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Cancer camp from Aug 27

Mohali, August 25
A “Cancer Screening, Counselling, Check-up” camp free of cost will be held from August 27 to August 29. It will involve education and awareness on cancer at Behgal Hospital, SCF 11, Phase 5, Mohali. TNS



Olympic debacle: officials should quit, says Milkha
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, August 25
Perturbed by the continuing disastrous performance of the Indian sportspersons in Athens, ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh today appealed the Government of India to hand over the management of Indian sports and sportspersons to the Army for better results.

In a brief interaction with Chandigarh Tribune yesterday, Milkha Singh said in every Olympics, the country send athletes who had achieved the desired Olympic-qualifying standards but when they actually competed in Olympics, their performance was miserable. He said either their performance was over-exaggerated or the coaches or associations mislead.

Milkha Singh said what was disgusting was that no one was made accountable for the debacle and after every Olympics, fictitious plans were made and new policies devised but again after every four years, same thing happened. He said this time immediately after coming back, the sports officials concerned should resign. He also said the President of the Indian Olympics Association should also quit. Milkha Singh said, there was no dearth of sports incentives now as compared to earlier times when het used to compete. He said today we had large stadiums, enhanced diet money, large number of coaches, international exposure but what was missing was the will to succeed both by the players and the coaches who continued to be a mere spectators.

He cited the example of China which were now world leader in sport and were neck to neck with the USA in terms of medal tally in Athens Olympics. He said more than five decades back, when he used to run in Olympics, China was like India in terms of medal winning. Milkha Singh said but the way China had progressed all these years was quite praiseworthy.

He said what pained him that why we continued to have over expectations from our athletes.

He complimented the efforts of K Binu for breaking the national record of 400 metre and said as promised he would give cash reward of Rs 1 lakh to K Binu on a function to be held very soon at Chandigarh. He said but Binu would have to work very hard for the next Olympics.

Milkha Singh also praised the honest and genuine approach of the Union Sports Minister, Mr Sunil Dutt, in developing sports in India. Milkha Singh said the Sports Authority of India had failed to deliver goods and with just one silver medal till now at Athens, that too mainly with own efforts of Rajyavardhan Rathore, we needed to adopt a strict approach.



Chandigarh enter hockey final
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 25
Hockey players of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) moved into the final of the third SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior Boys (Under-14) Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 hockey stadium. They will now meet the team from the Sukhchain Hockey Academy, Faridkot.

In their last league fixture, the CHA were given a tough fight by Gopal Hockey Academy of Kurali who went down fighting by 2-3. The CHA which is being run by the Chandigarh Administration got nine points from three fixtures.

The Sukhchain academy defeated the Hawks Academy of Ropar by two goals for their second win. With six points from two wins and one defeat, the Sukhchain academy secured six points.

The Gopal academy forwards made a good beginning. Mukul emerged the star performer for Kurali. He converted two penalty corners. In the last 10 minutes, the Kurali boys dominated the proceedings.

It was the CHA’s Sandeep Singh who scored a field goal. The lead, however, was shortlived as Mukul converted a penalty corner with a drag flick in the fifth minute to restore parity.

The CHA again forged ahead in the 11th minute after Dharambir Singh converted a penalty corner. Two minutes later, Dharambir converted another penalty corner to increase the margin for the CHA.

The local players tried to further increase the margin, however, the Gopal academy players thwarted their moves. In the last 10 minutes, the Gopal academy in the 54th minute forced a third penalty corner which Mukul converted it with an indirect shot after receiving a pass from Navjot Singh. Mukul was adjudged the Boy of the Match.

Earlier, the Sukhchain academy defeated the Hawks Academy by 2-0. Birinderjit put them ahead in the eighth minute with a field goal and Rakesh Kumar converted a penalty stroke in the 10th minute.

The Sukhchain academy were awarded five penalty corners and Hawks seven.. Rajnish Kumar was declared the Boy of the Match.



Inter-school shooting meet from August 28
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 25
The Punjab State Inter-School Shooting Championship in Air Weapons event will be held on August 28 and 29 at Shooting Range, Phase VI, Mohali. This was stated by Raja KS Sidhu, Secretary of the Punjab Rifle Shooting Association. The events will be held according to national and ISSF rules. Entries close on August 28 at 12 noon. The selected shooters will take part in the All-India Inter-School Kumar Surender Singh Memorial Shooting Championship to be held at Indore from September 29.

Throwball championship

The North Zone Throwball Championship will be held at Sports Complex, Sector 7, from August 27 to 29. Punjab, Haryana, Uttaranchal, UP, Delhi, MP, J&K and hosts Chandigarh will participate. This was stated by Mr SP Arora, Senior Vice-President of the Amateur Throwball Association of Chandigarh.

Carrom meet at St Stephen’s

Piyush Sood and Raj Kumar surged ahead to third round in sub-junior boys singles in the 14th Chandigarh State Carrom Championship which began here today at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. Others who entered the third round are, Raju, Viren Sood, Mohd Naushad, Nikhil Patwal, Ayush Handen and Viren Sood. In the junior boys section, Zaffar Khan, Piyush, Abhinandan, Mohd.Sehzad and Nikhil made it to the second round. Those who sailed in the second round of the men singles are, Asif Iqbal, Jaswinder Singh, Arjun Yadav, Anurag Kala, Amit, Pardeep, Qyuum Khan, Mohd.Sehzad, KC Walia and Abhinandan.

