Sunday, January 13, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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‘Total ban will help curb smoking habit’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
‘‘Education and awareness among smokers to quit smoking has failed miserably and only thing that can help is a total ban imposed with punitive effect in the country,’’ stated Dr Rajesh Kumar, Head, Department of Community Medicine, PGI, during a discussion on smoking and its addiction organised by the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) at the PGI to mark anti-tobacco day today on the occasion of the National Youth Day.

Doctors, psychologists and lawyers were part of this discussion in which almost every aspect of the problem, including the habit of smokers, its addiction, their family problems and the need to quit smoking, was discussed.

Dr Kumar said that the cases of relapse were so high in smokers that education was ineffective, what was required was that the ban be imposed strictly and taxes on cigarettes be hiked. ‘‘The logic of the government that the bidi process be kept low since the poor smoke bidi has no justification. Its like saying that we continue to give poison to the poor since it is free.’’

Dr Thakur said that the problem could be taken care of through legal means but more important was the need for social support to the ban. ‘‘Without a mass desire to change things, legal impositions can prove useless.’’ he said.

Earlier, Dr Sutapa of the department, had talked to the participants about the extent of the problem across the world and India.

Earlier, the Director, PGI, had flagged off a rally from PGI’s administrative block and made an appeal to all departments to make PGI a smoking-free zone. An ‘anti-tobacco day’ declaration was also framed and signed by presidents of all associations in PGI and anti-tobacco volunteers were enrolled who will work towards making PGI a smoke free zone.

Meanwhile, the Servants of People Society, Lajpat Rai Bhavan, organised a drug, alcohol awareness workshop at Police Lines Sector 26 and Bus Stop Sector 17 to commemorate anti tobacco day.

The workshop was attended by a large number of policemen who were advised about the effects of drugs in health and the performance of their duties.



PGI dept organises youth day in village
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
The Department of Community Medicine along with IPHA, Chandigarh branch, celebrated youth day today at Kakrali village, 35km away from here where services were being provided by the Department of Community Medicine PGIMER, Chandigarh. The programme started with Sarasvati vandana by the students of Government Senior Secondary School, Toda. The programme was presided by Dr Amarjeet Singh, Additional professor, Department of Community Medicine.

There was an essay writing competition on “ The role of youth in the present day society” and a group discussion on “ The problems faced by the youth today”. An exhibition of paintings and handicrafts made by students and the young women of Kakrali village were also organised.

Ms Anita Tewari, Public Health Nurse from the department talked to villagers on the occasion while the village sarpanch, Anil Sharma, thanked the PGI for their help.



Pradeep, Rabinder win body-building titles
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 12
Pradeep Kumar of Bon Sante, was declared 'Mr Sub-Junior Chandigarh' while Rabinder Pal Singh, also of Bon Sante, was adjudged ‘Junior Mr Chandigarh' in the eighth Sub-Junior and 11th Junior Mr Chandigarh and first handicapped body-building Championships here today at DAV College, Sector 10. Mr Sunil Parti, Chairman Chandigarh Housefed, gave away the prizes.

Results — Sub-Junior Mr Chandigarh: Below 55 kg —Ajay Kumar 1, Sukhdev Singh 2, Kulwinder Singh 3. Below 60 kg —Sunil 1, Sanjay Kumar 2, Rakesh 3. Below 70 kg: Pradeep Kumar 1, Raghvir Singh 2, Arun Kumar 3. above 70 kg —Anshul Arora 1, Rajnish Kumar 2, Rakesh Kumar 3.

Junior Mr Chandigarh; Below 55 kg —Ajay Kumar 1, Sukhdev Singh 2, Amit Walia 3. Below 60 kg—Tejinder Singh 1, Mohinder Pal Gupta 2, Jagpreet Singh 3. Below 65 kg—Rabinder Pal Singh 1, Raj Kumar 2, Alexander 3. Below 70 kg — Pardeep Kumar 1, Raghubir Singh 2, Suresh Kumar 3. Below 75 kg — Mukesh Sagar 1, Anshul Arora 2, Deepak Sehgal 3. Above 75kg — Harpreet Singh 1, DigVijay 2, Amrinder Singh 3.

Handicapped Mr Chandigarh: Rajpreet Singh 1, Neetu Kumar 2, Manoj 3.

Cycling championship

Parmod Singh pedalled to glory in the Chandigarh Mountain Bike Cycling championships for senior, junior and sub-junior boys and girls section at the Kaimbala slopes, Sukhna Lake, here today. More than 100 cyclists took part in the championships. Results — Point to point time trial: men — Parmod Singh 1, Ajit Singh 2, Pritam Pal Singh 3. girls under-18: Ashi 1, Nehchal 2, Gurnoor Kang 3. junior boys under-18 yrs: Sudarshan Singh 1, Akashdeep S Dhillon 2, Jasoor Singh 3. boys under-16: Gaganbir Singh 1, Amanpreet Singh 2, Deepinder Singh 3. Lap cross-country massed start race: men — Ajit Singh 1, Parmod Singh 2, Ajay Trehan 3.

UT cricket team

A 16-member UT cricket team has been selected to take part in the Vinoo Mankad Cricket Trophy to be held at Berhampur (West Bengal) from January 16 to 20. The team is: Raj Angad Singh, Karan Kharwal, Gaurav Gambhir, Samandeep Singh, Simranjeet Sidhu, Nitin Rathi, Arunrai, Abhishek Munjal, Prashant Bahuguna, Narinder Khokhar, Sumit Kamboj, Gurkirat Singh, Anupreet Singh, Harjeet Singh, Naresh Kumar and Varinder Kumar. Standbyes: Vijay Kumar, S.S. Batnala and Sumit Orhi.


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