Sunday, March 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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A solution to marriage on the rocks
Tripti Nath

Dr Samir Parikh, consultant psychiatrist in Max Health Care, North Delhi Nursing Home and Pentamed Hospital recently held an interactive session on ‘Marriage-A Scientific Perspective’ at India Habitat Centre.

He addressed a host of issues as understanding marital conflicts, negative handling of marital problems and positive marriage management. Listing several tips for partners, Dr Parikh said the ideal communication components are acceptance, approval, admiration, encouragement, trust, security, validation, respect and self-esteem. “Marriage is not just a social bonding. It has a scientific perspective, which needs to be understood in a scientific manner. Firstly, one needs to understand the importance of marriage and the fact that a sincere effort needs to be put by both partners for a successful outcome,” he said.

According to Dr Parikh, disharmony in married life is worse as it gives rise to social and psychological problems and the stress can affect physical health as well.

Visually challenged

The Asian Blind Union, one of the six members of the World Blind Union, organised a four-day international workshop on leadership training for the visually challenged. The workshop aimed at preparing the participants to take up important decision-making roles in their organisations. Twenty-five visually challenged representatives from a dozen South Asian, Central Asian and West Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria and Yemen participated in the workshop which concluded on Thursday.

The workshop was inaugurated by Tore Zetterberg, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Sweden in India and supported by the Swedish Federation of Visually Handicapped.

Surgery techniques

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital organised a workshop on the emerging techniques of surgery for long bone fractures on Thursday. Over 200 orthopaedic surgeons from various parts of the country attended the workshop. The workshop focussed on the advancements made in the field of long bone surgery and explained the surgical procedure in detail. Participants were shown a live video telecast of the surgery from the operation theatre.

The long bone nail surgery works with a closed interlocking nailing system to fix fractures of long bones and limbs with great accuracy and stability. The nails are introduced through a small incision away from the injured area under constant monitoring of a TV screen and provide a box like supportive structure facilitating quick recovery. This is in contrast to previous surgical techniques where long incision were made to open the fractured area. Addressing the workshop, Dr Yash Gulati, senior consultant, Orthopaedic Surgery at Apollo said, “For a long time, patients with multiple fractures have to undergo surgeries with prolonged hospital stay and delayed rehabilitation. With the availability of advanced form of closed interlocking nailing system, these surgeries can be done with more accuracy and facilitate quicker recuperation.”

Honorary FRCS

Dr A.K.Grover, Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Vice- President of the Delhi Ophthalmological Society has been awarded an honorary FRCS in recognition of his academic excellence and achievements in the field of Ophthalmology. The honour was conferred on him by Professor A. Ross Lorimer, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow at a special convocation at Hotel Ashok recently. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons chose Dr Grover as an examiner two years ago when it started holding FRCS examination in Ophthalmology in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Fitness Centre

Beyond Looks, a fitness centre for mind, body and soul and a beauty parlour has set up another fitness retreat in Vasant Vihar. The owner of the centre and nutritionist, Sharda Wadhwa, says that the centre offers all natural therapies including yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, accupressure, floor and cardiac exercises, steam, sauna, Jacuzzi, Ayurvedic treatment and Ayurvedic massages. The centre has strong faith in the powers of natural therapy and does not use any chemicals or machines.

Apart from relaxation sessions, the centre provides therapeutic counselling, beauty and skin care treatment and special post-natal care packages for mother and child.



Hindustan Club post big victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 9
Hindustan Club of Delhi posted a facile 5-2 victory against Boys Athletic Club of Sikkim in a Phase-I Cluster-II match of the Second Division National Football League at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Saturday.

The handsome victory enabled Hindustan Club to collect nine points from four matches and qualify for the Phase II of the second division league.

In a one-sided match, Hindustan Club scored at will, and their rivals mustered enough courage to attack the rival citadel when Hindustan slackened the grip a bit.

In another match, Uttar Pradesh drew 1-1 with Assam State Electricity Board Sports Club, Guwahati.

There will be no match of the National Football League on Sunday.

But in the DSA-SAIL Senior Division League semi-final matches, Nivia-Mughals will take on Nationals at 1.30 pm while Hindustan will clash against City Club at 3.30 pm.



A golf revolution by Delhi Development Authority 
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 9
Over 200 players are taking part in the two-day Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Golf Tournament which began at the eight-hole Qutab Golf Course. The field is being led by Lt.Governor of Delhi Vijay Kapoor, who is also the chief patron of the Qutab Golf Course, and Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh, DFC.

