Sunday, August 4, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Apollo holds first-ever mega health quiz
Tripti Nath

Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, is seeking a slot in the Limca Book of Records, for taking the lead in organising the first-ever health quiz in India. The quiz was open to students of class VIII to XII.

The quiz was conducted by well-known quiz master, Giri Balasubraniam, at FICCI auditorium here on Saturday and had several rounds for the audience.

About 600 students from 41 public schools of Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida took part in the quiz. The six schools, which qualified for the final round were represented by two teams from Delhi Public School, Noida, two teams from Montford, Ashok Vihar and one each from Springdales, Pusa Road and Kulachi Hansraj, Ashok Vihar. The winners were Akshay Goel and Prateek Kakkar from Montford school, Ashok Vihar. DPS Noida team had the second best score.

After the preliminary round, the students got the opportunity to attend a 45 minute theatre workshop organised by ‘Pravah’, a Delhi based NGO known for street plays on social issues.

The other team from Montfort school got the third prize. Nafisa Ali, the Guest of Honour, gave away the prizes. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ratan Jalan, CEO of Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited said, “At Apollo, the old adage prevention is better than cure’ guides all our efforts at helping people lead healthier and happier lives. Our children are our future. The importance of good health if understood at an early age, can help them grow as healthy individuals. A generation responsible about its health will create a healthy environment and ultimately a healthy nation. It is therefore in our interest to make children aware of how to lead healthier, happier lives. Schools can play a critical role in our awareness drive.”

Ayurvedic recipes

 Lotus Herbal Chairman Kamal PassiDetermined to help people to discover the power of nature, Lotus Herbals, a Noida-based company, has adapted Ayurvedic recipes for making herbal formulations. The company claims that its products are honest herbal formulations, which guarantee cent percent satisfaction.

It believes in the power of Nature in preference to chemical-based, synthetic and cruel animal tested cosmetics.

The company launched its range of herbal products at an exhibition in Hong Kong in 1993. It entered the domestic market in 1995. Today, the company has a range of skin, hair and body-care products of which 32 are being exported to Europe and the US. The company plans to launch Ayurvedic soaps. The Chairman of Lotus Herbal, Mr Kamal Passi, sees a bright future for the Ayurvedic industry. He feels that the industry has tremendous scope of growth in India and abroad. “All over the world, people are turning to natural products. In this market, there is a special niche for Ayurvedic products. Foreign companies have access to better laboratories and good clinical testing facilities. They also have sophisticated technology for extracting oil in pure form,’’ Mr Passi says.

Diabetes camp

The newly-opened Apollo clinic in Janakpuri, is organsing a free diabetes screening camp, on Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm.

The centre has already registered 400 persons for the camp. Dr Ambrish Mithal, consultant endocrinologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital will deliver a talk on myths about diabetes. According to Dr Mithal, India has the largest number of diabetes cases in the world and has the dubious distinction of being the diabetes capital of the world.

The Apollo clinic at Janakpuri is the first in Delhi. The Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited, plans to set-up a large chain of franchised clinics in India and abroad. The second clinic is scheduled to open at Pitampura on August 9.

For heart patients

Metro Heart Institute, Noida, has been selected as the only centre in Asia to use the Drug Eluting Stent developed by Germany-based Inflow Dynamics. Clinical studies have shown that the stent coated with a drug called, ‘Tacrolimus’, can prevent the recurrence of the block and may be used as an alternative to bypass surgery for some heart patients.

The institute is also the only centre in Asia to participate in the famous LUSTY TRIAL to evaluate other chemical coated stents as an economical alternative to drug coated stents.

Lecture for doctors

The central Delhi branch of the Indian Medical Association, has started a lecture series as part of its efforts to ensure Continuing Medical Education to doctors.

The first lecture delivered at the G B Pant Hospital auditorium on July 27, was attended by 280 delegates. The topics covered were ‘H. Pylori and Gastro Intestinal Disorder’, ‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome - an unsolved dilemma’,

‘Amoebic liver abscess-aspirate or not to aspirate’ and ‘Asymptoatic Gall Stones - to operate or not to operate’.

