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Local IMA plans protest against quota
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
The local Chapter of the Indian Medical Association(IMA) has decided to protest against the proposed OBC quota in medical colleges by wearing black badges. The members also decided to gather at the Sector 17 plaza on May 16 and take out a silent protest march.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the local IMA executive here today in view of a call for a nationwide strike by the IMA for May 15 after protesting medical students were dispersed using water cannons and police force. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Association of Resident Doctors of the PGIMER and from hospitals of Panchkula and Mohali.

The IMA secretary, Dr Yash, said the members had deferred the idea of striking work to avoid inconvenience to the public. “We will gradually build up the protest if we see it is not affecting the government. Also, the IMA decision for striking work cannot be implemented unless passed by the general body. Besides, we will wait for the central IMA for a final decision on the matter,” she said.

While services will remain uninterrupted in city hospitals, contract employees of the GMCH-32 have decided to suspend work against the indifference of the authorities to their demand of pay parity.

As many as 1,200 contract employees, including lab technicians and attendants, ward attendants, social workers and sweepers, will begin an indefinite protest from tomorrow morning. These employees are protesting against low salaries while stating that the regular staff at the hospital was earning almost thrice as much as them.

Maintaining that the disparity in pay scales was in violation of Section 25 (a) of the Contract Labour Act, which states that contract employees are on par with the regular staff as far as salaries and hours of work are concerned, the contract staff said their demands had fallen on deaf ears which forced them to take the path of agitation.

The employees said some of them had been working on their present positions for the past eight years and were still being discriminated against in terms of salaries.

A fortnight back these employees served a 15-day notice to the hospital authorities, seeking pay parity.

Meanwhile, the Director-Principal, GMCH-32, Dr S.M. Swami, said the hospital had received a notice regarding the tool-down and indefinite strike by contractual employees engaged through various service providers. He added that they had made necessary arrangements for providing uninterrupted hospital services so that no undue hardship was meted out to patients or their attendants.



Camp on AIDS awareness held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
The Social Care and Development Society organised a health-cum-medical camp in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society, UT, at Gurdwara Simran Sahib, Palsora village.

The camp was organised to create awareness about HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.

Speaking on the occasion, the president of the society, Ms Mohinder Benipal, emphasised the preventive measures to safeguard against deadly diseases like HIV and AIDS.

The others speakers included Ms Lakhvir Kaur, Ms Narinder Kaur and Mr Ashish Rampal.

A film on HIV/AIDS was also shown. On-the-spot counselling, and individual and group sittings were also given.

Information, education and communication (IEC) material and condoms were distributed among villagers. Dr Nirmal Bhasin examined 200 women and other patients at the camp. 



Anti-obesity drug launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
Chandigarh based Ind-Swift Ltd. organised a gala product launch for it’s SIBUSLIM-10 (anti-obesity drug) at Hotel Mountview, Chandigarh, today, which was attended by more than 130 persons, including eminent doctors, pharmacists, and other health care professionals.

Addressing the delegates Dr V.R. Mehta (jt. managing director) informed that SIBUSLIM-10 would be launched in resurgence division. Due to changing life style, overweight and obesity was gaining it’s foothold amongst the Indian masses. Obesity is imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure which leads to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, arthritis and aggravates various other medical problems.

Company’s vice-president (marketing) Mr Sanjay Dhir said as management of obesity primarily included a strict diet control along with the stringent exercise, but due to hectic lifestyle this was not possible. Moreover products available in the market (claiming to reduce the fat) were misleading and had severe side effects. He said that worldwide only few drugs were available which were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration Authority (US-FDA) and were available at a premium prices.

Ind-Swift ltd. has launched SIBUSLIM -10 which contain sibutramine an approved drug by US –FDA.

Mr Rajpal Singh, product manager, gave medical and commercial details of the product.



Sukhvir, Gurpreet emerge winners in sports festival
Tribune News Service

Ramgarh (Panchkula), May 14
Sukhvir Singh Saini was declared Mr Strong Fort Ramgarh who clinched winner's title in tug of war event while master Gurpreet (6) emerged as the youngest winner in 20-foot rope climbing event on the final day of the Fort Foundation's Sports Festival held at Ramgarh today.

The events stared with tractor- trailer race. The significant part of the event was that the tractor-trailer had to be driven in reverse gear. It was the ultimate test to check the driving skills of a person. After hours of gruelling competition, it was Nillu of Ramgarh village who outclassed Sanjeev Kumar of the same village by a thin margin of 11 seconds. The other event was tug of war. This event also invited interest as Mr Strong Fort Ramgarh was to be decided by this unique event where hundreds of people turned up to cheer up their favourites. The title went to Saini who is a native of Ramgarh village.

