C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Command Hospital gets VIP ward

Chandigarh, May 15
A VIP officers' ward, comprising four suites, has been established at the Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir. The new ward will have all the modern facilities required for the treatment and comfort of the patients and the amenities provided in the ward will be comparable to any corporate hospital.

Speaking on the occasion after inaugurating the ward today, GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lt Gen Daljeet Singh said it was the endeavour of the Western Command to make the hospital a state-of-the-art hospital and to achieve this objective a slew of changes are on anvil.

A new trauma centre to cater to all kinds of emergencies, bringing the entire super-specialty services under one roof to create a hassle-free environment for the patients and doubling the capacity of the dental care centre are among some of the proposed projects, he said.

The president Army Wives Welfare Association, Western Command, Mohini Daljeet Singh, released the quarterly newsletter of the hospital that carries information regarding facilities available in the hospital and tips on the prevention of heart diseases. — TNS



Expedition to Khardung La in August
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
The Chandigarh Adventure Association (CAA) will organise “Expedition Khardung La 2007” in August. Around 200 to 250 participants from different states are expected to join the expedition to the world’s highest motorable pass on the eve of Independence Day.

Stating this yesterday, association president Kulbir Gaba said: “The 11-day expedition will start on August 9 when the participants, after scrutiny and registration, will travel around the city as a pre-event show. The next day the expedition will be flagged off from the city to cover around 1,700 km in 10 days. The expedition is purely adventurous with negligible risk. Two children - an 18-month-old and a three-and-half-year-old - are accompanying us.”

The bikers will cross six passes — Rohtang Pass (13,051 feet), Baralacha La (16,050), Nakeela (15,550), Lachung La (16,617), Tanglang La (17,582) and Khardung La (18,380).

A sum of Rs 5,000 will be charged as participation fee.

The association will also provide mechanical and medical backup.

Interested participants can contact Kulbir Gaba on the phone at 9814112580 or through e-mail at [email protected]



Rock Rovers outclass BCPL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
The Rock Rovers team outclassed BPCL (8-6) in the 5th edition of Olympian Dharam Singh Memorial six-a-side hockey tournament held at the Sector 18 Hockey Stadium, here, today.

The half-time score was 3 goals to 2 in favour of Rock Rovers. With this win, Rock Rovers garnered 3 points whereas BPCL failed to make any point. The Man of the Match was Sunny Samuel, the goalkeeper of Rock Rovers.

In another match, CISF beat RCF 8-7 in a well-contested match.

The half-time score stood at 3-1 in favour of CISF. The Man of the Match award was bagged by Bhushan Kumar, the goalkeeper of CISF.



Wrestling body releases calendar

Chandigarh, May 15
The Chandigarh Wrestling Association has prepared its sports calendar for 2007-2008. Releasing the calendar, the association’s general secretary Darshan Lal Sharma said a number of coaching camps had been planned to prepare the Chandigarh teams for national wrestling championships and other important national level tournaments.

The calendar is as follows:

*Sub-junior Boys State Wrestling Championships (freestyle and Greco-Roman) on May 19 and 20.

*One-week coaching camp in preparations for Chandigarh's participation in the Sub-junior nationals to be held in Anandpur Sahib from May 25 to 27.

*The Junior Boys State Wrestling Championship (freestyle and Graeco-Roman) in the second week of June.

*A 15-day coaching camp for participation in the Junior National Wrestling Championship to be held in June.

*The Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior Women State Wrestling Championships in the last week of June.

*Coaching camp to prepare the state team for the National Wrestling Championship in August.

*Annual cash distribution function of the association on August 15.

*Fielding the state team in rural competitions on the occasion of Guga Madi Festival in September-October, near Chandigarh.

*The Senior State Wrestling Championships in the first week of December.

*Coaching camp in preparations for Chandigarh's participation in the Senior National Wrestling Championships in December.

*Annual cash prize tournament on the occasion of the Republic Day function in January 2008.

*Organising coaching camps for participation in the K.D. Yadav Federation Cup to be held in Maharashtra in February next year. — TNS



Grooming hockey talent on its turf
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
The Chandigarh Hockey Academy, Sector 42, has made its name in the hockey arena by producing a number of international players.

Two products of the academy - Rajpal Singh and Baljit Singh - were part of the Indian squad that finished third in the Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament, which concluded at Ipoh, Malaysia, yesterday.

Inderjit Chadha, Jaswinder Singh, Navdeep Singh, Dharamvir Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh are some of the other players who have earned a name for themselves at the international arena.

Incepted in 2002 by the Chandigarh administration to unearth talent, the academy has made many achievements in the past.

Players at the academy get a chance to stay for seven years during which they get facilities like board and lodging, education, tuitions, etc. for free.

Currently, 45 budding players (23 senior and 22 junior) are receiving training under the watchful eyes of coaches Jasbir Singh Bajwa and Gurminder Singh.

Talking to the TNS, the trainees, aged between 12 and 17 years, expressed happiness over the facilities being provided at the academy.

“We live away from our homes but the facilities and atmosphere here help us fill that void. With the relationship that we enjoy with other players, it seems like one big family,” echo Harman Deep Singh, Simran Singh, Lovepreet and Ranjodh Singh.

“We have a hi-tech multi-gym, an LCD for entertainment, a recreation room and an Astro-turf field for training. Besides, filtered water, nutritious diet, water-coolers in each room, computer room and hygienic sanitary conditions help us forget our homes,” quip players, who mostly belong to rural Punjab.

