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Free medical camp

Mohali, July 9
A free medical camp for patients of bone and joint diseases apart from gynecological ailments is going to be held at Amar Hospital here, tomorrow.
Dr Kamla Kaushal, Head, Department of Gynaecology, along with her team, will conduct the camp. The orthopaedic camp will be looked after by senior spinal and arthroscopic surgeon Dr Mohinder Kaushal and Dr Lalit Kaushal. TNS



Sports bonanza at Lake Club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
City residents are in for a special treat. For, the Lake Club in its new 'avatar' as the Lake Sports Complex is offering numerous sporting facilities to residents. Sports lovers can now enjoy a variety of fun and sporty activities like kayaking, horse riding, sculling, and croquet to name a few, along with access to the sports complex's excellent bar and restaurant but all this for a price of course!

For, a cup of tea or a meal on the shores of the Lake is now not just the domain of the members but anyone who can afford the facilities can use them.

"The term 'member' has been replaced with a new name 'user'," says Mr Reet Mohinder Singh, General Manager of the Sports Complex. "The club was never a registered body. Neither under the Societies' Act nor under the Companies' Act and it was running under the Sports Council with the aim of promoting sports for which no membership is actually required. We brought this to the notice of the Chandigarh Administration who gave us the green signal to convert it into the sports complex for all users."

The new 'user' category has been divided into two parts; under the User Student (User S) category are young people below the age of 21 years and enrolled in any of the educational institution in Chandigarh.

The user adult category is one in which any graduate of 21 years or above, who is a resident of Chandigarh and is an income tax payee possessing PAN number will be enrolled under the term "User A". A six-month advance deposit for each sport taken up, will have to be paid. This is largely to ensure that only those individuals serious about their activity could be enrolled.

The existing infrastructure at the Lake Sports Complex has been spruced up recently. Apart from lawn tennis, a multi-gym, horse riding, table tennis and billiards other facilities like aerobics, archery and croquet have been added.

To beat the scorching summer heat, the existing pool has been renovated and adjoining this, a new kiddy pool for tiny tots. A multi-purpose hall with two badminton courts is also being added. A new gymnasium with the state-of-the-art training equipment from Italy is also in the pipeline. These machines are the very best in the business and right from scanning your body weight to advising you on the weights to use, these machines do it all!

For the passionate water sports fans, the department has sufficient number of imported and Indian boats for rowing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing. However, the department is in the process of procuring the latest equipment for these sports as well.

"In addition, a new international squash court will also be operational by the end of August with imported glass walls and new flooring. Similarly, four new synthetic courts with flood lights for lawn tennis are coming up soon," confirms Mr Reet Mohinder.

And not to be outdone on the cuisine front, CITCO, which has been the official caterer since the complex opened its restaurant in April 2000, will be replaced from July 15 and new caterers will take over. The Administration's approval is awaited in this regard. 



Dev Saini clinches TT titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
It was a day for Dev Saini of DAVPS-8 who clinched the titles in both junior and sub-junior categories (boys) on the penultimate day of the Bhawan Hawk’s 11th Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh State (1st Ranking) Table Tennis Tournament being held at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here, today.

It was a one-sided affair tie in the sub-junior finals as Dev Saini outclassed Puneet at 11-6, 11-9, 11-6.

In the junior category, Dev again proved tough for Puneet who after losing the first game at 11-3 fought back in the second game with his consistent rally game and managed to win the game at 11-9. In the third game, Puneet started with an aggressive approach and won the next three games consecutively at 11-7, 11-7, 11-8.

In the girls’ sub-junior category, Barbie Nagpal took the lead and won at 11-6 taking the tie in her favour. Her opponent Naina Suri came back with full zeal but again lost the second game at the deuce score of 13-11. The decisive game again went in favour of Barbie who took the tie in her favour at 11-6, 13-11, 11-7.

Today’s results: sub-junior boys’ final — Dev Saini (DAVPS-8) bt Puneet Kumar (DPS- 40) 11-6, 11-9, 11-6; and sub-junior girls final — Barbie Nagpal (DAVPS-8) bt Naina Suri (DAVPS-8) 11-6, 13-11, 11-7.

