Thursday, January 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Army Medical Corps celebrates anniversary
Our Correspondent

Meerut, January 1
The anniversary of the 239th Army Medical Corps (AMC) was celebrated by Military Hospital Meerut. Several cultural and sports events were organised on the occasion. The Commandant of the hospital, Brig Surjeet Singh, wished all officers, JCOs, NCOs, jawans and families. He also distributed fruits to the patients at the hospital.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the AMC had a great role to play both during war and peace. Military hospitals in the country were providing every possible medical aid to the needy during any contingency. They were always open to the civilians till the emergency was over, said the Commandant.

He told mediapersons on the occasion that four-day celebrations started today at the hospital here in which several sports and entertainment events were being organised, including jillebi race, spoon and potato race for boys and girls and ‘hit the tin’ and ‘bread and Limca’ race for patients.

A party was hosted by all station AMC and AD corps officers. Retired AMC officers, serving officers and dignitaries from the civil institutions attended the function to mark the occasions. The concluding day of the celebrations will be marked a ‘Bada Khana’ for troops and families on January 4 on the premises of the hospital.

In an exclusive conversation with ‘NCR Tribune’, Brig Surjeet Singh said that AMC had had a long, though somewhat broken, history. The history of the corps traced back to the early 16th century when East India Company used to employ military surgeons. However on January 1, 1764, Bengal Presidency raised its own regular establishment of military surgeons. Thus January 1 is taken as the birthday of the AMC.

Later, the AMCs were raised by the Madras and Bombay presidencies in 1767 and 1779 respectively. No Indian medical personnel were recruited in these corps till 18th century. In 1855, the Indian Medical Services (IMS), Army Hospital Corps and Army Bearers Corps were formed. Later these were combined and were called the Indian Hospital Corps (IHC). In 1943, the Indian Army Medical Corps (IAMC) was formed by combining both the IMS and the IHC.

After Independence, the IAMC became the AMC on January 26, 1950. Medical services of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force were integrated. Lt-Gen K. S. Master MC, KHP became the Director-General of the Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS). The present Director-General is Lt-Gen B. N. Shai, AVSM, VSM, PHS, a renowned cardiologist of international repute. The Army Medical Camps is headed by Lt-Gen A. K. Lahiri, VSM, PHS.



Irregularities in polio drive alleged
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 1
Even as the district administration gears up for another drive against polio on January 5, the flying squad of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, raided offices of the Health Department on Tuesday in connection with alleged irregularities during the pulse polio drive last year.

Acting on the complaint against officials of the Health Department, a team headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police descended on their office and seized record of the expenditure incurred by the department during the pulse polio drive last year.

The team also questioned the taxi operators, whose taxies were hired by the department during the mopping up operation. It is learnt that complaints about the irregularities were lodged with Mr Chautala following which he ordered the flying squad to raid the office.

It may be recalled that the Haryana Government had initiated the operation in two phases following the detection of a polio case in Sonepat district. The government had spent lakhs of rupees on the mopping up operation. The money was meant for preparing the publicity materials like banners and posters and hiring taxies.

Panic gripped the staff of the Health Department following the raid. Sources said that action is likely against those found guilty after the completion of the inquiry by the flying squad.

Meanwhile, 562 centres would be set up for the pulse polio drive on January 5 for children below five years of age.

It was learnt that 158 centres would be in Panipat city, 18 in Samalkha and 386 in the rural areas. Besides, 16 transit teams and 23 mobile teams would be formed, according to an official press note. A total of 2,500 health workers and members of NGOs would be put on the job.



Seminar focuses on making medicinal 
plants cash crops
Our Correspondent

Bajhera, January 1
Herbo 2002, the four-day seminar-cum-exhibition on organic farming of herbal medicine that had the objective of making medicinal plants a viable cash crop for the farmers, concluded here on Tuesday. The event was organised by
The Herbal Bio-Med Foundation (HBMF), an NGO dedicated to creating public awareness about the benefits, achievements and potentialities of herbs, biotechnology medicinal sciences, food, agriculture, and environment management.

The event was the first of its kind, as it was hosted in the rural backdrop presenting solutions to farming community at their farm field itself.

