Tuesday, May 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Stone diseases higher among north Indians
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 20
The incidence of stone disease is higher in North India at around 3 per cent on account of the higher temperature, higher mineral content of water and the rich diet consumed in this part of the country.

This was disclosed by Dr Pawan Kumar Gupta, an eminent urologist, while addressing a seminar on the management of urinary tract stones organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) here on Sunday evening.

He advised the people to consume plenty of fluids so as to produce more than three litres of urine everyday to stay away from urinary stones. Although the latest treatment of stones in urinary tract had become much simpler, it was better to prevent stone formation by consuming plenty of fluids, he advised.

He also advised the participants to follow few golden rules to avoid stone formation which include: (i) become vegetarians or to restrict meat intake to 100 grams a day; (ii) lead an active life as sedentary workers have higher incidence of stone formation; (iii) eat a natural fibre diet; and (iv) consume two to three glasses of milk everyday and never add salt on the table.

Dr Gupta described the techniques of extra-corporeal shock wave lithotripsy, percutaneous surgery of kidney stones and ureterorenoscopy and demonstrated the procedure of ureterorenoscopy on video and showed the inter-corporeal

lithotripsy of bladder, ureteric and renal stones.

According to him, extra-corporeal shock wave lithotripsy and ureterorenoscopy were simple procedures for the removal of urinary tract stones and had very low complication rate. He further said that the two procedures could treat the majority of stones. There was no cutting and no hole was required in both the procedures. Patients could go home the same day after undergoing any of these two procedures.

When asked about open surgery, Dr Gupta said that he had forgotten the open surgery and termed it as the thing of the past. He said that 99 per cent of urinary stones could now be removed by the new methods. He regretted that open surgery for stones was still being carried out at many places.

Dr Gupta, who is a postgraduate in surgery from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, has introduced many new techniques for the removal of stones in Haryana. He also has the credit of training many surgeons in trans-urethral surgery.



Registration with DNC made mandatory for nurses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 20
Nurses in the Capital now will have to seek mandatory registration with the Delhi Nursing Council, which started functioning from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital in central Delhi on Monday.

Inaugurating the council, the Health Minister, Dr A.K.Walia, said it would be mandatory for all the nurses, working in both government and non-government hospitals and nursing homes to register with the body.

The council would also provide recognition to new nursing colleges and set standards for the syllabus and training of nursing courses.

Dr Walia said till now the Punjab Nursing Act was in force in the Capital, which implied that nurses of Delhi had to go to Mohali in Punjab for their registration.

“With the constitution of the Delhi Nursing Council, nurses in the Capital will now be able to seek registration in Delhi itself,” he pointed out.

Lauding nurses as the “backbone” of health services, the minister hoped the council would monitor their interests and set new dimensions in the profession. The former Health Minister, Dr Harshvardhan and council president Bimla Kapoor were also present on the occasion.

Blood donation: The followers of the Sant Nirankari Mission donated 93 units of blood at a blood donation camp organized by the mission in Mehrauli, South Delhi, on Sunday.

The camp was organized to meet the blood demand at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narain Hospital and blood bank of the Red Cross Society of India.

During the hot season, blood banks suffer from acute shortage of blood.

The camp was inaugurated by Braham Singh Tanwar, Member of Legislative Assembly, Delhi. Dr A.C.Chawla represented the department of health and social welfare, Sant Nirankari Mandal.

The donors included members of the Sant Nirankari Sewa Dal and other devotees of the mission from Mehrauli and adjoining areas.

It is noteworthy that the Sant Nirankari Mission has decided to organize 101 blood donation camps during 2002.

Forty of these camps were organized on April 22, in various places in India. Last week, the mission organized a camp in Mangolpuri in West Delhi.



L-G opens free yoga and ayurveda camp 
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, May 20
The Lt-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, inaugurated a fortnight-long free naturopathy, yoga and ayurveda camp here today. The camp, being organised by Bapu Nature Cure Hospital and Yogashram, Gandhi Nidhi at Patparganj in East Delhi, is aimed at reviving the age-old heritage of holistic health care methods. Being harmonious with nature, these would be the answer to various health problems facing the modern society, said Mr Kapoor.

He also assured to pool in all help that would be required in assisting in the cause of serving the society. Mr Kapoor also inaugurated a free charitable ayurveda and homeopathy dispensary exclusively for the poor and needy people on the hospital premises.

Speaking at the inauguration, the director of the Hospital, Mr R. M. Nair, said that the camp would benefit more than 2,500 people and expose them to alternative and Indian systems of medicine based on herbs, diet and yoga that would help them recuperate without having to worry about the side effects.

Citing examples, he said disease like bronchial asthma, sinusitis, anxiety neurosis, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, paralysis, gout, sciatica and gynaecological problems could be treated by these methods.

Dr Nair also pointed out that there was a need for faster approach to solve the problems in promoting alternative health care systems by providing land and infrastructural facilities. He sought people’s help in creating an environment that would be conducive for aiding the spread of natural healing processes.

