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HEALTH

Animal Welfare Board’s plan to tackle rabies problem
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Major-Gen R.M. Kharb (retd) Chandigarh, February 4
Every year, over 20,000 persons die of rabies, while the country records a whopping 17.4 million cases of dog bite in the same period. The figures are enough to scare anybody.

Now, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has formulated a plan to tackle the problem.It has decided to establish pilot projects in five urban and five rural areas, one in each region, for the elimination of rabies. The first such project is scheduled to be launched in New Delhi in February. The project involves vaccinating 35,000-40,000 stray dogs every year as well as involving NGOs in spreading awareness on the issue.

Giving this information here, Major-Gen R.M. Kharb (retd), Chairman, AWBI, said the World Health Organisation (WHO) is also associated with the ambitious project.

“After New Delhi, we will start the pilot projects in Gurgaon (February 22) and Ludhiana (February 23). As part of this initiative, we will use oral vaccine along with the one already in use,” General Kharb told The Tribune.

The project would also sensitise local civic bodies as well as neuter stray dogs and spray stray bitches to check growth of their population, he added.

He also disclosed that an expert group, which studied the problem sometime back, had recommended that rabies be made a notifiable disease and all dog-bite cases, cases of rabies and deaths due to rabies should be reported through a designated nodal agency in each area.

The group has also recommended that in view of large-scale prevalence of cases of rabies, each district hospital in the country should have diagnostic laboratories to conduct the tests to verify rabies. Presently, there are only 10 laboratories in the country that conduct the tests.

Major-General Kharb also disclosed that it had been recommended that each state must have at least one infectious disease hospital with facility to admit rabies cases. As of now, there were only 17 such hospitals in the country.

“We feel rabies needs to be tackled on a war-footing. This is why we have decided to launch this nationwide programme. We hope to send the message across so that rabies can be controlled effectively,” General Kharb said.

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Cancer patients given help
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Sahayta Cancer Sahyog, an organisation known for providing holistic help to cancer patients observed ‘Cancer Survivors’ Day’ and ‘International Childhood Cancer Day” at St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here yesterday. The function was marked by the presence of Ms Jean Rodrigues.

Mr Harold Carver, Principal, St. Stephen’s, paid homage to the late Neelu Tuli, founder of Sahayta organisation.

Mrs Jean Rodrigues presented awards and scholarships sponsored by the people associated with the organisation.

Shobha Koser, a renowned kathak dancer, received this year’s prestigious “Jeevan Shakti Award.

The Bimla Bindra scholarship award was given to Balwinder and Rubina. Protsahana award sponsored by Mohini Loomba was given to six years old Nitin who is fighting against leukaemia. The Gagan Toor award was given to Anirudh, a leukaemia patient.

The Jeevan Sahara help carrying cash prize of Rs 5000 is sponsored by Ms Ruma Soni, Ms Indu Makkar and Saigal sisters, was given to four needy persons. Ms Indu Sood, a widow of a cancer patient, Santosh ,a poor blood cancer patient ,Mahavira Prasad, a young patient fighting lymphoma and Paramjeet, who lost her son to cancer.

The Sanjivani Neelu Tuli Award instituted by the family was given to Leelawati. This was followed by a colourful group dance presented by cancer-afflicted children of APC ,PGI, choreographed by Varsha Rana.

While lauding the role of all the Sahayta volunteers, she announced a monetary aid of Rs 1, 00,000 to the organization and assured all possible help in future also. Renu Saigal presented the annual report and appealed the administration for more cancer care centers and cheaper drugs for cancer patients.

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Blood donated, 85 pledge their eyes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The social organisations should come forward to play an active role to create awareness about blood donations, said Ms Kanta Saroop Krishen, Honorary Secretary of the Blood Bank Society, while speaking at the 45th annual function organised by the Sood Sabha.

On the occasion, a delegation from Canada led by Dr Bhushan Sood, was honoured with the Sood Rattan Award. Presenting the annual report of the Sabha, Mr Surinder Sood, general secretary of the body, talked about social projects like charitable diagnostic laboratory, physiotherapy and free medicines for the poor. An eye donation camp was also organised where 85 members of the sabha pledged to donate their eyes.

