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Teachers observe ‘black day’
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, September 5
Dr V.K. Tiwari, national secretary (AIFUCTO) and the general secretary of the All-India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU), addressed a rally of teachers here today. Members of the PCCTU observed Teachers’ Day as ‘black day’.

They assembled in front of the Mini-Secretariat with placards in their hands. They were demanding the implementation of the poll promises of the government regarding giving 95 per cent grant to all colleges and granting pension and gratuity to the staff.

Members of the AIFUCT were wearing black badges. “Although right to education has been made a fundamental right, the needed annual funds of Rs 5,000 crore for at least 10 years to educate about 35 crore population to the level of literacy was a far cry, they said.

AIFUCTO members decried the unregulated presence of foreign universities, creation of private universities in the Congress-led Chhattisgarh state; freezing of grants, emergence of self-financing colleges and courses, reduced central funding of the UGC and the alleged communalisation of important institutes.

The 3.5 lakh strong body of teachers strongly denounced the alleged authoritarian attitude of the Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Dr M.M. Joshi, who had totally failed to honour the commitments made on September 5, 1998, including total parity of SPEs and librarians with teachers; career Advancement Scheme and the third promotion on a par with the Central Government employees from January 1996 as per 5th Pay Commission.

PCCTU and AIFUCTO members held demonstrations at 20 district and tehsil headquarters, wore black badges and skipped two period. Members of the GCTA, Punjab, also wore black badges.

The Punjab Government College Teachers Association (PGCTU) observed Teachers’ Day as “black day” due to the “indifferent, inhuman, and irresponsible attitude of the Amarinder Singh Government.

Teachers of SCD Government College sat on a dharna in front of the office of the Principal of the college, in their free periods from 10 am to 2 pm here today.

The teachers on dharna raised anti-Amarinder slogans. Prof Jaipal Singh, general secretary, PGCTU, talking to Ludhiana Tribune said, “A memorandum would be sent to the Chief Minister, Higher Education Minister, Chief Secretary, and Principal Secretary (Higher Education).



Functions mark Teachers’ Day
Our Correspondent

To Ma’am, with love
To Ma’am, with love: Students of Springdale Public School, Ludhiana, present flowers to their teacher on Teachers’ Day on Friday.— Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari 

Ludhiana, September 5
The birth anniversary of Dr S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India, was celebrated as Teachers’ Day in all schools of the city.
The day was marked by paper reading contest at Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Model Town Extension. Among the participants in English, Manjot Kaur from Class IV stood first, followed by Harleen Kaur of the same class and Harmanpreet Singh of Class III.

Among the participants in Hindi, Sandeep Kaur was declared first, followed by Manjot Kaur of Class IV. Amrit Kaur and Bhupinder Kaur of Class IV won the third prize. Ms Manjit Kaur, Principal, exhorted the teachers to work for the overall development of the students.

At Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, hand made cards were presented to all teachers. Various dance, music and drama items were presented by the students.

At Springdale Public School, Nidhi of Class IX and Jagjit Singh from Class III delivered speeches. On the day, students were given the charge to have their control of the school and perform their duties independently.

A cultural programme by students marked the Teachers’ Day celebrations at Green Land Senior Secondary School.

At New Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, three teachers were awarded. These included Mr Sunil Rawet, music teacher, Ms Rashmi Nanda, mathematics teacher, and Ms Karamdeep Kaur, teacher of English.

The reins of SKN Model High School were given in the hands of students from Classes X, XI and XII. On the occasion, students of Classes VII and VIII brought a cake which was cut by Mr K.D. Sharma, Principal.

The management and students of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised a cultural programme for the honour of the teachers. Twentyeight teachers and four non-teaching employees were honoured on the occasion. Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, Rajya Sabha, was the chief guest.

At GMT Senior Secondary School, the function was presided over by Mr Kashmir Singh Thind and Mr Jasbir Singh Thind, both directors.

The Teachers’ Day functions were also held at Wylie Memorial High School, Arya Senior Secondary School at Vrindavan Road and Old Sabzi Mandi, Guru Tegh Bahadur National Senior Secondary School at Dakha, St Mary’s Senior Secondary School at Gobind Nagar, Dil Nursery School, St Bawra Public High School and Swiss International Public School.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Teachers’ Day was celebrated at various educational institutes of the town. Functions at the local MGMN Senior Secondary School and the Janta College for Women were presided over by Mr Rajnish Sharma Guddoo, president of the council.

