Thursday, May 25, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Separator to facilitate blood components’ transfusion
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, May 24 — A person can now donate blood to enable the exclusive usage of components of blood, while the blood mass taken out is infused back instantaneously into the donor. This has been made possible in the PGI through the installation of CS-3000 Plus cell blood separator machine in the Department of Transfusion Medicine few months back.

Explaining the process of apheresis, Dr S.K. Agnihotri, Head of the Department, said with the help of this new machine, blood was taken out from the donor and after retaining the desired component, the same was circulated back into the donor’s body. “It can be applied for harvesting normal cells from the donor or some abnormal toxic product from the patients. However, at present, it is being used to collect platelets from healthy donors for the benefit of patient suffering from various haematooncological disorders,” she disclosed.

According to Dr Agnihotri, this technology has come as a boon for patients suffering from blood cancer or other bone marrow disorders since platelet production decreases in these cases. The platelet count may go down because of the disease process or in due course due to the chemotheraphy regimen. However, the technique of making available the patient the required blood component provides good supportive care to him.

She further said in the recent past, the machine was extensively used for the benefit of patients suffering from dengue fever. In such cases, the platelet count goes down significantly and they may suffer from serious internal organ bleeds (intracranial). The platelet collection through this machine had helped tide over the crisis period, she added.

Dr R.R. Sharma, senior resident in the department said, “We process 4 to 5 litres of blood in a span of two hours, with 50 ml of blood being drawn per minute from the donor. After retaining the desired component, it is pumped back into a donor in a continuous fashion.” The components are separated with the help if a centrifuge in the machine according to their specific gravities.

Dr Sharma said one bag of apheresis platelet concentrate collected through this process was equivalent to 6 to 8 bags of normal single donor platelet rich plasma. However, a donor should have a count above 2 lakh. The normal count varies between 1.5 and 4.5 lakh. Mr Babaljeet Singh, of Fatehgarh Sahib, was in the PGI today to donate platelets for his four-year-old, nephew suffering from leukemia. “The technique is wonderful and I am feeling absolutely fine,” remarked Mr Babaljeet soon after the donation.

Dr Agnihotri explained that vasovagal reactions, which normally occurred during and after blood donation, were not encountered in this procedure because the blood was being taken out from the donor in isovolumic fashion. Unlike the normal donation, the donor in this case can undergo the second procedure after 72 hours. Hence, it is very useful in case of patients with rare blood group (negative Rh factor) for the donor can be repeated.

However, the procedure costs Rs 5,600 and poor patients cannot afford it. The machine will subsequently be used to remove toxic substances from a patient suffering from immune complex diseases such as thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura or the guillain barre syndrome.


Good in sport and studies
By Arvind Katyal

CHANDIGARH, May 24 — To strike a perfect balance between sport and studies is a rare phenomenon. The results of ICSE examination of classes X and XII were out yesterday.

Abhinav Bindra, who secured 83 per cent marks in Class XII in St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, is a known name in shooting. His father Mr AS Bindra, told that ever since Abhinav took to shooting, the concentration level in his studies got a tremendous boost. Abhinav never missed his studies even while he remained absorbed in his busy schedule, said his father.

He has a 10-metre shooting range at his Sector 32 house and he also goes to the Sector 25 shooting range. Abhinav’s aim is to earn a gold medal for India in Olympics, for which he is working very hard. The Principal, Mr Harold Carver, was all praise for this young star.

Another shooter of the same school who did well in sport and scored 85 per cent marks in Class X is Jatin Kukreja. The son of a businessman, Mr Ashok Kukreja, Jatin wants to pursue nonmedical and later on any software engineering course. He said shooting had always helped him in increasing his output in studies as it gave him the desired satisfaction and did not allow his mind to wander. Jatin attended the national coaching camp in Delhi last month. Last year, he took part in the national shooting meet held at Ahmedabad.

Jatin also won the UT inter-school meet and secured fifth rank in Punjab shooting championship. He has a 10-metre range at his Sector 15 house and goes to the Sector 25 ranges thrice a week to practice under JS Dhillon. Jatin says he sometimes studies 12 to 15 hours a day.

Kalpana Rawat, also of St Stephen’s School secured 80 per cent marks in Class X. Kalpana has cornered glory at the National level in gymnastics and wants to go in for the medical profession. The daughter of Mr DS Rawat, an employee of the Haryana Financial Corporation, Kalpana daily travels by Panchkula to Sector 7 in Chandigarh for practising under Madhvi Bharaj. Kalpana has been winning the UT state championship in artistic gymnastics for the past many years.

She took to this game nine years back. She took part in the national sub-junior meet at Pune in 1997-98. In the previous year, she represented UT in the sub-junior national meet in Calcutta. At the inter-school level, she was declared all-round best gymnast. She praised the school principal for helping sportpersons.

Priyanka Gupta, daughter of Mr Ashok Gupta, an employee of the SBI, secured 83 per cent in Class 10. She says she studies for hardly three hours daily but practising at the Sector 42 Sports Complex was refreshing. She takes regular coaching under Krishan Kumar. She said gymnastics was her first love eight years back but after her parents shifted to Sector 42, judo engrossed her. Priyanka has won many prizes in classical music and has taken part in the national school games since 1997. She secured second position in the UT judo championship last year.

Her younger sister Anisha, a Class 10 student, is shaping up well in judo. Her younger brother Anshul, a Class VII student, recently won bronze medal at the national school games at Datia in Madhya Pradesh.

The students of Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, who have done well in Class 10 examination of ICSE and are good sportspersons are Gurpreet Virdi, a tennis player, Amneet Singh, a cricketer, and Tanuj Bansal, who has excelled in athletics.

