Saturday, March 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Pfizer team visits Noida eye hospital
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 8
A high-level delegation from Pfizer Foundation, New York, headed by Mr Hocine, Managing Director and Mr Ramakrishna, Vice-President and R. Jean Marie Andre, Ophthalmologist, accompanied by a team from Help Age India under Mr Ashok Rawat, Director Programme, visited ICARE Eye Hospital here last week. After a round of the hospital, the members were taken to the library where a presentation of the history and development of ICARE was made by Dr Sushil Choudhry, Admiral P N Gour and Dr Surbhit Choudhry.

A video clipping of the work was shown to them. The Pfizer and Help age team agreed in principle to meet the immediate needs of ICARE- two floors - one to accommodate the increasing number of patients and the second to establish a training and research wing with all necessary equipment at the Eye Care Hospital. The visitors said that they were impressed with the work being done at ICARE.

Pfizer Foundation has already sponsored 1,500 cataract surgeries at ICARE. It is an on going project. On arrival, they were welcomed and taken round the hospital by Dr Sushil Choudhry, Director ICARE.

They were acquainted with the various departments of the hospital, and interacted freely with the elderly and poor patients from the rural areas who come here for cataract surgery with IOL implant.



Hindustan Club record narrow victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 8
Hindustan Club of Delhi recorded a solitary goal victory against Jobra Durga Club of Orissa to earn full points in a Phase-I Cluster-II match of the Second Division of the National Football League at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Friday.

In another match, Assam State Electricity Board, Guwahati, recorded their third straight victory when they downed Boys Athletic Club, Sikkim 2-0. Utpal Basumatary and Abraham L Mhar were the goal scorers of Assam. The goals came in the 36th and 67th minutes. For Hindustan Club, the lone-goal victory came as a life-saver as they have kept their hopes alive of qualifying from Phase-I to Phase-II. The Phase-II matches will be held from March 18 at the Ambedkar Stadium.

Hindustan Club have now collected six points from three matches while Jobra Durga have completed their engagements by getting three points from four matches. Hindustan Club, after a goalless first half, should have won by at least three goals, but forward Saiddi twice fumbled near the goal area, and Hitender Singh Rawat also muffed easy chances. In the second half, Hindustan Club made three substitutions which added punch to their attack, and soon, the match-winner materialised when mid-fielder Devesh Kaushik’s long-range left-footer found the target.

Orissa custodian Sukhdev Soren was shown the yellow card by referee K Senthilvel of Karnataka for rushing out of the box.

Saturday’s matches: U P Police vs ASEB Sports Club, Assam (1.30 p m); Hindustan Club vs Boys Athletic Club, Sikkim (3.30 pm)—Ambedkar Stadium.



S B Youth beat DVB in DDCA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 8
S B Youth beat Delhi Vidyut Board by 72 runs in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) A-I League match at the Yamuna Sports Complex ground.

Scores: S B Youth: 277 for 6 in 40 overs (Manoj Yadav 85, Sangram Singh 82, Rakesh Rawat 31, Rajesh Chauhan 3/39).

DVB: 181 in 35 overs (Gautam Sharma 65, Nawal Singh 36, Subodh Badola 4/36, Paras Praja Pati 3/19). Sonnex Club beat Lion Kanishka by 67 runs in a B Division match at the Ramjas Sports Complex.

Scores: Sonnex: 241 for 7 in 35 overs (Faisal Khan 81 Mukesh Arora 54, C K Sharma 3/32, Paramjit 2/54).

Lion Kanishka: 174 in 29 overs (Ankit 29, Virender K R 22, Mukesh Arora 5/23, Faisal Khan 2/29). Delhi Telecom beat Bank of India by 98 runs in a B Division match.

Scores: Delhi Telecom: 227 for 8 in 40 overs (Rajender Ahir 76, Vineet Kumar 29, Anil Kumar 2/43).

