Sunday, October 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



125 examined at osteoporosis camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The Orthopaedics Department of the Chandigarh Medical College and Hospital today held a free osteoporosis detection and awareness camp on the occasion of the World Osteoporosis Day celebrated today.

Prof Raj Bahadur, Medical Superintendent of the Medical College, said the college had been organising such awareness camps regularly with a view to enlighten the public about the risk associated with untreated osteoporosis.

He said the camp organised today was the sixth in which more than 125 patients were screened using the latest and state-of-the-art ultrasound machine to estimate bone mineral density. He added that 53 patients were found to be suffering from osteoporosis.

On this occasion Prof Raj Bahadur delivered a lecture on various issues related to osteoporosis. He also dwelled at length on the simple and effective methods to prevent osteoporosis and various drugs available for treating established osteoporosis. He stressed the need for proper nutrition, exposure to sunlight and physical activities as they prevent osteoporosis in the first place. He also advised the public not to take excessive liquor, phosphoric acid containing beverages and smoking as they cause osteoporosis.

Professor Bahadur warned the public against the danger of taking unlabelled and unbranded medicines from quacks as they might contain steroids which is one of the commonest drug responsible for causing osteoporosis.


Hearing aid clinic inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The PGI Director, Dr S.K. Sharma, today inaugurated a hearing aid clinic at the new ENT OPD, exclusively meant for the elderly. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sharma appreciated efforts of the ENT department for starting such a clinic in the region.

With an increase in the longevity of life, a great need had been felt to provide expert advice regarding provision of hearing aids to the elderly. Many elderly persons develop age-related hearing loss called presbyacusis for which hearing aid is a good solution for carrying out their day to day work effectively, he said.

The Audiology and Speech Wing of the department is well-equipped, supported by highly qualified audiologist. The clinic aims to provide counselling and guidance on all aspects of the hearing aids, including computerised analysis of the performance of the hearing aid. The clinic will be held on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr Naresh Panda, Head of the ENT Department at the PGIMER, Chandigarh, stressed the need to look after elderly deaf individuals who comprised approximately 20 per cent of the patients attending the Audiology Wing of the department.


Governor urges donation for eye care
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The Himachal Pradesh Governor, Mr Suraj Bhan, today urged people to donate some portion of their income for improving the quality of eye camps held in rural areas.

Inaugurating the 15th annual conference of the North Zone Ophthalmological Society organised by the Ophthalmology Department of the Sector 32 Chandigarh Medical College and Hospital, in collaboration with the Chandigarh Ophthalmological Society.

The Governor stressed the need for sharing the views and experience through scientific meetings in this era of rapidly changing technological advances. Advantage of these deliberations should reach not only the urbanites but also the poorer sections of the society.

“Ït is the duty of every ophthalmologist to help eradicate preventable blindness from India,” said Mr Suraj Bhan. He said it was only the blind person who could realise the importance of eyes. Later, he also inaugurated a trade exhibition.

Prof S.B.S. Mann, Director-Principal of the Medical College and Hospital, welcomed the Governor to the conference. He also welcomed the delegates for their overwhelming response to the conference. Meanwhile, Dr K.L. Passi today took over as President, North Zone Ophthalmological Society from Dr Ms V.L. Bansal. Dr J.K. Pasricha, President of the All- India Ophthalmological Society, was the guest of honour.


Dispensary opens on school premises
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School (C.K.D), Sector 40-C, Chandigarh, today started a dispensary on the school premises. Under the supervision of Dr M.L.Kataria, both the staff and the students began getting health-related services from today. Dr Kataria is the recipient of the President’s Award.

A lady doctor will be also assisting him. Therefore, minor disorders will be taken care of within the school premises. In case of major ones referal services will be provided.

At the same time Dr Sandeep Arora will be catering to the dental care of the students.


