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Doctors discuss hospital acquired infections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
A number of patients acquire infection after being admitted to the hospitals. There is a need to control this as it has not only been putting the patients into great trouble but the doctors too.

Dr Geeta Mehta, President of the Hospital Infection Society of India (HISI) and Director-Professor of the Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, said this in a guest lecture on "Prevalence of Hospital Acquired Infections", organised by the HISI at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here today.

She discussed the prevalence of hospital acquired infections and measures to be taken for preventing them.

Senior faculty of the GMCH, the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), General Hospital, Sector 16, Fortis and Command Hospital, attended the lecture. The nursing and paramedical staff of the hospitals also showed keen interest in the topic. Dr Jagdish Chander, Professor and Head of Department of Microbiology, GMCH, also spoke on the burning issues of various hospital infections and the committees working for infection control in the hospitals.

He said the lecture was organised to prepare for the IX HISICON 2007, a national conference on "Infection Control -The Challenge Ahead", to be organised at the GMCH, Chandigarh, in February, 2007.



Priests get tips on AIDS awareness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
For the orientation of the priests for spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS, Media Commission of Shimla-Chandigarh Diocese organised a seminar for the priests of the diocese today at the Catholic Church, Sector 19A, here, on the theme, “The Role of Religion, Media and Community in Combating HIV/AIDS”.

The Bishop of the Diocese, representatives of the State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh and Haryana, and NGOs participated and expressed the need for a concerted effort and collective responsibility of religion, media and community in combating AIDS.

Dr Sonia Trikha, Project Director, State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh, spoke on the basics of spread of HIV, prevention and various government programmes on HIV/AIDS.

Dr Chand Singh Madan, Assistant Director, State AIDS Control Society, Haryana, spoke on the impact of HIV on economically weaker sections of society.

Ms Aditi Tandon, Mr Pardeep Tiwari and Mehthapudin spoke on the role of media in combating HIV/AIDS. The role of community and self-help groups in combating HIV was highlighted by Pooja Thakur, president, Chandigarh network of people living with HIV/AIDS and by Dr Avnish Jolly, co-coordinator, AIDS Hotline, and Servants of the People Society.



Poorna in finals of singles, doubles in tennis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Local boy Pankaj Kumar outclassed Kahan R. Vasa of Gujarat 6-2, 6-1, in the boys’ under-12 quarterfinals of the Monsanto AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts, Sector 10, here today.

The local pair of Ankita Singh and Poorna defeated Prabhamrit Kaur of Chandigarh and Baljinder Kaur of Haryana 6-4, 6-2 in the girls’ under-16 doubles semifinals.

In the girls’ under-16 semifinals, Poorna defeated Roop Saran Rihal of Chandigarh 6-1, 6-1.

The results: boys’ under-12 quarterfinals: Pankaj Kumar (Chd) b Kahan Vasa (Guj) 6-2, 6-1; Anmol Bains (Chd) b Ansu Bhuyan (Orissa) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(7); Ajay Yadav (Chd) b Ayush Mintri (Pb) 6-3, 6-3; Digvijay S. Naruka (Chd) b Harmeet Singh (Chd) 6-2, 6-1; boys’ under-16 quarterfinals: Digvijay S. Mehta (HP) b Ajay Yadav (Chd) 6-0, 6-0; Akshat Joshi (Chd) b Tanvir Sandhu (Chd) 6-1, 7-5; Tejvansh Singh (Pb) b Garry S. Amor (Chd) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4; Amit Chauhan (Chd) b Harry S. Amor (Chd) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; boys’ under-12 doubles quarterfinals: Ankit Goyal (Delhi) & Rishab Dev (Chd) b Sachin Kumar & Bhavya Jain (Chd) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; Ansu Bhuyan (Orissa) & Kahan R. Vasa (Guj) b Srijjan Uppal & Udai S. Mann (Chd) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3; Ayush Mintri & Ajay Thakur (Pb) b Jatinder Singh & Pankaj Kumar (Chd) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1; Ajay Yadav & Digvijay Naruka (Chd) b Davinder Singh & Ranjit Singh (Chd) 6-0, 6-0; girls under-12 quarterfinals: Parminder Kaur (Chd) b Vanshika Chug (Chd) 6-0, 6-0; Sonali Bansal (Chd) b Nandini (Chd) 6-0, 6-1; Bhavika Wadhwan (Chd) b Somya Chaudhary (Chd) 6-2, 6-0; Sheshna Sekri(Chd) b Priyadarshini Bhagat (Chd) 6-2, 6-1; boys under-16 doubles semifinals: Chandom Shaolin (Chd) & Akshay Ahuja (Hr) b Sidharth Baidwan & Gaurav Inder S. Toor (Chd) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; Ashwani Kumar & Akshat Joshi (Chd) b Maninder Singh (Hr) & Amrinder Singh (Chd) 6-1, 7-6(4); girls under-16 doubles semifinals: Ankita Singh & Poorna (Chd) b Prabhamrit Kaur (Chd) & Baljinder Kaur (Hr) 6-4, 6-2; Noor Paul & Roop Saran Rihal (Chd) b Sunaina Sharma (Assam) & Jaanesh Kaur (Chd) 6-4, 6-3; girls under-16 semifinals: Poorna (Chd) b Roop Saran Rihal (Chd) 6-1, 6-1.



