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Time to know your herbs better
Tripti Nath

Dr J. L. Paul, dental practitioner, and Dr Dinesh Singh, Head, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dharamshila Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, examining patients at a health camp in the Capital.
Dr J. L. Paul, dental practitioner, and Dr Dinesh Singh, Head, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dharamshila Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, examining patients at a health camp in the Capital.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has made an earnest attempt towards satisfying curiosity about Indian medicinal plants by publishing three volumes titled ‘Reviews on Indian Medicinal Plants.

Experts in ICMR’s Medicinal Plant Unit point out that the global resurgence of interest in such plants has led to enormous scientific research on multidisciplinary aspects. This scientific data is widely scattered in various scientific publications. The project is therefore aimed at consolidating the work done on 600 wonder plants in various institutions and laboratories.

The information has been presented in the form of review monographs. Each monograph mentions regional names of each plant, its Sanskrit synonym and ayurvedic description (wherever available), ethnobotanical studies and details of botanical, pharmacognostical, chemical, pharmacological and clinical data and colour photographs of important medicinal plants. The ICMR is confident that the monographs would be useful for scientific bodies, regulatory authorities, policy makers, herbal industry and other organisations engaged in the development, assessment and registration of such products.

Californian prunes

 California prunes After Californian almonds, it is the turn of Californian prunes to make an entry into the Indian market. Introduced as the ‘health fruit for today’ by the California Prune Board, prunes have numerous health benefits. One of the best available natural laxative, prunes help in bowel movement and are an antidote to constipation.

The Board claims that California prunes lower plasma cholesterol concentration, fight coronary heart disease, prevent hypertension and stroke, build healthier and are useful for women during pregnancy and nursing.

Sumit Saran, India representative of California Prune Board, says that although prunes were always being imported, the main goal of the California Prune Board is to create a demand in India. “The California Prune Board, the representative body of growers, packers and shippers from California, has been looking at the Indian market for its prunes for four years now.”

Saran says that most health conscious markets are importing prunes and the most convincing example is Japan, which imports close to 15,000 tonnes of prunes every year.

Apart from promotional campaigns, Mr Saran is tapping the market potential by selling prunes through various retail outlets and distributors. He plans to continue his efforts of positioning prunes in the traditional dry fruit basket during the festive season. The California Prune Board will also be represented at Ahaar being organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation at Pragati Maidan from March 11 to 15.

“During a promotion campaign in Chandigarh and Ludhiana, we found that most women who had travelled abroad had purchased plums in bulk because of their dietary fibre property. We are trying to position prunes as lifestyle product through retail and consumer packs and add it as an ingredient in basic Indian cooking. We have tied up with Sugar n’ Spice and they are selling prune cakes at all their outlets.”

The California Prune Board also gives a recipe book during promotional campaigns. The recipes have been developed by Chef Shaju Zacharia, Corporate Executive Chef, DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon. Although, prunes play a significant role in European, Mediterranean and other Asian cuisine, Chef Zacharia has used them in traditional Indian dishes to present California prune koftas, California prune bharwan tandoori aloo, California prune aur gajjar ka halwa and California prune kulfi with coulis.

Robotic surgery

Dr Randalph W. Chitwood, Director, North Carolina Cardiovascular Disease Institute, will perform India’s first robotic endoscopic mitral valve surgery using the da Vinci surgical system at Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre here on Sunday.

Dr Naresh Trehan, Executive Director, says, “For many surgical procedures, the choice across the world has now shifted from traditional open heart surgery to use of less invasive means. These minimally invasive alternatives usually result in a reduction in pain, scarring and recovery time for the patients and decreased health care costs.”

According to Mr Anil Maini, Head, Marketing, Escorts Healthcare Business, the surgeon is in full control of the console in this robot assisted surgery. “It has a definite edge over open heart surgery as there is no blood loss by way of cutting open the chest and the patient can go back home within four days. This is the second category of robotic surgery being offered by EHIRC. In the last one year, EHIRC has done 120 robotic endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. The surgery will be telecast live for the benefit of doctors participating in the 50th golden jubilee meeting of Indian Association of Cardio Thoracic Surgery at the India Habitat Centre.

