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Genetic Centre set up to fight congenital diseases
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
In an effort to prevent mental retardation and other disabilities among newborn, the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has set up a state-of-the-art Genetic Centre.

This would be the first-ever government-run centre at GMCH in the north zone to benefit pregnant women and cater to prenatal and neonatal stages.

The centre is associated with the Government Institute of Medical Retarded Centre (GIMRC) of the GMCH and has been set up with the aim that every pregnant woman getting treatment at the hospital should be counselled about this.

The women could avail the facility at a nominal price at the centre.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr Gurjit Kaur, in-charge consultant of the centre, claimed that suspecting mothers now could have a variety of genetic screening tests of their blood during the early stages of pregnancy. The tests help in detecting mothers at a high risk of carrying abnormal babies. The centre has the facilities of antenatal screening tests and invasive tests.

Dr Kaur was of the view that the centre would actually prove beneficial to women of the lower, middle and lower-middle class families. The prices of these tests would be around Rs 800-1000, she claimed. Antenatal screening tests (on suspecting mother's blood) were being undertaken to examine the health of foetus.

The tests help in detecting the most common chromosomal disorders and some congenital disorders comprising down's syndrome (trisomy 21), edward syndrome (trisomy 18), patau syndrome (trisomy 13), neural tube defects and turner's syndrome.

Dr Kaur also claimed that GMCH authorities had been planning to introduce "counselling" and conduct these tests on every suspected woman visiting the gynaecology department to eradicate mental retardation and other disabilities among the 'new arrivals'.

The facility of amniocentesis test would soon be started as the centre had already got permission from the Director Health Services, UT, said Dr B.S. Chavan, Head of the Psychiatry Department, GMCH.

The Genetic Center would be formally inaugurated by the UT Administrator in the first week of December. 



Removal of uterus by laparoscopy shown live in workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Gynaecologists from North India were given a live demonstration of the removal of uterus through the vagina using laparoscopic surgery at a conference-cum-workshop on "Non-descent Vaginal Hysterectomy" organised by the Department of Obsterics and Gynaecology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here today.

Over 150 gynaecologists attended the workshop and sharpened their knowledge. They also cleared their queries from surgeons operating upon the patients.

Dr Anju Huria, HOD, Obsteries and Gynaecology, said hysterectomy was a technique for removing the uterus. The laparoscopic surgery had recently become popular since a big incision in the abdomen was avoided by this surgery. The GMCH had been providing laparoscopic surgery for the removal of uterus.

This type of surgery gave patients better post-operative comforts as they could go home after two days of the operation and without any scar.

Dr Vyomesh Shah of Ahmedabad performed and demonstrated live the surgery on patients, while Dr A.S. Bawa showed the latest available surgery on stress urinary incompetence in the workshop, informed Dr Huria. 



Punjab is national Twenty-20 champ
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Punjab lifted the first National Twenty-20 Cricket Championship Trophy beating Delhi in an exciting final match at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today.

Chasing a target of 159 runs set by Punjab, Delhi fell short by just three runs.

Put in to bat first, Punjab piled up 158 for 4 in 20 overs as the team got a solid start through its openers Kunal Sehdev (50 n.o. off 43 balls) and Varun Sharma (60 runs off 56 balls). Both players put on a 118-run partnership for the first wicket.

The other batsman could not make best of the opportunity and threw their wickets cheaply. Anuj Jain, the most successful bowler for Delhi, finished with figures of 4 for 38.

In reply, Delhi openers Navneet Srivastva (31) and Gaurav Upadhayaya (23) provided a good start for the team. At one time, Delhi was in a solid position at 84 for 2. Soon, they were found was tottering at 107 for 7. However, Anuj Antil (21 n.o.) and Deepak Bansal (19) raised some hopes with a 35-run partnership for the eighth wicket.

Impressive bowling spells by Kunal Sharma (2 for 22), Vishwajit (2 for 26) and Varun Sharma (2 for 30) shattered the hopes of Delhi and the team could only manage 155 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs.

Varun Sharma of Punjab was declared the man of the match. The best batsman’s award of the tournament went to Vipandeep (Punjab) while Jaskaran Singh (Chandigarh) won the best bowler title.

