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Indian prof designs machine to reduce stress
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Dr Vijay Goel
Dr Vijay Goel

Patiala, February 9
Prof Dr Vijay Goel does not play golf, never even tried it. But if you want to improve your game, he may be your man. A US-based Indian biomedical engineer, Prof Goel has designed a machine for golf players which will help them strengthen body muscles and reduce stress upon them.

Goel is an international expert in the field of biomechanics and has innumerable global achievements to his credit. He was on a brief visit here today. Presently he is in India to conduct an instructional course on behalf of the International Society of Surgeons of Lumbar Spine, for spinal injury experts.

Prof Goel is a mechancal engineering graduate from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology and at present is involved with research on synthetic inter-vertebral discs for human spine.

“The incidence of lower back pain among people in India is likely to arise in the coming years with more and more motor vehicles coming on the roads,” opined Goel, a three-time Volvo Award winner on lower back pain research. He is now chairman of the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa, USA.

Referring to the incidence of lower back pain, Goel pointed out that unless the manufacturers of motor vehicles design vehicles properly people will continue to have back-related problems. Pointing out the case of truck drivers, who he says drive for almost six to eight hours at a stretch, vibration leads to greater incidence of backache.

“These are some of the bad aspects of technology which we are going to inherit unless careful designing of vehicles is done,” cautioned Goel. He referred to basic things like head rests, seats and seatbelts which can make all the difference. He stressed upon remedial measures because data available in the USA says that around 50% of the people suffer from back-related problems and every year it results in a loss of about $ 100 billion, in the form of man days lost.

Prof Goel, while stating that biomechanics is a growing field, said people with better economic status tend to have less backache. In most cases, if the person is careful about the back problem when it occurs for the first time he can recover after treatment within a week, he opines. As the pain increases, the recovery period also increases. Surgery is no longer the only answer to treat such aches and treatment is on a case to case basis.

Goel, who has earlier been associated with the AIIMS and the IIT in New Delhi before moving to the USA, intends to collaborate with institutes in India for spreading the knowledge on biomechanics. “Surgeons in India are at present doing a good job in this regard, but they have to be more research-oriented and investigate alternative therapies,” he opined.



Malerkotla XI win inaugural match
Our Correspondent

Patiala, February 9
The second All-India Gurcharan Singh Memorial Football Tournament commenced on a vibrant note at the Polo grounds, here today.

In the first match of the day, Malerkotla subdued a fancied DFA, Patiala, 3-1.

Much against the run of play, DFA Patiala scored the first goal when striker S. Mahiya collected a measured pass from the left flank and scored off an acute angle. However, the local team's joy was short lived as Malerkotla XI pumped in two goals in quick succession. And when P.D. Singh rose above the defence to head home the team's third goal, it was all over bar the shouting for the local team.

In the day's other match, Punjabi University Football Academy downed Chandigarh Football Club 6-5 through the tie breaker after both the teams were locked 1-1 in regulation time.

Earlier, the meet was inaugurated by Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, chief parliamentary secretary (technical education) who, on the occasion, also gave Rs 1 lakh to the organisers as a grant.



Woman hacked to death in Rajpura
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 9
A 26-year-old woman, Manjit Kaur, was found hacked to death in her house in Kharajpur village, here today. Manjit, married to Mitha Singh, was found murdered in the main hall of her house. The body was first seen by her sons - six-year-old Mandeep Singh and four-year-old Sandeep Singh - when they returned from school in the afternoon. Both of them ran to call their grandfather Baldev Singh, who was out on a visit to one of his friends in the village. Baldev rushed to the spot and later informed the police. According to preliminary investigations, Manjit was cooking when she was attacked. The assailant slit her throat and she is believed to have died due to excessive bleeding.

However, police could not ascertain whether Manjit was attacked one or more than one person. The police said there were also signs of struggle which suggested that the attacker(s) might have tried to rape Manjit before killing her. Police also spoke to a number of villagers seeking clues. Meanwhile, a case under relevant sections of the IPC was registered against unidentified person(s) and investigations are on.



Following stomach ache, inmate dies
Our correspondent

Ambala, February 9
An undertrial, Nar Singh (30), lodged in Ambala jail died under mysterious circumstances today morning. The deceased was a resident of village Shakkarpur, close to Naraingarh. He was in judicial custody since November 12, 2007.