Health camp

A large number of people living in and around Jhilmil Colony attended a health check-up camp organised by Lions Club Delhi Preet Vihar recently. The camp provided the public an opportunity to avail themselves of a free oncological, cardiological, dental and dermatological consultation. Doctors who offered their advice were Dr Dinesh Singh, Head of the Department of Radiation Oncologist at Dharamshila Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Dr Mohan Bhagai and Dr Vohra from Malhotra Heart Institute, Dr J.L. Paul and Dr Maurya Paul, private dental practitioners and Dr Monika Garg, skin specialist.


Sachin guides IA into final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 21
A brilliant all-round display by Sachin Rana (90 n o, 7x6, 7x4, 58b and 6 for 39) enabled Indian Airlines defeat Central Railway, Mumbai by 168 runs and enter the final of the ninth All-India Rani Surya Mukhi Devi Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Digvijay Stadium, Chattisgarh.

The highlight of the match was an 111-run partnership off 66 balls for the eighth wicket between Sachin Rana and Doda Ganesh.

Scores: Indian Airlines: 263 for 8 in 45 overs (Sachin Rana 90 n o, Rajat Bhatia 46, Doda Ganesh 25, Santosh Saxena 2 for 70, Omkar Salvi 2 for 26).

Central Railway: 95 in 22.1 overs (Sachin Rana 6 for 39, Sandip Sawal 2 for 9, Rajat Bhatia 2 for 12).

Sonnet Club win in league

Sonnet Club defeated Young Friends by six wickets in a Super A Division match of the DDCA League at the Yamuna Sports Complex ground.

Scores: Young Friends: 184 for 9 in 40 overs (Yogender Negi 48, Tarun Dutta 35, Chaitanya Nanda 3 for 22, Karan Harit 2 for 40).

Sonnet Club: 185 for 4 in 35 overs (Devender Sharma 63 n o, Rahul Diwan 31, Wilkins Victor 2 for 39).

Ashoka Club defeated Anand Sports by 45 runs in an A-II Division match at the University ground.

Scores: Ashoka Club: 207 all out in 39.1 overs (Jitender Sharma 62, Himanshu Sharma 52, Akash Talwar 2 for 11). Anand Sports: 156 all out in 33.5 overs (Satvinder Kumar 57, Neeraj Tandon 49, Karamveer Maan 5 for 37, Jagpreet Singh 3 for 20).

Ajmal Khan defeated RCN by three wickets in an A-I Division match at the RSC ground.

Scores: RCN: 146 for 9 in 40 overs (Vijay Randhawa 73 n o, Parvesh Shaukeen 5 for 23).

Ajmal Khan Club: 147 for 7 in 39.2 overs (Ankit Singh 51, Rajesh Kumar 3 for 20, Sarvan Kumar 2 for 30).

Times of India defeated Raghuvir Willowers by three wickets in an A-I Division match at the Mohan Meakins ground.

Scores: Raghuvir Willowers: 164 all out in 37.3 overs (Sunny Bhatia 55, Aman Arora 50, Sudhir Giri 5 for 26).

TOI: 167 for 7 in 31.1 overs (Rahul Nigam 42, Sudhir Giri 55, Vishal Sahni 3 for 32).


CII National Golf tourney at Noida on Feb 19
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 21
The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) will hold a National Golf Tournament at the Jaypee Greens Golf Course, Greater Noida, on February 29. A golf clinic will also be held during the tournament. Around 100 senior corporate golfers are expected to participate in the tournament.

The CII has been promoting a number of sports disciplines as part of its “Quest for Olympic Gold” drive, and golf, being the favourite sport of the corporate world, provides an ideal platform for the big guns of the business to understand the nuances of being part of sports.

Suraj Lata to hold hockey clinic

Indian women’s hockey team captain Suraj Lata Devi will hold a hockey clinic for girls at the Heritage School ground, D-II, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi on February 23 (Monday) from 11 am to 12.30 pm.

Suraj Lata Devi, who guided the Indian team to the gold in the Asia Cup Women’s Hockey Championship in New Delhi recently, is also the “brand ambassador” of the 7th World Bamboo Congress, to be held at the Pragati Maidan from February 27. Over 1000 delegates, representing 50 countries, will participate in the World Bamboo Congress, which will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister.

Nirvana Gym

Reebok India will inaugurate its first affiliate gym ‘Nirvana” at Gurgaon on Sunday at 5.30 p m at the Nirvana Fitness Studio, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon. Indian cricket star Yuvraj Singh will be the chief guest.

