Monday, July 22, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Followers donate blood at Nirankari Mission camp
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
Mrs Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by the Sant Nirankari Mission in Trilokpuri here today. The blood collecting team came from the Indian Red Cross Society. As many as 177 followers of the Mission donated blood.

After the inauguration, Mrs Dikshit went round the camp and complimented the organisers for the arrangements and appreciated the enthusiasm she saw among the donors. The donors included a blind person, who is also a devotee of the Mission. He told the Chief Minister that he was donating blood for the fifth time.

Earlier, the Chief Minister was received by the President of the Sant Nirankari Mandal, Mr Amrik Singh, IAS (retd), while Padma Shri D. R. Shaha, Member In-Charge, Education, and Mr Kirpa Sagar, member In-Charge, Press and PR, were also present. Mr Amrish Gautam and Mr Brahm Pal, MLAs, also graced the occasion.

The Sant Nirankari Mission, which has already emerged as one of the leading blood donating voluntary organisations in the country, proposes to organise 101 blood donation camps this year by the end of next month. Started in April, the series touched 74 with today’s camp.

Another camp was organised by the Mission in Ghaziabad today where 220 devotees donated blood. The Sant Nirankari Mandal’s Member In-Charge, Health and Social Welfare, Brig Shamsher Singh (retd), inaugurated the camp. Mr Surender Goyal, MLA, Ghaziabad, was also present.


Rotary banner on polio gets into Guinness records
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, July 21
Rotary International’s Polio Plus Programme has secured itself a place in the Guinness World Records for displaying the longest ever banner to banish polio.

Rotary International Polio Plus India displayed a cloth banner measuring 50.4 km in length and one metre in width. It was made up of multiple cloth banners stitched together with polio eradication messages.

The one-metre broad banner stretched from Powai Lake to the Eastern Express Highway in Mumbai and has already been recognised by the Limca Book of Records. This record making banner is now in the national capital.

“The record is secondary for us. What makes the difference to us is that Rotary International has set a challenging target for itself. We have to achieve total eradication of polio by the year 2005. But my fellow Rotarians are quite upbeat and are all geared up to achieve it even before the deadline,”, said Mr Deepak Kapur, Chairman, Rotary Polio Plus, India.

Mr Rajiv Tandon, Programme Executive Director, pointed out, “ Rotary’s Polio Plus Programme is a shining example of what co-operation between Governments, the United Nations and NGOs can achieve”.

India accounts for about 40 per cent of polio cases reported worldwide and 90 per cent of these cases are reported from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.


Chi Cheng, Mikio Oda voted Asia’s greatest athletes

New Delhi, July 21
Chi Cheng of Taiwan, who obliterated 44 Asian and 10 world records, has been voted the “greatest woman athlete of Asia” by the Asian Track and Field News, the official publication of the Asian Athletic Association.

Chi Cheng polled 73 points to top the chart, followed by Kinue Hitomi of Japan, with 62 points. Kinue Hitomi, a silver medallist in 800 metres at the 1928 Olympics, held the world record for long jump and sprint.

The Asian Track and Field News poll is considered the last word in the rating of a athlete. It has placed Wang Junxia of China, winner of gold medals in the Stuttgart World Championship in 1993 and the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, at the third place. Another Chinese woman, shot put champion Huang Zhihong, world champion in 1991 and Olympic silver medallist, at the fourth place. Ghada Shouaa of Syria, the famed decathlon champion and gold medallist in the Asian and Olympic Games, has been voted fifth.

The Japanese troika in triple jump, Mikio Oda, Chuhei Nambu and Naoto Tajima, dominate the men’s rankings. Mikio Oda, Asia’s first gold medallist at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, had also created 21 Asian records in triple jump, long jump and decathlon, and also set a world record with a magnificent leap of 15.58 metres in 1931. Chuhei Nambu won the triple jump gold in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, and Naoto Tajima lifted the gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Interestingly, Chi and Oda were projected as the “greatest” in the book, “Great Asian Athletes,” written by Wg. Cdr. P K Mahanand. The book had caught international attention for its “unique and original contribution” to athletic literature. Mr Henrich Hubbling, an authority on Asian athletics, had described the book as “one of the most exciting books ever written on Asian athletics”. The book was also appreciated for its originality by Mengoni of Italy.

