Tuesday, June 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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‘Stopping TB drugs midway could be fatal’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
The Delhi Health Minister, Dr A. K. Walia, has called upon all those people who are engaged in the TB Control Programme to work with more dedication and missionary zeal. Any administrative problem coming in the way of the functioning of this programme will be taken care of, he has assured.

He was addressing a meeting called to review the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTBCP) in the NCT of Delhi today. The Principal Secretary (Health), Mr S. P. Agarwal, the Delhi State TB Control Officer, Dr R. P. Vashishtha, and representatives of the committees formed under the programme participated.

Dr Walia informed that about 25,000 patients were being treated in 129 DOTS Centres functioning in various parts of Delhi under 20 Chest Clinics. Complete treatment of TB was possible now in a comparatively smaller period of time by the multi-drug therapy, he said, and added that over one lakh TB patients had already been treated under this programme since 1999.

Dr Walia expressed concern that some of the TB patients stopped taking drugs after a little improvement in their health, which could be fatal for them. He advised the patients to take the full course as per the advice of their doctors.

He also asked the doctors that whenever a TB patient came to the OPD, he should be given printed instructions so that he could follow them properly. Similarly, he underlined the need to give written duties to all the employees, from the TB Health Visitor to Medical Officer. It would help to monitor their duties, he added.

The Health Minister emphasised the need to comply with the schedule of the DOTS Centre so that patients could go to their jobs on time after taking the drugs. Besides, he directed the authorities to display a list of all DOTS Centres at the Chest Clinics to help the patients in identifying their nearest DOTS Centre.

Similarly, instructions were given to display a board for the identification of the location of DOTS Centre in big hospitals.

Dr Walia stressed the need to include the representatives of NGOs engaged in the TB Control Programme, prominent private practitioners, members of drug purchase committees etc. in the governing body and review the RNTBCP at an interval of three months at the Principal Secretary (Health) level and six months at the Health Minister level to coordinate the programme in a befitting manner.



Indian Airlines lift Hari Ram Cricket trophy
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 24
Indian Airlines continued their fine run when they capped their outing in the sixth Lala Hari Ram Aggarwal Memorial Day-Night Cricket Tournament with the title, beating Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) by 138 runs in the final at the Karnail Singh Stadium in the Capital on Sunday night.

It was Indian Airlines’ third title victory of the season. They had earlier won the finals of the Om Nath Sood and Goswami Ganesh Dutt Cricket Tournaments. They also featured in the final of the Lala Raghubir Singh Cricket Tournament and are all set to clash in the final of the DDCA Hot Weather Cricket Tournament at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Tuesday.

In a bang-bang batting display, India Airlines amassed 287 for seven wickets in the allotted 35 overs after electing to bat. Though Airlines faced some hiccups

initially, as they lost three wickets for 64 runs, they quickly repaired the damage to indulge in lusting hitting to create a virtual run riot.

Munish Sharma and Manvinder Bisla gave a good start when they put on 35 runs for the opening in just 6.3 overs. Then three wickets tumbled in quick succession, but Ishan Gandha and R. R Parida put on an 82-run stand for the fourth wicket, and later Ishan and Shafiq added 55 runs for the fifth wicket.

Ishan Gandha, who used his bat like a sledgehammer to punish the ONGC bowlers, hit 64 runs off 63 balls with five boundaries and three sixes. Parida struck 59 off 44 balls with five fours and four sixes. In the last three overs of their innings, Indian Airlines gathered 61 runs with India discard Nikhil Chopra blasting a rapidfire 38 off just 16 balls with four massive sixes and one four.

Though the ONGC bowlers came in for heavy punishment, Amit Bhandari had a satisfying spell of 3 for 60. Rizwan Shamshad and Firoz Ghyas took two wickets each.

ONGC failed to measure up to expected standard when they chased Indian Airlines’ impressive total. The ONGC batsmen seemed to be intimidated in chasing such a mammoth total, and in their eagerness to go for big hits, sacrificed wickets at regular intervals to crash out for 149 in 29.1 overs. Only Mithun Manhas withstood the pressure to emerge the top-scorer with 57 runs.

The Indian Airlines bowlers did a good job with their controlled and penetrative bowling to keep the ONGC unsettled throughout their innings. Sonu Sharma, Rajat

Bhatia, Gagandeep Singh, Manvinder Bisla and Shankar Saini took two wickets each.

Ishan Gandha was declared the man of the match. R. R Parida was adjudged the best batsman while Amit Bhandari was given the best bowler award.

Mithun Manhas was named as the best batsman of the tournament while Manvinder Bisla got the best bowler award. Sumit Dogra was chosen the man of the series. All of them received a full BDM cricket kit bag each.

Indian Airlines pocketed Rs 11,1000 as prize money. ONGC received Rs 51,000. HDFC Bank and Chand Khanna Club received Rs 21000 each for making the semi-final grade.