Brief scores

Punjab: 158 for 4 in 20 overs (Kunal Sehdev 50 n.o, Varun Sharma 60, Vipandeep 19, Anuj Jain 4 for 38).

Delhi: 155 for 8 in 20 overs (Navneet Srivastva 31, Gaurav Upadhayay 23, Anuj Antil 21 n.o, Varun Sharma 2 for 30, Kunal Sehdev 2 for 22, Vishwajit 2 for 26) 



Skating championship concludes
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 19
Ridham secured the first position while Muskaan and Hiya got second and third positions, respectively, in the Rink Race II under-4 girls category in the first Mohali District Roller Skating Championship, which concluded at Dikshant International School, here today.

Host Dikshant International School won the Overall Champions trophy.

The chief guest Mr Deepinder Dhillon, Vice-Chairman of Punjab State Industrial Corporation distributed the prizes.

Results: Rink Race II: u-4 (boys): Adrij 1, Kaushal 2 , Sahil 3; (4 to 6 yrs) Prayag 1, Arsh Sharma 2, Rishabh 3; (6 to 8 yrs) Aryan 1, Saurabh 2, Vipul 3; (8 to 10 yrs) Ayush 1, Ishpreet 2, Shubham 3; (10 to 12 yrs) Shrey1, Vaibhav 2, Lokesh 3; (12 to 14 yrs) Maninder 1, Rajvinder 2, Sagar 3; (14 to 16 yrs) Hargun 1, Shresht 2, Deepak 3; (Above 16 yrs) Gaurav 1, Piyush 2, Karan 3.

Rink Race II: u-4 girls: Ridham 1, Muskaan 2, Hiya 3; (4 to 6 yrs) Yadvi 1, Aastha 2, Jhanvi 3; (6 to 8 yrs) Karen 1, Swetlana 2, Vanmika 3; (8 to 10 yrs) Vanshika 1, Lipika 2, Neha 3; (10 to 12 yrs) Aman 1, Shalini 2, Natisha 3; (12 to 14 yrs) Pawandeep 1, Himanshi 2, Kruti 3; (14 to 16 yrs) Ritu 1, Anika 2, Amanpreet 3.



St Xavier’s eves win basketball tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, emerged winners crushing hosts St Kabir School 31-19 in the final league match of the ICSC Chandigarh Zone Basketball Tournament for girls under-17, which concluded at St Kabir’s basketball courts, Sector 26, here today.

Harneet (10), Natparat (9) and Aldin (6) were the scorers for the Xaviers team while Amandeep (8) and Divesh (4) scored for the Kabir team.

In the St Kabir Trophy for under-14 girls, IS Dev Samaj School defeated Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, 11-6 in the final match. Sukhpal was the top scorer for Dev Samaj with six points. She was well supported by Parminder (3) and Rani (2).



Parmod pedals to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Parmod Singh won the six- lap cross-country mass start race for men at the Firefox Mountain Bike Cycling Races held at Kaimbala village, here today.

In the races, organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association, more than 30 cyclists participated. A specially designed MTB circuit consisting of broken tarmac, mud path and sandy stalk was prepared for the purpose.

Minal Deep Singh won both the events in the Chandigarh MTB Cycling Races under-15 category showing superb cycling skills leaving other competitors far behind.

The final results are:

6-lap cross-country mass start race (men): Parmod Singh 1, Balwant Singh 2, Akshat Narang 3

1-lap cross-country time trial race (men): Balwant Singh 1, Parmod Singh 2, Manmohan Singh 3

2-lap cross-country mass start race (boys u-15): Minal Deep Singh 1, Amit Yadav 2, Sahil Masih 3

1-lap cross-country mass start race (boys u-14): Minal Deep Singh 1, Amit Yadav 2, Rupesh 3

2-lap cross-country mass start race (girls u-15): Kulbir Kaur 1, Manpreet Kaur 2, Satnam Kaur 3

1-lap cross-country time trial race (women): Kulbir Kaur 1, Preeti 2, Monika 3.



