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Chandimandir dental centre to be upgraded
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The Western Command’s Military Dental Centre in Chandimandir is in for a major upgradation, with additional surgeries and a new laboratory being added to it along with an array of new equipment.

According to Army sources, two additional surgeries for treating outdoor patients are being created at the dental centre. This would take the total number of surgeries to 10, including the one at the Command Clinic located inside the cantonment. Though a separate establishment, the dental centre is located within the premises of the Command Hospital.

The center, which was shifted here from New Delhi in 1999, is the largest dental clinic in the Western Command. A new dental laboratory is also being set up and is likely to become functional this month. It will procure a radio visio-graphy equipment which would do away with the need for x-ray machines.



Children’s neuro problems discussed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 20
Common neurological problems encountered by children were discussed during a programme on “Neurological disorders in children” held at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. It was attended by over 180 delegates from the region.

The Professor and Head of the hospital’s Department of Pediatrics, Dr Veena R. Parmar, said the other problems discussed by eminent pediatric neurologists included seizures in the first year of life, central nervous system infections, and “attention deficit hyperactivity in children resulting in poor scholastic performance”.

A panel discussion on “ring-enhancing lesions”, causing fits in children, was also held. The speakers included Prof Veena Kalra from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr Vrajesh Udani from Mumbai, besides Prof P.D. Singh, Dr Savita Malhotra and Dr D. Ghosh from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here. Dr Sudeshna Mitra from the Sector 32 hospital also spoke on the occasion. A former Director of the hospital Dr V.K. Kak, was the chief guest.



165 take part in Citigroup Golf Cup
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh Golf Club today played host to the Citigroup Golf Cup-2004, in which 165 golfers competed on the lush-green lawns of the club. The one-day event, organised under the banner of Citi Gold Wealth Management, was the fifth golf tournament organised by the bank since the Centennial Cup in 2000.

Ms Indu Aishwerya Anand, vice-president, corporate affairs, Citigroup, said the banking group was involved in brand promotion by organising sports events and social activities. She said in Delhi it was involved in a big way with Sahsi for micro-credit projects by helping women in setting up mini projects.

She said the idea of having a golf tournament in this part of the country was to enhance the growing image of the bank, which has its local branch in Sector 9.

Earlier, the inaugural tee-off was done by Mr R.S. Gujral, Home Secretary, UT. The event was played on the modified stableford format. The competition had handicap categories of 0-13 and 14-24. The winner of the 0-13 category was Randeep Singh. He scored 13 stableford points, which included one net eagle and six net birdies. Simar Singh was the runner-up with seven stableford points.

In the 14-24 category, Rajan Gupta emerged as the winner with 18 points, followed by AP Singh with 12 points.

Amrinder PS Kahai, Randeep Singh, Alamgir Singh and KS Brar tallied 13 points to win the best fourball category with 13 points. In the ladies section, Dimple Minocha was declared winner with three stableford points.

In other categories, the overall straightest drive contest on the thirteenth hole was won by Dimlick Lamba while Karam Sekhon drove 318 yards to win the longest drive contest on the second hole. The closest to pin contest was won by Col JS Panag, whose tee shot on the fourth hole was only three feet away from the pin. The highlight of the day was the hole-in one by Parminder Singh Sehgal on the eighth hole.

The prizes for the top golfers of the tournament included holiday packages from the Leela group and Baikunth resorts in Kasauli, memberships of Ozone Health Club and products from Samsung. These were presented at a ceremony held at Rock Garden late in the evening.

A live band from Delhi, Dual Purpose, and DJ Bhanu from Ludhiana also enthralled the gathering. The event was managed by Tiger Sports Marketing.

PEC athletics meet

Sonia Dev and Abhishek Garg were adjudged best athletes in the girls and boys sections, respectively, in the 57th annual athletics meet of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, which concluded today on the campus. In the 100 metres race for boys, Vikram was first while Rahul Sood and Jasan were second and third, respectively. Anchal was declared second-best athlete while Gurbax Singh the second-best boy athlete. Mr Baljeet S. Kapoor, Principal, PEC, gave away the prizes.



Superb ton by Harpreet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 20
A superb knock of 114 runs by Harpreet Singh enabled JJS XI to beat LIC XI by 94 runs in the inaugural tie of the eighth UT league-cum-knockout cricket tournament played here today at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium.

Batting first, JJS XI scored 236 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 40 overs. Harpreet made 114 runs of 110 deliveries, which included 11 hits to the fence.

Chasing a target of nearly six runs per over, LIC XI began the chase on a bad note. Opener Gurinder Saini was out for duck while Rajesh Patha was trapped lbw for nougat. Rahul Arora and Sukhwinder tried heard to chase the runs but in vain. Major and Umesh took three and two wickets each.

brief scores;236 runs for eight in 40 overs (Harpreet Singh 114 runs, Sunny Sohal 31,Charanjit 20, Ricky Singh 3 for 48).

LIC XI: 142 runs all out in 33.5 overs (Rahul Arora 36, Sukhwinder Tinku 28, Ravi Verma17, Major Singh 3 for 38, Umesh Kiara 2 for 12).



Philatelic exhibition begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The Secretary of the Department of Posts, Mr Vijay Bhushan, inaugurated Chandipex-2004, a philatelic exhibition, at Sandesh Bhavan, Sector 17 here, today. As many as 21 philatelists exhibited their collections on the occasion. Mr Bhushan also released special cover to commemorate the exhibition.

Stamps of Russia, the UK, Indian Postal department, five paise surcharge stationary, Children's Day , India post-Independence, literature were displayed. In all 38 frames have been displayed in the exhibition.

Mr K.L.Puri, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab Circle, , while welcoming the guests stressed on the need to widen the knowledge of philately. Mr K.L.Khanna, Postmaster General, Punjab circle, was also present on the occasion.



No bidder for mines auction
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 20
The auction of 55 sand mines in the district proved to be a damp squib with no bidder coming forward.

According to sources, the Mines Department had fixed a reserve price of Rs 22.70 crore. About three years back, the mines were auctioned for Rs 7.8 crore.



Traffic challan drive from today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 20
The traffic police here is all set to start a special challan drive from tomorrow. The traffic in charge Mohali Inspector Jagjit Singh today said that in accordance with the announcement of the SP (Ropar), the drive would begin tomorrow morning to nab the traffic rules violators in the township.


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