Football matches from today

The four-day Chandigarh Sub-Junior Boys Football Championship for Mahatma Hansraj DAV Trophy will be held at Football Stadium, Sector 17, from August 26 to 29. According to Mr Ravinder Talwar, President of the Chandigarh Football Association, so far 12 teams have confirmed their participation in the meet which will be played on knock-out basis.

Mr Talwar said 25 probables will be selected from the championship for a coaching camp for the coming National Sub-Junior Football Championship to be held at Haldwani from September 9 to 19.

Shooting meet

The Second Anup Singh Memorial Shooting Ball meet will be held on August 28 and 29 at Police Lines, Sector 26. According to Mr Ved Prakash Sharma, in this two-day meet, awards will be given to best shooter, best net, best defender and all rounder.

Soccer at Lawrence School

Yadavindra Public School, Mohali and Patiala, will be among the eight schools that will take part in the Seventh Bhupinder Singh Memorial Soccer Tournament going to begin at Lawrence School, Sanawar (Solan), from August 26. This three-day meet will have the participation of other school teams like Bishop Cotton, Shimla, Sherwood College, Nainital, Doon School, Dehradun, Pinegrove School, Subathu, Army Public School, Dagshai, and hosts Lawrence School, Sanawar.

CBSE Football Tournament

Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, will play host to the CBSE Football Tournament (Cluster XII) going to be held from August 26 to 28. As many as 16 teams will take part in this meet . According to Mr Krit Serai, Principal of the school, teams from Haryana, parts of HP and J&K will participate.



Football matches end in draw
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 25
The third day of the ongoing Chandigarh Junior Girls Football meet for St Stephen’s Trophy saw both matches played to draw. The matches are being held at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here.

Earlier eves of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, played a goalless draw against hosts St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. The former played well but missed many chances to score a goal.

In the second tie played between Sacred Heart and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, the latter began on a confident note by scoring a goal in ninth minute by Jasdeep, a national player. Goalkeeper Nidhi Sharma of GMSSS-35 foiled many attempts of Sacred
Heart eves.

However after the lemon break, it was Simran who equalised in the 38th minute, thus 1-1.

Shikha of Sacred Heart also got another crucial chance in dying minutes but could not convert it to goal. Tomorrow two matches will be played beginning at 9.30 am.

MCM win chess championship

MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36 emerged winner in the Panjab University Inter- College Chess championship for men and women played here at PU Gymnasium Hall.

They collected 12.5 points with team represented by Tanvi, Amanpreet, Deepmala, Rupinder and Rita. AS College for Women, Khanna, got 11.5 points and secured the second place while GGD SD College Sector 32, Chandigarh, bagged the third place with 10.5 points.

In the men section, DM College, Moga, won with 14.5 points while PU Chandigarh, clinched, the second position with 13.5 points. SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh came third by scoring 12.5 points.



Rules for Lake Club GM’s post altered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Following quashing of the appointment of Dr Reet Mohinder Singh, Lake Club General Manager, by the Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), the club is in the thick of another controversy.

This time it has allegedly changed rules for recruitment of the new GM, an advertisement for which was given in the newspapers, yesterday. According to the advertisement, among the essential qualifications for the post is the “background and knowledge of sports, preferably a sportsperson of merit”.

Sources, however, maintained that this provision was likely to go against the minutes of the general body meeting held under the chairmanship of Ms Vineeta Rai. The minutes said:

It is pointed that if the rules were to be “altered”, a meeting of the general house of the Chandigarh Sports Council (CSC) should have been held. Moreover, there is no mention of the upper age limit for applying for the post.

The fresh advertisement, the sources claimed, ran counter to the earlier advertisement of August 25,2000, which reportedly prescribed water sports as an essential qualifications.



Harbaksh replaces Sarot in panel for Home Secy’s post
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The name of Mr Harbaksh Singh, an IAS officer of the 1981 batch, has been included in the panel forwarded by the Haryana Government for appointment as Home Secretary of Chandigarh. The state government has withdrawn the name Mr Gulab Singh Sarot from the panel and replaced it with Mr Harbaksh Singh, official sources said. Mr Harbaksh Singh is now holding the dual responsibility of Commissioner, Information Technology, and Commissioner, Urban Development, Haryana Government.

Mr Harbaksh Singh had been shifted out of the high profile post of MD, Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation, a few days ago.

The Haryana Government had originally sent a panel of three names — Mr Krishan Mohan of the 1977 batch, Mr T.C. Gupta of the 1987 batch and Mr Gulab Singh Sarot of the 1985 batch.

The name of Mr T.C. Gupta cannot be considered till the present Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, a 1986 batch IAS officer, is posted out of Chandigarh. Since the Home Secretary is also Secretary, Local Government, Municipal Commissioner is his subordinate.

The same goes for the IG, Mr Rajesh Kumar. He is a 1979 batch IPS officer. Since the IG reports to the Home Secretary for administrative matters, it can create an ugly situation in case Mr Gupta or even Mr Gulab Singh Sarot are to be considered.



New registration series soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The Registering and Licensing Authority, Chandigarh will shortly start a new series CH-03-Q. Owners of motor vehicles desirous of obtaining a particular registration number, on payment, can submit applications with prescribed amount in the office by August 27. Applicants would be informed about allotment of the desired number on August 30, 2004. Auction, if required would be held on September 3, 2004 at 4 pm, in the office of the Registering & Licensing Authority.


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