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4 eves back after donning national colours in skating
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, June 19
Four Panchkula eves have made their city proud by representing India in the 10th Asian Roller Skating Championship, which concluded on June 15 at Akita, Japan . Indian women won bronze medal. These four girls Chandita Kamboj, Suruchi Chandel, Renuka and Smriti Chandel along with other members of the team arrived here last evening. Chandita Kamboj is a Class X student of Blue Bird School, Sector 16, Panchkula, and has earlier taken part in the World Women Roller Hockey meet and in the last 9th Asian Skating meet held at Chinese Taipei. She disclosed that the winner of this meet in the women section was Japan while the runner-up was Chinese Taipei. India gave a tough fight to Chinese Taipei losing 2-7 and 1-4 in two matches. She said the matches were played in the Indoor rink and the surface was faster than what they practiced here in India. She said they were being trained here in the Blue Bird Coaching Centre by the Haryana Sport Department coach, Mr AD Sharma.

Another girl Suruchi Chandel, who has passed Class X from Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, has also played for the second time in the Asian Skating meet. She said the sports complex where the matches were held was a huge one and it had hosted 2001 world games. Suruchi said Japanese girls were better than Indians in terms of speed and stamina but she hoped that in the next Asian meet they would improve their performance. Renuka, a Class IX student of Bhavan Vidyala, Sector 15, Panchkula, whose was this maiden International meet, was the only Indian to score a goal against a foreign team. Renuka said she got the inspiration to join the roller hockey from her cousin Priyanka, who is herself an international skater.

Fourth girl Smriti Chandel, now a Class X student of Satluj Public School, Sector 4, who also played in the international meet, said she was much inspired by the Japanese eves. Smriti said she would now make all out efforts to prepare for the world women roller hockey meet to be held in Germany in September,. She was all praise for the Italian coach

Baraldi Aldo, who coached the Indian team.

Mr AD Sharma, skating coach who trained all the four girls, was happy at the performance shown by her trainees. He said Panchkula had now become a hub of roller hockey and only last month Haryana won the senior women title in the national skating meet. Haryana also won the overall championship in skating.



Day 2 in snooker goes India’s way
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, June 19
The second day of the three-Test Rexello Castors Indo-Pak Peace Cup Snooker Tournament went in favour of the hosts. They went 2-0 up at the Chandigarh Club here today.

The first match was played between Rafath Habib of India and Muhammad Atiq Bux of Pakistan. In the first frame, Rafath blasted his way with an opening 58 and wrapped up the frame 89-24. Bux took the second frame 66-26. The third frame was a cliff-hanger, but Rafath showed his supremacy by taking the game with the narrowest possible margin, 62-61.

Pakistan fought back immediately and Muhammad Yousuf of Pakistan slaughtered India’s Pankaj Advani 49-6, 70-0. Advani teamed up with Manan Chandra for the third match against Pakistan’s Khurram Agha and Imran Shazad. The Indian duo wrapped up the match 59-50, 78-29.

In the next match, Saleh Muhammad of Pakistan was pitted against India’s Yasin Merchant. Saleh took the first frame 59-57. Yasin subdued Saleh in the next two frames 92-0, 61-12 to give India the vital 3-1 lead. Asian champion Alok Kumar of India beat Khurram Agha of Pakistan 73-20, 59-17.

After this, a doubles peace match was played, in which, Saleh and Alok beat Advani and Khurram. In the fifth match, Alok and Rafath beat Saleh and Atiq 67-2,73-1. Pakistan ended the day on a winning note, with Imran defeating Chandra 71-2, 57-53.



PSEB team raids slum colonies
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 19
An enforcement team of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Mohali circle, today raided slum colonies and villages in the area and removed over 20 kundi connections.

The team led by the senior Executive Engineer, Mr V.K. Mahajan, started the raids in the wee hours today and by 9 am had issued notices to over 20 consumers for pilfering power.

Mr Mahajan told The Tribune that he was accompanied by both SDOs Mr Bains and Mr Sharma along with a score of junior engineers.

He added that notices with fine of Rs 60,000 had been issued to the defaulters.

Mr Bains said that while in most of the slum colonies the residents had connected kundis to draw power, in villages some cases of consumers bypassing meters had been detected.

The areas the team raided this morning include Jujhar Nagar Colony, Mati Ram Colony and Behlolpur village.

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