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Timely check-up can prevent heart attack: Experts
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 22
Blame it on the sedentary lifestyle or stress, recent studies state that heart diseases have become the number one killer in India, replacing communicable diseases. A quarter of those who suffer from heart attacks are in the age group of 25 to 69 years.

In a bid to highlight the importance of timely assessment and to promote a healthy lifestyle to fight against heart problems, a weeklong cardiac camp is being organised by Columbia Asia Hospital, Patiala, from July 23 to 28 on its premises.

The camp witnessed footfall of hundreds of people, who suffered from various problems like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, breathlessness, palpitation and chest pain.

They received free consultation in the camp. Heart attack is not a male-centric disease anymore. There are reported incidents of heart attack among women and youngsters also. A recent research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, shows that people under stress related problems like work overload, frustration, anxiety and relationship problems rely more on to a higher intake of sugar, highly processed foods and caffeine. These unhealthy habits can increase the stress factor and can lead to a heart attack.

Dr Amandeep Markaan, a consultant cardiologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Patiala, “The risk factors for heart attack such as high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and stress can be reduced through lifestyle changes. Good lifestyle principles such as regular work out, eating and sleeping hours are very important for our heart. It is also recommended to keep a regular check on them.



Seven arrested for land grabbing

Kalka, July 23
On the complaint of a hotel owner, Ashok Bansal at Kalka, seven persons who were arrested yesterday, were produced in the court here today.

The police sources revealed that Ashok had lodged a complaint with the local police station, that seven persons including Sanju, Jainender, Surinder, Narender, Lalit Kumar, Rajkumar and Ranbir Singh deliberately tried to take possession of a land adjacent to his hotel. — OC



Fatehgarh Sahib gears up for monsoon
Takes measures to prevent water-borne diseases
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
Even though the monsoon is yet to hit this district the administration has geared up to prevent the spread of water borne diseases like dengue and malaria and other vector borne diseases.

A meeting of the district coordination committee was held under the presidentship of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Parveen Kumar Bind at the district administrative complex, here today.

Besides other officers of the various government departments, SDM Fatehgarh Sahib, Arvinderpal singh Sandhu, SDM Bassi Pathana Sukhdev Singh, SDM Amloh Mukand Singh Sandhu, Assistant Commissioner (General) Amaninder Kaur Brar, DSP (HQ) Hargobind Singh and district revenue officer Paramjit Singh also took part in the meeting.

ADC Bind directed the executive officers and BDPOs to ensure cleanliness in the entire district to check the dengue fever cases in their respective areas. He said a special campaign should be launched, immediately, to check the spread of cholera, dengue and other dreaded diseases.

Civil Surgeion, Dr Jai Singh, informed that a control room has been set up in the Civil Hospital with Telephone No 01763-232136, which would work round the clock. He said if any cases related to malaria comes into their notice they should immediately report to the control room and a medical team would reach the spot immediately.



150 illegal access routes continue to exist
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, July 22
Nearly 150 illegal access routes continue to become the cause of accidents on the Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway. The national highway authority and administration have been blaming each other for the situation. The issue was already highlighted but no appropriate solution of the problem has been found yet.

Project director of the national highway authority, Anil Kumar Dahiya, said that they had removed the illegal access routes but due to lack of cooperation from the administration of areas concerned, these were re-opened by some companies and people. He further informed that owners of housing projects near Zirakpur were not implementing building by laws, which caused danger to the National Highway.

Meanwhile, the SDM Dera Bassi, Inderjeet Kaur Kang, said that it was the duty of national highway authority to maintain the situation. The administration was ready to provide force to remove the illegal access any time, she added.

Notably, the court had also issued directions form time to time to remove the illegal access points near the national highway but these were continue to become the cause of accidents. GMR Company, which had constructed the National Highway, identified over 150 illegal accesses on the Ambala-Chandigarh Naional Highway between the area of Ambala and Chandigarh. The GMR Company had also issued noticesto companies to remove illegal accesses including ATS, Bhushan Steel, SBP homes, JCBL, Hella India, India gates, Wockhardet, Bhandari Export, Silver City, Maya Garden and Toyota Globe. Illegal access falls in the areas of Lalru, Dera Bassi, Zirakpur and some in Haryana.



Inspect Sector 15 old age home every month, HC orders UT
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The sun will not set on the old-age home in Sector 15. For making it a better place for the gray-haired inmates in the dusk of their lives, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the UT Legal Services Authority Secretary to inspect the home once every month.

The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain also directed him to a report any deficiency he may find to the Secretary, Social Welfare. He, in turn, “shall take steps to remedy the same immediately”.

The Bench also directed the Secretary Social to look into the deficiencies pointed out by advocate Tanu Bedi in her report and take immediate remedial steps. In her complaint, Bedi had brought out the “sad state of affairs” in the old-age home run by the Chandigarh Administration. She had asserted that the manager was not functioning 'properly', rather, misusing the “powers entrusted to him”.

