Sunday, May 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Say no to alcohol, save liver
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Permissible liquor limit prescribed by doctors:
Beverage Volume Amt of alcohol


30 ml

10 gram


100 ml

10 gram


250 ml

10 gram

Chandigarh, May 17
Making transition from an ancient medicine to biological toxin, alcohol has today become the underlying cause for serious liver disease like alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis for those habitual of crossing the social limits of safe drinking.

Medical experts point out that alcoholism has become the biggest cause for liver injury for those whose alcoholic consumption crosses the permissible limit and that too for at least 10 to 15 years period.”

Apart from other liver diseases due to alcohol, we have about 150 patients of cirrhosis coming to us annually from the entire region,” informed Dr R.K. Dhiman, Associate Professor, Department of Hepatology, PGI.

As far as liver diseases due to alcohol are concerned, it is the quantity and period for which a person has been consuming liquor.

“Levels of daily alcohol consumption exceeding 40 to 80 gm per day for 10 to 15 years is associated with an increase in incidence of cirrhosis, which is a critical stage,” explained Dr Dhiman. He says under no circumstances should a person consume more than two small drinks per day.

It is mostly people in the age group of 40 to 50, who are affected with liver diseases due to alcohol.

“Those who get hooked to liquor at an early age do not realise the damage they are causing to their health and it is only by the time they approach 40 that symptoms of the disease start appearing,” explained Dr Dhiman.

It is symptoms like loss of appetite, overtly jaundiced with yellow eyes, anti-social behaviour, withdrawal symptoms and swelling in different parts of the body which are indicative of alcoholic hepatitis. In case a person does not give up liquor completely, alcoholic hepatitis develops into cirrhosis.

Doctors stress that the patients should be made to realise that there is no medication that will protect the liver against the effects of further alcohol ingestion. “ Alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis are serious illnesses that require long-term medical supervision and for this alcohol should be absolutely forbidden,” they point out.

Doctors first advice to people who could be suffering from liver disease due to alcohol is to give up liquor and consume high-calorie diet, rich in proteins and vitamins. “Apart from treating the patients we need to find out the real problem behind excessive drinking and for this we take help of the family and friends of the patient,” point out doctors highlighting the psychological aspect.

The help of psychiatrists from the De-addiction centre is taken in case of patients suffering from liver disease due to alcohol.

“In majority of the cases we are able to convince the patient that alcohol has to be given up completely in case the patient’s life has to be prolonged,” say doctors.

“Resuming alcohol abuse would be a sure death certificate for a cirrhosis patient who has already cut down at least 10 to 15 years of his life,” is the final word of caution from the doctors.


Cardiology Society to hold lectures
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh May, 16
In its endeavour to disseminate knowledge and technical advances made in the prevention and fight against heart diseases, the Cardiology Society of Chandigarh will be hold lectures and seminars on a regular basis.

The society which has already a membership of over 50 doctors shall hold monthly CMEs and the annual conference. “Today the cardiac problem has become the cause of premature death and disability in countless individuals even at the prime of their lives. So, we thought that there was need to educate people by holding public oriented lectures,” informed Dr Deepak Kaura.

He said the dissemination of first aid and primary life-saving measures like cardiopulmonary resuscitation through posters and demonstrations would be undertaken to educate the public.

Professional lectures would be delivered by experts in the field of cardiology, especially preventive cardiology, he added. Apart from this, the members of the society would get an opportunity to interact with senior doctors from the PGI and Government Medical College Hospital, which would help them in upgrading their skills. 


Street plays on AIDS
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 17
“Nurses: Fighting, AIDS stigma” was the theme for a week-long Nurse’s Week celebrated at the Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital, here from May 12.

The focus was on reaffirming the nurses’ dedication towards patients, and inculcating commitment among them. This was achieved by a variety of educational and cultural programmes like street plays on AIDS awareness, distribution of handouts and panel discussions.

Nurses from the Fortis School of Nursing spread AIDS awareness among residents of Krishangarh and Manimajra villages today.

According to Ms Thankam Gomez, Head of the Nursing Department, “At the end of 2001, 40 million men, women and children are supposed to be infected with HIV”.

Dr R.V. Karanjekar, Medical Director, said “Today an effort has been initiated by Fortis nurses to provide medical advice to HIV-affected people.”


Bajaj helps Minerva Club win
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, May 17
A brilliant knock of unbeaten 55 runs by Ranjeet Bajaj helped his team, Minerva Club, beat Canara Bank XI, by eight runs in the VIIth UT League Cricket Tournament here today at the PEC grounds in Sector 12.

Minerva Club scored 121 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 18 overs. Amar Singh scored 27 runs, while Charan Das claimed two wickets for 27 runs in the innings. For Canara Bank, Rampal made 55 runs, while Kamal scored unbeaten 40 runs. Nimit bagged two wickets for just 13 runs.

In another tie, superb batting of Manav Asopa, who scored 57 runs, helped Chandigarh Sports Club Prudential Cricket Club by 109 runs in an 'A' division match. Chandigarh Cricket Club opened their innings with Harminder Bawa and Aseem Gupta. After losing two quick wickets, Manav Asopa and Ravi Shankar built up a partnership of 61 runs. The CSC scored of 168 runs in their allotted 40 overs.

Brief scores: CSC — 168 runs all out (Manav Asopa 57, Ravi Shankar 22, Harminder Bawa 20, Mukesh Padda 2 for 19, Ravinder Tokhi 2 for 38). Prudential XI — 59 runs all out (Gurharminder Singh 26, Jasbir Singh 3 for 8, Ajay Bhardwaj 2 for 3, Rubal Kapil 2 for 21, Mukesh Goyal 2 for 28).

In a 'C' division match played at the PEC 'A' grounds, Suriya Cricket Club defeated Eagle Cricket Club by 21 runs (Brief scores: Suriya CC — 18 runs all out in 24.1 overs — Manjeet 34, Sandeep 23, Ramesh 4 for 25, Eagle CC — 87 runs all out in 19.2 overs — Pardeep 24, Sanju 4 for 21, Aslam 2 for 15).

Sohana XI and IDS XI got two points each, as both teams did not turn up for the match. Maloya Cricket Club got a walkover against Takshaq XI when they reported late at the ground. Maloya CC were given four points.

Kabaddi tourney

Coaching Centre of Sector 42 stole the limelight in both under-19 junior boys' section and under-17 girls' section in the two-day Chandigarh State Sub-Junior and Junior Kabaddi Championship that concluded today at the Sector 42 Sports Complex.

Government High School of Sector 40 bagged the under-14 sub-junior boys' title, while SD Public School of Sector 32 emerged winners in the under-17 junior girls' section. Mr A.C. Khanna, secretary of the Chandigarh Kabaddi Association, gave away the prizes.

Results: Under-14 (sub-junior girls) — GMHS-40 'A' b GMHS-37-D (25-15). Manpreet of GMHS-40 was declared the best raider; under-17 (junior girls) — Coaching Centre-42 b GMHS-40 'A' (34-22). Monika and Teena of CC-42 were adjudged the best raiders.

Previous results: (sub-Junior girls under-14) — GMHS-37 b GMHS-39, 17-9; sub-junior boys (under-16) — GMHS, Kajheri, b GMHS-37-D, 63-37; SD Public-32 b GHS, Kajheri, 37-15; GHS-40 'A' b GSSS-38 (west), 54-15; GSSS, Dhanas, b GHS-40 'A' 45-18.

Dhruv Pandove Trophy

SAS Nagar will meet Chandigarh at SAS Nagar on May 19 in their Pool A match of the Punjab Inter-District Cricket Tournament (Under-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy. On the same day, Patiala will take on Zone A, at Patiala.

These matches, otherwise of three days each, will have 90 overs in the first innings. Chandigarh will play their next match against Zone 'A' at SAS Nagar from May 23. Another tie on the same day at Patiala will be played between Patiala and SAS Nagar.


Ideal time for rowing, sailing
Rubinder Gill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Chandigarh has a good sports infrastructure, which is much better than most cities in the country. This is specially true when it comes to water sports. Few cities can boast of a large water body which serves the interests of sports, recreation and environment. Sukhna Lake, the pride of Chandigarh, is the only water sports center in north India, offering good opportunities for city’s sportspersons.

Rowers can be seen toiling at the oars everyday. There are two practice sessions, one in the morning and another in the evening. There are approximately 100 rowers who use the 18 fiberglass boats by turn, which were brought by the Chandigarh Administration for the National Games. These boats are manufactured in India while the 24 foreign-made boats belonging to the Sports Authority of India are in the sheds, gathering dust. They are brought out only if there is a national camp or a meet here.

The training is being hampered by an inadequate number of oars with the Chandigarh Rowing Association (CRA). There are only 11 pairs for the 18 boats and these, too, belong to the SAI. The CRA has asked the Chandigarh Administration for the oars as practice is restricted by their shortage. Tenders for buying oars were invited, and opened but since then the process of procuring these much-in-demand oars has come to a standstill. Maybe, the Director of Sports can have a good look into the matter.

The association also requires an ergometer, which would cost them approximately Rs 1 lakh. It will go a long way in helping the established as well as budding rowers, where they can measure their speed and strength with the oars on land. Most of the rowers practising at Sukhna Lake are from Punjab Police, CRPF, Chandigarh Police and various colleges of the city.

Besides rowing, sailing too is being promoted by Chandigarh as well as Punjab. The Director, Training and Competitions, CRA, is in touch with the Army for instructors to coach youngsters, who evince keen interest in the sport. Incidentally, two boatmen at the lake, who have done courses in sailing, are helping the enthusiasts. At present, eight sailors from Punjab practice as the Punjab Amateur Yatching Association is earnestly trying to promote sailing in the land-locked state. The boats which years ago were used for Sunday sailing have been dusted, repaired and put back into use. But the people of Chandigarh have not shown much interest in the prospect of Sunday sailing. A tradition which has been forgotten, was a special attraction on Sundays when the yatches would be out decorating the lake and sailors would fiercely compete against each other for top honours. Sunday sailing can become a good breeding and training ground for upcoming sailors if it is revived. Efforts are being made to bring back sailors on Sunday.

Now the conditions are ideal for sailing with a little breeze in the mornings and evenings. The water level is also satisfactory. As yet rowers and sailors can practice comfortably as the water level in the lake has not dropped much. If the water level falls then generally sailing is the first casualty as there is danger of damage to the yatch. Shallow areas are marked and rowing is restricted there. Last year rowing was stopped in mid-June for 15 days. This year the rowers and sailors may enjoy better conditions, hoping for better rains.


Exercise, but carefully
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, May 17
Care for exercises or a game of cricket in summer? Just remember to take the necessary precautions before you leave behind the cool comfort of your home for jogging down the road to the Sukhna or hitting the ball hard across the boundary. The tips, gathered after talking to experts, will also help athletes actively involved in outdoor games.

First of all, keep in mind that summer is an excellent time for you to play — because of the holidays — and to lose weight. Moreover, you do not feel the urge to savour heavy and fried stuff. So get out of your house, but do not forget to consume plenty of water before doing so.

In fact, you should aim at drinking at least two litres of pure water every day. Water also helps the body in flushing out of system any bacteria and preventing urinary infections, including cystitis, without the help of drugs. Water is also necessary to absorb essential minerals and vitamins for strengthening your immune system. Intake of water improves the appearance of the skin and the complexion as well. In case you are bored of taking plain water, go in for squashes.

