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Rodrigues wants rural healthcare online
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
To ensure access to quality healthcare in rural areas of UT, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) called for developing an “IT-based online strong healthcare network” that can harmonies resources available with government and private healthcare agencies and establishing a strong partnership with the community.

Presiding over a high-level meeting of senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration, PGIMER, General Hospital, Sector 16 and Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here today, General Rodrigues emphasised the need for technological connectivity among super-specialty hospitals, remote hospitals and panchayats in rural areas for ensuring community-based solutions.

He said: “We have latest advanced technologies which will be further upgraded with the commissioning of world class IT park. “The need is to integrate IT with rural health practices by contributors from all sectors such as government hospitals, private clinics, Rotary Clubs and other community-based organisations”.

Stressing the need for a data bank through electronic medical records of the rural population, General Rodrigues directed the Health Department to conduct a village-wise analysis of children’s health needs by conducting a medical examination of children in the rural areas and to prepare a health status summary village-wise.

He said a plan should, thus be formulated for treating the patients. He said specific area categorisation should be done for different kinds of healthcare problems and people should be educated to approach the hospitals concerned for getting specialised and relevant treatment.

The Administrator also wanted that special buses, twice a week, should be run from villages to major hospitals for transportation of patients to hospitals and dispensaries on a set schedule.

He said efficient ambulance services should be made available for emergencies.

The Administrator expressed concern at the sanitation in villages and asked the Health and Rural Department officials to make coordinated efforts to upgrade these. He said a regulatory mechanism should be evolved to check unauthorised shops and other business establishments which added to the problems of people.

He directed the Engineering and Rural Development Department to brickline pavements and streets in rural areas, besides constructing drains, cleaning of village ponds and the provision of septic tanks.



CLTA acquires ball-throwing machines, radar gun
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Offering world-class facilities to players, the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) aims to produce players of national or international level. Arrangements here are progressively upgraded and the results are spectacular.

The infrastructure at the CLTA is being spruced up and a training programme has been chalked keeping in view international standards.

The latest addition is ball-throwing machines and a speed radar gun. These machines have been imported from Canada and America.

Mr P.S. Lamba, general manager, CLTA, said, “We have imported two ball-throwing machines and a speed radar gun. The throwing machines caters to beginners as well as professional players. Its speed can be varied from 10 to 70 metre per hour. These have ‘interval control’ feature and can throw the ball with an interval of 2 to 10 seconds. These machines have been manufactured by Wilson Company and has a capacity of 110 balls and a battery life of three to four hours.

To check the speed of service, strokes and volley, radar gun is there. It has been manufactured by JUGS.

Renowned international tennis coach Akhtar Ali has been invited by the association to conduct a 10-day coaching camp for a selected group of talented tennis players in the CLTA stadium, Sector 10, Chandigarh, to be held from July 23 to August 2.

Mr Rajan Kashyap, chairman, CLTA, said Mr Akhtar Ali, who has been national tennis and Davis Cup coach for years, would fine tune the tennis skills of young boys and girls playing at national and international level.

“It started with the objective of grooming talented boys and girls and bringing to its stadium the leading national and international tennis stars in prestigious tournaments. Once selected, the young children are put through a rigorous training schedule, including systematic physical exercise,” he said.

The CLTA has designed a special training programme for the children belonging to rural areas of Punjab, Himachal and Haryana, known as the Rural Tennis Programme. Those selected are admitted to the Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART) hostel located on the complex. They undergo special orientation and training programme under the scheme.

Established in 1975, the CLTA today can boast of having the best stadium in the country exclusive to tennis. In a span of approximately 19 years (1986-2005), the CLTA has conducted all major tennis tournaments in India. It has hosted all top events for juniors, besides Zonal Group Davis Cup matches.

Some players, such as Leander Paes, Gaurav Natekar and Ramesh Krishnan, who won their first junior tennis tournaments in Chandigarh, are now international players.



