Monday, September 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Children administered pulse polio drops
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 14
Lakhs of children were administered pulse polio drops under the Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme (PPIP) on Sunday. Over seven thousand polio booths were set up all over the NCT of Delhi.

The Health Minister, Mr A. K. Walia, said the drops were also administered to children at railway stations, inter-state bus terminuses (ISBTs), entry points of national highways, airports and entertainment complexes by 65 teams.

Another 300 mobile teams had fanned out into the slums. In all, 25,000 volunteers and health workers were enlisted for duties by the Government of NCT of Delhi.

The minister visited a few booths in Seelampur, Geeta Colony and Gandhi Nagar in East Delhi. He was accompanied by the Family Welfare Director, Mr Avinash Mehta and PPIP State Officer, Dr D.K. Dewan.

Over the next five days, the minister said, 7,200 teams comprising two volunteers each would go door-to-door so that any child who could not be brought to the booth today can be administered the drop.


A patient wait in long queues at pulse polio booths
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 14
A large number of children aged between 0-5 years were administered anti-polio drop by employees of the Health Department and volunteers of various social and voluntary organisations at different booths created specially for the purpose in this district today.

According to reports, the response to the campaign was overwhelming as parents and guardians of small children were seen waiting for their turn at several booths. People thronged the 675 centres spread all over the district and long queues could be seen in front of these much before the scheduled time of 9 am. Official sources revealed that as many as 2,852 employees were deployed for administering the pulse polio crops to the children. They were monitored by 100 inspection teams.

As many as 15 mobile teams went round the railway stations and the bus stands for this purpose. Moreover, 42 other mobile teams swung into action and covered the children of the people living in the slums, brick kilns and labour colonies. As many as 79 vehicles were provided to the mobile teams in this district. Special booths were set up at various places for administering the drops to the children of travellers passing through the district.

Official sources also revealed the previous campaigns launched by the Health department in coordination with the social and voluntary organisations in this district had proved a success. Meanwhile, only two cases of polio had been detected in Haryana during the current year. One case each has been reported in Rohtak and Gurgaon districts of the state.

The Health Department has taken a series of measures to curb this menace which include door-to-door survey for detection of such cases in the urban and rural areas of the state.


Khalsa Blues record thumping victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 14
Khalsa Blues defeated Guru Harkrishan Club 8-0 in the PNB Delhi Hockey League for Clubs at the Shivaji Stadium on Sunday. Four goals each came in either half.

Sandeep scored the first and second goal, Vikas added the third goal while Jaspreet accounted for the fourth goal to complete the first half scoring.

On resumption, Vijay scored a brace, while Baljit and Jaspreet Sr. scored the seventh and eighth goals respectively.

Tribal Heroes beat Khalsa White 4-1 after leading by 4-0 at half time. Ekka, Alex Kujur, Patric Kujur and Kerketta scored the goals for Tribal Heroes. Dalbir pulled one back for Khalsa White. Sonnet beat Shahdara Heroes 3-0, after leading by 2-0 at half time. Amrik scored a brace while Hem Raj hit home the second goal. Brothers Club defeated Super Stars 5-1 after leading by 4-0 at half time. The highlight of the match was a hattrick by Daljeet who scored the first three goals. Jaspreet produced the fourth goal while Parminder accounted for the fifth. Sanjay scored the lone goal for Super Stars. Azad Club defeated Punjab Olympians 4-3. Arun, Vinit Singh and Sandeep were the scorers for Azad Club. Rahul, Vishes and Chiter Sen scored the goals of Punjab Olympians. Swami Anand Muni XI defeated Delhi Stars 3-2. Dinesh, Jitender and Sone scored a goal each for Swami Anand Muni XI. Cyprian and Kishore struck home the goals for Delhi Stars.

Deendayal TT

The third Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Memorial All-India Open Table Tennis Tournament (Prize Money) will be organised by the Delhi Table Tennis Association from September 21 to 24 at the Talkatora indoor stadium.

Entries close on September 15 with organising secretary Hukam Singh, 6/2543, Beadon Pura, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.


Faridabad boy leads in pace hunt trials
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 14
Amit Singh of Faridabad notched up a speed of 134 kph to lead the pack after the first day’s trials in the Scorpio Speedster hunt for India’s fast bowler at the Gargi College ground.

Television actor Rahul Bose also put in an appearance and clocked 108 kph on the first day of the two-day contest, which attracted over 1,000 boys above 16 years of age. As the boys faced state-of-the-art speed guns, over 5,000 spectators watched the spectacle.

The winner of the Delhi trials will pocket a cash prize of Rs 8,000 and compete with winners from nine other cities in the grand national final in Mumbai on November 2. Each runner-up will get a cash prize of Rs 2,000. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of Rs 75,000 as well as a chance to attend the Australian Institute of Sports Cricket Academy in Adelaide, South Australia.

Indian fast bowling legend Javagal Srinath said the “cliche that there is a dearth of fast bowlers in India is no more a reality. The previous few years have proved that India can produce quality bowlers for both docile and hostile conditions. The idea of exploring more talent in this novel concept can only see India’s fast bowling department become more lethal. From Delhi, the contest will move on to Chandigarh, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune and Mumbai.


