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Govt ready to support medical associations with funding
Parmindar Singh

Noida, February 15
The Government of India can financially support the recognised associations of the medical fraternity on a continuing basis for developing grassroot level operations to strengthen the medical facilities, particularly for family welfare programmes like vasectomy and tubectomy operations, Mr P. K. Hota, Union Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said.

Addressing the 68th Annual UP State Conference of Indian Medical Association here, Mr Hota said it would not be possible for the government to select and choose individual doctors for the purpose. The Health Secretary also said that the private sector had more assets than the government sector, so it was in a better position to address these issues on a national level. “Just organise your system because your profession is recognised for the love and service of the humanity,” secretary health said.

Mr Hota also called upon the medical fraternity to develop its own code of conduct and monitor the same itself so that there would be no need for anybody to go to the court or consumer court for redressal of grievances against the doctors.

Earlier, the secretary general of the IMA, Dr Sanjeev Malik, said that it is a tragedy that while the nation was talking of “Bharat Udey”, none of the political parties had ever included health or family planning in its election manifesto. It is high time that politicians in the country recognised the importance of health and family planning in the nation building. “They are perhaps more concerned with the vote bank,” he added.

The outgoing president of UP IMA, Dr Harinder Gupta, said that government policies and administration were responsible for deterioration and degradation in medical profession. He said that salaries of the doctors in private hospitals might be higher than that of the director-general health services, but government doctors were doing their jobs in face of many handicaps like a 24-hour duty. National president of Indian Medical Association Dr P. V. George said that no government agency or organisation had ever given a paise to IMA, but still it has been carrying on its activities. “We do not get any recognition. 


Lalithakumara recaptures golf title
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 15
Top Sri Lankan amateur B. G. Lalithakumara turned a dominating performance to demolish the promising South African Mathew Kent in the final of the 103rd All-India Amateur Golf Championship, the second oldest tournament in the world after the British Open, at the par-72 Royal Golf Club course.

The 25-year-old Lalithakumara was in amazing form, winning by seven holes with six to spare in the gruelling 36-hole final, to reclaim the premier amateur title of the region, which he last won in 2001 at the Chandigarh Golf Club. How impressive was the Lankan’s performance can be gauged by the fact that despite making a double bogey, Lalithakumara was five-under for the 30 holes he played at the tough course. He received the stunning trophy for the second time in his career.

“This is one of the happiest moments of my career. I am very happy to have regained the title. It is even more satisfying for me because I have played some very good golf this week. I expected it to be a tough fight against Mathew and he played pretty well. But I think I played much better today”, said the elated Colombo-based player, who plans to turn pro after winning the 2006 Asian Games gold medal for this country.

Kent began in brilliant fashion when he drilled his second shot to less than three-feet for a birdie on the opening hole to go one-up. But that advantage was negated on the very next hole, the par-3, where Lalithakumara sank his ten-feet birdie putt to restore parity. Both halved the third with bogies, the fourth with birdies and the fifth with pars, before Kent went one-up again on the sixth when the Lankan made a bogey form the green-side bunker. But it was to all square when he bogied the very next hole. The match went all-square till the 12th hole before Lalithakumara floored the accelerator. On the long and difficult par-3 13th, he sank a massive 35-feet putt from the apron for a birdie to go one-up and increase the advantage when Kent bogied the next hole. They halved the 15th with birdies and Lalithakumara went three-up when he canned a ten-footer for birdie on the 16th.

In the afternoon session, he increased the lead by two when Kent lost the third and fifth with bogies. A birdie on the sixth virtually sealed the issue for Lalitha on the sixth. Even though he lost the eighth by making a double bogey there, Lalithakumara closed the match in style by winning the tenth and 11th holes with birdies.


R R Gymkhana edge past Delhi Police
in DDCA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 15
Rohtak Road Gymkhana defeated Delhi Police by one wicket in the DDCA Super A Division League at the Mohan Meakins ground.

Scores: Delhi Police: 219 all out in 39.5 overs (Rajesh Sharma 50, Rahul Kumar 48, Harvinder Singh 38, Vivek Khurana 3 for 29, Rachit Kapoor 3 for 46).

