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PGI to have institute for paramedical sciences
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The PGI is going to have a national institute of paramedical sciences. Mr Prasanna Hota, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, will inaugurate the institute on Saturday.

Dr Amod Gupta, Sub-Dean of the PGI, said a multi-storeyed building would be constructed adjacent to the sports complex at the PGI at a cost of Rs 6 crore, for which the necessary formalities had been completed. The project would be sent to the Union Government for its approval. However, the governing body of the PGI had approved the project, he claimed.

Initially, the institute would have five departments — medical laboratory sciences, radiological technology and imaging, radiotherapy technology, audiology and speech therapy, operation theatre assistance — with a capacity of 50 , 25, 10, 10 and 10 students, respectively, every year.

More courses, like ophthalmology technical course, ICU assistant, cardiac laboratory technology, lung care laboratory course, dental technology course, neuro-physiology laboratory would be launched shortly, said Dr Gupta.

Sixteen lecturers or tutors, who are already imparting training in different technology courses at the PGI, would be included in the faculty of the institute. Professor Gupta would supervise the institute while Professor Kusum Joshi, Head of Histopathology, had been made the chief coordinator till selection of a regular Principal for the institute was appointed.

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School board staff panel poll
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 13
It has been a clean sweep for the Maujewal-Dhaliwal-Dholewal group in the elections for the Punjab School Education Board Non-Teaching Employees Association here today.

The Dhillon-Ranu group that remained in power for the past five years faced defeat this time.

Mr Amar Singh Dhaliwal was elected president. He got 898 votes. He defeated Mr Gurdeep Singh Dhillon by a margin of 139 votes.

Mr Kanwar Singh Gill got elected as the senior vice-president by securing 915 votes. He defeated Mr Ranjeet Singh Mann, who got 730 votes.

Mr Deepinder Singh became the vice-president by getting 893 votes, while his rival Mr Jasbir Singh Gill lost the election as he was able to get only 746 votes.

Others who won the elections were: Mr Prem Lal Gurdaspuri (junior vice-president), 888 votes; Mr Gurmel Singh Maujewal (general secretary), 893 votes; Mr Dharampal Hoshirapuri (secretary), 897 votes; Mr Harpal Singh Sidhu (joint secretary), 926 votes; Mr Sagar Singh Randhawa (finance secretary), 907 votes; Mr Niranjan Lal Mahi (office secretary), 902 votes; Mr Gurmel Singh (organising secretary), 891 votes; and Mr Bhupinder Singh Tiwana (press secretary), 896 votes.

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Painting contest marks World Peace Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Government Girls High School, Sector 25, organised a function to mark World Peace Day on its premises.
Besides planting of 200 saplings on the school premises, a dental check-up camp was also held in which about 250 students were examined.

An on-the-spot painting competition on three themes of “Grow more trees,” “Drugs or pollution” and “World peace,” was also organised.

Abhishek, Sachin and Simran came first, second and third, respectively, in category 1. Aman, Ravi and Rahul stood first, second and third, respectively, in category 2 while Meenakshi, Reena and Anu Vaid came first, second and third, respectively, in category 3.

The chief guest, Mr J.S. Basota, Principal, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47-D, Chandigarh, gave away prizes to the winners.

On the occasion, the national awardee Headmistress of GGHS-25, Mrs Davinder Kaur, was honoured by the Lions Club for her contribution to the field of education.

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PTL conducts campus interviews
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, near Mohali, affiliated to Punjab Technical University, today became the region’s first professional college to have campus interviews conducted by Punjab Tractors Limited (PTL), one of the leading tractor manufacturers in the country.

College Chairman Satnam Singh Sandhu said a team, comprising senior officers, conducted the interviews throughout the day. He added that the company would initially pay a monthly stipend of Rs 15,000 to trainees.

After successful completion of the year-long training, the company was expected to pay a monthly salary of over Rs 20,000.

The selection procedure adopted by the company was tough. Those who appeared for the interview had to undergo an aptitude test and group discussion, besides a technical and personal interview. The appointment letter would be issued after the final round of interview by the Human Resource Department.

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Razzle dazzles school function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Rainbow Razzle, the annual function of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, reverberated with joyous expressions of children in the corridors of the institution with rhythm, harmony and vibrancy.

The school was tastefully decorated. Mr Krishna Mohan, Home-cum-Education Secretary, and Mr D.R. Yadav, Joint Secretary, CBSE, were the special guests on the occasion. The function started on an auspicious note with the lighting of a lamp, followed by the school prayer sung by a choir.

