Sunday, June 22, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Healthcare services at affordable prices
Tripti Nath

FAMILIES fed up with hefty medical bills can now opt for the ‘Health Edge’ card launched by Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited (AHLL). The card unveiled recently by Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit and the CEO of Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited, Mr Ratan Jalan, promises consumers a range of benefits including six free consultations at the Apollo clinics, 20 per cent discount on diagnostic services and 15 per cent discount on health check packages. The Health Edge card membership promises 10 per cent discount on services at the

Apollo Hospitals besides free home delivery of medicines from the Apollo clinic pharmacy. The Health Edge card has an inaugural price of Rs 749. Additional cards for three family members will also be offered at no extra cost. The Health Edge card holders will also be invited to health seminars organised by Apollo clinics.

Mr Ratan Jalan says that the card has been designed to give every family access to the best healthcare services at affordable prices.

AHLL, a fully owned subsidiary of Apollo Hospitals Group, plans to set up 250 clinics across the country. The National Capital Region already has six clinics including four in Delhi and one each in Faridabad and Gurgaon.

Foreign visitor at EHIRC

The Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mr Bounnhang Vorachit, visited Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre here recently to take a look at the facilities.

Dr R.R. Kasliwal, Head of the Department of Cardiology at EHIRC accompanied the visiting dignitary on his round of the hospital and showed him the angiography lab, heart command centres and the operation theatres. Mr Vorachit evinced interest in the entire facility and said that his government would like to collaborate with Escorts to set up a similar institution in Lao. He was particularly impressed by the three year long Diplomat National Board in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery offered by EHIRC to MBBS and MD doctors every year. Dr Kasliwal is the programme director of the DNB in Cardiology. The DNB is affiliated to the National Board of Examination.

US nutrition expert to visit India

Heather Livingston, a well-known sports nutrition expert from US is visiting India in the coming week to launch Cellu-Loss, a superior vitamin based herbal and mineral formula which supports weight management and reduces water retention. The product is being launched by Herbal Life, manufacturers of nutrition supplements.

Vice-president of Nutrition Management and a member of the Medical Advisory Board of Herbal Life, Livingston research on nutrition and weight management programme has won international acclaim.

Diagnostic product for patient comfort

BD Insyte AutoGuard launched by Becton Dickinson India
BD Insyte AutoGuard launched by Becton Dickinson India.

Becton Dickinson India (BD India), known for medical supplies and devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products, has launched a unique shielded cannula BD Insyte-W Autoguard, which promises to reduce sharp injuries to healthcare workers. BD is also launching BD Venflon Pro, a porter iv catheter for the IV Cannulae-all new generation products for better patient comfort. The unique feature of BD Insyte W Autoguard is its patented Bd Autoguard push button shielding technology, which is meant to protect healthcare workers from accident needle stick injury. Such injuries are the main source of transmission of infectious diseases in the healthcare workers. BD Venflon Pro is aported catheter. The catheter material softens in blood stream by 75 per cent in just half an hour. This reduces the irritation to the vein and other cannula-related complications.

Ayurvedic Science Centre launched

Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL) has announced the launch of Ayush Ayurvedic Science Centre in Andheri, Mumbai. The main objective of setting up the centre is to promote an appreciation of the scientific truths about Ayurveda. The centre will pursue its objectives by conducting national and international seminars, sponsoring research programmes, promoting health initiatives for the benefit of the people and disseminating information on various aspects of Ayurveda to the scientific and medical community and the masses. HLL entered the Ayurvedic personal care and healthcare market in 2002 with the launch of its brand Ayush.

In the service of the poor

The Union Labour Minister, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, has felicitated the chairman of Delhi based MRI centres, Mr Rajesh Gulla, for providing the costly facility to poor people free of cost. The first modern MRI scan centre in Delhi was set up by Mr Gulla’s father, the late Mr V.K. Gulla. The second MRI centre was opened in 1998 in Green Park in South Delhi. After his father’s demise in 1998, Mr Gulla continued with philanthropic service.


Raghav Kakkar bowls R P Academy to victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 21
A deadly spell of 3 for 30 by left-arm spinner Raghav Kakkar helped R P Academy defeat Bharat National Cricket Academy by seven wickets and score their third consecutive victory in the first Turf Youth Cup Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Airport Authority of India ground. Raghav was adjudged the man of the match. Scores: Bharat National Academy: 137 all out in 27.4 overs (Sameer Khurana 24, Abhishek Sehgal 24 n.o., Raghav Kakkar 3 for 30, Kaif Mohd. 2 for 23). R P Academy: Kaif Mohd 43, Vaibhav Rawal 31, Puneet Mehra 22 n.o).

