|Saturday, September 9, 2000,
Camp on disability prevention
CHANDIGARH, Sept 8 The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has drawn out a programme to train grassroots level health and social workers in the disability prevention and rehabilitation. To achieve this aim, the first workshop is being held at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 from September 11 to 15.
A group of 25 faculty members from medical colleges of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh belonging to the specialities of orthopaedics, ENT, community medicine, psychiatry and ophthalmology will be trained as master trainers. These trainers will disseminate the knowledge to the peripheral level of district hospital in their respective states.
At a meeting held in New Delhi recently, a panel of medical experts drawn from various specialities chalked out a curriculum for imparting training to medical professionals at the grassroots level in the field of disability prevention and rehabilitation. Prof Raj Bahadur, Head, Department of Orthopaedics, GMCH-32, has been appointed as the nodal officer for imparting training to the doctors in the northern region.
Dr Bahadur pointed out that the number of disabled was rising alarmingly in the country. He said it had been estimated by WHO that approximately 10 per cent of the population suffer from disability of one kind or other.
It is estimated that at present, not more than 3 per cent of the disabled get the benefit of rehabilitation services.
Workshop on voluntary blood
CHANDIGARH, Sept 8 A motivators workshop on Promoting voluntary blood donation was organised at the Government College, Sector 46 in collaboration with the Blood Bank Society, PGI, Chandigarh.
The Principal, Major
D.P. Singh, inaugurated the workshop and related his own
experience of having donated blood more than 50 times and
called upon the students to educate the masses about the
misapprehension of blood donation. Mrs Kamini Sharma, a
social worker from the Blood Bank Society conducted the
Skating championship from today
CHANDIGARH, Sept 8 The first Chandigarh Skating Festival, involving more than 150 skaters drawn from various schools, clubs situated in the city and its nearby areas, will begin tomorrow at Skating Rink, Sector 10. Giving this information, Mr N.S. Sewak, president of the Wonderland Skate Club, said today that the aim of the club was to provide impetus to the sport in this part of the country.
Mr Sewak said the city had produced a large number of skaters who donned national colours in various events of skating such as roller hockey and speed. He said the club was formed with the sole intention to help the young skaters, who just for want of funds or due to inadequate exposure lag behind in skating. He said the two-day tournament included rink races I and II, sub-junior and junior hockey on September 9 and road races, roller hockey and final races on September 10.
Mr Pawan Sharma, another club member, said that the road races would add glamour to this event, which will be held at the Sukhna Lake road on Sunday from 6 am onwards for age groups 4-6, 6-8 and above.
Mr Sewak further said that prominent skaters of the city would also be honoured. These are, Radhika Mehta, P. Kamboj, Jaswinder Singh, Paramjit Singh, Harkiran Singh, Kriti Puri and Arvind Chauhan among others. The technical officials who will supervise the tournament are: Harpreet Singh Kirti, Harpreet Singh and Shammi.
Mr P.S. Chhabra, secretary general, School Games Federation of India, will inaugurate the meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Sarda who had only this year shifted to city and taken admission in the local MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36 took no time to adjust against her junior rival Mala of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 16. At one time Mala was leading at 6-0, but here she lost control of the game.
Geeta Goel had little difficulty in disposing of Isha Sharma at 11-4, 13-10. The second seed in under-19 girls, Mala Gaba outplayed Parneeta Verma at 11-8, 11-6 to enter the final of this section.
Results: Boys under-19: QF: Deepak Sidhu b Akash Sidhu 15-6, 15-8; Robin b Sidharth 15-9,15-5;Vivek Sharma b Paras Gupta 15-7, 15-10.
Men singles: QF Amit Sachdeva b Varun Sharma 15-6, 17-5.
Above 35 Jagdish Singh b MP Dogra 15-4, 15-8.
Above 45 doubles: MP Dogra and Subhash Nagpal b Mehal Chand and Prem Kapoor 15-13, 15-9.
Above 35 doubles Sanjay Judge and Bedhi b Kanwaljit and A K Mittal 15-5, 10-15, 15-10.
The events to be organised included long distance swimming in 2 km section at the Sukhna Lake for boys and girls in age groups 14 -16 years and 17-18 years.
An upcoming shooter
CHANDIGARH, Sept 8 Shooting is coming up fast in India, particularly in this part of the country, with the availability of latest weapons and growing interest. It has also been given recognition at the international level, with more sons and daughters of Sikh families taking to the sport. A new shooter has hit the headlines recently Sukhmanpreet Singh Sidhu.
Sukhman is the son of Mr Inderpal Singh Sidhu, an Assistant Advocate-General of Punjab and belongs to Bathinda. He recently broke the national record in .177 10-metre air rifle peep sight while participating in the GV Mavlankar shooting meet in Chennai. He scored 381 out of 400, while the previous record in the same event was scored by Bhuwan Swar Singh Rathore (371/400) in Ahmedabad in 1999.
Recalling his practice schedule, Sukhman told that he took to shooting only eight months back, though he learnt the fundamentals of the game in 1996. In between, he stopped regular shooting due to non-availability of a good-quality rifle. When he got his German rifle for Rs 1.5 lakh, his confidence went up.
Sukhman shifted to Chandigarh in 1996 from Bathinda and studied at Government College, Sector 46, where he completed his graduation. In his very first year he scored 344/400 in the national games. He practices daily at his 3B II shooting range in SAS Nagar and spends three to four hours. He sometimes goes to Col J.S. Dhillons house in Sector 35 for practice.
2 Excise inspectors, sepoy
CHANDIGARH, Sept 8 The Commissioner of Central Excise, Chandigarh-I, Mr Inder Raj Soni, has suspended two inspectors and a sepoy on the charge of harassing owners of a small-scale unit.
Acting on the written
complaint lodged by the president of the Chandigarh
Industries Association, the Commissioner placed them
under suspension on the charges of misconduct and
misusing their official positions. They had visited the
unit without written authorisation of the controlling
officers and were not carrying identity cards.
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