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A significant point was made. Noticed, too.
Now, within days of the Gujarat government decision to drop a chapter on Kapil, from the Class X English course, has come confirmation from Orissa that one on Sachin has been included in the plus-two (English) curriculum there.
The last syllabus did have a chapter on Kapil (authored by Sunil Gavaskar), but wasn�t retained during the course-review in late April.
It�s a coincidence the �exhaustive� review was undertaken soon after the Hansie Cronje scandal broke and just before Manoj Prabhakar�s revelation on the Rs 25-lakh inducement offer.
However, even if Kapil had survived the review it�s likely that Orissa, influenced by recent events, would also have gone the Gujarat way.
As it turns out, in the circumstances, the review allowed Kapil a graceful �exit�.
�Sachin is an icon. More important, in these times, he is one of those with an absolutely clean image. The decision to include a chapter on Sachin was unanimous,� remarked S. N. Ahmed, general-secretary of the Orissa State Bureau of Text Book Preparation and Production.
In fact, the chapter is a reproduction of the Graphiti cover story of December 27, 1998, on Sachin � Long Distance Runner. According to Ahmed, the title has been retained.
Speaking to The Telegraph from Bhubaneshwar, Ahmed added: �As 100,000 students have cleared the relevant (Orissa Council of Higher Secondary Education) exams, from 1,360 institutions this year, our initial print order of the book with the Sachin chapter has been 100,000. A second run is likely, in the near future.�
Ahmed informed the English syllabus has four books (Invitation to English I-IV): Prose & Poetry, Story writing, Letter drafting-Commercial writing and one on Grammar. The Sachin-chapter features in book No.1.
The books have each been priced at Rs 35 �- �subsidised as you can make out,� pointed out Ahmed. �In any case, the Bureau doesn�t seek to make a profit at the students� expense,� he insisted.
Kapil wasn�t available for comment but, in time to come, he will probably admit the Gujarat decision hurt him much more than most other allegations.
Equally, one can anticipate Sachin�s response to Orissa�s move. It�s unlikely to be much different from: �I�m happy; I�m honoured.�
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East Bengal started with repeated raids on the opposition goal and went ahead through Carlton Chapman in the ninth minute. Jose Ramirez Barreto converted a direct free-kick in the 35th to bring Mohun Bagan back in the match.
East Bengal used the left flank frequently in the first half with Dipendu Biswas being the centre of all moves. He made some good crosses and played an important role in Chapman�s goal. Dipankar started the move, found Dipendu on the left who guarded the ball, swerved around Sumit Sengupta and centred it for Chapman.
The East Bengal skipper came unmarked down the right and scored with a blazing right-footer.
At the other end, Barreto was marked very closely by Dipak Mondal who gave the Brazilian little room. But Barreto�s efforts to free himself resulted in consecutive free-kicks. While a collective effort by Sammy Omollo and Barreto failed in the first instance, there was no stopping the latter in the second.
Barreto earned a free-kick when Jackson Egygpong fouled him a few yards outside the penalty box. He unleashed an in-swinging curler, placing it sweetly at the corner of the goal which gave the goalkeeper little time to react. The players forming the �wall� too looked mystified as Barreto�s right-footed shot sailed above them. The goal came so suddenly that the crowd took sometime to react and for the first time the Mohun Bagan supporters found their voice.
Meanwhile, Dipendu continued his runs but each of them proved fruitless. Dipankar Roy missed the easiest of them when his wild right-footer, from 15 yards, sailed way above the goal.
Off a counter-attack, Barreto masterminded a beautiful move after evading a number of defenders and found James Singh at a very good position. But James hit a wild shot which went nowhere near the goal.
The move, though, did not materialise into a goal but Mohun Bagan were just about starting to dominate.
They began the second half from where they left in the first. Barreto was now operating from the deep. The East Bengal goalkeeper did not make life any easier for his teammates as he failed to cleanly collect the ball on a number of occasions.
From a set-piece move which started with R.C. Prakash, Santos hit a good right-footer that hit the bar and fell in front of Shanti Majumdar. The custodian did everything but hold on to the ball but fortunately for him, none of the Mohun Bagan players were in a position to capitalise.
East Bengal made two substitutions at this point, which changed the course of the match. Sheikh Sanjib came in for Srikanta Dutta and Tushar Rakshit replaced Anit Ghosh. From then on, East Bengal made good use of their right flank with Sanjib making a few charges at the opposition�s defence. Rakshit broke Bagan�s hold on the game and added new vigour to the midfield.
East Bengal coach, Syed Nayeemuddin, also mentioned the two substitutes as the only gains from the game.
In the dying moments, James took a corner and almost scored. The ball hit the post and was finally cleared by Chapman.
Both teams showed equal desperation and at one instance play continued for minutes with Dipendu lying on the ground injured. It is a different matter altogether that Dipendu returned immediately after being stretchered out.
