Saturday 31 October 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness:MSSH organizes The PINK RUN:300 Women Took Part in It

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Chandigarh 31st October:- In a unique show of solidarity, around 300 women, from all walks of life gathered at the sukhna lake to participate in THE PINK RUN, which was organized by Max Super Speciality Hospital Mohali in association with SHE(Sacred Heart Ex-students association) to commemorate the Breast cancer awareness month. The run was flagged off by Mayor of Chandigarh, Ms Poonam Sharma and led by the Oncology team of Max Super Speciality Hospital Mohali.In a morning full of fun and festivity, the 3km PINK RUN was the highlight of the event, in which senior oncologists,  Dr Sachin Gupta, Dr Sunandan Sharma, Dr Ritesh Pruthy, Dr Pankaj Kumar, Dr Gautam Goyal, Dr Shaveta Gupta and Dr Sajal Kakkar along with the Chandigarh Mayor, Poonam Sharma participated with full vigour . It was an interesting demonstration of spreading awareness on Breast Cancer to drive home the message of early detection of cancer, preventive measures to be taken, treatment possibilities and how to keep a positive attitude in life.. Amidst other activities were skit on cancer awareness and yoga sessions, and informative talks on 'holistic healing' for cancer patients.

During the program, Ms Poonam Sharma insisted that unlike the past, Breast cancer is no longer a social taboo. "The word cancer; in itself, is enough to strike fear. However thanks to early detection and treatment options, this is a treatable disease. She appealed to the audience that you can also help in the prevention of Breast Cancer, by spreading awareness and informing people about it and how it can be prevented. She further appeals that start today by talking to your friends and relatives and encouraging them to get their annual check-up done.

Sandeep Dogra, Vice President and Zonal head, Max Hospitals Punjab said that  Max Cancer Centre is equipped with the most advanced key medical techniques and equipments to combat cancer. Max Cancer Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure with facilities for chemotherapy, surgical oncology, radiation oncology and rehabilitation. We are equipped with the most advanced key medical equipments like LINAC for Radiotherapy, 1.5 T MRI & 16 slice CT which is technologically the most advanced and a first in the region, to combat cancer at the grass-root level. The aim behind setting up Max Cancer Centre is to enhance patient convenience and make world class cancer treatment accessible to people in Tier 2 cities of India. 

Dr Sachin Gupta, Senior consultant, Medical and Hemato Oncology advised that the first noticeable symptom of breast cancer is typically a lump that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue. If detected early many cases can be cured and therefore screening is important even if women show no symptoms. Early cancer detection and treatment lead to higher chances of survival. Breast cancer a disease that develops from the breast tissue remains one of the most Prevalent types of cancer to attack women.

Women must get an annual screening for breast cancer. This includes Mammography (for women above 40) and sonomammography (for younger women) revealed Dr Shaveta Gupta, Consultant, Gyane Oncologist. She said that in India, over half the patients reach the doctor in stage three and four, where the rate of survival goes down. Worldwide, breast cancer accounts for 22.9% of all cancers in women . It is very evident from statistics that the incidence of breast cancer is rapidly rising in india . One of the most common cancers in urban areas in India , it accounts for upto one third of all cancers in women, informed Dr Pankaj Kumar Radiation Oncologist.  Dr Sajal Kakkar, consultant, radiation oncology shared how women in the West scheduled their breast cancer screening on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. 

Punjab State Rural Games for Boys Starts at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College

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Chandigarh 31st October:- Harshivraj Singh of Gurdaspur clinched gold in 800m race in 2:05.46mnts on the opening day of Punjab State Rural Games for Boys Under –16, at Sports Stadium, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, here today. Sukhanpreet Singh of Patiala won silver in 2:07.16mnts where as Buta Singh of Ludhiana got bronze in 2:07.85mnts. Rahul Gupta, PCS, Director Sports, Punjab was  the chief guest on this occasion who took the salute as many as 3000 participants wearing colorful track suits given by Punjab Sports Department and declared the games open. Rahul Gupta informed that Punjab Govt. is doing wonders for the promotion of sports in the rural areas of the state and he encouraged the participants towards sports.

Earlier Rupinder Singh, Deputy Director Sports, Punjab made warm welcome of the Chief Guest and other distinguished guest present on the occasion. Kartar Singh Sehamby, Assistant Director Sports, Punjab thanked the dignitaries present there. Pooja Syal, PCS, SSM Fatehgarh Sahib and Ravjit Grewal, PCS, SDM, Amloh was also present on the occasion.

The torch bearing ceremony was performed by Sarpreet Singh and Karanpreet Singh both of Athletics, Saravjot Singh and Raj of Wrestling where Sarpreet Singh took the oath on behalf of all the participants. A theme base cultural programme was also presented on the occasion by Govt. Senior Secondary School, Fatehgarh Sahib.

In the preliminary rounds of Kabaddi Barnala defeated Fazilka 41-30, Mohali beat Tarn Taran 52-26, Jalandhar outplayed Hoshiarpur 25-15 and Moga rounded S.B.S Nagar 75-49.

In Volleyball S.A.S Nagar outplayed Barnala 3-0, Mansa defeated Moga 3-0, Kapurthala beat S.B.S Nagar, Gurdaspur defeated Pathankot 3-0, Roop Nagar outplayed Bathinda 3-0, Ludhiana defeated Ferozepur 3-0 where as Jalandhar beat Mukatsar Sahib 3-0.

In kho-kho Amritsar beat Hoshiarpur 7-6. Moga outclassed  Ttarn Taran 16-1, Sangrur outplayed Mukatsar Sahib 12-2 and S.A.S Nagar defeated Bathinda 19-12.

