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Oil best cure for winter itch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
The incidences of skin diseases, which were believed to be more during the summers and the rainy season, are on the rise in winters too. Patients complaining of ‘winter itch, asteatotic eczema, aggravation of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis and xerosis’, are consulting city dermatologists. However, a few precautions can help avoid skin problems.

“In winters the cold and dry wind affects hydration of the skin and thus, the stratum corneum (topmost layer of skin)”, said Dr Vikas Sharma, head of Dermatology, Gyan Sagar Medial College and Hospital, Rajpura.

“Natural oil in our skin, sebum, acts as a natural barrier against harsh environmental conditions. Under normal conditions, the surface of the skin has between 10 per cent and 30 per cent water content. But during winters, humidity in the atmosphere dips even below 60 per cent, that is when our skin starts losing moisture, more than it can replace”, said Dr Vikas. “The ‘ichthyosis’ (severe damaged skin due to dryness) and ‘xerosis’ (dry skin) are preventable by minimising moisture loss”, said Dr Sanjeev Handa, additional professor, PGI, Chandigarh.

Application of mustard, coconut or olive oil can be of great help.

Though costly moisturisers and creams are available in the market, the use of oils is equally effective, added the dermatologist. Vaseline can be another option.

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SPORTS
 

Top golfers for Punjab Ladies Open
Bangalore’s Sharmila all set to defend title

Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, October 21
The defending champion, Sharmila Nicolette from Bangalore, and 60 other top amateur lady golfers from all over the country have converged on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the 15th Realtech Punjab Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship that gets under way on Tuesday.

Sharmila made her mark in the last championship when she did some long hitting to take away the title. But Chandigarh will miss the local favourite, Saanya Sharma, who joined the pro ranks. In her absence, the junior player Mani Chander will carry the local challenge amid Delhi players like Nalini Singh, Shweta Galande and 13-year-old Gurbani Singh, who created a flutter upsetting the applecart of a number of boys in the junior -subjunior nationals held recently.

Pauline J.M. Singh, lady captain, said this year a number of entries had come from the towns of Punjab. She said Akriti Singh of Amritsar is a new discovery. She has a good temperament and has improved her handicap to eight in a matter of months. She is capable of giving the better-known players a run for their money.

She admitted the absence of some big names like Shruti Khanna, Meghna Bal and Chandigarh star Kanika Minocha.While Shruti was busy with her new found career initiative, Meghna and Kanika were away to the USA on golf scholarships. Two other good golfers, Lavery Kumar and Shruti Naik were busy with their board examinations.

Pauline said ladies’ golf tends are to suffer from lack of sponsorship. She was happy that the Realtech Group had come forward to sponsor the 15th Punjab Ladies Open. She was hopeful of making the Punjab Ladies Open as the country’s premier golf event if such sponsorships continued to come forward.

Rohit Malhotra, CEO of Realtech Group, said he was happy that they could be of some help in the promotion of ladies’ golf. He even offered to sponsor special camps for talented youngsters and even adopt some of the best junior talents.

A unique feature of the Punjab Open is the super senior category in which there are five contestants. Nirmal Milkha Singh is the oldest contestant at 73. The youngest contestant is 11-year-old Seerath Garewal.

The ceremonial tee-off will be at 7.30 on Tuesday morning. Competitions will be held for the following titles: Championship Bowl (open contest), Silver Salver (handicap 0-12), Challenge Bowl (handicap 13-24), Bronze Plate (handicap 25-36), Junior Shield (under 18 years), Sub-junior Shield (under 14 years), Senior Challenge and Super-Senior Challenge.

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CTCA, HTCA select probables
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
A total of 30 probables have been selected for the CTCA (Chandigarh Twenty20 Cricket Association) camp, being held here for the preparation of National Twenty20 Cricket Championship (Under-15) scheduled to begin from October 26. The camp is being organised by the CTCA and is beginning tomorrow at cricket stadium, Sector 16.

During the camp, a team to represent the city in the nationals will be selected, said CTCA president I.D. Kamboj.

The probables were selected through trials which witnessed a participation of as many as 109 aspiring cricketers.

The selected players will report to the coach, Harish Sharma, at Sector 16 stadium tomorrow at 4 pm, added Kamboj.

