Thursday, January 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Rourkela girls to take on Haryana in hockey final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 9
Birsamunda Vidyapitha, Rourkela will take on SGNP Girls Senior Secondary School, Shahabad Markanda (Haryana) in the final of the eighth Nehru-NDMC Girls Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium in the Capital on Thursday at 3 p m.

President of the Women’s Hockey Federation of India Vidya Stokes will give away the prizes.

In the semi-finals on Wednesday, Birsamunda Vidyapitha, Rourkela beat M K Convent School, Mungeshpur (Delhi) 5-3 via tie-breaker after sharing two goals at the end of the regulation time while SGNP Girls Senior Secondary School, Shahabad Markanda (Haryana) beat Prerna Hindi Higher Secondary School, Chandkheda (Gujarat) 5-0.

In an even battle for supremacy, the Rourkela and Delhi girls fought tooth and nail and succeeded in scoring a goal each to extend their fight to the tie-breaker, in which the Rourkela girls proved their scoring prowess to triumph.

Ironically, the Delhi school had forged ahead a minute before the half time hooter when Anita converted a penalty corner.

In the second half, Birsamunda tried hard to score the equaliser which came only at the fag end when Sangita Minz, their dependable scorer, found the mark, in the 58th minute.

In the tie-breaker, Mukta Prava Barla, Reenakanti Ekka, Basanti Lakra and Pravasini Bage hit the bull’s eye for Birsamunda while only Anita and Reetu could put the ball in for the Delhi team.

In the second semi-final, a three-goal blitz (no hattrick) by Balwinder Kaur was the highlight of the Haryana School’s handsome victory against Gujarat.

The Haryana girls took time to get into their scoring act as after getting the first goal in the 16th minute through Jasjeet Kaur, there was a long lull.

But immediately after resumption, two goals came in a two-minute span when Balwinder Kaur struck the second goal, and Jasjeet Kaur accounted for the third goal.

Balwinder blasted home the fourth and fifth goals in the 43rd and 47th minutes to complete Shahabad Markanda’s well-deserved victory.

Thursday’s fixture: Birsamunda Vidyapitha vs SGNP Girls School, Shahabad Markanda.

The 19th Nehru-ONGC Sub-Junior Boys Hockey Tournament will be inaugurated after the final of the girls hockey.

School teams from all over India are taking part in the tournament.



Mukesh, Ali Sher jointly lead in Hero Honda Golf Open
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 9
Mukesh Kumar continued his dominance on the Tour by perching himself atop the leader-board alongside Delhi Ali Sher after the opening round of the Rs 10 lakh Hero Honda Golf Open. The leaders tallied two-under 69 apiece. The event is the 15th leg of the 2001-02 season’s Hero Honda Golf Tour.

The dangerous trio of Lucknow’s Vijay Kumar, defending champion Feroz Ali of Kolkata and Digvijay Singh of Meerut were tied third, one stroke behind the leaders at one-under 70. Tied sixth at level-par 71 were Mohd Salim (Kolkata),

Rajesh Choudhary (Mhow), Roop Singh (Chandigarh), SSP Chowrasia (Kolkata) and Sanjay Kumar (Lucknow). Arjun Singh (Delhi) returned a one-over 72 and was tied 11th while Vivek Bhandari carded a 78 and was tied 64th.

Nobody has dominated the Indian Tour as Mukesh Kumar has done this season. The twice Player of the Year award winner has earned in excess of Rs 11 lakh and looks good for 11 more.

Today, the Mhow based golfer once again barged into the limelight in quest of this fourth title of the season.

“I aim to win as many tournaments as I can this year”, said Mukesh, who has returned wins at the TNGF Open (Chennai), Sher-e-Kashmir Open (Srinagar) and Servo Masters (Digboi) thus far this season.

Mukesh’s first Pro-Tour round of the New Year began with a par bogey sequence. Undeterred, the 33-year-old golfer went on birdie the final hole of his outward journey. His back-nine saw him essay birdies on the 11th, 16th and 18th with his second bogey of the day coming on the 17th.

