Thursday, August 21, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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200 patients examined
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
More than 200 patients were examined at a free ayurvedic and homeopathic camp organised by the Servants of the People Society at Sidh Sri Baba Balaknath and Guga Mandir, Maloya, on the occasion of Janmashtmi.

The camp was organised in association with the Ayurved Sharnam under the information and education camp scheme for the promotion of the Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Medicines were distributed to the patients free of cost.


Meditation camp
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 20
Ma Yoga Neelem, Osho’s disciple for over three decades, will conduct the first Osho meditation camp in Dalhouse at Grand View Hotel on Friday.

The introduction of the camp will take place tomorrow with a Satsang at 6 pm.

The three-day meditation camp will offer an opportunity to come closer to Osho, says Swami Prem Utsav of Ludhiana, in a press note.


Federation to conduct aerobics, trampoline events
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, August 20
In order to streamline the organising of trampoline and aerobics, the Gymnastics Federation of India will henceforth conduct these two events under their ambit. These two sport discipilines were earlier being organised by various federations. This was revealed by Mr Kan Singh Rathore, Secretary-General of the federation. He was here in the ITBP Gymnasium hall, Behlana to supervise the trials to select the national aerobics team.

Rathore who hails from Jodhpur, said, now, the federation would regulate events such as artistic, rythmic, trampoline, aerobics and general gymnastics. That meant, a separate nationals or combined nationals with all these events would be organised in different age groups. He admitted that a lot of work was required to be done at the grass-root level. Indian gymnastics still had a long way to prove itself at international level, but youngsters would be given exposure at the international level. He said, under the long term development plan submitted to the Centre training was aimed for all age groups.

On the question of sponsorship plan for the gymnasts, he said, budding gymnasts had to be groomed to that level. “If we prove our worth then there is no dearth of sponsors”.

Recently the Centre had suggested to give emphasis on three basic sport — athletics, gymnastics and swimming. Affiliated units to promote gymnastics at school level.

On the non-funding of the national aerobics team for the world meet, he said, since the Centre had not yet accorded due status to this event, so players had to bear the expenditure of going abroad. Moreover minimum number of players were being sent because the world standards were very high.

Rathore said talented gymnasts do not get international exposure so there was a proposal to invite foreign coaches for three to four months in different events.


On bikes to Marshimik-La
Our Correspondent

Jatin Sachdeva who won a gold medal in the ‘Group Tulls Boys’ category of Taekwon-Do competition
Jatin Sachdeva who won a gold medal in the ‘Group Tulls Boys’ category of Taekwon-Do competition organised by the Panchkula Taekwon-Do Association in Panchkula recently.

Chandigarh, August 20
A group of 87 created history of sorts after reaching world’s undiscovered highest motorable pass ‘Marshimik-La’ (18,634 feet). This is the first time in history any biking expedition has reached the Marshimik-La. After the success of the expedition, Chandigarh Adventure Association has completed hat trick of world records. All participants reached back city on August 19.

The team was flagged off on August 8 by Deputy Inspector General P.P. Singh of the Indo Tibetan Border Police. A total distance of 2200 km was covered by his team. It was the third attempt by the Chandigarh Adventure Association after successfully making two world records in road adventure sports by taking maximum bikers.

The first expedition was for Khardung-La, the highest motorable pass, in 2001 and second was for Komic, the highest permanent human settlement in World, in 2002. Both these expeditions are recognised by the Limca Book of Records.

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