Sunday, May 25, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Lab chain to hold diabetes check-up camps
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 24
India has the dubious distinction of having the largest member of people suffering from diabetes. As per the WHO estimates, a marked increase of about 29 million cases has been witnessed between 1995 and 2000. The figure could rise sharply to 299 million by 2025, if concrete measures were not taken.

Acting upon the warning, Vibles Biotech, a pathological laboratory chain based here, has decided to launch a drive to create awareness and take measures to contain it.

Dr Vinod Kaul, director of the lab, said here yesterday that the organisation would organise free blood sugar check-up camps from May 31 to June 2 at various places in Faridabad.

He said the camps would be held at 17 different places across the town and would be covering areas like Sarai Khwaja, Sectors 14, 15, 16, 22, 28, 29, Old Faridabad and NH-1, 2, 3 and 4 of the NIT, besides Jawahar Colony.

During the period, patients attending the camps could avail of 50 per cent discount in all health check-up schemes and 40 per cent discount in all laboratory investigations.

He claimed that this would be one of the biggest free diabetic camps organised in Faridabad and the NCR region.

According to Dr Kaul, recent studies had revealed that for every person known to have diabetes, there were three more suffering from it but were unaware of it. He said although diabetes had its own typical signs and symptoms, many persons did not exhibit these symptoms even though they had the disease.

The common symptoms of diabetes being feeling excessive thirstiness, tiredness, loosing weight, frequent urination, feeling hunger, frequent infections with healing taking a longer time and blurred vision.

Uncontrolled diabetes could lead to many complications such as hypertension, kidney disorder, eye problems, diabetic gangrene and heart problems, he said.

He added that ideally all persons above the age of 30 years should undergo an annual test of blood sugar to rule out the disease.


NHRC’s initiatives for mentally ill
Tripti Nath

THE miserable state of mentally ill persons in the country has attracted the attention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The Chairperson of the Commission, Justice A.S. Anand, has said that sufficient attention is not being paid to address concerns of mental health in the country.

He was speaking at a seminar on the mental health situation in correctional and custodial institutions here on Saturday. The seminar was organised by SEVAC, a non-government organisation and NHRC. Justice Anand drew attention to the low priority given to mental health care in the country.

He said that professional manpower for the mentally challenged persons is limited in India. Although more than 20 million people in India are in need of some kind of mental health care, not enough help is available.

“Until the last two decades, services for the seriously mentally ill have been rendered largely through the 37 government mental hospitals of the country. In all, there are about 3,500 psychiatrists, 1,000 psychiatric social workers, 1000 clinical psychologist and 900 psychiatric nurses in the country,” Justice Anand said.

The Chairperson called for proper implementation of the Mental Health Act, 1987.

He said that NHRC has been concerned about the protection and promotion of human rights in the correctional institutions. He said that mentally ill patients continue to languish in improper settings without psychiatric treatment. He reminded the police, the judiciary, mental health professionals and human rights organisations of their role in ensuring that mentally ill persons live with dignity. Former Chairperson of NHRC, Justice Ranganath Mishra and former member, Justice V.S. Malimath also addressed the seminar.

Cancer awareness programme on May 26

Cancer Care India, an apex body of cancer support groups of the country and National Cadet Corps (NCC), are launching a cancer awareness programme here on May 26. The prime objective of the programme is to promote cancer awareness among NCC cadets across the country in a systematic manner.

According to the Honorary General Secretary of Cancer Care India, Mr P.K. Ghosh, about 20 support groups of Cancer Care India, will impart training to 12 lakh cadets in the country by holding workshops on cancer awareness. Delhi alone has about 30,000 NCC cadets. The first such workshop will be conducted at the Army Hospital R&R on May 26.

About 70 cadets in the 16 to 18 age group will get a chance to hear the views of Professor Vinod Kochupuillai, Chief of Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital (IRCH) and Dr Tulika Seth, Assistant Professor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Col (Dr) Ranga Rao, Senior Advisor in Medicine and Medical Oncology and Brig (Dr) G, Rajagopal, Senior Oncologist at Army R&R Hospital, Dr Santosh Sahi, Chief of Sahi Hospital and Col Surajit Roy, Commanding Officer I Delhi Girls Battalion, NCC, who is also a cancer survivor. The Director General of NCC, Lt-Gen. B. K. Bopanna will deliver the inaugural address.

Dr Ghosh said that the cancer awareness programme will cover 580 of the 597 districts in the country where NCC has a presence. He said that although the definite cause of cancer is not known, 30 to 40 per cent cases of cancer are due to tobacco consumption. The launch of the programme close to the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, therefore assumes special significance. He said that there are about 2.5 million cancer patients in India at any given point of time. About eight lakh new patients are registered at various hospitals every year. Two-third of these patients come to the hospital at an advanced stage and four lakh die every year.

Workshop on rights of disabled persons

A three-day international workshop on promoting the rights of disabled persons is beginning here on Monday. The workshop is being organised by the British Council in partnership with the National Human Right Commission, the Asia Pacific Forum and the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees. Entitled ‘Promoting the Rights of People with Disabilities: Towards a new UN Convention’, the workshop aims to give its recommendations to the second UN ad hoc committee meeting on disability next month.