Mr C. A. Menon, president of the yogashram, recalled the vision of Mahatma Gandhi to take the holistic system of naturopathy and yoga to the people in the villages. He added that sincere efforts of naturopathy institutions with adequate and timely support from the government would reach the system at all levels including the villages ensuring disease-free life, arresting the mounting cost of medical expenses.

Ayurveda Complex soon

Meanwhile, the Delhi Government has decided to set up a massive Ayurveda Complex in the Capital. The multi-activity complex will comprise of a hospital, a college and an herbal garden, said the Health Minister, Dr A. K. Walia, here today.

The government also plans to start two post-graduate level courses in ayurveda, said Dr Walia inaugurating the third Ayurveda and Siddha Vaidyashala.

Praising the qualities of ayurveda, Dr Walia said, “Ayurveda shows wonderful results in the treatment of several ailments. The Delhi Government is keen to promote this ancient Indian system of medicine.”

While one post-graduate level course in Ayurveda and Siddha would be started at the government-run Tibbia College in Central Delhi, another would be introduced in the multi-centric Ayurveda Complex to come up in Khera Dawa in Najafgarh in Outer Delhi. The construction of the complex, spread over 95 acres, would start later this year and would include a college with post-graduate courses, a nursing home and hospital and a nursery of medicinal plants.

Stating that the government wanted to develop the complex as a major centre of ayurveda, Dr Walia said joint ventures with institutions such as the Santhigiri Ayurveda and Siddha Vaidyashala would also be explored to ensure a certain level of expertise. 



ONGC beat Shastri Club, enter semi-final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 20
Last year’s runners-up Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) beat Lal Bahadur Shastri Club by 29 runs in the last quarter-final match of the 29th Goswami Ganesh Dutt Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Khalsa College ground in the Capital on Monday.

With this match, the semi-final line up has been completed. ONGC will take on Sonnet in the first semi-final, while defending champions Indian Airlines will clash against Collage Group.

Manoj Mudgil of ONGC, who blasted a fine century, was adjudged the man of the match. He was given the Pepsi award jointly by Mr Vinod Tihara and Mr Sunil Khanna.

ONGC skipper Rizwan Shamshad won the toss and elected to bat. ONGC, despite the cheap dismissal of Sandeep Sharma for three runs, consolidated the position through a solid second-wicket partnership between Gagan Khoda and Manoj Mudgal. Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy player Manoj Mudgal cracked 103 runs with the help of eight fours and one six off 95 balls while Gagan Khoda blasted 35 runs off 34 balls with six fours.

Skipper Rizwan Shamshad struck a fine 54 off 42 balls with six fours while another UP boy, Mohd Saif, cracked 40 off 26 balls with five fours and one six. Manoj Mudgil and Rizwan Shamshad put on 85 runs for the third wicket in 13.1 overs and then Mudgil and Mohd Saif added 82 runs for the sixth wicket off just 7.5 overs.

The Shastri Club bowlers toiled without much gain as ONGC piled up 261 for seven wickets in 40 overs. Left-arm spinner Ajay Tiwari was the most successful bowler, as he took two wickets.

In reply, Lal Bahadur Shastri Club got off well, when Dalip TT and Himanshu Mehta added 47 runs for the opening wicket off 5.5 overs. After the exit of Himanshu Mehta for 20, Shastri lost Kailash Rawat for one run. But Rajan Gupta and Dharambir Beniwal applied themselves well to put on 96 runs for the fourth wicket off 15 overs when Beniwal was bowled by Rizwan Shamshad.

At the 30-over mark, Shastri were 200 for 5. But after the departure of Beniwal, Shastri lost wickets at quick intervals to fall short of the victory target by 29 runs.

Ravi Sehgal was the leading wicket taker for ONGC with three wickets for 35 runs off eight overs. Rizwan Shamshad and Amit Sharma took two wickets each.

There will be no match on Tuesday. ONGC will meet Sonnet in the first semi-final match on May 22.

Scores: ONGC: 263 for 7 in 40 overs (Gagan Khoda 35, 6x4, 34b; Manoj Mudgil 103, 8x4, 1x6, 95b; Rizwan Shamshad 54, 6x4, 42b; Gautam Wadhera 11, 21b; Mohd Saif 40, 5x4, 1x6, 26b; Sumit Rana 1 for 16; Kamal Deep 1 for 27; Ajay Tiwari 2 for 43; Deepak Sain 1 for 60).

Lal Bahadur Shastri Club: 234 all out in 37.1 overs (Dalip TT 37, 5x4, 30; Himanshu Mehta 20, 4x4, 24b; Rajan Gupta 81, 7x4, 69b; Dharambir Beniwal 46, 3x4, 55b; Amit Bhandari 1 for 40; Feroz Gyas 1 for 21; Rizwan Shamshad 2 for 48; Amit Sharma 2 for 43; Ravi Sehgal 3 for 35).



Can Sachin and Lara produce the elusive magic in one-dayers?

New Delhi, May 20
Having flopped in the five-Test series, will batting maestros Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara come good in the One-Day International Series?

