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Allow treatment at pvt hospitals, say pensioners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The coordination committee of the Central Government Pensioner’s Association has urged the Prime Minister the extend the package deal of private hospital to the beneficiaries of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), as allowed valid in Delhi.

Under the present situation, the CGHS beneficiaries in Chandigarh have to shell out money to get treatment at private hospitals. Citing the cases of patients with renal failures who required dialysis, the association said even the PGI and the GMCH authorities were not admitting patients for dialysis, thus forcing them to go to private hospitals.

It may be mentioned that the CGHS scheme was extended to Chandigarh in January 2002, and around 7,000 pensioners and employees were availing themselves of the facility. The existing infrastructure was not adequate to tackle the rush of patients.

The association said while in Delhi, private hospitals and diagnostics centres had been recognised under the CGHS, the facility was not being extended to the city. The matter was taken up the Union Health Minister a number of occasions, but to no avail.

In Chandigarh, Rs 5,000 has to be deposited as advance at the PGI and the GMCH . The association has urged that till the facility was not extended to Chandigarh, the GHCS beneficiaries who were getting treatment at the PGI and the GMCH may be given the facility. The ministry has been urged to extend the credit facilities to certain private hospitals in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali.



Shun tobacco, say doctors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
World No Tobacco Day was celebrated by Tobacco Cessation Clinic under the aegis of the Department of Psychiatry, PGI, here on Thursday. This year’s theme was “Health Professionals and Tobacco Control” hence much emphasis was given to health professionals, including Class IV employees, nurses and other PGI staff.

Prof Savita Malhotra, Principal Investigator, Tobacco Cessation Programme, and Professor of Psychiatry, welcomed Prof S.K.Jindal, Head Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Prof S.C. Sharma, Head Department of Radio Therapy, Suman Gupta, social worker, Servants of the People Society, and all other nodal centre members of the Tobacco Cessation Clinic, Chandigarh.

Prof Jindal said majority of lung diseases, malignancy, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, asthma are caused by use of tobacco-related products and Prof Sharma gave an account of how tobacco use could be a causal factor for cancer and why we must refrain from its consumption. A short video film was shown to the audience regarding the ill-effects of tobacco consumption.



136 donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
As many as 136 persons, including 17 women, donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by the Sant Nirankari Mandal at Kesho Ram Colony, Burail here today. This was the fifth camp organised by the Mandal within two months.

The camp was inaugurated by the parcharak and incharge of ladies congregations of the Mission, Ms Bhagwan Devi who personally supervised the chain of activities right from the hospitality to actual collection.

She quoted the message of Nirankari Baba Hardev Singhji Maharaj, “Blood donation highlighted the organic unity of humanity and by donating blood we are doing only our fundamental duty to cement human bonds.”

A medical team of Blood Bank, General Hospital Sector 16 headed by Dr MS Anand, Blood Transfusion Officer, and incharge, Blood Bank, conducted the five-hour blood collection operations.



Medical camp at Bapudham Colony
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Around 250 persons visited the awareness-cum-medical camp organised by the Society for Health, Education and Environment (SHEE), an NGO, in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh, at Bapudham Colony, Sector 26, here today.

The camp was organised for creating awarness among the people regarding prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The organisers used magic shows to send across the message. Out of all patients who were examined, 19 were treated for STDs and were provided free medicines. Project Coordinator Kamaljit Singh gave a lecture on myths about spread of STDs/RTIs and HIV/AIDS.

Vaccinated: The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Chandigarh, organised anti-rabies camp at Sector 40-A today. As many as 40 stray dogs were vaccinated against rabies and an equal number of dogs were treated for worms.



Sandeep wins billiards, snooker tournaments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
It was a day for Sandeep Duggal, who grabbed the winner’s title in both billiards and snooker tournaments during the Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship, held at Chandigarh Club, here today.

In the billiards final of 300 points game, Sandeep cruised past his opponent Pankaj Gulati in a close contest and the score stood at 300-266.

It was almost a one-sided affair in the finals of Snooker’s best of seven frames tie, Sandeep again displayed his best on the greens and toppled Sandeep Kochhar at 53-34, 40-49, 70-37, 67-20, 48-58, 56-15.

