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Need for cost-effective medical technologies, says Kakodkar
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Advancement in the field of medicine notwithstanding it is becoming out of reach of common man, so the medical community must take initiatives so that the benefits of the emerging technology reach public.

This was stated by Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Mumbai, here today.

Dr Kakodkar who is also secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, was here to inaugurate the four-day Asian Conference of Radiological Technologists and National Conference of Indian Association of Radiological Technologists organised by the department of Radio-diagnosis & Imaging, PGIMER.

More than 800 delegates comprising of radiological technologists, radiographers, radiologists, medical physicists, scientists, radiotherapists, biomedical engineers, educationists, administrators and other personnel related to the field of Radiation Sciences, both from India and other countries, including Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Macau, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia, U.K., Canada, Finland, Belgium, Kuwait, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, are here to attend the conference.

“All Asian countries should strive to make technology more affordable but we need to maintain balance between emerging technology and increasing cost”, said Dr Kakodkar.

With the introduction of new technologies in the health services for diagnosis as well as treatment purpose the cost of the treatment is becoming beyond the reach of common man and the need of the moment is that low cost technology be evolved so that the poorest of the poor can avail the benefits of advancement in the field, said the chairman.

And it was not difficult as the combined efforts of scientists and engineers form Bhaba Atomic Research Centre had helped in manufacturing the cobalt radiotherapy machine at half of the cost of imported machine following which the foreign companies in the market of the country had to reduce their prices, said Dr Kakodkar.

Providing treatment at affordable price to common people should be the priority of the medical community, said the nuclear scientist.

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Book on mental health released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Dr K. S. Chugh, professor emeritus of PGI, today released the book "Mansik Sehat Da Anand" at a special function organised at the local Lajpat Rai Bhawan.

The book, in Punjabi, is based on the popular English book "The Joy of Mental Health" by internationally renowned psychiatrist Dr N. N. Wig, who is closely associated with the activities of the Servants of the People Society.

The book explains to the common man in simple Punjabi language, the value of mental health in our life, symptoms and management of common mental disorders like worry and anxiety, fear and phobia, sadness and depression, obsessions and compulsions, etc. The book also describes the signs of good mental health and how to develop it, how to cope with stress, how to reduce stigma and prejudice against mental illness in our society.

The book has been translated in Punjabi by Poonam Singh of "Preet Lari" and edited by Amrit Prakash Kaur and Baljit Singh Mann.

Dr Chugh, while lauding Dr Wig's services in the field of psychiatry worldwide, said the latter's life, judged by any standards, was a success story. He had been honoured with several prestigious awards like the Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and National Academy of Medical Sciences in India. He said he had himself learnt a lot from "The Joy of Mental Health."

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Experts dwell on role of biophysics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
The three-day national symposium on “Biophysics in Medicine and Biology” under the aegis of the Indian Biophysical Society began at the department of biophysics, PU, today.

The morning session started with a welcome note by Prof D.K. Dhawan, organising secretary of the symposium, whereby he spoke on the significant role of biophysics in understanding the mechanisms behind various diseases.

The symposium was inaugurated by Prof R.C. Sobti, who emphasised on the importance of biophysics for designing and development of drugs and medical technologies which has contributed significantly for the welfare of mankind. He stressed upon the need of the hour to design integrative programs in universities, where biophysics can play a vital role being a multidisciplinary subject.

Prof S.K. Kulkarni, dean. university instructions, also graced the occasion and spoke on the importance of this field that occupies a unique and central position at the intersection of the biological, chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and computational sciences.

The presidential address was delivered by Prof N.R. Jagannathan, president of the Indian Biophysical Society, whereby he highlighted the contributions this society has made in promoting the discipline of biophysics, not only in India but also in other countries.

The keynote address was delivered by Prof T.P. Singh, renowned biophysicist from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He discussed his research findings on the protein structure determination and rational structure-based drug design using targets in the inflammatory pathways.

Prof Gillies from university of Arizona, USA, spoke on the application of diffusion MRI as a biomarker for anti-cancer therapy response.

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Trehan to address doctors tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Dr Naresh Trehan, renowned cardiologist, will address nearly 450 doctors of the region at the Prime CME-2007 here on November 17.

The CME will focus on new medical breakthrough in the field of cardiology, said Dr U.P. Singh, president of the Prime Heart Academy which has been organising the annual event.

Dr Trehan would speak about the latest technological advancements in robotic surgery while Dr K.K. Talwar, PGI director, will discuss new findings on the risk factors peculiar to the Indian population. 

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Performance of hospitals reviewed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 15
A meeting of civil surgeons, medical superintendents and deputy medical commissioners was held at the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare here today. Principal secretary, health and family welfare, Vijay Kain and health secretary-cum-managing director, Punjab health systems corporation (PHSC), Dr Roshan Sunkaria were present during the meeting. They discussed core issues related to performance indicators of various hospitals.

Later, Tilak R. Sarangal, health secretary-cum-mission director, national rural health mission (NRHM), held a discussion with officers.

