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Exhibition of medical books at PGI
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 5
About 5,500 books from different medical fields were on display during an exhibition at the PGI today. The topics include cardiology, ECG, orthopaedics, psychiatry, nursing anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, forensic medicine, dentistry, radiology, paediatrics, dermatology, pharmacology, preventive and social medicine.

The medical staff, including professors and researchers, kept pouring in to collect informative books. The Director of the PGI, Dr S.K. Sharma, inaugurate the exhibition. It is being organised by the Sector 17 City Book Shop. The organiser, Mr Himanshu Jain, said it aimed to promote the sale of medical books. The exhibition is open from 10 am to 7 pm till tomorrow.


Office-bearers of IMA
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 5
Dr Neeraj Nagpal has been elected state president of the Indian Medical Association for the year 2004-2005. Dr Neeraj Kumar and Dr Ajay Duseja are the honorary treasurer and honorary secretary, respectively. The vice-presidents are Dr Arjun Dass, Dr Ashok Attri and Dr Anil Kumar.

The honorary joint secretary’s are Dr Ramnik Sharma and Dr Surinder Singhal. The working committee member is Dr J G Jolly and alternate working committee member is Dr O P Sharma. The central council members include Dr S K Garg, Dr A K Kaushal, Dr Nitin M Nagarkar, Dr Neeraj Sood, Dr V K Kapoor and Dr Neeraj Chawla.

Dr G S Kochhar has been elected chairman of Indian Medical Association College of Medical Specialities. Dr B S Chavan the Director of (Studies) Indian Medical Association.


Tips on hygiene

Chandigarh, March 4
The virtues of healthy and hygienic habits were explained to at least 40 children participating in a special camp organised by the Indian Council of Social Welfare (ICSW) at the anganwari centre in Dhanas here today. An interactive session was also held. OC


YPS holds cross-country race
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 5
It was a test of endurance for more than 1,000 students of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, who took part in a cross-country race in different categories here today. The one-day meet was held as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the school.

The races started at 9 am and the last event ended at 3 pm. Tagore House, with 11,793 points, was first while Patiala House, with 11,581 points, stood second.

Mr H.S. Dhillon, Principal, gave away medals to the winners. The Milkha Singh Trophy was given to best boy in the open category, Navjinder Singh of Nalagarh House. The overall house position was: Tagore House — 11,793 points,1; Patiala House — 11,581 points, 2; Ranjit House — 11,026 points, 3; Aitchison House — 10,832 points, 4; Nalagarh House — 10,401 points, 5.

Individual results:

Boys open (5.5 km): Navjinder Singh (Nalagarh House) 1; Ankit Sethi (Tagore House) 2; Ather Nishar (Aitchison House) 3.

Boys under-16 (5.5 km): Himshel (Ranjit House) 1; Angad Kang (Ranjit House) 2; Bharat (Aitchison House) 3.

Boys under-14 (4 km) :Harsimran (Aitchison House) 1; Navtej (Patiala House) 2; Hemant (Nalagarh House) 3.

Boys under-12 (3 km): Kabir ( Nalagarh House) 1; Ankit (Nalagarh House) 2; Shakti (Tagore House) 3.

Boys under-10 (2 km): Suraj ( Patiala House) 1; Prithvi Raj ( Tagore House) 2; Sahil (Ranjit House) 3.

Boys under-nine (2 km): Sikender (Aitchison House) 1; Gurkirat (Aitchison House) 2; Ratan (Nalagarh House) 3.

Girls open (5.5 km): Harbin- (Aitchison House) 1; Gagan ( Ranjit House) 2; Kanwal Preet ( Tagore House) 3.

Girls under-15 (4 km): Jairoop-(Patiala House) 1; Divya (Tagore House) 2; Seonehe (Patiala House) 3.

Girls under-13 (3 km):Aanchal (Nalagarh House) 1; Vasundhra (Patiala House) 2; Seonehe (Patiala House) 3.

Girls under-11 (2 km): Agampreet (Patiala House) 1; Aastha (Patiala House) 2; Ehshleen (Patiala House) 3.

Girls under-10 (2 km): Gurleen (Patiala House) 1; Komal (Ranjit House) 2; Seemardeep (Aitchison House) 3.

