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Impressive display of traditional arts 
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, October 12
Students of Sportking Institute of Fashion and Technology (SIFT) organised an exhibition on the socio-cultural heritage of cluster of five states—Kerala, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar— here last evening.

A dazzling display of royalty, glamour, splendour and secular art which captivated the visitors.

In tune with the event’s theme — Art's influence on lifestyle of different states— the exhibition organised by the first year students of Fashion Design department, sought to explore various levels of art and creativity that the inhabitants of these five states had adapted in their routine lives. ‘‘In fact, this exhibition by our students is a humble acknowledgement and tribute to the people of five selected states’’, said Ms Anjali Avathi, SIFT President.

The West Bengal pavilion showcased a broad range of textiles like gorad and Baluchari saris that are being produced in the state using the sophisticated yet traditional techniques. To mark the festive season, a group of students could also be seen performing Durga Puja with Bengali rituals in traditionally tied saris. The rare and unique art of crafting jute and cane into breathtaking handicrafts too, was on display in the pavillion.

Displayed in the Bihar pavilion were Madhubani paintings which explained Hindu mythology using several themes in the representational but stylized and symbolic Madhubani tradition -- the great life-cycle and rite of marriage etc. Some of the major goddesses and gods of the Hindu pantheon apart from domesticated and wild animals had also been exhibited. Litti and sattu ki roti were offered to the visitors.

A picturesque presentation of traditional banana vegetation, Kathakali and spicy foods displayed in Kerala section provided a greater insight into lifestyles of people of the state. The Banarsi Paan, that has now become an integral part of the food display during marriages in Punjab, emerged as a major point of attraction for visitors to Uttar Pradesh enclave. Students dressed in the kimkhas and chikenkari costumes offered Mathura ka petha and banarasi paans to visitors.

‘‘The creativity of these states have always inspired the fashion world. Their craftsmanship in all forms—food, jewellery, wardrobe— remain the main source of inspiration and we have shown all this in blended version at our exhibition’’ commented Anjuman, a student attired in Kathakali dance dress while showing different moods of this dance form.

In contrast to the routine wear, the students chose to display different styles of turbans and ornaments like necklaces, bracelets, brooches, rings, earrings, to present a ‘‘real look’’ of these five states.

‘‘The exhibition is the outcome of the two-day long Educational-cum-Recreational tour of Fashion Design students to different museums in Delhi last week. The tour was organised to acquaint our students with the basics of handicraft industry in different parts of India’’, said Dr A.K Srivastava, Director, SIFT.



Saplings planted at Shanti Tara College
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 12
Shanti Tara College, Akbarpur, held a sapling plantation drive and a talent hunt competition here yesterday.
Students were told about the importance of trees and were motivated+ to plant saplings.

Mr Charanpreet Singh Dua said Mr Raghunandan Sharma, Member District Planning Board and Block Samiti, Dehlon, was the chief guest.

The students participated in various cultural and literary items, including folk songs, shabd recitation, geet, ghazal, giddha, debate, declamation, skit and bhangra.

The chief guest presented a sum of Rs 11,000 for promoting such cultural activities in the college. 



Keyhole surgery for kidney stones’ removal
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 12
With the use of endourological keyhole surgery, Dr B.S. Aulakh, Associate Professor, Department of Urology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has treated Mr C.D. Bhatia, who was suffering from multiple renal stones.

The patient was diagnosed with congenital obstruction in the outflow channel of his right ureter along with multiple large stones in the kidney.

The condition was dreadful as the patient might have lost his kidney without even knowing that he was suffering from this problem and if afflicted bilaterally, he might have been left only with the last option of dialysis or renal transplant.

According to Dr Aulakh, this difficult case was operated without conventional open surgery with the latest endourology technology wherein all stones were removed through a small keyhole and kidney rendered stone free. Along with this, the congenitally narrowed segment of outflow tract of kidney was also repaired.

Stressing the importance of timely and immediate consultation with urologists in cases of urinary complaints like burning, blood in urine, poor flow, pain or heaviness in the flanks or uncontrolled blood pressure in spite of regular intake of medicine, Dr Aulakh said all these and the gamut of other genitourinary problems could be tackled with almost cent percent outcome. Failure to take timely remedial measures could lead the patients into lifelong distress or complex treatment.

Dr Aulakh advised that the dietary modifications in the form of plenty of fluids and healthy meals resulted in marked decrease in the incidence of stone disease.

He said endoscopic surgical treatment was also available for diseases like kidney cancer, prostate cancer, stones and bladder cancer.



Live demos on accident rescue services
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 12
With the objective of improving community health services and to focus on traffic accident care, Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has launched a week-long series of live demonstrations and road shows on accident rescue services here. The road shows which commenced on October 10 at Dasehra ground in Field Ganj would be organised in different parts of the city till October 16.

Speaking at a road show organised at Daresi Ground here today, the CMCH Medical Superintendent, Dr John Abraham, said that the institution had started ambulance, mobike and accident rescue services (AMARS) project, first of its kind in the country, in 2004 and 15 paramedics were trained by a team from Surrey Ambulance Services from UK. The entire project was conceptualised and coordinated by National Health Services of the UK.

He further observed that motor vehicle-related mishaps, including pedestrian and bicycle caused accidents, were the most common causes of road traffic accident deaths in India, which had the highest accident rate in the world. "In India the rate of road accidents was 142 for every 10,000 vehicles as against 2 for similar number of vehicles in European countries." Thus, traffic accidents presented a gigantic public health problem.However, with timely and right kind of pre-hospitalisation management, especially within the first hour of the injury, many a precious human life could be saved, Dr Abraham pointed out.

