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A hospital’s relentless fight against cataract blindness
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 19
The eye department of the Bhadshah Khan Civil Hospital here is always in the news for its role in the fight against the cataract blindness in the district. While hardly any day passes when there is no operation or surgery, the department is well known for overshooting the target assigned to it.

The eye surgeons of the hospital have done as many as 450 cataract removal operations in the district since January 1 this year. The department has organised about four major eye camps during the above stated period and the fifth one is in progress.

The first camp was held on January 13 last, with the cooperation of the Mahavir International, a social organisation based here, in which nearly 128 persons were operated upon and were implanted the intra-ocular lenses to return or improve their vision. The camp was held at Jain Bhawan in the NIT area. The team of the surgeons led by Dr Ravinder Mathur, District Eye Surgeon, operated about 132 patients in the second such camp held at Sector-7, with the help of another social body known as Manav Sewa Samiti.

On February 3 last, another 77 persons were provided vision by the team, which operated upon them in the civil hospital, but who were screened at a camp held at Bhupani village. The services of the team were again requisitioned recently when a state level three-day health camp was held at Palwal town in the district recently. Here, about 72 persons were operated upon for the removal of the cataract. The eye surgeons of the civil hospital were now engaged in a special camp being organised by Jeev Kalyan Sangh, a social body at Old Faridabad. While about 40 persons were operated upon, it is likely that another 60 persons are likely to be benefit from the camp.

It is reported that besides such camps, about 100 to 125 eye operations were being done in the department’s OPD on an average in a month. The department has state-of-the-art infrastructure and the latest technology for conducting screening and eye tests. Some of the voluntary bodies have played a vital role in the upgradation of the machines by donating funds and support directly and indirectly, says Dr Mathur. He claimed that the eye department of the hospital had been an exception with the most modern set up and experienced doctors, who he said, were ready to take part in any camp at short notice.

He maintained that all the patients who come to these camps were provided treatment free of cost and no charges were taken for the lenses, medicines and the care, for which he added that many of the social organisations, who hold these camps were contributing substantially. He informed that the eye department here had been a topper in the state among all the districts for the past five years, as far as the numbers of eye operations were concerned.


J N Golden down Citizen Club in DDCA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 19
J N Golden defeated Citizen Club by eight wickets in an A-I Division match of the DDCA League at the Delhi University ground.

Scores: Citizen Club: 132 in 34.5 overs (Sukhvinder Dagar 25, Anuj Jain 3 for 10, Sandeep Karki 2 for 22). J N Golden: 134 for 2 in 31.1 overs (Anuj Jain 36 n o, Sandeep Karki 50 n o, Abhishek Bhandari 30).

Young Cricketers defeated Patel Nagar Gymkhana by seven wickets in an A-I Division match at the RSC ground.

Scores: Patel Nagar: 183 all out in 39.5 overs (Joginder Khichi 57, Arun Sharma 34, Karan Bisht 3 for 33, Harish Kumar 3 for 47).

Young Cricketers: 184 for 3 in 34.5 overs (Karan Rai 66, Yogesh Nagar 59).

G G Dutt defeated Essex Farms by 28 runs in an A-I Division match at the Yamuna sports complex ground.

Scores: G G Dutt: 205 for 5 in 35 overs (Amba Prasad 131 n o, Mukesh Marwah 2 for 33).

Essex Farms: 177 all out in 33 overs (Mukesh Marwah 64, Davinder Kumar 4 for 38).

Ministry of Health defeated Ekta Club by seven wickets in an A-I Division match at the Yamuna complex ground.

Scores: Ekta Club: 145 all out in 33.5 overs (Pawan Sharma 29, Shashi Bhushan 26, Sanjeev Kalra 4 for 27, Vijesh Kumar 2 for 39).

Ministry of Health: 146 for 3 in 30.1 overs (Farooq 45, Surender Dagar 25, Shashi Bhushan 2 for 20).

Hewlett Packard win

Hewlett Packard defeated HSSS/BPO by 50 runs in the Reebo Cricket Tournament at the Palam ground.

Scores: Hewlett Packard: 127 for 8 in 25 overs (Sandeep Tickoo 44, Satish Menon 39, Dheeraj Mehta 34, Sandeep Sharma 2 for 13, Anand Kumar 3 for 12).

HSS-BPO: 77 all out in 18.4 overs (Rakesh Kumar 37, Vivek Dwivedi 3 for 12, Rakesh Choudhary 3 for 14).


