Tuesday, June 11, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Younger patients have a better chance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Lip biting, nail biting and dental diseases can change the way you look...only for the worse. Among the acquired orthodontic problems, for which many city residents are paying through their nose to get treated for, the most common are due to these small irritating habits one gets into. The next most common group are children who were allowed by parents to suck thumb/fingers or pacifiers for long durations.

Explaining some of the other acquired orthodontic problems people suffer from, Dr Gautam Munjal, a city-based orthodontist, stated that trauma or accident, premature loss or over retention of deciduous teeth and nasal way obstruction also caused orthodontic problems.

Catch them young — This was the message given by Dr Munjal to dentists as the earlier the treatment starts the better are the results in case of orthodontic problems.

Dr Munjal was addressing members of the Indian Dental Association, Mohali branch at their annual scientific meet held here, yesterday.

Stating that traditionally and practically orthodontic treatment with fixed appliances is carried out during the early dentition stage, he said the concept is based on the fact that a major part of orthodontic treatment involves movement of teeth to correct the malocclusion.

With increasing awareness among the patients and the dentists and the willingness of the orthodontists to provide early intervention results of the orthodontic treatment can be enhanced.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Munjal informed that in those cases of malocclusion where only dental intervention is required, treatment at any age of the patient can bring satisfactory results but when the malocclusion is skeletal in nature or dento — skeletal in nature, results are time dependent. “The American Association of Orthodontists recommends ortho-screening as early as the age seven year. But the golden period of treatment is between nine to 11 years of age for the patient.”

Cases treated with an early non-surgical intervention have lesser chances of relapse, better stability, better facial harmony, more probability of non-extraction and treatment too is cheaper, convenient and non-invasive. On the other hand, late surgical orthodontic treatment involves orthognathic surgery and associated risk of surgery and anaesthetics and is more expensive, needs prolonged treatment.

Giving a brief list of the various kinds of common orthodontic problems, Dr Munjal said among the two broad groups of hereditary and acquired, tooth size — arch discrepancy extra or missing teeth and irregularities of structure of jaws and teeth were the basic hereditary problems.


Gupta writes to Jacob on CT scan issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
In a letter addressed to the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, ex-Mayor, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, has requested him to ask the GMCH administration to reconsider its decision of allowing a private firm to install a CT scan machine on the hospital premises.

He has termed the decision of the GMCH administration as arbitrary. The financial burden and loss to the government will be much more than the total cost of installing a CT scan machine of its own, he added.

Moreover, the general public, UT employees and others entitled to free treatment would also face problems if the work went into the hands of a private party, he has said.


Manavjit targets gold medal
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, June 10
Arjuna awardee Manavjit Singh, the 1998 commonwealth games, Asian games medalist and a trap event shooter is all set to repeat his past glory but with added determination in the 2002 — Commonwealth Games going to be held at Bisley (England) next month.

In an exclusive interview with The Tribune here last evening, Manavjit, a native of Rattakhera village (Ferozepore), Punjab, however, foresees tough challenge from Michael Diamond of Australia in this event. It may be recalled that Manavjit and Mansher had won medal in the Kuala Lumpur games in 1998 in trap (pair event),

When asked about the clay pigeon range at Bisley, venue of the Commonwealth Games in shooting, Manavjit, an arjuna awardee, said, he had done some shooting at the same venue last year during the Commonwealth shooting championships and had found that each trap range at the venue had a different background. Manavjit said last year, it was his colleague Mansher who was able to win a gold medal in this range. Manavjit expected to score around 190/200 in the trap pair event for these games, as his aim and safe score to win him a medal. Then in the individual trap event, he was hoping to score around 145/150. Manavjit further said in the world cup shooting meet held at Sydney (Australia) last month, he shot 117/120 which was a reasonably good score. In the last national shooting meet, he shot 120/125.

Manavjit practices daily at Tughlakabad range near Delhi and said the tips given by Italian coach Marcello Dradi had helped him. He said Dradi was one of the best coaches and he had prepared himself mentally and technically.

