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GH-16 hikes charges for homoeo students using its facilities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
A fourfold hike in fee charges has been slapped on the students of private homoeopathic colleges for availing clinical and hospital facilities at the General Hospital, Sector 16. The revised rates will be applicable from the forthcoming session 2005-2006.

In the latest notification issued by the Department of Health, UT, to the medical colleges concerned, the annual charges for availing the facilities at the General Hospital have been revised from Rs 5,000 paid by the students till last year to Rs 20,000. The quarterly fee charges for availing the same facilities at the hospital will be Rs 5,500.

While the parents resent the exorbitant increase in the charges, the authorities say that following the hike in the charges approved by the Punjab Government, the UT 
follows suit.

“The Chandigarh Administration follows the charges which are applicable in the colleges in Punjab. Since the Punjab Government has revised its charges, we have also followed them,’’ says Director Health Services (DHS) Dr C.P. Bansal while talking to Chandigarh Tribune today.

The Administration defends the hike by saying that the fee charges in Punjab and Chandigarh need to be equivalent otherwise the city will witness an unprecedented rush of students from Punjab and the limited facilities at the hospital would be inadequate to accommodate the rush.

However, Principal of the Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, Dr K.K. Dhiman, says that considering the steep hike which would be harsh on the students, he has taken up the matter with the Administration. “I have written a letter to the Administration after the hike was notified. Maybe the decision is in the favour of the students,’’ says Dr Dhiman.

Apart from the hike in the charges for the homoeopathic students in the private colleges, the charges for the MBBS, BDS, Ayurvedic, B Sc Nursing, B Sc Physiotherapy, B Sc Medical tech and lab, B Sc Radiology, diploma in Med. Lab. Technology, ANM course, GNM course, other para medical diploma and degree course, diploma in radiology and M Sc nursing have also been revised.



Experts discuss sleep disorders
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 1
Medical experts here today took part in a CME on “Emerging trends in neurosciences”. Dr J.P. Singhvi, and Dr Anupam Jindal shared information on the topics “Overview of sleep disorders and its management” and “Endoscopic Neurosurgery”, respectively.

According to Dr Anupam Jindal, “The evolution of Endoscopic disc surgery had revolutionised the treatment pattern of disc problems (cervical, dorsal and lumber problems). A very small incision (less than one cm) was made to carry out the procedure, which reduced the trauma and stay of patient in the hospital compared to conventional procedures, where the patient had to stay in the hospitals for five to seven days.

He added that disc problems should not be ignored as they may cause permanent disability in the form of paralysis and sphincter disturbances.”

The CME, which was held at Fortis, was chaired by Dr Gurbir Singh, medical superintendent of the hospital.



Patiala wins Sushil Bali cricket tourney
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 1
The Patiala District team won the finals against Chandigarh District by virtue of lead in the Ist innings in the three-day Under-15 Sushil Bali Inter-District Cricket Tournament at the Punjab Cricket Association grounds, here today.

Earlier, Chandigarh made 238 runs in 89.5 overs in its first innings. Patiala players played scored 280 for 8 in 90 overs in their innings.

In the 2nd innings Chandigarh made 216 in 88 overs. Patiala team was declared winner by virtue of Ist innings lead.

Brief score: Chandigarh (Ist innings) 238 all out in 89.5 overs.

Patiala (Ist innings) 280 for 8 in 90 overs (Jeevanjot 68, Sahil 33, Amandeep 107, Anshul Tripathi 5 for 81).

Chandigarh (2nd innings) 216 all out in 88 overs (Ayush 50, Gaurav Puri 25, Gurpreet 44 no, Prince Rana 2 for 44).



Manav, Uday win tennis qualifying rounds
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 1
Manav Dhavan of Punjab slugged it out to prove his mettle and handed out a straight set defeat to Gaurav Walia of Maharashtra 6-4, 6-1 in the final qualifying rounds of the boys’ under-18 category of the AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament at CLTA, Sector 10, here, today.

Uday Karan S. Punia of Chandigarh cruised past Cristropher Marquis of Maharashtra in the final qualifying rounds of the boy’s under- 16 category 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3.

In the girl’s under-18 final qualifying round, Megha Rao of Delhi snubbed the challenge posed by Shilpa Naruka of Chandigarh and the tie was a one-sided affair at the score of 6-4, 6-3. In another tie under same category, another Chandigarh girl Simmer was convincingly beaten by Sumana K of Tamil Nadu 6-3, 4-6, 2-6.

