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World Blood Donor’s Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
It was a special day dedicated to celebrating and thanking voluntary non-remunerated blood donors. The World Blood Donors Day observed to recognise the ‘gift of life’ made by voluntary blood donors, was celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI, Chandigarh, in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society, UT, here today.

The department celebrated this day to express its sincere gratitude to all those who were helping to save lives. Three hundred blood units were collected by the PGI both in the Blood Donation Complex at the hospital and a voluntary blood donation camp at Bassi Pathana, organised by Sant Nirankari Mandal in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Special gifts with the message “Thank you Blood Donor, Donate Blood Safe Lives” were given to all the donors. The Deputy Commissioner, UT, Chandigarh, Mr R.K. Rao, felicitated the star blood donors and appreciated their noble gesture.

The prominent blood donors who were present and donated blood included Mr Harish Sharma (149 times), Ms Jaswant Kaur and Mr Balwant Singh (48 times), Mr Vijay Anand (53 times), Mr Ashok Kumar Bidla (39 times), Mr Vivek Sharma (26 times), Mr Kulbhushan Lal (21 times), Ms Neeraj Ahuja (18 times) and Mr Ram Avtar (16 times).

Mycology workshop

The workshop ‘Diagnostic technique in Medical Mycology — conventional and molecular’ organised by the Centre for Advanced Research in Medical Mycology at the Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, entered the third day today.

Prof Meera Sharma, Head, Department of Medical Microbiology, PGI, and Prof Arunaloke Chakrabarti, chief resource person, introduced the workshop to the participants. The workshop had been divided into three parts: conventional, rapid and molecular diagnostic techniques.

The training of conventional diagnosis was imparted by Dr A. Chakrabarti. Other residents and technical staff of the department were helping the participants in hands on training.

In this workshop the main emphasis was on providing practical training. Each participant had to identify fungal cultures, perform rapid and molecular diagnostic techniques with their own hands. This would help in transfer of technology and in building up multiple diagnostic mycology centers in this country.

After this summer workshop, winter wet workshop would be held to train technical staff in the same discipline. This would help in composite development of mycology centres across the country.



PGI honours star blood donors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, celebrated World Blood Donor’s Day today by organising blood donation camps and rewarding star blood donors who have given the gift of life to ailing persons. The focus was on encouraging voluntary and non-remunerative blood donation. The event was celebrated in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society, UT, Chandigarh.

The PGI collected 30 units of blood at a camp organised at the Blood Donation Complex in the hospital and at another voluntary blood donation camp organised at Bassi Pathana by Sant Nirankari Mandal, Fatehgarh Sahib.

The occasion was also used to present special gifts with the message “Thank you Blood Donor, Donate Blood Safe Lives” to all the donors. Deputy Commissioner, UT, Chandigarh, Mr. R.K. Rao, was present at the function to felicitate star blood donors and appreciate their gesture.

The prominent star blood donors present at the function were Harish Sharma (donated blood 149 times), couple donor Jaswant Kaur and Balwant Singh (donated 48 times), Vijay Anand (53 times), Ashok Kumar Bidla (39 times), Vivek Sharma (26 times), Kulbhushan Lal (21 times), Neeraj Ahuja (18 times) and Ram Avtar (16 times).



Rotarians to wait upon restaurant goers for a cause
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Driven by the objective of ensuring the health of children suffering from heart problems, the Rotary Club Chandigarh will organise its annual fund raising event at Hot Millions in Sector 17 tomorrow.

On the occasion, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and members of their families will don aprons and wait upon the visitors who throng the food joint in the evening tomorrow. Entire proceeds from evening sales at the restaurant will go towards arranging heart surgeries of poor children. This information was given today by Mr Charanjit Singh, President, Rotary Club of Chandigarh.

Under the project in question, generous proceeds have been accumulated in the past also, and the money has been spent in arranging surgeries of 135 poor children suffering from heart problems. The club contributes approximately Rs 65,000 to Rs 1 lakh towards the cost of heart valves and other consumables, while the hospitalisation cost and other medical expenses are borne by partners of the Club — PGIMER and Fortis Hospital.

Earlier in February, the Heartline concert conceived by Rotary had raised enough funds to fund operations of four children suffering from heart problems.

This time around Rotary is looking towards its supporters to fulfill a promise.



Himanshu wins in u-10 category
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Himanshu beat Vaibhav Narang 6-0 in the first round of the Boys under-10 category on the inaugural day of the second Sh L.D. Kapoor Memorial Yonex YMCA Total Tennis Championship at YMCA Total Tennis Academy, Sector 11, here today.

Over 275 participants are participating in the championship, which is being organised in the memory of Late Shri L.D. Kapoor, the founder Chairperson of the Total Tennis Academies.

