Saturday, June 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Drive to nip waterborne diseases in the bud
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, May 31
With the monsoon round the corner, the district health department has launched a campaign to thwart the outbreak of waterborne diseases.

The department has cautioned all concerned not to allow the sale of cut fruit and usage of untreated water in order to make cold drinks and others goodies. Besides, those selling meat have also been warned.

The department has initiated a campaign to educate the consumers not to buy eatables lying in unhygienic conditions.

The district health officer warned that anyone found violating the department’s guidelines and found selling contaminated eatables would be dealt with severely. The department will soon launch surprise checks after the ongoing awareness campaign was through.

However, many are sceptical of the entire exercise. This stems from the past experiences of the residents. The authorities issue warnings and launch drives every year. But the vested interests show least regard for the measures.

Many residents feel that much more should be done during summer and the monsoon at least. The population in the city is increasing and the vendors are doing a roaring business. They even palm off eatables which are more often of very low quality. Every summer and monsoon, there have been reports of a large number of the seasonal diseases.

Several elderly residents recalled that about three years ago there was an outbreak of dengue in the nearby Mewat areas of this district.

The epidemic broke in at the end of the monsoon season mainly due to floodlike situation. There were reports that many in the city got infected with dengue and other waterborne diseases. The once-bitten-twice-shy authorities have kept that epidemic in view perhaps before launching the present campaign.



Rajeev stars in Salwan Boys’ title victory
Our Sports Reporter

Salwan Boys, the winners of the Ravindra Malhotra Memorial Cricket Tournament
Salwan Boys, the winners of the Ravindra Malhotra Memorial Cricket Tournament, with the winners’ trophy.

New Delhi, May 31
Rajeev Sharma played a fine all-round game (2 for 17 and 26) to help Salwan Boys beat Hans Raj Model School by eight wickets and lift the first Ravindra Malhotra Memorial Inter-School (Under-15) Cricket Tournament trophy at the Roshanara Club ground.

Salwan Boys won the toss and put Hans Raj Model School into bat. Thanks to the fine bowling of Salwan Boys, Hans Raj Model School could not speed up the scoring. Despite an unbeaten 53 by Neeraj Bansal, Hans Raj Model School could get only 119 for 8 in 30 overs. Hansraj Model School tottered at 20 for 5 before Neeraj Bansal took them to a score of some respect.

Salwan Boys, in reply, notched up the winning runs for the loss of just two wickets, off 28.1 overs.

Rajeev Sharma was declared the man of the match. Neeraj Bansal of Hans Raj Model School was adjudged the best batsman of the tournament.

The best bowler award went to Ashutosh Sharma of Salwan while Rajeev Sharma also bagged the man of the series award.

Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram were given the best disciplined team award.

Chief guest Sanjeev Malhotra gave away the prizes. Others present on the occasion were Pramod Jain, Praveen Jain and Vinod Tihara.

Scores: Hans Raj Model School: 119 for 8 in 30 overs (Neeraj Bansal 53 not out, Jai Singh 18, Deepak Rai 2 for 11, Rajeev Sharma 2 for 17, Gaurav Chabra 2 for 30).

Salwan Boys: 120 for 2 in 28.1 overs (Tarun Chaudhary 36 n.o., Yogesh Nagar 32, Rajeev Sharma 26).



Big response to junior wrestling
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 31
Over 600 boys and girls, representing 25 states and other units, are participating in the 23rd Boys
Free Style and Greco Roman and fifth Girls Free Style National Junior Wrestling Championships, which were inaugurated by Union Minister for Rural Industries Karia Munda on Friday.

Prominent among those who attended the inaugural function were Rustum-e-Jahan Dara Singh, Padmashree Satpal, Asian gold medallist Kartar Singh, Jagminder Singh, Satvir, A.R.Bhargava and Baban Dharmaji Daware.

As many as 40 bouts were held in the first session on the opening day. A lot of interesting bouts were witnessed both in the boys and girls section.

Q& A on World Cup: Asia had to wait for 72 years to host the World Cup Football Championship. Amid the FIFA wrangling and corruption scandals, the security concerns, the spotlight, beginning on Friday, will be on the game of football. The World Cup has finally come to Asia, and Q & A will provide the excitement of the Cup frenzy. Q & A is an interactive show where viewers from around the world can e-mail their questions to newsmakers from the world of politics, sport, the arts and business.

Q & A airs from Monday to Friday. Viewers with Internet access can also preview guest information through the CNN web site at



Zonal Cricket Academy coaching camp concludes
Our Sports Reporter

BCCI vice-president C.K.Khanna, DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev and former Test opener Chetan Chauhan with the trainees
BCCI vice-president C.K.Khanna, DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev and former Test opener Chetan Chauhan with the trainees of the Zonal Cricket Academy of the BCCI at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the Capital.

New Delhi, May 31
The Zonal Cricket Academy (North) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India concluded after 45 days of fruitful coaching sessions at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the Capital.

Twenty promising cricketers from North Zone attended the academy session, which had begun on April 15. Coaches Gursharan Singh and Sarkar Talwar fine-tuned the skills of the players, and the most talented from among the bunch, will be picked for the National Cricket Academy at Bangalore and for other India assignments.

