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Ensure better health care: DC
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 29
Fourteen students studying in government schools in the district are suffering from heart diseases and their cases have been brought to notice of the government for free treatment.

These students were
identified during a medical test of 16,909 students under the school health programme in the district. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Arun Sekhri while presiding over a meeting of the District Health Society today.

He said the government had provided financial assistance worth Rs 8.14 lakh to 814 pregnant women in the district, who had delivered their babies at the government hospitals under Mata Kaushalya Kalyan Yojana.

The DC said, “Women who get their deliveries done at government hospitals are given Rs 1,000 besides referral transportation and other financial benefits under the Janani Surkhaya Yojana (JSY).”

“Under JSY, women related to BPL families are being provided Rs 700 as financial help for the delivery of their child at the Rural Government Institutes and women who deliver their babies at the Urban Health Institutions are provided Rs 600 and Rs 500 for home deliveries,” he said.

The DC said under the National Health Insurance Scheme, students of Classes IX to XII had been provided scholarships worth Rs 8,400 as six month installments and at the death of the card holder Rs 30,000 was given.

Under this scheme, a person who dies in an accident, his dependants are being provided Rs 75,000 and a person who dies in ordinary circumstances, his dependent is being provided Rs 30,000, the DC said.

The DC instructed the health officials to ensure quality health care facilities in the government hospitals and dispensaries. He further directed them to create awareness among people about the various government health schemes.

He asked the officials to keep a regular check on the quality of the mid- day meal.


Under the Mata Kalyan Yojana, the government has provided financial assistance worth Rs 8.14 lakh to 814 pregnant women in the district, who delivered their babies at various government hospitals. Awareness regarding various health schemes should be spread among people.



Dr BS Sandhu elected ISRP president

Patiala, August 29
Dr BS Sandhu, professor in Physics Department of the Punjabi University, Patiala, has been elected as the president of the Indian Society for Radiation Physics (ISRP) during a function organised by the Physics department in the university.

Dr Venkatraman, director of Radiological Safety and Environment group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, spoke on the topic “Nuclear Energy and Applications” on the occasion. — TNS



Punjab Govt to distribute 5,000 bicycles among girl students
Tribune News Service

Ropar, August 29
The Punjab Government will provide 5,000 bicycles to the girl students of Class XI and XII in the Ropar district free of cost within two months under the Mai Bhaggo Viddya Scheme.

The whole process for the distribution of free bicycles among the girl students has been completed by the Department of Social Securities and the list of girl students of Class XI and XII studying in government schools have been submitted by the Education Department.

Madan Mohan Mittal, minister for Health and Family Welfare, said total 1,52,330 bicycles would be distributed in the state among the girl students studying in government schools during the financial year and the Punjab Government has set aside Rs 47 crore for the scheme.

He said, “In the Ropar district, around 2,487 bicycles would be distributed among the girl students of Class XI while 2,513 students of Class XII will get the bicycles.”



State government to take up rice millers’ demand with Centre
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 29
The state government will urge the Union Food and Civil Supply minister to concede the genuine demand of the State Rice Miller's to extend the due date of the milling of remaining paddy up to September 30.

This was stated by Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Food and Civil Supplies minister, to the delegation of rice millers, which called on him today under the leadership of Tarsem Saini, national president.

He assured the delegation of pursuing the matter for acceptance. Punjab Rice Millers’ Association has welcomed the decision.

Nakesh Jindal, press secretary, said, “It is the outcome of fruitful discussion between the minister and the Punjab Rice Millers’ Association.”

Jindal said the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has been charging Rs 350 per quintal as levy on rice since 2007-08 from the rice mill owners which cannot be justified in any manner.

Millers demanded that FCI should stop charging levy on rice. They also demanded the opening of an independent quality control laboratory for genuine results, where as presently FCI holds its own labs for quality control measures.



Harpal Tiwana remembered with special screening of his movie

Patiala, August 29
To commemorate the life and work of late Harpal Tiwana, on the occasion of his birth anniversary, the Harpal Tiwana Foundation organised a special screening of his critically acclaimed Punjabi film “Diva Balle Saari Raat” at the Harpal Tiwana Centre for Performing Arts at Nabha Road in Patiala on August 25.

The film was released in the early 90’s. The film was adapted on-screen by Harpal Tiwana from his earlier popular play having the same title.

The subject of the film revolves around a young woman from a poor family who is married to an elderly man. After her initial reluctance as she is in love with a simple nomad, the woman character later accepts her husband. Her yearning for a child and how she cannot have one for no fault of hers as she is married to a man who cannot bear a child and the other complexities of the relationships are very well handled in the film. — TNS



Local medical aspirants a worried lot
Say dual admission benefit for Punjab students will make competition tougher
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The ruling of Punjab and Haryana High Court allowing dual admission benefit to medical aspirants from Punjab studying in Chandigarh has made the local students a worried lot.

