Tuesday, July 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Diabetics more prone to infections
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Infections like broncho pneumonia, tuberculosis and foot sepsis have been found to be the biggest cause of mortality amongst diabetics in North India.
A study conducted by the Endocrinology Department at the PGI to assess the mortality rate amongst diabetics in North India, indicated that out of a total of 494 patients, 230 had died due various infections.

The study has been conducted by Dr R.J. Dash, Head, Endocrinology Department, Dr Anil Bhansali and Dr Arijit Chattopadhyay, between January 1991 and December 1999. During this period it was found that out of a total of 6,246 diabetics admitted to the PGI, 592 had died, taking the mortality rate to 9.5 per cent.

“Infection accounted for the largest number of deaths in diabetics, with bronchopneumonia and pulmonary tuberculosis accounting for 21 per cent of the total deaths,” informed Dr Dash. He explained that most of these patients were chronic bidi and cigarette smokers and had a history of repeated chest infection in preceding years

It was also found that mortality and morbidity increased significantly among people with diabetes during epidemics of pneumonia and influenza. A total of 86 persons had died due to bronchopneumonia and 18 due to tuberculosis.

Diabetics foot and related infections were found to be the second commonest form of infections related mortality. During the period of study as many as 41 patients died due to diabetic foot. “The habit of barefoot walking, working in fields in the country side and poor foot care predispose diabetics to recurrent trauma and infection,” says Dr Dash. Poor socioeconomic status, lack of proper awareness of the disease and delayed presentation could be other contributory factors.

According to the World Health Organisation estimates India had 19.4 million diabetics in 1995, and this figure was expected to go up to 57 million by the year 2025. “Out of an estimated 25 million people suffering from diabetes in India, a mere 3.6 lakh million received pharmacological treatment,” informed Dr Dash.

Dr Dash, said the prevalence rate of diabetes in six major cities of New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai was about 14 per cent. “Seeing the dietary habits of people of Punjab and the number of patients we see in our OPD, this figure will be more than 14 per cent,” said Dr Dash.

Coronary artery diseases, was found to be another common cause for death amongst diabetics. A total of 86 diabetics had died due to these diseases.

The study revealed that factors contributing to the increased mortality trends in developing countries included inadequate secondary and tertiary care hospital care facilities and unorganised referral system. Poor economic status of a large number of diabetes patients prevented them from having access to effective drugs, leading to their death.

The study also stresses the need for creating more awareness about diabetes, coupled with constant motivation and encouragement to treat the disease effectively. 



Trials to select trainees
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 14
The National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC) scheme initiated by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), which has been allotted to DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, in athletics and football disciplines, will conduct selection trials for trainees in the age group of eight to 14 years on January 8 and 9, 2004. The trainees admitted under the programme will be under day boarding scheme only. This was confirmed by sources in the Sector 42-based northern regional office of the SAI.

The NSTC scheme was earlier confined to full boarding. But few years back, the corporate office of the SAI in Delhi decided to discontinue with the scheme and converted it to day boarding.

The trainees will get benefits like annual stipend for Rs 3,000, besides expert coaching, insurance benefits and kit facilities.

The SAI also has a sports training centre scheme called STC, which is run from Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 18 premises. The centre imparts training in athletics, volleyball, basketball and hockey to girls. Selection trials in the above disciplines would be held from September 10 to 12. In the STC scheme, trainees will get free board and lodging facilities, Rs 3,000 as annual stipend, insurance and medical benefits and free sports kit.

At present, the Sector 42 office of SAI has 10 STCs under its ambit, besides four NSTCs.

This year, the STC, Dharamshala, which is exclusively for girls, will have judo as a additional discipline, besides athletics, basketball and hockey. The trials for this centre will be held from January 21 to 24, 2004.

Sources said four volleyball players, who were once trainees of the STC, Kurukshetra, represented India in the World Junior Volleyball Meet held recently and finished second.

Meanwhile, selection trials (girls only) for the STC, Badal (Punjab), will be held from August 12 to 14 in athletics, basketball, hockey, shooting and volleyball. The STC, Patiala, will hold selection trials from August 21 to 23 in athletics and hockey (boys), judo, gymnastics, cycling (both boys and girls). Selection trials for STC, Hisar, in athletics, judo, table tennis, wrestling and judo for both boys and girls will be held from August 27 to 29.



Cricket meet

Chandigarh, July 14
Century Steel XI downed the Fateh Cricket Club by four wickets in the First IS Deol Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, here today.
The Fateh Cricket Club team was all out for 66 runs in 18.4 overs. Rakesh Purang scored 14 runs, while Madan Lal claimed five wickets for nine runs and Dharamveer Yadav took three wickets for 10 runs.

In reply, Century Steel XI achieved the target in just 17.2 overs with four wickets in hand. Manav Asopa and Madan Lal scored 30 and 20 runs, respectively.

In another match, Samsung XI defeated Kishangarh XI by seven wickets. Kishangarh XI scored 115 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs. Ashok Kumar scored 32 runs, while Makhan Singh made 21 runs. Sanjeev Nagrath bagged three wickets for 16 runs. Samsung XI achieved the target with three wickets in hand. Vineet Khosla scored 55 runs followed by Rajesh Vaid, who scored 21 runs. Vineet Jain scored 18 runs.