On training, Subedar Surjan Singh, warden of the academy, says: “We have a strict schedule for them and ensure that the players do not feel home sick. Our day starts at 5 am. The players train in two sessions (5.45 am to 7 am and 4 pm to 6.30 pm). They go to school from 8 am to 2 pm. A 10-minute mental training session is held for them at 9.30 pm.”

It is not all rosy for players when it comes to leisure. “The number of outings should be increased,” say players in unison.

Jasbir Singh Bajwa says: “Besides regular training, these budding players get a chance to play matches with international players of the academy. This gives them much confidence.”



PU badminton hall fee hike
Players left in lurch
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
If national badminton players of school and colleges who practice at Panjab University’s badminton hall are to be believed, the authorities have made made things tougher for players to pursue the sport.

Instead of giving incentives to these junior national badminton players, the university has hiked the fee for using its badminton hall manifold, leaving them in the lurch.

How can the university forget that it was the women’s badminton team that won a gold medal in the inter-varsity meet in 2000, after a draught of 25 years.

The fee hike for using the Jawahar Lal Nehru Indoor Badminton Hall is simply unreasonable. Now, the fee has been categorised as: Rs 40 (per month) for faculty and students of university and Rs 600 (per month) for outsiders.

The fee for outsiders was raised from Rs 40 to Rs 300 and then to Rs 600 in a span of just 18 months.

J.S. Toor, adviser to the directorate of sports, PU, said: “It is not their right to use this hall. The hike was made after the syndicate meeting. Moreover, it is the Government of India’s decision to generate income through own resources to meet the heavy maintenance expenses. Besides, earlier, the hall could be used for a five-day week. Now it will be open for six days a week. The hike is not just for badminton hall. We are soon going to charge money for using our grounds also.”

When asked if the authorities would rethink their decision and place these students under a specially created ‘students category’, Toor said: “We have been told that anybody who is neither a faculty member nor a bonafide student of the university will be treated as an ‘outsider’.”

The university will be at loss eventually. For, it is the only hall from where students of different colleges practised before representing the university at various inter-varsity and zonal tournaments.

It is pertinent to mention that Oscar Bansal, the country’s sub-junior No. 1 player and third in the junior ranking, is a product of this badminton centre. He has now made it to the list of probable players for the Commonwealth Games-2010 and is presently attending a camp at Hyderabad.

“Instead of giving incentives to bright players in the way of fee concessions, they have raised the fee exorbitantly. We are discouraged by the university decision,” said Sunil Bansal, Oscar’s father.

“We have been playing in this hall with a fee of Rs 40 for the past many years, but I don’t think it is reasonable to put this extra burden on our parents every month. The university authorities have enhanced the hall fee, but did they ever think about providing us a coach? I am worried as to how we will continue our practice,” said Tushar, a junior-level player



Ankit props up Chandigarh

Chandigarh, May 15
With a magnificent 91 runs knock by Ankit Kaushik, supported by Shah Nawaj, who scored 67 runs, the Chandigarh team could muster 293 runs in 87 overs in the first innings against Bathinda at the Punjab State u-17 tournament for the M.L. Markan Trophy 2007-08 at DAV School, Sector 8, here today.

After winning the toss, Chandigarh decided to bat first. Vishal Thind also contributed a valuable 38 runs to the team. On the other hand, Bathinda’s Raj Kamal and Amrinder were the bowlers who caused the most damage to the city team. Raj Kamal claimed four wickets at the cost of 73 runs while Amrinder took four wickets off 89 runs. Ultimately, the Chandigarh team made 293 runs in 87 overs.

In reply, the Bathinda team was playing at 13 runs for the loss of one wicket in 6 overs till the end of the day’s play.

In another 1st innings match played at PCA between the teams of Ropar and Mohali, Mohali won the toss and decided to field first. Ropar’s trio - Karan (95), Amandeep (65) and Krishan (62) - made their team garner a mammoth 300 runs in 95 overs.

Brief scores: Chandigarh (1st innings): 293 all out in 87 overs - Shah Nawaj (67), Ankit Kaushik (91), Vishal Thind (38) Raj Kamal 4 for 73 and Amrinder 4 for 89.

Bathinda (1st Innings): 13 for 1 in 6 overs till the end of day’s play.

Ropar (1st innings): 300 all out in 95 overs - Amandeep (65), Karan (95), Krishan (62), Mohit Bedi (2 for 74), Harpreet Golu (2 for 74). — TNS



UT to keep conversion fee
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, May 15
The ministry of finance has allowed the Chandigarh administration to keep the money collected for conversions under a special budget head which will be used exclusively for development of the Industrial Area.

The conversion fee, in the normal course, would have gone to the Government of India. As the administration intends to use this money for upgradation of infrastructure in the Industrial Area, the issue of utilising the money through a public fund was taken up by the administration with the union ministry of finance.

Subsequently, Gen (Retd) S.F. Rodrigues, UT Administrator, took up the matter with the finance minister, who suggested a public fund for the purpose.

Under this scheme, the Chandigarh Housing Board will deposit the receipts in the government account on a monthly basis. Based on the revenue collected, the estate officer will submit the requisite proposal relating to the budget estimates/ revised estimates to the finance department for provision of funds under respective heads of accounts.

With reference to the availability of funds under the Industrial Area Development Fund, the estate officer will incur expenditure required for developmental activities in the area through the executing agency. The expenditure incurred out of the fund will be subject to internal and statutory audit.

All money received under the conversion policy would now be invested in the infrastructure of the Industrial Area itself .

The administration has framed a scheme for conversion of industrial plots into commercial plots.

The conversion fee would be deposited with the fund which would exclusively be used for provision of amenities in the Industrial Area, Phase-I and Phase-II.



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |