Saturday, May 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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DUTA gives full marks to move on academic reforms
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 9
The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) while welcoming the university’s decision to implement 25 per cent internal assessment and a six- day week schedule for colleges has sought the effective implementation of the same and have asked for necessary infrastructural support.

In a statement issued here, the DUTA also put forth the demand that the Committee on Academic Reforms and Accountability meet and take up other issues on its agenda, including further examination reforms and strengthening of the federal structure through greater cooperation between the university departments and the colleges.

DUTA president Shaswati Majumdar said that the reforms announced are the result of DUTA’s persistent demands to pave the way for a rejuvenation of the academic programmes and intensification of student-teacher interaction. Strengthening the tutorial system and its reintroduction in the science course would enhance the teaching learning process, Dr Mazumdar said.

The Teacher’s Union also expressed satisfaction over the implementation of 25 percent internal assessment, setting of papers by the Boards of Examiners rather than one person and setting guidelines for answer script evaluation.

The DUTA also urged for the need to fill all teaching posts before the commencement of the new academic session and pointed out against the delays in appointing new staff against vacant posts under various pretexts.



Rajdhani stun Chand Khanna Club
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 9
Rajdhani Sports Club stunned fancied Chand Khanna Club by seven wickets to enter the quarter-final of the Goswami Ganesh Dutt Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Khalsa College ground on Friday. Rajdhani Sports will take on Collage Group in the quarter-final on Saturday.

Rajdhani Sports skipper Ravi Yadav won the toss and asked Chand Khanna to bat first. After a good beginning, Chand Khanna floundered to be all out for 145 in 36.2 overs.

After the exit of Gautam Gambhir (14) and Farman Ahmed (18), only Rajiv Uniyal (48, 8x4, 47b) and Varun Kumar (27, 2x4, 40b) could stand up to the bowling of Joginder Sharma (3 for 35) and Gaurav Vashisht (4 for 27).

In reply, Rajdhani Sports openers Joginder Sharma (58, 8x4, 2x6, 49b) and Paramjit Sherwat (29, 2x4, 1x6, 45b) put on 81 runs for the opening wicket in 14 overs to put their team on the road to an easy victory. Ravi Yadav (23 n o, 3x4, 39b) and Joginder Singh (30 n o, 5x4, 33b) then helped the team to reach the victory target in just 32 overs for the loss of three wickets.

Scores: Chand Khanna: 145 all out in 36.2 overs (Farman Ahmed 18, 2x4; Gautam Gambhir 14, 2x4; Rajiv Uniyal, Varun Kumar 27, Joginder Sharma 3 for 35, Rajesh Chandra 1 for 20, Gaurav Vashisht 4 for 27, Sanjay Verma 1 for 20).

Rajdhani Sports: 149 for 3 in 32 overs (Padamjit Sherawat 29, 2x4, 1x6, 45b; Joginder Sharma 58, 8x4, 2x6, 49b; Ravi Yadav 23 n o, 3x4, 39b; Joginder Singh 30 n o, 5x4, 33b; Deepak Sain 3 for 28).



SAI, PNB sign MoU for hockey academy
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 9
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Punjab National Bank (PNB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday for establishing the “SAI PNB Hockey Academy”. The SAI will provide coaching experts, scientific back-up, synthetic hockey turf and other facilities for the running of the academy at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

SAI will also provide space to the academy at the National Stadium complex for the construction of a residential campus for its players.

PNB will construct the hostel at its own cost in addition to bearing the expenditure on education, boarding, lodging, transportation, training, competition exposure etc. of the trainees.

The MoU was signed by SAI executive director C. R. Gopinath and PNB general manager P N Khurana. Former Olympian Ajit Pal Singh, who is adviser to the academy, and PNB academy secretary S. S. Chopra were also present.

The PNB Hockey Academy was established in September, 2002 with 24 players on its rolls. And in the space of six months, the academy has made impressive progress. Three of the academy players had attended the India camp, and one of them, Pramod Kumar, was part of the Indian team who lifted the title at Dhaka.

He was awarded the man of the match trophy in the semi-final as well as the final.



Dogra Academy advance into final

New Delhi, May 9
A fine knock of 92 by Satender Yadav helped Sumit Dogra Academy beat Haribhumi Club by four wickets and entered the final of the fourth BDM Cup Cricket Tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Satender Yadav was named the man of the match.

Scores: Haribhumi Club: 193 for 6 in 40 overs (Jaspreet Singh 35, Pankaj Joshi 48 n o, Manu Kumar 2 for 28, V Arvind 2 fo 30, Praveen Thapar 2 for 40).

Sumit Dogra Academy: 194 for 6 in 38.3 overs (Satender Yadav 93, Rajan Gupta 42, Raja Sharma 3 for 31).

Inborn sail into final

Inborn Club defeated Delhi Administration by six wickets to enter the final of the DDCA A-I Division League at the Palam B ground.

Scores: Delhi Administration (1st innings): 186 all out in 50 overs (J S Bisth 38, Mohan Singh 33, Anand Singh 34, Karamvir Bhati 4 for 14, Arun Chaudhary 3 for 16).

