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Pupil, weak for one, healthy for another
Teachers made to maintain health records of students under CCE
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 3
It may sound interesting; a student studying in a government school was found healthy in mathematics period, but weak in a science teacher’s class. Teachers teaching various subjects, after receiving instructions from the Director General of School Education, have made these observations. The Director General of School Education had directed schoolteachers to evaluate students on weekly basis under the Continues Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system.

The teachers of various government schools claimed that the record register issued by the department had unnecessary columns like health record. Each teacher has been asked to fill the health records of students.

“It is difficult for us to judge another person’s health. We are not doctors. We can’t give appropriate marks on the student’s health,” said Gurddep Singh, a teacher of the local government senior secondary school.

Moreover schoolteachers are unhappy with the increase in the workload of non-teaching work in the schools. Teachers are forced to do a lot of paperwork due to which the study suffer.

“CCE subject teacher’s register, CCE class in-charge’s register, CCE report card, attendance register, teacher dairy, various funds cash book, mid-day meal register, and many other papers need to attended by teachers daily. How can a teacher teach comfortably,” another teacher asked?

“Earlier we examined the students through written tests. It is the best way to examine them. The health column is meant to examine physiological conditions of a student during various periods. Teachers suffer as they have never done this earlier. Moreover, we have to follow orders passed by the government,” said an official of the Director General of School Education’s office.

Director General of School Education, Baldeu Purshartha, said: “It is mandatory to examine internal and external symptoms of students under the RTE Act. The health column is meant for identifying those suffering from chronic diseases. The teachers used to maintain acadmic records earlier. Thus, they are bound to face problems in initial stage”


High drama at DMCH
Man consumes poision, barges in emergency
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
High drama was witnessed at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here this morning when a well-dressed man barged in the hospital’s emergency ward and shouted for help.

On being nabbed by security guards, the man told them that he had consumed two sachets of a mosquito-repellent liquid.

Just as medical staff were trying to wash out the poison, the man swiftly deleted all numbers from his cell phone list and locked it with a code.

The police said the man identified as Pawan Dhir, a resident of Durga Puri, Haibowal, had consumed poison following a heated argument over phone with a woman. After this, he drove all the way to the hospital.

As the hospital authorities were pressing hard to confirm the address of Pawan Dhir, he quickly fetched a pen and paper and wrote a suicide note blaming no one for the extreme step. Soon, his phone started ringing and the caller from the other side gave the numbers of Pawan’s relative to the hospital authorities. The police rang up the brother- in- law of Pawan. His relatives soon rushed the hospital. Family sources said though Pawan was married, he was having extra marital affair with a Delhi-based woman. He allegedly took the extreme step following a heated argument with her paramour, said one of his relatives. Pawan’s relatives took him from the hospital after he showed sign of recovery in the evening. 


Instead of being grateful to hospital authorities for treating Pawan, a woman, claiming to be his relative, entered into a heated argument with them for treating him.



Suicide Bid: Medico backtracks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
The medico, who consumed 47 tablets of Digitalis on November 30, today brushed aside the rumor of favoritism in the hospital and made it clear that she had consumed pills due to personal reason.

The development took place when activists of an NGO extended support to the student. But, the student refused to flare up the issue.

Satnam Singh Dhaliwal, president, Universal Human Right Organisation, said, “The representatives of the organisation met the student in the hospital. But, she refused to lodge a complaint and stated that she took the step due to personal reason. However, she refused to divulge the reason behind consuming the sedatives.”

It is learnt that a few junior doctors had instigated the girl to take the extreme step. According to the police, the girl, a resident of Talwara, had on November 30 consumed 47 tablets of the drug. Her family was informed about the incident and her mother immediately rushed to the DMCH.

The girl was staying in an independent of a hostel in the DMCH. 



Polluters beware!
PPCB launches helpline, 24x7 mobile van
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Next time you pollute your surrounding, beware. The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) will keep round-the-clock vigil against those doing so in the city.

The board has launched a pollution control van in this regard. It is first of its kind in the state and would be equipped with all kinds of instrument for checking air, water, soil and other types of pollution.

Not only this, PPCB has also started a helpline number 8427500990 for residents to call and register their complaints.

PPCB chairman Kahan Singh Pannu said our offices work from 9am to 5pm five days a week. “But the people keep on polluting the surroundings round-the-clock. We mostly get written complaints from residents. But, the guilty person manages to clear all evidences by the time our officials reach the spot. Thus, we came up this idea of starting a pollution control van,” said Pannu while speaking to The Tribune.

