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Anti-malaria camp organised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
As part of the observance of anti-malaria month, the Directorate of National Vector-Borne Disease-Control Programme organised an anti-malaria camp-cum-advocacy workshop in Colony No. 4 here yesterday.

Dr Amarjit Kaur, senior regional director (Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana), ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India, while inaugurating the camp, laid stress on the involvement of community in the prevention and control of water/vector-borne diseases in Chandigarh.

Dr Rajinder K. Sharma, assistant director, health (malaria), emphasised that the community could play a major role in source-reduction methods. He advised residents not to allow mosquitoes to breed in and around their houses.

Dr Sharma called upon launching a "people’s movement" for the prevention and control of malaria and dengue.

H.C. Gera, anti-malaria officer, spoke about various activities being conducted by the directorate during the anti-malaria month.

Field survey teams and operational teams were deputed in the colony for ensuring coverage and treatment of water collections. As many as 75 blood samples were collected and examined on the spot.

During the camp, a live demonstration on various stages of mosquitoes was also arranged for creating awareness among the masses. A flag march-cum-procession with placards was organised by the department.



AIDS test at charitable lab
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
The Sri Guga Mari Temple, Sector 20 C, started conducting HIV/AIDS tests at its charitable clinical laboratory from today.

Around 500 persons attended a yajna at the inaugural function. Around 60 persons were examined, while 10 persons came forward for the AIDS test.

Pt Kishori Lal advocated people to run the test before marriage and exhorted them to work towards community development.



Sports, a casualty at GC-11
Tribune News Service

Broken windowpanes of classrooms.
Broken windowpanes of classrooms and (top) broken wooden planks of the boxing ring speak volumes about the infrastructure in Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photographs
Broken wooden planks of the boxing ring speak volumes about the infrastructure in Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh.

Chandigarh, June 16
Once a premier educational institution boasting of state-of-the-art sports and educational infrastructure, Government College, Sector 11, seems to have fallen on bad days.

Lack of upkeep by the authorities concerned has turned this large campus, with lush green playground and excellent sports facilities, into a picture of neglect. Moreover, there is no immediate plan to maintain old facilities and to add new facilities to the college, which had been a nursery for prominent administrators, sportspersons and businessmen.

Broken windowpanes and furniture speak volumes about the upkeep of the college. The worst hit are the sports facilities that were once pride of the college. Football and volleyball courts are plagued with patches of wild grass. Even the boxing ring has broken wooden planks and wild growth has started appearing in the cracks.

The college swimming pool is also in dilapidated condition. Interestingly, the pool in Sector 23 is under the process of becoming an all-weather pool and is closed for the past over one year. So to accommodate the general public and officials of the education department last year, the college pool was thrown open to public last year from April 15. The pool is yet to start functioning and a full-time coach has allegedly nothing much to do.

When contacted, college principal A.N. Garg claimed that the new sports facilities would be ready with the onset of the new academic session. He further claimed that the college was doing its best to provide basic amenities such as filtered drinking water and spacious and ventilated rooms.

With a view to upgrade the sports facilities, the laying of a new cinder track was in progress and it would be completed within a period of three years, he added.



Hot Weather Cricket
JJ’s XI enter semis

Chandigarh, June 16
JJ’s XI moved into the semifinal with a 74-run victory over Link Cricket Club in the Hot Weather Cricket Tournament organised by the Chandigarh Sports Department at the cricket stadium, Sector 16, today. JJ’s XI won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Kamal Walia and Manav Asopa were involved in an 80-run stand for the first wicket. Narinder Verma broke the partnership when he had Manav caught by Amarjeet Singh.

Manav made 37 in 32 deliveries, hitting eight fours. Kamal was bowled by Rai Bahadur after JJ’s XI had reached 134 for 4.

Later in the evening, Umesh Kaira (39 not out, 5x4s) and Tejwinder Gill (40, 2x4s, 2x6s) scored 77 runs for the fifth wicket. JJ’s XI scored 211 for 5 in 25 overs. Link Club could muster only 137 runs before they were bowled out in 22.3 overs.

Brief scores: JJ’s XI: 211 for 5 in 25 overs (Manav Asopa 47, Kamal Walia 45, Tejwinder Gill 40, Umesh Kaira 35).