Former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana, who was the chief guest, gave away the prizes. The final match was inaugurated by Mr Raman Gupta, chairman and managing director of Padam Cables.

President of the Tournament Committee Ashok Aggarwal announced that the seventh edition of the tournament will be played from April 12 to 27 in 2003.

The final match was witnessed by National Sports Club of India president Subhash Chopra, Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president C K Khanna, Rajiv Aggarwal, Gajendra Solanki and Satish Gupta.

Scores: Indian Airlines: 187 for 7 wickets in 35 overs (Manish Sharma 23, Manvinder Bisla 20, Shankar Saini 13, Ishan Gandha 64, R R Parida 59, Shafiq Khan 25, Nikhil Chopra 38, Chandan Madan 22 n o, Feroz Ghyas 2 for 61, Amit Bhandari 3 for 60, Rizwan Shamshad 2 for 53).

Oil and Natural Gas Commission: 149 all out in 29.1 overs (Gagan Khoda 11, Radhey Shyam 20, Mithun Manhas 57,6x4; Amit Sharma 13, Amit Bhandari 18, Gagandeep Singh 2 for 25, Rajat Bhatia 2 for 23, M Bisla 2 for 29, S Saini 2 for 49, Sonu Sharma 2 for 14).



Karthikeyan vows to correct mistakes
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 24
India’s motorsport ace Narain Karthikeyan learned some valuable lessons after failing to finish both his races driving for TATA RC Motorsport in the third leg of the Nissan World Series in Albacete Spain on Sunday, according to information available in the Capital.

With no experience of the track, which is a Formula One-approved venue, and suffering from 43 degree Celecious on-track heat, the 25-year-old driver retired on the third lap of race one and on the ninth lap of race two to end a frustrating weekend of driving.

He started the first race from 12th on the grid, and was 11th in the second race after qualifying. “I had never been to this track before and it was 43 degree C”, said Karthikeyan. “In the first race, I had a really good start, but then on got caught in some chaos and hit a kerb. I spun and a stone ruptured the wheel so I had to retire”.

Karthikeyan lasted longer in the second race but was hit by Ander Vilarino, which damaged his machine. Although he wanted to continue, it was not possible under the hot conditions.

“If I was in England, I might have got away with it, but not in this heat”, said Karthikeyan. “Overall, everything seemed to go wrong for me this weekend, but we’ve learned a lot and we are confident of the future”.

Karthikeyan, third in Jarama two weeks ago, is now looking forward to racing at the famous Monza circuit in two weeks’ time, even though he hasn’t raced there either.

“The team are based there and have a good set up so we are hopeful of getting a good result”, he said. Karthikeyan got off to a brilliant start in race one and by the end of the opening lap, he had gained four places to lie eighth. It all went wrong from then on as he got caught in the mayhem that often affect drivers in the back of the field.

After two laps, he was down to 13th and on the next lap, he was struggling at 14th. By lap four, he was out of the race. Karthikeyan is sponsored by J K Tyres.



Night cricket is a big hit with fans

New Delhi, June 24
Night vision seems to be the best cricket vision among fans in the Capital. The huge crowd that thronged to witness the matches in the sixth edition of the Lala Hari Ram Aggarwal Memorial Day-Night Cricket Tournament was a revelation.

People came out in large numbers to watch the matches at the Karnail Singh Stadium in the congested Paharganj area, despite the World Cup football frenzy and the searing heat and humidity.

The title clash between Indian Airlines and Oil and Natural Gas Commission on Sunday was witnessed by over 5000 people, though quite a few among them were punters.

Though the temporary lighting at the Karnail Singh Stadium, managed by Padam Cables, was not upto the mark, the players seemed to be not complaining, as they revelled in the carnival atmosphere to indulge in entertaining cricket. And the fans enjoyed every bit of it, star players, colourful clothing, et al.

Local tournaments rarely attract huge crowd, but the Hari Ram Cricket Tournament Organising Committee, with their aggressive publicity campaign, drew out people from the comfort of their homes to watch the matches.

A couple of months ago, when hosts Railways battled it out against Baroda to regain the coveted Ranji Trophy cricket title at the very same Karnail Singh Stadium, not more than a couple hundred people turned upto watch the action every day.

The presence of a number of former and current India players, representing various clubs, lent a special aura to the Hari Ram Tournament, though this year, the tournament had suffered big blow when the Sports Authority of India refused to let out the renovated Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for the conduct of the tournament.

The previous five editions of the tournament had been played at the Nehru Stadium.

The organising committee liberally loosened the purse strings to host the tournament this year as each match cost over Rs one lakh, which included the ground rent of Rs 15,000 and the cost of managing temporary flood-lighting.

It was much cheaper to organise the tournament at the Nehru Stadium as the daily rent for the showpiece stadium of the Capital was only Rs 50,000, with the entire infrastructure in place.

