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Kids examined at LIC camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
On concluding day of LIC’s golden jubilee and insurance week celebrations from September 1 to 7, the LIC of India, Chandigarh division, organised a free health check-up camp for children up to 10 years in Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, here today.

Mrs Amita Khorana, Principal of the school, and Mr P.L. Vidyarthi, Marketing Manager of the Chandigarh division, inaugurated the camp.

Renowned eye specialist Shashi Kapoor, Dr Mamta J. Singh, dental surgeon, and Dr Manpreet Mann, dentist and lecturer, undertook the medical check-up of nearly 300 children of the school.

Minor treatment was given to the children on the spot by the doctors.

Mr N.P. Chawla, Senior Divisional Manager, presented mementos to the participating doctors and teachers of the school.



Chandigarh XI rout British army
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The British Army Hockey team, touring India for friendship matches, was routed by Chandigarh XI 8-1 in the first match that was played at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here today.

Finding no match of the Chandigarh team, which have five international players, including two Olympians, the first goal against the British team was scored in the third minute by Gurdeep Singh. The second goal came through Deepak Thakur in the eighth minute of the game.

At the blowing of half-time whistle, the Chandigarh team was 6-0 ahead. In the second half, both the teams scored one goal each in the dying minutes. The lone goal for the British team was scored by Russ Philport, captain of the team.

Seeming jubilant even after the defeat, the British team was full of praise for the Indian hospitality. “We are enjoying every moment here as well as the Indian hospitality. Playing hockey is not our sole purpose. We come here to see India and its traditions”, said Russ Philport.

The chief guest, Mr S.S. Virk, DGP, Punjab, gave away prizes. Among others, Mr Chander Shekhar, Additional DGP, and president, Chandigarh Hockey Association, was present.



Hockey stadium awaits installation of floodlights
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Despite getting acquiescence from the local Air Force authorities, the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here is still awaiting the floodlights required to stage matches in the night. It has been almost one year when a proposal to this effect came up. The need was felt even more when India and Pakistan played the six-match friendship series in October last year.

Earlier, the Rs 1 crore project was pending as final clearance was required from it from the local Air Force authorities who have finally given the go-ahead after assessing if the stadium comes under the funnel area of the air base here.

The funnel area is the area under the flight path of an aircraft for taking off or landing. The stadium, located in Sector 42, was likely to be out of the funnel area. However, clearance was still required, pointed out officials.

If the stadium fell under the funnel area, then the height of the poles which would hold the floodlights would be decided by the Air Force. The same procedure was followed when the Panjab Cricket Association (PCA) set up floodlights in 1996.

The UT Administration had approached the Ministry of Defence to seek its approval for the project. The Joint Director of Sports, Mr J.P.S. Sidhu, said they had got the permission and now it was for the Engineering Department to proceed further in the matter.

About 1450 luxes-a technical word to define brightness of light - are required for staging international hockey matches. A total of six poles will have to be erected for these floodlights.

On being asked if the stadium can be made floodlit before the forth coming matches of the Premier Hockey League, scheduled to be held in December, Mr Sidhu replied, “Our aim is to make it possible before time. Actually, we need at least 60 days to instal the lights”.

To hold an international match, the host should possess two turfs with one being floodlit. After the installation of floodlights, Chandigarh will be another centre after Hyderabad where such a facility will be available.

“The president of the Indian Hockey Federation, Mr K.P.S. Gill, was keen on holding matches of the Premier Hockey League (PHL) here, the second edition of which is scheduled to be played in Chandigarh next year. The floodlights are mandatory to hold matches of such standards. The inaugural edition of the matches was played at Hyderabad under floodlights”, he told.



Indoor games inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 7
In order to provide recreational facilities for its members and keep them fit, the Mohali Industries Association has constituted a sports committee. Mr Bhinder Singh, General Manager, District Industries Centre, Mohali, inaugurated indoor games here today.

The association also proposed to hold a tournament in November.


Handball meet: Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, got walk over DAV College, Abohar, in the Panjab University Inter- College Handball Tournament held at SGGS College, Sector 26, here on Wednesday.

In the second match, DAV College, Jagraon, beat DAV College, Hoshiarpur, by a score of 22-13. In the third match, GGDSD College, Chandigarh, beat GN College, Killianwali, by 44-24.

Cricket trials: The Chandigarh Cricket Association will hold trials on September 9 to select the Chandigarh District team to take part in the Haryana State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for u-19. The trials will be held at Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 19 at 2 pm.



4 inspectors transferred
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 7
The Inspector General of Chandigarh Police today ordered transfers of four Inspectors while three recently promoted Inspectors have been given new posts.

The spokesman of the Chandigarh Police stated in a press note that Inspector Parmod Kumar and Inspector Surinder Kumar Malhotra have been transferred to Recruitment Training Centre and Police Lines, respectively. Inspector Shiv Raj Sidhu has been transferred to Judicial Lock-Up (Police Lines) from VIP security while Inspector Darshan Kumar of Vigilance has been sent to Traffic Police.

Inspector Puran Chand, Inspector Sukhdev Singh Bhullar and Inspector Prem Singh, who were recently promoted have been given postings in Traffic Police, RI-Lines and VIP security, respectively.


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