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Ayurvedic hospital, college to be set up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 28
The Government of NCT of Delhi on Wednesday announced the setting up of Rajkiya Ayurvedic Sansthan to promote the Indian system of medicine. The Rajkiya Ayurvedic Sansthan will incorporate a hospital and a medical college.

Health Minister Yoganand Shastri told mediapersons that the Rajkiya Ayurvedic Sansthan will come up in Khera Dabur. “Construction of the institute will begin by March,” he said. The institute will offer treatment in Ayurveda, Panchkarma and naturopathy.

The minister also said that 600-odd beds would be added to certain hospitals by March.

According to figures made available by the Department of Health, the current capacity of Government of Delhi-run hospitals is 20,000 beds.

The minister said that a new 140-bed trauma centre would be set up in the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital. Also on the anvil, the minister said, is the setting up of 60 more beds in the maternity block in the Tibbia College, Karol Bagh.

The expansion plan also includes the 200-bed Raja Harish Chandra Hospital in Narela, a 100-bed hospital in Moti Nagar, a 50-bed hospital in Patel Nagar, a 57-bed special ward at the Lok Nayak Hospital and a 30-bed maternity and health centre in Kanti Nagar.

Work will start on the 150-bed Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences at Vasant Kunj in South Delhi shortly, Mr Shastri said. The world-class hospital will be completed by the end of the 2004-2005 financial year.

On the Pulse Polio campaign to eradicate the crippling disease, the minister said that no new polio cases have been reported in the NCT of Delhi since April last year. “This is in spite of heavy odds of the migrating population,” Mr Shastri said.

On AIDS control measures, he said 17 voluntary counselling and testing centres and seven regional and 10 zonal blood testing centres have been set up.

Besides targeting schools, 10 centres have also been set up for prevention of parent-to-child transmission of the disease.

The new hospitals planned include one each in Najafgarh, Nangloi and Kanjhawla for catering to the health needs of the rural and urban areas, Mr Shastri said. New dispensaries will be opened to strengthen primary health care facilities, the minister said.

The NCT of Delhi has at present 174 allopathic dispensaries, 72 mobile health clinics, 62 homoeopathic clinics and 17 Ayurvedic and Unani clinics for providing primary healthcare. Sixty more allopathic dispensaries will be opened by 2007.

Out of the 60 new allopathic dispensaries, 10 will come up during this year. More than 15 dispensaries are in various stages of completion.

SBI Customer Relation Programme

The State Bank of India (SBI) today organised a Customer Relation Programme at its IP Estate Branch for pay and accounts officers of various government departments.

Mr KB Gopalakrishnan, general manager (D&PB), Delhi Circle, presided over the programme and apprised the participants of the initiatives taken by the bank on fast settlements of government dues and different IT products offered to government departments.

Mr Chandan Mukherjee, DGM, and Major CS Kaushik, AGM, both from Delhi Zonal Office, participated in the programme and shared the concerns of SBI relating to different lucrative schemes.

Ranbir Singh, IAS, Commissioner of Excise, NCT of Delhi, was the chief guest at the meet. Mr P C Tamta, Chief Manager of the branch said this branch was committed to extending excellent customer service, a SBI release here said.


Apex School sweep soccer titles
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 28
Apex Public School, Sant Nagar (Burari) emerged triumphant in both the under-14 and under-17 title matches of the inaugural Kangaroo Cup Football Tournament, organised by the Delhi Soccer Association, at the Ambedkar Stadium on Wednesday.

Apex School trounced Delhi Public School (DPS), Vasant Kunj in the under-14 final while they got the better of Government Boys Senior Secondary School No 1, Moti Bagh 1-0 in the under-17 challenge round.

In the under-14 match, Apex led by a goal, scored in the 14th minute by medio Sudeepto Kar, at half time. They went on a scoring spree on resumption when inside-left M Robin

Singh enhanced the lead in the 37th minute while Sudeepto Kar struck again to make it 3-0 in the 54th minute.

Defender Rabi Sui completed the tally three minutes later.

The under-17 title clash was furiously fought with the Moti Bagh boys not conceding an inch. But after a goalless first session, Apex finally broke the deadlock when Rajid Karmakar lobbed over the head of advancing custodian Yogesh in the 40th minute, to cap a fine move initiated down the flank by Nobin Singh and Prakash.

