Sunday, December 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Drink that doesn’t freeze at minus 22°C
Tripti Nath

THE Leh-based Field Research Laboratory of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed Multivit, a beverage for the armed forces personnel posted at very high altitude.

Trials conducted at Siachen and other stations have given satisfactory results. The herbal beverage does not freeze even at a temperature of minus 22 degrees Celsius. A rich source of Vitamins A, B, C, E and K, Multivit is developed from the fruits of the seabuckthorn, which grows wild in various parts of Ladakh, Lahaul-Spiti, Sikkim and Uttaranchal. A patent for the preparation of the herbal beverage from the seabuckthorn has already been filed in the name of Dr Sanjay K. Dwivedi, Colonel D.P. Attrey, Dr O. P. Chaurasia, Basant Ballabh and Brahma Singh. The technology has been recently transferred to a Delhi-based company for commercial manufacture of the product.

Kudos for Thakur

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr C.P. Thakur, has been conferred honorary fellowship of the Indian Association of Epidemologists for his outstanding contribution in the field of kala azar. Dr Thakur is the second recipient of the fellowship, which was earlier given to Dr Uton Rafei, Regional Director of the World Health Organisation. The Indian Association of Epidemologists, constituted in 1993, is a forum of public health experts and epidemologists to coordinate epidemological research and strengthen epidemological services in the country.

Pharmacists’ role

The three-day Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) which concluded here last Sunday has passed five resolutions. It has said that it is high time the government recognised the central role of the pharmacist in delivering cost-effective drug therapy to the masses, as a member of the healthcare team.

It emphasised that this aspect be included in the National Health Policy. It said that the National Human Rights Commission recommendations be implemented in the interest of common patients for better health services. The NHRC had earlier recommended model pharmacies in government hospitals with state-of-the-art facilities. It had also suggested that qualified pharmacists provide counselling and drug information services in hospitals. The congress stressed on the urgent need to establish five centres of excellence in pharmaceutical sciences with defined thrust areas for research and training to meet the post-GATT challenges. It said that the universities and pharmacy institutions should take steps to introduce an integrated course in pharmacy with training facilities with hospitals and clinics.

The IPC also resolved that the continuing education and faculty development programme should become mandatory for teachers and practising pharmacists. It further suggested amendment of Pharmacy Acts and Rules to include the aspect of continuing update of knowledge as a pre-requisite for renewal of licence as a registered pharmacist. It has said that state pharmacy councils should be directed to implement the same.

Ensuring a smile

The oral care division of Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL) recently invited UK-based Dr Ralph M. Duckworth and leading dentist Dr Kamlesh Desai to address the dental fraternity at the Indian Medical Association conference here. While Dr Duckworth spearheads projects for improving the anti-caries efficacy of toothpastes for Unilever’s worldwide oral care business, Dr Desai is a consultant with HLL’s oral care division. According to HLL sources, Dr Duckworth’s presentation highlighted reports of increase in caries in urban areas, need for improved oral hygiene procedures, review of methods for evaluating formulations for fluoridated toothpaste and ways of improving the efficacy of fluoridated toothpaste.

The Indian speaker dealt with four broad areas of dentistry, namely, definition of oral disease and the changing face of dentistry practices, the importance of infection control and information on AIDS and hepatitis, overview of new methods in dentistry and role of fluoride in oral care products.

Hospitals alerted

As the threat of war looms large in the wake of Pakistan’s alleged involvement in the terrorist strikes on Parliament House on December 13, the Health Ministry has alerted all hospitals in the country to gear up to face any eventuality if a war breaks out. Addressing a science workshop at Patna, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr C.P. Thakur, said the country was passing through a war-like situation and necessary directions had been issued to the Directorate of Health services to ensure stocking of adequate units of blood along with sufficient quantity of bandages, medicines and beds. He said that Medical Superintendents in various hospitals had been asked to keep their intensive care units and operation theatres well equipped to meet any emergency.



Tarun Sangha rally to hold Goans
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, December 29
Tarun Sangha came from behind to hold Nestor Goans Sports Club 1-1 in a Group B preliminary league match of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Senior Division Football League Championship at Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital today.

Before the start of the match, a two-minute silence was observed in memory of Satya Prakash Ghidiyal, a former soccer player and noted television and radio commentator, who died yesterday of lung cancer. He was cremated at Nigambodh Ghat today.

A large number of soccer players, Delhi Soccer Association officials, including secretary Nasir Ali and joint secretary N.K. Bhatia, and others attended Satya Prakash’s funeral.

Goans started on a fast note when their medios S. Edmund, N. Shimray and S. Gusain combined well to initiate a series of threatening raids, to set-up nice passes for forwards Anthony D’Silva and Sunder Mehta.

But their shots could not find the target as an alert Tarun Sangha custodian Biswajeet Das thwarted their attempts time and again.

In the 17th minute, Goans’ inside-right Berber Rangam put his team ahead when he scored from the top of the box.