On the concluding day of the academy session at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Friday, the Delhi and District

Cricket Association (DDCA) gave a warm farewell to the campers. The BCCI had borne all the expenses of the campers. BCCI vice-president C.K.Khanna, DDCA vice-president and former Test opener Chetan Chauhan and DDCA Sports Secretary Sunil Dev and other DDCA officials attended a function to felicitate the players.



Abhishek Jain bowls Super Star to victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 31
A deadly bowling spell of 4 for 32 by Abhishek Jain enabled Super Star Club beat Professional Management Group (PMG) by seven wickets and enter the final of the B Division Super League in the DDCA League at the Ramjas Sports Complex ground. The fine spell by Abhishek Jain restricted Professional Management Group to just 172 runs.

Scores: PMG: 172 all out in 40 overs (Mahesh Prasad 35, Ranjeet Singh 35, Abhishek Jain 4 for 32).

Super Star Club: 175 for 3 in 36.5 overs (Deepak Sharma 62, Parab Jeet Singh 30, Neeraj Arya 2 for 15).

Golden Hawks beat Central Bank by 90 runs in an A-I Division Super League match.

Scores: Golden Hawks: 225 for 9 in 35 overs (Vishal Sharma 73, Shailender Singh 32, Bantoo Singh 4 for 45, B.S. Rawat 3 for 35).

Central Bank: 135 for 6 in 35 overs (Nitin Goel 34, Bantoo Singh 28, Ajit Ranjan 3 for 19).

Indian Air Force (IAF) beat R.R.Gymkhana by 16 runs in a Super A Division Super League match at the Palam A ground.

Scores: IAF: 167 for 8 in 30 overs (Imran Khan 42, H.Bhaskar 28, Vikas Kapoor 3 for 24).

R.R.Gymkhana: 151 all out
in 29.1 overs (Deepak Sharma 44, Gagan Malik 28, A.K. Mohanti 5 for 10, Prashant Gupta 2 for 31, Deepak Bhaskar 2 for 36).



DPS sports camp

New Delhi, May 31
Delhi Public School (DPS), Dwarka conducted a summer sports camp from May 13 to 31 at the school complex. Coaching classes were held in tennis, cricket, football and basketball under the supervision of physical education teacher Rajinder Kumar and sports in-charge of the school Subhash Singh Tomar. OSR



Traffic fine collection kiosk installed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 31
The traffic police today installed a “touch screen-based automatic payment collection kiosk” at the Teen Murti Traffic Police Lines for making payment on any day by offenders who were fined for violation of traffic rules. The scheme will be subsequently extended to two other locations in R. K. Puram and Old Police Lines on Rajpur Road, Civil Lines area.

The offenders can make the payment of challan in any of the kiosks through cheque. Now there is no need to waste time in queue. A violator can also make a query regarding previous traffic violations. Today, the machine was unveiled at the Traffic Police Lines, Teen Murti, by the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Mr Maxwell Pereira.

He said that the automatic depositing machine had all the state-of-the-art features such as touch-screen monitor, Barcode scanner, MICR cheque reader and safety chest. All that the user has to do is to enter the vehicle number or the notice number to see the number of pending challans against his vehicle. The details are displayed on the screen, which will prompt the user to confirm and make the payment. The user has just to confirm the amount and insert the cheque into the designated slot.

If the cheque is accepted, the kiosk will immediately print and deliver the receipt as confirmation of the acceptance of the payment with all the transaction details printed at the back of the cheque and then it is dropped into the safety chest inside the cheque depository machine.

The machine will reject anything other than cheque deposited in it. The payment made by the cheque is considered only on realisation of the amount and in case of it getting bounced the same will mean non-payment and the case may be forwarded to the court for further action.

The cheque depositing machines are networked with the central computer of the police through an ISDN connection and the transaction details are immediately uploaded to the central database and are accounted for, the Joint Commissioner said.



Drive against fake driving licences extended in Narnaul
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, May 31
The Narnaul police’ drive against fake driving licences, ‘Operation Checkup’, has been extended till June 15. The drive was to end today. During the ongoing campaign, a total of 15 vehicles without proper documents have been impounded and another 10 fined so far.

This was stated by Dr C. S. Rao, Superintendent of Police, Mahendragarh, at Narnaul today. He claimed that a proclaimed offender, Dewan, son of Mool Chand of Bhandaure Unchi, was nabbed. The illegal plying of vehicles would not be tolerated at any cost, he said.

Meanwhile, as per the initial orders of the government, the SDMs of Narnaul and Mahendragarh were assigned the task to check the driving licences till May 31 in the district. But today, the District Magistrate, Dr R. B. Langyan, extended the drive against plying vehicles on fake licences in the district till June 15. Keeping in view of the government officials, people could get their licences verified on all Saturdays also from now, he said. According to Mr Mukul Kumar, SDM, Narnaul, the heavy driving licences were being verified by the Transport Department at Narnaul.

110 complaints at darbar: As many as 110 complaints came before the Janta Darbar chaired by the Deputy Commissioner at Narnaul today. Women residents of Sekhpura village complained about the chronic scarcity of potable water. The district administration had got bored a tubewell in the village but that had not been activated yet. The same problem was placed before the DC by residents of Dongra Jat, Bighopur and Totaheri villages. Gulawla villagers had not been getting power for the last four days. The DC assured that the water problem would be sorted out soon.


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