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Which way will today’s ODI go?
All eyes on home lads

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh

Chandigarh, October 7
The Sector 16 Cricket Stadium is the home ground of Yuvi and cricket fans are barely unable to contain their excitement at the prospect of seeing their "hero" in action. Everyone wants this "Super Boy" repeat the six sixes an over feat here.

Hangover? Not at all, says Bhajji
Chandigarh, October 7
It’s a crucial day for the men in blue. The Aussies are leading 2-0 in the seven ODI Future Cup series. One match was washed out by rain. Tribune staffer G.S. Paul caught off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, while at the nets on Sunday, and posed him three questions.




 

EARLIER STORIES

No invite for Dronacharya
Chandigarh, October 7
Strange, but true. D.P. Azad, the only coach from the city to get Dronacharya Award, will not be at the Sector 16 cricket stadium here for the fourth ODI between India and Australia tomorrow. He has no invitation.Azad shifted from Patiala to Chandigarh in 1964 and trained cricketers at the Sector 16 cricket stadium till retirement in 1998.

A file picture coach Azad with a young Kapil Dev
A file picture coach Azad with a young Kapil Dev

Aggression yes, focus vital: Rajput
Chandigarh, October 7
“Aggression is necessary on the field, but focus on the game should never be lost,” said Indian team manager Lal Chand Rajput here today. He was referring to the aggressive antics of pacer Sreesanth.“There is a very thin line between aggression and hostility. Many a time aggression during the match plays a positive role. So we exhort our players not to overdo in it, lest the focus on the game is deflected,” explained Rajput at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium. 

 Lal Chand Rajput
Lal Chand Rajput 

Cops pad up
Chandigarh, October 7
Crickets fans planning to sneak into the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium on fake tickets and passes, beware! The Chandigarh Police has procured special equipment to check the authenticity of tickets. The equipment will be handed over to police officials manning all entry points. It will check the authenticity of holograms pasted on tickets. Besides , 2500 policemen, 400 each from the Punjab and Haryana police, will be deployed in and around the stadium to maintain order. 
Securitymen take lessons on maintaining peace while dealing with persons without tickets and passes for the one-day tie between India and Australia to be held at Sector 16 Stadium on Monday
Pull up socks: Securitymen take lessons on maintaining peace while dealing with persons without tickets and passes for the one-day tie between India and Australia to be held at Sector 16 Stadium on Monday

SOLD OUT
All black
Chandigarh, October 7
Tickets worth Rs 250 and Rs 75 were reportedly sold on the black market for Rs 1500 and Rs 800, respectively. And this in the vicinity of the Sector 16 stadium where the police is deployed in force.

  • It is not a holiday today
The one-man force
Chandigarh, October 7
For him it is a journey down the memory lane, back to the place where it all started. Years later, the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium is still an object of special reminiscences, for this is where a number of cricket stars were born.Meet Desh Prem Azad, the Dronacharya awardee, who was instrumental in establishing the stadium that got recognition on the global map way back in 1985.

Desh Prem Azad
Desh Prem Azad

Stadium acquires a cutting edge
Chandigarh, October 7
State-of-the-art equipment has been brought in for the convenience of cricketers, fans and television audience.Moveable practice nets: The nets are convenient to set up and remove. These can be folded in no time and need very little space to store Electronic scoreboard-cum-LCD screen: This scoreboard worth Rs 1 crore provides crystal-clear visibility even in the daylight. It comes with a giant LCD screen

Vantage Point
A sneak peak
Chandigarh, October 7
You elected to stand in the queue for getting hold of the passes to excitement at the Sector 16 stadium after about 14 years, but have lost the ticket game by a harrowing margin. Still that does not mean you have to savour the match on the giant screen, along with beer and snacks.
The umpire delivered his first decision demanding the tent be removed as it impeded the vision to the dressing room; and right: A team carries out a security check on the eve of the ODI in Sector 16 stadium on Sunday
UMPIRE STRIKES: The umpire delivered his first decision demanding the tent be removed as it impeded the vision to the dressing room; and right:  LEAVING NOTHING TO CHANCE: A team carries out a security check on the eve of the ODI in Sector 16 stadium on Sunday.— Tribune photographs

Practice under hawk eye
Chandigarh, October 7
Opener Gautam Gambhir is unlikely to play in the tomorrow’s ODI as he sustained a groin injury during the net sessions at the Sector 16 cricket stadium here today.Pacer Sreesanth was the bowling to Gambhir. Gambhir was immediately taken for the medical aid and MRI scanning. Earlier, the Men in Blue reached the stadium exactly at 9 am and started warm-up exercises under the hawk eyes of physiotherapist John Gloster. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Bengal Tiger Saurav Ganguly hit the nets first. 

