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Lifts for patients non-functional
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The woes of Block C at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here are far from over. Now it is the lifts meant for patients that are causing problems to hordes of patients that visit the hospital daily. The lifts, meant exclusively for the patients, have been rendered non-functional for the past two days.

As a result, the already harried patients have to either wait for a long time for the trolley lifts to arrive or have to make do with much smaller lifts meant for the staff. This, too, if there is any space left in the lifts after accommodating staff members.

With seven levels in the Block C building, using the staircase or the ramps is a challenge for the ailing patients or their attendants. ďA lot of time was wasted in trying to find out what was wrong with the lifts. Then I was told that they were not functioning for the past some days. The trolley lift did not stop on level IV where I was waiting. After waiting for several minutes, someone asked me to use the staff lift,Ē said a visitor from New Delhi who had come to see a patient in the orthopaedics surgery.

The problem gets compounded for the visitors and patients in the ICU at level III of the Block C as the only way to reach or exit from the level is through the lifts and the non-functional lifts are creating difficulties for the patients.

Hospital officials said shortage of manpower was a hurdle in the smooth functioning of the lifts. They said they had been working on the problem and would soon find a solution.
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Foul smell headache for PGI patients
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The foul smell at the emergency OPD and block B of Nehru Hospital at the PGI is a headache for the patients. The smell, for which the drainage and sewerage system of block B of the hospital has been cited as the reason, did not go away in the earlier cleaning and the officials agreed that the rounds of regular cleaning need to be done to get rid of the odour. In fact the hospital authorities took up the matter in one of the committee meetings and tried to find a solution.

During cleaning a lot of surgical disposables and empty plastic bottles were fished out of the sewer. The director of PGI Prof K.K. Talwar, had to instruct the nursing staff posted in various wards and operation theatres not to throw the disposables in the toilets and drainage system.
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Punjab go down to SAI (West) in final
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 31
Fancied Punjab failed to capitalise on its strength and went down fighting to Sports Authority of India (West) team in the final of the 27th Junior National Handball Championship which came to close this evening at the DAV Senior Secondary School grounds, Sector 8. Punjab lost 24-27 though they were leading 13-12 till half time.

Mr SS Channi, president, Punjab Handball Association gave away the prizes.

The final proved to be very crucial as Punjab players supported by fans tried to play a better game.

Their star player Mohinder struck eight goals. However, it was Anil of SAI (West) who shattered Punjab dreams by converting many passes into goals. Finally, SAI (West) players upset last yearís runners-up Punjab by a close margin. For SAI (West), the scorers were, Praveen (four), Sayeed (three), Anil (seven), Harphul (five), Shiva Narain (two), and Prem (two). For Punjab, the goals were scored by Mohinder (eight), Supreet (five), Avtar (five), Puneet Rana (two) and Surjeet (two).
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Chandigarh shooting from August 5
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh State Rifle Shooting Championship will be held at Patiali Ki Rao shooting ranges, Sector 25, from August 5 to 8. The four day meet will have various air rifle and air pistol events in both menís and womenís sections.

The UT shooting team for the GV Mavlankar Shooting Championship to be held at Coimbatore from September 5 will also be selected, according to a press note of the Chandigarh Rifle Shooting Association. Outstanding shooters of the city will be suitably honoured.

Throwball meet: Gurdip Singh, PCS, Director Social Welfare, UT, has been nominated senior vice-president of the Amateur Throwball Association of Chandigarh. This was stated by Mr P.S. Brar, general secretary of the association. Meanwhile the Amateur Throwball Assocation of Chandigarh will organise the North Zone Throwball Championship on August 21 and 22 in Chandigarh. More than 200 players both men and women drawn from various northern states like J&K, UP, Haryana, Delhi, NCT, Delhi, Uttranchal, MP and Punjab will take part.

Softball camp: The Softball Association of India has entrusted the responsibility to the Chandigarh Amateur Softball Association to organise the first national coaching camp for the Indian junior probables at Chandigarh. The camp will be held at Panjab University grounds. The 26th Senior National Softball Championship has also been allotted to Chandigarh and the same will be held at Punjab Engineering College grounds later this year.
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Akshit rallies to win doubles crown
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 31
Akshit Mahajan, a student of Hansraj Public School rallied to win double crown in the tenth District Panchkula Badminton Championship which concluded this evening at the Sector 3 sports complex, Panchkula. Ms Neelam Pradeep Kasni, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula who was the chief guest, gave away the prizes. She appealed to the players to work hard to bring laurels to state in future. The three-day meet was organised by the District Badminton Association, Panchkula.

Results: all finals: under-13 girls: Mohini b Muskan 11-1, 11-6; boys: Akshit Mahajan b Deepak 15-10,15-4; Doubles: Akshit and Rythem b Deepak and Rohit 6-15,15-1,15-9.

Under16: singles; Prateek Mittal b Prerak Sharma 6-15, 15-7, 15-2; Doubles: Prateek and Rasik b Prerak and Ravi Kant 15-8, 14-17, 15-10. Under-19; singles; Saurav Kapoor b Gaurav Kapoor 15-12,15-13; doubles: Gaurav Kapoor and Prerak Sharma b Saurav and Sachin (conceded).

Menís singles: Peeyush Aggarwal b Sachin Garg 1-15,15-9,15-9; doubles: Rajesh and Sachin b Jatinder Mahajan and Gaurav Kapoor 17-16, 15-9. Womenís singles; Kannu Aggarwal b Gauri Sharma 9-11, 11-2, 11-3.

Tennis results: Abhay Raj Singh made it to the semifinal in boys singles of the St Peterís School Lawn Tennis Tournament being held in Sector 37. Others who entered the last four in this section were Sidharth Singh, who downed Prabhjot Singh, Ashwani Kumar who beat Gaurav Inder Toor and Fateh Singh Laddar, who defeated Raghal. In the girls second round matches, Mehak beat Mishu, Kritika b Guneet, Priya b Naemat, Bhavika b Arshi Khosla, Shilpa Narula defeated Rabhnoor while Vibha beat Mehar Anand.
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