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GMCH-32 to accept eye donations round the clock
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
The eye bank at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has started a round-the-clock facility for receiving confirmations regarding eye donations. Doctors in charge of this service will be on duty for 24 hours and in case of calls regarding donation of eyes, hospital vehicles would be made available to retrieve eyes.

The initiative has been taken by the Department of Ophthalmology which is running the eye bank since 2002.

However, the donation rate in the region is abysmally low. There are 30 lakh corneal blinds in India, out of which 10 lakh are children. These people are blind because of the non availability of eye donors.

In India only 15,000 to 20,000 eyes are donated per year, a low by every standard. Donations can be made at 2665253-59, extension 3502.



Sports complex cries for upgradation
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
Despite producing players of national and international repute in volleyball, athletics and basketball, the Sports Complex at Sector 46, cries for attention to overhaul the existing infrastructure.

The complex is very strategically located in the vicinity of the area housing three colleges and at least six schools.

More than hundred sports enthusiasts from these institutions and nearby residential areas visit the complex for regular practice. The number of players is expected to increase with the conclusion of ongoing annual examinations in colleges.

The complex has produced several national and international players like Lalit Kumar (volleyball), Veena Yadav and Uddham Singh (sprinters), Kashish Khanna and Sakshi Sharma (shot put).

Besides many sports events are held here at regular intervals. Recently, rural sports games were organised by the Sports Department, Chandigarh Administration.

The complex houses sporting facilities for volleyball, basketball, gymnasium a running track, areas for shot put, javelin throw and sandpits for jumps. All sportspersons pay a nominal fee of Rs 20 per month for athletics and Rs 50 for volleyball and basketball.

However, the complex lacks proper infrastructure for office work and suitable stores for the storage of sports and other equipments. The only store in the complex is situated in the basement from where it is very difficult to move or place heavy equipments, complains a worker of the complex.

For athletics, the lime marking is not visible on the 400 metre track. The track also needs leveling at various places. There is also a long-pending demand for laying of a synthetic track for sprinters and mattresses for high jumpers. “The proposal has already been forwarded to the authorities and we hope to get it very soon”, said Mr Kashmira Singh, Manager of the complex.

Meanwhile, a new sandpit has been prepared to facilitate long jumpers.

A repair work is also going on to raise the level of volleyball court. Special sand and cinder (black soil) has been brought for the purpose. About 40 players, including girls, practice regularly on the two nets available in the court.

The Sports Authority of India has appointed a lady coach, Subhadra Chauhan, to train the players. “The department is providing necessary facilities yet there are many things still to be done to raise the standards of the court”, she said adding. “The court does not have ample space for the audience to sit and enjoy the game.”

Same problem lies with the basketball courts. For basketball trainees, there are two cemented courts where around 30 to 40 players do regular practice under the supervision of coach Amarjit Singh.

Viney and Manpreet Singh, basketball players, are of the opinion that wooden floor should be installed in the court as the cemented floor could cause joint pains in long run.

However, the players are happy with the installation of new flood lights in the courts.

The manager said walkers and joggers from the nearby residential areas should use parks instead of the stadium as it hindered practice of the sportspersons. 



Rural sports mela in full swing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
On the second day of the three-day rural sports mela ‘Vishaal Pendu Khed Mela” held at Dr B.R. Ambedkar Stadium, Khuda Ali Sher village today, volleyball and kabaddi tournaments in various categories were held.

The event is being organised to celebrate occasion of Baisakhi and birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar by gram panchayat, Khuda Ali Sher and the local Youth Club in association with Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad, Chandigarh.

In today’s kabaddi tournament under the 40 kg category, the team of Kharar Club was declared the winner while the team of Manauli Club was the runner up and pocketed Rs 800 and Rs 650, respectively. Under the 45 kg category, Nat pind, Ludhiana came first and Allahpur village, Ropar bagged the second position and got prize money of Rs 1,000 and 750, respectively. Ghataur, Ropar, was declared the winner and Khuda Ali Sher runners up under the 50 kg category and got Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,000, respectively, as prize money. Kakrala Bhaika village that falls in Patiala district bagged the first place, pocketed Rs 2,500 and the runners up Badan Pura (Ropar) walked away with the cash prize of Rs 2,000.

In the volley ball tournament, today, a total of 10 teams participated. Fatehgarh Sahib team eventually won the finals and was awarded Rs 1,500 as prize money whereas team from Kishangarh (Chandigarh) was adjudged the runners up with a cash prize of Rs 1,000.

The prizes were distributed to the winners by the sarpanch of Khuda Ali Sher village Baba Gurdial Singh.



Sports day organised
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 13
Students of the primary wing of Sanjay Public School, Sector-70, here today showed their prowess when they took part in their Sports day. The young ones put up an impressive display of their athletic abilities. They presented action songs and musical drills. The children put on get ups of sun flower. This was followed by the races, where the young ones of the school exhibited their skills and ran with enthusiasm.

The principal, Ms R. Sethi, said such sports activities helped in the development of the children basic sports skills and added outdoor play exercises, and activities helped in moulding a child’s character and in his or her over all development.



Mixed luck for seeded players
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
Seeded players for singles in various age groups had mixed luck in the quarterfinals of the All India Tennis Association Talent Series Tennis Tournament that held at Lake Club, Sector 6, here today.

In the boys’ under 14 categary, seed No 1 Mandeep Gill of Chandigarh thrashed Abhiraj in a straight set win at 6-1, 6-2. On the other hand, Digvijay of Chandigarh beat Kshitij Kamal of Delhi 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.

In the girls’ under 16 category, Ankita of Chandigarh beat Renuka Keswani of Delhi, 6-4, 6-4.

