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295 donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
More than 295 donors donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by the Thalassaemic Children’s Welfare Association (TCWA) at PGI here today. The camp was held to mark International Thalassaemia Day. Five more camps are planned in the coming months.

Director PGI Prof K K Talwar inaugurated the camp and praised the efforts of the TCWA in saving the lives of the serious patients, especially in the summer months when there is acute shortage of blood.

A team of doctors from PGI, headed by Dr Neelam Marwaha conducted the camp. The next blood donation camp is scheduled for May 21.

In another blood donation camp organised by Sant Nirankari Mandal at their Bhavan in Mauli Jagran, 167 persons, including 40 women donated blood. Zonal in charge, Mr Kesho Ram inaugurated the camp and said only a fortnight ago, the Nirankaris had donated 580 units of blood at its camp held in Sector 30. Their next camp is scheduled to be held on May 29 at Burail.

A team of doctors from Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32 conducted the camp. 



Dental implant workshop ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
A three-day dental implant workshop concluded at Commonwealth Youth Programme Bhawan here today. Dr Ebner Luis De, consultant and reviewer of the Brazilian Journal of Surgery, Implant and Prosthesis, from Brazil was the chief guest. The workshop was organized by Dr R P Gupta and about 20 delegates all over the country attended the workshop.

A hand on course on dental implants and live surgery of placing dental implants was conducted at Dr Gupta Dental and Orthodontic Centre and a total of five implants were completed in Dr R.P Gupta Dental Clinic.

The dentists explained that long ago a tooth was either filled or extracted. Then crowns became more widely available and root canal technique became readily available. But now dental implant has emerged as a very viable alternative to many restorative procedures.



Nurturing hockey talent G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
Three players of Chandigarh Hockey Academy will represent the region in the camp being held for final selection for the prestigious Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament. Rajpal Singh, Inderjit Singh and Jaswinder Singh are working hard in the camp.

Rajpal has already represented India in the previous edition of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2004, while Inderjit was left out at the eleventh hour. But this time they are keeping their fingers crossed.

The Chandigarh Hockey Academy came into being on July 1, 2002. It is run and managed by the Chandigarh Administration where kids are slowly but steadily maturing into budding players.

Recently, 24 more players in the age group of nine to eleven and a half year from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Chandigarh were enrolled after selection trials conducted in April.

The players get specific coaching and training on scientific basis. Their stay is comfortable and they get nutritious diet and proper care. The aim of the academy is to develop the game and produce outstanding hockey players of national and international repute.

A number of them have already started knocking on the doors of the junior selection committee of the Indian Hockey Federation. The forwards, Ranjodh Singh, Sandeep Singh Junior, Dharamvir and Sandeep Singh Senior have already represented India in a junior hockey Test played against a Malaysian team at Chandigarh in March 2004. In this Test the hosts won the match.

“Proper emphasis is laid on the physical fitness of the trainees. Sand running, weight training and stair exercises are part of the fitness schedule to improve their flexibility and increase their stamina,” Jasbir Singh Bajwa, hockey coach said.

Stress is also laid on studies. The trainees are being provided free education and all other expenditure related to their studies is being borne by the academy.

“Some of them like Ranjodh Singh secured 92 per cent marks in his class. The others also touched 75 per cent,” Bajwa added.

“Proper emphasis is laid on physical fitness of the trainees. Sand running, weight training and stair exercises are part of the fitness schedule to improve their flexibility and increase their stamina,” according to the coach.

The relaying of the Astroturf at the Sector 42 Sports Complex was a great help as all ‘A’ grade matches are played on Astroturf. The training includes improvement in goalkeeper skills, penalty corner conversion techniques, conversion of strokes, long corner and out of ‘D’ shots on this turf ,” he further explained.

The Chandigarh Joint Director of Sports, Mr JPS Sidhu, who himself was a hockey player, takes keen interest in the programme being carried out to groom players.

“We have been allotted a sum of Rs 30 lakh from the revenue head and the money is being spent on the hockey and football academies,” Mr Sidhu informed.



St Joseph’s CC girls bag title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
St. Joseph’s Coaching Centre , Sector 44, overcame the challenge posed by Mount Carmel, 47 (Team A) and thrashed them 21-10, 21-18 to bag the girls title in the fourth Chandigarh Senior State Sepak Takraw Championship for the Rev Samuel John and Mrs Samuel John Trophy. The match was played at Mount Carmel School here today.

Unified Club toppled Chandigarh Club of 21-13, 22-24, 15-13 and were placed at third position.

In the boys’ section, St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, clinched the title beating Young Club in a one- sided affair 21-15, 21-12. Mount Carmel School, 47 (Team B) got the third place beating Mount Carmel, 47 (Team A) by 18-21, 25-23, 15-12.

