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SAARC docs join hands for liver patients
Payal Pruthi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Imagine an Indian doctor transplanting the liver of a Bangladeshi national into a Pakistani patient. Well, this will soon be a reality. After healing hearts across the borders, doctors from the seven SAARC countries have joined hands to pool their resources and talent to help liver patients across the sub continent by forming the SAARC Liver Society.

A brainchild of Professor B.N.Tandon of the All- India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Prof Saeed S. Hamid of Pakistan from Aga Khan University, the society has Prof Y.K. Chawla from the PGI, Chandigarh, as one of the vice-presidents.

Present at a two-day conference on “Current perspectives in liver diseases” at the PGI, Professor Hamid, who is also the secretary-general of the SAARC Liver Society, said the society was registered in Karachi in December 2004 and its first meeting was scheduled for January 21 and 22, 2006, in Karachi.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Professor Hamid said the incidence of liver diseases was very high in South-Asian countries and it was important to learn from each other, both in terms of prevention and treatment of the disease. He said the society would aid training, research and patient care. Besides, patients looking for liver treatment would be able to know about what is best for them and where.

According to Professor Hamid already 10 patients from Pakistan have come to India at the AIIMS and Apollo Hospital for treatment as Pakistan does not have a liver transplant set- up. He added that 100 doctors had already registered with the society and more members from national organisations were in the process of associating themselves with the society.



Doctors dwell on underweight babies

Chandigarh, September 25
The two-day workshop on “Care of Low Birth Weight Babies” at the PGI concluded today.

During the workshop, deliberations were made on different issues concerning underweight babies. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajiv Aggarwal discussed some peculiar problems like high blood sugar and high blood potassium, which often develop in these babies.

Dr Kanya also stressed the need for following up such babies, sometimes till five years of age.

She added that their growth, brain development, vision and hearing needed to be checked regularly.

Also present was Dr Sourabh Gupta, who spoke on bleeding in the brain of premature babies due to fragile blood vessels.

The workshop ended with a panel discussion. TNS



Cleopatra organises medical camp
Tribune News Service

Children being examined at a medical camp organised at Cleopatra Beauty Parlour in Mohali
Children being examined at a medical camp organised at Cleopatra Beauty Parlour in Mohali on Sunday.

Mohali, September 25
A medical camp for children within the age group of 0-15 years was organised at Cleopatra Beauty Parlour and Day Spa here today.

A panel of doctors, including Dr Jyotsana Sachdev, Dr R.K. Salhan and Dr Arya, counselled the parents who came to the camp about the health of their children. the doctors responded to a variety of queries, talked about nutrition, eating habits, food preferences, calorie intake, protein deficiency, malnutrition etc.

Besides the camp, the parlour had organised games and contests for the children. A cookery contest was also organised for mothers on the theme of “healthy tiffin snacks.”



Over 450 examined at health camp
Tribune News Service

A patient being examined at a health camp organised at Baltana, near Zirakpur
A patient being examined at a health camp organised at Baltana, near Zirakpur, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Zirakpur, September 25
Over 450 patients were examined at a health check-up camp organised by the Hind Sangram Parishad at Baltana, near here, today.

According to a press note, the camp was inaugurated by Mr Narinder Sharma, president of the Nagar Panchayat, Zirakpur. The camp was dedicated to the memory of Yogesh Vinayak, a journalist.

The next camp will be organised at Zirakpur on October 2, according to Mr Jaswinder Saini, parishad Chairman.



Lawrence girls shine in CBSE athletics meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 25
Lawrence Public School, Mohali, today secured the top position in the 1600 m relay race for girls (under-14) in the CBSE Cluster XIII Athletics Championship being organised by PML SD Public School, Sector 32, at the Sector 46 Sports Complex, here.

Manjeet Kaur of Chaman Lal DAV Public, Sector 11, Panchkula, bagged a gold medal in the one lap race for girls (under-16).

Results: Discus throw: Girls (under-14):1 Megha (Eicher School, Parwanoo), 2 Tenzin Bawa (CST, Paonta Sahib), 3 Shivangi (Chapslee, Shimla)

Boys (under-14): 1 Sunil Sharma (Brahmrishi Mission, Kulu), 2 Vinayak (Eicher, Parwanoo), 3 Rupesh (Sainik School, Sujanpura Tira)

Boys (under-16): 1 Lakhwinder Singh (Blue Bell, Naraingarh), 2 Rohit Soni (DAVS, Delhi), 3 Himmat (DAV-15, Chandigarh)

Boys (under-19): 1 Kashish (DAV-8), 2 Puneet (JK School, Jammu), 3 Urjan T (Central School, Dalhousie)

400 m: Boys (under-19): 1 Gursharan Singh (Guru Nanak Mission), 2 Udham Singh (PML SD Public School-32), 3 Deepak (CM DAV Public, Pkl)

