Tuesday, September 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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DMC unable to check quackery: DMA
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 8
The Delhi Medical Association today welcomed Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor’s decision to hold elections to the Delhi Medical Council and pointed a finger at the Council for being ineffective in tackling quackery and improving the standard of medical practice in the Capital.

DMA president Anil Bansal said that the council has failed to check the menace of quackery in the Capital due to which the number of unqualified doctors has doubled as compared to the qualified.

He said the DMC, which was formed in 1997 for three years on an ad hoc basis, has already completed more than five years with the nominated members and no communications for elections came from the council.

This, he said, is a blatant violation of the democratic rights of the members of the Delhi Medical Council and has resulted in unjustified and non-mandated extension to the nominated council beyond three years.

Dr Bansal added that it is indeed surprising and shocking that failure of the council to hold the prescribed elections is being rewarded by extending the terms of the nominated body. The Delhi Medical Council Bill passed by the Delhi Assembly started the council with nominated members but envisaged that it would have elections after three years to choose one member each from all the medical colleges of the Capital, nine members from registered medical practitioners to be elected by themselves and one to be elected by the DMA, Dr Bansal pointed out.


Amway team annex Prayas Golf Tournament
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 8
Team Amway put up a splendid performance to win the Daksh Prayas Golf Tournament at the Classic Golf Resort in Gurgaon.

Amway were aided by the fine display of William Pickney and Prithviraj Bijlani, who aggregated a winning tally of 49 team stableford points. Neeraj Wadhera and Arun Khanna finished runners-up with 47 points. The tournament was inaugurated by film actress Raveena Tandon and Kapil Dev.

The tournament was played on a two-man better ball stableford system, where the better score between the two partners on each hole was taken into account in totalling the 18-hole aggregate. In the individual stableford category, former Delhi Police Commissioner Ajay Raj Sharma emerged triumphant with 42 points. Vivek Raj Kurkaria was the runner-up with 41 points. Navina Punj emerged the champion in the ladies’ section.

Adm. Sati Khanna won the straight drive contest while J. S. Yang won the ‘closest to the pin’ tussle. Mr Amod Kanth said the tournament was organised to raise funds for NGO Prayas for its effort to create awareness towards juvenile justice.


Rachana shoots a gold
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 8
Rachana Govil is back with a bang, her guns blazing! She has once again hit the golden trail in shooting with a consistent performance in the air pistol event.

Rachana, a distance runner-turned shooter, who had virtually put the gun on the holder till the Arjuna Award controversy forced her to have a rethink on her retirement plans from sports, pursued her goal with determination to realise her shooting potential.

That she is on the right track was evident when she struck a gold, in the 10-metre air pistol event, in the 13th All-India G. V. Mavlankar Shooting Championship held at Chennai from August 19 to September 2. She shot 372 out of 400 to lift the gold, and the feat came as a surprise even to Rachana as the silver and bronze medallists had shot only 359 each out of 400.

It was a commendable display by Rachana, as her’s was the best score among both women and men. In the men’s section, the gold medallist had shot 367 out of 400.

Rachana was confident of doing well in the Mavlankar Championship, which boasted of a tough field, after she won the gold in the 21st Delhi State Shooting Championship held at the Tughlakabad Shooting Range in July, with a score of 360 out of 400.

A deputy director (operations) with the Sports Authority of India, Rachana is very keen to pursue her shooting career to make a mark in the sport, which she had taken up seriously only after hanging up her running boots. In the bargain, she is also determined to silence those who had criticised the Government’s decision to honour her with the Arjuna Award two years ago, for her achievements in athletics.


Indian National win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 8
Indian National beat Shastri Club 4-2 in a Group A match of the Delhi Soccer Association Senior Division Football League Championship at the Ambedkar Stadium on Monday.

Manjit Singh and Michael scored two goals each for National while Samir Jung and Nageshwar Rao scored the goals for Shastri.

The match between Tarun Sangha and Raisina Sporting Union was abandoned in the 68th minute when the former were leading by 2-1 and Raisina Sporting questioned the referee’s decision.

Haradhan Kora and Pushpender Dhaundyal scored the goals for Tarun Sangha while Robin Das reduced the margin for Raisina.

Tuesday’s fixtures: Shahdara vs Simla Youngs (2.15 pm); City vs N D Heroes (4 pm)— Ambedkar Stadium.


Govt considering tax exemption for sports investment
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 8
The Government is considering to exempt tax on investment of sports sponsorship for the corporate sector.

This was disclosed by joint secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports R. K. Mishra at an interactive session with diplomatic corps, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Mr Mishra said for broadbasing of sports and to achieve excellence, support from all stakeholders was a must-be it the sports personalities, youth or the corporate sector.

He said the youth of the country will have to see sports as a viable career option and only then there will be a mass movement, and urged the corporates to create awareness in this regard.

He said to promote sports, the State governments will provide lands on easy terms to the corporate sector, if the proposals were viable.

Sports in India has a huge potential, particularly events other than cricket, and it’s time the industrial houses got out of their obsession with cricket to cast their nets wider for the larger interest of sports in the country, as Indian sports is a “sleeping giant”, and there is a huge potential to tap if its stirred up, and put into motion.

The recent bronze medal triumph of Anju Bobby George in the World Athletic Championship in Paris is a big shot in the arm for Indian sports.

She has shown that India has the talent and it’s a question of harnessing them with the right kind of training and competitive exposure, for which sponsorship is an inevitable necessity.

The National Sports Policy 2001 has a broad-based perspective and a few disciplines have been accorded priority, the results of which are to be seen.

Mr Mishra said the Government was committed to the development of sports in the country, and to this effect, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Australia in 1999. India is also co-operating with Belarus, Cyprus, Egypt, Luxembourg, Turkey, Brazil, South Korea and Cuba to garner support and co-operation for the development of sports in the country.

Vice-president of Indian Olympic Association Avinash C. Kohli said India had begun moving ahead in sports with definite help from the Government and the industry in different areas.


Karun Chandhok races to second position

New Delhi, September 8
Karun Chandhok recovered from a disappointing non-finish on Saturday to end up at the second place in the Round 22 of the British Formula 3 Championship (scholarship class). Rounds 21 and 22 were held at the famous 1.9-mile Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire. The Drivers’ Championship is now headed towards an exciting finish as five points cover the top three drivers going into the last two rounds of the 2003 calendar at Brands Hacth, Kent.

The weekend started strongly for Karun, when he emerged as the second fastest at the end of the official test session, just over a tenth of a second away from Ernesto Viso. The qualifying sessions though were not that satisfying for Karun as he finished at the third position for both the races. Sunday’s race went a lot better for Karun, when he once again made a great start to move ahead of Kane. In the early laps, Karun battled wheel to wheel against some of the championship class cars. By lap five though, things had settled down and the rest of the race was a fairly processional affair with Viso taking the win ahead of Karun, Sherwood and Kane. OSR

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