Young chess players return impressed
Arvind Katyal

Youngsters from the south swept the top positions in all the four events in the below 12 and 14 categories in both boys’ and girls’ sections at the Sixth National Sub-Junior Rapid Chess Tournament at Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya. The four-day tournament organised by the Chandigarh Chess Association was this association’s maiden attempt to contribute to the growth of this game. The CCA has to thank the All-India Chess Federation for allotting it this prestigious meet. The inauguration also saw Mr M. Ramksekhar, Deputy Commissioner, giving the organisers a pat on the back. Mr Ramsekhar was impressed by the young chess players, accompanied by their supportive parents. He was told that rapid chess allowed one hour to complete a match.

The participants were also in a for a surprise on the final day, when they found amidst them the well-known Mr Nek Chand, creator of the Rock Garden. He was surrounded by the youngsters, all wanting to be photographed with him. One of them who belongs to Tamil Nadu said he had developed a special affinity with Mr Nek Chand through the web site of Chandigarh.

A parent from West Bengal said he had accompanied his son to be able to visit Chandigarh and Shimla. The creator of the Rock Garden had won their hearts with his wonderful work.

Prize money meet

The one lakh cash prize badminton tournament, Tara Chand Memorial North Zone Meet at Panchkula was organised by Tara Chand Industries, Panchkula, whose promoter, Mr Vinay Aggarwal, had undertaken to spend this amount to hold a badminton tournament. He said that the game of badminton was one of the most popular sports in world. Cricket, he said, was confined to a few countries while badminton was played all over the world . Maybe, more such sponsors will come to the aid of badminton.

Age problem

Football events organised in recent months have been plagued by the ‘‘age problem’’. Players have been declaring wrong age to be able to play in a certain category. But recently a school even fielded a player other than the one mentioned in the final list. The rival team which was on the verge of losing got wind of the deception and finally the team which had changed its player was scratched.


Better facilities for budding shuttlers
Our Sports Reporter

Panchkula, October 20
Panchkula of late has become a major centre for badminton training. This is evident from the fact that after remaining contended with just one court indoor hall at the Sector 7 Community Centre, Panchkula now has another indoor court at the DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7. The Tara Chand Memorial Prize Money Invitational Badminton Meet concluded in this hall. Mr Vinay Aggarwal, a badminton promoter, whose wards, Peeyush, Pallavi and Kannu Priya, are doing well in this game, said only one court hall was not sufficient for the proper training of players.

Mr Jatinder Mahajan, another game promoter who himself remained a state-level player, said a new sports complex in Sector 3 would be thrown open to the badminton players in the next year as was promised by senior officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

Mr T.R. Tuli, secretary of the District Badminton Association, Panchkula, was all praise for Mr B.B. Gupta, Principal of the DC Model School, for promoting the game in Panchkula. Mr L.C. Gupta, secretary, Badminton Association of India, who visited Panchkula during the inauguration ceremony of the above meet, was impressed by the existing two-court facility and the proposed three-court facilities at Sector 3, where a total of five courts would be made available. He also agreed to put forth favourably the proposal of holding next National Mini and Sub-Junior Badminton Meet at Panchkula.

Mr Vinay Aggarwal said Panchkula players were doing well at various state and national-level meets and in the last two state-level meets held at Karnal and Hisar in which its shuttlers proved their worth and walked away with majority of the titles at stake. He said this was despite the fact that city had only one court hall. He said this became possible only due to the genuine interest shown by youngsters, coaches and the association officials concerned. Prerak Sharma, an 11-year-old player, visited Czech Republic for advanced training-cum-tournament in June.

Mr Tuli said the three recent state champions, Kannu Priya in the girls under-16 category and Adhiraj and Akshit Mahajan in the below-13 and 10 section, respectively, would be given a scholarship of Rs 500 per month by the DBA, Panchkula.


Army School win

Chandigarh, October 20
Army School, Chandimandir, got the better of hosts Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School 25-23 in the third SNOSA Basketball Championship which began here this morning at the Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here today. As many as 11 teams from various schools of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula were taking part.

In other matches of the day, Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38, beat Jyoti School, SAS Nagar, 36-17, Shivalik Public School defeated Guru Nanak Khalsa School, Sector 30, 38-35 while SD Public School, Sector 32, beat New Public School, Sector 18, at 37-12.

In the quarterfinals matches, DAV SS School, Sector 8, beat Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, 49-12 while Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38 beat Government Model School, Sector 33, 57-32.