R R Gymkhana: 225 for 9 in 39.3 overs (Agnesh Surya 64 n o, Pradeep Chawla 56, Rajesh Tyagi 3 for 37, Lokender Yadav 2 for 41).

Food Corporation of India (FCI) routed Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) by five wickets in a Super A Division match at the Yamuna Sports Complex ground.

Scores: CWC: 129 all out in 31.3 overs (Sunil Sudan 47, Bijender Tanwar 39, Sanjeev Sharma 2 for 10, Amit Singh 2 for 10, Ved Prakash 2 for 10).

FCI: 130 for 5 in 18.5 overs (Rajender Bisht 65 n o, Mohd Sajid 2 for 37).

Pioneer defeated Super Star by six runs in an A-II Division match at the Delhi University ground.

Scores: Pioneer: 143 all out in 32 overs (Sunil Satti 38, Jatin Juneja 32, Samir Hassan 3 for 21). Super Star: 137 all out in 31.2 overs (Devender Singh 35, Surender Kumar 2 for 15, Ashok Lamba 2 for 20, Sunil Satti 2 for 26).

RCN beat Hind Club by 43 runs in an A-II Division match at the Yamuna complex ground.

Scores: RCN: 171 all out in 38.4 overs (Firasat Hussain 52, Ashok Kumar 2 for 21, Rajan Rana 2 for 30).

Hind Club: 128 all out in 34.5 overs (Raj Kumar 40, Ashok Kumar 25, Tulsi Kumar 4 for 19, Vinod Sharma 3 for 20, Chandan Chough 2 for 25).


Meerut College sail into quarter-final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 15
NAS (PG) College, Meerut defeated St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore 5-3, but both the teams qualified for the quarter-finals of the 11th Nehru Champion Colleges Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Sunday.

In a see-saw battle, Meerut forged ahead in the 9th minute when Jatinder Sardha converted a penalty corner. But four minutes later, Achappa I. K. equalised for the Bangalore college. A minute later, Satish Kumar regained the lead for Meerut, but once again Bangalore pulled off the equaliser, this time Varun Chinnappa slotting home a field goal in the 25th minute. Jatinder Sardha regained the lead for Meerut a minute before half time.

The teams fought hard on resumption, but no goal materialised till Dennis N came up with the equaliser for Bangalore in the 50th minute. But Meerut clinched the issue when Harish scored two quick field goals at the closing minutes.

Earlier, Rourkela Municipal College crushed Vivekanand College, Kolhapur 5-1 while Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Aligarh trounced American College, Madurai 5-1.

The Rourkela boys took quite some time to warm up, but once they settled down, there were a flurry a goals. Praful Lakra opened the scoring in the 18th minute while Livnus Kerketta added the second goal a minute before the breather. Sushil Minz brought home the third goal in the 49th minute while Pramod Anjelbeck and Oliver Toppo hit home the last two goals in quick succession, in the 64th and 65th minute, respectively.

All the goals were field goals. When Rourkela loosened their grip, Manugade V Vitthal managed to sneak in and strike a consolation goal for Kolhapur (1-5).

In the match between Aligarh and Madurai, the former ran up a handsome 4-0 lead by half time. Ranjeet Singh, who scored the first goal in the seventh minute, also slotted home the second and fourth goals. Danish Khan scored the third goal while Dilnawar Ahmad completed the tally. N Velayuthan accouted for the lone goal of Madurai.

Monday’s fixtures: Khalsa College, Patiala vs College of Arts and Education, Annamali (1.45 pm); DAV College, Jalandhar vs Loyola College, Chennai (3.30 pm)—Shivaji Stadium.


Northern India Polo from Feb 17
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 15
The Northern India Polo Championship will be held from February 17 to 22 at the Jaipur Polo ground.

The North India Championship will be followed by the Rao Raja Hanut Singh Cup (open with handicap) from February 24 to 28.

The Hindustan Times Trophy will also be held concurrently from February 24 to 29.

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