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Don’t be blind to this eye problem
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 27
You just cannot turn a blind eye to this problem. If one of your eyes is injured chances of the other one getting affected cannot be ruled out.

In fact, doctors reveal that the chances of complete loss of eyesight are quite high. Head of the Ophthalmology Department in the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Amod Gupta states, "Injury in one eye affects the other to the extent of total blindness in one of every 200 cases". Giving details, Dr Gupta states, "the risk period begins anytime after two weeks to first year. But you just cannot consider yourself safe even after that period". He adds, "The problem can occur anytime during a person's life, even 30 years after the incident. In such cases, a minor problem can be an emergency.”

As far as the first symptoms of the problem are concerned the victim should always look out for inflammation or redness in the other eye. The other symptoms include blurring of vision and reduced eyesight. Pain in the eye also indicate that all is not well.

"Early detection in such cases is difficult," Dr Gupta asserts, "As such the victim should be on the guard throughout his life. He should be sensitive towards the initial tell-tale signs". In case of inflammation or any other symptom, the victim should be rushed to the doctor or to a hospital. "Inflammation in other eye can be treated, if it is reported immediately," says eye specialist S.P.S. Grewal."As such a patient suffering from any of the symptoms must get the other eye checked up without wastage of precious time. The reason behind this is not hard to see. Eye ball integrity should be restored quickly." The assertion assumes significance because as many as 19 victims suffering from eye injuries were rushed to PGIMER's Ophthalmology Department soon after Divali celebrations in the city. Seven of them are suffering from "serious" eye injuries. Two have completely lost the eyesight.

Six such cases were reported at the Sector 16 General Hospital. Another eight cases of minor and severe eye injuries were reported at a private nursing home in Sector 11 here. Doctors reveal that in a majority of the cases the victims were passersby who suffered because of negligence on part of others.


Prof Gulati’s death mourned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 27
A condolence meeting to mourn the demise of a former Dean and Head of the PGI’s Department of Neurosurgery, Prof D.R. Gulati, was held today. A two-minute silence was also observed.

The Director-General of the ICMR and officiating Director of the PGI, Prof N.K. Ganguly, presided over the meeting which was attended by former directors, heads of departments, faculty members, resident doctors, paramedical, technical and nursing staff, besides other employees of the institute.

Tributes were paid to the Professor by Prof I.C. Pathak, Prof B.K. Sharma, Prof J.S. Chopra, Prof V.K. Kak, Prof Y.N. Mehra, Prof R.K. Suri and Prof A.K. Banerjee. 


DAV school girls win 2 TT titles
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, October 27
DAV Public School A, Sector 8, beat the B team of the school 3-0 to win the sub-junior girls team title in the 16th Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championship at the Sector 23 TT Hall here today.

In the sub-junior boys section, PGI Club beat DAV Public School, Sector 8, 3-1 to clinch the title. DAV Public School, Sector 8, won the junior girls team title after they beat Coaching Centre, Sector 23, 3-1 in the final.

The following are the results (all final):

Sub-junior girls: DAVPS-8(A) b DAVPS-8(B) by 3-0. Nadia Saini b Naina Suri 11-5, 11-6, 11-5; Sunanda Mahindra b Barbie Nagpal 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9; Mahima Singla b Meghna Kakaria 11-6, 11-8, 11-6.

Sub-junior boys: PGI Club b DAVPS-8 by 3-1. Puneet b Rajan Mahindra 11-7, 8-11, 14-16, 11-7, 11-4; Raghav b Manik Vig 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6; Chetan Kumar lost to Chetan Singla 8-11, 5-11, 9-11; Raghav b Rajan Mahindra 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6.

Junior girls: DAVPS-8 b Coaching Centre 23 by 3-1. Mahima Singla lost to Arshdeep 8-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 4-11; Nadia Saini b Guneet 11-6, 11-7, 11-6; Sunanda Mahindra b Sadhika 11-7, 11-3, 11-4; Nadia Saini b Akshdeep 11-5, 11-8, 11-8.

Junior boys: Coaching Centre A b Shishu Niketan Sector 22 by 3-0. Aditya Puri b Nitish Rana 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 11-8; Sajal Kaushal b Vaibhav 12-10, 11-3, 3-11, 11-8; Sumit Kumar b Sumit Kinger 15-13, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8.

Women: AG Audit Haryana Club b AG Audit Punjab Club 3-0. Nadia Saini b Barkha KC 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8; Shikha Sharma b Gurvinder Kaur 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5; Sunanda Mahindra b Mahima Singla 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5.

Spikers excel

Government Model High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, have won four titles in the inter-school state level volleyball tournament organised by the UT Education Department at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18. Spikers from the school won four titles for the fourth consecutive year.