After gaining the lead, Goans slackened their grip and the match was then confined to midfield for the rest of the first session. In the second half, Tarun Sangha went on the offensive as medios Prabir Roy and Sonatan Murmu mounted heavy pressure on the Goan goal, which got the desired rewards when inside-right Aparesh Halder equalised 1-1 off a move fashioned by Debashish Das and Suklal Murmu from the left flank. Tarun Sangha went all out to get the match-winner, but Jhangir Hussain twice missed the mark from close.

Tarun Sangha have collected four points from two matches while Goans have got just one point from two matches. Sunday’s fixture: Indian Air Force (New Delhi) vs Garhwal Heroes (1.30 p m) – Ambedkar Stadium.



Saroya, Leena adjudged best athletes
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, December 29
J.P. Saroya of Punjab Zone and Leena of Western Zone were adjudged the best athletes in the 19th All-India Punjab National Bank Inter-Zone Sports Meet at Karnail Singh Stadium in the Capital today.

Saroya had won gold medals in the 800, 1500, 5000 and 10,000 metres and silver in 400m hurdles to emerge as a versatile athlete. Leena claimed golds in 100, 200 and 400 metres and shot put. She also won silver medals in long jump and discus throw. Northern Zone lifted the team championship while Western Zone finished as runners-up.

The eight-day long sports meet concluded with Chairman and Managing Director of PNB S.S. Kohli distributing the prizes. Senior bank officials K. N. Prithviraj, P.L. Madan and C.K.D. Gowda were also present at the closing ceremony.

Northern Zone retained the cricket title defeating Punjab Zone by 70 runs. Praveen Madan of Northern Zone scored the second century of the tournament. Scores: Northern Zone: 233/4 in 30 overs (Praveen Madan 102, S K Sukhija 52). Punjab Zone: 163/7 (J Chotani 4/35).

Delhi Zone retained the soccer title defeating Eastern Zone 6-0. Berain Mitai and Pramod Rawat scored a brace each and Manoj Bhatti and Bhupinder Thakur scored a goal each. Akshay Saxena of Central UP Zone won the chess title with Ravi Verma of Rajasthan Zone finishing second. In badminton team championship, Northern Zone defeated Delhi Zone 3-1 in the final. Sudhakar Sharma of Delhi Zone lifted the badminton singles title beating Deepak Sharma of Rajasthan Zone 7-1,7-0,7-3 while Rajeev Verma of Western Zone beat Praveen Madan of Northern Zone 8-7,6-8,7-5, 7-5 to finish third.

In carrom final for men, Western Zone defeated Southern Zone 3-2. Shashi Kandkar and N R Dantule were the members of the winning team. Western Zone also won the women’s title, beating Bihar Zone 2-1. C.K. Lahori and Vaidehi Patil were the members of the winning team. Manju Sinha was the star player for Bihar.

Western Zone also annexed the table tennis title when they beat West UP Zone 3-1. Sanjay Dhotra, Sandeep Gamre and Sita Ram Gamre were the members of the winning team.

Punjab won the volleyball title defeating Eastern Zone 22-25,25-10, 25-9, 25-21. West UP beat Rajasthan 24-22 to bag the kabaddi title.

J.P. Sharma of Punjab emerged as the fastest athlete when he won the 100m race with a time of 12.2 secs. B Francis of Southern Zone and Ravneet Singh of Punjab were the silver and bronze medallists. Leena of Western became the fastest woman athlete when she clocked 15.53 secs to win the 100m gold. She was followed by Satya of Punjab and Mamta of Eastern.

Banni Singh of Central UP won the triple jump gold for men. R. N. Dutt of UP and Ravneet Singh of Punjab took the silver and bronze, respectively.



Tarun Gupta slams unbeaten century
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, December 29
Tarun Gupta slammed a stroke-filled unbeaten 139 runs and claimed four wickets for 60 runs to star in Gurcharan XI’s victory over Pradeep XI in a three-day match organised by the Dronacharya Cricket Foundation at the Yamuna Sports Complex in the Capital today.

Gurcharan XI won the match on the basis of their massive 108 runs first innings lead. Tarun Gupta was adjudged the man of the match for his excellent all-round performance.

Gurcharan XI made 360 in their first innings and 370 for four declared in the second innings, while Pradeep XI were shot out for 252 in the first innings and made 204 for 2 in their second knock.

Gurcharan XI were well-served by Robin Singh (98), Himanshu Manik (60), Shashi Vaish (45), Tarun Gupta (138 not out), Nitin Goel (77) and Kunal Sethi (57). Pradeep XI failed to cope with the sustained and accurate bowling performances of Tarun Gupta, Sunny Bhatia (3/16) and Himanshu Manik (2/21) to fold up for a modest total in their first innings.

Though Ankit Kaishta and Amjad Vohra put on a fine batting show in Pradeep XI’s second innings, they ran short of time to lose out to Gurcharan XI.