Uttaranchal beat Shastri

Three Star Uttaranchal Sports Club beat Lal Bahadur Shastri Club by six wickets and entered the final of the second I D Paul Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Apex Public School ground.

Scores: Shastri Club: 145 all out in 27.5 overs (Sandeep Yadav 38, Rajan Gupta 34, Ranjit Singh 3 for 15, Bhupender Yadav 3 for 18, Annirudha Singh 3 for 25).

Three Star Uttaranchal: 146 for 4 in 17.4 overs (Shailesh Kumar 77 n.o, Manish Kangra 39, Nitin Aggarwal 3 for 32).

Harry Academy win

Harry Coaching Academy beat Patel Nagar Gymkhana by 42 runs in a league match of the Madhu Vihar Sports Club Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the DDA ground.

Harry Coaching Centre: 141 all out in 29.1 overs (Gaurav Gupta 31, Gaurav Dusaj 28, Govinda Sharma 27, Sandeep Kumar 2 for 32, Vinod Vadhva 2 for 30).

R N Gymkhana: 99 all out in 28.3 overs (Joginder Kohli 22, Rahul 17, Govinda Sharma 3 for 14, Nitesh Kumar 3 for 15).

Ravindra School win

Ravindra Public School beat Sumit Dogra Academy by 77 runs in the Manav Chopra Memorial Under-17 Cricket Tournament for the B L Gupta Trophy at the Bharat Nagar ground.

Scores: Ravindra School: 263 for 8 in 40 overs (Sawaj Khan 100, Anuj Jain 35, Harish Kumar 37, Surender Kumar 3 for 38).

Sumit Dogra Academy: 186 all out in 38.2 overs (Aditya Aima 64, Piyush Negi 40, Harish Kumar 37, Surender Kumar 3 for 38). Sumit Dogra Academy: 186 all out in 38.2 overs (Aditya Aima 64, Piyush Negi 40, Harish Kumar 3 for 37, Anuj Jain 3 for 20).



RBI to meet Delhi Admn in final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 21
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will take on Delhi Administration in the final of A Division of the Delhi Soccer Association Institutional Football League at the Ambedkar Stadium on Sunday at 4.15 pm. RBI topped Group A with ten points after they beat All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the first semi-final with a solitary goal victory. AIIMS remained second in Group B with 12 points.

Delhi Administration won all their five matches to secure 15 points in Group B. They beat Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in the second semi-final with a 3-1 victory.

Delhi Audit will take on defending champions Food Corporation of India (North Zone) in the Senior Division final on Monday at 4-15 pm.


Yashika downs Ashmeet in Tirath Ram Badminton
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 21
Yashika Mudgal downed Ashmeet Kaur 11-9, 11-8 in a first round match of the girls under-13 section in the 14th Pt. Tirath Ram Badminton Tournament at the New Era Public School court, Mayapuri. 

Following are the other results: Girls under-13: Akansha beat Chaitali Arora 11-5, 11-6; Shreya Aggarwal b Shalu Devgan 11-2, 11-2; Mridu b Payal 11-2, 11-2. Boys Under-13: Atul Chauhan b Jayant 15-1, 15-1; Rishab b Yogesh 15-2, 15-2; Naval Sharma b Priyanka Arora 15-13, 15-10; Sarmukh Singh b Gyan Singh 15-2, 15-2; Ravi Chabra b Sunder Singh 15-13, 15-13; Jatin Ummat b Sachin Sethi 15-2, 15-2; Manjeet Singh b Deepak Chandra 15-1, 15-3; Koustav b Keshav Bajaj 15-8, 15-5.

Ketan Desai scores second hattrick

Ketan Desai scored his second hattrick as Grey Worldwide beat Eventus 3-1 in the Delhi Merchants Cup Football Tournament at the Delhi Public School ground.

In other matches, Nestle beat Mckinsey 1-0, Airport Authority of India beat Reebok 2-0, Fritolay beat Reckitt 2-0, British High Commission drew with British Gas 2-2, Maruti drew with Canon goalless, Jet United beat HECL 3-2,

Ernest and Young drew with Touchtel 1-1, American Express beat G E Capital B 2-1, G E Capital A beat Pepsi 3-1, Orient Craft b HCL Technology 2-1, HSS beat Hudco 2-1, ABN Amro Bank drew with Coca Cola goalless and Hero Honda beat JWT 3-1.



Korean Taekwondo team to visit India

New Delhi: To mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and India, the Korean Government has decided to send a 20-member Taekwondo demonstration team to India. The highly trained masters of Taekwondo, the traditional martial art of Korea, will showcase their talent and skills before the people of India. The Taekwondo demonstrations, including performances by two female players, will be carried out by the Korea Taekwondo Association at New Delhi and Mumbai.

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