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British journal to bring out issue on South Asia
Tripti Nath

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) is bringing out a special issue on South Asia and has commissioned at least twenty eminent doctors from South Asian countries to write articles.

Dr Samiran Nundy, Consultant Surgical Gastroenterologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, who has been on the editorial board of the BMJ for the last five years, is editing the special issue along with Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, Professor of Paediatrics in Aga Khan University, Karachi. Dr Kamran Abassi from the British Medical Journal will oversee the special issue, which has an ambitious print order of about 1,40,000 of which 5000 will be for India and Pakistan alone.

The idea to bring out a special issue on South Asia was mooted during a meeting of the BMJ in London last June. Dr Nundy, editor of Indian Journal of Medical Ethics and the lone Indian among the 22 member editorial board of BMJ, suggested that the special issue be jointly edited with Professor Bhutta from Pakistan. Professor Bhutta and Dr Nundy have already written two editorials together-one on the nuclear war and another explaining the rationale behind the special issue. At a meeting held in Karachi last September to discuss the special issue, Dr Nundy suggested a special health site called the South

Asian Health Forum. He is of the view that the resources of all the eight South Asian countries be pooled together as the countries have similar diseases and problems like poverty, lack of education and population growth.

Some of the doctors who have been invited to contribute to the much-awaited BMJ issue are Dr Abbas from Bangladesh on ‘Indigenous health system-quality and equity issue’, Dr Shally Awasthi from India on ‘Burden of Infectious Diseases’ and Dr C.M. Gulati and Dr Balasubramaniam on pharmaceutical industry, Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy from Pakistan on ‘Investment and resource allocation on health and education’, Dr Fariyal Fileree from Pakistan on gender related issues, Dr Buddha Basnayat from Nepal on ‘Demographic transition from infectious to non communicable diseases’ and Dr D.A. Ranasinghe from Sri Lanka on ‘Traditional medical practices in South Asia’.

Health Food Shop

Ishi KhoslaBy the end of this month, health and fitness conscious residents of Chandigarh will have the option to sample and pick up health foods from ‘Whole Foods’-a health food shop in Sector 22. The shop will be inaugurated on January 29. Delhi based nutritionist and director of ‘Whole Foods’, Ms Ishi Khosla, is excited about her new venture-the second such shop outside the national Capital. She hopes to be present at the new store at least once every month for diet counselling.

Ms Khosla, who has served as a senior nutritionist with Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre here, set up the first health food store from Mathura Road in July 2001. Six months later, she opened another store in Greater Kailash Part II. Although she had to close down her shop in Noida due to logistical problems, Ms Khosla introduced the residents of Gurgaon to her nutritious foods by setting up a shop in DLF.

The shop in Chandigarh is an indication of her expansion plans and her entrepreneurial success.

The offer to open a shop in Chandigarh came through a regular customer’s mother-in-law, Mrs Neeru Bhatia, who lives in Chandigarh. Mrs Bhatia had been tasting ‘Whole Foods’ products, which her son-in-law often carried for her.

The Bhatias, who are in the dry fruit business decided to meet Khosla to explore the possibility of managing ‘Whole Foods’ in Chandigarh. Mrs Bhatia wanted to set up the store to fulfil her late husband’s desire to set up a store that would cater to disease specific special food. The discussions bore fruits three months back when Ms Khosla and the Bhatias decided to work together.

“They are our franchisees now. The shop will have ready to eat perishables, special flour, organic daal, cold pressed mustard oil extracted at room temperature and rich in monosaturated fats, organic short grain brown rice, red rice, indrani rice, breakfast cereals, high fibre breakfast cereals, tripical mousili, seeds and nuts mousili, oat dalia, a variety of fresh and bottled juices, a variety of seeds for micronutrients, which cover up nutritional deficiencies. These include seeds of pumpkin, melon, watermelon, cucumber, flax, sesame, poppy and wheat germ. The bakery items adorning the store shelves would be sans hydrogenated fats, special breads besides a whole range of soya products, Khakras-Gujarati snacks, pizzas, sandwiches, momos, health supplements, oil free pickles and dips and digestive salts and churan.

Ms Khosla explained that scientists abroad are of the view that there exists a definite link between the intake of trans fats through hydrogenated fats and heart disease. It is now mandatory for food manufacturers in the US to declare the percentage of transfats in any food.

Soya food festival

Visitors to the ongoing Soya food and health festival at Dilli Haat got a chance to sample cholesterol-free soya ice cream in mango and strawberry flavours besides an amazing range of highly nutritious soya products including halwa, parantha, chops, manchurian and granule curry. Soya ice cream in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla will be launched before the onset of summer by Delhi based VSMD Enterprises, manufacturers of soya products. The healthy ice creams will be launched at Ahaar, a food festival at Pragati Maidan.

