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450 workers sensitised on AIDS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
The CII Haryana State Council organised an awareness session on HIV/AIDS to sensitise over 450 shop floor workers of Rico Auto Industries through infotainment at Gurgaon today.

The information was disseminated through two pantomime plays — “Radheysham Ki Kahani” and “Mela” — performed by Jagran, an NGO.

While the first play focussed on drugs and the role of peer pressure on youths, the second play emphasised on the different routes of transmission of virus, precautions and myths and misconceptions related to HIV and AIDS.



Manchester United Premier Cup
CFA begin campaign with twin win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
Local Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) kicked off their campaign on expected lines registering two wins in the Manchester United Premier Cup India Finals-2008, North East Zone Qualifying Football Tournament, being played simultaneously at the Sector 17 Football Stadium and Punjab Engineering College grounds here today.

Against Chirag United Football Club of West Bengal, the local team snatched victory by 1-0 while in the second match; the team beat Uttar Pradesh Football Academy, Varanasi by 3-0.

In the first match, Chuanmura was instrumental to win the match with his all-important goal in the dying minutes. The goal came just one minute before the close.

In the match against Varanasi, it was again Chuanmura, who opened the account for the team in the 6th minute after the word ‘Go’. Just two minutes later Rajinder Kumar struck the goal to double the margin. With two goals ahead, Chandigarh team kept the pressure on the rivals throughout the match. Gagandeep Singh sealed the 3-0 victory with his goal, pumped in the 38th minute. The other teams, which too, won two matches today, were Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan Football Academy (SSFA), Mizoram, and Lajong Sports Club (LSC), Meghalaya.

Jagatjit Cotton Textile Mills Football Academy lost to SSFA by 0-2. The other win, the SSFA clinched, was against Chirag United Football Club West Bengal by 3-1. Striker Lalnun Puia played key role in the win, sending the ball home two times (3rd and 19th min) while the third goal came through Lawnkima in the 14th minute.

Surojit Das reduced the margin (11th min) for Chirag. LSC registered wins over Shimla Youngs (1-0) and Eastern Sporting Union by 2-1.

The other local outfit St Stephen's Football Academy-45 beat Delhi Development Authority team by 1-0. Manish Mundari scored the all-important goal in the 14th minute.

The other results are as follow: Mohun Bagan drew SPHS Academy, Punjab by 1-1, Mohammaden Sporting, Kolkata b Sikkim Football Academy by 3-1, Silchar Football Academy b Hindustan Football Academy by 3-0, Jagatjit Cotton Textile Football Academy b Uttar Pradesh Football Academy, Varanasi by 2-1.



Chill kills sporting spirit
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
Chill and shorter days have dampened sporting spirit in the region. The impact of weather can be seen at various practice grounds, as the turnout of players there has gone down drastically.

With days getting shorter, sportspersons, especially those playing outdoor games, get even lesser time for practice. And, this weather brings in various infections, including cold, cough, strep throat and viral fever, and players are among their first victims.

“The weather is not favourable for sporting activities as we get very little time to practise. We have to start practice late and culminate early in comparison to other seasons. Players have to be extra cautious these days to prevent injuries and infections,” said football coach Tajinder Singh.

Ravinder Chaudhary, general secretary, Chandigarh Amateur Athletics Association, said December and January were not conducive to holding sports meets, especially athletics, in the region.

“Even though this is the best season for holding events in other parts of the country, cold and misty conditions in the northern region impede outdoor sports activities.,” said Chaudhary.

He said, “The weather hampers warming up of muscles thus affecting their performance.”



Manik fashions Vivek High's victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
A fine batting performance by Manik Khanna, who scored 51 runs, helped Vivek High XI to beat Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy by 2 wickets in the 1st Chairman's Trophy.

The meet was organised by Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy, at Vivek High School, Sector 38-B, here.

Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 147 runs for 8 in allotted 25 overs. Suryansh contributed 36 runs.

Vivek High’s Shiven Bali and Rahil Mahajan claimed three wickets each for 10 and 19 runs, respectively. While replying, Vivek High team achieved the target in 24.2 overs.

Suryansh, with his fine bowling spell took four wickets conceding 17 runs only but all his effort went waste as the team ultimately lost the match.

Brief Scores: Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy: 147 runs for 8 in allotted 25 overs.

Suryansh Chadha- 36 runs; Angad Bir - 20 runs; Jai Chahal: 22 n.o; Shiven Bali: 3 for 10; Rahil Mahajan: 3 for 19; Arjun Singla: 2 for 22; Vivek High XI: 148 for 9 in 24.2 overs.

