Monday, February 19, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Least invasive surgery coming up
Conference on gastroenterology
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 18 — It will be possible to visualise future of gastroenterology, where capsule-sized endoscope with miniature surgical instruments controlled from outside the body, can carry out minimally invasive surgeries, say experts.

Patients requiring endoscopy will no longer have to swallow long tubes required to carry out such procedures, says Dr D. Nageshwar Reddy, director of the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Hyderabad. Endoscopy experts are in the city for the IInd national Update CME in Gastroenterology at the PGI.

“At present, we cannot only diagnose the condition, but also treat it without involving conventional surgery,” he says. Bleeding from intestines, cancers, ulcers and stones in bile ducts can all be removed endoscopically with any one of these procedures, explains Dr Reddy.

Dr D. Amrapurkar from Mumbai adds that advantages of endoscopy include treating patients without using anaesthesia and with minimal hospitalisation. Complications and cost are much less, he says.

The procedure involves passing small tubes, which go to the exact site of pathology. “Endoscope have computer chips which can visualise the entire disease on the screen,” says Dr Randhir Sud from New Delhi. The specialist pass the microinstruments through these tubes and surgically remove the infection.

Pancreatic disorders are quite common in the country with high cholestrol and fatty diet, says Dr T.S. Chadrasekar from Coimbatore. Pancreas, can be affected by alcohol, gallstone, blunt injuries and other metabolic disorders.

Dr R. Aggarwal from Lucknow discussing the legal aspects, said endoscopy should be carried only when it is ethically required. Scientific sessions and a symposium on cystic fibrosis was also organised.

From Top to Bottom: Randhir Sood, D. Amrapurkar, D.N. Reddy, T.S. Chandrasekar, R. Aggarwal, P. Augustine. 

From Top to Bottom: Randhir Sood, D. Amrapurkar, D.N. Reddy, T.S. Chandrasekar, R. Aggarwal, P. Augustine.



Docs for judicious use of antibiotics
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 18 — Senior doctors advocated judicious use of antibiotics during a seminar on management of infections — new techniques and new antibiotics, here today. Antibiotics are often misused, said Professor S.K.Sharma, Director of the PGI, while speaking on antibiotics in urology. The scientific symposium was organised by Medicos Centre in collaboration with Bio Merieux India. Dr Sharma said in case of emergency, the physician could not waste time in selection of drugs. In situations like these, newer techniques needed to be explored, he said.

According to Dr Sanjay Jain, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, PGI in many gastric infectious disorders high dose of antibiotics might prove harmful.

Dr Jain advocated judicious selection of antibiotics. He said before prescribing medicines, the right drug should be chosen. Besides appropriate dose, its duration and route of administration was equally important, he said. Doctors said urinary tract infections, gastroenteritis, wounds and fever were the conditions in which antibiotics were often misused.

Dr Alka Sehgal, Associate Professor, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, said in most cases, these drugs should not be prescribed. Doctors should use therapeutic medicines for symptomatic treatment, she said.

Prof Krishanprakash, Microbiology Department, Maulana Azad Medical College, Dr Gurvinder Singh and Dr Pooranjit Kaur also spoke.


MCM, PEC teams best in fashion show
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 18 — Ms Kanchan of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, and Rahul of Punjab Engineering College were crowned Ms and Mr Pepsi Lifestlye at the inter-college fashion show organised on the concluding day of the Government Home Science College, Sector 10, fete here today. While MCM DAV College, Sector 36, was chosen as the best female team, PEC took the crown for the best male team.

Teams from Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Government College for Girls, Sector 11, the host college and two local fashion agencies participated in the fashion show. Inaugurated by SSP, Chandigarh, Mr Parag Jain, the show started more than an hour late, waiting for the chief guest.

The show started with the host college presenting a group dance on the music of Taal, followed by the traditional round by students from MCM DAV.

The main competition was between the teams from GCG-11 and MCM DAV.

Earlier in the day, the fete attracted crowds from the local colleges and the camel ride remained popular. Kanika of GCG-11 won the Ms Photogenic title while Arvind of GCM-11 won the Mr Photogenic title.


Prof Pathak to address college convocations
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 18 — The Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University Prof K.N. Pathak is likely to address annual convocations in more affiliated colleges.

Prof Pathak has visited GHG Khalsa College, Kamla Lotia SD College, and all colleges in Ludhiana, DM College, Moga and Dev Samaj College, Ferozepore.

