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Looking Ahead 2007
PGI to see major upgrade
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 31
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) authorities have proposed additional facilities to ease patients.

As part of the modernisation of the PGI, a building housing 250-beds would be constructed adjacent to the present hospital. With the coming up of the building, authorities feel that the shortage of beds in PGI would be met. Eight new operation theatres in the new building would ease the workload on the existing operation theatres. PGI has also decided to set up a Mother Centre where the Gynaecology Department and the Advanced Pediatric Centre would be shifted.

To make PGI a premier health institute of the region equipped with ultra-modern and hi-technology equipment, the authorities would acquire a gamma knife, PET scan, gamma camera, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), bi-plane DSA, digital radiography system, burn unit and gastroenterology intensive care unit. The renal transplant department would also be upgraded.

A sum of Rs 83 crores has been sanctioned for additional facilities comprising new state-of-art technology, augmentation of imaging equipments and addition of specialised units to various departments.

Almost every medical college of neighbouring states, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Uttranchal would be connected by way of a telemedicine facility to provide clinical facilities and educational programmes through a two-way communication. The institute would be fully computerised.

PGI has also planned to kickoff the construction of a Trauma Centre, the foundation stone of which was laid by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Shatrughan Sinha on September 29, 2002. The Animal House will be made centrally air-conditioned and ready for basic research. NGOs will be involved in strengthening the patient care facilities.

The authorities have also decided to spent about Rs 80 crore on the upkeep of PGI structures, including renovation of the buildings, air-conditioning, overhauling of electrical cables and sewerage lines and laboratories.



Free services for pregnant women

Chandigarh, December 31
In order to reduce maternal mortality rate in the city, the UT administration has initiated a new scheme for providing free services to all pregnant women below the poverty line with immediate effect.

A press note issued by the Health Department said poor women delivering in any of the health institutions of Chandigarh, including the Government Medical Colleges and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, the Government Multi-speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, the Community Health Centre, Sector 22, the Community Health Centre, Mani Majra, would be provided free services. TNS



Gymnasts rue poor infrastructure
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 31
“There is talent in our country but poor infrastructure is the main hindrance in the development of gymnastics,” rued Jashandeep Kaur, Kiranjeet Kaur, Meenakshi and Anita.

These four gymnasts from NIS, Patiala, were selected in the national team for the Asian Games held at Doha in December. “As the team could not qualify for the games, we missed the chance to represent the country in the biggest Asian sports event,” said Jashandeep.

However, all were of the view that the non-availability of proper paraphernalia as well as other facilities was the biggest obstacle in clinching medals at the international level.

The gymnasts were in Mohali to participate in the17th Senior National Gymnastics Championship by the Punjab Gymnastic Association, concluded here on Sunday at Shivalik Public School.

“For floor events, the gymnasts need special floor. In India, only Hyderabad has such special floor. Besides this, here our players start playing the game at a later age, whereas in other countries, players begin it at the age of two or three years. These are the main reasons that our gymnasts can not compete with those of foreign countries,” said Meenakshi, who has represented India in Commonwealth Games-2005 at Melbourne. She also participated in Asian Gymnastics Championships at China (2004) and India (2005). Anita took part in German Open in 2004 and in Asian Championship 2006, while Jashandeep has represented India World Championship at Russia last year. Kiranjeet, too, was part of Asian Championship 2006 at Surat (Gujarat).

“Bearing all expenses from our own pockets for participation in the big events, is another matter of concern,” said Jashandeep, a student of MPEd at Patiala.

The government should come forward to help the gymnasts in every way so that the standards of the game could be improved, opined the gymnasts.



Punjab bags 4 gymnastics gold
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 31
The hosts Punjab bagged four gold medals, including two in rhythmic competitions, on the final day of the XX Sub-Junior Artistic and XVII Senior Rhythmic National Gymnastic Championships at the Shivalik Public School gymnasium hall here today.

Jashandeep Kaur bagged gold medal with 8.88 points in rhythmic (clubs) event. Allaround best gymnast Komal Nahar of Maharashtra got silver with 8.68 points. The bronze medal went to Punjab as Kiranjit Kaur secured 8.58 points.

Jashandeep also excelled with ribbon display. She kept the spectators spellbound and the judges awarded her 8.85 points for gold. Pooja of Haryana (8.75) and Komal Nahar (8.23) got silver and bronze, respectively. The following are the other results:

Boys: Individual apparatus competitions:

Floor exercises: 1 Chandan Pathak (UP) 9.225; 2 Rakesh Patra (Orissa) 8.600, 3 Ankit Tripathi (UP) 8.400, 4 Surajit Mullick (West Bengal) 8.325, 5 KDV Srinivas (AP) 7.725, 6 Abhishek Nayak (Orissa) 7.700.

Vaulting table: 1 Pratip Das (WB) 7.6857, 2 Chandan Pathak (UP) 7.6625, 3 B Lakhan Balmiki (AP) 7.425, 4 Nitin Mishra (UP) 7.250, 5 Gaurav (Haryana) 7.0375, 1 A Kumar Swami (AP) 6.825.