The festival has been sponsored by the American Soyabean Association, a non government organisation active in 90 countries. The Agricultural Attache in the US Embassy, Mr Micheal Riedel inaugurated the four day festival on Friday. He recognised the efforts being made by the American Soyabean Association and the Indian corporate sector to promote soya.

“The Indian corporate sector, in the past has made major breakthroughs in the processing and manufacturing of soya products. The fact that new and innovative soya products ranging from tofu to nuggets and soya ice creams are hitting the market clearly indicates its popularity among different age groups,” he said.

Mr Daksh Gupta of VSMD Enterprises, who was one of the first few to enter the Soya business said that most persons associate soya to either soya sauce, soya milk or soya oil.

They don’t know that Soya is available in various forms as soya noodles, soya papad, soya nuts and even soya ice cream, which is free of saturated fats.

About 14 companies which manufacture soya products showcased their products at the festival. The range of products included soya atta, soya biscuits, soya savouries and rusks, soya nuggets and soya milk and tofu. Prominent among the participants were Fortune from Ahmedabad, Marvick from Ludhiana and Godrej Foods and Ruchi and Nutrela from Mumbai.


Free medical camp to detect urinary troubles
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 24
India’s first and finest specialised urology institute, RG Stone is organising a free consultancy and investigation camp on February 1 at its South Delhi Hospital situated at F-12, East of Kailash. The aim of the camp is to detect asymptomatic disease like urinary stone, gall bladder stone, enlarge prostate and cancer prostate. This camp is targeted at South Delhi and Gurgaon citizens. It will be inaugurated by the Delhi Minister of Health, Mr Yogender Shastri, on February 1.

The camp will be on from 9 am to 4 pm. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Hanish Bansal, the executive director, RG Stone said, “The main aim of organising such a camp is to help in early diagnostics, create awareness about such asymptomatic disease and to emphasise regular check-up. The consultancy and investigation to each patient will be worth Rs 2,000.


S B Youth stun Indian Airlines
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 24
S B Youth defeated star-studded Indian Airlines by four wickets in a Super A Division match of the DDCA League at the Mohan Meakins ground.

Scores: Indian Airlines: 159 for 7 in 40 overs (Rajat Bhatia 101 n o, Vijay Sharma 3 for 28, Subodh Badola 2 for 36). S B Youth: 162 for 6 in 38 overs (Sachin Yadav 56, Sourav Ratan 26 n o, Rajat Bhatia 2 for 29).

In an A-I Division match, K N Colts defeated Ekta by eight wickets at the Yamuna Sports Complex ground.

Scores: Ekta Club: 171 for 8 in 35 overs (Pawan 43, Vivek Mishra 3 for 24, Neeraj Sehgal 2 for 29).

K N Colts: 173 for 2 in 30 overs (Saurav Srivastava 90, Neeraj Sehgal 27 n o).

LIC down Delhi Gym

Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) defeated Delhi Gymkhana by 26 runs in an A-I Division match at the RSC ground.

Scores: LIC: 207 all out in 39.4 overs (Raghuvir Singh 70, Rajesh Kumar 34, Arun Kumar 3 for 37). Delhi Gymkhana: 181 all out in 36.4 overs (Saurabh Malik 79, P K Soni 2 for 36, Yogesh Joshi 2 for 34). Pusa Youngsters defeated G G Dutt by two wickets in an A-I Division match at the Mohan Meakins ground.

Scores: GG Dutt: 166 all out in 40 overs (Amit Sharma 37, Kamal Bagga 27, Lalit Anand 3 for 31). Pusa Youngsters: 168 for 8 in 30.4 overs (Damanjeet Singh 36, Atul Brown 32, Surender Dayma 3 for 14).

Salwan School win

Salwan Public School defeated Ganga School by 42 runs and Mount Abu School beat DAV Shalimar by seven wickets in the Rohtak Road Gymkhana Inter-School Under-16 Cricket Tournament.

Scores: Salwan School: 178 for 8 in 35 overs (Sachin Adhikari 80, Sahib Kalra 37, Neeraj Maan 3 for 29, Kishan Kumar 3 for 23). Ganga: 136 (Puneet Lakhra 39, Abhimanyu Kumar 3 for 12). DAV: 138 for 8 in 30 overs (Sandeep Kaushik 34, Ankit Dabas 36, Akash Verma 3 for 17). Mount Abu: 139 for 3 in 25.1 overs (Vikas Dalal 80, Sachin Kumar 30, Ankit Dabas 3 for 35).