Talking about the support given by government, Manavjit said the Central Government was providing equipment support and other help and he was quite satisfied. On the role of Punjab government, he said the coming up of new range at SAS Nagar during the National Games held in November was a good step. The clay pigeon shooting range was the first of its kind in the region.

Manavjit said it was due to the absence of clay pigeon ranges in this region, that he had to shift his base to Delhi few years back, but he continued to represent his home state, Punjab. He hoped, the new range, if developed further on modern lines, could become one of the finest shooting ranges in the country.

He said it would be a befitting tribute to the state and a boost to this sport in the region, if the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who was himself a clay pigeon shooter, took keen interest to develop the range at SAS Nagar.

On the forthcoming international tournaments, Manavjit said early next month, he would participate in the world championships at Lahiti (Finland), followed by Commonwealth Games in Bisley (UK) from July 25, then the Asian Games at Pusan (Korea) in September.


Another opportunity goes abegging
Sunil Kapoor

Indian cricketers over the years have come to be labelled as tigers on home and lambs on foreign tracks. Writers and commentators have lamented this weakness and wondered. Indian team despite boasting of world class individual performers, like Vijay Merchant, Mushtaq Ali, Vinoo Mankad, Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavashar, Bishan Bedi, Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar have failed to perform abroad. A lot has been written by the cricket pandits and critics to analyse this Indian enigma but till today they have not been able to come up with any solution which might reverse the trend.

The Indian cricket team which had left the shores for the tour of West Indies were expected to end the drought of series win on foreign soil as the West Indian squad was a pale shadow of the brilliant team of mid seventies. But all these hopes were dashed to the ground when the Indian ‘paper tigers’ were tamed by the persevering West Indians under the astute leadership of Carl Hooper who led from the front. A fighting cricket team put it across a bunch of brilliant individual players who once again failed to put up a concerted team effort.

Every now and then the cricket administrators and critics have analysed the causes of each Indian debacle but could not come up with any concrete solution. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is spending a lot of money on imparting coaching to the budding young cricketers all over the country through the National cricket Academy and various zonal academies. They have also woken up to the need of having bouncier tracks for domestic competition, so that the Indian players are not found wanting on the tours abroad while playing on such pitches. All these remedial measures, including appointment of a foreign coach, a foreign physical trainer and a foreign physio, have not been able to turn the corner for Indian cricket, so far as the team’s performance on foreign soil is concerned. There is no denying the fact that India has some of the world’s top individual cricketers but they always fail to perform as a team in crunch situations.

India’s middle order consisting of world’s number one batman Sachin Tendulkar, reliable and technically sound Rahul Dravid, the attacking south paw Saurav Ganguly and a consistent V.V.S. Laxman does compare favourable with the best middle order combination of the reigning world champions Australia. While on home turfs Indians are no pushovers but during battles abroad in England, Australia, West Indies and South Africa they develop cold feet. The Indian team psyche has to be stirred for a concerted team effort instead of individual brilliance. Each of the eleven players has to come good together to register a victory. A few loose strings can eventually bring to a naught the brilliance to some of their other colleagues. The hype created by print and electronic media about the international cricket matches involving India has brought the game into sharp focus of an average Indian who defers his other engagements to be near the scene of cricketing activity and every Indian dismal performance is taken as a national dishonour.

Indian cricket administrators should show more faith in the chosen players and they should not be selected and then tossed out of reckoning without giving them adequate opportunity to prove their worth. Such goings-on in the selection process prove a deterrent not only for an individual but also the team. If the Indian cricket has to look for a revival then a relative long-term plan is needed to build a team rather than prop up a few brilliant individual players. The team spirit is built around mutual interest and admiration which can only come when the chosen players are sure that they are there for a couple of seasons to blend into a winning combination. Other cricketing countries are sticking to this policy which is paying rich dividends. Let us hope that the West Indian safari was the last missed opportunity of a win abroad and that the Indian team turns round a corner during their forthcoming tour of England.


