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International conference aims at reducing complications in spinal surgeries
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 9
In order to achieve ways and means that bring the most recent advances in spine surgery and management of spine ailments to the developing countries of the region, 33 distinguished international faculty members and 63 esteemed national faculty members will converge at the International Spine and Spinal Injuries Conference (ISSICON-2004), being organised at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre from March 12-14, 2004.

The conference, which is the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Spinal Cord Society (Indian Chapter) under the patronage of the International Spinal Cord Society and the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, will aim at adapting the advances in spine management and surgeries that reduces complications to the requirements of the developing countries of the region.

“The countries in this region have common problems like limited resources, lack of a barrier-free environment etc.

Hence, a common forum for discussing these problems and coming out with a model system for management of these ailments is most vital. The Spinal Cord Society (Indian Chapter) could play a pivotal role in this regard,” said Major H. P. S. Ahluwalia, Chairman Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC). India carries about 20 per cent of the global load as per the Disability Adjusted Life Years System (WHO). With the rapid socio-economic development, increased life span and significant increase in the number of road traffic accidents there has been a rapid increase in the incidence of spinal cord injuries in India.

Even though the last two decades have seen an explosion in the understanding of the Pathophysiology of spinal problems and the technology available to diagnose and correct them, unfortunately, not all spine surgeons or spinal problems go without complications or result in a successful outcome.

Once there is a complication or if the surgery fails, the medical and social costs to the society increase exponentially.


Cable TV to ‘black out’ Indo-Pak series
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 9
The Cable Operators United Front (COUF) executives met on Tuesday to assess the situation arising out of the ‘abnormal demand’ of Ten Sports for increased charges from cable operators and MSOs.

The COUF, in a media release, noted that “the increase of charges is an opportunistic move by Ten Sports to encash the popularity of cricket in India”. It said the “demand of Ten Sports” to increase the total charges from cable operators is five times more of today’s outflow (amounting to 500 per cent increase).

The COUF members felt that Ten Sports’ stand was a king of “blackmailing and has some hidden agenda”.

It said the TRAI (regulators for cable TV industry) has freezed the rates for subscribers of cable TV as on December 26 and the TRAI Tariff Order, dated January 15, 2004 has not been able to freeze the charges of pay channels from cable operators.

The COUF said it was rather “funny and illogical that the cost of the cable operator increases due to increased charges of pay channels and cable operators are not even permitted to increase charges of cable TV subscribers as per the TRAI order of January 15.”

So, the cable operators are “left with no option than to discontinue the service of Ten Sports” and therefore, there will be no beaming of the Indo-Pak cricket series.

The COUF has decided to “black out” Ten Sports from cable TV “till they revert back to original charges”. It said the black out will extend to all over India.


India to train Mauritius sportspersons
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 9
India will extend technical assistance to train sports officers and athletes in Mauritius. India will provide opportunities for officers and technical cadres of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of Mauritius to benefit from study tours in the sports institutes of India.

The Indian Government will also explore the possibility of securing seats at NIS, Patiala, on scholarship basis in favour of Mauritius technical cadres. These decisions were taken during a visit by the Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Vikram Verma to Mauritius.

Mr Verma also assured his Mauritius counterpart that the existing list of exchanges between Mauritius will be expanded to include other disciplines like boxing, dumbbell fight and hockey. Mr Verma said three key areas like sports, culture and health have been identified wherein Mauritius could benefit from the wide-ranging experiences of India in these spheres.

Mr Verma, during his three-day visit to Mauritius, signed a the renewal of protocol agreement with the Mauritius Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ravi Yerrigadoo.


Ravi Uniyal, Harender shine
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 9
An all-round display by Ravi Uniyal (47 n o and 4 for 19) and deadly bowling by Harender Rawat (3 for 11) helped Pan Business defeat Business Standard by eight wickets and enter the quarter-final of the 8th Suntan Cup Cricket Tournament at the Airport Authority of India ground. Ravi was named the man of the match.

Scores: Business Standard: 102 all out in 22 overs (Chander Mohan 31, Amit Tomar 30, Ravi Uniyal 4 for 19, Harender 3 for 11).

Pan Business List: 103 for 2 in 21 overs (Ravi Uniyal 47 n o, Nalin Khanna 38, Sunil Kumar 2 for 15).

