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OPD block at GH-32 soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
The promised six-storeyed OPD Block at General Hospital is finally going to see some work. Even as the block was approved in May 2003, no work on it has started. Yesterday, UT Administrator O.P. Verma (retd) reviewed the progress of work.

The estimate for the new OPD Block is being prepared. It is expected that these would come around Rs 4.5 crore and once this is done, tenders would be floated for construction of the OPD Block within 
two months.

The new OPD Block was discussed at the coordination meeting of senior officers yesterday. According to the original plan, the OPD Block would have cost Rs 6 crore. Thereafter, it was thought to engage a professional hospital construction consultant agency for revising the plan and a presentation to the Chandigarh Administration was made in this regard.

Later it was decided to have inhouse arrangements for revising the plan of the OPD Block in order to bring down the cost and also maximum utilisation of space.

Now the Chief Architect has drawn a revised plan for the OPD Block and submitted the same to the Engineering Department.

At the meeting, the issue of stray cattle also came up. It was opined that the problem could not be solved in isolation without the active cooperation of the Punjab and Haryana Governments. The Adviser informed the Administrator that he would hold a combined meeting with the Punjab and Haryana Chief Secretaries in the near future to work out a coordinated strategy to tackle this menace.

The Municipal Commissioner said 1,500 cows had already been sent last month to a gaushala in New Delhi. Also being worked out are modalities of keeping a check on the existing stock of domestic cattle in villages of Chandigarh to check the stray cattle menace.

It was informed at the meeting that one more gaushala with a capacity for 300 cattle head would be ready by the end of this month in the city.

The Administrator expressed concern over the leakage of gas near a school in Sector 25 and asked the MC Commissioner to undertake a survey of the area to check the sources of the gas.Back


Health conscious, go in for low-calorie sweeteners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
If you are calorie-conscious and want to remain slim and fit, then go in for low-calorie sweeteners. Sweet indulgences like candies, desserts and cakes were once a no-no for people with diabetes. Not any more, thanks to these products.

Addressing mediapersons here yesterday, Mr Sanjay Nayyar, Chief Executive Officer, Merisant Indian Pvt Ltd South Asia, said, “Today counting calories and choosing the healthiest food is more important than eliminating sugar altogether. While a glass of coke contains 220 calories, that of Equal’s powder soft drink contains only 12 calories.”

Reiterating the company’s objective, Mr Nayyar said with a current market share of 20 per cent the company plans to expand its operations in more cities in the next few months.

On offer now are the lemon and orange flavours in the low-calorie powdered soft drink range. Housewives can pick up the company’s zero-calorie sweetener to make low calorie desserts like “kheer” and “halwa” at home. While sugar-free chocolate and mints are available in the UK and USA they will be introduced in India in the next year, he added.

Mr Nayyar said, “The market for low-calorie sweetener is poised to grow exponentially, with the total market growing at more than 10 per cent in the past one year. Though the company is primarily targeting the high-end customers, they are looking at a growth rate of 25-30 per cent in this financial year.

Mr Nayyar added that the company was a 100 per cent subsidiary of Chicago-based Merisant company, which planned setting up a unit at Baddi. — TNSBack


PGI to have five specialised centres
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
The PGI will soon have five specialised centres to provide better patient care. These will include the advanced cardiac centre, the advanced urology centre, the eye centre, the trauma centre and the bone marrow transplant centre.

The PGI director, Prof K.K. Talwar, said, “While the eye centre will start functioning in the coming months, the advanced cardiac centre will start in December next year only. “Earlier there was a problem of arranging finances, but the problem has been taken care of now and the project is back on rails,” he said.Back


Bungee jumping begins
Our Sports Reporter

A bungee jumper in action at adventure sports festival, which began at Circus Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday.
A bungee jumper in action at adventure sports festival, which began at Circus Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, August 20
Ten-day bungee jumping event began at the circus grounds, Sector 17, here today.

The thrilling event has been brought to the city by Spice Telecom in collaboration with Xtreme Zone Sports and Services of Bangalore. Passers-by were surprised to see people taking giant leaps in the air. Children and youths stormed the show and one could hear screams of those trying to brave the event.

The event will be open to the public daily from 12 noon to 10 pm. Apart from thrill of bungee jumping and catapulting, visitors will also be able to participate in exciting contests and win gift hampers and cash vouchers. There will be prizes for the best jumper, the youngest and the oldest participant, the best couple participant and the most enthusiastic participant.



Facts about double trap
Arvind Katyal

Illustration showing trap target elevations and maximum horizontal angles for the first, second and third trap in each group.
Illustration showing trap target elevations and maximum horizontal angles for the first, second and third trap in each group.

Chandigarh, August 20
On Tuesday Indian shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won silver medal in the double trap event in clay pigeon shooting. Though many of us might have read or heard about Rathore’s participation in the Athens Olympics in the trap event, only a select few have an idea of what the event is all about.

In the trap event, a “bird” is shot by a shooter, while in double trap it is shot twice simultaneously. Double trap uses the same shooting range layout as Olympics trap, but the shooter shoots at two targets which are simultaneously thrown in the air.

A machine throws the “birds” at various angles. Five shooting stations must be arranged on a straight line at a distance of 15 metre to the rear and parallel to the front edge of the trap pit.

As shown in the picture, a shooter uses traps 7, 8 and 9 from the trap range. The left-hand trap (7) throws targets to the right (up to 5 degree from the centre), the centre trap (8) throws straight targets and the right-hand trap (9) throws targets to the left (up to 5 degree from the centre). Vertical elevation of targets is 3 to 3.5 metre at a distance of 10 metre from the trap. The length of the target trajectory (distance a target should travel) in normal conditions is 55 metre.

Shooters move through a series of five adjacent shooting stations, shooting at one pair of targets at each station. Gun position is optional but shooters usually pre-mount their shotguns prior to calling for the target. Target release is voice activated, however, a random delay ranging from 0 to 1 second has been introduced between the time the shooter calls for the target and the target being released from the trap.

Double trap matches consist of 150 targets shot in three rounds of 25 pairs of targets each. During a match all trap combinations will be used (one round using traps 7 and 8, one round using 8 and 9 and one round using traps 7 and 9.

Double trap was introduced for the first time during the 1996 Olympics.

In this region, after the Tughlakabad shooting range near New Delhi, Mohali is equipped with both trap and skeet ranges located at Government College, Phase VI.

During the National Games 2001, the Punjab Rifle Shooting Association managed to get the range installed at Mohali with the help of renowned expert Kanwar Brij Bhan Singh of Delhi. Raja K.S. Sidhu, Secretary of the association, said trap machines were imported from Germany.

However, in the Patiala ki Rao Range in Chandigarh the infrastructure for both trap and skeet range exists but no funds have been sanctioned to upgrade it.



Mandeep is judo champ
Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 20
Mandeep Singh of SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, got the first position in the below 60 kg section in the Panjab University Inter-College Judo (men) Championship here today.

In the 90 kg category, Bijinder Singh of SSD SD College, Sector 32, bagged the first place while in the 100 kg category, Prabh Manak Singh Kooner of Panjab University campus, Chandigarh, won the first place.

In other events, various winners are:

Below 56 kg — Vipan Kumar — Government College, Hoshiarpur; below 66 kg — Hardeep Singh- Arya College, Ludhiana; below 73 kg — Harshgeet- Malwa College, Bondli- Samrala; below 81 kg — Satinder Singh — Arya College, Ludhiana; and open weight — Anil Jaura, Arya College, Ludhiana.

In the team championship, Arya College, Ludhiana, got 19.5 points to gain the first slot while SGGS College clinched the second place.Back

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