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Baby boomers prone to  psychiatric problems: experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Witness to the unparalleled social upheaval after the World War II, the persons born between the year 1946 to 1964 are more prone to developing depression than those born after this time period. Terming them as baby boomers, studies have found that the stress and sociological changes led to more vulnerability of this group, especially in the western countries.

“We term these persons as baby boomers, who due to the sociological and psychological changes are prone to falling ill due to depression than the other age groups. Emotions play a very important role in determining the psychiatric disorders and we can say that any disaster or natural calamity can have a long term effect,” said Dr Dilip Jeste, Professor of psychiatry and neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, USA while interacting with the mediapersons at the 57th Annual National Conference of the Indian Psychiatry Society (ANCIPS) at the PGI here today.

While attributing reasons for the high vulnerability of these persons, the visiting expert also said the devastating world at that time could have also led to the some biological and chromosomal changes in the youngsters who could develop psychiatric depression in later years.

“The biological, social and psychological factors together are responsible for the psychiatric disorders. Though the psychiatric illnesses are due to several brain disorders, unhealthy family atmosphere. Stress and broken relationships are also responsible for causing the neurological disorders,” added Dr J.K. Trivedi, President of the Indian Psychiatric Society from King George’s Medical University, Lucknow.

The experts also debated upon the stigma attached to the psychiatric illnesses and the hesitation on the part of the society to accept such patients. Doctors agree that the stigmatisation is a worldwide phenomenon, though the scenario is changing for the better.

Highlighting the extent of the psychiatric disorders, including depression, mental retardation, schizophrenia, epilepsy and phobias, Dr Shiv Gautam of the SMS Medical College, Jaipur, said around 10 per cent of the Indian population suffers from those psychiatric disorders which require urgent intervention and treatment and an additional six per cent of the population is also affected by drug and substance abuse and alcohol abuse. “In all the burden of the disorders is nearly 16 per cent,” said Dr Gautam.

At the CME organised on the topic “mental health of the elderly,” which was inaugurated by Prof N.N. Wig, the emeritus professor PGI, Dr Martin Prince from the UK spoke on the global burden of dementia and pointed out that there was an urgent need to carry out research in developing countries where the diseases’ burden is 66 per cent but only 10 per cent research is being conducted. 



Two speed skating tracks by year-end
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, January 29
City’s skating fraternity has a reason to cheer. Two new speed tracks will be available by the end of this year for the speed event skaters. The Skating Rink, Sector 10 will also have a new track. Another track will be laid at the KB DAV Centenary School, Sector 7.

Not only that the Roller Skating Federation of India (RSFI) has been apprised of these new proposals, but RSFI is also eager to bring more speed skating events to the city. Talking to this reporter over phone from Kolkata, Mr Pradeep Ganeriwal, President, RSFI, said, “Chandigarh, and its neighbouring states have always dominated in roller hockey but with new speed tracks likely to come up later this year, the response for this event would grow further”. Ganeriwal said skaters from Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir had done well at national and international levels and Chandigarh was the hub of the skating activities of the region.

“But in order to provide a managed platform to its budding skaters, we at RSFI think that since skating has a lot of potential in the region and an academy or centre of excellence of this sport could also be established here for the betterment of skaters,” he added.

He said the RSFI was also thinking of having talk with the authorities concerned in collaboration with Chandigarh Roller Skating Association (CRSA) if the skating activities at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, could be run as a joint venture of RSFI-CRSA and the Chandigarh Administration.

Meanwhile, Dr J.P.S. Sidhu, Joint Director Sports, UT, said the speed track has been approved and after studying the technical feasibility of the dimensions, the UT Architecture Department has to pass the proposal. He said funds were not a problem as the track would be built for the budget available during the 2005-2006 session. Dr Sidhu said it would be constructed by the UT Administration.

Ms Madhu Bahl, Chairperson of the CRSA and Principal of the KB DAV Centenary School, Sector 7, said the school had given the entire space at the back of their building for the construction of speed track. She said they already had some amount as the sanctioned fund for this project from the MP Local Area Development fund scheme given by Mr Pawan Bansal.

She said at present they had an international specification skating rink where roller hockey and speed events were being held. She said we must try to jointly highlight this sport and said sports gradation was another area where skaters of Chandigarh suffer and hope that like Punjab and Haryana, UT Sports Department would also allow gradation of its skaters. She said RSFI has big plans to make city a regional hub of skating and CRSA was fully geared to work for the cause of the sport.



India leads in Indo-Pak tennis series
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 29
On the second day today of the ongoing Fort Ramgarh Indo-Pak Total Tennis Friendship Series, six matches were played between the players of the two nations on the Total Tennis Academy’s YMCA, Sector 11, premises.

In the first tie of the day, played between Karan Patnaik and Abdullah Sheikh, the match saw many ups and downs as both players played a good baseline game on the red clay courts of the Total Tennis Academy. At one time, Patnaik was leading at 5-2. But Abdullah came back strongly to level the score at 5-5. Then both held their serves to take the match to the tie-breaker at 6-6. Abdullah put some early pressure on Patnaik to win the tie-breaker in his favour at 7-4.

In the second match of the day, played between Neha Singh of India and Zahra Ali Khan of Pakistan in the girls section, Neha, played great all-around tennis to beat her opponent from Pakistan 6-2.

In the third match of the day, held between Faizan Khurram of Pakistan and Sidharth Bhardwaj of India, the former took the first three games in a row to take an early lead at 3-0. Then Sidharth fought back to take the next three games to make the score 3-3. Faizan took the next three games to wrap up the match in his favour at 6-3.

Gurmohit Singh of India defeated Ali Abdullah Sheikh from Pakistan 6-0. He played great tennis from baseline to outclass Ali.

In a girls section match, Quratul-Ainn defeated Ritu Malhotra in a thrilling tie lasting 50 minutes. Quratul-Ainn started the match by winning three games in a row to take an early lead at 3-0. But Ritu fought back to take the next two games to make the score 3-2. Then Quratul-Ainn took next three games to wrap up the match at 6-2.

In the yet another match of the day, it was Digvijay Singh Mehta of India who thrashed his opponent Faizan Khurram of Pakistan 6-0.

At the moment India is leading the series at 4-3.Tomorrow the matches will begin at 9:30 AM 



Deadline extended

Chandigarh, January 29
The Chandigarh Administration has extended the deadline for the employees of the Punjab Engineering College to submit their options for permanent absorption in the deemed university or reverting to the Chandigarh Administration.

The last date has been extended from January 31 to February 10, said sources in the Administration. One of the groups of the PEC Employees Union, headed by Mr Jeewan Singh, has sought clarifications over the protection of their service conditions once they opt for permanent absorption in the deemed university. TNS


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