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World AIDS Orphans Day
‘Need for greater awareness on AIDS’
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
“There is greater need for creating awareness among people about AIDS as a majority of the people in the country still shy away from discussing it. Just like in other countries, we have to mobilise our media to broadcast special awareness campaigns on the issue,” said A.J. Philip, senior associate editor of The Tribune, while addressing a gathering during a function on World AIDS Orphans Day held here today.

The function was organised by the Chandigarh network of People Living with HIV AIDS (PLHA) and FXB India Suraksha (Chandigarh) at International Hostel, Sector 15.

Every 15 seconds, a child loses a parent to AIDS and according to UNAIDS, some 15 million children below 18 have lost one or both parents to AIDS in the world.

Describing the plight of AIDS patients in the country, Philip said even in Kerala, the state with the highest literacy rate in the country, there was a ruckus when a newspaper reported the first case of AIDS in the state.

“The family of the poor victim was ostracised by society. Since this happened in the most educated state of the country, the plight of people living in other parts of the country, where literacy and awareness levels are low, is not difficult to imagine,” he said.

He pointed out that in countries like South Africa, mass media like radio and television played a major role in creating awareness about this dreadful disease. “A number of programmes are aired throughout the day, at frequent intervals,” he added.

On this occasion, some HIV positive persons, accompanied by their children, were also present. They expressed apprehensions about the future of their children.

“I have two children and one of them has been found to be HIV positive. The diagnosis for the other child is awaited. Being HIV positive myself, I know it is a matter of time when I will succumb to the disease. But my prime concern is how my children would be looked after after I die,” said a city resident, while narrating her plight to the gathering.

Similar was the view of a vegetable vendor who said he came to know seven years ago that he, his wife and their son were victims of HIV.

“A total of 135 couples and their children with AIDS from the city and surrounding areas were on our follow up,” said Pooja Thakur, president of the PLHA.

Navendu Jha, project coordinator of the PLHA, said a care home was needed for HIV positive and HIV negative children of AIDS patients. A list of 28 children was already submitted to Pawan Bansal, MP from Chandigarh, for his consideration, he added.

Umesh Jai Prakash, Chandigarh coordinator of FXB India Suraksha, however, expressed apprehension over creating care homes for these children as it could result in their stigmatising. He suggested that an awareness campaign was the only way to tackle the problem. 



Heart Disease
Urban population a high-risk group: Expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
People living in the urban areas in the country were at higher risk of suffering from coronary artery disease (CAD) than those living in the rural areas. While 10 to 12 per cent of the urban population suffered from the disease, the rural population had just half the number, between five and six per cent.

This was stated by Prof K.K. Talwar, cardiologist and director, PGIMER, Chandigarh, here yesterday.

Professor Talwar was speaking at a CME on “Current perspective in coronary disease” organised by the department of medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

He said the increase in risk was related to diabetes, obesity, and poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle.

Indians were more prone to malignant, diffuse and serious coronary artery disease as compared to western population, he added.

The disease was affecting the younger population and adding a lot of burden to health infrastructure in the country, he said.

Talking about the association between diabetes and coronary disease, Dr Girish, from GB Pant Hospital, Delhi, said every second diabetic had coronary artery disease.

Prof Naresh Sood from the DMC, Ludhiana, while talking about establishing intensive coronary care units, said the mortality rate could be brought down if acute heart attack was handled early.

Discussing the management of cardiogenic shock in setting of the ACS, Dr Yashpal Sharma from the PGIMER, Chandigarh, said invasive management played a major role but not every patient required stenting or surgery and these patients should be carefully screened.

As the number of diabetics was increasing, special care was required during non-cardiac surgery, added Dr Sharma.



AIECB emerge twenty20 champions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The All-India Electricity Control Board (AIECB) lifted the first All-India Prize Money Twenty20 Cricket trophy, defeating the Professional Cricket Club (PCC) by five wickets in the final played at the cricket stadium, Sector 16, here today.

Apart from the trophy, the winners also pocketed an award of Rs 1 lakh.

