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100 blood donors honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
An impressive function jointly organised by the Department of Immuno-haematology and Blood Transfusion, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and Blood Bank, Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, marked the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, here today.

More than 100 blood donors and organisations supporting the cause were honoured for their valuable contribution.

Efforts of The Tribune applauded

The Tribune was appreciated for its participation and contribution to the blood donation movement in the region. Dr J.G. Jolly, a pioneer of the blood donation movement, had all words of praise for The Tribune and its former Editor-in-Chief, Mr Prem Bhatia, for widely spreading a message of voluntary blood donation in the region, thus giving a fillip to the movement.

Dr M.S. Bain, Director Health Services, UT, who was the guest of honour stressed upon the need for intensifying the cause of voluntary blood donation so that more lives could be saved.

Dr J.G. Jolly, a pioneer of the blood donation movement in this part of the region, emphasised on “safe blood donation” and said 100 per cent voluntary blood donation could be achieved only with dedicated efforts.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr H.M. Swami, Director Principal of the GMCH, asked the gathering to spread the message “donate safe blood, and save more lives” and rope in more youth in this movement.

The organisation that were honoured for their contribution in the “Red Revolution” included The Tribune Employees Union, the AG Punjab Blood Donor Society, the Baba Sheikh Farid Blood Donor Society, the Sant Nirankari Mandal, different units of the Bharat Vikas Parishads and Principals of various colleges and schools of the region.

He did not forget to mention the name of former Chief Minister of Punjab, Pratap Singh Kairon, for his cooperation in giving a momentum to the voluntary blood donation movement.



Roller skating comes of age
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
A five fold increase in the last five years and still counting! Roller skating in the tri-city has never had it so good.

The increasing interest of the students in the game is evident from the fact that most top schools boast of a state-of-art skating rink conforming to international standards. Besides the administration-managed skating rink at Sector 10 in Chandigarh, nearly size schools have standard size rinks.

While Panchkula alone has four such rinks to cater to the needs of skaters, many of the other schools either have small size rinks or are planning full-fledged skating infrastructure at their premises.

“At present, 1500 to 2000 skaters are into the sport in Panchkula only whereas Chandigarh has over 1000. In Mohali, the number lies between 400 to 500”, said five times Roller Skating National Champion Chander Singhal.

Chander, who has won national gold medal three times in the Sub Junior category and two gold medals in the Junior category, has now been imparting training to the more than 500 budding skaters at three different training centres at Gurukul, St Xaviers and Dikshant International School, Zirakpur.

“The last three to five years saw big growth in the game as the number of participants in the sport has increased to thousands. The credit go to the efforts made by the Roller Skating Federation of India (RSFI), which has started a number of state-level and national level competitions. The increase in the amount to Rs 31,000 from meager Rs 800 for a national gold medalist by the RSFI was a step in the direction of the development of the sport”, said Chander, who also took initiative to encourage the sport in Panchkula and nearby areas.

Earlier, only one district- level competition was held but now lot of state-level and district-level competitions are being organised, added Chander.

About the status of the game in Mohali and surrounding areas, the President of the Mohali District Roller Skating Association, Mr Mitul Dikshit, said: “Almost 500 to 600 children from various schools and colleges are playing roller skating in Mohali district. Presently, there is only one international size skating rink in the district that is at Dikshant International School”.

Giving details of the initiatives to be taken for development of the game, Mr Dikshit said: “We will set up a banked track which will be 250 metre long and 5 metre wide with a roller hockey ground measuring 20 x 40 metres at Patiala Road, Zirakpur very soon. The rink will play a very crucial role in promoting the game”.

We plan to target a few schools in Mohali to develop at least three skating rinks by July 2007 and will also target introducing the game to maximum schools in Mohali.

Besides these, we also plan to provide scholarships to 20 skaters nationally based on there performance and would prepare them for world championships”.

The sport is yet to be recognised in big sports events like Asian Games and Olympics. “The School Nationals and the CBSE School Games have recognised the sport. We hope that it will make to Olympics in 2012”, said Chander.



St Stephen’s first in 100m breaststroke
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
Utej Singh of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, got first position in 100 metre breast stroke in under-14 (boys) category in the UT Inter-school Sports Meet at Government College for Men, Sector 11, here today.

In 100 mts butterfly event, Karan Bhai of KB DAV Public School, Sector 7, secured the top position followed by Angad Singh of Manav Mangal (second) and Abhay Kanwar of St Stephens (third).

The other results: Swimming (under-14 (boys), 100m breast stroke: 1 Utej Singh, 2 Harneet Singh, 3 Vipin;

(Under-17) 200m free style: 1 Kunal Bhardwaj, 2 Abhay Kanwar, 3 Rameshwar Dutt.

100m butterfly: 1 Karan Bhai, 2 Angad Singh, 3 Abhay Kanwar.

50m breast stroke: 1 Parminder Singh, 2 Parth, 3 Dev.

50m butterfly: 1 Vivek Yadav, 2 Rishab, 3 Manasvi.

(Swimming under-19), 50m breast stroke: 1 Yadwinder Singh Rawat, 2 Nikhil Choudhary, 3 Akshay Modgil.

200m breast stroke: 1 Gaganpreet, 2 Amanpreet, 3 Nikhil.