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NPS, CTCC clinch table tennis titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
New Public School Table Tennis Club (NPS), Sector-18 and Chandigarh Table Tennis Club (CTCC), Sector-28 won the titles in the men and women sections, respectively, in the 20th Chandigarh State Table Tennis Tournament at Table Tennis Hall, Sector-23, here today.

Riding high on the performance of Dev Saini, Vivek Lakhanpal and Rajan Mahindra, NPS, thrashed Coaching Centre, Sector-23 3-0 in the men’s four-team league final match.

Dev Saini bt Varun Kasal in straight games 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 while former state champion Vivek Lakhanpal got the better of Rachit 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 in the second game. Rajan outclassed Prateek 7-11-11-4, 11-9, 11-4 to clinch the title in the singles.

In the women’s four-team super league, CTTC-28 remained unbeaten with clean 3-0 victory over the teams to emerge champions.

In the process, the team defeated Manav Mangal Coaching Centre 3-1 in the final league match.

Nadia Saini played the key role, winning two matches. After conceding defeat in the first singles as Kalyani of Manav Mangal bt Garima Goyal (CTTC) 8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5, Nadia Saini paved the way of victory by beating Bhawna 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 and Sadhika Kaushal 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 11-5.

In the final of singles, she again emerged winner against Kalyani 11-7, 11-2, 12-10.

Results:

Men’s League Team Championship: New Public School-18 bt Audit Club 3-2 (Dev Saini bt Vikas Sharma 11-6, 14-12, 11-8, Vivek Lakhanpal bt Harish Kumar 11-9, 11-7, 11-8, Rajan Mahindra lost to Amod Dixit 11-9, 10-12, 5-11, 4-11, Vivek Lakhanpal lost to Vikas Sharma 3-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, Dev Saini bt Harish Kumar 11-7, 11-7, 11-4).

Coaching Centre-23 bt Reserve Bank of India 3-1 (Rachit bt Sanjeev Aggarwal 11-2, 11-4, 11-7, Varin Kassal lost to Mandeep Singh 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 7-11, Prateek Gupta bt Nitish 11-4, 13-11, 11-8, Rachit bt Mandeep Singh 11-5, 11-5, 11-5).

Coaching Centre-23 bt Audit Club 3-0 (Rachit bt Vikas Sharma 11-6, 11-9, 12-10, Varun Kassal bt Harish Kumar 2-11, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10, Prateek Gupta bt Amod Dixit 4-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9). NPS Club-18 bt RBI 3-0 (Dev Saini bt Mandeep Singh 11-8, 11-9, 11-5, Vivek Lakhanpal bt Nitish 11-6, 11-2, 11-6, Rajan Mahindra bt Sanjeev Aggarwal 11-4, 11-8, 11-6). NPS Club-18 (Dev Saini bt Varun Kassal Varun Kassal 11-6, 11-7, 11-8, Vivek Lakhanpal bt Rachit 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, Rajan Mahindra bt Prateek 7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4).

Women Championship (League): Manav Mangal CC bt MCM College-36 3-0 (Kalyani bt Dimple 13-11, 11-9, 11-9, Sadhika Kaushal bt Arshdeep Kaur 11-5, 5-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, Bhawna Sareen bt Sheetal 12-10, 11-5, 11-6). Coaching Centre-23 bt MCM College-36 3-0 (Sunanda Mahindra bt Arshdeep Kaur 12-10, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9, Meghna Kakaria bt Dimple 11-6, 12-10, 11-5, Barbie Nagpal bt Sheetal 11-7, 11-7, 11-5). Chandigarh TT Club-28 bt Coaching Centre-23 3-1 (Nadia Saini bt Barbie Nagpal 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, Garima Goyal bt Meghna Kakaria 11-3, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, Naina Suri lost to Sunanda Mahindra 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, Naina Suri lost to Sunanda Mahindra 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, Nadia Saini bt Mehgna Kakaria 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5). Manav Mangal Coaching Centre bt Coaching Centre-23 3-2 (Sadhika Kaushal lost to Meghna Kakaria 3-11, 6-11, 7-11, Kalyani bt Sunanda Mahindra 12-10, 15-13, 11-8, Bhawna lost to Barbie Nagpal 7-11, 7-11, 8-11, Kalyani bt Mehgna Kakaria 11-9, 11-3, 11-9, Sadhika bt Sunanda Mahindra 12-10, 11-6, 15-17, 11-8). Chandigarh TT Club-28 bt MCM DAV College-36 3-2 (Nadia Saini bt Sheetal 11-4, 11-2, 11-6, Naina Suri lost to Arshdeep 11-5, 11-13, 11-13, 10-12, Garima Goyal lost to Dimple 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 7-11, Nadia Saini bt Arshdeep 11-5, 11-5, 11-9, Naina Suri bt Sheetal 12-10, 11-5, 11-3).

