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SAARC car rally to arrive in city in March
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Car Rally 2007, will arrive in Chandigarh from Dehradoon-Ponta Sahib on March 27.

The Car Rally would also have a night halt at Chandigarh before departing to Lahore in Pakistan via Phagwara-Amritsar-Wagha Border.

The rally will start from Bangladesh on March 14 and conclude in India on the eve of the SAARC Summit on April 14. Cultural activities will also be arranged for the participants in the city.

During the 13th SAARC summit held in Dhaka in November 2005, Prime Minister had proposed re-connection of South Asia. He proposed to organise a South Asian car rally in the run-up to the next summit in New Delhi.

The rally would symbolise our regional identity, highlight our regional connectivity and draw attention to the need to improve our SAARC transport infrastructure.

A press note of the UT administration stated that the rally would cover more than 8,000 km in 31 days. The Rally will have a fleet of about 30 vehicles of SAARC countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal and India.



Harinder Sandhu wins Pilsner Trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Harinder Sandhu of the Chandigarh Golf Club clinched the London Pilsner Trophy in the All-India Ladies Amateur Golf Championship played in Delhi Golf Course last week.

Harinder's victory in the senior category was the only title that Chandigarh ladies could muster on the "shrubby" Delhi course. Harinder returned cards of 99 and 96 in the 36-hole stroke-play competition.

Mani Chandran (17), of DAV Public School, had a stroke-play of 11 and 10 for her fourth placement in the competition for the VST All-India Junior Trophy (under 18). She also got the seventh place in the Biloo Sethi Challenge Trophy.

Jaipreet S. Ghuman, a Class VIII student of YPS, Mohali, clinched the second runner-up spot in the DT Challenge Trophy open match play 24 to 36 handicap.

Talking to The Tribune, Jaipreet said she could have done better. But the course was such that the ball did not stay on the fairway. "Too many obstacles", she added.

Neelu Chopra also finished second runner-up in the same category.

Most of the contestants felt that the Delhi course had too many shrubs. Besides they had to pay a heavy penalty for going off the fairway.

Used to playing on the vast open course in Chandigarh, the ladies were found landing in the shrubs.

Now the ladies are all set for the Chandigarh Ladies Golf Championship, which will be played on the lush course of the Chandigarh Golf Club. This year the tournament will not be an open event, but a competition for local golfers.

Another ladies event will be the Pran Nath Vahi Memorial Cup to be played on the Chandigarh Golf Club course in March.



AG Punjab drub AG Uttarakhand by seven goals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
AG Punjab defeated AG Uttarakhand, 7-0, in the inaugural match of the North Zone IA and AD Football Tournament here today. The tournament is being organised by the AG Haryana at the Sector 17 football stadium.

The winners had established 6-0 lead in the first quarter. AG Punjab players virtually utilised the second half for practice and netted only one goal during the session.

AG Punjab showed complete dominance in all departments of the game. Having failed to match the skills of AG Punjab players, AG Uttarakhand made a few tries with long range shots that proved abortive as Punjab custodian Harpreet Singh was agile and alert.

AG Punjab went one up in the fifth minute. Manharpreet initiated the move and gave a pass to Sanjay Kumar to beat Uttarakhand goalkeeper LP Tapliyal with a powerful shot.

Former national player Vinay Kanwal dribbled past a host of Uttarakhand players and scored a goal in the 15th minute.

Speedy Rajiv Rattan was the other star of the AG Punjab team. Despite having a hairline fracture in his palm, he made many good moves. In the 16th minute, he gave an immaculate pass to Sanjay to do the rest and make it 3-0. Rajiv Rattan himself scored a brilliant goal with a solo effort in the 18th minute. Rakesh Sethi then pumped in two goals in the 23rd and 30th minutes to swell the winners' kitty.

Hemant Kumar rounded off the winners' tally in the 53rd minute.

Pankaj Aitwal, captain Mahesh Chandra and Dharam Singh tried their best to score from long rangers. However, they found the AG Punjab goalkeeper unbeatable.

In the semifinals tomorrow, hosts AG Haryana will meet AG Punjab, while holders Delhi Audit will face AG Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier, Mr Onkar Nath, Accountant General Punjab (A&E) inaugurated the tournament.



Sports award function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Rajpal Singh (hockey), Kamini Gautam (handball) and Gurpreet Kaur (rowing) will be honoured by Trimurti Sports, Cultural and Welfare Association, at a function to be held on February 21 at the Tagore Theatre here.

The trio brought laurels to the city by representing the country at the Doha Asiad in December last year. Besides these players, the association will distribute sports kits among 50 other needy sportspersons of different disciplines.

“We will also extend financial aid to DC Worrel, a cricket coach, for getting an artificial limb (leg). Punjabi folk singer Mohammad Sadique would also be honoured with a cash prize of Rs 21,000 on the occasion”, said Mr Iqbal Singh, general secretary of the association. 



GNK College beat DAV by 56 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Riding high on a six-wicket haul by Parved (6 for 41), GN Khalsa College, Abohar, beat DAV College, Abohar, by 56 runs in the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (men) A-Division Tournament at the DAV College grounds, Sector 10, here today.

Batting first, GN college made 203 in 40 overs. Lakhbir Singh (36) and Jagwant Singh (31) were the main scorers for the team. Goutam and Pankaj took three wickets each for DAV.

In reply, DAV could make only 147 as the team was wrapped up in just 28 overs. Parved claimed six wickets followed by Thomes, who took two for 28. Surinder showed some resistance and remained not out on 39 runs while Pankaj and Nishant scored 26 and 23 runs, respectively. 



Film shooting made easy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
To promote tourism and provide more facility to film and TV serials producers, the UT Administration has constituted a Single Window Committee. The committee will be chaired by the Director of Chandigarh Tourism for granting permissions for film shooting.

The committee will also include a nodal officer from the UT Engineering Department and the Assistant Director (Tourism).

The UT Administration has also decreased the nominal fees of Rs 2,000 per day for Sukhna Lake and Rs 1,000 per day for the locations of Bougainvillea Garden, Sector 3, Leisure Valley, Sector 10 and Rose Garden, Sector 16, for shooting of films. 



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