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Cold snuffs out four lives in UP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
Even as the sun spread warmth today, cold wave claimed four lives in western UP district today taking the death toll to 18 in the last four days out of which 12 are from Meerut district alone, official sources said. Two persons died in Bijnore district while two in Bulandshahr in the current spell of cold lashing the entire northern region.

A constable on a VIP duty at circuit house and two undertrials admitted to a hospital in Meerut were among those dead after they had been exposed to biting cold in the last four days.

In the Capital today after days of wintry spell that left the city shivering, Delhiites were greeted by a warm sunny day. The sun shone bringing a slight increase in the temperature.

For the last few days, the foggy weather and a sharp drop in the day and night temperatures had sent the city denizens scurrying for woollens. Today though the minimum temperature dropped to 5.8 C, one degree below normal, it was a warm day with temperature rising substantially to 16 degrees.

The early morning fog also disappeared as the day progressed. The drizzle in December 27 had brought the maximum temperature to 13.5 C. The early morning fog today, however, hampered operation of flights by reducing the Runway Visibility Range (RVR) to 150 to 250 meters. People could be seen basking in the afternoon sun across the city. The scene was no different outside government offices, with most of the people trying to make the most of the warm sunshine.

“The intense cold seemed to have robbed us of all cheer. People would be shivering and complaining about the cold, but with today’s change in weather, everybody in the office kept looking for excuses to go out in the sun,” said a bank employee.

According to an Airport Authority of India (AAI) spokesperson, no flights operated after 0400 hrs today. The first flight took off only after 0830 hrs.

The Northern Railway had to cancel the New Delhi-Jalandhar Superfast and the Amritsar-New Delhi Superfast express trains due to dense fog.


Rail, road traffic affected due to dense fog
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 29
The movement of rail and road traffic was once again badly affected by the dense fog and chilly weather conditions today.

According to a report, almost all the long-distance trains running on the Delhi-Ambala-Kalka (DUK) section were delayed. Most of the trains were behind schedule by three to six hours.

Some of them were cancelled, stranding thousands of passengers, at the Sonepat and nearby railway stations.

The New Delhi-bound Jammu Mail passed through Sonepat more than four hours behind schedule. Similarly, the Jhelum Express bound for New Delhi also ran behind schedule by more than two hours.

The New Delhi bound Bathinda intercity and the Amritsar Super were cancelled. The Unchhar Express and the Shan-e-Punjab were behind schedule by more than four hours and one hour respectively.

The suburban trains running between Kurukshetra and Delhi, as well as Panipat and Delhi, were delayed by half an hour to one hour, causing inconvenience to the passengers.

The passengers were seen shivering at the platforms while waiting for the delayed trains due to the severe cold weather.

Traffic on the National Highway and the state highways were also affected on account of the thick fog and poor visibility. The drivers of vehicles used headlights for onward journey.

1 killed, 2 injured

One person was killed and two others seriously injured when a motorcycle on which they were travelling was hit by a vehicle near Kakroi village, about 9 km from here.

The victim was identified as one Naresh of Sham Nagar, Sonepat. The injured persons were identified as

Satbir and Naresh of Pipli Khera village. Both the injured persons were rushed to the local civil hospital from where they were referred to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment.

The police have registered the case and sent the body of the victim for the postmortem examination.


Rs 319 cr earmarked for water in tail-end Haryana
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 29
The Haryana Government has earmarked a sum of Rs 319.46 crore during the current financial year for bricklining the water courses in the state so that water could be made available to the tail-end villages. Besides, efforts were also being made to provide sufficient power to the people in the state.

This was disclosed by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while presiding over the fourth phase of Sarkar Apke Dwar Programme of Rohat constituency where he redressed the grievances of the people of 21 villages.

He started his second day whirlwind tour programme from village Halalpur and heard the problems of the people of Halalpur, Katlupur and Jhinjholi. While addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said that the Haryana Government had decided that all the schools fulfilling the prescribed norms would be upgraded and all the facilities available to Model Schools would be provided in the schools, so that qualitative education could be imparted to the students studying in rural areas.

He said that the government has also decided to repair all the water courses in the state, so that optimum use of water could be ensured. He said that the remunerative prices had been ensured for the produce of the farmers besides elaborate arrangements had been made for storage of grain.

