Thursday, August 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Rice eaters beware of ulcers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
People eating rice are likely to be more prone to duodenal ulcers, says Dr Frank Ivor Tovey, gastrointestinal surgeon from University College of London. Dr Tovey is in the city in connection with the ongoing Welcome Trust-aided ‘‘Duodenal Ulcer Research Project’’ in which the PGI Gastroenterology and Histopathology are also partners.

The research work was initiated and coordinated by Prof S.P. Kaushik, a gastroenterologist from Delhi, but it is being overall supervised by Dr Tovey. And the final report of its findings will be ready in six months’ time.

But according to the initial finding report of the project after three years of extensive research work conducted on the basis of 600 case studies by the PGI, DMC&H, Ludhiana, CMC&H, Vellore and Gastroenterology Department, Mysore and SGPGI, Lucknow, on animal peptic ulcer models suggest that North Indian diet is protective against ulceration. ‘‘The South Indian diet is more ulcerogenic and the major cause appears to be its most essential part, rice,’’ said Professor Tovey said yesterday, while talking to the mediapersons. The Head, Gastroenterology Department, Prof Kartar Singh and Ms Kim Vaiphei, Department of Histopathology, PGI, who are closely associated with the project were also present.

While many studies on the duodenal ulceration show its strong relationship with the staple diet, Dr Tovey, who first visited these parts of the world in 1951, was able to establish that most of these cases were related to well-irrigated areas, all of which were primarily rice growing. ‘‘Extensive investigations in these decades revealed there was a low prevalance in the unrefined wheat-eating rural areas where certain millet or lentils predominate in the diet. Besides milled white rice, after prolonged storage is even more ulcerogenic even though on storage it does taste better,’’ he said.

Duodenal ulcer occurs when the lining of the duodenum cannot cope with the acid produced by the body. Inability of the duodenal mucosa to cope with acid and pepsin load is said to be diet related. According to Dr Tovey, unrefined wheat, ragi, soya , millet and lentils, which are essential part of the North Indian diet have the protective activity. ‘‘The protective activity lies in the lipid fraction of these foodstuffs and this is also part of the ongoing investigations,’’ he said .

Dr Tovey, a gastrointestinal surgeon, has been associated with ascertaining dietary causes behind causation of ulcers besides contributing significantly to the research work on the helicobacter pylori, a bacteria which clinicians thought to be the main causative factor behind ulcers. Last afternoon he also delivered a lecture on whether the bacteria was actually a primary cause of duodenal ulcer or a secondary infection.

Interestingly the findings of his study shows that the bacteria ,which in the medical circles had become synonymous as the major causing factor of ulcers, was not actually so.

‘‘Ulceration does occur independently of helico pylori. Besides, the infection may be coincidental or acquired subsequently too. The bacteria contributes to the chronicity but is not chronic in itself,’’ said Dr Tovey.

Prof Kartar Singh and his team has been able to establish that duodenum lining of the stomach, not only produces acid but also essential alkalis which helps neutralise the effects of the acid. Prof Kartar Singh said that besides dietary factors, smoking, excessive intake of alcohol, stress, excessive tea and coffee drinking were some other causes of ulcers.



Jacob to inaugurate eye centre today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The UT Administrator Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), will lay the foundation stone of the Rs 20 crore Advanced Eye Centre in the PGI tomorrow.

The main objective of the eye centre is to provide curative facilities of the highest order and to prevent and control blindness. While the PGI Ophthalmology Department is able to provide primary eye care and limited secondary care facilities for tertiary care at present, patients have to depend upon Chennai for curative facilities.

When completed, the eye centre at the PGI will also provide relief at the peripheral level through deployment of mobile units and health workers besides providing unique tertiary care facilities

The 100-bed eye centre building on a plinth area of 1,41,000 sq feet. has been planned next to the new OPD . It will have six storeys including a basement. While 25 beds are for day care, 75 for general and private wards.

The centre will be centrally airconditioned and have six operation theaters with a state-of-the-art laminar flow air-conditioning and provisions of HEPA filters. Other facilities include four lifts , a ramp, library, conference rooms, rehabilitation facilities, laboratories, a cafeteria for doctors and one for patients and their attendants.



Need to spread awareness about AIDS’
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 29
Human resource was the most valuable possession for a nation. But AIDS and use of drugs were destroying the most important resource.