“The reason behind choosing Bajhera was its backwardness along with the quality of soil found there. Bajhera has around 60 per cent of wasteland owing to the high salinity of the soil. This kind of soil quality is conducive to the growth of medicinal plants as they don’t require fertile soil. To preclude the further conversion of fertile soil into wasteland, a need to switch over from traditional farming to cultivation of medicinal plants is very important. Moreover, the commercial viability of the transition would surely bring prosperity to the farmers,” informed Colonel B. S. Rajawat, Executive Director, HBMF.

The event held discussions on diverse topics ranging from providing farmers with better facilities for growing herbal medicines, government regulations and soil qualities to make India a major exporter of herbal medicines.

The World Health Organisation has estimated that global trade in herbal medicines is likely to be $ 5 trillion by the year 2050, with an annual growth of 7-15 per cent.

The exhibition provided a platform to participants to display their medicinal plants, personal and health care products like health foods, organic foods, cosmetic body and hair care products, drugs and pharmaceuticals (ayurvedic, herbal), bio-pesticides etc.

The event provided a unique opportunity to farmers to interact on real-time basis with the scientists across the country. A need for similar seminars at a more micro-level including village, panchayat and district in the future was felt. HBMF would be holding a similar international event in 2003.

Some of the organisations that participated in the event were the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology, Khadi and Village Industries Commission, NABARD, IIT Delhi and Indian Council for Agricultural Research.



Punjab Police ground Air-India
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 1
Punjab Police grounded Air -India 3-2 in a Pool A quarter-final league match of the fifth Chhattrapati Shivaji All-India Hockey Tournament for the Dhyan Chand Cup, sponsored by the New Delhi Municipal Committee, at the Shivaji Stadium on Wednesday. In Pool B matches, Border Security force beat Northern Railway 4-2 while Indian Airlines edged past Delhi XI 3-2.

Punjab Police took the lead in the 14th minute when Jograj Singh converted a penalty corner. In a ding-dong battle, Kishore Kumar equalised for Air-India in the 28th minute. Daljeet Singh and Baljeet Singh Dhillon then struck in quick succession to put the Punjab Cops 3-1 ahead. Satish reduced the margin for Air-India.

BSF got off to a flying start, scoring twice in the span of ten minutes through Habil Topno and S Harange. Raju scored a goal for Northern Railway in the second half. BSF enhanced their lead to 4-1 when Ranjeet and M Lakra found the mark. Vikramjeet Singh converted a penalty corner to get the second goal for Northern Railway.

Delhi XI gave a close fight to Indian Airlines before losing by a narrow margin. International Mukesh Kumar scored a goal in the seventh minute to put Airlines in the lead. Y S Rawat and Mukesh slotted in the other two goals for Indian Airlines while Deepak Senior and Deepak Junior scored the goals for Delhi.

Thursday’s fixtures: BSF vs Delhi XI (11 am); Punjab Police vs Tamilnadu XI (1 pm); Indian Airlines vs Northern Railway (3 pm)—Shivaji Stadium.



Ruchika beats Parul in title clash
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 1
Ruchika Gupta beat Parul Gupta in the women’s Under-30 title clash in the table tennis tournament organised by the Rajasthan Club at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium.
In other finals, Shyam Gopal beat Vijay Kumar Gupta (men above 50), Anil Jindal beat Mayak J Gupta (men 30-50), Paraj Singhal beat Ankit Gupta (men under-30), Himanshu Rathi beat Tarun Modi (boys under 18), Prateek Gupta beat Jatin Poddar (boys under-12), Anuj Prakash beat Monika Jindal (women above 30) and Mr and Mrs Anil Jindal beat Mr and Mrs Prabodh Gupta (mixed doubles).

Ninety players in eight different age groups competed for the top honours. Former table tennis international Indu Puri gave away the prizes. Others present at the prize distribution function were Rajasthan Club president Govind P Kedia, secretary Suresh Poddar, convenor J P Modi, Dinesh Gupta, Sunil Prakash, Moti Mohan Seksaria, Narendra Bansal, Rajendra Gupta Payal, Sunil Garg, Ashok Khanna and Ashok Gupta.