Link Club: 137 in 22.3 overs (Devi Singh 2 for 7, Kamal Walia 2 for 9).



Edmund Rice Trophy
MCM humble Apeejay
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
MCM (Blue Caps) team beat Apeejay School, Kharar, by 10 wickets in the first match of the day in the Under-12 Edmund Rice Challenger Trophy played at St John’s High School, Sector 26, today.

Batting first, Apeejay scored 58 runs in 16.5 overs. Batsmen failed to flourish as wickets fell at regular intervals.

In reply, MCM achieved the target without losing any wicket.

Rajat and Shubham scored unbeaten 28 and 20 runs, respectively.

In the second match of the day, Cricket Academy-37 defeated DP Azad Academy by 10 runs.

Batting first, Cricket Academy-37 set up a target of 92 runs in the stipulated 20 overs. In reply, DP Academy was bowled out for 82 runs in 17.2 overs.

Brief scores: Apeejay: 58 all out in 16.5 overs (Omick 17 runs, Sahil 11 runs; Harpreet 2 for 0, Sanchit 3 for 16).

MCM: 59 for no loss (Rajat 28 n.o, and Shubham 20 n.o).

Second match: Cricket Academy-37: 92 for 7 in 20 overs (Yogesh 38 n.o; Karan 2 for 10).

DP Azad Academy: 82 all out in 17.2 overs (Janinder 14 runs; Karan 2 for 18, Prince 2 for 19).



14-yr drought ends at Sec 16 stadium
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
After 14 long years, cricket afficionados will finally savour the thrill of watching a One Day International (ODI) match in the city.

There is much excitement among administration, sports officials and fans as a match of India-Australia series has been allotted to Chandigarh. The match will be played on a re-laid pitch of the cricket stadium, Sector 16, on October 8.

The BCCI had given the responsibility for organising the match to the Haryana Cricket Association (HCA), which selected the stadium as the venue.

“We are prepared for the match,” said Inderjit Singh Sandhu, additional deputy commissioner and director sports department, Chandigarh.

“Last year, we had upgraded the stadium at a cost of around Rs 3 crore in the hope of holding an ODI match between India and England. Somehow, it was held at Faridabad. But the upgrade helped lift the level of facilities at the venue to the level of any other world class venue,” he added.

The stadium, where one international Test and four ODIs, 30 first class, 11 list A and two women’s international ODIs have been held in the past, houses top class facilities, including re-laid pitches; 11 practice pitches (nine turf and two cemented); seating facility for over 30,000 spectators; dressing rooms; and boxes for commentators. Surinder Singh Baijee, general secretary of the Chandigarh Cricket Association, said all efforts would be made to streamline the arrangements. 



Shooting camp from tomorrow

Chandigarh, June 16
The Chandigarh Rifle Association will start its summer shooting camp for 10 days from June 17 to 26 at the shooting range, Sector 25, here.

The camp aims at preparing shooters for the forthcoming national, state and inter-school shooting championships.

Interested shooters can register themselves with the general secretary of the association at the range. — TNS



Air Force hockey meet from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
The Air Force Hockey Championship 2007-08 will be held at the hockey stadium, Sector 42, from June 18 to 22.

To be hosted by 3 Base Repair Depot (3 BRD) Air Force on behalf of the HQ Maintenance Command, IAF, the championship will be conducted under the aegis of the Air Force Sports Control Board.

Air Commodore R.K. Srivastava, Air Officer Commanding, 3 BRD AF, and chief patron of the championship, will inaugurate the meet.

The inaugural match will be played between reigning champions Maintenance Command and Western Air Command.

The championship will be conducted under the rules laid down by the International Hockey Federation and as adopted by the Indian Hockey Federation.



Hockey team leaves for Chennai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
The city hockey team yesterday left for Chennai to participate in the 34th Junior National Hockey Championship being organised by Tamil Nadu Hockey Association from June 18 to June 30.

Dharamveer of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy is leading the team. The other members of the team are: Harjeet Singh, Baljinder Singh, Amanpreet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Ranjodh Singh, Preetinder Singh, Deepak Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Mukul, Shamsher Singh, Varinder Singh, Harinder Singh and Rubel.

The team will reach there on June 17 and play its first match on June 18.

Coach Surjit Singh and manager Amrit Pal are accompanying the team.



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