The variety programme featured a rock and roll presentation by LKG students. The school report was presented in a fascinating manner. The programme included a show depicting bhangra, spring dance and dances from Haryana and Kerala. Lazium, a Maratha dance, brought alive the patriotic fervour. 

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Mehendi contest in college
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The women cell of Government College, Naraingarh, organised a mehendi competition at the college yesterday. Forty students participated in the competition. Students applied mehendi on the hands of fellow students and staff members.

Manju Kashap of BA I won the first prize, Ranjana of BA II the second prize and Neha of BA II the third prize. Reena of BA III and BA II were given consolation prizes. Dr O.P. Sihag, Principal, gave away the prizes.

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Nursing college for Dera Bassi

Dera Bassi, October 13
The township will have a nursing college with the Sri Sukhmani College of Nursing getting approval from the Indian Council of Nursing, New Delhi. Affiliated to Baba Farid University Health and Sciences, Faridkot,the BSc(Nursing) course will have intake of 40 seats for the 2006-07 session, Mr Avtar Singh, chairman of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, said here yesterday.
The Principal,Dr Saroj Sharma, claimed that the college had sufficient infrastructure aimed at imparting education to the aspiring nursing professionals. TNS

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Divali celebrations
Chandigarh, October 13
Students of Sri Guru Harkrishan School and Britannia Industries Limited organised a musical programme as part of divali celebrations for the inmates of the Institute for the Blind here on Friday. The visually challenged students were given attractive gift packs on the occasion. Maj-Gen Rajendra Nath (retd), chairman of the Society for the Care of the Blind, was the chief guest on the occasion. — OC
Students of Sri Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 38 and the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, have a blast at a function organised in connection with Divali on Friday
Students of Sri Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 38 and the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, have a blast at a function organised in connection with Divali on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

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District Courts
Bar assn up in arms against CBI DSP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The District Bar Association today reacted strongly to the incident of a CBI DSP Amardeep Singh, forcibly picking a youth, Rajbir Singh, from the chamber of a senior criminal lawyer, Mr A.S. Sukhija, and dragging him out of the court on Thursday.

The youth was allegedly picked by an SI of the Chandigarh Police and the CBI DSP was accompanying him. The youth is the husband of the DSP’s sister and the case of a marital dispute is going on between the couple. It is learnt the DSP also misbehaved with the advocate.

Mr K.S. Lamba, General Secretary of the District Bar Association, said it was a serious matter and unprofessional on part of the Chandigarh Police.

The Bar would be meeting the Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh, Director, CBI, New Delhi and DIG, CBI, Chandigarh, demanding action against the police personnel and the transfer of the CBI DSP. In case no action was taken against the erring officials, then general house meeting of the bar would be called.

Meanwhile, Rajbir, who has been booked under Sections 354 and 506 of the IPC, was today produced before the Magistrate, Mr R.K. Bhankar. His bail application would come up for hearing before the magistrate tomorrow.

Convicted: The District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.S. Mehandiratta, has sentenced to life imprisonment a murder accused, Naveen Chand Joshi, a resident of Almora. The accused had killed Ajmer Kaur at her Sector 33 residence on October 7, 2003. He was working as a domestic servant there. The police had registered a case against the servant on October 9, 2003.

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Daring to depart from the norm
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Pratibha Prahlad strikes a winning pose during her recital at Shantikunj in Chandigarh on Friday
Pratibha Prahlad strikes a winning pose during her recital at Shantikunj in Chandigarh on Friday. - Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, October 13
Contemporary interpretation of traditional text is what Pratibha Prahlad specialises in. A devout practitioner of Bharatnatyam, she embodies an all-new idiom of dance — one in which the artiste’s enterprise is not trammelled with reason, but is allowed to soar in search of new horizons.

Departures of this kind might not be easy; they might even invite the wrath of traditionalists, but Prahlad loves to take on the inherent challenges of un-trodden paths. She has, since childhood, been quite a trailblazer.

“I started dancing like children start playing,” the Bharatnatyam exponent says as she puts her life into perspective. Born to parents who didn’t have anything to do with art, she grew up amidst the anxieties and trepidations that are so peculiar of unfamiliar pursuits.

“But I always knew my art. I moved on, trusting my knowledge of it,” says Prahlad, who was here to perform on the opening day of the Festival of Classical Dance being organised by the Chandigarh Administration.

