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Rare heart surgery at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Dr H.K. Bali of the Department of Cardiology, PGI, claims to have performed a rare heart surgery successfully last week on a patient whose both the carotid arteries were blocked, while the remaining two vertebral arteries were 99 per cent blocked.

The surgery, which lasted for a little over an hour, proved life saving for the 50-year-old Sarvan Kumar who hails from Nalagarh. In Sarvan’s case, both his carotid arteries were completely blocked while the vertebral arteries had 99 per cent blockage. Since the arteries are responsible for supplying blood to the brain, the virtually complete blockage had severely restricted the blood supply to the Sarvan’s brain.

“Though we treat the blockage of front carotid arteries, such case is rare where all the four arteries are blocked,” said Dr H.K. Bali, who added that he has never operated upon such a case before.

The blockage, if not operated upon in time, could have led to a fatal paralytic stroke in the patient. “We have performed angioplasty on the vertebral arteries and removed the blockage,” explained Dr Bali.

Dr Bali said such a surgery is rare even in the entire country. “Though we routinely operate upon the blocked carotid arteries, but the surgery on the vertebral arteries simultaneously in this case was a rarity,” said Dr Bali. The patient Sarvan Kumar, is recovering in the PGI ward. 



Dhan Bahadur, Deepika best gymnasts
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 4
Dhan Bahadur in sub-junior boys section and Deepika Rawat in girls section were adjudged all-round best gymnasts on the second day of the 32nd Chandigarh State Gymnastics Championship at ITBP Gymnasium Hall, Behlana, here today. In artistic gymnastics, Yogita and Gaganpreet emerged winners in various events.

Meanwhile, the hike in participation fee to Rs 150 from previous Rs 50 was resented by participants. The Chandigarh Gymnastic Association who is holding the meet even charged the fee from children of poor families and charged same fee for both sub-junior and senior sections. More than 200 players are taking part in this three-day meet.

The results: artistic: sub-junior boys: Rajat Rawat 1, Dhan Bahadur 2, Amit Kumar 3. Neel Kartik 3; Horizontal Bars: Amit Kumar 1, Dhan Bahadur 2, Avnish Dalpatia and Parkash Lal 3; artistic: sub-junior girls: Deepika Rawat 1, Ritu Manju 2, Hari Kala 3; artistic: senior boys: Karan Bahadur 1, Anil Kumar 2, Madan Lal 3. Vinod Bajaj 3; Roman rings: Karan 1, Somnath Das 2, Y. Ibomcha and Arup Debnath 3; aristic women: vaulting table: Yogita 1, Gaganpreet 2, Pinky 3; uneven bars: Gaganpreet 1, Yogita 2, Pinky 3; balancing beam: Gaganpreet 1, Yogita 2, Pinky 3; and Floor exercises:Yogita1, Pinky 2, Gaganpreet 3.

Katoch Shield

The Punjab Cricket Association has chalked out plan to hold the Punjab state inter-district cricket tournament for Katoch Shield, 2004-05. According to Mr M.P. Pandove, secretary of the association, two pools have been made comprising six big and two small district. Pool A comprises Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and zone B while pool B consists Patiala, Chandigarh, Mohali and zone A.

Mr Pandove said the first leg of the two-day league tournament will begin from September 10 with the first tie of pool B between Patiala and zone A in Patiala and another tie between Mohali and Chandigarh in Chandigarh. On same dates in pool A Jalandhar will play zone B in Amritsar while Amritsar will vie with Ludhiana in Ludhiana.

In the second leg, which will be held on September 13 and 14, Amritsar will play zone B in Amritsar while Jalandhar will play Ludhiana in Ludhiana. In pool B Chandigarh will play zone A in Chandigarh while Patiala would vie with Mohali in Patiala.

On September 16 and17, in pool A, matches will be played between Amritsar and Jalandhar in Amritsar while Ludhiana will vie with zone B in Ludhiana. In pool B matches will be held between Patiala and Chandigarh to be played in Patiala while Mohali will play zone A in Chandigarh. Mr Pandove stated that second leg of the tournament would be held on knock-out basis.

Rural sports meet

A two-day rural sports meet began at Guru Dronacharya Stadium, Dadu Majra, here today. Various events organised on the first day included circle kabaddi in different weight category, volleyball (shooting) and veteran races. In the final of the 37 kg kabaddi match Kainaur village stood first while Mauli Baidwan village secured the second place. The National Club, Mohali, clinched the first place in volleyball (shooting), while Desu Majra team stood second.

In veterans race, Raghubir Singh Bhullar came first, followed by Jaswant Singh of Ludhiana and Jagdish Chand of Desu Majra.

Earlier, the meet was inaugurated by Mr G.S. Riar, member SGPC, Chandigarh, while Mr Darshan Singh, chairman of the Zila Parishad, UT, inaugurated the circle kabaddi events.

