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Students, parents donate blood

Chandigarh, October 9
Parents and students of the Ajit Karam Singh International Public School here donated blood at a camp organised by the Rotary BBS Blood Resource Centre.

Thirty five units of blood were collected at the camp, informed Rtn. Pres. Baldev Aggarwal of Rotary Club of Chandigarh. Mr Rajiv Manchanda 39 also donated blood. It was his 62nd contribution.

The camp was organised jointly by the Blood Resource Centre and the Rotary Club of Chandigarh.

The Club had set up Rs 3.5 crore Blood Resource Centre, known as ‘Chirag’, in association with the Blood Bank Society, which offers 24 hours service to people needing blood in emergency.



Ambulance presented
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Executive Director of Dabur India, Charanjit Mohan handed over an airconditioned ambulance to Director Health Services (DHS) Dr C.P. Bansal at Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College and Hospital here on Saturday. The ambulance van will be available round the clock for patients at no profit no loss basis for patients of the city and the surrounding areas.



Hansraj school, YPS to clash for title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 9
Boys of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, managed to made it to the final of the St Kabir Trophy Cricket Trophy tie by defeating St Anne’s XI by two runs in the thrilling semifinal played here today. In another semifinal, Hansraj Public School, Panchkula, beat Mount Carmel School by 29 runs.

Brief scores: YPS XI — 105 runs for eight in 25 overs (Jotbinder 29,Subeer 18, Himanshu 2 for 20, Vivan 2 for five); St Anne’s-32 — 103 runs for nine in 25 overs (Vivan 33, Anirudh 14, Shivadeep14, Jagteshwar Singh 2 for 14, Jotbinder 2 for 18).

IInd tie: HPS — 132 runs for 7 (Manan Vohra 51, Jatin 17, Abhishek 13, Sanjeev 2 for 33, Karandeep 2 for 32); Mount Carmel:103 runs all out in 20.3 overs (Nikhil 28, Mohit 25, Sajit 3 for 19, Jatin 3 for 20, Akash Verma 2 for 16).

Table soccer

A new coaching centre in table soccer was opened here on Saturday at Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 22. The centre which will be thrown open to residents of the city was inaugurated by Ms S. Khorana, president of the Chandigarh Table Soccer Federation.

Ms Khorana later said they would try to boost this indoor sport which was easy to understand for even kids and involved lot of thrill. She thanked the president of the Table Soccer Federation of India, Mr Balwinder Johal, for allotting this centre to the school.

Meanwhile, the Ist Chandigarh State Tabel Soccer Championship also began here today on the school premises. More than 100 players drawn from 12 schools of the city are taking part in this two-day meet, which will conclude tomorrow. The team for the forthcoming Ist National Table Soccer meet to be held in The Gurukul, Panchkula, will also be announced during this meet.

Girls football meet

The Deepak Kapania Club, Sector 38, thrashed Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, 3-0 while the GGS College for Women, Sector 26, defeated Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, 3-0 in the ongoing Chandigarh Senior Girls Football Championship being played here today at Sector 17, Football Stadium.

In the first match between Deepak Kapania Club and Sacred Heart, it was Nona of the club who struck with first goal in fifth minute followed by another goal in 15th minute. Third goal was scored in 50th minute when right striker Suvidha scored the goal. Sacred Heart Girls played a poor game and could not match the dominating girl players of Deepak club.

In the second match, GGSW-26 and GGSSS-23, Rajni of GGSW-26 scored first goal in 15th minute while Rajandeep Kaur added another goal in 29th minute. After the lemon break, it was Sarabjit who scored third goal in 55th minute.



City roller skaters face bleak future
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, October 9
Indian Roller Hockey team is back from Germany where it played in the 6th World Ladies Roller Hockey meet held at Wuppertal. Three city girls, Manisha Dhillon, Shakun and Jasmine, and one girl from Panchkula, Chandita Kamboj, were part of the 10-member team.

Ms Madhu Bahl, manager of the team, said though girls of Argentina, Spain, Italy, the UK, Mexico, Japan and hosts Germany were far superior, we learnt of finer points of the game. She said the sport was played very fast and our girls needed to develop stamina to compete with teams from other countries.

Ms Bahl said despite roller skating being not given any grant from the Government of India, the Roller Skating Federation of India had been regularly sending its national teams for tournaments abroad. She said the Indian roller skating team would also take part in the Asian Skating meet to be held in Korea in May next year. We must start preparing the national team in both men and women section from now, she added.

She said, however, roller skating in the city might suffer if the UT Administration did not allow the skaters to be accorded sports gradation for admission to various professional courses. In Punjab and Haryana various sports departments had included roller skating as one of the disciplines, she added.

The main reason for refusal of gradation to roller skaters is that the sport is not an Olympic discipline. But in sharp contrast, players of kabaddi and kho-kho, which are not included in Olympics, are allowed gradation, she added.

Mr J.P.S. Sidhu, Joint Director, UT Sports Department, said till date no decision had been made on according sports gradation to roller skaters.



400 to take part in national badminton meet
Our Sports Reporter

A worker cleans up a badminton court on the eve of the National Sub-Junior Badminton Championship at Sector 42 badminton hall
A worker cleans up a badminton court on the eve of the National Sub-Junior Badminton Championship at Sector 42 badminton hall on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, October 9
The stage is set for National Mini and Sub-Junior Badminton Championships in which more than 400 boys and girls (under16) will vie for top honours. Qualifying rounds will begin here tomorrow at the Sector 42 badminton hall.

Mr T.P.S. Puri, organising secretary, said first two days would be devoted to qualifying rounds to be held in eight events. He said 27 units affiliated to the Badminton Association of India would take part in the meet which was being held for the first time in the city.

The Chandigarh Badminton Association has earlier organised the Junior National meet (under 19) in 2000. The Yonex brand shuttlecocks will be used. The company has also sponsored mementos for the participants, he said.

Mr Puri said Mr S.S. Shetty would be the chief referee. He said the participants had been lodged in hotels around Sector 35 and in Park View in Sector 24.

Last year the meet was held in Calicut with 366 players participating in it. Mr Puri said a media centre for the meet would be equipped with telephone, fax and the Internet facilities. The matches would be played on wooden courts only.



Hardit wins bullock cart race
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 9
Hardit Singh Lakhmipur was declared the winner in the bullock cart race on the second day of the fourth rural games here today. He covered the distance in a record time of 26.14 seconds in the games organised by the local Pendu Cultural Society.

Harchand Singh Dhandarikalan and Pappu secured the 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively. There were 45 participants in the bullock cart race.

In the kabaddi (45 kg) event, the team from Mavi Kalan (Sangrur district) wad declared the winner while the one from Rabon Neem (Ludhiana) bagged the second place.

In the 50 kg category, the kabaddi team from Kalas Kalan and the one from Shejad (both Ludhiana district) bagged the first and second positions, respectively. There were 36 teams competing.

Among the interesting events was the stopping of two Bullet motor cycles with his arms by physically challenged Jarnail Singh from a village in Sangrur district. In another event, Jaggar Singh Dirba pulled a Bullet motor cycle, with four persons sitting on it, with a rope attached to his ears.


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