Elated over his success, Sukhvir said, " I am delighted to be the hero of the show. Though the competition was very tough but I was sure that I would win the contest. Sukhvir also bagged the first position in above 35 year category in climbing 20-foot high rope climbing event without touching feet to the rope and breathe control for the longest period event.

The youngest winner, Gurpreet, a Class V student of Government School, Ramgarh, has fulfilled the promise which he made to his father. "I promised my father to bring the first prize at home and I did it. I used to climb the rope more than what was there in the competition and climbing 20-foot was no big deal for me. I will buy a bat with this prize money," said Gurpreet, a great fan of Dhoni.

The prizes were given by Dr Mahavir Singh, Commissioner, Ambala Division, while Kanwar Amitabh Singh Chandel, vice-president, Youth Congress, presided over the function. Kanwar Amitabh, who was continuous winner for nine times in a row in the event, announced to hand over his prize to the most deserving youngster Udham Singh.

The results:

Mr Fitness (below 35 years): Om Prakash 1, Mohini 2, Sonu Verma 3

Mr Fitness (above 35 years): Amitabh Singh 1, Baljeet Singh 2, Harmeet Singh 3

Mr Strong (tug of war): Sukhbir Saini 1, Gurjeet Singh 2, Desraj Poswal 3

Tractor-trailer race: Neelu 1, Sanjeev Kumar 2, Surinder Singh 3

Consolation prize: Master Gurmeet Singh 1, Master Ajay Kumar 2, Rakesh Kumar 3, Satan Kumar 4.

Special honour prize: Hardeep Malhi. 



Markan tourney: Amritsar make 289
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 14
Riding high on the superb ton by Rahul Khosla (106 off 259), Amritsar gave befitted reply to Chandigarh by scoring 289 runs in their first innings on the second day in the three-day semifinal match of the M.L. Markan (Under 17) Cricket Tournament at the PCA stadium here today.

In the first innings, Chandigarh made 300 for 9 wickets in 95 overs. Resuming from their overnight score 5 for no loss in 3 overs, the innings of Amritsar was wrapped up 289 runs in 94.2 overs. Rahul Khosla made brilliant century (106) followed by Sharad Loomba (78) and Aman Bawa (24).

The main wicket takers for Chandigarh Gurinder and Arjit, who claimed two wickets each for 73 and 88 runs, respectively.

Brief score

Chandigarh (1st Innings): 300 for 9 in 95 overs.

Amritsar (1st Innings): 289 all out in 94.2 overs (Rahul Khosla 106, Sharad Loomba 78, Aman Bawa 24, Gurinder 2 for 73, Arjit 2 for 88).



Vivek lads lift u-16 cricket trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
The Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy (VHACA) lifted the trophy after beating DAV Shalimar Cricket Academy, Delhi, in the first u-16 Triangular Cricket Series, 2006, played at Vivek High School, Sector 38, here today.

Batting first, DAV were 169 for six in 25 overs. Rohit (51) was the highest scorer for his team.

In reply, Vivek achieved the target in just 23.2 overs. Dipanshu proved instrumental in the win with his fine knock of 62 runs.

Brief score:

DAV academy: 169 for 6 in 25 overs (Rohit Mittal 51, Agrim 32, Prateek 24, Paras 18 n o, Sonu 3 for 16, Arjun 2 for 22)

Vivek academy: 170 for 5 in 23.2 overs (Dipanshu 62, Manik Khanna 20, Abhinaav Sood 22, Sonu 31 n o, Pivesh 12 n o, Rohit Mann 3 for 37, Harshit 2 for 24).

Man of the match: Sonu (VHACA) 3 for 16 and 31 n o.

Man of the series: Rohit Mittal (DAVSCA) 133 runs and 5 wickets.

Best batsman: Dipanshu 143 runs (VHACA)

Best bowler: Rohit Mann 9 wickets ( DAVSCA)

The tournament was organised by Chandigarh Blues.



Girls get training in choi kwang do
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 14
Over 40 girls of five districts of Haryana have been getting training in choi kwang do at a camp being organised by the Sports Department, Haryana, at Youth Hostel, Sector 3, here.

In the five-day camp, which started on May 11, the chief instructor of the Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International (India), stressed on the skills of self-defence along with fitness exercises.

“This form of martial art has been catching up in the region as the players from Kaithal, Yamunanagar, Panchkula, Kurukshetra and Ambala have come to participate in the camp,” said Thapa, who holds the 4th degree black belt in the sport.

Girls from eight to 25 years of age are participating in the camp, which will conclude tomorrow.


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