Mohun Bagan�s defence, after quite some time, looked strong and the credit can be granted to the return of Sammy Omollo who was unbeatable in the air and clean on the ground. The only drawback in their game was the appalling standard of the use of dead-ball situations.
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A clear point behind Saptarshi is Sayantan Dutta of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Fort William on 8.5 points.
Mary Ann Gomes once again dazzled all with her excellent performance as she beat Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan of Bangladesh to record her second successive upset in the meet. In a top board clash tomorrow, Mary meets Saptarshi.
Rohan Vijay Shandilya of Jamshedpur opted for the Winawer variation of the French defence against Saptarshi. Saptarshi emerged with a pawn up after the middle game complications and subsequently gave up his Bishop to set up a winning ending.
In a game of fluctuating fortunes, Sayantan Dutta got the better of national under-12 champion Deep Sengupta in an unsual line of the French defence. Deep obtained a clearly a superior position in a rook and pawn ending but went astray and allowed Sayantan to turn the tables on him.
Former Asian under-10 girls champion Mary of Loreto Day School, Sealdah, adopted her favourite Dutch defence against Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan of Bangladesh. Mary took control of the open a-file with her rooks and pentrated the defence of her opponent and forced him to resigned. Somak Palit of Mitra Institution managed to draw with Syed Ejaz Husain of Bangladesh despite having an inferior position.
Ayan Lahiri of Laban Hrad Vidyapith jumped into the joint third spot with a miniature win over Yamben Dhanbir Singh of Manipur in just 19 moves.
Pratik Sengupta of S-E- Railway Eng. Medium School opted for the Alapin variation of the Siclian defence against Syed Rownak Ehsan of Bangladesh and won a piece in the the middlegame after which his opponent resigned.
TOP BOARD RESULTS
Saptarshi Roy 9.5 beat Rohan Vijay Shandilya 7; Deep Sengupta 7 lost to Sayantan Dutta 8.5; Puneet Jaiswal 8 beat Rahul Sangma 7; Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan 7 lost to Mary Ann Gomes 8; Somak Palit 7.5 drew with Ejaz Husain 7.5; Ayan Lahiri 8 beat Yamben Dhanbir Singh 6.5; Pratik Sengupta 7.5 beat Syed Rownak Ehsan 6.5; Pritam Banerjee 7 drew with Samput Mallick 7; Suman Basu 7.5 beat Nilabh Upadhyay 6.5; Abhishek Das 7.5 beat Swagatam Sengupta 6.5; Lairangjam Mahesh Singh 6.5 lost to Dhruba Manna 7.5; Yashpal Singh Sonwani 7 beat Moiangthem Shanta 6; Gurumayum Inao Sharma 6 lost Sourav Chakraborty 7; Nazir Saleheen 7 beat Arpan Chakraborty 6; Sk. Shahid Ahmed 7 beat Rajib Dhar 6; Subhabrata Das 6 lost to Joydeep Dutta 7; Gourabjyoti Dutta 6.5 drew with Akash Kusum 6.5; Sayan Sarkar 6 lost to Sourab Bose 7; Mufidul Islam Khan 7 beat Arpan Sarkar 6; Supriya Maji 7 beat Pranjal 5.5; Arindam Das 6.5 beat Souparno Das 5.5; Tanmoy Pattanayak 6.5 beat Sumit Shaw 5.5; Santu Mandal Rahul Ghose; Prabuddha Ghosh 5.5 lost to Sashank Singh 6.5; Paramita Ghosh 6 drew with Minahazuddin Ahmade 6.
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Our Calcutta Turf Correspondent adds: Shafiq�s feet was cheered by the local turfites who have been looking forward to it since he partnered his 999th winner Al Habib a week ago. Shafiq, too, had a special place in his heart for Calcutta because Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) was the first major turf authority to grant him a riding licence after he had shown promise in Meerut, Delhi and Tollygunge. The process of winning races had started in Delhi way back in the year 1969 with the victory of Nice Cafe. King was his first winner in Calcutta. Speaking to The Telegraph Shafiq sounded very excited and said: �I have achieved the feet because it was Allah�s desire. Byramji had offered me to ride Appeaser. I worked on the horse yesterday and found that he had a bad mouth. On my suggestion Byramji used a rubber bit.
1.30 pm: Clinton�s Pet 1. Swift 2. Lake Baikal 3. 2 pm: Afilado 1. So Thrilled 2. Elegant Rainbow 3. 2.30 pm: Chippo 1. Lovely Lips 2. Guide 3. 3 pm: Alembic 1. Ace Beret 2. Star Blitz 3. 3.30 pm: Royal Castle 1. Shoorveer 2. Whattagirl 3. 4 pm: Access All Areas 1. Axe 2. Arrakis 3. 4.30 pm: Alumina 1. Al Habib 2. Deep In The Jungle 3. 5 pm: Alphabetic 1. Concur 2. Baffin Bay 3. 5.30 pm: Winning Charm 1. Sniper Fire 2. Royal Crichton 3. Day�s Best: Afilado Double: Alembic & Alumina.
