Sunday, November 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Laser cure for acne-hit people
Tripti Nath

Persons fed up of acne can now try laser treatment for better results. New Look Cosmetic Clinic in Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi, which claims to be the first in the world to offer laser treatment for acne, warns that acne can lead to the formation of small pockmark-like scars if not treated in time. These scars then become permanent. Acne also known as pimples and blackheads is the most common skin problem, which affects about 80 per cent of people between 11 to 30 years of age.

Laser treatment involves the application of an FDA approved light sensitive light sensitive dye mixed in a special gel. A laser matched to the dye in terms of wavelength, pulse, width and spot size is then applied on the skin. The laser heats up the dye in the glands and the passages. It leads to a decrease in the production of sebum, which causes acne. It also leads to an enlargement of the passage preventing blockage and leading to reduction in acne eruptions.

Dr Anil, Consultant Dermatologist at the New Delhi branch of the New Look clinic says that acne is a genetic skin problem. “It is true that the flare-ups get less severe as one advances in age, they are unwanted and often embarrassing.”

Parichay Updahya, who owns a chain of New Look Cosmetic Clinics in Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Surat says the laser treatment costs anything between Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 depending on the severity of the acne.

For the blind

Nineteen visually disabled representatives from twelve countries of South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East attended a five-day leadership training workshop, which concluded here on Friday. The workshop was organised by the All India Confederation of the Blind and sponsored by the Danish Association of the Blind and Asian Blind Union.

The workshop was conducted by visually disabled experts from Denmark, Jordan, India and Norway. Those trained at the workshop have been entrusted the task of setting up three association of the blind in Iran, Syria and Yemen and Kyrgysthan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. They will also work towards strengthening fledgling associations of the blind in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and South Asia. The workshop is part of a year long pilot project, which would culminate in the development of a need-based plan of action for development of work for the blind in the aforesaid countries through vision conferences and similar development activities.

Heart care at Raipur

World class heart care is now available in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. A state-of-the-art Heart Command Centre has been set up at Pt. JNM Medical College in the State Capital in collaboration with Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre.

The centre was inaugurated on Friday when the State observed its second anniversary.

The State government has provided all medical equipment, basic and supporting infrastructure and required services. The EHIRC has set up the Centre on a turnkey basis and recruited all the medical, para-medical, technical and non-medical staff. The State government and EHIRC claim that 15 per cent of the beds are reserved for poor patients.

They will be required to pay only for a few medicines, disposable and consumables. State government employees will be entitled to 15 per cent discount on all treatment available at the centre. Dr Naresh Trehan, Executive Director of EHIRC, has promised that specialists from EHIRC will visit the centre regularly to offer their expertise to the people of Chhattisgrah.

Workshop on national health

Directorate General of Health Services in collaboration with World Health Organisation organised a two-day workshop on ‘National Health Accounts in India: The Way Forward’ in October end to discuss major challenges facing the country in focussing expenditure on specific aspects, diseases and regions.

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shatrughan Sinha’s speech read out by Special Secretary in the ministry conveyed that the development of health accounts is aimed at bringing all the players in the sector in a common framework. He said that health accounts have been developed in many countries to track the resource flow. The minister expressed the hope that a detailed analytical exposition of financial flows of health sector will give direction to make our policies more effective and address the equity and efficiency aspects.

National Health Accounts are a tool, which describe the expenditure flows, public and private, within the health sector of a territory. They describe the sources, uses and channels for all funds utilised in the entire health sector. The emphasis in NHA is to describe in an integrated way who pays how much and for what.

Subha sings for AFA

Action for Autism (AFA), a non-profit national organisation hosted Shubha Mudgal at Sur Mantra, a concert of Khayal and Thumri Dadra at the Siri Fort auditorium today evening.

The concert aims to support the building of the AFA national centre for advocacy research and training and raise awareness about the developmental disability. A founder member of World Autism Organisation, AFA is the lone parent supported voluntary organisation in South Asia dealing exclusively with autism and related pervasive developmental disabilities. It holds its benefit cum awareness concerts every year. According to Merry Barua, Director, AFA, autism is a developmental disability, which primarily affects communication and social skills and makes life challenging for those affected and their families. “Current research indicates that one child in every 125 new-borns will have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Barua says that although children with autism have uneven skill development, they can learn skills and lead more independent lives with some understanding and an encouraging environment.


