Saturday, May 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Herbal cure for cancer claimed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
A Lucknow-based ayurvedic practitioner Khaliq Ahmed Shibli, today claimed to have prepared herbal medicine for the treatment of a number if diseases like cancer, thalassaemia and brain tumours.

Talking to mediapersons, he claimed that he had cured several patients in India and abroad with his herbal medicine for cancer, which had been found to be completely non-toxic.

He said herbal medicine hahad been tested at the CDRI, Lucknow.

On the request of some locals, he would be available at Harman Clinic, House number 3164 in Sector 23-D from eighth to 10th of every month.

Dr Puran Singh, MBBS, who owns Harman Clinic, said a number of patients had been completely cured of cancer after taking the herbal medicine.


Contaminated water causing cholera
Tribune News Service


  • Wash hands and drink boiled water.
  • Keep water covered and do not consume if stored for more than 12 hours.
  • Avoid eating overripe or unwashed fruits, vegetables and stale food.
  • In case of loose motions, drink plenty of fluids like ORS, lemon and coconut water and food like khichri and porridge.
  • In case motions do not come under control, seek medical advice.

Chandigarh, May 9
Come summer and city hospitals have an additional task of taking care of diarrhoea and gastroenteritis cases, most of them of children from slum and rehabilitation colonies.

Even as the health authorities and Municipal Corporation struggle hard to ensure the supply of safe drinking water and prevent the insanitary conditions, cases of diarrhoea have started pouring in, especially at General Hospital, Sector 16.

During the past few years it has been witnessed that it was the consumption of contaminated water which has been the major reason for the outbreak of gastroenteritis and cholera in the city. “With contaminated water being the main culprit, the only way to keep all these diseases at bay is to drink boiled water,” stressed Dr G. Dewan, Deputy Medical Superintendent, General Hospital.

Doctors say while oral rehydration solution (ORS) is the best way to treat diarrhoea, antibiotics must be avoided as they aggravate the problem. “ During a study we saw that putting the patients on antibiotics triggered diarrhoea further and as such it should be avoided as far as possible,” said Dr Chetna Vaishnavi, microbiologist in the Gastroenterology Department at the PGI.

She said people should be very particular while consuming dairy products like lassi, ice-cream and kulfi.” During a study conducted by the PGI two years ago, samples of dairy products collected from all over the city indicated the contamination of faecal bacterial isolates,” revealed Dr Vaishnavi.


PGI docs seek better deal
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
With an increase in the cases of occupationally acquired AIDS and HIV infection among health care professionals, PGI doctors have written to the Union Health Ministry, seeking enhanced compensation in case any hospital staff acquires such diseases apart from including the contractual staff under this scheme

A committee headed by Dr Subhash Sharma, Head of the Department of Internal Medicine, has sent its report to the Union Health Ministry, some time back. “More than the issue of enhancement of existing compensation, what is surprising is the fact that hospital staff, including doctors who are not regular employees of the PGI, are not entitled to any compensation in case of occupationally acquired disease,” commented a member.

“Every human life, be it of a daily wager, contractual staff or a regular employee of the PGI is equally precious so why this discrimination in giving compensation, when we all are at risk of acquiring deadly infections while treating patients,” opined a doctor. The committee has recommended that all those coming in close contact with patients, should be entitled to compensation, even if they happen to be daily wagers.

“We have made some recommendations to the health ministry in this regard but we are yet to get any response from them,” said Dr Verma.

“The junior residents, who are not regular staff examined SARS suspects, who were being referred here, even though they are not entitled to any compensation,” said an official. At present doctors get compensation for infections like hepatitis, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, plague and other diseases but HIV and harmful exposure to radioactive material is not covered under the compensation scheme.

Members point out that the existing compensation given to a doctor in case of occupationally acquired disease, is very meagre. The committee has requested the ministry to bring this compensation on a par with pilots, whose life is at constant risk because of the nature of their job.

Practically everyday, some HIV infected person is referred to the PGI for treatment for simple procedures which can be done at places like Amritsar and Ludhiana, “but to avoid any risk, they are sent here,” revealed a doctor. ”We have directed all doctors to treat HIV infected patients early in the morning when they are fresh, taking extra precaution as we cannot deny them treatment, even though some hospitals both in the private and government sector are refusing to treat people infected with this disease,” informed a doctor at the PGI Dental Department.

Though there is no exact data in India about doctors and other health professionals acquiring HIV infection, hepatitis and other diseases, the fact remains that they are at high risk, feel doctors. “With AIDS test not being mandatory in India, we are at high risk as we do not know the HIV status of a patient and there have been several cases where due to accidental pricking, doctors and other staff have got the infection,” revealed a doctor.

With the threat of HIV infection being real, it is high time that the AIDS test is made mandatory.


DAV School-8 lift handball title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, May 9
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, in the boys section, while Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, in the girls section emerged winners in the finals of the Chandigarh Sub-junior Handball Championship played here today at DAV School grounds.

In the boys final, DAV School centre outplayed Coaching Centre-42 by 21 goals to 12, with half-time score of 13-09. Bharat Bhushan, Abhishek and Salim were the top scorers with five goal each. Jony scored three goals, while Kamal scored two goals. For losers, Munish and Soni scored three goals each.

In the girls final, GGSS club, Sector 8 got the better of Coaching Centre, Sector 42, by seven goals to one. The half-time score read 5-0. The main scorers for the winners were Renu Saini (2), Sushma (2), Radha 2, Renu- (1).

The third place went to Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, who defeated Coaching Centre-21 by 6-0. The half-time score was 4-1. Aastha remained the top scorer with four goals, helped by Sonia and Suruchi, who scored one goal each.

