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Mohammad Yunus remembered

NEW DELHI JUNE 16. A prayer meeting was organised to mark the third death anniversary of the veteran freedom fighter, Mohammad Yunus, at Pragati Maidan here today. The gathering included the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi; the Chairman of the India Trade Promotion Organisation, Ashok Jha; the Press Secretary to the President of India, S.M. Khan; and the former Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, Shahid Mehendi, among others.

Mohammad Yunus, nephew of Frontier Gandhi, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, played an active role in the freedom struggle at a very young age. A keen votary of the Non-Aligned Movement, Mohd. Yunus was also closely associated with the three NAM summits at Lusaka, Algiers, and Colombo. Mohd. Yunus became a Rajya Sabha member in the mid-1980s and was a close friend of the Nehru family. Under his leadership the Trade Fair Authority of India made a name for itself.

Plea to MCD chief

NEW DELHI JUNE 16. The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Vijender Kumar Gupta, has written to the Municipal Commissioner, Rakesh Mehta, demanding that the prevailing practice of obtaining sanction of building plan before starting construction on a plot of 200 sq.m. from the Urban Arts Commission be dispensed with. Instead, the construction of the residential unit should be permitted after the submission of building plan by a registered architect to the MCD, he said. On completion, the civic body could conduct a survey of a few such houses at random to ensure that citizens do not violate bye-laws blatantly. Mr. Gupta said this would go a long way in saving the citizens from unnecessary harassment as well as corruption.

New MD for PNB

Housing Finance

NEW DELHI JUNE 16. K.G. Sathyasingan, General Manager of Punjab National Bank, has taken over as Managing Director of PNB Housing Finance Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Punjab National Bank.

Mr. Sathyasingan has more than 34 years' experience in the banking industry.

`Stress a killer disease'

NEW DELHI JUNE 16. Stress is a steadily evolving killer disease in India, warn physicians. Figures point out that 65 per cent of the urban population is living under severe stress. Studies further reveal that this disease is on the rise in the 30 to 35 age group and the most affected are people in the peak of their careers or those striving hard to climb higher on the ladder of success.

Also, about 55 per cent of women as against 45 per cent men are affected with this disease. In the rural areas, stress has been detected among 70 per cent of men and 30 per cent women.

Stress is getting bigger by the day due to changed attitudes, lifestyle and expectations particularly in the metropolitan cities.

"Research indicates that there is a relationship between the risk of developing coronary heart disease and stress. This is because stress releases certain chemicals which can increase heart rate and raise blood pressure. Stress also contributes indirectly to cardio-vascular disease (CVD), as people under stress smoke and drink more than those who lead stress-free lives,'' said Bhawna Barmi of the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre (EHIRC).

To help people cope with stress, the Hospital has opened a full-fledged Stress Management Centre which aims at helping people develop a portfolio of stress management techniques that will strengthen their personal and professional resiliency, promote their ability to adapt and enhance their capacity to lessen stress. The stress management techniques offered by the Centre can considerably reduce the chances of one becoming prone to CVD, explained Dr. Barmi. The Centre also conducts stress management seminars and workshops to create awareness.

Additional D-G of NCC

NEW DELHI JUNE 16. Major-General Rakesh Dass has taken over as Additional Director-General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC). He has had a long and illustrious career spaning over 37 years in the Indian Army.

A postgraduate from the Defence Services Staff College, he has held many prestigious and meritorious staff and instructional appointments at various levels in the Army. He has commanded the Rashtriya Rifles Sector in Jammu and Kashmir and an Infantry Division in the Northern Sector. He has also served as military adviser to the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.

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