Tuesday, January 22, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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PGI docs complain of low salary
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, January 21
Resentment prevailed among members of the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) of Pt B D Sharma PGIMS here against the “callous and discriminatory” attitude of the state government towards the community.

A delegation of resident doctors led by their president, Dr Sushil Mangla, met the Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Health, Mr Bhagwati Parsad, at the office of the Director, PGIMS during his visit here yesterday. They aired their grievances and requested him for a prompt action.

Dr Mangla said although the resident doctors constituted the main work force of the institute, they were getting a meagre salary, which is about Rs 7,000 less than that of their counterparts in the adjoining states.

He said the 60-hour long strike by the junior doctors was called off in March 1998 following the assurance by the government that the junior doctors would be given NPA, HRA, CCA, TA etc.

However, the government had betrayed them by including all the allowances in the basic pay, which was not done anywhere in the neighbouring states, he alleged. Moreover, he said the HCMS doctors and all other government employees were getting these allowances separately from the basic pay. Besides, the RDA president alleged the revised pay scales were wrongly implemented by the PGIMS administration.

He also demanded air conditioning and upgrading of the library, NIC and internet connection in the library, getting university employees vacate the 11 J type houses and their allotment to junior doctors, sending the junior doctors to conferences on government expenses and repair of hostel and hospital buildings.


Kunjarani: In a dope and dollar dilemma

New Delhi, January 21
Ace woman weightlifter Kunjarani Devi is an extremely disheartened sportsperson now. She feels let down by the powers-that-be in her hour of crisis. And she also feels, perhaps justifiably so, that all her hard toil with the iron bar to bring laurels to the country, has been ground to dust in one stroke.

Winner of more than 50 medals of all hues in various World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games—with 21 medals coming from the World Championships alone—Kunjarani was ranked among the “greatest five lifters of the century”.

Kunjarani’s tale of woe started when she tested positive for drugs a few months ago. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) slapped a $ 1,200 fine on the Weightlifting Federation of India (WFI).

Since the WFI is in a limbo now and the affairs of the federation are being managed by a two-man Ad Hoc Committee appointed by the Indian Olympic Association—Messers Balbir Singh Bhatia and Mr R. R. Singh—no one has come forward to remit the fine imposed on Kunjarani Devi by the IWF.

Kunjarani is perhaps very right in being aggrieved as her testing positive for drugs in an international meet abroad is also slur on the national coach and the team doctor who had accompanied to the championship.

In fact, in a fax message to the WFI Ad-Hoc Committee, IWF president Dr Tamas Ajan, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, has fully sympathised with the plight of the veteran woman lifter, and castigated the doctor for the present situation. “I am personally very sorry for her and in spite of this case, she is still considered as one of the most successful competitors, but the rules must be followed and we cannot make any exception”, he wrote. He has also taken the doctor of the Indian team to task as “it is also the responsibility of her doctor to check every medicament before he/she prescribes the recipe for the athlete”.

Kunjarani had claimed that she was not aware how the forbidden anabolic steroid got into her system. Kunjarani had the right to appeal, but such a course would have come with a heavy price, as the appeal was a whopping $500.

In fact, Dr Tamas Ajan himself had pointed that such an

appeal “would be only a waste of money, because her appeal would not be upheld by the IWF Hearing Commission, for the fact is that the (banned) substance was in her organism”.

Dr Tamas also clarified that “according to the IWF Antidoping Policy, the sanction for using stimulants is six months, not less and not more”. But the Ad-Hoc Committee is threatening to slap a one-year ban on her. Now Kunjarani’s dilemma is that the ban on her will not be revoked unless the Indian federation pays the $1200 fine to IWF. The cash-strapped Ad-Hoc Committee has passed on the burden of paying the fine to Kunjarani, or her employers, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Kunjarani has now been caught between the devil and the deep sea, and does not know how to get out of this vicious trap. Many Indian sportspersons have tested positive for stimulants in the past, but very few had faced the sort of humiliation that is being heaped upon this simple girl from Manipur.

Either the IOA or the Ad-Hoc Committee should come to the rescue of this fine lifter, at least for the sake of Indian sports.


Hindustan prevail over City in DSA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 21
Last year’s runners-up Allwyn-Hindustan Football Club scored a hard fought 1-0 victory against former champions City Football Club in a crucial group-A preliminary league match of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Senior Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Monday.

Hindustan thus recorded their second victory in the league to collect 7 points from 4 matches and brightened their chances for Durand Cup qualification. They will play their last match against Moonlight on January 24, whereas City Club tasted their first defeat to remain on eight points from 5 matches and completed their engagements.

