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Indian victory invites applause
Arvind Katyal

Verma congratulates team

The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Justice O.P. Verma today congratulated the Indian cricket team for clinching the Indo-Pak Test as well as one-day series.

In a message, Justice Verma said members of the Indian team during this crucial period of Indo-Pak relations have acted as ‘ambassadors of peace’. He said Indian team besides winning the historic cricket series, also won the hearts of people of both the countries. I join the people of Punjab and Chandigarh in congratulating the cricket team in general and local boy Yuvraj in particular for their astounding performance in the series”, said Justice Verma.

Chandigarh, April 16
Cricket series with Pakistan is over and India has won both one-day as well as Test series, but it is the cricket which is the real winner. This was the view of the majority among the cricket fraternity at the conclusion of the series today after India wrapped up the Test series with a thumping win in third Test.

Desh Prem Azad said, “It is a great win. When Indians left for Pakistan last month, they were beaming with confidence, which helped them in gaining ground on the foreign soil. Indian batsmen were also fresh with Australian experience where they mastered their strokes by facing the world class bowlers.” Azad said the present win would boost the confidence of the players.

Dr Ravinder Chadha, a former doctor with the Indian cricket team, said it was a great team effort. Dr Chadha said even before the team’s departure for Pakistan, he had predicted a big win for India. That was based on the fact that Indian batting were now a world class and there was a strong second line sitting for any change in the main team line-up. Mr Chadha said we must thank the ICC for appointing neutral umpires which helped in both sides playing without any prejudice.

Mr Ravinder Talwar, secretary-general of the Chandigarh Olympic Association, said after this superb performance in Pakistan, where Indians never performed so good, it seemed like a miracle.

Mr Talwar said in this series, few youngsters like Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan and Balaji became a scare for the rival team and the Indian batting also showed its remarkable performance and be it Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, a VVS Laxman all of them proved their worth.



Selection trials conclude
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, April 16
The annual selection trials of the Shivalik sports academies concluded today at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41. Mr D.S. Bedi, Director-Principal of the school, said the academy boys have done well in the past. Mr Bedi later addressed the participants and assured them of a better prospects in sports and academic front in the coming session.

The final admission would be done after the scrutiny of the original certificates in support of age, education and medical fitness.

The players selected on provisional basis are: basketball — Gurjot Singh (Punjab), Ashish Kumar (Chd), Gursatjit Singh (Pb), Gagandeep (Chd), Harpreet Singh (Pb), Nikhil Kumar (Chd), Narender Singh (Pb) and Pradeep (Har); hockey — Danveer Singh (Chd), Pankaj Kumar (Har), Jaspreet Singh I, Jagdev Singh and Deepak Kumar( all Pb), Tadbir Singh( Chd), Narender Yadav (Har), Harsimarjit Singh , Narender Singh, Jaspreet Singh II, Sukhvinder Singh and Harish Chaudhary (all Pb) and Sunny Khasa (Har); and volleyball — Ravinder, Shishpal, Shinder, Surender Kumar , Mahavir, Sandeep Rathee, Raj Kumar and Anuj Saharan (Har) and Balwant Singh (HP).



DC sees red in saffron flags
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party today unauthorisedly put up banners and flags all across the city. Late in the afternoon, Mr Arun Kumar, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Electoral Officer, sent teams to pull down the banners slung across electricity poles and also the flags on all roundabouts in the city. He said the enforcement staff had been asked to bring down the banners and flags as this was defacement of public property.

Meanwhile, the local unit of the Congress alleged that this was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and asked the Deputy Commissioner to take action. Since last night, workers of the BJP were busy putting up banners and flags. The Deputy Commissioner said nobody would be allowed to put up flags and banners.


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