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AIDS body holds exhibition to fight disease
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Dr Sonia Trikha, Project Director, State AIDS Control Society, U.T., Chandigarh, yesterday inaugurated an exhibition of comic's strips on HIV/AIDS at Gandhi Smarak Bhavan, Sector 16.

The unique exhibition is result of a five-day workshop organised by the State AIDS Control Society, U.T., Chandigarh, Yuvsatta and the World Comics India on HIV/AIDS, in which a group of 50 youngsters comprising students from KB DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, and adolescent youth from Colony No 4 and Ram Darbar participated.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Lakhinder, from the World Comics India said that communicating with children on HIV/AIDS issues was not an easy task for agencies and people working on this issue and therefore there was a need to promote several innovative strategies like comics to create awareness.

As part of the programme, interactive sessions on HIV/AIDS were also arranged in which senior medical professionals like Dr Inderjeet Kaur, Director, Department of Health, Chandigarh Administration, Dr Sonia Trikha and Mr Sandeep Mittal, NGO Advisor, State AIDS Control Society, U.T., Chandigarh, gave students an overview of present HIV/AIDS scenario.

They also answered various queries of participants like can AIDS affect children and if it spreads through hugging and many more such questions.

Also present was Mr Parmod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta, who said wall posters should be created to campaign in slums and schools of Chandigarh.



Workshop lays stress on male vasectomy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The need to encourage men to shed their inhibitions and come forward for vasectomy was stressed at an advocacy workshop on “Non Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) and Male Participation in Population Stabilisation”, which was held at the CII, here.

The Secretary Health, Punjab, Mr DS Guru, while addressing the delegates during the inaugural session, laid stress on the need for population management in order to ensure a good quality life.

Till now, he said, the onus of controlling population was largely on women. “A majority of the prevalent contraceptives are meant for women, who are already over-burdened with reproductive responsibility of bearing and rearing children, and in some cases also help the family in earning livelihood. In such a situation, burdening them with contraception responsibility is unfair,” he stated.

Mr Guru added that equal participation of men in reproductive health was not only essential but also vital to ensure better reproductive health of our people. He said that these days simpler, safer and effective methods of male sterilisation are available.

“Despite all this, male participation in such sterilization was low compared to women,” Mr Guru maintained. He, however, appreciated that during the last few months, the NSV technique was finding favour with men and was gradually becoming more popular.

However, he added that couples who are too young or are at the end of their reproductive span should not be motivated for adopting terminal method.



Hospital inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 11
Grecian Super Speciality Hospital was inaugurated by Mr Satish Chander, Secretary, Vigilance, in Sector 69 here yesterday.

According to a press note, the facilities available at the hospital would include cardiology, cardiothoracic, surgery, trauma, general surgery, internal medicine, orthopaedics, gynaecology among others.

OPD services were made available from yesterday while the in-door facilities would be provided from Wednesday.



Tagore House excels in YPS athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 11
Steffi, a student of 9-E, was declared best athlete in Above-15 years category (girls), while Siddharth bagged the best athlete tag in Under-10 (boys) category on the concluding day of YPS Annual Athletics meet held on school premises, here, today.

The final day event started with the march past followed by finals of the events. Mr D.S Toor, Director, Sports, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion. He distributed prizes to the winners.

Harjesh Boparai Memorial Running Trophy was given to Harshdeep Singh of Tagore House while Aarohi Brar of Tagore House got a special prize for showing spirit of sportsmanship during the sports events.

Tagore House was also placed at first position with 1164 points. The best march past prize was won by Patiala House.

The needle and thread race for parents/old students was won by Mr Sukirat Singh and Ms Chandra Prabha, Mr Sanjiv Trihan and Ms Padam came second while third place was won by Ms Binny and Ms Nanak.

Other results were: Best athletes(Boys)— Ab- 16 Harshdeep Guron; U-16— Pearl Ranchal U-14 (Boys): Shakti Shah;U-12 — Abhi Sood ; U-10— Siddharth.

Girls: Above 15— Steffi; U-15— Aanchal Bajwa; U-13— Harkiran Nain; U-11— Gurleen K. Lalia

Final results:

Under 14-B(100m ) Kabir Singh Dhillon— first; Shakti Shah — second; Jagteshwar Singh Sohal— third.

Under 15-G(100m)— Aanchal Bajwa— first;Vasundra Ahuja — second; Tanya Padam— third.

Under 16: B(100m): Mohammad Wasim— first;Gurpreet Singh Sandhu— second; Abhikaran Singh Aujla— third.

Over-15 years: Girls(100 m): Steffi—first; Seonhe— second;Dilshad Sidhu— third.

Under-16 Boys (4x 400m): Harshdeep Singh Guron, Prashant Dogra, Vishvjeet, Inderpreet Singh— first; Sumit Verma, dnan Mir, Ahmer Nazir, Zorawar Gill— second; Abhishek Gagneja, Amritpal Singh Cheema, Jivteshwar, Prabhjot — third.



Games conclude amidst confusion
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Amidst confusion over the working of the School Games Federation of India (SGFI), the 51st National School Games organised by the federation concluded at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, here, today.

