Tuesday, January 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Don’t avoid stress, manage it: experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
Modern lifestyle, increasing demands of profession, a lack of security in the times of recession and uncertain socio-political environment are some of the factors responsible for stress in life. More than 70 per cent of the patients who visit general practitioners suffer from stress that causes hypertension, diabetes, and various other problems of the heart and the digestive system.

“As the stress cannot be avoided, the best way is to manage it,” said Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, Professor of cardiology in the local Hero DMC Heart Institute here, in his lecture on stress management organised by the Ludhiana Management Association.

To the gathering comprising leading industrialists, managers, academicians, besides students, Dr Wander said, “The art of stress management is to keep yourself at a level of stimulation that is healthy and enjoyable. No doubt, life without stimulus is dull and boring, but life with too much of stimulus becomes unpleasant and tiring, which may damage one’s health, thereby interfering with one’s ability to perform effectively.”

He said the problem of stress was not limited to only urban areas, but even young brides in rural areas, who had to make a lot of effort to adjust with their in-laws, were showing signs of stress.

The increasing number of suicides among farmers and students was also a sign of increasing stress among all sections of society. Stress management, he said, had developed as a million-dollar industry today. “Though a lot of literature on the subject is available in the market and on the Internet, a simple way to cope up with stress is to live a balanced life. Techniques of time management, yoga, meditation, physical exercises, massage, acupuncture, controlled breathing pattern, games, laughter and positive thinking are some of the stress-busters,” said Dr Wander.

Earlier, introducing the subject, Mr V.K. Goyal, General Secretary of the LMA, talked about the difference between stress reduction and stress management. He said, “Our goal should be not to totally eliminate stress, but to learn how to manage it and use it to one’s advantage.”

In his presidential address, Dr M.A. Zahir, Dean College of Basic Sciences, said most of persons were not even ready to admit that their life was full of stress.

One way to handle this modern disease was to accept it and build social network to handle it, he said.


Health camp at Humbran village
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 14
A health camp for heart, chest and bone diseases was organised at Humbran village by Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and Hero DMC Heart Institute. About 400 persons attended the camp.

The camp was organised by the Department of Community Medicine in collaboration with Kaushalya Devi Pahwa Charitable Hospital and Bharti System, Humbran. This was the eighth camp in a series of camps being organised by the Department of Community Medicine, DMC, in the past two years.

Mr S.L. Pahwa, chairman, Avon Industries, was the chief guest and inaugurated the camp. A booklet on health education was released by Mr Balraj Kumar, vice-president, managing society, DMCH, for prevention of various diseases. Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, M.K. Bharti Enterprises, helped in organising the camp and provided medicines free of cost. A brochure was also released for prevention of heart diseases, especially developed by Hero DMC Heart Institute.

The camp was organised under the guidance of Dr V. Mohan, Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, DMCH. According to Dr Mohan, the camp was organised to bring about awareness among the villagers regarding cardiac, chest and bone diseases. He emphasised that heart diseases were increasing in the country and were assuming epidemic proportions.

On the other hand, in developed countries like the USA, heart diseases were already being brought under control. So this camp had been held to bring about on awareness among the patients and laboratory tests like blood tests, ECG, X-Rays were also done, free of cost.

Senior professors and consultants from Departments of Orthopedic and Chest diseases, DMCH, examined the patients. More than 100 patients were examined at the cardiac camp by Dr V.M. Kohli, Chief Cardiac Surgeon, Dr G.S. Wander, Chief Cardiologist, Hero DMC Heart Institute.

About 300 patients were examined by Dr J.L. Bassi, Professor and Administration Chief, Department of Orthopedics. Dr J. Whig, Professor, Department of Chest, also examined the patients. Around 100 lab investigations and X-rays were also done, free of cost. Mr Prem Nath Gupta presided over the function and stressed the need for prevention of various diseases.


PAU to honour top athletes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
Punjab Agricultural University will give cash awards to athletes, who attain top three positions in the Annual Athletics Meet of the university scheduled to be held on February 20 and 21.

The best athlete will be given a cash award of Rs 5,000, while the athletes attaining second and third positions will be given cash award of Rs 3,000 and Rs 1,000, respectively.

Sports festival

Mata Sahib Kaur Gold Cup Hockey Tournament and Bibi Surjit Kaur Memorial Siver Cup Kabaddi Tournament will be the main features of the 16th Annual Sports Festival being organised by the Sports Club, Jarkhar, from January 19 to 21 at Jarkhar, village about 25 km from here.

Giving this information, Mr Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, chairman of the club, said in the 3-day sports festival, apart from hockey and kabaddi, competitions in volleyball, tug of war, dog races will be held. Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, Punjab, will inaugurate the festival and Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister and President, Punjab Olympics Association, will distribute prizes on the concluding day.


Plan to combat pollution
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 14
The ongoing project of the Sutlej Action Plan (SAP), when completed by the end of 2003 at an estimated cost of Rs 164 crore for Ludhiana component, will not only save the Sutlej from pollution, but will combat underground water pollution in the city, in addition to providing treated sewerage for irrigation of more than 27,500 acres, with almost 50 trolleys of dried sludge to be used as manure every day and producing around 1650 KW of power through generating sets to meet 30 to 40 per cent energy requirement of the three sewage treatment plants being set up around the city.

The Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Mr R.L. Kalsia, told Ludhiana Tribune that the Government of India sponsored project, sanctioned in 1995, was delayed for quite some time due to several reasons, but work was on in full swing now. The main feature of the project was to treat the waste water of the city, falling into Budha Nullah, which finally reached Sutlej river.

Mr Kalsia, accompanied by Mr S.K. Sharma, MC Additional Commissioner, Mr Subhash Dua, Superintending Engineer (O and M), and senior officials of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, had recently visited the three sites for the proposed sewage treatment plants under the project.

He informed that the plants and main pumping stations were being set up at Balloke, Bhattian and Jamalpur, for which 130 acres, 90 acres and 40 acres, respectively had already been acquired and construction work for stations had commenced. All STPs were based on upflow anaerobic sludge blanket technology, which having been used in Ganga Action Plan and Yamuna Action Plan, had proved to be most suitable and cost effective. The STPs were also being designed with modular approach and capacity could be enhanced in future by addition of required modules.

According to Mr Kalsia, the treated sewage from the STPs at Balloke, Bhattian and Jamalpur would be available for 19,000, 14,000 and 4,500 acres, respectively, and biogas produced from these plants would be used to run duel fuel engine generating sets to meet between 30 to 40 per cent energy need to the extent of 2000, 2000 and 750 KW. Significant quantity of dried sludge from the sludge drawing beds could be used as manure in the fields.

Under the Ludhiana component of SAP, it was proposed to provide 57” outfall sewer from Chandigarh Road to STP across Budha Nulla at Jamalpur, 96” outfall sewer on G.T. Road to STP at Bhattian and 96” outfall sewer from Haibowal Dairy Complex area to STP at Balloke. Most of the sewer lines having already been laid, this part of the project was expected to be completed by March 2002, Mr Kalsia asserted.


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