Trials for women cricketers on Nov 22

Chandigarh, November 19
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) will hold trials for women cricketers on November 22 at 10.30 am at PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali.

Women cricketers, who are either bonafide residents of Punjab or Chandigarh, born or serving here, are eligible to participate in the trials. The PCA has also asked its District Cricket Associations to recommend cricketers of their districts for the trials.

The Punjab team, which will be selected, will participate in the Inter-State North Zone one-day limited overs tournament. The zonal team will be selected on December 5 after the completion of the tournament.

As per BCCI guidelines, the North Zone One-Day Limited Overs Women Cricket Tournament will begin on November 27. — TNS



Anmol wins in straight sets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Local boy Anmol S. Bains thrashed Harpreet S. Bains in straight sets 4-0, 4-0 at the boys under-12 (singles) final qualifying round of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament being held at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association here today.

Other results: Boys u-18 (singles) final qualifying round: Santosh Ghatage (Maharashtra) bt Arvinder Singh Aulakh (Chandigarh) 4-2,4-1; Karan Chaudhry (Haryana) bt Kanwardeep S.Kang (Punjab) 4-2,4-1; Ajay Yadav (Chandigarh) bt Amit Chauhan (Chandigarh) 4-0,4-0; Joseph Zotinkhuma (Mizoram) bt Akshay Ahuja (Haryana) 4-1, 4-2; Shobhit Phutela (Chandigarh) bt Jasjeet Singh(Punjab) 4-1,4-0; Lalhmun Mawia (Mizoram) bt Ankit Chopra (Punjab) 4-0,2-4,5-4(2); Mandeep S. Gill (Chandigarh) bt Parveen Arora (Punjab) 4-0, 4-0; Adit Jain (Delhi) bt Jashanvir S. Bhatti (Punjab) 4-0, 4-1.

Boys u-12 (Singles) final Qualifying Round: Anmol S. Bains (Chandigarh) bt Harpreet S. Bains (Chandigarh) 4-0, 4-0; Karan Salwan (Delhi) bt Jaskaran Singh (Punjab) 4-2,4-0; Karan Kapoor (Chandigarh) bt Anubhav Wadhera (Chandigarh) 5-3, 4-0; Jasbir Singh (Punjab) bt Inderbir S. Bains (Chandigarh) 4-0, 4-1; Rohin Vinayak (Chandigarh) bt Ravinder Singh (Punjab) 5-3, 4-0; Ishaan Hooda (Haryana) bt Dhruv Walia (Chandigarh) 4-0, 4-2; Shashank Sharma (Delhi) bt Ranjodh Singh (Chandigarh) 4-1, 4-1; Jotpal Singh (Punjab) bt Dalwinder Singh (Punjab) 4-1, 2-4, 4-1

Girls u-16 (doubles) final:

Noor Paul and Roop Saran Rihal bt Ankita Singh and Poorna (Chandigarh) 6-3, 7-5

Boys u-12 final: Ajay Yadav (Chandigarh) bt Pankaj Kumar (Chandigarh) 6-1, 6-2

Boys u-16 final: Digvijay Singh Mehta (Himachal Pradesh) bt Tejvansh Singh (Punjab) 7-6,7-3, 6-0

Girls u-12 final: Parminder Kaur (Chandigarh) bt Bhavika Wadhwan (Chandigarh) 6-1, 6-0

Girls u-16 Final: Poorna (Chandigarh) bt Prabhamrit Kaur (Chandigarh) 6-3, 6-2.



Football fest concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Amrinder Singh of St Kabir School, Sector 26, was adjudged best goalkeeper followed by Prince of St Joseph’s School-44 in the first Coca Cola Chandigarh Football Festival for boys under-10, which concluded at Football Stadium, Sector 17, here today.

The festival was organised by Chandigarh Football Association to popularise the game among youngsters.

On the concluding day of the festival, many skill competitions were held. In shooting skills, Navjot of St Xavier’s emerged winner while Richi was declared first runner-up on the spin of a coin.

In dribbling, Pankaj of St Stephen’s School won the top position followed by Yuvraj of St Stephen’s-45. 



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