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C-DAC to provide blood donors’ list on Net
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 8
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is providing an online blood donation bank where the list of blood donors, along with their blood groups is available .

This was stated by Mr J.S. Bhatia, Director, C-DAC, while addressing a press conference here today. He said though at present the list of donors included only persons working with the organisation at 10 different centres but efforts were being made to extend the network and have donors also from other related organisations. Ultimately the network would cover the entire nation. He said that such a facility existed with some organisations but at a very small level.

Mr Bhatia said that besides conducting high-end training programmes , numerous research and development activities were also being undertaken. The organisation had now also stepped into the social sector and come up with various programmes. He said that a package was being prepared keeping in mind the fashion technology park that was coming up in the town. The package is related to the Phulkari embroidery on which trials were going on and soon it would be extended to embroidery from different regions.

He said the organisation had a tie-up with Tata Sky Ltd which would be putting up dish antennas on houses for cable TV viewing. The two-week training had already been provided to three batches and the work would go on for about a year and a half.

He said that the revenue earned by C-DAC had gone up over the years from about Rs 2 crore to Rs 7 crore and now the organisation was celebrating its 17th foundation day on May 10. An on- the-spot painting competition and debate for schoolchildren would be organised to mark the occasion. Besides, an open house would be organised to show case the technologies developed by C-DAC and employees who had completed 10 years of service with the organisation would be honoured . 

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Rally flagged off to mark Red Cross Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen. (retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, while presiding over a state-level function of the World Red Cross Day, here today, underlined the need to serve the needy and disadvantaged by contributing our time, energy and commitment.

Speaking at the function organised at the Tagore Theatre, he said that there was a need for a more harmonious integration of programmes for empowering all those in suffering and neglect, and developing their potential.

General Rodrigues said that a proud legacy of social service, spirit of compassion and kindness, the basic doctrine of Red Cross Movement, has come to society as inheritance. He appealed to the people to ‘put India and Punjab first’ and to work for their betterment, progress and prosperity.

Paying rich tributes to Sir Henry Dunant, General Rodrigues said that he founded the Red Cross movement in 1853 touched by the plight of injured soldiers in the battlefield and committed himself single-handedly to the cause of creating this international movement of unique voluntary work.

Similarly, he said the Rotary Movement had been started by a dedicated concerned citizen. “We have to look back on these two historical events, which are enough to give us a lesson on the need to commit ourselves for giving succour to the poor and needy,” he stated.

Reminding the people of the glorious traditions set by Bhai Ghanaiya Ji in 1704, for selfless service to humanity, General Rodrigues said that Guru Gobind Singh, too, promoted the movement in his own way. He appealed to the people to keep this tradition of Nishkam Seva alive in their day-to-day life.

Lauding the role of Punjab state branch of the Red Cross for undertaking various activities for the eradication of social evils and promotion of blood donation movement through its volunteers, he said that volunteers are the backbone of this work.

Accompanied by Ms. Jean Rodrigues, General Rodrigues flagged off a rally to generate awareness about the goals of the Red Cross Movement, inaugurated a blood donation camp and went round the exhibition on the theme of the occasion.

The Governor honoured students and social workers for their commitment and meritorious service. He said that these humanitarian heroes, who sometimes risk their lives and often make considerable personal sacrifices in order to help others, deserve recognition for their devotion and tireless efforts.

Dr G.L. Goel, Director Health Services of Punjab and vice-chairman of the Red Cross Society, in his welcome address highlighted the activities of the Punjab Red Cross Branch. Dr. V.K Puri, Secretary, Punjab Red Cross proposed vote of thanks. A colourful cultural programme was also presented on the occasion.

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SBI donates medicines

Chandigarh, May 8
The State Bank of India, under aegis of Community Services Banking, organised a series of activities on the occasion of Red Cross Day today.

The Sector 7 branch of the bank donated medicines to UT Red Cross, for distribution to needy patients; the Sector 30 branch distributed medicines/ bandages at Pingalwara; the Sector 34 branch distributed medicines and other items to the inmates of hospice, Sector 43. The PGI branch donated medicines to newly-born girl child of Mrs Anita of Naya Gram at APC, PGI; while the Sector 37 branch distributed fruits and eatables to the residents of Old Age Home. TNS

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Camps, rallies mark Red Cross Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The Indian Red Cross Society, UT, Chandigarh, today celebrated World Red Cross Day by organising a cycle rally, free health check-up-cum-awareness camp and essay Writing competition at various places of the City.

