Friday, January 31, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Doc’s fellowship mired in controversy 
on PGIMS campus 
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, January 30
The SICOT fellowship given by the World Orthopaedic Concern (WOC) to Dr R.C.Siwach, an Assistant professor of Pt B.D.Sharma PGIMS, has created a controversy on the campus. Dr Siwach was among the 15 doctors from all over the world who was selected for the WOC-SICOT fellowship, for attending a meeting at San Diego, USA, recently. Dr Siwach described this fellowship as an international honour and a matter of great pride for the institute.

On the other hand, a section of the doctors of the PGIMS alleged that the fellowship was not an award and Dr Siwach had exaggerated the importance of this fellowship for his vested interest.

Substantiating their allegation, they produced a letter from Dr S. Rajasekaran of WOC, which categorically stated that “This is not an award or honour and also not a recognition of any specific work done by a person”.

Dr S.Rajasekaran further stated that “The fellowship gives free registration for people from different countries to attend the meeting. Dr Siwach had applied for the fellowship and had stated that since he is holding a university post with fixed pay, it would be helpful for him to attend the meeting if it can be subsidized by providing free registration.”

On the contrary, Dr Siwach, in a letter written to the director, PGIMS, Rohtak, had termed the fellowship as an academic excellence award by WOC and claimed that his academic merit and research work had been recognised at an international level.

He had also claimed that he stood second in the merit list of the SICOT scholarship. Subsequently, the ‘achievement’ of Dr Siwach was highlighted by the various newspapers.

Several doctors of the PGIMS, Rohtak, stood against this ‘trickery’ and complained to the director of the institute.

The matter was also reported to the state government. It is reliably learnt that Maj-Gen Virender Singh Poonia, director of PGIMS, has constituted an inquiry committee today, to determine whether the fellowship given to Dr Siwach could be termed as an award or honour. The three-member committee has reportedly been asked to submit its report as early as possible.

When contacted, the director of PGIMS admitted that he had received a written complaint in this connection.

However, he refused to comment on the issue till the report was submitted by the committee. Dr R.C.Siwach described the whole episode as unfortunate and a result of professional rivalry in the institute.



Authorities gear up for next phase of 
pulse polio campaign 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 30
The complete eradication of polio through pulse polio programmes is a ‘challenge’ for the authorities in the district. Reports of atleast two suspected cases of polio in the past few months in the district have put the officials in an embarrassing situation.

Consequently, in view of the coming `pulse polio campaign’ on February 9, the health authorities have decided to fully activate its machinery so as to achieve the desired results.

The health authorities today announced that a meeting of the sarpanchs and panches of the district has been convened on February 3 at the MCF auditorium here.

The meeting will be addressed by the Deputy Commissioner. The authorities have directed the Block Development Officers and other officials at village level to ensure maximum attendance in the meeting.

The Deputy Commissioner had also held a meeting on February 28 at district headquarters, in which officials of the Health, Panchayat, Education and other concerned departments took part.

According to the Civil Surgeon (Chief Medical Officer) of Faridabad, the authorities have decided to administer `polio drops’ to about 4.65 lakh children upto the age of five years.

More than 5600 employees and volunteers have been asked to go from door to door to administer polio drops to infants and children.

The authorities have also asked the various resident welfare associations, NGOs and welfare bodies to help in the pulse polio drive. It is reported that some of the villages falling in the remote areas have not been covered extensively. Moreover, several families refuse to go to the polio booths, situated normally in schools or prominent villages, due to illiteracy and ignorance. Due to the nature of their work, many migrant workers in the district have been unable to take advantage of the scheme, said a social activist.

Although the health authorities claim to have sent special mobile teams to cover workers in brick kilns, experts in this field feel that employees, especially daily wage labourers and workers in factories, may not have been covered.

A case of suspected polio came to light in the NIT area here about three weeks ago when the family members of a girl reported “paralyses type of attack” on the legs of the girl.

The civil hospital officials examined the girl and sent her stool for examination in the laboratory.

A case of similar nature was reported in Hathin area a few months ago, when the parents of the child reported the matter to a hospital in the sub-division.

While the report of the examination is still awaited, it is suspected that despite the efforts of the Health Department, an easy accessibility of ‘polio’ teams to each and every needy child was lacking.

It may be recalled that even though the ‘pulse polio’ programme has been in operation for several years, Haryana is one of those states where polio cases have been reported.



Northern crush ICF, enter final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 30
Northern Railway ran over Integral Coach Factory with an emphatic 5-0 victory to set up a title clash against Western Railway in the PNB-All India Railway Hockey Championship for men at the Shivaji Stadium.

In the second semi-final, Western Railway nosed out Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthla through a second half goal, scored by Prem Kumar Singh in the 65th minute.

Northern Railway, who led by four goals at the interval, began the goal-rush in the seventh minute when Kuljit Singh converted a penalty corner.

Raju enhanced the lead five minutes later when he pumped in a fine field goal. Raju was on the mark yet again, three minutes later, when he hit in another brilliant field goal.

Rajiv Mishra scored the fourth goal in the 22nd minute while Bikramjit Singh completed the tally in the 59th minute of second half, off a penalty corner.

North Eastern Railway will take on Central Railway in the women’s hardline match on Friday at 1 pm, while ICF will meet RCF in the men’s match at 3 pm.



Air Force land in semis
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 30
Indian Air Force hit back to shoot down Tarun Sangha 5-2 in their last Pool A match, and qualified for the semi-final of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Senior Division Super League at the Ambedkar Stadium on Thursday.

