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Polio awareness rallies by schoolchildren
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
Schoolchildren all over the city today took out pulse polio awareness rallies, as about 1.32 lakh children below the age of five will be administered polio drops by the UT Health authorities tomorrow.

Carrying placards and banners, with messages to eradicate polio through immunisation written on them, the rallies by the schoolchildren passed through various sectors. Various NGOs, social organisations, doctors and teachers joined the children in spreading the message that without community participation, it would not be possible to eradicate polio. Pamphlets were distributed to the public, giving information about the dates, timing and location of the polio vaccination booths.

Students of Government Model High and Senior Secondary School, Sector 28 along with volunteers and staff of Government Ayurvedic Dispensary, 47-A also took out a rally in their sector to bring about mass awareness about the pulse polio immunisation campaign.Students of Government Model High School, Sector 42, also took out a rally.A 10-day pulse polio camp organised by Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, also concluded today. The District Education Officer, Ms R. Chaudhary, presided over the function. She stressed the need for creating awareness so that diseases like polio could be eradicated.

Government Model High School, Sector 29-A, Chandigarh, also organised a rally in connection with pulse polio campaign. Five hundred students, along with their teachers, Dr Vijay Chopra, Dr Sanjay Singla, and staff of the ESI Dispensary, Sector 29, participated in the rally. Ms Shobha, Principal of the school flagged off the rally.


Batting at SCG gladdens every heart
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, January 3
An imposing score of 650 for five in the decisive Sydney Test gladdened the hearts of sports lovers today. They sat glued to television sets watching their hero Sachin Tendulkar regain his lost form. He, in the company of V.V.S. Laxman, helped India post its highest total abroad.

By the afternoon, cricket was the talking point in the city as people enjoyed a sunny Saturday. Young cricketers were jubilant at the mammoth total put up by India against the mighty Aussies. Simrandeep Singh Brar, who represented Indian schools in Asian Schools cricket meet two years back, said it had once again reaffirmed peoples faith in Indian batting. Thanks to Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman whose 353-run partnership shadowed the previous highest partnership by Graeme Pollock and Eddiie Borlow of South Africa at Adelaide.

Another cricketer, Aseem Gupta, said, the crucial innings that India played today would be remembered for ever. He said the coming back to form Sachin was a testimony to the fact that no one could surpass him. The way Parthiv Patel batted was another good point in India’s batting line-up, he added.

Chetan Suri, local sportsman, said, now Sachin was in the class of legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who had amassed 220 runs against West Indies in 1970’s. Facing Bret Lee, and Gillespie proved too easy for Indian batsmen who proved their potential in every respect.

Simranjit Baltana, another promising cricketer, said it was wonderful to see Sachin regain his form after a long time. He said Sydney was the last chance for him to once again prove his strength and the way he did it was fascinating. The hard-hitting knock with solid backing by Laxman, who scored 178 runs in 298 deliveries, would always be remembered, he added. Today, Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag were four batsmen who could be a scare for any bowler in the world, he said.


Skaters preparing hard for tourneys
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 3
More than 100 skaters, including some national-level promising skaters, could be seen braving the chilly weather and preparing for various forthcoming skating meets at the newly developed skating rink at Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary school, Sector 22.

A visit to the centre revealed that three woman skaters — Shakun Salwan, Manisha Dhillon and Jasmine Kaur — were preparing hard for participating in the roller hockey event of the forthcoming Asian Skating Meet to be held in Japan in May.

They were in the national camp and at present training under the watchful eyes of coach Balwinder Singh Johal.

Jyoti another girl skater, who is a bronze medal winner of the National Games and a student of CL Aggarwal School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, said her aim was to do well in the Senior National Skating Championship to be held in Maharashtra later this month.

Johal said one of their star skaters, Harkiran ‘Nippy’, participated in the World Speed Skating Meet last year. He was now training hard to put up a good show in the National Speed Skating Meet.

