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Indo-French blood ties
Tripti Nath

The French Ambassador to India, Mr Dominique Girard, set a praiseworthy example in diplomacy by offering the embassy premises on Andre Malraux Marg, Chanakyapuri, for a blood donation camp on Wednesday.

Mr Girard and his femme, Maude made this gesture more noble and memorable by donating blood. The Deputy Director of the Rotary Blood Bank, Dr N. K. Bhatia and Haematologist, Dr Anju Varma were also present at the embassy. The Rotarians are delighted with the couple’s gift of life. Mr Girard’s blood group is A negative, which is rare and his wife’s blood group is O negative, which is exceptionally rare.

Mr Sanjiv Rai Mehra, president of the Rotary Club of Delhi, said that the Rotary Blood Bank collected 69 units of whole blood at the daylong blood donation camp. “This is lesser than the average of 120-123 whole units of blood we collected at each. The camp was organised at short notice. Fifty embassies were invited to participate in the camp. Of these, staff from seven embassies, including the German embassy, the American embassy and the Canadian High Commission turned up. We had invited Mr Girard to our meeting on September 25. Mr Girard offered to hold a blood donation camp after he learnt from my presentation about dengue and consequent platelet shortage. He has offered to hold a similar campaign in the embassy in February.”

Since the beginning of the Rotary year in July, the Rotary Club of Delhi has collected 700 units of whole units of whole blood. The Club organised a camp in Maharaja Agrasen School in Ashok Vihar Phase IV on Friday. The Rotary Blood Bank in Tughlakabad Institutional Area was inaugurated by Union Home Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, in March last year. Its mission statement is “No one shall suffer in Delhi and neighbouring areas for want of blood.” According to Mr Mehra, the Rotary Blood Bank does not ask for replacement donors who could be commercial donors. “The Bank does not work on the replacement theory and only asks for cost of processing blood from the relatives of a needy person. If the person is poor and cannot afford to pay this amount, we waive off the full amount.”

Vibgyor for people living with HIV/AIDS

Amby Valley, Sahara Lake City near Lonavla, Maharashtra, recently hosted a gathering of India’s 25 top artists for an arts camp to celebrate the lives of People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLHWA). The unique initiative titled ‘Celebration of Lives - national campaign by artists against HIV/AIDS’ was aimed at fighting the stigma and discrimination faced by PLHWA. Organised by Sahara India Parivar and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Regional HIV & Development Programme, South and North East Asia, the three-day campaign concluded on Friday. During the camp, leading artists as Jatin Das, Yurica and Rajiv Lochan, Shamshad Hussain, Surya Prakash, Bulbul Sharma, Madhavi and Manu Parekh, Achutun Kuldur dedicated their enviable brushwork to positive themes revolving around the lives of PLHWA. The works will be exhibited Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. Proceeds from the sale of the paintings will go to a fund to help PLHWA to meet the cost of treatment.

UNDP Senior Deputy Resident Representative Maurice Dewulf is optimistic that the campaign will yield the desired results. He cited the example of Brazil and some of the South African countries, which have achieved remarkable results. “They have been able to reverse the onslaught of AIDS,” he said.

Diploma course on ASD

The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) has selected Delhi-based Action for Autism and School of Hope-Tamanna, the Spastics Society of Karnataka and Mind’s College of Educational Research, Mumbai, to launch the country’s first diploma course on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Persons who have completed 10+2 in any disciple can enrol for the course.

The curriculum for the Diploma in Special Education (ASD) has been developed and approved by RCI with the help of professionals, special educators, policy makers and parents. The main objective of the course is to mainstream children with autism.

The Chairperson of the National Trust for Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Mental Retardation, Mrs Aloka Guha and the Principal of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, Dr Shyama Chona, have made significant contribution to the development of the curriculum. ASD is a complex neuro development disorder, which affects communication, socialisation, thought and behaviour. It includes individuals with wide range of functional disabilities.

Interventional cardiology

Eli Lilly, the Institute of Validation Technology (IVT) and Sanofi Synthelabo, a global pharmaceutical company, launched on Friday ‘Basics & Beyond’, a three-day formal training programme on interventional cardiology at the Research and Referral Army Hospital for students of interventional cardiology.