Mohinder Singh Dhoni throws a ball during the net sessions at the Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh on Sunday.— A Tribune photograph

Entry & Seating plan

Mohinder Singh Dhoni throws a ball during the net sessions at the Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Lovers bowled out

Chandigarh, October 7
The ODI has bowled the lovers out of Shanti Kunj and Rose Garden. The weather is conducive, but the flower of affection is just not blooming in the lush greens lawns of the two happy hunting grounds with the cops fielding all around the area.

Army to induct more Arjun tanks
Chandigarh, October 7

The Army will be inducting 15 more indigenously developed Arjun tanks by the end of this year, adding to the 14 already in service. Another 15 tanks will be delivered to the Army by March next year.

Territorial Army to celebrate Raising Day
Chandigarh, October 7
The Territorial Army will celebrate its 58th raising day on October 9. Several events have been planned to commemorate the event.

COMMUNITY

Need to grow with time: Expert
Seminar on the city inauguration
Chandigarh, October 7

Urban growth with concern for the community needs was the underlining theme of a seminar on "Chandigarh and changing scenario of contemporary Indian architecture" held here today.

Make affordable houses, Hafeez to UT
Chandigarh, October 7
The Administration's mega projects policy got a shot in the arm today from Hafeez Contractor, modern face of the Indian architecture lent support to it. However, the support was not without a rider.

Anti-quota warhorses pad up again
Reservation-free India
Chandigarh, October 7

Leading the anti-reservation war from the front, Arun Shourie today dared the judiciary to initiate contempt proceedings against the central and state governments that continue to ignore its judgments. The Supreme Court, in 1992, had directed against inclusion of creamy layer in the reserved bracket. After 15 years, governments are yet to comply.

‘States encroaching on wakf properties’
Chandigarh, October 7
In the wake of the real estate boom the encroachments on prime wakf properties are on the rise with various state governments also encroaching upon these properties, Wakf Board chairman S.M. Laljan Basha alleged here today.

Woman falls at under-repair shop stairs
Victim rues police inaction
Chandigarh, October 7
Alleging police inaction, a city-based advocate alleged that nine days have been lapsed since his wife was badly injured after falling from under construction stairs at Bengali Sweets in Manimajra, no action has so far been initiated on a complaint lodged by his wife.

Pitched battle for Ramlila venue
Chandigarh, October 7
The Shree Ram Leela Committee and the Resident Social Welfare Association are locked in battle over official permission for organising Ramlila near the Sector 32 market, courtesy the UT estate office and the municipal corporation.

9 more cases of suspected dengue
Chandigarh, October 7
Even as the UT health authorities claim of speeding up preventive measures against dengue, nine more suspected cases of dengue were reported at the PGI here yesterday. With this, the number of dengue cases reported in city hospitals has reached 32. The director, health services, Chandigarh, had claimed that 23 confirmed cases of dengue had been confirmed till yesterday.

Mohali Mess
Villages, a neglected lot
Mohali, October 7
The villages which gave their land for the creation of the township, have not benefited from being a part of the city.

Change lifestyle, cardiologist’s advice to Kashmiri Pandits
Chandigarh, October 7
The Kashmiri Pandits need to change their lifestyle to get rid of health complications, which they have been facing for the past 17 years when a majority of them migrated to plains due to militancy in the valley.

Role of IT in promoting small units discussed
Chandigarh, October 7
A convention on the role of information technology (IT) in promoting and protecting the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) was held here recently.


 
CRIME

9 computers stolen from cyber cafe
Chandigarh, October 7
Thieves decamped with nine computers from a cyber café at Chandigarh Railway Station last night.

Woman sets herself ablaze
Panchkula, October 7
A 40-year-old resident of Rail Vihar allegedly attempted suicide by setting herself ablaze here last night. The woman, Aradhna Aggarwal, is a resident of Rail Vihar, Sector 4, Mansa Devi. Admitted to the hospital with 90 percent burns, the victim took the extreme step following a tiff with her husband, the police said.

