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Now, computer aids dental implant
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 16
Dr Sanjay Kalra, an implantologist, performed a stitchless computer-aided implant placement on a patient to replace three missing teeth in the upper jaw. “This is for the first time that such a unique software has been used to plan the surgical insertion of implants,” he said.

The 78-year-old patient had three missing teeth for the last fifteen years and had been using dentures.

“The patient wanted a permanent and comfortable solution. Different modalities for replacement of the missing teeth were discussed with him. The risk factors involved were advanced age and history of coronary artery disease. The patient was also on regular anti-hypertensive and anti-coagulants,” Kalra stated.

The dentist said the patient was dissatisfied with partial denture and no tooth was available for supporting the bridge on the distal side. The best option available was a bloodless and stitchless surgery to ensure faster healing, minimum discomfort and early ambulation.

“Due to lack of awareness about the importance of oral hygiene and the need for regular dental check ups, most Indians start losing their teeth from as early as 35 years in urban areas and even at 20 years of age in rural areas. Therefore, by the age of 55-60, 15-20 per cent of the population is edentulous. Since the average life span of Indians has increased by 10 years, the need for fixed and permanent solution for missing teeth has become important,” Kalra explained.

The technology of computer-guided surgery is the latest advancement in the field of dental implants. As this is a non-invasive procedure, the risk of infection is minimum.



On Job Trail
PGI contractual staff cry foul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The dream of hundreds of non-technical contractual employees of the PGI to get a regular job has turned sour.

For, the PGI authorities last month invited applications for the posts of sanitary attendant and hospital attendant, and masalchi-cum-bearer but failed to mention anything about the fate of the applicants who had applied for the same posts five years ago.

Consequently, many aspirants, working on contract at the PGI for the past several years have become overage.

Now, the PGI authorities have declined to consider the candidature of overage candidates even as their applications in response to an advertisement in 2002 for the same posts have been pending with the authorities.

The posts require candidates to be under 30 years of age for the general category and 40 years for departmental candidates.

A relaxation of three years and five years has been given to OBC and SC candidates.

“Many of us have been working in the institution for the past several years on contract and had applied for the posts advertised by the PGI in 2002. However, nothing was done in this regard after the authorities received our applications,” said a sanitary attendant, requesting anonymity.

“Now, when many of us have crossed the requisite age for appointment, the authorities have refused to consider our candidature for the same posts, ignoring the fact that we have been doing the same job for several years in the institution,” said another sanitary attendant.

“And our experience of several years is not even being recognised by the institute,” said a hospital attendant, demanding a review of the recruitment process.

A PGI spokesperson said the PGI had invited the applications against the same posts in 2002. But before any decision could be taken on the applications received at that time the central government issued a notification asking to get prior sanction for the appointment of non-technical staff.

The PGI authorities have been granted the sanction for these posts only now, added the spokesperson.



Army Red trounce IAF 6-0
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Army Red registered a convincing 6-0 win against the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the inaugural match of the 55th Inter-Services Hockey Championship. The championship commenced at Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, here today.

It was a glut of goals from the Army Red squad. They opened its account in the 17th minute through Ignace Tirkey. Ten minutes later, D Mahadik made no mistake in converting the penality corner to lead their team to 2-0.

Eliazero Lakra was the top scorer for Army Red by scoring the 3 rd , 4 th and the 6 th goal which came in the 33 rd , 40 th and 65 th minutes, respectively. The fifth goal was scored by Rajesh Lakra by converting another penalty corner in the 47 th minute.

The IAF team could not capitalise on any of the chances. They team was unable to convert any of its four penalty corners they earned. On the other hand, the Army Red team got three penalty corners of which they managed to convert two.

A total of four teams are participating in the championship. Apart from the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy teams, the Indian Army is fielding two teams namely Army Red and Army Green. Army Red is the winner of the last edition of the championship held in January this year.

Being conducted by the 3 Base Repair Depot (3 BRD), Chandigarh, on behalf of the Air Force Sports Control Board under the aegis of the Services Sports Control Board, the championship is being held as per the rules laid down by the International Hockey Federation and as adopted by the Indian Hockey Federation.

According to an official, the aim of the championship is to select the services hockey team, which will subsequently participate in the national games and other championships.

Earlier, the Air Officer Commanding 3 BRD Air Force, Air Commodore R K Srivastava, who is also the chief patron for the championship, declared the meet open.



Sports complex? Hardly
Rajay Deep

Chandigarh, July 16
The state of the Sector 46 sports complex is in a shambles. The unkempt running track, stinky toilets, ill-maintained gymnasium and untidy outfield speak about the dilapidated condition of the complex.

It looks like the structure may collapse any time and players avoid entering the gymnasium. “We cannot afford to put our life in danger by entering this so-called gymnasium which only has rusty equipment. Also, there is no provision for ventilation,” the players complained.

Besides, the gymnasium is being used as a storeroom. “A sports complex is not complete until it has a proper gymnasium but this one does not even have the basics,” a player said.

“Look how much the authorities are concerned with the fitness of the players. This gymnasium has been converted into a scrap store and all discarded material like old chairs and tables have been dumped in it,” rued another sportsperson.

This is not all, the situation gets worse when rainwater gets accumulated and it takes the shape of a pond. “It is due to this that the equipment have become rusty and non-functional,” said a basketball player.

The condition of toilets is in a pitiable state and toilets for women were fitted with urinal pots. “This is shameful. We are facing a lot of trouble because of this embarrassing and unhygienic condition of toilets,” a sportswoman complained.

