Wednesday, January 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Homeopathic doctor churns out beauty recipes
Smriti Kak

She always nursed the dream to don the white coat and a stethoscope for a garland. However, her father convinced her to switch to homeopathic system of medicine. “I decided to opt for homeopathic medicine as my father convinced me that not only did homeopathic medicine have a bright future, but I would enjoy this noble science immensely,” says Dr Poonam Bali, who runs a skin care clinic in the Capital.

“Unlike others who cannot tell why a particular patient is suffering from a certain skin or hair condition, I can trace it back to the root and solve the problem medically,” says Dr Poonam.

Having begun her career as a physician and a teacher in Chandigarh, Poonam moved on to use her medical training for treating skin and hair problems. “I have successfully treated people for acne, pimples, dandruff and more serious conditions like scars, warts and unwanted hair,” reveals the lady who has an impressive clientele to boot. She has worked wonders for hundreds including models and even royalty.

“When I was introduced to Maharani Gayatri Devi, it was through a common friend who was a regular at my clinic. Unfortunately, that day her appearance was rather disheveled and when she told the Maharani that she came to me for treatment, the Maharani replied, is that the reason why you look the way you are” reminisced the lady who has worked miracles on my faces.

Dr Poonam’s clients are assured of the fact that they are in safe hands. “ There are so many beauty clinics that boast of having a doctor on their panel, but the customers hardly ever get to see them. Here they come to me for consultation, I check them personally and point out what deficiency or disorder they need to take care of. ”

Women all over the world are increasingly becoming conscious of their looks. Cosmetic surgery that has become common in the Western world has few takers here, but the exposure to their Western counterparts has made Indian women more aware of the fact that they need to groom themselves with whatever resources that are available.

“Indian women are still wary of cosmetic surgery, which is understandable because there are repercussions of tampering with your natural looks. Homeopathy can help in doing away with unwanted features without causing harm,” points out Dr Poonam.

She said “it is not difficult to conform to a regime, if one wishes to. A simple routine can work wonders. A pretty face with bad skin is not beautiful. One must take care of one’s diet to look good. If the body is lacking sleep and nutritious food, it shows on one’s face”.

Poonam is all set to take the message of healthy body- beautiful body across cities. Through her clinics, she is preparing to drive home the message, “like eyes are the windows to one’s soul, healthy skin is the window to one’s health”


St. Soldier swamp Khunti in Sub-Junior Nehru Hockey
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 15
St. Soldier Divine Public School, Jalandhar toyed with S.S.High School, Khunti (Bihar) 7-0 in the 19th Nehru-ONGC Sub-Junior Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium in the Capital on Tuesday.

In other matches, M. G. Inter-College, Rae Bareli outplayed Dr Sampooranand Higher Secondary School, Gwalior 4-0 while Boys Sports Company, BRS Danapur, edged past SKCAV Inter-College, Varanasi 2-0 via tie-breaker. Danapur became the first team to qualify for the semi-final while Jalandhar and Rae Bareli moved into the quarter-finals. In a totally one-sided match, St. Soldier ran up a handsome 4-0 lead by half time. Harshpreet Singh converted a penalty corner to open the account in the seventh minute. Two minutes later, Jalwinder Singh made it 2-0. Varinder Kumar scored the third and fourth goals in the 10th and 20th minutes.

In the second half, Amit Bhargav struck the fifth and sixth goals while Gouravdeep Singh completed the tally at the closing minutes of the match. M. G. Inter-College put relentless pressure on Gwalior to notch up a 4-0 victory, though they could score only one goal in the first half when Punit K Singh found the mark in the 17th minute.

But in the second half, the Gwalior defence could not effectively check the marauding forwards of M. G. Inter-College. Mohd. Shahid added the second goal immediately after resumption of the match, while the third and fourth goals came in the last quarter, through the sticks of Sujeet Kumar and Vikas Sharma.

In the third match, Danapur and Varanasi battled it out on even terms in the first half, though they could not succeed in converting their chances into goals, resulting in a goalless deadlock at the end of the regulation time. However, in the tie-breaker shoot-out, the Army boys proved to be better marksmen, scoring two goals through Ujjwal Dungdung and Sushil Guria, to sail into the semi-final.

Wednesday’s fixtures: Birsamunda Vidyapitha (Rourkela) vs St. Soldier Divine Public School, Jalandhar (1.30 p m); GGS Sports College, Lucknow vs Govt. Senior Model School, Jalandhar.


This quiet, coy man is a tough nut to crack
Rana A. Siddiqui

Arvind Mishra is not the kind of person who draws attention to himself. At 24, he is a slim, quiet, bespectacled person with a grim yet docile demeanor. But the nondescript air is rather misleading, for it conceals a tough person. Arvind is a black belt in Taekwondo and the youngest Director and the Chief Instructor at the Ancient Taekwondo Academy, Delhi.