While referring to the power situation in the state, the Chief Minister asserted that Haryana would be able to provide surplus power to other states after one year as the seventh and 8th unit of Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Plan would be ready by October 2004 and February 2005 respectively.

He said that a number of power projects were in the pipeline in the state and efforts were also being made to generate about 100 MW power through cooperative sugar mills.

While referring to the demands of village Halalpur, he said that the Haryana Government had given a sum of Rs 38.30 lakh for executing a number of development works in the village in the three phases of Sarkar Apke Dwar Programme.


Examinees: To party or not to party?
Smriti Kak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
Instead of cramming the ways to balance chemical equations, 15-year-old Dhruv is devising the ways to balance his “severely affected social life” and the “sermons from his parents and his conscience”.

Dhruv is set to take the board exams, and therefore, is being forced to bid adieu to partying and playing. The festive spirit, which is so intrinsic to the winter vacations, seems to have lost its magic for most students preparing for the board exams. The holidays have been little fun for them.

“Even in the holidays, my parents expect me to wake up at five in the morning. They want me to make use of the time, now that school is closed for the vacations they expect me to put in longer hours,” complained Dhruv. The scene is being replicated in scores of other houses. Anxious parents want the kids to “make the most of the time”, whereas the kids “want respite”, the conclusion is a collision of ideas and heated words.

“The kids know there is pressure mounting. Time is running out and they have to study. But it is also the time when they want to take a break,” says psychiatrist, Dr Sameer Parikh.

Suggesting a reprieve, he adds, “Parents of those children who have been regular throughout the year should allow them to take a break—for a party or if they want a night out with friends. And for those who have been irregular…they should also be allowed to take a break, but the parents need to talk to them.”

Students who need to put in extra hours, says Dr Parikh, need to take a break, but should also be reminded of their responsibility. While that takes care of a part of the problem, Dr Parikh offers solution to parents and kids squabbling over how much to study and when. “Parents need to withdraw if the child is being fairly regular. There is no need to set up tight schedules and force the child. Students complain that their parents expect them to wake up early…it’s winter and cold… let the child study accordingly.”

He, however, warns against staying up too late, “I don’t agree with students staying up beyond one am. If you stay up till two or three am for a stretch of time, it affects your cognitive skills and also creates medical problems.”

Caffeine, nicotine and memory pills also get a thumbs down from him. “Caffeine aggravates anxiety. Notions that nicotine helps to increase concentration are not true nor do memory pills help you perform. You score on the basis of how you prepare.”

Relaxation exercises coupled with correct ways of preparing are what the doctor prescribed and for the parents, “avoid nagging. Most teenagers respond to reasonable space and adequate supervision” is the mantra.



Traders frown on move to stagger weekly offs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
The Delhi Government’s proposal to stagger the weekly closing day of various wholesale markets in the walled city has met with stiff resistance from the traders associations.

The Delhi Government has now convened a meeting of senior traffic police officials, traders associations and senior Delhi government officers under the chairmanship of the Delhi government’s special secretary, Mr S. P. Aggarwal tomorrow.

The idea to stagger the weekly closing day of the markets was mooted sometime back following reports of extreme congestion in the area which was causing massive traffic problems. The police were finding it hard to regulate traffic and at times even keep it moving.

The office-bearers of the traders association, however, are against the proposal. They claimed that it was the plying of innumerable rickshaws and blatant encroachment of pavements which were creating traffic snarls. If the authorities were serious in decongesting the area, they should immediately ban or regulate the plying of rickshaws and clear all encroachments, the office-bearers claimed.

The representatives of the traders associations said that staggering of weekly closing days would only add to the burden of the traders who come from the adjoining cities to make bulk purchases for their businesses. If the Delhi Government implements the proposal, the businessmen would have to make several trips to Delhi. This would invariably add to the cost of the product, the traders complained.



75-year-old woman killed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
A 75-year-old woman was found dead with her hands and legs tied at her house in the Jungpura area of South district this afternoon. The victim Kaushalya Kanal, wife of K K Kanal, came back from Chicago 15 days back after visiting her family there.

The police received a call at around 2 pm and on reaching the C-1, Ist floor Jangpura, found the victim in an unconscious state. Even though expensive jewellery was lying in the house, there was no ransacking. She did not receive any injury either. During preliminary inquiry, the police have found that the woman who was quite rich, had a property dispute with the people on the ground floor. She also had real estate in Uttar Pradesh and had some property dispute there as well.