The PPCB staff would be deployed in this van on rotational basis. He said such vans would soon be launched in Jalandhar and Amritsar. 



Wrong Posture
Children falling prey to cervical spondylitis
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Around 40 per cent city children and youngsters are falling prey to cervical spondylitis and backache. Instead of following the right sitting posture, children, youngsters and working women sit the way they like, irrespective of its ill-effects on their health.

Dr HS Gill, senior consultant and head of orthopaedics department at a private hospital, said: “Due to overwork these days, students from class IX onwards and women who work more on computers adopt parabola pattern of sitting. They sit with curved back just to relax themselves without caring about the ill-effects on their muscles and bones. About 30 to 40 per cent students suffer from cervical spondylitis and backache due to wrong sitting posture.”

While Dr RS Sodhi, medical superintendent and head of orthopaedics department at another city hospital, said: “With wrong sitting posture, joints of disc, bones and neck create problem, as the centre of gravity gets imbalanced. Moreover, the cartilage gets damaged.”

He added that people, including students and working women and men, who worked for long hours on computers started experiencing backache soon. Around 40 per cent city students complain of this problem.”

Do’s and don’ts

Operate computer at eye level

Do not study or work for more than 45 minutes, take a break in between

Arms should be rested properly

Sit on chair with backbone at 90 degree along with knees too at 90 degree

Do not couch into the seat

Sit straight while studying; do not take support of pillow



Cong rally spells chaos
Traffic on Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway goes haywire
Jaswant Shetra

Mullanpur Dakha, December 3
Chaos reigned supreme at the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway during a political rally organised by the Congress near Mullanpur Dakha today.

The commuters travelling on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway had a harrowing time, as they got caught in a massive traffic jam for several hours.

Hundreds of vehicles, including buses, cars, two-wheelers and even ambulances, remained caught in the traffic jam during the rally, thus causing a lot of inconvenience to the commuters.

Thousands of supporters of the Congress from four constituencies — Jagraon, Mullanpur Dakha, Gill and Raikot — thronged the venue adjoining the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway.

The supporters had reached the venue in cavalcades of buses, trucks and cars.

Even though the local administration had made proper arrangements for the parking of vehicles, a large number of supporters parked their vehicles along the road near the rally venue, which led to prolonged traffic jam on the road.

The situation was worst around 5 pm when the rally ended. A long jam of vehicles on a stretch of about 2 km on each side of the rally venue was witnessed.

Even some ambulances carrying patients were caught in the jam.

Though a large number of traffic officials from the Ludhiana (rural) police were deputed at the venue, they had tough time managing the traffic, as the number of vehicles that were part of the rally ran into hundreds.

A newly recruited traffic cop deputed at the scene said most vehicles ferrying the supporters were parked along the roadside near the rally venue. “After the rally ended, the drivers brought their buses and trucks near the rally venue for the ‘convenience’ of supporters and parked them on both sides of the road, thus obstructing the smooth flow of traffic. Nobody was ready to listen to our calls and we had tough time managing the traffic,” rued the traffic official present at the scene.

Irked at the traffic jam, Deepak Jain, a motorist who was stranded in the jam while going towards Jagraon along with his family members in his car, said: “The rallies have become a routine practice. These days, a political rally is organised every third day on this road, which causes a lot of inconvenience to the common man. While organising such rallies, the political parties and their supporters must bear in mind that these rallies cause huge disturbance to the common man.”

Another commuter said: “Instead of organising such rallies near busy roads, the organisers should arrange a venue away from the main roads to avoid inconvenience to people.” 



Gill elected PAU Employees Union president
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Paramjit Singh Gill, a candidate supported by former president DP Maur, was elected the new president of the Punjab Agriculture University Employees’ Union, the results of which were declared here today.

The Gill group dominated the scene and bagged almost all posts up for grabs.

Gill was elected president with 765 votes, while his rival and outgoing president, Harbans Singh Mundi, secured 577 votes.

Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu, who had left the Mundi group a few months ago to join the Gill camp, polled the maximum votes i.e. 788 for the post of senior vice-president. He defeated Charanjit Singh Sekhon, who polled 549 votes.

Baldev Singh Walia became the second senior vice-president by securing 754 votes. KK Sachdeva from the Mundi group could only manage 575 votes.