The award was presented by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), who was the chief guest.

The PCC had to content with the runners-up trophy and a cheque for Rs 50,000. Put in to bat first, the PCC made 147 for 7 in 20 overs. Openers Ravinder Nain (16) and Gurinder Saini (26) shared a 49-run partnership. Wicketkeeper Bageshwar Bisht also played a notable innings of 27, while Amit Verma remained unbeaten on 25 runs.

For the AIECB, medium-pacer Basant Mohanty produced a clinical bowling spell to emerge as the most successful bowler. He finished with a figure of four for 26.

Chasing 148 runs, opening batsmen Charanjeet (25) and Prabhjot Singh (38) provided the team with a solid start scoring 51 runs between themselves.

Later, Harikishan Kali steered the team to victory with his unbeaten knock of 29 runs.

The AIECB achieved the target by scoring 150 for 5 in 19.2 overs. All-rounder Harkrishan Kali of the AIECB was declared man of the tournament, while man of the match title went to Basant Mohanty.

The tournament was organised by the Chandigarh Twenty20 Cricket Association under the aegis of the Indian Twenty20 Cricket Federation and the Chandigarh Olympic Association.

Brief scores: PCC: 147 for 7 in 20 overs (Ravinder Nain 16, Gurinder Saini 26, Bageshwar Bisht 27, Amit Verma 25 n.o., Basant Mohanty 4 for 26, Ashok Dinda 1 for 23, Gautam Mandora 1 for 31, Sanjiv Goel 1 for 11).

AIECB: 150 for 5 wickets in 19.2 overs (Charanjeet 25, Prabhjot 38, Sandip Kohli 21, Harkishan Kali 29 n.o., Amit Kakria 2 for 19, Parveen 1 for 40, Radhey 1 for 23).



Deepak, Ridhi pocket carrom titles 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
Deepak (A.G.) retained the men’s singles event, while Prikshit Vashistha (Bhawan Vidyalaya, Panchkula) retained the boys’ junior title in the 3rd R.K. Babuta Memorial Prize Money Ranking Carrom Tournament, which concluded at Saupin’s School, Sector 9, here, today.

The tournament was organised by the Panchkula District Carrom Association.

In a one-sided contest in the men’s singles event, Deepak outclassed Prikshit in straight games. However, Prikshit, who was humbled in the men’s category, salvaged some pride and beat Mandeep Singh in the junior event to win the title.

After winning the first game 25-05, Prikshit lost his rhythm in the second game and succumbed to Mandeep 14-21.

In the third game, Prikshit was at his best and outclassed Mandeep 25-04.

Ridhi Kanwar (CL-DAV) struck booty as she won the girls’ junior and women’s titles, while Ashima Khanna won the sub-junior girls’ title.

In all, a sum of Rs 8,100 was awarded to the winners. Out of this, Rs 1,000 went to the men’s singles winner, Rs 750 to boys’ junior winner and Rs 500 to boys’ sub-junior winner.

Also, Rs 750 was given to the women champion, Rs 500 to girls’ junior winner and Rs 350 to the girls’ sub-junior champion. The cash prizes and the tournament was sponsored by S.P. Babuta and Rakesh Babuta in the memory of their father R.K. Babuta.

Final results:
Men’s singles

Quarter-finals: Deepak b Gaurav 25-00; Mandeep b Sumit Garg 23-16; Saurbh Sharma b Nalin Somani 18-11; Prikshit Vashistha b Prince Dhiman 25-04.

Semifinal: Deepak b Mandeep 25-10, 25-01; Prikshit Vashistha b Saurabh Sharma 25-01, 18-16.

Final: Deepak b Prikshit Vashistha 25-17, 25-07.

Boys’ junior

Quarter-finals: Prikshit Vashistha b Virat Rana 25-00; Harsh Goyal b Prince Dhiman 25-02; Sumit Garg b Sahil Garg 18-17; Mandeep b Jatin 25-03.

