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Limca record holder alleges govt apathy
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, December 28
A student of Chitkara University, Banur, Karan Saini, has won 11 gold medals, three silver and one bronze in different games at the national and international level. Karan has recorded his name in the Limca Book of World Record by playing hockey for 50 hours at a stretch at Belgam in Karnataka.

He has received the medals in hockey, roller-skating, rink race, and relay race at national and international level. Now Karan is going to the United States of America for playing in North American Roller Championship that will be held at San Jose City from January 18 to 21, 2013.

Karan, who has been studying in BBA first year at Chitkara University said that he got gold medal and overall cup in international Open Inline Hockey Tournament held at Hongkong in November this year.

He further informed that he has received five gold medals, three silver and one bronze medal in hockey, rink race and other games played at Belgam in Karnatka in May this year.

He secured 5th position in Asian Roller and Inline Hockey Championship played in Hefei in China in October this year. He added that he received a gold medal in National Inline Hockey Championship held in Chandigarh in February, 2012.

Karan further said that he had not received any financial help from the government till now. He expressed the need of proper infrastructure for inline hockey game in India.

His father said that he was proud of his son and hoped that Karan would achieve more in life.



253 diagnosed with cancer
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, December 28
Over 253 cancer patients were identified in the Dera Bassi block by teams of health department while conducting cancer awareness campaign. Along with these, over 285 suspected cases of cancer were also found. According to the survey, nearly 261 persons were died due to cancer disease during last five years.

Officials of the health department said that this survey was launched on December 1 and would be completed till December 31 this year.

Speaking on this issue, Civil Surgeon Mohali, Dr Neelam, said people have been becoming aware about cancer disease with this campaign. After completing the survey, confirmed cases would be identified form the suspected cases by conducting tests and Rs 1.50 lakh would be provided to every cancer patient for the treatment, from the cancer relief fund of Chief Minister.

It would be helpful in getting proper treatment for patients. Meanwhile, SMO Dera Bassi Dr SK Mittal said different teams of health department have been working on this cancer awareness campaign in Dera Bassi block and total 76,912 houses and 38,5572 population was covered during this survey till now. Teams are going door to door to get the depth information regarding this disease.



Woman hit by motorcycle, dies

Mohali, December 28
A woman was killed when a motorcycle hit her near Landran village today. According to reports, Apoorni (60) was walking on the road when a motorcycleon which youths were travelling hit her.

They were coming from the direction of Kharar. The woman fell on the road and died on the spot.

The motorcyclists were injured. However, they fled from the scene. The police has registered a case in this regard. — OC



Drivers set to raise dust in TDS rally today
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
What matters here at TSD rally format is the use of brain and control over accelerator, says Karthik Maruthi from Team Mohindra, who is leading the National TSD (Time Speed Distance) Rally Championship 2012.

The drivers from all over India have gathered here for the fifth round of the TSD rally, starting tomorrow morning. It is first of its kind event here in Chandigarh where more than 20 local drivers will compete in the novice category. The real challenge will, however, be between professional rally drivers, participating in pro-expert and pro-stock categories.

"In TSD format, each team usually consists of a driver and navigator. But the role of the navigator is as important as of driver since the navigator ensures that the driver is within the speed variation specified on a particular route and covers it on time," said rally driver Chidanand Murthy of Team Tata, who is leading the championship in pro-stock category.

According to him, the pro-stock is much more difficult category. In the pro-expert category, a driver has additional equipments installed in his car like rally meter and GPS that keeps help a driver in navigating the distance and time. "In the pro-stock category, a driver only depends on the normal stock meter of car and manually calculates the time after every 100-200 meters," he said.

Pro-expert driver Satish Gopal Krishan said every category had its advantages and disadvantages. "The pro-stock category often has a tough competition. Many a times, a difference of 5-6 seconds decides the tournament," Satish Gopal said.

The local drivers are aiming at making the podium finish while south Indian drivers are dominating the rally. However, Jagmeet Gill of Chandigarh, leading the championship at the fourth place. He is banking on the home advantage and will try to finish in top three tomorrow.

What to look for

Banglore-based Husband-wife pair Savera D'Souza (navigator) and her husband-driver Satish Gopalakrishnan are among the hottest TSD pairs in the country at the moment following a string of victories in the recent months. They are leading the championship on the second place.

With the aim of covering an estimated distance of 180 km, the rally will start at 8.00 am on Saturday from Piccadily Hotel in Sector 22 and pass through different parts of the tricity, Shivalik hills and Morni hills before concluding at the hotel around 4:30 pm. The fifth round of the rally has over 20 entries in the pro-expert and pro-stock categories while 20 drivers will participate in the novice class, which is open to first-timers.



Cricket tourney
Chandigarh Police beat Vodafone by 5 wickets

Chandigarh, December 28
Chandigarh Police defeated Vodafone India Ltd in an exciting final of the CII - Tata Motors Corporate Cricket Cup here today. The match was played at the cricket stadium, Sector 16, Chandigarh.

While batting first, Vodafone India Ltd scored 102 for 7 in 15 overs. Atinder scored scoring 52 runs off 39 balls.

Brijender supported Atinder and scored 22 runs off 17 balls. From Chandigarh Police, Vikas Rathi bowled brilliantly and took three wickets and conceded 20 runs in his 2 overs. In reply, Chandigarh Police batted brilliantly and achieved the target In 13.1 overs. Chandigarh Police won by five wickets. Ashish Kapoor of Chandigarh Police batted made 35 runs off just 25 balls while Sher Singh chipped in with a fine knock of 30 runs off 28 balls. — TNS



Chandigarh A win by 235 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
In a cricket tournament (U-12) being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association, Chandigarh A defeated Mohali by 235 runs.

After winning the toss, Chandigarh A chose to bat first and scored 338 for two in 40 overs. Brilliant knock by Yuvraj who played the inning for 100 not out helped team to gain a huge margin victory against that of the Mohali.

The Mohali team tumbled down at 103 all out in 23 over while chasing the mammoth total put up by their rivals. Tomorrow’s match is between Chandigarh B and Ropar at 10 am at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36.



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