Basketball meet

Hosts New Public School, Sector 18, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, moved ahead on the opening day of the Chandigarh Junior State Basketball Championship, which began here today. NPS-18 defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, by 36-6, while GMSSS-33 got the better of Vivek High School, Sector 38, by 31-7. In the other boys matches, SD Public School, Sector 32, defeated St Anne’s, Sector 32 , 50-14, while Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, beat MRA Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, 57-09.

In the two matches played in girls section, Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, beat St. Xavier’s School, Sector 44, 16-4, while NPS-18 beat Vivek High School, Sector 38, 30-08.

Sandeep, Pranav excel

Sandeep Singh Chadha and Pranav Jain surged ahead in the Fourth Saurabh Khattar Memorial Snooker and Billiards Championship being played here at Chandigarh Club, Sector 2.

In snooker events, Deepinder beat Harinder Singh 3-2 (67-43, 45-75, 67-36, 50-53, 59-38), Sandeep Chadha defeated Rajan Gulati 3-1 (70-36, 50-34, 24-59, 53-32), Pranav Jain beat Vineet Khosla 3-1 (37-40, 47-22, 46-37, 58-25), Sandeep Duggal defeated Rajesh Jain 3-0 (84-26, 85-18, 84-21), Suresh Chaudhary beat Sanjay Tanwar 2-0 (63-35, 85-09).

In billiards event, Suresh Chaudhary defeated M.S. Grewal 151-85, Mahesh Chaudhary beat Pranav Jain 150-128, while Sanjay Kaushal defeated Vikram Chaudhary 154-73.

Cricket tourney

Chandigarh were seven for the loss of one wicket in reply to Minor District’s first innings total of 177 runs in the Punjab Inter-district Under-17 Cricket Tournament being played here at PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar. In the first innings, for the Minor District team, Digvijay scored 57 runs, followed by Gurmukh who made 38 runs, while V. Bawa made unbeaten 37 runs.

State karate meet

The sports wing of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (Chandigarh state) will hold an Open Chandigarh State Karate Championship (semi-contact) in sub-junior, junior, senior, men and women section at skating rink, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on May 10 and 11. Various players from the city, SAS Nagar and Panchkula will take part in this two-day meet which will be inaugurated by Capt Harpal Singh (retd) tomorrow at 10.30 am.

Chess tourney

The Patiala District Chess Association will hold selection tournament on May 10 and 11 here at Sai Model School, Samania Gate. While giving this information, Raj Kumar Rajorio, honorary secretary of the association, said the selected players would take part in the Punjab State “B” Chess Championship to be held at Amritsar.


IT commissioners to prescribe TDS rates
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 9
Punjab is ready to implement the Value Added Tax (VAT), in case there is a national consensus on the matter. This was stated by the Minister for Excise and Taxation, Punjab, Mr Sardool Singh, at a press conference here today. The minister also stated that the state could earn revenue worth hundreds of crores in case the finance department gives a go ahead to online lotteries in the state.

The minister announced that following the Centre's proposed amendment to Section 206 of the Income Tax Act, the Income Tax Commissioners concerned in the state have been empowered to prescribe the rate of tax deductible at source (TDS) for liquor vends in terms of their estimated income tax.

Giving details of sales tax evasion, the minister named Supreme Agro Foods, Ludhiana, Raji Food Limited Ludhiana, Amritsar Air Conditioners House, Amritsar, Kargil India, Nandpur as the companies that had suppressed turnover of Rs 4.83 crore. Gujarat Ambuja Cement Ltd, Ropar, has been issued a notice for the recovery of surcharge amounting to Rs 79.43 lakh. Turbo Infotec and Industries, Kurali is being penalised for not paying tax on the sales amounting to Rs 57.45 lakh while Puncom, SAS Nagar, withheld sales tax to the tune of Rs 2.25 crore which has been recovered.

The Department of Excise and Taxation detected over 19,000 cases of smuggling of illicit liquor and illicit distillation in 2002-2003. Giving details of district Ropar, for the month of April 2003, the Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mr Jarnail Singh, stated that a total of 890 bottles and 400 pouches of Chandigarh liquor was seized during a single month in various operations conducted.

Highlighting one of their biggest catches made on May 7, at Ghanauli, the excise and taxation officer, Mr Shalin Ahluwalia, said a white car (Number DL1CB 1248) was chased by his team along with the police. Though the driver of the car could not be caught, the car was found to be loaded with 30 cases of IMFL. The vehicle was found to be in the name of Mr Raj Kumar a resident of Mukerjee Nagar, New Delhi. The copy of an FIR of police station Hoshiarpur of December last year against Bhupesh Kumar, alias Thapa, was also impounded. The case has been referred to the Patiala division for taking action under Sections 61 of the Excise Act.

Answering questions, the minister stated that the recent addition to the Excise Act wherein a penalty of Rs 50,000 will be charged from an offender along with the confiscation of the illicit liquor has led to reduction in smuggling from Chandigarh to Punjab. The minister pointed out that the smuggling from Chandigarh to Punjab was the highest in the state due to the difference in the prices of the liquor. 


Road panel to conduct survey on May 12
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9
The Road Committee of the local Municipal Corporation has decided to conduct a survey of those roads the demand for whose recarpeting has come before the corporation.

The committee which met here on Monday under the Chairmanship of Mr Sohan Lal decided to conduct the survey of these roads on May 12. Two Executive Engineers of the corporation will also accompany the committee members.

The committee also sought the status of funds and pending works from the officers in the next meeting.

It also approved the recarpeting of several roads in the city.

Deputy Chairman Balraj Singh, C. K. Swahney, P. C. Sanghi, Kamlesh, Lalit Joshi and Rajesh Gupta attended the meeting.

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