Sunday, December 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India

N C R   S T O R I E S


Separate AIDS wings in Govt hospitals soon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 30
Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit today announced that separate wings for HIV/AIDS patients would be set up in the hospitals run by the government in the Capital.

Speaking at the inauguration of an Advocacy Workshop for mediapersons on HIV/AIDS, organised by the Delhi AIDS Control Society and the Delhi Union of Journalists, Ms Dikshit said since prevention was the only means available to tackle the disease her government had put a lot of thrust on increasing awareness about the dreaded disease taking the aid of NGOs.

Directing the Delhi Health Minister, Dr. A K Walia, to launch a workshop to sensitise the doctors about the disease, she pointed out that even doctors were not aware of the disease.

The Chief Minister also pointed out that the government was being forced to dwell on the sexual lives of people, a private matter, for public good to prevent the further spread of the disease.

Dr Walia pointed out that AIDS was a major problem for Delhi where about 713 full-blown AIDS cases and 22,400 HIV infected persons had been reported. The government had launched an awareness programme in 1,200 government schools of the Capital, he said, and sought the help of the media in increasing awareness among the people about the disease.

Highlighting the modes of transmission of HIV/AIDS virus, Dr Walia said people should be made aware of these facts. Realising the link between sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, the government had started 12 clinics for the treatment of STDs and also two mobile clinics, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr David Miller of UNAIDS, said the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS was a major challenge and lack of awareness or ignorance about the disease further aggravated the problem.

Though he appreciated the level of awareness among the people in the country, he said it was the responsibility of public health officials to spread the information further. Ms Alka Narang of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said the media, police and judiciary could play a major role in meeting the challenge posed by HIV/AIDS by helping remove the discrepancies in government policies.

Referring to the recent controversy over the number of HIV/AIDS patients in India, National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) Deputy Director Pratik Kumar urged the people to rely on government figures as it was the only agency collecting HIV/AIDS surveillance data in India.

Using the expertise offered by the Indian System of Medicine was also mooted. Homeopath Dr A. K. Gupta said AIDS was a syndrome which should be symptomatically treated for various opportunistic infections that occurred due to the weakening of the immune system and the Indian systems of medicine could play a crucial role in the treatment. He also demanded that 25 per cent of the total allocation for fighting AIDS should be provided to them.


Spreading awareness to end this killer disease
Tripti Nath

Dharamshila Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (DCHRC), Vasundhara Enclave is observing December as cancer awareness month for women. Quoting World Health Organisation (WHO) projections, DCHRC Director, Dr S. Khanna said that 33 per cent of Indian women are likely to get cancer in their lifetime. This is despite the fact that 40 per cent of cancers in women can be detected at an early stage when they are completely curable.

The hospital decided to spread cancer awareness among women to encourage them to start doing self breast examination and come for annual cancer check ups. DCHRC is also offering a special package for Rs 600 for cancer check up for women above the age of 40.

The package includes check-up by a surgical oncologist and a gynae oncologist, mammograohy and Pap smear. If needed, colposcopy and FNAC will also be included in the package.

The hospital has planned lectures on prevention and early detection of breast and cervix cancer on December 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 6 pm. These will be followed by question and answer sessions for those interested in knowing more about this killer disease.

World Population Report 2002

The State of World Population report 2002 will be launched in Delhi and across the world on December 3. The Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr Vikram Verma, will release the report at the UN Conference Hall while UNFPA Representative in India, Mr Francois Farah, will introduce the report. The theme of this year's report is ‘People’s poverty and possibilities: Making development work for the poor’. The report focuses on the link between poverty and population. It offers a timely and provocative analysis of the role which population policies and programmes play in reducing poverty at the household and national level.

Ending thumb sucking habit

Mothers fed up with thumb sucking and nail biting habits of their children can now try Femite, a deterrent liquid launched by Mumbai based Fem Care Pharma Ltd.