Moga outplayed Mukatsar Sahib 4-0 in Hockey preliminary Matches, Hoshiarpur defeated Pathankot 3-0, Ferozepur crushed Mohali 5-0 and Ropar beat Faridkot 4-3.

In Basket ball Moga defeated Bathinda 45-37, Fatehgarh Sahib outplayed Amritsar 42-26, S.B.S Nagar beat Fazilka 19-15 and Hoshiarpur crushed Barnala 36-6.

In Football Bathida defeated Barnala 2-0 where as Moga crushed Pathankot 4-0.

Seven Officers &Officials Retires from PGI

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Chandigarh 31st October:- Prof. Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGI honored seven officers/officials on their superannuation today by presenting mementoes to them.  Prof. Subhash Verma, Acting Dean, PGI handed over beneficiary cheques comprising GPF, gratuity and group insurance. Respective Heads of Departments wished them well in life by presenting bouquets to them.

 Smt Neelam Bala, Principal Private Secretary, Psychiatary Dept: Sh Vinit K.Arora, Techinicial Assistant, Biophysics: Smt Usha Gupta, Sr Lab Technician(PRC), Medical Microbiology: Smt  Balet Victor, Sister Gr I (VRS) Nursing Dept: Smt Santosh Gupta, Assistant, Gynae Deptt: Sh Madan Lal, Sr Lab Attendant, Cardiology: Sh Surjit Singh, Mali, Engeneering Deptt retired from PGI after devoting 27 to 35 years of their life to PGI.

2nd Annual Conference of IAOHNS Concludes

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Chandigarh 31st October:- The 2nd Annual Conference of Indian Academy of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery (IAOHNS) organized by the Department of Otolaryngology, PGI, Chandigarh successfully concluded with overwhelming appreciation and participation of delegates from India and abroad.  There was Instructional Courses on Robotic Tongue Base Tumors, Resection and talks on Future Directions in Cochlear Implants, Technical modifications and long term outcome in Aural Atresia Repair and inner ear surgery, New Trends in Balloon Sinuplasty and Changing Roles of Genetics in Oto-rhino-laryngology were mind blowing and generated stimulating thoughts and research questions in the minds of younger generations of ENT fraternity.

The delegates also discuss about the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness, which envisages early detection of hearing loss in children.  The conference concluded with awards given for Seminar to   Senior Consultants, Junior Consultants  and  Resident Award Paper Session.

45th S.N. Vohra’s All India Gurmit Memorial (A-Grade) Hockey Tournament 2015 To Be Held from 08th November to 15th November

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Chandigarh 31st October:- 45th Edition of S.N. Vohra's All India Gurmit Memorial (A-Grade)  Hockey Tournament 2015 organized by Rock Rovers Hockey Club will be held from 08th November to 15th November 2015 at Hockey Stadium, Phase IX, Mohali. According to the Anil Vohra,Org. Secy. & Secy. General, Hockey Chandigarh that this is a prize money tournament.Last year Winner & Runners-up and most of the leading teams of the country are participating in this tournament. He added that we are holding this tournament at Mohali Hockey stadium because the turf has not been laid in Sector 42, Hockey Stadium till date. 

Docs Debunk Myths Between Parents and Grand Parents:Doctors Sort out Conflicts Between Mom & Daughter In Law over Parenting

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Chandigarh 31st October:- Dr Umesh N. Jindal, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician of Jindal IVF and Sant Memorial Nursing home, Chandigarh said that it is common for doctors in the city to serve as judges between mother-in-laws and new brides while they resolve their disputes regarding Better Parenting. Rising conflicts between new parents and grandparents over whether to nurture babies in a modern medicated way or a traditional way is negatively impacting the growth of the child. This was stated by Dr Umesh N. Jindal during a programme for "Better Parenting" started by Lifecell Pvt Ltd.

In a usual 'courtroom' conflict, Dr. Umesh N.  Jindal was approached by 30-year-old Shweta (Name Changed), who told her that her mother In law is forcing her not to eat papaya as it can cause miscarriage and she is craving for this. While gently intervening in session and talking to mom-in-law of (Shweta) Sarabjeet Kaur, Dr Nidhi Sharma, and Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Jindal IVF said that raw Papaya is not recommended but the ripe papaya can be given, there is no harm in this. She can have anything what she wants, let her enjoy her pregnancy.  Dr Sheetal Jindal, gynaecologist, felt that there is no fixed formula for parenting. She added that clash of egos between young mothers and their in-laws do not serve the purpose. We advise the family to rely on a mother's instinct as that is what works best.

In support of better parenting Mayanka Jhol of Lifecell Pvt ltd said that giving birth is much easier than actually bringing up the child. Dealing with diapers and spending sleepless nights, parents always have a task at hand. The problem has increased manifold due to the growing trend of nuclear families, so we all have together held this better parenting day out session for parents here.

While cooling another Mom In law, Dr Mahesh Hiranandani, Peadiatrician said that every mother can breastfeed and it is a psychological inhibition which prevents lactation. Do not give formula milk to a baby under three years of age, as it results in obesity. The Mom In law was complaining about her Daughter In law that she has been unable to lactate hence the top feed should be started. 

Clinical psychologist Dr Ruby Ahuja said grandparents should avoid scolding parents in front of the toddlers." The best way to deal with this problem is to talk it out, listen to the children and visit an expert if early signs of physical or behavioural problems are seen so that intervention starts as soon as possible.

OPPO India Announces Launch of Neo 7

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Chandigarh 31st October:- OPPO, a leading global technology brand dedicated to provide consumers across America, Africa, Europe, Oceania and Asia with pioneering products announced the launch of OPPO Neo 7, a new successor to the popular mirror-backed Neo 5. With shining mirror surface and streamlined arc design, the affordable Smartphone is aimed at the mid-range mobile market and is priced at Rs 9,990 and will be available in India within this week.

