Saturday, June 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Ways to prevent and cure food poisoning

FOOD poisoning cases usually increase in the summer and rainy seasons. Many people are sensitive to certain foods and suffer a food allergy. The usual symptoms of food poisoning are nausea, severe vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain coming on from four to 30 hours after eating the infected food. To these may be added double vision, muscle weakness, headache, cold sweats, prostration, collapse and rarely death. These are the symptoms of a severe intestinal infection, which is what food poisoning usually is.

Food poisoning is caused by bacteria that grow in food that is not handled properly. Bacteria can grow rapidly when certain foods, especially meat and dairy products, are not prepared carefully or left at temperatures between 40°C and 140°C.

The bacteria produce a poison that causes an acute inflammation of the intestines. Bacteria that survive the canning process may grow and produce toxin in the jar.

Most of the food poisoning occurs when cold cuts, dressing, sauces and other food get too warm at parties. The germ or microbe that causes it usually belongs to the group called Salmonella, though staphylococci.

Prevention and general remedies:-

— Wash your hands, cutting boards and outer tops frequently. After handling raw meat, wash your hands and utensils before preparing other foods. Do not eat meat, dressing salads or other foods that have been kept for more than two hours between 34°C and 40°C.

— Keep party foods on ice. Do not eat raw eggs or sauces made with raw eggs.

— Discard any cans or jars with bulging lids or leaks.

— When you eat out, avoid rare and uncooked meat. Eat salad bar and deli items before they get warm.

— The most important thing to remember in treating food poisoning is that an inflamed stomach tends to go into spasm when stretched, resulting in vomiting. Consequently, if you are vomiting and take anything by mouth, it should be in very small quantities at frequent intervals.

— Do not consume any milk or dairy products during and for at least 72 hours after an episode of food poisoning. Take frequent small sips of barley or rice water, salted lime juice. Once you feel ready to eat, start slowly with easily digested foods such as mashed bananas, bread toast and diluted juices.

— Take ginger tea thrice daily. It helps to stop nausea and cleanse the digestive tract as well as providing fluids.

— When reheating soups, sauces and gravies, bring them to a rapid boil, if possible, cook for at least four minutes.

— Take Lavanbhaskar powder 1 tablespoon, twice daily with lime water. — Dr Anil Dheer



Students given tips on skin care
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 14
Students of Arclights, the academy of modelling and applied arts, had an opportunity to discuss various skin related problems with well-known Skin Specialist and Cosmetologist Dr Maleeka Sachdeva, during an interactive talk organised by the academy in Sector 34 here today.

The aspiring models, who are being groomed by the academy, asked about various hormone and environment related problems during the one-on-one interaction with Dr Sachdeva.

Explaining the structure of skin in a scientific manner, Dr Sachdeva talked about various remedies to the problems with an emphasis of the dietary habits.

Talking about sun damage at length which is the most common skin problem, Dr Sachdeva said besides physical protection and chemical protections against the sun, oral protection in form of anti- oxidants have proved successful in combating the problem.

Natural sources of anti-oxidants like fish, eggs, yellow vegetables if taken in adequate quantity can be helpful for avoiding damage due to Sun, she said.



Drug-coated stent implant at Fortis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Fortis Heart Institute, SAS Nagar, has claimed in a press note that a world class procedure involving the use of new drug-coated stents in heart patients has been performed for the first time in the region at the institute.

According to Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalra, Senior Consultant, Invasive Cardiology at the hospital, the drug-coated stents not only prop open the blocked artery but also deliver drugs to the site of blockage in an effort to keep the vessel open. A 61-year-old heart patient was recently operated upon at the institute and such a stent was implanted successfully.

However, sources in the PGI state that drug-coated stents have already been used in two operations in the PGI on June 6, 2002 and chances are that the Fortis is the first private hospital in the region to use such stents.



Taskeen bags under-14 title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, June 14
It was 13-year-old Taskeen Bains, a class VII student of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, here, whose superb game play on the Deco-Turf courts in the AITA junior tennis final was a treat to watch for everyone present at Tennis Stadium, Sector 10. Taskeen bagged the under-14 title and remained runners-up in the under-16 section which went in favour of Neha Singh. Among boys, the under-14 title was grabbed by Gursher Singh Harika of Chandigarh while the under-16 title captured by another local boy, Jitin Bishnoi. Mr M. Ramsekhar, Deputy Commissioner and secretary of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, awarded cash prizes to the winners at the prize distribution function held in the evening.

