet Punjab National Bank in the final of the 79th All-India Swami Shraddhanand National Hockey Tournament tomorrow at 11 am.

With the help of a golden goal in a keenly contested semifinal against Haryana Police, Core of Signals (CoS) made their way to the final. Both halves failed to produce any goal.

Then, extra time was taken in which SK Minj in the 85th minute found the net.

Though CoS and Haryana Police got 10 and five penalty corners, respectively, both teams failed to capitalise on these chances.

Compared to the first semifinal that went goalless in regulation time, as many as eight goals were scored in the second one.

Punjab National Bank (PNB) smashed seven while the remainder was scored by BEG. PNB scored four goals in the first half and three in the second.

BEG opened its account through Ram Nagina in the 48th minute via a penalty corner.

Yudhveer Singh and Jalvinder Singh scored two goals each and Satpal, Navdeep Singh and Ravinder scored one goal each for PNB. Four of these were field goals.

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Balaji, Doon Star triumph
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 28
Balaji, Doon Star won their matches at the Amar Shaheed Khadag Bahadur Memorial Football Tournament at Nehru Gram here.

In the first match of the day, Balaji beat Doon Valley 5-4 in the tie-breaker. The scoreline read one all at the end of stipulated time.

Balaji’s Sagar Bhandari scored a goal on the 19th minute while Nikunj Aswal got the equaliser in the 23rd minute.

In the tie-breaker, Jatin, Sagar, Mandip and Abhishek scored for Balaji while Tarun Aswal, Rajiv Negi and Nikunj Aswal scored for Doon Valley. Sagar Bhandari was adjudged Man of the Match.

In the second match, Chandrabadni clashed with Doon Star with the latter registering a comfortable victory. Doon Star scored three goals while Chandrabadni could only score one. Rajesh Chauhan scored two goals for Doon Star and one goal was scored by Atul. For Chandrabadni, Deepak was the only goal scorer. Dhump Bhadari was adjudged Man of the Match.

Tomorrow, matches between Garhwal Boys and 4/5 Gorkha Rifle and Sports club versus Bajrang Club will be held.

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Uttarakhand off to a bad start
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 28
Uttarakhand registered a loss on the opening day of the 39th Junior National and Inter-State Carrom Championship here.

Inaugurating the championship, Uttarakhand Speaker Harbans Kapoor said a national-level carrom championship held much importance for Uttarakhand.

The matches of the first round of the boys and girls team championship got under way today. The championship is being held on a league-cum-knock-out basis. All the 26 state teams have been put in four groups.

Results: Boys Team Championship: Manipur beat Uttarakhand 3-0; Hyderabad beat Haryana 3-0.

Girls Team Championship: Uttar Pradesh beat Puducherry 3-0; Bihar beat Vidarbha 3-0; Chandigarh beat Kerala 3-0; Hyderabad beat Himachal Pradesh 3-0; Jharkhand beat Delhi 3-0; Andhra Pradesh beat Gujarat 2-0.

Anil Goyal, President, Uttaranchal State Carrom Association, Vijay Pal Singh Rawat, General Secretary, and AK Gupta, Joint Secretary were also present on the occasion.

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Doon Combined Club in final
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 28
In the first semifinal of the Third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Cricket Tournament played between Kishan Gunj Gymkhana Club (Delhi) and Doon Combined Club (Dehradun) at the Rangers Ground here today, the former was defeated by four wickets.

Winning the toss, Doon Combined Club (Dehradun) elected to field first. An inspiring spell of bowling by Nagender, Askar and Arvind Sajwan restricted the Kishan Gunj team to a score of 271 in 40 overs at the loss of nine wickets. Nagender took three wickets.

For Kishan Gunj Gymkhana Club Ajit Chandila scored 85 runs and Rahul Yadav scored 27 runs.

Chasing the target, Doon Combined Club scored 274 runs in 38.1 overs at the loss of six wickets.

Adil Khan scored 89 runs for Doon Combined Club and was declared man of the match.

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Uttarkhand roller-skating team selected
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 28
The trials to select members of the Uttarakhand team for the 48th National Roller Skating Championship at Vishakapatnam took place at Doon Sports Academy, Ballupur, today.

As many as 50 skaters attended the trials. Fourteen players were selected which included nine members for roller hockey and five for speed skating. Gulratan Singh Rathore, observer, All-India Roller Skating Federation, supervised the event.

Among those selected were Kanisk, Shantanu, Aseema, Harman and Priyank for speed skating and Anubhav, Karan, Sachin, Sahil, Saurav, Pratap, Shubham, Pratap and Aman for roller hockey.

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ITM in last four
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 28
Institute of Technology Management (ITM) defeated Rao Sporting by six wickets to ensure themselves a semifinal berth at the Beehive Challenge Cricket T20 Tournament at Matawala Bagh ground here.

Batting first, Rao Sporting scored 130 runs in its allotted 20 overs losing nine wickets. Ashwani topscored with 33 runs. Amit Kumar (27), Sachin (19) and Sanjay (10) also chipped in. For ITM, Rajesh and Salim took three and two wickets, respectively.

ITM managed to get to victory in just 17 overs. Nadeem scored the highest (69) runs followed by Shahjid and Shashank who scored 30 and 16 runs, respectively. Sachin and Deepak took two wickets each for the Rao Sporting.

Tomorrow’s quarterfinal match will be played between Al Fateh Club and New Star Cricket Club.

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