Today’s results (all quarterfinals): Boy’s singles U-14 years: Mandeep Gill of Chandigarh seed No.1 b. Abhiraj (Chandigarh); 6-1, 6-2 Vaidik Munshal (Gujarat) seed No. 2 b. Amit Chauhan (Chandigarh) seed No. 6; 6-2, 7-6; Ashwani (Chandigarh) seed No. 8 b. Arjun Sehgal (Pb.) seed No. 4; 5-4, 6-1; Digvijay of Chandigarh, seed No. 7 b. Kshitij Kamal (Delhi) seed No. 2; 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.

Girls’ singles U-14 years: Poorna (Chandigarh) top seed b. Noor (Chandigarh), 6-2, 6-2. Prabha Amrit (Chd) b. seed No. 3 Janesh 6-4, 6-2; Mehak (Chd) seed No.4 b. Iktesh Chahal (Chd) 6-4, 6-0, Sadgi Rajani (Gujarat) seed No. 2 b. Shilpa Naureka (Chd) 6-1, 6-4.

Boys’ singles U-16 years: Udazy Karan Punia (Chd) upset Harsh Vardhan (Gujarat) seed No. 2, 6-0, 6-1. Kshitij Kamal (Delhi) top seed b. Gaurav Inder Toor (Chd) 7-5,6-3; Pulkshit Mishra of Delhi, seed No. 3 b. Arjun Sehgal (Pb.) 6-1, 6-3. Mandeep Gill (Chd) b. Chandan Shaolin (Chd) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

Girls’ singles U-16 years: Poorna (Chd) seed No. 1 b. Ramneek (Chd) 6-4, 6-1, Nanesh (Chd) b. Mrignaini (Chd) 6-3, 6-1. Sadgi Rajani (Gujarat) b. Shilpa Naruka (Chd) 6-3, 6-4, Anikita (Chd) upset seed No. 2 Reenuka Keswani (Delhi) 6-4, 6-4.



City lad in junior Davis Cup team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
A local boy Kinshuk Sharma will be representing India in the Junior Davis Cup championships to be held next month in Manila from May 2 to 7.

Besides Kinshuk, the team comprises Navneetha Kannau and Agual Gladwin Peter.

The 15-year-old Kinshuk was recently ranked no 2 in the all-India under-16 category by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The ITF has recently selected him for its junior touring team to compete in a series of international tournaments in Europe, which starts from May 25 to July 3.

He has been playing tennis since the age of 5 and won many comptitions in India and abroad.

Kinshuk is also the only Indian player in the ITF team and is presently the highest ranked player in his category.



Derabassi ‘A’ team win cricket tourney
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 13
The Derabassi “A” team beat the ISLL HO team by 38 runs in the finals of 2nd Anil Jain Memorial Cricket Tournament, played at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector -3, Panchkula, here

The offices of Ind-Swift Group participated in the tournament, started from March 6 to April 13.

Batting first the Derabassi “A” team scored 198 runs in 25 overs. Chasing the target, the ISLL HO team was all out at 160 runs in 24 overs.

Mr Sandeep Sharma was declared as the best batsman and Mr Amit Puri was awarded the best bowler prize.

The tournament was organised by the Ind-Swift Group in the memory of its Chairman the late Anil Kumar Jain.



Tennis players Sahiba and Vikrant visit CLTA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
Tennis players Sahiba Chadha and Vikrant Chadha visited the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Complex, Sector 10, here today to have interaction with budding players. This brother-sister duo has won many titles.

Sahiba had won a gold medal in the South Federation Games held in Sri Lanka in 1991. Vikrant was selected for the Indian Davis Cup team against the Netherlands in 1989. Besides this, Vikrant is the only other player from Chandigarh who was selected for the ITF junior touring team to Europe, a feat which has been achieved by Kinshuk Sharma of the CLTA this year. Emphasising on inculcating discipline and proper planning in life, both players gave valuable tips to upcoming tennis players.

Both players have settled in the USA. Vikrant is working as a director of leading tennis academy at Houstan, USA.

They are in the city for the marriage of Sahiba, which takes place tomorrow.



Shivam Khurana to lead under-15 team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
Shivam Khurana will lead Chandigarh district under-15 cricket team in the Punjab Inter District Cricket Tournament starting from April 15. On the opening day of the tournament, Chandigarh will face Ludhiana at DAV Coaching Centre, Sector 8, Chandigarh.

The selected players will report to Sukhwinder Bawa at DAV Coaching Centre, Sector 8 tomorrow at 2.00 p.m. for the net practice session, according to Mr Dapinder Singh, manager of the Chandigarh team.

The other selected players are:

Gaurakh Puri, Anshul Tripathi, Ankush Soni, Vikram Talwar, Gurinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Sahil, Ankit, Manan Vohra, Pushp, Rahul Chara, Avinash, Hatish, Nawab Singh, Vishal Jatta, Kunal Mahajan, Saurav Chopra, Saurabh Kumar, Sachan, Vanshat Rana and Manan Gupta.



DC removes stay on development work
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 13
The stay imposed on various estimates relating to development works of the Municipal Council here has been removed by the Ropar Deputy Commissioner on a temporary basis. Various works worth Rs 70 lakh had been put on hold for the past many months.

The estimates that had been stayed concerned the removing of the congress grass from various parts of the town, cleaning of road berms and various other works. The council had become non-functional over the past many months as the authorities concerned had raised objections to the amount of money that the council had proposed to spend on various development works.

The president of the civic body, Mr Kulwant Singh, had brought the matter to the notice of various officials but to no avail.

The estimates for works, which had been first stayed by the Department of Local Government and then by the Deputy Commissioner, had been cleared by the general house at two meetings held May and July last year. The Department had later cleared the estimates but the Deputy Commissioner took more time to give a green signal to the council.


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