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Training programme on prevention of deafness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
The city has been chosen for a pilot project on 'National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness' by the union ministry of health and family welfare. Work on the programme has already started and a training programme for obstetricians and paediatricians was held at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, yesterday. Obstetricians and pediatricians serving in the union territory participated in this programme.

The programme was conducted by staff of the ENT departments of GMCH-32 and GMSH-16. The participants were apprised of this programme and role of obstetricians and paediatricians in early diagnosis and management of patients with ear diseases.

Earlier, similar kind of training was imparted to 45 doctors working in dispensaries. About 100 ANMs, Anganwari workers and LHVs were also imparted training during the past two months. In the next phase of the programme, visits will be paid to various schools to create awareness about the prevention and control of deafness.



Western Command dental centre best
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
The Command Military Dental Centre (CMDC), Western Command, Chandimandir, has been adjudged as the best CMDC by an expert team from the office of the Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS). The award Ceremony was held at New Delhi this week and the trophy was awarded to Brig K Ravishankar, Commandant, Western Command Military Dental Centre.

A high-level team detailed by DGAFMS had visited the CMDC from March 25 to 27 to assess its standards. The team had inspected all the five CMDCs of the Army across the country and also the Air Force Institute of Dental Science (AFIDS), Bangalore, and Naval Institute of Dental Science (NIDS) in Mumbai for assessment.

CMDC has been located in Chandimandir since October 1999, though the unit was raised in March 1948 at Delhi.



Cricketing star who aims high
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Even as youngsters of his age are taking their first steps in cricket, Ankit Pursharthy of Mohali has taken a leap that could signal the arrival of a new star on the cricketing horizon.

Talented batsman Ankit, all of 14 years of age, playing for Punjab Under-15 in the Polly Umrigar Trophy at Patiala, attracted attention, when he slammed an unbeaten double century here. He went on to score 258 not out.

As Punjab ended its engagement in the north zone by winning the zonal round, Ankit has now scored a total of 510 runs in four matches. His scores are: 82 versus Delhi, 118 versus Himachal Pradesh and 52 against Haryana. The tally will go up as Punjab has qualified for the knock-out stage, which starts next month when Ankit gets to play more matches against teams that will qualify from other zones.

Ankit, son of former left-arm spinner Rajinder Pursharthy, has lots of patience and has modelled himself on Rahul Dravid. The right-handed batsman opens the batting for Punjab and bowls off spin.

His coach Sukhwinder Tinku, a former Punjab fast bowler, is hopeful of bigger things for Ankit. “The prospects of this talented cricketer are very bright and he will surely do the country proud at the international level”, said the coach.

The lad who at present studies at APJ School, Kharar, had a brilliant season in the Polly Umrigar trophy last year also when he piled up 419 runs in just nine innings with an average of 46.5 runs.

“To don the national colours is my aim and to achieve it, I will do all I can,” asserted Ankit, who also made his coach, parents and well-wishers proud with his selection in the BCCI’s 40-day Zonal Cricket Academy (under-15) in April this year. He was the only player from Mohali who made it to the academy.


Umesh adjudged best player
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Umesh Bhatt of Guru Nanak Senior Secondary School, Sector 30, Chandigarh, was adjudged overall best player in the boys category while Poonam of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public School, Sector 26, and Neha Sharma of Bal Bhavan Public School, New Delhi, shared the overall best players’ tag among girls, on the concluding day of the CBSE National Sports meet. The closing ceremony and prize distribution function was held at the Sector 46 Sports Complex here today. S.K. Setia, DPI Schools, was the chief guest. This was followed by prize distribution.

In the boy’s category, first four positions were bagged by Guru Nanak School-30, AGDAV Public School, New Delhi, Police DAV Public School, Amritsar, and St. Edmunds School, Jaipur, respectively.

In the girl’s category, SGGS Collegiate School-26, B.S. Mootha Girls Senior Secondary School, Chennai, Bal Bhawan Public School, New Delhi and St. John School, Ganna Varam Krishna, AP, bagged the first four positions, respectively.

Amita Khorana, principal, Shishu Niketan School proposed the vote of thanks.

Volleyball: Girls category: SGGS, Sector 26, Chandigarh, b B.S. Mootha School, Chennai, (25-18, 25-12, 25-14); Bal Bhawan School, New Delhi, b St. John School, AP, (25-17, 25-16, 25-19).

