Friday, September 20, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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World Heart Day to be observed amid 
growing concern
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 19
The All India Heart Foundation and the Cardiological Society of India (Delhi Branch) will observe Sunday, September 29 as World Heart Day. Sponsored by the World Heart Federation, World Health Organisation (WHO), UNESCO and other institutions, the event is celebrated all over the world each year on the last Sunday of September to create awareness of the risk of heart diseases and stroke and their preventive measures. Heart attack and stroke are the most feared diseases in the world, which can cause sudden death or cause permanent damage.

According to the World Heart Federation (WHF), every third death worldwide is from heart disease and stroke. World Health Organisation has predicted that by 2010, India will have 100 million or 60 per cent of world’s heart patients. Among the Indian population, cardiovascular diseases have been reported at a very young age and in a serious form.

The increase in the incidence of heart disease is due to rising urbanisation and industrialisation, increased life expectancy (Greater number of aged people susceptible to heart disease), adoption of `Western’ lifestyles with regard to diet, alcohol, and lack of physical activity and a number of other health, economic, social, behavioural and demographic characteristics of the global era.

Among the important causes of heart diseases in India are rheumatic fever (a precursor of heart disease in children) and high blood pressure.

The problem of growing heart disease in India is assuming frightening proportions all over India.

While the reasons are not yet well understood, a faulty diet, tobacco smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and increased insulin resistance, less physical activity, introduction of fast food and some unknown genetic factors are blamed.

The treatment of heart disease both medical and surgical is very expensive and beyond the means of most. Not only this, the facilities available for treatment are totally inadequate.

For a country with a population of 1 billion, there are only about 35 centres that are fully equipped for diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. In such a situation, prevention is the only logical solution for most of the people.

Epidemiological studies have shown that most of the heart diseases are preventable and that for the most part, the preventive measures are simple and will reduce the incidence of death and disability due to cardiovascular disease. By changing their lifestyle, people can prevent most of the diseases and lead a normal life.

The theme for this year is “a heart for life” with focus on obesity, physical activity and nutrition-three inter-related areas in cardiovascular disease prevention.

The programme drawn up for the day includes an organised walk in the morning at Shantivan parking lot, to be flagged by Mr Jagmohan, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Government of India and lectures by eminent cardiologists at India International Centre in the afternoon. A weeklong medical check-up at concessional rate has been offered at the National Heart Institute, the heart hospital of the All India Heart Foundation at 49, Community Centre, East of Kailash, New Delhi from September 23 and a ‘stop-smoking clinic’ at Vallabhai Patel Chest Institute from September 23-27.



Record entries for Parle Cup school cricket
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 19
A record number of 64 teams will participate in the third edition of the Delhi Inter-School Cricket Tournament (Under-17) for the Parle Cup, to be held at various venues in the Capital, under the aegis of the Delhi Schools Cricket Association, from September 24.

“The Parle Cup is an endeavour to spot budding cricketers and to provide them with a professional platform in order to achieve greater heights”, said a spokesman of the sponsors.

Besides Delhi, the tournament will be held in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Punjab, Tamilnadu and Kolkata. Kolkata has been added this year as the organisers felt that it was “definitely a missing link”.

According to P N Shankaran of the promoters, Procam Sports, the 64 teams will play on a knock-out basis to identify the last 16.

These 16 teams will then be divided in to four zones and will play on a league-cum-knockout basis.

The winners of the Parle Cup-Delhi will qualify to compete in the Parle Champions Trophy for the overall champion school title.

Salwan Boys School of Delhi were the winners of the Parle Champions Trophy in the first two editions played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and the Mohali Stadium in Chandigarh. They are now in line for a “hattrick”, provided they play as well as they did during the previous two tournaments.

The sponsors will provide lunch, man of the match award, cash awards for the winners and runners-up, special prizes for the semi-finalists, and playing dress.

