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Citrus food, amla slow down ageing process
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
Citrus fruit, Vitamin E and amla hold key to young looks and can slow down the ageing process considerably though, so far, no research has established that the aging process can be completely done away with.

“The presence of anti-oxidants in all these foods works towards providing a better quality of life. Aging is synonymous with ill-health. Anti-oxidants in the body regulate cell death. If diseases are handled, it would lead to a healthy individual,” explains Dr Shakti N. Upadhyay from Reliance Industries, Mumbai.

One of the speakers at the Indian Science Congress, Dr Upadhyay points out, “The rasayana plants exhibit the property of presence of anti-oxidants in which amla tops the list. The more of amla you consume, the longer you will stay young sans the wrinkles which are the first indication of old age setting in.”

Approving the many creams available in the market to check ageing, Dr Upadhyay adds, “These work on the same principal of providing anti-oxidants to the skin. Too much exposure to the sun could also hasten ageing and going out with sun screens could actually reduce the harm done.”

Establishing a convergence between the traditional knowledge of the Vedic scriptures in medicine and the modern theory of science, Dr Upadhyay says, “The traditional system has based life on the number of breaths a person is given while doctors take into account the rate of metabolism. However, the two are the same since metabolic rate depends on the oxygen consumption which is the number of breaths a human being takes during a life span.”

“While we can handle the ageing process of the physical body, there are no solutions in modern medicine to check the ageing of the mind. Of the soul we know nothing at all. So, there is no cure for ageing,” he maintains.


Junior volleyball championship begins
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 10
Hosts Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, defeated Government Model High School, Sector 26, in three straight sets, 25-14, 25-09, 25-08, in the Chandigarh state junior volleyball championship, which began here today on the Shivalik Public School grounds. Earlier, the meet was inaugurated by Mr D.S. Bedi, Director Principal of the Sector 41 school.

In other matches of the day, Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, defeated Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, 25-14, 25-18, 25-12, and St Stephen's School, Sector 45 beat Chandigarh Baptist School, 25-19, 25-20, 25-16.

In the girls' section, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 18 beat Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, 25-17, 25-16, 25-22.In another match of the day, GSSS-8 defeated GMHS-26, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21.

PU in last eight

Panjab University, Chandigarh, made it to the last eight of the all-India inter-varsity ball badminton tournament today at JNTU, Hyderabad. As per a fax message received here, PU eves downed Kuvampu University, Karnataka, 29-19, 29-04. Tomorrow, PU will play Calicut University, Calicut.

Chess tournament

Shweta, Rashpal Kaur, Mandeep Singh and Mohit Malhotra were leading today with four points each in the girls and boys section respectively in the under-18 boys and girls chess tournament being played at St Kabir School, Sector 26. The two-day meet is being organised by the Chandigarh Chess Association.

Cricket tourney

DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, St Stephen's School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, by eight wickets in the first tie of the PCA Parle inter-school cricket tournament for the under-17 section here today at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh. St Stephen's were all out for 86 runs while DAVSenior Secondary School, Sector 8, achieved the target in 15 overs with eight wickets in hand.


Digvijay, Mandeep win in tennis meet
Our Sports Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 10
Digvijay Singh and Mandeep Yadav emerged winners in the under-10 and under-16 boys sections respectively, on the penultimate day of the ongoing total tennis meet here today at the YMCA, Sector 11.

While Digvijay had an easy time with his opponent Samin Bhargav by defeating him 6-0, 6-0, it was a tough moment for Mandeep Yadav who was taken to task by Navdeep Uppal. Finally, Mandeep won 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (15-13).

In the under-14 girls section, Divya and Poorna outplayed Aayushi and Anchal Rai Saheb to move into the finals.

The under-14, under-18 girls’ finals and men doubles finals will be played at 9.30 am. The under-12 boys section and men singles will be played tomorrow at 3 pm.

Under-10 finals: Digvijay Singh b Samin Bhargav 6-0,6-0; Boys under-12; SF: Amit Chuhan b Digvijay Singh 8-2; Anshul Kadiyan b Fateh 8-1. under-14:SF: Mandeep Yadav b Akshat Joshi 8-3; Sidharth Singh b Anshul Kadiyan 8-2.

Under-16: Mandeep Yadav b Gauravinder Toor 9-4; Navdeep Uppal b Mandeep Gill 9-4.

Girls: under-18: Sonia Sharma b Eqroop 7-0; Rakshita b Smiley 7-0. 


Survey to identify slums begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The Chandigarh Administration today began a survey to identify the actual number of slums in the city to facilitate the formulation of a policy.

So far the exact number of jhuggi and number of people living in themis based on estimates. The teams of the Administration started the survey estimates from colony. Number 4 in the Industrial Area Phase I and Colony Number 5 near Sector 44.

Specific forms will have to be filled. As per rough estimates, there are about 30,000 jhuggis in the city.

Deputy Commissioner Arun Kumar said the survey would be completed in about six weeks.

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