Thursday, September 11, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Live workshop on interventional
procedures in cardiology

Sonepat, September 10
The Batra Cath Lab of Sonepat is organising a one-day live workshop and CME on interventional procedures in cardiology on September 14 next on the premises of the Delite Banquet Hall on the old DC road near Nandwani Nagar temple of this city.

According to a report, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, will inaugurate the workshop. Prof. Dr S C Srivastava, a former Head of Medicine and Cardiology, PGIMS,

Rohtak, will be the chief guest and Prof Dr M S Gupta will be the guest of honour on this occasion.

Dr Ramesh Batra, a well-known cardiologist of the region told mediapersons here today that this was the first time in Haryana that such a workshop and CME is being organised in this historic city.

He said that angiographies, angioplasty and other sophisticated cardiac procure will be performed in the Cath Lab and will be transmitted live in the nearby hall in the presence of more than 200 doctors and specialists hailing from Haryana and the western UP, who can interact with the operators.

Dr Batra claimed that such tests were being done in the state for the first time, which will benefit the doctors in understanding the procedures in interventional cardiology.

He hoped that fear in the minds of the public about the process will be reduced and it will help in reducing cardiac mortality and morbidity.

According to Dr Batra, senior cardiologists will take part in this workshop and CME. OC


DDCA introduces three-tier format for league
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 10
The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) will introduce a three-tier format for the local league from this year.

DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev announced that the teams will be grouped in Super A, A-1 and A-11. The Super A will comprise of 28 teams, A-1 will have 42 teams while A-11 will comprise of 42 teams. He said as against eight matches played last year, every team will play at least 13 games this year. This will be followed by a Super League, which will be played over two days. He said 12 teams from each group will qualify for the Super League. Dev added that the quality of drinking water supplied at every match venue will be improved.

Sunil Dev announced that the teams participating in the Super League will automatically qualify for the Hot Weather Tournament. He said 36 teams will compete in the Hot Weather Tournament, which will be four teams more than last year. He said the Hot Weather Tournament will carry the biggest prize money in Delhi.

Sunil Dev said the DDCA will be staging two Ranji Trophy matches—against Mumbai from November 15 to 18 and against Kerala from December 17 to 20. Since the Ferozeshah Kotla ground would be out of bounds due to the construction of a new stadium, the Ranji matches will be played either at the Air Force ground (Palam), Harbaksh Singh ground or the Jamia Millia ground..

Sunil Dev said that the All-India Ranji Trophy panel and State panel umpires would be required to supervise at least ten matches in the DDCA League/Super League and the Hot Weather Tournament, failing which "strict action" would be taken at the "BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) level". He said this step was intended to improve the standard of umpiring in the local league. Sunil Dev said the DDCA will also be introducing a "confidential report" on umpires and playing conditions during this year’s league and other tournaments in a bid to improve playing conditions.

Sunil Dev, along with DDCA vice-presidents Chetan Chauhan and Suresh Chopra and general secretary S. P. Bansal, also announced the appointment of former Test player Madan Lal as the new coach of the Delhi team. Madan replaces Bishan Singh Bedi whose contract was not renewed after the expiry of his three-year term.

Chauhan said Madan Lal’s appointment was intended to entrust the responsibility on a younger man. Chauhan said Bedi’s tenure was "ok" but felt that things could have been "better". He hoped that Madan Lal would be able to give a new perspective to the Delhi team.

Mr Tejvir Singh will be the trainer of the Delhi Ranji and Under-22 teams while Raju Tandon will be the coach co-ordinator for junior teams. Mr Gyaneshwar Parsad will be the manager of the North Zone team for the Duleep Trophy Championship.

Following are the selection committees of various teams:

Ranji Trophy: Chetan Chauhan (chairman), Sunil Dev (convenor), Kirti Azad (national selector), Surender Khanna, Madan Lal (cricket manager), D S Bawa (administrative manager) and Rakesh Shukla (administrative manager for one-dayers).

Under-22: Sunil Dev (convenor cum chairman), Kirti Azad, Anil Jain, M S Jaggi, Mannu Nayyar (cricket manager) and Ashok Vaswani (administrative manager). Under-19: Sunil Dev (convenor cum chairman), Sunil Aggarwal, S S Dutta, Bantu Singh (cricket manager), D C Chaudhary (administrative manager) and Suresh Batra (administrative manager, one-day game).

Under-19: Sunil Dev (convenor cum chairman), Rajinder Singh Dara, Raj Kumar Sharma, Radhey Shyam Sharma (cricket manager) and TVS Subramaniam (administrative manager).

Under-15: Sunil Dev (convenor cum chairman), Bikkar Bahadur, Pawan Sharma, M P Singh (cricket manager) and B S Joban (administrative manager).

Dr Ram Babu Sharma, S K Bansal, Ashu Dani and Vinay Lamba will be referees from DDCA for BCCI first class matches.


Indian National, Shastri post wins
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 10
Indian National and Shastri Club posted identical 1-0 victories in Group A Super League matches of the Delhi Soccer Association Senior Division League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium on Wednesday.

Indian National defeated last year’s runners-up Hindustan Club 1-0. Bhupinder Rawat headed home off a floater from John Ekka in the 15th minute to score the match-winner. In the other match, Shastri Club defeated Raisina Sporting Union 1-0. Nageshwar Rao scored the lone goal in the 22nd minute.