According to information, Nar Singh had complained of stomach ache today morning. Doctors on duty inside the jail referred him to the civil hospital, where he declared brought dead. Later, his relatives were informed.

The cause of death has not been ascertained as yet and police are investigation the matter.



GNPS maul GMSSS-42
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Producing deadly spell off spinner Navtej claimed six wickets for 11 to help Guru Nanak Public School to register nine-wicket victory over Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 42, in the Inter-School under-19 Cricket Tournament for Adviser's Cup at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today.

In other matches, DAV-15 defeated DAV SSS-'B' by seven wickets and Stepping Stones register eight-wicket win over St Xavier's School-44. The other venue was St John’s High School grounds, Sector 26.

Earlier, GMS-42 was bundled out for meagre 49 in 23.3 overs. Navtej was well supported by Sahil Katoch, who chipped in with 3 for 4. In reply, GNP School achieved their target in 8.3 overs by scoring 50 for 1.

Jaskaranveer Singh and Navtej Singh remained not out on 26 and 18, respectively.

Tanveer (58) and Aayush Raj (51 n o) stitched a 111-run partnership for third wicket enabled DAV Model, Sector 15, to beat record seven-wicket victory over DAVSSS-B team by seven wickets.

Batting first, DAV-B put on 162 for 4 in allotted 25 overs. Partap (28) and Nikhil (28) gave a good start before Ankit Kaushik (55 n o) and Kamal (27 n o) steered the team to respectable total.

In reply, DAV-15 had a bad start as they lost opener Lakhan (0) and Kunal Mahajan (1) with scoreboard reading just three runs. Then Tanveer (58) and Aayush Raj (51) were associated in a match-winning 111-run stand for the third wicket. Aayush and Sahib Malhotra (33 n o) guided their team to victory with an unbeaten 52-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Brief scores: Govt MSSS-42: 49 all out in 23.3 overs (Abhimanyu 13, Avneet 9, Navtej Singh 6 for 11, Sahil Katoch 3 for 4, Pankaj Rawat 1 for 4).

Guru Nanak Public School-36: 50 for 1 in 8.3 overs (Jaskaranveer Singh not out 26, Navtej Singh not out 18, Gaganveer Singh 6, Aseem 1 for 18).



Pranav seals victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
City based tennis player Pranav Suri defeated Andrew Pradeep by 5-3, 4-1, in the first round of the under-14 singles boys’ category of the upcoming talent series starting from February 11, 2008, being played at the CLTA, Sector 10, here today.

In the final qualifying round of the boys’ under-12 Himanshu Gutpa of Chandigarh beat Kunal Mittal by 4-1, 4-0.

Results of the second round: Dalwinder Singh b Pallav Jindal (3-5, 4-2, 5-4 (3)), Sohilpreet Bedi b Santbir S. Bhangoo (2-4, 5-3, 4-0), Ranjood b Jagtar Singh (3-5, 4-0, 4-2), Barun S. Gill b Trideep Sharma (5-3, 4-1), Agrish Sharma b Dhruv Punjani (4-2, 4-1), Sonu b Anish Goel (4-0, 4-0), Yuvtesh Singh b Dhruv Das (5-4 (2).



Tennis tourney from Feb 16

Mohali, February 9
Mohali District Lawn Tennis Association (MDLTA) would be conducting MDLTA Championship on February 16 and 17. The championship would be for above 30 and 50, both single and double categories. The event will be open to people residing in Punjab only. — TNS



Expressing gratitude can make you happy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Dr N. N. Wig, renowned psychiatrist and Professor Emeritus, PGI, Chandigarh, today delivered a lecture on “Pursuit of Happiness and the New Science of Well Being” at the local Lajpat Rai Bhawan. The lecture was organised by the Mental Health Forum, Servants of the People Society.

Dr Wig said the pursuit of happiness had remained the major concern of mankind throughout history. The Indian sages thought deeply about the problem of human suffering and identified “desires” as its root cause. In Greece, many philosophers, particularly Aristotle, accepted happiness as a major goal of life. Aristotle said that other things like riches, health or social success may lead to happiness but happiness does not lead to anything; it is the end by itself. Eighteenth century philosopher Jeremy Bentham is well known for his statement that the aim of a society should be “greatest happiness for greatest numbers”.

