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AIDS patients become beacon for others
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Great accomplishments always have humble beginnings, just like “Man Jeete, Jag Jeet”.
Conceived some time ago by those who believe in healthy living as an antidote to all ills, including HIV/AIDS, this small booklet makes a big promise.

In words of Pooja Thakur, who has put HIV behind her to blaze the trail for others: “This is our way of showing the light to those who grope in the dark when they find their HIV positive status.

“Most of those who are infected do not know how to react to the situation, what to do and where to go. Precious time is wasted in laying hands on vital information,” she says.

“Man Jeete Jag Jeet” addresses these concerns and many others that arise from the myths that surround the infection and the stigma that defines it.

Laid out in booklet form is life-saving information in a simple, gripping and delightfully illustrative format.

It explains the infection, its routes, and its dynamics and explodes its many myths.

For Pooja and her colleagues at the Chandigarh Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, located in Sector 15, the publication is no less than an accomplishment. After all, it is their experience that has made the effort worthwhile and fed the project with purposeful contents that can now guide HIV positive persons as well as those suffering from AIDS.

On the need for such a booklet, Dr Sonia Trikha, Project Director, Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society and the spirit behind the effort, points out: “While combating the menace we often approached agencies like the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and the Voluntary Health Association of India for awareness and education material on the infection. But we were sad to find out that no meaningful literature existed. That was when the idea of producing this booklet occurred to us, and we brainstormed with experts and HIV positive people before finalising its content.”

In its present form, “Man Jeete Jag Jeet” features vital details anyone wants to know about HIV/AIDS.

After explaining the cause of infection, the way the virus harms, the meaning of CD-4 count which, in a major drop, causes opportunistic infections and the basics of mother-to-child transmission of infection, the booklet goes on to emphasise the brighter side of life.

It shows how meditation and positive attitude can guarantee a healthy life despite the infection, how a good diet and regulated routine can defeat the purpose of the virus and how an HIV positive mother need not essentially deliver an HIV positive baby.

To the extent that it inspires confidence among those infected and those at risk, the booklet is a bold initiative and a much-needed one too. Small wonder then that it drew great appreciation from Jean Rodrigues, wife of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, who released it along with “Aakanksha”, a documentary on AIDS at a special function organised today.

Illustrated by R.M. Singh and facilitated by Narayan Das, Pooja, Neetu and Ranbir, HIV positive persons who have lust for life and all that it signifies, the booklet is now being replicated by NACO for countrywide distribution among affected people.

That’s just one of the many rewards “Man Jeete Jag Jeet” will fetch for those who made it possible.



Cancer Survivor Day observed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 6
The Fortis Hospital yesterday observed World Cancer Survivor Day at a function held at the hospital, in which a large number of cancer survivors, their relatives and their friends participated.

Yesterday’s event also marked the first anniversary of Sarthak, a cancer support group initiated by the hospital.

Ms Manmohan Kaur, vice-president, All-India Red Cross Society, who was the chief guest, released a guidebook “Living Strong” based on fighting cancer.

Dr Rajeev Bedi, DM, Consultant, Medical Oncology, Fortis Hospital, made a slide show presentation on new medicines and research in cancer treatment.

Dr Bedi said while chemotherapy was still the preferred route for most patients, other treatment methods like monoclonal antibodies, EGFR inhibitors, VEGFR anti - angiogenesis therapy were also being used at the hospital in the management of cancer and were proving to be of benefit to patients.

Another drug that was proving beneficial in case of breast cancer was Herceptin, he added.

The survivors and other members of the audience were given a demonstration on breathing techniques that helped reduce stress.

A cancer survivor, Ms Kanwal Nalwa, released an audio cassette on relaxation tips and stress management. 



Team title for AG UP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
A brilliant performance by AG UP shuttlers helped their team to clinch the team title after routing hosts AG Punjab by 3-2 in the team events of the North Zone Audit and Accounts Badminton Tournament at the badminton hall, sports complex, Sector 42, here today.

In the first singles of the team event, Utsav Mishra of U P easily defeated Punjab’s Vikas Sharma by 21-6, 21-8 while Amit of Punjab had to put an extra effort to beat Deepak Saxena of UP by 22-20, 16-21, 21-14 in a closely contested match.

