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Dr S.L. Goel is vice-president, IIPA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
A former Professor of Public Administration, Panjab University, Dr. S.L. Goel, Director, State Bank of India Local Board, and a former Member of UGC, Board of Management under AICTE, Member, Distance Education Council, was elected vice-president of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) along with Dr Agarala Easwara Reddi, former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh on October 16.

The patron of the Institute is Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice-President of India, was elected President of IIPA, on the same day.

Invited: Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, has been invited to join the IC Centre for Governance as a founder member. A communication to this effect has been received from Mr Prabhat Kumar, former Cabinet Secretary, Government of India.

The IC Centre for Governance was formally launched in December 2003 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, with the objective of collectively thinking and acting on issues of governance.

Condoled: Members of the faculty, non-teaching staff and students condoled the untimely demise of Dr Manjit Kaur, Lecturer, Department of Botany, Panjab University, who died on Monday morning. She was 43. She joined Panjab University as a lecturer in 1995. She is survived by her husband, a daughter and a son. A condolence meeting was held here today.



Hospice for AIDS patients soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The proposed hospice for AIDS patients will finally be established. The Chandigarh Administration has now found a place to house the hospice. A private farmhouse which is secluded from the hustle and bustle of city life has been identified and a deal will be signed with the owner of the farm house.

The hospice — a half way home for terminally ill patients — had been held up as no space was being found. The space found now is in Village Khudda Ali Sher located just north of Punjab Engineering College. To start work at the hospice it will take about two months as doctors and trained para-medics will be recruited to take care of terminally ill AIDS patients.

The idea to have the hospice in a community centre in Sector 29 was dropped after protests from residents. The Red Cross Society of Chandigarh in collaboration of the State AIDS Control Society will run the ten bed hospice.



Sunny ousts second seed in tennis tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 18
Monday witnessed many upsets in the Head Total Tennis Championship being held at the Total Tennis Academy’s YMCA premises, Sector 11. The day saw the ouster of the second seed in the men’s section, Vikas Sharma, from the Total Tennis Academy who lost to Sunny Sapra from Jalandhar at 6-9. Sunny will now meet Sanjiv Kumar in the semi-finals on Wednesday. It was a smooth sailing for the top seed Tushar Sharma of Patiala, who defeated Gaurav Sharma also from Patiala in one-sided match to enter the last four with a win at 9-3. Tushar now faces Arvind Sharma of Air Force in the semi-finals.

In the boys under 14 section, the longest match was played between Shobhit Putella and Nitin which lasted 100 minutes. Both the players had match points but it was Shobhit who showed the nerves of steels in a 22 pointed tie-breaker and won at 12-10.

The final score was in favour of Shobhit at 6-5(12-10). The toughest match in the under-10 section was played between Angad and Uday Singh Mann. Both the players held their serves till the score 5-5. In the tie-breaker Angad played some very good baseline game to beat Uday at 6-5 (7-5).

According to Mr Devinder Kapoor, Organising Director, the girls under-14 singles, girls under-10 and ladies singles will be played tomorrow onwards.

Results: Boys under-10 quarter-finals: Digvijay Singh Mehta beat Shubham Vij 6-0; Angad beat Uday Singh Mann 6-5 (7-5); Anmol Singh Bains beat Manik Khanna 6-3; Samin Bhargav beat Shreshth Jain 6-0.

Boys under-12 quarter-finals: Fateh Singh Ladhar beat Kunaldeep Singh 7-4

Gurinder Singh beat Aneet 7-2.

