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Doctors for bone marrow donor programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
To help patients suffering from blood cancer, doctors have stressed the need for starting a bone marrow transplant donor programme in India, for which they are getting in touch with medical institutes in the US and Canada.

“Unfortunately in India, we do not have any such programme and in case the bone marrow of the family member does not match, the task of finding a donor becomes difficult,” said Dr Bakul. I. Dalal, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. He said having a bone marrow transplant donor programme in India would prove to be extremely helpful for those patients who have no option but to go in for donor transplant.

Dr Dalal said he was in touch with PGI doctors and some medical institutes in Mumbai so that a bone marrow donor programme could be launched in India. The work on the Bone Marrow Transplant Centre at the PGI is nearing completion and once all the equipment is acquired, transplant facility will be made available. Even though transplant is the only cure for certain diseases like thalassaemia, very few institutes in India have bone marrow transplant centres, with the high cost being one of the inhibiting factor.

Dr Dalal, who is here to attend the 7th international CME in haematology and transfusion medicine being held at the PGI, said unfortunately there was acute shortage of bone marrow donors in India as the awareness among the general population was very poor. “What we need to stress is that by becoming a bone marrow donor you are giving life to somebody, without the fear of any side effects or complications,” he explained. He added that there were no legal complications in becoming a bone marrow donor as was the case in case of kidney donation for renal transplant surgery.

Dr Michael Barnett, Head of Haematology at the University of Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital, Canada, said it was absolutely safe to donate bone marrow. “A donor will become temporarily anaemic but the low blood count can be easily made up with the help of iron supplements within four to six weeks, leaving him absolutely healthy,” informed Dr Barnett.

Dr Dalal said in case of a mismatch with a family member, unrelated donor transplant was possible but with some complications, which could be taken care of.

He said the first unrelated donor transplant was done in Vancouver in 1988 and since then many patients had benefitted. He said a transplant can be done either with the help of the bone marrow of the patients itself, from relatives like brother or sister or from unrelated donor after matching.



Eyecare programme for AIDS patients stressed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Ophthalmologists have stressed the need for incorporating special eyecare programme for AIDS patients as more and more stand the risk of losing vision.

With the AIDS epidemic raging like a wildfire, ophthalmologists are getting a large number of HIV patients who due to lack of awareness come late for treatment. “A new addition to our list of patients is those suffering from HIV infection as due to low immunity the virus gains entry into the eye, affecting the vision,” said Dr Jyotirmay Biswas, head of the Ocular Pathology and Uvea at the Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai.

Dr Biswas, is here to attend the three-day International Symposium on Uveitis and Intraocular Inflammations and the third annual conference of The Uveitis Society of India being held at the PGI. Delegates from all over the world are attending it.

He said there were almost 600 HIV infected persons who were under treatment for viral infection of the eye (cyto megalovirus retinitis) at the Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. There are almost 150 HIV patients who are under treatment at the Ophthalmology Department, PGI.

“The biggest problem being faced by HIV patients is the high cost of anti-retro viral drugs, which if taken are very effective in preventing the loss of vision,” he said.

With better drugs HIV infected persons can take better care of their eyes,” stressed Dr Vaishali Gupta, Assistant Professor in the Ophthalmology Department, PGI. She said it was very important that an HIV infected person gets a thorough eye check-up the moment he gets to know that he has tested positive and must get it monitored regularly.

During the various sessions on different eye ailments, including update and management of uveitis and VKH syndrome, were held.



MP pip Gujarat in national kabaddi tournament
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 6
The 16th Senior National Circle Kabaddi Tournament began here today at Football Stadium, Sector 17. In the match held in women section, Madhya Pradesh defeated Gujarat 36-26. For MP, it was Malti Kadia, Sangeeta Bhaduria and Rinki Pal who proved to be best raiders. For Gujarat, Sonal Patel and Meenu Patel scored seven and five points, respectively.

In the first men tie played today, Himachal Pradesh downed Maharashtra 41-15. In the fourth women tie played, Uttar Pradesh defeated Vidharbha 30-25, while for winners Arti Dubey and Jyoti performed well. Sunita Kumari and Niki Singh got six and five points, respectively. For losers, Bindu Jogadekar and Preeti Gunvir earned seven and eight points, respectively.

In yet another tie in men section, Karnataka beat Vidharbha 40-25. In the remaining matches for women section, UP beat Vidharbha 30-25 while Rajasthan got the better of Maharashtra 28-20. Earlier, Rana Gurmit Sodhi, president, Chandigarh Olympic Association, inaugurated the three-day meet.

Annual sports day

The annual sports day of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, was held today on the school premises. Mr Kewal Singh, Assistant Director (Sports), presided over the function along with Mr D.S. Bedi, Director Principal of the school. Children presented number of colourful drills and various track events were also held. The chief guest also appreciated the achievements of their volleyball players who won the national title.