OPPO Neo 7 will carry forward the unique design feature that set apart the Neo series, a sleek and reflective rear surface, while adding a wide range of performance upgrades and an attractive design. It offers dual SIM slots and SD card support upto 128GB. Powered with Qualcomm MSM8916 Quad-core 1.2GHz processor the handset has 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM, it provides 2420mAh Li-polymer battery. The Device sports 5 inch IPS display with 960*540 pixels and 220 PPI. It weighs 141 gm with battery.

Commenting on the launch Mike Wang, CEO, OPPO Mobiles India said that OPPO is known worldwide for pioneering technologies and designs and our newest addition in Neo family, Neo 7 is perfect interpretation of it. Neo series has generated positive response in the past and we are confident that with the classic mirror like design and innovative features, it will cater to target consumer who look for latest features at an attractive price.

While talking about more features of OPPO he said that OPPO is inspired by Chinese bronze mirrors, the designer strove to incorporate an ancient aesthetic into the Neo 7's state-of-the-art technology. He further said that OPPO Neo 7 uses industry's leading optical coating technology and fiber glass materials. The back of the handset has 13 layers of coating refined through a series of 40 processes to increase strength, giving the surface an impressive thinness of only 0.56 mm. Special laminating process make Neo 7 look smooth and clear and the handset reflects light like a mirror. The handset will be available in two color variants - white and black.

Friday 30 October 2015

MoneyGram Campaign to Brighten Diwali Celebration for Lucky Customers

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Chandigarh 30th October:- MoneyGram, (NASDAQ: MGI), a global provider of innovative money transfer services is sharing in the celebration of Diwali with customers in India. Any consumer who receives a MoneyGram transaction between October 1– November 11, 2015 in the states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, and Tamil Nadu will receive a mobile top up worth Rs.50 across any mobile operator. The consumers from all the previously mentioned states with the exception of the state of Tamil Nadu will also be eligible for a drawing wherein 15 lucky consumers will each win a solar panel and another 20 winners will each win 10 gm gold coins.

Most of the states in India face electricity outage issues. MoneyGram intends to help its consumers to have a brighter and better Diwali experience by giving away solar panels to lucky winners.  

Kaushik Roy, MoneyGram's senior regional director, South Asia said that Diwali is a very important holiday for our customers and MoneyGram wants to help make the occasion even more memorable this year. 

World Stroke Day-2015 Celebrated at Anganwadi Centre

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Chandigarh 30th October:- World Stroke Day was celebrated by Urban Health Training Centre (UHTC), Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, PGI, Chandigarh at Anganwadi Centre, Indira Colony, Chandigarh. The theme for the year 2015 is "I Am Woman"

Under the guidance of Prof. JS Thakur, this celebration was organized by Dr.Kathirvel.S (Senior Resident), Dr. Shuchi Mahajan (Junior Resident) and other paramedical staff of Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh. There was a gathering of around 15 anganwadi workers and helpers belonging to Indira Colony area, 20 women from the "Women Skill Development and Health Promotion Centre" and number of non communicable disease patients who are registered at UHTC, Indira Colony. Welcome address was given by Dr. Kathirvel.S.  Introduction to world stroke day 2015 and its current theme on woman was explained by Dr. Suchi Mahajan (Junior Resident). She explained why the theme is on woman and their risk to stroke in detail. Dr. Kathirvel.S explained the gathering about how stroke is happening, risk factors, clinical symptoms during stroke, and post stroke complications. He also told the gathering about how early it should be reported in case of stroke. He explained in detail about the prevention of risk factors for stroke and even stressed on primordial prevention. The gathering was also told about the non communicable disease clinic at UHTC, Indira Colony and the need for regular clinical follow up and compliance to medications. The gathering was also asked to share the information with family members and neighbors as much as possible. The session was quite interactive in which the doctor cleared the doubts of the anganwadi workers on issues related to unusual symptoms and hospitals to visit in case of stroke. 

Punjab Labour Minister Laid the Foundation Stone of Punjab Model Welfare Centre

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Chandigarh 30th October:- Punjab Labour Minister Bhagat Chunni Lal today laid the foundation stone of Punjab Model Welfare Centre to be constructed at the cost of Rs. 15 crore at S.A.S. Nagar, Mohali. The purpose of the centre is to accommodate all the offices of the labour department under one roof which would be extremely beneficial to the labour class. The Bhawan would be completed by mid of next year.

He also asked the officers of the department to ensure that the welfare schemes of the Government are strictly implemented so that the needy labourers could take the benefit of these schemes as envisaged by the state government.

Principal Secretary, Labour, Vishavjeet Khanna; Chairperson, District Planning Board, Bibi Amanjot Kaur, Panch, Sarpanches and Senior Officers of the Labour Department were also present on the occasion.

Ashmah International School Celebrates Halloween in Indian Style

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Chandigarh 30th October:- Ashmah International School celebrated Halloween in the Indian style. It is celebrated to kicks off the Hallowmas and dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed souls.

The students dressed up in costumes and painted their faces and mimic the evil spirits to scare the teachers. The creativity was easily witnessed in the way by which they coloured their faces and hands. They succeeded most of the time, scaring the teachers out of their wits. Participants performed to horror acts and they played trick and treat with their co-mates.  It was a fun and scary day and the kids enjoyed the occasion. Most of the students had not heard about this festival before and were be inquisitive about it.

While speaking at the moment Director J.S Kesar said  that  typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treat -attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films etc. He further informed that nowadays whole world has become global village and this is the time when we can preach universal culture to the students along with Indian culture and tradition.