Boys under 14 third round:

Mandeep Singh Gill beat Vishal Suri 6-3; Jivtesh Singh beat Aseem Jain 6-2

Shobhit Putella beat Nitin 6-5(12-10); Abhairaj Singh beat Himanshu Arora 6-1; Arjun Sehgal beat Raghav Singla 6-1;Fateh Singh Ladhar beat Nishant Sood 6-0; Karanvir Singh beat Jaskaran Singh 6-2; Saurav Sharma beat Digvijay Singh Mehta 6-3;

Boys under 18 third round:

Varun Sharma beat Maneshawar Goel 7-2; Manish Bhumbak beat Aman Thind 7-2; Karan Patnaik beat Nitish Sharma 7-2; Sharanvir Singh beat Jagneet Singh 7-1; Jai Vinod beat Sivender 7-2; Bhupinder Singh beat Navdeep Singh Uppal 7-6(7-5); Gaurav Sharma beat Saurav Sharma 7-5; Mandeep Singh Gill beat Prabhjot Singh 7-3.

Men’s singles quarter-finals:

Tushar Sharma beat Gaurav Sharma 9-1; Arvind Sharma beat Varun Sharma 9-7(7-5); Sanjeev Kumar beat Pardeep Kumar 9-3;Sunny Sapra beat Vikas Sharma 9-6.



Stag tennis meet from Oct 26
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 18
The 17th Stag Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championship, 2004, will be held at the Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, from October 26 to 30.

As per a release of the Chandigarh Table Tennis Association, the events to be conducted are:team events in sub-junior boys’ and girls’, junior boys’ and girls’ and men and women sections, along with individual events in sub-junior boys’, girls’, junior boys’ and girls’, cadet (under-12) boys’ and girls’ and men and women singles.

The matches will be played asperthe rules and regulations of the Table Tennis Federation of India. Only registered players of Chandigarh are eligible to take part in the championship. Entries close with Mr Narinder Saini on October 24 at 7 pm.

Workshop for coaches

Seven coaches from Chandigarh, including three senior coaches, participated in the 12th ITF Asian Tennis Coaches Workshop that concluded at New Delhi on Sunday.

Around 150 coaches from 35 Asian countries participated in the workshop. The coaches from the city who participated in the workshop were: Baldev Singh, Gurvarinder Singh, Sandeep Singh, Parveen Kumar, Roman, Birbal Wadhera and Lalit Tandon.

The workshop was held at Uppal’s Orchid, New Delhi.Tennis experts who spoke during the seven-day workshop included, Dave Miley (Director ITF from England) on tennis, Bruce Elliott (Director Biochemical Analysis) on tennis forehand, backhand and service, Ivo Van Aken (Technical Director, Belgium) on tennis drills and tactics, Miguel Gespo (tennis psychologist from Spain), Machar Redi from Australia on strength and power for tennis, Suresh Menon (Development Officer from Malaysia), Anil Khanna (Secretary All-India Tennis Association) and former Internationaltennisplayer Akhtar Ali.

Carrom meet

The Panchkula District Carrom Association will organise the fourth Panchkula District Carrom Championship on October 28, 30 and 31 at Saupin’s School, Sector 9, Panchkula.

According to Mr R.S. Yadav, general secretary of the association, the events to be organised are: men, women, senior, junior (below-18), and sub-junior (below-14) section. Entries close on October 25 with Mr Jitender Singla at 2582935.



Sabeeha wins bronze in shooting
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 18
International rifle shooter from Chandigarh Sabeeha Dhillon once again hogged the limelight by winning the bronze medal in the 10 metre (women) air rifle event team championship when she represented Punjab in the 48th National Shooting Championship which concluded on Saturday at Indore.

Sabeeha, who is a LLB, Ist year, student of Panjab University, said she, however, could not devote much time to practice in the past six months because of BA, final year, examinations and then entrance examination of the laws. She went to Indore with just seven-day practice . Now she would like to concentrate more on 10 metre event and would be attending the national camps whenever called by the National Rifle Association of India.

She said the All-India Inter-Varsity Shooting meet is another event where she would like to fetch gold medal for her university.

Sabeeha disclosed that in the 10 metre event at the nationals in Indore, the Railways team emerged winner by scoring 1181 points. The silver medal was won by Maharashtra with 1174 points. Punjab got the bronze medal with 1152 points and the team included Sabeeha, Raman-deep and Chetan-preet Nilon.

