Sunday, September 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Couture auction to promote geriatric care
Tripti Nath

HelpAge India, a national voluntary organisation, committed to care of the elderly, has thought of a novel way to raise funds for its projects on adopting a grandparent, vision restoration, income generation and mobile medicare units.

The organisation is holding an auction of costumes worn by cine stars in popular Hindi films. The auction will be held at the Radisson Hotel on September 20. It will be conducted by MTV VJs Cyrus Broacha and Sophia Choudry. The event is being supported by IDBI Bank, Air Sahara and Viva Design.

Donor invites are available with HelpAge India for Rs 750. HelpAge has sourced the outfits from producers of various films with the help of online auction site HelpAge Goodwill Ambassador and former Miss India Gul Panag unveiled the Bollywood wardrobe at a preview at the Radisson Hotel on Thursday. On display were outfits worn by Madhuri Dixit, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Sushmita Sen and Shahrukh Khan. Some of these have been designed by Ritu Beri, Manish Malhotra, Hemant Trivedi and Rocky S. Some other costumes that may go under the hammer are those worn by Amitabh Bachchan, Karishma and Kareena Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar and other well-known stars.

Speaking on the occasion, Gul Panag said, “The main aim behind this event is to raise awareness. Money is just incidental. We wish to mobilise Delhi’s glitterati into thinking about this cause and spreading the word among the movers and shakers to lend their support to the organisation.”

Breast Cancer

Dr Rakesh Chopra, Senior Consultant Oncologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, has been invited to Seattle, Washington, to present a paper on breast cancer treatment - the Indian and Asian scenario at the world consensus conference on breast cancer.

The conference (October 2 to October 6) is being organised by the University of Washington. Oncologists from Australia, Europe, South Africa and the host country are also participating in the conference. The main objective of the conference is to evolve guidelines on three aspects of breast cancer, namely screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Chairman of the anti-Cancer Trust and Vice-President of Indian Society of Medical and Paediatric Oncology, Dr Chopra was invited to Orlando, Florida, US, to the World Oncology leaders meeting in May by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

According to Dr Chopra, about 75,000 fresh cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research Registry. “In India, younger urban women in the 30 to 55 age group are more vulnerable to breast cancer. Most cases are diagnosed late.

Besides hereditary factors, increased fat intake, mulliparity (unmarried women), nuns, women, who do not breast feed run the risk of getting breast cancer. The symptoms could be bloody discharge from the nipple, a painless lump or change of shape of breasts.

Self-breast examination is the cheapest and best way of detecting such symptoms. Women must examine their breasts seven days after the periods,’’ he said.

Blood donation camp

Students donating blood on the Wigan & Leigh College campus
Students donating blood on the Wigan & Leigh College campus.

Wigan & Leigh, an UK-based government funded further educational institution, organised a blood donation camp on Thursday, at Sainik Farms campus, in association with the Rotary Blood Bank. Students and faculty members came forward to donate blood and collected 75 units of blood.

Speaking on the occasion, Vinay Pasricha, Director, Wigan & Leigh College, India, said, “I am glad to see the enthusiasm of the students and my colleagues who have come forward to support this noble cause. Blood is the lifeline of one’s existence and many lives can be saved if each one of us support such a cause.”

Eye care camp

Max Healthcare Institute Private Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Max India Limited, is holding a free eye care camp from September 14 to 22, at Max medcentres in Panchsheel Park, Pitampura and Noida. During the camp (9 am to 4pm), ophthalmologists will be available for consultation on vision correction, cataract, glaucoma and various measures for eye care.

 Ayurvedic products

Bipha Drug Laboratories, an Ayurvedic healthcare company, has launched Herbionics-Ayurvedic Traditions, a range of Ayurvedic products. The range comprises 16 remedies and restorants selected from formulations created by Bipha over seven decades. The Herbionics formulations include remedies for hypertension, diabetes, asthma and migraine besides general health formulations as iron supplement, digestive and throat lozenges. The stress reliever formulation contains Ashwagandha, Musali, Vacha, Daruharidra and Brahmi to provide mental relaxation and balance the natural sleep cycle. The formulation for diabetes is a combination of Turmeric, Amla and Ponkoranti. Herbionics products are available at Health & Glow outlets in Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune and at the Healthfoodstore, Peddar Road, Mumbai.

