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Brain tumour removed with endoscopic surgery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The Northern Institute of Neuro Sciences (NINS) today became the first institute of the region to perform an endoscopic surgery of the brain tumour popularly known as the single-hole surgery. The three-member team of Dr Sanjay Bansal, Dr Anupam Jindal and Dr Deepak Tyagi, claimed that NINS was the only institute in the region to offer this facility.

Dr Jindal said endoscopic surgery is cost-effective and the patient is discharged within two days of the operation. No blood is needed and it is less painful and requires lesser days of hospitalisation.

According to Dr Bansal, the incision made is much smaller in the endoscopic surgery. The trio had recently performed the surgery on 30-year-old Amarjit Singh from Ropar who had to pay just Rs 38,000 for the operation.



Dr J.S. Chopra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
Dr J.S. ChopraDr J.S. Chopra, the first neurologist from Australasia (Australian and Asian continents) and Emeritus Professor at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), is a strong contender for the presidentship of the World Federation of Neurology. The election is due next month at a meeting of the federation in Sydney (Australia).



Cancer control strategies discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The three day WHO-ICMR workshop on Ďnon-communicable diseases: Prevention and Controlí concluded today. Various cancer control strategies were discussed by the DS Guru, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab at the workshop.

A presentation highlighting the oral cavity cancer among men and cervical cancer among women was made at the workshop by Professor SC Sharma, HoD, Department of Radiotherapy, PGIMER.

Various cancer control strategies being used in Himachal Pradesh, were discussed by Dr Meenu Sood, DHS, Himachal Pradesh. Dr Sood also mentioned the mass screening project funded by the World Bank and ICMR running in the state. Points related to breast self examination were also discussed.

The concluding session chaired by Professor Rajesh Kumar included group work on ĎState draft action planí which would further help in initiating a National Programme for Prevention and Control of NCDs.



370 kids examined for dental ailments
Tribune News Service

Chandimandir, October 26
Upkar Society organised a dental check-up camp at Saket Hospital here yesterday. Over 370 children, including 70 physically challenged students, were examined for dental ailments.

This is an annual feature in the hospital here, when the dental health of students is assessed and line of treatment given to them. A 10-member team of doctors, led by Brig Karamjit Singh, conducted the dental check-up.

A number of children, mostly physically challenged children, were detected with dental cavities. Doctors told them about dental hygiene, importance of brushing teeth and how to avoid bad breath.

Ms Prem Kohli, president of Upkar Society, said the NGO had been organising eye check-up camps every year. 



Traffic curbs on match day
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 26
The Mohali traffic police has chalked out traffic restrictions which would be imposed on the day of the India-Lanka One Day International scheduled on October 28, 2005.

The road in front of the PCA stadium and dividing road between Phase IX and X right from Guru Nanak roundabout (VIP route) would remain closed from 11 A.M onwards and only vehicles with parking stickers and permissions would be allowed to get on the road.

There are 12 parking sites earmarked around the stadium for vehicles. The normal traffic coming from phase 7 side would be diverted from Fortis Hospital light point on to the sectors 68-69 roundabout. Also normal traffic coming from phase 11 side would be diverted towards the Markfed roundabout and the sectors 48-49 roundabout. Similarly, traffic from sectors 45-46 would be diverted towards the sectors 48-49 roundabout. The T-point at the end of phase 10 and 11 would also be closed for normal traffic.

People with entry ticket for gate number 1-A, 1-B and I-C can park their vehicles in front of the PCA stadium. Parking for gate number 2, 3, and 4 will be at the left flank of the sports complex and space adjacent to the petrol pump. The road adjacent to Punjab School Education Board would be reserved for parking of four-wheelers. The parking for gate number 5 to 10 has been made available at the residential complex behind the stadium. The spectators with entry ticket for gate number 11 to 14 can use the parking space near phase X and XI traffic light points, near Silvi Park and in front of Tiny Tots Public School.

