Sunday, March 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Atlas of breast imaging for radiologists
Tripti Nath

Colonel C.S. Pant, Delhi-based radiologist and former head of the scanning department at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences in North Delhi, has authored a book titled ‘Atlas on Breast Imaging’. Published by Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd., the book was released by Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha and President of the Council of Inter-Parliamentary Union, Dr Najma Heptulla at India International Centre here on Wednesday.

Dr Pant decided to write the book to provide an affordable teaching atlas for the radiologists in the field of breast imaging. Priced at Rs 1500, the atlas covers both aspects of breast imaging (X-Ray mammography and ultrasound). It has 513 illustrations and its simple text is aimed at helping non-medical students, patients and their relatives understand advantages and limitations of these two imaging modalities in the management of breast diseases.

Dr Pant enjoys the distinction of introducing the concept of screening for healthy women including mammography, ultrasound and Pap Smear. Recipient of several awards including the Vishist Seva Medal by the President of India, Dr Pant has been elected President for 2003 by the Indian Radiology and Imaging Association. According to Dr Pant, the last couple of years have witnessed a sudden spurt in the incidence of breast cancer in the country. The probable reason is change in lifestyle of career women.

Spinsters, childless women and the women who have the first child after the age of 30 and those with a family history of breast cancer are susceptible to breast cancer. According to him, most career women get constantly exposed to unopposed estrogen, which is known to be a cause of the breast cancer. The secretion of another hormone progesterone in almost equal quantity during pregnancy protects the breast against the onslaught of estrogen. This reduces the risk of breast cancer in women who have children at an early age. Breast-feeding also provides protection against breast cancer by inhibiting production of cancer-producing cells.

According to the author, cent percent cure is possible on early detection of breast cancer.

Symposium at AIIMS

A two-day international symposium on the Science of Breath will conclude here today at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Scientists and doctors from all over the world, who have researched on Sudarshan Kriya, Pranayam and its benefits to the human body, participated in the conference. The symposium focussed on the emerging field of mind-body medicine and the techniques used to relax the mind and contribute to good physical and mental health. It also provided participants an opportunity to discuss scientific works, generate ideas for future research and development of national and international collaborative projects. Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living delivered the inaugural address on Science of Breath.

National Meet

In the run-up to the International Women’s Day (March 8), about 200 visually challenged women from various parts of the country gathered at India International Centre here to participate in the third national conference of visually challenged women, organised by the All India Confederation of the Blind. The two-day conference, which concluded yesterday was inaugurated by the visually challenged President of the World Blind Union, Ms Kicki Nordstrom from Sweden. According to the Secretary General of the All India Confederation of the Blind, J.L.

Kaul, four women were honoured for their outstanding contribution. They are Dr Prem Singh, Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University, Dr Sobhagya Goel, an Ajmer-based college teacher, Dr Sushma Vermani from Chennai University and Dr Usha Nagarajan, a medical officer with MBBS degree from Madurai. Quoting findings of a 1991 government survey, Dr Kaul said that although the visually challenged women outnumber their male counterparts in India, services for their welfare are few and sporadic.

He said that the reservoir of their talent and potential is yet to be tapped and recognised. As a self-help group, the delegates made a clarion call to provide them adequate opportunities of development and a decisive say in the planning and implementation of programmes for their well-being.

The participants deliberated upon various issues related to their education, training and rehabilitation on the theme `Empowerment of Visually Challenged Women.’ The valedictory address was delivered by Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Prof Rita Verma.

Cancer conference

The Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs, Mr Arun Jaitley, inaugurating the ASCO Pan Asia Conference in the Capital.
The Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs, Mr Arun Jaitley, inaugurating the ASCO Pan Asia Conference in the Capital.

Over 700 oncologists and physicians from more than 20 countries exchanged ideas on the latest remedial methodologies and breakthrough in cancer treatment at a three day ASC0 (American Society of Clinical Oncology)-Pan Asia conference which, concluded here on Tuesday.