In the girls’s under-16 category, Rachna Sethia of West Bengal had a tough opponent in Kavya Nath of Delhi. The result was 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.


Boy’s under-16 (final round): Uday Karan S. Puniha (CHD) bt. 1-Christopher Marquis (MAH) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3; Lakshit Sood (UP) bt. 2-Gurmohit Singh (CHD) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; 3-Bharat Bhardwaj (UP) bt. Dhruv Gurwara (DLI) 6-1, 6-4; 4-Palash Tiwari (DLI) bt. Arjun Seghal (PB) 7-6(6), 6-0; Sameer Patwardhan (MAH) bt. Mandeep Singh Gill (CHD) 6-1, 4-6, 6-0; Ronak Manuja (MAH) bt. Mandeep Yadav (CHD) 6-1, 6-3; 7-Ronak Amlani (GUJ) bt. Deepak Thakkar (GUJ) 6-1, 6-3; 8-A.N. Muddappa (TN) bt. Akshat Joshi (CHD) 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-3.

Boy’s under-18 (final round) : Ronak Manuja (MAH) bt. Pulkit Mishra (DLI) 6-1, 6-0; 2-Manav Dhawan (PB) bt. Gaurav Walia (MAH) 6-4, 6-1; Kush Jagga (DLI) bt. Palash Tiwari (DLI) 6-1, 6-4; Tanuj Keswani (DLI) bt. Chandom Shaolin (CHD) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4; Christopher Marquis (MAH) bt. Jai Vinod (PB) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Harmanbir Singh (PB) bt. Ronak Almani (GUJ) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-1; 7-B. Vikram Reddy (AP) bt. Bharat Bhardwaj (UP) 6-3, 6-1; A. Daniel Raj (TN) bt. Paras Thakur (CHD) 7-6(3), 6-0.

Girl’s under-16 (final round) : 1-Vishaka Sheron (DLI) bt. Arantxa Andrady (DLI) 6-1, 6-2; Rajeshwari C. (TN) bt. 2-Pooja Narayan (DLI) 6-2, 6-0; 3-Megha Rao (DLI) bt. Noor Paul (CHD) 7-6(1), 6-2; Preethi Srinivasan (TN) bt. 4-Rashmi Somani (WB) 6-1, 7-6(4); 5-Poorna (CHD) bt. Lavanya Nath (DLI) 6-1, 6-2; 6-Rachna Sethia (WB) bt. Kavya Nath (DLI) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4; Ratnika Batra (DLI) bt. 7-Tanya Kapoor (DLI) 6-2, 6-4; 8-Navjot Saini (PB) bt. Arundhati Basu (WB) 6-3, 6-3.

Girl’s under-18 (final round) : 1-Kanisha Mehta (MAH) bt. Rajeshwari C. (TN) 6-0, 6-0; 2-Sampada V. Kanade (MAH) bt. Lavanya Nath (DLI) 6-2, 6-4; 3-Sumana K. (TN) bt. Simmer (CHD) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; 4-Anushka Kapoor (DLI) bt. Navjot Saini (PB) 7-5, 7-6(6); 5-B. Megha Rao (DLI) bt. Shilpa Naruka (CHD) 6-4, 6-3; 6-Lekha Chandra Sekhar (TN) bt. Kavya Nath (DLI) 6-1, 6-1; Preethi Srinivasan (TN) bt. Tejashwi Narayanan (DLI) 6-0, 6-4.



ICL certification beat Airtel
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 1
Performance by R.P. Singh (102 in 50 balls and 4 for 25) enabled ICL Cetification Limited to beat Airtel XI by nine runs in the opening match of the ICL Certification Cup Inter-institutional League Cricket Tournament, at the Cricket Stadium here today.

The tournament is being organised by the Employees Sports and Recreation Club. In the 2nd league match, Anron Cycle Industries beat Education Department by 4 wickets and in the third match Tanush Textiles XI thrashed Punjab Warehousing Corporation by 10 wickets.

Brief scores: ICLCL 193 for 4 (R.P. Singh 102, Vipul 33, Jai Kapil 30, Kanav 2 for 42, Yudhvir 2 for 33).

Airtel XI 184 for 9 (Viney Bhardwaj 86, Alok 28, Kanav Verma 28, R.P. Singh 4 for 25, Sanjay Dhall 2for 26) 2) Education Deptt 156 for 5 (Rakesh 42, Saurav Vij 34 n o, Jagdeep 3 for 30).