Thursday’s fixtures: Indian Air Force (New Delhi) vs New Delhi Heroes (2.45 pm); City Club vs Simla Youngs (4 pm)—Ambedkar Stadium.


Cricket buffs to witness lots of action
Our Sports Reporter

Rohtak, September 10
The coming winter promises plethora of action for the cricket enthusiasts in Rohtak and Gurgaon. The Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) has decided to organise as many as eleven matches of different tournaments recognised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India at these two centres.

The HCA secretary, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, told to the NCR Tribune that Haryana will be hosting three Ranji Trophy matches and one tie for the Duleep Trophy this season besides various other matches for Cooch Behar, Polly Umrigar and Vijay Merchant Trophies.

He said that the HCA has decided to conduct Haryana versus Jammu and Kashmir as well as the Haryana versus Tripura ties at Rohtak, whereas Haryana versus Vidharbha cricket tie will be held at Gurgaon. The Duleep Trophy match to be hosted by Haryana on February 14 to 17 next year has been allotted to District Cricket Association, Gurgaon.

As per fixtures released by the HCA, Rohtak will be hosting 6 first class matches, whereas Gurgaon will host the remaining 5 matches this season. Following are the fixtures of matches to be played in Haryana this season.


Sareen elected Scindia Club president
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 10
Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) joint secretary Dr S. S. Sareen has been elected president of the Scindia Club India at the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday.

Following are the other office-bearers: Vice-presidents: Kamal Makkar and Kunal Mehta. General secretary: Baljeet Singh Joban. Treasurer: J. S. Joon. Executive committee members: S. K. Vashisht, J. D. Mishra, Prem Thakur, Anil Narang, Shivender Srivastava and V K Goyal.

Joint secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India Jyoti Bajpai has been made the chief patron of the club. Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, son of the late Madhavrao Scindia, is the patron of the club.

Dr Sareen said the Executive Committee of the Club has decided to felicitate outstanding sportspersons and sports administrators at a function to be held in December, with the concurrence of Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia.


Inter-Club Golf tourney
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 10
Leading golf clubs of Delhi and surrounding areas will compete in the Inter-Club Golf Competition to be played at the par-72 Classic Golf Course in Gurgaon on September 13. The participating clubs include hosts Classic Golf Resort, Delhi Golf Club, Army Golf Club, Noida Golf Club, Jaypee Greens, Golden Greens, DLF Golf and Country Club and Qutab Golf Course.

The event will be played on an individual strokeplay format with prizes on offer for the ‘best lady golfer’, ‘best junior golfer’, ‘best amateur golfer’ and the ‘best caddy golfer’. The winning club will be awarded a rolling trophy.


Officers quizzed on flour distribution bungling
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 10
The officials of the Chief Minister’s Flying Squad recorded the statements of eight officials of the Food and Supplies Department and the CONFED here yesterday in connection with the ongoing inquiry into the alleged bungling in the distribution of wheat flour meant for the families living below the poverty line in this city and elsewhere in the district.

According to a report, the employees of the Food and Supplies Department whose statements were recorded were

Mr Sukhbir Singh, Mr Chattar Singh, Mr Surinder Kumar and Mr Balbir Singh, whereas those from CONFED included Mr Rambir Singh, Mr Daya Kishan, Mr Vinod and Mr Bhagwan Dass.

The officials of the CM’s Flying Squad, headed by Mr Ashok Saini, Deputy Superintendent of Police, reportedly seized several files and other records relating to the distribution of BPL wheat flour for scrutiny. It is, however, alleged that the officials of the CM’ Flying Squad did not question several other employees of the Food and Supplies Department, who are said to be involved in this racket.

The inquiry followed the receipt of several public complaints by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, who had ordered a thorough probe into the racket. Acting on the instructions of the Chief Minister, the DSP is reported to have recorded the statements of several depot-holders and got the photostat copies of their records in connection with the distribution of the BPL wheat flour.


No plan to dispose of vehicles from police junkyard
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 10
More than 200 unclaimed and stolen vehicles, worth several lakhs of rupees, have been lying in the open for the last decade or so in Sonepat and other police stations of the district.

According to a report, most of these vehicles have become unserviceable and junk in the absence of any covered place. However, the senior officials of the district administration hardly bother about their disposal and the damage caused to these vehicles.

The local police authorities have prepared lists of these vehicles and sent it to the higher authorities of the district from time to time for seeking orders for their disposal or auction.

Moreover, the police have made concerted efforts to locate their owners, but failed in their attempts. It is stated that when the police officials approach the owners of these vehicles on the basis of the registration number, it is learn that the owners had already received their claims from the insurance companies. In such cases, the insurance companies become the owners of such vehicles automatically.

According to official sources, as many as 25 cars, 5 mopeds, 35 motorcycles, 22 scooters, one Tata 609, 2 Tata Sumo, two tractors and two Maruti Vans are lying unclaimed in the police stations. Similarly, 44 stolen cars, 38 jeeps and moped, 38 motorcycles, 39 scooters, two Tata Sumo, four Maruti Vans, auto-rickshaws and three wheelers were found lying in various police stations of the district.

Stolen vehicles are kept under Section 102 of the CrPC and unclaimed vehicles under 25 Police Act.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here that the police could not do anything on its own. They were only authorised to prepare the list of these vehicles and send the same to the district authorities for disposal or auction, he said.

It is the district authorities who can then take a decision about their disposal or auction on the dates fixed by them, he said.

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