Sunday, August 6, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

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35 medicinal saplings planted
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Aug 5 — Almost 35 medicinal plants were planted at a ceremony and 350 students checked at an ayurvedic medical camp organised by the Citizen’s Awareness Group in I.S. Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21-C. The medical camp spread the message of ayurvedic therapy as an alternative to allopathic as well as the benefits of environment protection.

The camp was followed by a lecture by Dr Madan Gulati, Assistant Director, Indian System of Medicines on ‘Ayurvedic System of Medicine’. Dr Nirmal Bhatia, Vice-President of Dhanvantary Ayurvedic Medical College and Mr S.K. Sharma, President of the Environment Society of India, and Secretary, Dev Samaj, Mr Vikas Dev, also spoke on this occasion and urged people to come closer to nature. Mrs Shanta Hitabhilashi, Mayor, Municipal Corporation stressed on the importance of trees in our life and asked people to take up the plantation of saplings in a big way.

Mrs Sumati Kanwar, Principal, I.S. Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, assured the society of co-operation of her school for any activity that is organised to promote such causes.

In the ongoing tree plantation spree of the Municipal Corporation here, the Mayor also planted saplings at Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Sector 20. She planted saplings of peepal, mango, kadamb and ashoka trees. Students also presented cultural programmes.

She called upon the residents from all walks of life to plant and protect saplings. She also urged the youngsters to plant more trees, having different properties like ornamental, medicinal and others.

Earlier in the day, the former Mayor of the civic body, Ms Kamla Sharma, in association with the Horticulture wing of the corporation took part in a tree plantation drive in Sector 43. As many as 200 saplings of different varieties were planted in the parks recently developed by the corporation.


Communication must for nurses
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 5 — Communication is one of the most important nursing skills for it enables the nurses to understand the needs of the patient and deliver better care. This was emphasised by Mrs Rajinder Dhadda, Nursing Superintendent, General Hospital, Sector 16, while introducing the theme “Nursing and Communication skills’’ at GMCH-32.

Effective communication on the part of nurses has a bearing on patient care, establishment of inter-personnel relationship as well as image projection, she said. Over 200 nurses participated in the conference organised today by the Trained Nurses Association of India, Chandigarh branch.

Earlier, Dr V.K Kak, Director-Principal of GMCH-32, in his inaugural address said more emphasis should be laid on practical training of nurses to direct their efforts towards patient-oriented care. Nursing is based on establishing a caring and helping relationship by reducing the communication gap between the nurse and the patient.

Participating in a panel discussion, Mrs Baljeet Kaur, Assistant Nursing Superintendent, GMCH-32, and organising secretary of the conference, listed the reasons as to why a nurse does not project a positive image in society. This could be because of lack of effective communication, adequate knowledge and information about other fields, power and authority and flexibility and adaptability.

She further pointed out that nursing does not attract the best of talent as it offers no status, no good salaries and difficult working conditions. The shifts that keep them busy are responsible for the lack of interest in the profession.

The panelists highlighted that the foundation of nursing lies in the communicative attitude. This attitude is manifested in striving for mutual understanding, coordination and co-action instead of striving for control over patient by manipulating them to behave in a specific way. A good nurse should have listening capacity so that she is able to identify the problem and help solve the same. For instance, a nurse listening to an anguished husband whose wife is critically ill is an example of communication.

The discussion was chaired by Mrs V Pillai, Principal, Mata Sahib Kaur, Institute of GNM, Mohali.

Speaking about the strategies for improving communication, Mrs Dhadda suggested that good literature should be made available for the nurses. Also a rich departmental library and use of computers should be inculcated.

Besides such conferences, in-service education programmes should be conducted by the administration of various hospitals for the benefit of the nurses. The nurses need to be motivated to bring about the desired changes. The competence of the nurses depends on their ability to send timely and intelligent messages, hence they should constantly strive to upgrade their skills.

Research studies have discovered that lowest death rates in hospitals were related to interaction between the nurse and the physician, and their response to the patient’s needs rather than the administrative structure, specilisation or teaching status of the hospital.

The third scientific session was chaired by Mrs Shakuntla Kathuria, Nursing Superintendent of GMCH-32, and Mrs C Daniel, Nursing Superintendent, PGI. In this session, a role play was presented by the nursing staff of GMCH, which depicted the shortcomings in communication skills in clinical practice and strategies for improving the same.

Later, educational activities for the coming year were discussed during the business session.Back


Alcoholics Anonymous meeting today
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 5 — On completing one year of service, the Disha group of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is organising a public information meeting at Indira Holiday Home, tomorrow.

AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengths and hopes with one an- other to help solve common problems and recover from alcoholism.

There is no fee for being a member and AA is not allied to any sect or organisation.

Alcoholism, apart from being fatal, is a progressive and socially stigmatised disease. It is not merely the issue of excessive drinking, but the ‘disease’ which affects the drinker as well as her or his family, friends, co-workers, both mentally and physically.

According to spokespersons of AA, only 3 per cent of the alcoholics are actually the skid-row types, who fall into gutters.

With the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, thousands of men and women, the world over are leading happy and useful lives, totally sober.



St Soldier’s win by a solitary goal
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Aug 5 — St. Soldier’s School, Sector 28, defeated Guru Teg Bahadur School, Sector 15, by a solitary goal on the second day of the Chandigarh Sub-Junior football championship for the DAV trophy today at the Sector 17 football grounds. The right striker, Mohit Raj, scored the match-clinching goal in the 40th minute of the match.

In the second match of the day, OCF Club-29 defeated GNP School-36 5-2, in a tiebreaker. The score was 1-1 at finishing time. Bhupinder scored for OCF Club, while Dashmesh scored the lone goal for GNP School.