Earlier in the day, the Home Secretary, UT, Chandigarh, Mr Krishna Mohan flagged off the cycle rally of school students and volunteers at Karuna Sadan, Sector 11, here. In this rally 60 students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 21 and Government High School 11-A, participated.

Later on, Ms Jean Rodrigues, wife of Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Gen (retd) SF Rodrigues, inaugurated a free health check-up-cum-awareness camp. On this occasion, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman, UT Red Cross, Mr RK Rao and SDM (East)-cum- Secretary, Red Cross, and Ms Swati Sharma were also present among others.

In the camp, free medical check-up facilities relating to ENT, eye, dental, paediatrics, general check-up and immunisation were provided. As many as 300 people were given medical check up and medicines, free of cost. Ms Rodrigues also visited awareness stalls on Chandigarh Hospice, & HIV/AIDS Project.

Similarly, St Stephens School, Sector 45, organised an essay writing competition in which around 1200 school students participated and a special assembly session on Red Cross activities was also held. 

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Docs come to aid of burns victim

Chandigarh, May 8
An incident of stove burst some five months ago left 39-year-old Feroza (name changed) completely disfigured from her face down to the chest and her individuality shattered. Today, fortnight after she arrived in the city, as she prepared to return to her native place in Kashmir, she was beaming with confidence and had reason to smile.

“She came with the history of flame burns involving her forehead, face, nose, earlobes, chin, neck and chest. Post-surgery, bandages were removed from her neck, chin and lips to enable her to breathe through nostrils and to close her mouth. She is able to eat now”, says Dr Malla, Senior Consultant, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, who carried out the surgery.

The surgery was performed in over six hours despite the patient having multiple associated medical problems like high blood sugar and anaemia. “We are happy she is recovering. The doctors have told us to come back for reconstruction of her face, eyelids and nose. After the accident she was completely disillusioned and just kept saying she wanted her face back. We have made some headway”, her niece, Fatima, says.

Greatly relieved that she has been able to eat, Feroza’s four children and husband, too, are overjoyed. “We never thought of the expenditure involved. We just wanted our mother back”, adds her eldest son.

The family says though the hospital in Kashmir was ready to take up her case, they gave us a date that was almost four months away. “This was indication enough that we needed to try elsewhere which is why we came to the city”, says Fatima.

Dr Malla was assisted by Col Rajinder Singh, Senior Anaesthetist, while associated medical problems were supervised by Dr Deepak Kaura, Senior Consultant, Cardiology and Director of Oxford Hospital, Dr S.K. Mathur, endocrinologist. TNS

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Manav Mangal teams win inter-school contests
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 8
Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, has won the inter-school declamation and on-the-spot painting contests conducted by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation on the school premises.

The school has won the trophy for the second consecutive year. The school team comprising Himanshu and Monika of class IX beat 11 other teams from different schools of Panchkula.

Krishan Mittal (class IV) got the first position in class III to V category in the painting competition. The winners will be awarded at a programme to be held on May 13.

In the declamation contest, Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, bagged the first position, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, stood second and the St. Xavier’s High School, Sector 20, stood third.

Krishan Mittal of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, was adjudged first, Shreya Garg of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, second and Ramanpreet Kaur of Jainendra Public School, Sector 1, third in the painting competition in the junior category.

While Ms Amneet Kaur and Preeti Dalal, both from DC Model School, Sector 7, stood first and second, respectively, while Mrinalini of DAV School, Surajpur, got the third position in the senior category.

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14-yr-old swimmer has 75 medals in kitty
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The number of medals, which he has won till date in the various state as well as national level competitions, exceed his age.

Kunal Bhardwaj, who has been creating ripples in the pool by winning more than 75 medals, is just 14-year old. The interesting factor is that out of these medals, the number of gold medals is over 50. The big achievements at the tender age stand him tall among the crowd.

The local talented swimmer, who first dipped into the pool of the Yoga Centre, Sector 23, when he was four, started winning medals in the fifth class. He won his first gold medal in state games that year. The very next year, he surprised everyone by winning the Sports Authority of India's scholarship of Rs 6,600 per annum which still continues. He continued his winning spree as he clinched three state gold medals each in class sixth, seventh and eighth.

Last year, Kunal won 19 medals in various competitions of the under-14 category, out of which 13 were gold medals. Most medals, he won, were in 50 m or 100 m free style events. In the Ist Chandigarh Olympic Games-2005, held here in October, he clinched three gold and one silver medal. Besides this, he won three gold medals each in the Inter-School Games, Chandigarh, the CBSE North Zone Games, Delhi, and swimming competitions by the Sports Department, Chandigarh. He also bagged a bronze medal in the School National Games-2005 held in Bangalore.