Brig M. C. Gogia, who was the chief guest, distributed the prizes. Scores: Gurcharan XI (1st innings): 360 (Robin Singh 98, Himanshu Manik 60, Shashi Vaish 45, Gaurav Pandoh 34, Sunny Bhatia 32, Kunal Choudhary 3/49, Ankit Kaishta 2/84, Amjad Vohra 2/66) and second innings: 370/4 declared (Tarun Gupta 138 n o, Nitin Goel 77, Kunal Sethi 57, Sunny Bhatia 35, Surjeet Bedi 1/32 and Gaurav Malhotra 1/35). Pradeep XI (first innings): 252 (Gaurav Malhotra 7, Deepak Ajmera 41, Ankit Kaishta 26, Tarun Gupta 4/60, Sunny Bhatia 3/16, Himanshu Manik 2/21) and 204 for 2 (second innings): Ankit Kaishta 106 no, Amjad Vohra 57 n o, Vaibhav Rastogi 1/20).



Set Max to telecast Castrol Awards
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, December 29
A special programme on the Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence 2000-2001 ceremony, held
in Bangalore on December 17, will be telecast on Set Max channel on Sunday, December 30, at 8.30 pm.The programme will be repeated on Saturday, January 12, at 8.30 pm.

Sachin Tendulkar was given the Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year 2000-2001 Award and former Indian batsman Polly Umrigar was selected for Castrol Lifetime Achievement Award while Haryana’s wicketkeeper-batsman Ajay Ratra was chosen Castrol Junior Cricketer of the Year.

Well-known cricket commentator Mark Nicholas will host the show. Mark will take the viewers through the awards function, which was attended by the current Indian cricket team and the cricketing greats of yesteryears.

The show will comprise highlights of the function, interviews with leading cricketers and a profile of the four-year-old Castrol Cricket Awards.



Bright Club beat Sonnet
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, December 29
A fine unbeaten 43 (4x4, 1x6) by Haryana Ranji player Parinder Sharma and deadly bowling by medium-pacer Narender Kumar (3/38) helped Bright Club, Bhiwani, beat Sonnet Club, Delhi, by seven wickets to enter the semi-final of the second Friends Cricket Tournament at Dharuhera, near Rewari, today. Electing to bat, Sonnet scored 162 runs for six wickets in 25 overs. Delhi Ranji player Akash Chopra (50) was the top scorer while Services Ranji player Yashpal Singh scored 27 with the help of three fours. Narender Kumar took 3 wickets for 38 runs.

In reply, Bright Club’s opener Piyush (20) and Raju (19) put on 59 runs for the first wicket. Bhiwani easily won the match by scoring 163 for three in 23.1 overs. Parinder Sharma remained not out on 43. He was adjudged the Mishra Sports ‘man of the match’.



DPS meet held
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, December 29
An Inter-DPS Athletic Meet was organised in Delhi Public School in which students of three schools of DPS at Nuh, Tauru and Firozpur Jhirka participated.

DPS, Nuh, stood first and won the overall championship trophy by securing 166 points while DPS, Firozpur Jhirkha, remained second securing 104 points and DPS, Tauru, stood third with 74 points. DPS, Nuh, also won the inter-DPS dance competition trophy. Delhi Public School Society Vice-Chairman Pramod Grover, Secretary Mrs Marken, Mewat Development Agency (MDA) Chairman S.A. Khan were present during the award giving ceremony.

Mr S.A. Khan gave away the certificates and awards to the students.



Govt to build flats for industrial workers at Bawana
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
The Government of NCT of Delhi has earmarked 20 acres of land in Bawana village for constructing dwelling units for the industrial workers of Bawana Industrial Estate. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit made this announcement on the occasion of handing over physical possession of over 3,000 industrial plots to the allottees today.

The Industries Minister, Mr Deep Chand Bandhu, who accompanied the Chief Minister, told mediapersons that eight-storeyed Janta flats would be constructed on the land adjoining the industrial estate.

The dwelling units, he said, would be constructed in such a manner that they would inflict minimum damage to the environment.

Mr Bandhu said, “An additional 200 acres of land had been identified by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) near Rohtak Road in West Delhi for relocating polluting industries.”

He informed that 2002 would be observed as the year of rehabilitation of industrial units and industrial labour. Over 16,000 plots, he added, would be made available to the allottees in the year 2002.

The Chief Minister said that a committee comprising Urban Development Minister A. K. Walia, Rural Development Minister Haroon Yusuf and Industries Minister Deep Chand Bandhu would look after the problems pertaining to electricity, water and roads in rural Delhi and also to expedite developmental activities.

Ms Dikshit maintained that compensation for land acquired would be disbursed among farmers at the chaupals in their respective villages.

The office of the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC), she said, would start functioning from January 1 at Bawana Industrial Estate from 9.30 am to 6 pm on working days, so as to avoid any inconvenience or delay in the process of providing physical possession of industrial plots to the allottees.

Legislators Surender Kumar and Charan Singh Kandera, Corporator Ishwar Singh, and Principal Secretary (Industries) and DSIDC Chairman K. S. Baidwan were also present on the occasion.


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