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LCD monitor at GMCH
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Patients and attendants at the GMCH waiting area would now be able to get hospital-related information as the authorities installed an LCD monitor and home theatre at the medical registration department here yesterday.

The director-principal, H.M. Swami, inaugurated the system.

Prof Varinder Saini, head of department, MRD, informed that it would be used not only to entertain patients, but also disseminate hospital-related information. A slide show on the facilities was also presented on the occasion. 



Youth Award
Sports department invites names
Tribune News Services

Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh sports department has invited applications for the National Youth Award 2006-2007 to be conferred on individuals/voluntary organisations, who/which have rendered voluntary services in different fields.

Applications on prescribed proforma duly completed in all respects and recommended by the concerned authority should reach the office of Amarjit Singh, administrative officer-cum-in-charge youth affairs, directorate of sports, Chandigarh administration, hockey stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh, latest by August 1, 2007.

Only those candidates, who are between 13 and 35 years, are eligible to apply for the award. The applicants should have completed 13 years of age on the April 1 of the financial year, for which award was to be conferred, and they should not be less than 35 years of age on March 31 of the financial year. He/she should have rendered services in any of the relevant fields.

“He should also continue in such activities for at least another two years after getting the award. The person, who has earlier received this award, and government employees are not eligible for the award,” said joint sports director J.P.S. Sidhu.

In case of voluntary organisations, the organisation should be registered under the Society Act,1860, for the past three years and should have a properly constituted managing body.

The organisation should not be running on the profit basis. It should have rendered welfare services for youth and should enjoy good reputation among the local community and the impact of the services should be clearly identifiable.

The award to an individual will comprise a medal, a scroll and Rs 20,000 and award to a voluntary youth organisation will comprise a trophy, a scroll and Rs 1,00,000.

The field activities, to be taken into consideration for the award, include social work in the rural areas and urban slums, promotion of national integration, cultural and recreational activities, non-formal and adult education programmes and work for the uplift of persons belonging to the weaker sections of society, SCs/STs and tribal areas. 



Cricket trials today
Tribune News Service

Panckula, July 20
The trials to select the Panchkula district cricket team for the Pataudi Trophy will be held at DC Model School, Sector 7, Panchkula, tomorrow, at 3.30 pm. 

According to Sandeep Moudgil, honorary secretary of the Panchkula District Cricket Association, affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association, the team selected will thereafter participate in the Haryana State Inter-District Cricket Championship to be organised by the Haryana Cricket Association and match for the Pataudi Trophy will be played on July 22 at the J.R. Institute of Cricket Technology, Naggal, Panchkula.



Thrill rei(g)ns supreme
Rajay Deep

Chandigarh, July 20
It is the thrill of riding a galloping horse that is attracting children to take equestrian sport as a part of life. Reigning in a magnificent beast seems to give them a feeling of invincibility and exhilaration, which perhaps no other sport may offer.

“I like the speed at which my horse ‘Agni’ gallops. It is thrilling,” says seven-and-a-half-year-old Ayush, pointing towards his horse.

The city equestrian lovers gratify their passion at the horse course situated at the Lake Sports Club, here. Boasting of being one of its kind in the region, this course is catching up with the Chandigarh’s younger generation.

Young riders at the club are learning the technicalities of riding like equilibrium, steadiness, uniformity, precise spacing and proper timing.

“It is the adrenaline pumping actions like hurdles, aerobics on horse back, rotation and revolution and scarf-pegging, which are the most 
sought-after actions by the riders,” opines trainer Nahar Singh.

The club has around 20 horses of different breeds and there are around five to six horses owned by kid riders. “Tuning with the horse is an essential ingredient to participate in any equestrian meet. I have gifted this horse to my son and they have maintained a fine communication between them,” says Sanjay Gaba.

About the fee structure, J.S. Toor, an official, said, “The fee charged by the club is nominal as compared to other places.” Elaborating on infrastructural requirements, Toor said, “The field is ploughed twice a month to keep it soft because it is an injury-prone sport.”

Simran, mother of a 10-year-old horse rider Beeban, said, “The horse riding competition, I must say, is a means of polishing mental and physical skills of the kids. This is the best game, which can inculcate in them the values like team spirit.”

“The club organises tournaments at times, which fill a sense of competition among us.

But there is an urgent need of a filtered water cooler and proper tin shed for horses, otherwise, everything is fine here,” said Pukhraj, a young rider, who owns a horse here.

But there is the other side of story, too. Sportspersons of other games at the complex complain of flying dust due to horse tapping.

