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Open clinic for haemophilics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
The Haemophilic Welfare Society of Chandigarh today organised an open clinic for patients with haemophilia (PWHs) for the treatment and management of the disease at Community Centre, Sector 15, here.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr J.G.Jolly, Emeritus Professor, Transfusion Medicine, and chairman of the society, said haemophilia was a hereditary disease characterised by deficient activity of blood clotting factors. Dr Jolly emphasised the need for providing necessary backup to the affected parents to enable them to cope with the tremendous psychological stress from day one when their child was diagnosed as a haemophilic.

Dr Jolly attributed this disease to a purely genetic disorder and said parents must prepare their children psychologically to muster courage to bear the brunt of the disease. He impressed upon doctors of the PGI and research scientists to regularly hold such open clinics for the well- being of people with haemophilia.

The president of the society, Dr V.K. Chhabra, appealed to the Central and state governments to provide adequate medical and financial help to haemophilics. He called upon the electronic and print media to promote awareness about haemophilia among people as well as doctors, paramedical staff and NGOs so as to minimise the sufferings of haemophilics.

In her address, Dr Monica Singh, research scientist, Human Biology Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, said since there was no permanent cure for haemophilia, carrier detection was a must to ensure a normal child. “Through a prenatal diagnosis, a newly born child can be saved from living a life with haemophilia. The prenatal diagnosis can be done at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi,” she said.

Speaking on the occasion, the Mayor, Mr Surinder Singh, said the media should play a pro-active role in highlighting the plight of the PWHs.

Earlier, Dr Maghar Singh, finance secretary of the society, presented the financial report for 2005-06.The annual general body meeting unanimously elected members and office-bearers for 2006-07. Dr Monica Singh and Mr Neki Ram were nominated as executive members of the society.

The society constituted a core group comprising Maghar Singh, Rajesh Sood, Neki Ram, Lal Singh, Nirmal Singh, Rohit Sharma and Prabh Dyal to pursue pending references with the authorities of the Administration and the PGIMER. 



Dr Chamyal honoured
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, March 19
The Panchkula-based ENT specialist, Dr Major Gen P.C. Chamyal, was honoured by the VA Medical Centre at Dayton, Ohio, at an international seminar where he was invited to participate and present his papers at the seminar. "The honour which came after my deliberations at the 'seminar on 'Surgery for Chronic Otitis media-Recent Advances'" , was the added charm, reiterates the elated doctor.

Dr Chamyal who was Professor and Head, ENT Department, had his training in micro surgery of the ear at the Dundee-Scotland and London. He had been on the faculty of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, and Army Hospital (RR), New Delhi, for over 15 years, besides holding other prestigious assignments. 



30 lady golfers for Chandigarh Open
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Ladies from 11 to 70 years will slog it out over the next three days for the titles at stake in the 14th Chandigarh Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship which will be played on the lush course of the Chandigarh Golf Club from March 21 to 23.

National stars Parnita Garewal, Kanika Minocha and Preetinder Kaur will be the star attractions during the championship with the reigning golf queen Irina Brar staying away because of a national camp for the Queen Sirikit Cup.

Irina is attending the coaching camp at the Chandigarh Golf Range along with two other members of the Indian team Vandana Aggarwal of Kolkata and Shraddhanjali of Jamshedpur.

The team will participate in the Queen Sirikit Cup to be played in Australia from April 5 to 7.

Thirty ladies will be seen in action, most of them from Chandigarh, when the tournament is teed off by Gurbaaz Mann, a leading golf professional, at 8 a.m. on March 21.

Sponsored by the Punjab Pollution Control Board, the tournament will end with a fun round of mixed doubles to be played on March 24.

Talking to newspersons Mrs Kiran B.M. Singh, Lady Captain of the course, said competitions would be held in 10 divisions.

They are: Grewal Salver (0-36) gross; BILT Challenge Bowl (0-36) nett; Ladies Challenge Cup (0-12) nett; Bawa Gill Trophy (13-24) gross; Rani Jagdish Kaur Cup (13-24) nett; Meters and Instruments Cup (25-36) gross; Ell Ess Trophy (25-36) nett; Lady Governor Cup gross and nett; Super Senior Special Prize nett and Junior gross and nett.



