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Bank comes to aid of charitable institute
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The Bank of Punjab, as part of its social commitment, is supporting the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Society in its endeavour to extend medical facilities free of cost to economically weaker sections, and also extend mobile medical facility to rural areas in Punjab and Haryana.

The society, a non-profit, registered charitable institute, operates a 24-hour free ambulance service for accident and trauma victims. They have a fleet of 10 ambulances, which are on the move round-the-clock in and around Chandigarh and provide first aid as well as pick-up facility for hospital free of cost. They also have a dental van and an eye-care van, which also provide free medical aid to villages in the remote areas. Dr Inderjit Singh Foundation is also supporting the cause.

The society has been running Dr Inderjit Singh Diagnostic Centre in Sector 35, Chandigarh. With more than 300 OPDs per day, all medical facilities being provided at the diagnostic centre are free for the poor patients and for all others, the facilities are being provided at a no-profit-no-loss basis.

Incidence of kidney ailment is high in the region and dialysis is very expensive. Some patients can lose their lives if treatment is not provided regularly. The diagnostic centre is purchasing six dialysis machines from GIA Medical, USA, to treat as many as 25 patients per day.

The dialysis centre will also have the facility for all types of orthopaedic, gynecological and eye surgeries. These surgeries and dialysis will also be done free for poor patients.



Fortis initiative for senior citizens

Mohali, June 28
In a unique initiative on its 4th anniversary, Fortis Hospital today launched the Golden Age Club for senior citizens, with an aim to bring them healthcare facilities at affordable rates.

Following this, membership of the Fortis Golden Age Club would now be available for senior citizens (persons who are 65 years and above) residing in Mohali, Chandigarh and Panchkula. The annual membership Fee for the Fortis Golden Age Club is Rs. 500. With this, a member will be entitled to unlimited free consultations across a wide range of specialities from 9 am to 6 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

In addition, 20 per cent discount will be given on all OPD imaging facilities and physiotherapy and a 20 per cent discount on lab investigations except samples which need to be sent to SRL Ranbaxy for investigation. TNS



Colossal bat faces neglect
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
After facing the indifference of the Indian cricketers and officials of the Punjab Cricket Association in the first cricket Test of the high-profile series between India and Pakistan, the colossal bat is facing neglect.

The 21-foot long bat, which attracted the attention of the media and spectators in the match held at Mohali, is lying in the courtyard of its creator — Bishen Lal Prajapati alias Vishnu. All the money and labour put in by this poor potter living in Sector 25 came to naught as neither any cricketer nor any official of the PCA or the state government came forward to laud this unique effort. Vishnu had spent around Rs 70,000 to make this gigantic bat of fibre glass. The inclement weather has taken its toll as the paint of the bat has begun to come off. However, Vishnu believes the bat has a ‘long’ life!

“As the bat is made of high quality fibre glass, it would not lose its sheen even after 20 to 25 years,” claims Vishnu, who represents Haryana state as an acclaimed craftsman at National Craft Bazaars held all over the country.

Disheartened by the attitude of the officials, Vishnu had some respite last month as Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governer of Punjab, appreciated his valiant effort at a function at Kalagram, where Vishnu presented a demonstration of his pottery skills.

“I felt very proud at that moment when ‘Sahib’ recognised me by my name and asked about my unique creation,” said Vishnu.

A dejected Vishnu now has other plans for his creation, “Earlier I wanted to present it to the winning team after the Test at Mohali but now I want to sell it as I do not have enough space in my house to keep it”.

Despite all this, Vishnu’s morale is high as he hopes that someone who values his efforts will pick his ‘historic innovation’ symbolising the resumption of cricket between India and Pakistan.



Tahira outplays Saumya in one-sided contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Tahira outplayed Saumya in a one-sided affair in quarterfinal rounds under 10 girls’ category (5-2) tie in the ongoing Hot Weather Tennis Tournament being held at CLTA Grounds, Sector 10, here today.

A similar defeat was faced by Utkarsh Khosla from Shubham Viz (1-6) in the boys’ under 10 quarterfinal rounds match. Ashmeet was shown the door at ease by Karan Vir Singh (0-8) in a pre-quarterfinals under 14 boys’ category match.