Softball (under-17 boys): DAV-8 b GMSSS-33 by 4-1, GMSSS-10 b Mount Carmel-47 by 8-5, GHS-46 b GMHS-36 by 12-11; and yoga (boys under-19): 1 GHS - 25, 2 GMHS-41, 3 GHS-26; (under-14): 1 GHS - 25, 2 GMHS-38, 3 GHS-26.



NPS beat DAV-15 in basketball tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
The host team of NPS, Sector 18, beat DAV, Sector 15, (63-42) in the Rao Jai Singh Memorial Basketball tournament 2006, for boys while in the girls’ category, they defeated Sacred Heart Sector 26 team (44-12) in the Shanta H. Singh Memorial Basketball tournamemt 2006 for girls. Both the events are being held simultaneously at New Public School, Sector 18 grounds, here, today.

In the girls’ meet, the main contributors from the winners’ side were Pinky 17, Ganimat and Richa, 10 each. On the other hand, from the losers’ side, Aditi 10, Sonika 2 were the main contributors.

Table Tennis

In state ranking table tennis tournament, Mayank Kapoor of DAV public School, Sector 8, and Sakshi Jain of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, won the cadet singles title in Boys and Girls’ section, respectively, at Sector 23 TT Hall, here. Mayank Kapoor beat his school mate Mayank Sharma by 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 while Sakshi defeated Rajeshwari Chadha of Carmel School, by 8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8. 



‘Firefox’ all set for Himalayan challenge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
The ‘Team Firefox’, comprising local bikers Rakesh Mohindra, Sanjeev Singh Pathania, Balwant Singh and Kulbir Kaur, will participate in the second edition of the “MTB Himachal 2006: the Himalayan challenge”, India’s first mountain cycling ride and race, scheduled to start in Himachal Pradesh from October 4.

Balwant Singh has won national title in cross-country MTB race while Kulbir Kaur, the budding cyclist, has clinched silver 
medal in the event. 
Sanjeev Singh Pathania has been adjudged Mr Chandigarh and Rakesh Mohiundra is founder member of Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association.

The race will be flagged off from Shimla and finish at Manali. Over 160 international and Indian riders are expected to compete in the race.

It will be one of the most adventurous sporting event of the country in which the riders will be pedalling the distance of over 600 km in the trails of Himalayas.

The event will be held under the aegis of the International Mountain Bicycling Association and supported by the Department of Tourism, Government of Himachal Pradesh. 



Manav Mangal paddlers reign supreme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
Paddlers of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21-C, Chandigarh proved their supremacy by claiming the title in boys and girls’ under-17, runners-up position in boys’ under-14 during the UT interschool championship played on their premises, here, today.

In the under-17, Manav Mangal defeated well knit team of AKSIPS-41 in a well-fought match (3-1). In the under-19 quarterfinals played today, AKSIPS-41 beat DAV Public School-8 (3-0).

Under-17 (Boys):

Final: Manav Mangal-21 b AKSIPS-41 (3-1), Sameer Singla b Sumit Choudhary (11-5, 11-5, 11-6), Ankush Gupta lost to Karamjot Singh (11-9, 7-11, 10-12, 16-18), Himanshu Attri b Deepak Ratan (7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6), and Sameer Singla b Karamjot Singh (11-13, 11-3, 11-7,6-11, 16-14).

For third & fourth position: DAV Public School b Shishu Niketan-22 (3-0), Rajan b Anmol ( 11-4, 11-9, 11-6), Manik b Umesh (11-2, 11-0, 11-4), Chetan b Neeraj (11-6, 11-7, 11-5).

U-19 (Boys): Quarter Finals — GMSSS-35 get walk over from DAV Public School-8, AKSIPS-41 b DAV Public School-8 (3-0), GMSSS-35 b Manav Mangal High School-21 (3-1) and St. Josephs b GMSSS-16 (3-1).



Landran college awarded trophy
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 30
Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, was awarded the overall trophy by Dr M.S. Grewal, Registrar, PTU, Jalandhar for winning inter-college table tennis tournament held at the BGEC, Sangrur.

As many as 64 colleges sent their entries for these tournaments. Out of them 32 colleges participated. Chandigarh Engineering College reached quarter-finals after having a clean sweep victory, winning all three of five matches scheduled against the CTIM, Jalandhar as well as the host team.

In quarter final they defeated DAV, Jalandhar (3-2), while in semi-final they again had a clean sweep against PIMT (3-0). The finals were played between the CEC, Landran, and the GZSCET, Bathinda in which the CEC won (3-1).

Congratulating the team members, Manoj Kumar Sharma (Captain), Gurdeep Singh, Rohan Sharma, Shivam Kapur and Abhey Sarotra, Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chairman and Mr Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, President announced special prizes for them.

Dr G.D. Bansal, Principal, stated that college had already won a record number of 24 medals in various inter-college tournaments organised by the PTU so far. He disclosed that two students of the CEC — Manoj Kumar Sharma and Gurdeep Singh — were selected for the inter university table tennis tournament also. 



Plans for practice matches reviewed

Chandigarh, September 30
The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, took stock of the arrangements made for the coming Champions Trophy cricket practice matches for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with Punjab XI at a meeting held at the Sector 16 stadium here today. He said these practice matches would showcase the preparation and infrastructure needed for international matches. The entry will be totally free and the invitation passes can be collected from the office of Director of Sports, Hockey Stadium, Sector 42. — TNS



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