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Attendants rue staff shortage at PGI

Chandigarh, December 27
Patients coming from far-flung areas to the PGI are facing hardship following shortage of staff at the enquiry counter of the emergency.

Sources at the hospital disclosed that of the total strength one person had been attached with the public relation department of the hospital while one has been obliging his bosses by helping their guests in getting preferential treatment for the past couple of days. Moreover, many have gone on leave. — TNS



Jugraj wants another chance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
“It’s a great opportunity to get a wider spectrum and a larger number of players than the usual that we watch in the domestic tournaments,” expressed Jugraj Singh, who has joined the league after recovering from the injury and representing Chandigarh Dynamos for the upcoming third edition of the Premier Hockey League (PHL) scheduled to start from January 5.

Known as penalty corner specialist, Jugraj has been looked upon as a replacement of the drag flicker Sandeep Singh. Sandeep, at present, is recovering from the injury he sustained due to an accidental fire of bullet from the Railway Police cop’s gun a few months ago.

Many speculations were in the air about Jugraj’s physical fitness despite his good performance in recently held domestic tournaments.

About three years back, Jugraj met with a car accident near Jalandhar in which he broke thigh and elbow bones, just before the Afro-Asian Games held at Hyderabad.

He was also replaced with Dinesh Nayak in the Asia Cup Hockey Tournament 2003 held at Kuala Lumpur, where India beat Pakistan in the finals.

“I do agree that physical fitness plays a vital role, but I argue that I must be given ample chance to prove my prowess. I don’t expect that I should directly be included in the Indian squad for major tournaments, but my recent performance in the past should induce the federation to have a serious thought about me,” expressed Jugraj.

On being asked, Jugraj accepted that he was depressed a lot for not being given a chance to represent the country in coveted tournaments. “Disappointment is there. I feel like being left out. I am 23-years old and have the capacity to play hockey for another 10 years. I have been working hard for the past three years after recovering from my injury.”

Telling about his recent achievements in domestic tournaments, he said, “In the Nehru Cup held at New Delhi recently, I was the top scorer with 13 goals. Just two days back, in the Ninth Ramesh Chander Memorial Hockey Tournament held at Jalandhar, I was declared the best player of the tournament.”

Jugraj got many honours in his past professional career. During the Champions Trophy, he emerged one of the best drag-flickers in the world. He scored two brilliant goals against Pakistan in the league.

He is among the rarest of players, always ready to take the ball on his body to stop it from going into the goal.

There is no doubt that he is match fit, but to know whether he can come good in an international match, we must give him one match to play at the highest level here.

About the Premier Hockey League, he said, “I do believe it’s a blessing to the Indian hockey. Today’s sport requires a lot of media coverage, both electronic and print, and television makes it more glamorous attracting the youth. This is the only way you can sell it. With the PHL matches being telecast live by the ESPN, the youth would regain interest in hockey. It will definitely boost the morale of the players for other major tourneys to be held in the years to come.”



Inter-media badminton meet begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
The Tribune team of Akash Ghai and Aditi Tandon beat Kunal and Sangeeta of the Hindustan Times (HT), 15-6, 15-5, in the mixed doubles category on the inaugural day of the Airtel-Chandigarh Press Club Inter-Media Badminton Tournament at the Sector 42 sports complex badminton hall here today.

In the women’s doubles, the Tribune pair of Ruchika Khanna and Aditi Tandon lost to Sangeeta Johal and Monica Chauhan of the Hindustan Times (HT), 11-15, 9-15, in a semifinal match.

The tournament, being sponsored by Airtel, has attracted participation by over 40 players. The Chandigarh Press Club is organising the meet.

Other results: mixed doubles: Saurabh/Monica (HT) b Gautam Dheer/Jyotsana (Indian Express), 15-2, 15-11; Rakesh Patial/Neelam Sharma (Indian Express) b G.S. Paul/Smriti Sharma (Tribune); Umesh Sharma/Shalini b Manmant/Chitleen (Tribune), 15-9, 15-3.

Men’s singles: Charanjit Ahuja (Financial Express) b Preet Kamal (Spokesman), 15-7, 15-10; Praveen Antel (Amar Ujala) b Rakesh Patial (Indian Express), 15-3, 15-10; Surinder Negi (Financial World) b Tejinder Sehgal (Spokesman), 15-2, 15-6; Kuldeep Singh (Sky Hawk Times) b Umesh Sharma (Dainik Bhaskar), 15-0, 15-2; Sanjay Mehta (HT) b Prem Nanda (HT), 15-8, 10-15, 15-13.

Men’s doubles: Charanjit Ahuja/Rakesh Patial (Indian Express) b Vikram Pathania/Viju Pilla (Amar Ujala), 15-0, 15-4; Saurabh Duggal/Kunal (HT) b Prem Nanda/Dr I.J.S. Bhatia, 15-6, 15-7; K.B. Ahuja/Vijender Dhawan (Punjab Kesri) b Maneesh Chhibber/Laxman, 15-5, 15-1.