Dainik Bhaskar in cricket semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Dainik Bhaskar moved into the semi-finals of the Airtel-Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament defeating Hindustan Times on the university grounds here today.

Batting first, Dainik Bhaskar scored 126 runs for 9 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Rajinder made 22 runs while Umesh contributed 18 runs in the team’s total. Mohinder of HT took 3 wickets for 21 runs in 4 overs while Prem took 2 wickets for 22 runs.

A valiant knock of 30 off 21 balls by Mohinder and a fighting 55 by Vikas of HT went in vain as the team was bundled out on 110 for 8 in 20 overs. Amit Prashar scalped 3 wickets for Dainik Bhaskar.

Mohinder of HT was adjudged the man of the match.



Ex-Ranji capt dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Swami Talwar, former Punjab Ranji team captain, died at his Sector 37 residence here today. He had been ill for the past six years.

Many dignitaries like Mr D.P. Azad, Mr G.S. Sandhu, CEO, PCA, Mr Surinder Singh Baiji, secretary, CCA, and Mr Jasbir Singh, international umpire, attended Swami Talwar’s funeral, which was held at the cremation ground in Sector 25.

Swami, an opener, had played for Eastern Punjab from 1957 to 1960 and represented North Punjab from 1960 to 1968. In his First Class cricket career, he has played 39 Test matches scoring 1800 runs with an average of 26.47. He slammed eight centuries and 11 half-centuries.

Paying tributes to Swami, Mr Azad said: “This was my personal loss as I have lost one of my best friends as well as former team-mate.”

After taking retirement from the game, Swami served as District Sports Officer, Punjab. He had also been coach of the PCA for a few years.

Mr M.P. Pandove, Joint Secretary, BCCI, who was in Mumbai, offered his condolences to the bereaved family. Swami is survived by his wife and two sons.

The kirya will take place at Mahajan Bhavan, Sector 37-C, from 4 pm to 4.30 pm on March 21.



Tarlok wins 100-m, 200-m titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Tarlok Singh won the top honours in 100-m and 200-m races in the 80-plus men’s category in the Chandigarh State Veteran Athletics meet at Sports Complex, Sector 46, here today.

Over 150 athletes took part in the meet in which 100-m, 200-m, 400-m, 1500-m races, 5000-m walk, long jump, shot put and discus throw were the events.

The results are as follows: Men: (40 plus) 100-m race: Gurminder Singh 1, Balbir Singh 2, and Newton Paul 3; 200-m: Gurminder Singh 1, K.D. Singh 2, and Newton Paul 3; 1500-m: Kulwant Singh 1, Dilbag Singh 2, and Chaman Lal 3; long jump: Dilbag Singh 1, Joginder Singh 2, and Newton Paul 3; 45 plus: shot put: Harinder Singh 1, Amarjeet Singh 2, and Padam Singh 3; (50 plus): 100 m: Bhag Singh 1, Ashok Kumar 2, and Amritpal Singh 3; 5000-m walk: Baljeet Singh 1, Paramjeet Singh 2, and Lachman Singh 3; long jump: Darshan Singh 1, Amitpal Singh 2, and Ashok Kumar 3; (55 plus): 200-m race: S.D. Sharma 1, Hardev Singh 2, and Jarnail Singh 3; 800-m: Balwinder Singh 1, Jarnail Singh 2, and Ashok 3; 5000-m: Gurdial Singh 1, Sukhdev Singh 2, and K.L. Kapoor 3; (60 plus) 5000-m walk: Charanjeet Singh 1, Maha Chand 2, and Navjot Singh 3; shot put: Swarn Singh 1, Ajeet 2, and P.S. Sidhu 3; discus throw: Ajeet Singh 1, P.S.Sidhu 2, and P.S. Shahi 3; (80 plus): long jump: Amar Singh 1, Tarlok Singh 2, and K.K. Bhanot 3; 100-m: Tarlok Singh 1, Amar Singh 2, and Pritam Singh 3; 200-m: Tarlok Singh 1, Pritam Singh 2, and K.K. Bhanot 3.

Women: (40 plus) 200-m: Gurjinder Kaur 1 and Gurinder Kaur 2; (45 plus) shotput: Gurjit Kaur 1 and Sushil Kumari 2; (50 plus)100-m: Bimla Saini 1 and Santosh 2.


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