Sunday, January 6, 2002, Chandigarh, India 


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RML Hospital to have a trauma centre soon
Tripti Nath

EXACTLY a year from now, the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in the Capital will have a trauma centre. The foundation stone for the Centre was laid here recently by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr C P Thakur.

The new trauma centre will offer specialty services in orthopaedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and general surgery related to trauma and all other support services.

The Centre will have facilities like a 12-bed emergency reception, two-bed critical care unit, 11-bed ICU, two wards of 20 beds each, three-operation theatres and other facilities. The building will have seven floors and a basement with a total covered area of 9,100 square metres.

Mr Takur also promised that a medical college attached to the hospital would be started soon as it has sufficient bed strength to start a 100-seat undergraduate college. The government had already sanctioned upgradation of the Nephrology and Hematology departments.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs 28.13 crore. The Health Minister called for total dedication and commitment of the administration and staff of the hospital in running the centre.

He minced no words in reminding the hospital administration of the negligence on December 13, the day of the terrorist strikes on Parliament when the CT scan was not in working condition.

He called upon the administration to ensure maintenance of the equipment. Other schemes as setting up a Nuclear Medicine department, upgradation of the School of Nursing to a College of Nursing, construction of an administrative-cum-training block and creation of better facilities for Post Graduate teaching are under consideration, he said.

The government has amended the Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) Rules, 1955 making changes in the specifications of honey, edible vegetable oils and fats, edible common salt, iodised salt and iron fortified salt.

According to the new amendment, detailed specifications of honey have been laid down to align with international specifications, i.e. Codex. additional requirements of ash, acidity (expressed as formic acid), and Hydroxy methyl furfural, have been incorporated in the specification. The amendment makes it mandatory that test for argemone oil should be negative in all edible vegetable oils and fats and the Public Analyst Laboratories / Central Food Laboratories shall test the samples for the presence of argemone oil compulsorily.

In respect of edible common salt, iodised salt and iron fortified salt, anti-caking agents have been permitted in quantities not exceeding 2.0 per cent either singly or in combination.

These agents include carbonates of Calcium and Magnesium; phosphate of Calcium and Magnesium; silicates of Calcium, Magnesium, Aluminium or Sodium or Silicon dioxide; myristates, palmitates or sterates of Aluminium, Ammonium, Calcium, Potassium or Sodium.

The World Health Organisation has called for urgent action to integrate leprosy services with general health services to achieve elimination target.

The Regional Director for the WHO South East Asia Regional Office, Dr Uton Muchatr Rafei has called upon countries which have reached the 2000 leprosy elimination target to fully integrate leprosy services with general health services to achieve sub-national elimination goals and sustain the programme.

The six countries in the region which have met the 2000 target for leprosy elimination at the national goal are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Given the magnitude and geographic spread of the problem in other three countries, Myanmar and Nepal are expected to achieve the elimination goals by 2003 and India before 2005.

Dr Rafei’s message to the national programme managers for leprosy elimination on the opening day of the three day inter country meeting recently was loud and clear: The fight against leprosy would have to continue for some years and would need a strong and sustained partnership with non government organisations, service organisations and donors.

The meeting reviewed the status of leprosy elimination in member countries and focussed on leprosy endemic countries including India, Nepal and Myanmar.

The Deputy Director General, Leprosy division in the Health Ministry, Dr N S Dharamshaktu is optimistic that the disease would be totally controlled within the target date of March 31, 2004.


Bright prospects for Indian nurses in UK

THE Indo-UK Nurses Association (INUKNA), a membership-based, non-profit organisation headquartered in London, has welcomed the increase in pay for nurses. The starting salary for a nurse has risen to 16,000 pound sterling per year that translates to Rs 11 lakh. At the same time, the salary of a matron has shot to 32,000, which is approximately Rs 22.5 lakh. This follows from the inflation necessitating 3.6% pay rise for the nurses as announced by the Ministry of Health, UK.

