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Steps to check water-borne diseases
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 30
With the onset of summer, the Haryana Government is taking all measures to prevent the outbreak of any epidemic of water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and jaundice and vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and Japanese encephalitis.

Stating this here today, Director General Health Services, Dr Sushma Madan, said all Civil Surgeons had been directed to strengthen surveillance in their districts and ensure that public was provided with safe drinking water.

She directed the Civil Surgeons to strictly enforce the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. She asked them to carry out regular water sampling to check the presence of residual chlorine and for bacteriological examination so that adequate remedial measures like chlorination could be taken for water treatment. She added that adequate supply of essential medicines like intravenous fluids, oral re-hydrated solution, drink-well tablets and bleaching powder should be ensured.

Dr Madan further asked the Civil Surgeons to hold meetings with the public health authorities and ensure repair of all the leaking water pipes so that there was no contamination of water, which was being provided to the homes of people through public health supply system.

She also informed that the Deputy Commissioners were holding meetings with the departments concerned such as public health, municipal committee and health department to ensure that no efforts were spared to provide safe drinking water. All preventive and promotive measures for water-borne and vector-borne diseases were also being carried out, she added.

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Programme on certification of death cause
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 30
A training programme on medical certification of cause of deathí was organised by the Department of Biostatistics in collaboration with the Department of Community Medicine for the resident doctors at the PGI here today.

The programme was inaugurated by the Medical Superintendent, PGI, Prof A.K. Gupta, who explained the importance of medical certification of cause of death and mortality statistics. Dr J.S. Thakur, Dr S.P.S. Bhatia and Dr S.P.S. Bhatia, welcomed the chief guest.

Delegation meets MP

A delegation of the PGI Campus Residents Welfare Society, Sector 12, under the leadership of Mr R.K. Khanchi, met the Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Bansal, seeking development of the PGI residential campus.

Mr Khanchi sought that the PGI residential campus be taken over by the Municipal Corporation. The MP assured the delegation that he would grant funds from the MPLAD scheme so that development of the residential area in the PGI could be undertaken.

The main demands of the society are a community centre, guest house, parks, a recreation centre, a school building and boundary wall around the residential complex.

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Workshop on female foeticide held
Tribune News Service

Mr G.L. Singal addresses a state-level workshop on importance of the girl child and prevention of female foeticide in Sector 5, Panchkula
Mr G.L. Singal addresses a state-level workshop on importance of the girl child and prevention of female foeticide in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Wednesday.

Panchkula, March 30
The Director Health Services (Laboratory), Dr N.K. Sharma, has called upon the people to change their outlook towards the girl child and work for female literacy.

He was addressing a state-level workshop on "Importance of Girl Child and Prevention of Female Foeticide" organised by Panchkula branch of the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI). As many as 75 delegates, mainly educationists, opinion leaders, government officials and members of various NGOs, participated in the workshop.

Dr Sharma said the male-female sex ratio in Haryana was declining rapidly. He said the belief that a male child would carry the family name forward was a reason why female foeticide was being practised. He added that girls were now ahead of boys in various spheres.

Ms Veena Monga, president of the FPAI, Panchkula, briefed on the socio- economic and health implications of sex ratio. She said a holistic approach was needed to curb the evil of female foeticide.

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Jean Rodrigues distributes artificial limbs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 30
Jean Rodrigues, wife of the Punjab Governor, distributed artificial limbs and other ambulatory aids to 157 physically challenged persons at a function organised by the Health Care India Disability Centre at Colony No 5 here today.

Mr G.S. Sandhu, honorary director of the NGO, said most of the recipients of aids were adults from different slums area across the city. Before distributing aid, the NGO had conducted a survey of Dhanas, Dadu Majra, Sarangpur, Maloya, Khuda Lahora, Janta Colony, Ram Darbar, Mauli Jagran, Burail, Colony No 4 and 5.

He said after distributing the aids physiotherapy was offered to the persons at the NGO office in Ram Darbar.

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Preetinder leads in Ladies Golf
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 30
Young Preetinder Kaur played a steady 10-over to surge into the lead on the second day of the Chandigarh Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship on the lush course of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Three strokes behind the leader is Dimple Minocha. Saanya Sharma slipped to third position.

In the silver division there was no change of fortunes, Preetinder and Mani Chander leading in that order.

The bronze division got a new leader today. Vandya Bagrodia played under her handicap to lead her division pushing Neelu Chopra to second place.