Highlighting the aim of AMARS, Dr Rajeev Kapoor, chief coordinator of the project, informed that live demos and road shows were being held to educate and apprise the people with the emergency medical services being made available through AMARS. He said a special three-digit number '104' had also been assigned for easy access to the services by the city residents. "During live demos and road shows, emphasis is laid on ways to stabilise the victims in cases of emergencies like road accidents, fire outbreak or heart attack along with the need to call for immediate medical assistance."

According to Dr Kapoor, during last three days, eight road shows had already been organised in different city localities like Field Ganj, Kidwai Nagar, Brown Road, Jamalpur, Mundian, Mall Road, Ghumar Mandi and Daresi Road. Twelve more similar road shows would be organised to cover several other areas like Ferozepur road, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Civil Lines, Miller Ganj, Gill Road, Club Road, Industrial Area, Focal Point, Sarabha Nagar, Mata Rani Chowk and Jalandhar bypass during the next four days.

The city traffic police, Dr Kapoor said, was being actively associated with the project and the series of road shows to involve them in the noble task of providing timely medical assistance to the road accident victims.



Fight arthiritis with diet and lifestyle changes

October 12 is observed as World Arthiritis Day. At least 240 million persons all over the world are living with one of the most under-rated incurable diseases—arthritis. Many countries, including India, have not been able to assess the number of people living with arthritis or the effects of on their health economy.

Symptoms and causes: Severe pain in the affected joints. Muscles, ligaments and cartilage become inflamed. Movement of the joint becomes extremely painful, especially in cold, windy and damp weather. It is notable that if this disease is not taken care of properly at the initial stages the joint becomes immobile and may also become permanently deformed.

This ailment is caused due to the aggravation of ‘vata’ (Air ) dosha and accumulation of ‘ama’ (toxins). ‘Ama’ gets deposited in the weak areas of the body, joints with a simultaneous aggravation of vata that is known as ama vata (arthritis).

Weak digestion, constipation, overeating and very little physical activity can lead to arthritis.

General Remedies: ‘Ama’ must be digested and ‘vata’ reduced in the body. Digestion should be improved and fasting for one day is beneficial for digesting ‘ama’.

Take two teaspoons of lemon juice and a tea spoon of honey mixed in a cup of warm water twice daily.

Bake one or two egg-plants. Mash and fry in about two tablespoons of castor oil. Spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic and salt can be added while frying. Take once daily for two to three months for relief.

Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with warm water helps cure arthritis. Twice daily for 60 days. One raw clove of garlic every day is very beneficial. This clove can be fried in ghee (clarified butter ) or castor oil.

Dos and don’ts: Following is the diet suggested for the patients suffering form arthritis:

Vegetable juices and soups, coconut water, coconut milk, carrot juice, beetroot juice, cucumber juice, cooked vegetables like squash, zucchini and pumpkin, spices like cumin, coriander, ginger, asafetida, garlic, fennel and turmeric green salad with a dressing of lemon juice and a little salt, khichadi (recipe made by cooking rice and mung dal ).

Regular physical exercise and massage with oil should form an important part of the routine. The patient of arthritis must avoid the following: Eating hot, spicy and fried foods, sweets, wind forming foods like cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, broccoili, okra and potatoes. Too much tea, coffee, alcohol, white sugar, yogurt, chocolate, cocoa, antibiotics, painkillers, steroids and nicotine, sleeping during the day, staying up late at night. Mental tensions like worry, anxiety, fear, stress and grief.

Dr Anil Dheer



Skipper steers MC team to victory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 12
Skipper Sunil Sharma helped Municipal Corporation Club, Ludhiana, to beat Guru Teg Bahadur College, Mullanpur Dakha, in a cricket match played at the college ground today. Sunil scored 42 runs off just 29 balls with the help of eight boundaries. He also took one catch behind the stumps and made three stumpings.

Sunil won the toss and elected to bat first. In a 30-overs match, the club scored 184 runs. Besides Sunil’s 42 runs, Harmit Batra was the other scorer who made 22. For the hosts, Ravi Kumar was the most successful bowler, claiming five wickets for 36 runs, while Parminder and Devinder chipped in with one wicket each conceding 19 and 17 runs, respectively.

In reply, the college were all out for 153 runs after 28.5 overs. Ravi and Vikram were the main scorers. They made 35 and 32 runs, respectively. Rajesh Sharma of the club took four wickets for 12 runs, Sunny Bhalla three for 30 runs and Harmit Batra two for 31 runs.

Table tennis: The local Green Land Senior Secondary Public School outplayed Apeejay School, Jalandhar, 3-1 to bag the title in the XVIth CBSE Cluster (Punjab and Haryana) Schools Table Tennis Tournament (boys u-16) held from October 8 to 11 at Jalandhar.

In the girls’ section, Green Land School secured third position.

According to Ms Baldeep Pandher, Principal, in the final Manpreet Singh, Abhijeet and Manpreet won their respective matches but Dharmener went down against his opponent Arpit.

All players of this school have been selected to represent the National Cluster Tournament to be held in Chandigarh.

SAMRALA: Various sports activities will be organised at Salaudi Singh village, near here, from October 13, according to Mr Jaspreet Singh of Baba Sidh Sports and Social Welfare Club.

Competitions for football, kabaddi, “rehra” races, dog races, bullock cart races, volleyball, athletics and senior citizens’ race will be the main attraction.

The Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, will give prizes to winners on October 16.


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