This was stated by Dr Rajan Gupta, Senior Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, at a session on AIDS awareness and drug de-addiction, organised by the Mohali Industries Association (AIDS) in collaboration with the CII (Northern Region) here today.

Dr Gupta said by pinpointing that AIDS was being spread by truck drivers and prostitutes, the government was not taking the responsibility in a serious way. Adequate awareness was not being created. He said on his way from Delhi to Ludhiana he did not find a single board about AIDS on the roadside. Moreover, according to a WHO report about 50 per cent of the instruments used by blood banks were not being properly sterilised.

He said the consumption of liquor was also on the rise as there were far too many liquor vends everywhere. Prohibition could not stop drinking but then “every fifth shop should not be turned into a liquor vend”. If the government was merely interested in collecting taxes from the sale of liquor then it would never be able to save the society from destruction.

An alcoholic did not kill himself alone but the entire family faced the consequences. Dr Gupta said that after consuming liquor certain persons went in for “risky sex”. For slum-dwellers the only source of entertainment was sex. But they had to be made aware of AIDS so that necessary precautions could be taken.

He said the government alone could not control the spreading of AIDS. Every one had to play an important role. Self determination was the most important factor.

Mr G.S. Garewal, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, who was the chief guest, said that most vulnerable groups were the youth, slum-dwellers and truck drivers. The youth were getting wrong signals from western TV programmes where free sex was talked about. However, slum-dwellers were not aware about the deadly disease. Migrant labourers and truck drivers got trapped by AIDS as they stayed away from their families and could not indulge in normal sexual relations.

He said the government was trying to create awareness to bring the disease under control. Boards on AIDS had been put up in hospitals, government offices and buses. It was also the duty of non-government organisations to create awareness among the target groups. It would be a very big contribution towards the society.

Mr Garewal urged the MIA to identify workers who were addicted to liquor or drugs and were beyond redemption. Such cases could be referred through the SDM to the district authorities so that they could be given a full course of the treatment free of cost.

Mr R.S. Sachdeva, convenor, SDCA panel, CII, said AIDS was first detected in Thailand n 1984 but by the year 2000 between 8 to 10 million persons all over the world had suffered from the disease. He said that all segments of the society had to get together to fight AIDS.

Mr B.S. Baidwan, president of the MIA, said liquor vends in the industrial area were proving to be very harmful. The day workers got their wages, a large number of them preferred to go to the liquor vends instead of their homes.


ESIC to run ESI hospital in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The Employees State Insurance(ESI) Hospital at the Ram Darbar here will directly be run by the Employees State Insurance Corporation(ESIC) and will become functional in November this year.

Announcing this at a function organised by the regional office of the ESIC here today, Ms Suman Sawrup, Director-General of the ESIC, said the ESI Hospitals in Parwanoo and Mandi Gobindgarh, which were being run by the state governments, would also be run by the ESIC for providing better health care services to the employees.

Ms Sawrup, who was on a tour of the region as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the corporation, urged the ESIC staff to be courteous and render better services to the insured staff and the factory owners.

Mr AW Khadgi, Regional Director, Mr Arun Kumar, Joint Director, welcomed Ms Sawrup.

Meanwhile, long-term cash benefits were disbursed to three local insured persons at the function. They were Mr Arvind Kumar Sharma from M/s Deepak Spinners Limited, Mr Hari Om from M/s Hotel Classic and Mr Darminder Sharma from M/s Hind Motors Limited.


Yoga Kendra in Kurali
Our Correspondent

Kharar, August 29
The Bhartiya Yog Sansthan, Delhi, has started a free Yoga Kendra in Kurali town of the Kharar subdivision and this has been sponsored by the Aggarwal Sabha, Kurali.

The centre started at Dera Baba Gosain Wala, Kurali, was inaugurated by Mr Krishan Lala Gupta, Punjab state president of the Bhartiya Yog Sansthan.

According to the information given by Dr Anil Gupta, president, and Mr Anil Aggarwal, Secretary, respectively, of the Aggarwal Sabha, Kurali, teams of teachers from Ludhiana SAS Nagar, Chandigarh, Ropar and Mandi Ahmedgarh would impart training to the sadhaks of Kurali at the centre.

The class of yoga is held daily from 5.30 a.m. to 6.30 a.m. and various yoga asanas and pranayam techniques are taught. More than 100 persons of all age groups were taking the classes regularly free of cost. According to the press note, the yoga classes conducted by the Bhartiya Yog Sansthan are already in progress throughout the country. 