The semi-finals and finals will be played on October 21. Earlier, the meet was inaugurated by Ms S. Khorana, Director-Principal, Shishu Niketan MSS School.

Walk over

YPS, SAS Nagar, was given a walk over, when the rival under-14 cricket team of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, was found to have two overaged players in the 4th Blessed Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament in progress here at St John’s High School, Sector 26. In a press note by the host school, it was mentioned that as per the school letter number ERCCA/cricket/2000/185 dated October10, 2001 sent to GMSSS-35, two members of under-14 team had changed their date of birth.

In the matches played on Saturday, St John’s High School-26 defeated St Kabir’s School by 67 runs, Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, outplayed Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, by 20 runs, while YPS, SAS Nagar, outplayed St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32 by 88 runs.

Squash meet

Squash players of Chandigarh have decided not to take part in the forthcoming National Sub-Junior Squash Championship going to be held at Chennai from November 4 to 8. In a letter addressed to the Union Sports Minister, Ms Uma Bharti, by Mr Amitoj Inder Singh, an Asian Squash Federation level 2 squash coach, who cited the high handedness shown by the Squash Racquet Federation of India, by always making Chennai as the venue for various national and international events.

He said during the past few years, his trainees like Harinder Pal Sandhu, Jai Sekhon, Manpreet Malhi, Kabir Dixit had shown exemplary performance in the national and international events yet the SRFI just want to monopolise the game in that very city only. He said almost every time, players had to travel so far spending from one’s own pocket alongwith frequent absence from school. In view of this, the players jointly decided to boycott the nationals this time.


Tourney today

A state-level tournament for deaf and dumb handicapped children will be organised by the Welfare Centre for Hearing and Speeching Handicapped at Neta Ji Stadium, Raipur Rani, on October 21. Children of various welfare centres of the Haryana Welfare Societies will participate in the tournament. 


Separate ISM&H Director likely
Ashok Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The UT may soon have a separate Director for the Directorate of Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM & H) which is currently being looked after additionally by the Director Health Services.

Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the Administrator, has categorically recorded on a representation submitted by the nine doctors belonging to the ISM&H that the Administration should have no objection to appointing a separate Director, according to sources.

The doctors’ demand is that their Directorate which had already been accorded a separate status in 1998, be placed under the charge of the senior-most physician among them designated as Director as per the latest health policy circulated by the government of India. Central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has opposed the grant of additional charge to officers who have absolutely no exposure to these systems and advocated the appointment of adequately qualified person in the field of ISM & H as its Director.

Signatories to the representation are Dr M.L. Jalota, Dr (Ms) Rama Sharma and Dr Rajeshwar Singh, Dr Madan Gulati, Dr (Ms) Saras Gulati, Dr N.S. Bhardwaj, Dr Rajiv Kapila, Dr Anantjot and Dr Aarti Verma. Housed in the complex of Homoeopathy Dispensary, sector 34, this Directorate is presently under the immediate charge of Dr M.L. Jalota as its Assistant Director.

In this veiled revolt, the signatories have categorically stated in the representation that the Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy could not develop properly due to the fact that these systems remained under the administrative control of the Director Health Services, who being from the allopathic field, has no exposure to these systems of ayurveda and homoeopathy.

Enquires also confirm this. No spectacular development has been made towards the upliftment of these two branches — be it expansion, research, infrastructure, filling up of vacant positions or improving the condition of existing dispensaries. There is not a single government hospital of ISM&H in Chandigarh. The number of dispensaries (10) in these systems is quite less as compared to the civil dispensaries (27) run under Allopathic system.

Two posts of Assistant Medical Officers have been lying vacant since March 1998 when Dr (Ms) Rama Sharma and Dr Rajeshwar Singh were promoted as Medical Officers against the posts for the newly-sanctioned homoeopathic dispensaries which are yet to be set up in Sector 11 and Mani Majra. But no effort has been made to fill up these posts while qualified DHMS working in department as pharmacists for nearly 20 years are quite ripe to be promoted as Assistant Medical Officers. Four homoeopathic dispensaries are being run in sectors 27, 34, 41 and 47 by three doctors, including the one who also discharges duties as Assistant Director.