Anron Cycle XI 160 for 6 (Anuj Mahajan 72 n o, Tejwant Pahwa 49, Sachin 21, Sanjeev 2 for 18, Ravinder 3 for 27).

3) PWC 69 all out (Daljit Singh 24, Avinash 18, Sanjay 3 for 8, Amrit Pal 3 for 7, Navin Puri 3 for 8).

TT XI 73 for no loss (Rampal Raghav 29 n o, Girish Nanda 27 n o).



City’s promising trio makes a mark
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
This year was good for cricket in Chandigarh as four cricketers from the city made a debut in first-class cricket. Batsman Gaurav Gupta, all-rounder Bipul Sharma and pacer VRV Singh played for the Punjab Ranji team, while wicket-keeper batsman Bhageshwar Bisht played for the Haryana Ranji team. The combinatioan also speaks volumes for the talent pool in Chandigarh . V.R.V. Singh is developing into a promising fast bowler. He is already bowling at 140 kmph (close to the speed at which Zaheer Khan bowls), Bisht and Gupta are batsmen while Bipul is an all-rounder.

They are getting training at DAV School, Sector 8, here. Their coach Sukhwinder Bawa is hopeful that India will soon have fast bowling prospect in V.R.V. Singh. The 6 feet 3 inches tall lad rattled the likes of V.V.S. Laxman.

Seeming delighted at their first success, the trio — Bisht, Sharma and Gupta — talked confidently about their future prospects, current training and experience in the first-class cricket.

Bhageshwar Bisht, the only local boy in Haryana team, which won the Ranji Trophy (plate division) this year, was the opening batsman of the Haryana team. So far he has played five Ranji matches and four one-dayers on the domestic circuit for the Haryana Ranji team. In his four games he scored a century (113) and two half centuries (50 and 51). In the one day format he has scored 76 against Punjab. Hailing from Nainital, Uttaranchal, Bisht moved to Chandigarh to play cricket.

His coach Sukhwinder Bawa, says, “Bisht is a very talented batsman and I hope he would show his potential in the forthcoming match”.

Revealing his plans, 22-years-old Bisht, who made valuable 50 and 37 runs in the finals of Ranji against Services at Gurgaon last month, explains, “Like any other player, inclusion in the Indian team is my target and I am working very hard to achieve this goal. I am not satisfied with my performance this season, so I am working hard on nets to omprove my batting skills”. Terming ‘cut’ and ‘drive’ as his favourite shots, Bisht said, “I love to play these shots as I make some extra efforts on the nets to get expertise in these shots”. Bisht has scored 398 runsin the season with an average of 39.

Gaurav Gupta got all attention at once with his timely and match-winning 34-run knock for Punjab against Mumbai in the semi-finals of Ranji trophy in Mumbai. Punjab was on the verge of defeat when this young local player rescued the team and earned a good name for himself. He also made 87 run against Hyderabad in Ranji trophy but he defined his 34 against Mumbai as his favourite knock.

Realising the value of being an all-rounder to find a berth in the national team, Gupta has now started honing his bowling skills. “I started to work in the bowling side and improving in this part also. In the heritage match between Punjab, India and Punjab, Pakistan at Patiala, I took two wickets,” said Gupta, who bowled off-spin. Gupta made 225 runs in this season with the average of 32.

Bipul Sharma, a left-arm spinner, made his debut in the Punjab’s Ranji team for the one day format last year, got a chance to be in the Punjab Ranji team this year for the longer duration of the game. Sharma, a left hander is an all-rounder and has played five one-dayers for the state and has got eight wickets. He got single chance to bat in these matches, in which he scored 20 runs. In the finals the elite division of the Ranji Trophy against Railways, he was not in the playing 11. Expressing his dissatisfaction over his performance in the last cricketing season, he said, “I am working hard on all departments of the game to get chance to come in the national team. But I am concentrating on my bowling”.



Srishti, Priyansh chess winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Srishti Jain and Priyansh Soni emerged champions in the Under-9 Boys and Girls Chess Championship 2005 that concluded at Tender Heart School, Sector 33, here today.
Srishti scored five points out of five and Priyanshu got 4 out of 5.

Gauri Chuttani came second in the girls’ category while Shivanshu Tandon was placed at second position in the boys’ category.

All these four players have been selected to represent Chandigarh at the Nationals being held at Chennai in June 2005.

Mr A.P. Saksena, President Chandigarh Chess Association, distributed the prizes to the winners.


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