In the complaint, Tanu Bedi had stated that the residents of the state-run old-age home were facing harassment at the hands of its manager. She said that she visited the old-age home where the inmates informed her that they were provided woolen sweaters but the manager took them away. She was also told this was not the first time such an incident had happened. The residents also said that they had to pay Rs 16 a day for going out of the old age home. They said that the home was earlier better managed by Lions club.

The residents also complained about the non-availability of medicines. Bedi also found two old women lying on the floor, and their rooms were stinking. She stated that total neglect of problems faced by old women was apparent and the house demonstrated lack of concern towards hygiene and medical treatment.

During the hearing of the case, UT senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal said he too visited the old-age home along with advocate Bedi on January 16 and the interaction with the inmates revealed that the manager’s behaviour was rude. Some of the inmates had tears in their eyes as they narrated the incidents.

Taking cognizance of Bedi’s complaint on the mismanagement of the Sector 15 old-age home, the High Court had earlier put the UT Administration in notice.

After a notice was issued to the UT Administration, it terminated the services of Ajay Kumar, resident manager of the old age home. He has been replaced by Parvesh Bhonsle.



Police fail to get remand
Two girls arrested yesterday from sector 17 with drugs sent to judicial remand
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
A day after the UT police arrested two girls with drugs in a discotheque in Sector 17, the UT police failed to gather any evidence regarding the source of the drugs and did not press for police remand when the girls were produced in court. The arrested girls, Khushi Malhotra and Suneeta Rajan, were therefore sent to judicial custody today. They have been booked under various sections of the NDPS Act.

The two were caught with 650 gram of smack as they came out from a discotheque in Sector 17 yesterday night. Both of them stay in Sector 32. Suneeta, who is a bar dancer, stays as a paying guest with Khushi in Sector 32. Khushi is married and her husband works as a scrap dealer in Phillaur.

Police said the girls aimed to have a lavish lifestyle and sold drugs by luring young boys.

Police investigations also revealed that Suneeta used to earn a meagre income and therefore took to selling drugs.

Police is also investigating whether the girls have been frequenting other discotheques in the city.

"We are investigating the case and the girls have been sent to judicial custody," said Inspector Ram Gopal, SHO, Sector 17, police station.


y The two girls told the police about a youth named Abhinesh who stays in the police lines and is the son of a UT police sub Inspector. Is this the reason why the police did not bother to investigate and did not seek police remand of the girls?



Man commits suicide

Mohali, July 23
A 35-year-old man committed suicide allegdly by taking some poisonous drug at Cosmo Hospital in Phase 8, Mohali, here this evening.

The deceased has been identified as Dharamjit Singh, who worked as technician in the hospital. Dharamjit, who originally hailed from Siar village, near Ratta Sahib, was staying in the hospital compound along his family.

DSP Darshan Mann said that a suicide note has been recovered in which Dharamjit mentioned that he was taking the extreme step because he had been fed up from his life. “It is yet to confirm whether he had injected the drug or consumed it,” said Mann. — TNS



St Stephen’s crush Chitkara 4-0
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
On the first day of the Pre-Suborto Cup Football Tournament, St Stephens School, Sector 45, defeated Chitkara Institute at the football stadium of Sector 17 here today.

In the first match, St Stephens, Sector 45, defeated Chitkara by 4-0. Arjun ensured the team's victory after scoring two goals in the 8th and 32nd minutes while Arshdeep and Jashandeep scored one goal each..

In the second match, the team of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, overcame St Soldier, Sector 28 by 2-0. Kamal scored both the goals in the 15th and 25th minutes of the match.

In another match, Delhi Public School, Sector 40, defeated Government Model High School, Sector 38(West) by 3-0. Gurkaran contributed two goals in 20th and 36th minutes while Dhruv ensured the team's victory in the 38th minute of the match.



Mayank, Yuvraj shine in Panchkula victory
Hosts defeat Ambala by 9 runs in U-16 tourney
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 23
A fine half century by opener Mayank Chaudhary (51) and all round performance by Yuvraj Singh (44 runs and 2 wickets for 23 runs) enabled Panchkula to beat Ambala by 9 runs in the opening match of the Haryana State Inter District (U-16) Cricket Championship at JR Institute of Cricket technology here.

Batting first, the wining side posted 174 runs before getting all out in 48.3 overs. Yuvraj Singh (44) and Mayank Chaudhary (51) gave a good start to the host team. Later Neeraj Dahiya contributed 23 off 51.

For Ambala, Sunny Kashyap claimed 3 for 34 and Aseem Pathak took 2 for 16.

In reply, the Ambala team was bundled out for 165 in 48.4 overs with Rishab Garg (32) and Aseem Pathak (25) scoring the most runs. For the bowling side, Rahul and Yuvraj claimed two wickets each.

Brief scores:

Panchkula:174 all out in 48.3 overs (Mayank chaudhary 51, Yuvraj 44, Neeraj Dahiya 23, Aseem Pathak 2 for 16, Sunny Kashyap 3 for 34).

Ambala: 165 all out in 48.4 overs (Rishab Garg 32, Aseem Pathak 25, Shivam 24, Tushar Joshi 3 for 21, Yuvraj Singh 2 for 23, Rahul Chaudhary 2 for 23).



