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British doctors impressed with Ayurvedic system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Impressed by the Ayurvedic system of medicine, a team of doctors from the British National Health Service (BNHS), today underlined the need for Indo-British collaboration in the field of integrated system of medicine.

The Indian and the British expertise in their respective systems of medicine could go a long way in evolving an integrated system of medicine, Dr Michael Dixon of the team, which visited the Government Ayurvedic Dispensary in Sector 24, told reporters here.

Appreciating the “miraculous cure” for certain diseases as demonstrated by Dr Madan Gulati, Deputy Director(Ayurveda), Dr Nisha Mohan, said the joint research in the medical field would prove to be mutually beneficial for both the countries. Besides being cheaper, the Ayurvedic treatment had advantage of having no side effects, Dr Dixon added.

Apart from imparting techniques for the treatment of various chronic diseases, India could act a major sources of medicinal plants and herbs to the UK, another doctor said.

The team members, who are visiting India under the aegis of the Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health, informed that they would submit a comprehensive report to the UK Government after the visit.

The visit of the team would prove to be a step towards the globalisation of Ayurveda, Dr Gulati hoped.



Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
The Continued Medicine Education Programme of the Sixth Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care was held at PGI here today.

Dr Bhibukalayani Das from Kolkata and Dr Dilip Kulkarni from Hyderabad talked about the current concepts regarding brain oedema. Dr Jayshree Sood from the New Delhi and Dr Geeta Joshi from Ahmedabad discussed about the brain protection during intracranial vascular and aneurysm surgery.

Dr H Dash presented the role of anaesthesiologists in surgery for epilepsy from New Delhi. Dr G S Umamaheshwara Roa from Bangalore and Dr Parmod Bithal from New Delhi also delivered lectures.



Indian, Pakistani spectators to be segregated
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 25
Sniffer dogs will supplement electronic equipment in clearing the pitch of any hidden explosives to rule out all possibility of sabotage during the Test match between India and Pakistan beginning here on March 8.

The Punjab Cricket Association has decided to segregate stands of Indian and Pakistani spectators to prevent any untoward incident. However, the VIP block shall be common. A DSP with 100 security men will be in charge of the Pakistani stand.

When the teams arrive on March 6 and 7 for net practice session, about 400 cops would be deployed for the security of the players.

From March 8 onwards till the match ends more than 1,200 cops would be on their toes to prevent any unpleasant incident. All the spectators would have to pass through metal detectors installed on all the 15 gates.

Mr Rakesh Agrawal, SP, Mohali, said the Army may be asked to provide bomb disposal squads.

He further stated that special nakas would be set up at sensitive places of the city and its outskirts. There would be round-the-clock police patrolling around the stadium and any anti-social element would be dealt with sternly.

Road traffic would be regulated in such a manner that the common man is not harassed.

Traffic diversion plans would be released two days before the start of the match.

Only water bottles will be allowed inside the stadium, he said.

To cope up with any emergency, Fortis Hospital, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, the PGI and local fire stations have been alerted, he added.



First class cricket returns to city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
First class cricket will return to Chandigarh after a long time when Haryana take on Jharkhand in a semi-final encounter of the Ranji Trophy Cricket Championship (Plate Group) at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium. The match is scheduled to be played from March 18 to 22.

According to Mr Surinder Singh, secretary of the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated with the Haryana Cricket Association, the match has been allotted to the association by the Haryana Cricket Association, hosts for this match.

According to the secretary of the Haryana Cricket Association, Mr Ranbir Singh, President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the match will bring national level cricket back to Chandigarh.

Mr Surinder Singh said Mr S.K. Sandhu, Finance Secretary of the Chandigarh Administration who also holds the charge of secretary, Sports, has assured the association of all help in staging the match which will help reestablish the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium on the national cricket map.

As it is the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium is undergoing a major renovation with the wicket having being relaid at the beginning of the season.

The stadium is also in the process of acquiring a sprinkler system for the outfield. Also, the pavilion block is scheduled to be renovated.

The Haryana Ranji team will play in the city after over two decades. For a large number of players of the state team, playing at the Sector 16 stadium will bring back memories of the number of international matches this centre has staged before the Punjab Cricket Association built its modern complex at Mohali and all international cricket shifted there.