But the tremendous crowd response at the Karnail Singh Stadium has encouraged the organisers to come back to the same venue next year too, though their first preference still seems to be the Nehru Stadium, because of logistical convenience.

Another major novelty of the tournament was the huge prize money on offer — Rs 11,1000 for the winners, Rs 51,000 for the runners-up and Rs 21,000 each for the losing semi-finalists. This tournament offers the biggest prize money among all the local cricket tournaments, and with attractive prizes on offer every day for the Man of the Match, best batsman and the best bowler, the tournament

attracted some of the best teams packed with big star names.

The Hari Ram Cricket Tournament has proved beyond doubt the popularity of cricket in Delhi, particularly the carnival sort of night cricket variety.



Karun impresses amid technical failures
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 24
Reigning Asian Formula 2000 Champion and JK Tyre prodigy Karun Chandhok had his most impressive showing of the season so far until bad luck prevented him from scoring any points at the 2 races held at Castle Combe on Sunday, according to information available in the Capital.

The young Indian who described the previous two weeks leading up to the race as “probably the most painful two weeks of my life” thanks to first a sprain in his lower back and then a dislocated left knee hampering pre-race preparations.” I haven’t been able to do any proper training now for 2 weeks and though I think physically I am not as fit as I would want to be, mentally I feel ready to left my game up another notch.”

In qualifying, Karun showed just how much progress he’s making as the season reached it’s half way mark. In the first session he posted a time of 59.99 seconds good enough for his highest qualifying position - 3rd and just 09 slower than the pole position time.

But that wasn’t all, in the second session the young Indian went even faster to

record a 59.79 second lap only to be beaten by Stephen colbert in the dying minutes of the session by just 13 thousandths of a second. After qualifying Karun said, “My race engine Alan Woodhead and decided to go a new direction on set-up after the last session at Silverstone last week and it’s obviously working well for us. The car has been superb today and I just hope that we can improve on our 2nd and 3rd places from qualifying tomorrow.”

It was not to be....in race one, there was a mix up with the starting lights and Karun was one of many to lose out as the red lights stayed on for an extraordinarily long time. Chandhok struggled with a lack of straight-line speed

in the first few laps but ultimately a temporary come installed at the chicanes was what caused his retirement.

He explains, “On the third lap, I collected one of the temporary comes from the chicane and when I got to the first corner, it just got jammed inside the front left wheel and I was unable to steer the car”. He hit the wall head-on at over 140 kmh. The team did a great job of getting the car repaired in time for the second race and the T-Sport driver was keen to make amends. Yet again though he struggled with a lack of straight-line speed, although this time the problem was terminal and Chandhok retired from the race.

It was later found that the problem was due to a blockage in one of the injectors. A dejected Karun later said, “It’s not anybody’s fault really. Just one of those things that happens in racing. We obviously had the problem in race 1 because we were struggling for speed, but it didn’t show up on any of our data so we thought it was ok. It’s just a shame because we had such a good run in qualifying. I just can’t wait for the rest of the season now that we seem to have turned another corner in terms of performance.”



Camp to collect house tax organised

New Delhi, June 24
On the request of the housing societies, the House Tax Department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) organised a camp to collect the house tax from the residents of Patparganj housing societies and collected more than Rs eight lakh.

The camp was organised by Assistant Assessor and Collector, Mr Narender Passi in the Press Apartments. Moreover, Mr Passi and his colleagues also solved many of the problems of the taxpayers on the spot.

He said that after getting such a good response, the department planned to organise more such camps in Mayur Vihar and other housing societies for the benefit of the taxpayers. According to Mr Passi, those who were paying their house tax before the rebate date mentioned in the bill, were entitled to 20 per cent rebate. And those who were residing in their own houses, shall get an extra rebate of 15 per cent and a total rebate of 35 per cent, he added. However, he clarified that those who had purchased their flat but had not done the mutation in the House Tax Department of the MCD, would not get the benefit of 15 per cent extra rebate. TNS



GDA demolishes illegal structures

Ghaziabad, June 24
The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has demolished concrete structures constructed illegally in front of 24 houses and shops in Vaishali and Indirapuram area.

The police arrested half a dozen persons for putting hindrances against the official drive. The GDA’s anti-encroachment squad under OSD J. C. Adarsh reached the Shakti Khand I area of Indirapuram, supported by a strong posse of policemen, and demolished 22 shops despite opposition raised by the residents.

The squad later went to Sector 4 of Vaishali and demolished boundary walls and gates illegally built in front of houses from C-3 and C-20. ADM City Raj Kumar Sachan, City Magistrate Sarvjit Ram, Circle Officer (DSP) Dharam Veer Singh, Assistant Engineer Ajit Tyagi of GDA and B. S. Chauhan spearheaded the campaign. OC


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