“I credit my round to my putting”, said the golfer who returned 24 putts for the day. “I have adjusted very well to the pace of these greens and my hitting is extremely satisfactory. Pune is like a second home to me as my brother (Dinesh Raghuvanshi) lives here.

I am completely relaxed when playing here and that will certainly translate into a good performance”, added the Order of Merit leader.

Ali Sher must be a relieved man as for one, who was one of the leading stars of Indian golf, Ali has been having a very ordinary time for the past three years. Indeed, his last win came at the Business Today Pro-Am last year, before which he won the Le Meridien Gokarna Open on his home course way back in October 1998.

“Age catches up with the best of us and added to that, a number of talented golfers have joined the Tour of late.

The standards have definitely improved but I know I can still compete and win”, said the Delhi Golf Club pro.

Ali Sher’s round began with a bogey. Much like Mukesh, he erased the error with a birdie on the eighth to enter his return journey at level-par.

Thereafter, he birdied the 11th and 15th holes to end the day at 69.

Defending champion Feroz Ali did his title defence hopes no harm with birdies on the 5th, seventh, 12the and 18th, overshadowing his bogeys on the third, sixth and 16th.

Vijay Kumar, winner of the Royal Challenge Grand Prix at Noida, made full use of his newly discovered form.

Overcoming a poor front nine, which included a bogey on the third, and a double bogey on the fifth and a solidly birdie on the eighth, Vijay went on the fire in birdies on the 10th, 12th and 18th on his return journey.

Sachin Nigade assumed the lead among the amateurs with a one-over 72. Rajiv Datar was second two strokes behind at 74 while Aditya Kanitkar was third at 76.



IAF, Delhi Police garner full points in DSA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 9
Indian Air Force (IAF), New Delhi and Delhi Police collected full points when they beat Shahdara 2-0 and Frontiers Club 2-1 respectively in the Delhi Soccer

Association (DSA)-SAIL Senior Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Wednesday.

In a Group B preliminary league match, former champions IAF struck both their goals against last year's semi-finalists Shahdara in the first half.

The Airmen got off to a racy start as their forwards made quick sorties at the Shahdara goal. The first goal came rather early, when in the 9th minute, striker Priya Darshan drew first blood, and five minutes later inside-left Kalyan Pal added the second goal.

After gaining a comfortable lead, the Airmen took it easy allowing Shahdara to have a lot of say in the mid-field proceedings, but certainly nothing beyond that, barring the occasional pot shots Shahdara took at the Air Force goal.

Air Force have now logged ten points from four matches while Shahdara have secured seven points from four matches.

In the second match, a Group A affair, Delhi Police recorded a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Frontiers. Veteran player and captain Jagya Ram Boro put the Cops in the lead in the seventh minute when he found the mark with a solo effort.

But in the rest of the first half, the Frontiers defenders kept an alert vigil at their goal to deny Delhi Police any more goals.

In the second half, Delhi Police consolidated their lead when striker Mahesh Bisht found the target in the 50th minute.

The 2-0 lead lulled Delhi Police into a slight inertia which was taken full advantage of by Frontiers, as they rejuvenated their mid-field through Balwinder Raj and Harish Khatri to initiate a series of moves. And the moves paid dividends when Ramesh Kumar reduced the margin off a cross from Ashok Kumar.

Delhi Police have collected ten points from four matches while Frontiers have garnered only four points from as many matches.

Thursday's fixtures: Mughals vs Goans (1.30 p m); Indian Nationals vs Tarun Sangha (3 p m)--Ambedkar Stadium.



Progress of development works reviewed 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 9
The Commissioner of Rohtak Division, Mrs Anita Chaudhary, reviewed the progress of various development works at a specially convened meeting of the district-level vigilance committee here yesterday.