Doctors prescribe application of a small quantity on the thumb and nail of the child twice a day. The bitter taste of Femite discourages the child from thumb sucking and nail biting. Femite can also be used for weaning the child from bottle-feeding or breast-feeding. Prolonged thumb sucking can cause problems as calluses on the thumb, speech problems, flared upper front teeth, crowding of lower teeth, obstructed nose growth and altered facial growth. Available in 9 ml bottle, Femite is priced at Rs 145.

Focus on AIDS vaccine

Reasonably motivated by the leadership role of India during the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) conference in May this year, the IAVI is holding the board of directors meeting in the national Capital close to the World AIDS Day. The board of directors comprising top scientists, doctors, directors of companies and gender specialists will assemble in Delhi for a brain-storming session on December 2 and 4. They are scheduled to have a round table discussion with the President, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam who had suggested the need for a vaccine for AIDS as early as 1998.

On December 3, the board of directors will visit National AIDS Research Institute, Pune where Phase I trials of the AIDS vaccine would be conducted in the coming year. Prominent among those who will participate in the deliberations include New York based physician and founder of IAVI, Dr Seth Berkley, Jaap Goudsmit, one of the top ten scientists in the world on aids vaccine research, Geoffrey Lamb, Director of Resources from the World Bank, Lee Smith, chairman of Levis Jeans, K K. Abraham, president of the Indian Network of Positive People, Geeta Rao Guru, gender specialist and president of the International Centre for Research for Women, and Rajya Sabha MP and lawyer, Kapil Sibal.

According to IAVI Country Director, Anjali Nayyar, the aim of IAVI is to encourage research for development of an AIDS vaccine, to ensure that trials are done ethically in developed and developing countries and that vaccines developed for the target beneficiaries are affordable.

Following the IAVI summit in May which was attended by parliamentarians from eight countries, the IAVI signed an MoU with the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and the Indian Council of Medical Research to ensure that vaccine developed would counter the sub type C virus strain of HIV that is largely prevalent in India. The vaccine is to be developed jointly by Indian scientists and scientists from other part of the world. Dr Shekhar Chakravarty from the National Institute of Enteric Disease, Kolkata has there after worked in Therion Biologics based in the US with other scientists to develop the vaccine candidate for phase I trial which will be held in Pune.


IA sail past CISF in Shastri Hockey
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 30
Indian Airlines sailed past Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) with a 2-0 victory to maintain their winning spree and entered the semi-final of the 13th Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Saturday.

After a barren first half, mercurial Dhanraj Pillai opened the account in the 37th minute off a pass from Arjun Halappa while Halappa himself struck home the second goal in the 51st minute. Indian Airlines could have easily added one more goal, but Altaf-ur-Rehman muffed a penalty stroke.

Arjun Halappa was adjudged the man of the match.

In the second match, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) played a thrilling 4-4 draw. CRPF, who needed a victory to qualify for the semi-final, played a spirited game, but a win still eluded them. Rajeep Singh, Ravi, Vivek Gupta and Gurpreet Singh scored in that order to give ONGC the lead, but CRPF returned the compliments by scoring the equaliser through V Hemran, Tanveer Jamal, Balkar Singh and Jasved Singh. Tanveer Jamal of CRPF was adjudged the man of the match.

Sunday's fixtures: BPCL vs SAI (1.30 pm); Air India vs Bangadesh XI (3 pm)--Shivaji Stadium.

Subroto Cup Soccer

Government Boys School, Dimapur

(Nagaland) drew with Central Public Memorial School, Srinagar 2-2 in the Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on Saturday. In other matches, Govt. School, Carnicobar drubbed St. Sain Convent, Gwalior 6-0, Bamungaon School, Bongaigaon (Assam) beat

Bangladesh Krira Shikhka Pradstan 1-0 and SAI School, Kolkatta beat Birendra Sainik Mahavidyalaya, Lalitpur (Nepal 1-0).


