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Stress on hygiene during swimming

Mohali, April 5
Maintaining a good personal hygiene is the best way to prevent infections and have a safe swim in a public swimming pool, advised Dr Vikas Bhutani, consultant, internal medicine, Fortis Hospital, here in an advisory issued today in public interest.

Dr Bhutani said over the years, the use of modern disinfection systems in pools had improved the quality of water. In spite of this, there had been an increase in the number of outbreaks of illnesses associated with swimming, essentially because of swallowing, breathing or having contact with contaminated water from the pool. On an average, people have about 0.14 gm of faeces on their bottoms which, when rinsed off, could contaminate the water, he pointed out.

Talking about the health problems experienced by swimmers, Dr Bhutani said these included skin, ear, respiratory, eye, wound infections, common cold and fungal infections.OC



Helping cancer-hit kids

Chandigarh, April 5
The fun day workshops held by Mango Grove School, Panchkula, for cancer-afflicted children bore fruit today.

Ms Aradhika Sekhon, coordinator of the School, presented a cheque of Rs 20,000 to Ms Neelu Tuli, president of the Cancer Sahayta Sahyog, on behalf of Col Karan Thandi (retd), Chairman of the school.

The money was collected from the proceeds of the sale of paintings made by cancer-afflicted children, as well as those belonging to Bal Bhavan, Sector 2, and Ashiana, Sector 16, Panchkula. TNS



Special tennis coaching camp from April 13
Tribune News Service

Akhtar Ali
Akhtar Ali 

Chandigarh, April 5
Famous tennis coach and CLTA's visiting coach Akhtar Ali will again be in the city to conduct a special coaching camp for a select group of young players in the CLTA stadium in Sector 10 here from April 13 to 21.

Stating this here today, Mr Rajan Kashyap, chairman, CLTA, stated that Akhtar Ali would fine tune the tennis skills of young boys and girls playing the national and international tennis circuit. He added that during his stay in Chandigarh, Mr Akhtar Ali would help upgrade the coaching skills of the CLTA's faculty of trainers. Mr S.M. Sharma, honorary secretary, CLTA, stated that some top players from Rajasthan, Calcutta and other parts of the country are also joining the camp.

The camp, spread over seven hours every day, would integrate the advancement of tennis skills with the development of athleticism and mental strength through physical training and yoga. He said the camp was open to young players from the CLTA as well as outsiders.



25 shortlisted in hockey trials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Twentyfive hockey players were shortlisted in the trials conducted for the selection of the Chandigarh hockey team (under-16) for participation in the 12th Sub Junior National Hockey Championship to be held at Bhimavaram (Andhra Pradesh), at Hockey Stadium, Sector 18, here today.

Over 40 players turned up at the venue to display their skills in the trials. The selected players will have to attend a 10-day training camp, starting tomorrow at the stadium. The final team will be announced on April 15, which will proceed for Bhimavaram on April 16. The eight-day championship, being organised by the AP Hockey Association, will commence on April 18.

Sushil Bali Trophy

Gurinder Singh will lead the Chandigarh District (Under-15) team in the Punjab Inter-District Tournament for Sushil Bali Trophy, which will start on April 15.

The matches of the tournament will take place at Chandigarh, Mohali, Jalandhar, Patiala and Amritsar. Eight districts teams of Punjab state will participate in the tournament, which will conclude on April 30.

The following are the team members: Gurinder Singh (captain), Shah Nawaz, Vishal Thind, Tanveer, Dhruv Sharma, Nwab Cheema, Rahul Chara, Karan Goel, Naveen Dhiman, Pushap, Vaibhav, Manan Vohra, Saurav Chopra, Lovish Bansal, Shanul Rathi.

Standby: Kunal Mahajan, Manan Gupta, Avinash, Rohit, Himanshu Sharma


U-16 cricket

A fine knock of 31 by Rohit Singh enabled the hosts Satluj Public School to register victory over St Stephen's Public School, Sector 45, by 19 runs in the first match of Satluj U-16 Cricket League Tournament at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here today.

Brief scores: Satluj Public School: 174 for 9 in 25 overs (Rohit Singh 31, Nehchal Bhargwa 28, Vipul 28, Jaspreet 2 for 25, Akshay 2 for 28)

St Stephen's: 155 for 7 in 25 overs (Gaurav 41, Jaspreet 36, Sumit 3 for 21, Vipul 2 for 30).

Tomorrow, Little Flower Public School will take on Guru Harkrishan Public School at 8.30 a. m. at the same venue.




Ravinder Chaudhry, honorary secretary of the Amateur Athletic Association of Chandigarh and Asian Technical Official, has been appointed to act as International Photo Finish Judge at the 12th Asian Junior Athletics Championships to be held in Macau, China, from July 15 to 18.



330 challans issued for encroachments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
To remove encroachments from the verandahs of the markets, municipal lands and public spaces, a special anti-encroachment drive was carried out by the enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh (MCC), today.

Till the filing of this report the enforcement staff had issued 330 challans to those who had encroached and seized 23 truckloads of material. The drive was carried on till late in the day.

A spokesperson of the MCC stated that such drives would continue in the future and those shopkeepers and vendors who displayed articles in verandahs of the markets, municipal land and public spaces would be challaned.


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