Living up to her reputation of measuring up to the art form’s codes of excellence, Prahlad mesmerised her audiences, though her performance today was not one of the kinds she is essentially known for. Her engagement with Bharatnatyam is of a different kind and at a different level, where narratives from mythology are not treated in the usual, uninspiring manner.

Prahlad believes in picking one thread of the story at a time and trailing it to the end. And she trails her themes with such earnest that her productions sometimes turn out in bitter moulds. They disturb the status quo and offend the long-held sensibilities. Her dance production entitled “Krishan’s Widows” is one such scathing accusation of inaction on a society that lacks the sensitivity towards the plight of the widows of Vrindavan.

Reflecting on the theme of the fiercely-modern production, Prahlad says: “The production questions the plight of widows in a land where Krishna romanced the gopis and led them to salvation. The context of Vrindavan is significant considering the romantic illusions associated with the place. We want to go to Vrindavan because we know of it as a place where Krishna protected the helpless and the vulnerable. My dance on the theme seeks to set the thinking process in motion. It asks a basic question - would Krishna only romance the gopis and not the widows of Vrindavan? Would he, as God, discriminate?”

This production - which is traditionally a dialogue between Bhatarnatyam and Chhau — recently opened to mixed responses, as did another of Prahlad’s path-breaking works called “Sita: Parallel Realities”. Sourced from the Ramayana texts from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and India, this production trails the psychological trauma of Sita, who was made to withstand many tests in her life.

Controversial though they seem, these productions have catapulted Prahlad into an artiste who dares to depart from norm. Continuing her tradition of truth telling through art, she recently explored the predicament of Buddha’s wife Yashodhara in her dance production. And this one is equally inspiring, especially in view of Yashodhara’s selfless existence.

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On Odissi odyssey
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Kavita Dwibedi performs Odissi dance at Shivalik Public School in Mohali on Friday
Kavita Dwibedi performs Odissi dance at Shivalik Public School in Mohali on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, October 13
Kavita Dwibedi needs many lifetimes to fully live her passion for Odissi. Wedded to the temple tradition that has retained its sacrament in the face of change, Dwibedi is on her way to exploring new themes within old worlds. The pursuit of purity is tough; tougher still is to inspire the new generation of artistes and audiences to respect that purity, if not practice it.

But Dwibedi never quite gives up on tough jobs born as she is of a perfectionist father — Guru Harekrishna Behera — whose puritan Odissi has a charm of its own. In Chandigarh today to perform at three different venues under the ongoing Virasat series of SPIC MACAY, Kavita Dwibedi told Chandigarh Tribune just why it was so important to preserve tradition, especially at a time when fierce storms of change are threatening to raze old structures.

“I took my first lessons in purity from my father, who has raised a fresh nursery of talent in Odissi. His style is marked by a quest to present Odissi as it is and enhance its divine aspect as masterfully as possible. As a dancer of Odissi, which came to life in the temples across Orissa, my striving is to look for the new in the old and to highlight the rich Odissi literature and poetry which is still hidden from the world,” she says.

In the footsteps of her father, Kavita has been creating a finer understanding of Odissi among the audiences to whom she performs. The toast of her life as a dancer has, however, been her choreographies based on the traditional Chhand music of Orissa like her much celebrated production — “Ritu Rang” which profiles the grace of six seasons. Another of Dwibedi’s works called “Proshitapatika (yearning of the woman for her beloved) has opened to raving reviews, so have her works like the ones on the poetry of Upendra Bhanj, whose romantic indulgences hugely inspire the artiste in her.

But the most challenging of them has been her dance production based on a theme drawn from Oriya Bhagvad. It explores the notions of socialism in a traditional context and inspires awe. Says Dwibedi, “Some themes are easier translated in Oriya than in other dance traditions. So far as the differences between Odissi and other forms like Bharatnatyam and kathak go, speed is one. When combining these three forms, a lot of attention has to be paid to speed, like we did when we produced “Tridhara”.

“Tridhara” is an amalgam of these dance forms, as presented by Dwibedi (Odissi)), Rama Vaidyanathan (bharatnatyam) and Malti Shyam (Kathak). “The piece brings out the best of three forms while underlining each one’s nuances most convincingly. Odissi is however more difficult to practice than other dances because it demands an absolute balance in posture. The postures we use are exhausting and require energy and patience,” Dwibedi explains.