GJIMT organizes Mehndi and Rangoli Contest on Karwa chauth

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Chandigarh 30th October:- Gian jyoti Institute of Management and Technology organized a traditional Mehndi applying and Rangoli Contest on the eve of karwa chauth to expose the hidden talent of the students. Total 50 students participated in the competition. Students not only made beautiful rangolis but also apply Mehndi on the hands of teachers and their friends. Dean Aneet Bedi, Prof Samar gill were the judges at the moment.  The zealous participants etched out awe- inspiring creative designs. It was very difficult for the judges to choose the best mehndi and rangoli designs of the participants. Rangoli winners at the moment Swati saini & Nikita kaushik whereas Varinder Kaur & shivani negi were Mehndi winners.

Gian Jyoti group's Chairman J S Bedi encouraged the students for putting in efforts to keep this cultural and traditional art form alive. He further added that it was an endeavor to implement holistic training methodologies for overall development of its students. At the end Chairman Bedi congratulated the students and honored the winners.

Kinder Piller Ivy School Celebrates Ekta Diwas

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Chandigarh 30th October:- Kinder Piller Ivy School Sector 46 A observed  Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to mark birth anniversary of India's Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at its campus  to keep in view manpower without unity is not a strength unless is it harmonized and united properly. Tiny tots came dressed in traditional attires to communicate the message of unity in diversity. Various activities like poster making, jingles, paintings, collage making were organized for the students.

Sonia Channi, Principal, Kinder Piller Ivy School said at the moment that  Patel was the most effective leader in speech and in action. He was quite tough always in his approach that's why he was nick named as Iron Man of India. Many interpreted him as a ruler with iron cane in his hand. But he was very simple at his heart, but was never afraid of speaking out when the situation most demanded. It was his bold courage only that brought all the 565 princely states into Indian Union and saved breaking of India into innumerable pieces.

UCWEB Announces Tied Up With for ‘Diwali Shopping Carnival’,

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Chandigarh 30th October:- UC Browser from UCWeb, Alibaba Mobile Business Group has tied up with leading ecommerce company for an exciting 14 day 'Diwali Shopping Carnival', offering attractive discounts and sales to users ahead of Diwali. Through this exclusive partnership, running through November 02-15, UC Browser, India's No.1 mobile browser with over 51% market share (as per StatCounter) will offer additional discounts to its lucky users on items listed on across various categories. On offer are items from several categories including mobile phones, laptops, beauty, personal care, home d├ęcor, apparel and more.

The Diwali Shopping Carnival is open to users of UC Browser who will win Discount Coupons, Gift Cards and Surprising Prize vouchers in UC Browser's ongoing Diwali contest.  A lucky coupon winner can avail an additional 3-5% discount over and above the offer on The gift card and vouchers can be used for purchases on 

Announcing the partnership, Kenny Ye, MD, UCWeb India, Alibaba Mobile Business Group said that as is our annual practice, we want to be part of the festive cheer by offering deep discounts and exclusive offers for shoppers across all age groups. Last year, our Shopping Festival allowed users to browse and compare offers from multiple online stores to maximize savings. This year, we have gone a step further and tied up with, in an exclusive deal. UC Browser users and last-minute shoppers can now benefit with additional discounts across thousands of products on

Zuri Beauty Academy Holds ‘Karva Chauth’ Celebrations

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Chandigarh 30th October:- 'Karva Chauth' celebrations were organized with great pomp and show at Zuri Beauty Academy in Sector 34 here today. The women, dressed up nicely in glaring costumes, took part in the celebrations with much zest and zeal. During occasions, besides Tambola involving various attractive prices, fashion show, family games, henna competitions, best-dressed contest and couple activities were also organised.

Ajay Sharma, CEO of Zuri Beauty Academy said that  Karwa Chauth was an occasion which have been inspiring Indian women for long year. We believed that every wife deserved the attention, throughout the year, but especially for that one day. The celebrations were efforts to revive our culture and customs attached to this festival besides giving a platform for women to enjoy this important occasion in a fun-filled atmosphere.

Prashant Bhardwaj, Creative Head of Zuri Beauty Academy said that the event was an opportunity to celebrate this day in a much better and social way.  

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Introduces Limited Edition of Punto Sportivo

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Chandigarh 30th October:- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India introduced Punto Sportivo which is the limited edition of its much celebrated car, Punto Evo, for its Indian customers. The car comeswith stylish accessories to the interiors and exteriors. Punto  Sportivo will have atwo tone colour–red body and white roof. Priced at 7,10,000, ex-showroom, New Delhi, this limited edition car is based on the 1.3L Multi-Jet Punto Evo Diesel Active producing 75 BHP of power.

Hosting a variety of exciting and new features, the car looks sporty and stylish. The exterior kit of the car features a red body and a white roof, new Sportivo decal, new design 15" alloys, sporty rear spoilers, chrome garnish on ORVM and rear parking sensors. The interior kit comprises new seat covers, 6.5"touch screen infotainment system, special carpet mats with FIAT branding and special flat door sill.

Speaking on the launch of Punto Sportivo, Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India said that punto Sportivo is a stylish car and is targeted towards those auto enthusiasts who desire sporty looks. The add-ons make the Punto Sportivo stand out from the competition and includes a host of plush features. This limited edition car will undoubtedly create a wave of interest during this festive period. This offering on the Punto Sportivois a perfect blend of style and sportiness.


PGI Conduct Interactive Sessions for Stroke Campaign

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Chandigarh 30th October:- The Department Of Neurology, PGI is  conducting the World Stroke campaign from 25th to 31st October '15 with special focus on women as part of "World Stroke Day" held on 29th October of every year. "I AM A WOMAN" is the slogan of this year's stroke awareness theme. The focus is also on reduction of Salt consumption to prevent stroke.

