Tuesday, August 1, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

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AIDS-control workshop for NGOs
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 31 — The Punjab State AIDS Control Society has organised a state-level training workshop for the NGOs. This three-day workshop will provide technical knowledge to the NGOs engaged in targeted interventions for various groups like truck drivers, migrant labourers, students and industrial workers.

Speaking on the occasion, the Additional Project Director, Dr G.S. Chahal, said the NGOs had an important role in spreading AIDS-awareness among the high-risk groups. He said 2,400 HIV-positive persons had been identified on the basis of tests conducted in various blood banks of Punjab.

Dr Chahal also gave the details of various projects introduced by the society. These include HIV-and-AIDS-awareness camps, free medical check-ups and distribution of medicines for the sexually transmitted diseases. The projects also include counselling and behaviour-change communication for various groups.

The workshop has been organised in collaboration with the Department of Internal Development of the British High Commission in New Delhi.



Narrow win for Sector 16 cagers
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, July 31 — Sumeet of the Sector 16 Government Girls Coaching Centre was the chief architect of her team's narrow win over the Sector 26 Government High School in the final match of the UT Sub-Junior Basketball Tournament in the Sector 8 DAV Senior Secondary School here today. The final scoreline was 7-5 in favour on the coaching centre team. The final match had been interrupted by rain yesterday.

Paramjit Kaur, coach of the winning side, was all smiles after the match. She said, “After trailing, 1-3, at halftime, the team could bounce back into the game due to the efforts of Sumeet and Shivani.” Jyoti also scored two points for the winners.

For the losers, Amandeep and Sukhbir scored two points each, while Navneet scored one point. Earlier, the coaching centre had topped the pool after beating every other team in the preliminary rounds.

In the boys' section, DAV Public School, Sector 8, will take on Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, in tomorrow's final. Today, DAVPS-8 beat DAV Model School, Sector 15, 38-19, with the halftime score being 27-9. Those who scored points for the winners were Ravinder (13), Sahil (11), Rishab (8) and Tarun (6). For the losers, Mohit scored 11 points and Abhineet six.

In the second semi-final, SPS-41 beat Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27, 58-15. Those who scored points for the winners were Harmanpreet (24), Gurbeer (14), Ravneet (7). For the losers, Aditya scored seven points and Varun four.

The final will be played tomorrow at 5 pm.Back


Subash pockets carrom crown
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, July 31 — Defending champion Subash won the veteran men's singles title of the Xth Chandigarh State Carrom Championship in St Stephen's School, Sector 45, here today.

In the men's section, Tejinder Harry, Gagandeep, Ramanpreet, K.S. Patwal, J.R. Dhir, Ajay Gupta, Rozario Sampson and Paramdeep entered the last eight. In the sub-juniors' section, second seed Rahul Nanda and third seed Gurinder Singh beat Taranpreet and Sumit Aithani, respectively, in the semi-finals. In the junior girls' singles, Shikha Nanda, Nidhi Patwal, Puneet Lamba, Sakshi Bawa, Bhawna Sachdeva and Shikha Thakur reached the quarterfinals. Nidhi and Eveleen made it to final of the sub-juniors' section. Both boys' and girls' finals will be played tomorrow.

Results: Men's singles (pre-quarterfinals) — Gagandeep b Sumit, 25-04, 22-14; Rozario Sampson b Sudhir Sidhu, 21-15, 21-24, 25-8; Ramanpreet Pahwa b Gurinder Singh, 25-12, 18-10; K.S. Patwal b Devinderjit Singh, 15-25, 18-11, 25-0; J.R. Dhir b Darshan Singh, 19-11, 13-25, 22-08; Ajay Gupta b Deepak Bishnoi, 24-13, 25-09; Tejinder Harry b Deepak, 20-7, 25-4.

Sub-junior boys (quarterfinals) — Ramanpreet Pahwa b Amrinder Singh, 25-0, 25-0; Gurinder Sidhu b Hardeep Harnal, 25-10, 25-04; Sumit b Hargun, 25-0, 25-0; Rahul Nanda b Ravinder, 25-01, 18-14; semi-finals — Gurinder Singh b Taranpreet, 20-12, 10-21, 19-17; Rahul Nanda b Sumit Aithani, 25-5, 25-0; sub-junior girls (semi-finals) — Nidhi Patwal b Pallavi Piplani, 24-4, 25-0; Eveleen b Birinderjit Kaur, 23-15, 25-17.

Gymnastics teams: The Chandigarh Gymnastics Association has selected the UT men's and women's teams for the Senior National Championship at Ambala from August 19 to 23. The selection trials were held yesterday in the ITBP gymnasium. The selected gymnasts will attend a coaching camp here from August 1 to 17.

The teams are as follows: Men (artistic) — Y. Sbomcha Singh, K.H. Baleshwar, Keshab Lal, Jasdeep Singh, Madan Lal, Deepak Uniyal, Jagbinder Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Vinod Bajaj and Rajat Sharma; aerobics — Ajay Kaushal and Kuldeep Singh

Women (artistic) — Neha, Poonam, Ritu Athani and Kalpana Rawat; rythmic — Mala Rawat, Kamalpreet and Rama Banga; aerobics — Amandeep Kaur and Amita Sohal.



