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Endoscopic surgery for treating sinusitis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
With minimum incision and more success rate compared to the conventional surgery, the endoscopic sinus surgery is the latest treatment finding favours with the leading physicians. “The endoscopic surgery of treating chronic rhinosinusitis, involves minimal incision, unlike the conventional surgeries in which a deep cut is needed to be made around the nose or the lips area to treat the ailment,’’ said Dr D.S. Sethi, Senior Consultant at the Department of Otolaryngology in Singapore General Hospital. Dr Sethi is visiting PGI for the three-day National Conference on Otolaryngology which began yesterday.

The endoscopes, explain the experts, are the technically advanced optical devices which make it possible to look inside the nostril while conducting the surgery. This is the reason why no big cut is required in the procedure and the patients fearing the surgery scars have a definite alternative. “The procedure has picked up in the past decade and many surgeons are preferring this surgery. The only drawback from the patients ‘ point of view about the endoscopic surgery is the higher cost due to the high investment in procuring the equipment,’’ added Dr Sethi, who performed three live endoscopic surgeries at the conference today. 



Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary today
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, August 28
The 100th birth anniversary of one of the greatest icons of Indian sports, Major Dhyan Chand, falls tomorrow. Indian hockey needs to take inspiration from the name, once admired by people like Adolf Hitler, at a time when the sport is going through a tough phase.

Major Dhyan Chand, who was born in Allahabad in 1905, was instrumental in making India a super power in the sport, with the country winning gold medals in three consecutive Olympics i.e. from 1928 to 1936. Interestingly, his son Ashok Kumar also represented India in the Olympics. Major Dhyan Chand not only mesmerised crores of Indians but became a household name in all hockey playing nations. His deft stick-work and amazing ball control left fellow players and spectators awestruck. He remained the dominant power in hockey for more than 20 years and left the game at the age of 42.

A legend has it that when Dhyan Chand played, the ball got stuck to his stick. Dhyan Chand was part of three gold medal winning Indian teams at the Olympics — Amsterdam in 1928, Los Angles in1932 and Berlin in 1936. In the final of Berlin Olympics, Major Dhyan Chand was at his best, scoring six goals out of India’s 8-1 win over the mighty Germany.

Dhyan Chand also did diploma in coaching from the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, but found it difficult to train players. He was given Padma Bhushan in 1956 and a stamp on him was released in 1980, a year after his death at the age of 74.

An inspiring article on Major Dhyan Chand, “Wizard”, written by writer K. Arumugam was included in the Class XI English textbook by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi is a further tribute to this legend.



Today is National Sports Day

Tomorrow is the National Sports Day. The day has been dedicated to Major Dhyan Chand, whose birth anniversary falls on this day. Almost a decade back, the Indian Government had decided to celebrate this day as Sports Day, but the message has not gone down to the masses in its entirety. States organise a few hockey matches or events in other sporting disciplines as an apology for this grand day. The day has been reduced to a mere formality to remember nation’s greatest hockey exponent.

Interestingly, this year the day coincides with the closing ceremony of Athens Olympics. The debacle in the recent Olympics is still fresh in the minds of every Indian.

Recently, “Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh had suggested to hand over the control of sports to the Indian Army and follow the China experiment in sports.

Britain’s example of focussing on 2012 Olympics (London is a strong bid for 2012) can also be followed. As per their recent study, they plan to involve children in the age group of seven to 11 years in various schools of the UK to groom them as world class athletes in the next eight years.

With Delhi being allotted the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and country’s likely bids for 2014 Asian Games and 2020 Olympics, it is high time to go in for a larger talent hunt in select disciplines.

Recognition to the National Sports Day can be a stepping stone for involving masses in sports participation. The day needs to be observed in schools and colleges in totality.



DAV boys win football title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 28
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, downed Guru Nanak Mission School, Paonta Sahib, by 4-1 to bag the CBSE North-Zone Football Meet (Cluster XIII) which concluded today at Satluj Public School in Panchkula. The third place went to Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, who beat Guru Nanak Mission School, Paonta Sahib, by six goals to one.

Mr Pritam Serai, Director, Satluj Public School, was the chief guest.

Shootingball: The Second Anoop Singh Memorial Shootingball tournament began at the police lines grounds in Sector 26 on Saturday. It was inaugurated by Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP.