Those pursing Classes XI and XII from Chandigarh are eligible for taking admission under the 85 per cent quota in the city-based medical college.

Now, with the judgement of the High Court, dated August 27, students who also fulfil the criterion of being a bona fide resident of Punjab, can also avail themselves of the 85 per cent state quota in medical colleges of the state. Earlier, those studying from Chandigarh were treated as outsiders.

Chandigarh-based students say this move will motivate students from Punjab to study in Chandigarh and avail themselves of the 85 per cent quota in both Chandigarh and Punjab. As a result, the competition for the local medical students will increase drastically, they feel.

A student, Pragya Gupta, says that Chandigarh has only one medical college for pursuing the MBBS, and there is already a very tough competition for its limited number of seats.

“I dropped this year after I failed to get admission in the local medical college. I am worried about the hard competition next year,” she says.

Another student, Akarshit, says every year hundreds of students from Punjab come to Chandigarh for taking coaching for medical entrance examinations. Earlier, they used to take dummy admissions in their hometown, so that they could remain eligible for their state medical quota, he says.

“After this decision, all the students from Punjab will most likely pursue Classes XI and XII from Chandigarh,” says Akarshit.

Another student, Aditya, says, “We too need a level playing field. Students born in Chandigarh should also be eligible for the 85 per cent quota in the medical colleges of Punjab,” he says.

Many students want changes to be made in the rules of admission in Chandigarh, saying that only those born in Chandigarh should be eligible for the UT quota. Many local students are reportedly planning to file an appeal before the High Court against the decision.

Chandigarh students deserve parity

City-based biology teacher Dr Arvind Goyal said following the judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, medical aspirants belonging to Chandigarh are at a disadvantage. In the judgment, it has been mentioned that students from Punjab studying in Chandigarh are eligible for the state quota of Punjab because Chandigarh is a part of the state. “This holds equally true for students born in Chandigarh. These students should be eligible for the state quota in Punjab as well,” said Goyal.



Cash stolen from Sec 20 temple

Chandigarh, August 29
A theft of the Rs 39,500 was reported from Math Mandir, Sector-20, Chandigarh on the Janmashtami festival yesterday.

The police has registered a case of theft at the Sector 19 police station on a complaint of Narinder Nath.

Sources said the amount was the donations made by devotees during the festival. The incident has left everyone at the temple shocked.

The police said it had initiated investigation into the case. — TNS



Inmate of juvenile home escapes, held

Chandigarh, August 29
A 17-year-old juvenile, who had escaped from the Juvenile Home in Sector 25, was apprehended from his house in Ramdarbar, near Sector 31, today. The juvenile had broken the iron window grills and scaled the boundary wall of the home on Wednesday night.

The local police has booked two caretakers, Sukhchain Singh and Bhoj Raj, for negligence. The juvenile was lodged in the observation-cum-special home for his alleged involvement in a case of theft and snatching, which took place in May this year.

Police sources said the juvenile had escaped earlier also in the same way in February 2012.

The police stated that a separate case had been registered against the juvenile at the Sector 11 police station. — TNS



4 girls, 3 boys held for flesh trade 
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, August 29
The police has arrested four girls and three boys for flesh trading from the flats of silver city. They were involved in the flesh trade for the past few months.

A case has been registered against all accused under the Immoral Trafficking Act.

The accused were arrested from flat number 1281 of the silver city situated on the Ambala-Chandigarh road where they were currently residing.

The accused boys have been identified as Sarpreet Singh, a resident of Sangrur, Sachin Kumar, a resident of Jalandhar, Happy Kumar, a resident of Rampura phool in Bathinda.

The key accused of the gang, Ajay Kumar, a resident of Mansa, is still absconding. A search is on to nab him. All the accused would be presented in the court for further action, the police said.



Just another day for many
Most players unaware of the importance of National Sports Day
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
Players coming at the Skating rink of Sector 10 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Indian hockey legend, Dhyan Chand, failed to answer over why August 29 is being celebrated as the National Sports Day, during a pop quiz by The Tribune team.

During the celebrations of the National Sports Day, players sitting on the stands for taking their awards were taken by surprise when they were asked about the day. “The day is for Dhyan Chand,” said a player of fencing while pointing towards the sports-day banner. When asked what its importance is, the player, added: “Either it’s his death anniversary or birth anniversary,” his team mate, added, “Bhaiya, my general knowledge is weak. But the day is for Dhyan Chand.”

