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Disabled persons’ body hails allowance hike
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 16
Members of the Disabled Persons Welfare Organisation here today applauded the decision of the Punjab Government to enhance the unemployment allowance of physically handicapped persons. The decision was taken by the state Cabinet on June 14.

In a press release issued here, Mr Parmdeep Singh Bhabat, president and Mr Deepak Rohela, vice-president of the organisation, said the step taken by the government was appreciable. The members hoped that the it would bring relief to the physically challenged.

The members further expressed their gratitude towards the Chief Minister, Punjab, for acceding to the long-pending demand.



Top paddlers for selection trials
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, June 16
Top ranked 30 school paddlers drawn from all over India today took part in the selection trials held under the aegis of Schools Games Federation of India (SGFI) today at the DAV Public School, Sector 8 to select the Indian schools Table Tennis team for the 3rd Asian Schools Table Tennis Championships to be held in Malaysia in the first week of July.

The players in the under 18 age group were eligible top take part. Among boys, Shubham Kundu and Saugata Sarkar are medalists in the last National School Games in under 14 and under 17 sections along with Jayanta Sarkar another national ranked player who appeared in the boys section.

In the girls section, Agamani Mitra, Kajol Das and Samapati Biswas all from Bengal and among top eight players in the national rankings, toiled for a berth in the team.

Mr P.S. Chhabra, secretary-general of the School Games Federation of India, was also present to supervise the trials. Mr Chhabra disclosed that seven probables in both boys and girls sections will be selected for a two-week coaching camp. He said the government of India was providing thrust to the school sports in a big way.

He said the presence of TT players from Bengal, who are otherwise trainees of the Centre of Excellence scheme of the Sports Authority of India at Kolkata, would also strengthen the team. They are being trained at Kolkata by foreign coach Yen Hui along with SAI coaches.

The local players who appeared in the trials are: boys — Dev Saini, Rajan Mahindra, Abhiroop, Raghav Sharma and Puneet Kumar.

Girls: Sunanda Mahindra, Kalyani, Nadia Saini, Naina and Sadhika Kaushal.



Swim safe this summer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
To beat the scorching heat, one can have a splash in a number of swimming pools. A swimmer should be wary of infections which he can contract. There are allergies, rashes, swelling, fungal infections, redness of eyes, conjunctivitis, typhoid, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis.

“Just half an hour before swimming, apply good water-proof sunscreen whose sun protection factor (SPF) is 15. A little bit of moisturiser can also be applied to the skin as it prevents dryness that occurs because of the presence of chlorine in pool water,” advised a city-based skin specialist, Dr Mallika Sachdeva.

If you have any active eye or ear problem, it is better to avoid swimming.

“It is mandatory to have shower before and after the swimming to flush out sweat, as it keeps allergies and other water-borne diseases at bay. You should not forget to shampoo your hair after swimming as chlorine tend to make your hair bleached and brittle,” she said.

It is also advised to sip some drink such as lemonade, plain water or electrolyte, between your swim sessions and avoid eating anything two and a half hour before and after swimming.

Equally important is to wear good quality swim wear so that the water does not cause skin problems.

Long hair should be tied while getting into the pool. It is compulsory to wear a cap for those with long hair.

Pools must have basic medical facilities like first-aid kit and there should be provision of oxygen. Pool water should not be swallowed in. Never compromise on the quality of the pool and choose the good pool to swim.

“The water has to be certified safe by a government lab. We have installed a new system for this reason,” said D.S. Toor, Professor, sports-in-charge, Panjab University.

“We have own doctors, who give fitness certificate after examining the person on the basis of which we admit him,” he added.

Pools should not exceed the prescribed limit of swimmers and there should be an adequate number of lifeguards too.

Regarding the safety standards, he said they had engaged a part-time life savior and two coaches.

There is one lifeguard and one lady coach, both SAI trained, in Swimming Pool and Yoga Centre, Sector 23. “We are on our toes all the time, especially, in the morning session when untrained people swim,” said Paramjit Singh.

“To cope with the rush, we have terminated the membership of all 5,000 honorary members this year,” said Mr Mukesh Bassi, president, Chandigarh Club. There are two coaches and two lifeguards on service in Chandigarh Club pool.

Pool charges and timings

Lake Club: Members Rs 200; dependants Rs 125; non members Rs 650; Timings: 6 to 9 am and 4 to 7.45pm.

Golf Club: Members Rs 1,050 for full season, Rs530 per month; dependants Rs 800; Timings: 6 to 9 am and 4 to 9.30 pm.

Chandigarh Club: Members Rs 400 per month, Rs 1,000 for full season: Guests Rs 50 per visit; Timings: 6 to 9 am and 4.30 to 9 pm.

Panjab University: Students Rs 50 per month; outsiders Rs 500 per month; Timings: 6to 8am and 3to 7pm.

Government Pool (Sector 23): Adults Rs 1,400 for full season; students Rs 500; Timings: 6 to 8.30 am and 4 to 7 pm. 



Training camp for shooters
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, June 16
As many as 25 shooters drawn from various districts of Punjab are taking part in the first-ever training camp for Air Weapons shooters (includes Air Pistol and Air Rifle 10 metre) being organised at Markfed Shooting Ranges, Phase VI , Mohali. The camp which began on June 11, will end on June 18.

The camp is being organised by the Punjab Rifle Shooting Association. According to Mr Raja KS Sidhu, secretary of the association, said various vital aspects like mental management, psychology, temperament and shooting under pressure were being given special attention. All the campers have been lodged at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI.

The shooters of both national level and state level are training under the watchful eyes of Ms Swaranjit Kaur who hails from Patiala.

Among the national shooters being trained are Amanpreet Singh, Yogeshwar, Kabir, Shabir Ghuman, Taranveer Sidhu and Harshdeep. 


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