Another problem that basketball players face is that the drainage system has a slope towards the court which results in the formation of a thick layer of mud on the court. The players have to take brooms and clean the court themselves.

When the UT director sports, I.S. Sandhu, was apprised of the conditions prevailing in the complex, he was bewildered. “Is it really so? I am not aware that the complex is in such a bad shape. We have plans to renovate the complex. Since it is an old structure, we would probably demolish it and construct a new one,” he said.



Inter-District Tournament
Chandigarh team crash out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Putting up a dismal show in the Haryana Inter-District (U-22) Tournament’s knockout-cum-league match, the Chandigarh Cricket Association (Haryana) team got out of the tournament losing to the Rohtak team by 159 runs in Ch. Bansi Lal Stadium, Rohtak, today.

Rohtak’s Kuldeep Hooda and Ashish virtually ripped apart the batting line up of the visitors on paltry 56 all out while chasing the target of 216.

Batting first, Rohtak made 215 for 9 in 50 overs. Nitin Saini top scored with 52 while Shiv Aren chipped in 36 runs. Uneet Gupta hit 32. Kuldeep Hooda, who later claimed four wickets for 10, played 26-run knock.

For Chandigarh, Shagun got four wickets while Michael Vishal and Vipul Chaddha took two wickets. Chasing the target, Chandigarh gave up in the mid way. The whole team was bundled on paltry 56 by Kuldeep and Ashish from Rohtak. Both claimed four wickets each. Ashish conceded 16 runs. The another wicket taker was Uneet Gupta snapping two for 11.

Brief score

Rohtak: 215 for 9 in 50 overs (Nikhil Saini 52, Shiv Aren 36, Uneet Gupta 32).

Chandigarh: 56 all out (Michael Vishal 16, Kuldeep Hooda 4 for 10, Ashish 4 for 16, Uneet Gupta 2 for 11).



But another city team excel, beat Mohali by 6 wkts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The Chandigarh Cricket Association (Punjab) beat Mohali District by 6 wickets in the 5th S N Vohra Memorial Cricket Tournament on the Guru Nanak Public School ground, Sector 36, here today.

Batting first, Mohali put on 162 runs for 4 in 43 overs with a superb knock of 73 by Kunal Mahajan. He was well supported by Partik Deswal, who made 35.

Producing a lethal spell, Aman claimed five for 39.

In reply, the CCA team reached the target in just 29.1 overs scoring 164 for 4. Sandeep Dangi played a good unbeaten knock of 48 runs while Manan Vohra contributed 42 runs. Jaskaran put on 30 runs.

Paramdeep Singh took 3 for 29 for Mohali.

In the second match between Panchkula District and the CCA Haryana at Government Model School, Sector 19, the CCA won by two wickets.

Panchkula put on 138 all out in 24.2 overs. Gaurav was the highest scorer with 61 runs followed by Naman, who hit 25 runs.

Aman Chhabra claimed 3 for 22 whereas Mohit and Sahid took two wickets each for 17 and 4, respectively.

In reply, the CCA reached the target losing 8 wickets for 139 in 24.1 overs.

Brief score

Mohali: 162 for 9 in 43 overs (Kunal Mahajan 73, Partik Deswal 35, Aman 5 for 39)

CCA Punjab: 164 for 4 in 29.1 overs (Manan Vohra 42, Sandeep Dangi 48 n o, Jaskaran 30, Paramdeep Singh 3 for 29).

Panchkula: 138 all out in 24.2 overs (Gaurav 61, Naman 25, Aman Chhabra 3 for 22, Mohit 2 for 17 and Sahid 2 for 4).

CCA: 139 for 8 in 24.1 overs (Aman Chhabra 32, Amish 27, Guntosh 24, Himanshu 29, Kunal 3 for 17, Shubham 3 for 32).



Jitender powers Panchkula to victory
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 16
A fine all-round performance by Haryana Ranji Trophy player Jitender Billa (6 for 3 and 23 N.O.) enabled the Panchkula District Cricket Association (affiliated with the Haryana Cricket Association) to beat Yamuna Nagar District by a convincing margin of 74 runs.

With this win the Panchkula team has entered the league phase of the Haryana State Inter-District (Under 22) Criekt Championship for Rajinder Goel Trophy played at JR Institute of Cricket Technology (Naggal) Panchkula here today.

Panchkula skipper Sunny Sharma after winning the toss elected to bat first and had a solid start with openers Mandeep Singla (21) and Pawan Jha (40).

Both openers were involved in 66 runs partnership. Mandeep Singla on the other end played a patient knock and was first to depart in the 17th over of the innings. The wickets fell in quick succession and at the 2nd lemon break, the Panchkula team was in trouble as the scoreboard read 120 for 7.

The team's innings came to an end in 47.3 overs with 160 runs on the board. Off spinner Shiv Kumar was the most successful bowler for the visitors with the figures of 3 for 19 in this quota of 10 overs, whereas Harjinder SIngh chipped in with 2 for 29.

Chasing a modest total, Yamuna Nagar District was in trouble as fast bowler Jitender Billa struck thrice in his first three overs and Kapil Pandey too had his due from the other end removing the top four batsman for just 5 runs.

After that the Yamuna Nagar could never stay into the match. A partnership of 40 runs for the 6th wicket between Deepak (30) and Pankaj (22) was the only consolation in the whole innings for the Yamuna Nagar District. The Yamuna Nagar team was bundled out for 86 runs in 33 overs. Panchkula District won the match by 74 runs.



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