 On thursday, interactive sessions were conducted in National Institute of Nursing Education by various neurologists from PGI where the nursing students and the faculty were reinforced about the importance of risk factor management and prevention of stroke. Since, they are involved in patient management and care, an enlightened and primed nursing staff will be able to identify stroke at the earliest and take necessary action as well as educate patients and their relatives about stroke. Another highlighting event was the educative stall held in Elante Mall by neurologists and stroke team of PGI, Chandigarh. This group targeted people from the elite crowd of Chandigarh. Many enthusiastic people interacted with the team and learned about stroke, its symptoms, and risk factors and also about the importance of reduced Salt consumption in planning a healthy life style. It was surprising to know that many were not aware of symptoms of stroke, the importance of early treatment to prevent permanent disability, the risk factors of stroke such as diabetes, hypertension, smoking, excessive salt consumption, lack of exercise among many others. They were ignorant of the fact that an average Indian consumes about 10grams of salt which is twice the WHO recommended daily intake.

 Stroke is largely preventable through lifestyle management, yet to conquer stroke, women need gender-specific information, preventative practices, and acute and long-term care and support.

The first day of the event on 25th October was a lecture in the Government Girls College, sector 42 which was attended by an enthusiastic group of NSS girls' cadets. They were briefed about stroke, its risk factors and the importance of prompt recognition and action during stroke.  The campaign was inaugurated by Director, PGI Prof Y K Chawla and educational brochures were released at the inauguration. Special information counters regarding stroke were displayed in and around PGI campus on 28th and 29th of October. The stroke patients were offered free investigations (blood sugars and lipid profile). Free checkups with blood pressure monitoring was done in several hundreds of patients. It was surprising to see that a sizeable population was unaware of signs and symptoms of stroke and risk factors of brain stroke while most knew what a heart attack was!!

These sessions were highly informative on stroke and its impact on society. The main aim was to make people aware of the early recognition of stroke. The concept of "F.A.S.T." detection of stroke symptoms was emphasized by the doctors. The acronym "F.A.S.T" -stands for F: Face (look for any facial drooping); A: Arm (look for any arm weakness); S: Speech (look for any speaking difficulty or slurred speech ) and if any of these is present – think that it could be stroke and the correct T:Time

Team of Health Department Inspects Sweets and Namkeen Manufacturing Units

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Chandigarh 30th October:- A joint team of Food Safety Officers Surinder Pal Singh & Bhaljinder Singh, Under the supervision of Dr. Rajinder K. Sharma, Designated Officer I/c Food Safety Administration, Chandigarh Health Department, for festival season,today inspected the area of Daria, Chandigarh. The raiding team inspected the manufacturing units of Sweets & Namkeens in the said area. A total of 5 factories were inspected and a namkeen manufacturing unit run by Harun Ali in Plot No. 927 was issued prohibition notice as the manufacturing was being done in un-hygienic & in-sanitary conditions and was also operating without having a valid FSSAI licence. The workers of the said unit fled the spot therefore, the unit was sealed. A challan was issued to M/s New Gopal Sweets, Plot No. 438, Village Daria for operating without having a FSSAI licence. Another unit of sweets which was not operational because of the Karva Chauth Festival, but could not show licence was instructed to deposit the same by Monday i.e. 02-11-2015. The sweets manufacturers were instructed to maintain hygiene & quality as per the norms.

Govt. of India Issues an Advisory for Licensing Compliance and Liability

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Chandigarh 30th October:- The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Govt. of India has issued an advisory for licensing compliance and liability of on-demand Information Technology based Transportation Aggregators operating within the jurisdiction of India vide its order dated 08th October, 2015.  As per the advisory, the IT based (either a Web based on mobile application based) aggregator desirous of operating its taxis, either self owned or under lease or under any kind of agreement or verbal or written arrangements with drivers / owners of taxies is required to register himself / herself under Section 93 of the Motor Vehicle Act with the State Transport Authority and shall be under legal obligation to comply with terms and conditions of this advisory.  State Transport Authority, Chandigarh shall prescribe the form and manner in which these operators shall apply for licence and supply the requisite information. 

All such aggregators must register themselves as Taxi operators with the State Transport Authority, Chandigarh within a period of 15 days from the date of issue of this Public Notice.  Any Taxi operator carrying on operation in violative of the advisory shall be held to be in violation of the provisions of MV Act, 1988 and liable for action as per law. The advisory issued by MoRTH and the requisite forms can be downloaded from the Official Website ( or can be obtained from the State Transport Authority, Sector -18, Chandigarh from 09 A.M. to 05 P.M. on any working day. 

Affixation of High Security Registration Plates for Series “CH 03-X” Starts

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Chandigarh 30th October:- The Registering & Licensing Authority, UT, Chandigarh has started process for affixing of High Security Registration Plates on vehicles already registered in UT, Chandigarh at three notified locations i.e. the offices of R&LA, Sector-17, SDM(S), Sector-42, SDM (E)and  Industrial. Area,Phase-I, Chandigarh.

The owners of the vehicle having registration number with "CH 03-X" series shall apply for affixation of HSRP at their respective offices with the request on plain paper mentioning the detail of Chassis Number, Engine Number, Make, Model, copy of Registration Certificate of the vehicle, copy of valid insurance and copy of Identity Card of the owner within one month from the date of 01.11.2015. The original Registration Certificate (RC) is mandatory at the time of applying for the same. In case, if, the owners of the vehicle of above series do not affixed HSRP plates within the stipulated period on their vehicles, the Traffic Police, UT, Chandigarh will be asked to initiate the process for Challaning of their vehicle. 