Mr A.C. Vaid, Principal, Goswami Ganesh Dutt Sanatan Dharam College, Sector 32, said the VC had assured him to address the college convocation.

A student of DAV College, Sector 10, said “bureaucrats and politicians were the usual guests of honour at the annual convocations. Going by academic status attached to the VC’s chair, any student would be much more proud to receive the degree from him.”

Presently the degrees were given by the respective college principals on behalf of the VC. The guests only addressed the convocations. The VC will also address the gatherings this time.

A college principal said besides a sense of pride of students, the VC’s visit offered opportunity for the teachers to interact with him.

A fellow pointed out that VC’s visit in colleges had been demanded several times in the Senate and the Syndicate but nothing happened on ground. “Leave aside visits to colleges, the university administration had avoided even meetings with the principals,” the fellow said.

Prof M.M. Puri, the former VC, re-started meeting of the principals. However, the time given for the issues in the meetings seemed less as voices echoed different concerns offering little solutions. Follow-up action of meetings also is less represented.

In another lesser-heard practice, the Registrar, Prof Paramjit Singh, is visiting DAV College, Hoshiarpur, for the convocation next week, sources said.


An ill-equipped fire brigade
From Kulwinder Sangha

SAS NAGAR, Feb 18 — How self-sufficient is the local municipal council to handle a major blaze in the town? Reports indicate that its fire brigade is not only ill-equipped but also under-staffed and its area of operation extends over the entire Ropar district. Hydrants for use in case of a fire emergency in the town have more or less “disappeared”. Even the fire brigade is unaware of their exact locations.

There were reported to be 60-70 hydrants in the town some years ago but today whatever few may still be in existence, the fire brigade can hardly be certain that these are in working order. There is an urgent need for 24-hour supply hydrants at certain points.

Evidently, the effective tackling of a fire emergency does not appear to be among the priorities of the civic body. In fact, hydrants purchased more than two years ago by the council have been rusting away in its storeroom. The fire brigade, it is reported, had also given a map indicating the important points such as the Civil Hospital area, the Milk Plant, markets, etc., where the hydrants could be installed, but no action was taken by the council authorities.

At the fire station the municipal water supply point is functional only during the supply hours. However, there is an underground tank with a capacity of one lakh litres, but pumping out water requires extra time.

Officials say that against 39 sanctioned posts of fireman only nine personnel have been working over the past three or four years. Besides, four posts of leading fireman and one of driver are vacant. Interviews for filling posts held some months ago were stayed midway by the department authorities.

Under the rules, each fire-engine should be manned by at least five personnel. The fire brigade has three fire-engines. Therefore, against the eight-hour duty fixed for personnel, they have to do 12 hours and on occasion even 24 hours.

At times the town becomes all the more vulnerable to a fire threat. These occasions include the periods when fire-engines have to answer emergency calls from other areas in Ropar district and when deployment of fire-engines has to be made elsewhere as a precautionary measure. Five personnel along with one fire-engine will be deployed on Holla Mohalla from March 5 to 10 at Anandpur Sahib. On such occasions the entire staff at the fire station, including officers, have to pitch in to keep the fire services going in the town.

Fire brigade officials say that arrangements can be made by the council to get staff on a contract basis. However, sanction will have to be obtained from the Directorate of Local Government.

The fire brigade is ill-equipped to tackle blazes in high buildings such as the multi-storey buildings in Sector 70 and the Punjab School Education Board. The fire-engines are also not equipped with the latest facilities and, being basically fire-tenders, foam has to be taken along in cans.

The fire brigade is reported to have urged the council president earlier this month to slove the staff shortage problem.


Chandigarh Club poll: nominations filed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 18 — Mr Amarjit Singh Sethi, a real state consultant, and Mr R.S. Sachdeva, a businessman, filed their nomination papers for the post of president of the Chandigarh Club which goes to poll on March 3. Mr Sunil Gupta, a chartered accountant filed his papers for the post of vice-president.

For the eight posts of executive members 14 persons have filed their nominations till today. Tomorrow is the last day for nominations.

Those to filed their nominations today are: Mr Yashpal Sharma, Mr Anil Mahajan, Mr Ajay Bir Singh, Mr Vijay Kumar, Mr Naresh Chaudhary, Mr Suresh Chaudhary, Mr Jaswinder Singh, Mr Rakesh Kumar Garg, Mr Anmol Rattan Sidhu, Mr Sandeep Sahni, Mr Sanjeev Mehan, Mr A.S. Uppal, Mr Harpreet Singh and Dr Sanjeev Goyal.


