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DMCH’s general body meeting on Jan 27
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 18
The general body meeting of the managing society of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has been summoned on January 27 to discuss the present state of affairs of the institute and hold the election to elect the office-bearers.

The meeting is likely to be a stormy one as the institute is yet to come out of the shock of a strike in September and the functionaries are worried over the slow progress during the post-strike period. The strike had witnessed the ouster of Mr Prem Nath Gupta as secretary.

The managing society has not yet appointed any secretary in his place and an ad hoc committee was set up by Mr Brijmohan Lal Munjal, president of the managing society, to run the day-to-day affairs. But the committee has not been able to make much contribution because of lack of cohesion among the members of the committee.

The president of the managing society has also been receiving protest letters from the members of the society against some appointments made at the high ranks. These issues are likely to come up during the meeting.

The annual election to elect the office-bearers will be held on January 27. Mr Brijmohan Lal Munjal is likely to retain his post as the president.

In the managing society, which has 42 members in all, there is no representation of the Punjab Arya Pratinidhi Sabha. Eleven members of the committee are supposed to represent the sabha, but since there are two groups of the sabha in the state and the dispute is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, there is no member from the sabha on the committee.

Besides the election to elect the office-bearers, the managing society is faced with the task of finding a new Principal for Dyanand Technical College as the present incumbent, Dr S.C. Ahuja, is scheduled to retire in March. Some more posts of senior doctors will fall vacant with the retirement of over half a dozen doctors during the next six months.



Symposium on female foeticide
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 18
Shri Jain Shwetambar Terapanth Mahila Mandal will organise a symposium on female foeticide at Terapanth Bhavan in Bagh Wali Gali tomorrow at 10 am, according to Ms Manju Vaid, chairperson of the mandal.

In a press note here today, she said among the guest speakers who will dwell on the subject of female foeticide are Dr Amarjit Singh Rattan, MD, gynaecologist, Ms Sushila Gupta, Deputy Mayor and Mr Rakesh Gautam, press secretary, BJP.

While Muni Shri Vinay Kumar ji Alok will grace the occasion as the religious head, Muni Shri Abhay Kumar ji will deliver the keynote address. Mr Sat Pal Gosain will be the chief guest at the symposium, which will be presided over by Mr Ram Kumar Jain.



Blood donation for thalassemic children
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
The Department of Youth Services, Ferozepore organised a blood donation camp for the thalassemic children getting treatment at the special thalassemic unit of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. A team comprising doctors and technicians from the Department of Transfusion Medicine, DMCH, participated in the camp and collected 192 units of blood, informed Dr Amarjit Kaur, Head of the Department.

“Our major concern is to arrange adequate blood for the thalassemic children as their number is increasing day by day. Currently, 122 patients are getting treatment in the special thalassemia unit of the DMCH and 120 to 140 units of blood are required every month to carry out their blood transfusion. Their lives entirely depend upon the availability of blood. This can only be made possible if people especially youngsters come forward for voluntary blood donation,” said Dr Praveen Sobti in her speech.



Abhinav, Taranjit shine in chess meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 18
Abhinav and Taranjit Singh enabled Bahadur Chand Munjal (BCM) School, Shastri Nagar, win title in the Sahodya Schools Chess Tournament held here at St Thomas School, Brown Road branch. In the final, BCM School students prevailed over the hosts St Thomas School 2.5-1.5 to clinch the title. Abhinav of BCM School defeated Rishav Jain, while Taranjit Singh got the better of Madhur Gupta of St Thomas School. In the third match, Yogesh drew with Nitin Sharma.

In the match for the hard cup, BCM School, Chandigarh Road, beat Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School, Kithclu Nagar, in an identical fashion (2.5-1.5). The match between Chirag of BCM School and Agam of BVM School could not produce any result, while Sachin and Anubhav of BCM School pipped Mukul and Abhishek Gupta of BVM School to help their school finish at the third spot.

Ms H. Malaki, Prinicpal of St Thomas School, distributed the prizes.

Hockey tourney: Top 14 women’s hockey outfits of the country will vie for honours in the seventh All-India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Women Hockey Tournament to be held here at the Astro Turf ground of Punjab Agricultural University from February 12 to 16.

According to Mr D.S. Grewal, working president of Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Memorial Charitable Trust, teams from Orissa, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chandigarh, Delhi, Air India, Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala, Northern Railway Delhi, North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur, Western Railway Mumbai, South Eastern Railway Kolkata have confirmed their participation in the tournament to be played on the knock-out basis.

Meanwhile, the Indian Women’s Hockey Federation has deputed Satinder Walia, a former international hockey player and umpire, as tournament director. Pritpal Kohli, Sharanjit Kaur, Gurvinder Singh and H.S. Bhullar have been nominated judges, while Madhu Yadav, Saroj Bansal, Happy Mann and Rajinder Gandhi have been named umpires for the tournament.

The winners will receive cash awards. The best goal-keeper, best full back, best half back, best forward and the player of the tournament will also be given prizes by the organisers, Mr Grewal said.

Annual sports meet: Mukta, a student of class XI was adjudged best athlete in the annual sports meet of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women held today. Mukta came out triumphant in the three disciplines — 50 m race, 200 m race and sack race.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, Member of Parliament from Ludhiana, was the chief guest on this occasion.

Results: 50m — 1-Mukta, 2-Reena, 3-Sharda; 200m — 1- Mukta, 2-Sharda, 3-Kamini; 400m — 1-Anu, 2-Reena, 3- Anju; Skipping Race — 1-Anu, 2-Shweta, 3- Reena.

Sack Race — 1-Mukta, 2-Reena, 3-Anu Thakur; Chatti Race — 1-Simran, 2-Poonam, 3-Swati; Three-legged Race — 1-Sharda and Poonam, 2-anuradha and Neetu, 3-Simran and Reena; Slow Cycling — 1- Reena, 2-Charanjit, 3-Simran.

Javelin Throw — 1-Poonam, 2- Kiranjeet, 3-Sheeram; Discus throw — 1-Meenu, 2-Shweta, 3-Anju; Shot-Put — 1-Anu, 2-Poonam, 3-Monika; Obstacle Race — 1-Anju, 2-Anju, 3- Reena; Tug of War — 1- Gagan's team.

Cricket tourney: Prominent players of the state, including some former Ranji stars, will be seen in action during the sixth Maya Devi Ahuja Memorial Cricket Tournament to be held at Sector 32 cricket ground, Chandigarh Road, from January 28 to 31.

This was stated in a press note issued here today by Mr Roshan Lal Ahuja, chairman of the organising committee. The interested teams may contact Mr Ahuja over mobile phone no. 98141-85337.

The winners of the tournament will receive a cash prize of Rs 11,000, while the runners-up will pocket Rs 5,100. Lala Lajpat Rai, Member of Rajya Sabha, will inaugurate the tournament on January 28 at 10 am.

Sports fest at Ber Kalan: The Gill Sports Club will organise the annual sports festival at Ber Kalan village, near here, from January 20 to 23, according to Mr Jagjit Singh Lalli, chairman of the club. The main attraction of the festival will be kabaddi, volleyball and bullock cart races besides other rural games.

Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Minister for Transport, Punjab, will inaugurate the festival.


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