Women’s singles: Veena Ahuja (Indian Express) b Jaswinder (Dainik Bhaskar), 15-3, 15-2; Monica (HT) beat Chitleen (Tribune), 15-9, 15-2; Sangeeta Johal (HT) b Ruchika Khanna (Tribune), 15-6, 15-4.



Sports meet marks NSS camp
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 27
A heritage sports meet was organised at the Shivalik Institute of Education and Research here today on the concluding day of a 10-day NSS camp. Brig J.S. Randhawa (Atti Vashist Sewa Medal Awardee), Director, Punjab Youth Training and Employment, was the chief guest. Mr D.S. Bedi, Director-Principal, Shivalik Public School, Mrs Amteshwar Kaur, President, Generation Saviour Association, Mrs Surjeet Kaur, Director, Generation Saviour Association, Mrs Satwant Kaur Bedi, Principal, Shivalik Public School, were among others present.

Brigadier Randhawa appreciated the efforts of volunteers and congratulated them for successful completion of the camp. He encouraged the volunteers to participate in various games to keep themselves physically fit.

Dr Satpal Kaur Grewal, Principal welcomed the guests. A cultural programme was also organised.



City team excels in karate meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
The Chandigarh team secured the top position in the team kata event in the sub-junior boys category, while Maharashtra and Haryana remained second and third in the 11th National Karate Championship-2006 at Arya Samaj hall, Sector 7, here today.

In senior boys (shito-ryu) category, the first three positions were secured by local karatekas. Sohit Verma won the first position, followed by Mayur (second) and Deepak Sharma and Amandeep (Haryana) (third).

In the senior girls category, Sangeeta Rathore and Malika won the first and the second positions, respectively.



UP leads in sub-junior gymnastic nationals
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 27
The UP squad is leading with 278.10 points in the individual all-round final (compulsory exercise) in the boys’ category on the opening day of the 20th Sub-Junior National Gymnastic Championships for boys and girls. The championship is being conducted by the Punjab Gymnastic Association at the Shivalik Public School Multipurpose Indoor Stadium here.

Propped by Nitin Mishra, UP took a considerable lead. Performing well, Nitin was leading in the individual competition with 56.00 points. He was awarded 9.50 on floor, 9.50 on pummelled horse, 8.85 on Roman rings, 9.05 on vaulting table, 9.35 on parallel bars and 9.75 on horizontal bar. Where as Chander Pathak secured 55.50 points. He obtained 9.20 on vaulting horse, 9.50 on floor, 9.40 on pommelled horse, 8.70 on Roman rings, 8.60 on horizontal bar and 9.10 on parallel bar.

The West Bengal squad comprising Anirban Ghose secured 53.30, Surajit Mullick 51.25, Anil Mullick 54.70, Subhankar Dey 51.00, Karam Chand 50,00 and Pratik Das 51.60 was occupying the second spot with 266.65 points.

Andhra Pradesh garnered 263.95 points, Maharashtra 250.60, Haryana 240.95 and Orissa 230.00 points. 



Four city lads box into next round
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Chandigarh’s pugilist Bhawan Singh moved to the next round thrashing Sashi Parkash of Rajasthan 9-3 in light-weight category on the second day of the 14th All-India Invitation A.K. Mishra Memorial Boxing Championship at the Sector 10 skating rink, here today.

Other local boxers, who won bouts were Dalbir (feather), Kalash Chander (welter) and Rakesh Kumar (light welter), while Aakaar C (fly weight), Vikram (welter) and Pawan Kumar (middle) lost to their opponents.

Other results

Fly weight: Mukesh Kumar (Chd) b S.R. Santosh (AP) 22-7; Atulesh Rawat (Hry) b Anoop Giri (Pun) 17-8; Aitessa Muddin (Pune) b Imran Khan (UP) RSC; Maninder Deep (Pepsu) b Rajinder C (SAI, Bhilai) W/O; Nitish Kumar (HP) b Lalit Kumar (Raj) RSC; Mitra Singh (MP) b Kishor W (MARA 2) RSC; Vijay b Deep Chand 25-7; S.B. Thapa (Assam Rifles) b Aakaar C (Chd) RSC.

Feather: Gagandeep (Pepsu) b Jayant (Mah) 14-6; Pardeep (MP) b Ranjit Singh (AR) 9-6; Narendra Partap (UP) b Pritam Tokas (USI) 22-21; Rajpal (Guj) b Santosh Desai (MARA) 8-2; Sanjay Kumar (Hry) b Daljeet (AIEB) 24-2; Rajesh Kumar (Raj) b Tek Chand (Orissa) W/O; Chote Lal (ASI) b Deepak (Delhi).