Catch us young, say kids on National Sports Day
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 29
‘Catch us young’, ‘It is my own day’, ‘Stay fit’ — these were some of the slogans that about 80 schoolchildren who assembled in the Panjab University gymnasium hall today to celebrate the National Sports Day had on their placards. The hour-and-a-half-long event for the select audience saw the participants, aged seven to nine, in high spirits.

These children who had been drawn from various schools of the city and Panchkula took part in a badminton talent-hunt and National Sports Day awareness programme that was jointly organised by the Chandigarh Badminton Association and the Panjab University Sports Department.

The birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand is observed as the National Sports Day.

Arjuna Awardee and Director Sports of the PU, Dr Ajmer Singh, who was the chief guest on the occasion, told the children the importance of the day. A slogan on a placard — Sports (S-social, P-Polite, O-Organised, R-Respected, T-Tolerance and S-Supporting sport) — by students of the Sector 33 Tender heart School was rather impressive.

The schools that took part in today’s events were St Stephens’ School, Manav Mangal School, Shivalik Public School, Tender Heart School, and Hansraj Public School of Panchkula. The presence of a former national badminton coach, T.P.S. Puri, and Surinder Mahajan, a national junior-team coach, and Dr Kewal Singh, Assistant Director Sports, was inspiring for students.

Children were taught how to handle a badminton racquet and made to do short exercises. Jaskaran a student of St Stephen’s School, said she would remember this day forever. Vikhyat, a student of HPS said he had heard about the day from his father. Gurchandandeep of St Stephen’s School said he would ask his father to buy him badminton racquets.

Aditi of Tender Heart wanted such events to be held regularly. Gurkirat Singh of Shivalik Public School said he would try to balance his studies with sport. Khushboo Walia of Manav Mangal School liked the shuttle-run exercises.

Later, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, President of the CBA, said the body would promote the idea of having badminton courts in each school here.

Fun events

Children of the Sector 20 ‘Gurukul’ school of Panchkula celebrated the National Sports Day by participating in various events. Tiny tots of pre-nursery enjoyed running in a ‘hat race’ that was won by Shantam. The balloon race was won by Abheek Sood and Anuj Sood.

The nursery students of the school were out in the field with their bats and balls, dribbling to the end, an event that Khagesh Swain won. Anmol and Dhruv secured a joint first place in ‘throw the ball’ event. Fotedhar brothers won the first prize in the long-jump and sack-race events. The ‘lemon and spoon race’ for Class III students was won by Vishal Dhawan, while Yatin Kapoor got the second place.

The events that were held included bunny jump, balloon race, hat race, target throwing, bat and ball race, jumping race, throw the ball, giant step race, sprint race, hopping race, bounce the ball race, sack race, three-legged race, long jump and ‘lemon and spoon’ race.

Tree plantation

To mark the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, a tree plantation programme was held in the Sector 18 SAI Sports Training Centre, where 70 trees of gulmohar, jamun, Arjun, kusum, altonic and kachnar were planted. Mr D.K. Sharma, Director Finance of the SAI, and various other officials were present on the occasion.

Soccer match

The Sports Authority of India in collaboration with the UT Sports Department organised an exhibition soccer match to mark the National Sports Day today. The match was between girls of the Sector 18 SAI Sports Training Centre and boys of the Chandigarh Football Academy. The boys won the match, 4-0.

No senior official of the UT Administration turned up at the match, where a former Olympian, Tarlochan Singh Bawa, was the chief guest.

Many persons who were present there were criticising the negligent attitude of the organisers. They said the matches were merely a formality and the Administration should also have done something to generate awareness about the day.


SD Club cagers slam dunk Kurali
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 29
The Sector 32 SD Club defeated the Sports Club of Kurali, 65-35, with the halftime score being 33-15, on the second day of the second Pandit Mohan Lal Memorial Basketball Tournament in the Sector 32 SD Public School here today.

Jaspreet scored 11 points for the winners, Narinder 8 and Dinesh 7. For the losers, Gagan Singh scored 16 points, Mandeep 7 and Harsimran 6.

In another Pool A match, the Haryana police beat the Sector 26 Khalsa College, 89-56, with the halftime being 39-20. For the winners, Surinder scored 30 points, Manoj 20 and Rajesh 18, while, for the losers, Arun Rana scored 17 points, Inderpreet 17 and Vikrant 8.