Apart from exploring the interface between dances, Dwibedi is also engaged with off-beat productions. She just danced on “Shri Radha”, a poetic piece written by famed poet Ramakant. In most of her works, “abhinaya” (expression) is the dominant factor. “That’s what I derived from my father. But when expressing an emotion, my attempt is to preserve the spiritual and subtle element of Odissi, which looks best undiluted,” says the dancer, who has many milestones awaiting her path.

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Audience appreciates ‘The Price’
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, October 13
The American Center, New Delhi, and the Abhinet Theatre Group presented Arthur Miller’s classic play ‘The Price’ under the direction of Harish Bhatia at the Tagore Theatre today.

The first ever pioneering attempt by Abhinet for venturing into the production of an English play proved to be veritable triumph going by the audience response. Nevertheless the play had enough tension, feeling and originality of thought of the growing love for materialism and deprivation of ethical values. The production based on the thought provoking philosophical theme can not be evaluated either with the crisp English comedy plays staged here by contemporary theatre ensembles.

Undeniably regarded as the best playwright for his competence of creative originality , the literary works of Arthur Miller deal with the ‘life’ in all its manifestations , its virtues and vices, contrasts and conflicts between deep seated conviction and reason oriented values.

The play is based on the life of two brothers, the younger one, an honest but depressed Police Sergeant Victor Franz and Walter Franz, an ambitious surgeon engaged in pursuits of money and power. Victor awaits a dealer who will offer them a price for all the old furniture and ornaments of their father.

The dealer, Gregory Solomon, an 89-year-old jew in failing health but with a warm sense of humor negotiates the deal for $1.100, which Victor uncertainly accepts. At this moment, both brothers, meeting after 16 years , confront each other. Victor complaining that he sacrificed his life while Walter was able to go on to be a success. Finally, Solomon is left alone to complete the inventory. He puts on a laughing record and begins to laugh with tears in his eyes’

In this realistic piece, Miller explores some of his recurrent themes of guilt, resentment, and of the search for success in materialistic society. All four character, in different ways, have had to pay the price for as life without love and honesty.

The accomplished set of actors justified their respective roles. Vineet Puri (Victor) stood through the play with confident acting spells along with vivacious Aradhika Sharma (Esther Franz) playing his loving but nagging wife.

Rana Nayyer (Walter) displayed his intellectual elegance as a sober surgeon and career conscious man bent on achieving what he desired. With his eloquent stage movements and crisp dialogue delivery Vijay Kapur (Gregory Solomon), however, was at his best.

The play will be repeated tomorrow at 6.30 at Tagore Theatre for art lovers.

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More dengue cases at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The number of cases tested positive for dengue in various hospitals of the city has been on the rise since September 30. Twentynine fresh cases of suspected dengue were reported at the PGI today, out of which 17 belonged to Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula and nearby areas in neighbouring states. Twenty cases tested positive.

The PGI has admitted 46 patients as yet, of them one is unstable. As many as 217 patients of suspected dengue have been treated at the PGI.

Meanwhile, over 30 cases of suspected dengue were reported at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, today.

According to the UT Health Department, the number of confirmed cases of dengue had gone up to 159 in the city today. Two more cases from the city tested positive for the disease. A total of 292 cases were reported at the GMSH, the PGI, the GMCH and Fortis Hospital today.

Intensifying its field operations, the teams of Health Department carried out anti-larval measures in all labour colonies and low-lying areas. The authorities also issued notices under Section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act 1897 to 21 persons.

Fogging was carried out in different parts of Sector 22-D, 24 , 27, 28, 40-A, 46-D and Kumhar Colony Sector 24. 

GMCH runs short of testing kits

The blood samples of over 30 patients of suspected dengue could not be tested at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, as the hospital ran short of testing kits. These were to reach the hospital through a courier. Only two samples were tested that were confirmed negative. 

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Advisory on chikungunya
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 13
With the possibility of an outbreak of chikungunya in the region, the Fortis hospital, Mohali, has issued an advisory on this disease in public interest.
According to Dr Vikas Bhutani, Consultant (Internal Medicine), Fortis, chikungunya is a rare form of viral infection caused by an alpha virus that is spread by the aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus mosquito (also know as tiger mosquito).

The chikungunya virus is highly infectious and disabling. It is possible for a person to have chikungunya and dengue fever together because the infected mosquito can carry both viruses at the same time.