ITBP athletics meet results
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 20
The 26th Inter-Sector Athletics meet 2006 of the Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) commenced at the Tau Devi Lal complex in Sector 3 here today. The meet is being organised by the Basic Training Centre, ITBP, Bhanu.

Mr M.C. Bhatt, Deputy Inspector-General, ITBP, BTC, Bhanu, who was the chief guest on the occasion, declared the meet open.

Rajveer Singh (Garhwal sector) emerged winner in the 1500m race. The second place went to Om Parkash of Training Zone, while Hari Singh of North East I came third.

In the triple-jump event, Rajvir Singh (Kumau) secured the first place. The second place was won by Ravi Shankar (Garhwal), while the third place went to Paramjit (NE I). In the 200m race, Dhruv Devri (L &C) got the first place, followed by Utpaldeka (NE II) and Harish Sarkande (Ladakh) in the second and third place, respectively.

Meanwhile, Mr V.K. Joshi, Director-General , ITBP, introduced cash prizes of Rs 750 and Rs 500 for the athletes who occupy first and second positions, respectively.

“The prime aim of hosting the meet is to spot the hidden talent. Since our basic task is to operate in extreme inhospitable climate and terrain in the border areas of Ladakh, Garhwal, Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh, it is an ideal opportunity to display physical fitness of our force and also develop camaraderie and sportsman spirit among them,” said Mr Bhatt.



Cricket skills going down, says Sandhu
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Advanced techniques like biomechanics, video analysis and French beep test are helpful in improving the fitness level, fielding skills and running between the wickets to some extent, but making full use of those depends on the commitment, attitude and ability of cricketers, says Balwinder Singh Sandhu, a member of the 1983 World Cup team.

Coach of the Madhya Pradesh under-22 team, he is here in connection with the J.P. Atray cricket tournament.

“At least 80 per cent cricketers were graduates earlier, but of late, the number had come down in first-class cricket, making a difference as it was easy for a qualified player to understand advanced techniques”, opined Sandhu.

Comparing his contemporaries with current players, he said, “The fitness level of players now has been improved as most of them are good fielders and runners between the wickets, but cricket and mental skills are going down”.

He chose to reserve his comments on the chances of the team for the 2007 World Cup, saying Greg Chappell was the right person to comment on the issue.

Showing concern over the results of the Indian hockey team in the World Cup, Sandhu was of the view, “Officials had become bigger than the game and they should be thrown out immediately to save the game”.



Film stars, cricketers to play for a cause on Nov 15
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
An exhibition match between film stars and Indian cricketers will be held at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali on November 15.

The day-and-night match will be held by the Athma Shakti Vidyalaya Society (ASVS), a therapeutic community for the rehabilitation of the mentally ill, to raise funds for setting up a treatment institute in the city to cure them.

“It will be for the first time that a charity match will be played in India to help the mentally ill”, said Col A.K. Mehndiratta (retd), an executive member of the ASVS.

Giving details, he said, “We are trying to form a team of former and present cricketers to play against a team consisting of prominent Bollywood stars and former Test player Kapil Dev has consented to participate in the event”.

He did not give names of other personalities participating in the charity affair.

“We have talked to many stars and all of them have shown interest and willingness to come forward for the noble cause, but at the moment, we cannot announce their names due to some reasons”, said Colonel Mehndiratta.

He said names of participants would be announced in mid-October after getting confirmation from them.

The organising committee, under the chairmanship of Mr Chander Shekhar, Additional DGP, Law and Order, had booked the stadium.

“The PCA will provide us the stadium free of cost and has promised to extend all kind of help to make the event a success”, said Colonel Mehndiratta.

Clearing doubts about the cancellation of the match in the event of stars ditching organisers at last moment, he said, “The match will be held on the scheduled date and in any case, we have made alternative arrangements”



Tight security for matches
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 20
As many as 45 CCTVs are being put up across the PCA Stadium as part of the security arrangements for the forthcoming cricket matches being held in connection with the ICC tournament.

Mr Naunihal Singh, SSP, told mediapersons here today that five one-day international cricket matches were being held at the stadium starting on October 7. He said security would be made very tight in view the blasts in Mumbai and Sri Lanka earlier.

He said that according to Intelligence reports there was a possibility of mischief by some miscreants. As such the police has started drawing up plans for adequate security well in advance of matches.

Four-tier security arrangements are being made. Entry gates would be put up at a distance of 200 metres from the stadium where tickets would be checked. Ticket checking would be done with the help of ultraviolet scanner sand visitors would frisked by the staff on duty and later checking would also be done inside the stadium.

Nearly 5,000 ft barricading would be done apart from having 200 mobile barricades. Large TV screens would also be put up for the viewers.



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