The INUKNA tie up with, a business portal will promote its recruitment services targeted exclusively at the nursing fraternity in India. According to the INUKNA spokesperson Mr Phil Brown, “This is a great opportunity for Indian nurses who are a part of the INUKNA to take advantage of this new pay structure. We feel that the increase will attract the best Indian nurses to look at the UK health industry as place to work. The nurses from Spain have already started taking full advantage of this increase. The Association will help Indian nurses to fulfil the gap in the National Health Service and facilitate approvals from the United Kingdom licensing authority. We have listed out the salaries on”

At present, the UK health care system is reeling under a shortage crisis of 22,000 nurses per year. The year 2000 saw a total of 9,800 approvals by the UK Government to foreign nurses. Of these, only 254 nurses were from India.



‘Unlimited’ fare on ESPN menu
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 5
The ESPN Star Sports will offer sports 'unlimited' to viewers in 2002, but the 'sports bonanza' may not include the World Cup Soccer to be co-hosted by Japan and Korea and the World Cup Hockey Championship, in which India have a special interest, as the Indian team have qualified for it.

The ESPN Star Sports may or may not get to telecast the World Cup football matches as the rights are with someone else, but what Indian soccer fans can expect for sure are the English Premier League, UEFA Champions' League, Spanish Primera Liga and the Italian Serie A, etc.

For cricket fans, however, there is a lot to cheer about as 82 days of Indian cricket will be telecast out of the 261 days of international cricket ESPN Star Sports have put in their 'unlimited' list. The cricket telecasts will include 37 Test matches and 76 One-Day Internationals.

The India tour to West Indies (five Tests, 7 ODIs), the India tour of England (four Tests, July-September), the India-Sri-Lanka-England (tri series, 10 ODIs, June-August) and the India tour of New Zealand (3 Tests, 5 ODIs, Dec-Feb) figure among the cricket telecast schedule, which also include the South Africa-Australia, South Africa-Australia-New Zealand, Australia-South Africa, New Zealand-Pakistan, Sri Lanka-England and Australia-Pakistan series.

Mr Manu Sawhney, managing director of ESPN Software India, said ESPN Star Sports has acquired live telecast rights of major tennis events like the Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, ATP Masters, Thomas and Uber Cup badminton and ITTF Tour Grands finals of table tennis, among other events.

He said the cricket season will kick off with the annual Carlton and United triangular series to be played among Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, starting on January 11.

"ESPN Star Sports together offer 48 hours of exhilarating sporting action on a daily basis from across the world, at only 80 paise per day (Rs 24 per month)", Mr Sawhney added.

He said the Super Selector, hosted by Naseeruddin Shah, will be a weekly affair from January.


From skiing to snowballs, Auli has it all
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 5
The slopes of Garhwal in the Himalayas are all decked up in white to attract tourists this winter. Under a thick blanket of snow, the virgin hills appear to be dressed up like a bride ready to take the marriage vow.

Situated at an altitude of 2,500-3,050 metres above sea level, Auli’s well-dressed slopes are flanked by coniferous and oak forests and offer a panoramic view of Mt Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat, Dunagriri, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat and Ghori Parbat.

The hills of Auli are nestled in the lap of snow-capped peaks in the Chamoli district located near the world famous religious shrine of Badrinath. The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant, Dehra Dun and the nearest railway stations are at Hardwar and Dehra Dun. The hills are about 500 km from the National Capital Territory.

In the 1970s, the rugged and snowy terrain of Auli used to be a training ground for India’s paramilitary forces. Realising the potential of Auli as a ski-resort, the state government had it surveyed by the French and Australian experts. They compared the slopes of Auli to the best in the world and today it is a promising ski-spot and an ideal winter resort.

Apart from the skiing festivals, held here since 1986, national championships under the aegis of the Winter Games Federation of India have been held at Auli. The hills have not only been attracting skiing enthusiasts with their challenging slopes, but have been luring many a tourist with their pristine beauty and alpine atmosphere.

It has a state-of-the-art ski lift, which has been imported from France. It is 500 metres long, which makes it the longest in the country. There is also an 800-m long chair lift, linking the lower slopes with the upper ones.

Besides, a 3.9-km long ropeway links Joshimath with the upper slopes of Auli. It covers a track distance of 4.15 km and is the longest ropeway in Asia in a zigzag system. It has 10 towers of self-supporting steel structures with saddles and shoes. Apart from the professionals, the hills of Auli also offer a training ground for ski enthusiasts. Qualified instructors from the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg conduct training courses in different modules of seven and 14 days.

