Thursday, June 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Heritage village faces water crisis
  • Dr Kuldip Singh for Scotland
  • Fortis hospital for Amritsar


CASE REGISTERED: The Sadar police has registered a case under Section 304, IPC, following the death of a woman, Rani at the Civil Hospital here. Her body was handed over to her parents after conducting a post-mortem on Tuesday. Her father, Mr Krishan Lal, a resident of Kararwala village in the Sadulshehar area, told the police that Rani was married to Mahender Meghwal in Raipura village of this subdivision in 1997. Since then she had been complaining of harassment at the hands of her in-laws who wanted more dowry.

SABHA: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local S.S. Jain Sabha: president — Mr Satish Kumar Jain; vice-president — Mr Bharat Rattan Jain; and auditor — Mr Rajinder Parshad.

MAN KILLED: Kalu Ram (45), a resident of Sivana village, died in a road accident here on Monday night. According to available information, Kalu Ram who was mentally challenged was hit by a motorcycle near the village.

TRAINING: A free one month project development programme for students of MCA and BCA is being organised at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology from June 25. Dr A.S. Bansal, Director, said that the programme would be organised to help students learn various softwares such as Oracle, Visual Basic, MS Access, HTML, DHTML, ASP, JSc, Flash and Photoshop. He said that such short-term courses that were otherwise very costly in other private institutes would help the students learn practical skills helpful for job prospects. He said that students there would be limited seats and students would be taken on first come, first serve basis.

WORKSHOP: A month long workshop for teachers of English is being organised at Sargodha National Senior Secondary School, Jail Road. Nearly 35 teachers from primary, middle and senior secondary sections are taking part in the workshop. The teachers are being imparted various aspects of phonetics and linguistic development. Various topics covered in the syllabus of different classes are also being discussed. Ms Parminder Chauhan, Principal, said the teachers were showing great interest in the workshop and self-improvement exercises.

COMPUTER CLASSES: The management of New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, has started computer classes this summer for the students of Classes II to XII. Mr H.C. Gupta, Deputy Director and Principal of the school, said that two separate batches of two hours each had been formed by the instructors from Riccs Computer Education. He said that certificates would be issued to all students by the school president, Mr Sunil Maria, on the concluding day falling this Saturday. He said that a presentation would also be made by the students from different classes on the basis of projects learnt by them in the summer camp.

BANK UNION POLL: ‘For the first time ever, the elections of State Bank of India Staff Association will be held by secret ballot in a democratic way,’ said Mr O.N. Bindroo, general secretary of the circle union, Chandigarh. With election through secret ballot, the union members would have complete freedom to elect their office bearers by casting their votes without any fear and pressure from any quarter. According to Mr Rakesh Thapar, secretary and Mr Shiv Gupta, chairman of the SBI Staff Association, award staff members may file their respective nominations with the election officer on June 24 at Chandigarh LHO Union Office. The scrutiny of nominations would be completed on the same day and valid nominations would be notified. The withdrawal of nominations would be permitted till June 25 and thereafter the list of delegates would be supplied to all union members to enable them cast their votes by secret ballots.

PAU VC’S VISIT: Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, was one of the scientists invited to the first crop-cutting function of the Herbal Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan recently. He said here that the President gave a computerised presentation on details of the medicinal plants in the garden and took the invitees to the field area.

DEATH CONDOLED: A meeting of the Punjabi Lakhari Sabha, Mandi Gobindgarh, was held at the municipal council office here recently. The death of Arvinder Singh, son of Mr Jagjit Singh Guram, a member of the sabha, was condoled. A two-minute silence was observed, according to a press note.

CAMP: A blood donation camp for thalassemic children was organisated by the Red Cross, the State Bank of Patiala and the Thalassaemic Child Welfare Association here on Tuesday. Nearly 70 people donated blood during the camp which was inaugurated by Additional Deputy Commissioner Shiv Dullar Singh Dhillon. Mr Dhillion said that it was important to bring about awareness among the masses about this disease to prevent it from spreading.

WORKSHOP: The Government In-service Teachers Training Centre, Patiala, organised a five-day workshop under its scheme `Education to all’ here on Monday. Around 50 teachers of various primary and secondary schools are participating in the workshop. Teachers have been divided in various groups on basis of their subjects. Teachers participating in the workshop are making charts and models of various chapters of the textbooks to make learning interesting for the students. The main purpose of the workshop is to use teaching aids for improving the ways of teaching in the classrooms. The workshop was inaugurated by Ms Harminder Kaur, Principal of the Centre.