Light weight: Anil Kumar (Pun) b Charanjeet S (SRC) 3-2; S. Michael (MP) b Baba Saheb (MARA) 25-3; Vinit Kumar (UP) b Lavish Vats (AIEB) RSC; Anil (Ori) Ravi Manu (Mah) 18-5; Sanjeev Kumar (Hry) b Vinod Kumar RTD; Pawan Sekhawat (SAI, Bhiwani) b Gulshan (Guj) 14-6.

Light welter: Ravinder S (Delhi) b Mahendra (UP) 12-9; V.P. Prabhakar (AP) Pawan Kumar (Guj) RSC; G.Satya Raju (MP) b Arsh Kumar (Pun) RSC; Noor Mohammad (Pepsu) b Vikram Singh (Ori) RSC; Tamang (AR) b Ajay Kumar (AIEB) W/O; Deepak Kumar (Raj) b Manish Kumar (USI) RSC.

Welter: J. Ramaian (ASI) b Shankar M (MARA 2) rtd; Ashwet Kale (Mah) b Vijay Kumar (Hry) 69-66; Chandan Ch (HP) b Naveen Kumar (AIEB) RSC; Himanshu (Delhi) b Anoop Bhist (USI) RSC; Paramjeet (SAI, Bhiwani) Ankush Rana (TN) W/O; Dharmender (Raj) b Kuldeep (Ori); Jagwinder S (Pepsu) b Anil Kumar (AR) k o;

Middle weight: Sanjeev Kumar (Delhi) b K. Bala Sudhir (AP) RSC; Virender Kumar (USI) b Gopal Gowda (MARA 2) 9-6; Amarjeet Singh (ASI) b Pawan Kumar (Chd) 15-9; Tarun Kumar (Pepsu) b Jiwan (SRC) k o; Amit Kumar (HP) Digambar G (Mah) k o.



CCA make it 2-0 in friendship series
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
A brilliant innings from Harvinder (58) and Rubal (41) enabled Chandigarh Cricket Academy (CCA) to win the ICL friendship series 2-0 after beating Remal Cricket Academy (RCA), Delhi, in the second match played at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector19, here today.

Batting first, the CCA mounted a respectable 238 in 35 overs. Priyanshu and Aman took 2 wickets each for Remal Cricket Academy.

Chasing the winning target, the RCA team was bundled out for143 in 31.3 overs. Hitesh Bhutani was the star of the bowling attack for the CCA. He took 4 wickets for only 8 runs.

Harvinder Dahiya was awarded with the man of the match title.

Brief scores

CCA: 238 all out in 40 overs (Harvinder 58, Rubal 41; Aman 2 for 19, Priyanshu 2 for 35)

RCA: 143 all out in 31.3 overs (Aman 43; Hitesh 4 for 8). 



Manipur teams win sepak takraw titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Manipur retained the boys’ and girls’ team titles in the 10th edition of the Junior National Sepak Takraw Championship at the St Joseph’s School in Sector 44 here today.

Manipur boys defeated Andhra Pradesh (21-18, 21-13, 21-11, 21-23, 15-7) in the team championship final.

Manipur girls outplayed Orissa in the final (21-14, 21-9, 21-11, 21-12).

Tamil Nadu boys and girls will take home the bronze medals. While Tamil Nadu girls prevailed over Andhra Pradesh (12-21, 18-21, 21-14, 19-21, 15-2, 21-17, 21-14), Tamil Nadu boys defeated Delhi (21-18, 21-17, 15-21, 20-21, 21-16, 24-25, 15-12).

Hosts Chandigarh put up a tough resistance before going down fighting to Uttar Pradesh (Sports Authority of India Centre boys), 18-21, 15-21, in a quarterfinal 

In boys’ reghu semifinals, Manipur defeated Uttar Pradesh (21-15, 21-10) and Andhra Pradesh defeated Tamil Nadu (21-16, 21-11).

Manipur and Orissa will fight it out for the girls’ reghu title. In the semifinals, Manipur beat Tamil Nadu, 21-11, 21-12, and Orissa beat AP, 25-23, 21-15.



Shooting meet

Panchkula, December 27
Constable Manoj Linda (CISF) clinched the first position in the individual rifle shooting (100 yards) event in the seventh All-India Police Duty Meet Shooting Competition during the 50th All-India Police Duty Meet held at the Basic Training Centre, ITBP, Bhanu.

Results: rifle shooting (100 yards): individual: Constable Manoj Linda (CISF) 1, Head Constable Dal Bahadur (Assam Rifle) 2, Head Constable Devender Yadav (BSF) 3; rifle shooting (200 yards) kneeling: individual: Constable 626 BK Thapa (Orissa Police) 1, Constable Farid Khan (ITBP) 2, Constable Gurdeep Singh (CRPF) 3. — TNS



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