In another match, Salwan Boys defeated St. Marks School, Meera Bagh by 140 runs.

Scores: Salwan Boys: 187 for 9 in 40 overs (Yogesh Nagar 47, Shobhit Kaushik 40, Sumit Dua 3 for 32, Vaibhav Khetrapal 3 for 5, Angad Singh 3 for 43).

St. Mark: 47 all out in 21.4 overs (Ankit Rawat 25, Anand Marichi 6 for 5, Dixit Kathuria 3 for 14).

Teri beat Business Standard

Teri defeated Business Standard by 13 runs in the 11th Teri Cup Cricket Tournament at the Teri Oval. Scores: Teri: 205 for 7 (Mahesh 46, K P Eashwar 43, Anurag Pandey 31). Business Standard: 192 for 8 (Amit Kumar 68, Subrata Mukherjee 43, R K Pachauri 3 for 30, Mahesh 2 for 16).


Apex School to meet Moti Bagh in soccer final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 24
Apex Public School, Burari, will take on Government Boys Senior Secondary School No 1, Moti Bagh in the final of the under-17 section of the Kangaroo Cup Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on January 28.

In the semi-finals played on Saturday, Apex School trounced Chiranjiv Bharati School, Palam 4-0 while Moti Bagh School eked out a narrow 1-0 victory against Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj.

Apex School, who led by 3-0 at half time, opened their account in the seventh minute when Parkash’s shot brooked no denial. Striker Rajiv Karmarkar then inflicted two quick

blows on the Chiranjiv citadel when he slotted home the ball in the 21st and 24th minute, respectively. Defender Nalin completed the tally when his shot, off an indirect free-kick, deflected into the goal off defender Kanav.

In the under-14 boys section too, Apex School recorded a handsome 4-0 victory, over Central Reserve Police Force School, Rohini, in Group A. Sanny Sahah scored a goal in each half while Sibu Matdan and Somnath Rathi accounted for the other two goals.

In another under-14 match, DPS, Vasant Kunj defeated St. Francis De Sales, Janakpuri 2-0. Shashwat and Brian scored the goals in the 14th and 25th minute, respectively.

Sunday’s fixtures: Apex School vs Father Agnel (10.30 a m); N K Bagrodia vs St. Francis De Sales (12 noon)—Ambedkar Stadium.


DDA to install astro-turf at Ashok Vihar
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 24
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will install a System 5 Austro-Turf hockey surface at the Dhyan Chand Sports Complex being developed in Ashok Vihar in North Delhi. This will be Delhi’s fourth astro-turf for hockey. The other astro-turfs have been installed at the National Stadium (two) and the Shivaji Stadium.

DDA director of sports D Sarkar said the astro turf was to be initially installed at the Yamuna Vihar Sports

Complex but the ground earmarked for the purpose by the architect turned out to be too small for the standard-size turf to be laid. But he added that the trans-Yamuna area would not be deprived of the facility of an astro-turf, however, as the Commonwealth Games Village, which would come up at the Noida Mor, would have practice facilities for hockey.

Dronacharya hockey coach M K Kaushik will help in training hockey probables at the Ashok Vihar ground. This ground would be utilised only for training purposes, and the proximity of Delhi University gives the Ashok Vihar complex an added importance.


ESPN acquires UEFA Euro telecast rights

New Delhi: ESPN Star Sports has acquired the rights to telecast the UEFA EURO soccer matches this year, which is the second most important soccer event after the FIFA World Cup. The UEFA Euro will be played among 16 top European teams, including France, England, Italy and Germany.

UEFA Euro is a tournament played among 16 of the 51 member-associations registered with the UEFA. Fifty of UEFA’s 51 participating teams were included in the draw to qualify for the first 15 spots with hosts Portugal qualifying automatically.

ESPN Software managing director R C Venkateish said “Euro has a strong fan following in India, and as the telecast times of the matches are around 9.30 pm in India, we expect the Euro to attract a lot of viewers”.

UEFA EURO 2004 will feature 31 matches, including 24 first round matches, four quarter-final matches and two semi-finals from June 12. The final will be played in Lisbon on July 4. OSR


Maitreyi College emerge judo champions
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 24
Maitreyi College collected 16 points to emerge the champions in the Delhi Judo Championship for women, held at the Netaji Subhash Modern Sports Club at Defence Colony. Indu, who won the title in the 52-57 weight category, was adjudged the best judoka.

In the sub-junior boys 12-14 years category, Ganga School, logging 16 points, won the team championship while Sachdeva Public School, who tallied 12 points, emerged the best in the 10-12 years age group. Nurul and Ajay were adjudged the best judokas.

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