Hindustan have a better goal difference over City and in case of a draw against Moonlight, they will be through and City will be out. Delhi Police are leading the group with 13 points from 5 matches.

In a closely-contested match, City had an edge over their opponents Hindustan and excelled in all departments of the game.

City gallantally mounted pressure against formidable Nationals through their combined moves initiated from mid-field by Vivek Sharma, G. Ninja Kabui but forwards Sunil Chetri, Sanjeev Sharma and Bhupinder Sharma fumbled inside the box. City effected a substitution by sending in Aftab Ashraf for Bhupinder Sharma.

On the other hand, Hindustan’s mid-fielders Deepak Gurang, Devesh Kaushik and Nigerian Innocent Addac failed to distribute balls to their forwards Hatinder Singh Rawat, Sameer Jung and Parveen Arora properly. The first half proceedings ended goalless

On resumption, Hindustan’s coach Surinder effected two changes. He sent in Amit Sharma and Karan Singh for H.S. Rawat and Devash Kaushik which changed the complexion of the game. Even Hindustan’s right back Mohd. Mobin was more dangerous in effecting moves from the flank.

The all important goal was struck by substitute Karan Singh who nicely headed home off a weak cross sent from the left flank by Amit Sharma (1-0).

In the closing stages, City’s Shyam Kumar and Nageshwar failed to encash easy crosses off Mohd. Mobin.

Teams: Allwyn-Hindustan F.C.: Saleem, Joginder Rawat, Ravinder Singh, Sanjay Siddhu, S. Nadamani, Deepak Gurang, Innocent Addac, Harinder Singh Rawat, Sameer Jung, Parveen Arora.

City F.C.: Vijay Singh Dotasra, Mohd Mobin (C), Ranjeev Saini, Manoj Joshi, Deepak Kumar, Irfan Khan, G. Ninja Kabui, Bhupinder Sharma, Sanjeev Sharma, Vijay Gupta, Aftas Ashraf.

Tuesday Fixture: Tarun Sangha vs Mughals (2.30 p.m.) – Ambedkar Stadium.


Union Academy race to 14-0 victory in Nehru Hockey
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 21
Tall-scoring matches were the order of the day, with Union Academy Senior Secondary School, Delhi taking the cake, when they inflicted a crushing 14-0 defeat on Bhonsala Military School, Nasik (Maharashtra) in the 30th Nehru-Nestle Junior Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium in the Capital on Monday.

In other matches, SKCASV Inter-College, Varanasi beat

Sainik School, Bijapur 10-0, Khalsa High School, Kolkata beat Goda Verma Raja Sports School, Thiruvanathapuram (Kerala) 9-1 and Shivalik Public School, Chandigarh beat Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pachmarhi (Madhya Pradesh)12-0.

In a Pool III match, Union Academy, who led by 9-0 at half time, made merry against the Nasik Military School when they slammed in goals at their sweet will to subdue their opponents.

Danish started the scoring spree in the ninth minute when he converted a penalty stroke. The second goal also came off a penalty stroke, converted by Sudhir Kumar. He also struck the fifth and tenth goals, while Danish completed his brace when he scored the 13th goal.

Amit Kumar scored the third, fourth and tenth goals, while Devender came up with two goals when he struck the sixth and 12th goals. Sunil Kumar also scored a brace – the seventh and 11th goals. The seventh goal came off a penalty stroke. Sandeep Kumar scored the eighth goal while Imran Ansari rounded off the tally when he hit home the 14th goal.

In a Group IV match, Varanasi Inter-College scored five goals in each half to rout Sainik School, Bijapur. Shamsher Khan, who opened the account, also accounted for the seventh goal, while Sajid Khan (two), Ameer Hayat (three, no hat trick), Badshah Alam (two) and Nitish Bhardwaj were the other marksmen.

Khalsa School, Kolkata trounced G. V. Raja School by 9-1 in Group V. A fine hat trick by Hardeep Singh, who scored the first, sixth, seventh and eighth goals, was the highlight of the match. Jaswinder Singh, Aditya Biswaman and Jagdish Gill (two) were the other goal-getters. B. S. Saji pulled off the lone goal for the G. V. Raja Sports School.

Shivalik School, Chandigarh were merciless on Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pachmarhi (Madhya Pradesh) when they recorded a thumping 12-0 victory in Group II. Pushpinder, who scored six goals, including a hat trick, stole the limelight while Damandeep Singh, who started the goal-glut, and ended up with five goals (no hat trick)and Kushwant Singh were the other marksmen.

