Sunday, July 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Rare surgery performed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
Ms Anu, a 22-year-old local resident, had her first pregnancy aborted, and her physician found that she had blue discoloration of body, suggesting excess of impure blood. It was found that an abnormal bunch of vessels in the right lung was shunting a large quantity of impure blood directly back to the heart, without getting it purified. One of the vessels in that bunch had enlarged to form a large cavity full of blood.

Dr Raman Chawla, the attending doctor while talking to mediapersons here, said that after angiography an arterio-venous malformation (AVM) was formed. This was a rare disease with very few cases being reported in India. This type of AVM with such large vessels and cavity can not be closed without surgery in the country, he claimed.

Dr Chawla along with his team comprising Dr R.P.Singh, Dr Pramod Jaiswal, Dr K.C.Mukherji and Dr Bhupinder Singh implanted an umbrella device called ‘Amplaz device’ within the enlarged blood vessel and cavity , stopping its blood supply and thus preventing the impure blood from the lungs going back to heart.

After the procedure, the oxygen saturation of her blood improved from 89 to 95 per cent, that is normal. Thus a major high-risk surgery was avoided which entailed removal of half of her lung, besides the large scar it would have left on half of her chest. Her lung was saved, said Dr Chawla. The device cost around Rs 1.6 lakh.



St Thomas School shooters lead
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 20
Shooters from St Thomas Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, began their campaign on a strong note by establishing lead over others in the XIth Ludhiana District Shooting Championship, which started at the Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, here today.

In the open sight air rifle event in the junior men’s section, Gaurav Singla, student of Class X, with 257 points was leading, while in the peep sight air rifle (women), two students of St Thomas School, Samheet Kaur (271) and Isha Dawar (238), both of Class X, established lead over their rivals.

In the air pistol event for junior men, Rishab Marwaha of Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School with 308 established an unassailable lead, while in the open sight air rifle for junior women, Shelly of Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Sabzi Mandi, Ludhiana, got 256 points to surge ahead over her rivals.

Ishatdeep of Master Tara Singh Memorial School collected 247 points to move ahead in the air pistol event in the sub-junior men’s section. Kaur Singh of Kila Raipur with 200 points stood second.



MC moots passbook scheme for civic charges
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 20
The Municipal Corporation is toying with an innovative idea of issuing a single bank passbook for all payments by the city residents towards civic charges and all other local taxes and levies, made to the MC. The top brass of the civic body have had several preliminary meetings with senior officials of the commercial banks in this connection.

Once the plan takes shape, the city population will stand to benefit in more ways than one. First and foremost, the scheme would provide for all payments of civic charges like house tax, water and sewerage charges, licence fee, tehbazari fee, building application fee and composition fee through notified branches of a commercial bank in the city.

Giving outline of the scheme to Ludhiana Tribune, the MC Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, said the relevant entries of payment in the passbook issued to the residents and other assessees as well as multiple maintenance of computerised record both with the bank and the MC, would cut down to a great extent the common complaint of non-posting of payments in the demand register which in turn leads to the inclusion of paid bills as arrears in subsequent bills.

With the relevant entries made in the passbook, showing payment of civic charges and other local taxes, right at the time of payment in the designated bank, the residents would not need to preserve receipts for years together to be shown just in case the demand for arrears was raised at any time in future. Moreover, with the facility of making payments through different branches of the bank, the people would also get rid of the inconvenience of standing in long queues at the zonal or main office of the civic body while the employees of the branches concerned could utilise the time saved from the onerous task of cash receipt to proper maintenance of records and streamline other public dealing services.

According to Mr Sharma, every effort will be made to make the bank passbook a comprehensive document for the individual assessees for every conceivable payment or charges paid to the MC so that the people could have a permanent record and proof of payment in their own possession at all times. He said during the discussions held so far with officials of several banks, the scheme had evoked an encouraging response.

Further, with the proof of all up to date payments towards civic charges and other local taxes, available with the residents themselves in the shape of the pass-book, the cumbersome procedure of obtaining clearance certificate from different departments of the MC in the event of seeking a ‘No objection Certificate’ or certain other permissions, could also be done away with.

The MC Commissioner informed that once the formal agreement was signed with one of the commercial banks, necessary work for the development of computer hardware, software and networking would be taken in hand so that the plan could be given effect as soon as possible.


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