Tuesday, January 7, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Cardiac surgery at doorstep
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 6
“Heart ailments among the middle-aged section of Indian society have been on the rise. There is a need to make people aware of this so that they do not face the risk of a heart attack or cardiac surgery. The urban people should bring proper changes in their lifestyle and eating habits to remain physically fit to keep away heart ailments”.

This was stated by renowned cardiac surgeon and director of Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Delhi, Dr Naresh Trehan, while speaking to mediapersons here today. Dr Trehan was here at Escorts Hospital to perform the first cardiac surgery at this centre. The hospital has started the facility of cardiac surgery here under the guidance and supervision of Dr Trehan.

It proposed to provide the same facilities to the patients which were available at Escorts Hospital, Delhi, said Dr Trehan. He said this was the first hospital in Haryana where world class check-up and treatment of heart patients would be made available besides the Escorts centre in Delhi. Dr Trehan said the problem of heart ailments had seen an upsurge in Indian society in the past several years. He said as the risk factor for heart problems had gone up among the middle-aged sections of society all those aged between 30 and 35 years ought to undergo a complete check-up, especially to know if they had any chance of developing a heart related problem. He claimed that the risk of heart attacks could be checked completely and the patient could avoid major surgery if the problem was caught in the initial stages.

According to Dr Trehan, males in the age group of 30 to 35 and females in the age group of 35 to 40 needed to go for a through check-up at a good institute.

Claiming that check-up costs had been reduced and were quite affordable, he said this would help people save time, money, energy and other problems which occur later.

Dr Trehan disclosed that Escorts Heart Institute at Okhla had performed about 36,000 operations so far, while about 4,000 operations were done last year. He said this year the number had touched 4500 already.

Dr Trehan advised that people should ensure that they are not overweight and get regular check-ups for cholesterol level, high blood pressure and diabetes. He said while many diseases could be checked through proper diet. A daily walk of 45 minutes or regular physical exercise could prove really helpful in maintaining a healthy heart.



1,355 mobile teams to give polio drops 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 6
The health authorities here have constituted about 1,355 mobile teams to administer polio drops to children up to five years of age on door-to-door basis. The pulse polio campaign launched yesterday will last till January 8. The authorities expect to give polio drops to 4.65 lakh children in this campaign. Faridabad and Gurgaon districts are among those areas of the state where polio cases have surfaced time and again, defying the claims of the authorities that every child is being covered in such drives.



Rakesh Malhotra stars for Punjab Zone
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 6
An all-round performance by Rakesh Malhotra, who took two wickets for 33 runs and scored an unbeaten 42, helped Punjab Zone defeat Bihar Zone by ten wickets in a cricket match of the 20th All-India Punjab National Bank Inter-Zone Sports Meet at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi on Monday.

Scores: Bihar Zone: 114 for 8 in 25 overs (B Pankaj 36, A Handa 21, Rakesh Malhotra 2 for 33, Naresh 2 for 15).

Punjab Zone: 114 for no loss in 18 overs (Ravi 59 n o, 8x4, 1x6; Rakesh 42 n o, 3x4).

Lenna Furtado of Western Zone heaved the iron ball to 8.27 metres to lift the women’s shot put gold in athletics. Rajni of UP Central and Satya of Punjab accounted for the silver and bronze respectively. In men’s shot put, O P Redu of Northern Zone measured a distance of 10.26 metres to bag the gold. K S Hyanki of UP East and Sohan Singh of Punjab annexed the silver and bronze.

Madhya Pradesh defeated Jharkhand 25-13, 23-25, 25-14, 25-13 to advance in volleyball while in basketball, Himachal Pradesh Zone beat East UP Zone 35-25 and Rajasthan Zone defeated Central UP Zone 60-30.

In the men’s carrom team championship, Gujarat Zone (Milind Karn, Apul Pradhan) beat Jharkhand (Badal Kumar) 4-1, while Jharkhand defeated Eastern Zone 2-1 in the women’s section.



KKFI aims to include kho-kho in Asian Games
A. Gulati

Rohtak, January 6
The general secretary of the Kho-Kho Federation of India (KKFI), Madhavrao Patil, has said that the Federation is aiming to get the game of kho-kho included in the scheme of Asian Games.

Talking to the NCR Tribune about the different aspects of the game, Patil said that the game was in the process of gaining popularity day by day.

Highlighting the step by step progress made in this direction, he disclosed that the Asian kho-kho Federation has been formed, the game has been included in the next edition of Afro-Asian games as an exhibition game, which will give kho-kho a good exposure in front of the people of African countries. He also disclosed that India proposes to host the third Asian kho-kho championship.