Mr H S Dhillon, the Principal has always tried to promote sports along with studies. The Class XII topper Prabhjot Tiwana secured 87.4 per cent marks. He is a member of the school basketball team. Zoey Dhillon secured 84.8 per cent marks. She has represented YPS in inter-school meets.

Yogeshwar Singh Virk secured 83 per cent marks. He was a member of basketball and athletic teams. Varun Kalra got 80 per cent marks. He is a good table tennis player. Manwinder Mangat excelled in basketball. Nandita of Tender Heart School, Sector 33, did well in the ICSE examination. She is also good in sport.



MDAV, GSSS-38 in semis
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, May 24 — Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (west), and MDAV School, Sector 22, reached the semifinals of the boys' section of the VIth Chandigarh Sub-Junior Ball Badminton Championship for the Santosh Kumar Rana Trophy on the penultimate day of the meet here today at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41.

In the quarterfinals played here today, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38, beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, 29-24, 29-20. Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, defeated Government Model High School, Sector 28, 29-5, 29-8. Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, made a short work of Government High School, Sector 41, 29-16, 29-17. MDAV School, Sector 22 beat Government High School, Sector 37, 29-16, 29-22.

The results of the league matches of the girls' section were as follows: Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, b Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, 29-12, 29-8; Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, b Government High School, Sector 37, 29-6, 29-1; Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, b Government High School, Sector 37, 29-15, 29-8; Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, b Government High School, Sector 37, 29-8, 29-9.


Complaint centres yet to take off
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, May 24 — Even after the passage of several months, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) continues to drag its feet on activating the new complaint centres and the publication of the “citizens charter” for the redressal of the grivances of the residents.

According to information available, though telephones had been installed at three complaint centres set up by the corporation in Sector 17 and 37 and Mani Majra only the Sector 17 complaint centre had been activated and computer installed there.

Earlier, the corporation had planned to set up 10 complaint centres in all the 20 wards of the city for the speedy redress of complaints. In fact, the civic body had set up boards displaying the sectors to be covered by complaint centres, thus adding to the confusion. The boards were removed only a few days ago.

But the House of the corporation did not sanction the requisite staff for the 10 complaint centres and the matter hanged fire for several months. Ultimately the civic body decided to set up three complaint centres with the Sector 17 centre as the 24-hour centralised centre. It was to be interlinked to the two other centres through computer, but it would take some more time as the computers at two other centres are yet to be installed, sources say.

Similarly, the fate of the “citizens charter” for the speedy redress of public complaints is yet not known. The charter, which was to give telephone numbers and designations of officials concerned and the number of days a particular complaint will take to be redressed, continues to the perpetually in the “final stages”.

In fact, the setting up of the complaint centres and publication of the charter was to be inter-related. Now the civic body will come up with the charter soon, the sources add.

Road blocked: Mr Piara Singh Matharoo, an entrepreneur, in a complaint alleged that the stone-blast thrown by the corporation in the middle of the road facing plot Nos 206 to 208 of the Industrial Area, Phase I, had completely covered the road, thus making the vehicular traffic difficult for the past over one month.Back

Powermen raise demands
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, May 24 — A delegation of the Punjab State Electricity Employees Federation today met Mr Sikander Singh Maluka, Punjab Power Minister, and demanded that the employees not be transferred out of a subdivision before eight years, instead of the present five years.

They also demanded that more than 20 per cent employees in each category be shifted under the policy. Besides this, the limit of stay for transfer of employees out of a division should be considered after 18 years, instead of 15 years, and not more than 10 per cent employees should be shifted under this category.

In a statement, the General Secretary of the federation, said employees should be transferred out of their respective circles either on the basis of complaints or their conduct. Those who attended the meeting included Mr Surinder Singh, President of the federation, Ms BS Sekhon, Mr ML Kapila, Mr Manjit Singh Chahal, Mr Balwinder Singh and Mr Randhir Singh. Back


Phone exchange to be computerised
From Our Correspondent

DERA BASSI, May 24 — Computerised facilities will be provided to the subscribers of the local telephone exchange soon.

According to the telecom authorities, subscribers can register their complaints on telephone No 198. The number will automatically accept the complaints and will be in operation round the clock. Besides, many more facilities have also been introduced on the pattern of the Chandigarh Telephone Exchange.

The department will also introduce the auto-testing facility so that external and internal faults could be ascertained at the earliest. At present the exchange has 4,000 lines out of which only 2,800 lines are functional. 


Plan to quicken plan approvals
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, May 24 — The Haryana Urban Development Authority has decided to introduce a transparent system of working by addressing complaints of its clients regarding getting their building plans passed.

It has been decided that the District Town Planner, an official of the Engineering Wing and the Executive Engineer concerned will approve building plans at the Sector 7 Community Centre every Tuesday from next month. Besides, the Estate Officer has been made the presiding officer for it. He will be accompanied by the Subdivisional Engineer (Survey).

The officers will be available to the public from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will carry out a thorough study of the plans of the clients. The lacuna and changes to be made will be told to them in writing. However, all building plans should be submitted to the department concerned by every Wednesday for consideration at the meeting on the following Tuesday.

The Administrator of HUDA, Mr Sandeep Garg, said this had been done to facilitate the quick approval of plans. "I have received numerous complaints regarding harassment faced by persons in trying to get the plans passed. It has led to this idea where people can sit with officers concerned and sort out problems. This will considerably reduce time and contain the corruption involved in getting these plans approved,'' he said.

The department will also put up signboards for the publicity of this new plan. "These will be put up in HUDA offices so that anybody frequenting the place reads the information. These boards will also carry a detailed account of the documents required to be produced before the panel for a true assessment of the plan. The department has also advised that an architect should also be present at the meeting to understand the technicalities involved,'' he added.

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