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Conference on lung cancer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Mr Prasanna Hota, secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, inaugurated the first national conference of the Indian Society for Study of Lung Cancer organised by the Department of Pulmonary Medicine of the PGI.

Leading doctors, radiotherapists, oncologists, scientists and physicians are attending the two-day conference.

Lung cancer is the single most devastating cause of cancer-related death with approximately 1.5 million cases worldwide.

Prof K.K. Talwar, Director PGI, presiding over the conference said the institute was dedicated to the service of all types of patients, most of which could not afford treatment at corporate hospitals.

Mr Hota spoke of his role as an intermediary between doctors and the masses. “I represent the prayers, aspirations and needs of the common man,” he said, adding that there was need to formulate policies that could put doctors within a framework “so that their knowledge reaches society”.

He spoke of the need to resolve the issue of patients as there was a tendency for prices of medicines to treat lung cancer to go up. 



400 attend GMCH conference
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
More than 400 delegates are attending the annual conference of the North Zone Chapter of the Indian Orthopaedic Association at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Prof Sudhir Kumar from Delhi delivered Dr Duraiswami oration. He presented a paper on his work on the role of glenoplasty in recurrent dislocation of the shoulder.

Prof S.S.Yadav from Delhi shared his experience of developing an orthopaedic oncology hospital in a rural area.

Prof S.S.Gill from the PGI spoke on metabolic bone diseases and underlined the risk of developing deformities and pathological fractures in these disorders.

Some other important papers included those of Dr Manoj Mathew from the PGI, Prof S.M. Tuli (Delhi) and Prof Anil Dhall.

Other speakers included Dr Ajay Gupta, Dr M.S. Dillon, Dr Ram Chaddha, Dr Shankracharya, Dr Yash Gulati, Dr Ashok Johri and Dr Arun Goel, Dr S.S. Sanghwan, Prof M.K. Mann and Dr Varun Kapoor.

Prof M.N. Gupta from Jammu delivered Dr Grewal oration.



Centre keen to set up blood banks in rural areas
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 2
The Centre is mulling with the idea of establishing storage houses for blood in the rural areas, Mr P.K. Hota, Union Health Secretary, said here today.

Mr Hota, who was in the city to inaugurate a blood component processing unit at the Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre, today said pregnancy-related deaths and deaths due to the non-availability of blood were rising every year, especially in the rural areas. The state governments should set up blood banks in the rural areas. “We will open some storage houses to meet the blood needs of the people in the villages,” he said.

The NGOs could play an important role in the rural areas in spreading awareness in popularising the voluntary blood movement in the rural areas, he said, stressing on the need to establish separate blood banks for pregnant women in hospitals. A data bank of pregnant women was in the offing to help them.

Mr Hota said the Government of India was taking action against illegal blood banks.



SJOBA rally flagged off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Conceptualised and organised by the St John’s Old Boys Association, alumni association of St. John’s High School, Chandigarh, the 18th edition of the SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Open was flagged off at 7 am from St John’s School, Sector 26, here today.

The race will continue towards Siswan. From there, they will go through Mandela, Khunihar and Ghanahati and end at Koti Resorts. The participants and the organisers will stay at the Koti Resorts, near Shimla, overnight.

In the second leg, the participants will start from Koti and end up at St John’s School via Mashobra, Koti village, Chalada and Mallah. contestants from Delhi, Punjab, Himachal and Chandigarh, are participating in it.

Participating for the fourth time is team SAAHAS (Society for Adventure Awareness Humanity and Automobile Sports) from Jaipur. Anil Gautam, Secretary of Saahas and veteran rallyist of 12 years is accompanied by Nitin Singh, a bronze medalist in the last year’s rally, and Deepak Goyal.

On jazzy Enfield-500 was riding Matt Berett. For a moment, he appeared to be coming straight from America’s motor cycle gang. But he was British. “I hope to finish the rally this time,” he opined.

One of the most professionally organised rallies in the country, it now attracts professionals and budding rallyists who want to make their mark on the professional circuit. Diehard rallyists Sunny Sidhu, Sandeep Sharma, Suresh Rana and Harpreet Bawa are participating in it.

A total of sixtytwo vehicles, including 14 four-wheelers, 42 bikes and six scooters, started off to take the challenge.

There are six competitive sections on both days covering 103 km and 98 km, respectively. Alternating each of these are transport sections, which cover 110 km and 154 km, respectively, today and tomorrow.