In the first-doubles team event, the U P pair of Utsav Mishra and Salil taking the vital lead, easily edged out the duo of Amit and Ashish by 21-14, 21-16 of Punjab. In the third singles, Ashish Sharma won his game against Amit Malhotra by 21-15, 21-7 and neutralised the lead. But in the deciding second doubles, the duo of Deepak Saxena and Sanjeev Tiwari outclassed the pair of Luv Kumar and Vikas Sharma of AG Punjab by 21-9, 21-10 and clinched the team championship title.

In the first semi-final in men’s singles, Utsav Mishra of AG UP routed Amit Sachdeva of AG Punjab by 21-9, 21-4 while in the second semis, Ashish Sharma of AG Punjab managed to beat Apinder Pal Singh of Delhi Audit by 21-8, 21-10.

Tomorrow, Punjab’s Ashish and U P’s Utsav will meet in the finals of singles’ event. The other results are as follow:

Team events (Final): (1st Singles) AG UP beat AG Punjab 3-2 (Utsav Mishra beat Vikas Sharma 21-6, 21-8). (2nd singles) Amit Sachdeva beat Deepak Saxena 22-20, 16-21, 21-14. (1st doubles) Utsav Mishra/Salil beat Amit/Ashish 21-14, 21-16. (3rd Singles) Ashish beat Amit Malhotra 21-15, 21-7. (2nd Doubles) Deepak /Sanjiv Tiwari beat Luv Kumar/Vikas 21-9, 21-10

Men’s Single: (1st semifinal) Utsav Mishra beat Amit Sachdeva 21-9, 21-4; (2nd semi-final) Ashish beat Apinder Pal 21-8, 21-10.

Men’s doubles: (1st Semifinal) Amit/Ashish beat Manoj/Vijay 21-16, 21-10; (2nd Semifinal) Apinder Pal/Rajiv conceded to Salil/Utsav 1-5.



Subham leads u-12 category

Chandigarh, June 6
Subham Vij of St John’s, Harmeet Singh of Guru Nanak Public School-36, and Srijan Uppal of DAV Public-8 occupied top positions in the under-12 league programme in the Lake Club Tennis Competitions for trainees at Lake Club courts here today.

Harmeet and Subham garnered 17 points each with eight wins and one defeat apiece.

However, Subham, who has 48 games to his credit in response of 44 of Harmeet, occupied the top spot.

With three successive victories, Nishant Kapoor of St Kabir, Sector 26, climbed to second position with seven wins and two losses in the under-14 category.

Nishant finished his league programme with 16 points, two points behind leader Rehatbir Singh Mann of St Stephen’s-45.

After beating Manjinder Singh of MDAV 6-3, Rehatbir completed his league programme with an all-win record. He won all his nine matches.

Ravnoor had a mixed fortune in today’s programme. After losing to Nishant, Ravnoor defeated Nikhil Bansal 6-4. She has so far won five matches and lost three.

Results: Under-12: Hameet Singh b Gursimran Singh 6-0; Subham Vij b Lovdeep Singh 6-0; Daval Kapil b Gursimran Singh 6-0; Lovdeep Singh b Gursimran 6-0.

Under-14: Rajveer Singh b Nikhil Bansal 6-3; Rehatbir Singh Mann b Manjinder Singh 6-3; Nishant Kapoor b Manjinder Singh 6-4; Nishant Kapoor b Sparsh Guran 6-0; Nishant Kapoor b Ravnoor 6-2; Rajat Singh Guran b Sparsh Guran 7-5; Ravnoor b Nikhil Bansal 6-4. TNS



Chandigarh in command
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 6
A superb century by Himanshu Chawla (101) and a fine knock of Simrat Bawa (97) consolidated Chandigarh’s position against Patiala in the finals of the under-19 cricket meet for Dhruv Pandove Trophy held at PCA Stadium,here, today.

Patiala won the toss and chose to field first. The decision did not go in favour of Patiala as Chandigarh made mockery of the bowling attack to pile up a mammoth 430 runs in 95 overs for the loss of eight wickets.

After losing the first wicket at 36 runs, Simrat Bawa and Anupam Gambhir (81) gave the Patiala bowlers a tough time. After that Chawla, who seemed comfortable on the crease, made 101 runs off 90 balls, with 10 boundaries.

Brief scores: Chandigarh: 430 for 8 in 95 overs (Himanshu Chawla 101, Simrat Bawa 97, Anupam Gambhir 81, Navdeep 2 for 69, Rajwinder 1 for 151, Amitoj 1 for 27, Kunwar Raina 1 for 86, Ravi Inder 2 for 68).



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