Boys category: AGDAV School, New Delhi, b Guru Nanak Senior Secondary School-30, (19-25, 25-15, 17-25, 26-24 and 15-10); Police DAV School, Amritsar, b St. Edmunds School, Jaipur, (25-19,19-25 ,25- 21 and 25-15).

Best spiker - boys: Nipun Dagar, AGDAV Public School, New Delhi, and Vikram of St. Edmunds School, Jaipur; best spiker - girls: Monica, B.S. Mootha School, Chennai, and Shiby Varghese, St. Johns School, AP; best setter - girls: Rajni Rohila, SGGSC.



Kapil sore over denial of Sector 16 stadium
G S Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
The former captain of the Indian team cricket team and the Indian Cricket League (ICL) chairman Kapil Dev is happy the way things are going on in preparations for the cricket bonanza scheduled to commence at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, from November 30. On the other hand, he has a feel of aversion for the Chandigarh Administration.

Talking to The Tribune, Kapil expressed his disliking for the administration for not providing Sector 16 stadium for the ICL tournament. “I would have been the happiest man on earth, had it all started on the same Sector 16 Stadium where I learnt cricket. It was quite disheartening for me when the administration officials turned down my proposal for providing us with the infrastructure available in Chandigarh.”

He divulged the feelings he had for Chandigarh and insisted that individuals should not be bigger than the game.

“Otherwise, it would have been the biggest happening for Chandigarh residents. I am brought up here, its charm puts me into nostalgia; the school, the college, the grounds where I used to play. I wanted to plough back whatever I had earned through this city. But never mind! Still I do not have any ill feelings for anybody. Whenever, the administration feels like, I would again approach them”.

About the future plans of ICL for promoting the game, Kapil said the plans are in the pipeline to start school or college level tournaments. He said he wants to promote cricket at the grass root level.

When told about the newly opened cricket academy ‘Cricket Chandigarh’ started by the Chandigarh Administration, Kapil said he did not have any inkling about that, but readily agreed to provide his expertise, if administration approaches him.



PU’s inhospitality mars players’ zeal
Smriti Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Enthusiasm of 85 girl participants who came to the city for an inter-college chess championship to be held at Panjab University tomorrow was short-lived. When the participants arrived at the venue, they were upset with the way the host Panjab University Sports Department was handling the event. “The inhospitable hosts forgot to make food arrangements for us, including our contingent in charge”, confided one of the players.

The teams coming from far-off places in Punjab started arriving at about 3 pm in the afternoon only to find out that the mess in sports hostel and all the other hostels were closed on account of Gurpurb today.

The hostel inmates were already aware of the mess closure whereas these players had no idea about it.

Deputy director of sports, Vishav Mohini, was away to Amritsar. Naval Kishore, director of sports and dean students’ welfare, was not aware of the event.

When contacted, Prof Naval Kishore regretted the situation and said he had now personally made all the arrangements and the sportspersons would not face any such problem for the next two days.



Bokaro Ispat schools lift kho-kho titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Bokaro Ispat Senior Secondary School, Jharkhand, won the girls’ kho-kho championship and Bokaro Ispat Vidyalaya, Bokaro, Jharkhand, won the boys’ title on the final day of the CBSE National Kho-Kho meet held at Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, here today.

In the girls’ category, runners-up position went to BSP Senior Secondary School, Bhillai, Chattisgarh, whereas among the boys, DAV Public School, Secundrabad, Andhra Pradesh, was awarded the runners-up trophy.



Vivek Atray coordinator for mayor’s conference
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Public relations director Vivek Atray was yesterday appointed coordinator for the forthcoming All-India Mayors’ Conference to be held on December 8 and 9.

The step is being seen as intervention by the administration to end the feud between mayor Harjinder Kaur and municipal commissioner P.S. Aujla over the issue of holding the conference. Atray will facilitate smooth conduct of the event being organised by the MC.

The decision was taken today by adviser to the UT administrator Pradip Mehra after the mayor met the former complaining lack of cooperation by the MC officials, including the commissioner. Earlier, the mayor had also met UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd).

Some councillors also met the home secretary and alleged that the officials in the corporation were creating hurdles in the conduct of the conference.

Meanwhile, Atray will also look after all charges being handled by joint secretary (home and personnel) Bhupinder Singh during his leave from November 22 to 26.



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