Sunday, June 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Exploring Kamasutra beyond sex
Tripti Nath

THE Institute of Natural & Modern Cosmetech, a Faridabad-based research and development organisation (for cosmetics) approved by the government, has recently developed a range of herbal cosmetics based on the recipes scripted by Rishi Vatsyayana in Kamasutra, a classic Hindu treatise on love and sex.

The development of this technology for Messers Radico was preceded by nearly three years of research by a Delhi-based scientist couple, Shyam and Harinder Arya (who took over the laboratory in 1994) and their team of botanists and pharmacognists.

The Institute's participation at the Technology pavilion at the International Trade Fair last November was noticed by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).

Representatives of Messers Radico are away to California to display a range of these cosmetics at Market Place, an exposition organised by National Association of Chain Drug Stores from June 16 to 19.

According to Shyam Arya, Director of the Institute and former Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Bio-Chemical Technology, CSIR, "Nobody in the World has made use of the beauty recipes, which find a mention in Kamasutra under the head `Beauty Occult.' We have used herbs mentioned by Rishi Vatsyayana. These include Padma (Nelumbo Nicifera), Utpala (Nymphaen Stellata) and Nagkesar (Messua Ferrea). According to the Occult, "The cosmetics made from the recipes are sure to bring good fortune with good looks. The range of herbal products developed on the basis of these recipes include skin creams, body oil, beauty lotion, astringent, hair oil, eye liner, Surma, bath herbs, perfumes and dental paste."

Shyam Arya said that Rishi Vatsyayana was the first in the world to recognise cosmetics as a science. The Egyptians, Europeans and Romans took it up as a cultural product.''

The institute has also assisted Delhi Govt in developing Herbal Holi colours.

Vaccination launched

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee recently launched the Hepatitis-B pilot vaccination project. The government has decided to include Hepatitis-B vaccine in the National Immunisation Programme on a pilot basis in slums in 14 cities and 32 districts.

The Prime Minister expressed concern that 45 per cent of children in the country do not get immunised with all the six basic vaccines and 14 per cent of children do not receive any immunisation at all. According to the Union Health Minister, auto-disable syringes will be used in all the injectable immunisation in the aforesaid cities and States.

These syringes cannot be used after a single injection. The pilot project will provide Hepatitis B vaccination to about two million infants. To ensure maximum coverage, three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine will be administered to infants when they come for routine immunisation for DPT (Deptheria, Pertussis and Whooping cough) at 6, 10 and 14 weeks (age) respectively. This dispensation will avoid extra visits for Hepatitis B immunisation. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) is providing support through commodity assistance to the government for the Hepatitis B Pilot Project.

Show on reflexology

Mr Dharam Prakash, Consultant reflexologist with Healing Hands, a holistic healing centre in Yashwant Place, has been invited by Panchsheel Club to hold a demonstration on reflexology on Sunday forenoon.

According to the Director, Healing Hands, Satish Kapoor, members of the club will get an opportunity to experience reflexology for various ailments during the session scheduled to start at 11 am. Mr Prakash was introduced to the basics of reflexology as propounded by Eunice Ingham, by a reflexologist.

In the last 12 years, he has conducted intensive research while treating over a thousand patients suffering from chronic diseases. Convinced of the merits of reflexology in treating arthritis, spondylitis, joint pains, migraine, allergies, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and a host of ailments, Dharam Prakash says that a patient can get relief in less than 15 sittings. He said that the reflexologist does the job of a plumber and a cleaner by dislodging toxins from the affected area and activates the flow of energy there. Reflexology works on the principle that each organ of the body is connected to foot.

The practitioner applies a massage-like pressure with fingers and thumbs on various points on the feet and other points without touching the affected parts. The treatment is simple and can be administered without using any machines, medicines, oils or herbs. Healing Hands has earlier organised free reflexology sessions, sponsored by Rotary Club and a national daily to create awareness about holistic healing.

New Scientific Officer

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories appointed Dr Uday Saxena as the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the company. Former President and CEO of Reddy US Therapeutisc Inc. (Reddy US), a biopharmaceutical company and subsidiary of Dr Reddy’s based in Atlanata, US, Dr Saxena will now oversee global R&D activities of Dr Reddy’s. Dr Saxena has been in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry for more than a decade. Before joining Dr Reddy’s in early 2000, he held key positions at AtheroGenics Inc., a public traded biopharmaceutical company located in Alpharetta, Georgia and Parke-Davis Research Division, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is credited with several patents related to cardiovascular diseases and inflammation. He is on the editorial board of two drug discovery related journals.