The youngest participant Ekam J. Singh had an excellent round. She got in a card of gross 31 that is 5 under her handicap.

The results:

Grewal salver gross (0-36): Preetinder Kaur 166; Dimple Minocha 169.

Bilt Challenge Bowl Nett (0-36): Preetinder Kaur 136, Mani Chander 139.

Challenge Cup-Nett (0-12): Pauline JM Singh 146; Dimple Minocha 149.

Bawa Gill Trophy Gross (13-24): Preetinder Kaur 166; Mani Chander 175.

Rani Jagdish Kaur Cup Nett (13-24): Preetinder Kaur 136; Mani Chander 139.

Meters & Instruments Cup Gross (25-35): Vandya Bagrodia 191; Neelu Chopra 197.

Ell Ess Trophy Nett (25-26): Vandya Bagrodia 139; Neelu Chopra 143.

Lady Governorís Cup Senior Gross: Binny Bath 186; Deepu Dhanoa 188.

Senior Nett: Deepu Dhanoa 142, Binny Bath 146.

Super Senior Nett: Gurbrinder Johl 149, Harinder Sandhu 159.

Junior Gross: Preetinder Kaur 166

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New sports facilities at CRB Public School
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 30
Indoor sports facilities in carrom, chess, table soccer were inaugurated today by Mr Navin Mittal, Director, CRB Public School, Sector 7.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr Mittal said the school which was for primary and pre-primary classes would provide sports facilities both for tiny tots and other nearby locality children. He said for outdoor sports, they would provide facilities for badminton, fun soccer, lawn tennis, beach tennis and roller skating while for indoor sports, martial art, yoga, gymnastics would also be added.

In order to give specialised coaching to children, coaches for different sports disciplines had also been identified so as to give maximum benefit to the community, he added.

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All set for kabaddi meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 30
The city is all set to hold the 17th Senior National Circle Style Kabaddi Championship for men and women at Football Stadium, Sector 17, from April 1 to 3.

The matches will be played on league-cum-knockout basis. A technical clinic will also be conducted during the meet for the placement of A, B and C grades. According to Mr J.P. Sharma, general secretary of the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India, the states and union territories which had confirmed their participation were, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Pondicherry and Orissa.

Mr Sharma said the venue had been chosen keeping in view the local spectators' interest. Mr Sharma said an annual general body meeting of the federation would also be held on April 2.

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23 selected for athletics camp
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 30
The Athletic Federation of India has selected 23 junior athletes of Haryana for the Junior National Coaching Camp to be held at JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur from April 10. Mr Jai Singh, Chief Coach, Haryana State Athletic Association, would be one of the coaches accompanying them to impart training, according to Mr H.S. Bhandu, Secretary, Haryana State Athletic Association. The athletes are: Prashant Kumar Sharma- 100 metres hurdle, Ashish Kumar Tomar-400 metres, Sumit-5/10 km walk, Vijender-pole vault, Ajit Singh- pole vault, Renu Joon-1500 metres, Aplesh- shotput, Rinku Rani- discus, Indu Bala-discus, Manju Bala-hammer throw, Pooja- haptathlon and N. Madhu Saini-pole vault.

Subjunior athletes:

Pradeep Kumar-100 metres, Habib-400 metres, Sudhir-long jump, Sandeep-javelin, Pradeep-triathlon, Kaushalya (G-16)-triathlon, Anju-800 metres, Arti Yadav-high jump and Promila-discus.

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Honour for city tennis umpire
Our Sports Reporter

Birbal Wadehra
Birbal Wadehra

Chandigarh, March 30
Birbal Wadehra, a well-known tennis umpire from Chandigarh has been selected to umpire in the Wimbledon Championship in London, from June 13 to 17.

Birbal is one of the few Indian umpires selected for this honorable international assignment. He has been umpiring international tennis tournaments such as Davis Cup ties, Federation Cups, ATP Tours, WTA tours, ATP Challengers, ITF Futures, ITF Satellites and also other important world class tournaments.

Birbal also holds the ITF White Badge for Umpiring. He is the product of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA). Besides umpiring he is an international tennis coach as well, who has worked with National Tennis Academy (NTA) and CLTA. He went to Pakistan last year to conduct coaching camps for Pakistanís Elite Junior Players at Islamabad and Lahore, for Pakistan Tennis Federation.

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