The Medical Superintendent of Lok Nayak Hospital, Dr R. K. Navlakha was the Chief Guest at the function.

On Saturday, the branch experts to speak on five topics on Hepatology.

These are ‘Interpreting the Viral Markers’, ‘Management of Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection’, ‘Current guidelines in the management of Hepaticencephalopathy’, ‘Means of Drug Induced Hepatitis’ and ‘Approach to a patient with chronic diarrhoea’.

Contact lens users

Nowmedic, a Korean company, which specialises in personal healthcare products based on ultrasonic technology, has introduced ‘Lensmedic’, (model number LC-750) for contact lens care.

According to the company, Lensmedic is a revolutionary cleaning device, which provides outstanding standard in cleaning and sterilisation with the use of ultrasonic technology.

Lens users in search of an easier, healthier and hygienic system of handling contact lens can try Lensmedic, which does not require any additional lens care or messy solutions. All that a lens user needs to do is to pour saline in Lensmedic and press a button and wait for two-minute cleaning. After the proteins and sediments on surface of contact lens have been removed, the user can experience the comfort of new contact lens.

The sterilisation function operated for ten minutes destroys bacteria/micro-organism of contact lens with the help of heat generated from ultrasonic waves. The product works on all contact lenses (soft, colour, hard, RGP lens). An FDA approved product, Lensmedic, is available with a kit containing lens medic unit, an empty solution case, a pair of tweezers and an AC power adoptor.

Priced at Rs 2,975, its distributor for India, Nepal and Sri Lanka is Venu Intra Optics Pvt. Ltd.


Delhi Division roll into soccer semis
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 3
Holders Delhi Division downed Morabadad Division 2-0 to roll into the semi-final of the Northern Railway Inter-Division Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Saturday. Last year’s runners-up Headquarters, Bikaner and Jagadhari Workshop Division, also moved into the semi-finals.

Delhi Division forged ahead when defender Manoj Joshi made a solo run to fox the rival defenders, and send the ball crashing into the net with a powerful shot from the top of the box, in the 27th minute of the second half.

Five minutes later, outside left Shyam Kumar slotted in the second goal. Delhi Division will take on Jagadhari Workshop Division in the first semi-final on Sunday at 2.30 pm.

Headquarters Division steamrolled past Jodhpur Division 5-1 to make the last four grade. Headquarters led by three goals to nil at the interval. Outside left Bhupender Sharma drew first blood in the 10th minute while inside-right Lalit Singh and former Railway international Mohd Atiq scored the second and third goal in the 15th and 20th minute respectively.

In the second session, mid-fielder Harish Bisht and defender Sanjay Sidhu accounted for a goal each in the 50th and 55th minutes respectively to complete the tally.

For Jodhpur Division, Ashok Negi pulled one back in the 60th minute to get a consolation goal. Headquarters will take on Bikaner Division in the second

semi-final match on Sunday at 4.30 pm.

In the last match of the day, Bikaner Division defeated Ambala Division by a solitary goal scored by Daya Shankar in the 62nd minute.

Sunday’s fixtures: Jagadhari Workshop vs Delhi Division (2.30 pm); Headquarters vs Bikaner Division (4.30 pm)— Ambedkar Stadium.


Smart Alec to feature on ESPN online
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 3
England’s wicket-keeper batsman Alec Stewart, honoured with MBE in 1998, will feature in the Harsha Online, the interactive one-hour programme pioneered by ESPN Star Sports. Alec Stewart will appear live on Star Sports on August 7 at 10.30 pm.

Alec Stewart, termed a “fighter” by his team-mates, is inseparable from the English cricket team. England captain Nasser Hussain wrote before the NatWest Triangular Series against India and Sri Lanka that, “He is an organised cricketer who knows his game, his equipment and also knows how to get his heart-rate down on the morning of the match”. “An England team without Alec looks odd”, remarked Hussain.