In another match, Vivek High School, Sector 38, beat Tribune Model School, Sector 29, 3-1. Mandeep Singh scored a hat trick for the winners Dinesh of Tribune Model School scored the lone goal for his team.

St Kabir’s School, Sector 26, got a walkover against Government High School, Sector 37. Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 15 beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, by four goals. The halftime score was 2-0. Sunil and Jai Kishan scored two goals each.

In the last match of the day, Liberty Club-27 defeated Government Senior Secondary School, Dadu Majra, by five goals.

Billiards tournament: The YMCA annual open billiards and snooker tournament will be held from August 11 to August 24 at the YMCA hall, Sector 11. This was disclosed by Mr B.K. Arora, Chairperson, YMCA club. Entries close on August 10 at 5 p.m. with Mr Shashi Karan.

Kho-kho results: In the kho-kho meet between different coaching centres, the results are — Nice club beat Rose club by eight points, Rose club overpowered Lily club by four points, Diamond club defeated Sweet club by four points.

In boys section — Leo club outplayed Tiger club by two points, Eagle club defeated Nine star club by four points and Golden club beat Victor club by 12 points.



Shuttlers celebrate Aparna's ticket to Sydney
By Arvind Katyal

CHANDIGARH, Aug 5 — Aparna Popat was told on August 4 that she had qualified for the Sydney Olympics. No news could have been more pleasant for her.

During the Uber Cup in New Delhi in February, she had ignorantly consumed D'Cold Total tablets (Phenylpropanolamine) for the treatment of chest congestion and cold. She did not know that the International Olympic Committee had banned the substance. As a result, she was debarred from playing any tournament till June 12. This made her IBF world ranking slip from 28 to 53. On August 10, she will take part in her first international tournament, Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, after the ban has been lifted.

Geeta Aggarwal, a former UT badminton champion, was happy that an Indian woman had qualified for the Olympics.

Aparna has been receiving training in Bangalore from Prakash Padukone for the past some years. On July 27, she was among the first reserves for the Olympics. Yesterday, the withdrawal of a player helped Aparna become the last player to qualify for the women's singles event of the Olympics. Now, she will join Gopi Chand who has already qualified for the men's singles event.

Mr Gian Chand Gupta, President of the Chandigarh Badminton Association, said the important thing was not winning a gold medal, but representing India in the Olympics.

Mr D.K. Mukerjee, founder and patron of the CBA, said entry into the Olympics was a big achievement for Aparna. “She must have gone through traumatic experiences in recent months. Anyone could have been a victim of ignorance like her.”

Vidhu Vatrana, junior doubles badminton champion of Punjab and daughter of international badminton player Vinod Vatrana, said all sportspersons should be told about banned drugs so that they could avoid repeating Aparna's mistake.

Vidhu's mother, Gurinder Ginni, also a former national badminton player, said years of hardwork put in by Prakash Padukone had made it possible for Aparna and Gopi Chand to achieve this feat.

Jatinder Mahajan, a badminton player of Panchkula, said Aparna was the pride of the country who had won bronze medal in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. “She deserves what she has got.”

Raj Pal Sharma, a former badminton player like his son Rajeev and daughter-in-law Kusum, said Prakash Padukone must have felt relieved after Aparna had qualified for the Olympics. He said Padukone, Aparna and Gopi Chand earned respect for India in a game dominated by Chinese, Indonesian and Malaysian players.


A neat presentation
by Sanjeev Bariana

CHANDIGARH, Aug 5 — A remake, nevertheless worth praising, ‘Har dil jo pyar karega’ (Piccadily) is a neat presentation worth a nice outing. The youthful couple of Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta coupled around Salman Khan has maintained sustaining interest throughout. The movie has departed a little from the original scripts of ‘While you were sleeping’ and ‘The wedding singer’. ‘While you were sleeping’ features Sandra Bullock.

The Sandra Bullock story has her posing as the wife of a road accident victim whom she has transported to the hospital. She gets emotionally entangled with his brother and the road accident victim is only a witness to life around as he is in a coma. He can see and hear but cannot talk.

‘Har dil jo pyar karega’ has Rani Mukherjee entangled in a road accident. Salman Khan, a flop music star, carries her to the hospital and unconsciously wears the robe of her husband. He stays back because the name of her father is the door for him to enter the music world.

Priety Zinta, her bosom-pal, drops in at the hospital. Salman falls for her but cannot communicate as he is posing as Rani’s husband. Rani wakes up only in love with Salman. Salman and Preity are struck in communicating the relation in public. Preity on discovering Rani’s love for Salman leaves the house quietly. She loves Rani too much. Salman is entangled in a situation when the family wants a quick marriage but he does not.

One beauty about the film is the simplicity of relations shown even in a tight situation. The role of Paresh Rawel as Preity’s father but loyal servant of Rani’s father requires special mention.

Comedy is one very strong forte of the movie. The character of Salman Khan with eccentric questions to which he has no solution are interesting. His companion not merely supports the hero but also manages an admirable spot for the self. Shatkti Kapoor, a miser uncle trapped by Salman who later lands in a mental hospital, is another character to watch.

The story has been shot in extensive locales at Cape Town in South Africa and Mauritius. The film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. The film has been choreographed by Farah Khan. Cinematography by W.B. Rao and dialogues and screenplay by Roomi Jaffery. “Har dil jo pyar karega’ among other songs penned by Sameer is a worth noticing composition. Anu Malik has tried musical innovations on the Bollywood screen.

Prominent among the other cast are Ajit Vachhani, Rajeev Verma, Rakha Rao, Kamini Kaushal and Satish Shah.

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