(With inter-state dividends)
1. Squanderer Plate 1,100m: (1-10-8) Red Quartz (Faisal Ismail) 1; Queen�s Ransom 2; Ispahan 3. Won by: 3/4; 2; (1-9.4). Tote: Win Rs 39; Place: 17; 21; 13; Quinella: 111; Tanala: 510. Fav: Ispahan (8). 2. Tokyo Plate 1,200m: (3-4-9) Ride With Pride (Shakti) 1; Rise Above 2; Plain Truth 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 4-3/4; (1-16.2). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 21; 13; 69; Quinella: 51; Tanala: 2,227. Fav: Rise Above (4). 3. Brave Dancer Plate 1,400m: (6-2-1) Royal Delight (Prakash) 1; Wandering Warrior 2; Augill Castle 3. Won by: 1/2; 4; (1-29). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 13; 14; 30; Quinella: 27; Tanala: 237. Fav: Royal Delight (6). 4. J. B. Mallaradhya Memorial Cup 1,600m: (3-1-5) Crystal Moment (Kader) 1; All Game 2; Colonial 3. Won by: Nk; SH; (1-40.1). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 11; 36; 54; Quinella:151; Tanala: 1,894. Fav: Crystal Moment (3). 5. Col. Rajkumar C. Desraj Urs Memorial Cup 1,400m: (8-6-1) The Music Man (Ruzaan) 1; Midnight Escape 2; Something Fishy 3. Won by: 5; 4; (1-27.7). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 14; 22; 112; Quinella: 181; Tanala: 8,346. Fav: Star Fantasy (5). 6. Maj. E. Fownes Memorial Plate 1,600m: (3-7-8) Zouk (Gallagher) 1; Accelerating Star 2; Renzino 3. Won by: Nk; 1-1/2; (1-40.9). Tote: Win Rs 39; Place: 19; 16; 25; Quinella: 67; Tanala: 505. Fav: Accelerating Star (7). 7. Santorini Star Plate 1,400m: (2-5-10) Appeaser (Shafiq) 1; Argolis 2; Melodeon 3. Won by: 5; 4-1/4; (1-28.3). Tote: Win Rs 49; Place: 18; 37; 13; Quinella: 311; Tanala: 1,127. Fav: Melodeon (10). Jackpot: Rs 8,245; (C) Rs 681. Treble: (i) Rs 246; (ii) Rs 602.
Calcutta track trials
Outer sand track
1,200m: Amarante (A. P. Singh) in 1-31 2/5s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Anolini (Amil) in 1-28s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Moved well.
800m: Scavenger�s Son (M. Reuben) in 1-0 2/5s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Ingleside (Manohar) and Infierno (Rb) in 59 3/5s; (400m) 27s. Both level. Remember Me (Rb) 57 3/5s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Easy. Relative Shade (Gowli), Alborada (P. Alford) and Ardon (Rutherford) in 56s; (400m) 25s. A length and a head separated them. Constantine (Amjad K.) and Art Smart (Saran) in 57s; (400m) 26s. Both pushed.Storm Trooper (M. Reuben) and Char Bahar (Amjad K.) in 59s; (400m) 25s. Latter pushed. Astotot (Rb) and Alastar (A.P. Singh) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Former 6 ls better. Prizren (M. Reu-ben) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s. Kansai (Islam) and Clarice Cliff (Rabani) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Arctic Fancy (Gowli) and Scarlet Raider (Rutherford) in 56s; (400m) 27s. 600m: Storm Centre (Engineer) in 46s; (400m) 27s. Allosaki (A. P. Singh) in 47s; (400m) 30s. Bernadine (Amil) in 47s; (400m) 29s. Master Charlie (Brij S.) in 48s; (400m) 30s.
800m: Privy Council (M. Reuben) in 53s; (400m) 23s. Note. Too Soon To Tell (Rb) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Good. Aliqa (Rb) in 54s; (400m) 23s. Moved well. Winning Hand (Rb) and Rule With Honour (M. Reuben) in 52s; (400m) 23s. Both fit.
800m: Almond Rock (Gowli) and Head Hunter (Rutherford) in 51s; (400m) 23s. Latter urged. Rock Falcon (P. Alford), Go With The Wind (K.Kumar) in 55 2/5s; (400m) 24s. Optimum Choice (Yadav) in 59s; (400m) 23s. Fit. Mountain Memory (B. Gurang) and Abstone Queen (K. Kumar) in 56s; (400m) 24s. Both easy. Ballard Lady (Gowli) and Golden Expr-ess (Rutherford) in 56s; (400m) 23s. Both pushed. Crest Star (Amjad K.) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Tequila Shot (Shan-ker) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Work Order (Haroon) in 55s; (400m) 24s.Software (Rb) and Diplomatic Gesture (Shanker) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Both fit. Swash Buckler (Brij S.) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Bul Bul (Engineer) in 59s; (400m) 27s. Eau Savage (Shanker) in 56s; (400m) 24s.