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New trends in dentistry discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Conservation of teeth and innovative techniques available for dental care were emphasised upon at the Conference of Dentistry organised by the Tracom Services Private limited here on Sunday.

Delivering the keynote address, dental surgeon Dr Vimal Kalia, focused on the new techniques available for the precise location of the problem in the root canal treatment.

He said the new technique increased the success rate of the root canal treatment as the exact problem was pin-pointed.

Another innovative technique of post encore was introduced to reinforce the broken teeth as the expert said that under the new treatment, the extracting of teeth was not the only option available before the dental surgeons and the damaged teeth can be restored.

``By the use of titanium metal, the teeth are reinforced and the roots act as a pillar. The broken teeth need not be extracted then,'' said Dr Kalia.

The latest technique of bone grafting was also discussed. Dentists said that when the bone was infected, it needed to be replaced.

The other speaker included New Delhi-based endodontist Dr Sanjay Arora.

Around 90 delegates from the northern India took part in the day- long conference. 



Hockey stadium awaits nod for floodlights
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
The hockey stadium in Sector 42 here is still awaiting the floodlights required to stage matches at night time. The need was felt even more when India and Pakistan played the six- match ‘dosti’ series in October last year.

The Rs 1-crore project was pending final clearance from the local Air force authorities who would give the go-ahead after assessing if the stadium came under the funnel area of the air base here. The funnel area was the area under the flight path of a craft for taking off or landing. The stadium, located in Sector 42, was likely to be out of the funnel area. However, clearance was still required, pointed out officials.

If the stadium fell under the funnel area then the height of the poles which would hold the floodlights would be decided by the Air Force. Same procedure was followed when the Punjab Cricket Association was setting up floodlights in 1996 just ahead of the World Cup Cricket.

The file regarding the clearance had been moved by the Engineering Department and was pending with the Air Force authorities. The Air Force authorities had marked the file to the Survey of India for providing the contours of the stadium to check whether it came under funnel area.

The Survey of India had done its job and sent back the recommendations to the Air Force authorities. The Indian Hockey Federation and the Defence Ministry had also been informed about the proceedings.

About 1450 luxes — a technical word to define brightness of light — were required for staging international hockey matches. A total of six poles would have to be erected for these floodlights, said Mr J.P.S Sidhu, Joint Director Sports, Chandigarh Administration.

Mr Sidhu further added “We need just 60 days to install the lights once the Air Force authorities give a green signal. The ball is in the court of Air Force authorities now.”



Allow Europeans in premier league, says Thakur
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Indian hockey star Deepak Thakur today suggested that European hockey players should be allowed to participate in Premier Hockey League (PHL) of India. He said, “This would help in developing skills and techniques of Indian hockey players.”

Thakur was on a visit to the city and was accompanied by Gagan Ajit Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Baljit Dhillon. While interacting with mediapersons, the four stars seemed satisfied with the arrangements and facilities provided at PHL held at Hyderabad recently. Deepak Thakur, who has played 95 international matches, praised the league and said it was well organised in all aspects. However, about the selection criteria, he stressed that it should be based on merit only.

The hockey players also admitted to have gained financially from the premier league as for long they had waited like poor cousins of the cash-rich cricketers. Deepak Thakur said, “The league has helped us monetarily as well.”

The Indian Hockey Federation has signed a ten-year contract with ESPN to telecast the matches and also market them.

Baljit Dhillon, a veteran of over 300 internationals matches, said the new-found status of hockey players becoming brand ambassadors would not affect their game. The corporate world would have to adjust their schedule according to the availability of the players. Hockey would always be their first preference, Dhillon added.

On being asked whether players would encash the popularity of any corporate house or vice-versa, Dhillon answered diplomatically “Both sides would be gainers in the transaction.” All four had played for Sher-e-Jalandhar in the Premier Hockey League.

Gagan Ajit Singh, who had captained Shere-Jalandhar in the PHL, avoided the questions of journos saying he would interact with them as scheduled on February 23. The four were here as brand ambassadors of Western Union Money Transfer.



Pak putting up weak team, says Intikhab
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 21
Former Pakistan cricket team skipper and now coach of Punjab Cricket Association, Intikhab Alam has criticised the composition of Pakistan cricket team for the forthcoming India-Pakistan cricket series. He made these in comments at a function held today at St John’s High School, Sector 26, here. He said Pakistan was putting a weak side against mighty India in these cricket series. Alam wondered how the Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis had been appointed just for the India-Pakistan series. He should have been given a longer assignment so that he could work on improving the Pakistan bowling to make it consistent level.

Alam questioned the inclusion of eight members in the present Pakistan team touring India and said team selection was not just. Alam said he had read only in the newspapers that Shoaib Akhtar was not fit to play and said there must be some other reason for his quitting the tour.

YPS athletic meet from today: The six-day long annual athletic meet of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, would begin here tomorrow on the school grounds. On the first day, 100 metre heats, high-jump final, broad jump finals, 400 metre heats, 800 metre finals, discus throw finals and 1500 metre finals would be held.

7-wicket win for Himachal club

The Himachal Cricket Club outplayed Nevea Cricket Club, beating them by seven wickets in a league match of the Eleventh Prudential Cup League Cricket Tournament held at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, here today. Battting first Nevea team scored 83 which the Himachal Club scored just in 14.3 overs by losing only three wickets.

