Tuesday, July 2, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Fortis offers angiography for Rs 5,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Fortis Heart Institute today announced angiography procedure for just Rs 5,000 for a limited period as part of its month-long ‘Maha Health Mela’ being organised to mark institutes’ first anniversary. This procedure normally costs between Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000 in other hospitals. All those who register from July 1 to July 7, by depositing an advance of Rs 2,000 will be entitled to avail the facility at this special price.

According to Dr R.V. Karnajekar, Medical Director, Fortis Heart Institute, “”Angiography is the final and conclusive procedure for confirming blockage of coronary artery. It is also necessary to ascertain what kind of treatment is to be given to the patient. By offering this facility at a price which is less than half the normal price, we hope to provide relief to those who could not afford it.”

Within its first year, Fortis has gained recognition both amongst the medical fraternity and the general public for offering the highest quality of medical care. During the past one year, over 17,000 patients have come for the treatment at the hospital and close to 3,000 were admitted by the institute. Over 1,600 cardiac procedures and 500 cardiac surgeries have been undertaken at the institure. The Multi-speciality medical center has performed over 350 major surgeries in various disciplines.

Mr Shivinder Mohan Singh, CEO, said, “through this special price, we like to encourage all those patients who are suspected of having coronary artery disease to get angiography done so that the disease can be identified at an early stage and managed medically, rather than its reach a stage where surgery is the only way out. We do hope that the people of the region will take advantage of this special offer”.

This is part of the institute’s outreach programme aimed at creating awareness amongst the masses about good health through prevention.


Tee off then see off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
A five-day coaching camp for junior players ended at the Chandigarh Golf Club driving range on Sunday. The 10 children who attended the camp were Vriti, Gobind, Angad, Anmol Virk, Sartaj, Rajat, Akashbir, Sahil, Aryan and Kirat. The youngest of them, Aryan, was three-year-and-a-half old and the eldest, Vriti, was 13-year-and-a-half old.

The way children in Chandigarh are taking to golf makes one believe that, one day, Chandigarh will become famous for producing golfers as Sansarpur is known for producing hockey players.

In the competition on the final day of the camp, Anmol Virk won in chipping and Vriti in putting. The second place in chipping contest went to Angad.

Ajay Gujral, who conducted the camp, gave away the prizes to the winners. He is a certified professional of the European Golf Teachers Federation (EGTF), a founder of the World Golf Federation. Having given golf lessons in the Moscow Country Club and Korea House driving range in Moscow, he is, now, at the Chandigarh Golf Club and Chandigarh Golf Association Range.


Now training in evening hours
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 1
The government schools in Chandigarh would now have specialised sports training in the evening hours also, said Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI Schools, UT. Mr Mangat said this would help in creating an environment for sports in the schools as the grounds were less utilised during that period.

Mr Mangat during his previous tenure as DPI (Schools), UT, was instrumental in organising National School Games. On the question of UT playing host to the National School Games in near future, he said the School Games Federation of India’s annual meeting was held on June 29, and we have made a bid for National School Games in hockey for under-19 in both boys and girls sections and karate. He said the hockey matches would be conducted in the new synthetic turf coming up in Sector 42, likely to be completed in the next few months.

Mr Mangat also informed that another boost to sports in the UT could be witnessed when the sports wings in the city schools would be strengthened. In this context, the UT Sports Department has assured full cooperation to run these wings with the help of their coaches. Already services of many coaches were being utilised in the general coaching centres in various schools of the city. He was of the view that basically it was the school which form the basis for any development in sports front.

Mr Mangat, however, agreed that in some of the schools, there had been neglect of the basic infrastructure and equipment upkeep. But he has instructed all school heads to remain apprised of their respective sports facilities, so that children do not suffer, he said.

Mr Mangat also promised to introduce netball in the coming session.

Shooting tourney

The Chandigarh inter-school shooting championship will be held on July 13 and not on July 2, as communicated earlier. This was stated by Mr Vijay Pal Singh, general secretary of the Chandigarh Rifle Association. He said this decision was taken since many schools were yet to be opened after the summer vacations.

Yoga camp

A specialised physical fitness camp titled ‘Yoga to Arogya’ will begin here tomorrow at the CLTA tennis stadium, Sector 10, at 5.30 am. This 10-day extensive camp will be conducted by Swami Adhyatamananda ji of the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh. According to Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chairman, Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, this would be rare opportunity for the citizens of the city to get the esteemed guidance of Swami ji on yoga. The registration for the people desirous of joining the camp would be done at the spot.

The release by the CLTA stated that in case it rains tomorrow, then the neighbouring skating rink in the same sector will be the venue for the camp.

Swimming meet

The second Major P.P.S. Sidhu Memorial Swimming Invitation Championship for boys and girls in senior, junior and sub-juniors sections will begin here tomorrow at Yoga centre swimming pool, Sector 23. This two-day meet will be conducted by parents of UT-based swimmers.

Dr J.P.S. Sidhu, Joint Director, Sports, UT, will inaugurate the meet at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Each swimmer will be allowed to take part in a maximum of three events.

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