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PGI doubles card fee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
The PGI authorities have decided to double the card fee of the emergency services thus helping it garner additional annual revenue of over Rs 50 lakh.

The decision to increase the charges was taken at a meeting of the standing finance committee in New Delhi yesterday.

It was decided that Rs 20 would be charged from the patients at emergency, a 100 per cent increase from the Rs 10 being charged now. Though there was no change in the amount of charges for the patients visiting OPDs, the duration of validity for the OPD cards has been reduced from one year to six months. Earlier, a patient had to pay Rs 10 for a year to avail the OPD services but now he has to pay Rs 20 for the same period.

Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) was already charging Rs 20 for the card for one year. In case, the patient loses the card, he has to pay Rs 30 for getting a new card issued.

Officials at the PGI said the hike in charges would amount to additional earnings of anything between Rs 4-6 lakh a month. Dr Raj Bahadur, additional medical superintendent of the PGI, informed the TNS that more than 40 lakh patients visited the PGI every year and the institute was spending Rs 34 lakh on the first prescription of the patients landing in the emergency of the hospital from the poor patient fund. “Now, the additional generation of the revenue would help in providing better services to the patients at the PGI,” he added.



Eye camp today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
A free eye check-up and operation camp, organised by the Guru Gobind Singh Sports Club in memory of Shahid Bhagat Singh, will be held at the Government High School in Dadu Majra tomorrow at 10 am.



Nishchay lifts u-12 total tennis trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Total Tennis product Nishchay Rawal clinched the boys’ under-12 title thrashing Digvijay Naruka of CLTA in straight sets 6-2, 6-1, in the 3rd Late Sh L.D. Kapoor YMCA Total Tennis Championship being played at the YMCA Total Tennis Academy, Sector 11, here today.

Displaying a brilliant game, Nishchay put pressure from the start of the match, and forced Naruka to commit unforced errors. In the process, he won the first set 6-2 in just 37 minutes.

Giving no chance to Naruka, Nishchay won five games in a row to take the second set 6-1 to win the title.

In the under-16 girls category, Shilpa Naruka beat second seed Bhawika Wadhwan 6-2, 6-4, to lift the trophy.

The first set was taken by Naruka with ease while during the second set Bhawika showed some resistance and took a 4-3 lead. But holding her nerves, Shilpa took next three games in a row to seal victory of 6-2, 6-4.

The under-10 (boys) title went to Sachin Kumar, who defeated Param Punn 6-2, 6-1, whereas the final match of the boys under-14 between Digvijay Naruka and Pankaj Kumar was interrupted by rain.

“All the matches, interrupted by rain today, will be held tomorrow at 3 pm, said tournament director Devinder Kapoor.

The results:

Finals: Boys (under-10): Sachin Kumar bt Param Punn 6-2, 6-1;

(Under-12): Nishchay Rawal bt Digvijay Naruka 6-2, 6-1.

Girls (under-16): Shilpa Naruka bt Bhavika Wadhwan 6-2, 6-4.



Triangular contest for Golf Club poll
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 21
Battle lines are being drawn for the prestigious Chandigarh Golf Club elections in which 1,200 voters from all over the region will converge on the club campus to elect the president and 10 members of the managing committee on April 8.

It will be a triangular contest for the top post. In the fray are an IAS officer, an IPS officer and an Army officer. The contestants are R.S. Sandhu, S.K. Sharma and Lt-Gen B.S. Randhawa, respectively.

Lt-Gen Randhawa is banking on defence votes. Most of his candidates for the managing committee posts are from the defence forces. On the other hand, Sandhu has selected candidates from different fields, including three from the defence, in his panel for the managing committee posts.

S.K. Sharma is the new police entrant into the golf club elections. He has also put up three defence officers, besides the other candidates, for the managing committee.

Of the 30 candidates for the managing committee posts, 12 are from the defence forces with 11 of them coming from the Army.

North Zone runners-up

North Zone civil services golfers are back with the runners-up trophy that they clinched in the All-India Civil Services Golf Tournament at Qutab Golf Club, Lado Sarai, New Delhi, on Sunday.

Two of the team members-R.K. Arora and G.S. Hira-won the Best Card and Nearest to the Pin titles, respectively.

The following comprised the North Zone team: C.S.R. Reddy, Roshan Sunkaria, Rupinder Singh, Rajiv Kapoor, Devender Singh, J.S. Mehi, B.R. Banga, A.P. Panday, G.S. Hira, Hardeep Kumar, R.P. Chander, R.S. Sandhu, R.K. Arora and P.C. Kapoor.



Events on March 24
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Scrutiny of the entries of the participants as well as their vehicles, for the 20th Thunderbolt SJOBA Sub-Himalayan Rally, will be held on March 23 at 12 pm at St Johns’ High School, Sector 26, here.

The two-day rally will be flagged off on March 24 at 7 am from the school.

Cricket academy trials

The trials for St John's Cricket Academy, based at St John's High School, Sector-26 here, will take place on March 24 at 3 pm and on March 25 at 8 am.

According to the academy’s coach, Nagesh Gupta, the trials are open for boys of schools in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. “There is no age bar for participation and interested candidates should report at St John's cricket grounds well in time and in proper white cricket uniform,” he said.

The Sanjay Public School Cricket Academy will also hold trials on March 25 at 11 am at the school premises here. The trials will be held for under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-19. Interested players should bring their age proof certificate at the trials.

Netball championship

The Netball Association of Chandigarh is going to organise the First Senior Netball Championship (only girls) at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47 B, here, from March 24 to 25.

Teams can send their entries to the school’s in-charge Inderjeet , or call R. Sharan on 98556-50390 before March 23. The tournament will start at 11.30 am on March 24.

Ball badminton tourney

The Senior State Ball Badminton Championship will be held at Government Model High School, Sector 20, here, on March 24 and 25.

According to general-secretary of the Ball Badminton Sports Promotion Association J.S. Lamba, all interested teams may report to Labh Singh, organising secretary, on or before March 23.

Four players, on the basis of their performance in the tournament, will be selected in the Indian team for the first Indo-Nepal Ball Badminton Championship scheduled to be held at Kathmandu in June.



Aditi, Simran are best athletes
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 21
Aditi Deep Singh (architecture stream) and Simran Jeet Kaur (B.Ed) were adjudged ‘best girl athletes’ while Umesh Kumar (MBA) and Yatindra Khetwal (B.Ed) were adjudged ‘best boy athletes’ at the fourth annual athletics meet of Indo-Global Colleges held at Abhipur near here yesterday.

Students from all three colleges - Indo-Global College of Engineering, Indo-Global College of Architecture and Indo-Global College of Education - participated in the meet.



Senior football meet today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Defending champions Chandigarh Football Club and runners-up Chandigarh Police Football Club have been given bye into the second round of the Chandigarh Senior Football Championship for the Chaudhary Jarnail Singh Memorial Trophy which will be conducted by the Chandigarh Football Association from March 22 to 26 at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here.

Announcing this here yesterday, CFA president Ravinder Talwar said the 13 teams had been divided into two groups and the winners would qualify for the third division National Football League (NFL).



Bhagat Singh tourney begins
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 21
The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Football Tournament began at War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala Cantt, today.

The tournament is being organised by the vikas parishad. Vikas parishad chief Anil Vij said Ambala had been an important football playing centre a few decades back.

The first match took place between the Union Club Ambala and Saharanpur XI. Union Club won the match.



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