Taskeen played in the under-14 final and defeated Delhi girl Anukriti Prasad in straight sets. Taskeen with her offensive approach and strong temperament was good in every department of the game.

In the under -16 final played in the evening, it was Neha versus Taskeen which kept the spectators on tenterhooks. After easily taking over the first set at 6-3, the second set saw Taskeen bouncing back and catching Neha, her senior, on the wrong foot. Neha otherwise played a cool game even when she was put under pressure while playing against her junior. The best part of the match was the spirit shown by Taskeen in putting her opponent at odds like good serve, volleys and what not. The set went into a tie breaker at 6-6, nobody could guess who will win the set. Finally, it was Neha, daughter of senior UT Sports Department tennis coach Baldev Singh, who finished the set at 7-6 (3).

The under-14 boys’ final played between Gursher Harika and Vijayant Malik, saw good fight put up by Malik, but Gursher disposed of Vijayant in straight sets at 6-3, 6-4. The second boys’ final tie was held in the under-16 section when Sanam Krishan Singh could not put up a valiant fight against Jitin Bishnoi and went down 6-0, 6-3.

Results: all finals — girls: under14: Taskeen Bains (Chandigarh) b Anukriti Prasad (Delhi) 6-2, 6-3. Under 16: Neha Singh (Chandigarh) b Taskeen Bains (Chandigarh) 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Boys: under-14: Gursher Singh Harika (Chandigarh) b Vijayant Malik (Chandigarh) 6-3, 6-4. Under 16: Jitin Bishnoi (Chandigarh) b Sanam Krishan Singh (Chandigarh) 6-0, 6-3.

Test of local shooters

Three local shooters, including Sabeeha Dhillon and Chetanpreet among girls and Abhinav Bindra among boys will be representing India in various international shooting competitions in the Air Rifle event. According to a release of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), Indian team will take part in the 12th Olympic meeting, Hopes competitions in Plzen (Czech Republic) from June 14 to 16, followed by World championships in Lahiti (Finland) from July 2 to 16 and Commonwealth games in shooting to be held in Bisley (England) from July 25 to August 2.

Olympian Abhinav Bindra will take part in world championships in Finland and then move to Bisley for Commowealth games. Abhinav had earlier taken part in world cup meets held in Atlanta (USA) and Milan (Italy). At present Abhinav is among the first 15 top-level world shooters of the world. A 34-member team has been cleared for participation in world championships in Finland which also has city's rising star Chetanpreet in Air Rifle event.

Sabeeha Dhillon had bagged a bronze medal while representing Punjab in the 31st national games in senior section at SAS Nagar last November. She will be spearheading the juniors’ challenge in the Czech republic meet. Last year, she had shot 390/400 in this very meet. She will be in the total 13-member Indian junior rifle and pistol shooting team cleared by the government. She will take part in 10 metre air rifle.

Cricket tourney

Mohali will take on Bhatinda in the final of the Minor District cricket tournament played here today at PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar. In the first semi-final held today, Mohali beat Kapurthala while in the second semi-final played at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Bhatinda got the better of Ropar. The finals will be played on June 15 and 16 at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8.

Carrom tournament

The fifth Raj Kumar Babuta memorial prize money carrom ranking tournament will be held at St Stephen's school, Sector 45, from June 29 to July 1. According to Mr Mahesh Sekhri, general secretary of the Chandigarh Carrom Association, the tournament will be played in men and women singles. Entries close with Mr K.S. Patwal at 593-A, Sector 32-A, Chandigarh, on June 24, phone (665949).

Kabbadi tournament

In the 23rd all-India inter state electricity board kabbadi tournament held at Power Colony, Sector 15, Panchkula on Friday. Haryana Power Sports Group Kabbadi Team defeated Andhra Pradesh by 40-07. In the second match, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board defeated Madhya Pardesh Electricity Board by 32-12 points. In the third match HPSEB defeated Andhra Pardesh Transco Kabbadi team by 53-07 points. In the fourth and final match Maharashtra State Electricity Board defeated Karnataka State Electricity Board by 56-36 points.