The tournament will witness senior bureaucrats, heads of corporate organisations, and members of diplomatic missions in action. The tournament will also feature a number of competitive golfing events with exciting prizes to be won. The winner of the tournament will earn a free return air ticket by British Airways from Delhi to London, and two nights’ stay at Flemings Mayfair in London.

It goes to the credit of the DDA of developing the first driving range in the country, at its prestigious sports complex at Siri Fort, about a decade ago. The increasing popularity of this facility amongst golf lovers compelled DDA to floodlight the range by providing night driving facility. Soon after, the DDA designed and developed the first Pitch and Putt course of the country at Siri Fort. Then the DDA commissioned yet another driving range at Lado Sarai. This venue now houses the first golf course of the country open to the public. This 18-hole course, located a few kilometres from the Qutab Minar, has been named as the Qutab Golf Course. The first nine holes of this course were commissioned on January 2, and in a short span of two years, the course has become extremely popular with overwhelming response from golf lovers.

The Qutab Golf Course has conducted three major invitational tournaments and two mini tours conducted by Professional Golfers’ Association of India. The first public golf course of the country has a state-of-the-art, automatic computerised sprinkling system procured from the USA, which waters the course. The added attraction of the course is a restaurant, which is coming up close to the 11th tee, much to the delight of the golfing community of Delhi. DDA will soon develop a golf course at the Bhalaswa Lake Complex. This will be the first golf course for the people of North Delhi.



National Stadium dedicated to Dhyan Chand
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 9
The statue of hockey legend Dhyan Chand stood like a mute witness when Union Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani dedicated the National Stadium in the memory of the late hockey magician.

The hallowed National Stadium, home to the inaugural Asian Games in 1951, will, henceforth, be known as the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

The stadium is considered as the “temple of Indian hockey” and it was a befitting gesture on the part of the Government to dedicate the stadium in the hockey wizard’s name, though, sadly at a time when India’s hockey fortune is plummeting to an abyss in the international fora.

Dhyan Chand would have been a shattered man had he been alive to witness the plight of Indian hockey, which had ruled the roost in the world, in his time.

The Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium boasts of two brand new synthetic hockey turfs, which were laid on a war-footing for the aborted inaugural Afro Asian Games, last year.

Delhi has another brand new astro turf at the Shivaji Stadium, but the National Stadium has a charm of its own, and now it can truly call itself the ‘home’ of Indian hockey.

It was during the National Sports Day celebration on August 29 that Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Uma Bharti announced that the National Stadium would be dedicated to the memory of Maj. Dhyan Chand. And the Minister has fully honoured her word, though Dhyan Chand’s statue had been consecrated at the National Stadium a few years ago.



Vishy to feature on Star Sports Online
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 9
Gundappa Ranganath Vishwanath, the elegant batting sensation of the seventies, will feature in the one-hour interactive programme pioneered by ESPN Star Sports on Monday, March 11.

The show will be aired at 10.30 pm. Vishwanath was acclaimed by the connoisseurs as the master of the square cut. He square cut each and every delivery pitched short and outside the off stump so delicately as if he were apologising to the bowler for having left no alternative for him but to cut it past point.

Gundappa Vishwanath, the scintillating little wonder, was a classical batsman with flexible wrists, and timed his shots with a wondrous touch. He scored 6,080 runs at an average of 41.93, with 14 centuries to his credit. Vishwanath had a glittering career, making 87 consecutive Test appearances between 1970-71 and 1982-83. He was also the first Indian to score a century against all cricket-playing countries then.

Vishwanath, ‘Vishy’ to his friends, was the sixth Indian to score a century on his debut. In November 1969, he played his first Test at Kanpur against Australia and scored 137 runs in the second innings, after getting out for a duck in the first innings.

If Gundappa Vishwanath was a great batsman, he was universally acknowledged as an even greater sportsman. In the Golden Jubilee Test against England in 1980 at the Wankhede Stadium in Bombay, he recalled Bob Taylor when the umpire raised his finger wrongly at a stage when England were reeling with five wickets down.

This sporting ‘recall’ brought about a 171-run partnership between Ian Botham and Bob Taylor, and eventually, India lost by ten wickets.

Gundappa Vishwanath epitomised the ‘gentleman-sportsman’, and there were very few players of his class in his time. Viewers can interact with Vishwanath by simply dialling 9628-400-400.


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