EXHIBITION: A three-day exhibition of works of art by Ashok Kumar, a renowned artist, concluded here on Tuesday. The exhibition was inaugurated by former District Governor, Lions Club, Mr Vinod Mahajan.

HELD FOR GAMBLING: Mr Dhana Singh, Deputy Director, Punjab State Lotteries, on Tuesday raided the local Inder Lotteries and nabbed Harish Chander under Sections 13/3/67 of the Gambling Act. It was learnt that the raiding party had come from Chandigarh. Harish Chander had printed fake “parchis” (slips) and conducted “dara-satta”.

KILLED: In two accidents, one person died while seven others were injured here. Ajit Singh (50) died while four others, including three members of a family, sustained injuries when their Tata Qualis rammed into a truck on the GT Road at the JCT railway bridge on Tuesday. In the second accident on the Phagwara-Nakoar road, a truck hit a Maruti van, leading to injuries to three persons.



200 CASES SOLVED: Nearly 200 cases of public grievances were heard by Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Minister of State for Revenue and Public Rehabilitation, Punjab, in the Sector 15 Punjab Congress Bhavan on Tuesday. According to a press note, the same were disposed on the spot in the presence of Bibi Satinder kaur, Nabha, vice-president PPC ( I), Mr Rampal Dhepai, general secretary, PPC ( I) and Mr Rajpal Singh, media adviser to the president of the PPC (I). 

SUMMER WORKSHOP: About 200 children from different schools exhibited the skills at a summer workshop organised at Blue Bird High School, on the concluding day function on Tuesday. These children were groomed by a team of professionals from fields as dicverse as personality development to moral education, arts and crafts to music and dance. The camp was attended by children in the age group of three to 14 years.

APTITUDE TEST: An aptitude test event is being organised by the District Employment Office in association with the Rotary Club on June 14. The aim for organising this event was to help students and unemployed get knowledge of the various career options available.

SHIV MANDIR POLL: Mr A.P. Chaudhary, Mr Satyapal Kherpa and Mr K.K. Acharya have been appointed election officers for conducting the elections of Sri Shiv Mandir Sri Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Phase IX, SAS Nagar. The elections will be held on Sunday from 11 am to 1.30 pm on the temple premises. According to a press note, nominations will be accepted between 6 pm and 7 pm on Friday. Withdrawals of nominations will be allowed between 6 pm and 7 pm on Saturday. Only those persons whose names appeared in the membership register of the sabha on September 30, 2002, will be allowed to cast votes or contest the elections. TNS



ADOPTION NOT ALLOWED: Paramjit Arora, a woman who had been trying to adopt a three-day-old abandoned child, lying ill in Zonal Hospital here, has not been granted permission by the district authorities to adopt the child. Though she has already met the Deputy Commissioner and the Additional Deputy Commissioner in this regard, no action has been taken by the authorities as the government has prohibited all departments from authorising adoption.

VISIT: Senior officials of the HPMC visited the fruit processing plant at Jabli, 14 km from here, on Tuesday. The plant has been closed since July, 2002. Mr T.R. Chauhan, plant manager, along with an engineer of the HPMC, Parwanoo, assessed the repair and maintenance work which required to be done to restart the plant.

WELCOMED: Gulam Nabi Azad, general secretary of the Indian National Congress, was welcomed here on Wednesday at Chuni Lal Complex. Gulam Nabi Azad stopped here on his way to Shimla from Chandigarh to attend a meeting of the Congress Committee at Shimla. About 500 activists of Congress from Parwanoo and surrounding areas were present on the occasion. Raghu Raj, local MLA, Amarjeet Singh Bawa, president, HP, INTUC, Thakur Das, president, local Canter Union, Chuni Lal Chohan, vice-president, local nagar parishad, along with other senior leaders of the Congress were also present on the occasion.

MEDITATION CAMP: Swami Vairagya Amrit, a senior disciple of Osho, will conduct a three-day Osho meditation camp at Hotel Woodpark, Woodrine Estate, Dhalli, Shimla, from Thursday.