Moti Bagh School vice-principal David and SAI coach Rohit Prashar gave away the prizes.


Kapil to give cash scholarship
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 28
Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev, in a spontaneous gesture, announced a cash scholarship of Rs 1,000 per month for one year to the Player of the Tournament in the next edition of the Gyan Bharati Young Achievers Under-13 Cricket Tournament, the inaugural edition of which, sponsored by Aviva, was played in a two-day format.

Kapil was touched by the enthusiasm of the boys at the prize distribution function of the tournament and made the announcement in a spirit of sportsmanship. Hosts Gyan Bharati South Delhi Academy bagged the title while United Delhi Academy emerged as runners-up.

Abhilash Mallick of Gyan Bharati, who scored 270 runs, including 113 and 40 in the final, and took 13 wickets and 11 catches in the tournament, was adjudged the player of the tournament. Manav Sharma of United Academy, who tallied 465 runs, including a 100 and four 50s, was declared the best batsman while Sunny Sehrawat of Young Friends, who took 23 wickets, including five or more wickets on four occasions, was named the best bowler. Trigun Das of Gyan Bharati, who took 10 catches, got the best fielder award while Abhishek Choudhary, also of Gyan Bharati, got the player of the final title. He scored 370 runs, including two centuries.

Two scholarships of Rs 300 per month were awarded to Ajay Chauhan and Abhishek Choudhary for capturing 31 wickets and scoring two centuries, respectively.


Frank Anthony School lift Williams Trophy
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 28
Half centuries by Aditya Saini and Vijay Pandit and deadly bowling of 3 for 26 by Anshul Kumar and 3 for 44 by Lavish Kakkar helped Frank Anthony Public School, Lajpat Nagar, defeat R P Academy by 37 runs and lift the fifth Major General R G Williams Memorial Under-15 Cricket Tournament trophy at the winner’s ground.

Frank Anthony School principal S Da’Costa gave away the prizes. Mukul Dagar of R P Academy was adjudged the best batsman while Aditya Saini got the best bowler award. Vijay Pandit was named the man of the match.

Scores: Frank Anthony School: 212 for 5 in 35 overs (Aditya Saini 64, Vijay Pandit 54 n o, Vivek Verma 40, Rohan Tuteja 30, Pawan Negi 3 for 34). R P Academy: 175 all out in 31.6 overs (Sameer Gupta 62 n o, Mukul Dagar 30, Anshul Kumar 3 for 26, Lavish Kakkar 3 for 40).

Rajat, Hitesh star for Ramjas

Devastating bowling displays by Rajat Sharma (4 for 11) and Hitesh Sharma (3 for 15) helped Ramjas School No 2 defeat Meera Model School by 10 wickets in a league match of the R R Gymkhana Inter-School Under-16 Cricket Tournament for the R P Jain Trophy.

Scores: Meera Model: 98 all out in 26.2 overs (Waseem 32, Vishwas Bhalla 30 n o, Rajat Sharma 3 for 11, Hitesh Sharma 3 for 5, Harpreet Singh 3 for 15).

Ramjas No 2: 99 for no loss in 20.3 overs (Pradeep Kumar 40 n o, Mohd Waseem 51 n o).

Metro West enter final

Metro West defeated Metro North by 68 runs and entered the final of the first Focus Trophy Under-22 Cricket Tournament at the Jamia Milia ground.

Scores: Metro West: 140 all out in 36.6 overs (Lalit Rawat 41, Tony Singh 34, Abhishek Nag 30, Sourabh Saxena 3 for 17, Rahul Puri 3 for 18).

Metro North: 72 all out in 27.4 overs (Jai Singh 36, Manoj Gupta 3 for 12, Harsh Gautam 3 for 29, Lokesh Khurana 3 for 23).

Citizen Club win

Citizen Club defeated Ajmal Khan Coaching Centre by two wickets in an A-I division match of the DDCA League at the RSKP ground.

Scores: Ajmal Khan Club: 226 for 6 in 40 overs (Prashant Kumar 50, Sushil Rana 46 n o, Dushyant Kumar 2 for 37, Devender Choudhary 2 for 62).