Salwan Boys lift Ganga Inter-School Cricket Cup
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 19
All-round performances by man of the match Gurpreet Singh Namdhari (46 and 4 for 18) and Yogesh Nagar (44 and 3 for 24) helped Salwan Boys School, Rajender Nagar, defeat DAV School, Shalimarbagh, by ten runs to annex the Ganga School Under-17 Inter-School Cricket Tournament at the Ganga School ground.

Soumik Chatterjee of DAV School was adjudged the man of the tournament while Tapan Jain of DAV got the best batsman award. Neeraj Maan of Ganga was given the best bowler award.

West Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Satish Golcha gave away the prizes. Former Delhi cricketer Surender Khanna, school principal Harender Kaur Srow and manager Sushil Kumar Gupta, were also present.

Scores: Salwan Boys: 181 for 6 in 35 overs (Gurpreet Singh 46, Yogesh Nagar 44, Rajeev Sharma 40, Abhishek Sakuja 3 for 21).

DAV School: 171 all out in 34 overs (Soumik Chatterjee 60, Love Sehrawat 33, Daesh 33, Gurpreet Singh 4 for 18, Yogesh Nagar 3 for 24, Deepak Rai 2 for 7).


Apollo Tyres win in Turf Cricket
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 19
Apollo Tyres defeated Jaquar by 62 runs in the fourth Turf Corporate Cricket Challenge at the Guru Gobind Singh College ground.

Scores: Apollo Tyres: 160 all out in 23.5 overs (Ashok Khanna 41, Neeraj 43, Tejpal 22, Sonal Gidwani 5 for 29, Nirvan Singh 2 for 30).

Jaquar: 98 all out in 22.2 overs (Amit Bhutania 33, Nirvan Singh 27, Tejpal 2 for 22, Sudhir Wadhwan 2 for 21, Ashak Khanna 2 for 18, Sachin Jain 3 for 9).

Abhishek hits ton

An unbeaten century by Abhishek Gotwal and deadly bowling by Prateek Kaushik (4 for 32) and Gaurav Pundir (3 for 23) helped Ramakant Achrekar Cricket Foundation defeat Vaishya Public School by 85 runs in the Aresson Under-15 Cricket League at the Central School ground.

Scores: RACF: 215 for 8 in 30 overs (Abhishek Gotwal 105 n o, Sandeep Kaushik 79, Ankit Gupta 3 for 40).

V P School: 130 all out in 29.3 overs (Sumit Budhwar 43, Ankur Jain 35, Prateek Kaushik 4 for 32, Gaurav Pundir 3 for 23).


Khalsa College, DAV set up title clash
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 19
Khalsa College, Patiala will take on DAV College, Jalandhar in the final of the 11th Nehru Champion Colleges Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Friday.

In the semi-finals on Thursday, Khalsa College blanked College of Arts and Education, Annamalai 3-0 while DAV College knocked out Faculty of Humanity, Varanasi 3-1. Rajinder Singh opened the account for Patiala in the 10th minute, and the second goal came only in the second session when Gurvinder Singh converted a penalty corner in the 47th minute. Shilendra Yadav completed the tally in the 57th minute.

In the second semi-final, the Varanasi team kept the Jalandhar boys at bay till the 42nd minute when Navpreet Singh converted a penalty corner to open the account. But they could not retain the lead for long as R Pratap Singh equalised in the 55th minute. A minute later, Jalandhar were awarded a penalty stroke which was converted by Navpreet Singh. Roop Singh added the third goal in the 66th minute.

Friday’s fixtures (for third and fourth positions): College of Arts and Education, Annamali vs Faculty of Humanity (12 noon); Khalsa College vs DAV College (3 pm)—Shivaji Stadium.


Tarundeep Rai hits gold in Grand Prix Archery
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 19
Tarundeep Rai of India lifted the individual gold medal in the 2004 Asian Grand Prix Archery Championship at Bangkok, defeating Lee Seung Young of Korea.

Archery Association of India president Vijay Kumar Malhotra hailed the feat of Tarundeep Rai, adding that it was a good augury to the Indian team’s run-up for the participation of the Olympic Games in Athens 2004.

The team events will be held on Friday. India have fielded an eight-member team—four men and as many women—in the championship. They are: Tarundeep Rai, Satyadev Prasad, Harish Kerai, Majhi Sawaiyan, Reena Kumari, Sumangala Sharma, Dola Banerjee and Bheigyabai Chanu. Three coaches and one psychologist—Dr Alison Rhodius— have accompanied the squad. Mr Malhotra said in the Olympic Round Distance event (2x70 metres), the Indian team secured the silver medal. He said the team will return to New Delhi on February 21.

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