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PGI serais in state of disrepair
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Serais meant for patients and their attendants at the PGI are in a bad shape.

There is no water in the cooler installed at the transit camp in the Janata serai, forcing patients and attendants to get water from the cooler at the Rotary serai. Also, the flooring of all toilets are leaking. The situation is more or less the same in all serais.

An NGO, Life Line, was handed over the serais a few years ago to improve their condition and facilities. Even as visitors are burdened with double charges as the NGO also takes charges from them along with the PGI management.

During a round of the serai complex last week, a hospital engineer found that two de luxe rooms of the Hari serai were rendered useless due to continuous leakage. It was also noticed that leakage from toilets located on the first and second floors had spoiled the rooms and the repair of all bathrooms require up to Rs 15 lakh.

Leakages and broken door shutters and public health fixtures welcome visitors. The hospital engineer had suggested that floor traps could be provided for a trial basis.

The Janata serai was built by the Lions Club which offered its services to run its affairs but a written assurance by Life Line regarding the renovation of the first and second floors, round the clock services of sweepers and installation of a music system, televison set and refrigerator tilted the decision in its favour. The NGO also assured that the inmates would be provided with mattress and bedsheet.

No sweeper is available after 3 pm at the serais, sources said. No music system had been installed and the inmates had to visit the Rotary serai to watch television.



UT inter-school sports calendar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The Chandigarh administration has finalised the list of inter-school state sports activities to be held during 2007-08. Students studying up to classes VIII, X and XII (below 14, 17, 19 years), as on December 31 of the current year, will be eligible to participate in these competitions.

In case of any dispute about the age group, the certificate of class VIII will be considered for date of birth proof.

The state-level school tournaments will be conducted on knockout format from 8 am to 11 am and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm (summer); 9 am to 12 noon and 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm (winter).

Students of lower age group can participate in the upper age group but will be barred from appearing in their age group in that particular year, as a student will be allowed to participate only in one age group in a year.

A student migrating locally from one school to another will be eligible only if he/she manages to join the new school by May 31, except for class XI.

This condition will not affect those who are genuinely migrated from other states.

Only one player from a school will be allowed to participate in each weight category of judo, karate, kick boxing or wrestling.

The competition will be scrapped if there are less than four teams/players of different schools in a specific game/event.

The schedule

July: Pre-Subroto Mukherjee Football Cup Tournament: sub-junior (11-14 years, boys), junior (15-16 years, Boys); Pre-Nehru Hockey, under 15, 17 years (boys and girls). Competition for girls: July 23 to 25; for boys: July 26 to 28. Last date of entry: July 13.

August: State-level competition in football (boys) u-14, 17 19 and u-19 (girls): gymnastics, swimming, chess, carom, judo, kho-kho and hockey (boys and girls) u-14, 17, 19 years. Last date for entry for games: August 13.

Schedule: Competition for girls for all games will be held from August 20 to 22 while competition for boys for all games will take place from August 23 to 25.

September: Lawn tennis, badminton, table tennis, yoga, archery, ball badminton, handball, fencing (u-14, 17, 19 years, boys and girls), wrestling (U-14, 17, 19, boys). Last date for entry: September 6.

Schedule: The competition for the girls will be held from September 18 to 20, while boys’ competitions will be held from September 21 to 24.

October: Volleyball, basketball, kabaddi, boxing, roller skating, netball, dodgeball, wushu (u-14, 17, 19 years, boys and girls) and cricket U-19, girls). Last date for entry: October 3.

Schedule: The girls’ competitions will be held from October 12 to 16 whereas boys’ competitions will be held from October 17 to 20.

November: Cricket (boys), karate, baseball, throw ball, softball, circle kabaddi (boys and girls) u-14, 17, 19 years, kick boxing u-19 (boys only). Last date for entry: November 29.

Schedule: The competition for girls has been scheduled for November 12 to 15. The boys’ competition will be held from November 16 to 21. However, the athletics meet will be held in the last week of November.

The prize distribution function has been scheduled for the first week of January.



Ready to shine on international hockey turf
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
After international Rajpal Singh, Inderjit Chadha, Deepak Thakur, Dharamvir Singh and Navdeep Singh, another product of Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) Ranjodh Singh is ready to make a mark on the international turf.

Five years back, this rural boy of Maraar village of District Gurdaspur came to the city to join the academy, hoping to imitate the feat of his fellow villager, top-class hockey player Col Harcharan Singh.

“Harcharan Singh made our village and the country proud with his achievements. Like him, I too want to win the World Cup for the country. (Col Harcharan was part of the squad which won the World Cup in 1975)”, said 17-year-old Ranjodh Singh.

Now after a five-year stint at the academy, this stout youngster is all set to make it big in the game. He plays left inside/centre forward.During the Nehru Cup Hockey tournament (u-15) at Delhi in 2005, the energetic player helped his team to finish runners-up by scoring 18 goals in six matches.

He proved instrumental in clinching top honours in school nationals (u-17) in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

“My best opportunity came when I was given a chance to play against the visiting Malaysia team (under-21) three years back here.Though I was given only seven minutes to display my skills, the experience I gained there was invaluable” said Ranjodh, a fan of German forward Christopher Zeller.

“I am impressed with Zeller, who was declared the best player in the World Cup. I try to play with the same agility, vigour and firmness as Zeller,” said a confident Ranjodh.

Observing his fitness and sound technical skills, the officials called him to the test camp in Bhopal for the under-19 India camp.

“As Ranjodh has impressed the supervisors, the chances are bright that he will get a call for the final camp,” said his coach Jasbir Bajwa.

Describing Ranjodh as disciplined, sensible and hard working, Bajwa was said his enthusiasm and anticipation of game moves on the field makes him stand apart from the rest.



Table Tennis tourney from July 13
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, has announced the age categories for their 13th Bhavan Hawk Chandigarh State 1st Ranking Table Tennis Tournament, here today.

The three-day tournament will begin from July 13 at the Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23.

The categories are as follows:

Cadet boys and girls: u-12 singles (born on or after January 1, 1996);

Sub-junior boys and girls: u-14 singles (born on or after January 1, 1994);

Junior boys and girls: u-17 singles (born on or after January 1, 1991);

u-20 boys’ and girls’ singles: (born on or after January 1, 1998);

Men and women singles: No age bar.

The last date for submission of entries is July 11.



Jaspal is CGA president

Chandigarh, July 9
Jaspal Singh Khandari and Inderjit Singh have been elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the Chandigarh Gymnastics Association (CGA) at the annual general body meeting here last night. Both have been elected for a term of four years.

The newly elected officials are authorised to nominate the other office-bearers.

Meanwhile, the association honoured outgoing general secretary S.S. Budhwar for his performance by choosing him as lifetime secretary (associated). — TNS



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