Cambridge Foundation win in Radha Kishan Cricket

New Delhi, September 14
Cambridge Foundation defeated New Delhi Public, Vikaspuri by 9 wickets and Hansraj beat Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan by 122 runs in the Radha Kishan Memorial Cricket Tournament. The tournament was inaugurated by Sanjay Verma.

Scores: New Delhi Public, Vikas Puri: 111 all out in 27.2 overs (Amit Tejpal 50, 3x4, 3x6; Sony Verma 3 for 27, Herman Gill 3 for 17). Cambridge Foundation: 112 for 9 in 15.5 overs (Saurabh Sehgal 51 n o, 8x4; Gaurav Mathur 40, 5x4, 1x6).

Hansraj Model: 207 all out in 26 overs (Ankur Garg 57, 5x4, 3x6; Kartike Bhatia 48, 5x4, 2x6; Sahil Arora 28, 2x4, 3x6; Manu Sharma 25, Robin Bisht 4 for 23). Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan: 85 all out in 23.4 overs (Ankur Garg 4 for 11, Puneet Anand 3 for 28). Monday’s fixtures: Gyan Bharati vs Sardar Patel; Modern School vs J D Tytler.

Ramjas Basketball

The Ramjas Inter-School Basketball Tournament will be held at the Ramjas Sports Complex ground from September 15. Organising secretary R Nath said 16 teams will participate in the tournament. Delhi Public School, R K Puram will take on Mount St. Mary’s School in the opening match. National cricket selector Kirti Azad will inaugurate the tournament.

Modern School, Barakhamba Road, DPS, Noida, Ramjas (Anand Parvat), Sachdeva Public School and Bal Bharti are some of the other teams in the fray. OSR


N Zone triumphant
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 14
North Zone defeated West Zone through the spin of coin after the title match of the J K Bose Cricket Tournament for sports journalists was washed out at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Batting first, West Zone were bundled out for 126. Rakesh Thapliyal, Sunil Narula, G. S. Vivek and Santosh Suri took two wickets each. North Zone could not bat due to rain, and the match was called off by the umpires. In the second match to decide minor positions, South Zone batted first and scored 93 runs in 21.2 overs. In reply, East Zone played only four balls when rain stopped play.

Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma gave away the prizes. North Zone captain Rakesh Thapliyal was declared the man of the tournament as well as the best bowler. Tausheed Ali of East Zone was declared the best batsman. Indore beat Delhi 3-1 to annex the Sahara A C Bali Table Tennis Trophy.


Rain plays spoilsport in DSA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 14
Rain played the spoilsport as both the matches scheduled for Sunday in the Delhi Soccer Association Senior Division League Championship were washed out due to water-logging at the Ambedkar Stadium.

Tarun Sangha were to take on Indian National at 2.15 pm, while last year’s runners-up Hindustan were to clash against Shastri Club at 4.30 pm. These matches will now be played on September 18.

Meanwhile, Delhi Soccer Association secretary N K Bhatia said the All India Football Federation will conduct the AFC B Licence Course in Goa from October 3 to 23.

The candidates intending to participate in the course should have passed AFC C Licence Course conducted not later than October 2001, should be an active coach and should have represented the State at the national level. The requisite application form can be collected from the DSA office at the Ambedkar Stadium.


Football player Bansi Lal is no more

New Delhi, September 14
Former Delhi State football player Bansi Lal died on Sunday morning after a prolonged illness. The 55-year-old veteran player is survived by his wife and a son. Bansi Lal, who was an employee of the Food Corporation of India, had represented Delhi schools, Delhi University and Delhi State from 1960 to 1980.

He also played for Modernites, Usmania, President’s Estate and Frontiers’ Club in the DSA League.

Bansi Lal was also an athlete of repute and had represented Delhi State and Delhi University in cross country championships, and became a champion in 1968, 1969 and 1970 He was also a record holder in the cross country event and was a technical official of the Delhi State Athletic Association.

A large number of soccer players, officials and fans attended his cremation at Mangalapur in Palam Colony. The DSA expressed its condolence at the demise of Shri Lal. OSR


DAV Dayanand Vihar in semis

New Delhi
Deadly bowling of 4 for 6 by Ashish Kumar helped DAV, Dayanand Vihar beat DAV, Jhabban Lal by six wickets and entered the semi-final of the Hansraj Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Yamuna Sports Complex ground. In the second match, Hansraj Model School defeated DAV, Vikaspuri by five wickets, and entered the final.

Scores: DAV, Jhabban Lal: 65 all out in 24.2 overs (Ramesh 30, Ashish Kumar 4 for 6). DAV, Dayanand Vihar: 66 for 4 in 19.4 overs (Himanshu Kumar 33 n o, Ashok Kumar 3 for 15). DAV, Vikaspuri: 93 all out in 24.5 overs. Hansraj Model School: 95 for 5 in 18.2 overs. OSR

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