2nd Annual Conference of IAOHNS Starts at PGI

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Chandigarh 30th October:- The 2nd Annual Conference of Indian Academy of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery (IAOHNS) organized by the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, PGI, Chandigarh commenced today with Instructional Courses on Sialendoscopy, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Research Methodology, Endoscopic Ear Surgery and Robotic Tongue base Tumor Resection.  The focus of the Plenary Sessions were on Stapedotomy, Nasal Endoscopy, Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss, External Ear and Middle Ear Reconstructive Surgeries, Migraine associated Vertigo, Guidelines and Management of Thyroid and Parathyroid diseases, Auditory Implants, Medico-legal issues and Innovations and Challenges in Laryngology & Head & Neck Surgeries.   The lectures delivered on these topics by world renowned faculty members enlightened the clinical and research skills of the budding ENT surgeons.  The conference would conclude on 31st October, 2015 with Plenary Sessions highlighting topics on future directions in Cochlear Implantation, the evolution of Balloon Sinuplasty, Surgical Management of Intractable facial pain, free papers and award papers. 


Renault KWID Races Past 50,000 Customer Orders

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Chandigarh 30th October:- Renault India, has created history with its global car for conquest, Renault KWID. This Attractive, Innovative and Affordable car, which marked Renault India's foray in the compact hatchback segment, is well on its way to set new benchmarks in the Indian automotive industry. Renault India has announced that customer orders have crossed over 50,000 in less than a month of its launch.

Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations, said that he thanks Indian customers for their phenomenal response to Renault KWID and I am grateful for their trust in the Renault brand. Deliveries have commenced across India to celebrate the festive season with our customers. We have ramped up the production and are taking concerted efforts to further accelerate production to enable faster deliveries. He further said that the growing acceptance by first time buyers indicates that Renault KWID is truly an aspirational product, offering an outstanding value proposition. Together with first time buyers, we are also seeing new consumer trends across urban and rural India.

Renault KWID was launched on 24th September 2015 at an outstanding price offering of Rs. 2,56,968 (ex- showroom Delhi), and is India's most fuel efficient petrol vehicle delivering mileage of 25.17 kmpl*.  Together with the superior mileage, Renault India has taken the localisation level to 98%, which has positively influenced the overall cost of ownership.

International Paper Wins the ‘Leadership in Branding for Sustainability’ Award

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Chandigarh 30th October:- International Paper APPM Limited (IP-APPM), a group company of International Paper in India, announced that it has received the coveted Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Award for the year 2015 for its pioneering Farm Forestry initiative. This award was instituted by Sustainability Outlook to uncover and celebrate innovation and leadership in resource conservation within the industry. The award was presented by George Hamilton, President, Institute for Sustainabl​e Communitie​s and Ms. Sminu Jindal, Managing Director, Jindal SAW Limited to Deepak Khare-Head of Forestry in a glittering award ceremony.

The Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Awards were initiated in 2011 to recognize corporates leading the change on sustainability in India as well as emerging innovators developing cutting edge solutions. IP-APPM's Farm Forestry initiative was adjudged winner after the eminent jury members evaluated over 600 nominations including several leading corporates. Launched in late 1980s, IP-APPM's Farm Forestry initiative has so far planted around 1.5 billion saplings over 2.16 lac hectares that has aided more than 50,000 small scale farmers. The company, through the farm forestry initiative has achieved 100% sustainability in its requirement for raw material not only for itself but it also helps meet wood demands for Poles (for Timber Industry) and Fuel wood for local rural community.

This farm forestry programme is a live demonstration of ensuring integrated development of the farmer and as well as protecting him against any natural calamities like Cyclones, Droughts and Floods. The programme is mostly active in Coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh which experiences these calamities mostly every year in one form or the other. Through its farm forestry program, International Paper APPM limited engages nearly 80-85% Women right from cultivation of saplings till collection of wood.

Upon receiving the award Rampraveen Swaminathan, President of International Paper - India and Chairman and Managing Director of IP-APPM said that it is an honor to receive the Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Award which was possible only because of our distinctive Farm Forestry programme. This programme is a testimony of the fact that innovation can ensure the efficient utilization of limited natural resources in the most sustainable manner. IP-APPM has not only enabled the utilization of barren and degraded lands for producing the raw materials but also converted it into a productive asset; providing a means of livelihood for small scale farmers.



Thursday 29 October 2015

CRB School organize Inter House Carrom Championship


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Chandigarh 29th October:- C R B Public School, Sector 7-B, Chandigarh organized a School level inter house Carrom Championship to develop physical and mental ability of the students and to arouse their curiosity in games. It was conducted Housewise for the students of classes I to VIII. It was divided into five categories of Boys and Girls. The groups were selected from the respective four houses; Red ,Green ,Yellow and Blue. All the students actively participated in the competition and showcased their skill by securing various positions.

School Principal Sangeeta Mittal while congratulating the winners, said that games plays a vital role in the development of child's  physical and mental ability.

PGI Receives Body of Panchkula Resident as Donation

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Chandigarh 29th October:- The Department of Anatomy, PGI, Chandigarh today received the body of 74 years old Panchkula resident Prem Kumar Sharma as a donation . The department is grateful to the family and admires them for this noble gesture.

CII Congratulates Punjab Govt for a Successful Summit


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Chandigarh 29th October:- Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has congratulated the Punjab State Govt for holding a highly successful Punjab Investor summit with overwhelming response, backed by exemplary vision, resulting in MoUs of more than Rs 1.15 Lakh crore. Terming the Summit as 'highly successful', CII called for an aggressive follow up and early implementation of various policies and schemes announced here, so that the promised investments indeed pour in soon.

Lauding the pro industry initiatives, fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, and policy measures announced at the 2nd Progressive Punjab Investors' Summit by the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir S Badal, Shreekant Somany, Chairman, CII NR & CMD Somany Ceramics Ltd  said that CII, which was an Institutional Partner in the event,  is very optimistic that these fast paced reforms aimed at enhancing transparency, ease of doing business, and creating an eco-system with 'minimum government and maximum governance', improve and streamline the regulatory environment, and ensure time bound clearances in Punjab, has boosted up the investor sentiments and would attract unprecedented investments in the state in next twelve months. CII is fully committed to work and in hand with the govt and extend all possible support.