Mr Varinder Pal Singh, SP, Mohali has requested the residents and the spectators to help them make the match a success. He added that the Mohali police had tried its best to cause as little inconvenience to the common man as possible.



Chandigarh games begin today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The city is all set to host the first Chandigarh State Sports Games, being conducted by the Chandigarh Olympic Association (COA), at different centres from October 27 to 30. More than 3,000 sportspersons, including technical officials, in 21 sports disciplines will be seen in action during the four-day meet. Gen SF Rodrigues (retd), Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh, who is also the Chief Patron of the organising committee, will inaugurate the games at the Football Grounds, Sector 17, here tomorrow at 4.00 pm. The opening ceremony will be studded with various colourful cultural programmes by various schools and professional artistes.

Announcing this here today, COA president Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, who is also Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, said that 444 gold, 448 silver and 494 bronze medals would be at stake.

On being asked, why not certain games like badminton, cycling, skating and wrestling included in these games, Mr Sodhi replied that they had invited every association, and if any discipline was not included, it was because of their lack of interest only.

The track and field competitions would be staged at the Sector 46 Sports Complex and 50 men and 30 women would take point in them. One hundred pugilists, including 40 women, would trade punches at the boxing ring of the Sector 42 Sports Complex.

The modern Indo-Tibetan Border Police gymnasium would be venue for the gymnastic competitions in which 60 men and 40 women would perform on various apparatuses for 50 gold, 50 silver and 50 bronze medals. A draw of 64 men would be made for the tennis competitions to be held at the CLTA Stadium in Sector 10.

Giving details of the competitions and venues, Rana Sodhi said the state associations concerned had been given a grant of Rs 5,000 each.

The following are the disciplines which will feature in the state games:

Athletics (men 50, women 30) at Sports Complex Sector 46.

Archery (men 30, women 30) at Government Girls SSS-8.

Basketball (men 96, women 96) at New Public School-18.

Boxing (men 60, women 40) at Boxing Hall, Sector 42.

Football (men 144, women 144) at Sector 17 Football Stadium.

Golf (men 45, women 15) at Chandigarh Golf Club.

Gymnastics (men 60, women 50) at ITBP Gymnasium.

Handball (men 128, women 128) at DAV Senior Secondary School-8.

Hockey (men 128, women 128) at Hockey Stadium, Sector 18.

Judo (men 50, women 40) at Judo Coaching Centre, Sector 42.

Kabaddi (men 96, women 96) at Government College of Education, Sectior 20-D.

Kho-kho (men 96, women 96) at Navodaya Vidyalaya School, Sector 25.

Kayaking and canoeing (eight teams) at the Sukhna Lake.

Rowing (men 32) at the Sukhna Lake.

Table tennis (men 40, women 40) at Sector 23 TT Hall.

Volleyball (men 72, women 72) at Sports Comples, Sector 7.

Weightlifting (men 45, women 35) at Coaching Centre, Sector 42 Sports Complex.

Lawn Tennis (men 64) CLTA Stadium, Sector 10.

Swimming (men 84) Swimming Pool, Sector 23. 



St Johnís cricket tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association) is organising the first St Johnís cricket tournament on the grounds of St Johnís High School from November 5.

The tournament will be held in the under 12 years age group. Players born after September 1, 1993, and up to Class VII are eligible to participate.

The tournament will be held on a league-cum-knock-out basis. For entries, contact Mr Nagesh Gupta at 98151 00312 or Mr Jagdeep Singh at 9888289889.



Delhi team volleyball winner

Chandigarh, October 26
The Delhi team emerged winner beating Chandigarh 25-7, 25-10 and 25-5 in the finals of the 21st Zonal Level Volleyball Trials Tournaments played on the Panjab University grounds here today.

The Shimla team bagged the third position. TNS



MCM Coaching Centre victor

Chandigarh, October 26
The MCM Coaching Centre, Sector 36, beat Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, (29-22, 29-27, 29-20) in the finals of the girlsí category during the first Junior Chandigarh Ball Badminton State Championship here today. TNS


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