Products can be ordered through mail order by writing to Bipha Drug Laboratories, Post Box no. 30, Kottayam, Kerela-686 001 or e-mail The company claims that it follows principles of good manufacturing practices at every stage of work. It is in the process of obtaining ISO 9000 certification. Bipha products are also exported to Europe South East Asia and US.



Ashish qualifies for Challengers
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 14
Ashish Himmat Singh won the ColorPlus National Bowling Championship qualifiers’ round after a neck and neck battle with Commonwealth gold medallist S. A. Hameed of Delhi, at the Hotshot Bowling Club in Greater Kailash.

Ashish Himmat Singh finished first at the leader's table and scored a highest total of 1196 in his six games with an average of 99.66 per game, followed by Commonwealth Ten Pin Bowling title winner Hameed at second place with a total six-game score of 1156. The contest witnessed its share of ups and downs. Defending national champion Samir Jain finished sixth, while last year's runner-up Mohan Lal was fifth, to secure a place in the challengers. The other top bowlers who have qualified for the challengers are Pummy (1135) at third place, followed by national champion in 1999 Harsh Vardha Sarda (1121) at fourth place.

In the qualifiers, Ashish Himmat Singh started his campaign with a blistering pace in his opening game to score 189. In an incredible show of his bowling prowess, Ashish bowled 204, 236 and 255 in his third, fifth and final game qualifiers. He finished 40 ahead of S A Hameed. Top 30 bowlers from qualifiers will participate in the ColorPlus Challengers to bowl six games each. The top 14 will then participate in the finals in Bangalore from September 24 to 29. The championship carries a handsome cash prize of Rs six lakh. The men's and women's title winners will get direct entry to represent India in international championships.



Monika lifts table tennis title
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 14
Monika Batra of Hansraj Model School annexed the tiny tots (under eight years) title in the Stag 63rd Delhi State Table Tennis Championships at the Talkatora indoor stadium in the Capital on Saturday. Monika beat Sudhanshu Grover of Manav Sthali School 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 in the title clash.

In the sub-junior boys’ second round, Sparash Gupta prevailed over Kushal at 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 8-11, 13-11 while Chirag Arora got the better of Pulkit Jain 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10. Mr Tilak Raj Kohli, chairman of Stag International Sports, inaugurated the championships.

Following are the results: Tiny Tots (semi-finals): Monika Batra beat Priya Mitta 2-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4; Sudhanshu Grover b Utkash Gupta 11-7, 11-7, 11-7. Final: Monika Batra b S. Grover 11-3, 11-5, 11-9.

Kids (boys and girls) second round: Sahil Singhal b Kartik Choudhary 11-8, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8; Akash Dewan b Hardik Sethi 11-7, 11-8, 11-5; Sajal Khandelwal b Tushank Jain 11-2, 11-1, 11-0; Priya Mitta b Jyoti Tandon 11-2, 11-5, 11-4; Hardik Sethi b Latika Grover 11-2, 11-6, 11-3; Sarthak Gandhi b Ayush Diwedi 11-4, 11-3, 11-5; Tina Khurana b Mahima Kapoor 11-7, 11-9, 11-4; Kunal Kathuria b Manav Malhotra 11-4, 11-4, 11-4; Rahul Mittal beat Rishabh Sachdeva 11-3, 11-1, 11-7; Himesh Bassi b Chitram Adlakha 3-11, 14-12, 5-11, 12-10, 11-5; S. Jain b Ishleen 11-2, 11-3, 11-7.