Anil Bara to lead Delhi U-19 team
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 1
Defender Anil Bara of Glorious Club will lead a 20-member Delhi State team in the Junior National Under-19 Football Championship for the Dr B C Roy Trophy to be held in Jammu and Kashmir from January 2 for 12. Striker Christopher D’Costa of Glorious will be the vice-captain.

The team: Goalkeepers: Jaideep Dev and Sanjiv Kumar. Defenders: Susanta Bhattacharjee, Anil Bara (captain), Deepak Kumar Singh, Bhartendu Sharma and Manoj Bhist.

Mid-fielders: Sunil Negi, Ashish Pandey, Arif Hussain Siddiqui, Sidharth Bhandari, Mohd. Fardeen Quresh and Bhupinder Kumar. Forwards: Ratinder Kumr, Chetan Rawat, Gaingamlung Kamei, Shankar Nath, Christopher D’Costa (vice-captain), Jugal Kishore, Sharad Kanojia, Saroubh Bisht.

Stand-byes: Abhey, Rakesh Bhisht, Umesh Rawat, Jatinder Sharma and Yogeshwar Lal.

Officials: Jagdish Pershad (manager), Bhala Nath Karmar (assistant manager) and Chaman Bhandari (coach).

The Delhi team will play their first match against Uttar Pradesh on January 3, and take on Chandigarh on January 7.



Sarthak, Piyush move up in TT
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 1
Sarthak Gandhi and Piyush Diwedi entered the semi-finals of cadet boys singles in the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Memorial All-India Open Table Tennis Tournament at the Talkatora indoor stadium on Wednesday.

Sarthak Gandhi beat Kunal Kathuria 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 while Piyush Diwedi outplayed Dipesh Teckchandani 11-2,11-9,11-8. Anshul Garg of Uttar Pradesh created a major upset in the men’s singles third round when he upset second seed Joginder Singh Bisht 11-9,11-9,5-11,11-8. However, Anshul fell at the pre-quarter-final hurdle when he lost to Karan Sachdeva of Sri Ram College of Commerce 11-9,1-11, 11-13.

Results: Cadet Boys (third round): Sarthak Gandhi walkover from Vicky Gahlout; Kunal Kathuria beat Pavneet Singh Tulsi 11-4,9-11, 11-7, 16-18, 11-9; Dipesh Teckchandani b Akash Dewan 11-1, 11-8, 11-7; Siddarth Negi b Lovekesh Chawla 7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-5.

Quarter-final: Sarthak Gandhi b Kunal Kathuria 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7; Kartik Kukreja b Siddharth Negi 11-4, 11-4, 11-4; Piyush Diwedi b Dipesh Teckchandani 11-2, 11-9, 11-8; Sajal Khandelwal walkover Karthik.

Men’s singles (third round): Anshul Garg b Joginder Singh Bisht 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-0; Sunil Ahuja b Munish 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9; Ganesh Ahuja b Vijay Vir Singh 7-11, 11-1, 11-9, 12-10; Ashish Duklan b Rajiv Sethi 11-8, 11-2, 11-4; Himansh P Kala b Rakesh Kohli 11-3, 11-4, 11-6; Rajiv Ghei b Richi Todi 11-7, 12-10, 11-9; Mrinal Mondal b Ankit Aggarwal 11-4, 11-4, 11-8.

Pre-quarter-finals: Himansh Kala b Jagat Singh Bisht 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-4; Ashish Duklan b Amit Jain 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4; Sunil Ahuja b Ravi 11-7, 11-7, 11-7; A. Puri b Sunal Jain 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5; Rajiv Ghai b S. Vashisht 11-2, 11-9, 11-9; I M Singh b Ganesh 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10; Mrinal b Sameer 11-6, 9-11, 11-2, 15-13; K. Sachdeva b Anshul Garg 9-11, 11-1, 13-11.



Vidur Sethi powers Gyan Bharti Academy win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 1
A dashing knock of 41 by Vidur Sethi helped Gyan Bharti South Delhi Cricket Academy defeat Sonnet Club by two wickets in the second Mata Durga Devi Under-12 Cricket Tournament, organised by the Bharat National Public School at its ground.

