Sunday, June 8, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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How safe is your drinking water?
Tripti Nath

Medical experts stressed the need for safe drinking water and expressed concern about water related diseases at a seminar held at DMA House, Daryaganj, to mark the World Environment Day on June 5.

Dr D.K. Chadha, Former Chairman, Central Ground Water Authority, Ministry of Water Resources, Dr I.P. Dhalla, President-elect, DMA, Dr Anil Bansal, DMA President and Dr Rajiv Garg, Secretary, IOPH (Delhi Chapter) at the inauguration of a seminar at DMA House, Daryaganj.

The seminar was organised by Delhi Medical Association (DMA) and Indian Association of Occupational Health (IAOH) Delhi State. The United Nations Environmental Programme has chosen ‘Water-two billion people dying for it’ as the theme for the World Environment Day this year. The UNEP has also declared 2003, as the International Year of Fresh Water. According to the UNEP, 1.2 billion people the world over do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion people lack proper sanitation. The UNEP has further stated that more than three million people die every year from diseases caused by unsafe water.

Speaking at the seminar, Dr Vijay Malhotra, State Secretary, DMA expressed concern about water related diseases as cholera, gastroenteritis, paratyphoid and water washed diseases as scabies, trachoma and bacilary dysentery. He said that safe drinking water should be provided to all inhabitants of Delhi.

Dr D.K. Chadha, President, Global Hydrogeologoical Solutions and former Chairman, Central Ground Water Authority, Ministry of Water Resources said that about 32,211 habitations in India are affected with fluoride contamination. Other habitations in the country are not free of salinity, arsenic and iron contamination. While 76,000 habitations are affected with iron contamination, 33,600 habitations are affected with salinity and 9,200 habitations with arsenic contamination. He said that the contamination of arsenic, fluoride and selenium ought to be tackled on priority through treatment technologies.

Dr P.S. Dutta, Project Director in Nuclear Research Laboratory, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), expressed concern about ground water contamination and effects of various intoxicants in water on health. He drew attention to cases of dental fluorosis and asymptomatic osteoscelerosis caused by high concentration of fluoride. He said that the rising level of Nitrate in water has carcinogenic effects.

Dr Rajiv Garg, Secretary, Indian Association of Occupational Health (Delhi chapter) said that water-borne diseases are the most important factor responsible for 80 per cent mortality in children and are common in rural areas and urban slums.

Big fight on June 14

The two-day annual Delhi State Medical Conference scheduled to begin here on June 14, will provide doctors from various systems of medicine a unique platform for interaction. The special session called the ‘Big Fight’ will be attended by Dr Kalyan Sachedva (Allopath), Dr Sri Kant Gaur (Ayurvedic practitioner), Dr Kuldeep Singh (Homoepath) and Dr R.K. Tuli, who practices holistic medicine.

According to DMA President, the conference comprises sessions on cardiology, gynaecology, neurology, paediatrics and respiratory medicine. About 400 members of the DMA are expected to attend the conference. DMA has also organised a training workshop on heart surgery for doctors at Ganga Ram Hospital on June 13. The workshop will be conducted by Dr O.P.Yadav, Cardiac Surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

About 100 doctors are expected to attend the four-hour long workshop scheduled to begin at 9 am.

AHLL’s sixth clinic

Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited (AHLL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the Apollo Hospitals Group, has started its sixth clinic in the National Capital Region (NCR). Set up in association with Hn Bees Communication Private Limited, the family health centre will offer a comprehensive range of quality healthcare services easily accessible to residents of North Delhi. The Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab National Bank, Mr S.S. Kohli, inaugurated the clinic in Shakti Nagar near Azadpur. The Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, Dr Prathap C. Reddy, the President of Indian Medical Association, North Delhi and Mr Ratan Jalan, CEO, AHLL, were also present on the occasion.

The clinic promises consultations with specialists in cardiology, dermatology, gynaecology/obstetrics, paediatrics, orthopaedics, diet counselling, pulmonogy and psychiatry. The clinic also offers comprehensive diagnostic facilities and specially designed preventive health check packages, including master health check, executive health check, well woman check, child check and family health check.

