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Homeopathy can tackle chronic diseases
Our Correspondent

Dr Muktinder Singh makes a point at a seminar organised by the Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physcians on the PAU cmpus in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Dr Muktinder Singh makes a point at a seminar organised by the Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physcians on the PAU cmpus in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, April 3
Homeopathy has shown excellent results in the treatment of chronic and incurable diseases.

This was claimed by speakers at the three-day seminar, organised by Indian Institute of Homeopathic Physicians at Students Home in Punjab Agricultural University here. The seminar concluded on Sunday.

Presenting their research papers at the seminar, homeopaths from the city and elsewhere, including Dr Muktinder Singh, Dr Ramakant Jagpal, Dr Ravinder Kochhar, Dr Randeep Nanda, Dr Rajesh Sofat, Dr Jai Dev, Dr Vithal Khanna and Dr Munish Jagpal ,shared their results of treating cases that were considered incurable by practioners of other systems of treatment.

The doctors shared their experiences of treating patients afflicted with renal failure, gangrene, loss of sight, thyroid disorder, skin diseases, neurological disorders, leucoderma, kidney and gall bladder stones, fibrosis and shock and coma.

Dr Muktinder Singh said that overdose of medicines and side effects of different drugs were giving rise to scores of health problems. In addition, the increasing toxic contents in food and environmental pollution were emerging as other major causes of poor health of people.

He maintained that stress, poor health and bad eating habits, as well as side effects of medicines were adversely affecting the in-built immunity of the individuals.



Polyclinic for ex-servicemen opened
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
Ex-servicemen can hope for better health facilities with the opening of a polyclinic under the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) near the Jagraon bridge here.

Lieut-Gen Mandhata Singh, YSM, VSM, GOC 11 Corps, inaugurated the swanking new ECHS building in Ludhiana today and dedicated it to the ex-servicemen of the three services in Ludhiana and adjoining districts.

The polyclinic equipped with the latest equipment is as good as any hospital in the region. Affiliated to various specialist and superspecialist hospitals, it provides treatment ranging from common cold to heart surgery through empanelled hospitals like CMC, and DMC and is a boon for all ex-servicemen.

An Army press note said the ECHS at Ludhiana was one of the 227 ECHS running in the country. It has a total of 2,400 members and on an average would treat 130-150 patients per day.

The Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) was started by the defence services in 2003 as a welfare measure to provide the best of medical services to soldiers who had contributed the prime of their youth in the service of the nation, so that, the services could take good care of their family in the evening of their lives.

The ECHS membership scheme is applicable to all pensioners, unemployed persons below 25 years, unemployed and unmarried daughters, dependent parents whose combined income is less than Rs 1,500, mentally and physically challenged children for life, widows or family pensioners and ex-servicemen drawing disability pension. An ex-serviceman can join the scheme voluntarily by contributing a minimal amount, depending upon the pension that he draws.

After the inauguration, the GOC went around the ECHS and appreciated the efforts of all persons involved its getting it functional in record time. He also interacted with the ex-servicemen and retired officers of Ludhiana and surrounding areas over tea.



Workers motivated to give up tobacco
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 3
Industrial workers, and particularly the migrants in the city smoke away their blues with beedi or cigarette puffs or chewing gutka and zarda. While blues return with a vengeance, their teeth gain palid layers.

These were the findings of the Mission Smile Project, undertaken by the Thind Dental Clinic during a dental awareness and check -up camp, held at the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha at Dhandari Khurd on Sunday.

The team leader, Dr Rajan Thind ,stated that the majority of the locality hailed from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and were industrial workers with an average monthly income between Rs 2500 and Rs 3500. Most of the residents were living in dingy and unhygienic conditions.

Most of them ,regular consumers of tobacco, had bad teeth and had never visited a dentist. On an average each of them spent anything between Rs 10 and 20 on tobacco products everyday.

Dr Thind observed that teeth of majority of them had developed plaque and calculus .The Mission Smile team apprised the visitors of the basics of oral health and hygiene. The proper brushing technique and use of tooth paste was demonstrated and they were motivated to give up the consumption of tobacco.

Around 45 teeth were removed free of cost. Further, more than 175 people were given appointment for cleaning of the teeth.

Other members of the mission smile team were: Dr Kavita Bal, Dr Preeti Rajput , Ms Bir Sukhman, Mr Tarsém Lal Verma, Mr Rahul Ketan, Ms Harry, Ms Manpreet, Ms Saroj, Ms Kitty, Ms Amrita and Mr Amardeep.

The camp was inaugurated by Ms Sunita Aggarwal, the area Councillor. 



Senior citizens seek better facilities
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 3
A meeting of the core committee of the All India Senior Citizens Organisation was held at Thaman’s Holistic Healing Centre, Rishi Nagar, here today. It sought the setting up of a university of alternative medicine for senior citizens and elderly people.

The committee was of the view that senior persons needed holistic treatment like Su Jok therapy, Yoga therapy, Surya Kriya Yog therapy, Reiki healing, acupressure, acupuncture and naturo therapy. 



Excise Dept shoots target
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 3
For the second consecutive year, the Ludhiana Central Excise Commissioner ate has exceeded the revenue collection target by netting Rs 369 crore (target Rs 362 crore) from central excise and another Rs 118 crore from service tax for the year ending March 2006.

Disclosing this at a news conference here today, the Commissioner, Central Excise, Mr V.K. Garg, claimed that the increase in revenue had been achieved despite a number of unfavourable budgetary changes like abolition of excise duty on textiles, higher duty on clinkers.

Similarly, the service sector had also shown a very healthy growth and tax yield was 34.71 per cent more than the previous year. However, if adjustments were made on account of revenue from telephone services shifting from the BSNL to other mobile and private operators, along with centralisation of revenue from insurance sector to Delhi and Mumbai, the percentage of increase worked out to a staggering 237 per cent.

Mr Garg claimed that in terms of detection and spot recoveries by preventive staff, the Ludhiana Commissionerate had been ranked 5th in the country. The preventive staff of central excise had made 152 cases for an amount of Rs 27.17 crore, out of which Rs 5.19 crore were recovered on the spot. In the area of audit, the commissionerate was ranked among the top 15 with having raised 1,012 objections for an amount of Rs 63.35 crore and spot recovery of Rs 3.67 crore during the year.

Specifically in the area of service tax, 155 cases of evasion have been detected involving a tax evasion of Rs 18.36 crore and a realisation of Rs 1.37 crore on the spot. He informed that among those detected to be evading service tax were property dealers, service stations, beauty parlours and security agencies.

Commenting on a mechanism that had been devised to ensure extremely expeditious refunds given to the exporters, the commissioner remarked that refunds worth Rs 155 crore had been issued to the exporters during the year. Presently, there was hardly any refund pending for more than three weeks and some of the formations had issued refunds, submitted till March 20 this year, which was exemplary by any standards and the best in the country.


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