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Rs 1 crore released for spinal injury centre
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 16
The Punjab government has released an amount of Rs 1 crore to complete the ongoing works of the Regional Spinal Injury Centre, Mohali, which includes an operation theatre, an OPD and eight rooms for patients.

Disclosing this here today at the governing body meeting, Mrs Gurkanwal Kaur, Minister of State for Social Security and Welfare of Women and Children, said the remaining Rs 50 lakh would also be released as and when required by the construction agency, so that the Spinal Injury Centre, Mohali was functional by the end of the this year.

She further said the Spinal Injury Centre, Mohali, spread over 5 acres of land, would be the second Institute of its kind in North India. One such Institute was already functioning at Vasant Kunj in New Delhi.

She said the Mohali centre would cater to the needs of patients from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Predesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Chandigarh. The fully-equipped operation theatre, emergency and intensive care unit would be operational by December, she added.

Giving more details regarding the project Mr. R.L. Kalsia, Secretary Social Security said, at present a special wing of Regional Spinal Injury Centre was operational in Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh under the control at Dr Raj Bahadur, Head of the Department of Orthopaedics.



Medical camp for senior citizens
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 16
As a part of its outreach programme, Fortis Hospital today organised a special camp for the members of Senior Citizens Association, Chandigarh. More than 100 patients were examined and benefited from the camp in which tests like ECG, blood grouping and blood sugar were done, free-of-cost.. A team of Fortis doctors comprising Dr Bela Sharma, Dr Arvind Sharma, Dr Bimaldeep Singh and Dr Sachin Pandove and nurses volunteered for this camp.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Ashish Bhatia said with advancement in medicine, life expectancy had gone up and while this had been recognised for sometime in the developed countries, it was only recently that this phenomenon had been acknowledged by developing countries like ours. He added that international, national and local communities must begin to adjust and design their medical infrastructure, policies, plans and medical resources in consonance with the aging world to serve them in the best possible way.



PCA gears up for India-Australia tie
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 16
The PCA stadium here is gearing up for the start of the new cricket season with the opening match between the under-19 teams of India and Australia from September 19. The last international match played here was the Test match between India and Pakistan from March 8 to12, this year.

The first two matches of the forthcoming five one-day match series will be played at the stadium. The second match will be played on September 22.

“For the new season, the PCA has relaid all wickets by putting different ratios of clay contents in all nine pitches of the stadium. These pitches will offer variable playing conditions like bounce, spin and also pace off wicket,” said Mr M.P. Pandove, honorary secretary of the PCA.

The forthcoming Ranji matches and other tournaments will also be played on different type of tracks at the stadium. After assessing the results, the parameters of the best pitch would be followed while re-laying the other pitches, added Mr Pandove.

Meanwhile, the Indian (under-19) team has already arrived in Mohali and undergoing training and practice camp under the supervision of former pace bowler Venkatesh Prasad.

The Australian (under-19) team is scheduled to arrive today and will stay at Hotel Mountview, Chandigarh.

To assess the conditions, the visiting team will practice for two days from tomorrow at the stadium.

The PCA will not levy any ticket on these two one-day international matches. The timings of the matches will be as under: 1st session: 9.00 a.m-12.30 p.m; lunch: 12.30 p.m- 1.15 p.m; last session: 1.15 p.m- 4.45 p.m.

The umpires appointed to supervise these matches are: A.V. Jayaprakash, ICC panel umpire and M.R. Singh, BCCI, elite panel umpire while D.P. Azad will be the match referee for both matches.



Performance-based incentives for CLTA trainees
Our sports Reporter

Sunil Kumar Sipaeya. former Davis Cup player, during an exhibition match at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium
Sunil Kumar Sipaeya. former Davis Cup player, during an exhibition match at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, September 16
To encourage and give impetus to the performance of tennis players from city, the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) has adopted a new scheme of performance incentives for all trainees who show outstanding results in tournaments at the national and international level.

Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chairman, CLTA, said holding of exhibition matches would help budding players to develop confidence. The exhibition matches that held today featured top players from Chandigarh, Sunil Kumar Sipaeya, a former national hard court champion, Sanam K. Singh, India’s second-ranked junior (under-18), Inayat Khosla, who has recently won the doubles crown in ITF Junior Tournament in Lahore and Paras Thakur.

