Thursday, January 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Over 2 lakh kids to get polio drops in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 16
Around 2.14 lakh children, below five, will be administered pulse polio drops in Sonepat district on January 20 during the second phase of countrywide immunisation campaign, according to Mr S N Roy, Deputy Commissioner.

He told mediapersons here today that the Health Department had made elaborate arrangement for making the campaign a success.

As many as 653 polio centres would be set up in the district for the purpose.

Moreover, as many as 44 mobile booths would also be set up to cover the children of the people living in the slums, brick-kilns and labour colonies.

According to the DC, special booths would be set up at the railway stations and bus stands for administering the drops to the children of travellers, passing through the district.

The Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme (PPIP) which was launched in 1995 throughout the country, envisages the eradication of the crippling disease, poliomyelitis, by the end of the millennium. The deadly disease, called polio in short, can strike at any age but generally affects children below three years.

The virus enters the body through the mouth and the affects the central nervous system of the body, crippling a person for life, with no possible cure.

In Sonepat district, the immunisation was provided to the children below five years. The DC has claimed that the previous campaigns launched by the Health Department in coordination with the voluntary organisations in the district, had proved a success.


Goans score win, garner full points
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 16
Nestor Goan Sports Club scored a narrow, but crucial,1-0 victory against Youngsters Club to garner full 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 Wednesday. Goan Club completed their preliminary league engagements with this victory to secure five points from seven matches and saved themselves the ignominy of relegation to the lower division.

Youngsters have managed only one point from six matches with a match in hand. They take on Tarun Sangha on January 19.

In a do-or-die battle, both the teams went all out for a goal, but only Goans could succeed in scoring a goal when Berber Rangam’s long-range shot from 30 yards out zoomed into the net in the 11th minute as Youngsters’ custodian Jaideep Dey was out of position, and made no attempt to stop the ball (1-0).

Goans were well-served by medios S. Edmund, Anthony D’Silva and Berber Rangam, who created moves at a fast pace to completely unsettle the Youngsters’ defence, though it was a different matter that they could not cash in on the umpteen chances they got, barring one.

In the second half, Youngsters charged in like wounded lions, but their desperate attempts to put the ball into the net met with no success as their experienced players, Jagdish Bagga, Gurmeet, Sanjeev Bhalla and striker Prem Lal Kujur, muffed the goal-scoring chances they got.

In the last quarter, Brij Mohan Arora and Ashish Ghildiyal made frantic efforts to score a goal, but with no luck.

Thursday’s fixtures: Delhi Police vs Sivanand ND Heroes (2.30 p m) – Ambedkar Stadium.


Kartikey, Anuj star for Hansraj School
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 16
A quick-silver 96-run partnership between Delhi Under-14 players Kartikey Bhatia (88) and Anuj Jain (34) helped Hansraj Model School, Punjabi Bagh beat Montfort ‘A’ by 79 runs to win the seventh Brother Ambrose Memorial Cricket Tournament (Under-14) at the Montfort School ground.

Kartikey Bhatia earned a just reward for his superb knock when he was adjudged the best batsman of the tournament.

Kumar Abhishek (Hansraj) was declared the best bowler while Ramit Gill of Montfort ‘A’ was adjudged the best all-rounder of the tournament.

Scores: Hansraj Model School: 259 for 7 in 40 overs (Kartikey Bhatia 88 (10x4, 1x6), Anuj Jain 34, Neeraj Bansal 40, Mannu Sharma 40, Yogesh Nagar 2/24). Montfort ‘A’: 180 all out in 37.5 overs (Vineet Sharma 54, Deepak Sharma 31 (4x4), Yogesh Nagar 43, Kartikey Bhatia 3/17 and Puneet Anand 2/34).


Madhaiah nets ‘Passion’ with a hole-in-one
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 16
Bangalorean S. Madhaiah snatched the limelight from the more established names on the Hero Honda Golf Tour when he shot a rare hole-in-one in the second round of the Royal Challenge Grand Prix, being played at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club.

Madhaiah’s effort saw him become the first golfer to win a Hero Honda ‘Passion’ motorcycle, offered as a prize for the first ace scored in any tournament by Tour sponsors Hero Honda Motors Ltd. Madhaiah’s achievement came on the 189-yard second hole after the golfer’s six-iron tee shot saw the ball bounce once before settling comfortably in the cup. The motorcycle is awarded to the first professional golfer to ace a hole in any four-day professional Hero Honda Golf Tour event. Madhaiah is the second golfer to accomplish this rare feat this season. Delhi’s Vinod Kumar carded the season’s first hole-in-one on the 13th hole of the Karnataka Golf Association course during the Hero Honda South. Vinod, however, missed out on the award, which was instituted a month after his ace.


Motilal Nehru win in Zakir Husain soccer
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 16
MotiLal Nehru College (Evening) trounced Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening) 3-0 in the opening match of the 15th edition of the Zakir Husain Memorial Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Wednesday.

Lanky striker Naveen Patwal scored a brace in the first half to give Moti Lal Nehru a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time. On resumption, substitute Amit Sharma added the third goal with a stiff shot.

The second match between St. Stephen’s College and Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences (IGIPESS) fell through as the latter failed to turn up.

The tournament was inaugurated by All-India Football Federation (AIFF) media director and DSA joint-secretary N. K. Bhatia.

Thursday’s fixtures: SRCC vs Motilal Nehru (Evening) (11 a m); St. Stephen’s vs Jamia Millia Islamia (12.30 pm) – Ambedkar Stadium.


Teri to meet JRA in Supersixes final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 16
Hosts Teri (Tata Energy Research Institute) will take on JRA in the final of the third Teri Supersixes Cricket Tournament.

In the semi-finals played at the superb Teri Oval ground in Gurgaon, Teri crushed Hero Honda by five wickets while JRA downed ICICI Bank by two runs.

Earlier, in the league matches, ICICI beat NIIT by five wickets, Delphi beat Business Standard by one wicket, Hero Honda beat Orient Craft by 14 runs and JRA beat Addidas by three wickets.


Plan to acquire more areas for sanitary landfill
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 16
Reviewing the performance of the Urban Development Department, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the Action Plan for the year 2001-2002 envisaged the acquisition of large tracts of land on the periphery of Delhi for use as sites for sanitary landfill.

The issue of poor utilisation of funds allocated to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) also came up for discussion. According to officials of the department who attended the meeting, the corporation had utilised only Rs 190 crore till November-end against the Rs 360 crore released to it. The total outlay for the year 2001-2002 is Rs 575 crore. The MCD, officials said, had accumulated Rs 114.11 crore as unspent money in the form of “moratorium.”

Under the Action Plan, the Urban Development Minister, Mr A. K. Walia, said that micro-zonation of Delhi would be undertaken as the Capital fell in Zone IV of vulnerability to earthquakes. Interestingly, the Action Plan also lists that support would be extended for the smooth functioning of local and autonomous bodies like the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) with the Urban Development Department acting as an effective interface for them not only with the Government of NCT of Delhi but also the Union Government.

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