Sahnewal: Teachers’ Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, here today.

Neha Gupta of Class X was the school Principal for the day, while students of Classes IX and X played the role of teachers. A song competition was also organised on the occasion for which the chief guest was Prof Devinder Kaur.

Ms Umal Kaur, director of the school management, honoured Mr Devinder Singh, Mr Ravinandan Sharma and Ms Sood, teachers of the school, for their services.

The teachers thanked the students for their sincere greetings.



24 teachers honoured
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 5
A function was organised by the Ludhiana Citizens Health Council under the auspices of Christian Medical College at the CMC Hospital auditorium to honour prominent teachers for their exemplary services. Twenty-four teachers from local schools, colleges and universities were honoured by Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Minister of Social Security, Women and Child Development, Punjab.

Dr Rajneesh Calton, Acting Principal, CMC, delivered the keynote address and welcomed the guests. Mr N.S. Rattan, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Punjab, was also present on the occasion. Dr T.M. Jaison, Acting Director, CMC, was the guest of honour.

A cultural programme was presented by students of BCM Arya Model School, Ramgarhia College, and the Khalsa College for Women.



DC for action against hospital staff
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Taking serious note of the negligence shown by doctors in attending to those injured in the attack by robbers near Jagraon on August 28, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, has recommended strict disciplinary action against staff of the Raikot Civil Hospital. Similar action has been recommended against four constables who were deputed to provide security to the injured.

The action has been recommended against the doctor in charge, a pharmacist and a nurse to the Principal Secretary, Health. Mr Verma has also written to Mr Mukhwinder Singh Chhina, SSP, Jagraon, for taking disciplinary action against four police constables, who were deputed to provide security to the victims in the hospital.

Giving details, Mr Verma said he had received a complaint that the doctor was not present and the other medical staff showed extreme carelessness in providing proper treatment to the patients. Subsequently, a probe was marked to the SDM, Jagraon.

Mr Verma said the SDM in his report mentioned that Mr Basant Singh, Ms Manjit Kaur and Mr Tara Singh, all residents of Focal Point, Raikot, were injured while fighting robbers, who attacked their house. One of them was killed during the action on that night.

The patients had alleged that at the time of admission, the in charge, Dr Sunil Aggarwal, a pharmacist, Ms Sunita Rani, and a nurse were absent from duty and only a Class IV employee was present, who dressed their wounds.

The patients had received multiple fractures but they were not referred for X-ray by the doctor to the Jagraon Civil Hospital and they were not provided with any kind of medical treatment till August 30. The tehsildar, Mr Karnail Singh, visited the hospital on the night of August 30 and again only a Class IV employee, Mr Najjer Singh, was present in the hospital.

The tehsildar recorded the statements of patients, who mentioned that the doctor and other paramedical staff were not present in the hospital. During the checking, all the four cops deputed for providing security to the injured were also absent. Some relatives of the patients were guarding them, he wrote in this report. On August 31, the SDM, Raikot, personally visited the hospital at 10 pm and found swelling on various parts of their bodies, but till that time the doctor was not aware of the fractures and they were not being treated properly.

Dr Aggarwal stated before the SDM that an orthopaedist visited the hospital on every Tuesday, so on other days the patients were normally referred to Jagraon and Ludhiana hospitals for X-ray and other tests. However, in this case the patients were not referred and the doctor had shown a serious negligence in performing his duty, said the report.



Visitors pose infection threat to Jugraj
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Doctors at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) are perturbed over hundreds of visitors coming to see Indian’s hockey full back and penalty corner specialist Jugraj Singh, who is recuperating here after surgery.

Doctors say since many visitors are VIPs, it is difficult to dissuade them from coming into close contact with Jugraj, thereby increasing the chances of secondary infection manifold.

To deal with the situation, the DMCH authorities have moved him into a room with a glass window so that visitors can see him from the outside and convey him their good wishes. But some visitors insist that they want to see Jugraj Singh from closer quarters.

Among those to visit him so far have been Union Minister of State for Sports, Mr Vijay Goyal, who came in with a large contingent of officials and supporters, Indian hockey Captain Dhanraj Pillay, former captains Ajit Pal Singh and Pargat Singh, and Chief Coach Rajinder Singh.

