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Cholera case in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The first cholera case of the season has been reported from Labour Colony No 4 at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. With its detection, the UT Health Department swung into action and a special team of officers was sent to the area for carrying out investigations on June 3.

The department collected water samples for checking the chlorine contents from various stand posts in the area. Teams were pressed into action for conducting house-to-house survey. It was seen that there was no clustering of similar cases in the area. The Health Department deployed surveillance teams for carrying out thorough investigation of gastroenteritis cases in Labour Colony No 4.

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Cancer patients celebrate Survivors’ Day
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Will power — there’s very little you can do with it and nothing you can do without it and cancer survivors vouch for this in dealing with the deadly C word. They chose to shrug it off like any other disease, learnt to live with it, and finally got it out of their systems. They chose to live with their chin up when cancer gnawed at their insides, not giving in and not giving up when fear came knocking.

“Cancer be damned. I believed that I can’t live by fear alone and that’s why I am alive today. Me and my wife are a star couple among cancer survivors — we both defeated cancer—and are very much in love. I have evidence to substantiate my claims — we had the same cancer, got admitted to the same ward, got the same room and the same bed. Only the timing was different and we switched roles of patient and attendant,” says Mr VK Puri, a former chief engineer with the Merchant Navy. He was one of the survivors who came to Fortis Hospital to attend Cancer Survivors Day celebrations.

While his wife, Karuna Puri, was still recovering from a surgery after detection of colon cancer, Mr Puri went in for a routine check-up.

“I went in for the usual tests and the man at the counter didn’t have a change of Rs 10 to give back to me. I told him to write any test that would cost me Rs 10 and he picked on the hemoglobin test which I ordinarily didn’t get done. I was shocked out of my wits when I went for the report — my hemoglobin level which was nearly always 17 was down to seven. I just knew it was cancer,” he maintains.

With no fear of the disease, he just shrugs off the trying times he went through. Oozing eons of determination, Mr Puri said chemotherapy was all that petrified me. “I could not have taken more than that. That’s the only day that I actually cried. Today, I am a happy man. Me and my wife are more in love because we have shared a battle against odds and come out with flying colors,” Mr Puri adds.

Ritu Kapoor’s happiness turned to shock when she found that her pregnancy had turned to a tumour. “I was numbed by the knowledge that I had cancer. I went through bouts of depression, not believing cancer had struck. Then, the numerous rounds of chemotherapy began, the uterus was removed when I was only 27 and nothing worked. The drugs simply didn’t treat me. Then, somebody told us of a new drug in the market. There was no hope so we decided to give it a try and things began looking up,”s he recalls.

She went on to embrace Buddhism which inculcated determination in her. “One fine day, I just woke up to the realisation that I would not die of cancer, I did not want to die of cancer. I didn’t have a problem dying of any other disease but a death due to cancer was just not acceptable. It was from then on that the improvement began to show. It’s all about seeing cancer as just another hurdle standing between a happy life with your family and death. I chose my family. Today, it’s been three years and I am absolutely fine,” she emphasises.

Sqd Ldr BS Chaudhary, now 67, typical of his defence mindset, didn’t bow to cancer. He chose to take on the problem head on.

“My wife cried a lot when I was diagnosed with cancer. I convinced her that it was beyond our control and we could do nothing about it. I began surfing the net to know about my disease. The more I knew, the more i was convinced that I would overpower it. I am happy that this is a mission accomplished.

These are only a few of the many heroes who have shown that determination triumphs over disease. The cure lies in fighting the battle full throttle.

Undoubtedly, cancer starves you, it weakens you, it gnaws at you, it cripples you. Only the brave live through it, winning the battle hands down. And, there’s a hero hidden inside every individual.

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Centre to help kids with learning disabilities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The Indian National Portage Association has started -Setu-a remedial and counselling centre to help normalise children with or at risk of development delays, learning disabilities and mental retardation. The centre would also help the families and offer special need- based education and training.

This is the third centre of this kind in the country (the other two are in Secundrabad and Chennai) and would be functioning from the premises of Karuna Sadan Sector 11, here. Mrs Tehal Kohli, president of the association, today stated during a press conference that the centre would focus on providing early intervention services for a nominal fee on a no-profit no-loss basis.

She added that the centre would offer identification of children who needed early intervention, assessment of IQ, memory and aptitude learning disabilities etc, early intervention and portage training for children with specific areas, for example, language, cognitive motor, self help and social skills.

The centre would also provide remediation of children with learning disabilities in reading, writing, mathematics, spelling, comprehension and mathematical skills. Counselling and personal guidance for children with behavioral and emotional problems would also be offered by the centre.

"Our aim at Setu is to have children with us for a definite purpose and not for a life time. We endeavour to equip special needs children with the required skills and technology so that they can be part of mainstream schools," she said.

Mrs Kohli also pointed out that INPA was offering a one-year diploma course in Early Childhood Special Education at the centre. The course recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India would begin in July and admissions were on for the same.

"The first batch has successfully completed this course and it has proved very useful for those who did it. According to one estimate, the minimum number of special educators that are required in the country is over 2.45 lakh. The present position is that we have only a handful of trained educators in this field. There is immense scope for those who want to do something for others," she said, adding that the only qualification required for the course is Class XII.

INPA is also running a certificate course in pre-school education and portage classroom management and another certificate course in management and training of learning disabled. 

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Bhawna wins women’s singles final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Bhawna Sharma of A G Haryana won the final in women’s singles after thrashing Saroj of Haryana 21-11, 21-16 in North Zone Audit and Accounts Department Badminton Championship at the Badminton Hall, Sports Complex Sector 42 here today.