The conference was inaugurated by Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs, Arun Jaitley. According to the conference co-chairman and consultant oncologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Dr Rakesh Chopra, the ASCO-backed APACC is being organised by major cancer organisations of the Asian region besides Indo American Cancer Congress and Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.

Dr Chopra said that the conference aimed at illustrating the gaps in existing knowledge system and exploring opportunities for developing new treatment by designing and completing clinical trials for common cancers prevalent in Asia including cancers of oral-pharyngeal region, oesophagus, cervix, breast and lung. While presiding over the function, the Minister of Health, Delhi Government, Dr A.K. Walia, expressed confidence that the summit and the interaction of medical professionals would go a long way in benefiting the oncologist, physicians and cancer patients.



Hindustan and Jorba make winning start
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 2
Delhi’s Hindustan Football Club and Orissa’s Jorba Durga Football club started their campaign well when they scored fluent victories over their respective rivals, Uttar Pradesh Police 4-1 and Boys’ Athletic Club of Sikkim, in phase-I league matches of the Cluster-II 2nd Division National Football League which commenced at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Saturday.

Local DSA league runners-up Hindustan Club outclassed Uttar Pradesh Police 4-1 to earn three full points in a one-sided match. At the interval, Hindustan Club led 1-0.

Formidable Hindustan lads combined well through Nigerian medios Kunle and A.B. Felix, who initiated good moves and displayed better football after dismal performances in the local super league matches.

In the 32nd minute, Hindustan striker Parveen Kumar was brought down by a rival defender inside the box for which referee P. Sundaram of Kerala awarded a penalty-kick. Ravinder Singh successfully converted it to give his side a 1-0 lead. Thereafter, Hindustan’s H.S. Rawat’s fine cross was wasted by A.B. Felix and even Parveen Arora failed to capitalise a golden chance after dodging past the rival defenders from close.

On changing ends, U.P. Police left-winger Nasim Khan tried to score on two occassions but failed to beat the rival custodian Saleem Ansari. Hindustan’s Kunle made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute while Parveen Arora increased it to 3-0 in the 76th minute. Substitute Sameer Jung scored the 4th goal in the 81st minute and a minute later he received the yellow card when he blocked a rival defender’s free-kick. H S Rawat could have increased the tally but he missed narrowly. U P Police’s Prabhu Nath reduced the margin 1-4 in the closing session with a lob over goalie Saleem Ansari. UP’s Jagdamba Parsad also received the yellow card for foul play.

Earlier, in the first match of the day, Jorba Durga of Orissa prevailed over Boys’ Athletic Club (Sikkim) 2-1 to earn three full points in the round-robin league of five teams. Jorba Durga score in the 8th minute of the initial half through inside-left S. Thapa (1-0). Inside right M Kochim made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute of the initial half. Athletic Club of Sikkim was awarded a penalty-kick in the 28th minute by referee K Kumaran of Tamilanadu following defender P Marandi’s infringment inside the box. Sikkim’s Gyatso Lepcha reduced the margin 1-2.

Monday’s matches: ASEB Sports Club (Assam) v/s Hindustan 1.30 p.m; Jorba (Orissa) vs U.P. Police 3.30 p.m. (Ambedkar Stadium).



Jindal to take on Oberoi in polo
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 2
Jindal Steel and Power beat Army (Red) by seven goals to six and Oberoi Blues beat South Delhi by nine goals to eight to enter the final of the Hindustan Times Trophy (14 goals) Polo Tournament at the Jaipur Polo ground in the Capital on Saturday.