Judo coaching camp

The Ambala District Judo Association is going to hold the third free summer judo coaching camp from Saturday. Additional Deputy Commissioner Mahinder Kumar said the camp would be held at the Community Centre, Subhash Colony. Youngsters would be imparted training in judo at the camp. 



MC to focus on roads, parking lots
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Road Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh here yesterday decided to charge money for use of its machinery by the Chandigarh Administration and other departments of the corporation to make up for Rs 65 lakh maintenance expenditure.

The committee, at its meeting chaired by Mr Pardeep Chhabra, took note of Sanitation Committee Chairman B.R. Verma’s letter asking for a machine from the Engineering Department for clearing the debris on payment.

The committee favoured the user-has-to-pay principle to focus more on roads and parking lots. It decided to allocate Rs 9.5 lakh for the development of the parking lot in the cremation ground in Sector 25.

The committee focused on the improvement of parking lots in Sectors 37, 40, 36-D, and Karsan Colony. It also allocated amounts for improving markets in remote areas.

A sum of Rs 1.81 lakh was sanctioned for the road adjoining houses number 200 to 264, Rs 2.77 lakh for parking space in booths number 193 to 203 in Sector 36-D, Rs 8.25 lakh in Sectors 23-A, B and D, Rs 5.73 for parking lots on both sides of the green belt in Sector 38-A and B.

It sanctioned Rs 4.4 lakh for the V-4 road in Sector 16, Rs 3.9 lakh for a V-4 road in Sector 21, Rs. 8.18 lakh for V-6 roads in Sector 23-B, Rs 1.6 lakh for the parking lot of the shopping complex of Sector 34-C, Rs 9.76 for various parking lots in Sector 37 shopping complex, Rs 9.53 lakh for parking lots in shopping complexes in 38-C and D, Rs 4.45 lakh for paving streets along Sector 40 EWS houses, Rs 9 lakh for V-4 road parking lots in Sector 40 C and D shopping complexes.

The committee sanctioned Rs 1.52 lakh for tiling in Sector 47-D, Rs 5.91 lakh for various parking lots in Karsan Colony, Rs 4 lakh for paving shopping centres in 27 C and D, Rs 6.25 lakh for pavement in Sector 28-C shopping centre, Rs 3 lakh for parking lots of Sector 32 C and D shopping area with an additional Rs 8.19 lakh.



Tax returns to be filed at YMCA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Income Tax Department will make special arrangements for the filing of returns from July 10 at the YMCA, Sector 11.

The department is already receiving returns at its offices in Sector 17. The arrangements at the YMCA have been made considering the availability of parking space especially during the last week of July when most of the people file returns. Last year the department had made arrangements at Jat Bhawan.

The Commissioner, Income Tax, Mr Ashwini Luthra, asked assessees to get their Permanent Account Numbers (PAN) numbers before the last date of filing of returns as from this year returns will not be received without PAN.

Till last year, the department was allowing the receipt of returns along with the application for the allotment of PAN.

Last year, 88 per cent of the assessees had quoted PAN and there would not be any problem in issuing the number in the remaining period, he said.

The department had observed a fortnight recently to allot PAN numbers to enable people the file to their returns with ease.

The chances of seeing long queues are still there as there have not been many takers for the new scheme announced in the Union Budget.

The scheme envisaged that employees could file their returns with their employers who could deposit them with the department in bulk.

The details of the arrangements were being worked out by senior officials of the department, Mr Luthra said.

He advised the new assessees covered under the 1 by 6 scheme to get their PAN immediately as the department would like to expeditiously issue the PAN to these people.

The perquisites of those getting emoluments less than one lakh will, however, not be added to the salary of an assessee, Mr Luthra clarified.



UT orders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , June 14
The Chandigarh Administration today issued orders that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chandigarh Housing Board will act as Chief Administrator for transfer of all leasehold properties of CHB into freehold. Meanwhile, the Secretary, CHB, will enjoy powers of the Estate Officer with respect to transfer of CHB properties.


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