Second innings: 158 for 6 in 30 overs (Anand Singh 63 n o, Bharat Khurana 2 for 21).

Inborn (1st innings): 206 all out in 50.3 overs (Rahul Ahuja 62, Ratan Rawat 55, Anand Singh 3 for 41, J S Bisth 3 for 49).

Second innings: 140 for 4 in 28.1 overs (Ratan Rawat 50, Wasim Raja 55 n o, J S Bisth 3 for 36). OSR



FIFA appoints Delhi referee for Olympic qualifier
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 9
Delhi referee Rizwan-Ul-Haq has been informed by All India Football Federation (AIFF) secretary Alberto Colaco that he has been appointed as a referee by the International Football Federation (FIFA) to officiate in the Athens Olympics qualifying match between Palestine and Kuwait, to be held at the Prince Mohhamed International Stadium in Jordan on June 7. Another Delhi referee, Krishan Avtar, had supervised a pre-Olympic qualifying match between Tajikistan and the United Arab Emirates in Tajikistan on April 26.

Meanwhile, the AIFF has declared five of Delhi’s first class referees successful in the annual examination for promotion to the National Grade.

The referees who have been promoted to the National Grade are Hari Chand, Sitendu Saha, Bikramjit Purkayastha, Ashok Ghosh and Mohd Kamil.

Ambuja Cup Soccer

The third Ambuja Cup Five-A-Side Football Tournament will be held from May 15 at the Ambedkar Stadium. The tournament, to be organised by Veterans Club, will be for institutional clubs affiliated to the Delhi Soccer Association and School teams.

Entry fee for institutional teams is Rs 300 and for school teams it’s Rs 100. Entries close with organising secretary Hem Chand on May 13 at the Ambedkar Stadium.



Seven players to represent India in World TT
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 9
Three men and four women players will represent India in the 47th Liebherr World Table Tennis Championship to be held in Paris from May 19 to 25. The team will be accompanied by two coaches, two umpires, two technical delegates and one manager. Veteran table tennis official from Delhi Hukam Singh has been named the manager of the team.

The team: Men: Chetan P Baboor, A Sharath Kamal and Sourav Chakraborty. Women: Mouma Das, Mantu Ghosh, T Pradeepa and Mamta Prabhu.

Coaches: Bhawani Mukherji and Sunil Babras. Umpires: D R Choudhary and A M Lele. Delegates: K L Bairwa and Vipul Mitra. Manager: Hukam Singh.



Hansraj, R P Academy in semis

New Delhi, May 9
Anmol Sharma hit a strokeful 92 to help Hansraj Academy beat Harry Cricket Academy by 87 runs to enter the semi-final of the first Harry Cup Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Central Secretariat ground.

In another match, R P Academy defeated Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) by 11 runs, and entered the semi-final.

Scores: Hansraj Academy: 249 for 7 in 30 overs (Anmol Sharma 92, Gaurav Jangra 43, Deepak Dabas 32, Anshul Vimal 3 for 38, Rajesh Verma 2 for 33).

Harry Academy: 162 for 5 in 30 overs (Rajesh Sharma 66 n o, Akash Chaudhary 46, Onant Jai Singh 3 for 16). R P Academy: 205 for 4 in 30 overs (Vaibhav Rawal 54, Kaif Mohammad 42 n o, Mukul Dangar 51).

HCA: 194 for 5 in 30 overs (Gagandeep Singh 65, Mukesh Kanawlia 56 n o, Pranav Chaudhary 3 for 28).



Vijay Singh donates prize money for charity
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 9
Ace golfer Vijay Singh of Fiji, who had won the Bilt Skins Challenge Golf held at the DLF golf course, has donated his entire tournament prize money for Pratham’s ‘Read Delhi’ programme for the uplift of underprivileged children in the Capital.

Vijay Singh came to India last November to play in the Bilt Skins Challenge, in which Jyoti Randhawa, Kapil Dev and Harmeet Kahlon had also featured. Vijay had won $ 21,500 out of a total prize money of $ 45,000.



Ban on sale of cut fruit
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 9
The District Magistrate of Sonepat, Mr Balwan Singh, has imposed a ban on the sale of cut fruit and vegetables to prevent an outbreak of water-borne diseases like cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and gastro-enteritis in this city and elsewhere in the district.

According to a report, rising temperature and the fear of water-borne diseases have forced the district administration to ban the sale of cut fruit and vegetables.

The ban, an annual ritual, will remain in force throughout the district.

Cut fruit and vegetables exposed to heat and dust are known to cause severe stomach disorders and even life-threatening diseases.

Sugarcane juice is also banned till the end of December.

The Residents Welfare Association and the Sonepat Citizens forum have refuted the claim of the health department authorities that the spray through fogging machines has been completed in the city.

In a joint press release, the representatives of these organisations have alleged that a major part of the city has not been covered and no spray through fogging machines has been done so far.

The Kalan Mohalla, the Ram Bazar and its adjoining areas are in a state of neglect and no spray has been carried out by the health department.


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