Alpit, Simranjeet move into second round
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, June 10
Alipt Sandhu in girls under-16 section and Simranjeet Singh Cheema in boys under-16 section sailed into the second round of the main draw of the AITA North Zone Ranking Tennis Tournament, played here today at the Tennis Stadium, in Sector 10.

The other winners in the boys under-14 section included Gursher Harika (Chd), Vikas Chouhan (Har), Kuldeep Chugh (Pb), Puneet Kumar (UP), Kinshuk Sharma (Chd), Jai Vinod (Chd), Yuki Bhambri (Delhi), Deepinder Singh (Chd), Ankit Sachdeva (Delhi), Vijayant Malik (Chd), Kush Jaga (Delhi), Navinder Pal Singh (Pb), Ashwin Prakash (UP), Simerveer Singh (Chd), Chandril Sood (Delhi), Uday Punia (Chd).

In the girls under-14 section, those making it to the second round were Anukriti Prasad (Delhi), Inayat Khosla (Chd), Megha Rao (Delhi), Samera Sharma (Delhi), Nikunj Kamal (Delhi), Ujala Joshi (Chd), Mehak (Chd), Amrita Seth (Delhi), Shubhneet Sandhu (Pb), Noor Paul (Chd), Khyati Thakur (Delhi); Vrinda Kapoor (Delhi), Jilke Nelord (Delhi), Monika Menon (Delhi), Taskeen Bains (Chd) and Sweta Kumari (Delhi).

In the under-16 section for boys, those entering the next round were, Gursher Harika, Gurdit Singh, Sandeep Kumar, Jitin Bishnoi, Sahil Yasudhera, Preetam Jassi, Nitish Raj, Sanam K Singh, Rajiv Yadav, Kushagra Mahajan, Prateek Tyagi, Abhinav Grover, Harneet Singh, Simranjeet Cheema, Rohit Choudhary and Paras Thakur.

In the girls section, the today’s winners of first round were, Neha Singh, Navjot Saini, Alisha Talwar, Anukriti Prasad, Simer, Mahima Singh, Taskeen Bains, Shubneet Sandhu, Nikunj Kamal, Garima Vatwani, Amrita Seth, Alipt Sandhu, Isha Toor, Monika Menon, Bahar Paul and Dhana Shri.

Skating carnival: A two-day skating carnival will be organised by the Rollerbones, a roller-skating club, on June 22 and 23 at the skating rink in Sector 10. Mr Hardev Singh Ranauta, secretary of the club, said the competitions will be held in speed skating, artistic and roller-hockey events. The event will be marked by entertainment games like fancy dress, balloon-bursting, musical chairs, tug-of-war, obstacle race etc. A demonstration match between Indian roller hockey team and Rollerbones XI will also be the highlight of the event.

NOMINATED: The office-bearers of the Ambala District Amateur Body Building Association were nominated today: President — Mr Rajinder Sharma; vice-presidents — Mr S.K. Mahant and Mr Maninder Singh; general secretary — Mr O.P. Chaurasia, assistant secretary — Mr P.K. Ghai; assistant general secretary — Mr Sonu; cashier — Mr Nathu Ram; organising secretaries — Mr Gurmeet Singh and Dr Jagdish Singh.


Chief Commissioner of IT takes over
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Ms Hardeep Kaur, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCIT), Panchkula, has taken over as the CCIT Chandigarh.

Ms Baljit Bains, the CCIT, Jodhpur has replaced Ms Hardeep Kaur in Panchkula.

The change-over has relieved the Director General of Investigations, North West Region, Mr C.K. Vohra, of the additional charge of CCIT, Chandigarh.

Mr Vohra will now solely concentrate on his earlier responsibility of Director General Investigation. Ms Baljit Bains has also taken over her new charge in Panchkula.

Ms Hardeep Kaur will superwise the large chunk of filing of returns during her nearly four-month tenure before her retirement in September.

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