Sunday, August 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Nation’s smile is in danger
Tripti Nath

The Dental Council of India (DCI) will present on Sunday its interim report of National Oral Health Epidemiological Survey and Fluoride Mapping. The report will facilitate entry of Indian data in the World Health Organisation’s Global Oral Data Bank, says Dr V. B. Mathur, Project Director of the national level survey with Dental Council of India.

A public health dentist, Dr Mathur will present the report to dental surgeons attending the eighth annual congress of the Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry. The congress was inaugurated on Saturday by Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr A. Raja.

A large number of dental experts from India and abroad are participating in the conference. Professor Stephen H.Y. Wei, Professor Emeritus of Dentistry in Hong Kong University, presented a paper on Saturday on ‘The impact of technology on clinical preventive dentistry’. Dr Raj K. Raja Ryan, who is the Dean of the Faculty of General Practitioners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, will speak on the ‘Amalgamation of clinical and preventive practice in dentistry’.

Stressing the importance of data on oral health, Dr Mathur said, “We keep saying that there is a high level of oral caries in the country. Till now, nobody knew the exact level of oral disease. The survey attempts to answer questions about etiological factors. There have been small and isolated surveys in the past, but they did not follow the WHO pathfinder method. The key findings of the survey relate to a very disturbing fact about rise in level of dental disease in India. In other countries in the West, dental disease levels are declining. The survey also includes fluoride mapping. High fluoride level in water results in enamel mottling and complete destruction of teeth.”

According to Dr Mathur, field investigators covered 35,000 households in the course of the survey. The survey followed the WHO pathfinder method and covered five specified age groups. Regional dental colleges acted as nodal centres for the survey. The Head of the Department of Dental Public Health were regional co-ordinators for the survey in 16 states. The Central Survey Cell of DCI provided initial training and calibration.

Workshop on healthy living

At a recent workshop on healthy living and eating organised by ‘W’- the work-wear brand for women, weight management expert, Dr Shikha Sharma stressed the need for eating the right kind of food. She discussed the harmful effects of starvation and detoxification. Dr Sharma emphasised that unhealthy eating habits are the major cause of diseases like hupothyroid, bloating due to water retention, diabetes and hormonal imbalance.

The workshop was followed by a cooking session where Dr Sharma’s team gave a demonstration on preparation of low calorie healthy food. Dr Sharma can be consulted at Clinique de Rejuvenation in Panchshila Park, Uday Park, Vasant Vihar.

Disabled to join fashion show

Sixteen disabled models have been handpicked by choreographer, Rashmi Virmani to participate with ten able-bodied models in an unusual fashion show at The Grand Hotel in Vasant Kunj on Tuesday evening. The show has been conceptualised by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) in association with the International Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT).

Mr Javed Abidi, Executive Director, says that he felt inspired to organise such a fashion show after he accompanied film star Aishwarya Rai on the ramp on his wheel-chair at a fashion show organised by the Ability Foundation in Chennai several years ago.

“My school friend who is the Executive Director of IIFT, Vasant Kunj proposed a fund raiser. I suggested an integrated fashion show. We want to break mindsets about the stereotyped definition of beauty. Models with disability are acceptable in the West,” he says.

Rahul Dev and Jessie Randhawa are flying in from Mumbai to be brand ambassadors for the show. We spread the word through organisations working in the area of disability. Sixteen persons representing various categories of disability were selected after an audition. The participants include eight men and eight women. Among those participating in the show are, Salil Chaturvedi, a communication consultant who uses a wheel-chair, Chandra Rama Rao, a chartered accountant and Preeti Monga who is suffering from visual disability. 


Guru Hanuman’s statue unveiled

New Delhi, August 9
A statue of the late Dronacharya wrestling coach Guru Hanuman was unveiled at the Kalyan Vihar Sports Stadium by former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana. On the occasion, the stadium, built on a two-acre Delhi Development Authority land was also inaugurated.

Mr Khurana, praising the immense contribution of Guru Hanuman for the promotion of wrestling in the country, said he would strive his best to build a wrestling hall in the stadium. The function was organised by Delhi Kushti Premi Mahasangh president Ashok Aggarwal. It was attended by wrestlers, khalifas and wrestling gurus.

Chief coach of the Guru Hanuman Akhara Dhan Pehalwan, coach Maha Singh Rao, Lalla, Lala Ram, Inder Prakash, Charan Das, Vikram, Bal Kishan, Ashish, Bhagat Singh, Rajiv Tomar, Chand and Sandeep Rathi were among those who attended the function. OSR


Victory Club tame Youngsters in DSA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 9
Victory Club scored a fluent 3-0 victory against Youngsters in a Group C league match of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL A Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium on Saturday.

The match began on an even tempo with both the teams attacking by turns, but with the forwards in a prodigal mood, neither team could cash in on their chances. Victory held the upper hand but Satish and Sushil failed to translate their fine moves into goals.

Striker Sushil eventually found the mark just a minute before half time.

On resumption, Rizwan enhanced the lead in the 55th minute while Uppal scored the third goal four minutes later. Victory notched up four points from six matches and completed their league engagements while Youngsters secured three points from six matches.

Youngsters have to complete a play-off match in a bid to avoid relegation.

Earlier, the Group B match between Hans Club and Frontiers Club was abandoned in the 18th minute when Frontiers, who started with seven players, were reduced to six players. Hans Club, who were leading by 2-0 when the match was called off by referee Julius Ceaser, were awarded full points by the league sub-committee. Ashish scored both the goals for Hans.

Sunday’s fixtures: Indian Air Force vs Glorious (3.30 pm); Youngmen vs Young Boys (4.45 p m)—Ambedkar Stadium.