Athletes suffer due to faulty policies
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The UT Sports Department might boast of providing 380 sports wing seats in 17 disciplines at around 23 centres across the city, but when it comes to treating everyone equally, the department fails.

The players, who won first three positions in the inter-school tournaments fall under this category, but instead of providing all top positions holders with diet (under spots wing), the department has selected 23 schools to distribute the wing. In this process, the schools having larger number of position holders were short-listed but the schools having onlyone or two top positions holders were neglected. The step left many players in lurch as even after wining the same positions, they were denied their right.

"It happens annually. The players should be given their dues directly. Many a time, the officials misuse their power in allotting the sports wing seats to a school. If a player has won a tourney, he should be given the daily diet or money directly. It would save the department's time and energy. Now, on one hand, the schools having 10 top position holders are being provided with all the money, and on the other hand the schools having one or two position holders are getting nothing. The ultimate loss is of the player. It is not their mistake if they are the only winners from the school," said an official requesting anonymity.

"The department works on the list provided by the education department. Those schools which provide the list of their achievers fall under this category. Many schools have only one or two positions holders, so they do no bother to apply. The UT sports department works with the consensus of the education department and the latter should emphasise on facts while making the list," said KS Bharti, district sports officer. When asked about the role of a school, he said, "Schools have been given the responsibility to distribute the diet in a proper and equal manner to their achievers. The seats are allotted, on the basis of achievements we receive. We can provide all the players with diet but only if we get the exact data from our subordinates. It is the right of every position holder and he or she should get it," said Bharti.

"Officials should concentrate on a player's interest while making rules or providing facilities. Direct availability of the 'wing' is the best possible thing for a player. The officials should understand the fact that the players bring laurels to schools and he or she should be given the facilities," said a player.

Centres and sports disciplines

Saupin's School-32: Archery; Govt Model Sr Sec School-8: Archery; Govt Model Sr Sec School, Kaimbwala: Archery, Volleyball, Wrestling; Govt Model Sr Sec School-23: Athletics, Badminton; Govt Model Sr Sec School-37: Athletics, Hockey; Guru Nanak Khalsa Sr Sec School-30B: Athletics, Boxing, Handball, Volleyball; St Joseph's Sr Sec School-44: Basketball; Govt Girls Sr Sec School-20B: Basketball, Hockey, Kabaddi; DAV Sr Sec School-8: Basketball, Gymnastics, Lawn Tennis; Shardha S Hitkari School-40: Boxing, Wrestling; Govt Model Sr Sec School-35: Cricket, Hockey; Guru Nanak Public School-36: Cricket; Govt Model Sr Sec School-16: Football; MRA Sr Sec School-27: Gymnastics, Table Tennis; Govt Model Sr Sec School-19: Handball;Govt Model Sr Sec School-10: Kabaddi; Govt Sr Sec School, Dhanas: Kabaddi; Govt High School-46: Kho-Kho; Govt Model High School-41, Badheri: Kho-Kho; Maharishi Dayanand Adarsh Vidyalaya-22: Kho-Kho; New Public School-18: Table Tennis; Manav Mangal High School-21: Table Tennis; Govt Sr Sec School-27: Volleyball; Govt Model Sr Sec School-26: Volleyball.



U-14 cricket tournament from tomorrow

Panchkula, July 23
Satluj Public School, Sector 4, will organise champions league cricket tournament for boys (U-14) here. The tournament will start from July 25 at the school grounds. The tournament will be played under league basis.

Players born on or after January 1, 1998, can participate in the tournament. Interested teams can send their entries to to MGS Sidhu (94171-71587) or Sarpreet Gill (9501414313) before July 23. — TNS



Golf coaching programme from Aug 4
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 23
The Panchkula Golf Club will organise an eight-day weekend golf coaching programme for beginners at the Panchkula Golf Club course from August 4 to 26.

The golf training programme will be conducted twice a week for children, women and men every Saturday (3:30pm - 4:30 pm) and Sunday (9:00am - 10:00 am). Members and non-members of all ages can participate in the camp.

During the camp, each participant will receive three premium golf magazines and would be taught grip, aim, alignment, stance, posture, chipping and putting.

The camp would be organised under certified coach Ajay Gujral. Interested participants can enrol themselves with the coach (9814356013) before August 3.



IIT-B sets up nodal centre
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 23
The Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, has set up its first nodal centre in Punjab at the GGS Group of Institutes, Kharar, to provide open source technology in 
computer science. The nodal centre was set up under a project of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Surinder Pal Singh, chairperson of the GGS-Sachdeva Group, said the tie-up would not only help in bridging the gap between industry and academia and help students in getting employed but would also help industry in picking up the best talent from the institute.

Baljeet Kaur Monga, managing director, said the group had already tied up with three companies, including an animation and visual effects institute, Frameboxx, and its production house "Tea Stall". 



CLTA hosting AITA level-III course

Chandigarh, July 23
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) is hosting an AITA level-III coaches course at the CLTA complex courts, Sector 10, till July 27.

Coaches from Goa, Rajasthan, Manipur, Assam, Orissa, Uttrakhand, Andra Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh are marking their presence to attend the ongoing course. — TNS



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