Alec Stewart, when walked out of his favourite ground—Lord’s—in the first Test match against India, became England’s most-capped Test cricketer, beating the record set by Graham Gooch. That was his 119th Test match. He has amassed 7684 runs with an average of 39.40 and claimed 244 victims behind the stumps in Test cricket. In the shorter version of the game, having played 153 matches, he has scored 4257 runs with an average of 32.00 and has caused 155 casualties from behind the wicket to the opposition.

A player of impeccable pedigree — his father Mickey captained for Surrey and played for England—Alec also has a unique record to his credit. In 2000, he celebrated his 100th Test appearance by a remarkable coincidence with Michael Atherton against the West Indies at Old Trafford and marked the occasion with a century on the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday.


Sawej helps Ravindera School enter semis
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 3
A dynamic all-round performance by Sawej Khan (3 for 15 and 33, 4x4, 1x6) helped Ravindera Public School defeat National Stadium Coaching Centre by six wickets and entered the semi-final of the first Prabhu Dayal Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Bharat Nagar ground in the Capital.

Batting first, National Stadium Coaching Centre were shot out for 91 in 24.3 overs, thanks to the fierce bowling performance of Sawej Khan. In reply, Sawej Khan once again played the star role as Ravindera Public School raced to 92 for four wickets in just 14.5 overs.

Scores: National Stadium Coaching Centre: 91 all out in 24.3 overs (Ramit Gill 12, Manu Kapoor 13, Sawej Khan 3 for 15, Himanshu Singh 2 for 18).

Ravindera Public School: 92 for 4 in 14.5 overs (Sawej Khan 33 n o, 4x4, 1x6; Tushar Alekar 19, Narender Singh 3 for 30).


Top teams for Jayanti Devi cricket from today
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 3
The first Jayanti Devi Memorial Under-19 Cricket Tournament will begin on Sunday at the Bharat Nagar ground.

Ravindera Public School will clash against hosts Arya Vrat Sports Club in the inaugural match. Twelve top teams of Delhi are participating in the tournament. They will be divided into three teams each in four groups. The group toppers will qualify for the semi-finals.

The teams in the fray are: Salwan Boys, Govt Boys Senior Secondary School, Vikas Puri, Ravindera Public School, Arya Vrat School, United Christian School, DAV School, Shalimar Bagh, Young Friends, Delhi University Coaching Centre, Vardan Coaching Centre, St. Giri Public School and Bharat Nagar Coaching Centre.

Man of the Match, best batsman and best bowler awards will be presented in every match. All the matches will be of 40 overs a side.


DJB says encroachers are causing water pollution
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, August 3
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) put the blame on encroachers for contamination in the water distribution lines to Delhi Development Authority (DDA) colonies.

In an affidavit submitted before the Delhi High Court, the DJB Chief Engineer, Mr V. B. Jain, said interventions by encroachers on public land and residents of unauthorised colonies caused the contamination by means of illegal and unauthorised connections that were drawn from supply pipe lines.

The DJB’s affidavit came in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the United Indian Communist Party of India seeking, among other things, clean and safe drinking water for the National Capital.

The board claimed that though work was being carried out to check the contamination the maintenance of cleanliness and replacement of pipes was being hampered because of the illegal connections. To buttress their claim, they cited the decrease in the number of water-borne diseases reported in the capital. The Bench, comprising Mr Justice A. D. Singh and Mr Justice Mukul Mudgal, was informed that 466 cases of cholera were reported in the city between January 1 and July 18 while as many as 696 cases had been reported during the same period last year.

The DJB also claimed that it regularly lifted water samples from various parts of the city for getting them checked in laboratories for the presence of germs. These water samples were also tested by field staff in various zones for residual chlorine at the consumer end.

Elaborating further on the activities being undertaken by the DJB, it was pointed out that overhead tanks and underground reservoirs were cleaned and disinfected every year during the winter season and flushing of the distribution network of pipelines was also carried out each year during the same period.

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