Monday, April 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Angina patients can avoid surgery
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 14
With the revolution in Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP) system, heart patient can now avoid heart surgery, Health Minister of Delhi Government, Dr Ashok Walia said. Speaking at the opening of the Capital’s first EECP centre in East Delhi, Dr Walia said, “it is an open non-invasive out patient procedure to relieve angina by increasing the oxygen delivery to the heart muscles.”

A noted cardiologist and former M.S. of GB Pant hospital, Dr M. Khalilullah said that using the EECP technique without surgery and angioplasty could decrease the severity and frequency of the angina. Moreover, this treatment could decrease the need for medication and improve the ability to participate in normal day to day activities.

Dr Khalilullah said that unlike bypass surgery and balloon angioplasty, the EECP can be administered in out patient session and carried no risk.

One of the pioneers of EECP in the country, Dr Shiv Shankar, said that this technique is very simple, has no side effects, was convenient as compared to angioplasty and bypass surgery and cost much less than the existing procedures, besides being completely non surgical in nature.


Bansi, Horsburg lift Air Sahara Achiever’s Golf Cup
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 14
Harinder Bansi and Michael D Horsburg combined well to win the inaugural Air Sahara Achiever’s Golf Cup, played at the Greg Norman-designed Jaypee Green course in Noida.

Bansi, additional commissioner, Ministry of Finance, and Horsburg of Park Royal, tallied 15-under 57 in the unique “two-man scramble” format to bag the exquisite trophy designed by Keyur Patel and commissioned by sponsors of the tournament Air Sahara.

Ashish Goyal of B P Shipping, Mumbai, finished first runner-up along with Bipin Sehgal at 14-under nett, while Harinder Sikka, president corporate, Nicholas Piramal, and Dr R Chaddha, were second runners-up with 13-under nett.

They also received stunning designer trophies Mridula Tandon won the ladies’ title with a stableford score of 28 points while Anjali Nagpal was second with 26 points.

In the overall spot prizes, comprising two return business class tickets on any route of Air Sahara and Swarovski Crystals, Suvendoo Ray, president, Boeing India, was closest to the pin on the ninth hole, while Rana Kapoor, MD, Rabo Bank, was the best in a similar contest on the 12th hole. Bipin Sehgal hit the longest drive of 295 yards on the 17th hole, while S K Mishra won the award for the straightest drive.

Mridula Tandon won the ladies title with a stableford score of 28 points while Anjali Nagpal was second with 26 points. Anita Sobti won the ladies putting competition after needing just seven putts to complete four holes.

Dimpi Singh was second with eight putts. The tournament, which will become an annual event, is the brainchild of cricketing legend Kapil Dev and CEO of Air Sahara Uttam Kumar Bose.

An exclusive field of 72 golfers, comprising the CEOs and MDs, and four ladies, participated in the one-day event. The prizes were distributed by Kapil Dev, UK Bose and Sanjay Sharma of Swarovski.

Results: Team winners: Harinder Bansi and Michael D Horsburg, 15-under nett, first runners-up: Ashish Goyal and Bipin Sehgal, 14-under nett; second runners-up; Harinder Sikka and Dr R Chaddha; 13-under nett. Closest to the pin: Suvendu Ray (ninth hole); Rana Kapoor (12th hole). Straightest drive: S K Mishra. Longest drive (17th hole): Bipin Sehgal (295 yards).

Ladies winner: Mridula Tandon (28 points); runner-up: Anjali Nagpal (26 points). Ladies putting winner: Anita Sobti (7 putts for four holes); runner-up: Dimpi Singh (8 putts).


Air Force to meet Air Sahara in Mayor’s opener
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 14
Air Force will take on Air Sahara in the opening match of Group A in the third phase of the Mayor’s Shield Cricket Tournament at the Air Force ground in Delhi on May 20.

In other Group A matches, D S Group will clash against Food Corporation of India at Mohan Nagar, Air Force take on D S Group at the Air Force Ground, Air Sahara and D S Group play at Mohan Nagar, Air Sahara meet FCI at Mohan Nagar and Air Force and FCI clash at the Air Force ground.

The Group B matches will be held at Mohan Nagar, starting with a match between Subhania and Malviya, on May 20. The other matches are between Malaviya and Chand Khanna, Subhania vs Sonnet or K N Colts, Chand Khanna vs Sonnet or K N Colts, Subhania vs Chand Khanna and Malviya vs Sonnet or K N Colts. The winners of Group A will play the winners of Group B in the final on June 6 at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.


Sarosh to race in Asian Formula Championship
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 14
Sarosh Hataria, the JK Tyre National Racing Champion, is all set to fly the India flag in the Asian Racing Circuit, as the Asian Festival of Speed, the Formula Asia Championship 2002, gets underway.

Sarosh will be making his international debut with Team India JK Tyre, the current champions and hot favourite for this year’s championship.