After the exciting five-Test series, India and the West Indies are now sharpening their tools in what promises to be a fascinating five-match one-day series, starting on May 25.

In the Test series, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara did not perform upto their potential. But one Navjot Sidhuism applies to both aptly: A fallen lighthouse is more dangerous than a reef—and you have not one but two lighthouses!!

Now, the big question is, who will set ablaze the one-day series?

With both sides showing their strengths, cricket fans are aware of what to expect from these two teams. ESPN will bring all the five matches live into the drawing rooms of Indian homes.

The one-day series offers a fast-paced, exciting contest. Both India and West Indies will depend heavily on their stalwarts for leading the battle charge. And both Sachin and Lara will be looking to make up for lost time—or, opportunity!

Saurav Ganguly, Venkat Sai Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh will also be itching to gather runs by the tons.

For West Indies, Carl Hooper, Shivnarain Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan have shown excellent form so far. The West Indian fans would certainly be counting on that form to continue. And they would be ably supported by Mervyn Dillon, Marlin Black and newcomer Adam Sanford.

Chanderpaul, Sarwan, captain Hooper, Dillon and Sanford all made their distinctive marks in the Test series. Can they repeat their feats in the one-dayers too?

The last time India toured the West Indies in 1996-97, under the captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar, India had lost the four-match One-Day International series 1-3. So, India would be aiming to turn the tables on the West Indians this time around. But then, the West Indians would also count on leveraging the home advantage successfully as they did last time.

So, will old scores settled, or will the home advantage prevail? The coming days will answer these posers. The one-day matches will be played at Jamaica on May 25 and 26 (first session from 8.5 pm IST), at Barbados on May 29, at Trinidad on June 1 and 2. OC



Gautam Bhalla bowls Chand Khanna to victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 20
A devastating bowling performance of 4 for 26 by Gautam Bhalla helped Chand Khanna defeat K N Colts by four wickets in an A-I Division match of the DDCA League at the PGDAV College ground.

Scores: K N Colts: 135 all out in 34.3 overs (Vishal Pandey 20, Gautam Bhalla 4 for 26, Tony Singh 2 for 16, Farmad Ahmad 2 for 17).

Chand Khanna: 137 for 6 in 31.3 overs (Rajeev Uniyal 63 n o, Tony Singh 20, Samarth Jhighan 20 n o, Deepak Kanojia 3 for 35).

Inborn Cricketers beat Mohan Meakin by ten wickets in an A-I Division match at the University ground.

Scores: Mohan Meakin: 163 all out in 34.4 overs (Mukim Khan 28, Vishal Digani 25, Sonu Vaid 5 for 27).

Inborn Cricketers: 164 for no loss in 28 overs (Rahul Ahuja 75 n o, Rattan Rawat 56 n o).

Delhi Development Authority beat Mayapuri by 57 runs in a B Division match at the Kotla II ground.

Scores: DDA: 303 for 3 in 35 overs (Suresh Kohli 144, 10x6, 13x4; Sumit 100 n o, 10x6, 3x4; Narender Kumar 45).

Mayapuri: 266 all out in 32.4 overs (Vipin Nischal 55, Kishore Sharma 47, Santosh Kumar 42).

Citizen Club beat Ekta Club by 137 runs in a B Division match.

Scores: Citizen Club: 333 all out in 30.1 overs (Vishal Singh 62, Craig Fernandez 55, Manoj Tyagi 3 for 43).

Ekta Club: 166 all out in 26 overs (Gopal Bisth 66, Shashi Bhushan 31, Sachin Chaudhary 6 for 17).



Shyamkant Joshi passes IJF test
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 20
Mr Shyamkant Joshi, Sports Authority of India’s STC-Delhi judo coach, has passed the International Judo Federation (IJF) Continental Referee Examination held on May 16 and 17 in Damascus (Syria) during the just concluded Asian Junior Judo Championship.

SAI administrator Manmeet Goindi said Shyamkant Joshi is now a qualified IJF Continental Referee Licence holder. This has been confirmed as per the Refereeing Commission of the Judo Union of Asian.

Navjot Chana wins gold: Meanwhile, in the Asian Judo Championship, India won a gold medal through Navjot Chana in the boys 55kg weight category. Arun won a silver medal in the girls 48kg category while Archana lifted a bronze medal in the 45kg.

Navjot Chana became the first Indian to win a gold in the Junior Asian Judo Championship.

He defeated strong opponents from Uzbekistan, Philippines and Korea (full score). The performance of Aruna was also outstanding. She defeated Syrian and Korean rivals with ippon.

N Nirupama Devi was placed fifth in the 57kg weight category. India fielded a nine-member team—five boys and four girls. Jiwan Sharma was the coach of the squad.



Amex win

New Delhi, May 20
The Amex team of Harshvardhan Rahul, Sanjay Dutt and Rajesh Gajree won the fourth CRY FACT Corporate Quiz contest held at the British Council Auditorium. GE Capital were the first runners-up and Ranbaxy finished as the second runners-up. OSR


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