Verma honours UT volleyball team
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 6
The UT junior volleyball team, which brought laurels to city by winning the national junior title few days back at Kolkata, was felicitated today by the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma. At a simple function held at Punjab Raj Bhavan, Justice Verma lauded the role of young boys in bringing home this coveted title which it won for the first time. The players along with coach Mohan Nagreta were honoured.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Volleyball Association led by Mr Vijay Pal Singh put before demands of the volleyball players before Justice Verma: opening of a Sports Training Centre on the pattern of the STC, Sector 18, by the Sports Authority of India with the aid of UT Administration; a separate multipurpose indoor hall for the city; and jobs for the outstanding volleyball players as per the fixed sports job quota in the UT Administration.

Justice Verma also praised the Shivalik Volleyball Academy whose eight players were part of the team that won the national title.

CHA (white) win

Chandigarh Hockey Academy (white) outplayed Chandigarh Hockey Academy (red) in a narrow 7-6 win in the final of the six-a-side hockey tournament played here today at Sector 42 hockey ground. Till half time, score was 5-2 in favour of CHA (red).

For winners, the scorers were, Dharamveer (1st and 38th min), Sandeep (2nd), Ranjot (21st), Sandeep (27th, 32nd, 37th).

For losers, the goals were scored by Deepak (3rd,12th, 20th, 26th), Dupinder (17th) and Simrandeep (5th minute).



Junior ranking tennis meet from today
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 6
The qualifying rounds of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit World Ranking Tennis Tournament will begin here tomorrow at the CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10. The main draw matches would begin from February 9. Players from more than 25 countries will participate in the tournament.

Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chairman, CLTA, said 122 entries from boys and girls (under-18) had been received for the qualifying rounds and the main draw. Out of these, 47 entries are for girls event and 75 entries for boys event, respectively. The main draw for boys and girls will be of 32 players of which 24 would be direct entries, four wild cards and four qualifiers. The draw for doubles event would be of 16 with 14 direct entries and 2 wild cards. All matches will be best-of-three sets.

Mr Kashyap said the matches would be played on six deco-turf synthetic courts. The challenge from Chandigarh consists of Sanam K. Singh, Jitin Bishnoi, Kinshuk Sharma, Izreek Randhawa, Navinder Pal Singh, Manjit Singh, Rajkanwar Singh, Sanjog Kapoor and Gursher Singh among boys and Alipt Sandhu, Inayat Khosla and Bahaar Paul among girls.

The countries participating in the event are Chinese Taipei, Israel, Thailand, Korea, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Slovene, Great Britain, Belgium, Kyrgyz, Ukraine, Russia, Nepal, Hong Kong, Croatia, Kuwait, Germany, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Japan, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Serbia, Canada, Sweden, Australia, Solomon Islands and host country India.

The tournament being a grade-3 event has attractive ITF Points, 60 for winners, 45 for finalists, 30 for semi-finalists and 20 for quarter-finalists. In the doubles, 50 points for winners, 30 for finalists, 20 for semi-finalists and 15 for quarter-finalists. These points have attracted top ranking players from all over the world.

Mr S.M. Sharma, Honorary Secretary of the association, who is also the Tournament Director, said all main draw players have been provided free hospitality.



MC seeks details of grants from UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The Municipal Corporation has written to the UT Administration seeking details of grant-in-aid that it will receive in the forthcoming financial year, reliable sources said here yesterday.

The MC will finalise its spending in the forthcoming financial year only after receipt of necessary information from the Administration.

The letter is a reminder of last year’s developments on the issue. The MC had cleared a budget for Rs 36 crore under the Plan head and Rs 50 crore under the non-plan head.

The UT Administration had given a final sanction of Rs 28.14 crore under the plan head and Rs 45 crore under the non-plan head.

“ The cuts by the Administration came as an embarrassment to the corporation. To avoid any uncomfortable situation this year, information regarding the total financial aid has been sought”, sources added.



Shopping mall auction on Feb 27
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The proposed site for a shopping mall in Sector 44D will be auctioned on February 27. The Chandigarh Administration will also auction 40 commercial, 40 residential and three sites for nursing homes.

The shopping mall will be on a leasehold basis. It will have four storeys and two levels of basement for parking. The mall is to be housed in an area of 2.5 acres with 40 per cent ground coverage. The site can be used for retail commercial showrooms, display showrooms, restaurants, food plazas, health clubs, call centres, banks and cinema halls.

To be eligible for bidding, a person or a firm will have to deposit Rs 10 lakh. The successful bidder will have to pay 25 per cent of the bid amount on the same day. The balance 75 per cent can be paid within 30 days from the date of auction without interest.

Terms and conditions can be obtained from the Estate Office on a payment of Rs 100. Besides the mall, other sites include SCOs and booths.


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