I LOVE still lives in Panjab University’s English department. The fact became apparent when the knights in shining leather jackets sneaked past the men-in-khaki on St. Valentine’s day to rush towards the legendary department in their jaunty jalopies.

Assisting the Don Jauns and Cassanovas of Chandigarh were the balloon vendors. They too had reached the department to sell flying hearts at double the price. The lady loves, waiting for Cupid to strike at the department gates, did reject but refused to offend.

Blank calls

If Valentine’s Day is here, can blank calls be far behind. Certainly not. At least this is the experience a reporter colleague had on the “lovers day” on February 14.

As soon as the reporter came for the morning meeting, a husky female voice at the other end wished him “Happy Valentine’s Day” and wanted to be his “friend”. Introducing herself, she asked the colleague to furnish details about him.

When the reporter told her that this was the phone number of The Tribune, she hurriedly banged the phone with a customary “thank you”. Sentinel wonders who was taken for a ride.

On a roll

The Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management in Sector 42 witnessed some rather important events during the last fortnight. First it was the Food Festival for which the GOI Tourism Secretary was here. Then there was the national competition of student chef of the year which brought the Adviser Neeru Nanda also to the institute.

Accompanying both of them was Mr R. S. Gujral, Home Secretary, UT. What is surprising is that no one bothered to get the approach road to the institute repaired, which has been reduced to a street of cobbled stones.

Bar to best library

There was a catch in the inter-college and inter-school library related competitions held last month in Chandigarh. The annual competitions are organised by the Chandigarh Librarians’ Association and most of the city schools and colleges take part.

But this year there was a rider in the competition for the best school library. The last but one sentence in this particular group read: ”The librarian of the school library winning the best school library award will be honoured with the best school librarian award”. But there was a bar on the best library in the last sentence: “ Last year’s winner of the best library and best librarian awards will not be eligible to contest this year” Such a condition was imposed for the first time in three years. Do the organisers plan to honour one school every year so that each school gets a chance to win the best library award ?

Baby’s day out

It was baby’s day out. On February 14, the young innocents in uniform bunked the school to capture the trophies of love. They could be seen passing their fair hands through silky tresses on the geri route as appreciating guys approached them with bouquets of love.

Nature park

The Nature Park, Sector 26, adopted by the Children Alliance for Protection of the Environment is an impressive sight. It has brought up changes in the adjoining areas also. Recently, the management of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women deployed JCB, tractors and tippers and reclaimed the wasteland. The area has been levelled and an extension of the nature park shall be developed. Saplings that promote bio-diversity would be planted. Some viewpoints will be created so that the students could peep into the main park and enjoy nature.

Earlier the Technical Teachers Training Institute (TTTI) created an extension of the Nature Park out of the wasteland on its eastern side.

The Nature Park shot into prominence when Mrs Shanta Abhilashi, then Mayor, Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, released swans, geese and boat into the pond.


The cops are praising him. So are the neighbours. But Mr Jagdish Rai, reader in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, does not talk about his good deed. “Me and my wife saved the girl from trouble because it was our duty, not because we wanted publicity.

The fact, however, remains that the girl from Hisar would still have been stalking the streets or, perhaps, become a “victim of human atrocities” had she not been saved by the couple.

She had just descended the bus from Hisar, along with Ms Phulwati Rai, when a gang of hooligans surrounded her. Ms Rai not only shooed away the goondas, but also took her to their home. There, the teenager revealed that she had run away from her house and was carrying jewellery worth Rs 30,000.

The couple listened to her woes, consoled her, even informed the police and her parents after permitting her to spend the night at their home. The next morning she was taken away by her thankful parents.

Crying boys

Boys do cry. Stopped from entering the university campus on Valentine’s day, they screamed and shouted at the top of their lungs as young couples were allowed to enter the celebrations. “Why this discrimination against stags?” questioned the forlorn lovers.

Title perfect

When the Pragati India Group organised a beauty contest in Ludhiana some time back, they certainly let their imagination run wild with the titles they decided to give the winners. The queen was to be called, very aptly Malika-e-Husn.

