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Action sought against former chief of PGI staff union
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Ad Hoc Front to save the PGI Employees Union, Chandigarh, has written to the UT Governor and the PGI Director seeking action against former chief of the PGI Employees Union, Chandigarh, for misconduct.

The front has also complained to the Union Health Minister, the Union Minister of States for Finance and senior officials alleging that the former chief of the union has been trying to befool the PGI authorities by threatening to launch a chain fast by the union.

Mr Subhash Chander, president of the front, has alleged that the sole motive of Mr Munjal, who is also the general secretary of the PGI Medical Technologists’ Association, was to divert attention of the authorities that have initiated action against him.

The complaint also states that Mr Munjal has indulged in various acts of misconduct, insubordination and crime apart from various unfair labour practices.

The front has warned of agitation if the management bowed before the union.

The PGI Medical Technologists’ Association has sent a notice to Prof K.K. Talwar saying the association members will go on mass casual leave on December 18 in protest against attitude of the the administration as regards their demands.

Mr Dev Raj Chumber and Mr Ashwani Munjal, president and general secretary of the association, respectively, have said the association has been asking the management to sort out employees’ problems since long, but no to avail.



Chandigarh team win Twenty20 tie
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 10
Visitors Alberton Cricket and Hockey Club of South Africa lost to the hosts Chandigarh Twenty20 Cricket Association (CTTCA) by nine wickets in a Twenty20 match (under-17) played at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Sector 3 here today.

Amit Prashar’s blitzkrieg, 93 off 49 balls, helped the CTTCA XI to achieve the target of 149, set by the South Africans. They scored 151 for 1 in 16.1 overs.

Batting first, the visitors scored 148 for six in 20 overs. Bouwer Rovin and Huston Justin contributed 35 runs each. Other contributors were Wihan (18) and Lee Mathew (17). Amit Prashar, who got two wickets for 22 runs, was adjudged the man of the match.

In reply, the host team started slamming the rival bowling attack. During his firework, Amit hit 14 boundaries.

Vijay Kumar made 20 runs, while Rajat Taneja contributed unbeaten 29. Bouwer Rovin got the only wicket for 20 runs.

Score: SA: 148 for 6 in 20 overs (Bouwer Rovin 35, Houston Justin 35, Reyneke Wihan 18, Lee Mathew 17, Amit Prashar 2 for 22).

CTTCA XI: 151 for 1 in 16.1 overs (Amit Prasher 93, Rajat Taneja 29 n.o., Vijay Kumar 20, Bouwer Rovin 1 for 20).

Meanwhile, the Haryana (under-17) team lifted the Swift Cup defeating the Alberton Cricket Club of South Africa by 24 runs at the same venue.

Batting first, the Haryana team made 154 runs in 20 overs for the loss of eight wickets. Haryana’s Subhang Nayank stole the show with his fiery knock of 62 off 45 balls and later was declared man of the match.

Chasing the target, the visitors made 130 runs of 8 wickets.



Challenging disability sportingly
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandi Mandir, December 10
It was not just cricket but cricket with loads of courage and fun.

Presenting a perfect example of “Necessity is the mother of invention”, physically disabled children at Saket Hospital, Chandi Mandir, exhibited their own ways of keeping themselves in high spirits.

To celebrate the golden jubilee of the hospital, the inmates organised a Twenty20 cricket match. The match was against a team of physically challenged employees of TATA Indicom, Mohali, and was played at the Saket Hospital grounds.

An splendid performance by Saket skipper Surjeet Singh “Raja”, who scored 125 runs and claimed three wickets, enabled his team to beat the Brave Heart team by 55 runs. The Saket team made 186 runs in the stipulated 20 overs, while the Brave Heart team could score only 131 runs at the loss of eight wickets in that much overs.

Brave Heart captain Amarjeet said, “Winning or losing is part of the game. The point is that we all enjoyed playing here.”