The Nizamuddin police station has registered a case of murder and the police are now trying to get the list of people with whom the woman was having feuds.


Tortured parents’ letter treated as PIL
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
Treating a letter written by an old couple alleging atrocities by their son and daughter-in-law as a PIL, the Delhi High Court has directed the police to provide protection to the senior citizens.

A vacation bench comprising Justices Vijender Jain and Pradeep Nandrajog issued notice to the son and daughter-in-law (Navin and Neeru Arora) and the police on the letter sent by Mr S P Kawatra (78) and Mrs R R Kawatra (75).

The letter claimed that the son and daughter-in-law had fraudulently and illegally got the house belonging to the old couple, transferred to their name. The aged parents had been confined to a small part of the house and were physically and mentally tortured by their children. They were even threatened with dire consequences.

The son and daughter-in-law had earlier usurped the shop of the parents, their only source of income. The couple had approached various authorities for the redressal of their grievance but of no avail.

The senior citizens had approached the court through the letter saying it was their last hope. While Mr Kawatra had suffered a paralytic attack, Mrs Kawatra is almost confined to bed.


Short-staffed Municipal Council fails to live up to
people’s expectations
Our Correspondent

Panipat, December 29
The year 2003 was a mixed one for the Panipat Municipal Council (MC). Even as it had a number of achievements to its credits, it fell short of the expectation of the common man. From the very beginning of the year, it remained embroiled in controversy, particularly related to corruption charges against it officials and contractors.

The Vigilance Department was asked to conduct an inquiry into the corruption charges against contractors, and the Panipat Municipal Council was directed to stop payments to such contractors.

The chairman of the Panipat Municipal Council reportedly complained against senior officers of the council to the Chief Secretary, Urban Development Ministry and even to the Chief Minister. Even the BJP MP from the constituency, Union Minister I. D. Swami, demanded inquiries into the corruption charges leveled against the concerned officers.

However, the problems of the common man continued. The process of getting their works done such as sanction of building plans, NOC certificates continued to be an uphill task for the common man. The indifferent attitude of the council officials along with its irregular meetings created a number of problems for the common man. Major development schemes like the shifting of dairies from the town and disposal of solid waste remained pending due to the indifferent attitude of the officials despite the fact that lands were acquired for the purpose. Even the staff of the Council did not get the salaries on time due to the cash crunch in the Municipal Council.

Efforts to collect pending house taxes and stern action against defaulters were decided by the authorities on priority basis.

Due to the scarcity of equipments and shortage of safai karamcharis, the sanitation drive in the town remained paralyzed throughout the year.

Inspite of the keen interest shown by the district administration, work on the famous Altaf Hussain Hali lake and park was undertaken only by the end of the year. However, a number of development schemes were undertaken by the Panipat Municipal Council. The council undertook a number of drives to rid the streets and roads of stray animals, which were responsible for causing traffic disturbances and even accidents. The council earned Rs 1, 14,750 by selling stray animals.

The Executive Officer of the council, Mr. S. K. Vats told the NCR Tribune that the MC had purchased 15 acres of land in Binjhol, at the cost of Rs.126.11 lakh, to shift the diaries located in the heart of the city, which were responsible for the filth in the town. He said that 62 dairy owners had opted to purchase the land from MC Panipat and shift to the new zone. Mr Vats confirmed that the land allotment work would be completed by the first week of January 2004.

Land in village Khotpura was selected for the treatment of solid waste and action had been taken to finalize the scheme by the District Monitoring Committee, Mr Vats added.

The EO confirmed that the council had received Rs.84.27 lakh for renovation and construction of roads. The Panipat Municipal Council incurred Rs 140.15 lakh in the construction and repair of roads. The district administration rallied the Residents Welfare Associations to beautify a number of parks lying unattended. Two shopping complexes were constructed, which would generate an income of Rs.36 lakh per annum for the cash starved council. The first complex was inaugurated by the Haryana Urban Development Minister on December 23. Four more new points have been finalized by the council for the construction of shopping complexes. An amount of Rs.17.34 lakh was incurred to reconstruct the fire station building, Mr. Vats said. He said that 900 square meters of land had been acquired from HUDA for setting up a second fire station. The work on the project had been started.