Talking about the symptoms of chikungunya, Dr Bhutani said these were very similar to those of dengue fever, except that there was no haemorrhagic fever or shock syndrome. Unlike dengue fever, gum bleeding and gastrointestinal bleeding was not seen in chikungunya fever. The joints of the limbs also swelled up and were painful to touch.

The incubation period of the chikungunya virus was usually two to three days. Manifestation was usually abrupt, high-grade fever with severe joint pains and swelling, mainly of small joints. It was usually accompanied by symptoms such as headache, photophobia, nausea, vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain. A rash may appear at the outset of the disease around the second or third day. The symptoms normally persisted up to three days in the normal course. However, in a few cases it took up to two weeks.

It was extremely important to get laboratory confirmation to detect chikungunya, since the clinical appearance of both chikungunya and dengue were similar, stated Dr. Bhutani.

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Ohata advises neurosurgeons to have patience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Vascular neurosurgeon from Japan Kenji Ohata has claimed that the success rate in skull-base surgeries is quite high, provided the surgeons have patience and a lot of technical expertise.

“Knowing human brain comprehensively is really a challenging job and performing successful surgeries on it for infections and tumours is much challenging”, said Dr Ohata, who, along with 28 neurosurgeons, operated Laleh and Ladan Bijani, 29-year-old conjoined Iranian twins at Singapore’s Raffles Hospital.

He said the twins were conjoined at the skull but had separate brains sharing a common blood vessel. Efforts were made for constructing separate blood vessel for one of them by using a vein from the leg. “After reaching midway during the operation, we felt that it was quite risky to separate the brains, which were sharing a common blood vessel,” recalled Dr Ohata.

Dr Ohata is in the city to attend a three-day annual conference of the Skull-Base Surgery Society of India (SBSSI). It is being organised by the Department of Neurosurgery, PGI.

The vascular neurosurgeon gave a live demonstration of a tumour surgery on the skull base on the first day of the conference. Specialists from all over the country and abroad attended the conference.

“All important nerves from the brain and important blood vessels to the brain traverse the skull base, hence any disease involving this area becomes a challenge for surgeons. The surgeons have to protect all vital structures like nerves and blood vessels, leaving and going into the skull and also take care of any injury to the brain while performing the surgery”, claimed Dr Ohata.

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Cancer on rise, warn doctors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The region has witnessed a sharp increase in the cases of cancer of oesophagus, gall bladder and pancreas, apart from gynaecological cancers, in the past six months or so.

The facts came to light at the first symposium on ‘GI malignancies’, organised by Grecian Superspeciality Hospital, Mohali, at hotel Shivalik View here recently.

“Overdose of pesticides and changing food habits have been playing a major role in spreading this dreaded disease rapidly”, said Dr S.S. Samra, Consultant Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon with Grecian Superspeciality Hospital.

Dr Jatin Sarin, DM (Med Oncology), Consultant Oncologist, touched the issue of ‘advances achieved in the management of cancer of pancreas’.

Dr Mudit Kumar, Consultant GI Surgeon, Dr Mohnish Chabra, Consultant Gastroenterology and Dr Rahul A Kaiche, Consultant Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon, also spoke.

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Dera Bassi hospital to have mortuary
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, October 13
The township on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway is set to have a mortuary by next week.
Built at a cost of about Rs 10 lakh, finishing touches are being given to the mortuary complex, which will have a separate gate from the local Civil Hospital, sources said here today.

Mr Deepinder Singh Dhillon,Vice-Chairman of the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC), was instrumental in getting grants released for the project from the Punjab Government.

The Senior Medical Officer (SMO) of the Civil Hospital, Dr Ram Kumar, said the efforts were being made to get sophisticated equipment for the storage of bodies.The mortuary would start functioning from the date it was handed over to the hospital authorities.

Similarly, the post-mortem facilities would be available, he added.

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DAV-15 cagers win tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh, boys’ team beat DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Panchkula, team 41-22 in the final of the basketball meet of the All-India Mahatma Hansraj Aryan Zonal Tournament (2006-07) held at DAV Model School, Sector 15, here today.

Pulkit (10 ), Rohan (9) and Harpuneet (7) were the main contributors for DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh, while Ankit scored 11 points for the loser’s side.

In the girls’ group, Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, beat DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh, by a margin of 10 points (29-19).

Kristina (8), Sanaa (6) and Shivani (4) scored for the winners while Arundhati and Koshangi scored three points each for the loser’s side.

In the boys’ category of the volleyball meet, CLDAV, Sector 11, Panchkula, outplayed DAV, Ismailabad, Kurukshetra, 3-0 ( 25-22, 25-20, 25-23).