Saviour Convent storm into semi-final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 30
Saviour Convent School, Paschim Vihar beat Mount Abu School, Rohini by two runs and entered the semi-final of the second Ganga International Under-17 Inter-School Cricket Tournament at the Ganga School ground.

Fine batting by Ujwal and Gujral, supported by equally good bowling spells from Salaj, Vikas and Virat guided Saviour School to a thrilling victory.

Scores: Saviour School: 157 all out in 30 overs (Raman Gujral 30, Ujwal 39, Parveen Verma 5 for 35, Manoj 2 for 22). Mount Abu School, Rohini: 155 all out in 30 overs (Ravi Sagar 74, Pawan 25, Salaj 2 for 29, Vikas 2 for 29, Virat 2 for 15).

Dahiya to lead 15-member team

Vijay Dahiya will lead a 15-member Delhi team in the Ranji Trophy one-day matches to be played in Haryana from December 4.

The team: Vijay Dahiya (captain), Akash Chopra, Gautam Gambhir, Mithun Manhas, Pradeep Chawla, Amit Bhandari, Arun Singh, Sarandeep Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Rajiv Rathore, Sonu Vaid, Radhey Shyam Gupta, Varun Kumar, Sanjay Gill and Saket Bhatia. Stand-byes: N.S Negi, Jatinder Solanki and Kesar Chaudhary. D S Bawa will be the manager of the team.

Delhi and District Cricket Association sports secretary Sunil Dev said the players will have to report at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on December 2 at 8 am.

Following is the schedule of matches: December 4: Haryana vs Jammu and Kashmir (at Rohtak), Punjab vs Himachal Pradesh (Faridabad) and Services vs Delhi (Gurgaon).

December 6: Haryana vs Delhi (Rohtak), Himachal Pradesh vs J and K (Faridabad) and Punjab vs Services (Gurgaon). December 8: Haryana vs Services (Faridabad), Delhi vs Himachal (Rohtak) and Punjab vs Delhi (Gurgaon).

December 12: Delhi vs J and K (Faridabad), Himachal vs Services (Teri, Gurgaon) and Haryana vs Punjab (Rohtak).

Sepak takraw trials

Trials to select the Delhi State sub-junior boys and girls sepak takraw team will be held at the Sachdeva Public School, Sector 13, Rohini on December 2 and 3.

The selected players will participate in the Sepak Takraw National Championship to be held at Patna. Entries close with Deepak Saxena on December 2 at 3 pm.


A cricket tradition to get a boost from AIR
A. Gulati

Rohtak, November 30
The Rohtak station of the All India Radio (AIR) is set to revive the tradition of broadcasting ball by ball running commentary on domestic cricket matches. The Station Director, Mr Dharam Pal Malik, told NCR Tribune that decision has been taken for the live broadcast of the Ranji Trophy One Day matches to be played at Rohtak between Haryana and Delhi as well as Haryana and Punjab on December 6 and 12 respectively.

Passing through a phase of financial crunch, AIR had discontinued the broadcast of cricket commentaries for the past few years. Acting as one of the custodians of the great tradition of live cricket broadcasts, AIR Rohtak has the distinction of broadcasting ball by ball running commentary of over fifty first class cricket matches played in different parts of Haryana since 1976. After being taken over by Prasar Bharti a couple of years ago, live broadcast was suspended for financial reasons.

Station Director of AIR Rohtak, Mr Malik said the decision to revive the live cricket broadcast has been taken keeping in view the popularity of game. When asked about the exploration of commercial possibilities linked with the broadcast of running commentary of Ranji Trophy matches, Mr Malik said "We have received some encouraging enquiries from the sponsors” The former Ranji Trophy cricketer and chairman of the Haryana Ranji Trophy Cricket selection committee, Mr Rajinder Goel, said that decision is set to inspire the youngsters to perform well. "It will give a great fillip to the game in this region" said Mr Goel. Another cricket enthusiast, Mr Kishori Lal, said "commentary se to mari hui gharelu cricket yahan zinda ho jaeegi”.