Mr Vats held the bureaucratic procedures responsible for the delay in routine works in the council such as getting a NOC and approval for building plans. However, the Executive Officer assured the NCR Tribune that despite the shortage of staff they were trying their best to live up to the expectation of the people.


Put off CAS for a year: BJP MP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
Senior BJP leader and member of Parliament from South Delhi Vijay Kumar Malhotra today appealed to Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to postpone the implementation of Conditional Access System (CAS) in the Capital by one year. He also asked for the reconsideration of the whole issue to make it consumer-friendly.

In a letter sent to the I and B Minister, he pointed out that the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, was passed by Parliament unanimously to give protection to the consumer from exploitation by service providers. “But it has resulted in just the opposite. It has become hostile to consumer.”

He said service providers were exploiting the situation and forcing the consumers to buy Set Top Boxes under the threat of not showing pay channels even as the price, quality, rent, security, refund of security and the rates of different channels were yet to be finalised.

Referring to the Delhi High Court directive that it would monitor the implementation of CAS, fixing the next hearing in the case in April next, Prof. Malhotra who represents South Delhi in Parliament said what would happen to those who bought the STBs during this period was not clear.

He asked the consumers not to buy the STBs in a hurry as the ministry was reconsidering the whole issue.


Haryana rated second in atrocities on Dalits
Our Correspondent

Panipat, December 29
Haryana is at number two position in the country in the cases of atrocities on Dalits whereas Bihar is at the top and Punjab has been rated at third position. This was stated by the Vice-Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Mr Lama C. Jotpa.

He said that the commission has advised all the state governments to implement the resolution provisions effectively in the cases of employment in government jobs and admissions in the education courses. He claimed that the commission was competent to give directions to the state government while redressing the grievances of complainants.

Replying to a question, he informed the Member of Commission, Mr. Narain Singh Kesri, is investigating into the complaint of the parents of a girl of local Jag Jiwan Ram Colony, who was allegedly raped by a youth about two months back. Strict action will be taken against those who were found guilty in this case, he said.

Earlier, addressing a meeting in Sanatan Dharam Mandir at village Jatal, Mr Jotpa asked the people if the district administration did not act on their complaints, they should submit their complaints in writing to the commission and assured that the commission would act on that. He also stressed the need for spreading of education for the socio-economic upliftment of society, particularly in the rural areas.

It is also pointed out that no one from the district administration was present in the PWD Rest House to welcome the Vice-Chairman of the Commission.

Even the room, which was reportedly reserved for him, was occupied by the Assandh MLA and Chairman of Haryana Housing, Mr Krishan Lal Pawar, who was holding a meeting of his workers at the time of arrival of the Vice-Chairman.



Commercialisation of education decried
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 29
The ongoing commercialisation of education and its set up had led to ‘dangerous dimensions’ detrimental to the subject itself and the society as a whole. If it was not checked, the education would become not only as inaccessible to the common man but the definition and parameters of the education will be defined by the people selling it as a commodity.

This was perhaps the conclusion of the one-day seminar on “commercialisation of education and the means to improve the standard of education in the government schools’’, organised by the Abhibhawak Ekta Manch, Faridabad, here yesterday at Sector-15 community centre. A large number of speakers from the cross section of society took part in the debate.

A retired IAS officer, Mr R. C. Rao, claimed that the standard of education in most of the government schools was not as poor as projected by a section of society.

He said a large number of people who had reached to various heights in their professions and occupied top posts had done their schooling from government schools only.

Admitting that the performance of several government schools had not improved or had declined further in the past few years but he said, we need to look into the real factors that led to such a situation.

He said the main reason for the problem today was that the dedicated and hardworking teachers were not given their due recognition but the persons who were not qualified and who shirk their duty were given patronage and shelter by the political and administrative lobby.

Stating that most of the time the government school staff was given unnecessary work and duties and they are unable to pay the attention to the work for which they had been employed.

He claimed that if half of the funds given by the government for this department was used properly, there could be a change on the desired lines. Programme anchor on TV and the president of the Sampooran Kranti Manch, Haryana, Mr Yogender Yadav, said there was an urgent need to launch a countrywide movement to stop the commercialisation of education through awareness programmes on the subject and involving the people so that they could express their views freely and put pressure on the government machinery to take proper measures before the education becomes an ‘out of reach commodity’.