The snow-capped hills of Auli have something to offer to everybody, be it a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life, or for conquering the challenging heights of the glorious peaks. People come here simply to savour the tranquil nature in its most pristine self or just to throw snowballs at each other.


Delhi Police, Air Force earn full points in DSA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 5
Delhi Police and Indian Air Force (New Delhi) earned full points from the Group A and B matches respectively in the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Senior Division Football League at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi on Saturday.

Delhi Police surprised last year's runners-up Hindustan with a 1-0 victory to take their points tally to seven from three matches while Hindustan Club have logged only four points from three matches. Inside-right Vijay Suhag slammed home the all-important goal for Delhi Police in the 16th minute of first half.

In the second match, former champions Air Force beat Youngsters 2-0. Prasenjit Mukherjee scored the first goal in the 16th minute of first half while Priya Darshan scored the second goal on resumption.

Sunday's fixtures: Indian Nationals vs Garhwal Heroes (1.30 p m); Shahdara vs Goans (3 p m)–Ambedkar Stadium.

Ram Pal to lead Delhi U-16 squad

Goal-keeper Ram Pal Pershad of Hans Club will lead a 20-member Delhi State Under-16 team for the Sub-Junior National Football Championship for the Dr Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy to be held at Shillong from January 8. Mid-fielder Pardeep Nandy of Simla Youngs has been named the vice-captain. Delhi will play their first match on January 9. The team is: Goalkeepers: Ram Pal Pershad (Captain, Hans), Mohit (ND Heroes); defenders: Sushanta Bhattacharya and Amit Sehgal (Frontiers), Arif Aktar Ansari (Young Boys), Anup Bisht and Sabyasachi Mitra (Youngsters); mid-fielders: Pardeep Nandy (Simla Youngs, vice-captain).



Neelam hattricks as Delhi school record another big win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 5
Mother Khazani Convent School, Mungeshpur (Delhi) recorded their second big victory when they trounced St. Xavier’s Higher Secondary School, Mapusa (Goa) 8-0, after leading by 7-0 at half time, in the eighth Nehru-NDMC Girls Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium in the Capital on Saturday.

Neelam Saroha, who accounted for eight goals of Delhi’s 11-0 victory against Mizoram on Friday, once again stole the spotlight, by scoring the last three goals in a row against Goa, to register her second consecutive hattrick.

Rakhi had opened the account in the second minute, and after Sunita made it 2-0, Rakhi struck again to get the third goal of Delhi. Sushila and Sonia scored the fourth and fifth goals and thereafter, it was Neelam all the way.

In other matches, Govt. Bhoj Higher Secondary School, MP beat Maharaja Agrasain School 6-0 while SGNP Girls Senior Secondary School, Shahabad Markanda, crushed Prof. D B Deodhar Higher Secondary School, Pune 18-0.

For the MP School, who led by 4-0 at half time, the goals were scored by Reena Kumari (three goals, no hattrick), Nagama Khatoon (two) and Poonam Kumari.

The Shahabad Markanda school ran riot against the Pune school, slotting in goals without any respite. Nine goals each were scored in either half. Harjinder Kaur accounted for seven goals, Saravjeet Kaur scored four, Kanu Priya struck home one, Aarti Sharma scored three, Jasjeet Kaur two and Ramneek Kaur one.

Sunday’s fixtures: Govt. Girls School, Ranchi vs Govt. School, Saitual (Mizoram); G V Raja Sports School, Thiruvanathapuram vs Prof. Deodhar School, Pune; Prerna Hindi School, Chandkgeda (Gujarat) vs Maharaja Agrasa in School, Sirsa. Matches from 12 noon at the Shivaji Stadium. 


N Rly sail into cricket final

New Delhi, January 5
The Northern Railway, Delhi beat Bright Club, Bhiwani by four wickets to enter the final of the second Friends Cricket Tournament at Dharuhera. A fine knock of 44, studded with five fours, by Rakesh Bal and 38, with three fours and two sixes by Mobin Ahmed, and their 52-run partnership for the fourth wicket, enabled Northern Railway score a comfortable victory to set up a title clash against Sumit Dogra Academy of Delhi. Rakesh Bal was adjudged the Mishra Sports Man of the Match.