Manik Khanna: 51 runs; Pranav Khanna: 22 runs; Anek Brar: 19; Suryansh Chadha: 4 for 17; Dhruv Batta: 2 for 21.

Man of the match: Suryansh Chadha 36 runs and 4 for 17 (Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy).



8 Pak players for PHL

Karachi, December 14
Eight Pakistan players will appear in the Premier Hockey League starting in Chandigarh on December 20.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation has permitted former captain Rehan Butt, present captain Salman Akbar, Dilawar Hussain, Adnan Maqsood, Shakeel Abbasi, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ghazanfar Ali and Kamran Ahmed to play in the professional league in India.

Khalid Mehmood, PHF secretary, however, said the decision was taken after some reluctance as there were doubts that India might not be able to send their players for Pakistan’s Super Hockey League (SHL), which the PHF is planning to host in March next year.

“Since India are to feature in the Olympic qualifier in March, we feared that they might decide against sending their leading players for our league to shield them from injuries,” Khalid said.

“But we have received assurances from India that they would be sending top players for our league,” he added.

Pakistan could not host the SHL this year because of financial constraints but are making efforts to host the league early next year. The PHF wanted to stage the event in February at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore but are now willing to hold it in March to accommodate Indian stars.

“We believe that the league will be an excellent platform to kick off our Olympic preparations,” Khalid told The News.

The PHF has negotiated the contracts for these players at a time when Pakistan hockey is facing a tough challenge getting ready for next year’s Beijing Olympics.

The Pakistan team finished seventh out of eight teams in the recent Champions Trophy in Malaysia and has, for the first time, failed to qualify for next year’s Champions Trophy which is expected to be held before the Beijing Olympics.

Three-time champions Pakistan have already qualified for the Beijing Games to be held in August. — Agencies



District Carrom Championship
Sonal, Manasi in second round
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 14
Sonal Bansal thrashed Shikha Sharma by 6-0 to move ahead in the second round of the girls’ junior section in the 6th Panchkula District Carrom Championship at Saupin’s School here today. 

Manasi Arora, too got the better of Bharti Arora by 15-0 to secure berth in the second round.

In the boys’ junior category, Yotsakaran drubbed Amit Nain by 20-0, whereas Ankit Nakra defeated Rakesh by 21-0.

In the three-day meet, being organised by Panchkula District Carrom Association, a total of 140 players have been participating.

The first day results are as follows:
Boys (Junior) 1st Round: Parag b Gurkirat Saggu by 13-2, Yotsakaran b Amrinder Singh by 11-0, Akshay b Ankit Chaudhary by 11-0, Gursimran Saggu b Aryan Singh by 8-0, Dhruv Sharma b Arpit Oberoi by 25-0, Sagar Bhandari b Nishant Sharma by 12-0, Sarthak Bhama b Ritesh Sood by 19-0, Arush Dua b Sachin Sharma by 24-0, Shiva Dhir b Tushar Girdhar by 24-0, Abhishek b Harinder Singh by 17-0.

(2nd Round): Yotsakaran b Amit Nain by 20-0, Ankit Nakra b Rakesh by 21-0, Parag b Modit by 15-5, Shanu Goyal b Virat Rana by 17-6, Akshay b Vineet by 22-0, Sagar Bhandari b Chirag Gulati by 19-0, Bhanu Goyal b Gursimran Saggu by 25-13.

(Sub-junior) ( 1st Round): Sahil Garg b Sarthak Bhama by 22-7, Digvijay Ahlawat b Ishan Gupta by 8-3, Akshat b Piyush Arora by 5-0, Lakshay Sharma b Shivam Rawat by 13-0, Rishabh Gandhi b Rahul by 24-0, Akshay b Raja Sharma by 19-0, Modit b Vaibhav 7-5, Akshay Sharma b Ishveer Grover by 12-7, Yogesh Prashar b Sovish Sood by 11-0, Sagar Bhandari b Viresh Vohra by 11-4, Deepak Saharan b Akshay Gulati by 14-8, Ritesh Sood b Amrinder Singh by 16-8, Pulkit Malik b Hridey Sahni by 20-0, Piyush Chhabra b Kanav Sharma by 23-0, Shanu Goyal b Aarush by 13-1, Lakshar Bansal b Abhishek Arora by 16-3, Sahib Saggu b Japesh Vohra by 18-0, Pratik Shrivastva b Yash Grover by 14-0, Rishabh Srivastava b Pratham by 11-0, Daksh b Ishan Rekhi 8-0, Vishal Dabas b Nishant Grewal by 15-0, Samrat Rana b Dhruv Sharma by 22-0, Shubham Kimothi b Durgesh Prashar by 16-0.