A type of conspiracy had been on to label the government school education as substandard and to project the education given by the public schools as the only option for the middle class also.

He said the standard of education and the infrastructure in the government schools was also to be maintained and upgraded regularly so that the students of such schools were not isolated and putting the future of such schools at the stake.

Dr Janaki Rajan, Director, State Council For Education and Training, who was the chief guest said that today’s education was creating a division in the citizens itself and amazingly while the victim strength of the emerging system was more, there was no awareness and an effort to check the unholy trend. Dr Rajan asked the parents and social bodies to take up the issue prominently and try their best to maintain the sanctity of the education.

According to other main speakers, which included educationists Madan M. Jha, Prof. B. N Arora, C. D Verma, Prem Chand Deswal, Mr O. P. Sharma and Mr N. L. Gosain, the commercialisation of education had started showing its ill effects.

They claimed that falling standard of education and attendance in the government schools had been a direct result of the promotion of the education as a business activity. They said education in the private and public schools was becoming costly and nearly inaccessible for a large section of society.

While the private teaching shops had been flourishing the functioning of the government schools had not improved in the ratio to the funds allocated by the government.

It was demanded that a long-term strategy be prepared and implemented for improvement of standard of teaching and learning in the government schools, if the government wanted to achieve the aim of providing education for all in near future.

Mr Ashok Aggarwal, advocate, Supreme Court, asked the government to revamp the education system and network in the government sector and see that the private and public schools, which get several facilities including cheap land and support, do not violate the rules and regulations and give equal opportunity to all for education and bill was required to be passed to keep a tab on the indiscriminate hike in the fee and other funds.


CM ends tour of Rohat Assembly constituency
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 29
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, concluded his two-day tour of nearly four dozen villages of Rohat Assembly constituency in Sonepat district last evening. Even while trying to understand the problems of the people of the region, he reminded them of the development works undertaken by his government during the last four years.

While sanctioning liberal grants for new development works in the region, he did not miss the opportunity to remind the people that his government was for a comprehensive development of the state, irrespective of whether the region was represented by the INLD or the Opposition parties.

He reminded the villagers that though they had not voted for his party in the last Assembly elections, his government did not discriminate against the villages in the region.

Mr Chautala assured the villagers that his government was committed to an all round development of the state, particularly of the rural areas, which had remained neglected by the previous governments in the state.

The Chief Minister called upon the villagers to avail the benefits of the various schemes initiated by the government. He particularly highlighted those development schemes where the panchayats had to make token contributions for construction of schools, sports stadiums, Sav Jaldhara Yojna, etc.

The government had sanctioned 3,294 development works at a cost of Rs 80 crore of which Rs 68 crore had already been spent, Mr Chautala said.

Memorandum submitted

A large number of Dalits took out a procession here yesterday in protests against the alleged atrocities on the Dalits in various parts of the state.

According to a report, carrying placards and raising anti-government slogans, they passed through the main bazars of the city and reached the mini-secretariat where they submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. The memorandum urged the state government to take immediate and effective steps to halt atrocities on the Dalits.

The procession culminated into a rally where the speakers strongly condemned the exploitation of the Dalits and continuing atrocities against them in the state.

They alleged that even as cases of kidnapping, rape and other harassment of Dalits were on the increase, the state government had failed to take any action against the culprits. The increasing harassment of Dalits had caused widespread resentment among the Dalits, they added.

Mystery death

Mystery shrouds the death of a 27-year-old youth, identified as Chanderbhan, from the house of his in-laws in the Janata Colony here yesterday.

According to a report, the youth, who belonged to Nangloi (Delhi), arrived at his in-laws house and died after few hours.


Managing hospitals

IN most of the developed countries, like the United States, England and Canada, hospital management is the most sought-after career after information technology, opines Chief Manager, Corporate Relations of the Noida-based Kailash Hospital and Heart Institute, D. K. Chopra. In a conversation with Nalini Ranjan, he talked about various aspects on hospital management.

With the opening up of the health sector to private entrepreneurs, specialised hospitals offering the best in medicare have mushroomed all over the metropolis and the adjoining areas creating considerable demand for not only qualified doctors but also for equally qualified personnel to take care of the intricate management of these units which have to be run most efficiently. As a result, this has spawned a new breed of management experts in the field of hospital management.

