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Celebrations: Doctors advise caution
Tribune News Service


  • Wear close-fitting thick cotton clothes while lighting crackers
  • Light crackers in open spaces
  • Use a long candle for igniting crackers
  • Store crackers out of reach of children
  • Avoid crackers with high sound levels


  • Tie electric lights to metal poles
  • Bend over firecrackers while igniting them
  • Try to re-ignite fireworks
  • Give fireworks to young children
  • Try home remedies in case of an accident

Mohali, November 8
Fortis Hospital, Mohali, has issued an advisory on how to have a healthier and safer Diwali.

Talking about the precautions to be taken in order to avoid burn injuries and electrical shocks, Dr Vikas Bhutani, consultant, internal medicine, Fortis Hospital, stated, “Earthen lamps and candles should be placed safely away from any flammable material like wood, cloth or paper and electric wires. Electric lights should never be tied to metal poles as it can give an electric shock to anyone who touches it."

Dr Bhutani advises, "When lighting firecrackers, wear close-fitting thick cotton clothes instead of loose-fitting synthetic clothing and ensure that you keep a bucket of water nearby. Light crackers in open spaces and not in your hand. Never throw fireworks at another person. Maintain a safe distance from the crackers; always use a long candle or 'phooljhari' for igniting firecrackers and keep elbow joint straight to increase the distance between the body and crackers. Avoid bending over crackers while igniting them. Never try to re-ignite the fireworks that don't light in the first instance." Talking specially about safeguarding the health of children, Dr Sanjay Bhalerao, pediatrician at the hospital, said, “Never give fireworks to young children; close adult supervision of all activities is must. Do not allow children to keep fireworks in their pockets. Store crackers safely away from heat in a closed metal box, out of reach of children. Crackers with high sound levels should be avoided," he added.

Dr Rajan Chugh, consultant and eye surgeon at the hospital, advises, “While bursting crackers, it is advisable to wear large-sized clear glasses to avoid splinter injury to eyes. Don't try home remedies in case of an accident; rush to an eye-surgeon. However, for eye-lid burn, cool water helps. Do not drink or eat anything following the injury, especially in case of small children, as they may need general anesthesia for which one has to have an empty stomach. Also, do not rub the eyes," he stated.



Smart gallops attract younger lot to city
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
It is the thrill of a galloping horse that attracts these young children to equestrian sports. For them, having control over the magnificent beast seems to give a feeling of invincibility and excitement, which perhaps no other sport may offer.

It is for the first time that North Zone Circuit Horse Show is being held at Panjab University grounds, here. The New Delhi Equestrian Promoters and the Chandigarh Administration are organising the event jointly as per the rules and regulations laid down by the Federation Equestre Internationale.

The younger lot is thrilled to be a part of the meet. Preeti, an 11-year-old girl of Rishikul Vidyapeeth, Sonepat, feels on top of the world, while riding on her horse named Takeela.

“It is not just a sport for me. It is a thrill to watch this animal perform”. Aspiring to be an airhostess, this class 7 student is a three-time bronze medalist in 100 meter event in school games.

Akash Rana, a 12-year-old class VII student of the Moti Lal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, loves to accept challenges and for him no other sport is as challenging as horse riding is. “It is altogether a different feel to control this animal and you certainly need to have very sharp reflexes as the decision has to be taken in fraction of seconds.”

Echoing the same views, Mohit Yadav, sitting on his horse Marshall said, “One wrong move and you put your life at risk. But this handsome and royal animal make me feel like a ‘Maharaja’. The 13-year-old class VIII student of DPS, RK Puram, Ronith, was inspired to take to horse riding from his uncle, who is a polo player.

Describing about the event, Inderjeet Singh of the New Delhi Equestrian Promoters told that the idea of hold such an event in Chandigarh was to promote this sport in the northern region. “This sport is very popular in the south circuit but is slowly catching up in the northern circuit. We have plans to hold such type of shows in Patiala, Sonepat and even Shimla too. The Army, the paramilitary forces, various state police and riding schools of the country are participating in this meet.”

Describing the technicalities of the event, Inderjeet said, “In the trotting race, the objective is to trot to a given point and back or on a short circular path without letting the horse break into a canter or slow down to a walk. “This is a very tough sport because you need to have a precise control over your horse as a pace other than a trot will entail the rider and horse being eliminated.”

“In the pole-bending event, a number of poles or barrels are put in a line at a space of about 3 meters. Each participant must weave through the poles and the one who finishes first without dropping or missing any pole is declared as a winner. Same skills are required in the jumping and ball and bucket race”.

It definitely requires skill to make horse jump at different courses and dropping balls in the buckets and return to the starting point”, he added.



Rajat defeats Sumit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
In an unexpected move, Rajat outclassed top seed Sumit Talwar, 318-221, in senior billiards in the 22nd Chandigarh (UT) Billiards and Snooker Championship in Sector 22, here, today.

Displaying a good game, Rajat did not allow his rival to match him throughout the match.

In another match in the same event, Arif Akhtar of the Indian Oil defeated Rajat in the first league match 267-187. Rajat started on a positive note and took the lead in initial stages of the match. But showing good skills, Arif made breaks of 45, 37, 49 and 35 to win the match.

In senior snooker match, Sumeer Chandi got the better of Ajay Singla 3-2 (68-48, 54-46, 43-63, 40-53 and 58-36). Chandi, who won the first two frames, could not save the next two frames. But in the deciding frame, he put up good game and won it 58-36.

Top seed Sumeet Talwar outclassed Amit Verma 3-1 (13-52, 61-54, 66-42 and 60-20).



Cricket trials on November 12
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Trial to select the Chandigarh school cricket team under-14 years (boys) will be held at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35 on November 12 at 9 am. The interested players have to report to the principal-cum-convener on the school premises with their identity card duly signed by the principal of the concerned school.

The players without proper sports kit will not be allowed to appear in the trials.

The selected team will represent the city in the 53rd National School Games to be held at Azad Maidan, Boribandar, Mumbai, from November 18 to 23.



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