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20 kids examined
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Over 250 children were medically examined and their growth and development assessed at Gurdwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur, Sector 34, here today.

The camp was conducted by a team of paediatricians from Chaitanya Hospital.

Nutritional advice to improve the health of children was given by the dietician and free medicines were distributed.

Another camp will be held on April 15 at Gurdwara Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji, Sector 40.



Mani’s team clinch Wahi golf title
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 1
Mani Chander’s team of R.S. Chalia, K.S. Brar and K.S. Sibia made the most of a hot and windy day today logging 104 points to clinch the title in the Pran Nath Wahi Memorial Golf Tournament. It was played on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here.

Played on the stableford format, the tournament attracted 17 foursomes who sweated it out in probably the last competition organised by the women section this season.

The score of the lady and the two best scores of the gents were taken into account to decide the points.

Finishing eight points behind the winners were Rabiya Gill and her team of Col Jatinder Singh Kang, V. Mehan and S.B.S. Ghai who tallied 96 points.

While Mani and his co-players were clear winners, the contest for the second spot was a close one, with Pauline J.M. Singh’s team finishing just two points behind Rabiya Gill’s foursome.

Pauline’s team included J.S. Kesar, H.S. Kang and Prabhjeet Ghai.

This was the 10th year in succession that the tournament was played. It is conducted by Mr Vivek Wahi in memory of his father Pran Nath Wahi.

The lady captain, Pauline J.M. Singh, was happy that 68 golfers took part in the competition despite a number of dropouts because of the impending golf club elections in April 8.



They are winners, no less
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Initially, we used to organise festivals like Holi for these kids. When we saw them playing cricket with a specially designed ball, we were inspired to organise a sports meet for them.

Harkeerat, Rotaract Club chief

Chandigarh, April 1
Disability doesn’t lessen the effort they put in nor does it diminish the joy of winning. For Karamjit Kaur (18), Ram Dai (16), Suman (13), Parminder (13), Kuljeet (15), Abhishek (14), Shubham (11), Ram Pal (18) and Ram Saran (16), these visually impaired children of the Institute for Blind, Sector 26, were happy to be part of the Special Olympics sports meet organised by the Rotaract Club of Chandigarh at Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Sector 26, here, yesterday.

It would be a folly to underestimate these kids. The winner of the 100 m race and shot put event, Karamjit Kaur, was a silver medallist in 400 m in the National Sports meet for Blind held at Delhi. “ I won two bronze medals in 200 m and 100 m race there.” She is fully aware of the world around her and wants to be an advocate. “I aim to fight injustice.”

“I defeated the champion today in the race,” Suman (13) chipped in. Suman and Shamta, daughters of a visually impaired cobbler, want to be Maths or Punjabi teachers.

“I putted the shot at a distance of 8.5 meters at the Delhi National Games. First time participation and a bronze, not bad! What do you say?” said a confident Ram Saran who defeated his own brother Ram Pal in shot put today.

This big cricket buff couldn’t resist giving his expert opinion on Team India. “I think there is no flaw in Greg’s strategies and he should not be blamed for the India’s dismal performance in the World Cup. It was the players who did not follow him.”

Ram Dehi, a Class VI student and captain of the school band, is a national silver medallist (400 m) and bronze (200 m race). He won the 100 meters race today. He wants to be a Braille teacher.

Kuljeet (discus throw and long jump), Gurbachan (200 m race) were the other winners.

The children were excited to have a celebrity in their midst. Hardeep Chandpuri, CEO, Radio Buzz and anchor of their favourite radio show “Catch the Bus”, was present at the event. “I am familiar with some of these kids’ names as they keep calling to request for a song. They recognised me by my voice. We are planning to conduct a ‘voice modulation workshop’ at the Institute for Blind,” said Chandpuri.



Satluj Centre in cricket semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
A fine knock of 92 runs by Karan Goel, ably supported by skipper Manan Vohra (64 runs), enabled Satluj Coaching Centre to beat Coaching Centre, Sector 3, Panchkula, by 89 runs in the U-15 Surinder Singh Memorial tournament today. The tournament is being held at Satluj Public School grounds, Sector 4, here today.

Karan Goel and Manan Vohra scored 125 runs for the first wicket while batting first, after their team won the toss. Satluj Coaching Centre has qualified for the semifinal match to be played tomorrow against New India Public, School-15, Panchkula.

Brief scores: Satluj Coaching Centre: 213/7 in 25 overs; Karan Goel 92, Manan Vohra 64, Abhinav Goel 21, Shashay 3/4. Coaching Centre- Sec 3, Panchkula: 124 all out; Pranav 29, Amit Mittal 27 (not out), Ankush 17, Neeraj 2/18, Harpreet Singh 2/24, Manan Vohra 2/18.



Punjab team for twenty20

Chandigarh, April 1
Pankaj Dharmani will lead the Punjab team in the zonal twenty20 league, starting from April 3 in New Delhi.

The other members of the team are: Dinesh Mongia, Reetinder Sodhi, Gagandeep Singh, Ravneet Ricky, Karan Goel, Ishaan Malhotra, Bipul Sharma, Loveabhilish, Rajesh Sharma, Sumit Kalia, Sumit Sharma, Sarabjit Singh, Vikram R. Singh, Sunny Sohal. — TNS



Gusain chess champ

Chandigarh, April 1
Himal Gusain today emerged champion in the Ist Chandigarh Prize Money Rapid Chess Championship 2007. It was held at St Xaviers Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here.

The results are: Five points: Himal Gusain; four points: Abhinandan Vohra, Naveen Bansal and Vipnesh Bhardwaj; and three points: Ashwani Nirankari, Manmohan Singh, Sanjeev Biswas, Nitin, Satbir, Shashwat Shivam, Swapan Kumar and Kewaljeet Singh. — TNS



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