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Yoga can help combat asthma, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
A healthy integration of yoga with available allopathic drugs can go a long way in effective management of asthma, which affects no less than 50,000 persons in the city alone.

Out of this, 20,000 are children alone who painstakingly learn the ‘hand and lung coordination’ to use the inhalers for managing the disease, which largely starts from the childhood.

“We have observed that pranayams and yogic asanas are extremely beneficial for the patients affected with asthma. Yoga brings a certain degree of relief in breathing. 

At the PGI, we had also conducted a week-long yoga workshop for the patients and found it extremely beneficial.

In fact the quality of life of a patient improves if he performs yogis exercises for proper breathing,’’ says Dr Meenu Singh, Advanced Paediatric Centre, PGI. At the World Asthma Day, celebrations at the PGI on Tuesday, a special demonstration of yogic exercises is scheduled to benefit patients at the APC.

Inhalers still are the safest bet available with the allopathic doctors for during the asthmatic attacks. But by performing the pranayamas daily, the patients’ lungs get cleared which in turn helps in proper breathing.

“There are certain pranayamas in yoga which go a long way in enhancing the lung capacity.

The asthmatic patients tend to breathe in a wrong manner, that is through their mouth, when the breathing should be through 
nostrils only.

Specific pranayamas ensure that the patients breathe correctly,” says Swami Dhirendracharya, a city-based yoga exponent who organised a yoga camp for asthma patients camp, at Anandpur Sahib recently. “Even patients suffering from the disease for last 10 years had 60 per cent relief after performing the exercises,” says Swami. 

Breathe-free club at PGI

The PGI is starting a Breathe Free Club for children and their parents. It is unfortunate that many residents refuse to accept that their children are suffering from asthma. They would rather say that the child has bronchitis or allergy. It is especially true in case of the girls. The under-diagnosis and over-diagnosis of the disease by physicians create problems for the patients, she adds.



Sampada wins AITA super series’ 1st round
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
Six-one proved to be a lucky number for this talented Maharashtra tennis player. It was a virtual treat to watch Sampada Kanade, standing 6-1 ft tall, giving straight set defeat 6-1, 6-1 to her Delhite opponent Sanjana Kapoor in the under 18 first round category main draw of the AITA Super Series Tennis tournament being held at the CLTA, Sector 10, here today.

In the boys’ under 18 category, it was a tie between the local lads in which Narinder Pal Singh cruised past Mandeep Singh Gill in a one-sided affair at 6-0, 6-3.

In the boys’ under 16 first round, Manav Dhawan of Punjab registered a hard fought 7-5, 6-4 win by defeating Akshay Kohli of Delhi.

Boys Under 16 (first round)

1-B. Bikram Reddy (AP) beat A. Denial Raj (TN) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5; Ankit Sachedeva (DLI) beat Lakshit Sood (UP) 6-2, 6-2; Mesheer Vaswani (KAR) beat Kaushik Das (ASM) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; Aswin Vijyaragavan (AP) beat Anmol Singh Ladhar (CHD) 6-2, 6-2; Parul Verma (CHD) beat Subhash C. Rao (DLI) 6-3, 6-1; Pulkit Mishra (DLI) beat Ronak Amlani (GUJ) 6-2, 6-0; Gaurav Walia (MAH) beat Siddharth Kaushik (TN) 6-4, 6-1; Karanuday Singh (DLI) beat Vikas Chauhan (HAR) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3; Shiva Sangwan (CHD) beat Chandam Shaolin (CHD) 7-6(3), 6-1; Chandril Sood (UP) beat Rahul Sangroli (GUJ) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; Vijayant Malik (CHD) beat Harshwardhan Thirani (GUJ) 6-2, 6-4; Ronak Manuja (MAH) beat Bharat Bhardwaj (UP) 7-5, 6-2; Priyank Gangadharan (TN) beat Palash Tiwari (DLI) 6-2,6-4; Uday Karan S. Puniha (CHD) beat Prateek Patel (DLI) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2; A.N. Muddappa (KAR) beat Sameer Patwardhan (MAH) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Manav Dhawan (PB) beat Akshay Kohli (DLI) 7-5, 6-4.

Girls Under 16 (first round)

