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Docs to get exposure in biotechnology
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The post graduate teachers in medical field do not have sufficient exposure to the frontier technology, biotechnology, as the curriculum did not exist at the time of their training.

The department of biotechnology, PGI, and Ministry of Science and Technology, would launch a programme at the PGI.

The first course on biotechnology is to start from this month. The course faculty for this course will include, Prof M.G. Deo, and Prof Girish Sahni besides several professors and scientists from PGI and IMTECH, Chandigarh. The participants from neighbouring states would also participate in the course. The telemedicine facility being utilised for the first time for teaching of Biotechnology would be the main highlights of the course.

With the help of the department of telemedicine, a telemedicine link has been established with the AIIMS, New Delhi, the IGMC, Shimla, the PGIMS, Rohtak, and the SMS, Jaipur, said Dr Meenu Singh, from department of pediatrics, to coordinate the course. 



Conference on cleft lip concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The 6th annual conference on “Cleft lip, palate and craniofacial anomalies” organised by the Department of Plastic Surgery, PGI, concluded here today. Experts focused on cleft Lip and palate anomalies and discussed about the advances in the surgical management of these anomalies.

Specialists talked about various other implications of these disorders, including speech and hearing problems. Non-surgical management of these problems in the form of prosthesis was also discussed. 



Pharmacologists for national workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Over 60 pharmacologists from all over the country will participate in a National Workshop on clinical pharmacology organised by the department of Pharmacology, PGI, here from this month.

Aimed to train and educate doctors, scientists and pharmaceutical personnel in the field of new drug development, eminent speakers and scientists from academic institutions and pharmaceutical industry will share their experiences at the workshop, informed Prof P. Pandhi, head of the department.

The speakers include Prof P.L. Sharma, a former head of department of pharmacology, PGI, Dr S.C. Chopra, Professor and Head of DMC (Ludhiana), and local faculty besides eminent pharmacists from various pharmaceutical companies will deliver lectures on different topics. 



More facilities at Chaitanya

Chandigarh, February 18
The Union Minister of State for Finance, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, inaugurated a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at a Sector 44-C-based mother and childcare institute, Chaitanya, here today. Mr Bansal said the hospital had been providing high-quality healthcare to mothers and babies for over a decade. — TNS



Aman Guron clinches golf title
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, February 18
Aman Guron (16) won the third bumper medal round returning a four-over gross card of 76 on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here this afternoon. His nearest rival was Gurcharan Singh, who finished 10 strokes behind with a card of 86.

Aman started with a double bogey on the second hole. He made partial amends on the fifth hole sinking a birdie. But he double-bogeyed again on the ninth hole for a three-over 39 in the first nine.

The return nine saw him lose a stroke each on the 13th and 14th holes. He sunk a birdie again on the 16th hole for a card of 76.

It was competition in virtually all categories and with the sun fighting against the clouds, the weather was just right for an entertaining day of golf.

In the open nine-hole event, Bhupinder Singh carded a 44 gross score to win the event. But T.S. Mandair, who also carded 44, finished runner-up.

The nearest to pin title was clinched by Col B.K.S. Dina with a score of 5' 8".

In the women section, Harinder Sandhu won the title (up to 60 years) with a net score of 71. Binny Bath finished two strokes behind for the runner-up title.

In the women (above-60) section, Kiran B.M. Singh won the nine-hole contest with a net score of 39. Ms Chopra finished seven strokes behind.

The other results:

Men (net): Up to 50 years: Tarandeep 72, Prabhdeep Singh 75; 50 to 65 years: J.S. Kesar 72, Brig P.P.S. Dhillon 77; 65 to 75 years (nine holes): T.C. Chopra 37, Bhupinder Singh 37; 75 to 80 years: J.S. Aurora 35, Brig Jagjit Singh 38; above 80 years: J.S. Sarao 37, M.S. Bhullar 42.

Longest drive (women): up to 60 years: Binny Bath 161 m; above 60 years: Kiran B.M. Singh 100 m.

Longest drive (men): up to 50 years: Jasraj Singh 213 m; 50 to 65 years: G.S. Tandon 229 m; 65 to 75 years: Bhupinder Singh 207 m; 75 to 80 years: Mohinder Singh 171 m; above 80 years: M.S. Bhullar 150 m.



Indian Express, Amar Ujala in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Indian Express set up a clash with last year’s winners Amar Ujala in the final of the ongoing Airtel-Chandigarh Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament.

While Amar Ujala (AU) drubbed arch-rivals Dainik Bhaskar (DB) by 58 runs in the first semi-final, Indian Express (IE) managed to beat a spirited The Tribune (TT) by just two runs in a nail biting match at St John’s School, Sector 26, here today.

In the semi-final between TT and IE, the former elected to bat first. A blistering knock of 89 in 58 balls by opener Varinder Bhatia enabled the team to pile up 178 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs.