Cadet boys (second round): Sahil Oberoi b Raghav Sachdeva 11-5, 11-6, 14-11, 11-12; Akash Dewan b Sanchit Jain 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9; Shashwat Roy b Ayush Diwedi 11-7, 11-4, 11-2, 11-2; Yatin Chauhan b Rahul Nanwani 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-9; Kartik Kukreja b Rohit Balia 11-4, 11-9 , 11-1; Siddharth Negi b Abhishek Goel 9-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6; Kartik Sharma b Kshitij 11-6, 11-8, 11-6; Dhruv Arora b Tarun Walia 11-3, 11-1, 11-3; Pramod b Ashish Nayyar 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6; Nikhil Gupta b Mayank Chopra 11-4, 11-4, 11-3.

Sub-Junior Boys (second round): Vishal Aggarwal b Dhruv Goel 11-0, 11-8, 11-6; Yakshap Jindal b Saurabh Saxena 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 13-11; Dhruv Arora b Ankit Bhalla 11-4, 11-9, 11-7; Aklesh Sharma b Varun Anand 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-2; Anurag Mittal b Rahul Nanwani 12-10, 11-9, 11-6; Varun Jindal b Nikhil 11-5, 11-3, 11-5; Tushar Kalra b Dinesh 11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6; Rajat Kumar b Vivek Jain 2-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8; Rajat Walecha b Abhishek Sardana 11-6, 11-7, 11-8; Rajesh Goel b Nikhil Gupta 11-8, 11-9, 11-8; Dhruv Saxena b Mrigank Malhotra 11-2, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8; Aman Ahuja b Puneet Rawat 11-8, 11-3, 11-9; Kartik Kukreja b Abhinav Chopra 11-4, 11-3, 11-3.



Metropolitan maul Swami Muni
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 14
Metropolitan Club mauled Swami Muni Anand XI 10-2 in the Delhi State Hockey League for Clubs, played at the Shivaji Stadium in the Capital on Saturday. Metropolitan led by 6-1 goals.

Sunil scored the first, fourth and ninth goals while Dharminder accounted for the second and sixth goals. Jitender scored the third goal, Divya Kumar struck the fifth and seventh goals, Praveen slotted in the eighth goal while Mahipal rounded off the tally by getting the tenth goal. Sandeep and Ashish scored a goal each for Swami Muni. Brother Club and Young Fighters played a 2-2 draw in the second match. The teams were locked 1-1 at the breather. Sanju and C Ekka scored the goals for Brothers’ Club while Gurvinder and Naresh struck a goal each for Young Fighters. In the third match, Azad Club swamped New Stars 8-1. Azad led by 4-1 at the interval. Sandeep opened the account for Azad Club in the 10th minute while Gulshan struck the second goal ten minutes later. Tazmol powered in the third goal while Rupesh Verma completed the first half scoring. In the second half, Neeraj, Pawan, Raju and Rakesh were the goal-getters for Azad Club. Satinder pulled one back to get the consolation goal for New Stars. Delhi Sports Club beat Chotta Nagpur Club by 11-0, after leading by 5-0 at the breather. Ahjit (3), Navbir (4), Nonu (2) and Harish (2) were the marksmen.



Imam’s service terminated for 
misappropriation of funds 
Our Correspondent

Panipat, September 14
An Imam working under the Punjab Wakf Board has been terminated for his alleged involvement in misappropriation of funds and Wakf property and indulging in activities of indiscipline and insubordination. Moreover, after an inquiry by a retired District and Sessions Judge, a second show cause notice has been issued to another Imam for allegedly being involved in gross misconduct.

According to available information, Maulana Mumtaz Ahmed Quasmi, working under the Punjab Wakf Board as Imam of Jama Masjid, Boileauganj, Shimla was found guilty of attempting to grab valuable Wakf property amounting to crores of rupees by an inquiry conducted by a retired Sessions Judge J.S.Singhla.

The order for the termination of Imam’s services were issued by the administrator of the Wakf Board, M.R. Haque on September 9. When contacted today, the administrator confirmed the dismissal orders and also disclosed that besides terminating the services of Mumtaz Quasmi, the Board authorities had awarded punishments to 12 other employees of the Wakf Board for various other charges during the last one year. 


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