Niroshita Mandala (AP) beat Garima Vatwani (DLI) 6-1, 6-0; Prachi Nadkarni (MAH) beat Deepna Vazirani (MAH) 1-6, 6-1, 6-0; Jilki Nelord (DLI) beat Megha Rao (DLI) 6-3, 6-0; Renuka Keswani (DLI) beat Ratnika Batra (DLI) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4; Sweta Solanki (DLI) beat Roop Saran Rihal (CHD) 6-3, 6-1; Inayat Khosla (CHD) beat Preethi Srinivasan (TN) 6-0, 6-0; Sanjana Kapoor (DLI) beat Anushka Kapoor (DLI) 6-3, 6-1; Shushrutha Reddy (AP) beat Treta Bhatacharya (WB) 6-2, 6-4; Henaa Ahuja (DLI) beat Arantxa Andrady (DLI) 6-3, 6-0; Taruka Srivastava (UP) beat Ankita Singh (CHD) 6-2, 6-2, Shalini Saboo (DLI) bt Rachna Sethia (WB) 6-1, 6-0; Arundhuti Basu (WB) bt Rashmi Somani (WB) 6-3, 6-1; Sumana K. (TN) bt Poorna (CHD) 6-3, 6-0; Rajeshwari C. (TN) beat Navjot Saini (PB) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(4); Vishaka Sheron (DLI) beat Lekha Chandra (TN) 6-0, 6-2; B. Sai Pujitha (AP) beat Richa Valecha (WB) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Boys Under 18 (first round)

Gursher S. Harika (CHD) beat A. Daniel Raj (DLI) 6-3, 6-3; Navinder Pal Singh (CHD) beat Mandeep Singh Gill (CHD) 6-0, 6-3; Kush Jagga (DLI) beat Priyank Gangadharan (TN) 6-2, 46, 6-3; 7- Arpit Sharma (WB) beat Tanuj Keswani (DLI) 6-2, 6-2; Rahul Belwal (DLI) beat Rubal Sandilya (DLI) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; Harmanbir Singh (PB) beat Raj Kanwar Singh (CHD) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; Christopher Marquis (MAH) beat Karanuday Singh (DLI) 7-5, 6-2; Jai Vinod (PB) beat Farid Amal (WB) 6-3, 6-1; Shiva Sangwan (CHD) beat Ronak Manuja (MAH) 6-4, 6-4; B. Bikram Reddy (AP) beat Parul Verma (CHD) 6-3, 6-3; Saketh M. Sai (AP) beat Manav Dhawan (PB) 6-1, 7-6(4); Siddharth Alapati (AP) beat Kaushik Das (ASM) 6-2, 7-5; Baibhav Das (WB) beat Arup Mullick (WB) 2-6, 6-0, 6-1; Akshay Kohli (DLI) beat Anmol Singh Ladhar (CHD) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3;

Gaurav Singh (MP) V/S Aswin Vijayaragwan (AP)

Mesheer Vaswani (KAR) V/S Ankit Patel (CHG)

Girls Under 18 (first round)

Isha Toor (CHD) beat Anushka Kapoor (DLI) 6-1, 6-2; Niroshita Mandala (AP) beat Lekha Chandra (TN) 6-3, 6-1; Supriya Mallaya (MAH) beat Prachi Nadkarni (MAH) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2; Priyanka Tohan (DLI) bt Noor Paul (CHD) 6-1, 6-3; Sampada Kanade (MAH) beat Sanjana Kapoor (DLI) 6-1, 6-1; 



Manoj sculpts PFC victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
The fine knock of 59 runs and three wickets for 26 by Manoj Kumar helped Punjab Financial Corporation (PFC) to score a win over Canara Bank by 50 runs in the finals of the second edition of Haryana Tourism Institutional Cricket Cup, at Government College for Boys, Sector 11, here today.

After winning the toss PFC opted to bat first and scored 159 runs in the allotted 30 overs.

Chasing the target of 159 runs the bank team was bundled out for 109 runs in just 25 overs. Manoj Kumar of PFC was declared the best all-rounder while Ram Pal of Canara Bank and Dharam Deepak of PFC were adjudged the best batsman and the best bowler, respectively.

Brief scores: PFC 159 in 30 overs (Manoj Kumar 59, Dharam Deepak 36, Shashi 4 for 29, Shankar Narayan 2 for 23)

Canara Bank 109 all out in 25 overs Balwinder 21, Shankar Narayan 18, Vikas 16, Manoj 3 for 26, D Deepak 2 for 12).



Sepak Takraw tourney to be held in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
Chandigarh State Sepak Takraw championship organised by Chandigarh Sepak Takraw Association is going to be held shortly in Chandigarh in which five teams of boys and girls and eight teams of boys are taking part individually.

Sepak Takraw is a traditional Malaysian sport and is popular in South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia.

The game is a mix of volleyball and football. It is played on a court measuring 13.4 metres in length and 6.10 metres in width which is near the Volleyball court specifications. A net is used to divide the two teams. 

The Chandigarh Senior State Sepak Takraw Championship will be held at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47 from May 7 to May 8 and Chandigarh Junior State Sepak Takraw Championship is scheduled to start from August 13 to 14 at St. Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, according to the calendar of State Championship released by Chandigarh Sepak Takraw Association.

The game is played between two teams each consisting of three players. A net is placed at the centre of the court. A side is allowed to touch the ball three times among themselves or only by a player before passing it back to the opponents court.