Ms Anu Chatrath, Mayor, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion. The tournament is held every year by the Saurabh Khattar Memorial Trust in the memory of Saurabh Khattar, who was a prospering snooker player and died at a very early age due to illness. The name of Haryana State Snooker Tournament has also been changed to Saurabh Khattar Memorial Tournament.



Maruti organises car rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Ajay Kumar bagged the first position under general category while Rita Sharma was declared the winner under women category in the Maruti Suzuki Wheels of Fortune car rally, which was flagged off from Hotel Shivalikview, here today.

The second position under general category was secured by Sandeep Mittal and Ashish Bindra was placed third. S.C. Chatrath won under senior citizens category.

The rally was jointly flagged off by Mr Krishan Mohan, Home Secretary, Chandigarh, and by Mr Hardeep Brar, Regional Manager, Maruti Udyog Limited.It was organised by Maruti Udyog Limited in which more than 150 Maruti owners along with their families participated.

The participants were required to decipher encrypted clues during a 45-km. route.

There were seven checkpoints (1:Maruti Regional Office (Chandigarh), 2: Fun Republic (Mani Majra), 3: Yellow Chilli (Panchkula), 4: The Tribune (Chandigarh), 5: PCA Stadium (Mohali), 6: Bassi Theatre (Mohali), 7: Sector 22 Jewellers Market). Each participant took approx-imately two hours to cover the route.

Proper combination of time, speed and distance (as per traffic rules) held the key to success in the event.

Those families who were able to make out all clues, covered the route with best combination of time, distance and speed and had least penalty points were declared winners.

Apart from prizes for the winners, each participant received a gift hamper.

Prize distribution ceremony was held later in the evening at Hotel Shivalikview.

Games, quiz, dance were also part of the occasion.



MP girls win softball title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The Madhya Pradesh team lifted the trophy in the girls’ section as it won the final against Chandigarh by 10-0 in the 18th Sub-Junior National Softball Championship at the Government College for Men ground in Sector 11 here today.

The last year’s runners-up teams of Punjab boys and girls disappointed their fans as both teams lost their matches in the semifinals as Chandigarh girls eked out a narrow 19-18 victory in the most exciting semi-final match.

Punjab matched Chandigarh in all departments of the game. However, it was not their day today as lucky Chandigarh snatched the victory.

Chandigarh, however, could not maintain their tempo in the final against Madhya Pradesh and lost the match. MP won by 10-0 to regain the trophy which they had last won in 2003.

In the boys section, Kerala shattered the aspirations of Punjab of winning the title. In the thrilling semifinal encounter, Kerala beat Punjab by 7-8.

Kerala’s opponent in the final will be Madhya Pradesh who ended the winning spree of Maharashtra by 9-5 in the boys semifinals.


Girls (final): Madhya Pradesh (Archana 3, Akansha 3, Indu 3, Khushbuoo 2, Nisha 2, Arshi 2, Arti 1, Shruti 1, Shilpi 1) bt Chandigarh by 10-0.

Boys (semifinals): Madhya Pradesh (Ankit 2, Rahul 2, Navjot 1, Abhishek 1, Arpit 1, Niket 1, Shubham 1) bt Maharashtra (Pravin 2, Piyush 1, Ravi 1, Chirayu 1) by 9-5.

Kerala (Sabari 2, Vishnu 2, Subas 2, Jithin 1, Anvin 1) bt Punjab (Vinay 2, Sharan 2, Mandeep 1, Jaskaran 1, Mohit 1) by 8-7.



New concepts to train players
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
To elicit good performance from sportspersons, the Sports Department is considering to introduce new concepts and newly devised training schedules besides the “dummy training”, prevalent in advanced sporting countries in sports like athletics and football.

These concepts are aimed at improving the overall performance of the players in addition to making them aware of latest training techniques. These sessions will also minimise the risk of injuries as they will lay greater emphasis on the safety of the players, said Mr J.P. Sidhu, Joint Director of the department.