In the match between Jindal and Army, Capt. Tarun Sirohi opened the account for Army Red by scoring a goal in the first chukker while Lt.Col. J S Virk scored the second goal for them. In the third chukker, both the teams scored two goals each with Capt. Sirohi striking for the Army and Samir Suhag scoring for Jindal Steel. Jindal Steel showed their better horsemanship in the subsequent chukkers to emerge winners. In the second semi-final, South Delhi started with a severe handicap when their star player, a seven-goal handicap Hugo Barabuchi, fell from his mount and suffered injuries. He was substituted by Rody William and also got a goal on advantage due to the dangerous foul by the rival team. Bhawani Singh Kalvi and Roddy William scored one goal each for South Delhi while Mavendra Singh scored a goal for Oberoi Blues. In the second chukker, Roddy William and Phillip Elloitt scored one goal each for South Delhi while Oberoi Blues were unable to score any. The fourth chukker was a disaster for South Delhi in which Roddy William scored only one goal by converting a 30-yard penalty while Dhruvpal Godara scored two goals and Manupal Godara scored one goal. The score was tied 8-8 at the end of the fifth chukker. In the sixth chukker, both the teams played hard, but Dhrupal Godara was able to convert a spot hit into a goal.

Charlotte’s lift Rao Raja Hanut Cup

Charlotte’s emerged winners of the Rao Raja Hanut Singh Cup (open with handicap) when they beat Off Season by nine and a half goals to four at the Army Equestrian Polo Ground in the Capital on Saturday.

It was a great triumph for underdogs Charlotte’s, who beat the mighty Off Season, who were a nine-goal team as against Charlotte’s four. Charlotte’s started with a three and a half goals handicap, and scored two goals through Bhawani Singh Kalvi while Manupal Godara was the lone scorer for Off Season. Manupal Godara scored one more goal for while Mickey Gupta added a goal too, for Off Season. Lt. Ravi Rathore was Charlotte’s scorer. In the fourth chukker, Off Season went blank while Matar and Raghavraj Singh struck a goal each for Charlotte’s.

Sunday’s fixtures: Jindal Steel and Power vs Oberoi Blues; HT Cup final (3 p m)—Jaipur Polo ground..

Moonlight garner full points

Former league champions Moonlight Club defeated Garhwal Heroes 2-0 to earn full points in Group B Super League match of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Senior Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, Moonlight scored the match-winner through Sanjay, who scored in the 55th minute while V Bhandari made it 2-0 in the 56th minute. With this, Moonlight completed their engagements by securing 5 points.



Vijay Kumar leads in Pro-Am
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 2
Braving chilly winds and dipping temperatures, Vijay Kumar jumped to a one-stroke lead in the individual stroke play category, with an opening round two-under 70, at the Business Today-American Express Pro-Am of Golf Champions at the Classic Golf Resort in Gurgaon on Saturday.

Delhi’s Rohtas Singh propelled his team into joint lead at a tally of 93 Team-Stableford points in the team category. Shiv’s team included Sunny Iqbal, Kamal Oberoi and Sanjay Sehgal, while Rohtas teamed up with Ashwin Kapoor, J S Jong and Arvind Wable. The Team-Stableford format is one where two best scores on each hole comprise the team’s score on that hole with the professional’s score not mandatory.

In the pro category, Mhow’s Mukesh Kumar joined Delhi’s Rohtas Singh at the tied second position at one-under 17. Anup Singh and Arvind Wable shone in the individual amateur category. Some of the prominent CEOs, who played in the competition, included Prannoy Roy, Y C Deveshar, Tarun Kunzru, Bharat Patel among others. Among amateurs, Kapil Dev let loose a 326-yard scorcher off the tee to return the ‘Longest Drive’ on the 14th.



Rajdhani Sports Cricket

A fine century knock of 110 runs by Delhi Ranji Trophy player Akash Chopra helped Sonnet Club beat Gemini Club by 71 runs to enter the semi-final of the second Rajdhani Sports Cricket Tournament at the Mohan Meakin ground. Akash Chopra was declared the man of the match.

Scores: Sonnet Club: 263 for 3 in 40 overs (Akash Chopra 110 n o, Shikhar Dhawan 49, Sumit Sharma 48). Gemini Club: 192 for 9 in 40 overs (John Anthony 8, D V Baniwal 49, Arun Sharma 2/16.


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