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Ray of hope for drug addicts
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
"God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change and courage to change the things we can.” This serenity prayer coupled with a simple spiritual programme has given hope to hundreds of hopeless drug addicts in Chandigarh.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA), a worldwide non-profit fellowship engaged recovering addicts, who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. The only requirement is the desire to stop using drugs, a member of the NA says.

The addicts are the persons whose lives are controlled by drugs. We are people in the grip of a progressive disease from which there is no known cure. It can, however, be arrested at some point and recovery is then possible, he asserts.

Giving details about the NA, the members says that the fellowship was not affiliated with any other organisation and has no initiation fees. Anyone, regardless of sex, caste, race or age can join.

"In fact, the newcomer is the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away.We have learned from our group experience that those who keep coming to our meetings regularly stay clean," he says.

Stressing the need for attending meeting to arrest the disease "one day at a time", the member informs that before coming to the fellowship, the addicts could not manage their lives. They had to have something different and they thought they had found it in drugs.They took drugs at all costs putting their use even ahead of the welfare of their families.

"The programme of NA comprises of spiritual principles that we have found helpful in remaining calm. The fellowship provides the opportunity for us to give you what we have found: a colin way of living," he adds.

The drug addicts wishing to recover can write to C/o ASC Post Box No 1117, Sector 15, Chandigarh-160015.



Rotary Club holds blood donation camp
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 30
The Rotary Club, SAS Nagar, organised a blood donation camp today in association with Phillips Electronics Ltd, Phase IX, Industrial Area.

As many as 168 units of blood were collected.

The president of the Rotary Club, Dr B.S. Chandhok, along with Mr Mishra, General Manager of Phillips Electronics, also donated blood.

Mr Akhilesh Goel, Plant Director of Phillips, inaugurated the camp.

Dr Chandhok said this was the 14th blood donation camp organised by the Rotary Club, SAS Nagar, during the current rotary year, which was a record and highest among the Rotary Clubs.

The club was recently awarded for its outstanding contribution in the field of blood donation by the District Governor besides getting 15 more awards.

Dr Chandhok also received the “Outstanding President Award” for the current year.



AIDS awareness camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
As part of the ‘Customer Services Excellence Year’ celebrations, a health check-up and an AIDS awareness camp was organized by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited at Maloya village today. The aim was to target the rural population.

The Senior Area Manager, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Mr Sunil Negi, said in addition to the general health check- up and free distribution of medicines, a message on AIDS awareness was spread among the visitors.



Skaters with a difference
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
“We have a habit of winning medals, and never go home empty-handed,” say Sirjana Dhaliwal and Tamanna Mann, both eight-year old upcoming skaters of the City Beautiful elated over their success.

Tamanna, a Class III student of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, stole the show during the 16th Roller Skating Carnival held at Skating Rink, Sector 10, with two consecutive wins in rink race 1 and rink race 2 where she bagged a gold and a bronze, respectively. She was more excited when she defeated her best friend Sirjana in rink race 2, who was placed second.

However, Sirjana cannot be underestimated. She clinched the gold in the road race during the same event. Both were part of the gold medallist Roller Hockey Sub-Junior Girl’s KB DAV team.

It was just by chance that Sirjana, who studies in Class III at KB DAV School, Sector 7, took to skating.

Her proud father Jaswinder Singh Dhaliwal recalls, “She used to watch children doing skating in the KBDAV-7 skating rink. One day, she expressed the urge to get into the rink, but considering her age, I was a little reluctant, but finally gave in.”

“It is a dangerous sport. I got my tooth broken while skating,” quipped Sirjana, showing her broken tooth. Tamanna is happy that she is able to win a medal every time.

Their coach at KB DAV-7 Harpreet Singh, said, “Both girls fearlessly get into the rink and are always ready for the challenge. This attitude sets them apart from the crowd.”

Praising his protege, Jaswinder Singh, coach at St Xavier’s-44 said, “Sirjana is a serious person and her devotion towards this sport makes her special.”

Both have proved that they have enormous talent and confidence. People were amazed to see their confidence at the Roller Hawks Skating Meet at Hans Raj Public School, Panchkula, in May this year where Sirjana clinched two gold medals in rink race 1 and road race and Tamanna came second and grabbed the silver in rink race 2 in the same event. In December last, Tamanna won the gold in rink race during the Chandigarh State Roller Skating Championship while Sirjana clinched the bronze on the same occasion.



Chd Blues defeat Stepping Stones
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
With the help of superb ton by Ashish (100 runs), Chandigarh Blues defeated the hosts, Stepping Stones School, by 25 runs in the inaugural match of the First Himachal Cup League Cricket Tournament at the school grounds in Sector 37 here today.

Batting first, Chandigarh Blues made 165 for 2 in 25 overs. Ashish consolidated the team’s position by scoring a century. His partner Kuldeep also contributed 50 runs.

Krishan of Stepping Stones took two wickets for 12 runs. Stepping Stones could take only 140 runs. Rahul was the highest scorer with 55 runs.

Kuldeep, who claimed four wickets for 16 runs, was the main wrecker, while Shamsher took three wickets.

In the second league match, Cricket Academy-37 beat Himachal Cricket Club by 29 runs.

CA-37 set the target of 191 runs but HCC could muster only 161 for 3. The highlight of the match was a fine knock of 113 runs by Simrat Bawa of CA-37, consisting 18 fours.

Brief score:

(1) Chd Blues: 165 for 2 in 25 overs (Ashish 100, Kuldip 50, Krishan 2 for 12).

Stepping Stones: 140 all out in 23 overs (Rahul 55, Kuldip 4 for 16, Shamsher 3 for 15).

(2) CA-37: 190 for 2 in 25 overs (Simrat Bawa 113, Himmat 17, Amandeep 30, Vikramjit 2 for 26).

HCC: 161 for 3 (Pawan 69 no, Ghanshyam 36).



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