IMA lift polo title

IMA beat Lancers/RVC by seven goals to six and half goals in the title match of the Addl DG RVS Cup (2-goal) Polo Tournament at the Army Equestrian ground. IMA defeated Sahagal Stud/Nike 4-2 to annex the Junior IPA Championship.

Sunday’s fixture: Northern India Polo: Black Dog vs Jindal Steel and Power; 3 pm—Jaipur polo ground.


Cricketers take on Bollywood stars
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 21
The Khushi, an NGO is organising an entertainment event, a double wicket cricket match between cricketers and Bollywood stars at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium tomorrow.

The traffic police expect that 40,000 viewers will witness the show. This would imply a minimum gathering of about 7, 000 to 8,000 vehicles all around the JN Stadium. Since the parking lots are scattered all along the stadium, it is expected that all peripheral roads of the stadium will remain heavy from 10 am to midnight, the DCP traffic said.

The availability of parking lot consists of football ground, Archery Ground, Kendriya Vidyalaya ground, North Gate Ground, opposite SCOPE building, MTNL building, East Gate parking ground and South Gate parking ground as well as roadside parking on service roads and on CGO complex road.

The DCP said that the motorists are advised to alight and board in the parking lot itself and follow the pedestrian channelisers for reaching the place of function. General commuters are also advised to avoid movement of Lodhi Road, Lajpat Rai Marg and Bhishma Pitamah Marg.

Motorists are requested to follow the diversions given by the traffic police on duty and take Subramaniam Bharti Marg as substitute for Lodhi Road, Mathura for Lajpat Rai Marg and Aurbindo Marg for Bhishma Pitamah Marg, the DCP said.


NCA felicitates Akash Chopra
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 21
National Cricket Academy (NCA) vice-chairman C. K. Khanna, who is also the vice-chairman of the Communication and Co-ordination Committee of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) felicitated Indian cricket star Akash Chopra at an impressive function in New Delhi.

Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and Law and Justice Arun Jaitley, who is also the president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, was the chief guest.

National coach of the women’s cricket team Tarak Sinha was also honoured on the occasion.

Prominent among those present at the function were DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev, vice-president Suresh K Chopra, secretary-general S. P. Bansal, vice-patron Ravi Khanna, former Test cricketers Yashpal Sharma and Maninder Singh, former Delhi Ranji Trophy captain Bhaskar Pillai, Hari Gidwani, Gautam Gambhir, Mithun Manhas, Rahul Sanghvi, Sarandeep Singh, Varun Kumar and N. S. Negi.


District Rural Sports competition

Bhiwani, February 21
Bhiwani Zila Parishad chairman Seema Lamba said that games were must for growing youths as they develop spirit of discipline among them.

While inaugurating the district level Rural Sports Competition here today, she said that games should be played with sportsman’s spirit and loosing players should never be disappointed or discouraged, but work hard to win the next competition.

As many as 700 players from nine blocks of the district are participating in the three-day sports competitions, wherein kabbadi, vollyboll, pitcher race, race of panches and sarpanches, besides members of panchayat samiti, long race, long jump and other games would be played.

In the 1500 meter race, which was held today, Pawan Kumar of Bhiwani block came first, Vijay Kumar Kairu second and Somdutt block Bhiwani got third place respectively. In women category, Ram Bhateri of Buwani Khera block first and Urmila and Sandeep of Badhra block won second and third place. OSR


HDFC Bank lift Challenger Cup
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 21
HDFC Bank defeated Gillette India by 21 runs in a tantalising final of the ESPN Star Sports Challenger Cup Cricket Tournament. Twenty-five leading corporate teams participated in the six-week long tournament.

Senior vice-president of ESPN Software Vijay Rajput and Indian player Dinesh Mongia presented the trophies to HDF Bank captain Nirmal Bansal and Gillette captain K C Sharma.

Anjeev Lohia of Gillette was named the man of the series while Ashutosh Sahani of JWT was declared the best batsman.

Sant Ram of HDFC Bank received the best bowler award. Scores: HDFC Bank: 138 (Sant Ram 28 and 2 for 16). Gillette: 117 for 9 (Ashok 30, Paljeet Singh 2 for 24).

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