The course is in two phases `initial’ and `advanced’ and will be conducted in North, West and South zones this year and next year. Students will get a chance to get hands on training from experts through live case demonstrations. The organisers are of the view that the current curriculum provides very little hands on training and students enrolled for postgraduation and specialisation in cardiology don’t benefit from a very structured training programme.

Mr Rajiv Gulati, Chairman and Managing Director, Eli-Lilly & Company (India) Pvt. Ltd, says that Basics and Beyond is the only programme of its kind in the country, which aims at training young cardiologists and supports the country’s academic programme for this sector of medical practitioners.

Taste the purity of herbal cosmetics

Persons fed up with their tired and dull reflection in the mirror can try a range of herbal products from the home laboratory of beautician and entrepreneur, Mrs Namrata Makkar.

What lends credibility to her claim of pure herbal products is that she sources the herbs from her father’s 55-year-old shop of Indian herbs or crude drugs in Khari Bawli in Chandni Chowk. Namrata’s knowledge of an amazing variety of Indian herbs and their medicinal properties is impressive. Over the years, she has experimented with a combination of various herbs, spices and fruits and evolved mixtures that work wonders on the face and hair. Her parlour `Namrata’s Herbs and Trends’ in Punjabi Bagh has a unique collection of face packs, oils and shampoos. The products include nine types of face packs, namely, anti-ageing, anti-acne or for problem skin, for dry, normal and oily skin, fairness pack, glow skin and under eye pack for dark circles. “All the packs are in dry, powdered form and are free of chemicals. They are priced at Rs 45 and are so pure that you can even taste them,” says Mrs Makkar. Apart from these, she also manufactures scalp oil, body oil and pain relieving oil. For your crowning glory, Mrs Makkar has a range of scalp tonic, herbal shampoo made from Amla, Brahmi, Chandan and Shikakai. It is priced at Rs 95. “The hair salad is available for Rs 65 and acts a manure for the hair,” adds Mrs Makkar. The range includes face creams for normal, dry and oily skins.

VP releases book on acupressure

Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat released a unique book on acupressure co- authored by Dr L. C. Gupta and Dr. A. K. Saxena at his residence earlier this week. On the occasion, Mr Shekhawat said that he was amazed to see the depth of understanding of both writers. “This book gives full understanding of the anatomy with analysis of disease and causes thereof and then goes into the full gamut of holistic treatment supported by appropriate figures and datas. This is very easy to understand and may be used as a home remedy book without any fear of side effects because no medication is involved. Such books integrating the efforts of allopathy with nature cure should be written for the benefit of holistic treatment of the patients,” he said.

Dr L. C. Gupta, a retired Inspector-General of BSF, has till date authored 95 books on medical science and allied subjects. His name has already appeared in the Limca Book of World Records. Dr Saxena is a renowned acupressure therapist. The 430-page book is published by Srishti Publication, Delhi.

Nalini Ranjan



Click to get hospital info
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 1
Information about the land records and hospitals in the Capital will be available at the click of a mouse within next six months.

“This will greatly help the government in improving the civic amenities and allowing people hassle-free accessibility of all land records,” Mr S Reghunathan, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Government of NCT of Delhi, said today.

Speaking at an award presentation function for infotech achievers organised by VAR India, a computer magazine, Mr Reghunathan said all government hospitals having more than a hundred beds would also be fully computerised by April next year.

In the first phase, two major hospitals – Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) and G B Pant – had already been computerised. “All patient records, registration and related details will be available on computers. This will help in providing better health facilities to patients and checking faster spread of communicable diseases,” the official said.

Mr Reghunathan said the government’s unified portal www.govtofdelhi.nic.in had been upgraded for single-window service.


Kerala nurses to join hands
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 1
Two months after the rape of a nurse from Kerala in the national Capital, nurses from the southern state today decided to form their own association to demand better working conditions.

The Delhi Malayalee Nurses Association will give an organised forum to the Malayalee nurses to raise their voice against the problems faced by them, according to its president Usha Krishnakumar.

The association is to focus on the safety and security of the Malayalee nurses, who form a majority of the nurses in the city hospitals.

The association will also demand minimum wages, medical insurance and travel facilities for its members besides improvement in the patient/nurse ratio, said Ms Krishnakumar, who is also a Mahila Congress leader.