Scores: Bright Club: 115 in 27.1 overs (Piyush Kumar 18, Narender Kumar 15, Parveen Kumar 13, Jasvinder 2 for 12, Anil Bhardwaj 2/24, Anil Kumar 2/15, Durga Parshad 2/14). Northern Railway: 116/6 in 21.4 overs (Rakesh Bal 44, Mobin Ahmed 38. TNS


HUDA on a project-launch spree in Faridabad
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 5
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has launched the work on various projects in the Faridabad circle. These projects costing about Rs 10 crore are likely to be completed by the end of December this year.

Stating this, the Administrator, Mr Vijayender Kumar, told `NCR Tribune’ here yesterday that his department had undertaken several schemes, including construction of eight community centres at a cost of over Rs 2.10 crore, nine schools, six police stations, a gymkhana club, a shopping centre and staff quarters. Besides, work on a mini-secretariat in Sector 12 costing about Rs 12 crore had also been started.

The construction of nine school buildings, including seven primary schools, was underway, he said, and added the department had also commissioned work on the construction of a new gymkhana club in Sector 21-C which would cost Rs 1.74 crore.

The community Centres under construction are located in Sector 30, Sector 15-A, Sector 46, Sector 2, Sector 64, Sector 65, Sector 21-D, and sector 45 here. Six new police stations and police posts are also coming up in Sector 30, Sector 48, Sector 24, Sector 64, Sector 65, and Sector 21-C.

According to HUDA officials, the authority has also taken up the widening of the Bhadkhal-Surajkund road from Ankhir Chowk to Surajkund at a cost of about Rs 1.74 crore. The work has been taken up in view of the ambitious project of the leisure valley in the region. The development of the valley which includes an amusement park and other facilities of international standard is likely to come up at a cost of another Rs 3 crore.

It is reported that all the residential plots floated in the two sectors of the valley had already been sold. The total budget on the ongoing schemes and projects likely to be completed by the yearend (2002) is stated to be around Rs 10 crore.



280 vehicles challaned
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 5
On the instructions of the state government, officials of the Transport Department, in co-ordination with the Excise and Taxation Department and the police, had challaned as many as 280 autorickshaws and other vehicles, which were found plying on the roads without licences and other documents.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. N. Roy, told mediapersons here today that the officials had also issued 172 challans and recovered Rs 12.40 lakh as penalty from erring transporters and drivers. Similarly, Rs 3.53 lakh was recovered from the transporters who had failed to pay the road tax.

He disclosed that the officials also challaned 188 vehicles on the charge of violating the Motor Vehicles Act and these include 20 private buses, seven school buses and four buses of the co-operative transport societies.

He said that the officials of the Excise and Taxation Department had challaned 120 vehicles and disposed of 67 out of them. The officials recovered Rs 2.48 lakh as passenger tax from 72 vehicles, and another Rs 18,445 as road tax and a penalty of Rs 1.13 lakh from them. In all, Rs 16.36 lakh was recovered by the officials during the campaign.

The Deputy Commissioner also disclosed that the district Transport Department had issued permits to 74 school buses in accordance with the decision of the state government. He said that on the instructions of the Punjab and Haryana

High Court, the authorities were taking steps against the owners of tractor-trolleys used for commercial purposes. The authorities, he said, had so far challaned seven tractor-trolleys on this ground. He said that the state government would issue permits to the owners of maxi-cabs and jeeps and the permits would be renewed by January 31.


DDA squad demolishes gate of sports centre
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 5
The demolition squad of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) yesterday razed to ground the boundary wall and gate of the Ramjas Sports and Mountaineering Institute in West Patel Nagar.

The demolition has drawn the ire of the management and students alike. The trustees of the Ramjas Foundation, which manages the sports complex, termed it illegal and cited the November 26, 2001 Supreme Court order staying dispossession of the property to validate their claims.

The trustees further claimed that the DDA had gone ahead and demolished the boundary wall in spite of written information conveyed to the agency and a report filed in the police station.

The foundation said the boundary wall had been demolished at a time when the sports complex was to play host to an athletic meet organised by the Directorate of Education (West Zone) in which students from 44 aided and unaided schools are to participate. The event is slated for January 8-11.


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