The ball is specially designed spherical ball the core of which is made of synthetic rattan (cane) There are 12 holes and 20 layers of canvas which make up the ball. The basic principle of the game is that the players are supposed to use their legs and head only to pass the ball to the other side of the net. “Flexibility in the player is the main qualification to play this game”, told Baljinder Singh, Coach of this wonder sport.

“The balls are manufactured in Thailand only. It is one of the reasons for its being not so popular game.. For Chandigarh State Championship which is scheduled to start soon, the Sepak Takraw Association has arranged six balls on the proposal of Chandigarh Sepak Takraw Association,” he adds.

The players do regular practice for this game at Mount Carmel School, Sector 46 daily from 6 am to 8 am and in St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, the two- hour practice session is held daily at 4.30 pm.



Abhishek steers Chaman Vatika to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
A fine batting performance by skipper Abhishek 55 (n.o.) in 25 balls helped Chaman Vatika beat St Xavier by nine wickets. In another match, Bhavan Vidhyalaya Public School beat Hans Raj in a close match by 15 runs.

Brief Scores:

St Xavier: 112 for 7 in 20 overs Kshitij 41, Akshay 22, Amiteshwar 2/18

Chaman Vatika, Ambala : 116 for 1 in 10.1 overs

Abhishek 55 (n.o.), Arjun 22, Sagar 16 (n.o.)

Bhawan Vidyalaya Public School: 162 all out in 25 overs. Ketan 37, Mohit 36, Anubhav 29, Tanvir 3/15, Saurav 2/21

Hans Raj: 147 all out

Lalit 18, Tanvir 17, Saurav 15, Ankit 17, Krishna 2/20, Mohit 2/22, Dheeraj 2/18 



Trials for football championship held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
Trials to select 25 probable for 14th Under-21 (Boys) National Football Championship were conducted by Chandigarh Football Association at Football Stadium, Sector 17 here today. As many as 40 players reported for the trials. Six players, who could not appear for the trials due to examinations, were also included in the list on the basis of their previous performance.

The coaching camp will be held in the morning and the evening session at the stadium. The championship will be held at Uttaranchal from May 20 onwards.



Sirjana wins gold in road race

Sirjana Dhaliwal, a student of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44 C, won gold medal in Open Road Race (age group 6-8 years) held on the Lake Road here yesterday. She also won a silver medal in Rink Race 2 at Skating Rink, Sector 10 on April 30. 



Aulakh likely to join ADG(West) at Chandigarh
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
Three years after the Border Security Force (BSF) created a post of Additional Director- General (West) at Chandigarh, it is finally expected to get a full time incumbent. Mr N.P.S. Aulakh, a Punjab cadre IPS officer, is tipped to take over this key appointment which is responsible for the entire western border.

Mr Aulakh was earlier serving as the Additional Director- General of Police, Punjab. Orders relieving him from this post were issued on April 20 after his name for deputation to the Centre was approved by the government.

Sources said Mr Aulakh was presently on a familiarisation visit to BSF establishments.

He is expected to join as the ADG (West) here in a few days time. Earlier, he had served with the BSF as DIG Operations at its headquarters in New Delhi.

The post of ADG (West) was created in 2002 for effective management of the international border with Pakistan. Headquartered at Chandigarh, it is responsible for BSF deployment and operations in the entire western and northern regions, including Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

When the post was set up, Mr K K Kashyap, an IPS officer, was posted here, but was moved out within two months and posted to his parent state, Maharashtra. This was done ostensibly because he had no prior exposure to the BSF.

Since then no ADG was posted here and officers of equivalent rank at BSF Headquarters in Delhi were given additional charge along with their regular assignment. An officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector-General has been holding the fort here.

Prior to the ADG (West) headquarters coming up in Chandigarh, there was no BSF presence in and around Chandigarh. Now, besides this headquarters, there is a BSF battalion based near Chandigarh.

The BSF is also acquiring land from the UT Administration for construction of permanent accommodation for the ADG Headquarters. About 15 acres of land between the Industrial Area and No.3 Base Repair Depot is in the process of being taken over by the BSF. Presently, the headquarters is functioning from the rented residential accommodation. Land at other places in and around the city is also being acquired for BSF establishments.



HCS officer joins as UT Jt Secretary, Home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
Mr Bhupinder Singh, a Haryana Civil Service Officer today joined duties as the new Joint Secretary Home relieving Mr Ashok Sangwan of the charge. Mr Sangwan goes back to his parent cadre of Haryana where he has been posted as Secretary HAFED.

Meanwhile sources said another officer Mr Yashendra Singh, who was join as DPR may not join as he has applied for study course in the London School of Economics where his application is pending.

Mr Sangwan spent close to six years in Chandigarh Administration a major part of his tenure was as Joint Secretary, Home. He also worked as Secretary to the Adviser and in all served under five Advisers starting from Ms Vineeta Rai, followed by Ms Neeru Nanda, Mr Virendra Singh, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral and present incumbent Mr Lalit Sharma. 


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