Kunal, who is the student of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, here gave credit of his success to his first coach Jasjit Kaur and present coach Parminder Singh.

The target of this talented swimmer is to clinch seven gold medals for his country in the Olympics like his idol Ian Thorpe of Australia. Where Kunal has been working hard to achieve his goal, his father Mr J.B. Sharma, who is store in charge at the PGI, is disappointed as the Administration has not done anything for his son in spite of the fact that the player has brought laurels for the city many times. 

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Ajeet first Indian to ski to North Pole
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 8
Ajeet Bajaj, who becomes the first Indian to ski on the North Pole, has brought laurels for India by hoisting the national flag on the North Pole on April 26.

In the ''Fortis North Pole Ski Expedition'' Ajeet, an adventure sports enthusiast and alumnus of Lawrence School, Sanawar, started with his team comprising four Americans and one Briton on April 14.

Sharing his experience of the toughest expedition of his life with mediapersons here, Ajeet said they skied from the Russian Polar research camp Barneo to the North Pole, covering an icy stretch of 200 km while towing a 35 kg sledge.

"The expedition involved 12 to 14 days of skiing across the constantly moving polar ice. Each day, we have to travel for 8 to 12 hours in the most inhospitable climate with temperatures easily dropping to -60o C ", said Ajeet.

Regading his preparation before the expedition, Ajeet said, "I had been training rigorously for over a year to meet the challenge to the extreme adversities of nature. I did my training in North Minnesota as it had weather conditions like the polar region. For five days, I did cross-country training at -40oC. I also exposed myself to the dangers of Arctic swimming and cold weather injuries for the purpose".

Dr Bharat Inder Singh, specialist, Sports Medicine, Fortis Hospitals, said "We performed various medical checks on him to ensure that he was hundred per cent fit and could endure the challenges of the expedition".

Ajeet Bajaj is a keen adventurer with over 20 years of experience in adventure sports. Ajeet has the distinction of being the first Asian to have rafted and kayaked some most challenging rivers in six continents of the world. He is a qualified climbing instructor from the French National School of Alpinism and Skiing and has climbed on the Himalayas and French Alps. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the UK and is the president of the Adventure Tour Operator Association of India.

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Protest against cricket coach
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 8
Protesting against the Sports Authorities, parents of students getting coaching today assembled at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium and demanded removal of cricket coach.

The parents alleged that despite of charging huge money for sports items, officials had been barring their children from perfect coaching. Moreover, the authorities had been renting out the ground for many days during which the children have to be away from the playground.

Many budding sportsmen have failed to have participated in international-level sports competitions as yet. This all was due to the negligent attitude of the Sports Authorities, the irate parents alleged.

The authorities of the Sport Department were not available for comments.

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Prabal, Sirin excel in skating
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 8
Prabal and Sirin were declared winners among boys and girls in the under-4 category on the concluding day of the skating carnival organised by the Roller Hawks Skating Club that concluded at the skating rink of Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, yesterday.

In the roller hockey, Hans Raj Public School bagged the first place in the junior girls category and the Chandigarh team remained runners-up. The Blue Bird team stood first in the roll ball sub-junior matches where as Hans Raj Public School had to content with the runners-up position.

Road race: final results: under-4 boys: Prabal; under-4 girls: Sirin 1, Kashish 2; 6 to 8 year category: boys: Mohit Yadav 1, Sarvagya 2, Auyush Jagyani 3; girls: Sirjana Dhaliwal 1, Anubhuti Walia 2, Simran Saini 3; 8 to 10 years category: boys: Bhavdeep Singh 1, Jatin Sachdeva 2, Lavnaya/Avshmeet Singh 3; girls: Shareya Bhatia 1, Kashina Jain 2; 10 to12 year category: boys: Hardeep Singh 1, Sidhant Chopra 2, Satwik Bhatia 3; girls: Abha Gupta 1, Aditi Singla 2, Apurva Pal 3; 12 to14 year category: boys: Rahal S. Mittal 1, Gaurav Arora 2, Mohit Juneja 3; girls: Samridi; 14 to 16 year category: boys: Ashu Gupta 1; Deepak Pal 2; girls: Subudha 1; above 16 years boys: Hargun 1, Bhupinder Arora 2.

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Kamboj is cricket body president
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
Mr I.D. Kamboj was unanimously elected president of the newly formed Chandigarh (UT) Twenty-Twenty Cricket Association (CTCA) at a meeting held at Mani Majra last night.

Kamboj was authorised to nominate his team for a term of four years. Prof Satish Gandhi was nominated secretary general.

