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AIDS society holds workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
With a view to expand the scope of the AIDS Education programme and include life skills, a workshop for master trainers, organised by the UT State AIDS Control Society, began at the Commonwealth Youth Programme Centre, Sector 12, here today.

Attended by 35 representatives of various schools and non-government organisation, the three-day workshop funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development will dwell on the need to have open, informal discussion with the students to educate them about AIDS, its cause and consequence and also teach them to be assertive.

During the day, interactive group activity was organised during which the participants discussed their inhibitions.



Strike call by medical reps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
In an emergency meeting of the state working committee of the Punjab and Chandigarh Medical and Sales Representatives’ Union, it was decided that medical representatives of all companies in Punjab and Chandigarh would observe three-days strike from December 14 to 16 on a call of their national federation FMRAI.

Addressing the meeting, Mr A. Sawhney, general secretary of PCMSRU, said profits of pharmaceutical companies were increasing due to the hard work of the medical representatives.

The representatives were of the opinion that a majority of the companies were neither paying the minimum wages as declared by the Chandigarh Administration and Punjab Government nor were they implementing the Sales Promotion Employees Act, 1976, which provides Medical representatives a cover under ESI Act, Bonus Act and PF Act. “These companies openly flout all the labour laws in connivance with the labour authorities and ESI officials,” he said.

Mr Sawhney said from December 14 to 16, medical representatives would observe a strike and organise dharnas against labour authorities. They would simultaneously organise dharnas at various places against the Chemicals and Fertilizer Ministry with a demand to reduce the prices of drugs.

The leaders also stated that because of the non-implementation of VAT in Chandigarh medicines in Chandigarh were costly by 4 per cent to 8 per cent as compared to Mohali and Panchkula. PCMSRU also demanded immediate implementation of VAT in Chandigarh.



Viklang Shishu school win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
An allround performance by Ayush Kumar (70 n.o. and 5 wickets) enabled Viklang Shishu Special School, Karnal, to beat Ambuja Manovikas, Ropar, on the penultimate day of the first All-India Open Cricket tournament for mentally challenged children held at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, here, today.

Today’s results: GIMRC-32 b Jeevan Jyoti, Nabha GIMRC-32: 120 / 6 wkts

Jeevan Jyoti: 22 /10 wkts Man of the match: Pappu NIMH, Secundrabad b Little Flower, Panchkula NIMH: 38/1 wkt Little Flower: 37 all out in 8 overs Man of the match: Nagraj Viklang Shishu, Karnal, b Ambuja Manovikas, Ropar,

Viklang Shishu: 119/ 1 wkt

Ambuja: 118/9 wkt Man of the match: Ayush Kumar Prayas Special School, Jalandhar b Prem Ashram, Una

Prayas: 67/7 wkts Prem Ashram: 48 all out Man of the match: Vicky Asha Pathankot b Disha Jaipur

Asha: 20 runs in 1 over Disha: 17 /10 wkts Man of the match: Karan Ashu Spl School, Pathankot, got a walkover against Disha Jaipur Astha Nahan b Asha, Bhatinda

Astha: 111 runs Asha : 22 runs all out Man of the match: Rahul Jai Vakeel, Mumbai b Asha, Chandi Mandir Jai Vakeel: 46 / 7 wkts Asha : 45/7 wkts Man of the match: Jitender Bhagat Puran Singh, Amritsar b Sawera Spl. School, Chandigarh Bhagat: 106 /6 wkts Sawera : 45 all out Man of the match: Gurjant Kulachi Hansraj, New Delhi b Navjivni, Patiala

Kulachi: 38 runs in 2 overs Navjivni: 37 all out Man of the match: Rishi Nirdosh, Ludhiana got walkover against Arpan, Rohtak.



Gambhir should be given more time, says Raman
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Woorkari Venkat Raman
Woorkari Venkat Raman

Chandigarh, December 13
Despite the wavering performance of Gautam Gambhir in the opening slot in the ongoing test series against Sri Lanka, the former Indian Test opener and all rounder Woorkari Venkat Raman opined that he should be given more time.

With the coming of Virender Sehwag, who could not play the ongoing second Test at Ferozeshah Kotla, it is very likely that Gambhir would be dropped from playing eleven inthe next match.

The stylish left hander Raman, who was on his way to Ludhiana to attend the formal inauguration of the Asian Cycling Championship, also looked at the experiments being conducted by Indian coach Greg Chappell in positive perspective as these would benefit the team in long term.

‘‘Conducting experiments would be right as far as these worked and produced good results for the team’’ said Raman, who made 448 runs in 11 Tests with an average of 24.88. Upholding his statement he quoted the example of Irfan Pathan, who did excellent batting in the top order. ‘‘Promoting Irfan to one down or as an opener time and again has definitely given more confidence and has helped him to grow as an allrounder’’, viewed Raman, who is the chief coach of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association at present.

Favouring the appointment of foreign coaches for the team Raman said, ‘‘No doubt there is no scarcity of competent coaches in our country but the neutral approach of foreign coaches might differentiate them from the local coaches. Moreover, they might be helpful during the foreign tours as they were more familiar with the foreign conditions as well as pitches than Indian coaches’’.

Raman, who has played 27 ODIs and made 617 runs, said the present team was much better as it is balanced and has a good combination of young and experienced players.


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