Table soccer championship

The North Zone Table Soccer Championship concluded this evening at Delhi Public School, Himshikha, Pinjore. The two-day meet was held under the aegis of the Haryana Table Soccer Association. Mr HS Bhadu, Director, Haryana Olympic Association, was the chief guest and gave away the prizes to the winners. Mr ML Vairagi, Deputy Director Haryana Sports Department was the guest of honour.

Mr Samson Masih, principal of the host school and coordinator of the meet said next year, they would like to conduct the national championships in the sport. Mr Yadwinder Singh, secretary of the Table Soccer Federation of India, said more states were showing interest in the sport.

Results: all finals: winners:girls: under 10:Ashima (Haryana); under 12: Ravleen (haryana); under 14: Richa (Haryana) and under 17:Shweta (Chandigarh).

Doubles:under17: Shweta and Gurpreet (Haryana).

Boys: under 12:Abhinandan (Haryana); under 14; Jatinder (Haryana). doubles:Under 10:Himasnhu and Abhishek; under 12:Abdul and Abhilaksh (Haryana). under 19:Arpit and Mudit (Delhi).

Cricket meet

A fine knock of 30 runs and claiming two wickets for 20 runs by Amiteshwar enabled Chaman Vatika beat New Model School in the ongoing Satluj League Cricket tournament for the Satluj Aresson Cricket Champions trophy Under-15, being held at Satluj Public School grounds, here, today.

Brief score: Chaman Vatika: 156 all out in 24.2 overs

Amiteshwar 30, Saurabh 28, Abhishek 28, Jagdeep 25, Vijay Dhiman 5 for 30): New Model School: 132 all out in 24.4 overs. Amjad 30, Sahil 28, Amit 25, Amiteshwar 2 for 20, Jagdeep 2 for 10.



Bahl is manager of Indian roller skating team
Our Sports Reporter

Ms Madhu Bahl
Ms Madhu Bahl

Chandigarh, May 8
The chairperson of the Chandigarh Roller Skating Association, Ms Madhu Bahl, will be the woman manager of the Indian roller skating team that left Delhi to take part in the 11th Asian Roller Skating Championships being held at Jeonju City, South Korea, from May 10 to May 14.

As per a message received from the president, Roller Skating Federation of India, Mr Pradeep Ganeriwal, the 61-member Indian contingent comprises 44 players, seven International judges-cum-referees. Mr Ganeriwal said the Union Cabinet Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr Sunil Dutt, graced the occasion at New Delhi today and blessed the Indian team before the team’s departure to South Korea. The minister promised to honour the skaters who won medals.

He said next time more facilities would be given to Indian skaters and also assured the delegation led by Mr Atul Parikh from Maharashtra that in the coming years skating rinks of international standards would be built.

Mr Ganeriwal said for the past three decades Indian players had continued to perform reasonably well and in the last Asian meet they secured overall second position. At the world level in Speed discipline Indian players had been able to get only ninth and tenth positions in a few races. He said that time had come for the Central Government to grant more funds for skating also. The Indian skating team was provided with the latest skating equipment by J.J. Jonex, Jalandhar, India’s biggest manufacturer of skating equipment.

Ms Bahl, who is also the Principal, KB DAV Centenary School, Sector 7, said she hoped that Indian skaters, particularly roller hockey women, might win a medal in the Asian meet.



Minor districts out for 85
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 8
Fine bowling by Sandeep Bhatacharya (six for 11) saw Minor Districts being bundled out for 85 in the ongoing under-17 ML Markan Inter-District Cricket Tournament being played at PCA Complex here today. Today the match was played between Chandigarh and Minor Districts

Minor Districts won the toss and elected to bat first. They suffered a jolt when their openers Maninder and Gurbej were shown the door by Pankaj at the score of 0 and 12, respectively. Thereafter, their wickets fell at regular intervals due to deadly bowling by Sandeep Bhattacharya. Only Karan with a score of 36 could put up some resistance but ultimately, the team was bowled out for 85 only in 57.4 overs.

Chandigarh also started on a bad note but the partnership of Simrat Bawa and Vishal Devraj contributed 79 runs and at close.

Chandigarh were 178 for loss of four wickets in 37 overs. Sumit Dhiman (45) and Himanshu (4) were at the crease.

The play will resume at 7 am tomorrow.

Brief scores: Minor Dist: 85 all out in 57.4 overs. (Karan 36, Sandeep Bhattacharya 6 for 11, Pankaj 2 for 28)

Chandigarh: 178 for 4 in 37 overs. (Sandeep Bhattacharya 36, Sumit 45 n.o.).


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