Saket team captain Surjeet said, “We played up to our potential. Though we had a fear that the rain would spoil the match, the rain god showered his blessings on us and we won.”

Surjeet, 21, has both his lower limbs paralysed and cannot stand without the help of calipers. He can also play table tennis and give competition to normal children.

Sunil, 19, suffers from disability of upper limbs. However, he has developed the skill of doing every activity with his feet. “I can do electrical repair, writing, playing music, balancing on the skates and, of course, play cricket using my leg as bat.”

Dr Jaspal Singh Bhatia, Director of the Haryana Saket Council, said, “This is their own effort. Even the trophy has been bought with the money both teams pooled in. At least 70 per cent disability was the eligibility criterion for playing the match. Some of them have even 90 to 100 per cent disability.”

Parveen, 12, a die-hard fan of Srisanth, is known for his bowling action, despite his disability of lower limbs. He surprised everyone with his bowling style. “I could get only one wicket, because I bowled only two overs. Otherwise, I would have taken more wickets,” he said. Happy, 12, was of the view that he did good fielding and prevented the opposite team from prevailing over them.

Sitting in a wheelchair, Dannis, 14, explained about the practice they did before appearing for the final day. “We knew that the opposite team had three good batsmen, so we had to work out some strategy to get them out,” he said.

“The present strength of inmates at Saket Hospital is 72. Most of them are orphans and destitutes. Some of them do have distant relatives here but their involvement is only formal. The best part at Saket is that many staff members working here were earlier inmates of the hostel. Many have settled at various places but keep coming to Saket quite often,” he added.



DAV team beat Press Club by 6 wkts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Despite an unbeaten knock of 42 by Jaipal Singh, the Chandigarh Press Club team lost to DAV CCCE by six wickets at the DAV College grounds in Sector 10 here today.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, openers Jaipal Singh and Rohit Awasthi gave the Press Club team a solid start with their partnership of 85 runs before Jaipal retired hurt.

The team put on 133 runs for eight in the allotted overs. Jaipal remained the highest scorer followed by Rohit (36), Varinder (13) and Kamleshwar (12).

For DAV CCCE, Melvyn took four wickets while Rakesh got two.

Chasing 134 for victory in 20 overs, the DAV CCCE team started on a poor note, losing opener Manish Sangar (2) and Gourav (5) in the first two overs. However, the pair of Rakesh Kumar (58) and Saket (41) steered the team to victory with almost six overs to spare.

For the Press Club, Kamleshwar, Shoiab and Ramesh Handa took one wicket each.



Vandana, Maneesh adjudged best athletes

Chandigarh, December 10
Vandana Tegi and Maneesh Suri were adjudged best athletes in girls and boys sections, respectively, in the 23rd Annual Sport Day of St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here yesterday. The overall trophy went to Valentine House in the meet.

Results: boys: 100m: Vishek 1, Sahibjeet 2; 200m: Vikram 1, Prayaad 2; long jump: Maninder 1, Sukhpreet 2; shot put: Harinder 1, Imaninder 2; 4x100m relay: Amanveer, Sumit, Varun and Sandeep 1, Shivam, Sahil, Rahul and Karanvir 2.

Girls: 200m: Harneet 1, Gunjan 2; high jump: Vandana 1, Upasana 2; shot put: Ankita 1, Suviksha 2; 4x100m relay: Raveen, Ramandeep, Tajinder 1, Tearn, Ramanpreet, Trichi and Scanzin 2. TNS



Tennis meet from Dec 22

Mohali, December 10
The Mohali District Lawn Tennis Association (MDLTA) will organise the Mohali District Lawn Tennis Open Championship from December 22 to 24 at the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare Complex, Phase VI, here.

Matches will be held in the under-14 (boys and girls), under-18 (boys and girls) and men’s open and 35-plus categories.

Those interested may send their entries to the general secretary of the MDLTA, Phase VI, till December 20. TNS



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