Tuesday’s fixtures: Shah Satnamji Boys School, Sirsa vs Khalsa High School, Kolkata (12 noon); CAB Inter-College, Meerut vs Govt KVM High School, Aizwal (Mizoram) (1.30 pm); CRZ Senior Secondary School, Sonepat vs Shivalik School, Chandigarh (3 pm)—Shivaji Stadium.


Mukesh Kumar favourite in ProGolf tournament
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 21
India’s top-ranked golfer Mukesh Kumar will prove to be a major spoke in the wheel of a star-studded field when the HT-ProGolf 2002 commences at the par-72, 7343-yard Jaypee Greens Golf Course in the Capital on Tuesday.

Mukesh, looking for his fifth win of the season, currently leads the money list with his earnings in the 2001-2002 Hero Honda Golf Tour touching a whopping Rs 13 lakh.

Mukesh has had a dream season on the Hero Honda Tour. The 33-year-old golfer has returned four wins and three runner-up finishes. Mukesh’s triumphs have come in different corners of the country—the TNGF Open in Chennai, Sher-e-Kashmir Open, Srinagar, Servo Masters, Digboi and the Royal Challenge Grand Prix in Mumbai. He has failed to make it to the top five on just two occasions in 15 starts..

“I have had a phenomenal season thus far. Every aspect of my game is at its peak,” said Mukesh.

“The Jaypee Greenscourse is a challenging one. While putting is the key to winning any golf tournament, hitting will play an equally important role this week,” he said. “I have two runner-up finishes at HT Golf, one each at Lucknow and Kolkata. This time round, I want to return a win,” he said.

Mukesh was denied title victory at Lucknow by rookie golfer Rahil Gangjee, while Indrajit Bhalotia spoiled his party at Kolkata.

Standing between Mukesh and his fifth win of the season will be players of the calibre such as Gaurav Ghei, Uttam Mundy, Vijay Kumar, Feroz Ali and Indrajit Bhalotia.

“It feels good to be back after a two-week break,” said Gaurav Ghei, who took a vacation from the Tour after the Royal Challenge Grand Prix at Noida. “I have been working on my game over the past fortnight and feel I am ready to return to competitive golf,” Ghei said.

He had underwent a hernia operation last year, and was forced to take a break from the Tour. He made a comeback at the year-ending Masters in Delhi.

“The Jaypee Greens Course is playing long. While hitting will play a huge part this week, accuracy cannot be compromised on with the kind of water bodies that dot the fairways,” he said. “Needless to say, Mukesh starts the favourite,” he added.

Two golfers who will be licking their chops in anticipation will be Indrajit Bhalotia and Vijay Kumar. Considered two of the longest hitters on the Tour, they will definitely enjoy an edge over the rest of the field at least off the tee.


Rashi Winter Golf on Jan 25

New Delhi, January 21
Rashi Entertainment, a proven name in the field of entertainment, will hold a ‘Winter Golf 2002’ at the Golden Greens and Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon on January 25.

Rashi Entertainment has joined hands with leading woman’s magazine, Woman’s Era and India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), to organise the Winter Golf.

This entertainment-based Golf Tournament will be held at the 300-acre, 18-hole majestic golf course in Gurgaon.

The tournament has been scheduled on the eve of the Republic Day to “create a feeling of nationalism among the participants”.

Leading personalities from the world of sports, fashion and politics are expected to participate in the gala golf treat, and Rashi Entertainment is all geared up for the mega event. OC


Zakir Husain, Ram Lal Anand in semi-finals
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 21
Hosts Zakir Husain College and last year’s runners-up Ram Lal Anand College (Morning and Evening) will meet in the first semi-final of the 15th Zakir Husain Memorial Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Tuesday. In the final round of league matches on Monday, Zakir Husain and Jamia Millia Islamia played a goalless draw, which helped both the teams move into the last four stage. Zakir Husain topped Group A with four points while Jamia collected two. Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) trounced Ram Lal Anand 4-0 in the last match of Group B. All the goals came in the second half through the boots of Mahindro Karki (two), Jiten Surtani and Girish Ojha. SRCC collected four points to top the group. Ram Lal Anand secured three points.

Tuesday’s matches: Zakir Husain College vs Ram Lal Anand (10 a m); SRCC vs Jamia Millia Islamia (11.45 am)- Ambedkar Stadium.

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