Bank of India: 129 in 31.5 overs (Anand Bhatt 24, Rajender Ahir 4/24, Vineet Kumar 3/16). Oriental Bank of Commerce beat Canara Bank by five wickets in a B Division match at Kotla I.

Scores: Canara Bank: 130 all out in 38.5 overs (Vijay Singh 27, Ashok Arora 23, Anil Arora 4/21, Kishore Talukdar 2/21).

OBC: 131 for 5 in 31.4 overs (Sanjeev Kumar 56, Ashok Thakur 31, Rajesh 2/39, Shiv Kumar 2/24).



Youngsters down Malviya in SAIL Trophy
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 8
Youngsters Club defeated Malviya Club by seven wickets to enter the quarter-final of the SAIL Trophy Cricket Tournament at the Mohan Nagar ground. Sunil Rawat of Youngsters, who scored an unbeaten 53 and claimed 2 wickets for 22 runs, was declared the man of the match.

Scores: Malviya Club: 139 all out in 38.1 overs (Ajit Singh 51, 4x4, 2x6; Raj Kapoor 20, 2x4; Savit Chauhan 3/22, Sunil Rawat 2-22, Vikrant Yadav 3-28, Sanjeev Sharma 2-21).

Youngsters: 143 for 3 in 29.3 overs (Sunil Rawat 53 n o, 7x4, 1x6; Jitender Guliya 55 n o, 3x4, K S Rana 2-35). The fourth-wicket partnership between Jitender Gulia and Sunil Rawat, which yielded 93 runs, rescued Youngsters from a precarious position of 50 for 3.

Srinath annexes PSCB tennis title

Prahlad Srinath of IOCL won the men’s singles title beating Vinod Sridhar of GAIL 6-4,7-5 in the final of the 21st Petroleum Sports Control Board Tennis Tournament, organised by Engineers India Limited, at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association courts in the Capital.

Narendranath of HPCL beat Vishal Uppal of GAIL 6-2,6-4 to take the third position. Srinath made it a double crown when he partnered Vasudev Reddy to beat Vinod Sridhar and Vishal Uppal 6-3,2-6,6-1 in the doubles final. D J Dutta of ONGC beat Kalyan Barua of OIL 7-5,7-6 in the Veteran’s singles final.



Om Nath Sood Cricket 

New Delhi, March 8
The 12th All-India Om Nath Sood Memorial Cricket Tournament will be played at the Sant Harchand Singh Longowal Sports Complex, Khalsa College ground, Maurice Nagar, from April 2. The final will be held on April 28. Defending champions Oil and Natural Gas Commission, runners-up Indian Airlines and top teams from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh will participate in the tournament. Organising secretary Pramod Sood said in the Capital on Friday that entries will close at 1358, Rani Bagh, Delhi-34 or at phone Nos: 702-4755 or 9811387176.

E-Funds win in Teri Cup

E-Funds beat Standard Chartered Bank by 90 runs in the 9th Teri Cup Cricket Tournament at the Teri Oval. Scores: E-Funds: 197 for 4 in 25 overs (Rishi Singhla 84 n o, 12x4; Jaspreet Singh 46, 3x4, 3x6; Avataran Arzare 28, 3x4). Standard Chartered Bank: 107 for 9 in 25 overs.



EPF Headquarters win title

New Delhi, March 8
Deadly bowling by Narender Kumar (4 for 30) and a fine knock of 50 by Himachal Ranji Trophy player Nischal Gaur helped EPF Headquarters beat Regional Office, Delhi by five wickets in the final of the Inter-Office Employees Provident Fund Cricket Tournament at the Roshanara Club ground. Nischal Gaur was adjudged the best batsman, Anil Kumar the best bowler and Rakesh Kumar the best fielder. Commissioner Ajay Singh gave away the prizes.

Scores: Regional Office: 159 in 35 overs (Anil Kumar 55, Satish Kumar 20, Narender Rao 4/30, Rakesh Singh 2/20, Raj Kapoor 2/21, Manoj Dutt 2/20). EPF Headquarters: 162 for 5 in 27.5 overs.


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