The participating teams are: DL DAV, Shalimar Bagh, St. Columba’s School, Meera Model School (Janakpuri), Hansraj Samarti, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya (Lodhi Road), Gyan Bharti (Saket), Ramjas (Senior Wing), Shankaracharya, Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Ramjas No 2, Ravindra Public School, Salwan Public School (Morning), Cambridge Foundation, Hansraj Model School, Heera Model (Samlaka Road), Mount St. Mary’s (Delhi Cantt.), Apex (Burari), Bal Bharti Public School, Alcon Public School, Frak Anthony, Mount Abu (Rohini), Mont Fort (Ashok Vihar), Ramjas No 4, Modern School, (Barakhamba Road), Guru Harkrishan Public School (India Gate), J D Tytler, Govt. School (Vikas Puri), Ganga International, St. Marks (Meera Bagh), St. Angeles (Rohini), DAV, Vikas Puri, N C Jindal (Punjabi Bagh), Doon Public (Paschim Vihar), Upras Public (Vasant Vihar), St. Marks (Janakpuri), Bosco (Paschim Vihar), Ramjas-5, Ramjas Day Boarding, St. Giri, Salwan Boys Senior Secondary School, Marry Home (Najafgarh), Lovely Public School, Govt Katewara, Govt Co-Educational School (Bharat Nagar), Kalka Public School (Kalkaji), DAV (Chander Nagar), Don Bosco, SPS (Evening), Rajinder Nagar, Greenfield (Dilshad Garden), Delhi Police Public School, Arvachin (Vivek Vihar) and Delhi Public School, R K Puram.



Fr Peter Mermier sports tourneys
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 19
The inaugural Fr Peter Mermier Memorial tournaments in football, basketball and volleyball will be held at the St.Francis De Sales School (Janakpuri) from Friday.

In football, the inaugural match will be played between hosts St.Francis De Sales “A” and Mount St. Mary’s on Friday at 10 a m. In other matches, CRPF School will take on St. Marks, Don Bosco will clash againt St. Columba’s and St. Johns will meet Vasant Valley. Principal of St. Francis De Sales Fr Jacob will inaugurate the tournament. The volleyball tournament, to be held in the junior girls section, will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis. Mira Model School will play against Sachdeva Public School in the opening match. The second match will be played between General Raj’s School and St. Francis De Sales School.

The basketball tournament will be held for both boys and girls. The matches will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis. Springdales will meet Don Bosco in the opening match at 10.30 am. The other matches will be played between Mira Model vs St. Francis De Sales, Father Angel vs St. Michael’s and General Raj’s vs Manav Sthali in the boys section and Mira Model vs Sachdeva and General Raj’s vs St. Francis De Sales in the girls section.



Academy to meet Stance
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 19
Academy Club will meet Stance Club in the final of the Delhi State Super Hockey League for Clubs at the Shivaji Stadium on Saturday at 3.30 pm. In the semi-finals on Thursday, Academy Club beat Azad Club 12-11 via tie breaker while Stance Club edged past Sonnet Club 2-1. In the first semi-final, Stance Club led by a goal at the interval against Sonnet. A S Negi scored the goal in the 23rd minute. Rajinder slotted in the second goal for Stance while Aman got the consolation goal for Sonnet.

In the second match, Academy Club and Azad Club played a 1-1 draw at the end of the regulation period. Since both the teams had equal number of points, goals for and goals against, the organising committee decided to enforce the tie-breaker rule, and Academy emerged triumphant at 12-11. Anil scored the goal for Academy while Gulshan pulled off the equaliser for Azad Club during regulation time.



DSA-SAIL League from today

New Delhi, September 19
Twenty-four teams in the A Division and 22 teams in the B Division will battle it out in the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Football League Championships, starting at the Ambedkar Stadium and the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium warm up grounds, on Friday.

The top two teams from the two divisions will qualify for the Super League, which will be played on a round-robin league basis. The top two-three teams from the A and B Divisions will qualify for promotion to the Senior and A Division respectively. Panchkuion Club will take on South India Club in the opening match at 2.30 pm at the Ambedkar Stadium. Paschim Heroes will play against Shakti Club at 4 pm.

At the Nehru Stadium east ground, New Friends Club will meet Gulabi Bagh at 2.30 pm while Venus Club will meet Young Heroes at 4 pm. Nivia Club take on Ajmal at 2.30 pm while Banga Darshan will clash against YSA at 4 pm at the Nehru Stadium west ground. SAIL and Cosco India are sponsoring the league.Dilip stars in Shastri's victory

Dashing Dilip

A debonair knock of 77, studded with five fours and one six, by Dilip T.T enabled Lal Bahadur Shastri club beat DSI by seven wickets and entered the quarter-final of the second C L Gupta Memorial Cricket Tournament for the Prem Lata Trophy at the Mohan Meakins ground, Mohan Nagar. Dilip was declared the Man of the Match. Scores: DSI: 161 for 9 in 40 overs. Bahadur Shastri Club: 165 for 3 in 37.2 overs (Dilip TT 77,5x4, 1x6; Pardeep Chawla 30, 2x4; R.Gupta 25. OSR



Santosh trials

New Delhi, September 19
The Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) will hold open trials-cum-training camp to select the Delhi State team for the Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy, starting in Imphal (Manipur) on October 17.