Schedule for new session announced
By Arvind Katyal

CHANDIGARH, July 31 — Circle kabaddi, ball badminton, softball, throwball, yoga and archery are some of the new disciplines to be introduced by the UT Education Department in inter-school tournaments for middle standard onwards this session. This was announced by Mr Brahmjit Kalia, District Education Officer of the UT Administration here today. This year, the calendar was two months behind schedule compared to the past year due to the late finalisation of the annual sport calendar of the School Games Federation of India (SGFI).

In August, wrestling (boys), gymnastics, swimming, judo, carrom, roller skating (all for boys and girls under the ages of 14, 17 and 19) and boxing (boys) tournaments will be held. The inter-school matches for boys will be held on August 21 and 22, while those for girls will be held on August 24 and 25.

In September, hockey (boys and girls under the ages of 15 and 17), lawn tennis, badminton, table tennis, yoga and archery (all for boys and girls under the ages of 14, 17 and 19) tournaments will be held. The matches for boys will be played from September 25 to 28, while those for girls will be played from September 28 to 30.

In October, the department will organise basketball, handball, hockey, kabaddi and circle kabaddi (all for boys and girls under the ages of 14, 17 and 19) tournaments. The matches for boys will be organised from October 2 to 16 and for girls from October 18 to 24. Football matches (for boys under the ages of 14, 17 and 19 and girls under the age of 19) will also be held along with volleyball and kho-kho tournaments. The boys' competitions will be held from October 19 to 23 and the girls' events from October 27 to 30.

In November, cricket (boys and girls), karate, fencing, ball badminton, softball and throwball tournaments will be organised. The boys' matches will be played from November 8 to 13 while the girls' matches from November 9 to 13. The Primary School Games, which had evoked a good response past year, will be held from November 23 to 25.

Inter-school athletics meet for boys and girls will be organised from December 20 to 23. This year, except the karate matches, the UT Education Department will not host any event of the National School Games. Past year, it had refused to host some of the events of the 45th National School Games at the last hour.

Like the previous year, Mr Karan Singh, Principal of the Sector 23 Government Model Senior Secondary School, will be the Secretary Sport for the boys' events, while Ms Joginder Sandhu, Principal of the Sector 32 Government Model Senior Secondary School, will be the Secretary Sport for the girls' events.

Mr Kalia said venues for different events would be announced later and before various tournaments every month, the officials concerned would meet in the Sector 33 Government Model Senior Secondary School.

Saini shines: A superb knock by Gurvinder Saini who scored 82 runs in just 52 deliveries enabled the Godrej Cricket Club in routing Kalsi XI by 10 wickets in the Independence Cup Cricket Tournament organised by the Perfect Cricket Association and played at CRPF grounds, here today. In another match, Iqbal Singh who claimed five wickets for 10 runs helped the Mc Dowell Cricket Club beat Shine Star XI by six wickets.


Badminton meet concludes
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, July 31 — Sachin Garg displayed his prowess by winning the under- 16 boys singles title in the final of the District Badminton Championship, which concluded yesterday at the Sector 7 Community Centre, Panchkula. Sachin outplayed Piyush in three games which kept the spectators thrilled for more than an hour. Mr K.S. Bhugra, Chief Engineer, HUDA, gave away the prizes.

Results-Finals: under-10 girls: Pallavi b Mohini 11-2, 11-1; boys: Dhruv b Prerak Sharma 15-11, 15-5 under-13: girls- Kannu Aggarwal b Pallavi 11-2,11-4; boys-Saurav Kapoor b Anshul 15-4,15-12; under-16: Sachin Garg b Piyush Aggarwal 15-13, 12-15, 15-11; women final: Preetika b Gauri 11-7, 11-7; men: final: Piyush b Vikrant 17-16,15-13.


Under-10 title for Shiva
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, July 31 — Shiva Sangwan captured the under-10 boys singles title in a pulsating three-set encounter against Uday Karan Puniha in the CLTA Open Tennis Tournament held here yesterday at CLTA Courts, Sector 10.

The girls under-12 final was played between Taskeen Bains of Chandigarh and Sanjana Kapoor of Delhi. Taskeen defeated Sanjana in three sets. The boys under-12 and under-16 titles went in favour of Pritam Singh and Jitin Bishnoi, respectively. Simmer got the better of her sister Neha Singh to wrap the under-16 girls title in straight sets.

Results: Finals: boys under-10 — Shiva Sangwan b Uday Karan Puniha 6-4, 3-6, 7-5; under-12 — Pritam Singh b Gursher Harika 3-6, 6-2, 7-5; under-16 — Jitin Bishnoi b Harneet Singh 6-2, 6-2; Girls — under-12: Taskeen Bains b Sanjana Kapoor 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2; Under-14: Simmer b Neha Singh 6-3, 6-4.

Neha Singh and Jitin Bishnoi won the girls' under-16 and boys' under-14 titles, respectively, in the CLTA Open Lawn Tennis Tournament today. The matches had been interrupted by rain yesterday. Jitin had earlier won the under-16 title also.