Mr Kashyap said the CLTA hoped that all top players would be motivated to earn awards at various levels. The exhibition matches, coming at the start of the tennis season were watched keenly by the young CLTA’s trainees of all age group. Sunil Kumar is playing four legs of the ITF Satellite Circuit beginning next week. Sanam is playing the top ITF junior tournaments in Japan and Thailand next month.

Mr Kashyap said the scholarship scheme for the CLTA trainees was already in force like DSCL national men’s and women’s winner would get Rs 40,000 while finalist would be given Rs 25,000, and Rs 15,000 for semi-finalist. The ITF Futures winner would get Rs 15,000, finalist Rs 10,000 and semi-finalist Rs 8,000, he added.

The CLTA has, thus, focussed to give incentives in thousands for top-ranked international meet for ITF Satellite, ITF women’s, ITF juniors grade 4 and 5, AITA talent series, super series. Moreover, the players ranked 1 to 5 in their respective age groups will not be charged monthly fee while players ranked 6 to 10 will get 50 per cent concession in monthly fee for playing at the CLTA stadium, said Mr Kashyap.



Leave crickters, let’s sponsor athletes
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, September 16
The stupendous achievement of Indian women athletes in the Asian Athletics Championship has once again proved the fact that Indian sports has climbed a step up in the world of sports. But the event could not get noticed in the Indian media, may be since no one marketed it properly. Manjit Kaur and Anju George are the two promising athletes who are now being tipped as future medal winners in international games.

The recent showing in athletics has also further corraborated the fact that India was not showing its might in team sports like hockey but in individual sports, and this has started paying.

With 2006 being a year of international games like Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and Asian Games in Doha, the onus and pressure is on our athletes to perform.

Chandigarh Tribune talked to few sports personalities and persons from the corporate sector on how to market our athletes who show results.

Maha Singh, general secretary of the All-India Power Sports Control Board, says that Indian athletes need motivation from the beginning when they start performing. He said the promotion in jobs, incentives and the promise to give more and more cash and other related benefits by the government was the need of the hour.

Maha Singh says in individual sports like athletics it is very difficult to not only perform but to maintain a certain level and then improve. He said in cricket our players go on getting the money whether the team loses or wins. But it is not true for other sports.

He said either private sector should come forward to fund these talented sportspersons or the respective state government must reward them with better openings.

Parvinder S. Bhatia, a corporate sector executive and a keen athletics lover, says the industry always looks for investment from where it can get instant returns.

He says the moment tennis stalwart Sania Mirza rose to dizzy heights, sponsors started booking her. He said the same can now happen to Anju George, Manjit Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, S. Geetha, Soma Biswas and other promising athletes who can be tapped by sponsors waiting for positive return.

Aruna Bhardwaj, a sport lover and a teacher, is of the view that the current magnificent performance has surpassed that of athletes of other countries in the Asian Athletics meet.

She said both Manjit Kaur and Rajwinder, who have grown up in villages need to be complimented as they have shown the world that they can be good in fast distance running which used to be the domain of South Indian females like P.T. Usha, K. Beenamol and Shiny Abraham.



Aerobatics show cancellation disappoints many
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The last-minute cancellation of the much awaited aerobatics display by the IAF’s famed Surya Kiran team has not only disappointed students, but also caused inconvenience to those who were unaware of the situation and proceeded towards the Air Force Station only to be turned away.

The Surya Kirans were scheduled to perform over the city skies today afternoon.

According to a statement issued here today, inclement weather prevailing over central India has resulted in the aircraft being stranded at Bhopal for the past three days.

The IAF had invited students from local schools and colleges to witness the display at the Air Force Station. Besides aerobatics display by the nine-aircraft team, static display of aircraft, including IL-76, An-32 and Mi-26, was also scheduled.

Though officers at 12 Wing contacted school and college authorities to convey the message about the cancellation of the programme, a number of students apparently got left out of the communication loop.

The Surya Kirans have performed in the city on two occasions in the recent past, in October, 2000, and October, 2001. The team, based at Bidar, near Hyderabad, was formed in 1996 and flies red and white painted HAL-made Kiran-II two-seater trainers.



Vijayant selected for international tennis tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 16
Vijayant Malik , a student of DAV Public School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, and a CLTA trainee in the Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART) Scheme has been selected for participation in International Elite Cup-2005 to be held at Sanchez-Casal Academy, Barcelona, Spain, from September 30 to October 11.