The results are:

Boys (u-10) first round: Himanshu b Vaibhav Narang 6-0, Kritarth b Harpreet S. Sandhu 6-0, Anshul Chawla b Karandeep Singh 6-3, Abhijit Singh b Sumit Pal Singh 6-3.

Boys (u-12) first round: Karan Kapoor b Himanshu 6-1, Karandeep Singh b Aniket 6-2, Arjun Mehra b Abhishek Bansal 6-1, Rohin Vinayak b Rahul Sharma 6-0, Nikhil Peshawaria b Anmol 6-1, Rajat Sindhu b Aayush 6-0, Bhavtaran Singh b Vinayak 6-0, Abhijit Singh b Mandeep 6-5 (3), Raman b Chirayu 6-0, Dhruv Walia b Aashray Ahuja 6-0, Pragun Vinayak b Bhavya Jain 6-1, Dhawal Kapil b Ankush Porcha 6-1, Jatin Khrab b Ashley 6-0, Kritath b Ranraj Singh 6-1.

Men’s singles first round: Shukul b Jagneet Mand 6-3, Devinder Kapoor b Ranjan 6-0, Sachin Patil b Amanjeet Singh 6-0, Karanvir Singh b Amandeep Singh 6-4, Virat Chopra b Ashwin Goel 6-2, Bhupinder Singh b Prasad Apte 6-2, Sadeev Kang b Shobhit Phutella 6-2, Mansimarat Riar b Sukhmeet Singh 6-0, Hardyal Singh b Pravesh Kumar 6-5 (5), Vishal Thapar b Balwinder Singh 6-2, Sayan Dass b Sahil Dhawan 6-4.

Boys (u-14) first round: Harpreet Singh b Shagun Sidharth 6-1, Nishchay Rawal b Parminder Singh 6-3, Jaivardhan b Nitish Peshavaria 6-3, Rajat Sindhu b Dhawal Kapil 6-2, Jassahib Singh b Vinayak 6-0, Ravishaer Sandhu b Madhav Aggarwal 6-3, Sehajbir Singh b Rajvir Singh 6-5 (3), Sachin Chandel b Devbir Singh 6-3, Srijan Uppal b Simaranjeet Bedi 6-1, Harry Jindal b Waris Singh 6-2, Ravisher Sandhu b Madhav Aggarwal 6-3.

Boys (u-8) first round: Sachin Chandel b Ankit Rana 6-2, Sayan Dass b Abhir Malhotra 6-4, Jassahib Singh b Aashim Goyal 6-2, Rehatbir S. Mann b Shourya Narula 6-0, Arshbeer Singh b Amanjeet Singh 6-3.



Tennis tourney from June 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association is holding “Hot Weather Tennis Tournament — 2006” from June 17 to June 23 at the Tennis Stadium, Sector 10.

Those interested may get themselves registered in the office of CLTA by 4 pm on June 16, along with the proof of the date of their birth.

The events included in this tournament are: -

U-12 Boys & Girls Singles.

U-14 Boys & Girls Singles.

U-18 Boys & Girls Singles and Doubles.

Men’s Singles & Doubles

Women’s Singles.

Veterans’ Doubles (Age 40 yrs and above).



Cricket enthusiasts take to football
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Enthusiasm for football has surpassed cricket. As the FIFA World Cup goes on in Germany, many youngsters in the city are dribbling the football instead of hitting fours and sixes on the local grounds.

Cricket fans have taken to football these days and they can be seen playing football on most of the playgrounds in the city.

The sports enthusiasts are evincing more interest in the results of the late night soccer matches than the latest score of the ongoing West Indies-India test match.

“After watching the top class teams like England, Italy, Argentina, Mexico and Germany in action, now it is next to impossible for us to keep ourselves away from the game. Earlier, we used to play cricket but now we have taken to football”, said Deepak and his friends, who are enjoying their summer vacation. Interestingly, many street teams are planning football matches with other sector teams.



2 cricketers from city in u-19 national team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Two budding cricket players from the city, Karanveer Singh and Uday Kaul, have made it to the under-19 national team.

The team will visit England in the first week of July. Karanveer Singh has played for the state in u-19 and u-22 categories. He was also a probable in the Ranji camp last year.

Uday Kaul is a player of the Punjab team in the Ranji trophy. He played last year. Both boys are training under Sukhwinder Bawa at the DAV Cricket Academy, Sector 8.



Cricket trials today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The trials for the selection of the under-22 cricket team for the Chandigarh Cricket Association will be held at 3 pm in DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here tomorrow.

The applicants must either be studying or living in Chandigarh and must be less than 22 years of age on September 1. They must bring a photocopy of the birth certificate or a certificate from their institute confirming their date of birth.

The selected team will take part in the Inter-district tournament organised by the Punjab Cricket Association for the under- 22 age group.



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