Homoeopathic dispensary being run in the MCC complex in Sector 41 is perhaps the most neglected one where neither electricity nor water supply has been provided since June 1998. On Tuesday, the dispensary becomes non-functional as there is neither a doctor nor a pharmacist available to patients. As the doctors are expected to man dispensaries other their own on certain days of the week, the patients are a suffering lot.

Recently, major portion of a dispensary constructed in Sector 33 out of the funds solely earmarked for ayurveda, has been allotted to allopathy. Besides, 11 residential quarters belonging to ISM&H in Sectors 27, 28, 34 and 37 dispensaries have been allotted to the staff from allopathic side while the senior most pharmacists from ISM&H have been denied the same. Efforts were also made to open TB hospital in the newly built dispensaries of the ISM&H.


Rs 4.62 cr to be spent on water project
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 20
The district administration will spend Rs 4.62 crore to meet water shortage in Morni and Pinjore areas of the district. Ms Jyoti Arora, Deputy Commissioner, said the public health department had installed five handpumps at a cost of Rs 6.50 lakh in the Morni area recently.

She said there was scarcity of water in Morni areas as water supply sources were limited. To solve the problem, the administration had installed Mark-III handpumps which yielded good results. She said two more handpumps would be installed in the area.

The Deputy Commissioner said to augment water supply to Mandna village an estimated amount of Rs 25.40 lakh was being spent. Under this scheme, spring water has been tapped and the work of laying pipe line is also under progress. Survey is being carried out to identify more sites in the affected areas, where handpumps could be installed, she said.

The district administration has chalked out a plan to provide potable water in Pinjore area and Rs 2.86 crore has already been approved by the government, Ms Arora said. To overcome water scarcity in Konguwal, Tipra and Bitna, where water sources are very limited, a tubewell near Dharampur village has been installed she added.


Unauthorised constructions may be demolished
Bipin Bhardwaj

Panchkula, October 20
Thousands of unauthorised constructions which have come up in the peripheral areas of the township in violation of the Periphery Control Area Act, 1952, in the past decade are likely to be demolished by the district administration soon.

Sources in the administration say over 7,500 big and small structures have come up in 154 villages within the periphery of Panchkula township. The structures include huge farmhouses, residential houses, commercial units, dwelling units, shops, and educational institutions.

A majority of the structures are in violation of the Act in Rampur Suri near Pinjore, Chandi Mandir, Ramgarh, Saketri and other villages. More than 3,000 structures, commercial and residential, had been constructed in these areas.

Over 1,000 structures have come up on government and forest land. of which 650 structures were in Bir Ghaggar village, alone. Four buildings of Golden Forest and three buildings of BRS Dental College in Kot Billa near Barwala are also in violation of the Periphery Control Area Act.

Over 1,500 structures, a majority of these being commercial, have come up along the highways crossing the peripheral limits in the district. The structures, in violation of the Act, are on the land owned by the buildings and roads wing of the Haryana Public Work Department. According to rules, there should be no construction within a distance of 30 metres from both sides of the land.

The encroachers have also occupied the land adjacent to the country’s top defence establishment — Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) — and raised structures there. The Army Act states that there should not be any construction within an area of 1,000 yards in circumference from the outer wall of the ‘‘defence sensitive establishment’’. The TBRL authorities have also written to the government, objecting to the coming up of the structures in this area.

The authorities have served notices on the violators of the Periphery Control Area Act. Some of the property owners have either got stay orders against the notices and some cases are subjudice.

Thirteen sprawling farmhouses, illegally built by the high and mighty of Chandigarh located in Kot Billa village near Barwala, were demolished by the district administration in a major demolition drive on September 28.

After that the administration is continuously issuing notices on the violators to demolish their establishments themselves or face the consequences, according to sources in the administration.

Sources in the district administration have confirmed that the government has chalked out a policy for regularisation of unauthorised constructions in the periphery control area in Haryana. The government has approved the policy, but the methodology to be adopted for implementing the policy is yet to be finalised.

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