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Donít give fat and protein-rich diet to cattle
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
Animal scientists have warned against feeding fatty and protein-rich fodder to cattle, particularly the horses. This, they said, could lead to blockade of arteries and cardiac arrest. The warning follows the death of a mare due to cardiac arrest in Mandiani village, near here, recently.

According to Ludhiana-based deputy director of the Punjab Animal Husbandry Department Dr Parmajit Singh, the cardiac arrest in the mare was detected after the postmortem by a board of three doctors.

He said he was approached by a farmer Jagtar Singh Johal of Mandiani village to look into the reasons of the sudden death of his mare.

Dr Singh said he constituted a board of three doctors who found that the death had been caused due to the blockade of arteries. The doctors concluded that there might have been high levels of cholesterol in the blood which led to the blockade and cardiac arrest.

The doctors pointed out that horses were fast running animals. But the domesticated horses did not get to run much. However, the owners ensured maximum diet full of fats and proteins. Since that much of energy was not consumed, it resulted to other problems.

Till recent past, the horses were used as a mode of transportation, particularly in the countryside. Now, these have been replaced by the motor cycles and other four-wheelers.

However, those people who rear the horses as hobby ensure that their animals get fat and protein-rich diet, knowing little that these are harmful in the long run as happened in the case of Johalís mare.

Dr Paramjit Singh said the department would approach the experts in the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University to redraw the diet chart of the animals, particularly the horses. Because they were not being made to run as they used to in the past.

The Animal Husbandry Department today honoured Jagtar Singh Johal for informing the department to look into the cause of the death of his mare. He pointed out this information proved very important as this helped them in warning others about providing regulated and balanced diet to their cattle lest this could prove harmful.

The department has appealed other farmers also to inform about such cases where they do not have any apparent reason for the death of their animals. This might help in preventing measure loss to other farmers also.

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Joint-replacement surgery has come of age, says expert
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
Senior consultant in the Department of Orthopaedics at SPS Apollo Hospital, Dr Harpreet S. Gill, was invited as a faculty at the recently concluded biennial conference of the Indian Arthroplasty Association (IAA) held at Chandigarh on February 24 and 25.

He delivered a guest lecture at the global conclave and also presented a paper on complications of total joint replacement. About 350 joint replacement surgeons from across the country and eight prominent faculty members from countries like the USA, UK, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Singapore and Germany participated in the conference.

Focusing on the advances made by the joint replacement surgery in India, Gill stated that the Department of Orthopaedics at Apollo was performing joint replacements since two years from now. All kinds of joint replacements like knee, hip and shoulder were being successfully done.

"High flexion knee replacement, in which patient can squat and sit cross-legged has also been introduced in this hospital. It is a general perception that persons who undergo total knee replacement will not be able to sit cross-legged. This wrong impression of not being able to sit cross-legged is so strong in our culture that thousands of patients, who are otherwise prime candidates to benefit from total knee replacement, avoid opting for it," Gill said.

The implant manufacturing industry had recognised this need and hence, at present, implants were available to accommodate these high flexion postures. "Surgeons also have modified their techniques to achieve this high flexion of the knee joint. However, the patients who can benefit are those who already have a good range of movement of the knee joint, are not obese and do not have deformity of the knee joint."

According to Gill, over the years, joint replacement has become well-established in India and these procedures were being done in almost all major cities.

The foreign faculty was appreciative of the quality of work being done in India.

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Mandeep, Teena best athletes
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, February 26
Mandeep Singh of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and J. Teena Monisha of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Sciences University, Chennai, emerged best athletes among men and women, respectively, in the 8th All-India Inter-Agricultural University Games which concluded on the PAU campus ground here today.

UAS, Bangalore, athletes proved their supremacy by annexing the overall championship trophy while the runners-up trophy was shared by the hosts, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.

In the men's section, UAS, Bangalore, came out triumphant in athletics events and bagged the overall trophy while Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, finished second. Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Sciences University, Chennai, won the overall trophy in athletics while Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, finished runners-up.

Final results: Men- table tennis BSKKV, Dapoli 1, GBPAU, Pantnagar, 2; Lawn tennis: TNAU, Coimbatore 1, PAU, Ludhiana 2; Volleyball- UAS, Bangaore 1, TNAU, Coimbatore 2; Basketball- GADVASU, Ludhiana 1, PAU, Ludhiana 2; Handball- PAU, Ludhiana 1, GADVASU, Ludhiana 2; Badminton- ANGRAU, Hyderabad 1, AAU, Anand 2.

Women: Table tennis- UAS, Dharwad 1, UAS, Bangalore 2; Volleyball- MPKV, Rahuri 1, MAU, Parbhani 2; Badminton- AAU, Anand 1, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar 2.

Padmashri Pargat Singh, Director, Sports, Punjab, gave away the prizes to the winners. A large number of sportspersons of international and national repute along with faculty members and non-teaching staff members of PAU and GADVASU were present on the occasion.

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