Tuesday, April 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Injured driver writhes in pain, awaits 
hospital's attention 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 22
Although Dharamvir, a truck driver who had been seriously injured in an accident, was admitted to the Badshah Khan Civil Hospital today, his condition remained almost the same. The hospital staff have allegedly neglected him.

The youth, lying unattended just outside the gate of the hospital for about 48 hours, told some reporters today that although he had been admitted, he was being ignored. His X-ray was done after six hours. He was told that the X-ray report was not clear and was left alone on the stretcher outside the room for several hours. Dharamvir had got injured in an accident a few days ago. His leg was crushed under a truck wheel on the Gurgaon road.

Soon after the accident, he was first taken to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. However, the doctors there told him that his leg would have to be amputated and it would cost Rs 5,000.



Ashish races to victory in night car rally
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 22
Ashish Ahuja won the first prize in the “Delhi by Night Car Rally” organised by Excel Motors and Delhi Achievers Round Table (DART) in association with Hindustan Motors. The Delhi by Night Car Rally was a navigational rally run on international TSD pattern. The rally was flagged off from the Claridges Hotel by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The competitors had to find their way through the course using only maps and road books called Tulips. The rally had to pass over public roads and highways, which were not closed for the rally.

The competitors also had to observe all the traffic rules and maintain an average speed well within the speed limit prescribed by the local authorities.

Ashish Ahuja won the first prize – free tickets for two to Dubai – while Mr Ashwini Anand won the second prize – free tickets to Mumbai for two. Joint Commissioner of Police, New Delhi, Amod Kanth gave away the prizes.



Team MRF for Canberra Rally
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 22
Team MRF is all set to create history with their debut in the challenging APRC (Asian Pacific Rally Championship).

Reigning Asia Zone champions V.Naren Kumar and co-driver D. Ramkumar, along with Arjun Balu and co-driver R. Kumar, will match their driving skills against some of the best rallyists in the world.

Naren and Ramkumar had won the Indian, Thailand and Indonesian round and the title of the Asian Zone Championship in 2001. Arjun and Kumar were not so successful as their car was plagued with mechanical problems.

Still, the pair managed to win the Chinese round last year.

Naren Kumar and Arjun Balu will be driving brand new Mitsubishi Evolution VII cars in the Subaru Rally in Canberra (Australia), the first round of the APRC during May 3 to 5.

The MRF team has entered its cars in the Group N (unmodified) class in the N4 category. Both drivers will be competing for the 2002 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Cup for Drivers of Production Cars.

The Mitsubishi Evo7 cars are twice as fast as the Honda Civic EK4 driven by Naren and Arjun last year.

The Asia-Pacific Rally Championship is a FIA-approved event that features rally drivers and teams from all over the world, competing in rounds held in Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Japan, China and Thailand. Some of the best drivers in the region such as Possum Bourne, Neal Bates, Karamjit Singh and Katsu Taguchi have made the championship special through their sterling performances.

MRF’s team manager A.Rodricks said the Mitsubishi cars will be fitted with 195/50 R 15 ZDM2 series tyres that have been specially developed by MRF engineers for the powerful Mitsubishi cars.

He said MRF had contracted the preparation and service of the cars to Race Torque of Perth, who are among the better outfits in rally engineering in Australia.

Mr Rodricks said Team MRF will participate in the Australian, New Zealand, Thailand and Chinese rounds of the APRC this year.



FICCI to hold open house on sports
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 22
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in collaboration with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, will organise an open house on “Public Partnership: Road Map to Excellence in Sports in India” at the FICCI auditorium, Tansen Marg, New Delhi on Wednesday (April 24) at 11 am.

Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha will inaugurate the open house. Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Uma Bharti will address the open house. SAI director-general Shekhar Dutt, secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports S.S.Sharma and president of FICCI R.S.Lodha will also address the meeting. The main objective of the open house is to discuss and delineate the road map towards achieving excellence in sports in India. Apart from this, the national sports policy, importance of training and better infrastructure facilities, and the necessity of sports science back up will be deliberated upon.

Captains of industry, senior officials of sports federations, the SAI, Indian Olympic Association and Arjuna Awardees Association and some eminent sports persons will be participating in the open house. On this occasion, the FICCI will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the SAI.



Damandeep Singh slams century
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 22
A dashing century by Damandeep Singh (107, 12x4, 2x6, 96b) and deadly bowling by Rajeev Yadav (5 for 11) and Tapeshver Tyagi (5 for 18) powered Rajdhani Club to a crushing 204 runs victory against Rising Star, Green Park, in the Rajdhani Cup Cricket Tournament at Najafgarh Sports Complex.

Rising Star won the toss and elected to field. And they paid a heavy penalty for the indiscretion, as the Rajdhani batsmen used the comparatively mellow morning weather to indulge in a batting blitzkrieg with Damandeep Singh showing the way with a crackling century.

Rajdhani Club amassed 235 for 6 in 35 overs while Rising Star fell to the fury of bowlers Rajiv Yadav and Tapeshver Tyagi to crash for 31 all out in 13 overs.

Damandeep Singh was declared the man of the match.

Scores: Rajdhani Club: 235 for 6 in 35 overs (Damandeep Singh 107, Deepak Anand 47, 6x4, 70b, Avinash 25, 4x4, 30b; Vinod Kumar 5 for 46).