Results: Boys (under-14) — Jitin Bishnoi b Yuvraj Chaudhry, 6-0, 6-3; girls (under-16) — Neha Singh b Geetanjali Sharma, 6-2, 6-4.


Student-teachers are guests of Jacob
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 31— An effort by a group of students to educate slum children today got recognition from none other than the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen. J.F.R. Jacob, who called them to Raj Bhavan to appreciate them and share their experiences.

It came as a pleasant surprise for the five students of Government High School, Sector 40, when they got a call from the Governor last week, who wanted to interact with these teenagers with a noble mission to educate slum children.

Meena Rawat, Manju, Mandeep Kaur, Kavita Rawat and Amandeep Singh were all in high spirits when the Governor was interacting with them. He shared their experiences while they were out to slums to convince the people to send their children to a night school. These students told him about themselves, their hobbies and games they play.

The Governor encouraged them by lauding their efforts. He said that he was very happy to note that at least these children understood their responsibility towards the under privileged children .

He said if this generation realised its duties as good individuals then a better scenario was on the cards in the country.

He said that the administration would institute some awards for these students. He also said that the slum children not only miss education, they also lacked even the bare necessities of life. In some cases such children were the sole bread winners of their families.

He called on the NGOs of the city to help such children. He said that many NGOs were already working at the grassroot level, but there was need of more volunteers.

He announced that nine more night schools would be opened by the administration and the regular students of night schools would be shifted to regular schools. Schools for adults would also become operational very soon.

Talking to The Tribune, these children said that they could never imagine that their efforts would bring them laurels one day. “When I started with my work to visit slums, I had no indication that I was doing such a work that the Governor would call me to see him. I am very happy and go and tell my friends about my visit to Raj Bhavan,” said Meena Rawat.

Their Headmaster, Mr Bahadur Singh, who was accompanying them to Raj Bhavan was also overjoyed. He said that it was an encouragement that had never come to him before.


MCC meeting adjourned amid pandemonium
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 31 — Even as the meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) ended without transacting any business today, factional fighting in the ruling BJP again came to the fore.

Tempers ran high as allegations and counter-allegations marred the discussions right from the beginning, with councillors owing allegiance to Mr Gian Chand Gupta and Mr Satya Pal Jain, accusing one another of using unparliamentary language.

Pandemonium prevailed when a councillor from the Gupta group dubbed the Jain group councillors as “traitors” in the matter of sending the Gupta group councillors to jail during the tenure of Mr Jagdish Sagar as Adviser last year. Following the remark, the councillors — Mr R.L. Arora, Mr O.P. Goyal and Mr K.K. Addiwal — were on their feet, demanding that the remarks be expunged.

A remark by these councillors against Ms Ranjana Shahi was also objected to by the other group. A heated exchange followed and Mr Des Raj Tandon, Senior Deputy Mayor, who was in the chair, adjourned the meeting for tea.

After tea, the situation was no different. With both the factions adamant no issue on the agenda could be discussed. Mr Tandon’s plea that remarks of both the groups be expunged, found little favour with the Jain group, who charged Mr Tandon with being “incompetent” and “partisan”. No consensus could be reached and the meeting was adjourned after hours of fruitless discussion. Later, Mr Tandon said that proceedings of today’s meeting were off the record and would not be included in the minutes.

Meanwhile, certain nominated councillors, including Mr Harish Bhanot, Ms Surya Pandit and Ms Parsun Kaur, objected to the remarks by Ms Shahi that the nominated councillors were allied with the Jain group.

Earlier, Mr R.L. Arora sought to raise the issue of the report of the UT Legal Remembrancer (LR) on the election of the chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of the sub-committees. The LR had reportedly said that a procedure similar to the election of the Mayor should have been adopted for their election.

In another development, Mr Gupta, Mr Tandon, Ms Shahi and Mr Mohinder Singh met the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), and are understood to have complained against the nominated councillors saying that they were aligned to the other group. They also said the LR’s report was “biased”.


Major-Gen Batra retires
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 31 — Major-Gen R.K. Batra, head of the EME branch in the Western Command, retired today after 46 years of service in the Indian army.

After passing out from the National defence Academy in 1961 and from the Indian Military Academy in 1962, he was commissioned into the Corps of Electrical and mechanical Engineers. An alumni of defence Services Staff College and the College of defence Management, General Batra held important command and staff appointments. He also served as Major-Gen, EME in Northern Command. In 1997, he was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Corps of EME.


S.K. Aggarwal retires
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 31 — Prof S.K. Aggarwal, Director, Technical Education, Chandigarh and Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, retired today after more than 35 years of service.

Dr Aggarwal, an internationally renowned mechanical engineer, graduated from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and did his masters and doctorate from Roorkee University. He specialises in the pressure vessel technology and financial management. He has received the Khosla award of Roorkee University twice. Dr Aggarwal has been doing pioneering work on different aspects of mechanical engineering and has authored more than 40 research papers in national and international journals, besides authoring two books.

Dr Aggarwal has been active as a social worker too and introduced new schemes like community polytechnic science for women, conference management and unique methods in staff training.


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