Junior boys singles final — Dev Saini (DAVPS-8) bt Puneet Kumar (DPS-40) 11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8; and junior girls singles semifinals — Nadia Saini (NPS- 18) bt Kalyani (TH- 33) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7; Sunandha Mahendra (DAVPS-8) bt Sadhika Kaushal (GM- 35) 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 4-11, 11-9.



Saurabh Arora: an upcoming fast bowler
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, July 8
Saurabh Arora, a promising cricketer is on the verge of maturing into a fast bowler of repute. This 19 year old, law student of Panjab University, Chandigarh has been a National player and his real exposure began when he represented Indian Schools Cricket team in the Commonwealth (under 19) Cricket meet in year 2003.

Saurabh has also represented Haryana in the Cooch Behar trophy for under 19 section and displayed his prowess. In many open tournaments held at state level, he has won best bowler several times. His initial mentor Mr Surinder Singh ‘Baijee’ is of the strong opinion that this boy is a real talented one and his hardwork is going to pay off.

His other achievements include helping Chandigarh Cricket XI (affiliated to Haryana Cricket Association) winning the runners-up place in the First All India Maharaja Padam Singh Cricket cup held in Rohru (Himachal Pradesh) last month. He had been captain of the Chandigarh team in the Haryana under-17 cricket meet for Rajinder Goel trophy.

Saurabh is impressed with consistently of fast bowler Glenn Mcgrath and says any player who wants to prove his worth in fast bowling has to be like him. He said for a fast bowler one needs a total dedication and methodical workout”. He sadly added. Many cricket bowlers end up with injuries due to nature of repeated action in bowling.

Saurabh said surprisingly the Indian Universities Cricket team which hold Vizzy Trophy held every year never send its team for international exposure. He stated such kind if international cricket tournaments at this level would enable a player to further hone its skills. Saurabh is now aiming to do well in the Haryana Under-22 Cricket meet for Pataudi trophy and other Inter District Cricket tournaments.

He was of the view that North India has a lot of talent and Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh being a hub of cricket have many upcoming players who could dominate the national cricket.

Saurabh is a regular trainee at the Government Model Senior Secondary school, Sector-19 grounds in the morning hours under the guidance of Mr Surinder Singh ‘Baijee’ while in the evening hours he goes for practice under former test player Yograj Singh at the DAV College Centre, Sector10. 



Himal, Mandeep lead in chess tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Himal Gusian and Mandeep Singh are leading the table with four points each in the Chandigarh under-25 Chess Championship 2005, organised by the Chandigarh Chess Association at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today.

As many as 64 players are participating in the championship. Out of these, two players will be selected to represent Chandigarh in the forthcoming national under-25 championship to be held at Aurangabad, Maharashtra, from July 16 to 22.

The point position at the end of the fourth round is as follows: 4 points — Himal Gusain and Mandeep Singh; 3.5 points — Chetan Vikas, Varun Khullar and Nitin; 3 points — Simranjeet Singh, Shweta, Rohit, Jaskaran, Himanshu Gupta, Charanjit, Kapil, Sukhminder, Pranvir and Agangpu; 2.5 points — Rishu Rathi, Sahil Dhawan, Anmol Razdan, Rupinder, Mohit, Aashudhir, Gagandeep, Karandeep, Pallak, Shivam and Jatin; 2 points — Robin, Aashna, Sargun, Ayushi Tokhi, Prateek, Bikram, Mayank, Ritesh Bhatia, Varun Rawat, Shivam Sahni, Satbir, Deepak Thakur, Ravneet, Amit Seth, Akhil and Vikram Hooda; 1.5 points — Abhinav Rishi, Tanmey, Shivanshu Tandon and Gurpreet; 1 point — Girish Sood, Shishir, Manik Kalra, Ishan Sharma, Akashdeep, Jasleen, Simarpreet, Navjot, Varun Goel, Didar Singh, Jatinder Gupta, Pranav, Gurnoor and Rita Gupta; and 0 point — Hayman Gosain, Rubia, Sudharma, Tejas Nagpal. The fifth round will start at 8.30 am tomorrow.


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