Manan Sharma, son of former Test player Ajay Sharma, played a fine all-round role, when he scored 53 runs and took three wickets for 20 runs, but his display could not help Sonnet win. Manav, however, earned the Man of the Match award for his cameo role for Gyan Bharti.

Scores: Sonnet Club: 153 all out in 34.5 overs (Manan Sharma 53, Aman Preet Singh 14, Kartika Kaul 2 for 36, Anukool Chandok 2 for 16).

Gyan Bharti South Delhi Cricket Academy: 156 for 8 in 34.5 overs (Vidur Sethi 41, Arjun Shiv 35, Manan Sharma 3 for 20, Kunal Gaba 2 for 34).

Rakesh stars in Richa’s victory

A devastating 5 for 10 bowling spell by R Rakesh helped Richa Export beat Pen Business by 24 runs in the Turf Sports Management Cricket Tournament at the Venkateshwara College ground. Rakesh received the Man of the Match award.

Scores: Richa Export: 130 all out in 19 overs (Manjeet Singh 30, Kishan Kumar 34, Kiran Kumar 3 for 17, Rajesh Dua 2 for 26).

Pen Business: 106 all out in 19.1 overs (Jitender Kumar 24, R Rakesh 5 for 10).

Neeraj Academy enter semis

Padamjit Sherawat hit a brilliant century and Bhuvnesh Sharma cracked 87 as Neeraj Cricket Academy beat Rajdhani Sports by eight wickets and entered the semi-final of the second All-India Devender Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Government Senior Secondary School ground. Padamjit was named the Man of the Match.

Scores: Rajdhani Sports: 228 all out in 34.5 overs (Manish Chawla 70, Ashish Sharma 33, Naveen Verma 29, Kuldeep Diwan 3 for 38, Manoj Goyal 3 for 49).

Neeraj Academy: 231 for 2 in 31.3 overs (Padamjit Sehrawat 108 n o, Bhuvnesh Sharma 87).

Masonik advance

Masonik Cricket Academy defeated Lovely Public School Academy by nine wickets in the R G Williams Memorial Under-14 Cricket Tournament at the Frank Anthony School ground.

Scores: Lovely Public School Academy: 81 all out in 20.2 overs (Mayank Kaul 23, Devvansh 24, Satender Malik 3 for 30, Shyam Sundar 3 for 9, Ashish Kumar 2 for 8).

Masonik Academy: 82 for 1 in 18.4 overs (Satender Malik 28 n o, Rajender Singh 29 not out ).



PNB Inter-Zone Sports Meet from Jan 4
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 1
The 20th All-India Punjab National Bank Inter-Zone Sports Meet will be held at the Karnail Singh Stadium from January 4 to 11. About 545 sportspersons from all the 17 zones of PNB will compete in 11 disciplines, including cricket, football, badminton, table tennis and carrom.

PNB chairman and managing director S S Kohli will inaugurate the sports meet on January 4. He will also be the chief guest at the prize distribution function on January 11.

R P Academy beat Janakpuri

R P Cricket Academy defeated Janakpuri Coaching Centre by 144 runs in the SPM Under-17 League Cricket Tournament at the SPM College ground.

Electing to bat R P Academy made 222 for 7 in 35 overs.

Scores: R P Cricket Academy: 222 for 7 in 35 overs (Mohd Kaif 41, Rishi 46, Parnav 36, Abhishek 4 for 36).

Janakpuri Coaching Centre: 78 all out in 24 overs (Satyam 27, Sharad 3 for 7, Parncy 2 for 13, Tapan 2 for 33).

Ankit shines

Ankit Rawat’s all-round display (47 n o and 2 for 43) enabled Delhi Eaglet Club defeat R P Academy by 17 runs in a league match of the third All-India Shakuntala Devi Memorial Under-19 Cricket Tournament at the Gargi College ground. Ankit Rawat was declared the Man of the Match.

Scores: Delhi Eaglet: 171 for 7 in 40 overs (Ankit Rawat 47 n o, Saurabh Malik 29, Hemant Kumar 3 for 25).

R P Cricket Academy: 154 all out in 38.5 overs (Mohd Kaif 32, Pranav Mehendra 30, Mridul Badola 2 for 15, Ankit Rawat 2 for 43).


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