The summit witnessed huge participation from key CII office-bearers like CII Vice President & Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Group, Ms Shobana Kamineni; Rahul Bajaj, Past President, CII and Chairman, Bajaj Auto;  Malvinder M Singh, Past Chairman, CII NR and Executive Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Ltd; Sunil Kant Munjal, Past President CII and Joint Managing Director Hero MotorCorp Ltd;  Y C Deveshwar, Past President, CII & Chairman, ITC Ltd; Sachit Jain, Co-Chairman, CII National  Council on Textiles and ED, Vardhman Special Steels Limited;  Dinesh Dua, Vice Chair, CII Chandigarh Council and CEO, Nectar Lifesciences;  S S Bhogal, Chairman, CII Punjab State Council and MD, Bhogal Exports etc, all of whom have committed huge investments in the state.



St. John's High School Celebrates Annual Day

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Chandigarh 29th October:- St. John's High school today celebrated its annual sports day of the junior school on the theme of "International Year of Light and light based technologies". Anurag Agarwal, I.A.S., Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Special fun games were organized for the school children. The Preppies motivated all to have Healthy food, followed by the KGs as Zesty Commandoes full of energy and speed. Class 1, displayed our national game hockey as their fun game. Various athletic races for different age groups were also held.

Every class displayed amazing drills to perfection. Kids from different classes showcased different activities like Yoga, Beautiful display of Unity in Diversity, maypole drill with Swirling Colours created a rainbow dancing on the lush green fields of the school and many more such activities.

Anurag Agarwal, I.A.S., Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration lauded the efforts of the young Johnians, and  encouraged all to  pursue physical fitness and development .

​​Junior Players Zeel Desai and Yugal Bansal to Play for Punjab Marshalls in Champions Tennis League Season 2

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Chandigarh 29th October:- Champions Tennis League (CTL) today announced the draft of the Indian juniors into CTL's six city teams. Junior Players Zeel Desai and Yugal Bansal to play for Punjab Marshalls in Champions Tennis League Season 2.  At the forefront of inculcating a love for the sport, and promoting tennis at the grassroots level, CTL provides the juniors a lifetime opportunity to learn from tennis stars like Richard Krajicek, Martina Hingis, Marcos Baghdatis and Heather Watson to name a few.

Speaking on the announcement, Vijay Amritraj, Managing Director Second Serve Pvt. Ltd. and Chairman, Champions Tennis League said that our young players are going to be instrumental in building the future of tennis in India, and Champions Tennis League is very proud to associate with the best young juniors in the country. Twelve juniors are selected basis their national ranking and on recommendation by the All India Tennis Association.  He is delighted that through CTL, we are able to give some of our more talented youngsters a unique experience that not only helps them succeed in their field, but also serves as an opportunity so that they may go on and represent India across the world.

CTL will see 13 matches played over a 2-week period.  The teams will be structured into two zones, each having three teams, where all teams play each other in a home and away format. The team winning the highest number of games in their respective zone will play each other in the grand finale on December 6th 2015 to win prize money of Rs. 1 crore. The runner-up will win Rs. 50 lakhs.


Airtel Announces Irresistible Data Benefits for Mobile Customers

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Chandigarh 29th October:- Bharti Airtel Limited ("Bharti Airtel"),  today announced its plans to roll-out irresistible data benefits for mobile customers. With never before deals and offers ranging from Data Cashback, Family Data Share, Smartphone Surprises and many more data benefits that will be offered to customers completely free of cost, Airtel is all set to revolutionize the smartphone experience for every user in the country this festive season.

In an industry first, Airtel mobile customers can now enjoy the Airtel data cashback offer to get a daily morning credit of 50% of data (2G/3G/4G) they consume in between 12.00am-6.00am. Customers can avail the offer by just sending the SMS <NIGHT> to <121> or by giving a missed call to <55555> or logging on to myAirtel app to opt in for the offer. While Airtel prepaid mobile customers can avail this starting today, the offer will be extended to postpaid customers soon.

What's more, Airtel prepaid mobile customers on 3G/4G can now also enjoy the new Family Data Share plan. Similar to the Airtel myPlan Family that the company launched for its postpaid customers last year, this initiative will enable an Airtel mobile customer to become a primary family member and then add any 4 of his/her loved one to their 3G/4G data pack enabling all of them to consume data from this primary data pack. To initiate this, customers have to just SMS <SHARE> to <121> and add members to their existing data pack.

Announcing these, Srini Gopalan, Director–Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel said that Airtel is deeply passionate about Customer First and ensures that customers are always at the heart of everything we do. Therefore, we are constantly innovating to find newer ways to enrich the lives of our customers. These data products coupled with our superlative network, undisputedly makes Airtel the best smartphone netwo

Young Investors Thanks Sukhbir Singh Badal for Providing Them Platform for Global Exposure


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Chandigarh 29th October:- The concluding day of Progressive Punjab Summit-2015 witnessed a most interesting and absorbing session on startups where youth from adjoining technical universities flocked to listen to 17 innovation ideas incubated during 3-long day startup accelerator held at IT park Chandigarh. The most interesting facet of this technical session was young innovators lecturing investors having more than 30 to 50 years' experience in running and managing industries.

The young innovators who have nurtured 17 innovations that are all set to change the face of world's socio economic set up. Ranging from home kits for cervical cancer detection to managing the kitchen waste to handling the paucity of currency coins – the young innovators shared their vision for a different future enabled with low investment and high output ideas.