The story was no different with girl players of junior level, who were busy listening to songs and playing with their mobile phones. During the introductory speech by the host, no one bothered to listen to it.

“The day is celebrated to honour the sportspersons, who have made the city proud. The day is also important because Major Dhyan Chand was a prominent military commander under whose leadership the country has won many battles,” answered a girl, sitting right next to the players of Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA). The junior players of the CFA were aware about the day but for them it was another day to receive awards. “We are here to collect our awards. Dhyan Chand was a legendary hockey player and represented Chandigarh at many international level competitions,” said a soccer player.

Coaches left out

The policy differences of the UT Education Department and the UT Sports Department were also witnessed during the function, when few coaches of the UT Sports Department were felt deprived of their rights. The UT Education Department awarded 41 teachers with a cash prize of Rs 15,00 each. But the coaches from the UT Sports Department, who accompanied the winning teams, were not included in the felicitation list. “We always get attached to the teams and when it comes to share the credits, the Education Department supports only their staff. Neither the sports department nor officials of the education department support us. There should be an equal justice,” said a coach of the sports department.

On other hand, the Education Department honoured 255 players, who brought laurels with winning first three positions in the National School Games in individual and team events. The winners of the individual games were awarded with cash prizes of Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 for the first, second and third positions, respectively. For the team events, the award criteria were set as Rs 1,000, Rs 700 and Rs. 500, respectively, each. The department also honoured Bhavya Wadahwan, a lawn tennis player who represented India, with a cash prize of Rs 5,000.

UT Sports Dept honours players

The UT Sports Department and Sports Council honoured the sportspersons, who brought laurels in the international level competitions, on the occasion of the National Sports day. Players Shaira Kansal, Kapil, Priyank, Mukesh and Vikas were awarded with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh (each) while Amrinder Singh Sidhu, Navdeep Singh Brar, Sanket Sharma, Feroz Singh Grewal and Poonam Rani were awarded with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each. Archer Nisha was awarded with a total cash prize of Rs 30,000. Coaches of the UT Sports Department Vikas Shashtri, Rajeev Kaushal and Darshan Lal were awarded Rs 20,000 each for producing best players.

Skating included under sports gradation policy

VK Singh, Secretary Finance and Sports, during his speech on the National Sports Day announced that skating will be included under the gradation policy. “On this occasion, we have decided to add skating under the gradation policy (from next session) so that the skaters can also enjoy the gradation status,” said VK Singh. Taking a note of the story published in The Tribune today, he also added that the sports department is looking after the sports infrastructure in the city and the players will be provided with best of the facilities, so that they can nurture their game. The sports lovers are also welcomed to give their suggestions for improving the infrastructure of sports in city beautiful,” mentioned Singh.

Earlier, the celebration evening witnessed a cultural programme and an exhibition match of roller hockey.



Vikrant topples Jagdeep, enters final

Chandigarh, August 29
Vikrant Dahiya defeated Jagdeep Singh Bajwa in straight sets to enter finals of boys’ (U-16) singles category match of the ongoing AITA- CLTA Tennis Tournament, being held here today. In another semifinal match, Eklavya was defeated at 6-2 and 6-1. In girls’ (U-16) matches, Jannat Khurana continued her winning streak as she defeated Pious Mudgil 6-4 and 6-4. In the boys double (U-16), Sumit Pal Singh and Digvijay Pratap of the CLTA defeated Eklavya Singh and Vikrant Dahiya 5-3, 4-1 to win the doubles title.


Boys (U-12): Onkar Apte beat Dhruv Tangri 6-2, 6-1; Divesh Gehlot beat Naresh Badgujjar 6-1, 6-3; Girls (U-12) Alisha Menon beat Harleen Kaur 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Kiran Kalkal beat Priyanka Khanna 6-0, 6-1; Boys (U-16) Vikrant Dahiya beat Jagdeep Bajwa 6-0, 6-3; Eklavya Singh beat Mritunjay Badola 6-2, 2-6, 6-1; Girls (U-16) Jannat Khurana beat Pious Mudgil 4-6, 6-2, 6-0; Prinkle Singh beat Baani Singh 6-4, 6-4; Boys (U-16) Doubles-Digvijay Pratap and Sumit Pal Singh beat Eklavya Singh and Vikrant Dahiya 5-3, 4-1; Boys (U-12) Doubles-Bhupender and Shashikant beat Naresh Badgujar and Arnav Pathange 5-4 (1), 4-1, 7-2; Girls (U-16) Doubles-Aaarushi Kakkar and Prinkle Singh beat Seerat Sidhu and Baani Singh 3-5, 5-3, 11-9. — TNS