The other opener, Jaipal Singh, was out for just 13. Varinder Bhatia’s innings was the highlight of the match as he hit seven towering sixes and six fours during his knock. Ramesh Handa and Gagan took two wickets each while Anjeev, Vijay and Dheerja scalped one each.

Chasing 179 to win, The Tribune lost opener Surinder with just four on board. Skipper Rohit Awasthi and Ajay Thakur steadied the innings and took the team total to 65. After 15 overs, the team needed 65 runs.

Displaying a gritty show, Rohit (65 n.o.) and Gagan (31) unleashed a volley of shots, even scoring 23 runs in one single over. But the fall of Gagan’s wicket in the 19th over proved too costly as the team was left stranded on 176, three runs short of victory.

In the other semi-final, AU set a 166-run target for DB in 20 overs. Scoring a total of 165 AU lost just three wickets.

In reply, DB were all out on 117 in 18 overs. Sanjeev Mahajan made 33 runs. The final will be played on February 25 at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.

Brief scores: Indian Express: 178 for eight (Varinder 89, Sanjeev 18 not out, Aman 18, Ramesh 2 for 12).

The Tribune: 176 for five in 20 overs (Rohit Awasthi 65 not out, Gagan 31, Ajay Thakur 27, Aman 2 for 24).

Amar Ujala: 165 for 3 (Satish 84 not out, Chander 43). Dainik Bhaskar: 117 runs for all out in 17.4 overs (Sanjeev 33, Om Prakash 19, Ashish 3 for 12, Laxman 2 for 20).



Soccer tourney starts

Chandigarh, February 18
The three-day North Zone Audit Football Tournament will commence at Football Stadium, Sector 17, here, tomorrow.

Delhi and AG Haryana have been given bye into the semifinals on the basis of their fine performance in the last north zone tournament.

All-India winners and North Zone runners-up AG Haryana and North Zone winners Delhi along with AG Punjab, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh will fight it out for the top honours. The winners and runners-up will qualify for the forthcoming the All-India Audit Football Tournament to be held at Thiruvananthapuram in the second week of March.

Mr Onkar Nath, Auditor General (A and E), Punjab and Chandigarh, will inaugurate the tournament tomorrow at 2 pm while Mr R.P. Singh, Principal Accountant General (Audit), Punjab and Chandigarh, will be the chief guest on the final day of the tournament. — TNS



Govt College, SGGS Khalsa College taste victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Government College, Sector 11, and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, won their respective matches in the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (Men) A- Division Tournament at PU grounds and DAV College, Sector 10 here today.

SGGS college thrashed GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, by 140 runs while Government College-11, defeated Government College, Sector 46, by 93 runs.

In the match between SGGS college and GGN Khalsa, SGGS bat first and made 326 for 7 in 50 overs.

The fine half centuries by Anupam Gambhir (89), Himmat (68 n o) and Gaurav (53) played key roles in consolidating the team’s position.

In reply, GGN college was bundled for 186 in 36.4 overs. Amandeep played defiant knock of 77 runs. For SGGS, Surinder was wrecker-in-chief with 5 for 27 whereas for GGN, Sukhminder took 3 for 57 followed by Parminder, who claimed 2 for 61.

In the second match, riding high on the century of Hanish Guretia (125), Government College-11, gave the target of 232 to Government College-46. The other notable contributor was Daksh Sharma with his 73 runs. Devesh took 5 wickets for 40.

Chasing the target, Government College-46, could make only 138 in 46 overs. Vikramjeet (4 for 25) was the highest wicket taker for Government College-11. 



Himal shines in chess meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Himal Gusain of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, emerged champion in the Chandigarh Open Prize Money Chess Championship 2007 held on St Xavier’s premises here today.


Himal Gusain: 7 points, Naveen Bansal: 6 points, Baijnath Prasad: 5.5 points, Abhinandan Vohra: 5 points, Anil Raina, Ashwini Nirankari, Ajay Jaswal, Samir Malhotra, Shweta Vipan Negi, Arneek Malhotra, Manmohan Singh, S.P. Gupta: 4.5 points, Nitin, Shirish, S.S. Cheema, Sachlenn: 4 points, Vipnesh Bhardwaj, Swapan, Kewaljeet Singh, Shivam, Harilal Sharma, Sarbir, Ravneet, Gurpreet Singh, Pranjal, Tejas Nagpal, Barinder Pal Singh, Roopam Bhardwaj, Harinder Pal Singh, Pushpinder Gusain, Manik Jain, Daksh Kumar, Gitin Oberoi: 3.5 points.



City bikers take part in ‘Rider mania’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
A group of 15 people from ‘Road Survivors’ from Chandigarh Bullet Club, travelled to Nagpur on motorbikes to participate in ‘Rider Mania’. The event was organised by Wanderlust Mc Club.

The riders, began from Nagpur on January 20, crossed Agra, Gwalior and Khajuraho.

Over 200 motorcycle riders from across the country participated in a number of competitions held as a part of the tournament. Ravneet and Hina Saini received awards during the event.



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