Rakesh, Ramesh deadly

A half century by Nikhil Kumar (53, 8x4) and deadly bowling by Rakesh Kumar (3 for 28) and Ramesh Mauraya (2 for 11) helped Ericsson defeat Ernst and Young by 18 runs in the Reebok Cricket Tournament at the Palam ground.

Scores: Ericsson: 170 for 5 in 25 overs (Nikhil Kumar 53, Ghanshyam 26, Amit Kalra 34 n o, N Saurabh 2 for 14, M Kartik 2 for 26).

Ernst and Young: 152 all out in 24 overs (Raj Nalam 49, Girish Kumar 31, Rakesh Kumar 3 for 23, Ramesh Mauraya 2 for 11).


PMG shortchange MTNL in DDCA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 9
Professional Management Group (PMG) defeated Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd by six wickets in an A-I Division match of the DDCA League at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.

Scores: MTNL: 127 all out in 30.1 overs Chandan 40, Dharmender Pandey 3 for 32, Ranjeet Singh 3 for 39). PMG: 131 for 4 in 22.4 overs (Rajeev Rana 42, Ranjeet Singh 35 n o, Vipin Rawat 33 n o).

Delhi Colts beat Rajender Nagar Colts by 118 runs in an A-I Division at the Yamuna ground.

Scores: Delhi Colts: 225 for 7 in 40 overs (Gautam Kumar 107 n o, Suraj Verma 39, Narender Kumar 2 for 37). Rajender Nagar: 107 all out in 35.1 overs (Lakhvinder Singh 22, Arjit Gill 4 for 30, Gautam 2 for 24).

City Gymkhana defeated Jaat Heroes by six wickets in an A-II Division match at the University ground.

Scores: Jaat Heroes: 174 all out in 37.4 overs (Man Mohan Rawat 33, Abhinav Sharma 26, Manoj Chauhan 4 for 28).

City Gymkhana: 179 for 4 in 32.2 overs (Sunny Grover 66 n o, Lokesh Kulbe 42 n o).

Ircon defeated Malik Sports by seven wickets in an A-II Division match at the polo ground.

Scores: Malik Sports: 165 all out in 30 overs (Fakhruddin 39, Mohd Shakir 29, Surender Kumar 5 for 24).

Ircon Club: 169 for 3 in 24.1 overs (Gurbachan Singh 44, Rajender Singh 39).


Star-studded field for Open Chess
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 9
The second Parsvath International Open Chess Tournament has attracted a star-studded field. Players from 12 countries have confirmed their participation in the prize money event, starting at the Bapu Samaj Sewa Kendra at Panchkuian Roa in New Delhi.

Member of Parliament Dr Karan Singh will inaugurate the tournament on Wednesday at 12.30 pm.

Players from England, Kazakhstan, Uzbekstan, Ukraine, Germany, Netherlands, Ghana and Bangladesh are some of the leading names in the tournament.

The Indian challenge will be led by Grand Master Surya Shekhar Ganguly. The other prominent Indian players in the fray are GM Sandipan Chanda, GM R B Ramesh, GM Koneru Humpy, GM Dibyendu Barua, GM Praveen Thipsay, IMs D V Prasad, Lanka Ravi, P Konguvel, Rahul Shetty, V Saravanan and V Koshy, Sudhakar Babu, Sharad Tilak, RAvi Hedge, S C Sahu and Sriram Jha.


Top players for golf tourney
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, March 9
Telecom giants Essar will make their foray into professional golf with the Hutchison Essar Open, which tees off at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club on Wednesday. The 15th leg of the Golf Tour will be played over 54 holes.

The tournament will carry a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh with the winner getting Rs 1,21,500.

The field for the tournament is one of the strongest in recent times on the Tour, with the cream of Asian and Indian golf vying for supremacy.

Ashok Kumar leads a 100-strong field, including some of the biggest names in Indian golf like Order of Merit winner Mukesh Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Feroz Ali, Ali Sher, Gaurav Ghei, Uttam Singh Mundy, Vivek Bhandari, Amritinder Singh, Digvijay Singh, rookies Gurbaaz Mann and Sandep Syal.

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