Monday, April 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Society for health tourism
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
A resolution to set up a society for the promotion of ayurveda and health tourism projects in North India, was passed during the seminar on “Indian Systems of Medicines and Health Tourism” held here today. Mr D.S. Jaspal, Secretary, Punjab Government, will be the first president of the society and Dr S.S. Savrikar, Adviser, Indian System of Medicines & Homoeopathy, Union Ministry of Health, Government of India, was appointed patron.

The seminar, part of a “Arogya”, a seminar cum Expo of Indian systems of medicine and health, was organised by the Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends (ITFT) under the aegis of Union Ministry of Health, GOI, Chandigarh Tourism Department and the CITCO. It supported the view that there was an immense potential of health tourism in the region.

Moving the resolution, Mr B.K. Srivastava, Secretary, Punjab said that the society would have representatives from the governments of northern states. The ITFT will be the nodal agency for planning, developing feasibility studies and providing secretarial services to the society.

Inaugurating the seminar, Dr S S Savrikar stressed on the need to improve infrastructure in the existing ayurvedic colleges in the country. He said that herbal gardens should be developed, Panchkarma, yoga and health food should be introduced in the tourism complexes, adding that both short term and need based health tourism packages should be offered to both domestic and international tourists.

Mr S.P. Singh, Special Secretary Tourism, Chandigarh Administration, highlighted the potential of the city to be promoted as a health tourism destination. He invited private sector to set up health tourism ventures in Chandigarh and assured help. He also added that there was a proposal to introduce health tourism facilities in CITCO ventures.

Mr S.P. Thakur, Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Corporation, informed that Morni Hills was suitable for a health tourism resort. He also said that facilities for health tourism would also be introduced in the Suraj Kund complex.

Others, who spoke were, Dr Pradeep Nagrath, MD, Pentovox India Ltd, Dr R. Vatsyayan of Sanjivni, Dr Sanjeev Sood, Head, Department of Panchkarma, Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar, Dr (Mrs) Surinder Katoch, ayurvedic physician & consultant, Dr M.L. Gulati, Assistant Director, Chandigarh Administration, Dr Gayanendra Pandey, Assistant Director, Ayurveda, CCRAS, Government of India, Dr Rakesh Pandit, OSD, Department of Ayurveda, Himachal Pradesh, Dr Anis Ansari, Adviser (Unani), CCRUM, Government of India and Dr Pema Dorji, Professor, Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute, Dharamsala.

Mr K.P. Sinha, Associate Editor, The Tribune, chaired the session. Summing up the proceedings, he lauded the efforts of the ITFT-Chandigarh and Chandigarh Tourism Department for organising the seminar.

A demonstration of yoga and panchkarma was also given by students of the local Shri Dhanvantri Ayurveda College.

An EXPO has also been organised on the lawns of Hotel Shivalik View for three days leading ayurvedic, unani and Tibetan doctors are giving free consultancy.



Conference of cardiologists
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
Cardiologists from the country’s premier institutions will converge on the city on April 7 to address doctors at the CME being organised by the Prime Academic Society.

Dr U.P. Singh, Managing Director of the Prime Diagnostic Centre and Heart Institute, said the CME would address issues of the latest advances in cardiac care and management of cardiac problems.

Nearly 400 medical practitioners from the region will participate in the CME.

Dr Naresh Trehan, Executive Director, Escorts Heart Institute, Dr T.S. Kler of Escorts Heart Institute, Dr S.C. Manchanda, Head of the Cardiology Department, AIIMS, Delhi, Dr Pardeep Jain, Apollo Hospital, Delhi, Dr K.K. Sethi, Head of the Cardiology Department, Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, Dr H.K. Bali of PGIMER, Chandigarh, among others, shall address the conference at Hotel Shivalikview.



Revat steals the show at motocross
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 31
Revat Dhillon, who resides in the USA and has come especially for this event, today stole the limelight in the Servo Super Cross held at Circus Grounds, Sector 17. Dhillon’s superb performance on his RM-125 Suzuki mobike had the spectators, both in the pavilion and all along the track, on the edge of their seats. Enthusiasm was at its peak even as trails of dust cloud reduced the visibility.

The performance of the riders was adjudged on the basis of hurdles such as 12 double jumps and one table top. Dhillon’s last attempt got cheers from the crowd. Revat, who is into motocross for the past one and half decade, said the event had given him a chance to prepare for the forthcoming MRF rally.

The competitions were held in open class (for foreign motor-cycles), expert class (for those who have graduated from club man class), club man open and club man local class—the last two categories being novice class.

The one-day event was sponsored by Indian Oil Corporation Limited. Mr DC Daga, General Manager, IOC, was the chief guest, while Mr Vaid gave away the prizes. Mr Shashi Garcha, president of the Chandigarh Motor Sport Association, said the meet had given exposure to local riders and created awareness in the city and region, as many top riders from the country took part in the event.

Results: Open class: Revat Dhillon (USA) 1, Sanjeev Sankla (Rajasthan) 2, Parduman Singh (Rajasthan) 3. Expert class: Parduman Singh (Rajasthan) 1, Rehan Khan (Delhi) 2, Allen Sequire 3.

Club Man class: A. De Silva (Goa) 1, Sabee Malik (Delhi) 2, Alen (Goa) 3.

Local class (from Chandigarh): Gurmeet Singh 1, Ajay Mohan 2, Karanbir Singh 3.

UTCA holds general meeting

Kapil Dev, general secretary, UT Cricket Association, at the annual general meeting of the association in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Kapil Dev, general secretary, UT Cricket Association, at the annual general meeting of the association in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune Photograph

The annual general meeting of the UT Cricket Association was held here today at the PWD Inspection Bungalow, Sector 19. Former Indian Captain Kapil Dev also took part in the meeting.

Kapil, who is also the general secretary of the association, said an invitational cricket tournament will be staged by the end of this year to boost cricket in the city. He stressed on the need for promoting cricket by giving exposure to boys from the city. Mr S.S. Bawa, secretary, read out the annual report of the club.


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