Thirty-seven-year-old D. K. Chopra is perhaps one of the most qualified and experienced persons in the field of Hospital Management. Right now, he is the Chief Manager, Corporate Relations of the Noida-based Kailash Hospital and Heart Institute. Prior to this assignment, he was associated with many prestigious institutions and organisations like Metro Hospital, Dharamshila Cancer Hospital, Glaxo India Ltd and Systopic Laboratories, among others.

He earned great applause and awards for his outstanding performances in this intricate field. He is also recipient of many national and international awards instituted by various coveted organisations in this field.

Mr Chopra has always been a brilliant student. Be it his alma mater Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tagore Garden or Hansraj College, from where he graduated with top marks in chemistry, he was always out standing. For this, he was conferred the prestigious P. L. Soni Award. After his graduation, he did PG Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management, PG Diploma in Public Relations and MBA with specialisation in Hospital Management. He also got the Hindustan Times Award for securing highest marks in Public Relations while at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.


What is Hospital Management?

In a broad sense, it is the overall management of a hospital, be it external (public like patients and their relatives), or the internal (employees). There should be some sort of co-ordination between them. It is very difficult to satisfy the former and to motivate the latter. It is a very challenging job and our role is that of an interface between them. It is like walking over the sword’s edge. For the success of any hospital, employees including doctors, nurses and ward boys, should be motivated to perform in accordance to the needs of patients and their attendants.

Hospitals hire persons from hospital management sector to do undertake this responsibility. It is 24-hour job, which only a professional qualified in hospital management can perform.

Apart from this, what is the role of a hospital manager, particularly in our country?

They should publicise the overall facilities of their respective hospitals among the target audience through various media. Local or traditional media is very effective in this regard. They should get their hospitals connected with various panel organisations of the private and public sector. They can also tie up with various third party insurance agents like Paramount Health Care Services, Family Health Plan, Raksha, IRDA and Mediclaim.

On behalf of hospitals, they can also introduce various welfare schemes, like general healthcare awareness drives and organising free health check-up camps from time to time in nearby localities. A little bit of help from reputed social service organisations, like Rotary Club and Lions Club can be taken in this regard as they have proven track records in this field and have natural tendency to help others without taking anything in return.

What is the status of this career in developed countries?

In most of the developed countries, like the United States of America, England and Canada, hospital management is most sought-after career after information technology. It can be best understood from one example. Mr Bobby Jindal, who was recently in the news for contesting the election for the post of Governor of Lousiana there. He has a Master’s degree in hospital management. And because of this qualification, he had been appointed the Secretary of Health services some years back. Students now even prefer to do a degree in hospital management rather than go in for the traditional MBBS degree. There are ample opportunities after obtaining this specialised degree in public and private health services. If you are armed with hospital management degree, you will naturally get an edge over the traditional MBBS degree there. Most of the hospitals there regularly organise orientation classes not only for their in-house doctors, but also for the doctors and other professionals of near by areas so that every new development in the healthcare field is brought to the notice of most of the responsible people. Apart from this, they also organise awareness drives regarding existing healthcare facilities for the common people from time to time.

Most of the hospitals in the West take all possible care of the attendants as well. It is hard reality that to the business point of view, attendants can make a big difference rather than patients. If an attendant is not satisfied with the kind of services a hospital provides then he would never bring his wards there for treatment. It is tested fact that in most of the cases, attendants use to select the hospitals for their patients for treatment. So without providing proper care to attendants, no hospital can attain professional success.

Unfortunately, in our country, most of the hospitals, even some so-called elite hospitals hardly provide any care to the attendants. They are not even provided arrangements for staying in the hospital premises. This trend is not good as far as the profession success of a hospital is concerned.

What prompted you to enter this field?

My ultimate aim of joining hospital industry was to serve the ailing humanity who is generally not aware of the fact that the necessary and proper treatment for all types of diseases and ailments are available in some selected private hospitals at affordable charges combined with high degree of patient care.

Not only common people, even very few doctors working in peripheral areas are aware of such treatment facilities being available in some selected private hospitals at nominal charges. As for example, very few people know the fact that Kailash Hospital is the largest private hospital in UP. It is the only hospital having ISO certificate which is multi-speciality, multi-services 300-bedded hospital having the latest and state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure to treat all type of diseases under one roof.

During a long stint in this field, what sort of innovative initiatives you have introduced so far?