In the junior women section of the 10 metre air rifle event, the Punjab team, comrising Chetanpreet, Sumanpreet and Reshu Tomar, clinched the bronze medal with a score of 1133. Maharashtra won the gold medal while Rajasthan silver medal.



Minerva Academy to hold sports fest
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 18
The Minerva Cricket Academy Club, will organise a Sports Festival in cricket and football this month. According to Mr Ranjit Bajaj, Captain and Chairman of the Minerva Academy Cricket club, the tournaments will be named Second Lt-Col. I.S.DeoI Memorial Cricket Champions League Tournament 2004. The qualifying rounds will start from October 30 and the league matches will start on November 12.

The football tournament will begin on November 2 . Mr Bajaj said every year, they would add one sport till the fifth year when a total of five different sports would be organised. He said they plan to include badminton next year.

There will be two prestigious Deol annual sports scholarships in cricket and footballs which will be given to two most outstanding and upcoming players based on the performance in the tournament of Rs 6000 each.

All cricket matches will be played on the newly-laid green top wicket of the Sector 16 cricket stadium and the grand final will be played in the PCA stadium in the end of November.

Mr Surinder Singh Baijee, General Secretary of the Chandigarh Cricket Association will be the chairman of the cricket tournament organising committee and Mr Rakesh Bakshi, General Secretary of the Chandigarh Football Association of the football tournament organising committee.



Katoch Shield: Chandigarh outplay Ludhiana
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 18
Chandigarh trounced Ludhiana by 214 runs in the Katoch Shield Inter- District Cricket semi-final played here today at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium. In another tie played between Patiala and Amritsar, Patiala has set a target of 294 runs in minimum 95 overs to Amritsar team.

brief scores; first tie: Ist Innings:Chandigarh 248 runs, all out in 88.4 overs, Luhdiana 133, runs all out in 60.5 overs. Second Innings: 226 runs, all out in 71.3 overs (Uday Kaul 54, Gaurav Gupta 46, Akashdeep 30, Gagandeep 6 for 46, Love Ablish 2 for 63, Karan Goel 2 for 24; Ludhiana:127 runs all out in 46.5 overs (Karan Goel 37, Ankur Kakkar 27, Vipal Sharma 6 for 39, Amit Uniyal 2 for 26.

Second tie: Ist Innings:Patiala 262 runs for nine in 95 overs, Amritsar:311 runs all out in 95 overs. Second Innings: Patiala 342 runs all out in 93.1 overs (Binwant Singh 105, Reetinder Sodhi 52, Rupeetinder 84, Tarun Kumar 2 for 42, Ravneet Ricky 2 for 50, SP Singh 3 for 79).



Cricket team chosen
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 18
A 15-member under-17 team has been selected by the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association to play the tie against Panipat at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 tomorrow.

According to Mr Surinder Singh Baijee, secretary of the association, the team comprises, Pawan (Captain),Yuvraj, Suraj, Amit Prashar, Anupam Gambhir, Karandeep, A. Bhattacharya, Prashant, Karamjeet, Saurav, Yatin, Japneet, Harsh, Nitish Vasudeva, Pankaj and Nitin.



Sanjay school win handball meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Sanjay Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 44B, Chandigarh won the UT Inter School Handball Under-19 girls by defeating Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, Chandigarh by eight goals held at GMSSS-21 here today. The first half score was 7-1.

After the lemon break, Sanjay School-44 girls took the lead 17-9 at the end and won the match easily.



Jhuggis razed by PUDA
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 18
A large number of jhuggis were demolished by the Enforcement Staff of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) from Sector 76 here today.

The jhuggi dwellers were given time to remove their belongings before the demolition drive was started around midday. A JCB machine was put into action to get the encroached area freed from illegal occupation. The security staff of PUDA accompanied the enforcement wing.

These jhuggis had come up in an open land which had been acquired by PUDA few years ago. It is learnt that some of the jhuggis had been put up by labourers working with various contractors who had been allotted development work.


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