Roman Rings:1 Abhishek Chatterjee (UP) 6.50, 2 Lakhan Balmiki (AP) 8.40, 3 Nitin Mishra (UP) 8.00, 4 Pratip Das (WB) 7.625, 5 Aditya Kadam (Maharashtra) 7.375, 6 Rakesh Patra (Orissa) 7.300.

Pommelled horse: 1 Vikas Bhatia (UP) 8.90, 2 Mandeep (Haryana) 7.50, 3 Rakesh Patra (Orissa) 7.125, 3 B Lakhan Balmiki (AP) 7.125, 5 Anirban Ghosh (WB) 6.85, 6 Pratip Das (WB) 6.45.

Horizontal bar: 1 Nitin Mishra (UP) and Abhishek Chatterjee (UP) 9.20, 3 Anirban Ghosh (WB) 7.80, 4 B Lakhan Balmiki (AP) 7.625, 5 Amit Das (Tripura) 7.25, 6 KDV Srinivas (AP) 6.425.

Parallel Bars: 1 Vikash Bhatia (UP) 9.15, 2 Rakesh Patra (Orissa) 8.80, 3 Nitin Mishra (UP) 8.525, 4 Pratip Das (WB) 8.150, 5 Abhijit Shine (Mah) 7.925, 6 Surajit Mullick (West Bengal) 7.850.

Girls: Balancing beam: 1 Lisa Hazra (WB) 7.90, 2 Pooja Karnik (Maharashtra) 7.90, 3 Arundhuti Pandey (UP) 7.60, 4 Sommya Vagoji (Karnataka) 7.05, 5 Manisha Singh (UP) 6.95, 6 Swaranjit Kaur (Punjab) 6.55.

Vaulting table: 1 B. Arun (AP) 8.200, 2 Shivani Pathak (Mah) 7.300, 3 Naginder Kaur (Punjab) 7.225, 4 Dwija Ashar (Mah) 7.125, 5 Manu Dwivedi (UP) and Sangeeta (Punjab) 7.050.

Uneven bars: 1 Naginder Kaur (Punjab) 7.30, 2 Arundhuti Pandey (UP) 7.20, 3 Dwija Ashar (Mah) 7.00, 4 Nishtha Gupta (Punjab) 6.80, 5 Purbali Sarkar (WB) 6.75, 6 Tanu Shaw (WB) 6.65.

Floor exercises: 1 Naginder Kaur (Punjab) 8.70, 2 R Divya Rani (AP) 8.40, 3 Sangeeta (Punjab) 8.30, 4 B Aruna (AP) 8.20, 5 Tanu Shaw (WB) 8.15, 6 Mau Dwivedi (UP) 8.00.

Rhythmic events:

Rope: 1 Komal Nahar (Mah) 8.60, 2 Mitali (J-K) 8.35, 2 Pooja Chauhan (Haryana) 8.25, 3 Kiranjit Kaur (Punjab) 7.80, 5 Dimpal (Assam) 7.75, 6 Sureskha Rana (Haryana) 7.55.

Ball: 1 Komal Nahar (Mah) 8.75, 2 Jashandeep Kaur (Punjab) 8.63, 3 Anita Ramola (Uttranchal) 8.00, 4 Pooja Sure (Mah) and Mitali (J-K) 7.85, 6 Surekha Rana (Haryana) 7.80.

Clubs: 1 Jashandeep Kaur (Punjab) 8.88, 2 Komal Nahar (Mah) 8.68, 3 Kiranjit Kaur (Punjab) 8.58, 4 Pooja Chauhan (Haryana) 8.33, 5 Mitali (J-K) 8.10, 6 Pooja Surve (Mah) 7.70.

Ribbons: 1 Jashandeep Kaur (Punjab) 8.85, 2 Pooja Chauhan (Haryana) 8.75, 3 Komal Nahar (Mah) 8.23, Kiranjit Kaur (Punjab) 7.93, 5 Mitali (J-K) 7.75, 6 Pooja Surve (7.70).



CLTA’s New Year gift to winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 31
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) today announced 'New Year 2007' bonus in the shape of cash incentive to CLTA players who will finish among winners and semi-finalists in the ITF Junior World Ranking (Group 3) Tennis Tournament which begins at the CLTA Stadium in Sector 10, here, tomorrow.

Announcing the ‘extra cash incentives’, CLTA chairman Rajan Kashyap said on the eve of New Year that CLTA trainees who would win the title in the ITF Junior Grade 3 tournament would be given Rs 15,000. He also clarified that this incentive was over and above Rs 30,000 that the association would give under the Scholarship Scheme for CLTA trainees.

Under the scholarship scheme, a CLTA trainee who wins the ITF Junior Grade 1, 2 and 3, will be entitled for a cash award of Rs 30,000 and the finalist Rs 20,000. The semifinalist will get Rs 10,000.

