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Vasectomy camp from today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 5
A vasectomy camp is being organised at Geberal Hospital, Sector 6, from December 12. Those getting the operation done in this four day camp will be given a cash prize of Rs 1000 each.

This was stated by the Senior Medical Officer, Dr Kamla Singh, while addressing a press conference. She said there were many misconceptions in the minds of public that vasectomy could affect the married life of an acceptor. “There is a need to create awareness that the acceptors can lead a healthy life, even after getting this operation,” she said, while adding that over 200 vasecto my operations had been performed in Geberal Hospital here since 1998.

Talking about the upgradation of facilities at the hospital, Dr Kamla Singh said that an Intensive Cardiac Care Unit would be operational here by March 2006.

“The state government has sanctioned four additional posts of doctors and eight staff nurses, while orders have been placed for purchasing the machinery. The CCU will be operational on the third floor of the hospital,” she added.

Dr Kamla Singh also informed that the Health department had deposited Rs 16 lakh with the Haryana Power Utilities to get a hotline (uninterrupted power supply) for the hospital. She said that the doctors had worked hard to ensure that the number of referral cases from the hospital are brought down. In the past five months, the number of cases being referred to the PGI or the GMCH at Chandigarh had gone down by 30 cases a month, she added.



Blood donation camp organised
Tribune News Service

Employees of RedAlkemi donate blood at a blood donation camp organised
Employees of RedAlkemi donate blood at a blood donation camp organised in Chandigarh recently.

Chandigarh, December 5
RedAlkemi organised a blood donation camp here to celebrate its foundation day.

Mr Atul Gupta, CEO, RedAlkemi, inaugurated the camp where 38 employees donated blood. Of these, Naren Savita, Pankaj Sharma, Pradeep Rao, Gautam Garg and Mitesh Modi donate blood regularly, while others donated blood for the first time. The camp was organised in association with the Blood Bank, PGI.

Mr Gupta said, "The camp was our humble contribution towards giving something back to the society. Another objective of the camp was to create awareness of the benefits of donating blood to our team, so that they become regular donors and also motivate their friends and relatives to donate blood regularly."



Photo-finish cameras for PU meet
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The Panjab University Inter-College Athletics Meet is on the cutting edge of technology. For the first time in its history, photo-finish cameras will examine races and judge winners.

About 700 men and women athletes from various colleges affiliated to the university participated in the meet, which concluded yesterday.

Dr D.S. Toor, professor in charge, Sports, Panjab University, said, “Photo-finish cameras were used at all-India inter-varsity levels only and we are introducing this technology at the inter-college level for the first time.”

He said: “The sensors have been fitted on the track and camera has been placed at the finishing point which is connected to the laptop.”

The players had been informed about the technique and they could check their timing and performance instantly after the event on the laptop.

Athletes generally have the tendency of keeping their chest out to touch the thread and it becomes difficult to judge the winner manually.

Asked if this was a fool-proof technology, a technician said the confusion could only arise if an athlete changes his or her lane in between the race as the computer would not be able to read the left-out lane. A standby arrangement to maintain the record manually was essential.

The camera would cost around Rs 10,000 per day.



Exciting finish to basketball championship
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 5
The final day of the annual basketball tournament saw two exciting matches. The first encounter saw St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, and St Xavier’s, Panchkula lock horns, St. Stephen’s emerged victorious and grabbed the 3rd position. The tussle for the ICSE trophy then took place with some anxious moments initially between St Xavier’s, Chandigarh and Tender Heart, Chandigarh, with St Xavier’s, Chandigarh, finally coming out on top in the ICSE Basketball championship, 2005.

Mr Robert Rowland gave away the awards to the winners.


St Stephen’s, Chandigarh, beat St Xavier’s, Pkl (55-37)


St Xavier’s, Chd, beat Tender Heart, Chd ( 56-14)



City to host u-14 soccer festival
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, December 5
Soccer is going to get a tremendous boost in the city when the AlI India Football Federation sponsored National Under 14 Football festival gets under way from December 20. This week long euphoria will have the participation of as many as 24 states and union territories from all over India. More than 425 youngsters will take part in this unique festival being held for the first time in the city beautiful. The football activities have been on increase in the past and the trend was started by the St Stephen’s School Football Academy, where its Principal, Mr Harold Carver, took personal interest in giving thrust to football by forming an academy. This was followed by another academy, the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA), which was established by former UT Administrator General JFR Jacob (retd), a keen soccer lover. The said academy is wholly funded by the UT Administration and is one of its kind in the region grooming players in this sport.

The local body, Chandigarh Football Association, with Mr Ravinder Talwar at its helm of affairs and secretary Rakesh Bakshi were too escastic to know a few months back that the AIFF had decided to allot the festival to the CFA under its project ‘Vision Asia’. The whole expenditure to the tune of several lakhs would come from the kitty of the national federation.

On December 20, the festival would be kicked off at the sprawling lawns of the Punjab Engineering College campus, Sector 12, while the closing ceremony would be held on December 27. The teams consisting of 18 members would be divided in four groups of six each with each team to be judged on the basis of skill, agility by a team of experts appointed by the AIFF. The youngsters would be lodged in the nearby Commonwealth Youth Secretariat (Asia) where free boarding, lodging would be provided to the participants by the AIFF.

Mr Talwar, said the basic idea was to have the team prepared for the Asian Football Confederation under 14 meet to be held next year. Moreover, festival of this kind would give desired impetus to the sport.

