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Annual conference of IACTA begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
An educative session was interspersed with live video relay of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) at a patient undergoing open-heart surgery for the replacement of a diseased valve at the first day of the 10th annual conference of Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA 2007) being organised by the department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, PGI, here today.

Various experts from different fields delivered lecturers and shared their experiences with the delegates attending the conference.

A workshop on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), the ultrasound examination of the heart through the esophagus or food pipe, was inaugurated by head of the department of anaesthesia and intensive care Dr Jyotsna Wig, while organising secretary Dr G.D. Puri of the conference welcomed the delegates.

Dr Achal Dhir from Canada delivered a lecture on the basic principles of the TEE. Dr Vijayendra and Dr Balachunder from USA and Dr Behl from PGI, Chandigarh, explained the assessment of various normal and diseased, narrowed or leaking heart valves during surgery.

A session on assessing the great vessel of the heart (Aorta) and functions of the chambers of the heart in pumping blood, also featured the lectures by Dr Kathirvel (USA), Dr Achal Dhir (Canada) and Dr Bainbridge (Canada).

In another session Dr Balachunder (USA) and Dr S.K. Rengasamy (USA) demonstrated by dissecting heart of a pig to correlate it with the anatomy echocardiographic.

The measurement of the degree of narrowing / leakage of various heart valves was also taken up by various eminent international faculty. About 100 delegates attended the workshop from various countries including India, USA, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia. 



Arthroplasty assn to meet in city on February 24
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
More than 300 registered delegates, including eight foreign faculty members and 10 others from countries like the USA, UK, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Singapore and Germany, will participate in the biennial conference being organised by the Indian Arthroplasty Association (IAA) in the city on February 24 and 25.

While addressing mediapersons, S.S. Gill, organising president, Raj Bahadur, organising vice-president, and M.S. Dhillon, organising secretary, said the technique of joint replacement in India was at such a stage that Indian surgeons had been presenting improved methods worldwide.

Over the years both IAA and the science of joint replacement has become well established in India. Joint replacement was being done in almost all major cities with certain centres having achieved excellence in this field, and many more reaching International standards, they added.

Gill, who is also head of the Orhtopaedic Department, PGI, claimed that last week a new method of hip operation was introduced at the PGI and two months back a minimally invasive total knee was introduced.

Keeping this in mind, the organisers have scheduled a highly specialised program for the delegates. The focus of the meeting would be on joint replacement. Modern advances in various fields would also be discussed in the workshop. A post-conference workshop on computer-aided joint replacement would also be a part of the conference, he added.



AG Punjab win soccer tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Accountant General, Punjab, beat Delhi Audit, 4-2, in the final of the North Zone IA and AD Football Tournament at the Sector 17 football stadium here today.

The decision came through tie-breaker after the lapse of regulation time of 70-minute. Delhi Audit had a doomed start as Rishi Kumar booted his spot kick out. Later, Neeraj Chaudhary's penalty was saved by AG Punjab goalkeeper Harpreet Singh. Only Sameer Jung and Subhash Negi could convert their spot kicks without any problem.

Hemant Sharma, Deepak Kumar, Jitender Singh and Sanjay Kumar converted their kicks into goals to guide AG Punjab to victory. As Punjab had established an unassailable 4-2 lead, the fifth spot kick from both sides was not required.

However, Delhi Audit were unable to convert their territorial supremacy into goal as AG Punjab resorted to tight man-to-man marking. AG Punjab goalkeeper Harpreet Singh also made some fine saves.

Delhi Audit launched their raid in the 4th minute and Neeraj Chaudhary unleashed a powerful shot from the left flank. Punjab custodian Harpreet Singh dived to save it.

Four minutes after resumption, Delhi Audit were awarded a free kick outside the box. Rishi's thundering left footer failed to get past goalkeeper Harpreet Singh. However, AG Punjab counter attacked in the 49 th minute. In this raid, Rajeev Rattan passed the ball to Vinay Kanwar whose shot was collected by Delhi Audit goalkeeper Avneet Singh.

Delhi Audit lost another chance in the regulation period. A move from the left flank resulted in a goalmouth scramble and Rishi's shot lacked direction and the ball went out.

Later, principal accountant general (audit) Punjab and Chandigarh R.P. Singh, who was the chief guest, distributed the prizes.



Govt College-11 move ahead in cricket meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
An unbeaten knock of 65 runs enabled Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, beat GN Khalsa College, Abohar, by three wickets during the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket Meet (men) A- Division being held at PU grounds, here today.

GN Khalsa team won the toss and elected to bat. Harpreet played a fine knock of 72 runs. However, other wickets felled very cheaply. The team was bundled out for 189 runs in 42.5 over. Gurwinder claimed three wickets for 37 runs.

In reply, Government College, Chandigarh, achieved the target in 39.1 overs. They scored 193 runs at the loss of seven wickets. Harpreet claimed three wicket for 36 runs.

Brief scores: GN Khalsa College, Abohar: 189 all out in 42. 5 overs (Harpreet 72, Parved 16

Gurwinder 3 for 37, Ankush 2 for 33, Bikramjeet 2 for 35, Navjot 2 for 43).

Government College-11: 193 for 7 wickets in 39.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 65 n.o., Navjot 32, Daksh Sharma 28, Harpreet 3 for 36, Jatinder 2 for 16).

In another match, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, beat SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh. SCD, Ludhiana won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 186 runs in 44.5 overs. Lalit Mohan scored 65 runs, while Sapinesh scored 32. From the other side, Jaskaran claimed two wickets by giving 30 runs while Sumit took three wickets for 33 runs.

Chasing the target, SGGS-26 team was all out for 126 runs in 44 overs. Anupam and Gaurav contributed 46 and 27 runs, respectively.



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