He also announced an additional cash incentive of Rs 10,000 to the losing finalist in ITF Grade 3 and Rs 5,000 to the semi-finalist.

The CLTA chairman said that the cash award would be in the shape of scholarships to assist the players in their training and participation in future tournaments.

The CLTA has introduced scholarships under different categories. The winner (men and women) in the DSCL Nationals is entitled for Rs 40,000 and finalist Rs 25,000. The semi-finalist will get Rs 15,000.

Other scholarships are:

ITF Futures $10,000 and above: Winner Rs 15,000, finalist Rs 10,000 and semi-finalist Rs 8,000.

ITF Futures $5,000 and above: Winner Rs 12,000, finalist Rs 8,000 and semi-finalist Rs 6,000.

ITF Women Circuit: Winner Rs 12,000, finalist Rs 8,000 and semi-finalist Rs 6,000.

Junior boys and girls (DSCL Nationals): Winner Rs 20,000, finalist Rs 15,000 and semi-finalist Rs 10,000.

ITF Juniors Grade 1, 2 and 3: Winner Rs 30,000, finalist Rs 20,000 and semi-finalist Rs 10,000.

ITF Juniors Grade 4 and 5: Winner Rs 10,000, finalist Rs 8,000 and semi-finalist Rs 5,000.

AITA National Series: Winner Rs 6,000, finalist Rs 4,000 and semi-finalist Rs 3,000.

AITA Super Series: Winner Rs 5,000, finalist Rs 3,000 and semi-finalist Rs 2,000.



Amandeep wins in 5-frame thriller
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 31
Amandeep Bhatia beat Ashu Duggal in a thrilling match 24-62, 34-66, 66-32, 54-52, 61-53 during the 23rd Chaudhary Vishnu Pal Memorial Chandigarh State Snooker Championship. The championship is being held at Chandigarh Billiards Coaching Centre, Sector 20, here.

Ashu Duggal made a good start by grabbing the first two frames very comfortably at 62-24, 66-34. Smitten by this lead, Amandeep bounced back and clinched the next two frames and level the score 2-2 (66-32, 54-52).

After that, it was a seesaw battle in the deciding frame. Amandeep displayed an excellent long pot to win the frame and the game.

Results: Parmod Kumar b Sagar 57-29, 49-13, 23-52, 49-48; Sumit Talwar b Anandit Joshi 59-19, 58-40, 86-12; Rajat Khneja b Jaswinder Singh 62-36, 67-20, 56-16; Amit Verma b Surinder Singh 89-26, 46-16, 68-23.



Vikas beats Sushant

Chandigarh, December 31
Vikas Chauhan shocked top-seed Sushant Nambia in straight sets 7-5, 6-1 in the last qualifying round of the ITF Junior World Ranking Tennis (Group 3) Championship held at Sector 10 CLTA Stadium here today. With this win, Vikas qualified for the boys’ singles main draw of 48. Other Indians who qualified for the main draw were AS Ashwin Nambi, Harshvardhan Thirani, Jagdeesan Kumar (India) and Deepinder Singh Bains.

Jaeo-Beom Kim of Korea also made it to the main draw today after defeating Prithiv Sugumar (India) 6-0, 6-1.

Meanwhile, the local players Harry Singh Amor and Gurmohit Singh Janjua bowed out.

In the final qualifying rounds, AS Ashwin Nambi (India) defeated Gurmohit Singh Janjua (India) 6-2, 6-4 and Jagdeesan Kumar (India) defeated Harry Singh Amor (India) 6-3, 6-0.

Final Qualifying round: Vikash Chauhan (India) b Sushant Nambiar (India) 7-5, 6-1; AS Ashwin Nambi (India) b Gurmohit Singh Janjua (India) 6-2, 6-4; Harshvardhan Thirani (India) b Aravind Vishnu (India) 6-2, 6-4; Jaeo-Beom Kim (Korea) b Prithiv Sugumar (India) 6-0, 6-1; Jagdeesan Kumar (India) b Harry Singh Amor (India) 6-3, 6-0; Deepinder Singh Bains (India) b Siddharth Siingh (India) 6-4, 6-3. — TNS



Seniors vie for titles at sports meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 31
A group of senior citizens, both men and women, took part in a sports meet organised by the Sector 37 Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Brotherhood at Community Centre, Sector 37, here, today.

Various events like 50 metre sprint, potato race, ‘chatti’ race, king of circle, needle and thread race, musical chairs and badminton were organised in the meet.

Mr P.H. Vashnav, former Chief Secretary, Punjab, was the chief guest while Mr D.K. Sandhir, AGM, Canara Bank, was the guest of honour on the occasion.

The jury of Mr V.S. Sodhi, Mr S.K. Pruthy, and Mr S.K. Sharma adjudged the winners.

“The award function will be held on January 14 at the Sector 37 Community Centre. On January 7, a fashion show by the members of Senior Citizen Brotherhood and a variety of entertainment programmes by our members and the troupe of the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy would be held at Parshuram Bhavan, Sector 37 C,” said Mr S.S. Lamba, President of the body.



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