Semifinal: Prikshit Vashistha b Harsh Goyal 25-03, 25-13; Mandeep b Sumit Garg 25-11, 20-12.

Final: Prikshit Vashistha b Mandeep 25-05, 14-21, 25-04.

Boys’ sub-junior

Quarter-finals: Samrat Rana b Ashwani Kumar 22-00; Yotskoran b Bhanu Goyal 25-04; Sahil Garg b Aayush Dua 24-00; Ankit b Ritesh Sood 12-01.

Semifinal: Yotskoran b Samrat Rana 25-24, Sahil Garg b Ankit Nakra 25-05.

Final: Sahil Garg b Yotskoran 25-19.

Girls’ junior

Quarter-finals: Yamini Vashistha b Shikha Sharma 21-00; Neha Sharma b Tanya Sangwan 25-00; Tanya Sharma b Ashima 10-06; Ridhi Kanwar b Akanksha 19-00.

Semifinal: Yamini Vashistha b Neha Sharma 25-03; Ridhi Kanwar b Tanya Sharma 25-13.

Final: Ridhi Kanwar b Yamini Vashistha 17-13, 25-13.

Girls’ sub-junior

Quarter-finals: Loveleen Singla b Rebecca 10-00; Shaifali b Simranpreet 23-00; Twinkle Jain b Radhika 20-11; Ashima Khanna b Divya 19-00.

Semifinal: Loveleen b Shaifali 12-06; Ashima Khanna b Twinkle Jain 23-12.

Final: Ashima Khanna b Loveleen 18-14. 



Vikram, Anadit register wins in billiards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
Vikram Choudhary and Anadit Joshi emerged winners in their respective 150-point billiards matches of the sixth Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship at Chandigarh Club, Sector 1, here today.

Vikram Choudhary got the better of Harinder Singh 151-116, while Anadit Joshi defeated Rajesh Jain 151-135 in another match. In best-of-three frame snooker matches, Dr Chandan Sidhu registered win over Anuj Singal 2-1.

Dr Sidhu won the first frame 45-25 but in the second frame Anuj displayed good shots to equalise the game, winning 40-35.

In the deciding frame, both were at their best, the game eventually went to Dr Sidhu 55-41, as also the match.

In the second match between Gurwinder Singh and Rajesh Jain, the former beat the latter 2-1 (65-54, 23-70, 41-14), while in the last match Navtej Singh lost to Ravneet Batwa 0-2. The final score read 34-51, 23-57.



Panchkula muscleman is Mr Haryana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
Local bodybuilder Anurag Pandey made the city proud by winning Mr Haryana title and the overall championship in the Haryana State Open Classic Bodybuilding Contest-2007, which concluded at Mahendragarh, Haryana, yesterday.

Representing Panchkula, Anurag also clinched gold in the 75 kg category in the championship, organised by the Indian Body Building Federation. Over 100 bodybuilders from the state participated in the championship.

This is not the first time that Anurag has brought laurels to the city. This 29-year-old lad has won over 75 medals, 22 being gold, in different state as well as national championships.

Anurag has won a number of prestigious titles, including Mr North India-2005 and Mr Chandigarh-2006 titles. Naveen, Sanjeev lead the pack



Naveen, Sanjeev  lead the pack

Chandigarh, May 7
Naveen Bansal, Sanjeev Biswas, Nitin, Himal, Ajay and Abhinandan were leading at 3.5 points at the end of the fourth round in the 18th Chandigarh Chess Championship 2007 at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today. The meet began yesterday.

As many as 50 local players are participating in the championship. Four players from the men’s category and an equal number of players from the women’s category will be selected to represent Chandigarh at the national tournaments to be held at Dindigul (Tamil Nadu) and Hyderabad.

Points position (4th round): 3.5 points: Naveen Bansal, Sanjeev Biswas, Nitin, Himal, Ajay and Abhinandan.

3 points: Anil Raina, Shweta, Simranjit Singh, Swapan Kumar, Ameek Malhotra, Manish Sehgal.