Last year, Team India JK Tyre, represented by Karun Chandhok and Asif Nazir, won the coveted championship, when these two speedsters shared the top slot in all the races of the championship.

Commenting on his expectations from this year’s championship, Sanjay Sharma, Head Motorsports, J K Tyre, said: “Having emerged as the outright winners last year, we are looking forward to continue our excellent performance.

Karun and Asif have set high standards and we are confident that Sarosh will live up to our expectations. We wish him all the best”.

Team India J K Tyre set the Asian Racing Circuit on fire last year with outstanding performance that included winning all the races in the Asian Formula 2000 Championship; Karun Chandhok became the youngest ever Asia Formula champion at the age of 17 years and won the coveted Asian Rookie of the Year title on his international debut.

Asif Nazir, the first J K Tyre National Carting champion, emerged the runner-up in his very first year in professional motor sport.

Santosh also eyeing to garb the Formulae trophy this time.


ESPN SportsCentre Hindi celebrates first anniversary
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 14
“SportsCentre Hindi”, India’s first-ever live Hindi sports news bulletin, celebrated its first anniversary. This live half-hour news programme reached 32 million television viewers, which accounts for 55 per cent of the viewership.

ESPN’s flagship show in America and worldwide “SportsCenter” was launched last year in India as “SportsCentre Hindi”. This live half-hour news programme provide millions of Hindi-speaking television viewers in India a crisp and incisive update of the latest happenings from international and regional sporting events every day. On reaching the milestone, Manu Sawhney, MD of ESPN Software India, said, “We at ESPN Software India are overwhelmed by the response received by SportsCenter Hindi on ESPN. We believe that delivering top quality live sports news, incisive analysis and features from India and around the world in Hindi, to the millions of sports fans in India, has been responsible for the success of this show. SportsCenter Hindi is a step further in meeting the ever growing content aspirations of highly discerning Indian sports television viewers”, he added.

“We use the kind of language and approach which gels well with sports, since sports as a subject has a different temperament and peace. You have to treat it differently and bring out the flavour—excitement. SportsCenter also has an informal and a friendly approach, which endears the show to the viewers; proves production expertise, and most importantly, our content is world class”, observed main anchor Darain Shahidi. “If you want to see Sidhu and his Sidhuisms in Hindi, watch SportsCentre”, Shahidi said. “He (Sidhu) uses the language so well, coming up with unique expressions and phrases, that the analysis and cricketing advice is always encased in pure entertainment. This blends so well with the character of SportsCentre Hindi”, added the anchor.


Madan Lal Academy win Under-17 tourney
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 14
Deadly bowling by Aditya Jain (3 for 9) and Varun Singh (3 for 14) helped Madan Lal Academy defeat Harry Coaching Centre by seven wickets in the seventh Maharaja Agarsen Stanford Under-17 All-India Cricket Tournament at the Mohan Meakin ground.

Brief score: Harry Coaching Centre: 98 all out in 31.3 overs (Sunny Singh 21, Aditya Jain 3 for 9, Varun Singh 3 for 14). Madan Lal Academy: 99 for 3 in 18.2 overs (Sunny Jain 48 n o, Rohan Sahdev 26 n o).

Young Friends enter quarter-final

Young Friends Club beat J N Golden by six runs to enter the quarter-final of the third AR BDM Cricket Tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Ghaziabad.

Scores: Young Friends: 177 for 7 in 35 overs (Wickinson Victor 60, Tarun Dutta 41, Sant Ram 2 for 41). J N Golden: 171 all out in 34.2 overs (Ajay Sharma 41, Mahesh Bati 3 for 32, Wilkinson Victor 3 for 28). OSR


Darling Club beat Yorks in DDCA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 14
Darling Club beat Yorks Club by 22 runs in an A-II Division match of the DDCA League at Kotla No II ground in the Capital. Darling won the toss and elected to bat.

Mahesh Rawat’s brilliant century studded with 13 boundaries and two sixes was the highlight of Darling’s victory as they justified their decision to bat first.

The Yorks bowlers toiled in vain as Darling posted a handsome total of 278 for 9, which proved too formidable for York to chase.

They found Robin Choudhary virtually unplayed and folded up all out with 22 runs short of the target.

Scores: Darling Club: 278 for 9 in 40 overs (Mahesh Rawat 110, 13x4, 2x6; Manjeet Rajput 36, Anil Choudhary 34, Anil Yadav 4 for 33). Yorks Club: 256 all out in 32.5 overs (Tajender Singh 66, Naresh Dahmaja 38, Robin Choudhary 4 for 56).

Youngs Association beat United India by eight wickets in an A-Division match at the University ground.

Scores: United India: 128 all out in 33.3 overs (Raman Kumar 15, Rahul Bansal 3 for 29, Dharmender 3 for 30). Young Association: 129 for 2 in 23.2 overs (Gurjinder Singh 75, Rajat Kumar 26, Jasbeer Singh 2 for 23).

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