The Indian Hockey Federation and the Ministry of Sports are contemplating moving Jugraj to Germany for further treatment. Dr J.L Bassi, who operated upon Jugraj, said all possible measures were being taken to ensure that the environs around Jugraj remained sanitised.

The DMCH, in an official bulletin said: “His general condition is stable. All his vital parameters, including BP, respiratory function and kidney function are normal. He is in cheerful spirits. His haemoglobin is stable and he did not require any blood transfusion in the past 24 hours”.

A medical team comprising Dr J.L. Bassi (Orthopaedics), Dr G.S. Awasthi and Dr Sandeep Puri (Medicine), Dr J. Whig (Chest), Dr M.L. Gupta and Dr Atul Mishra (Surgery) is constantly evaluating and monitoring the status of Jugraj Singh. 



DC assures relief to residents
Our Correspondent

Amloh, September 5
Stagnation of sullage in the heart of the town will be removed within a month, assured Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, to residents of wards 3, 4, 5 and 6 on his second visit here yesterday.

In spite of a drizzle, Mr Ahluwalia, accompanied by local officers and residents, visited the ward on foot. He assured to provide funds to the council immediately for development works.

Later, at meeting of residents, Mr Gurdev Singh, Chairman, District Congress (SC Cell), suggested that resources of the council should be diverted for the disposal of sullage. Mr Naresh Jindal of ward 4 and Mr Data Ram, a resident of ward 5, said they were forced to drain out rainwater from their homes by tubewell pumps installed in their houses. Mr Zora Singh, Principal Government Senior Secondary School, Amloh, complained that the water has spoiled the school playgrounds.

The council chief, Mr Baldev Singh Aulak, Executive Officer B.R. Gupta, councillors Jiwan Kumar Puri, Kishore Chand Sharma and Ramesh Kumar Gupta were directed to call a meeting of the council to remove the grievances of the people.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Ahluwalia said, he is surprised to note how houses had such four to five feet lower than the roads.



Jaganath rath yatra today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 5
All preparations for the Bhagwan Jagannath rath yatra have been completed and devotees are eagerly looking forward to the annual religious ceremony that takes place tomorrow.

The yatra is being organised by the ISKCON and the Bhagwan Jagannath Rath Yatra Mahotsav Committee under the guidance and directions of Sakshi Gopal Dassji, who heads the ISKCON branch at Kurukshetra.

According to Mr Sunder Dass Dhamija, director of the yatra, the yatra will begin at 2 p.m. from Durga Mata Mandir, near the Jagraon bridge, and culminate at Field Ganj after passing through various areas of the old city.



Sarpanch attacked, kidnapped
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 5
Mr Rupinder Singh Gandhi, Sarpanch of Rasulra village, was kidnapped today from Naulari village by six youths this morning. The victim was attacked with swords and injured before being kidnapped. However, his accomplice, Harpreet Singh, a resident of Dehru village escaped. The whereabouts of the victim are not known.

According to information, Mr Rupinder Singh, alias Gandhi was on his way to Bagli village with Harpreet Singh of Dehru on a scooter, when six youths in a car hit their vehicle. They attacked with swords. However, Harpreet Singh escaped. They put Gandhi in their car and fled.

A large number of residents of Rasulra village reached the Sadar police station, Khanna. A case under Sections 364, 136, 148 and 149 has been registered against Baldev Singh and Gagan, sons of a former Sarpanch of Salaudi Shamsher Singh village, Atti, a resident of Model Town, Khanna, Lucky, a resident of Salana and two more.



HMT launches tractor model
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
HMT Limited today launched HMT 6522 Chandi, a model of tractor, at the kisan mela being held at Punjab Agricultural University.
Designed by the HMT’s R&D centre, the tractor is powered by a fuel-efficient engine (65 HP category). It also meets the Bharat (term) Stage-II June 2003 emission norms. The tractor has undergone successful testing at Central Farm Machinery Training and Testing Institute, Budni. The model is also available with air-conditioning facility.

HMT has produced and marketed over 3.70 lakh tractors since its launch in India and abroad. It has been exporting tractors to the USA, Czech Republic, Croatia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Senegal, Nigeria, Malaysia and Liberia.


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