Should happiness be regarded as an individual pursuit or should the government of a country make special efforts to provide it? While economic development is now well regarded as a goal in all countries, the Kingdom of Bhutan so far is the only country, which has officially declared the Gross National Happiness instead of Gross National Product (GNP) as its national goal, Dr Wig said.

The new branch of ‘positive psychology’ is focusing now not so much on mental suffering and illness but on positive mental health. Scientific studies reveal that good health, work satisfaction, good friends and family life are very important in the pursuit of happiness. For many people, helping others is more rewarding than personal pleasure. Psychologists have also found that expressing gratitude or forgiving others often makes you happier. More than all this perhaps is the need for spiritual faith and a basic value system, which gives meaning to life, he added.



Pulse Polio Drive
Punjabi language missing from campaign material
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
UT administration’s posters for the publicity of tomorrow’s pulse polio campaign lack in one major respect. They contain no awareness messages in Punjabi, the local preferred language.

Due importance has, however, been accorded to Hindi as well as Urdu — a language that not even one per cent of the population can understand.

Punjabi has been ignored even though 80 per cent of the local population speaks and understands it.

No wonder these posters, pasted across the city to motivate people to bring their children for the oral polio vaccine, will serve little purpose.

Contrastingly, various ministries of the Government of India ensure that they print posters in Punjabi to reach out to the masses.

Pointing this out today to Chandigarh Tribune, Narinder Singh International, a local resident, appealed to UT adviser to set up a Punjabi Academy here on the lines of the one in Delhi.

The academy is engaged in the task of printing publicity material in Punjabi language along with Hindi.



100 units blood donated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The Innerwheel Club Chandigarh Midtown organised a blood donation camp at the GCG, Sector 11, today with the help of NSS students of the college. Over 100 units of blood were collected.

Also, a blood donation camp was also organised at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, in association with the alumni association of the school today.

As many as 70 donors comprising students, members of the association, parents of students and staff members donated blood.



70 donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Students of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36-D, organised a blood donation camp in which the Alumni Association of the school played an important role by motivating the donors and helping and youngsters. Sponsored by State Bank of Patiala, the camp was inaugurated by Om Parkash, manager of State Bank of Patiala. As many as 70 donors donated blood.



Chain snatchers strike at three places
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Chain snatchers struck at three different places in the city today, snatching gold chains, injuring people and creating terror.

Two motorcycle-borne youths riding a bike snatched the gold chain of Laxmi Devi in Sector 27.

She was sitting in the sun outside her house along with her granddaughter Babita Nayar, when a bike (No. 7846) stopped there around 12.40 pm.

The pillion rider got down and asked for the location of a house.

“The youth suddenly pulled my chain. As the chain was strong, he yanked it hard and took off with the broken piece. I received a cut on the neck,” said Laxmi Devi.

A case against two persons has been registered at the police station-26.

Similarly, two youths riding a bike tried to snatch the gold chain of Usha Bhatia near booth No. 31 at Sector 20. This time, the bike bore the number CH 03 7568.

In yet another case, two motorcyclists sped away after snatching the gold chain of Devki Verma in Sector 35 around 2 pm.

In Panchkula too, a similar incident of chain snatching was reported in Sector 10, where two persons on a bike sped away with the gold chain of Santosh.

Yesterday, too, a snatching incident was reported in Sector 45 where the snatchers had used same modus operandi.



Sec-18 resident booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The police has booked a Sector-18 resident on charges of duping a man of Rs 2 lakh.

Jaspal Singh of Sector 22 reported to the police that Gurinder Singh Cheema of Sector 18 had duped him of Rs 2 lakh on the pretext of delivering him household items.

A case of cheating under Section 420 has been registered.


Sarveshwar Prashad of Sector 41 reported to the police alleging that Rs 15,000 in cash, a pair of tops and some cheques were stolen from his residence last night after thieves broke open the locks.

In another incident, Anuj Aggarwal of Sector 48 lodged a complaint alleging that a sum of Rs 5,000 was stolen from his shop on February 7.

Similarly, Gurdeep Singh of Sector 41 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that a sum of Rs 12,000 and some dollars were stolen from his house last night.

Three cases of theft have been registered at various police stations.

Vehicle stolen

Dinesh Singh Rawat of Sector 33 reported to the police that his Mahindra Scorpio SUV (CH 03 Z 2689) was stolen from his residence during intervening night of February 7 and 8. A case of theft has been registered.