PCC XI also won its match against the Friends Cricket Club by six wickets. The Friends Cricket Club were all out for 119 runs. Nikhil scored 30 runs, Anwar 21 and Saurabh Arora scored 20 runs. Pravesh bagged two wickets for 20 runs.

In the last match of the day, CICA XI defeated IAF XI by 40 runs. CICA XI scored 151 runs for the loss of five wickets with Rahul Arora scoring 44 runs. Amandeep Singh made 58 runs. R.K. Singh claimed two wickets for 20 runs. In reply, IAF XI was all out for 111 runs in 23.2 overs. Dilip scored 30 runs followed by Vinay Dheer, who scored 25 runs. Deepak Bhaskar bagged four wickets for 20 runs, while Vipul Sharma took two wickets for 10 runs.

TT tourney: Gurwinder Kaur of AG, Punjab, and Dheeraj Arora of the Reserve Bank of India won the women and men singles titles, respectively, in the Bhavan Hawks Chandigarh Ranking Table Tennis Tournament that came to close on Sunday evening at the Sector 23 TT hall.

Gurwinder outplayed Nadia Saini in four games, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6, 12-10, while Dheeraj got the better of Manish Bhardwaj in five games, 11-7,11-7, 8-11,11-9, 11-3.

Sajal Kaushal of the Coaching Centre-23, in the boys section, and Nadia Saini of DAV Public School, Sector 8, in the girls section, walked away with the junior boys’ and girls’ singles titles, respectively.

Sajal proved defeated Aditya Puri of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, 11-6,11-7, 7-11,11-8.

Nadia Saini of DAV Public School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, downed Arshdeep Kaur of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8.

Third-place holders: Sunandha (junior girls); Nitish Rana (boys); and Disney (men).



New procedure for obtaining PAN
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Income tax assessees would now have to apply at the Income Tax PAN Service Centres, and not to the assessing officers, to get permanent account numbers (PAN). According to a press release issued by the department here today, the last date for filing income tax returns has been extended to September 30, 2003, as it would be compulsory now onwards to quote PAN in the returns. The old cards would remain valid.

For the new applicants of PAN in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar, the assessing officer has been designated as Income Tax Officer, ward 2 (4). The applicants would have to apply for PAN through new Form 49 costing Rs 5. They would have to submit documents to establish their identity and proof of address besides one recent coloured photograph (3.5 cm x 2.5 cm). Further, they would have to affix a coupon of Rs 60 on the application obtained from IT PAN Service Centre, and indicate the designation and code of the assessing officer.

For this purpose, the UTI Investors Service Ltd (UTIISL), that had been assigned the task, has set up various collection centres in Chandigarh, including at the ground floor of Central Revenue Building, Sector 17 E, in the office of UTIISL, Jeevan Parkash Building, Opposite KC Cinema, sector 17 B and at M/s Bajaj Capital Ltd, SCO 341-342, sector 35 B.

The department has claimed that the new PAN cards would be tamper proof with hologram and UV line. They would be ISO 9001-2000 certified and delivered within specified time. 



Administration takes over 2 dispensaries
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 14
The district administration has decided to take over at least two dispensaries constructed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and run it through the District Red Cross Society.

This moves comes after the failure of the Health Department to take over the dispensaries in Sector 19 and Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 4, several months after these were constructed by HUDA at a considerable cost.

Other than these two dispensaries, at least three other government dispensaries in the township are functioning without requisite staff. This, even as HUDA had recently decided to construct the dispensaries on the request by the Health Department.

The state government has reportedly failed to provide staff — doctors as well as paramedics — in three recently inaugurated government dispensaries. These dispensaries — in Sectors 20, 10 and 25 — are functioning with skeleton staff drawn from dispensaries in other parts of the state, working here on deputation.

It may be noted that besides these dispensaries, four more dispensaries are located in Sectors 4, 8, 11 and 12- A. However, most of these dispensaries have only one sanctioned post of a medical officer and there are vacancies in paramedic staff. It is learnt that each dispensary should have two medical officers — on male and one female — a pharmacist, a lab technician, a sweeper, a class IV employee, two multipurpose workers — one male and one female.

The district authorities had earlier sent numerous representations to the State Health Department for sanctioning new posts for these dispensaries and for taking over the dispensaries in Sector 19 and Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 4. The dispensary in Sector 20 was inaugurated in January, 2000, while the other two — in Sectors 10 and 25 — were inaugurated in August, 2001 and October 2001, respectively.

In fact, informed a senior official on condition of anonymity, the Health Department had been forced to take over these three dispensaries only after the administration, under pressure from residents, had fixed a date for inauguration.



Probe ordered into Home Guard jawan’s complaint
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The IG has directed the DSP (East) to probe into the allegation of a Home Guard volunteer that he was bashed up by some persons who were travelling in a car near the Sector 24 Children Traffic Park on July 10.

The Home Guard volunteer, Yashpreet, who was driving a Gypsy of the DSP, Traffic, had alleged that three persons, who were chasing the Gypsy, had bashed him up.

An SI, who owns the Zen car, had claimed that he was not in the car when the alleged incident took place.

The DSP, East, has been asked to verify whether the Home Guard volunteer had been assaulted.


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