When the attention of Patil was drawn towards the rustic look the game has retained over the years and that too in the era when other games have spruced up their image with a lot of glamour, speed and spice. He conceded that the sport with a loud, barefoot and sandy combination thrives in rural areas. Though in the Asian championship, the players wore light weight shoes and competitions were held indoors but making the shoes mandatory is likely to slow down the game. He said it is a poor man’s game sans the glamour associated with other games like cricket. The game kho-kho is shown by the television and sponsors remain away from it. Talking on the financial aspects, KKFI general secretary said that in the recent years, the government has enhanced the grant for the hosts of kho-kho nationals. It has helped the game to cross the boundaries of Maharashtra and Karnataka, which were earlier considered to be the two major hosting points of national championships of kho-kho. He said that government initiatives have prompted new venues to organise the game. Even Pondicherry came forward to host the junior nationals, said Patil

Regarding problems coming in the way to popularise the game, the KKFI general secretary said that the achievements of the outstanding kho-kho players are not recognised at any level. He stressed the need of giving ample job opportunities to the players associated with this game. He said that organisations like Railways, Defence, Banks and Police should come forward and offer jobs to outstanding kho-kho players. The existence of weak state units was also a stumbling block in the way of popularising this rural game. He categorically stated that the strength of KKFI largely depends upon the strength of state units.

He said that of late, several state units especially Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have helped in improving the standard of the game.

Madhavrao Patil also lauded the efforts made by Haryana Kho-Kho Federation for making 38th Senior National kho-kho championship, which concluded here today. He said all arrangements were of high standard and championship was national in real sense.

He called upon the youth of Haryana to adopt the game describing its unique character. He said that it is basically a game of chasers. Contrary to the other games a player is attacked from the rear.



New Era to meet Hansraj in title clash
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 6
Hosts New Era Public School, Delhi will take on Hansraj Public School, Panchkula in the boys Under-16 final of the fourth Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Badminton Tournament.

In the semi-finals, played at the New Era School courts on Monday, New Era School defeated St Paul’s, Bhopal while Hansraj put it across Children’s Academy, Kashipur.

Results: Himanshu Kharbanda (New Era) beat Nikhil (St Paul) 15-1, 15-4; Vaibhav Gupta b Nivesh 15-0, 15-4. Rohit Raunak (Children’s Academy) b Prateek Mittal (Hansraj) 15-6, 15-6; Anshul Aggarwal b Manoj Tiwari 15-2, 15-3; Prateek and Anshul b Rohit and Manoj 17-15, 15-9.

In the girls Under-16 final, New Era will clash against Samvidha Vidyapeeth, Vijayawada. New Era beat Bhavan’s BP Vidyamandir, Nagpur while Vijayawada defeated Bhavans SL, Amritsar.

Results: Divya Sharma (New Era) b Panjali Duraskar (Bhavan’s BP) 11-5, 11-8; Swati Aggarwal lost to Snehal 2-11, 2-11; Divya and Swati b Neeti and Snehal 11-6, 11-6. Jyoti (Vijayawada) b Sehar (Amritsar) 11-5, 11-0; Jyotshna b Neha 11-0, 11-1.

In the girls Under-14, Samvidha Vidyapeeth will take on Visakha Valley in the final. Results: Ramya (Visakha) b Radhika (Modern School, Delhi) 11-3, 11-4; Akansha (Modern) b Divya (Visakha) 11-2, 11-8; Ramya and Divya b Radhika and Akansha 11-8, 11-2.

R D Sravani (Samvidha) b Purva Deshpandey (Modern School, Nagpur) 11-8, 11-3.

In the girls Under-19, St Raphael’s, Indore and Bal Bharti Public School, Rohini will clash for the title. St Raphael’s beat New Era 2-0 while Bal Bharti edged past International Indian School, Riyadh 2-1.

In the boys under-14 section, Visakha Valley and Greenland Public School, Ludhiana will meet in the final. Results: Anil Kumar (Visakha) b Sahil Pawar (Delhi Public School.

Faridabad) 15-4, 15-0; Kanishka Anand lost to Sahil Pabby 10-15, 10-15; Anil Kumar and Kanishka Anand b Sahil Pabby and Sahil Pawar 15-8, 15-4.

Ashutosh Prabhakar (Greenland) b Sidharth Lakhani (Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Nagpur) 15-5, 15-3; Gurbaksh Singh b Teja Salankhar 15-0, 15-12. DAV School, Patna take on DAV School, Amritsar in the boys Under-19 final.

Results: Sandeep (Patna) b Pankaj Thareja (Public SSS, Bal Bhawan, Bhiwani) 15-4, 15-12.