If one starts listing, one will forget the number of firsts he has to his credit: A national referee, a coach and a Black Belt in the First Don World Taekwondo Federation, Korea, a Coach Certificate holder from Rajasthan Taekwondo Academy. He has also been declared the Best Referee numerous times — in the 66th National Taekwondo Competition in 1995, in the 10th Invitational North India Taekwondo Competition, in the Open Delhi State Taekwondo competition in November `94, in the Open Delhi State Taekwondo Competition in Feburary `94, and in the First North India Karate Competition in June 1996; the list is endless.

A relentless Mishra also achieved the second position in the Fifth Open Delhi State Taekwondo Competition in the senior weight category in 1994. Despite being saddled with a job, family and other responsibilities, he participated in the Open Invitational Taekwondo Competition in Chandigarh in 1991 and 1992. By then, his hard work had started bearing fruit. He was also declared Referee from Delhi at the All India Open Martial Arts Competition held in Karnal, Haryana, in 1995 and at the Open Martial Arts Competition, held in Meerut in 1996.

The year 2000 brought him a second position in the Delhi Team Coach Certificate category.

That’s not all. Last year in December, he was appointed the Technical Director for selection of candidates at the national level at Tyagraj Complex and also for the 3rd Delhi State Taekwondo Competition at Ramjas Sports Complex.

An avid reader of historical novels, Mishra coyly tells you that Akshay Kumar is his favourite hero, though he is not a movie buff. But newly-married Mishra retreats into his shell once you ask about his favourite actress.

Mishra, whose disciplined life is an outcome of a strong association with Taekwondo, regrets the mushroom growth of Taekwondo centres in Delhi for “none of them is approved by the IOA (Indian Olympic Association), barring the Delhi Taekwondo Association (DTA) and the Taekwondo Federation of India (TFI).

However, he constantly tells the younger generation to learn Taekwondo for “it imparts discipline and enhances concentration, cheerfulness and fitness.

Mishra has only one dream since childhood: to “facilitate a Taekwondo Gym in Delhi, where he can teach children of a tender age as well as elders.” But the dream, to turn into reality, needs sponsors. Any takers?


IAF force Nationals to split points 
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 15
Former league champions Indian Air Force(IAF), New Delhi, held defending champions Indian Nationals to a goalless draw to share points in a Group B preliminary league match of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) - SAIL Senior Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Tuesday.

IAF and Nationals top the league table with 12 points from six matches each, with one more match to go.

IAF take on Mughals in their last match of the first phase of the league while Nationals will clash against Shahdara.

Unexpected winter rains had made the ground slippery, restricting the fast movements of the players, though the teams played attacking soccer, with Nationals enjoying territorial advantage.

But the Airmen were the first to initiate dangerous moves when mid-fielders Prasenjit Mukherjee, Jayanta Das and Abadat Hoosen fashioned defence-splitting passes.

But forwards Sonaram Champia, Priya Darshan and Kalyan Pal fumbled at the goalmouth as the Nationals defenders put up a stiff resistance. Nigerian Augustine Okoro Ekume put his whole body weight behind the Nationals defence to beat back the Air Force attackers.

Nationals’ forwards Cassious Akume Owino and Abass Babajuna, both Nigerian recruits, tried their best to best the Air Force defenders, but they too failed in cracking the rival defence.

Wednesday’s fixtures: Youngsters vs Goans (2.30 pm)—Ambedkar Stadium.


Railways plans for sports promotion
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 15
The Ministry of Railways has chalked out a comprehensive policy to promote sports at various levels by scouting talent from across the country, as also for their proper grooming and better promotion prospects. Union Railway Minister Nitish Kumar, while addressing a meeting of the Members of Parliament, connected with various sports federations at the Rail Bhawan in the Capital on Tuesday, said the number of jobs under the sports quota had already been increased from the existing 649 to 1200,and these have been earmarked to be filled at the level of various Zonal Railways as per pre-decided quota.

The Minister said the proposed sports policy will also provide for necessary incentives so that such sportspersons are encouraged to excel both at the national and international levels. The MPs, while appreciating the Minister’s initiatives in promoting sports in Railways, suggested that the talent-hunt should be done by spreading the net far wider than being done now, and involving concentrated focus on certain selected sports with an eye on winning medals in national and international events, including the Olympic Games. The MPs also suggested that the Railway sportspersons should be provided better avenues for promotion, and they should also be extended facilities for expert training at home and abroad. Such sportspersons’ services, in turn, should be utilised to impart training to budding sportspersons, particularly at the school level.