Jayant, Ripu star for Young Friends
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 30
A fine all-round performance by Jayant Yadav (31 and 3 for 3) and deadly bowling by Ripudaman (4 for 19) helped Young Friends beat Vaishya Public School by 12 runs in a league match of the first St. Giri Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Paschim Vihar sports complex ground. Jayant Yadav was adjudged the man of the match. Scores: Young Friends: 198 for 8 in 40 overs (Jagrit Anand 47, Jayant Yadav 31, Lokesh Sehrawat 3 for 49). Vaishali School: 186 all out in 39.3 overs (Ankit Kumar 30, Deepak Garg 25, Ripudaman 4 for 19, Jayant Yadav 3 for 3).

Sapient Corporation win

Sapient Corporation beat Reebok by 41 runs in a league match of the Eventus Cup Cricket Tournament at the Harbaksh Singh Stadium. Scores: Sapient Corporation: 146 all out in 22.4 overs (Neeraj Jain 34, Amit Govil 26, Vishnu Bhagat 2 for 22, Rajesh Chandra 2 for 22).

Reebok: 105 all out in 23 overs (Rajesh Chandra 37, Sandeep Mathur 30, Neeraj Jain 3 for 22, Amit Govil 2 for 22). Amit Govil was adjudged the man of the match.

Delphi beat NTPC

Delphi Automotive trounced NTPC by 119 runs in a league match of the Luminous Cup Cricket Tournament at the Saket Sport Complex. Scores: Delphi: 198 for 5 in 25 overs (Neeraj Mathur 86 n.o, 4x8, 6x3; Manish Sharma 38, 4x5; A P Talreja 2 for 27).

NTPC: 79 all out in 22.5 overs (Sanjay Khanna 20 n.o, Abraham Joseph 2 for 5, Ashok Kumar 2 for 5, Manish Sharma 2 for 7). Neeraj Mathur was adjudged the man of the match.

Pepsi down Reebok in cricket

Pepsi marred the unblemished record of Reebok, beating them by 16 runs, in the William Grant's Corporate Cricket Tournament at the Teri Oval ground. In other matches, Dr Morpen (35 for 5) lost to Air Sahara (118 for 2), HCL Infosystem (32 for 1) beat Frito Lays (28 for 4), ESPN Starsports (119 for 1) beat Cannon (89 for 2).


Venkatesh, Harsimaran adjudged best athletes
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 30
S.Venkatesh and Harsimaran Kalsi were adjudged the best athletes in the boys and girls section respectively during the 47th annual sports day of the Air Force Bal Bharati School (AFBBS), Lodi Road in the Capital on Saturday. School principal Mrs M Titus highlighted the achievements of the school in sports. Air Marshal Ashok Goel, AVSM, VM, Inspector General, Indian Air Force, presided over the function and Mrs Sushma Goel gave away the prizes to the students who had excelled in sports at the State/National and international level.

Air Marshal Ashok Goel presented cash awards to the boys and girls who brought glory to the school. The recipients of the cash awards were: S Venkatesh, Dawood Siddiqui, Varun Singh, Abhishek Narain, Aman Joseph, Derik Nipun Hinna, Swati Ahuja, Ayush Juneja, Harsimaran Kalsi, Varun Nagrath, Vimal Anand, Rahul, Sourabh Mittal, N Vignesh,

Parth Jaiswal, Gulnoor, M Sravya, Shrishti Taneja, Anand Chandershekhar and Disha Malik.

The annual function was held at the mini stadium of the AFBBS. Over 2200 students participated in athletics, aerobics, taekwondo, tele game and mass physical display.

An engrossing "bhangra" dance provided a fitting finale to the colourful event.


Inter-Khalsa Schools Meet

New Delhi, November 30
An Inter-Khalsa Schools Athletic Meet and Hockey Tournament will be held from January 15 to 17 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Sports secretaries of Khalsa Schools shall have to collect the entry forms from Room No 21, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee's office, Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, New Delhi. OSR

Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
122 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |