Sunday, June 29, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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86 pc of diseases related to poor quality of water
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 28
About 86 per cent of the total diseases in the country are directly or indirectly related to the poor quality of drinking water, pointed out the Director General, Health Services, Dr S. P. Agrawal, here today.

He was speaking at the launch of ‘Sulabh Wash Campaign’.

The campaign was inaugurated here today by the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad.

It was pointed out that poor quality of drinking water is a major cause of diseases including jaundice, typhoid and diarrhoea.

Diarrhoea, jaundice and typhoid, which are major killers around the world, are caused due to poor quality of water.

Many children in the developing countries also have retarded growth due to this, Dr Agrawal said.

The launch of ‘Sulabh Wash Campaign’, organised by an NGO - ‘Sulabh International’, in collaboration with Swiss-based ‘Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council’ (WSSCC), is aimed at spreading awareness about the benefits of proper wash.

Dr. Agrawal said that a mere 2.5 per cent of total water on the earth is potable, and due to industrial and domestic pollution, only about one per cent of water is fit for drinking.

Inequitable distribution of water also worsens the problem as some people enjoy free access to water while others don’t have access to even safe drinking water, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director of WSSCC Gaurishankar Ghosh said children are the most affected as their growth gets hampered due to poor quality of water.

He pointed out that in the last 10 years, diarrhoea had killed more children than all the people who lost their lives due to armed conflicts since World War II.

Model and actress Katrina Kaif was roped in to demonstrate the correct way to wash hands to school children.


Devices to neutralise radiation from gadgets
Tripti Nath

It is common knowledge that electromagnetic radiation caused by mobile phones, cordless phones, computers, laptops and microwave ovens has adverse effects on health. In the absence of anti-radiation devices in the market, consumers have no option but to risk their health.

From July 3, a range of radiation neutralising products manufactured by Bauer-Biotech of Wiesbaden, Germany, will be available in Delhi. These include Green 8 and PST (Perfect System Technology Transformers). They are being introduced in the Indian market by Green 8 India, distributors of the products for all the SAARC countries. Green 8 India is owned by the Densons Group.

These devices were invented by Friedrich Bauer, the chairman of Bauer-Biotech, in 1995 and launched in his home country. Thereafter, it was introduced in markets in other European nations, the US, Japan and Australia.

The chairman and managing director of Green 8 India, Mr Suneel Sardana, says that studies in various parts of the world have shown that electromagnetic radiation can cause several diseases including brain cancer and eye cancer.

The Green 8 products are available in four categories — Green 8 Medium for neutralising radiation emitted by small computers, laptops and microwave ovens; Extra Small for sleek mobile phones, Quartz watches and lapel microphones; Small for cordless telephones, mobile phones and palm tops, electronic diaries; and Medium for small computers, microwave ovens and other electronic gadgets.

While the Green 8 Medium and Medium models are priced at Rs 1,399 and Rs 999 respectively, the Extra Small and Small are priced at Rs 750 each.

The PSTs are available in four models — PST 23, PST 24, PST 25 and PST 28. PST 23, priced at Rs 3,999, neutralises outdoor radiation when a car is passing by a tower. It can be kept in the pocket or under the seat of the car and protects all occupants from radiation. PST 24, another radiation neutralising device, costs Rs 1,399. It is worn like a necklace and gives the body additional energy. PST 25 is priced at Rs 999 and is recommended for use in the kitchen. PST 28 is priced at Rs 10,000 and is recommended for installation in buildings having towers to take care of the volume of radiation..

Mr Sardana says that barring PST 28, all anti-radiation devices require investment once in a lifetime. The products have been tested by international laboratories. He says that persons using modern electronic gadgets should take precautionary measures to minimise the adverse effects on their health. He says that mobile phones should never be kept close to the heart, kept at a reasonable distance during sleep and not given for use to children below 10 years. Similarly, food cooked in microwave ovens should not be served to infants.

Smiles and tears of cancer patients

'Smiles And Tears - A Salute To Cancer'How do cancer patients take each day as it comes with its share of agony, suffering, anxiety and stress, low energy levels, hospital visits, chemotherapy and high cost of medication? Rupa and Company is ready with another book on cancer titled `Smiles And Tears - A Salute To Cancer’. The book carries first person accounts of 19 cancer patients and interviews with spouses of two patients.

The initiative is commendable, coming as it does from a man who has been coping with an advanced stage of lung cancer since April 2002 and medical pronouncement of terminal illness. Looking back, Anup Kumar says, “The former Head of the Department of Oncology at Tata Memorial, Dr S. H. Advani, gave me only four months to live. I’m living on borrowed time.” Mr Kumar is on an experimental drug, IRESSA manufactured by ASTRA ZENECA.

Inspired by the tremendous response to his first book, ‘The Joy of Cancer’ (Rupa and Company), Anup Kumar, an advertising professional, decided to attempt another book. `The Joy of Cancer’ published in July 2002 sold 6,000 copies and is going into the fourth edition. It has been translated into Hindi and Marathi.