Among those who were in the running for the “greatest athlete of Asia of the century” honours were Norman Pritchard of India, who had won two silver medals in the Paris Olympics in 1900 and Sri Ram Singh, also of India and winner of two Asian Games gold medals and finalist in the 800 metres at the Montreal Olympic Games.

Mahanand is now in the process of updating his book. “I am thrilled that Chi and Oda have been rightly voted as the greatest athletes of the century,” he said.

The “Great Asian Athletes” had also listed the memorable feats of Indian legends like Milkha Singh, P. T. Usha, Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, Henry Rebello, Lavy Pinto, Parduman Singh and Joginder Singh. The book also has a special chapter on “Why the Chinese are winning?”.


Kids learn the grammar of cricket
Ours Sports Reporter

Rohtak, July 21
Nearly one hundred and fifty schoolboys belonging to different educational institutions of the city learnt basics of cricket in the two-day coaching camp concluded at Indo British School premises here today. The camp was organised by the Hissar Road Branch of State Bank of India (SBI). Keeping in view of the hot weather conditions and the age of trainees, the organisers decided to conduct the camp indoors.

The Chief Manager of SBI Mr Umesh Uppal told the NCR Tribune that enthusiasm of the guys was overwhelming and it has prompted the bank to organise such camps for longer duration in future. He told that the boys were imparted training concerning various aspects of the game by coach of the Haryana Ranji Team and former Ranji Trophy cricketer Mr Ashwani Kumar. He was assisted by Mahipal Singh and some State level cricketers including Gaurav Vashishta, Joginder Sharma and few others.

Talking to the NCR Tribune the coach Ashwani Kumar said that the boys learnt perfect ways of gripping the bat and the ball besides the basics of fielding and importance of physical fitness. He told that the boys were provided free transportation facility to reach the venue for taking part in this camp by the administration of Indo -British School.


DSA Institutional League from August 6
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 21
The Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) Annual Institutional Football League Championship will be held from August 6 at the Ambedkar Stadium.

DSA secretary N. K. Bhatia said plans are afoot to hold this year’s championship in two divisions. And for implementing this proposal, suggestions/objections have been sought from the participating teams.

Twenty-five institutional teams, including defending champions Delhi Audit and runners-up Food Corporation of India (North Zone), are expected to participate in the league. Entries, with a fee of Rs 1000, close on July 30.

The DSA has constituted a League Sub-Committee with its vice-president Nagendra Singh as chairman and managing committee member Krishan Avtar as convenor. The other members in the sub-committee are Anjan Roy, Abdul Aziz, Dharamvir, Jagdish Persad and Dalip Ghosh.

The DSA Inter-Club Transfer of players will be held from August 16 to 22, from 5.30 pm to 7 pm at the DSA office, at the Ambedkar Stadium, every day, including Sunday.

The transfer book will, however, remain open on the last day, July 22, up to 8.30 pm. Withdrawals will be permitted within four days after applying for transfer.


Ban on heavy vehicles can reduce pollution by 55%
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, July 21
Banning vehicles that do not adhere to Euro II norms is a proposition promising enough. Research shows that prohibiting these vehicles from plying can lead to a 55 per cent cut in the pollution level.

The Supreme Court had last year directed the Delhi Government to ban vehicles that flout Euro II norms from entering the Capital. Recently, it had asked the police authorities as well as the Delhi Government to show cause why the ruling given in December is yet to be enforced.

Banning these vehicles would lead to less particulate matter being added to the environment, the authorities point out. According to a study carried out by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), if the 65,000 non-Euro II-compliant trucks and goods vehicles are removed from the Capital’s roads, the emission level would drop from 1,700 tonnes to 800 tonnes, a reduction of nearly 55 per cent.

The conversion of the city’s buses to CNG has helped in curbing the pollution, but the entry of non-Euro II polluting vehicles negates that effect. Trucks and goods vehicles, constituting almost five per cent of the city’s vehicular fleet, contribute more than 45 per cent to the particulate emissions in Delhi. The CSE study used a computer-simulated model to calculate the effect that the removal of these non-Euro II trucks would have on pollution level of the city.

However, the study warned that over the years the density of Euro II-compliant trucks and goods vehicles will increase and so will the emissions load.

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