Chandigarh TT Club-28 bt Manav Mangal CC 3-1 (Garima Goyal lost to Kalyani 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 5-11, Nadia Saini bt Bhawna 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-3, Naina Suri bt Sadhika Kaushal 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 11-5, Nadia Saini bt Kalyani 11-7, 11-2, 12-10). 

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New colours added to golf club
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh,November 15
The par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club came alive this evening with the Punjab Governor and UT administrator, Gen J.F.Rodrigues, switching on the button of six fountains that lent colour to the new water hazard on the 18th fairway of the lush course.

Water cascaded down in changing colours from the main fountain as five smaller fountains in yellow, green, and blue blended with the firecrackers that went up heralding the up gradation of the course into a complete course.

The water feature replaces the bunker on the 18th fairway which promises to test the mettle of the golfers.

It was a proud moment for the course captain, Sukhjit Singh Lehal, who had tolled hard for this day. But he insisted that it would not have been possible without the unstinted support of the club president R.S.Sandhu who had given him a free hand to go ahead with the project.

The entire campus of the club wore a fairy-land look with blinking lights dotting every tree and building.

The course captain said besides being the only water hazard on the course, the water feature would act as a water reservoir on this side of the 18-hole course.

He said the water discharged from the swimming pool would be pumped into the water feature. He also apprised the governor that the club had done a lot to promote golf among the caddies. It had also set aside a special fund for caddies for participation in amateur golf tournaments. Two of the caddies were today participating in the Indian golf circuit. 

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Springdale School in basketball final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Springdale School, Amritsar, will meet host New Public School, Sector-18 in the final of 10th Rao Jai Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament (boys) at the school premises, here today.

Springdale bt DAV Police, Amritsar, 35-10 (15-5, 9-3, 10-2, 1-0) in the semifinal match while the hosts pipped DAV Model, Sector-15 63-49 (17-12, 14-13, 15-17, 17-7).

Virkaran steered his team to final with 21 points. He was well supported by Gurinder (8) and Amanjot (7).

For DAV, Rohan (18) and Pulkit (21) were the main scorers.

In the fourth Shanta H Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament for girls, St Xavier’s School, Sector-44 stormed into the girls final, defeating Sacred Heart, Sector-26 49-23.

In the final match, St Xavier’s will now face New Public School-18, which walked over St Xavier’s, Panchkula.

Results:

Girls (semi-finals): St Xavier’s-44 (Prinkpreet 19, Harneet 12, Adeline 6, Nattarat 4) bt Sacred Heart-26 (Anika 11, Sukhmani 5, Anmol 4, Ravleen 3) 49-23 (quarter-wise 18-5, 14-8, 10-9, 7-1). New Public School-18 w/o St Xavier’s, Panchkula.

Boys (semi-finals): Springdale School, Amritsar, (Sukhdev 15, Aridaman 10, Gurinder 6, Dilshad 2, Amanpreet 2) bt Police DAV, Amritsar, (Tejinder Pal 4, Amit 3, Paramjit 3) 35-10 (15-5, 9-3, 10-2, 1-0).

NPS-18 (Virkaran 21, Gurinder 8, Amanjot 7) bt DAV Model-18 (Rohan 18, Pulkit 21) 63-49 (17-12, 14-13, 15-17, 17-7). 

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Annual sports meet at GJPS
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 15
Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase-2, here celebrated 30th Sports Day. Krishan Kumar, special secretary education cum director general school education, Punjab, was the chief guest.

The lighting ‘Mashaal’ along with the flag hoisting ceremony followed the commencement of the Annual Sports Day. After the splendid March Past, the students were determined while participating in the ‘Oath Taking Ceremony’ in which they pledged to play with sportsmanship besides keeping in mind all the rules and regulations of different events.

The winners were awarded. Mahavir and Gandhi House bagged the first and the second prize, respectively, in volleyball (boys) whereas Gandhi and Gobind House stood first and second in volleyball (girls). Krishna house grabbed first prize in basketball followed by Mahavir House on the second place. Gobind and Gandhi House stood f irst and second, respectively, 
in Kabbadi. 

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Archery
Narinder shines in MCM victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
MCM DAV College, Sector-36, won gold medal in women section with 1441 scores while the Government College for Girls (GCG), Sector-11 finished runners up (1034 points) in the Chandigarh State Junior Archery Championship (boys and girls) concluded at GCG, Sector-11, here today.

In boys’ section, DAV College, Sector-10 emerged winner securing 1765 points. The second position went to SGGS College, Sector-26, which accumulated 1697 points.

Narinder Kaur, MCM (552 points) and Amit Sharma (633) won the top positions in girls and boys sections, respectively, in individual category.

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City team for archery meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Following archers have been selected to represent the city in the 30th Junior Archery Championship to be held at Amaravati from Novmebr 18 to 22.

Girls: Gagandeep, Ratinder, Narinder, Harman Jit, Naveena, Sonika, Shaweta, Ravinder, Jyoti, Surmila. Boys: Amit, Vinay, Sandeep, Ashish, Jaibeer, Amit, Ravit Vikram, Anil, Varun, Anuj.

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