The trials will start on September 21 at 4 pm at the Ambedkar Stadium. Interested players may report to convenor Hem Chand or coaches Hakikat Singh, Biren Meetei and Jasmer Singh at the Ambedkar Stadium for registration of their names.

Deep beat Jai Kaur: Deep Public School beat Mata Jai Kaur School 32-29 in the eighth Ramjas Inter-School Basketball Tournament. Salwan Public School beat Bal Bharti Public School, Pitam Pura 39-16 in the second match. Umesh Kumar (11) and Mohan (9) were the leading scorers for the winners. Sachdeva Public School (Pitampura) beat Ramjas (Dayboarding) 42-16 and Apex Public School beat Army Public School 47-20 in other matches.

Neeraj shines: A deadly bowling spell of four for 20 off six overs by Neeraj helped K N Colts Club beat S B Youth Club by 16 runs in a Group B league match of the second Shaheed Smriti Cricket Tournament for the Rameshwar Trophy, organised by the North Delhi Cricketers' Association, at the Ashok Vihar ground. The match was reduced to 30 overs a side due to overnight rain.

Scores: K N Colts Club: 123 all out in 30 overs . Sadar Bazar Youth Club: 107 all out in 29.5 overs. OSR



Jaskirat maintains lead in golf

New Delhi, September 19
A Jaskirat Singh Duller of Patiala maintained his lead at four over 76 with four bogies on the second day of the four-day Junior and Sub-Junior Open Golf Championship played at the Jaypee Greens Course in Greater Noida. Seventy-two golfers, including 12 from category D (below ten years), are participating in the tournament.

Aditya Singh of Delhi remained at the second position with a score of 76 with our bogies. There was a tie for the third place with Suraj Karotia and Sagar Bhatia returning an overall score of 153 and 148 respectively. Sirak gave the day’s best result at 75 with two biries and five bogies. Under category B, Raj Randhawa of Noida and Surya Prakash of Kolkata returned an overall score of 162. There was a tie for the third place between Gaganjit Bhullar and Kunal Balhara with an overall tall of 164.

In category C, Siddharth Sethi of Delhi and Fatehbir Singh of Chandigarh finished at par, returning an overall score of 167 while Rhul Bakshi of Delhi scored 86. In category D, Viraat Badhwar led the field with a score of 87. OSR



Section 144 clamped to handle pig menace
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, September 19
The promulgation of Section 144 of the CrPC to deal with the menace of stray pigs has set the stage for a confrontation between the administration and the pig owners again.

With the pig owners and the administration sticking to their guns, a long drawn out battle is in the offing.

The administration has set the deadline on September 20 for clearing the municipal limits of all stray pigs. The pig owners, on the other hand, contend that this is not possible as rearing pigs is their only occupation.

The orders further warn the owners that ”domestic pigs shall be kept at all times in confinement within the premises of the owners”. This condition, the owners say, is infeasible since the administration has not ever cared to provide them with premises on the pattern of the proposed sites for the dairy owners.

In fact, pig owners have made their intentions clear by holding noisy protests in the past couple of days and have threatened to “take the fight to the finish”. They allege that the Balmiki community has been left behind in the socio-economic development and the latest order is yet another attempt to hit at their “only source” of livelihood.

If one goes into the reasons behind the promulgation of the order, the administration also seems to be on a strong wicket. “The uncontrolled presence and movements of pigs result in frequent pig bites leading to health hazards, and causing littering of confined garbage leads to unhygienic conditions, which are likely to cause danger to human beings’ health,” the order says.

Underlining the need to control the unfettered movement of pigs, the order says that they would not be allowed to roam about in the municipal limits of the towns and up to 2 km radius around the municipal limits. The order directs the executive officers and secretaries of the municipalities to get pigs found wandering in their limits caught and disposed of outside the municipal limits.

On the other hand, the pig owners allege that the order is impractical and the administration should have provided them with alternative sites on the pattern of the sites for dairy owners.


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