Pharma company gets ISO certificate

BAFCO Pharmaceuticals (India) Limited has become the first company in Asia to secure the most stringent international quality certification.

The Delhi-based pharma company, which manufactures Ayurvedic products, has been granted ISO 9001: 2000, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP-IS: 15000) and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) certificates from the globally reputed US-based certifying body - AQSR.

Mr Arun Chauhan, Managing Director of BAFCO says, “The need for international certification was felt as our customers are spread across the world.”

BAFCO is already certified for Good Manufacturing Practices by the Indian System of Medicine.

Mr Pankaj Rai, Country Manager, AQSR explains that the certificates are a testimony that each BAFCO product is produced in ultra hygienic conditions by state-of-the-art machines, is not touched by bare hands and has passed quality checks and is safe.


Physical education post lying vacant since three years
Our Sports Reporter

Sonepat, June 7
Despite the commendable performance of girls of Tika Ram Girls College, the post of lecturer for physical education has been lying vacant for the last three years. Reason: the apathetic attitude of the government controlled governing body of the management.

According to the Principal of the College, Dr Kamlesh Malik, after Santosh Dahiya, who was the last lecturer about three years back, it has been lying vacant since then. She had tried number of time to get this post filled, but without any success.

Dr Malik claims that there is no dearth of sports talents in the college, but to train and shape them, a lecturer in physical education is must. A senior lecturer of the college squarely blamed the government for not according sanction to fill up the vacant post, though the college management had left no stone unturned in making efforts for this.

Last year, the college hockey team, led by Savita Antil, won the Inter-College Hockey Championship of MDU Rohtak and Savita appointed as captain of the university. Besides, six girls also found place in the university hockey team.

Poonam and Savita Antil also remarked that they should also get proper training at College level and a regular coach, who can give proper training and they also said that the coach must be an outsider.

The national rising star, Renu Malik, who aims to win Olympic gold in races, also said that the physical education post should be filling up immediately.


Northern Railway derail FCI in DSA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 7
Former champions Northern Railway derailed Food Corporation of India (Headquarters) 2-1 in a Group B Senior Division match of the Delhi Soccer Association Institutional League at the Ambedkar Stadium on Saturday.

In a keenly fought clash, the strong Railway team struck two early goals to lead 2-0. Inside-right Lalit Singh pulled off the first goal in the fifth minute while inside-left Aftab Ashraf consolidated the position two minutes later.

Two goals down, FCI not only fortified their defence to baulk the marauding Northern Railway forwards, but also put the Railway goal under tremendous pressure. FCI succeeded in reducing the margin in the 47th minute to give a close finish to the encounter.

Northern Railway have collected six points from two matches while FCI have not yet opened their account, after three matches.

In a Group B match of A Division, Delhi Administration scored a convincing 2-0 victory against Indian Airlines. After a barren first half, inside-left Rajeev Bhalla put Delhi Administration in the lead in the 57th minute. Inside-right Harish Negi consolidated the lead two minutes later.

Delhi Administration posted their third straight victory to log nine points while Airlines have earned only three points from as many matches.

In the morning, Railway Board failed to turn up for their match against the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in a Group B tie of A Division. Railway Board had conceded their match against Indian Airlines due to shortage of players.

Sunday’s fixtures: DTC vs BSLN (4 pm); Oriental Bank vs Urban Development (5.15 pm) — Ambedkar Stadium.


Rohtak Road Gym enter final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 7
Rohtak Road Gymkhana defeated Faridabad Juniors by seven runs and entered the semi-final of the fourth Peacock Under-13 Cricket Tournament at the Gargi College ground.

Scores: Rohtak Road Gymkhana: 149 for 7 in 30 overs (Mohit Sharma 55, Vishal 30, Dalip 3 for 22, Mukesh 3 for 41). Faridabad Juniors: 142 all out in 29.2 overs (Rajat Pariwal 45, Prince 38, Karan 4 for 17, Anurag 3 for 24). Sonnet Club beat Sumit Dogra Academy by six wickets and entered the semi-final.

Scores: Sumit Dogra Academy: 79 all out in 28.3 overs (Taran Deep 30, Karan 4 for 17, Gourav 3 for 11). Sonnet Club: 80 for 4 in 24.2 overs (Siddarth 30, Ayush 30, Rambir 3 for 21).