It also plans to help its members find jobs abroad and create a data bank of Malayalee nurses working in Delhi.

Ms Krishnakumar said that in Delhi, like in other parts of the country, the majority of nurses are from Kerala, but the management does not address their welfare. The nurses have decided to come together because of the recent problems faced by them, she added.

Two months ago, a private nurse was raped and brutally assaulted by a ward boy at a hospital in East Delhi prompting a public outcry against the increasing incidents of crime against women in the Capital.


Anand wins World Rapid Chess Champion title
Our Sports Reporter

Viswanathan AnandNew Delhi, November 1
NIIT brand ambassador Viswanathan Anand was crowned World Rapid Chess Champion title when he defeated the reigning World Classical Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik 1.4-0.5 in the final at Cap D’agde, France.

This is Anand’s fifth World title. Previously, Anand had won the World Junior in 1987 in Philippines, World Cup at Shenyang, China and the FIDE World Title at Teheran, both in 2000 and the World Cup again at Hyderabad in 2002.

The much-awaited 100th game between the new world rivals, Kramnik and Anand saw the former open with the king pawn, which surprised the latter.

Anand played the Sicilian defence and opted for the Scheveningen variation. Theoretically, Anand’s 13th move was new and this break in the centre gave black dynamic equality.

Kramnik proposed a draw along with his 19th move, which Anand accepted. They had all major pieces on board and a same colour bishop but, however, white had possibilities to play on.

In the second game, Anand opened with the king pawn and Kramnik went for the Sicilian defence, Sveshinikov variation. Anand’s 18th move was new and Kramnik responded solidly, but ceded a five-minute advantage on the clock.


Sirsa sweep overall titles in TT
Our Sports Reporter

Sonepat, November 1
Sirsa district bagged the overall championship of the four-day Haryana State Tennis Championship by winning eight out of ten titles in different age group and sections. The championship concluded Friday evening and the Deputy Commissioner, Balwan Singh gave away prizes among the winners.

In last day’s finals, Sunil Bhatia of Sirsa struggled to defeat Ganesh Bhatia also of Sirsa in men section as the match extended to seven sets. Sunil won the title by winning four out of seven sets (11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12 and 11-4). Sunil and Ganesh are brothers.

The title of women section went to Anuradha of Ambala who also struggled to defeat Sidhi of Sirsa by 4-11, 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 12-10 and 14-12.

Deepak Malik of Rohtak bagged the title of boys’ single final by convincingly defeating Atul Mangwana of Kurukshetra by 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5 and 11-6.

In boys’ cadets single final, Hitesh of Sirsa outplayed Navneet of Bhiwani by winning three consecutive sets (11-4, 11-9 and 11-4).

Sidhi of Sirsa bagged the girls’ section title by registering a win over Neha also of Sirsa with sets scores reading as 11-7, 11-8 and 11-9.

The golden girl of Sirsa, Neha defeated Rashu also of Sirsa by 11-1, 11-8, 6-11 and 11-7 to clinch the title of girls’ cadets final. Neha has also won the girls sub-junior singles finals of the championship.

Sirsa had also won the under-17 girls section, sub-junior boys’ singles final and under-10 boys’ section singles finals.


Gymkhana beat Maulana Azad

New Delhi, November 1
City Gymkhana beat Maulana Azad by 110 runs in the DDCA A-II division league of YSC II ground. City Gymkhana: 223 for 7 in 40 overs: Rakesh Joshi 95, Jaiparashar 41, Piyash Tiwari 36. Maulana Azad: 113 all out in 24.2 overs: Mohd. Naved 28, Abdul Rehman n o 30, Sameer Bandoh 6 for 22, Anish Suri 3 for 29.

In another match, Telefunken Club beat MTNL by 9 wickets in A-II division at RSC ground.

Jai Chhabra, Sakshi shine

Panipat, November 1
Jai Chhabra and Sakshi Gupta were declared the best male and female athletes on the annual sports day of Dr MKK Arya Model School, Model Town, here yesterday. While the overall trophy was won by the Nishtha House, Shaurya House won two shields - in the under-14 and under-18 category. The Aastha House won trophy for march past. Mr Surjit Singh Dhillon, District Sports and Youth Welfare Officer, presided over the function, according to Mr RCS Singh, school principal. OSR


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