We have taken several measures from time to time in different hospitals. To name a few, for the public in general we arrange free health check-up camps in different areas with a particular aim of detection of disease at the initial stages and to arrange health awareness lectures by specialists for the purpose of educating people about the early signs and symptoms of deadly diseases prevalent in our country. These have been our regular experimental exercises. For the doctors in far-flung and peripheral areas, to arrange CMEs (Continued medical Education) to make them aware about latest developments in medical field and to apprise these doctors periodically of the latest happening in medical field through mailers have been the integral part of our innovative initiatives. We are instrumental in introducing many unique schemes at Kailash Hospital. To name a few, Kailash Privilege Card – with a view to serve more and more number of people, it has been introduced, which offers special privilege to card holders for enjoying hospital services at concessional rates apart from certain privileges.

Kailash Health Plan – In association with New India Insurance co. Ltd, Noida, we offer this plan to those up to the age of 55 years and found medically fit on the basis of medical check-up carried out at our hospital at discounted rate of Rs 650 ( normal charge is Rs 1495). A premium of Rs 1,648 is charged per annum. The medical check-up is one time only.

This plan gives a cover of Rs 1 lakh for general treatment or 1.5 lakh for heart related treatment. The patients do not have to pay at the time of discharge. The hospital claims from the concerned insurance company. This plan is valid in more than 1,000 hospitals all over country.

Durghatna Mitra Policy – In association with United India Insurance Co. Ltd, New Delhi, this hospital offer an accident policy with that name. This covers all medical treatments arising out of any type of accident up to Rs 1 lakh at the annual premium of Rs 250 only. This policy is also a cash less policy and hospital claims from the concerned insurance company.

We are also instrumental in installing the teleconferencing facility in the hospital. Now, the relatives and attendants of the patients are able to talk and interact with their wards in the CCU with the help of a two-way communication system. We are also toying with the idea of putting the photos and details of new born babies on internet with the permission of their parents so that their other relatives residing in far flung areas could visually intimated about this good news immediately.


Farmers chalk out strategy to take on INLD govt
Our Correspondents

Panipat, December 29
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Khokhar Group) has decided to form a coordination committee of 16 kisan organisations to oppose the anti-farmers policies of the state government. The farmer’s union also decided to form a new party, “Swatantra Bharat Party”, and contest the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections under its banner. This decision was taken in a state level daylong meeting of various farmer organisations here on Sunday.

The meeting was presided over by the state unit president, Mr Hari Singh Khokhar, and was attended by the convenor of the All India Kisan Coordination Committee, Mr Prem Singh Dahiya, the national president of `Beopar Cell’ of BKU, Mr Mahender Singh Malik, the state general- secretary of Haryana Kissan Sabha, Mr Satpal Singh, the national president of the Kisan Sabha, Mr Baba Singh Pehowa, Comrade Santokh Singh, Mr Ram Kishan Ghanghas and Mr Ram Mehar Jaglan. It was unanimously decided in the meeting, that if the government did not accept the demands of the kisan union by January 15, the union will hold another state-level meeting to decide on the future course of action.

The demand of the union included the acceptance of procurement price of sugarcane at the rate of Rs 110 per quintal and its payment within 15 days; withdrawal of cases registered against the farmers; round-the-clock power supply on subsidized rates; withdrawal of fee hikes announced recently and construction of the Sutluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal at the earliest.

Couple looted of Rs 20,000, gold ornaments

Sonepat: Five armed youths reportedly looted a couple at Mehndipur village, about 10 km from here last night. The couple belonged to Jhajjar district.

According to a report, the armed miscreants reportedly took away Rs 20,000 and gold ornaments worth several thousands of rupees. The couple, identified as Bijender and his wife arrived in the village in a

three-wheeler around 8.30 pm when they were waylaid by the miscreants. When they raised an alarm, a large number of people arrived on the spot but the miscreants managed to escape from the scene under the cover of darkness.

On receipt of information, the officials of the Murthal police station arrived in the village and succeeded in arresting one of them. Four others, however, managed to escape. The police have registered the case in this connection and a hunt is on to apprehend the miscreants.