Citizen Club: 227 for 8 in 39.3 overs (Dushyant Sharma 65 n o, Sukhvinder Singh 32, Sushil Rana 3 for 35, Sunny Sethi 2 for 51).


IGIPESS, Jamia Hamdard move up
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 28
Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences (IGIPESS) and Jamia Hamdard, Tughlakabad moved up in the Zakir Husain Memorial Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on Wednesday. IGIPESS defeated College of Vocational Studies 1-0 with outside-left Sunila Rana netting the match-winner in the 14th minute.

In the second match, Jamia Hamdard defeated PGDAV College 2-0. Rafaq scored both the goals.

Thursday’s fixtures: Zakir Husain College vs K M College (12.30 p.m); Jamia Millia Islamia vs Motilal Nehru (Evening) (2 p.m)—Ambedkar Stadium.

Top teams for YMCA Boxing

Boxers from 16 countries, including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Chinese Taipei, England, India, Iran, Japan, Khazakistan, Kirgistan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand and Turkmenistan will participate in the YMCA International Boxing Championship to be held at the YMCA Boxing ring, Jai Singh Road, in February.


NIIT defeated RAMS by 22 runs in the 11th Teri Cup Cricket Tournament at the Teri Oval. Scores: NIIT: 160 all out in 25 overs (Ashish Guha 35, Vikas 30 n o, Bharat 2 for 17, Kamal Bhaskar 2 for 29, Aman 2 for 29, Manish 2 for 36).

RAMS: 138 for 6 in 25 overs (Kamal Bhaskar 70, Bharat 34, Gagan Adalka 2 for 23, Kapil Gupta 2 for 26).


Encroachments rampant as officials look
the other way
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 28
Encroachments have become rampant in Sonepat, thanks to the failure of the district authorities, particularly the Sonepat Municipal Council, the PWD (B and R), and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to check the menace.

According to a report, the shopkeepers and residents alike have conveniently encroached upon the public areas in front of their shops and houses. Concrete structures, counter benches, signboards and sprawling merchandise displayed on the pavements were a common sight here. It is the angle irons, headges, barbed wires and concrete structures that hog the roads in the residential areas.

On visiting these areas, one found that some residents had grabbed municipal land by landscaping the area while others had planted saplings right on the edges of the roads. The intrusion on pedestrian rights had often led to accidents in congested lanes. Motorists find it difficult to pass through the roads as vehicles are parked on them.

The shoppers have a tough time passing through these congested markets. One cannot even walk through these bazars easily, leave alone driving ones vehicle. Even the fire-brigade vehicles cannot pass through the main bazars in emergency.

The shopkeepers have choked the roads and the administration seems to be doing nothing about it. Repeated anti-encroachment campaigns have proved futile because they were carried out either half-heartedly or were biased against certain traders and shopkeepers.

The business of the shopkeepers too suffered because it discouraged customers. In the absence of proper inspection by the district administration, the shopkeepers have encroached on public land with impunity and without fear in front of their shops and houses.

Most of them are busy in constructing unauthorised structures, tharas, sunsheds and pucca floors. Clearly, it seems that the entire administration in this city has collapsed.

Similarly, most of the footpaths in the main bazars have been illegally occupied by the shopkeepers.

In effect, the pedestrians are forced to move on the roads, leading to accidents, often fatal in nature.

Even as land worth crores of rupees have been grabbed by the shopkeepers and the residents, the authorities of the Sonepat Municipal Council, the PWD (B and R) and HUDA have remained silent spectators.

In the button factory area, the shopkeepers have grabbed the land meant for a municipal park along the boundary walls of the ESI dispensary, and concrete platform have been built for parking vehicles and sale of goods.

Similarly, the wooden stall owners have illegally occupied the land along the boundary walls of the godown of the Food and Supplies Department on the Atlas road, the PWD (B and R) rest house and the office of the Fisheries Department.

Similarly, the embankment of the Drain No. 6, passing through this city, has been illegally occupied by the slum dwellers and other citizens for building pucca houses and shops.

Even though the district administration had cleared some of these illegal encroachments on the municipal, public and HUDA land, the land grabbers have come back to occupy the land vacated earlier.

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