2.5 points: Baijnath, Shirish, Mohit, Gurpreet, Harinderpal Singh, Shashwat Shivam, Ashwani Nirankari and Vipan Negi.

2 points: Sunil Bansal, Vikram Hooda, Arunima Goyal, S.S. Cheema, Rohit Chodha, Karan Bhatti, Sahil, Karan Bhatti, Sahil Dhawan, Savinderjit Kaur, Kusum Kumari and Rishu Rathi.

1.5 points: Dhruv Chakraborty, Ravneet Kaur, Gitin Oberoi, Anita, Simranjet Kaur, Surya Mittal, Prakhar and K. Aditya. On the opening day yesterday, Sunil Bansal, Swapan Kumar and Shivam Shashwat had shared 2 points each at the end of the second round.

Yesterday’s points position (second round): 2 points: Himal Gusain, Swapan Kumar, Sanjeev Biswas, Abhinandan, Naveen Bansal, Nitin, Shivam Shashwat, Anil Raina, Ashwani Nirankari, Sahil Dhawan and Sunil Bansal.

1.5 points: Mohit Arora, Ajay Jaswal and Simranjit Kaur.

1 point: Ameek, Baijnath, Shirish, Manish Sehgal, Vipan Negi, S.S. Cheema, Rohit, Simranjit Singh, Barinder Pal Singh, Shweta, Rishu Rathi, K. Aditya, Vikram Hooda, Gitin Oberoi, Gurpreet, Karan Bhatti, Surya Mittal, Arunima Goyal, Dhruv, Prakhar Gusain, Savinderjeet Kaur and Kusum Kumari.— TNS



MC, UT told to meet on alternate weeks
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
In order to speed up development projects in the city, the coordination committee of the municipal corporation and the UT has been asked to hold regular meetings every alternate week.

As per directives issued by Lalit Sharma, adviser to the UT administrator, here today, the coordination committee has been asked to hold a meeting on every second and last Tuesday of a month.

The coordination committee will hold a meeting in the MC building tomorrow in which senior officials of the administration and the corporation will take part. The coordination committee is likely to discuss stalled development projects of the MC.

According to sources in the corporation, the UT administration has already asked the MC to prepare a list of projects that have been held up due to various reasons. Besides, the administration has also asked the MC to suggest sites for its proposed projects.

The MC has also been directed to prepare a project for setting up civic centres in all sectors of the city.

The sources said the civic centres would house a library, computer centre, gymnasium and some other facilities for the general public. The administration was looking forward to setting up civic centres in place of community centres in the sectors, the sources said. 



Ensure transparency: Rodrigues
 Khuda Jassu gets e-sampark centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
Aiming to improve the quality of life of rural people, the UT administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues(retd), today inaugurated an e-gram sampark centre with state-of-the-art facilities at Khuda Jassu village here.

This ambitious project envisages the setting up of such rural knowledge centres covering the remaining villages of the city in a phased manner by the end of this year, according to a press note issued here today.

Speaking on the occasion, he said this sampark centre, which provided various public utility services such as payment of taxes, issue of bus passes, issue of senior citizen cards, issue of disability identity cards, disbursement of pension to the aged, widows and the disabled, payment of electricity bills, issue of birth and death certificates, payment of water and sewerage bills, open space bookings, community hall bookings, tenant registration, domestic servants registration, general, sticker and postal challan, sale of stamp papers and special adhesive stamps, Chandigarh Housing Board sale and receipt of forms, passport application submission and telephone bill payment of HFCL Connect, Airtel and Spice, would change the life pattern of residents.

General Rodrigues asked secretary (finance and IT) S.K. Sandhu and IT director Manjit Brar to evolve a mechanism to monitor and validate the services being provided in these centres. He also interacted with the staff manning the sampark centre and asked them to ensure that it worked with transparency and accountability.

Sandhu said these gram sampark centres were being networked under the SWAN (state-wide area network) programme on a pilot basis, followed by networking of all e-governance centres in the city.

This project is being implemented by the Chandigarh administration in partnership with the BSNL



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