For the post of vice-president, Gurmel Singh Tung defeated his rival Yadwinder Singh by polling 747 votes.

For the second post of vice-president, Manmohan Singh defeated his rival Sarabjit Singh by polling 753 votes.

Gulzar Singh Pandher was elected the general secretary with 773 votes. He defeated Swaran Singh, who got 564 votes.

For the post of treasurer, Jarnail Singh stamped his superiority with 780 votes to defeat Ashwani Nauriyal, who got 555 votes.

The newly elected senior vice-president Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu said employees had reposed faith in their team and they team take the charge on Monday.

The newly elected team will listen to the problems of employees the same day.



Exhibition by students
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 3
A science-cum-arts exhibition was organised by students of Om Parkash Modern School here today.

Neelam Gulati, deputy director, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, presided over as the chief guest.

The children had come up with projects on solar energy, stem cells, dialysis, hydraulic lifts, bridge, atmosphere, animal cell, mathematics, biology and general knowledge, etc.

The projects that won the top three cash prizes were: 1 Space Odyssey, 2 Salary Budget, 3 Stem Cells.

The chief guest exhorted the students to utilise the knowledge to benefit the society.



HC limits recruitment to 1,000
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Punjab State Power Corporation (Powercom) Limited to recruit just 1,000 linemen and not 5,000 in the state. The orders were issued by the court on December 1 on a petition filed by the Ludhiana Hand-Tool Association.

Deepak Sibbal, High Court lawyer, while talking to The Tribune said in the writ, filed in the court on April 27, 2011, the association had stated that Powercom was badly over-staffed and there was no need for recruiting 5,000 linemen in the state.

“The High Court has admitted the writ and asked Powercom to recruit 1,000 linemen,” said Sibbal.

SC Ralhan, president, Ludhiana Hand-Tool Association, while welcoming the court’s directions said by recruiting thousands of linemen in the state, Powercom would have to pay several crores of rupees. “Ultimately, the burden would have been passed on to the consumers and we did not want this. So we filed a writ petition in the court and it has been ordered that the Powercom can recruit only 1,000 linemen,” said Ralhan.

He added that in 2003, the Punjab State Power Regulatory Commission had also observed that Powercom was already over-staffed (the state of Punjab was highest in per kilowatt:per employee ratio), still the power corporation was “adamant” on recruiting more staff. They had advertised recruitment for 5,000 linemen in various sections of media.

“The Ludhiana Hand Tool Association, after going through the advertisement had filed a writ petition. We knew that it will be sheer waste of money and ultimately it will be passed on to consumers. There was no need to recruit so much staff as Powercom was already over-staffed. Even the surveying agency i.e. Price Water House Cooper had observed that Powercom had no problem of staff and there was no need to make fresh appointments,” said Ralhan. 

‘Consumers were to bear the brunt’

The burden would have ultimately been passed onto consumers and we did not want this. So we filed a writ petition in the court challenging the recruitment of 5,000 lineman by Powercom.~ — SC Ralhan, president, Ludhiana Hand-Tool Association



Body donated for medical research
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
The body of 22-year-old Husan Lal, a devotee of Dera Sacha Sauda, has been donated to the Christian Medical College and Hospital for medical research.

Stating this, Kamal Insan, an engineer at Nahar Spinning Mill and resident of Samrala Chowk area, said: “Husan Lal died on December 1 in an accident. After postmortem, his body has been donated to the CMC for medical research. This has been done keeping in view the pledge taken by Husan Lal at the dera during a ceremony organised on September 23.” 



Social worker Dr Karam Singh dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Social worker and philanthropist Dr Karam Singh, father of Dr Tajinder Singh, passed away after a brief illness here last night.

He was 88 and is survived by three sons and two daughters.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today expressed grief over Dr Karam Singh’s demise. He also shared his sympathies with the bereaved family members.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also mourned Dr Karam Singh’s death.



Woman’s purse snatched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched an elderly woman’s purse at BRS Nagar here today.

The incident took place this afternoon when the woman had gone to a house to attend a marriage ceremony. According to the police, the two youths sneaked up from behind and intercepted her. Before the woman could react, the youth riding pillion snatched her purse and fled the scene.

The woman claimed that the purse contained Rs 20,000 in cash and gold ornaments.



GNPS bag overall championship
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 3
Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar branch, secured 197 points to emerge overall champions in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Athletics Meet held here today.

Participants from different schools across the district competed in various disciplines in the boys as well as girl’s section.

In the individual category, Arshveer and Rasanmeet Kaur bagged best athletes award in the boys and girls’ under-14 years group, respectively, while the honours in the under-16 category were claimed by Sahib Singh of Guru Nanak Public School and Malika from Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, respectively.

In the under-19 category, Barinder Jain from Raikot Public School, Raikot, was adjudged the best athlete in the boy’s section, while Arvinder Kaur of the same school was declared the best athlete among girls.

Results (team championship): Boys u-14: 1 Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar; 2 Nankana Sahib Public School, Kila Raipur; and 3 Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines.

Girls u-14: 1 Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar; 2 Raikot Public School; and 3 Nankana Sahib Public School, Kila Raipur.

Boys u-16: 1 Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar; 2 GMT Public School and 3 BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar.

Girls’ u-16: 1 Sutlej Public School, Ludhiana; 2 Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar; 3 Raekot Public School.

Boys u-19: 1 Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar; 2 Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar; and 3 Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines.

Girls’ u-19: 1 Raikot Public School; 2 Sutlej Public School; and 3rd Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar.



Running barefoot to protect shoes
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 3
“Our wounds will heal but we don’t have the money to buy new shoes,” said the children who ran barefoot and suffered injuries, just to protect their shoes during the district- level athletics meet organised by the administration at SCD Government College here today.

Nearly 1,000 slum children from 20 schools of the district participated in the sports meet being conducted under the aegis of the National Child Labour Project (NCLP).

“Yes it pains a lot and appears to have been swollen, but soon this will heal. I cannot take the risk of wearing shoes and participating in the event. Who is going to buy new shoes for me if it is broken during the race,” said Gunjan, a student of slum school located in New Puneet Nagar, while showing her swollen foot.

Her friend Chanda had received special instructions from her parents not wear shoes while participating in the event.

“My father works in a cloth manufacturing unit. My mother also works in several houses to earn money. They would not be able to buy me a pair of new shoes in case it wears out. My mother got the used pair of shoes from one of the houses,” said Chanda.

“They just wanted to give their best shot. Some of them ran so fast that they could give athletes run for their money. The annual athletic meet organised by the administration turned out be perfect platform to bring out a latent sportsmen inside 1,000 slum children,” said Sanjiv Shama, teacher of a slum school. 

Flip side of the story

The allegations of favoritism and complaints of food not served to the children were also doing the rounds. Maya of school No. 16 claimed that she came third in the 200-meter race, but the authorities give prize to someone else. The children were also complained against foul language used by the announcers. They said the authorities did not clear the boulders from the track before the athletic meets, due to which a few of them sustained injuries.



Smooth sailing for seeds
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 3
Seeded players had a smooth sailing into the next round, wrapping up their respective matches in the sub-junior and junior sections on the first day of the Punjab State Snooker Championship that started here today.

In the junior section, the match played between Abhishek Vashisht of Ludhiana and Nitin Sharma from Dera Bassi witnessed a keen tussle in which the former displayed some exceptional game to outperform Nitin 2-1.

Other results: junior: Prince Ahuja b Honey Singh 2-0; Sahil Walia b Rohit Wadhwa 2-0; Deepinder Singh b Sali Ohri 2-1; Sadawar Singh b Aman Mankoo 2-0; Mehardeep Singh b Tarun Gupta 2-0; Varun Jain b Mukesh 2-1 and Anmoldeep Singh b Sajan Nahar 2-0.

Sub junior: Abhi Gupta b Manmeet Singh 2-0; Lovish Mittal b Eahat Khanna 2-0; Harnimar Singh b Rishav Pujara 2-0; Diwakar Madhara b Agam Saggar 2-0 and Rishav b Kartik Jindal 2-1.



Sports meet organised
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 3
A large number of students (boys and girls) drawn from over 20 schools being run under the National Child Labour Project by the Ludhiana District Project Society in collaboration with a few NGOs participated in the one-day sports meet held at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College here today.

Students vied with each other in athletics, tug-of-war, kho-kho, kabaddi and spoon race besides various fun games.

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari, was the chief guest on the occasion. He said such events encourage the young generation to take part in games. “Sports inculcate discipline, hard work and punctuality among students. The government would provide the best infrastructure to help the players to achieve targets,” added Tiwari.

He distributed prizes among position holders and congratulated them. He advised the participants to work hard to scale new heights next year.



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