In the under-17 girls group, Government Model High School, Sector 26, defeated Government High School, Sector 32, 25-22, 25-16, 25-05. In the under-14 girls group, Government Model High School, Sector 26 won the crown by defeating Government High School, Sector 32, 25-23, 25-17, 25-13. (See picture)

Ball badminton meet

The Chandigarh Ball Badminton Association is organising the fifth Chandigarh Senior State Ball Badminton Championship for men and women for the Sardar Piara Singh Trophy from November 20 to 23 at the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, Chandigarh. The association will also select the Chandigarh men and women teams for the 49th Senior National Ball Badminton Championship to be held at Cochin (Ernakulam, Kerala) in January or March, 2004. No separate trials will be conducted. In the institutions’ teams, no outsiders will be allowed to play.

Century Steel win

A fine batting performance by Narinder Walia ( 63 n.o) enabled Century Steel Industries to beat Satluj Coaching Centre by eight wickets in the Satluj cup league Cricket Tournament at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here yesterday.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, Satluj Club openers Anil Sharma (58) and Sanjeev Chadha ( 22) started off in an attacking fashion as they scored 74 runs in the first 10 overs. Skipper Jai Kapil (25), who joined Anil, kept the scoreboard moving and took the total past the 100-run mark. Left-arm spinner Amarjit Kumar was the most successful bowler for the Century Steel team as he claimed four victims for 19 runs.

Replying to this total, Century Steel openers Harminder Bawa (41) and Vaneet Chawla (21) started off cautiously. However, it was the superb knock of Narinder Walia which took the team to victory without any hurdle. He was ably supported by Dinesh , who scored an unbeaten 28 runs.

Brief scores: Satluj CC: 154 for 9 in 25 overs ( Anil Sharma 58, Jai Kapil 25, Sanjeev Chadha 22 , Tejwinder Gill 20, Amarjit Kumar 4 for 19, Dhirender Gusain 3 for 17, Ankush Mittal 2 for 22 )

Century Steel Industries: 157 for 2 in 23.40 overs (Narinder Walia 63 n.o., Dinesh 28 n.o., Harminder Bawa 41, Vaneet Chawla 21, Gurpreet Singh 2 for 31).

Cricket trials

Trials to select trainees for the DC Model Cricket Coaching academy will be held on October 30 at 3 p.m. at DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Panchkula.

In the first phase, 20 players will be selected who will be imparted full cricket coaching which includes physical fitness and improvement in fielding and running between the wickets. Players born on or after October 1 , 1986, will be eligible for the trials.

Badminton meet

The ninth Tara Chand Memorial All-India Prize Money Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament begins at the Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, Panchkula, tomorrow at 9 a.m.

More than 300 entries have been received in different categories of boys and girls events in the under-10, under-13, under-16 and under-19 age groups.

The qualifying rounds will be held on October 28 and 29 and the main draws will be played from October 30 to November 2. The tournament will be inaugurated by Mr M.S.Malik, Secretary-General, Haryana Olympic Association.


Mehan elected cricket body chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
Mr Sanjeev Mehan has been elected president of the Chandigarh Cricket Association, affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association. The elections were conducted at the Chandigarh Club here today at the general body meeting of the association. Mr Surinder Singh Baijee was re-elected secretary of the association.

The other office-bearers elected were Mr Hitesh Kumar Puri, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj and Mr Ravinder Pal Singh — vice-presidents, Mr Harminder Singh and Kamal Mehra — joint secretaries, Mr Vineet Khosla — finance secretary and Mr S.K. Walia — treasurer. Mr Puneet Bali will be the legal adviser of the association.

The following were elected executive members of the association — Mr Ajay Sharma, Mr Anil Bhatia, Mr Munish Chadha, Mr Sukhwinder Bawa, Mr Daniel Banerjee, Mr Rajinder Singh, Mr S. Walia, Mr Varinder Chopra and Mr Babloo.


Admn’s order to book JE
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
The Chandigarh Administration today ordered the registration of an FIR against a junior engineer of the Building Branch of the Estate Office for having allegedly misrepresenting facts, for acting with mala fide intention and indulging in moral turpitude.

The Sector 17 police station has been asked to register a case against Junior Engineer Kashmira Singh. A case to suspend him from service will be decided by the Finance Secretary, Mr Karan Avtar Singh, who is competent under service rules to take action against him.

Source said the Junior Engineer inspected a site, SCO 213, Sector 40 as the owners had sought in occupation certificate, sewerage certificate and completion certificate. He allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 10,000, which the owners refused. A day later the owners got a notice from the building branch that their building had violations and this would invite a fine of Rs 10,500 as compounding fee.

The owners met senior officers and submitted a complaint that the Junior Engineer had demanded a bribe which was refused, thus the hefty compounding fee. A fresh site inspection was ordered. On October 24, the new team gave a report that Kashmira Singh had misrepresented the facts and the actual compounding fee works out to be Rs 3,000. The owners were asked to deposit Rs 3,000 and get the required certificates.

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