Those who took part in the deliberations included Kirti Azad, Buta Singh, P. R. Dasmunshi, Jaswant Singh Bishnoi, Sahib Singh Varma and S. S. Pradhan. Minister of State for Railways, Digvijay Singh, chairman of the Railway Board, R. N. Malhotra, president of the Railway Sports Control Board, M C Srivastava and other Board members were also present.


TERI down Business Standard
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 15
Hosts Teri (Tata Energy Research Institute) scored a facile five-wicket victory against Business Standard in the third Teri Supersixes Cricket Tournament at the Teri Oval, Gurgaon. In other matches, GE Capital beat MAXNY by five runs, JRA beat ANEX by seven runs, Hero Honda beat Orient Craft by 14 runs, Addidas beat ICICI by four runs and NIIT beat Canon by 14 runs.


Zakir Husain soccer begins

New Delhi
The 15th Zakir Husain Memorial Football Tournament will be held at the Ambedkar Stadium from Wednesday. Organising secretary, Syed Shaheen, announced in the Capital on Monday that ten prominent teams from various colleges of Delhi University and Jamia Milia Islamia, will take part in the league-cum-knockout tournament. Defending champions Kirori Mal College, runners-up Ram Lal Anand College, PGDAV College and Zakir Husain College have been seeded into the main league. Bhagat Singh College (Evening) will take on Motilal Nehru College (Evening) in the opening match on Wednesday. TNS


Govt staff consistently irregular for duty
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 15
Only a few government officials in the city and other parts of the district seem to make it to their offices on time. Being regularly irregular for duty is a practice, perfected by at least some of the staff.

A quick visit to a number of government offices in Prem Nagar, Model Town, Railway Road, Gohana Road, Mandi, Housing Board Colony and Sectors 14 and 15 today by this correspondent found almost all heads of departments and other middle-level staff had not come to their offices till 10 am. Only class IV employees were seen.

Several offices looked deserted even after 10 am. These include the offices of the Irrigation Department, Food and Supplies Department, Forest Department, Agriculture Department, Block and Sub-Divisional Education offices and the Horticulture Department.

In the absence of the officials, it is the visiting public who suffer. It is learnt that being late at the office is not an accident, but a practice followed by some employees. Since there is no effective mechanism to check the practice, the situation, especially at the offices in rural areas, seems to be going from bad to worse. Most of the heads of the departments seem to be helpless in checking erring employees for the fear of political action against them. As some of the heads themselves are late at the offices, they are not able to rein in subordinates.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. N. Roy, has directed the district-level officers to be punctual and dispose of public complaints in a time-bound manner. “It would be sheer bluff if the officers conveyed to him that all or most of the grievances had been redressed on the spot,” Mr Roy added.

He also claimed that the holding of open darbars on every Friday at the block level, after publicising the venue, had evoked a good response and proved a success.


DTC to buy 300 buses for inter-state services
345 routes to be reserved for corporation 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 15
Three hundred diesel buses will be bought to augment the Delhi Transport Corporation’s (DTC’s) inter-state services and profits accruing from them will be ploughed back to shore up the corporation’s city services.

Also, “rationalisation of routes into direction-bound routes” would be undertaken by the Transport Department whereby 50 per cent of the 690 routes identified thus far in the city would be reserved for DTC’s own fleet and an equal percentage for private operators.

These and similar proposals were deliberated upon by the Transport Minister, Mr Ajay Maken, and the officials concerned in the meeting convened by the Chief Minister, Mr Sheila Dikshit, to review the transport department’s performance. A presentation on the Transport Department’s vision statement for the 10th Five Year Plan (2002-2007) also formed part of the discussions.

The vision statement, according to officials in the department, proposes “structural reforms” in the DTC whereby incentives would be offered to cooperatives or corporations to bid for routes as part of the expanding “private public partnership”.

Similarly, the vision statement proposes completion of the first phase of Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) by 2005 and introduction of electricity-propelled and pollution-free Electric Trolley Buses (ETBs), all as part of developing alternate modes of public transport for the Capital.

With a total route length of 83.5 km covering four major traffic corridors, the Transport Department would initially run the pilot ETB project from Safdarjung to Tilak Nagar – a distance of about 16.2 km.

After the commissioning of the project by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), which would be responsible for repair and maintenance, the DTC would run the project on power supplied by the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB). The project is estimated to cost Rs 250 crore. To streamline the corporation’s operations, the processes of issuance of learner’s licences and registration of vehicles would be automated and all zonal offices would be connected by a computer network.


DSIDC gets a new MD

New Delhi, January 15
Mr R. K. Verma today took over as the Managing Director of the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC). A 1984 batch IAS officer of the AGMU cadre, Mr Verma was earlier working as Managing Director, Lakshadweep Development Corporation. Mr Verma has also previously served as Director in the Union Finance Ministry. TNS

Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
121 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |