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Honour for city students
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 26
Two students of Ryan International School in the city —Aaradhayay Gupta and Nitish Behl of Class VII — brought laurels not only to their school but also to the state. In the fourth National Cyber Olympiad conducted by the National Science Olympiad Foundation, New Delhi, about 1,300 schools participated.

However, from Punjab, Ryan International School excelled.

Nitish Behl stood second in the city and eight in the state whereas Aaradhayay Gupta achieved second position in the country.

Both achievers said they owed their success to God and teachers.

Aaradhayay especially expressed his gratitude to his principal, Ms Jaishree, who conducted several mock interview sessions to prepare him for the final. 



PU yet to dispatch study material
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 26
Niti Jindal, a resident of the local Jawahar Nagar and MA (English) Part-1 student of the Department of Correspondence Course, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was sore over the alleged callous attitude of the university authorities for not sending the study material as only four months were left for the final examination.

She alleged that the university authorities had not listened to her complaints regarding the non-receipt of study material. "Though I had applied for admission much before the last date for the submission of prescribed forms (September 30) the department did not even bother to send my enrolment card. I came to know about it only when I received a letter asking me to send the migration certificate which was not required as I had done my B.Ed from the same university," she added.



Migrant labourers not getting medical aid: SDM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
Migrant labourers residing in city were not getting the required medical aid, as a result a large number of them fall sick and some even die. The functioning of employees of the State Insurance Corporation hospitals in the district has also been found unsatisfactory.

These revelations were made in an inquiry conducted by the SDM (West), Mr M.S. Jaggi, on the orders of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, following the death of some labourers in the Giaspura area in the month of August. Following the inquiry the Deputy Commissioner has urged the Secretary, Department of Health, Government Punjab, and the Regional Director, ESIC, to strengthen their medical infrastructure in the city.

Mr Verma said it was established in the inquiry that the migrant population living in these localities was not getting required medical aid through ESI dispensaries as per the government rule. The SDM reported that the laborers residing in these areas were also not registered with ESI dispensaries.

Out of 11 dispensaries only five were functioning. Shortage of staff and funds forced six dispensaries to shift to the ESI hospital Complex at Bharat Nagar. This complex was far from the Industrial Focal Point and the colonies situated near Giaspura.

Mr Verma said medical staff was not posted judiciously keeping in view the number of the registered labourers with the dispensaries. Only three doctors were posted in ESI at G. S. Auto to treat 1,300 workers. Whereas two doctors were posted in ESI at Ralson Tyres, to treat 25,000 labourers.

It has also been observed that doctors in ESI dispensaries only give prescriptions. Patients were left to purchase medicines on their own. The SDM suggested that doctors and staff should be posted keeping in view the number of registered labourers. Besides, he said, more funds were required to provide medicines.

Mr Verma said steps should be taken to ensure the registration of 18,000 industrial units with more than 10 employees with ESIC. The Deputy Commissioner said the SDM had also established that 12 Inspectors deputed to ensure the registration of eligible industrial units with more than 10 workers with the ESIC were not doing their duty properly.



Christian Medical College holds camp for children
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
The Paediatrics Department of Christian Medical College and Hospital organised a children's health awareness camp here yesterday. Inaugurating the camp, Dr Manorama Verma, former head of the Paediatrics Department, said despite extensive national and international efforts over the past several decades, majority of deaths among children below the age of five in India were caused by communicable, maternal and prenatal conditions and nutritional deficiencies. These largely preventable conditions constituted some 50 per cent of the disease burden in India today.

Sister Shamim Sagar, Professor of Nursing, asserted the need to promote breastfeeding, oral rehydration salts, iron and other micronutrient supplementation and immunisations to alleviate vitamin deficiencies, malnutrition, low birth weight, diarrhoea, and communicable diseases. She also emphasised the need for cleanliness during and after the birth of a child. She stated the reasons for rampant diseases to be maternal undernutrition during pregnancy; poor antenatal care and lack of availability and utilisation of existing health services.

Students of nursing contributed to the cause with a poster exhibition on various aspects of a child's growth monitoring and health management.

A healthy baby contest was also organised on the occasion.



Free surgical camp organised
Our Correspondent

Amloh, November 26
The 17th free surgical (operation) camp was organised on the birthday celebrations of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, by “Manav Bhalai Manch”, Amloh, in the local Civil Hospital today.

As many as 200 patients were checked up, by Dr Mahesh Jindal, medical officer and Dr Tirath Goyal, senior medical officer. Operation will be performed on 10 patients tomorrow.

Mr Somnath Lutawa, Mr Parsotam Das, Mr Manohar Lal Verma, Mr Madan Lal Abrol, and Mr Parveen Mittal, chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, organising secretary and project incharge respectively addressed the function.

The Chief Guest Mr Surinder Khanna, Advocate and chairman of Khanna Development Club appreciated the role of NGOs in society.

The Khanna Club, in this field, has adopted 32 permanent patients, he maintained. On behalf of the Khanna Club he announced to meet all the expenses of medicines for today’s camp.



Experts discuss cancer research
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 26
Reputed cancer experts and radio oncologists today said that cancer was no longer as incurable as it was feared to be. They said the, earlier it is detected, the better it is, and the chances of recovery are better. They pointed out that, a number of methods and techniques had been evolved to treat the disease.

Speaking at the continuing medical education (CME) programme of the 26th Annual Conference of Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (AROICON), inaugurated here today, Prof BD Gupta, former professor and head of Radiations and Oncology, PGI, Chandigarh, said, regular monitoring of health and a simple lifestyle was key to a disease-free life. He also emphasised the need for oncologists to keep themselves abreast of latest developments in cancer research.

It is for the first time that the annual conference of the AROICON is being held in Punjab. During the programme, special discussions were held on the application of this highly technical specialty in the Indian context.

While about 300 participants, including some from abroad are expected to attend the conference, over 50 experts from the fields of nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, medical and health physics, medical and surgical oncology and supportive therapy will present their papers.

The conference has been organised by Oswal Cancer Hospital and CMC Ludhiana. It will conclude on the November 28.



Improved stent for CAD patients
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 26
Stents, now being used in angioplasty on patients of coronary artery disease (CAD) have revolutioned heart care. With incidence of re-stenosis (recurrence of blockage) in these stents being less than 2 per cent against 10 to 12 per cent in earlier ones, lesser invasive heartcare technique (angioplasty) will be a boon for CAD patients.

These observations were made by Dr Sudhir Saxena, senior cardiac consultant here. Though a little costlier, the drug eluting stents were covered with drugs which did not allow regrowth of tissue in blocked arteries and hence prevented reformation of plaque in blood vessels.

He said Punjab had the highest incidence of CAD in the country, followed by Kerala where people suffered from cardiac problems due to the use of coconut oil which had saturated fats. He said diet and exercise among Punjabis could check heart disease.

Dr Saxena has worked in cardiology departments of the PGI, Chandigarh, Royal Perth Hospital, Australia and in Fortis Heart Institute in Mohali.



Inter-district athletics meet begins
Our Sports Reporter

Girls participate in marchpast before the inauguration of the Punjab Schools Inter District Athletics Meet at Guru Nanak Stadium
Girls participate in marchpast before the inauguration of the Punjab Schools Inter District Athletics Meet at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed 

Ludhiana, November 26
The 50th edition of the Punjab Schools Inter-District Athletics Meet boys for and girls got off to a colourful start, with Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Punjab, declaring it open at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Before the formal inauguration by Mr Johar, the participants, drawn from different districts, took out an impressive march past followed by a colourful cultural programme presented by students.

In the girls’ section, Narinder Kaur of Patiala finished ahead of others to win gold in the 800m race in the u-19 category. The second and third spots were secured by Amandeep Kaur of Sports Wing, Kairon, and Gurvir Kaur of Muktsar, respectively.

In the u-14 category, Pardeep Kaur of Hoshiarpur bagged the gold in the 600m race, while Supinder Kaur from Fatehgarh Sahib and Navneet Kaur of Sangrur had to content with the second and third position, respectively.

In 800m (u-17), Amandeep Kaur of Sangrur took the gold, while silver went to Manpreet Kaur of Sports Wing, Kairon. Gurminder Kaur of Gurdaspur followed them for the bronze medal.

In the boys’ section, Hardeep Singh of Gurdaspur proved his mettle to win the 800 m race. Harjinder Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, both from Patiala, got the second and third spots, respectively.

In the 600m (u-14), Avtar Singh of Jalandhar and Gurlal of Ferozepore fought a pitched battle in which the former won the gold. The bronze medal was won by Jagbir Singh from Bathinda.



Salil leads MC club to victory

Ludhiana, November 26
The all-round performance by Salil Kaushal (81 n.o and 2 for 34) led the Municipal Corporation Club to a four-wicket victory over Kamal XI in the ongoing cricket tournament being played at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys ground here today.

Chasing the target of 207 runs set by Kamal XI in 30 overs, the Municipal Corporation Club scored 210 for the loss of six wickets with ten balls to spare.

Brief scores: Kamal XI- 206 for 9 (Dharminder 53, Rinku 43 and Kamal 19; Salil Kaushal 2 for 34, Sudhir 3 for 33 and Rajesh Sharma 2 for 34)

The Municipal Corporation Club- 210 for 6 (Salil Kaushal 81 n.o, Anil Singla 46, Jassi 28, Sunil Sharma 19 and Amit Gupta 19; Tony 3 for 36 and Dharminder 2 for 27).

Bachan Academy triumphant

A hard-hitting 63 off just 35 deliveries by Varinder Patwari steered the Bachan Singh Academy to a comfortable nine-wicket win over the King Club at the Bachan Singh Cricket Academy grounds in Balloke village, near here, today.

In a match of 25 overs each, the King Club scored 142 runs in 22 overs.

The main contributors were Gaurav Sikka (33), Monty (23), Sunny Wassan (190) and Rajan (15).

For Bachan the Academy, spinner Nirmal Sharma was the pick of bowlers. He grabbed five wickets for 18 runs, while Sarabjit took three for 24 and Arun Passi claimed two for 20.

In reply, the Bachan Academy made 143 for the loss of one wicket after 18 overs. Varinder Patwari, cracked nine boundaries and two sixes.

Tarun Passi remained unbeaten on 52, while Piyush Likhi remained unconquered on 15. Happy of the King Club was the lone successful bowler, taking one for 52. OC



Minister lays stress on sports facilities in schools
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 26
Mr Harnam Dass Johar , Education Minister, Punjab, has announced that the share of schools in sports fund being collected from the students would be enhanced from the present 15 per cent to 25 per cent share, so that the required sports facilities could be provided to the students at the school level.

Mr Johar was addressing the teachers and students gathered at the inaugural function of the 50th Punjab Schools Inter District Athletics Meet being held at Guru Nanak Sports Complex here today.

He said that at present the major share of 70 per cent was being taken at the state level, only 15 per cent each remaining with the school concerned , which collects the fund and DEO(S), respectively. At the school level, there are no funds for sports equipment and other facilities.

The minister said that to create awareness among the students about health, training in yoga and gymnastics would also be made mandatory in all government schools of the state. The physical teachers would be given extra training to impart training in the schools. He directed the DPI(S) to ensure that this training should be provided in the first period positively.

Stressing upon the need to provide special attention on education to girls, Mr Johar said that by properly educating the girls , the social evils like dowry, female foeticide etc. could be eradicated from the society. The minister also called upon the teachers to inculcate the spirit of patriotism and moral values among the students and ensure strict discipline, so that improvement in quality of education could be made.

Addressing the function, Mr Gian Singh DPI (S), said that all directions of the Education Minister for the improvement of sports would be implemented in all schools and the sports students of state and national level would be provided with international standard training in the schools so that they could bring laurels to the state and the country.

Among others who were present on the occasion included Ms Rupa Saini, Deputy Director (Secondary), Mr Yash Paul Mehra, DEO (S), Ms Harvinder Kaur, DEO(P), Mr Brij Mohan Sharma and Mr Sohan Lal Lottey, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana.


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