The UN General Assembly has set up an ad hoc committee to consider proposals for a comprehensive international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disability. More than 30 representatives of the National Human Rights Institutions of the Commonwealth and Asia Pacific Forum are expected to attend the workshop.

Over ten Indian non-government organisations working for persons with disabilities are also participating in the workshop.

DMA to support ESI doctors’ stir

Convinced of the “genuine” demands of ESI (Employees State Insurance) doctors, the Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has decided to support their agitation. The decision was taken at the State Executive meeting of the DMA. The ESI doctors have been demanding increase in the number of posts in senior administrative grade (SAG) and creation of higher administrative grade post, an end to transfer of doctors outside Delhi till vacancies of doctors are filled in the National Capital, grand of time bound promotion a third time from CMO to non-functional selection grade (NFSG) scale as granted to doctors working in other health organisations as CGHS, MCD, NDMC and Delhi government.

The ESI doctors are also demanding that meetings of the department promotion committee which have been pending for the last three years be held for promotion of Senior Medical Officer to Chief Medical Officer.

The ESI doctors are also seeking provision of residential telephone to all Chief Medical Officers and 25 per cent of Senior Medical Officers.

EHIRC in South Africa

Impressed with the world class facilities at Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre (EHIRC) here, the President of Djibouti, Mr Ismail Omer Guelleh, has expressed the desire to collaborate with Escorts to set up a similar institution in his South African home country. During his recent official visit, Mr Guelleh took a round of the hospital.

He said that they would like to start with a cardiac programme in Djibouti with assistance from doctors and surgeons at Escorts.

The Executive Director of EHIRC and Chief Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon, Dr Naresh Trehan said that they look forward to collaborating with the government of Djibouti to set up similar state-of-the-art facilities there.

Oral analgesic

Aspro, an oral analgesic, has been re-launched by Boots Piramel Healthcare Pvt Ltd available in a pack of four tablets.

The analgesic is priced at Rs 2.84. Aspro contains Asprin and Caffeine and is recommended for headache, bodyache, toothache, muscular pains and pain associated with sore throat.



32 teams for DDCA Hot Weather tourney
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 24
Thirty-two teams will participate in the DDCA Hot Weather Cricket Tournament, beginning on Sunday. The matches will be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla, Harbaksh Singh, Jamia Milia and Central Secretariat grounds.

Pusa Youngsters will take on Delhi Wanderors in the opening match to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Sunday. The final will be played at the Harbaksh Singh Stadium on June 11. For the first time, special balls will be provided for the matches. First class and State panel umpires will supervise the matches. The tournament will carry a total prize money of Rs 1,25,000.

Shri Ram College to honour alumni

The Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) Alumni Association will hold a function to felicitate its distinguished alumni at a function to be held on May 26 at 8 pm at A-53, Kailash Colony, New Delhi.

Justice Arun Kumar, who has been elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court, and hotelier Lalit Suri, who has been elected to the Rajya Sabha, will be honoured at the function.

Prominent alumnis of the SRCC who are expected to attend the function are Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Vijay Goel, Delhi Police Commissioner R S Gupta, DDCA vice-president C K Khanna and judge of the Delhi High Court Justice Arjan Sikri.



Sonnet Club to take on ONGC in final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 24
Sonnet Club will take on Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in the final of the 30th All-India Goswami Ganesh Dutt Memorial Cricket Tournament to be played at the Khalsa College ground on Sunday. ONGC, who won the title in 1990-91, finished as runners-up on three occasions, including last year.

The star-studded ONGC start as favourites though Sonnet have given some fine performances in this edition of the tournament. The final is expected to provide electrifying cricket.

Delhi Transport Minister Ajay Maken will distribute the prizes. Delhi and District Cricket Association sports secretary Sunil Dev and Khalsa College principal Dr D. S. Clair will be the guests of honour.

Teams: ONGC: Gagan Khoda (captain), Mohd Kaif, Rizwan Shamshad, Manoj Mudgil (wk), Amit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Sanghvi, Amit Bhandari, Sanjay Gill, Rajiv Rathore, Sunil Joshi, Sarandeep Singh, Radhey Sham Gupta, Pardeep Jain, Gautam Vadhera and Ravi Sehgal.

Sonnet Club: Davinder Sharma (captain), Salil Oberoi, Mayank Sidhana, Saket Bhatia, Suhail Sharma, Deepak Joon, Kshitiji Rohtagi, Pankaj Sharma, Chetanya Nanda, Dhruv Mohan and Tejinder Mann.

Umpires: Vijay Chopra and Devinder Sharma.



Tennis Centre at Jaypee Greens
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 24
A Tennis Centre, built on a one acre land, was inaugurated at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort by tennis ace Leander Paes on Saturday.

Both the courts have been built on standard international size specifications of 120-feet by 60-feet area. While Dube grass has been used on the grass court, acrylic-based rubber coating material has been used for the non-cushioned synthetic tennis court. The courts are flood-lit.