In men’s singles AG Punjab and AG UP reserved their berths in the finals after beating Delhi Audit and AG HP, respectively.

Amit Sachdeva of AG Punjab routed Rajiv Sharma of Delhi Audit by 21-9, 21-15 in the first men’s singles while in the second singles Ashish Sharma of Punjab got the better of Nitin Sharma of Delhi Audit by 21-12, 21-6.

In the doubles, the pair of Amit and Ashish proved too strong for the duo of Rajesh and Amrinder Singh of Delhi Audit and won the game by 21-14, 21-19.

In the second semi-final, AG UP outclassed AG HP, in an one sided affair by 4-1 and ensured their berth in the finals.

Earlier, Mr Ashwani Attri, Accountant General (Audit) Haryana, declared the championship open in the presence of Mr Onkar Nath, Accountant General (A&E) Punjab and Union Territory, Chandigarh.

The results are as follow:

First semi final: AG Punjab beat Delhi Audit by 3-0 first singles: Amit Sachdeva beat Rajiv Sharma 21-4, 21-3

Second singles: Ashish Sharma beat Nitin Suman 21-12, 21-6

Doubles: Amit/Ashish beat Rajesh/Apinder Pal 21-14, 21-19

Second semi final: AG UP beat AG HP by 4-1

First Quarter Final: AG HP beat AG Uttranchal 3-0

first singles: Vijay Dhauta beat Danish Iqbal 21-4, 21-4

Second singles: Manoj Awasthi beat Pankat Aitwal by 21-7, 21-10

Doubles: Manoj & Vijay beat Dinesh and K.S. Katiyal by 21-9, 21-6

Second Quarterfinal: AG Punjab beat AG Haryana by 3-0

First singles: Ashish Sharma beat Shadab Akhtar 21-4, 21-3

Second singles: Amit Sachdeva beat Raj Kumar 21-7, 21-4

Doubles: Ashish & Amit beat Sanjay & Shadab 21-6, 21-3

Women’s final singles: Bhawna Sharma A G Hry beat Saroj Hry 21-11, 21-16.

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Caddies on course to turning pros
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
In its bid to produce professional golfers under the “Talent Hunt” programme, a free coaching course is being conducted by the Chandigarh Golf Association (CGA) for caddy golfers at CGA Range here.

Twenty-five caddy golfers are taking part in the camp, being held under the guidance of Jesse Grewal, a Class “A” teaching professional, and supported by Mahesh Kumar, a Class “C” teaching professional.

General secretary and chairman of Activities Committee of the golf range J.S. Cheema is the brainchild behind training caddy golfers.

Coaching will be imparted every Mondays and Thursdays, spread over a period of seven weeks. During this period, the caddies are allowed two days of work every week to make their earnings.

Mr Cheema said: “It is planned to run four courses a year, out of which three will be for those who intend to turn professionals and one for 15 caddy golfers selected for “excellence”.

These camps include basic instructions, etiquette, fundamentals of the game, etc. Emphasis is being laid on upgrading the knowledge of caddies.

“Six to seven players are expected to try to become professionals from each batch at the Annual Qualifying School of the PGA, India. Some caddies possess coaching skills and there are four such caddy golfers who have marked ability to coach. They can enhance their daily earnings by coaching. Those who cannot become professionals or coaches can provide guidance to players during the games,” said coach Jesse Grewal.

The caddies, majority of whom come from humble backgrounds, are excited about the course. Some of the leading golfers on the national circuit are former caddies.

Caddies Sanjay Mandal, Sarver Hussain, Makhan Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Khem Raj, in the age group of 20 to 24 years, are elated to be part of the training under Jesse Grewal.

“I want to change my lifestyle and earn respect by being a professional golfer,” says 21-year-old Sanjay Mandal from Bihar, who has been escorting players for nine years.

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Rehatbir, Rajveer in semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , June 5
Rehatbir Singh Mann (St Stephen’s-45), Sehaj Singh Aulakh (DPS-40) and Rajveer Singh (St John’s) have qualified for the semifinals in the under-14 category in the Lake Club Round Robin Tennis Competition held at Lake Club here today.

Varun Sharma of DAV-15 will cross swords with Raja Insanbir Singh (St John’s) in the under-18 category final. Varun has six points from all three wins in the four-player league. Isanbir Singh has five points to his credit with two wins and one defeat.

Results (round-robin league)

Under-12: Harmeet Singh bt Shubham Vij 6-0, Harmeet Singh bt Sahil Singh Nunwal 6-1, Shubham Vij bt Armaan Singh Nunwal 6-0, Armaan Singh Nunwal bt Charvi Saxena 6-2, Srijan Uppal bt Dhaval Kapil 6-1, Srijan Uppal bt Lovdeep Singh 6-0, Srijan Uppal bt Sahil Singh Nunwal 6-1, Vittal Bhardwaj bt Armaan Singh Nunwal 6-3.

Under-14: Rajveer Singh bt Rajat Singh Guran 6-1, Rajveer Singh bt Manjinder Singh 6-4, Rehatbir Singh Mann bt Nikhil Bansal 6-4, Ravnoor bt Rajat Singh Guran 6-2, Ravnoor bt Manjinder Singh 6-4, Nikhil Bansal bt Devanjot Singh Sra 6-3.

Under-18: Varun Sharma bt Sajnay Yadav 6-2, Varun Sharam bt Raja Insanbir Singh 6-4.

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