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Cancer will be curable, say experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The biomolecular revolution has now cracked the mystery of cancer and has given us a wealth of extremely promising new avenues for attacking cancer, which will eventually, replace the primitive tools of chemotherapy, surgery, hyperthermia and radiation available today.

Many scientists are optimistic that within the next two decades all types of cancer may be curable. These were the opinions of Prof P.N. Srivastava, a former Vice-Chancellor, of the JNU, New Delhi, and former member, Planning Commission, while delivering a lecture on “Hopes and disappointments in cancer treatment”, here today.

He was speaking at the National Science day celebrations, under the aegis of the Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Science Congress and sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Chandigarh, and INSA, Chandigarh Chapter, at the Department of Biotechnology, Chandigarh.

In his lecture, Professor Srivastava suggested that several new avenues which were generating intense interest and were going to prove fruitful within a decade or two.

The approach is enhancing the immune system. Normally, the antibodies created by the immune system are not sufficiently powerful to target a cancer cell. One can, however, create ‘’monoclonal antibodies’’ or chemicals, which specifically target the proteins, found on the surface of the cancer cell.

Another approach has to do with targeting cancer genes. Gene therapy can inject the correct gene to replace the defective ones causing the cancer.

No one knows precisely which therapy will be the most effective against cancer.

Professor R.P. Bambah, former Vice-Chancellor, PU, and former President of the ISCA, gave away the prizes to the winners of the competitions. The following is the list of prize winners.

Quiz: Varun and Dhananjay - Deptt of Bio Technology, PU; Rahul and Arpit - PEC; school quiz: Mohit Verma and Abhishek Gupta - Gyan Joyti Public School; Deepa Anant and Yogesh Singh - Shishu Niketan; Declamation contest: Jasleen - Department of Physics PU; Arshdeep Kaur - Department of Biotechnology, PU; and Abina Bhatt - Department of Computers, PU; School: Lavanya - Secred Heart; Ashna Sharma - Sacred Heart; and Anchal Aggarwal - Sacred Heart; extempore: Kamna Singh - MCW DAV College; Varun Aggarwal - PEC; Gaurav Karwal - PEC; and collage Making: Sumit and Tarun - PEC; Jyotsna and Sukhleen - GGDSD.


Doctor sets record
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Dr Sarvinder Singh Gandhok, a city-based physician, is all set to enter the Limca Book of Records by completing 200 episodes on various aspects of health awareness and preventive medicine on the Siti cable network.

“Preventive medicine is an important aspect of healthcare which unfortunately has been ignored by both public and private sector,” says Dr Gandhok, a consultant physician and child specialist, who has been raising his voice against the growing incidence of tuberculosis and other preventable diseases in the city and its surrounding areas.

“People need to be educated about preventive measures. By being little more attentive to their personal hygiene and cleanliness of their surroundings, a number of diseases, including malaria, typhoid and TB, can be prevented,” says Dr Gandhok.

The programme was started in August, 1996. “It is perhaps the only programme of its type which has been continuing uninterrupted for almost five years now. In the present-day environment, the visual media is the best channel to reach the masses.”

He says that completing 200 episodes has been a tough and meticulous job.

He says that his focus in the coming episodes would be on the well-being of elderly and senior citizens by talking about angina, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, acid peptic disease, gall stones, diabetes, TB, bronchitis, asthma, and cancer.


600 participate in social medicine conference
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 28
The concept of networking will lead to rapid sharing of vital information and help in the development of multi-pronged strategies, said speakers at the 31st annual national conference organised by the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine. The conference, inaugurated today, is being attended by over 500 delegates and 100 experts from different parts of the country and abroad. It was revealed that the new public health courses in epidemiology and health management were likely to be introduced.

On the first day of the conference, seminars were held on public health surveillance, communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases, besides health promotion strategies. Oral and poster presentations of scientific papers by young scientists was also held.

The speakers asserted that networking for public health surveillance was in line with the present-day need for coordination among the different players in the health sector. The concept of networking will lead to more rapid sharing of vital information.

The guest of honour was the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Mr D.S. Guru.


Training in public health must, say docs
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 28
In India, only 10 per cent of the doctors running public health programmes are specialists in the field. As a result, public health as a discipline and speciality, has been ailing in the country. The situation is not very different in South-East Asia.

The delegates attending annual national conference organised by the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) say that training is a must.

The doctors add that they have been asking for setting up of six or seven institutes for imparting training since the seventh Five Year Plan. They say that an expert in one field, without being trained in public health, may not be able to achieve the objective. 


Free medical camp held at Jalauli
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 28
A free medical camp was organised with the assistance of the Health Department, Haryana, and the village panchayat, Jalauli, Panchkula district, at Government High School, Jalauli, today.

Ms Shimla Bhatti, chairman, Zila Parishad, inaugurated the medical camp. About 310 patients were checked in the camp and given free medicines. They were also imparted health education and awareness about prevention of diseases and personal hygiene. Dr A.P. Singh Sodhi, SMO, Raipur Rani, Dr Rajiv Kaura and Dr Reetu Kaura conducted the medical camp.