Vijayant is one of the top trainees in his age group of boys (under-16) under the CHART Scheme and has given excellent performance in different tournaments at the national level. In this tournament, more than 60 top junior players from more than 20 countries would participate.

He was the winner in Chandigarh State Championship-2003 (under-14), AITA Super Series (under-16), AITA Talent Series (under-16), AITA Super Series (under-16), AITA Championship Series (under-14).



Badminton championships from Sept 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The 17 th Chandigarh State Badminton Championship for seniors, juniors, sub-juniors, veterans and under-10 categories will be held from September 26 to 29 at the Sector 42 Badminton Hall here.

Entries on prescribed forms along with age certificate and two passport size photographs can be submitted with Chandigarh Badminton Association’s joint secretary Vijay Sharma, at the Badminton Hall from 7.00 to 9.30 a.m. and 4.30 to 6.30 p.m.

The entries can also be submitted with Mr Bansal at PU Badminton Hall from 4.30 to 6.30 p.m.

The last date for submitting the entries is September 23.



Ludhiana girls win PU handball title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
Government College for Women, Ludhiana, won the Panjab University inter-college handball championship after defeating MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, by 19-12 at the PU campus, here, today.

The main scorers for Ludhiana were Saroopr Kaur (9), Arshdeep Kaur (5) and Mandeep Kaur (4). Arvinder contributed one goal for the winners.

Deepa (4), Rekha (3), Harpreet (2), Taranjeet Kaur (2) and Manju (1) reduced the margin for MCM DAV College.

In another match, Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Chandigarh, beat Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepore, by 24-5 to finish runners-up.

MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, and Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepore got third and fourth positions, respectively.



Circket trials today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The Chandigarh Cricket Association, affiliated with the Haryana Cricket Association, will conduct selection trials for under-22 team tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here.

Boys born on or after September 1, 1983, are eligible to take part in the trials.

Chandigarh will play its first match against Panchkula on September 23 at Barwala.



Ryan beat St Xavier’s in football
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The under-12 football team of Ryan International School drubbed St. Xavier’s by 10-1 in an inter-school football match at the grounds of Ryan in Sector 49 here.

Ms Poonam Sharma, Principal of the host school, congratulated the sportspersons of both teams for showing commendable sportsman spirit during the match.



Road for PM has Admn worried
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The Chandigarh Administration is keeping its fingers crossed over the completion of the six-lane road leading to IT Park before the arrival of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on September 24. There are indications that the completion of the road may be delayed due to the recent bad weather, even though work on the project is on in full swing for the past few days.

A meeting of top officials of the Administration was held yesterday in which all officials concerned reviewed the progress pertaining to the broadening of this road. A team, led by the Finance Secretary, Mr S.K Sandhu, is expected to inspect the site and take necessary steps for the timely completion of the road.

It is feared that if the road is not completed by September 23, the Prime Minister will have to take an alternative route to IT Park. The route that passes by the Sector 26 Grain Market, all the way to St. Kabir School, and beyond cannot be sanitised to the satisfaction of the Special Protection Group (SPG) in charge of the Prime Minister’s security.

The Prime Minister will arrive in Chandigarh on the night of September 23 and will participate in several functions. These include a function of The Tribune Trust, the inauguration of a media centre at the Chandigarh Press Club and the inauguration of IT Park in the city. To attract top IT companies, the UT Administration is building a six-lane road of international quality.

The work on laying the 5-km state-of-the-art road was scheduled to be completed by September 20 by the UT Engineering Department. The specifications of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and National Highways are being followed while laying the road.

In the road plan, there is provision for special ducts every 100 metres beneath the road for laying of cables for services like telecommunication and electricity. To give a corridor to the fast moving traffic, a slow carriageway has been provided on both sides of the six-lane road, which would have a 10 metre-wide central verge.



Governor pays surprise visit to Estate Office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, today paid a surprise visit to the Estate Office in Sector 17 here, reliable sources said here today.

The sources said General Rodrigues went in a private vehicle and was without a security cover to have a look at the functioning in the Estate Office. He took a round of the office of the Estate Officer and also made a visit to the Record Room.

The Governor is also said to have met the Deputy Commissioner before he made an exit from the Estate office. The sources said, “There was no communication before or after the visit of the Governor. A report may follow soon”, he added.


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