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Road tax on school buses opposed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 7
A delegation of the Association of Punjab School Education Board Affiliated Schools met Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar regarding their long-standing demands yesterday.

Office-bearers of the association, Mr Sushil Malhotra and Mr Rajinder Krishan Sharma, demanded that special road tax levied on school buses should be abolished since the buses were only used to carry students and not for any commercial purpose.

They stated that the tax was a burden on the parents and schools were unable to pay it.

They said condition of obtaining prior permission for adding more sections to Class VIII, X and XII should be withdrawn. They also demanded that the Punjab State Electricity Board should charge normal tariff from schools instead of commercial one.

The delegation comprised Principal of Atam Public Senior Secondary School Principal Usha Jain, Principal of Saini Public School Harwinder Saini, Principal of Lala Bahadur Shastri Public School Ram Rattan Sharma and Principal of Central Model High School Inderjit Malhotra.



Teachers condemn minister’s statement
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 7
Mr Pritpal Singh, President, Non Gazetted Employees Organisation, Punjab, has condemned statements issued by Finance Minister Surinder Singla that ‘the Punjab education system has collapsed, running of government schools are useless and only private institutions can give good results’.

Mr Pritpal Singh stated that an educationist and wise man could not agree with the arguments of the minister. It is the duty of the government to educate public, especially the poor. He should rather say that his govt has failed to produce good results regarding giving quality education, he said.

He said if he had any differences with the Education Minister, he should have spoken at the proper party or government level. This only shows that he is playing in the hands of private institutions, he alleged. More than 30,000 posts of teacher are lying vacant. Teachers are being forced to do non-academic works and adequate funds have not been allocated to the Education Department out of Sarv Sikhia Abhyan, he said.

Mr Pritpal Singh requested the Chief Minister, Punjab, to prevent Mr Singla from issuing such irresponsible statements and interfering in the matters of the Education Department otherwise the organisation would be forced to launch an agitation during the Budget session. 



Docs asked to deal with patients compassionately
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 7
The convocation of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) was held at Dumra Auditorium here today. Sixty medical graduates of 1999 batch were awarded degrees and other academic awards.

Dr B. M. Hegde, former Vice-Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, urged doctors to practise the medicine as an ‘art’, which should be cure for some people, comfort for many others and consolation for everyone. He said just by listening to patients with compassion task of diagnosis and treatment could be made much easier.

Appreciating the progress made by the DMCH, he remarked that the country needed more of such institutions which could contribute towards providing health care to the millions of our people.

Mr Munjal, Padma Bhushan recipient, called upon the fresh graduates to fulfil their duty with utmost dedication. Earlier, Dr Chopra delivered the welcome address and introduced the chief guest to the audience.

Principal Dr Daljit Singh read out the annual report of the college and highlighted the achievements and progress made by its departments, faculty and units. He said a modern ICU block had been started recently with all intensive care departments under one roof.

The gold medal for best graduate was presented to Ms Udeyna Singh while the best all-rounder award went to Vishwadeep Singh Dhillon. Best intern award was given to Rohit Verma.

Among the distinguished guests at the function were Mr Brij Mohan Lal Munjal, president of managing committee, Mr Prem Gupta, acting secretary, Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, Dr J. Whig, Vice-Principal, Dr S. C. Chopra, Dean, Academics, Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Superintendent, and Dr N. Dubey, former Principal of the DMCH.



Stress laid on use of IT in teaching
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 7
Partap College of Education organised a seminar-cum-workshop on ‘New innovations in teaching’ in collaboration with RICCS Computer Education here today. Around 80 teachers and lecturers from all over India participated in it. Focus was on the use of computers, multimedia and the IT in teaching.



Lok Adalat postponed
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 7
The District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman of the Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, Mr Harbans Lal, informed that the Labour Lok Adalat scheduled to be held here on March 12 had been postponed. It would now be held on April 9.

He said cases pertaining to Shop and Factories Act, Minimum Wages Act, Payment Wages Act would be now taken up in the next Lok Adalat. He also held a meeting with Mr N.S. Dhaliwal, Assistant Labour Commissioner and other official of the Labour Department to ensure that the litigants concerned be informed regarding the postponement of the Lok Adalat, to save them from unnecessary harassment.

The cases pertaining to motor accident claim cases, matrimonial disputes, civil suits, compoundable criminal cases, summary challans, cheque bounce cases etc. would also be taken up in the lok-adalat of April 9, added Mr Harbans Lal.



Court summons to housing society directors

Ludhiana, March 7
The Court of Judicial Magistrate Jaspal Verma has issued summons to 10 persons, including directors of the Ludhiana Aggarwala Co-operative House Building Society and some of the executive committee members of Tagore Public School in Aggar Nagar here, to face the allegations of fraud, fabrication of documents and criminal conspiracy. They have been directed to appear before the court on May 9.

In a complaint filed under Sections 465/467/468/471 and 120-B and 149 of the IPC, Dr Sukhpal Singh, a resident of Aggar Nagar and member of the housing society, has alleged that the accused tampered with the proceedings book of the school and had fraudulently made additions and deletions in a resolution regarding grant of fee concession passed at a meeting held on February 27, 2004. The petition has further charged the functionaries of the society and the school, which is run by the same society, with substituting the name of one member of the sub-committee, set up to formulate the criteria for grant of fee concession, with another office-bearer of the housing society, whom they consider close to them.

