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Hospitals gear up for burn cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
In the wake of an increase in burns and eye injuries caused by crackers on Divali every year, city hospitals have made arrangements to deal with emergencies this year.

To provide immediate treatment to the patients with eye injuries, the Department of Ophthalmology at the PGI has put doctors on special emergency duties round the clock from Thursday evening to Monday morning.

The Head of Department, Prof Amod Gupta, said two teams would be working to deal with the emergency cases of eye injuries. One team would be stationed in the male eye ward, Floor V, Block A while the second team would be performing operations.

“The injuries caused by crackers definitely go up on the Divali night. A majority of the burn injury patients in emergency are kept under observation for a few hours before they are discharged. Some of them with serious burns (more than 10 per cent) are admitted to wards’’ said the Head of Department of Plastic Surgery, Dr R.K. Sharma.

At General Hospital, Sector 16 the eye OPD would be converted into an emergency on the Divali night. An eye surgeon will be deployed on emergency duty. “Last year around 100 patinets with burns and eye injuries had come to the hospital on the Divali night. That is why we have decided to deploy an eye specialist this year, against a general physician,’’ said Dr G. Dewan, Deputy Medical Superintendent of General Hospital, Sector 16.

At Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, the number of doctors on emergency duty on the night of November 12 has been increased. Instead of one Junior Resident on duty in the emergency, there would be two in addition to two senior residents and two consultants.

In case of injury

* Do not run if clothes catch fire; lie down on ground and cover the burns with a thick sheet or blanket.

* Do not rub soil, chemical or indigo on the burns as it can cause tetanus.

* Pour water, preferably running water on the burn and cover it with clean sheet or towel before rushing to doctor.

* In case of eye injuries, do not rub the eyes if cracker-powder goes inside; do not splash water also.

* Cover the eye with cotton patch and rush to the doctor


* Light a cracker from a distance by a candle, parental vigil is a must.

* Don’t wear loose or synthetic clothes.

* Keep a bucket full of water while exploding crackers.

In case of emergency

*Call up ambulance service at 102 and 2782457 (for General Hospital, Sector 16) which is available round the clock.

* At PGI, all eye emergency cases are to be brought in male eye ward, 5th floor, Block A from November 11 to November 15.



Women cricketers allege tampering with scorebook
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, November 10
Women cricketers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, have objected to alleged violation of rules and unfair means adopted by the Chandigarh Women’ Cricket Association while organising UT Junior Women Cricket (under 19) meet being played here at the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36.

On a visit to the venue this morning, the girls alleged that in their tie against Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, on November 8, bowlers of the rival team were allowed to bowl additional overs. Harshita, captain of the GMSSS-35 team said even the umpires were biased. One of the umpires , Happy, who was the coach of another participating team, spoke rudely in order to demoralise them, she alleged.

Another team player, Mahima, alleged that since they were runner-up last year, right from the beginning of the tournament organisers adopted a stepmotherly approach towards them. She said no draws or fixtures of the tournament were given to them.

Another team member Bharti showed photostat copies of the scorebook of their tie against Bhavan Vidyalaya. It did not have the name of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, written on it and rather space was left blank.

Even this reporter saw the scorer trying to again tamper with the scorebook. But when he objected to it the scorer said, ‘I will do, no body can dictate me’. Bharti said even during their match none from their team was allowed to sit with the scorer for crosschecking.

Ms Archana Sharma, secretary of the association, said these girls did not give the complaint in writing on the day of their tie. She denied that they tried to harass the GMSSS-35 girls. She said after a long time, women cricket was being given a thrust in the city under the headship of, Ms Satinder Dhillon.

Meanwhile, hosts MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, will take on Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, in the final of the under-19 category on November 16.



Aakash, Yuvraj excel in St John’s sports meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, November 10
The annual primary section sports meet of St John’s High school, Sector 26, here was held today. In 50-metres race, Aakash and Yuvraj Kaushal of preperatory and KG classes, bagged the first positions. The winners in the other age groups were Rajwal, Varundeep, Saurav, Nirmal, Akhil, Zorawar, Manan and Jugnu. In the high jump, Khushwinder Dhaliwal, Sunil and Sehaj Mundi were the winners. In long jump section Kesav, Arjun, Eash, Eshan, Mukesh, Diwakar, Chirag and Dipankar recused the first positions. In 200-metre race, the winners were Keseb Aryal, Arjun, Eshan, Pranjay, Priyadeep, Ajay, Suraj, Khushwinder and Dipankar. In the 75-metre race, the winners were Keseb, Arjun, Andrew, Ajit and Ajay.

In the 100-metres race the winners in various age groups were, Surat, Raja, Diwakar, Sarfraz, Praseej, Akamjit, Angad Chahal and Chirag. The guest of honour in the today’s function was revered Brother RI Meredith.

250 athletes to participate

The Third National Warehousing Sports meet-2004 will be held in Chandigarh from November 16 to 18. It will be organised by the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC).

According to Mr AK Goel, Managing Director PSWC, nearly 250 athletes drawn from eight states — Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, CWC, New Delhi, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab will participate in the three-day meet. Volleyball, badminton, table tennis, cricket, kabaddi, athletics and rowing events will be held at various venues in the city. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Athletic stadium, Sector 7, Chandigarh.

Selection trials

The trials to select the Chandigarh Schools team for the 50th National School Games in various disciplines will be held from November 18 at different venues in the city. According to Ms Rajesh Chaudhary District Education Officer, UT, the trials for football (under 17) will be held at GMSSS, Sector 37, on November 18. Hockey boys in under 14,17 and under 19 categories will be held on November 18,19, and 20, respectively. The trials for girls’ hockey team will be held on November 18,19 and 20 in under 14, 17 and under 19 sections, respectively. Similarly trials of badminton teams of boys and girls in under 14,17 and under 19 sections will be held on November 18,19 and November 20, respectively, at GMSSS, Sector 23.

The lawn tennis trials in boys and girls sections in under 14,17 and under 19 sections will be held on November 18,19 and 20, respectively, at GMSSS, Sector 16.

Hockey tourney

The Chandigarh Women Hockey Association will hold the UT State Women Hockey Tournament at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 18, Chandigarh, to select the Chandigarh women team for the 53rd Senior Women National Hockey Championship to be held at Bangalore from November 25 to December 4. Entries close with Ms S.K. Goswami, hockey coach, on November 17.



Admn to auction 4-kanal plot after decade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
For the first time in more than a decade, the Chandigarh Administration will auction a four kanal (2000 square yard) plot at an auction on December 10 and 11. Besides this 100 residential plots and 125 commercial plots will also be auctioned.

The residential property will be on freehold basis while the commercial property will be on leasehold basis.

Also for the first time the auction will be held inside a local hotel and not in the open. The Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer, Mr Arun Kumar, said the list of properties to be auctioned had already been finalised in consultation with the Chief Architect and Town Country Planning Department. The Estate Office is also conducting a physical verification so that prospective bidders are not inconvenienced.


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