Hansraj School annex cadet boys crown

New Delhi, August 9
Hansraj Model School, Punjabi Bagh, assisted by Kartik Kukreja, Kunal Kathuria and Utkarsh Gupta defeated Sachdeva Public School 3-2 to bag the cadet boys title in the Inter-School Table Tennis Tournament at the Talkatora indoor stadium on Saturday.

Kartik Kukreja fashioned Hansraj’s victory when he won two matches. Kunal Kathuria also played a crucial role when he clinched the deciding fifth match, beating Nikhil Gupta 11-8, 11-7, 11-8.

In earlier matches, Mount Abu b Kamal Convent 3-0, Sachdeva got walkover from Apeejay, N K Bagrodia b Apeejay 3-2, Manav Sthali b Kamal Convent 3-0.

In the boys team championship, Manav Sthali, Sachdeva, DPS, Mathura Road and N K Bagrodia scored their third successive wins.

In the sub-junior boys section, Manavsthali, Apeejay, Sachdeva, Springdales and Hansraj qualified for the knockout round.

Results: Hansraj b Sachdeva 3-2: Kartik Kukreja b Nikhil Gupta 10-12, 11-8, 11-1, 8-11, 11-8; Kunal Kathuria lost to Pravanshu Gupta 11-13, 6-11, 6-11; Utkarsh Gupta lost to Rajat Kumar 4-11, 4-11, 4-11; K Kukreja b Prayanshu Gupta 9-11, 11-5, 14-12, 11-8; K Kathuria b Nikhil Gupta 11-7, 11-8, 11-8. OSR


FCI, CWC post easy wins
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 9
Defending champions Food Corporation of India (FCI) and runners-up Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) posted facile victories in the Delhi State Inter-Club Table Tennis League Championship at the Talkatora indoor stadium on Saturday.

In a Group 1 match, FCI trounced Engineers India Ltd (EIL) A 3-0 while CWC crushed EIL B in a Group II match.

Results: FCI beat EIL ‘A’ and CWC b EIL ‘B’: Himansh Kala b G S Matharu 11-6, 11-4, 12-10; Rajat Chopra b Ravi Sharma 11-3, 11-8, 11-3; Vinay Chopra b R Ranglani 11-5, 11-5, 11-8. Khalsa College b Intab ‘B’ 3-0: Aman Dhall b Dhruv Arora 11-9, 11-6, 11-9; I M Singh b Nandit Passy 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 18-16; Sumit Bajaj b Sarthak Gandhi 11-4, 11-7, 11-4.

Delhi Audit b N K Bagrodia School 3-0: Sunal Jain b Ketan Jain 11-9, 11-5, 11-9; Jogindder Singh Bisht b Dhruv Saxen 11-6, 11-2, 11-9; Shyam Kumar b A. Sharma 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5. RBI b Manav Sthali School 3-1: Jagat Singh Bisht b Gunjit Arora 11-3, 11-5, 11-7; D S Rawat lost to Aman Ahuja 9-11, 6-11, 11-4, 8-11; S K Jolly b Tushar Kalra 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 14-12; Jagat Bisht b Aman Ahuja 11-9, 11-9, 11-8.

Central Revenue b Mount St. Mary’s 3-1: Padam Singh b Anubhav Jain 11-2, 11-3, 11-5; Satish Tanwar b Gurlin Lamba 12-10, 11-6, 11-9; Satpal Singh lost to Adit Mehra 9-11, 5-11, 4-11; P. Singh b Gurlin Lamba 11-6, 11-8, 11-7.

In other matches, Sachdeva School b BHEL 3-0, CWC B b DDA 3-0, Delhi Audit b Mount St. Mary’s 3-0, Manav Sthali EIL 3-1, Indian Airlines b Arrowhead 3-0, Delhi Public School b All India Radio 3-0, DDA b Mount St. Mary’s A 3-1, RBI b Central Revenue 3-0, CWC A b Mount St. Mary’s 3-0, Hansraj College b Copper Field 3-0.


Parul Goswami lifts title
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 9
Modern School, Barakhamba Road cantered away with three of the four titles at stake in the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association Inter-School Tennis Tournament which concluded at the DLTA courts on Saturday.

Top-seeded Parul Goswami claimed the girls under-18 title when she defeated third-seeded Neha Rana of Cambridge School 6-1, 6-0. Parul, who did not concede a single set in the tournament, gave away just two games in the last two matches.

Top-seeded Siddharth Gulati of Modern outgunned second-seeded Vijit Sehgal of St. Columba’s School 6-3, 6-3 to annex the boys under-18 title.

Second seeded Karina Ahuja won the girls under-14 title when she hit back to overwhelm third seeded Vishakha Sheoran of DPS 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6.

Second-seeded Yuki Bhambri was the lone player to put a halt to a complete sweep by Modern when he upset top seed Akshay Kohli of Amity 6-4, 6-4 to bag the boys under-14 title.


DPS and Columba’s earn full points
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 9
Delhi Public School (DPS), Oxford and St. Columba’s School scored convincing victories to earn full points in the Jindal Basketball Tournament at the Master Prithvi Nath courts.

DPS, Mathura Road defeated St. Xavier’s School 47-29 in a Group B match. Guruk and Adbulla stole the spotlight when they scored 22 and 19 points for DPS.

Oxford defeated Blue Bells 41-29 in a Group A match. Utsav basketed 20 points to emerge the top scorer for Oxford. Ankush scored 18 points for Blue Bells.

In a Group A match, St. Columba’s, trailing in the first half, fought back to defeat Ryan School 46-39. Buvesh was the top-scorer for the winners with 23 points while Ankit contributed nine points. Manoj and Shrey scored 20 and 14 points respectively for the losers.

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