Yatin Thakur from Startup Weekend US said that the session Startups today was culmination of the Startup Weekend program organized on Oct 23 and Oct 24 startup activities and booster camps that were held across the Punjab in varied universities' campuses selecting 17 teams that stood out in their innovation techniques that Progressive Punjab Investors' Summit 2015 held in collaboration with the Startups Accelerator Chamber of Commerce (SACC). The ideas were churned out by the energetic youngsters who showcased their talent, which when implemented has the potential to change the way we think today.

KS Bhatia from Pumpkart strongly felt that Punjab is leading the way by focusing on developing a suitable ecosystem by promoting entrepreneurial youth of Punjab through its favorable policies in setting up a business and ensuring a strong enabling eco system. Young investors thanked the deputy Chief Minister Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal for providing them platform for global exposure and opportunities.

Innovation of home kits to detect cervical cancer in women at cost of 5$ was hailed as major revolution in field of medical sciences. Swaypay team presented its novel idea of offline wallet that would transform the way we handle currency coins today. The jury of event suggested Swaypay team to get its idea patented. Bento Tiffin team presented the affordable way of getting access to homemade food or tiffin system at just a click of the button, while Ctrl P team talked about providing Xeroxed papers at less than 50 P per copy. Team of young innovators presented ways to create wealth from waste by collecting and processing kitchen leftovers into organic manure and another team presented innovative business idea of using Helium propelled balloons for displaying advertisements in commercial settlements like malls.

Providing its critical feedback with shared their life-long experiences, the panel adjudged best and most sustainable idea of providing home kits for early detection of cervical cancer as the winner. The panel of experts who selected the winner included KS Bhatia from Pumpkart, Dr Dinesh Dua from Nectar Life Sciences, Rajeev Rai CEO and Founder QA Source, Prof Sidharh Singh from ISB, Samar Singla from CEO Clicklabs and Parag Gopal from HDFC.

The Finance Minister, Government of Punjab Parminder Singh Dhindsa felicitated the winners of competition with the Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) NK Sharma. Prominent among others present included CEO Invest Punjab Anirudh Tiwari, joint CEO Invest Punjab Manjit Brar.






Punjab Would Train over 1 Lakh Youth in Construction Industry:To Make Them Employment in Gulf Countries


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Chandigarh 29th October:- Punjab is all set to meet the foreign craze of its citizens especially in the Doaba and Malwa area by providing them capsule training program with proper certificate/degree that would enable them to seek work visa in Australia, US, Saudi Arabia and other labour deficient countries.  The unique feature of new policy decision is training a youth keeping in view the specific requirement of each country, making the youth employable and working out linkage with foreign companies for ready emigration and work visa formalities in those countries.  The Punjab is worried about mushrooming illegal travel agents that were luring the youth with false promising of work visa and dumping them in un-known countries after fleecing their hard earned money.  The new policy decision would systemize the procedure besides fulfilling the urge of Punjabis to work across the shores. 

Madan Mohan Mittal Technical Education Minister appreciating the innovative ideas said that Punjab since ages has led the nation and skill development would make Punjab leading state of the country. 

The session also sign MoU by Uber to train 50000 female and 50000 male driver that would be trained in driving English speaking and etiquettes and these drivers would be employed in other states as per increasing requirement of radio taxies in other states.  The drivers would be certified and would be eligible to work abroad for heavy duty vehicles especially in USA and Canada.   The Punjab would also train over 1 lakh youth in construction industry that would make them employment in gulf countries especially in the Saudi-Arabia and upcoming multi-billion projects in the state.

While addressing Special Session during the concluding Day of Investors Summit being organized by Punjab Government, President Uber India Amit Jain revealed that out these one lakh drivers to be trained by the company, 50,000 would be Women drivers.

Speaking on the occasion, Madan Mohan Mittal said that Skill development is one of the essential ingredients for India's future economic growth as the country transforms into a diversified and internationally-competitive economy. India has placed Skill development right on top of the national priorities, and has very recently launched the new skill mission. He said that though there have been multiple central and state government initiatives for skill development, however, there is still a lot of scope of improvement. Inviting Private Sector, he said that Private sector with its industry expertise and targeted approach can play a very critical role in shaping the skills agenda of the country by making it more aligned towards the industry requirements.  He said that Punjab stands 3rd in India with respect to the Education Development Index (EDI) by the United Nations and has an established base with a ready pool of technically skilled talent. Madan Mohan Mittal said that these include 111 engineering colleges, 137 polytechnics and 371 ITI's which insure that the industry demand for talent in the state is met. 34 Centers of Excellence, under the ITI scheme, established in different sectors of technology.

Prominent amongst others who were spoke on the occasion included Founder Teamlease Manish Sabharwal, President Centurion University Orissa Dr. Mukti Khanna Mishra, CEO and Director Centrum Learning Ltd. SanjeevDugal, MD Class India Srinivas Kamisetty and CEOI Automotive Skill Development Council Sunil K Chaturvedi. 


Wednesday 28 October 2015

Universal Group of Institutions organises Meditation Camp

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Chandigarh 28th October:- Universal Group of Institutions organised a Meditation camp for their students in the campus. Dr. Rajat from Sehaj Yog along the team members taught various techniques to open the Kundilini Shakti which is inside every human being. He discussed various things in related to various kinds of stress, side –effects and how to overcome from that. He suggested 15 to 30 minutes meditation daily for satisfied and charming life. Students also clear their queries by asking several questions

Dr. Gurpreet Singh Chairman Universal Group of Institutions said that meditation is the base of life and it is equally important as academics. According to him meditation offers multiple health benefits. It is instrumental in energy management. It keeps our energy levels up and balanced. It also helps in improving breath quality, lowering stress and cortisol levels, helping you maintain peace. Even inter personal relationships and communication improves. Physically one feels more flexible, stronger and gain stamina. He further added that the main objective of arranging this camp was to promote the importance of physical fitness among students in sedentary lifestyle.