Sunday, September 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Workshop on child health begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
To orient faculty members of community medicine departments of various medical colleges in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana on newer aspects on Reproductive Child Health (RCH), a two-day workshop began in the PGI today. According to the PGI Community Medicine Head, Prof Rajesh Kumar, based on these discussions, gaps will be identified in the existing curriculum of the undergraduate and postgraduate students in community medicine and teaching plans devised on how to teach the newer aspects of the RCH in the medical colleges.

During the two-day workshop, goals, strategies and schemes of RCH will be discussed. According to Prof Rajesh Kumar, there is an urgent need to provide based services in the field. ďThe focus has now shifted from target based to community need assessment approach,Ē he said.

Resource persons in the workshop includes the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine secretary general, Dr Sunder Lal, Prof Rajesh Kumar, Head, Community Medicine, DMC, Ludhiana, Dr Raj Sachaar, Director, Health Services , Dr R.N. Sachdeva and Dr A.S. Sekhon from GMC, Patiala.


A sportswoman shows spirit
Arvind katyal

Kiran DhillonChandigarh
After this weekís terrorist attacks on US cities, many Indians remained glued to their TV sets or telephones for any clue to the welfare of their near and dears ones in the USA. Former badminton player of Chandigarh, Kiran Chahal (now Dhillon after her marriage) was one sportswoman who rang up her mother in Chandigarh to relieve her of the anxiety and to say that she had been given the task of tending the injured in St Vincentís Catholic Health Centre, New York, where she is doing her post doctoral degree in medicine. Kiran did her MBBS from Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 in 1999, and migrated to the USA after her marriage to Darsh Dhillon, a US citizen but a native of Bhatinda district.

For Kiranís mother, Mrs Manjit Kaur Chahal, it was a nightmare when she learnt from television newscasts that hijacked airliners had hit the World Trade Center.

Darsh DhillonHer main worry was for her son-in-law, Darsh, who is a pilot with American Airlines (AA). She had no way to know on which route he was flying. Her 10-hour ordeal came to an end when she got a telephone call on Wednesday morning from Kiran who told her that Darsh had his day off on Tuesday. Also his duty was on International flights.

At 5 p.m. (IST) on Thursday evening, Kiranís mother helped this reporter have a telephonic talk with Kiran in New York. She said though there was gloom in the city, yet the people had started returning to their offices. She thought that Americans were true sportspersons as they did show the sportsmanís spirit by helping one another in this hour of crisis while maintaining their spirits.

She was happy to make herself available to the hospital for 24-hour duty. Kiran said there was no shortage of blood and more and more donors were coming forward.

Kiran said the values she had learnt on the badminton court during her sports career helped her a lot.


The AITA North Zone Tennis Tournament for boys and girls under 14 and 16 which concluded on Friday had attracted a large number of entries. It turned out to be good exposure for local players who won three of the four titles.

This meet saw Kinshuk Sharma, a 12-year-old student of St Johnís school, make it to the last eight in the under 14 section. Kinshuk was not in main draw and he had first to clear the qualifying rounds to reach this level, which added immensely to the confidence of this young boy.

Tushar Liberhan, another city hope, and Neha Singh, showed their potential by winning titles. A local girl who can soon be a force to reckon with in the national circuit was Isha Toor. But what these players need at this stage is a permanent sponsor.


GCG-11 win softball tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 15
Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, won the Panjab University Inter-College Softball (women) Championship. MCM DAV College for women, Sector 36, GGS College for Women, Sector 26, and Panjab University campus, were placed at second, third and fourth positions respectively.

Cricket meet

A deadly spell of three wickets each by Sandeep and Amit Kumar who conceded seven and 18 runs, respectively, enabled Bombay XI in beating Youth Welfare Association XI by six wickets on the opening day of the Chandigarh League-cum-Knockout Cricket Tournament organised by Chandigarh Cricket Association here at Gursagar grounds today. Brief scores;Youth Welfare XI: 114 runs all out in 24.2 overs (Aman 35, Harpreet 15, Kamal 15, Sandeep Kumar 3 for 7, Amit Kumar 3 for 18); Bombay XI: 115 runs (Nitesh 38, Amit Kumar 16, Sanjeev kaushik 12, Mintu Singh 2 for 25).

Selection trials

The trials to select the Panchkula district cricket team for the Pataudi Trophy will be held on September 17 at 2.30 pm at Satluj Public school, Sector 4, Panchkula, said Mr Sandeep Moudgil.


Foundation stone of golf course laid
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 15
The Union Defence and External Affairs Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, laid the foundation stone of an 18-hole golf course, adjacent to the Ghaggar in sector 3 here.

He was accompanied by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala. The Defence Minister had flown down from Delhi to address a state- level ex-servicemenís rally here.

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