The SGFI is responsible for conducting school sports in the country but the key office-bearers have been fighting over the control of the federation for the past many years.

It is a matter of utter confusion as there are two parallel national school games, one held under the banner of Mr Satpal and the other with Mr Ravinder Talwar as president.

One faction headed by Mr Ravinder Talwar as president and Mr P. S. Chabbra as secretary general conducted the 51st National School Games from February 3 to 5 at DAV grounds, Sector 8, here.

The other body, formed in 2004, with Mr Sat Pal as president and Dr A. K. Mishra as secretary, conducted the games under the SGFI banner in various disciplines from September 5, 2005 in various states, came to an end today at Sector 42 Hockey stadium, here, today.

Interestingly, the office bearers of both the bodies have been claiming their respective body to be the authentic one. In the process, they are making allegations and counter allegations to prove their genuineness. But no party has been able to produce papers to back their claims.

On being contacted, Mr Sat Pal could not produce the proof of their being recognised with the Ministry of Sports, but he claimed to have the same. When asked, Mr Sat Pal also said that theirs is the recognised body and if any other faction is conducting games under the SGFI banner, the necessary action will be taken against them.

On the other hand, Mr P. S. Chabbra, secretary general of other faction, has willingly extended his hand to solve the issue in the interest of the children who participate in these games.

Surprisingly, the Government of India, which sends the national school team for various international meets has not taken any action to set the things right. In order to have control over the federation, office-bearers had been moving court to further delay the functioning.

The SGFI was formed in 1955 with an aim to promote games at the school level. Things worked smoothly till 1998, when one of the members moved court after not being satisfied with the results of the elections. Ultimately, the elections were adjudged null and void. Since then, the members have been approaching the courts and the matter is still pending.

The SGFI was split into two factions in 2003. Since then, these parallel bodies have been organising events in different states. Both the bodies claim to be recognised by Ministry of Sports and issue certificates to the students who take part in these games claiming to be real SGFI. No competent authority has intervened to exercise control over this issue which is a cause of great concern.



Raina’s knock powers BDPS team into finals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
A fine unbeaten knock of 85 by Kunwar Raina enabled Budha Dal Public School (BDPS), Patiala, to reach in the finals of PCA Parle Tournament after beating Sain Das Public School (SDPS), Jalandhar, by seven wickets at DAV School, Sector 8, here today.

SDPS put on 180 all out in 49.2 overs. Rahul (45) and Mohinder Pal (27) were the main contributors for Jalandhar. For BDPS Rajwinder and Prince took three wickets each. In reply BDPS achieved the target (181) in 41.3 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. Kunwar Raina displayed good batting skill and made 85 not out while Preet Kamal scored 43 runs to win the match.

Brief scores: SDPS, Jalandhar, 180 all out in 49.2 overs (Rahul 45, Mohinder Pal 27, Rajwinder 3 for 26, Prince Raina 3 for 36).

BDPS, Patiala 183 for 3 in 41.3 overs (Kunwar Raina 85 not out, Preet Kamal 43, Mohan 1 for 30).



Chandigarh lift school hockey title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Chandigarh team emerged winner defeating Punjab team 6-0 the 51st National School Games in the discipline of hockey (U-17 years boys and girls) held at Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, here, today.

Preetinder Singh scored 2 goals and Sandeep Singh. Harmanpreet. Simerdeep and Harinder scored one goal each for the winning team. Haryana girls team defeated Chandigarh by 8-1. Reena scored 3 goals. Rennu-2. Sapana Saini-1, Mandeep-1, Renu-1 to guide Haryana team to victory over Punjab.

Meanwhile, Punjab and Jharkhand team got third and fourth place in the girls’ category. In the boys section, the third and fourth place went to Haryana and Chhattisgarh. 



Chandigarh drub Haryana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Chandigarh drubbed Haryana 13-1 in the semifinals during the 51st National School Games in the discipline of hockey (u-17 boys & girls) held at various centres here yesterday. The main contributors for winners were Deepak Kumar (4), Ranjot Singh (3), Dharmvir (2), Harmanpreet (2).



Chandigarh beat

Haryana 13-1

Punjab beat

Chhattisgarh 5-3

Haryana beat

Chhattisgarh for

the 3rd Position 2-0


Haryana beat Jharkhand 3-2

Chandigarh beat Punjab 2-1

Tomorrow’s fixtures:

Chandigarh vs Haryana (girls final) at 9 a.m. at St Stephen, Sector 45.

Chandigarh vs Punjab (boys final) at Hockey Complex, Sector 42, at 2.30 p.m.



PU team thrashes MDU in softball championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Panjab University, Chandigarh, thrashed MDU, Rohtak, 21-05 on the penultimate day of matches played on league basis during the All-India Inter-University Softball Championship for Men being organised by Panjab University on its campus, here today.

GNDU, Amritsar, beat Punjabi University, Patiala 9-2. Earlier, the match between PU and GNDU, Amritsar, ended in a draw(4-4) while Punjabi University, Patiala, team outclassed MDU, Rohtak 11-0.


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