Basketball meet

Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, and Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 38, won their matches in the boys’ section of the Seventh CBSE Cluster XIII Basketball Tournament that began at New Public School, Sector 18, here today.

Other winning teams were Vivek High School, Sector 38, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, Lawrence School, Sanawar, and Maharaj Hari Singh School, Nagbani, DC Model School, Panchkula, JKPS, Jammu, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, and Tribune Model School, Sector 29.

In the girls’ section, the winning teams were JK Public School, Kunjawami (J&K), Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, Vivek High School, Sector 38, DC Model School, Sector 7, Panchkula, and Presentation Convent School, Jammu. 



Puneet, Gurnoor create records in swimming meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 4
SAF-2004 Games gold medalist Puneet Rana and Gurnoor Kang created new meet record in 100 m breaststroke event in the Panjab University Inter-College Swimming (men and women) championship and Water Polo men Competitions that began here today at the university swimming pool.

Puneet clocked of 01:06.09, while Gurnoor clocked 1:30.84.

Results: men: (100 m backstroke —Harsimran Brar 1, Harpreet Singh 2, Vivek Kapoor 3; 100 m breaststroke — Puneet Rana 1, Harpreet Singh 2, Naveen Singh Mann 3.

Women: (100 m backstroke) — Kirandeep 1, Gurnoor Kang 2, Pooja Chauhan 3; 100 m breaststroke — Gurnoor Kang 1, Gurpreet Kaur 2, Kirandeep Kaur 3; 100 m freestyle — Kirandeep Kaur 1, Gurnoor Kang 2, Gurpreet Kaur 3. Water polo: SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh b DAV College, Hoshiarpur, 10-04; GGD SD College, Hariana, b SCD Government College, Ludhiana, 8-1.

Badminton tourney

Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, surged ahead in both men and women sections on the first day of the Panjab University Inter-College Zonal Badminton Tournament at the Gymnasium Hall, PU campus, on Saturday, In the men’s section, PEC-12 beat KLSD, Ludhiana, 3-0, while in the women’s section, they downed DM College, Moga, 2-0.

In other matches of the men’s section, DAV College, Malout, beat RSD College, Ferozepore, 3-1; GNN College, Doraha b MMD DAV, Gidderbaha, 3-1; GCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh b Govt. College, Talwara, 3-0; BAM Khalsa, Garhshankar, b SPM, Mukerian, 3-2; DM College, Moga, b Arya College, Ludhiana, 3-2.

In the women’s section, GGS Khalsa College for Women, Kamalpura, b SGHRS (women), Chabbewal, 2-0; BAM Khalsa, Garhshankar b JS Khalsa (women), Mehan, Moga, 2-0; GN College for Girls, Muktsar, b GGS Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, 2-0; and AS College for Women, Khanna, b National Institute of Nursing Education, Chandigarh, 2-0.

Chess meet

The Chandigarh Chess Association will hold the Under-11 and Under-17 Boys’ and Girls’ Chess Championship from September 10 to 12 at St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, Chandigarh.

According to Dr Vipnesh Bhardwaj, secretary of the association, UT teams for various nationals (under-11) to be held at Delhi and under-17 contests to be held at Jharkhand to be held in October will be selected during this meet. Entries close on September 9.



Four city coaches attend
Australian Open Tennis Workout

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Four tennis coaches from Chandigarh — Kanwaljit Singh, Parveen Kumar, Sandeep Singh and Gurvinder Singh — were among the 20 trainers who attended a three-day Australian Open Tennis Workout, organised by the All-India Tennis Association at DLTA R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in New Delhi from September 1 to 3.

The workout was conducted by Peter McNamara. He was assisted by Troy Murell, Richard and Jammy, all from Australia. Peter McNamara taught the coaches a high intensity training programme. The Indian coaches, invited by the AITA, were explained the difference between training and coaching.

According to the Chandigarh-based coaches, the Australian trainers taught about different drills in wide angles. Parveen and Sandeep said, “The Australians provide high-intensity training. Our training programme is slow. We will now introduce high-intensity tennis training at our centres.” Parveen Kumar is also an ITF White Badge official. Kanwaljit Singh, who was recently in Vietnam for a coaching assignment, said “It was a good opportunity for the coaches to interact with famous Australian coaches. We in India also do the same drills. The important difference is that Australians put a lot of intensity in training. With this concept, the whole attitude changes and fitness level goes up.”

“The AITA provided a chance to upgrade our tennis knowledge. Attending such workout in a foreign country would have cost us a lot. It would also have been time consuming,” summed up Gurvinder Singh.

Meanwhile, more than 300 young players attended a three-day workout. Australian coaches would watch the ball kids and select four of them, including two girls, in the age group of 12 to 15 years. The selected children would visit Australia and participate in the Australian Open next year.


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