GHPS down Lankan team
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 2
Guru Harkrishan Public School (GHPS), Shahdara (Delhi) downed School Boys team, Sri Lanka 3-1 in the 20th Nehru Sub-Junior Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Saturday.

The GHPS, who led by 3-0 at half time, scored their goals through Navtej Singh, Sandeep Singh and Harpreet Singh. DWN Dharmapriya scored the consolation goal for Lanka.

Union Academy Senior Secondary School, Delhi toyed with Bhonsala Military School, Nasik (Maharashtra) 14-0, after leading by 5-0 at half time.

Zuber Ahmed scored five goals to star in the match. The other marksmen were Vikash Sharma, Pawan Kumar (two), Manoj Singh (two), Rasmesh, Bhari Raj Raghav and Amir Ansari.

Govt Boys School, Jashpur Nagar (Chhatisgarh) beat Zotlang High School, Aizwal (Mizoram) 4-1 in another match.

Sanikumar Xalxo scored a hattrick while Vivek Kispotta slotted in the fourth goal. Khwpuimawia scored the only goal of Mizoram, which was, in fact, the first goal of the match.

Lyallpur Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar crushed HK Senior Secondary School, Kurer Ibrahimpur, Sonepat (Haryana) 10-1.

Kulwant Singh, Gurpreet Singh (2), Dalar Singh (2), Jatinderpal Singh, Manjit Singh, Harsharon Singh and Karamjit Singh were the other marksmen. Pawan Antil struck home the consolation goal for Senepat.


Sameer, Pratima annex titles
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 2
Sameer Prabhu of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board Academy, Ajmer came back deficit to beat Himansh P Kala of Central Bank of India 10-12,9-11,11-3,18-16, 11-4, 11-8 to win the men’s singles title in the Action-sponsored 13th Surjit Kaur Memorial All-India Prize Money Table Tennis Tournament, which concluded at the Talkatora indoor stadium on Friday.

Pratima Sayal of Sri Ram College of Commerce outplayed Esha Bhambri of Delhi Public School, Mathura Road 11-6, 11-6, 1-6, 16-14 to bag the women’s singles title. Chairman of Action Shoes Subhash Aggarwal gave away the prizes.


SAI lift sepaktakraw title
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 2
Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre, Delhi defeated Timarpur 2-0 to annex the second Delhi State Sepaktakraw Championship held at the Sachdeva Public School, Rohini.

Brilliant performances by W Johnson Singh and Rashid Ali helped SAI Centre win. In the women’s section, Force XI defeated St. Angles School 2-0 to lift the title. SAI Centre bagged the third place.

CRPF Public School won the sub-junior boys title, defeating Mothers International School. Sachdeva Public School, Rohini secured the third position. In the sub-junior girls section, SAI Centre, Delhi beat Vidya

Bharti 2-0 to win the crown.

Sachdeva School principal Ravija Prakash distributed the prizes.


City Club, Indian National win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 2
City Club outclassed Hans Club 4-0 to move into the pre-quarter-final of the first Lt. Governor’s Cup Prize Money Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium on Saturday.

Out-side left Michal scored the first goal, off a solo effort, barely seconds into the match. Amit Sharma netted the second goal before half time. On resumption, G Ninja Kabui and Kabul Tyagi scored a goal each. Delhi Soccer Association League runners-up Indian National came from behind to beat a spirited Collegian Club 3-2. Parveen put Collegians in the lead. National equalised through Surinder to make it 1-1 at half time. On resumption, Aftab Ashraf put National in the lead.

Surinder once again struck home to enhance the lead to 3-1. Parveen completed his brace in the dying minutes of the match for Collegians.

Sunday’s fixtures: Moonlight vs Delhi Police (12.45 p m); Hindustan vs B D Heroes (2.45 pm)— Ambedkar Stadium.


G E Capital win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 2
G E Capital defeated Spectramind Eservices by 78 runs in a league match of the second Eventus Cup Cricket Tournament at the Palam ground.

Joginder Sehgal, who scored 95 for G E Capital, was adjudged the man of the match.

Scores: G E Capital: 203 for 6 wickets in 25 overs (Joginder Sehgal 95, 69b, 4x15; Rodney Charles 25 n o, 13b; Venkatraman 2 for 34).

Spectramind Eservices: 125 all out in 24.5 overs (Siddharth Thakur 22, 20b; Deb Sen Gupta 20, 25b; Binod Kumar 4 for 15).

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