The petitioner has claimed that changes were effected in the resolution with an intention to drawing financial gain and to cause monetary loss to both the school and the society.

Dr Sukhpal Singh has alleged some more irregularities committed by the functionaries of the society and the school in the proceedings book, which related to grant of long leave to the then Principal of the school, Ms Manju Parkash.

Those instructed to appear in the court are Mr Gobind Ram Bansal, Mr Janak Raj Garg, Mr Baldev Kumar Aggarwal, Mr G. L. Bassi, Mr Bimal Kumar, Mr Mohinder Aggarwal, Mr Krishan Chand Gupta, Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, Mr F. C. Kaushal and Ms Manju Parkash. — OC



Two-day remand for train dacoity accused
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 7
Six accused of the Khanna train dacoity case were produced in the court of Mr. K.K. Goel, Sub Judge, Khanna, here today by Khanna district police.

Police officers include ASI Mahavir Singh and Mohan Lal represented the district police while SHO Sarhind Government Railway Police, Mr Bachan Singh Randhawa, and H.C. Jagtar Singh, represented the GRP. The accused have been sent to police custody for two days.



A stitch in time
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 7
Mr Charan Singh (22), a grocery merchant of Barnala town, who was seriously injured in an attack by a barber about 10 days ago in his hometown, was today moving around in the company of his wife and three daughters. This was made possible due to the timely treatment by a team of cardio-thoracic surgeons and super-specialists of a heart institute here.

The team of doctors, led by Dr H.S. Bedi, performed a difficult surgery on the victim, who had a sharp pair of scissors embedded in his chest, which had pierced through the sternum (chest bone) and outer wall of the heart to cause a stab wound on the right ventricle.

Dr Bedi said Charan Singh was in cardiogenic shock and semi-comatose. With each beat of the heart, a lot of blood would gush out, which further led to acute hypovelmia and pressure on the heart from the collected blood. The blood pressure of the victim was so low as to be non-recordable.

Realising that it could be a matter of minutes before the badly damaged heart would stop functioning and a CT scan confirming the gravity of the situation, Charan Singh was taken up for emergency open heart surgery.

“On opening the chest, it was found that over 1 litre of blood had collected around the heart which was obstructing the pumping action. Using a special technique, the tear in the ventricle was repaired on the beating heart since the condition of the patient seemed as if he would not withstand the surgery using a heart-lung machine. There were quite a few tense moments when it seemed that the force of the pumping action of the heart might blow away the sutures. But these finally held, the bleeding was controlled and an almost lost battle was won.”

Dr Bedi said it was a challenge to save Charan Singh from the life-threatening heart wound. Other members of the surgical team were Dr Raman Pal Singh, Dr Bhupender Singh Sengar and Dr Brajesh Badhan. A video film of 30 minutes to put the heart of Charan Singh back in action was also exhibited on the occasion.



Clean sweep by GNIMT cyclists 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 7
Girls of the local Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Model Town, clinching all six gold medals in the girls section of the First Punjab Technical University Inter-College Cycling Championship held at Punjab Agricultural University here on Sunday.

Rachna Dhingra of the institute bagged three gold medals (1000m time trial, 1000m sprint and 3000m massed start) and was declared the best cyclist of the meet. Another cyclist of the GNIMT, Abhipsha Thakur, was named the second-best cyclist. Abhipsha won gold medal in 1000m individual pursuit besides silver medals in 1000m time trial and 1000m sprint events.

Rachna and Abhipsha also enabled their college to wrap up the titles in 3000m team pursuit and 1500m team time trial events, respectively. Anureet Kaur and Ravinder Kaur of the same institute added two gold and two silver medals in the kitty and helped the GNIMT emerge as overall champions in the girls section.

Meanwhile, Dr A. S. Bansal, Director of the GNIMT, has congratulated the girls and their trainer for the outstanding performance. 



Athletic meet 
Bhushan Sood

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 7
The first athletic meet of RIMT Institute of Engineering and Technology opened today amidst enthusiasm. The event opened with a march-past in which students of different trades participated.

It was followed by the flag hoisting ceremony by the chief guest for the occasion Olympian Dr Tarlok Singh Sandhu, former Deputy Director (Sports), Punjab University, Chandigarh. He lauded the efforts that went into organising the event and was of the belief that such events would be promoted by the management in the future.

The chairman, Mr Hukum Chand Bansal, encouraged the participants to perform whole heartedly as games were a must for the overall development of the students’ personality. Dr S.K. Goyal, Principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest.

The following are the results of various events that took place during the day.

The valedictory function is scheduled for tomorrow.

Boys: (800 m) — Navdeep Dhindsa (first), Pardeep Kumar (second), Gaurav Kapoor (third), (200 m) — Bughel (first), Vishal Rampal (second), Gurpreet Mann (third), long jump — Navdeep Dhindsa (first), Gurpreet Mann (second), Vishal Rampal (third), jevlin throw — Amandeep Mann (first), Pankaj (second), Ranjeet Shyn (third), shot put — Amritpal (first), Parmveer (second), Amandeep (third).

Girls: 400 m Poonamdeep (first), Nancy Sandhu (second), Gurdeep (third), long jump — Navneet (first), Medha Walia (second), Nancy Sandhu (third), shot put — Navneet (first), Poonamdeep (second), Sonal Garg (third).


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