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Galaxy of doctors attend IMA conference
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 21
The three-day academic bonanza of Indian Medical Association, ACADIMA-2005, got under way amidst a galaxy of medical professionals from all over the country and abroad at Silver Oak Resorts here today.

The academic activities commenced with the oration of Dr Mark Fitzgerald, Director, Trauma, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, in Australia. He presented a detailed management of the roadside accidents with special reference to the Indian scenario. Dr Fitzgerald was presented ‘Dr O.P. Aggarwal Oration Award’. Speaking on the award-giving ceremony, the organising secretary of the conference, Dr Gursharan Singh, spoke about Dr O.P. Aggarwal, the founder president of the local branch of IMA in the early 40s.

Various research papers were presented by medical professionals from different medical colleges of Punjab simultaneously in three different halls at the venue of the meet.

According to the scientific secretary of ACADIMA and Chief Cardiologist of Hero DMC Heart Institute, Dr G.S. Wander, the cardiology session with eminent speakers, including Dr Navneet K. Dullet from Los Angles (USA) evoked a huge response. Dr K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, Chandigarh, gave an oration on the current trends in treatment of congestive cardiac failure.



Kapil flays BCCI for appointing short-term captain
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 21
Kapil Dev has criticised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for appointing the skipper of the Indian cricket team for a short term. The former captain of the Indian cricket team expressed this view during an interaction with mediapersons here today. He was in the city on a promotional tour.

Asked to comment on Rahul Dravid’s appointment as the captain of the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming One-Day International series against Sri Lanka and South Africa only, Kapil Dev said he did not agree with the BCCI’s idea of experimenting. Dravid would not be able to do justice with his new assignment as long as he was worried about his captaincy. So, the term for captain should not be a short one, rather he should be appointed without any time restriction so that he could perform to the best of his ability, Kapil opined.

In reply to a question what does he think of the young lot selected for the home series, Kapil said he could not comment on the new players as he had not seen them playing. However, he wished them good luck.

When asked whether a foreign coach could make a difference to the Indian team, Kapil replied that it was good to engage a foreign coach if it helped in achieving success but added that the game lovers had already seen the team’s outcome during coach John Wright. “Let us see the difference with the new coach,” he quipped.

Later, Kapil Dev answered the queries by the gathering that turned out there to meet the cricketer who had led the Indian team to victory during the World Cup in 1983.


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