A good idea is to have a glass of lukewarm water with lemon sweetened with two tablespoons of honey as soon as you get up.

Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. They help in neutralising acids. Snack on fruit and nuts, rather than sweets and fizzy drinks which send the blood sugar levels soaring and then plunging, adding to irritability and excitability, especially among children. Low-fat microwaved popcorns sprinkled with red pepper rev up the metabolism.

Also, sprinkle freshly ground cinnamon on your cereal or toast. It triples the ability of insulin to metabolise glucose so you’ll sail through your day. Cardamom perks up energy. Garlic, rich in antioxidants, is a mood elevator.


Skipper Mohit helps NICS win
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, May 17
Mohit Mohindra played a sweet little knock of 32 and, later, chipped in with an important wicket to help the NICS Cricket Club beat the Panchkula Coaching Centre (PCC) by 20 runs in a league match of the 5th Patiala Hot Weather Cricket Tournament played at the Army School grounds here today.

Captain Mohit Mohindra and Jeewanjot Singh put on 62 runs for the first wicket before Jeewanjot was bowled. What went wrong for the Panchkula team was that they gave away 42 runs as extras. For the losers, only Ishan Verma stood tall amid the ruins to score 34.

Brief scores: NICS XI, — 127 for 5 in 20 overs (Mohit Mohindra 32, Jeewanjot Singh 19, Manish 15, Prashant 2 for 21, Pulkit 2 for 27, Ishan 1 for 13);

PCC XI, — 107 for 8 (Ishan Verma 34, Ankit 11, Sandeep 13, Manish 2 for 11, Jeevanjot 2 for 17, Mohit Mohindra 1 for 14.



Action against CBI officials on cards?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Is the CBI contemplating action against its officials who were present at the house of the suspended Judicial Magistrate, S.S. Bhardwaj, when the latter gave them a slip ?

Though a spokesman for the CBI denied that any departmental action was being initiated against the officers who were present at the house of the Judicial Magistrate, sources said after the news of the escape of Bhardwaj was flashed, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had been briefed by senior CBI officials.

On escaping from his Sector 22 residence, the magistrate had been booked by the local police for escaping from “lawful custody “on a complaint lodged by the CBI SP, Mr R.S. Bhatti. The case under Section 224 of the IPC was registered after the SP wrote to the local police that while conducting search, the judicial officer “clandestinely” escaped from his residence.

The house of the Judicial Magistrate was virtually sealed when he gave the CBI sleuths a slip.

The case assumes significance as the judicial officers were booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, close on the heels of arrest of a Delhi High Court Judge in the DDA scam.

Sources in the CBI said the disclosure about the “shady deals” by the two judicial magistrates was just the tip of the iceberg. The investigations could reveal the name of more judicial officers, advocates, police officials and executive officers who were part of the well-connected nexus to channelise bribe from litigants involved in civil and criminal matters.

The complainant in the corruption case of the two judicial officers, Dr Gurvinder Singh Samra, is learnt to have provided details of the properties which he had gifted to senior Punjab Police officials and judicial officers. The CBI is reportedly by verifying the documents of the “benami” properties gifted to the officials by Dr Samra.


UT forms plan approval panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16
The Administration has constituted the Plan Approval Committee (Lower) under the chairmanship of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh.

The committee shall meet at a time and place to be designated by the Chairman and meet once a week. The committee shall examine and scrutinise building plans within the territorial jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation, which are not covered under the Plan Approval Committee (Upper).

Other members of the committee shall be the Assistant Estate Officer, Mr Ashwani Kumar, Assistant Architect , Mr Sanjiv Kumar, Assistant Town Planner, Mr Daljit Singh, the Chief Fire Officer, Mr G.S. Bajwa, and the SDO (Public Health).

The Subdivisional Engineer ( Buildings), Mr Sanjay Arora, will be the member-convener and the Assistant Engineer (Design), Mr Suresh Kumar, will be the member (Structural).

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