Thursday, January 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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N-warfare fallout ‘unmanageable’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), an organisation of health professionals campaigning for complete elimination of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, has termed the statement of Army Medical Corps to manage disastrous effects of these weapons as not scientifically viable.

According to Dr L.S. Chawla, president and Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary of the IDPD, various studies have shown that there is no remedy to the aftermath of nuclear weapons. Even in the situation like that of Hiroshima and Nagasaki when the destructive power of the atomic bombs used there was several times less than the present day ones, it was difficult to manage the after effects of a nuclear fallout.

They said medical professionals were hesitant to go to the radiation affected areas. Commenting on the issue, Dr Chawla and Dr Mitra said that nuclear weapons are not ordinary weapons. They cause immediate and delayed effects in form of blast, light and radiation. Radiation effect may last for several years. Moreover, these weapons will effect the civilian population as much as the military.

Indian Army and its various corps have a glorious history. But no one can offer remedy to the nuclear weapons. The only remedy is prevention of making of such weapons and this use. These have to be completely eliminated from the earth before it is too late in the present political scenario of unipolar super power not denying their use against Iraq. What if these weapons fall into the hands of terrorists?

They said experience shows that ‘we utterly failed to mange the disasters of Gujarat earthquake, Orissa cyclone or even Bhopal gas tragedy’. Innumerable deaths occur every year due to starvation, malnutrition, malaria, cholera, tuberculosis. “How can then we make tall claims to manage the after effects of biological weapons. Therefore, it is the duty of health professionals working anywhere to stand for complete elimination of weapons of mass destruction.”



MP visits hospital
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 1
Government-run institutions have failed to provide the desired results as doctors are not available in rural dispensaries and teachers not present in rural schools, said Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, MP, who was the chief guest on the annual function of Parbhat Puri Charitable Hospital, here recently. He lamented that in spite of good salaries, employees did not perform their duties well due to a lack of spirit of service towards the downtrodden. To cope with the situation, NGOs and other organisations should come forward and help the suffering society, he said. He suggested that affordable services provided by this hospital should be made available in the rural areas as well.

He appealed to the Civil Surgeon, Fatehgarh Sahib, who was also present on the occasion, to improve health services, particularly in the rural areas. Mr Dullo announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh from his discretionary fund and assured more funds for the development of the hospital. He also released a souvenir on the occasion.

The guest of honour, Dr Harbans Lal, Minister of Forests, Food and Civil Supplies, appreciated the services provided by the hospital to the poor people of the area. He said the trust managing the hospital had done commendable work to establish such an institution in the area. He announced a grant of Rs 50,000 out of his discretionary fund. Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA, Amloh, said the trust had taken forth the mission of Guru Nanak Dev to serve the people.

The chief patron of the trust, Mahant Parbhatpuri, said about 8 years back a dispensary was started to provide the cheap treatment to the poor. With the help of the people and the God, the dispensary had become one of the best hospitals in the state, he said.

The president of the trust, Mr Prem Chand Bansal, said now a 50-bed hospital had all modern facilities with the help of Mr Kanhiya Lal Bardeja, Mr Ram Gopal, Mr Gaja Nand, Mr Lal Chand, Mr Harmesh Jain and other trustees. New facilities included an ultrasound machine donated by the Rotary Club and Paediatric care centre.

Dr M K Bansal, general secretary of the trust, advocated for quality treatment as a healthy mother with a healthy child made a healthy society. Appreciating the expert services at the hospital, he said the hospital was progressing well under the guidance of its in charge, Dr Manju Chahal. Dr Sumit Bansal, Dr Gurjeet Kaur and Dr Savroop K. Romana, were present round-the-clock in the hospital. Mr Shanker Lal performed the duties of the stage secretary. Ms Shivani and Ms Kiran, nurses at the hospital, presented a Punjabi dance on the occasion.

Mr Dullo, Dr Harbans Lal and Mr Dharmsot honoured Ms Mukhtiar Kaur, Ms Kamla Rani, Ms Swaran Kaur, Ms Santokh Singh, Mr Vijay Kumar, Mr Jaswant Singh, Mr Rura Singh, Kewal Krishan, Mr Surinder Singh, Mr Nirmal Singh, Mr Gurdeep Singh, Ms Surjeet Kaur, Ms Sukhwinder Kaur, Ms Sangeeta, Ms Sukhwinder Kaur, Ms Sajan Kaur, Ms Kiran, Ms Bhajan Kaur, Ms Shivani Sharma, Ms Sarbjeet Kaur, Ms Manjeet Kaur, Ms Balwinder Kaur, Ms Rajwant Kaur, Ms Jagmohan Kaur and Ms Vidya.



Mukandpur, Dango win titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 1
Mukandpur prevailed over Rannia 1-0 while Dango outplayed Khanna 3-1 to win the title in hockey and football, respectively at the annual sports festival organised by the Boparai Sports and Cultural Club at Ghudani Kalan village, about 20 km from here yesterday.

In kabaddi, Kath village and Moga village were declared joint winners as both the teams secured 32 points each. In 100m race, Naib Singh of Gill village emerged victorious and Surinder Pal Singh and Sapanjeet Singh finished second and third, respectively. In the 1500 m race Harpreet Singh finished ahead of others.

Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Transport Minister, Punjab, distributed the prizes. He announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the organising club. The festival was conducted with financial assistance from three NRIs of the area — Mr Satwant Singh Boprai, Mr Jasbir Singh Jagga and Master Satwant Singh of USA. The organisers felicitated five promising sportsmen, who had excelled in the inter-varsity tournaments. Those honoured on the occasion were: Amandeep Singh and SurinderPal Singh (athletics), Kulwant Singh and Amardeep Singh (hockey) and Sartaj Singh.


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