Air Force finished their league engagements on seven points from four matches to finish second in the pool behind Hindustan. The semi-final line-up will be complete after Moonlight’s match against New Delhi Heroes on Friday.

Air Force were well served by Kalyan Pal who slotted in three goals while Victor and Danny accounted for the other two goals. Roy Pandit and Rana Sen scored the goals for Tarun Sangha. Tarun Sangha finished with just one point from four matches.

Tarun Sangha forged ahead in the sixth minute when Joy Pandit found the mark. Kalyan Pal equalised for Air Force and Victor put them ahead. Kalyan Pal scored twice more for Air Force, but Rana Sen converted a penalty to reduce the margin. Danny hit in the fifth goal for Air Force.

Before the start of the match, a two-minute silence was observed to mourn the death of former Delhi State captain Sharifudin. The 50-year-old Sharifudin, who had represented Delhi for several years, was ailing for the last three years. He is survived by three daughters.

Friday’s fixture: Moonlight vs New Delhi Heroes (3 pm)— Ambedkar Stadium.



Cricket fever at Pizza Hut
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 30
Cricket fever is catching up in Delhi with the World Cup in South Africa only a calling distance away. Pizza Hut is the latest to be hit by the cricket fever, as the fast food joint has introduced a “Tandoori” range of pizzas for the first time in India.

Customers at any of the 45 Pizza Hut restaurants across the country can enjoy a “Veggie-Tama-Tam” or a “Zhinga Zabardast”, an “Aloo Attack” or a “Murg Mazedar”.

For the benefit of cricket lovers, television sets have been installed at all the Pizza Hut restaurants.

A huge letter has been installed on the restaurant wall and customers are encouraged to write good luck messages to the Indian team.

Two weeks into the World Cup 2003, these letters will be ferried to South Africa and presented to the Indian team.

Ramee bowls Canon to victory

A devastating 5 for 10 bowling spell by Ramee enabled Canon trounce hosts Teri by four wickets in a league match of the 10th Teri Cup Cricket Tournament at the Teri Oval. Ramee was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Putting into bat, Teri made 22all out in 11.3 overs Scores: Teri: 22 all out in 11.3 overs (Ramee 5 for 10).

Canon: 23 for 6 in 10.1 overs (Kamal 3 for 9, Raju 3 for 9).



Nirmal Bora honoured
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 30
Nirmal Bora, who won a gold medal in the sixth National Free Style Wrestling Championship held at Ranchi (Jharkhand), defeating six times champion and international Sumel Khan, was felicitated by Sushil Gupta, chairman and Rajinder Singh Goila, general secretary, of the NCR Wrestling Association, at the Ganga School premises, Hiran Kudna.

Prakash shines: A strokeful 76, studded with 11 boundaries, by Prakash Bhatia, enabled SPCWL defeat SPEL by six wickets and entered the semi-final of the Friendship Cup Cricket Tournament at the DDA Sports Complex, Saket. Scores: SPEL: 165 all out in 24.1 overs (Vipin Rastogi 91, 12x4; Pankaj Lamba 2 for 6, Laxman 2 for 22, Tarun Chawla 2 for 33, Anshu 2 for 23). SPCWL: 166 for 4 in 20.4 overs (Prakash Bhatia 76, Anshu 38, Laxman 26 n o).



BSES annex Turf cricket crown
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 30
A quickfire 49 by Ajeet Chaudhary and all-round display by Manoj Kumar (32 and 3 for 31) helped BSES Rajdhani Yamuna Power Limited defeat PBL by 15 runs and annexed the first Turf Sports Management Cup Cricket Tournament at the Jamia Milia ground. Ajeet Chaudhary was declared the Man of the Tournament while the Man of the Match award went to Ravi Uniyal. The Best Batsman award went to Harender Rawat while Girish Sharma got the Best Bowler award.

Scores: BSES: 179 for 8 in 30 overs (Ajeet Chaudhary 49, Satish Tyagi 35, Manoj Kumar 32, Nitin Punia 3 for 29, Harender Rawat 3 for 21).

PBL: 164 for 9 in 30 overs (Ravi Uniyal 51, Nalin Khanna 28, Mohit Vadera 27, Nawal Singh 3 for 30, Manoj Kumar 3 for 31).



Ladies amateur golf
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 30
The 86th All-India Ladies Amateur Golf Championship will be held at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) course from February 4 to 9.

The Ladies’ Golf is returning to DGC after a gap of four years. DGC lady captain Nandita Rao said over a hundred players from all over the country and a few golfers from the neighbouring countries are expected to participate in the tournament.



Vipul Sarees win

New Delhi, January 30
Vipul Sarees defeated Information and Broadcasting Ministry by 69 runs in a B Division match of the DDCA League at the Kotla II ground.

Scores: Vipul Sarees: 257 for 7 in 20 overs (Varun Gupta 90 n o, Akash Kumar 50, Ram Kumar 2 for 29).

I and B Ministry: 182 for 6 in 20 overs (Rakesh Kumar 53 n o, Virender Grover 31, Vikas RAthi 3 for 31, Bharat Rana 2 for 16). Kishan Ganj defeated Rehman Club by 42 runs in an A-I Division match at the Yamuna Sports Complex II ground. Scores: K G Gymkhana: 178 all out in 33.4 overs (Pratap Rawat 36, Umesh Sharma 23, Raghib Mohd 2 for 27, Furqan Ahmad 2 for 30). Rehman: 136 all out in 29.3 overs (Mohd Raghib 54, Mehboob Ahmad 41, Dinesh Yadav 5 for 38). OSR


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