The 460 km-long track comprises dust raising kutcha roads, hill terrain river beds, both dry and wet, hair pin bends etc providing adventure, challenge and thrill as also calling for intelligent and skillful driving on part of the participants.

International safety standards are followed in this rally. These include compulsory roll bars for four-wheelers, four-point safety harness seat belts, safety helmets and other standards.

These standards are enforced very strictly by marshals and violation can result in penalty or exclusion, said Nipun Mehan, Secretary, SJOBA.

The total prize money for the rally is Rs 1.5 lakh and also a special prize for outstanding performance.



DAV School outplays St John’s in ICL tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
DAV School, Sector 8, outplayed St John’s Cricket Academy in the first match of the ICL Cricket Tournament being played at St John’s High School, Sector 26, here today.

DAV School won the toss and elected to bat first. They put up 234 for 7 in 40 overs. The highlight of the innings was 58 each by Shivam Khurana and Anil while Himanshu contributed 25 runs. St John’s academy was bundled out for 96 runs in 32 overs.

Superb bowling by Sohib Malhotra who took 4 for 19 enabled Sector 16 stadium team to win the second match played against DAV College Academy at DAV School, Sector 8, here, today. DAV academy managed to make just 97 runs in 36.3 overs. The Sector 16 cricket stadium team reached the target in 25 overs for the loss of two wickets.

Brief scores:

DAV Sector 8: 234 for 7 in 40 overs. Shivam Khurana 58, Anil 58, Himanshu 25. St John’s Cricket Academy: 96 all out. Angad 20, Ayush 25. Anshul 3 for 26, Nawab Cheema 2 for 30.

Second match: DAV academy — 97 in 36.3 overs. Manan 30, Sahib Malhotra 4 for 19, Gurinder Singh 2 for 10.

Sector 16 stadium: 98 in 25 overs.



Mixed luck for city kabaddi team
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, April 2
Chandigarh lads had mixed luck on the second day of the ongoing 17th Senior National Circle Style Kabaddi Championship being played here today at the Football Grounds, Sector 17. They outplayed Jharkhand 31-19 and lost to Himachal Pradesh 37-48. Jharkhand beat Vidarbha 37-30, Punjab downed Jharkhand 32-22 while Himachal Pradesh beat Uttar Pradesh 40-25.

According to Mr J.P. Sharma, general secretary of the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India, the matches will begin tomorrow at 9.30 am.



Councillor writes to MC over sanitation privatisation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The municipal corporation is working on the idea to rope in a multinational company for privatising sanitation in the city. On the other hand the Sweepers Union is on a warpath, demanding total ouster of private hands with regard to city’s sanitation.

The issue has hogged limelight once again as Dr B.R.Verma, a councillor, has written to the corporation, saying that the current system was providing inadequate facilities and below standard results. The issue will come up for a detailed study before the sanitation committee.

A senior officer of the corporation said the civic body had already taken up the idea of handing over the privatisation to a multinational company. Representatives of Chennai-based ONIX Environmental Services had visited the corporation office in January 2003 in this regard.

Dr Verma in his letter to the corporation has written about “our experience with small petty contractors during the past three years and the poor results before us. I will suggest involving a multinational company for all jobs, including door-to-door collection, transportation to sehaj safai kendras and dumping ground”.

The corporation is already engaging sweepers for removal of waste from sehaj safai kendras and taking it to the dumping ground at Dadu Majra. The corporation cannot engage a multinational just for collecting garbage from the doors.

The MC will open tenders of private contractors for sanitation in Sectors 30, 32, 47 and 51 on Monday. Even this has invited criticism from safai karamcharis.

Dr Verma said the corporation had got green signal for increase in the grant in this connection from the Administration.

Meanwhile, a councillor said, “The current lot of contractors may not be providing quality service but this did not mean that the scheme is bad. The authorities should show strict control for better results in case a multinational is not be involved”.



MC denies reports on tenders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The Municipal Corporation has denied the news items in certain newspapers regarding the MC inviting tenders for the sanitation of Sectors 30, 32 and 47. “No area where regular safai karamcharis are working have been included in the fresh tenders. Some vested interests are misguiding public”, the official press note said.

The tenders which were opened on April 1 were not for privatisation of sanitation work but for outsourcing certain categories of posts.

Mr Om Pal Chawar, chief adviser of the Sweepers Association, said “the officials were now misguiding the public. The original papers had a mention about the privatisation of sanitation”. 


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