A meeting of the organising committee for the match was held this evening at the Sector 16 stadium where the committee members reviewed the preparedness of the stadium for hosting the match.



AG Punjab win hockey tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Hosts AG Punjab scored a thrilling 3-2 win over defending champion Delhi Audit to lift North Zone Indian Audit and Accounts Department Hockey Tournament played here at the Hockey Stadium, Sports Complex, Sector 42.

Deepak Biswas opened the account for Delhi Audit. It was equalised by Inder Jit Singh of AG Punjab.

In the second half, Vikram Saini of AG Punjab surged ahead with another goal. Deepak Biswas equalised for Delhi Audit. But ultimately it was Inderjit Singh who scored the wining goal to bag the title at 3-2. Mr Arijit Ganguly, Princiapl Accountant- General, Audit, Punjab, gave away the prizes.



YPS meet: Steffi of Nalagarh House fastest
Our Sports Reporter

Mohali, February 25
Steffi of Nalagarh House in under-13 girls’ section while Abhaydeep of Tagore House in under-15 boys’ section stolen the limelight on the fourth day of the ongoing annual athletic meet of the Yadavindra Public School, Mohali.

In high jump in under-12 boys’ section, Jagjot, a class VI student, representing Tagore House, emerged winner while another two boys also from same house Amarinder and Prithviraj, secured second and third place respectively.

The relay race of 4x400 metres among the under-10 boys’ and under-11 girls’ evokes massive cheering from more than 1000 students present on the occasion.

In boys under-10, it was Aitchison House whose children hogged the limelight by winning the relay. In under-11 girls, it was girls of Ranjit House who got the pride of place in 4x100 metres and in 4x400 metres. Patiala House continued to dominate on fourth day also. Tomorrow the events will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Results: boys: above 16: 200 m: Abhay Deep (Tagore) 1, Vikram (Patiala) 2, Gurinder (Patiala) 3. 800 m: Abhaydeep (Tagore) 1, Gurinder (Patiala) 2, Mir Dawar (Aitchison) 3. Under 16 1500 m: Mandeep (Patiala) 1, Tajbinder (Patiala) 2, Yuvraj (Patiala) 3. 200 m: Bharat (Aitchison) 1, Yuvraj (Patiala) 2, Mohammad Wasim (Tagore) 3. Javelin throw: Harsimran (Aitchison) 1, Ajay Partap (Patiala) 2. 400x100 m Relay: Aitchison 1, Patiala 2, Nalagarh 3. Under 14: Javelin throw: Gurinder (Nalagarh) 1, Rajbir Sidhu (Ranjit) 2, Shiva (Tagore) 3.

Broad jump: Gurpreet Sandhu (Aitchison) 1, Kabir (Nalagarh) 2, Harparteek (Patiala) 3. 1500 m: Kabir (Nalagarh) 1, Pearl (Patiala) 2, Shakti Shah (Tagore) 3.

Under 12: High jump: Jagjot (Tagore) 1, Amarinder (Tagore), Prithviraj (Tagore) 3. 200 m: Ashmeet (Aitchison) 1, Jagnoor (Patiala) 2, Amarinder (Tagore) 3. 400 m: Manmeet (Aitchison) 1, Jagnoor (Patiala) 2, Ashmeet (Aitchison) 3. 4x400 m Relay: Tagore 1, Patiala 2, Aitchison 3.

Under 10:200 m: Sikander (Aitchison) 1, Miljot (Patiala) 2, Mridul (Patiala) 3. 4x400 Relay: Aitchison 1, Nalagarh 2, Tagore 3.

Girls: above-15: 200 m Divya (Aitchison) 1, Manpreet (Aitchison) 2, Jairoop (Patiala) 3. 1500 m: Jairoop (Patiala) 1, Manpreet (Aitchison) 2, Sanam Sekhon (Ranjit) 3. Under-15: High jump: Loveleen (Aitchison) 1, Gurnain (Aitchison) 2, Tanya (Ranjit) 3. Under-13: 100 m: Steffy (Nalagarh) 1, Ishleen (Patiala) 2, Harkiran (Tagore) 3. 400 m: Steffy (Nalagarh) 1, Harkiran (Tagore) 2, Neelam (Nalagarh) 3. 4x100 m Relay: Patiala 1, Nalagarh 2, Ranjit 3.

