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Sohana hospital to adopt 100 villages

Mohali, June 5
Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital Trust, Sohana, has decided to adopt Mohali, Chandigarh and 100 nearby villages for providing healthcare facilities at concessional rates.

According to a press note issued by the hospital, the trust has decided to issue a free golden health card to each family residing in these villages. Any member whose name would appear on the card could use it to avail 25 per cent discount.

General manager (marketing) and head of the project Khushwant Singh said health facilities in India were in a state of neglect, particularly in the rural areas where 70 per cent of the population lived, and the main reason for the underdevelopment of health care in these areas was the vast gap in provision and location of health care resources.

The villages covered so far include Abrawan, Badala, Badali Alla Singh, Badali, Basian, Behlan, Behrampur, Bhago Majra, Bairopur, Bharatpur, Chadiala, Chao Majra, Chappar Chiri, Chhaju Majra, Chilla, Choeta, Chunni, Desu majra, Dhadak Kalan, Dhdak Khurd, Dubali, Gadana, Giddrepur, Jagatpura, Jahajare, Jandpur, Jhanpur, Kailon, Khuni Majra, Kumbran, Lakhnaur, Landran, Machhali Kalan, Machhali Khurd, Magar, Majat, Majatri, Malakpur, Manak Majra and Manoli besides others. OC



Smooth sailing for seeds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Ridhi Hegde from West Bengal maintained her winning spree by eliminating Arzoo Malik of Delhi in three sets (6-3, 4-6, 6-2) in the girls under-14 singles second round encounter of the AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament here today.

The tournament is being played at the CLTA stadium in Sector 10 here.

Ridhi will now face third seed Anushka Bhargava of Andhra Pradesh in the quarter-final tomorrow.

Anushka had an easy round against Ankita Bhatia of Haryana whom she beat 6-3, 6-1.

Local qualifier Shilpa Naruka continued to display excellent form as she beat Abhilasha Ahuja of Haryana in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 in the girls under-16 singles second round match at the centre court.

Shilpa will now face top seed Garima Vatwani of Delhi in quarter-final.

Showing great control, Garima dropped just one game in each set as the Delhi player won with ease 6-1, 6-1.

Other seeded players also had a smooth sailing to their next round.

Quarter-final lineup: Shweta C. Rana vs Kritika Paul (Delhi); Vaniya Dangwal (Delhi) vs Prathana Tombera (Maharashtra) and Vaidehi Bhagwat (Maharashtra) vs Manya Nagpal (Delhi).

Second seed Shweta C. Rana, after losing her the first set 1-6, reorganised her game to outplay Mehak 6-4, 6-4 in the next two sets to advance to the next round.

Seeded players had a smooth sailing in the boys under-14 singles second round matches as well.

Top seed Rohit Bisht (Delhi), second seed Ronit Bisht (Delhi), third seed Surya Pawan (AP), fourth seed Digvijay Singh Mehta (HP), fifth seed K. Pradeep Reddy (AP), sixth seed Siddharth Rawat (Delhi) and seventh seed Vinod Gowda advanced to the next round.

Surya Pawan was pushed to three sets by unseeded Adit Jan of Delhi 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with top seed Rohit Bisht who beat Naveen Shanker in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

Local lad Akshat faced a tough challenge before prevailing over plucky Shikhar Kapur of Delhi 7-6 (9-7), 7-5.

Results (2nd round singles matches): Girls under-14: Shweta Rana (Delhi) b Ikttesh Chahal (Chandigarh) 6-1, 6-1; Kritika Paul (Delhi) b Ravnoor Kaur (Chandigarh) 6-4, 6-1; Vaniya Dangwal (Delhi) b Carol Augustine (Delhi) 6-3, 6-3; Prathana Tombera (Maharashtra) b Saumya Sanghi (Delhi) 6-2, 6-2; Ridhi Hegde (WB) b Arzoo Malik (Delhi) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Anushka Bhargava (AP) b Ankita Bhatia (Haryana) 6-3, 6-1; Manya Nagpal (Delhi) b Megha Sherawat (Delhi) 6-3, 6-1; Vaidehi Bhagwat (Maharashtra) b Likhita Shetty (Karnataka) 6-4, 6-2.

Boys under-14: Rohit Bisht (Delhi) b Garry S. Amor (Chandigarh) 6-1, 6-1; Sidharth Rawat (UP) b Anand Chander Shekhar (Gujarat) 6-0, 6-0; Surya Pawan (AP) b Ajay Yadav (Chandigarh) 6-1, 6-1; K. Pradeep Reddy (AP) b Arnab Kishore (Delhi) 6-1, 6-0; Vishal Passi (Delhi) b Ayush Mintri (Punjab) 6-2, 6-0; Digvijay S. Mehta (HP) b Maninder Singh (Chandigarh) 6-0, 6-2; Vinod Gowda b Sudhir Tanwar (Haryana) 6-0, 6-4; Ronit Bisht (Delhi) b Gurinder Singh (Chandigarh) 6-0, 7-6 (5).