Best athletes

Shivali and Gaurav were declared best athletes in the girls’ and boys’ sections, respectively, in the degree stream at the annual athletic meet of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, here on Friday. At this meet, 17 boys’ events and eight girls’ events were held.

In the diploma stream, Minakshi in the girls’ section and Bakshish and Kulwinder Singh in the boys’ section were adjudged winners.

Other winners in different events were Navdeep Malik, Vishek Sehgal, Jaspal, Tejpreet, Karan, Gurpeet, Abhishek, Amit Vohra and Manish Kaushik.


Synthetic turf not good for Asian hockey:
Pak expert

Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The dominance of synthetic turfs in hockey pains Mian Parvez Bhandara, chairman of the Protocol Committee of the Pakistan Hockey Federation. “Synthetic turfs are here to stay but these certainly don’t augur well for our boys. The turfs spell doom for hockey in our sub-continent,” he lamented after a function to honour members of the Old Ravians Union from Government College (University), Lahore.

In city as part of an 11-member delegation, Mian Parvez maintained that India and Pakistan are poor nations, who could ill-afford the expenses involved in laying the turfs. “We don’t have spare funds to lay out hockey turfs. Finances have to be used for public welfare. A good turf can cost anywhere between Rs 2.5 crore to Rs 3 crore and requires proper maintenance. We certainly don’t have that kind of money,” he says.

A globe-trotter, who finds visits to India a “pleasurable experience”, Parvez added that a small country like Holland had 450 turfs against 10 in Pakistan and eight in India. “Our boys grow up practising on natural grass, which puts them at a disadvantage. By the time they are ready for national and international events, their muscles are already developed and their game doesn’t has the speed that comes with playing on the turf, which has a faster outfield,” he explained.

“The European countries are gradually taking over our own game in a very systematic and phased manner. Just like the Kenyans who had a very good team to their credit until synthetic turfs happened to hockey, we are sure to be ousted if we resist change or fail to end European dominance,” he rued.

Critical of the International Hockey Federation for even thinking of introducing indoor hockey, which entails an expenditure of nearly Rs 20 crore for a stadium, Mian Parvez said, “We were adamant against its introduction and have got the concept shelved. I don’t know how long it will last”.

He, however, claims that the only hope of saving hockey in India and Pakistan lies with India. “We need an industry which is into manufacturing synthetic turfs. This way the costs can be reduced considerably.

Whatever is available from European countries for Rs 3 crore can be made at one-third cost in India. The country must take initiative to revive the game and I plan to discuss the idea with sportspersons in Delhi during this trip,” he said.

The delegation will be going to Shimla tomorrow after which the members will head to Delhi before proceeding to Lahore.


Swarit wins online gaming championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Swarit of Sector 15 won Chandigarh’s first online gaming championship (unreal tournament 2004) held at its Sector 35 Web World.

Mr Sandeep Sumbly, Circle Head- Punjab and Haryana, said at the Reliance Web World, one could choose from racing games, first person shooting games, strategy games and sports-themed games. With online gaming, one could discover the thrill of playing them with high-end gaming peripherals on the top-of-the line multimedia PCs.



Sports meet for senior citizens
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 5
The seventh annual sports meet for senior citizens is being held at Dasehra Ground in Phase VIII here on March 15.

Mr H.K. Pathak, general secretary of the Senior Citizens (Pensioners) Council, said the life members could compete in brisk walk, musical chair, shot put, and “chatti” races.

He said the entry fee for participation in each of the events was Rs 25. The entries were to be submitted by March 8.


Police body gets ISO certification
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 5
The Woman and Child Support Unit of the Chandigarh police has become the first police organisation in the country to be awarded with prestigious ISO 9001:2000 certificate.

The certificate will be formally handed over to Mr Rajesh Kumar, IGP, by the Deputy-Director-General, Bureau of Indian Standard, on March 8 here.

The Chandigarh police had hired the services of the Bureau of Indian Standard and the National Productivity Council for acquiring the ISO 9001: 2000 certificate. It is being claimed that the unit has success rate of 70 per cent in amicable resolution of the complaints it receive. It took about 15 months for the entire unit in compiling documents to achieve this landmark.

The Woman and Child Support Unit was earlier known as the Crime Against Women Cell.

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