As many as 32 teams from Patiala, Ambala, Jagadhari, Panchkula, Mohali and Malout are taking part in this two-day meet.

In the matches played on Saturday, the winners were Vikas Club, (Sector 20), RTC Police Lines, (Sector 26), Bunty Club, (Yamunanagar), Saini Club, Vijay Club, Patiala Club, Chandigarh Police A, Paramount B and Ambala B teams.

YPS shooters shine: Shooters from Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, shone on the opening day of the Vth Punjab State Inter-School Shooting championship which began here today at the Shooting Ranges, in Mohali. As many as 105 shooters drawn from 30 schools of the state are taking part in this meet which is being organised by the Punjab Rifle Shooting Association.

Sanej Mast of YPS, Patiala, shot 370/400 in peep sight air rifle (NR) junior women while Sikandar Manna shot 229/300 in the open sight air rifle (NR) sub-junior men’s section.

Other shooters who led on the opening day are Jogeshwar Ghuman (565/600) Buddha Public School, Patiala, in peep sight air rifle, Sumanpreet Sran (376) Dashmesh-Badal, Muktsar, Gurnaad Virdi (116) of Punjab Senior Secondary School, Patiala, in open sight air rifle (NR) junior men, Tanya Singhnaia (233) of KVM School, Ludhiana, in open sight air rifle (NR) sub-junior women while in junior men’s section , it was Arshdeep Singh Panwar of LRS DAV School, Abohar. Jagpreet Singh Virk (377) of Guru Nanak Foundation Public School, Patiala, in peep sight air rifle (NR) sub-junior men and Preeti Tomar (373) of Dashmesh School Badal, Muktsar, in sub-junior women section. In the air pistol section, those leading on the first day were Rishabh Marwaha, Lakhveer, Manmeet, Aank Dhanda, Pooja Tomar and Nisha Panwar.

Football final: St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, will take on Government Model High School, Sector 42, in the final of the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Meet for Mahatma Hansraj Trophy on Sunday.

In the semifinal, St Stephen’s-45 blanked DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, by four goals.

In the other semifinal, Government Model High School, Sector 42, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, by 6-0.

Gymnastics meet: DAV College, Sector 10, clinched the Panjab University Inter-College Gymnastics Championship by scoring 147.20 points. The team comprised Laxman Gurang, N. Aphaba Singh, Bhupesh, Pardeep, Rakesh and Naveen. The second place went to SGGS College, Sector 26, while AS College, Khanna, got the third place.

A ‘sporty’ message: On the eve of the National Sports Day, children of The Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula, on Saturday had a two-hour sports session on its premises. This is for the third consecutive year that the school has been celebrating the sports day with fervour.

According to Ms Kavita Soni, Principal, children in the age group of 9 to 11 years took part in various events.

They were also taught the importance of sports in society and the involvement of each individual in sports to have a healthy society.

Tae kwon do meet: Akash Kaul and Anish Kaul cornered glory by getting the first and second places respectively, in the fin weight category in the Chandigarh State Tae kwon do Championship which began at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, on Saturday. Pankaj Parshad came third.

In the fly weight category, Nisheet was first followed by Amandeep and Karan Goel.

The tournament was inaugurated by Mr P.K. Sirohi, Commissioner, Customs and Central Excise.

The other results are:

Bantam weight: Pratinav 1, Anurag 2, Rahul 3.

Light wt: Vivek 1, Manish 2, Hajinder 3. Light middle wt: Gurpeet 1, Sunny 2, Amir 3. Middle wt: Nitiz Grun1,1, Adish 2, Manpreet 3.

Throwball tourney: The two-day sixth North-Zone Throwball Championship concluded on Saturday at the Sector 7 Sports Complex. Haryana and Uttar Pradesh won the first place in the women’s and men’s section, respectively, while Delhi got the second place in both sections. In men, hosts Chandigarh secured the third place while in women, Punjab got the third position. In the women’s section, Chandigarh got the fourth place.

Ms Padmini Singla, SDM(East), was the chief guest.

Carrom champions: Pallavi bagged the junior girl’s singles title in the 14th Chandigarh State Carrom Championship being played at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. Bhanu and Shaina won the girl’s junior doubles title. Mohammad Shahzad clinched the boy’s singles title.


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