City team restrict Ludhiana to 399
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The local cricket team secured three points against Ludhiana on the basis of their first innings lead, while the Ludhiana side logged one point, during the Katoch Shield Cricket Trophy match, today. The Ludhiana team after resuming for their overnight innings was bowled out for 399 runs. Devinder Sidhu scored unbeaten 39 runs while Baltez Singh contributed 30 off 60 for the 8th wicket. The duo helped the side attaining 95-run lead cover over Chandigarh. For Chandigarh, Gurinder Singh claimed 5 for 143 while Gaurav Gambhir claimed 2 for 122. In their second innings, the Chandigarh side scored 117 for 4 wickets in 28 overs. For Chandigarh, opener Manan Vohra scored 48 off 60 with 7 boundaries and a six while Sarul Kanwar scored 30 off 16 balls with five boundaries and one six.

Brief scores

Chandigarh: 494 all out in 143.5 overs (Jaskaran Singh Sohi 48, Vishwas 83, Gurkirat walia 82, Amit Prashar 74, Gurinder Singh 111 not out, Jaskaran Singh 42, Amritpal Singh 3 for 71 and Baltez Singh 2 for 43).

Ludhiana: 399 all out in 170.1 overs (Sunny Pandey 21, Anil Sihag 120, Gitansh Khera 114, Devinder Sidhu 39 not out, Baltez Singh 30.

Chandigarh (2nd Innings): 117 for 4 in 28 overs (Manan Vohra 48, Sarul Kanwar 30).

In other match at the PCA Stadium Mohali, the host side attained three points for first innings lead while Amritsar got 1 point. The visiting side, resuming their 2nd innings on 203 runs for 2 and went on to score 384 runs in 122.5 overs. Rohan Marwaha completed 123 runs off 283 balls studded with 12 boundaries and 3 sixes while Sharad Lumba scored 83 off 143 balls inclusive of 11 boundaries. Aman Bawa scored unbeaten 54 runs inclusive of 9 boundaries, to remain other noticeable scorer. For Mohali, Harmeet Bansal 4 for 51, Manpreet Gony 3 for 74 and Barinder Saran 2 for 60 were the main wicket takers.



Patiala Army Club shapes budding cricketers
Aman Sood
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 29
With support and dedication, a sports club can go a long way. Backed by the Indian Army, MES Cricket Club at Patiala was founded on January 26, 1986, by Senior Barrack Store Officer, Fatehullah Khan, a former Ranji Trophy player for Uttar Pradesh. The objective was to train children of defence personnel and provide them good facilities, bringing experienced coaches to teach them the nuances of the game.

“Impressed with the good work and dedication, the then Lt General SS Mehta (AVSM, VSM) allotted the ground in 2004 when he was Army Commander at Western Command Chandi Mandir and also sent Rs 10,000 to start the centre. The name of the club was later changed to Black Elephant Cricket Club on September 17, 2005, as the centre had children from all sections of defence background,” recalls HS Arora, who is chief coach and has been associated with the centre from the past almost a decade.

The centre that started on a modest note with 15 boys now has over 160 boys, majority of them children of armymen, and some other civilians. “We have managed to train over 1,000 cricketers till date and many of them are representing state and districts at various levels,” said chief coach at the centre, HS Arora, the man behind success of the centre.

The centre faced a hard time as it grappled with a resource crunch. The only source of income was the monthly fee paid by the boys who took admission in the centre. The funds thus generated were not even enough for the salaries of three coaches and three groundsmen. At this juncture, a local NGO, the Punjab Today Foundation, extended financial help to the centre, with Patiala (Rural) MLA Brahm Mohindra providing a monthly assistance to the club. The centre charges a nominal fee of Rs 550 from civilians and Rs 300 from army wards, while the coaching is free for girls.

The players are taught the finer points of the game by five coaches-chief coach, HS Arora, Sarabjit Singh, PD Shukla, Jasbir Singh, Jeevan Kumar and Rajinder Kumar, who hone the skills of the budding players. Of these coaches, Sarabjit Singh has played Deodhar Trophy, Duleep Trophy and over 65 Ranji matches. Shukla is a former Ranji Trophy player for Punjab, while Arora represented Agra University.

Despite limited help, it received from the Punjab Cricket Association, the centre provides excellent facilities and boasts of two grounds and six grassy wickets. Recently, the ground got an electronic scoreboard, courtesy-Major General DR Soni, General Officer, Commanding 1 Armed Division, before he recently got transferred.

The centre has produced players Prabhjot Singh who represents Punjab and North Zone (U-19), Sukhminder and Karan Kaila, who represented North-Zone while Kaila was also a part of the National Cricket Academy.



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