Meanwhile, the newly formed Chandigarh Association has been granted direct affiliation by the Indian Twenty-20 Cricket Federation. This was conveyed by ITCF secretary general Piyush Rana to Chandigarh association president I.D. Kamboj.

The following are the office-bearers: president — Mr I.D. Kamboj; senior vice-president — Mr Rajesh Aggarwal; vice-presidents — Mr Rahul Jindal, Mr Narinder Bansal and Mr Naresh Khattar; secretary — Mr Satish Gandhi; joint secretaries — Mr Surinder Singh and Mr Krishan Mohan Khanna; finance secretary — Mr Pankaj Gupta; and technical adviser — Mr R.P. Chopra.

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Umed to lead Wushu squad
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
Umed Singh will lead a 20-member Chandigarh squad, including four officials, in the sixth Junior National Wushu Championship at Jabalpur from May 10 to 15, according to the Chandigarh Wushu Association secretary, Mr Sudershan Kumar.

The secretary said the Chandigarh team was selected at the conclusion of the 18-day training camp at the Labour Hall in Sector 30 which began on April 20.

As many as 30 players were selected during the trials for the coaching camp.

The Jabalpur Junior National Championship has assumed greater significance since after its conclusion, the Indian team will be selected which will take part in the World Junior Wushu Championship to be held in Malaysia from August 19 to 27.

The team:

Sanshou (Boys): Vikram (below 45 kg), Umed Singh (below 48 kg, captain), Vikas Rawat (below 52 skg), Ranjan Mehta (below 56 kg), Balbir Singh (below 60 kg), Tijender Pal (below 65 kg), Yajur Digvijay Singh (below 75 kg), Kulwant Singh (below 80 kg).

Sanshou (girls): Hardeep Kaur (below 45 kg), Sangeeta (below 48 kg), Divya (below 52 kg), Anita Raj (below 56 kg).

Routine: Varinder Rana, Amit, Abhishek, Ravi Pal.

Rakesh Kumar (manager boys) and Vinod Kumar (coach boys), Sapna (coach girls ), Supriya (manager girls) will accompany the team as officials. 

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Mountaineering expedition flagged off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
A mountaineering expedition to Uttarkashi being organised by the Maratha Light Infantry was flagged off from Chandi Mandir by the General Officer Commanding, 9 Infantry Division, Maj-Gen S.S. Grewal today.

The expedition team comprises three officers, four JCOs and 40 other ranks. They will return here on June 15. The aim is to train the team for subsequent expeditions to higher peaks in the Himalayas, according to a statement issued here said.

The team will move from Chandi Mandir to Uttarkashi via Dehra Dun and Raiwala. It will also interact with civilians in remote areas and distribute medical aid to needy people in Joshimath and Gaumukh. The team will also study the flora and fauna of the areas en route.

To foster the spirit of adventurism among the ranks, the Indian Army regularly undertakes various activities such as climbing Himalayan peaks, exploring the mysterious depths of the ocean and experiencing the vast expense of the sky and the desert. In fact, adventure constitutes an essential component of the military training.

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Rs 19 cr sanctioned for Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 8
The Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, said that Volvo buses yielded a profit of Rs 86 lakh in last six years. The minister also made it clear that the Volvo buses were not related to the issue of privatisation of the state roadways. These buses were being run on lease.

Regarding recent strike by the State roadways employees, the Minister said that the strike was due to some misunderstanding by the employees and it had been resolved after they held discussion with himself and the State Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

While talking to media- persons after chairing a meeting of the Panchkula Grievances Committee, Mr Surjewala, claimed that a sum of Rs 19 crore had been sanctioned for the over all development of the district. Out of these funds, a sum of Rs 10 crore would be spent on laying new roads besides repairing the old ones.

Apart from releasing fund of Rs 4.15 crore, a sum of Rs 1.70 crore had also been given to the Zila Parishad under the Local Region Development Fund Scheme and Rs 2.90 crore for the development works to be carried out in rural areas. A sum of Rs 12.50 crore had been sanctioned for the Haryana Shivalik Development Agency for various development works to complete different development works in the Shivalik area. Apart from this a sum of 8 crore had been given for various development works to be taken up in Panchkula city.

Apart from criminal and civil cases, complaints relating to water and electricity and revenue were also taken up in the meeting. The meeting was well attended by Mr Brejindra Singh, Deputy Commissioner, and other government officials from the district administration. 

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Onkar Nath is new AG
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
Onkar Nath has taken over as Accountant-General (A&E), Punjab and Union Territory, today. He is a 1984 batch of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service. Prior to this, he had served as the Accountant General, Allahabad, for five years. 

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