Girls (Junior, 1st Round): Sonal Bansal b Shikha Sharma by 6-0, Manasi Arora b Bharti Arora by 15-0. (Sub-junior, 1st Round): Twinkle Jain b Shrenika Mittal by 8-2, Shaina Khanna b Bharati Arora by 12-3, Sonal Bansal b Charu Gupta by 12-0.



PU rowers emerge winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
The PU rowers emerged winners in men’s single scull (R1 race) and double scull events (R2 race), clocking 4:32.86 seconds and 4:09.59 seconds, respectively, on the second day of All-India Inter-University Rowing Meet for men and women. The event is underway at the Sukhna Lake, here.

Shivaji University’s rower with a timing of 5:08.12 seconds stood second in single men’s (R1) scull event followed by Punjabi University, Patiala, at 6:02.21 seconds. In the double scull (R2), Pune pair remained at the second place finishing with 4:24.84 seconds.

In women’s coxless four final event, Kerala eves sailed ahead with 4:44.67 seconds followed by Punjabi University’s team (4:49.47 seconds) and GNDU (5:23.69 seconds).

In women’s single scull finals, Punjabi University finished first with 4:19.11 seconds while GNDU, Amritsar and Madras University, Chennai got second and third places with 4:43.64 seconds and 5:04.72 seconds, respectively.

Other results: Men: M 1X (R2): 1 Pune University, 2 Madras University, 3 Calcutta University. M4 (H5): 1 Pune University, 2 Osmania University. M2 (R1): 1 Kerala University, 2 Madras, 3 Calcutta University.
M2X (R1): 1 Panjab University, 2 Kerala University, 3 Punjabi University.

Women: W2 (H3): 1 Kerala University, 2 GNDU University, W1X (R1): 1 Punjabi University, 2 Pune University.



Holy Child School clinch title
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 14
Holy Child School, Panchkula, boys’ team clinched the winners’ title beating Hansraj Public School, Panchkula, team during the Inter-School Kho-Kho Tournament, in the under-14 boys category.

The event was held at Holy Child School, here, today, as a part of school founders’ week celebrations. As many as four schools from Panchkula in boys and girls section, Dikshant School, St. Xavier's School, Hansraj School and the host Holy Child School, participated in the meet.

In the girls’ final, Holy Child School, eves outclassed St. Xavier's, Panchkula, girls by 10- 06.



Woman killed, 4 injured as bus rams into bike
Tribune News Service

Kharar, December 14
Baljinder Kaur (30), a resident of Sante Majra village and mother of two, lost her life when a Punjab roadways bus rammed into a drunk milkman this afternoon.

The incident took place near Daun village, when the milkman’s motorcycle rammed into a bus forcing its driver to take a left turn. The bus hit a scooter running parallel to it resulting in the death of a woman. Four persons, including two minors, were also injured in the accident.

The incident took place at 1:45 pm. Milkman Mukhtiar Singh, a resident of Gharuan village, was riding on his bike on Kharar road in an inebriated state and rammed into a Punjab roadways bus (PB 65E 2311). In an effort to save him, the bus driver moved the vehicle to left and hit a scooter coming from behind. The woman riding pillion on the scooter (CH 01C 4778) fell down after being hit and the front left wheel of the bus ran over her, smashing her head.

The deceased Baljinder was going from SAS Nagar to Kharar with her brother Balwinder Singh, a resident of Roorkee village, and her son and daughter aged three-and-a-half and five years.

Onlookers beat up the milkman. He was rescued after Kharar police reached the spot and intervened.

Mukhtiar Singh, deceased's brother Balwinder Singh and both children sustained injuries. Mukhtiar and Balwinder are admitted to the Kharar civil hospital, while children were given first aid for minor injuries.

Kharar SHO Chand Singh said the police was yet to take action against anyone as Balwinder was not in a condition to give statement. He added that Mukhtiar's medical examination had been conducted and preliminary medical investigations revealed that he was drunk. "His blood and urine samples have been sent for further examination. We will take statements tomorrow and act accordingly," he added.



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