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U-19 badminton camp from May 15
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, May 12
Panchkula has been chosen as one of the prestigious badminton training centres by the Badminton Association of India (BAI). The under-19 national camp comprising 25 players, including 10 girls, will begin from May 15. The said camp of 21 days will be assisted by three coaches on the panel of the BAI. Mr Surinder Mahajan, a Senior Sports Authority of India coach, will be one of the key coaches for the Panchkula camp along with two others as nominated by the BAI. As per information reaching here, Panchkula might also get the nod for another camp for junior Indian team to be organised from January 25 to February 25, 2006, for the Dutch Junior and German Junior International Badminton meets.

Panchkula now boasts of three-court newly-built badminton hall located in the Sector 3 Sports Complex. Besides, it is the prestigious All India Tara Chand Memorial Badminton Tournament, which is a prize money tournament held in October/November every year and attracts many ranked players from India.

This year, the BAI has decided to lay stress on the ranking tournaments for sub-junior and Junior section. In the month of June, the All India Krishna Khaitan Memorial Junior Ranking meet will be held at Chennai from June 7 to 12, followed by another event of same stature from June 13 to 18 at Cochin.

In July also, two junior ranking meets will be held at Bangalore and Pune, respectively, from July 18 and 25.

Then again in September two All India ranking meets will be held at Gandhinagar from September 12 and at Indore from September 18.

In all six major ranking tournaments to be organised this year and the mini and sub-junior nationals to be held at Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) from October 10. The Junior Nationals will be held at Calicut (Kerala) from November 24 while the Senior National meet will be organised at Bangalore from January 3, 2006.

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Unbeaten ton by Gurvivek
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 12
A superb unbeaten century (103 n.o.) by skipper Gurvivek enabled Mohali team to beat Zone B by one wicket in Punjab State U-17 Tournament for M L Markan Trophy at PCA Stadium here today. Zone B won the toss and elected to bat first. It scored 277 runs in 84 overs.

In reply Mohali team chased the target in the allotted overs.

Brief scores: Zone B (Sandeep 41, Rishi Rana 38, Rishi Chopra 69, Gunjot Singh 6 for 27, Aditiya 2 for 17 and Pritej 2 for 2).

Mohali (Gurvivek 103 n.o., Abhishek 45, Gunjot 35 and Navneet Singh 22).

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Functions mark International Nurses Day
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 12
Functions were organised in various institutions in connection with the International Nurses Day here today.

Various activities like quiz, poster-making competitions, medical knowledge tests, were organised at Fortis Hospital as part of nurses week celebrations. A valedictory session for its student nurses was organised. Mr H.I.S. Garewal, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, gave away the prizes.

Each year prizes were given in various categories to nurses in recognition of their work to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale. The award for best nurse of the year went to Ms Jisha Joseph and for best unit in charge to Mr William Masih.

The day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at the Canadian Institute for International Studies (CIIS) here. As many as 30 nurses, who had successfully got placed in New Zealand and Australia, were handed over letters of appointment by Col B.S. Sandhu (retd), president, CIIS, at a function organised especially for the occasion. It was a memorable day for the nurses.

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Pay traffic challans online from June 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to start the payment of traffic challans online through the credit card payment facility through its website http://chandigarh.gov.in from June 1.

Once the payment is made online through a credit card, documents would be couriered by the police to the address of the concerned person.

Further, in a separate development it has been decided to open two more Sampark Centres by July in Sector 47 and Industrial Area-I, Chandigarh.

These fully computerised centers will accept various bills like those for water, power and bus passes, etc. Sampark provides single window facilities for the benefit of the residents of Chandigarh and eliminates the requirement of visiting government offices for certain services.

Moreover, since the Sampark Centres are open from 8 am to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday, the residents can avail of these services at their own convenience.

These new Sampark Centres will be like the other five Sampark Centres which are already in operation in Sector 43, Sector 18, Sector 15, Sector 10 and Manimajra.

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Process to upgrade city airport on: Rodrigues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Chandigarh is all set to have a world class infrastructure with focus on agri-industrial economy and IT for social change, thanks to the tremendous response of the people to comprehensive public-private partnership programme.

This was stated by Gen S.F. Rodrigues, Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, while interacting with the delegation of the CII (Northern Region) led by its Chairman Mr Ajay S. Shriram and Vice-Chairman, Mr Harpal Singh, Punjab State Council, here today.

General Rodrigues further told the delegation that the process had already been initiated for upgrading the Chandigarh Airport to the level of an International Airport, with an export hub for fruits and vegetables for meeting the needs of northern states, including Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.

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IPS officerís plea on deputation:
CAT serves notice on MHA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) yesterday issued a notice to the Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) after a 1987 batch IPS officer from the West Bengal cadre moved the tribunal over extending his deputation period in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

After hearing the plea of the applicant, Mr Adhir Sharma, the tribunal comprising Mr L.M. Goyal and Mr Jasbir. S.Dhaliwal, Vice-Chairman and Member, respectively, issued the notice to the MHA for June 2.

The applicant in his plea stated that as per the rules, any IPS officer who has come from the Central Police Organisation on deputation can get an extension of two years provided the officer has served in a hard area, as classified by the central police organisations.

The officer, was sent on deputation in 2000 to ITBP at Ladakh for one year. During the posting, Mr Sharma got promoted as DIG and then sought transfer to the CRPF. After joining the CRPF, he joined as DIG (Operations) at Agartala, Tripura, and had 14 battalions under his command. After serving in hard areas for over two years, he made a request to the MHA that his deputation period may be extended as per the para 6.5 of the relevant rules. However, the request was turned down on March 31, 2005. The officer is currently posted at Hallo Majra camp of the CRPF.

The applicant further stated that the MHA as per its policy dated April 6, 2000, the normal period of five year on deputation can be extended for another two years if the officer has served in a hard area.

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