Meanwhile, the CFA is already having a coaching camp for its boys drawn from DAV School Sector 8, St Stephens’ School, Sector 45, Chandigarh Football Academy, St Kabir School, Sector 26, and Shivalik Public School, Sector 41.



Gaurav scripts Karnataka’s win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Gaurav Dhiman's splendid knock of 120 runs from 95 balls enabled Karnataka to win the Cooch Behar cricket tournament by five wickets on the final day of the match held at Sector 16 cricket stadium, here, today. Haryana's decision to declare the 2nd innings at 163 for 8 proved fatal for the team.

Resuming the play, from 12 without loss, Haryana's tail enders Nitin Saini and Saurav Mishra were bowled out cheaply at 20 off 33 balls and 3 off 23 balls, respectively. Ankit Rawat (44 off 42), Prem Prateek Singh (47 off 34) and CP Saini (45 n.o.) showed some resistance to the lethal bowling attack of Karnataka. M.R. Darshan took four wickets at the cost of 27 runs.

Earlier in first innings, Haryana bowlers bowled out Karnataka for a meagre score of 175 in 85.4 overs and piled up 295. The team declared the second innings at 163 for 8.

The partnership between Kunal Kapoor and Cheluvaraj bore fruits for the Karnataka team. Both remained not out at 62 and 54, respectively. Haryana's C.P. Saini took three wickets for 63.

Brief scores:

Haryana (1st innings): 295 runs in 91.6 overs.

Karnataka (1st innings): 175 all out in 85.4 overs.

Haryana (2nd innings): 163 for 8 (declared) Nitin Saini 20, M Vishal 18, Ankit Rawat 44, Prem Prateek Singh 34, C.P. Saini 27 n.o.

Fall of wickets: 1/24, 2/24, 3/ 62, 4/109, 5/144, 6/153, 7/157, 8/163.

Karnataka (2nd innings): 287 for 5. Gaurav Dhiman 120, S. Vinodh 16, S.K. Jain 2, Ganesh Satich 28, Kunal Kapoor 62, Cheluvaraj 54.

Fall of wickets: 1/83, 2/99, 3/163, 4/163/, 1/180.



Satinder chosen Champions Trophy umpire

Chandigarh, December 5
The city-based Satinder Sharma, International Grade 1 Hockey Umpire, has been invited by the International Hockey Federation as umpire in the Men’s Champions Trophy to be held from December 10 to 18 at Chennai.

Teams from Australia, Spain, Germany, Pakistan, Netherlands and India will be participating in the championship.

Besides Satinder, seven umpires of different countries will conduct the matches during the tournament. TNS



Manav Mangal paddlers excel
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, December 5
Paddlers of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, once again proved their mettle when they helped Panchkula win a majority of titles in the 39th Haryana State Inter District Open Table Tennis Tournament held at Yamunanagar. The school boys bagged gold medals for Panchkula in Cadet Boys category, Sub-Junior Boys (U-14), Silver in Sub Junior girls, category Silver in the women Championship and bronze in the Cadet Girls Team Championship. All four players of the team, Prasoon Sharma, Shubham Sharma, Pulkit Arora and Akash Goel are students of Manav Mangal School. 



North beat North-East in hockey
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The North Zone thrashed North-East Zone by 6-0 in the inaugural match of the five-day 35 th Zonal Hockey Tournament of FCI which started at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42 here today.

Satinder Singh and Parnam Singh netted two goals each while Amar Singh and Anil scored one goal each for the North Zone.

In the second match played between South Zone and Headquarters, the latter team won by 1-0. The lone goal was hit through Joginder Gulia.

Earlier, the tournament was inaugurated by Mr Sajjan Singh, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary Sports, Haryana. Mr T C Gupta, IAS, General Manager, Punjab and Haryana region, along with Mr Sandeep Gossain, Secretary, Zonal Sports Promotion Committee, North Zone, was also present to encourage the players.

A total of six teams from all over the country were participating in the tournament. The West Zone will meet Headquarters at 12 noon and the North Zone will take on the East Zone at 2 p m on Tuesday. 



Dera Bassi boy first in national karate meet

Dera Bassi, December 5
Rohit Chechi, a local boy has brought glory to the city by winning a gold medal in the under-14 category in the National Karate Championship held recently at Amritsar.

A student of Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 in Chandigarh, Rohit also has the distinction of winning gold medal at the Chandigarh state-level competitions for the past three years. TNS



Tennis prodigy

Parminder Dhanoa Chandigarh, December 5
Parminder Dhanoa has done well in tennis in a short period.

She has recently bagged the under 12 girls title in the CLTA Open tennis meet.

She began playing tennis only six months back after her parents migrated from the USA. OC



Jasleen Kaur Bronze medallist

Chandigarh, December 5
Jasleen Kaur, member of the Chandigarh State Taekwondo team, has won a bronze medal in the feather weight category in the 23rd National Sub-Junior Taekwondo Championship 2005 held recently at Mumbai. TNS



Silver medallistRohit Bajaj

Chandigarh, December 5
Rohit Bajaj cornered glory in the speed skating event when he bagged silver medals both in the under-14 section in the Rink Race I and Rink Race II event in the 11th Panchkula District Roller skating meet which concluded last evening at Panchkula. Rohit has won many titles in the various skating tournaments. OC


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