Load shedding announced

New Delhi: The Yamaha company has announced load shedding on December 30 and 31 in West Patel Nagar, NG Road, DTC Shadipur, DMS No 2, H Block Kritinagar, Rama Road, Ranjit Nagar Community Centre, Shadi Khampur, Pandav Nagar, Palam Village, Raj Nagar, Dada Dev Road, Dev Kunj, Palam Badayal, Pappankalan and its adjoining areas. TNS


Walia demands regularisation of unauthorised colonies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
The Delhi Urban Development and Finance Minister, Dr Ashok Kumar Walia, has demanded the early regularisation of all unauthorised colonies so that basic amenities like water, electricity, roads, drainage could be provided in order to have a balanced development of the Capital.

He said lakhs of residents of these colonies were forced to live in inhuman condition due to lack of civic amenities. Moreover, over 60 per cent of water and vector-borne disease were reported from these colonies and clusters every year.

He said that the continuous pursuance of the matter by the Congress led Delhi Government, the Centre had issued guidelines for the regularisation of these colonies in 2001, which were totally impracticable and illogical.

The Delhi Government also opposed these guidelines in the court. As a result, the court directed that another committee be formed for the finalization of these guidelines.

However, no action had been taken so far by the Centre in the matter, even though this committee had submitted its recommendations about 16 months back.

He demanded that all the unauthorised colonies be regularised immediately in accordance with the policy adopted by the late Indira Gandhi.

A resolution in this connection had already been passed by the Delhi Cabinet and the Delhi Legislative Assembly, which had been sent to the Central Government, he said.

Need to be innovative: DGP

Inaugurating the conference of senior officers on the occasion of 64th CRPF Anniversary Celebrations, the Director General of the CRPF, asked the force to “be innovative in order to respond to the new challenges”.

He said despite a lot of stress and strain due to excessive deployment, the CRPF had achieved remarkable success in 2003. The DGP emphasised on rotational training of one company of each battalion to increase the operational efficiency to the optimum level.

The CRPF was deploying 11 Battalions in the six Naxalite affected states of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh in addition to 10 Battalions already deployed in these states.


5 Bangladeshi dacoits held, several cases worked out
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
With the arrest of five Bangladeshi dacoits, the Crime Branch claimed to have foiled a dacoity bid near the Western Yamuna Canal adjacent to Canal Rest House in Samaipur Badli in North-West Delhi.

The police, who claimed to have solved at least 10 cases with their arrest, seized a country-made pistol along with cartridges, button-actuated knives, iron rods and other house breaking implements from their possession.

Based on a secret information that a group of Bangladeshi dacoits were planning to commit dacoities in North, North-West and West districts, the sleuths laid a trap for them near the Western Canal road on December 27.

Accordingly, the sleuths spotted these dacoits and overpowered them. They were later identified as Kasim (35), Arman Hussain alias Mintu (21), Ilyas (26), Nehbu alias Ansar alias Muslim (28) and Dilawar (26), all residents of Bangladesh.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that they were involved in several crimes in Delhi, UP and adjoining states. They had committed a number of crimes in Agra and had come to Delhi to commit dacoities here.

During the daytime they lived separately in Jama Masjid, Yamuna Pushta and Okala areas and assembled at night after deciding their targets.

The accused also disclosed that they had committed burglaries and stolen jewellery, cash and electronic items in the national Capital and disposed them through middlemen in the Yamuna Pushta area. The accused persons maintained a lavish lifestyle and enjoyed various comforts with the ill-gotten money.


Man with tiger skin held from Palam parking area
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police arrested one person and seized a banned tiger skin from his possession in the parking area of Palam Airport.

Based on a secret information that a person was trying to sell a tiger skin, the sleuths arrested one Ganga Ram (40), resident of Chandra Vihar, Nilothi. Ganga Ram told the sleuths he had brought the skin from an unknown sadhu in Ayodhya. He said he was a poor man in need of money and was trying to sell the skin to make some fast money.

Man booked under Arms Act

The Darya Ganj police claimed to have arrested a 60-year-old labourer for possessing an unlicenced gun. The accused, identified as Sri Ram, resident of Hardoi, was working for a contractor in Sangam Vihar.

He was carrying the gun while he was travelling in a bus (Route No 429) along with his fellow workers. However, his bag containing the gun fell down, which exposed the gun in public.

A traffic constable, who spotted the gun, questioned Sri Ram. When he failed to answer the questions of the traffic constable, he was taken to the police station and booked under the Arms Act.

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