In the girls’ category, Police DAV, Ambala City, thrashed OSDAV, Kaithal, 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-23).

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Rock Rovers to take on CISF in hockey final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Rock Rovers will take on CISF in the finals of the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship (Seniors) tomorrow. In the first semifinal played at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here Rock Rovers beat 3 BRD by 2-1.

Balbir of the 3 BRD charged the match through his field goal. After the breather, Rock Rovers came back in form and scored two field goals through their defenders Ravi Pal and Satwinder to lead the match 2-1.

In the other semifinal, CISF beat Chandigarh Hockey Academy in a well contested match 3-1. Displaying a perfect coordination with teammates, CISF defender Parambir scored two goals. The third goal was scored by Parteek Kumar.

The lone scorer from the Chandigarh Hockey Academy was Dharamvir Singh. 

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Edmund Rice Cricket tourney from October 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The 9th Blessed Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament will be held from October 15 to 25 at St John’s High School, Sector 26, here.
The tournament, being held in two age groups — under 16 and under 10 — will be organised by the school.

In the under-16 category 12 teams will be participate while in under-10 six teams will vie for the trophy.

The following are the participating teams.

Under-16: (Pool A) DAV Public School, Sector 8, St. Kabir Public School, Sector 26, and St. John’s High School, Sector-26; (Pool B) Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula, and St. Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh; (Pool C) Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, Chandigarh, Shishuniketan Public School, Sector 22, Chandigarh, and Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula; (Pool D) St. Stephen’s High School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, DAV School, Sector 15, Chandigarh, and YPS, Mohali.

Under-10: (Pool A) St. John’s A, St. Kabir, and Shivalik Public School; (Pool B) St. Anne’s, St. John’s B, and YPS.

All matches will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis. The final of the under-10 tournament will be held on Oct 23 and the final of the u-16 will be held on Oct 25.

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YPS clinch inter-school cricket title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
A brilliant batting by Jotbinder Bains and Subeer Hayer and splendid bowling by Jagteshwar scripted YPS, Mohali, victory in the final of ICSE Inter-School (Under-16) Cricket Tournament (Chandigarh Region) today. The tournament was organised by St. Stephens School at Togan, near here.

Subeer and Jotbinder laid the solid foundation for their team with a 110-run partnership for the second wicket. Jotbinder scored a dashing 49 with 10 fours and Subeer acted as a sheet anchor with a polished 46.

The Mohali school totalled 182 for 6 in allotted 25 overs.

In reply, St. Sthephen’s school, Chandigarh, scored 138 in 24 overs. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Jagteshwar took 4 for 24.

Brief scores:

YPS Mohali: 182 for 6 in 25 overs (Jotbinder Bains 49, Subeer Hayer 46, Aatish 31 not out; Vishal 2 for 30); St. Stephen’s: 138 all out (Akshay 31, Sudhanshu 29; Jagteshwar 4 for 24, Arshdeep 2 for 11).

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Sidharth adjudged best player
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Sidharth won the top position whereas Amrit Pal and Pritpal secured second and third positions, respectively, in the annual sports day of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, here yesterday.

The following are the results.

Slow cycling: Inderpreet Singh 1, Balpreet 2, and Ankush 3; relay race: Udaigiri House 1, Neelgiri House 2, and Himgiri House 3; tug-of-war: Taragiri House 1, and Neelgiri House 2; sack race: Puneet 1, Gopi 2, and Rajveer 3.

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HPCL Power Rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Motorsport One, which has been accorded the “Best Rally of the Year” title, is all set to launch round 5 of the MAI (Motorsports Association of India) Indian National Rally Championship for cars 2006 under the name, 4th HPCL Power Pine Forest Rally.

The three-day rally will be flagged off on November 3 from the Kala Gram grounds at 11 am and run straight into a spectator super special set up on the grounds, where the participants will manoeuvre their cars on a 2-km dirt track.

For the next two days, the participants will slog it out on the hills around Kumarhatti, concluding with the podium finish at Kalagram on November 5. During the rally, the medical help will be provided by Fortis Hospital.

The entries for the event close on October 30 at 6 pm and a limited number of 40 entries will be accepted. Ford Fiesta, Mitsubishi Cedia, Maruti Baleno, Esteem, Gypsy, Zen and 800, Honda City and Mitsubishi Lancer are allowed in the rally. 

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