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Wheat allergy on rise in children
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Read up on wheat allergy. It’s high time -- four to five children suffering from wheat allergy are registered with PGI every week. So if your child is losing weight or not gaining in height, don’t take it lightly, say paediatric gastroenterologists.

“Wheat allergy adversely affects growth in children. A child suffering from wheat allergy loses weight besides facing problems like gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhoea and anaemia. Since girls grow faster than boys, emphasis should be on early detection of the allergy among girls,” says Prof B.R. Thapa, a paediatric gastroenterologist at PGI. Thapa says that wheat allergy prohibits height gain.

Elaborating upon other liver-related problems among children, he warns about Hepatitis A and E, particularly during the monsoon. Almost 70 per cent cases of Hepatitis A and 16 per cent of E are reported among children, he says.

Prof Kartar Singh, head of PGI’s Department of Gastroenterology, says that obesity had also emerged as a major problem among children. Luxurious but sedentary lifestyle and change in eating habits worsens obesity among children, he says.

Commenting on the use of alcohol, Prof Singh claimed that 60 per cent of the liver cirrhosis was caused due to excessive alcohol consumption. He claimed that capsule endoscopy had been yielding excellent results in the department of gastroenterology. He stressed the need for liver transplants in the institute.

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Gastroenterologists to update knowledge, skills
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Over 300 practicing gastroenterologists and physicians from all over India will participate in the third update continuing medical education (CME) “Gastro-2007’ at the PGI from February 2 to 4. Besides this about 70 faculty members are also likely to participate in the CME.

Prof Kartar Singh, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, PGI, said CME would help the gastroenterologists in updating their knowledge and skills. The faculty members would deliver lectures on various burning issues in the field of gastroenterology.

Various other issues would also be covered in the CME. Special sessions would be organised to emphasise on recent developments in common clinical problems, he informed.

Dr Amit Maydeo from Bombay, Dr DN Reddy from Hyderabad and Dr TN Chandrasekhar from Coimbatore will deliver lectures on endoscopy. Prof GV Rao from Hyderabad will demonstrate a technique of transluminal surgery while Prof G. Krishnamurthy, a visiting faculty from the USA, would highlight the role of nuclear medicine in imaging of the liver and gall bladder.

Prof BN Tandon, a former head of the department of Gastroenterology of the All-India of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will inaugurate.

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City gymnasts in for a treat
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
The City gymnasts are in for a special treat. For, the proposals to the tune of lacs are on the agenda of Chandigarh Sports Department.

The Sector 7 Sports complex is coming up with a new state of art landing pit at its Gymnasium Hall.

It is made up of crossed layers of foam with air tunnels, stabilisation netting and loose foam blocks coupled with safe high density padding, making it compliant to the international standards.

Landing platforms or pits for the gymnasts plays a very significant part in any modern gymnastic hall.

It is important to see that the pit is filled with correct density, shape and structure of the foam layers.

“We were in a desperate need of a pit at the Gymnasium Hall and we have tried to provide the best possible landing pit which will be ready to use soon. It is one of its kind, latest as per international standards”, said Mr JPS Sidhu, Joint Director of Sports, Chandigarh.

Describing the technical specifications, Mr N Shashi, Coach of the Gymnasium Hall said, “In the pit, first of all, the foam pieces of 6x6 inches have been evenly positioned between planks placed at the bottom, covering with another 6-inch thick foam mattress all through and fixed with special adhesive.”

“The wooden floor of the gymnasium is already replaced with the cemented floor and we are also working on other steps to make it better”, he further explained.

Elaborating the importance of gymnastics in the coming times, Shashi further said, “The field of gymnastics is very vast and holds events like artistic, rhythmic, aerobics, trampoline and acrobatics. Out of these, artistic, trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics have been incorporated in the Olympics also and aerobics too is expected to be included soon. And for all these games, a landing pit with correct density and shape is the basic pre requisite”.

But, still this hall stands handicapped because of its insufficient size. The minimum size of a standard gymnasium hall has to be 60x30 meters whereas this hall is just 25x15 meters.

“The ideal size of a gymnastic hall has to be 40x80 meters. The extension of the hall is the prime requirement as the equipments cannot be installed at the hall because of its inadequate size,” opined Shashi.

A complete set of learning apparatus for sub-junior and beginners is another requirement to make this hall fully equipped.

The coach had already sent the requirement for a full set of artistic gymnastic apparatus with a floor of 12x12 foot, two big and equal numbers of small trampolines with a full size acrobatic strip.

“Actually, the problem is that there is no manufacturer in India for junior’s learning apparatus. Importing these from overseas is a lengthy procedure and costly too. In my view, this could be the only reason. But a solution has to be found out for this, as the juniors or beginners are the worst affected by this”, Mr Shashi rued.

On being asked, Mr Sidhu clarified, “The design of this hall is obsolete and the option to further extend it, has been ruled out. 
It is not that we have no plans to improve it further. It is being renovated and we are just waiting for it to get the final touches. We have plans to change the whole décor and replace the old apparatus with new imported one”.

About the earlier proposal for multipurpose hall at Sector 7 Sports Complex, he said, “The space was the major problem but by the end of this year, a new state of the art multipurpose hall will be built at the Lake Club.

It will have two badminton courts and one exclusive gym. Now its dimensions are being reviewed because we are considering having provision for volleyball as well as gymnastics enclosures.

Another all-purpose hall is coming up at Sector 42 complex. These most modern halls will cater to national or even international gymnastic and other meets.” 