Under 11: 200 m: Mannat (Tagore) 1, Nimrit (Patiala) 2, Karman (Ranjit) 3. 4x100 m relay: Ranjit 1, Patiala 2, Aitchison 3. 4x400 m: Ranjit, Patiala 2, Tagore 3.

Overall position on fourth day: Patiala - 1090 points, Aitchison - 758 points, Ranjit - 650 points, Tagore - 602, Nalagarh - 587 points.



Amrita wins gold in 400 m
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Students participating in the 37th annual sports meet of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, were given oath by Irina Brar at the inaugural ceremony here today. The chief guest, Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chairman, Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, declared the meet open.

The meet commenced with a march past led by sportsgirls who had brought laurels to the college in various competitions.

Later, while lauding the sports achievements of the college, Mr Kashyap offered CLTA facilities to the college girls for training.

A syncronised yoga demonstration and sports quiz were part of the event. Heats of various races took place today. The finals were held for the following events.

Results: 400 meters final: Amrita 1; Rinchin 2; Gulnazbano 3. 100 meters hurdles final: Kiran Negi 1; Sonia Verma 2; Priyanka 3. Discus throw: Sakshi 1; Rimple 2; Priyanka 3. Slow cycling final: Rajni 1; Richa 2; Jasmine 3. Spoon and potato race final: Monika 1; Kiranpreet 2; Sonu 3. Shot put: Sakshi 1; Taya 2; Amandeep 3. Javelin throw: Amandeep 1; Sakshi 2; Aman 3. Relay: Kiran Negi, Anupam Sharma, Rekha Sharma and Meena Gill 1; Rinchan, Sonia, Gurjinder 2: Alka Sood, Amandeep, Priyanka, Monika 3. 50 meters race final: Kiran Negi 1; Sonia 2; Aman 3. Long jump: Amrita 1; Supriya 2; Amandeep 3. High jump: Kiran 1; Amrita 2; Aman 3: Staff musical: Rupinder Chatha 1; Sita Verma 2; Neela Parmar 3. Peon race: Suresh Kumar 1; Lalla Prasad 2; Krishna 3.



Ex-IG Sharma appears before probe panel
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 25
Former Inspector-General of Police, Haryana, and main accused in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case Ravi Kant Sharma today appeared before an inquiry commission headed by Director-General of the Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) Dr H.S. Anand. The latter is holding a departmental inquiry against Sharma for his absence from duty in 2002, while he was evading arrest by the Delhi police.

Sharma was posted as IG, Prisons, Haryana, till August 14, 2002. A team of the Crime Branch, Delhi police, came here on the night of August 2, 2002, to arrest Sharma for his alleged involvement in the murder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar, but he managed to escape.

At that time, Sharma had applied for a five-day leave — from August 5-9, 2002. His leave period included two weekends — August 3-4 and August 10-11. With the Delhi police on his trail, Sharma went in hiding and his whereabouts were not known till the day he surrendered on September 27, 2002.

Sharma failed to report for duty or apply for an extension of leave after August 11 and the Home Department, Haryana, placed him under suspension for absence from duty on August 23, 2002. A departmental inquiry was thus initiated against him.

Sharma was brought here by a team of Delhi police officials on the directions of a Delhi court. The Haryana Government had earlier moved an application before a Delhi court that Sharma be allowed to appear before an inquiry commission at Panchkula on February 25.

Sharma was brought to Ambala by the Delhi police team last night and lodged in Ambala Central Jail. He was brought here in the morning and taken to the HIPA office in Sector 16 at around 11. 55 am.

The inquiry went on for almost six hours. Other than Dr H.S. Anand, two other officers, including, District Attorney, Panchkula, were present for conducting the inquiry.

The team conducting the inquiry read out the charges against Sharma, who in turn demanded that he be given documents related to the charges framed against him.

Sharma reportedly refused to part with information about his whereabouts from August 3, 2002, to September 27, 2002 (the day he surrendered in Ambala), on the grounds that this could have an adverse affect on his case in Delhi.

Official sources said the next date of hearing had so far not been decided. Sharma, along with Delhi Police team, was later dropped at Panchkula Bus Stand in a PCR vehicle. The team headed for Ambala and Mr Sharma will again be lodged in Ambala Jail for the night, before he is again taken to Tihar Jail tomorrow.


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