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Kapil launches Golf Foundation
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 14
The Golf Foundation, Chandigarh, was today launched by legendary cricketer turned golfer Kapil Dev here at the Chandigarh Golf Club. It is an initiative which was mooted by Amandeep Johl, a local golf professional, and also a founding member of the Asian Golf Tour. The basic agenda of the newly formed foundation was to promote golf in the region giving special emphasis to budding golfers.

Kapil in his brief remarks, said there were many caddies who could not show their potential due to lack of exposure and confidence. This foundation aims at helping such golfers. Kapil said Chandigarh was a very convenient city to play unlike Delhi and other big cities where time and energy was wasted in commuting. He said the foundation had a good battery of people, mainly golfers, to further strengthen its cause and they would certainly like to make the city the golf hub of India.

Johl said this was just the beginning. “We want to start gradually so that we could do better in the long run,” he said. He said initially they would target the age group of 16-20 and already they had identified a few young golfers whom they would train and also take care of their diet. He said the foundation would also try to find corporate sponsors for the players.

Raja Malwinder Singh, vice-president of the foundation, said, the city had enormous facilities and they would provide the youngsters with the desired platform. He said the foundation would also encourage golfers to participate in the various tournaments at the national and international level. The governing body of the foundation comprises Kapil Dev (president), Raja Malwinder Singh (vice-president), and members, Mr Kapil Khanna, Mr Rajiv Bali, Mr Sachit Jain, Mr Amanbir Singh, Mr Chittranjan Aggarwal and Amandeep Johl.

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Hopes pinned on tennis duo, shooters
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 14
Leading sports personalities and ardent lovers of sports have pinned high hopes on the Indian contingent fielded in the Athens Olympics.
Mr Rajan Kashyap, chairman, Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, is optimistic that Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi would gift India an Olympic medal. “They might repeat the 1996 Atlanta Olympics feat by winning a bronze or might even surprise us with a gold medal,” he said.

Dr J.P.S. Sidhu, Joint Director, Sports, UT, who was a psychologist with the Indian team a few years back, said in hockey, it all depended on the first tie against the Netherlands tomorrow. Mr Sidhu, who left for Athens today, said, even if India drew with the Dutch, their morale would get a boost. “In athletics, Anju George stands a good chance of bringing home a bronze medal and she was capable of achieving the target of 7 metres,” he said.

Sabeeha Dhillon, a former international shooter from the city, is hopeful of at least two medals in shooting. She said Suma shot well to reach the last eight while Anjali was unlucky. She said Manavjit and Rajvardhan Rathore were the best bets for India in shooting.

Mr Krit Serai, Principal, Satluj Public School, Panchkula, and an ardent sports lover, has pinned high hopes on Anju George. He said she would probably give India the much needed medal in athletics.

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Sacred Heart eves win
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 14
On the second day of the Chandigarh Subjunior Girls Football Championship being played here at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, defending champions Sacred Heart School defeated Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, by four goals to nil. Simar scored two goals while Noor and Divya Sharma one goal each.

Earlier in other matches played, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, got the better of St Soldiers International School, Sector 28, 3-2 to advance in the semifinals. Now they will meet St Stephen’s School in the second semifinal to be play tomorrow at 3 pm.

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Parnita, Dimple in limelight
Our Sports Reporter

Parnita Garewal
Parnita Garewal

Chandigarh, August 14
Parnita Garewal and Dimple Minocha stole the limelight in the Independence cup 2004 Ladies Golf tournament here today at Chandigarh Golf Club. Parnita and Dimple were taken to 18th hole which they won after being 3 down at the turn to Pikka and Manpreet. In the other half, Kanika Manocha and Deepu Dhanoa were given a tough fight by Meena Sodhi and Neelu Chopra who got them down in the early stages of the game but later Kanika and Deepu recovered.

The finals were played between Parnita and Dimple versus Kanika and Deepu. Till the third hole, it was a see-saw battle but from the fourth hole onwards, Dimple and Parnita won the next four holes. In the black nine, Kanika and Deepu could half only two holes and after the 13th hole, Parnita and Dimple won the match 6 up with 5 holes to go.


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Sadhika emerges on top
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 14
Sadhika Kaushal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, emerged the winner in the subjunior girls section of the Prof R.S. Mehta Memorial Open North Zone Prize Money Table Tennis Championship being played here at Sector 23 TT hall.

In the girls final, Sadhika overpowered Meghna Kakria in straight games with scores being 11-7,11-8,11-9, while in boys final, Manpreet Singh defeated Rajan Mahindra in a tough tie with scores being 11-3, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4,11-8.

Semi-finals:Sadhika Kaushal (GMSSS-35) b Aishwarya Arora (DAVPS-8) 9-11,12-10,14-12,11-8; Meghna Kakria (DAVP-8) b Kalyani (Tender Heart-33).

Boys semi-final: Manpreet (Ludhiana) b Munish (Patiala) 6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 9-11,11-4; Rajan Mahindra (DAVPS-8) b Raghav (Patiala)11-3, 10-12, 10-12, 12-10, 11-4.

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Expedition team
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 14
A two member mobike expedition team led by founder member of the National Adventure Club (India) Mr Rakesh Kumar and Mr Neeraj Choudhary as pilion rider will be flagged off tomorrow for Khardungla.

According to Mr S.C. Chauhdhary, vice-president of the club, the adventurers would reach Manali on August 15, Koksar on August 16 and Paang and Leh on August 17. He said the expedition would cover the highest mountain road in the world, passing through in hospitable cold desert of Keylong and Ladakh. They would cross Rohtang Pass (13500 feet, Baralachala (16500 feet), Lachalangla (16616 feet), Tanglangala (17582 feet), the second highest pass of the world.

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CAT amends provisions of recruitment rules
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has amended certain provisions of the “Recruitment Rules of 2000”, paving the way for the promotion of a section of the employees of the Office of the UT Controller of Printing and Stationery.

In his order, Justice O.P. Garg, Vice-Chairman, ordered the UT Administration to amend the rules within three months and consider the applicants for promotion to the post of Reader with consequential benefits.

It may be recalled that certain Copy Holders had challenged the Administration’s order in denying them promotions on the plea that they had not passed the “matriculation in the second division” although they possessed higher qualifications like higher secondary and graduation from recognised universities.

Pleading for the applicants, Mr D.R. Sharma contended that when a person with second division in matriculation could get promotion, the higher qualifications should be treated as a substitute for matriculation. However, the counsel for the respondents, Mr N.K. Bhardwaj, argued that in view of the law on subject, a higher qualification could not be a substitute for the minimum qualification.

After hearing the argument from the counsels of the applicants and respondents, the Bench observed: “One must try to provide equal opportunities of promotion, at least, to the persons similarly situated. An important consequence of the rights to equality is element of reasonableness. We hold that unreasonable classification in qualification, under challenge, offends Article 14 of the Constitution and once it is held to be uncontitutional, it has to quashed.”

The order directed the respondents to consider necessary amendments in the Rules by adding the qualifications of at least plus two and graduation in addition to the “matriculation with second division”.

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