Boys (under-16): 1 Balwinder Singh (DAVSSS-8), 2 Saurav (MIDAV), 3 Raj Kumar (Sainik School, Sujanpura Tira)

Girls (under-16): 1 Manjeet (CLDAV-11, Pkl), 2 Radhika (St Soldier’s-28), 3 Pinky Mittal (GNPS, Paonta Sahib)

Long jump: Boys (under-14): 1 Raman (Sainik School, Sujanpur Tira), 2 Alban Mundu (Sophia Convent), 3 Mayank (Guru Nanak Mission, Paonta Sahib)

4x400m relay: Boys (under-14): 1 Sainik School, Sujanpura Tira, 2 GAV-Solan, 2 AF 12 Wing, Chandigarh

Girls (under-14): 1 Lawrence Public School, Mohali, 2 St Soldier’s-28, 3 DAV Centenary PS Una

3000 m: Boys (under-16): 1 Prabhjot (DAV-Mohali), 2 Kuldeep (Sainik School Sujanpura Tira), 3 Narinder (GAV Solan)

Girls (under-19): 1 Suman (GAV Solan), 2 Geetika (Champslee, Shimla), 3 Kanchan (DAV Una)



World-class skating rink at Dikshant school
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, September 25
A state-of-the-art roller skating rink along with a roller skating and hockey academy have come up at Dikshant International School, here.

Inaugurated on September 1, the rink, with the dimensions of 20m X 40m conforming to the international standards, has been prepared by the school authorities with a cost of Rs 3.50 lakh. The purpose of the academy is to promote and popularise the sport among the children of this region.

Over 75 skaters of the academy come regularly in the evening to get training to whom free transportation facility has been provided by the school. The training is being imparted by Chander Singhal, seven times national gold medalist and record holder in speed skating competitions held in Thiruvenanthapuram in 1994, and was declared the national champion.

The enrollment in the academy is open for the interested sportspersons of the vicinity on nominal charges. Besides, the academy skaters, over 200 students of the school, have also been learning the skills on wheels on the rink.

“Our purpose is to prepare international skaters and roller hockey team,” said Mr Mitul Dikshit, Director of the school. “At the moment we are concentrating on young talent of the school and trying to train them by providing them with training and transportation free of cost,” Mr Dikshit said.

At present, Karen George and Gautam Rathi are the prominent upcoming skaters of the academy. Karen, six-year-old girl, was declared the state champion of Haryana in the state meet at Ambala in 2004 whereas Gautam (14) was the district champion (Panchkula).



Scaling heights on wheels at 16
Arvind Katyal

Gulsagar Singh Jassar
Gulsagar Singh Jassar

Chandigarh, September 25
At 16, Gulsagar Singh Jassar, is among the talented, hardworking and promising roller skater who has made a mark at the national level in speed skating.

He has just returned from China after representing Indian speed skating team in the 2005 World Speed Skating (Inline) Championship in Suzhou where he took part in seven different events and competed against the top-ranked skaters drawn from Italy, Columbia, USA and Korea.

Gulsagar got selected in the team on the basis of selection trials held in Visakhapatnam in June this year. He says the world meet was his maiden attempt and it has provided insights as how one can improve. He is of the opinion that there were various hurdles for Indian skaters with major being for not being able to train themselves on a flat or bank track.

He says he also discussed the weak points and how to improve them with other coaches of various countries with the aid of Indian coaches.

His parents take equal interest in his skating career and provides him all kind of support.

Gulsagar, a student of class X of St John's School, Sector 26, says he has also won a gold medal in discus throw in the Chandigarh State Athletics meet and a silver medal in the CBSE Athletics meet last year. Gulsagar is not happy the way the Chandigarh Administration treat the sport with no gradation and no scholarships.

It may be recalled that Gulsagar has been the winner of three medals, including one gold medal in sub-junior section of the 39th National Roller Skating meet held in Visakhapatnam in 2002. His other achievements include one gold and two bronze medals in the 46th National School Games held in Panchkula in 2000. Last year, he won a silver medal in the 41st National Roller Skating meet in AP and this year in the 42nd National Skating meet in Faridabad, he bagged a silver medal. He had been training under coach Sarabjit 'Shammi' for quads event while for inline skating, he is being trained by J.S. Dhaliwal.

A suggestion which Gulsagar gives is to have flat speed track around any of the central parks in any of the sectors in the city which could be developed by the UT Sports Department with the help of the Municipal Corporation.

Gulsagar says, “Speed skating should not be misunderstood to be a recreational sport as it requires tremendous amount of stamina, dedication, concentration, body balance and above all rigorous competition to succeed at both national and international levels.”



Delhi boy is fastest bowler
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Pawan Singh of New Delhi was adjudged the winner with bowling speed of 135 km/hr in the third Chandigarh edition of Scorpio Speedster, the ten-city hunt for India's fastest bowler, which concluded at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here, today.