Bus crushes man, granny
Rajpura, October 7
A 27-year-old man along with his 70-year-old grandmother were crushed to death by a speeding Haryana Roadways bus near Ghaggar bridge on national highway No. 1, near here, this afternoon.

Husband charged with trespass, theft
Chandigarh, October 7
A Sector 20 A-based woman, who works as a domestic help, yesterday charged her husband, along with two other persons, with ransacking her house and stealing valuables.

Crime
57-year-old man found dead
Panchkula, October 7
Fifty-seven-year-old Suresh Kumar, a native of Shimla, was found dead in the Mansa Devi market, here, today. The police received an anonymous call saying that a dead body was lying in the market.

 
BUSINESS

Beopar mandal to go online
Chandigarh, October 7
City traders are gearing up to face the competition posed by the entry of big corporates in the retail sector.

Plots to go under hammer
Chandigarh, October 7
The UT estate office has decided to auction vacant residential plots in different sectors. A survey to identify such plots has been initiated by the estate office.

 
CULTURE

Chandigarh Heritage Festival
Series of events mark opening
Chandigarh, October 7
A series of events organised by the department of tourism, Chandigarh administration, marked the Chandigarh Heritage Festival in the city today.
At dawn, the Sukhana Lake echoed with the morning raga, performed by Subhash Gosh, a city-based musician, who enthralled the audience as well as the morning walkers with his melodies.Thereafter, a heritage walk was held in collaboration with INTACT. The walk started off from the Open Hand Monument and culminated at the Bougainvillea Garden.
Hans Raj Hans presents Sufiana kalams during the Chandigarh Heritage Festival held at Open Hand monument in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Hans Raj Hans presents Sufiana kalams during the Chandigarh Heritage Festival held at Open Hand monument in Chandigarh on Sunday.— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

 
HEALTH

70 plastic surgeons attend conference
Chandigarh, October 7
Plastic surgery is a speciality which is expanding and developing at a fast pace but is limited to bigger cities only. This was stated by Dr P.S. Chari, former head of the department, PGI, at the inaugural function of the Annual Conference of North Zone Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (NZAPSI) at the PGI, here, yesterday.

Kidney patient needs help
Chandigarh, October 7
Gurmail Singh, a 35-year-old resident of Dandwalal village of Faridkot district, is staying on the PGI lawns with his septuagenarian father Harbans Singh for the last few weeks. The son-father duo is finding it hard to pay the rent of accommodation as Gurmail is in need of post-operative treatment of renal surgery. The medicines needed every month cost more than Rs 20,000.

 
SPORTS

 
Double delight for Nadia
Chandigarh, October 7
Nadia Saini of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, bagged two titles by winning the young girls’ as well as women's singles titles in the second Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament today. The tournament was held at the Sector 23 indoor table tennis hall, here.Nadia outplayed Naina Suri of DAV Public School-8 (DAVPS) in a well-contested young girls’ final. Thereafter, she went on to grab the women's singles crown, too, by edging out Kalyani of Manav Mangal School, Sector 21, in the final.

Nadia in action during the second Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at the Sector 23 indoor table tennis hall in Chandigarh on Sunday.— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu 

Nadia in action during the second Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at the Sector 23 indoor table tennis hall in Chandigarh on Sunday

Skating meet from Oct 12
Chandigarh, October 7
Roller Hawks and Skateland Club will jointly organise the All-India Open Sewa Singh Johal Memorial Roller Skating Gold Cup Championship at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, here, from October 12.

Man Simran shoots to victory
Chandigarh, October 7
Man Simran Singh emerged winner in the small bore free rifle prone in both senior and junior men’s event during the Chandigarh State Shooting Championship held at the Sector 25 Patiali Ki Rao shooting range, here, today.

Sharda Sarvhitkari boxers clinch title
Chandigarh, October 7
Sharda Sarvhitkari School, Sector 40-D, lifted the winning trophy with 37 points in the men’s category during the 30th Chandigarh State Junior Men and Women Boxing Championship held at the Sector 42 multipurpose hall, here, today.

Handball
GGD SD College lift title
Chandigarh, October 7
GGD SD College, Chandigarh, won the Punjab University Inter College Handball (Men)Tournament today. The tournament was being played at PU grounds here.



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