Mr Kumar spoke to patients in Bangalore, Gujarat, Mumbai and Siliguri. “I spoke to about 60 patients. Only 21 were willing to share their experiences. Some persons were too unwell. Others were not willing to recount the bad time.

There were some who said that it was a personal battle with the disease.”

The stories tell the experiences of patients suffering from 11 kinds of cancer. Of the 19 patients Mr Kumar interviewed, two have died. While one man in his early 30s was suffering from intestinal cancer, the other, aged 45, lost his battle with oral cancer. The longest surviving patient among those interviewed is 31-year-old Anu Gupta who was diagnosed as suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia 16 years ago.

The book promises hope and inspiration to cancer patients with positive images. Priced at Rs 295, the book will be released by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at a function at India International Centre here on July 15. 


Pranshu Gupta upsets Kunal
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 28
Pranshu Gupta of Sachdeva Public School created an upset when he defeated second seed in Group IV, Kunal Kathuria of Hans Raj Model School, 11-3, 11-7, 11-13,11-8, 12-10 in the cadet boys league-cum-knockout event of the first Delhi Champion Cup Prize Money Table Tennis Tournament at the Talkatora indoor stadium on Saturday.

Pranshu and Sarthak Gandhi of Apeejay School qualified for the quarter-final league.

Results: Women’s singles second round: Bondana Bora beat Khushboo 11-5, 11-7, 12-14, 11-7; Divya Jayaram b Amrita Johri 11-6, 11-8, 11-8; Shikha Sharma b Apna Bhalla 11-6, 11-7, 11-4; Esha Bhambri b Sanya Sehgal 13-11, 11-3, 11-6; Esha Monga b Smridhi Ahuja 11-7, 11-5, 11-4; Anjana Bora b V Malini 8-11, 10-12, 11-7, 13-11, 11-6.

Sub-junior boys singles second round: Dhruv Arora b Pavneet Tulsi 11-5, 11-5, 11-4; Varun Anand b Akash Varma 12-10, 8-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-7; Ramit Bhatnagar b Piyush Dwivedi 7-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-6; Aman Ahuja b Lovelesh Chawla 11-4, 11-8, 11-9; Tanmoy Gupta b Sahil Gupta 11-4, 11-4, 13-11; Kartik Kukreja b Sajal Khandelwal 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6; Rajesh Goel b Sarthak Gandhi 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5; Nikhil Gupta b Kunal Kathuria 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7.


Lodhi Club, Goodwill earn full points
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 28
Lodhi Athletic Club and Goodwill posted victories to earn full points in the Delhi Soccer Association Open Clubs Football League Championship today.

Lodhi Club trounced Delhi Students 8-0, after leading by 3-0 at half time, at the Ambedkar Stadium. Tarun opened the account, Pankaj made it 2-0 while Yashbir struck home the third goal. In the second half, Lodhi Club went on a goal-rush with Sonu hitting the target twice, and Pankaj, Yashbir and Amit scoring one goal each.

At the Nehru Stadium East ground, Goodwill sneaked past Gulabi Bagh with a solitary goal victory. The match-winner was slotted home by Naresh Kumar in the sixth minute of first half.

Sunday’s fixtures: Punjab Heroes vs YBA; 4.30 pm — Ambedkar Stadium. Golden Stars vs Young Sports; 4.30 pm — Nehru Stadium East.


Bal Bharti School qualify for semis
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 28
Bal Bharti School defeated Mount St Mary’s School 43-25 and qualified for the semi-final of the first Inter-School Vasant Kunj Basketball Tournament played at the Vasant Kunj court. Karan and Sumit scored 14 and 12 points respectively for Bal Bharti School while Rohit netted 14 points for Mount St Mary’s.

St Columba’s School also qualified for the semi-final beating Bloom Public School 50-37. Sameer top-scored with 24 points for Columba’s while Archit scored 22 points for Bloom School.

In the junior division, Ryder’s Sports Academy beat Vasant Kunj D-II School 51-39 and qualified for the semi-final. Domnic scored 21 points for Ryder’s while Deepaivsh and Suraj scored six and nine points for the losers. Vasant Kunj D-I beat Don Bosco 40-30, also to qualify for the semis.


Farooq Abdulla re-elected
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 28
Former Chief Minister Farooq Abdulla has been re-elected president of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. The elections were held on June 26 at Jammu. Mr M. L. Nehru has been elected general secretary.

The elections were held under the supervision and convenorship of Justice

K. K. Gupta (retd). Mr C. K. Khanna, vice-chairman of the National Cricket Academy and vice-president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, was the Board of Control for Cricket in India observer for the elections.


Garg to visit Australia for coaching
A. Gulati

Rohtak, June 28
R. P. Garg, a senior lecturer in the Physical Education Department of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, has been invited by Australia’s Victorian Wrestling Association (VWA) to impart coaching to their wrestlers. The assignment will last till August.

He is the first Indian wrestling coach to get such an assignment from the VWA. Besides having performed at different levels as a wrestler, Mr Garg has served as coach of the Indian team for the Asian Games.

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