Brief scores: Himachal Cricket Club; 83 for 3 in 14.3 overs. Karan Bhola 23; Pawan 30 n.o.; Nevea Cricket Club :83 all out in 16.4 overs. Gaurav 27; Deepak 3 for 18; N Kwatra 2 for 13; Gautam Mehta 3 for 12; Abhishek 2 for 10. TNS



Botany Dept wins soccer league
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
The Department of Botany outplayed the Department of Chemical Engineering, 4-2 to win the final of the Inter-department Soccer League, held at Panjab University grounds, here today.

The tournament was played between Sciences departments of PU and was organised by Students Organisation of Panjab University in which 14 teams took part.



Budding skier all set to make his mark
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 21
Sixteen-year-old Anubhav Maan Singh Gurung took up skiing at the tender age of three years. Now a Class XI student at Bhawan Vidyalya, Sector 27, Anubhav’s journey to success began in 2002 and during these four years he has established his mettle by excelling in each national meet he took part in. Thanking his parents for their continuous help and support, Anubhav said the training he received under his mentor Hira Lal was instrumental in his achieving success at the national level.

It all started in the year 2002 when Anubhav secured third position in the slalom event in the National Sub-Junior Skiing Championship held in Manali. Next year in Auli (Uttaranchal) in the giant slalom event he finished fourth.

But Anubhav had to miss the 2004 National meet due to his Class X Board examinations.

In the 2005 National Sub-Junior meet held in Manali, Anubhav was at placed 11th in a field of more than 180 skiers.

Anubhav said it was the two year continuous training under Swiss trainer Ms Silvi at the Mountaineering Institute, Manali, which was a real boost for him.

She helped him in developing new tactics and removed his weak points. The training was held each year for four weeks at a stretch. As a result he was able to earn 33/40 points in the SKI test assessment.

He plans to go to Austria once he finishes his Class XII to further his career in this sport.



City to host Indo-Pak netball match
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 21
The city will play host to a netball match between India and Pakistan in April.
According to sources in the Netball Federation of India, Delhi, the Pakistan’s men netball team has agreed to play a five-match Test series with India. One of the matches has been allotted to the Netball Association of Chandigarh.

On reciprocal basis, the Indian women netball team will also visit Pakistan in May this year to play a friendly series.

The forthcoming meet is significant since India will play host to the 2010 Commonwealth Games where netball is one of the disciplines.

In city, netball is being played at inter-school and inter-college levels. Two schools, Government Model Senior Secondary, Sector 27 and Government Model School, Sector 28, run boys and girls centres, respectively.

Meanwhile, the following have been elected office-bearers of the Netball Association of Chandigarh: president — Mr Gurbir Singh Sandhu; general secretary — Mr R. Sharan; senior vice-president — Mr J.S. Cheema; vice-presidents — Ms Puneet Bedi, Mr Charles Samuel, Mr R.K. Talwar and Mr R.P.S. Walia; joint secretaries — Mr A. Choudhary and Mr Satish Gandhi; treasurer — Ms Kamlinder Cheema.



Rapid transport system: admin to hire consultant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
The Chandigarh Administration is to seek advice from a consultant on what kind of mass rapid transport system is needed for the city, including the monorail system.
The consultant, which is likely to be RITES, a Government of India enterprise, is a multi-disciplinary ISO 9001 consultancy organisation with extensive resources.

The agency has been in business of consultancy for more than 25 years. It is presently handling more than 35 on-going projects in 13 countries.

Sources in the administration said RITES had the expertise in transportation management and transport economics to enable it to carry out studies for integrated transportation systems, inter-modal planning and traffic engineering analysis. Besides being a government body, the administration will have no problem in collaborating with RITES. It will also facilitate faster clearance from the government.

Official sources said the presentation given by Metrail India on February 16 was being studied but monorail is not the only thing being considered. It may be recollected that Metrail had suggested an elevated track for running the monorail and projected a cost of Rs 45 crore per km. Even if 50 km of track is made to connect Chandigarh–Mohali-Panchkula, the cost will be close to Rs 2,500 crore and this requires the approval of the Union Cabinet.

Investing this kind of sum may not be possible as the government is known to allot funds to critical or crisis areas and spending such an amount on the mass rapid transport system may not see the light of the day. Thus planning has to be in consonance with the reality on the ground, said a senior officer closely associated with the project.

Once the consultant gives its opinion the administration will invite global expressions of interest from companies which have the desired experience to carry out such projects. Already the administration has sent an invite to the Konkan Railways to make a presentation of the skybus project — which is also being planned for Delhi.



Auction of commercial sites: 24 sites sold
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 21
In an overwhelming response to the auction of commercial sites in Industrial Focal Points Phase IX and Phase VII here, the Punjab State Industrial Export Corporation (PSIEC) today, earned over Rs 6.5 crore.

All 16 freehold sites which included eight shop-cum-flat (SCF) sites and eight booth sites were lapped up by enthusiastic buyers.

Registering a new record, an SCF site of size 16’6”x 82’6” at Focal Point, Industrial Area, Phase IX, fetched the corporation over Rs 75 lakh at a reserved price of Rs 36 lakh. Similarly, a booth site of size 8’3”x24’9” in the same area fetched the corporation Rs 17. 5 lakh at a reserved price of Rs 10 lakh.

At Focal Point, Industrial Area Phase VII, the reserved price for SCF site (16’6”x82’6”) was 32 lakh and one such site was auctioned for Rs 69.5 lakh. A booth site (8’3”x24’9”) reserved at Rs 8 lakh was sold for Rs 15.5 lakh.

Buyers pointed out that commercial sites in industrial pockets in Mohali had become quite coveted since PSIEC had allowed residential usage of industrial plots in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Bathinda and Jalandhar and the same was expected to happen in Mohali.

Auction of commercial sites a freehold basis by the PSIEC has been done after a gap of three years.


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