In the Pool B matches, Khalsa College of Jalandhar beat DAV College of Jalandhar, 71-57, with the halftime score being 35-26. DAV College of Chandigarh beat DS College of Karnal, 69-40, with the halftime score being 34-26. Khalsa College of Jalandhar also defeated DS College of Karnal, 79-23, with the halftime score of 39-15. The final will be played tomorrow.

Carrom tourney

The Sector 47 Mount Carmel School defeated the Sector 44 Government Model High School, 3-0, in the final of the under-17 section of the UT Inter-school Carrom Tournament for boys in the Sector 45 St Stephen’s School here today. In the match for the third place, the Sector 41 Shivalik Public School, defeated the Sector 27 Bhavan Vidyalaya, 2-1.

Brilliant half-ton

A brilliant 58 runs off just 50 deliveries by Navjeet Singh helped Chandigarh beat Panchkula by two wickets on the opening day of the Haryana Inter-district (under-22) Cricket Tournament in the Sector 4 Satluj Public School of Panchkula today.

Panchkula won the toss and decided to bat first. Vishal Sahni, Amit Bhardwaj and Gaurav Sood scored 34, 25 and 24 runs, respectively. The team scored 184 runs in the stipulated 35 overs.

In reply, Chandigarh were able to achieve the target with 21 balls to spare.

Brief scores: Panchkula — 184 for 9 in 35 overs (Vishal Sahni 34, Amit Bhardwaj 25, Gaurav Sood 24, Jagjit Sahni 3 for 17, Yadwinder 2 for 25, Ravinder 2 for 25); Chandigarh — 185 for 8 in 31.3 overs (Navjeet 58, Ravinder 17, Kulbeer 13, Umesh Kaira 3 for 28, Ajay Bhardwaj 2 for 25).

Chandigarh will now meet the winner of the Yamunanagar-Panipat match.


Date extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
Keeping in view of the encouraging response from the participants, the last date for receiving entries for the Monsoon Fun Golf at CGA Golf Range, Chandigarh, has been extended upto 5 p.m. on September 1. The event will start at 7 p.m.

In order to give encouragement and to spot the talent from the budding youngsters, another category for nine years and below for boys and girls has been added in addition to the following: general secretary: men and women; junior (14 to 17 yrs): boys and girls; and sub-juniors (10 to 13 yrs): boys and girls.

So far 80 entries has been received for the competition.


IT employees suspend strike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
Income tax employees (IT) today suspended their nation-wide go-slow strike after ‘’noticing positive attitude of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).’’

‘’The strike launched on August 18 without any announcement was today suspended,’’ sources in the Northwest Zone Federation of the employees told The Tribune today.

The employees had launched their strike, blocking the transfer of records to promoted officials.

The employees went on the warpath after the board started restructuring the department with immediate promotions to officials of the rank of Chief Commissioner, Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Joint Commissioner.

The restructuring programme launched to provide better promotion avenues and bring efficiency, initially left out officials below these ranks, provoking the strike.


Traffic police to buy more mobikes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The traffic police proposes to add six new motor cycles in its existing fleet. The new mobikes are likely to be procured in a month’s time.

According to well-placed sources, the three-member committee formed by the UT Inspector General of Police for the purchase of mobikes, is working on the brand of the new motor cycles to be purchased.

It is learnt that the traffic police already has a fleet of 10 motorcycles. Most of these are with the traffic Inspectors, thus only a few of the mobikes are left for patrolling duty. All these mobikes are Bullet Enfield and because of their high cost and low fuel efficiency, the police is now thinking of a different brand.



Admn auctions 23 sites
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The Chandigarh Administration netted a sum of Rs 4.27 crore by auctioning a total of 23 sites for spare parts dealers in Sectors 38 and 48. A total of seven sites for spare parts dealers in Sector 38 have been held back due to want of bidders.

Also held back were all nine sites for dhabas. Three dhaba sites are in Sector 38 and six are in Sector 48.

These sites were held back due to want of bidders. Each of the sites, which went under auction today, worked out to be about 40 square yards in area and it was an open auction. The reserve price of the each site was fixed at Rs 15 lakh. The highest bid was for a site in Sector 48 which was auctioned for Rs 21.05 lakh. 


Additional charge
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 29
The UT Finance Secretary, Mr Karan A. Singh, will also hold the additional charge of Chief Electoral Officer for Chandigarh with immediate effect. An order has been passed by the UT Administrator, a spokesperson of the Administration said here today.

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