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SPORTS
 

Amar Ujala in semifinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Riding high on the unbeaten knock of 62 off 32 by vice-captain Satish Kumar, Amar Ujala registered victory over Dainik Jagran in the Airtel-CPC Inter-Media Cricket Tournament, being played at St. John’s Secondary School, Sector 26, here today.

With this convincing win, Amar Ujala team moved into the semifinals of the tournament.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Dainik Jagran could put on just 112 in allotted 20 overs. Only Ajay Negi played a defiant innings of 38 runs to set some respectable target. The other contributors were Vinod Kumar (18) and Sandeep Pathania (12). For Amar Ujala, Satish Kumar took two wickets while Vikram, Ashish, Viju and Vipin chipped in with one wicket each.

For Dainik Jagran, Naresh Bains took two wickets. Satish was named the mat-of-the-match for his all-round performance.

Brief scores: Dainik Jagran: 112 all out in 20 overs (Ajay Negi 38, Vinod Kumar 18, Satish 2 for 18)

Amar Ujala: 113 for three in 11 over (Satish 62, Ashish 20, Naresh Bains 2 for 39).

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Boxing title for SD College

Chandigarh, February 4
SD College, Sector 32, won the overall championship garnering 26 points in the 30th Senior Men’s Boxing Championship while the second place went to SGGS College, Sector 26, who earned 12 points. The boxing squad of Guru Nanak Khalsa School-30 bagged the 29 th Chandigarh Junior Boys Boxing Championship with 15 points while Sharda Sarvhitkari pugilists got 12 points to secure the second position.

The results (finals): Senior: 51 kg: Jatinder b Aakaar Chauhan; 54 kg: Narinder Singh b Mukesh Kumar; 57 kg: Sanjay b Gurcharan Singh; 60 kg: Suman Saurav b Baghail Singh; 64 kg: Naval Singh b Jai Bhagwan; 69 kg: Dharminder b Vikas; 75 kg: Sanjay Kumar b Manoj Kumar; 81 kg: Vikas b Ravinder; 91 kg: Hardeep Singh b Ajay Singh; Kaptan b Gurpreet Singh.

Juniors: 48 kg: Bhupinder b Monu; 54 kg: Ashok Sura b Sumit Saini; 57 kg: Dalbir b Vikas Kumar; 60 kg: Mukesh b Bhawan; 64 kg: Bhupinder b Bhupinder; 69 kg: Pardeep Kumar b Rishabh Gupta; 75 kg: Sham Yadav b Kailash Chander; 81 kg: Yujal Gigvijay b Bikram Singh; 91 kg: Jaspreet Singh b Ankush Salaria. — TNS

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Gagandeep to lead PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Gagandeep Kaur of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, will lead the Panjab University team in the All- India Inter-University Ball Badminton Tournament for women to be held at Kuppam from February 5 to 9.

PU will play their first match on February 6 against the winners of the match between Mumbai and Law University, Chennai.

Other members of the team are: Poonam Devi, Nishi Rajan, Manpreet Kaur (GGSCW-26), Vandana, Dimpy Chadel, Renu (Dev Samaj College-45), Meenu Sharma (PU Campus), Venus Kalra (MCMDAV-36) and Pooja Aggarwal (MCMDAV-36). Baljinder Singh Banwait and Jaswinder Kaur will accompany the team as coach and manager, respectively.

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Kho-kho title for Dev Samaj girls
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Dev Samaj College of Education for Women, Sector 36, Chandigarh, won the Panjab University Inter-College Kho-Kho B-division (Women) Championship for the session 2006-07. The meet was held on PU campus here yesterday. MBBGRGC Girls College, Mansowal, secured the runners-up position. In the final, Dev Samaj girls beat MBBGR GC 3-2.

Meanwhile, the girls’ badminton team of Dev Samaj College of Education for Women, Sector 36, also bagged Chandigarh Badminton (Women) B-Division Championship for the session 2006-07. GHG Harparkash College of Education, Sidhwan Khurd, secured the second poison. The event was held on PU campus here yesterday.

The results: Dev Samaj College b Harparkash College 3-0. (Alka b Ritu 21-10, 21-09; Deepti b Charanpreet 21-18, 21-17.

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Shreyasi excels

Chandigarh, February 4
Shreyasi Pathak of Class IV was adjudged the best performer during the annual sports meet held at KV No 2, 3BRD here yesterday.

Events, including relay races, skipping, balloon bursting and lemon and spoon races were held during the meet. — TNS

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