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Patients given free advice on diet 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 17
The Department of Dietetics of the local Christian Medical College on Tuesday organised a display of therapeutic diets at the out-patient department. The focus was on cardio vascular and renal diseases and diabetes mellitus. Educational charts and cooked foods were on display.

The exhibition was open to all. The Body Mass Index (BMI) was calculated and free diet consultation was provided to the interested people. As many as 120 persons, 61 women and 59 men participated in the BMI survey. The age groups ranged from 20 to 60 years. More than 50 per cent of the people surveyed were either Grade I or Grade II obese and about 10 persons were underweight.

Dr Molly Joshi, Head of the Department of Dietetics, CMCH, said obesity was the root cause of many diseases such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, gout, etc.

It was important to educate the public about the ill effects of poor eating habits. Healthy foods lead to sound health and these should be started from childhood. Lack of exercise, indulging in routine consumption of fast foods, etc leads to many health problems. The importance of diet in maintaining health should not ignored. Since diet played a major role in controlling diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, etc, it was important to take regular diet counselling from a qualified dietician. Understanding this need, CMCH run a daily diet clinic to help patients with proper diet intake. Dietary counselling was provided to hospitalised patients also.

Many therapeutic diets under the breakfast, mid-meals, lunch and dinner categories were on display. Emphasis on a vegetarian diet with more of fresh fruits and vegetables was evident. Informative posters were also displayed during the exhibition.



Mehak, Pratik emerge winners
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 17
Mehak Arora and Pratik emerged as champions among girls and boys (u-11) sections, respectively, in the Inter-class Chess Competition of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, here today. Bhawna Kalra in the girl's section while Ankush Joshi in the boy's section finished at the third place. Earlier in the semi finals, Mehak got the better of Bhawna Kalra and Pratik ousted Sachin to enter the final.

In the boys section (u-14 years), Rishi Batra and Raghav prevailed over their respective opponents Prashant and Mandeep in the semi-finals to earn place for the title clash. In the final, Rishi proved his supremacy over Raghav to clinch the title. In the match to ascertain the third spot, Mandeep proved too good for Prashant.

In the girl’s section, Jyoti outnumbered Steena to bag the title. In the semi-finals, Jyoti outclassed Neha Sharma while Khushboo went down fighting against Steena. In the match to decide the third place, Khushboo faced a little resistance from Neha Sharma before romping home victorious.

Karuna displayed better game to dislodge Isha Jagota and won the crown in girl’s section (u-17) while in the boy’s section, Hemant defeated Nishant to wear the crown. In the semi-final, Karuna and Hemant had outplayed Simarpreet and Rubab Chopra, respectively.

In the boys (u-19) category, Manik Vij beat Ajay Kochhar and Sahil Sikka overwhemled Sourabh Yadhav in the semi-finals and settled for the title clash. In the final, Manik Vij drubbed Sahil Sikka to lift the title. Sourabh Yadav beat Ajay Kochhar to earn the third position.

As many as 254 students took part in four age groups ( u-11, u-14, u-17 and u-19 years) during this tournament. Mr O.P. Sabharwal, member, management committee, inaugurated the meet by lighting a lamp before the portrait of Goddess Saraswati. Chowdhary Sat Parkash, Mr Manmohan Bambha, management committee members along with Ms Ashok Verma, Principal, Kithlu Nagar branch, Ms Sunil Arora, Principal of the host branch, Mr Baljit Singh, in charge, sports, were present at the opening ceremony.

The first three position holders were given mementoes. Silky Dhir, Ambika Marwaha, Tina Bhandari and Ginny Sekhri who represented the district in the Punjab State Schools Chess Championship (u-14), were also felicitated on the occasion.

Ranjit wins silver:
Ranjit Singh, a local resident, has won a silver medal in the National Power Lifting Competition held in Lucknow (UP ) from July 10 to 13. Ranjit Singh (23) participated in the competition as a member of the team of the Punjab Power Lifting Association.

Ranjit Singh said he participated in the 125 kg weight category and he lifted 617 kg. He said the state government should give more facilities to the players of the state. He said he would try to win a medal in the international competitions.



MC issues notice to private coloniser
Our Correspondent

Khanna, July 17
The Khanna Municipal Council has issued a notice to a private coloniser, developing a colony — Sun City, on the Amloh road here today. The municipal authority had asked the coloniser to show the approval of PUDA or to face demolition of the colony. While the representative of the company said they had approval from PUDA and they had shown this to the head draftsman of the council. 

The Executive Officer of council confirmed the issuance of the notice and said the company developing colony had not taken any no-due certificate from the council and no site plan has been deposited with the MC.

Allegations were levelled against the colonisers that they had not deposited development charges with the municipal council. Municipal sources said the development charges were Rs 24,000 per acre for water supply, Rs 54,000 per acre for sewerage and Rs 24,000 per acre for treatment of sewerage water. Besides this, Rs 5 per square yard for residential building and Rs 10 per square yard for commercial building. While the coloniser dismissed the allegations and said they have their own water supply, sewerage system and treatment plant. The representative of the company said the company would present the approval of PUDA as desired by the municipal council authorities.

Mr Najar Singh, Executive Officer of the MC, said if they have approval even then they have to got passed all plans of all buildings being constructed in the colony. 


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