When apprised of the problem, Chandigarh Sports director I.S. Sandhu stated, “We are aware of this problem and very soon, we are planning to shift this course to some other suitable place near Sarangpur. 



Top shooters getting raw deal: NRAI

New Delhi, July 20
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has sought government intervention on an “arbitrary” selection rule by the Association of Indian Universities to deprive top shooters of taking part in the upcoming 24th Universiade to be held in Bangkok, Thailand.

The NRAI said the AIU’s “insistence to send a sub-standard team” would not only bar talented shooters like world junior champion Navnath Fartade from participating but would also jeopardise the country’s image at the world level.

“The AIU has issued a circular stating that those shooters who have taken part in the last inter-university shooting competition in air weapons recently organised by them in Bikaner will only be considered for selection of the World Games,” NRAI general secretary Baljit Singh Sethi said in a letter to joint secretary, sports, I Srinivas.

Sethi said the inter-university competition in Bikaner was held only in the air weapons category, whereas 12 events for men and eight for women had been included in the World University Championship, slated to be held from August 8 to 18.

“The NRAI had allowed the top shooters to skip the Bikaner meet, so none of the international-level players took part in it. The scores obtained by those who had participated are nowhere near the world standards.

“It would, therefore, be a disgrace as it will bring a bad name to the country if these second-grade shooters are fielded in this meet,” he said.

It would also be a misuse of government funds,” Sethi added.

He said for the past two months the NRAI was demanding open trials for all shooters so that the best team could participate in the event, where top teams from countries like China and Japan would be in the fray.

“But they are not listening to us. We have also disaffiliated them two years ago for acting in arbitrary manner,” he told PTI.

“Shooting is a technical game and how can anyone without proper training get good scores? Their players don’t event have proper background in the sport,” Sethi said.

International shooters, including Shweta Chaudhry, Harveen Srao, Anuraj Singh and Nausheen Fatima among women and Fartade, Amanpreet Singh, Zakir Khan among the men, were keen on featuring in the event but with uncertainty prevailing on the selection of the team despite the event being just over a fortnight away, most of them have decided to carry on with their tour of Germany, as scheduled in the NRAI calendar.

Shweta, who is attending the national camp in Bangalore, said she had to take a decision on going to Germany as nothing was clear on the university front even as the prestigious event was just around a fortnight away.

“We would love to go for the World University Games. But we really don’t have any idea what’s happening. I am attending a camp in Bangalore and would soon leave for Germany with other Indian shooters,” Chaudhry told PTI. “With nothing certain on the AIU front, I can’t miss this tour also,” she added. — PTI 



India colts whip Sri Lanka by 159 runs 

Colombo, July 20
Skipper Tanmay Srivastava (66) and Shreevats Goswami (77) led the charge in India U-19's crushing defeat over Sri Lanka U-19 by 159 runs in a tri-series tie at Police Park here today.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the Indians piled up 277 for five in their allotted 50 overs with openers Goswami and Tanmay denying the Sri Lankans any success in the early overs.

In reply, the hosts were bundled out for 118 in 38 overs with Ravi Jadeja (three for 23) and Iqbal Abdullah (three for 14) emerging the most successful bowlers for India.

Goswami's 77 came from 108 balls with the help of seven fours while Tanmay was more sedate in compiling 66 from 98 deliveries with three hits to the fence.

Delhi lad Virat Kohli and Saurabh Tiwari contributed useful 38 and 32 not out. Tiwary played a cameo with his 32 coming from only 19 balls while dispatching the red cherry over the fence twice. The other not out batsman was Pradeep Sangwan on 14.

For Sri Lanka, S Pathirana returned figures of three for 49 from 10 overs.

India U-19 next play Bangladesh on July 22. — UNI 



CCA announces team for Pataudi Trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh Cricket Association, affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association, has selected following players to participate in the Haryana Inter-district Pataudi Trophy - 2007: Vipul Chadha, Amaya (wicket-keeper), Amandeep Sonkar, Sumit Kundu, Harkishan Kali, Micheal Vishal, Rocky Ratta, Sansar Bali, Sandeep Bhattacharya, Mansoor Ali Khan, Ajay Sikka, Shakun Verma, Arjun Puri, Karan Kherwal, Amit Sonkar, Yuvraj Anand, Vikas Chauhan and A.P. Singh (wicket-keeper)

The players are required to assemble at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector19, Chandigarh, at 7 am tomorrow (July 21). The CCA team will play their first match against Rohtak on July 22, 2007 (Sunday) at Lally Stadium, Rohtak, Haryana. 



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