Mr Ashok Yadav, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), who gave the details of the works, said that various government departments had executed as many as 41 works at a cost of Rs 112.76 lakh under the Employment Assurance Scheme during the last month alone. Similarly, 14 works were in progress and would be completed soon.

He also disclosed that funds had also been allocated for another 316 development works, which were likely to be completed by March 31.

Under the Jawahar Gram Samridhi Yojna, as many as 357 development works costing Rs 72.56 lakh had been completed. Work was in full swing on another 316 works and 46,000 mandays had been generated so far.

As many as 153 houses would be built at a cost of Rs 30.60 lakh under the Indira Awas Yojna. Under the scheme, 76 houses were upgraded at a cost of Rs 7.60 lakh.

And under the Haryana Rural Development Fund Scheme, Rs 9.59 crore would be utilised on the completion of 495 development works.

s many as 235 development works had been completed and the rest would be completed soon, the ADC added. He said that the construction work of the Harijan chaupal at Rindhana village had been held up on account of some differences among residents of the village. Under the Panchayati Raj Institutions Yojna, five development works were in progress and would be completed at a cost of Rs 18.43 lakh soon.

He disclosed that there was a proposal to construct small nallahs in five villages to check the road breaches there due to overflowing of waste material.

Giving the details about the decentralisation scheme, the ADC said that 39 out of a total of 54 works had been completed by various departments at a cost of Rs 48 lakh.

The work on 12 other works was in progress and would be completed soon. Besides, the execution of three more development schemes had been taken up. Regarding the MP Quota Scheme, the ADC said that Rs 2.13 crore had been received, of which Rs 126.51 lakh had been utilised to complete 86 development works.

Similarly, as many as 101 works were in progress while the work on another 17 schemes would be started during the current month. He also disclosed that on the basis of the population in every village of the district, earth-digging and filling works were being executed under the Food-for-Work Scheme. The labourers working under this scheme were being given cash and wheat.

The rural development works included the digging of old ponds, construction of ring bunds, sports fields and earth filling along the roads being constructed by the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board.

Mr Suraj Mal Antil, Mr Padam Singh Dahiya, Dr Ram Kumar Saini, Mr Dev Raj Diwan, all MLAs, Mr Ranbir Singh Dahiya, president of the district unit of the INLD, and other people’s representatives who were present at the meeting also made a number of suggestions for the execution of development works.

The Commissioner agreed with the suggestions made by the legislators and directed the district authorities to take immediate and effective steps for improving the road construction works. She also said that the suggestions of the public representatives were of great value and it was necessary for the authorities to co-ordinate with them for the implementation of the development schemes.

She directed the district officials to ensure the use of quality materials in the development works being executed in the district. She also stressed the need for holding such special meetings regularly which should be a platform for the execution of development works.



Delhi Police officers reshuffled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 9
The government has ordered reshuffle and transfers of various officers of the Delhi Police at the Joint Commissioner level with immediate effect.

The officers who took charge today at the Police Headquarters are S. K. Jain, a 1970 batch IPS officer who was posted in Andaman and Nicobar islands as Joint Commissioner of Police (Security), Y. S. Dawdle, a 1974 batch IPS officer as Joint Commissioner of Police (Armed Police), while U. K. Katna, a 1974 batch IPS officer has taken over as Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), which was earlier with Dr K. K. Paul, who is now promoted as Special Commissioner of Police (Security and Operations).

The Special Commissioner of Police (Security and Operations), R. S. Gupta was asked to take charge as Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) from Wednesday. Another senior officer, Amod Kanth, an IPS officer of 1974 batch, who is presently Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range), will take over the same position in New Delhi range from the 1st of next month. Kanth will be replaced by an IPS officer of 1978 batch, Satish Chandra, as Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range), who is at present serving in the same position in the Delhi Police Vigilance Department. Another IPS officer of 1977 batch, Kanwaljit Deol, will take over as Joint Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) from the 1st of next month. The transfer of Amod Kanth, Satish Chandra and Kanwaljit Deol will come into effect from 1st of next month.


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