Coaches allege bias in transfers
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, July 19
Though transfers of coaches by the Sports Authority of India have created a stir in the coaches fraternity, those transferred to the monitoring cell of the SAIs’ regional office have been benefited.

As many as 746 coaches were transferred all over India a few days ago. In the city 25 coaches got outstation postings while 10 were posted in the city. Ever since the transfer orders came, sports activities in a number of centres have come to a halt. The influential coaches had a managed postings at the station of their choice.

An SAI coach, on the condition of anonymity, said coaches who were posted in the monitoring cell managed to get a station near their homes in the city since the regional centre had been shifted to Sonepat.

Negative reputation of a handful of coaches led to this drastic action by the SAI, said another coach. The axe had fallen even on those deserving coaches who were giving results, he said.

He said the SAI had not followed a proper policy while making the transfers. A few coaches who had stayed for more than 10 years at one particular place were not transferred while many with less service at a particular station had been sent to remote places where not even coaching centres existed.

The Secretary of the SAI, Mr B.K. Sinha, who has been Director Sports, Haryana, has favoured Haryana by posting a maximum number of coaches in the state, allege another coach. He said Mr Sinha had been fed wrong information by certain officials, regarding the transfers.

The SAI authorities had warned the transferred coaches to join at their new place of posting failing which stern action would be taken against them. Except the Panjab University Sports Department, rest of the departments have given a free hand to the coaches regarding the acceptance of relieving orders.



8 selected for hockey academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Eight players of under-12 category have been selected for the Hockey Academy, Sector 42, after the two-day trials that concluded at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.
Over 60 players from all over the region participated in the trials.

Jasbir Singh Bajwa and Karminder Singh, coaches, along with their counterpart from Air Force Amarjit Singh, gauged technical skills of the players whereas Iqbal Singh and Sarabjeet Singh, athletics coaches, supervised physical tests of the players.

“The medical tests of the finalists have been conducted and final clearance would be given after the medical reports”, said Jasbir Singh.

The selected players would be provided free board and lodging, education and all facilities, available at the complex for seven years.



Venugopal trained in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The city cricket fraternity got disappointed with the exclusion of local cricket star Dinesh Mongia from the Indian team for the coming Lanka tour. However, the inclusion of Yuvraj Singh and Yalaka Venugopal Rao, right-hand batsman, has come as a respite.

Venugopal Rao, popularly known as Gopala, had been a trainee at the Pace Cricket Academy, a joint venture of the Sports Authority of India and the BCCI, at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, in the mid nineties.

Rao, the 23-year-old all-rounder of Andhra Pradesh, joined the academy in 1995 in under-14 category and got training under the guidance of coach D.P. Azad. Azad was also the Project Director of the academy, which was established in 1992.

Rao, who has made 3,907 runs and claimed 32 wickets in 52 matches in first-class cricket, remained in the city from 1995 to 1997 during his training. He had studied in DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. 



Pawan adjudged best footballer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Local footballer Pawan Kumar was adjudged the “Best player of the tournament” in the third Bangladesh Krira Sheikha Protishtan (BKSP) Cup Football Tournament-2005 held in Dhaka (Bangladesh) from July 9 to 16.

The Chandigarh boys under-16 football team gave outstanding performance and reached the semifinal stage.

Carrom meet

Panchkula: The Panchkula District Carrom Association will organise the 5th Panchkula District Carrom Championship from July 30 to August 1 at Saupin’s School, Sector 9, here.

It will be played on singles basis for men and women under senior, Junior (below-18) and sub-junior (below 14) categories (age as on August 31. The entries will close on July 26.



Trials conclude
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The two-day selection trials for allotment of colleges’ sports wing seats concluded with the allotment of seats in two disciplines here today. The department had allocated 147 seats in 12 disciplines yesterday. The trials were conducted by the Sports Department, Chandigarh Administration.

As many as 18 seats in two disciplines — basketball and rowing — attracted a good response as over 30 cagers and 15 rowers turned up at Sports Complex-46 and the Lake Club, Sector 3.


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