Noor Kataria, her brother, Sahil Kataria, Paminder and Sahil Kataria were other skaters who were regular and training hard to hone their skills.

Ms S. Khorana, Principal of the school, said they were planning to make an international-level skating rink on the school premises. She said they had already started a skating coaching centre for youngsters. Players from other schools were also getting training there. She said their school had produced carrom players like Ramanpreet and Taranpreet. She said the school was a regular host to the SNOSA Basketbxall Meet. She said they would like to bid for the national skating camp and would try to give every facility to the players.


City skater qualifies for heritage contest
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 3
Kriti Puri, an international- level skater added another feather to her cap when she qualified for the national-level awakening and heritage contest organised by the Chinmaya Commission. Kriti and her co-partner, Misha of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, is the only pair from the city to have qualified for the final round to be held at Mumbai from January 22.

Kriti (16), a Class XI student of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, was among the three students who were awarded the Singapore Government Scholarships for pursuing two years of education. Only last month, Kriti came out with a book ‘Kian’ that won her accolades from all quarters. The Principal of Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 38, has decided to make it mandatory for her students to read the book.

Kriti said she wanted to remain in India and to do her bit for society. She said that was the reason why she decided not to go to Singapore for pursuing studies, despite getting a scholarship for it.


Chess meet from Jan 10
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 3
The Chandigarh Chess Association will organise an under-18 chess championship for boys and girls on January 10 and 11 at St. Kabir Public School, Sector 26.

According to Mr Vipnesh Bhardwaj, secretary of the association, a team of four will be selected to represent Chandigarh in the National Chess Meet to be held at Hyderabad from February 7. Entries close on January 8.

Shooting meet

Gurjinder SinghBhai Gurjinder Singh Sidhu (Bhucho), a student of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, bagged the gold medal in the three Position .22 rifle event in the Northern India Shooting Championship that concluded at Dehra Dun on December 29. Gurjinder had also won medals in the Northern India Meet held at Chandigarh last year.

Cycle polo

The Tribune Club outplayed the Sector 46 Club by four goals in the inaugural tie of the Chandigarh Junior Cycle Polo Championship being organised by the Chandigarh Cycle Polo Association. Vipin of the Tribune Club scored a hat-trick . Ravi of the (Tribune Club) also scored a goal. The Sector 46 Club could score only one goal.

In another tie, DAV Cycle Polo Club defeated Sector 8 Polo Club 6-2. They were leading 3-1 at interval. Rohit (3), Ajay (2) Gaurav (1) scored for winners, while Himanshu and Mandeep scored one goal each for the losers.


Mass vaccination drive for animals from Jan 7
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The Chandigarh Administration will carry out a free immunisation drive in the city between January 7 and 15 against specified animal diseases. The diseases to be covered in the camp are rabies for pet and street dogs, foot and mouth disease (for domestic and stray animals) and haemorrhagic septicaemia (for domestic and stray animals)

The vaccination will be carried out free of cost at the following centres in all rural and urban areas simultaneously: These include Government Veterinary Hospital, Sector-22, Chandigarh; Government Veterinary Hospital, Sector-38, Chandigarh; Government Veterinary Hospital, Manimajra; Government Veterinary Hospital, Hallomajra village; Government Veterinary Hospital, Dhanas village; Government Veterinary Sub-Centre, Behlana village; Government Veterinary Sub-Centre, Daria village; Government Veterinary Sub-Centre, Kaimbwala village; Government Veterinary Sub-Centre, Palsora village; Government Veterinary Sub-Centre, Khuda Alisher village; Government Veterinary Sub-Centre, Maloya village; Government Veterinary Sub-Centre, Burail village; SPCA Hospital - CWU - Rehabilitation Centre, Sector-38; PFA, H. No. 1522, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

This mass vaccination drive has been undertaken to ensure complete eradication of diseases and safety of valuable lives, a spokesman said. For more information Dr. R.C. Garg, officer incharge, Animal Husbandry, Sector-22, can be contacted on Phone number 2706827.

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