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Docs, mediapersons lock horns
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 17
Doctors and media persons locked horns at the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, here this afternoon, leading to a chaos that lasted for over four hours. Patients were the most harassed lot. The police had to be called in and it was only when the two sides had lodged formal complaints with the police that the situation came back to normal.

The drama began when a photographer of a vernacular paper was allegedly stopped from clicking pictures inside the hospital by the doctors on duty.

According to the photographer, he had gone to the hospital for a story when he was spotted by a doctor, who had a grudge against him. The photographer had clicked the picture of this doctors’ car parked near the emergency door of the hospital, thus hindering the entrance and the picture was published today.

The doctor allegedly accosted him and started hurling abuses at him. “The other doctors also joined in and thrashed me,” said the photographer.

The doctors, on the other hand, painted a very different picture of the incident. They alleged that the photographer, along with his reporter, hampered the functioning of the hospital and even followed doctors to the bathrooms. They alleged that the photographer never took permission from the hospital authorities to click pictures and their activities were causing mental harassment to the doctors.



Army Green pip Navy 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Army Green pipped Indian Navy 4-3 via a tiebreaker on the second day of the 55 th Inter-Services Hockey Championship being held at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here today.

In the fifth minute, Chinglen Sana converted a penalty corner into a goal giving Indian Navy a 1-0 lead. However, in the 15th minute, Jerum Kujur scored an equaliser for Army Green.

Thereafter, it was a keenly contested match with both teams failing to get the better of each other throughout the regulation time.

The game went into extra time, but was still drawn at 1-1 even at the end.

In the tiebreaker, however, Army Green was able to score three goals as against two by Indian Navy. Kartikeyan, Rajinder Singh and Varun Kumar scored for Army Green while Amrit Kiro and Sajit Lakra scored for Indian Navy.

The semi-finals would be played tomorrow, with Army Red taking on Indian Navy in the first semi-final at 7 am.

The second semi-final would be played between Army Green and Indian Air Force at 9 am.



16 teams for J.P. Atray cricket tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
As many as 16 teams will participate in the 14th edition of the All-India J.P. Atray Cricket Tournament scheduled to be held from September 17 to 30.

The matches will be held at PCA Stadium, Mohali, Sector 3 stadium, Panchkula, DAV School-8, Chandigarh, and St John’s School-26, Chandigarh, under the auspices of the Punjab Cricket Association.

The tournament is a curtain raiser of the domestic season and is recognised by the BCCI.

Organising secretary of the tournament Sushil Kapoor said, “The tournament will be played on league-cum-knockout basis.

All matches will be of 50 overs each and will be played under the ICC rules of one-day cricket.

The teams will be divided into four pools and the top team from each pool will qualify for the semi-finals.

There will also be a playoff for the third and fourth positions. As the tournament is being played before the start of the India vs Australia one-day series, it will give an opportunity to the fringe players to stake their claims for the national team.

The teams, which are likely to participate, are Punjab Cricket Club, PCA Colts, ONGC, MPCA, Mumbai Cricket Association, Rajasthan Cricket Association, CAB, JSCA, Air India, Indian Oil Corporation, Canara Bank, Bangalore, Hyderabad Cricket Association, Tripura Cricket Association, All-India Associate Bank, ITC, Minerva Cricket Academy, TNCA and BPCL.

Winners will get a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh, runners-up will be richer by Rs 60,000.

The third and fourth position holders will get Rs 30,000 and Rs 15,000, respectively.

Kapoor further informed that efforts were being made to have the live telecast of the day and night final, which will be played at PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Doordarshan.

Top Indian players like Dinesh Mongia, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Pankaj Dharmani, V.R.V. Singh, V.V.S. Laxman, Irfan Pathan, Rohan Gavaskar, Munaf Patel, Mohammed Kaif and Suresh Raina are expected to play for their respective teams.



Sutixen shines in Vivek win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
An all-round performance by Sutixen Mehta (42 runs n o, 3 for 18) helped the Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy, Chandigarh, to beat the Royal Cricket Club, Delhi, by four wickets in the quarterfinal of the Fifth Amarnath Bakshi Memorial Cricket Cup 2007 being played at Yamunanagar.

The Royal Club won the toss and elected to bat. They piled up 183 runs for the loss of nine wickets in stipulated 25 overs. Rakesh Saini scored 54 and Kulwinder contributed 39 runs.

Vivek team achieved the target in 23.4 overs losing six wickets. Manjeet Singh smashed valuable 59 runs while Sutixen and Avinash remained unbeaten at 42 and 27 runs, respectively. Rohit Sharma claimed three wickets for 31 runs. Sutixen was declared man of the match.

Brief scores

Royal Cricket Club (Delhi): 183 for 9 in 25 overs (Rakesh Saini 54, Kulwinder Singh 39, Sutixen Mehta 3 for 18, Bhushan Dhiman 3 for 23, Sanjeev Sharma 2 for 22).

Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy (Chandigarh): 184 for 6 in 23.2 overs (Manjeet Singh 59, Sutixen Mehta 42 n o, Avinash 27 n o, Rohit Sharma 3 for 31).



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