Thursday, August 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Sports medicine is a separate field: expert
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 31
For Dr Anant Joshi, a well-known name in the field of arthroscopy, sports injuries are different from other injuries and so is the treatment, but the Government of India’s Sports Department is yet to realise it.

Dr Joshi was at Fortis Heart Institute, here today, for a lecture-cum-demonstration session during the ongoing CME organised as part of the first anniversary celebrations.

“Here we need to recognise sports medicine as a field separate from general medicine and sports orthopaedic surgery as distinct from general orthopaedic surgery.

Specialised training is required to deal with sport injuries and problems. In the USA, people are moving on to super specialisation in sports medicine. Other than the short-term diploma or certificate courses in sports medicine at Patiala, we do not have any special training facility in this country,” said Dr Joshi.

A sports medicine consultant to the MRF Pace Foundation, Chennai, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Dr Joshi said that 90 per cent sport injuries were intrinsic in nature and specific to a sport. “Very few injuries are extrinsic of the kind other people have. As a result one has to find the cause of the injury and address it”.

“Similarly, a sports injury differs from a non-sports injury in the method of recovery recommended. For a sportsperson, rest after an injury is not just rest but it is active rest. It means rest for just that particular part of the body that has been injured. The sportperson has to remain fit in all other aspects. Other exercises have to be continued systematically. Complete rehabilitation is to be carefully monitored as the recovery too is sports specific,” he added.

Stating that there was a shortage of well-trained doctors in the field, Dr Joshi, said it was due to the government’s lack of interest in sports. “It is after so many years that the government has appointed a qualified well-trained physiotherapist for our cricket team, but a lot more is required,” he said.

Dr Joshi also underlined the need of a sports psychologist. “Everyone needs a psychologist at some point of time in their lives. But our athletes need to recognise the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist. Sportsmen are under a lot of pressure to perform everyday before a crowd of thousands and live up to many expectations. Managing stress of this variety on one hand and handling fame on the other, psychologists a big help,” he said.


Kapil to inaugurate Pitch & Putt Course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
With the Indian Cricketer of the Century halo around him, cricket icon Kapil Dev will be in Chandigarh on August 6. His mission to inaugurate the CGA’s Pitch and Putt Course at the Chandigarh Golf Range at 4 pm.

The same day a day-and-night Pitch and Putt Pro-Am Tournament will be held which will be sponsored by Mount Shivalik.

The tournament is likely to be attended by prominent players like Harmeet Kahlon (Arjuna awardee), Amandeep Johl, Flying Sikh Milkha Singh, Gurbaaz Mann (junior Asian champion), Yuvraj Singh, Ashok Malhotra, Chetan Sharma, Dr Ravinder Chadha, Nikhil Chopra, Harinder Gupta (national amateur champion) and a host of other avid golf playing personalities.

CGA president Desh Prem Azad said the course had been conceived and planned by Mr J.S. Cheema, senior vice-president, Mr Daljit Singh, vice-president, and Mr J.S. Grewal, director, Hero Honda CGA Academy. This will be an ideal training ground for juniors as well as an excellent area to improve the short game of all the golfers.

The Pitch and Putt Course, adhers to the standards of the USA Pitch, will be the only one of its kind in the country and will be made open to the golfing community through an inaugural Day-and-Night Pitch and Putt Pro-Am Tournament.


Two SIs promoted
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh police today gave ORP promotions (promotion in own rank and pay) two of its Sub-Inspectors during the inauguration of second basic training course for 88 newly recruited constables here.

SI Anokh Singh and SI Hari Chand were given ORP promotions to the rank of Inspectors on their appointment as instructors in the Recruit Training Centre (RTC) and the ranks were confirmed by DIG, Mr Ajay Kashyap, who inaugurated the training course. The RTC was set up in the Police Lines on May 1, 2000 and 115 constables were given training in the first batch.

The second batch of 88 constables, the recruits will be trained in RTC in two phases. In the first phase they will be trained in conventional and contemporary police subjects. They will be given training in IPC, Cr.P.C., Indian Evidence Act and other important criminal acts. They will also be given training in human rights, computers, gender sensitisation besides others. There will be emphasis on outdoor activities including drills. At the end of the phase, eligible candidates will be sent for commando training in premier institutes like NSG and ITBP, said an official release of the Police Department.

Addressing the recruits, Mr Kashyap explained the modalities of the basic training and expectations of the society from constables of the Chandigarh police.


Panels for execution of Juvenile Justice Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh Administration will constitute various committees for the implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

A state-level selection committee has been notified by the Administration which held its first meeting yesterday to discuss the formation of two committees.

The Administration today sought resume of individuals with appropriate backgrounds fulfilling the criteria laid down for membership of the committees. The names of such persons will be considered by the selection committee

These can be sent to the office of the Director, Social Welfare, latest by August 15. The committee will take up the formal constitution of these two committees at its next meeting on August 19.

The selection committee is headed by Mr P.H. Vaishnav, former Chief Secretary, Punjab. The members include Ms Vidhu Mohan, Honorary Secretary, ICCW, UT Branch, Chandigarh; Ms Munisha Gandhi, advocate and Dr Satinder Dhillon, Principal, Dev Samaj College of Education and Director Social Welfare. The Child Welfare Committee will consist of a chairperson and four other members with three years tenure. The members of the committee should have a background of social work, child psychology, education, sociology or home science. Teachers, doctors, retired public servants involved in child welfare activities or social workers involved directly in child welfare activities are also eligible.

The inspection committee with a three years’ tenure will consist of a minimum of five members from the Administration, local authority, medical and other fields, voluntary organisations and reputed social workers.


Administration, MC councillors meet today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh Administration and councillors of the Municipal Corporation are scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss the latter’s demand of implementation of the 74 Amendment of the Constitution.

The meeting comes amidst the Patna High Court and Andhra Pradesh High Courts already hearing petitions from panchayats on similar demands under the 73rd Constitutional Amendment. It may be mentioned that the Patna High Court had pulled up the Bihar Government for its failure to transfer funds and powers envisaged in the Constitution.

The meeting has been called by the Advisor to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda and she believed to have also called other officers concerned from the Administration to iron out differences.

Councillors led by the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, had already planned a follow-up meeting with the Administrator, Lieut-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd), on the issue which is being seen as a tug-of-war between the Municipal Corporation and the Administration.

Councillors had set a strident tone against the Administration in a recent meeting with the Second Delhi Finance Commission demanding funds and grants for every resource generation effort.

The MC had been crying hoarse for funds and transfer of at least those powers where resource generation was possible for the past six years. It had also been demanding resolution of Rs 13 crore cut in grant-in-aid.

Councillors are also armed with the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976 extended to Chandigarh in 1994 to demand its legitimate share in taxes of the UT.


Octroi privatisation on August 8
Our Correspondent

Kharar, July 31
The local municipal committee has decided to privatise the octroi collection work and the contract for the work will be awarded on August 8. According to information, the contract for octroi collection will be given for one year from August 15, 2002, to August 14, 2003. The auction will be held at Bachat Bhavan, Mini-Secretariat, Ludhiana.

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