Pawan was awarded a cheque for Rs 10,000 by former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja. He pocketed another cheque for Rs 10,000 presented by Mr Ranjeet Shetty of Birla Sun Life group besides a chance to participate in the semifinals scheduled to be held in Mumbai.

Vikas Chouhan of Chandigarh was declared runner-up (132 km/hr) and was awarded Rs 2,000.

A total of 1,800 aspirants from all over the country took part in this two-day talent hunt competition. Every participant was allowed to bowl three times and the speed was measured with speed guns which were imported from Australia. The finalists bowled four balls each and the bowler with the fastest speed over the two days were declared the winner.

Those who participated in the final round of the Scorpio Speedster 2005 held today were: Pawan Singh, New Delhi, (135 km/hr), Vikas Chauhan, Chandigarh, (132 km/hr), Sayeed Akhlakh Ahmad, Kolkatta, (132 km/hr), Amit Negi, Chandigarh, (131 km/ hr), Jeetender Billa, Panchkula, (130 kms/hr), Jeetender Mehta, Shimla, (129 km/ hr), Sumeet Kumar, Shimla, (128 km/ hr), Love Abhilash, Doraha, (128 km/ hr), Karan Kherwal, Chandigarh, (127 km/hr), Sukhvir Singh, Mohali, (127 km/hr), Navdeep Sidhu, Nakodar, (127 km/hr), Vicky Mor, Faridabad, (127 km/hr), Saurabh Chauhan, Amritsar, (127 km/hr), Deepak Singh, Bhiwani, (127 km/hr).



Indo-Pak table soccer series postponed
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 25
The proposed Indo-Pak Table Soccer Friendship Series Tournament which was to be held this week in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali has been postponed.

The said meet will now be held sometime in October.

This was disclosed by Mr Ravinder Talwar, Chairman of the Table Soccer Federation of India (TSFI).

He said in this friendship event, the Pakistan team would play one match against Indian team at The Gurukul, Panchkula, followed by second at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, and third at DAV Public School, Phase X, Mohali.

Mr Balwinder Johal, president of the TSFI, said the first coaching camp for the preparation of Indian probables for the meet concluded last evening at the DAV School campus while second such camp would begin in the first week of October.



Rural sports meet concluded
Tribune News Service

Sohana, September 25
Sohana A and Sohana B, the kabaddi teams of the host villages won the first and second positions, respectively, in the under-37 kg category on the concluding day of the three-day 10th Annual Rural Sports meet at the local gurdwara playground here, today.

In the kabaddi matches held under-58 kg category, Hargan Kalan beat Mugal Majri in the final match and the team of Lasara village won the finals of 65 kg category after beating the Kumbhra team. The open category match was won by Mouli team.

The Gurditpura team got the first position in the category of 37 kg, while in the categories of 42 kg, 47 kg and 52 kg, the teams of Charbar, Kakrali and Kalas Kalan bagged the top positions, respectively.

The tournament was organised in the memory of late Baba Hanuman Singh by the Baidwan Sports Club, Sohana.



DAVC-10 win TT championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
DAV College today defeated SGGS College by 3-0 in the finals of the Panjab University Inter-College Table Tennis (Men) Championship being held at the PU campus here.

Tarun Verma, Jubin Kumar and Dinesh were the players of DAV who beat their rivals to enable their college to win the championship. Tarun beat Lovekesh 3-2 while Jubin and Dinesh got the better of Tilak Raj and Amit Kumar 3-0.

The PU campus team remained at third place beating the RSD College, Ferozepore City, 3-1. For the PU team, Disney and Inderpreet were the winners.



DAVC beat PU in ball badminton
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
DAV College defeated Panjab University Campus in a well-contested match 14-29, 29-24, 29-23 in the Panjab University Inter-College Ball Badminton Men's Championship held at GGD SD College, Sector 32, here today.

In the women's semifinals, Dev Samaj College for Women gave a one-sided affair defeat to PU Campus 29-12, 29-18 and GGS College for Women beat MCM DAV College for Women 29-10, 29- 09.



Anniversary celebrations at Forest Hill Resort
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 25
The third anniversary of the Forest Hill Golf and Country Club, popularly known as Forest Hill Resort, was celebrated with enthusiasm here today. The festivities marked a “Run for Fun” and an aero modelling show in which a large number of employees took part.

The Chairman and Managing Director of WWICS, Lieut Col B.S. Sandhu (retd), and Senior Director of WWICS, Mr Devinder Sandhu, were also present on the occasion. The run began at 7 am and about 3.5 km of distance was earmarked. After the refreshing and joyous run, cake cutting ceremony was organised. The aero modelling show, first of its kind in the region, made the occasion more memorable.


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