The camp was held by the Build India Group, which also organises blood donation camps, sarv dharam sammelans, tree plantation programmes and arranges help for the poor.


Administration XI lift Samuel Banerjee Trophy
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 28
It was a narrow three-run victory for the UT Administration XI when they overpowered Chandigarh Press club in a friendly cricket match for Samuel Banerjee trophy played here today at the Sector 16 Cricket ground.

The Chief Guest, Mr Lalit Sharma, Adviser to the UT Administrator, who was the chief guest praised the surroundings of the cricket stadium and said it could be compared to any English village ground. He assured the cricket lovers that all efforts would be made to improve the playing and infrastructure of the stadium.

Batting first, UT Administrator XI led by its captain Vivek Atrray scored 132 runs. Daniel Banerjee was the highest scorer with 45 runs. Surinder Singh ‘Baijee’ claimed four wickets while Vikrant Gupta took two wickets. In reply, Press Club XI had a good start and its skipepr Vikrant hammered 65 runs. But this huge score was no avail for scribes who lost their all wickets when the scores read at 130. Dr Swami Das Mehta bagged four wickets. The man-of-the-match award was given to Vikrant, best bowler to S.D. Mehta and best batsman to Daniel Banerjee.

Medha adjudged best athlete

Medha Agnihotri was adjudged the best athlete in the 39th annual athletics meet of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, held today. Earlier, Mr Dilip Kumar, DPI (Colleges), UT, who was the chief guest, gave away the prizes. Various other winners were: Sakshi (long jump), high jump (Medha), discuss throw (Medha), javelin throw (Medha), shot put (Medha), 100 metres (Shailini); 2000 metres: Shailin; slow cycling: Devika,fast cycling: Amrinder.

In the race for children between seven to 12 years, Rajath came first while in below-7 years, Harsimran secured first place.

Annual sports day

The annual sports day meet of the Indira Holiday Home preparatory school was held today. It opened with a march past led by the school captain. Budding athletes took part in various events exhibiting their physical fitness and skills. Playway class preseneted a music and dance item, followed by various races including backward race, windmill race, frog race, balloon race, horse race, duck race and hurdle race.

The tiny tots of Pre- Nursery classes presented spring dance. The grand finale was an aerobic dance number presened by Nursery and KG students.


Patiala House win athletics trophy
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 28
The 25th annual athletics meet at Yadavindra Public School, Mohali concluded today with much fanfare on the school grounds. The week-long meet saw more than, 1000 students taking part in various events. Overall, the best House in athletics trophy was awarded to Patiala House with 1098 points closely followed by Tagore House with 881 points in the second place, Aitchison 849 points, Ranjit 838 points and Nalagarh houses 751 points came in third, fourth and fifth positions, respectively. Aitchison House was declared best marching house.

The chief guest, Mr Vipin Pubby, Resident Editor, Indian Express, in his speech said the enthusiasm and zeal shown by the students is praiseworthy. He said the motto, play the game and play like a gentlemen, has reinforced the spirit of the Yadavindrians.

Mr H.S. Dhillon, Principal, highlighted the sports activities being organised on the school premises.

The best athletes: Boys — (under-10) was Master Kirtan Bir (Patiala House) of Class V; (under-12) Kabir (Nalagarh House) of Class VI; (under-14); Mohammed Wasim (Tagore House) of Class VIII; (under-16); Khushdeep Singh (Aitchison House) of Class IX; and (above-16); Tejinder (Patiala House) of Class XII.

Girls — (under-11) was Harkiran (Tagore House) of Class VI; (under-13) Aanchal (Nalagarh House) of Class VIII; under-15 Seonhe (Patiala House) of Class X; and (above-15) Kanwalpreet (Tagore House) of Class XII.

Results: 100 m: (under-15 girls); Jairoop (Patiala House) 1, Seonhe (Patiala House) 2, Sahiba (Tagore House) 3; old Yadavindrians: Veru Sood (1989 batch) 1, Gurinder (!987 Batch) 2, Gurpreet Aulakh (1991 batch) 3. Tug of war played between old boys v/s present boys, each consisted of 12 members. Old students won by 2-0; u-14 boys: Harsimran (Aitchison House) 1, Mohammed Wassim (Tagore House) 2; 100 m: above (15 girls): Kanwal Baidwan (Tagore House) 1, Harveen (Aitchison House) 2; 4x400 m relay: (above — 16 boys): Nalagarh House 1, Tagore House 2, Aitchison House 3.



Five ultrasound centres get notices
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 28
The Haryana Health Department has issued notices to five ultrasound centres here on the charges of violating the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique Act (PNDT), 1973.

According to a press note, the five centres are being run by Dr Rajeev Kapur in Sector 4, Dr Devraj Batra in Sector 10, Dr Ruchika Jindal in Sector 10, Dr Sandhya Gargi in Sector 11, and Dr Anita Dua in Sector 11.

It said Dr Meenu Bansal of a Sector 10 clinic was allegedly caught red-handed, while conducting abortion illegally.

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