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Shekhawat to address PGI convocation today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice President of India, will deliver the convocation address at the 27th annual convocation of the PGI tomorrow at Bhargava Auditorium on the campus.

The function will be presided over by Mr Anbumani Ramadoss, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, who is also the ex-officio president of the institute.

As many as 195 students will be awarded degrees at the convocation. These degrees include 17 PhD, 20 DM ( medical super specialities), 15 M Ch ( surgical super specialities), 70 MD ( medical specialties), 29 MS (surgical specialties), 16 MS and 28 BS.

A total of 35 students would be honoured with medals for their meritorious performance. The Major Amir Chand Gold Medal for the best clinical research work will be awarded to Dr Shailender Mehta and Mr Pramod Kumar Avti. The R Nath Gold Medal for the best bio-medical research will be awarded to Dr Naresh Sachdeva.

The Aikat Memorial Gold Medal for students in the BSc/MLT disciplines will be awarded to Mr Varun Uppal. The V.K. Saini Memorial Gold Medal will be awarded to Dr Tarvinder Pal Singh. 



Celebration time for Abhinav’s kin
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
Two-time Olympian and local shooter Abhinav Bindra made not only the city proud but also brought laurels to the nation by winning a gold medal today in the Commonwealth Games-2006 being held at Melbourne (Australia). The medal came in the 10-metre Air Rifle team event, shared by the team mate Gaurav Narang. The duo scored 1189/1200 to win the medal.

“Abhinav has lived up to the expectations of all near and dear ones. Now we are looking forward to the next competitions scheduled to be held on March 20, 21 and 24 in individual category”, said the elated father A S Bindra, who was busy attending to the congratulatory messages as well as distributing the sweets among his employees in his office here today.

Pinning high hopes on his son in the coming events of the competition, Dr Bindra viewed the achievement just as a start. “I know Abhinav’s capability and you see he will win at least three more gold medals there,” said the father confidently.

This is not the first time that the 24-year old Abhinav, who has been in competing in competitive shooting events for the last 11 years, has been bringing glory to the country at many top most international competitions. Earlier, he had won two gold medals in Commonwealth Games-2002 at Manchester. In European Circuit-2002 he was declared European Champion as he bagged six gold, four silver and three bronze medals. He has represented the country in Olympics in Sydney 2000 and in Athens 2004. In Sydney, he got joint 11th position with a score of 590/600 and was ranked second in Asia while in Athens he got seventh position in the finals.

Abhinav was conferred with Arjun Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2000 and 2002, respectively, for his excellent performance.

Lieut Col Jagir Singh Dhillon, who has been imparting training to Abhinav since 1995, is confident about his winning the gold medal in the forthcoming Beijing Olympics in 2008. “Besides having parental support, he is also very hardworking and focused sportsman. The credit of the success goes to his parents, who provide him the best paraphernalia, as well as seven to eight hours daily practice,” said Colonel Dhillon, VSM and a shooter since 1952.

However, Dr Bindra seemed a little bit disappointed as neither any congratulatory message from Punjab Government nor any official came forward to praise the commendable job of its sportsperson. When Dr Bindra was asked about it, he said modestly, “Maybe the news has not reached the government channels”. 



45 cleared for Thunderbolt rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
As many as 45 participants and their vehicles, have been selected for the two-day annual SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub Himalayan Rally 2006, which will be flagged off tomorrow at 8 a m at St John's High School, Sector 26 here.

The scrutiny took place at the school today in which eight Gypsies, five cars, 26 motor bikes and six scooters were cleared for the event.

The rally route has been modified for more thrill. This time the rallyists will cover Siswan, Kona, Mandana, Gunia, Kotbeja, Shaktighat, Garkhal, Sukhijori, Chakki Mor, and Bhojnagar and culminate at Barog.

The participants would cover the same route on their way back except the second last leg of the race, which would get the rallyists through the Kona-Karondia section before moving towards the Circus Ground, Sector 17, here for the Super Special Stage.


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