Vision surgery

Former consultant ophthalmologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Dr Mahipal Sachdev and MD of Bausch and Lomb, Eyecare India Pvt Ltd, J. P. Singh, showing a Zyoptix machine.
Former consultant ophthalmologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Dr Mahipal Sachdev and MD of Bausch and Lomb, Eyecare India Pvt Ltd, J. P. Singh, showing a Zyoptix machine.

The Centre for Sight in South Delhi run by Dr Mahipal S. Sachdev, former Consultant Ophthalmologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital brings goods news for persons who need vision correction surgery. Dr Sachdev's clinic is the first in the Capital to offer Zyoptix, a revolutionary surgical technique developed by Baush & Lomb Eyecare (Pvt.) Limited. In the last one year, the Zyoptix machine has been installed in Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Jalandhar, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

According to Mr J. P Singh, Managing Director of Baush and Lomb Eyecare (Pvt.) Limited, the Zyoptix machine comprising Orbscan and Zywave is priced at Rs 2 crore. "The Zyoptix technology is an upgraded version of Lasik surgery (developed by Baush and Lomb).

We have got encouraging response from all the eye care institutes and private practitioners who are using it. Correcting vision of both eyes costs about Rs 35,000. While Lasik corrects the cylindrical and spherical power of the eyes, Zyoptix picks up higher order aberrations in the eye and sends the message to the laser machine to create a pattern on the eye, which corrects spherical and cylindrical power, and higher order aberrations.

It also provides personalised vision correction for each eye. Just like human fingerprints, no two patterns are alike. Even two eyes of the same pair have varying aberration patterns, a fact that was not recognised by Lasik. The advantages of the Zyoptix procedure are phenomenal. These include better vision (can even be better than normal 20/20, better night vision, greater predictability of the surgical outcome, greater safety and less complications.''

According to Dr Sachdev, Zyoptix is one of the most valuable tools for a surgeon to restore perfect vision to his patients.


Chand Khanna move into Hot Weather Cricket quarters
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 15
Strokeful half centuries by Farman Ahmed (73, 1x6,4x4,99b) and Rajan Gupta (52,1x4,68b) and their 91-run third-wicket partnership helped Chand Khanna

Club beat Dena Bank by 16 runs and entered the quarter-final of the DDCA Hot Weather Cricket Tournament at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the Capital.

Chand Khanna will take on Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) in the quarter-final on June 20 at the Kotla ground.

Padamjeet Sehrawat of Dena Bank, who cracked a brilliant 91 with one six and ten fours off 76 balls, was adjudged the man of the match.

Chand Khanna won the toss and opted to bat. They made 230 for seven and then dismissed Denak Bank for 214 in 39.1 overs. The saving grace for Dena Bank was the knock of Padamjeet Singh.

Scores: Chand Khanna Club: 230 for 7 in 40 overs (Farman Ahmed 73, 1x6, 4x4, 99b; Rajan Gupta 52, 1x4, 68b; K S Rana 27, 2x6, 1x4, 13b; Rajiv Uniyal 22 n o; Vikas Vij 3 for 26; Mahesh Sood 2 for 59).

Dena Bank: 214 all out in 39.1 overs (Padamjeet Sehrawat 91, 1x6, 10x4, 76b; Puneet Bisht 30, 2x4; Mahesh Sood 24, 3x4; Sanjay Sharma 21; Sidharth Verma 3 for 26; Ajit Chandela 3 for 29; K S Rana 2 for 26).

Deadly bowling by Sandeep Angurala (7-1-26-4) and a fine knock of 89 by Gagan Malik helped Rohtak Road Gymkhana beat Citizen Club by nine wickets to enter the quarter-final at the University ground. Rohtak Road Gymkhana will take on Super Star Club in the quarter-final on June 18 at the Kotla ground.

Gagan Malik was declared the man of the match. Openers Gagan Malik and Chetan Sharma put on 138 runs. RR Gymkhana won the toss and opted to field.

Scores: Citizen Club: 138 all out in 36.3 overs (Jitender Gulia 63, 6x4; Sandeep Angurala 4 for 26; Chetan Sharma 2 for 20; Ankur Garg 2 for 22).

Rohtak Road Gymkhana: 142 for one wicket in 22.4 overs (Gagan Malik 89, 1x6, 13x4, 70b; Chetan Sharma 39 n o, 3x4, 59b; Deepak Sharma 4 n o).



Uma Bharti to feature on ESPN
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 15
Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Uma Bharti will feature in the Harsha Online programme on ESPN Star Sports on June 17. The programme will be telecast at 10.30 pm. The Harsha Online programme is an interactive one-hour capsule, which brings on focus the “Who’s Who” of sports. Sports lovers will have a treat on store when the irrepressible Union Minister appears in the programme.