Heritage village faces water crisis

Pragpur (Himachal), the first Heritage village of the country where tourists from home and abroad throng to savour its serene and salubrious surroundings and have a glimpse of its tastefully designed buildings and mystifying manor houses dotting it, is plagued by a severe water crisis. Though the scarcity of water is not a new phenomenon to this ancient village, this year it has reached a new high.

Incredible as it may sound, water supply to this village is restricted to barely 15 to 20 minutes, every third day. In the face of such a serious water crisis, residents are made to trudge long distances in the sweltering heat wave to fetch water for themselves and their livestock. ‘‘Our day starts and ends up with going places in search of water with pitchers and pails on our heads, braving the hostile heat wave. And the daily output is just a pail of water or two that one fetches with much effort’’, says Urmila Devi of Sikhan-Da-Talab segment with indignation writ large on her face. ‘‘Water crisis rocking this village has beaten all previous records this year, thus ringing an alarm bell for a more horrifying future we are heading for with a little hope for augmentation of water supply in the near future. What can be more distressing than sitting for hours for a bucket of water under the blazing sun, shelving all other household affairs? says Mr Harish Guleria, a retired school principal.

The problem has aggravated as all natural sources, like ponds, tanks,‘‘bowlies’’ have run dry. Even various water supply schemes have failed to cater to the needs of the people. This has driven the entire area into a draught-like situation, forcing the harried residents to restrict their water-related activities to a bare minimum. ‘‘Last year it had been better as the administration had pressed into service adequate number of water tankers to combat the burgeoning water crisis. This year, however, with the paucity of water touching a new high, one tanker has been made available this year. Isn’t it ridiculous?’’ observes Anju, a resident of Nakki village, near here.

Admitting the existing water crisis crippling normal life here, Pragpur Panchayat Pradhan Leela Patial clarified: ‘‘I have made a fervent appeal to the administration to press into service at least two tankers to meet the needs of the residents. The SDM has assured me all possible help in this regard. Even though the water scarcity is now a national problem, we are trying our best to hammer out a permanent solution to this perennial problem’’.

Dr Kuldip Singh for Scotland

Dr Kuldip Singh, a renowned laparoscopic surgeon of northern India, has been invited to the 11th European Conference of Endoscopic Surgery being held in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 15 to 18. Dr Kuldip Singh who has done more than 5,000 laparoscopic surgeries will deliver his talk “Tackling an inflamed gall-bladder stone disease laparoscopically — tips and tricks”.

Dr Kuldip Singh explains in an interview that inflamed gall-bladder disease like acute choleycystitis in which there is an inflammation and infection and gall-bladder having pus because of the repeated attacks of pain and gangrene and pancreatitis has been a problem to operate laparoscopically in the past.

He says cases of infection in bladder are more in Northern India. This is because of the diet and hormones. Bad cases are due to delay in diagnosis and the patients in rural and urban areas from poor strata of society continue to take anti-biotic and other alternative systems of medicine. They generally try to avoid surgery which leads to delay resulting in bad and difficult cases.

Dr Kuldip Singh is the honorary secretary of the Indian Association of Gastro-Intestinal Endo-Surgeons.

He is consultant surgeon at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, and also director of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation.

Dr Kuldip Singh has also organised a number of workshops for the training of surgeons at the national and international level in the laparoscopic method of surgery.

Fortis hospital for Amritsar

The services of Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-specialty Hospital, will be available in Amritsar soon. The hospital is going to open its multi-facility branch here.

The unique feature of the this hospital will be its tele-medicinal interlinking facility in which in emergency cases the support and advise of senior doctors can be taken, if required, by showing the condition of the patient through monitors and tele-linking. The hospital will be interlinked with the ‘Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-specialty Hospital’ at Mohali.

Mr Shawinder Singh, health care manager of the institute, told The Tribune that the 40-bed hospital will be completed and inaugurated at Ranjit Avenue area shortly. The hospital with two operation theatres will be equipped with the international standard laminar flow, which ensures the highest sterility for preventing infection during surgery.

With the latest OT tables and totally shadow-less lighting systems the hospital will also have a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit even for children and newborns besides a delivery room. It will be centrally air-conditioned.

The institute will also be fully equipped for surgeries in brain, spine, knee-joint replacement and other orthopaedic problems. About medical waste, Mr Shawinder Singh said the branch would have proper arrangement for disposal of medical waste in collaboration with Ludhiana.

—Contributed by Ramesh K. Dhiman, K.S. Chawla and Pawan Kumar


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