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Hip surgery performed on 110-yr-old
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 28
A Panchkula-based orthopedic surgeon, Dr Pardeep Aggarwal, has achieved a milestone by performing a complex surgery to treat hip fracture (intertrochanteric) on a 110-yr-old man, Lauka Din, hailing from Kalyana village in Bilaspur (HP).

The patient’s age compounded by a heart ailment made the case complicated to handle. The patient had sustained serious fracture after a fall.

At a press conference, Dr Aggarwal said Lauka Din was operated upon using elders’ nailing through an inch-long cut with minimum blood loss. The operation lasted for mere 30 minutes.

The patient was able to stand within two days and walk with a support in two weeks’ time.



Private security to man entry gates at PCA stadium
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 28
The Punjab Cricket Association has decided to deploy private securitymen at the entry gates and to check the seating arrangements in the stadium during the coming Test match between India and England from March 9 to 13 here.

The decision comes in the light of previous experience of the PCA with the Punjab Police, that had failed to live up to its expectation in crowd management, making it a gruesome encounter for a large number of spectators during the India-Pak Test match held last year and India-New Zealand match in 2003.

The PCA had deliberated on the allegations that police personnel on duty indulged in corrupt practices during the matches. It is to be recalled that relatives and friends of the police managed entry without any ticket whereas the fans having tickets and passes had to wait outside the stadium for hours. They also braved a lathicharge and manhandling at the hands of cops.

"Bitter experience in the past has led us to call in the private security for the gate management and to maintain discipline in the stadium. Over 300 securitymen of a Delhi-based security agency will be deputed for the purpose", said M.P. Pandove, joint secretary, BCCI, and honorary secretary, PCA. But the law and order, traffic control and VIPs' security would be maintained by the police, he added.

"It was seen in the last Indo-Pak match that the stadium was overcrowded as the police personnel were busy cashing in on the opportunity and allowed thousands of spectators to get in by unscrupulous ways. So the decision was taken to avoid such situation this time for the convenience of the spectators", cleared Pandove.

Meanwhile, the PCA has decided to prepare a pitch which is likely to produce result.

Six Test matches have been played in the stadium. The pitch came under scanner as out of six, four matches had been drawn. Only two Tests could produce results. West Indies won against India by 243 runs in 1994 whereas India thrashed England by 10 wickets The last two Tests (India vs Pakistani March, 2005, and India vs New Zealand in October, 2003) were ended in a draw. 



Suresh adjudged best pugilist
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The local pugilist Suresh Singh (Chandigarh – B team) bagged the ‘Best Boxer of the Tournament’ title while the ‘Best Loser’ tag went to Suranjay of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation-yellow (IABF-Y) team on the final day of 13th All-India AK Misra Memorial Boxing championship which concluded at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, here, today.

The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (Pink) team with 43 points won the overall winners’ trophy and the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (Yellow) team got the runners-up trophy with 28 points. Haryana team was placed third with 19 points.

In bantamweight category, the bout was between two Olympians. Akhil Kumar of IABF-P team gave a good fight to local pugilist Suresh Singh (Sydney Olympian, 2000) representing Chandigarh –B team, but lost the fight with narrow margin of 27-29.

The results: Lt fly wt: Balbir Singh bt Bishwanjit Mandal: 29-13. Fly wt: Jitender Kumar (IABF-P) bt Ashwini Kumar (Punjab): Ashwini disqualified in IIIrd round. Bantam wt: Suresh Singh (Chd-B) bt Akhil Kumar (IABF-P): 29-27. Feather wt: Diwakar Prasad (IABF-P) bt B. Pyangrope (IN): 29-7, RSC (outscored- IIIrd round). Light wt: Jai Bhagwan (IABF-P) bt Sonu Chahal (Har): 11-8. Lt welter wt: SB Pun (IABF-P) bt SB Tamang ( AR): 30-12 Welter wt: Dilbagh Singh (IABF-Y) bt V Lavi (ASI): RSC (IVth round) Middle wt: Surinder Singh (Har) bt Vinod Kumar (MP) : knockout by body (IV th round).Lt Heavy wt: Jasbir Singh (Del) bt M Thapa (ASI): 22-17. Heavy wt: Harpreet Singh (IABF-Y) bt Vinod (Chd_B): RSC (outclassed in IIIrd round). Super Heavy wt: V Johnson (IABF-P) bt Mehar Singh (ASI) 24-9. 



Bhardwaj opposes foreign coaches 
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

O.P. Bhardwaj Chandigarh, February 28
"It's not that we lack the killer instinct or the will to win matches and medals for the country, the problem was somewhere with the administrative system or policies for which we have to pay a heavy price. It was either the leadership of coaches or self-motivation of individuals and lack of proper command which can be held responsible for the dismal results in boxing," said O.P. Bhardwaj, first recipient of Dronacharya Award 1985 for training boxers after putting in 30 years of service in this sport.