Dial 9628-400-400 to get up close and even personal to this special guest who has been known for her ability to call a spade a spade.

Kick-Boxing championship

Assam Rifles Kick-Boxing team won the eighth Kick-Boxing Full Contact Championship held at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai. This was stated in the Capital by president of the Delhi Taekwondo and Kick Boxing Association (DTKBA) president Anil Sharma.

He said Praveen Luxary, captain of the Delhi team, lifted an individual gold medal. DTKBA chairman Adarsh K Bhalla congratulated the team for their excellent performance. The members of the team who won medals were Vimal Chandra (fin weight, gold), Vittoo Singh (fly weight), Janto Singh (feather weight), B Basumatari (middle weight), Jiten Singh (heavy weight) and Praveen Luxary (bantom weight).



Good luck messages pour in for Jeev
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 15
Good luck messages continued to pour in for Jeev Milkha Singh, who became the first Indian to qualify for the US Open Golf. Jeev, sponsored by Hero Honda, who tallied ten-over 150 at the mid-way stage, was among 72 golfers to make it to the money-making rounds of the US Open.

Among those who congratulated Jeev was the president of the Professional Golfers’ Association of India Pawan Kant Munjal.

“This is a memorable moment for Indian golf. As a supporter and close friend of Jeev’s, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him. I would urge him to keep the good work up and win a major for the country some day”, Mr Munjal said.

Captain of Delhi Golf Club Ashok Malik said, “We are delighted at Jeev’s achievement. We hope he continues to do the country proud”.

“This is the best news Indian golf has received in years. An Indian making the cut in a Major has proved that we have finally arrived as a golfing nation”, said Rohtas Singh, a veteran golfer, who has over 100 title wins to his credit.

Kolkata-based Indrajit Bhalotia said, “This is one of the biggest highlights for Indian golf. It is a very special moment for us Indians. I wish Jeev all the best”.



Volleyball Coaches’ Course concludes

New Delhi, June 15
The FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) Level-I Coaches’ Course, which commenced in the Regional Development Centre for Volleyball in Chennai on June 3, concluded on Friday.

Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) secretary-general K. Murugan said course director Jivko Jetchev and instructor Dr Voralek observed that this was the “best course they ever conducted” because the Centre has all the infrastructure required for theoretical and practical training.

The officials and staff at the Centre are well qualified and trained to keep everything required for the course ready in advance. The FIVB official also expressed satisfaction of the choice of the candidates recommended by the VFI as they were very good. Mr Jetchev distributed the certificate of merit to the participants. Mr Murugan thanked VFI president Dr B Sivanthi Adityan for his patronage and guidance towards the smooth functioning of the Centre. He also thanked the course director and instructor for a job well-done and requested them to help build a strong Indian team through exchange of coaches . OSR


Toll tax introduced on Delhi-Agra highway
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 15
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), which has taken over the maintenance work of the Delhi-Agra road (National Highway 2), has imposed toll tax on private and commercial vehicles moving on it.

As per a circular issued by the district authorities, the decision to collect toll tax has been okayed by the Union Ministry of Surface Transport. According to the orders, light vehicles including cars, jeeps and vans will have to pay Rs

35, while light commercial vehicles (LCVs) and heavy vehicles including trucks would be charged Rs 60 and 125, respectively. However tractors, two-wheelers (scooters and motorcycles and cycles) and vehicles of VIPs including

President of India, Vice-President, Speaker (Lok Sabha), Governors, ministers (union and states), diplomats, police, ambulance and those of Posts and Telegraph Department have been exempted from the charge.


Action against unauthorised use of beacons on vehicles
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 15
The district administration has finally decided to implement strictly the orders to stop misuse of red and blue lights on vehicles. The direction on this had come long time back and the authorities had never followed it in earnest.

A press release issued by the Deputy Commissioner stated that persons found violating the rules would be brought to book and punished. In the recently held meeting at Chandigarh, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had asked the authorities concerned to take proper action against the culprits, it is said.

The authorities have also released a long list of dignitaries and officials who are authorised to use red and blue lights atop their vehicles. These include the Chief Minister, Speaker, Deputy speaker, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretary, judges of the high court and its registrars, Advocate General, judges of the state, enquiry commissioners, MPs, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Additional Principal Secretary, chairmen and members of all boards and corporations, vice-chancellors of all universities, Divisional Commissioner, deputy commissioners, SDMs, City Magistrate, Civil Surgeon, DGP, IGP, DIG, SSP, ASP and police vehicles. These are allowed to use red lights. 

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