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Body-building title for Ajay
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Ajay Kumar of the Bon Sante Club clinched first place in below 65 kg category in the 16th Junior and the 13th Sub-Junior Mr Chandigarh Body Building Championships, held at DAV College, Sector 10, here, yesterday.

Guradesh Mann of the Hari Fitness Club won the Sub-Junior Mr Chandigarh title.

Meanwhile, the Bon Sante Club also won the sub-junior championship with 78 points as well as the junior championship title, garnering 110 points.

Results

Sub-Junior: Below 55 kg: 1 Mohit, 2 Rajiv, 3 Sandeep; below 60 kg: 1 Arvind, 2 Sumit, 3 Satinder; below 65kg: 1 Rajwant Singh, 2 Pardeep Gautam, 3 Jasbir Singh; below 70 kg: 1 Vaneet, 2 Baljeet, 3 Saurabh; below 75 kg: 1 Vijay Rana, 2 Satvir Singh, 3 Gurcharan Singh; below 85 kg: 1 Guradesh Mann, 2 Rajesh Arora, 3 Nishant.

Junior: Below 55 kg: 1 Mohit, 2 Rajiv, 3 Vijay Kumar; below 60 kg: 1 Arvind, 2 Sumit, 3 Satinder; below 65 kg: 1 Ajay, 2 Rajwant, 3 Mohan Lal; below 70 kg: 1 Raj Kumar, 2 Rajinder, 3 Mohan Lal; below 75 kg: 1 Vijay Rana, 2 Ram Lal, 3 Chetan Sharma; above 75 kg: 1 Amit Kapoor, 2 Guradesh Mann, 3 Ved Bal.

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APJ cricket tourney from today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 29
The first APJ Under-13 Cricket Tournament will start on the MCA ground of the PCA and YPS School from January 30 to February 4.

Four teams, including MCA Mohali, Sector 16 Cricket Stadium Team, MCM Blue Caps Academy, Sector 36, and APJ Cricket Academy, Kharar, will participate in the tournament.

The tournament is being organised by the Mohali Cricket Association. 

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Sajit, Abhinav star in Satluj victory
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 29
A fine performance by Sajit Nagrath (75) and an unbeaten knock of 63 runs by Abhinav Goel enabled Satluj Public School to beat Delhi Public School, Pinjore, by a huge margin of 98 runs in the first semifinal of the 1st Satluj Numero Uno u-14 Cricket Tournament. The tournament held at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here, today.

After winning the toss, the Satluj team opted to bat first but were in trouble in the second over when Gurprabhjot Singh got out at the total score of 10 runs. At one stage Satluj Public School were tottering at 52 runs at the loss of 4 wickets.

Then came Sajit Nagrath and Abhinav Goel who scored a fruitful partnership of 130 runs which proved vital in Satluj’s huge total of 253/5 in 25 overs. While chasing the target, the whole team of Delhi Public School Pinjore were bundled out for 155 runs in 23.3 overs.

Brief score:

Satluj Public School, Pkl: 253/5 in 25 overs

Sajit Nagrath 75, Abhinav Goel 63 n.o., Manan Vohra 22, Harpreet Singh 20 n.o, Anjani - 2/37.

Delhi Public School, Pinjore : 155 allout in 23.3 overs

Tushaar 35, Gagan 30, Tarun 22, Gurprabhjot Singh 2/19, Mohit Chadha 2/18, Chahat Gandhi 2/17.

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MCM win baseball match

Chandigarh, January 29
A baseball match between GN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, and GN Girls College, Ludhiana, ended in draw (13-13) in the Panjab University Inter-College Baseball (women) tournament being held on PU ground here today. In another match, local MCM DAV College beat Ramgharia Girls College, Ludhiana, 12-2. The tournament is being played on the league basis.

In another tournament of the Panjab University Hockey (Men) B-Division Championship 2006-07, Government College, Karamsar, won the top honours while GN College, Moga, secured second position. — TNS

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Prize distribution function held

Chandigarh, January 29
The annual prize distribution function of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, was held at its premises today.

Mr Ashwani Kumar, DPI (S), was the chief guest on the occasion. The function commenced with Ganesh Vandana performed by school students. Thereafter, Kathak dance, Bihu dance and Rajasthani dance was presented by the students.

Purnima, a class X students presented two folk songs and the programme ended with a Bhangra performance which was admired by all. The principal of the school, Mr Ram Kumar Sharma read out the annual report for the session 2005-06.

Later, the Chief Guest distributed prizes to the students who excelled in academics and co curricular activities for the session 2004-05 and 2005-06. — TNS

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Cycle rally for healthy heart
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
As a regular monthly activity the Chandigarh Healthy Heart Action Project (CHHAP) yesterday organised a cycle rally in association with Government High School, Sector-12 and the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association (CACA) to spread the message of healthy hearts in the city yesterday.

Nearly 40 students from the school and members of the CACA and CEVA, an NGO, participated in the rally. The rally passed through Sector 15-16, Matka Chowk, Sector 17, road leading towards Sukhna Lake and back to the PGI.

Posters and pamphlets on heart diseases were distributed during the rally. Dr. SK Bhandari addressed the students regarding various cardiovascular diseases and importance of physical activity to keep the heart healthy.

Dr JS Thakur, Assistant Professor PGI (Principal Investigator CHHAP) and Dr. Yashpal Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Cardiology PGI, Chandigarh, also joined the rally.

Dr Yashpal Sharma said, ”Regular physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day improves glucose metabolism, reduces body fat and lowers the blood pressure, these are the main ways in which it is thought to reduce the risk of CVD’s and diabetes”.

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