The names of the probables include Abhilash Sharma, Lovish Bansal, Shubham Rana, Kuljinder Singh, Ramneet, Sagar Babbar, Rubal, Veer Suktiman, Aditya Bali, Ishul, Rahul, Joy Mandodra, Shretha, Nishant Verma, Himanshu Churalti, Khushdeep Sharma, Rahul Saini, Mohit Bhardwaj, Deepak Kalaith, Saiz Mahajan, Nitish Kumar, Arvind Kumar, Sandeep Kumar, Karan Sharma, Gaurav, Ankur Batish, Mehrooz, Rajat, Vikas Kharb and Vittal Bhardwaj.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Twenty20 Cricket Association also announced names of 26 cricketers, which have been selected for the coaching camp for National Twenty20 Cricket Championship (Under-15). Panchkula District cricket coach, Suman Saini, will conduct the camp.

The probables include: Rahul Sharma (Rohtak), Amit Panchal (Rohtak), Anish Jain (Jhajjar), Amit Attari (Rewari), Ashish (Panchkula), Dharminder (wk) (Rohtak), Abhishek Khetri (Rohtak), Hardik (Kurukshetra), Gaurav Dhingra (Panchkula), Anurag (Rewari), Sidhant (Sirsa), Siddharth (Panchkula), Harish (Rohtak), Deepak (Rohtak), Sunil (Rohtak), Pulkit (Yamunanagar), Ravi (Panchkula), Gulshan (Panchkula), Raghav (Jhajjar), Ashish Parmar (Rohtak), Akash (Panchkula), Sanjeev (Ambala), Sandeep (Rohtak), Karnail (Panchkula), Tushar Pasrija (Panchkula) and Vivek Aggarwal (Panchkula).

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St Stephen’s take on MCM DAV today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
St Stephen’s Club will take on MCM DAV Club while Carmel Convent will fight against DAV SSSClub -8 for third and fourth positions, in the last four-team round robin fixture during the Chandigarh Senior Women Football Championship for Deepak Kapania Memorial Trophy tomorrow. The meet is being held at the St Stephen’s School ground in Sector 45, here.

In league matches played today, MCM DAV Club snatched full points at the expense of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9 whom they thrashed by 8-0. MCM DAV Club have logged six full points from two outings.

Jasdeep was the star performer for MCM DAV Club as she contributed four goals. She also scored her team’s third (35th), sixth (47th) and seventh (49th) goals. Two of her goals came from long powerful range shots.

Left-winger Pooja struck in the 17th and 40th minutes. Parminder (45th) and Semar (55th) netted one goal each to swell the winners’ tally.

Though Carmel Convent lost by a big margin, they did not abjectly surrendered. A depleted Carmel Convent continued to fight till the long whistle. MCM DAV had beaten DAVSSS Club, Sector 8 by 3-1 in their opening match yesterday.

St Stephen’s Club, who had routed Carmel Convent by 8-0 in their opening league encounter, today eked out a narrow 1-0 win over spirited DAV Club, Sector 8. Simran Sidhu scored the all-important goal with a long shot in the 40th minute.

St Stephen’s and MCM DAV have recorded two successive victories in the round robin league.

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Dharmani is skipper of Ranji team
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 21
The Senior Selection Committee of Punjab announced the name of Pankaj Dharmani as skipper of the Ranji team for the cricket season 2007-08.

The following team has been selected for the first Ranji Trophy match to be played at Amritsar from November 3 to 6.

The names include: Pankaj Dharmani (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Karan Goel, Ravneet Ricky, Ravi Inder, Uday Kaul, Ankur Kakkar, Chandan Madan, Gagandeep Singh, Amanpreet Singh, Sarabjit Ladda, Manpreet Gony, Sunny Sohal, Sumit Sharma, VRV Singh, Varun Khanna. Gursharan Singh will be the coach of the team.

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Punjab girls are kabaddi champs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
Punjab clinched the 19th Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championship in women category beating Haryana eves 41-35 points on the final day of encounters played at Sector 17 Football grounds here.

Santosh of Punjab was adjudged to be the best raider. In men’s section, Haryana outclassed Punjab in a very thrilling encounter 39-30 and went home with the title. Ram Pal of Haryana bagged the best raider’s tag.

Earlier, in the semifinal tie, Punjab beat Chandigarh 25-20 in the men’s category and Haryana beat Pepsu team 35-29.

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Godrej CC win

Chandigarh, October 21
A fine bowling spell by Madan Lal (5 for 13) enabled Godrej CC to beat Bedi CC by 46 runs during the IInd M.G Cup League cricket tournament, being organised by Chandigarh Sports Club, at GMSSS- 32 grounds, here today. — TNS

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