“We are committed to giving the best of facilities to the members and visitors to this resort. The tennis centre is a value addition to the existing facilities for our sports loving members and their family”, said Ms. Rita Dixit, executive director of Jaypee Greens.



Akash cracks ton for Golden Hawks
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 24
Akash Sharma cracked an unbeaten 118 and Smarth Singh captured three wickets for 18 runs to help Golden Hawks beat Salwan Public School by 67 runs in a DDCA Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Salwan School ground.

Scores: Golden Hawks: 231 for 6 in 40 overs (Akash Sharma 118, 16x4, 1x6, 121b; Nikhil Sharma 2 for 59).

Salwan Public School: 164 for 9 in 40 overs (Sachin Adhikari 66, Siddhant Rathi 26, Samarth Singh 3 for 18, Gandharbh Kumar 3 for 22).

Young Friends beat Jaat Heroes by 109 runs at the Vikaspuri ground.

Scores: Young Friends: 220 for 9 in 40 overs (Prashant Gupta 41 n o, Pramod Gupta 39, Jayant Yadav 30, Abhimanyu Kumar 4 for 54).

Jaat Heroes: 111 all out in 35 overs (Jayant Yadav 3 for 31, Amanjeet Singh 3 for 19, Prashant Gupta 2 for 38).

Subhania Club defeated Lovely Public School by 279 runs.

Scores: Subhania Club: 384 for 8 in 40 overs (Tanu Kakran 108, Rohit Choudhary 87, Prashant Chaudhary 54, Vipin Bharti 37 n o, Manohar Vats 4 for 90).

Lovely School: 105 all out in 24.5 overs (Sandeep Srivastava 28, Tanu Kakran 5 for 14).



Mahesh stars in Collage Group’s win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, May 24
A deadly bowling display by off-spinner and skipper Mahesh Bhati (4 for 40 off 8 overs) helped Collage Group beat Lal Bahadur Shastri Club by 28 runs to enter the quarter-final of the 27th Lala Raghubir Singh Cricket Tournament at the Modern School ground on Saturday. Mahesh Bhati was adjudged the man of the match.

Scores: Collage Group: 235 for 9 in 40 overs (Mayank Tehlan 77, 6x4, 1x6, 93b; Virender Sharma 31, 3x4; Sachin Choudhary 24, Naresh Jain 3 for 32, Dilip T T 2 for 16).

Lal Bahadur Shastri Club: 207 all out in 37 overs (Satender Yadav 94, 12x4, 2x6, 79b; Sumit Dogra 33, 3x4, 41b; Naresh Jain 22, 4x4; Mahesh Bhati 4 for 40, Sachin Choudhary 2 for 42, Virender Sharma 2 for 39).

Sunday’s fixture: South Delhi Colts vs Air Sahara; 7.30 am — Modern School ground (Barakhamba Road).



MC to flush out stray pigs before MCD plugs border
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, May 24
The local municipal council will intensify its campaign to flush out stray pigs from the areas under its jurisdiction in view of the strong possibility of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) also launching a similar drive soon.

The municipal authorities here have strong reasons to believe that the MCD is actively considering a move against the wandering pigs, which have reportedly become a menace in some pockets of Delhi.

Although the personnel here are tight-lipped, there are many who feel that the Delhi authorities have been shaken up due to the reported spurt in the number of these animals in the past few months. One of the reasons attributed to the sudden increase in the number of pigs is the Gurgaon municipal authorities’ decision to let off most of the captured pigs at the border.

The District Magistrate, Gurgaon, had invoked Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code against these animals on May 2, 2002. The order cautioned the owners of pigs and the institutions concerned to keep them within the bounds of their premises failing which stern action would be taken against the pigs.

The order, which has been in effect till today, mentions that there have been reports of stray pigs behaving in a hostile manner and causing injuries to persons. Subsequently, the municipality swung into action to curb the menace. The problem was more acute in old Gurgaon city under its jurisdiction. This is not to say that the problem does not exist in the residential sectors of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The HUDA appears to have cared two hoots on the issue.

The municipal authorities are of the view that the sustained campaign against the loitering pigs has brought about a perceptible change in the old city area. The officials say that 80 per cent of the problem has been weeded out.

The civic body forms teams and conducts sudden checks in the areas under its jurisdiction with the help of the police. The animals caught are reportedly let off at the border with Delhi. It is learnt that these have been released in Delhi or other places for money. With Delhi having a sizeable number of consumers of pork, it is often the destination of the captured pigs. The incentive to the team members is that the money accrued from such sales would remain with them.

The personnel feel that in case Delhi launches a drive against the wandering pigs, the municipality will have difficulties in disposing them of in the national Capital. They would then have to release the animals somewhere in the hilly tracks near Faridabad.

The danger is that once the incentive, that is the money accrued on “selling” them in Delhi, vanishing, it will be difficult to sustain the interest of the class IV personnel, who are part of the teams, in catching the animals. It is only common sense to make hay while the sun shines. Hence, the intensified campaign against pigs here.


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