Neeraj Kumar b Vijay 15-5, 15-11; Mayank (Amritsar) b Rajiv Bajaj (DAV, Shrestha Vihar, Delhi) 15-11, 10-15, 15-10; Kunal b Bharat Raja 15-3, 15-2.


Neeraj Academy win 
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 6
An all-round performance by Kuldeep Diwan (3 for 27 and 47) and a debonair half-century by Jitender Gulia helped Neeraj Academy beat Inter Face Club by two wickets and win the second Devender Coach Memorial Cricket Tournament.

Surender Dayma was declared the Best Batsman of the tournament, Kuldeep Diwan got the Best Bowler award while Padamjeet Sehrawat was selected for the Man of the Series award.

Neeraj Academy received a cash prize of Rs 31,000 while Inter Face got Rs 21,000.

Scores: Inter Face: 206 all out in 29.5 overs (Suresh Tanwar 41, Surender Dayma 32, Kuldeep Diwan 3 for 27, Padamjeet Sehrawat 2 for 40).

Neeraj Academy: 207 for 8 in 29.4 overs (Jitender Gulia 51, Kuldeep Diwan 47, Surender Dayma 3 for 31, K S Rana 2 for 21).

The prizes were distributed by Mr Gulab Singh Dimana, Pratap Singh and Kuldeep Tehlan.



Dinesh shines for Nehru Stadium
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 6
A fine all-round display by Dinesh Kushhik (72 and 3 for 31) helped Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium beat Omni Academy by 41 runs and entered the quarter-final of the SPM Cricket Tournament at the SPM College ground, Punjabi Bagh.

Scores: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: 225 for 9 in 35 overs (Dinesh 72, Amit 51, Sourabh 45, Mudshar 3 for 29, Vivek 2 for 37).

Omni Academy: 184 all out in 34.2 overs (Mudshar 71, Ankit f28, Dinesh 3 for 31).

Annu, Savita in wrestling team

Two girls from Ganga School (Hiran Kudna) — Annu Sehrawat and Savita—figure in the seven-member Delhi team, selected by the Wrestling Association of NCT of Delhi, for participating in the sixth Senior National Women’s Freestyle Championship, to be held in Ranchi from January 8 to 12. The team, selected by Wrestling Association of NCT president Sushil Kumar Gupta, will be accompanied by coach Santosh Rajput and manager Sudesh Kumari.

Bank of India beat Sonnex

Bank of India defeated Sonnex by two wickets in a B Division match of the DDCA League at the Kotla II ground.

Scores: Sonnex Club: 223 all out in 34.1 overs (Rajesh Suneja 85 n o, Mukesh Arora 43, Kamal Kant 3 for 35).

Bank of India: 227 for 8 in 34 overs (Sunil Rakhra 138, Santosh Kumar 28 n o, Rajesh Suneja 2 for 45, Mohd. Ismail 2 for 37).



Punjab Police annex Dhyan Chand Cup
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 6
Punjab Police defeated Indian Airlines 2-1 to annex the fifth Chhattrapati Hockey Tournament for the Dhyan Chand Cup at the Shivaji Stadium on Monday.
In a thrilling match, the team were locked 1-1 at half time. Indian Airlines forged ahead when Mukesh Kumar scored off their very first penalty corner. Earlier, international Dhanraj Pillay’s two excellent crosses went abegging.

Airlines could not hold on to the lead for long as Punjab Police equalised when Baljeet Singh Dhillon scored off a penalty corner. Sarbjit Singh scored the match-winner for Punjab Police in the second half.

Baljeet Singh Dhillon was adjudged the Man of the Match. Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma gave away the prizes.



Gyan Bharti Academy win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 6
Deadly bowling by Abhilash Malik (3 for 10) and a dashing knock by Man of the Match Trigun Das enabled Gyan Bharti South Delhi Cricket Academy beat Ghaziabad Mahanagar Cricket Academy by six wickets in the second Mata Durga Devi Under-12 Cricket Tournament at the Bharat National Public School ground.

Scores: Ghaziabad Academy: 122 all out in 32.5 overs (Anurag Tyagi 33, Kanish Kumar 33, Abhilash Malik 3 for 30, Ritesh Joshi 2 for 11).

Gyan Bharti Academy: 125 for 4 in 21.5 overs (Vidur Sethi 29, Trigun Das 28, Arjun Shiv 26, Dhiraj Sharma 2 for 19, Vishesh Sharma 2 for 15).



Sajjan Singh Sethi shooting
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 6
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will hold a shooting championship in the memory of the late life president of the NRAI Sajjan Singh Sethi, at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges in Delhi from January 28 to February 2. About 150 shooters from all over the country have been invited to participate in the event. The NRAI will dole out cash awards to those who betters the existing national record. An overall best shooter trophy will also be awarded. OSR


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