“For the improvement in endurance and performance of the players, the department will carry out regular check ups on their hydration or fluid levels, besides keeping a check on the body temperature before and after every training session. This will help in reducing cramps which most players experience due to loss of body fluids while playing”, said Mr Sidhu, a renowned physical educationist and sports administrator.

“The department will also introduce Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) supplements or a more advanced form of liquid diet, which will also help in covering the weight loss during the sessions”, he said.

“To avoid sudden deaths during the matches, the department will start conducting medical check ups of the players in reputed hospitals very soon, where tests like ECG, chest x-rays, blood tests and echo-cardiograms will be carried out at regular intervals free of cost,” Mr Sidhu added.

Plans are also afoot to reduce the number of training hours in each practice session. “Summers will have one session instead of two and the players will undergo “active rest” after the training”, he said.

Mr Sidhu returned from Muskat last week after attending the 3rd Asian Conference on Sciences and Football Medicine. He was invited by the Asian Football Confederation for a presentation on mental training in competitive sports.



Excelling in sports and studies
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, May 29
A few of the leading young outstanding sportspersons of Chandigarh have done exceedingly well in the class X examinations of CBSE, the results of which were declared last week.

Kinshuk Sharma, a tennis player now ranked number one in below 16 section in the country secured 84 per cent marks. Kinshuk is currently in Italy playing in the ITF Junior Development programme-cum-training camp. He was the only one selected from India for this tour.

Mr SM Sharma, IG, Punjab said his son remained busy playing tournaments throughout the year and a few days of study had done wonders.

Ajeetesh Sandhu, a leading golfer, secured 76 per cent marks. His father Mr M.S. Sandhu said Ajeetesh could not devote much time to studies as throughout the year he was busy playing golf tournaments in India and abroad. Ajeetesh had passed out from St John’s and has left for Korea to take part in Asia Pacific Golf. Then he will travel to USA for another series of tournaments. He said Ajeetesh had clear vision and was quick to grasp whatever he learnt.

Rohan Kakar, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35 and the current national Mountain Bike champion in under 16 age group secured 87.2 per cent marks in class X. Rohan, who had won a silver medal in the track cycling meet in under 16 section at national level last year, wants to be a space scientist.

Sahib Singh, a student of St Anne’s Convent School, secured 92.6 per cent marks in class X. He is a basketball player and has played in the National School Games twice.

Adhiraj Neogi, a badminton player and a student of St John’s School, secured 86 per cent marks . He has represented Haryana in the National Junior badminton championships and has many sub-junior titles to his credit while playing for Panchkula.



ICLCL enter quarterfinals
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 29
A blasting half century by Suraj Bhan (65) helped ICL Certifications Ltd to beat Bhawan Vidyalya XI, Panchkula, by six wickets in the 13th Bathany League-cum-knockout tournament and enter the quarterfinals at Satluj Public School grounds here today.

Batting first Bhawan Vidyalya XI made 191 runs in 22 overs. In reply ICLCL accomplished the target in 19.1 overs.

Brief scores: Bhawan Vidyalya 191 runs for 7 in 22 overs ( Vibhor 47, Tushar 41, Kalpit 41, Inder 3 for 22).

ICLCL: 192 for 4 in 19.1 overs (Suraj Bhan 65, Manoj Panta 38, Tushar 3 for 30).



I will carry out duties assigned to me: Rao
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Even as the Chandigarh Administration, in an order passed yesterday, virtually stripped the post of Deputy Commissioner of important powers, the DC-designate, Mr R.K. Rao will be joining duties here within a day or two.

Following a report in The Tribune, Mr Rao, a 1991 batch Haryana cadre IAS officer, was aware that he will not enjoy the powers of Estate Officer and also Excise and Taxation Commissioner.

Speaking on phone from Yamunanagar, he said “I will carry out duties handed over to me.” Mr Rao, at present DC Yamunanagar, said.

In a surprise move last night, the Administration had handed over the work of Estate Officer to the Chief Executive Officer of the Chandigarh Housing Board, Mr Amarnath. He is a UT-cadre IAS officer. The work of Excise and Taxation Commissioner had been handed over to Municipal Commissioner Mr P.S. Aujla, a Punjab cadre IAS officer.


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