Girls under-16: Garima Vatwani (Delhi) b Tarranium Handa (Delhi) 6-1, 6-1; Shilpa Naruka (Chandigarh) b Abhilasha Ahuja (Haryana) 6-4, 7-5; Seeulee Upadhaya (Orissa) b Prabhamrit Kaur (Chandigarh) 6-2, 6-2; Vaidehi Bhagwat (Maharashtra) b Anushka Bhargava (AP) 7-5, 6-1; Shweta C. Rana (Delhi) b Mehak (Chandigarh) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4; Nikki Gargi (Orissa) b Kritika Paul (Delhi) 6-4, 6-3; Jaanesh M. Kaur (Chandigarh) b Noor Paul (Chandigarh) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3; Prathana Tombera (Maharashtra) b Vaniya Dangwal (Delhi) 6-2, 6-4.

Boys under-16: Rohit Bisht (Delhi) b Naveen Shankar (Chandigarh) 6-2, 6-3; Mandeep S. Gill (Chandigarh) b Harry S. Amor (Chandigarh) 6-1, 6-2; K. Pradeep Reddy (AP) b Sudhir Tanwar (Haryana) 6-0, 6-0; Surya Pawan (AP) b Adit Jain (Delhi) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Akshat Joshi (Chandigarh) b Shikhar Kapur (Delhi) 7-6 (9-7), 7-5.



Billiards: Ajay in quarterfinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Ajay Singla of Chandigarh entered the quarterfinals of the Asia Billiards All-India Open Prize Money 9-Ball Pool Championship beating Mandeep Makkar here at Sector 34.

In the round of 32, Mandeep outclassed former national-rank player Sameer Bhalla of Haryana by 7-5.

Gagandeep Makkar, Chandigarh, beat former 9-ball national No. 2 Sandeep Gulati, Delhi, by 7-5 to enter the quarterfinals. Initially, Gagandeep was trailing by 5-2 but then he cleared five frames in a row to make the score 7-5. 



10 caddies selected for special camp
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, June 5
Ten caddies of the Chandigarh Golf Club have made it to the advance camp for specialised training under Grade A teaching professional, Jesse Grewal.

The caddies' camp of excellence, which got under way at the Chandigarh Golf Range yesterday, is part of the Chandigarh Golf Association's effort to tap talent among caddies.

The 10 caddies were selected from all those who had attended two camps held earlier.

Earlier, it were the caddies from Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow or Mhow who got into the pro circuit. Who can forget the names of Ashok Kumar and Ali Sher, who are today rated among the top golf professionals.

Jesse said caddies make good golfers as they are exposed to the greens from a young age. Besides, helping out the golfers as caddies, they virtually inherit their traits.

Chandigarh can boast of at least one caddy making it big. He is 25-year-old Harinder Gupta. He finished among the top 10 in the national pro circuit last year.

Other Chandigarh caddies who have made the pro circuit are Ranjit Singh, Randhir Singh and Roop Singh.

All the selected caddies have a handicap of less than six.

Jesse is hopeful of at least two of them making it to the pro circuit.

Those selected are:Sarvar Hussain, Rajesh, Jitinder Gupta, Santosh Gupta, Lakhbinder Singh, Balbir Singh, Arbind, Dayal SIngh, Kuldip Singh and Anil.



Chandigarh win in cricket
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Fine knocks by Mohsin Khan (68) and Girish Bhanot (48) helped Chandigarh beat Himachal Pradesh by 167 runs in the All-India Thirty Overs Cricket Tournament being played in Hoshiarpur.

Batting first, Chandigarh made 257 for 9 in 30 overs. Khan played a belligerent knock, which included fives sixes and five fours. Captain Bhanot played a quick knock of 48 in 24 deliveries which included three sixes. Sonu of Himachal Pradesh took three wickets for 55 runs.

Himachal Pradesh made a good start as they scored 62 runs in just seven overs. However, introduction of Imran Khan sent Himachal Pradesh on the back foot and he took four wickets in three overs. Himachal were dismissed for 90 runs in 17 overs.

Brief scores: Chandigarh: 257 for 9 in 30 overs (Mohsin Khan 68, Saurav Gupta 22, Sonu 3 for 55); Himachal Pradesh: 90 all out in 17 overs (Ankur 27, Anurag 24, Imran Khan 4 for 16, Karan Kaul 3 for 18, Sarabjit Singh 2 for 22).



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