As the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, he was here to assess the bouts of A.K. Misra Memorial Boxing Tournament, Bhardwaj explains: "There is no dearth of talent in the country and scope of tremendous improvement is there in boxing if pugilists are picked at the right age. I impart training for different body types and age groups and lay special emphasis on fitness, strength, speed and flexibility together with confidence building".

Opposing the idea of inducting foreign coaches, he said, "our experiment with foreign coaches had drawn a blank and despite spending crores on them, we could hardly win a medal in major international competitions for past 16 years.

Bhardwaj had resigned in 1989 as the national coach in protest against the government's decision to bring in a foreign coach prior to the Beijing Asian Games and submitted his protest letter to the Union Minister Margret Alwa before quitting.

Bhardwaj remained as National coach from 1968 to 1989. During his stint Indian boxers has been on top slot of medals tally in the Asian Games(1970-1986), Mini Commonwealth Games ( Brisbane, 1982), Kings Cup (Bangkok, 1982) and SAF Games ( Calcutta, 1987). He was the founder of the Boxing Coaching Department at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, where he served as chief coach from 1975 to 1988. He has trained around 15,000 boxers in the country. At present, he is running a health club for sportspersons and poor youngsters at nominal charges in Delhi.

Disillusioned with the negative approach of some officials and players as well, he said: "In comparison with old national gold medal winners, boxers now are getting better facilities and incentives."

Predicting the Indian team's prospects in boxing, he said: "We can expect better show in the coming Melbourne Games to be held next month and the Kings Cup tournament and I expect at least two gold medals in each tournament, particularly in light weight category."



From humble beginnings to champion
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Paramjit Singh Rawat
Paramjit Singh Rawat

Chandigarh, February 28
Though Paramjit Singh Rawat, an 18-year-old pugilist, could not make it to the national boxing squad to proceed for the Commonwealth Games, which are scheduled to take place at Melbourne next month, he is still zestful to play for the country.

Paramjit hogged the limelight when he struck gold in Senior National Boxing Championship at Chennai last September.

He was awarded a cash prize of Rs 5,000 for his achievement by the Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association during the 13th AK Misra Memorial Boxing meet held at Skating Rink, Sector 10.

Currently working with the Army as sepoy, Paramjit said: “It was a challenge for me to prove my worth in the tournament. I was left out of the Services Sports Control Board of Services team as I was a new entrant and they were not ready to chance with me. So I requested for permission to represent my home state, Chandigarh. I participated in the tournament and outclassed Services boxer in the first round. In the final, I thrashed international boxer H.K. Jolly to win the gold.”

Paramjit won bronze in the International Senior Boscker Memorial Men Boxing Tournament held at Hungary in January. He won his first national medal, a bronze, at the National School Games in 1999. Thereafter, his name always stood in the medals tally in sub-junior national (2003, gold), junior national (2004, silver), senior national (2005, gold).

Coming from a humble background, his father works as a peon with the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation, Chandigarh.

“Initially, boxing was just a pastime but when my brother, Ramesh, who was also a national boxer, brought home medals and trophies, I got motivated and took to the sport seriously.”

Reflecting on his early days as boxer, he said: “I have seen days when I could not afford prescribed diet for a boxer and had to only rely on ‘ghar ka khana’ (home food) only. I used to eat a lot of ‘chapatis’ with sprouted pulses. Diet was such an issue for me then, let alone boxing gloves and other equipment.”



2 selected for varsities training camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Two upcoming local cricketers Akashdeep Sharma and Karanveer Singh of S D College, Sector 32, here have been selected in the training camp for the Combined Universities Cricket (Men) team scheduled to start from March 6 to 23 at the National Cricket Academy, Bangalore.

As many as 25 probables have been called from the country.

Karanveer, a right-arm leg spinner, has represented Punjab under- 19 and 22 in many tournaments and was one of the probables of the Ranji camp, 2005-06. Akash, an all- rounder, has played for Punjab under-19 and has represented India in the Commonwealth Games organised by the School Games Federation of India in 2003-04. 



Saupin’s sports meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The annual LKG cultural and sports meet of Saupin’s school was held today. Various events, including clown race, burst-the-balloon race, balancing race, fox and grape race were organised. Children also presented a colourful folk dance and a western dance item.

The Saupins community service organisation also collected funds for the SOS children’s village of India. The draft was handed over by the school headgirl to the Director, SOS Village of India. 



End near for schools in residential areas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The Chandigarh Administration is unlikely to give extension to the schools running from residential quarters in the city.
Although no decision was taken at a meeting of the administration today, the deliberations hinted at the administration closing down the schools running from residential areas.

Sources said the administration was deliberating on details of allotting school sites in future and also compiling a list of the property likely to be resumed following the flouting of bylaws.


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