A pre-quarterfinal clash in under 12 category between Jashan Veer and Gagandeep Singh Gill saw the latter lose the tie in a close contest at 7-6 (7-2).


Girls under-10 (quarterfinals): Tahira b Saumya 6-4; Priyadarshani b Vibhuti 6-0.

Girls under-12 (quarterfinals): Thaira b Saumya 5-2; Priyadarshani b Vibhuti 5-0.

Girls under-14 (quarterfinals): Prabhamrit b Nonie 8-1; Shilpa Naruka b Avneet Kaur 8-1.

Boys under-10 (quarterfinals): Subham Viz b Utkarsh Khosla 6-1; Harmeet Singh Taggar b Daksh Bassi 6-3; Kritarth b Sampuran Singh 6-4; Pranav Suri w/o Abhijeet; Rijul Jain b Himanshu Gupta 6-4; Arjun Jain b Rohin Vinayak 6-0; Digvijay Naruka b Bir Gurman 6-0.

Boys under-12 (second round): Jashanveer b Ashmeet 6-0.

Boys under-12 (pre-quarterfinals): Jai Vardhan b Pragun Vinayak 7-3; Nikhil Bansal w/o Abhay Raj Puniha; Uday Singh Mann b Gaurav Madan 7-3; Karan Kapoor b Shubham Viz 7-3; Arjun Mehra b Shacelndra Rawal 7-6 (7-1); Samin b Pranav 7-2; Jashan Veer b Gagandeep Singh Gill 7-6(7-2).

Boys under-14 (pre-quarterfinals): Akshat Joshi b Uday Mann 8-3; Akshat Kumar b Sonam Phuntsok 8-7 (7-1); Jivtesh Singh Kang b Anirudh Nanda 8-2; Nitin b Rishab Dev 8-3; Karan Vir Singh b Ashmeet 8-0; Gagandeep Singh Gill b Harry Jindal 8-1; Raghav Singla b Digvijay Singh Naruka 8-3; Vishal Suri b Vaibhav 8-4.



SAI coach to visit Austria, Czech
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Surinder Mahajan, a senior badminton coach of the Sports Authority of India, has been invited by the Austrian and Czech badminton authorities to impart training to their ranking players. The training is scheduled to start from July 1 to 22.

Mahajan has been invited by the Czech sports authorities earlier also and with his expertise in coaching had led their players to upper ranks in European circuit tournaments.

“Players from neighbouring countries like Slovak and Slovenia, too, are expected to join the camp. Austria has scheduled to conduct a short camp from July 15 to 21”, said Mahajan. 



Multan club to play CHA XI today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , June 28
Multan Hockey Club of Pakistan will play an exhibition match against Chandigarh Hockey Association XI at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Giving this information here today, CHA secretary Yash P. Vohra said that the visiting team from Pakistan was coming to Chandigarh from Nainital where they played in the final of the All-India Traders Hockey Tournament on Monday. 



Drive to check antecedents of arms licence holders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
In the light of the forthcoming elections to the Zila Parishad, the Chandigarh Police has launched a drive to check the antecedents of the arms licence holders, especially in the villages.

The track record of the arms dealers in the city is also being verified for their political leanings. The information regarding various measures being taken by the police to ensure free and fair elections was today conveyed to the office of the UT Election Commission by the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The action follows a communication between the election commission and the police regarding the law and order situation for the July 3 polling.

Sources in the commission said details of around 13 persons who had been involved in cases of bogus voting had been forwarded by the police. Efforts were being made for speedy prosecution of the persons involved in election-related offences.

Special checks to unearth illegal distilleries and breweries was also being conducted by the police.

Meanwhile, the election commission has given different symbols to all the 36 candidates contesting the elections from 10 wards. Mr Manmohan Singh has been elected unopposed from Khuda Lahora ward.

The number of candidates left in the fray:

Village Number of candidates

Palsora 4

Maloya 6

Dadu Majra and Dhanas 5

Kaimbwala, 4

Khuda Ali Sher Kishangarh and 3

Mouli Jagran Daria 3

Raipur and Behlana 4

Hallomajra 4

Kajehri 3


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