Cambridge Foundation win

Cambridge Foundation (Rajouri Garden) defeated National Sports Cricket Club by 55 runs in the Summer League Cricket Tournament, organised by the Cambridge Foundation.

Scores: Cambridge Foundation: 165 all out in 29.1 overs (Saurabh Sehgal 34, 5x4; Ayush Gulati 30, 3x4; Rishabh 24, 3x4, 1x6; Rameez Naimat 3 for 31, Rohit Gupta 2 for 28).

National Sports Cricket Club: 110 all out in 28.2 overs (Jaspreet Singh 56, 7x4, 1x6; Ankit Singh 19, Ayush Gulati 2 for 20, Herman Gill 3 for 17). Harman Gill was named the man of the match.

Madhavrao Scindia Cup

Young Subhania Club defeated Regional Sports Club by one wicket in the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Andrewsganj ground.

Scores: Regional Sports Club: 186 all out in 24.5 overs (Sanjay Dobal 58, Dinesh Kumar 55, Subir Singh 3 for 44). Young Subhania: 190 for 9 in 23.2 overs (Azeem Ahmad 68, Vaibhav Kumar 35, Sanjay Dobal 3 for 53, Shubham 2 for 21).

Soccer tournament

Top teams from Punjab and Haryana will take part in the Mandi Football Tournament to be held in Mandi from June 10 to 16, according to organising secretary Rajinder Gupta.


Rochak, Salaj help Saviour Convent win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 7
Devastating bowling performances by Rochak Sachdeva (3 for 27) and Salaj Sodhi (3 for 53) helped Saviour Convent beat Delhi Colts by 41 runs in a league match of the DDCA Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Government School ground, Vikaspuri.

Scores: Saviour Convent: 234 all out in 37.2 overs (Chayan Kokcha 32, Tarunpreet Singh 29, Nitin Raj 28, Sumit Kumar 3 for 49, Kamal Kant 3 fo 59, Ankit Kumar 2 for 35).

Delhi Colts: 193 all out in 34.5 overs (Sumit Kumar 34, Kalyan Kumar 33, Kamal Kant 32, Rochak Sachdeva 3 for 27, Shalaj Sodhi 3 for 55).

An unbeaten century by wicket-keeper Rahul Yadav (103, 72b, 12x4, 1x6) and deadly bowling of 5 for 33 by left-arm spinner Puneet Anand helped Sarojini Nagar Gymkhana beat Lal Bahadur Shastri Coaching Centre by 146 runs at the Vikaspuri ground.

Scores: Sarojini Nagar Gymkhana: 250 for 7 in 40 overs (Rahul Yadav 103 n o, Gaurav Jhangra 29, Ishan Marwah 2 for 41).

Lal Bahadur Shastri Coaching Centre: 104 all out in 35.4 overs (Rohit Yadav 32, Inderpal Singh 18, Puneet Anand 5 for 53).


Aprajit Singh bowls FCI to victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 7
Left-arm spinner Aprajit Singh produced a deadly 4 for 20 spell and Paras Dogra scored a dashing half century to help Food Corporation of India defeat Bright Club by five wickets and enter the final of the DDCA Hot Weather Cricket Tournament at the Central Secretariat ground. Aparajit Singh was named the man of the match.

Scores: Bright Club: 127 all out in 31.3 overs (Dinesh Yadav 59, Siddarth Kumar 24, Aparajit Singh 4 for 20).

FCI: 128 for 5 in 25.3 overs (Paras Dogra 50 n o, Saurav Virmani 23, Rohit Kumar 2 for 23, Nishant Sharma 2 for 38).

Darling Club beat Delhi Police by 35 runs to enter the quarter-final at the Jamia Milia University ground.

Scores: Darling Club: 214 for 9 in 40 overs (Sandeep Rana 41, Manjeet Rajput 34, Rajesh Tyagi 3 for 20, Naveen Upadhyay 3 for 22).

Delhi Police: 179 all out in 35 overs (Joginder Singh 49, Satya Vardhan 22, Forman Ahmed 3 for 55, Tarachand 2 for 42).

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