Rising Star: 31 all out in 13 overs (Rajiv Yadav 5 for 11, Tapeshwar Tyagi 5 for 18)



Bhupinder Rana wins Mr Delhi crown
Our Sports Reporter

Bhupinder Rana, winner of the Mr Delhi Open Body Building Championship, being honoured with a memento by MD of Muscle Gym, Amit Sharma.

New Delhi, April 22
Bhupinder Rana of Muscle Gymnasium emerged the champion in the 85-90kg category in the Mr Delhi Open Body Building Championship held under the aegis of the Amateur Body Building Association at the Badarpur Border in Delhi.

Bhupinder Rana captivated the audience with his well-sculpted, muscled body to walk away with the crown. Mr Amit Sharma, managing director of Muscle Gym, honoured Bhupinder Rana with a trophy.

The muscle contours of Bupinder Rana put into shade the body beautiful of other contestants, as Rana showed the perfectness of how a beautiful body, with very hard workouts in the gym, could be moulded in to champion shape. The hard work of Rana finally brought him good results.



Namrata and Atul steal putting show
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 22
Namrata and Atul Dhir stole the show with a brilliant performance to tally 41 points and win the title in the Tee 2 Putting for Couples competition held at the Taj Palace Kafe Fontana putting greens in the Capital.

The tournament was staged over five Sundays with the top three teams on each of the first four Sundays, qualifying for the grand finale on April 21.

The tournament was played over nine holes with each team comprising a couple. The aggregate of the putts of each of the two players over nine holes constituted the team’s overall score.

Ritu and Rajvir Handa beat the team of Rana and Shafi Alam in the thrilling playoff to take the second position.

The two teams had earlier tied at an identical aggregate of 46 putts.

The winning team got a first prize of a two-night and three-day stay at Fort Aguada Beach Resort, Goa.

The second and third-placed teams won similar trips to the Taj Malabar, Cochin (Kerala) and the Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur respectively.



Bisth, Ankur Garg star for RR Gym

New Delhi, April 22
A fine knock of 58 runs by Delhi Under-16 player Robin Bisth and all-round performance by Ankur Garg (3 for 35 and 21 n.o) helped Rohtak Road Gymkhana beat Dronacharya Cricket Academy by three wickets in the first Gyan Prakash Memorial Under-17 Cricket Tournament at the Mohan Meakin ground. Robin Bisth was in his elements as he executed a range of strokes all round the field.

Scores: Dronacharya Cricket Academy: 164 for 8 in 40 overs (Ankit Kayastha 70, Abhimanyu Kumar 33, Ankur Garg 3 for 35).

R.R.Gymkhana: 168 for 7 in 37.5 overs (Robin Bisth 58, Hemant Bansal 34, Ankur Garg 21 n.o., Ankit Kayastha 2 for 30, Manav Yadav 2 for 31).

Sachin, Rahat help Victoria Park Club win

A quickfire knock of 69 by Sachin Tyagi and all-round performance by Rahat Elahi helped Victoria Park Club, Meerut, defeat defending champions Indira Gandhi Stadium by 50 runs and enter the quarter-final of the third ARBDM Cricket Tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ghaziabad.

Scores: Victoria Park Club: 221 for 6 in 40 overs (Sachin Tyagi 69, Rahat Elahi 65, Anand Vishnoi 39, Pankaj Joshi 3 for 32, Vaibhav Dua 3 for 45).

IG Stadium: 171 all out in 34.1 overs (Naveen Asrani 65, Pramod Kumar 3 for 34, Upender Dutta 2 for 40, Rahat Elahi 2 for 40). OSR



Malviya down Youngsters in DDCA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 22
Malviya Club beat Youngsters by 58 runs in a Super A Division match of the DDCA League at the DAV College ground in the Capital.

Scores: Malviya Club: 179 for 8 in 30 overs (Subodh Yadav 60, Pitamber Dutt 46 n.o., Padamjeet Sherawat 36, Jitender Solanki 2 for 39).

Youngsters: 121 all out in 30 overs (Parmind er Negi 30, Padamjeet Sherawat 3 for 20, Sachin Rana 3 for 30).

Bank of India beat City Gymkhana by five wickets in a B Division match at Kotla No 2 ground.

Scores: City Gymkhana: 199 all out in 40 overs (Paramveer 58, Sanjeev Tandon 3 for 35, Ramesh Sharma 3 for 19).

Bank of India: 201 for 5 in 31.3 overs (Bikker Bahadur 48, Pradeep Kanojia 45, Ramesh Sharma 24, Mukesh Sehgal 24 n.o., Rakesh Joshi 1 for 20).



Chautala suspends food & civil supplies inspector

Panipat, April 22
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has reportedly ordered for the suspension of an Inspector of Food and Civil Supplies Department following complaints of unsatisfactory lifting of purchased wheat from number of shops in Panipat grain market during his unscheduled visit in different grain markets at Israna, Panipat and Babarpur mandi today. According to the information, a number of shop owners complained to the Chief Minister that every day the lifting of wheat was being started from a particular shop located near entry points of the market and reportedly belonging to an influential political leader of Haryana.

The CM immediately ordered for the suspension of the Inspector on duty and directed the authorities to ensure that such complaints were not received in future and all should be treated equally. He also enquired about the arrangements of facilities like drinking water, electricity, payment to the farmers . OC


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