The police has arrested Shekhar Alam and Ishan Mohammad of Mani Majra near the housing board lights after they allegedly committed a theft in a house.

A case was registered against them following a complaint by the owner of the house, Deep Singh.

Liquor seized

The police arrested Rahul of Dadu Majra Colony on charges of carrying 24 bottles of country-made liquor this afternoon. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.


The police arrested Rahul of Maloya Colony from the locality on Friday on charges of indulging in gambling at public place.

The police recovered Rs 640 from him. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered.



Paper Leak
Police remand for two accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
A local court today remanded two accused in the ASI recruitment paper leak scam in police custody for one day.

They have been booked on the charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy.

One of them, constable Amardeep Singh, had reportedly paid Rs 10 lakh to procure the question papers.

The public prosecutor had sought for police remand of seven days on the ground that they had to interrogate the accused.

He said: “We need to inquire as to from where they arranged such a huge amount and who was the kingpin of this racket.”

The scam came to light in Delhi and Chandigarh last month.

Hefty amounts were charged by those involved in leaking question papers to aspiring candidates.

The accused reportedly took the aspirants, who paid them, to their hideouts in Karnal for showing them the paper.

The candidates were then dropped near the examination centre.



4 held for theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The local police yesterday arrested four persons — Varinder, Gurdeep, Satpal and Ranjeet — for their alleged involvement in theft at Attawa on February 4.

According to police station-36 SHO Davinder Sharma, the police arrested them following a tip-off.

During investigation, the four admitted to stealing Rs 3,000 along with the cash box from a shop. The police has recovered the cash box from the accused. The four are in their mid-twenties and are said to be drug addicts. They will be produced in court tomorrow.



Four minors held for stealing
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 9
The Mullanpur Garibdass police arrested four minor boys, aged between 12 to 16 years, for trying to steal money from the Gurdwara in village Takipur during the wee hours today.

According to police, the boys belonged to three families of migrant labourer working in a brick kiln in village Majra and entered the Gurdwara at 4 am. They tried to break the locker but were unable to do so. The group then collected all the cash that was lying next to the seat of Guru Granth Sahib. However, some of the villagers caught hold of them and handed them over to the police. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.



Ghazal bonanza at Kala Bhavan
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, February 9
For the delicacy of ideas and literary beauty of couplets, ghazal is ultimate in lyrical expression. Yes, the intrusive crowd at Punjab Kala Bhavan was witness to such a treat of sublime music concert by versatile maestro Rinku Kalia. The musical soiree, organised by the Haryana Punjabi Sahit Akademi, WWICS and fashion technology park aimed at raising funds for the Shanty Sarup Memorial Trust, which has adopted two girl students.

The programme commenced with C.R. Moudgil, director, Haryana Sahit Akademi, honouring chief guest H.K. Dua, editor-in-chief of The Tribune Group of Newspapers, and guest of honour Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab cooperation minister, who inaugurated the function by lighting the traditional jyoti. As winner of the Zee TV’s SA Re Ga Ma competition Rinku Kalia took the centre stage, the poetic gems like ‘Ek samandar ne awaaz di mujh ko paani pilya dijiye’ or ‘Marna chaheya maut na aaya maut bhi mainu de gyi lara’ laced with meaningful melody reverberated the Punjab Kala Bhavan auditorium. Titled “Gulistan-a ghazal”, the captivating programme saw the rendition of some of the finest gems of Urdu and Punjabi poetry by the acclaimed singer.

Kicking off with “Rasme ulfat nibha gaya koi” (Daag Dehlvi), Kalia weaved the compositions into melody with fineness and consummate ease.

“Tumne zeene ki jo dua di hai” (Naeem Nazmi), “Apni dunia me” (Sardar Anjum), “Dhal gaya chand” (Qateel Sifaai), “Jis wich suli da intejam nahi” (Surjit Patar), “Ye mauzja” (Qateel Shefaai), “Aaj jane ki jid na karo” (Ehsaan Danis) and many more transported the audience to the world of rich musical experience. Rinku was at her best while depicting the power of pain in Shiv Batalvi’s “Shikra yaar”. The singer was supported by Dinesh Raheja (keyboard), Parveen Rathi(tabla), Munish Sachdeva (guitar) and Subhash Naik (percussion). Broadcaster Vijay Vashisht compered the programme.



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