The subtitles were jalw-e-Muskan (Ms Beautiful Smile), Husn-e-Zulf (Ms Beautiful Hair), Adakara (Ms Talented), Gaj Gamini (Ms Beautiful catwalk) and Mrignaini (Ms Beautiful Eyes). The group claimed that the event was first of its kind in the region and so were the titles.

In poor shape

Considering that recently the CSIO, Chandigarh hosted the national workshop on sophisticated instruments, an event of national importance which brought the nation’s major scientists to the city, the organisation could do with a better auditorium. Or the least that can be done is that the massive capacity auditorium be done up. The screen which is also the stage’s backdrop is torn and has thinned with age. The seats too are old and uncomfortable.


Seen on the back of a truck: Zindagi rahi to baar baar milenge, nahin to bhai Hardwar milenge!

— Sentinel



Inner wheel organises Dawn of New Era
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 18 — A day long district conference ‘New Prabhat-Dawn of New Era’ was organised by Inner Wheel district 308 at Himachal Bhavan, Sector 28, today. Members of as many as 37 clubs from parts of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttranchal spoke about the projects they have undertaken.

Addressing the gathering, Mrs Kamala Ramakrishnan, President of the Association of Inner Wheel Club of India said during last year projects on low-cost toilets; rehabilitation of handicapped were carried out in collaboration with Saket. Moral education was imparted to street children, she added.

The conference was hosted by the Inner Wheel Club, Chandigarh Mid town, whose president, Mrs Santosh Gupta said the club’s performance was declared as the best. It had undertaken almost all the projects listed by the Association. Among the significant projects started by the club was the Micro loans project, through the Bharat Fiera Micro Loans, to promote micro credit system for the poor. The trust generated a revolving fund of Rs 4.2 lakh for the distribution among the unemployed persons to start their own ventures. Each person was given a loan of Rs 10,000 to start a project and the same was to be returned in 20 instalments. Most of the beneficiaries of the loan were women and there have till date been no defaulters.

Under the Club’s Home Aid Nursing Project, girls from lower middle class families were being trained and sent to work in the houses of some elderly people. They have to pay them Rs 2000 per month in return. Besides this, night schools have also been started for the children of labour colonies.

Other clubs of the district also highlighted the activities at their ends.

Mrs Sunita Sharma, Chairman of the Inner Wheel Club, Chandigarh Midtown 308, also addressed the gathering. 


Ex-judge dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February, 18
Justice Pritpal Singh, a former Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, died here today.

Born on October 16, 1925, Justice Pritpal Singh joined the PCS( Judicial branch) on April 25, 1951.

He was elevated to the Punjab and Haryana Court as additional judge on February 2, 1983, and became permanent judge on March 16,1984. He retired on October 16, 1987. Thereafter, he was appointed as Presiding Officer, Industrial Tribunal, where he continued till October 1992.


Kidnapping case registered
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 18 — A girl is alleged to have been kidnapped from her hostel in Panjab University by a man with the intention of marrying her.

According to an FIR registered under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Sanjeev Kumar, a brother of the girl, that she had been abducted by Inderjit Singh Bindra, a resident of Malerkotla.

Three cases of theft, including two of vehicle theft, have been reported in the past 24 hours. An Opel Astra car (CH-02-0644) was reportedly stolen from the Sector 44 residence of the owner, Mr Kuldeep Singh, on the intervening night of February 16 and 17. On the same night, a music system and a few documents were stolen from the car of Mr Rohit Dhingra, while it was parked at his residence. A rickshaw belonging to Ram Chander Pathak was also stolen from outside the Sector 23 mandir on the same night.

In the three incidents, the police has registered cases under Section 379 of the IPC.

The police has also booked three persons under various sections of the Noise Control Act. Mahabir Singh and Inder Singh were booked on the complaint of ASI Surat Singh, while they were playing music last night at the residence of the former in Sector 27. The third accused Gopal was arrested by SI Kapil Dev.

An employee of the NIIT was booked for damaging a car of his former employer in a fit of rage and under the influence of liquor. According to an FIR registered under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, the accused Munish Khera was arrested from Sector 20 after he went on a rampage. He began breaking the panes of the car of his former boss, Mr Gaurav. The accused, who was earlier working with Connect, was aggravated as his dues from the company had been stopped by the complainant.



Woman murdered
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Feb 18 — Pritha Singh (67), was found murdered at her Sector 10 residence here tonight. She was stabbed by a youth who had come to smoothen the floor according to police sources. She was staying with her husband, a retired Army officer.

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